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Wallahi! This is so beautiful! This brother, Kamal, is so beautiful on so many different levels. His faith and devotion is matchless! May Allah accept him and enter him into His Jannah! Amin!

There are so many lessons we can learn from this brother! May Allah make us among those who are mindful. Amin!

Ya Allah, You have blessed us with sound limbs, yet we do not make effort to pray in Your Masaajid. Ya Allah, some of are negligent of the prayer times, and there are those among us who do not pray at all! 

Ya Allah, You have given us the ability to speak, yet we do not spend time in recitation of the Qur’an or dhikr.

Ya Allah, You have graced us with sound minds and aql (intelligence), yet we do not engage in the memorization of Your words.

Ya Allah forgive us for our shortcomings, increase us in Iman, and give us the tawfeeq to show gratitude to You and worship You as You deserved to worshiped, as it befits Your Majesty. 

Allahumma Amin!

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Here is another anecdote exemplifying the pinnacle of sweetness of Imān.

We know of many Sahabah who have been tortured and persecuted by the Quraysh after accepting Islam, but have you heard of the Sahabi Hadrat Khabbāb ibn Al-Aratt d? I’m sure many of us have heard of him. In any case….

He was a domestic slave and blacksmith who later became one of the companions of Nabī . In fact, he was among the earliest converts, and as a result of him entering the folds of Islam, the Quraysh captured and imprisoned him. He was tortured severely, stabbed with spears and was deprived of food. He was even made to walk on fire or hot coals! The Quraysh would take him out in the scorching heat of the bare desert sun and beat him and place large hot stones of his noble back. It was also said that his master, Umm Anmar, would use heated iron rods and burn him on his head; he would pass out from the intensity of the burn and pain. Despite all of this, he would continue to denounce the deaf and blind gods of the idol worshippers and proclaim his belief in the Oneness of Allāh, and the message of Nabī .

However, even after putting him through all of this torture and abuse, the Quraysh asked him, “O Khabbab! It must have crossed your mind that it would have been better if Muhammad was here in your place.” [1]

To this Khabbab d replied with absolute confidence, “I take an oath by Allāh I would not like a single thorn to prick his foot.” SubhanAllah!

Such is the sweetness of Imān! No test, trial or tribulation fazed him in the least. He held his ground and stood up to the Qurayshi leaders and he let them know that he prefer that they persecute him rather than they cause pain to the Messenger of Allāh. When there is such sweetness of Imān in the heart then such a person fears no test and no tribulation.

This story always brings tears to the eyes, and makes me ponder on the situation of many of us today. How many of us are willing to endure any sort of pain – whether physical, emotional, etc. – for the sake of Islām?

May Allāh protect us all and place in our hearts firm conviction and the sweetness of Imān. Amīn!

~ Umm Daania

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Reference:

[1] An Echo from the Heart – Maulana Mahomed Mahomedy

Here is another anecdote exemplifying the pinnacle of sweetness of Imān.

We know of many Sahabah who have been tortured and persecuted by the Quraysh after accepting Islam, but have you heard of the Sahabi Hadrat Khabbāb ibn Al-Aratt d? I’m sure many of us have heard of him. In any case….

He was a domestic slave and blacksmith who later became one of the companions of Nabī . In fact, he was among the earliest converts, and as a result of him entering the folds of Islam, the Quraysh captured and imprisoned him. He was tortured severely, stabbed with spears and was deprived of food. He was even made to walk on fire or hot coals! The Quraysh would take him out in the scorching heat of the bare desert sun and beat him and place large hot stones of his noble back. It was also said that his master, Umm Anmar, would use heated iron rods and burn him on his head; he would pass out from the intensity of the burn and pain. Despite all of this, he would continue to denounce the deaf and blind gods of the idol worshippers and proclaim his belief in the Oneness of Allāh, and the message of Nabī .

However, even after putting him through all of this torture and abuse, the Quraysh asked him, “O Khabbab! It must have crossed your mind that it would have been better if Muhammad was here in your place.” [1]

To this Khabbab d replied with absolute confidence, “I take an oath by Allāh I would not like a single thorn to prick his foot.” SubhanAllah!

Such is the sweetness of Imān! No test, trial or tribulation fazed him in the least. He held his ground and stood up to the Qurayshi leaders and he let them know that he prefer that they persecute him rather than they cause pain to the Messenger of Allāh. When there is such sweetness of Imān in the heart then such a person fears no test and no tribulation.

This story always brings tears to the eyes, and makes me ponder on the situation of many of us today. How many of us are willing to endure any sort of pain – whether physical, emotional, etc. – for the sake of Islām?

May Allāh protect us all and place in our hearts firm conviction and the sweetness of Imān. Amīn!

~ Umm Daania

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Reference:

[1] An Echo from the Heart – Maulana Mahomed Mahomedy

While studying the Tafsīr of Sūrah Al-Anbiyā, I came across two ayāt that speaks briefly about Prophet Ayyūb…

وَأَيُّوبَ إِذْ نَادَىٰ رَبَّهُ أَنِّي مَسَّنِيَ الضُّرُّ وَأَنتَ أَرْحَمُ الرَّاحِمِينَ

"And (remember) Ayyūb, when he called to his Lord saying, "Here I am, afflicted by pain and You are the most merciful of all the merciful." [21:83]

Many of us probably heard the story of Prophet Ayyūb, who is truly a model of endurance and fortitude in the most trying circumstances. He lost all his worldly possessions and luxuries, and was afflicted with a serious disease which covered his skin with boils and reduced to mere skin and bones. Because of this, he was forced to live outside the city near a dump, and all of his family and friends abandoned him. It has been said that his children died while he was sick.

In fact, no one went near him except his wife who was either the daughter or granddaughter of Sayyidnā Yūsuf. Her name was Layya, daughter of Misha ibn Yusuf. It is said that for seven years Sayyidnā Ayyūb endured this extreme suffering. His wife pleaded with him to ask Allāh Azza wa Jall to send His mercy, but he replied that after having enjoyed for seventy years the best of health and all the luxuries that money could buy, it would be unworthy of him to complain because a mere seven years spent in pain and poverty. Instead he remained steadfast, and spent his this time in total devotion to Allāh Azza wa Jall.

Ultimately something did happen which made him pray to Allāh Azza wa Jall for His mercy, but this dua’a was not expressed in the form of a complaint.

فَاسْتَجَبْنَا لَهُ فَكَشَفْنَا مَا بِهِ مِن ضُرٍّ ۖ وَآتَيْنَاهُ أَهْلَهُ وَمِثْلَهُم مَّعَهُمْ رَحْمَةً مِّنْ عِندِنَا وَذِكْرَىٰ لِلْعَابِدِينَ

"So, We answered his prayer and removed whatever pain he had, and gave him (back) his family and the like thereof along with them, as a mercy from Our own Self and as a lesson for the worshippers." [21:84]

Ibn Abī Hātim has reported on the authority of Sayyidnā ‘Abdullāh ibn Abbās that when Sayyidnā Ayyūb’s supplication was granted, he was told to rub his heels on the ground and stream of fresh and clear water would gush forth. He should then bathe himself in the water and also drink it, and the disease would disappear. Sayyidnā Ayyūb did as he was told and in no time his body, which was covered with boils and was reduced to skin and bones regained its original shape and health. Allāh Ta’āla sent him garments from Paradise which he wore and sat in a corner away from the garbage dump.

His wife came to see him as usual and when she did not find him, she started crying. She did not recognize Ayyūb who was sitting nearby in a corner because his appearance had changed completely. Then she turned to him and asked him if he had any information about the sick man who was lying there, and whether he had gone somewhere or had been eaten up by the dogs and wolves. She spoke to him for some time without realizing that the man was none other than her husband. Then Sayyidnā Ayyūb revealed himself, but even then she did not recognize him and asked him why he was making fun of her. Sayyidnā Ayyūb then told her to look at him again and try to recognize him. He also informed her that Allāh Ta’āla had healed his body after he invoked His Mercy. Sayyidnā ibn ‘Abbas reports that after this, Allāh Ta’āla restored to him all his wealth and children and gave him more children equal in number to the children which he had before. (Ibn Kathir) [1]

Such a beautiful story! Look at this quality of patience in both Sayyidnā Ayyūb and his wife, Layya. We can talk about his steadfastness for days on end and would still not be able to do this noble soul justice! He endured so much pain and suffering for so many years. And Layya! - can we truly imagine the heartache of not having her husband around her all the time and to see him suffer?! Yet we find her patience resilient and her love for him unwavering as day after day she came out to take care of him when all others had abandoned him.

Stories like these fill the heart happiness and hope in Allāh’s mercy. It is only He who can remove us from the most trying of situations.

May Allāh Azza wa Jall grant us the patience and steadfastness of Sayyidnā Ayyūb and the unwavering love and devotion of Layya. Amīn!

- Umm Daania

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Reference:

[1] Maulana Mufti Muhammad Shafī (rahimahullāh), Ma’āriful Qur’ān (pg. 218-221)

We often hear people – whether it be our Imam, parents, teachers or even friends! - speak of the “sweetness of Iman”… But what exactly is the sweetness of Iman, and how can it be achieved?

About the sweetness of Iman, Mulla Ali Qaari rahimahullah says:

حلاوة الايمان اذا دخلت قلنا لا تخرج ابدا

“When the sweetness of Iman enters a heart, it never leaves it.”

Subhan’Allāh! I know you must interested now and thinking “I want this!”

Allāh has bestowed His Prophets alayhimus-Salaam with the sweetness of Iman and the strength of their Iman leaves us astounded! Wallahi, such conviction!

And there is such a beautiful example of the sweetness of Iman found in Surah Yusuf of the Holy Qur’an. This surah is a treasure-house of wisdom and in it are life lessons for all of us.

Do you remember when the wife of the ‘Aziz of Egypt tried to seduce Yusuf?

Yusuf alayhis-Salaam was such a handsome man, and the extent of beauty is beyond words. About him, Nabī said “I saw Yusuf (peace of Allah be upon him) who had been given half of (world) beauty. [Muslim] [1]

So we can clearly understand why Zulaika would want to seduce him!

She was not only wealthy and powerful, but was also an icon of beauty and attractiveness. So do not think that this was something minute for any man to turn down. This is an extremely difficult for any person to save himself from except him whose heart Allāh has filled with genuine Iman and conviction.

But look at how Prophet Yusuf reacted in this situation. At that moment when she was inviting him, he turned to Allāh and said:

رَبِّ السِّجْنُ أَحَبُّ إِلَيَّ مِمَّا يَدْعُونَنِي إِلَيْهِ

“O Allāh! I prefer the prison to what she is calling me towards.”[2]

Subhan’Allāh! Where can we find the likes of him today?

She had even threatened him saying, “If you do not accede to my wishes, I will cast you into prison!”

Think about it for a second! — even if someone could control himself and his desire to be with a woman such as Zulaika, we may find that he would certainly give in to her out of fear of being thrown into prison!

Yet we find with Yusuf the sweetness of Iman emanating through his speech: “O Allāh! I prefer the prison to what she is calling me towards.”

Maulana ‘Abdullah Sahib Kapaudri has advised us:

This is the sweetness of Iman which, after entering the heart of a person, does not leave it even at the time of a severe test like the one Yusuf alayhis-Salaam had to face. This is the lesson we learn from here.

When you read this verse, make this dua’a in your heart: “O Allāh! Bless me with this sweetness of Iman as well, so that I too can come out of such trying situations. Enable me to sacrifice my whims in the greatest of tests solely for Your pleasure, solely for Your love, solely for the acquisition of Your Paradise, and solely for the sake of obeying Your commands.” [3]

May Allāh grant us all sweetness of Iman: genuine belief and firm conviction, and may He also grant us the tawfeeq to do that which is pleasing to Him, and to turn away from that which displeases Him. Amīn!

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~ Umm Daania

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References:

[1] Sahih Muslim [Book 1, Hadith 318]

[2] Al-Qur’an | Surah Yusuf 12:33

[3] An Echo from the Heart – Maulana Mahomed Mahomedy

As-Salaamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatahu

& late Eid Mubarak greetings!

I know I haven’t been active for a while, but I had so much going on. I even started the Ramadhan Reflections posts, but I was unable to continue them. Indeed Allah Azza wa Jall is the Best of planners.

 In shaa Allah I will be a little bit more active. And to begin, I will be posting three anecdotes that illustrate for us the true essence and meaning of sweetness of Iman.

 I pray that Allah Azza wa Jall allows us to take heed of the lessons of our pious predecessors and grants us also the tawfeeq (divine ability) to inculcate these beautiful qualities into our lives. Amin!

- Umm Daania

Continue to send Durood/ Salawaat upon the Nabī throughout this entire month and thereafter.  In fact, you should also increase in your invoking Allāh’s peace and blessings upon him .

Allāh Ta’ala Himself has said in the Holy Qur’an:

“Indeed, Allah confers blessing upon the Prophet, and His angels [ask Him to do so]. O you who have believed, ask [ Allah to confer] blessing upon him and ask [ Allah to grant him] peace. [Surah Al-Ahzab | 33:56]

This is clear-cut evidence to show that we as believers are required to ask for Allāh’s blessings upon Muhammad . And there are so many rewards and virtues attached to doing this form of dhikr, such as the intercession of Nabī on the Day of Judgement. Now which among us is not in need of his intercession? SubhanAllah!

Some of the best times to send blessings upon him as mentioned in the Ahaadith are:

10 times in the morning and 10 times in the evening. In a hādith reported in Tirmidhi it is mentioned that Nabī said “Whoever sends blessings on me ten times in morning and ten times in evening, he will receive my intercession on the Day of Judgment.”

After the Mu’adhdhin calls the Adhaan.

At the beginning and ending of our meetings, dars (lessons), etc. It is said that any such gathering wherein blessings are not sent upon Nabī will be void of blessings, or the participants will be remorseful.

During the final sitting (Tashahud) in our salaah.

During the night or day of Friday (SubhanAllah – TODAY IS FRIDAY!)

Now is the time to bring out your calculators, people! Think of how many times each good deed and the rewards for each dhikr that leaves our lips will be multiplied during the month of Ramadhān. Which of us cannot devote 10 minutes (or even less!) to invoke Allāh’s peace and blessings upon our and His beloved, Muhammad ?

Now there are long Durood/Salawaat and there are short ones! The best one is that one which we recite in salaah:

اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ، وَعَلَى آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ، كَمَا صَلَّيْتَ عَلَى إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَعَلَى آلِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ، إِنَّكَ حَمِيدٌ مَجِيدٌ، اللَّهُمَّ بَارِكْ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ، وَعَلَى آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ، كَمَا بَارَكْتَ عَلَى إِبْرَاهِيمَ، وَعَلَى آلِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ، إِنَّكَ حَمِيدٌ مَجِيدٌ

 ALLAHUMMA SALLI ALA MUHAMMADIW WA ALA AALI MUHAMMADIN KAMAA SALLAITA ALA IBRAHIMA WA ALA AALI IBRAHIMA INNAKA HAMIDUM MAJID. ALLAHUMMA BAARIK ALA MUHAMMADIW WA ALA AALI MUHAMMADIN KAMAA BAARAKTA ALA IBRAHIMA WA ALA AALI IBRAHIMA INNAKA HAMIDUM MAJID.

"O Allah, let Your Blessings come upon Muhammad and the family of Muhammad, as you have blessed Ibrahim and his family. Truly, You are Praiseworthy and Glorious. Allah, bless Muhammad and the family of Muhammad, as you have blessed Ibrahim and his family. Truly, You are Praiseworthy and Glorious".

Ka’ab ibn Ujrah (radiAllahu anhu) narrates that once after someone asked Nabī how to send blessings upon him, and he responded by mentioning the one mentioned above.

There are shorter ones such as:

ALLAHUMMA SALLI ALA MUHAMMADININ NABI YIL UMMI YI WA AALIHI WABAARIK WA SALLIM.

"O Allah! Send blessings on Muhammad, our chief the unlettered Apostle and his Family Thy favours and thy Salutations".

SALL-ALLAHU ALAYHI WA SALLAM

“Peace and blessings upon him.”

Let’s not make dhikr with only our mouths, but with our hearts. One way, which I personally tested and proved, is to remember all the sacrifices that he has made for this Deen, all the trials and tests and abuse he endured for the sake of Allāh, and all the life lessons he taught his Sahaba in terms of right and wrong, the purpose of life, how to get closer to Allāh and protect ourselves from Shaytaan and our nafs. SubhanAllah! The list is endless! Let’s open our books of Seerah (history) and remind ourselves of the great man Allāh sent as a mercy for us and a source of guidance.

Now before you scroll down and away, ponder on this:

It has been recorded in ‘Mawaahib Ladunniya’ from ‘Tafseer Qushairy’ that on the day of Judgement a believer shall appear for reckoning with a small measure of righteous deeds. Rasulullah shall appear and place on the side of the righteous deeds a small piece of paper that will be the size of the tip of one’s finger. The result will be that the scale of good deeds will far outweigh the evil deeds. Seeing this, the believer will exclaim, “May my mother and father be sacrificed for your sake, who are you? How beautiful is your physical appearance, and how sublime is your conduct.”

Rasulullah shall answer: “Verily I am your Nabi . This which I have placed on your scale is the salaat and salaam that you used to recite upon me during your lifetime. Now I have come to your aid and assistance at your time of need.” (Fazaail Durood)

يَا رَبِّ صَلِّ وَ سَلِّمْ دَائِمًا أَبَدًا عَلَى حَبِيبِكَ خَيرِ الخَلْقِ كُلِّهِمِ

 

~ Umm Daania

The purpose of fasting is not only to abstain from food, drink and intercourse for a prescribed time, but also to curb our nafs and desires. This period of fasting is to strengthen our abilities to exercise self-control, and take control of our desires.

Now, our nafs loves food – especially tasty and delicious foods! So by fasting, we are teaching our nafs to refrain from the natural desire and urge to satisfy our appetites and it is hoped that we can then apply it even after the month of Ramadhān has come to an end, in sha Allāh.

The Messenger of Allah () said: ‘A human being fills no worse vessel than his stomach. It is sufficient for a human being to eat a few mouthfuls to keep his spine straight. But if he must (fill it), then one third of food, one third for drink and one third for air.’ [Ibn Majah]

But how to we expect to teach our nafs this form of discipline when we over-eat at Iftaar? Some of us have our plates with food towering, struggling to balance it on the plate! And some of us eat with such a vengeance! – thinking that we have to make up for all the missed meals throughout the day! SubhanAllah! Where is our self-control?   

Now, here is where things might get a little gross – but it must be said!

After eating that unreasonably large amount of food, some people can barely go down into ruk’u and sujood comfortably. They are so stuffed, wallahi! And others stand next to us in salaah and burp/ belch constantly! I mean come on! – Really? Gross! Is this what our Nabī has taught us: that Iftaar is a time to make up for breakfast, lunch, brunch, afternoon snack, pre-dinner dinner, etc? No way!

And let’s not forget to mention how so much eating can make us miss out from our salaah! After we have eaten and drunk so much, it is only likely that we would have to frequent the bathroom, and repeat wudhu. And even if we choose not to relieve ourselves, the urge will only distract us from our salaah. How can one expect to concentrate and focus during his meeting with his Lord when his mind is on something else?! This is why Nabī said When any of you feels the need of relieving himself while the congregational prayer is ready, he should go to relieve himself. [Abu Dawud]

So my dear brothers and sisters in Islam, let us all keep the real objectives in sight when we fast. Let us take all the good that is available to us during this month, and in sha Allāh acquire self-control and piety.

If I offended anyone, I do apologize; it was not my intention, and I hope that you can forgive me.

May Allāh make it easy for us do those things that are pleasing to Him and that will bring us closer to Him. Amīn!

~ Umm Daania

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