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’

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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.

‘When will you wake from this slumber?’

February 10, 2010 § 3 Comments

Surah Al Infitar

November 9, 2009 § 2 Comments

This Surah never fails to move me. I think of it as a ‘reality check.’

How many times do we remember whilst sinning that there are Angels writing down every single thing we do?

Anyway, beautiful recitation by Shaykh Al Ansari, love his Qir’aat mashaAllah.

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?

Wishing Well

October 2, 2009 § 4 Comments

I want to back in time and be a kid again. I want to go back to the days where the only concern would be colour-pencils or barbie dolls and playing with toys. Where I’d daydream about Snow White and the Seven dwarves or Cinderella and Goldilocks and the three bears.

Back to a time where responsibilities didn’t exist, where I didn’t have to make major decisions or deal with the craziness that we call life. A life that seems so mundane sometimes, repetitive – an absolute… nothing. We eat, we laugh, we talk and we go into our graves. Back to where we came from and yet we think we’re immortal creatures who walk this Earth, never dying.

Best of all though, I want to go back to a time where I wasn’t accountable for my actions. When nothing was written down by the angels on my shoulders. Sometimes, the enormity of what we call life engulfs me and I want to sit in a corner and never leave. One day it’ll all be over. One day, the spirit will be taken out of our souls and our loved ones will wash our bodies. We’ll be so helpless, so utterly helpless then. But we don’t give up on being proud now, being arrogant, being disobedient. And worst of all, being disobedient after we realise what we’re doing is wrong.

Isn’t it amazing? How we’re so involved with life, so engrossed that we’re heedless about death. About being answerable for our actions and our lives.

What I’m terrified of, is this, of being among the people who will say this on the day of judgment:

وَهُمۡ يَصۡطَرِخُونَ فِيہَا رَبَّنَآ أَخۡرِجۡنَا نَعۡمَلۡ صَـٰلِحًا غَيۡرَ ٱلَّذِى ڪُنَّا نَعۡمَلُۚ أَوَلَمۡ نُعَمِّرۡكُم مَّا يَتَذَڪَّرُ فِيهِ مَن تَذَكَّرَ وَجَآءَكُمُ ٱلنَّذِيرُۖ فَذُوقُواْ فَمَا لِلظَّـٰلِمِينَ مِن نَّصِيرٍ

Therein they will cry: “Our Lord! Bring us out [of hellfire], we shall do righteous good deeds, not (the evil deeds) that we used to do.” (Allâh will reply): “Did We not give you lives long enough, so that whosoever would receive admonition, could receive it? And the warner came to you. So taste you (the evil of your deeds). For the Zâlimûn (polytheists and wrong¬doers) there is no helper.” (Surah Fatir:37)



Medina Eid Salat 1430/2009

September 20, 2009 § 4 Comments

I always find the sheer amount of Muslims gathering for Eid Prayers amazing. Our local Masjid is pretty big and can hold a few hundred people [Men] and on the Womens section we have windows where we can look down at them. And on Eid the Masjid is completely full with people from all walks of life respresnting Islam and its beautiful just watching and hearing the Men recite the Takbeer in loud voices. [On normal days the Imam tends to start the Mens Saff from the middle of the Masjid]

Anyway, Medina and Mecca hold some of the largest Eid Prayers mashaAllah, just watching this video sent chills down my spine. Not to mention, Shaykh Budair recites beautifully.

The only sad part is that regardless of how many in number we might be, we as an Ummah are still weak and struggling because victory does not come through number, but through having sincere and steadfast Imaan.

Ramadan Kareem

August 21, 2009 § 3 Comments

Ramadan Kareem to all.  Alhamdulilah, Allah [SWT] has give us the tawfique to enter into this month and that is a blessing in and in of itself. So many people who were there last Ramadan are not with us today so treat every Ramadan as your last one.

This shar – this month is a month full of so many blessings that we can’t even begin to touch upon them. There is a famous ahadith in which two sahaaba passed away, one a martyr and the other next year in his bed. And yet the other Sahaaba [ra] had a dream that the one who had passed a year later had entered into Jannatal Firdaws earlier then the martyr. When asked, RasoolAllah sallahu ‘alayhi wasallam replied that yes, it is because of the upper hand he had on his friend by coming upon Ramadaan and fasting and his Qiyaam he maintained in that year.

So reflect and ponder and try to attain as much ajar in this month as you can. Who knows? This could be your last.

And last but not the least, fasting in this month is not just about refraining from food and drink, but refraining from sinning, for the Prophet sallalahu alayhi wasallam has said, ‘“Whoever does not give up false speech and acting in accordance with it, and ignorant conduct, Allaah has no need of him giving up his food and drink.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari.

TaqabbalAllahu minna wa minkum.

PS – As a Ramadaan objective I will be sending less time online so therefore, less blog posts, inshaAllah. 🙂

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