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Bismillah,

Alhamdulilah. The other day I was listening to the lecture on Imam Shafaee r.a and in the lecture it was mentioned how challenges in our lives make us stronger. It is when we’re faced with adversity and things come about that we truly become people of strength, and more importantly it is when surround ourselves with people who push us to excel in every facet of our lives. Subhana’Allah. Imam Shafee r.a was a student of Imam Malik, and they learned from one another and at a young age Imam Shafee r.a was already challenging the ways of Imam Malik r.a An example is that of the time a man came to Imam Malik r.a and said that “i stated that if my wife isn’t more beautiful then the moon than she is divorced”, and so he asked Imam Malik r.a if his wife was divorced. Imam Malik r.a replied “yes, its considered one talaq-for there was nothing more beautiful then the moon”. Soon, Imam Shafee r.a was asked about this and he stated otherwise that the man was not in wrong but rather that his wife was more beautiful then the moon. The man asked if Imam Shafee r.a had seen his wife, and Imam Shafee r.a replied “No” but used the evidence from the ayah in the Quran where Allah speaks of the creation and says that “He has made the human being in perfect condition/best form” Subhan’Allah, and that was the state Imam Shafee r.a was at during his early years…

Alhamdulilah, I am at the end of Saba, and thus the need to write this post. I absolutely enjoyed memorizing Saba, what a beautiful Surah. I was thinking while studying Torch today of how the scholars we’re so focused and determined to know the book of Allah by heart. Truely amazing. While memorizing I looked at my english translation, which she is something I use to do often and an act that makes the memorization process meaningful and beautiful at the same time. Some ayahs stood at time, and made me reflect on them.

The two ayahs below are back to back-(two key points: dailogue between Istakbaroo (arrogant) and istut3ifoo (weak) ) and the word choice-Allah uses in the way they speak to each other. I am amazed by these two ayahs, First the arrogant are mentioned in the ayah, then in the next ayah the weak speak and Allah starts with them. Of the arrogant they ask the weak ones (despised ones) “why did you go astray and follow us”, the weak ones say something along the lines of “calling to them day and night and go astray and forgetting the remembrance of Allah”. Subhana’Allah, this characteristic is amazing…imagine that of the arrogant once calling for the disobedience of Allah day and night to the weak ones…almost like an attack. Sound familiar…this is the characteristics of somethings found in the dunya..i.e tv., internet, and sometimes even in the shape of people. All basically calling to the disobedience and negligence of Allah/His deen.

Qala allatheena istakbaroo lillatheena istudAAifoo anahnu sadadnakum AAani alhuda baAAda ith jaakum bal kuntum mujrimeena

34:32 The arrogant ones will say to those who had been despised: “Was it we who kept you back from Guidance after it reached you? Nay, rather, it was ye who transgressed.

Waqala allatheena istudAAifoo lillatheena istakbaroo bal makru allayli waalnnahari ith tamuroonana an nakfura biAllahi wanajAAala lahu andadan waasarroo alnnadamata lamma raawoo alAAathaba wajaAAalna alaghlala fee aAAnaqi allatheena kafaroo hal yujzawna illa ma kanoo yaAAmaloona

34:33 Those who had been despised will say to the arrogant ones: “Nay! it was a plot (of yours) by day and by night: Behold! Ye (constantly) ordered us to be ungrateful to Allah and to attribute equals to Him!” They will declare (their) repentance when they see the Penalty: We shall put yokes on the necks of the Unbelievers: It would only be a requital for their (ill) Deeds.

And of those who are warned: Some their weakness lies in their families (children) and wealth. These kept them away from the rememberance of Allah in that they considered themselves not needing anything else.

Waqaloo nahnu aktharu amwalan waawladan wama nahnu bimuAAaththabeena

34:35 They said: “We have more in wealth and in sons, and we cannot be punished.”

Lastly, I was moved by the ayah where Allah says “….Whatsoever you spend of anything (in Allah’s cause), He will replace it. And He is the Best of providers.” Its super amazing this statement, and one we don’t usually think about, that anything we do in the way of Allah, i.e giving money, time, etc. Allah will give it all back to us in this dunya or even better in the hereafter. Imagine that!

Qul inna rabbee yabsutu alrrizqa liman yashao min AAibadihi wayaqdiru lahu wama anfaqtum min shayin fahuwa yukhlifuhu wahuwa khayru alrraziqeena

34:39 Say: “Verily my Lord enlarges and restricts the Sustenance to such of his servants as He pleases: and nothing do ye spend in the least (in His cause) but He replaces it: for He is the Best of those who grant Sustenance.


Peace out ya’All. What a day, Alhamdulilah.

Saturday

Posted: October 11, 2008 in Ahh moments, The 4 Imams

Bismillah,

Alhamdulilah.

While on my way to run errands I got the chance to listen to the lecture on Imam Shafee r.a. Two things stood out to me about the great scholar this man was.

1.) Imam Shafee r.a stated hadeeth “the life of this world is Paradise for a disbeliever and a prision for a believer” to a non-muslim, and the non-muslim replied how could this be so when he saw the muslims living in luxury more than that of non-muslims, and Imam stated that when the believer in this dunya sees the beauty and the greatness of the things found in Jannah then he would see that this dunya is a prison, but when the non-muslim is sent to the hell-fire he’ll remember and think that this dunya is paradise, and that the hell-fire well be but a prison. After this explanation the non-muslim entered into Islam. Subhana’Allah, sometimes we lose train of our understanding about what is that we are here for, but Allah’s will we see the beauty of such statements to remind us!

2.) Imam Shafee r.a was a student of Imam Malik and he memorized the muwataa of Imam Malik. Imam Shafee r.a had such a beautiful voice and he was knowledgeable in the arabic language so much so that Imam Malik would sit and love to hear the reading of his muwataa by his student.

Alhamdulilah, its 3rd week of school and lots of work to do! Whooopeee. I need to upload my material from last quarter on my edu site! Eeeeek

The Best of Times…

Posted: September 30, 2008 in Ramadan 2008, The 4 Imams

Bimillah,

When I was in high school I read the book a “Tale of two cities”and I remember the saying of “It was the best of times, and the worst of times”. This saying is kind of a bit of how I feel today on this blessed day of Eid! (not worst..but sad). It was a wonderful month of Ramadan and truly I began to have such a feeling of sadness come over me a couple days back, because a part of me wanted this blessed month to continue and continue, but Alhamdulilah I was happy that it was Eid all around. A couple years back, I discovered that in Ramadan we truly become the best of people, meaning for many of us we take our ibadah and everything else in our lives up a notch during this month, and more so we come out having gained some wonderful habits. I ask Allah to keep me steadfast in my ibadah and make it a cause to draw near to Him and to earn His love.

What do Imam Abu Haneefa r.a and Imam Malik have in common? Many things, but to reflect on such an awesome lecture from the set “Under the shade of the scrolls”, these were two Imams who were righteous and whom Allah placed barakah in their teaching so much so that things and acts they did remained with the Ummah till this time. Imam Abu Haneefa, the first of the Imams had his mathab spread through out the world and left behind a legacy more than any other mathab. As for Imam Malik, the knowledge that Allah bestowed upon him was a reflection of his Muwatta (chain of command: Muwatta of Imam Malik), and till this day we hear of such a famous Muwatta because Allah placed barakah in his efforts. And thats the point! In anything we do, if it doesn’t have the blessing of Ar-Rahman then it is useless, and I ask Allah to place barakah in the things that we do, say, and act upon! More importantly we should pray and ask for Allah to place barakah in everything that we do…meaning we should pray for this specifically! A bit random, but I’ve been having such thoughts of these two Imams because I’ve been listening to these two CD’s over and over in my car. The points and topics mentioned in the lectures were in line with what as individuals were suppose to accomplish during the month of Ramadan and it was cool that Allah granted me the ability to listen to such a CD set on such an awesome month. I ask Allah to keep us strong for the upcoming years, and to grant us many more Ramadans! Ameen Ya Rubb.

All the best to all of you, and if for some reason or other I didn’t get to say salaams, visit, email any of you sisters reading this, I pray that Allah accepts our fast and grant us our duas which we’ve labored over a month (I say labored, as some of you know I love my dua list so much and had it glued to me..and hope that all of you keep your dua lists going and glued to you for the rest of year!), and lastly I ask Allah to keep our Iman strong as it has been for the past month! I ask Allah to reward the sister whom (I will not mention) who gave me such an unexpected and wonderful gift on this day. May Allah grant you crowns of light on that Day along with the gift of Jannah.

peace out! Eid Mubarak