Is He not sufficient for His slave?

☆Qur’anic Gems☆
“Is not Allah sufficient for His slave?” (Q39:36)

This is a verse that is so special to me.
This was revealed in regards to the idolators of makkah who tried to scare the Messenger (saw) with the gods and idols that they called upon.

In our time, it is not other gods or idols that scare us. It is not them that scare us away from holding onto to the deen of Allah. It is mainy people. We fear been rejected, or denied what we really want, or been ridiculed, if we do what Allah (swt)  commands. While He (swt) Has said:
“Is not Allah sufficient for His slave?”

Allah will be enough for us, He will suffice us, and protect us, just as He (swt) did to his messenger (saw), so RELY on Him. Next time shaitan or our nafs tries to prevent us from doing what Allah loves, call to mind this verse, and in shaa Allah, you will receive instant motivation.

May Allah (swt) grant us more understanding of the Qur’an, ameen.

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Its christmas!

Its that festive time of the year again,  shops and streets are filled with trees, cards, paintings of santa, and christmas carols, depending on where we live, signifying the celebration of the kuffars. And once again, it remains a necessity to remind ourselves about the do’s and don’t’s surrounding this season, as muslims.
In shaa Allah I’ll touch all the areas that are commonly misunderstood about this festival of theirs.

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1. What does christmas mean to muslims: The christians believe that our prophet Isa (jesus, AS) is the son of Allah (swt), wa iyyazubillah. And Allah gives a number of stern warnings about such claims:
“And they say: “The Most Beneficent (Allah) has begotten a son.  Indeed you (jews, christians, pagans) have brought forth a TERRIBLE EVIL thing. Whereby the heavens are almost torn, and the earth is split asunder, and the mountain falls in ruins, because they ascribe a son to the Most Beneficent”. [19:88-91]
“And warn those (jews, christians, pagans) who say, “Allah has begotten a son. No knowledge have they of such a thing, nor had their fathers. Mighty is the word that comes out of their mouth…”[Q18:4-5]
This time of christmas is the time where in they celebrate this terrible claim of theirs, believing it is the day the son was given birth to. Rejoicing and exulting this evil which angers Allah and every sensible muslim. So is it a time for muslims to be delighted?Or muslims to be baking christmas cakes?

2. Greeting them or replying to their greeting of ‘merry christmas’: Of course, this is wrong. Firstly, we are not happy about what they are celebrating. Secondly why should we reply their greeting since it is not our festival and we are celebrating it. Instead of replying their greeting, we should use such a chance to politely tell them about islam. Say things like: ” I’m not wishing you merry christmas because I’m not happy you are a christian, I want you to be muslim” and then steer the conversation to islam and what it says about christianity.  Greeting them on this occasion is so wrong that it is considered haraam by scholarly concensus, as was stated by Ibn al-Qayyim in his book Ahkaam Ahl al-Dhimmah, where he says:

 “Congratulating the kuffaar on the rituals that belong only to them is haraam by consensus, as is congratulating them on their festivals and fasts by saying ‘A happy festival to you’ or ‘May you enjoy your festival,’ and so on. If the one who says this has been saved from kufr, it is still forbidden. It is like congratulating someone for prostrating to the cross, or even worse than that. It is as great a sin as congratulating someone for drinking wine, or murdering someone, or having illicit sexual relations, and so on. Many of those who have no respect for their religion fall into this error; they do not realize the offensiveness of their actions. Whoever congratulates a person for his disobedience or bid’ah or kufr exposes himself to the wrath and anger of Allaah.”

3. Accepting their invitation (because one is too shy to refuse): Already, we know by now that this haram because it is worse than greeting them as it implies celebrating ‘their evil belief’ with them.

Similarly, we are forbidden to imitate them by having parties, exchanging gifts or giving out food, taking time off work e.t.c because the prophet (saw) said: “whoever imitates a people is one of them” [Abu Dawood].

4. Eating christmas food (because they brought it to your home, and you were too shy to turn it down or were not at home): Sadly, our aalims differ regarding this matter. Some say its wrong because by eating it, its like you are celebrating with them. While others say, as long as you don’t eat their meat, which was slaughtered for other than Allah, then it is ok, since their food has been made halal for us (Q5:5) and you didn’t go begging for it.

But, like my teacher said, we should fear Allah regarding this matter. Its as though some people are celebrating your father having an illegitimate son. Would you even consider eating the food made for such a purpose? And Allah knows best.

And we ask The Almighty to draw us closer to all that pleases Him, and distance us from all that displeases Him, ameen.

“O you who believe! Take not the Jews and the christians as Awliyaa’ (friends, protectors, helpers), they are Awliyaa’ of each other. And if any amongst you takes them (as Awliyaa’), then surely, he is one of them…[Q5:51]

Riches, Wealth, Luxuries…

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

O people of understanding, why have you gone astray?
O Ummah of Mohammad (saw), why the  heedlessness? O readers of the glorious book, why do you turn a deaf ear to its advice?

From the Qur’an & hadiths, we have been repeatedly warned about the dangers of loving wealth. As a muslim, one has to en-grave one thought into his mind: “wealth is beneficial, both for the dunya and the aakhirah, but it is just that and nothing more”. For the dunya, one will get to enjoy some of the bounties that Allah (swt) has endowed the earth with. While for the aakhirah, one can earn a great deal of good deeds through charity, and most importantly, maintain ones ‘taqwa’, as rasulullah (saw) said: ‘what a good helper is wealth in maintaining God-conciousness’ [kanz al-ummal].

But as said earlier, “it is just that & nothing more”. Not been rich doesn’t mean your life on this earth is worthless; Our prophets were neither rich nor are many of our respected scholars. And surely it is not the only way to paradise.

 “Verily, the most Honourable amongst you is that (believer) who has (the most) taqwa” [49:13]

Then why are we still heedless? We have raised wealth to such a high status. Now a persons value is only equivalent to his bank account. Not only that, we have even gone to the extreme to start worshipping wealth! we love dearly those who have

wealth, we can do ANYTHING to acquire this wealth, we flaunt our wealth as if its our most priceless possession, and we make excuses for the wrongdoings of the rich but never for the poor! worshipping it as if its some religion, subhanallah.

Remember, our bank accounts doesn’t guarantee us a spot in paradise and neither does living the most luxurious life on this earth mean it must continue after our death. 

It is indeed sufficient a reminder that our prophet (saw), the most beloved being to us and to Our Lord The Most High, was not a rich man and even used to make dua to Allah (swt) to make him love the poor. O ikhwaanee fid deen, our wealth cannot last forever. It will eventually perish or we will perish and leave it behind. But there is also that which will never perish.

Allah (swt) says:”Wealth and children are the adornments of this life, but the good righteous deeds (glorification of Allah, good & nice talk, nawafil salah, fast, obedience to Allah and one’s parents e.t.c ) THAT LAST, are better with your Lord for reward and better in terms of hope. [18:46]

Lastly, if you are one that has been granted wealth, strive to do good with it. It is from amongst the signs that one has blessing in his wealth when he does only good with it. When one only spends his money on the latest phones and fashion accessories, then that is not a good sign. 

Let’s try to remember this all the time so that we can change our mindset; ‘our ultimate goal in this world lies in acquiring good deeds not wealth, that will earn us jannah; ‘the land of everlasting luxury’. We pray to Allah (swt) to join us all together there, ameen.

“Allah (swt) expands wealth for whom He wills and restricts it (for whom He wills), and they rejoice in the life of this world (because of the wealth they have), but what is the life of this world compared with the hereafter except a brief passing enjoyment.” [13:26]

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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✽Steadfastness

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

All praise is to Allah, Our Lord, Who Has permitted us to witness the month of ramadhaan in its entirety. A month in which we increased the performance of all ibaadahs, seeking His pleasure & His jannah, and as such, we gained a closer link to Him, alhamdulillah. Our most important goal now therefore, is how we can maintain this closeness & remain on an iman-high all through the coming months to come, in shaa Allah.

Below are some tips:
1. Dua: Indeed, without dua, the weapon of the believer, we are destined for failure. So make dua to Allah firstly to make you steadfast upon His deen & secondly to protect you against shaitan, whose every minute is spent in trying to mislead you.

2. Qur’an: whatever you do, do not neglect the Qur’an. It contains the speech of Allah, directives for us, on how to worship Him & live in this world. Let it be your daily bread & see how your life will change for the better.
*Make sure you read it with understanding though.

3. Salat: Allah (swt) said in a hadith qudsi: “Out of all the ways My servant gets closer to me, salaah is the dearest to Me (Bukhari). So perform your sunnah salats regularly & guard your daily salats by planning your daily activities around them and eagerly looking forward to them, a time in which we converse directly with The Sustainer of this world & the heavens as well.

4. Ablution: accumulation of sins as we know brings about a decrease in our eeman. Therefore, regular performing of ablution which washes off our sins will help in ensuring we maintain a high level of eeman in shaa Allah.

5. Zikr: meaning; the remembrance of Allah (swt) with our heart and tongue. Keep your tongue moistened with the remembrance of Allah while remembering Him in your heart for indeed it awakens the soul & increases the love of Allah in such a heart.

6. Truthfulness: One of the means of increasing our eeman is through being truthful for the prophet (saw) said truthfulness leads to piety and piety leads to jannah. Try your best to always abide by truthfulness, for it will prevent you from doing a lot of wrong.

7. Assess Yourself: Make a list of good deeds & characters that you want to accomplish and rate yourself on a scale of 10. Do this on a daily basis so that if you perform below the mark today, you would do better tomorrow. May Allah (swt) make it easy for all of us to continue on the path of guidance, ameen ya Rabb.

“(As for) those who say: Our Lord is Allah, then continue being steadfast, the angels descend upon them, saying: Fear not, nor be grieved, and receive good news of the garden which you were promised. We are your guardians in this world’s life and in the hereafter, and you shall have therein what your souls desire and you shall have therein what you ask for.” [41:30-31]

☆Qur’anic Gems☆ Day 23. Ramadhan 1435.

Surah Sad, Verse 29:
كِتَابٌ أَنزَلْنَاهُ إِلَيْكَ مُبَارَكٌ لِّيَدَّبَّرُوا آيَاتِهِ وَلِيَتَذَكَّرَ أُولُو الْأَلْبَابِ

(This is) a Book (the Quran) which We have sent down to you, full of blessings that they may ponder over its Verses, and that men of understanding may remember.

This is a verse after my heart, for in it, certainly, are a lot of gems, all praise be to Allah.

Allah (swt) described the Qur’an firstly as “blessed”. The one who reads it receives a lot of blessing, just by listening to its recitation, we find such serenity in our hearts, and for each letter one recites, he/she gets 10 rewards mashaAllah.

Yes the Qur’an is indeed blessed, but is that the reason for sending it down? He (swt) said: “so that they may ponder over its verses” (38:29). So that we may reflect, think over & deeply comprehend the meaning of the message Our Lord Has sent down. And then be guided by it remembering & acting upon its commands.

The Qur’an is the muslims lifeguide not an ajrbank only (ajr=reward). Its the message from Our Lord The Most High. Won’t we be ashamed to go back to Him without understanding His message? Isn’t it time we stop reading the Qur’an with absent minds? Even the prophet (saw) will complain about on that day about how we treated the Qur’an after him:
“O my Lord! verily, my people deserted this Qur’an. (25:30)

O people of understanding, let’s make a resolution to start reading the Qur’an with understanding from today onwards, and indeed, in that is even a greater reward.

☆Qur’anic Gems☆ Day 6. Ramadhan 1435.

Surah An-Nisa, Verse 174:
يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ قَدْ جَاءَكُم بُرْهَانٌ مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ وَأَنزَلْنَا إِلَيْكُمْ نُورًا مُّبِينًا

O mankind! Verily, there has come to you a convincing proof (Prophet Muhammad SAW) from your Lord, and We sent down to you a manifest light (this Quran).

Allah (swt) describes the Qur’an as a ‘manifest light’ for indeed it is the light of ultimate guidance. Without this light, we would have been wondering about in utter darkness, not knowing who Our creator is & for which purpose we were created, and would have destroyed ourselves in following what other humans do.

“Indeed this Qur’an guides to that which is most just & right…[17:9]

But How do benefit from this light? Are reciters of the assured of this light?, “We can do that by understanding the word of Allah” the ultimate purpose of sending down the Qur’an.

“(This is) a Book (the Quran) which We have sent down to you, full of blessings that they may ponder over its Verses, and that men of understanding may remember.” [38:29]

Let’s aim to make maximum use of this blessed month by understanding what we recite in order to find guidance for our souls & increase our faith. Let’s change our perspective of the Qur’an as an ‘ajr book’ (reward) to that of a guidebook on how to live in this world. And then, we would truly find ourselves enveloped by the light of Allah, in shaa Allah.

May He (swt) gift us with more from His ‘Gems’ and make of those who live with the whole Quran, in heart & mind, ameen

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