Agenda for Change

February 20, 2009

 Al-Hujurat (The Chambers) 

Chapter 49: Verse 15

Agenda for Change
“Believers are those who (truly) believe in Allah and His messenger, then doubt not, but who strive with their possessions and their selves in the way of Allah; it is they who are the truthful ones.”

Significant change cannot be effected solely through preaching and delivering sermons. These have a very limited and temporary effect on an audience and societal powers. The influences of society, or the dominant culture, are so huge that they very quickly wash away any effects produced by the preaching. Thus,change agents additionally require a clear practical agenda for change, backed up by sincere devotion, firm resolve and commitment, a spirit of sacrifice, and an investment of time, energy, and resources.

The kind of actions that a movement can engage in will naturally vary according to the social and political circumstances. For instance, if a people are oppressed by their governments, then armed struggle cannot be ruled out. Conversely, in peaceful conditions, actions can incorporate communication, dialogue and exerting social and political pressure.

In the light of Islamic guidance, actions for positive change should lead to a greater good and not to a worsening of the situation. If taking certain actions, no matter how crucial or effective they may be considered, leads to panic and confusion, or creates social upheavals that may give rise to more evil, then they must be avoided and patience exercised until condition change. This is because Islam aims to bring about peace and order not chaos; its aim is to reform, improve and develop a society, to remove wrongs and corruption rather than punish the wicked or create disorder on earth.

Compiled From:
“Building a New Society” – Zahid Parvez, pp. 159, 160

 

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Friday Naseeha

February 13, 2009

Al-Shams (The Sun)

Chapter 91: Verse 10

“And he fails who corrupts it.”


Corrupted Soul…

The Arabic word al-khaibah has many aspects to it, including:

1) weakness in one’s soul, as the soul does not have the strength and courage to follow what it knows is the truth;

2) hesitation and confusion as every time it wants to do good, the soul drags it back down and fights it;

3) true psychological humiliation as he is worshipping something that has no benefit to it and it is not worthy of a human being to be worshipping something of that nature;

4) cowardice and stinginess as his soul knows that he is disobeying his Lord and he cannot look forward to anything positive; hence, he has to hang on to his life and everything that he possesses in the strongest fashion;

5) loss of modesty and dignity as his soul drives him to do shameless acts to the point that he accepts them, supports them and loses all shame concerning them.

This is all part of the reality that happens to him in this world. And that is all much less than the disgrace that he will face in the Hereafter.

Compiled From:
“Purification of the Soul: Concept, Process and Means” – Jamaal al-Din M. Zarabozo, pp. 478, 475


The Disease of the Idiots

February 10, 2009

sick heart

I recently read this quote on this blog and I thought I would share it:

A South Asian scholar of the past said:

To cast lustful glances is the disease of idiots. You neither give, nor receive. All you do is put your own heart in turmoil. You can stare at a girl forever, but you will never get her. You will only get the person that Allah has decreed for you as halal. Since this is a matter which has already been decided by Allah, that is why this is the disease of idiots.

Therefore, let us remember next time we look at a girl (or at a boy if it is a sister looking) that we are indulging in the disease of the idiots.

Oh and remember, you’re using the blessing of eyesight which Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala blessed you with to disobey Him! If you’re gonna sin and disobey Him, then don’t use any of His blessings, don’t sin on His land, and do it without Him knowing of it. (If that didn’t make sense to you yet: You can’t do any of that! It’s IMPOSSIBLE! So just stop with that sin already and get to that next level you’ve been trying to reach forever!)

*A reminder for myself before anyone else*


…the end…

February 5, 2009

When we meet people, we tend to have a first impression. Whether it’s a “love at first sight” or an “I can’t stand being around them”, most people have experienced both scenarios.  Just as reading the pages of a book can change the first judgement from it’s cover, days pass by and prove people to be different from our first impressions. Either that, or they change with time. Flipping page after page, you get further into your book and you realize it’s not a bad one after all.  Dealing with people, especially on a daily basis, whether by choice or not, gives us a different perspective and a chance to change our original impressions. After all, it just takes time to get to know one another.. The lessons that we can derive from ahadeeth are many. Having spent a weekend learning about 4 or 5 of the Nawawi ahadeeth, their wisdom still echoes in my life. I have found the following hadeeth to have numerous lessons, one of which, I couldn’t resist talking about… Hadith 4 NawawiAbu ‘Abd al-Rahman ‘Abdullah bin Mas’ud, radiyallahu ‘anhu, reported: The Messenger of Allah, sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, the most truthful, the most trusted, told us:

“Verily the creation of any one of you takes place when he is assembled in his mother’s womb; for forty days he is as a drop of fluid, then it becomes a clot for a similar period. Thereafter, it is a lump looking like it has been chewed for a similar period. Then an angel is sent to him, who breathes the ruh(spirit) into him. This Angel is commanded to write Four decrees: that he writes down his provision (rizq), his life span, his deeds, and whether he will be among the wretched or the blessed.

I swear by Allah – there is no God but He – one of you may perform the deeds of the people of Paradise till there is naught but an arm’s length between him and it, when that which has been written will outstrip him so that he performs the deeds of the people of the Hell Fire; one of you may perform the deeds of the people of the Hell Fire, till there is naught but an arm’s length between him and it, when that which has been written will overtake him so that he performs the deeds of the people of Paradise and enters therein.”

[Al-Bukhari & Muslim]

How many times have we met people, thought of them the best, only to be disappointed later on? And how many times did we meet absolute “losers” only to see them carrying the torches and effecting those around them? Eventually, becoming leaders of their communities… No one knows how their life will end. We all know this as fact and it’s not something new people don’t know about. What is strikingly ironic though, is that we continuously need to be reminded about judging others. Let me scream the reminder once more: “If we cannot even guarantee our own end, how can we be so quick in judging others?”

*Sigh* I say this to myself first and foremost..

During Sacred Scrolls, Sheikh Al-Hejazy mentioned many stories, some of which, brought tears to my eyes…

Here’s one of them:

During the battle of Uhud, there was a man by the name of Al-Usayrim الأصيرم who came to the battle on the side of the mushrikeen ready to fight the muslims. SubhanaAllah, during the battle this man accepted islam and switched sides. He fought hard and was badly injured. His injury led to him to his death bed, upon which, his last wish was to “convey his salam and shahadah to the Prophet peace be upon him”. 

Another (you might have heard this one):

A man will be on his deathbed and he will tell his children around him to burn him and spread his ashes everywhere out of fear of Allah’s punishment if he is going to be resurrected. Allah will call upon this man and ask him why he told his sons to do that and he will reply, “out of fear of you Allah”, after which, Allah will forgive him. How merciful is Al-Rahman Al-Raheem! SubhanaAllah how one act, even while dying in a state of apparent kufur, can lead to forgiveness! Who are we to judge?!?!

And yet another: The story of the pious man who saw someone committing sins day after day. Eventually, he said that Allah will never forgive him and thought he had virtue over him because of his piety and religious level. Allah forgave the man and punished the pious one for saying that Allah will not forgive the sinful man!

I could go on and on forever…Another story that comes to mind is the one of the man who killed a 100 men and still sought forgiveness…And the woman who helped the dog…and the other who wasn’t kind to the cat… I’m sure we’ve all heard numerous stories, it just boils down to one thing, we just never know how our end will be. We have no idea what is in the hearts of others and how their end will be either. And even as we see the end of a pious man, we might be impressed, but only Allah knows what is inside the hearts. The same is for the sinful, we might harshly judge them and through comments here and there about them, not knowing that we are only harming ourselves while they’re being forgiven. 

So, what is one of the main causes of a bad end? Arrogance! May Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala cure us from it! 

Make dua’a for a good ending to your life. Keep your mouth shut about others.

These are the best two lessons I’ve learned these past few days…


Prime Real Estate!!

November 14, 2008

[Hadith]
Rasul Allah, sal Allah alayhi wa sallam, said, “Amongst the
beautiful (characteristics) of a person’s Islam is that he pays
no heed to that which does not concern him.”
– Tirmidhi

[Lessons from this Hadith]
Your mind is PRIME real estate. If you had a piece of land
right beside the greatest world attraction, wouldn’t you open the
most amazing store on it?

Your brain and your life is more precious then that peice of
land. Only build on it that which concerns your success in this
life and the next.

For the next seven day, ask yourself this question daily, “Am I
using my time right now towards that which benefits me?”

With best wishes to see you succeed at the highest level!
– Muhammad Alshareef

 

There is another hadeeth, I read a while back and I have been meaning to talk about here but I just haven’t found the chance to do so yet…inshaAllah I will soon though 🙂

I miss waking up early for a fresh doese of hadeeth read to me by Sheikh Yasir Qadhi and Yaser Birjas…I really do…May Allah reward them..


Once upon a time, someone said…

October 11, 2008

“The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for”

I have personally found this to be true…apply it to everything and see…you will notice that the days you were happy…you had at least two of the above three things covered for ya!!

“If A = success, then the formula is A = X + Y + Z, with X being work, Y play, and Z keeping your mouth shut”

But most importantly:

“It is right to be contented with what we have, never with what we are”

keep striving for the better!


Hidden Depths…

September 27, 2008

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].”