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Pond of Kauthar!

Assalamu’alaikum (Peace be upon you),
Bismillah (In the name of Allah).

Have you ever been to one of those adventure fun houses where you get as many treats as you dare? In the first zone you get a bagful of sweets. You earn more points and go to the second zone and you get a remote operated toy car and then you earn more points and go to the next zone and so on.

This is what I felt when I read about Haud-e-Kauthar (Pond of Kauthar) the day before yesterday. Before that I had always wanted to get into Jannah, directly. But now I want this Haud treat first and then the next treat and then the next one, inshaAllah. Because the Haud-e-Kauthar is so bee-yoo-tee-ful! Do you know what it is?

On the Day of Judgement, all the people will rise from their graves. Sun will be extremely hot and very near. The day would be very long (read: 50,000 years long). People would be thirsty beyond limits. At that time, Prophet Muhammad s.a.w would give a drink from his Haud-e-Kauthar to his true believers.

Its dimensions will be as large as the distance one would cover in a month. All its sides are equal. Its mud is more sweet smelling than kasturi . Its cups would be of gold and silver. They would be from Jannah. And they are like the stars in the sky (stars of a cloudless night). Whoever will drink once from those cups, will never get thirsty again.

Its water will be whiter than milk, colder than ice, sweeter than honey, more sweet smelling than musk. The one who will drink that water, his color would never become dark. Birds would be flying over it. Two of its water spouts would come from Jannah. It will have two domes of pearls on each side.

Prophet Muhammad s.a.w would go to it before us and arrange water for us over there. :D

The people who would get a drink from it would be the ones whom Allah likes. Most of them would be from the Muhajireen (migrants) and underprivileged people, those on whom closed doors are not opened, those who fulfill their responsibilities but they are not given their rights, those who are patient. Mujahid (soldiers) and shaheed (martyrs) would be in abundance. People of Yemen would be given preference (because they accepted Islam very early).

Since this treat would be only for the followers of Prophet Muhammad s.a.w, he would recognize them from the marks of wudu on their hands, feet and faces. :)
People other than the followers of Prophet Muhammad s.a.w would not be allowed to come near it.

There will be some people from the ummah (nation) of Prophet Muhammad s.a.w who would not be allowed a drink from it. :(
They would be those who innovated new things in religion, things that had no origin in the Islam that Prophet Muhammad s.a.w brought. Some men and women would come with containers but would not be allowed a drink.

May Allah make us of those who get a drink from it, make us of those who do a lot of wudu only to please Allah (SWT) and protect us from being those who do innovation in religion.

This picture in no way is meant as a resemblance to Haud-e-Kauthar. It just implies that there is so much beauty in this world alone that the beauty of the next world is surely unimaginable!

Wassalam,
Hajrah. :)

P.S. Everything has been taken from authentic ahadith. It is part of your faith to believe in Haud-e-Kauthar.

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LOVE, at its best <3

Assalamu’alaikum,
Bismillah.

Whattey title, hm? Brings a nice fluttery feeling in your heart when you read the word. But then actually feeling it… Sigh! Its beyond words. So beautiful.

There is a certain kind of love which, when you go through, is at once wonderful and unique. Like no other love. And love of any kind is felt only when you know that person and it increases manifold if that person has been kind to you and has done a lot for you. Right?

I fell in love all over again with one such person, so much so, that I wanted to share it. :)

Unfortunately, people say that they don’t feel much love for that person, whom I consider so lovable. I think the reason might be because they do not even know what he was like, what was his character, what were his words. You just want to hang on to your loved one’s words, don’t you? And repeat them over and over again with a smile on your lips. And if those words are for you… Boy! You’re in the seventh heaven of delight. But what if you don’t even know what his words were? Wouldn’t that be a pity? :(

Yes, I love him with all my heart because he taught me how to live, he taught me how to walk, how to talk, how to eat, how to sleep, how to keep relations with my parents, my relatives, my friends, my enemies. He taught me how to think, he taught me how to be content, how to pray, how to deal with sadness, how to deal with illness. He taught me how to feel, how to smile, how to cry, how to deal with private stuff. Why did he do all that? Because he loved me. He loved me more than my own biological parents. He loved me so much that he wanted me to be saved from the biggest failure. He wanted to save me from being thrown into the Big Fire. The Fire that my very close ones don’t even care about. But he did. The Fire that will burn forever and will only increase, never decrease. The Fire that will be pitch dark and scary and there will be much pain and loneliness and yelling in it. He wanted to save me from that. He gave me tips that would save me from that biggest disaster. He prayed for me. He cried for me.

Should I still not feel his love? Do you not feel his love? Yes, I am talking about my beloved Prophet Muhammad 

You are supposed to love him. If you do not, then get anxious. Your faith is in danger. You cannot be a Muslim until you love him more than anything. Get to know him. There is no way you can’t love him once you know what he did for you!

Read his ahadith, read Sahih Bukhari and you’ll hang onto each word. He taught you every single thing that you would ever need to know in your life about yourself, about others, about life itself.

Don’t you yearn to see his face shining like the sun and moon? :)

He’s not a thing of the past, only sincere for His Companions at that time. He loved you, the very person reading this.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) recited the verse about Ibraaheem (peace be upon him), “O my Lord! They have indeed led astray many among mankind. But whoso follows me, he verily, is of me” [Ibraaheem 14:36], and the verse in which ‘Eesa said, “If You punish them, they are Your slaves, and if You forgive them, verily, You, only You, are the All‑Mighty, the All‑Wise” [al-Maa’idah 5:118]. Then he raised his hands and said: “O Allaah, my ummah, my ummah.” Allaah, may He be glorified and exalted, said: “O Jibreel, go to Muhammad, although your Lord knows best, and ask him why he is weeping.” So Jibreel (peace be upon him) went to him and asked him, and the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) told him what he said, although He knows best. Allaah said: “O Jibreel, go to Muhammad and say: “I will make you pleased concerning your ummah and not displeased.”

One sign of his compassion and love towards his ummah was that he prayed for more blessing and goodness especially for those who believed in him and followed him without seeing him.

It was narrated from Anas ibn Maalik (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:
“Glad tidings to the one who believed in me and saw me, and sevenfold glad tidings to the one who believed in me but did not see me.”

It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) went out to the graveyard and said:
“Peace be upon the abode of believing people, and if Allaah wills we will join you soon. Would that I could see our brothers.” They said: Are we not your brothers, O Messenger of Allaah? He said: “You are my companions. Our brothers are those who have not come yet. I will reach the Cistern before them.” They said: O Messenger of Allaah, how will you recognize those of your ummah who came after you? He said: “Do you not see that if a man has a horse that has a white blaze and white feet among horses that are all black, will he not recognize his horse?” They said: Of course. He said: “They will come to me with bright faces and limbs (like the white markings of a horse) because of the traces of wudoo’, and I will reach the Cistern before them.”

The scholars have said that the wrath of Allaah and the Fire of Hell are the things that we fear the most, and we cannot be saved from them except at the hands of the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). The pleasure of Allaah and the garden of Paradise are the things that we want the most, but we cannot attain them except at the hands of the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him).

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) referred to the former when he said: “The likeness of me and you is that of a man who lit a fire and grasshoppers and moths started falling into it, and he tried to push them away. I am seizing your waistbands and trying to pull you away from the Fire but you are trying to get away from me.”

See how much he loved us? But do you want to know what’s the cream of his love for us? He was given a free dua (prayer) that would be accepted. And he saved that for us! He will use that on the Day when we will be all alone and empty-handed and in need of someone’s help desperately. And at that time he will make dua for us. Isn’t that love, at its best? Imagine yourself getting the opportunity of a dua that would necessarily be accepted, would you ever save it for people who would disobey you (because intercession will be needed most by the disobedient ones) and you never even saw them? Never!!

Abu Hurairah r.a narrates from Rasool-Allah s.a.w, “Every Prophet had a special duaa which is accepted in the court of Allah. All Prophets were in quick in their duaas. On the day of Judgment, for the intercession of my Ummah, I have saved my duaa. My duaa will reach to every person in my ummah, who did not make any partners with Allah.” (Muslim)

Read the full account of his saved dua for us on the Day of Judgement and how it will happen,

It was narrated that Anas ibn Maalik said: Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) told us: “When the Day of Resurrection comes, the people will surge with each other like waves. They will come to Adam and say, ‘Intercede for us with your Lord.’ He will say, ‘I am not fit for that. Go to Ibraaheem for he is the Close Friend of the Most Merciful.’ So they will go to Ibraaheem, but he will say, ‘I am not fit for that. Go to Moosa for he is the one to whom Allaah spoke directly.’ So they will go to Moosa but he will say, ‘I am not fit for that. Go to ‘Eesa for he is a soul created by Allaah and His Word.’ So they will go to ‘Eesa but he will say, ‘I am not fit for that. Go to Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him).’ So they will come to me and I will say, I am fit for that.’ Then I will ask my Lord for permission and He will give me permission, and He will inspire me with words of praise with which I will praise Him, words that I do not know now. So I will praise Him with those words of praise and I will fall down prostrate before Him. He will say, ‘O Muhammad, raise your head. Speak and intercession will be granted to you, ask and you will be given, intercede and your intercession will be accepted.’ I will say, ‘O Lord, my ummah, my ummah!’ He will say, ‘Go and bring forth everyone in whose heart there is faith the weight of a barley-grain.’ So I will go and do that. Then I will come back and praise Him with those words of praise and I will fall down prostrate before Him. He will say, ‘O Muhammad, raise your head. Speak and intercession will be granted to you, ask and you will be given, intercede and your intercession will be accepted.’ I will say, ‘O Lord, my ummah, my ummah!’ He will say, ‘Go and bring forth everyone in whose heart there is faith the weight of a small ant or a mustard-seed.’ So I will go and do that. Then I will come back and praise Him with those words of praise and I will fall down prostrate before Him. He will say, ‘O Muhammad, raise your head. Speak and intercession will be granted to you, ask and you will be given, intercede and your intercession will be accepted.’ I will say, ‘O Lord, my ummah, my ummah!’ He will say, ‘Go and bring forth from the Fire everyone in whose heart there is faith the weight of the lightest, lightest grain of mustard-seed.’ So I will go and bring them forth.”

Remember that intercession will be only for those who do not associate partners with Allah and believe in Prophet Muhammad 

Love him now, as much as you can! He did so much for you. And send peace and blessings on him.

Wassalam,
Hajrah.

P.S. To know the full details of intercession, read here.

P.P.S. For convenience I did not insert the references into the post, you can check them here, here and here.

P.P.P.S. Read Pen Portrait of Prophet Muhammad s.a.w.

Be a Student!

Assalamu’alaikum,
Bismillah.

Have you ever had this experience that you knew a thing all along but actually felt it for the first time? Yes? Well, that is the real knowing!

This is the verse that I actually felt the other day. My faith got stamped on it. This is the verse:

إِنَّمَا يَخْشَى ٱللَّهَ مِنْ عِبَادِهِ ٱلْعُلَمَـٰٓؤُا۟

“Only those fear Allah, from among His servants, who have knowledge.” [Fatir:28]

Heard and read this loads of times but actually felt and implemented on it only recently. So I actually felt (i.e. really got to know) that knowledge is the first thing. Saying or acting upon it comes second. Obviously, if you don’t know how can you act upon it? So, just keep knowing!

Allah says in the Qur’an,

 فَٱعْلَمْ أَنَّهُۥ لَآ إِلَـٰهَ إِلَّا ٱللَّهُ 

“So know, [O Muhammad], that there is no deity except Allah” [Muhammad:19]

Allah did not say, “Say, that there is no deity except Allah” because knowing it in the true sense will cause you to believe on it fully and thus say it without difficulty and consequently act upon it happily. (Yes, La ilaha illa Allah has to be acted upon).

When you read and understand the Qur’an and try to act upon it, you think you are knowledgeable. But when you read the Hadith, you’re shocked. You know so little. Often in various situations, we are all confused about what to do and we might think our religion does not provide a solution to that. But it does! It’s just that we don’t know. Hadith has extensive knowledge stored in it about all the situations and aspects of a person’s life.

Know! And then argue about stuff or pass judgements. Know about Islam from its real sources in detail and then decide for yourself.

We Muslims idealize the Companions of the Prophet Muhammad s.a.w and think wow they just did it all, we can never do it. But the secret is that they knew. And so they acted upon it. Of course, if they didn’t know how else would have knowledge passed down to us?

But the point I want to establish is slightly different than just knowing. Because you might be thinking already “we know it, it’s just that we can’t implement it.” Well, the reason to that is that knowing is not enough. You need to know in the proper environment with a proper method. Which means be a student! Always! Never stop being a student. Because even if you knew a thing once, you tend to forget the feel of that knowing. So for that you need reminders in a proper student-ly environment.

Plan ahead! Devise ways in which you can be a student of the Qur’an and Hadith for your whole life. And make du’a for it. Didn’t our pious predecessors travel miles and miles all their lives just to get knowledge? They remained students until they died. It must be important then!

P.S. This post has been inspired by The Book of Knowledge in Sahih Bukhari. :D

P.P.S. If you’ve never been a student of the Qur’an and Hadith then you don’t even know what the real stuff is. Enroll yourself somewhere, soon. Even if online.

Wassalam,
Hajrah. :)

First, Second or Third?

Assalamu’alaikum,
Bismillah.

Here’s a confession: Sahih Bukhari is one of the awesomest books ever. :D

I just want to sit and ponder deeply over each hadith and write extensively about it, but well there is not that much time. So, here’s only one for today. It’s simply lovely.

Sahih Bukhari, Vol. 1, The Book of Knowledge, Hadith no. 66:

Narrated Abu Waqid Al-Laith r.a:

While Allah’s Messenger s.a.w was sitting in the mosque with some people, three men came. Two of them came in front of Allah’s Messenger s.a.w and the third one went away. The two persons kept on standing before Allah’s Messenger s.a.w for a while and then one of them found a place in the circle and sat there while the other sat behind them (the gathering), and the third one went away. When Allah’s Messenger s.a.w finished his preaching, he said, “Shall I tell you about these three persons? One of them betook himself to Allah, so Allah took him into His Grace and Mercy and accommodated him, the second felt shy from Allah, so Allah sheltered him in His Mercy (and did not punish him), while the third turned his face from Allah and went away, so Allah turned His face from him likewise.”

There’s just one point to focus on, what category would you like to be in?

Would you rather be thirsty and compassionate for the knowledge of religion and run after it and thus be engulfed in Allah’s Mercy and Barakaat?

OR

Would you rather be the shy one and sit at the back and gain something from His Mercy so that you’re saved from the punishment but still not the big share?

OR

Would you rather be the one who turns away from the knowledge of the religion and thus Allah’s face be turned from you too?

Take your pick!

Read the same hadith with another angle, here: Backbenchers.

 

Wassalam,
Hajrah. :)

It’s Easy, ‘Kay?

Salam,
Bismillah.

Now here is this awesome hadith that I fell in love with, the moment I read it. :D

Here goes:

Sahih Bukhari, Vol. 1, The Book of Belief, Hadith no. 39:

Narrated Abu Huraira r.a: The Prophet s.a.w said, “Religion is very easy and whoever overburdens himself in his religion will not be able to continue in that way. So you should not be extremists, but try to be near perfection and receive the good tidings that you will be rewarded; and gain strength by offering the Salat (prayers) in the mornings, afternoons and during the last hours of the nights.”

It does not mean that leave your obligations since religion (i.e. Islam) is easy. Obligations are already so limited that a person is not burdened by them. It means here that for example, someone starts offering nafal (extra) as fardh (obligation).

So try to be perfect (right) in obligations (no compromise on them) and being right is being moderate. And if you cannot do that (i.e. be perfect) then at least stay near to being right (i.e. being moderate). Avoid too much or too less of anything. Neither do something beyond limits nor leave the obligations.  Both are wrong.

And give glad tidings and stay happy. The frowning, serious, scolding, over-disciplined religious person’s figure kind of flops with this. Stay happy! The believer’s grief is in his heart and his face is fresh and happy. :)

And take help from the worship of Allah in the mornings, afternoons or nights or take some walk (physical exercise) in these times. And prayer at these times is walk for the men since they have to go to the masjid. Last hours of the night means tahajjud but if you stay awake the whole night for worship that is wrong.

So, basically don’t you think Muslims and non-Muslims alike run away from “Islamic” people because they’re too hard?
Snap out if it, really, and let them come towards religion. Stay happy and make it easy for yourselves and others too. :)

Read the same hadith in a more refined manner, here.

Wassalam,
Hajrah. :)

Chasing Shadows!

A must read. Follow this blog, if you aren’t already.. :D

Heart Talks

Salam,
Bismillah.

والدنيا كالظل للإنسان لا يمكن أن يدركه المرء ولو مشى الدهر كله، وقد فرغ الله من رزق كل مخلوق وقسمه:

كمية ونوعية.. ومكاناً وزماناً.. لا زيادة ولا نقصاً.

فنطمئن ونأخذه بالوجه الشرعي، ولا نطلبه بمعصية الله.

Rough translation: “And this world is like a shadow for the man. He cannot overtake (catch) it even if he walks the whole endless span of time for it. And Allah is done with the provisions of all creation and its types: in quantity and in quality… in time and in place… It will be neither increased nor decreased. So we should be content and take from it with the (right) lawful way. And we should not ask for Allah’s disobedience.”

These lines are simply beautiful. The world has been described as a shadow. So let’s talk about shadows a bit. We’ve all chased our own shadow sometime or other in our…

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We plan and Allah plans!

Assalam u ‘alaikum,
Bismillah.

Read the title? How many times have you heard this before? It’s almost like a cliché. And so we don’t really give it much thought. But since some days I’ve actually hit upon the REAL meaning of this.

And for the first time I’ve understood, in the true sense, the quote, “I recognized Allah through the breaking of my plans”.
It is said that this is a quote of Ali r.a but I don’t have any reference for that. (If you do, please share it). In Urdu it is, “mai ne Allah ko apne iradon k tootnay se pehchana hai”. 

I came to observe (it’s a personal observation and you can disagree) that when a huge obstacle comes and we’re not able to fulfill our plans because of it, we just give up (unconsciously thinking this is such a big problem and I couldn’t have done much about it). So, we don’t give it any thought deeper than that.

But if you planned for something and a very small obstacle came in the way, you could think ‘man, this is not a big deal, I can handle it’ but then you’re not able to handle it. And you think this was such a small thing but I did NOT have the power to overcome it. This means there is some power, some force much stronger than mine and that power stopped me from doing this. And I had planned so much for it and planned the avoidance of all the loopholes and still I could not make it. There has to be a strong force which steers us in any direction like a toy and we’re left just helpless.

But here comes the awesome part! We plan (one thing for ourselves very carefully) and Allah plans (the other thing, something totally opposite of what we were planning) and INDEED! ALLAH IS THE BEST PLANNER.

We think that what we want for ourselves is the best thing. And it might look like it just is the best thing; even religiously and spiritually. But maybe  it’s not best for us at that time. There could be a thousand and one reasons why it is not good for us and we might not even be able to think of those reasons, even remotely. But He, who loves us more than 70 mothers, knows what we need the most. We don’t even know it ourselves but He does and He gives us that. Isn’t that love at its highest?

It says in Al-Baqarah, verse 216: “But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you; and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you. And Allah Knows, while you know not.”

So what we need to do is, trust Him. We need to be satisfied with whatever He gives us, whatever situation He puts us in, whatever He plans for us. And that is one of the highest degrees of being closer to your Lord.

Remember, He is the best planner, indeed!

Wassalam,
Hajrah. :)

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