When the shooting star passed by…

All praise is due to Allah swt, Lord of the worlds and May His peace and blessings be upon His final prophet and Messenger, Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam.

A curtain moved and the prophet ﷺ looked through.

Satisfaction smiled on his face and he went away.

Little time passed by,
An angel knocked on the door.
Permission was enquired “Peace be upon you! May I take your soul?”
The reply came “What of my people? Go ask my Lord!”
An oath was made and his soul was taken away…

Stillness fell…

Deafening silence was heard.

Despite the sun, anguish rained.

Darkness clouded the mind.

Thunder struck at the heart and emptiness was claimed.

The tunnel was blocked and no light came through.

A source of guidance was taken away!

Anger reared its head, but fear reigned above all.

Sadness filled the air.

Sorrow seeped through and grief walled in.

Mourning in shock, no tear fell.

Then prayer time came and wailing teared the companions apart.

Souls crushed…

Senses lost…

Tortured, yet their conviction persevered.

Years passed and times changed,
But to Muhammad’s memory, faithfulness they attained.

Mesmerised in the stories they told,
But emotional at how it unfold.

Tears flowed and misery attacked.

Though heartache was sustained,
In their thoughts, his promise remained.
You will (surely) be with those whom you love. (Aw kama qaal ﷺ)

SALLALLAHU ALAYHI WASALLAM

All praise is due to Allah swt at the beginning and at the end.

May you be rewarded for visiting my page and May we all benefit. Ameen

The Katibah.

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Why do you wish to break me when Allah has created me free?! 

Building a Connection

All praise is due to Allah ﷻ, Lord of the worlds and May His peace and blessings be upon His final prophet and messenger, Muhammad ﷺ.

Once in Madinah during the time of Rasulullah ﷺ, a companion, Aws bin Samit (rd) became displeased with his wife, Khowla bint Tha’labah (rd) and gave her a talaaq-e-zihaar. This was a type of divorce which was issued in the time of ignorance. The husband would say “You are to me like the back of my mother”. These words likened his relationship with his wife to his relationship with his mother and made his wife forbidden to him forever. Even after marrying another man, the wife would not be able to ever remarry her first husband again.

Khowla bint Tha’labah (rd) was an old woman and no longer at an age to remarry. Any person can imagine how distressed she must have felt and as was the habit of the companions, she ran to Rasulullah ﷺ with her problem.

Rasulullah ﷺ was residing at Aishah’s (rd) house at the time. Khowla (rd) came and said; “Oh Rasulullah ﷺ! My husband has given me a talaaq-e-zihaar. What do you command”?

Until this time, Rasulullah ﷺ had not received any revelation related to the matter and so he said; “Oh Khowla! You have become forbidden for him”. This was the ruling according to the customs of the time.

Upon hearing this reply, Khowla (rd) pleaded; “Oh Rasulullah ﷺ! He spent my wealth, exhausted my youth and my womb bore abundantly for him. When I became old and unable to bear children, he pronounced zihaar on me. Where shall I go and how will my children do their living?”

But once again Rasulullah ﷺ replied; “Oh Khowla! You have become forbidden for him.” She pleaded again; “Oh Rasulullah ﷺ! Please review your answer”. But Rasulullah ﷺ realised that Khowla (rd) was not going to listen so he bowed his head and did not reply.

Khowla (rd) saw this and so she said; “Oh Rasulullah ﷺ! I will complain directly to your lord”! She raised her hands to the heavens and she spoke quietly to Allah ﷻ; “Oh Allah! I bring my complaint directly to you. I have small children. I do not have the strength or money to feed them. Nor can I rely on their father as he has also become old. Oh Allah! Send a decision in my favour on your prophet’s tongue”. Suddenly the signs of revelation being revealed were noted on Rasulullah ﷺ and once he was relieved, he smiled; “Oh Khowla! Allah has revealed in regards to you and your husband.

Allah ﷻ revealed;

Indeed Allah has heard the talk of the woman who was debating with you concerning her husband and was complaining to Allah. And Allah was hearing the conversation between you both. Verily, Allah is All-Hearing, All-Seeing.

(Surah Mujadalah, verse 1)

Subhanallah! The connection that Khowla (rd) had with Allah ﷻ speaks directly to my soul. Just try to imagine yourself in the presence of Rasulullah ﷺ. How fortunate would that person be! No person would even think of asking anyone else for confirmation of what was said. Yet here was Khowla (rd). She was a woman and she was old. But her connection with Allah ﷻ was so strong that when she realised that Rasulullah ﷺ was not going to listen to her, she turned to Allah ﷺ. Not because she did not believe in Rasulullah ﷺ. But because she knew that Allah ﷻ answered the prayer of the person in distress.

In Surah Ghafir, Allah ﷻ says;

And your Lord says, “Call upon Me; I will respond to you.”

But when will Allah ﷻ respond?

He will “respond” when you believe in Him. When your conviction in Him is so strong that be it in a time of need or not, you know that Allah ﷻ is there for you. When you believe without a doubt, that He is forever present.

Take a look at Khowla (rd). What did she do that made her so special, that Allah ﷻ revealed the Qur’aan to Rasulullah ﷺ in response to her call. The only thing that she did was ask Allah ﷻ to reveal a ruling in her favour with conviction in her heart.

Khowla (rd) spoke to Allah ﷻ. She prolonged her call. She beautified her speech like she was talking to her lover. She did not just simply say “Oh Allah! Give me this!” She knew that Allah ﷻ knew. But she was pleading her case in the court of Allah ﷻ and in response, Allah ﷻ revealed the Qur’aan. How truly amazing is that! Khowla (rd) made one plea to Allah ﷻ. Just one plea!

In a narration, Aishah (rd) says; “Pure is He, whose hearing encompasses all things. I heard what Khowla bint Tha’labah said about her husband while some of it I could not hear despite being so close to her in the same room, but Allah ﷻ heard her all her conversation and said; “Indeed, Allah has heard…”

Subhanallah! Allah ﷻ is All-Hearing, All-seeing. Allah ﷻ truly is the one who hears your plea, who hears your cry for help. He really is the only one who will not break your heart. When you call Him lovingly, when you call to Him in distress, when you talk to Him like there is no one else that you love more than Him, He will answer your call. And if you feel that Allah ﷻ has not answered your call, don’t feel disheartened. Just think that Allah ﷻ wants you to talk to Him for longer. Don’t demand from Allah ﷻ. He is not the one who is in need of us. Talk to Him! Plead with Him. Beg Him. Cry to Allah ﷻ. Plant your seed of hope in your prayers and see the miracles that grow in your life!

The key point to this lesson is we have to build a connection with Allah ﷻ if we want him to respond to our call and there is no better time to do this than in the month of Ramadhaan.

In a hadeeth, Rasulullah ﷺ says;

“When Ramadhaan begins, the gates of Paradise are opened, and the gates of Hell are closed, and the devils are chained up.”

(al-Bukhaari, 3277; Muslim, 1079)

Here is a golden opportunity. We have to take advantage of it. We have to build a connection with Allah ﷻ today. We cannot wait for tomorrow. Who has been promised the next minute, let alone tomorrow? We cannot wait around for next Ramadhaan. Who knows whether we will even see next Ramadhaan? There is only about a week left of Ramadhaan. How many of us can say that we have truly connected with Allah ﷻ in this month? How many of us can say that without a doubt we will not turn back to our old ways because our connection with Allah ﷻ is stronger than before?

Build a connection with Allah ﷻ before it’s too late. No one needs to know how you’re building your connection. That is between you and Allah ﷻ. All you need to remember is that it does not have to be something great. Start small. Give charity. Recite the Qur’aan more often. Stand up for the night pray. Anything. Just as long as you are doing something.

I know that this is easier said than done. We face obstacles in our path in the form of our own wishes and desires. We all have our ups and downs. But that’s ok. That’s life. We’re bound to have a bumpy ride. But as long as we are trying to connect with Allah ﷻ, we will Insha Allah be getting somewhere.

A wise person once said;

“The path to Allah ﷻ is long. It is not important that you reach the end. What is important is that you are on this path when you die.”

All praise is due to Allah ﷻ at the beginning and at the end.

May you be rewarded for visiting and May we all benefit. Ameen.

The Katibah.

Resources used:

Ma’riful Quran
Tafseer Ibn Katheer

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The gate of my heart

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A soul so lost, even the hearts become cold. Those of you who understand will understand. Those of you that don’t, it’s something which is hard to explain. It’s a bit like being disconnected from wifi. Except a million times worse.

May we all find our way back to Allah. Allahumma aslih quloobana. Ameen.

The Katibah.

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Oh Allah purify our hearts. Ameen

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Oh Allah fix the Muslim Youth. Ameen.

7 steps in Shaban for Ramadhan

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To be accepted by Allah ﷻ

All praise is due to Allah ﷻ, Lord of the worlds and May His peace and blessings be upon His final prophet and messenger, Muhammad ﷺ.

Subhanallah! I came across this today and had to share. Bought tears to my eyes. May Allah ﷻ accept all of us. Ameen.

HAVE HOPE IN THE MERCY OF ALLAH ﷻ – never stop praying – My Story.

My 67 year old father spent his life as a British non-Muslim. He sadly passed away in January 2016 from Cancer. Alhamdulillah I, his only child, was shown the light of Islam, the Haqq, 12 years ago. Sometime ago, when he was told by medics that nothing further could be done, I felt the huge need to speak to him about deen, praying that Allah ﷻ would open his heart. I had always included my parents in my duas – imagine how hard it is for us reverts to know those who raised and nurtured us are devoid from the peace and tranquillity that Islam instils in us – and that they may be excluded from the wonders we are told await us in Jannah (should we attain it, through Allah ﷻ’s blessings alone).

I asked Allah ﷻ for the courage to approach the topic, aware of dad expressing he didn’t even want to think or talk about death. He was a closed book and very private. I asked Allah ﷻ to give me the appropriate words and remove any impediment from my speech, to help me through good character to show him Islam is not the harsh, oppressive and militant faith as wrongly seen by many non-Muslims.  We talked – he listened openly. I told dad I’ll return back to the conversation when ‘his time comes’ and he agreed. Dad had broadly Christian beliefs although not practising, he believed in One God.

I received a call from the hospital in Manchester some months later saying dad had been admitted and not expected to last the night. It was expected, he’d lost his appetite, was sleeping a lot and in acute pain – also suffering from other undignified issues symptomatic of his illness.

I made 2 rakat and rushed alone to the hospital, praying I was afforded the opportunity to speak to him one last time. Partially for selfish reasons – how could I live with myself thereafter if I had ‘bottled it’ – losing my nerve and final opportunity to invite Dad to become Muslim.

Alhumdulillah I made it and had to ask relatives and doctors for five minutes privacy with him.  I was frightened everyone would think it highly unethical to put pressure on a dying man, but I had to pray and trust in Allah ﷻ that he would find a way. Allah ﷻ had never ever let me down, He loves it when we call upon Him in need.

Dad was distressed, I held his hand and thanked him for being a wonderful Dad and I talked to him about death. I said if he wanted to stay and try and fight it, that’s ok and if he wanted to let go, that’s okay too, as Allah has prepared a beautiful place away from the pain and suffering of the world, where we can all be together and that all he had to do was believe – in one God and His Prophet’s and I named Moses and Jesus and citing Prophet Muhammad ﷺ as the last and final messenger.  Dad had on an oxygen mask and was in and out of consciousness, so Allah put in my heart to say ‘You believe Dad don’t you?’, thus he could affirm in his heart what I was saying. I repeatedly recited shahada in English and Arabic and Dad had settled and looked at peace. After about fifteen minutes the doctors confirmed his passing.

So Dad died, I was left feeling elated instead of sad, which shocked me, but in my heart I had an overwhelming feeling Dad died with Imaan. I prayed rakat after rakat asking for signs, so I could know what to do next. Could I pray for him? Could he have a janazah?  Etc. etc.  Then the signs came.

Firstly the hospital said he’d need a post mortem which I was unhappy about.  Alhamdulillah the Coroner overruled them and Dad was not put through this experience.

The family wanted Dad cremated in Manchester (like his own parents) but when we found his will, he hadn’t specified a preference, so I was able to request a burial being the legal next of kin.

An insightful and wise sister (may Allah ﷻ reward her) suggested I should have Dad buried in Dewsbury, where I live. In the Muslim section. It sounds obvious, but imagine the barriers for a quietly spoken lone female to go against the grain and suggest such a thing to Dad’s family, all non-Muslim. Remarkably and only through the will and Mercy of Allah ﷻ, they agreed.  Bearing in mind I myself had no proof of Dad taking an audible shahada, just a strong positive feeling – but I could see Allah ﷻ was removing obstacles and making the impossible unfold before me, answering my istikharah.

So alhamdulillah Dad had janazah and is buried as a Muslim. Without ever having fasted or prayed and it is the most humbling experience to feel that this is a Mercy to me, removing that eternal worry about my Dad’s akhirah.

But the story doesn’t end there.

A few weeks later, my husband when to tend to Dad’s grave. To the immediate right of Dad’s grave were several mourners, upon asking, he was told that the notable luminary the Respected Hafiz Sahib Patel had been buried there. Not logical as their janazah’s had been 6 weeks apart and the plots in front, to the side and even behind had been filled. So, to me, that was my proof of Allah ﷻ’s acceptance.

Although my Dad did not have the years of dedicated service to Islam, the years’ worth of inspiring others so wonderfully, and the other tremendous virtuous act’s, the two are immediate neighbours in their resting places. I have hope Dad died sinless (as a new Muslim). Please make dua both, Hafiz Sahib and my Dad, enter Jannatul firdous without reckoning. Ameen.

Please can I ask a small favour to anyone visiting Hafez Sahib’s graveside, please also say a prayer for my Dad, Michael, and pray Allah ﷻ guides all our loved ones to Islam and keeps us on the straight path. Ameen thumma ameen. Revert sister (Dewsbury)

Allah ﷻ says in His glorious Qur’aan;

And Allah ﷻ invites to the Home of Peace (i.e. Paradise- A place free from sorrow, calamities, losses or troubles) and guides whom He wills to a straight path.

10:25

All praise is due to Allah ﷻ at the beginning and at the end.

May you be rewarded for visiting my page and we all benefit. Ameen.

The Katibah.

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