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Friday, 31 July 2015

Where worthy race ends

In the Name of Allaah the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful. 
Allaah says in Qur’an chapter 102 Surat At-Takathur verses 1-2 that; “The mutual rivalry (for piling up of worldly things) diverts you, Until you visit the graves (i.e. till you die)”
Undoubtedly, a toddler looks up to his toys as his worldly passion as long as it satisfies the desire, brings entertainments, just as his parents would obviously look onwards to bigger dreams of accomplishments through the night and in the morning, all these race for different endeavors coupled with a sound intellect has got to be one of the greatest gifts on earth.
And Allaah says; “And whoever is grateful, truly his gratitude is for (the good of) his own self; and whoever is ungrateful (he is ungrateful only) for the loss of his own self). Certainly, my Lord is Rich (Free of all needs), Bountiful. Qur’an 27v40.
Today, in this world of ours, people are competing and racing with one another towards amassing material things; wealth, mischief and many confused goals.
Whereas Allaah says in Qur’an chapter 102 Surat At-Takathur verses 1-2 that; “The mutual rivalry (for piling up of worldly things) diverts you, Until you visit the graves (i.e. till you die)”
Many on the wrong path are energetic while those on the right path are lethargic and dazed.
Although, envy is seriously condemned in Islam but there is a hadith recorded by Imam Al-Nawawi in his book called “The Meadows of the Righteous” popularly known by its arabic name “Riyad-us-Saliheen” that on the strength of Abdullah ibn Mas’ud (Radiya Allaahu anhu) the Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Envy is permitted only in two cases: A man whom Allaah gives wealth, and he disposes of it rightfully, and a man to whom Allaah gives knowledge which he applies and teaches it,”
The Arabic word used in the hadith is ‘Ghibtah’ the equivalent of which cannot be found in English language, and the meaning of which is to wish to enjoy things which others have, such as wealth and knowledge, without wishing that they should be deprived of them to your exclusive benefit. Ma shaa Allaah to those who possess Ghibtah as opposed to the corrosive envy.
It is upon this that I base my write-up. I urge you to kindly follow me and let us take a cool ride through the world of the Glorious Qur’an and have some interesting stop overs that will spur us to a worthy race.
The worthy race in the context of most human could be political, sport driven, or societal driven, including inventions, but the Qur’an’ic context in Surah Al-Ma’idah verse 48, which says in Arabic; “Fastabiqul khayrat”  translated as “in good ways, compete with one another” stated boldly a definite race towards good only which is contrary to human understanding of race.
It is not about running from pillar to post without a positive purpose it is more than that as can be deduced from Ibn Katheer’s explanation of the above verse that described it as ; (so strive as in a race in good deeds) which are obedience to Allaah, following His Law that abrogated the laws that came before it, and believing in His Book, the Qur’an, which is the Final Book that He revealed.
In another part, Qur’an chapter 57 Surah Al-Hadid verse 21, and Allaah says; “Race with one another in hastening towards forgiveness from your Lord (Allaah) and Paradise the width whereof is as the width of the heaven and the earth prepared for those who believe in Allaah and His Messengers.”
Meanwhile, Musnad of Imam Ahamd had it recorded with authenticity that the Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Paradise is nearer to any of you than the strap on his shoe, and so is the (Hell) Fire.”
Also in Qur’an chapter 3 Surah Al-Imran verse 133 Almighty Allaah says; “And march forth in the way (which leads) to forgiveness from your Lord, and for Paradise as wide as the heavens, and the earth, prepared for those who have Taqwa (piety).
An apt example from understanding of noble Companions (may Allaah be pleased with them) of RasulAllaah (may the peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) about the race, is that they would race with one another in good deeds and not in Allaah’s disobedience or ostentatious display.
An instance was in the two Sahihs (Al-Bukhari and Muslim) where it was recorded that once the poor emigrants said to the Messenger of Allaah:
“O Allaah’s Messenger! The wealthy people will get higher grades and permanent enjoyment. He (saw) asked: “Why is it that”, They said; “They pray like us and fast as we do. However, they give in charity, whereas we cannot do that, and they free servants (slaves) whereas we cannot afford it.” The Prophet (saw) said: “Shall I tell you of good deed that, if you acted upon, you would catch up with those who have surpassed you and none would overtake you and be better than you, except those who might do the same. Say “Glorious is Allaah,” “Allaah is Most Great.” And “Praise be to Allaah” thirty three times after every prayer. They (the poor emigrants) later came back and said, “Our wealthy brethren heard what we did and they started doing the same. “Allaah’s messenger (saw) said, “This is the favor of Allaah that He gives to whom He wills.
The question is, is this the reality of both the poor and the wealthy of this Ummah? I’m afraid most of the wealthy have ill-gotten wealth hence Allaah will not accept it from them except they repent and return back what rightfully belongs to the public, and the poor is busy thinking of how to become extremely wealthy by any means necessary hence, the two categories are suffering from an amnesia of purpose.
Qur’an chapter 37 Surah As-Saffat where Allaah described in details, the lofty condition of the people of Paradise and crowned it up at the 60th and the 61st verses by saying; “Truly, this is the Supreme success! For the like of this (Jannah) let the workers work, it shows that the race is beyond the usual race that most humans engage in.
And for the purpose of this write-up, Qur’an chapter 83 Surah Al-Mutaffifin is to serve as reminder because Allaah says; “Verily, Al-Abraar (the pious believers of Islamic Monotheism) will be in Delight (Paradise). On thrones, looking (at all things). You will recognize in their faces the brightness of delight. They will be given to drink of pure sealed (wine). The last thereof (that wine) will be the smell of musk, and for this let (all) those strive who want to strive (i.e. hasten earnestly to the obedience of Allaah)- verses 22-26.
Even though human and its environs are surrounded by mother nature with enormous influences, his major thought of how to out race one another in good deeds should be a dominant aspiration, for in that is the Ultimate goal of Allaah’s Forgiveness and Paradise the width of which is as wide as the heavens and the earth, prepared for those who have Taqwa.
Out race one another by responding faster than anyone in a gathering when it comes to donation in the cause of Allaah, reading more of Qur’anic pages than other peers do will also serve the purpose but by all means Ikhlas (sincerity of purpose) should be the pivot, for these noble endeavors would be profitable than investing on a business that its return brings more harms than good.
The worldly and worthy race of every man should include standing up during most part of the night in Tahajjud to increase ones spirituality, as well as being foremost in rejecting any illegal transaction that will make one an instant millionaire devoid of legitimacy.
Also, be the first to shun any glorified betrayal of trust in your nation and extend a pitiful gesture to them rather than a respectful one.
I could go on listing but I guess your intellectual minds will fill in the many gaps of racing towards good. May Allaah equip us with the sufficient zeal to constantly engage ourselves in a healthy spiritual race.

Friday spiritual tonic

In the Name of Allaah, the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful.

Worship Allaah when conditions are favorable and even when they are not. 

If we only worship Allaah when it's easy to do that then we haven't yet been exposed to the reality of worship. 

Be determined to change your sinful ways to righteousness and pray to Allaah to aid you. 

Believe you me, it takes a resolution of willing to abandon the life of sin in order to embrace the life of total obedience to Allaah. 

‎The initial spiritual energy needed to repel satanic weapons is enormous but once achieved it becomes easy to obey Allaah.

One of the most effective ways to abandon a sin is to run away from the object of lust. 

If what leads to Zina is seductive pictures of the opposite sex or provocative videos, then lower your gaze and don't look at haram.

Satan sets up traps that seem harmless just to lure people into committing the most shameful deeds. Be weary of Satan's deception. 
‎Some have confessed that it's from enlarging of the DP, to pornography and to either Zina or masturbation. Fear Allaah with regards to the sight.

‎To some the blessings of the internet is an avenue to secure entry into Jannah and to some it is a convenient tool to make it to Jahannam. May Allaah save us.

A lot of people trespass the limits of Allaah by abusing their free time, take advantage of the time you have now before it depletes away.

‎The time and the era is frustrated with the seductive display of nudity in all forms, to be successful in this era is to be modest. 

‎Free-mixing and the demystification of gender barrier under the pretext of civilization and progressiveness has tore our Eeman apart.

When  lowering of the gaze is seen as backwardness, then no sin will be too difficult to commit, because the lustful eyes is a window to all shameful deeds. 

If one claims that its difficult to lower the gaze because of so many seductive pictures and provocation around, then also there are so many ahadith to be read. The choice of what to look at is at our disposal.

Speak the truth no matter how many people detach themselves from you. The goal is to encourage each other to make it to Jannah in shaa Allaah.


Let this life be for you and do not let this life be against you. ‎

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Consistency in piety

In the Name of Allaah, the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful. 
The mother of the believers Aisha (RA) said that Rasulullaah (Pbuh) said: "The deeds most beloved by Allaah (are those) done regularly, even if they are small." Bukhari and Muslim
It is now weeks after Ramadan, don't abandon the practices adopted during Ramadan. 

‎It's easy to worship Allaah when every other person does that, e.g during Ramadan but the real test is to worship Him when no one does.

It was easy for people to pray Fajr on time during Ramadan because almost everybody at home was awake, the real test is to do that now. 

During Ramadan the entire family woke up at night for Tahajjud, don't let laxity make you sleep throughout the night now. 

Obedience to Allaah is aptly demonstrated by the sincere believers during favorable times and also during unfavorable situations. 

With Ramadan, was an increased good deeds. Please don't extirpate your good deeds with bad deeds after Ramadan. 
If we can maintain consistency with Qur'anic recitation, regular charity, lowering of gaze throughout the month of Ramadan without any headache, I guess we can even after Ramadan.

Don't alter your piety after Ramadan. Keep the positive enthusiasm on the path of righteousness especially now that obedience to Allaah is not as common as it was during Ramadan.‎

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Gems for the Seeker of Jannah

‎In the Name of Allaah, the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful. 

"And those who kept their duty to their Lord will be led to Paradise in groups, till, when they reach it, and its gates will be opened (before their arrival for their reception) and its keepers will say: Salamun 'Alaikum (peace be upon you)! You have done well, so enter here to abide therein." Q39:73

The great commentator of the Qur'an al-Haafidh ibn Katheer said the gates of paradise will be opened for the pious as a sign of honor, and the angelic gatekeepers will meet them with glad tidings, greetings and praise.

In Jannah, it is at the discretion of our imagination to think of whatever is dearest to us and such will be fulfilled at an instance. 

If this is not enough to spur us to righteousness then I guess the following hadith of the Prophet (Pbuh) recorded by Bukhari and Muslim and also by Imam Ahmad on the strength of Abu Hurayrah (RA) would:

The Messenger of Allaah (Pbuh) said: "The first group to enter Paradise will enter looking like the moon on the night when it is full. They will not spit there, or blow their noses, or defecate. Their vessels and combs will be of gold and silver, their censers will be of aloeswood and their sweat will be musk. Each of them will have two wives, the marrow of whose shin bones will be visible from beneath the skin because of their beauty. There will be no disputes between then and there will be no hatred; their hearts will be as if one heart. They will glorify Allaah morning and evening."

‎Brothers and sisters in Islam, the greatest loss is to lose the opportunity to make it to Jannah.
 
To earn the pleasure of Allaah is to avoid His displeasure.

‎Know that, sincerely repenting to Allaah privileges the most sinful person with prosperity in both the worlds.

‎In Jannah, there will be no depression and the fruits of Jannah will be brought close and they will not be restricted to seasons or weather.

No one enters Paradise except a Muslim soul whose deeds and words were good with an excellent effort to please Allaah at all times.
‎Suppress your lust for the sake of Allaah and see how Allaah will fulfil each and every goal of yours.
   
We ask Allaah to make us among the people of Jannah.‎

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Satan's Web

In the Name of Allaah, the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful.

[Satan] said, ‘Because You have put me in error, I will surely sit in wait for them on Your straight path.‎ Then I will come to them from before them and from behind them and on their right and on their left, and You will not find most of them grateful [to You].’ Q7: 16-17‎. 
Allaah has given man the intelligence to detect the path of Satan in order to save himself from the disobedience of Allaah, because disobeying Allaah only makes the punishment of Allaah lawful on him.

The nature of intelligent people is that when they hear of the punishment of Allaah, they abandon the sin they are accustomed to even though it requires strong will and persistence in prayers.

Satan destroys the sinner by creating an atmosphere of despondency in his heart such that he becomes convinced that his sins are so enormous and many that Allaah will never forgive and pardon him.

However, when it comes to the pious he destroys him through pride and complacency and mostly the pious sometimes if he or she doesn't imbibe humility then an attitude of holier than thou crops up and this is a more serious sin.

‎Satan hypes our confidence when we commit sins and after the sin he abandons us because Allaah describes him as an ever deserter at the time of need.

My message to one and all is that we should strive our utmost to:‎


‎Live as a Muslim, act as a Muslim, and die as a Muslim.‎