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Posted: December 1, 2011 in Ahh moments, Taleem Al-Quran (Al-Huda)

Bismillah,

Alhamdulilah, all praise is due to Allah who has blessed us in so many ways!

I’ve been busy doing what I love doing! Alhamdulilah, my Lord is great to us. Will post my lecture from last week!

What powerful reminders there is in surah Baqarah! One from surah Baqarah (49-59 ) today:

Allah sent clouds of mist and manna and salwa for bani Isreal in a desert…the blessings came of all places, subhana’Allah how my Lord blesses us, these are signs to remind us no feat is over great for Allah, and that blessings will come when He decrees and that He is capable of all things! Gem from surah Baqarah!

Bismillah,

Alhamdulilah, all praise is due to Allah subhana wa tala who provides for us in so many ways!

Today in my alhuda class we covered verses 1-5 of Surah Baqarah, and one of the parts that really hit home with me was the concept of Taqwa. Having Taqwa is a precursor to obtaining guidance. Allah says that this book is a guidance for the mutaqeen (those who are God conscious-Pious), meaning that these people approach the Quran with Allah in mind (following what He commands and distancing oneself from what displeases Him). My teacher recently covered gave the example of going to a party and coming dressed appropriately, and in the same way I thought of the Quran and anything to do with Allah, i.e that we must claock ourselves with clothing of Taqwa, we must adorn our lives with the remembrance of Allah so that we may continue to recieve and benefit from the guidance that Allah readily provides for us. In tafseer we also discussed how Allah says in surah Baqarah (that this book is for the mutaqeen- the God conscious, but at the same time somewhere else Allah says “this book is a guidance for mankind”) and to understand these verses is to say that the Quran is revealed for all-open to all, to read, reflect, recieve information, but the one who benefits the most from it and gains the utmost guidance is the one who comes to it with a heart that is God conscious. This point really hit home with me…it made me think about what I should think about every time I open Allah’s noble book, the kind of frame of mind I should be in.

Some gems/reminders from class:

* Allah subhana wa tala is Ar Rahman-Ar Rahmeem, and when we face difficulty in anything we should see whether the problem is happening as a result of something we are doing wrong. We should seek to gain Allah’s forgiveness, pray two rakats of nawafil and continue to seek Allah’s guidance in everything we do.

* Whenever we are doing anything, working towards something, we should ask ourselves whether its Akhirah oriented or not. We should strive and know that whatever we are doing if its for the sake of Allah, the efforts will not be forgotten by Allah and He will reward us.

* With every hardship comes ease, and sadly enough we forget the ease part. We have a lot of eases that Allah has blessed us with that we don’t take into account. Our sight, our hearing, everything that we have.

* There are so many things that we get from Allah that we didn’t even ask for. Allah has given to us anyway.

* Concerning huruful Muqadat- disjointed letters in beginning of Surah Baqarah. When Allah wants as to understand, open our heart to something, or to comprehend something it will happen…only when He wills it. This is so true in life! Whatever we can’t understand, we must accept it as Allah’s decree i.e Alif Laam Meem meaning.

* What is your meaning of success. Prophets s.a.w. defination. To be saved from the hell-fire, and entered into Paradise (hadeeth).

* The least punishment in the hell-fire is that given to Abu Lahab- shoes of fire that makes his brain boil; So when we take the idea of hell-fire lightly we don’t know the reality of it, and we have no comprehended the severity of the punishments.

* Anything associated with Allah has a high status. The Quran, the people associated with the sunnah, its time frame, all of it is important.

* Try to give up a lot of sleeping, less sleep, and more time to the way of Allah and you will see barakah in your life.

* Ulaika- “those” is showing high status, these people are being exalted..those who recieved guidance from Allah, who believe in the unseen, who establish salaah, who give zaakah. Allah also uses “Ulaika” to refer to the people of the book- ahlul kitaab, because indeed these people were given one of the books of Allah as well. We need to be open minded when giving them dawah.

* Verse 3 of Maida, Omar r.a had a jewish man tell him that had they been given that verse in their book, they would have been celebrating…who would have followed it if it was in their book.

* Referring to point up. In path of knowledge, prejudice takes the place of taking knowledge from a specific people. Open minded we should be!

Bismillah,

Alhamdulilah, all praise is due to Allah who has blessed us in every facet of our lives.

The Alchemist notes, commentary:

* “The secret is here in the present. If you pay attention to the present, you can improve upon it. And, if you improve on the present, what comes later will also better” I really like this point as its a topic that keeps coming up throughout the book. Subhana’Allah how many times throughout our day do we worry about the what-ifs, and the future…may Allah grant us ease and help us to be grateful for what we have right now and grant us to the ability to be patient for what is in store for us in the future.

* “… to die tomorrow was no worse than dying on any other day. Every day was there to be lived or to mark one’s departure from this world” This reminds me of the companion who was asked what he would do differently if he were to die tomorrow or soon, and they replied “nothing differently, just continue what I was doing” (paraphrase)…subhana’Allah, its amazing indeed, we should live our lives as though we won’t have many tomorrows and do all the good we can! Sabiqoooooooooo!

* “Every search beings with beginners luck. And every search ends with the victor’s being severely tested.” This reminds me of the verse where Allah says …

Am hasibtum an tadkhuloo aljannata walamma yatikum mathalu allatheena khalaw min qablikum massathumu albasao waalddarrao wazulziloo hatta yaqoola alrrasoolu waallatheena amanoo maAAahu mata nasru Allahi ala inna nasra Allahi qareebun
2:214 Or do ye think that ye shall enter the Garden (of bliss) without such (trials) as came to those who passed away before you? they encountered suffering and adversity, and were so shaken in spirit that even the Messenger and those of faith who were with him cried: “When (will come) the help of Allah.” Ah! Verily, the help of Allah is (always) near!

A lot of times we feel everything should come easy to us, or we complain about why we don’t have this or that, or why this hasn’t happened for us when we wanted it sooner etc. Truly verses like this remind has “hardship will come”…but indeed Allah has promised that ‘after hardship, comes ease”

” …they understood that when something evolves, everything around that thing evolves as well” This reminds me of the verse in the Quran where Allah reminds us to save ourselves and our families from a fire whose fuel is of men and stones. Its odd to think this, but it reminds me that when we change or we strive to get closer to Allah subhana wa tala then we should try our best to bring our loved ones into the goodness that we are seeking. On a smaller scale when we try to change for the best or try to implement something the goodness that we are doing should reflect in every aspect of our lives..from our social to familial life.

” Don’t give in to your fears” said the alchemist, in a strangely gentle voice. ” if you do, you won’t be able to talk to your heart” This was a powerful reminder in the book. How many times have we gotten scared and all sense of what we wanted to do or the journey we were on flew out the window because we got scared. May Allah make us people of strength and seek guidance in what is most pleasing to him.

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure”

“Thats what alchemists do. They show that, when we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too.”

“Its true; life really is generous to those who pursue their personal legend”

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Alhuda: Yesterday I begin a different group session with older Alhuda teacher, and it was really wonderful. We begin from Fatiha again and as I was telling her, everytime we begin the Quran again or go over a surah we’ve done in the past it effects us differently and we see something new to inspire us! This is the beauty of the Quran. Since we are beginning the program in full, my teacher gave us some wonderful reminders to help us in the journey.

Reminder 1: When we study the Quran we will see the blessings and rewards of it in our own lives. We have to give it time and we will see the effects of it all around us!

Reminder 2: With everything we do, shaytaan will get to us. We will get distracted, and difficulty will come. We have be steadfast and keep in the way of Allah subhana wa tala.

Reminder 3: Jannah: In the Quran Allah subhana wa tala talks about the things we will have…from clothing, spouses, to food, as these are the things that our nafs desires in the dunya, and so if we control our nafs here and are patient Allah will reward us for it in the hereafter with better things then we could have ever imagined.

Reminder 4: When Allah sent the first human being on earth, Adam alayhi sallam, Allah told him…

Qulna ihbitoo minha jameeAAan faimma yatiyannakum minnee hudan faman tabiAAa hudaya fala khawfun AAalayhim wala hum yahzanoona
2:38 We said: “Get ye down all from here; and if, as is sure, there comes to you Guidance from me, whosoever follows My guidance, on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.

Guidance will come to you…follow it, and you will not have to fear (fear of the future), nor will you grieve. So follow. Subhana’Allah when I heard this part, I just sat there and pondered…follow it and you shall not worry!

Reminder 5: My teacher asked me the meaning of 3alameen in surah fatiha. I said that Allah is indeed the lord of the worlds..these worlds are worlds of jinn, past, future generations etc. She added that recently they found four planets that they thought to hold/sustain life like earth due to is similarity to earth. So indeed there is a possiblity that is true, and indeed there is so much around us that are unknown to us, but indeed the Creator is aware and is all powerful. She mentioned how powerful/big Allah is in the way He subhana wa tala is. She also mentioned how the reason we make mistakes, waste time, is because we don’t understand how big Allah is- The Rubb of the worlds” He created everything, and the sahaba did so much and accomplished so much (they had the same 24 hours as us), The sahabah did so much because they understand Allah subhana wa tala and they worked as a result of it!

Reminder 6: This reminder is powerful and I remember laughing to myself with everyone else. Basically my teacher asked in what times/situations should we call out to Allah. She gave a scenario dealing with a husband and a wife and a drinking glass. Basically the sister was asked if she wanted to get a drink of water and wasn’t feeling well, would she ask her husband who was sleep or call out to Allah. The sister mentioned how her getting the drink and ultimately coming to her is Allah’s decree, she would ask her husband, but if Allah hadn’t willed it wouldn’t happen. The funny part was when my classmate answered it she mentioned all the correct responses but she didn’t know what more the teacher wanted from her and just kept going and reply and the teacher kept asking for more and the student finally said “i don’t know, your questions are driving me crazy” lol. It was funny, but my teacher was trying to get at the fact that we should ask Allah for the pety, minute, small, things as well as big! The sahaba would ask Allah for a shoelace (paraphrased hadeeth), before they even sought it out! Subhana’Allah, this was really really powerful, I just sat there and thought I need to start asking Allah for the smallest of things! We always think of dua being synonymous with “I am going through difficulty” or ” I want this huge/thing to happen for me” So next time your thinking about things from food to clothing, don’t hesitate, ask Allah!

Till next time, may Allah make us the people of Quran, the people of Allah!

Bismillah,

Alhamdulilah, all praise is due to Allah who has blessed us with time.

Bullet format is the way I’ll go for this post, too many things to capture all at once.

* Time is so precious, so important, Allah subhana wa tala swears by it! Must use it wisely

* Quran memorization picked up again and going really well alhamdulilah. Surah Rum eases my heart! loves it, alhamdulilah.

* Learning to speak up more and speak my mind without thinking it will hurt others. Expressing how something makes me feel and expressing a simple “no” when something is just not my ‘cup of tea’. Being assertive without being mean and expressing what I feel is the healthy way for me.

* Teaching again..loves it! Both secular studies and Islamic studies (weekends). This is the stuff that made undergrad the best, the constant whirl wind of activities all tying back with to Allah’s remembrance makes me happy. I can’t imagine doing anything else in life beyond imparting what I know to little minds (bit minds more like it, as they teach me in the process!) . Its a joy to be around them, subhana’Allah!

*Distractions, sounds, all of it. This is one of the reasons why I left facebook. I am one of those people who are somewhat hermits, too much noise, too much of stuff just isn’t for me. Spiritually wise its also deadens me a bit in ways I can’t put to words …like there isn’t a lot of room for contemplations, to think, to ponder over the blessings Allah has provided for me, to the wonders all around me, I feel that I miss out on this just a bit when the aforementioned occurs.

*Finishing up a bunch of stuff I started up…
1.) Yaseen Lecture by AbdulNasir Jangda
2.) Alhuda lectures, listen, take notes
3.) Kitabu Tawheed lecture by shaykh Yasir Qadhi
4.) Story of the Ifk by Shaykh Yasir Qadhi
….a lot more stuff to add to list, but needs to look through blog.

* Loving the book search so far…I’ve got a couple in mind so far ” The alchemist” , “A child called it” etc. Just got done with Saturday school and soon to hit Barnes and noble for the Alchemist! Hurry

* Shawaal! Must getr done! Alhamdulilah, Oh Allah grant me the ability to benefit from this month, to continue the race and finish up strong! Allahuma Ameen!

* Dua: I recently read a wonderful post on MM about continuing in the deeds of Ramadan. The dua part is something that I think that I tend to slow down on for some odd reason and for many people too. Its like we rush to it with full force in Ramadan, and then right after its like ‘OK, I’ve done what I could’ and i think for me after Ramadan because of what I like to call ‘my Ramadan lull’ weird, odd, but still there. Dua especially, maybe its human nature but we think…I’ve asked, and now it should come asap, but thats not how dua works, thats now how Allah operates. We as servants are but servants, we do the asking, we wait and remain patient and have the yaqeen (certainity), that Allah azza wa jala will answer our dua according to His decree. So we shall not give up in our dua making, we will continue in this blessed journey.

(Post: http://muslimmatters.org/2011/08/31/top-3-post-ramadan-spiritual-productivity-tips/ )

Till next, may Allah bless our lives with meaningful activities.

Bismillah,

Alhamdulilah, all praise is due to Allah, who gives life and causes all His creatures to return to Him.

I absolutely love Ramadan. Many times throughout the year, I know what Ramadan means to me, but there is nothing like the first day of Taraweeh to make me rejoice on this blessed event to come. While sitting in the masjid today after maghrib, revising, going through old dua’s list, my mind raced through many Ramadan’s before…of the things I got to do, of the so many eman-rush opportunities given to me, of the so many reflections on the words of Allah, and most important ability to read and understand this noble book (Alhamdulilah for Alhuda), of the dua’s list visited and reflecting on how exactly Allah answered my duas, and last but not least of the amazing habits developed.

Ramadan means a lot to me as its the times during my youth that Allah allowed me to understand its true meaning. Its a time where I became to see the world as it was, a race, a race for goodness and a time to draw more closer to the one who is most deserving of it! I am happy that Allah allowed me to have another Ramadan, for indeed it is one of the greatest blessings indeed!

I made my dua list (a fresh one) the night before, and there is no words to describe how I feel about my dua list. Truly, Ramadan is a time where you just need to race, run, go go go- to not let fatigue, hunger, or anything get in your way. Its time to just ask ask ask ask for all that stuff you’ve been dying for all year long. Its time to ask for things of this dunya and most definitely the akhirah.

So now dua list is made, goal list is done, and now all that is left is….to act, and just move along and do the khayr. Oh Allah accept these deeds from me, grant me to be of the slaves whom you love, and help me to remain steadfast during this month and afterwards!

Till next may Allah make us the people of Paradise, and make us of the people of Allah (the people of Quran), and grant us a qatimul Khayr- those with a blessed end!

Rahma

Posted: May 30, 2011 in Ahh moments, Taleem Al-Quran (Al-Huda)

Bismillah,

Alhamdulilah all praise is due to Allah, who bestows blessings upon who He wills!

No, this post isn’t about me per se (I am not super interesting, lol). Its more about the Rahma (mercy, compassion) that Allah azza wa jala has for women. As a young woman of 23 I am moved by the mercy and kindness that my Lord azza wa jala has for mankind but more of His show of that mercy for women through revelation of Surah An-Nisa (The chapter of women). I recently had the pleasure of going back and reviewing this surah via my alhuda course. Insha’Allah every week I will post a verse that touched my heart from the course as I go through the material.

The background to this surah: Madani, revealed after the hijr. Usually referred to as 3adl wa rahma (justice and mercy), due to its focus on rulings pertaining to the rights of women as well as the mercy that others should have for them while dealing with them.

The verse of the week; 4:1 O MANKIND! Be conscious of your Sustainer, who has created you out of one living entity, and out of it created its mate, and out of the two spread abroad a multitude of men and women. [1] And remain conscious of God, in whose name you demand [your rights] from one another, and of these ties of kinship. Verily, God is ever watchful over you!

I loved the fact that Allah subhana wa tala begins with “Ya ayahi naas” oh mankind, for even though this surah is titled the women, Allah azza wa jala calls out to humanity, to reflect, to understand the laws and rules pertaining to women, to have fear of transgressing against women, and to understand that ultimately that all of us will return to Allah subhana wa tala for accountability. Overall, I am touched and moved by the mercy that Allah subhana wa tala has for humanity, and especially for the women in society. Allah subhana wa jala is understanding and His wisdom encompasses all. A lot of times, in the media and throughout history we speak of women’s rights, and I feel comforted and blessed that the creator of the heavens and earth left nothing unsaid in His noble book, and that it is up to all of humanity (men, women, child) to reflect and to understand these rights and to make sure that they are being fulfilled.

May Allah make us the people of Quran, i.e the people of Allah.

Questions to you reader:

1.) I once heard a lecture where it was said that Igrid Mattison once said that she didn’t come into Islam because she believed that Islam liberated women, but because she understood her relationship with Her Lord. What are some things that you feel makes you happy in being a woman of Islam?

2.) Do you think due to lack of understanding of their rights in Islam (whether male or female) leads to abuse from others, and what is one think you would suggest to change this?

3.) Muslim or not, male or female, what is one thing that you feel drawn to in the Quran that reminds you of the mercy that Allah has for humanity!

Pick or choose any folks!

Till next time, may be joined in Al firous ala!

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