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Alhamdulilah, all praise is due to Allah who continues to shower His mercy upon us whether we’ve asked or not. Subhana’Allah, how good to us my Lord is.

Tears… tears of joy to be exact. This past weekend at my teen halaqah one of the best/happiest moments of my life took place. A young woman came in and sat through my halaqah, afterwards I asked her if she had any questions about what I talked about, and in Islam in general. Eventually, and I doubt it all came from me (i.e my talk), but ultimately what transpired happened by the will of Allah and I’m moved that Allah used me as a tool for this sister to enter into Islam. Her heart was guided by Allah, and it was the decree of Allah that she had come into my halaqah of all places. I remember once listening to kamel El Makki’s lecture on ‘how to give Shahadah in ten minutes’ on Youtube, and one of the greatest tips I learned from that series was when you encounter someone and you give dawah to them, invite them to Islam. After asking her questions about what she knew, had any questions/or misgivings about Islam, I asked her if she wanted to become muslim and subhana’Allah she accepted. Its been a couple days since I’ve made that invitation and my heart is joyed and my eyes fill with tears thinking about it. It is one of the greatest Joys to to experience. I pray that Allah causes this sister to stay firm in this beautiful faith, and that she is of those who are entered into paradise without accountability.

Halaqats/ any gathering of remembrance is the best place to be in! I’m headed to one in a half hour and alhamdulilah I’m honored to give this talk below…. here are my notes! What an amazing lecture, and I can totally relate to the tears of Joy! Tears of knowing Allah’s mercy is upon me and all of us, and He gives, gives, and gives in so many ways that its beyond comprehension!


Yaser Birjas – Just A Tear For The One We Fear

The Prophet said:
There are seven whom Allah will shade in His Shade on the Day when there is no shade except His Shade: a just ruler; a youth who grew up in the worship of Allah, the Mighty and Majestic; a man whose heart is attached to the mosques; two men who love each other for Allah’s sake, meeting for that and parting upon that; a man who is called by a woman of beauty and position [for illegal intercourse], but be says: ‘I fear Allah’, a man who gives in charity and hides it, such that his left hand does not know what his right hand gives in charity; and a man who remembered Allah in private and so his eyes shed tears.’

Narrated by Abu Hurairah & collected in Sahih al-Bukhari (english trans.) vol.1, p.356, no.629 & Sahih Muslim english trans.) vol.2, p.493, no.2248

Seven who are covered in the shade of Allah azza wa jala, on a day when there is no shade.
Alone, without a distraction they remember Allah. They are alone, they tear up.

That they sit and think about Allah, it becomes real to them, and they are moved.

Hadeeth : wa rajuln thakiruallah Qalin Fa fadat 3aynaa. They sit and they remember.

Beautiful gatherings, . After every beautiful gatherings, their departures, But not every departure has to return to a reunion, bc when you die there is no reunion except to the hereafter. Example; Parents there, a young man, parents grow old, they depart, they leave, soon a child comes and he calls him ‘father’. Until that perpetual gathering in the hereafter. Shows how we will only meet together, the cycle continues. When this cycle ends, you make sure that you are of these who are covered by the shade, you are part of these categories.

Someone who remembers Allah in their solitude and their eyes tear up. Fadat 3ayna is not whaling, eyes are flowing with tears.

Why do people cry?

Imam al qurtabi on his commentary of Surat Najim, Waninahu huwa adhaaka wa abka “Allah is the one who makes you laugh and cry” He is the one who allowed/created for this to happen, and He created situations that allowed us to feel this way. It was by His decree. He created the Asbaab- the reason. Crying/laughing natural things, especially crying, a natural thing, not a weakness.

The righteous cried in the past, Allah says in Surah Maryam Olaika allatheena anAAama Allahu AAalayhim mina alnnabiyyeena min thurriyyati adama wamimman hamalna maAAa noohin wamin thurriyyati ibraheema waisraeela wamimman hadayna waijtabayna itha tutla AAalayhim ayatu alrrahmani kharroo sujjadan wabukiyyan
19:58 Those were some of the prophets on whom Allah did bestow His Grace,- of the posterity of Adam, and of those who We carried (in the Ark) with Noah, and of the posterity of Abraham and Israel of those whom We guided and chose. Whenever the Signs of ((Allah)) Most Gracious were rehearsed to them, they would fall down in prostrate adoration and in tears.

To cry is a noble thing, especially is for the sake of Allah.

The prophet sal allahu sallam cried for the sake of Allah. Aisha r.a mentioned how he was up, he “Tharaynee 3ayn” leave. I love you, but I won’t stand in the way. In he cried his sujud. Even someone was there and he cried, but when you are alone/or someone is there, when you are doing in salaah by yourself and you cry, its truly that you are remembering Allah.

What is that thing that is worst crying for? Why do we cry? Sometimes movies and other things make us cry. Sometimes we cry when we watch animation, a sale ended at the mall, our team lost a game.

Why people cry:
*People cry out of fear: Qawf: something that will happen in future

*Out of Rahma: out of mercy, tenderness, someone like the Prophet sal allahu sallam his child dying in his arm. Abdullah ibn 3awf so this and he said you do this. And he sal allahu alayhi wa sallam told him its from the rahma of Allah that this is possible’

*Out of love: You cherish a memory of someone you love. Memories of moments with them. You fear it won’t last long.

* Crying of ones love one departing/coming.

**Tears of happiness: cool tears/ brings ease and tranquility to the heart.

*Tear of huzn: tears of sorrow/you remember and you cry. Extremely hot, or warm, comes with pain.

*Tears of weakness: situation where you feel helplessness. It’s a breaking point, and you feel like I can’t do anything about this situation. Leads to regret, pain, etc.

In old days, whaling, they use to pay ppl to whale on the behalf of those who died. F

Fake tears: tears of hypocracy, they are lying.

Fear: Qawf, qhashya: rahma, ishfaaq: (Qawf/Qhashiya) most common, that is the practice of the anbiyah, :

Inma yaqshallah min ul3ama : those who fear Allah are the scholars

The men hearing of the Prophet sal allahu sallam, over heard things and he told them I’m the most akhshaykhum – the most fearful of you all.

Ibnul Qiyam Al jawzi, in his book Madrakul salikeen has a beautiful description of Qashiyah : is fear that is associated with knowledge You fear out of what you know. The day of Judgement is an open book exam, you have all the answers, they have come to you, you have no reason to fail. Do your homework, gain knowledge, and you will pass. Qawf: not associated with knowledge, you fear of what is going to happen, you hear something and you guess whats going to happen. Those who have the Qawf, without the knowledge, they will be angry, they will be upset because they don’t have the knowledge, they become angry and lose hope in Allah. Those who have knowledge, they know who Allah is, they avoid the jahanam, they want jannah, they have the incentive to work harder. The companions when they heard the verses, they cried, they were moved, they didn’t fainted. People who came after companions, when faint when they would hear verses of hell-fire, they didn’t faint, they were just scared.

Another explanation by Ibnul Qiyam rahimullahi : Someone sees a flood coming, you see it, you physically run away, as you keep running, this qawf depends movement. Qashiyah, when you get higher level, find shelter, you hide yourself, you are still scared, but you have the knowledge. Qashiyah leads to peace, you develop that peace with Allah.

These people are not crying out of desperation, they are crying because of Qashiyah, they know Allah, they are crying because of the mercy of Allah.

These people even crying in the hope of meeting Allah subhana wa tala. Ubay Ibn Ka3b: He received the news from the Prophet sal allah alayhi wa sallam “ Ya ubay Innallah subhana qad amara qarat quran: The Prophet said, Allah has commanded you me to recite to you..Ubay was shocked, and he said he said me, Allah mentioned me by name? Ubay cried! It’s a moment of happiness, of joy! Because of Qashiya, is the middle path between Jannah and nar/ where you hope for the mercy of Allah but are cautious.
We have been given this knowledge now of this, we have Qashiya . 7 people who meet the qualifications on being under that shade on the Day of Judgment. On the day of Judgment you will cry because of cool tears.

This requires knowledge, this fear; it’s a positive fear of Allah. Empower yourself with deen.

Imam ibnu Qayim: 3alamu bi Allah 3alim bi deen– knows allah and knowledgeable of allah. They know what allah is to them,they work towards.

3alamul bi Allah jahiliya bi deenallah. They know about Allah, but don’t know anything about deen of allah. They don’t have it in their hearts, that qashiyah, comes with fear

3alamul jahilyah billah bi deenallah. Orientalist. Some Muslims, so rigid in their practices, only recognize the superficial practice that they have lost the spirit of the deen. They lost the connection of the deen.

You can be an expert, can get the 7 sides, Like umar r.a, just like you have all the degrees, an expert in this and this.

We don’t want to tear up for the worst situations in the hereafter, we want to work hard right now, go through situations and face them so that in the day of Judgement we are happy/and tears of Joy. Happy that they did what we did in this dunya. This dunya is not easy, things will come, and difficulty will come. Allah has tested people before us, and will test us.

The road to Paradise and the finishing this life with a good ending is difficulty, its not easy! Jannah is expensive!
:::Its Expensive:::
Being granted such an abode of bliss is difficult…its a path in which one is tested, shaken to the core..subhana’Allah. A bit ago we covered verse 214 of Surah Baqarah in Al-Huda, Examples of those who were before is given and of how they were tested. Its not enough to say I believe, there is more to it. subhana’Allah, towards the end of the ayah He states..these people were shaken to the core..tested with hardship Albasa, and Aduriry and suffering, and then what to the point they exclaimed “mata nasurallah” when is the help of Allah?! And in which Allah replies, “the help of Allah is near”

I reflected upon this and I thought Allah tests those whom He loves and surely their abode is Jannah (Paradise). But that abode and getting into is not easy, it comes with hard work, dedication, and much toil and testing! Remember that.

We’re tested in patience-when seeking the knowledge of Islam (indeed this requires a specific type of patience). And this we must do as learning about Allah, who is Allah-His attributes, ways of increasing in our Iman and really connecting with Him we must do. We must make the effort as we know whoever takes the path of knowledge (of islam) Allah will pave the one to Jannah for them (paraphrased: sahih hadeeth)

Baqarah ayah: 155
We’re tested with Fear
We’re tested with Hunger
We’re tested with loss of wealth
We’re tested with loss of health
We’re tested with loss of life/soul
So next when your tested, remember “ala inna nasra Allah Qareebun” The help of Allah is near.
So when you are shaken-and yes one time or another we all will be, remember to keep steadfast in the way of Allah (as that is the path to Jannah), and remembered that the path of paradise is paved with hard work and many trails.
Baqarah ayah 214:
Am or
hasibtum did you all think haa seen baa hasabah-to think , consider
an that
tadkhuloo you will enter, all enter
aljannata the jannah
walamma : while not as yet
Yatikum : it comes to you
mathalu : like of
allatheena of those who
khalaw : they passed away
min from
qablikum before you
massathumu it touched them
albasao the hardship
waalddarrao : and the suffering: adversity comprised of mental pain, physically as well as psychological traumas. Fatigue, hunger
wazulziloo : and they were shaken, zaay laam zaa laam -to shake to and fro-continuously -to frighten someone, to put them in a difficult position till they are shaken.
hatta Until
yaqoola he says
alrrasoolu the messenger said
waallatheena and those who
amanoo they believed
maAAahu : with him
mata when
nasru : help
llahi of Allah
ala : beware, for emphasis-this is true, its near.
inna : indeed
nasra : help
Allah : of Allah
qareebun : is one near

Not to leave with a sad not, the mercy of Allah is great, He loves that we return to Him, ask Him for forgiveness, and work towards doing good deeds! The doors of mercy and forgiveness are open, it is just there for us to make sincere dua and seek His help!




Posted: December 20, 2009 in Ahh moments, Shaykh Yaser Birjas


Alhamdulilah, all praise is due to Allah who bestows His mercy upon us. Alhamdulilah, have not update much on here of late, but have been meaning to. I am grateful to Allah for all the provisions and goodness has bestowed upon me! I love listening to the lecture below a thousand time, and every time I learn something new, and for sure my salaah concentration increases.


Just got off the phone with F and K in our session in reviewing Evolution of Fiqh!

Masha’Allah, some notes!

Fiqh:2 levels:

  • Uloomal Qaya: technological science: Purpose of knowing them-Quran,Aqlaq, etc
  • Uloomal Ala: Instrumental science: serves a purpose for technological science-explanation-i.e for Quran-tajweed, sabab, science of quran, science of hadeeth.

Fiqh an honorable path-Quran, science, etc. all will come down to fiqh

We don’t know much and should realize-the knowledge of Islam is so vast: 3 Stages of Knowledge

  • 1st: Person breeds arrogance (you learn something and you run with it…you think you know it all)
  • 2nd: Person breeds arrogance (you actually realize you don’t know enough)
  • 3rd: Person realizes they know nothing (i.e shaykh uthaymeen r.a, the ulaama when asked..they would say I know nothing, I am just a student of knowledge..truly shows their humulity)


  • Linguistically:Fresh source of water
  • Technically: divine revelations obtained from Quran and Sunnah

Tashree: From Allah to the Prophet s.a.w/companions/spread by the scholars:2 kinds

  • Divine
  • Human Legislation
  • (pt 1 : man made laws change-Allah’s law doesn’t-hijab, forbidding of fornication..etc.)
  • (pt 2:Laws from Allah-you get rewarded for doing good and punished for doing bad, while man made laws you get punished only once caught/and are not rewarded for doing good)


  • Era of the Prophet s.a.w
  • Era of the companions
  • Era of the Tabi’een
  • Era of the great Imams
  • Era of 4 mathhabs:students already established-rivals
  • Era of Taqleed:blind following, stagnation, decline
  • Era of Reformation: Judgment based on Islamic Fiqh (times of Ibn Taymiyah r.a, and more so our time)

Foundations: Allah states that what the Prophet s.a.w brings is from Allah. Obediance to him s.a.w is obeying Allah.

Ma afaa Allahu AAala rasoolihi min ahli alqura falillahi walilrrasooli walithee alqurba waalyatama waalmasakeeni waibni alssabeeli kay la yakoona doolatan bayna alaghniyai minkum wama atakumu alrrasoolu fakhuthoohu wama nahakum AAanhu faintahoo waittaqoo Allaha inna Allaha shadeedu alAAiqabi

59:7 What Allah has bestowed on His Messenger (and taken away) from the people of the townships,- belongs to Allah,- to His Messenger and to kindred and orphans, the needy and the wayfarer; In order that it may not (merely) make a circuit between the wealthy among you. So take what the Messenger assigns to you, and deny yourselves that which he withholds from you. And fear Allah. for Allah is strict in Punishment.

Geography/Historical: On the onset of Islam entering the Arabian Peninsula revolution occurred by way of mixed culture-color-no distinct line except that of strength in the deen. No Arab was better than a non-Arab. The Prophet s.a.w brought peace-change-i.e (The Arabs had fought in a 40 year war over a horse issue..decade after decade people were fighting, and some didn’t even know the details as to why the war or battles were occurring, they just fought because they were use to that)

Culture/Power: There were already other legislation/cultures prior to Islam and Islam came to empower those cultures and not to whip them out. It gave power to the Arabian peninsula and those who were following the religion of Islam: i.e It took Omar r.a and his army 7 years to whip out the Roman empire, and empire that had ruled vast lands and for decades! Subhana’Allah. Power lies in the adherence to Allah’s deen.

Politics: The Prophet s.a.w had connections with the Najashi in Ethopia who was kind to the muslims/aided them, and had converted to the religion of Islam and died as muslim. In Egypt the Christians, in Iraq-the fire worshippers i.e had close relationship with the Prophet s.a.w-send maria as a gift to the Prophets s.a.w. In Medina-the Jews.

Mecca: Tribal/Business/well of zamzam-place that was central to the flourishing of Islam.

Makki Surahs: Dealing with Tawheed/Day of Judgment/Universal laws-morality established/No Jihad-muslims outnumbered at this-had sanctions/treaties/Rulings of hala/haram established/Basic of worship-shahadah/Salah established

Madanee Surahs: Socal regulations/fasting/sadah/zakah/Commercial regulations :Riba (ayah)

Allatheena yakuloona alrriba la yaqoomoona illa kama yaqoomu allathee yatakhabbatuhu alshshaytanu mina almassi thalika biannahum qaloo innama albayAAu mithlu alrriba waahalla Allahu albayAAa waharrama alrriba faman jaahu mawAAithatun min rabbihi faintaha falahu ma salafa waamruhu ila Allahi waman AAada faolaika ashabu alnnari hum feeha khalidoona

2:275 Those who devour usury will not stand except as stand one whom the Evil one by his touch Hath driven to madness. That is because they say: “Trade is like usury,” but Allah hath permitted trade and forbidden usury. Those who after receiving direction from their Lord, desist, shall be pardoned for the past; their case is for Allah (to judge); but those who repeat (The offence) are companions of the Fire: They will abide therein (for ever).

Regulation (civil/political/social

  • Civil Laws: Marriage, divorce, child custody, inheritance.
  • Political: Establishment of Mecca as a state
  • Political: The Prophet as a ruler of that state
  • Political: emergence of 1st constitution.
  • The Prophet s.a.w ruler over:realization by the Jews/Christians living in mecca at the time. Sanctions/treaties place in dealing with 3 jewish tribes.
  1. Banu Qaynuqah : broke treaty on the beaking of war over woman being harrassed.
  2. Banu Nadir: Wanted to kill the Prophet s.a.w-Gabrial a.s came and warned the Prophet s.a.w-he s.a.w then came with a warning for them to leave mecca in 2 weeks-(so they could sell homes/prepare to leave) the munifiqoon heard and tried to convince banu nadir out of it, banu nadir decided to stay, the Prophet sa.w adament and told them to leave asap-(Surah were mad and burned their homes before leaving-[ayah]

    Huwa allathee akhraja allatheena kafaroo min ahli alkitabi min diyarihim liawwali alhashri ma thanantum an yakhrujoo wathannoo annahum maniAAatuhum husoonuhum mina Allahi faatahumu Allahu min haythu lam yahtasiboo waqathafa fee quloobihimu alrruAAba yukhriboona buyootahum biaydeehim waaydee almumineena faiAAtabiroo ya olee alabsari

    59:2 It is He Who got out the Unbelievers among the People of the Book from their homes at the first gathering (of the forces). Little did ye think that they would get out: And they thought that their fortresses would defend them from Allah. But the (Wrath of) Allah came to them from quarters from which they little expected (it), and cast terror into their hearts, so that they destroyed their dwellings by their own hands and the hands of the Believers, take warning, then, O ye with eyes (to see)!

  3. Banu Quraybah:Broke treaty: Battle of Al-Ahzab fought. Surah Al-Ahzah-very intense battle- (throats..ayah..find)

Some key points in Al-Ahzab:Sa’ad Ibn Muad r.a : Leader of the Ansar: from Qazraj-gave his leadership to the Prophet s.a.w. He stated he didn’t want to die unless he got revenge from banu Quraybah in retaliation of what they did. He had great relationship with the jewish and all that knew him, so much so that when the enemies were caught, they were asked about who they wanted to choose their punishment for them, and they stated Sa’ad ibn Muad r.a

  • When he came to proceed/and pass judgment he was carried by two men because he was so sick, and the Prophet s.a.w said stand up for your leader and everyone stood in awe of him. He ordered for the men to be killed, and the woman to be taken as slaves–safiyah r.a one of the wives of the Propet s.a.w from this tribe, out of respect of her-they were let go.
  • When he died the Prophet s.a.w said the Arsh-the thrown of Allah shook-that had not happened for anyone.
  • In Rays of Faith: In Sakaratul Mawt- in the qabrah-everyones grave will be tightened, and the Prophet s.a.w said no one will be saved from it, and if he there would be someone it would be Sa’ad ib Muad.
  • When he died, more than 70,000 angles came to witness his janazah-that had not happened for anyone on earth.
  • (Subhana’Allah, don’t you just love Sa’ad ibn Muad r.a?!)

Foundation: less than a 100 who migrated from mecca to medina-protected-Islam had flourished with the help of these few. A reminder for us in the west-you can have a few-less amount-who may carry-the deen-and spread it. It came from the east-but spread to the west, and today in our position we have a chance to utilize all that we have to spread the beauty of Islam to the rest of the world!

Last pt. mecca surahs: to the point-here is the hell-fire-here are the people of Jannah-don’t do this-don’t do that. At the time in Mecca and farther down when these surahs were being revealed the deen was so knew-the basics were brought down and no room for arguments or long drawn explanation-however in the madanee surahs-which were characterized by long drawn out ayahs explain depth-gave room for more in depth topics. Key points: Allah’s hikmah, spoke and revealed to people His book in parts, from short-giving to the point knowledge of deen-and spoke to the people at their level-and later on when they had grown in knowledge-brought down more in depth topics-explaining further of what He, the most high, had already established. Allah spoke to the people at their own level and at the appropriate time! Do we do this?!