Selfies vs soulfies

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Selfies vs soulfies

💝 Poetic Saturday 💝

The era of the #Selfie,

Let’s show the world who we claim to be! Ironic isn’t it?

That our selfies are not really about our selves, are they?

As if a perfectly filtered, edited, cropped photo (we’ve all been there or still are) could ever be a depiction of ourselves.

We are way better than that.

Better than a like on instagram or a re-tweet on twitter.

Better than a comment or a share. Strange how we say “its the inside that counts” yet whats on the outside is where we really care.

But that’s the problem.

We live in a world where the inner is hidden away and the outer exposed.

We live a life of a lie.

Constantly editing and deleting, perfecting and filtering…and all for what?

For some likes on a photo?

But do those likes not mean that they “like” how you look not how you are?

We live in a world that’s constantly being edited, and so we do the same.

We edit ourselves.

We hide behind filters.

We cut and we copy and we paste what we say.

We upload;

That fake version of ourselves that we want the world to believe is us.

Because we’re too scared to show everyone the real us.

The real you; your soul, your heart, your mind.

Imagine if selfies were soulfies.

A picture capturing your soul. The inside that we try so hard to hide,

exposed for everyone to see. Your sins, your lies, your within, your desires.

Your deepest most darkest thoughts, to the guilt of many years ago tucked away behind newer ones.

But also the beauty of you, the real you. The beauty the world never see’s.

Would you take a soulfie?

My mind turns to our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

Look how well we know Him;

his manners, his character, his speech, his likes and dislikes –

it’s as if we’ve known him in person.

We know him better than we know some of our own.

But have we ever seen him?

Is there a picture of him?

Of course not, yet we know him so well. We know Him from the inside; for his pure soul and his blessed heart.

We know Him how a person should be known and that is enough for us.

If only selfies were soulfies,

So that the world could see the real you and the real me…

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Ash-Shakoor

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Ash-Shakoor

{99 Names of Allah Series}

Assalamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullah Wa Barakatuh

I hope we are in the best state of health and iman.

Ash-Shakoor-The most appreciative

“Whosoever relieves from a believer some grief pertaining to this world, Allah will relieve from him some grief pertaining to the Hereafter. Whosoever alleviates the difficulties of a needy person who cannot pay his debt, Allah will alleviate his difficulties in both this world and the Hereafter. Whosoever conceals the faults of a Muslim, Allah will conceal his faults in this world and the Hereafter. Allah will aid a servant (of His) so long as the servant aids his brother.” [Muslim]

Reading this hadith (saying of the Prophet ﷺ) always humbles me. We are given so much for doing things that we should be doing anyway, at the very least out of thanks because of all that we have been given. When we think of the concept of appreciation, what should immediately come to mind is that we should be appreciative and grateful for the blessings that Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala (exalted is He) has bestowed upon us—everything from the material, to our friends and family, to the spiritual.

But do we realize that Allah has given Himself the Name ash-Shakoor?

Shukr is defined as recognizing and appreciating when good is done. Shakoor in Arabic is also used to describe an animal that is given little food but gives back much. So it revolves around receiving something, even if small, and giving back much because of it.

Allah is ash-Shakoor, which we will translate here as the Most Appreciative. Al-Ghazali tells us that ash-Shakoor is “the one who rewards the practice of a few pious deeds many-fold, and in response to the action of a few days, gives limitless happiness in the life to come. The one who rewards a good deed many-fold is said to be grateful for that deed, while whoever commends the one who does a good deed is also said to be grateful. Yet if you consider the multiplication factor in reward, only God—great and glorious—is absolutely grateful because His multiplication of the reward is unrestricted and unlimited; for there is no end to the happiness of Paradise.”

Allah (swt) says in the Qur’an:

لِيُوَفِّيَهُمْ أُجُورَهُمْ وَيَزِيدَهُم مِّن فَضْلِهِ إِنَّهُ غَفُورٌ شَكُورٌ

“That He may give them in full their rewards and increase for them of His bounty. Indeed, He is Forgiving and Appreciative.” (Qur’an, 35:30)

We might think—what does Allah have to be appreciative for? Everything we have is from Him anyway! But that is why He, the Most High, is ash-Shakoor: The Most-Appreciative. In this form, it means He appreciates the smallest of deeds, He appreciates the deeds all the time, and His appreciation is unlimited.

وَمَنْ يَقْتَرِفْ حَسَنَةً نَزِدْ لَهُ فِيهَا حُسْنًا إِنَّ اللَّهَ غَفُورٌ شَكُورٌ

“…And whoever commits a good deed — We will increase for him good therein. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Appreciative.” (Qur’an, 42:23)

The Prophet ﷺ urged us to do good deeds no matter how small, as he said that we should protect ourselves from the Fire by giving even half of a date in charity [Bukhari]. Now imagine if you give even more?

This is why the Prophet ﷺ reminds us, “Do not belittle any good deed, even meeting your brother with a cheerful face,” [Muslim]. Allah appreciates the deeds that are done to all creatures, not simply humans. The Prophet ﷺ narrates to us a story of a man who was extremely thirsty, and found a well, which he climbed down to fetch water to quench his thirst. He then saw a dog which was panting out of thirst. Recognizing that the dog felt the exact same thing he was a few minutes ago, he climbed back down the well in order to give the dog some water. Allah appreciated his action (fashakara Allahu lahu) and forgave his sins [Bukhari and Muslim].

Simple acts like glorifying Allah (saying subhan’Allah – glory be to God) 100 times grants you 1000 good deeds.

Allah (swt) even appreciates our intention. The Prophet ﷺ describes two men: one man whom Allah has bestowed upon wealth and knowledge, and he acts upon that knowledge and gives from his wealth; and another man whom Allah has given knowledge but no wealth, and that man says, “If I had the wealth he had, I would do the same”. The Prophet ﷺ said “And they are rewarded the same”. [Ibn Majah]

Go out of your way to help someone, not expecting anything in return, and someone along the road will do that for you as a reward from Allah (swt). I remember someone telling my father and me about a time he was severely in debt. Only halfway through the month he was counting the little money that he had, not sure how he would feed his family for the next few weeks. He told us that as he was thinking about what he should do, a man who had borrowed money from him 10 years ago when he was a student called him and said he had the money to pay him back. Nothing we ever do is lost. Allah (swt) kept that money for him for when he needed it the most. And this man, may Allah bless him, had a habit of never asking for money back when he loaned it to people. It worked to his detriment sometimes, but Allah (swt) appreciated his selfless deed and returned the money to him when it was worth so much more. The Prophet ﷺ exemplified this and always gave people, so much that a Bedouin exclaimed, “O my people! Embrace Islam, for Muhammad gives away like the one who does not fear poverty.” [Muslim]

Being aware of ash-Shakoor

Awareness of ash-Shakoor should inspire in us the following things:

Give as much as you can, be there for people and help where you can. Treat people as you like Allah (swt) to treat you. The Prophet ﷺ said: “Walking with a brother in order to fulfill his needs is better for me than fasting and remaining in devotional seclusion in my mosque for a whole month.” [Tabarani] Allah rewards for the tiniest things we do, so imagine if we start doing great things?

Worship Allah (swt) in the best way that you can. Try to improve the devotion in your prayers, reflect over the Qur’an, fast voluntarily if you can—you will see the effect both in this life and the next insha’Allah! Also, adding a small amount that is continuous is better that doing so much and then burning out, so remember to do what you can bear.

Sometimes Allah (swt) postpones the signs of His appreciation – and this is to build sincerity. Are you going to give up because you don’t see the immediate fruits? Do it for Allah (swt), because you know He is ash-Shakoor in this life and the next, and ask Him to grant you beautiful patience. Remember that the Prophet ﷺ was kind and forbearing and was not treated with the same in Makkah, but Allah (swt) gave him great companions and finally refuge in Madina.

Appreciate people. The Prophet ﷺ taught us that “The one who does not thank people had not thanked God.” [Abu Dawud]

Finally, be grateful for what you have been given by Allah (swt). Al-Ghazali states, “The best way of manifesting thankfulness for the blessings of God Most High is to make use of these blessings in obeying, and not disobeying, Him.”

Allah (swt) says:

“Is the reward for good [anything] but good?

[Qur’an, 55:60]

May Allah enable us to be thankful and appreciative servants of the Most-Appreciative.

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Al-Istikhaarah

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Al-Istikhaarah

Assalaam alaikum Wa rahmatullah Wa barakatuh sisters. hope we are in a state of high iman and taqwa. May Allah increase us in both.

*Supplication for seeking guidance in forming a decision or choosing the proper course.(Al-Istikhaarah)*

On the authority of Jaabir Ibn Abdullah radiyallahu anhu, he said: The Prophet (S) would instruct us to pray for guidance in all of our concerns, just as he would teach us a chapter from the Quran. He (sallallahu alayhi Wa sallam ) would say: if any of you intends to undertake a mater then let him pray two supererogatory units (two rakah naafilah) of prayer and after which he should supplicate:

*اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْتَخِيرُكَ بِعِلْمِكَ وَأَسْتَقْدِرُكَ بِقُدْرَتِكَ وَأَسْأَلُكَ مِنْ فَضْلِكَ الْعَظِيمِ فَإِنَّكَ تَقْدِرُ وَلَا أَقْدِرُ وَتَعْلَمُ وَلَا أَعْلَمُ وَأَنْتَ عَلَّامُ الْغُيُوبِ اللَّهُمَّ إِنْ كُنْتَ تَعْلَمُ أَنَّ هَذَا الْأَمْرَ خَيْرٌ لِي فِي دِينِي وَمَعَاشِي وَعَاقِبَةِ أَمْرِي فَاقْدُرْهُ لِي وَيَسِّرْهُ لِي ثُمَّ بَارِكْ لِي فِيهِ وَإِنْ كُنْتَ تَعْلَمُ أَنَّ هَذَا الْأَمْرَ شَرٌّ لِي فِي دِينِي وَمَعَاشِي وَعَاقِبَةِ أَمْرِي فَاصْرِفْهُ عَنِّي وَاصْرِفْنِي عَنْهُ وَاقْدُرْ لِي الْخَيْرَ حَيْثُ كَانَ ثُمَّ أَرْضِنِي*

*Allâhumma inni astakhiruka bi ilmika wa astaqdiruka biqudratika wa as’aluka min fadlikal-azimi, fa innaka taqdiru walâ aqdiru wa ta’lamu walâ a’lamu wa anta allamul ghuyubi. Allâhumma in kunta ta’lamu anna hâdhal amra khayrun li fi dini wa ma-ashi wa aqibati amri faqdir-hu li wa yassir-hu li thumma barik li fihi wa in kunta ta’lamu anna hâdhal amra sharrun li fi dini wa maâshi wa aqibati amri fasrifhu anni wasrifni anhu waqdir liyal-khayra haythu kâna thumma ardini.*

*O Allaah, I seek Your counsel by Your knowledge and by Your power I seek strength and I ask You from Your immense favour, for verily You are able while I am not and verily You know while I do not and You are the Knower of the unseen. O Allaah, if You know this affair -(and here he mentions his need)- to be good for me in relation to my religion, my life, and end, then decree and facilitate it for me, and bless me with it, and if You know this affair to be ill for me towards my religion, my life, and end, then remove it from me and remove me from it , and decree for me what is good wherever it be and make me satisfied with such.*

One who seeks guidance from his Creator and consults his fellow believers and then remains firm in his resolve does not regret for Allaah has said:

“and consult them in the affair. Then when you have taken a decision, put your trust in Allaah”

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Hudhayfah Ibn Al-Yaman

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Hudhayfah Ibn Al-Yaman

“If you wish you may consider yourself among the Muhajirin or, if you wish, you may consider yourself one of the Ansar. Choose whichever is dearer to you.”

With these words, the Prohet (S.A.W) addressed Hudhayfah ibn al-Yaman when he met him for the first time in Makkah. How did Hudhayfah come to have this choice’?

His father, al-Yaman was a Makkan from the tribe of Abs. He had killed someone and had been forced to leave Makkah. He had settled down in Yathrib, becoming an ally (halif) of the Banu al-Ash-hal and marrying into the tribe. A son named Hudhayfah was born to him. The restrictions on his returning to Makkah were eventually lifted and he divided his time between Makkah and Yathrib but stayed more in Yathrib and was more attached to it.

This was how Hudhayfah had a Makkan origin but a Yathribite upbringing. When the rays of Islam began to radiate over the Arabian peninsula, a delegation from the Abs tribe, which included al-Yaman, went to the Prophet and announced their acceptance of Islam. That was before the Prophet migrated to Yathrib.

Hudhayfah grew up in a Muslim household and was taught by both his mother and father who were among the first persons from Yathrib to enter the religion of God. He therefore became a Muslim before meeting the Prophet(S.A.W).

Hudhayfah longed to meet the Prophet. From an early age, he was keen on following whatever news there was about him. The more he heard, the more his affection for the Prophet grew and the more he longed to meet him.

He eventually journeyed to Makkah, met the Prophet and put the question to him, “Am I a muhajir or am I an Ansari, O Rasulullah?”

“If you wish you may consider yourself among the muhajirin, or if you wish you may consider yourself one of the Ansar. Choose whichever is dearer to you,” replied the Prophet. “Well, I am an Ansari. O Rasulullah,” decided Hudhayfah.

At Madinah, after the Hijrah, Hudhayfah became closely attached to the Prophet. He participated in all the military engagements except Badr. Explaining why he missed the Battle of Badr, he said: “I would not have missed Badr if my father and I had not been outside Madinah. The disbelieving Quraysh met us and asked where we were going. We told them we were going to Madinah and they asked whether we intended to meet Muhammad. We insisted that we only wanted to go to Madinah. They allowed us to go only after they extracted from us an undertaking not to help Muhammad against them and not to fight along with them.

“When we came to the Prophet we told him about our undertaking to the Quraysh and asked him what should we do. He said that we should ignore the undertaking and seek God’s help against them.”

Hudhayfah participated in the Battle of Uhud with his father. The pressure on Hudhayfah during the battle was great but he acquitted himself well and emerged safe and sound. A rather different fate, however, awaited his father.

Before the battle, the Prophet (S.A.W) left alYaman, Hudhayfah’s father, and Thabit ibn Waqsh with the other non-combatants including women and children. This was because they were both quite old. As the fighting grew fiercer, al-Yaman said to his friend: “You have no father (meaning you have no cares). What are we waiting for? We both have only a short time to live. Why don’t we take our swords and join the Messenger of God? Maybe, God will bless us with martyrdom beside His Prophet.”

They quickly prepared for battle and were soon in the thick of the fighting. Thabit ibn Waqsh was blessed with shahdah at the hands of the mushrikin. The father of Hudhayfah, however was set upon by some Muslims who did not recognize who he was. As they flayed him, Hudhayfah cried out: “My father! My father! It’s my father!”

No one heard him. The old man fell, killed in error by the swords of his own brothers in faith. They were filled with pain and remorse. Grieved as he was, Hudhayfah said to them: “May God forgive you for He is the most Merciful of those who show mercy.”

The Prophet (S.A.W) wanted diyah (compensation) to be paid to Hudhayfah for the death of his father but Hudhayfah said: “He was simply seeking shahadah and he attained it. O Lord, bear witness that I donate the compensation for him to the Muslims.”

Because of this attitude, Hudhayfah’s stature grew in the eyes of the Prophet (S.A.W) Hudhayfah had three qualities which particularly impressed the Prophet: his unique intelligence which he employed in dealing with difficult situations; his quick wittedness and spontaneous response to the call of action, and his ability to keep a secret even under persistent questioning.

A noticeable policy of the Prophet was to bring out and use the special qualities and strengths of each individual companion of his. In deploying his companions, he was careful to choose the right man for the right task. This he did to excellent advantage in the case of Hudhayfah.

One of the gravest problems the Muslims of Madinah had to face was the existence in their midst of hypocrites (munafiqun) particularly from among the Jews and their allies. Although many of them had declared their acceptance of Islam, the change was only superficial and they continued to plot and intrigue against the Prophet and the Muslims.

Because of Hudhayfah’s ability to keep a secret, the Prophet (S.A.W) confided in him the names of the munafiqin. It was a weighty secret which the Prophet did not disclose to any other off his companions. He gave Hudhayfah the task of watching the movements of the munafiqin, following their activities, and shielding the Muslims from the sinister danger they represented. It was a tremendous responsibility. The munafiqin, because they acted in secrecy and because they knew all the developments and plans of the Muslims from within presented a greater threat to the community than the outright hostility of the kuffar.

From this time onwards. Hudhayfah was called “The Keeper of the Secret of the Messenger of Allah”. Throughout his life he remained faithful to his pledge not to disclose the names of the hypocrites. After the death of the Prophet, the Khalifah often came to him to seek his advice concerning their movements and activities but he remained tight-lipped and cautious.

Umar was only able to find out indirectly who the hypocrites were. If anyone among the Muslims died, Umar would ask:

“Has Hudhayfah attended his funeral prayer?”

If the reply was ‘yes’, he would perform the prayer. If the reply was ‘no’, he became doubtful about the person and refrained from performing the funeral prayer for him.

Once Umar asked Hudhayfah: “Is any of my governors a munafiq?” “One,” replied Hudhayfah. “Point him out to me,” ordered Umar. “That I shall not do,” insisted Hudhayfah who later said that shortly after their conversation Umar dismissed the person just as if he had been guided to him.

Hudhayfah’s special qualities were made use of by the Prophet, (S.A.W) at various times. One of the most testing of such occasions, which required the use of Hudhayfah’s intelligence and his presence of mind, was during the Battle of the Ditch. The Muslims on that occasion were surrounded by enemies. The seige they had been placed under had dragged on. The Muslims were undergoing severe hardship and difficulties. They had expended practically all their effort and were utterly exhausted. So intense was the strain that some even began to despair.

The Quraysh and their allies, meanwhile, were not much better off. Their strength and determination had been sapped. A violent wind overturned their tents, extinguished their fires and pelted their faces and eyes with gusts of sand and dust.

In such decisive moments in the history of warfare, the side that loses is the one that despairs first and the one that wins is the one that holds out longer. The role of army intelligence in such situations often proves to be a crucial factor in determining the outcome of the battle.

At this stage of the confrontation the Prophet, peace be on him, felt he could use the special talents and experience of Hudhayfah ibn al-Yaman. He decided to send Hudhayfah into the midst of the enemy’s positions under cover of darkness to bring him the latest information on their situation and morale before he decided on his next move.

Let us now leave Hudhayfah to relate what happened on this mission fraught with danger and even death.

“That night, we were all seated in rows. Abu Sufyan and his men – the mushrikun of Makkah – were in front of us. The Jewish tribe of Banu Qurayzah were at our rear and we were afraid of them because of our wives and children. The night was stygian dark. Never before was there a darker night nor a wind so strong. So dark was the night that no one could see his fingers and the blast of the wind was like the peel of thunder.

“The hypocrites began to ask the Prophet for permission to leave, saying, ‘Our houses are exposed to the enemy.’ Anyone who asked the Prophet’s permission to leave was allowed to go. Many thus sneaked away until we were left with about three hundred men. “The Prophet then began a round of inspection passing us one by one until he reached me. I had nothing to protect me from the cold except a blanket belonging to my wife which scarcely reached my knees.

He came nearer to me as I lay crouching on the ground and asked: ‘Who is this?’ ‘Hudhayfah,’ replied. ‘Hudhayfah?’ he queried as I huddled myself closer to the ground too afraid to stand up because of the intense hunger and cold. ‘Yes, O Messenger of God,’ I replied. ‘Something is happening among the people (meaning the

forces of Abu Sufyan). Infiltrate their encampment and bring me news of what’s happening,’ instructed the Prophet.

“I set out. At that moment I was the most terrified person of all and felt terribly cold. The Prophet (S.A.W) prayed: ‘O Lord, protect him from in front and from behind, from his right and from his left, from above and from below.’

“By God, no sooner had the Prophet (S.A.W) completed his supplication than God removed from my stomach all traces of fear and from my body all the punishing cold. As I turned to go, the Prophet called me back to him and said: ‘Hudhayfah, on no account do anything among the people (of the opposing forces) until you come back to me.’

‘Yes,’ I replied.

“I went on, inching my way under cover of darkness until I penetrated deep into the mushrikin camp and became just like one of them. Shortly afterwards, Abu Sufyan got up and began to address his men:

‘O people of the Quraysh, I am about to make a statement to you which I fear would reach Muhammad. Therefore, let every man among you look and make sure who is sitting next to him…’

“On hearing this, I immediately grasped the hand of the man next to me and asked, ‘Who are you?’ (thus putting him on the defensive and clearing myself). “Abu Sufyan went on:

‘O people of the Quraysh, by God, you are not in a safe and secure place. Our horses and camels have perished. The Banu Qurayzah have deserted us and we have had unpleasant news about them. We are buffered by this bitterly cold wind. Our fires do not light and our uprooted tents offer no protection. So get moving. For myself, I am leaving.’

“He went to his camel, untethered and mounted it. He struck it and it stood upright. If the Messenger of God, (S.A.W) had not instructed me to do nothing until I returned to him, I would have killed Abu Sufyan then and there with an arrow.

“I returned to the Prophet and found him standing on a blanket performing Salat. When he recognized me, he drew me close to his legs and threw one end of the blanket over me. I informed him of what had happened. He was extremely happy and joyful and gave thanks and praise to

God.

Hudhayfah lived in constant dread of evil and corrupting influences. He felt that goodness and the sources of good in this life were easy to recognize for those who desired good. But it was evil that was deceptive and often difficult to perceive and combat.

He became something of a great moral philosopher. He always warned people to struggle against evil with all their faculties, with their heart, hands and tongue. Those who stood against evil only with their hearts and tongues, and not with their hands, he considered as having abandoned a part of truth. Those who hated evil only in their hearts but did not combat it with their tongues and hands forsook two parts of truth and those who neither detested nor confronted evil with their hearts, tongues or hands he considered as physically alive but morally dead.

Speaking about ‘hearts’ and their relationship to guidance and error, he once said: “There are four kinds of hearts. The heart that is encased or atrophied. That is the heart of the kafir or ungrateful disbeliever. The heart that is shaped into thin layers. That is the heart of the munafiq or hypocrite. The heart that is open and bare and on which shines a radiant light. That is the heart of the mumin or the believer. Finally there is the heart in which there is both hypocrisy and faith. Faith is like a tree which thrives with good water and hypocrisy is like an abscess which thrives on pus and blood. Whichever flourishes more, be it the tree of faith or the abscess of hypocrisy, wins control of the heart.”

Hudhayfah’s experience with hypocrisy and his efforts to combat it gave a touch of sharpness and severity to his tongue. He himself realized this and admitted it with a noble courage: “I went to the Prophet (S.A.W) and said: ‘O Messenger of God, I have a tongue which is sharp and cutting against my family and I fear that this would lead me to hell-fire.’ And the Prophet (S.A.W) said to me: ‘Where do you stand with regard to istighfar – asking forgiveness from Allah? I ask Allah for forgiveness a hundred times during the day. ”

A pensive man like Hudhayfah, one devoted to thought, knowledge and reflection may not have been expected to perform feats of heroism in battlefields. Yet Hudhayfah was to prove himself one of the foremost Muslim military commanders in the expansion of Islam into Iraq. He distinguished himself at Hamadan, ar-Rayy, ad-Daynawar, and at the famous Battle of Nihawand.

For the encounter at Nihawand against the Persian forces, Hudhayfah was placed second in command by Umar over the entire Muslim forces which numbered some thirty thousand. The Persian forces outnumbered them by five to one being some one hundred and fifty thousand strong. The first commander of the Muslim army, an-Numan ibn Maqran, fell early in the battle. The second in command, Hudhayfah, immediately took charge of the situation, giving instructions that the death of the commander should not be broadcast. Under Hudhayfah’s daring and inspiring leadership, the Muslims won a decisive victory despite tremendous odds.

Hudhayfah was made governor of important places like Kufa and Ctesiphon (al-Madain). When the news of his appointment as governor of Ctesiphon reached its inhabitants, crowds went out to meet and greet this famous companion of the Prophet of whose piety and righteousness they had heard so much. His great role in the conquests of Persia was already a legend.

As the welcoming party waited, a lean, somewhat scrawny man with dangling feet astride a donkey approached. In his hand he held a loaf of bread and some salt and he ate as he went along. When the rider was already in their midst they realized that he was Hudhayfah, the governor for whom they were waiting. They could not contain their surprise. What manner of man was this! They could however be excused for not recognizing him for they were used to the style, the pomp and the grandeur of Persian rulers.

Hudhayfah carried on and people crowded around him. He saw they were expecting him to speak and he cast a searching look at their faces. Eventually, he said: “Beware of places of fitnah and intrigue.” “And what,” they asked, “are places of intrigue?” He replied: “The doors of rulers where some people go and try to make the ruler or governor believe lies and praise him for (qualities) he does not possess.”

With these words, the people were prepared for what to expect from their new governor. They knew at once that there was nothing in the world that he despised more than hypocrisy.

Al-Adheem

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Al-Adheem

{99 Names of Allah Series}

Assalamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullah Wa Barakatuh

I hope we are in the best state of health and iman.

Al-Adheem – The Magnificient

‘Adheem comes from the root ayn-Dhaa-meem, which points to four main meanings. The first is to be great, large, vast, huge, and enormous and also to be great in rank. The second main meaning is to be imposing, powerful, superior, and honoured, and the fourth is to be above any imperfection.

Linguistically, ‘adheem is a superlative derived from the noun `idham, which encompasses greatness, magnanimity, and honour. Al-‘Adheem, is the One whose greatness can’t be grasped by sight; it’s beyond all limits, and no human intellect can ever absorb it.

Allah’s name Al-‘Adheem— The Magnificent, The Supreme Glory, the Greatest — on eleven occasions in the Quran. He is the One whose might and grandeur are contained within Himself. All His actions are perfect, and only He deserves to be exalted by creation. Al-‘Adheem is the owner of all power, might, and strength. Everything besides Him is small and insignificant!

Al-‘Adheem Himself says: He is the most High, the Greatest. [Quran, 2:255] . . . To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth, and He is the Most High, the Most Great. [Quran, 42:4] So exalt the name of your Lord, the Most Great. [Quran, 56:74]

‘Adhm means bone; it refers to strength. Al-‘Adheem is the greatest and the strongest and He chose us to contemplate His greatness and strength each time we bow down and say ‘Subhaana Rabbiyal ‘Adheem’ in our prayer.

In His ultimate wisdom He chose this name of all His names to be repeated a minimum of three times in each prayer. We say it while we are bowing down, submitting to His greatness and strength. When we bow in rukoo’ we should focus all of our body and mind on how inferior we are in comparison with Al-‘Adheem. Bowing is admitting, testifying to the grandeur and the might of Allah ‘azza wa jall!

In the Arabic language the word ‘adheem is used to point out to different concepts of greatness, for example a punishment ‘adheem is a great punishment, or a man ‘adheem is a great man.

However, the magnificence of Allah Al-‘Adheem is beyond our imagination, even though we see part of His actions in the world we live in. Each attribute or action of any created being, even though it seems great, is insignificant looking at Al-‘Adheem. For example the knowledge of the most learned scholar cannot even be compared to the perfect knowledge of Al-‘Adheem, not in the slightest.

Abu Hurairah, may Allah be pleased with him, reported: The Messenger of Allah salallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: ‘There are two statements that are light for the tongue to remember, heavy in the Scales and are dear to the Merciful: Subhan-Allahi wa bihamdihi, Subhan-Allahil-‘Adheem [Glory be to Allah and His is the praise, (and) Allah, the Greatest is free from imperfection).’ [Al-Bukharee and Muslim] Make it a habit to say this any spare moment, while working, cooking, waiting, travelling, etc

He is the owner of all strength; each hardship, challenge, or problem you face is insignificant compared to what He was able to create. Al-‘Adheem created the beautiful sky and the strong and huge mountains— don’t you think He will be able to solve all your problems? So ask Al-‘Adheem to help you in all situations and call on Him whenever you feel you need strength to carry on in life.

May we always turn to Al-Adheem always and forgive us for doubting His might and magnificence. Ameen!

*Dua when leaving the house*

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*Dua when leaving the house*

Assalaam alaikum Wa rahmatullah. Our Dua for the week:

Anas ibn Maalik (Radhi Allah Anh) reported:

Prophet Muhammad (Sal Allahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) said,

“Whoever says upon leaving his house:

بِسْمِ اللّٰهِ، تَوَكَّلْتُ عَلَى اللّٰهِ، وَلَا حَوْلَ وَلَا قُوَّةَ إِلَّا بِاللّٰهِ

Bismillaahi, tawakkaltu ‘alallaahi, wa laa hawla wa laa quwwata illaa billaah

In the Name of Allah, I have placed my trust in Allah; there is no might and no power except by Allah.

it will be said to him: ‘You are guided, defended and protected.’ The devil will go far away from him.”

Abu Dawud report it with this addition: “One devil will say to another: ‘How can you deal with a man who has been guided, defended and protected?’”

[Abu Dawud 4/325, At-Tirmithi 5/490 and An-Nasa’i. See also Al-Albani, Sahih At-Tirmithi 3/151]

*Ways to Bring the Qur’an Closer to your heart*

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*Ways to Bring the Qur’an Closer to your heart*

How often do you wake up filled with yearning to accomplish your dreams?

In order to fulfil those dreams, you desire to change your habits to more positive and productive ones. To improve your acts of worship, revive the faith within you and polish your heart which may be going rusty.

These desires drive you to engage in many activities – such as praying Tahajjud (night prayers); increased supplication, feeding the poor & needy; giving in charity; helping out in community projects; and doing dawah work.

One of such blessed activities is that of reciting the Qur’an.

The Prophet (saw) said:

”Recite the Qur’an, for it will intercede for its companions on the day of resurrection” (Muslim)

But, rather than go through it’s recitation in a routine manner, it is important to use it to create a life changing experience. An experience that will allow you recite from the Qur’an with your voice, yet infuse your entire being with its essence. And through its meanings, rediscover a deep connection with your Creator.

Here are some ways you can bring Qur’an close to your heart insha Allah.1

Make quality time for the Qur’an

It is important to have a dedicated and distraction free period for daily recitation of the Qur’an. Your goal should be to recite with calmness and presence of heart, as well as study the meanings of the verses.

As a regular habit, those periods will become a private time for reflection & devotion. And it will clear the mind of the noise & chaos of daily life.

Times such as early mornings & late nights provide the much needed peace and quiet, in addition to having a relaxed body and attentive heart.

Create a wholesome Qur’an experience

Engage your eyes while reading the text either from a hard copy or compatible device. Busy your tonguewith measured and melodic recitation. Fill your earswith personal recitation or listen to other reciters.

Using the different senses will make the experience deeper and more meaningful. And this can be done while cooking or travelling or when alone rather than getting consumed or distracted with negative thoughts/ activities.

Encourage others to connect with the Qur’an too.

Engage your spouse, children & friends to recite along while in their company. You can also listen to each other and seek corrections if reciting from memory.

Connect to daily life

Keep the Qur’an close to you – whether it’s a hard copy, on your phone, mp3 player, tablet – to recite along & listen to frequently.

Ponder deeply and take lessons from meanings, trying to connect these with daily life events. Connecting with such lessons (patience, forgiveness, modesty, hope etc) will evoke emotions – such as tears, feeling raw and vulnerable, contentment, gratefulness, submission – all opening new doors of understanding of life and its tests.

For those who love writing you can journal the most profound connections to your personal life; for others, it is better shared with loved ones.

”Convey from me even if it is only one verse of the Qur’an” (Bukhari & Muslim)

Open your heart

This Qur’an has been given to us as a gift for guidance. Guidance to the path of peace we often crave. As our hearts are always yearning for peace, and calmness amidst the busyness of life.

”This is the Book about which there is no doubt, a guidance for those conscious of Allah…” (Q2:2)

When you open your heart to find guidance through the verses of the Qur’an, you will be able to reflect on the purpose of your existence & how to fulfil it.

You must always remember that the Qur’an is your number one source of guidance and a guidance for all of mankind.

Ask Allah (swt)

Make sincere Du’a for a heart that is attached to the Qur’an & submits to it. And limbs that act upon it’s teachings & a character that is reformed through the lessons within.

It isn’t simply enough to read the Qur’an daily and in the finest of tones. One must seek the truth and guidance so as to act accordingly as the companions did – combining knowledge and action. Seek and you will find light, strength, glad tidings, guidance and much more.

Why not make the Qur’an your trusted companion on this journey of life?

Open your heart to its guidance. And whatever your schedule, make it a top priority never to allow a day to go by without taking a new lesson from the Qur’an. Do it with commitment and sincerity and ask Allah (swt) to keep you steadfast.

Ask Allah (swt) to make you among those who benefit from the Qur’an in this life & beyond.

And to make the Qur’an the spring of your heart and light of your soul.

And ultimately make the Qur’an a witness for you and not against you on the day of judgement.

Take action and benefit from the Qur’an.

From: youthlyhub.com