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31
Dec

It’s almost here…

Assalamu Alaikum.

“2011!”, everyone screams.

Erm…no.

Who cares about that? This whole “New” Year business was invented by the kuffar (and it is not allowed to celebrate it.)

I was talking about our reckoning:

“Draws near for mankind their reckoning, while they turn away in heedlessness.” [Surah Al-Anbiya (21) : 1]

It’s amazing. People should be crying that time has passed and that the Last Day is so close.

Instead, they are out celebrating because it’s a “new” year.

[I’m trying very hard to ignore the glaringly obvious fact that the time difference between 11:59pm Dec 30th and 12:00am Dec 31st is exactly the same as the time difference between 11:59pm Dec 31th and 12:00am Jan 1st i.e. a grand total of 1 second.]

It really doesn’t matter what day it is or what week it is or what year it is or what decade it is. Everyone was ordered to do the same thing (i.e. to worship Allah alone) and everyone will be called to account on the same day.

And that day is going to come upon us very soon.

Are we ready?

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30
Dec

Book: Dealing with Worries and Stress

Assalamu Alaikum.

Everybody has problems, absolutely everybody.

The only difference is in how these problems are approached.

Some people just worry and worry and then after that, they worry some more. Eventually, they destroy themselves by worrying too much.

On the other hand, some other people manage to control their anxiety.

How? Well, there are so many different ways. The best way, of course, is the Prophetic way.

Here’s a small but very beneficial book that talks about this issue. I’d advise anyone who hasn’t read it to please do so:

Dealing with Worries and Stress by Shaikh Saleh Al-Munajjid

[I might write a post  about this issue one day insha-Allah, if anyone is interested.]

29
Dec

Seriously Short Reminder No. 9: Use your tongue to…

Assalamu Alaikum.

….get you a house in Paradise and not in the Hell-fire.

There are so many ahadeeth that warn us of the dangers caused by misusing our tongues.

There are also ahadeeth that show us the virtues of using our tongues properly:

Abdullah ibn Busr narrated that a man said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, indeed, the legislated acts* have become too much for me, so inform me of a thing which I should stick to.” He said: “Let not your tongue cease to be moist with the remembrance of Allah.” [Sunan At-Tirmidhi, Hadeeth No. 3375. Graded ‘saheeh’ by Al-Albani in Saheeh Sunan At-Tirmidhi, Hadeeth No. 3375.]

[*He is referring to the voluntary acts, not the obligatory ones.]

Everyone keeps complaining about not getting enough time to do more ibaadah (worship). Okay, what about at least remembering Allah with our tongues (e.g. saying Subhan Allah, Alhamdulillah, Allahu Akbar, Astaghfirullah, etc) while we drive, do housework, work on the PC, etc?

At least this way we’ll keep adding good deeds to our hereafter bank account sand hopefully get a very pleasant surprise on the Day of Judgement , insha-Allah, when we see how many good deeds we have garnered.

And don’t say that these are “little things”. Little things add up, remember?

28
Dec

Audio: Making the most of our time

Assalamu Alaikum.

Ah, yes. Time. We just don’t seem to have enough time.

Three questions:

1) How do we spend our time at present?

Do we spend it on obeying Allah or disobeying Him?

2) Why do we need more time exactly?

Is it because we want to have more time to do more acts of obedience thereby increasing our chances of getting Al-Firdaus (the highest level of Paradise)?

Or is it because we want to do more mundane activities?

3) How can we get “more” time?

Every single person has 24 hours, so how is it that all the Prophets (alaihimissalaam) and their Companions (radiallahu anhum) managed to do SO much with their time? [And remember that they didn’t have the technology of today.]

Simple. They obeyed Allah. That’s it.

They knew that they were created to worship Him and that’s what they did.

[Remember that “worship” doesn’t just mean praying and fasting, rather it includes any statement or act that Allah is pleased with. So, spending time with one’s family, trying to get fit, going to work to earn for your family, etc. could all become acts of worship if the person does them intending to seek the pleasure of Allah.]

So what happened? Allah, the owner of time, blessed their time, which meant that they had more time to worship Him, which in turn led their time to get blessed further and…

See how it goes? Wonderful, isn’t it?

Haven’t you realised that this is why we have SO much time in Ramadan? It’s because we spend most of it worshipping Allah which in turn gives us more time to worship Allah….

A sister once made a very powerful statement. She pointed out that everyone keeps complaining about not having enough time. She asked everyone to apply the Sunnah (i.e. the way of the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) which is the best way to worship Allah) in their lives and then they would see the barakah (blessings) in their time.

She pointed out how following the “little” things like saying the dua before putting on one’s clothes (i.e. saying bismillah) can make a difference.

Subhan Allah, that was an eye opener for all of us present.

So that’s what we need to do: worship Allah the way the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) did (or at least try to get close!) and do dua that our time is blessed (the latter is also an act of worship in itself as dua is worship).

Here’s a short, succinct lecture on making the most of our time:

Making the Most of Our Time by Abu Taubah (Download)

27
Dec

Seriously Short Reminder No. 8: Remember that you will get tested…

Assalamu Alaikum.

Yes, you will. It’s as simple as that.

“Do people think that they will be left alone because they say: “We believe,” and will not be tested. And We indeed tested those who were before them. And Allah will certainly make (it) known (the truth of) those who are true, and will certainly make (it) known (the falsehood of) those who are liars, (although Allah knows all that before putting them to test).” [Surah Al-Ankabut 29 : 2-3]

After all, one cannot expect to get a big prize for free.

“Or think you that you will enter Paradise without such (trials) as came to those who passed away before you? They were afflicted with severe poverty and ailments and were so shaken that even the Messenger and those who believed along with him said, “When (will come) the Help of Allah?” Yes! Certainly, the Help of Allah is near!” [Surah Al-Baqarah (2) : 214]

And these tests also show us who the cream of the crop are.

Saad ibn Abee Waqqas said: “I said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, which people are most severely tested?’ He said: ‘The Prophets, then the next best and the next best. A person is tested according to his religious commitment. If he is steadfast in his religious commitment, he will be tested more severely, and if he is frail in his religious commitment, his test will be according to his commitment. Trials will continue to afflict a person until they leave him walking on the earth with no sin on him.’” [Sunan ibn Majah, Hadeeth No. 4023. Graded “Hasan Saheeh ” by Al-Albani in Sahih Sunan ibn Majah, Hadeeth No. 4023.]

Abu Saeed Al-Khudri said: “I entered upon the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) when he was suffering from a fever, and I placed my hand on him and felt heat with my hand from above the blanket. I said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, how hard it is for you!’ He said: ‘We (Prophets) are like that. The trial is multiplied for us and so is the reward.’ I said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, which people are most severely tested?’ He said: ‘The Prophets.’ I said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, then who?’ He said: ‘Then the righteous (as-Saalihoon), some of whom were tested with poverty until they could not find anything except a cloak to put around themselves. One of them will rejoice at calamity as one of you would rejoice at ease.’” [Sunan ibn Majah, Hadeeth No. 4024. Graded “Saheeh” by Al-Albani in Sahih Sunan ibn Majah, Hadeeth No. 4024.]

So,  we shouldn’t worry about being tested, rather we should worrying about passing the test.
26
Dec

Website: Tayyibaat

Assalamu Alaikum.

Want to read a blog that’s both inspirational and informative?

Try this one:

http://www.tayyibaat.com

I think that most of you might already be familiar with it. If not, then I’d highly recommend that you check it out. It’s one of the best blogs out there.

[Shaikh Ibn Uthaimeen and Shaikh As-Saadi fans: She has translated quite a few tidbits from their books.]

May Allah reward the sister for her great work.

 

25
Dec

Project “Recover Ramadan” – Step 13: Remember to savour it…

Assalamu Alaikum.

[Qs. Are the Recover Ramadan posts helping you to recover Ramadan? Yes or no? If not, then why not? Answers would be appreciated so that I can improve the content, insha-Allah.]

Savour what, you ask?

Savour our beautiful, wonderful, awesome, fantastic religion, of course.

[Sound familiar? Perhaps because I spoke about this issue in Ramadan. What’s the difference between this article and that one? Well, about 4 months and the content.]

How do we savour it? Let me tell you a story and you’ll understand, insha-Allah.

I met a Muslim sister last year. At that time, she was a brand new, 2 week old Muslimah.

What struck me about her was her reaction to the Islamic  information that I shared with her.

She would get that “Wow, awesome!” sort of expression on her face. You know, it was that “Aw shucks, I can’t believe that I found something so totally supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,  so completely amazing. This is too good to be true but it’s true!!!!” sort of expression.

It’s the kind of expression that tennis players get when they win a grand slam for the first time or lottery winners when they found out that they hit the jackpot. Yes, it was that sort of expression.

I was stunned when I first saw that expression and my amazement grew when I noticed that she reacted that way to all the ahadeeth that I mentioned, no matter what their topic was. Masha-Allah, she LOVED Islam and it showed.

I always thought that I loved Islam a lot, but after I met her, I realised that I was far behind her in that department.

I met her again last week. It had been over a year since our last meeting.

I wondered whether she would be the same. I assumed that the attitude might have lessened as it does for many people when they get over “the initial high”, so to speak.

Nope. She was still the same.

There was a bottle of Zam-Zam on a table nearby so I started to tell her the whole story behind it (with plenty of wonderful diversions, of course). Usually, when you tell Muslims about an Islamic story that they don’t already know, many of them are so busy feeling embarrassed about not knowing the story that they fail to enjoy listening to it.

Not her. She savoured it.

Did that expression come back?

Of course it did.  She looked like she was having a ball throughout the whole story.

When I told her three more stories (the Boy and the King, the Magicians of the Pharoah and the People of the Ditch), it was there again.

I was both relieved and saddened to see her reaction; relieved because it was so satisfying to see someone approach Islam in this positive fashion and saddened because there was still someone out there who loved Islam more than I did. My eyes were happy though as that wonderful expression is a sight to behold.

And may Allah keep her steadfast in her love of this religion.

So what do we need to do? Savour this religion, of course.

When we seek Islamic knowledge, read the Quran, ahadeeth or Islamic history or find out any new Islamic information, we need to approach it the way this sister did: like it’s the most awesome thing that we’re going to find on this planet.

And you know what? Islam IS the most awesome* thing that we’re going to find on this planet.

[*Yes, I know I overuse that word and no, I am not a teenager.]

24
Dec

A Pictorial Summary of what NOT to be…

Assalamu Alaikum.

Yes indeed. Don’t be useless because you’re worth so much more than that.

Being useless by just lounging or loitering around (couch potatoes, party hounds and compulsive shoppers, I am talking to YOU) does not bring a person ANY benefit.

However, being useful will help one both in this world and in the hereafter.

Let’s be useful to ourselves (by constantly remembering Allah) and to others (by helping them out and making things easy for them).

We need to give ourselves a chance, remember?

 

23
Dec

Article: Non-Muslim Religious Celebrations and Ruling on Participating

Assalamu Alaikum.

Sigh. Here we go again.

Yep. It’s almost Christmas time, which means that we need to re-explain why celebrating festivals of the kuffar is not allowed. [Remember Halloween?]

The fact that one actually needs to explain this glaringly obvious issue  is enough to understand that our ummah has strayed far away from the path of the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam).

I’ve had Christians admitting to me that Christmas and Easter have pagan roots and that they were too commercialized. [One of them even told me that they weren’t meant to be such “happy” occasions!]

What happens when I try to tell Muslims that we should not participate in these gatherings nor greet the kuffar on these occasions?

The response: “Mmm”

“Mmm”?

They are celebrating something that is against tawheed (worshipping Allah alone), which is the core of Islam and the reason for creation, and the only response I get to my advice is “Mmm”?

Are we not at all concerned about what we will say to Allah on the Last Day?

Why are we so scared of what others will think of us? Why aren’t we scared of what Allah will say?

Do we have no pride in our own religion that we have to go licking the kuffar’s toes on their festivals? [And put up $11 million Christmas trees! Laa ilaaha illallah]

Do we take our wonderful religion so lightly that our only response to those who ask us to follow it properly (i.e. don’t celebrate festivals of the kuffar) is “Don’t be so strict!”?

And after all this, we wonder why our ummah is in such bad shape….

Brothers and Sisters, we have the best and most perfect religion. We do not need to accept any part of any other religion. If we celebrate these festivals or greet those that celebrate them, then the implication is that we accept that they have the right to worship others besides Allah and that is not possible because NOBODY has the right to worship anyone except Allah.

Here’s a thorough article that shows that we are not permitted to take part in these festivals in any way whatsoever*.

[*Laa hawla wa laa quwwata illaa billah. I just read a fatwa by a “senior” scholar where he claims that we can attend these festivals in order to “pacify their souls” and “guide them to Islam”.

Subhan Allah. Please explain to us why the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) and his Companions (radiallahu anhum) and the scholars after them never thought of this idea?

Does one pacify people at the expense of angering Allah? Does one think that one can guide people by disobeying Allah?

May Allah keep us steadfast on the truth because this is truly a time of great fitnah.]