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Monday, 23 March 2015

Most Sinful, Most Hopeful!!!

In the Name of Allaah, the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful. 

Kun Saadiqan fee ni'yyatika; Mukhlisan fee 'amalika-Be truthful in your intention and Be sincere in your action.
I'm inundated with calls and messages from sinners like you and I who want to know if Allaah is going to forgive them despite their horrendous crimes and sins.

It is with this spirit that I picked up my pen to give hope to the hopeless not through my words but through the un-created Words of Allaah and the flawless statement of His Prophet.

Allaah in His inimitable style says:  Say: "O My servants who have transgressed against themselves! Despair not of the mercy of Allaah." Q39:53

Shutayr bin Shakal said: "I heard ibn Mas'ud (RA) say: "The Ayah in the Qur'an which brings the most relief (to the sinner) is: "Say: "O My servants who have transgressed against themselves! Despair not of the mercy of Allaah." At-Tabarani has it.

If you repent and seek for Allaah's forgiveness and increase in your Eeman and do righteous deeds. Allaah will turn your evil to good. 

Satan wants us to lose hope in Allaah's Mercy. As long as you turn to Allaah sincerely, He will forgive you in shaa Allaah. 

‎How many have sinned like none before but at the realization that no sin is too big for Allaah to forgive once they repent, found salvation!

‎The final weapon in the arsenal of Satan is despondency, when he strikes you with it, you are finished. Never despair of the Mercy of Allaah.

The hadith on the strength of Abu Saeed al-Khudry (RA) recorded by both Imam Al-Bukhari and Muslim of a man who killed one hundred people and later regretted and aspired to repent sincerely and was forgiven by Allaah. 

He had not yet reached the land of repentance when death approached him yet Allaah forgave him because of the strength of the sincerity he had to repent.

Allaah also says:

"And whoever does evil or wrongs himself but afterwards seeks Allaah's forgiveness, he will find Allaah Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful."Q4:110 

Allaah would not care to pay attention to us if we did not worship Him, for He only created us to worship Him Alone. Indeed, being remorseful for our sins and returning back to Allaah is an act of 'Ibadah.

Some believe that because they've committed shirk, Zina, homosexuality, consumed alcohol, murdered innocent souls, abandoned Salat, indulged in Usury, Allaah will never forgive them but I say Allaah will forgive you if you are sincere in your repentance and He will draw you close to Him and convert your sins to good deeds.

Imam Ahmad in his Musnad recorded the hadith on the strength of Anas bin Malik (RA) that the Prophet (Pbuh) said:

"By the One in Whose Hand is my soul, if you were to commit sin until your sins filled the space between heaven and earth, then you were to ask Allaah for forgiveness, He would forgive you..."

The door of repentance and mercy is expansive....do not despair! 

The final weapon in the arsenal of Satan is despondency, when he strikes you with it, you are finished. Never despair of the Mercy of Allaah! With all your sins you can still make it to Jannah.

The message being echoed here is that no matter how big and how many times we've committed evil, Allaah's Door is opened for repentance. 

You may also wish to perform two Raka'ahs of Salatu-t-Taubah prescribed by the Sharee'ah through the hadith narrated by AbuBakr (RA) in Sunan of Abu Dawood (1521) that he heard the Messenger of Allaah (Pbuh) said:

"There is no one who commits a sin then purifies himself well and stands and prays two Rak'ahs, then asks Allaah for forgiveness, but Allaah will forgive him."

One of the Arab poets said: "Oh Allaah! If You will forgive then forgive one and all because no servant of yours hasn't sinned against You."

Another one says: "If only the pious hope in the mercy and forgiveness of Allaah where do sinners like us turn to?"

Indeed, Allaah is Oft-Forgiving and Most Merciful. 

May Allaah accept our repentance and forgive us our sins.‎

Thursday, 19 March 2015

My Shot On Humility!!!

In the Name of Allaah, the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful.

Humility in my words is like a building foundation, the deeper the foundation the higher the building goes..the shallower the foundation, the lower the building. He who humbles himself for the sake of Allaah, will be elevated by Allaah, he who is proud and haughty will be debased by Allaah.

Humility is to consider yourself not deserving of the high and favorable status you enjoy and to consider those below you better than you and those above you better than you.

Humility compels us to respect others because regarding our sins we are certain but when it comes to other people's sins we are only speculating.

Stay humbled and Allaah will draw you closest to Him.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Gems From Surah Al-Hadid Q57

In the Name of Allaah, the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful. 

‎He who aspires to smile a spiritual smile must flip through the pages of the Qur'an.

‎As much as I want to paint the image of the spiritual ecstasy experienced when perusing the pages of the Qur'an, I will never be able to. 

‎The creation needs to know who Allaah is, because only then will they fear and love Him unconditionally.. 

Allaah says:
"Whatsoever is in the heavens and the earth glorifies Allah, and He is the All-Mighty, All-Wise."Q57:1

Everything that exists in the heavens and the earth praises Allaah including creatures and plants. 

Don't be left behind in the race of glorifying Allaah day and night. 

We must humble ourselves before Allaah because Only He is the Almighty. 

Allaah is able to do all things which means whatever He wills, is, and whatever He does not will, will never be. 

"He is the First (nothing is before Him) and the Last (nothing is after Him), the Most High and the Most Near. And He is the All-Knower of every thing."

According to the Hadith of 'Irbad bin Sariyah in Tirmidhi, Abu Dawud and An-Nasa'i, this verse is better than a thousand Ayat.

He it is Who created the heavens and the earth in six Days and then Istawa (rose over) the Throne (in a manner that suits His Majesty).

"Allaah created the dust on Saturday, and He created the mountains on Sunday, and He created the trees on Monday and He (Allaah) created the unpleasant things on Tuesday and He created the light on Wednesday and He spread the creatures through it on Thursday. ‎He created Adam after 'Asr on Friday. He was the last created during the last hour of Friday, between 'Asr and the night." Musnad of Imam Ahmad.

"Whoever likens Allaah with His creation, will have committed Kufr. Whoever denies what Allah has described Himself with, will have committed Kufr." Nuaym bin Hammad Al-Khuza'i the teacher of Imam Al-Bukhari.

"And with Him (Allaah) are the keys of all that is hidden, none knows them but He. And He knows whatever there is in the land and in the sea. Not a leaf falls, but He knows it. There is not a grain in the darkness of the earth nor anything fresh or dry but is written in a Clear Record." Q6:59

‎"And He is with you (by His Knowledge) wheresoever you may be. And Allah is the All-Seer of what you do." Q57:4 

Allaah is watching over us and witnessing our deeds wherever we may be, on land or at sea, during the night or the day, at home or in open locations.

‎Allaah hears all our speeches and sees us wherever we are. He knows our secrets and our public statements. We have no option but to fear Him.
To be continued in shaa Allaah. May Allaah expose us to the reality of what has been written.‎‎

Monday, 9 March 2015

A Believer in Turbulence (Tests, Trials and Tribulations)

In the Name of Allaah, The Entirely Merciful, The Especially Merciful.

"Blessed is He in Whose Hand is the dominion, and He is Able to do all things.

Who has created death and life, that He may TEST you which of you is best in deed....." Q67:1-2
"Verily, We have created man from Nutfah drops of mixed semen (discharge of man and woman), in order to TRY him, so we made him hearer and seer." Q76:1-2

"And certainly, We shall test you with something of fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits, but give glad tidings to the patient ones." Q2:155

Also, Q29: 1-2; also, Q3:142; also, Q2:215.

These verses point to the fact that tests, trials and tribulations are inseparable from our lives.

And I substantiate this with the authentic hadith of the Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) in which he said:

"The people most severely tested are the Prophets, then the righteous, then the next best and the next best."

In another narration he (Pbuh) said: "A man will be tested in accordance with the degree of his religious commitment, the stronger his religious commitment, the stronger his test." Ibn Katheer

You think you are facing challenges in your life, listen to the tale of others and you will be most grateful to Allaah for giving you what He has given to you.

‎Nobody has got any immunity against tests and trails from Allaah. But some are immuned against being patient when Allaah tests them.

‎Through tests and trials Allaah strengthens our Eeman. Hence, don't look at them from a negative perspective but rather as plus factors that will draw us closer to Allaah.

We are only afflicted to the extent of what Allaah has Decreed, so don't whine but rather hold on to Eeman and Sabr and you will pass through your tests successfully.

Ever wondered why the most beloved of Allaah Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) had to go through severe persecutions characterized by social, economic and spiritual boycotts? 

The same Prophet (Pbuh) lost his teeth during the battle of Uhud. He had to swallow the bitter pill of being stoned to blood by the youth of Banu Thaqif of Ta'if.

He lost his beloved wife Khadeejah then his uncle then his daughters then also his most beloved foster brother and uncle Hamzah...all these coupled with days characterized by hunger.

Ever wondered why the intimate friend of Allaah, Ibrahim Khaleel had to face the tyranny of Nimrod and had to accept his test of being thrown into a severely kindled fire?

The same Khaleel Allaah who was blessed with a child at the later stage of his life had to take his wife and this infant to a barren land and leave them their as a test from Allaah.

The same Khaleel Allaah was asked by Allaah to slaughter his son as a test from Allaah.

Ever wondered why Prophet Ayub (AS) who was bestowed with a handsome wealth, children, wives, houses and a sound health had to lose everything including his health as a test from Allaah?

Yazid bin Maysara (RA) in ibn Katheer spoke about the amazing dua of Prophet Ayub when Allaah tested him. The long and short message of the dua was that even at the critical state of severe test he still found an ample space in his heart to be grateful to Allaah and he never for once whined.

Mujahid the student of ibn Abbas (RA) said Ayub was promised to be united in Jannah with all his family members whom he lost and in this world Allaah replaced for him a new set of family members and a handsome wealth also because he was patient.

The Arab poet said: "Do not complain and whine when things are difficult for a day, remember that you've enjoyed prosperity for a very long time."

Brothers and sisters and Islam, a lot are out there who have lost their sanity, hence be grateful to Allaah that He has preserved your sanity. 

Remember that whatever difficulty you are facing today.....THIS ALSO WILL PASS.

Stop yourself from despairing and panicking over the tests and trials that Allaah bring your way. They are there to strengthen your Eeman.

May Allaah grant us a beautiful patience during the moments of tests, trials and tribulations.

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Toward The Radicalization of the Muslim Youth: Our Anathema!!!

In the Name of Allaah, the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful. 

Islam by all standards is a moderate religion. Dissect every act of worship and you will agree with me without an iota of doubt.

Allaah in His inimitable style says in Q22:78: "And strive hard in Allaah's Cause as you ought to strive (with sincerity and with all your efforts that His Name should be superior). He has chosen you (to convey His Message of Islamic Monotheism to mankind by inviting them to His religion, Islam), and has not LAID UPON YOU IN RELIGION ANY HARDSHIP....."

The hadith on the strength of Abdullah bin Mas'ud (RA) who said: The Messenger of Allaah (Peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "THOSE WHO GO EXTREMES ARE DOOMED." He said it three times. Narrated by Imam Muslim (2670).

Islam frowns on individuals overburdening themselves and being too strict unjustifiably.

When our cars break down we don't go to the hospital rather we go to the mechanics but when it comes to Islam we don't refer to the learned authorities.

The Ummah is bleeding simply because the passionate youth has failed to Islamize his passion for Islam. And this process of  Islamization is knowledge based.

The irony of our generation is such that a learned scholar will be giving a fatwa and the passionate youth who lack knowledge is googling to either confirm or belie and most at times they give preference to that which they find online.

The passionate youth most at times get radicalized because of dogmatism, blind followership and lack of knowledge. 

Information is a processed Data, while knowledge is a processed information. We need to go beyond information to know what Islam is. Unfortunately the passionate Muslim youth stick to information on certain issues in Islam and fails to grasp the meaning holistically. 

It's easy for everyone to say that this is the Islamic ruling (Hukm) on issues A and B but it takes a scholar to appreciate how these rulings are applied (Fatwa)

They go to YouTube  and Google and facebook to take Fatwas from scholars that are oblivious of the peculiarity of our locality.

Know the difference between a Hukm and a Fatwa.

When you impo‎rt a Fatwa from somewhere and you try to apply it to your local content which in reality is not applicable then the radicalization process begins.

Some import Fatwa that is applicable to Muslims living in war torn areas and try to apply it to Muslims living in peaceful areas. When you paint out the difference to them, they label you a hypocrite or an apostate.

Don't be deceived by those who will quote verses from the Qur'an and ahadith from Bukhari and Muslim while deliberately twisting their meanings to justify their unIslamic dodgy aqeedah and to brainwash you into killing others and pronouncing them Munaafiqs and Kaafirs.

‎Which is more rewarding? The number of people you win over to the fold of Islam or the number of those you make Takfeer on? Definitely there's a great reward attached to those who serve as a means of guidance to others.

‎We are where we are today, because many have pronounced many sincere Muslims Kaafir hence justifying the taking of their souls. Sunhanallah!

In Majmu' al-Fatawah, Ibn Taymiyah (RA) said: Verdicts should be based on knowledge of experts in a field.
Oh passionate Muslim youth, always refer to experts in the various fields of Islamic sciences lest you become radicalized and start seeing good people as evil and evil people as good.

Oh passionate Muslim youth, always go with the opinion that best supports the Maqasid of the Shariah (Jalb al-Masalih): Promotion of the common good. And know that killing of innocent souls and making takfeer on sincere Muslims is definitely not a Maqsad in the Shariah.

Oh passionate Muslim youth don't be a reason why ‎parents will become skeptical when their children embrace the path of true Islam for the fear of being radicalized.

To be of help to Islam we must learn Islam from the basics. The youth get radicalized because they want to run before they can crawl. 

When parents fail to introduce their kids to Allaah at a very young age, they grow up knowing only beauties of this world and often at times at later stage of their lives when they become passionate about Islam, they don't want to learn from ground zero they become instant Muftis and Scholars and easily gets radicalized.

We must present the right image of Islam not presenting our image as Islam's. 

Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah in I'lam al-Muwaqi'in vol.3, pg.14 said: "Everything which replaces justice with injustice, mercy with its opposite, the common good with mischief, and wisdom with folly, is a ruling that does not belong to the Shari'ah, even though it might have claimed to be according to some interpretation."

Islam is the culture of the Muslims, hence cannot and should not be reduced to a concept by belittling other aspects of the Deen.

Oh passionate Muslim youth, know that difference of opinions existed among the Sahaba (RA) during the golden era of Islam but they never make Takfeer on one another nor label each other Munafiqs.

Oh passionate Muslim youth, don't restrict yourself to a certain circle of scholars with whom you only take. They are fallible hence liable to make mistakes. Get yourself accustomed to healthy intellectual debate because you might just be wrong in your opinions which you have held sacrosanct.

Oh passionate Muslim youth, we must not allow Satan to pave the way for us to hide under the pretext of over-zealousness in religion by radicalizing us.

"O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm for Allaah, witnesses in justice, and do not let the hatred of a people prevent you from being just. Be just, that is nearest to righteousness..." Q5:8

Ibn al-Jawzi said: “ To imitate is to suspend the use of the intellect whereas the intellect was created for thinking and reasoning." 

Islam is a balanced religion that frowns at two extremes: Extremism and Laxity.‎

May Allaah save our youth from becoming extremists in Religion.‎