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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.

Posted: October 19, 2008 in Ahh moments, Quran, Seerah Class, Torch Bearers

Bismillah,

Alhamdulilah, I meant to write on here a couple times in the past couple days but have been swamped with school/halaqahs/family etc.

Speaking of somethings clicking in your head when your ready for it…I was listening to the lecture a friend gave me a lecture on the Prophet sal allahu sallam and the lecturer talked about the dua Ibrahim a.s made for hajrah a.s when he came to the land of Mecca and left her there-(1.establish salah-Allah’s remembrance)–kinda of reminded me of the dua a friend made of wanting to be in a place where you have good company! And then of Hajrah’s journey and if her walks between safa and marwa-running in search of water for Ismael a.s-the pain and sadness she felt but of how through all her tests she never imagined what would come as a result of her actions-i.e millions of people falling her footsteps in completion of their Hajj. Subhana’Alllah, I heard this all in Seerah but interestingly enough this really hit me today of how Allah has so much planned for us and we don’t really see beyond what we’re going through, but if we’re truly sincere and work in His way, we’ll taste the fruits of our labor and be granted what we may never have imagined. (This reflection was triggered by a comment a sister made yesterday)

Alhamdulilah, a bit ago, N and I spent much time studying for Torch Bearer exam. Subhana’Allah, such an iman-rush experience I must say. As I sat there studying, a thought masha’Allah, I absolutely loved this class and the wonderful stories, lessons-derived from wonderful scholars. BithniAllah tala, I have to sit down and really write some reflections on some of these scholars. More so, I want to teach and spread the knowledge that I have learned. May Allah make it a means for me to earn reward from Him!

Al-Hasan Al-Basree used to cry when he related the Hadeeth, narrated by Anas ibn Maalik, which spoke of the tree trunk the Prophet s.a.w. used to stand on when delivering his sermons. When they made the Prophet s.a.w a minbar, the tree trunk was heard crying . The Prophet s.a.w got down and hugged the three trunk until it had stopped crying. Al-Hasan used to say: “Oh, slaves of Allah! A tree trunk longs for the Prophet s.a.w, so you should feel more longing to be with him”

Subhana’Allah, I’ve been listening to the life and times of the Prophet s.a.w more each day, and when I was studying today for Torch, I was thinking how much love the scholars had for him s.a.w. An imagine that, Hasan Al-Basree crying whilst narrating a hadeeth…and of the Prophet s.a.w sitting down and hugging a tree trunk till it stopped crying…subhana’Allah. May Allah make us of those who love the Prophet s.a.w more than anyone!

In recent activity…hmm, Quran, a bit of review but needs to find a balance in keeping up with memorization. I love Al-Ahzab, and finally actually learned the sabib or story behind surah sabah. Masha’Allah, in Imam Anwar-Al Awlaqi’s lecture of the Prophet s.a.w he speaks of the people of saba- who were given the first dam in the world, and of how they asked for hardship to be placed on them so they could travel etc. Soon, Allah placed hardship on them and their dam broke, causing all the tribes-like Jurhum-Aws-Qasraj to be spread out in the land from Yemen. Wow!!!! Its great when connecting the dots from Seerah class to Quran memorization. Awesome blossom. Till next time, tootloo

Torch Bearers

Posted: August 18, 2008 in Torch Bearers

Bismillah,

Alhamdulilah, the Torch Bearers classes just finished yesterday. So much info, material, activities, and lessons to be learned. I learned what made the early scholars successful as well as the later scholars. I learned about their strengths but also in the face of adversity what made them so human. More so was the structure and the way the lessons were taught in that, each and every scholars life was a benchmark in setting up our own goals and life plans. It was a class of self-reflection, self-evaluation, and more so it was a reminder for all of us to ask ourselves what our standing with Allah is. May Allah reward Shaykh Waleed, and may Allah instill this knowledge in our hearts and make us of those who act upon it.

There are so many notes I’d like to post along with lessons derived from the class.

Alhamdulilah.