The Diamond Mine
By Umm Qamar
If only you knew,
How I cherish you,
Place you on a pedestal
Above the rest
May you be blessed
As time goes by,
I’m going to try,
To reveal what’s hidden in me,
I want you to see
Your loves labor was not lost,
By Allah, like delicate green moss
I reach towards the light
To gaze upon the visage of my Lord, in all his might
I praise him for the gift of you,
And hold this word to be true,
That paradise lies at your feet,
By the will of Allah, amidst gardens we’ll meet
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.
This poem was published by the Muslim Matters Blog. You can click here to read it.
My Thoughts on Surah At-Taghabun, The Mutual Loss and gain
As Salaamu Alaikum everyone. I have some great news. I’ve just discovered the secret to success.
Actually it’s not a discovery. Allah (SWT) gives us the keys to a fruitful life and afterlife many times over in His book. You all have read the Qur’an or the meaning of it at least a few times, so this knowledge is nothing new. You see Allah speaks simultaneously in the Qur’an about winners and losers. He says:
يَوۡمَ يَجۡمَعُكُمۡ لِيَوۡمِ ٱلۡجَمۡعِۖ ذَٲلِكَ يَوۡمُ ٱلتَّغَابُنِۗ وَمَن يُؤۡمِنۢ بِٱللَّهِ وَيَعۡمَلۡ صَـٰلِحً۬ا يُكَفِّرۡ عَنۡهُ سَيِّـَٔاتِهِۦ وَيُدۡخِلۡهُ جَنَّـٰتٍ۬ تَجۡرِى مِن تَحۡتِہَا ٱلۡأَنۡهَـٰرُ خَـٰلِدِينَ فِيہَآ أَبَدً۬اۚ ذَٲلِكَ ٱلۡفَوۡزُ ٱلۡعَظِيمُ
“(And remember) the Day when He will gather you (all) on the Day of Gathering, that will be the Day of mutual loss and gain (i.e. loss for the disbelievers as they will enter the Hell-fire and gain for the believers as they will enter Paradise). And whosoever believes in Allah and performs righteous good deeds, He will expiate from him his sins, and will admit him to Gardens under which rivers flow (Paradise) to dwell therein forever; that will be the great success.” (64:9)
Subhanallah, there clear as day, are the first two steps.
Believe in Allah. That is believe in the oneness of Allah; and know in your heart that only He is worthy of worship.
Perform righteous good deeds. If you believe in Him wholeheartedly, you’ll want to please him with your actions, right?
Easy enough. So what are the third and fourth steps? Don’t worry Allah never leaves his servants hanging. He tells us:
فَٱتَّقُواْ ٱللَّهَ مَا ٱسۡتَطَعۡتُمۡ وَٱسۡمَعُواْ وَأَطِيعُواْ وَأَنفِقُواْ خَيۡرً۬ا لِّأَنفُسِڪُمۡۗ وَمَن يُوقَ شُحَّ نَفۡسِهِۦ فَأُوْلَـٰٓٮِٕكَ هُمُ ٱلۡمُفۡلِحُونَ
“So keep your duty to Allah and fear Him as much as you can; listen and obey, and spend in charity; that is better for yourselves. And whosoever is saved from his own covetousness, then they are the successful ones.” (64:16)
Look how merciful Allah is. He advises us with precise language. How could we fail with such guidance?
3. Fear Allah, meaning listen to and obey Him.
4. Spend your wealth wisely by giving charity. That’s a no brainer. Allah (SWT) has blessed us with innumerable bounties. The least we could do is give back.
There you have it, the dalil (proof) that Allah only wants the best for his slaves. He gives us elementary, fool-proof directions on how to attain greatness. The only question is… “Will we choose to be winners or losers?”
As Salaamu Alaikum and much love,
As salaamu alaikum
I have to share with you all my favorite hadith. I read this Hadith Qudsi whenever I’m in need of a reminder of the mercy of Allah.
Hadith Qudsi 15: On the authority of Abu Harayrah (may Allah be pleased with him), who said that the Prophet (PBUH) said: Allah the Almighty said:
I am as My servant thinks I am (1). I am with him when he makes mention of Me. If he makes mention of Me to himself, I make mention of him to Myself; and if he makes mention of Me in an assembly, I make mention of him in an assembly better than it. And if he draws near to Me an arm’s length, I draw near to him a fathom’s length. And if he comes to Me walking, I go to him at speed.
(1) Another possible rendering of the Arabic is: “I am as My servant expects Me to be”. The meaning is that forgiveness and acceptance of repentance by the Almighty is subject to His servant truly believing that He is forgiving and merciful. However, not to accompany such belief with right action would be to mock the Almighty.
It was related by al-Buhkari (also by Muslim, at-Tirmidhi and Ibn-Majah).
Alhamdulilah. By the mercy and grace of Allah there is no affliction that can affect us, but that it cannot be solved with supplication. I don’t know about you, but that makes me feel a heck of a lot better about navigating through this jungle of a dunya we live in.