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Le Quran

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I enjoy shopping, a lot. But whenever i got there i get really overwhelmed by the amount of music that is played. I love listening to nasheeds, but sometimes i forget my ipod whilst i drive, and the only thing on the radio well is music. Whenever i see/read sayings like ‘Music is my life’ or ‘Music saves my soul’ i literally cringe inside, and at the same time smile.

I feel so blessed to be able to have the appreciation and love for the holy book of Allah, the Quran. Wallahi as much as music can be a fitnah and tempting to listen to, nothing can be perfect enough for any of your moods like the quran is. Music got nothing on it man.

When you’re happy, you can listen to the quran/read the quran and find your happiness satisfied.

“Never will i allow to be lost the work of any of you, male or female.” (3:195)

When you feel like finding a cave and leaving humanity, there will always be a verse that will bring you back to your senses and give you hope.

“When My servants ask thee concerning Me, I am indeed close (to them): I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calls to Me: Let them also, with a will, Listen to My call, and believe in Me: That they may walk in the right way.” (2:186)

When you feel like the whole world has left you, and the whole world is asleep to your problems, you’ll read a verses like

“…Not a leaf doth fall but with His knowledge … (6:59)” 

Its not easy to always listen to quran, or allow it to be your get away from the world. But know that you can’t combine the love of the quran with the love of music in the same heart. Listening to the music of this world won’t allow you to enjoy the music of the akhira… so purify your ears, and cleanse your heart, and try to make the quran your outlet 🙂 its amazing, trust me!
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Whom do I cry too?

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Life’s hard. It isn’t supposed to be a piece of cake, and thats where i find the beauty of it. The ups and downs, the smiles the frowns, that is what keeps life more worthwhile. But sometimes it can get really hard…

Sometimes you feel like you’ve lost all control on what you thought you had going on right. You think you’ve got ‘control’ on your life, you’ve got it all planned out, but things go wrong, and thats well… life.

If it was easy, if we were perfect, if disasters and bad days didn’t happen, it would not be life… Thats how we grow, how we learn, how we love. Life. Oh life.

But there are days worse than others… days where all you want to do is sit in bed and cry, you feel like everything is crumbling in front of your eyes. The years, the sweat, the tears, the joy, all gone to waste. Everything … just bam… gone.

You want to scream, you wanna cry, but you don’t know to whom. You don’t want to hurt the ones close to you, you don’t want to cry to people whom look up to you, you can’t cry to yourself because that hurts your self esteem, you don’t wanna feel like you’ve lost it.

Sometimes, we forget the bigger purpose in life. We forget that our relationship with Allah is what matters, our realtionship with our Creator is what needs mending… He’s the One we need to cry to… without shame and without any hard feelings.

Just sometimes, you gutta cry to Allah. Realize that it is all in His hands, subhanahu wa ta’ala… Its such a beautiful thing actually… cry to the One whose got it all planned out for you, the One who knows you best, the One whom you can cry and cry and not feel bad for doing.

قَالَ إِنَّمَا أَشْكُو بَثِّي وَحُزْنِي إِلَى اللّهِ وَأَعْلَمُ مِنَ اللّهِ مَا لاَ تَعْلَمُونَ

I only complain of my grief and sorrow to Allah (Yusuf: 86)

 Ayub, alayhi asalaam, didn’t cry to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala ‘angry’ or ‘mad’ at what is happening to him. Nope. On the contrary, he cried because no one can solve his problems, no one can help him, no one can ease his pain except Allah.

When you cry to Allah jala wa ‘alaa, you cry for answers, you cry for utter peace in your heart, you cry because in the end of the day no one can help you with your problems, except Allah.

So cry. Do it. Man up, and cry. But cry to Allah, not angry at what is written for you, but cry because that is the only guidance you need.

Cry, it will make you feel better 🙂

Cycle of Life

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Bismillah,

I opened the quran, pointed to surat alankaaboot, and said to myself  “I’m going to learn these ayahs today”. Here i go (first 5)

الٓمٓ (١) أَحَسِبَ ٱلنَّاسُ أَن يُترَكُوٓاْ أَن يَقُولُوٓاْ ءَامَنَّا وَهُم لَا يُفتَنُونَ (٢) وَلَقَد فَتَنَّا ٱلَّذِينَ مِن قَبلِهِم فَلَيَعلَمَنَّ ٱللَّهُ ٱلَّذِينَ صَدَقُواْ وَلَيَعلَمَنَّ ٱلكَـذِبِينَ (٣) أَم حَسِبَ ٱلَّذِينَ يَعمَلُونَ ٱلسَّيِّـَٔاتِ أَن يَسبِقُونَا‌ سَآءَ مَا يَحكُمُونَ (٤) مَن كَانَ يَرجُواْ لِقَآءَ ٱللَّهِ فَإِنَّ أَجَلَ ٱللَّهِ لَأَتٍ وَهُوَ ٱلسَّمِيعُ ٱلعَلِيمُ (٥)

Alif. Lam. Mim. (1) Do men imagine that they will be left (at ease) because they say, We believe, and will not be tested with affliction? (2) Lo! We tested those who were before them. Thus Allah knoweth those who are sincere, and knoweth those who feign. (3) Or do those who do ill-deeds imagine that they can outstrip Us? Evil (for them) is that which they decide. (4) Whoso looketh forward to the meeting with Allah (let him know that) Allah’s reckoning is surely nigh, and He is the Hearer, the Knower. (5)

To start off, the central theme of this beautiful surah is faith. As the surah starts off, it immediately tells you that you will be tested on you oath of faith, and shows you reality. Note; the beginning ayahs were a rhetorical question.

The thing about faith and believe is not how people make it seem, all fluffy dovey. Faith is measured upon actions and intentions, responsibilities and duties a person takes to prove his faith. One example that always comes in mind here is hijab.

The greatest argument you hear is: “Well, i have belief in hijab in my heart.”

Really? May Allah guide us all, but really? If you had true belief you act upon it, to sum it all up. Obviously the courage to put on hijab is amazing, and the ones who struggle with it, may Allah make it easy on you. But remember this ayah – its just a cycle of life … you believe = you will be tested accordingly.

In reality, in school you can tell your chem teacher you know all the alkines and have the periodic table off by heart – to make sure of your ability, you have quizzes along the way, some you excel, some you do really bad. Its life :). I read in Sayyid Qutubs book that the Arabic word used here for test derives from the root fitnah, which imparts exactly this sense of being subjected to a test with all that this implies.

The thing about tests is that they bring out what God already knows is in you, to human knowledge. Yes you may believe, but this cannot be certain until it is brought out in front of you, to show your worth and capability in doing so.

The thing about these life tests is that they put you in the spotlight. How many times are you faced with hardship that you think to yourself ‘how is everyone else living their day to day lives!’ This is the reality of the world, and this in itself is a test. Tests come in so many different types and forms that i will leave it up to you the reader to think about yourself now and what you may be going through.

The beauty of tests though – is that they teach you your ability in strength and steadfast. If you succeed, you are proud of your faith and what you did! When you are teasted, just think about this – Allah chose you to test, He chose you for a reason …

“The most severely tested are prophets, then the most pious people, then the ones closest to these, one degree after another. A man will be tested in accordance with his strength of faith. If he proves himself strong, the severity of his test is increased.”

Doesn’t that make you feel all fuzzy and warm inside?

In verse 4 we see the result of not enduring hardships. Tests are made to show between true believes (who endure) and others whom try to escape. Just a reminder – Allah made these tests, He made the fire as well. Just a reminder to us when we feel in the weakest stages if confronted with a test.

Instead of thinking why did you put me to this, why can’t we ask Allah to give us strength to get through it.

Don’t worry though, for those who strive to strengthen those bonds. This is such a tearful heart warming ayah for me personally. Its kinda like you are so eager to meet Him subhanahu wa ta’ala and He chose these ayahs to reassure you, that YES if you endure the pain and keep strong faith, then He will fulfill His promise.  He ends off this promise with 2 beautiful names:

Alsamee’: s m ‘

To hear or listen. The One whose hearing and comprehension overrides all, pays attention to all supplication and invocation.

Albaseer’: b s r. means to see, behold

Allah subhanahu wa tala, insights all things clearly, both apparent and hidden. He sees and understands and perceives every detail. Through the first 5 ayah’s He talks about knowing what is in you before even being tested, He also knows those who want to escape and those who are eager to meet Him insha’Allah.

As we saw above, first it is inner thoughts and actions, then it goes out to the doing. Look at the attributes put at the end of these ayahs. He is the All Hearing and All Seeing.

It begins within, a struggle to get to the truth and to let it out. We have the right mind set but yet we don’t know how to act upon it. AlBaseer reassures us that faith = action. Yes He hears and He see’s. We must do both to equal this ayah and to reach the rank of seeing Allah insha’Allah!

Sorry for the lengthy probably not making sense post 🙂 Reflections? Add on please.

Quality vs. Quantity

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Surat AlAnaam 44. So, when they forgot (the warning) with which they had been reminded, We opened to them the gates of every (pleasant) thing, until in the midst of their enjoyment in that which they were given, all of a sudden, We took them to punishment, and lo! They were plunged into destruction with deep regrets and sorrows.

  • Allah sent them reminders from all different means, had a lot of quantity but headless of the reminder of Allah
  • They were given everything but Allah does not mention the quality of the abundance of the things given
  • Notice: no blessings in it

Different situation:

Surat AlAraaf 96. And if the people of the towns had believed and had the Taqwâ (piety), certainly, We should have opened for them blessings from the heaven and the earth, but they belied (the Messengers). So We took them (with punishment) for what they used to earn (polytheism and crimes, etc.)

  • Key to having barakh (increasing and lasting): taqwa

“…and you may think…”

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Bismilah,

“Fighting is ordained for you, even though it is hateful to you. But it may well be that you hate a thing while it is good for you, and it may well be that you love a thing while it is bad for you. God knows, whereas you do not know.” (Surat alBaqarah: 216)

Why can we not appreciate this ayah? SubhanAllah, as human’s we think *we* make the best decisions! We think anything *we* plan out is the way to go and the only way to go! Why can we not look more into what Allah’s qadr holds for us.

Many times, we plan out life the way our small minds are capable of imagining it. We often times hating making a plan B because we don’t want plan A to fail.

What i love about this ayah is how it connects back with Allah won’t burden you with what you cannot bear. The ayah talks about fighting, but this ayah gives a general meaning as well. At the time, the people may have dreaded what was decreed upon them, knowing little of its benefit, but Allah shows how He would not push beyond what their human nature allowed them to do…

Have you ever been in a situation where you dreaded every moment thinking “wow this couldn’t get worse” Then you come later on to see the blessings and benefit that came out of it? Or sometimes you think “wow this is great…” then it turns into a disaster? Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala is the best of planners, we just cannot comprehend where the good is and where the evil is.

What makes this ayah so amazing is how Islam nurtures a person, to rely purely on Allah, to make decisions, and think only well of the outcome. Also, this motivates us to take certain extents when doing something, because you know that the best outcome will be awaiting you! SubhanAllah, it teaches you how to put your desires aside (quite hard) but is probably better than ending up in pain and greif over what went wrong.

So i guess, you just gotta accept to submit to what Allah has willed for you, in the end, it is the best! This is what will revive you and keep you optimistic. Smile. Just smile 🙂

You Have No Excuse

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Bismilah,

I was just going through my Journey of Faith notes, mashaAllah, it was a great time! I want to post up pics and random things but i will just go ahead with this lecture i heard :). (these are my notes…i am adding some of my reflections to them)

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You Have No Excuse

by: Shaykh Alaa Elsayed

Have you noticed how we as muslims how we have made the Quran something usless and a burden to ourselves. We open the mushaf once a year. Take it off the shelf and blow the dust away…when ramadan comes! We then sometimes use it as ‘barakah’ and think some sort of ‘good luck’ perhaps will come out of it.

There are various ways we tend to abandon the Quran:

1) Abandoning listening to it

When Shaykh Alaa said this, i was imagining how sometimes we cannot leave our homes without our cell phone/ipod/any sort of itouch…but the Quran isn’t always there in our pocket. How many of us have only like 60 tracks of quran and 29820 tracks of so called ‘nasheeds’.

When we go quran-less we go lifeless. We can’t and should NOT go a day without listening to it.

One tip we should all try to practice is have a notebook with two sections. Begin reading the quran from surat al fatiha, and in one section write the ‘Commands’ and the next section write the ‘Prohibitions’. Go through the notebook and try to implement them.

2) Abandoning the Command

2) Abandoning Contemplating

How many of us read through the ayahs so quickly you forget what the ayah was before or what surah you are even in. We just want to ‘get it over with’. To taste the halawah of the quran, we have to go in depth. Learn/implement what you are reading! Try to read the translation and go into word analysis. There is an ayah saying ‘and do they not contemplate the Quran’.

The first word revealed was ‘Iqraa’ – read! Why is it that?

Surat alFatiha, we ask from Allah to ‘guide us the straight path’. 5 ayah’s later in surat al Baqarah ‘and this is the book *guidence* for the people!’

Hmm!

5) Thinking about the Future

We always think of the quran as if it was sent for those ‘scholars. Indeed it was sent for YOU!

So try to take care of the Quran. Don’t pull it off the shelf once a year, try to complete it ONCE a month. Or complete reading/understanding a SURAH a month!

Wallahu ta’ala alam

Side note: what we can benefit from this:

Ramadan is only 15 or so days away inshaAllah! I think a good thing is to start taking time out of your dedicating it soley to Quran. Try to finish around 20 or pages a day from now, so you are prepared and ready for Ramadan.