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..

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Beautiful Recitation for Ibrahim Jibreen

September 23, 2008

Surat Qaaf…


Their time, Our time…

September 21, 2008

Have you ever wished you were born at the time of the Prophet peace be upon him?

Have you wondered how difficult or easy it must have been for the Arabs to believe in him salla Allahu alahi wassalam?

You know, while we might be deprived of seeing the Prophet peace be upon him, we do have an advantage!

SubhanaAllah, Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala is TRULY FAIR!

You know why?? Ponder of this…

During the time of the Prophet, miracles such as the israa’ and mi3raaj were unimaginable and unrealistic to the Arabs. How can a man possibly be elevated to the highest of skies, visit a land far away, and come back all within one night?? To them, it must have been difficult to comprehend. For us however, it is something VERY possible! Anyone who’s been on an airplane can attest to the high possibility of such a miracle…

This also applies to many of the Quraanic miracles such as the verses where Allah azza wa jal tells us of embryology and astronomy. To the Arabs, it probably made no sense to them when they learned about the sun and the moon having their own paths that they travel along in the skies…It was probably very difficult for them to understand the formation of a fetus in the womb and the development stages…Heck even think of the simplest examples: being created from water and mud…Any science student will tell you that one of the first things they memorized is that water is a MUST for life…and that the necessary ingredients for life as they say are probably found in “mud”…One can go on forever…

So you see, while we might not have the Prophet peace be upon him with us, we do understand many of the miracles presented to us in the Quraan…and that leads to another miracle within itself: the fact that these facts were mentioned over 1400 years ago and we are just learning them now!

Also, it brings me to shame to think of how fast they accepted the miracles (companions radiya Allahu anhum) and how strongly and firmly they held to the truth, regardless of what was realistic to them or beyond their knowledge and understanding…And they sacrificed their lives for it.

May Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala grant us the company of His messenger and the companions in jannah inshaAllah. Ameen..

Wassalamu Alaikum…