Monthly Archives: March 2014

Our most valuable tresure

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Inspirational story

Since last night, my young son has been unwell. When I got back from work this evening I decided to take him to hospital despite my exhaustion. There were many waiting; perhaps we will be delayed by more than an hour. I took my number and sat down in the waiting room.

There were many faces, young and old, but all silent. Some brothers made use of the many booklets available in the waiting room.

Some of those waiting had their eyes closed, while others were looking around. Most were bored. Once in a while the long silence was broken by a nurse calling out a number. Happiness appears on the one whose turn it is, and he gets up quickly; then silence returns.

A young man grabbed my attention. He was reading a pocket-sized Qur’an continuously; not raising his head even once. At first, I did not think much about him. However, after one hour of waiting my casual glances turned into a deep reflection about his lifestyle and how he Utilizes his time.

One hour of life wasted! Instead of making benefit of that hour, it was just a boring wait. Then the call for prayer was made. We went to prayer in the hospital’s mosque. I tried to pray close to the man who was reading the Qur’an earlier in the waiting room. After the prayer, I walked with him. I informed him of how impressed I was of him and how he tries to benefit from his time.

He told me that most of our time is wasted without any benefit. These days go from our lives without being conscious of them or regretting their waste. He said that he started carrying the pocket-sized Qur’an around when a friend encouraged him to make full use of his time. He told me that in the time other people waste he gets to read much more of the Qur’an than he gets to read either at home or in the mosque.

Moreover, besides the reward of reading the Qur’an, this habit saves him from boredom and stress. He added that he has now been waiting for one and a half hours. Then he asked, when will you find one and a half hours to read the Qur’an? I reflected; how much time do we waste? How many moments of our lives pass by, and yet we do not account for how they passed by? Indeed, how many months pass by and we do not read the Qur’an?

I came to respect my companion, and I discovered that I am to stand for account and that time is not in my hand; so what am I waiting for? The nurse calling out my number interrupted my thoughts; I went to the doctor. But I want to achieve something now. After I left the hospital, I quickly went to the bookshop and bought a pocket-sized Qur’an. I decided to be mindful of how I spend the time. If this information is beneficial to you, then please do forward it to your friends and relatives.

Our Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said : “Whoever guides or directs to good, then he gets the same amount of blessing (reward) as the one who does it”

The Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam) also said :
“Pass on knowledge from me even if it is only one verse”

No doubt, time is really our most valuable tresure.

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18. AR-RAZZAAQ – THE SUSTAINER

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18. AR-RAZZAAQ – THE SUSTAINER

The One Who, Alone, provides for all His creatures without forgetting anyone or anything. The Giver of livelihood, nourishment and cover for the body, and for the soul, knowledge and guidance.

Just as the biggest hiba is guidance, rizq (provision) is also not limited to food and material sources. Rather, the best of rizq is Taqwa and the love of Allah and His habeeb sallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam. Allah has provided enough for all on earth. But, it is man’s greed and corruption that causes epidemic of poverty and oppression. Yet, the ones who truly expect from their Lord are given just as Maryam was given from her Rabb.

When you know that Allah is ar-Razzaaq, you know that He is taking care of your affairs as long as you keep trying. The ultimate challenge is to trust your affairs unto Him. Truly, acknowledgement of His rizq will lead to rida (contentment).

However, let not those who say that Allah is ar-Razzaaq and then do nothing to achieve that rizq fool you. Rather, be like the bird that goes out in search of food, and comes back content to the nest at night, fed by its Rabb, and still having done all in its power.

“And there is no creature on earth but that upon Allah is its provision [rizq], and He knows its place of dwelling and place of storage. All is in a clear register.” [Quran, 11:6]

17. AL-WAHHAAB – THE ALL-GIVING BESTOWER

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17. AL-WAHHAAB – THE ALL-GIVING BESTOWER

The Most Generous in giving abundant blessings perpetually, to all who are in need, to the deserving and undeserving, without expecting or needing any returns. Thus, He is the Only One we may petition and expect good from.

The most beautiful thing about getting a ‘hiba’ (gift) from al-Wahhaab is that it is the kind of giving that does not expect anything in return. Therefore, He gives and continues to give whether you obey Him or not, whether you appreciate Him or not, whether you acknowledge that He is al-Wahhaab or not! Despite our disobedience of Him day and night, He gives us the hiba of health, wealth, family, and countless other things!

And the most precious hiba that Allah can give anyone is the gift of guidance, and keeping us firm upon that guidance. A beautiful dua’ in the Qur’an states:

“Our Lord! Let not our hearts deviate (from the truth) after You have guided us, and give us mercy from You. Truly, You are Al-Wahhab (the All-Giver)” (Aal-Imran, 3:8)

16. AL-QAHHAAR – THE DOMINANT, THE SUBDUER

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16. AL-QAHHAAR – THE DOMINANT, THE SUBDUER

The One with the Perfect Power, Able over anything. The Universe runs according to laws laid down by Him, and He has absolute power to implement them. No one can reverse them and those who try to break them suffer.

Allah ‘azza wa jalla says “Corruption has appeared throughout the land and sea by [because of] what the hands of people have earned, so He may let them taste part of what they have done that perhaps they will return [to righteousness].” (30:41)

Nothing ill happens in our world, our environment, our society but that it is backed by man’s attempt to reverse the laws laid down by our Creator, the Most Wise! Therefore, reversing anything set down by Him causes pain and destruction; and obedience to what He has stated leads to freedom and prosperity!

15. AL-GHAFFAAR – THE GREAT FORGIVER

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15. AL-GHAFFAAR – THE GREAT FORGIVER

The Most Forgiving Lord Who forgives the sins of His Slaves, both small and big, time and time again. He does not expose people’s shameful doings because of His Forgiveness.

How can you despair of the Mercy of your Lord when al-Ghaffaar is your Rabb? He forgives again and again, as long as you go to Him again and again!

An amazing hadith Qudsi reports that Allah ‘azza wa jalla states:

“O son of Adam, however much you call upon Me and place your hopes in Me, I will forgive you without any reservation. O son of Adam, if you have sins piling up to the clouds and then ask My forgiveness, I will forgive you without any reservation. O son of Adam, if you come to me with enough sins to fill the earth, and meet Me without associating anything as a partner with Me, I will come to you with enough forgiveness to fill the earth.”

“…O My servants, all of you are astray except for those I have guided, so seek guidance of Me and I shall guide you. O My servants, all of you are hungry except for those I have fed, so seek food of Me and I shall feed you. O My servants, all of you are naked except for those I have clothed, so seek clothing of Me and I shall clothe you. O My servants, you sin by night and by day, and I forgive all sins, so seek forgiveness of Me and I shall forgive you… O My servants, were the first of you and the last of you, the human of you and the jinn of you to rise up in one place and make a request of Me, and were I to give everyone what he requested, that would not decrease what I have, any more than a needle decreases the sea if put into it…”

14.AL-MUSAWWIR

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14. AL-MUSAWWIR – THE FASHIONER OF PERFECT FORMS

The Shaper Who forms His creation in the best possible way, made them numerous and unique, perfectly adapted to the ends for which they were created.

What most of us fail to realise is that we have been created by the One who is Most Perfect in the best of ways! Allah ‘azza wa jalla says:

“Indeed, We have created man upon the best of forms.” (Surah Teen: 4)

He is al-Khaaliq, al-Baari, al-Musawwir who has complete knowledge of what He created, what is the need of His creation, and what characteristics they need for living in excellence.

Therefore reflect on the Name al-Musawwir and take yourselves out of any complexes (superiority or inferiority), and do not fall prey to commercialisation of beauty that exploits you for its own capitalistic benefit!

Rather, remember that is al-Musawwir who made you in the best of forms, and further remember that it is not the color of your skin or the shape of your body, rather coming to Allah with Tawheed and Taqwa that truly differentiate the winners from the losers!