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3. This Ramadan. . .Make The Qur’an Your Best Friend 

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Day 3: This Ramadan….make the Qur’an your best friend

Think about it for a moment: “who is a best friend”? It is someone we really like & care about and this causes us to always keep in touch. Someone we intend to have a life-long relationship with.

The Qur’an contains the actual words of Allah (swt), the Almighty, the Majestic. It is His personal message to every one of us on how to gain success in this world and the next. No doubt, is a treasure chest of gems.  

And what better to do with such a treasure if not to make it our best friend?

This ramadan, let this be our biggest goal. Let us recite the Qur’an on a daily basis with contemplation. Let us make it a point to know the meaning of what we are reading so that we can enliven our lives with it. Let us become so close to it that it considers us it’s companion on the day of qiyamah.

“(This is) a Book (the Quran) which We have sent down to you, full of blessings that they may ponder over its Verses, and that men of understanding may remember (Q38:29)

O Allah, the Turner of hearts, make our hearts inclined to Your Qur’an and our character a living witness of it, ameen thumma ameen.

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Sayings of Ibn al-mubaraq (rahimahullah)

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Ibn al-mubaraq, scholar of the east and scholar of the west.

‘He had gathered characteristics which were never before gathered in any scholar in his time in the entire world.'( Ibn Hibban, the Imam of Jarh and Ta’dil (critique of narrators) made the weighty statement, ‘)
Fudhayl ibn ‘Iyadh, his long-time friend and companion said, ‘By the Lord of this House, my eyes have never seen the likes of Ibn al-Mubarak. May Allah have mercy on him, none have come after him who are in any way like him.’

Wise statements by him:

‘How often does a small deed become big due to one’s intention, and how often does a big deed become small due one’s intention!’

~ ‘When one of you learns enough of the Qur’an in order to pray, then let him occupy himself in seeking knowledge for that is the tool through which the meaning of the Qur’an is known.’ ~ ‘If you people wish to backbite, then backbite your own parents so that your reward does not go out to a stranger, but rather to them!’

~ ‘How many people carry the Qur’an in their hearts but the Qur’an curses them from inside their hearts! If the bearer of Qur’an disobeys his Lord, the Qur’an calls him from inside his chest saying, ‘By Allah, you have not carried me (i.e. memorised me) for this! Will you not be shy from your Lord?’

~ ‘Repentance from backbiting is to seek Allah’s forgiveness for the one you have backbitten.’ Sufyan ibn ‘Uyaynah then said, ‘Rather you should seek his forgiveness for what you’ve said.’ Ibn al-Mubarak replied, ‘No, you should not harm him twice.’

~ ‘Those of you who have the most knowledge, should also be those who have the most fear (of Allah).’

~ ‘The inhabitants of this world have left the world without tasting the best thing in it.’ He was asked, ‘And what’s the best of this world?’ He said, ‘Knowing Allah `azza wa jall.’ ‘When a person realises the scope of his own self and capabilities, he becomes more lowly to himself than a dog.’
~ He was asked, ‘What’s the best that a man has been given?’ He said, ‘Abundant  intelligence.’ He was asked, ‘And if not?’ He said, ‘Then good character.’ It was said, ‘And if not?’ He said, ‘A close friend who he can seek advice from.’ It was said, ‘And if not?’ He said, ‘Long periods of silence.’ It was said, ‘And if not?’ He said, ‘Then a quick death!’

~ ‘If a person bears patience, then indeed how little is the patience he needs to bear. And if a person is regretful and anxious, then how little is the enjoyment he indulges in.’

~ ‘There are four principles that I have derived from four thousand narrations: Do not attach yourself to a woman, do not be disillusioned by wealth, do not let your stomach carry more than it can bear and only learn from knowledge that which will benefit you.’

~ ‘Nothing has proven too difficult for me much as finding a brother/companion for the Sake of Allah.’

~ A Jewish neighbour of Ibn al-Mubarak decided to sell his house. He was asked ‘How much?’ He said, ‘Two thousand.’ They said to him, ‘It’s not worth one thousand!’ He said, ‘You’re right. But I am taking one thousand for the house and one thousand for being the neighbour of Ibn al-Mubarak.’ This was reported back to Ibn al-Mubarak who began supplicating for the man and he gave the money to him saying, ‘Do not sell your house.’

~ Ibn al-Mubarak once went near a stream, he propped up his spear and tied his horse to it. Then he began to make wudhu (ablution) and pray. When he finished, he saw that his horse had began eating the crop. He said, ‘He has eaten of the impermissible, therefore it is not befitting to use him in battles!’ – He then left the horse for the farmer and bought a new horse for the rest of his journey.

~ ‘Prepare for death and what’s to come after death.’

~ ‘Mercy descends when the righteous are mentioned and remembered.’

~ ‘The Sultan of zuhd is greater than the Sultan of the people, because the Sultan of the people gathers them (and rules them) by the cane whereas the Sultan of zuhd flees from the people and they instead follow him.’

~ ‘There is nothing in this world for a person except one’s daily portion of food.’

~‘If a person’s goodness outweighs his errors, then his errors are not mentioned, and if his errors outweigh his goodness, then his goodness is not mentioned.’

~ A man once said to Ibn al-Mubarak: ‘Is there anyone who will advice us?’ He replied, ‘Rather, is there anyone who will accept the advice?’

~ ‘This world is a prison for the believer and the best of deeds in prison is to have patience and to overcome one’s anger. The believer has no country in this world, indeed his country lies in the Hereafter.’

~ A man said to him, ‘Advice me.’ So he said, ‘Abandon looking at things for long periods of time and you shall be granted Khushu’ (humbleness), abandon excessive speech and you shall be granted wisdom, abandon excessive food and you shall be guided to ‘Ibadah (worship), abandon looking towards the faults of others and you shall be guided to seeing your own faults and abandon delving into the issues that concern the Being of Allah `azza wa jall, and you shall be guided away from doubts and hypocrisy.’

~ Another man once said to him, ‘I see myself as being in a better state than someone who killed a person wrongfully.’ He said to him, ‘Indeed the security you feel for yourself (and have given yourself) is worse than a person who killed another wrongfully!’

~ ‘Indeed the scholars are the inheritors of the Prophets, but if they fall into covetousness and greed, who shall be taken as leaders? The merchants and businessmen are the trustees of Allah, so if they are treacherous, who can be trusted? The warriors are the guests of Allah so if they become extreme (or take spoils without right), with whom can we defeat the enemies? The righteous and ascetic ones are the kings of the earth but if they become insincere (i.e. have riya’), who shall be followed? The governors/rulers are the shepherds (protectors) of the people, but if the shepherd becomes a wolf, who shall protect the flock?’

This ramadhaan…I will guard my eyes and ears

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And do not follow what you have no knowledge of. Certainly: hearing, sight and heart – you will be questioned about all of these.” [17:36]

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There are people whose stomachs fast from food and drink, but their eyes graze freely through a field of forbidden sights. Their ears soak in the sounds of music and other forbidden speech. These people have never tasted the true essence of fasting…

They stand to pray, and the lyrics to a song run through their head. They move their lips to praise Allah, but in every rak’ah, they are replaying a different scene from a television drama, immoral scenes and all. They search for khushoo’ in worship, but how can they achieve it?

O Servant of Allah… your eyes and your ears are windows to your heart, openings to your soul. O Servant of Allah, let your eyes and your ears fast from the unlawful things in the same way you abstain from food and drink…

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And there is the fasting of the eye… For the eye to fast is for you to avoid looking at anything Allah has forbidden; it’s to lower your gaze and shield your sight from indecency:

“Tell the believing men to lower their gaze and guard their private parts. That is purer for them – certainly, Allah is aware of all they do. * And tell the believing women to lower their gaze and guard their private parts, and to not display their charms beyond what may necessarily appear; so let them drape their head-coverings over their bosoms…” [24:30-31]

If you don’t lower your gaze, you’ll find your heart scattered in every direction, chasing after this temptation and that. Your soul will feel tormented at the loss of things it saw but could not have. Because of the sins of your eye, you’ll feel constantly distressed and anxious. You’ll lose out on the pleasure and sweetness of worship. How can you enjoy your worship and feel a conviction of faith if you don’t keep your eyes in check? Remember that to lower your gaze is to obey the command of Allah ta’ala… and this, in itself, is enough of a blessing and honor for you, in this world and next.

And if looking at the haram will cause you turmoil, then lowering your gaze will put your heart at ease. You’ll be able to realize your full potential; you’ll find greater happiness and contentment. As you avoid sinning, Allah will save you from trials and calamities… He’ll open up the doors of knowledge and understanding for you; He’ll bless you with success and wisdom.

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And likewise, there’s the fasting of the ear… The ear is responsible in front of Allah for what it hears. For your ear to fast is for you to avoid listening to obscenities, music and other types of evil speech. You should avoid listening to things which will anger Allah, both in and out of Ramadan. The ears of those who fast are tuned in to hear what is beautiful.

Use your ears to take in the beautiful sounds of this world – the whisper of the wind in the trees, the pitter-patter of the falling rain. Listen to the sound of birds and their after-Fajr chatter, or the chirping of the crickets in the otherwise quiet of the night.

Listen – closely, carefully – to the recitation and words and message of the Qur’an, and to the reminders that come to you in the form of speech. Don’t be like those people who misuse the faculties Allah has given them, “Or do you think that most of them can hear or understand? They are only like cattle – no, they’re even farther off from the Path.” [25:44]

The power of the ears lies in remembering beneficial knowledge and sound advice. Listen to the Qur’an; more than anything, listening to Allah’s words will plant the seeds of faith and guidance and light in your heart. Listen – with your ears and with your heart – to be filled with wisdom and tranquility and contentment. The Qur’an is your protection from useless speech and sinful thoughts.

Just like listening to evil leaves traces of evil in your heart, listening to the truth will keep your heart steadfast on the path of truth. Praise Allah and thank Him for the blessing of hearing by using it to gain His pleasure. “Certainly, the believers have succeeded: * Those who are humbly submissive during their prayer * And those who turn away from vain and evil speech…”[23:1-3] ~                                                         * ~ * ~ * ~

O Servant of Allah… have you ever considered that the blind man never looks at anything forbidden, and the deaf never listen to anything that would anger Allah? And here you are – blessed with perfect sight and hearing. Be thankful for these blessings. Enjoy what Allah has give you, but enjoy it in the halal.

O Servant of Allah… Ramadan has come to purify you. Fast with your eyes and your ears, and guard these windows of your heart and soul.

The devil’s instrument☆

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Our heart has a beat and a rhythm, but at times it seems a bit interrupted.
with sounds that might sound astounding, but it invades the heart and only corrupts it.
It intoxicates the heart, even though he might feel completely sober.
It fills the vein with its venom, the like of a deadly cobra.
That sound today is found stuck in our ears like a plug.
It blocks us out from the reality, because its more addicting than any drug.
It paints a false image and has the heart believing in that which is displayed.
It pressures him into the darkness, so all his light starts to slowly fade.
So to him this world becomes, just like another arcade.
So he takes this world in vanity, and forgets the purpose of it being made.
Soon deeds become not important, and wickedness catches the eyes.
So that which is actually the falsehood, becomes the truth in its disguise.
And little does he know, that it plays with his emotions.
The love for Allah is gone, because his heart is now hard and frozen.
And much other harms afflicts him, that are too many to be even measured.

Because the rhythm of his heart, is now just a broken record.
And why even listen to that haram when you have the lyrics of the book of your Master.
No lyrics in the world can ever be equal to its smallest chapter.
Matter of fact not even a sentence, nor a single letter.
And music will just destroy you, but the Quran’s recitation will make you better.
So lets all clear our mind and open our ears to its speaker.

To Allah the greatest, and it’ll make us stronger and the devil only weaker.
Because the rhythm of his heart, is now just a broken record
And why even listen to that haram when you have the lyrics of the book of your Master.
No lyrics in the world can ever be equal to its smallest chapter.
Matter of fact not even a sentence, nor a single letter.
And music will just destroy you, but the Quran’s recitation will make you better.
So lets all clear our mind and open our ears to its speake

Re-connect with the Qur’an this Dhul Hijjah

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In the name of Allah, The Most Merciful, The Most Beneficent.
RE-CONNECT WITH THE QUR’AN THIS DHUL HAJJ

•He (Allah) will say: “What number of years did you stay on earth?”
•They will say: “We stayed a day or part of a day. Ask of those who keep account.”
•He (Allah) will say: “You stayed not but a little, if you had only known!
•Did you think that We had created you in play (without any purpose), and that you would not be brought back to Us? [23:112-115]

Every time I come across these verses, I am left astonished. To think all the number of days we spent on this earth, the pleasures/sadness, the striving hard to get what we want, all that would mean nothing to us except ‘a day or part of a day’.
Subhanallah.

How would life be if only everyone took it for what it really is: “very short”. No fighting or holding grudges, no lies, no indecency, no oppression or stealing of gov’t money…. because we know the reality of this world, & the home of the hereafter, is indeed the life [29:64] “You stayed not but a little, if you had only known!” [23:115]

And by thus, the Qur’an serves as a guide book shaping our lives and making us become better people & greater in the sight of Allah. And likewise it is also one of our greatest source of ajr:

Ibn Mas’ud reported that the Messenger of Allah said: “Whoever recites a letter from the Book of Allah, he will be credited with a good deed, and a good deed gets a ten-fold reward. I do not say that Alif-Lam-Mim is one letter, but Alif is a letter, Lam is a letter and Mim is a letter.” [At-Tirmidhi]

Therefore, for these 2 reasons, let’s strive to make the qur’an our closest companion in these blessed days of dhul hajj, a time when such deeds are most beloved to Allah. May Allah (swt) grant us the ability to do such, ameen.

☆Qur’anic Gems☆ Day 29. Ramadhan 1435.

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Surah Al-Muzzammil, Verse 20:
فَاقْرَءُوا مَا تَيَسَّرَ مِنْهُ وَأَقِيمُوا الصَّلَاةَ وَآتُوا الزَّكَاةَ وَأَقْرِضُوا اللَّهَ قَرْضًا حَسَنًا وَمَا تُقَدِّمُوا لِأَنفُسِكُم مِّنْ خَيْرٍ تَجِدُوهُ عِندَ اللَّهِ هُوَ خَيْرًا وَأَعْظَمَ أَجْرًا وَاسْتَغْفِرُوا اللَّهَ إِنَّ اللَّهَ غَفُورٌ رَّحِي
So recite (the Qur’an) as much as may be easy (for you), & perform As-Salat & give Zakat, & lend to Allah a goodly loan, & whatever good you send before you for yourselves, you will certainly find it with Allah, better & greater in reward. And seek Forgiveness of Allah. Verily, Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most-Merciful.

Allah (swt) being always The Most Merciful, encourages & guides us in the above verse with regards to those good deeds we should do to earn us great rewards.

✓Reciting the Qur’an: “Verily those who recite the Book of Allah & perform salah & spend in charity, secretely & openly, hope for a (sure) tradegain that will never perish” [35:29]

✓Salat: Allah (swt), in a hadith qudsi, bluntly declared how precious salat is to Him:
“Out of all the ways through which My servant gets closer to Me, salat is the dearest to me” [Bukhari]

✓Zakah & sadaqah:” Verily those who give sadaqat, men & women, & lend to Allah a goodly loan, it shall be increased in manifold (to their credit) & theirs shall be an honourable good reward”. [57:18]

And lastly, after doing all these, Allah (swt) tells us to ask forgiveness to earn His mercy, for indeed it is His mercy that can take us to paradise, not our good deeds alone. [Bukhari, Muslim]

May Allah (swt) make such excellent deeds our part of our daily routine, & may He grant us steadfastness in His performing plenty ibadahs (worship), after ramadan. ameen.

☆Qur’anic Gems☆ Day 6. Ramadhan 1435.

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Surah An-Nisa, Verse 174:
يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ قَدْ جَاءَكُم بُرْهَانٌ مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ وَأَنزَلْنَا إِلَيْكُمْ نُورًا مُّبِينًا

O mankind! Verily, there has come to you a convincing proof (Prophet Muhammad SAW) from your Lord, and We sent down to you a manifest light (this Quran).

Allah (swt) describes the Qur’an as a ‘manifest light’ for indeed it is the light of ultimate guidance. Without this light, we would have been wondering about in utter darkness, not knowing who Our creator is & for which purpose we were created, and would have destroyed ourselves in following what other humans do.

“Indeed this Qur’an guides to that which is most just & right…[17:9]

But How do benefit from this light? Are reciters of the Qur’an assured of this light?, “We can gain that by understanding the word of Allah” the ultimate purpose of sending down the Qur’an.

“(This is) a Book (the Quran) which We have sent down to you, full of blessings that they may ponder over its Verses, and that men of understanding may remember.” [38:29]

Let’s aim to make maximum use of this blessed month by understanding what we recite in order to find guidance for our souls & increase our faith. Let’s change our perspective of the Qur’an as an ‘ajr book’ (book of rewards) to that of a guidebook on how to live in this world. And then, we would truly find ourselves enveloped by the light of Allah, in shaa Allah.

May He (swt) gift us with more from His ‘Gems’ and make of those who live with the whole Quran, in heart & mind, ameen.