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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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Imam ash-Shafii'(R): “If you want to see betterment in your child or companion…”

If you want to rectify your heart, or want to see betterment in your child or companion—or whoever it is for that matter, then direct them to places where the Qur’an is recited and direct them to be in the company of the Qur’an. Allah will then cause them to become better, whether they are willing to it or not.

-Imam ash-Shafi (R)

[Hilyat al-awliya’ 9/123]

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Unappreciated Much: Surat’l Fatihah’s Forgotten Value

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Bismillah:
Asalamoalaykum warahmatullah,

Have you fallen in love with Surat’l Fatihah yet?

Do you recite it often outside of Salah?

Does your heart sing when you reflect over it?

Surat’l Fatihah is a Surah which is so under appreciated. We lack realization of its beautiful virtues and the treasures contained within it. On top of that we complain of our problems and confusion. We try to look for solutions/remedies everywhere except the Quraan! SubhanAllah. Most of us know Surat’l Fatihah but do we know how to use it in our affairs?

Check this out (something immensely beautiful I stumbled upon which will make you love Surat’l Fatihah):

:قال ابن القيم رحمه الله

 فاتحة الكتاب وأم القرآن والسبع المثاني والشفاء التام والدواء النافع والرقية التامة ومفتاح الغنى والفلاح وحافظة القوة ودافعة الهم والغم والخوف والحزن لمن عرف مقدارها وأعطاها حقها وأحسن تنزيلها على دائه وعرف وجه الاستشفاء والتداوي بها والسر الذي لأجله كانت كذلك

ولما وقع بعض الصحابة على ذلك رقى بها اللديغ فبرأ لوقته ، فقال له النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم :  وما أدراك أنها رقية

ومن ساعده التوفيق وأُعِين بنور البصيرة حتى وقف على أسرار هذه السورة وما اشتملت عليه من التوحيد ، ومعرفة الذات والأسماء والصفات والأفعال ، وإثبات الشرع والقدر والمعاد ، وتجريد توحيد الربوبية والإلهية ، وكمال التوكل والتفويض إلى من له الأمر كله وله الحمد كله وبيده الخير كله وإليه يرجع الأمر كله ، والافتقار إليه في طلب الهداية التي هي أصل سعادة الدارين ، وعلم ارتباط معانيها بجلب مصالحهما ودفع مفاسدهما ، وأن العاقبة المطلقة التامة والنعمة الكاملة منوطة بها موقوفة على التحقق بها ؛ أغنته عن كثير من الأدوية والرقى ، واستفتح بها من الخير أبوابه ، ودفع بها من الشر أسبابه  .قال وهذا أمر يحتاج إلى استحداث فطرة أخرى وعقل آخر وإيمان انتهى .

[ (زاد المعاد  (4/318 ]

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In his book, Zad al-Ma’ad, the Hanbali scholar, Imam ibn al-Qayyim (R) wrote on the virtues of Surah al-Fatihah:

“(It is the) opening of the Book, The Mother of the Qur’an, the Seven Oft-Repeated Verses, the Complete Cure, the Beneficial Medicine, the Complete Ruqyah, the Key to Wealth and Success, Protector of one’s Strength and Defender from(or Reliever of) Distress, Grief, Fear (of future) and Sorrow (of past), are (benefits) only actualized for a person who realizes its value, gives it its due right, is aware of the manner of its application for illness and seeking its treatment and knows the secret of its potency.

When some of the companions realized these secrets, one of them read it over a person who was stung by a scorpion and he immediately recovered.  The Prophet asked them, ‘How did you know that it is a cure?’

A person who is granted Divine help (tawfeeq) and is helped through the light of insight (baseerah) will understand the mysteries of this surah and what it comprises.  It affirms monotheism; ma’rifah (cognizance) of His Essence, His Names, Attributes, and Actions; establishes religious law; Decree, and includes an acknowledgment of His Ruboobiyah and Uloohiyah; complete reliance on Allah (s.w.t.) and the relegation of all affairs to Him, the Disposer of All Affairs to Whom Belongs all praise and all that is good; professes our seeking out for His Help in Guiding us which is the essence of happiness both in this life and in the next. Knowing the relevancy of its meanings to the fulfillment of our interests and for warding off evils of this world and the next; and knowing that the prosperous and perfect outcome of our lives and blessings are contingent upon following its meanings.  This surah is a remedy for the ailments of mind and spirit, opens up the doors to all goodness and wards off evil.  To realize this, a person must develop a sublime disposition and the faculty of reflection and must foster his faith.”

 

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So if you ever feel lonely, distressed, weak physically or spiritually, going crazy as a mother (like me most times), fearful, tired, ill or chronically ill, financially unstable, wanting to learn but having a weak memory, having trouble in marriage etc., and so on…then take deep breaths and recite Surat’l Fatihah with all your heart, seeking cure from Him inshaa’Allah. If Allah swt sent us to this world with problems then He didn’t send us without solutions. Please don’t ever forget that!

And one more thing: if you approach Allah swt’s Word with love, you will feel the warm fuzzy happiness Allah swt gives you through it and what you will have with you is the Quraan as your best friend in this world and in your grave.

Make Surat’l Fatihah your new constant companion inshaa’Allah.

May Allah swt make us from the People of Quraan. Ameen.

Many du’aas,

Umm Ibraheem

 

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Unlock Doors to All You Seek

Bismillah:

Asalamoalaykum warahmatullah,

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There’s a beautiful 10-day online course going on which revolves around the concept of Tawbah (repentance). They are covering an Arabic book (pdf here) on this topic and the course’s further details can be found here. I believe only 5 days are left for the course to finish but you can still join in as a listener like me (for free).

The subtopic that was covered recently was the sayings of the salaf about tawbah and of course, each one of them were gems. However, there was one in particular that touched my heart and I would like to keep reviewing it is this one:

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The gist of the above quote is:

Ahmad ibn Aasim Al-Antaki said:

This is a cool treasure (meaning that this a prized treasure or can be equivalent to the expression of ‘this is cool’) in that it(tawbah) rectifies that which is left (of one’s future) and forgives for you in what has passed.

What struck me as beautiful in this quote is that tawbah not only takes care of your past but also your future. It could be very possible that a single accepted act of tawbah could perhaps attract many opportunities of good deeds. You could suddenly find yourself going on a Hajj when in the past it almost seemed impossible. You may feel that you are able to wake up for Tahajjud or forgive people easily at the level of Ihsaan etc. Tawbah is such a key that could open up gigantic locked doors of khayr (goodness) which you  had been making duaa for ages. The important thing is to constantly return to seeking forgiveness from Allah swt no matter how big or small your mistake is. Why? Because you would otherwise miss out on so much goodness. Tawbah has been seen to solve major problems. Tawbah can relieve physical ailments. And if Allah swt wills, Tawbah can help you like how Yunus AS was helped or Adam AS was helped and so on. It was how the Prophets sought help and I believe firmly it is the only means to salvation in both worlds.

So, with a pile of problems already surrounding you, make Istighfaar a daily ritual in which you beseech Allah swt with all your heart inshaa’Allah. Please start right now!

May Allah swt ease our burdens and make us joyful Mo’mineen. Ameen.

Wasalamu ‘alaykum warahmatullah,

-Umm Ibraheem

 

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The Silent Empty Cup

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Bismillah:

As a woman with the heaviness of responsibilities, she sighs. She sighs when putting the kettle on. She sighs, lest her tears make way into her eyes. She sighs for that is what she can only do sometimes to comfort the burden her body carries. Islam has given a woman several rights but if only the institutions catered to a Muslim woman’s spiritual, intellectual and physical need. Needs which are often neglected under the guise of ‘Islam’ but that is a different topic altogether.

As a wife, you are expected to take on everything and wince not once, silently, daily. As a mother of one, two or more: you are expected to show up at every second of the day to your children’s needs. Almost all of the time, alone. Alone, so very alone.

The weeks crash onto numerous months and you try hard but giving all the time, withers your spirit.It especially withers away the spirit of those souls which feel too much, want to love with all their heart and yet, want sometimes the trickle of pure genuine free-love into their always-empty cup. She keeps pouring into others’ cups but her cup, well, is only hers to see. Maybe it does not even exist for others.

It is important to sometimes, just sometimes, let the pile of dishes and the unfolded laundry peacefully watch you attend to yourself. For once, bask in the Magnificence of His Beautiful Names and Attributes as it lifts away your burdens. As a woman, you matter to Allah swt and while you may have endless tasks, He swt created you so that you can live to enjoy being His Slave. Your cup may not exist to the creations but it does exist to Allah swt so fill it with learning about Him.

As you teach your little ones His Oneness, do not forget, He swt truly is the One from whom we should expect. Expect warmth from Him. Expect consolation from Him alone. Expect appreciation from Him. Let Him take your hand and lead to the Threshold where you can rest your head. Where you can rest your soul and cry your heart out. Let Him wash your heart with His Tawakul.

Things will change inshaa’Allah.

And finally, keep working hard, expecting reward from Him, purifying your intention all the time. What He swt has saved for His female slaves of reward for the rigorousness of mothering is something no male servant will get. Convert your weak moments into strengthening moments by making duaa to Him and asking Him to unveil the beauty of His Names and Attributes to you. Seek knowledge not through your ‘free’ time but rather through your Rabb for He swt does not need asbaab to gift you something divine. Allah swt surely gifts to a seeking heart.

O Allah swt, make us eligible for raising a generation beloved to You. Bless us with hikmah to keep on creating warmth in our homes in which Your Praise is celebrated. And let not our good deeds go to waste by the recklessness of our tongue, stinginess of our hearts and lack of patience of our souls. O Allah swt, bless us with the rizq of beneficial knowledge. Fill our empty cups with your love and free us from the dependency on your creations. Ameen!

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Respond to the Quraan!

Source: Tafseer ibn Katheer

Bismillah:

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Abu `Isa At-Tirmidhi recorded that Jabir said, “The Messenger of Allah went to his Companions and recited Surat Ar-Rahman from beginning to end for them, but they did not say anything. The Prophet said,

لَقَدْ قَرَأْتُهَا عَلَى الْجِنِّ لَيْلَةَ الْجِنِّ فَكَانُوا أَحْسَنَ مَرْدُودًا مِنْكُمْ، كُنْتُ كُلَّمَا أَتَيْتُ عَلَى قَوْلِهِ
فَبِأَىِّ ءَالَآءِ رَبِّكُمَا تُكَذِّبَانِ
قَالُوا: لَا بِشَيْءٍ مِنْ نِعَمِكَ رَبَّنَا نُكَذِّبُ فَلَكَ الْحَمْد

(I recited it to the Jinns, on the night of the Jinns and their response was better than yours! Whenever I recited Allah’s statement: (Then which of the blessings of your Lord will you both deny) (They said, “None of Your favors do we deny, our Lord! All praise is due to you.”) At-Tirmidhi recorded it and he said, “This Hadith is Gharib.” Al-Hafiz Abu Bakr Al-Bazzar also collected this Hadith.

Abu Ja`far Ibn Jarir recorded that `Abdullah bin `Umar said that the Messenger of Allah recited Surat Ar-Rahman, or it was recited before him, and he said,

«مَا لِيَ أَسْمَعُ الْجِنَّ أَحْسَنَ جَوَابًا لِرَبِّهَا مِنْكُمْ؟»

(Why do I hear the Jinn giving a better response to their Lord than you) They said, “Why is that, O Allah’s Messenger?)” He said,

:مَا أَتَيْتُ عَلَى قَوْلِ اللهِ تَعَالَى
فَبِأَىِّ ءَالَآءِ رَبِّكُمَا تُكَذِّبَانِ
إِلَّا قَالَتِ الْجِنُّ: لَا بِشَيْءٍ مِنْ نِعَمِ رَبِّنَا نُكَذِّب

(Whenever I recited the statement of Allah the Exalted, (Then which of the blessings of your Lord will you both deny) (The Jinn responded by saying, “None of the favors of our Lord do we deny.”)” Al-Hafiz Al-Bazzar also collected this Hadith.

And Allah swt knows best.

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Suwar Series: Unveiling the Beauty that Lies Within – Part 1: The Greatest Name

Bismillah: Asalamo’alaykum warahmatullah,

I am beginning a series to collect the beautiful narrations related to the virtues of the beautiful Surahs in the Quraan. I will only share super authentic ones and will not be collecting any da’eef ones even for the sake of their fadaa-il. You can get better updates through my facebook page if you like.

This series is dedicated to my (almost) 1.5 year old son, Ibraheem, for whom I make regular duaa to be from the ahl of Quraan by giving it haqqah tilawatih. Ameen for him, me and all of us. He inspires me to keep learning despite come what may, alhamdolilah.

We cannot love the Quraan if we do not know the specialities of different Surahs. I am on a mission to make its love more accessible to myself and whoever reads this inshaa’Allah.

-Umm S.

P.S. I am not working on my laptop and have limited time, therefore, excuse the lack of formatting.

Enjoy!

The Greatest Name~*

It was narrated from Abu Umamah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “The greatest name of Allah appears in three surahs of the Quran: in al-Baqarah, Al ‘Imran and Taha.”

[Narrated by Ibn Majah (3856) and al-Hakim (1/686); classed as hasan (sound) by al-Albani in al-Silsilah al-Saheehah (746).]

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He (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

With regard to the words of al-Qasim ibn ‘Abd al-Rahman (the one who narrated it from Abu Umamah) that the greatest name is found in the verse (interpretation of the meaning): “And (all) faces shall be humbled before (Allah), Al-Hayyul-Qayyum (the Ever Living, the One Who sustains and protects all that exists)” [Taha20:111] in Surah Taha, I could not find anything to support it. It is more likely in my view that it is in the verse at the beginning of the surah: “Verily, I am Allah! La ilaha illa Ana (none has the right to be worshipped but I)” [Taha 20:14], and that is in accordance with some saheeh hadeeths (authentic narrations. See: al-Fath (11/225) and Saheeh Abi Dawood (1341).

Reference: Islamqa.com

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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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