تقبل الله منا و منكم صالح الأعمال
كل عام و أنتم بألف خير
May Allah accept all your good actions from you
May Allah accept all your good actions from you
I read a nice story in arabic. Here’s the translation:
Once upon a time, a boy named Layth visited his grandparents’ farm in the outskirts of the city to enjoy the last few days of his summer vacation.
He was given a gun to play with in the woods by the farm. He constantly practiced shooting at wood and trees but never really hit any targets.
After days of practicing, he became hopeless as he did not see improvement..
One day as he was going back to the house for dinner, he found his grandma’s favorite duck..
He never thought he would ever hit a target, and so, he tried to shoot the duck and ended up killing it (killing the duck, not the grandma 😛 lol)..
I read this in more than one place these past few days and thought it was amazing subhanaAllah…
Imam al-Razi stated, “Allah concealed this night like He did with many things: He concealed His pleasure with acts of obedience so one will strive towards them all, the answer to supplications so one will work towards making every supplication matter, His greatest name so people will magnify all of His names, His acceptance of repentance so one will repent for every sin, the time of one’s death so one will use his entire life for worship and he hide this night so people will worship Him every night [from the last 10 nights of Ramadan].”
I will miss the crowd…
I got this in an email and thought it was too amazing not to share…
Replacing Bad Habits
Completely eliminating a habit is more challenging than replacing it with a more productive habit. Moreover, it’s crucial to replace the lost natural needs, such as the need to socialize and to be entertained with something healthy.
For instance, it’s easier to replace or balance your addiction to TV with a physical workout or reading, than to suddenly remove the TV from your life.
Interestingly, Prophet Muhammad, the greatest ‘psychologist’ of humanity, illustrated this principle in these words:
“Fear Allah wherever you may be; follow up an evil deed with a good one which will wipe (the former) out, and behave good-naturedly towards people.” [At-Tirmidhi]
Blind Spot: Weeping During Recitation
من الخشوع البكاء عند تلاوة القرآن الكريم، وروى ابن ماجة أن الرسول قال: “اقرأوا القرآن وابكوا فإن لم تبكوا فتباكوا”. وثابت أن أبا بكر وعمر وغيرهما تباكوا عند القراءة وبكوا حتى سال دمع عمر على ترقوته. وقرأ عبدالله بن عمر “ويل للمطففين” فبكى حتى انقطع عن قراءة ما بعدها
It is an attribute of those with profound knowledge of God, and a distinguishing feature of God’s righteous devotees. God Most High said, They fall down upon their faces weeping, and it increases them in humility (Quran 17: 109).
Many hadiths and accounts from the Righteous Forebears have been related concerning this. Among them is from the Prophet, peace be upon him, himself: “Read the Quran and weep. If you do not weep, cause yourself to weep.” [Ibn Majah]
Umar ibn al-Khattab, may Allah be pleased with him, prayed the Morning Prayer in congregation and read Surat Yusuf. He wept until his tears flowed over his collarbone.
Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali said, “Weeping is recommended while reciting [the Quran] or witnessing [its recitation].” He said, “The way to achieve this is by bringing sadness to mind by pondering the threats and warnings, the covenants and agreements that it contains, and then contemplating one’s shortcomings with their regard. If this does not bring to mind sadness and weeping, as it does with elite worshippers, then one should weep from the lack of it, since it is among the greatest of calamities.” [Ihy Ulum al-Din]
Source: “Etiquette with the Quran” – Imam al-Nawawi, pg. 45
And for those who know arabic, check this out: البكاء من خشية الله : أسبابه ، وموانعه ، وطرق تحصيله
What hit me most is: “cause yourself to weep”!!…Sometimes, we find it really difficult to get to this level of khushoo3, and this is one of the ways the Prophet peace be upon him taught us to get to that level…
Causing ourselves to weep automatically puts us in the proper position as ‘abeed to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala…and we realize the need we have for Him azza wa jal…
May Allah our sins be forgiven this month inshaAllah..
It was narrated that in the days that Musa alayhis salaam wandered with Bani Israeel in the desert, an intense drought befell them. Together, they raised their hands towards the heavens praying for the blessed rain to come. Then, to the astonishment of Musa alayhis salaam and all those watching, the few scattered clouds that were in the sky vanished, the heat poured down, and the drought intensified.
It was revealed to Musa that there was a sinner amongst the tribe of Bani Israeel who had disobeyed Allah subhaanahu wa ta ‘aala for more than forty years of his life. “Let him separate himself from the congregation,” Allah subhaanahu wa ta ‘aala told Musa alayhis salaam. “Only then shall I shower you all with rain.”
Musa alayhis salaam then called out to the throngs of humanity, “There is a person amongst us who has disobeyed Allah for forty years. Let him separate himself from the congregation and only then shall we be rescued from the drought.”
An assignment for an Al-Maghrib class…I believe it was for A Shepherd’s Path taught by Sheikh Muhammad Al-Shareef…
Bismillahi Al-Rahmani Al-Raheem,
Living in today’s world, we groan and moan about taxes, bills, loans, mortgages, and interest. We live day to day paying what we have to pay unaware of the ideal economic society set for us by our religion. Before the establishment of the Islamic State in Madinah at the time of the Prophet peace and blessings be upon him, the Arabs lived a life of fraud, slavery, and cruelty to the needy and the orphans. When one examines the economic structure before and after the time of the Prophet, it is easy to note the advancement that the religion and Islamic laws instilled in the society. The conduct of businesses and trade fell under certain guidelines that had to be implemented. Slavery was demolished and equality between the rich and the poor, the white and the black, had been established. The love for charity entered the hearts of the Muslims and changed their lives from what was a backwards Arabia to one of the most highly developed economic systems observed.
I was going to summarize this with GEMS, but I thought the whole thing was a life-long GEM!!
May Allah reward him for all the motivation he gives us…
And this goes very well with the video:
My sister sat outside my room, cuddling in her blanket, with a binder on her lap and a pen in her hand.
She sought the light coming from within my room to finish her homework after fajer.
I looked at her and noticed the textbook she had with her. Grade 9 Science. A picture of lightning struck across the cover of the old book. It looked like it was on it’s death bed, ready to fall apart with the flip of a page.
That same lightning rod image on the book struck me as I remembered sitting in highschool, years ago, using that same exact book. It was brand new at the time I used it; the school had just bought them and we were one of the first generations to use them. Looking at the book, I smiled and flipped through it. SubhanaAllah, everything came back rushing at once…All the images and chapters hit me somewhere at the back of my mind…The strength of memory!
There is one thing though, that never ceases to tickle my mind…Everything from childhood seems smaller when we grow!! What used to be the heaviest textbook in my bag in grade 9 back then, now looked like the smallest of books I have come across!
And that’s happened to me so many times…I remember walking through my elementary school and thinking, “it’s soo tiny!!”…I had the same experience when I re-visited my highschool a year after graduation…
Everything in my memory seems to be bigger!
I wonder why…