☆Qur’anic Gems☆

Allah, subhanu wata says:
Allah increases the provision for whom He wills, and straitens it (for whom He wills), and they rejoice in the life of this world, whereas the life of this world as compared with the hereafter is but a brief passing enjoyment. [13:26]

Allah (swt), by His infinite wisdom increases the wealth of whom so ever He wills. Amongst such are disbelievers and the disobedient muslims. He (swt) expands their wealth and they continue to wrong themselves at the cost of having the everlasting enjoyment of the hereafter. And Allah swt repeatedly tells us: “…but what what is the enjoyment of this world compared except a little?” [9:38]

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Do justice to islam and portray its beauty to the world.

In the name of Allah, The Most Beneficial, The Most Merciful.

Preach with your good manners
-Umar bin Khattab

Little do we know, that we as muslims, portray the religion of islam as a whole. Very few non-muslims ever read the Qur’an/Hadith to find out about islam, 70% of the time, the only islam they know is from the muslims they see.

Just like the character of an individual says a lot about one, likewise the character of muslims say a lot about their religion, which is their way of life. And surely there is no religion that preaches good character
like ours.

Islam says we should be good to our
family, our neighbours, and even the stranger we meet (Q4:36). It says we should smile and only say a kind word to everyone we meet, it recommends helping others, with both money and physical strength, it teaches us to live in harmony with one another, and even repel the bad with good (Q42:40), it prohibits lewdness, dishonesty and backbiting, and most importantly, all these traits apply even to non-muslims as long as they don’t fight us (Q60:8-9). And I ask you, is there anything that will make one to be loved greater than his good character?

In a world of millions of islam-phobes, (haters of islam) we have to do our best to portray islam as what it really is. We have to show people how truly beautiful this islam of ours is through beautiful traits. We might not know, but sects like ‘boko haram’ (a religious movement in northern Nigeria that kill people of all religion) and the rest, greatly tarnish the image of islam in the hearts of many. Someone recently confessed to me about his belief in islam but he’s afraid of all the violence muslims are into, and not sure if he won’t become like them if he becomes muslim.

And this only means one thing; that we have to try harder to erase these thoughts from their minds and replace it what our religion truly preaches: peace. Traits like humbleness, kind words, modesty, honesty, that the muslims have, I know from experience, indeed appeals to non-muslims and go a long in changing their mindset about islam.

So I say to myself and every rightly-guided muslim to do justice to islam starting from today; portray islam the way it is, as best as you can. Truly, Allah does never wastes the rewards (efforts) of good-doers [Q12:56]

Salam alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barkatuhu.

Modesty; The best of all traits

Refrain from shameless words or actions, such as foul or evil speech. This will aggravate Satan, who beautifies these actions, and tempts people with them. So, not engaging in such actions would actually make him hopeless, and he would in turn retract in disgrace.

Continuously learn about the benefits of modesty, and expose one’s heart to them repeatedly. Also, making a commitment to gaining the highest levels of modesty, and actively adorning oneself with it.
Strengthen imān and belief in the heart, because modesty is a fruit of imān and knowing Allah, the All-Mighty and Exalted.

Worship Allah (swt) by reflecting on His Beautiful Names and Attributes, which bring about Allahs-consciousness and excellent (character and behavior). Examples of such Names would be: The Witness, The Overseer, The All-Knowing, The All-Hearing, The All-Seeing, The All-Encompassing, and The Protector. Hatim Al-Asam said:

“Make a pact with yourself in three (areas): when you do something, remember that Allah sees you, and when you speak, remember that Allah hears you, and when you are silent, remember Allah’s knowledge of your inner (thoughts, feelings, and being).”

Consistently observe the obligatory and recommended worship, like prayer. Allah, the Most-High, said: “Verily, prayer prevents lewdness and evil deeds.” It was said to the Messenger of Allah ﷺ: “So and so prays all night, but when he wakes up he steals!” So, he ﷺ said: “What you mentioned [i.e. his prayers] will [eventually] prevent him from that.” Or he said: “His prayers will prevent him.”  Zakah is another example. Allah, Most-Glorified, says regarding zakah: “Take a portion of their wealth as charity [zakah] to purify them and increase them with it.” (Qur’an, 9:103)

Always be truthful and avoid dishonesty. This is because truthfulness will guide a person to righteousness, and modesty is a part of righteousness. The Prophet ﷺ said: “You should be truthful, for truthfulness leads to righteousness, and righteousness leads to paradise…”
Actively practice modesty on a regular basis so that it becomes a natural disposition. This will require beautifying oneself with patience.
See righteous people, inter-mingle with them, listen to them, and learn from their modesty. Some scholars have said: “Enliven your modesty by sitting with those whom you would feel shameful around.” Mujahid said: “If all that a Muslim benefits from his brother is that his feeling of shame with him prevents him from sinning, then that would suffice him.”
Bring to mind the modesty of the greatest example for mankind, the Messenger of Allah ﷺ, and learn about his Seerah and his noble traits. Also, bring to mind the modesty of his companions and their lives, especially the righteous caliphs, the ten given glad tidings of paradise, those who witnessed Badr, and the Pledge of Ridwan, and the rest of the Muhajireen and the Ansar, and those who followed in their footsteps from the people of knowledge and faith.

Remove oneself from a corrupted environment that keeps one away from good character. Do not accompany those who show little modesty; befriend righteous people instead. In the Prophetic narration about the man who killed one hundred souls, the knowledgeable man said: “…And who can stand between you and a sincere repentance? Go to so and so land, for you will find people there who worship Allah. So, worship Allah with them, and do not return to your land because it is a land of evil.

Book Review One

Reclaim Your Heart, by Yasmin Mogahed; Personal insights on breaking free from life’s shackles.

Placing the dunya (this life) and the akhirah (the next world) at the right levels in our lives has always been a major problem. Sometimes we get confused on how to strike the right balance between the two, to live in the dunya and enjoy it, and yet work harder for & have a deeper attachment to the ‘akhirah’. Atimes its about the hardships we go through, how to look past it and understand they are just tests, which we are meant to pass or fail. And yet again, sometimes we forget our main purpose of being created; to worship Allah, but what exactly does that mean?

‘Reclaim your heart’, written by Yasmin Mogahed, a psychologist, is a life manual everyone should have. It teaches the reader how to live in this life without allowing life to own you.

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It talks s about differentiating the life which is real and permanent from that which is temporary. It truly awakens the heart and provides a new perspective on love, loss, happiness and pain. It is indeed a must have on every muslim’s bookshelf.

Be so close to the Qur’an….

Be so close to the Qur’an that with every
turn of its page, your heart also turns.
You undergo a change of character; and
come out better. You come closer to Allah
and you understand your religion more.

Be so close to the Qur’an that not only do you
consider it to be your companion in life, but it
also considers *you* to be its companion both
here and on Yawm al-Qiyamah (Day of
Resurrection).

Be so close to the Qur’an that whenever
you open to read it, it draws you in
deeply and takes you on amazing
journeys through power concepts and
thought-provoking dialogue, through
history and the undisputed facts of the
future and Hereafter; learning life
lessons and learning about yourself. The
journey doesn’t end until you end it (by
closing the Book).

Be so close to the Qur’an that you make it your
first point of judgement and guidance when
you quarrel or fall out with a relative, spouse,
friend or stranger. You place it before you
with the sincerity to resolve matters and
follow the causes for peace.
“… If they both desire reconciliation, Allah will
cause harmony between them. Indeed, Allah is
ever Knowing and All-Aware.” [al-Nisa: 35]

Be so close to the Qur’an that if you
happen to miss your daily portion of it, it
preoccupies your mind and you are not
at peace until you take your regular
nourishment from it.

Be so close to the Qur’an that just hearing the
words, “O you who believe…” strikes
something within your heart. You are all ears
and attentive; ready to respond.

Be so close to the Qur’an that you truly
feel its blessings in your life.
Be so close to the Qur’an that while many love
listening to music and lyrical tunes, for you
nothing can beat the melodious recital of your
favourite Surah (chapter).

Be so close to the Qur’an that you
actually walk F E A R L E S S. In every
place, at all times, and every stage of
your life. Your fear is only from One
Being, and He is above His Throne,
`azza wa jall.

Be so close to the Qur’an that the mere
contemplation of a verse brings tears to your
eyes.

Be so close to the Qur’an that after a
long and tiring day, all you want to do is
make wudhu’ (ablution) and sit down
with a cuppa tea in a cosy spot for some
heartwarming reading and reflection.

Be so close to the Qur’an that it becomes the
first companion you turn to when you need to
hear comforting words, or a shoulder to lean
on in difficult times, or guidance in times of
confusion. It becomes your first point of
contact alongside salah (prayer) and du’a
(supplication).

Be so close to the Qur’an that its
melodious verses drown away the
meaningless chatter of this world and
you prefer listening to it instead of
listening to much of Mankind…

Be so close to the Qur’an that you become
recognised for it; in your character and the
way you carry yourself through life.
Be so close to the Qur’an that being in its
company makes you feel like you are in
the best company; the most serene,
thought-provoking, heart-warming, and
tranquil of gatherings. People think you
are alone… but you are anything but
alone.

Be so close to the Qur’an that you can’t
fathom the idea of dying without having
memorised it. You can’t see yourself standing
in front of Allah in complete ignorance of His
Book, His Verses, His Words.

Be so close to the Qur’an that everytime
you hear a verse, you stop and check
yourself against it. Is it a command/
prohibition which you adhered by?
Divine advice which you’ve taken on
board? Wisdom which you’ve learnt
from? Check yourself against every verse
and be the first to benefit from it,
because you are that close.

Be so close to the Qur’an that before
embarking on the path of knowledge, you first
immerse yourself in it. You do not place any
branch of ‘ilm before knowledge of the Book,
and thus you spend your early learning days
learning all about it.

Be so close to the Qur’an that its verses
replay melodiously in your mind…
Be so close to the Qur’an that you can find for
yourself a verse reflecting every moment of
your life. You will always know what to do.

Be so close to the Qur’an that the worldy
chaos around you only increases your
yearning towards secluding yourself,
reciting its verses and being in its
beautiful company.

Be so close to the Qur’an that nothing, nothing
can come in between it and you.

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✧ Best 10 days of the year

In the name of Allah, The Most Beneficial, The Most Merciful.

THE BEST TEN DAYS OF THE YEAR
The month of dhul hijjah is fast approaching and with it comes a great blessing. Allah (swt) blessed us with 10 days in dhul hijjah that are superior to all other days of the year, even the days of ramadan.

Ibn `Abbas (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: The Messenger of Allah (صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ) said, “There are no days during which the righteous action is so pleasing to Allah than these days (i.e., the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah).” He was asked: “O Messenger of Allah, not even Jihad in the Cause of Allah?” He (صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ) replied, “Not even Jihad in the Cause of Allah, except in case one goes forth with his life and his property and does not return with either of it.”[Al-Bukhari].

According to the Timing chapter of the Society for the propagation of islam, Nigeria, the 10 days will be from 25th sept- 4th october.

Like we do for everything that is special, let’s begin to prepare for these great days that are around the corner so as to invest as much as we can (in good deeds), and make them the best 10 days of our lives, so far.

Wealth & children are adornments of the worldly life, but the righteous good deeds that last (deeds of Allahs obedience, nice good talk, remembering Allah) are better with Your Lord in for rewards and better in respect of hope. (18:46)

May Allah (swt) grant us the ability to do as much righteous good deeds in those days as possible. Ameen.

*Where piety resides.

Reported by Wabisah bin Ma’bad (RA): I went to the Messenger of Allah (sas) and he asked me “Have you come to inquire about piety?” I replied in the affirmative. Then he said, “Ask your heart regarding it. Piety is that which contents the soul and comforts the heart, and sin is that which causes doubts and disturbs the heart, even if people pronounce it lawful and give you verdicts on such matters again & again.
[Ahmad & Ad-darmi]

A lot of times, we will realise that our minds and hearts are not in harmony regarding certain decisions we take or actions we do. Our minds (brain) create many reasons why such an action/decision is the right thing to do and persuades the heart to agree, but we find out that the heart only partially agrees, and we are left with a shadow of doubt in our hearts, even though we might try to fight it.

We should learn to listen to our hearts all the time, for indeed, that’s where piety resides.

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