Archive for September, 2008

…..After hardship, Allâh will soon grant relief

(Qur’an 65: 7)

Everything that happens to you for the sake of Allâh is an expiation for you, if Allâh, the Exalted wills. Hear the glad tidings narrated in the Hadîth:

“If a woman obeys her Lord, offers her five daily prayers and preserves her honour, she will enter the Paradise of her Lord.”

These are easy matters for the one for whom Allâh makes them easy. So, by doing these great deeds you will meet a merciful Lord who will give you happiness in this world and in the Hereafter. Follow His laws no matter where that leads you, and adhere to the Book of Allâh (the Qur’an) and the Sunnah of His Messenger Muhammad (Blessings and Peace be upon him), for you are a Muslim woman, and this is a great honour and source of pride. Other women were born in the lands of Kufr (disbelief), Christians, Jews, Communists or something other than the religion of Islâm, but Allâh chose you to be a Muslim woman, and He made you one of the followers of Muhammad (Blessings and Peace be upon him), following in the footsteps of ‘A’ishah, Khadîjah and Fâtimah – may Allâh be pleased with them all.

Congratulations, for you offer the five daily prayers, you fast in Ramadân, you go on pilgrimage to the House, you observe Islâmic Hijâb.

Congratulations, for you are pleased with Allâh as your Lord, Islâm as your religion, and Muhammad (Blessings and Peace be upon him) as your Prophet.

“Your gold is your religion, your adornment is your moral attitude, and your wealth is your good manners.”

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You have a huge wealth of blessings

(Verily with every difficulty there is ease)

Qur’an 94:6

My sister, verily with every difficulty there is ease (Qur’an 94:6); after night comes the day. The clouds of worry will be blown away, the darkness of distress will be dispelled, and calamities will come to an end, by Allâh’s leave. Remember that you will be rewarded, and if you are a mother, your children will be a great support and help for Islâm, if you bring them up properly. They will make du’â’ for you when they prostrate and at the end of the night, just before dawn. It is a great blessing if you are a compassionate and kind mother. It is sufficient honour and pride for you to remember that the mother of Muhammad (Blessings and Peace be upon him) gave mankind a great leader, the noble Messenger.

You have the potential to be a dâ’iyah (caller to Islâm) calling other women to the path of Allâh with kind words, good exhortation and wisdom, arguing in a manner that is better, debating and guiding others by means of your good behaviour and setting an example. A woman may achieve, by means of her conduct and righteous deeds, things that cannot be achieved by Khutbahs (religious sermons), lectures and lessons. How often has a woman gone to live in a neighbourhood, and people started to talk about her religious commitment, modesty, hijâb (Islâmic dress) and good attitude, her kindness to her neighbours and her obedience to her husband, so she became a good example to others – that was spoken by all.

“Soon the flowers will bloom, grief will depart and happiness will prevail.”

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Thoughts to ponder

1. Remember that your Lord forgives those who ask Him for forgiveness, and He accepts the repentance of those whom repent, and He accepts those who come back to Him

2. Show mercy to the weak and you will be happy; give to the needy and you will be well; do not bear grudges and you will be healthy

3. Be optimistic, for Allâh is with you, and the angels are praying for your forgiveness for you, and Paradise awaits you.

4. Wipe away your tears, think well of your Lord, and chase away your worries by remembering the blessings that Allâh has bestowed upon you.

5. Do not think that this world is ever perfect for anyone. There is no one on the face of this earth who gets all that he wants or is free from all kinds of distress.

6. Be like a tall tree with high aims; if a stone is thrown at it, it simply lets its fruits drop.

7. Have you ever heard that grief brings back what has been lost, or that worry corrects mistakes? So why grieve and worry then?

8. Do not expect trials and calamities, rather expect peace, safety and good health, if Allâh wills.

9. Extinguish the flames of hatred from your heart by forgiving everyone who has ever hurt you.

10. Ghusl, Wudû’, Scent, Siwâk, and being organised are effective medicines for all kinds of distress and worry.

1. Be like the bee, which lands on fragrant flowers and fresh branches.
2. You do not have time to seek out people’s defects and mistakes.
3. If Allâh is with you, then whom do you have to fear? If Allâh is against you, then what hope do you have?
4. The fire of envy consumes the body, and excessive jealousy is like a raging fire.
5. If you do not prepare today, then you will not be able to do anything tomorrow.
6. Withdraw peacefully from places where idle arguments are going on.
7. Let your morals and attitudes be even more beautiful than a garden.
8.Do acts of kindness and you will be the happiest of people.
9.Leave people to their Creator, leave the envier to death, and forget about your enemy.
10. The pleasure of harâm actions is followed by regret, loss and punishment

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Al Qiyamah

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Hadith Qudsi

The Prophet (PBUH) mentioned that Allah (SWT) said : Myself, Mankind and Jinn are in a great serious state. I create them, then they worship other gods that they make for themselves; I bless them with my bounties, then they thank someone else for what I sent them; My Mercy descends to them while their evil deeds ascend to Me; I endear them with my gifts even though I have no need to any of them while they alienate themselves from Me with their sins even though they are desperate for my help. Whoever returns to Me, I accept him no matter how far he is; and whoever turns away from Me, I approach him and call on him. Whoever leaves a sin for my sake, I reward him with many gifts and whoever seeks to please Me, I seek to please him. Whoever acknowledges My Will and Power in whatever he does, I make the iron bend for his sake. My dear people are those who are with Me (i.e. whoever would like to be with Me, let him supplicate to Me and remember Me).

Whoever thanks Me, I grant him more blessings; whoever obeys Me, I raise him and endear him more. Whoever disobeys Me, I keep the doors of My Mercy open for him; if he returns to Me, I bestow him with My Love since I love those who repent and purify themselves for My Sake. If he does not repent, I still treat him by putting them in hardship to purify him. Whoever favors Me over others, I favor them over others. I reward every single good deed ten times over or seven hundred times over to countless times over. I count every single bad deed as one unless the person repents and ask for My Forgiveness in which case I forgive even that one. I take into account any little good deed and I forgive even major sins. My Mercy supersedes My Anger; My Tolerance supersedes My Blame; My Forgiveness supersedes My Punishment as I am more merciful with My slaves than a mother with her child.

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Ibn Rajab – rahimahullaah – said:  (1)

ولا بد للمؤمن من صبر قليل حتى يصل به إلى راحة طويلة…

…and it’s incumbent upon the believer to have a little patience in order to reach by way of it to a lengthy rest.

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Verily, when Allah withholds, He actually gives, because He did not withhold on account of miserliness or stinginess, but rather He looked at the benefit of the servant.

So the fact that He withheld is actually His choice for the servant and His excellent decision.”

– Sufyan Ath-Thawri

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Sincerity cannot coexist in a heart that contains the love of praise and commendation and the yearning to possess that which is owned by the people save in the manner that fire and water or a lizard and fish may coexist. If your soul directs you to seek sincerity then first turn your attention towards your yearning and slaughter it with the knife of renunciation. Then turn your attention towards praise and commendation and forsake it with the asceticism of those who loved the world for the sake of the Hereafter. When your slaughtering of your yearning and the renunciation of praise and commendation becomes firm then attaining sincerity will become easy for you.

Ibn Al Qayyim (ra7imahullah)

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