The Real People of the Qur’an

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The real People of the Qur’an are people of humility. 

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A Beautiful Heart

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Attachment to the Dunya

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Perhaps the reason for His taking the dunya away from us is so that our hearts may be emptied of it and filled with Him instead.

The pain we feel at the loss of our material possessions is a sign of the attachment of our hearts to the dunya. For if our hearts had truly been detached from the dunya as they ought to, then loss of a share of this world would not hurt us. Sometimes it is not the objects themselves that we hold dear, but our attachment to them arises due to the fact it that it was gifted to us by someone close to us. Our attachment to those people is then the cause of us being attached to those things we received from them. But this does not change anything. We still should not allow these things to creep into our hearts – for people too are merely a part of this worldly life. And the dunya deserves to reside in our hands, not our hearts. So perhaps the reason for Allah’s taking these things away from us is so that our hearts may be emptied of the dunya and filled with Him instead…

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The Night Prayer

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There is a beauty and delight in the night prayer that is not to be found in anything other than it. 

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Death Comes All of a Sudden…

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On the first night of Ramadan, my uncle passed away. He was just 48 years old. By a matter of mere moments, his passing was decreed to fall within the blessed month of the Qur’an. Alhamdulillah for that, for it is mentioned in hadith that when Ramadan arrives, the gates of Hell are firmly locked and the gates of Paradise are flung open. So if that is the case, then what abode is there for those who depart for the Hereafter during this month other than Paradise? May Allah ta’ala have mercy on him and enter him into the highest levels of Jannah, ameen.

Allah must really love mamani (my aunt) a lot…” That is what I thought when I heard of the passing of my uncle, for it is mentioned in hadith that if Allah loves someone, He tests them. And Allah has certainly tried her. First she was diagnosed with cancer a year ago… and now she is left a bereaved widow. May Allah ta’ala place solace and tranquility in her heart and grant her a beautiful patience, ameen.

On that first night of Ramadan we recited in Taraweeh the ayah where Allah mentions the dua of Nabi Ibrahim ‘alaihis salaam for his progeny. And this is something that was always dear to my uncle. I remember him quoting that ayah once in a family gathering of ours, and the concern that he had for the preservation of the Islam and Iman of his children and nieces and nephews and the generations to come. He leaves behind four orphaned children. One of them is Hafizul Qur’an and another is studying towards becoming a Hafiz. May Allah ta’ala make their duas and their recitation of the Qur’an a means of increasing his scale of good deeds, and may He look after and provide for them from His limitless treasures, ameen.

This was the first time ever that I was affected by death. I had never had anyone so close to me pass away before. And one thing it made me realise is that we can all do more. Every second of our life is valuable and precious, for what else is our life except the passing of time? “Every second that passes by is a sword, slicing away a part of your life.” That’s something I had written before, but only now did I really start to appreciate the reality of it. And when our time runs up and we eventually die, our graves will be a treasure chest containing the deeds we used to do in this life. So we should rush to fill it with as much good as we possibly can, while we still have the chance. And if we exert ourselves in ‘ibadah, we would be surprised at how much we can actually achieve. My uncles death spurred me to recite and recite, and I was surprised at how easy Allah made it for me to do so much more than what I thought I was capable of. If you were to push yourself as well, you too would find that you could achieve more than what you would have ever thought possible. May Allah ta’ala make this the best Ramadan yet for both you and I, ameen.

O Allah, have mercy on all the deceased and make their graves gardens from among the gardens of Paradise. Grant them your pardon and your forgiveness, and make them of those who are emancipated from the Fire during this month, ameen.

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True Love

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I read the story

of their love for one another…

How he would smile

just to make her happy.

How he would race with her

when no one else was around.

How he would stand and remain with her

for as long as she wished 

with all the people around.

How he would hold up an entire army

just to search

for her lost necklace.

How he would recline in her lap

reciting the revelation of his Lord.

How he would let her comb his hair

and scent his hair and beard.

How he would place his lips and drink

from where her lips had been

and how he would eat

from where she had eaten.

How he would give her a kiss

just before leaving the home

and how he would kiss her passionately

in their moments of privacy.

How he would be intimate and fondle her

even during her time of the month.

How he would call her

by such cute and endearing nicknames.

How he would express his love for her

and always reassure her of that.

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And she,

she was so much younger than him…

And her youthfulness

and playfulness 

and prettiness

was such a delight for him.

But then I reflected 

on his first love –

his true love.

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The Test of Thankfulness

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For so long in difficulty and in darkness… but now that I’m in ease and in the light… it seems almost as if that hardship never existed. Alhamdulillah. That phase of life seems so long ago, the memory of it hardly seems real any longer – despite the intensity of that experience not too long ago.

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But every state has its test as well: in times of difficulty and trial, the test is patience; and in times of felicity and contentment, the test is thankfulness. And I’m wondering now whether I’m passing that test or failing it… Now that I’ve been granted that which I had been ardently desiring and seeking (and even more than that)… now that my supplication to my gracious Lord has been answered… am I truly being as grateful to Him as I should be?

And by gratefulness I don’t mean simply saying ‘Alhamdulillah’, or even having an internal state of being thankful to Him. The Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam once stood for so long in ‘ibaadah that his feet became swollen, and when asked about it he replied, “Afalaa akoonu ‘abdan shakooraa? – Should I not be a grateful slave?” So if now in this new phase of contentment I am slacking in certain areas of my life that I previously used to do more in… if I’m now neglecting certain things I used to be constant in… if I’m now decreasing in quantity and quality in certain acts of ‘ibaadah… if I’m now not as fervent in making dua to Him as before… then is this not a sign of ingratitude towards Him for the bounty that He has bestowed upon me? :/

It is in our nature to desire this state of felicity that I have now been blessed with. None of us would wish to remain in a state of difficulty or hardship. But who knows… perhaps that state is better for us. And perhaps it is for that reason that we are sometimes kept in such conditions for what seems to us to be prolonged period of times, even though in the bigger picture it is in reality only a short period of time.

On a different note, there’s one other thing that’s been on my mind recently. One of the most important ahadith to me is the one that states: “ad-Deenun naseehah – The deen is naseehah.” Naseehah here doesn’t mean to give advice as some of us might think, but is a far more comprehensive term than that. It means to sincerely desire good for others, and to have goodwill to all. So now that I’ve been taken out from the loneliness of solitude to the bliss of companionship, I sincerely make dua that Allah ta’ala grants the same to all the other people I know – and all those that I do not know – who are seeking that.

O Allah!

Grant all the single believers to get married,

and grant them and all married couples,

a happy, blissful, blessed, serene, contented, and felicitous married life, ameen.

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Companion on the Road

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Companion on the Road

اللهم

بارك لنا

وبارك علينا

واجمع بيننا في خير

آمين

O Allah!

Bless us,

shower your blessings upon us,

and the bring us together in goodness,

ameen.

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O Splendour of All Existence

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A’linoo Haadhan Nikaah :D

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قال رسول الله صل الله عليه وسلم

أعلِنُوا هذا النكاحَ

وقال رسول الله صل الله عليه وسلم

الدُّنيا متاعٌ، وخيرُ متاعِ الدُّنيا المرأةُ الصَّالحةُ

وقال رسول الله صل الله عليه وسلم

خيرُكم خيرُكم لأهلِه وأنا خيرُكم لأهلي

The Messenger of Allah sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam said,

“Announce this marriage!”

And he sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam said,

“This world is enjoyment, and the best enjoyment of this world is a pious wife.”

And he sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam said,

“The best of you are the best of you to their wives; and I am the best of you to my wives.”

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Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh

Alhamdulillah, by the grace of Allah I will be getting married soon in-sha Allah. Requesting your duas: that Allah ta’ala makes her a pious wife; and that He grants her a husband who will be the best to her, ameen.

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