Travelers on the Path of Knowledge

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

Benefited and Rewarded April 3, 2013

Filed under: Gems,Islam,Reflections — Lena @ 12:27 am

(An old post that I never published.)

How truly Magnificent is He who rewards us for those actions which are already beneficial to our hearts, our very state of being, and our success in both this world and the next?  A sister read this from another sister’s letter at a hijab party I once attended, and subhan’Allah how true were these words (may Allah reward her).  I feel this very line applies to everything in Islam.  Allah, subhana wa ta’ala, has made certain things obligatory on us and each of these things is only there as a method of increasing our iman, truly realizing what is the purpose of our life, and not becoming tangled up in the silly, trivial matters of this world.  All of these protect us from the evils of this dunya, protecting us from shaytan and the weaknesses of our own nafs.

That is just the case with the hijab.  It was five years ago exactly (now over 11 years ago–time flies subhanAllah) that Alhamdulillah, Alhamdulillah, Alhamdulillah…all praises belong to Allah, the One, the Most Generous, the only One worthy of praise…I started to wear hijab.  Subhan’Allah, it is the best decision I have yet to make in my life.  I really do not think I can fully express how grateful I am to Him, subhana wa ta’ala.

I am also grateful to have been there for that hijab party.  It was such a great reminder.  Everytime before I go out, I throw this piece of cloth on my head and the worst thing I could do is forget why it is that I choose to do so.  Fi sabilillah.  That’s it.  There is no other reason to it.  Allah subhana wa ta’ala made it obligatory on us and it is an act of obedience to my Lord, Creator of the worlds.  What a meager act in return for all the wonders He fills me with, in return for all the good He has given me, my family, my loved ones.

I don’t think I did this topic justice…but a few thoughts I had wanted to share.

May Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala grant life to our actions by filling them with sincerity.  Ameen.

 

Our Source of Stability July 30, 2012

Filed under: Allah's Names,Gems,Reflections — Lena @ 5:06 pm

Bismillah wAlhamdulillah wa salaatu wa salaam ‘ala rasulillah wa aalihi wa sahbi wa sallam

Earlier in the year, I discussed the tafseer of surat al Haaqah with my students.  I love Bayyinah’s tafseer podcasts.  They offer such insight on the verses and the meaning behind each of the words chosen.  SubhanAllah.

Oftentimes, we hear the name of Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) ‘Adheem translated as “The Great”.  However, Sh. AbdulNasser gives different insight on the name and draws its connection to the daily prayer.  It amazes me how every word in the prayer has such deep meaning if we take the time to reflect and learn about it.

Sh. AbdulNasser shares that the name ‘Adheem also draws on the meaning of stability and that He Alone is the Most Stable and in fact our Source of Stability.  Then our attention is drawn to the prayer.  At which point of your prayer do you feel that you are in the most unstable position?  Is it during the standing, the ruku’ (bowing), the sitting, or the sujood (prostration)?  If someone were to come over to you and give you a slight push, you would be able to hold your ground for most of these except for at the time of ruku’.  Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala as He sent to the Prophet sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam through Jibril ‘alayhi salaam, taught us the words we are to say in each moments of the prayer, such that there should be no moment devoid of our dhikr (remembrance of Him) and our beseeching Him and our salawaat on His Beloved (sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam).  And at this point when we find we are in the most unstable position in the prayer, what is it we are told to say?  Subhana Rabbi al ‘Adheem.  Glory be to my Lord the AlMighty, the Most Stable.  We recognize at this moment the magnificence and greatness of Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) and recognize that in reality we are unstable creatures who derive any sense of stability from Him and His Mercy.

This is similar to the way in which we call on Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) when in sujood (prostration).  We lower our heads to the ground, prostrating in humility before our Creator, the King, and we say “Subhana Rabbi al ‘Aala”: Glory be to my Lord the Most High.  We recognize our insufficiency and weakness and complete need of Allah and how low we are in reality, however it is through our calling on Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) and our connection with Him that we can be raised above the angels.

May we each find our stablity in You, Ya ‘Adheem and be humble before You, Ya ‘Aala.  Forgive us for our shortcomings and relieve the oppressed around the world from the oppression of those that rule over them.  Ameen.

Any mistakes are only from myself and all good is from Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala).  May this blessed month of Ramadan be finding you in good health and you are taking advantage of its many blessings.

 

Relying on Allah Alone May 4, 2010

Filed under: Gems,Islam,Random,Reflections — Lena @ 1:11 pm

Allah ta’ala does not like to find us becoming dependent on other than Him. We become dependent on our money and we will find we are tested with it being taken from us. We become dependent on people, and He ta’ala will have them disappoint us, let us down. This is all Allah ta’ala calling us back to Him, showing us that we should never come to rely or depend on other than Him–Our Sustainer, Our Provider, the Ever-Lasting, the Ever-Appreciative, The Protector, The Merciful, The King.

 

Illuminating Hearts through Prayer April 22, 2010

Filed under: Blogs,Dhikr,Gems — Lena @ 3:08 pm

Absolutely beautiful, motivational, inspiring, and heart-touching. mashaAllah.  May Allah ta’ala allow us to benefit from those who came before us and left bits of their wisdom behind.  May He grant Sh. AbdurRahman al-Akhdari the best of the aakhira.  Ameen.

SeekersGuidance blog:

The pious Maliki scholar Abdur Rahman al-Akhdari who died in the 10 century A.H mentions in his famous work known as al-Akhdari :

Prayer beholds an illuminating divine light which illuminates the hearts of those who perform prayer and none obtain it except those who humble themselves in fear before Allah (during prayer). If you therefore, come to perform prayer, empty your heart form all worldly matters and engage yourself in seeking awareness of your Lord for Whose Countenance you pray.

Keep in mind that Prayer in fact is a act of awe and humility before Allah, The Exalted by standing, bowing, prostrating. Likewise, unequalled respect and esteem for Him is shown by means of takbir, glorification (tasbih) and remembrance and adoration (thikr).

Thus, guard your prayer for it is the greatest form of worship. Do not allow Shaytan to play with your heart and distract you from your prayer thereby obliterating your heart and depriving you from tasting the divine light that prayer provides. Be forever mindful; humbling yourself in prayer because it protects from all shameful and blameworthy deeds. Seek help through Allah for He is the best to seek help from.

Abdus Shakur Brooks

May Allah ta’ala grant us khushoo’. Ameen. Peace and blessings upon the best of creation, His beloved.

 

Greatness by Association April 8, 2010

Filed under: Gems,Islam,Reflections,the Beloved of Allah — Lena @ 5:11 pm

Bismillah

A point I heard from a short talk, on Youtube, of Sh. Yahya Rhodus (may Allah ta’ala preserve him and allow us to benefit from him) earlier today:

An object, person, or entity is only great according to its association with that which is Great–Allah ta’ala.  He mentioned that the masaajid (mosques), or buyoot-Allah (the houses of Allah), are considered great only because of their association to The Great.  Therefore, if we desire to be great we should only associate ourselves with Allah ta’ala and devote ourselves to Him ta’ala.

In similitude, Imam Junaid al Baghdadi stated in reference to the great/tremendous character of the Prophet, sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam:

“His character was tremendous because he had no concern but his Lord.”

May Allah ta’ala forgive me for anything incorrect and may He grant us His tawfiq and tasyir to increase ourselves in devotion. Allahumma Ameen.

 

Wordly Effect of Sincere Obedience March 11, 2010

Filed under: Gems,Islam,Reflections — Lena @ 7:59 pm

An Answer from Seekers Guidance:

“The scholars of Islamic spirituality say that the one guaranteed (though not obligatory) worldly effect of sincere obedience (such as prayer) is the tawfiq, or divine facilitation, to do more good deeds. This is much more beneficial than any worldly thing to ask for, and of course, the rewards in the Hereafter are permanent.”

What a beautiful and beneficial effect.

 

Keeping Time Alive

Filed under: Dhikr,Gems,Imam Al-Haddad,Islam — Lena @ 2:09 pm

“The time following the dawn prayer, when kept alive, has a powerful and specific effect in attracting material provision, whereas, the time following the afternoon prayer, if kept alive, has a powerful effect in attracting provisions of the heart.”
Imam Al-Haddad (rahimahuAllah) in his treatise on Good Manners

Something I need to improve on, inshaAllah. May Allah ta’ala grant us the tawfiq to make the most of our time. Allahumma salli ‘ala sayyidina Muhammad wa ‘ala aalihi wa sahbihi wa sallimu tasleema. Allahumma ameen.