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The Mind Barracks

I am forever engaged in an internal struggle

I’ve enlisted my thoughts to join the battle

To serve as soldiers against the ones that have gone astray

To eliminate the fray

It may be that I am guaranteed victory

Because my Lord says he is with  me

The Believer

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The Real McCoy

As Salaamu Alaikum,

it’s so good to be back.  I hope I’ve been missed, if not that’s cool too.  It’s been maybe 3 or 4 days since my last posting.   I had an unsettling weekend which was only beneficial in inspiring the previous post.  It was great to use that negative energy to crank out my last rant.  But, when I tried to return to the regular “lemme tell you what I know” blogging mode, I got stuck.  My fingers refused to move, and my brain simply said, “forget you.” And that was that.

Alhamdulilah my brain fart has passed.  I’m stationed back in front of my monitor, ignorantly large cup of tea in my hand, ready to go. 

Since I’ve had a few days to reflect, I’ve come to a tremendous realization.  That is that the Qur’an is the real deal.  Not that I ever doubted it.  It’s just that every time I find myself in a rut, I open it up, start reading, and Wa La!  There, within its pages, lies a wealth of knowledge, a panacea.  There is no ailment known to mankind that Allah hasn’t provided a cure for.  The healing starts between the covers of His book. 

Now I’m going to assume that my Muslim readers already know this.  However if you aren’t Muslim and you happen to be reading, know that this is no hoax.  I don’t pussyfoot around on my blog.  I only speak from my own actualities.  In my last post I complained of small-fry annoyances that irked me over the weekend.  Let me inform you that I’ve been through hellish situations in comparison to those minor irritations.  The wisdom I’ve found in the Qur’an  has pulled me out of them all.  If you don’t believe me try it for yourself.  I challenge you to grab a copy of the Meaning of the Qur’an in your native language and read it.  Approach it with an open mind, and sincere intentions on seeking the truth.  I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.  You know what they say…”ain’t nothing like the real thing baby.”

On that note I’m going to end this.  I’ve challenged you all, and I’d love to see who actually takes me up on it.  Please do comment below or tweet me @UmmQamar and let me know your thoughts.  You don’t stand to lose anything from reading a book.

The Beauty of Faith

“Mommy how do you build a house?”

There it was, the perfect opportunity for me to finally say something profound and memorable to my son.  Every parent wants to be thought of as wise and knowledgeable by ones children.  So I leaned my head thoughtfully to one side and said…”Well, I guess you have to pour the foundation first.”  Wonk, wonk, I know I should have come a lot harder than that, but the kid put me on the spot.  Although my answer wasn’t as meaningful as I wanted it to be, it sufficed.

Solid foundations are the essential building blocks of life.  There is no situation, structure, or system, that can withstand the blunt force blows dealt to us by life without a firm foundation.  Within our own family units we refer to the strongest member of the household as the “rock” of the family.  The rock is the individual that everyone leans on for support.  Without that individual the family is likely to crumble under the stress of today’s societal woes. If you’re having difficulty  distinguishing who the rock is in your home, don’t worry there is somewhere else you can turn to for solace.

You can look within yourself.  But be careful, introspection is only useful when you have Faith.  I don’t mean the kind of faith that you have in your favorite basketball team or American Idol contestant, I mean faith in God.  The one and only true God.  As far as the Muslim is concerned we should have a clear understanding of Tawheed(to single out Allah as the one and only God worthy of worship).  We attribute complete lordship to Allah.  We direct all acts of worship to Allah, and we recognize that Allah has the most beautiful and unique names and attributes.  When we have a firm grasp on all aspects of Tawheed and actually put those concepts into practice, then we can turn to ourselves for solutions.  A person who is well-rounded in their belief of Allah is better equipped to handle the curveballs that life pitches.

Now, of course I refrained from giving that whole synopsis to my four-year old son.  Something tells me he would have found more pleasure in playing with Thomas the Tank engine, than in listening to mommy babble about faith.  Needless to say I do talk to my son about God.  I try to explain in kid friendly language that God exists, he’s always watching us, and that he should be our only go to guy for supplications.  I’ll let Bob the Builder explain all the ins and outs of home construction, I’m sure he’d do a much better job.

Hadith of the Day

Purity is half of faith...

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Today you’re going to get a double dose of Ahadith.  The topic is extremely important to all Muslims and I hope that you all find it beneficial.

Without further ado…

1. Malik recorded that Abu Hurayrah said that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said:

“When a Muslim or the believing servant performs Wudu’ and washes his face, every sin that he looked at with his eyes will depart from his face with the water, or with the last drop of water.  When he washes his hands, every sin that his hands committed will depart from his hands with the water, or with the last drop of water.  When he washes his feet , every sin to which his feet took him will depart with the water, or with the last drop of water.  Until, he ends up sinless.

This has been recorded in Al-Muwatta 1:32 and also by Muslim 1:215

2. Muslim recorded that Abu Malik Al-Ash’ari said that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said:

“Purity is half of faith and Al-Hamdu Lillah (all thanks are due to Allah) fill the Mizan (scale). And  Subhan Allah and Allahu Akbar (all praise is due to Allah, and Allah is the Most Great) fills what is between the heaven and the earth.  As-Sawm (the fast) is a Junnah (shield), Sabr (patience) is a light, Sadaqah (charity) is evidence (of faith) and the Qur’an is proof for, or against you.  Every person goes out in the morning and ends up selling himself, he either frees his soul or destroys it.

This has been recorded by Muslim 1:204

These Ahadtih where taken from Tafsir Ibn Kathir Vol.3

The statement cleanliness is next to Godliness does hold some wieght.  We should take care to guard our Wudu the same way we guard our salah.  It would be a shame to perform salah 5-17  times a day and none of them be excepted due to an invalid Wudu.  In Sha Allah this little note served as a reminder to you all and myself.

As Salaamu Alaikum,

Umm Qamar

“The Deen is not a Game…

…and Allah is not playing with us.”  So why are we playing with him?  Why do we take the wrath of Allah lightly?  Do we think we are invincible?  Allah (SWT) warns us in the Qur’an of this dangerous game that we play when he says:

وَٱلۡعَصۡرِ (١) إِنَّ ٱلۡإِنسَـٰنَ لَفِى خُسۡرٍ (٢) إِلَّا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ وَعَمِلُواْ ٱلصَّـٰلِحَـٰتِ وَتَوَاصَوۡاْ بِٱلۡحَقِّ وَتَوَاصَوۡاْ بِٱلصَّبۡرِ (٣)

“By Al’ Asr (the time).  Verily, man is in loss.  Except those who believe and do righteous good deeds, and recommend one another to the truth, and recommend one another to patience.” (103:1-3)

Allah swears by time, so you know this is a serious matter.  We are all a people lost.  If we aren’t conscious of our deeds, know that surely Allah is.  Speaking from experience I know it’s easy to lose track of yourself.  It may be your intention to perform a good deed fisibilillah, but you end up sidetracked.  The Shaytan presents you with a matter that is more pressing.  This happens to me more than I should like to admit.  I make plans to sit and read Qur’an, then I remember that thing I have to do.  Or maybe I’ll have plans to devote some time to studying Arabic, but I can’t seem to free myself from the overly consuming tasks that clutter my day.  This is a vicious cycle that needs to be put to death.

We know that we do not control time.  Yet we walk around donning S’s on our chests thinking that we can avoid our outcome.  This simply isn’t true.  Perhaps you meet death with the very next step you take.  Are you prepared? Have you utilized  this loan of time, that Allah has given you out of his mercy, to the best of your abilities.  Like our Prophet (SAW) said: “What have you prepared for it?”  It being the Day when you will stand in front of your maker.  Did you really worship your Lord the way he should be worshipped?  Or were you just playing around?  Taking your deen for a joke.  To impart the words of a local Imam- “the deen is not a game, and Allah is not playing with us.”  This serves as a reminder for myself to dedicate the hours of my day to what is more beneficial to me,  dhikr Allah.  My last breath could escape my body at anytime.  Trust me I want to be prepared.

(Quote taken from the Jumua khutba given by brother Aqueel Ingram, the Imam of Dar ul Hadeeth, in Washington, D.C.)

Haraam police or sincere advisors?

You're in trouble now

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Taneem ad-Dari (RA) said:

The Prophet (SAW) said (3x) “The religion is naseeha (sincerity and sincere advice).”

We said, “To whom?”

He said, “To Allah, His Book, His Messenger, and to the leaders of the Muslims and the general people.” (Saheeh Muslim No. 55)

So many times I find myself in the position of being advised. Let me be totally honest in saying that many of these times I did not graciously accept the advice.  In all actuality I took offense and tried to defend my actions, even when I was in the wrong.  You see we all have this little inner voice; you can call it your ego, or pride or what have you.  Whatever you call it we should(myself included) learn how to silence it.  Lest we find ourselves imitating Shaytan in his arrogant mannerisms.

I mean think about it.  In most situations the people who take the time out to advise us when they see us erring are the ones who truly care about us.  People like our parents, other family members, and our brothers and sisters in Islam.  These good people are only trying to guide us, as opposed to those who sit back and say nothing. These naysayers may even partake in our evil deeds. Ask yourself,  who really has your best interest?

In the spirit of enjoining the good and forbidding the evil we should all try to look out for each other.   It’s a highly effective concept, because while you gently remind others, you yourself are reminded to do good. That brings me to an ayah that I came across in the Qur’an.

   وَذَكِّرۡ فَإِنَّ ٱلذِّكۡرَىٰ تَنفَعُ ٱلۡمُؤۡمِنِينَ  

“And remind (by preaching the Qur’an O Muhammad(SAW)) for verily, the reminding profits the believers.” (Adh-Dhariyat:55)

Indeed the speech of Allah is the best speech, and he knows what is best for his servants.  So the next time you find yourself being prompted to remember Allah(SWT) by one of your peers, or a friend, or maybe by a complete stranger online, think twice before you put your dukes up!

“The religion is naseeha…”

The First Revelation

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

In the Name of Allah the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

Picture an intense darkness, a soul retching darkness.  A middle aged man shivers in the corner; the damp air, the unrecognizable objects looming in the midst of the blackness that surrounds him dare not interrupt him.  He’s come seeking answers.  Only the solitude of a cave far away from the distractions of men can facilitate him. In that cave a few miles outside of Mecca, the most enlightening event known to mankind occurred. These words were revealed to Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him):

ٱقۡرَأۡ بِٱسۡمِ رَبِّكَ ٱلَّذِى خَلَقَ (١) خَلَقَ ٱلۡإِنسَـٰنَ مِنۡ عَلَقٍ (٢) ٱقۡرَأۡ وَرَبُّكَ ٱلۡأَكۡرَمُ (٣)

 ٱلَّذِى عَلَّمَ بِٱلۡقَلَمِ (٤) عَلَّمَ ٱلۡإِنسَـٰنَ مَا لَمۡ يَعۡلَمۡ (٥)

(Al Alaq: 1-5)

Read: In the name of thy Lord Who createth, (1) Createth man from a clot. (2) Read: And thy Lord is the Most Bounteous, (3) Who teacheth by the pen, (4) Teacheth man that which he knew not. (5)

The power of these words spoken to an otherwise illiterate man is insurmountable.  There is no need to explain my love affair with reading, writing, and seeking knowledge.  While I am no student of knowledge, the thirst that I have for learning is insatiable.  Allah has commanded man many times over in the Qur’an to exercise our minds.  To ascertain an understanding of the signs that he’s bestowed upon us.  Thus the need for this blog arises.

I would like to invite you all (assuming I have followers) to embark on a journey with me.  I’ve decided to use this platform as a means to calling to true Islam and I’m going to need some partners in crime. So are you down?

“The ability to read awoke inside me some long dormant craving to be mentally alive.”
– Autobiography of Malcolm X, 1964