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Ask For More

Bismillah.

Some of the famous philosophies and thoughts that are prevalent in the world today are very illogical and baseless. One is amazed at the fact that these ideas have been generated by “intellectuals”. How come then they don’t make any sense?

Unfortunately, these senseless ideas are followed by many only to be in league with the fad. Even more amazing is how the advocates of such ideas profess themselves with so much vehemence and become defensive if someone tries to argue or suggest otherwise. It’s as if these people feel that their knowledge is absolute.
And that is where the problem lies!

Arrogance over what little knowledge one has leads to stagnancy. You feel you know best and you don’t need any more. It makes one narrow minded and shallow. Allah, the All-Knowing does not like this attitude. Not even in his most beloved people, the prophets.

Sahih Bukhari, 3401:

Narrated Sa`id bin Jubair:
…(Ibn ‘Abbas said)…: Ubai bin Ka`b told us that the Prophet (ﷺ) said, ‘Once Moses stood up and addressed Bani Israel. He was asked who was the most learned man amongst the people. He said, ‘I.’ Allah admonished him as he did not attribute absolute knowledge to Him (Allah). So, Allah said to him, ‘Yes, at the junction of the two seas there is a Slave of Mine who is more learned than you.’ Moses said, ‘O my Lord! How can I meet him?’ Allah said, ‘Take a fish and put it in a large basket and you will find him at the place where you will lose the fish.’

Initially, Musa AS said something that Allah did not like, even though the level of Musa AS’s knowledge must have been the highest in his nation. He was the prophet, after all. But he did not have ultimate knowledge about everything. And, in fact, no one has it.

“…but over every possessor of knowledge is one [more] knowing.” [12:76]

That ultimate is with Allah alone!

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Musa AS once he learned there’s another more knowledgeable, at once wanted to go learn from him. He didn’t turn his back in a huff that, “why does another know more than me?” It shows his thirst for knowledge and his sincerity.

If you know and acknowledge that your knowledge is no way complete and there are others who know more than you, you’d always keep growing. Then you’d make this supplication: “My Lord, increase me in knowledge.” [20:114]

And the perfect knowledge belongs to Allah!

As for those intellectuals, they can get out of their shell if only they realize this and if they strive sincerely and be patient then they will find the most beautiful and and best knowledge ever, which is the Words of our Creator and nothing can be better than that. <3

P.S. Did Musa AS go to find that man who knew more than him? Was he able to find him with the strange sign of the fish? What did he learn? To know the whole story, click here.

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Sheikh Tawfique Chowdhury’s Pakistan Tour

Assalam u ‘alaykum,
Bismillah.

I kept thinking for the past week what to write about Sheikh Tawfique Chowdhury‘s Pakistan Tour. There is SO much that should be written. I was completely overwhelmed by what I learnt from him. So for a start, here’s what happened…

Sheikh Tawfique Chowdhury came from Australia to Islamabad, Pakistan from March 1st – 4th, 2013.

On Friday, March 1st, he gave us a short introductory talk. Just by that talk we knew that he knows. A knowledgeable person, or more precisely a scholar, does everything differently. His knowledge and specially his acting on that knowledge shows in the way he talks, walks, looks etc. Yes, it is the akhlaaq (character) that differentiates a scholar from a common man.
Then he gave the Friday sermon in which he talked about how the Muslim ummah has suffered all throughout history too but the suffering always ends in the end as Allah’s deen is meant to be at the top. One man can bring the change, look at Salahuddin Ayubi. That one man could be anyone, it could be you.
At night, he gave a talk on ‘Knowing Allah’, in which he talked briefly about Al-Fatiha (first chapter of Quran) and types of Tawheed (Oneness of Allah).

On the morning of March 2nd, 3rd and 4th, we attended Aqeedah (creed) classes with him from the book ‘Aqeedah Al-Wasitiyya’ of Ibn Taimiyaah. We studied all about Allah, belief in Him, what  should not be the belief about Him and what should be the belief about Him. Eveything was with authentic references from the Quran and sunnah. We were dazed, never had we known Allah like that. Never had we believed in Him as a real entity as we got to know then. Truly, without knowledge you cannot know. Don’t just assume things, know the reality. Make some effort about this knowledge like you make effort about your worldly education. This is way more important and beautiful. Besides, your deeds can never be corrected unless you know the One for whom you have to do the good deeds and refrain from the bad ones. Guaranteed!

He also taught us about the real way a student, a seeker of knowledge should be. Because without the proper respect and method to attain this knowledge, we won’t really get it.

  • A student should always give charity before coming to a class.
  • He should stand up in night prayers.
  • He should make a lot of du’a.
  • He should purify his intentions for Allah’s face.
  • If he does not understand something, then he should make a lot of istighfaar (ask for forgiveness) because the knowledge of Allah is a noor (light) and understanding of it is hindered by one’s sins.

On the evening of March 3rd, Sheikh Tawfique gave a lecture in Faisal Masjid auditorium on ‘Description of the Day of Judgement’. We felt the Day of Judgement, Jannah and Jahannum. That Day is too difficult, Jahannum is more than what we can bear, Jannah is too beuatiful to leave.

May Allah correct our belief about Himself, make the Big Day easy for us, save us from going into Jahannum, enter us into Jannah, give us the tawfiq to benefit from true scholars of this ummah, preserve them and their knowledge and be pleased with us and them. Ameen.

Wassalam,
Hajrah. :)

Al-Aqeedah Al-Wasitiyyah

If feelings could be preserved

Bismillah.

Dedicated to my Fiqh-ul-Quloob class.

If feelings could be preserved…

I would preserve the feeling of being in the gardens of paradise, (1)
I would preserve the feeling that is created by the spark in a scholar’s eye,

I would preserve the feeling of my heart getting scrubbed of soot,
I would preserve the feeling of sitting with friends, who’re really cool,

I would preserve the feeling of getting clear of each of my doubts,
I would preserve the feeling of being far away from the tempting worldly calls and shouts,

I would preserve the feeling of getting to know all what’s right,
I would preserve the feeling of utmost belief in His Might,

I would preserve the feeling of feeling small in front of those who are really great,
I would preserve the feeling of getting advice of knowledge from my ‘ilm mate,

I would preserve the feeling of knowing that there is a lot of khayr among the darkness,
I would preserve the feeling of drinking in every word like a pearl, with gladness,

I would preserve the feeling of sakeenat raining from up above, (2)
I would preserve the feeling of closeness to my Rabb full of love,

I would preserve the feeling of angels’ wings spread over like a canopy, (3)
I would preserve the feeling of my heart being satisfyingly full and just so happy,

I would preserve the feeling of being shown by Allah, my sins right in my face,
I would preserve the feeling of being described to me their cure with an indescribable solace,

I would preserve the feeling of being soothed by beautiful words washing over me,
I would preserve the feeling of so much gems before me to seek,

I would preserve the feeling that comes with beneficial knowledge going into your soul,
I would preserve the feeling of being hungry for that treasure, more and more

Oh! If only feelings could be preserved…

References:

(1) Prophet Muhammad sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said:
“When you pass by the gardens of paradise, stop and graze.”  They said, and what are the gardens of paradise?  He (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Circles of remembrance.”  [Ahmad & At-Tirmidhi who rated it hassan ghareeb (sound but with few chains)]

(2) Prophet Muhammad sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said:
“No people gather in any of the houses of Allah to recite the Book of Allah and to study it between them but that the sakeena descends on them and mercy covers them and the angels surround them and Allah remembers them to those in His presence.” [Sahih Muslim]

(3) On the authority of Abu Harayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) from the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wassalam), who said:
Allah (glorified and exalted be He) has supernumerary angels who rove about seeking out gatherings in which Allah’s name is being invoked: they sit with them and fold their wings round each other, filling that which is between them and between the lowest heaven. When [the people in the gathering] depart, [the angels] ascend and rise up to heaven. He (the Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wassalam) said: Then Allah (mighty and sublime be He) asks them – [though] He is most knowing about them: From where have you come? And they say: We have come from some servants of Yours on Earth: they were glorifying You (Subhana llah), exalting you (Allahu akbar), witnessing that there is no god but You (La ilaha illa llah), praising You (Al-Hamdu lillah), and asking [favours] of You. He says: And what do they ask of Me? They say: They ask of You Your Paradise. He says: And have they seen My Paradise? They say: No, O Lord. He says: And how would it be were they to have seen My Paradise! They say: And they ask protection of You. He says: From what do they ask protection of Me? They say: From Your Hell-fire, O Lord. He says: And have they seen My Hell-fire? They say: NO. He says: And how would it be were they to have seen My Hell-fire: They say: And they ask for Your forgiveness. He (the Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wassalam) said: Then He says: I have forgiven them and I have bestowed upon them what they have asked for,and I have granted them sanctuary from that from which they asked protection. He (the Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wassalam) said: They say: O Lord, among them is So-and-so, a much sinning servant, who was merely passing by and sat down with them. He (the Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wassalam) said: And He says: And to him [too] I have given forgiveness: he who sits with such people shall not suffer. [It was related by Muslim (also by al-Bukhari, at-Tirmidhi, and an-Nasa’i)]

Never experienced these feelings? They only come with attending gatherings of beneficial knowledge. Try attending them.

Wassalam,
Hajrah. :)

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. :)

7 Things You Should Know!

Salam,
Bismillah.

La ilaaha illallah = There is no deity except Allah.
This above statement is commonly known as ‘kalima’ among the Muslims.
Muslims believe that saying this kalima makes you a Muslim and is the pass to Paradise. But is it as simple as that?

There are seven conditions of the kalima (taken from the Quran and Sunnah), defined by scholars, and briefly described below. Do read them, follow and get a ticket to Paradise? ;) (InshaAllah).

Al-‘Ilm (knowledge):

Knowing. Allah says in the Quran, “So know, [O Muhammad], that there is no deity except Allah…” (Muhammad 19).

Blind faith is not at all acceptable. The person who knew that “there is no deity except Allah” will enter into Paradise.

So, knowledge makes the difference. Every person shall be asked 3 questions in the grave. If he answers them correctly, he’ll pass the final test. If he doesn’t, he’ll fail. The person who wouldn’t be able to answer the questions would say “I don’t know”. So, the difference is of knowledge.

It is said that obtaining knowledge is obligatory, which knowledge? Knowledge on the basis of which salvation depends! And that is those 3 questions of the grave.
For details on the 3 questions, click here.

If we know there is an exam tomorrow, we would study.
Prophet Muhammad s.a.w used to take out lessons for his companions from things like the flapping of birds’ wings, as quoted by a companion himself.
He taught wise words (kalimat) to kids too. (Like he once taught something to his young companion, Ibn-e-Abbas r.a.)

So ‘know’, and tell others too.

Al-Yaqeen (certainty):

This is the opposite of doubt. It’s about the certainty on the kalima and the certainty that everything other than it is false. Complete faith!

It is said in a hadith that there is no greater blessing given than certainty and health. So you should make dua for these. (I can’t seem to find hadith references; this is the meaning of the hadith).

This certainty of the kalima is a way for the expiation of the sins too.

Below is the story of a man who was certain that Allah is the Lord and can punish him.

‘Once there was a man on his death-bed, who, losing every hope of surviving said to his family: When I die, gather for me a large heap of wood and make a fire (to burn me). When the fire eats my meat and reaches my bones, and when the bones burn, take and crush them into powder and wait for a windy day to throw it (i.e. the powder) over the sea. They did so, but Allah collected his particles and asked him:
Why did you do so? He replied: For fear of You. So Allah forgave him.”

[Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 56, 659]

Why is there so much importance of Sayyidul-Istighfar? Because we express our certainty in it.
Click here for Sayyidul-Istighfar.

So, first thing is knowledge. And with knowledge comes certainty.

Al-Qubool (acceptance):

This is the opposite of rejection. Some people have knowledge and they are certain that this is the truth but they still do not accept, due to arrogance or some other such reason. For example, Abu Jahal knew and was certain that the message brought by Prophet Muhammad s.a.w is true but he didn’t accept. Similarly, the scholars of Jews and Christians knew and were certain that the message of the Prophet s.a.w is true but they didn’t accept.

“Those to whom We gave the Scripture know him as they know their own sons. But indeed, a party of them conceal the truth while they know [it].” (Al-Baqarah 146)

“Many of the People of the Scripture wish they could turn you back to disbelief after you have believed, out of envy from themselves [even] after the truth has become clear to them.” (Al-Baqarah 109)

“Indeed they, when it was said to them, “There is no deity but Allah,” were arrogant” (As-Saaffat 35)

“The most hated speech to Allah is when a man says to another man, ‘Fear Allah!’ and he replies, ‘Worry about your own self!’ “[Sheikh Albani authenticated it in Silsilatul-Ahaadeethis-Saheehah (#2598)]

Al-Inqiyad (adherence):

Obedience. To show by actually doing the stuff. Acceptance was to affirm by saying it and adherence is to do it too.

“And return [in repentance] to your Lord and submit to Him before the punishment comes upon you; then you will not be helped.” (Az-Zumar 54)

It says in a hadith: “the believer is like a submissive camel, wherever he is led, he follows” [Ahmad (4/126), Ibn Maajah (no. 43), al-Haakim (1/96) and others – Hasan]

““Islam is to bear witness that there is no god but God and that Muhammad is the Messenger of God; and to perform the prayer; pay zakat; fast Ramadan; and to perform Hajj to the House if you are able.”” [From Hadith-e-Jibreel, Sahih Muslim. Click here.]
So in this hadith, Islam, or being a Muslim, means to show it through actions too (prayer, zakat, fast, hajj).

As-Sidq (truth):

To bear witness truthfully from the heart. Because the hypocrites bore witness too but it was not truthful.

“And of the people are some who say, “We believe in Allah and the Last Day,” but they are not believers.” (Al-Baqarah 8)

Al-Ikhlaas (purity):

It says in a hadith, when a servant of Allah utters the words la ilaha illallah (there is no God except Allah) sincerely, the doors of heaven open up for these words until they reach the Throne of Allah, so long as its utterer keeps away from the major sins.

So Allah accepts only the sincere and pure acts of worship.

Prophet Muhammad s.a.w said that the person who will benefit the most from my intercession will be the one who said la ilaaha illallah (there is no God except Allah) from a pure (truthful) heart.

Love of Allah and Prophet s.a.w:

This too is a condition of the kalima. Loving Allah, Prophet Muhammad s.a.w and loving all those things that Allah and His Prophet s.a.w love. Loving Allah’s pious servants (auwliaa and scholars).

And [yet], among the people are those who take other than Allah as equals [to Him]. They love them as they [should] love Allah. But those who believe are stronger in love for Allah.” (Al-Baqarah 165)

Someone (either from the companions or the pious predecessors) said that if you want to judge your love of Allah then, whatever Allah dislikes you would hate it even more than ‘musabbar’ (it is an extremely bitter substance and is used for weaning off babies).

Denial of Taghoot (false objects of worship):

Denying everything that is worshipped other than Allah.

Just so you get a clear idea of Taghut, “And We certainly sent into every nation a messenger, [saying], “Worship Allah and avoid Taghut.”” (An-Nahl 36)

“And whoever turns away from My remembrance – indeed, he will have a depressed life, and We will gather him on the Day of Resurrection blind.” He will say, “My Lord, why have you raised me blind while I was [once] seeing?” [Allah] will say, “Thus did Our signs come to you, and you forgot them; and thus will you this Day be forgotten.” And thus do We recompense he who transgressed and did not believe in the signs of his Lord. And the punishment of the Hereafter is more severe and more enduring.” (Ta-Ha 124-127)

If you have any confusions, doubts or questions regarding your aqeedah, clear them NOW! Don’t just let it be!

Wassalam,
Hajrah. :)

P.S. Everything is taken from either the Quran or the sunnah. But I haven’t put those ahadith in quotation marks whose words may not be exact.

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