Monthly Archives: April 2013

Qalbeen Saleem; A pure heart.

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Written by ·Fatima Adam·

The day of Qiyaamah was described as:  “yauma La yanfa’u maalun wa Laa banuun, Illaa man Ataa Allaahu bi Qalbin Saleem-The day when wealth and children will not benefit anyone except he who will come to Allah with the Qalbin Saleem (A pure heart)” [Suratul Shu’ara 87-89]

 Now, we all want Allaah’s mercy on that day, we all hope for it…and we’re told now that none of our worldly acquisitions will benefit us,…not the wealth nor the children…everyone’s on his own…but that there is something, that will help us on that day,…and that is the ‘Qalbin Saleem’…

We weren’t given a direct english translation for this phrase, as the Ulama have interpreted it in different ways based on their understanding…

*Abdullah bin Abbas, Mujaahid, Qataadah, Ibn Sireen and many others (Radiy’Allaahu Anhuma) are of the opinion that ‘Qalbin Saleem’ is a heart that is absolutely free from Kufr (disbelief) and Nifaaq (hypocrisy).A heart free from Kibr (pride), Hasad (jealousy) and Hiqd (hatred).  “A Calm, Clean heart, that Has not engaged in association of partnership with the Maker” [mufti menk]

* A Khaalis (sincere) heart [Qurtubi]. This heart has also been described as a heart which, due to extreme love for Allah and His Rasool (Sal’Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam), leads to total obedience to Allah and the teachings of His Rasool. 

The Salaf (pious predecessors) used to say:  “The heart is the king of the limbs and the rest of the limbs are its soldiers; they always obey him by implementing his instructions and they never disobey him in any regard.  (Remember) when the king is pious, his soldiers will also be pious.  Similarly, when the king is sinful, his soldiers will also be sinful.” (Jaami-ul-Uloom wal-Hikam)

Sa’eed bin Musayyab explains that the Arabs very often used the word ‘Saleem’ in the meaning of ‘Ladeegh’ (one who was bitten by a snake or scorpion) and this is exactly the case in the phrase Qalbin Saleem. 

(Ruh-ul-Ma’aani) The Qalbin Saleem is also the heart which, due to extreme fear for Allah, is like the heart of a person who has just been bitten by a scorpion. 

(Qurtubi) In the words of Abu Bakr ibn-ul-Arabi, it is a heart that is “burnt and stung with fear (for Allah). 

Some commentators of Hadith claim that the group of people who will enter Jannah because “their hearts are like the hearts of the birds” (Muslim) refer to people whose hearts are overwhelmed with fear for Allah.

The Criteria for attaining this purity of the heart are (as mentioned previously); This is an explanation based on my limited understanding..Firstly,–» the heart should be Devoid of Kufr. 

This requires one to establish firm belief in Allaah, His Oneness, Might and Greatness. He as Our Creator, and By Who’s will  that we shall all be Called to Account for Our Deeds, and On Destiny nd Pre-decree, ‘Qada wa Qadar’.The heart Should have knowledge about Allaah, and His attributes and

Thus Contain Fear of Allaah alongside Hope in His mercy..Secondly,–» the heart should be free from Hypocrisy.Hypocrisy entails; ‘Lying in Speech, betraying Trusts and Breaking Promises’ So, the heart should be free from all of these. 

And the heart should be one that is conscious of Allaah at any situation and is not two-faced…like; this way with this set of people and that way with others.And Allaah Subhanahu wa ta’alah Says; ‘And of mankind, there are some (hypocrites) who say: ‘we Believe in Allaah and the Last Day’ while in fact they believe not….’In their hearts is a disease (of doubt and hypocrisy) and Allaah has increased their disease.

A painful torment is theirs because they used to tell lies.” (Surah 2. Al-Baqarah; Ayah 8  tested in different ways. And Allaah is never unjust. A hadith that supports this is “None of You truly believes until he loves for his brother that which he loves from himself” (muslim) 
—» Free From Hatred. For a heart to be Completely pure, it should not contain any hatred. Rather, it should be filled with love and mercy…Kindness and Compassion…For if not for the Common faith, atleast for Our Common Humanity.

Lastly, A Criteria that probably summarizes all the others listed…The heart Should be ‘Sincere’ (Khaalis)…Allaahu Akbar!Sincerity to Allaah, to Oneself and to Others, free from hypocrisy, or any form of falsehood…a heart that is True and Real.

A certain individual was Described to have Possessed this type of Heart…Nabi Ibrahim (Alayhi Salaam)…The Prophet with the Highest Status after Muhammad (SalAllaahu Alayhi wa Sallam)…This Amazing man had, from a very young age understood the need to worship Only One (His maker) and that He would face a lot of trials as he gets closer to His maker. 

Brought up admist those who worship idols, His father being the maker, and seller of these idols infact, He had no fear for them at all.Left with them alone, any child in his position would not have even dared to come near to them, much less talk to them or even break them.

But he did. Because he feared nothing, knowing that He had a Rabb, a maker, The Only One who can save him.

He understood life as a test, and as one who was closest to his Rabb his test was going to be even Greater. He had One Challenge after the Other, but never looked at them as though they were problems, but as beautiful tests from Allaah through which he would gain closeness to Him. And this is related to the saying of the prophet; ‘it is when Allaah loves a Slave that He puts tests in his life’ and another narration says, ‘the greater the test, the greater the reward’. And When he (Ibrahim) was called and questioned by the King Nimrod, whom Allaah had granted some authority…and He had asked him ‘who do u worship?’ and he (Ibrahim, Alayhi Salaam) said, ‘I worship the One who gives life and takes it’…to that the King replied, ‘well I give life and I can take’ and sent for two prisoners, one of whom he instructed to be killed and the other to be freed…SubhanAllaah…Amazed at the extent of his foolishness, ibrahim Alayhi Salaam said, ‘I worship the One who Causes the Sun to Rise from the East,..Cause it to rise from the west (if u can) and I shall worship you’…and He (Nimrod) was defeated completely…
And the Courage this Young boy had to debate with a king, sprung forth out of fearlessness for anything other than Allaah…Because he had that Firm, Clean heart…the ‘Qalbin Saleem’…[If we are to discuss the lessons from Story of prophet ibrahim in full, it will be sufficient as an explanation; but it would also be a long read so let’s move on in sha Allaah…:)]

So, Allaah Subhanahu wa ta’alah in His infinite mercy, has granted every child a ‘Qalb As Saleem’ (A sound heart).

This means that we were all given Sound hearts upon birth. Whenever we disobey Allaah, we are slowly destroying that sound heart, slowly injuring it, until in the process it gets killed! SubhanAllaah…But upon repentance, the injury of the heart starts to recover, and it takes some time till its fully recovered…(and that is what we all hope for in sha Allaah; full recovery of our hearts that they become Sound and pure again) In other words, the more we disobey Allaah the more injury we cause to our hearts. None of us disobeys Allaah except that He is killing his own soul,…its like suicide and we do not even realize it…we are slowly killing our souls daily by the sins that we accummulate and the only Cure is sincere Taubah, Repentance, and then avoidance of the Sins.

All what has been mentioned previously add up to form what will ‘make or break’ our hearts…(In their presence or absence)…Like we mentioned, Nifaq (hypocrisy), jealousy, hatred, kufr, etc…we need to eliminate them…and sincerity (ikhlas), love for one another for the Sake of Allaah, Taqwa (Consciousness of Allaah), etc…we need to inculcate them…So that we can (in sha Allaah) recover the Soundness of our hearts and meet Allaah with Such hearts ‘Qalbin Saleem’.

We ask Allaah to Grant us Hearts that are Submissive to His will, Firm, Clean, Soft and Pure Hearts, ‘Qalb As Saleem’…We Ask Him for Increase in Imaan, Taqwa and ikhlaas and that He makes us and our families of those Who will be enveloped in His Mercy on that Day. Aameen.

For any wrong statement or mistake I have made, it is from my imperfection, my nafs and Shaytaan…And All Good comes from Allaah.

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Resolution; make one.

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Written by ·Fatima Adam·

Besides ultimately seeking the forgiveness of Allaah every now and again, we need to seek the forgiveness of people wallahi..Because wallahi, real loosers are those who go on the day of judgement after having fasted, having prayed, gone for hajj, given charity and everything…but come bankrupt, yes bankrupt! On the day of judgement because we stepped on the rights of others…
Because we backbite others, slandered, misappropraited their rights and what not…What loss that’ll be, So great indeed!

And knowing it is only so possible that we sleep nd never wake up…and we’re left with what we’ll give or take on that day! Give or take in the sense that, giving out the few ‘good deeds’ we’ve worked so hard to pile up, because we’ve wronged someone…or take their bad deeds from them, because we were too proud to seek forgiveness while we had the opportunity.

And better yet, why can’t we just avoid this altogether? Take this decision today and Now, never to intentionally, knowingly step on the rights of others, even those who have wronged you…let us decide to take the route of forgiveness, forgive everyone for everything coz we can never, EVER forgive anyone more than ALLAH has forgiven Us!!

And doing that, we are anticipating, slowly becoming worthy of the mercy and forgiveness of Allaah and that of people!

Let us take this resolve to Protect ourselves, respect ourselves, love ourselves enough to not punish ourselves by taking up the bad deeds of others or dashing out ours, by backbiting, taunting, speaking ill of others, even IF we think they deserve it, no matter what!

Let us take this resolve to leave off matters that do not concern us, matters that do not benefit us, matters that do us no good, matters that bring doubt to our hearts…

Finally, let us take this resolve to leave everyone to worry about their deeds and not judge, be kind to everyone…do as much as we can, try our best and be sincere to Allaah, and to ourselves…

Never offend or get offended, take this Dunya as it is ‘Light’…’Insignificant’ and leave everything to Allaah…for in the end, it is only by the mercy of Allaah and not our actions that we attain Success…

2 Tips to improve your character + bonus point!

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Inspired by a talk by Brother Nouman Ali Khan {may Allah preserve him}

Often times, the thought of having to become a better person as being synonymous with being ‘holier than thou’ is demoralising and need i not say discouraging.

Islam is a way of life, a religion and the Qur’an a constitution by the creator for the creation. Thus, if this constitution does not tally with the manner of the creation’s thoughts, does not consider their weaknesses and strengths, then it won’t be considered a constitution per se now would it?

Allah says,

ذَٰلِكَ الْكِتَابُ لَا رَيْبَ فِيهِ هُدًى لِّلْمُتَّقِينَ

This Book, there is no doubt in it, is a guide to those who guard (against evil). [Q2:2]

A constitution, a guide for those who guard against evil…

Because, islam considers these weaknesses and thus, Allah does not which to over burden us.

2 tips to improve your character;

1) Do no harm; abstain from evil deeds. The little evil deeds we engage in with our tongue like lieing, with our eyes like staring at obscene scenes or even non-mahrams, we think them insignificant. They are as the prophet-peace be upon him-said; like twigs…they pile up and soon may be our cause of destruction.

2)Do little good deeds; “never trivialise any good deed.”{Yasir Qadhi}, actions are judged by intentions the prophet-peace be upon him- said also. Hence, it isnt about the quantity of the actions but the quality of the heart. The little good deeds like honesty, generosity, politeness etc. Maybe our ticket to jannah and not the qiyaam at night or the sunnah fasts. Regardless, no good deed is to be trivialised or be a reason for our arrogance. Instead, we should focus on the little details and re-nourishing our hearts with sincerity. For if it is set right, all our actions will be set right and the reverse if it is corrupt.

Bonus Point;
What does Allah want from us?

Allah is Al-Ghani, the One who is free of need. And we are in need of everything we can get from Allah. Allah wants tonlighten for us our burden, which is why He-glory to Him- enjoins us to righteous good deeds that He may provide for us and increase us in all good thereby making us free of want.

The Only Shelter in the storm

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The Only Shelter in the Storm
By Yasmin Mogahed.

It’s never easy to stand when the storm hits. As soon as it starts raining, lightning shortly follows. Dark clouds replace the sun and all you can see are the waves of an ocean, once calm, surrounding you. No longer able to find your way, you reach out for help.

You begin by calling the coast guard. No reply. You try again to redirect the boat. No use. You look for the lifeboat. It’s gone. You reach for a life jacket. Torn. Finally after you’ve exhausted every means, you turn your face upward.

And ask God.

But there’s something completely unique about this moment. At this instant, you experience something you otherwise could only theorize about: true tawheed. Oneness. See, on shore, you may have called on God. But you called on Him along with so many others. You may have depended on God. But you depended on Him along with so many other handholds. But for this singular moment, everything else is closed. Everything. There is nothing left to call on. Nothing left to depend on. But Him.

And that’s the point.

Do you ever wonder why when you’re most in need, every door you seek of the creation remains closed? You knock on one, but it’s slammed shut. So you go to another. It’s also shut. You go from door to door, knocking, pounding on each one, but nothing opens. And even those doors you had once depended on, suddenly shut. Why? Why does that happen?

See, we humans have certain qualities which God knows well. We are constantly in a state of need. We are weak. But, we are also hasty and impatient. When we are in trouble, we will be pushed to seek assistance. And that’s the design. Why would we seek shelter if it’s sunny and the weather is nice? When does one seek refuge? It is when the storm hits. So Allah subahanahu wa ta`ala (exlated is He) sends the storm; He makes the need through a created situation, so that we will be driven to seek shelter.

But when we do seek assistance, because of our impatience, we seek it in what is near and what seems easy. We seek it in what we can see and hear and touch. We look for shortcuts. We seek help in the creation, including our own selves. We look for help in what seems closest. And isn’t that exactly what dunya (worldly life) is? What seems near. The word ‘dunya’ itself means ‘that which is lower’. Dunya is what seems closest. But, this is only an illusion.

There is something closer.

Think for a moment about what’s nearest to you. If asked this question, many would say it is the heart and the self that are nearest. But, Allah (swt) says:

“It was We Who created man, and We know what dark suggestions his nafs (self) makes to him: for We are nearer to him than (his) jugular vein,” (Qur’an 50:16).

In this verse, Allah (swt) begins by showing us that He knows our struggles. There is comfort in knowing that someone sees our struggles. He knows what our own self calls us to. But He is closer. He is closer than our own self and what it calls for.  He is closer than our jugular vein. And why the jugular? What is so striking about this part of us? The jugular vein is the most important vein that brings blood to the heart. If severed, we die almost immediately. It is literally our lifeline. But Allah (swt) is closer. Allah (swt) is closer than our own life, than our own Self, than our own nafs. And He is closer than the most important pathway to our heart.

In another verse, Allah (swt) says:

“O ye who believe! give your response to Allah and His Messenger, when He calleth you to that which will give you life; and know that Allah cometh in between a man and his heart, and that it is He to Whom ye shall (all) be gathered,” (Qur’an 8:24).

Allah (swt) knows we have a nafs. Allah knows we have a heart. Allah knows that these things drive us. But Allah tells us that He is closer to us than even these. So when we reach for other than Him, we are not only reaching for what is weaker, we are also reaching past what is closer, for what is further and more distant. Subhan Allah (Glory be to God).

So since this is our nature, as Allah (swt) knows best, He protects and redirects us by keeping all other doors of refuge closed during the storm. He knows that behind each false door is a drop. And if we enter it, we will fall. In His mercy, He keeps those false doors closed.

In His mercy, He sent the storm itself to make us seek help. And then knowing that we’re likely to get the wrong answer, He gives us a multiple choice exam with only one option to choose from: the correct answer.  The hardship itself is ease.  By taking away all other handholds, all other multiple choice options, He has made the test simple.

It’s never easy to stand when the storm hits. And that’s exactly the point. By sending the wind, He brings us to our knees: the perfect position to pray.