The importance of Du’a with intent and sincerity.

 Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim

Praise be to Allah, we seek His help and His forgiveness. We seek refuge with Allah from the evil of our own souls and from our bad deeds. Whomsoever Allah guides will never be led astray, and whomsoever Allah leaves astray, no one can guide. I bear witness that there is no god but Allah, the One, having no partner. And I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger.
 


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Why Du’a?

  1. Du’a is a command of Allah, Subhannahu Wa Ta’laa. Du’a is Ibaddah!

In the Qur’an, Allah (SWT) says:

“Invoke Me (believe in My Oneness and ask Me for anything) I will respond to your invocation.

             Verily! Those who scorn My worship (do not invoke Me, and do not believe in My oneness, they will surely enter Hell in humiliation” (Ghafir:60)

2. Du’a is the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Salaam and his companions (RA).

3. Du’a is the practice of the believers.

“And when My slaves ask you (O Muhammad SAW) concerning Me, then answer them, I am indeed near (to them by My Knowledge). I respond to the invocations of the supplicant when he calls on Me (I answer the call of the caller)” (2:186)

 

4. Du’a increases our Emaan and proves that we are powerless over our destiny and proves our desperate need for Allah (SWT).

5. Du’a to Allah (SWT) proves to us His Great Mercy, His ongoing Mercy, and His ongoing Generosity!

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How does one make Du’a:

  • Always begin your Du’a with praise for Allah (SWT), praise him by calling out to him using his Blessed Names.

Allahhumma (O Allah)

As Sami: All Hearing – only He can hear the whispering plea.

Al-Aleem: All Knowing – only He understands what is best for us.

Al-Qawi: All Powerful – the Only One with the Complete Power.

Al-Karim: The Ever Generous

Anas (RA) reported: The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said, “Recite frequently:            

‘Ya Dhal-Jalali wal-Ikram!” (O You, Possessor of Glory and Honor) (At-Tirmidhi)

  • Raise your hands up (a gesture of begging and of receiving Allah’s (SWT) Blessings)
  • Be firm in your conviction, do not be doubtful in words or in body language. Be convincing and insistent!
  • Show your desperation, cry to Allah (SWT).
  • Seek out the recommended times for making Du’a

 In the last third of the night

When we break our fast

After every salah

Day of Jumu’ah between Asr and Maghrib

  • Always end your Du’a  by sending Peace and Blessings to our Most Beloved Prophet, Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Wa Salaam.

It is very important to be sincere in your Du’a and  humble in your Du’a. Have a conversation with Allah (SWT) in private and quietly, and share with Him your desperation of your needs. Share your frustrations, share your weakness, and be confident that your Du’a will be answered.

“Whosoever is in the heavens and on earth begs of Him (its needs from Him). Every day He has a matter to bring forth”  (Ar Rahman: 29)

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For your Du’a to be accepted:

  • Do not ask for haraam (for something sinful), and don’t speak inappropriately to Allah (SWT).
  • Do not make Du’a for something that would cut family ties.
  • Do not become impatient and say that your Du’a  has not been answered.

“The supplication of a slave continues to be granted as long as he does not supplicate for a sinful thing or for something that would cut off the ties of kinship and he does not grow impatient.” (Muslim)

  • Be firm in your conviction that Allah (SWT) will answer your call.

If you do this, with full sincerity, your Du’a will be accepted. It is up to you and it is not a matter of “if” it will be accepted, it is a matter of “when” it will be accepted. Barriers to your Du’a being accepted are caused by you alone. Avoid the consumption of haraam!

There are three outcomes of Du’a made in sincerity:

  1. Allah (SWT) will fulfill your request in this life.
  2. He will save it for you in the Hereafter (because it was not good for you in this life).
  3. He will avert some harm from you in exchange for the Du’a (your request was not good for you here or in the hereafter).

Subhan’Allah. Alhamdulillah. Allahu Akbar

Allah (SWT) knows what is best for you and he is the best of planners!

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Make a du’a list! Include in that list:

  • Seeking forgiveness for all of the believing Muslim men and women.
  • Make du’a for those who have hurt you.
  • Make du’a seeking forgiveness for those whom you have wronged
  • Make du’a for your needs in this life (be specific)
  •  Make du’a for your needs in the hereafter (be specific)
  • Make du’a for the needs of your family (be specific)
  • Make du’a for the needs of family and friends (be specific)
  • Make du’a for those who have helped you gain knowledge of your Deen (friends, family, and any individual/organization)

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One Du’a that we should all learn, and which should be made often:

“Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun  tuhibul ‘afua fa ‘fu ‘annee”

“Oh Allah. You are forgiving, You love to forgive, so forgive me.” 

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A Beautiful Dua’a, SubhanAllah:

“O’ the One Whom eyes cannot see, conjectures cannot grasp, and describers cannot describe;

Whom events cannot affect and Who does not fear calamities;

Who knows the weights of the mountains and the volumes of the oceans and the counts of the raindrops and of the tree leaves, and the counts of everything on which night brings darkness and day brings the light;

(O’ the One from Whom) a heaven cannot hide another heaven, nor the earth hide another earth, nor an ocean can hide what is in its depths, nor a mountain can hide what is behind its ruggedness-

Make the last part of my life its best, my last deed my best one and the day I meet You my best day.”

[This is a du’a that was made by a Bedouin, in the presence of the Prophet (peace be upon him). The Messenger of Allah loved these words so much that he gave the man a gift of gold. Abu Bakr as-Siddiq used to make this du’a and when asked why he did this, despite being a companion of the highest status, he replied, ‘(Sometimes) a servant keeps on doing pious deeds for a lifetime but they are ended with the deeds of the people of the Fire. And (sometimes) a servant keeps on doing sinful deeds for a lifetime but they are ended with the deeds of the people of the Garden.’]

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If I have said anything here in this post that is wrong it is from me alone, and all that is right is from Allah (SWT).

Hajj, the sacred journey.

Alhamdulillah. The blessed days of Hajj are upon us. It is during the first most blessed days of the month of Dhul Hijjah that pilgrims from across the globe, my dear brothers and sisters in Islam, have made their way to Makkah to perform the rites of Hajj. Many have made their way to Mina yesterday and will embark on Arafat today, and Muzdalifah over the next couple of days and head back to Makkah to continue with their Hajj rites.

A verse from the Qur’an tells of the importance of Hajj. Hajj is a pillar of Islam and therefore a duty to all those who believe who can afford to go. Many Muslims save their money for years and years before they are able to make this journey.

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“And pilgrimage to the House (the Ka’bah) is a duty that mankind owes to Allah, those who can afford the expenses; and whoever disbelieves (i.e. denies Hajj), then he is a disbeliever of Allah, then Allah is independent of all creation.” (Surah Al Imran: 97)

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While performing Hajj, Muslims proclaim their obedience to Allah by repeating:

“Labbaik Allahumma Labbaik. Labbaik la sharika laka labbaik. Innal-hamda wan-ni’mata laka wal mulk, la sharika laka.”

“I respond in obedience to You, O Allah – I respond. I respond – no partner is there to You – I respond. All praise and favor is Yours, and sovereignty. There is no partner to You.”

Press play to listen to Muslims as they perform Hajj:

The beautiful Kaaba.

Muslims traveling from all over the world will finally get to see the Kaaba. The first house of Allah which dates back to Prophet Ibrahim, AS.

Kaaba photo Abdul Nasir Jangda

the sacred journey of Hajj

Thousands of Muslims, from every race, from every lifestyle, from every economic class, from all over the world. The wealthy, the poor, the old, the young, those who are have been blessed with family, and those who are alone, those who have been struck with tragedy and those blessed with fortune. All in simple clothing, stripped of their everyday attire, all appearing the same before Allah.

Princes and paupers, side by side!

Fellow brothers and sisters all together with one shared belief. The belief that there is just One God, Allah! There is no other deity, no other, none to be worshipped but Allah!

All walking the same path that perhaps their own parents walked, the same earth that Prophet Ibrahim (AS) and Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and his companions all walked so many years before us.

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This is “the largest temporary gathering of humanity on the globe.” (Shalabi,2001)

Alhamdulillah

In salat

I can almost hear the call that they are making:

“Labbaik Allahumma Labbaik. Labbaik la sharika laka labbaik. Innal-hamda wan-ni’mata laka wal mulk, la sharika laka.”
“I respond in obedience to You, O Allah – I respond. I respond – no partner is there to You – I respond. All praise and favor is Yours, and sovereignty. There is no partner to You.”
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“Labbaik Allahumma Labbaik. Labbaik la sharika laka labbaik. Innal-hamda wan-ni’mata laka wal mulk, la sharika laka.”

“Labbaik Allahumma Labbaik. Labbaik la sharika laka labbaik. Innal-hamda wan-ni’mata laka wal mulk, la sharika laka.” 
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 There are several rituals that are performed during Hajj. In brief, the rituals are:

1. Putting on Ihram (Stripping yourself of your everyday clothing and wearing just two pieces of cloth. This is for men only. Woman wear abaya and hijab.)

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2. Circumambulating the Ka’bah seven times. It is believed that angels circumambulate directly above the Kaaba, around Baitul Ma’mur, which is in the 7th heaven directly above the Kaaba.

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3. Walking between as-Safa and al-Marwah near the Ka’bah. This represents the path of Hajaar, wife of Prophet Ibrahim, that she took between the two mountains (7 times) searching for water for her baby, Ismaeel.

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4. Visiting and staying at Mina, Arafat, and Muzdalifah

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5. Throwing pebbles at three fixed places at Mina. Three structures which represent Shaitan.

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6. Shaving or trimming hair.

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7. Sacrifice of an animal. Representing the sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim, AS.

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The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said,  “There are no days of the year in which righteous deeds done in them are more beloved to Allah than the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah!”

What are good deeds that we can do during these first 10 days? 

  1. Fasting on the day of Arafat (9th of Dhul Hijjah)  If  you fast on this day, your sins will be forgiven for the year before and the year after. This year, the 9th of Dhul Hijjah is tomorrow (October 14th). Many Muslims, including me, will fast tomorrow in the hopes that our fast will be accepted by Allah and our sins forgiven.
  2. Dhikr. Remebrance of Allah. Saying  “Allahu Akbar”   “La illaha illAllah”    “Alhamdulillah” often throughout the day. Dhikr can be done at any time. Insha’Allah, I will make use of my time cooking, cleaning, driving, walking and relaxing to do some dhikr.
  3. Repent to Allah SWT with sincerity. We are all human and we are sinners. Although I try to be good, there are things that I do that Allah does not like. There are things that I may not even be aware of, so I ask for forgiveness. And, Allah loves to forgive those who truly repent.
  4. Extra voluntary deeds of prayer, charity, and reading Qur’an. Insha’Allah I will give to those who are in need and spend some time reading Qur’an.
  5. Tahhajjud. Insha’Allah I will wake up in the middle of the night to pray. A time when Allah comes nearest to us. A time when Allah seeks out those who are asking of Him. Alhamdulillah!
  6. Sacrifice an animal for the Sake of Allah SWT. After Eid. It can be done on the 10, 11, 12, or 13.  Whoever sacrifices an animal, all sins to the amount of hair on the animal will be forgiven.  have already arranged for to sacrifice an animal. I will not be doing this myself, but have paid and this will be given to those in need, Insha’Allah.  Alhamdulillah.
  7. Pray the Eid al Adha salat (10th day of Dhul Hijjah). Eid al Adha is to commemorate the end of Hajj and to remember the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim (AS) to sacrifice his son to Allah SWT. Insha’Allah, I will attend Eid salat and spend some time with my Muslim family at the local masjid.
  8. Appreciate the blessing of Allah and come close to Him during these days through all of these acts with intention, thought, appreciation, prayer, and seeking forgiveness. Alhamdulillah!!

May Allah SWT accept everyone’s Hajj, Du’a, charity and worship. Ameen.

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Alhamdulillah. Through the Grace of Allah, those who are in the comfort of their own homes can get a little glimpse of the those who are performing their Hajj. Everytime that I watch, I begin to cry.

Alhamdulillah.

http://www.youtube.com/user/hajjlive?feature=share&v=d9uVQnrjkLs

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Call upon Allah! Dua is needed for our Ummah today.

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Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem

Our Ummah is in crisis, humanity is in crisis!

Such dis “ease” throughout our communities, all communities.

The abominations happening in places throughout this world, Burma, Egypt, Syria, all communities that are being oppressed, all communities that are surrounded by violence, everywhere! Violence, senseless violence is found all across the globe.

The news is so distressing, from the use of chemical weapons that resulted in the death of hundreds of people in Syria, many of them children, to the senseless killing closer to home.

Gunfire, murder just because some bored teenagers wanted to kill someone!

Gunfire, murder, school shootings, drive by shooting, gang shooting.

Gunfire, murder over a girl in a club. Gunfire, murder in that same spot and what was the fight over? A spilled drink!

Gunfire! Babies, shot in the head!

Rape, oppression…..violence. Mischief across all the lands.

Is there no more value to human life?

Among Muslims, true believers, the answer is yes. Of course. We value human life, after all we are the Creation of Allah!

We know that the senseless killing of one human being is a grave sin!

But, what is happening within our Ummah, right now?

Muslims are killing Muslims.

Ya Allah! Surely this is a sign of the coming of the Day of Judgment!

What can we do? What can the person who has no ability to provide physical or financial  help do?

The answer is very simple:

Dua!

Dua is the answer. Dua is needed.

Do not let a day, not even one obligatory salah, go by without making dua for our Ummah!

We will be questioned about our actions and our non-actions! On that day, when we all stand before Allah, we will be asked about what we did to help, to intervene!

If we can do nothing else, we must make Dua!

As Muslims, we know that everything has been decreed, and we know that Allah is the Best of Planners, Allah, Al-Aleem . We surely do not understand all that is happening, we don’t have that ability. But we ask of Allah, we ask that He protect those believers who are being oppressed. We ask Allah to raise those believers who have died in these horrible atrocities in their station. We ask Allah to raise the station of all our brothers and sisters in Islam who endure His test with patience. We ask Allah to forgive us, forgive those who truly repent.

We ask Allah to keep us on the correct path.

We ask Allah to correct our affairs for us.

We ask Allah to deal justly with evil as He is Allah, Al Adl.

Dua for oppression, for unjust rulers, for the enemy:

Dua for when you meet an adversary or powerful ruler:

“O Allah, we ask You to restrain them by their necks and we seek refuge in You from their evil.”

Dua against the oppression of rulers:

“O Allah, Lord of the seven heavens, Lord of the Magnificent Throne, be for me a support against (such and such a person) and his helpers from among your creatures, lest any of them abuse me or do me wrong. Mighty is Your patronage and glorious are Your praises. There is none worthy of worship but You.”

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“Allah is the Most Great, Mightier than all His creation. He is Mightier than what I fear and dread. I seek refuge in Allah, Who there is none worthy of worship but Him. He is the One Who holds the seven heavens from falling upon the earth except by His command. I seek refuge in You Allah from the evil of Your slave (name that person) and his helpers, his followers, and his supporters from among the jinn and mankind. O Allah, be my support against their evil. Glorious are Your praises and mighty is Your patronage. Blessed is Your Name, there is no true God but You.”

Invocation against an enemy:

“O Allah, Revealer of the Book, Swift to account, defeat the groups. O Allah. Defeat them and shake them.”

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Dua! It is needed my dear brothers and sisters. If that is all that one can do, it will never go unnoticed by Allah. He will hear you. Dua!

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Charity in Ramadan

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It is narrated that the Prophet Muhammad said: “Allah, the Exalted said, ‘Spend, O son of Adam, and Allah will spend on you.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

Do you know that Prophet Muhammad was a most charitable person, and during the Month of Ramadan, he was the extremely charitable?

During Ramadan, Allah SWT increases reward and blessing upon His Servants. The Prophet (SAW) adopted this practice of charity.

SubhanAllah!

This means, of course, that being charitable is the Sunnah!

We should spend from our wealth, especially during Ramadan.

Prophet Muhammad said:  “The most virtuous Sadaqah (voluntary charity) is the Sadaqah in Ramadan” (Kanz ul Ammaal).

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The Prophet said: “Saum (Fasting) is a Junnah (Shield), and Sadaqah  extinguishes sin, just as water extinguishes fire.”

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Even if we don’t have wealth in the form of money, we can always be charitable. A smile towards your fellow Muslim, greeting your fellow Muslim properly, providing dates or even just a sip of water to someone breaking their fast, moving something harmful from a path, helping someone in their time of need…..all forms of charity.

SubhanAllah.

The Prophet said: “Avoid Hellfire, even by a part of a date (that you give away in charity). (Al-Bukhari and Muslim).

There are 10 good qualities in Sadaqah, five in this life, and five in the Hereafter.

The five for this life are:

1. Sadaqah cleanses the money

2. Sadaqah cleanses the body from sins

3. Sadaqah repels disasters and illnesses

4. Sadaqah brings happiness to the poor

5. Sadaqah brings blessings to the wealth and increase in the provisions: “And whatsoever you spend of anything (in Allah’s Cause), He will replace it.” (34:39).

The five for the Hereafter are:

1. Sadaqah shades its giver from the intense heat on the Day of Judgement

2.  Sadaqah makes one’s reckoning lighter

3. Sadaqah makes one’s scale of good deeds heavier.

4. Sadaqah helps cross over the bridge of the Hellfire

5. Sadaqah elevates one’s grade in Paradise.

(2004, Malik and Al-Qasim)

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This year, one of the charities that I will support, Insha’Allah, is called: Love for Humanity.

The charity was created by a young Muslim sister when she heard about the living conditions and educational conditions of young sisters in a very poor area of Pakistan.

The following is information on the charity:

This fund has been created to help raise funds and awareness of young students who live in a very poor area of Pakistan, Insha’Allah.

The majority of the students are teenage girls who get their fees from Zakat donations. Fees start from 100 euro  for a whole year for which girls are given very basic accommodations.

These accommodations often include sleeping in clustered halls on the floor and given very basic meals, typically watery dal. The living conditions are not good. They have little access to medicines and often suffer from head lice and other ailments.

Subhan’Allah, many of the girls are orphaned and they are so grateful for the opportunity to attend this school.

This is their ONLY means of education! They have no other options!

Sadaqa from this effort will also go towards helping to build a suitable classroom.

I know the sisters and brothers always are willing to help especially in the west, Insha’Allah.

We can make a difference, Insha’Allah! Take this opportunity to accumulate your good deeds! Donations of any amount would be so helpful.

Your donation will help provide the following:

Medicines, First Aid items, School Supplies, and other necessary living items.

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Won’t you join me in supporting these young sisters, Insha’Allah?

Your sadaqah will not go unnoticed by Allah SWT.

Visit the following site, Insha’Allah. Any amount will go so far in helping these girls.

http://www.gofundme.com/love4humanity

“O you who believe! Spend of that which We have provided for you, before a Day comes when there will be no bargaining, nor friendship, nor intercession.” (2:254)

 

Virtues of and lessons within the Month of Ramadan

Ramadan Mubarak

Tonight, many of us will begin our Ibadah and Worship for the Blessed Month of Ramadan and tomorrow we begin our fast, Insha’Allah. There are so many virtues of Ramadan that I have decided to share some each day as a reminder for us all, Insha’Allah.

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Allah (Subhanna Wa Ta’Ala) revealed the command to fast in the Month of Ramadan while the Prophet (PBUH) was in Madinah in the second year of Hijrah.

The first two things sent down to us all after the Prophet’s (PBUH)  migration to Madinah:

1. The first being changing the Qiblah towards Makkah instead of Jerusalem.

2. The second being the fasts of Ramadan.

Also…….

Prior to the fasts becoming obligatory for Muslims, the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) used to seek solitute at Mount Hira during the month of Ramadan.

His Prophethood was revealed during the month of Ramadan.

The Qur’an was revealed during the month of Ramadan.

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“This is the Book (The Qur’an), whereof there is no doubt, a guidance to those who are Al Muttaqun (the pious and righteous persons who fear Allah much (abstain from all kinds of sins and evl deeds which He has forbidden) and love Allah much (perform all kinds of good deeds which He has ordained)” (Surah Al Baqarah: 2)

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Virtue of the day:

Abu Hurairah (RA) narrated that the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “When Ramadan begins, the gates of Paradise are opened, and the gates of the Hellfire are closed and the devils are chained.(Bukhari and Muslim)

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Do you question?

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Then which of the Favors of your Lord will you both deny? (55:16)

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SubhanAllah. Alhamdulillah. Allahu Akbar.

When I began jotting down my thoughts for this post, I was perplexed with comments that I’ve heard over the past few months from Muslims who seem to be wavering in their faith. I was a bit angry with them for not understanding the truth and not understanding the serious consequences of their faltering. I was resentful that they would have the impudence to be unhappy with Allah. Allahu Yahdika (May Allah guide you). I could not figure out how to help them to stay on the correct path and not lose their faith. I could not understand how, on one day a Muslim has faith and the next day, doesn’t have faith.  No faith and Muslim together? Does that make any sense?

Not to me, I find it to be a bit of an oxymoron.

Because as Muslims, we have faith.

Alhamdulillah.

I’ve heard the term “low eman” being thrown around, but that does not have anything to do with Allah, SubhanAllah Wa Ta’Ala.

It has everything to do with us. It has to do with our choice to submit, to follow His commands, to be patient with His provision and be patient with His tests. It has to do with our willingness to give up some of what we desire, all for His Pleasure. It has to do with our ability to seek all that is permissible and avoid the impermissible. It has to do with our patience and our acceptance of His Decree. It has to do with our struggle with our nafs, our ego, our weaknesses.

 This dunya is a test from Allah. Don’t ever be disappointed in Allah. Ever!

Be disappointed in your disappointment because that is the ego, our nafs!

Do you think Allah is happy to know that people are disappointed in what He, Allah, SubhanAllah Wa Ta’Ala has provided? We know, through the Qur’an, what happens to those who have rejected His Commands.

Allah needs nothing from us. We need everything from Allah.

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Then which of the Favors of your Lord will you both deny? (55:16)

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“Here you are – those invited to spend in the cause of Allah – but among you are those who withhold [out of greed]. And whoever withholds only withholds [benefit] from himself; and Allah is the Free of need, while you are the needy. And if you turn away, He will replace you with another people; then they will not be the likes of you. (47:38)

So, I ask of you my beloved brothers and sisters in Islam:

Put aside your pride,

Set down your arrogance,

And, remember your grave.

(Ali ibn Abu Talib, RA)

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“And Allah loves the patient.” (3:146) 

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As Muslims we believe, we have faith, Insha’Allah.

As Muslims we attain Ihsan, Insha’Allah.

Know your intentions, they should only be to please Allah, not to anger Him.

“And it is Allah that decreases or increases (your provisions), and unto Him you shall return. (2:245)

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Remember, worship as if you see Allah, He certainly sees you. Allah, Al Basir.

Don’t think your du’a go unanswered. Call upon Allah, Al-Mujib.

Don’t despair. Seek peace through Allah, As-Salam.

Don’t be angry. Seek guidance through Allah, Al-Hadi.

Don’t regret. Seek forgiveness through Allah, Al-Ghaffar.

Don’t envy. Be pleased with what you have been given through Allah, Al-Mughni.

Don’t deny. Always be thankful to Allah, Al-Jabbar.

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“He is Allah, beside Whom La ilaha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He ), the All-Knower of the unseen and the seen. He is the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. He is Allah,beside Whom La ilaha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He), the King, the Holy, the One Free from all defects, the Giver of security, the Watcher over His creatures, the All-Mighty, the Compeller, the Supreme. Glorified is Allah! High is He above all that they associate as partners with Him. He is Allah, the Creator, the Inventor of all things, the Bestower of forms. To Him belong the Best Names. All that is iin the heavens and the earth glorify Him. And, He is the All-Mighty, the All-Wise. (Al-Hashr: 22-24)

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As Muslims, we believe. As Muslims, we submit. As Muslims, we love and worship our Creator. As Muslims, we accept all that Allah decrees. As Muslims, we know that our deeds are being recorded (both good and bad). As Muslims, we know that Allah fully  knows of our actions. As Muslims, we know that if we sin, we quickly seek Allah’s forgiveness. As Muslims, we know that Allah is Most Merciful to those who sincerely repent. As Muslims, we know Allah will provide for us. As Muslims, we know that living in this dunya is not easy and the path to Jannah is filled with trials. As Muslims, we are patient. As Muslims, we are kind. As Muslims we are charitable. As Muslims, we are modest in our dress and our behavior. As Muslims, we know that Allah tests us to bring us even closer to Him. As Muslims, we strive for acceptance into Jannatul Firdous.

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Suratul Ar-Rahman (Qur’an:3)

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1. The Most Beneficent (Allah)!

2. Has taught (you mankind) the Qur’an (by His Mercy).

3. He created man.

4. He taught him eloquent speech.

5. The sun and the moon run on their fixed courses (exactly) calculated with measured out stages for each (for reckoning, etc.).

6. And the herbs (or stars) and the trees both prostrate.

7. And the heaven He has raised high, and He has set up the Balance.

8. In order that you may not transgress (due) balance.

9. And observe the weight with equity and do not make the balance deficient.

10. And the earth He has put for the creatures.

11. Therein are fruits, date-palms producing sheathed fruit-stalks (enclosing dates).

12. And also corn, with (its) leaves and stalk for fodder, and sweet-scented plants.

13. Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you both (jinns and men) deny?

14. He created man (Adam) from sounding clay like the clay of pottery.

15. And the jinns did He create from a smokeless flame of fire.

16. Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you both (jinns and men) deny?

17. (He is) the Lord of the two easts (places of sunrise during early summer and early winter) and the Lord of the two wests (places of sunset during early summer and early winter).

18. Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you both (jinns and men) deny?

19. He has let loosed the two seas (the salt water and the sweet) meeting together.

20. Between them is a barrier which none of them can transgress.

21. Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you both (jinns and men) deny?

22. Out of them both come out pearl and coral.

23. Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you both (jinns and men) deny?

24. And His are the ships going and coming in the seas, like mountains.

25. Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you both (jinns and men) deny?

26. Whatsoever is on it (the earth) will perish.

27. And the Face of your Lord full of Majesty and Honour will abide forever.

28. Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you both (jinns and men) deny?

29. Whosoever is in the heavens and on earth begs of Him (its needs from Him). Every day He has a matter to bring forth (such as giving honour to some, disgrace to some, life to some, death to some, etc.)!

30. Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you both (jinns and men) deny?

31. We shall attend to you, O you two classes (jinns and men)!

32. Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you both (jinns and men) deny?

33. O assembly of jinns and men! If you have power to pass beyond the zones of the heavens and the earth, then pass (them)! But you will never be able to pass them, except with authority (from Allah)!

34. Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you both (jinns and men) deny?

35. There will be sent against you both, smokeless flames of fire and (molten) brass, and you will not be able to defend yourselves.

36. Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you both (jinns and men) deny?

37. Then when the heaven is rent asunder, and it becomes rosy or red like red-oil, or red hide.

38. Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you both (jinns and men) deny?

39. So on that Day no question will be asked of man or jinn as to his sin, (because they have already been known from their faces either white or black).

40. Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you both (jinns and men) deny?

41. The Mujrimun (polytheists, criminals, sinners, etc.) will be known by their marks (black faces), and they will be seized by their forelocks and their feet.

42. Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you both (jinns and men) deny?

43. This is Hell which the Mujrimun (polytheists, criminals, sinners, etc.) denied.

44. They will go between it (Hell) and the boiling hot water!

45. Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you both (jinns and men) deny?

46. But for him who [the true believer of Islamic Monotheism who performs all the duties ordained by Allah and His Messenger Muhammad , and keeps away (abstain) from all kinds of sin and evil deeds prohibited in Islam and] fears the standing before his Lord, there will be two Gardens (i.e. in Paradise).

47. Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you both (jinns and men) deny?

48. With spreading branches;

49. Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you both (jinns and men) deny?

50. In them (both) will be two springs flowing (free)

51. Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you both (jinns and men) deny?

52. In them (both) will be every kind of fruit in pairs.

53. Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you both (jinns and men) deny?

54. Reclining upon the couches lined with silk brocade, and the fruits of the two Gardens will be near at hand.

55. Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you both (jinns and men) deny?

56. Wherein both will be those (maidens) restraining their glances upon their husbands, whom no man or jinn yatmithhunna (has opened their hymens with sexual intercourse) before them.

57. Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you both (jinns and men) deny?

58. (In beauty) they are like rubies and coral.

59. Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you both (jinns and men) deny?

60. Is there any reward for good other than good?

61. Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you both (jinns and men) deny?

62. And besides these two, there are two other Gardens (i.e. in Paradise).

63. Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you both (jinns and men) deny?

64. Dark green (in colour).

65. Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you both (jinns and men) deny?

66. In them (both) will be two springs gushing forth water.

67. Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you both (jinns and men) deny?

68. In them (both) will be fruits, and date- palms and pomegranates.

69. Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you both (jinns and men) deny?

70. Therein (gardens) will be fair (wives) good and beautiful;

71. Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you both (jinns and men) deny?

72. Houris (beautiful, fair females) restrained in pavilions;

73. Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you both (jinns and men) deny?

74. Whom no man or jinn yatmithhunna (has opened their hymens with sexual intercourse) before them.

75. Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you both (jinns and men) deny?

76. Reclining on green cushions and rich beautiful mattresses.

77. Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you both (jinns and men) deny?

78. Blessed be the Name of your Lord (Allah), the Owner of Majesty and Honour.

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Now is the time brothers and sisters. Seek Allah’s Mercy! Bow down and seek His Forgivenss. Praise Allah and Thank Allah.

Alhamdulillah!

Tomorrow is not guaranteed, but the Day of Judgment is!

The actions of patience

How often, in times of difficulty, have we reached out to others, to our Imams, or our friends or family and are told, “Patience” (Sabr) “Be patient”?

How often are we told this, but not given the proper steps or direction needed to rectify the circumstances we find ourselves in?

I have had first hand experience several times and have always walk away frustrated and confused.  It was not until I really began to unravel the true definition of patience that I realized the advice of “have patience” is not enough, unless we know and understand what it means.

Because many of us do not know the true meaning of patience, we take the advice to mean, sit back, continue with your daily routine, put your trust in Allah……………..and wait.

What exactly are we waiting for?

Are we waiting for some miraculous lightning strike, some mysterious turn of events? Do we think that we will wake up someday and everything will be fixed?

That seems to be what people think when they keep hearing “Be patient.”

Well, in the famous words of Dr. Phil, “How’s that working for ya?”

It isn’t working, is it? It sounds like the old definition of insanity that we are taught: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” (Albert Einstein)

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What needs to happen is a bit of education. People need to learn and gain a deep understanding of the definition of patience.

The Wikipedia definition of patience is “the state of endurance under difficult circumstances, which can mean persevering in the face of delay or provocation without acting on annoyance/anger in a negative way; or exhibiting forbearance when under strain, especially when faced with longer-term difficulties.”

The Islamic definition includes all of this along with forbearance, perseverance, determination, fortitude, constancy , steadfastness, and restraint of ones self to that which is dictated by divine law. Breaking the definition down even more:

  • To be steadfast in obedience of Allah
  • To be steadfast in avoiding what is prohibited
  • To be patient at the onset of calamity

And, more importantly, in Islam it is understood that Allah will test us with loss, hardship, and difficulty. It is understood that when we are being tested, that we are to remain patient. We are not to react in extreme anger, we are not to complain to others, we are not to jump into making irrational decisions.

“And certainly, We shall test you with something of fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits, but give glad tidings to as-sabirun (the patient ones).” [Qur’an 2:155]

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Emotions erupt though, don’t they? When we are attacked, when we are faced with loss, when we are faced with disaster, or calamity, or turmoil, our human weakness comes to the front. Our first instinct is of raw emotion. And, shaytan is just waiting to jump in, catch us at our weakest, disturb events even more, and attempt to pull us far from Allah. Once that anger takes over, Shaytan has arrived! Shaytan has won that round and is relying on our weakness to win round 2,3,4…….!

We need to do all we can to seek Allah’s help and protection from the Shaytaan. “Audhu billahi min ash-shaitanir rajeem” 

Once we have sought protection with Allah from the cursed Shaytan,take a breath, be patient. This is where the actions of patience are told. Here is where we can gain the Blessings of Allah, InshaAllah.

If we can check ourselves, hold back that initial anger, that initial reaction, and immediately seek protect with Allah and seek Allah’s help and guidance  (action) we begin to calm. And, if we continue to ask only from Allah as part of our daily routine (action) , if we crawl out of our warm beds in the early morning hours to seek Allah’s help (action) , to cry opening to Allah (action) , and if we remember Allah throughout our day (action), our struggles become less overwhelming. And, if we do this, if our intentions are pure, if we are patient (with intention and action)we are showered with blessings from Allah.

I am not saying that we will openly know those blessings. I’m not saying that we will feel immediate instant relief and all is now good. I am not saying that we won’t experience that raw anger and react in the moment. What I am saying is that it is better to check ourselves. Take time to sit with “it” before reacting and seek Allah’s help (ACTION).

As Muslims,when we are angry or highly frustrated, we are told to make wudu (action) . Good advice! Wudu will calm us! When we stop, take a breath, make wudu (action), run to Allah (action), put our heads to the ground in prayer (action) , in seeking guidance , forgiveness, and assistance (action, action, action), our anger begins to subside. Although we may not feel it, or feel it in the way we want (immediate gratification), we are being heard.

Allah Hears our call and He responds.

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Next, there is a bit of “waiting”, letting the fog lift, letting things settle, and letting our emotions adjust.  However, within that wait is action!

  • Action in the form of seeking Allah’s help and knowing that He is the only one who can truly help, truly guide, and truly forgive.
  • Action in the form of increasing our remembrance of Allah, increasing our duaa, increasing our connection is needed.

We need to take these steps, these actions! He is waiting for us!

So, when we are told “have patience” take that advice as long as you follow the actions of patience!

We need to take action, ask of Allah! And, we need to be grateful for all that Allah provides to us.

We may not believe that our duaa has been answered because we do not get what we expect or want, however our duaa are answered with the best of answers. Maybe what we want is not good for us and therefore Allah is providing us with something which is good for us. Maybe we need something better that we do not know of. Maybe something harmful has been removed from our path in place of our duaa. Maybe something we have done that was not so nice is being forgiven. Our duaa are answered!

What is required of us?

Patience!

Go back and re-read the definition if you are not understanding. This is big! This is it! 

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Action also comes in the form of what we can do for ourselves. We need to be proACTIVE!

We need to ask ourselves:

  • What do we need to do as we struggle through the difficulties?
  • What are our priorities?
  • What are our responsibilities?
  • What do we need to do to be patient while being accountable and making the correct changes?

Do we need to walk away from something that is not good for us? Do we need to accept something that we may not like because it is good for us? What do we need to do to fulfill our obligations? What is our “to do” list? And, our “what not to do” list? Do we need to look for new employment, new housing, knowledge, new associations? Do we need to remove ourselves from certain people, certain circumstances, certain perceptions?

All of these steps that we may need to take require a connection to Allah through seeking guidance, through the prayers of Istikhara. This is a must as Allah knows best and can help clarify our decisions for us.

SubhanAllah, if we can take a step back, breathe, and call upon Allah, we will benefit with blessings for enduring, with true patience, what Allah has placed on us here on Earth.

It is an opportunity for us to have sins removed. An opportunity to get closer to Jannah and further from Jahannam.

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem

“Do people think that they will be left alone because they say: “We believe,” and not be tested.” (29:2)

“Verily, Allah knows those who believe, and verily, He knows the hypocrites.” (29:11)

SubhanAllah!

The Qur’an and the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) show us examples of patience/sabr and the rewards of true patience.

One of the most beautiful Hadith on patience is narrated by Abu Huraira:

Allah’s Apostle said, “The example of a believer is that of a fresh tender plant; from whatever direction the wind comes, it bends it, but when the wind becomes quiet, it becomes straight again. Similarly, a believer is afflicted with calamities (but he remains patient till Allah removes his difficulties.) And an impious wicked person is like a pine tree which keeps hard and straight till Allah cuts (breaks) it down when He wishes.”

So, be patient with whatever Allah wills upon us. Bend with the wind, endure! Don’t reject, be angry, don’t complain to Allah, you will be broken!

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Some ayah on patience in the Qur’an:

And verily, whosoever shows patience and forgives, that would truly be from the things recommended by Allah.” (42:43)

“And surely, We shall try you till We test those who strive hard (for the cause of Allah) and As Sabirun (the patient)” 47:31

So, why are we tested?

As Muslims we know why. We know that Allah is Most Merciful, Most Forgiving, and Most Patient. In times of struggle, hardship, loss, and sadness we put our heads down and ask for His help alone.

We do not turn away!

We grab this opportunity to get even closer to Allah. And, when we are patient in all of our affairs, even while faced with temptation, with desire, stress, sadness, with ill-health, with calamity or loss, we are rewarded:

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SubhanAllah! Do you see? Even the slightest hurt, if endured with patience, is rewarded!

This is why when we are faced with distress, we still say “Alhamdulillah”

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SubhanAllah!!!!!!!!!!!!

Patience…..Sabr…… What is our reward?

“Peace unto you for that ye persevered in patience! Now how excellent is the final Home!” (13:24)

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SubhanAllah!

When I am blessed with health, love, family, sustenance, goodness, happiness….I must put my head to the ground in praise of all that Allah blesses me with, InshaAllah.

And, when I am faced with hardship, I endure with patience, and I turn to Allah SWT, InshaAllah.

Alhamdulillah for everything! Alhamdulillah for everything!

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