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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.

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Charger for your Eeman

Posted in Luminous Lanterns with tags on March 10, 2011 by Ibby'sMom

It may sound a little awkward and cheesy but  I remember not liking it back when it was ‘alright’ for kids my age to do that… I’m talking about making hearts everywhere. But really I feel like making hearts in this post…love this topic and really like this smiley Shaykh who keeps his audience in mind and who’s connected so well with the topic mashaa’Allah.

The way he says ‘true or not’ seems as if he’s saying in Arabic ‘Saah wala la’?’ I don’t know…I just connect with that. May Allah SWT bless him with Jannatul Firdaus.Ameen.

Anyhow, check the series out inshaa’Allah.

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[For people with ‘intermediate’ level of knowledge (altho there’s no such thing but just for those who know a little more than what the people know nowadays), you can listen to Sharh of al-Aqîdah al-Wâsitiyyah by Sh. Ali at-Tamimi, may Allah SWT make it easy for him his trials,Ameen: look for it here.]

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I just can’t wait…I think I’d really like to be a teacher of Quraan and Aqeedah. I’ll be jumping around infront of my students with excitement but inshaa’Allah that’d be for His Sake…so inshaa’Allah that’d be acceptable. Pls make duaa that I can do that inshaa’Allah sooner than later. There just isn’t any role or profession better than this. There can’t be. So rewarding, wholesome and prestigious (in the Sight of Allah SWT).  Only good students can be good teachers.  *Sigh* That’ll take forever unless I’m blessed with superior memory because several years have passed uselessly…don’t have time left… :( May Allah SWT forgive me and use my life and death for the propagation of His Deen.Ameen.

Rabbi Habbli Hukmauow’n walhiqni bisawliheen, waj’ali lissana sidqin fil akhireen, waj’alni muyoo’n warathi jannatinn-na’eem,wa la tukhzini youma-yub’athoon…ameen.

A Riddle, an Answer and a Key to Jannah

Posted in Luminous Lanterns with tags , , , , , on March 10, 2011 by Ibby'sMom

I may live on top of a mountain,

I may live in the depths of the hearts and the sea,

I uphold the skies up above,

Can you guess what I can be?

There are times in our lives that we are so ecstatic that we want to stand on top of a mountain and scream our happiness out…taking every atom of this dunia as a witness.

It is the blessing of Tawheed that’d make you do that just because Allah SWT is Your Lord.

I feel like doing that because of Him. I can’t climb mountains but I can make a supplication which reaches higher than the mountains inshaa’Allah.

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Whereby the heavens are almost torn, and the earth is split asunder, and the mountains fall in ruins. That they ascribe a son (or offspring or children) to the Most Gracious (Allâh).  But it is not suitable for (the Majesty of) the Most Gracious (Allâh) that He should beget a son (or offspring or children). There is none in the heavens and the earth but comes unto the Most Gracious (Allâh) as a slave.  Verily, He knows each one of them, and has counted them a full counting. And everyone of them will come to Him alone on the Day of Resurrection (without any helper, or protector or defender).  Verily, those who believe [in the Oneness of Allâh and in His Messenger (Muhammad SAW)] and work deeds of righteousness, the Most Gracious (Allâh) will bestow love for them (in the hearts of the believers).  [Surah Maryam, 19:90-96]

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May Allah SWT make our life and death based on perfect Tawheed.Ameen.

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Morning duaa:

Translation in the picture above.

Benefit: ‘Allah will spare whoever says this 4 times in the morning or evening from the Fire of Hell.’ [Abu Dawood, 4/317. Al Bukhari in Al-‘Adab Al-Mufrad, An-Nasa’i in ‘Amalul-Yawm wal-Laylah and Ibn As-Sunni. Nasai’s and Abu Dawood’s chains of transmission are Hasan, Ibn Baz, pp.23]

And Allah SWT knows best.

Morning & Evening Supplications: A Status Symbol?

Posted in Luminous Lanterns, Precious Possessions with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 16, 2011 by Ibby'sMom

[In order to access the full course held at IISC, please click here.]

Let’s put it into practice:

Rabbi ul Awal – Celebrating the Mawlid An-Nabi SAW

Posted in Luminous Lanterns with tags , on February 7, 2011 by Ibby'sMom

A short reminder by Sh. Bilal Phillips:

Another reminder:

ANOTHERRR reminder:

Yet another one:

[Mawlid means birth by the way]

Imam at-Thawri (R): On ‘Laa Hawla wala Quwatta illa Billaah’

Posted in Luminous Lanterns with tags on January 26, 2011 by Ibby'sMom

Imam Sufyaan ath-Thawri (R) once asked some of his students:

“Do you know what the meaning of Laa Hawla wala Quwatta illa Billaah is (which translates into English as: ‘There is neither power nor might except with Allaah‘)?”

He then said, “It means:

(O Allaah) none can give except what You have given, and none can preserve anything other than what You preserve.”

[The Biography of Sufyaan ath-Thawri, pp.155]

Funfacts:Aqeedah, it’s Linguistic Meaning

Posted in Luminous Lanterns with tags on January 11, 2011 by Ibby'sMom

Thought I’d give small chunks of info instead of overwhelming the reader because sadly not a lot of people like to read about this important topic. Enjoy!

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`Aqidah

Quick definition:

Linguistically, the word `aqidah means, “to know, bind, fasten tightly, fortify, consolidate and cement.” By convention, the word `aqidah means, “a firm, unwavering belief which is not open to any doubt with its beholder.”

[Interesting background:  Al-Aqeeda linguistically is derived from the term aqada. In Arabic, one states, “Aqada the rope” when the rope is tied firmly. And, “Aqada the sale” or “He settled the sale” when the person ratifies and contracts a sale or agreement.

  • And Allah says in the Quran, “And as for those whom your right hands have made a covenant (Arabic: aqadat)” [Al-Nisa 33].
  • And Allah also says, “But He will take you to task for the oaths which you swear in earnest (Arabic: aqadtum) [Al-Maida, 89] which means asserted and adhered to.
  • Also proven in the verse, “And break not oaths after the assertion of them” [An-Nahl, 91].

If one says, “Aqadtu such and such,” it means his heart is firm upon such and such. Therefore, al-aqeeda or al-itiqad according to the scholars of Islam is: The firm creed that one’s heart is fixed upon without any wavering or doubt. It excludes any supposition, doubt or suspicion.]

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How can one reconcile the linguistic meaning of the arabic word Aqeedah and it’s technical meaning in Islam?