How bold they are…

“Those are they who have purchased error at the price of Guidance, and torment at the price of Forgiveness. So how bold they are (for evil deeds which will push them) to the Fire.” [Surat al-Baqarah: 175]

How short sighted we are. In this life, given a choice we almost always choose the way that has the least amount of harm in it. The way that is secure, free of risk, grief and sorrow. Yet for the hereafter, the permanent abode, we forget about ourselves. We do the deeds of the people of the Hell fire, still maintaining hope that we will not end up in it.

How beautifully accurate therefore is the description that Allaah gave above! It is boldness that drives us to this. We believe to be lords of our own selves, and Allaah’s refuge is sought. We follow every whim and desire that our soul inclines to and we exchange that which is good for that which is evil. The fact of the matter is that our demise can be caused by something as small as a mosquito.

“…And none knows the soldiers of your Lord except Him…” [Surat al Muddatthir: 31]

We are weak in mind and in body. Our minds are swayed by the whisperings of Shaytaan and our bodies are subjected to the evil consequences of following these whispers. We forget the permanent (the hereafter) and focus on the temporary (this worldly life), even though if a fraction of the pain prepared for the denizens of the Hell fire to be inflicted upon us we would be destroyed. We wrong ourselves and we will only see the result of this on the Day of Resurrection:

“And if Allah were to impose blame on the people for their wrongdoing, He would not have left upon the earth any creature, but He defers them for a specified term. And when their term has come, they will not remain behind an hour, nor will they precede [it].” [Surat an-Nahl: 61]

Again, how short sighted we are to our fate. Abu Hazim was asked:

“O Aba Hazim, why do we hate death?”. Abu Hazim said, “Because you have built up your Dunya (worldly life), and you have neglected and ruined your hereafter, therefore you hate to leave that for which you built up to go to that which you have ruined” [Taken from  the biography of Salama ibn Dinar]

Can the mansions of this life be compared to the mansions of Jannah? Can the pain of this life be compare to that of the Fire, whose fuel is men and stones? Yet our conditions remain such that we forget, except those whom Allaah has mercy upon.

We ask Allaah for rectification of our souls, protection against its evil and the tawfeeq (success) to do the righteous deeds of the people of Jannah, the most righteous deed being Tawheed (affirming the Oneness of Allaah in His Lordship, Names and Attributes and His right to be worshipped alone).May He help the Muslimeen turn back to Him and assist them against the disbelieving people. May He send His Salaah and Salaam upon the Final Messenger to mankind, his family, his companions and all those that follow their way until the Day of Recompense.

The voice of a Muslimah

I am a Muslimah.

A practising Muslimah.

The media attacks the like of me.

They say that I am oppressed, neglected, not given my rights.

They bombard my sisters with images of “free women”

They. Lie.

Unlike these “free women” I do not feel the need to flaunt my body in order to be “given my rights”. To be perfectly honest, if the only way that my voice will be heard is if my clothing is shed, I would rather not speak up.

But hear I am. Speaking my mind because I DO have a right. This right is not given to me by the likes of the media that say I’m oppressed. The same media that feel the need to exploit women in order to sell anything from cars, to cardboard.

This right is given to me by the One that created me. He, and only He, gave me the ability to be the best version of me that I can be. Not the version that society tells me to be. He took me from being weak, oppressed and undervalued to being a Queen, a jewel among the many rocks.

I am not perfect, nor do I accept that I can not improve myself. But unlike the women of the world, improving myself does not involve looking at those that are skinnier than me, prettier than me, or richer than me and changing to fit in with that “ideal”.

No.

Self-improvement is making my heart pure from the filth of sins, clothing myself with taqwa (righteousness and piety), and adorning myself with good akhlaaq (manners).

Joy and contentment fill my heart when I do an act to please my Creator. He is free of need, the Most Merciful. The best of times and the worst of times are met with reliance on the Almighty and it results it tranquillity because everything is good for the believer.

Ironic how those that attack me are striving to achieve what I already have. They repeat the same mistakes thinking that the end result may, one of these times, end up with a happy ending. Well here is the cold, hard truth…

You are oppressed. Not me.

You neglect your own self, destroy your own self and fill your empty heart with vain amusements.

You cloud your own judgement by telling yourself that you’re happy, but when you truly reflect you acknowledge that within you is a void.

You nurture the needs of your body, but you neglect the needs of your soul and that feeling of ’emptiness’ resides permanently within.

You may look beautiful to an ignorant observer but I see through your polished smile.

When you see my in the street, hidden from staring eyes, do not deceive yourself in to thinking that you’re better off.

I hold in my heart that which you do not.

A gem that is priceless in value.

It is the blessing from the Almighty, the Lord of the Worlds, one which I thank Him for.

The key to happiness.

It opens up the door from this transient life, to the eternal life of the Hereafter.

It is Islam and I am a Muslimah.

 

 

The virtue of those possessing knowledge

How virtuous are those that carry knowledge in their hearts, action on their limbs and sincerity to their Lord, Most High.

Knowledge is a means of the slave staying firm in the Deen of Allaah. The Messenger (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said regarding the tremedous virtue of the knowledgeable:

“The superiority of the scholar compared to that of the worshipper is like my superiority over the most inferior amongst you” 
[Narrated on the authority of Abu Umamah- found it At-Tirmidhi]

And he (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said:

“Allaah, His angels, the dwellers of the heaven and the earth, and even the ant in its hole and the fish (in water) supplicate in favour of those who teach people knowledge” 
[Same narration as above]

Allaah, the Ever-Living, placed the people of knowledge alongside Himself and the Angels, as those who bear witness of His Tawheed:

“Allah bears witness that La ilaha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He), and the angels, and those having knowledge (also give this witness); (He is always) maintaining His creation in Justice. La ilah illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He), the All-Mighty, the All-Wise.” [Surat Aal-i-Imran: 18]

How high therefore is the status of the knowledgeable! They are honoured to be of those that bear witness along with the Noble Angels and the Lord of the Worlds. They have been described as the only ones that truly fear their Lord:

“…It is only those who have knowledge among His slaves that fear Allaah…” [Surat Fatir: 28]

They take care of the ‘ilm, they preserve their obligations and they warn others with sincerity when they see that a sin is being committed. It is with their presence that the ignorant are guided and with their absence that the knowledge will be stripped from the earth.

The Messenger of Allaah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said:

“Allaah does not take away the knowledge, by taking it away from (the hearts) of people, but takes it away by the death of the religious learned men, till when none (of the religious learned men) remain, people will take as their leaders ignorant people who when consulted will give their verdict without knowledge. So they will go astray and will lead the people astray” [Sahih al-Bukhari]

May Allaah preserve our righteous scholars and grant us beneficial knowledge. May the Salaah and the Salaam be upon the Final Messenger.

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Alee bin Abee Taalib-Allah is pleased with him said: “Verily, these hearts get bored just like the bodies get bored. So seek for it anecdotes of wisdom” Collected by Ibn Abee Ad-Dunyaa in (the virtues of sanity-Al-‘Aql no 89).

Arabic text:

قَالَ عَلِيٌّ بن أبي طالبِ– رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ- : ” إِنَّ هَذِهِ الْقُلُوبَ تَمَلُّ كَمَا تَمَلُّ الأَبْدَانُ، فَالْتَمِسُوا لَهَا مِنَ الْحِكْمَةِ طَرَفًا” أخرجه ابن أبي الدنيا في كتاب العقل وفضله رقم 89

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The Day of Resurrection

We have many descriptions for this tremendous day in the Book of Allaah. It is the day that every soul, from the beginning of time to the end will be presented before Allaah.

“And every one of them will come to Him alone on the Day of Resurrection (without any helper, or protector or defender).” [Surat Maryam: 95]

“And they will be presented before your Lord in rows, [and He will say], “You have certainly come to Us just as We created you the first time. But you claimed that We would never make for you an appointment.’” [Surat al Kahf: 48]

On that day, the judgement will occur and the secrets that were concealed in the dunya will be exposed.

“And that which is in the breasts (of men) shall be made known.” [Surat al ‘Adiyat: 10]

“The Day when all the secrets (deeds, prayers, fasting, etc.) will be examined (as to their truth).” [Surat at-Tariq: 9]

“That Day shall you be brought to Judgement, not a secret of yours will be hidden.” [Surat al Haqqah:18]

This is the day about which there is no doubt. The fear of it brings the believer to a state of humility before his Lord since he knows that he is being watched and heard by the All-Seeing, All-Hearing Lord of the Worlds.

May the Ever-Living forgive us and allow us to meet Him on that Day pure from the filth of sins. May the Salaah and the Salaam of Allaah be upon the final Messenger.

O Son of Adam

Where is your modesty O Son of Adam? Is not your Lord more deserving of shyness? You polish your façade for the people, maintain proper etiquette and perfect your charms. But seclusion exposes the darkness of your soul that none sees except Allaah. You know yourself but He knows you better

Why do you deprive yourself O Son of Adam? When the truth has been made so clear? Do you sell your hereafter for the price of this world? How truly misguided you are. The exchange shall bring no profit nor will you enjoy your time.

Rectify yourself O Son of Adam! You oppress only yourself with sins. Don’t wait till it’s too late to do good. Hasten to repent from your evil and do not follow the footsteps of the Accursed.

I advise you! I advise you O Son of Adam, do not be like the nations gone by. Their time came and as will yours, so heed the call of your Lord:

“O you who have believed, respond to Allah and to the Messenger when he calls you to that which gives you life. And know that Allah intervenes between a man and his heart and that to Him you will be gathered.” [8:24]