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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

What Next After Ramadan!!!


What next After Ramadan?

Alhamdulillah Alladhi bi ni'matihi wa fadlihi tatimmus salihat (All praise be to Allaah through Whose Boon and Favor virtue sees completion and nobility sees culmination).

Fasting in the month of Ramadan is a vehicle that drives us to the destination of Taqwa...I hope we have arrived safely at that destination now that Ramadan has bade us farewell.

Just as we rigidly and happily practiced on the rituals of Ramadan (regular Qura'nic recitation, promptness in the observance of Salat, lowering of our gazes, regular charity, feeding of the poor, patience, forgiveness), we need not to stagnant we have to carry on even at the sighting of the crescent of Shawwal.

The Lord of Ramadan is with absolute certainty the Lord of Shawwal nay the Lord of all the months. 

Just as we seek for the pleasure of Allaah in Ramdan to admit us to Paradise and to distance us from Hell so also are we expected to do even after Ramadan.

Don't let your Tahajjud fall asleep after Ramadan only to wake up in the next Ramadan which perhaps we might not live to see.

As-Sibaq (racing towards good deed) is the ultimate challenge in the life of a believer. Challenge your soul to make each new second better than the previous one.

In Q57:21 and other places also Allaah has asked us to outrace one another in good deeds and in seeking for the forgiveness of our Lord.

I leave you with this thought-provoking hadith of Rasulullaah (Pbuh).

On the strength of Abdullah bin Amr bin Al'As (RA), Rasulullaah (Pbuh) said: "O Abdullah! Do not be like so-and-so. He used to get up at night for optional prayer (Tahajjud) but abandoned it later." Bukhari and Muslim have it.

Oh brothers and sisters in Islam, don't be like so-and-so, who used to be mindful of his duties to Allaah during Ramadan and then abandoned it at the crescent of Shawwal.

May Allaah grab us by our foreheads and steer us to His obedience.

Notes From Madinah!!!

Notes from Madinah


Indeed Allaah has conferred His Favor upon the Companions (RA) of Rasulullaah (Pbuh)..they gave birth to the city of Madinah when they made that historic Hijrah.

Whenever I'm in Madinah, I try as much as possible to create a scenario of the ideal society presented during the time of the Sahabah (RA)..but my expression and imagination is always frustrated by the spiritual buzz that existed during the golden era of Islam.

What must have been the sanity that reigned in Madinah when Rasulullaah (Pbuh) was reciting the Qur'an while AbuBakr, Umar, Uthman and Ali (RA) were the listeners?

How can I describe the fortune of the Sahabah (RA) when Bilal (RA) made the call to prayer and Rasulullaah (Pbuh) led the prayer? I'm inundated with tears.

The hills and valleys of Madinah will forever sing their silent eulogy for the greatest men that ever walked the face of earth...such is the reward of the doers of good for the sake of Allaah.

This morning, I stood in Jannatul Baqi' and I said to the deafening silence in the Graves beneath "Oh Sahabah (RA)! You worked for Allaah and obeyed His Rasul; now you are resting in the midst of the Pleasure of Allaah."

How can I express the fortune of AbuBakr and Umar (RA) that today when you visit the grave of Rasulullaah (Pbuh) you will find them by his side!

When I walk round the neighborhood of Rasulullaah (Pbuh) I tremble because if the same earth will testify for the Sahabah (RA) and I, then I'm doomed, where do I stand when the earth rolls out the CV of the Sahabah (RA)?

Centuries down the line but the sacrifice made by Rasulullaah (Pbuh) and his companions (RA) to establish Tauheed is written all over the atmosphere of Madinah.

Be like the companions (RA): Listen and Obey Allaah and His Rasul. Abandon any filthy lifestyle.

We ask Allaah to bless us with a beautiful death in Madinah thus favoring us with a burial in the neighborhood of Rasulullaah (Pbuh).

Thursday, 10 July 2014

The Ummah Is Bleeding!!!


The Ummah is Bleeding::

These are trying times for the Ummah of Rasulullaah (Pbuh) but just as it is with the Sunnah of Allaah, it'll come and go. Sabr Ya ahlul Islam.

Everywhere you turn to, the Muslims have become a soft target. The most oppressed people on planet earth.

The hadith states that Allaah gives leeway to an oppressor, then when He grabs the oppressor none is there to rescue him from Allaah.

Where do you find down the history of the world's civilizations that innocent children are the target of oppressors except during the time of Pharaoh and now the Zionist regime of Israel..

Famine of just leaders, the world is crying out because it has never had this population of oppressive leaders on its back ever.

The media mouthpiece of the oppressors is disheartening and a deliberate tool to cause an atmosphere of despondency in the hearts of the Muslims.

As Muslims, we are encouraged not to despair of the Mercy of Allaah, He is in control, we turn to Him and He will in shaa rescue the Ummah.

Injustice is like a bubble, no matter how long it stays, it'll eventually burst into thin air. Allaah will destroy all the roots of oppression.

There can never be a justification for injustice. Those killed in Palestine, Burma, Nigeria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Bosnia, CAR might be deceased to the world but they are alive in the Sight of Allaah.

At least, we can use the agency of this Ramadan to cry to Allaah to help our oppressed brothers and sisters wherever they are.

Ya Salaam! Allaah is very very tolerant with His servants. He created them from a quintessence of fluid yet man insults Him and kills those that believe in Him.

Read Qur'an in abundance and at the end of your recitation supplicate to Allaah to bring succor to our Palestinian, Burma, Borno....Muslims.

Friday, 4 July 2014

The Anatomy of Our Era IV

We live in an era where speaking against oppression and the oppressors attracts another oppression against the speaker.

We the Muslims are being killed in all the nooks and crannies of the world, yet the oppressors are portraying themselves as the victims.

We are living in an era where being a practicing Muslim is an open invitation to death both on the local and international arena.

As vulnerable as the Muslims are, and as oppressed as we are, yet we still find time to glorify the satanic culture the oppressors promote.

Can you begin to imagine the statistics of Muslims that are being killed, displaced, oppressed each hour of the day? Yet we are the terrorists?

In some parts of the world, we are being oppressed into not fasting during this month, yet we are the black sheep of this era?

I say this without any fear of contradiction that we the Muslims are the MOST TOLERANT people this world has ever seen.

Kill a dog mercilessly and the animal rights activists will drag you to jail...but kill a Muslim, you get a pat on your shoulder with a smile.

Study the history of oppression, it has always being falsehood trying to oppress the Truth but it never succeeds.

Cherish your Islam and hold tightly onto it.

Don't ever feel guilty of a crime you haven't committed. Islam advocates for peace and Justice. Never ever abandon a righteous deed for the sake of the oppressors.

We ask Allaah to disintegrate the strength of the oppressors whoever they are and wherever they are.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Episode 5 Keeping Up With The Sahabah (RA)!!

Rasulullah (Pbuh) said: "The person in whose heart there is an iota of pride will not enter Jannah." 

Ahh! the Sahabah (RA) were on a different level…..physically and spiritually. My vocabulary is too shallow to begin to paint the image of how humble these shining stars of our glory days were….

Undoubtedly, the Sahabah were tutored by the best hence they graduated as the best. 

Did you know that AbuBakr bin Abu Quhafah (RA) would go around in Madinah milking goats for its residence even though he was the Khalifah? Tell me, which leader today sees it normal to sit with his gardeners….

Did you know that the commander of the faithfuls 'Umar bin Al-khattab (RA) ruled over 2.2 million square miles yet when he entered Ash-Sham, he rode on a camel and the people were perplexed suggesting that he should have rode on a fast horse? Humility personified!

Did you know that 'Umar bin Al-Khattab (RA) taught women how to make Assedah (a paste made from flour and clarified butter)?

Did you know that "Umar bin Al-Khattab (RA) and Uthman bin Affan (RA) would allow people to ride with them on their animals {an act they learnt from Rasulullah (Pbun)} out of humility? They sought to make life easy for commoners unlike us today.

Did you know that Uthman bin Affan (RA) would fetch water for himself at night for ablution (no privilege of boreholes and water taps) even though he was the Khalifah and he would say he doesn't need his servants to that because the night is for them to rest? Humility…

Did you know that Ali bin Abi Talib (RA) would go to the market places to guide lost people, announce lost items, and offer a helping hand to those who need it even though he was the Khalifah?

Did you know that Salmaan Al-Farsi (RA) would weave his own baskets even though he was the commander of twenty thousand man army at Madaa'in?

Did you know that three things form the core of humility by the definition of Ali bin Abi Talib (RA)?
They are: 
  1. To be the first to greet others (don't wait to be greeted first).
  2. To be contented with an inferior position in a gathering rather than aspiring to be seen and known or to be on the high table).
  3. To dislike ostentatious display and boastfulness.
From the above excerpts it is now vivid before us that the people that had the most to feel superior were in fact foremost in displaying absolute humility.

I've said it before and I'll reiterate objectively, a humble man attracts not only the love of his friends but he also leaves his enemies with no option of hatred.

References:*Imam Ahmad in kitabu Zuhd*,* Ibn Assakir*,*kanzul Ummal*,*Ibn Sa'd*,*Targheeb wat Tarheeb*