Travelers on the Path of Knowledge

Knowledge is an ocean and a few drops just aren’t enough. -Unknown

Islam is Timeless part II. March 5, 2010

Filed under: Forgiveness,Islam,Qur'an,Reflections — Lena @ 2:31 am

Bismillah wAlhamdulillah wa salaatu wa salaam ‘ala Rasulillah.

Alhamdulillah for the blessing of Islam and sufficient it is as a blessing. SubhanAllah.

I forgot to mention something on the last portion of the ayah (49:2) in my previous post.

Allah ta’ala ended the verse with:

“…lest your deeds became null while you do not perceive.”

Allah ta’ala is warning and informing us that we could lose all of our deeds and we would not even be aware of it. SubhanAllah…this is the reality of our actions. Not at any moment are we fully aware of the effects of our actions and often times we are completely heedless of this. Sometimes we even belittle the effects of our words. It may be that we can say something to someone and harm them in some manner with our word and we may think nothing of it but that word can weigh heavily on our scales and cause us to be dragged into hellfire.

But at the opposite end of this, there is always positive–it may be that we say a good word and think nothing of it but that word will weigh so heavily on our scales that it will raise us levels into Paradise.

SubhanAllah this is truly part of the beauty of our deen and of our Generous, Compassionate Lord–throughout the Qur’an He warns of His punishment and tells us His Punishment is Severe, but He ta’ala follows after with words of reassurance for us and tells us of His Forgiveness and Mercy–and how indeed, He is the Most Merciful and we should never lose hope in this fact.

The fact that we would not even perceive this loss of deeds should wake us up, bring our hearts to set on carefully watching what we say and do and to never take things too lightly. If you find you did something wrong, immediately follow it with good and inshaAllah that wrong or disobedient act will be wiped out. However, never despair–while we aim to be careful with actions and words, do not allow it to ever lead you to losing hope.
(And know that Allah ta’ala loves those who turn to Him often in repentance and never tires of it.)

We constantly have to strike a balance between fear and hope and inshaAllah this will lead us to attaining the Pleasure of Allah ta’ala.

May Allah ta’ala allow us to realize the weight of our words and actions; may He ta’ala grant us the tawfiq to constantly spend our time and effort in serving Him and growing closer to Him, and may He allow us to place our trust in Him and never fall into despair for He is the Best of Providers and indeed the Most Generous and Merciful. May He ta’ala forgive me for anything incorrect and allow me to put to practice what I write. Allahumma salli ‘ala sayidna Muhammad wa ‘ala alihi wa sahbihi wa sallim. Allahumma Ameen.

wassalaamu alaikum.

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Rights of Muslims Upon One Another December 15, 2007

Filed under: Forgiveness,Hadith,Islam — musaafir @ 7:26 pm

Rights of All Muslims in general

Apart from your relatives and friends, all Muslims in general have certain rights over you. Allaamah Subhaani in `Targheeb wa Targheeb’ has mentioned them on the authority of Hazrat Ali (Radiallahu Anhu) to be:

1.      Forgive the fault of your Muslim brother

2.      Have compassion during their grief and crying.

3.      Hide their faults.

4.      Accept their excuse.

5.      Remove any trouble or difficulty, which has befallen them.

6.      Always desire good for them.

7.      Guard the love they have for you.

8.      Be mindful of their rights.

9.      If they are sick then visit them.

10. If they pass away then attend their funeral (Janaaza).

11. Accept their invitation (Da’waat).

12. Accept the gifts they send to you.

13. Return the good they do to you.

14. Be grateful to them for their favours to you.

15. When the occasion arises, assist them.

16. Protect and look after their household and families.

17. Assist them in their need.

18. Listen to their requests.

19. Accept their intercession on behalf of others.

20. Do not make them despair from achieving their aims.

21. When they sneeze and say `Alhamdulillah’, then reply by saying ‘Yarhamukallah’.

22. Return their lost goods to them.

23. Reply to their Salaam.

24. Speak to them with kindness and with soft and pleasant words.

25. Be kind and bountiful towards them.

26. If they take a pledge while relying on you, then fulfill their pledge.

27. If someone is oppressing them then assist them; and if they are oppressing someone else then stop them.

28. Have love for them and do not have enmity with them.

29. Do not degrade them.

30. Whatever you desire for yourself, desire the same for them.

In other Hadiths this too has been added:

31. At the time when meeting them then make Salaam; and if you shake their hands then that will be better.

32. If coincidently you become angry with someone, then do not stop speaking to him for more than three days.

33. Do not be suspicious or doubt him.

34. Do not be jealous or have enmity and hatred towards him.

35. As far as possible command good and forbid him from evil.

36. Be kind to the young and respect the Elderly.

37. If two Muslims fight then create a truce between them.

38. Do not backbite about him.

39. Do not cause him any harm, neither in his honour nor in his wealth.

40. If he cannot mount his conveyance then give him support and assist him.

41. Do not make him stand up from his place for you to sit down on it.

42. Two people should not speak amongst themselves while leaving a third person out.

An important point to note is that previously all the rights mentioned were for special groups of people. Their rights are over and above and also include the above-mentioned rights.

Source: SunniPath.com

 

Blindness September 15, 2007

Filed under: Forgiveness,Islam — musaafir @ 10:57 pm

When I was walking through a cave in Colorado, the guide remarked that when the original “discoverers” of the cave stumbled upon it, the cave was very dark. He turned off the lanterns and showed us what darkness was really like. Then he told us that if we were to stay in such pitch black darkness for too long we would go blind.

I never knew that, but it makes sense doesn’t it? Nothing to look at, what would our eyes really be used for in darkness? As I was thinking about this I realized that our hearts are just like this.

Once we sin, a black dot appears on our hearts. When we keep sinning without repentance, more and more black dots appear until the entire organ is black. The heart suffocates under the pressure of these sins. I’m not talking about the physical heart, I’m talking about the spiritual heart. It dies under these sins. We are the cause of our own destruction. When our hearts are overwhelmed by this blackness, they go “blind.” When Allah speaks of the blind hearts, maybe He is referring to the hearts in this state.

The same thing goes for when we sever the ties of Our Creator. When we stop praying, when we stop reflecting, we are plunging ourselves into darkness. We become so blind that we cannot even see the light of our Creator.

Ya Rabb, make us amongst those who are Oft-Repentant and forgive us. Rabbighfirli wa tub ‘alayya.

 

Looking into a Person’s Heart August 19, 2007

Filed under: Forgiveness,Hadith,Islam,Reflections — musaafir @ 1:06 pm

From the SP Blog:

No one besides Allah can look into a person’s heart. No one can understand a person’s intentions or actions besides Allah, The All-Knowing. In Ustadha Noura’s class we learned about the close family of the Prophet . One of the people he loved dearly was his adopted grandson. However, being a part of his family did not mean that one was less accountable for one’s actions. One of the hadiths that shows that even family members were corrected in their manners as follows:

Usama ibn Zayd (the Prophet’s adopted grandson) killed an idolater in battle after the the idolater had said: “There is no god but Allah” (la ilaha illallah).

When news of this reached Allah’s Messenger, he condemned Usama in the strongest terms and he said to him: “How can you kill him after he said La ilaha illallah?”

He replied: “But he said it with the sword hanging over his head-”

The Prophet said again: “How can you kill him after he said La ilaha illallah?”

He replied: “O Messenger of Allah, he said it in dissimulation (taqiyyatan).”
The Prophet said: “Did you split his heart open (to see)?” and he did not cease to reprove him until Usama wished that he had not entered Islam until after he had killed that man so that he might have been forgiven all his past sins through belief.

Another story from the Seerah that emphasizes how we should not be quick to judge one another because we are not fit to judge. Only Allah can judge our actions and intentions, he is al-Hakam and al-’Adl.

 

 

this one might make you cry (Multazim Par) July 6, 2007

Filed under: Forgiveness,Islam,Reflections — musaafir @ 8:39 am

My Urdu is admittedly not the best so when my sister and I were listening to Junaid Jamshed, a Pakistani nasheed artist and heard his song Multazim Par (it is actually a poem written by Mufti Taqi Usmani), I had a bit of trouble understanding parts of it. But the parts I did understand and the parts my sister explained were so striking that I wanted to know in full what the artist was trying to say. Anyhow, as we know, songs are poems so I will post the translation of the beautiful nasheed here (Thanks Usma):

O my Lord, I come to Your door as a beggar
In complete indigence, bringing only my humility and shame.
A beggar who has neither a joli nor a begging-bowl
A beggar slain by his desires and cravings.

Having squandered the treasure of Deen and intellect
at the hands of the ego;
Having sacrificed contentment of heart at the altar of lust and pleasure
Losing my wealth in the quick-sand of heedlessness and sin
I have come to seek refuge under the covering of your Kaaba.
Through the stains of sin the heart’s world is suffering
Aspirations are weak, the will broken and hope is dead.

From whence should I find the strength to express the heart truly?
For in this snare have I passed every moment of my life
In short, having been burnt at the stake of my own ill-deeds
In abject poverty due to the evil of my state

To you have I brought my ill-stricken fate
Empty-handed of any deed befitting your House.
This House of yours, which is your court of Love and Grace O Lord
Tis wholly Light and the repository of all Lights O Lord

Being completely ignorant of the manners of your Doorstep
A beggar knowing not how to beg
My tongue fails to convey my heart’s feeling
O Lord, have mercy on this wordless speech!

These eyes are dry, O Lord, knowing not how to weep
Festering spots in the heart that can’t be cleansed out.
O my Lord I have come to your door as a beggar
wholly indigent, in abject humility and full of shame.

 

The Best of Sinners… May 24, 2007

Filed under: Forgiveness,Islam — musaafir @ 12:52 pm

are those who repent.- Hadith

When I was on Hajj two years ago (December ’05- January ’06) I brought along with me a book entitled, “Prayers for Forgiveness.” It is a collection of seventy prayers for forgiveness said by Hasan al-Basri and translated by Mufti Abdur Rehman ibn Yusuf. It’s an amazing collection that I would recommend everyone to get. prayers_full.gif

Remembering this experience though reminded me that I used to recite these addiyah (prayers) in front of the Kabah, I haven’t recited those addiyah with the same fervor as I have been back. The sheer eloquence and manner in which these duas were moving and required a certain inner reflection that I feel is different from those addiyah I make in English. I feel like I personally put more into reading those words (obviously coupled with the fact that I was on Hajj) and decided that insha’Allah I would pick this book up again and remind myself that self-reflection is necessary more often.

I thought I might decide to share these addiyah with the few readers of this blog online, but realized besides copyright restrictions maybe your desire to have these in front of you would urge you to buy the book yourself (if you do not have it) and maybe have it count as sadaqah and insha’Allah you could benefit from having the text in front of you.

Allah loves the oft-repentant and the advice in the book is that these seventy prayers should be attempted to be read every day.

As Shaykh Husain Abdul Sattar says in the foreword,

“Perhaps the simplest form of istighfar is to reflect on our daily routine and to seek forgiveness for the errors that are apparent. This was the Sunna of the Prophet (may peace and blessings be upon him) and has been the way of the righteous who follow in his footsteps.”

Mufti Abdur Rehman also says in his introduction,

” Cleansing the heart is achieved through the remembrance of Allah (dhikr), repentance (tawba), seeking forgiveness (istighfar), and humbly turning to Him in penitence (inaba). The Messenger of Allah (may peace and blessings be upon Him) did this seventy to a hundred times a day, despite being inerrant and guarded from sin (masum).”

Insha’Allah we can do the same. To this end, while some of you order the book, there is a way to listen to these addiyah. On the publisher’s page for the book there is a tab in the lower left that links to the audio version of the prayers. Insha’Allah we should make the effort to listen to them.

The links are here:

Prayers 1-10

Prayers 11-20 

Prayers 21-30

Prayers 31-40 

Prayers 41-50

Prayers 51-60

Prayers 61-70

Concluding Prayers