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3
Jul

How to make a fresh start – Part 4

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

[Here are Parts 1, 2 and 3.]

[Yes, I know. You’re struggling to remember what this series is all about. It’s about the man who murdered 99 people.]

In the last part, I mentioned the importance of having good friends. Here’s one more hadeeth on the importance of being around righteous people:

إن لله ملائكة يطوفون في الطرق يلتمسون أهل الذكر ، فإذا وجدوا قوما يذكرون الله تنادوا : هلموا إلى حاجتكم . قال : فيحفونهم بأجنحتهم إلى السماء الدنيا ، قال : فيسألهم ربهم ، وهو أعلم منهم ، ما يقول عبادي ؟ قال : تقول : يسبحونك ويكبرونك ويحمدونك ويمجدونك ، قال : فيقول : هل رأوني ؟ قال : فيقولون : لا والله ما رأوك ، قال : فيقول : وكيف لو رأوني ؟ قال : يقولون : لو رأوك كانوا أشد لك عبادة ، وأشد لك تمجيدا وأكثر لك تسبيحا ، قال : يقول : فما يسألونني ؟ قال : يسألونك الجنة ، قال : يقول : وهل رأوها ؟ قال : يقولون : لا والله يا رب ما رأوها ، قال : يقول : فكيف لو أنهم رأوها ؟ قال : يقولون : لو أنهم رأوها كانوا أشد عليها حرصا ، وأشد لها طلبا ، وأعظم فيها رغبة ، قال : فمم يتعوذون ؟ قال : يقولون : من النار ، قال : يقول : وهل رأوها ؟ قال : يقولون : لا والله يا رب ما رأوها ، قال : يقول : فكيف لو رأوها ؟ قال : يقولون : لو رأوها كانوا أشد منها فرارا ، وأشد لها مخافة ، قال : فيقول : فأشهدكم أني قد غفرت لهم . قال : يقول ملك من الملائكة : فيهم فلان ليس منهم ، إنما جاء لحاجة . قال : هم الجلساء لا يشقى بهم جليسهم

Narrated by Abu Hurairah (radiallahu anhu): Allah ‘s Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said, “Allah has some angels who look for those who celebrate the Praises of Allah on the roads and paths. And when they find some people celebrating the Praises of Allah, they call each other, saying, “Come to the object of your pursuit.’ ” He added, “Then the angels encircle them with their wings up to the sky of the world.” He added. “(after those people celebrated the Praises of Allah, and the angels go back), their Lord, asks them (those angels)… though He knows better than them… ‘What do My slaves say?’ The angels reply, ‘They say: Subhan Allah, Allahu Akbar, and Alhamdulillah.

Allah then says ‘Did they see Me?’ The angels reply, ‘No! By Allah, they didn’t see You.’ Allah says, How it would have been if they saw Me?’ The angels reply, ‘If they saw You, they would worship You more devoutly and celebrate Your Glory more deeply, and declare Your freedom from any resemblance to anything more often.’ Allah says (to the angels), ‘What do they ask Me for?’ The angels reply, ‘They ask You for Paradise.’ Allah says (to the angels), ‘Did they see it?’ The angels say, ‘No! By Allah, O Lord! They did not see it.’ Allah says, How it would have been if they saw it?’ The angels say, ‘If they saw it, they would have greater covetousness for it and would seek It with greater zeal and would have greater desire for it.’

Allah says, ‘From what do they seek refuge?’ The angels reply, ‘They seek refuge from the (Hell) Fire.’ Allah says, ‘Did they see it?’ The angels say, ‘No By Allah, O Lord! They did not see it.’ Allah says, How it would have been if they saw it?’ The angels say, ‘If they saw it they would flee from it with the extreme fleeing and would have extreme fear from it.’ Then Allah says, ‘I make you witnesses that I have forgiven them.”‘

Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) added, “One of the angels would say, ‘There was so-and-so amongst them, and he was not one of them, but he had just come for some need.’ Allah would say, ‘These are those people whose companions will not be reduced to misery.’ [Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume No. 8, Hadeeth No. 417]

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14
May

A Pictorial Summary of what most of us wait for before increasing in our worship…

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

What do most us wait to see before we start increasing in our prayers, recitation of the Quran, duas, charity, etc?

Well, this of course:

The new moon that signals the beginning of Ramadan.

Unfortunately, for many people, that’s the signal that they should start worshipping Allah.

Of course, others delay worshipping Allah until they go for Hajj, or until they graduate from university, or until they get married, or until the children have grown up or until they retire or until….

I could go on and on.

Why is it that we wait for tomorrow to improve in our worship of Allah when we’re not even sure if we’ll live past today?

So, let’s not wait for anything. Let’s just start increasing our ibaadah (worship) step by step from today onwards, insha-Allah.

9
Apr

I still love Kinder Eggs…

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

I know. You might be thinking “What? What does this topic have to do with a Ramadan blog?”

Or you might be thinking “What on earth is a “Kinder Egg”?

Second things first then.

This is a Kinder Egg:

[If you’ve never met me, you might be wondering if I’m actually 12 years old. I can assure you that I am not.]

So, what does my love for Kinder Eggs have to do with a Ramadan blog?

Firstly, what is the purpose of this blog? It’s to help us to sustain the Ramadan spirit i.e. we want to be more like our “Ramadan selves” the rest of the year.

Secondly, when we imagine ourselves in Ramadan, we imagine ourselves as being very righteous, and that’s fine.

However, the problem is that when we imagine our future righteous selves, we think of completely different people. This future personality does not resemble us whatsoever – except perhaps the hair colour.

Confused? Okay, let me explain it in a different way.

I only started to really practice Islam around 2003-2004. When I look back, I can see two Umm Muawiyahs: Pre 2003-2004 and Post 2003-2004.

I always saw them as being two very different people.

That was, until the day I ate my niece’s Kinder Egg. Then, it struck me. A decade and a half earlier, I used to eat my nephew’s Kinder Eggs.

I was still the same. [Yes, I know. It’s quite a dreadful habit as well.]

Well, no. I wasn’t still the same. For example, I prayed on time now, I covered fully and I didn’t listen to music.

However,  there was a part of me that was  still the same.

I’ve loved Kinder Eggs since I was a kid and I still eat them. Actually, my favourite chocolates now are still the same as when I was a child, and so are my favourite animals.

I still love any IT-related stuff.

I still love photography. The only difference now is that I only take landscapes and nature photographs and not living things (as there is a difference of opinion over its permissibility).

What am I getting at?

Well, too often, when we start practicing Islam, we think we need to change EVERYTHING about ourselves. This happens especially with new Muslims.

So, we try to change everything because we feel we need to be different from our pre-Islamic selves and in the process, we completely exhaust ourselves.

Why do we do this? Well, I think that it has to do with three things:

1) Many of us seem to think that there is only one type of Islamic personality.

Yes, there is only one Islam but not one type of personality.

Proof? Look at all the Prophets (alaihimissalam) and the Sahaabah (radiallahu anhum). They all had different personalities. Of course, all of these personalities were within the confines of the Shariah (Islamic law) i.e. all of them were worshippers of Allah yet they were still different people.

Look at Dawood (alaihissalam) and his son Sulaiman (alaihissalam). Two prophets but two different people.Yet, they were both great slaves of Allah.

Look at Musa (alaihissalam) and his brother Haroon (alaihissalam). Yet again, two prophets but two different people. Yet, they were both great slaves of Allah.

Look at Umar (radiallahu anhu) and his son Abdullah (radiallahu anhu). Father and son but two completely different people. Yet, they were both great slaves of Allah.

Look at Amr ibn Al-Aas (radiallahu anhu) and his son Abdullah (radiallahu anhu). Father and son but you’d have to see their names to figure that out. The father was a great warrior and the son was a great zaahid (ascetic). Poles apart in terms of personalities but they both had the same objective:  to worship Allah in the best manner possible.

So, we shouldn’t imagine that that all Muslims are required to have one personality. We are not.

However, we are required to follow the same religion (i.e. Islam) and therefore the same way of worshipping Allah.

2) We don’t realise that we need to only change our bad qualities.

When a person enters Islam, that is when they start getting rewarded for their good deeds whereas prior to that, they did not (due to an absence of tawheed).

So, we need to keep our good sides and change the bad sides.That’s what “starting afresh means” – stopping the evil deeds, not the good ones.

Do you like to shower every day? That’s excellent. Keep doing that because cleanliness is very important in Islam.

Do you like to visit your family and neighbours? That’s excellent. Family and neighbours have rights over us. However, just make sure that there is no free mixing.

Do you like to have chicken burgers? That’s fine. Just make sure that the chicken has been slaughtered in the Islamic way.

Do you like to have frog leg soup? Sorry,  you can’t do that because we are not permitted to eat frogs.

Do you have a cat and a dog as pets? You can keep the cat in the house but not the dog.

So, we don’t need to change our whole lives, just the parts that contradict the Shariah. So, we can keep the halaal (lawful) but we need to dispose of the haraam (unlawful).

3) We want to distance ourselves from our pre-Islamic lives as much as possible.

Well, removing the halaal won’t distance us from our past but removing the haraam will.

[If we really want to distance ourselves from the past, we need to increase in our ibaadah (worship). This is what the Sahaabah (radiallahu anhum) used to do.]

Remember: No matter what you do, you’ll still be you to some degree or another, and that’s fine as long as you are not disobeying Allah.

So, I’ll still be having those Kinder Eggs, if you don’t mind.

[Note to the Kinder Egg Company: You need to put better toys in the eggs. The current ones are no fun at all.]

18
Mar

How to make a fresh start – Part 3

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

[Here are Parts 1 and 2.]

10) Our companionship can make or break us.

The scholar asked the murderer to leave his evil land and go to a land where there were pious people.

So one of the reasons for his evil actions was due to the place that he was in and the type of people that he was surrounded by.

So, if we want to make a fresh start, we need to take a look at the people around us. What are they like? Do they enjoin us to good… or to evil?

There are many Quranic ayaat about the importance of having righteous companions.

Look at what the people of hellfire will say when asked why they were put into hell:

مَا سَلَكَكُمْ فِي سَقَرَ

قَالُوا لَمْ نَكُ مِنَ الْمُصَلِّينَ

وَلَمْ نَكُ نُطْعِمُ الْمِسْكِينَ

وَكُنَّا نَخُوضُ مَعَ الْخَائِضِينَ

وَكُنَّا نُكَذِّبُ بِيَوْمِ الدِّينِ

حَتَّىٰ أَتَانَا الْيَقِينُ

“What has caused you to enter Hell?”

“They will say: “We were not of those who used to offer their Salah (prayers). Nor we used to feed Al-Miskin (the poor); And we used to talk falsehood (all that which Allah hated) with vain talkers. And we used to belie the Day of Recompense. Until there came to us (the death) that is certain.” [Surah Al-Muddaththir (74) : 42-47]

One of the reasons was because they were too busy mooching around with vain talkers.

Here’s another ayah that informs us of the disbeliever’s regret on the Last Day:

وَيَوْمَ يَعَضُّ الظَّالِمُ عَلَىٰ يَدَيْهِ يَقُولُ يَا لَيْتَنِي اتَّخَذْتُ مَعَ الرَّسُولِ سَبِيلًا

يَا وَيْلَتَىٰ لَيْتَنِي لَمْ أَتَّخِذْ فُلَانًا خَلِيلًا

لَقَدْ أَضَلَّنِي عَنِ الذِّكْرِ بَعْدَ إِذْ جَاءَنِي ۗ وَكَانَ الشَّيْطَانُ لِلْإِنْسَانِ خَذُولًا

“And (remember) the Day when the dhaalim (wrong-doer, oppressor, polytheist, etc.) will bite at his hands, he will say: “Oh! Would that I had taken a path with the Messenger (Muhammad). Ah! Woe to me! Would that I had never taken so-and-so as a friend! He indeed led me astray from the Reminder (this Quran) after it had come to me. And Shaitan (Satan) is ever a deserter to man in the hour of need.” [Surah Al-Furqan (25) : 27-29]

Allah advises us in the Quran to be around those who are obedient to Him:

وَاصْبِرْ نَفْسَكَ مَعَ الَّذِينَ يَدْعُونَ رَبَّهُمْ بِالْغَدَاةِ وَالْعَشِيِّ يُرِيدُونَ وَجْهَهُ ۖ وَلَا تَعْدُ عَيْنَاكَ عَنْهُمْ تُرِيدُ زِينَةَ الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا ۖ وَلَا تُطِعْ مَنْ أَغْفَلْنَا قَلْبَهُ عَنْ ذِكْرِنَا وَاتَّبَعَ هَوَاهُ وَكَانَ أَمْرُهُ فُرُطًا

“And keep yourself patiently with those who call on their Lord (i.e. your companions who remember their Lord with glorification, praising in prayers, etc., and other righteous deeds, etc.) morning and afternoon, seeking His Face, and let not your eyes overlook them, desiring the pomp and glitter of the life of the world; and obey not him whose heart We have made heedless of Our Remembrance, one who follows his own lusts and whose affair (deeds) has been lost.” [Surah Al-Kahf (18) : 28]

لَا تَجِدُ قَوْمًا يُؤْمِنُونَ بِاللَّـهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الْآخِرِ يُوَادُّونَ مَنْ حَادَّ اللَّـهَ وَرَسُولَهُ وَلَوْ كَانُوا آبَاءَهُمْ أَوْ أَبْنَاءَهُمْ أَوْ إِخْوَانَهُمْ أَوْ عَشِيرَتَهُمْ ۚ أُولَـٰئِكَ كَتَبَ فِي قُلُوبِهِمُ الْإِيمَانَ وَأَيَّدَهُمْ بِرُوحٍ مِنْهُ ۖ وَيُدْخِلُهُمْ جَنَّاتٍ تَجْرِي مِنْ تَحْتِهَا الْأَنْهَارُ خَالِدِينَ فِيهَا ۚ رَضِيَ اللَّـهُ عَنْهُمْ وَرَضُوا عَنْهُ ۚ أُولَـٰئِكَ حِزْبُ اللَّـهِ ۚ أَلَا إِنَّ حِزْبَ اللَّـهِ هُمُ الْمُفْلِحُونَ

“You (O Muhammad) will not find any people who believe in Allah and the Last Day, making friendship with those who oppose Allah and His Messenger, even though they were their fathers, or their sons, or their brothers, or their kindred (people). For such He has written Faith in their hearts, and strengthened them with Rooh (proofs, light and true guidance) from Himself. And We will admit them to Gardens (Paradise) under which rivers flow, to dwell therein (forever). Allah is pleased with them, and they with Him. They are the Party of Allah. Verily, it is the Party of Allah that will be the successful.” [Surah Al-Mujadilah (58) : 22]

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّـهَ وَكُونُوا مَعَ الصَّادِقِينَ

“O you who believe! Be afraid of Allah, and be with those who are true (in words and deeds).” [Surah At-Tawbah (9) : 119]

There are also many ahadeeth about taking righteous people as friends:

لا تصاحب إلا مؤمنا ، ولا يأكل طعامك إلا تقي

Abu Saeed (radiallahu anhu) narrated that the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) said: “Do not accompany except a believer, and do not let anyone eat your food but one of taqwa (piety).” [Sunan Abee Dawood, Hadeeth No. 4832. Graded “hasan” by Al-Albani in Sahih Sunan Abee Dawood, Hadeeth No. 4832.]

مثل الجليس الصالح والسوء ، كحامل المسك ونافخ الكير ، فحامل المسك : إما أن يحذيك ، وإما أن تبتاع منه ، وإما أن تجد منه ريحا طيبة ، ونافخ الكير : إما أن يحرق ثيابك ، وإما أن تجد ريحا خبيثة

Narrated Abu Musa (radiallahu anhu): The Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) said, ‘The example of a good pious companion and an evil one is that of a person carrying musk and another blowing a pair of bellows. The one who is carrying musk will either give you some perfume as a present, or you will buy some from him, or you will get a good smell from him, but the one who is blowing a pair of bellows will either burn your clothes or you will get a bad smell from him.” [Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume No. 7, Hadeeth No. 442]

Ultimately, we are whom we befriend:

الرجل على دين خليله فلينظر أحدكم من يخالل

Abu Hurairah (radiallahu anhu) narrated that the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) said: “A man follows the religion of his close friend, so let one of you look at whom he takes as his close friend.” [Sunan Abee Dawood, Hadeeth No. 4833. Graded “hasan” by Al-Albani in Sahih Sunan Abee Dawood, Hadeeth No. 4833.]

So, let us all look around and see what kind of people we befriend because they represent who we truly are, and those are the kind of people we will be with in the hereafter as well.

جاء رجل إلى رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم فقال : يا رسول الله ! متى الساعة ؟ قال ” وما أعددت للساعة ؟ ” قال : حب الله ورسوله . قال ” فإنك مع من أحببت ” . قال أنس : فما فرحنا بعد الإسلام ، فرحا أشد من قول النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم ” فإنك مع من أحببت ” . قال أنس : فأنا أحب الله ورسوله . وأبا بكر وعمر . فأرجو أن أكون معهم . وإن لم أعمل بأعمالهم

Anas ibn Malik (radiallahu anhu) reported that a person came to Allah’s Messenger (salallahu alaihi wasallam) and said to Allah’s Messenger: When would be the Last Hour? Thereupon he (the Prophet) said: What preparation have you made for the Last Hour? He said: The love of Allah and of His Messenger (is my only preparation).* Thereupon he (the Prophet) said: You would be along with one whom you love. Anas said: Nothing pleased us more after accepting Islam than the words of Allah’s Messenger: You would be along with one whom you love. And Anas said: I love Allah and His Messenger and Abu Bakr and Umar, and I hope that I would be along with them although I have not acted like them. [Sahih Muslim, Hadith No. 6380]

[*Another narration states “significant preparation” which implies that he fulfilled his obligatory duties.]

To be continued…

27
Feb

How to make a fresh start – Part 2

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

[My apologies for the dreadful editing.]

[Here’s Part 1.]

Before I continue with the lessons that I learnt from the hadeeth, I’d like to advise those people who are sought for help in such matters i.e. those who were deemed “suitable” by the people who want to make a fresh start:

a) Being able to keep one’s mouth shut is a great virtue.

Don’t even think about blabbing the person’s secret to anyone, be it your spouse/relatives/close friends/colleagues/anyone.

Remember that this is a trust.

b) Try your best not to give the person what I call the “astaghfirullah treatment”

Many people will say astaghfirullah after every statement, look scandalized at the story and then proceed to scold the person.

You know, I think that sometimes a person might have scolded himself/herself more than anyone else could scold them.

And by the time such people ask for help, they are already near breaking point. What they need is a bit of compassion and loads of encouragement. What they do NOT need is indignant self-righteousness.

Of course, I’m not saying that one should not advise the person and inform them of the warnings mentioned in the shariah pertaining to that action.

However, one needs to be wise and look at the condition of the person. Will mentioning the warnings be helpful at this time? Or would be better to mention the texts which talk about Allah’s vast Mercy?

7) It is an obligation on an individual to know Allah and to know His Attributes.

Many people belittle the study of tawheed (worshipping Allah alone), thinking that there are more important things out there and this is indeed a very wretched way of thinking.

The knowledgeable person is the one who knows Allah and knows His Rights.

And the proof of this from this hadeeth is that the murderer asked for the most knowledgeable people on earth*, and the two who were mentioned a monk and a scholar i.e both were people of religion.

[*He didn’t want to settle for any small time muftis as you can see. He wanted advice from the most knowledgeable person around.]

Knowing and applying tawheed is the difference between Paradise and Hell-fire.

The scholar knew tawheed and so he was able to direct the murderer in a proper manner. The monk did not know much tawheed and therefore almost led the man astray.

Also, tawheed is what saves a person from staying in the Hell-fire forever.

This man, though he was a murder, was on tawheed. How do we know that?

a) Because of his end – he would not have been granted Paradise if had not been on tawheed as Allah says:

إِنَّ اللَّـهَ لَا يَغْفِرُ أَن يُشْرَكَ بِهِ وَيَغْفِرُ مَا دُونَ ذَٰلِكَ لِمَن يَشَاءُ ۚ وَمَن يُشْرِكْ بِاللَّـهِ فَقَدْ ضَلَّ ضَلَالًا بَعِيدًا

“Verily! Allah forgives not (the sin of) setting up partners in worship with Him, but He forgives whom he pleases sins other than that, and whoever sets up partners in worship with Allah, has indeed strayed far away.” [Surah An-Nisaa (4) : 116]

This is true for all the nations before us as well.

[Of course, after the advent of the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam), the only way one can correctly practice tawheed is by following the religion of Islam, not any other religion.]

b) He was from Bani Israil – which alludes to the fact that he was on tawheed.

Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri (radiallahu anhu): The Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) said, “Amongst the men of Bani Israel there was a man who had murdered ninety-nine persons. [Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume No. 4, Hadeeth No. 676]

So, I will repeat what I have said many times on this blog: study tawheed and apply it.

Learning about tawheed was what caused the Sahaabah (radiallahu anhum) to make a fresh start. And look at how fabulously amazing they turned out to be.

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26
Feb

How to make a fresh start – Part 1

Assalamu Alaikum.

One of the things that we all love about Ramadan is that it allows us to make a fresh start.

There’s just one little problem though: who said that we need to wait until Ramadan to make a fresh start?

Our ummah today has so many problems. Many Muslims are immersed in shirk (the worst of the sins), fornication (and its sisters: pornography and masturbation), anger management issues, family problems, riba (interest), backbiting and tale bearing, etc.

I could go on and on.

We all have issues that we need to straighten out. What are we doing about them though? And what are we supposed to do about them?

We all know that we need to make a fresh start (yes, ALL of us) but how?

Well, there’s a great story that tells us the way to go about doing that:

Abu Said al-Khudri (radiallahu anhu) reported Allah’s Messenger (salallahu alaihi wasallam) as saying: There was a person before you who had killed ninety-nine people and then made an inquiry about the learned persons of the world (who could show him the way to salvation). He was directed to a monk.

He came to him and told him that he had killed ninety-nine people and asked him whether there was any scope for his repentance to be accepted. He said: No. He killed him also and thus completed one hundred.

He then asked about the learned persons of the earth and he was directed to a scholar, and he told him that he had killed one hundred persons and asked him whether there was any scope for his repentance to be accepted. He said: Yes; what stands between you and the repentance? You better go to such and such land; there are people devoted to prayer and worship and you also worship along with them and do not come to the land of yours since it was an evil land (for you).

So he went away and he had hardly covered half the distance when death came to him and there was a dispute between the angels of mercy and the angels of punishment.

The angels of mercy said: This man has come as a penitent and remorseful to Allah and the angels of punishment said: He has done no good at all. Then there came another angel in the form of a human being in order to decide between them. He said: You measure the land to which he has drawn near.

[Allah commanded the earth (from where) he wanted to come out to move itself away and to the other earth (where he wanted to go) to draw nearer.]

They measured it and found him nearer to the land where he intended to go (the land of piety), and so the angels of mercy took possession of it.

Qatada said that Hasan told him that it was said to them that as death approached him, he crawled upon his chest (and managed) to slip in the land of mercy.

[Sahih Muslim, Hadeeth No. 6662. The addition in brackets is from Sahih Muslim, Hadeeth no. 6664]

Here are the lessons that I* learnt from this story:

[*Just so you don’t think that this is some sort of scholarly analysis.]

1) We need to realise that what we are doing is wrong and we have to WANT to change for the better.

From what I’ve personally seen from many people, this seems to be the number one factor as to why some people are unable to change: they simply don’t want to.

Yes, they might claim they want to change but when they are brought face to face with their issues, they simply ignore it.

This man (i.e. the murderer) wanted to change and make a fresh start and due to this, it was made easy for him.

So, admitting our faults and wanting to improve is the first (and most difficult) step towards starting a new life.

2) It does not matter what the sin is.

The sin of the man was murder. The only sin worse than that is shirk.

Some people think that their sins are too great to be forgiven or that they have done too many bad things.

That’s absolutely false.

Allah forgives all sins if a person sincerely repents from them.

So, don’t worry about what you have done in the past, rather focus on repenting from your sins.

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31
Jan

Article: Contemplate…then repent

Assalamu Alaikum.

I’m back*.

[*After a one day blogging break due to Internet issues.]

[Note: My apologies for the delay in replying to your comments. I’ll try to do so soon, insha-Allah.]

Here’s an article for us to contemplate over (fittingly entitled “Contemplate”) in our run up to Ramadan (yes, 6 months ahead just like the early generations).

[A little reminder: Please don’t forget to do dua for our brothers and sisters in Egypt. One of my friends told me that the situation is pretty bad there. There are gangs going around looting and killing people.

We should always remember our Muslim brethren and do dua for them. It doesn’t matter if they come from Egypt, Tunisia, Lebanon, China, Pakistan, Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan or any other country. They are our family and we are their family, simply because of this wonderful religion that we all share.

إِنَّمَا الْمُؤْمِنُونَ إِخْوَةٌ

“The believers are nothing else than brothers (in Islشmic religion).” [Surah Al-Hujurat (49) : 10]

Blood may be thicker than water but religion is much thicker than blood.]

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http://www.madeenah.com/article.cfm?id=1343

Contemplate…then Repent

Shaykh Waseeullaah `Abbaas

In the name of Allaah, the Most Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy. Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa baraakaatuh.

Noble reader, let us consider some of the verses of the Book of Allaah (the Majestic and Exalted):

*Contemplate the saying of Allaah,

{…they are the ones cursed by Allaah and cursed by those who curse.} [2:159]

He then said after this, ‘Except those who repent…’

*Contemplate the saying of Allaah (the Most Exalted),

{They will abide therein (Hell). Neither will their torment be lightened, nor will it be delayed or postponed.} [03:88]

He said after this, ‘Except those who repent…’

*Contemplate the saying of Allaah (the Majestic and Exalted),

{Verily, the hypocrites will be in the lowest depths of the Fire; no helper will you find for them.} [04:145]

After this He said, ‘except those who repent…’

*Contemplate the saying of Allaah (the Majestic and Exalted),

{…and a great torment is for them in the Hereafter.} [05:33]

Also contemplate the saying of Allaah (the Majestic and Exalted),

{Surely, disbelievers are those who said: Allaah is the third of the three (in a Trinity)} [05:73]

He then said after this, ‘Will they not repent to Allaah’

*Contemplate the saying of Allaah (the Majestic and Exalted),

{…and whoever does this shall receive the punishment.} [25:68]

He said after this, ‘Except he who repents…’

*Contemplate the saying of Allaah,

{So they will be thrown in Hell.} [19:59]

He then said after it, ‘except he who is repentant’

*Contemplate the saying of Allaah (the Majestic and Exalted),

{…and that My torment is indeed the most painful torment.} [15:50]

He said before it, ‘Truly, I am the Oft-Forgiving, the Most-Merciful.’

*Contemplate the saying of Allaah (the Majestic and Exalted),

{[They] will have the torment of Hell, and they will have the punishment of the burning Fire.} [85:10]

He said before it, ‘…and then they do not turn in repentance, (to Allaah).’

Great Verses

Allaah (the Glorified and the Most High) said,

{…but whosoever repents after his crime and does righteous good deeds, then verily Allaah will pardon him.} [05:39]

{…and I am indeed Forgiving to him who repents, believes and does righteous good deeds; and then remains constant in doing them.} [20:82]

{…and ask forgiveness of your Lord and turn unto Him in repentance. Verily, my Lord is Most Merciful, Most Loving.} [11:90]

{Truly, Allaah loves those who turn unto Him in repentance} [02:222]

{O you who believe! Turn to Allaah with sincere repentance.} [66:08]

An Invitation…

If only we would account for ourselves…

If only we would answer the call of our Lord…

My noble brother…

Remember the following conditions of repentance:

1 – To give up the sin immediately.

2 – To regret what has happened in the past.

3 – To have a firm resolve not to go back to the sin.

Glad-Tidings…

– The door to repentance is open.

– You should know that Allaah is pleased with the repentance of His slave.

– The one who repents from a sin is like the one who has no sins remaining.

– Repentance wipes away that which came before it.

– Whoever leaves something for the sake of Allaah, He replaces it with something better for him.

May Allaah guide us all to every type of goodness.

May he bless us with the lofty Al-Firdaws in Paradise.

Ameen.

Do you not want to be from amongst those whom Allaah loves?

Do you not want Allaah to forgive you?

17
Jan

Book: Mysteries of the Soul Expounded

Assalamu Alaikum.

So many people prepare for this and that.

And so few of them prepare for death.

Allah says:

“So glorify the praises of your Lord and be of those who prostrate themselves (to Him). And worship your Lord until there comes unto you the certainty (i.e. death).” [Surah Al-Hijr (15) : 98-99]

Death is probably everyone’s least favourite topic, which is quite strange when you consider that ALL OF US will die.

What’s amazing is that the more righteous a person is, the more at ease they are with dying, and the less righteous a person is, the less at ease they are with dying.

There was a story that I heard that explained to me why that was so. One of the caliphs went to a scholar and asked him why people were so averse to death. The scholar pointed out how nobody would like to leave a house that they had built and furnished for a house that was not ready.

[That was the gist of the story. Sorry, I don’t remember the exact details.]

So, that’s why many people are averse to death. They’ve spent their lives polishing up their dunya (worldy life)  but made little effort to build their house in Paradise.

A righteous person, on the other hand, would obey Allah and focus on the hereafter rather than letting this dunya control him/her.

I mean really, brothers and sisters, let’s look at most of our lives:

Why are there so many parties and so few Islamic classes?

Why is there so much talk about useless matters and so little dhikr (remembrance)) of Allah?

Why is there so much time spent reading the news and magazines and so little time spent reading the book of Allah?

Why is there so much time spent toiling away at night for that project that is due the next day but so little time spent toiling away at night by standing up in prayer?

Why is there so much money spent on clothes, accessories, food, furniture and Allah knows what else but so little money spent on charity and helping our brethren who are in need?

Why is there so much time spent on listing other people’s flaws but so little time spent listing our own flaws?

Why is there so much time spent talking or thinking about how we can help our ummah (nation) but so little time actually spent on doing so?

Why is there so much time spent on disobeying Allah and so little time spent on obeying Allah?

Guess what?

It doesn’t have to be this way.

We’re still alive, which means that we can still change before we die.

Now, you might say: “Huh, I’m too sinful! I need time to change.”

Huh?

Okay, you need to read the following two stories:

1) The murderer who went to Paradise

Abu Said al-Khudri reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: There was a person before you who had killed ninety-nine persons and then made an inquiry about the learned persons of the world (who could show him the way to salvation). He was directed to a monk. He came to him and told him that he had killed ninety-nine persons and asked him whether there was any scope for his repentance to be accepted. He said: No. He killed him also and thus completed one hundred. He then asked about the learned persons of the earth and he was directed to a scholar, and he told him that he had killed one hundred persons and asked him whether there was any scope for his repentance to be accepted. He said: Yes; what stands between you and the repentance? You better go to such and such land; there are people devoted to prayer and worship and you also worship along with them and do not come to the land of yours since it was an evil land (for you). So he went away and he had hardly covered half the distance when death came to him and there was a dispute between the angels of mercy and the angels of punishment. The angels of mercy said: This man has come as a penitant and remorseful to Allah and the angels of punishment said: He has done no good at all. Then there came another angel in the form of a human being in order to decide between them. He said: You measure the land to which he has drawn near. They measured it and found him nearer to the land where he intended to go (the land of piety), and so the angels of mercy took possession of it. Qatada said that Hasan told him that it was said to them that as death approached him, he crawled upon his chest (and managed) to slip in the land of mercy. [Sahih Muslim, Hadeeth No. 6662]

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30
Aug

Lecture/Article: Repentance in Ramadan

Assalamu Alaikum.

I think many people dream of being religious one day, or at least that’s what I understood after talking to many sisters.

The key word here is “dream”. Many of us dream. So we think that one day, it will all fall into place and we’ll be great slaves of Allah and we’ll go to Paradise.

Brothers and Sisters, we can’t sin day and night and barely remember Allah  and then expect to get that house in Paradise.

Paradise is earned. And who will earn it? The ones who strove hard for it.

[Note: We do not get into Paradise solely through our good deeds, but rather through the Mercy of Allah.]

Let’s all ask ourselves a few questions:

1) Have we changed at all in the last few years?

-Do we have more tawheed than before?

– Are we more conscious that Allah is watching us?

– Do we pray more?

– Are we more attached to the Quran? Do we apply it more?

– Do we have more knowledge of Islam?

– Do we have better manners?

– Do we give in charity more?

– Are we more modestly dressed than before? [This applies to both men and women.]

– Do we control our tongues more? Do we use them more for the remembrance of Allah or for the remembrance of this worldly life?

– Do we sin less? And if we sin, how long does it take us to ask for Allah’s Forgiveness?

We should all try to ask ourselves in which areas we have improved.

2) If we didn’t change at all or didn’t change much, then why not?

Are we really in it to please Allah? Or are we still worried about what created beings have to say?

Created beings who, like us, fall ill, need to go to the bathroom, will get old and will die (and when buried, will rot in the ground).

Are we attached to them* more than we are to Allah?

[*Them = Spouses, children, family, friends, colleagues, celebrities, you name it.]

And saying “no” doesn’t prove we aren’t. Our actions are what will prove if we are or are not attached to them.

3) When is the time for change going to come?

Allah says:

“Has not the time come for the hearts of those who believe to be affected by Allah’s Reminder (this Quran), and that which has been revealed of the truth, lest they become as those who received the Scripture before (i.e. Jews and Christians), and the term was prolonged for them and so their hearts were hardened? And many of them were Faasiqoon (rebellious, disobedient to Allah).” [Surah Al-Hadid (57) :16]

Isn’t it way past time?

Here are two resources that talk about repenting in Ramadan. Don’t we want to be different people in Shawwal than we were in Shaban?

Here’s the article: Repentance in Ramadan.

Repentance in Ramadan by Said Rageah