Hasan Al Basri’s Advice

Hasan Al Basri used to say:
“O son of adam, You will die alone, be resurrected alone, and be recompensed alone. O son of adam! If all people obey Allah and you disobey Him, their obedience will not benefit you. If they all disobey Allah qnd you obey Him, their disobedience will not harm you. O Son of Adam, beware of your sins, for it is your flesh and blood at stake. If you are saved from the evil repercussions of your sins, your flesh and blood will be saved for you. If it is the other destination,then it is a fire that will never be extinguished, a body that will never perish and a soul that will never die” -Hasan al Basri p. 101

Do not tire of asking for forgiveness

Ibn Rajab Al Hanbali said: It was said to
Hasan Al Basri :
” Shouldn’t one of us feel shy to ask his
Lord to forgive his sin, then do it again,
then ask for forgiveness, then do it again?”
He said: ” The Shaytan wishes that you
would have this attitude, so do not tire of
asking for forgiveness”
– Jaami al-Ulum wal-Hukam, 1/165

It’ christmas!

It’s that festive time of the year again,  shops and streets are filled with trees, cards, paintings of santa, and christmas carols, depending on where we live, signifying the celebration of the kuffars.

And once again, it remains a necessity to remind ourselves about the do’s and don’t’s surrounding this season, as muslims.In shaa Allah I’ll touch all the areas that are commonly misunderstood about this festival of theirs.

1. What does christmas mean to muslims: The christians believe that our prophet Isa (jesus, AS) is the son of Allah (swt), wa iyyazubillah. And Allah gives a number of stern warnings about such claims:

“And they say: “The Most Beneficent (Allah) has begotten a son.  Indeed you (jews, christians, pagans) have brought forth a TERRIBLE EVIL thing. Whereby the heavens are almost torn, and the earth is split asunder, and the mountain falls in ruins, because they ascribe a son to the Most Beneficent”. [19:88-91]

“And warn those (jews, christians, pagans) who say, “Allah has begotten a son. No knowledge have they of such a thing, nor had their fathers. Mighty is the word that comes out of their mouth…”[Q18:4-5]

This time of christmas is the time where in they celebrate this terrible claim of theirs, believing it is the day the son was given birth to. Rejoicing and exulting this evil which angers Allah and every sensible muslim. So is it a time for muslims to be delighted?Or muslims to be baking christmas cakes?

2. Greeting them or replying to their greeting of ‘merry christmas’: Of course, this is wrong. Firstly, we are not happy about what they are celebrating. Secondly why should we reply their greeting since it is not our festival and we are celebrating it. Instead of replying their greeting, we should use such a chance to politely tell them about islam. Say things like: ” I’m not wishing you merry christmas because I’m not happy you are a christian, I want you to be muslim” and then steer the conversation to islam and what it says about christianity.  Greeting them on this occasion is so wrong that it is considered haraam by scholarly concensus, as was stated by Ibn al-Qayyim in his book Ahkaam Ahl al-Dhimmah, where he says:

 “Congratulating the kuffaar on the rituals that belong only to them is haraam by consensus, as is congratulating them on their festivals and fasts by saying ‘A happy festival to you’ or ‘May you enjoy your festival,’ and so on. If the one who says this has been saved from kufr, it is still forbidden. It is like congratulating someone for prostrating to the cross, or even worse than that. It is as great a sin as congratulating someone for drinking wine, or murdering someone, or having illicit sexual relations, and so on. Many of those who have no respect for their religion fall into this error; they do not realize the offensiveness of their actions. Whoever congratulates a person for his disobedience or bid’ah or kufr exposes himself to the wrath and anger of Allaah.”

3. Accepting their invitation (because one is too shy to refuse): Already, we know by now that this haram because it is worse than greeting them as it implies celebrating ‘their evil belief’ with them.

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Similarly, we are forbidden to imitate them by having parties, exchanging gifts or giving out food, taking time off work e.t.c because the prophet (saw) said: “whoever imitates a people is one of them” [Abu Dawood].

4. Eating christmas food (because they brought it to your home, and you were too shy to turn it down or were not at home): Sadly, our aalims differ regarding this matter. Some say its wrong because by eating it, its like you are celebrating with them. While others say, as long as you don’t eat their meat, which was slaughtered for other than Allah, then it is ok, since their food has been made halal for us (Q5:5) and you didn’t go begging for it.

But, like my teacher said, we should fear Allah regarding this matter. Its as though some people are celebrating your father having an illegitimate son. Would you even consider eating the food made for such a purpose? And Allah knows best.

And we as The Almighty to draw us closer to all that pleases Him, and distance us from all that displeases Him, ameen.

“O you who believe! Take not the Jews and the christians as Awliyaa’ (friends, protectors, helpers), they are Awliyaa’ of each other. And if any amongst you takes them (as Awliyaa’), then surely, he is one of them…[Q5:51]

Written by sister haleema
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Doing Without The Pleasures of This World

Doing Without The Pleasures Of This World
Living simply means that you should
restrain your desire for worldly things in
the hope of receiving something better
instead.
In order to achieve this more easily you
should first realise that the things which
people yearn for in this world are in fact
worthless when compared with what we
hope for in the next world.
If we know that what Allaah has will
remain and that the life to come is better
and more lasting, then we realise that
this world is really like a piece of ice left
out in the sun – it soon melts and
vanishes.
The akhirah (after life), however,
essentially never vanishes.
The desire one has to exchange this life
for the one to come is strengthened by the
certainty that there is no comparison
between this life and the next. As Allaah,
the Exalted said; “And they are happy
with the life of this world,but the life of
this world is small comfort compared to
the next world.” [Qur’an 13:26]
It has been related by Ibn Sahl ibn Sa’ad
that the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wa
sallaam) said: “Had the world been worth
even the wing of a gnat to Allah, He would
not have even given a drink of water
from it to a Kafir (disbeliever)” [Sahih
Gharib, at-Tirmidhi, Kitab Az Zuhd,
6/611]
Living simply means turning away from
the things of this world because they are
so worthless. You do not bother with them
and remain detached for them.
Yunus Ibn Maisarah said, “Being
detached from this world does not mean
that you should forbid what Allah has
permitted, nor that you should squander
money. Rather,it is a state in which you
are more certain of what is in the hand
of Allaah than you are of what is in your
hands. Your state in misfortune is the
same as your state at other times; your
attitude towards those who quite rightly
criticise you and those who quite rightly
praise you is the same.
Abu Hazim Az Zahid was asked, “What is
your wealth?” He said. “Two kinds of
wealth dispel all fear of poverty: trust in
Allaah and not being attached to what
people have.”
He was asked, “Don’t you fear poverty?”
He said, “How am I fear poverty when my
Lord owns all that is in the heavens and
on earth and all that is between them
and all that is beneath the ground?”
He also said, the one who is content is the
one who lives simply, and it is he who is
rich. The one who has attained real faith,
who trusts in Allaah, and is content with
what He provides for him, and remains
unattached to the creation, out of fear
and hope-and by so doing finds that
pursuing worldly gains is not worthwhile
has attained the benefits of simplicity. He
is the richest of people, even though he
may not possess a thing in the world.”
As Ammar said, “Death is the teacher
enough, true faith is wealth enough, and
worship is action enough.”
Ibn Masud said, “True belief is not trying
to pleasure people by doing things which
would bring Allah’s displeasure on you:not
envying anyone for what Allaah has given
him; and not blaming anyone for what
Allaah has not given you. For Allaah’s
provision is not attracted simply by a
man’s being careful, nor is it defected by
another man’s malice. Allaah, with His
Justice, Omniscience and Wisdom, has
made delight and joy the Companions of
Faith and contentment of distrust and
dissatisfaction.”
Ali (radiallaahu `anhu) said, “Whoever
lives simply in this world find misfortunes
easy to endure.”
Some of the predecessors used to say, “If
it were not for the misfortunes of this
world,we would arrive in the next world
completely destitute.”
Ibn Masud said, “True faith is not trying
to please other people by doing things
which are displeasing to Allaah.”
Allaah has praised those who fight in His
way, without worrying the opinion of
others.
A righteous man once told, “You do
without much more than I do.”
The man replied, “It is you who are more
extreme in this, for I deny myself things
in a life which will not last and whose
rewards are uncertain, while you have
denied yourself the Akhira. No one could
be more extreme in their doing without
this.”
Al-Hassan al Basri said, “I have known
people and kept company with groups who
neither rejoiced when the things of this
would came to them, nor grieved when
they lost anything in this world. The life
of this world was more insignificant to
them than dust. One of them might live
for a year or for sixty years without even
having a garment that would extremely
cover him, and without ever having
anything that would come between him
and the ground,and without even having
any food that he could ask to be
prepared for him in his home.
When night came, they would be in their
feet,with their foreheads flat against the
earth, tears rolling down their
cheeks,secretly calling on Allaah to save
them on the Day of Judgement. If they
did something good, they never stopped
being grateful for it, and were always
asking Allaah to accept it. If they did
something bad, they would be saddened
by it,and would keep asking Allaah to
forgive them for it. By Allah,they were
not safe from wrong actions,and were
saved only by their constant turning in
repentance. May Allaah be pleased with
them.”
Source: The Purification of the Soul,
compiled from the works of: Ibn Rajab
al-hanbali, Ibn al-Quayyin al-Jawziyya,
and Abu Hamid al- Gazali, Collected and
arranged by Ahmad Farid|

A Reminder to Ourselves First

The Conversation

As I begin my conversation with the Highest One above me
on His throne, He sits and awaits for His Glory

… Human Imagination is infinite, but imagining His throne
Is out of my reach

Calling out to tell Him His Greatness
yet it’s beyond my speech.. but I try

In details, I tell Him that
He is the Beneficial, The Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
Al Rahman , Al Raheem
Then bowing down and reminding myself
that all Glory is owed to Him…

Wondering if He hears my whispers and if I’m that worthy slave
Oh Lord what may Your answers be to me?

Coming back to my initial stance
I thank Him for every heart beat that is given to thee

Placing my forehead to the floor , in all humility
softly speaking a few words, as He hears me supplicating for
an eternity of success in this dunyaa and akhira
wishing for nothing less..

I’ve reached the end of talking to Him
It’s time to go but not just yet..
I send my Salam to the two, peaceful greetings
goodbye for now.. As we will reunite once again later

Now I contemplate wondering if He who is my Lord will
speak to me, and greet His slave as I’ve greeted Him
for my own sake

I can only wish and pray, but I ask
Oh Allah please grant me that.. peaceful place