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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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Deal Breakers?

Posted in Vaccinations for Dunia with tags , , , on March 9, 2011 by Ibby'sMom

Asalamoalaykum warahmatullah,

We all agree that there’s nothing perfect in this dunia but still we seek perfection in whatever we want in this life. If it’s a university program, we want the university to be prestigious, have the best research-based standing in the world, it must have scholarships AND it should be nearby where we live. Likewise, if it’s something insignificant as clothing, we want it to suddenly make us look wonderful, be of a long-lasting material (durable) AND be very very affordable. SubhanAllah. It seems like we’re always looking for the best option-which in itself is nothing wrong- but as a consumer we get so used to getting what we want that we can no longer deal with compromises in life.

You come to a point in life when things of ‘good quality’ are no longer available. You wonder there’s somethingwrong with the manufacturer companies nowadays or it’s just another trial that people of your generation, people of your kind will have to face. You have to resort to just ‘making-do’. And that’s when the problem starts and Mr. Shu-shu starts kicking in with his mountains of doubts.

At this point you have to push away the mountains of doubts and sit down and think neutrally. You would have to ask yourself that even if that object’s missing a few things you’re looking for, is it really a deal-breaker for me? What’s important for me to get out of buying a certain object or choosing a certain option? Will it give me enough so that I can easily get to where I want? Am I being unjust to those who’d be affected with this decision of mine? Also, am I being unfair to those who may be affected by this decision in future? And most importantly, am I being thankless by overlooking how significantly positive it may be for my Deen just because it doesn’t fit in a certain rubric of dunia-related criteria?

After deciding, a little amount of Tawakul will definitely help, don’t you think?

And by the Mercy of Allâh, you dealt with them gently. And had you been severe and harsh-hearted, they would have broken away from about you; so pass over (their faults), and ask (Allâh’s) Forgiveness for them; and consult them in the affairs. Then when you have taken a decision, put your trust in Allâh, certainly, Allâh loves those who put their trust (in Him).If Allâh helps you, none can overcome you; and if He forsakes you, who is there after Him that can help you? And in Allâh (Alone) let believers put their trust. [Surah Ale Imraan, 3:159-160]

You may consult the whole world but you can never ever take care of everything. It is Allah SWT to whom perfection belongs and He SWT gifts us all the time. No human should have the arrogance to think that they have the right to turn away a blessing of Allah SWT just because a thing or two are missing. People say that they’re being ‘rational’. SubhanAllah! You can never ever satisfy your heart by your rationality in matters concerning the Unseen. Interestingly, He SWT not only controls the outcome of events but also the hearts. He can tilt them towards what seemed a major deal-breaker and he can tilt them elsewhere. So you may use your rationality all you want but what your heart seems to incline towards right now may become the most despicable thing to you a year from now. How can we assume that it is us deciding? We make the efforts, pray to Allah SWT that it brings forth khayr and we should then become biased. Yes biased only towards what good it will bring to us for our Deen! There can never be a decision that you make in which there’s an equal ratio of materialistic to Akhira benefits. There are always trade-offs. In the glitter of materialistic benefits, even the strong-hearted practising Muslims lose control. The glitter of dunia has that strong of a magnetic pull. All of a sudden, origin becomes so important that Deen- the Ni’ma that gave you life-is thrown out of the window. Really, are superficial things a deal-breaker for you?

Why not for a change make Allah SWT pleased by overlooking these minute things and take a leap of faith for His Sake?

Is not Allâh Sufficient for His slave? Yet they try to frighten you with those (whom they worship) besides Him! And whom Allâh sends astray, for him there will be no guide. [Surah Az-Zumar, 39:36]

Do not worship your desires for there’s no end to it. It’s like asking someone who is sick to run a marathon. That is the nature of this dunia. We demand from it things it can never give us…we ask for unlimited happiness from this poor dunia which is itself so limited…

Your rationality and taking all precautions will take you nowhere. While it is good to research and be careful, let it not make you relaxed that nothing can mess up because Allah SWT has said:

Truly Allâh has given you victory on many battlefields, and on the Day of Hunain (battle) when you rejoiced at your great number but it availed you naught and the earth, vast as it is, was straitened for you, then you turned back in flight. [Surah at Taubah, 9:25]

Never be upset if you don’t have the right options infront of you. You never know your heart may get inclined to them soon. Likewise, don’t rejoice if you get the ‘perfect’ thing because it is posible that Allah SWT will change your feelings about it in future. But what you can do is this:

And put your trust (O Muhammad SAW) in the Ever Living One Who dies not, and glorify His Praises, and Sufficient is He as the All-Knower of the sins of His slaves; Who created the heavens and the earth and all that is between them in six Days. Then He rose over (Istawâ) the Throne (in a manner that suits His Majesty). The Most Gracious (Allâh)! Ask Him (O Prophet Muhammad SAW, concerning His Qualities, His rising over His Throne, His creations, etc.), as He is Al-Khabîr (The All-Knower of everything i.e. Allâh). [Surah Furqan, 25:58-59]

He SWT knows your sins. What you get or may not get may be due to your sins. Just put in necessary efforts, have reliance on Allah SWT and increase in Istighfaar. We wouldn’t want to suffer and not get the ‘best’ thing out there just because the mountains of our sins. Have a self-corrective approach rather than a dunia-blaming approach. Analyze how you can become the best person/best option out there rather than only seeking the best thing.

And Allah SWT knows best.

What was the point of Complaining?

Posted in Naseeha Notes with tags , , , on December 3, 2010 by Ibby'sMom

Once al-Ma’afi bin Sulayman was walking with his companion, and his companion turned to him, frowned and said, “How cold it is today!”

Al-Ma’afi said,“Have you warmed up now?’ (meaning by saying that)

“No”, he replied.

Al-Ma’afi said,“So what was the point of complaining? If you had glorified Allah, at least it would have been better for you.” 

[ pp.324, ‘Enjoy Your Life’ ]

I have Enough!

Posted in Naseeha Notes with tags on November 6, 2010 by Ibby'sMom

“Obviously, only you can determine what’s appropriate for you, but I can assure you that every single decision or demand you make involving a higher quality object, an increased standard of living, or more perfection on your part of someone else will be very easy to justify. It will always seem like “one more” thing or”one more” demand will do the trick — then you will be happy. It takes a great deal of wisdom to say “More isn’t always better,” “More isn’t going to make me happier,” or ” I have enough.”

I’m confident that if you experiment with this strategy you will discover a route to contentment that you might never have considered. You can still have a wonderful life and all the things you need — and most of what you want. However, your life will be far simpler and easier to manage. You will feel less stress and pressure, as though a better life is just around the corner. You will spend less time thinking about what you want, you’ll be less consumption oriented, and you will be much more easily satisfied. You’ll also be far less inclined to “sweat the small stuff” because you will have reduced your habit of thinking that things aren’t good enough as they are. Not a bad list of benefits. I hope you’ll give this strategy a try. It might change your perspective a great deal. “[Carlson, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff — with your family]

Love Allah and Liberate Yourself!

Posted in Vaccinations for Dunia with tags , , , , , on March 24, 2010 by Ibby'sMom

Bismillah,

Asalamoalaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh,

I’m overcome with the emotion of love.

I’m not joking.

But this love is not for a human.

Not temporary. Not delusional. Not chained.

It’s for the Creator of humans…

Permanent. Eternal. Peaceful.

Frees one soul from the chains of worldly desires.

It’s so beautiful that amidst large crowd of stressed out people, I feel as if I’m floating in the air.

Yes! Me of all the people, especially since I’ve always been a stressed and anxious individual ever since I was a kid.

Is that the sweetness of Iman?

My Rabb knows best.

Is His Love in my heart a test?

Could be. Because in this world, everything, a blessing or a problem is a test.

All I know is that I want to meet Him and talk to Him. I don’t want to hasten the Day of Judgement because I don’t know what lies ahead of me but I pray that they are a collection of deeds which don’t cause regret on the Day of Judgement.

I just would love to meet Allah.

But I have to make some preparations for that meeting.

Is it required for each one of us to Love Allah or is it enough to pray like a robot five times a day?

وَٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوٓاْ أَشَدُّ حُبًّ۬ا لِّلَّهِ‌

“…But those who believe, have intense love for Allah (than anything else)….” [Quran, Surah Al Baqara, 2:165]

Notice that Allah has followed ‘the intense love for Allah’ after ‘those who believe’. This means that if you are a Muslim, a believer, you should not only love Allah but have intense love for Him. ‘Intense’ implies that you love Him over anyone or anything.  You love Him inspite of what happens to you, without any conditions, like He loves you. That you love Him over your spouse/kids/job/money/degree etc.

How can we know that Allah loves us?

قُل لَّوۡ كَانَ ٱلۡبَحۡرُ مِدَادً۬ا لِّكَلِمَـٰتِ رَبِّى لَنَفِدَ ٱلۡبَحۡرُ قَبۡلَ أَن تَنفَدَ كَلِمَـٰتُ رَبِّى وَلَوۡ جِئۡنَا بِمِثۡلِهِۦ مَدَدً۬ا

Say (O Muhammad SAW to mankind). “If the sea were ink for (writing) the Words of my Lord, surely, the sea would be exhausted before the Words of my Lord would be finished, even if we brought (another sea) like it for its aid.” [Quran, Surah Al Kahf, 18:109]

Imagine writing a letter to someone you love. You never run out of words and you feel like writing and writing…that’s how Allah describes His love for us. The Quran is a book of Allah’s Words, sent especially to us. He says that His Words would never run out even if another sea were used as ink! SubhanAllah!

Finally, have a look at this:

 

Fall in love with Allah and free yourself of pains and depressions…

It’s not your duty to worry about your or others’  problems in the world. Say Allah’s name before you begin an action , follow up with action and leave it to Allah to take care of the rest.

Sit back and enjoy the love of Allah…

…not by watching the latest season of House or Grey’s Anatomy

…but by reciting the Holy Quran in the last part of the night as His Beautiful Words unfold a heavenly atmosphere…

Relax and live the life of a traveller in this world!

On the authority of Abdullah ibn Umar (May Allah be pleased with them both), he relates that the Prophet (Peace be upon him) once held my shoulders and said:

“Live in this world as (if you are) a traveller or a stranger.” And Abdullah ibn Umar (May Allah be pleased with them both) used to say: “If you live till night, then do not wait for the next day (i.e. do not have hopes that you will live to the next day), and if you wake up in the morning do not have hope that you will live till the night. And take (advantage) from your health before your sickness and take advantage of your life before your death (i.e. do every possible obedience in your life before death comes to you for then no deeds can be performed.)”

[Bukhari and Tirmidhi]

So Allah’s there, waiting for you to return. He’s been waiting for so many years…from the time you reached puberty…the time when you have to fulfill your religious obligations.

 The real question is, are you willing to return? Or are you too busy worshipping money, yourself or the people around you?

And my Rabb knows Best.