Friday, September 30, 2011

Golden Words!

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi t3ala wa barakatuhu,

I really love this hadeeth:
Abu Dharr (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (PBUH) said, "Allah, the Almighty, says: `Whosoever does a good deed, will have (reward) ten times like it and I add more; and whosoever does an evil, will have the punishment like it or I will forgive (him); and whosoever approaches Me by one span, I will approach him by one cubit; and whosoever approaches Me by one cubit, I approach him by one fathom, and whosoever comes to Me walking, I go to him running; and whosoever meets Me with an earth-load of sins without associating anything with Me, I meet him with forgiveness like that". [Muslim]

Other words of wisdom:
Tears shed for Allah t3ala are priceless. They wash sins just like water clears dust! A tear that is not for the sake of Allah t3ala will dry out, but a tear shed while seeking Alla t3ala's forgiveness and love, will purify the soul and attain inner peace. May Allah t3ala make our tears a means of paradise, and may he dry them with his mercy for indeed Allah t3ala is the most merciful!


A blessing that is enjoyed with gratitude never ends, and a blessing that is rejected with complaints never remains. Therefore be grateful of your blessings and be patient of every hardship. Thank Allah t3ala that he has blessed you with everything, and thank him that he has tried you with trials as a means of forgiveness and guidance. Indeed with Allah t3ala everything is a blessing; SubhanAllah t3ala!

"Don't lose yourself trying to hold on to something that takes you away from Allah t3ala!

Man feels sad when he does not acquire what was not destined for him, but delights at earning what would not have missed him. You, Abdullah, should feel delight for what you have performed for your Hereafter, grieve for the part of your life you wasted, and feel disinterest in whatever splendor you acquire in this life. Dedicate your vitality at what will come after death (ie. deeds that will grant you Allah t3ala’s Mercy). —’Ali b. Abi Tālib radhiyallahu t3ala anhu in a letter to ’Abdullah ibn. ‘Abbas radhiyallahi t3ala anhu


(from online sources)

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Hadhrat Sa3d ubnu Mu3aaz Radhiyallahi t3ala anhu and his grave.

Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi t3ala wa barakatuhu,
~*~ بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم ~*~

Hadhrat Jabir Radhiyallahu t3ala anhu narrarates that when the (famous Ansari sahabi) Sa3d ubnu Muaz (radhiyallahu t3ala anhu) passed away, we went to his janazah with the prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam, so after the prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam lead the prayer, and we let him in the grave and covered it all up, the prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam started to say "Subhanallah,Subhanallah", so we too started to read subhanallah. Then he started to recite "ALLAHU akbar, ALLAHU akbar", so we did just as he did, then later the prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam was asked what what was the reason of the extra zikr today? He replied: The grave of this pious person became narrow and tight, and started contracting him, until ALLAH t3ala has removed the pain and narrowness of the grave and made it wide. 
Commentary: Sa3d ubnu Muaz radhiyallahu t3ala anhu was one of the famous and best companions of the prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam:
1) He took part in Gajwah Badr
2) 70,000 angels took part in his janazah
3) The doors of heaven were opened for him.
4) The throne of ALLAH t3ala was shaken by his death.
5) He passed away on the chest of the prophet sallallahu alaihi wasallam
6) The prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam himself dug his grave.
7) Every time his grave was hit by a shovel while digging, a perfumed scent was released.
8) The prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam said this about the decision he made about banu Quraizah: "Oh Saad, The decision you made, ALLAH t3ala has made the same decision in the skies.
9) When a perfumed scent came out of his grave, the prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam would say: "How beautiful is the smell of a humans grave."
10) In the room Saad radhiyallahu t3ala anhu passed away, it was so filled with angels that one of them had to move its wing, to make space for the prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam to sit.
11) When his janazah was picked up, the prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam said: the angels are holding is body.

The leader of Dawmatul Jandal wore a beautiful "jubbah" of silk to the prophet sallallahu alaihi wasallams majlis, the companions had never seen such an expensive, beautiful. and valuable jubbah, so they kept on touching it and expressing their shock over its quality. When the prophet sallallahu alaihi wasallam saw the sahabas reaction, he said: "Are you very fond of this jubbah? Hadhrat Sa3d radhiyallahu t3ala anhus handkerchief in jannah is a lot better, softer and beautiful than this.
 (Saheeh Muslim, sunan nasaaii, jami3-ut-tirmizi)
(I translated this from Bikhre Moti)


There is a huge lesson for us in this story. After the high standard of such a pious sahabi, he had pain in his grave (but it was removed by ALLAH t3ala right away), who are we? Who do we think we are, and
What do we expect?


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Ash3aar


Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi t3ala wa barakatuhu,
These are some ash3aar I wrote:
             
لا تيئس يا أيها الانسان                             إن الدنيا دار البلاء
يبسط لك الورود اليوم                                و يرميك بالاشواك غداً
 سواء عليك صبرت أم جزعت                      مهما فعلت لابد أن تبتلى
فكن لربك شاكراً على كل حال                   في البلاء و الرخاء
ولا تنس أن ربك معك أبداً                           وأنه أعلم بما أصابك
فتوكل عليه و أترك الشكوى                       وتذكر أنه لا يصيبك البلاء
إلا لحكمة لا يعلمها إلا الله                         فاصبر عسى أن تنفرج


Translation: "Dont loose hope in ALLAH t3ala, Verily this world is a place full of hardships. It spread for you a bed of roses today, and tomorrow it will throw thorns at you. It does not make a difference if you cry or have patience, both ways, you will have hardships. So praise your lord in all conditions, in happiness, and sadness, blessing and and hardships, and Do not forget that ALLAH t3ala is always with you, and he knows better what you are going through. So, trust him, and stop complaining, and remember no one goes through a hardship but for some wisdom which no one but ALLAH t3ala knows. Be patient, and soon your harship will be raised."

Monday, September 26, 2011

It's never too late!

Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi t3ala wa barakatuhu!
~*~بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم ~*~

How suddenly does the world change the moment the moon is seen on the night of Eid. Just as if someone
has electrified everyone, people go from saints to party animals, from The Holy Quran to novels, from the musalla to the bed, from praying to watching movies, from making dua to gossipping, from not eating to eating haraam. The masajid are crying, the masaahif are catching dust, and the oceans, earth, skies are pleading to ALLAH to let them destroy his sinful creation! Was that the purpose of Ramdhan? To worship ALLAH t3ala to the fullest for just one month, and make eid in the rest of the year? To forget him the moment we hear "tomorrow is eid"? If not, then what was the purpose of Ramadhan? It was to change our ways forever, to forget the world, and remember ALLAH t3ala our creator! To bring the love of praying, reading the holy quran, crying in front of him at nights, doing continues zikr, fasting as nawafil into our hearts, and throwing away love of everything else! It was a golden chance to collect as many good deeds possible while they were given out for free, to recognize and build a relationship with The Almighty ALLAH t3ala, and to correct our ways, and stand firm on the straight path! If you were not able to succeed then...No Problem! It never is too late!



 Stand up now! Go in front of ALLAH t3ala, and cry your heart out! Tell him you made a mistake, Shaytaan led you astray! Your back, and your ready! You want to love ALLAH t3ala again, you want him and his worship in your life again! I'm pretty sure what his answer will be, He will welcome you with happiness, and open up his arms for you! Remember his door is the only door which is open 24/7, and no one is EVER rejected on his door! Ask, try it! Ask for anything, you shall be granted! If not now, in the future, or maybe in Jannah!
Wake up! You don't have much time less, malakul mawt is right behind you! It maybe anytime soon when your soul shall be taken away from you, then you will regret forever and ever, but you still have time! Make up for your wrong ways now! Ask ALLAH t3ala for forgiveness, and bring back the person you were during Ramadhan, and if you weren't a good person then Ramadhan, its alright, prepare for the next Ramadhan, change yourself now and remember its never too late!


Sunday, September 25, 2011

شكرا يا الله






Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi t3ala wa barakatuhu,
Just a poem I wrote:

There are times when I wonder
what would I do if I didnt have Islam
how lucky I am, I cant even imagine
never did I ask, or plead to you
but you still made me blessed
with the greatest gift ever
if compared to blooming roses
or valuable pearls, never can they
reach the status of this great blessing
one who has not a single thing in this world
but has the pride of being a muslim
is far more blessed than one who
has all the wealth in the world
but lacks the gift of imaan
oh my dear fellow muslim
never look down upon yourself
as you have such a great treasure
that nothing in the whole universe
can be compared to its greatness
praise ALLAH for making you a muslim
and cherishing your hearts forever with iman

ما اجملها يا ربي


ولا تجزع إذا أعسرت يوما ... فقد أيسرت في الزمن الطويل
ولا تظنن بربك ظن سوء ... فإن الله أولى بالجميل
وإن العسر يتبعه يسار ... وقول الله أصدق كل قيل 

 فلو أن العقول تسوق رزقا ... لكان المال عند ذوي العقول


(from an online source)


(If hardships come upon you, don't be despondent, because you lived in ease for many years.
Don't think bad about your Lord, because ALLAH t3ala deserves praise more than anyone.
Truly hardships are followed by ease, and ALLAH t3alas word is always the truth.
If brains attracted "rizq" (wealth), all the wealth would be owned by the intelligent.)

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Just a bit of advice for new muslims.

If you do accept islam, please accept it for yourself and god, not for humans, and dont let other people be your role models, make the prophet pbuh and his companions your role models, otherwise you may be disheartened and discouraged. Always remember whatever you do, whichever path you choose the right or wrong, you pay the consequences, good or bad. No one else. There are millions of muslims out there who arent true to their identity, they have gone astray, so dont let them discourage you from the truth. Dont think: "they dont pray, or follow their religion, so why should I?" Thats why god has created a heaven and hell. Its just like every other religion, you see religious christians, and not so religious ones, etc.

Answers to a non muslim's questions.

Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi t3ala wa barakatuhu,

(May Peace be upon you)

Q1) I know that Islam is against all forms of racism (as am I), however I had a feeling that even if I converted, the people wouldn't regard me as one of them. I'd be seen as someone who is pretending to be a Muslim" which is saddening.

A: Whenever a person is new to an environment he/she always feels left out, out of place. Like if you go to a new school, have a new job, everyone there already knows everyone else, and since your new you might feel a little different and left out. Now when you went to the mosque, im pretty sure the people knew each other, and had a connection, so slowly if you convert and start going to the mosque, you will get to know everyone eventually and you'll be one of them, so don't worry about the feeling out of place part, its a whole new thing for you. I'm sure your not used to be around muslims...

Also, the way you feel, that if you convert, people won't regard you as one of them, thats actually not true. We as muslims are taught that we ALL are one whole family, sisters and brothers, no matter what your race is, what color you are, what language you speak, how you look, your a muslim. Anyone who read the shahadah is one us. I have many convert friends, and always meet many more converts at muslim holidays and parties, etc, in the beginning they feel wierd but then once they make friends they feel like one of us too. But remember its a human thing that cling with people who are from their same mother tongue and race, so you would see people in groups, like pakistanis together, bangalis together, arabs, converts, etc...thats the way this world works, I myself don't like it, but people have a habit of making friends with ones who share their culture. You might feel like a white guy in front of some people, but we also feel like just some pakistani in front of arabs..etc..But, from our origin we all are a family, like yesterday I went for eid prayer, EVERYONE was greeting, hugging EVERYONE else, no matter who they were, if they knew them or not....

Thats why we pray together in the form of a congregation. Everyone comes together stands in one row, next to eachother, and they all bow in front of one God "ALLAH", no matter who they are, where they are from.

Q2) What does Islam offer to Converts, that other religions don't/cant?

A:  Converts get the advantage of starting from a new clean start piety, with absolutely no sins, like a new born baby is clean of sins. Thats why islam teaches us to never say bad about any muslim sinner, or non muslim, and the wisdom in that is you never know, a muslim sinner could stop his sins and become a better muslim than you, and a non muslim could accept islam and become a much better pious muslim than you.

Islam is the truth so you actually have nothing to loose. If you spend this short life in the state of a good pious muslim, you will have a wonderful paradise of which no one has ever dreamed, thought of, saw, heard of before, waiting for you in the hereafter.The unambiguous and uncompromising belief in the Unity, the Greatness, the Wisdom of God, the Creator of the universe, is unparalleled among other religions.

One of the missionaries was insightful enough to say the following: "Islam brought out the fundamental dogmas of the Unity and Greatness of God, that He is mindful and Righteous. It proclaimed the responsibility of man, a future life, a Day of Judgement and stern retribution to fall upon the wicked, and enforced the duties of prayer, alms-giving and fasting. It replaced monkishness by manliness, it gave hope to the slave, brotherhood to mankind and recognition to the fundamental facts of human nature."

If anyone makes a mistake or sins all he has to do is ask for forgiveness truthfully from his heart, no blood sacrifice is required, nothing. Also islam is one whole true religion, there are no holes in it, all questions can be answered, no confusion. The theological, social and even scientific arguments of the Quran are free from contradictions and when applied even on a personal and private level, people's experience is that it simply works. Also, for every other religion you will find more than one of their holy books, all different and changed,like there are several bibles today, and they are all different, written by humans, but islam has just ONE book, which has never been changed...people know it by heart, its the same book our prophet Peace be upon him brought from God 1400 years ago. Its not written by humans, but its our gods 'ALLAH's words.

Q3) 2. What is the status of a Convert to Islam in comparison to a born Muslim?

A: Have you ever sat at a table with delicious food in front of you that some one else prepared for you, without having to do a single thing. What about going crazy in the kitchen cooking for your family all by yourself, and then serving the food to everyone else, and ending up being the last one to start...and in the end the food ends up cold? Well the first one are us muslims, who were born muslims. The latter are converts. We didn't do anything to be a muslim, we were just born that way, so we take it for granted. But converts spend years researching for the truth, and then when they finally find it, they work very hard day and night to do everything right, learn how to pray, what to do before that, what to wear, say, the teachings of islam, so in the end they make sure they dont slip, and do something which is prohibbited. Just like in the example of the food, the first person takes the food for granted, he eats it up in minutes and leaves the table. The second knows how long it took him to make it, and he enjoys every bite. From my experience I've found converts to be more religious than born muslims, because they gove importance to it, and work hard to do everything they can for it.
There are many muslims today who arent true muslims, they have forgotten their religion and have started to go astray, because they take it for granted, they never had to work hard to get it, they were born muslims, but converts have dedication towards their religion, and they always keep its teachings ahead of them.

Q4) Why is it required to pray in the Arabic language, and not in my native tongue?

A: Islam teaches unity. All muslims are one whole family, and thats why we have one language that we all share. If you could pray in your own language, people wouldnt come together at this time to pray together, you'd have people here and there some praying in chinese, some in english, spanish, french, urdu...How would they have unity? Arabic is such a vast language, no other can take the place of it, one sentence has such deep meanings which no other language can do. There are people who have explained 7 lines of the quran in books of hundreds of pages. Can you do that with english? Its the language of our holy book, the prophet, and paradise. You can make other prayers in your own language, but salah is different, it wouldnt be the same without arabic, plus you can learn the definition of what is read in salah, and pray from your heart.

(I really hope I didnt bore you with long answers, I just didnt want to leave anything out, I also hope my answers help show you the truth.)