Thursday, January 11, 2007

Fluctuations

The human heart goes up and down and to and fro. With your Deen you will have your ups and downs, times that you are on top of it and others when you are like whatevahs, the intensity is probably based on your knowledge.

I went to Fajr today at the Masjid, Whoohoo and the brother that led the salaat was very good. He recited a long surah very beautifully, not like the verbal diarrhea that you sometimes get during Ramadhan where they recite so fast you are neither at peace nor reflecting on the words that they speak. After the salaat he took a couple of minutes to explain a Dua from Riyadh-us-Saliheen #1489.

Shahr bin Haushab reported: I asked Umm Salamah " O Mother of the Believers! Which supplication did the Messenger of Allah make frequently when he was in your house?" She said: "He supplicated frequently "Ya Muqallabal-qulubi, thabbit qalbi ala dinika (O Controller of hearts make my heart steadfast in Your Deen)". At-Tirmidhi

This is a very good Dua to protect against fluctuations in Deen so that the pendulum between good and not so good days of Deen is minimalized. May we all find steadfastness in our Deen.

PS: I hate transliteration but I don't have recourse to put it in Arabic so this is the best I can do. That and Rain hasn't learned Arabic yet so I guess it's all good. :-)

8 comments:

  1. I am so proud of you. You make my heart go up and down and my love goes to and fro but always you are the love of my life.

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  2. AsSalaamu A'laikum,

    Well I really don't know what to say exept thank you.

    May Allah bless you and keep you.

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  3. lol, nope, not even close to learning Arabic yet. But, I did realize today during Fajr that "Allahumma" (the first word in the Ibraheem prayer) is Allah and Umma, so not bad. And hey, I have one whole surah memorized in Arabic, so that's a start, right?
    Plus, I needed this hadith today, cause I'm hurting too bad to do my other 4 prayers and feel horrible cause I know I should, even if it's sitting or laying down. I suck, apparently.

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  4. Don't I feel sheepish. Turns out my anonymous poster was none other than my wifee, but when I used sitemeter to ascertain who it was I came up blank. I thought it was my wife but when I couldn't know for sure I guessed it may have been someone else. When I tried to call and confirm the phone went to voicemail, why because she was online, Duh, dialup sucks. So in the future I will go with the gut. Sorry Baye.

    Rain technically speaking Allahumma means "O Allah" like you are really calling out for help, cause you are, but yours is a beautiful observation.

    Staying on the Salaat is the most important thing you can do. I don't care if you fall into drugs and run around cutting the heads off of Llamas and leaving them on peoples doorsteps never, never, never leave the Salaat Never. It is the singlemost thing that will bring your actions back in line with the belief. I believe the Prophet said of someone who wasn't behaving in accordance to Islam remain on the Salaat for you will either leave the Salaat or the evil action. If you stay on the Salaat eventually you will stop any misdeeds you have been doing, or depth will return to your Salaat. If you stop Salaat then you have to go through that whole getting committed thing again and that's a whole psychological hurdle that most people will just do without. Of which the consequences are dire.

    May Allah Strengthen you and me on our Deen. Ameen.

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  5. Alhamdulillah akhi. Its good to hear that you are trying, mashallah. And I already figured that the 1st anonymous was your wife lol. May Allah keep you steadfast upon this path. ameen. Here is something more to encourage you even more to attach your heart to the masajids and fajr salah:

    Narrated Abu hurayrah ( radhiallahu hanhu) that the Prophet ( peace be upon him) said "If the people knew the Reward for the Zuhr prayer in its early time, they would race for it. If they knew the reward for the 'Isha' and the fajr prayers in congregation, they would join them even if they had to crawl. If they knew the reward for the first row, they would draw lots for it."

    sahih bukhari.

    and:

    Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah's Apostle ( peace be upon him) said, "Angels come to you in succession by night and day and all of them get together at the time of the Fajr and 'Asr prayers. Those who have passed the night with you (or stayed with you) ascend (to the Heaven) and Allah asks them, though He knows everything about you, well, "In what state did you leave my slaves?" The angels reply: "When we left them they were praying and when we reached them, they were praying."
    sahih bukhari.

    So keep it up.

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  6. LOL at ur wife! I was reading that and thinking...WHOA...ummmm...maybe...LOL!

    Masha Allah at the fajr, what a good way to help keep yourself steadfast.....isn't that a great feeling as ur on ur way to the masjid? Don't let the shaytan screw things up......

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  7. Now that was funny...Well I really don't know what to say exept thank you...I'm going to use that on my hub sometime, inshallah.

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  8. Thanks for the encouragement. I had a stern talking to with myself last night (and a swift kick in the tush for being a wimp) and I'm back on it.

    Thanks again, and tell wifee to relax, lay down, and stop doing.

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