Dua of the Day:Our Lord! And grant us that which you have promised to us by Your messengers and save us from shame on the Day of Judgement. Verily You never fail to fulfill Your promise. (3:194)
10 Causes That Result in Allah Love…
First, reciting the Qur’an while pondering over its meanings and what is meant by it.
Second, getting closer to Allaah by performing voluntary deeds after completing obligatory deeds. This is as is stated in a Hadith Qudsi: “My slave continues getting closer to Me by performing voluntary deeds until I love him.”
Third, continual remembrance of Allaah under all circumstances, with one’s tongue, heart and actions. The extent of one’s love of Allaah is determined by this.
Fourth, giving precedence to what He loves over what you love when you are overtaken by your desires.
Fifth, the heart being avid of Allaah’s Names, and Attributes and the heart roaming in that garden of knowledge.
Sixth, observing Allaah’s kindness, goodness and bounties, both hidden and open.
Seventh, and this is the most wonderful, the heart being soft, subdued and meek before Allaah.
Eighth, being alone with Allaah during the time when the Lord descends during the last portion of the night while reading His Book and ending that by asking for forgiveness and repenting.
Ninth, sitting with the beloved and sincere, benefitting from the most fruitful of their speech. And not to speak unless speaking is more beneficial and you know that it will improve your state and be beneficial to others.
Tenth, remaining away from every cause that comes between the heart and Allaah.
Author: Ibnul Qayyim al Jawziyyah, Source: Madarij as-Saalikeen (vol. 3, pp. 17-18 )
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This is where I start, and I could care less if it’s cliche. You see the fact of the matter is that Muhammad, Peace be upon him, spoke little but always spoke truthfully. Among the many truth’s that he spoke that constantly echo throughout our lives is the truth that “Indeed, action is with it’s intention”. And so in this action that I take, in my decision to embark upon this venture, I begin in God’s Name…Allah…He who Inspired inspiration, He who Gave Life to the very concept of life itself. My intention is to Allah, that my beginnings are with Allah and that my return is with Allah, I pray that whatever happens in between is not too far therefrom.
The title of the blog is basically it’s mission statement. I hope to use this medium to explore the character and behavior of Muhammad (saw) as it may have manifested in our modern context. I do not pretend to have the answers or to know more than another. Instead I present the thoughts and ideas that follow from my humble status as a student of the life of a man who has been studied for 1400 years and is still not fully understood. Today, although many of us pretend to know the life of the Muhammad, the truth is that we know little more than the names of battles and the dates of events. When was the last time we read a book of his seerah and actually thought about how he must have felt? When was the last time we cited a hadith and knew exactly what had occurred which led Muhammad to speak what he spoke, or even who he spoke to?
Muhammad (saw) was a man, he felt, he thought, he had moments of confusion as well as moments of triumph. He was stricken by tragedy and pained by hardship. He was excited at times and at other times he laughed. He loved and admired openly just as he sorrowed and disdained in private. He was all of these things and more because he was both “an excellent example” (Qur’an 33:21) and “a walking Qur’an”. So for anyone to claim that they know Muhammad, or that they adhere to his sunnah, or that they love God’s Messenger (saw), means that they MUST consider Muhammad (saw) beyond the dates written in the books of history. We must consider his life as a human being and his constant interaction with the Qur’an as it came down piece by piece to address the moments that made up his life. In this way we may learn how the ayat of the Qur’an address our own moments and how the word of Allah is to guide our own lives.
And so I intend to contribute what little I can to this age old conversation. I intend to listen carefully as the example of Muhammad (saw) echos through the history of mankind and I intend to share what I find with anyone who cares to sit with me in silence and just listen for some time.
If at the end of the day, the thoughts that flow from my mind through my fingers into these black keys and silver trackpad find themselves on no other screen but my own, I will be satisfied. For at the end of the day, even in loneliness, I can never be alone. Even in obscurity I have purpose. Even in silence, my heart will still sing praises of the One for Whom it beats.
بِسْمِ ٱللَّهِ ٱلرَّحْمَٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
|—||Imam Al-Ghazali (via islamicthinking)|
Oh Allah SWT, don’t make this world our biggest concern.
Why do we read Quran, if we can’t understand a single Arabic word? This is a beautiful story:
An old American Muslim lived on a farm in the mountains of eastern Kentucky with his young grandson. Each morning Grandpa was up early sitting at the kitchen table reading his Quran. His grandson wanted to be just like him and tried to imitate him in every way he could.
One day the grandson asked, “Grandpa! I try to read the Quran just like you but I don’t understand it, and what I do understand I forget as soon as I close the book. What good does reading the Qur’an do?”
The Grandfather quietly turned from putting coal in the stove and replied, “Take this coal basket down to the river and bring me back a basket of water.”
The boy did as he was told, but all the water leaked out before he got back to the house. The grandfather laughed and said, “You’ll have to move a little faster next time,” and sent him back to the river with the basket to try again. This time the boy ran faster, but again the basket was empty before he returned home. Out of breath, he told his grandfather that it was impossible to carry water in a basket, and he went to get a bucket instead.
The old man said, “I don’t want a bucket of water; I want a basket of water. You’re just not trying hard enough,” and he went out the door to watch the boy try again.
At this point, the boy knew it was impossible, but he wanted to show his grandfather that even if he ran as fast as he could, the water would leak out before he got back to the house. The boy again dipped the basket into river and ran hard, but when he reached his grandfather the basket was again empty. Out of breath, he said, “See Grandpa, it’s useless!”
“So you think it is useless?” The old man said, “Look at the basket.”
The boy looked at the basket and for the first time realized that the basket was different. It had been transformed from a dirty old coal basket and was now clean, inside and out.
“Son, that’s what happens when you read the Qur’an. You might not understand or remember everything, but when you read it, you will be changed, inside and out. That is the work of Allah in our lives.”
When you hear of a new brother/sister in Islam who has just reverted, I swear your stomach just does these little flips. All of you reverts out there, may Allah bless you all, and may He reward you for all your efforts. Seriously, I hear someone reverted and I get so emotional! It’s such a reminder to all of us out there. They get their fresh start, their new beginnings, but in essence, we all can purify ourselves and start again. Our five prayers do that for us if we are truly sincere, and so between each prayers it’s as if we’re just waiting to start afresh so we may perform more good deeds and take the road to Jannah. Subhan’Allah.