Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The more you give the more you Gain

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Domestic abuse and violence transcends ethnicity, race and culture. Our society as a whole needs to come together and acknowledge what is happening behind close doors. There are women who remain silent and I ask that you be there voice. On February 12, 2009 Sr. Aasiya Hassan in Buffalo, New York was gruesomely killed. She fell victim to domestic violence in it's worst form. Personally it was an eye opener and for many other's. Our outrage and our shock will not change that in the US alone that every 9 seconds a woman reports being abused. I ask that we direct our emotions into actions. We see this happen and we ask what can we do? Well here's our opportunity to support those courageous women who left the abusive situation they were in and sought help. Muslimat Al-Nisaa is a nonprofit organization, it’s relatively new and they need all the help they can get. What happened was nothing short of a tragedy but may this shed light on the seriousness of this matter. Open up your heart and mind, it really does feed the soul to do good. By just giving a couple dollars could go along way. Give what you can and if its not money let it be your energy. Get involved, volunteer and give women and children an opportunity for a better life. It can prevent another death and give comfort to those who were afflicted by this. Also by this tragedy being exploited by the media it puts Muslims under the wrong limelight. It adds to the misconceptions of Islam. I would like to clarify that there isn’t a religion that condones abuse in any shape or form. As a Muslim I feel it is my obligation to bring awareness and as a human I feel it is my duty to help those who are in need.

Please donate generously http://www.mnisaa.org/

Who is he that will lend to Allah a goodly loan so that He may multiply it to him many times? And it is Allah that decreases or increases (your provisions), and unto Him you shall return. The Noble Qur'an Al-Baqarah 2:245

"The Prophet said: 'Charity is a necessity for every Muslim. ' He was asked: 'What if a person has nothing?' The Prophet replied: 'He should work with his own hands for his benefit and then give something out of such earnings in charity.' The Companions asked: 'What if he is not able to work?' The Prophet said: 'He should help poor and needy persons.' The Companions further asked 'What if he cannot do even that?' The Prophet said 'He should urge others to do good.' The Companions said 'What if he lacks that also?' The Prophet said 'He should check himself from doing evil. That is also charity."

The heart racing feeling while you pray

Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim

I was thinking after Fajr, really contemplating about my experience with praying. Truly it’s a experience everytime you humble yourself in front of Allah. When you’re performing it the right away, Allah enlightens your heart. You might start assuming I’m talking about the Sunnah prayers and the etiquette of it. That’s a big part of it but that’s not whats really important. There’s something beyond that which holds a far greater weight with Allah. It’s being mindful of Subhana wa Tala, devoting those 5-10 minutes of salaat completely to Allah. In Arabic the term is Khushuu. Not allowing any distractions and being consciously aware. It's the presence of the heart during and act of Ibadah. When a persons heart is fully occupied with what he say or hears, is the true state of Khushuu.
Indeed, The believers, who have Khushuu in their Salaat, are the winners."
Holy Quran (23:1-2)
Being overwhelmed with the eloquent and beautiful words of the Quran. A power so exhilarating it runs thick through your veins. When your eyes began to flow with tears with joy. This sensation filled with so much emotion I couldn’t put it into words if I sat here for a million years trying to.

Coming to this realization it struck fear in my heart. How many times do we have this great awakening experience? Once in a while, at Friday Prayer after a Khutbah about death? Here and there when we really feel up to it. Just stop and think really ask yourself how often does this happen to you? Are we people that are constantly mindless in our prayers. We go through the motions without taking anything in. It’s as if its pure recitation without reflection, what benefit is that to us? Allah describes these people as hypocrites;

Indeed, the hypocrites [think to] deceive Allah, but He is deceiving them. And when they stand for prayer, they stand lazily, showing [themselves to] the people and not remembering Allah except a little, The Holy Quran Chapter 4, Verse 142

Some people go there whole entire life praying and there’s not a ounce of sincerity in it. They didn’t get anything from it besides a good exercise. You think if you just go through the Rakahs without really remembering Allah you’ll be able to feel this? As a Muslim we should always strive to gain the pleasures of Allah. Living the Quran, perfecting our Salaah and following the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (SAWS).

What Being a Muslim Really Means..

Bismillah Raham eh Raheem

What does being Muslim mean? Not the fundamental extremist the media try’s to display but the real Islamic teachings of the Quran. Does it mean to proclaim shahada "La illah ha il Allah Ashadu anna Muhammadan Rasulu'llah” That there is No god but Allah (SWT) and Prophet Muhammed was his last and final Messenger than that's it? You go home and sleep in your bed and say okay, I'm a Muslim now?

*Abdur-Rahman Bin Hasan Al Ashaikh really sums it up (may Allah’s mercy be upon him) said: "It is not enough to claim to be a Muslim or to verbally declare ‘La ilaha illallah’. What Islam really means is to assert Allah (swt)’s Oneness and submit fully to Him in terms of Lordship and worship both theoretically and practically.

It's not just saying the words with your tongue but by living the words with your every action. It's a complete way of life, a guide for all humanity. A change in our perspective as to the way we see the world. A transformation of the inside. While our bad habits go away a pious and beautiful personality emerges. It’s a challenge everyday but one worth fighting for. Unfortunately though at times that's not the case, people claiming to be a Muslim. Yet in reality they couldn't be farther from the truth. They mix culture with Islam even when they contradict each other. A lot of people change their religion to fit their life while a true Believer changes his life to fit his religion. Some are even creating their own, Astagfurallah(I seek refugee in Allah).

We see this take place every day. People proclaim religion to do unjustifiably acts or they use it to loosely. Either way this isn’t someone who is guided rightly. Which if I might add, why it's so important not to judge a Muslim and think everyone else is like that!! Subhana Allah (Glory to Allah), would we not be insulting our own intelligence if we do that? Allah blessed us with a brain and a mind so we could seek out knowledge. A real Muslim doesn’t have a false since of pride in his heart. We are all Allah’s creations.

Are whole purpose of life is to worship and submit to the All Mighty Creator. It is our duty and our commandment. Sometimes people might praise others or look upon them in high regards. That’s good to a certain degree it also depends on how the person takes it. If you see the person as a role model and you desire to be like them that’s acceptable and encouraged. When used the wrong way I feel as if it’s a false statement ( of course depending on each situation). Your praising them for the following the commands of Allah? For merely doing what they were born to do. When that happens people are susceptible to allowing false pride to enter their heart's. We didn’t come into existence for any other reason.

"I did not create the Jinn and mankind except to worship Me" [Surah Ad-Dhariyat, 51:56]

I ask Allah that we are of those who do not have false pride. May we be of those who protect themselves from any kind of evil. On a macro level or micro. Ameen. As a Muslim we know why we were created. A lot of people in this world are walking around aimlessly. They put their trust in other things rather than God. And they wonder what went wrong. When you do that, your asking for failure. They get upset when something happens. They start complaining, why did this happen? What was the reason? Is this a mindset of those who have intellect? They don’t know 6 steps ahead while Azzawajal know's whats befor us and after us. When you put your trust in Allah, it’s beyond your expectations. And beyond anything your mind can comprehend.

10 thing's we waste..

This is based on a lesson of Ibn Qayyim.1.

Our Knowledge...wasted it by not taking action with it.

2. Our Actions...wasted by commiting them without sincercity.

3. Our Wealth...wasted by using on things that will not bring us ajr. We wasteour money, our status, our authority, on things which have no benefit in this life or in Akhirah.

4. Our Hearts... wasted because they are empty from the love of Subhana Wa Tala andthe feeling of longing to go to him, and a feeling of peace and contentment. In its place, ourhearts are filled with something or someone else.

5. Our Bodies…wasted because we don’t use them in Ibadah and service of Allah (swt).

6. Our Love… our emotional love is misdirected not towards Allah but towards something someone else.

7. Our Time...wasted not used properly compensate for that which has passed, by doing what is righteous to make up for past deeds.

8. Our Intellect wasted on things that are not beneficial that are detrimental to society and the individual, not in contemplation or reflection.

9. Our Service…wasted in service of someone who will not bring us closer to Allah or benefit in Dunya.

10. Our Dhikr (remembrance of God)... wasted because it does not affect us or our hearts. "The Real Prisoner is someone whose heart is imprisoned from this Lord and the true captive is someone captured by his passions" - Ibn Taymiyah (R)

Brothers and sisters let us act Now.
Let us change now InshAllah Befor its to late. A friendly reminder to myself and to you. =) Also I didn't write this.