Monday, December 31, 2012
بسم الله ، الحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على خير خلق الله، محمد المصطفى ، وعلى آله وصحبه ومن سلك .طريقة واتبع سنته إلى يوم الدين أما بعد
Recently, a sister shared this amazing hadith on one forum I go to and subhanAllah it just made me think and contemplate certain things.
The hadith is a very essential and a truly beautiful one. Of course, all of the ahadeeth of Rasul Allah (sala Allahu alayhi wassallam) are beautiful.
The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) said , what is translated in meaning as, “Souls are like recruited soldiers, those that recognize one another unite in harmony and those that do not recognize one another are at an aversion.” [Sahih Muslim]
Glory be to Allah subhaanah! Yes, our souls are controlled by Allah and He turns them where He (ta3alla) wills and wishes. This brings to mind the important concept of friendship. I've come to realize through some experiences that it is not us who choose our friends just like that, but rather it is Allah (ta3alla) who chooses good companions for us. There is something called friendship/friends and acquaintances. One must realize the difference between the two. Friends are people who are similar to you and understand you;on the other hand, acquaintances are people you see and meet time to time. The only friendship that will help one succeed in deen and dunya, is a true friendship based on love for the sake of Allah. A friendship not based on true love and companionship for Allah's sake is really none other than a false friendship. Of course, no friendship is perfect and there will always arise issues,but a true Islamic friendship will help the two companions solve their issues and neither will hesitate to fix their problems in their friendship because they know that their friendship was initially established for the sake of Allah. Not because of nationality ,gender, social status, ethnic background, or age. If we look into this issue further, we realize that there are many people around us whom we consider as "acquaintances" but our real friends are quite few. This is because friendship for the sake of The Most High is something special and not for everyone , this is due to the reward being a special one. In a hadith narrated by Abi Hurayra AbdurRahman ibn Sakhr (RA) the prophet (saws)said that are 7 types of people who will be shaded under the shade of Allah (swt)on the day when there will be no shade but His shade. On that horrid day in which the hair of the young child will turn white out of fear and shock, the day when the pregnant female(who died) will drop her load, the day when each and every person will be on their own, the day when the sun will come so close to the people that they will perspire profusely and some will be drowning in their perspiration(due to their amount of sinning when they were in dunya), on that day, Allah swt will honor some people and among these people whom Allah will honor on this day, are those who use to love one another and come together for Allah's sake will be saved and will be enjoying the shade of Allah's glorious throne.
The Messenger of Allah swt says in the hadith: ((ورجلان تحابا في الله، إجتماعا عليه وافترقا عليه ...)) meaning: "And two people who love one another for Allah, they meet on that and they leave on that." [agreed upon]
SubhanaAllah! This is the true friendship we should strive for . A real friend has the good intention of being there for you when you need him or her. A real friend tells you the truth when you need to hear it, a true friend grabs your hand when you are doing wrong and tells you "Fear Allah and stop this." A true friendship is built on the love of Allah swt thus Allah blesses these individuals with being under His shade on a day whose length will be equal to 50,000 years. Allah swt says in a sahih hadith qudsi narrated from Abi Hurayra RA as well; ((أين المتحابين في جلالي اليوم أظلهم في ظلي ، يوم لا ظل إلا ظلي )) meaning: "Where are those who loved one another for My sake? Today I shall shade them under my shade, when there will be no shade but my mine!"
So, O fellow Muslim, take heed in who you take as a friend and companion and realize that not every person is suited to be your companion. The righteous belong with the righteous, and likewise, the sinners and disobedient belong with one another.
This is the sunnah of Allah as He says: (( الخبيثات للخبيثين والخبيثون للخبيثات والطيبات للطيبين والطيبون للطيبات)) meaning: "Bad statements are for bad people (or bad women for bad men) and bad people for bad statements (or bad men for bad women). Good statements are for good people (or good women for good men) and good people for good statements (or good men for good women).."[Surah Nur:26]
وصل الله على نبينا محمد وعلى آله وصحبه وسلم
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
(The Woman Who Left Her Worldly Paradise for the Everlasting One.)
In the Quran, Allah subhanahu wa taala has mentioned to us stories(qisas in Arabic). These stories include stories of the prophets, other righteous people like; the companions of the Ditch, the companions of the Cave, the story of Luqman, al Khidr, and accounts of righteous women.
We should know and realize that Allah has mentioned to us these stories not for entertainment and history, but rather for a very important reason beyond all that.
فاقصص القصص لعلهم يتفكرون
So relate the stories, perhaps they may reflect. [Al A3raaf:176]
Allah also says:
أولئك الذين هدى الله فبهداهم اقتده
They are those whom Allah had guided. So follow their guidance. [Al An3aam:90]
لقد كان في قصصهم عبرة لأولي الأبصار
Indeed in their stories, there is a lesson for men of understanding.[Yusuf:111]
Therefore, in the Quraan and Sunnah, stories are meant to raise our imaan and teach us a lesson that life is not easy and it was NOT easy for the righteous ones before us. Nowadays, we complain about things such as not being able to wear the hijaab because of school ,work, or what peers may think of us. Not growing a beard because of such and such, not being able to make it to jumuah(for men) because of "work" and with all these "excuses", people fail to realize that Islaam is not limited to acts of worship.
When one submits to Allah, this means that you are dedicating your life to Allah, you are putting your Creator first and above your creation. Now , let us look at the glimpse of a woman who had all the world could offer , yet gave all that up for her Creator and in the end, gave up her own life for Allah subhaanah.
وَضَرَبَ اللَّهُ مَثَلًا لِلَّذِينَ آمَنُوا امْرَأَت
َ فِرْعَوْنَ إِذْ قَالَتْ رَبِّ ابْنِ لِي عِنْدَكَ بَيْتًا فِي الْجَنَّةِ وَنَجِّنِي مِنْ فِرْعَوْنَ وَعَمَلِهِ وَنَجِّنِي مِنَ الْقَوْمِ الظَّالِمِينَ
And Allah has set forth an example for those who believe, the wife of Firawn (Pharaoh), when she said: "My Lord! Build for me a home with You in Paradise, and save me from Firawn (Pharaoh) and his work, and save me from the people who are Zalimun (polytheists, wrong-doers and disbelievers in Allah). [Tahrim:11]
So, who was this woman , who made such an incredible supplication to Allah? Why did she specifically ask Allah for a mansion in paradise and what was it that her husband, the pharaoh was doing that she had to ask Allah to save her from? This woman was none other than, Aasiyyah bint Muzahim.
She was the wife of the greatest tyrant of the world at the time, the disbelieving pharoah of Egypt. The man who claimed to be God. The man who declared war on Musa alayhissalam, the one who was known as Kaleemullaah (the one who spoke to Allah ). The one who put the children of Israel under the worst form of slavery and psychological torment. The one who ordered his vizier and right hand man, the kaafir, Haman to build a ladder for him so that he can "reach" the God of Musa and see if He truly exists. What disbelief! We seek refuge in Allah from their likes!
Yet, this noble woman of such high stature made a conviction to believe in Musa alayhissalam. And this only made sense, how can she(Aasiyyah) believe that the Musa who now claimed to be prophet , was a liar and sorcerer , when she was the woman who had helped raised him from his infancy? Who knew Musa better than her! She was his second mother.
It was Aasiyyah who asked for the life of Musa alayhissalam, when he was an infant, to be spared. She volunteered to take the child in and raise him as her own. Aasiyyah felt a strong connection and love for Musa alayhissalam and Allah had blessed her to see him grow into a strong young man, until he left Egypt.
Now that he had returned with the message of Tawheed, Aasiyyah definitely knew that someone like Musa, whom she had raised , would never claim something false.
We have to realize that the environment and the roof in which Aasiyyah dwelt under was not an easy one. Aasiyyah was living under a dictator(if we use today's terms), she saw the evils and oppression of Firawn firsthand. In other words, she underwent the greatest form of jihaad any woman could go through. And that is saying the word of truth in the face of an oppressive tyranny.
However, to show us the strength of this strong , beautiful woman, she still went forth and accepted the message of the prophets of Allah Musa and Harun. When Firawn found out, he resolved to put her under great torture and persecution , just like the other believers.
In Tafsir Ibn Kathir:
Qatadah says, "Fir`awn was the most tyrannical among the people of the earth and the most disbelieving. By Allah! His wife was not affected by her husband's disbelief, because she obeyed her Lord. "
Look at the strong emaan of this woman. She was living under a disbeliever, but because of her sincerity and love for the truth, Allah protected her from being influenced by Firawn's disbelief and she stayed firm on the truth. Firawn who had lost all sense of humanness and compassion, had no problem having his wife tortured and killed before his very eyes!
Aasiyyah meant nothing to him as soon as she chose the truth over his disbelief. Why did Aasiyyah ask for a mansion in paradise ? Firawn would have Aasiyyah tortured and during this ordeal, the angels would shade her and she would be shown her palace in the sky.
The scholar Ibn Kathir writes in his tafsir:
Ibn Jarir recorded that Sulayman said, "The wife of Fir`awn was tortured under the sun and when Fir`awn would finish the torture session, the angels would shade her with their wings. She was shown her house in Paradise.''
Aasiyyah also asked Allah to save her from Firawn and his evil actions? This was to show her disavowal and innocence from her husband's kufr.
Towards the end of her torture, Aasiyyah would ask " who has prevailed?" And then it was said to her, "Musa and Harun have prevailed (over Firawn)." She replied, " I believe in the Lord of Musa and Harun."
Ibn Kathir then writes:
Fir`awn sent his aides to her and said to them, `Find the biggest stone. If she insists on keeping her faith, throw the stone on her, otherwise she is my wife. When they came to her, she looked up to the sky and was able to see her house in Paradise. She persisted on the faith and her soul was then captured. The stone was thrown on her lifeless body.'' end qoute.
Nothing pleased Aasiyyah but to know that the truth will prevail. She understood as a believer(mu'min) that the truth required much sacrifice and that Islaam is not a deen built upon "I believe" only and that it is a religion of tests and trials, and in the end it is the muttaqeen (pious , God-fearing ) who will prevail. It doesnt matter who wins these battles. As long as we know the end result is for the believers, then we should not complain and worry. May Allah have mercy on our mother Aasiyyah and unite us with her in the peak of al Firdaws!
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
بسم الله العلي العظيم ، فاطر السموات والارض رب العرش الكريم والصلاة وسلم على رسوله الكريم وعلى آله وصحبه أجمعين. أما بعد
Indeed, among the greatest deeds a Muslim servant of Allah can engage in, are the ibaadaat(acts of worship). What exactly is ibaadah?
Allah swt mentions ibaadah when he says:
وَمَا خَلَقْتُ الْجِنَّ وَالْإِنْسَ إِلَّا لِيَعْبُدُونِ
"And I (Allâh) created not the jinn and mankind except that they should worship Me (Alone). "[surah adh-dhariyaat:57]
Allah uses the plural present tense verb ya3budun, which originally comes from ibaadah The scholars have described ibaadah as every good act or statement that is pleasing and loving to the Almighty(Subhaanah). Ibadah is what brings us closer to Allah The Most High. Ibadah can be a fi3l(action) or qowl(word, statement). This is the general rule. However, we have an obligation to know that every act of worship is accepted only if the following conditions are met:
1.Sincerity of the intention And the proof for this is the hadith of the prophet from Ummar ibn al Khaddab "Actions are but by intention and every man shall have but that which he intended..." [al Bukhari and Muslim]
2.The act must be from the sunnah and not from one's own pocket. In other words, it should not be an innovated act(bid'a). The proof for this is in the hadith of Aisha, the mother of the believers, the sideeqa, daughter of the sideeq(abu bakr), in which the prophet (salaAllahhu alayhi wassalam) said: "He who innovates something in this matter of ours that is not of it will have it rejected." [al Bukhari and Muslim] And in one version by Muslim it reads : "He who does an act which our matter is not [in agreement] with will have it rejected."
Other scholars add a third condition, and that is: Imaan(faith) This is because, no deeds are accepted by Allah except if one is a Muslim and has affirmed that there is no god except Allah and that Muhammad is His final Messenger. This is from the 5 pillars of Islam, which every muslim should know about and practice. This point is obviously clear if the person has ikhlaas and mutaba'ah. The 2 previous conditions.
After this, we should know that mankind is divided into 2 categories. Those who affirm the oneness (tawheed) of Allah. The MU'MINEEN(believers). They are the ones who follow and adhere to the law of Allah swt. They follow the Book of Allah and the sunnah of His beloved Messenger SAWS. The second category is that of the disbelievers , the ones who are not muslims and do not adhere to the religion and way of truth. Allah SWT even in His noble revelation only recognizes these 2 groups. The camp of Islam and the camp of kufr(disbelief). The prophet SAWS that it will continue like this until Allah will make clear who is a believer and who is not. Do we not fear Allah SWT and not want this honor. Paradise is only for the believers. By Allah, there is no way that Allah ta3alla will allow a kaafir and a muslim to be in jannah both. Why? BEcasue there is a purpose to everything.
Allah tells us why He created hellfire:
وَلَوْ شِئْنَا لَآتَيْنَا كُلَّ نَفْسٍ هُدَاهَا وَلَٰكِنْ حَقَّ الْقَوْلُ مِنِّي لَأَمْلَأَنَّ جَهَنَّمَ مِنَ الْجِنَّةِ وَالنَّاسِ أَجْمَعِينَ
"And if We had willed, surely! We would have given every person his guidance, but the Word from Me took effect (about evil¬doers), that I will fill Hell with jinn and mankind together. "[Surah Sajda:113]
So, Allah azza wa jall is saying that if he wanted he would have chosen for all of mankind to be muslim, but that is not how is meant to be. Therefore, it should be very simple and clear. Al Jannah is for the people of tawheed and Islam, while hellfire(jahannam) is for the disbelievers and hypocrites. May Allah not make us of the dwellers of hellfire. So, O servant of Allah, choose your path wisely. Life is not about play, sleep, and work. It is about knowing who is your creator , knowing what He has created you for , and then worshiping Him upon al baseerah(insight).
Allah says: قُلْ هَٰذِهِ سَبِيلِي أَدْعُو إِلَى اللَّهِ ۚ عَلَىٰ بَصِيرَةٍ أَنَا وَمَنِ اتَّبَعَنِي ۖ وَسُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ وَمَا أَنَا مِنَ الْمُشْرِكِينَ
Say (O Muhammad SAW): "This is my way; I invite unto Allâh with sure knowledge, I and whosoever follows me . And Glorified and Exalted is Allâh (above all that they associate as partners with Him). And I am not of the Mushrikûn (polytheists, pagans, idolaters and disbelievers in the Oneness of Allâh; those who worship others along with Allâh or set up rivals or partners to Allâh)." [surah Yusuf:108]
Worshipping Allah upon baseerah means to worship Him with certainty and true knowledge of how He should be worshipped. This can be done by going back to the Quran and sunnah. We askAllah to have mercy on us and to guide us to that which He loves.
وآخر دعوانا أن الحمد لله رب العالمين وصل اللهم وسلم على خير خلق الله وعلى آله وصحبه وسلم . By Umm Abdullah
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Indeed the greatest jareema or crime in the sight of Allah is to call others to the haqq whilst you yourself are neglecting it. How many a times do we see a person of "knowlegde" calling others to follow and revive the sunnah of our beloved prophet and rasul, sala Allahu alayhi wassalam, yet no sunnah is apparent on them?
It is as the person said:يا من تدعى محبته اين أنت من سنته
meaning, "Oh you who has claimed his love(the prophet), where are you from his sunnah."
This is a true statement. WE muslims should not be like the yahud whom Allah said about,
أتأمرون الناس بالبر وتنسون أنفسكم ؟
meaning, " Do you order others to do good while you forget your own selves ??" (surat al Baqarah)
So, Allah cursed them and His wrath was over them for what they(the Jews) did. They betrayed the truth by not only killing the ones who called to it(their prophets), distorting it and hiding it, but also CLAIMING to be from its people.
Let us ponder the words of Allah azza wa jall when He says:
يا أيها الذين امنوا لم تقولون ما لا تفعلون كبر مقتاً عند الله أن تقولواما لا تفعلون
"Oh you who believe! Why do you say that which you do not do? It is a great sin in the sight of Allah that you say that which you do not do!" (Surat as-Saff)
Subhaan Allah! We should pay close attention to this because guess what? Allah is talking to YOU! Yes, you and not the other one. Ibn Abbass radiAllahu anhu, who was one of the greatest scholars of the sahaba and the paternal cousin of the prophet sala Allahu alayhi wassalam, said that we should pay CLOSE attention whenever we see YA AYYUHAL-LATHEENA AMANO or OH YOU WHO BELIEVE in the Quraan. This is because when Allah says this he is either telling us to do something OR warning us from doing something.
In this case, He , azza wa jall, is warning us from a nasty practice. O MUSLIM! Realize and know that Islam is a deen of decency and honesty. We do not like lying , hypocrisy, and inaccuracy.
That is why Islam encourages honesty and being true to oneself and to Allah. The earlier nations, christians and jews, went astray because of not doing these things. They played with the religion of Allah and took it lightly. WE should avoid falling in the same sin.
When someone robs a bank or commits murder, that person is looked down upon in the worst way and what he or she did is warned from and rejected by people and society. However, when someone plays with the religion of Allah by neglecting his awamir(orders, commandments), insulting His messenger(s), twisting the deen to fit people's opinions and "rationale" , then this is OK. How is this fair?
Do the creation now have more rights to be respected and obeyed than the Creator?! No, By Allah! The laws of Allah and His deen should be more dear to us than our own selves. WE should not only do what we are required to do but we should also LOVE doing it.
فلا وربك لا يؤمنون حتى يحكموك فيما شجر بينهم ثم لا يجدوا في أنفسهم حرجاً مما قضيت ويسلموا تسليما
"But no, by your Lord, they can have no Faith, until they make you (O Muhammad) judge in all disputes between them, and find in themselves no resistance against your decisions, and accept (them) with full submission." (Surat an-Nisaa)
Yes , this is the state of the true believer. This is true submission to Allah. Worshiping Allah and obeying Him should not be a chore that you just do and get done with. It should be something one should be looking forward to and be pleased to do.
So, this is my piece of advice for the Muslims and those who are involved in working for the deen of Allah. It is not a light matter , so be careful O servant of Allah. O Allah guide us to the best of haqq.
-By Umm Abdillah
Monday, February 27, 2012
Come to success
After ar-Rabi` bin Khaytham became partially paralyzed, he used to go to the mosque helped by two men.
He was told: O AbuYazid! You have been given permission to pray at home.
You have said the truth, but I heard the caller hearld, ‘Hayya `ala al-Falah (Come to success)’,
and I thought that whoever heras this call should answer it even by crawling.
[Hilyat al Awliya 2/113]
Abu Bakr bin Abdullah al Muzani said:
Who is like you, O son of Adam?
Whenever you wish, you use water to make Ablution, go to the place fo worship and thus enter the presence of your Lord (start praying) without a translator or a barrier between you and Him!
[Al Bidayah wa an Nihayah 9/256]
Abu Rajaa al `Ataridi said:
Nothing that I leave behind grieves me, except that I used to bow down on my face five times a day before my Lord, the Exalted and Most Honored.
[Hilyat al Awliya 2/306]
Look at how the early righteous guarded their prayers in the house of Allaah. Yet today- forget praying at the masjid, we have servants of Allaah who have abandoned salah in its totality yet still claim to be Muslims!!What kind of a religion is this? Subhaan Allah, the laws of Allaah are not like any other laws, so we should guard our obligations, if we know and believe, that a day will come where will be in front of Allaah and have to answer to everything that we did! Salah will be amongst those things which you will be asked about O fellow muslim!
Indeed whoever has no salah, has no connection with Allaah. Salah is the coolness of the eyes of the believers in salah. The prophet (saws) said "the coolness of my eyes is in my prayer," salah is the true raaha(pleasure and relaxation) of the believer in this dunya.
The salah has such a high position in Allaah's deen that there is absolutely If you are poor, it is not a must on you to give zakah, if you are blind, old, or weak, it is not a must for you to fight obligatory jihaad, if the road to hajj is not safe even if you have the money, you are excused from making hajj. If you are travelling or ill, you are excused from fasting in Ramadhan. As for salah, then By Allaah who raised the skies with no pillars, it is a MUST for you to pray. Allaah has blessed us with a flexible deen and sharia, where we can pray differently depending on our situation. Even if you are in a state of fear or are paralyzed , there is a way to pray your obligatory prayers( you can use your eyes).
So O servant of Allaah, fear Your Creator and guard your prayers for whoever leaves it will never succeed. This is because Allaah has said " Successful indeed are the believers." and what did Allaah say right after that?? "Those who are conscious of their prayers." So Allaah has described salah as a characteristic of the true believer.
The sahaba use to consider the one who leaves salah to be a DISBELIEVER , let alone a hypocrite. Ummar ibn al Khattab said that whoever abandons one salah intentionally for whatever reason, then he is a disbeliever. So, imagine the case of a person who claims to be a muslim, gives sadaqa, comes to islamic events, wears "hijaab" and has a muslim name But yet does not pray?!!! Why? Maybe this person is lazy or careless or is quite confident from Allaah's punishment. What a loser indeed!!! Allaah has said in His noble revelation that those who feel security(amn) from His punishment , then they are indeed losers. How can ou believe that you must pray and accept it as a fareedha(obligation) , yet O servant of Allaah, neglect it?!! What kind of a contradiction is this?
How will you face Allaah azza wa jall on the day of resurrection and hisaab(accounting and recompense)?? Do you know that salah will be the first thing You will questioned about?
Allaah ta'ala described the munafiqeen(hypocrites) as being lazy and lax in their prayers. If they are even lucky to get up and pray, Allah said that they get up and pray lazily. This is because there is no true faith in them. Beware of abandoning your prayers, this is a great loss.
May Allah guide us all !!