Learning

Our Character #3

Have you been in a situation when you lose yourself and think, ‘how does one deal with all these difficult people around?’

First of all, we have to read about a person who dealt with extremely challenging situations with patience and wisdom, a man who was successful in every field whether it be religious or secular. No man on earth has been so successful in everything he did, except our beloved Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him).
Our Prophet started conveying the message of Islam at a time when human rights had no basis. He preached a message of peace, justice and human rights. We need to read his biography to take lesson and learn how he ingeniously managed everything.
He taught us the etiquette of eating, drinking, walking, talking, and dealing with people. He would make everyone feel special, no one would feel belittled, or disregarded in his presence.
When the Prophet came back from Taif wounded and overwhelmed with sorrow, The Prophet is reported to have said “……….I looked up and saw within it Gabriel. He called me saying: “Allah has heard what your people have been saying to you, and how they have disputed you. Allah has sent the Angel of the Mountains to you so that you may order him to do whatever you wish to these people.”
The Angel of the Mountains called and greeted me, and then said: “O Muhammad! Order what you wish. If you like, I will cause the two mountains to fall upon them.”
I said: “No, for I hope that Allah will bring forth from their progeny people who will worship Allah Alone, and none besides Him.” ” ( Bukhari and Muslim)

Let us now keep ourselves in a similar situation and think about what we would have done , we would have cursed at them and even try to beat those who were trying to hurt us. Yet look at the compassion the Prophet showed towards even those who had wounded him .
Here, we see the need for us to gain knowledge of how the prophet dealt with this difficult situation and how we can deal with similar situations in our lives.

Islam is a way of life and therefore has taught us everything we will need to lead a successful and content life. All that the prophet did was ordained by Allah and who would know better what brings peace among His creation? Verily Allah is the Source of Peace and Safety and He is Omniscient. We need to learn from the Qur’an, Hadith and the biography of the Prophet to be a good Muslim and make ourselves role models for our future generations.

Character building has been emphasized in the Quran and Hadith several times. We have to know our limitations and we have to obey Allah and the Prophet. If we reject anything it automatically becomes rejection of the commands of Allah.

We need to understand that to build a good moral character and to overcome difficult situations we have to learn and seek knowledge each passing day.

“Nothing is weightier on the Scale of Deeds than one’s good manners.” (Al-Bukhari)

Fatima Damad

Writer, AAT

 

Swearing by other than Allah

Muharramat #3

swear

Falling into shirk, is scary. I mean, none of us ever want to go that way. We don’t want to even go close to shirk, because that’s risking our hereafter, and putting everything on the line. But how often do we pay attention to what we say? Especially when we are trying to prove our point. We say and we swear, and we vow, barely paying attention to the limits set by Allah.

Ibn Umar related that the Prophet (Peace be upon him) said, “whoever swears by something other than Allah, is guilty of Shirk.” (Ahmad)

Swearing by other than Allah is a grave sin, yet often we let it slip. When we swear by something, it means we revere that thing. In actuality we are glorifying, and praising it. All praise and glorification belongs to Allah alone. He alone is worthy of our veneration.

Many a times I have heard muslims, swearing and taking oath by their parents. It is trend almost, when vouching for something that we use our parents. Are we not aware of the sin behind this? For the Messenger (peace be upon him) clearly stated, “Allah has prohibited that you should swear by your fathers. If anyone swears, let him swear by Allah, or else remain silent.” (Bukhari) So, swearing should only be done by using the name of Allah. Otherwise, better to ‘remain silent’ as the Prophet (Peace be upon him) said. This is the remedy for this terrible habit.

Allah has the sole right to swear by what He pleases. Everything belongs to Him, and He can use it as He wishes. In the Qur’an Allah swears by many things, the sun, the moon, the fig and olive, the sacred city and the list can go on. By no means however, does this give us a right to swear by these objects. We are in no position to emulate the words of Allah for own personal usage. Allah swears by these things in the Qur’an to bring our attention to them; to remind us of His favours and encourage us to ponder upon His might.

In another hadith we are told the expiation, for saying such a phrase, “Whoever swears and says ‘By al-Lat, or by al-Uzza, let him say ‘La ilaha illa Allah.” (Bukhari) By doing so, one reaffirms his testimony of faith, as swearing by other than Allah, whether it be by the names of idols, objects, people or characteristics, causes one to fall outside the fold of islam.

“And We revealed to you and to those before you, that if you should associate (anything) with Allah, your work would surely become worthless, and you would surely be among the losers.” (Surah Az-Zumar 39:65)

May Allah keep us all firm upon His religion. Ameen

Bibi Zainab Dowlut

Why I chose not to go to uni

I have decided to share my story; I have been asked over-and-over again about it, so here it is.

Going to university has become the norm and is an expectation placed on most of our shoulders. University is the dream, goal and desire of many. I can’t say this was the same for me. Whilst the expectation was there, my parents never voiced it, or imposed it upon me. I know many friends, who wished to quit, but the pressure from their parents was so intense that they had no choice but to carry on. Deep in my heart I was never comfortable with uni anyways. I always felt this negativity about it. But I kept that to myself.

I applied like all my friends and classmates. Went through all the tedious paperwork, and form filling too. With top grades predicted, everyone expected me to go to a top uni. When I was accepted by all my choices, I was happy. But there still wasn’t something right. I just couldn’t put my finger on it, not straightaway.

I knew that the interest on the student loan was haram. So my plan was that I would never work full-time, and earn a lot, that way I wouldn’t have to pay it back. Therefore, I wouldn’t have to deal with the interest, so I signed the contract. Little did I know back then, that even signing the contract, was wrong, even though my intention was not to pay it back.

I even made istikhara about going to university. Unfortunately for me, it all seemed to be going well; I was accepted by all my choices; my firm and my insurance too. The student finance went through ok, and my predicted grades seemed to be getting even better. So, I went through all the procedures.

Then came summer. With the passing of the summer holidays, came results day, and a sickish feeling rose in my stomach. Not because I was afraid of failing, no, but because grades meant uni, and like I said before, I wasn’t fully comfortable with it. In fact; I was afraid of it. I was nervous, and anxious. Really nervous. Alhamdulillah, my grades were great! That made me happy, and momentarily I forgot uni, until my friends came and joined me in the school hall, where the results were being handed out. All they could talk about was uni! Some had to go through clearance, others were over the moon. The reminder of uni, again brought back the anxiety.

Induction week came, and the first day of uni loomed. Alhamdulillah, on my first day, my aunt had some papers and things to do in the area, where the uni was, so she travelled with me. The journey was long. One hour on the train, adding another half an hour walk to and from the station. Not ideal for a muslimah in hijab and abaya to be travelling, alone especially. It was my first day, so I over looked it.

Then came meeting my new peers. After all the ‘Hi’s, my name is xyz’ everyone seemed to already know each other. The girls formed their own cliques and chatted away about whatever non-muslims chat about. I was bored, and lonely to say the least. This was bad. A guy came and stood beside me, and introduced himself. Politely I replied, and began looking about the room and finding the ceiling very interesting all of a sudden, indicating the end of the conversation. Either this guy purposely ignored the hint, or was completely blind, I do not know; but he continued, and I’m sure he asked a million other questions. Thankfully, soon the lecturer walked in and we all took our seats. I was very careful, and ensured I sat in between two girls. Phewww!

When I arrived home that evening, I was feeling even worse about uni. My experience on the first day made me question myself. Did I really want to go? Why was I going to uni? Was uni right islamically? I ignored and forgot all the questions as I walked through the door into the embrace of my mother. We talked about my day and her day, but I never showed her that I was unhappy, I was afraid, that it would make her worry, and stress.

The next day came, and this time I had to go by myself. The tube was packed. I almost got knocked by a guy’s bag, and was squashed in the crowd. Despite this, I arrived 15 minutes early. Great, I thought to myself, plenty of time to find the lecture theatre. I searched, I asked for directions, and asked even more, only to end up in the wrong place, and I started panicking. That’s not to say I have a bad sense of direction, but in the panic I looked at the wrong timetable. Nevertheless, I eventually found the right place, only to be 15 minutes late! I tried to sneak in, so no one would notice me. But in a black hijab and abaya, is that really possible? Everyone’s heads turned to watch me as I took my seat. I felt horrid. I was hating uni now. Really hating it.

I clearly remember that afternoon, when the lecturer announced there would be a ‘drinks get together’ the next day; she causally explained that one-third of uni was about ‘socialising’. I felt a huge surge of emotion. Drinks? That’s alcohol! Socialise? The non-muslim way? That means free-mixing and partying! I was ready to run out of the room that minute. Soon as the lecture was over I left, and I didn’t once look back. As it happened my dad finished work the same time as me, so we took the tube together and headed home.

That night I couldn’t hide it from my mother anymore. I hated uni. I remember it like it was yesterday. It was after dinner, my mother and I headed to my brother’s room, where he sat at his desk doing his homework. We each shared the events of our day. I burst out crying. I didn’t want to go back to uni. My mum was confused; I seemed happy yesterday, but today, I was an emotional wreck. As it was nearing time for Ishaa, she advised me to read Qur’an to calm me down as she prepared for salah. I sat on my brother’s bed, and opened the Qur’an to any page. It didn’t matter, what part of the Qur’an I read, I just needed to read some. Amazingly, I opened it to Surah Rahman. Through my tears and sobs, I read the first Ayah, and realisation hit me. Allah is Ar-Rahman, He truly is the most merciful. That made me cry even more. In islam, we women are not the bread-winners of the family. The only reason I was going to uni was to get a good well-paid job. But guess what; I don’t even have to work in islam! I read the ayah, again and again. My mother came back in the room, and I announced to her, that I was not going back to uni. She was very confused; how come? What made me change my mind? I prayed Ishaa with her, and as I prayed I realised so many other things. By going to university I was compromising so many aspects of my deen. Let me explain:

Firstly, the student loan. In the UK, this is an interest based loan, which if you earn over £21,000 a year, you have to pay back a certain percentage, with interest. Even if you do not earn such an amount, you are still accepting the interest condition. This is wrong, and we know that Allah and His Messenger wages war against anyone who deals with interest.

Secondly, travelling. It’s a long journey. And to add to that in rush hour, you do not know who will sit next to you, or who you will be ‘squashed against;’ a man, a woman dressed inappropriately, or someone not straight? May Allah protect us!

Next up, free mixing. As the lecturer clearly said, one-third of uni is about socialising. We know how non-muslims socialise. There is free-mixing, mingling, drinking, drugs and all Islamic border lines are crossed. I’d rather stay away from that-thank you!

The timings; often you will find yourself, finishing late, and having to go home in the dark. This is even worse in winter when sunset is about 4:00PM. This means you could miss your Salah whilst travelling or working. Travelling, alone, a long distance and in the dark is not a good combination, especially for a muslim girl!

Tabarruj (wanton display): When muslimahs go uni, they are putting themselves out in harm’s way. The Shaytaan beautifies a woman as soon as she leaves her house. Yes, seeking knowledge is an obligation upon us, but what type of knowledge? Islamic knowledge, my friends. Remember if your deen isn’t right, your dunya will not be and neither will your akhirah!

Making this choice was the best decision I have ever made. I have never for once looked back or regretted it. Albeit, I get heap loads of criticism and nasty comments, but hey, I didn’t do it for people! Dealing with criticism may seem difficult, sometimes you have to let it go through one ear and come out the next! I’ve had friends ignore me, family question me, and generally people don’t always respond positively. One family member sarcastically asked me, “what do you do all day? Do you sit and stare at your mother’s face!?” Imagine that! But Alhamdulillah, Allah has kept me strong.

Alhamdulillah through all of this my parents have stood by my side, never once making me feel bad for not going to uni. They never once judged me. They were actually pleased by my decision, as it meant they didn’t have to worry about my safety or my deen.

Our deen is like gold, and we should be careful not to lose it. There is more to life than uni and a degree!

If I have anything to say it is this, you know, when you give something up for the sake of Allah, Allah opens your doors in ways you could never imagine! You will feel happy, pleased and elated inside.

 

Fearing Allah

 “It is only Shaytaan that suggests to you the fear of his awliya (supporters, friends, polytheists, disbelievers in the Oneness of Allah and His Messenger Muhammad); so fear them not, but fear Me, if you are (true) believers.” (Aal-Imran 3:175)

In this verse of the Holy Qu’ran Allah commands us to fear only Allah and none other than Him. Shaytaan will try to make us fear his followers but we have to know that none is more powerful than Allah.

Fear is a form of Worship.

This is one of my favourite verses from the Qur’an. It makes me feel that nothing can harm me if Allah doesn’t will. I once had many fears; fear of failing, fear of rejection, fear of animals, fear of the Jinn etc. But when I heard this verse, I thought to myself, indeed none of these fears are bigger than Allah’s Power; only Allah can save me from all these fears . This verse also taught me that all these fears are from Shaytaan whereas I should have been fearing Allah and the Day of Judgment when I will have to stand and I will be given the final result of my deeds; Hell or Heaven.

What is fear?

Fear is a feeling, it is an action of the Heart which assumes some harm might come upon oneself .

Why should we fear Allah?

We should fear Allah as He has the power to control everything, and He is the Creator of Hell and can punish us.

How should we fear Allah?

We should fear Him by obeying His commandments and never doing anything that would displease Allah in any way.

The Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) feared Allah, and would cry when he heard the verses of punishment. All the Prophets feared Allah and would continuously work to attain Allah’s pleasure even though they knew that they were the chosen ones.

“The believers are only those who, when Allah is mentioned, feel a fear in their hearts and when His Verses (this Quran) are recited unto them, they increase their Faith; and they put their trust in their Lord (Alone).” (Al-Anfaal 08:02)

It s the true believers that fear Allah, and cry when they hear the Qur’an and while making dua. They feel the power of Allah, and understand His words and warnings.

The angels fear Allah and so are in continuous obedience of Him, never do they disobey.

“And to Allah prostrates whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth of creatures, and the angels [as well], and they are not arrogant. They fear their Lord above them, and they do what they are commanded.” (An-Nahl 16:49-50)

There are 2 kinds of Fear:

  1. Fear of Worship: We fear Allah because He is praiseworthy and because of this fear we will do good deeds. So when we fear only Allah this becomes Ibadah (Worship) and when we seek refuge in someone other than Allah or we fear Satan or his followers, this becomes a fear of Shirk, meaning we have associated partners with Allah.
  2. Natural Fear: When something or someone is capable, alive and present which could harm you; that is natural fear. For example, fear that a lion present in front of you, could eat you. Natural fear can become an act of worship when you seek refuge in Allah.

To gain fear of Allah we have to know Allah is the All-Capable, He is the All-Knowing and He has all the Knowledge and Wisdom.

Among the seven categories of people who will be under the shade of the Throne of Allah on the Day of Judgement will be a man. A man who is called by a woman of beauty and position [for illegal intercourse], but he says: ‘I fear Allah’

In conclusion when a daughter has fear of Allah, she will never disobey her parents, when a boss has fear of Allah he would always give the worker his wages on time. When a person has fear of Allah in their hearts they will give people their rights, they will not cheat each other and there will be Peace in the world. Fear of Allah compels a person to do good.

Indeed who ever puts his trust in Allah out of fear and hope, he will be successful in this life and the hereafter.

Fatima Damad

AAT, Writer

True Love

Many of us, are searching for a soul mate, looking for true love. We crave it, we yearn for it. What are we really searching for?

The craving within our soul, cannot so easily be satisfied. The deeper we search, the more we want. The more we get, the more we want, still. This longing for true love within our soul, cannot be satisfied by any human. No, for it is much more profound than that. No man or woman, can ever bring this happiness to our hearts. The love that our soul thrives on, is something unique.

It is something which can only be quieted by our Lord. By finding Him, accepting Him, believing in Him, and through all of this, we will come to love Him. This is true love. This is the love that our soul, hearts and minds are hungry for.

Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find ease,” (13:28)

Perhaps you may not understand my point. When you are with someone you love, be it you parents, your siblings, your spouse or your children, and you are enjoying their company; is it not true that all your worries vanish? That all your troubles, go to the back of your mind? That all the stress, falls off your shoulders? This is even more so true with Allah. When we remember that He is close to us, our worries, stress, troubles and problems do not merely vanish, with Allah they are solved. Our problems are removed, and we feel at complete ease. Remembering our loved (i.e. Allah), we feel tranquil, serene and at peace.

We need to love Allah. And that can only happen when we begin to understand Him. Yes, our minds can never encompass or fully appreciate Allah, yet, we must aim to do what is within our capacity. We must learn about our Creator. Only then will we be able to experience this love, and feel it pulsing through our veins.

“Say (O Muhammad): ‘If you (really) love Allah, then follow me (accept Islam and follow the Qur’an and Sunnah), Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allah is Oft-forgiving Most Merciful.” (Aal-Imran 03:31)

To earn Allah’s love and to prove our love for Him, we must follow His commands, as found in the Qur’an and Sunnah, without changing them, taking away from them or adding on to them.

The love of Allah, is a two-way emotion. If you love Him, and prove it sincerely through your actions, He will love you in return. This a love, worth giving your heart up for and sacrificing your life for. In fact, it is a love you are rewarded for.

Abu Hurayrah narrated that the Prophet (Peace be upon Him) said, “If Allah loves a person, He calls Jibreel saying, ‘Allah loves so-and-so; O Jibreel, love him.’ And make an announcement amongst the inhabitants of the heaven, ‘Allah loves so-and-so, therefore you should love him also.’ So all the inhabitants of the heaven would love him, and then he is granted the pleasures of the people on the earth.” (Bukhari and Muslim)

This is the greatest form of love ever! The love of Allah, is all embracing. He mandates His love of a person upon the angels who are the inhabitants of the heavens, and that person who is loved by Allah receives goodness and acceptance upon the earth also.

Abu Hurayrah also narrated that Allah’s Messenger (Peace be upon Him) said that Allah said, “….My worshipper keeps on coming close to Me though performing Nawaafil (voluntary) acts, till I love him, then I become his sense of hearing with which he hears, and his sense of sight with which he sees, and his hands with which he grips, and his legs with which he walks; and if he asks Me, I will give him, and if he seeks My protection, I will protect him.” (Bukhari)

That is super amazing! Not only does Allah instruct the inhabitants of the heavens to love us, but He sees to it that we seek only to please Him, by becoming our sight, hearing, hands and feet.  Subhanallah! (Glory be to Allah!)

When we love Allah, by solely following His legislation, thereby earning His love, we will taste the sweetness of Iman. A sweetness which does not leave our mouths so easily, nor does our hearts and minds forget it. If it goes, our hearts and minds will once again yearn for it, because it is necessary nourishment for our souls.

Bibi Zainab Dowlut

You can have Whatever you Want!

رَبَّنَا آتِنَا فِي الدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً وَفِي الْآخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً وَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ

Many of us want something so much, but do not know how to get it. Or we try to get it, but when we tried, we failed so we just gave up? Some of us try so hard, and then we just give up.

Example: Abdallaah and Ahmad are friends who want success, so they work really hard for it. Abdallaah doesn’t see any results so he just gives up. Ahmad doesn’t see any results but he still keeps working. One week later and Ahmad is more successful than ever, he has all the things he ever wanted. A big pay cheque, a promotion, a nice, car house etc…

You know that Allaah gave us the ability to have whatever we want, by our choices, by our actions, by our decisions, by our thinking skills, by the way we act, by the way we react, by the way we solve problems, and by the way we present this Deen.

You my friend can have whatever you want, and you deserve everything you want.

َوابْتَغِ فِيمَا ءاتَاكَ اللَّهُ الدَّارَ الآخِرَةَ وَلا تَنْسَ نَصِيبَكَ مِنَ الدُّنْيَا

“And seek with what you have the home of the hereafter, and don’t forget your portion from the dunya.”

Everyone wants something; all of us, but what you want maybe different than what he wants, and what he wants is different than what she wants. The kafir wants the dunya, the Muslims want the Akhira, the Muslims of today may want the dunya; some want the dunya and Akhira. We all want something, but are we ready to change for it, are we ready to get what we want from this dunya without losing the Akhira?

We all want something, and when we get it, it doesn’t stop there, we want more. Felix, the man who set the world record for skydiving an estimated 39 kilometers, reaching an estimated speed of 1,342 kilometers per hour on 14 October 2012, and became the first person to break the sound barrier. before Felix had jumped he said, I’ve reached the highest records, but every time I reach the highest I have the desire to get higher. And the same thing for us, when we are given what we want, we want more! The Prophet (Saw) said, “If the son of Adam had two valleys of wealth, he would desire a third, but nothing will fill the belly of the son of Adam except dust.” (Muslim)

I want you to do me a favor think of something you really want.

Will you sacrifice for it? Yes or no?

Will you change for it? Yes? Tell me yes.

Like Umar Bin Abdilaziz; one day Umar sent Haywa to buy a thobe for Umar. Haywa bought a thobe for 500 dirham, when he gave it to Umar, Umar said,

هو جيد لولا انه رخيص الثمن

It’s nice if only it wasn’t so cheap.

After Umar became Khalifa, he sent Haywa to buy him a thobe again. Haywa bought him a thobe, but this time for 5 dirham. When Umar saw the thobe, he said

هو جيد لولا انه غالى الثمن

it is nice, if only it wasn’t so expensive.

Haywa cried. When asked why, he replied, I remembered your thobe many years ago and remembered what you said about it.

So Umar said:

يا رجاء إن لي نفس تواقة ، وما حققت شيئا إلا تاقت لما هو أعلى منه

Ya Raja, I am very eager, and there was nothing that I was eager about having except that I wanted more of it.

تاقت نفسي إلى الزواج من ابنة عمى فاطمة فتزوجتها

I was eager to get married to my cousin Fatima and I did

ثم تاقت نفسي إلى الخلافة فنلتها

I wanted to become a ruler, and I became,

والآن يا رجاء تاقت نفسي إلى الجنة ، فأرجو أن أكون من أهلها

but now all I am eager for is Jannah, and I hope I get what I want.

To get whatever you want from this dunya without losing the Akhira, you need Az-Zuhd, which is, “The opposite of being eager about the dunya.” Az-Zuhd, or asceticism is for example, you have $10,000, if it increases you don’t get happy, and if it decreases you don’t get sad.

A man one day came to Al-Hasan AlBasary, and he said:

ما سر زهدك فى الدنيا يا إمام ؟

What is the secret of your zuhd in this dunya?

فقال : أربعة أشياء : علمت أن رزقى لا يأخذه غيرى ، فاطمأن قلبى

He said 4 things. I learned that my provision will not be given to someone else, so my heart felt secure.

وعلمت أن عملى لا يقوم به غيرى ، فاشتغلت به وحدى .

I learned that nobody else is going to do my work, so I did it myself.

وعلمت أن الله مطلع على ، فاستحييت أن يرانى على معصية .

I learned that Allaah is watching me, so I felt ashamed to disobey him,

وعلمت أن الموت ينتظرنى ، فأعددت الزاد للقاء ربى .

And I learned that death is waiting for me, so I prepared myself really well for it.

Only Allaah provides you, only you will do your work, Allaah is watching you, and death is waiting for you.  Know this remember you can have whatever you want!

I laugh inside when I see that man whose heart has been injected with an injection called, Guroor. Pride. Someone who thinks they are the best, and they have it all. Did you know you can lose everything you have in one day. Qaroon, Allaah gave him knowledge and wealth, he went around telling the people:

إِنَّمَا أُوتِيتُهُ عَلَى عِلْمٍ عِندِي

He said: “This has been given to me only because of knowledge I possess.”

فَخَسَفْنَا بِهِ وَبِدَارِهِ الأَرْضَ

“So we caused the earth to swallow him and all his wealth.”

و كم من ملك رفعت له العلامات ، فلما علا مات

All the kings on Earth desired to slowly rise, and they did, but tell me how long did it take for them to get back to them lonely nights.

Nowadays you see people who think they are the best, and nobody is better than them.

I have a question, when is the last time you sat down with your tea boy, and asked him how his family is doing? Never? Shame on you!

Uphold humbleness تواضع

Don’t say:  I want to be the best I want to be perfect!

Do you sleep at night? Yes. Then how could you be perfect? Allaah never sleeps at night, only He is perfect. Do you have children? Yes. Then how do you expect to be perfect? A father is never perfect, but Allaah is no father and therefore, He is perfect. Do you eat? Yes. Do you go to the toilet? Yes. Do you get married? Yes. Do you get a monthly salary? Yes. Will you die? Yes. Then how do you call yourself perfect, only Allaah does not eat, only Allaah does not get married, only Allaah does not get paid, only Allaah never gets questioned, only Allaah never rests, only Allaah never takes a break, only Allaah never dies, so that means that only Allaah is perfect, and only Allaah is far from imperfection. Believe this and you can have whatever you want!

To get whatever you want, you have to hold yourself for account, listen to what Ali Bin Abi Talib said:

مَنْ حَاسَبَ نَفْسَهُ رَبِحَ،

he who holds himself for account wins,
ومن نظر في العواقب نجا ..

And he who looks over consequences survives.
ومن صبر غنم ..
And he who is patient gains.
وَمَنِ اعْتَبَرَ أَبْصَر

And he who reflects sees. (Not sees with his eyes, sees with his heart)


وَ مَنْ أَبْصَرَ فَهِمَ،

And he who sees understands.

وَمَنْ فَهِمَ عَلِمَ

And he who understands acknowledges.

Self-accounting, consequences, patience, reflection, seeing, understanding, acknowledging. Do this and you can have whatever you want!

But utter the right words during ease and hardship. Utter the right words with Allaah, and utter the right words with the people.

Two of Firawn’s men brought a believer in Allaah to Firawn, for Firawn to kill him. Firawn asked his two men:

من ربكما ؟

“Who is your Lord?”

قالا أنت

They said, “you”

Then Firawn asked the believer,

من ربك ؟

“Who is your Lord?”

فقال للمؤمن فقال ربى ربهما

The believer replied: “My Lord is their Lord.”

Firawn got angry at them, you want to kill a man on my religion? So he killed the two men, and he let the believer go.

Choosing the right words saved this man from that difficulty.

Yunus in the whale said, “la ilaha illa anta Subhanak,” and Allah saved him because of his Tasbeeh. Say the best, and you can have whatever you want!

The people say you have to accept challenges, but I say no you can reject challenges, but the correct phrase is, you have to initiate challenges, cause Allaah, for His own reasons, he blew weakness, into the minds and hearts, into the spines, and into the blinded hearts, into the lives, and into the winded parts. We have to work so hard to strengthen them up!

Finally, try being like a Dolphin in the ocean, he smiles, he is friendly, he’s humble, he cares, he shares, and above all this nothing stops him from getting whatever he wants. Whatever you want, you CAN have and if you doubt that you can, then you never CAN.

َوابْتَغِ فِيمَا ءاتَاكَ اللَّهُ الدَّارَ الآخِرَةَ وَلا تَنْسَ نَصِيبَكَ مِنَ الدُّنْيَا

And seek with what you have the home of the hereafter, and don’t forget your portion from the dunya.

Signs of the Hour 2

All Praise Is To Allah

Our beloved Messenger (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) has warned us of many things. He has warned us of the dark and gloomy day. The day when all the deeds of the mankind will be brought forth. The day when mankind’s thoughts and intentions would be known. The day when the truth would be revealed. The day of noise and clamour. It’s the Day Of Judgment!

As said by Prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), there are some signs preceding the final day. These signs are major and minor ones. Some of them have appeared and some are yet to appear.

Have you ever wondered what would be our condition on the day of resurrection? And what would be our state when the major signs of the day appear?

“Some faces on that Day will beam (in brightness and beauty), looking towards their Lord; and some faces that Day will be sad and dismal.” (Surah Qiyamah 75:22 – 24)

Two of the major signs that will appear prior to Qiyamah are:-

  • The appearance of Mahdi

The Messenger of Allah (May peace be upon him) said: “At the end of the time of my ummah, the Mahdi will appear. Allah will grant him rain, the earth will bring forth its fruits, he will give a lot of money, cattle will increase and the ummah will become great. And he will rule for seven or eight years.”

[Reported in variety in Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi and elsewhere. This content is authenticated by Al-Albani]

The Mahdi will come at the end of time; he is one of the Rightly-Guided Caliphs and Imams. He is not the Mahdi who is expected by the Shiah, who they claim will appear from a tunnel in Samarra. The Mahdi will rule the earth peacefully and he will establish the law of Allah firmly.

  • Appearance Of Dajjal – The Antichrist

The Dajjal will come to people and tell them he is Allah and they will believe him. The sky on his order will pour rain and the earth will grow crops for these people. Their animals will graze on his land and return to them in the evening with large udders and their flanks full. He will then proceed to some other people and call them but they will refuse to believe him. Without forcing them he will leave and famine will affect them. (As per the hadith in Muslim)

Reciting of Surah Kahf ~

The recitation of Surah Kahf is a safe guard from the Dajjal’s turmoil. For the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Whoever memorises the first ten verses of Surah Kahf will be safe from the Dajjal’s Fitna.” (Muslim)

In another hadith, the Prophet said, ‘Whoever meets the Dajjal amongst you then he should recite the opening verse of Surah Kahf onto him.” (Muslim)

The trial of the Dajjal is one of the greatest fitan ever. His trials are not limited to nature, he will perform miracles of all sorts to deceive the people and make them believe that he is Allah. His trials are so severe that the Prophet said, “Whoever hears of the Dajjal, let him keep far away from him, for a man will come to him and think that he is telling the truth because of the wonders he is sent with.” (Abu-Dawud and others)

The Prophet advised us to supplicate and seek refuge in Allah from this false Messiah in our Tashahud. He said, “O Allah I seek refuge in You from the torment of hell, from the torment of the grave, from the trials of life and death and from the evil fitnah of the Dajjal.” (Muslim)

The day is not far, the signs of the hour are showing up. Time is running out, people are competing, buildings reaching the skies, technology reading the hearts and minds, men not caring for his relations and so on.

We forget that the final return is to Allah alone. We forget the purpose of our existence! We forget that one day we will stand before our Lord and will be asked about each and every deed done in this life!

I ask Allah to prepare us for the Day Of Reckoning and I ask Him to grant us all Jannah. Aameen

Bint Nayeem,

Writer, AAT

Etiquettes of the Haram

Visiting Masjid Al Haram in Makkah is a golden opportunity in the lives of every Muslim. Every Muslim yearns to visit the Grand Masjid of Makkah Al Mukarramah. While visiting the Masjid Al Haram, one must follow the proper etiquettes in order to maintain its decorum and sanctity of the place.

There are etiquettes to be followed, no matter which mosque one enters upon. However the supremacy of Masjid Al Haram, naturally makes it a priority.

  • Maintaining purity within ourselves

Demonstrate your eagerness by wearing neat and clean clothes while visiting the masjid. Ensure that your body and clothes are clean and pure. If you have eaten garlic, onions, etc.  do not go to the mosque, until the odour from your mouth has vanished.

Jaabir Ibn ‘Abdullaah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (Peace be upon him) said: “He who has eaten garlic or onion should keep away from us or our mosques. Whoever eats garlic or onions should stay away from us” – or he said: “from our mosque” – “and he should remain at his home.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

The aforementioned hadith shows that a person who has eaten a garlic or onion (or anything similar to that) should stay away lest it cause discomfort to the other fellow believers (and angels) who have come to worship due to its pungent smell.

  • To enter with the right foot and recite the supplication of entering the mosque:

How many of us have memorized the supplication for entering the masjid? If you’ve not yet, then its the high time to commit the supplication to mind.
It is highly recommended, when entering Al-Masjid Al-Haraam, like other mosques, to supplicate with the following beautiful supplication:
“A‘oothu billaahi Al-‘Atheem wa biwajhihi al-kareem wa sultaanihi al-qadeemi min ash-shaytaan ar-rajeem; al-hamdu lilaah; Allaahumma salli wa sallim ‘ala Muhammad wa ‘ala aali Muhammad. Allaahumma ighfir lee thunoobi waftah lee abwaaba rahmatik.

Translation – I seek refuge with Allah, the Most Great, and with His bounteous Countenance and eternal Power from Satan the expelled (from the mercy of Allah). All perfect praise be to Allah. O Allah, send blessings and peace upon Muhammad and upon his family. O Allah, forgive my sins and open the gates of Your mercy before me.
Then, one should say, “In the Name of Allah,” and proceed with the right foot to enter the masjid. In this way we not only follow the sunnah of our beloved Messenger (Peace be upon him), but also we gain good rewards from Allah (Glory Be To Him).

  • The prayer of salutations to the Masjid (tahiyyatul masjid)

Another imperative etiquette is performing the two rakah as the tahiyyatul masjid. This is evident from the following hadith.

Abu Qatadah reports that the Messenger of Allah said: “When one of you comes to the mosque, he should pray two rak’at before he sits.” [Fiqh Us Sunnah, Volume 2, Page 70]

The Tahiyyatul Masjid is established to observe the sanctity and greatness of the house of Allah (Glory be to Him). One should not forget to pray the Tahiyyatul Masjid as it is highly recommended.

  • Spend time in the remembrance of Allah

Who wouldn’t like to avail the grand opportunity of remembering Allah while in Masjid Al Haram? Of course no one!
While you’re in the Grand masjid or any other masajid, take the utmost advantage of the Holy place and remember Allah with much remembrance.

“O you who believe! Remember Allah with much remembrance, and glorify Him morning and evening.” (Surah Ahzab, Verse 41)

  • Recite the supplication for leaving the masjid

When exiting the mosque, step out with the left foot and recite the following supplication:

“Bismillah. Allahumma salli ‘alal Muhammad, wa ‘ala aali Muhammad, faghfir dhunoobi waftak abwabaka fadlik”

“(I exit) In the Name of Allah. O’ Allah! Send Your prayers upon Muhammad and the progeny of Muhammad and forgive my sins and open the doors of Your grace (to me).”

Our Beloved Messenger (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “the markets are the worst places and the masajid are the best places on earth.” (Ibn Majah 1/257)

The markets makes one forget Allah and occupies the heart in attaining the dunya through trade. Hence, they are the worst places on earth. The masajid are the best since they detach us from the world and it’s affairs, and brings us closer to Allah (Glory Be To Him).

In conclusion, whenever a person visits a mosque, they should observe the etiquettes listed above, as it will Inshallah, be a means of increasing their good deeds and earning the favour of Allah.

Maha Bint Nayeem,

Writer, AAT

The Name Allah

Asma Was Sifaat #3

In the previous article, we mentioned a few important guidelines to be followed pertaining to Allah’s Names and Attributes. This session onwards we’ll inshaAllah be talking about the detailed explanation of each name from Sh. Abdur Razzaq al-Badr’s book فقهُ الْاَسماء الحُسنَى (Fiqh-ul-Asma Al Husna)

Let’s begin with greatest and most important name. The name الله which is the most unique of all names is known as “Ism al-‘Azam” or “the most vital name” because of the status it holds. This name has occurred more than 2200 times in Qur’an alone and 33 verses of Quran begin with this name.

الله came from the word اِلَه (Ilaah), which means “the One is worshipped alone”. It represents Allah’s Oneness in worship (uloohiyyah):

هُوَ اللَّهُ الَّذِي لا إِلَهَ إِلا هُوَ عَالِمُ الْغَيْبِ وَالشَّهَادَةِ هُوَ الرَّحْمَنُ الرَّحِيمُ (٢٢) هُوَ اللَّهُ الَّذِي لا إِلَهَ إِلا هُوَ الْمَلِكُ الْقُدُّوسُ السَّلامُ الْمُؤْمِنُ الْمُهَيْمِنُ الْعَزِيزُ الْجَبَّارُ الْمُتَكَبِّرُ سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ عَمَّا يُشْرِكُونَ (٢٣) هُوَ اللَّهُ الْخَالِقُ الْبَارِئُ الْمُصَوِّرُ لَهُ الأسْمَاءُ الْحُسْنَى يُسَبِّحُ لَهُ مَا فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأرْضِ وَهُوَ الْعَزِيزُ الْحَكِيمُ (٢٤)

“He is Allah, there is no god but He; – who knows (All things) both secret and open; He, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

He is Allah, there is no god but He; – the Sovereign, the Holy one, the Source of Peace (and Perfection), the Guardian of Faith, the Preserver of safety, the Exalted in Might, the Irresistible, the Supreme: Glory to Allah. (High is He) above the partners they attribute to Him. He is Allah, the Creator, the Evolver, the Fashioner. To Him belong the Most beautiful names: whatever is in the heavens and on earth, does declare His praises and glory: and He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise.” (Surah Hashr 59:22-24)

 

From the above verses it can be said that the qualities are derived from the name الله, not that this name is derived from those qualities.

I want you to remember any daily du’as you make. In it, when we invoke Allah by His Names, we say “يَا رَحِيْم” and the ‘ال’ drops. Initially the name is ‘الرَّحِيْم’. However, this is not the case in the name الله, the ‘ال’ is never dropped; we still say – يا الله. This makes it a Khaas (special). Moreover, this name is compulsorily found in every dua/athkaar.

There is no plural or dual for this name. There is no other translation for the name الله because “God”, “khuda”, or “baghwan” have their own plurals. This name has never previously been used for anything other than Allah Himself.

Ibn al-Qayyim concluded ten qualities of this name saying: “When among His creation the most knowledgeable person, (meaning Prophet (peace be upon him)) while in sujood (prostration) himself said, “Allah! I cannot praise You enough, You are as You have praised yourself.”[1] Then who else can do it? The keeper of this name is a source of perfection, praise, admiration, greatness, glory, generosity, respect, every good, every kindness, and every grace. This name, when remembered during fear, sadness, and hardship one feels relieved…Through this name bad things became distant and good deed are acquired.” (tayseer al-azeez al-hameed-30)

This is the most unique and greatest Names of our Lord. It is an amazing phenomena, which we should contemplate, for us to become closer to our Lord.

[1] (Sunan an-Nisai: vol. 1, book 1, hadith 169)

Maliha Rahmat,

Writer, AAT

Saudah Bint Zamah

All praise is to Allah.

A new notion, a misconception, a fallacy has unfortunately been cultivated in today’s era. A concept of extremism and discrimination where people tend to believe that religion obliges a person to be become dull and boring. People consider religion to be somewhat a black hole with restrictions, melancholy and lonely.

How absurd!!!

One would only yearn in this case to educate the masses. To show them proofs and evidences of how pleasant and genial were our heroes, our erstwhile role models.

Rather, not only were the menfolk known for their amiability but also the women, the women of the golden era…

An excellent paragon of deen blended with good humour is none other but the mother of the believers, the Umm ul Mu’mineen; Saudah Bint Zamah (May Allah be pleased with her).

Ibn Sa’ad mentions how once she was offering voluntary night prayers, standing behind the Prophet (May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him). The next morning she told him how his very long prayer made her fear that her nasal vein would burst and bleed! On account of this, she said that while in the bowing position, she held on to her nose! This comical image that she presented of herself made the Prophet (May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) burst into laughter.

Besides her good humour, she was also a very warm and simple person. She took care of Umm Kulthoom and Fatimah (May Allah be pleased with them) and managed the household affairs.

Dear friends, we should try to learn from this embodiment of goodness and in times of distress and gloominess we should try to allay the person’s mood for verily indeed even smiling is a form of charity.

And as for all those young men who don’t marry women who observe hijab, or whom they only perceive to be religious, out of fear of becoming bonded to a salt mine who will keep them to the grindstone; remember Saudah Bint Zamah. She was an exemplification of goodness, humour and geniality, for indeed it is our deen that prescribes us to be pleasant and loving. She was a simple person, firm in her deen, yet, light-hearted.

The mother of the Believers Saudah (May Allah be pleased with her) passed away during the caliphate of ‘Umar bin Khattab (May Allah be pleased with him) and was buried in Jannatul Baqi.

May Allah bless us to follow our role models and be granted Jannah-tul-Firdous

Ameen ya Rabbil Aalameen.

Abeer Hasan,

Writer, AAT