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17
Aug

An Introduction to the Lord of the Worlds – Day 17

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

c) Al-Haseeb (the One who takes account; the Reckoner)

Al-Haseeb is the one who is Sufficient for all His Slaves. He is the one recompenses (i.e. rewards) with them with either good or bad (depending on which on which one they deserve).

The proof for this Name is as follows:

وَإِذَا حُيِّيتُم بِتَحِيَّةٍ فَحَيُّوا بِأَحْسَنَ مِنْهَا أَوْ رُ‌دُّوهَا ۗ إِنَّ اللَّـهَ كَانَ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ حَسِيبًا

“When you are greeted with a greeting, greet in return with what is better than it, or (at least) return it equally. Certainly, Allah is Ever a Careful Account Taker of all things.” [Surah An-Nisaa (4) :86]

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15
Aug

An Introduction to the Lord of the Worlds – Day 15

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

[Note: I haven’t forgotten to reply to all your comments. It’s on my to-do list (along with a whole bunch of other stuff…).]

So, Allah says that because He is the Ever Living One, we need to put our trust in Him.

Think about it. Anyone else that we might depend upon like a family member, a friend, etc is just a created being who is going to die one day.

And what happens if they die BEFORE us?

Are we going to rely upon someone else?

And what happens if they too die BEFORE us?

See how it goes? None of them can be relied upon completely.

Allah, on the other hand, will never die so we should feel completely relaxed and put our trust in Him.

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9
Aug

An Introduction to the Lord of the Worlds – Day 9

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

[Sorry, the editing is not too good today as I’m out of time and I need to sleep.]

In yesterday’s post, I mentioned that Allah has more than 99 Names as He has Names which He has kept to Himself.

2) What about the Names of Allah which have been revealed in the Quran and the Sunnah*? Are they only 99 or more than that?

[*Those are the only two places where we can get the Names of Allah.]

Well, I’ve read two opinions on this.

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8
Aug

An Introduction to the Lord of the Worlds – Day 8

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

Okay, I’ll pick up from where I left off yesterday.

So, the question was why a murderer who applied tawheed would eventually enter Paradise but a kind, generous disbeliever (meaning he did not apply tawheed) would never enter Paradise.

This is an issue that many people cannot understand and I’ll tell you why. It’s because they look at it from their perspective – therefore murder seems worse than shirk.

However, one needs to ask what the worst sin is, in the SIGHT OF ALLAH. Then one can get the correct perspective.

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7
Aug

An Introduction to the Lord of the Worlds – Day 7

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

[Please excuse the bad editing. WordPress tends to behave like a drama queen sometimes.]

8. He is the One who has prohibited that any partners be attributed to Him in any way whatsoever and He will not forgive the one who dies attributing partners to Him.

Let’s go though this step by step:

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4
Aug

An Introduction to the Lord of the Worlds – Day 4

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

6. He is the Owner of the Day of Recompense, therefore He is the one who we have to answer to.

Allah says:

 

 

“The Only Owner (and the Only Ruling Judge) of the Day of Recompense (i.e. the Day of Resurrection).” [Surah Al-Fatihah (1) : 4]

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2
Jul

Why we need a Ramadan…

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

Why?

The list could fill a few volumes.

However, I think there’s one lecture that really summarises why we need this great month.

It’s by Brother Abu Uwais (rahimahullah).

I posted it last year along with its transcript.

The brother’s words are something to ponder over, may Allah reward him.

PS. It would also be good if each of us asked ourselves why WE need a Ramadan. What problems do each of us have and how will Ramadan help us to rectify ourselves?

13
Jun

Countdown to Ramadan: Changing one habit a week – Habit No. 2

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

Okay, the majority of you chose “Controlling the tongue as much as possible” as the second habit that you’d like to work on before Ramadan.

[Oh and we’re still continuing with Habit No. 1, remember?]

So, here are some tips to help us all do that:

[More tips will be found on the Daily Dose blog. I’ll also be posting Quranic ayaat and ahadeeth that relate to this topic, insha-Allah.]

1) Be serious about achieving this goal.

That should be obvious but many people are not serious which is why they fail!

2) Do dua

I always say this and I’m saying it again. Dua. Dua. Dua.

Believe me, there is nothing like it.

3) Ponder

Ponder over the great virtue of those who control their tongues and also ponder over the many stories in the Quran and the Sunnah about the people that got thrown into Hell because of their big mouths.

4) Try until you die

Yes, that’s what we all have to do. Just keep going on until it’s over…

5) If you mess up, seek Allah’s Forgiveness

You know, we’re all humans so we all end up making mistakes. So no matter how hard we try, we will fall flat on our faces one day.

Now, will we just stay there in that position? No, we will not. We will get up i.e. we will do istighfar (seek forgiveness) and make a fresh start, insha-Allah, even if we have to do this a thousand times.

6) Be around righteous, silent people

You know, when the person with us talks about good things, we too will feel like talking about good things.

However, if the person with us talks rubbish, we too will eventually slip, let our tongues loose and start to talk rubbish.

7) Take it day by day

Controlling the tongue is one of the most difficult things to do, so we need to approach it on a daily basis.

8) Use your tongue for something useful

We need to do dhikr (remembrance) of Allah, dua (supplication) and say good things (e.g. enjoin good). If we don’t occupy our tongues with something good, then they will get occupied with something bad!

9) Understand what “controlling the tongue” really means

We have been asked to stay away from vain talk. So, what is vain talk?

A lecturer once pointed out that talking to your children (in a kiddish way) might appear to be vain talk but it isn’t because the whole point of the conversation is to build the relationship between you and your children.

So, controlling our tongues doesn’t mean ignoring our children and not talking to them at all.

It also doesn’t mean that we just stare at elderly relatives silently and make them feel uneasy instead of gently trying to talk about halal matters in order to make them feel better.

It also does not mean that we be silent in the face of disobedience to Allah. Shaikh Saad Ash-Shitri pointed out (in his commentary to the 40 hadeeth of Nawawi) that good speech is better than being silent.

So, not all talk is vain talk. Vain talk is that which does not bring us closer to Allah.

10) Remember that your tongue is a window into your brain.

We talk about things that are on our minds so our tongues expose our thoughts.

Let’s all ask ourselves: what is our speech like? Useful or useless?

So, let’s try this for 14 days and see how it goes, insha-Allah.

22
May

Book Recommendation: Explanation of Al-Aqeedah Al-Wasitiyyah

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

Subhan Allah, it’s amazing. I’ve noticed that when topics like “dawah” or “hijab” or “Hajj” or “Ramadan” or “the biography of the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam)”, are discussed, many people flock to listen.

However, when the topic is aqeedah (creed) then………most of the people vanish.

And why is that, I wonder? The most important thing that a Muslim needs to have is the correct aqeedah. Everything else (ibaadah, good manners, etc) follows after that.

I’ve mentioned the importance of tawheed and aqeedah before and I’ll do so again.

[Note: Tawheed means “worshipping Allah alone” whereas Aqeedah is something that one firmly believes in and follows. So, our aqeedah is the aqeedah of tawheed.

Aqeedah is more general than tawheed. You can read a short explanation of this issue here.]

This is what Imam As-Saadi (rahimahullah) had to say about tawheed:

“There is nothing that produces such good results nor holds such a variety of virtues like tawheed”. [For more virtues of tawheed, you may refer to the article where this quote was taken from.]

Tawheed has different branches. One of those is the tawheed of Allah’s Names and Attributes.

As the scholars pointed out, the greatness of a subject depends on the greatness of its subject matter.

What does the tawheed of Allah’s Names and Attributes discuss? Well, it talks about Allah’s Beautiful Names and His Attributes which means that it is talking about Allah Himself.

Is there a subject matter greater than this? No.

Therefore, this is the greatest subject.

Also, one should realise that they cannot get close to Allah without knowing anything about Him! The more one knows about Allah’s Names and His Attributes, the more that they will love and obey Him.

So, if someone is interested in studying this subject, what should he/she do?

Well, the first thing to do is to make sure that you learn it from a person with proper aqeedah, because if you don’t, you’re finished. Your aqeedah will be in tatters if you ever study this great subject with any of the people of innovation.

Also, one should know that this field talks about two matters: 1) Allah’s Names and 2) His Attributes so one should study both matters.

A point of caution: This is not an easy subject although it is a very important one. So be patient, strive hard, and ask Allah to make it easy for you.

For those who might want to learn more about Allah’s Attributes, I would encourage them to read Shaikh Ibn Uthaimeen’s (rahimahullah) explanation of Al-Aqeedah Al-Wasitiyyah.

Al-Aqeedah Al-Wasitiyyah is a book written by the amazing scholar Ibn Taimiyyah (rahimahullah) (he was the teacher of Imams Ibn Kathir and Ibn Al-Qayyim (rahimahumullah)) and it basically focus on the Attributes of Allah and what the Quran and the Sunnah say about them.

Shaikh Ibn Uthaimeen was an awesome scholar, maasahaa Allah, who died about 10 years ago. He had a really wonderful way of explaining things so all the hard stuff looks easy.

I read Volume 1 of the translation of his book (the explanation of Al-Aqeedah Al-Wasitiyyah) and I loved it. Why?

– Well, it’s about my favourite subject (tawheed)

– He makes it so easy and tries to give many examples so that a person can understand the concept.

– His tafsir.

I know, you might be like “Tafsir? Isn’t that an explanation of the Quran? What does that have to do with a book on Aqeedah?”

Well, because a vast majority of the book are ayaat (verses) from the Quran and because he explains each of them, this book really ends up doubling as a book of tafsir.

[And Shaikh Ibn Uthaimeen’s tafsir is another story. I need to write another post just to tell you how much I love reading his tafsir.]

– The heart softeners.

You know, there is nothing as heart softening as tawheed.

In this explanation, Shaikh Ibn Uthaimeen keeps talking about “behavioural aspects” meaning how the knowledge of such and such attribute must make us behave. So, rather than being a technical book on tawheed, his explanation is very practical and useful for daily life.

So, am I going to link to this explanation? No, because it’s not online (not that I know of).

There is a summarised translation of this explanation online but it seems to be a quarter of the original size.

How can you get your hands on the two volume copy? Well, Darussalam is the one that published this book so you may it buy from them.

This is what the book looks like: http://store.dar-us-salam.com/nw/242.html

Just a few points:

1) Darussalam has another explanation of Al-Aqeedah Al-Wasitiyyah as well. That is a small book but the one that I’m talking about is much more detailed.

2) For those of you who might want to buy the Arabic copy and live in Dubai, I’d advise you to buy it from Al-Furqan bookstore. That’s where I bought my Arabic copy from and it’s a wonderful edition.

3) Would I recommend this book to complete beginners? Well, no. I think one should have some background of tawheed otherwise they might get a bit confused.

4) The book doesn’t just talk about Allah’s Attributes. There’s loads of other stuff mentioned there as well.

5) I’m not too good with book reviews but I hope that the post encourages you to read this book!

6)Yes, yes, yes. Anyone who knows me personally can borrow my Arabic or English copies, insha-Allah.