Monday, April 15, 2013

Ayah of the day.

فَتَبَسَّمَ ضَاحِكًا مِّن قَوْلِهَا وَقَالَ رَبِّ أَوْزِعْنِىٓ أَنْ أَشْكُرَ نِعْمَتَكَ ٱلَّتِىٓ أَنْعَمْتَ عَلَىَّ وَعَلَىٰ وَٰلِدَىَّ وَأَنْ أَعْمَلَ صَٰلِحًا تَرْضَىٰهُ وَأَدْخِلْنِى بِرَحْمَتِكَ فِى عِبَادِكَ ٱلصَّٰلِحِينَ null

So he [Sulaiman (Solomon)] smiled, amused at her speech and said: "My Lord! Inspire and bestow upon me the power and ability that I may be grateful for Your Favours which You have bestowed on me and on my parents, and that I may do righteous good deeds that will please You, and admit me by Your Mercy among Your righteous slaves."

Is there a better more encompassing prayer for life.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

A prayer needed for this day and time

وَٱلَّذِينَ يَقُولُونَ رَبَّنَا هَبْ لَنَا مِنْ أَزْوَٰجِنَا وَذُرِّيَّٰتِنَا قُرَّةَ أَعْيُنٍ وَٱجْعَلْنَا لِلْمُتَّقِينَ إِمَامًا

And those who say: "Our Lord! Bestow on us from our wives and our offspring who will be the comfort of our eyes, and make us leaders for the Muttaqun" (pious - see V. 2:2 and the footnote of V. 3:164)."

The home is where so much drama can come. There is a request in this ayah, one that is needed today.  May Allah help me learn this dua. Wives and children who cause us no grief. In a greater sense spouses. However it is the second half of the dua that is an action item. There is a lot unsaid in the ayah, but known to those who have knowledge.  I claim no such knowledge. However you must ask what does it take to be a leader of the Muttaqun? In this case your family. For if your family was Muttaqun then they would be a cooling to your eyes naturally.

What does it take to be a leader of the Muttaqun? You must certainly start by being one yourself, and don't those things that make you strong in it. You can't give what you ain't got and if it doesn't reflect from you then it is not there.

Nothing comes over night, perfect today.

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Seems so simple

بِسْمِ ٱللَّهِ ٱلرَّحْمَٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ قَدْ أَفْلَحَ ٱلْمُؤْمِنُونَ

Successful indeed are the believers.

The first 11 ayats of surah muminoon detail how to obtain the highest Heights of Paradise and it is not incredibly overwhelming. Just a few basic things that anyone can do. Don't listen to trash talk (television, movies, some music) pray all of your prayers and on time. Honor that which has been entrusted to you. Basically do your job as a Muslim and you can get in.

Of course everyone will tell you that toy have to do extra, but those are only insurance policies in case you don't get the basics right. It's so simple. So why do we have so much problems?

Read those ayats and see what I'm talking about.

Monday, April 01, 2013

Are we doing our job?

وَجَٰهِدُوا۟ فِى ٱللَّهِ حَقَّ جِهَادِهِۦ ۚ هُوَ ٱجْتَبَىٰكُمْ وَمَا جَعَلَ عَلَيْكُمْ فِى ٱلدِّينِ مِنْ حَرَجٍ ۚ مِّلَّةَ أَبِيكُمْ إِبْرَٰهِيمَ ۚ هُوَ سَمَّىٰكُمُ ٱلْمُسْلِمِينَ مِن قَبْلُ وَفِى هَٰذَا لِيَكُونَ ٱلرَّسُولُ شَهِيدًا عَلَيْكُمْ وَتَكُونُوا۟ شُهَدَآءَ عَلَى ٱلنَّاسِ ۚ فَأَقِيمُوا۟ ٱلصَّلَوٰةَ وَءَاتُوا۟ ٱلزَّكَوٰةَ وَٱعْتَصِمُوا۟ بِٱللَّهِ هُوَ مَوْلَىٰكُمْ ۖ فَنِعْمَ ٱلْمَوْلَىٰ وَنِعْمَ ٱلنَّصِيرُ

And strive hard in Allah's Cause as you ought to strive (with sincerity and with all your efforts that His Name should be superior). He has chosen you (to convey His Message of Islamic Monotheism to mankind by inviting them to His religion, Islam), and has not laid upon you in religion any hardship, it is the religion of your father Ibrahim (Abraham) (Islamic Monotheism). It is He (Allah) Who has named you Muslims both before and in this (the Quran), that the Messenger (Muhammad SAW) may be a witness over you and you be witnesses over mankind! So perform As-Salat (Iqamat-as-Salat), give Zakat and hold fast to Allah [i.e. have confidence in Allah, and depend upon Him in all your affairs] He is your Maula (Patron, Lord, etc.), what an Excellent Maula (Patron, Lord, etc.) and what an Excellent Helper!

As Muslims we must do the minor things that we are required to do. However or faith is not a religion it is a Deen. It has to affect the world around us. What is Allah's Cause in that what we are to be striving? To enjoin the good and forbid the evil. Are we doing that?

I frequent a book club at the masjid and we are currently reading Milestones by Syed Qutb and he's pretty blunt in what we are supposed to be doing, however there is an sphere of influence that we must have. It is easy to complain about what we aren't doing collectively. However it is much more difficult to effect the changes you want to make and only as a force of effecting change can you get people to move.

It is kind of like heat. When heat starts to increase it affects those that are closest to it. As the heat increases what is closest to it begins to move and either it joins in or moves to a distance of comfortability. It affects all around it both those who appreciate it and those who don't.

We only have power over our choices. We have no power over others. Holding the illusion of power over others is frustrating and will lead to madness at best. Therefore there is no sense in complaining about the Inaction of others only the Inaction of self.

We only have this moment to change something what are we going to do with it?