Imaan (Faith)

Nourishment…

BismillahirRahmaanirRaheem

I have alhamdulillah completed my exams a few weeks ago. I have planned lots of projects and posts to further develop and diversify the content on this blog.

But, as Allah says in Surah Al-Anfaal verse 30…

Upon completing my exams, I suffered from severe iman deterioration due to several factors, among which is mega time wastage due to the lack of motivation to be productive and also fatigue from non-stop ‘productivity’(which is just an excuse for me to sleep away 2/3 of each and every day). Not forgetting the food (junk food) I’ve been stuffing myself with plus the lack of exercise(I had a knack for not being punctual sadly:( and hence, I usually breeze walk or run for about 700m every single day to get to school on time)

So, alhamdulillah, I managed to slowly nourish back my iman beginning with this post here today:) I sourced for sites to motivate me to sustain this nourishment so as not to return back to those dark times..SubhanAllah, only He knows what I really needed as I found these sites here: http://www.islamicthinking.info/    and   http://productivemuslim.com/how-to-maintain-your-motivation-strengthen-willpower-part-1/    and    http://productivemuslim.com/how-to-maintain-your-motivation-strengthen-willpower-part-2/   and    http://productivemuslim.com/top-energy-foods-to-increase-productivity/

Do check them out!:D

In addition, I found this amazing du’a from islamicthinking.info:

and this…

So..do I deserve to cut myself some slack and chill a while due to all the ‘good’ I’ve done so far? I don’t think so…!

and this….

"hmm..I wonder what the mountains thought of when I was born..." *sarcasm* Who am I to "relax" for weeks when Rasulullahs PBUH did not take any time off from da'wah? Who am I really, compared to him??

“hmm..I wonder what the mountains thought of when I was born…” *sarcasm*
Who am I to “relax” for weeks when Rasulullahs PBUH did not take any time off from da’wah? Who am I really, compared to him?? (Being hard on myself gives me motivation for self-improvement:D)

I request your du’a for Allah to help me and all the brothers and sisters out there to sustain this nourishment as indeed this is a test I believe that is common to us all..

All the good and beneficial stuff here is from the Most High and all discrepancies here are from yours truly

Jazakumullah Khayr Wassalaamu a’laikum wr. wb.:)

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The sweetness of being one who submits

BismillahirRahmaanirRaheem

ps. the title above has nothing to do with United Submitters International, a group of deviant people claiming to be Muslims(Only Allah knows what is in their hearts!)

I woke up today knowing that there is..

SomeOne Protecting me

SomeOne Loving me

SomeOne Sustaining me

SomeOne Guiding me

SomeOne Watching over me

SomeOne Controlling every single beat of my heart

SomeOne Aware of every breath I take

SomeOne who knows me inside out

SomeOne who loves me to ask of Him

SomeOne who likes me repenting and returning to Him

SomeOne Who not only listens but hears

SomeOne pulling out of my distress

SomeOne Whom I need and crave

SomeOne Whom I fear and love

SomeOne To whom I owe my existence to

SomeOne Who created me

SomeOne Whom I call my Master..

Salaam

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Part 1-Revive your Spirits, Renew Your Iman!

Bismillahirrahmaanirraheem

Part 1

Revive your Spirits, Renew your Iman!

What I benefitted inshaAllah from a webinar I attended this morning by Shaykh Abdul Nasir Jangda at habibihalaqas.org 🙂

The first way the Shaykh suggested was to have high goals and ambitions.

Its true that this contradicts the popular belief that if you set a high goal, the fall would be more severe and painful. But, this is just what shaithaan wants you to think so that you won’t set high goals for yourselves and eventually, feel that you possibly can’t get Allah’s Mercy and be admitted into Jannah.

The above belief may be possible if you set high short-term goals. Imagine if you have never prayed Tahajjud(night prayer) before and the next day, you set your alarm for 3am (assuming Fajr prayer is at 6) to pray and pray and pray. It is possible you do that for a day-max. 3- and you will be on an all time iman-high. After that, Syaithaan creeps in and from 3am, it becomes 4am than 5am than missing it altogether! Thus, your iman will plunge down and the effects would be undesirable.

But, no one is asking you to do that.

What the Shaykh means by setting high goals and ambitions is to set high long term goals with milestones of short term goals along the way.

Put simply…

Reward yourself every now and then upon reaching a milestone to keep that motivation burning! Again, I stress upon the fact to never forget to be grateful to the One who made it all happen.

Question: What happens if there is a relapse ie.loss of motivation commonly caused by pride(over-confidence) or doubt?

The Shaykh quoted a powerful and thought-provoking statement by Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawzi…

“focus on who (or why) you are doing this for instead of what you are doing”  or something along those lines…

According to the Shaykh, if your focus is on the thing that you are doing, it will eventually lead to compromise. I’m not saying that one shouldn’t focus when one is doing something but rather one should not solely focus on the action as there is a more important thing to focus on and that is the intention(niyyah). Without the right intention, deeds are useless in the eyes of Allah, the One whose opinions really matter.

Focusing on the action itself will open the doors to compromise as Syaithaan and your nafs slowly makes his way into your heart and mind and poison it with their ideas.

For example,

you set a goal to sit for 15 minutes at home reading the Quran. Shaithan comes in and made use of your nafs to trick you into compromising. He will say something like “you’re wasting productive time! Won’t it be better if you listen to it while driving to a masjid/to a class?”

Complying with Shaithaan will be next. After 2 minutes of listening to the Quran while driving, something interesting got aired on the radio and you listened to that. Over time, those 15 minutes of Quran becomes 5 minutes of Quran with 10 minutes of entertainment, till finally, 0 minutes for the Quran and 15 minutes for entertainment. The trips to the masjid/class will be converted into trips to watch a football match or to the cinema or nau’zubillah, trips to the pub!

See how Syaithaan tricks you! He makes you focus on the way you do the action instead of for who you do the action for and why you do it.

So, to avoid focusing on the action itself, always renew your intention!(the Shaykh suggested writing it done, pasting or even nailing it to the wall so you’ll inshaAllah, never lose your focus)

The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Renew your faith!”

It was said, “O Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him), who do we renew our faith?”

He replied (Allah bless him and give him peace), “By saying la ilaha illa Allah (‘There is no god but Allah’) a lot” [Ahmad and Hakim; Haythami deemed its chain to be good (jayyid)]

The arabic transliteration to Mercy to the Worlds reply is: “Akthiruu min qawli laa ilaaha illaa Allah”

fyi: The word ‘Akthiruu’ in context means to increase something that has already been done and is still being done.

The Shaykh said that the mentioning of the phrase ‘La ilaha illa Allah'(There is no god but Allah) does not mean one only has to say that phrase with the tongue. But it also needs to be said by the heart as that is the essence of Islam, the key to Islam(Miftahul Islam). By saying this, your intention will be purified as there is no god except Allah, our Creator, Sustainer, and monst importantly, the One whose opinions matter!

Your intention will be solely for Him and thus purified from this Dunya inshaAllah.

The shaykh also said that it does not mean one has to say only that phrase and no other. He said that this means generally, the remembrance of Allah in your daily adhkar etc. That is why, it is sunnah for us to do dhikr after every prayer(to remind us why and for who we have prayed), every morning(to start the day with a clear intention), every evening(after a hard day’s work when your intentions may have started to change for the worse) and before you sleep(end your day with a pure heart:))Similarly, we have Adhkar for every single deed we do, as simple as Bismillah(more will be discussed on this inshaAllah)!

By remembering Allah before we do anything, inshaAllah, our intention will be purified:)

InshaAllah, I’ll be stopping here for now and InshaAllah, I’ll continue on the other ways to revive our spirits and renew our Iman another time InshaAllah.

ps. Some things written here(mostly the elaborations) are from what I interpreted and benefitted from the Shaykh’s 1 hour talk so forgive me and most importantly, seek forgiveness from Allah for me if I have misunderstood anything as no slave is free from mistakes..

One more thing, please make dua for me to have time and not to waste it if Allah has given it to me.

All the good here is from Allah through His Servant Shaykh Abdul Nasir Jangda and of course, all the descrepancies here are from yours truly, just another weak slave..

Salam:)

 

 

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We know that…

We have been afflicted with a severe case of arrogance and denial of the truth..

We know that we are slaves so why are we arrogant?

We know that Allah is One, The Greatest, so why do we prioritise this dunya and its contents over Him?

We know that Paradise is true so why do we not strive and grab every opportunity to achieve it?

We know that Hell is true so why do we still sin and listen to the one who has been doomed to it?

We know that the Promise Of Allah(Yaum Al-Qiyamah, Judgement day) is true so why aren’t we preparing our souls for it?

We know that Allah is the Most Merciful so why do we give up on His Mercy or why do we oppress others?

We know that Allah is always with us so why do we lose hope and seek hope in things that will bring only us destruction?

We know that Allah loves us so why aren’t our hearts soft with the love for Him?

We know that He always remember us so why aren’t we remembering Him?

We know that we need Him so why do we ignore Him and all His Blessings upon us?

We know that the Quran is Allah’s words so why do we prefer other books to His?

We know that death is evident so why do we strive only for this dunya as though we will never leave it…?

All praises be to Allah for aiding me in realising all this before I return to His Mercy InshaAllah

He is indeed the Greatest

Wassalaam

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Contentment

In the name of Allah, the most Gracious, the most Merciful.

Alhmadulillah, I’ve finished all my competitions for this semester. I lost 2 of them and got 3rd for one of them. I know Allah wants to tell me something. To lose just a week after winning, but I can’t figure it out. Maybe He wanted to teach my ego a lesson. Maybe He wanted to test me to see how I reacted, whether I would thank Him, or to lament my fate.

Anyway, I woke up this morning feeling so contented and at peace. I don’t know why. Maybe its something I dreamt. I was contented the whole morning. Contented with my life. Contented with this world.

I shouldn’t be feeling this way. There is this hadith,

Narrated by Abu Hurairah r.a,

Rasulullah (saw) said which means: “This Dunya is a prison for the Mu’min (The faithful) and paradise for the Kaafir (The infidels)”
(Muslim)

and also

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

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

[Bukhari and Tirmidhi]

I think the explanation from dailyreminders.wordpress.com is the best:

The similitude of ‘Living in this world as a wayfarer’ is like that of a traveller in this world who undertakes a journey and then stops to rest under the shade of a tree in a particular place. So the traveller ties his mount, lays down his luggage and retires for a moment under the shade in the midday heat, reclining against the tree. Then after having rested a while, he gathers his belongings, unties his mount and resumes his journey moving away from the temporary resting place, where he had sheltered for a short time. Such is the similitude of man in this world, who resides in this temporary abode of the world for a short time, and then he must thereafter continue his journey towards his real destination, which is the hereafter.

As we all know, humans are always not contented while in journey. Imagine…

You are on this path to the light. You have to encounter many obstacles like woods, broken twigs. You are always fearful of beasts lurking in the shadows that would divert you from your path and lure you to their den, or ambush you and rob you of your belongings. They are all waiting for that moment to strike, the moment you let your guard down, the moment you rest and lose yourself in the beauty and false pleasures of the forest. When you are hungry, you may accidentally eat some juicy looking beries which could take your life. This could all be avoided if you stick on your path no matter what distractions come your way, however enticing in might look. If you never stop to rest, if you keep that light signalling the end of your journey, your ultimate destination, in sight. If you hold on to the rope thrown to you to make sure you don’t lose your way. If you gather just sufficient provisions. If you know to differentiate between the edible and inedible berries. If you belief that there is always someone guiding you..

Think about all the above similitudes…

1) Woods and broken twigs

2) Beasts that lure you to their den

3) Beasts that ambush you and rob you of your belongings

4) The moment you let your guard down and rest

5) The moment you lose yourself in the beauty and false pleasures of the forest

6) Juicy looking beries which could take your life

7) Stick on your path no matter what distractions come your way

8) If you keep that light signalling the end of your journey, your ultimate destination, in sight.

9) If you hold on to the rope thrown to you to make sure you don’t lose your way

10) If you know to differentiate between the edible and inedible berries

 11) If you belief that there is always someone guiding you

 So, all said, I should not be contented with this world. I am a traveler after all. I have not even attained complete khusyu’ (concentration) in my prayers yet. I still have not tasted the sweetness of iman yet.

On the authority of Anas ibn Malik (may Allah be pleased with him), that the Prophet (may the blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “There are three qualities whosoever has them, may taste the sweetness of Faith: firstly one who loves Allah and His Messenger (may the blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) above all else; secondly one who loves someone simply for the sake of Allah, and thirdly, one who loathes return to disbelief, after Allah has rescued him from it, as he would loath being thrown into the Fire.”

(Bukhari and Muslim)

I have not even cried when reading the Quran, like how other soft-hearted people do. My heart has not even soften yet.

I shouldn’t be contented, not now, not ever! (in this dunya)

Note: Think about the similitudes I’ve mentioned. I’ll post them on my next post.

All the good here is from Allah the Divine while all the bad stuff here is from me.

I sincerely apologise for anything wrong I’ve said in this post.

Wassalaam

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The third pillar

3) Faith in Allah’s Books

One has to believe in this 4 books…

1) Zabuur (Pslams)- sent upon Prophet Dawud (David) alayhissalaam (Upon him peace)

Allah Almighty said : “And your Lord knows best all who are in the heavens and the earth. And indeed, We have preferred some of the Prophets above others, and to Dawud (David) We gave the Zabur (Psalms).” 17:55

2) Taurah (Torah)- sent down upon Prophet Musa (Moses) (as)

Allah Almighty said: “He has sent down upon you, [O Muhammad], the Book in truth, confirming what was before it. And He revealed the Torah and the Gospel.” 3:3

3) Injeel (Gospel)- sent upon Prophet I’sa (Jesus) (as)

Allah Almighty said: ” And We sent, following in their footsteps, Jesus, the son of Mary, confirming that which came before him in the Torah; and We gave him the Gospel, in which was guidance and light and confirming that which preceded it of the Torah as guidance and instruction for the righteous.” 5:46

4) Quraanulkareem (Quran)- sent down on our beloved Prophet Muhammad Peace Be Upon Him

Allah Almighty said ” Indeed, We have sent it down as an Arabic Qur’an that you might understand.” 12:2

We have to believe that whatever written in them is truly from Allah as a guide  to mankind. However, some people hold on to this statement: “The name of the Angel of Death, Izraeel, is not from Allah as it came from the Torah, the book of “Jews” and to say that name is from Allah is kufur (become kaafir).” If the book is from Allah, then we have to believe that whatever in it is from Him. For instance, the Jews were asked to kill themselves to repent,  Allah Almighty said: “And [recall] when Moses said to his people, “O my people, indeed you have wronged yourselves by your taking of the calf [for worship]. So repent to your Creator and kill yourselves. That is best for [all of] you in the sight of your Creator.” Then He accepted your repentance; indeed, He is the Accepting of repentance, the Merciful.” 2:54. But now, to repent, the ummah(people) of Muhammad PBUH only have to offer repentance to their creator  Allah Almighty said: “Except for those who repent after that and correct themselves. For indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful” 3:89, except the unforgivable sin of shirik, Allah Almighty said: “Indeed, Allah does not forgive association with Him, but He forgives what is less than that for whom He wills. And he who associates others with Allah has certainly fabricated a tremendous sin.” 4:48

Nowadays, the three books have been changed with time. Allah Almighty said: “Do you covet [the hope, O believers], that they would believe for you while a party of them used to hear the words of Allah and then distort the Torah after they had understood it while they were knowing?” 2:75. So we cannot really use them as reference now. But the Holy Quraan is special. Allah Almighty has said to protect it till the end of times. Allah Almighty stated in His  Holy Quran : ” Indeed, it is We who sent down the reminder (Qur’an) and indeed, We will be its guardian.” 15:9. The Quran is taken care of from the destructive nature of men. For example, there are so many Hafizh (memoriser of the Quran) so for a person to change a part of it is impossible. The word Hafizh itself means keeper. SubhanAllah!

Now you know why the Quraan is sent down as a guide to all mankind. So as Muslims, we must cherish and instill in our hearts the Guide that our beloved Creator has bestowed us!

May Allah bestow on us the honour in being the keeper of the Quraan, and also one whose actions are the Quraan till the end of our lives.

Ameen Yaa Rabbal Aa’lameen!

All good is from The Divine, while all the bad is from my weak self…

Salaam…

*Please inform me of any wrong things I’ve said. JazakAllah…

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The second pillar

2) Faith in the angels

One has to believe that…

  • They are noble and honourable beings : (Allah Almighty stated in His holy Book ” And they say, “The Most Merciful has taken a son.” Exalted is He! Rather, they are [but] honored servants.” 21:26)
  • They are there to do Allah’s command: (Allah Almighty stated in His holy Book “O you who have believed, protect yourselves and your families from a Fire whose fuel is people and stones, over which are [appointed] angels, harsh and severe; they do not disobey Allah in what He commands them but do what they are commanded”. 66:6)
  • They do not precede Allah in word : (Allah Almighty stated in His holy Book ” They cannot precede Him in word, and they act by His command.” 21:27)
  • They have no gender
  • They do not eat or drink
  • They do not sleep
  • They do not marry or reproduce
  • There are some angels created specifically to prostrate to Allah Almighty

In short, they are unlike humans and jinns who sin and will be accounted for in The Day of Judgement. There are 10 angels that are said to be waajib (compulsary) for us to know. They are:

1) Jibreel: His job is to reveal the Revelation (wahy) to The Prophet PBUH                                                                                                                                                      ( One might ask: “after the death of The Prophet, what is Jibreel’s job now?” Some Muslim scholars say that he will come down               when a Muslim dies in Imaan and has wudu’ (ablution) ). (Some say that he communicates between Allah Ta’ala and the Prophets and to whomever Allah wills (But I don’t know the authenticity of this) )

2) Mikaeel: The angel of provisions

3) Izraeel: The angel of death- The one who takes people’s soul on the command of Allah (some say that the name Izraeel is from the Torah and thus has been borrowed from the Jews, unbelievers, thus to say it is from Allah is kufur. In my opinion, Torah IS from Allah and it is among the 4 Books of Allah that is compulsory for us to believe in. Hence the name Izraeel may be from Allah as it is written in one of His books. Allah knows best.)

4) Israfeel :  The angel who will blow the Horn to 1)bring the universe to its end  2) To revive the creation to be accounted for their life in this world by Allah Almighty (Hisaab)  (Allah Almighty stated in His Quraan “And the Horn will be blown, and whoever is in the heavens and whoever is on the earth will fall dead except whom Allah wills. Then it will be blown again, and at once they will be standing, looking on.” 39:68)                                                                                                                                                                                                                          One might say: If everyone dies, who will blow the Horn to revive all? The answer is simple. Pay close attention to what I have highlighted in the above verse and you will get your answer.

5) Raqeeb: The angel that writes down the good deeds (50:18)

6) A’teed: The angel that writes down the sins (50:18)

7&8) Munkar and Nakeer: The two angels who are assigned to question the souls of the dead in their graves about their faith, whether they are piety or not. Both of them look very scary, bluish black in colour.

9)  Ridhwaan: Guard of the gate to Paradise

10) Maalik: Guard of the gate to Hell

*One thing one must keep in mind: All these angels don’t do things on their free will. They only do things on Allah Almighty’s  command. We should also never worship angels (Allah Almighty stated in His Quraan “Nor could he order you to take the angels and prophets as lords. Would he order you to disbelief after you had been Muslims?” 3:80) . Another thing is that The Prophet PBUH is not an angel. (Allah Almighty stated in His Holy Book ” (…)nor do I tell you that I am an angel. I only follow what is revealed to me(…)” 6:50) The blessing in this is that if indeed an angel has been sent down, man would say that it is ‘ impossible ‘ for us to follow him as he is different from us. (Allah Almighty stated in The Quraan “And they say: “Why has not an angel been sent down to him?” Had We sent down an angel, the matter would have been judged at once, and no respite would be granted to them. If We had made it an angel, We should have sent him as a man, and We should certainly have caused them confusion in a matter which they have already covered with confusion.” 6:8,9

All good is from The Divine, while all bad is from me, just another weak slave…

Salaam (Please inform me of any wrong things I’ve said..JazakAllah)

 

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Iman: Intro and the first pillar

In the name of Allah, The Most Merciful

All praises be to Allah (swt), Lord Of The Worlds

قال رسـول الله صـلى الله عـليه وسـلـم : أن تؤمن بالله وملائكته وكتبه ورسله واليوم الاخر وتؤمن بالقدر خيره وشره

Introduction:

That is what our Prophet PBUH said when asked about Iman (faith). As Muslims, we have to have faith in the 6 things mentioned above,1) Allah,2) His Malaa’ikah(angels),  3) His Books, 4) His Prophets, 5) The day of judgement, 6) Fate (whether good or bad). Our faith won’t be complete without any one of the above mentioned. They are like pillars, a building will fall/be incomplete if it lacks any of its pillars.

1) Faith in Allah Almighty

One has to believe…

  • He is there
  • He has The Most Great attributes
  • In all His Great and Perfect names (I will touch on this in my upcoming posts)  eg. If one really believes that He is All-Knowing (Al-A’leem), he/she will stay away from all sins as He also is All-Seeing.
  • He is pure from any discrepancies
  • He is The One and Only
  • He really exists
  • He fulfil all of His creations needs
  • No one is alike Him
  • He is The Creator of all creations
  • He does what He wants with His Might
This will make one do all that The Almighty orders and what pleases Him and also distance oneself from what He forbids and hates as one knows He is there and and also believes in Him.
I’ll continue the other pillars in the upcoming posts InsyaAllah.
All the Good is from The Almighty while all the descrepancies are from myself.
Salaam…

 

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