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Day 15

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Day 15

#PonderUponTheQur’an Series

“And I free not myself (from the blame). Verily, the soul is inclined to evil, except when my Lord bestows His Mercy (upon whom He wills). Verily, my Lord is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (Q12:53)

The soul is prone to committing evil. If Allah were to leave the servant alone with his self, the servant would be destroyed between its evil and the evil that it craves; but if Allah grants him success and help, then he will survive. For this reason, we should be conscious of our souls at all times and pray for it.

The Rasulullaah SAW Himself used to pray for His soul and would say; Allahumma aati nafsee taqwaaha wa zakkiha anta khayrul man zakkaha anta waliyyuha wa maulaha.

(O Allah Grant my soul taqwa and purify it. You are the Best of those who purify it, You are its Protecting friend and Guardian/Master).

There is an agreement among the Ulama that in the qur’an Allah SWT has described 3 main types of nafs:

Nafs al-Ammara Bissu’ (the Nafs that urges evil)

Nafs al-Lawwama (the Nafs that Blames)

Nafs al-Mutma`inna (the Nafs at Peace).

(1) Nafs al-Ammara Bissu’ (The Soul which Urges to do evil):

This is the Nafs that brings punishment itself. By its very nature it directs its owner towards every wrong action. No one can get rid of its evil without the help from Allah. As Allah refers to this nafs in the qur’an:

“And had it not been for the grace of Allah and His Mercy on you, not one of you would ever have been pure; but Allah purifies whomever He wishes, and Allah is Hearing, Knowing.” (24:21)

This Nafs resides in the world of the senses and is dominated by earthly desires (Shahwat) and passions.

(2) Nafs al-Lawwama (the Soul that Blames):

Allah refers to this Nafs,

“And I do call to witness the Nafs that blames” (75:2).

This Nafs is conscious of its own imperfections.

Hasan al-Basri said, “You always see the believer blaming himself and saying things like ‘Did I want this? Why did I do that? Was this better than that?”….

(3) Nafs al-Mutma`inna (the Soul at Peace):

Allah refers to this Nafs,

“O Self, in complete rest and satisfaction!” (89:27).

This Nafs is tranquil as it rests on the certitude of Allah. The believing soul.

We should all strive to reach the level of nafs-al-mutma’inna. Let us indulge ourselves in the obedience of Allah and seeking knowledge of Him so that perhaps we will be elevated to nafs-al-mutma’inna

“O tranquil soul (nafs)! Come back to your Lord, well-pleased and well-pleasing! Enter then among My servants, And enter My Paradise!” Q89:27-30

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Day 14

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Day 14

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“But if they had done what they were told, it would have been better for them, and would have strengthened their (Faith). And indeed We should then have bestowed upon them a great reward from Ourselves”.

(Q4:66-67)

As we seek victory and salvation in this world and the hereafter, we need to be steadfast and firm in our deen. The prophet (saw) said, “there are some men from my ummah whose faith (in their hearts) is firmer than the mountains”. How do we achieve that steadfastness, that firmness in our faith? By following the commandments of Allah and adhering to the teachings of His messenger because we strongly believe in Him.

Let’s look at the latter part of verse, Allah (swt) says “but if THEY had done what they were instructed, it would have been better for them and a firmer position (for them in faith)”. And then we would have given them a great reward (04:67), And we would have guided them to a right path (04:68).

Although Allah is referring to the non-believers in this ayaah, we can still learn some lessons from it.

If we ponder upon our lives today, we will see that it is muddled up with righteousness and falsehood, virtuousness and vanity all in the name of civilisation . We tend to incline towards this life’s delusions steering away from the teachings of our beloved prophet.

Can’t we see that the best amongst the believers- the companions of the prophet (saw)- were the most obedient to the commandments of Allah to the best of their abilities. They developed their relationship with Allah first and thus, they were given glad tidings of being amongst the dwellers of the paradise- our permanent home in the aakhirah in shaa Allah.

We all need a relationship with Allah and for ultimate salvation and success we need abandon sins, do the waajibaat (obligatory acts), get closer to him by doing the supererogatory acts of the deen and always seek His forgiveness and mercy.

The prophet (saw) taught us this beautiful du’a: “ya muqallibal qulub, thabbit qalbi ala dinika”- O changer of the hearts, make firm my heart upon your religion.

May Allah (swt) make our hearts firm upon his deen and make us of those who continuously benefit from pondering upon His verses. Amin.

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Day 13

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Day 13

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“Thus did We give full authority to Yusuf (Joseph) in the land, to take possession therein, as when or where he likes. We bestow of Our Mercy on whom We please, and We make not to be lost the reward of Al-Muhsinun (the good doers)”. (Q12:56)

From the very early years of prophet Yusuf (AS), hardship started becoming the order of his days. He was dropped into a well by his own siblings and left to the mercy of whoever would find him and if valued, take him.

When eventually he was found, he was thought to be of very little value and sold as a slave for a very little price.

After many years of slavery, came the many years of prison because he refused to follow the evil orders of the wife of his master.

Following the trail of his life, it’s very evident that he was no child born with a silver spoon. And it is very unlikely that he would become someone very important.

And it was from being a lost boy in a well, a  slave, prisoner that Allah (subhanahu wata aala) gave him authority in the land to do as he wishes. He was removed straight from prison and made the Minister of Finance of their time.

“And Allah has full power and control over His Affairs, but most of men know not”. (Q12:21)

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No doubt Allah (subhanahu wata aala) is the Great and Mighty Lord that can change our situation in the blink of an eye. He has knowledge and control over everything. He has a reason for everything that happens to us. So it is upon us to trust Him, accept His judgement and decree and to always know that, we are under His watch and care so we never despair.

May Allah (subhanahu wata aala) increase us in understanding of His verses, ameen thumma ameen.

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Day 12 (Continuation from Day 11)

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Day 12 (Continuation from Day 11)

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“And by the Mercy of Allah, you dealt with them gently. And had you been severe and harsh-hearted, they would have broken away from about you; so pardon them and seek Forgiveness for them; and consult them in the affairs. Then when you have taken a decision, put your trust in Allah, certainly, Allah loves those who put their trust (in Him)”. (Q3:159)

4. Consult them in your affairs-

The Prophet (sallahu alaihi wa sallam) would always involve his companions before taking any decision.

Concerning the battle of Uhud, the Messenger asked the Companions if they should fortify themselves in Al-Madinah or go out to meet the enemy, and the majority of them requested that they go out to meet the enemy, and he did.

He took their advice on the day of Khandaq (the Trench) about conducting a peace treaty with some of the tribes of Al-Ahzab (the Confederates), in return for giving them one-third of the fruits of Al-Madinah. However, Sa`d bin `Ubadah and Sa`d bin Mu`adh rejected this offer and the Prophet went ahead with their advice.

He (sallahu alaihi wa sallam) also asked them if they should attack the idolaters on the Day of Hudaybiyyah, and Abu Bakr disagreed, saying, “We did not come here to fight anyone. Rather, we came to perform `Umrah” to which He agreed.

So before we take any major decision, we should try and consult those whom we trust and they in turn should try to be honest in giving their opinions. The Prophet (sallahu alaihi wa sallam)  has said ‘The one whom advice is sought from is to be entrusted’ (Abu Dawud, At-Tirmidhi, and An-Nasa’i)

5. Put your trust in Allah-

And this is the most important of all the rules. Put your trust in Al-Wakeel. Do all you need to do just as the Prophet (sallahu alaihi wa sallam) told a companion when he asked if to leave his camel roaming about since he had trust in Allah. He said to him ‘tie your camel and put your trust in Allah’. Putting your trust in Allah means knowing without Him, all these plans are just mere plans for in the end, only Allah is the disposer of all affairs.

May Allah make us of those who follow the actions of His beloved messenger (sallahu alaihi wa sallam) and continuously ponder and benefit from His verses, aameen.

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Day 11

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“And by the Mercy of Allah, you (Muhammad) dealt with them gently. And had you been severe and harsh-hearted, they would have broken away from about you; so pardon them and seek Forgiveness for them; and consult them in the affairs. Then when you have taken a decision, put your trust in Allah, certainly, Allah loves those who put their trust (in Him)”. (Q3:159)

Our Rasool (sallahu alaihi wa sallam)  was very gentle and kind hearted. And it was with that he won the hearts of the sahaabahs (his companions) as we’ve seen in the ayah above, and many others.

There are so many lessons to be learnt from this beautiful aayah and in shaa Allah we will look at each of them briefly:

1. To be gentle and kind-hearted towards people-

He (sallahu alaihi wa sallam) was a very humble leader. He was easily accessible and dealt with the people kindly. These beautiful qualities earned him alot of loyal followers as we know from the seerah. And so since calling towards the deen is one of the commands to the muslims by Allah, we must try to emulate the kind hearted nature of our beloved Prophet (sallahu alaihi wa sallam) in order to call people to our beautiful deen.

Many Shuyukhs are discarded today because of their harsh approach. Thus Allah (subhanahu wata aala) said ‘… had you been severe and harsh-hearted they would have broken away from you’.

Gentleness and kindness are beautiful characteristics of muslims and a quality we must all strive and make dua to possess.

Aisha R.A reported that He (sallahu alaihi wa sallam) said: ‘O Aisha, Allah is gentle and He loves gentleness. He rewards for gentleness what is not granted for harshness and He does not reward anything else like it.

2. To pardon the people-

Pardon them, forgive them for most of the times the people are ignorant. Your ability to forgive and go on shows the type of strength you have. Allah SWT tells us in another verse to ‘ forgive and pardon. do you not want for Allah to forgive you?’ Q24:22.

SubhaanAllah this verse alone should make any grudge holder drop whatever it is he is holding and move on. Since we are all sinners that need Allah to forgive us.

3. Make istighfar for them-

If truly you want to see that person you are calling towards the truth in Jannah, then seek forgiveness for him/her.

Look at the story of Ibrahim (alaihis salaam) when His father ridiculed him when he was trying to call him to Islam. Even though he was definitely heart broken, he said to his father ‘..I will ask for forgiveness for you from my Lord, Verily, He is ever gracious to me’ Q19:47

Allahu Akbar. Allah is ever Gracious to us too for were it not for His Graciousness and Kindness towards us, we would not also have believed and become practising muslims.

To be continued…

May Allah  (subhanahu wata aala) make us all gentle and kind hearted, and keep benefitting from pondering upon His verses. Aameen.

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Day 10

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“Why should Allah punish you if you had thanked (Him) and believed in Him? And Allah is Ever-All appreciative (of good), All-knowing” (Q4:147)

Allah tells us in this aayah that the two things that would save us from His punishment are if we give thanks and believe. So how do we give thanks?

‘Biting the hands that feed us’ is an adage that tells us about being ungrateful. We are all guilty of this to Allah. Let’s look at ourselves. How many functional faculties do we have? Did we buy them on our own? Nay. They are all part of Allah’s gifts to us yet we use them in disobedience to him.

Let’s look at our hands, stealing or signing grants that are haram. Our feet take us to places that invoke the wrath of Allah. Our tongues tell lies shamefully. Our eyes keep wandering everywhere after Allah tells us to lower it. Is that how to show appreciation to the One who gave them to us without a price?

From a hadith qudsi, Allah SWT tells us that what He has ordered us to do, we should do it as much as we can and what He has prohibited us from doing, we should abstain from it. This is so because we can only do so much and it is our efforts that at the end Allah will reward. And there are many doors of Jannah as we have seen from numerous ahaadith. Some will go through the doors of charity, some through voluntary fasting, some jihad, some voluntary prayers, etc etc.

But when Allah commands us to abstain from a certain thing, then going ahead to do it is utmost disrespect to Him which translates to us not being thankful to Him.

For instance, if He asks us to lower our gaze and we spend time on our phones gazing at the opposite sex or going to events where there is intermingling of sexes, how respectful are we to Ash-Shakur?

The last part of the aayah tells us how Allah SWT is the most appreciative and all knowing. This name of Allah SWT – Ash-Shakoor, is one that truly humbles one. Allah rewards us for things we should be doing anyway especially when we think of all the things He has already given us free of charge.

See how simple acts like glorifying Allah (saying SubhanAllaah) 100 times grants you 1000 good deeds.

Allah tells us in the qur’an in surah 42:23 ‘…And whoever commits a good deed, we will increase for him good therein. Indeed Allah is Forgiving and Appreciative’.

Allahu Akbar. Let us not belittle any good deed as Al-Aleem knows all the things we do and He Ash-Shakoor appreciates everything.

May Allah SWT enable us to be thankful and appreciative servants and make us of those who ponder upon and benefit from His verses always, ameen.

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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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