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Saturday, 23 January 2016

Signs of Allaah's love

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

Indeed, the highest level every sane person seeks to achieve is that which confirms the love and pleasure of Allaah and if it is not attained then nothing else is worth achieving.

Today, we venerate the companions (RA) of the Prophet (Pbuh) and rightfully so, because Allaah's love, acceptance and pleasure was conferred on them and so also was the love of Jibreel (AS) and all the angels.

What they did to attain this lofty status is left for the seekers of knowledge to dig with sincerity and determination. 

The long and short of it is that, Allaah loves the believers in Islamic Monotheism, those whose days and nights are spent in striving for the best of this world and the Hereafter with a special insight of the fact that Allaah's ultimate pleasure should and must be sought for in whatever endevor they undertake be it earning the wealth of this dunya or pursuing the religious perfection.

Likewise, Allaah hates those who disbelieve and disobey Him as long as they do not repent.

As a way of substantiating this point, the hadith on the strength of Abu Hurayrah (RA) recorded by both Imams Bukhari and Muslim comes to mind.

The Messenger of Allaah (Pbuh) said: "When Allaah loves a person, He calls Jibreel and says: 'I love So and so, so love him.' So Jibreel loves him, then he calls out to the people of heaven, 'Allaah loves So and so, so love him.' so the people of heaven love him and he finds acceptance on earth. If Allaah hates a person, He calls out to the people of heaven: Allaah hates so and so, so hate him." So they hate him and he is hated on earth."

Brothers and sisters in Islam! What more colorful feather can a person have on his cap than that that indicates the love of Allaah? Love that which Allaah loves and hate that which Allaah hates. 

Run away from sins and transgression and repent. Be quick in responding to righteous deeds and be with the people of faith and avoid the sinful folks.

Don't be a liar, don't be deceitful, don't betray, don't backbite, don't be proud and arrogant. Attach yourself to that which you are sure Allaah is pleased with.

May Allaah's love and pleasure be conferred on us.‎

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Tears of Hijab

Dedicated to my brothers and sisters out there doing street Da'awah creating awareness on Hijab

I'm for modesty only, yet I'm frowned at
I'm for protection only, yet I'm unsecured
I'm for the believers only, yet I'm challenged

I came as a symbol of liberation, yet got enslaved
I came as a bearer of chastity,yet got unchaste
I came as a concept of women's status, yet got debased

I was here since 1400 years ago, yet I'm estranged
I was here on the command of the Creator, yet I'm opposed
I was here as a full garb, yet I'm skinned

The world has united against me
Yet I triumph patiently
The world sees me as a threat
Yet I'm harmless naturally
The world promotes nudity passionately
Yet condemns me vociferously

O dear world! I'll not succumb to your pressure
For I live for my Creator's pleasure
And I'm ready to withstand your displeasure

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Monday, 4 January 2016

Journey of the soul series: Barzakh V (soul of a disbelieving or disobedient servant)

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

"As for the one who joins partners with Allaah, it is as if he plunges down from the skies--whereupon birds snatch him off, or the wind casts him away to a remote place (from Allaah's mercy)." Q 22:31

Whatever man sows that he shall reap and there's no escape from this natural law. This is a common statement among one and all. 

Previously, the journey of the soul of a believer and an obedient servant was explained in details and any man with sane and balanced understanding will yearn to be honored with such reception the moment he dies. However, the opposite of this is that of the disbelieving or disobedient servant whose life was dominated with disobedience and oppression against self. The Prophet (Pbuh) thus explained in details the justice of Allaah in rewarding and punishing. As we continue with the series, below is what happens the moment Allaah denies the soul of the sinful servant entry into the gates of the heaven.
Al Bara'a bin Azib (RA) further narrated in the hadith recorded in the Musnad of Ahmad, Sunan of Abu Dawud and others (authenticated by al-Albani in Sahih ul-Jami) that the Prophet (Pbuh) said:

"His soul (the disbelieving or disobedient servant's soul that was cast down from the heavens without regard) is restored to his body, so that he hears the thumping of his companions' shoes as they walk away from his grave.

Two angels of severe reprimand come to him and shake him. They make him sit up, and ask him, "Who is your Lord?" He replies, "Alas, alas, I do not know!" They ask him, "What is your Din?" He replies, "Alas, alas, I do not know!" They ask him, "Who is that man who was sent to you?" He cannot recall his name, and he is told, "(His name is) Muhammad!" He says, "Alas, alas, I do not know. I just heard the people say that." He is then told, "You did not know; and you did not recite (the Qur'an)!" A caller calls from the heaven, "He lies! So spread for him furnishings from the Fire; and open for him a door to the Fire." Thus its heat and fierce hot wind reach him; and his grave is tightened around him, causing his ribs to break.

Before him appears a man with ugly face, repulsive clothes, and a foul smell; he says, "I am to give you evil tidings that will displease you. This is the day that you have been promised." He responds, "evil tidings from Allaah be to you too! Who are you? Your face is one that brings evil." He says, "I am your malicious deeds. By Allaah, I only knew you slow in obeying Allaah, and quick in disobeying Him. May Allaah repay you with evil."

A blind, deaf, and dumb person is appointed for him. He carries in his hand a sledgehammer that, if it hits a mountain, would turn it to dust. He hits him (with it) once; and he becomes dust. Allaah then restores him as he was; and the person hits him again; he sounds a shriek that is heard by everything except men and jinns.

A door is opened for him to the Fire; and he is given the furnishings from the Fire. He then says, "O my Lord! Do not establish the Hour."

This brings us to the end of the hadith.

Brothers and sisters in Islam, we either experience the journey that takes the soul to the seven heavens to meet Allaah well pleased with it if we remain steadfast in His obedience or we take the path that the soul of the disbelieving or disobedient servant travels which ends in destruction even before it starts.

A man will be subjected to a psychological torture in trying to answer the simplest questions (for the pious servants of Allaah) but nay the most severe questions (for the wicked souls) ever to be asked. 

Everyone will agree to the fact that it's more painful if one sits for an examination and sees a question whose answer he knows but cannot remember than to see a question whose answer he knows not. This disbelieving or disobedient servant will try to recall his knowledge of Islam, the Lord he ought to have served and the Prophet he ought ot have followed but his memory will fail him. This failure will be as a result of his deliberate rejection of truth and stringent adherence to falsehood. 

In the grave, the believing and obedient servant of Allaah desires that Judgement Day be fast-tracked after being exposed to the great bounty and everlasting pleasures kept in wait for him in Jannah (Paradise) while the disbelieving and disobedient servant will wish that Judgement Day never be established after realizing how impossible it is for him to escape the severest of punishments that will last forever.

Brothers and sisters, I ask Allaah to bless this series and to be a source of reformation for many and to accept it as a pious deed from me and any such person that will take it as a reforming tool and spread to others in order for us to be familiar with the two inevitable paths the soul of humans take the moment it departs from the body.

If we are a nation that think, ponder and reflect, then sufficient has been disseminated.

You may wish to read from the first to the fifth article on this series.

May Allaah privilege us with a good stay in this world, a wonderful stay in the grave and a favorable decision in the Hereafter.‎

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Saturday, 19 December 2015

Keeping up with the Sahabah series: Episode 6

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

After a long break from the series on keeping up with the Sahabah, I felt the timely need for a continuation on the series because it's not possible for us to understand and appreciate Islam if we can't understand and appreciate the men and women that transmitted it to us.

We start with the definition of a Sahabi: 

‎A Sahabi is anyone who meets the Prophet (P), believed in him and died upon Islam." Ibn Hajar in Nukhbatul Fikar fee Mustalahi ahlil athar
‎Three characteristics make a sahabi: Al-Liqa' (meeting) as against "seeing", Iman (faith, believe), and  al-maut alal Islam (death upon Islam).

Let's dissect this, it then means that anyone who does not meet the above requirements in totality is not to be counted among the companions of the Prophet (Pbuh). The following examples will substantiate my point:

Ibn Umm Maktum (RA) met the Prophet (P), believed in him and died upon Islam even though he was blind, so he is a companion. ‎
The king of Abbysinia Al-Najjashi Ashama bin Al-Abjar believed in the Prophet, died upon Islam but did not meet him so he is not counted among the Sahabah. A prove of his acceptance of Islam can be found in Za'd Al-Ma'ad volume 3/61 of ibn Qayyim and when he died the Prophet prayed for him in Madeenah in absentia as was captured in the hadith of Muslim.

‎We have the likes of Abu al-Aliya Rafi'i bin Mahran who met the Prophet but did not accept Islam until afer the death of the Prophet during the era of AbuBakr (RA) hence he is not a Sahabi.

We equally have Abu Raafi' maula ahli Umar (RA) who saw the Prophet but didn't believe till after his death, hence he is not counted among the Sahabah. ‎ 

‎The Sahabah are the best of men after the Prophets. 

‎Qur'an chapter 9 verse 100 paints the perfect image of the status of the Sahabah (companions) of the Prophet (Pbuh). Allaah is pleased with them and they with Him and above all they will all enter Paradise beneath which rivers flow.
Also, to demonstrate the status of the Sahabah, Allaah said: "Allaah has forgiven the Prophet (SAW), the Muhajirun and the Ansar who followed him in the time of distress (Tabuk expedition, etc.) Q9:117


 ‎"Allah knows best with whom to place His Message." Q6:124

Ibnul Qayyim in Tareequl Hijratayn page 171 said: "Allaah knows best where to place His Message, both with regard to the original recipient (Muhammad) and those who inherit it from him (the Sahabah)."

Another accolade:
‎Indeed, Allah was pleased with the believers when they gave their Bai'a (pledge) to you (O Muhammad Pbuh) under the tree, He knew what was in their hearts, Q48:18

‎Ibn katheer said that Allaah knew what was in the hearts of the Sahabah of truthfulness, trustworthiness, obedience and adherence.

There is a hadith in the Musnad of Imam Ahmad with a hasan (good) Isnaad on the strength of Ibn Mas'ud (RA) that: "Allaah looked into the hearts of His slaves and He saw that the heart of Muhammad (Pbuh) was the best of people's heart, so He chose him for Himself and sent him with His Message. He then looked into the hearts of His slaves after the heart of Muhammad (Pbuh), and He found that the hearts of his companions were the best of people's hearts, so He made them the supporters of His prophet, who fought for this religion."

How many were they?

‎The Sahabah were 124,000 in number according to the famous opinion of Abu Zurha Ar-Razi (the teacher of Imam Muslim) in At-Taqrib ma'a Tadrib.

It will interest those that care to know, that all the verses addressing the believers is first a reality with the Sahabah before reaching us. Hence, their Iman was accepted first by Allaah before the Iman of any other person.

Sanction against insulting and antagonizing them:
The hadith that enjoyed the status of double authenticity on the strength of Abu Hurayrah (RA) in Bukhari and Muslim states that: "Do not revile (insult) my companions, for by One in Whose Hand is my soul, if one of you were to spend the equivalent of Uhud in gold, it will not amount to a Mudd of one of them or half of that."

Likewise‎ the hadith on the strength of Jaabir bin Abdullah Al-Ansari (RA) Rasulullah (Pbuh) said: "A believer does not antagonize Abubakr and Umar and the Munafiq (hypocrite) does not love them." Khateeb al-Baghdad in Taareekhul Baghdad

Abu Ja'far At-Tahawiyy has this golden words for us in Al-Aqeedatut Tahawiyyah; "We love the Sahabah of Rasulullaah (Pbuh) and we don't go extreme in the love for any of them. We love those who love them and we hate those who hate them. Loving them is from Islam, Iman and righteousness and hating them is disbelief, hypocrisy and tyranny.

‎May Allaah favor us with the love of the Sahabah and unite us with them in Jannah and may these above points be evidence for us and not against us.

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Friday, 18 December 2015

Friday Tonic: On calling others to the truth

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

‎O you who believe! Obey Allaah and His Messenger, and turn not away from him (i.e. Messenger Muhammad) while you are hearing. [Quran 8:20]

I used to say that calling people to the truth is like a doctor-patient relationship. If you have the truth from the Qur'an and Sunnah and someone lacks it then you are the doctor and he is the patient. The doctor tries as much as possible to make the patient understand the dangers posed by the ailment he's suffering from and oncee he succeeds in doing that, the patient is at the mercy of the doctor.

If he's told to spend millions to buy drugs, he won't antagonize the doctor but rather will be thankful and look forward to raising the fund.

We need to systematically make people realize how far they've derailed from the truth and the consequences of such so that they will be willing to accept the truth to save themselves from self-destruction.‎
The Prophet (P) preached, invited, prayed to Allaah and was patient in inviting the misguided folks into the right path. When we imbibe this culture we will go a long way in convincing others.

People can never be as misguided as the people of the pre-Islamic era (Jahiliyyah), yet the Prophet (P) never lose hope in preaching to them, he was persistent and consistent in his call until those among them whom Allaah has decreed guidance for accepted the truth.

Do not lose hope in teaching people the Qur'an and Sunnah no matter how steep they are in ignorance and misguidance. Be kind and persistent with the truth.

‎The Prophet (P) was victimized, insulted, blacklisted by those he was ardently wishing good for, he never relented until some accepted the truth because he was sent as a mercy to Mankind. 

‎Don't lose your patience in the midst of excessive misguidance and think that force or violence will bring people to the truth. 

‎Preaching using the methodology and the teachings of the Prophet (P) is a strong tool to guiding people. ‎ 

‎Don't be complacent if you find yourself on the path of true Sunnah, you have no assurance that you will not derail, pray to Allah to keep you firm and be patient with those that are yet to accept the truth.

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