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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

"Alhamdulillah, now I will meet my parents."



MashaAllah she recites very beautifully and proficiently.

Published on 11 Apr 2013
Taken from a you tube channel.

This is the recitation of Bara'ah, a 10 year old girl diagnosed with Cancer. She is reciting from Surah Al-Rahman. Here is her story:

Bara'ah is a 10 year old who finished memorizing the whole Qur'an with Tajweed. Her parents were doctors who moved to Saudi Arabia in search of better life. Bara'ah was very intelligent. Her teacher used to tell her that she should be in middle school not primary school.

Her family was small and committed to Islam and its teachings. One day, her mother began experiencing severe abdominal pain. After going to the hospital and diagnostics tests and imaging performed, it was discovered that she had cancer, but in its late stages.

The mother thought she should tell her daughter, especially if she wakes up one day and didn't find her mother beside her. Being at the young tender age of 10, her mother told her: "Bara`ah, I will go to paradise ahead of you, but I want you to read the Quran you memorized every day since it will protect you in this life."

The little girl didn't really understand what her mother was trying to tell her, but she began feeling the change in her mother's status. Soon, her mother was was transferred to stay in the hospital on a permanent basis. Bara'ah used to come to the hospital after school and recite the Quran for her mother until the evening when her father would take her home.

One day the hospital called the husband and informed him that the his wife's condition had deteriorated and that it would be advisable to come to the hospital immediately. The father picked up Bara`ah from school and headed to the hospital. When they arrived, he asked her to stay in the car so he could first see what the condition of his wife was.

The father got out of the car with tears filled in his eyes. While crossing the road to enter the hospital, he was hit by a speeding car and died in front of his daughter who came crying to her father.

The tragedy of Bar`ah is not over yet. The news of her father's death was hidden from the mother. Her condition steadily worsened, and 5 days later, she passed away leaving Bar`ah alone without her parents. Her parents' friends decided to find her relatives in Egypt so that they could take care of her.

Soon thereafter, Bara`ah began having severe pain, similar to what her mother experienced. At the hospital, she too was diagnosed with cancer. At the surprise of everyone she said, "Alhamdulillah, now I will meet my parents."

All of the family friends were shocked at her response. This little girl, being faced with calamity after calamity, yet she remained patient and satisfied with what Allah ordained for her!

The news of Bara'ah and her story spread. One Saudi heard of her story and decided to take care of her. He sent her to the UK to receive the appropriate treatment for her condition.

In the UK, her condition worsened and the cancer spread throughout her body with metastasis in multiple organs. The doctors had to amputate her legs, yet she still remained patient. Soon, the cancer spread to her brain the doctors had to do brain surgery. Bara'ah went into a full coma.

Before she went into coma, one of the Islamic channels (Al Hafiz - The protector) got in contact with this little girl and asked her to recite the Qur'an.

P.S: I literally wept deeply with mixed feelings of love , hope and patience after reading this heart trembling story.

Monday, August 03, 2015

The Effect of Qur'an on a little heart.

video
The Quran has the ability to penetrate and instill serenity in the hearts of those who dont even understand it.Watch what happens to my distressed grandson Ibrahim when the Qu'ran is played to him.-Bilal Dannoun

Saturday, July 18, 2015

For Friends & Foes.





“Ya Rabb, Ya Karim, whoever wished good for me in the secrecy of the night or in the openness of daylight, grant them double of what they’ve wished for me. And whoever wishes harm to touch me, pardon them and stretch distance and forgiveness between us.”

"O Ramadhan, be gentle. The tears of the believers pour forth, and their hearts are anxious from the pain of separation. And why shouldn't the tears flow from the believers upon the parting (of Ramadhan) whilst he knows not whether he shall live to see its return!" (Ibn Rajab)

Friday, June 19, 2015

Patience is half success.





The acts of worship most in need of patience are three: prayer, fasting and jihād.



 Fasting was referred to as patience:
{ اسْتَعِينُواْ بِالصَّبْرِ }
“Seek help through patience.” [Al-Baqarah 2:153]


And regarding prayer:
{ وَاصْطَبِرْ عَلَيْهَا }
“and be patient therein.” [Ṭā-Hā 20:132]


And regarding jihād:
{ اصْبِرُواْ وَصَابِرُواْ وَرَابِطُواْ }
“Persevere, endure and guard your territory.” [Āl ʿImrān 3:200]


أحوج العبادات للصبر ثلاث صلاة وصوم وجهاد، سُمّي الصوم صبرا (استعينوا بالصبر) وفي الصلاة (واصطبر عليها) وفي الجهاد (اصبروا وصابروا ورابطوا(

-By Shaik Abdul Aziz Al-Tarefe

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

One of the most comprehensive du'a...


أَللّٰهُمَّ إِنِّىْ اَسْئَلُكَ الْهُدَى وَ التُّقٰى وَ الْعَفَافَ وَ الْغِنٰى


Imaam as-Sa’dee (d.1376H) – rahimahullaah – said:

This du’aa (supplication) is from the most comprehensive and beneficial du’aas (supplications), since it includes asking Allaah for well-being with regards to both the Religion and the world.
Thus, al-hudaa (the guidance) is beneficial knowledge, and at-tuqaa (i.e. taqwaaor piety) is righteous actions and leaving-off what Allaah and His Messenger have forbidden; andthis is (asking) for correctness and well-being of a person’s Religion.For indeed, the Religion comprises of beneficial knowledge and recognising the truth – which is guidance – and standing firm upon obedience to Allaah and His Messenger sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam – and this is piety.

And al-’afaafa (well-being and safety) and al-ghinaa (contentment and sufficiency) comprises of being safe from (the harms of) the creation and that the heart is not attached to them. And it also comprises of being contented with Allaah and what He provides, and seeking whatever will cause the heart to be satisfied with Him. So with this, happiness in this worldly life is completed, and the heart tastes true sweetness and delight – and this is a goodly life.

So whosoever is granted the provisions of guidance, Piety. well-being and contentment has indeed achieved true happiness, and has acquired all that could be possibly sought after, as well as being saved from all that is dreadful and frightening.”
[Bahjatul-Quloobul-Abraar (p.198)]

Friday, June 12, 2015

The ...E... life !

Beware from these two kind of people. One who finds in you faults that  you don't have
 and the second who finds in you goodness that u don't  have.

In this world of E-mails, E-ticket, E-paper, E-recharge, E-transfer and the latest E-Governance...

Never Forget "E-maan ( faith in Allah )" which makes e-verything e-asy for e-veryone e-veryday. 

"E" is the most Eminent letter of the English alphabet.
Men or Women don't exist without "E".
House or Home can't be made without "E".
Bread or Butter can't be found without "E".
"E" is the beginning of "existence" and the end of "trouble."
"E" is the start of "elimination" and end of the "face".
It's not at all in 'war'.
but twice in 'peace'.
It's once in 'hell' but twice in 'heaven'.
"E" represented in 'Emotions'.
Hence,  all emotional relations like Father, Mother, Brother, Sister,wife & friends have 'e' in them.
"E" also represents 'Effort' & 'Energy'.
Hence to be 'Better' from good both "e" 's are added.


Without "e", we would have no love, life, wife, friends or hope.
& 'see', 'hear', 'smell', or 'taste' as 'eye' 'ear', 'nose' & 'tongue' are incomplete without "e".
Hence GO with "E" but without E-GO.


Friday, June 05, 2015

I Made My Loved one...


An old scholar was asked by a student. 'You have studied Islam for many years, what have you learnt?' The scholar said '1 of the things I have learnt is EVERYONE has a loved one. When he goes to the grave, he leaves his loved one. Therefore, I made my loved one my good deeds; that way, they will be with me in the grave' 

How beautiful.... May ALLAH make us all aware of our purpose in life, Aameen!




You  say," I belong to Allaah as a servant and I am going to return to Him". So whoever knows that he belongs to Allaah as a servant and that he will return to Him, then he should know that he will be stopped. And whoever knows that he will be stopped, then he should know that he will be questioned. And whoever knows that he  will be questioned, then let him prepare an answer for the question.


Friday, May 22, 2015

Dua Of Ali (R)

PRAYER OF AMIR AL-MU'MINEEN 'ALI (MAY ALLAH BE PLEASED WITH HIM) OPENLY DENIES THE SHIA CLAIM OF HIS INFALLIBILITY AS MENTIONED IN SHIA BOOKS:

"0 Allah, forgive me for what You know better than I, and if I repeat it, then forgive me again. 0 Allah, forgive me for what I have promised but which You did not find fulfilled with me. 0 Allah, forgive me for what I said for the purpose of drawing close to You but which was different from what was in my heart. 0 Allah, forgive me for brief glances, saying what I did not mean, desires of the heart and slips of the tongue."

- Nahj al-Balaghah, page 104

Friday, May 15, 2015

Quick benefit.

"Desires are never fully satisfied:If you are not content with the halal, no amount of haram will fill you up."

A sin alone will never make you a Kāfir..

For example, let’s say you gain billions of dollars through interest, but you still acknowledge that it is a sin. It will be a major sin on your part, but you are still a Muslim.

But if you believe interest is Halāl, EVEN if you don’t have any money gained through interest, you have committed major Kufr because you have made something Halāl that Allāh has clearly forbidden in the Qur'an!

Acting upon the evil deed is only a sin, justifying it is Kufr.  

Friday, May 01, 2015

The keys of Provision.



                         


بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ

The keys of Provision by Sister Sadaf faroouqi.

Who doesn't want an easy, happy, smooth life devoid of tragedies, calamities, grief and trials?

Which one of us would refuse to receive more blessings and provision? I doubt if anyone would.

However, there are few among us who truly understand the subtleties and nuances of the realities of the life of this world, through which Allah grants provision to His slaves.

Many human beings, as they age and garner wisdom through life experience, are able to get a small glimpse into the causes that lead to advancement in provision.

Truly, they are the wise ones, and the wisdom they possess is, in and of itself, one of the best forms of wealth:

وَمَن يُؤْتَ الْحِكْمَةَ فَقَدْ أُوتِيَ خَيْرًا كَثِيرًا

"...and he unto whom wisdom is given, he has truly received abundant good" [2:269]

Below, I will list some of the "keys" to unlocking the provision which has already been decreed for you by Allah. This not at all an exclusive list. Its just those things that have been most pertinent/present in my own personal experiences.

But before I begin, I just want to clarify that, by mentioning "provision", I mean all kinds of blessings, both tangible as well intangible in nature, namely: health, well-being, good looks & beauty, happiness, family, friends, money, clothing, knowledge & education, accommodation and property (housing), food & drink, popularity, love, respect, fame, fortune, peace and contentment.

Patient Hard Work & Enduring Hardship

We have all heard the adage, "No pain, no gain". Well, it is true.

Nature has many examples of this phenomenon for us: one needs to work hard, remain patient, knock on several doors, and try many different avenueswithout giving up hope, before one gets one's decreed provision.

The butterfly doesn't emerge until the larva breaks through it's cocoon first, which is a slow and painstaking process for it, through which it has to persevere. The good news is, that total freedom and independence lies ahead in wait, once it's over.

Similarly, pregnancy and childbirth is a 9-month long process. No one can shorten this process in order to produce a child, no matter how hard they try or want to. However, the end result is (usually) a beautiful new life that brings new joys and wonderful discoveries for the mother.

Law of farm in place

The universal "law of the farm" is also a similar story.

According to this law, in order to produce a garden full of lush greenery and trees, first the farmer(s) need to put in hours of work upon the land to till it, without seeing any results at all, at first.

Hours upon hours worth of hard work goes into bare, un-tilled land/earth, long before any flicker of produce (seedling sprouts) is even seen.

However, once the plants come out and become trees, and the trees become sturdy, it (usually) translates to receiving an incessant gain of fruits (or grains) year after year, with a comparatively minimal effort put into yearly maintenance to upkeep the garden/land after that initial "investment" phase (of hard tilling work) has been traversed.

Well, the same principle - of the law of the farm - applies to the world of human beings too.

You will get your decreed provision, yes, but not by just sitting on the sofa without working hard to find it first. You will have to endure months, if not some years, of hardship and hard work (and perhaps even poverty) before you see results in the form of ease and plenty.

But once you do, insha'Allah, then from that point onwards, it will get much, much easier for you, by Allah's grace.

Age/Time in Decades (at least 3)

In the Qur'an, Allah uses the same Arabic words (more or less), in more than one place, when He talks about giving provisions to His slaves.

These Arabic words makes me ponder upon the fact that, in life, no matter how hard you work for it, your decreed provision will only come to you once the time for it to reach you has come.

The Arabic words used by Allah in the Qur'an when He mentions the time at which He gave provision to some of His slaves, are:

بَلَغَ أَشُدَّهُ

"(when) he attained his (full) manhood..." [12:22] [18:82] [28:14]

Allah is so merciful upon us, that He gives us what we want (and more) butonly at the right time in our lives: when we have reached mental and physical maturity.

Yes, that means that He sometimesmakes us wait to become old (and wise) enough first, before giving us the goodies.

And usually, our receiving the intangible blessings of maturity, independence, knowledge, wisdom and respect, happens synonymously with attaining our physical and bodily strength, which cannot be acquired by taking any shortcuts in life.

No one can go from age 12 to age 32 in a single day or a year. You have to let the mills grind.

Usually, this process involves patiently traversing three or four decades of our life, all the while working hard and weathering the storms that come our way, with Allah's help and guidance.

Sincere Repentance

The advice of Prophet Nuh (عَلَيهِ السَّلَامُ) to his nation is enough evidence of the fact that once a believer repents sincerely for their sins, intending to never commit them again, Allah showers him or her with worldly blessings:

فَقُلْتُ اسْتَغْفِرُوا رَبَّكُمْ إِنَّهُ كَانَ غَفَّارًا • يُرْسِلِ السَّمَاء عَلَيْكُم مِّدْرَارًا • وَيُمْدِدْكُمْ بِأَمْوَالٍ وَبَنِينَ وَيَجْعَل لَّكُمْ جَنَّاتٍ وَيَجْعَل لَّكُمْ أَنْهَارًا

"And I have said: Seek pardon of your Lord Lo! He is ever Forgiving. He will let loose the sky for you in plenteous rain. And will help you with wealth and sons, and will assign unto you gardens and will assign unto you rivers." [71:10-71:12]

Spending What You Already HaveAccording to Allah's Pleasure

Although it sounds contradictory to say that by spending the wealth that one possesses, one will receive more, it is actually true.

Now wait, I am not saying that you go out on a huge shopping spree, buy whatever you wan to, and deplete all your savings!

No, what I am saying is, that miserliness restricts provision, whereas spending the wealth that one already possesses: on one's needs, necessities and other areas, wisely and within moderation (especially by spending it one one's family, on whom Allah has obligated us to spend), in addition to paying obligatory zakah and giving regular charity (sadaqah) in the way of Allah -- leads to immense expansion in one's provision.

You have to give what you have, to receive more. It sort of works like a pipeline:

 وَمَا أَنفَقْتُم مِّن شَيْءٍ فَهُوَ يُخْلِفُهُ

"...and nothing do you spend in the least, but He replaces it.." [34:39]

Similarly, Muslims who make excuses and do not pay their zakah (especially those Muslim women who own gold but do not pay zakah on it, just because they do not earn money), as well as those who are generally very miserly about spending on their own selves as well as on their family, usually experience a constriction in their provision over the years: lack of blessings, unhappiness, loneliness, ill health, lethargy, and pain caused by rebellion/bad attitude of obstinate adult offspring.

This hadith best describes how an adult Muslim should spend their earned income, especially those who are business owners, or entrepreneurs:

A third in the way of Allah,A third upon oneself and one's family, andA third should be reinvested into their source of income (or saved for the future → for those who do jobs/work for others as employees).

The above hadith describes how Allah commanded angels to send clouds with rain upon the piece of land of an honest and hard-working farmer who spent his wealth in the above manner.

Gratitude & Gratefulness

لَئِن شَكَرْتُمْ لأَزِيدَنَّكُمْ

"If you are grateful, I will grant more (favors) unto you;" [14:7]

Being grateful for blessings brings more provision, but this entails more than just harboring a feeling of gratitude in the heart, or saying the words "alhamdulillah" repeatedly with the tongue.

Being grateful to Allah encompasses having a specific mindset, and having a way of life that reflects that mindset. In a nutshell, being grateful means:

Acknowledging Allah's favors upon you by actually using (and benefiting from) His blessings, not keeping them stashed away. If they are not in your use, give them to someone who will be able to use them, appreciate them and benefit from them more.Using His blessings only in a way that pleases Allah. Not mistreating, misusing, wasting, or undermining any of them.Thanking those slaves of Allah i.e. other people, who are the means of bringing those blessings to you in this world e.g. thanking your parents by being good in behavior towards them; thanking the doctor whose guidance/help cured you, and thanking your domestic helpers for making your life easier.Giving to others; sharing your blessings with others. This is a way of acknowledging Allah's favors upon you, by letting others have them too.Always, always, always, always looking at the bright side of everything. Be so positive, that your naysayers, haters, and critics, allstart to think you are crazy, especially when you stubbornly remain positive even in the bleakest of situations.

When I was a student of the Qur'an, I was taught that the root meaning of the Arabic word ش ك ر (shukr." This definition has remained stuck in my head over the years, alhamdulillah!



If you are not a grateful person, you might not get vast provision in life.

To check if you are a grateful person or not, ask yourself:

Do people often hear me criticize and belittle others?Do I talk more about negative events and news, than positive ones?Do I whine often to others about my personal problems?Do I waste my time, food, energy, and other blessings?Am I often impolite with my family and friends?Do I verbally thank those who are economically lower than me, for their services?Do I give back to the local or international community in anyway? E.g. by teaching, mentoring, counseling, writing, helping, participating in community/social welfare?Do I pick up after myself? A grateful person doesn't possess an air of entitlement, leaving their litter for others to clean. They focus on giving back.

Joining Relations

Last but not least, keeping in touch with those blood relatives who classify as your ارحام "arhaam" (blood relations), who try to avoid you, do not want to talk to you, or are not nice to you, also causes an increase in one's provision (Here is the sahih reference).

[Please note: in-laws are not included in the "ارحام" (arhaam") mentioned in the above ahadith. Rather, they are called "اصهار" in Islamic Shari'ah.]

By sending these relatives the occasional gift, email, smartphone message, or greeting card; by calling them up on special occasions, or visiting them when they are sick (only if they grant permission, because some people do not like anyone visiting them during an illness), by attending a funeral in their family, or responding to their invitations - these are all means of joining relations with them.

One important Islamic etiquette of joining relations that I'd like to point out, however, is that one should seek someone's permission first, before calling upon them at their residence.

This is in accordance with the social etiquette of visiting others in Islam, which has been clearly pointed out by Allah in an ayah of Surah Al-Nur.

Similarly, if your calls and messages to someone go unanswered, then take that person's silence as a refusal to allow you to visit them, or enter upon them in their dwelling, at that particular time, just like Prophet Muhammad ‎ﷺ remained silent when `Umar bin Al-Khattab wanted to visit him right after he left his wives for a month in anger.

The Prophet ‎ﷺ declined `Umar's request for permission to enter upon him twice, by not responding to his greeting, nor granting him permission to enter upon him. [Sahih Al-Bukhari]

Conclusion

There are other keys to provision as well, which I have not been able to discuss here. However, as each of us meanders through life, we encounter our distinct challjenges and lesson-imparting experiences regarding what provision came our way, at what time, and how.

What are your thoughts? :)





Monday, April 20, 2015

Argument on Taweez.



Friend A: As-Salaamu Alaikum.

Friend B: Wa Alaikum As-Salaam Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh, what is this in your neck?

Friend A: It is a Ta'weez (amulet), our family Peer sahb gave it to me for my protection from evil eye.

Friend B: This is wrong brother, Rasoolullaah صلى الله عليه وسلم
never gave Ta'weez to any of his companion, while in the contrary, he said; "Whoever wears a Ta'weez, committed Shirk."

Friend A: Oh come on brother, what is Shirk in it? It only contains few Aayaat of the Qur'an, and Allaah himself says in the Qur'aan that there is Shifa (Cure) in it.

FEW DAYS LATER...

Friend B: As-Salaamu Alaikum Warahatullahi Wa Barakaatuh

Friend A: Wa Alaikum As-Salaam Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh, now what is this in your neck???

Friend B: Ohh, this is a bottle of honey.

Friend A: But why you are hanging it in your neck?

Friend B: You read in the Qur'an that the Qur'an contains Shifaa, I also read in the same Qur'an that even honey contains Shifaa. So, you hung aayaat of Qur'aan in your neck and I am hanging honey in the neck.

Friend A: Brother, are you crazy??? Honey contains Shifaa, but you have to drink/eat it, how will you be cured by hanging it on your neck.

Friend B: That's what I am trying to explain you that the Qur'an contains Shifaa, but you will be benefited by it only if you use it in the correct way, like the Prophet  صلى الله عليه وسلم
used it, by reading, understanding and acting upon it. Hanging it on your neck won't benefit you, like honey won't benefit me by hanging it on the neck.

Friend A: Sub'haan Allaah, I have understood now my friend ,
 Jazaak Allaahu Khayran!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Ruqya against magic and evil eye


 When have you last done RUQYA for your children?!

�� In the times we live in & the standalone families that we are (as expats), we mums are busy rushing here, there and everywhere for our children.

��To get their meals done, diapers changed, their bodies washed, siblings' fights abated, schools attended, homework done, their extracurricular activities not missed, bed routines on time. And the list goes on...

�� In all this dunya rush, do you remember including doing Ruqya for your children? And doing so VERY OFTEN, and not just when they fall sick.

��Children are more helpless against al-'ayn (evil eye), sihr (magic), hasad (jealousy) & harm from amongst the jinns & humans. As mothers (& fathers) we should incorporate the protective Quranic & Sunnah measures in our daily routine, the easiest time being at the children's bedtime.
The Prophet (salAllahu 'alayhi wassalam) out of his deep love for his grandsons al-Hassan and al-Hussayn (radiallahu 'anhum) used to supplicate for them the dua that Ibrahim ('alayhi salaam) used to supplicate for his sons Isma'il and Ishaaq.

�� "A’oodhu bi kalimaat Allaah al-taammah min kulli shaytaanin wa haammah wa min kulli ‘aynin laammah"

[I seek refuge in the perfect words of Allah, from every devil and every poisonous reptile, and from every evil eye] (Sahih Bukhari, 3120)

⏩ The scholars also recommend reciting (with Eeman & Tawakkul) al-Mu‘awwidhatayn 3 times each (i.e Surah Falaq & Nas) over them and to wipe their bodies whilst reciting. Or to recite the Surahs into one’s hands and blowing in them while spitting (v.lightly), then wiping your hands over their bodies.

Reciting Surah Al-Fatiha, Ayat Al-Kursi (surah 2:255) is also part of Ruqya.

�� And when they are bigger, teach them to read Ruqya on themselves just as you do on yourself before you hit the sack! (sleep).

❎ Other protective measures from the Sunnah that we should be implementing to make our homes a believer's fortress, is to bring the children in just before MAGHRIB TIME. Our Prophet (pbuh) warned us agai
nst the dispersing harmful devils at that time.

☑ Saying BISMILLAH before going out & entering the house with them, when closing your doors and windows, and when covering your open ustensils rack at night.

☑ Giving ADHAAN in your home (the father!) Of course not missing any of your daily salawat, dhikr & Quran recitation.

☑ Teach your children the sunnah of reading the DUA before ENTERING TOILET seeking refuge from the jinns & to avoid ruins/unclean places (garbage dumps, graveyards)

☑ In this age of social media, scholars warn us against posting our private family affairs, especially our children's PHOTOGRAPHS out to the public eye. Not just against sick-minded predators, also against a source of evil eye & jealousy.

�� The onus is on us. Let us 'tie our camels' and insha Allah, our precious sprouts & families will always be under Allah's special Rahmah. Ameen.


Saturday, April 04, 2015

Reality...




Ibn al-Qayyim says "Every muscle in the body was created to execute a specific function, by which, it can obtain the pinnacle of its performance. And the sickness of that particular body part is its failure to execute the function for which it was created or having some level of deficiency in performing it, if it even functions at all.

The sickness of the hand is its inability to grab. The sickness of the eye is its inability to see. The sickness of the tongue is its inability to utter. The sickness of the body is its inability to move in the natural order it was created to or its deficiency in doing do.

The sickness of the heart is its inability to execute the functions it was created to perform such as; being conscious of Allah, knowing Allah, loving Allah, desiring to meet Allah and turning constantly towards Him, while giving precedence to this over the heart’s every ardent desire.

Consequently, if the slave knows everything else but fails to know Allah, it is as if he knows absolutely nothing. Even if he achieves some share or portion of what this transient life has to offer from its many pleasures and desires but fails to develop a solid intimate relationship with Allah which produces an ardent desire to meet Him emerging from a strong love of Him, then he has failed to achieve the bliss this life has to offer as well as forfeited the ultimate pleasure of his eye.

Rather if the heart is completely void of the knowledge of Allah and the desire to meet Him, then all of what he obtained from the pleasures and delights of this life will inevitably become a punishment for him"

Ref: Ighatha tul Lahfan min Masayid ush Shaytan

Friday, March 27, 2015

A Misconception...



The very first masjid in INDIA built by Malik bin Dinar.


It's a common misconception that Islam came to India through Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti.
In reality, it came during the time of Prophet Mohammed [peace be upon him], when one of his companions Malik bin Dinar [ra] along with others traveled to India for trade, the first Hindu King who embraced Islam was Cheraman Perumal. Later in 16th Hijri, during the caliphate of Omar (ra), a caravan of Sahaba visited India.
In 93 Hijri, Mohammed bin Qassim (rh) visited India along with his troops when he got the information of Muslim captives in India.
Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti was an Iranian, he was born in Sistan-Iran. He began his journey from Iran, settled in Lahore for a short duration and eventually settled in Ajmer - India. He came in around 600 Hijri to Indian subcontinent. He carried all the Majoosi, Shia and Sufi beliefs.

The Islam which was brought by Sahaba and Tabaeen was entirely different from what he taught.

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

World's most valuable treasure.

I came across a beautiful marriage story that is an example of unwavering faith in Allah and being blessed with the world's most valuable treasure – a righteous wife. May Allah bless the brother and his family. Here is the story :

Like most guys at 25 I just wanted to get married even though I didn’t have two pennies to rub together, times were really tuff for me back then.It’s been around 6 years since I got married. My wife came from a very wealthy background mashallah, I however did not.
My wife was very understanding with regards to this and wanted to marry me regardless. Alhamdulliah I got married in East London at a cost of £500.

We arrived back to my parents house where we stayed for the next 2 years. As I mentioned earlier I had very little to my name, I couldn’t afford a bed to sleep on, and I was stubborn to ask my parents for help.My brother had a spare used mattress which we decided to sleep on, their wasn’t a night i wouldn’t complain about the springs pressing into my back.

My wife fell pregnant shortly after marriage, the 9 months was especially hard for her as the mattress was very uncomfortable. She would never complain though, but I knew if it was hurting me, it was killing her. I remember close to her due date, we both couldn’t sleep due to our back pain, I remember her saying, ‘In shaa Allah after Rumaisa our situation will change, she will come with her rizq and so will her siblings..’

My sunflower Rumaisa was born and soon after my fortunates started to change literally overnight. My business started to do well, I brought a bed and then had enough money to finally move out.A year later, Hafsah was born, prior to her birth I started another business, that too started to do really well. Maa shaa' Allah
And then 2 years later, Ibraheem was born and he too came with his rizq in the form of a 3rd business. Maa shaa' Allah!

Why I shared this story?

Well, many atimes people forget that Allah is the who gives rizq and his supply is unlimited, all you have to do is ask. I also wanted to point out the blessing of children, if I could I would have 4 children every 9 months! Children are an unbelievable blessing, regardless of your situation they come with their own rizq, so don’t worry about that, just keep them coming.

And finally marrying a pious spouse makes the world of difference, my wife could have built 10 bed factories but she didn’t want to live off her parents and was patient about her situation. So marry someone who loves Allah, in turn Allah will love her.
I will leave you with a verse of the Noble Quran, ponder over it..”

And whoever fears Allah - He will make for him a way out. And will provide for him from where he does not expect. And whoever relies upon Allah - then He is sufficient for him. Indeed, Allah will accomplish His purpose. Allah has already set for everything a [decreed] extent. [65:2-3]

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A Letter To A Mujahid's Wife.





“Dedicated to my princess.


You never once complained when you knew that we would have nothing. You were contempt on having only what little you needed. Where others would have left or moaned, you never once let out a sigh. You understood that what was written was what we would eat. I never once complained abut what was put in front of me as I knew it was your hands that brought it to me. When I had nothing I had you. You put your trust in your Rabb (Lord) and in turn you followed me.



Never did I have to wonder about you as my secrets, my honor and my deen were safe with you. We both know what hardships you faced just by being with me, but not a word did you speak. You were strong and in turn made me strong. Like a vanguard for this Ummah, you concealed yourself. Where others would rush to please their desires, you were the essence of taqwaa (piety).


Life was easy with you and it came so naturally. You were the extension of me and I would never need to finish my words, as who knew me better than you? You knew your place which was by my side. It is the little things that make the person and you would easily have kept me going for a lifetime. The way you would look at me with fire in your eyes showed me that I was the only one for you. You stole my heart and hid it away.
I loved your jealousy and I loved to tease you with the thought of others just so I could know how dear I was to you.


What chance did shaytaan have when you would ensure that fajr was the easiest of the salaahs. I loved that you would forsake me in an instant to fast a voluntary fast. I loved that the haqq (truth) was dearer to you than my life and those of our jewels.
Watching you makes me laugh as I wonder if my heart will ever want another as I see you feed my child, as you lift her out if the bath, as you wipe her little nose and the face she pulls. You will never find a diamond in the hands of another in the same way our diamond deserves to be carried in your hands. We could have it all my love, but who sells paradise for an hour of passing pleasure? No us.


For you Umm ****** the loyalties of my babies are. They will love what we love, they will love Allaah, The Most Glorified, The Most High. They will love those who they have never met but will long to meet. They will love them better than us. They will love the prophets and the best of Companions. They will live to honor one statement. Laa ilaaha ill-Allaahu Muhammad ar-rasool Allaah. Others will fall under the weight of it but not them. Their hearts will beat it, their words testify to it and their hands carry it.


Don’t think I left you. Don’t think that in this world anything is dearer to me than the minute that I walk home knowing what waits for me behind closed doors.
I went to find a better place for us. I went to fulfill the best of deals. I saw it written that if you give your life, eternity would be ours. I saw it written somewhere that this was all a test and I have no doubt that the one who promises us and whose Word is the Truth must Love me very much as he gave me you and you were the hardest thing to give up.


They say that the mind cannot comprehend what awaits us, that sadness will be forgotten, and they say that the eye has yet to see and the ear has yet to hear the beauty that awaits us in our new home. They say rivers of honey my love, they say rivers of milk and wine. They say pearls and gold thrones, they say musk and cool breezes.
Is it not fitting that I go to see this land afar to take you and our children?
I fear that the gates of opportunity will close behind me my love. I fear others will hear what I hear and rush there and I will have nothing to offer to you. I know you will send our sons to look for their father.


Tell them that they will find me in every battle, in every fight where the black flag is flown. Tell them that the pain will be a pinch and then they will see what I see, they will see the beautiful birds that come to meet them. Tell them the Angels will call them by the best of names and most of all that Allaah The One, The Eternal will be pleased with them.
I told you once that only two things will have me, you and death. My life was with you but now I must marry again. I must marry what was promised to me the moment I was born, I must marry my fate and in turn I must marry death. After death will come reckoning and if I stand with the best of creation, with the permission of Allaah, The Lord of the heavens and the earth, I will beg for you.

None was worthy enough to stand next to me in this life so why is it that I should desire another in the next?”

Saturday, January 24, 2015

A NOBLE DEED.



In the USA, Nick George, a white non-Muslim American, was arrested and detained in Philadelphia airport because the TSA search found something "very suspicious" with him in his travel bags.

What is it? a bomb? a weapon? attack instructions? No, nothing like that. It was simply because he was carrying... flash cards to learn the Arabic language!! Here is the conversation:

TSA Officer: "Do you know who did 9/11?" 
Taken totally aback, Nick answered: "Osama Bin Laden, I guess." 
TSA Officer: "And what language did he speak?"
Nick: "Arabic?!" 
TSA Officer: "So do you see why these cards are suspicious?!!"



After that he was handcuffed from the back, dragged outside the airport in front of everyone, and then locked in a police cell! He was later released, and most people would be happy to simply walk out of this unharmed, however, he wanted to take an extra step to make sure this doesn't happen to anyone again, so what did he do?


He sued them! So they offered him a $25,000 compensation outside of court. But instead of agreeing, he demanded that all airport and police officers must go through a sensitivity training and not handcuff or treat anyone in the same way without clear evidence for suspicion. They agreed and signed the new guidelines today. What an honorable person! May the almighty help him learn the language of Quran and find guidance for being a decent person!

Taken from Sheik Waleed Abdul Hakeem's Fb page
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Friday, January 16, 2015

Timesless Pearls of Wisdom from Qur'an

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Timeless Pearls of Wisdom from Qur'an
by Sadaf farooqi

Reciting the Qur'an is an act of worship.
Thinking deeply about the ayaat of the Qur'an whilst reciting them in Arabic (especially when/if Allah has blessed the reciter with enough knowledge to understand the Arabic of the Qur'an directly) can have many beautiful effects on the reciter, not the least of which is the acquisition of deep insight (تَفَكُّر), which enables him/her to closely relate the ayaatthey are reciting to the currently-happening events and incidents in their own lives, as well as the lives of other people dwelling in the same era as they.
Here are a few such pearls of wisdom in the Qur'an that I've extracted (by Allah's will) over time. Please keep in mind, that I cannot explain in full details how I gleaned these lessons through the course of many events in my own life, but rest assured, it was the Qur'an that was the source of the wisdom imparted through them, to me.
And all good is solely from Allah.
☞ Victory and Success Comes Only Through Pain and Hardship
There is no shortcut to success, either worldly or that of the Hereafter.
To attain any goal, blessing, status, honor, achievement, award, or a high level of intangible or intangible success, one must be prepared to toil hard, tolerate and overcome problems with strength and patience, and face the opposition of people with staunch, unswerving firmness.
Only successful people have haters and antagonists. It is the people who aren't achieving anything special or extraordinary in their lives, who have no enemies, antagonists, naysayers and critics.
It took Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) twenty three years to achieve his noble mission of conveying Allah's message of guidance to mankind.
Yet, the first incident in his life that signaled the descent of this special gift from Allah was anything but a pleasant experience for him.
After receiving the first revelation of the Qur'an through an unexpected meeting with archangel Jibreel, he was actually so overwhelmed and scared, that he started trembling with terror and sought solace with his wife. Yet, rather ironically, the cause of his fear was the beginning of the greatest blessing anyone could ever ask for - that of being chosen to do Allah's work on earth as His Prophet.
The lesson here is the same that I have extracted from almost all of the stories of the other Prophets in the Qur'an: success, pleasure of Allah, and higher ranks come onlythrough hardships and unpleasant circumstances:
Prophet Musa عليه السلام had to run away from a city/nation to escape the persecution of rulers because he had unintentionally caused the death of a man.
Prophet Yunus عليه السلام had to endure suffering because of his people, which led him to almost drown, and then get ingested by a huge whale, suffering physical injuries and isolation as a result.
(I don't know about you, but I have yet to meet someone who was swallowed by a whale yet came out of it alive! Talk about positivity! √)
Prophet Essa/Jesus عليه السلام was also persecuted by his people. We all know what happened to him. Despite being a chosen slave of Allah with whom his Lord was pleased, his miraculous birth, eventual crucifixion by the Bani Israel, and the circumstances surrounding his apparent death depict a life picture full of pain, persecution and trials.
Prophet Yusuf عليه السلام was thrown in a well by his own blood-related kin when he hadn't even reached adulthood. I don't know about you, but I have yet to meet someone who was thrown deliberately, after devising a premeditated plot, into a well by his own siblings!
But it is not just the Prophets - who appear to be probably 'out of reach' for most of us, because we cannot even hope to reach a level of taqwa that is close to theirs - who endured extreme hardships and trials patiently for the sake of Allah, and were granted success in this world and the next, because of their endurance of the same.
It is also ordinary, fallible human beings like ourselves who have reached success in both worlds, who might grant us inspiration more easily, because more of us can hope to be like them.
Well, the Qur'an mentions a few of them as well.
There is Zaid, and the trial he endured when he divorced his wife Zainab and she was married by the Prophet ﷺ: this was an action that was considered very scandalous at that time, and carried great social stigma. Yet, Zaid endured the ensuing backlash for the sake of Allah, because through his endurance of this painful experience, Allah abolished a man-made social taboo/custom forever. Not to mention, he came out of it holding the exclusive honor of being the only companion of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ whose name is mentioned in the Qur'an!
Then there is A'ishah bint Abi Bakr and the incident of ifk. She and the Prophet ﷺ (and their loving relationship), were tested greatly through this trial. She spent most of the days that this trial lasted, weeping. Allah halted Divine revelation for a month, which further exacerbated the difficulty of the situation, and gave the mischief-makers and gossip-mongers in Madinah a further chance to show their true colors through the careless wagging of their tongues.
However, she and the Prophet ﷺ (and their marriage) successfully emerged from this test of their faith stronger than ever, and even though people who slander and curse her exist in the world to this day (thankfully, they are an exclusive minority), through this trial, Allah raised her ranks, and proved her innocence through a specific, acquittal-imparting - albeit indirect - mention of her in the Qur'an.
What could be a greater honor than that?
I can give other examples as well, of ordinary people who were sincere Muslims during their time, who endured trials and were raised in ranks because of their lofty level of faith for the sake of Allah, but I cannot go into details here because that will make this post too long.
There are the 3 believers whom Allah ordered to be socially marginalized because they didn't go out in time for jihad with the Prophet ﷺ.
There is the man who was martyred when he tried to help the three Prophets who were being persecuted by his nation, and got killed by them because of it (the whole story is inSurah Yaseenayaat 13-27).
There is the man who publicly supported Prophets Musa and Harun in front of Pharaoh by making an impressive speech in their defense, after hiding his faith from Pharaoh (who was his relative) until that point i.e. he had secretly become a believing Muslim despite Pharaoh's antagonism towards Prophet Musa, as narrated in Surah Ghafir.
There are the companions of the cave; the group of young lads who took a stand for the sake of monotheism; who received, as a result, Allah's special miracles. One was in the form of 'time travel': awaking to having traversed a 100 years without advancing in age. Another special miracle that Allah gave them was the bypassing of the sunlight from the mouth of their cave in such a way that they remained undisturbed; of His turning them over and over; and His casting special terror (of them) upon anyone who entered the cave.
And there is Khaulah, who has a whole surah of the Qur'an named in her honor because she stood up to the oppression of her husband when he first did dhihaar (a custom in Arab jahiliyyah) on her, then tried to be intimate with her later the same day, by stopping the Prophet in his tracks and complaining to him about her husband in an argumentative manner (جدل).
All of these believers have been granted raised ranks by being mentioned by Allah, either directly or indirectly, in the Qur'an.
But the point I am trying to make is: that if you want to be one of Allah's 'special' slaves; someone whom He loves; whom He honors by making His close, special friend (ولى) - be prepared to be tested severely; to cry hot tears of grief; to feel isolated and 'let down' by people; to lose loved ones for His sake (and I do not mean by death); to be socially marginalized and persecuted (even killed) by 'your' people.
Be prepared for a life full of outer difficulties, but inner peace. Be prepared to feel like you are weird; that you don't belong; that people hate you. Because they will.
And because victory (of both worlds) comes through pain, loss, grief, and hardship.
There are no shortcuts.
☞ Never Say Die
The Qur'an has taught me that Allah's help definitely comes for believers who are 100% sincere to Him.
However, sometimes, that help apparently 'gets late' in coming, because man is naturally predisposed to being impatient and full of haste.
People generally want to hasten outcomes in their lives according to their desires; whereas, with Allah, every decree and decision has an optimally-appointed time that is perfect and best for the believer's own benefit in life.
stones in waterYet, whenever we encounter an apparent dead-end, or a seemingly immovable road-block in life (think: our dua's for a particular blessing not being answered for many years), Shaitan tries to make us despondent, and entices us to think and say bad things about Allah, e.g. "Why isn't Allah helping me?"
However, the sincere believer doesn't fall into the trap of Shaitan, and forces himself to think positively about his Lord, even in the most seemingly bleak, hopeless, and rock-bottom circumstances and dead-end situations. He says with conviction:
كَلَّا إِنَّ مَعِيَ رَبِّي سَيَهْدِينِ
"By no means! My Lord is with me! Soon will He guide me!" [26:62]
I know that, as believers, we cannot hope to receive miracles from Allah the way His Prophets did during their lives and missions, but nevertheless, it is not totally untrue and unheard of for the friends of Allah (أولياء الله) to have inexplicable, apparently 'miraculous' incidents happen in their lives that personify the descent of Divine help from their Lord.
The Qur'an has taught me, and by the grace of Allah I have practically experienced this in my own life, to never, ever 'say die'.
That is, to never give up, throw my hands up in the air, and quit doing something good,- thinking, "This is it. No way out from here".
There is always, always a way out. And no matter how bleak a situation might seem, no matter how difficult and bad, there is always good in it for us.
Day always follows night. The light is always there at the end of the tunnel, and the tunnel always has an end.
And Allah is always there for you.
☞ Our Enemies Are Very Near
One of the most amazing things that I've come across in more than one place in the Qur'an, is the warning Allah gives us about being careful of enemies in our midst, near us, especially in our families.
I mean, who would ever suspect a family member of being their enemy, right?
Yet, Allah specifically warns us about them in the Qur'an:
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِنَّ مِنْ أَزْوَاجِكُمْ وَأَوْلَادِكُمْ عَدُوًّا لَّكُمْ فَاحْذَرُوهُمْ وَإِن تَعْفُوا وَتَصْفَحُوا وَتَغْفِرُوا فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ
"O you who believe! Truly, among your wives and your children are (some that are) enemies to yourselves: so beware of them! But if you forgive and overlook, and cover up (their faults), verily Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful." [64:14]
Nothing can be truer than Allah's words. No advice could be more sincere or beneficial for us than the advice and exhortation of the Lord of the Universe.
And He is telling us clearly in the above ayah, that we have some enemies among our own families. He uses the same Arabic word in the Qur'an, to call them our enemy (عَدُوّ), which He uses to refer to Iblees (Shaitan).
We spend most of our time with our families as we live life, and expect them to be pillars of support and a source of unconditional and unrelenting love for us.
Yet, some of them are our own enemies. And this is precisely because this love of ours for them, and their love for us, can often become an obstacle in our path towards success in the Akhirah, and a major roadblock in acquiring the pleasure of Allah in this world.
That happens when our family members cause us pain and suffering because of the level of our faith in Allah (religiosity), or when they act in a manner that it becomes difficult for us to act upon some commands of Islam.
Ask anyone who has come towards Deen, about who made it the most difficult for them to act upon Islam, and they will most probably name a close family member.
Also, here I'd like to add that, the pain caused by family members varies over the course of our lives. For example, during our youth, we might suffer pain because of one particular relative, whereas a few years or decades down the road, that same relative might have become our very close friend/supporter, and the source of our problems could now be another family member, who was hitherto cordial and nice to us. This happens throughout our lives. Certain relatives cause us varying degrees of problems at different stages in our lives.
As I mentioned above, it was the brothers of Yusuf who not only plotted to 'get him out of the way' in their endeavors to acquire their father's exclusive attention, but actually went ahead, put their heads together, and practically achieved their vile mission.
It was Qabil who killed his own blood-brother, Habil.
It was Yusuf's mistress who tried to cheat on her righteous husband, Aziz, behind his back, in his very house, by seducing his own slave, Yusuf. And even though he caught her red-handed in the act, she remained unrepentant afterwards, trying to garner her socialite girlfriends' support in continuing to sexually harass the young Yusuf.
The wives of both Prophets Lut and Nuh (عليهما السلام) also proved treacherous to their husbands despite dwelling in their homes, because they harbored sympathies and love for their sinful, transgressive, doomed townspeople instead.
These are the few examples I could think of from the stories mentioned in the Qur'an, about how it is a righteous person' own family members who become a trial of their faith and steadfastness upon the path of Allah, by dishing out actions and words towards them that makes it difficult for them to obey Allah and His Messenger ﷺ consistently.
And if we allow them to succeed in their opposition, they will truly prove to be our enemy.
So what do we do, when someone from our own family thus becomes our enemy?
Please proceed to read the point below ☟for the answer to that question.
 'Kill Them' With Kindness
When someone - anyone - wrongs us, treats us badly, or oppresses us, the natural, innate, reactive urge within us entices us to strike back at them, and give them an eye for an eye, (perhaps even more)!
When the one who mistreats us is someone from our own family, and they unapologetically continue to mistreat us over time (knowing that we do not like what they are doing to us), it hurts even more, because they are close to us, and/or we love them.
For cases such as these, Allah has recommended a long-term strategy that will 'kill' the enmity for us harbored in the hearts of our enemies, especially those within our families:
وَلَا تَسْتَوِي الْحَسَنَةُ وَلَا السَّيِّئَةُ ادْفَعْ بِالَّتِي هِيَ أَحْسَنُ فَإِذَا الَّذِي بَيْنَكَ وَبَيْنَهُ عَدَاوَةٌ كَأَنَّهُ وَلِيٌّ حَمِيمٌ
"Nor can goodness and Evil be equal. Repel (evil) with what is better: Then will he between whom and you was hatred, become as it were your close friend." [41:34]
Returning bad behavior with good is definitely not easy, especially when tremendous damage has been done.
However, it is possible, for those who are determined enough to continue forgiving their enemies, albeit without falling into the same hole twice.
The key to striking the balance between being a weak pushover who allows people to walk all over him by not taking a stand (mistaking this to mean "being patient"), and becoming a hostile grudge-holder and vengeance-seeker bent on taking revenge,-- is to maintain a safe distance from those family members who have repeatedly wronged one, and from whose harm one still does not feel safe.
Those relatives who continue to pose a danger to our Akhirah, via word or deed i.e. they refuse to change their vile ways/habits over the course of many years,-- we should continue interacting with them from a safe distance on our own terms - i.e. without compromising on our limits/boundaries.
It is very important for us to impose these strict boundaries; for us to remain careful and wary with such relatives, because this is what Allah has advised us (فَاحْذَرُوهُمْ) in the Qur'an, and it ensures our dignity, self-respect, privacy and emotional/psychological safety from their evil.
Returning bad with good can be achieved with such relatives as follows:
  1. Greeting them with a quick salam and a smile whenever you meet them in person (this doesn't apply to non-mahrums), but quickly moving on.
  2. Visiting them briefly when/if they are ill. A phone call or text message can also accomplish this at a lesser level.
  3. Helping them financially if/when they need it.
  4. Accepting their banquet invitations, but keeping interactions therein business-like, limited and to-the-point e.g. by leaving soon and not allowing yourself to be drawn into long conversations with them.
  5. Giving or sending them occasional gifts.
Returning the bad deeds of one's enemies with good deeds is possible without allowing them to go on harming you. All it needs is a little prudence, firmness and discretion. People treat us a certain way only if we allow them to.
The best example from the Qur'an of repelling evil with good that I can think of, is the way Prophet Yusuf handled his half-brothers on meeting them again, in Egypt, when he was in a position that allowed him to have the upper hand over them.
He used the wisdom, discretion, and shrewdness that he had acquired as a result of enduring years of hardship, to reveal his true identity to them only after he had made them agree to a business deal/contract, according to the terms and conditions of which, they had to leave his younger brother with him before returning home with the purchased grain.
Yusuf knew only too well how they had plotted against him when he was young, benign and naive. Once they came to Egypt after he had become (unbeknownst to them) the government-appointed treasurer, he didn't do or say anything that would enable them to put him (or his younger brother) in a weak, compromising position again.
Rather, he used his knowledge of their mindset, nature and specific personal situation (viz. need of grains due to famine) to make them bring not only his younger brother to him, but also his aging parents.
As I said above, I have had life experiences that corroborate what I am saying here: using the strategy outlined by Allah in the Qur'an with our enemies in the long term, of returning their ad deeds with good (without compromising on our personal safety/distance/boundaries from their harmful actions), brings about surefire results: it is the single most wonderful way of 'killing' our antagonists' enmity towards us, and making them our friends instead.
But it takes years; it doesn't happen overnight. Very few people have the patience to go the distance with this strategy.
Maybe that is why most of our enemies remain our enemies throughout life, because we harbor grudges and indulge in doing their gheebah to let off steam, instead of following the recommendations of the Qur'an to get rid of the enmity between us and them for good.
 The Mills Grind Slowly, But Surely
This is definitely not the last life lesson that I have gleaned from the Qur'an, but it is the last one I intend to discuss here, due to word-count and post-length constraints (this post has again become quite long by now, hasn't it? So what else is new?).
To put it briefly, it takes a certain amount of time pre-appointed by Allah for decrees to happen; for things to reach fruition; for visions to be accomplished, and for missions to be completed.
As I said above, man is a creature of haste. Man wants to get what he desires quickly and immediately. Yet, the all-wise plan of Allah is based upon His limitless Divine knowledge of the Unseen (الغيب).
Many a thing that we desperately want can take years in coming, because Allah knows at what exact time that thing will be beneficial for us to have.
The Qur'an itself took 23 years to be revealed in totality. This process (i.e. the total revelation of Allah's final message of guidance to all of mankind) also involved many ground-breaking and difficult events, incidents and situations in the lives of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ and his companions.
Many, many a time, man wants to achieve his goal or attain a particular blessing as quickly as a snap of his fingers. However, the Qur'an teaches us that there is a law of Allah that cannot be changed, no matter how much we want or try to hasten outcomes: reaching a certain place, or acquiring a certain blessing takes time.
إِنَّا كُلَّ شَيْءٍ خَلَقْنَاهُ بِقَدَرٍ
"Verily, all things have We created in proportion and measure." [54:49]
Combined with apparent Divine 'delays' in the culmination of our desired goals, missions, and outcomes, man's haste and impatience causes his own frustration and distress.
For example, a human baby can never be born in just a month or two. Creation of each human life that comes into this world, has been decreed according to a pre-ordained amount of time (9 months, give or take a little).
The same law applies to aging. A person can never grow up overnight and reach a certain age, without passing each and every year (365 days) in between. No amount of haste can allow a 10 year old child to become 25 years old overnight.
The above examples are just of the exact, known preordained amounts of time that is needed for obtaining tangible things/goals. But what about the uncertain time intervals that are needed to be passed before attaining certain other, more surreal blessings, which only Allah knows about?
E.g The time that is required to achieve or acquire intangible types of provision, such as knowledge, wisdom, and insight. Or the exact amount of time that has to be passed before a person's marriage is decreed, or the birth of their child, or the acquisition of provisions such as a high-paying job, a house, and the car of their dreams?
Man can never ever be sure of the the exact length/amount of these preordained time intervals; only Allah knows.
وَإِن مِّن شَيْءٍ إِلاَّ عِندَنَا خَزَائِنُهُ وَمَا نُنَزِّلُهُ إِلاَّ بِقَدَرٍ مَّعْلُومٍ
"And there is not a thing but its (sources and) treasures (inexhaustible) are with Us; but We only send down thereof in due and ascertainable measure." [15:21]
So when things appear to be taking 'too long' in coming to him, man begins to get hopeless and despondent.
The truth is, that no matter how hard he pursues the means to achieve his desired ends, man can never be sure that at the end of his toils, he will surely acquire those ends. For this, he is totally dependent upon the will of Allah; waiting needily for Allah to say "Be!" regarding his decreed provision, so that he can get it.
The Qur'an has taught me that delays (or what I perceive to be delays) in the acquisition of goals and blessings are always for my own good. There are many things that I now realize, as I look back at the approximately three and a half decades of my life, that they came at a preordained time that was just right, even though I was getting impatient to get them sooner back then.
Even right now, when there are apparent delays in some of my dua's being answered,alhamdulillah, I seem to know better. I know that my Lord will never decree something for me before the time for it is just right - for my own benefit and good.
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