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A humble Worshiper, struggling with my imperfections in seeking Allah's Pleasure. Acquiring & sharing beneficial knowledge.

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October 2013

Leniency with adversaries

Allah commanded that we be lenient to our adversaries, so that their soft human nature might make them to regret their actions and come to their senses.

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Learn to Appreciate

Those who don’t appreciate peoples’ little efforts, hardly do they appreciate God’s countless blessings; the ones who hardly manage to overlook people’s little shortcomings, rarely find time to seek Allah’s forgiveness for their bigger ones.

Altruism

When we dedicate our efforts in helping the needful, we will find solace in our own hardships. More appropriate are the words of the Prophet (P.B.U.H) when he said:

“Allah supports His slave as long as the slave is supportive of his brother…” [Reported by Muslim]

A believer & the satan

A man woke up early in order to have his morning prayer (Fajr). He got dressed, set on his way to the Lord’s house.

On his way to the MASJID, the man fell and his clothes got dirty.. He got up, brushed himself up, and headed home.

At home, he changed his clothes, and was, again, on his way to the MASJID.

On his way to the MASJID, he fell again and at the same spot! He, again, got up, brushed himself off and headed home. At home he, once again, changed his clothes and was on his way to the Lord’s house.
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On his way to the MASJID, he met a man holding a lamp. He asked the man of his identity and the man replied ‘I saw you fall twice on your way to the MASJID, so I brought a lamp so I can light your way.

The first man thanked him profusely and the two went on their way to the MASJID.

Once at the MASJID, the first man asked the man with the lamp to come in and offer SALAAH with him.

The second man refused.

The first man asked him a couple more times and, again, the answer was the same.

The first man asked him why he did not wish to come in and pray.

The man replied, ‘I am Satan’. The man was shocked at this reply. Satan went on to explain, ‘I saw you on your way to the MASJID and it was I who made you fall. When you went home, cleaned yourself and went back on our way to the MASJID, God forgave all of your sins.

I made you fall a second time, and even that did not encourage you to stay home, but rather, you went back on your way to MASJID. Because of that, God forgave all the sins of the people of your household.

I was afraid if I made you fall one more time, then God will forgive the sins of the people of your village, so I made sure that you reached the MASJID safely.’

My Self-(Un)fulfilling Reality

Silver Lining

We make many choices in our life, not all of which we are aware of making.  Those choices have real consequences, and the less we are aware of making these choices the greater the potential impact on our lives.  The impactful choices are not even the big choices, often they are the small, daily choices that we take for granted.  These choices include what we say to ourselves (about anything) and what we believe (about anything).

For example, if I believe I deserve chocolate in my life, I will subconsciously act in a way that will invite chocolate to me.  I may go buy fine quality chocolate because I deserve it, I’ll notice chocolate stores when I’m driving around, I’ll stand in line for a free chocolate sample at See’s, and my loved ones will give me chocolate because they know it’ll make me happy.   Since I’m such a…

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I WANT TO BE “POSSIBLE”

STORY — THE CLASS

The teacher asked her class what each wanted to become when they grew up. A chorus of responses came from all over the room.

“A football player,” “A doctor,” “An astronaut,” “The president,” “A fireman,” “A teacher,” “A race car driver.”

Everyone that is, except Umar The teacher noticed he was sitting there quiet and still.
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So she said to him, “Umar, what do you want to be when you grow up?”

“Possible” Umar replied.

“Possible?” asked the teacher.

“Yes,” Umar said. “My mom is always telling me I’m impossible. So when I get to be big, I want to be possible.”

Oh ALLAH enable us to be a source of encouragement and support for our children. Oh ALLAH make our children be successful in both this world and the hereafter, Aameen

Secrets of Surah LaKahfThe Wisdom of stories in Surah Al-Kahf

Ever wondered why Prophet Muhammad (SAW) asked us to recite Surat Al-Kahf every Friday?

This Surah has four stories in it, having some morals, lets see them and understand what they are saying to us:
1) The people of the cave
It’s the story of young men who lived in a disbelieving town, so they decided to migrate for the sake of Allah and run away. Allah rewards them with mercy in the cave and protection from the sun – they woke up and found the entire village believers.
Moral: trial of faith
2) The owner of two gardens
A story of a man whom Allah blessed with two beautiful gardens, but the man forgot to thank the one who blessed him with everything and he even dared to doubt Allah regarding the afterlife. So his garden was destroyed – he regretted ,but was too late and his regret did not benefit him.
Moral: trial of wealth
3) Musa(as) and Khidr(as)
When musa(as) was asked-“who’s the most knowledgeable of the people of earth?”” Musa(as) said: me…,but Allah revealed to him that there’s someone who knows more than him. Musa(as) traveled to the man and learned how the divine wisdom can sometimes be hidden in matters which we perceive as bad.
Moral: trial of knowledge
4) Dhul-qarnayn
It’s a story of the great king that was given knowledge and power and was going around the world,helping people and spreading all that’s good. He was able to overcome the problem of Yajooj-Majooj and build a massive dam with the help of people whom he could not even understand.
Moral: trial of power
In the middle of the surah Allah mentions Iblees as the one who stirs these trials:

And [mention] when We said to the angels, “Prostrate to Adam,” and they prostrated, except for Iblees. He was of the jinn and departed from the command of his Lord. Then will you take him and his descendants as allies other than Me while they are enemies to you? Wretched it is for the wrongdoers as an exchange.(Surah Al-Kahf, verse 50)

Now let us see what’s the relationship between Surat al-kahf and the Dajjal (anti-christ)? 
Dajjal will appear before day of judgement with the 4 trials:
  • He’ll ask people to worship him and not Allah: trial of faith.
  • He’ll be given powers to start/stop rain and tempt people with his wealth: trial of wealth.
  • He’ll trial people with the “knowledge” and news he gives them: trial of knowledge.
  • He’ll control huge parts of the earth: trial of power.
How to survive these trials? The answers are in Surat Al-Kahf:
Survival kit 1: Good companionship
“And keep yourself patient [by being] with those who call upon their Lord in the morning and the evening, seeking His countenance. And let not your eyes pass beyond them, desiring adornments of the worldly life, and do not obey one whose heart We have made heedless of Our remembrance and who follows his desire and whose affair is ever [in] neglect.” (Surat Al-Kahf, verse 28)
Survival kit 2: Knowing the truth of this world 
“set forth to them the similitude of the life of this world: it is like the rain which we send down from the skies: the earth’s vegetation absorbs it, but soon it becomes dry stubble, which the winds do scatter: it is (only) Allah who prevails over all things”  (Surat al-kahf, verse 45)
Survival kit 3: Humbleness.
[Moses] said, “You will find me, if Allah wills, patient, and I will not disobey you in [any] order.” (Surat al-kahf, verse 69)
Survival kit 4: Sincerity.
“say: “i am but a man like yourselves, (but) the inspiration has come to me, that your Allah is one Allah  whoever expects to meet his lord, let him work righteousness, and, in the worship of his lord, admit no one as partner.” (Surat al- kahf, verse 110)
Survival kit 5: Calling to Allah.
“And recite, [O Muhammad], what has been revealed to you of the Book of your Lord. There is no changer of His words, and never will you find in other than Him a refuge.” (Surat Al-Kahf, verse 27)
Survival kit 6: Remembering the Hereafter.
“And [warn of] the Day when We will remove the mountains and you will see the earth prominent (as a level stretch), and We will gather them and not leave behind from them anyone. And they will be presented before your Lord in rows, [and He will say], “You have certainly come to Us just as We created you the first time. But you claimed that We would never make for you an appointment.And the record [of deeds] will be placed [open], and you will see the criminals fearful of that within it, and they will say, “Oh, woe to us! What is this book that leaves nothing small or great except that it has enumerated it?” And they will find what they did present [before them]. And your Lord does injustice to no one.” (Surat al-kahf, verses 47-49)

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