The messenger of Allah ( PBUH) said,”My Lord has commanded me nine qualities:1.Fearing Allah both secretly & openly;
2.Saying only the words of justice both when angry & when happy;
3.Maintaining moderation both during poverty & affluence;
4.Making up ( social obligations & relationships) with a relative who shirks his obligation to me or breaks away from me;
5.Giving even to the person who deprives me;
6.Forgiving him who is unjust to me;
7.Reflecting when I am quiet;remembering Allah when I speak;& learning lessons from what I see,
8.Enjoining good; &
[Mishkat Masabeh ]
The blessed month of Ramadan is about to end.Now that few hours of this month of mercy are left,I was reflecting on how our lives are so comfortable,of ease & luxuries.How our pantries & fridges are filled with all kinds of delicacies.How we have free flowing clean hot/ cold water, how we can take vitamin supplements to energize us,coffee/tea to keep us awake for Qiyam. Cars to take us to any masjid.Yet …. wa maa qadrullaha haqqa qadrihi
(39:67) They did not recognise the true worth of Allah…
We couldn’t give the due Haq of Allah.Praise Him,worship Him, thank Him… as much as He deserves.
The sahaba karaam ( ra) had nothing compared to what we have. Their lives were minimal.They barely had food to survive yet their hearts were filled with Imaan.
They had love of Allah & rasool Allah (PBUH).
Their hearts were free from love of Duniya.
May Allah forgive our shortcomings.
O Allah make Imaan dear to us & beautify our Imaan in our hearts.
Amidst all the fear & panic in Calgary about Islamophobia & hate crimes, some were saying that they wont go to mosques for taraweh or Friday prayers or Eid prayers.I kept thinking about how different Muslims are reacting in different ways.These thoughts were lingering in my mind.Then as per my routine when I opened The Holy Quran to read.I came across this verse.Quran is a guidance for all times,Allah guides us,comforts us through it.May Allah make us steadfast & strengthen our Imaan.May we fear only Him.
Points to ponder~
*Allah swt is teaching us in this ayah that if we have second thoughts about going to the house of Allah.It will still be visited by people who have stronger belief in Allah than us.
If we dont go we are depriving ourselves of the reward & benefits of going to the mosque.
*If one truly has fear of Allah & the Last Day nothing can stop him/her from going to the mosque.
*We need to fear Allah alone.Not people,not what the media portrays,not what people scare us with.
*If one is an establisher of Salah & offers charity then he/she will be one go goes to the mosque.
*Such people are the ones who are truly guided.
Share your reflections below on reading this ayah.
This Ramadan I planned to do a Quran Journal while I am studying & pondering over the beautiful verses of The Quran.Also I got inspired to write a Quran journal after listening to Sh Yasir Birjas lecture series Ramadan Marathon.
I hope that it will be a reminder for me & everyone in sha Allah.So lets begin …
Points to ponder
* We all are created from dust,something that we consider to be so insignificant.We need to remember our origin & never forget that,never think high of ourselves.Never be arrogant of whatever status,knowledge,beauty,race,wealth Allah has blessed us with.
*How we start off as dust or a lump of flesh & Allah has perfected us into the shape we are now.With perfect hearing,sight & a heart that feels…It feels the happiness,sorrow,pain.A heart that can give so much of love to all of humanity – whether it be men or women or plants or animals.
Make use of your senses to feel the beautiful world Allah created for us to enjoy & our heart to spread love & peace on earth.
*Often we are born in a city & then we disperse on the earth in search of a better life,a better job,for our kids better future.
In this Allah gives us new friends,wisdom,maturity but we often leave behind our parents,our loved ones,fond memories of childhood.
O Allah make me one that brings khair (good) to all.
O Allah remove all pride from my heart & make me thankful & humble.