A Very Much Needed Reminder :)

April 13, 2009


Nawawi - Hadith 19

Nawawi - Hadith 19

Abu al-‘Abbas ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbas, radiyallahu anhuma, reported: One day I was behind the Prophet, sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, and he said to me:

“O young man, I shall teach you some words [of advice] : Be mindful of Allah, and Allah will protect you. Be mindful of Allah, and you will find Him in front of you. If you (have need to) ask, ask of Allah; and if you seek help, seek help from Allah. Know that even if the Nation (or the whole community) were to gather together to benefit you with something, they would not benefit you with anything except that which Allah has already recorded for you, and that if they gather together to harm you with something, they would not be able to harm you with anything except that which Allah has already recorded against you. The pens have been lifted and the pages have dried.”

[Al-Tirmidhi relates this and says: It is a good, genuine Hadith]

In a version other than that of al-Tirmidhi it reads:

“..Be mindful of Allah, you will find Him before you. Get to know Allah in prosperity and He will know you in adversity. Know that what has passed you by was not going to befall you; and that what has befallen you was not going to pass you by. And know that victory comes with patience, relief with affliction, and ease with hardship.”

This hadith implies a very important advice and general ruling in Islam: Allah’s protection. Ibnu Rajab quoted one scholar as saying: “What a pity for the one who is ignorant of thishadith and has little understanding of its meaning.”

Lessons from this Hadeeth

…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

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..

Prophetic Psychology…

September 26, 2008

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]

Source: “16 Proven Techniques to Help You Kick Bad Habits” – TorontoMuslims.com


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..