Thursday, December 29, 2011
Assalamu Alaikum warahmatullahi t3ala wabarakatuhu
(something I wrote):
إن الأحوال تتقلب بمرور الزمن و يتبع الأحزان كثير من الأفراح
حتى إنه ليأتي وقت إذا نظرت في ماضيك يحقر الدواهي قلبك
و يصغر المشكلات قد وجدتها وقتئذ أثقل من نقل الجبال عليك
فذكر قلبك بوجود ربك وسليه الا إن الفرج لقريب سينسيك حزن
وكل أمورك إلى الله فتجدها تحل كلها من حيث لا تحتسب إنما هذه هي الدنيا دار البلايا فكيف برغبة الناس فيها هذا يحيرني
ومهما حاولت أن أعثر على جواب فشلت وكلما تعمقت فيه خسئت
أعلم يا عبد التراب انك فيه تعاد فلا تغترن بمحاسن الدنيا الخادعة
(Conditions change as time passes, and Sadness is followed by lots of happiness, Until such a time comes,that when you look back to your past, all the your problems and worries that you once thought were more difficult than moving a mountain from one place to another on you, will now seem so small..so remind your heart of the presence of ALLAH t3ala, and relieve it by reminding it of the soon to come peace which shall make you forget all your problems. Hand over your worries to ALLAH t3ala, and you shall see all your problems being solved in such a way you wont even imagine, This is the reality of this life, its a house of problems and worries, so how do people give interest in it, it surprises me...No matter how much I try to look for a reason, and as deep as I search for some answers, in the end I always fail to do so....Oh slave of this earth, do know that in this same earth you shall return, so do not be deceived by the worldly desires, they are nothing but a trick to reel you in...)
(I know a terrible translation...but at least I took out the time...gotta get some credit...)
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Assalamu Alaikum warahmatullahi t3ala wabarakatuhu,
Ever wonder what would happen if we started to treat our Ouran Karim like we treat our cellphones?
What if we carried it around, everywhere we go?
What if we flipped through it several times a day
and read it every time with 100% concentration?
What if we turned back to go get it, if we forgot it?
What if we used it to receive messages from the text?
What if we treated it, like we couldn't live without it?
What if we gave it to our children and others as gifts?
What if we used it when we travelled?
What if we used it in emergencies?
This is a little something to make you go....hmmm...Where is my Quran Karim?
Oh, and more thing! Unlike our cellphone, we dont have to worry about our Quran Karim being disconnected, because ALLAH t3ala has already paid the bill.
no bills, no signal loss, no missed calls, no wrong/scam messages.....only guidance and peace
so lets stop with the what ifs...
and take that step right now...and start to think about our priorities...
we wont be asked about our cell phones, but we surely will be asked about our religion, and the Quran Karim.
Assalamu Alaikum warahmatullahi t3ala wabaraktuhu
The Prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam said: (Mafhoom):
A person committed a sin, so he said: My lord, I have committed a sin, so please forgive me, so Al-mighty ALLAH said: My slave has committed a sin, and he knew that he has a lord who forgives sins and punishes because of them, I have forgiven my slave.
Then the person committed another sin, then said "My lord, I have committed a sin, so please forgive me", so Al-mighty ALLAH said: "My slave has committed a sin, and he knew that he has a lord who forgives sins and punishes because of them, I have forgiven my slave."
Then the person commits another sin, then says "My lord, I have committed a sin, so please forgive me", so Al-mighty ALLAH said: "My slave has committed a sin, and he knew that he has a lord who forgives sins and punishes because of them, I have forgiven my slave."
Then once again the person commits a sin, then says "My lord, I have committed a sin, so please forgive me", so Al-mighty ALLAH said: "My slave has committed a sin, and he knew that he has a lord who forgives sins and punishes because of them, I make you all my witness that I have forgiven my slave, so he may do whatever he wishes".
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "By the One in Whose Hand my soul is! If you do not commit sins, Allah would replace you with a people who would commit sins and seek forgiveness from Allah; and Allah will certainly forgive them.''
In another hadeeth The Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alaihi wa sallam said:
"Iblees (satan) said: "Oh my lord and your highness I shall continue leading bani Aadam (The sons of Adam alaihissalam) astray until their souls remain in their bodies", so Al-Mighty ALLAH said: "I swear on my highness and mightiness, I shall continue to forgive them when they ask for my forgiveness."
Hadhrat Anas (Radhiallaho anha) narrarated:
I heard the Messenger of Allah (Sallallaahu 'alaihi wasallam) saying:
Allah the Almighty has said:
"O son of Adam, so long as you call upon Me and ask of Me, I shall forgive you for what you have done, and I shall not mind. O son of Adam, were your sins to reach the clouds of the sky and were you then to ask forgiveness of Me, I would forgive you. O son of Adam, were you to come to Me with sins nearly as great as the earth and were you then to face Me, ascribing no partner to Me, I would bring you forgiveness nearly as great as it."
Look at us sinful conceited always complaining servants of such a merciful magnificent Lord.......
ALLAH The Al-Mighty says: “Say: O my Servants who have transgressed against their souls! Despair not of the Mercy of Allah: for Allah forgives all sins: for He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” [Sûrah al-Zumar: 53]
Alluhummahdina Allahummarhamna Allahummaghfir lana
Alhamdu lillahi katheeran Thayyiban Mubarakan fihi!
Nuhibbuka ya rabbana!
Monday, December 19, 2011
Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi t3ala wabarakatuhu,
Not really what I had in mind for my next post, but the need came...dedicated to a sweet friend of mine...(you know who..whoever you are)
There is not a single person in this world who isnt tested, who doesnt go through trials, and everyones trials are different, ALLAH t3ala only tests someone who he knows can survive the test, trials sometimes seem like blessings but arent really, for example someone is given a very very good job in which he earns a lot of money, this too is a trial which most dont know, because everyone will be asked about where they spent their money, so some people waste there money in useless things, some in luxury, some show off with it, some spend it in sins and haram, and there are some who give the poor and needy, and then there are also bad trials like hardships like the divorce, so remember you are not the only one, everyone around you is being tested, the dunya is a test, this life is all a test.
You are mashaALLAH loved by ALLAH t3ala, because ALLAH t3ala only tests people
he loves, so trials are like a sign of his love, and they can be for few different reasons:
- One has lost his relationship with ALLAH t3ala, so ALLAH t3ala wants to reconnect with him
- This is a test from ALLAH t3ala to see how much imaan this person has? If he is bestowed upon will he praise his lord, and
if hardships have befallen him, will he complain? or be patient?
- ALLAH t3ala washes away his sins through these trials
- ALLAH t3ala raises his status in jannah because of these trials and patience.
ALLAH t3ala is wise and everything he does is full of wisdom, this may seem like the biggest problem in the world, or like the end of the world, but there will come a time when you will look back at this time and wont even remember all your pain due to all the happiness. This is your test, this is your time to be patient, the prophet sallallahu alaihi wasallam said:
(mafhoom: انما الصبر عند الصدمة الاولى [inna mas-sabru inda-sadma-til-oola]) Verily patience is in the real beginning of the hardship (which means this is the time to be patient the beginning, not after one sees that they have no choice, and are tired of complaining because they no its not going to help so they end up being patient, but the real patience is in the real beginning and thats the one you will be greatly rewarded for.)
These hardships are to remind us that this world is not for luxury, or fun, this is a test, we have to keep in mind our purpose of coming into this world, these problems should being us closer to ALLAH t3ala, Dont lose hope, don't lose your trust in ALLAH t3ala, he loves you, and he wants you to come to him and cry, and ask for help, he is listening, he is with you. Complaining or losing hope in everyone wont help you, instead you need to turn to ALLAH t3ala, you need to pass this test, it will pass, it will pass,
and inshaALLAH in no time, ALLAH t3ala will bestow you with the greatest reward ever. This is nothing compared to what other people go through in this world, nothing...There are children who are homeless, whose parents, family members have passed away, and they are left on the streets, doing labor to live. There are people who are in the hospital with no family member to care for them, in so much pain they just want to die, there are people who are so so ill at home, and dont have enough money to go to the hospital, so they spend nights and days in 24/7 pain and torture. There are old people whose children have grown old and left them, they live all alone, and are too ill to get out of bed, they cant care for themselves, so they just wait and wait for death to take them away with nothing to do. There are people who dont have anything to eat for days, no shelter to be safe, no clothes to cover themselves.
Look at the world, everyone is crying, dont blind yourself with those who are living in haram luxury, you dont know how much they cry for peace or if they can even sleep at night, you dont know what problems they hide, always look at the ones below you, that way you will never complain.
There are sahabiyaat who lost their sons and husband in one day in the path of ALLAH t3ala, the prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam went through so much pain and so many troubles, we cant even imagine. Prophet ibrahim alaihissalam, prophet yaqoob alaihissalam, prophet yunus alaihissalam, all of
these prophets were human too, they werent angels, they felt all the pain too, but they kept their trust in ALLAH t3ala, they never complained, thats why ALLAH t3ala made them prophets. Read stories about all these prophets, sahabah, our aslaaf...
Remember that ALLAH t3ala loves you, you need to turn to him, try just once, not to complain you pain to anyone, anyone at all, and wake up in the middle of the night, and sit in front of ALLAH t3ala, and tell him everything, every single thing, even though he knows, just share with him and cry, and you will see, how your heart will feel at peace, hand over all your problems to ALLAH t3ala, give him all the control, and watch how he shall fix everything. It may not be right away, but it will definitely happen.
Finally, make lots of dua, and read different duas like
(حسبي الله و نعم الوكيل [hasbiyallahu wa ni3mal wakeel]: this dua is very very very beneficial)
and (إنا لله وانا إليه راجعون اللهم أجرني في مصيبتي و أخلف لي خيراً منها [inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raajioon allahumma'jurni fi museebati wakhluf li khairan minha]) This is the same dua hadhrat umme salamah radhiyallahu t3ala anha read when her husband passed away, and before that her she used to say I wont read this dua, because where can I ever find a husband better than mines.. so after he passed away, the prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam told her to read it, and guess who she married due to this dua?? The prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam! Now tell me, can there ever be a better husband than him? InshaALLAH t3ala you too will get a much much much better husband who shall keep you happy. Verily after difficulty there is ease!
Dont tell herself how big you problems are, but tell your problems how big you rabb ALLAH t3ala is!
May ALLAH t3ala help you and everyone else, and wash away our sins, and solve our problems/hardships, and give us patience with these problems that we are given, and the greatest award in this world and the hereafter, and replace all you worries and your past with the best husband who will keep you happy, and give you everything you lost in the past, and even more, aameen thumma aameen.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Assalamu Alaikum warahmatullahi t3ala wabarakatuhu,
Just wondering, Am I the only wierdo who does this?
(at the moment, this is not for anyone, just a old habit...)
(btw inshaALLAH t3ala a long (maybe) interesting (well I hope you find it interesting) post coming up soon..)
(oh and btw incase if anyone doubts, Whenever I write about such stuff, Im never talking about a guy, just female friends. alhamdulillah t3ala I dont go into those kinda (haram) relationships, mashaALLAH t3ala, I mean the reason why Im telling you this is because i dont want someone thinking I write about Islam, and then dates guys, etc...astaghfirullah t3ala never.)
Monday, December 12, 2011
Assalamu Alaikum warahmatullahi t3ala wabarakatuhu
Those moments when you feel like your stranded in an ocean of stormy waves. They keep on throwing you from one place to another, from one strong wave to another enemy, and all you have with you is a small piece of log you depend on. You know your going to drown any second, but then you hope you reach the coast, you don't know whats going on, whats going to happen to you. Is this a test, or is this a punishment? Are you hated so much that you've been thrown in to this disaster or your just beloved so your tested to see how patient you are. You try to stop the problems but sometimes the waves take you down for a few seconds. You might be crying, but with no use, because your so confused, you don't know what to do, only one thing can help at such a time, definitely not crying, only pleading to ALLAH t3ala to save you.
In a more realistic description you have so many troubles you don't know where to go. Everywhere you look there seems to be a hardship. At times your laughing even though your heart is crying, then at times your so silent because your mind has been flooded with thoughts. You try to understand whats going on, you try to save yourself from all evil, you try to do good, but it seems like sometimes you just cant avoid it. You are asking for help from the almighty, you know hes there, but you don't understand what hes doing, You feel so lost, so confused, so lonely, but then you keep on hoping that maybe its just a test. Happiness dares to creep close to you before its forced away by another trouble. You did ask to become a waliyah, but does that mean your going to be tested by being forced to sin too? I don't get it, its just another algebra problem, no matter how many times the teacher explains it to you, you have no clue what shes saying, what is X, B and A? Your looking for a sign, a sign that hes upset, or hes happy with you, is this a test, or is this a punishment, your mind keeps going to the direction, and in the end you just stand there with no clue, what is happening, where am I, when will this end???
People probably think I've gone crazy, at times I shine my smile, or the melody of my laugh soothes the ear, then the next Im so quiet like ive been frozen, I can be so open, then I can shut down, so suddenly. No one shall understand me, because no one but I know what my shoes feel like.
Oh ALLAH t3ala, you know I love you dearly, and I have no complain, you are the best, and I am your lover, everything you do for me is a blessing, in times of trouble, or times of happiness, all praise is for you. (All I want ya ALLAH t3ala is you to be happy with me, No matter what the situation is, all praise is to you, I dont complain, for I know I have a lot which some others dont, I just want you to be smiling everytime you look at me, and I want you to be happy and proud of me..and to love me..because I definitely love you!)
I myself don't know what I'm saying, poor readers, how shall they understand, must be thinking im crazy, but oh ALLAH, you know what I mean, you know what my heart hides, and what my tongue forbids to say, you know everything, every second of my life, every thought that runs through my mind and heart, I ask you, and only you to enlighten me a bit with whats going on,because Ive reached a dead end, Im knocking at your door, I have nothing with me but my sinful soul, I ask you to open the door and guide me, and protect me with all your might, spread your arms around me with all your love and mercy, accept me, and save me from all evil, and grant me the tawfeeq to do all that you like.
Aameen thumma Aameen!
Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi t3ala wabarakatuhu,
A poem I wrote:
When you find yourself drowning
in a sea of worries and troubles
try to stay calm without protesting
and get up on your feet with prayers
keep the Quran right by your side
and turn to it to rest your mind
it may seem difficult then
your problems may be multiplied by ten
but dont let yourself fall down
keep on fighting so that you dont drown
in just a few days you'll be freed
from all that you stress and aggrieve
then will come a day of such happiness
you'll forget every second of your distress
so while it lasts dont be hasty
and keep your faith in the Al-Mighty
this is just a test which shall pass
so just try to be patient and stay steadfast
the reward shall be truly worth it
just wait and see how you'll cherish it
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Assalamu Alaikum warahmatullahi t3ala wabarakatuhu,
When you find yourself in a sea of tears, worries, and tension,
Just go and offer two rakaat salah,
then bow down in front of HIM t3ala,
and then close your eyes.
Now you shall see that the universe is much more brighter,
and you will feel a lot better,
so now tell him EVERYTHING!
Don't hide ANYTHING!
He knows what your heart hides,
he shall listen to you attentively just like a friend, or even better.
He will show you the right path,
and will solve all your worries and problems!
He is the most merciful,
He is the most Beneficent
He is all-seeing
He is all-hearing
He loves you greatly
He is your caretaker
Hes the only one that shall never let you down
He is the only lord,
He is the Al-Mighty ALLAH 3zza wa jalla!!
"Oh ALLAH t3ala, when I lose hope because my plans have come to nothing, then help me remember that:"YOUR LOVE IS ALWAYS GREATER THAN MY DISAPPOINTMENTS!"
"YOUR PLANS FOR MY LIFE ARE ALWAYS BETTER THAN MY DREAMS!
aameen thumma aameen!!!
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Assalamu Alaikum warahmatullahi t3ala wabarakatuhu
I've recieved this quote many times through emails, sms, and everytime I'm thinking man, how can this be true?
so thought I'd post it here, and lets see what you all think:
"The Person who tries to keep everyone happy and always cares for everyone, is always the most loneliest person"
At times I do think it's kinda true, because I've noticed how sometimes your always there for everyone, but when you yourself are in need of someone to talk to, you think twice before calling them, because you dont want to disturb them, and then in the end leave it, and just spend your time alone. Dont know if its your fault you didnt just ask them to come on, they would have come, but then you think' but I never gave them the chance to message/call me, I messaged them plenty of times myself to check up on them, and ask how they are', etc...I guess if you want to stay happy in this life, never expect anything back...the key to happiness, and just keep yourself busy, hence, you wont have the time to be lonely (I know easily said than it actually is), and finally if you want to talk, and you feel like your alone, just turn to ALLAH t3ala...
wallah you came alone, lived alone, shall die alone, stay alone in your grave, and resurrect alone...thats life...
I dont know, my mind has double views about the quote, can be true, and sometimes isn't...what do you all think?
oh btw, I absolutely love this:
and I made this (wrote and designed) for this post: (my second try at a graphic, let me know what you think)
Monday, December 5, 2011
Assalamu Alaikum warahmatullahi t3ala wabarakatuhu,
Special thanks to our beloved "Izdiher", I've got my first award! Jazakumullah t3ala ahsanal jaza Izdiher!
Hundred Hearts Award:
Her quote: "a hundred hearts would be too few to carry all my love for you"
aawwww, how sweet!
Okay so now to forwarding this award, here are the amazing bloggers who most definitely deserve this award: ehemmm
(in no preferential order)
7) Little Aunty
9) Blue Pearl
(and thats it for now, if I was to mention every amazing blogger, the list could go on and on...)
Assalamu Alaikum warahmatullahi t3ala wabarakatuhu,
Aren't these winter days and nights wonderful? Nice and cozy with hot chocolate and comfortable blankets? Looking forward to winter break so we can sleep in? There's this hadeeth in which The Prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam says "Winter is the best season for the believer........." Do you think this is why they said that winter is the best season, so that we could rest, sleep long, and enjoy hot drinks and chit chatting?? Well...lets see the rest of the hadeeth and find out:
The Noble Messenger of Allah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) is reported to have said:
“Winter is the best season for the believer. Its nights are long for him to pray in, and its days are short for him to fast in.”
Hadith-Majma’ az-Zawa’id’ (3/203)
Certainly not! This is the best season for the true believers who love ALLAH t3ala, Winter is beloved to them because the days are so short, they can easy fast, and they don't even have to worry about feeling hot. The nights are so long, they can sleep right after Esha, and enjoy 7-8 hours of sleep, then get up and stand in front of ALLAH t3ala, and relive the night with Tahajjud, tilawah, and loads of tears in dua for a whole 2-3 hours! The reason why we don't get this, is because we have never tasted the enjoyment of worship in the middle of the night, we are too busy sleeping, or we rather watch a movie covered in blankets in our cozy bed. Astaghfirullah t3ala. How about just once we make the intention of sleeping early, and then get up atleast an hour or 2 before Fajr, and spending that time in praying Tahajjud and reciting The Quran Karim, I can promise you, you will enjoy it so much, you will want to do this everyday!!
Just try and let me know inshaALLAH t3ala.
remember the more difficulty there is in worship, the more good deeds you get, I know waking up in the middle of the night from a cozy bed isn't easy, but you shall definitely cherish it!
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Assalamu Alaikum warahmatullahi t3ala wabarakatuhu
One of the major factors that influence a person is his friends, may they be good or bad, they definitely will have an influence on you.
ALLAH the Exalted says in the Qur’an: “And (remember) the Day when the wrong-doer will bite his hands and say: Woe to me! Would that I had taken a path with the Messenger. Woe to me! If only I had not taken so- and-so as a friend! He has led me astray from this Reminder (the Qur’an) after it had come to me. And Satan is ever a deserter to man in the hour of need.” Qur’an 25:27-29
In a Hadith, Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “The example of a good companion and a bad companion is like that of the seller of musk, and the one who blows the blacksmith’s bellows.. So as for the seller of musk then either he will grant you some, or you buy some from him, or at least you enjoy a pleasant smell from him. As for the one who blows the blacksmith’s bellows then either he will burn your clothes or you will get an offensive smell from him.”
In an authentic Hadith, the Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “A person is likely to follow the faith of his friend, so look whom you befriend.”
It is very important to see who you befriend, as your friend is like a mirror of you, this is a beautiful quote I wanted to share:
If a drop of water falls in a lake, it loses its identity
If it falls in mud, it becomes a part of it:
If it falls on a rose, it shines:
If it falls in a shell it becomes a pearl:
The drop of the water is the same in every place, its the company that matters!
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Assalamu Alaikum warahmatullahi t3ala wabarakatuhu,
Happy new year! May ALLAH t3ala fill this year of ours with loadsss of worship, happiness, and peace, and may we all change for the good internally and externally! aameent humma aameen!
Remember it could be your last muharram, so think about it, and plan ahead, write down all the changes you want to achieve this year, and get right to it yallah bismillah t3ala!
(I was going to translate about Muharram from a book, but then just found something very similar online, and the person asked to pass it on, so I thought why not...)
Significance Of Muharram
Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar, is one of the four sacred months mentioned in the Glorious Qur’ān:
Lo! The number of the months with Allāh is twelve months by Allāh’s Ordinance in the day that He created the heavens and the earth. Four of them are sacred: that is the right religion. So wrong not yourselves in them...(9:36)
The specification of these four sacred months is stated in a hadīth narrated by Abū Bakrah radhiyallāhu ‘anhu that Rasūlullāh sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam said, “Verily time has completed its cycle and returned to its original stage as it was on the day Allāh created the heavens and the earth. The year consists of twelve months, four of which are sacred. Three of them occur consecutively; Dhul Qa‘dah, Dhul Hijjah and Muharram, (the fourth being) Rajab of Mudar (named after the tribe of Mudar as they used to respect this month) which occurs between Jamādi‘ul Ākhir and Sha‘bān.” (Bukhārī)
From out of the four sacred months, Muharram has been blessed with certain specific virtues. The noble Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam said, “The best of fasts besides the month of Ramadān is the fasting of Allāh’s Month of Muharram and the best of salāh besides the fard (compulsory) salāh is the tahajjud salāh (performed after midnight before dawn).” (Muslim)
In another hadīth, Ibn ‘Abbās radhiyallāhu ‘anhu reports that the Messenger of Allāh sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam said, “He who fasts on the day of ‘Arafāt (9th Dhul Hijjah), his fast will be a compensation for the sins of two years, and one who keeps a fast in the month of Muharram will receive the reward of thirty fasts for each fast.” (Tabrānī, at-Targhīb wat-Tarhīb)
THE DAY OF ‘ĀSHŪRĀ (10th Muharram)
The tenth day of the month of Muharram is known as ‘Āshūrā. It is one of the most important and blessed days in the Islamic calendar. Some ‘ulamā (scholars) are of the opinion that before the fasts of Ramadān, the fast of the day of ‘Āshūrā was compulsory upon the Ummah. This is stated in a hadīth reported by ‘Ā’ishah radhiyallāhu ‘anhā that the noble Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam ordered the observance of the fast of ‘Āshūrā. However, when the fast of Ramadān became compulsory, then whosoever wished, kept this fast and whosoever desired did not observe this fast. (Bukhārī)
But the Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, nevertheless, continued to fast this day and encouraged his companions to do the same. Ibn ‘Abbās radhiyallāhu ‘anhu says, “I did not see Rasūlullāh sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam anxiously await the fast of any day, which he gave preference to over other days, but this day, the day of ‘Āshūrā.” (Bukhārī)
Humayd Ibn ‘Abdur Rahmān radhiyallāhu ‘anhu narrates that he heard Mu‘āwiyah ibn Abī Sufyān radhiyallāhu ‘anhumā on the day of ‘Āshūrā, during the year he performed Hajj, saying on the pulpit, “O the people of Madīnah! Where are your ‘ulamā? I heard Rasūlullāh sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam saying, ‘This is the day of ‘Āshūrā. Allāh has not enjoined its fasting on you, but I am fasting it. Whosoever wishes, keep (this) fast and whosoever desires do not observe (this fast).’” (Bukhārī)
In another hadīth, Ibn ‘Abbās radhiyallāhu ‘anhu narrates that the noble Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam came to Madīnah and found the Jews fasting on the day of ‘Āshūrā. Hence the noble Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam inquired of them, “What is (the significance of) this day on which you fast?” They replied, “This is a great day. On this day Allāh saved Mūsā ‘alayhis salām and his people and drowned Fir‘awn and his nation. Thus Mūsā ‘alayhis salām fasted on this day as a token of thanksgiving, therefore we too fast on this day.” The Messenger of Allāh sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam said, “We are more worthy of Mūsā and nearer to him than you.” Thereafter, the noble Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam fasted on this day and ordered (his companions radhiyallāhu ‘anhum) that a fast be kept on this day. (Muslim)
RECOMMENDED DEEDS ON THE DAY OF ‘ĀSHŪRĀ
1) The noble Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam has exhorted and encouraged his Ummah to fast on this day. Abū Qatādah radhiyallāhu ‘anhu narrates that the noble Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam was asked regarding the fast of the day of ‘Āshūrā. The noble Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam replied, “It is a compensation for the (minor) sins of the past year.” (Muslim)
NOTE: It must be borne in mind that wherever a promise of forgiveness of sins is made upon the fulfilment of some action, it is only the minor sins that are forgiven. The major sins are not forgiven without true tawbah (repentance).
2) One should also observe the fast of the 9th or 11th Muharram to safeguard his deed from resemblance with the non-Muslims who fast only on the 10th Muharram. Ibn ‘Abbās radhiyallāhu ‘anhu said, “When Rasūlullāh sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam observed the fast of the day of ‘Āshūrā and ordered (his companions radhiyallāhu ‘anhum) to fast, they said, ‘O Rasūlullāh sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam! It is a day revered by the Jews and Christians.’ Rasūlullāh sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam said, ‘The coming year, if Allāh wills, we will fast on the ninth (also).’” (Muslim)
Ibn ‘Abbās radhiyallāhu ‘anhu reports that Rasūlullāh sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam said, “Should I live until the coming year, I will definitely fast on the ninth (also).” (Muslim)
The noble Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam said, “Observe the fast of ‘Āshūrā and oppose the Jews. Fast a day before it or a day after.” (Bayhaqī)
Hence, it is important to either fast on the ninth and tenth of Muharram or the tenth and eleventh. To fast only on the day of ‘Āshūrā is makrūh tanzīhī as stated by ‘Allāmah Ibn ‘Ābidīn Shāmī rahimahullāh.
3) One should be generous to one’s family and dependants and spend more on them than is normally spent. Abū Hurayrah radhiyallāhu ‘anhu reports that Rasūlullāh sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam said, “One who generously spends on his family on the day of ‘Āshūrā, Allāh will increase (his provision) for the whole year.” (Bayhaqī, at-Targhīb wat-Tarhīb)
This hadīth is not very authentic according to the science of hadīth. However, scholars of hadīth like Bayhaqī and Ibn Hibbān rahimahumallāh have accepted it as reliable.
These are the only actions supported by ahādīth.
ACTS TO REFRAIN FROM
1) It is absolutely clear that the significance of the day of ‘Āshūrā is from the time of the noble Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam. However, many people regard this day as the day of mourning the martyrdom of Husayn radhiyallāhu ‘anhu. The martyrdom of Husayn radhiyallāhu ‘anhu was indeed a great tragedy, but Islam is not a religion of perpetual mourning. Abū Sa‘īd radhiyallāhu ‘anhu relates that Rasūlullāh sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam has cursed mourners and those who listen to them. (Abū Dāwūd)
The pages of Islamic History are filled with the blood of the martyrs. Should we begin to mourn the martyrdom of the Sahābah radhiyallāhu ‘anhum alone, every other day would be a day of mourning. Thus, to attribute the significance of ‘Āshūrā to the martyrdom of Husayn radhiyallāhu ‘anhu is baseless. Therefore, the host of baseless customs with regard to his martyrdom — mourning, lamenting and displaying grief — must be discarded. If mourning were permissible, then the day of the demise of Rasūlullāh sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam would have been more worthy for mourning and lamenting.
3) Another misconception is that the month of Muharram is an unlucky month; hence marriage ceremonies should be avoided in this month. This concept is again contrary to the teachings of Rasūlullāh sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam.
Let us observe this great day according to the way of Rasūlullāh sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam and the Sahābah radhiyallāhu ‘anhum and refrain from all innovations which deprive us of the blessings from Allāh ta’ālā. May Allāh ta’ālā guide us all upon the Straight Path and save us from every act which brings His Displeasure. Āmīn.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Assalamu Alaikum warahmatullahi t3ala wabarakatuhu,
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Below is the transcript of a true story of a girl called Hira. Born a Hindu, she accepted Islam at a very young age, but was persecuted mercilessly by her family for this. The story is narrated by her uncle who recorded the story on a CD by himself, for the benefit of the Muslims. Read the story and ponder over how fortunate we are not to be tested by Allah like Hira.
If I was to say that since the world has been created, the world has not seen a more sinister tyrant, a more vicious predatory animal, yet at the same time an extremely fortunate individual, then this will be an accurate description of myself.
I was born 42 to 43 years ago into a Hindu household. My family were known for their criminal behaviour. My father and uncle were amongst the leaders of a criminal group. Theft, violenceetc was in the family blood.
In 1987, during the Mayrath riots, I was with my father to assist our tribe in the riots. Together we killed 25 Muslims with our own hands.
After this I joined Bazrandil, an extremist group after becoming influenced by the hatred and enmity towards the Muslims. Infact, I killed many Muslims during the riots that broke out in 1990 at the time of the demolition of Babri Masjid. Furthermore, I killed many more Muslims in Udhyanwe in 1992.
A true famous Muslim used to reside in Urara. In my eyes however, he was a criminal as he was a Muslim. All Non-Muslims in the area were petrified of him. With the help of my friend I shot him dead as well.
Enmity towards the Muslims caused me to carry out such a tyrannous and violent act that I believe has not been seen, heard of and thought of under the sky and on top of the earth. In the 30th Para of the Quran, there is a Surat titled Surah Al Burooj. This Surah discusses the punishment of those people who had kindled a fire and killed innocent true Muslims. I feel that this Surah has been revealed due to people like me. The only difference is that the culprits referred to in the Surah, have been doomed to the fire of Hell and Allah has blessed me with Imaan.
My story is such that it gives hope to all those who are in despair. When Allah has shown such compassion to me, then I feel that no one has the right to despair.
My elder brother was also involved in violence against the Muslims. Despite this, we shared a strong mutual love and affection. My brother had two sons and two daughters. I did not have any children. The name of my brother’s eldest daughter was Hira. She was extremely beautiful. Whoever she liked, she loved fully and whoever she disliked, she disliked fully. At times we used to worry that she was affected by supernatural forces. We consulted exorcists, but it made no difference. She studied until the 8th class at school (in India). Thereafter, she left school and was made to learn the household chores. However, she had a real zeal for further studies. Therefore, she applied for a place at college without consulting the family and without their consent. To pay for her school fees and purchase the required books, she evenworked in the fields for 8 days. With the money she earned, she purchased the books.
However, she could not understand some of the text and thus started attending tuitions. The tutor’s son, who was a robber, took advantage of my niece. He misguided her and one night ran away with her.
He took her to a Jungle near Barod, where his compatriots were residing. As soon as Hira arrived there, she immediately realised the mistake she had made and the damage she had caused to her and her parent’s reputation. This remorse caused her to secretly weep.
One day one of the compatriots of the bot she had run away with noticed her crying and asked her the reason for this. She explained that although in her naivety she had runaway with her tutor’s son, she had realised the consequences of her immature actions. She explained that the pain she had caused to her family was now causing her tremendous distress.
After hearing this, this boy revealed that he was a Muslim and that Muslims are true to their word. He promised to help her and treat her like his sister. He assured her that he would take her away from the jungle and re-unite her with her family members. The boy now forged a plan. He advised the gang of robbers that they needed to take on some women in their gang to assist them in achieving their objectives. They agreed and took her on, but were vigilant of her as they could still not fully trust her. During this period the boy who
had promised to help Hira, would keep watch over her at night, to protect her from the evil intentions of the other male members of the gang.
One day, he sent Hira on an errand to Barod (near the Jungle). This was to be her escape. He explained to Hira that once she arrived in Barod, she must go to his brother’s house in Idreespur, explaining to him that she had been sent by his brother from the Jungle. His brother would then come to the Jungle and explain to the other gang members that she had been detained by the police on suspicion of crime. This would provide Hira with the opportunity to go to the police and explain that she had been abducted and that she had escaped from her abductor. The plan materialised and the police finally re-united Hira with her family.
Although we allowed her back in the family home, we could not whole heartedly accept her. We were angry at the fact that she had run away with a boy and feared that she would have lost her virginity. This remained the fear despite reassurances from Hira to the contrary. One learned relative advised us to take her for medical tests to confirm her story and dispel our fears. Me and my brother, (Hira’s father) agreed to this with the condition that if the medical report corroborated her version of events we would bring her back home. If not, then we would murder her and dispose of her body in the local river. The medical story backed up Hira’s version of events and we delightedly brought her back home.
However, her encounter with the Muslim boy in the Jungle had increased her inclination towards Muslims and Islam. She started going to a Muslim friend’s house who gave her two books titled, The threat of Hell and The Key to Jannah. When I saw these Islamic books in the house, I reprimanded her and warned her against such a thing in the future. However, Islam had entered inside her and enlightened the darkness of her heart. Hence, the warning fell on deaf ears.
She went to a Madrasa with a Muslim friend and accepted Islam at the hands of a local Moulana. Subsequently, she started learning how to perform Salaah and became punctual with her Salaah.
Slowly, she started finding it difficult living in a home devoid of Tawheed and filled with polytheism (Shirk). A girl who was always smiling, had now become lonely and sad. Realising she could no longer live in the family home, she ran away and sought refuge at a Moulana’s house in Fulat with his wife. The Moulana’s name was Mohammed Kaleem Siddiqui. For her own safety, Moulana sent her to his sister’s house in Delhi. She looked after Hira with huge love and a sense of responsibility. Hira stayed in Delhi for over a year and found it easy to practice Islam openly. She used to call Moulana’s sister ‘Raani Fufu’.
Hira had been extremely close to her mother and therefore longed to meet her again. Her mother was also frequently becoming ill. One night, Hira saw in her dream that her mother had passed away. This dream saddened her further and made her all the more determined to see her mother. In addition to this, the thought of her mother dying without Iman was unbearable.
Therefore, in the middle of the night she started crying profusely which caused the household to be awakened from their sleep. They managed to calm her down temporarily, but these thoughts could not let her rest. She started asking Moulana Mohammed Kaleem Siddiqui to grant her permission to go home and visit her mother. He advised her against this, explaining that her return would virtually guarantee her death or she would be forced to revert to Hinduism. Her Iman was too valuable to her, but so was her mother’s love. She relented and finally convinced Moulana to let her go.
Moulana advised her to invite her family towards Islam. Hira explained that her family despised Islam and would never accept Islam. However, Moulana clarified that if Allah has decreed guidance for them, they will start despising Hinduism like they currently despise Islam, just like you used to despise Islam and now despise Hinduism. If you go with this intention, the help of Allah will be with you through his protection and if any harm does come to you, it will be due to imitating the Sunnah of Mohammed (S.A.W). If your family even kill you, you will achieve the status of martyrdom which is the easiest path of achieving Jannah. I am certain that in such a case, your martyrdom will be a means of their guidance. She then performed two Raka’at Salaah, made Dua and left with the intention of inviting her family towards Islam. Her arrival enraged us. I persecuted her and ordered her to forsake Islam, but on the contrary she ordered me to accept Islam. She was adamant that nothing could persuade her to denounce Islam. When her mother passed away after two months, Hira pleaded with us to bury her in the Muslim cemetery as she had recited the Shahadah in front of Hira before her demise.
However, we cremated her according to the Hindu tradition.
After this, there would be a commotion in the house on a daily basis when she would either invite her brothers or father towards Islam. We sent her away to her mother’s family, but even they sent her back.
We consulted the elders of our community and religious leaders, who all gave the opinion that we should kill Hira. Acting on their advice I dug a five foot grave on the banks of the river.
The plan was to bury her alive...
Me and my brother, Hira’s father took Hira on the pretence of visiting a relative in a village. Hira was an intelligent girl and at once realised what was being planned. She therefore had a bath, put on new clothes and asked for permission to perform her final Salaah. Joyously, she left the house like a bride. Despite taking an unusual route to the relative’s house, she did not even once raise a query. When we reached the river bank, she turned to her father and commented that the relative’s house was not there.
Hira’s father and me, her tyrannous uncle took her with five litres of petrol to the hole I had dug up previously. I pushed her into the hole in the ground mocking at her, that how can you save us from the fire of hell? Here, save yourself from this fire. I poured the petrol all over her and lit her up with a match stick. Hira’s father, my brother, stood there speechless and crying. The fire started burning her new clothes. When Hira saw this, she stood up in the hole, raised her arms to the skies and cried out, ‘Oh Allah, You can see me, can’t you? Oh Allah, You can see me, can’t you? Oh Allah, You love Hira, don’t you? You love the Cave of Hira, please also love the Hira who is burning in this hole.
If I have your love, I do not need the love of anybody else.’ !!!
After this, she turned to us and pleaded with us,
Oh my beloved father, Accept Islam, Oh my beloved uncle, Accept Islam.
This angered me even more. I got hold of my brother’s arm and dragged him away from there...
My brother, Hira’s father, said to me that we should have tried explaining to her one last time. Nevertheless, we started returning having accomplished our religious duty as we understood it, hearing cries of the Shahadah from the hole where Hira had been left burning. The experience of the final moments of Hira’s life left me and my brother depressed. Infact, Hira’s loss was too much for her father and proved to be fatal. Two days before his demise, he called me and said that despite whatever he had done in his lifetime against the Muslims, he was sure of leaving the world on the religion of Hira. He accepted Islam at the hands of a local Moulana and he chose Abdur Rehmaan as his Islamic name. He requested me to bury him in a Muslim cemetery. This was extremely difficult for me, but I managed to take him away from the locality with the excuse of treating him to Delhi and fulfilled his wish there.
My brother’s Islam was impossible for me to accept. I thought a Muslim must have done black magic on our entire family for them to one by one accept Islam.
One day, I was travelling in a bus being driven by a Muslim. He was listening to the story of Mohammed’s (S.A.W) treatment of the old lady, who he had helped carry her shopping. This story changed my perception of Islam and I realised that such a person could only be the truthful messenger of Allah. So I decided to carry out further research into Islam.
One day whilst travelling for this reason, once again the driver of the bus was listening to a speech by Qari Haneef Sahib on ‘Death’. This shortened the distance between Islam and myself even more.
I met a Moulana and asked him to help me understand Islam. He advised me to go to Fulat and seek Moulana Mohammed Kaleem Siddiqui, saying that he was the best person to contact.
Upon reaching Fulat I was told that Moulana Siddiqui was away and was scheduled to return the following morning. I was given a book to read authored by him. This book changed my heart completely and although I had travelled to Fulat merely to learn about Islam, I was convincedenough to accept Islam.
The following day on 31st January 2000 after Maghrib, I accepted Islam at the hands of Moulana Siddiqui. I requested an additional hour with him. In this I described to him my past crimes and murders. I narrated the whole incident of Hira. Upon hearing Hira’s story, Moulana Siddiqui started crying profusely and revealed that Hira had in actual fact resided at his and then later at his sister’s house in Delhi. However, he assured me that despite my barbaric crimes against Muslims in the past, Islam would offer me a fresh start. He narrated to me the Hadith that highlights this. I could not understand how such murderous actions could just be forgiven. To dispel my worries, Moulana Siddiqui encouraged me to save the lives of some Muslims to compensate for the Muslims I had killed.
Therefore, I now look for opportunities to save and help Muslims wherever possible. Due to my Hindu contacts, if ever I would be made aware of an attack against the Muslims of a particulararea or village, I would inform them.
One such incident where Allah used me to help the Muslims, was in a Madrasa in Bhawnagar. The plan was to burn and kill 400 Muslim students. Ten minutes before the attack, I broke a wall at the back of the Madrasa, allowing the students an escape route and therefore saving the 400 students.
Then I went to Gujarat for three months. Moulana Siddiqui assured me that Allah would forgive me just as he had guided me towards the straight path. He then advised me to spend some time in Tabligh to learn about Islam. I encouraged some of my family members to accept Islam including Hira's sister. After this, I spent some time in Tabligh. Moulana advised me to keep reciting Surah Al Burooj. I have managed to memorise it and have also read the meaning. Whenever I recite the Surah, Hira’s last words come rushing back tome.
‘Oh Allah, You can see me, can’t you? Oh Allah, You can see me, can’t you? Oh Allah, You love Hira, don’t you? You love the Cave of Hira, please also love the Hira who is burning in this hole. If I have your love, I do not need the love of anybody else.’
I pray that Allah forgives me for my previous behaviour and makes me a means of helping my fellow Muslims, to compensate for my abhorrent behaviour in the past. Aameen.
End of Story
If only we had a percent of the imaan this girl had......