The Best Investment


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I was on a visit to one of my friends’ house. While we were busy talking, one of her daughters, who was about three years old, came in and pulled on her dress saying: “Mom, we did not build a house in Jannah today.”

I thought I misheard her. Then her siblings joined her and they all repeated the same thing. My friend saw the curiosity on my face and smiled and said to me: “Do you want to see how we build a mansion in Jannah?”

I stood and watched as she made her children sit around her and together they started reciting Surat Al-Ikhlas ten times:

قل هو الله احد الله الصمد لم يلد ولم يولد ولم يكن له كفوا احد
When they finished they all said excitedly with one voice: “Alhamdhulillah we built a house in Paradise.” 

Then the mother asked: “What do you want to add to this palace?” The children replied that they wanted to add treasures. Then they began chanting:

لا حول ولا قوة الا بالله
There is no mighty nor power except in Allah

Then she asked them: “Which of you wants to drink from the hands of the Prophet of Allah peace be upon him and never feel thirsty again?” They all began to say:

اللهم صل على محمد وعلى آل محمد .. كما صليت على إبراهيم وعلى آل إبراهيم إنك حميد مجيد

 وبارك على محمد وعلى آل محمد  كما باركت على إبراهيم وعـلى آل إبراهــيم إنك حميد مجيد

(O Allaah, send prayers upon Muhammad and upon the family of Muhammad, as You sent prayers upon Ibraaheem and upon the family of Ibraaheem; You are indeed Worthy of Praise, Full of Glory. O Allaah, send blessings upon Muhammad and upon the family of Muhammad as You sent blessings upon Ibraaheem and upon the family of Ibraaheem; You are indeed Worthy of Praise, Full of Glory).”

They followed it with praising Allah. Then each of them went back to what they were doing from studying and playing.

Amazed I asked her about the whole scenario. She replied: “My children love sitting with me and rejoice when I gather them and sit among them, and I wanted to exploit it and teach them how to praise and thank Allah in a way that their tiny minds can understand. They see palaces in children’s programs and wish to live in them, and watch cartoon heroes who are struggling to get treasures.”

SubhanAllah! Shaykh Ahmad an-Najmee rightly said:

”The mother is the first school. If she is righteous, the progeny becomes righteous”

[Fath-ur-Rabb al-Wadud (2/256)]

My friend is accumulating rewards upon rewards masha Allah, because whenever one of her children will read or recite the adhkar above, it will be an ongoing charity for her. Without doubt, it is the best investment in this world and the Hereafter.

The Messenger of Allah, ﷺ said, 
“When the human being dies, his deeds come to an end except for three: ongoing charity, beneficial knowledge, or a righteous child who prays for him.
(Saheeh Muslim 1631)

– Received as a forward message. (Slightly edited by me)

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Feel confident about your murmured du’aas


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A new Muslim in the time of the Prophet ﷺ once heard the Prophet supplicating in low tones after one of the prescribed prayers. When he found himself unable to retain all that the Prophet ﷺ had prayed, he went to the companion Mu’adh ibn Jabal hoping to hear an easier du’aa. To his dismay, he heard Mu’adh repeating a du’aa similar to that of the Prophet ﷺ. Somewhat frustrated, he went back to the Prophet ﷺ who asked him:  “What do you say when you pray?” He said: “I recite the tashahhud, then I say: 

“اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ الْجَنَّةَ وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ النَّارِ”

(Allaahumma inni as’aluka al-jannah wa a’oodhu bika min an-naar) O Allah, I ask You for Paradise and seek refuge in You from the Fire. I cannot murmur like you and like Mu’aadh.” The Prophet ﷺ said: “It is about this, that we were murmuring.”

(Narrated by Abu Dawood, 792; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Abi Dawood, taken from the book, “Lasting Prayers” by Ahmad Zaki Hammad)

Whether you know Arabic, or you don’t. Whether you have memorized some duas or none at all – when you ask of Allah that which is good, feel confident about your murmuring. You are asking The All Hearing, The All Seeing, and He hears you in whatever language you use and He sees the meanings emanating from within your heart. :)

 

Treat your sick by charity


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A translation of a profound khutbah by a respected Shaikh in London:

I was told a story by a brother from Harimla’, a suburb of the capital city of Riyadh, where a certain woman was inflicted with leukemia, may Allah protect you and us from it. In her need for care, she hired a maid from Indonesia. The sick lady was kind and righteous. A week after having had the maid, the lady noticed that the maid spent a lot of time in the toilet. More than normal and very frequent. Just after one of these occurrences, the lady asked her helper the reason for the lengthy bathroom visits. The maid started crying profusely. When asked what made her cry, she said: ‘I gave birth twenty days ago. When the employment agency in Indonesia contacted me. I took advantage of the opportunity to work for you, for we were in dire need of funds. The reason I spend so much time in the bathroom is, my breasts fill up with milk, so I go to the sink to empty them.’

As soon as the lady knew the reason, she booked the earliest flight for her to return home. She put together exactly a two year salary, summoned her and said: ‘This advance is for your two years salary. Go home to your baby, breastfeed and take great care of it. After two years, return to us.’ She gave her the contact details, in case she wished to return after two years. After the maid returned home, the lady had an appointment with her doctor for an update on her condition. After the routine blood test, to their surprise, she showed no signs of leukemia. The doctor made her do the same test several times, the result was always the same. The doctor was stupefied with her recovery due to the severity of her infliction. When the doctor was certain of her recovery, he asked her if she had used any other healing method, to which she answered: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Treat your sick by giving Sadaqah (charity).”

The Shaikh narating the story then commented: I wish that the reader of this story becomes inspired to ease hardships from those in need. Who knows…it could ward off an unexpected calamity. Give, as the shroud has no pockets.

He continued and said that another extraordinary story relates the following:

A young man’s mother was hospitalized due to old age and fell into coma. She was put in intensive care. A few days later, the doctors told him that her condition was hopeless, she could expire at any moment. He left from the hospital distraught about his mother to tend to some need. On his way back, returning to visit his mother, he stopped at a gas station. As he was waiting for the attendant to fill up his tank, he noticed that a cat had a new litter under a cardboard box. They could barely walk. The mother along with her babies looked weak and helpless. He thought: Who would feed them under these circumstances, and so went to the nearest store and bought a can of tuna, opened and poured out the contents for the tiny creatures and continued on his way to the hospital. When he entered the intensive care unit, He saw that his mother wasn’t there anymore, he dropped what was in his hands, and rushed to ask the nurse about her. And the nurse informed him that her condition had improved drastically, so they had moved her to the next room. He went to his mother and found her fully alert. He greeted her and asked what happened and she said that she had a dream while she was unconscious. She said that she saw a cat and her kittens with their hands extended towards the heavens praying for her. The young man just stood there in amazement while tears poured down his face.

فسبحان من وسعت رحمته كل شيء
Praise to the one who’s compassion is all encompassing

From Hudayfah -Radi Allaahu anhu- that the Prophet -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- said: ‘A fitnah (trail) which a man faces with regard to his family, his wealth, his own self, his son and his neighbor is expiated by fasting, prayer, charity, enjoining good and forbidding evil.’ [Collected by Bukhari & Muslim]

Shamsuddeen Muhammad bin Abee Bakr Ibn Qayyim aj-Jawzeeyah (d.751 A.H.) -Rahimullaah- said: “Indeed Sadaqah has an amazing effect in repelling different types of trials and tribulations, even if the charity was given by an evil person, or an oppressive person, in fact even if it was given by a non-Muslim! Indeed Allaah Ta’ala repels different types of trials and tribulations due to giving Sadaqah. This is a matter which is well-known to the scholars and the general folk, and all of the people on the earth can associate with this fact because they have experienced it.” [Taken from: ‘al-Wabil as-Sayyib’ p.63]

 سبحان الله الصدقة دفعت بلاء بإذن الله
Praise to Allah, alms giving repels calamities, by Allah’s permission!

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Lessons from Surah Al Kahf


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Musa’s (alayhissalam) story in Surah Al Kahf (ayahs 60-82) teaches us that the outer appearance of things usually fools us whereas only Allah knows what situation is best for any individual. A problem is not always a problem. Our knowledge about things is limited while Allah is All Wise and All Knowing. Only He knows better how that specific problem is going to be beneficial for a person. Similarly, we might complain about a certain system or worldly problem but then it’s always according to Allah’s Plan and His wisdom. He created this world and the creatures in it…how can we doubt about His decisions for us? Let’s never fail to remember that our Lord is the Most Merciful and He will never ever be unjust in His Decisions for us, whether it is in this world or in the Hereafter. Allah says:

وَلَا يَظْلِمُ رَبُّكَ أَحَدًا
And your Lord does injustice to no one. [Al Kahf 18:49]

Soon when the veils of the unseen will be lifted then we will know and be sure that what happened was right for us…and we couldn’t have chosen a better destiny for ourselves. Sometimes it so happens that we fail to get the things we really want but many years down the road we realise that what happened was best for us…not getting that specific blessing then was the best for us! So our duty is to strive and do our best and if things don’t go the way we want them to go then we have to accept the Decisions of Allah for us and not be angry or depressed as He is the Only One who creates us, provides for us, gives and takes from us!

-My reflections after studying Surah Al Kahf

An Interesting Story by Shaikh Al Maghamisi


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Shaykh al-Maghamisi mentions an interesting story of a Bedouin who once walked past a man reciting the Qur’an. The man was reciting the verse below from Surah al-Ma’idah:

وَالسَّارِقُ وَالسَّارِقَةُ فَاقْطَعُوا أَيْدِيَهُمَا جَزَاءً بِمَا كَسَبَا نَكَالًا مِّنَ اللَّهِ ۗ
“As for the thief, both male and female, cut off their hands as a recompense for what they committed as a deterrent [punishment] from Allah…” [al-Ma’idah: 38]

But as he was reciting, he made a mistake at the end and closed the verse with, ‘Wallahu Ghafurur-Rahim’ (‘And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful). The Bedouin surprisingly halted and said, “I don’t think it ends like that.”

When the man double checked, sure enough, he found himself mistaken and corrected himself saying, ‘Wallahu ‘Azeezun-Hakim’ (‘And Allah is Powerful and Wise’). The Bedouin replied, “Yes, that’s it.”

وَاللَّهُ عَزِيزٌ حَكِيمٌ
“…And Allah is Powerful and Wise.” [al-Ma’idah: 38]

When the people asked him how he know (since in general, Bedouins weren’t learned or scholarly), he replied:

“Allah in His Might confirmed (the ruling), then He judged by it, and so the hand is cut. But were He to forgive and show Mercy, then the hand would never be cut.”

Subhan’Allah, his understanding of Allah and His Attributes was on-point and because of this, he was able to guess out a mistake even though he was not learned. And for this reason, if a sincere slave knows their Lord well and knows the core Principles of the Deen well, then insha’Allah they will not be misguided easily and they will always have an unease towards things that are not good, proper or authentic. Allah will preserve His Book through various means, even through the hearkening of a Bedouin’s ear.

May Allah increase our understanding and keep us firm on His Path, ameen.

Prison of the Believer


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The Worldly Life is the Prison of the Believer and the Paradise of the Disbeliever | Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-Uthaymeen (rahimahullaah)

Questioner: Questioner asks regarding the meaning of a hadith cited by Abu Hurrayrah: The Prophet [may the peace and salutations of Allah be upon him] said: “The worldly life is the prison of the believer and the Paradise of the disbeliever”

Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-Uthaymeen: The meaning of this hadith is that the worldly life – no matter how great its luxuries are, and pleasant its days are, and radiant its dwellings are; to the believer it has the status of prison, because the believer has his sight on luxury that is better, more fulfilling and of a higher enjoyment.

As for what pertains to the disbeliever, then indeed the worldly life is his paradise because he delights in it, and forgets the hereafter. He is as Allah describes the disbelievers:

“Those who disbelieve enjoy themselves and eat as cattle eat; and the Fire will be their abode”. [Surah Muhammad 47:12].

When the disbeliever dies, he will not find in front of him except the fire – Allah’s refuge is sought –woe to the people of the fire.

For this reason, the worldly life –with all the hardship, irritation, anxiety, and grief (that one experiences in it), to the disbeliever it is paradise; because he transits from it to the torment of the hell fire –Allah’s refuge is sought –thus the worldly life has the status of paradise to him.

It is mentioned about Ibn Hajr al-Asqalaani [may Allah bestow mercy upon him] the author of Fathul-Baari [the explanation of Sahih al-Bukhaari]; who was the senior judge of Egypt in his time. He was passing by a market place on a carriage during a procession when a Jewish man stopped him, and said to him: “Your Prophet said: “Indeed the worldly life is the prison of the believer and the paradise of the disbeliever”. (But) How can that be, when you live in affluence and festivity?!

The Jew then described himself as living in extreme poverty and inferiority –so how can that be?!

So Ibn Hajr replied to him saying: “Even though I live as you see, in festivity with people at my disposal, –the worldly life, in comparison to what the believer attains of bliss in Paradise, is like prison; and what you are experiencing of poverty and humiliation –in comparison to what a disbeliever encounters in hell fire, is paradise.

This speech amazed the Jew and so testified a true testimony saying: “I testify that none is worshipped in truth except Allah, and I bear witness that Muhammed is the messenger of Allah”

Translated by ‘Abd al-Rahman Hugh

Do you wonder at the Decree of Allah?


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“She said, “Woe to me! Shall I give birth while I am an old woman and this, my husband, is an old man? Indeed, this is a strange and wondrous thing! They said, “Do you wonder at the Decree of Allah? May the mercy of Allah and His blessings be upon you, O people of the house. Indeed, He is Praiseworthy and Honorable.” [Hud: 72-73]

When angels came to visit Ibrahim (as), they gave their greetings of peace, but then they turned to Ibrahim’s wife and gave her some good news. After being barren and unable to bear children for so long, they told her that she will give birth to Ishaq, and after him will come Ya’qub. When she heard this, she became ecstatic and responded with an opposing argument, as you naturally do when you’re in sheer delight and disbelief at such news. How can she give birth in her old age, married to an old man, she cried! This is ‘ajeeb, she said. And here, Allah `azza wa jall teaches us something through the message of those angels.

When good and wonderful things come to the slave – and they will come often insha’Allah – do not be so caught up in amazement and stunned thought. Your Lord is able to do anything. The Command and Decree of Allah is not a surprise for the slave who knows the Power and Capability of Allah. This is why the angels exclaimed back, ‘Do you wonder at the Decree of Allah? May the mercy of Allah be upon you…’ See, at the point when you recognise a great ni’mah (blessing) of Allah, there is a blessed moment in which your initial reaction is recorded with heaviness on the scale. What is required of you at that point is immediate gratitude, and for you to praise Allah, and exalt Him without delay. This is just one of the reasons why the verse ends with ‘Indeed, He is Praiseworthy and Honorable’ – Allah is reminding us (through the words of his angels) about our actions at such a moment. He is effectively teaching us how to deal with Him and His Blessings.

It’s easy for us to get caught up in the excitement of good news, but just as our immediate reaction to calamities should be patience and words of forbearance, likewise our immediate reaction to good news should be words of praise and gratitude. Don’t stand there in wonder when the gates of khayr open up, but hasten to words of praise and remembrance because that is what Allah wants to hear from us at that point.

O Allah, grant us all news which delights us and causes us to praise You more and helps us remain in gratitude to You, ameen.

 

-Ramadan Reflections by Fajr Blog