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Day 29

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Day 29

#PonderUponTheQur’an Series

Allah (saw) said in the Qur’an:

” O you who believe! Enter into Islam wholeheartedly (by obeying all the rules and regulations of the Islamic religion) and follow not the footsteps of Shaitan (Satan). Verily! He is to you a plain enemy.”

(Q2:208).

“Allah commands His servants who believe in Him & have faith in His messenger to implement all of islam’s law and legislation, to adhere to all of its commandments as much as they can and to refrain from its prohibitions” [Tafseer ibn khatir]

Reports from the scholars like Mujahid & Qatadah (May Allah have mercy on them) say this verse was referring to the people of the book (jews in particular) who accepted islam but still believed and practiced some part of theTorah (Old Testement), thus confirming the act of following the footsteps of shaitan.

Allah (swt) has chosen us and guided us to the best religion which has the noblest of teachings. We should therefore as Muslims, try to always submit to the way of Allah and His messenger (saw) to the best of our ability.

Practicing half-heartedly is evident when it becomes difficult to differentiate between a muslim and a non-muslim with regards to their attire and morals.

A muslim lady is she who is identified by her proper islamic dressing and the man as well. Most importantly, their moral conduct should also be that which is in accordance to their religion.

“Verily, how excellent is the teaching which He (Allah) gives you! Truly, Allah is Ever All-Hearer, All-Seer”. (Q4:38)

Practices like women wearing revealing perfumed clothing, immodesty between the two genders in universities and work places, white and black lying, treachery, dealing in interest, oppressing those below us, speaking rudely or indecently, not enjoining the good and forbidding the bad, favouring western over islamic education, watching and listening to haram on TV are all practices common amongst muslims today.

Through out this series, we’ve been reminded of alot of actions to adopt and others to leave, following these reminders would undoubtedly lead us to enter into islam whole heartedly.

We hope we’ve all

benefited from this series and we pray to Allah (subhanahu wata aala) to help us practice all that we’ve learnt in this series and guide us to continuously ponder upon and benefit from the Qur’an. Ameen thumma ameen.

Do read more on this topic here: https://gratefulmuslimah.wordpress.com/2013/02/20/enter-into-islam-wholeheartedly/

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Day 28

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Day 28

#Ponder Upon The Qur’an Series

“And i did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship me” Q51:56

Have you ever stopped to ask yourself what is your purpose in life? Why were you created? Were you created to just come and amass wealth and knowledge then return to your Lord?

When we look around ourselves we would see that we are surrounded by things we made with our hands. And there is a purpose for which everything was made. If we look at the television, we would see it was made for the purpose of entertaining us. The car was made for the purpose of transporting us. All these things we made was for the purpose of serving us. So what more of our Creator, Al-Khaliq?

He has said it ‘And i did not create the jinn and mankind only that they worship Me’

Allah SWT used the word ‘illa’ which literally means ‘except’. Except to worship Him. That alone should keep us on our feet. This is the only purpose He has created us for. Nothing except to worship Him. So how can we do that?

This can be done by constantly purifying our intentions and turning our everyday activities into acts of worship with the intention of gaining Allah’s reward only. Simple acts like going to school or office could gain you Allah’s reward if done with the intention of bettering one’s self and helping the people.

From the following hadith of the Prophet SAW we can see how these normal acts can be rewarded as charity;

Charity is due upon every joint of the people for every day upon which the sun rises. Being just between two people is charity. Helping a man with his animal and lifting his luggage upon it is charity. A kind word is charity. Every step that you take towards the mosque is charity, and removing harmful things from the road is charity. (Bukhari 2827)

The act of worship provides the believers with many benefits that contribute to both their spiritual and worldly well-being. Just as the human body needs material resources for its existence, like food, drink, and a means of reproduction, so also the soul whose needs cannot be fulfilled except through nearness to Allah by means of faith and obedience.

Remember Allah SWT has told us in the qur’an ‘verily, it is in the remembrance of Allah that hearts find peace’ 13:28

May we never forget the purpose of our existence and may we be of those who ponder and benefit from the qur’an, ameen.

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Day 27

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Day 27

#Ponder Upon The Qur’an Series

“And the Book (one’s Record) will be placed  and you will see the guilty ones, fearful of that which is (recorded) therein. They will say: “Woe to us! What sort of Book is this that leaves neither a small thing nor a big thing, but has recorded it with numbers!” And they will find all that they did, placed before them, and your Lord treats no one with injustice”. (Q18:49)

On the Day of Hereafter, when the man’s record of deeds will be given to him, he looks at it and sees that all his moments, words, movements and deeds are recorded in it; then he remembers them wholly such that as if he has done them just one hour before.

In islam, each person is said to have two honourable scribes known as the ‘kiraaman kaatibeen’ who record all our actions. One angel figuratively sits on the right shoulder and records all good deeds, while another sits on the left shoulder and records all bad deeds.

The Book in which the angels are writing is the cumulative record of a given person’s deeds. After that person’s death, it is said that on the Day of Judgement each person will be confronted with this record, and the two angels will be present to tell Allah what the person did.

Knowing this, we should be conscious of our every movement, know that every thing we do, either good or bad is not gone unnoticed. We wouldn’t want to be like those guilty people mentioned in the above veese.

The verse tells us, “…and saying: ‘Alas for us! What a Book is this, that it leaves out nothing, small or great, but it has numbered it? Will one then belittle any deed (good or bad) after knowing this?

Nowadays you find people asking ‘whats the magnitude of the sin? Is it a minor or a major one? Let’s remind ourselves of the hadith of the Prophet SAW “Beware of minor sins. For they add on until they destroy the man.”

And just like no little sin is to be belittled, so also no good deed should be belittled. Simple acts like smiling at your brother is recorded as charity and so also removing harm from the way. Remember the hadith where a prostitute was saved from hellfire by quenching a dog’s thirst? Allah is certainly Baseerun lil ibaad (Seer of His servants) and He is NEVER unjust towards His slaves.

May our books be filled with good deeds, and may we ponder upon and benefit from the Qur’an, ameen.

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Day 26

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Day 26

#Ponder Upon The Qur’an Series

“It is only those among His servants who have knowledge fear Allah; surely Allah is All-Mighty, oft-Forgiving”. (Q35:28)

In a Hadith-e-Qudsi, the Prophet (PBUH) said that Allah says: “Search for knowledge about Me before you worship Me. If ypu do not know me then how will you worship Me (correctly)?”

There is no way we can appreciate the beauty of our religion without knowledge. The RasuluAllah SAW told us in an authentic hadith that  “Seeking knowledge is an obligation upon every Muslim.” (Ibn Majah) And this alone is enough proof that ignorance is no excuse in the sight of Allah.

How can we appreciate who Allah SWT is if we do not know Him? How can we fear Him without Knowing He is Shadidul Iqab (Severe in reckoning)? How can we understand His Might without Knowing He is Al-Azeez and Al-Mutakabbir? Can we really love Him without knowing how He is Ar-Rahman Ar-Raheem and also Ar-Rauf??

If we really know who Allah is, then we would fear Him as He deserves and there would be less evil on earth. Most times, we find those who neglect their duties do that mostly because they are unaware.

RasuluAllah SAW has warned us against a number of things.

“Whoever has two wives and favours one of them over the other, will come on the Day of Resurrection with one of his sides leaning.” (An-Nasaa’i and Ibn Majah)

“If a woman wears a perfume and then passes by people who smelled her perfume, she is then considered an adulteress (Nasa’i)

“Whoever goes to a soothsayer and asks him about something and believes

him, his prayer will not be accepted for forty

days” (Muslim)

When true believers in Allah come to know of these, they immediately try to desist and do as commanded (as we saw in yesterdays PUTQ series).

So i implore us all to seek for knowledge. Sound beneficial knowledge. And let us do it with the intention of fearing Allah more not for worldly recognition. If you’re opportuned, go and sit in the classroom and humble ourselves before a teacher because that’s the best way to learn.

“Allah will exalt those who believe among you, and those who have been granted knowledge to high ranks.” (Q58:11).

Allahu Akbar!

May Allah grant us beneficial knowledge and guide us to continuously ponder and benefit from the Qur’an.

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Day 25

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“The believers are only those who, when Allah is mentioned, feel a fear in their hearts and when His Verses are recited unto them, they increase their Faith; and they put their trust in their Lord (Alone);

(Those) Who perform As-Salat and spend out of that We have providedg them.

*It is they who are the believers in truth*. For them are grades of dignity with their Lord, and Forgiveness and a generous provision”. (Q8:2-4)

Here, Allah (subhanahu wata aala) provided us with a blueprint to follow if we want to be true believers in Him.

Firstly, they are those who when Allah is mentioned, their hearts move out of fear of him. Meaning when they are told about Allah’s command, what we should do and what we shouldn’t do, they fear Allah and do the right thing.

They don’t fall prey to the many excuses shaitaan and our desires incite us with. “Allah dai ya cigaba da gafartamana” (may Allah continue to forgive us), “ina za mu iya” (how can we do that), “kowa na yi ai”(everybody does it).

Secondly, “when His verses are recited unto them, they increase in faith”. They are those who believe with conviction in all that Allah has brough forward in the qur’an. The lessons, the miracles, and the predictions. They believe in it wholeheartedly and it makes them to increase in faith in Him.

Thirdly, they depend wholly on Allah. They neither depend on themselves, people of authority, or some socerers. They rely completely on Allah for everything while putting in as much effort as they can, because that is what “tawakkul” (reliance) entails.

Lastly, they are those that pray, and give out from what has been provided for them. They are conscious of prayer times, praying the way it is taught in the sunnah and with khusoo (concentration). They know it is Allah (subhanahu wata aala) that provided them with wealth and therefore, spend it out in charity to show gratitude to Him.

We have a path way clearly carved out for us to be those who truly believe in Allah. So this Ramadan let us try our best to follow it and ask Allah to help us continue on the pathway afterwards.

May Allah (subhanahu wata aala) make us true believers in Him and guide us to always ponder and benefit from His verses, ameen.

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Day 24

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“Say (O Prophet), my servants who have transgressed against themselves (by sinning), do not despair of the mercy of Allah. Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed it is He who is the forgiving, the merciful”. (Q39:53)

Ibn Abbas (ra) calls this verse the most hopeful verse of the quran. It is full of hope for the sinners who have followed their hearts inclinations towards disobedience of Allah. And indeed we all are sinners. And yes, He forgives ALL sins as long as we seek for His forgiveness and return to him with a repenting heart.

Seeking forgiveness is much more than saying astaghfirullah only, you need to admit your sins, be contrite and resolve not to do it (sin) again. Never think its too late to return to Allah for He accepts the repentance of His servant as long as the soul is not removed from the body and as long as the sun rises from the east.

Do you know the mercy of Allah for those who repent?

“Those angels who carry the throne and those around it exalt (Allah) with praise of their lord and believe in Him and ask forgiveness for those who repent, saying, “our Lord, You have encompassed all things in mercy and knowledge, so forgive those who have repented and followed Your way and protect them from the punishment of hell fire” (Q40:7).

Allahu akbar, what a glad tiding! Even the angels pray for those who seek forgiveness.

It is the sunnah of the prophet to seek forgiveness from Allah at least 70times a day. Saying “astagfirullah wa atubu ilaihi” will go a long way in having Allah’s mercy and forgiveness.

Indeed He (Allah) has decreed upon himself mercy to wipe away our sins and change them with good deeds if we return to Him.

“those who repent, believe and do righteous work. For them Allah will replace their evil deeds with good, and ever is Allah forgiving and merciful” (Q25:70).

May Allah SWT make us of those who are always repentant to Him and grant us ability to ponder upon His words, aameen.

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Day 23

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“And they will say, had we listened or used our intellect, we would not have been amongst the dwellers of the hell fire [Q67:10]

In this verse, the dwellers of the hell fire described themselves as those who didn’t use their intellect and thus became misguided about Allah (subhanahu wata aala) [Tafsir ibn khathir]

Alhamdulillah, we humans have been blessed with the capacity to think. Each day, it is through thinking that we solve our problems and succeed at our endeavors.

Likewise, it is only through using our intellect that we can understand the magnificence of Our Lord Allah, the amount of obedience we owe to him, how we ought to try our very best not to disobey Him, and ultimately succeed in the afterlife.

When it comes to our knowledge that certain things are haram, despite how rampant and easy to commit they are; backbiting, listening to music, fashionable hijabs, improper relating with the opposite gender e.t.c. it is upon us to ask Allah for help, then use our intellect to find ways not to fall prey to the acts again.

Instead of saying ‘ it is only Allah who can save us from it’ and doing nothing, we ought to use our intellect and think, ponder and research ways to curtail it and bi’ithnillah leave it all together, just like how we do when we want to learn or leave a habit that affects our dunya.

May Allah (subhanahu wata aala) grant us more understanding of His verses and make us of those who ponder upon them always [ameen].

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