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Inspiration to keep Studying…

Some of the ‘Ulema of the past used to say that those who do not believe that the Talibul ‘Ilm, that the scholar is a warrior, is a Mujahid then he has no intellect. The scholar, the talibul ‘ilm, is defending the borders and the lines of Islam just like a Mujahid is fighting and defending Islam with his body and blood. He’s fighting it with his pen and lectures, his teachings and his classes. You know? That Mujahid wouldn’t be there unless he had a good teacher, right? So it’s tough to get up everyday and recite 10 pages of Quraan, and memorize, and review, and then study this. It’s tough! Those people don’t have the stomach to study or the discipline , or the humility to sit between somebody’s legs under their feet and study. They just want a fatwa. They, as the scholars say, want the taste of knowledge but they don’t want to eat the meal. They say the introduction is too long and the teacher is not getting to the point. But the introduction has its place. If they would stick to the first five lessons, they would get somewhere, you know?

- Ustadh

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Idols

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

 الحمد لله رب العالمين وصلى الله وسلم على رسول الله وعلى آله وأصحابه ومن اهتدى بهديه إلى يوم الدين

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It’s been His methodology. His Way. To collect the strongest of his armies to destroy the idols.

That is their fate.

Them idols.

They are destined to break. Eventually.

In the dusty annals of history, those idols can be found around the glorious Ka’bah, the landmark that commemorates the rituals of Tawheed today. And today too, like in the past, such idols can be found tucked away in the dark concave corners of our hearts where we wouldn’t let anyone in. Hidden and guarded, fiercely.

Our idols could be any deterrent of attaining true ‘Uboodiyah. It could be a prestigious job/university offer we’re chasing, a potential spouse, love of our child, sleep, any bad habit or any favourite sport.

Anything that predominantly orbits your mind in your waking hours could be described as your idol.

We foolishly decorate the idols in our hearts year after year with a new hope and expectation not realizing that we are setting ourselves up for disaster because truly when those idols break (and they have to break), our hearts scream with the stab.

That broken expectation you blame your child, spouse, parent for…well, it was your attachment to His Creations more than the Creator.

That sinking empty feeling? Yes, that sums it up well.

I didn’t realize but for the past few years, I had set up a few idols in my heart. Allah swt broke them one by one until my heart was completely empty to receive His Nourishing Love. But then I lost my way again and set up few more idols and after a major rude awakening, I’ve come back to my senses.

Every broken expectation that brought on a series of stormy life’s events have made me understand His Words better. Each one of them was worth it because they helped me internalize the following golden ayah from His Beautiful Book:

وَمِنَ النَّاسِ مَن يَتَّخِذُ مِن دُونِ اللَّهِ أَندَادًا يُحِبُّونَهُمْ كَحُبِّ اللَّهِ ۖ وَالَّذِينَ آمَنُوا أَشَدُّ حُبًّا لِّلَّهِ

“And [yet], among the people are those who take other than Allah as equals [to Him]. They love them as they [should] love Allah . But those who believe are stronger in love for Allah…”

[Surat’l Baqarah, 2:part of ayah 165]

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The next ayaat after the one quoted above talk about the dissociation of the ones people followed and loved. Allah swt talks about the regret. Nobody would want that regret.

After every broken expectation, we regret wasting our emotions on something that wasn’t worth investing in. Isn’t it better to dissociate ourselves before we regret?

Don’t get me wrong: there’s nothing wrong with loving your child, spouse and parent. Even our Muslim brothers and sisters anywhere in the world.

But the intensity should be greater for Him. For anything that disrupts that balance becomes an idol in our hearts and if we don’t destroy it, then Allah swt takes it upon Himself to do so…even if it involves a major blow or heartache.

Allah swt wills no harm. We are usually our own enemies, making our otherwise beautiful lives, chaotic by sculpting our idols in the mold of emotions and improperly placing them on a pedestal.

We must define our idols, break them, and let our heart orbit around the Only One Supreme being. None of these idols will hasten our affairs in the next world. None of these idols will lead to long lasting happiness in either world.

Once you stop loving Allah swt, you start loving anything. Keep monitoring the level of your love for Him. Perhaps one day, our struggle will win us His Love too.

Perhaps.

Listen, it doesn’t matter even if it means breaking the very idols you are grappling onto to just stand. It’s going to hurt but it’s going to be so worth it inshaa’Allah for He swt will walk with you in your hard times of loneliness.

Every idol is a burden you carry. A seed of regret you’re sowing.

Get rid of it.

When others are drowning in their own sweat, wouldn’t it be beautiful that Allah swt boasts about you and me…and our epic tales of us willingly breaking our own idols?

Take charge of your tazkiyah today because:

قَدْ أَفْلَحَ مَن زَكَّـهَا

وَقَدْ خَابَ مَن دَسَّـهَا

And Allah swt knows best.

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First Muhaajir Child Born Post-Hijrah

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

 الحمد لله رب العالمين وصلى الله وسلم على رسول الله وعلى آله وأصحابه ومن اهتدى بهديه إلى يوم الدين

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Narrated Asma’ bint Abu Bakr RA:

I conceived ‘Abdullah bin Az-Zubayr at Makkah and went out (of Makkah) while I was about to give birth. I came to Madinah and encamped at Quba’, and gave birth at Quba’. Then I brought the child to Allah’s Apostle salalahu ‘alayhi wasalam and placed him (on his lap). He asked for a date, chewed it, and put his saliva in the mouth of the child. So the first thing to enter its stomach was the saliva of Allah’s Apostle. Then he did his Tahneek with a date, and invoked Allah to bless him. It was the first child born in the Islamic era, therefore they (Muslims) were very happy with his birth, for it had been said to them that the Jews (of that time) had bewitched them, and so they would not produce any offspring.

[Sahih al Bukhari; Book #66, Hadith #378]

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Thought-Provoking Quotes: Importance & Purity of Intentions

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

 الحمد لله رب العالمين وصلى الله وسلم على رسول الله وعلى آله وأصحابه ومن اهتدى بهديه إلى يوم الدين

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It is reported that Zayd al Yamy (R) said,

“I would always like to observe good intention in every deed, even eating and drinking.”

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It is reported that Yahya ibn Abi Kathir (R) said,

“Keep having good intentions, for they are higher than undertaking good deeds.”

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It is reported that Yusuf ibn Asbat (R) has said,

“Keeping one’s intention always good is more difficult for doers of good  deeds than perseverance in a good course!”

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It was asked of Nafi’ bin Jubayr (R), “Won’t you attend the funeral?”

He replied, “Stay as you are until I revive my intention.”

Then he thought for a while and said, “Go on!”

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It is reported that ‘Abdullah ibn Mubarak (R) has said,

“A small deed may be great because of the intention behind it;

and a great deed may be insignificant due to the intention behind it.”

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It is reported that Fudayl ibn ‘Iyad (R) has said,

“What Allah swt wants from you is your intention and will.”

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A knowledgeable scholar (R) once said,

“They are superior to each other by virtue of their intentions,

not by virtue of performing prayer and observing fasting.”

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(may Allah swt be pleased with them all, ameen)

[Collected from Ibn Rajab(R)’s Jami’ al ‘Uloom wal Hikam, pp.13 of the English translation]

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List of Ayaat of Quraanic Du’aas that Begin with قل

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

 الحمد لله رب العالمين وصلى الله وسلم على رسول الله وعلى آله وأصحابه ومن اهتدى بهديه إلى يوم الدين

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With every new bit of information we learn about the Quraan, doesn’t that do something to your heart?

It makes that poor thing flutter with happiness and soar into the skies of bliss…subhanAllah.

Beautiful is His Speech, how beautiful must be its Lord?

There are various beautiful Qursanic du’aas but there are a few that begin with قل.  It is said that they are important in that, it is Allah swt mandating the du’aa’s utterance by us. It is He swt ordering us to ‘say’ them. In other words, we should pay special attention to them, understand their hidden gems with context, memorize them and use the content and/or mannerisms implied within them diligently in our daily conversations with Allah swt.

As soon as I got to know the above, I wanted to collect them for my reference and inshaa’Allah this should be a topic of great interest and tadabbur (contemplation) for the student of Quraan. And Allah swt knows best.

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1. Surat Ale ‘Imraan, ayah 26

3,26

 

2. Surat’l Israa, ayah 24

17,24

 

3. Surat’l Israa, ayah 80

17, 80

 

 

4. Surat TaaHaa, ayah 114

20, 114

 

5. Surat’l Mo’minoon, ayah 29

 

23,29

 

 

6. Surat’l Mo’minoon, ayah 93 (ayah 94 placed for completion of du’aa and context)

23,93

 

 

7. Surat’l Mo’minoon, ayah 97

23, 97

 

 

8. Surat’l Mo’minoon, ayah 118

23.118

 

9. Surat az-Zumar, ayah 46

39,46

10. Last 2 Surahs of the Quraan. These are memorized by all and given very little importance. However, Allah swt willed them to be important and asked us to recite them as du’aas for protection.

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LIVE Halaqah in 7 mins(Inshaa’Allah): A study of Legal Maxims in Islam Pertaining to the Removal of Harm by Sh. Navaid Aziz

 بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

 الحمد لله رب العالمين وصلى الله وسلم على رسول الله وعلى آله وأصحابه ومن اهتدى بهديه إلى يوم الدين

Click here to join LIVE.

And you can subscribe to the channel which puts up the halaqah recordings here.

Wasalamu ‘alaykum warahmatullah.

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Free Online FIQH Class: Logical Progression by Sh. Abu ‘Eesa Niamatullah (third year)

 بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

 الحمد لله رب العالمين وصلى الله وسلم على رسول الله وعلى آله وأصحابه ومن اهتدى بهديه إلى يوم الدين

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Asalamo’alaykum warahmatullah,

Sh. Abu ‘Eesa has kick-started third year of his online Fiqh classes today in a bombastic manner mashaa’Allah after a brief academic break.

Lessons uploaded at: | Logical Progression Forums | iTunes |

Listen to the class LIVE online here and join Sh. Abu ‘Eesa’s fb page here for more updates as classes progress.

Please spread the word to friends and family! It’s unique one-of-a-kind learning oppportunity as a lot of what he covers is relevant current-day Fiqh and that too in English language. A combo unseen anywhere else despite its need.

May we all benefit from his efforts and may we be given the tawfeeq to study. Ameen!

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Email from the Logical Progression Team:

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullāhi wa barakātuhu

The wait is finally over! Today is the day that we begin Year 3 of Logical Progression, walḥamdulillāh. We are very excited to resume our lessons and we pray that Allāh give us all tawfīq and blesses our efforts to get closer to Him. May He facilitate the path for us all. Amīn.

We have been inundated with registrations from both old and new students all over the world. Some of you are signing up for the first time, others are joining us from the old website, and some are rejoining after having missed some parts of Year 1 and/or 2. If you started the class in previous years but fell behind, or you weren’t able to keep up with the lessons, this is your chance to join in again and give it a second shot :)

If this is your first time joining #LogicalProgression or you’re worried about the lessons that you’ve missed, don’t be. Ustādh Abu Eesa will explain everything about what has been missed, in a manner which accommodates everyone, and he will also explain the brand new slick student portal that has been custom created for these online lessons.

All students must be registered to the new portal where all classes will be streamed inshā’Allāh. If you haven’t registered already, you can do so now for a limited time on www.LogicalProgression.org before registration will close in a few weeks’ time.

Lesson 1 will begin promptly at 20:15 GMT tonight inshā’Allāh, so it is absolutely imperative that all students have registered and are ready to go. The official class notes for the new chapter (amongst other resources) will be made available to students on the new portal, so make sure that you have signed up!

We ask Allah subhānahu wa ta’āla to bless you in your efforts to learn His religion, and that He purifies your intention, that He makes easy the long path, and rewards you with nothing but Jannat’l-Firdaws because of it, amīn!

-The PG Team-

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The Flow of Good from Allah swt is NEVER Cut Off

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

 الحمد لله رب العالمين وصلى الله وسلم على رسول الله وعلى آله وأصحابه ومن اهتدى بهديه إلى يوم الدين

hopeO Creator of our hearts! We send our Hopes to You Alone in our Darknesses. We expect Your Response of Ultimate Mercy and Love.

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The Messenger of Allah, salalahu ‘alayhi wasalam,narrated from his Lord that He Said:

“I am as my slave expects Me to be.”

[al-Bukhari (7405) and Muslim (2675)]

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Ibn Hajar (R)  said:

“Meaning, I am able to do whatever he expects I will do.”

[Fath al-Bari’ (17/397)]

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An-Nawawi (R) said:

“The scholars say that expecting the best of Allah is to expect that He will have Mercy on him and relieve him of hardship.”

[Sharh Sahih Muslim’ (14/210)]

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An-Nawawi (R) also said:

“al-Qadi ‘Iyad said that this means He will Forgive him if he seeks  such, will accept his repentance if he repents, will answer him if he supplicates, and will suffice him if he asks for something. It is also said that it refers to having hope and longing
for relief, and this is more correct.”

[Sharh Sahih Muslim’ (14/2)]

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Ahmad bin ‘Umar al-Qurtubi (R) said:

“It is said that His Saying “I am as my slave expects Me to be” means if one expects an answer when he supplicates, his repentance to be accepted, something repugnant to be repelled from him, his deeds to be accepted that are performed with their proper conditions…And this is supported by his saying: “Call upon Allah while you are certain that you will be answered.” Likewise, it is incumbent upon the one who repents, seeks Forgiveness, and does good deeds to exert himself in fulfilling his obligations while he is certain that Allah will accept his actions and Forgive his sins, as Allah has promised that He will accept any truthful repentance and righteous deeds. So, whoever performs such a deed and believes and expects that Allah will not accept it and that it will not benefit him, this is despair from the Mercy of Allah, and is from greatest of the major sins. Whoever dies upon this will be delivered to that which he expected

[al-Mufhim li ma Ushkil min Talkhis Kitab Muslim’ (5/267)]

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Sayyid Qutb (R) said:
“As for the believers whose hearts are connected to Allah, whose souls are close to Him, who experience His constant bounty – they do not despair of the Mercy of Allah even if they are surrounded on all sides by disaster and severe hardship. The believer is in the mercy of the shade of his faith, the pleasure of his connection to his Lord, and the tranquility of his confidence in his Guardian even when he is in the throes of hardship and disaster.”

He also said:
“The believing heart assumes the best of its Lord, and always expects the best from Him. It expects good from Him in times of ease and times of hardship, and it believes that Allah wants good for him in either situation. The secret of this is that his heart is connected to Allah, and the flow of good from Allah is never cut off. So, whenever the heart is connected to Him, it touches upon this fundamental reality and experiences it in a direct and sweet way.”

[Fi Dhilal al-Qur’an’ (6/3219)]

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  • Some of the Salaf have said:“Whenever a crisis comes your way, utilize your good expectations of Allah in order to repel it. This will bring you closer to relief.”[al-Faraj Ba’d ash-Shiddah’ (1/154)]
  • Sa’id bin Jubayr (RA) would supplicate: “O Allah, I ask you to grant me true reliance on You and good expectations of You.” [Siyar A’lam an-Nubala’’ (4/325)]
  • ‘Abdullah bin Mas’ud (RA) said:“By the One besides Who none is worthy of worship, the believer is not given anythinggood better than his good expectations of Allah, and by the One besides Who none is worthy of worship, no servant of Allah expects good of Him except that Allah gives him what he expected, since all good is in His Hand.”[‘Husn adh-Dhann bi Allah’ (p. 96)]
  • Sufyan ath-Thawri (R) would say: “I do not want to be judged by my father, as my Lord is better to me than my father.” [Husn adh-Dhann bi Allah’ (p. 45)]

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So, whoever expects something bad from his Guardian or that he will abandon him, he will
be stricken with anxiety and abandonment as a punishment from Allah by His Justice. And
whoever expects the best from his Guardian and knows that He is the best guardian and
helper, and glorifies Him above being like any of the other various guardians who abandon
their followers and ignore or misguide them – each of them is a terrible guardian and helper -
whoever places his Guardian above these deficiencies and venerates Him and expects the
best from Him and relies on Him as He should be relied on, He will in such a case be
sufficient for that person:

وَمَن يَتَوَكَّلْ عَلَى اللَّهِ فَهُوَ حَسْبُهُ

{“And whosoever puts his trust in Allah, He will suffice him.”}

[Surat’l Talaaq, 65:part of ayah 3]

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Source:Expecting the Best from Allah’ by Abu Muhammad al Maqdisi (download here)

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