Bismillah,

Alhamdulilah, all praise is due to Allah who Has has given us the ability to think and ponder!

Its early morning now and I’m heading out soon to attend to one of my halaqah’s of the day and insha’Allah another one later in the day. Today’s talk will be on manners in Islam! How important this topic and so embedded with talks of Aqeedah and Iman that one cannot live without it!

In preparing and thinking about things for my halaqah I’m reminded of a post one sister made on her a blog last weekend…found here: http://jannah.org/blog/2011/10/15/why-do-muslims-flip-out/

In response to that I wrote:

Assalama ‘alaykum,

Awesome and much needed post. My friend and I were just having this same talk the other day. The Ummah is really in need of using hikmah and showing more mercy to its fellow muslims/non-muslims. People are so stuck with what they consider to be ‘right/wrong’ that they forget the bigger picture and overlook such things as mercy and kindness to their fellow human being. They are so stuck with ‘harm/halal’ ‘I think this, and you think that’ that the brother/sisterhood of Islam isn’t there. Subhana’Allah if people looked on the Prophet sal allahu sallam dealt with things they would understand that their thinking and ways of acting is what the prophet sal allahu sallam warned us against. I’m reminded of a saying…”Verily we are more in need of a little bit of good manners then we are a lot of knowledge” Knowledge is great, but I feel like people learn a few things in Islam or hold a certain view and they make go around passing judgement on people and making them all uncomfortable. Most people who do this feel like they have all the knowledge in the world and they are more knowledgeable then anyone and are free to pass judgement…when do we get to that level, the scholars of the past spent decades studying and they still considered themselves not fully learned, and look at us today, a person learns a ruling and they run with it without a backward thought of “could there be a difference of opinion on this” nope, its my way or the high for some. May Allah make us of those who ponder and think over our actions towards others, cause us to think, and use our hearts in dealing with people.
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Till next time, may we meet in circle’s of remembrance!

How to organize time?

Posted: October 16, 2011 in Ahh moments

Bismillah,

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

Post from: http://quranandme.wordpress.com/

How to Organize Time?

Ever wonder how people are able to take out time for worship and seeking knowledge despite their busy work schedule, appointments and family commitments?

Another successor to the Companion, ‘Ata ibn Abi Rabah understood the purpose of creation and thus was heedful of his accountability to Allah. He methodically organized his time since childhood.

1) Born as a slave, his first concern was serving his owner. He performed all of his chores as quickly and skillful as possible, so that none could say that he was lazy or negligent.

2.) He also reserved an equal portion of his time to worship Allah, so he could devote himself to prayer alone during this portion of the day.

3) Finally, he reserved a portion of ihs time for learning and seeking knowledge. He sought out the remaining venerable Companions of the Prophet sallahu alyihi sallam.

He reached a high level of scholarship due to two personal qualities:

1) Extraordinary degree of self-control which never granted him an opportunity for self indulgence.

2) He was exacting in how he spent his time, and would net waste it on frivolous actions or speech.

Advising Muhammad ibn Suqah, he said, “When the Day of Judgement comes, should we not be ashamed to be shown the record which we have filled up with or speech, and to find that most of it has nothing to do with our religion our our needs?”
Source: Portraits (vol.1) – Abdul Rahman al Basha

Bismillah,

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

Alhamdulilah.

I recently started two youth halaqahs. I love teaching about Allah, and anything that I hope is pleasing to Allah. I look at my young students and in my heart I want the best for them and pray that Allah showers His mercy upon them and keeps them on the straight path. In the life we live there are so many opportunities for children to get lost and to forget the remembrance of Allah, but its up to all of us to aid anyone we can, young or old into remembering Allah, into keeping steadfast in the straight path, into striving to do greater things for the sake of this deen. The Prophet sal allahu sallam said the ummah is like one body, when one part is ailing we should all feel responsible and help them. The youth of today are the future, the kids I teach today are going to be adults in a less than a decade, they are going to be the movers and shakers of their community, they are going to be the ones calling to goodness and forbidding the bad. We are all connected to one another and all of us have to ask ourselves how are we giving back to our community, what are we doing for our ummah, how are we contributing to the ummah of the Prophet sal allah sallam. As I told a mother of one of my students, that every time I do I talk I’m helping myself, this is good for me! I ask Allah to accept it of me and to grant me the blessings of being able to see His face in Paradise. I ask Allah to bless all of us in whatever capacity we are in helping our ummah…whether its raising righteous children at home, fulfilling the rights of our families, or taking a bit of our precious time in helping young ones in our communities.

A wonderful Quran khutbah given by the Prophet sal allahu sallam that recorded in the books of hadeeth.

Till next time, may we be joined together in gatherings of remembrance and be remembered in a better gathering in Alfirdous ala!

Bismillah,

Alhamdulilah, all praise is due to Allah who has blessed us in so many ways! Oh Allah continue to bestow your favours on us.

Alhuda Gems for the week:

* Time passes, we will get busy, things will come up, but we have to ponder on how we spend our time.

* Whenever we hear verses about disbelievers (such as 6-7 of Baqarah) we might have a tendency to tune them out. 1/3rd of the Quran addresses them, we our selves should take a lesson. Subhana’Allah just now I’m thinking how that in itself (that Allah addresses the believers in 1/3rd Quran) as being a mercy for them and us. This is Allah’s mercy, He doesn’t give up on us, it is mostly us he renounce all hope and give up easily. The doors of Allah’s mercy, guidance, and love for us is open…we just have to try harder! For these verses, we need to reflect on them, really in take because nothing/is ever guaranteed for us. In the same way Allah talks about the disbelievers so much, because indeed we are not guaranteed to die as believers. Disbelief in Allah is the greatest removal of Allah’s mercy on us and it leads to our destruction, Allah is constantly reminding us “Oh my slave, don’t die in this state!”

* Goes with the upper points: A young devout man hastened to do the adaan everyday, he came early so he could get this reward. One day he sees a woman, its love at first sight for him. He goes to her house, asks for her hand, she turns him down because he is muslim and she is Christian. He becomes a Christian to marry her, and as soon as he gets married he falls off a roof and dies, he dies as a Christian. Here is a man believing in Allah, the one God, and he converts for someone and even at that what he sought didn’t happen for him. The reality is that this can be anyone practising, they can be easily taken away from the path…this is indeed a reminder for us!

* We need to keep up, guard our iman, protect our imaan, because this is the only thing that will avail us on the Day of Judgement! Not our children, nothing, nada, just our imaan! Our world life will keep us busy..my teacher mentioned how out of all that she owns, the most important thing is her faith. It is what would save her!

*The Quran is what keeps our faith alive. We need it, we need to get closer to the Quran. This is what the mutaqee does, the God conscious one seeks this books, uses this book!

* Quran! Read it, learn it, study it, keep up with it. This gives life to the heart!

* Death: people die every day. Some are famous and some not famous. My teacher pointed how regardless of what someone had or did in the dunya, i.e their status in the dunya, it doesn’t matter in terms of the hole they will be placed in. A hole is a hole, what matters is our faith and our closeness to Allah subhana wa tala. Speaking death, Imaam Siraj Wahhaj has this amazing lecture on preparing for death…its really moving, subhana’Allah.

Till next time, may Allah make us of the people of the Quran and those who take reminders to heart and implement in their lives!

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 subhana wa tala who has blessed us all in one way or another.

Book review time! insha’Allah I will comment on the parts of the book that moved me. This book was such an amazing book in that it reflected Islam and its teachings so much that I had to wikipedia the author to see if he was muslim. It was profound and deep…I found myself thinking about each point and wondering how it tied to my own life. So glad I took notes, alhamdulilah.

*Personal Legend : “Its what you have always wanted to accomplish. Everyone, when they are young knows what their personal legend is”

*’At that point in their lives, everything is clear and everything is possible. They are not afraid to dream, and to yearn for everything they would like to see happen to them in their lives. But, as time passes, a mysterious force begins to convince them that it will be impossible for them to realize their personal legend”

The above mentioned comments about Personal legends are awesome…this is the amazing dreams we have when we are young, and we believe we can be anything we want to be or do anything we want to. And I think this mysterious thing is what we may refer to as “real life issues”…stuff like money, our own fears, other people telling us its not possible etc.

*It was the language of enthusiasm, of things accomplished with love and purpose, as as part of a search for something believed in and desired”

“But he was able to understand on thing: making a decision was only the beginning of thing. When someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a strong current that will carry him to places he had never dreamed of when he first made the decision”

*The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world, and never forget the drops of oil on the spoon”

*Started to cry, left the sheep, left the path ” My reflection on this: sometimes the path to achieving your dreams is filled with pain, regret, loneliness, sadness, so many what-if’s.

*”And maybe it wasn’t that they were teaching me, but that I was learning from them”

*”But that disaster taught me to understand the word of Allah: People need not fear the unknown if they are capable of achieving what they need and want” My reflection on this: This comment and others about Allah’s wants for his creation really had me thinking subhana’Allah, this is on point, and had me hurrying to see if the author was muslim.

* We are afraid of losing what we have, whether its our life or our possessions and property. But this fear evaporates when we understand that our life stories and the history of the world were written by the same hand” Subhana’Allah, this was profound. I thought to myself how in the world can I be afriad of the future or about the present, making decisions now and then, when the creator of all I have and all I see around me will decree what is best for me. This comment in all brought me back to who is in charge of all my affairs, who is the owner of it all, Allah jalla jallahu!

*Because I don’t live in either my past or my future. I’m interested only the present. If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man” My reflections: This is one of those comments that deserving bolding! In alhuda we talked about the word Qawf in the Quran, its always about fear about the future. This is something keeps us always thinking and in an agitated position..thinking what-if this, and what-if that, and at the end of the day, non of this matter, life becomes so much easier when we focus on the present, live in the present, think and worry only about the present for indeed the future is in the hands of Allah, and the past is spilled milk…just happened, and one should just forget about it! Indeed, one should learn from the past, but nonetheless learn from it as it will help in making ones future better!

Though I finished the book, I will post up the rest of my points soon insha’Allah!

Till next time, may Allah grant us to seek to understand our ‘personal legend’ and may it be always connected with His remembrance, the most High!