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The Man Who Lost Everything

Bismillah.

There once lived a man who was very handsome. He had a loving wife and many wonderful children. He was blessed with a blooming business and so wealth in his household was plenty. They all lived a healthy and happy life together. Alas! The merry times did not last. One day calamity struck his household. His business was destroyed and all his family died except his wife. He contracted a terrible disease and his health started deteriorating. The people of his town considered his disease contagious and a bad omen so they turned him out of the village. He started living in the outskirts where he could neither work nor move.4654613 Day by day, his health and money reduced. His wife had to go and serve people to earn an honest bite. But the people did not like his wife to be near them either in case she was infected. In this sorrowful situation, eighteen years passed. And people started to talk. They said the way all his blessings were taken away shows that he did some wrong in his life that is not being forgiven. He is reaping the fruit of his actions.

This story is not very strange or out of place. Happy people’s lives are often turned upside down. And usually it is thought that it is the result of their own wrongdoings. But are we too quick to judge? Yes, we are! The above story is the story of Prophet Ayyub AS (Job). He was a prophet and so the best of people. Prophets don’t commit sins like normal people. His sufferings were a test in reality. And tests happen to, well, test a person. Prophets happen to pass those tests with flying colours because they are awesome. Prophet Ayyub AS never complained or become hopeless or stopped trusting Allah. He always remembered Allah and prayed to Him.

Similarly, we don’t know why a person has been put into difficulties. How do you know if it was a result of his actions or he is being elevated in his rank by this test in his life? You don’t really know. So give them a break. Make dua for the people who suffer, empathize and help them. Help them not only physically but also emotionally and spiritually. And if a person is actually not very good, then who knows how good your kind and sincere words can prove to be to an already broken heart? Stop interfering into the lives of others just to spread gossip and discuss their sufferings. We are no one to judge, seriously.

On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) who said:
The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Part of the perfection of one’s Islam is his leaving that which does not concern him.” A hasan (good) hadeeth which was related by at-Tirmidhi and others in this fashion.

Here’s the end of the story:
Imagine how hurt you would be if you were ill and then people talked bad about you. Prophet Ayyub AS made dua to Allah about his suffering. Allah accepted his dua and cured him. His wealth and family was returned to him with a great increase. His health was restored. He once again became the handsome man he once was.

Sahih Bukhari, 3391:
 
Narrated Abu Huraira:
The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “While Job was naked, taking a bath, a swarm of gold locusts fell on him and he started collecting them in his garment. His Lord called him, ‘O Job! Have I not made you rich enough to need what you see? He said, ‘Yes, O Lord! But I cannot dispense with your Blessing.”‘

It is said that he had two fields, one of wheat and one of barley. The wheat field was rained with gold and the barley field was rained with silver. Think of that!

This shows the attitude of a true believer. He is not greedy or materialistic. Yet he uses Allah’s blessings and enjoys them to the full. He thanks Allah for them and remembers Him always. His blessings do not make him heedless of the One who bestowed him with these pleasures. What a balanced life we can lead if we follow this simple principle. :)

Exposed!

Bismillah.

Have you ever wondered why Pepsi plays its ad on TV so many times a day? Who doesn’t know Pepsi exists? Today even if you go to far flung villages in Pakistan, you find the logo of Pepsi painted on the half broken mud and brick wall on the dirt-roadside. People who live in the most deplorable conditions imaginable and who can’t even spell their own name, know about Pepsi. It’s not just Pepsi, take anything. Take Lays or Ufone, for example. The rich, poor, educated, uneducated, elderly, kids, everyone knows about these products. What is the need then to tell us every 15 minutes in a cricket tournament on TV that this product is so cool?

Let me tell you why! Because if they stop advertising, in a few years no one would even recognize the name Pepsi or Lays or whatever. Such is the human brain. Constant exposure to things makes us familiar with them and we end up believing in those things. If you know for sure that something is a blatant lie and people keep telling you it is the truth, constantly and actively, you’d eventually start believing it is the truth. Just like, if you’re feeling well and healthy in the morning but everyone who you meet throughout the day tells you that you look pale, your eyes are yellow and you must be suffering from jaundice, by the end of the day you’d be taking a doctor’s appointment.

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This is considered a psychological phenomenon, the mere-exposure effect, a concept developed by Robert Zajonc and others. It states that people tend to develop a preference for things merely because they are familiar with them. This phenomenon is most actively used in advertising. Which is why if you keep watching the ad of a specific shampoo, on going to the market, you’d end up buying that same shampoo for no particular reason.

This is also the reason why if today someone says “the religion of terrorism”, sadly and unfortunately, Islam comes to our minds. We have associated these concepts in our minds subconsciously due to over exposure to the media. And this is why, the concept of hereafter today seems so alien to most of the Muslims even. The materialism that has seeped in our very blood today is because of the crazy run-after-money-till-you-die ideology injected in us through our surroundings.

Allah is our Creator and He understands us best, which is why He tells us again and again to watch our company, to stay with good people, to be connected with the Quran constantly. Because reminders have a great influence on us humans. Our companions make us or break us. The things that we read or watch, shape our mind and personality.

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Prophet Muhammad ﷺ was the best teacher, mentor and life coach to have ever walked on the planet. He dealt with the people around him according to their psyche. He cashed small moments to teach big concepts to his students. His expert training of his companions is the reason why they turned out to be so remarkable. Here’s a great example of this:

We find in Sahih Bukhari, 3249:

Narrated Al-Bara bin Azib:
Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) was given a silken garment, and its beauty and delicacy astonished the people. On that, Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “No doubt, the handkerchiefs of Sa`d bin Mu`adh in Paradise are better than this.” 

Just when there was a danger of those people about to lose themselves in the materialistic gains, he brought them back with a bang! No lecture, no long speeches, no harsh words. Just a simple and clear statement having a multifaceted effect. It’s beautiful! Look at the wisdom!

He did not say, “hey, stay away from this, this might make you forget that this world is temporary, you’re getting too much attracted, you know” or “hell awaits those who get too involved in this world”. He did not say, “do good deeds and you might get better”.

He reminded them of the hereafter so they don’t lose their focus, he mentioned Paradise so they feel good about the blessings there, he mentioned their companion so they can relate to him, so they get ideas what do we have to do now. Humans have a competitive nature, they like to beat others. He gave them that spark indirectly, Sa’d has this, do more than him and you might get more.

This is what we need to learn. Exposing people to the right kind of knowledge, setting their focal point. Reiterating! Teaching and reminding but gently, wisely and simply. How beloved and great is my Prophet Muhammad ﷺ.

P.S. If you feel curious as to who Sa’d RA was and what was so special that he did, search for his story, extract the gems, and learn by example. :)

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These Troubled Times

Bismillah.

Today was a hard day for the people of Pakistan. From one affliction after the other, we suffered. In general too, these are troubled times for the entire Muslim nation. One wound after the other, I saw people losing hope. I heard comments and read posts about how all is lost. Everyone is in despair. No one feels they can take it any more. And rightly so, the pain is great. The wounds are physical, emotional, spiritual and mental.

We keep repeating on our social media what we are going through and how bad the situation is, ending with a hashtag of #NoHate, though in reality our posts are doing nothing else but generate hate. But then what else can we do? We feel helpless!

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My dear brothers and sisters in Islam, sad as you are, let me remind you of another hard day that someone very beloved to us went through. Someone who all of us claim to love, one way or the other. What was his reaction?

Narrated `Aisha:
That she asked the Prophet (ﷺ) , ‘Have you encountered a day harder than the day of the battle) of Uhud?” The Prophet (ﷺ) replied, “Your tribes have troubled me a lot, and the worse trouble was the trouble on the day of ‘Aqaba when I presented myself to Ibn `Abd-Yalail bin `Abd-Kulal and he did not respond to my demand. So I departed, overwhelmed with excessive sorrow, and proceeded on, and could not relax till I found myself at Qarnath-Tha-alib where I lifted my head towards the sky to see a cloud shading me unexpectedly. I looked up and saw Gabriel in it. He called me saying, ‘Allah has heard your people’s saying to you, and what they have replied back to you, Allah has sent the Angel of the Mountains to you so that you may order him to do whatever you wish to these people.’ The Angel of the Mountains called and greeted me, and then said, “O Muhammad! Order what you wish. If you like, I will let Al-Akh-Shabain (i.e. two mountains) fall on them.” The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “No but I hope that Allah will let them beget children who will worship Allah Alone, and will worship None besides Him.” [Sahih Bukhari, 3231]

This was a time when Prophet Muhammad ﷺ disappointed from the hatred of the people of Makkah and their constant refusal to accept the truth travelled to Taif, hopeful that they’d welcome the beautiful message of Islam. However, instead of accepting it, they started mocking the person who today we hold in so much respect. They made their people line up in two rows on the side of the road and when Prophet Muhammad ﷺ passed from there, they pelted him with rocks and threw stones at him. So much so that his body bled and the blood filled up his shoes. Just stop for a moment and picture this. Shoes filled with blood?! How much wounded do you have to be to be in this state. Imagine a lone person hurling a single rock at you, how would you feel? A whole group of people throwing stones at my Prophet ﷺ? The mere thought fills us with rage and tears. We want to go and beat up those people all over again.

In this state, Prophet Muhammad ﷺ staggered out of that town, how weak he must have felt. And at that time, Jibreel came with the Angel of the Mountains awaiting just a command. I see you already wishing it was you so you could tell the Angel to crush those people between two mountains. But look at the reply of my beloved Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. He said, “no, but I hope that Allah will let them beget children who will worship Allah Alone, and will worship None besides Him.”

Hope! At a time like this! This is the character of the one who I’m supposed to follow, step by step. This is what is expected of me being a caller towards Allah, being a Muslim, being a member of the best of nations. I can’t afford to lose hope.

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I’m a leader, I have to pull up the people around me, I have to be the shoulder they can lean on, I have to give them light so they can see the way. And what is the way except the way that leads to Allah?

If that day, my Prophet Muhammad ﷺ had lost hope and had those people crushed between mountains, how would the legendary hero, Muhammad bin Qasim have been born from the progeny of the people of Taif? Muhammad bin Qasim, the first Muslim leader to have stepped on the land of Sindh and thus bringing Islam to this region. Who knows that I owe my Islam to him today?

Instead of ranting about the problems and the pain, I need to talk about the solution. I need to instil in those hearts softened by the affliction that it’s time we turn back to Allah, it’s time we fixed ourselves. Allah says, “And whatever strikes you of disaster – it is for what your hands have earned; but He pardons much.” (42:30)

I will fix myself. I will perform ablution a little extra carefully today, I will spend a few minutes more at the prayer mat, I will seek forgiveness for my sins more than usual, I will tell people to worship Allah, to do good deeds, to stay away from immoral acts with more fervour today. Because I know this is the solution! I know this will bring change!

I believe! Allah says, “Indeed, no one despairs of relief from Allah except the disbelieving people.” (12:87)

I believe that my hope will bring forth many Muhammad bin Qasims inshaAllah. :)

 

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iGive

Bismillah.

What is life without its share of excitement? We humans get thrilled when it comes to various mysteries of this world. Explorers, researchers and think tanks spend their entire lives trying to solve the intriguing phenomenons around us. History is full of people who gave the Bermuda triangle mystery their blood, sweat and tears.

Interestingly enough, little abstract things around us hold as much intrigue and depth as the big ones. However, we tend to ignore them due to our poor observation skills. It’s wonderful how the night brings sleep with it even though the lights inside our homes are as bright as the day. Similarly, it’s beautiful how the cat tends to its kittens and teaches them how to climb trees out of pure affection. Harder to explain still is the warm feeling one gets on seeing red crisp leaves of autumn, bathed in sunlight and fallen on the straw coloured winter grass. Strange and lovely are these intangible and abstract concepts.

Another such thing that continues to baffle the human race is how come the guy who spends so much never seems to be going in deficit yet the rich bloke who lives in the huge mansion always seems to be crying over his losses! Those who get stuck here are the ones who always think twice while giving charity.

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Those great billionaires at the other end of the world give huge charities in order to help make their country stable. We go, “wow, they are the ones who’re actually doing something”. Well, let me tell you a secret: the whole culture of Islam is built around “giving” and sharing and putting others’ needs before my own. It’s my job to give, give, give and to help make my country stable. Not only will this make the economy strong but generate love amongst the people living together. Imagine if everyone is putting the other person first, who would be last?

Various economic systems were presented in front of the world in different centuries, they were implemented and they wreaked havoc. History of capitalism, communism, socialism is right in front of you. Islam brings the only flawless system where not only can economies be stabilized but “human rights” are most taken care of as well.

You give. You give zakat money as an obligation so the love of wealth doesn’t infiltrate in you and so the flow of money doesn’t break its cycle. You give charity in the form of money, food, clothes, land and even education, smiles and a kind word. If you have nothing else, you give your good wishes (dua) to the other person. This is what Islam teaches us, what could be more “humanitarian”?

To cap it all, we have the most beautiful role model in our beloved Prophet Muhammad ﷺ who spent on every person he came across and never spoke a harsh word to those who asked.

It says in Sahih Bukhari, 3220:

Narrated Ibn `Abbas:
Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) was the most generous of all the people, and he used to be more generous in the month of Ramadan when Gabriel used to meet him. Gabriel used to meet him every night in Ramadan to study the Holy Qur’an carefully together. Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) used to become more generous than the fast wind when he met Gabriel.

What a beautiful example for us and what a beautiful friend he had. Because friends influence you, clichéd as it may sound. They do good, you start doing good and you don’t even know it.

Besides, they were studying the Quran together and there’s nothing that compels you more to spend on others and give charity than the Words of the Quran itself. It not only tells you of the great reward that you’ll earn by spending in both the worlds but also about the temporariness of this world and its goods. So you know that its better to spend here right now and have it saved for the hereafter with a lot of profit on it than to try to hoard it here where it will perish eventually anyway.

Let’s revive this wonderful culture back again. Let’s give and make others around us give too. Let’s set that example. If you have nothing tangible to give, give greetings and peace. Give your kind words. Let no one be deprived.

Allah promises that if you give, your wealth will not decrease rather it will increase manifold. This is one of the mysteries of life and it’s called “barakah”. :)

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A Love Story!

Bismillah.

PICTURE THIS:

You and your husband are at a government office, getting some paperwork done. You came here at 8 in the morning and now it’s 7 at night. You both are very tired and have been going from office to office to get the papers signed. Finally your work is done and you leave the office, get in your car and are on your way home. You reach the end of the lane and you realize that you don’t have your documents with you. You have probably forgotten them in one of the offices in that building. You tell your husband and ask him to go back so you can find them. What does your husband say to you?

“Oh sure sweetheart, you must have forgotten them because you’re so tired, let’s go back and I’ll help you find them, don’t you worry about it”? I see most of you have “Haha! Nice joke! This is not Bollywood!” written over your face.

Or does he go, “Can’t you remember to keep your things with you, woman? We have to go all the way back just because of you. I have a good mind to leave your documents there. There’s no peace in my life, I’m so tired”? Now you go, “okay, this one is a bit more realistic”.

Let me tell you of a husband who when went through worse, still opted for the first response. Surprisingly, he was a real husband, not a Bollywood one. Isn’t this amazing? Read the following true story and find out for yourself:

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Sahih Bukhari, Volume 1, Book 7, Number 330:

Narrated ‘Aisha (the wife of the Prophet ﷺ):

We set out with Allah’s Apostle ﷺ on one of his journeys till we reached Al-Baida’ or Dhatul-Jaish, a necklace of mine was broken (and lost). Allah’s Apostle ﷺ stayed there to search for it, and so did the people along with him. There was no water at that place, so the people went to Abu- Bakr As-Siddiq and said, “Don’t you see what ‘Aisha has done? She has made Allah’s Apostle ﷺ and the people stay where there is no water and they have no water with them.” Abu Bakr came while Allah’s Apostle ﷺ was sleeping with his head on my thigh, He said, to me: “You have detained Allah’s Apostle ﷺ and the people where there is no water and they have no water with them.

So he admonished me and said what Allah wished him to say and hit me on my flank with his hand. Nothing prevented me from moving (because of pain) but the position of Allah’s Apostle ﷺ on my thigh. Allah’s Apostle ﷺ got up when dawn broke and there was no water. So Allah revealed the Divine verses of Tayammum. So they all performed Tayammum. Usaid bin Hudair said, “O the family of Abu Bakr! This is not the first blessing of yours.”

This is the funniest part of the hadith and so natural as well. Guess where was the necklace found from in the end?

Then the camel on which I was riding was caused to move from its place and the necklace was found beneath it.

The Prophet ﷺ was not coming back from his office. He was coming back from a battle, he was the General. Think of the responsibility on his shoulders. He was the leader. He had to take care of his tired soldiers as well. He was not in a car on a road in the city. He was in the middle of the desert. There was no water there at all. His wife had not lost important documents, only a necklace. And yet, he stopped the whole battalion for her. He didn’t shout at her, he wasn’t that scary that she had to think 10 times if she should ask him to stop or not. This is how beautiful the conduct of my Prophet ﷺ was with his wives.

And yet, people talk about Islam oppressing women? And share images of women in veils, chained by the feet and being dragged by frowning bearded men? Do you think this is the real Islam? This is what the Prophet ﷺ taught? They think his marriage with Ayesha was forceful and tyrannical? Shame on those people! Let them only be like him in conduct for a day to their women. They’ll never be able to do that. Women today are humiliated, shouted at, abused, used and what not. Where is the respect that he gave to his wives? That he taught? You think his having 9 wives is shameful? Are you good with your one?

Today, we’ve distorted the institution of marriage so much that the young generation wants to have the ‘real fun’ first and then get married sometime later in life as they consider marriage to be a lifelong jail. If we just follow him ﷺ the right way, we can make our family life so beautiful. We can bring back that peace and strength in family life. There is no real happiness in the affairs and haram relationships. It’s only a matter of knowing the reality of Islam and acting upon it.

Wassalam,
Hajrah :)

The Man – Muhammad (ﷺ)

Assalamu’alaikum,
Bismillah.

So a team from some non-Muslim country made a blasphemous film on Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) and here we are in Pakistan, burning tires, shouting and screaming on the top of our voices, protesting, calling bad names to those non-Muslims, boycotting all kinds of cyber media, crying great big tears for the love of the Prophet (ﷺ), shutting down our cellular networks, having a whole national holiday with loss of crores to our nation etc.

Okay! So it’s good, in fact it’s a must, to feel bad about this business. Yes, because we are supposed to love Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) even more than our own selves. So feel hurt.

But feeling hurt and burning stuff of our own fellow Muslims? Let our own nation suffer loss? Leave our own work and spend time in protests which have no evidence in Islam?

It’s like saying, (quoting someone): “I’m so angry at you, I’m going to tear my own shirt”. Isn’t this ridiculous? Or how much more thick can you get?

When you love a person, how do you show that love?

You try your best to know everything about him, the way he talks, walks, eats, sleeps, deals with others, thinks, spends his life, who his friends are (you even start loving them), what his point of views are, what are his likes and dislikes. And then what? You try to copy him, don’t you? Have you seen those young teens crazy over their superstars? They make their hairstyles like them, dress like them, even try to copy their expressions. Don’t they?

And, above all, when you love someone; you try to please them. You do the things that he loves. You stay away from things that he does not like. Isn’t that true? If you disagree, comment below.

That’s what numerous love stories tell us about lovers’ behavior. Or trying grabbing a psychology book.

Anyway, what are WE doing to prove our love for Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ)?

REALITY CHECK

He said whoever abandons the prayer has disbelieved. Do you pray regularly 5 times a day?

He used to stand for night prayers and cry in front of Allah. Did you EVER?

Prayer was the coolness of his eyes. Is it yours?

When the adhaan was called, he used to leave everything and rush towards the masjid. Do you?

He did istighfaar (asked for forgiveness) more than hundred times a day. Do you?

He loved the miswak, so much so that it was one of his last acts before his death. Do you use it often?

He treated every man in such a manner that he would think that the Prophet loves him the most. Do you treat people like that?

He said the distinctive quality of Islam is modesty. Do you have that in you?

He (ﷺ) was neither one who spoke indecently nor one who cursed and nor one who abused. Are you devoid of these 3 qualities too?

He said, say salam to those you know and those you don’t. Do you say it to both?

He said, everyone of you should see whom you are befriending. Do you check who you’re befriending?

Do you know what food he loved? Do you know what were his sleeping habits? Do you follow them too?

Do you recite the morning and evening duas regularly?

Do you know all the Friday sunnahs? Do you know how important Friday is? Or do you spend it like any other day?

Do you talk the way he talked? *Check here how he talked*

Do you walk the way he walked? *Check here how he walked*

Do you lower your gaze and keep a check on yourself in the presence of non-mehrams?

Do you praise your wives?

Do you love your daughters?

Are you kind and affectionate to the poor? (To everyone, for that matter).

Do you know the things that made his face go red with anger?

Do you know the things that made his face shine with happiness?

Do you never taunt, backbite, slander, make fun of others? Do you NOT?

Do you worry about the mission he left behind? Do you even know what it is? Do you know he assigned a job expressly to you before he died? Did you ever work on that mission? *Share what it is, in the comment section below*

All these above questions do not cover even half of his life. If you do not know the answers of these questions then,

O you who claim to love him (ﷺ), drown in shame! Let alone protesting and and all that useless stuff. Your false avowal makes one sick.

You still have time, wake up even NOW! Change your ways and prove your love for him. Don’t go back to your old ways. Can’t you do this much for him? Let’s show’em that we all are true followers of that wonderful man!

Give it your best and keep giving it. And then, be at peace. For the religion of our beloved (ﷺ) can never be brought down. Because Allah lives, and will never die!

Here’s a beautiful poem written by a reverted Muslimah Camila Badar,

If Prophet Muhammad visited you
Just for a day or two,
If he came unexpectedly,
I wonder what you’d do.
Oh, I know you’d give your nicest room,
To such an honored guest,
And all the food you’d serve to him,
Would be the very best,
And you would keep assuring him,
You’re glad to have him there,
That serving him in your own home,
Is joy beyond compare.

BUT …when you saw him coming,
Would you meet him at the door,
With arms outstretched in welcome,
To your heavenly visitor?
Or..would you have to change your clothes
Before you let him in?
Or hide some magazines and put,
The Quran where they had been?
Would you still watch dirty movies,
On your T.V. set?
Or would you switch it off,
Before he gets upset?
Would you turn off the radio,
And hope he hadn’t heard?
And wish you hadn’t uttered the last loud hasty word?

Would you hide your worldly music,
And instead take Hadith books out?
Could you let him walk right in,
Or would you rush about?
And, I wonder…if the Prophet spent,
A day or two with you,
Would you go right on doing the things,
You always do?
Would you go right on saying the things
You always say?
Would life for you continue,
As it does from day to day?

Would your family conversation,
Keep up its usual pace,
And Would you find it hard each meal,
To say a table grace?
Would you keep up each and every prayer?
Without putting on a frown?
And would you always jump up early,
For prayer at dawn?
Would you sing the songs you always sing,
And read the books you read?
And let him know the things on which,
Your mind and spirit feed?
Would you take Prophet with you,
Everywhere you plan to go?
Or, would you maybe change your plans,
Just for a day or so?
Would you be glad to have him meet,
Your very closest friends?
Or, would you hope they stay away,
Until his visit ends?
Would you be glad to have him stay,
Forever on and on?
Or would you sigh with great relief,
When he at last was gone?
It might be interesting to know,
The things that you would do.
If Prophet Muhammad, in person, came,
to spend some time with you.

And here’s his love: LOVE, at its best

Wassalam,
Hajrah. :)

P.S. One of my favorite series: Pen Portrait of Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) 

The film is offensive because it misrepresents Islam. Senseless violence and murder is offensive for the same reason. ~ Nouman Ali Khan

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.

Habits of Prophet Muhammad s.a.w!

Salam,
Bismillah.

HABITS

People were not told to make way specially for Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. He respected elders. He attended funerals. He sat amongst poor and needy. He did not say ‘fie’ to his servants.

He started things from the right side. When he was asked for something, he granted it. If he had nothing, he remained quiet. (We start giving justifications).

He used to accept gifts and gave them out himself as well. He gave the first fresh fruit to children. When people used to offer him the first fresh fruit, he gave them dua of barakah (increase) in their fruits.

(Prophet Muhammad s.a.w used to make dua of barakah more for Madinah than for Makkah. Allah’s treasures are vast. Ask Him).

He did miswak a lot. He even did miswak upon entering the house. He often oiled his hair.

After janabat (state of impurity) he used to perform wudhu (ablution) and go to sleep.

Sometimes he dried himself after wudhu, sometimes he did not. (It might depend on the situation. Like he might dry himself after wudhu in winters and not in summers. Islam is so natural).

He was punctual in acts of worship. He made dua of provisions for his family whenever needed.

While wearing or taking off clothes, he supplicated. He possessed a red cloak (and looked very beautiful in it). He is known to have worn a shawl dyed with ‘waas’ and ‘zaafran’.

He wore a silver ring. He applied surma in his eyes every night, thrice or once in each eye. He wore shoes with laces. He made ‘masah’ in black socks gifted to him by Najashi (ruler of Ethiopia).

He used to eat sitting on his knees. He licked his fingers after eating. He liked butter and gourd (kaddu). He never left anything for ‘tomorrow’. He did not criticize on the eating mat. If he liked something he ate it. If he did not, he used to leave it. All of them used to eat in one utensil.

His pillow was of leather. And it was filled with bark of date tree. He pillowed his head with his right hand while sleeping.

NOTE: This is the last post of ‘Pen Portrait of Prophet Muhammad s.a.w’‘s series. (I feel sad about it). :(
Anyway, you are required to send peace and blessings on Prophet Muhammad s.a.w whenever his name is mentioned. Sallallahu ‘alaihi wassalam.

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Wassalam,
Hajrah. :)

Nature of Prophet Muhammad s.a.w!

Salam,
Bismillah.

NATURE

Before you read on I have a request. Don’t just read through this post considering it full of only a bunch of adjectives. All the attributes mentioned here were really present in Prophet  Muhammad s.a.w. It is proved with references. And since we are supposed to follow him so pause at each attribute and think about it. And then whether you have it or not and how you could instill it in yourself. You could also take one now and say to yourself, ‘I’ll incorporate this one in me and then come back for the next one inshaAllah’. (I am planning on doing this, inshaAllah. Make dua for me). Do share your experiences. Read on! :D

Face of Prophet Muhammad s.a.w had liveliness and cheerfulness about it. He had an ‘easy’ disposition and was not harsh. He never used to call out loudly in the market. He used to smile a lot. He barely ever got angry. (He only got angry at the right thing).

One of his distinguishing characteristics was willingness. Willingness here means to accept or conciliate. Acceptance is a very important quality, indeed!

When he had to choose between two things he took the easy one (provided of course, that both were equally halal or lawful).

Prophet Muhammad s.a.w stayed far away from sin. He was generous, brave and gracious (kareem). He was patient when afflicted with harm. He was dignified and modest.

If he disliked something, it showed (on his face). He s.a.w never stared.

What is our reaction if we dislike something? We become enraged. Instead of getting in a rage, try to think of humans as weak. They will repeat mistakes, just like we do.
A believer is like a mirror for  the other believer. Make the other person’s face right i.e. cheer him up. How? By giving a smile. If he does not return the smile, give it again. :)

Prophet Muhammad s.a.w was just, pure of soul and chaste. He was truthful and trustworthy. He was also hospitable. He was far away from arrogance. And he was affectionate and merciful. He s.a.w had a frank conduct. He was very far away from indecent talk.

He smiled but never indulged in loud laughter. When he felt happy about something, his face shone like the moon. So you could tell it by his face. <3

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Wassalam,
Hajrah. :)

Speech of Prophet Muhammad s.a.w!

Salam,
Bismillah.

SPEECH

The voice of Prophet Muhammad s.a.w was a little heavy. His way of talking was to the point and clear-cut. His speech was graceful. He used to complete whatever he had to say properly. He completed saying one whole thing at a time (did not leave whatever he was saying mid-way and start talking about something else or did not speak half-finished sentences).

While saying something he neither made it too long nor too short. He spoke clearly and separated his words properly. He neither mumbled nor spoke nasally.

(Remember if you are a da’ee or are working for deen, you should speak very clearly. Language and enunciation both are important).

Prophet Muhammad s.a.w said about himself, “Ana afsah-ul-arab”.
Afsah is from fasahat and so when I looked up fasahat, I found that it means eloquence, fluency of speech and elegance of style.
Yes, Prophet Muhammad s.a.w had all that!

He was gifted with comprehensiveness.

He stayed quiet usually and laughed less. He was also coherent in speech and he used to speak calmly.

His conversation (or words) could be counted. (Imagine that!)

When he talked of something important, he repeated it three times. Not after that.

While speaking he used to look up (and not down). (Maybe in intervals).

And this sure has an effect. According to research if you look up your mind is activated and if you look down your heart i.e. your emotions are activated. And Allah knows best! But we will be following this because it’s a sunnah not because it’s a research. :)

Even when we talk about ghaz-e-basr it does not necessarily mean to bow your head rather avert your gaze from the thing that you should not be seeing.

Beauty is in balance. Look at the person to make him feel as if he is being listened to.

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Hajrah. :)

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