Masters of the youth of Paradise


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The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Husayn is part of me and I am part of him. May Allah love those who love Husayn. Husayn is one of my grandsons.” [al-Tirmidhi (3775), Ibn Maajah (144) and Ahmad (17111) – classed as hasan by at-Tirmidhi and al-Albaani]

Al-Husayn ibn ‘Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) was killed on the day of ‘Ashoora’, he was killed by the transgressing, wrongdoing group. Allah honoured al-Husayn with martyrdom, as He honoured other members of his family; He honoured Hamzah and Ja‘far (may Allah be pleased with them) with martyrdom, as well as his father ‘Ali and others (may Allah be pleased with them all).

His martyrdom was one of the means by which Allah raised him in status, for he and his brother al-Hasan will be the leaders of the youth among the people of Paradise, and high status is only achieved by means of trials, as the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said, when he was asked which of the people are most sorely tested? He said: “The Prophets, then the righteous, then the next best and the next best. A man will be tested to a degree commensurate with his level of religious commitment. If there is firmness in his religious commitment, his test will be greater, and if there is any weakness in his religious commitment, the test will be reduced for him. Trials will continue to befall the believer until he walks upon the earth with no sin on him.” [Narrated by at-Tirmidhi and others].

Al-Hasan and al-Husayn had previously been granted high status by Allah, may He be glorified, and they did not go through the same trials and hardships that had befallen their predecessors, because they were born at a time when Islam was prevalent and they had grown up with honour and dignity. The Muslims venerated them and honoured them, and when the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) died, they had not yet reached the age of discernment.

The blessing that Allah bestowed upon them was that He tested them with that which caused them to join the other members of their family, just as He tested others who were better than them. ‘Ali ibn Abi Taalib was better than them, and he was killed as a martyr.

The two beautiful beloved ones who many are grieving for these days, were martyred as Allah willed it, and this was a blessing for them. They are now in Jannah with their grandfather (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) having a high status with Allah so why should we be sad for them? Instead let’s pray Allah gives us tawfiq to follow them in righteous deeds and that He has mercy on us and forgives us like He had mercy on them and that He unites us with them in Jannat Al Firdaws! Aameen!

The Blessed Martyrs


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SubhanAllah! How blessed are the martyrs! <3
How then do we grieve over their death?

Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah (may Allaah have mercy on him) writes (in Al-Fataawa al-Kubra, part 5): “Allaah honoured al-Husayn with martyrdom, as He honoured other members of his family, and raised his status, as He honoured Hamzah, Ja’far, his father ‘Ali and others. Al-Husayn and his brother al-Hasan are the leaders of the youth of Paradise. High status can only be attained through suffering, as the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him said, when he was asked which people suffer the most. He said, “The Prophets, then righteous people, then the next best and the next best. A man will suffer according to his level of faith. If his faith is solid, he will suffer more, but if his faith is shaky, he will suffer less. The believer will keep on suffering until he walks on the earth with no sin.” (reported by al-Tirmidhi and others).

Al-Hasan and al-Husayn (may Allah be pleased with them) achieved what they achieved and reached the high status they reached by the help and decree of Allaah. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) died when they were still young, and Allaah blessed them by testing them in such a manner that they would be able to catch up with the rest of their family members, as those who were of a higher status than them were also tested. And Allah is Al Aleem and Al Hakeem.

In al-Musnad, it is reported from Faatimah bint al-Husayn, from her father al-Husayn, that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “There is no man who suffers a calamity, and when he remembers it, even if it is old, he says ‘Innaa Lillaahi wa innaa ilayhi raaji’oon (Truly, to Allaah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return),’ but Allaah will give a reward equal to the reward He gave him on the day he suffered the calamity.” This is how Allaah honours the Believers.”

May Allaah guide us, make all of our deeds righteous and make them purely for His sake, and not let there be any share for anyone or anything else in them. Aameen.

Faith that Split the Sea


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At certain instances in his life, a believer might feel like an individual walking in the blinding darkness of an endless tunnel – scared, tired, thirsty, with hardly any hope left in him to find light or a way out. But there’s something in him that always cures and heals his aching soul. It is his faith and trust in His Master that He – the One who has been taking care of Him all this while, is with Him and will never desert him. Whenever a crisis comes his way, he utilizes his faith and good expectations of Allah in order to hold on and be strong in repelling the whispers of shaytan to give up. The Prophet (peace be upon him) related to us in a hadith narrated by Muslim that Allah says: “I am as My servant thinks of Me.” [Sahîh al-Bukhârî (6856) and Sahîh Muslim (4832)]

These good expectations of Allah bring him closer to relief. No matter what worries, concerns, anxiety, distress, apprehension, or calamities touch him he will find extreme peace, contentment, joy, and solutions through the belief that Allah is with him and that He will guide him to everything that is good for him even if it is by making him suffer all that he dislikes.

This is exactly what made the red sea part into two with the command of its Creator, thousands of years ago…to make way for an honorable believer, the servant and prophet of Allah; Musa (peace be upon him) and his followers as they crossed it and made their way to the other end. Prophet Musa’s strong faith in Allah, despite the atrocities that he and his followers faced under the oppressive rule of Pharoah was unshakable. He inspired his people to hold on to belief in Allah, His promises and be patient in tough times. On the command of Allah when he set off to move from the enemy’s land with his followers, he got stuck between pharoah and his army pursuing them and the huge sea before him, it was this relentless belief and trust in the Almighty that He will never forsake his side, which made him proclaim, inspite of all the impossibilities around him:

“Indeed, with me is my Lord; He will guide me.” (Al Quran 26:62)

What he possessed was the kind of faith which did not move mountains rather made the vast sea split in two by the order and might of the Most High, Lord of everything that exists. Allah says: Then We inspired to Musa, “Strike with your staff the sea,” and it parted, and each portion was like a great towering mountain. And We advanced thereto the pursuers. And We saved Musa and those with him, all together. Then We drowned the others. Indeed in that is a sign, but most of them were not to be believers. And indeed, your Lord – He is the Exalted in Might, the Merciful. [Al Qur’an 26:62-68]

Indeed Allah is Great. He keeps testing His servants until the sincere believers are clearly differentiated from the weak ones. He gives His servant what is most beneficial to him with wisdom, kindness and in a loving way, even if they are through ways which he might hate. The servant’s duty is to hold on to his faith in Allah, strive in drawing closer to Him through the blessings or the tests He sends and avoid being of those whom Allah Almighty describes: “And of the people is he who worships Allah on an edge. If he is touched by good, he is reassured by it; but if he is struck by trial, he turns on his face [to the other direction]. He has lost [this] world and the Hereafter. That is what is the manifest loss.” (Al Qur’an, 22:11) Being a servant of Ar Rahman, one must strive not to be of the ones who are happy in worshiping Allah as long as He showers them with blessings and bounties and turn depressed, doubtful and frustrated as soon as Allah tests them with trials and problems.

As a believer one ought to know and understand that Allah calls Himself Al Wahhab and He may gift him with things he did not expect, without asking for anything in return. He is also Al Lateef so He takes care of his worries in a very subtle, loving and gentle manner by putting trials as stepping stones in his way so that his servant’s footsteps reach a destination where he is taken by surprise by His Mercy. These trials may seem as difficult challenges in a believer’s limited vision but they may be His Form of Mercy to His servant to gain more understanding and awareness of Him and ultimately improve his relationship with his Creator. Notice how, Prophet Musa and his followers were oppressed but waited patiently for years for the help and mercy of Allah and when Allah’s help eventually arrived, it was beyond anything they ever imagined – in the form of a miracle, a supernatural phenomenon. Shaikh Abdul Aziz At Tarefe once said: “If Allah intends to grant relief, He opens its door; if it doesn’t have a door, He breaks its wall. For the command of Allah is irreversible.”

It’s clear from this, that whenever Allah deprives someone of something, it is only so that he can come closer to Him by ways of du’a and worship, persistently asking Allah to fulfill that need. And then Allah gives and fulfills that need according to his own timing, his own way it is only so that the servant can rise in faith and gratefulness. Sufyan ath Thawri (May Allah have mercy on him) rightly said: ‘Verily, when Allah withholds, He actually gives, because He did not withhold on account of miserliness or stinginess, but rather He looked at the benefit of the servant. So the fact that He withheld is actually His choice for the servant and His excellent decision.”

-Mariam Anwer

When The Sea Parted…


…Thousands of Years Ago!

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A big day for the Children of Israeel..?
A miracle to witness..?
A victory from Allah – the Great..?

What..? When..?

How does it concern us — the followers of Muhammad [sallallahu alyhi wasallam] ??

Let us take a Dive in the Ocean of our awesome Islamic History and find out for ourselves!!

Allah [Subhanahu wa Ta’la] says in His Glorious Book:

And We inspired to Moses, ❝ Travel by night with My servants; indeed, you will be pursued. ❞

Then Pharaoh sent among the cities gatherers [Recruiters of an army to prevent the Children of Israel]

[And said], ❝ Indeed, those are but a small band,

And indeed, they are enraging us,

And indeed, we are a cautious society… ❞

So We removed them from gardens and springs

And treasures and honorable station –
[Allah caused them to abandon their wealth and property in pursuit of the Children of Israel]

Thus. And We caused to inherit it the Children of Israel.

So they pursued them at sunrise.

And when the two companies saw one another, the companions of Moses said, ❝ Indeed, we are to be overtaken! ❞

[Moses] said, ❝ No! Indeed, with me is my Lord; He will guide me.❞

Then We inspired to Moses, ❝ Strike with your staff the sea,❞ and it parted, and each portion was like a great towering mountain.

And We advanced thereto the pursuers.

And We saved Moses and those with him, all together.

Then We drowned the others.

Indeed in that is a sign, but most of them were not to be believers.

❝ And indeed, your Lord – He is the Exalted in Might, the Merciful.❞

{Surah As Shu’araa 52-68}

SubhanAllahi Wa bihamdihi!! That was the day when Allah Taála saved Moosa [alayhissalam] and the children of Israeel from Fir’awn and his followers.

Moosa [Alayhissalam] fasted on that day each year to thank Allah…and so did the Jews, at the time of Muhammad [sallallahu alyhi wasallam].

>>How Does it Concern us?

The Aáshoora:

Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him) said:

❝ The Prophet [sallallahu alyhi wasallam] came to Madeenah and saw the Jews fasting on the day of ‘Aashooraa’. He said, ‘What is this?’

They said, ‘This is a righteous day,It is the day when Allaah saved the Children of Israel from their enemies, so Moosa fasted on this day.’

He said, ‘We have more right to Moosa than you,’ so he fasted on that day and commanded [the Muslims] to fast on that day.❞
(Reported by al-Bukhaari, 1865).

In a report narrated by Muslim, [the Jews said:] “This is a great day, on which Allaah saved Moosa and his people, and drowned Pharaoh and his people.”

“Moosa fasted on this day” – a report narrated by Muslim adds: “… in thanksgiving to Allaah, so we fast on this day.”

According to a report narrated by al-Bukhaari: “… so we fast on this day to respect it.”

The Prophet [sallallahu alyhi wasallam] said: ❝ For fasting the day of ‘Aashooraa’, I hope that Allaah will accept it as expiation for the year that went before.❞ (Reported by Muslim).

This is from the bounty of Allaah towards us: for fasting one day He gives us expiation for the sins of a whole year. And Allaah is the Owner of Great Bounty.

So come dear sisters and brothers let us follow this sunnah of Rasoolullah [sallallahu alyhi wasallam], and remember how Allah granted victory to Prophet Moosa [alayhissalam] and his followers.

Let us fast the Aáshoora i.e., the tenth of Muharram and couple it by fasting on the ninth or the eleventh….to be different from the Jews, Insha Allah, like Rasoolullah [sallallahu alyhi wasallam] commanded and by doing that, let us gain the love, mercy, forgiveness and pleasure of Allah – the Lord of all that exists, the Lord who grants peace and victory!!

May Allah accept and reward abundantly our righteous deeds!

–Written by Mariam Anwer