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Good Manners

Bismillah

I’ve spent the past couple of days looking deeds that are heavy on the scale and easy on the effort on this Dunia (yes I know… my laziness surfacing here!!). Anyway, as it turns out, the heaviest action on the scales of yawmul qiyamah is not what you would think mashaAllah alhamdulillah.

It is GOOD MANNERS!!

Anas (RA) said,
“I served Rasulullah (SAW) for ten years. During that time, he never once said to me as much as ‘Oof’ if I did something wrong. Henever asked me, if I had failed to do something, ‘Why did you not do it?,’ and he never said to me, if I had done something wrong, ‘Why did you do it?”
(Al-Bukhari)

The Prophet (SAW) said, “I guarantee a house in the highest part of Jannah for one who has good manners” (Abu Dawud)

Abu Hurairah reported that Rasulullah (SAW) said,
“And what is most likely to send people to Paradise?
Being conscious of Allah and Good manners.”

(Al-Bukhari)

Abu Hurairah (RA) said that Rasulullah (SAW) said,
“If one has good manners, one may attain the same level of merit as
those who spend their nights in prayer.”

(Al-Bukhari)

Good manners cost nothing and are worth everything.

So simple yet so complex. How are our manners subhanAllah. Are we kind, generous, forbearing, patient? Are we careful of trusts, keep our promises, do not cause undue stress to others? Are we forgiving of faults, overlooking of short comings, calm in difficult situations? Are we gentle, soft spoken, inclusive, approachable, welcoming, easy going?

Having good manners is not just when you have over a guest you really like and the two of you ‘click’. It is good of course to have good manners in such a nice situation alhamdulillah. But we must have good manners across the board.

With our parents for starters. Are we obedient, helpful, refraining from loosing our tempers, gentle, kind, cheerful, and generally good children who do not bring harm, stress, and bad feelings to the hearts of our fathers and mothers?

With our spouses too, are we forgiving, forbearing, patient, merciful? Do we hold our tongues, keep in mind their sacrifices and efforts, calmly and kindly bear their ways which we may disagree with? Do we make the effort to please them? Do we sacrifice with good cheer? Are we tender, helpful, reliable, and most importantly sincere?

With our children also, are we gentle and patient? Do we overlook and forbear their faults and sometimes ungratefulness (due to ignorance, never malice alhamdulillah)? Do we sacrifice with the happy smile to them now that they are older as we did when they were babies in our arms? Are we teaching them by example, being good role models, living the talk of good manners?

What about to the society at large, in our neighborhood, with our peers, and so on and so forth? Do we have and display good manners?

Do we even know what good manners are or what they entail for that matter?

InshaAllah lets make some efforts to perfect this very heavy deed in the sight of Allah by embodying the best manners we can muster and training ourselves to be better at it everyday inshaAllah.

Here is a dua to loby straight to our Lord, in regards to our manners inshaAllah…

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Bismillah

When in salaat… you are sitting in front of the Majestic, an exalted presence… the fact that He has welcomed you to the gathering, blessed you with such an honor… feel it, embrace it, internalize it, know you are truly blessed, a chosen among the chosen… do not deride it, do not ignore it, do NOT MISS IT!!

Further… in that sitting, you have the ‘ear’ of the all and most powerful being…you can ask of Him and He will exalt you with His answer, He will honor you with His reply, He will Bless you with the hearing of it, the recording of it, and the manifesting of it if it is of benefit to you, and if not, He will protect you from the harm of it and may grant you what is better than that!! What a Generous Lord, the Most Kind, the Bestower…

You are blessed to be Muslim, a chosen one, a human elevated… given a precious chance to raise yourself with His special and protective help, into places of wonder, a Mulkan Naimah!… Don’t muck around the leavings of this earth, all of which are passing fancy and a brief enjoyment… Rise my beloved sister/brother, become who you were meant to be, and do not let the glitter that is NOT gold arouse your eye and lead you astray, that proverbial dangling carrot that you can never reach because it is not reality, nor true… simply an image to entice and excite…

When in salaat… you are sitting in front of the Creator of all that you behold and much of what you do not and cannot. Do comport yourself in a manner befitting such a Power. Do address Him with His beautiful speech that He has taught you, and make effort before you meet Him to learn it, memorize it, apply it, teach it, be one with it in your heart and limb. Dress properly with what He has blessed you with, call upon Him and praise Him (in rukuu and sajda), let His Nur fill you, open your heart wide and deep to receive from Him all that will benefit you. For it is guaranteed that whatever He, the Exalted shares with you, will be of the greatest benefit inshallah, if you but let it imbue your spirit and breath life into your day’s hopes and intentions…

You are blessed…Allah gave you ears, eyes and heart, to hear the call, to see the time is right, to understand about salaat and its obligations and its beautification points… hasten to your mat, hasten to your closet, hasten to your special spot, hasten and meet the Lord of Mankind, the Owner of everything, the Just, the Ruler, al Karim… Be thankful, be alert, be prepared, be humble…Reach for Him and He will embrace you, come at speed to your call, become a part of your intentions and actions…you will be counted among His beloved and when the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth loves you, and you have Him at your corner… what else can matter, who else can affect you, no matter their machinations?

Hasten to Salaat… Hasten to Success… Hearken to the call of your Lord… You will find Mercy, Wisdom, Contentment, and Success bi’idhiAllah..

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Bismillah

It is He Who sendeth the winds like heralds of glad tidings, going before His mercy: when they have carried the heavy-laden clouds, We drive them to a land that is dead, make rain to descend thereon, and produce every kind of harvest therewith: thus shall We raise up the dead: perchance ye may remember. 

(  سورة الأعراف  , Al-Araf, Chapter #7, Verse #57)

I’m a cloud not aimlessly drifting in the sky but gently being guided in the vast sky of Allah. For I have a purpose and together with my sisters I will achieve a humbling legacy that will benefit all those it is blessed to touch, same way as rain blesses the parched earth and calls forth from it abundance that beautifies and nourish as well as enrich in a variety of ways. And just like the clouds pass away so will I, leaving behind a legacy that will continue to benefit and b of value for as long as Allah wills inshallah.

I submit myself to the Will of Allah and will hear, obey and follow where I’m directed in order to be one of the soldiers of Allah, fulfilling His plans upon His creation.

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Bismillah

It is a rainy week in Algiers, Algeria and very cold, with thunder and lightning and even rainbows mashaAllah. It also means faulty electricity, in addition to the unexpected water shut offs for regular homes like ours alhamdulillah.

Yet I’m happy. And if you know me, that should be amazing. I hate rainy times because I feel hemmed in. I hate the cold because I feel frozen into inactivity. I hate dark and gloomy because my mood becomes a reflection of the weather and I become like the turtle, curled into his house.

So the fact that I am happy and feeling good should amaze you. So why am I so happy. Because Allah created me. Me. Little old me. The regular, not special, daughter of fulan, living in a certain country, having non descript talents that she barely knows how to use. Yes that is me.

Or is it?

Why would Allah bother to create me? To create you? What is so special about either one of us, about any of us? Why bring us to being anyway? Especially since He is going to cause us to die, then resurrect us, only to put us in a fire as punishment for a selfish life lived….

Do you see how we decry our Lord? How petty we make Him? It is disbelief, hidden deep within our actions and living subhan’Allah.

This all powerful being took the time to fashion us, place us within our mothers whom He chose specifically, bring us to the light of day when many He causes to pass away before they have entered this world. Then He nourished us, helped us to grow tall and strong, allowed and helped us to learn and evolve into the adults that we are today.

All for nothing right? That’s what we would like to believe. That there is no purpose. Or better yet, that there is no Creator and Fashioner behind who we are today. We would like to DENY Him, and denying Allah is Kufr.

How would we be denying Him? By attributing our successes to ourselves, our achievements to ourselves, our very living to ourselves. There are many scenarios and situations we can make some time to imagine, along with their consequences. Things that truly came to us and into our lives miraculously. Situations that we had no control over but a ‘saving hand’ appeared and we turned out ok or the event turned out ok. Therefore, do not deny your Lord, your Lord and my Lord and the Lord of the Universe and all that is created.

Know that Allah made each of us specifically. That He has great hopes for each of us. That He has and will send to and for us innumerable opportunities to turn back to Him. One of them is as-Salaat. Five times a day we have the opportunity to turn our faces to Him and offer thanks and be in the company of the exalted inshaAllah. Another is dua, which is open 24/7 till you take in your last breath. Dont waste this opportunity. Converse with your Lord, He is ever close, the All Hearing.

So me, I’m happy because I feel blessed. Allah chose to make me. He blessed me in numerous ways from the very cells that make up me, to the knowledge, understanding, intellect, emotions, experiences, lessons from failures and successes, and so much else I cant even fathom to be able to write about.

How can I not be happy. How can I not be thankful and feel full and blessed and enriched, fully enveloped within the cradling warmth of Allah, my Rabb, my Cherisher and Sustainer?

I’m thankful. Despite the rain and the gloom, I recognize Allah in every rain drop, in every cloud that hovers, in every thundering cry of the heavens, and in every lightning bolt. Today I got rained on, well yesterday now alhamdulillah. I’m reminded of a saying in Swahili that whoever praises the rain has been rained upon and it is true. But why is it true? Because from my Lord comes the rain, it nourishes the land and livestock, it washes our houses, cars and streets clean. It washes the atmosphere clean. It is an answer to desperate prayers made by masses on their foreheads at many mosques here in Algeria. It is a bounty from Allah. It is reassurance that Allah will answer the sincere prayers. It is a confirmation that He is always Hearing and most able in Answering.

Happiness for me is knowing my Lord, resting in Him, trusting in Him, relying upon Him. I find the greatest comfort upon waking and whispering the name of my Lord. I find the greatest comfort before I fall into the oblivion of sleep in whispering my Lord’s name, putting in Him my trust that He will care for my soul and my affairs while I’m essentially dead. I find it a great comfort that when I do die for truth, that I will be that one step closer to meeting Him, my Creator, Provider, Sustainer, Cherisher, Fashioner…

May Allah put in our hearts contentment. Ameen.

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Bismillah

REST IN YOUR LORD, GAIN PEACE AND CONFIDENCE INSHALLAH

Lets talk for just a moment as real close friends would, with openness and truth, intending only good things for the other inshaAllah…

You see, for the person who leaves as-salaat, the obligatory (beautiful) prayer, while calling themselves a Muslim… how can that be? How can you call yourself a Muslim when you do not submit, when you physically deny your body, created by Allah, its pinnacle and peak of being, which is to serve Allah?

Can there be a parent who calls himself loving to his children yet never ever touches them, never ever hugs them, never ever provides for them anything, never ever comes close to them, wipe their tears, help them, kiss them, never ever sees them? Never! Such a parent would be the antithesis of a loving parent. Everyone will say that parent cares naught for his children. They will say he has failed as a parent and does not deserve to be called a parent to his children.

So how can the person who claims to be Muslim, to love Allah and follow the Rasul of Allah (salallahu alayhe wasalaam), to submit to the law and intent of Islam (being a Muslim means accepting and practicing Islam… that is being a Submitter means Submitting to….)

So again, how can a Muslim, a Submitter to Allah refuse to pray? refuse to make wudhu, refuse to stand, bow, and prostrate as he has been commanded? What kind of submission is that?

If you are Muslim, if you have chosen Islam as a way of life, if you wish to love and worship Allah, to submit yourself to Him, to worship Him, to reach Him safely, if you wish to deserve His Jannah, if you wish to avoid His Jahannam, if you want Him to look at you on the day of Judgement… you better do that simple act of submission… you better get your body into the prescribed positions, you better put that forehead on Allah’s ground and beg Him to accept your effort and submission!

Dont fool and blind yourself please.

Anyone who feels real love in their heart, for anything in this world, even if it be a piece of sandals, must show it. If it is a pair of sandals they would admire it, they would buy it and wear it, they would pair it with the best outfits, they would be careful with that pair of sandals, etc

So if you claim to be something, then live it! If you a Muslim, LIVE IT! Be Muslim, show the world, dont be faint of heart, dont hide, dont back down. You are on Allah’s earth not another person’s earth. You have as much right on this earth, anywhere as anyone else. This earth belongs to Allah. Do not fool yourself and hide from the truth and seek false comfort and platitudes.

Pray. Submit. Be Muslim.

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Bismillah

You know, I feel that people are insistently blind, purposefully so subhan’Allah. Islam, simply put, is Submission. Submission by default cannot be about rage or anger or hurting others.


The haters, party of Shaytan are determined to malign this beautiful religion, this beautiful name of Islam/Submission…
But
They will fail, this party of Shaytan, party of Darkness, party of Hate and Misguidance
They will fail, they ARE failing by the Grace of Allah
The more they publicize Islam as a religion of hate and hurt, the more people hear about it… Now, there isn’t a square inch that has not heard about Muhammad, RasulAllah, may Allah’s Peace and Blessings be upon him and about his beautiful wonderful uplifting life changing message mashaAllah… Now there are more Muslims in the world than ever before, and the rate of conversion/reversion is unprecedented. Subhan’Allah we are at age that the Muslim doesnt have to do anything to bring Islam to the masses like our brethren before mashaAllah… they hear about it from the Media and they learn about it at their own behest from the recorded words of Allah (the Quran) and from the numerous books that are written by Muslims for Muslims mashaAllah…
Of course a lot of misunderstanding is also spread and not all books are sahih… but look my dearest brothers and sisters… Allah is bringing Islam to the people of the world, giving them that chance to learn and be saved subhanAllah and shaytan is doing his best to corrupt and misguide, may Allah’s Wrath forever cover him ameen.
Let us Muslims be the best Muslims we can be, lets re-learn our religion, lets re-find our pride in following and applying the Truth, lets fill our hearts and lives with the Light of Allah, lets submit ourselves fully inshallah and Allah will do the rest for sure.
Know that what shaytan and his party fear the most is that people wont listen to them, wont follow them, that they will end up in Jahannam alone, having failed to spread to others the torment that will cover them (misery does love company).
What you see today steams from that fear and their desperate efforts are all concentrated upon adding to their numbers… as if this will hurt Allah or this will hurt the true Muslim. Be a true Muslim. Stand up and be counted. Live your Submission to the Most Merciful out loud. And spread the Light, spread the Truth, spread the Justice bi’dhnillah.
I’m with the truth and love mongers, for they love Allah and I love Allah. I’m with peace spreaders for they follow the Messenger of Allah (salallahu alayhe wasalaam) and I follow the Messenger of Allah (salallahu alayhe wasalaam).

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Blesssed Umrah

Bismillah

Today I went to visit a lovely sister I have grown to love and appreciate mashaAllah, who has just returned from Umrah (a smaller, shorter, less strenuous, less exacting,  and less demanding form of Hajj) mashaAllah.

She spoke about her experience, her impressions and feelings, and the after effects of this wonderful journey mashaAllah. I was moved to tears. Not because she waxed poetic on what she saw, felt, or experienced. I was moved because to me she FELT changed mashaAllah, she FELT blessed, purified, honored, grown! Her words painted a picture of a heart submitted, readied for change, fully malleable and ready to serve to Allah… a heart ready to go the distance and sacrifice this Dunia for al Akhirah!. I fell in love with my Muslim sister all over again and with the journey to Allah all over again and with the blessing of performing Umrah and Hajj for Allah’s sake ALL. OVER. AGAIN!

It was she who went on the journey  mashaAllah yet I felt through her words that Allah showed me a bit of what his marvelous journey could do to a heart ready, willing and seeking to serve and submit to Allah subhanahu wa taala.

I’m now joyous to apply some of the lessons she brought back from her experiences. I’ma also ‘welling’ up inside with a tidal wave of desire to visit baytullah in Makkah, to feel the deep peace that envelops Madinatul Munawar, to drink the Zam Zam water from the source and not a bottle inshallah, to pray in the Rawdha and inshallah be blessed to smell the Musk of Jannah…

ya Allah, I ask You, by Your Mercy and Grace, please open the doors of Hajj and Umrah for me in the near future. Allow me manifest knowledge that my time for it is coming and help me to purfy my heart and prepare my mind and emotions to visit these sacred sights, without prejudice, arrogance, envy, nor a hard heart or even an atom’s worth of hypocrisy or pride inshallah. And bless me before the journey, through the journey, and after the journey with Your treasured blessings, forgiving me completely and protect me from ever straying or loosing faith again inshaAllah.

You are the Lord of Power, Most Able, the Owner of Everything, the Bestower, the Giver, the Enabler. Tawakaltu alayka wa Aslamtu liwahji ilayka. Please accept and answer my sincere and earnest dua. Ameen, thuma ameen.

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