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Friday, January 08, 2016

Experience It!

A translation of a profound khutbah by a respected Shaikh in London:
I was told a story by a brother from Harimla’, a suburb of the capital city of Riyadh, where a certain woman was inflicted with leukemia, may Allah protect you and us from it. In her need for care, she hired a maid from Indonesia. The sick lady was kind and righteous. A week after having had the maid, the lady noticed that the maid spent a lot of time in the toilet. More than normal and very frequent. Just after one of these occurrences, the lady asked her helper the reason for the lengthy bathroom visits. The maid started crying profusely. When asked what made her cry, she said: ‘I gave birth twenty days ago. When the employment agency in Indonesia contacted me. I took advantage of the opportunity to work for you, for we were in dire need of funds. The reason I spend so much time in the bathroom is, my breasts fill up with milk, so I go to the sink to empty them.’
As soon as the lady knew the reason, she booked the earliest flight for her to return home. She put together exactly a two year salary, summoned her and said: ‘This advance is for your two years salary. Go home to your baby, breastfeed and take great care of it. After two years, return to us.’ She gave her the contact details, in case she wished to return after two years. After the maid returned home, the lady had an appointment with her doctor for an update on her condition. After the routine blood test, to their surprise, she showed no signs of leukemia. The doctor made her do the same test several times, the result was always the same. The doctor was stupefied with her recovery due to the severity of her infliction. When the doctor was certain of her recovery, he asked her if she had used any other healing method, to which she answered: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Treat your sick by giving Sadaqah (charity).”
The Shaikh narating the story then commented: I wish that the reader of this story becomes inspired to ease hardships from those in need. Who knows…it could ward off an unexpected calamity. Give, as the shroud has no pockets.
He continued and said that another extraordinary story relates the following:
A young man’s mother was hospitalized due to old age and fell into coma. She was put in intensive care. A few days later, the doctors told him that her condition was hopeless, she could expire at any moment. He left from the hospital distraught about his mother to tend to some need. On his way back, returning to visit his mother, he stopped at a gas station. As he was waiting for the attendant to fill up his tank, he noticed that a cat had a new litter under a cardboard box. They could barely walk. The mother along with her babies looked weak and helpless. He thought: Who would feed them under these circumstances, and so went to the nearest store and bought a can of tuna, opened and poured out the contents for the tiny creatures and continued on his way to the hospital. When he entered the intensive care unit, He saw that his mother wasn’t there anymore, he dropped what was in his hands, and rushed to ask the nurse about her. And the nurse informed him that her condition had improved drastically, so they had moved her to the next room. He went to his mother and found her fully alert. He greeted her and asked what happened and she said that she had a dream while she was unconscious. She said that she saw a cat and her kittens with their hands extended towards the heavens praying for her. The young man just stood there in amazement while tears poured down his face.

From Hudayfah -Radi Allaahu anhu- that the Prophet -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- said: ‘A fitnah (trail) which a man faces with regard to his family, his wealth, his own self, his son and his neighbor is expiated by fasting, prayer, charity, enjoining good and forbidding evil.’ [Collected by Bukhari & Muslim]
Shamsuddeen Muhammad bin Abee Bakr Ibn Qayyim aj-Jawzeeyah (d.751 A.H.) -Rahimullaah- said: “Indeed Sadaqah has an amazing effect in repelling different types of trials and tribulations, even if the charity was given by an evil person, or an oppressive person, in fact even if it was given by a non-Muslim! Indeed Allaah Ta’ala repels different types of trials and tribulations due to giving Sadaqah. This is a matter which is well-known to the scholars and the general folk, and all of the people on the earth can associate with this fact because they have experienced it.” [Taken from: ‘al-Wabil as-Sayyib’ p.63]

Taken from Quest for Paradise wordpress

Friday, December 11, 2015

It is and it should be...

When you are cracking with pain, don't build a graveyard in your heart.Don't bury your pieces in someone else's soil. Go to the sink and make wudhu.Let the water run through every crack, Let it cleanse you. Pull out your mat and turn to Makkah. Let every "Allahu Akbar" echo in yor heart, reminding you that your pain will be taken care of. Pour out your heavy heart to him when your forehead is on the ground.Remember that this nation was gifted with prayer after years of sadness.
Prayer is and it should be your greastest comfort.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

A True Story... The Power of Tawakkul!

Recently, a Muslim man was caught in a dilemma, where he faced two choices, both difficult. This man was the manager of one of the largest hotels in Egypt. He was very good at his job. Because of this he was highly valued by his superiors.
However, there was one element of the job that galled him. A duty that he felt ashamed over. In any large hotel in Egypt, serving alcoholic drinks is a must, and that duty was killing him inside. He knew that serving alcohol is haram. It is forbidden by Allah, and whatever money comes from it is not blessed but haram; but it was part of the job and had to be taken care of, regardless of how he felt towards it.
Finally he decided to go to one of the well- known Egyptian sheikhs and ask his advice. After arranging for an appointment to meet this sheikh, he met him and explained the problem. The sheikh without hesitation said, “You must leave this job.”
He explained to the sheikh, “This is the only job I know. I’ve been working in this field all my life. I don’t know what else to do. I have a wife and children to take care of. I can’t just leave the job and be unemployed and penniless like so many others in Egypt.”
The sheikh replied, “Did you come to me thinking that I might give you permission to do what Allah forbids? Leave this job for the sake of Allah.”
The sheikh reminded the manager of a verse from the Quran:
“And whoever is conscious of Allah, He will make for him a way out, And will provide for him from where he does not expect. And whoever relies upon Allah – then He is sufficient for him.”
The man returned to the hotel, knowing that he had to make the most difficult decision of his life. He trembled when he thought of the risk he was taking, and the fear of what the future might hold for him and his family.
Finally, With a strong faith and an absolute trust in Allah, he made a plea to the heavens: “O Allah, I trust You, and I’m doing this only for You. I know you will make for me away out, so please help me.”
He headed directly to his office, sat at his desk, and began writing his resignation.
As he was writing, the phone in front of him rang. It was his superior at the corporation office, calling with news. The manager was stunned and could hardly believe the news he heard, but it was true. The man was informed that he had been promoted to go and manage a new hotel located in Al-Madinah, the holy city of our Prophet (peace be upon him), and right next to the Masjid of the Prophet. Of course, being in Saudi Arabia, this new hotel sold no alcohol! Subhanallah.
His dua had been answered in a heartbeat, from one moment to the next, before he even finished the letter of resignation.
Till this day, the man is still the manager of the hotel in Madinah.
Please forward this to encourage others to put their trust in Allah. He will settle our affairs for us in the best way.
اللَّهُمَّ اجْعَلنِىْ مِمَّنْ تَوَكَّلَ عَلَيْكَ فَكَفَيْتَهُ وَاسْتَهْدكَ فَهَدَيْتَهُ وَ اسْتَنْصَرَكَ فَنَصَرْتَهُ
Allahummaj ‘alni miman tawwakala ‘alaika,  fakafait-tahu wastahdaka fahadaittahu wastansaraka fanasaratahu
(O Allah! Let us be among those who had  complete trust in Thee; so You sufficed them; and they sought guidance from  Thee; so You directed them to the right Path; and they asked help of Thee; so  You assisted them.)

P.S: I do not have a source for it as it was shared with me on whatsapp.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Hadith Memorization Competition in Qatar

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 To memorize the beloved sayings of the beloved Prophet, “Hadith Memorization 
Competition” will be conducted by Abdullah Bin Zaid Aal-e-Mahmood Islamic Cultural Center (FANAR, QATAR)
Details of which are as follows: 
▷ The competition is for both men and women (Eleventh and Twelfth standard students can also participate.) 
▷ The competition will be in both written and oral forms, and the Ahadith should be memorized in Arabic only and their translation in Urdu. 
▷ The book assigned for the competition is “Arbaeen Nawawi” (The Forty Hadith by Imam Nawawi) consisting of 42 Ahadith, which are to be memorized. 
▷ Memorization of Ahadith carries 80 marks, the translation 15 marks, and the style 5 marks. Date, Time, and Venue of the Competition: 
▷ Written Competition on the 25th of December after Isha Prayer ▷ Oral Competition on January the 1st, 2016 after Maghrib Prayer. 
▷ Venue: Fanar Lecture Hall. The participants who score a minimum of 70 marks in written competition will be eligible for oral competition. Among the participants who score the highest number of marks, three men and three women will be bestowed with valuable awards.
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Thursday, October 15, 2015

The Simpler The Better...

A brothers(Eftekhar saaleh) recent story about his Nikah which went viral on social media

So here it goes.. When I was planning on getting married I had in the bank a grand total of £300. The fee to get married (for the Imaam in ELM to do the nikaah) £100.. that leaves me with £200.
The dowry was agreed by my wife at £200 but the Imaam insisted on the day that I raise it to £500... so agreed (but it was to be paid at a later date)
I got married in East London Mosque... which was attended by around 20 males and 15 women (friends and close relatives). After the Nikaah (which was done in the prayer hall) was done... All the women (mum nani sisters aunties went to Maaidah grill booked a cubicle and munched on a few platters)
All the (20) men went to my good friend Shuaib Rahman house behind ELM.. where we all sat on the floor in his living room and ate curry and rice which was prepared by my good friend Abdul Wadud. After that we drink tea, had a laugh then went home around Asr time (nikaah was done after Zuhr salah).. The day was done... The next day I checked my bank balance still had £200... alhamdulilah
I did not wear  fancy clothing, no turban no Aladin shoes... Just my black thobe..No hall was booked no limo was rented... I gave my wife no jewellery... Nothing. All I had was me (lol) and my small studio flat. Oh I forgot to mention I was jobless.. P.s My wife later waved the £500 dowry.
As broke as me and my wife was ... alhamdulilah it didn't matter at all... and what we have now... SubhaanAllah Only Allah has account of what he has given us since... I would tell you but I don't want no hasad coming my way wink emoticon
I feel sooo sorry our young Muslim brothers and sisters when I hear about their situation and the pressure their parents put them through. It a real tragedy in my view.

P.s This post is not a dig at those who spend Thousands on their weddings. IF you got it Alhamdulilah but if you ain't I'm here to let you know you CAN have a special day without breaking the bank... Remember it is YOU and your wife's special day.. If your happy then I promise you those who wish good for you will be happy even if you only fed them dry dates and milk at the feast.
The Messenger of Allah said: “The most blessed wedding (nikah) is the one with the least expenses.” (al-Bayhaqi)

Sunday, October 11, 2015

The Ten Causes

Punishment for Sins Can Be Removed by Ten Causes: Three From the Servant, Three From Other Than Him, Three From Calamities and One From Allaah, the Most Merciful
Posted by Abu.Iyaad, Editor in Rectification

Shaykh al-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullaah) stated as occurs in Majmu' al-Fatawa (7/487):
دلت نصوص الكتاب والسنة على أن عقوبة الذنوب تزول عن العبد بنحو عشرة أسباب : أحدها : التوبة ، وهذا متفق عليه بين المسلمين ، السبب الثاني : الاستغفــار ، السبب الثالث : الحسنات الماحية السبب الرابع : الدافـع للعقاب ، دعاء المؤمنين للمؤمن مثل صلاتهم على جنازته ، السبب الخامس : ما يعمل للميت من أعمال البر ، كالصدقة ونحوها ، السبب السادس : شفاعـة النبي (صلى الله عليه وسلم) وغيره في أهل الذنـوب يوم القيامة ، السبب السابع : المصائب التي يكفر الله بها الخطايا في الدنيا ، السبب الثامن : ما يحصل في القبر من الفتنة والضغطة والروعة ، السبب التاسع : أهوال يوم القيامة وكربها وشدائدها ، السبب العاشر : رحمة الله وعفوه ومغفرته بلا سبب من العباد
The texts of the Book and the Sunnah have indicated that the punishment (due) for sins can be removed from the 
servant by around ten causes. 

The first: Repentance, and this is agreed upon amongst the Muslims. 
The second cause: Seeking forgiveness. 
The third cause: Good deeds which wipe out (evil deeds). 
The fourth cause: That which repels punishment, the supplication of the believers for a believer, such as praying over his funeral. 
The fifth cause: What is done for the dead of righteous deeds such as charity and its likes. 
The sixth cause: The intercession of the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) and others for the sinners on the Day of Judgement. 
The seventh cause: Calamities by which Allaah expiates sins in the life of this world. 
The eighth cause: What occurs in the grave of tribulation, compression and fear. 
The ninth cause: The terrors of the Day of Judgement and the severity of its hardships.

The tenth: The mercy of Allaah, His pardon and forgiveness without any reason (necessitating that) from the servant.

Note that three affairs come from a servant himself (repentance, seeking forgiveness, good deeds). Three affairs come from other than the servant (supplication, deeds of others which reach the dead and intercession). And three affairs are from the calamities (of life, the barzakh and the day of judgement) that expiate the sins. And after these nine matters, there is left but the pure mercy of Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic. In this is a refutation of the Kharijites who hold a person who dies with major sins (not having repented) is a disbeliever in the Fire forever, since expiation of sins can take place through other than repentance and seeking forgiveness, and exhausting those other means (which come from other than the servant himself), there still remains the pure mercy of Allaah, the Exalted. And this in itself indicates the great mercy of Allaah, the Sublime and Exalted.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Do not carry the worries of this life....

 This is an amazing advice by the great scholar, Ibn Al-Qayyim...

"A friend will not (literally) share your struggles, an a loved one cannot physically take away your pain, and a close one will not stay up the night on your look after yourself, protect it, nurture it...and don't give life's events more than what they are really worth...Be certain that when you break no one will heal you except you, and when you are defeated no one will give you victory except your determination...your ability to stand up again and carry on is your responsibility...Do not look for your self worth in the eyes of people; look for your worth from within your conscious...if your conscious is at peace then you will ascend high...and if you truly know yourself then what is said about you won't harm you.
Do not carry the worries of this life... because this is for Allah...and do not carry the worries of sustenance because it is from Allah...and do not carry the anxiety for the future because it is in the Hands of Allah...
Carry one thing: How to Please Allah. Because if you please Him, He Pleases you, fulfils you and enriches you. Do not weep from a life that made your heart weep...just say "oh Allah...compensate me with good in this life and the hereafter".
Sadness departs with a sajdah...happiness comes with a sincere du'a...Allah Does Not forget the good you do...nor Doe He Forget the good you did to others and the pain you relieved them from...Nor Will He Forget the eye which was about to cry but you made it laugh...
Live your life with this principle: Be good even if you don't receive good...not because of other's sake but because Allah Loves the good doers".

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Three better things...

Three things were described by allah as being better:

"But to fast is better for you." [2:184]

"But if you give charity, then it is better for you [2:280]

"But to be patient is better for you .  [4:25]

Doing them all collectievely is a great accomplishment indeed:fasting, spending in charity and patience.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

"Alhamdulillah, now I will meet my parents."

MashaAllah she recites very beautifully and proficiently.

Published on 11 Apr 2013
Taken from a you tube channel.

This is the recitation of Bara'ah, a 10 year old girl diagnosed with Cancer. She is reciting from Surah Al-Rahman. Here is her story:

Bara'ah is a 10 year old who finished memorizing the whole Qur'an with Tajweed. Her parents were doctors who moved to Saudi Arabia in search of better life. Bara'ah was very intelligent. Her teacher used to tell her that she should be in middle school not primary school.

Her family was small and committed to Islam and its teachings. One day, her mother began experiencing severe abdominal pain. After going to the hospital and diagnostics tests and imaging performed, it was discovered that she had cancer, but in its late stages.

The mother thought she should tell her daughter, especially if she wakes up one day and didn't find her mother beside her. Being at the young tender age of 10, her mother told her: "Bara`ah, I will go to paradise ahead of you, but I want you to read the Quran you memorized every day since it will protect you in this life."

The little girl didn't really understand what her mother was trying to tell her, but she began feeling the change in her mother's status. Soon, her mother was was transferred to stay in the hospital on a permanent basis. Bara'ah used to come to the hospital after school and recite the Quran for her mother until the evening when her father would take her home.

One day the hospital called the husband and informed him that the his wife's condition had deteriorated and that it would be advisable to come to the hospital immediately. The father picked up Bara`ah from school and headed to the hospital. When they arrived, he asked her to stay in the car so he could first see what the condition of his wife was.

The father got out of the car with tears filled in his eyes. While crossing the road to enter the hospital, he was hit by a speeding car and died in front of his daughter who came crying to her father.

The tragedy of Bar`ah is not over yet. The news of her father's death was hidden from the mother. Her condition steadily worsened, and 5 days later, she passed away leaving Bar`ah alone without her parents. Her parents' friends decided to find her relatives in Egypt so that they could take care of her.

Soon thereafter, Bara`ah began having severe pain, similar to what her mother experienced. At the hospital, she too was diagnosed with cancer. At the surprise of everyone she said, "Alhamdulillah, now I will meet my parents."

All of the family friends were shocked at her response. This little girl, being faced with calamity after calamity, yet she remained patient and satisfied with what Allah ordained for her!

The news of Bara'ah and her story spread. One Saudi heard of her story and decided to take care of her. He sent her to the UK to receive the appropriate treatment for her condition.

In the UK, her condition worsened and the cancer spread throughout her body with metastasis in multiple organs. The doctors had to amputate her legs, yet she still remained patient. Soon, the cancer spread to her brain the doctors had to do brain surgery. Bara'ah went into a full coma.

Before she went into coma, one of the Islamic channels (Al Hafiz - The protector) got in contact with this little girl and asked her to recite the Qur'an.

P.S: I literally wept deeply with mixed feelings of love , hope and patience after reading this heart trembling story.

Monday, August 03, 2015

The Effect of Qur'an on a little heart.

The Quran has the ability to penetrate and instill serenity in the hearts of those who dont even understand it.Watch what happens to my distressed grandson Ibrahim when the Qu'ran is played to him.-Bilal Dannoun

Saturday, July 18, 2015

For Friends & Foes.

“Ya Rabb, Ya Karim, whoever wished good for me in the secrecy of the night or in the openness of daylight, grant them double of what they’ve wished for me. And whoever wishes harm to touch me, pardon them and stretch distance and forgiveness between us.”

"O Ramadhan, be gentle. The tears of the believers pour forth, and their hearts are anxious from the pain of separation. And why shouldn't the tears flow from the believers upon the parting (of Ramadhan) whilst he knows not whether he shall live to see its return!" (Ibn Rajab)

Friday, June 19, 2015

Patience is half success.

The acts of worship most in need of patience are three: prayer, fasting and jihād.

 Fasting was referred to as patience:
{ اسْتَعِينُواْ بِالصَّبْرِ }
“Seek help through patience.” [Al-Baqarah 2:153]

And regarding prayer:
{ وَاصْطَبِرْ عَلَيْهَا }
“and be patient therein.” [Ṭā-Hā 20:132]

And regarding jihād:
{ اصْبِرُواْ وَصَابِرُواْ وَرَابِطُواْ }
“Persevere, endure and guard your territory.” [Āl ʿImrān 3:200]

أحوج العبادات للصبر ثلاث صلاة وصوم وجهاد، سُمّي الصوم صبرا (استعينوا بالصبر) وفي الصلاة (واصطبر عليها) وفي الجهاد (اصبروا وصابروا ورابطوا(

-By Shaik Abdul Aziz Al-Tarefe

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

One of the most comprehensive du'a...

أَللّٰهُمَّ إِنِّىْ اَسْئَلُكَ الْهُدَى وَ التُّقٰى وَ الْعَفَافَ وَ الْغِنٰى

Imaam as-Sa’dee (d.1376H) – rahimahullaah – said:

This du’aa (supplication) is from the most comprehensive and beneficial du’aas (supplications), since it includes asking Allaah for well-being with regards to both the Religion and the world.
Thus, al-hudaa (the guidance) is beneficial knowledge, and at-tuqaa (i.e. taqwaaor piety) is righteous actions and leaving-off what Allaah and His Messenger have forbidden; andthis is (asking) for correctness and well-being of a person’s Religion.For indeed, the Religion comprises of beneficial knowledge and recognising the truth – which is guidance – and standing firm upon obedience to Allaah and His Messenger sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam – and this is piety.

And al-’afaafa (well-being and safety) and al-ghinaa (contentment and sufficiency) comprises of being safe from (the harms of) the creation and that the heart is not attached to them. And it also comprises of being contented with Allaah and what He provides, and seeking whatever will cause the heart to be satisfied with Him. So with this, happiness in this worldly life is completed, and the heart tastes true sweetness and delight – and this is a goodly life.

So whosoever is granted the provisions of guidance, Piety. well-being and contentment has indeed achieved true happiness, and has acquired all that could be possibly sought after, as well as being saved from all that is dreadful and frightening.”
[Bahjatul-Quloobul-Abraar (p.198)]

Friday, June 12, 2015

The ...E... life !

Beware from these two kind of people. One who finds in you faults that  you don't have
 and the second who finds in you goodness that u don't  have.

In this world of E-mails, E-ticket, E-paper, E-recharge, E-transfer and the latest E-Governance...

Never Forget "E-maan ( faith in Allah )" which makes e-verything e-asy for e-veryone e-veryday. 

"E" is the most Eminent letter of the English alphabet.
Men or Women don't exist without "E".
House or Home can't be made without "E".
Bread or Butter can't be found without "E".
"E" is the beginning of "existence" and the end of "trouble."
"E" is the start of "elimination" and end of the "face".
It's not at all in 'war'.
but twice in 'peace'.
It's once in 'hell' but twice in 'heaven'.
"E" represented in 'Emotions'.
Hence,  all emotional relations like Father, Mother, Brother, Sister,wife & friends have 'e' in them.
"E" also represents 'Effort' & 'Energy'.
Hence to be 'Better' from good both "e" 's are added.

Without "e", we would have no love, life, wife, friends or hope.
& 'see', 'hear', 'smell', or 'taste' as 'eye' 'ear', 'nose' & 'tongue' are incomplete without "e".
Hence GO with "E" but without E-GO.

Friday, June 05, 2015

I Made My Loved one...

An old scholar was asked by a student. 'You have studied Islam for many years, what have you learnt?' The scholar said '1 of the things I have learnt is EVERYONE has a loved one. When he goes to the grave, he leaves his loved one. Therefore, I made my loved one my good deeds; that way, they will be with me in the grave' 

How beautiful.... May ALLAH make us all aware of our purpose in life, Aameen!

You  say," I belong to Allaah as a servant and I am going to return to Him". So whoever knows that he belongs to Allaah as a servant and that he will return to Him, then he should know that he will be stopped. And whoever knows that he will be stopped, then he should know that he will be questioned. And whoever knows that he  will be questioned, then let him prepare an answer for the question.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Dua Of Ali (R)


"0 Allah, forgive me for what You know better than I, and if I repeat it, then forgive me again. 0 Allah, forgive me for what I have promised but which You did not find fulfilled with me. 0 Allah, forgive me for what I said for the purpose of drawing close to You but which was different from what was in my heart. 0 Allah, forgive me for brief glances, saying what I did not mean, desires of the heart and slips of the tongue."

- Nahj al-Balaghah, page 104

Friday, May 15, 2015

Quick benefit.

"Desires are never fully satisfied:If you are not content with the halal, no amount of haram will fill you up."

A sin alone will never make you a Kāfir..

For example, let’s say you gain billions of dollars through interest, but you still acknowledge that it is a sin. It will be a major sin on your part, but you are still a Muslim.

But if you believe interest is Halāl, EVEN if you don’t have any money gained through interest, you have committed major Kufr because you have made something Halāl that Allāh has clearly forbidden in the Qur'an!

Acting upon the evil deed is only a sin, justifying it is Kufr.  

Friday, May 01, 2015

The keys of Provision.


بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ

The keys of Provision by Sister Sadaf faroouqi.

Who doesn't want an easy, happy, smooth life devoid of tragedies, calamities, grief and trials?

Which one of us would refuse to receive more blessings and provision? I doubt if anyone would.

However, there are few among us who truly understand the subtleties and nuances of the realities of the life of this world, through which Allah grants provision to His slaves.

Many human beings, as they age and garner wisdom through life experience, are able to get a small glimpse into the causes that lead to advancement in provision.

Truly, they are the wise ones, and the wisdom they possess is, in and of itself, one of the best forms of wealth:

وَمَن يُؤْتَ الْحِكْمَةَ فَقَدْ أُوتِيَ خَيْرًا كَثِيرًا

"...and he unto whom wisdom is given, he has truly received abundant good" [2:269]

Below, I will list some of the "keys" to unlocking the provision which has already been decreed for you by Allah. This not at all an exclusive list. Its just those things that have been most pertinent/present in my own personal experiences.

But before I begin, I just want to clarify that, by mentioning "provision", I mean all kinds of blessings, both tangible as well intangible in nature, namely: health, well-being, good looks & beauty, happiness, family, friends, money, clothing, knowledge & education, accommodation and property (housing), food & drink, popularity, love, respect, fame, fortune, peace and contentment.

Patient Hard Work & Enduring Hardship

We have all heard the adage, "No pain, no gain". Well, it is true.

Nature has many examples of this phenomenon for us: one needs to work hard, remain patient, knock on several doors, and try many different avenueswithout giving up hope, before one gets one's decreed provision.

The butterfly doesn't emerge until the larva breaks through it's cocoon first, which is a slow and painstaking process for it, through which it has to persevere. The good news is, that total freedom and independence lies ahead in wait, once it's over.

Similarly, pregnancy and childbirth is a 9-month long process. No one can shorten this process in order to produce a child, no matter how hard they try or want to. However, the end result is (usually) a beautiful new life that brings new joys and wonderful discoveries for the mother.

Law of farm in place

The universal "law of the farm" is also a similar story.

According to this law, in order to produce a garden full of lush greenery and trees, first the farmer(s) need to put in hours of work upon the land to till it, without seeing any results at all, at first.

Hours upon hours worth of hard work goes into bare, un-tilled land/earth, long before any flicker of produce (seedling sprouts) is even seen.

However, once the plants come out and become trees, and the trees become sturdy, it (usually) translates to receiving an incessant gain of fruits (or grains) year after year, with a comparatively minimal effort put into yearly maintenance to upkeep the garden/land after that initial "investment" phase (of hard tilling work) has been traversed.

Well, the same principle - of the law of the farm - applies to the world of human beings too.

You will get your decreed provision, yes, but not by just sitting on the sofa without working hard to find it first. You will have to endure months, if not some years, of hardship and hard work (and perhaps even poverty) before you see results in the form of ease and plenty.

But once you do, insha'Allah, then from that point onwards, it will get much, much easier for you, by Allah's grace.

Age/Time in Decades (at least 3)

In the Qur'an, Allah uses the same Arabic words (more or less), in more than one place, when He talks about giving provisions to His slaves.

These Arabic words makes me ponder upon the fact that, in life, no matter how hard you work for it, your decreed provision will only come to you once the time for it to reach you has come.

The Arabic words used by Allah in the Qur'an when He mentions the time at which He gave provision to some of His slaves, are:

بَلَغَ أَشُدَّهُ

"(when) he attained his (full) manhood..." [12:22] [18:82] [28:14]

Allah is so merciful upon us, that He gives us what we want (and more) butonly at the right time in our lives: when we have reached mental and physical maturity.

Yes, that means that He sometimesmakes us wait to become old (and wise) enough first, before giving us the goodies.

And usually, our receiving the intangible blessings of maturity, independence, knowledge, wisdom and respect, happens synonymously with attaining our physical and bodily strength, which cannot be acquired by taking any shortcuts in life.

No one can go from age 12 to age 32 in a single day or a year. You have to let the mills grind.

Usually, this process involves patiently traversing three or four decades of our life, all the while working hard and weathering the storms that come our way, with Allah's help and guidance.

Sincere Repentance

The advice of Prophet Nuh (عَلَيهِ السَّلَامُ) to his nation is enough evidence of the fact that once a believer repents sincerely for their sins, intending to never commit them again, Allah showers him or her with worldly blessings:

فَقُلْتُ اسْتَغْفِرُوا رَبَّكُمْ إِنَّهُ كَانَ غَفَّارًا • يُرْسِلِ السَّمَاء عَلَيْكُم مِّدْرَارًا • وَيُمْدِدْكُمْ بِأَمْوَالٍ وَبَنِينَ وَيَجْعَل لَّكُمْ جَنَّاتٍ وَيَجْعَل لَّكُمْ أَنْهَارًا

"And I have said: Seek pardon of your Lord Lo! He is ever Forgiving. He will let loose the sky for you in plenteous rain. And will help you with wealth and sons, and will assign unto you gardens and will assign unto you rivers." [71:10-71:12]

Spending What You Already HaveAccording to Allah's Pleasure

Although it sounds contradictory to say that by spending the wealth that one possesses, one will receive more, it is actually true.

Now wait, I am not saying that you go out on a huge shopping spree, buy whatever you wan to, and deplete all your savings!

No, what I am saying is, that miserliness restricts provision, whereas spending the wealth that one already possesses: on one's needs, necessities and other areas, wisely and within moderation (especially by spending it one one's family, on whom Allah has obligated us to spend), in addition to paying obligatory zakah and giving regular charity (sadaqah) in the way of Allah -- leads to immense expansion in one's provision.

You have to give what you have, to receive more. It sort of works like a pipeline:

 وَمَا أَنفَقْتُم مِّن شَيْءٍ فَهُوَ يُخْلِفُهُ

"...and nothing do you spend in the least, but He replaces it.." [34:39]

Similarly, Muslims who make excuses and do not pay their zakah (especially those Muslim women who own gold but do not pay zakah on it, just because they do not earn money), as well as those who are generally very miserly about spending on their own selves as well as on their family, usually experience a constriction in their provision over the years: lack of blessings, unhappiness, loneliness, ill health, lethargy, and pain caused by rebellion/bad attitude of obstinate adult offspring.

This hadith best describes how an adult Muslim should spend their earned income, especially those who are business owners, or entrepreneurs:

A third in the way of Allah,A third upon oneself and one's family, andA third should be reinvested into their source of income (or saved for the future → for those who do jobs/work for others as employees).

The above hadith describes how Allah commanded angels to send clouds with rain upon the piece of land of an honest and hard-working farmer who spent his wealth in the above manner.

Gratitude & Gratefulness

لَئِن شَكَرْتُمْ لأَزِيدَنَّكُمْ

"If you are grateful, I will grant more (favors) unto you;" [14:7]

Being grateful for blessings brings more provision, but this entails more than just harboring a feeling of gratitude in the heart, or saying the words "alhamdulillah" repeatedly with the tongue.

Being grateful to Allah encompasses having a specific mindset, and having a way of life that reflects that mindset. In a nutshell, being grateful means:

Acknowledging Allah's favors upon you by actually using (and benefiting from) His blessings, not keeping them stashed away. If they are not in your use, give them to someone who will be able to use them, appreciate them and benefit from them more.Using His blessings only in a way that pleases Allah. Not mistreating, misusing, wasting, or undermining any of them.Thanking those slaves of Allah i.e. other people, who are the means of bringing those blessings to you in this world e.g. thanking your parents by being good in behavior towards them; thanking the doctor whose guidance/help cured you, and thanking your domestic helpers for making your life easier.Giving to others; sharing your blessings with others. This is a way of acknowledging Allah's favors upon you, by letting others have them too.Always, always, always, always looking at the bright side of everything. Be so positive, that your naysayers, haters, and critics, allstart to think you are crazy, especially when you stubbornly remain positive even in the bleakest of situations.

When I was a student of the Qur'an, I was taught that the root meaning of the Arabic word ش ك ر (shukr." This definition has remained stuck in my head over the years, alhamdulillah!

If you are not a grateful person, you might not get vast provision in life.

To check if you are a grateful person or not, ask yourself:

Do people often hear me criticize and belittle others?Do I talk more about negative events and news, than positive ones?Do I whine often to others about my personal problems?Do I waste my time, food, energy, and other blessings?Am I often impolite with my family and friends?Do I verbally thank those who are economically lower than me, for their services?Do I give back to the local or international community in anyway? E.g. by teaching, mentoring, counseling, writing, helping, participating in community/social welfare?Do I pick up after myself? A grateful person doesn't possess an air of entitlement, leaving their litter for others to clean. They focus on giving back.

Joining Relations

Last but not least, keeping in touch with those blood relatives who classify as your ارحام "arhaam" (blood relations), who try to avoid you, do not want to talk to you, or are not nice to you, also causes an increase in one's provision (Here is the sahih reference).

[Please note: in-laws are not included in the "ارحام" (arhaam") mentioned in the above ahadith. Rather, they are called "اصهار" in Islamic Shari'ah.]

By sending these relatives the occasional gift, email, smartphone message, or greeting card; by calling them up on special occasions, or visiting them when they are sick (only if they grant permission, because some people do not like anyone visiting them during an illness), by attending a funeral in their family, or responding to their invitations - these are all means of joining relations with them.

One important Islamic etiquette of joining relations that I'd like to point out, however, is that one should seek someone's permission first, before calling upon them at their residence.

This is in accordance with the social etiquette of visiting others in Islam, which has been clearly pointed out by Allah in an ayah of Surah Al-Nur.

Similarly, if your calls and messages to someone go unanswered, then take that person's silence as a refusal to allow you to visit them, or enter upon them in their dwelling, at that particular time, just like Prophet Muhammad ‎ﷺ remained silent when `Umar bin Al-Khattab wanted to visit him right after he left his wives for a month in anger.

The Prophet ‎ﷺ declined `Umar's request for permission to enter upon him twice, by not responding to his greeting, nor granting him permission to enter upon him. [Sahih Al-Bukhari]


There are other keys to provision as well, which I have not been able to discuss here. However, as each of us meanders through life, we encounter our distinct challjenges and lesson-imparting experiences regarding what provision came our way, at what time, and how.

What are your thoughts? :)

Monday, April 20, 2015

Argument on Taweez.

Friend A: As-Salaamu Alaikum.

Friend B: Wa Alaikum As-Salaam Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh, what is this in your neck?

Friend A: It is a Ta'weez (amulet), our family Peer sahb gave it to me for my protection from evil eye.

Friend B: This is wrong brother, Rasoolullaah صلى الله عليه وسلم
never gave Ta'weez to any of his companion, while in the contrary, he said; "Whoever wears a Ta'weez, committed Shirk."

Friend A: Oh come on brother, what is Shirk in it? It only contains few Aayaat of the Qur'an, and Allaah himself says in the Qur'aan that there is Shifa (Cure) in it.


Friend B: As-Salaamu Alaikum Warahatullahi Wa Barakaatuh

Friend A: Wa Alaikum As-Salaam Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh, now what is this in your neck???

Friend B: Ohh, this is a bottle of honey.

Friend A: But why you are hanging it in your neck?

Friend B: You read in the Qur'an that the Qur'an contains Shifaa, I also read in the same Qur'an that even honey contains Shifaa. So, you hung aayaat of Qur'aan in your neck and I am hanging honey in the neck.

Friend A: Brother, are you crazy??? Honey contains Shifaa, but you have to drink/eat it, how will you be cured by hanging it on your neck.

Friend B: That's what I am trying to explain you that the Qur'an contains Shifaa, but you will be benefited by it only if you use it in the correct way, like the Prophet  صلى الله عليه وسلم
used it, by reading, understanding and acting upon it. Hanging it on your neck won't benefit you, like honey won't benefit me by hanging it on the neck.

Friend A: Sub'haan Allaah, I have understood now my friend ,
 Jazaak Allaahu Khayran!


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