Running Away From the Qur’aan

Question: What is your advice – O Shaykh – for those who go without reading the Qur’aan for a month, or even many months, and who have no excuse for such behaviour? However, you will find some of them reading those magazines that contain no benefit for them, and following them up closely!

Answer: It is recommended for every Believing man and woman to recite the Book of Allah often, with due contemplation and understanding. This may be done by using a copy of the Qur’aan or from one’s memory. Allaah – the Most High – said:

This is a Book which We have sent down to you, full of blessings, that you may ponder over its Verses, and that men of understanding may remember.” [Soorah Saad 38:29]. And: “Indeed those who recite the Book of Allaah and offer the Prayer perfectly and spend in charity out of what We have provided for them – secretly and openly – hope for a sure trade-gain that will never perish. That He may pay the their wages in full and give them even more out of His Grace. Indeed, He is Oft-Forgiving, ready to appreciate good deeds.[Soorah Fatir 35:29-30]

The aforementioned recitation of the Qur’aan includes both reciting and acting upon it. The recitation is to be done with contemplation and understanding of it. Sincerity to Allaah is a means of complying with and acting upon the Qur’aan, and its recitation contains a great reward – as the Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam said:

“Recite the Qur’aan. For on the Day of Resurrection, it shall come as an intercessor for its companion.” This was recorded by Muslim in his Saheeh (no. 804). The Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam also said: “The best of you is he who learns the Qur’aan and teaches it.” This was recorded by al-Bukhaaree in his Saheeh (9/66).

Another narration states:

“Whoever reads one harf (letter) of the Qur’aan shall receive a good deed and ten good deeds similar to it. I do not say that Alif Laam Meem is a harf, but Alif is a harf, Laam is a harf and Meem is a harf.” [Saheeh; Recorded by at-Tirmidhee (no. 2912), who authenticated it, from the hadeeth of `Abdullaah ibn Mas`ood, radhiallaahu `anhu].

The Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam said to `Abdullaah ibn Amr ibn al-`Aas:

“Complete the recitation of the Qur’aan once a month.” He said: I am able to do more than that. So he said: “Then complete its recital once in seven days.” [al-Bukhaaree (no. 5054)]

The Companions used to complete the entire Qur’aan once every seven days.

So I advise all the readers of the Qur’aan to increase in their reading of it, with contemplation and understanding it, along with sincerity to Allaah in this – with the purpose of learning and benefiting from the Qur’aan. They should read the entire Qur’aan once a month. If, however, they are able to do more than this without any difficulty, then they should complete it in less than this time. However, it is best not o complete it in less than three days, since this is the least amount of time that the Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam mentioned to `Abdullaah ibn `Amr ibn al-`Aas. This is because if it is read in less than three days, the person becomes hasty and lacks thought and concentration…”

[Fataawaa al-Mar`ah (no. 294)]
Shaykh `Abdul `Aziz ibn Baz

Taken from: Abu Talib(TTI)

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Do we know what’s good for us?

Posted in Muslim Character on Mar 21, 2011

In one of his articles, Dr. Bilal Philips (a famous Islamic scholar)  narrates a story that involves tragedy, drama, and joy. The story is about an Egyptian teacher whose photograph appeared in a local newspaper. The picture showed his smiling and happy face with his hands stretched out and both thumbs sticking up; his father was kissing him on one cheek and his sister on the other cheek.

 

The newspaper narrated his story about working as a teacher in Bahrain. After a brief visit back home in Egypt, he was returning to join work and thus taking a flight from Cairo to Bahrain. However, at the airport he wasn’t allowed to get on the flight because he had one “stamp” missing on his Passport. This made the teacher distraught, thinking that his career was over because this flight was the last one back to Bahrain which would have enabled him to report back on time, missing which also meant that he would lose his job. He thus became quite frantic, but his endless crying, screaming, and explanations to the airport staff could not get him on the plane. His family comforted him to accept Allah’s decree.

Disappointed, he returned home only to learn a few hours later that the flight he was meant to take (Gulf Air flight GF072) crashed killing everyone on board.

While feeling sad for the passengers onboard, he along with his family thanked Allah for His decree. The day he thought was the most tragic day of his career and life, ended up to be the happiest one averting a tragedy for him and his family.

We are reminded of such signs in Surah al-Kahf, a surah that Muslims are instructed by the prophet to read every Friday. In it is the story of Prophet Musa (Moses) and Khidr. Khidr bore a hole in the boat of the people who took him and Musa across the river. This made Musa question (and object) to such an action as the owners of the boat were quiet poor and obviously weren’t happy to what was done to their boat. However, as it became apparent later, an oppressor King came down to the river and forcefully took away all the boats except the one with a hole in it. So the owners of the boat praised Allah due to the fact that there was a hole in their boat.

We learn from this story that in times of distress or when we desire something badly, we shouldn’t always assume what’s good for us and what’s not because Allah may have decreed a different outcome. As Allah says in the Quran (part of the verse):

“….and it may be that you dislike a thing which is good for you and that you like a thing which is bad for you. Allah knows but you do not know.” (Quran Al-Baqarah:216)

When struck by an affliction therefore, we have to be patient and in control of oneself. That is possible when we elevate ourselves to a high enough spiritual level where our Iman (faith) in Allah can help us ride the wave.

We can also stay in control by not losing our sense of reasoning that can help us provide better perspective of the situation. ibn al-qayyim said, patience can be defined as a manner of spiritual superiority by virtue of which we refrain ourselves from doing evil. it is also a faculty of the intellect that enables us to live properly in this world.” Qatada said, “Allah has created angels having reason but with no desires, animals have desires and no reason, and man has both reason and desires. Therefore, if one’s reason is stronger than his desires, he is like an angel. On the other hand, if his desires are stronger, he is like an animal.” (ibn Al-Qayyim – “The Way to Patience and Gratitude.”)

The take away lesson for us is that we can improve the quality of our lives by making an effort to train ourselves to be patient, i.e. to elevate our levels of faith and to understand the dynamics that reasoning plays in staying patient.

As the prophet mentioned in a hadith,

“……..whoever strives to be patient, Allah will make him patient” (Al-Bukhari).”

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MOTHER VS MUSLIM MOTHER

Here I would like to share a very serious issue where most mothers neglect. As a mother and as a slave of Allah The Exalted, I want to share this with all of us because sooner or later we will be parents.

It is very sad to see how mothers nowadays are raising their kids, though they are striving to shelter them and provide them with the best in all aspects: the best food, clothes, education, means of entertainment, etc…But isn’t this the basic responsibility that any mother feels towards her children?  Isn’t this attitude found in every culture and  every religion?

So how can a Muslim mother be different from an ordinary mother? As Muslim mothers, we should have more responsibility towards our children. Besides providing them  with their basic needs, we should also prepare their souls for worshipping Allah. I’ve always believed that children are gifts from Allah, yet they do not quite belong to us. We are just chosen to be their parents to raise them according to Allah’s rules.

But these days Muslim mothers raise their kids according to their own rules. They are preparing their kids for dunya (this worldly life) and not for Jannah (Paradise)How can we say a child’s Jannah is under the mother’s feet when the mother herself doesn’t bother to care for her child’s Jannah?

Let me put everything straight forward without beating around the bush.

A muslim mother should raise her child by telling him about Tauhid (monotheism or the Oneness of Allah). How come we introduce Tauhid to non Muslims but not to our own children? They don’t have a clue who Allah is, what Islam is.about. or how to perform Salah (prayer); not to mention how ignorant they are of what  Jannah (Paradise) and Jahannam (Hellfire) are. This is what a muslim mother should teach. It is this Islamic education that should be given top priority and not western education.

No more A for Apple

Now A for Allah

No matter how much a mother instructs her child on dunya (worldly )affairs, yet she will have failed as a mother if this  child doesn’t pray  in the future or when her daughter doesn’t put on hijab (Islamic covering) when she reaches puberty. In this sense, the mother is consequently responsible for both the righteousness and the corruption of the muslim ummah (nation).The ummah, therefore, starts from home. Each child grows up and creates an ummah of his own. So if corruption prevails in the ummah, who will be held responsible for this corruption?

Do not blame television programs,
Do not blame the western countries,
Do no blame the internet,
Do not blame` music,
Do not blame nude women,
Do not blame anyone…

But only blame ourselves

If the child has strong iman (faith) implanted in his heart since childhood, he won’t be corrupted in his religion.

Iman is like the bricks used to build a building. If they are of low quality, the building will collapse one day. If they are of strong quality,they will  inshaAllah survive like the pyramids.

If a child does not pray, then it is the mother’s fault because she didn’t care to advise him as long as he could get 100/100 in his exam.

If a girl does not wear hijab, then it is the mother’s fault because she didn’t bother to advise her as long as she looks beautiful and happy with the compliments given by the relatives.

However, we must be reminded that we are not living in this world according to our rules. We live according to Allah’s rules. So we have no rights to raise the children as we like, but we MUST raise the children according to what He (The Exalted)wants.

To all Muslim mothers: if you want to be in Jannah,and you want your children to be in Jannah too, do what Allah has ordered you to do.

No more so called western style of raising children.

All we have to do is just take the good things from them (non Muslims), modify them and implement Islamic rules and raise the child accordingly.

· No more bed time stories-prophets stories
· No more teaching Roman alphabets-begin with alif,ba,ta.. and not A,B,C…
·  and not A for Apple   –   Teach Alif for Allah
· No more music -but dzikir for Allah

· No more drawing living creatures-but draw the beauty of Islam
· No more talking crap with friends at school –but teach how to do dawah and how to talk about Islam
· No more Barney or Sesame Street-but Huda channel or Iqra’ Channel
· No more” I love you, you love me(Barney song)- but “Give thanks to Allah”(by Zain Bhikha)

.No more memorizing song lyrics-but memorize Quran

Disbelievers do not follow our way, so why do we follow theirs?
Don’t we have our own mind and own way of raising our children?

Think about it for a moment

****UNITY****

all my beloved sisters and respected brothers. Today I would like to share my thoughts on Unity.

If I say UNITY, what comes to your minds?

Well we might talk about the unity of the family, the unity of the students, the unity of the people, the unity of the country, the unity of the nation, the unity of the ummah and so on……

But have u ever thought about unity of your body?

Let me elaborate further :

Before we could unite the whole world, the whole ummah and so on, we should unite our body..

Do all our five senses, our hearts and our minds fear Allah and worship Him alone?

1. Your eyes should fear Allah and worship Him alone. See the good and forbid the bad.

2. Your tongue should fear Allah and worship Him alone. Talk aboutthe good things and forbid the bad.

3. Your ears should fear Allah and worship Him alone. Listen to the good things and forbid the bad.

4. You hands should fear Allah and worship Him alone. Touch the good things and forbid the bad.

5. Your legs should fear Allah and worship Him alone. Walk to the good places and forbid the bad.

6. Your heart should fear Allah and worship Him alone. Feel and love the good things and forbid the bad.

7. Your mind should fear Allah and worship Him alone. Think about the good things and forbid the bad.

When our body is united and fears Allah, there is no need of worrying about uniting the ummah. The unity of ummah will happen automatically when each and every one of us unites ourselves (our body parts)

So start uniting your body for the sake of Allah. Each and every part of your body should be used wisely for the sake of Allah, because on Judgment day, these very parts of your body will testify, either for or against you, on behalf of your tongue.

“Day of Pining” (distress) (Qur’an 30.55-57, 19.39)

If one denies a deed he/she committed, or refuses to acknowledge it, his or her body parts will testify against them

****SATISFACTION****

my beloved sisters and respected brothers.

As usual I want to share my thoughts with all of you. It just came to my mind during my quran class.

Satisfaction!!!!!!

As humans, we cannot be satisfied with whatever we have. That is how Allah has created us and we shouldn’t blame ourselves. We tend not to be satisfied with anything. We want more and more in everything.

More money

More women

More beauty

More houses

More cars

More jewellery

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the list can go on and on

BUT

ARE WE SATISFIED WITH OUR

PRAYERS,

CHARITY,

FASTING,

DAWAH,

DZIKIR?

ARE WE SATISFIED WITH OUR DEEN?

ARE WE SATISFIED WITH OUR HASSANAT (REWARDS)

LET’S BE GREEDY IN WORSHIPPING ALLAH

LET’S BE GREEDY IN COLLECTING HASSANATS

JANNAH PLEASE WAIT!!!!!!!!

AM COMING!!!!!!!!!!!

How Many of You Feed Your Soul ??????

to all my beloved sisters and  brothers in Islam as well as the non-muslims who are still searching for the light of truth.

Here I would like to share with you the topic of discussion I had with my Quran teacher. May Allah grant her and her family Jannat Al-Firdaus (the highest ranks of Paradise).  Ameen

As is the nature of humans, we tend to care more for material objects: things that we can see, touch or hear, but we always forget abstract things which can’t be felt with our five senses.

Accordingly, we care more for our body than for our soul.
As an illustration, ask yourselves the following questions:

1. How many of you go on diet just because you think you have gained weight?

2. How many of you buy beautiful clothes to cover your body

3. How many of you go to the cinema, or seek any other source of  entertainment just because you feel bored?

4. How many of you go to fancy restaurants to fill your stomach?

5. How many of you wear make up just to look beautiful?

The list can just go on………………..

This shows that as humans, we care more about our body than our soul. When we were young, our mother fed us. When we grew up we feed ourselves, filling our stomach with all types of  delicious food.

But what about our SOUL?

We must remember that when we die, our body will go back to its original condition – back to dust.

Whatever we are doing for our body will never last forever and even any part of this body can in no time be lost in an accident…

But the only thing which will definitely remain is our SOUL and it’s according to this soul that we end up either in Jannah(Paradise) or Jahanam (Hellfire)

And while anyone might feed your stomach, it’s only YOU that can feed your SOUL

What, then, is the food for your soul???????????
It is called IMAN

How do you feed your soul?????????
By worshipping Allah
BY reading Quran
BY obeying Allah
By following the Sunnah (Prophetic Tradition)

By doing dzikir (remembrance of Allah)
An example of dzikir is saying astaghfirullah (asking forgiveness from Allah) hundreds of times each day

Ramadan ( the month of fasting) is a  proof that we can’t do anything except when Allah allows us to. Therefore, we are not allowed in this month to eat, drink or enter anything into our body. In fact, this body is not to be “fed” unless the time comes, the time that Allah has assigned for us
Our soul, on the other hand, is very richly “fed ” during that time….by worshipping Allah

Many wealthy people may say, “I’m rich, yet am not happy. Why?”
It is because you’re only rich physically, but not spiritually.

Your soul needs food to be happy
Give IMAN to your
SOUL

remember…..when our life comes to an end, …we will be nothing…the only thing which will remain is our soul…….

START FEEDING YOUR SOUL  !!!!!!!!!!