Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Treasure is Out!


                                                     
Alhamdulillah! many of us know the importance of good deeds during the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah. We also know that fasting on the Day of Arafah expiates our sins for a year earlier and the one ahead. Allahu Akbar!
The treasure is being distributed! Are we running to collect it from Allah?
Each one of us has some or the other worry that is bothering us whether light or heavy. 
Each one of us is in need of Allah's infinite Mercy to get sins forgiven, to relieve our pain, to heal our illnesses and to get our needs fulfilled. 
This is another big chance after the Great Night of Ramadan that we ask whatever we want from Allah. 
Deeds can look small but they carry immense rewards during these blessed days. 
We can happily do small things for Pleasing Allah like:
  • Giving a glass of water to someone
  • Giving food/clothes/money/other good things in charity
  • Smiling
  • Feeding a stray animal
  • Helping out in the house
  • Reading the morning evening duas
  • Reading other duas
  • Reading the Quran with meaning
  • Asking Allah for things that are close to our heart
  • Being extra kind, good and beneficial to others 
    JUST TO PLEASE ALLAH!
It is Sunnah to recite takbeer (Allahu Akbar), tahmeed (Alhamdulillah), tahleel (Laa ilaaha ill-Allah), and tasbeeh (SubhanAllah) during the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah. These words should be recited abundantly in the masajid, homes, streets and in every place where it is permissible to remember and glorify Allah.
That they may witness things that are of benefit to them (reward of Hajj in the Hereafter and also some worldly gain from trade), and mention the Name of Allah on appointed days, over the beast of cattle that He has provided for them (for sacrifice).” [Surah Al-Haj:28]
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These are just a few things which I could come up with otherwise there are numerous ways we can earn rewards by doing small good deeds.
I hope and pray that during these Golden Days we as an Ummah are able to Please Allah the Almighty and Allah becomes happy with us and gives us back our lost glory.
May the light of Iman shine in our hearts the brightest and may all of us keep firm on the straight path.


Friday, September 26, 2014

Notes from a book



There are fifteen types of cures to remove sadness, grief or depression accrording to the Prophet's guidance (these consist in various supplications that are taught to us by our Prophet peace be upon him)
  1. Affirming Allah's Oneness in His Lordship.
  2. Affriming Allah's Oneness in the Worship.
  3. Belief in the creed of Tawheed (There is no true God but Allah and Muhammad (peace be upon him) is His Messenger.
  4. Praising Allah for not dealing with His slave with injustice and for not punishing him without a reason.
  5. The slave's affirming that it is he who has committed the injustice.
  6. Pleading to Allah by the most beloved methods to Him, by His Names, Attributes, such as Al Hayy (the Ever Living), Al Qayyum ( Who sustains everything and everyone).
  7. Depending and relying on Allah alone for everything.
  8. The slave affirms that his hope is only in Allah.
  9. Acquiring the true dependence on Allah and relating all matters to Him, while admitting that the slave's forelock is in His Hands alone and that He does with it whatever He Wills. Also admitting that Allah's decision on the slave will certainly come to pass and that His Judgment is certainly just.
  10. The slave's heart should enjoy the gardens of the Quran and should make the Quran just like the spring of pure water to the animals. Also, the slave should use the light of the Quran to shatter the darkness of desires and lusts. The Quran should be one's companion when no one else is present; the comfort that relieves every type of calamity and the cure that discards every illness that attacks the slave's heart. In short, the Quran should be the remover of sadness and the end of depression and grief.
  11. Turning to Istighfar, seeking forgiveness from Allah.
  12. Repenting to Allah.
  13. Performing Jihad in Allah's cause.
  14. Performing prayer
  15. Relating all power and strength to He Who grasps them in His Hands.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Patience



To Faith, Sabr (patience) is just like the head to the body. There are three types of Sabr. 
First, there is the Sabr while performing Allah’s Commands, so that one does not ignore (or get bored with) them. 
There is a sabr with shunning the prohibitions, so that one does not violate them. 
There is also a sabr with the appointed destiny and decisions of Allah, so that one is not enraged because of them. 
When one acquires all three types of Sabr, his sabr will be complete and the delight of this and the Next life will be whole, along with gaining and winning in both lives. No person shall achieve these great prizes except by passing over the Sirat (the bridge over Hell). 
Umar radhiAllahu anhu said, “We achieve the best living by Sabr.”

Healing with the Medicine of the Prophet (ﷺ(By Imam Ibn Qayyim Al Jauziyah

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Natural Calamity?




What is nature and what is a calamity?
Does nature make up things itself? Do calamities occur without any underlying factor? 
Nature, if we truly look around and see, is quite balanced and well organized. Don't we see how each and everything has it's assigned place and station? How things are coordination with each other in maintaining a balance?

We see the mountains standing firm. We see rivers flowing down from the top of mountains. We see blooming flowers with amazing colors, shapes and sizes. We see the trees of varied heights and qualities. We see the earth and the ocean. Each and every thing that is natural seems to have it's own grace and beauty and it looks like it is doing it's duty with utmost obedience. When the grace and beauty of nature is meddled with, attacked or when it is stolen then we can see how the whole balance disrupts. Not only this, nature is there for us. We are also an inseparable part of nature. Don't we get our needs fulfilled through naturally produced things; fruits, vegetables, water, air, wood etc.? Don't we see how nature is subservient to us and our needs? But we do not acknowledge this and do not appreciate this. We want nature to keep up it's good work even when we are attacking, snatching and tearing apart it's beauty and serenity.
By the way, nature, which is so well organized, beautiful and useful to us, is by no means a work of science or scientists. Nothing that we can see exists on it's own. Everything has a process and an origin. Some people give the credit of creation to scientific and chemical processes and changes completely. They forget that each and everything that is present on the face of this earth is not there by accident. If you ponder you will see how each component of nature is in coordination with the other. We can see the skies, the earth, the seas and the clouds. We all know how the rain is formed but we never think about the fact that nature does not do it's work in a mechanical manner unless there is something governing it. Nature is nothing but a creation. A creation of some power which is greater than anything that has origin or existence. The Power which even the scientists admit at the crux of the matter. They also stop at a point where all their theories come to an end. They can not explain further in the light of chemical formulas or eruptions. The how, why and who questions are answered in the highest branches of science with the notion that there is something more to what already has been discovered by human mind. 
Yes, even the most brilliant and most advanced science experts admit that there is still something which is not within the human grasp.
Paul Davies (British astrophysicist): "There is for me powerful evidence that there is something going on behind it all....It seems as though somebody has fine-tuned nature’s numbers to make the Universe....The impression of design is overwhelming". 
Alan Sandage (winner of the Crawford prize in astronomy): "I find it quite improbable that such order came out of chaos. There has to be some organizing principle. God to me is a mystery but is the explanation for the miracle of existence, why there is something instead of nothing." 
John O'Keefe (astronomer at NASA): "We are, by astronomical standards, a pampered, cosseted, cherished group of creatures.. .. If the Universe had not been made with the most exacting precision we could never have come into existence. It is my view that these circumstances indicate the universe was created for man to live in."
Roger Penrose (mathematician and author): "I would say the universe has a purpose. It's not there just somehow by chance." 



And there are numerous other geniuses and masterminds who have admitted the force behind everything that exists.
And that is nothing but God.
Who can say that whatever is so beautifully, artistically and amazingly done is a work of accident or chance?
God has displayed His signs for all to see. Those with the physical eyes alone see the apparent beauty of nature and those with the eyes of wisdom see the truth behind it.
When everything is so well planned and at our service then we are responsible for it. We should be taking care of it and maintaining it's grandeur and balance.
We should be acting as thankful and humble receivers of such amazing bounties by the One Whom haven't yet seen and He takes care of all our needs...every single second.
We need to be obedient to Him. 
It is our duty to search Him in His signs and to seek knowledge to know Him. 
Don't we feel awe inspired when we see the wonders of nature and when man creates something amazing we are all appreciative and surprised?
Don't we enjoy each and every bit of things that are at our disposal, the origin of all those things is ultimately the nature and it's resources provided by God?
We should be pondering on all this. We should be seeking out to know Who has made us and why? 
Why are we born and then taken away?
Why are we here on this earth with everything already set up for us?
Where do we go away after living for a certain time?
All these questions should come up in a thinking mind and one should ponder on the signs of God in nature.
Natural calamities are not just natural and not just calamities. They are signs for us. They are tests for us. They come to shake us. To remind us that everything is not in our control. There is He Who controls everything.
We must turn to Him for all our needs.
God is the Creator of nature and sometimes the disaster in nature is because the users of it are not behaving the way they should be. 
They should not be lost in the temporary joys of life rather should also ponder on their end.
We have come from God and we see so many of our fellows returning back. We too will one day. 
We will go back to where we came from. 

An Open Letter to God.



In the Name of God the Most Kind the Most Merciful

O My Lord! You are the Creator and Shaper of all that exists. You are Ever-Living and The Most Kind. You listen to the prayers of anyone who calls upon You.
I am your slave. You have created me. I have sinned and erred. I have made so many mistakes. I have wronged myself. I acknowledge all my sins which I did out of ignorance, silliness, carelessness or with intention.
I acknowledge that You alone have all the Power over all things. It is only You Who can forgive sins. I believe in You and bear Witness that You are the One and Only God. 
I do not assign any partners with You. You alone I worship, You alone I seek help from and You alone I ask for all my needs. 
I am a weak slave of Yours who has not shown up to the mark that You have ordered Your servants. 
Please my Lord, make me such that I repent sincerely of all my sins and never come back to them. Big or small, open or hidden and all those sins which I am even unaware of, I plead You to remove them from me. Remove them as if there were none and wash away all the dirt and burden of sins from my heart. 
Accept my repentance O God! and remove all the worries that are bothering me. Accept the repentance of all Your believing servants and remove their difficulties. Give the guidance to all those who are wandering in the wilderness and they are not aware of the light of Faith. 
Accept the repentance of all the slaves who recognize You as their Lord and forgive them.
Remove the hardships of diseases, calamities, restricted provision and enmity among Your slaves. O listener of Prayers, You listen to the minutest of Your Creatures in the darkest and deepest of depths. 
Make Your slaves such that they 
recognize Your Blessings and 
Thank You always, 
Remember You Always, 
Give up all sins, 
Worship You Alone sincerely, 
Pray and fulfill all their duties and obligations toward You and Your slaves. 
Make us such that we observe all Your commands with such Faith and beauty that You accept all our worship and good deeds.
O Lord! make me among those whom You have chosen for Guidance, Forgiveness and Mercy on the Day when all Your creation will be gathered. Make me among those Whom You forgive out of Your limitless Mercy.
O Lord! Please Help the people who are suffering on this earth. Please make the believers such that they adhere to Your Commands. Make them good examples for others to see. 
O Lord, accept my prayers and give us peace and tranquility in this world and the next.
Your Humble Slave. 


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