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True Loss

Allah says in the Quran al Karim, in surah al-A’raf in verse 53

‘Do they await except its result? (the fulfillment of the promises made in the Quran) The Day its result comes, those who had ignored it before will say ‘The messengers of our Lord had come with the truth, so are there (now) any intercessors to intercede for us or could we be sent back to do other than what we used to do do?’ They will have lost themselves, and lost from them is what they used to invent’

I want to cry when I read this verse… What is any of us waiting for? For Allah’s ‘Shin’ to be revealed? For the clouds to part like doors and the Angels to descend? For the seas to erupt and the mountains to vanish?

Allah says ‘and certainly We have diversified in this Quran for the people from EVERY KIND OF EXAMPLE, but man has ever been, most of anything prone to dispute 18:54

La Hawla wala Quwatta ila bi Allah… Subhanahu wa Ta’ala… Lailaha ila Allah… Rabbul’Arshi al Majid!

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Bismillah

Read the following… Note the color coding… What are your thoughts?

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Source:http://qurangems.com/2013/09/11/linguistic-miracle-of-ayatul-kursi/

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Bismillah

And all faces will be humbled before the Ever-Living, the Sustainer of existence. And he will have failed who carries injustice (sin or wrong-doing towards Allah or His creation). Taha (20:111)

My thoughts as I read this verse: Ya Allah humble me now, accept my devotion to You, accept my submission and dedication. Help me to worship You, exalt You, seek You, praise You, thank You, and return to You, always and forever ameen. Help me not to go astray nor to falter and keep the flame of my faith shining strongly, increased by any adversity, and humbled with gratitude and patience ameen.

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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

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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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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