Day 9

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Surah Aal-Imran, Verse 40.

ﻗَﺎﻝَ ﺭَﺏِّ ﺃَﻧَّﻰٰ ﻳَﻜُﻮﻥُ ﻟِﻲ ﻏُﻼَﻡٌ ﻭَﻗَﺪْ ﺑَﻠَﻐَﻨِﻲَ اﻟْﻜِﺒَﺮُ ﻭَاﻣْﺮَﺃَﺗِﻲ ﻋَﺎﻗِﺮٌ ۖ ﻗَﺎﻝَ ﻛَﺬَٰﻟِﻚَ اﻟﻠَّﻪُ ﻳَﻔْﻌَﻞُ ﻣَﺎ ﻳَﺸَﺎءُ

“He said: “O my Lord! How shall I have son, seeing I am very old, and my wife is barren?” “Thus,” was the answer, “Doth Allah accomplish what He willeth.”

The Prophet Zakariyya (Alaihi salam) was the old man who was charged with taking care of Maryam (Alayha salam) since she was born. He took care of her till she had grown & every time he entered into her chambers to check up on her, he saw that she already had supplies of food & he would be amazed. So he asked her at some point “where does she get this food from?” & her reply was that it was from Allah, & He provide for whom He wills without measure.

Seeing a manifestation of the blessings of Allah, He took the opportunity to ask Allah for something he has always wanted too, A child!

He had barely just finished when Allah sent an angel to give the good news of a child that he will beget, Yahya which Allah describes as noble, chaste & a prophet! Imagine the enormity of the blessings.

Yet in the above Ayah he questions the possibility of having a child, because He is old & his wife, barren. And then Allah reassures him that He is well capable of doing anything He wills.

This is an Amazing lesson for us for sometimes we also hesitate to make certain requests from Allah, fearing to sound ridiculous we tell ourselves “this is far from possible!” & then we don’t even ask anymore. Or after asking we start to question whether or not it is even feasible to get what we have asked for and that weakens our conviction to continue asking and patiently wait for the answer to our prayers!

Certainly Allah does what He wills! But He also knows what is best and this doesn’t mean that everything we ask for would be best for us to get. But for every time we ask, He listens, He responds, He gives, Everytime! It just doesn’t have to be exactly the way you want it, but He will give you in the way that is best..just like Zakariyya (Alaihi salam) didn’t ask for a prophet but Allah gave him the very best thing, a prophet as a son!

So keep making dua with patience & conviction & know that Allah responds to every one of them and gives you at the best time, in the best way and the best thing!

May Allah (subhanahu wata aaila) make us of those who ponder upon His verses and reap it’s benefit, aameen.

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Day 8

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“And they give food, inspite of their love for it (or for the love of Him), to Miskin (poor), the orphan, and the captive,

(Saying): “We feed you seeking Allah’s Countenance only. We wish for no reward, nor thanks from you.

“Verily, We fear from our Lord a Day, hard and distressful, that will make the faces look horrible (from extreme dislikeness to it).” (Q76:8-10)

Allah tells us about one of beautiful attributes of the righteous. They are those who feed others in spite of their love for it and out of love for Allah expecting nothing in return: meaning it is purely for the sake of Allah, fearing the day that has been described as immensely terrifying and hoping to saved from it.

And indeed Allah says in the Ayah that follows, that He saves such people from the evil of that day and gives them light and Joy and admits them into paradise.

Isn’t it Amazing? Read carefully again the quality of these people. They not just carry out this good deed, but they do so having no expectations from the people. How many times have we done good for others and got annoyed at getting no gratitude or acknowledgement? Isn’t this motivating? When we do things purely for Allah’s sake then it shouldn’t matter whether or not the people give us thanks or a reward. And another lesson is one of the best good deeds to carry out, to earn Allah’s mercy and save ourselves from the torment on the final day is to feed others; the orphans, the poor & needy, the captive, etc.

Ramadhaan presents to us that golden opportunity to not just feed people, but to aid those who have fasted to break their fasts and earn the reward for their fasts as well, we cannot quantify the blessing!

May we be among those who take advantage of Ramadhan to feed others and do so seeking only the countenance of Allah! Aameen

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O people! Verily the promise of Allah is true. So do not let the life of this eorld beguile you nor the arch-deceiver (satan) deceive you about Allah (Q35:5)!”

Allah SWT promises His believing servants many good things as a result of their faith and perserverance. And as muslims, we believe that He will deliver His promise as He has named Himself Al-Haqq which means The Truth.

There is a beautiful dua of the Prophet SAW that talks about Allah SWT as thus:

“O Allah, You are the truth. Your promise is true. Your speech is true. The meeting with you is true. Paradise is true. Hellfire is true. Your Prophets are true and Muhammad SAW is true. The hour is true.

All these are promises of Allah the Almighty which are not changeable. And it is with regard to these promises that the verse is telling us not to let the life of this world attract us causing us to deviate from our main purpose of life which is to worship Allah.

The 2 major ways in which Shaytan can deceive us are:

1. By making the glories of this world e.g rank, wealth, position, etc look attractive to us so that we lose ourselves in trying to attain them by all means.

2. When man is able to control himself, He makes him proud of the forgiveness and mercy of Allah and tries to lure him into sin and disobedience.

We tell ourselves ‘Allah is the Most merciful of all Merciful’ but fail to remember that He has also told us that He is severe in retribution. And so we should always bear it in mind that His Mercy never encourages any one to commit sins, just as His Wrath cannot be the cause of despair.

We seek refuge in Allah to save us from shaitans deception, and guide us to benefit more from the Qur’an, ameen.

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O My slaves! No fear for shall be on you this day, nor shall you grieve. (Q43:68)

Jannah=BLISS!

I Always tell myself this- there is no slacking. We MUST make it to Jannah bi idhniAllaah. What is in this dunya that is worth selling our jannah for?

No fear, no grief.

The thought of a life with the absence of these two variables alone gives me goosebumps. Aren’t these two things all what this life is about? Is there anyone who can beat his chest and say he has no fear nor worries?

At the beginning of this year, i lost my father. As we were at the hospital waiting for his body to be given to us, some sympathisers started to come. One of them hugged me tightly and started to cry profusely. She was sobbing really hard and even in my state of confusion i couldn’t help but wonder why she was this emotional as she wasn’t any close relative nor did she even know my father. Then just as if she knew what was going through my mind, she wailed ‘Ya Allah, what if it were my father?! I don’t know how i will handle it’. And with that she sent us all into tears again.

This is life for you. Even if that wound has not yet touched you, the fear that it may happen to you would make you restless. You pay sums of money for hospital check ups for fear that illness should overtake you. You have burglar proof in all the windows of your house for fear that your house will be raided. You hoard money for fear of poverty. No matter how rich you are, you cannot run away from fear. Infact the more you have, the more fear you have of losing it.

No fear, no grief.

Then, Imagine not having to grieve or fear about anything?! Close your eyes and imagine please. You can sleep with your eyes closed. No fear that someone will come and struck you at night. No fear of losing a loved one. No fear of giving birth to unhealthy kids. No boko haram, nothing!

It is said that when the people of Jannah enter Paradise they would say .. ‘

‘And they say, Praise be to Allah who has put grief away from us. Verily, our Lord is Forgiving, Bountiful’ 35:34

No fear, no grief.

Tell me if this alone doesn’t make us all want to die and leave for jannah?

May Allah SWT make us of those who regularly ponder upon His verses and bless us with jannatul firdaus, ameen.

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Day 5

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“Verily, with every difficulty there is relief”.

(Surah Ash-sharh, Verse 6).

Everytime I think about this Ayah, I think about it in two ways. The word “with” means that the two things mentioned go hand in hand.

When we think about it while remembering the name of Allah “Ar-Rahmaan” which not only means the one Who is Most Beneficient/Merciful/Kind/Caring/Compassionate, but also means that He is constantly exhibiting these attributes towards us, we realize that Allah is always being merciful, kind and caring towards us, not just at night or during the day, not just when we ask but every single time.

He is constantly showing mercy and compassion, it only becomes even more at certain times  (e.g when keep asking for more or seasons like ramadhan and other blessed months).

Going back to this ayah, this realization makes us remember even at times of hardship that there is relief/ease along with it. There is Allah’s mercy and compassion right next to it. It could be much worse, it’s an opportunity to earn Allah’s reward through patience, it is a passing trial that perhaps Allah wants to use to elevate our status in His sight. All of these come to mind when we think deeply about this Ayah.

And it could also mean that right after this difficulty comes relief, right behind it, closely following it is ease, hence we only need to be patient for a while for it definitely will pass.

May Allah make us remember through any difficulty that there is ease in and after it, & may He grant us the ability to be patient, and be of those who ponder upon His verses and benefit from them always, ameen.

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Surah Nuh, Verse 10-12

“….‘Ask forgiveness of your Lord. Indeed, He is ever a Perpetual Forgiver.”

He will send [rain from] the sky upon you in [continuing] showers

And give you increase in wealth and children and provide for you gardens and provide for you rivers.”

This is one of the beautiful Ayahs where Allah shares with us tips on how to get certain specific things alongside the virtue of doing certain acts of Ibadah.

Among the most beloved acts of Ibadah is seeking the forgiveness of Allah so much so that the prophet salAllahu alayhi wa sallam said;

“By the One in Whose Hand my soul is! If you do not commit sins, Allah would replace you with a people who would commit sins and seek forgiveness from Allah; and Allah will certainly forgive them.” [Muslim].

Istighfar has so many virtues and in this particular Ayah Allah tells us that it can also be a means through which we get the blessing of rain, increase in wealth and children and gardens and rivers.  SubhanAllaah.

And yet to cap it all, besides all these, the fact that it is a means to erase the sins we constantly commit is enough to engage in it continuously so that perhaps we may earn Allah’s mercy and be admitted into Jannah.

May Allah make us among those who seek His forgiveness always, and continuously ponder upon His verses, ameen thumma ameen.

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“Verily! In the creation of the heavens and of the earth, and in the alternation of the night and the day, there are indeed signs for men of understanding”(Q3:19)

The sky is no doubt a magnificent creation of Allah. Its altitude runs into hundreds of miles with no pillars of any type supporting it. It changes color from the usual blue, to red and black at certain times and places. And within a very short while, patches of clouds seen swimming in it can come together, and from within them, droplets of rain come down.

The earth, as ordinary as it seems, is also a great creation of Allah. The yellow pineapples and the red water melons, The orange tangerines and the purple grapes, are all produce of the earth. The many different flowers we have, in many different sizes, shapes and colours, all sprout out from the ordinary earth, without the use of chemicals or colour pigments of any kind, subhanallah.

It is said that the rotation of the earth around it’s axis atimes facing the sun and atimes backing it, causes the alternation of the day and night. But take a moment to ponder, how does it maintain this rotation? What system supports it? And how come it hasn’t failed after many hundred and thousands of years! Allahu akbar!

These are all pointers to the greatness of our Lord Allah (subhanahu wata aala). He alone is able to do anything, create anything and regulate everything. He can do ALL that He wishes.

How then are we able to keep disobeying Him knowing for sure He is able to punish us? And how then are we able to lose hope in Him knowing for sure He is able to do all things?

May Allah (subhanahu wata aala) make us among those who regularly ponder upon the signs [ameen].

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