Thursday, April 30, 2009

Stories of Sahabah!

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Stories of Sahabah:Khahab ibn al-Aratt (Radiallaho Anho) SubhanAllah the strength of his Imaan. If 20 Muslims were to take the place of him they wouldn't have measured up to equal one tenth of the Taqwa he had. It’s clear to see that his conviction of Islam was embedded in his heart. I recall hearing about this heart-wrenching story. I just couldn't seem to remember what happened to Umm Anmaar, the lady that owned him while he was still a slave. I thought she suffered from a mental disorder but I wasn't quite sure of what became of her. So I advise you all if you haven't already done so to read blog about "Stories of the Sahaba". Hurry back =), and inshAllah I will go more in-depth about Umm Anmaar.

Khahab (Radiallaho Anho) went under excruciating pain but his Imaan was relentless. He became a victim of abuse and torment after he renounced the Idols that Umm Anmaar believed in. Once she saw the Prophet (Sallallaho Alaihi Wassallam) speaking to Khahab (Radiallaho Anho) at his workshop and she flew into a blind rage. Every day after that, for several days, she went to Khahab's (Radiallaho Anho) workshop and punished him by placing a red-hot iron from the furnace on his head. The agony was unbearable and he often fainted."

On the Authority of Qays Ibn Abi Hazim related Khahab Ibn al-Arrat, said,
"We complained to the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace while he was using his cloak as a cushion in the shade of the Kabaa. We said to him, 'Will you not ask for help for us? Will you not pray to Allah for us?

"He said, "There was a man among those before you for whom a ditch was dug in the earth and he was placed in it. Then a saw was brought and places on his head and he would be cut in two. He would be raked with iron combs which would remove his flesh from his bones or sinews, and that would not deter him from his deen. By Allah, this business will be complete so that a traveller can go from san'a to Hadramawt fearing only Allah, or the wolf for his sheep, but you are trying to hasten things." 6544 Sahih Bukhari

This man (Radiallaho Anho) was going under excruciating pain. He had a legitimate reason to complain to the Prophet (Sallallaho Alaihi Wassallam). And subhanAllah the Prophet (Sallallaho Alaihi Wassallam) answers verily you are men that are hasty. -Khahab (Radiallaho Anho) prayed for the punishment of Umm Anmaar and her brother. Soon after he was relieved from the torment of his oppressors. The Prophet (Sallallaho Alaihi Wassallam) gave permission for the Sahaba to migrate to Medina.

So what became of Umm Anmaar?
She was afflicted with a grave illness, that no one knew what was the cause of it. She became mentally unstable and acted as if she was under attack. Her actions proved she clearly wasn't in a sane state of mind. She started to suffer from severe headaches. "Her children sought everywhere for medical help until finally they were told that the only cure was to cauterize her head."

Now let's take a look at the definition of Cauterize and find out what it exactly means, shall we?
Cautery is a medical term referring to the white-hot iron. The procedure was placing piece of metal was heated over fire and applied to the wound. This would cause tissues and blood to heat rapidly. It would stop the bleeding of the would and cause extensive tissue damage. SubhanAllah! Umm Anmaar received the very same torture she used to inflict Khabab (Radiallaho Anho) with. It was the only cure to stop her headaches.

Points of Benefit;
(a) Allah is Just and His punishment is severe to the wrongdoers.
(b) We should never think Allah is unaware of what they do (kuffar) but rather He is delaying their punishment until its most fitting.
(c) A believers duaa is always answered whether it may be in this Dunya or in Akrihah.
(d) We may be afflicted with hardship but it is nothing compared to the Prophets (Peace be upon them all) and the Sahabas (Radiallaho Anho) trials and tribulations.
(e) We learn the importance of Sabr (patience)
(f) The humility to treat others the way we want to be treated

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

THE HEARTBREAK

I didn't write this but I thought it was an amazing reminder we could all benifet from inshAllah. May Allah reward the person who wrote it and make their path to Jennah easy. Ameen

وَإِن مِّنكُمْ إِلَّا وَارِدُهَا كَانَ عَلَى رَبِّكَ حَتْمًا مَّقْضِيًّا
Not one of you but will pass over it: this is, with thy Lord, a Decree which must be accomplished. (Surah Maryam, verse 71)

Abu Sa'id al Khudri reported Allah's Messenger as saying: "When the believers pass safely over (the bridge across) Hell, they will be stopped at a bridge between Hell and Paradise where they will retaliate against one another for the injustices done among them in the world, and when they are purified of all their sins, they will be admitted to Paradise. By Him in Whose hands the life of Muhammad is, everybody will recognize his dwelling in Paradise better than he recognizes his dwelling in this world."(Sahih al-Bukhari, Fath Al-Bari)

Having now arrived at the terrifying bridge of Sirat, everything is pitch black except for the fire of hell blazing from underneath. You see people you love go - could be your mother, or perhaps your father... maybe it's that strange guy you once gave salam to - he's also here today! Your sweat dripping uncontrollably from the anxiety of it all, from the apprehension and the scare of falling and slipping. All you can think of is that If you fall then it's all over. If you dont make it through, everything you've ever worked for will have perished. You thought before that this day would never come - yet here it is!

The tragedy of it all. The days that made our our lives were short, and today, we see the slides of our earlier existence back to haunt us. Will we succeed on today? Will we make it through this path?

There is no sun, no independent source of light besides the Fire of Hell itself. But the people that are crossing the bridge - they have light. Their very own light, coming from their bodies. We see the righteous ones fly by us. Some dart across like lightning, some fly like the wind, others gallop like a speeding horse. And still others; others are crawling on all fours. But the righteous ones, they make it. One of them is a person you recognize. It was that guy who spent his time memorizing the Quran while you were watching tv, but you remember him - his strength to fight his desires and determination to please Allah. Over there is a girl that you remember, who spent her weekends with her parents and relatives, struggling to please them.


يَوْمَ تَرَى الْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَالْمُؤْمِنَاتِ يَسْعَى نُورُهُم بَيْنَ أَيْدِيهِمْ وَبِأَيْمَانِهِم بُشْرَاكُمُ الْيَوْمَ جَنَّاتٌ تَجْرِي مِن تَحْتِهَا الْأَنْهَارُ خَالِدِينَ فِيهَا ذَلِكَ هُوَ الْفَوْزُ
الْعَظِيمُ

One Day shalt thou see the believing men and the believing women- how their Light runs forward before them and by their right hands: (their greeting will be): “Good News for you this Day! Gardens beneath which flow rivers! to dwell therein for aye! This is indeed the highest Achievement!” (Surah Hadeed, verse 12)

But you chose to go out with your friends, driving around pointlessly, wanting to be seen and wanting to see what your eyes had no right to see. A life in ignorance was bliss. But that life is over.

Wasnt it was easy for you to pursue your desires, delay your salat, ignore charity, and act immoral? Remember how it was easy for you to hoarde money, to cheat, to deal with interest, and to flirt and to gossip? You loved buying new clothes, filling up your driveway with cars, your room with DVDs and music CDs, And you would have fought to keep it all. Back then, it never crossed your mind to spend these blessings for the sake of Allah.

Some invested for a day like this, and others chose to invest in a world that has now passed; a dark, dead and lonely world. All He asked was for you to be grateful, but you choose to forget Him. He offered you everthing, and you turned your backs on Him, eyes bedazzled with so many cheap desires.

يَا أَيُّهَا الْإِنسَانُ مَا غَرَّكَ بِرَبِّكَ الْكَرِيم الَّذِي خَلَقَكَ فَسَوَّاكَ فَعَدَلَكَ فِي أَيِّ صُورَةٍ مَّا شَاء رَكَّبَكَ كَلَّا بَلْ تُكَذِّبُونَ بِالدِّينِ

O man! What has seduced thee from thy Lord Most Beneficent? Him Who created thee. Fashioned thee in due proportion, and gave thee a just bias; In whatever Form He wills, does He put thee together. Nay, but ye deny the Judgment!!! (Surah al-Infitar, verses 6-9)

You are completely naked today! So are your sins, everything comes out today. You've brought absolutely nothing with you, and you are all alone. You wonder where your friends could be, where are your past friends on a day like this? If they were worth committing sins for, then how come they are not here to bear this heat for you?


يَوْمَ يَفِرُّ الْمَرْءُ مِنْ أَخِيه وَأُمِّهِ وَأَبِيه وَصَاحِبَتِهِ وَبَنِيهِ لِكُلِّ امْرِئٍ مِّنْهُمْ يَوْمَئِذٍ شَأْنٌ يُغْنِيهِ

That Day shall a man flee from his own brother, And from his mother and his father. And from his wife and his children. Each one of them, that day, will have enough concern (of his own) to make him indifferent to the others. (Surah 'Abasa, 34-37).


Where is everyone? You feel scared, for all that you knew of, has indeed perished today, except your miserable soul.

You continue to be alone in the darkness, and your knowledge tells you that paradise is just over there, just across this path. Yet, it is so narrow. Paradise is very close, all you have to do is cross this path, and it will surely end. It is your single wish at this very moment, abiding in guilt and in sorrow, to be rescued from the anxiety. You soon see your brothers make it through, standing on the other side, and your cousins too! Knowing this, you want to be with them on that end. You remember how they used to remind you of prayer and to hold your tongue except in good, but you forever refused to listen out of sheer stuborness. You were always better than everyone. You were right and they were wrong. It seems that you thought wrong. Your sweat drips, and your eyes tear...

You turn to Allah desperately, "O Allah, let me make it to Paradise! O Allah, i implore you! By your grace, let me see the gates of Paradise! O Allah, they were only small mistakes!"

Tears.


The Heartbreak of it All.

On that day, that moment, you would give up everyone to be rescued. You would be willing to trade in your wife, your husband, your children, your friends, and even you parents, just so that you could be with the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, in paradise. You didn't choose him then but you now, you would. How come you weren't from the people of his sunnah and guidance? You quickly remember that this moment is too profound for you and the fire is boiling. You have become desperate, and you don't know what else to do.

The Heartbreak of it All.

Your turn has come, and you have walk on the sirat now.

Suddenly, it happens. The hooks come out from the Fires of Hell, and one digs into your flesh. You try desperately to hang onto the bridge, but the bridge is as sharp as a blade. Your hands begin to bleed, and blood trickles down your arms. But the hook will not let go; it only digs deeper.

Your hands are covered in blood. They slip, and just like that, it's all over. Down you fall, farther and farther into the depths of Hell, screaming in fear and terror. You black out, but find no rest. You open your eyes, and see a fearsome, terrifying Angel standing before you, with the gates of Hell open before you. With a whimper, you motion that you dont belong here, that there must be some mistake. A single, choked syllable escapes your lips.



'Why?'


ذَلِكُم بِمَا كُنتُمْ تَفْرَحُونَ فِي الْأَرْضِ بِغَيْرِ الْحَقِّ وَبِمَا كُنتُمْ تَمْرَحُونَ ادْخُلُوا أَبْوَابَ جَهَنَّمَ خَالِدِينَ فِيهَا فَبِئْسَ مَثْوَى الْمُتَكَبِّرِينَ

"That is because you exulted in the land unjustly and because you behaved insolently. Enter the gates of hell to abide therein, evil then is the abode of the proud."(Surah al-Ghaafir, 76-77)"

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These are our moments, this is our life. Let us not take it for granted. Let us not despair from the mercy of Allah, and begin to redouble our efforts and our acts of woship with complete sincerity and regards to the One who can rescue us from such a horrifying event.

May Allah [SWT] grant us the abillity to cross the Sirat on the first instance, free of fear and free of terror. Ameen.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Quick It Girl (Horoscopes and the Dangers)

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Quick it Girl asked if she could request a blog specifically on Horoscopes. MashAllah, this one's for you sis =). Also if anyone wants me to write on a certain topic InshAllah I’m always open for requests.

Now lets first take a look at the definition of horoscopes. It is a prediction of someone's future based on the relative positions of the planets. In western culture shirk is widespread and its starting to become as common and frequent as breathing! There are numerous books on astrology, newspaper columns, magazines and the list goes on. As Muslim we must be critical of such things and avoid anything that could lead us into Shirk (disbelief). Astrology is clearly forbidden in Islam and so is horoscopes and superstitious objects (lucky rabbit foot, believing black cats bring harm, unlucky number 13).

There are many different categories of Shirk and horoscopes would be under Shirk by Deification. Which simply means giving divine names or attributes to any of Allahs creation. When people look to horoscopes to reveal their future it’s clearly going against the principles of Tawheed. No one knows the future except Allah Subhana wa Tala.

“Say: None in the heavens or earth knows the unseen except Allah.” [Soorah an-Naml 27:65]

With horoscopes they usually use vague words that could be applied to everyone’s daily life. They play on words and people can interrupt them to mean a variety of things. For an example they usually say, “There is love in the air” or “Your feeling stressed but relief will come”. People tend to believe them and in reality they’re just generalizing such words to make it seem truthful. We might ask ourselves is it permissible to read them even if we don’t believe in them? The answer is No, because it is a form of ignorance and its haram! Also in the hadith below we see the severity of indulging in such acts.

The Salaah (daily prayer) of whoever approaches a fortune-teller and asks him about anything will not be accepted for forty days and nights.” [Reported by Hafsah and collected by Muslim (Sahih Muslim (English Trans.), vol. 4, p. 1211, no. 5440).]

Also in Ibn Taymiyyah's (R) great book, "Iqtida'us-Siratil-Mustaqeem". He states that by imitating the disbelievers is prohibited. If someone does it intentionally they may reach the level of Kufr. Now there’s a dispute amongst scholars whether or not the Shirk will be accountable if someone was unaware of doing those acts. Ibn Taymiyyah (R) took the stance that shirk in general is accountable. But Scholars such as Ibn Qayyum(R) said that only major shirk is accountable. Allahu Alim.

Now for any Muslim who reads their horoscopes whether for fun or for guidance should seek Allah's forgiveness and renew their Islam. To depend solely on Allah and to put their trust in Him in all their affairs. To turn away from anything that could be considered Shirk. "And to give up what appears to be doubtful for what is certain. Truth brings peace of mind and deception doubt."

Sunday, April 26, 2009

How to Erase 2500 Sins in 5 minutes!

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Amr (may Allaah be pleased with him) who said: “The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ‘There are two qualities, no Muslim man acquires them but he will enter Paradise, and they are simple and easy. He should glorify Allaah (say Subhaan Allaah) ten times immediately after each prayer, and praise Him (say Al-hamdu Lillaah) ten times and magnify Him (say Allaahu akbar) ten times.’

I saw the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) counting this on his fingers. He said: ‘That makes one hundred and fifty on the tongue, and one thousand five hundred (hasanaat) in the scales.


[Translator’s note: each of three phrases repeated ten times makes thirty; multiplied by the number of daily prayers, which is five, makes one hundred and fifty. Each of these good deeds of the tongue will be rewarded with ten hasanaat which will be added to the total of good deeds to be weighed in the balance or scales on the Day of Judgement].


When you go to bed, glorify Him and praise Him and magnify Him one hundred times: that will be one hundred on the tongue and a thousand in the scales. Who among you does two thousand and five hundred sayi’aat (bad deeds) in one day?’ They said: ‘How could we not count (our sins)?’ He said: ‘The Shaytaan comes to any one of you whilst he is praying and says, Remember this, remember that, until he finishes his prayer and does not do (this dhikr), or he comes to him when he is lying down and makes him sleepy, until he falls asleep (without doing this dhikr).’” (Abu ‘Eesaa said: This is a hasan saheeh hadeeth. Sunan al-Tirmidhi, 3332).



**Points of Benefit**

--The Sahabaa were shocked that this reward was immense and yet so easy, however the challenge lies in implementation.


--Notice that it takes less than a minute to say the adkaar after the Prayers, and a few minutes to say them before you sleep.


--The Prophet [s] is pointing out that it is rare a person commits that many sins a day and theoretically if it happens, very few people do that everyday.


--Net Balance: Ensure everyday your Good deeds outweigh your Bad deeds.

---Teach your kids to say adkaar 10x each after the salah, both short attention spans and busy schedules can handle it.

Friday, April 24, 2009

I'm Extreme?

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
I have been called an "Extremist" three time's in the past 6months!
SubhnAllah. And worst of all they were all Muslims! It really shows the influence of the Kuffar and the way society as a whole has effected our mindset. So here are the reasons why I got called that...

1, I looked more deeply into the history of Valentines Day and found out its origins are from a disgusting pagan ritual =0. And I didn't want to practice such a holiday. Even though it completely s transformed over the centuries from what it used to be. I still find no point, it's just a way for hallmark and companies to take advantage of people's "love". && If you truly love someone show them that everyday not just take them out one day out of the year lol.

Their Response, "I think this is too extreme everyone needs to stop over thinking everything. If I'm going look at the history behind everything i enjoy its just going to depress me. no thank"

2, I was talking to my friend about wearing the Niqab and what they they about it. While differant schools of thought differ on whether its "Wajib" or optional. I think its optional and a act of worship to get closer to Allah. And If you feel like there's still fitna when you wear the Hijab and you want to protect your modesty than it's very encourage to wear it. [ I don't wear niqab but just my opinion about it (: maybe one day.]

Their Response, "That's too extreme, just wear a long shirt and loose fitting pants. Not the kind your drowning in but that looks good and fits properly. And In places like Yemen it's more of a cultural thing, women wear the niqab because everyone else does. As soon as they get on the airplane they take it off =0!!!


Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Stories of Patience :)



بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Patience is the key that unlocks the door to serenity, it relieves the grips of misery. When a problem befalls a person what is the usual response you hear? How do they react? There face darkens and they complain crying out to the heavens "Why me"? SubhanAllah, this shows us two things...


1.When a person is at their weakest moment they don't turn to anyone but Allah.

2.It shows this life is nothing but a test and Allah confirms this in Surah Baqarah (2: 155)


"Be sure we shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods or lives or the fruits (of your toil), but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere"


Things aren’t always going to be floating our way in perfect harmony. I was listening to this lecture by Sheikh Ahmed Jibril he said;“If were not in a problem were waiting for one this is the Sunnah of this life. But with the right kind of patience it brings brightness upon us.” It really made me think, usually when everything’s going smooth we don’t even think about Allah (Astaghfirullah). But when one problem occurs were at a lost we don’t know what to do. A misery in this life could be a paved road to the gates of Jennah (paradise). Your probably wondering how? First there’s nothing worse than losing a loved one but if you stay patient and steadfast there will be no reward but Paradise.


Abu Moosa al-Asharee (RA) narrates: Allah’s Messenger, (SAW), said, If the child of a servant (of Allah) dies, Allah questions the angels, Have you taken the life of my servants beloved one?
The angels reply, yes.
Allah then asks them, have you taken the fruit of his heart?
The angels reply, yes we took it.
Then Allah asks them, what did my servant say?
They reply, Alhamdulilah
Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un (All Praises are due to God, We are to God, and we are to Him returning)
At that Allah will say, Build a home for my slave in Jannah and call it Bayt-ul-Hamd (The Home of Thankfulness).


Story of ‘Urwah Ibn Al Zubair

‘Urwah Ibn Al Zubair had an operation, and the doctor amputated his leg. One friend came to visit him. ‘Urwah thought that the friend came to pacify him for the loss of his leg. So ‘Urwah told the visitor: If you came to give me condolence for the loss of my leg, I already submitted to Allah with patience to reward me for its loss. The guest told him, I came to inform you that your son fell down in a stable, and the animals stepped over him, and he died one hour ago. ‘Urwah said: O Allah! You took one child, and left me many…You took one organ from my body, and left me many organs…O Allah! You tested me with my body, and you were kind to leave me with good health. You tested me with the loss of my son, but you were kind in leaving me the rest of my children.


How beautiful are these stories of Sabr, wallahi it melts my heart. How many of us could have said that if were in such a calamity? Things happen for us to open up our eyes and realize how precious time is. These events that we may dislike takes place to remind us and to come back to Allah at full speed. Alhamdulilah we may not like a thing but its good for us. Patience is something we need to work on every single day. It doesn’t come easy for most of us, especially me. Just like you work out to build your muscles you should work out to build your patience. It’s the same concept if you don’t do anything and sit at home everyday do you think you can compete in a body-building contest? No, of course you wouldn’t (you could join but you wouldn't place). People prepare for years before entering such a contest. Even when they enter they're so nervous and feel as If they could have worked harder. And after its all over they don’t quit, they keep training for the next event. This example isn’t sufficient because the test of patience in this Dunya is more important than any competition. To show the importance of this topic Sabr (patience) its mentioned in the Quran over 90 times! It is a crucial attribute that all Muslims must have and work on.


The Prophet (Salallahu 'akayhi wa salam) said: “How remarkable is the case of the believer! There is good for him in everything, but this is not the case for anyone except for the believer. When the believer receives any good, he is thankful to Allah, and gets a reward. And when some misfortune befalls him, he endures it patiently, for which he is (also) rewarded".

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Virtues of Friday!

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
-*The pious people of the past have stated that the person to receive the most benefit on Friday will be that person who waits for it and who makes preparations for it from Thursday. There is no day more virtuous than Friday.

(a) By going walking for the jumu'ah salaat, one gets the reward of fasting for one year for every step that he takes. (Tirmidhi)

(b) “Rasulullah (Allah bless him & give him peace) said: "Friday is the "mother" of all days and the most virtuous in the sight of Allah Ta'ala. In the sight of Allah Ta'ala it has more greatness than Eid ul-Fitr and Eid ul-Ad'haa. " (Ibn Majah)

(c) It was narrated that Ibn ‘Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: “The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ‘Whoever reads Soorat al-Kahf on the day of Jumu’ah, a light will shine for him from beneath his feet to the clouds of the sky, which will shine for him on the Day of Resurrection, and he will be forgiven (his sins) between the two Fridays.’”

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*The Surah may be read during the night or the day of Jumu’ah. The night of Jumu’ah starts from sunset on Thursday, and the day of Jumu’ah ends at sunset. Therefore the time for reading this Surah extends from sunset on Thursday to sunset on Friday.

(d) On one Friday, Rasulullah (Allah bless him & give him peace) said: "O Muslims! Allah Ta'ala has made this day a day of eid . So have a bath on this day, whoever has perfume should apply it, and use the miswaak. " (Ibn Majah)

(e) He should try and go very early to the jaame musjid. The earlier a person goes, the more reward he will receive. Rasulullah (Allah bless him & give him peace) said: "On the day of jumu'ah, the angels stand at the entrance of that musjid in which jumu'ah salaat is to be offered. They write down the name of the person who enters the musjid first, and thereafter the name of the person who follows, and they continue doing this . The person who entered first will receive the reward of sacrificing a camel in the path of Allah, the one who followed him will get the reward of sacrificing a cow, thereafter a chicken, thereafter the reward of giving an egg as charity in the path of Allah. Once the khutbah commences, the angels close the register and begin listening to the khutbah. " (Bukhari and Muslim)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Favorite Hadith!









بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Pictures I found on random Islamic Websites. MashAllah. So if anyone wants to use them they're free to do so =)!! And a Hadith that is absolutely heartwarming!

Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle said, “Allah said, ‘I will declare war against him who shows hostility to a pious worshipper of Mine. And the most beloved things with which My slave comes nearer to Me, is what I have enjoined upon him; (obligatory deeds) and My slave keeps on coming closer to Me through performing Nawafil (voluntary deeds) till I love him, so I become his sense of hearing with which he hears, and his sense of sight with which he sees, and his hand with which he grips, and his leg with which he walks; and if he asks Me, I will give him, and if he asks My protection (Refuge), I will protect him; ( i.e. give him My Refuge) and I do not hesitate to do anything as I hesitate to take the soul of the believer, for he hates death, and I hate to disappoint him."

Monday, April 13, 2009

"Diseases of the Hearts and their Cures"

سم الله الرحمن الرحيمسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
I noticed people recently becoming more active in the Masjids and MSAs (Alhamdulillah). But it brings me great distress to see the state in which the Muslims are in now. Can I ask; What benefit is a good deed without the correct intention? Where does culture fit in to Islam? And will you continue to follow society/culture when it clearly goes against the Quran and Sunnah? Verily, black and white are not alike. So why do you combine them and create distress upon your heart?

Do you suffer from jealousy, a broken heart (from someone who isn’t your spouse), hate, envy or gossip? If one or all of these apply to you than the problem lies within your imaan, renew it. Those things are what the Kuffar suffer from not the Mum'in. If you believe in Allah and you believe death is indeed a reality…reevaluate your life. Why do you not contemplate your purpose in this Dunya? Why do you try to fit in and copy the Kuffir? Have you learned the lessons or are you repeating the cycles? Do you know how it feels to restrain from desires? Freedom is all that comes to my mind. Those habits you loved were secretly at war with you for so long. They taunted and oppressed you. While what you turn away from is the only thing that enables you to achieve true success. Why do you accept a water down religion? Following what you like and disregarding the rest. Where have your manners gone? Is it not sheer hypocrisy you act one way in the Masjid and the opposite outside of it? And I wonder If the Prophet (Salallahu ‘alayhi wa salam) was in front of you how you, how would you act? I bet you would rethink those clothes, attitude and those friends. So why is it you disobey Allah when you know He is All-Knowing and All-Aware. Does it not bring shame upon your face?

Suffering from these diseases of the heart are normal but you have to correct it! Don’t be of those who are heedless and turn those faults into habits. "We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret". No one is perfect, Allah says the best of you are the ones who commit sins but come back to Allah with the purest of intentions.
Remember Brothers and Sisters this life is nothing but a deceiving enjoyment. Do not let the distractions of this life misguide you and lead you into blundering darkness. The Knowledge of the Deen brings light upon light into your hearts.


Ibn Abbas (radiallahu anhuma) recited the statement of Allah:
If there comes to you from Me, guidance, than whoever follows My guidance, than he will not go astray neither will he be grieved. And as for the one who turns away from My guidance, then verily to him is an unpleasant life and We will raise him of the Day of Judgment blind. He will say: “O my Lord! Why have you raised me blind when verily I was a seeing person in the dunya? He will be answered: “Indeed there came to you my signs and you forgot them, so today you will be forgotten. “

-From that what is apparent from the Ayah is that it refers to the individual who received the guidance and than let the guidance go. SubhanAllah, notice this isn’t a Mushrikin but someone who embraced Islam.This is always and foremost a reminder to myself before anyone else. Diseases of the heart transcends religion,race, ethnicity ect, ect. It isn's exclusive to one type of group, community, people and so on. The Importance of this note, is not about the one who suffers from these diseases but to acknowledge them with the Remembrence of Allah.

Friday, April 10, 2009

How to Boost your Imaan??

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

Having problems with your Faith? One day you feel like your unstoppable and the next you feel like crawling under a rock?

Well fear not I have some solutions InshAllah. Firstly we should constantly try to renew our Imaan. Our hearts are always changing so we shouldn’t expect it to be at the highest level all the time. As humans we blame others before we blame ourselves. So we tend to think why isn’t Allah putting it into our hearts? When this happens it’s a clear sign Shaytans trying to whisper in your ears (Auzza bilAllah). Don’t be of those who hand an invitation to Shaytan. Right when this happens we should ask ourselves what are we doing wrong that we don’t feel that Imaan like we usually do? What can we do to build it back again and inshAllah higher than what it was before?

Know that one of the tricks of Shaytan is procrastination by which he induces the people to delay their repentance. That’s why the scholars warned against saying, "I will tomorrow”. What makes you, Slave of Allah think you'll be alive tomorrow? Don’t leave it to ignorance and say "inshAllah ill feel like doing some good deeds to raise my Imaan later". Or inshAllah "i'll ask for forgiveness later when I feel like it". SubhanaAllah, we act as if were doing Allah a favor by worshiping Him. Indeed Allah is not in need of His Creation, His Creation is in need of him.

"Man in himself is weak; he must seek God’s grace;
without it he can do nothing; with it he can do all."
– Yusuf Abdullah


So as soon as you heart feels like something’s missing, as if something isn’t right. Things that became second nature are now becoming difficult. Your slacking on things you normally ran too.
First thing you should do is...

* Go perform wuduu and sincerely pray
* Worship in secret
* Read Quran a page or two
* Call out to Allah in supplication and ask for guidance
* Give charity or go listen to a lecture
*
Try fasting Mondays and Thursdays


- Anything that re boosts your imaan. It doesn’t have to be anything big, but inshAllah the reward for doing those things will be big as mountains on the Day of Judgment. And as soon as you do those things, Alhamidullah we feel that inspiration again. The heart warming feeling that when Imaan is at its highest as if no one can touch us. Just as you work for everything else in life. You have to work to build your Imaan. There shouldn't be any exceptions or excuses. With everyday comes a new struggle a new trial another day to conquer yourself. InshAllah we all take advantage of the time and energy we have right now.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Women that recieved the Glad Tidings of Jennah

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

Asalamu Alakyam Ramtuallahi Wa Barakahai,
MashAllah when I hear stories about the Sahabyat (Radi Allahu anhum) i'm in a state of awe. Wallahi they're manners and they're Taqwa would put us to shame. While these great women recieved glad tiding to Jennah and lived amongst the Prophet Muhammad (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam). Here in the West we look up to women who don't even have a ounce of Imaan in their heart, it's heartbreaking. SubhanAllah. In the hadith below it shows the strength of these great women(r).


Bukhari and Muslim report that Anas said:
"On the day of Uhud, when some of the people ran away from the Prophet (PBUH), Abu Talhah stood before the Prophet (PBUH), defending him with a shield. Abu Talhah was a highly-skilled archer, and on that day he broke two or three bows. Whenever a man passed by who had a quiver full of arrows, he would say, `Give it to Abu Talhah.' Whenever the Prophet of Allah (PBUH) raised his head to see what was happening, Abu Talhah told him, `O Prophet of Allah, may my father and mother be sacrificed for you! Do not raise your head, lest an arrow strike you. May it hit my chest rather than yours.' He [Anas] said: I saw `A'ishah bint Abi Bakr and Umm Sulaym, both of whom had tucked up their garments so that their anklets were visible. They were carrying waterskins on their backs and were pouring water into the mouths of the people. They would go back and fill the waterskins again, then come and pour water into the mouths of the people again. Abu Talhah's sword fell from his hands two or three times because of exhaustion."108

"What a noble deed these two great women did in quenching the thirst of the mujahidin in the midst of a raging battle and in the intense heat of the Hijaz climate. They were moving about the
battlefield, not caring about the falling arrows and clashing swords that surrounded them. (From the book The Ideal Muslimah)." -I strongly recommend it for both females and males. For women to aspire to be like them and males to desire a wife that have some of the characteristic of the Sahabyat(Radi Allahu anhum).

If there was any good in this note then it was from Allah and if there were any mistakes then it was from myself and the Shaytan. Indeed the most truthful speech is the Book of Allah, and the finest guidance is the guidance of Muhammad (Sallahu alaihi wa salam).

Friday, April 3, 2009

Fitna and Hijab is Oppresion?


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

Fitna is unwanted, undesired and definitely disliked concerning the Believer. We try to take pre-cautions, choose the right friends, stay away from haram places ect., ect., ect. But what happens when Fitna is in our own home? We turn the TV on and almost every channel is promoting sexuality, violence or use-less talk. I'm talking about the majority of it fall into either of these three catergories. I was watching a commercial about M&M's and the green M&M was wearing stilettos and I thought to myself SubhanAllah. How do you turn a commercial about candy into something sexually explicit? The saddest part is for the people that aren't religious these things become the "norm". They become desensitized to all this when in reality it should bring outrage to the hearts of every man and women.

Solution: People just turn off your T.V's.. Trust me =]

MashAllah the beauty of the Hijab and a great blessing from Allah. It's just sad how people think we are oppressed in reality we are more liberated then they are. They condemn what they don't understand, they slander what they don't know. We proudly wear the Veil on our heads, while they shamefully wear the Veil on their hearts. Now let's us ask each other, who is more oppressed??

Our society changed their values but why do we have too?- Sheikh Khalid Yasin.

SubhanAllah. You hear these misconceptions that women wear the Hijab because they were forced or for a “guy”.Let me just clear this up a believing Muslimah covers her self because Allah Subahana wa Tala said too. In Surah an-Nur Ayah 31, Allah commands the believing women to cover their bosoms and not to display their ornaments. And our society wonders why we have problems with premarital sex, babies born before wedlock, self esteem issues, cosmetic surgery, sexual harassment and the list goes on. Maybe all that "liberation" is getting to peoples heads...

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Some Words to Heal the Broken Heart

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
“The slave is not afflicted with a punishment greater in severity then the hardening of the heart and being distant from Allah. For the Fire was created to melt the hardened heart. The most distant heart from Allah is the heart which is hardened. If the heart becomes hardened, the eye becomes dry. Whosoever desires to purify his heart, then let him prefer Allah to his desires.
The heart which is clinging to its desires is veiled from Allah, commensurate to the degree that it is attached to them, the hearts are the vessels of Allah upon his earth, hence the most beloved of them to him, are the ones most compassionate, pure and resistant to deviation.

They (the transgressors) preoccupied their hearts [in the pursuance] of the Dunya, would that they preoccupied them with Allah and the hereafter, then surely they would have reflected upon the intended meaning of his poignant words and verses. Their hearts would have returned to their masters with wisdom, marvelously curious and [in possession] of the rarest of precious gems.

If the heart is nourished with remembrance, its thirst quenched with contemplation and cleansed from corruption, it shall witness remarkable and wondrous matters, inspiring wisdom.
Not every individual who is endowed with knowledge and wisdom, and assumes its character is form amongst its people. Rather the people of knowledge and wisdom are those who infused life into their hearts by slaying their desires.
[Shaykh ul-Islaam ibn Taymiyyah rahimahullaah
Taken from "Diseases of the Hearts and their Cures]

Fear Death??


Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim
The only thing we are guaranteed in this life is death. Yet finding meaning in your life and the topic of death is still taboo now days. It’s rarely thought about let alone spoken. Our society tells us to fear death, fear the unknown. Why should we be afraid of something that’s bound to happen? That’s a form of ignorance and denial at it’s best. We can dodge it and avoid talking about it but will it get us anywhere? It’s as if were running from our shadow and thinking we can outsmart it. Run faster, we won’t look behind us we're too afraid. So let’s keep sprinting, any direction works. But one day we’re going to be faced with the evident truth. Death is our shadow and its marked upon each and every person.
Either we can turn around now or let it take us at surprise. Whatever you choose it doesn't prevent it from happening. We are not capable of such miraculous things as stopping time and living forever on Earth.
So I propose the question as … why do we act as if we will? As if we have all the time in the world not caring about the consequence of our actions. Fulfilling our days with use-less talk and our nights dreaming about fantasies. Nothing with an ounce of substance nothing with a spec of truth. Dwelling on past mistakes and anticipating days ahead. A time we can never get back and a time we may never see. I feel as if were trapped in a reality that only co-exists with the realities in our head. We’re pre-occupied with what we “think” satisfies our needs. In all our pride and glory we become slaves to our own desires and we don’t even know it. Does Allah not know us better than our own selves?
So why do we turn away and become disobedient to our Lord? God gave us the gift of life and we rejoice. And than God gave us the gift of death and we fear it? Finding a greater purpose awakens our soul. It set’s us free from the chains and shackles of this life. It brings us hope at our darkest hour. It’s softens our hearts and brightens our path to Paradise. It comforts us beyond any words could ever describe. The true question isn’t why we fear death. Rather why do we fear coming back to our Lord the Creator of the heavens of earth?


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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Issa (Jesus) peace be upon him

Bismillah Raham eh Raheem
Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

Glory to Allah, Prophet Issa (as) preached about the one-ness of Allah. I love how people can speculate and use innovation to mis interuptate the words of Issa (as) but the fact is he was not the Son of God. Does that really make since in the first place…really think about it. May Allah curse those who preached that. Issa never said that.
So who did? Why is this still going on, if it’s not the truth? Well first off bad idea unfortunately get carried along the century. Believe me, for an example ever heard about how George Washington died. He has a severe throat infection, which was cutting of his air supply. And three separate doctors in their ignorance they drained five pints of blood. When he didn’t get better they all thought they didn’t shed enough. We here this story now, and think that’s absolutely ridiculous. So This practice of bloodletting actually as far back as ancient Egyptians, roman Empire and ancient Greeks. It was performed by just about every culture up until1800s. Can you imagine over a span of 3000 year’s a bad idea was carried along. Anyways I didn’t mean to go on in a tangent about the first president and ancient practices. It’s just so relevant to my point right now. A lot of people have these beliefs that are installed into them. They don’t do the research or even look into history. Yet they hold on to what they were raised to believe and they don’t even know why. Back to who changed the bible and why? (By the way that’s also a book. It’s a really good too)
Paul of Tarsus was actually a Jew that converted. He preached the faith to many non-Jewish communities of Greece. He declared himself as an apostle. Yes, a mere human who had no divine right called himself an Apostle. First of all he came 40years after Jesus (As)!! Prophet Issa proclaimed a universal religion, that there is no god but Allah. In the eyes of traditional Romans they believed Christianity at the time of Paul was completely changed. Paul was the one who introduced the idea of the “Son of God”. Yet you do not find that in any Bible or Jesus claiming that himself. The trinity wasn’t introduced until another 300 years. During the 4th or 5th century. Don’t take my word for it just goes read the history books. We see in the Quran and the Bible

*{Then woe to those who write the Book with their own hands, and then say: "This is from God,” to traffic with it for miserable price! - Woe to them for what their hands do write, and for the gain they make thereby.}* (Al-Baqarah 2:79)

“But, behold, the false pen of the scribes has made it into a lie.” Jeremiah 8:8,

Its sad how bad ideas carry on. It’s even sadder that people don’t think for themselves. SubhanAllah in the Quran we see so many verses saying; “For men with reason” and “There are Signs for people of intelligence”. We are taught to use our mind and reflect, not to believe by blind faith. In Islam we are taught to use our logic and contemplate why were here. I changed my topic 3 time’s before I decided on this one. I tried to make it short this time but Alhamidullah… I was inspired. I asked Azzawajal to make us

If your cups half full it's bound to over-flow

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Strip away the layers and reveal your soul Got to give yourself up and then you become whole You're a slave to yourself and you don't even know You want to live the fast life but your brain moves slowly If you're trying to stay high then you're bound to stay low You want God but you can't deflate your ego. -Matisyahu [king without a crown]


Asalamu Alakyam. This is what happens, when I’m supposed to be studying for a midterm :).Take a journey into my life, open your eyes and see the beauty magnify. To illuminate the heart and remove its shadows from heedlessness and desires. A place where we don't reach for the stars we reach for the heavons. *34 hours until i'm off to Michigan InshAllah.


-To anyone that feels this is for them...I feel the world at your shoulders, the pressures building up. Rising to the top, your waging war with yourself. Can’t stop, Shaytan constantly weighing you down. Struggling to be free while bound with shackles and chains. You slip up, tripping along the way. Your feet stumbling along the path, hitting ever bump and crack. Desperately fighting for your life, fighting for your soul. At a time when all your “friends” around you are pushing you to the ground. Their faces smiling at you watching you drown. Responding with words that are left empty and meaningless. Appeasing to your ears while their heart is filled with deceit. They spit fire at you when you turn your back. Not knowing they're just picking up your slack. They’re telling you to accept the defeat. To walk around aimlessly in the dark while the deaf follow the blind in a race against time.. You watch the days pass by and yet you still feel the same. Only when you look back you see how dramatically you have changed. Trying not to admit the loneliness, fulfilling it with every temporary fix. Looking for help in all the wrong places. Following your desires just with different faces. Going with the flow, that road taking you to places you never wanted to go. Obliging to ever whim can’t control how fast or slow. A glimmer of light appears and you start to re-evaluate your life. A constant fight in a place filled with fitna everywhere you turn. Thoughts spinning in your head that one day you’re going to have to face the Al-Mighty Rabbi Al-Ameen. Judgment days near when this Dunya will soon fade away. Where eyes will be unveiled and truth will prevail. When regret is the only thing you’ll feel. Your begging and pleading if you could only come back for a day and change your ways. The ways you used to take pride in, in those jahellia days. Only if you could see what I see, maybe things wouldn’t be the same? You would abandon those friends and walk away. Start making those first step’s towards Allah on the straight a way.