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Sunday, 12 April 2015

Constants Of Tauheed III

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

One with Allaah is the majority. 
The first most important quest for a believer is the quest to internalize Tauheed in its most pristine form. 
Tauheed is (Al ifradul Allaahi bil 'ibadati wal inqiyadu lahu bi-t-tahati wal khulusu minash shirki wal bara'atu min ahlihi) 
The key words here are: Singularity of devotion to Allaah; being consistent and resolute in obeying Him; abstaining from shirk; and cutting off ties with the people of shirk by not following their footsteps.
Tauheed is to believe that there is no Partner to Allah in His Being and in His Attributes. 
A sound Tauheed is the only legitimate yardstick with which Allaah measures the success of an individual in this world and in the Hereafter. 
Wallaah! No man will enter Jannah without a sound Tauheed no matter how good his deeds are. 

And no man will dwell permanently in Hell if he has an atom's weight of Tauheed.

Allaah out of His Divine prerogative can decide to admit a very sinful Muslim who has never committed shirk to Jannah without punishing him.
Allaah has warned us in stern terms not to attribute piety to ourselves nor break up into sects claiming holier than thou attitude. 
Negation and affirmation makes a perfect Tauheed: Laa ilaha (there is no deity (nothing) worthy of worship) illa Allaah (except Allaah Alone).
We must be sincere first with Allaah, then with ourselves and must live with people with all sincerity. Don't display love with an inward hatred if perfection of Tauheed is what you seek for.
Of antithesis to a sound Tauheed is to attribute your unwanted situations in life to others believing that they can harm or benefit you.
Our outward demeanor of piety, love and sincerity must be in conformity with our inward reality otherwise Allaah will disgrace us. 
I implore one and all to take the matter of Tauheed very serious because Tauheed is to a believer what head is to a body. Without it, no existence.
Rasulullaah (may the peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him ) said: "Everyone starts his day and is a vendor of his soul, either freeing it or bringing about its ruin." Muslim

Brothers and sisters in Islam, the choice to perfect our Eeman to attract salvation is ours to make!!!

Friday, 10 April 2015

Why The Rush???

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

Allaah says in His inimitable style that: "Verily, man was created very impatient; Apprehensive when evil touches him; And suppressive when good touches him; EXCEPT THOSE WHO ARE DEVOTED TO SALAH; THOSE WHO WITH THEIR SALAH ARE DA'IMUN" Q 90: 19-23
With all the blameworthy features man has been described with, Allaah makes an exception in those who guard strictly their Salah with tranquility and humility.

Ibn Katheer unpacked the meaning of Da'imun to equate the terminology used in describing standing (still) water (Al-Ma' Ad-Da'im) and this points to the obligation of having tranquility in the prayer.

If we rush our prayers then we do not in any way fit into the description of the believers given by Allaah in Q23 when He says: "Successful indeed are the believers. Those who with their Salah are Khashi'un."

I sob profusely (internally) when we complain about the Imam spending much time in conversing with Allaah. And I ask the question; what has happened to our Iman?

Ibn al-Qayyim (RA) in his kitaab Zaad al-Ma'aad vol. 1/257, 258 he said: "The one who is praying is facing his Lord and conversing with Him so long as he is praying. When he says Salaam that conversation comes to a close and he is no longer standing before Him and close to Him.

Who amongst us will rush to finish a grand meeting organised for us by the President of the nation??? I guess we will maximize our stay with him but alas! When it comes to the meeting arranged for us by Allaah five times a day to converse personally with Him we feel bored and hasty.‎
Five minutes! At most, ten minutes you are done with a sound and beautiful prayer and a painless conversation with Allaah Who is ever ready to answer your supplication yet you rush your Salah for a miserable pursuit?‎

Today our Salah is so handicapped that the best I can use to describe it is: "Up-Down-Kiss-the-Ground-And-Back-To-Town.

Hear this out! Allaah says: "So, woe unto those performers of Salah, Those who with their Salah are Sahun." Q107:4-5‎

Those are the likes of most of us today who pray, adhere to it yet are mindless of it.

In the Two Sahihs (Bukhari and Muslim) it was reported that the Messenger of Allaah said: "This is the prayer of the hypocrite, this is the prayer of the hypocrite, this is the prayer of the hypocrite. He sits watching the sun until it is between the two horns of Shaytan. Then he stands and pecks four (Rak'ahs) and does not remember Allaah (in them) except very little."

Brothers and sisters in Islam haven't you heard the statement of the Prophet (Pbuh) regarding Salah? He said: "Between a man and shirk and kufr there stands his giving up prayer." ‎ Muslim.

Of what benefit is the prayer of a man who prays it lackadaisically? 
We can spend hours chatting, speaking rapidly and unintelligibly without raising an eyebrow yet we complain of a ten minutes prayer?
If this is our lot, I'm afraid we need to practice the purification of the soul because the soul isn't comfortable standing and conversing with Allaah.

The prayer that we rush today has the potential of rescuing us and our progeny on the Day when the first deed to be examined will be Salah.

Hurayth ibn Qubaysah asked Abu Hurayrah to tell him a hadith he heard from the Prophet (Pbuh) so that he will benefit therefrom and He said: I heard the Messenger of Allaah (Pbuh) say that the first thing for which a person will be brought to account on the Day of Resurrection will be his prayer. If it is found sound, he will be successful, and if it is lacking in any way, he will be doomed." Reported by Abu Isa At-Tirmidhi.

Be conscious of Allaah and be mindful of your duties to Him. Don't hide under the pretext of any hadith to rush your Salah. 

Without tranquility and humility there is no Salah.

Why the rush to terminate a spiritual conversation with Allaah when you can't run away from Allaah except to Him? 

Monday, 6 April 2015

The Poisonous Meat In Our Meal: Gossip And Rumor Mongering!!!

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

I start with the uncreated Words of Allaah. He said in the 68th chapter of the Glorious Qur'an: "And obey not everyone who swears much, and is considered worthless, A slanderer, going about with calumnies."

As humans, mistakes are intrinsic to our nature. We must learn to cover the faults of the muslims if we want Allaah to cover ours. 

"Verily, those who like that Fahishah should be propagated among those who believe, they will have a painful torment in this world and in the Hereafter. And Allaah knows and you know not." Q24:19

Allaah warns us against listening to evil talks, believing in them and spreading them if we aspire to avert the torment of both the worlds. 

Some are desperate to hear evil talk about others so that they can spread it without verifying it in order to tarnish their image. This is sinful.

On the strength of Thawban (RA), the Prophet (Pbuh) said "Do not annoy the servants of Allaah, nor abuse them, nor seek their hidden shortcomings. Whoever seeks out the faults of his Muslim brother, Allaah will expose his faults and degrade him, even if he is hiding in his house." Hadith 

It is highly tempting to spread the mistakes of others but stifling the temptation takes us closer to Jannah. The choice is ours. 

Had our sins been written all over our faces, I guess no man would step out of his room to face his immediate family out of shame.

The way some law enforcement agents are trigger happy sadly that's how must of us are gossip happy. 

"Allaah will cover up on the Day of Resurrection the defects (faults) of the one who covers up the faults of the others in this world." Hadith

Before we move our tongues to lay down the mistakes and sins of others, it will be wise to reflect on our hidden and apparent sins also. 

‎How excellent it is to cover up the shortcomings of others, it's such a laudable act that Allaah Himself loves those who possess this quality and has promised not to disgrace them on the day when men will be disgraced.

The Prophet of Islam said:

 "Every one of my followers will be forgiven except those who expose (openly) their wrongdoings."

It's very bad to make a gist out of the sins we commit in secrecy. Gisting others about the Zina committed. Allaah wont forgive such a person.

‎Don't run your fellow Muslim brothers and sisters down by backbiting them.

Backbiting...a sin we all are guilty of.... 

Our inherent human frailty does not guarantee sinlessness but tearing up the cover provided by Allaah when we sin in seclusion is unforgivable.

Guard your tongue against gheebah (backbiting), buhtan (slander) and nameemah (malicious gossip).‎

“Whoever has wronged his brother with regard to his honour or anything else, let him seek his forgiveness today..." The Prophet of Islam

‎Al-Hasan al-Basri (RA) said: "The expiation for gheebah (backbiting) is to pray for forgiveness for the person about whom you backbit." Majmoo al Fataawah.‎

Above all, cling a deal with your Qur'an. Don't ever abandon your Qur'an. Read it, listen to it and act on its injunctions.‎

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Jannah As A Retirement Package!!!

In the Name of Allaah, the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful.
"Verily, the Abrar (pious, who fear Allah and avoid evil), shall drink a cup (of wine) mixed with water from a spring in Paradise called Kafur." Q76:5
"And their recompense shall be Paradise, and silken garments, because they were patient." Q76:12...The reward of patience is Jannah.
"Reclining therein on raised thrones, they will see there neither the excessive heat of the sun, nor the excessive bitter cold," Q76:13
In Jannah there is no sun nor moon.
"Their garments will be of fine green silk and gold embroidery. They will be adorned with bracelets of silver and their Lord will give them a pure drink." Q76:21
It will be said to the dwellers of Paradise, live and you will never die.
No words are as perfect as the Words of Allaah.
We could be passing our death location, we could be seeing our last sun, we could be seeing our last moon, we could just be spending our last moment. Make it worthwhile so that you will have Jannah as your retirement package.
Jannah is a retirement package for those who worked throughout their lives fearing and obeying Allaah and associated no partner with Him.
Jannah is a retirement package for those who strived their utmost fighting against unchaste nature and do not approach illegal sexual intercourse because Allaah has forbidden it.
Jannah is a retirement package for those Muslims who strived their utmost adhering strictly to the five pillars of Islam.
Jannah is a retirement package for those who have sinned most part of their lives but on knowing the Mercy and the punishment of Allaah repent sincerely.
Jannah is a retirement package for those who when doing anything seeks only for Allaah's pleasure and do not seek for fame nor fortune.
Jannah is a retirement package for those who refused to succumb to peer pressures and adhered strictly to the provisions of the Shariah.
Jannah is a retirement package for those Muslim women who go against the satanic trend of exposing their nudity and donned the Hijab to please Allaah.
Jannah is a retirement package for those who learned the sciences of Islam and worked diligently on what they learnt.
Jannah is a retirement package for those men and women who lowered their gaze.
Jannah is a retirement package for those who spread salaam, kept ties of kinship, fed the poor and performed Tahajjud when others are asleep.
Jannah is a retirement package for those who fasted their days and humble themselves.
In Jannah, you will hear no nonsense.
For the beautiful description of Paradise let those who aspire to be in, strive their utmost.
May Allaah give us the strength to work righteousness all our lives so that He can favor us with this everlasting retirement package.

Friday, 3 April 2015

Friday Tonic

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

"And whosoever obeys Allaah and His Messenger, fears Allaah, and has Taqwa of Him, such are the successful. "Q24:52 

Fear Allaah with regards to your past sins (do not trivialize them) and have Taqwa of Allaah with regards to the sins you may commit in the future.

The hypocrites display one thing while hiding another and they say with their tongues what is contradictory to their hearts. 
The friends of Allaah will attain all goodness and will be saved from all evil in this world and the Hereafter. ‎

They are those who are always at peace with the teachings of the Prophet of Islam (may the peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) 

All our words and deeds will be measured against the words and deeds of the Prophet (Sunnah) proportional to their consistency Allah will accept or reject them.
Proportional to how patiently a believer perseveres in tests, trials and tribulations that will reflect how much of his sins will be erased ‎.‎

Greet those you know and even those you know not and be the first to greet. Believe you me, this attracts the love of Allaah and that of the creations.‎

"When any of you joins a gathering, let him say Salam,and when he wants to leave, let him say Salam. The former is not more important than the later.." Hadith 

Be a gentle soul, be a source of happiness to others, uplift the morale of those below you, do not display your reaches in d presence of the poor.

Humble yourself no matter how highly placed you are in the society. Your humility attracts more heights from Allaah. 

There's no happiness except in the love of Allaah. And loving Allaah is tantamount to fearing Allaah. ‎

We are not better than anyone, Allaah has just covered our numerous sins. Before we become complacent we might like to reflect on our sins. 

Humility speaks louder than arrogance. 

Who said Jannah was going to be very easy to earn? You must treat with kindness those who forsake you.
"And put your trust in the All-Mighty, the Most Merciful." Q26:217

If you put your trust in Allaah in all your affairs, He will be your helper in all affairs. 

‎Read the Qur'an with understanding, listen to its recitation keenly, act on it diligently and your world will be brimming with happiness.‎