Category Archives: My Fave Ayah

Selected ayaat from the Qur’an that has changed lives and touched souls.

Abandoning The Qur’an

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And the Messenger has said, “O my Lord, indeed my people have taken this Qur’an as [a thing] abandoned.” (25:30)

What a terrible state one would to be in, to have the Messenger testify against you, in the greatest of all courts; the Court of Allah, on the Day of Judgement! It is for this reason, my brothers and sisters that we must endeavour to cherish the Qur’an.

There are many ways by which one may abandon the Qur’an. Some allow the mushaf to collect dust on the shelves without lifting it to read. Others forget what they have learnt. And there are those who devote time to memorising it but do not let it affect their hearts. All this is worthy of blame. As muslims we should learn the Qur’an, seek to understand it the way the companions and salaf-as-salih did. We should apply it in our lives by acting on the laws contained within it. We should extract lessons from it, by learning from the examples of nations and peoples past. We should reflect and ponder upon it, to come closer to Allah, for in it He has explained His signs for those who would take heed. We should memorise it and recite it during the days and nights, and an easy way to take care and revise it; repeat it in our Salah. The Qur’an was sent a guide for us, an instruction by which we live our lives, it is a manual, detailing the code of living which we call Islam. How can we claim to be Muslims, following Islam if we are unaware of what is within the Qur’an which details Islam?!

It seems preposterous, but this is the case with many of us. We would happily ascribe Islam to ourselves, but we fail to know what it is, simply because we neglect its source. The Prophet peace be upon him left behind him two things, which if we hold onto, we can never falter, the first of these two, is the Qur’an. The second being the Sunnah.

Below is a quick summary of the ways in which one may neglect the Qur’an.

Types of abandonment:

  • Not reciting it
  • Not memorising it
  • Not learning from it
  • Not acting Upon it
  • Not seeking to understand it
  • Not reflecting upon it
  • Forgetting what one has learnt of it

The Messenger has informed us that the Qur’an needs constant attention. Once one takes a hold of it, one is bound by it. He said, “The likeness of the one who memorizes the Qur’an is that of the owner of a hobbled camel. If he tends to it regularly, he will keep it, but if he lets it go, he will lose it.” (al-Bukhaari, 5031)

In another hadith collected by Imam Bukhari, ‘Abdullah said: the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “It is not right for any one of you to say, ‘I have forgotten such and such.’ On the contrary, he has been made to forget. Try to review the Qur’an, for it is more likely to escape from men’s hearts than camels.” (Bukhari, 5032)

By one neglecting the Qur’an, he has been caused to forget. Let us not be amongst these. Thus I advise you and myself, let us make it a proof for us and not against us.

Abu Maalik al-Ash‘ari said: The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “The Qur’an is evidence for you or against you.” (Muslim)

Regarding this, Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

“Either it will be for you, if you sought to draw close to Allah means of it, and you fulfilled the obligations towards the Holy Qur’an, namely believing its stories, obeying its commands, heeding its prohibitions and venerating and respecting the Holy Qur’an, in which case it will be proof for you,

Or it will be the opposite, if you disrespected the Qur’an and neglected its words and meanings and failed to act upon it, and you did not fulfil the obligations towards it. In that case it will be a witness against you on the Day of Resurrection.” Sharh Riyadh as-Saaliheen, p. 30

Furthermore, there is punishment for those who neglected and abandoned the Quran.

In the long hadeeth of Samurah ibn Jundub from the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) about dream, in which he saw various punishment, he (peace be upon him) says: “As for the one whose head was being crushed with the rock, he took the Qur’an then abandoned it, and he (often) slept and missed the obligatory prayer.”

Ibn al-Qayyim (raḥimahullāh) said: “The people of the Qur’an are those who read it and act upon it, even if they haven’t memorised it” (Zaad Al Ma’ad1/327)

May Allah aid us to be amongst the people of the Qur’an who give it its due rights and do not neglect it in any way.

“And We have indeed made the Qur’an easy to understand and remember, then is there any that will remember (or receive admonition)?” [al-Qamar 54:17].

 

An Independent Woman I Wished To Be!

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“And it is He who created the heavens and earth in truth. And the day He says, “Be,” and it is, His word is the truth. And His is the dominion [on] the Day the Horn is blown. [He is] Knower of the unseen and the witnessed; and He is the Wise, the Acquainted.”(6:73)

My brother was 7 years old and was learning a story in Hindi which contained some shirk about God. He began whining about how he doesn’t want to learn the lesson as it contained shirk. My mother supported him but I said to him “It’s okay to learn, we aren’t believing in it right so it’s fine as long as we know it’s wrong. And we want to get good marks and this chapter is probably the easiest.” This happened every year as in Hindi the beliefs of non-Muslims are entwined in the education system. Marks mattered to me more than my brother’s iman back then, I valued grades. I wanted to be someone who could live well in life and not depend on the men folk as I thought there is no guarantee of them being there forever. I always thought life was about being successful; a bit of compromise in religion will get me success. But when I heard this ayah I knew “I was WRONG”. Allah is the creator of all that I know and not know and He can do anything, then do I have to make compromises with the religion He has sent down for me to follow? Do I need education to be successful; does my brother need those 5 marks to be successful in his school or elsewhere?  Allah hu Akbar neither you nor I need these compromises because Allah says:

“Call on Me; I will answer you.” (40:60)

“His command is only when He intends a thing that He says to it, “Be,” and it is.”(36:82)

“Say: He is able to send punishment upon you from above you or from beneath your feet, or to bewilder you with dissension and make you taste the tyranny one of another. See how We present the signs so that they may understand.” (6: 65)

The more I think about how wrong I was I feel the need of getting to know Allah more. This was me, a year ago but now I have realized how when we read the Quran and get to know Allah, the worldly matters are just play and deception. This ayah explains the Greatness of Allah and how Allah has created everything so we need to believe in Him that He will do the best for us. I have come to realise Allas is Ar-Razzaaq, The Provider, and no matter what, I will get what is decreed for me. We don’t need the people or any other thing to attain anything what Allah has written for us. We need to look at the signs and miracles of Allah and make our belief stronger in Him each passing minute. Allah has sent the Quran which is a miracle, the story of the Prophet is a miracle as to how an illiterate person spread the message of Islam by peaceful means, and also the fact that Allah has made me a breathing piece of flesh with so many complicated things inside me that Scientists have yet not discovered is yet another miracle. When we think about this, nothing is impossible for Allah to do. We just need to have a strong iman, conviction in Him and strive in worshipping Him alone.

Allah is All-wise and so He knows what is best for us and so has revealed Islam as the perfect way of life for us and if we start making compromises in that then surely we are the ones in loss. Allah says in the Quran:

“Those to whom We have given the Book recite it with its true recital. They [are the ones who] believe in it. And whoever disbelieves in it – it is they who are the losers.” (2:121)

Hence, this is one of my favorite verses from the Noble Quran. Lastly I would like to conclude that Allah is never blind to our tears, is never deaf to our prayer, and never silent to our pain. He sees, He hears, He is never too far…

May Allah make us closer to our deen and never let us make any compromises in it. Ameen.

By Fatima Damad

The Pinnacle of the Quran

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Ways to Jannah #8

Al-Bukhari recorded that Abu Hurairah said, “Allah’s Messenger assigned me to keep watch over the Sadaqah (charity) of Ramadan. A person snuck in and started taking handfuls of foodstuff. I caught him and said, `By Allah, I will take you to Allah’s Messenger.’ He said, `Release me, for I am meek and have many dependents and am in great need.’ I released him, and in the morning Allah’s Messenger asked me, `What did your prisoner do yesterday, O Abu Hurairah’ I said, `O Allah’s Messenger! He complained of being needy and of having many dependents, so I pitied him and let him go.’ Allah’s Messenger said, `Indeed, he told you a lie and will be coming again.’ I believed that he would show up again, for Allah’s Messenger had told me that he would return. So, I watched for him. When he (showed up and) started stealing handfuls of foodstuff, I caught hold of him again and said, `I will definitely take you to Allah’s Messenger.’ He said, `Leave me, for I am very needy and have many dependents. I promise I will not come back again.’ I pitied him and let him go. In the morning Allah’s Messenger asked me, `What did your prisoner do last night, O Abu Hurairah!’ I replied, `O Allah’s Messenger! He complained of his great need and of too many dependents, so I took pity on him and set him free.’ Allah’s Messenger said, `Verily, he told you a lie; he will return.’ I waited for him attentively for the third time, and when he (came and) started stealing handfuls of the foodstuff, I caught hold of him and said, `I will surely take you to Allah’s Messenger as it is the third time you promised not to return, yet you returned.’ He said, `Let me teach you some words which Allah will give you benefit from.’ I asked, `What are they’ He replied, `Whenever you go to bed, recite Ayat Al-Kursi- Allahu la ilaha illa Huwal-Hayyul-Qayyum, till you finish the whole verse. (If you do so), Allah will appoint a guard for you who will stay with you, and no Shaytan will come near you until morning.’ So, I released him. In the morning, Allah’s Messenger asked, `What did your prisoner do yesterday’ I replied, `O Allah’s Messenger! He claimed that he would teach me some words by which Allah will grant me some benefit, so I let him go.’ Allah’s Messenger asked, `what are they’ I replied, `He said to me: Whenever you go to bed, recite Ayat Al-Kursi from the beginning to the end, Allahu la ilaha illa Huwal-Hayyul-Qayyum. He further said to me: (If you do so), Allah will appoint a guard for you who will stay with you, and no Shaytan will come near you until morning.’ (One of the narrators) then commented that they (the Companions) were very keen to do good deeds. The Prophet said, `He spoke the truth, although he is a liar. Do you know whom you were talking to, these three nights, O Abu Hurairah’ Abu Hurairah said, `No.’ He said, `It was Shaytan.”’

An-Nasa’i also recorded this Hadith in Al-Yawm wa Al-Laylah.

Allahu Akbar, so my dear friends now we know of the outstanding importance of Ayat Al Kursi, indeed mere words cannot express the magnitude of the status of this ayah.

Furthermore, the Prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: One who recites Ayat Al- Kursi [Qur’an chapter 2 verse 255] after every fardh Salah, nothing will be between him and heaven accept death.
[Ref: Quran – chapter 2 verse 255, An-Nasa’i, ‘Amalog-Yawm wal-Laylah (Hadith no. 100), also Ibn As-Sunni (no. 121). See also Al-Albani, Sahihul-Jami’ As-Saghir 5/339 and Silsilatul-Ahadith As-Sahihah 2/697 (no. 972), Hakim, Al Tabraani.]

 “Allah! There is none worthy of worship but He, the Ever Living, the One Who sustains and protects all that exists. Neither slumber nor sleep overtakes Him. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. Who is he that can intercede with Him except with His Permission? He knows what happens to them in this world, and what will happen to them in the Hereafter. And they will never compass anything of His Knowledge except that which He wills. His Throne extends over the heavens and the earth, and He feels no fatigue in guarding and preserving them. And He is the Most High, the Most Great.” (Surah Al-Baqarah, 02:255)

What an amazing motivation for us brothers and sisters, it’s not a difficult task, By Allah’s will we certainly can enact it. So let’s re-energize our will power and make it mandatory on ourselves to recite this verse, one can’t even perceive the miracle of this ayah; the beautiful path to Jannah it provides, but one can try their utmost to perfect their recitation and pronunciation of this Ayah, comprehend it and recite it properly, rather than parrot read it.

“Everything has its pinnacle and the pinnacle of the Quran is Surah al-Baqarah. In it there is an ayah which is the greatest in the Qur’an: Ayat al-Kursi.” [at-Tirmidhi]

Bint Hasan

Writer, AAT

For Allah!

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“Surely my prayer and my sacrifice and my life and my death are for Allah, the Lord of the Worlds.” (Al-An’am 6:162)

Before Islam, I never really put much thought into what my purpose of life was. I only cared about living the moment, and I didn’t care who it was for as long as I did it for me, myself, and I! I didn’t know there was a deeper meaning to life and I definitely didn’t think of living my life for someone or sacrificing any part of my time or effort for anyone. But that all changed when I became Muslim. Everything suddenly had a purpose. It didn’t all fall into place right away but as I learnt more about my religion, the more I started to understand the true meaning of life.

I chose this verse because it reminds me of my purpose in this life. Whenever I forget or I am finding myself buried too deep into this dunya, I remember this very and it brings me back to reality. It reminds me that everything I do is for Allah alone and that there really is no point of existence or doing anything when it is not done for Allah and His Sake.

Many people try to find their purpose in life and they will go to lengths to find it, even if it means doing things that could harm their bodies, mind, and soul. Some people think life is all about money and status, others think it is all about doing humanitarian work and raising money for charity organizations and trying to make a difference in the world. Surely, there is nothing wrong with the latter, in fact, it is highly encouraged, but it means nothing when you are doing it for the wrong reasons. Imagine doing even the smallest of deeds such as smiling or giving salams to a sister? Or doing a bigger deed like raising money for charity or feeding orphans? In Islam, you get rewards for every small and big deed you do if it is done for the sake of Allah alone. This verse is powerful and a beautiful reminder and it also preaches Tawheed. It is one of my many favourite verses and it really makes an impact on my heart every time I read it.

Alhamdulillah for the gift of guidance, the gift of Islam, where everything you do, has it’s sole objective and that is to worship Allah alone, seeking His pleasure alone.

By Umm Abdur-Rahman

Read in the Name of Your Lord!

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The Qur’an has about 6,236 ayahs. But one of the 6,236 ayahs has caught my heart. It is quite endearing to me. And that ayat is:

Read! In the name of your Lord who created.”

The Holy Qur’an is a divine mercy for the nation of Prophet Muhammad (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). It is a light for us, a solution for all our troubles, the spring of our hearts. It is a miracle given to the Messenger (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).

The first word sent down by Allah from the heavens to Rasul (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was “Read!” Allah’s wisdom behind revealing the first word ‘Iqra’ is glorious and monumental. Allah (Glorified He be) could have sent many other significant words but He preferred to send the word ‘read’.

Have you ever marvelled over the fact that why Allah had sent the first word as ‘read’? Weren’t you ever curious to know about this? Allah has shown the superiority of reading by announcing it as the initial word because reading helps us to seize the Islamic knowledge. It is a way to accumulate it. It is a way to discover Islam and to apprehend it.

If you’re one of the people who don’t make a habit of reading/reciting Qur’an, you might be missing out. Reading has a significant number of benefits, and just a few benefits of reading are listed below:

1) Mental Stimulation:

Staying mentally stimulated reduces the chances of Dementia. Qur’an is an effective remedy for mental illnesses. By constantly reading Qur’an your mind is stimulated, not only by the recital, but by pondering upon its verses, and meanings.

2) Stress Reduction:

No matter how much stress you have at work or countless other issues faced in daily life, it all just slips away when you lose yourself in reciting Qur’an. When reciting the Qur’an, one realises the bigger picture of life; that it is merely a test and we have to bear patience with whatever comes our way. Various ayahs in the Qur’an also cause Taqwa (God-fearing) in our hearts.

3) Knowledge:

When you go through the beautiful ayahs of the Qur’an, you actually gain knowledge. And when you read more, you accumulate a great amount of beneficial knowledge.

4) Tranquility:

Qur’an is indeed the spring of our hearts. It is a great tranquilizer. Reciting Qur’an brings immense peace and serenity. As Allah says, “Verily in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest.” (13:28)

When reading/reciting the Qur’an has so many benefits, then how can we neglect its significance in our lives?

To sum up, I would like all my brothers and sisters in Islam to ponder upon the first ayat and start implementing it. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have conversation with your Lord? Then go, fetch a Qur’an and start comprehending it.

May Allah (Glorified He Be) assist us in understanding the Qur’an. Aameen.

 

Bint Nayeem

Writer, AAT

Surah Rum

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Alif Lam Mim.

غُلِبَتِ الرُّومُ ﴿٢

The Romans have been defeated.

فِي أَدْنَى الْأَرْضِ وَهُم مِّن بَعْدِ غَلَبِهِمْ سَيَغْلِبُونَ  ﴿٣

In the nearest land, and they, after their defeat, will be victorious.

فِي بِضْعِ سِنِينَ لِلَّهِ الْأَمْرُ مِن قَبْلُ وَمِن بَعْدُ وَيَوْمَئِذٍ يَفْرَحُ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ ﴿٤

In Bid`i years. The decision of the matter, before and after is only with Allah. And on that day, the believers will rejoice.

بِنَصْرِ اللَّهِ يَنصُرُ مَن يَشَاء وَهُوَ الْعَزِيزُ الرَّحِيمُ ﴿٥

With the help of Allah. He helps whom He wills, and He is the All-Mighty, the Most Merciful.

وَعْدَ اللَّهِ لَا يُخْلِفُ اللَّهُ وَعْدَهُ وَلَكِنَّ أَكْثَرَ النَّاسِ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ ﴿٦

A promise from Allah, and Allah fails not in His promise, but most men know not. (Surah Rum 30:1-6)e3e04b61d8e985f3404e23ad0deef773

Seven years prior to the Hijra (migration) of the prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), the two biggest empires – Persian and Roman, were at war. Muslims wanted the Romans to win as they were from the people of the Book (injeel) whereas, the pagans of Makkah wanted the Persians to be victorious because they both didn’t believe in the hereafter. The Romans were Christians and Persians were Zoroastrians.  The romans were defeated. Their victories were the talk of the town, and the pagans of Makkah were delighted and were taunting the Muslims to the effect: “Look the fire worshipers of Iran are winning victories and the Christian believers in Revelation and Prophethood are being routed everywhere. Likewise, we, the idol worshipers of Arabia, will exterminate you and your religion.”

During this time, Allah revealed the first few aayats of Surah Ar-Rum comforting the Muslims that the Romans after their defeat will be victorious, and that the believers will rejoice.

Narrated Niyar bin Mukram Al-Aslami:

“When (the following) was revealed: ‘Alif Lam Mim. The Romans have been defeated. In the nearest land, and they, after their defeat, will be victorious in Bid’ years (30:1-4).’ – on the day that these Ayat were revealed, the Persians had defeated the Romans, and the Muslims had wanted the Romans to be victorious over them, because they were the people of the Book. So Allah said about that: ‘And on that day, the believers will rejoice – with the help of Allah. He helps whom He wills, and He is the Almighty, the Most Merciful (30:4 & 5). The Quraish wanted the Persians to be victorious since they were not people of the Book, nor did they believe in the Resurrection. So when Allah revealed these Ayat, Abu Bakr As-Siddiq, may Allah be pleased with him, went out, proclaiming throughout Makkah: ‘Alif Lam Mim. The Romans have been defeated. In the nearest land, and they, after their defeat, will be victorious, in Bid’ years (30:1-4).’ Some of the Quraish said: ‘Then this is (a bet) between us and you. Your companion claims that the Romans will defeat the Persians in Bid’ years, so why not have a bet on that between us and you?’ Abu Bakr said: ‘Yes.’ This was before betting had been forbidden. So Abu Bakr and the idolaters made a bet, and they said to Abu Bakr: ‘What do you think – Bid’ means something between three and nine years, so let us agree on the middle.’ So they agreed on six years; then six years passed without the Romans being victorious. The idolaters took what they won in the bet from Abu Bakr. When the seventh year came and the Romans were finally victorious over the Persians, the Muslims rebuked Abu Bakr for agreeing to six years. He said: ‘because Allah said: ‘In Bid’ years.’ At that time, many people became Muslims.” (Sahih, Darussalam, English, Vol 5, Book 44, Hadith 3194)

This did not end with just the Romans’ victory in 621 AD. Heraclius (Hiraql), the king of Rome entered Azerbaijan and destroyed Clorumia, the birthplace of Zoroaster, and ravaged the principal fire temple of Iran. Great are the powers of Allah, this was the very year when the Muslims achieved a decisive victory at Badr for the first time against the idol worshippers. Thus both the predictions made in Surah Rum were fulfilled simultaneously within the stipulated period of ten years.

All Praises is due to Allah alone. He gives victory to whomever He wills, gives defeat to whomever He wills, and Allah never breaks His promise.

 

Surely, I am Near!

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“And when My servants ask you concerning Me, then surely I am very near; I answer the prayer of the suppliant when he calls on Me, so they should answer My call and believe in Me that they may walk in the right way.” (Al-Baqarah, 02:186)

This is one of the most beautiful ayahs, Allah mentions us by saying “My Slaves”, not ’the slaves’ or just simply slaves, but ‘MY’ Slaves.

You know when we love someone ,we usually use the term ‘My’ ,and its simply heart touching that, Allah -The Magnificent, The Exalted, High and Supreme as He is, calls us, the lowest of the low (because we are slaves and nothing is lower than a slave) “My slaves”.

And He Majestic as He is, Glory be to Him, actually says that “He” is near. No words can describe this, The All Mighty says that He is near!
Even though we sin by day and by night, it is sometimes just simply remarkable, that we use the gifts of Allah, like our eyes, our ears, our hands etc. to transgress, disregarding the fact that Allah might just take away these gifts.
I wonder how can we be so arrogant, so haughty and not care about sinning, while we are all well aware, that the All-powerful, is watching us.

It just amazes me; Ya Allah, You are so lofty, so High and still you honour us by being so close to us.

At times, when we are in ‘spirit dampening’ situations, with depression engulfing us , it’s usually then, when we call out  to Allah, and then when our problems are solved as if it were a miracle, we know, that truly Al-Mujeeb, Allah’s help is indeed near.

I thereby conclude by appealing to all my brothers and sisters to inculcate the act of praying, for verily what more incentives do we want than the aforementioned ayah for Allah’s love for us, despicable and abhorrent as we may be and we should keep in mind that indeed praying to Allah is also considered as an act of worship.

Bint Hasan
Writer, AAT

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Those condemned by Allah

Do you ever remember being desperate, depressed. Everything seemed blue and wretched. Your life was perhaps totally screwed up, and what you desired for or what you really wanted seemed to be too far fetched or impossible.

Your despondency shrouded you like a cloak of darkness and you craved for at least one ray of hope, one glimmer of light that might dispel away your anguish…

Perhaps, dear friends we don’t recall these terrible times, after all isn’t it typical of us to forget the favours that the Almighty has bestowed on us, but I suppose that each and every one of us has had our ups and downs in life, may be the intensity gradient may have differed, but nevertheless, we may have been through such turbulences.

When we do happen to be in such travails, isn’t it characteristic of us then to turn to our Lord, THIS is the time we start acknowledging the Might of The Almighty, we fall on our knees in submission, we lengthen our prayers, we hasten to do good deeds to please Him, we pray whilst sitting, standing even whilst we are laying, our distress haunts us and we turn then to our Creator.

And Subhan Allah when Allah cures us of our agony, then what do we do, dear brothers and sisters? Do we stick to our resolutions, our promises? Perhaps for a short interval of time we may, but don’t we then revert back to our old habits, our old ways?

Dear friends are we aware of the fact that this characteristic pattern of our nature has actually been recorded in the Holy Quran,

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“And when harm touches man, he invokes Us, lying on his side, or sitting or standing. But when We have removed his harm from him, he passes on as if he had never invoked Us for a harm that touched him! Thus is made fair seeming to the wasteful that which they used to do.” (Surah Yunus 10:12)

Doesn’t it create a ripple of fear in our hearts, dear friends to actually realize that we too fall in the aforementioned criteria?

Allah the most Exalted condemns and criticizes those who behave in such an abhorrent way or those who have these qualities by saying:

“Thus is made fair seeming to the wasteful which they used to do.” (Surah Yunus 10:12)

I plead you all, dear friends, to repent to Al Ghafoor (the Most Forgiving) for all the ungrateful attitudes that we have indulged in, for indeed a true believer doesn’t fall in the aforementioned category and we should also always try to be grateful to The Most Merciful.

Moreover it is imperative that we try to remain firm in the resolutions that we make, I know, “Old Habit Die Hard” but they DO die. We have to work hard in order to completely annihilate them, please perceive that truly too much is at stake were we to behave in a way that results in criticism by the King of the Kings!

O Allah! I beg of you to forgive me, I beg of you to make me among those who are grateful to you, I beg of you to make me among the true believers, I beg of you to make me remember and acknowledge each and every favour that you have bestowed on me for verily each and every thing that we have is undoubtedly a blessing from You, I beg of you to strengthen and help me, I supplicate to You, Ya Rabb to protect me from anything that may result in obtaining YOUR criticism.

Indeed, You are the Al-Seeing, the All Hearing

Ameen Ya Rabbal Alameen

Bint Ayesha

Writer

AAT

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

Restoring Faith

he found you lost and guided you

I wasn’t always practicing. There was a point in my life in which I was losing touch with reality, and I almost gave up hope of living. At that time, I always wanted to repent, to change my life, away from the madness of what the world had offered. I felt I was the lowest of the low, that I couldn’t be salvaged. There was no amount of tears of regret that could save me from myself, for I had lost and I was a broken soul tainted with sins. In spite of all that, I kept on trying.

In my effort, I started reading Qur’an again. Prior to this, the Qur’an was collecting dust, and I only read it in Ramadaan. As I was out of practice, I started with Juz Amma, thinking that it would give me a good start. Instead of blindly reciting the ayahs, I made an effort of reading the meaning of each one. It was all good, until I read this particular ayah.

“And He found you lost and guided [you]” (Ad Dhuha, 93:7)

I started to weep. It shook me. All this time, I saw myself as a wretched human being, that I did not deserve forgiveness from Allah. I asked myself, didn’t Allah find me lost and misguided, and He guided me? Doesn’t that mean something for me? Doesn’t that alone show Allah’s mercy? Doesn’t that mean that I am given a chance to change my life? These questions bombarded my thoughts, forcing me to reflect and evaluate my life.

That ayah made an impact on my life. I started seeing things differently. I was down and low, believing everything was a facade, to get me through the day. I was so deep in my self-loathing that I failed to see the blessings around me. That day, I was a changed person. I woke up every new day with hope, knowing whatever happened, I have turned to Allah. It doesn’t matter what state I am in, I have Allah to turn to. If my faith was once at its lowest, I have gained it back, and I promised myself never to look back. Never again will I go back to that life again.

From Tafseer Ibn Katheer, regarding this ayah:

This is similar to Allah’s saying,

“And thus We have revealed to you an inspiration of Our command. You did not know what is the Book or [what is] faith, but We have made it a light by which We guide whom We will of Our servants…” (Ash Shuraa, 42:52)

This ayah remain as my favourite. I wrote it down in my daily planner, on my desk, as my computer’s wallpaper. This works as a constant reminder for me. A reminder of Allah’s blessing on me. To be thankful, to be given this chance, to walk away from the deception of the world and be able to see this path again, amid the fogs that had clouded my sight before.

Anisah Matasim,

Writer, AAT