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.
…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.)
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…”