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The Looming Food Crisis And Our Actions

Posted by Admin on June 12, 2008

Sadaf Farooqi

“A new crisis is emerging, a global food catastrophe that will reach further and be more crippling than anything the world has ever seen. The credit crunch and the reverberations of soaring oil prices around the world will pale in comparison to what is about to transpire…” (The Financial Post)

More than 73 million people in 78 countries that depend on food handouts from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) are facing reduced rations this year. The increasing scarcity of food is the biggest crisis looming for the world”, according to WFP officials.” (Sunday Herald)

As Muslims, we are faced with a situation this year that can help many starving people in the world, and our own selves in the Hereafter: the golden chance to donate food to millions of the world’s hungry, homeless and indigent people.

Perhaps there have been very few times in history that circumstances were so ripe for giving sadaqah. After Nargis recently struck in Burma, and last month’s massive earthquake in China, we should not only be thanking Allah for having spared us so far, but we should also be reflecting upon what we can be doing, each of us, in his or her limited scope of influence, to fulfill the dues of the millions of the world’s hungry and homeless upon us.

Is it that we are better than those afflicted by these larger-than-life calamaties, just because our bellies are full, and their’s are not? Do we think that we will be been forgiven our sins because we are still dwelling peacefully in our homes, amid the plasma television-sets and whooshing air-conditioners, while their homes have been swept away or demolished by a single, non-discriminating blast or shudder? Do we ever wonder, why it was them and not us? Is it because Allah is pleased with us, and not with them? Or could it be that such utter and complete destruction of thousands of lives in one single moment is a harsh reminder for the rest of us?

Inflation and high prices have softened the blow on our conscience when we spend money on our transgressions and extravagance. We blame it on inflation, making ourselves feel better by claiming that “everything is so expensive these days,” when we blow Rs. 600 on a meal at a posh restaurant, or Rs. 1100 on a set of fancy, diamonte-studded slippers for a wedding.

The fact remains that, no matter what our income or budget, exceeding the limits of moderation in spending money is something about which we will be answerable to Allah. If the global food crisis will not make us sit up and make an effort to channelize and thwart our spending binges, nothing else will. This is because, experts are claiming that now, for the first time in history, even the developed nations will be affected by the scarcity of food. The ever-present, multiple media channels bombard us with reminders of the pathetic living conditions of the hungry and homeless people in every corner of the world, 24 hours a day, via text, images, live videos and extensive coverage. Will we be able to escape account-taking before Allah in any way? By feigning ignorance of the affected people’s plight?

Nor do you encourage one another to feed the poor!” [Quran 89:18]

When we hear or read the headlines about these catastrophes and crises, beholding photographs of long, unrelenting queues of poor people standing in front of utility stores, in the quest of one sack of rice or flour; of a wailing woman held by her relatives as she mourns the passing away of her only child; do we quench our guilt and pass on with our day as if nothing touched our hearts? Do we thank Allah with all our heart the next time we bite a fresh roti or chunk of meat?

But he would not attempt the uphill road. And what will make you comprehend what the uphill road is? (It is) the setting free of a slave, or the giving of food in a day of hunger. To the orphan with claims of relationship; Or to the indigent person (down) in the dust.” [Quran 90; 12-16]

As the month of Ramadan approaches, most of us will be worrying about where to give our zakaat. Since it can only be given to Muslims, we should concentrate this year on using our zakaat money to provide food rations to hungry people. We could buy flour, rice, sugar, milk, and cooking oil in bulk, and distribute these foodstuffs among colony dwellers in the colony nearest to our homes. Most of us – those living in developing countries, at least – need to just look outside our windows to spot little rag-picking children sporting torn rags for clothes and battered feet without shoes. Will we be excusable before Allah?

There are other things we can do to ease our accountability before Allah:

  • Spend less on junk food and on very expensive meals at restaurants, even if we earn well and can afford them. Set aside a portion of that saved money to feed hungry people.
  • Never let any food rot in the refrigerator. Don’t keep procastinating by thinking, “Oh, I’ll eat it later, let it be”. No; give away any leftovers – be it meat or vegetables – to poor, hungry people on the same day as they are cooked and eaten. Loosen your giving hand, and widen your heart for others. 
    Narrated Hakim bin Hizam: The Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu alayhi wasallam) said, “The upper hand is better than the lower hand (i.e. he who gives in charity is better than him who takes it). One should start giving first to his dependents. And the best object of charity is that which is given by a wealthy person (from the money which is left after his expenses). And whoever abstains from asking others for some financial help, Allah will give him and save him from asking others, Allah will make him self-sufficient.” [Saheeh Al-Bukhari]
  • Every month, buy one sack of flour for one different poor household (look for households other than just that of your maid).
  • When eating a good meal, think of those who are hungry, and thank Allah profusely and sincerely for blessing you and sparing you from the turmoil which they are in. Pray for every hungry person’s belly to be filled with food, just as yours is.
  • Encourage others to do all of the above too – be they your relatives, coffee-party friends, teen buddies, or corporate think-tanks at work. This is because encouraging others to feed the poor is also a sign of faith:
    “Have you considered him who calls the judgment a lie?
    That is the one who treats the orphan with harshness,
    And does not urge (others) to feed the poor
    ” [Qur’an, 107:1-3]

As Muslims we need to feel, with all our heart, the pain of the affliction of hunger and malnutrition being faced by our brothers and sisters in Islam, and also by non-Muslims, worldwide. We need to feel it so profoundly within ourselves, that it makes it impossible for us to spend oodles of money on splurges, satisfaction of personal desires, and all kinds of other unnecessary expenditure. Which group do we want to be included in, the Muhsineen (i.e those who do utmost good, who give more than what’s due on them) or the ‘Mubadh-dhireen‘?

“Squander not (your wealth) in the manner of a spendthrift. Verily, spendthrifts are the brothers of the evil ones (the Satan).” [Qur’an 17, 26-27]

Last but not least, if you have done some sadaqah, refrain from bragging about it to others, or seeking the approval or praise of people for it in any other way. Muslims need to keep their intentions in check and beware of riya (seeking recognition for good deeds among people) – the hidden, lesser polytheism – after having done a good deed. This is because the Muslim always does acts of charity for the pleasure of Allah only:

And they feed, for the love of Allah, the indigent, the orphan, and the captive,-
(Saying),”We feed you for the sake of Allah alone: no reward do we desire from you, nor thanks.
” [Qur’an, 76:8,9] 

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The Amazing Quran : A Revelation – Abu Lahab

Posted by Admin on June 10, 2008

Prophet Muhammad (s) had an uncle by the name of Abu Lahab.

This man hated Islam to such an extent that he used to follow the Prophet around in order to discredit him. If Abu Lahab saw the Prophet (s) speaking to a stranger, he would wait until they parted and the would go to the stranger and ask him, “What did he tell you? Did he say, ‘Black’? Well, it’s white. Did he say ‘morning’? Well, it’s night.” He faithfully said the exact opposite of whatever he heard Muhammad (s) and the Muslims say.

However, about ten years before Abu Lahab died, a little chapter in the Quran (Surah al-Lahab, 111) was revealed about him. It distinctly stated that he would go to the fire (i.e., Hell). In other words, it affirmed that he would never become a Muslim and would therefore be condemned forever.

For ten years all Abu Lahab had to do was say, “I heard that it has been revealed to Muhammad that I will never change – that I will never become a Muslim and will enter the Hellfire. Well, I want to become Muslim now. How do you like that? What do you think of your divine revelation now?” But he never did that. And yet, that is exactly the kind of behavior one would have expected from him since he always sought to contradict Islam.In essence, Muhammad (s) said, “You hate me and you want to finish me? Here, say these words, and I am finished. Come on, say them!” But Abu Lahab never said them. Ten years!  And in all that time he never accepted Islam or even became sympathetic to the Islamic cause.

How could Muhammad (s) possibly have known for sure that Abu Lahab would fulfil the Quranic revelation if he (i.e., Muhammad) was not truly the messenger of Allah? How could he possibly have been so confident as to give someone 10 years to discredit his claim of prophethood?

The only answer is that he was Allah’s messenger; for in order to put forth such a risky challenge, one has to be entirely convinced that he has a divine revelation.

Source : The Amazing Quran By Gary Miller

Read the whole book:

 

amazing-quran.pdf

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Advice To The Youth – Now That Summer is Here

Posted by Admin on June 10, 2008

By Asma Bint Shameem

Whew! Summer is finally here and school is out for a whole two and a half months. No more books and backpacks, no more tests and tensions….its time to relax and enjoy!

 

Surely, you worked hard during the year and you deserve a break. Surely, you want to unwind and enjoy yourself. That matter is understandable. Islam certainly allows for rest after hard work but under certain regulations. Hanzalah bin Aamir once complained to the Prophet (pbuh) that some of his time is intermingled with playing with his children and family. The Prophet (pbuh) answered him, “But there should be a time for this and a time for serious deeds.” (Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim)

 

But the question is….to what extent should you go in spending your summer vacation? What is the essence of vacation?
Does it mean mere pastime, attending parties, and hanging out with your friends without direction or purpose?
Does it mean  twiddling your thumbs, idling away the hours? Or watching satellite channels and playing endless video games? Or letting the gaze wander free?
And what are some of the positive things in which this summer can be spent?
These are questions that every conscious Muslim who is concerned about his free time, his Aakhirah and the welfare of the youth should ask himself.

 

Lower your gaze
Now that summer is here and ‘they take it all off’, what are you going to do? Are you going to let your gaze wander indiscriminately, looking at anything and everything the eyes can behold? Or are you going to submit to the command of the Lord of the worlds and lower your gaze and earn Jannah instead?

 

“Tell the believing men to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts). That is purer for them. Verily, Allaah is All-Aware of what they do.
And tell the believing women to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts) and not to show off their adornment except only that which is apparent….” (An-Nur: 30-31)
Don’t go to the beach or other places such as public swimming pools at a time you know when it will be difficult for you to lower your gaze. Maybe you can go there at night. Or maybe you don’t have to go there at all. Instead, have a pool party at one of your friends house (no mixing of genders, of course!)

 

Will you stay up all night?
Are you going to stay up late at night and waste it in idle talk, watching movies or TV? (And by the way, not very many shows that are on at that hour can be called ‘halaal’)
Did you know that the Prophet disliked staying up after Ishaa prayer unless it was for a valid reason?
The Prophet (pbuh) said: “Staying up late is tiring and burdensome.” (Daarimi, Tabaraani).
And when Aa’ishah (RA) heard ‘Urwah talking after the ‘Ishaa’ prayer she remarked: “What is this talk after dark? I have never seen the Prophet (pbuh) sleeping before this prayer or talking after it. He was either praying and gaining (reward) or sleeping and saved (from evil)” (Abdur-Razzaaq).

 

Are you going to sleep most of your day?
Allaah has created the night for us to rest and the day to carry about our lives and earn our living.
“And out of His mercy He made for you the night and day that you may rest therein and [by day] seek from His bounty and [that] perhaps you will be grateful.” (Al-Qasas: 73).
 By staying up late at night, not only does that endanger our Fajr prayer, but we tend to sleep late into the day and we turn the natural order of things set by Allaah upside down. We also lose the ‘barakah’ in our time.
The Prophet (pbuh) said, ” Rise early to earn your living and do your affairs, for it brings about blessing and success.” [at-Tabarani]
Fatima, the Prophet’s daughter, said that when he saw her still lying in bed one morning, he told her, “My daughter, get up and witness your Lord’s bounty, and do not be among the indifferent; Allah distributes daily bread between the break of dawn and sunrise.” [al-Baihaqi]

 

Are you going to ‘kill time’?
As for killing time, since when is ‘time’ an enemy that you should strive to kill?!!
Time is your breath….your lifetime and the moments of your life which you could fill with thousands and millions of hasanaat. It is enough for you to say Subhaan Allaah wa bi hamdihi (Glory and praise be to Allaah) once, and a palm tree will be planted for you in Jannah. So how many gardens have you planted? And how many hasanaat have you lost?
The Prophet (pbuh) said: “Make the most of five things before five others come: your life before your death, your health before your sickness, your spare time before your work, your youth before your old age and your wealth before your poverty.” (al-Haakim- Saheeh ).

 

Remember, you will have to account for your time in front of Allaah
Don’t waste your time loitering in the malls, playing video games or sitting at the computer for hours on end.
Remember that these hours gone will never come back. And we will have to give account of this time lost when we all stand in front of Allaah, the Lord of the Worlds.
The Prophet (pbuh) said, “The feet of the son of Adam shall not move on the Day of Resurrection until he is asked of four things: His life as to how he spent it, his youth as how he used it, his knowledge as to what he did with it and his wealth as to where he got and how he spent it.” (At-Tirmidhee-Saheeh)

 

You can’t be lazy
Are you going to become a couch potato, watching TV or lazing around for the rest of the summer? Did you know that laziness is something the Prophet (pbuh) used to seek refuge with Allaah from in his du’aa’s?
“My Lord, I seek refuge in You from laziness and senility.” (al-Tirmidhi–saheeh by al-Albaani)

 


Hey, WHO are your ‘friends’ anyway? What are your gatherings like?
Make sure you have good company. Take a close look at your friends and ask yourself, what kind of friends do I have? Will any one of them enter my grave with me? Do they encourage me to do good or do they keep me away from the remembrance of the Almighty? Which of them will come to my rescue on the Day of Judgment?
“Friends on that Day will be foes; one to another except Al-Muttaqoon (the pious)”
[al-Zukhruf 43:67]

 

When you get together with your friends, what do you do? What do you talk about?
The Prophet (pbuh) said, “Any people who sit in a gathering during which they do not mention the name of Allaah nor exalt the mention of His Prophet will regret it, then it is up to Allaah to punish them for it or forgive them.” (Ahmad).

 

Some positive things you can do
Do something positive this summer and try your best to utilize your time wisely.
The Prophet (pbuh) said, “I do hate to see a man doing nothing for this world or the Hereafter..” [at-Tabaraani]
1. Arrange your priorities
2. Fear Allah your Lord wherever you go.
3. Now that you have time, make sure to go to the masjid five times a day and pray in Jama’ah.
4. Sleep early and get up early, for early hours always yield great blessings.
5. Keep to friends who are righteous, those that can help you in good and prevent you from evil and vice versa.
6.Spend quality time with parents, brothers and sisters and family.
7. Do a lot of “Istighfaar” as it opens the doors to goodness and makes difficult matters easy.
8. Take time out daily to recite and memorize the Qur’an and Hadiths.
9. Attend seminars and other classes of Islaamic knowledge.
10. Employ your energies within the limits of what Islaam permits.
11. Beware of the tricks of the Shaytaan, to take you away from remembering Allaah.

 

Now, don’t get me wrong
I am NOT SAYING that you should not enjoy yourself or have time to relax and have fun.
By all means! But DO make sure that these means are within the limits set by Allaah, and that you DO take time out for positives as well, instead of throwing away the whole of your summer vacations in things that wont matter when we stand one day in front of Allaah.
And remember the hadith of the Prophet (pbuh) when he said, “Everything other than remembering Allah is (considered) wasteful play except four: a man humoring his wife, a man training his horse, a man walking between targets (learning archery), and man learning swimming,” (An-Nasaa’i– authenticated by Al-Albaani)

 

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Congratulations! You Just Had A… WHAT!!??

Posted by Admin on June 7, 2008

By Asma Binte Shameem

He paced nervously up and down the hospital corridor. His heart was beating fast and he couldn’t wait much longer. After all, he was going to be a father soon….a father of a little baby boy…….or at least he hoped it would be a boy…. O how much he wanted the baby to be a boy!

But, what if his wife had a….a girl???!!! Then what??!! That would be utter disgrace!
What will all his friends say! How could he ever face them?

And what would his mother say? She had instructed his wife to make sure she had a son, or else…..
Suddenly, his thoughts were interrupted by the sound of the doctor opening the door. “Congratulations,” she said. “Your wife just delivered a baby girl!”

He stopped dead in his tracks. His heart sank….his face became dark.
What did she say?? A…..A WHAT!!!??? NOOOO! It can’t be! There must be some mistake! But I was hoping for a son! I am ruined and disgraced! What will I tell my friends and family!
And what about my mother? She will be devastated!

Slowly, he walks away from the doctor, not even turning to look at the baby….. This scenario, my dear brothers and sisters is not from a movie, nor is it something from the past.
Would you believe that this is actually happening in the 21st century in the Muslim communities all over the world, even in the United States!

Subhaan Allaah!

Some of the Muslims, may Allaah guide them, get angry when Allaah blesses them with daughters. In fact, some of them even threaten to divorce their wives if she produces a daughter! What an outrage!When are we to learn? When will we get out of this ignorant behavior?
Are we still living in the period of pre-Islaamic Jaahiliyyah (Pre Islamic Period of Ignorance)? How similar things are today to those times! If you visit any maternity hospital in a Muslim country, and look around at the faces of those to whom daughters have been born, listening to what they say and seeing how they react, you will see a strange similarity between many of these people and the people of the Jaahiliyyah.Allaah says about such people:

“And when the news of (the birth of) a female (child) is brought to any of them, his face becomes dark, and he is filled with inward grief! He hides himself from the people because of the evil of that whereof he has been informed. Shall he keep her with dishonor or bury her in the earth? Certainly, evil is their decision!” [al-Nahl:58-59]

The husband puts undue pressure on his wife to have a boy or else he will divorce her or she will be subjected to his cruelty and harsh behavior.Did he forget that science has proven that it is the male that is responsible for determining the sex of the baby and the woman has absolutely no say in the matter? And not only the husband, the pressure also, surprisingly comes from the mother-in-law. Did she forget that she herself is a female? Or was she born a male and then magically changed later to a female?? How absurd is their rationale! Are these people objecting to the Decree of Allaah?? Did they forget that submitting to the decree of Allaah is obligatory, and accepting it is one of the attributes of the believers? Did they forget that it is Allaah who bestows children, be it female or male, to whomever He wants and does not bestow any off springs to whomever He wants?

“To Allah belongs the Kingdom of the heavens and the earth. He creates what He will. He gives females to whom He will and males to whom He will.Or, He couples them, both males and females, and to others, if He will, He makes them barren. Surely, He is the Knower, the Powerful.” (al-Shooraa:49-50)

One of the manifestations of this dislike of daughters is that in some hospitals, when they find out the sex of the baby by ultrasound, if it is male they tell the family, and if it is female they say nothing. Subhaan Allaah!

This is a very serious matter and is a rejection of the gift which Allaah has given, instead of thanking Him for it. This in itself is enough to earn Allaah’s anger and expose one to His punishment, may Allaah protect us from it. Everyone knows the honor and respect Islaam has given to women and the rights given to her by the Sharee’ah. There is nothing in any other religion, nation or law that can compare to the position given to the woman in Islam. Moreover, the virtues of girls is not unknown, for they are the mothers and daughters, sisters, and wives. They are one half of society which gives birth to the other half, so it is as if they are the entire society.

The Prophet (pbuh) also explained the virtues of girls and urged kind treatment of them, as he said:

“Whoever takes care of two girls until they reach adulthood, he and I will come like this on the Day of Resurrection,’ and he held his fingers together.” (Muslim)..

“Whoever has three daughters and is patient towards them, and feeds them, gives them to drink and clothes them from his riches, they will be a shield for him from the Fire on the Day of Resurrection.” (Ibn Maajah–saheeh by al-Albaani) We need to forego this Jahiliyyah way of thinking and start behaving as Muslims, not only in this matter, but in all walks of life. We should thank Allaah for blessing us with sweet daughters, for it is a blessing indeed. We should fear Allaah and love our children and treat them fairly, be it a daughter or son. Both are blessings of Allaah and, surely, we will be questioned about them.
Stop the discrimination of girls and preference to boys.

Undoubtedly this action is one of the deeds of the first Jaahiliyyah, from the conduct of its ill-mannered people, those who were blamed and condemned in the Qur’aan and Sunnah.

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Whatever Allah Does…It is for Our Best.

Posted by Admin on June 2, 2008

Whatever Allaah does….it is for our best 

by Asma bint Shameem

When my daughter was 2 years old, she loved to play with the water in the commode. Yes, that’s right….the commode. Yuck!! That’s nasty! You would say. But to her, that was the delight of the day! Splish…splash! To her there was nothing like it! And so when I would prevent her from it, she would scream and cry and wouldn’t want to stop. She didn’t understand how harmful that was for her. In her little mind, I took away something that she really enjoyed.

And when I would take her to the doctor to have her immunization shots, she didn’t understand either. She would howl at the top of her lungs at the first sight of the needle and would run the other way. It would take two of us just to hold her down! To her, frankly, it was plain torture! Her innocent little mind simply could not even begin to understand how, on earth, could being tortured by a needle, be good for you?!! She didn’t realize that this ‘needle’ will Insha Allaah protect her from certain illnesses and harm that is much more severe than the prick of this little needle.

 So what’s the point here?

The point I am trying to make is that we, as parents sometimes do things for our kids, out of our great love and concern for them, which they may not understand. They do not see the wisdom behind it, although we do, and so we carry out those things because we know it will be better for them.

 And for Allah is the Highest example. (Surah Nahl:60)       وَلِلّهِ الْمَثَلُ الْأَعْلَىَ                                  

 So when Allaah Subhaanahu wa Ta’ala , in His Infinite Wisdom, tests us with a situation that we think is  difficult or takes away something that in our mind was good for us, we need to remember that perhaps it may not be so. Perhaps if we had continued in our way, it might have been harmful for us and whatever  Allaah decreed for us is actually better for us, for He is All-Wise and All-Knowing. 

Allaah says:

“…and it may be that you dislike a thing which is good for you and that you like a thing which is bad for you. Allaah knows but you do not know.” (Surah Baqarah: 216)

 Al-Hasan al-Basri said: “Do not resent the calamities that come and the disasters that occur, for perhaps in something that you dislike will be your salvation, and perhaps in something that you prefer will be your doom.” 

Remember that we are dealing with the One who is Arham ar-Raahimeen, the Most Merciful of all that show mercy. All the mercy that we have in this world from Adam (Alaiyhi Salaam) to the Day of Judgment is only one hundredth of the Mercy of the Most Merciful. And He is Most Wise. He knows and we don’t know.

So have faith in Him and trust in Him and although, sometimes we may not understand the reason behind certain things, know that as long as you obey Him, whatever He will do for you is, in fact for your betterment.

 So if Allaah didn’t give you that big house, or that nice car you wanted or that big raise you were hoping for, know in your mind and believe in your heart that it is actually better for you. Who knows…..maybe that big house, that car or that money would have become a source of ‘fitnah’ for you….Perhaps you would have become arrogant and conceited because of it, and Allaah saved you from it. Because, you know that the Prophet (sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said:

“Any one in whose heart is even a mustard seed’s worth of pride will not enter Paradise.” (Muslim)

 And if you have been sick and suffering, sure it is not easy. But again, know in your mind and believe in your heart that it is indeed better for you. For, if you bear patiently, it will be a means of expiation for your sins and a source of great reward. The Prophet (sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said:

“There is nothing that befalls a believer, not even a thorn that pricks him, but Allaah will record one good deed for him and will remove one bad deed from him.” (Muslim)

And: “On the Day of Resurrection, when people who had suffered affliction are given their reward, those who were healthy will wish their skins had been cut to pieces with scissors when they were in the world (when they see the immense rewards for the afflictions they suffered).” (Tirmidhi-Saheeh by al-Albaani)

 If Allaah took away a dear, loved one, believe, from the bottom of your heart, that surely this was better. For, you never know, had the one who passed away lived longer, may be his life would have been one of sins and disobedience and Allaah, out of His Mercy, took him before that….in a state of Imaan.

And if life has been difficult, worries surround you and calamities after calamities befall you, hear the good news from the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam): “Trials will continue to befall the believing man and woman, with regard to themselves, their children and their wealth, until they meet Allaah with no sin on them.” (Tirmidhi– saheeh by al-Albaani)

 Subhaan Allaah! No sin?! And what is it from this world that you wouldn’t give up, just to meet Allaah with no sin??!!

 Remember that the One Who is testing you is the Most Wise, the Most Merciful and the Most Loving…..and that He did not send this calamity in order to destroy you….or cause you pain or finish you off. Rather, He is checking on you, testing your patience, acceptance and faith; it is so that He may hear your du’a and supplication, so that He may see you standing before Him….seeking His protection….filled with humility and complaining to Him, alone. The difficulties you face is a reminder for you to return to Allaah and ask for forgiveness from Him. Who knows… if He didn’t give you the difficulty, maybe you would have strayed from Him far, far away….

Ibn Taymiyah said: A calamity that makes you turn to Allaah is better for you than a blessing which makes you forget the remembrance of Allaah.” 

Thus in our times of trouble, when we go through pain and suffering and in our times of loss, we need to trust Allaah. We need to keep in mind that as long as we fear Him and try our best to obey Him, He will never do us wrong. He will protect us and guide us and do the best for us, no matter what the situation apparently looks like. Allaah says in a hadeeth Qudsi:

 “I am as my slave thinks of me and I am with him whenever he remembers me.” (Agreed Upon).

 It is actually a sign of our weakness and shortsightedness, that we tend to focus on the calamities themselves, without paying much attention to the benefits that they may bring. We also forget to look at all other innumerable blessings that we enjoy and see around us.

Our minds, our logic and our senses cannot even begin to fathom the Wisdom, the Knowledge and the Hikmah behind Allaah’s decisions and verdicts. It is He who is the Wise….it is He who is the Just and it is He who is the Knower of the unseen. If we trust in Allaah, He will suffice and it is He who will grant us goodness in any situation and under any circumstances.

 “And when someone puts all his trust in Allah, He will be enough for him.” (Surah at-Talaaq:3)

 The Prophet (sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said:

“If you put your trust completely in Allah, He will arrange for your sustenance in the same way as He provides for the birds. They go out in the morning with their stomachs empty and return filled in the evening.” (Tirmidhi-saheeh).

 So trust Him….for, there is much reward in trusting Him…..it is Jannah. And there is sin in distrusting Him. Calamities and disasters are a test, and they are a sign of Allaah’s love for a person. They are like medicine: even though it is bitter, yet, in spite of its bitterness you still give it to the one whom you love….

 “The greatest reward comes with the greatest trial. When Allaah loves a people He tests them. Whoever accepts that wins His pleasure but whoever is discontent with that earns His wrath.” (Saheeh al-Tirmidhi)

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