A Gem To Take On the Way..

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Bismillah WasSalatu WasSalamu Ala Rasulilah,

Ibn AlQayyim was a great scholar of the past – and he was known for his many Gems of Wisdom. Here is one that I’d like to share with you today:

You are not aware of the consequences that would result (if you were granted what you desire) because what you seek might be to your detriment. (O soul) be conscious that your Master is more aware about your well-being than you are.

I can’t tell you how many aha moments I have had with this realization, and how many times I relearnt it in the course of my life.

Alhamdulilah for Islamic Wisdom and the way it opens our eyes and minds. Without Allah, we would be truly heedless without true purpose or understanding..

May Allah Guide us to the best always


When you make Duaa..

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Bismillah WasSalatu WasSalamu ala Rasulilah,

There is something that I wanted to share that a sheikh once said…

“Praise Allah and send blessings on the Prophet (SAW) before and after du’a. Do you think Allah will accept the blessings before and after and deprive you of what you asked for in between?”

-Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi

So lets keep that in mind when we make duaa inshaAllah. And a prayer sent upon the Nabi salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam is never rejected – thus, like the sheikh said, Allah swt is gracious and will not deprive you from what you have asked in between two readily accepted requests..

Verily, Allah and His angels send their blessings and prayers upon the Prophet. O you who believe! Send prayers and blessings upon him and salute him with a worthy salutation.

{Holy Quran 33:56}

May Allah swt send His prayers and blessings upon Our Prophet Mohamed, and over his family, companions and those who follow him till the end of time


The Story of an African King & His Friend

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Bismillah WasSalatu WasSalamu Ala Rasulilah,

Lately I have been thinking about the wisdoms behind why afflictions happen and the benefits that may come out of them. Well, this is one great story I stumbled upon in Qisas.com which illustrates this idea beautifully and reminds us to always keep  a positive outlook in every situation, even in the face of affliction.

Allah swt sums it perfectly in the Quran:

“..And it may be that you dislike a thing and Allah brings through it a great deal of good.” [4:19]

A story is told about a King in Africa who had a close friend that he grew up with. The friend had a habit of looking at every situation that ever occurred in his life (positive or negative) by remarking, “This is good, Allah Almighty knows best”

One day the King and his friend were out on a hunting expedition. The friend would load and prepare the guns for the King. The friend had apparently done something wrong in preparing one of the guns, for after taking the gun from his friend, the King fired it and his thumb was blown off.

Examining the situation the friend remarked as usual, “This is good! Allah Almighty knows best.”

To which the King replied, “No, this is NOT good!” and ordered his soldiers to put his friend into jail.

About a year later, the King was hunting in an area that he should have known to stay clear of. Cannibals captured the King and took him to their village. They tied his hands, stacked some wood, set up a stake and bound him to the stake.

As they came near to set fire to the wood, they noticed that the King was missing a thumb. Being superstitious, they never ate anyone who was less than whole. So after untying the King, they chased him out of the village.

When the King reached his Palace, he was reminded of the event that had taken his thumb and felt remorse for his treatment of his friend. He went immediately to the jail to speak with his friend.

“You were right” the King said, “It was good that my thumb was blown off.” And he proceeded to tell the friend all that had just happened. “I am very sorry for sending you to jail for so long. It was bad for me to do this.”

“No,” his friend replied, “this is good…Allah Almighty knows best”

“What do you mean, ‘this is good’! How could it be good that I sent my friend to jail for a year?”

The King’s friend replied: “Remember that the Almighty knows best and if I had NOT been in jail, I would have been with you on that hunting trip.”

“He knows what is before them and what is behind them: And to Allah go back all questions (for decision)”
Qur’an: Surah Al Hajj 22:76

Do Not Judge Things or Events by its Immediate Outcome!

Although the decisions of Allah Ta’alah may seem harsh to us, they are full of wisdom

Source: Story of an African King and His Friend

May Allah swt instill Wisdom into our lives


Comprehending Allah’s Names

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Bismillah WaSalatu Wassalamu Ala Rasulililah,

Dr. Salman Odah wrote this beautiful excerpt on how we should call upon Allah swt..

When we beseech Allah by His names, we should do so with dignity, composure, and understanding.

There are two ways that we call upon Allah.

The first is to beseech him with our petitions, to entreat him with the concerns we have about our worldly lives and our hopes for the Hereafter.dua). This is what we usually understand by supplication

The second way we call upon Allah is through our devotions. We do so by invoking His names in our remembrances, by meditating upon the meanings and significance of those names. We do so by praising Him and glorifying Him as His noble attributes warrant through devotion in our prayers, our remembrances, and in our God-consciousness.

Ibn al-Qayyim observes: “Allah is Knowing and He loves those who have knowledge. He is Beautiful and He loves beauty. He is Merciful, and He loves those who show mercy. He is Kind and He loves those who show kindness to others.”

When we take to ourselves something of the light of Allah’s beautiful names by learning what they mean and developing ourselves and our temperaments accordingly, then we have truly comprehended His names.

It is as Ibn al-Qayyim explains, that Allah is Oft-Pardoning and He loves to pardon. Therefore, He rewards and blesses those of us who pardon their fellow human beings. He is Generous and loves for us to be generous as well. He is the Concealer of Faults, and He loves it for us to conceal the faults of those who might have wronged us. He is Merciful, and He shows His mercy especially to those of us who are merciful to others.

One way that we call upon Allah’s names through our devotions is by reading the Quran. This is because the Quran is full of the mention of His names. We also do so when we call up their meanings in our minds so that they become a constant part of our lives. In this way, we become more fully reliant upon Allah, more penitent, more mindful of our conduct, and stronger in faith. These are all ways in which we bring Allah’s names to full realization in our lives.

Source: Calling Upon Allah with Our Words & Deeds by Dr. Salman Odah

May Allah swt make us from those who develop their temperaments and selves in light of His names and may He answer all our prayers.


Remember One Another in Your Du’aas

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Bismillah, Wassalatu Wassalamu ala Rasulilah,

The dua (prayer) that will be answered most quickly is the dua of one person in private for another person who is not present.


The Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi  Wassallam) said: “The dua of a Muslim for his Muslim brother in his absence is readily accepted. An angel is appointed to his side and whenever he makes a beneficial dua for his brother the appointed angel says, ‘Aameen. And may you also be blessed with the same.'”

[Sahih Muslim]

And remember..

The Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wassallam) said: “Whosoever desires that Allah answers his duas in unfavorable and difficult conditions, he should make plentiful dua in days of ease and comfort.”

He, (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) also said: “The person who does not ask from Allah, Allah becomes angry with him.”

Please remember me in your du’aas inshaAllah.

May Allah swt answer all of your du’aas and bring blessings into your life and your hereafters.


First 10 Days of Dhul-Hijjah

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Bismillah wassalatu wassalamu ala Rasulilah,

The First Ten Days of Dhul-Hijjah are indeed of great value and should not be missed. They begin today, the 29th of November and end the 8th of December (first day of Eidul Adha).

Narrated Ibn Abbaas: The Prophet, sallallaahu álayhi wa sallam , said: “No good deeds done on other days are superior to those done on the first ten days of Thul-Hijjah”. Then some of the companions of the Prophet, pbuh, asked: “not even Jihad?” he replied: “not even Jihad, except that of a man who does it by putting himself and his property in danger for Allah’s sake and does not return with any of these things. (Al-Bukhaari)

And in those ten days we have the Day of Arafah in which Allah subhanahuwatala saves people’s necks from fire more than in any other time of the year and erases two years of sin from our books:

The Prophet (pbuh) is reported to have said: “Fasting on the day of `Arafah expiates (removes) sins of two years, the past year and the future year.”

The mother of the Faithful “Aisha (ra) reported that she heard the Messenger of Allah (sws) saying: “There is no day when Allah sets free more servants from hell than the day of “Arafah”.

If one can fast the 9 days (as the 10th day is Eidul Adha and cannot be fasted) then this is great and the reward is greater. But if one cannot then at least fast the day of Arafah (Day 9 – 7th of November this year) so that the past and subsequent year would be clean in your book of sins inshaAllah.

We are all in need of these 10 blessed days.

I ask Allah subhanahuwatala to give us the tawfeeq to bless us with doing the best acts on these best days and enter us into His infinite Mercy.


Wise Advice

Monday, September 29, 2008

Bismillah Wassalatu Wassalamu ala Rasulilaah,

Abu Hamid el-Ghazali reported that Musa (alayhissalam) asked Al-Khidr for advice. Al-Khidr replied:

Be someone who constantly smiles and not someone who is constantly angry. Be someone who benefits others and not someone who harms others. Refrain from false or useless argumentation. Do not walk around without purpose. Do not laugh without wonderment (without a reason). Do not disparage wrongdoers by mentioning their sins and cry over your misdeeds, O son of Imran.

Certainly these are some wise words and solid advice. And there is no doubt that these are hard to keep up with, unless Allah made it easy on a person

May Allah subhahuwatala make it easy on us


Ramadan May Last..

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Bismillah Wassalatu Wassalamu Ala Rasulillah,

I heard this short story in a lecture a few days ago and had it in my notes, I do not have a source, but mashaAllah it has a good moral to it..

A shiekh passed over by a group of people who were crying profusely and bidding Ramadan farewell in its last days. They made a gathering in which they sang nasheeds and read poems.

The shiekh, looking a bit perplexed asked, “Why are you crying?”

They said, “Ramadan is about to leave us–the month of worship will be soon gone”.

The shiekh said, “If you keep up the taqwa and ibadah you had in Ramadan consistenly, then Ramadan will still be there, and it will not go away”.

May the spirit of Ramadan live on in our hearts and that with this intention our faara’id are multiplied by 70 and our sunnan be counted as a fard.. Ameen

Ahadith on Fasting

Monday, September 15, 2008

Bismillah wassalatu Wassalamu Ala Rasulillah,

We are witnessing the Holy Month of Ramadan, a month in which there comes a night weightier than a 1000 months. It is the month of the Quran and a time of great forgiveness and spiritual cleansing.

We fast, abstaining from food, drink, and sexual desire (for the married folk) for 30 whole days..so what are the merits of Fasting as mentioned in the Sunnah? Here are some ahadith (sayings of the Prophet peace be upon him) about fasting and its great rewards:

In the Book of Fasting in Sahih Bukhari, Book 31:

Narrated Abu Huraira:

Allah’s Apostle said, “Fasting is a shield (or a screen or a shelter). So, the person observing fasting should avoid sexual relation with his spouse and should not behave foolishly and impudently, and if somebody fights with him or abuses him, he should tell him twice, ‘I am fasting.” The Prophet added, “By Him in Whose Hands my soul is, the smell coming out from the mouth of a fasting person is better in the sight of Allah than the smell of musk. (Allah says about the fasting person), ‘He has left his food, drink and desires for My sake. The fast is for Me. So I will reward (the fasting person) for it and the reward of good deeds is multiplied ten times.”

Narrated Abu Huraira:
The Prophet said, “Whoever established prayers on the night of Qadr out of sincere faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven; and whoever fasts in the month of Ramadan out of sincere faith, and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven.”

On the authority of Abu Huraira (May Allah be pleased with him) it is related that the Prophet (Peace be upon him) said,

“There are three people whose ‘Du’a’ is not rejected; the fasting person until he breaks the fast, the just ruler, and the oppressed person, whose Duaa Allah lifts above the clouds and opens unto it the doors of Jannah, and Allah says: “I swear by My Honour, verily I shall assist you, even though it may be after some time.”

[Ahmad and Tirmidhi]

Narrated Abu Huraira (may Allah be pleased with him) said:

The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Allah said: ‘Every deed of the son of Adam is for him except fasting; it is for Me and I shall reward for it…'”

May Allah subhanahuwatala accept all of our fasts

Everyone is a Vendor of His Soul..

Saturday, August 16, 2008


This is one beautiful hadith I came across in my notebook, and its one that is worthy of contemplating, indeed.

On the authority of Abi-Malik al-Harith ibn Asim al-Ash’ari (may Allah be pleased with him) said:

The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said:

“Purity is half of faith. Alhamdulilah (praise be to Allah) fills the scales. SubhanaAllah and Alhamdulilah fill that which is between the heaven and earth.

Prayer is light; charity is a proof; Patience is illumination; and the Quran is an argument either for or against you.

Everyone starts his day as a vendor of his soul, either freeing it or bringing about its ruin.”

-Sahih Muslim