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.
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,
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…”