One of the marvel’s of worshipping Allah is that even those who are the richest of the rich will hunger and scream inside for His help at one point. Just as the poor, and hungry ask of him, as do the wealthy. We truly are all equal.
Picture taken in a hospital in Taiwan. A son feeds his mother the way she fed him when he was a child. Incredible man.
"Your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him and that you be kind to parents. Whether one or both of them attain old age in your life, say not to them a word of contempt, nor repel them, but address them in terms of honor. And out of kindness, lower to them the wing of humility and say, "My Lord! Bestow on them Your Mercy even as they cherished me in childhood." - The Qur’an 17:23-24
May Allah guide us. Aameen.
Imam Ibn Qayyim al-Jauziyyah:
“..And verily for everything that a slave loses there is a substitute, but the one who loses Allah will never find anything to replace Him.”
(Ad-Daa’ Wad-Dawaa Fasl, 49)
As my family and I were ‘masjid-shopping’ today, we found two masajid close to where we will live. I mentioned this before in my previous ‘personal’ post. While looking into one of the masjid’s I noticed one brother ‘Khan’ is running for some local office. Instantly I felt a ‘uh oh’ sensation form in my chest. I instantly began running scenarios in which someone may ask me, “Will you support brother Khan in the next upcoming election!?” and how I will respond to them as to why involving one’s self in politics is no good.
Ultimately this brought me back to what it always brings me back to. My intention. How careful one has to be in such scenarios. I end up wondering, ‘why am I trying to do such and such? Is it so the people will praise me? So I will be able to refute some deviants? or Is it for Allah’s sake?’ It’s something that we truly have to look into.
In Dawah, no one will listen to someone who is just talking but has no action. How can you come to someone and tell them politics is against Islam while your ibaadah is suspect and knowledge is weak. Should Muslims accept the truth from wherever it comes? Yes, however the majority of us are not like that. If they can use your sins and weaknesses against you, they will. Even with this being said, you have to look at your own self and ask ‘why am I doing this?’. If you want to seek knowledge you need to be sure that it isn’t just to refute people or quote ayaat in a debate. There should be a foundation of sincerity, that ‘even if I am not listened to, I must advise for Allah’s sake’.
Sometimes we get caught in this ‘savior’ syndrome. This is what has led to the plague of unqualified speakers and ‘teachers’ in our ummah. Everyone feeling like it is ‘their job’ to ‘right the wrongs’ of society. While, in reality, knowing absolutely nothing about the community. We have to bring ourselves to account and constantly inspect our intentions. Our goal should be to call to Allah, but not for fame or to simply refute. It should be so that the deen of Allah is followed correctly and we are seeking Allah’s face while doing this.
A reminder to myself and to others.
I’ll be going to Hajj inshaAllah in a couple of days. If I’ve hurt you, forgive me. InshaAllah I come back an entirely different person.
I’m taking prayer requests so leave them in my ask.
If I were to backbite about anyone, it would be my parents, for they are the most deserving of my good deeds.– Abdullah Ibn Al-Mubarak
How strange it is that when a servant of Allah has a [worldly] problem, he seeks help of Allah, but he never asks Allah to cure his heart before it dies of ignorance, neglect, fulfilling one’s desires and being involved in innovations. Indeed, when the heart dies, he will never feel the significance or impact of his sins.–
Ibn Al-Qayyim (may Allah be pleased with him)
— [Al-Fawaa’id - 10 useless matters]
“O Son of Adam! How is your heart ever going to be softened by the recitation of the Quran when all you read for is to reach the end of the Surah?”– (via 54m1h4)
— Hassan al-Basri rahimahullaah ta’ala
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Allah ta’alaa has said,
(155. And certainly, We shall test you with something of fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits, but give glad tidings to As-Sabirin (the patient)
156. Who, when afflicted with calamity, say: “Truly, to Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return.”)[Suratul Baqarah]
From the signs of the patient is that they return their affairs to Allah as mentioned in the noble ayah, they(the patient) say: “to Allah we belong and to him we shall return”. This saying is known as istirja. From this we see that the believers are to have patience in times of adversity.
Abu Sa’id Al-Khudri (May Allah be pleased with him) reported that: Certain people of the Ansar asked the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) and he gave them; then they again asked him and he gave them until all what he possessed was exhausted. Then the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “Whatever wealth I have, I will not withhold from you. Whosoever would be chaste and modest; Allah will keep him chaste and modest and whosoever would seek self-sufficiency, Allah will make him self-sufficient; and whosoever would be patient, Allah will give him patience, and no one is granted a gift better and more comprehensive than patience”.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].(quoted from Riyaad us Saliheen)
Khabbab bin Al-Aratt (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: We complained to the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) regarding the persecution inflicted upon us by the disbelievers while he was lying in the shade of the Ka`bah, having made a pillow of his cloak. We submitted: “Why do you not supplicate for our prevalence (over the opponents)?”. He (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) replied, “Among those people before you, a man would be seized and held in a pit dug for him in the ground and he would be sawed into two halves from his head, and his flesh torn away from his bones with an iron comb; but, in spite of this, he would not wean away from his Faith. By Allah, Allah will bring this matter to its consummation until a rider will travel from San`a’ to Hadramout fearing none except Allah, and except the wolf for his sheep, but you are in too much of a hurry”.
My brothers and sisters, may Allah bless you, look at this great hadeeth. That during the times when the oppression upon the Muslims(from the mushrikeen) were the heaviest the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلام advised the Muslims with patience and reminded them of the righteous before them who were tested with worse. This is the way of the believers. Not going out, and rioting as the Muslims have fallen into today. It is upon us to have patience and follow the way of As Sabireen was Saliheen.
May Allah guide us to patience and have mercy on us.
Beneficial reminder to the Students of knowledge: The Comments of Shaykh Saleh al Ash Shaykh upon the Life of Imam Ahmad
Bismillah wassalaatu wassalaamu alla rasululahi amma’ ba’d:
The following are the comments of Shaykh Saleh al Ash Shaykh translated by brother Musa Richardson, upon the life and actions of Imam Ahmad(May Allah have mercy on him). I have brought these firstly as a reminder to myself and to anyone who is serious about seeking Shari’ knowledge. May it move your heart and be influencial to you as it was upon me.Shaykh Saleh al Ash Shaykh mentioned: “Imam Ahmad used to sit with his brothers occasionally, and sometimes with his companions and students. He would also mix with the common people as well. They would talk about a number of affairs. But Imam Ahmad would only speak if there was something beneficial to be said. The benefit could be his teaching the people or ordering them with righteousness. They said, “If some affair of knowledge was mentioned, he would talk.”
I(Dawud Abdul Hameed) say:This has been mentioned by many of the scholars in our time and the past, that one should be balanced in seclusion and mixing with the people in what is good. Therefore in this statement we can see Imam Ahmad was from the great examples in this practice.
The Shaykh continues: “In reality, this concept has been put to the test. The heart is not able to contain too many things, too many conflicting things inside a person’s character. So it is binding on the student of knowledge to dedicate himself wholeheartedly to knowledge, first and foremost. He must stay away from vain talk and wasting his time. If he contemplates something, then he contemplates over some issue related to knowledge. If he speaks, then he speaks about knowledge. This will cause his life to take the task of seeking knowledge head-on, and it will give him a strong desire to study.As a result of this,the student’s speech will differ from the speech of other people. Why? That is because the student speaks the language of the people of knowledge. He lives with the Companions and their students. He lives with Maalik, Ash-Shaafi’ee, Ahmad, and Sufyaan. He lives with Al-Bukhaaree and the Imams like Ibn Khuzaymah and Shaykhul-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah. He lives with the Imams of Islaam. He speaks with their words as he discusses issues with them. He is immersed in their oceans of knowledge.”
Note: Subhanaa Allah, how great is this speech? Notice the Shaykh mentions the Student “lives” with the Imams, and by this meaning that he Immerses himself in reading and benefiting from their works. Everything he does is concerning knowledge which is why he will differ from the lay people, so much so even his very speaking is different.
This should be heavy upon us as we must ask ourselves, what are we doing? Do we immerse ourselves in knowledge or do we get tired from reading a page of Quran?
Ponder this, May Allah bless you, and increase you in good.
Even the smallest of weaknesses is exploited by the devil and his henchmen.