Do you offer your Salah?

March 29, 2010 § 3 Comments

Every Muslim knows praying [Salah] is one of the most important five pillars of Islam and yet so many of us don’t bother praying.

We just finished doing the Tafseer of Surah Al Mudathir and Surah Al Qiyama and there was something that was repeated in both chapters of the Qurán that really caught my eye and made me think.

In Surah Al Muddathir there is a conversation between the People of Paradise [May Allah azza wa jal’ make us from among them] and the people of Hell-fire where the People of Paradise will ask them the reason for why they were entered into hell-fire:-

مَا سَلَكَكُمْ فِي سَقَرَ

“What has caused you to enter Hell?”

قَالُوا لَمْ نَكُ مِنَ الْمُصَلِّينَ

‘They will say: “We were not of those who used to offer their Salat (prayers)’

And in Surah Al Qiyama again, one of the reasons for being entered into hell-fire is because:-

فَلَا صَدَّقَ وَلَا صَلَّىٰ

‘He neither affirmed the truth; nor prayed’

[31]

The reason why these people are entered into hell-fire is because they did not offer Salah. A lot of Muslims simply believe they were will be entered into Paradise because they claim to be Muslim and have said the Shahada – but is it really enough?

Reflect, think and ponder.

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The beginning of the End

October 17, 2009 § 15 Comments

When I first started this Taleem Al-Qurán course nearly a year ago it felt as if I had a lot of time on my hands. A year and a half seemed a long time away but time just tends to fly by.

6 Months & 10 more Juz’ to go.

In the next few days I finish my 19th Juz of the Qurán and that will start my official countdown to the end. I’ve come to realise 6 months isnt a long time, time just tends to fly by and you don’t even realise it.

I’ve come to love studying the Qurán, its Tafseer, come to love my environment, come to love the deep attachment I’ve developed with the Qurán. In the next 6 months I’ll complete the whole Tafseer of the Qurán and Arabic Grammar including some other Fiqhi books bi’idhnillah. I’m so glad I’ve done this course, alhamdulilah, its increased my in knowledge and thought me so many things. I felt as if I was reading the Qurán for the first time in my life although it was a book I’ve opened for so many years with and without translations.

The question that comes to mind is, how many years do we dedicate of our lives studying the beloved book of Allah subhanna wa ta’ala compared to the amount of years we spend studying and earning dunya? How much ilm of our own deen do we have compared to the ilm we strive for of the dunya?

On the day of Judgment the Prophet sallalahu alayhi wasallam will be a witness against those who have left the Qurán wrapped in cloth on their highest shelves and only take it out on weddings or funerals:

وَقَالَ ٱلرَّسُولُ يَـٰرَبِّ إِنَّ قَوۡمِى ٱتَّخَذُواْ هَـٰذَا ٱلۡقُرۡءَانَ مَهۡجُورً۬ا

‘And the Messenger will say: O my Lord! Verily, my people deserted this Qur’ân!’

[Surah Al Furqan – 30]

It’s been a beautiful journey, a journey of light and guidance, a journey of attaining sacred knowledge [although my knowledge is still a drop in the ocean] and love and fear and understanding. A journey of gaining the pleasure of Allah and actually recognising my creator. My only regret is that in these two years that I took off to the study the Qurán is that I didn’t start hifdh side-by-side. I almost feel as if I was cocooned in a protected environment of nothing but goodness.

I’m scared though. I don’t want it to end. I don’t want the sweetness in my heart to die, i don’t want my Imaan to go do low on the scale. And a part of me is afraid, how will I deal with the Qur’an after this? The attractions and attachment of dunya is deadly and so is your own nafs. It’ll be going back to secular education after this, back to a co-ed environment and being caught up with dunya. Maybe not to such a large extent but it won’t be like these moments now.

Seeking and attaining ílm of the deen comes with a responsibility – that of spreading further and secondly, anything you do wrong, after knowing its consequences fully will have double the punishment.

Will I be able to fulfill this responsibility? Will I be able to give the Qurán it’s haqq?

Tantawi, Egypt and Niqaab

October 8, 2009 § 18 Comments

Tantawi goes and does it again. I can’t bring to call him Shaykh anymore. I am so upset at this I can’t even begin to put it into words.

Egypts reputed Sunni Scholar of Al Azhar, Yes, the famour Al Azher, one of the top most reputed Islamic Universities come out with the statement banning Niqaab in all schools and universities. And guess what? He doesn’t just stop there, he forcibly removes the Niqaab of a 16 year old in front of her classmates and then goes on to say something crude to her by commenting on her looks. He denys that Niqaab is a part of Islam [At the very least it is Sunnah]. Oh and he takes another step ahead by saying that he knows more about the religion then her and her Parents.

SubhanAllah… these are our so-called ‘Shyookh’ – he shows no respect for the haya and honour of a Muslim Woman which is sacred in Islam and then he shows arrogance when the Prophet sallalahu alayhi wasallam has said that a Man with even an ounce of kibr in his heart will not enter into Paradise.

I’m shocked. Dismayed and saddened, not to mention, as a Niqaabi myself I can’t even begin to imagine how humiliated that girl must have felt.

May Allah subhanna wa ta’ala grant our Sisters in Egypt Sabr and steadfastness and replace our misguided Ulema with guided ones. Ameen.

Shaykh Yasir Qadhi does an excellent article [satire] on Muslimmatters here.

‘O Mankind…’

August 18, 2009 § 7 Comments

This verse never fails to move me:

يَـٰٓأَيُّہَا ٱلنَّاسُ أَنتُمُ ٱلۡفُقَرَآءُ إِلَى ٱللَّهِۖ وَٱللَّهُ هُوَ ٱلۡغَنِىُّ ٱلۡحَمِيدُ

O mankind! it is you who stand in need of Allâh, But Allâh is Rich (Free of all needs), Worthy of all praise. (35:15)

The English translation does not do the verse justice. SubhanAllah, if we just ponder upon this verse, we can begin to understand the concept of Tawheed. It is us who are the fuqaraa’, the needy ones, the ones who don’t really own anything in this dunya. We take all our blessings for granted, not realising or contemplating on the fact that it is Allah subhanna wa ta’ala who has actually given us everything we have and he has the ability to take it away.

Why then do we still disobey Allah subhanna wa ta’ala? Why do we still have the strength to turn our heads away from his commandments?  To show pride and arrogance in his disobedience when it is he who brought us into creation from a nutfah? It is not him who is in need of us, but us in need of him because we are the fuqaraa’ – and he is Al-Ghani.

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