An End with Allah SWT’s Praise

Posted in Scrutinizing Soliloquies on April 14, 2011 by Ibby'sMom

Asalamoalaykum warahmatullah,

This is going to be my final post here inshaa’Allah.

I wanted to properly return all praise to Allah SWT…for allowing me to type in His Name, get inspired by His Guidance and fall in love with Him exponentially more with every trial…with every post I wrote by His Help only. Alhamdolilah, I have been blessed very graciously by my Rabb. Nobody can add to how rich I feel when I talk about Him. Only He SWT knows and He SWT knows my intentions. So every praise I’ve received is in fact all due to Him and I personally can never thank Him…

Indeed He SWT is responsible for giving us honor and debase us as He SWT wills in His Infinite Wisdom. It is true that I haven’t lived up to what I preach. I also know that for every single word I typed on this blog…I may be questioned about it.  So I ask for His Forgiveness publicly and forgiveness from everyone or anyone whom I may have unintentionally would’ve hurt. Please forgive me so that Allah SWT forgives me and you inshaa’Allah. We all met in His Name and we part in His Name.

Anything good that is on this blog is from Him entirely and anything evil is from the evil of my Nafs and ignorant self.

If I die, it wouldn’t affect Him or anyone in this dunia. If I live, I wish to be one of the Ansaarullah like the Hawariyoon (disciples) around Prophet Eesa AS inshaa’Allah. So in the process I wish to make the duaa of Prophet Ibrahim AS:

“Verily! they are enemies to me, save the Lord of the ‘Alamîn (mankind, jinn and all that exists); (77)

“Who has created me, and it is He Who guides me; (78)

 “And it is He Who feeds me and gives me to drink (79)

 “And when I am ill, it is He who cures me; (80)

 “And Who will cause me to die, and then will bring me to life (again); (81)

“And Who, I hope will forgive me my faults on the Day of Recompense, (the Day of Resurrection),” (82)

My Lord! Bestow Hukm (religious knowledge, right judgement of the affairs and Prophethood) on me, and join me with the righteous, (83)

And grant me an honourable mention in later generations. (84)

And make me one of the inheritors of the Paradise of Delight. (85)

And disgrace me not on the Day when (all the creatures) will be resurrected; (87)

The Day whereon neither wealth nor sons will avail, (88) Except him who brings to Allâh a clean heart [clean from Shirk (polytheism) and Nifâq (hypocrisy)]. (89)  [Sura # 26, Surah Al Shuara]

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The Creations are busy silently in His Worship because:

He is Allâh, beside Whom Lâ ilâha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He) the All-Knower of the unseen and the seen. He is the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. (22)

He is Allâh beside Whom is Lâ ilâha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He) the King, the Holy, the One Free from all defects, the Giver of security, the Watcher over His creatures, the All-Mighty, the Compeller, the Supreme. Glory be to Allâh! (High is He) above all that they associate as partners with Him. (23)

 He is Allâh, the Creator, the Inventor of all things, the Bestower of forms. To Him belong the Best Names . All that is in the heavens and the earth glorify Him. And He is the All-Mighty, the All-Wise. (24) [Surah # 59, Al Hashr]

I have high expectations of You, I seek Your Mercy O my Lord even though I’m only words! Please accept the efforts and reward me and I wish this reward to be shared by my entire family, my next generation, readers, friends and ultimately the rest of the Ummah.

Finally: Rabbana Taqabal minna innaka antas-Same’-ul ‘Aleem. Wa-tubb ilayna innaka anta-Tawabur-Raheem.Ameen.

I make my fingers,my senses and all readers a witness that I testify that there’s no deity worthy of Worship except Allah SWT and that Prophet Mohammed SAW is the Final Messenger.

I am pleased with Allah SWT as my Rabb, Islam as my religion and Prophet Mohammed SAW as a Nabi.

JazakummAllahu khayran and many duaas,

-Umm Sulaym

….who wishes to be like the real Umm Sulaym RA, mother of the famous narrator Sahabi Anas ibn Malik RA, wife of the amazing Sahabi Abu Talhah RA (not Talhah), aunt of Rasulalah SAW, a woman who was promised Paradise in her life time. May Allah SWT be pleased with her and make me like her.Ameen.

P.S> those who don’t know what’s going on. Please click here.

Subhanak-Allahuma wabihamdika ash-hadu la-ilaha-illa-Ant. Nastaghfiruka, nastaghfiruka,nastaghfiruka wa natoobu ilayh.

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Queen Zummurud’s Story begins…

Posted in Scrutinizing Soliloquies on April 8, 2011 by Ibby'sMom

…I’ve shared her story on the new blog. Now who would want to miss a story of a Muslim Queen? I’m sure you wouldn’t! :)

Sooo final call for all those interested…refer to the sticky post, leave a comment with your email add. to show me your interest and I’ll get back to you inshaa’Allah.

Wasalamu alaykum warahmatullah,

-UmmS.

New Blog…

Posted in Scrutinizing Soliloquies on April 5, 2011 by Ibby'sMom

Asalamoalaykum warahmatullah,

The new blog’s up and running alhamdolilah.

Subscribers, I was thinking whether it’d be appropriate for me to email you guys the new web address. I haven’t come to a decision yet but I will soon. But then again I’m thinking if you are subscribers, you may already know I’m shifting and if you’re interested you’ll reply to the previous post. I guess I’ll stick with that.

I have started posting on the new blog by the way. Feels very refreshing. Alhamdolilah.

See you all there inshaa’Allah!

-UmmS.

UmmS. …is moving inshaa’Allah!

Posted in Scrutinizing Soliloquies on April 2, 2011 by Ibby'sMom

I’m so excited to start a new blog inshaa’Allah :)

It’s time to let go of this one because I think I’ve grown as a person and it no longer represents my current spiritual state.

When a traveller becomes too known in a town, it’s time for her to move to a new one. Get some fresh air without the positive and/or negative biases against her. And refresh her level of sincerity.

My lingering projects will be completed in a much better way on the newer blog inshaa’Allah.

Still interested in reading my posts? Leave a comment with a real email address. I’ll email the new web address a.s.a.p. Yes discretion will be applied. However, both genders are equally welcome. Those who know me at a personal level won’t be getting access to it because that’s my new preference.  I like to play it low so my sincere apologies! This is as far along I can take you and it was no doubt wonderful having you all. JazakummAllahu khayran kathira!  :)

Wasalamu alaykum warahmatullah,

-UmmS.

A Muslim, like an ‘evergreen’ fruit-bearing tree?

Posted in Luminous Lanterns with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 2, 2011 by Ibby'sMom

There are some verses in the Quraan which make your heart love this religion even more…

‘See you not how Allâh sets forth a parable? – A goodly word as a goodly tree, whose root is firmly fixed, and its branches (reach) to the sky (i.e. very high).  Giving its fruit at all times, by the Leave of its Lord and Allâh sets forth parables for mankind in order that they may remember.’ [Surah Ibrahim, 14:24-25]

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What an interesting parable. Each of us, as Muslims, are like that goodly tree–>Shajaratun Tayyibatun. A tree which gives fruit day and night. As Muslim, all our deeds which are void of sinning will produce goodness just because of that Kalimatun Tayyibatun. Just because of Tawheed. SubhanAllah! Isn’t that amazing?

`Ali bin Abi Talhah reported that `Abdullah bin `Abbas commented that Allah’s statement,

(a parable: a goodly word), refers to testifying to La ilaha illallah, (none has the right to be worshipped but Allah) while, (as a goodly tree), refers to the believer, and that, (whose root is firmly fixed), indicates that La ilaha illallah, (none has the right to be worshipped but Allah) is firm in the believers’ heart, (and its branches (reach) to the sky.) with which the believer’s works are ascended to heaven.

Good deeds ascend upwards?

Similar is said by Ad-Dahhak, Sa’id bin Jubayr, `Ikrimah, Mujahid and several others. They stated that this parable describes the believer’s deeds, good statements and good actions. The believer is just like the beneficial date tree, always having good actions ascending at all times, by day and by night.

What tree does a Muslim resemble?

Al-Bukhari recorded that `Abdullah bin `Umar said, “We were with the Messenger of Allah when he asked, (Tell me about a tree that resembles the Muslim, the leaves of which do not fall in summer or winter and gives its fruit at all times by the leave of its Lord.)” Ibn `Umar said, “I thought of the date palm tree, but felt shy to answer when I saw that Abu Bakr and `Umar did not talk. When they did not give an answer, the Messenger of Allah said, (It is the date palm tree.) When we departed, I said to `Umar, `My father, by Allah! I thought that it was the date tree.’ He said, `Why did you not speak then’ I said, `I saw you were silent and I felt shy to say anything.’ `Umar said, `Had you said it, it would have been more precious to me than such things (i.e., would have been very precious to me).”’

Source: Ibn Kathir

What’s so amazing is that, as a Muslim, you don’t have to be of a certain age to get your good deeds accepted. Like for example, when you reach a certain age in the workforce, you’re made to retire. That’s not the case with Islam. Also, if you have physical challenges and illnesses/disabilities, as long as you’re a Muslim…you’re that amazing tree which will keep on bearing fruit. Your actions to be beneficial are not limited to anything at all…except that they are done in the name of Allah SWT necessitating that it’s done with the right intention and in accordance to the Sunnah of Rasulalah SAW. You don’t need to have any qualification or work experience or any exceptional skill. Just believe in Allah SWT in the manner He SWT has ordained us to…and you suddenly become that everlasting fruit-bearing beneficial tree…EVEN IF to the people of this world you’re ‘useless’, ‘good-for-nothing’, ‘mentally-weak’ and so on. Our Rabb looks into the hearts and how firmly rooted they are in Tawheed and if the heart’s healthy, it will promote the body parts to happily follow the Commands of Allah SWT.

For a Muslim, your sleep can be worship. Your love for your family can be worship. So with every breath you can get reward, whether day or night provided you have the right intentions and follow the Sunnah. The Bank of ‘Ajr is open 24/7 alhamdolilah. No limitations at all for ascension of good deeds either. B…e…a…u…t…i…f…u…l!

Isn’t understanding the Quraan an interesting activity? Would anyone of us had realized its beauty by just reciting it without pondering over it?

Hmm. Something to think about.

And Allah SWT knows best.

Reliance + Expecting Good from Allah SWT = Allah SWT’s Love

Posted in Vaccinations for Dunia on April 1, 2011 by Ibby'sMom

No calamity befalls, but by the Leave [i.e. Decision and Qadar (Divine Preordainments)] of Allâh, and whosoever believes in Allâh, He guides his heart [to the true Faith with certainty, i.e. what has befallen him was already written for him by Allâh from the Qadar (Divine Preordainments)], And Allâh is the All-Knower of everything. (11) Allâh! Lâ ilâha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He), And in Allâh (Alone), therefore, let the believers put their trust. (13) O you who believe! Verily, among your wives and your children are your enemies (who may stop you from the obedience of Allâh), therefore beware of them! But if you pardon (them) and overlook, and forgive (their faults), then verily, Allâh is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (14) Your wealth and your children are only a trial, whereas Allâh! With Him is a great reward (Paradise). (15) So keep your duty to Allâh and fear Him as much as you can; listen and obey; and spend in charity, that is better for yourselves. And whosoever is saved from his own covetousness, then they are the successful ones. (16) [Surah At-Taghabun]

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  • Ibn al Qayyim (R) has said: “The more you have good expectations of your Lord and hope in Him, the more you will rely on and trust in Him. This is why some explained true reliance and trust to be having good expectations of Allah. In reality, having good expectations of Him leads to relying on and trusting in Him, as it is unthinkable that one can trust in someone that he has bad expectations of or no hope in, and Allah Knows best.” [Tahdhib Madarij as-Salikin’, pp. 240]

– He has also said, “The one who hopes in Allah should always be optimistic, cautious, and hopeful in Allah’s bounty, expecting the best from Him.” [Tahdhib Madarij as-Salikin’, pp. 300]

  • Sayyid Qutb (R) has said, ” The believing heart assumes the best of its Lord, and always expects the best from Him. It expects good from Him in times of ease and times of hardship, and it believes that Allah wants good for him in either situation. The secret of this is that his heart is connected to Allah, and the flow of good from Allah is never cut off. So, whenever the heart is connected to Him, it touches upon this fundamental reality and experiences it in a direct and sweet way.” [Fi Dhilal al-Qur’an’ (6/3219) ]

To me, having good hopes from Allah SWT is the quickest way to come out of any regret of past and worry of future. It works like a medicine to an unsettled heart. It’s like telling yourself that Allah SWT cannot desert you because you relied on Him in times of ease and difficulty. It’s like making yourself understand that Allah SWT has already taken care of things and all I have to do now as a slave is just be pleased with it. I may not know what, why and how things happened. That’s not my concern anyway. But I do know what I need to know and that is…there’s goodness for a believer in everything decreed for him. There’s goodness for me to be singled out for this test. Only a fool will not happily accept this because the reward is immense. If the reward is immense, is it not befitting the trial to be of an equal if not greater difficulty level?

 “Verily, Allah loves those who rely on Him.” [Ale `Imraan, 3:159]

And Allah SWT knows best.

Addressing a Comment

Posted in Scrutinizing Soliloquies on March 30, 2011 by Ibby'sMom

Asalamoalaykum warahmatullah ‘Hopeless-Sinner’,

Umm Sulaym will no longer entertain any ‘help-me’ comments. Please consult your local Imam/Muslim psychologist if you’re that desperate. The thirsty one should go to the well. If you’re too embarrassed to visit your local Imam, then use online options such as Islam Q and A. Some local Masajid have online facilities for residents to ask questions by submitting them through an online form.

It is extremely unfair and I repeat extremely unfair if you expect to use my blog to get your answers and provide a fake email address via which I can’t even contact you. Especially unfair if you post irrelevant questions repetitively under posts which have no connection with your comment. When a facility is withdrawn, most likely it’s because it’s been abused.I’m not a ‘Wali’ or a person who has psychic powers who can guess where the problem lies just by a random comment. And did I not mention several times that I’m not an ‘Alima? Sadly, I’m not even a student of knowledge. You see now that you’re asking the wrong person? It’s like asking a 7-year old to help you solve a University-level Calculus question.

Whoever has issues with their spiritual life should start from their fundamental beliefs, i.e. Aqeedah. Check whether their belief  is correct. If it’s correct and free from Shirk (which is the greatest sin), then one would get peace from repentance. When I say that, most people want an easy way out. Let me tell you buddy, there’s no easy way out in our Deen. I’m not making the Deen harder by saying that but I’m just letting everyone know that knowledge is not acquired by listening to a few lectures.You must first learn from a teacher who :

  • is free from Bid’ah
  • is free from Sufism/extreme Salafism
  • is on the methodology of Ahlus-Sunnah wal Jama’h, has proper knowledge of Al Wala wal Bara  and is not an apologetic lunatic

(How do you figure all that out? By learning Aqeedah. Here’s where you can start!)

If you can ensure all that, THEN you study from them. I can’t stress this enough. People just accept any eloquent speaker here in the West as their teacher and blindly follow them. I’d like to remind people of these verses in which Allah SWT asks us to be aware of such individuals:

They have made their oaths a screen (for their hypocrisy). Thus they hinder (men) from the Path of Allâh. Verily, evil is what they used to do.  That is because they believed, then disbelieved, therefore their hearts are sealed, so they understand not. And when you look at them, their bodies please you; and when they speak, you listen to their words. They are as blocks of wood propped up. They think that every cry is against them. They are the enemies, so beware of them. May Allâh curse them! How are they denying (or deviating from) the Right Path? [Surah Al Munafiqoon, 63:2-4].

Now I have no right to accuse anyone of hypocrisy and that’s not the intention of any God-fearing individual obviously. But I want people to be vigilant of regarding whom they’re taking their knowledge from.

Sufyan ath-Thawri (R) said: “Whoever studies with an innovator, Allah will not allow him to benefit from what he learned, and whoever shakes his hand has removed the bonds of Islam, one by one.”

 And Malik bin Anas(R)  said: “Knowledge is not to be taken from four types of people, and is to be taken from anyone else: the fool who is known for his foolishness, even if he narrates more than anyone; the liar who lies on the people, even if he doesn’t lie upon the Prophet (peace be upon him); an innovator who calls people to his innovation; a shaykh who is known for his virtue and worship if he doesn’t understand what he talks about.” [Source, pp. 54-55]

May Allah SWT guide us to the Path of those whom He’s Pleased with.Ameen.

And Allah SWT knows best.