Deprivation leads to Du’aa


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Allah will keep testing His servants until the sincere believers can be clearly differentiated from the weak ones and the hypocrites. The children of Israel were weak and oppressed waiting for years for the help and mercy of Allah so when Allah drowned Fir’awan and his people to save them, the Children of Israel took the calf as God, forgot Allah and started worshiping it.

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 asking Allah to fulfill that need. And Allah finally fulfills that need according to his own timing, his own way, it’s so that the servant can rise in eeman and gratefulness. But then insan gets the name ‘insan’ due to his forgetful nature. So when there’s no longer a need that needs to be fulfilled, he forgets Allah’s favors, disobeys Him and gets involved in Shirk. Reflect over this…and correct your affairs.

-Lessons from Surah Al A’raf

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He Knows what is best for you


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The story of Musa (alayhissalam) and Khidr holds so many profound lessons. Even Musa (alahissalam), a prophet of Allah, the one who spoke to Allah, struggled to stop himself questioning the actions of someone who was more knowledgeable than him. Just like us, he was human.

Yet, how many of us do this with Allah? The one who has the greatest knowledge of everything, both seen and unseen. The one who knows what thoughts we are harboring in our minds right now. Just like Musa (alayhissalam) lost patience with Khidr, we sometimes lose patience with Allah and begin to question His plan and decree, forgetting that He knows exactly what He is doing, as He is Al-‘Aleem, the Knower everything, the Knower of every creature, even of the little ant that scurries under a rock in the darkness of the night.

Instead of questioning the plan of Allah, have patience and watch his decree for you unfold, for He knows what is best for you.

And to Allah belongs the greatest of examples.

-Shaikh Sajid Umar

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

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

My Favorite Du’aa


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A concise yet a beautiful & meaningful du’aa made by Prophet Musa (alyhissalam)..mentioned by Al Kareem in Qur’an Al Kareem. We learn from the verses following this verse that when Musa (alyhissalam) made this du’aa, Allah blessed him with everything that he needed, i.e., a righteous spouse, family, a place to live & work! SubhanAllah!

So, what are we waiting for? Let’s supplicate to Allah with these beautiful words, in this blessed month and hope for His acceptance & response! May Al Mujeeb respond and accept our du’aas! Aameen!

When the Sea Parted…,Thousands of Years Ago


A big day for the Children of Israel..?

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 taála) 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}

 

“And indeed Allah is over all things Competent.”

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 Conern 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 our righteous deeds and reward us abundantly! Aameen!

~Mariam