Monthly Archives: October 2013

Some Sahaba and their Fortes

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Abdullah Ibn Abbas; Qur’an Interpretation

Abdullah Ibn Umar; Science of the Sunnah

Abdullah Ibn Zubair; War tactics

Ubayy Ibn Ka’ab; Qur’an recitation

Zaid Ibn Thabit; Linguistics

Mu’az Ibn Jabal; Jurisprudence

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Keep Going…

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Written by Bint Salih

In the beginning, It’s all the excitement of learning the beautiful words of Allah (maybe even with a twin), just the thoughts of the words flowing freely and easily from your lips. You even daydream of being a haafidha someday & it makes you all giddy like a butterfly.

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But then, as time goes by, you notice  that some verses are easier than others to memorize, and you find that sometimes you forget what you have memorized. Gradually reality begins to settle, and you realize it isn’t always going to be a trip to the candy shop. You realize it takes sacrifices and determination, and then you might feel “I’m not good enough for this. I might as well stop and give up. After all I haven’t gone far anyway”. But at that moment, pause and think. Aren’t the rewards for all these sacrifices worth it? When you would be told,  ‘Go on reciting the Qur’an and continue ascending the storeys of paradise and recite in the slow manner you had been reciting in the worldly life. Your final abode will be where you reach at the time you recite the last ayah (verse).” (Ahmed, Tirmidhi, Abu Dawood).

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When your parents would be dressed ever so beautifully and a crown of such brilliance will be placed on their heads, one whose glitter will outshine the brilliance of the sun which penetrates your houses. And Rasulullah (ﷺ) would be proud of you for holding on to his message despite his absence from your sight (but not from your heart).

But those are just the rewards of the hereafter. How about the rewards in this dunya? The wisdom and piety that comes with knowing what Allah wants you to know. The ease and the peace of mind and heart that comes with having the words of Allah rooted deeply in your heart.

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The rewards in of itself make the struggles look and feel insignificant. Remember! Our reason for embarking on this journey is not because we want to be complimented for our eloquence in recitation and memory (for we haven’t done anything except by Allah’s permission and will and all good comes from Allah alone and not us), no! We started because we want to practice the religion better. We want Allah to be pleased with us,and what better pleasure is there than attaining the pleasure of Allah?

So whenever we feel we can’t go on, we should purify our intentions and remember that Allah is pleased with us for embarking on this journey.

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“And we have made the Qur’an easy for remembrance, is there any then that’ll remember?” (Al Qamar)

CONTENTMENT: The Mark of a True Believer…

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Contentment can easily be defined as the experience of satisfaction
and being at ease in one’s situation, body or mind.
I want us to discuss about two types of contentment In Shaa Allah.
• Contentment with the decree of Allah &
• Contentment with the blessings that has been bestowed upon us.
Most of us feel troubled when afflicted by calamities; be it in form
of sickness, loss of wealth, death of a loved one or even failure. But
the truth is that, there’s nothing on the face of the earth that would
have prevented that catastrophe from happening, why? Because it has
already been ordained since before we even came into existence.
Allah tells us in the Qur’an,

“No calamity befalls on the earth or in yourselves but it is inscribed
in the Book of decrees, before We bring it into existence. Verily that
is easy for Allah” {Q57:V22}

And the next verse continues to explain the reason we need to know our
problems have already been written;

“In order that you may not be sad over matters you failed to get, nor
rejoice because of that which has been given to you. And Allah likes
not the prideful boasters.”{Q57:V23}

Being content means accepting that whatever has befallen you was not
meant to escape you and whatever escapes you was not meant to befall
you.

Everything that has been preordained shall come to pass and it is
expected of us as Muslims to believe in Pre-ordainment, and by
believing in it, I mean we should be satisfied with it and be content.

Being content does not mean you don’t feel the pains of the trials of
this world, but by being content, you don’t complain and whine
redundantly.

The virtue of contentment is also closely related with the virtue of
Tawwakul (Putting our complete trust in Allah).

“Say: nothing shall ever happen to us except what Allah has ordained
for us. He is our Maula (Lord, Helper, Protector). And in Allah let
the believers put their trust in” {Q9:V51}

And the sweet life of a believer is : Gratitude during prosperity&
patience during adversity; a reward in each case, a win-win situation.

It is in the human nature to always want more and more just like
Oliver Twist(at least his case was different). A new car, latest
clothes, gadgets, more money etc the list goes on and on and on. And what happens when we don’t get what we yearn for? We become depressed
and sad. And in the process, we forget the other blessings which we
take for granted like the air we breathe in, can you imagine if we had
to pay for Oxygen? Or our eyes, nose, ears. Our lives, our health,
safety? All these have been given to us free of charge yet we complain
about insignificant things.

Being content here means remembering the favors of Allah which are so
abundant that he Himself Says:

“And if you count the graces of Allah, never could you be able to
count them” {Q14:V34}

Can we imagine ourselves walking without feet? We take a lot of things
for granted like the sound sleep we get while misery hinders the sleep
of many; we forget the pleasure of good food and water while others
are deprived of it due to sickness. Reflect on your powers of
reasoning and remember those suffering from mental illnesses,
“Then, which of the blessings of your Lord will you both (jinn and
men) deny?” {Q55:V13}

Can we sell our ability to hear & see for a mountain of gold? Or our
ability to speak for huge castles?
We’ve been given abundant blessings, yet we feign ignorance.
Notwithstanding all these blessings, we remain depressed and
despondent. We think of what we don’t have and are ungrateful for what
we’ve been given.
We have so many blessings, it’s high time we stopped being ungrateful
and contemplate the blessings of Allah(SWT) which surround us and be
content as contentment causes us to feel inner peace & our
spirituality increases.

May Allah make our hearts to be filled with contentment, Ameen!

DeensisterS

It is Just you.

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When I feel I’m breaking down, and it becomes harder for me to pick up the fallen pieces,

You always bless me with that person, who would stand by me and help me fix what was broken in me.

When I feel my limbs so weak, and I fear I would never stand again,

You always send me that  person, who would pick me up from where I fell.

Just when I begin to feel no one understands me, you send someone with the same situation as I, who reminds me that you should I turn to for my steps to be guided.

Every day you set forth reminders, for me, to remind me, that you would always guide my steps, as long as I don’t turn away from you, and as long as I don’t loose hope in you.

So I would strive, every step of the way, to attain your pleasure, and to be honoured to be amongst those servants to whom it would be said:

“O reassured soul, return to your lord, well pleased- and pleasing (to Him), And enter among My (righteous) servants, And enter My paradise.” {Q89:27-30}

Love for the Messenger of Allah

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Bismillah.

We’ve forgotten and we all need to be reminded.
We need to be reminded of our beloved. Our beloved who will keep asking and pleading with Allah  Azawajal on the day of judgement. He will keep pleading saying ” Ya Allah, ummati, ummati”. Every other prophet will be worried about him self, scared for him self, but not him.
He will not rest until all of his ummah are taken out of hell. His love for his ummah is evident, he even said he can’t wait to meet those who believe in him without seeing him. (Ya Allah make us from them). We have to admit that we have fallen short especially when we say things like “it’s only sunnah”

He went through a lot for this deen to reach you and me. He felt pain, he suffered cuz he stood up and he warned. Even though he went through a lot, he was a man that would smile, a man that would be kind and would be patient. A man that was so generous he would give out what he was wearing to someone who asked. A man that was so loving would profess his love for his wife in a crowd of men. A man that was so thoughtful he would  pray for every single member of his ummah during tahajjud while in sujood. A man that is described even by the non Muslims,as the most influential man in history. Muhammad sallalahu Alayhi wa Salam, is truly the best human to ever walk on this earth. 

On the flip side, on the day of judgement what would he have to say when the prophet peace be upon him complains to Allah that his ummah have neglected him? Every time we’ve said its only sunnah or we don’t read and learn about him as much as we know what’s happening in vampire diaries. What words would we have in defense of ourselves? As Imam Bukhari said, “Knowledge precedes speech and actions”. My dear deensisters,we need to learn more about Muhammad sallalahu Alayhi wa Salam, through beneficial knowledge we can get to the level of loving him. Then we can hope that our love for him will count when we need it the most. Then we can hope that we will be amongst those that he smiles at, those that he recognizes, those that he wants to meet, those that will be his companions at the highest levels of Jannah.

May Allah purify our intentions, make us worthy and fill our hearts with excessive love for Muhammad salallahu alayhi wa salam.

ALLAHUMMA SALLI ALA MUHAMMADIW WA ALA AALI MUHAMMADIN KAMAA SALLAITA ALA IBRAHIMA WA ALA AALI IBRAHIMA INNAKA HAMIDUM MAJID. ALLAHUMMA BAARIK ALA MUHAMMADIW WA ALA AALI MUHAMMADIN KAMAA BAARAKTA ALA IBRAHIMA WA ALA AALI IBRAHIMA INNAKA HAMIDUM MAJID.

“O Allah, let Your Blessings come upon Muhammad and the family of Muhammad, as you have blessed Ibrahim and his family. Truly, You are Praiseworthy and Glorious. Allah, bless Muhammad and the family of Muhammad, as you have blessed Ibrahim and his family. Truly, You are Praiseworthy and Glorious.”

DeensisterS

Every Drop

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Written by Bint Salih

Bismillahir-Rahmanir-Raheem

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The sight of rain drops sliding down the glass window pane, every single little drop each with its own pace and it’s own course. Each and every one having a purpose. This reminds one of the greatness if Allah. For He is aware of every single little drop, right before it even forms on the clouds, up until the time the heavily pregnant clouds let them down (by His command), and it continues it’s journey down the window pane, it’s purpose known by Allah alone. All this is possible only by His infinite mercy. For once, the land was so dry and crying out for the moist of the rain. Allah mentions:

And it is He Who sends the winds as heralds of glad tidings, going before His Mercy (rain). Till when they have carried a heavy-laden cloud, We drive it to a land that is dead, then We cause water (rain) to descend thereon. Then We produce every kind of fruit therewith. Similarly, We shall raise up the dead, so that you may remember or take heed. (Q7:57)

“Behold in the creation of the heavens and the earth; in the alternation of the Night and the day; in the sailing of the ships through the ocean for the profit of mankind; in the rain which Allah sends down from the skies; and the life which He gives therewith to an earth that is dead; In the beasts of all kinds that He scatters through the earth; In the change of the winds, and the clouds which they trail like their slaves between the sky and the earth- (Here) indeed are signs for a people that are wise. (Q2:164)

Certainly even in the smallest and slightest of things does Allah set out His signs, perchance we might reflect upon them. The diversity and the beauty of nature, the unique shapes of every single snowflake, the unique shape of every drop of water, even in ourselves, the air we breathe in and how we can’t live without it. In all these are signs for those who reflect.

May Allah make us amongst His humble servants who reflect upon His beautiful signs and take lessons out of them, ameen!

Every Drop

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Written by Bint Salih

Bismillahir-Rahmanir-Raheem

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The sight of rain drops sliding down the glass window pane, every single little drop each with its own pace and it’s own course. Each and every one having a purpose. This reminds one of the greatness if Allah. For He is aware of every single little drop, right before it even forms on the clouds, up until the time the heavily pregnant clouds let them down (by His command), and it continues it’s journey down the window pane, it’s purpose known by Allah alone. All this is possible only by His infinite mercy. For once, the land was so dry and crying out for the moist of the rain. Allah mentions:

And it is He Who sends the winds as heralds of glad tidings, going before His Mercy (rain). Till when they have carried a heavy-laden cloud, We drive it to a land that is dead, then We cause water (rain) to descend thereon. Then We produce every kind of fruit therewith. Similarly, We shall raise up the dead, so that you may remember or take heed. (Q7:57)

“Behold in the creation of the heavens and the earth; in the alternation of the Night and the day; in the sailing of the ships through the ocean for the profit of mankind; in the rain which Allah sends down from the skies; and the life which He gives therewith to an earth that is dead; In the beasts of all kinds that He scatters through the earth; In the change of the winds, and the clouds which they trail like their slaves between the sky and the earth- (Here) indeed are signs for a people that are wise. (Q2:164)

Certainly even in the smallest and slightest of things does Allah set out His signs, perchance we might reflect upon them. The diversity and the beauty of nature, the unique shape of every single snowflake, the unique shape of every drop of water, even in ourselves, the air we breathe in and how we can’t live without it. In all these are signs for those who reflect.

May Allah make us amongst His humble servants who reflect upon His beautiful signs and take lessons out of them, ameen!