Intelligence

A person’s intelligence is a blessing, but if it doesn’t lead to Allah then stupidity is better than it; he becomes self-deceived thus becoming heedless of his Lord:

{ يَعْلَمُونَ ظَاهِرًا مِنَ الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا وَهُمْ عَنِ الآخِرَةِ هُمْ غَافِلُونَ }
“They know what is apparent of the worldly life, but they are heedless of the Hereafter.” [Al-Rūm 30:7]

ذكاء الإنسان نعمة لكنه إذا لم يوصل إلى الله فالغباء خير منه، يغتر بنفسه فيغفل عن ربه (يعلمون ظاهرا من الحياة الدنيا وهم عن الآخرة هم غافلون)

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Struggles.

“A friend will not (literally) share your struggles, an a loved one cannot physically take away your pain, and a close one will not stay up the night on your behalf…so look after yourself, protect it, nurture it…and don’t give life’s events more than what they are really worth…Be certain that when you break no one will heal you except you, and when you are defeated no one will give you victory except your determination…your ability to stand up again and carry on is your responsibility…Do not look for your self worth in the eyes of people; look for your worth from within your conscience…if your conscience is at peace then you will ascend high…and if you truly know yourself then what is said about you won’t harm you.

Do not carry the worries of this life… because this is for Allah…and do not carry the worries of sustenance because it is from Allah…and do not carry the anxiety for the future because it is in the Hands of Allah…

Carry one thing: How to Please Allah. Because if you please Him, He Pleases you, fulfills you and enriches you. Do not weep from a life that made your heart weep…just say “oh Allah compensate me with good in this life and the hereafter”.
Sadness departs with a sajdah…happiness comes with a sincere du’a…Allah Does Not forget the good you do…nor Do He Forget the good you did to others and the pain you relieved them from…Nor Will He Forget the eye which was about to cry but you made it laugh…

Live your life with this principle: Be good even if you don’t receive good…not because of other’s sake but because Allah Loves the good doers”.

Ibn Qayyim

* Insults, life & market places *

 

Upon being insulted, Abu AdDardaa – the companion of the Prophet (PBUH) responded:

” يا هذا لا تغرقنَّ في سبنا ودع للصلح موضعاً ، فإنا لا نكافئ من عصى الله فينا بأكثر من أن نطيع الله عزّ وجلّ فيه “

“O so and so, do not go overboard in insulting me and keep room for reconciliation, for I respond to those who disobey Allah with regards to me by obeying Allah with regards to them.”

A man insulted Imam Ash-Sha’bi, so he responded:

إن كنتُ كما قلتَ فغفر الله لي ، وإن لم أكن كما قلتَ فغفر الله لك

“If I am as you say, then may Allah pardon me, and if I am not, then may Allah pardon you.”

A man said to Diraar Ibnul Qa’qaa’,

والله لو قلتَ واحدةً لسمعت عشراً

“By Allah, if you insult me just once, I will respond with ten!”
He responded,

والله لو قلتَ عشراً ما سمعتَ واحدة

“By Allah, if you insulted me ten times, I will not even respond with one.”

Allah said,
وَإِذَا خَاطَبَهُمُ الْجَاهِلُونَ قَالُوا سَلاماً

“and when the ignorant address them harshly, they say words of peace” (Al-Qur’aan, Surah 25, Ayah 63)

The believer has so much on his mind with regards to his journey to Allah and the Home of the Hereafter that his/her heart finds no place within it to store the insults of people, nor do they possess the time to think much over them.

They compare life to a market place that lasts very briefly, and in the end, some walk away having made profits whilst others having lost everything.

Ali Hammuda

*Lightest is quickest* 

Malik Ibn Deenar said,

“I was once returning from travel on a boat. We reached a bridge where a man was making travellers pay a toll charge. He shouted, “None of you are to leave the boat nor are you allowed to move!” I took my garment, placed it on my shoulder, jumped off the boat and landed on the coast. He said to me, “Why have you left?!” I said, “I don’t have anything” So he said, “Off you go then”. 

I said to myself, “This is exactly how the Hereafter will be.”

[Safwat As-Safwa]

Malik’s possessions were the fewest, so he was set free the quickest.

Such a narration causes one’s heart to sink.

At a time when Allah has given us *far* more than Malik’s single garment, one struggles to imagine how one’s reckoning will be.

Worse still are those whose accumulations have come from sources of Haraam.

The door for change temporarily remains open.

We ask you, O Allah, to ease our accountability on the Day of Standing, as well as that of our parent’s and loved ones.

Ali Hammuda

* You’re being watched *

* You’re being watched *

So drawn by the beauty of the Qur’an, the pagans of Mecca would sneak at night through the desert darkness to eavesdrop on Prophet Mohammad’s (PBUH) night time recitation.

On one such occasion, Abu Jahl, Abu Sufyan and Al-Akhnas Ibn Shurayq came to listen to the Prophet’s recitation in the middle of the night, not aware however of the presence of each other.

They continued listening till the sun rose, and when they returned home, they bumped into one another and asked each other, “What brought you?!” “What brought you?!”

They vowed to not repeat this, fearing that people could catch wind of this event; Mecca’s noble men marvelling at the Qur’an!

However, on the second and third consecutive nights, every one of them had broken their promise, eavesdropped on the Prophet’s recitation and again, humiliatingly bumped into one another on their way home.

Pause here for a moment.

What do you take from this?

The power of the Qur’an? Well, that’s the obvious one, but there is another more subtle reflection.

Whether you realise it or not, you are being watched.

Your Facebook page, tweets, Instagram updates or their likes are closely being observed, not just by those who eagerly await your slips, but also by those who admire you or your material.

Of course, this isn’t always obvious, for such visitors may not leave a comment, share your posts or even ‘like’ them, but they are present.

Thus, ensure that when they do make their secret visit, they only ever *see* and *read* material that will draw them closer to Allah and the Home of the Hereafter.

Ali Hammuda

* Pain free day for a change? *

* Pain free day for a change? *

Imam Ibnul Jawzi says,

وليس في الدنيا على الحقيقة لذة، إنما هي راحة من مؤلم

“In reality, Dunya does not have *real* pleasures to offer. All it offers is relief from pains.” (From his book, ‘Saydul Khaatir’)

Doesn’t the following sound so familiar:

“I didn’t have a headache today! Alhamdulillah!”

“I wasn’t abused today, what a change!”

“I haven’t been slated by the media for a whole month, Allahu akbar!”

[….] and every one of us can fill in that blank accordingly.

However, did Imam Ibnul Jawzi say this to demoralise the reader? For, many people are miserable with life as it is!

Not at all, but for the polar opposite reason..

To encourage us to work with passion and excitement for the life to come.

وَمَا هَذِهِ الْحَيَاةُ الدُّنْيَا إِلَّا لَهْوٌ وَلَعِبٌ وَإِنَّ الدَّارَ الْآخِرَةَ لَهِيَ الْحَيَوَانُ لَوْ كَانُوا يَعْلَمُونَ

“And what is the life of this world but amusement and play?

But the home of the Hereafter – *that* is the life, if only they knew.”

(Al-Qur’an, Surah 29, Ayah 64)

Ali Hammuda