Beautiful article about submitting to what was revealed to the Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم
An ayah linguistically is a sign or symbol. In regards to the signs of Allaah then they are of three types:
1) Aayaat Munazzalah
2) Aayaat Ufuqiyyah
3) Aayaat Nafsiyyah
The first, Aayaat Munazzalah, are the signs of Allaah that were revealed to the Messengers. They are what Allaah revealed to the Messengers and commanded that they convey to the people, such as the Qur’an, the Tawraat, the Injeel (Gospels of Jesus) and the scribes of Ibraheem. These Aayaat are UNCREATED as they are the speech of Allaah, The Most High.
The second type, Aayaat Ufuqiyyaah, are the visible signs present in the universe that attest to the presence of Allaah and His great ability and might. Examples of these Aayaat are the sun, moon, stars, heavens and earth as Allaah says:
“And from among His Signs are the night and the day, and the sun and the moon. Prostrate not to the sun nor to the moon, but prostrate to Allah Who created them, if you (really) worship Him.” [41:37]
“Verily! In the creation of the heavens and the earth, and in the alternation of night and day, there are indeed signs for men of understanding.” [3:190]
The third type, Aayaat Nafsiyyah are the innate signs. The signs present within one’s self that attest to Allaah’s amazing ability. He سبحانه وتعالى said:
“And also in your ownselves. Will you not then see?” [51:20]
“We will show them Our Signs in the universe, and in their ownselves, until it becomes manifest to them that this (the Quran) is the truth. Is it not sufficient in regard to your Lord that He is a Witness over all things?” [41:53]
The second and third type are created signs that one perceives in the universe and in the self that confirm the presence and ability of Allaah. The first type is in uncreated and confirm the fact that Allaah sends guidance for the slaves, through revelation to Messengers, in order that they worship Him, alone, in a manner that He legislated. The slave may perceive the signs in himself and in his surroundings and come to the realisation of the Almighty, but he will not find salvation unless he follows the guidance and revelation sent by Allaah.
والحمد لله و صلى الله وسلم على رسول الله
The slave praises Allaah at least 17 times a day when he recites Surat Al Fatihah in the Salaah. The Surah which The Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم said about:
“Whoever does not recite Al-Fatiha in his prayer, his prayer is invalid.” [Saheeh Al Bukhari]
It is the Surah which is oft repeated as Allaah said:
“And indeed, We have bestowed upon you seven of Al-Mathani (the seven repeatedly recited Verses), (i.e. Surat Al-Fatiha) and the Grand Quran.” [15:87]
In it, The Lord, Most High praises Himself and taught His slaves how to praise Him. The scholars have stated that praise, Hamd, is not praise except with love and respect. This is what distinguishes it from Madh (praise) which denotes only the quality and not necessarily love and respect. The definite article ‘al’ is for comprehensiveness I.e all the praise is for Allaah alone.
The praise of Allaah can be categorised in to five main aspects:
1) Praising Him for His Ruboobiyyah- Lordship.
2) Praising Him for His Names and Attribute
3) Praising Him for His Uluhiyyah- His right to be worshipped
4) Praising Him for His Shari’ah
5) Praising Him for the Divine Decree
It must be understood that praise is offered on account of a blessing or a calamity, whereas Shukr, thanks, are only on account of a favour. Therefore Allaah is praised in His Lordship, as He is The Lord, True Master, King and Disposer of affairs; in His Names and Attributes, in His right to be worshipped alone as none other than Him is deserving. He is praised for the Legislation that He sent down for His creation and He is praised for whatever He decrees for His slave, whether good or bad. The Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم said:
“Strange are the ways of a believer, for there is good in every affair of his and this is not the case with anyone else except in the case of a believer. If he has an occasion to feel delight, he thanks (Allaah), thus there is good for him in it, and if he faces an affliction, he endures patiently and there is good for him in it.” [Saheeh Muslim]
Allaah began five Surahs with His praise:
1) Surat Al Fathihah:
“All the praises and thanks be to Allah, the Lord of the ‘Alamin (mankind, jinns and all that exists).”
“All praises and thanks be to Allah, Who (Alone) created the heavens and the earth, and originated the darkness and the light, yet those who disbelieve hold others as equal with their Lord.”
“All the praises and thanks be to Allah, Who has sent down to His slave (Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) the Book (the Quran), and has not placed therein any crookedness.”
“All the praises and thanks be to Allah, to Whom belongs all that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth. His is all the praises and thanks in the Hereafter, and He is the AllWise, the AllAware.”
“All the praises and thanks be to Allah, the (only) Originator [or the (only) Creator] of the heavens and the earth, Who made the angels messengers with wings, – two or three or four. He increases in creation what He wills. Verily, Allah is Able to do all things.”
The word Al Hamd is mentioned more than forty times in the Qur’an therefore it is incumbent on the slave that he praises Allaah. The Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم said:
“Purity is half of iman (faith). ‘Al-hamdu lillah (praise be to Allah)’ fills the scales, and ‘subhan-Allah (how far is Allah from every imperfection) and ‘Al-hamdulillah (praise be to Allah)’ fill that which is between heaven and earth. And the salah (prayer) is a light, and charity is a proof, and patience is illumination, and the Qur’an is a proof either for you or against you. Every person starts his day as a vendor of his soul, either freeing it or causing its ruin.” [Saheeh Muslim]
Praising Him holds a great reward though it is light on the tongue. It is uttered by the people of paradise as Allaah said:
“Verily, those who believe and do deeds of righteousness, their Lord will guide them through their Faith; under them will flow rivers in the Gardens of delight (Paradise).
Their way of request therein will be Subhanaka Allahumma (Glory to You, O Allah!) and Salam (peace, safe from each and every evil) will be their greetings therein (Paradise)! and the close of their request will be: Al-Hamdu Lillahi Rabbil-‘Alamin [All the praises and thanks are to Allah, the Lord of ‘Alamin (mankind, jinns and all that exists)].” [10:9-10]
The reward of praising Allaah is great and the Ahadith that mention them are numerous, so it will suffice that I mention just a few:
“Allah does not bestow a blessing upon any slave and he says: ‘Al-hamdu Lillah (praise is to Allah),’ except that what he gives (the praise) is better than what he received (the blessing).” [Sunan Ibn Majah:Hasan]
It is a means for Allaah’s pleasure:
“Allah will be pleased with His slave who praises Him (i.e., says Al-hamdu lillah) when he eats and praises Him when he drinks”. [Saheeh Muslim]
A means to earn a house in Jannah:
“When a slave’s child dies, Allah the Most High asks His angels, ‘Have you taken out the life of the child of My slave?” They reply in the affirmative. He then asks, ‘Have you taken the fruit of his heart?’ They reply in the affirmative. Thereupon he asks, ‘What has My slave said?’ They say: ‘He has praised You and said: Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji’un (We belong to Allah and to Him we shall be returned). Allah says: ‘Build a house for My slave in Jannah and name it as Bait-ul-Hamd (the House of Praise).” [At-Tirmidhi: declared Hasan by Al-Albani]
And it is beloved to Allaah, the Most High:
“Nothing is more beloved to Allah than His praise as He has praised Himself and no one is more self-respecting than Allah Himself and it is because of this that He has prohibited abominable acts.” [Saheeh Muslim]
May Allaah grant us the success to praise Him abundantly and achieve His pleasure.
الحمد لله و صلى الله و سلم على رسول الله
There is something so gratifying about making your own bread; slicing it while it’s warm and spreading on some butter and watching it melt into pools of rich goodness before you take that first, delicious bite. Something so simple, yet so satisfying. Alhamdulillaah, simple is sometimes all you need. The Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم said:
“Richness is not having many possessions, but richness is self contentment.” [Agreed upon- Muslim and Al-Bukhari]
How many people are there in the world, chasing after the dunya, trying to fill a void in their hearts that will never be filled except with returning to Allaah and submitting oneself to Him? They are like a blind man looking for the sun; they have blinded themselves from the truth so Allaah has increased them in heedlessness. Allaah said:
“Have they not travelled through the land, and have they hearts wherewith to understand and ears wherewith to hear? Verily, it is not the eyes that grow blind, but it is the hearts which are in the breasts that grow blind.” [22:46]
What greater calamity is there than a heart that is blind?! One that rejects Allaah, rejects His Perfect Names and Sublime Attributes; one that belies His Messengers, His Books, His angels and His Perfect preordainment of all that exists! SubhanAllaah, yet you find these people are zealous in their pursuit of “happiness” when in reality they have blocked their only road to it. Allaah said:
“But whosoever turns away from My Reminder (i.e. neither believes in this Quran nor acts on its orders, etc.) verily, for him is a life of hardship, and We shall raise him up blind on the Day of Resurrection.
He will say:”O my Lord! Why have you raised me up blind, while I had sight (before).”
(Allah) will say: “Like this, Our Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) came unto you, but you disregarded them (i.e. you left them, did not think deeply in them, and you turned away from them), and so this Day, you will be neglected (in the Hell-fire, away from Allah’s Mercy).” [20:124-126]
Lost from them is the means to salvation and they have none to blame except themselves, as Allaah is Just and He does not oppress His slaves:
“This is because of that (evil) which your hands have sent before you. And certainly, Allah is never unjust to (His) slaves.” [3:182]
The Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم was asked “What is the means to salvation?” He said:
“That you control your tongue, suffice yourself your house, and cry over your sins.”[Narrated by At-Tirmidhi and graded Saheeh by Al-Albani]
This is the advice of the best of mankind and how sad it is to see how many have gone against this beautiful admonition. How many use their tongue to spread falsehood, with no regard to the vulgarity that they utter? How few weep over the sins they committed due to the fear that they have a Lord that can take them to account at any second? How abundant are those that their house, whether it is a mansion or a castle, never suffices them? Then we have those whom, their possessions may be few but their hearts are rich and content. Those that may live in a house the size of the bathroom of one of the heedless yet it is sufficient for them. A beautiful example is that of Sheikh Al Islam Ibn Taymiyyah:
“What can my enemies do to me? I have in my breast both my heaven and my garden. If I travel they travel with me, never leaving me. Imprisonment for me is a chance to be alone with my Lord. To be killed is martyrdom and to be exiled from my land is a spiritual journey.”
SubhaanAllaah! How far are we from this! Were we to actualise Tawheed and strive in humbling ourselves and becoming a true slave of Allaah, there is nothing of trials and tribulations that could dishearten us. There is no house too small that would constrict us and no oppressor could harm us. When the dunya becomes the objective, what is simple becomes complicated; we were created for the sole purpose of worshipping Allaah and yet we compete with each other for the transient dunya and forget this great purpose!
“The mutual rivalry for piling up of worldly things diverts you,
Until you visit the graves (i.e. till you die).” [102:1-2]
I ask Allaah, the Most Great, that He makes our hearts rich with eemaan, our tongues busy with His Remembrance, our houses sufficient and our eyes moist. May the peace and blessings of Allaah be upon the Last Messenger
“From the signs of guidance is taking care of the heart’s condition.
And from the signs of being misguided is taking care of the body and neglecting the heart.”
I read this on Muwahidoon.com facebook page and it struck a chord.
“And follow not (O man i.e., say not, or do not or witness not, etc.) that of which you have no knowledge (e.g. one’s saying: “I have seen,” while in fact he has not seen, or “I have heard,” while he has not heard). Verily! The hearing, and the sight, and the heart, of each of those you will be questioned (by Allah).” [17:36]
The heart is so fickle and weak and none can guide it except Allaah. The Messenger صلى الله عليه سلم said:
“Verily, the hearts of all the sons of Adam are between the two fingers out of the fingers of Ar-Rahmaan as one heart. He turns that to any (direction) He likes. Then Allahs Messenger (ﷺ) said: 0 Allah, the Turner of the hearts, turn our hearts to Thine obedience.” [Saheeh Muslim]
And he صلى الله عليه وسلم said:
“Before the Hour comes, there will be tribulation like pieces of black night, when a man will wake up as a believer but be a disbeliever by evening, or he will be a believer in the evening but will be a disbeliever by morning.”
How can one feel safe that their heart will not be corrupted and that they will not be of those mentioned in this Hadith? By Allaah I personally know of someone, whom I once admired for her striving in knowledge and her patience with trials and tribulations yet less than a few months after meeting her, she left Islam and became an atheist, and refuge is sought with Allaah!
There are times when it is easy to preoccupy ourselves with the dunya and forget the trials it contains. There is a famous narration of a great Sahaabi, Handhalah رضي الله عنه who went to the Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم exclaiming:
“Handhalah has turned hypocrite.” Thereupon Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “What has happened to you?” I said, “O Messenger of Allah, when we are in your company, and are reminded of Hell-fire and Jannah, we feel as if we are seeing them with our own eyes, but when we go away from you and attend to our wives, children and business, much of these things go out of our minds.” Thereupon Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “By Him in Whose Hand is my life if your state of mind remains the same as it is in my presence and you are always busy in remembrance (of Allah), the angels will shake hands with you in your beds and in your roads; but Handhalah, time should be devoted (to the worldly affairs) and time should be devoted (to prayer)”. He (the Prophet (ﷺ)) said this thrice.” [Saheeh Muslim]
There is a time for everything. There is a time for everything. There is a time for everything.
This moderation that our beautiful Deen teaches is something that can be so difficult. I am a very “all or nothing” type of personality and balancing every aspect of my life and giving each thing its due time and attention is something I am striving to do. Sheikh al Islam Ibn Taymiyyah said:
“Mankind was created (with the characteristics of being) unjust and ignorant, so his nature is ignorance and following the evils of his desires. Therefore he is in constant need of knowledge which removes his ignorance and moderation in his loving and his hating, in his happiness and his anger, in his actions and his abstinence, in his giving and his preventing- and everything that he says and does requires moderation, which prevents oppression. So if it was that Allaah did not bestow upon him this knowledge and moderation, he will possess (a level of) ignorance and oppression that will remove him from traversing the straight path.” [Majmoo’ al Fataawa]
Realising that I cannot do everything and that I will inevitably fail in some things has been refreshing. I still have to stop my self from overdoing things in many different aspects but changing my perspective has helped achieve a more “balanced, moderate” mentality. The Messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم said:
“There are two blessings which many people lose: (They are) Health and free time for doing good.”[Saheeh Al Bukhari]
Moderation is taking time to take care of your eemaan by seeking knowledge and doing deeds to get closer to Allaah. It is taking time to take care of your body because it a blessing from the blessings of Allaah and preserving it is a means of gratitude for His Favour.
Learning balance and moderation is a daily struggle for me and I ask Allaah that He will aid me in it. And all praise is due to Allaah and may the peace and blessings be upon the Final Messenger.
As a side not, on my trainers and stability ball; I have to point out that there is a lot of fitnah for women when it comes to exercise (which is why I exercise at home) and therefore I feel I should warn sisters about some haram means to it. Firstly, yoga which is haram and is the worship of the pagans. Secondly, wearing clothing that is not legislated outside of the home. Thirdly going to gyms where there are all types of fitnah, from music to free mixing and many other evils. May Allaah protect us and guide us to the straight path.
بسم الله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله
This is a sign outside our local bakery which reads:
“Found inside, free bread for those unable to buy it”
Inside there is a section where there are bags of bread on the shelves for the poor to take from. No need to ask or beg. This really warmed my heart, may Allaah reward the owner for his deed and make it sincere for His Sake only.
“And the likeness of those who spend their wealth seeking Allaah’s pleasure, while they in their own selves are sure and certain that Allaah will reward them (for their spending in His cause), is the likeness of a garden on a height; heavy rain falls on it and it doubles its yield of harvest. And if it does not receive heavy rain, light rain suffices it. And Allaah is All-Seer of (knows well) what you do” [2:265]
“The likeness of those who spend their wealth in the way of Allaah, is as the likeness of a grain (of corn); it grows seven ears, and each ear has a hundred grains. Allaah gives manifold increase to whom He pleases. And Allaah is sufficient for His creatures’ needs, All-Knower” [2:261]
The reward for charity is great and this spending does not decrease the wealth of the giver in any way, rather it increases him as the Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم said:
“Charity does not in any way decrease the wealth, and Allaah does not increase the servant who forgives, except in respect, and one does not show humility except that Allaah elevates him in the estimation (of people)” [Saheeh Muslim:2588]
How easy it is to forget that there are people that cannot afford even a slice of bread when food is so readily available to so many of us. The bags of bread are around 25p each and there are those that will work all day and cannot even afford that. Aishah رضي الله تعالى عنها narrates:
“The family of Muhammad had never eaten their fill of wheat bread for three successive days since they migrated to Madinah till the death of the Prophet” [Saheeh Al Bukhari: 6454]
The Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم said:
“By Allaah, I do not fear poverty for you, rather I fear that the world will be presented to you as it was presented to those before you, and that you will compete with one another (for it) as they did, and you will be destroyed as they were” [Sunan Ibn Majah: Saheeh]
How true is the statement of the Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم! The Muslims are now rich in wealth but poor in eemaan, their numbers are many but they are weak in the land. The Ummah is in dire need to return to the Deen in order that Allaah fulfils his promise of victory. Allaah will not change the condition of the people until they change what is within themselves.
This picture may seem insignificant when Shaytan and his soldiers are inciting the Muslims to believe that all hope is lost, but to me it says that there is still good in the Ummah. There are still people who are taking actions, from what is legislated, to help the poor and weak amongst our brothers and sisters. I ask that Allaah rewards and increases the owner of this bakery in goodness and that He aids the Muslims. It only takes something small to make a difference. The Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم said:
“He who alleviates the suffering of a brother out of the sufferings of the world, Allah would alleviate his suffering from the sufferings of the Day of Resurrection, and he who finds relief for one who is hard-pressed, Allah would make things easy for him in the Hereafter, and he who conceals (the faults) of a Muslim, Allah would conceal his faults in the world and in the Hereafter. Allah is at the back of a servant so long as the servant is at the back of his brother, and he who treads the path in search of knowledge, Allah would make that path easy, leading to Paradise for him and those persons who assemble in the house among the houses of Allah (mosques) and recite the Book of Allah and they learn and teach the Qur’an (among themselves) there would descend upon them tranquility and mercy would cover them and the angels would surround them and Allah mentions them in the presence of those near Him, and he who is slow-paced in doing good deeds, his (high) lineage does not make him go ahead.” [Saheeh Muslim]
May Allaah rectify the affairs of the Muslims and guide them to Tawheed and Ittiba’. May the peace and blessings of Allaah be upon the Messenger, his companions, wives and all those that follow them in righteousness.
Teach me O Companion of knowledge
From the Jewels preserved in these pages
Teach me O Follower of Guidance
From the Guidance you find in His(سبحانه و تعالى)Words
Explain to me my Dear Companion
The words I have yet to grasp
Increase me in knowledge, May Allaah increase you
So, to the Rope of Allaah, we will clasp.
Teach me O Companion of Knowledge
May Allaah protect you and guide your affairs
Teach me O Companion of Knowledge
And for the Hereafter we will duly prepare.
This was written for the Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge to which I was nominated.
The picture is a wall of my husband’s library, May Allaah protect him and increase him in knowledge.