Sadness

(احذروا الحزن)
Beware of sadness

· Ibn Al Qayyim may Allah have mercy on him said the word (الحزن) – (sadness) does not appear in the Quran only in the form of forbidding it (ولا تهنو ولاتحزنوا) or in the form of negating it (فلاخوف عليهم ولا هم يحزنون).

And the reason for this is because there is no benefit for having sadness in the heart. The most beloved thing to the shaitan is to make the believing slave sad by taking him off track.

· The Prophet (ﷺ) sought refuge in Allah (swt) from sadness (اللهم إني أعوذ بك من الهم والحزن)

Ibn Al Qayyim said: Sadness weakness the heart and diminishes determination and wanting to go forward. And there is nothing more beloved to the shaitan than sadness of a believer.

For this reason, be happy, optimistic and think good about Allah (swt). Have trust in what Allah (swt) is able to do and depend on Him. You will find happiness and pleasure in all situations. Ibn Al Qayyim said: Don’t ruin your happiness with worry, and don’t ruin your mind with pessimism. Don’t ruin your success with deception and don’t ruin the optimism of others by destroying it. Don’t ruin your day by looking back at yesterday.

If you think about your situation, you will find that Allah (swt) has given you things without asking, so have trust in Allah (swt) that He doesn’t prevent anything you want except there is goodness for you. You could be sleeping and the doors of the heavens are being opened with dua’as being made on your behalf, subhan Allah: perhaps from someone poor whom you helped, or someone sad whom you brought joy, or someone passing by and you smiled to him, or someone in distraught and you removed it.. so don’t ever underestimate any good deeds.

One of the righteous predecessors said: I make dua’a to Allah (swt) for something I want, and if He gives it to me then I’m happy once and if He doesn’t give it to me then I’m happy ten times because the first was my choice and the second was Allah’s choice. As Sa’ady may Allah have mercy on him said: life is short so don’t shorten it with worries, grief, and sadness.

So be the owner of a heart that breathes happiness and satisfaction.

May Allah (swt) make your times happy and may Allah (swt) forgive us all. Ameen

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Story Time…

Beautiful Story…

The old man was sitting in his usual place. Dhikr of Almighty Allah on his lips… but slightly pre-occupied with the loaf of bread which was going to be his sustenance for the entire day. Always the same….just one loaf of bread each day… And Sayyidina Moosa A.S. happened to be walking past.
The old man thought – “here is my chance to send a message to Almighty Allah….”
So he greeted Sayyidina Moosa A.S., and said somewhat falteringly:
“Oh Holy Man, when you speak to your Creator, can you please ask Him to increase my rizq (sustenance)…. For so long now, all I have is a single loaf of bread per day.
I long for more. Can I not have more than this….? If you ask him, Oh Moosa, surely HE will answer your request and grant me more…..”
Without hesitation the reply he got from Sayyidina Moosa A.S., that his request would be put to Almighty Allah.

And so it was… and the reply that Sayyidina Moosa A.S. received was that the old Man’s lot in life was to receive one loaf of bread per day. That had been written for the old Man for all his life.

The next time Sayyidina Moosa A.S. saw the old man, and he passed on the message that ‘one loaf of bread is all that he would receive, as it was written so, in his destiny’.

The old man was overjoyed. He clapped his hands with glee. Surprised by this reaction Sayyidina Moosa A.S. asked him the reason for his joy. The man replied, “If it is written, then so it shall be!!!! I have nothing to worry about. At least I will always receive one loaf of bread for the rest of my life……” and with that he went back to his prayers.
Now as the months passed, the man’s tranquility increased with the knowledge that he need not worry about his sustenance. This enabled him to focus more on his remembrance of Allah, which led to him having less time to focus on food, and even less time to eat.
So, from eating one loaf of bread, he barely managed to eat half a loaf.
What remained of the loaf of bread every day, was put in a corner. Soon, the pile in the corner began to increase, until it became a huge heap.
One morning a herdsman was passing through the village and stopped to speak to the old man. He was looking for hay for his livestock – but there was none to be found. The old man said to him : “why don’t you take the stale bread that is lying in that heap, soften it with water and give it to your animals…..” The herdsman did this and his herd happily ate every last crumb. The herdsman, to show his gratitude, gave the old man a nanny goat, and went on his way.

Days passed into months and a few years had gone by when Sayyidina Moosa A.S. happened to be passing this way again. To his astonishment he found the that the spot where the old man used to sit had been transformed into a garden. There were fruit trees growing nearby, and animals grazing not very far away. There was a field with grain, and a general atmosphere of abundance and well being. Sayyidina Moosa A.S. found out that all this belonged to the same old man.

Puzzled, because he knew what was written in the old man’s destiny – a single loaf of bread per day – Sayyidina Moosa A.S. went on his way determined to find out what this was all about.

“How could this be?” “A loaf a day is all that was written………., yet he had so much more …”

The answer when it came is something we should all take heed of:

One loaf of bread was the (RIZQ) . sustenance that had been written for the old man.

The fruit trees, the live stock and field of crops were the BARAKAH which came from has acceptance of what had been written, as his lot in life.

It was his reward for his complete trust in Almighty Allah. The Barakah (Abundance) was The result of his shift in focus from what he wanted, to enjoying what he had, to such a degree, that even after eating as much as he wanted, he still had some left. His needs had become so small.

The abundance this created in the old man’s life was compounded by his generosity and willingness to share what he had.

So Rizq is written …
But Barakah comes when we Trust in Almighty Allah, when we are generous with what we have , when are grateful and when we put the Ibaadah & Remembrance of Almighty Allah above everything else.

May Almighty make us among His grateful, obedient and generous servants… Aameen

A Time for Change

Assalamualaikum everyone. I pray you are in the best of health and imaan. Sorry for not making a post earlier, I was ill and busy with studies.

Moving on, alhamdulillah we have reached a new year in the Islamic calender, 1437. I’m sure many of you are aware or have been recently made of aware of the significant dates in Muharram such as ashura and also the stories behind these dates. In this post I would like to talk about Muharram as a new year. How we can treat it as a new beginning. A time and reason for change. In sha allah I hope we all benefit from this. Ameen

New beginnings happen to us all the time.  A new beginning means leaving something behind to embrace something different. Sometimes new beginnings aren’t our choice, maybe an employee didn’t expect the promotion however this new beginning has been thrust upon him/her. A drug addict has chosen to go to rehab. The drug addict chose but the employee never, however both have one thing in common: a beginning and an end.

Everyday we are living our lives. We all have a goal. We are all trying to reach that 10 year plan or that 15 year plan. We are all chasing something, running in its pursuit. We marvel at everybody else, we are always trying to be the best in our field. we are chasing more, competing with each other, who can be the best socially? I want the most financially rewarding job. I have to have the best degree. My qualifications and profession have to be more prestigious than anyone else’s. This is what we are taught to chase and strive for. We put all our time and effort in seeking these pleasures and how many years have gone by in this hunt?

We all know we are to return to Allah. There is no escape. We understand deep in our hearts that this path we are treading on, these temporary goals of the dunya we have, will lead us to destruction. It will not make us happy. How many lectures and talks have we heard about change? How many Ramadhans have passed yet we have not changed? How many signs have we seen yet we don’t change? What is the point of hearing one powerful talk after another yet it doesn’t urge a change and guilt in your heart? It’s like seeing the best business deal but not participating in it or earning a profit from it. The day is going to come when we will die and we will face our lord. We will answer for our every action, our good, our bad, our free time. What will we answer?

It is up to us to start the dealing with Allah. To start the connection. Allah says in the quran: “Should I not show you that business that you shall engage in that will result in your saviour from some painful punishment?” and what is this business? Allah goes on to say: “Believe in Allah and his messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم and strive in his path with your wealth and yourselves.” Allah has explicitly told us what to do, to save ourselves from the punishment, but we don’t take heed. Allah says strive in his path with yourselves. This means give up your bad habits. Change yourself for the better. Change can be immediate like hearing an ayah of the Quran that makes you re-evaluate your entire life or it could be in small steps.

All of us can take small steps to improve. This is a month of resolutions. Brothers and sisters lets make our resolutions here and now, make a firm intention to quit your bad habits. This may be the last chance we get to do it. Quit your bad habits and make the intention with Allah. Let it be between you and your lord. Whether your habits may be as trivial as some think, if it’s smoking stop smoking, if it’s lying stop lying, if it’s pornography stop watching it. Whatever it may be, your sin cannot be bigger than Allah’s mercy.

Its not about the 10 year plan or the life long aim. Its about making the change in your day. Decide how you are going to live your life differently. Talk to Allah and make dua he makes that path easier for you. If we don’t start now when are we going to start? When are we going to stop wasting our lives and ruining our akhirah? How many talks and Islamic videos and reading will it take for us to wake up? There is always room for improvement. Make your goal to be the most prestigious in Allah’s eyes. Make your goal Allah, and trust me Allah will take care of the dunya for you, whether it be your grades or your profession.

May Allah give us all the ability to take the step, critique our own lives and may Allah help us tread on the path easily. Ameen. Take the step and make the change. Your life will end soon, you don’t know when, let it be that you die with a pure intention, a pure heart and love for Allah and the prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم.

Gossip Goons

Assalamualikum everyone. I pray you are all in good health and imaan. I hope you’re having a great weekend in sha allah too! This post will be about backbiting and slandering as requested by a reader. In sha allah I hope this will be beneficial to me and you guys as the readers.

Backbiting and slandering others, are two very common things in our society. They are just one of the many sins committed by our tongues. Nowadays people refer to backbiting as just mindless gossip. We make it seem like such a small,insignificant daily routine in our lives. It has gone to the extent that we don’t even know we are doing it. The definition of backbiting in simple terms is to talk about someone in their absence such that if you were to say it to their face, they would dislike it.

It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Do you know what gheebah (backbiting) is?” They said, “Allah and His Messenger know best.” He said, “Saying something about your brother that he dislikes.” It was said, “What if what I say about my brother is true?” He said, “If what you say is true then you have backbitten about him, and if it is not true, then you have slandered him.”    [Muslim]

This hadeeth is defining what backbiting is. I would like to focus on the last part of this hadeeth. The prophet says “if what you say is true then you have back-bitten about him” Now many people when confronted by their Muslim brother/sister about backbiting, immediately they reply “oh but it’s true” This hadeeth is saying whether it be true or not, whether he possess that quality or not, you have back-bitten about him number one. Number two if it’s not true then you have slandered him which is much worse. This is because what you are saying is a lie and you are accusing him of that which he has not done. Now when it comes to talking about someone, sometimes your conversations are about the scholars and we are complementing them, the way they talk, their knowledge or their manners. This is fine. To talk about someone you know to your friend as long as it’s good is okay: It may be a good quality or how they communicate with others. The condition placed in the hadeeth was “saying something about your brother that he dislikes” If you are mentioning something about him which is bad, despite it being true, you shouldn’t say it. This is because you know that if you said it to his face, he would’ve disliked it. Hence you should just talk good about somebody instead of ruining your aakhirah for mindless talk.

Backbiting has become a part of our routine because when we hang out with friends or family we want to talk about something. This topic has to be interesting and juicy. The first thing that comes to our minds is to talk about people and we don’t even realise we are doing it. Its like a reflex action. We have become so used to it because we are so interested in the dunya. We are so interested about each other’s lives we aren’t concentrating about our own. We find talking about people, their problems and their bad qualities interesting and we find talking about Allah boring. We find it repetitive. Have you looked into the quran? Have you studied the beauty of its words? Have you learn’t about the prophet’s life? I’m guessing the answer to some of these questions is no. This is why we have nothing interesting to talk about. Its because we are so influenced by society to be involved in the lives of others and completely neglect our faith as if it is something insignificant when it is truly beautiful. There aren’t enough synonyms of this word to describe how amazing the religion you have right now is. If only we saw it’s beauty we’d have something to talk about. If only we loved learning about it we’d have something interesting to listen to. If only we yearned for knowledge we’d have something to tell each other about. Instead we replace these topics which are so full of information, full of words from your lord and full of beauty. We should make our tongues dry and our throat thirsty talking about Allah and Islam rather than talking about this friend who has a boyfriend or that friend who does shisha.

What benefit is it doing you? Is it distracting you from your own problems? Does it help putting someone else down to make yourself feel better? These are all distractions to make us not look at our life and our own issues. We need to study the deen and develop a passion for it, so we don’t spend time constantly talking about people whose problems and issues have nothing to do with us.Of course its hard to find books and courses and information because we need resources that are reliable but there are some. There are hadeeth books, there are talks that explain these hadeeths.You are learning from someone who is close to Allah and knowledgeable in that field. These scholars are so successful in the dunya because they have attached themselves to Allah. They don’t even think about mindless talk because they are engrossed in seeking knowledge and being close to Allah. Gossiping about people benefits in no way shape or form, in fact it wastes your time. It uses brain power that could’ve been used for something else. It takes up memory space because you’re too busy remembering their faults that you have no space to remember the quran or ahadeeth or Allah’s 99 names. These are just disadvantages for us in the dunya what about disadvantages of the aakhirah.

I could go on and on about the harms backbiting will do for you in the aakhirah. There are countless ahadeeth to choose from. However there is one hadeeth that really spoke to me and showed me the reality of backbiting. Muhammad (SAW) said: ” Backbiting is a worse sin than adultery.” It is further explained in a saying of the Prophet (SAW), narrated by Abu Sa’eed and Jubair in Bayhaqi: “Allah may forgive a person if he/she repents after committing adultery. However, Allah will not forgive the one who backbites, till his/her victim forgives him/her.” Look at the severity of this sin. Zina (adultery) is seen as such a degrading sin, however backbiting is seen as worse. The hadeeth explains why. When you backbite you have not only taken away Allah’s right but also the right of the person. Hence why Allah will not forgive you unless that person forgives you. Look at how significant this sin is. Its not a matter to be taken lightly.

Another piece of evidence in the Quran is that Allah compares backbiting to eating the flesh of your dead brother. This is in ayah 12 of surah hujurat. Allah is saying that if you backbite it is as if you are eating the meat of your dead brother. If I said to you that, that restaurant down there serves raw meat when you ask for lamb. You would never go there, in fact you’d run ten miles away from it. Similarly this is the effect backbiting should have on us. We as an ummah have lost our love for each other, if we loved one another and wanted good for each other backbiting wouldn’t even be a problem. However it is. We all need to work on controlling our tongues. This is a reminder to me first, that we all need to be much more vigilant when it comes to what we say. We need to utilise our time and not waste it on worrying about other people. We are ruining our akhirah, our happiness for a simple chat. There are so many alternatives for this, if only we saw the damage it is doing to our hearts. our minds have become so dirty that now we just think if people doing bad. we have corrupted our minds. The only solution to this is to remove ourselves form idle talk and instead read the quran,study the deen, sit with those who are pious or just do college/uni homework. Be different form the others. Keep your heart and mind clean. Think positively about everyone because if you bad mouth someone else it will come back around and bite you. Be strong and determined and utilise your tongue in the remembrance of Allah.

In sha allah, Allah gives us the all the ability to act upon what we’ve read and keeps our tongues safeguarded. May he help us control what we say and utilise our time in his remembrance rather than in those things which have no benefit for us. Ameen thumma Ameen.

I hope this was beneficial for everyone, if you have nay feedback on what to improve don’t hesitate to DM me or leave a comment. Jazakallah khayr for reading. Sorry its quite long, jazakallah kahyr for reading it to the end though!

The dunya and it’s distractions

Assalamualaikum. I pray you are all in the best of health and imaan. This topic is very broad and has so many branches, however in this particular post I would like to focus on how we can detach ourselves from these distractions and begin a relationship with Allah where we don’t even need these distractions.

In our society it’s so hard to get away from all these worldly connections. We are exposed to so much: movies, TV, Instagram, Facebook, the list is endless. We are so engrossed in the dunya that we know about everything that is happening with the click of a few apps and around 5-10 mins. Allhamdulillah that we have this technology. Yes it is alhamdulillah. However it is only alhamdulillah when we are utilising these phones and laptops in the correct way. How many of us after salaah immediately check our phones? How many of us have our phones on us 24/7? How many of us have a phone and we are so concerned when we lose it? This is the connection we have with technology. This is what are hearts are close to. This is what we have a given a place in hearts. We can deny it as much as we want but we all can admit that there are certain things in the dunya that distract us. This is normal, but its about how we can try and resist them that shows just how strong our imaan is.

We all want a connection with Allah. We all know that we need to strengthen our connection with Allah. I’m not saying completely get rid of your phone. I’m saying dedicate as much time as you do to checking your phone to reading the quran. Dedicate the amount of concentration you have when watching a movie to when you read salaah. Dedicate the amount of enthusiasm you have when playing that video game to when you do your tasbeeh. All you have to do is yearn for that change. Understand the harms of what you are doing. Understand how it is affecting your heart. Understand how it is weakening our imaan. Our final destination is to Allah. We want to leave the dunya making Allah happy. Right now we are on a path of destruction. We are sacrificing the happiness of Allah , the purity of your heart, the strength of your imaan for simple social media? For a movie? For a game? For mindless gossip? Is it all really worth it? This should be your wake up call! Search deep in your heart and feel that connection with the deen. Feel that beauty of Islam. Educate yourself about Allah and this religion you claim to be so proud of? Educate yourself about the prophet that you claim to love.

We have so much time if only we choose to use it wisely. That time spent watching a movie could’ve been spent learning about Islam. Whatever you are doing if you know it isn’t going to please Allah why do it? For a name? For a reputation? To keep up to date? My question is what are you keeping up to date with. You are keeping yourself  informed about the world and the people in it when you know it will not benefit you in the hereafter at all. All you have to do is look at the quran and have an intention sincerely to seek knowledge and you’ll see the quran open in your eyes. You’ll feel the ears of your heart listen. That feeling of amazement that the quran gives you is nothing that can be described or compared with. It’s irreplaceable. Similarly with dhikr, that deep connection with Allah you try to develop will take time but along the way you’ll feel peace in your heart that you’ve never felt before. That is from Allah! Your Lord!

Just acknowledge that what you are doing, all these distractions are to replace the emptiness in your heart. The only thing that will fill that emptiness is Allah. Learn how to read the quran. Study the deen. I cannot stress this enough. Its so beautiful you’ll cry of happiness when you read what your lord has said to you. He’s so merciful an kind despite all our sins. Read about the lives of the scholars and try implement that in your lives. Of course all of this will take time but in sha Allah we will reach there. I’ve said this before but all you need is a sincere intention, dua and action. Don’t be afraid of what those around you think because Allah is with you! Do it, take that step and your life will transform before your very eyes.

Realise that this world is temporary. If you can manoeuvre yourself around the thorns of society you will be by the grace of Allah, safe and so will your imaan. Strengthen your imaan! Make yourself close to Allah. Don’t wait until you’re ready because that’s not possible. You will never be ready! Your heart is your connection with Allah. Yearn for his love and his closeness and trust me you will be happy and feel peace!

Take the step and give that space that you give to technology in your heart to Allah. Let Allah into your heart!  The ways we can do this is by:

  • Dhikr
  • Dua
  • Studying Islam
  • Reading the quran
  • lessen the amount of time spent on worldly things and replace them with Islamic education or any of the above
  • Use technology to research hadeeth ( Refer to authentic books, not Google 🙂 )
  • Instead of reading fiction, read about the lives of the propehts and sahabah

In sha allah by beginning to do these actions we shall see the beauty of Islam and understand Allah’s words and we will have that connection with Allah that many scholars and the sahabah had! May Allah give us the ability to act upon this and strengthen our imaan.May he make us all amongst those who are closest to him. Ameen thumma AMEEN!

Allah doesn’t love us? (Part 2)

Assalamualaikum. I pray everyone is in the best of health and imaan inshallah. I hope you’ve had a smashing week as well, if you haven’t just remember it could’ve been worse but Allah saved you from it.

Previously I spoke about how Allah portrayed his love for the prophet (SAW) in surah duhaa. The prophet was very lonely at this time and was being taunted by the kuffar that maybe his lord had abandoned him. In ayah 3 I mentioned that Allah says he isn’t displeased with the prophet nor has he abandoned him. Now in ayah 4 Allah continues consoling the prophet and says: “And the future will be better for you than the past”  Here Allah is reassuring the prophet that this hardship you are facing now is just temporary. The happiness that will come after this is permanent and will make up for this hardship you have endured. When Allah revealed this ayah he added on the letter “laam” on the word future. This laam is used to emphasise and add certainty that yes it will definitely be better than the past. This has been interpreted in two ways. One group of mufassiroon (commentators of the quran) are of the opinion that it refers literally to the akhirah and the joy of Jannah whilst others have said that it refers to the struggles of this life and how the challenges ahead will become easier. Either way Allah has consoled the prophet. This example if applied to the example of the friend, would be such that when you feel down and your friend come to you and says oh don’t worry it’ll be fine. It’ll soon be over and you’ll be happy again. This is EXACTLY what Allah did with the prophet. It’s like Allah was being that friend to the prophet. We can apply this into our lives. When we are faced with trials and tests, instead of giving up and completely losing hope, we can turn to this ayah in the quran and remember that if we go through this tiny bit of hardship then we have something so much better waiting for us. We have Allah’s pleasure and we have Jannah. Allah is saying this to the prophet to console him but we can derive a lesson from this ayah and that is to always persevere. Don’t fall into the trap of shaytaan. Don’t give up. Know that you will receive something of much more value for your efforts and remember Allah always sees our efforts. He will NEVER waste them!

In ayah 5 Allah goes onto say: “Your Lord is sure to give you so much that you will be well satisfied”  Allah here has emphasised the promise of victory in the future and the promise of paradise.Allah does not mention what will be given. The benefit of this is that He made the giving absolute and infinite. If someone rich comes to you and says he will take care of you, you do not expect to receive a small amount as this person did not put a number on what he will give. Allah has applied the same theory here and has increased the hope of the prophet and has motivated him in such a beautiful way. Similarly we will receive the same if we also obey Allah, strive through the struggles and constantly make dua to him. Allah will reward us with so much more. We cant even begin to comprehend and imagine it, that’s how amazing it will be.

The middle ayahs of this surah is where Allah is reminding the prophet of how he helped him through other difficult times and that this time will not be any different so do not despair.

The final ayah however that I would like to focus on is the last ayah of this surah. Allah says: “Talk about the blessings of your Lord.” Allah has instructed the prophet to talk about the favours Allah has bestowed to him, to the people. Allah is saying mention them. We can use this in our day to day life as well. We can show gratitude to Allah by also mentioning and reminding ourselves of the favours he did for us as well as using them to explain to people that Allah is all merciful. Tell people about how Allah is merciful and saved you. I’m not saying expose your sins, of course not I’m saying tell people that Allah is so merciful, he provided me with a family. He turned me towards Islam. He is always there when I make dua. He saved me from a crash, or simply he has kept me happy. Whatever it is, these are just a few examples. Just mention them.

My aim of mentioning the tafsir of this surah was to show everyone that Allah is always there for us. No matter what we think and if we lose hope he is there. When we are tested by Allah its up to us to decide whether we pass or fail and if we are lacking in certainty of Allah’s mercy or if we have lost a bit of hope, turn to this surah. Remember how Allah consoled the prophet and remind yourself Allah is doing the same for me if only I remain steadfast on his deen. May we all benefit from the tafsir of this surah and may he give us all the ability to act upon what we have learnt In sha Allah. Ameen Thumma ameen.

Some notes were taken from Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan’s video about surah duhaa. Others were of what I learn’t regarding the surah from my teachers. If you have any feedback or suggestions do comment or DM me on twitter. Jazakhallahu khayr for reading.

Allah doesn’t love us?

Assalmaulaikum. I pray you are all in the best of health and imaan. I have heard many times people saying, Allah doesn’t love me. Allah has abandoned me. It astonishes me so much. Allah in the quran in surah duhaa, proclaimed his love for the prophet. A human just like us. The prophet was the best of humans to walk the earth and if we just adopted the way of the prophet do you not think Allah would love us too? In many ahadeeth Allah says who he specifically loves, what kind of people he loves. We just have to become those types of people and there we have it. Allah will also love us.

In surah duhaa, Allah consoles the prophet. Allah does it in such a beautiful way. There are many lessons from this surah but the one I love the most is that if Allah the one who created everyone, everything, the all wise, our lord can love the prophet in such a beautiful, wonderful way, why wouldn’t he love us like that? Even in our day and age, there are such pious people who Allah loves so much. We can also be one of them.

Surah duhaa was revealed at a time when wahee ( revelation from Allah) had stopped for a while. The prophet had given the people a message that believe in one Allah and then the wahee paused for a while. During this time the prophet was extremely distressed because the people would say to him “your lord has abandoned you” Allah revealed this surah in order for the prophet to feel comfort and at ease.

 In ayah 3 Allah says: “Your Lord has not forsaken you, nor does He hate you”  This was in response to what the people were saying to the messenger. In Arabic al-Widdaa’ means to say goodbye but at-Tawddee’ means to say a final farewell when one does not intend to return. Allah uses that word specifically to tell the prophet that no, the pause in the wahee wasn’t my final farewell to you, I haven’t even left you. Allah (swt) could have said ‘lam yu waddi’ka’ which means ‘He did not bid you farewell’ but instead Allah uses ‘maa’. The word maa is used for negation in the past tense. This has a more emphasised meaning and is saying that Allah has never left you AT ALL. Allah uses this language to convince the prophet of Allah’s nearness to him. Despite the prophet thinking that maybe Allah has abandoned me, Allah hasn’t. Allah is closer than he imagines. Allah uses this soft approach when talking to the prophet to console him and display his love for the prophet through his tone. You know how when you are upset with your friend and you think they’ve left you but then your friend turns around and says no I haven’t left you. I never left you don’t worry, your heart warms up so much. You feel so much comfort. Similarly this is what Allah did with the prophet. Of all the ways in Arabic to say farewell, Allah (swt) has chosen the most perfect way to let the messenger know that He (swt) has not left him. Subhanallah, Look at how powerful this is. Its so beautiful, it just shows how powerful the love of Allah can be. In the very same verse Allah goes onto say that he doesn’t hate him.

In the same ayah Allah uses the word قلى. This means to be displeased with someone and stop all forms of communications with them. Allah is saying that he isn’t displeased with him. If you apply this also to the example of that friend who left you, you think oh he/she is angry with me, then your friend consoles you and says no, I’m not angry with you. I’m not even upset with you. The reason I haven’t talked to you isn’t because I’m angry with you. Allah is saying that the gap in the revelation is not permanent. Nor did the gap come because I am displeased with you. Allah is reassuring the prophet that he has done nothing wrong, and to just disregard what the people are saying to him about his lord abandoning him.

Subhanallah just look at that. Sometimes when we feel like Allah has abandoned us, he hasn’t. He just gave you a trial and that trial, that distance was built so you become closer to him. So you turn to him, you humble yourself in front of him. We feel this way lot of the time, its completely human. We should turn to this surah and think Allah can also love me. Let me give him a reason to love me. I want Allah’s love. Surely Allah will give you his love if you have that sincere intention. Never lose faith in Allah. This example is here to show us that sometimes we do, just like the prophet did but to remember that Allah is still there. DON’T DESPAIR!

Inshallah this was just one ayah of this beautiful surah. Inshallah there are a few more ayahs of this surah I would like to got through that link into this topic very well. An overview is how to thank Allah for the favours he has done for us and how to deal with trials Allah tests us with.  May allay make us from his beloved ones and may he grant us the ability to act upon what we’ve learnt inshallah. Ameen Thumma Ameen.

Don’t forget me in your duas please. Jazakallah for reading this far.

Love for Allah

Many of us inspire to be like the amazing scholars of our current time. Many of us wish to be like the sahabiyah. This is what we want and we increase our salaah and make dua etc to reach that level.

What we don’t realise is that the one thing that the sahabis and the scholars of our time have in common was love for Allah and striving for the deen. How many of us read the Quran with love for Allah? How many of us read our salaah with love for Allah. We increase our good deeds but is this done out of love for Allah or just because we want Jannah. Rabiya al Basri once said ” If I adore you out of fear of jahannam, burn me. If I adore you out of desire for paradise, lock me out of paradise. If I adore you for yourself alone, don’t deny me if your eternal beauty.” She said this to Allah. Her point was I shouldn’t worship you and pray to you because I want to go Jannah. I should do it because I love you for you. I love you and only seek your pleasure.

Isnt this what we should be doing and feeling. This is part of the formula for success. Love Allah. Wholeheartedly. Why love him because of his Jannah. That’s not love. Love Allah for all the blessings he gave you. Love Allah for the calamities he saved you from. Love Allah. If you take an example of a revert, they are so strong in their faith Mashallah. Why ?? Because they love Allah for taking them out of darkness into light. They love Allah for guiding them.

As soon as you begin to love Allah, this will come through in your salaah, your dhikr and your fast ect. You will find true peace because the mighty being that you love also loves you. It’s a feeling of pure bliss. How many of us don’t have peace of mind? Peace of heart? Rely on others to make us feel happy? Make us feel whole?? We don’t need to depend on the love of others when the one who created us loves us. The one who if you walk towards will run towards you.

How many of us complain of being alone?? Feeling empty? I learnt something amazing from my teacher recently. A way of thinking that just shows my teacher loves us Allah and trust his decisions because he is all wise. She told us that sometimes many of us are alone. We have relatives but we don’t talk or we have no relatives at all. She said that sometimes Allah distances us from our family, friends and relatives to stop us from relying on human love. Stop us seeking the love of humans. He does it so we seek his love. We turn to him and rely on his love. He does it to make us closer to him and strengthen the love we have for him. Such wisdom of Allah. Subhanallah!!

We should take heed and reflect on our intentions for why we do good deeds. Is it to attain Jannah or is it to attain the pleasure of Allah?? If we have the pleasure of Allah and love of Allah then we are complete. We are already guaranteed that Allah will do what’s best for us. Make your goal to be close to Allah. To be his friend. Wallahi you’ll see the benefits of this simple intention make such a huge impact on your life.

Inshallah let’s all try and improve our intentions. Allah make us from his beloved servants and help us attain his upmost pleasure. Ameen thumma Ameen.

Reflection

Assalmaualaikum everyone. Alhamdulillah I have now written about a number of topics and I hope this has benefitted you. Now I think it’s time to think about what we’ve learnt and try and act upon it. Sometimes we constantly learn and read and listen, we understand it all yet we don’t practice it.

Now that we’ve covered certain topics let’s try and analyse our lives. See if we have tried and improved our lives with what we’ve learnt. There’s no point gaining knowledge and then not acting upon it. Let’s give ourselves time to introduce these acts into our lives. Allah has given us the ability to learn about these things, you by showing you this blog, other resources or people you know and me from my teachers and books. Let’s be thankful for this and show our graditude by being obedient to Allah and improving ourselves.

Inshallah I will be updating next week so we all get a chance to reflect and renew our intentions. Also inshallah everyone try and fast on the day of Arafat. There is great reward and virtue in this and we are nothing but in need of reward.

Jazakallah for reading and stay safe. Also keep your brothers and sisters in Syria, Makkah, Calais and the rohingyas in your duas.

Pride ( Part 2 )

Salaam everyone. I hope you had a great summer holiday if you’re in education. Inshallah this year will pass by with ease and Allah will help us gain success academically in the dunya and islamically in the akhirah.
Ameen.

Okay so previously I spoke about pride. In Islam pride is seen as a quality of Allah. A famous example of someone wth pride was iblees ( shaytaan ) . Allah told all the angels to bow down to Adam عليه السلام however iblees refused. He said he was made of fire and Adam was made of soil, how is it that he should bow down to him? This pride caused iblees to face the wrath of Allah and now he is banished to jahannam. The interesting thing about this story is that iblees was a very pious jinn. He was granted Jannah and was very very pious. This bit of pride took him from Jannah to jahannam in an instant. The thing is that Allah wasn’t even talking to iblees when he said bow down. He was talking to the angles and iblees was a jinn. Yet his pride came out, he ruined his future. Do you want to be someone who ruins their future? Do you want to be someone who was this close to Jannah and then due to his pride went to jahannam?! Do you want to risk the wrath of Allah just for a reputation ?

In a hadeeth narrated by abdullah ibn mas’ood it says that a Person with even an atoms weight of arrogance will not enter Jannah.
In another hadeeth Abu saeed al khudri and Abu huraira narrate that the prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said: ” Might is his garment and pride is his cloth, whoever seeks to compete with me in them I will punish him.
By “his garment” and “his cloak” al nawawi narrates that this is referring to Allah, and whoever wants to share that attribute with me or claim they have it I will punish them. This is a clear warning from Allah and demonstrates the importance of acknowledging that pride is only befitting for Allah.

Do we seek allahs punishment? No we seek allahs happiness and love so let’s take heed and learn. Let’s not associate ourselves with shaytaan. Let’s be among the loved ones of Allah and try to get rid of this from within us.

May Allah accept our efforts and guide us through. Ameen thumma Ameen.