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Pearls of Wisdom: No.48

Pearls of Wisdom: No.48

“Food for the Soul”

SUBJECT: SHAITAAN(SATAN): “Our open enemy!”

Allah, The Most Exalted, says:

“O You who believe! Enter absolutely into peace (Islam). Do not follow in the footsteps of satan. He is an outright enemy to you.” (Quran: 2:208)

The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) is reported to have said:

“Shaitaan places his throne upon water; then sends detachments (for creating dissension); one of them comes and says: I did not spare so and so until I sowed the seed of discord between him and his father or between him and his mother or his brothers. Then he (Shaitan) says: you did nothing. They will be made up with one another. Another one comes and says: I did not spare so and so until I sowed the seed of discord between him and his wife. The Shaitan goes near him and says: ‘You have done well. And He then embraces him and says: You are so and so.” (Hadith Muslim)

Note: Shaitaan’s master plan is to distract us from obedience to Allah Ta’ala. Shaitaan’s attacks comes in various forms from leading one disbelief, committing shirk (associating partners to Allah), introducing innovations in Islam and committing sins. Allah the Most Exalted has however granted us various means of protection f rom the evil of Shaitaan in the form of du’as (prayers) of protection and seeking His refuge from Shaitaan. Don’t ever feel despondent on being led astray by Shaitaan as he would hope you would give up and fail. If you have been deceived then repent and return to Allah Ta’ala.The next time he reminds you of your past, remind him of your future!

 

The Eternal Delight of Repentance!

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By Sister Jamine Khan

When Allah created us, Allah pointed out the path of righteousness, and also the path which will lead to Allah’s displeasure. In addition, Allah gave us free will, in other words, we have a choice as to which path to follow. When we choose the path of sin we are turning away from our Creator. We are all born in a state of purity, with a natural predisposition to obey Allah. We enter the world in a state of submission to the divine known as the Fitrah. To return to our natural state we should turn away from doing what is wrong, and repent.

With true repentance we dedicate ourselves to correcting our behaviour, it enables us to turn away from sin and return to the path of Allah. Allah’s infinite mercy has given this as a means by which we can strive for purification and thus return to our original sinless state of the Fitrah. True peace, tranquillity and contentment can only be obtained from the remembrance of Allah.

“Without doubt, it is in the remembrance of Allah that the hearts find rest” (Quran: 13:28)

The greatest tragedy occurs when we turn away from the remembrance of Allah. This causes us to degenerate into a slave of our own base desires. Real repentance should begin at the point that one becomes Allah conscious.  Among the qualities by which Allah describes those whose repentance is accepted is that of

“Those who having done something shameful or (having) wronged their own souls, remember Allah and immediately ask forgiveness for their sins” (Quran: 3:135).

Repentance is a very intimate and personal act between the sinner and Allah, therefore reflection is vital. Most of us have the tendency to go through life believing that we are aware, yet not fully conscious of how Allah works in our life. When we are aware of the many blessings Allah pours into our lives, even when we occasionally stray, we will be grateful and long to return to Allah’s favour.  This is the time to reflect upon where we have wronged ourselves as a divine creation of Allah. This is when the longing to make amends take hold.

The temptations of the world are very seductive, and it is easy to succumb. However, Allah’s mercy is infinite. Allah is pleased when we turn to Him in repentance because we have been created with a tendency to make mistakes so that we will repent and be forgiven from Allah’s mercy.

With repentance we embark on an act of worship so great that we can be totally absolved of our sins. When we are forgiven, Allah’s divine attributes of mercy and forgiveness are manifested.  The process of doing wrong, being aware of it and then repenting also serves as a channel for our spiritual growth. It develops our love for the Almighty and increases our respect and consciousness of Allah.

Allah forgives anyone who turns to Him, repentant. When we commit a sin by disobeying the commands of Allah, we are responsible before Allah for that sin. We have to take responsibility.  When we turn to Allah in repentance we are in fact fulfilling Allah’s wish as well as a part of the reason for our creation. Repentance then becomes an act of righteousness and worship greatly pleasing to Allah. 

“Surely Allah loves those who constantly turn to Him in repentance  And those who keep themselves pure”(Quran: 2:222)

However, as with all things, repentance requires certain conditions. The repentance must first be acceptable to Allah. The guidelines represent the necessary conditions which must be met in order for the act of worship through repentance to be valid. Repentance has been commanded by Allah but Allah does not need our repentance, we need Allah’s remission.

Tawbah (repentance) has been legislated primarily for our benefit; for our spiritual growth through rising above sin and the remembrance of Allah. Ideally repentance should take place immediately, although do not despair that Allah will not forgive sincere repentance even if time has elapsed.

“Surely Allah will forgive those who do sins in ignorance and soon turn in repentance. These Allah will forgive, for Allah is all-Knowing, all-Wise” (Quran: 4:17)

Some important points to note when turning to Allah in Repentance:

· An immediate abandonment of the sin for which forgiveness is sought must take place. One should not repent and then commit the same offence again.

· If the sin for which repentance is sought involves the violation of the rights of others, these rights must be restored for absolution to be granted.

· A feeling of sorrow and regret must be present. Remorse is the foundation of the act of Tawbah. Without it repentance becomes a meaningless ritual devoid of any sincerity and substance.

· True Tawbah is not only expressed in feelings from the heart and words on the lips but also in the penitent individual’s actions. He should be driven by his desire for absolution to correct whatever wrong he has done and make amends.

“If any of you does evil in ignorance, then repents And makes amends, He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful”(Quran: 6:54)

True peace, tranquillity and contentment can only be obtained from the remembrance of Allah.

“Without doubt, it is in the remembrance of Allah that the hearts find rest” (Quran: 13:28)

Repentance must be done strictly for the pleasure of Allah alone, for only He can pardon the sins of man. The act of Tawbahmust be performed while maintaining full consciousness of Allah throughout. For acts of worship done in a purely ritualistic manner, wherein words are uttered quickly, limbs moved reflexively and mindlessly, are unacceptable to Allah and are of no benefit to man. Abu Hurayrah (RA) reported that the Noble Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) emphatically stated this point as follows:

“Call on Allah in prayer confident that it will be answered. But know that Allah does not answer the prayer of an unmindful, inattentive heart.” (Hadith)

When one is aware of one’s actions, they become deliberate and can be directed correctly, but in an unconscious state they become meaningless.

May Allah grant us all consciousness, for true Allah Consciousness leads to contentment, Insha’Allah!

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Pearls of Wisdom: No.47

 

“Food for the Soul”

SUBJECT: KINDNESS

Allah, The Most Exalted, says:

“And verily, whosoever shows patience and forgives that would truly be from the things recommended by Allah” (Qur'an 42:43)

The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) is reported to have said:

"Allah is not kind to him who is not kind to people (Hadith Bukhari & Muslim)

Note: Kindness is indeed a great virtue and a distinctive feature of good character. It is trait that every noble soul possesses. No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted or goes unnoticed in the sight of Allah Ta’ala. Kindness is a gift that everyone can afford to give and it has a ripple effect. It is the language which deaf can hear and blind can see. Be kind and kindness will be shown to you!

   

Anytime Resolutions…5 Easy Tips!

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Anytime Resolutions…5 Easy Tips!

By Abu Muhammad Yusuf

The Islamic New has recently begun and people generally ponder about on how to approach this New Islamic Year and their work, health and relationships etc.

In reality we don’t need a New Year or special occasion to make a resolution for doing or achieving good. It can be done instantaneously!

Common resolutions include cutting down on chocolate/weight, quit smoking, getting in shape, etc. A lot involves benefits to the health and/or improving lifestyle. Others include giving more to charity, being closer to family which boosts a personal level of satisfaction etc. But this we as Muslims should be doing regardless.

What about us? Have we set a goal or targets for ourselves? If so, was it because it was a New Year? Did you have to wait for the New Year to set it? Is there something about you that you wish to improve? No human is perfect!

As Muslims we should ideally and additionally be setting goals for not only our material well-being but more importantly for our spiritual self. That is not to say that we should not set goals for this material life, by all means go ahead but let us not forget the journey that lies ahead once our eyes close from this temporary abode.

Yes set high goals both for our Spiritual and Material progress.

The Holy Qur’an says: Our Lord! Grant us good in this world and good in the life to come and keep us safe from the torment of the Fire” (Quran:Al-Baqarah:201).


Allah Ta’ala mentions in the Holy Quran; “…And I created not the jinn and mankind except that they should worship Me..”(Quran 51:56)

5 Easy Tips To Get You Started…

REACH FOR THE STARS! AIM HIGH:

So indeed there is no harm in achieving good in both materially and spiritually. The most important is to note that all resolutions, hopes, ambitions and dreams etc are entirely dependent on Allah Ta’ala, The Most Wise, for their fulfillment. So making Dua (asking Allah Ta’ala) is the most essential ingredient for achievement. When making dua “reach for the stars” i.e. ask Allah Ta’ala for the best, in fact ask for everything good. Don’t leave out anything. Allah, The Most Wise, says: “Invoke Me, (and ask Allah for anything) I will respond to your (invocation/dua)…” (Quran: 40: 60)

ELIMINATE TRANSGRESSIONS:

Most businesses refuse to grant more credit to a bad debtor or nonpayer, likewise how can we expect Allah Ta’ala to grant us good if we continuously sin and transgress? To get the Help of Allah Ta’ala we need to remove sin from our lives. We are not perfect and as humans we often err. But the least we can do to show our sincerity to Allah Ta’ala is to intend to abandon ALL forms of sins from our lives. Allah is Ar-Rahman, the Most Compassionate, and Ar-Raheem, the Most Merciful. Allah Ta’ala reminds us of the greatness of His Forgiveness and Mercy so that no one w ould despair due to the amount of sins he or she may have committed.

“O My servants who have transgressed against their own souls, despair not of the Mercy of Allah. Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Truly, He is Most Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (Qur’an: 39:53)

MAKE ISLAM THE BIGGER CIRCLE:

Until now we may have made our material (worldly) desires the Bigger Circle in our life and Deen (Islam) the inner Smaller Circle that occupies a very small insignificant place in the Bigger Circle. Now resolve to make Deen(Islam) the Bigger Circle and make everything else fit into the Bigger Circle. If it does not conform to Deen, no matter what it may be, leave it out of the Bigger Circle!

The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) is reported to have said: "None of you can be a true Muslim, unless his desires are subject to the deen (religion) that I have brought." (Hadith).

SET SPECIFIC GOALS:

Leaving our intentions vague and general is not wise. Make specific intentions and set targets. Cover each aspect of your life which you would like to improve upon and set targets that are easily attainable. Don’t leave it open ended. He who fails to plan, plans to fail!

BE EXTENSIVE AND SYSTEMATIC:

Yes, let the list be extensive, realistic and systematic. Dedicate time with family to make these resolutions. Make your family part of it and set goals together. In addition, it helps to write down intentions and to regularly review those intentions in order to achieve those commitments.

Finally the most important resolution is that My Creator Allah Ta’ala must be pleased with me. So whatever I desire, do, say, want, etc must be only to please my Lord!

May Allah Ta’ala make this Islamic Year 1438 Hijrah the most spiritually rewarding year for the Ummah and may He grant ease and relief to those that are suffering and oppressed throughout the world.…Ameen

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The Month of Muharram

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With the sighting of the new moon, the Islamic New Year 1438 is ushered in. The first month Muharram, is a month of great reward and virtue. Muharram itself means `sacred' and is from those months which have been mentioned as sacred in the Holy Qur’an. Almighty Allah states in the Holy Qur’an:

"Four of them ( Zil-Qadah, Zil-Hijjah, Muharram and Rajab) are sacred."(Qur’an Surah At-Tawbah:36)

From out of the four sacred months, Muharram has been blessed with certain specific virtues:

The Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu-Alayhi-Wasallam) said: "The best of fasts besides the month of Ramadhan is the fasting of Allah's month of Muharram."(Hadith-Muslim)

"The one that keeps a fast in the month of Muharram will receive the reward of thirty fasts for each fast (in this sacred month)."(Hadith:Tabraani)

Although the fasts of the month of Muharram are not obligatory, the one who fasts in these days out of his own will and choice is entitled to a great reward by Almighty Allah.

THE DAY OF AASHURA (10TH MUHARRAM)

Although the month of Muharram is a sacred month as a whole, the10th of Muharram is the most sa cred among all its days. The day is named 'Ashurah'. It is one of the most important and blessed days of Allah Ta’ala in the Islamic calendar.

FASTING ON AASHURA

The Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu-Alayhi-Wasallam) has exhorted and encouraged his Ummah to fast on this day. He said:

"This fast is a compensation for the (minor) sins of the past year." (Hadith:Muslim)


"Observe the fast of Aashora and oppose the Jahood. Fast a day before it or a day after."(Hadith:Baihaqi)


Hence, it is important to either fast on the ninth and the tenth or the tenth and the eleventh of Muharram. To fast only on the day of Aashora is Makrooh(undesirable).

BEING GENEROUS

One should be generous on one's family and dependants and spend more on them than what is normally spent.


Rasulullah (Sallallahu-Alayhi-Wasallam) said: "One who generously spends on his family on the day of Aashora, Allah will increase (his provision) for the whole year."(Hadith:Baihaqi)


These are the actions supported by Ahadeeth. Let us observe this great Month according to the ways of Rasulullah (Sallallahu-Alayhi-Wasallam) and the Sahabah (Radhiyallahu-Anhum), and refrain from all actions which deprive us of the blessings from Almighty Allah.

May Allah guide us all upon the Straight Path and save us from every act which brings His displeasure.Ameen.

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