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True Happiness

If we want peace of mind and happiness in this life and the next, we have to stick to the Quran and Sunnah (we have to read, ponder and act in accordance to them). Beware of turning away from and ignoring them.
وَمَنْ أَعْرَضَ عَنْ ذِكْرِي فَإِنَّ لَهُ مَعِيشَةً ضَنْكًا وَنَحْشُرُهُ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ أَعْمَى * قَالَ رَبِّ لِمَ حَشَرْتَنِي أَعْمَى وَقَدْ كُنْتُ بَصِيرًا * قَالَ كَذَلِكَ أَتَتْكَ آيَاتُنَا فَنَسِيتَهَا وَكَذَلِكَ الْيَوْمَ تُنْسَى
{But whoever turns away from My Reminder will certainly have a miserable life, then We will raise them up blind on the Day of Judgment.
He will say, “My Lord, why have you raised me blind while I was [once] seeing?”
Allah will respond, “It is so, just as Our revelations came to you and you neglected them, so Today you are neglected.”} (20:124-126)

And look at what Allah said about the people of guidance and the people of deviation.
فَمَنْ يُرِدِ اللَّهُ أَنْ يَهْدِيَهُ يَشْرَحْ صَدْرَهُ لِلْإِسْلَامِ وَمَنْ يُرِدْ أَنْ يُضِلَّهُ يَجْعَلْ صَدْرَهُ ضَيِّقًا حَرَجًا كَأَنَّمَا يَصَّعَّدُ فِي السَّمَاءِ
{So whoever Allah wants to guide – He expands his breast to [contain] Islam; and whoever He wills to leave astray – He makes his breast tight and constricted as though he were climbing into the sky. Thus does Allah place defilement (ignominy) upon those who do not believe.} (6:125)

Everyone is looking for happiness and contentment. True happiness is in a humble and submissive salah in which you call upon Allah and beg for pardon, knowing that He loves to pardon. You turn to Him in repentance, while being certain that He loves to accept repentance. You beg of His forgiveness, knowing that He is the Most Forgiving. Real happiness and contentment is in obedience to Allah, in salah, in du’a, in (reciting) Quran, in dutifulness to parents, in maintaining family ties, in adopting good character and conduct, in relying upon Allah while being serious, in striving and making use of beneficial material means.

True happiness is with righteous and pious companions.

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Lonely?

O my nafs do not feel sad at your state of affairs

How can you be sad and feel lonely when you are in the best of company

The book of Allah is your life and the very air you breathe

Your heart longs for the touch of the soft pages and the sound of the turning of the pages

Be happy and optimistic

Others are drowning in the ocean of disbelief and in the darkness of misguidance and deviance

Allah has chosen for you the best of companions
Allah is teaching you to not love and be close to anyone but Him

Allah is showing you that people come and go

But He will always be there for you and protect you.

Allah is teaching you to love His book and to learn it and ponder it

Spend the hours of the dawn and late hours of the night reciting from it so that it may he an intercessor for you on that day…that day where no wealth or anything will be of benefit to you

That day when none will care for you nor your final abode except your beloved messenger and the trustworthy companion….the best friend….the truest of friends who promised to not forsake you ….that day you wonder, will it be a proof for me or against me

Do not feel sad my nafs when you have the best Advisor by your side

A book that has all the answers to your worries and problems in life.

It is your daily dose of faith and serenity

May such a friendship and companionship forever last and always remain…

May Allah never put the love of others in my heart over the love of the Qur’an…


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Hasad destroys brotherhood

Hasad…a destroyer of brotherhood.

It is one of the arrows of Shaitan which causes much division, enmity and hatred among the believers.

Hasad is a very powerful disease of the heart. It can drive one to do the most horrendous things. It can make the individual so blind in their hatred thus driving him/her to carry out the evil act.

Just look at the story of Yusuf alayhis salaam and his brothers. Their jealousy of Yusuf drove them to envy him and then to plot to kill their brother. They left him in a well to die.

What’s common and unfortunately very sad is to see this sick disease of hasad among practicing Muslims….more so, students of knowledge and the like.

One does not need to admit they have hasad. It can be obvious from their actions or what we call in Arabic lisaanul Haal

The prophet sala Allahu alayhi wa sallam clearly said

لا تحاسدوا

Do not envy one another.

How can we not fear Allah and forget these beautiful clear-cut words.

Islam is a beautiful Deen. It’s a way of life that teaches one to be content and happy with what Allah has given you or written for you.

If there is someone more beautiful than you or smarter than you then that is a favor Allah has bestowed upon this individual but it is not give you any excuse to envy or hate on him/her.

He Sala Allahu alayhi wa sallam also said

ولا تباغضوا

And do not hate one another.

If Allah has blessed so and so with abundant wealth, a big house,many children or a great career then that is not for you to hate nor envy this person for the blessings Allah has granted him.

These blessings are also a test for us humans and a great responsibility.

We need to teach our nafs to practice shukr an ni3am(practicing gratitude). We need to be grateful slaves to Allah the Most High. We need to strive to be among the “few”

As He said

وقليل من عبادي الشكور

And few of my servants are grateful.

As mentioned before this disease of the heart seems to be widespread among students of knowledge and practicing Muslims nowadays which is very sad really.

You will find practicing Muslims cutting off or distancing themselves from their fellow Muslims due to jealousy and hasad they’re suffering from..

So what if Allah has blessed so and so with more knowledge or a better understanding of the Deen than you. Or if Allah has blessed so and so with better looks, wealth, acceptance and love of the people.

Be content with what you have. Practice shukr and sabr.

ذلك فضل الله يؤتيه من يشاء

That is the favor of Allah He grants to whom He wills..

Sometimes the person will choose to get distant from so and so if not cut him off completely or based on the pretence of ‘we don’t see eye to eye’

Wallahi it’s really sad because they don’t realize it but it’s a tactic of Shaitan to cause division and hatred among the believers.

Islam is a religion of brotherhood and kindness. It is a religion where when two Muslims meet and shake hands their sons are erased. What a beautiful Sunnah!

Meeting your brother or sister in Deen with an open face, smiling and not frowning. That’s counted as sadaqa!

All praise is due to Allah for making us Muslims and allowing us to earn good deeds in the easiest of ways!

The Shaitan does not look to attack the strong and sincere brotherhood.

But Allah warns us

وقل لعبادي يقولوا التي هي احسن إن الشيطان ينزغ بينهم إن الشيطان كان للإنسان عدوا مبينا

And say to My slaves that they should (only) say those words that are the best. (Because) Shaitan (Satan) verily, sows disagreements among them. Surely, Shaitan (Satan) is to man a plain enemy.

One word can completely destroy a friendship/brotherhood that lasted years.

We also need to realize that we are human beings. When our brother/sister in Islam of many years makes a mistake it’s better to overlook their shortcomings or advice them in the very least.

It is true some people will always carry on with their bad habits. And if after advising for so long, its better to leave it in Allah’s hands.

But we should never have the intention to make hajr (cut off, boycott) another Muslim and Allah does tell us the first step to take when problems occur between the believers.

Allah says

إنما المؤمنون إخوة فاصلحوا بين اخويكم

Verily the believers are but brothers so make reconciliation between your brothers.

The most beautiful and strongest brotherhood is the one built on this ayah

واعتصموا بحبل الله جميعا ولا تفرقوا

And hold fast, all of you to the rope of Allah and be not divided amongst yourselves.

We need to set our differences aside. Allah did not create us all the same.

We should accept the good from each other and fix the bad together without taking offense nor going on defense mode.

Umar ibn khattab may Allah be pleased with him did say that there is no benefit in a friendship where there is no one advicing one another or taking the advice.

Islam is a religion of sincere advice as is reported from our prophet alayhis salaatu was salaam

اللهم ألف بين قلوبنا واصلح ذات بيننا واجعلنا إخوة في السراء والضراء واجعلنا ممن يستمعون القول فيتبعون أحسنه


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Allah will not forget your struggle…

Allah will not forget your struggle with concentrating in your Salat…

Allah will not forget your patience with those who attack and criticize your hijaab and niqab..

Allah will not forget your struggle in correcting your mistakes when memorizing His Noble Revelation and the many hours you spent memorizing and reviewing…

Allah will not forget your courage in going out to school and work with your hijab on every day and fearing none but Him…

Allah will not forget your jihaad(struggle) with the desires and inclinations and whispers of Shaytan to sin…

Allah does not waste the reward of those who do good

إن الله لا يضيع أجر المحسنين

Keep your head high oh Muslimah in this age of ghurbah where evil is seen as good and good is seen as backward.

In the end, victory will be for the believers.

In the end, it is the believers who will have the last laugh.

In the end, it will be a group in Paradise and a group in hellfire.

In the end, it will be said to the believers

Peace be unto you, enter Paradise for that which you used to do.


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Mothers who made Glory PART 6: Umm Al Bukhari

Every Muslim household that has an Islamic library will most likely have a work of ahadeeth (sayings of the prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم) whether it be the forty Hadith of Imam Nawawi or Riyadhus-Salihin, or other mukhtasarat. And the name Bukhari or Bukhari and Muslim will appear in any of these works one way or another.

Whenever we hear lectures or Friday sermons the imam or khateeb will mention a Hadith and then in the end will most likely say rawaahul Bukhari (narrated by Bukhari) or agreed upon (muttafaqun alayh’ which means the Hadith is reported by both Shaykhs, Bukhari and Muslim)

So…who was imam Muhammad Ibn Ismail Al Bukhari?

He is the author of the most authentic book after the book of Allah. Sahih Al Bukhari. Yes that’s right. The greatest book after the Qur’an is the Sahih collection of this giant of Islam. Al Bukhari.

Imam Al Bukhari was non- Arab unlike the imams mentioned so far in this series.

In our times, he would probably be considered Russian or Uzbek.

He was born the year 194 in the area of Bukhara which is now in modern day Uzbekistan.

Al Bukhari’s father passed away when he was a young child. His pious mother took charge of his upbringing and care.

He lost his eyesight as a young boy.

One night Umm Al Bukhari saw Ibrahim عليه السلام in her dream. He told her that Allah has returned her son’s sight due to her many sincere duaa’ and crying to Allah azza wa jall.

The next morning Al Bukhari could see again! It was a miracle (karaamah) for this pious woman.

Indeed, Allah did say

أمن يجيب المضطر إذا دعاه

Is it not He Who responds to the distressed one, when he calls on Him…

It is very important that we realize the power of duaa’ especially the duaa’ of the parent!

The prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said in an authentic Hadith

ثلاث دعوات لا ترد، دعوة الوالد لولده ودعوة الصائم ودعوة المسافر

Three (kinds of people) their supplications are answered.

The supplication of the parent for their child, the supplication of the fasting person, and the supplication of the traveler

As he got older Umm Al Bukhari would send her son to the circles of knowledge. She would often encourage him to sit with the scholars and benefit from them. And he did! Allah blessed Al Bukhari with an amazingly strong memory and love for the Sunnah.

He was the Ameerul Mu’mineen of hadith and his collection is the most trusted source after the book of Allah.

What an honor for Al Bukhari and his mother.

What an honor for his mother- the woman behind the upbringing of this giant of Islam.

May Allah accept it from her and from all those mothers who sacrifice their time and efforts in raising righteous children.


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Mothers who made Glory PART 5: Umm Sufyan ath-Thawri

How many of us are familiar with the life and times of Imam Sufyan ath-Thawri?

This man was a mountain of faith and knowledge. A reviver of the Sunnah. He was the Ameerul Mu’mineen in Hadith of his time. Ibnul Mubarak said about him, “I don’t know anyone on the face of the Earth more knowledgeable than Sufyan!”

Others said of him he reminded them of the Sahaba and there wouldn’t be much difference between him and the Sahaba except that the Sahaba saw the prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم!

He was born 97 A.H. His father Sa’eed ibn Masruq was one of the great scholars of Kufa, Iraq. So Sufyan was the son of a aalim and a great muhadith.

He first learned from his father and narrated from him. He was also a student of the great qaari’ Hamza Al Zayyat. He completed the Quran with him approximately 4 times.

The mother of Sufyan was a truly righteous woman who had great love for this Deen. She admired knowledge and it’s people.

And it’s no doubt that Sufyan attained such a high status all due to his mother’s efforts in giving him the proper Tarbiyah (upbringing)! She encouraged him to seek knowledge of Hadith because that is where true honor lies.

It is related that Wakee’ ibn Al-Jarrah said,

“One day, the mother of Sufyaan Ath-Thawri said to (young) Sufyan, ‘O my son! Seek out knowledge, and I will, with my spinning wheel, provide enough for you to live on. O my son, when you have written down ten Ahaadeeth, look and see if you notice an improvement in the way you walk, in your level of patience, and in your degree of self-dignity. For if you do not see any such improvement, then know that your knowledge harms you and does not benefit you.'”

Look at this righteous woman! She didn’t just emphasize seeking knowledge and it’s importance but informed her son that the thamara(fruit) of knowledge is in acting upon it. Yes. العلم للعمل

Knowledge is to act upon and not just to collect information and leave it at that.

Why do we think Allah said

إنما يخشى الله من عباده العلماء

It is only those that have knowledge among His slaves that fear Allah.

Nowadays we have parents who send their children to weekend schools to memorize the Qur’an and force them to attend classes at the Masjid. And then the parents are in shock when they find out their child who goes to Qur’an school is involved in gangs, drug abuse, haraam relationships, etc…or the fact that their daughter who wears long hijabs has a boyfriend Wal ‘iyaadhu billaah.

But it’s very important that our kids understand the Deen, that they understand the words of Allah and that will help them to love Allah, His Messenger and their Deen. Once they are taught that they will then act upon the knowledge and fear Allah as they should.

May Allah bless Umm Sufyan for raising such a great scholar for the Muslim nation!


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Mothers who made Glory PART 4: Umm Ahmad

Ahmad Ibn Hanbal. He is known as the imam of Ahlussunah. A man who was tested for the sake of Allah and faced great ordeals throughout his life but as they say, “even the strongest of winds can not move the mountains.”

He is the last of the four great imams.

Imam Ahmad was born in Baghdad towards the end of the second century A.H.

His mother was Safiyyah bint AbdilMalik al-Shaybaaniyyah.

Imam Ahmad may Allah have mercy on him, grew up in a poor household. His father had passed away when he was just a child. So his mother took charge of his upbringing.

She taught him to memorize the book of Allah until he memorized it at the age of 10.

Imam Ahmad says that, “my mother would bring me the clothes to wear for the masjid, wake me up for Fajr, bring me the water for wudhu” all of this when he was not even ten years of age! That is the true example of a mother of the ummah. A mother who is raising a scholar for this ummah. And above all a mother raising a believer in Allah and instilling imaan and love for Allah in her child from such an early age.

Then she would cover herself in her jilbab and walk him all the way to the Masjid as it was far from their house.

Indeed Umm Ahmad was a mother of the Akhira and not of the Dunya.

Unfortunately in our times you will find a lot of mothers who think that their ten year olds are still kids and treat them instead as five year olds! They don’t pressure them to pray and let them miss Fajr! What kind of Muslims do we wish to raise sisters? This is not proper Tarbiyah.

When Imam Ahmad was 16 years old his mother told him, my son, go and seek knowledge of Hadith for it is Hijrah in Allah’s path!

She then prepared his travel pack which consisted of some dry loaves of bread and a pouch of salt. 😭

Imam Ahmad then became the great imam we all know of and that History will never forget. Imam Ahlisunnah. May Allah be pleased with Umm Ahmad and reward her on behalf of the Muslim ummah for raising such a giant.

إن الله لا يضيع أجر المحسنين 💜

Indeed, Allah does not put to waste the rewards of those who do good.