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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 subhana wa tala, who has made paths and ways for His servants. This blog has certainly come a long way, from the turning of the quarters, seasons, and  in between the Iman highs and the not so good days. Alhamdulilah. At 140 posts today, I’ve come a long way in lectures, Quran, and subhana’Allah in racking up may life long lessons! I ask Allah for this blog to be a means of good and be a source of khayr in the hereafter for me. This summer is going to have amazing activities for me, in teaching Islamic studies full-time, truly my dream job. Alhamdulilah, in the same manner I too will also take a journey of sorts in revamping some of my most priced lectures (apple of my hearts), and continue forth that which I’ve started way back and slowed down a bit due to major school work. As always, Al-Huda will certainly be present in my posts, and the usual crazy-reflections will follow. For a start, Story of the Ifk III posted below, and insha’Allah part four will come about insha’Allah. Just as the first 2 parts, the story of the ifk is truly a beautiful one, and one that shows the ways in which the most noble of man acted in the face of a crisis, and of the most righteous of women dealt with her dilemma with things that were completely out of her control, and at that it shows the way in which the most righteous of companions fell into error. Its about a story of strength and beauty that is found in the reliance of Allah Azza Wa jala, and shows the ability for all of us to make mistakes and also to walk away with repentance as a token. Till next time, may we meet in the place where only happiness encompasses the minds, and in which our hearts crave and long for, i.e Jannah.

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The Story of the Ifk : part III

  • Aisha r.a is at her parents home, confused, bewildered etc.
  • Aisha r.a, she cried so much, so much so that she thought her livers would split open. While she was crying one of the Ansar woman came and started to cry with her.
  • The Prophet sal allahu sallam gets on the minbar and addresses the crowd by saying “who will excuse me in dealing with this man” An outbreak occurs in men taking sides; I.e tribalism-jahilyah.
  • Lesson: The Ansar show of affection- of the brotherhood and sisterhood that occurred during the time of the Prophet sal allahu sallam.
  • The Prophet sal allahu sallam came, he hadn’t sit with her for a whole month when the issue was happening. He gave her salaam “ Assalamu qablal kalaam“: salaam before speech.
  • Lesson: the Prophet sal allahu sallam said if a person starts talking without saying salaam, we not should reply to them.
  • Lesson: Also the wisdom behind Allah Azza Wa jalla delaying the wahy. The Prophet sal allahu sallam is just a man, and for a whole month, he is confused about the ilm Ghaib and confused about all issues dealing with Aisha r.a.
  • He told her if your innocent then Allah will cleanse you from this issue, but if you have slipped into a sin then repent to Allah. He began with salaam/praising Allah Azza wa Jala.
  • Lesson: praised Allah, he is gentle throughout. Shows the importance of repentance,
  • Lesson: We are not angels, we will sin again and again.
  • When the Prophet sal allahu sallam started talking, she stopped crying and was in shock. She realizes the Prophet sal allahu sallam is confused about what happened.
  • She turns to her father, and says to respond on the behalf of me, as I can’t talk. She also turns to her mother, and says the same thing. They are all scared as what to say and shocked.
  • Next, she says she was very young and had not memorized much of the quran and could not remember the name of the father of Yusuf. -Yaqoob- She says “ I know you have heard these rumors, they have settled in your hearts, and if I said no you would not believe me, If I said yes you would believe me, but I would be lying. She continued and says “you would remember the father of “Yusuf” said “fasabarun Jamil..wallahu musta3ano 3ala maa tasifoon” -she made a mistake in saying Yusuf. “Patience is beautiful..and I only turn to Allah and I seek His help in what you have said” Meaning of Yaqoob-he knew when the brothers of Yusuf brought his clothing and said a wolf ate him, he knew they were lying and didn’t believe them.
  • Aisha r.a realizes the diff. btw the Prophet and Allah-she turns to Allah. He doesn’t know the Ilm Ghaib. The story would effect us greatly-everyone is torn-mother of Aisha r.a., father, the Prophet sal allahu sallam, etc.
  • She said that she knew Allah would come to her aid, but never did she think a verse would be revealed concerning her, she thought herself to lowly. She thought Allah would send a dream to the Prophet sal allahu alayhi wa sallam.
  • Lesson: Her humility, but her tawakul in Allah. She is not nothing, but the most beloved to the Prophet sal allahu sallam. Verses that (20 verses of Surah Noor) are recited in salaah & every Taraweeh.
  • Lesson: The more Iman you have, the less Iman you think you have, the less Iman you have, the more Iman you think you have. She thought she was nothing in the sight of Allah.
  • Ibrahim alayhi sallam had a dream that he would be slaughtering Ismael-dreams a form of wahy.
  • Before anyone left the house, the wahy came down. They knew the signs of the wahy-the signs were that the Prophet sal allahu would lower down his head, begin to sweat, and one could see the tranquility and calmness of him.
  • Aisha r.a. narrated he sal allahu alayhi wa sallam began to perspire heavily from the brow even though it was a cold winters night. The revelation was difficult and the pressure a lot. At times when he sal allahu sallam was on a camel and the wahy came to him, the animal couldn’t take it, and would go down. Also, when he was in Aisha ra.-or someone else, the could feel the pressure all the way to the bone to the point they thought their bone would collapse.
  • When the revelation finished the Prophet sal allahu sallam was seen laughing out of happiness.
  • 1st words he sal allahu sallam said was “ Ya Aisha, verily Allah has declared your innocence “Aisha’s mother said to her daughter “ Ya Aisha stand and thank the Prophet sal allahu alayhi wa sallam” She replied , by Allah I will not stand up to him, yet I was thank Allah” Her iman: she knows that it was Allah who had freed her from this, even though she respected the Prophet sal allahu sallam and loved him.
  • The Prophet sal allahu sallam laughed with full joy and happiness-it is said when the Prophet sal allahu sallam smiled, it was like looking at the full moon.
  • Lesson: proves that he sal allahu sallam was a Prophet of Allah. Why wait for a whole month, and go through the whole torcher?” The fact that he is Prophet sal allahu sallam shows Allah sends down his revelation whenever He Azza Wa jala wants and not when the Prophet sal allahu sallam wants. Ex. The Prophet sal allahu sallam death of the Prophet sal allahu sallam’s son (ibrahim) and the eclipse-he stands up and disclaims-not the birth or death of son, but the miracles of Allah.
  • Noor verse 11 -word ifk-is mentioned here.
  • Don’t think this was bad for you-its good for you.
  • Abdullah ibn sulool-Allah says we know what the munifqoon did, we know and the they will be punished.
  • The good outweighs the bad in everything that happens, even if there is bad in it.
  • In this incident also the munifqoon became well known, their place in the hell-fire was sealed-planned for them.
  • Allah says why didn’t you say “ subhanaka hathaa ifkun 3atheem” ..that this is truly a big lie..”ya3adukumAllah”…
  • **Allah says “Lawlaa” why not the mumin and munaat think the best/good of each other when the incident happened? Why didn’t you bring four witnesses? Husn Than-thinking the best of them. 3 sees the crime of zina, they can’t spread it, and are not allowed. Unless you have 4 witnesses, the 3 can’t say it, have to have 4 witnesses. Look at the honor Islam has given woman- 4 whole witnesses. The only crime ever-that you need 4, to honor the Muslim woman. You kill-need 2 witnesses-that person will be killed.
  • People were talking and no knowledge have come to you-in the sight of Allah, it was such a huge crime. If you want to spread these slanders-this means you don’t have Iman, if you do it you don’t have Iman. People should be wiped 80times-those who spread Hasan ibn thabit, Musbah, and Hamalah bint Jahsh (sister of zaynab-wife of the Prophet sal allahu sallam) were punished for it. 3 of the companions-they were. -the angels gabrail is giving strength when he said his poetry to defend the Prophet sal allahu sallam. These were great  companions, but fell into error. Abdullah Ibn Sulool was left alone, as Allah says as for him, he will be punished in the hell-fire.
  • Lesson: you can make mistake-sahabah were humans, and they made mistakes as well.

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Bismillah,

Story of the Ifk: Part II

  • Aisha r.a exited with Umm Mist3, one of her companions, to the rest rooms which was located outside of Medina. They would go every once few nights.
  • Umm Musta3-father rahm Abdullah manaf-Abdul and Rahm are brothers-Ummi Musti3 -also the aunt of Abu Bakr.
  • On there way, Umm Musti3 tripped and she exclaimed “may musta3 perish”.  (She meant her son) Aisha r.a said, what an evil thing you have said, how could you curse someone who has witnessed the battle of badr?
  • The highest level of sahabah after the ten who granted Jannah, are those who attended the battle of badr, after that the 1,400 who witnessed the bayatatu ridwan.
  • Lessons: Aisha r.a coming to the defense of her muslim brother-having husnil niyah-good thoughts. Umm Mist3 cursing her son-the dangers in parents making their parents angry. When parents-mother/father make dua against their children it will be accepted.

  • Umm Musti3 replied “do you not know what he has said about you?”Aisha r.a finds out what had been going on in the last month from Umm Musti3. She realized why the Prophet s.a.w was not gentle towards her as he use to be.
  • She came back home and fell much sick-more than she was before upon hearing the news.
  • Some narration state that she fainted upon hearing the news.
  • When the Prophet s.a.w comes home, he asks her how she is, and Aisha asks permission to go to her parents house to verify the news.
  • Lesson: Even though Aisha r.a consider Umm Musti3 a reliable/trustworthy person, she still needed to verify it. We must always verify what is being stated regardless of how trustworthy the person is when it comes to grave issues.
  • In the hudud-the laws pertaining to others I.e theft-zina-etc.-no where is one witness enough.
  • Lesson: Aisha r.a asking her husband permission to go to her parents house. The importance of a wife asking her husband for permission to leave the house. The husband should also be gentle and not prevent the wife from visiting her parents/relatives.
  • Aisha r.a came to her mother and asked her what they were saying about her. Her mother (Umm Ruman) told her to calm down, and to know that “when one wife is beloved to her husband, and she has co-wives at the same time there will be talk about her” She also said “Everyone knows you’re the Prophet s.a.w. favorite wife-don’t worry about what the people say”
  • Aisha r.a. said “Subhana’Allah, have the people actually said this”-she spent the night at her parents house. She cried all night-did not sleep.

  • The Prophet s.a.w. called Ali ibn Talib and Usama Ibn Zeyd-and asked him about Aisha r.a (Aisha r.a. didn’t know about what was happening at this time). The Prophet s.a.w. was really close to him. He s.a.w. would have asked Abu Bakr as he was close to him, but Abu Bakr was Aisha father.
  • The Prophet s.a.w. asked Usama Ibn Zeyd about divorcing his wives, and Usama said this could not happen and that they we were not guilty-they were good. Ali r.a.-told the Prophet s.a.w. not to worry and that there were plenty of other woman to be found aside from Aisha and to ask the maid servants (Bareera) as to what she knows about her. Both are trying to calm the Prophet s.a.w. and to make a decision.
  • The Prophet s.a.w. called Bareera, and asked her if she saw anything different from Aisha in her return.Bareera said she knew nothing…but said only exception-was that Aisha was young and at times she would fall asleep while kneading the dough, and once she fell asleep the lamb comes and eats the bread.-the only crime Aisha was known to have done according to Bareera.
  • Lesson: Permissibility of calling witnesses
  • Lesson: Asking advice from people; the Prophet s.a.w said “When someone comes to you, give them sincere advice”

  • After getting advice, the Prophet s.a.w. addressed the general public and got on the minbar. He said “Oh gathering of believers, who will excuse me from a person who has hurt me even with regards to my wives?” Meaning-the Prophet s.a.w-who will excuse me-in doing anything to this man-Abdullah ibn Salool-as he had slandered my wife. The Prophet s.a.w. said “I know nothing but good of my wife, and they have mentioned a man who I know nothing but good of” (Sufwan-was given the greatest tazkiyah)
  • Lesson: When you establish good reputation-others will think only good of you-when bad happens-they recall your good character.
  • After the Prophet said the above-Usayd ibn Hulayed stood up-from the aws tribe (Ansar: two tribes only-Aws and Qazraj)-Usayd said “I excuse you Ya Rusullah, to take care of this man-whether he is from Aws or Qazraj”
  • Abdullah Ibn Sulool was from the Qazraj-Saad from the Qazraj stood up-and said “you have lied, you cannot kill him”
  • Aisha r.a. narrating said “Saad was of the righteous, but his tribalism took over him” -Aisha r.a. still defending others, making excuses for them.
  • Usayd replied and said “your defending the hypocrite, and we will surely get him”
  • The Aws and Qazraj against one another now-tried to start fighting while the Prophet s.a.w still on the minbar. Evil of shaytaan to put them against one another. The Prophet s.a.w had to calm them down.
  • Lesson: Look upon the Iman of the sahabah to stand of the Prophet s.a.w-especially Usayd ibn Hulayed
  • Lesson: Tribalism (The Prophet s.a.w saying-4 things will remain in my Ummah-Tribalism-Jahilyah)

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Bismillah,

Alhamdulilah, I’ve had the pleasure of listening to various lectures in the last week or so, and masha’Allah I must say I’ve enjoyed them all. Aside from the usual audio islam lectures, I’ve come across some wonderful lectures on the TDC site from the previous year=http://www.texasdawah.org/DOWNLOADS/AudioLectures/tabid/282/Default.aspx. Beautiful topics and discussions, practically everything for the whole family, the parents, wives, husbands, children..etc.

The lecture below, from audio islam holds a special place in my heart as its about Aisha r.a., one of the many beloved wives of the Prophet s.a.w. Its about a story of courage of a young wife and her determination against rumors and her journey in convincing her community and her husband of the truth. May Allah make us the likes of Aisha r.a, who against all opposition stuck to the truth untill Allah came to her aid.

Story of the Ifk: Part I

  • Our whole way of life, aqeedah, manners, is all from the Prophet s.a.w. And its from the hikmah of the Allah to bring a man to show us the way of things.
  • One of the strongest ways of increasing in our Iman, is to read/learn about the Seerah of the Prophet s.a.w.
  • When we hear about the strength, courage, Iman, resolve, reliance on Allah, his s.a.w. miracles- ones Iman boosts up.
  • Best book: Ar-Rihil Muqtoom (authentic-very well written)
  • So much lessons to extract from/analyze
  • 1st story: very moving/traumatic state in the Prophet s.a.w. family
  • So much happened- our hearts soften, see the pain all who were involved and went through. Aisha r.a., Abu Bakr r.a, and the Prophet s.a.w himself
  • Ifk: means slander
  • Happened on the 6th year, Qazwatul Mur3at-the expedition the Prophet s.a.w. took part in.
  • Allah brought down -20 verses speaking about this incident, Imam Bukhar-narrated in his book. Aisha r.a herself narrates-authentic story for us to know about.
  • The chain: Imam Bukhari to Imam Ashihab Az- Zuhri to Urwat ibn Zuybar to Said Ibn Musayid to 3alkama Ibn Waqqas to Baydil Ibn Abdullah (4 people all of them narrated from Aisha r.a)
  • Imam Ashihab Az-zuhri-one of the most famous Tabi3ul -after the first generation (he narrates from the most famous Tabi3een)
  • One of them, Urwat Ibn Zuyabar is the nephew of Aisha r.a (Urwat’s mother was Asma bint Abi Bakr )
  • Ibn Shihab says he heard all four of them tell him the same story, each one said it in great detail, some of them gave details that others didn’t give.
  • Combining all the information and making it into one collective story-permissible.
  • Aisha r.a. said whenever he went anywhere who would cast out lots to see which wife would go with him. This is shows his just ways (according to many Ulamaa the Prophet s.a.w was exempted from the rule of being just with all his wives-equality all over), Yet despite this fact, he still practiced-he voluntarily fair with all of them-one night for each-spending time-equality etc.
  • Casting lots is halal if the means for which you do it for his halal, if the means for which to do it are haram, then casting lots becomes haram.  I.e gambling.
  • The Prophet s.a.w would even take his wives for expedition-even during time of war, with the condition that the chances that they were going to win was strong, if danger high he would take them.
  • Aisha r.a  name came up, and she was to accompany the Prophet s.a.w, this was after the revelations of the ayahs pertaining to hijab, therefore she traveled in her howdaj-small tent placed on top of camel.
  • This shows that in general men aren’t allowed to look at women-even if in hijaab-shows as to why Aisha r.a was placed in howdaj. She had a protective barrier.
  • After the expedition, the Prophet s.a.w gave orders to camp outside medina for the night, and in the morning enter the city. (It was the sunnah of the Prophet s.a.w to not enter medina at night, he s.a.w would actually tell the companions to not return from a trip at night. He s.a.w would say do not scare the people of the household. Meaning to camp outside, and news would spread in town that they are back.)
  • Aisha r.a continued-when the orders where given to settle down, she went to go and relieve herself -when she came back she felt her neck and found that her onyx necklace had broken-she went back and was delayed in looking for the necklace. In the meantime the people, who were assigned to carry the howdage had already placed on the camel presuming that she was already in it. And during those days women were very thin, and they hadn’t put on a lot of weight, they use to eat a morsel of food, so the men didn’t question the lightness of the howdage. She was also young.
  • When she returned, the group had already left.
  • (Sunnah: relieving far away, where no one else can see)
  • The simplicity of Aisha r.a.-necklace-quartz-wasn’t gold etc.
  • Another lesson: not wasting money-the necklace was simple but Aisha r.a didn’t waste it, and instead went to go look for it. The lesson in not wasting our money.
  • Aisha r.a. -made excuses for her muslim brothers in their mistake of leaving her behind.
  • She stayed in her place thinking that they would return for her once they realized she was missing.
  • While she was waiting, she fell asleep. One of the campanions Safwan ibn Sulaamee was lagging behind from the army-he didn’t get up early with the army-he walked up to the place where Aisha r.a was sleeping and saw the shape of a person sleeping, when he saw her, he had recognized her, as he remembered her from before the revelations-verses of hijaab.
  • When he recognized her, Aisha r.a . was awakened by his exclamation of “Laa hawla Wala Quwata” And she covered her face with her outer garment.
  • Bravery/Intelligent: She stays where she is thinking
  • Sunnah: of saying “Laa hawla Wala Quwata”
  • Verses of pertaining to hijaab-shows when verses of  hijaab was revealed the woman covered their faces.
  • She covered her face with her outer garment after she saw him. Those modernist who claim that the “niqaab” was invented by Persians, and sayings that the niqaab didn’t exist during the time of the Prophet s.a.w are incorrect, as this hadeeth is found in saheeh Bukhari-very authentic.
  • Lesson: Whether one says niqaab was wajib or not, it was still there and placed in practice during the Prophet s.a.w time.
  • She said that they didn’t speak to one another at all and she didn’t hear anything from him except, “Laa hawlaa walla quwata”, then she mounted the camel, and he guided it back into medina.
  • Abdullah ibn ubay ibn Sulool (the leader of those who spread rumors of Aisha r.a.)
  • He was the leader of the hypocrites=Abdullah ibn Ubay ibn Sulool
  • Lesson: The manners and ways of Sufwan in that he didn’t even speak to Aisha r.a. Also shows the tough position Sufwan was placed in that he knew something had gone wrong, but he didn’t want to leave Aisha r.a by herself. The only intelligent thing that he could do, was to take Aisha r.a back to the caravan.
  • After that when Aisha r.a arrived to Medina, she fell with a fever for a whole month. She didn’t realize what happening, or rumors. She was about 16 years old. The inhabitants of Medina were all talking about things, Aisha r.a was secluded in her home.
  • She didn’t know what was happening but she was hurt in not seeing the tenderness that she use to see from the Prophet s.a.w when she was sick. He s.a.w. would enter upon them-the women tending to Aisha and her and ask them “How are all of you doing?”, then he s.a.w. would leave.
  • Lesson: The confusion from the Prophet s.a.w-he hears the rumors and he knows his wife, but doesn’t know what to do. He leaves it alone, and doesn’t talk about the subject as Aisha r.a is sick.

To be continued….

Lecture may be found @ http://www.audioislam.com/?subcategory=Seerah

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