Prevention of the Qur’an

Someone asked sheikh Muhammad Mukhtar Shinqeeti; “Many days pass without me reading anything from the Quran. Is this considered hajr (boycotting) the Quran?”
He said, 

“This is considered hirman (prevention), and what is prevention? It is when you find that many days pass you and you haven’t recited anything from the Quran. Then cry for yourself! For by Allah! A slave is not prevented from an act of obedience except that it is an indication of his distance from Allah. So when you find the days passing you by and Allah’s Book has no portion of it, or the hours of its nights and days, then cry for yourself and ask Allah for wellbeing (in eman), and throw yourself before Allah sincerely asking forgiveness, because that (condition) is not due to anything except a sin between you and Allah.”


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

Ramadhan Daily – Qur’aan The Ultimate…


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Hell- That Subject We All Avoid!

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.

The subject I am going to talk about today is one that we all wish to avoid. We love talking about the nice things in life and we love thinking about the happy endings. But we were sent on to this earth, we were given this life, as a test from Allah ﷻ and this is something we tend to forget, especially when we get into our busy life styles.

Allah ﷻ says in the Qur’aanul Kareem:

And I did not create Jinn and Mankind except to worship Me. (51:56)

The result of every test is either good or bad and in regards to our religious matters; if the outcome is good then we will spend the rest of our hereafter in Jannah (Paradise). But if the outcome is bad then, Allah forbid, we will spend eternity in the fire of Jahannam (Hell). We seek protection in Allah ﷻ from the punishments of the hereafter.

One of the best ways to remember the purpose of our life is to think about Jannah and Jahannam because this is something that will always keep us on track.


By remembering that Jannah is our goal and Jahannam is something that we are have not been created for and is something that we need to avoid.

A Saheeh hadith reported by At-Tirmidhi narrated on the authority of Abu Hurairah (Rd) that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said:

“When Allah created Paradise and Hell, He sent Jibraeel (As) to Paradise and said, ‘Look at it and at what I have prepared for its people therein.’ So he went and looked at it and at what Allah had prepared for its people therein. Then he went back to Him and said, ‘By Your Glory, no one will hear of it but he will enter it.’(Meaning its pleasures, its comforts, its enjoyments and its untold blessings are so intense that there will be nobody who, after knowing and believing, will not try their utmost best for admission into it.) Then He commanded that it should be surrounded with difficult things. (Meaning Allah ﷻ then surrounded Jannah with hardships and made it compulsory to display Imaan and Taqwah, perform regular Salaah, give Zakaah, observe fasting during Ramadan, partake in Jihad, perform Hajj, display love for all those around you, obedience to parents etc., as a condition for admission into Jannah)  Then He said, ‘Go back and look at what I have prepared for its people therein.’ Jibraeel (As) went back and saw that it was surrounded with difficult things. He came back and said, ‘By Your Glory, I am afraid that no one will enter it.’ (Meaning hardly anybody will be able to enter it).’ Allah said, ‘Go and look at Hell and see what I have prepared for its people therein.’  (He saw it) with parts of it consuming other parts. He came back and said, ‘By Your Glory, no one who hears of it will enter it.’ (Meaning if anyone comes to know of the conditions in Jahannam they will do everything possible never to go near it).  So Allah commanded that it should be surrounded with desires. (Meaning that Allah ﷻ then surrounded Jahannam with acts of indulgence, such as Shirk, Fitnah, lying and back-biting, adultery and fornication, drinking, cruelty and disrespect towards parents, stealing, Interest, pride and disregard of the Divine Commandments etc.) Then he said, ‘Go back to it.’ So Jibraeel (As) went back, then he said, ‘By Your Glory, I am afraid that no one will be saved from it and that all will enter it.’”

I am not going to relate to you every sinful act that will land a person in the hell-fire.

But Allah ﷻ says in the Qur’aanul Kareem:

And remind, for surely, the reminder profits the believers. (51:55)

The only thing a believer needs to keep himself on the right track is a reminder. He does not need to visualise anything nor does he need to use his other senses to feel anything because a reminder will be enough.

Again, in another place Allah ﷻ mentions:

Verily, We have mentioned every type of example for people in this Qur’aan so that they may take heed. (39:27)

So every type of disobedience that will lead a person towards the wrong path has already been mentioned in the Qur’aan so that we may think over it and we may learn a lesson from it.

The Qur’aan mentions the fire in many different words. For example: Azhanan Naar- Punishment of the Fire, Azhaabal Hareeq- Punishment of the Burning Fire, Azhaabas sa’eer- Punishment of the Flaming Fire, Azhaabal Ja’heem- Punishment of the Blazing Fire and Azhaabas samoom- Punishment of the Scorching Fire.

However, the one thing that all of these have in common is that this Fire is a place of misery and grief and sorrow and it is full of torments and troubles far beyond the imagination of the human being.

Distress, dismay and destruction await the person thrown in and happiness and joy is unknown. Death will be sacrificed in the form of a Ram and so even for a person who wishes for death over Fire will have no hope.

Allah ﷻ says in Surah Ra’d (13), Ayah 35:

The example of Paradise, which the righteous have been promised, is (that) beneath it rivers flow. Its fruit is lasting, and its shade. That is the consequence for the righteous, and the consequence for the disbelievers is the Fire.

In this verse, as in other places, the Fire is compared with the Gardens of Paradise, as Misery is compared with Bliss. We can also imagine other incidents in contrast with those of the Garden, e.g. with the Fire will be drought, waterlessness and thirst, instead of beautiful rivers; pain and suffering, instead of everlasting delight; no protection against the fierceness of the heat, as contrasted with the cool shades ever deepening as you proceed further into Jannah.

Rasulullah ﷺ has said: “Almighty Allah has prepared for His righteous slaves what no eye has seen, and no ear has heard, and no heart has imagined.” (Bukhari, Muslim)

Think for a second, that if the rewards and the blessings of Jannah are such that the human being cannot even begin to imagine what it is like and Jahannam is totally the opposite of Jannah, then what must Jahannam be like? Jahannam in other words, is a place of such suffering and despair that no eye ever seen and no ear has ever heard of and no heart has ever imagined.

It is said that Jahannam was fanned for a thousand years till it became quite red, then it was fanned for a further thousand years till it became white, and then again it was fanned for another thousand years till it became black and it is now at this stage, that the colour of it just black and dark with the redness of its flames.

Allah ﷻ mentions in the Qur’aanul Kareem:

On the Day We shall ask Jahannam, “Are you full?” and it will reply, “Are there any more?” (50:30)

From this verse we understand that on the day of Judgement, when every person that breathed on this earth will have been accounted for and the dwellers of Jahannam will have been thrown in, even then there will be so much space that when asked, Jahannam will ask if there are any more to be thrown in. The mind cannot even begin to comprehend how vast this place must be.

As if the verse is not enough to make one understand how immense Jahannam is, it has been mentioned that there are seventy thousand valleys in Jahannam with seventy six thousand hillocks in each valley.

Amongst them is a valley called Jabal e Hazan from which this section of Jahannam seeks refuge seventy times a day from the intensity of the punishment and the heat.

It has  also been mentioned in the Mishkaat-ul-Masabeeh that the fire of this world that Allah ﷻ blessed humanity with originated from just one single flame of Jahannam that had to be washed seventy times before it was brought down to earth.

Just one drop of the stench of Jahannam is enough to kill the entire human race and the fire, which awaits the dwellers, is seventy times more severe than anything similar to it in this world.

Jahannam, just like Jannah, has seven stages and each stage has its own type of punishment in accordance to the deeds of its inhabitants. This is evident from Surah Hijr (15), Ayah 44 in which Allah ﷻ says;

It (Jahannam) has seven gates, to each gate, therein, belongs an appointed portion of them.

Of these gates, The First is called Jahannam, as Allah ﷻ mentions in many verses in the Qur’aan;

In Surah Tawbah (9), Ayah 81 Allah ﷻ says:

Those who were left behind the Rasool of Allah (who stayed behind in Madinah Munawwarah when Rasulullah ﷺ marched with the Muslim army to Tabook) are pleased with their sitting behind him. They detest striving in Allah’s path with their wealth and their lives, saying (to others and each other), “Do not proceed in the heat!” Tell them! “The fire of Jahannam is much more intense in heat (69 times more intense than the fire of this world).” If only they understood. (If only they understood that the heat of Jahannam is unbearable and everlasting, they would not fear the temporary heat of this world which is bearable.)

The Second Gate is called Lazhaa (The Churning Fire), as Allah ﷻ says in the Qur’aanul Kareem, in Surah Ma’aarij (70) Ayaat 15 and 16;

This will never be! (No ransom will be accepted and none will be made to suffer for another.) The fire shall certainly be the churning fire.

(So hot that it will be capable of easily) Tearing off the scalp.

The Third gate is called Al Hutamah (The Crusher), as mentioned in Surah Humazah (104), from Ayaat 3 to 9. Allah ﷻ says:

He (foolishly) thinks that his wealth will keep him alive forever.

Never! (This will never be so! He will soon have to die and then) He will surely be thrown into the Crusher. (Which crushes everything thrown in)

And what can make you know what is the Crusher?

It is Allah’s kindled fire (of Jahannam)

Which (is so intense, that it even) penetrates the hearts. (The pain of which is much more severe than any other because of the delicate nature of the heart)

Indeed, it (Hellfire) will be closed down upon them (So that they cannot escape).

In extended columns. (The flames of Jahannam will raise high above the people like massive pillars, which they will never be able to pass)

The Fourth Gate is called Sa’eer (The Blazing Fire). Allah ﷻ says in Surah Shuraa (42), Ayah 7:

And in this manner (as We have been sending revelation to you, o Rasulullah ﷺ) did We reveal the Arabic Qur’an to you so that you may warn the (inhabitants of the) Mother of Cities (Makkah) and those around her and so that you may warn them about the Day of gathering (the day of Qiyamah), about which there is no doubt. (Once judgement is passed on the day of Qiyamah,) A group (the Mu’mineen) shall be in Jannah and a group (the Kuffaar) in the Blaze.

Allah also says about the people of Sa’eer in Surah Mulk (67), Ayaat 10 and 11;

And they will say, “If only we had been listening (To the warnings of the Anbiya) or reasoning (Made an effort to understand what the Anbiya told us), we would not be amongst the companions of the Blaze.”
(saying) they will confess their sin (their disbelief), so away with the inhabitants of the Blaze (from Allah’s mercy).

The fifth Gate is called Saqar (the scorching Fire), as Allah says in Surah Muddathir (74), Ayaat 26 to 30:

I will admit him into Saqar.

And what can make you know what is Saqar?

It neither spares (anyone) nor leaves (anyone without injury).

It distorts the body. (It burns away the flesh, scorching the surface of the skin)

Over it are nineteen (angels).

Then again in Surah Muddathir, Ayaat 40 – 47 Allah ﷻ mentions the inhabitants of Saqar. He says:

(Who will be) in gardens, questioning each other,

About the criminals,

(And asking them), “What put you into Saqar?”

They will say, “We were not of those who prayed (Performed Salaah),

Nor did we used to feed the poor.

And we used to be absorbed (in finding ways to oppose Islam) with those who were absorbed,

And we used to deny the Day of Reckoning.

Until there came to us the certainty.” (Only then we realised the error of our ways, but it was too late.)

So there are a total of four things that they were guilty of, which ultimately landed them in this level of the hell:

The First: They did not offer salaah (i.e. prayer)

The Second: They did not feed the poor.
The Third: They used to indulge in falsehood and used it to argue unjustly against the truth.
The Fourth: They used to deny and reject the Day of Resurrection

Hence from this we understand this level of Hell has been made for these people.

The sixth Gate is called Jaheem (the Blazing fire), as Allah ﷻ mentions in Surah Haqqah, Ayaat 30-34. Allah ﷻ says;

(Addressing the angels of punishment, Allah ﷻ will say), “Seize him (one bound for Jahannam) and shackle him.

Then into Hellfire drive him.

Then fasten him in a chain (long) seventy cubits in length.” (A cubit in the Akhirah is immensely longer than a cubit of this world.)

Indeed, he did not used to believe in Allah , the Most Great,

Nor did he encourage the feeding of the poor.

From these verses we are able to understand that Jaheem is for two kinds of people in particular.

The First: He who did not have the correct belief in Allah ﷻ.
The Second: Let alone spending in charity himself and feeding the poor, the person who did not even encourage the feeding of the poor.

The Seventh and last gate is called Al Haawiyah (the Abyss), as Allah says in Surah Qaari’ah, Ayaat 8-11;

But as for one whose scales are light (in good deeds and heavy with evil doings),

His refuge will be the Haawiyah*.

And what can make you know what that is?

It is a Fire, intensely hot.

*In some Ahadeeth it has been mentioned that casting a stone into this pit of Haawiyah will take seventy years to reach its bottom.

As for the foods of Jahannam; Allah ﷻ talks about it in various places in the Qur’aan. Allah ﷻ says in Surah Saaffaat 37, Ayaat 62-68:

Is it (the bounties of Jannah) better hospitality or the tree of Zaqqoom?

We have certainly made it (the tree of Zaqqoom) a test (appointed) for the oppressors.

It (Zaqqoom) is a tree that emerges from the depths of Jahannam.

Its emerging fruits as if it was the heads of the devils.

Certainly, they will eat from it and fill their bellies with.

Thereafter they will have after it a mixture of scalding water.

Then indeed (after eating and drinking), their return will be to the blazing fire (of Jahannam, where the punishment will resume).

So addressing the Kuffaar, who mocked Rasulullah ﷺ by saying that a tree cannot grow in the fire of Jahannam, Allah ﷻ tells them that it is indeed a tree which has grown from the roots of Jahannam and it will be bitter in taste but the inhabitants of Jahannam will be forced to eat it due to their intense hunger. It will be such a tree that will make them feel thirsty and so they will be given boiling hot water to drink which will be so hot that it will tear their intestines to shreds.

Allah ﷻ then mentions in Surah Saad (38), Ayaat 57-58:

This – so let them taste it – is scalding water and Ghassaaq (Pus which will flow from the wounds of the inhabitants after they have been thrown in).

And other (punishments) of its type (in various) kinds.

Then Allah ﷻ says in Surah Dukhaan (44), Ayaat 43-46:

Indeed, the tree of Zaqqoom (like cactus).

Is food for the sinful.

Like murky oil, it boils within the bellies.

Like the boiling of scalding water.

Allah ﷻ then mentions in Surah Waaqi’ah (56), Ayah 93:

He will be served boiling water.

Then in Surah Haqqah (69) Ayaat 35- 37, Allah ﷻ mentions:

So there is not for him here this Day any devoted friend (to assist him)

Nor any food except from Ghisleen ( the pus and blood oozing from the wounds of the people of Jahannam);

None will eat it except the sinners.

Then Allah ﷻ says in Surah Naba’ (78) Ayaat 21-30:

‘Truly Hell is a place of ambush. (where the angels are lying in wait to punish the wrong doers)
For the transgressors a place of return.
They will abide therein for an extremely long period of time.
(without their punishment coming to an end)
They taste therein neither anything cool, Nor any drink.
Except boiling water and ghassaaq.
An exact recompense
(according to their crimes).
Indeed they were not expecting an account.
And adamantly rejected our Ayaat.
We have meticulously recorded everything in the book
(their book of deeds). (So they will not be able to deny anything and will be punished for every sin).
(They will be told) Now Taste (the punishment)! (Do not plead for respite because) We shall increase you only in punishment (your punishment can only get worse, not better).

Then again Allah ﷻ says in Surah Ghaashiyah (88), Ayaat 4-7:

He shall enter the intensely hot fire.

Where he will be given water to drink from a boiling spring.

For them there will be no food except from Daree’ (a poisonous, thorny tree.)

Which will neither nourish (their bodies) nor satisfy (their extreme) hunger.

From these verses we come to know that the foods of hell shall be Zaqqoom, Ghisleen and Daree’ and the drinks will be Hameem and Ghassaaq.

And Allah ﷻ in all his wisdom and might has mentioned in his Qur’aanul Kareem, Surah Ma’idah, Ayah 9;

Allah has promised those who believe and do righteous deeds (that) for them there is forgiveness and great reward.

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

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

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A Sign from Above.

All praise is due to Allah the Almighty, Lord of the worlds and may His peace and blessings be upon His final Prophet and Messenger, Muhammad ﷺ.

And fear a Day when no soul will suffice for another soul at all, and no compensation will be accepted from it, nor will any intercession benefit it, nor will they be aided. [2:123]

Sadly many of us have the illness of prioritising our worldly matters to the point that eventually we begin to neglect our religious duties. We cannot keep up and so regrettably we forget all about them or we begin to ask friends and sometimes even pay people to complete our compulsory worship/ Religious duties for us.

How is it even common sense to think that if a person misses their compulsory acts and asks someone else to perform them for them, they’ll be accepted?

Jannah is earned through each and every persons OWN submission to Allah the Almighty. Had Islam been such a hardship it would never have been sent as a religion for mankind.

Yet Islam has been sent down because as Allah the Almighty mentions in His glorious Qur’aan;

Allah does not burden a soul beyond that it can bear… (2:286)

Therefore if this religion was such a hardship which mankind could not handle then it would never have been sent down as the religion of Allah.

Religion is the right of Allah the Almighty and no worldly matters can be put before him. It is beyond understanding to even think how a person expects Allah the Almighty to prioritise his servant’s affairs when he does not submit to the will of Allah.

Yes! A person can hope in the Mercy of Allah the Almighty. But if the Servant of the Almighty is not willing to do the worship he was created for, then what is the purpose of his life?

Allah the Almighty says:

And I (Allah) created not the Jinn and Mankind except to worship Me (Alone). (51:56)

None of us are perfect but we have all been put on this earth in our best state before Jannah. So in order to gain entry and be a “companion of Paradise”, be that perfect human we are always meant to be, we must all strive to better ourselves by our own intellect and time.

Allah the Almighty says:

But they who believe AND DO RIGHTEOUS DEEDS- those are the companions of Paradise; they will abide therein eternally. (2:82)

Religion is Haqq, it is right and it is true and whatever deviates ones path from it is Batil, it is wrong and it is false. So if we are spending so much time on worldly matters and we are having to ask others to do our worship for us, then know that the path we are taking is Batil.

It is our responsibility to accept our actions and our duty to fulfil our religious affairs. When we have become so busy that we are not able to fulfil the rights of the Almighty, we should understand that this is a sign from above letting us know that we are indulging in this worldly life more than necessary.

Allah the Almighty clearly says in His glorious Qur’aan:

So remember Me, I will remember you. And be grateful to Me and do not deny Me. (2:152)

What the Almighty is trying to tell us? He says, “So remember Me” meaning that we should think of Him by performing Salaah, making Zikr, abiding by the Qur’aan and in all other matters. Then He says “I will remember you”, meaning that He will think of us by rewarding us and fulfilling our needs and blessing us constantly. Then He says “And be grateful to Me and do not deny Me”. In His infinite wisdom and mercy, Allah the Almighty is reminding us that we should be thankful to Him by obeying Him and not be ungrateful by disobeying Him.

How beautiful is it that despite Him knowing that we know what we should be doing, Allah the Almighty through His countless blessings, is still reminding us that He will reward us for our obedience to Him.

And what is this reward?

Allah the Almighty promises:

Surely those who have Imaan and do good deeds, their Lord shall guide them because of their Imaan. They shall have rivers beneath them in the Jannah of Bliss. (10:9)

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

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

The Katibah.

The Fate: Good and Bad.

All praise is for Allah swt alone, lord of the worlds and may his peace and blessings be upon his final prophet and messenger Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam.

Belief in Taqdeer is a principle article of the Islamic faith. This is often a misunderstood concept giving rise to many unanswered questions such as:

a) If destiny has already decreed the final abode of a person then to what avail are his deeds or his supplications to Allah?

b) Many narrations refer to certain actions as a cause of increase in ones wealth, lifespan and also a means of averting calamities. For example Thawban  reports that the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wasallam said, “Verily a man is deprived of a provision (that was written for him) because of a sin that he commits; only supplication changes destiny; and only righteousness can increase the life span.” (Nasai, Ibn Majah) How may this be when everything has been preordained through destiny?

I shall attempt to explain the concept of Taqdeer in a simple and categorical manner.

Firstly, the purpose of mankind’s creation is that we worship Allah the Almighty and we show obedience to Him. Allah states in the Holy Qur’an,

“I created the Jinn and humankind only that they might worship me.” (51:56)

Secondly, this world serves as a test of our obedience towards our creator and so that He may reward us in the next world accordingly. Allah states in the Holy Qur’an,

“Verily we created man from a drop of mingled sperm, in order to try him: so we gave him (the gifts), of hearing and sight. We showed him the way: whether he be grateful or ungrateful (rests on his will).” (76:2-3)

Thirdly, the notion that this world is a test warrants that the subjects being tested possess free-will or else there would be no meaning to such a test.

With the above in mind the concept of destiny may further be explained by understanding destiny to be Allah’s knowledge of how the individual is going to use his free-will rather than a pre-decided factor being enforced upon him without giving him a fair chance. Consider the following example: An appointment is arranged between two individuals. The first arrives before time and waits for the second; he then comments that the second will arrive late as always. He bases his prediction on previous experience and the lax nature of the second individual. This statement does not restrict or bound the latter’s ability to attend on time in any way, it is merely an assertion. Similarly, when Allah the Almighty informs us, through his infinite knowledge, of his knowledge of our precise actions and our consequent abode it should not be perceived to be a compelling decision against our free will, but rather only his knowledge of our decisions.

To summarise, every individual has been given free-will and should use it to work towards attaining the pleasure of Allah and that Allah has full knowledge of the individual’s actions; past, present and future.

With regards to the second misconception, the possibility of increase in ones wealth, lifespan and aversion of calamities despite destiny being pre-ordained, Allah says,

“Allah blots out what he wills and conforms (what he wills): and with Him is the mother of the book (i.e. book of conclusive records).” ( 13:39)

Commenting on the above verse Mujahid said, “During Laylatul-Qadr (night of the Decrees), Allah decided what provisions and disasters will occur in the next year. He then brings forward or back (or blots out) whatever He wills.” (Ibn Katheer)

Scholars derive from the above that destiny is of two types:

a) Muallaq (revocable):

This destiny is written on ‘The Preserved Tablet’ (al Lawh al Mahfoodh), and is subject to change and alteration through the omission or commission of certain deeds. For example: the lifespan of a person is originally 50 years, but may increase to 60 years if he performs the ritual of Hajj, or a certain calamity is to befall him unless he averts it by spending in charity. This is the destiny refereed to in the aforementioned narration.

b) Mubram (irrevocable):

This destiny denotes the eternal knowledge of Allah. It encompasses the final result of the Muallaq destiny i.e. our choice of actions, their consequences and every precise detail of our lives. This definite knowledge of Allah is not subject to change or alter even slightly and is exclusive to Allah only.

In the light of the above the following may be derived:

  • Our supplications do change destiny and are of much avail.
  • Good deeds are a source of increase in ones sustenance, and avert calamities.
  • Sins result in a decrease in ones sustenance, and invite calamities.

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

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

The Katibah.

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Journey to Taif

All praise is due to Allah the Almighty, the lord of the worlds and may His peace and blessings be upon His final Prophet and Messenger, Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam.

For the past ten years since Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam had been blessed with prophet hood, he had been delivering the message of Islam to the people of Makkah without much success. Only some had accepted his call to tawheed and amongst the people of Makkah were a few who were kind-hearted and supported him even though they had not accepted Islam. However the rest of the people left no stone unturned in placing obstacles in his path and were always ready to prosecute him and his followers.

From the few who supported him without Imaan was Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam’s uncle Abu Talib, who passed away that year in the month of Rajab. That very same year in the month of Ramadhan, Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam also lost his beloved wife Khadijah rd, who was always ready to accept his work, who supported him without any hesitation and who encouraged him when the people troubled and tortured him to give up his call to Islam. This year proved to be an extremely hard time for Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam for Khadijah rd was not only his wife. She was the pillar that kept him standing when he was troubled. She was the mother of his children and most importantly she believed in him when others did not.

In the Musnad of Imam Ahmad rahimullah it has been mentioned that Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam once said: “She believed in me while people disbelieved in me. And she trusted in me while the people belied me. And she helped me and comforted me, in person and wealth, when the people would not. Allah provided me with children by her, and he did not with others”.

After her demise, he sallallahu alayhi wasallam was not seen for days and when people went to see how he was doing, they would see silent tears rolling down his beloved cheeks whilst he consoled his much-loved children. With both, Abu Talib and Khadijah rd, gone the disbelievers got a free-hand and therefore accelerated in torturing Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam without any thought. Hence this year was named Aamul Huzn- the year of sorrow.

At Taif, the next largest town in Hejaz, about 60 miles from Makkah, there lived a clan by the name of Banu Thaqeef who were strong in number. As the people of Makkah were not accepting Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam’s call to Islam and he was still suffering from the loss of his beloved wife and uncle, he left for Taif with hope of winning them over to the call of Islam. This would give the Muslim’s strength in numbers and establish a future base for the invitation towards Islam.

He sallallahu alayhi wasallam set out on foot in the month of Shawwal, in the year of Nabuwwah (End of May/Beginning of June 619 C.E.) with his freed slave Zaid bin Harithah. Upon reaching Taif, Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam had a meeting with three chieftains of Thaqif, Abd Yalil, Mas’ood and habeeb and invited them towards Islam. However these unfortunate men not only refused to listen to anything he had to say, they also withheld any type of hospitality, they were extremely rude and let Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam verbally know that he was not welcome to stay in their town. One of them said “He is tearing the clothes of the Ka’bah! Is it true that Allah has sent you as a prophet?” The second said “Has Allah not found someone else to entrust him with his message?” and the third said: “I swear by Allah that I will never speak to you. If you are really the messenger of Allah, then you are too important to be speaking to me. If you are lying against Allah, then I should never speak to you”.

Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam had not expected such behaviour from the heads of the clan. But due to his steadfast he did not accept defeat and instead decided to approach the common folk of the clan. For ten days he sallallahu alayhi wasallam delivered his message from Allah the Almighty. However just like their chiefs, they too treated him in an uncivilised manner and asked him to leave.

Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam realized anymore effort would be in vain and so decided to leave. But these misfortunate people were not ready to let him go in peace and they set street urchins upon him, to trouble him and stone him.

They rained upon him stone after stone and the rahmatul lil aalameen sallallahu alayhi wasallam began to bleed so much that his shoes filled with blood. So much so that his shoes were stuck to his feet. He sallallahu alayhi wasallam would run, stumble and trip. Then he would get up again and the stones would rain down upon him once more. This happened repeatedly until Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam fell unconscious.

His servant Zaid bin Harithah rd was also hurt. He had blood flowing from his head trying to shield the messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wasallam and when Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam fell unconscious he lifted the blessed body onto his shoulders and took shelter in a garden. He laid Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam under a grapevine and let Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam gain consciousness.

Unknown to Zaid rd this garden belonged to the enemy of Islam Utbah bin Rabiah, who later of led the army of Quraysh onto the battle field of Badr and who also held up the flag for the kuffar in this battle. He was an enemy yet when he saw the state of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam, his heart melted and he said: “What have the people of Taif done to Muhammad? He who showed mercy to his enemies, we did not have mercy on him. We did not see the value of his tears”. He became so emotional that he went and broke off grapes from a bush and began to go towards Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam. But he became shy. So he called his servant, Addas and said: Addas! Take this to that wounded man over there and say to him that I said, I take an oath of our relationship! Do not turn away this plate from yourself”.

Addas came and presented the grapes. Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam took a grape, put it to his mouth and said “Bismillah”. Upon hearing this, Addas exclaimed: “what are these words? The people here do not use these words”. Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam smiled and asked him: “Where are you from?” He replied: “Nineveh”.  Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam said “I see! So you’re from the land of my brother Yunus”! Surprised, Addas said: “How do you know about yunus?” Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam replied: “I am a prophet of Allah and so was he. So Addas began to kiss his forehead and his hands and his feet and he accepted Islam.

Upon his acceptance Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam forgot about the pain of his wounds. He lifted his hands towards the heavens and he cried out: “Oh my lord! Should I not complain to you? Who did you submit me to? Such people that this is my state. You know what has become of me, what is hidden from you?!”

Hearing this the seven skies began to shake and throne of Allah the Almighty began to tremble and within seconds jibraeel as came down with the angel of mountains. He, the angel of the mountains said: “Assalaamu’alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakaatuh Oh Rasulullah! Command us Oh messenger of Allah and we will crush these people between the two mountains.

But Allah the Almighty had sent down Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam as a mercy for mankind. He said “No! They did not but maybe someone from their lineage will accept Islam. I have not been sent as a punishment. I have been sent as a mercy. I have not been sent to curse people. I have been sent as a mercy.” Such was the mercy of Muhammad bin Abdullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam that upon hearing this the angels of the skies began to cry.

Then Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam was then refreshed and with hope in Allah the Almighty and fresh determination he returned to Makkah Mukarramah.

Lessons learnt

1) From the story of Addas rd the greatest lesson we learn is that Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam never generalised. To him every person he met, every individual he saw, was a potential Muslim and a potential good person. It did not matter whether this person was a believer or a non-believer, a saint or a sinner. Every person was treated as an equal and this is exactly how we should treat those around us. Don’t judge a person for they may not look like they have much good in them but Allah the Almighty may have plans that we know nothing of…

2) Another great lesson to be learnt is that we must bare patience over what befalls us. Allah the Almighty says in his Qur’aanul Kareem:

So be patient with gracious patient. (70:5)

And then again in another place He says:

Oh you who have believed! Seek help through patience and prayer. Indeed Allah is with the patient. (2:153)

Allah the Almighty asks us to be patient and he will be with us. Just like how He was with Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam at every difficult moment in his life. He went through hardship. But then came ease. So just be patient over what is passing you by. If you make patient as it should be done then Allah the Almighty will definitely be with you.

3) It has been related in Tirmidhi that Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam has said: “Have mercy on those on the earth and the one in the heavens will have mercy on you”.

Allah the Almighty has said in his glorious Qur’aan:

And we have not sent you (O Muhammad) except as a mercy for the worlds. (21:107)

And what amazing mercy did Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam show to the people of Taif. They verbally abused him, showed him no hospitality, stoned him and bloodied him. They showed him no mercy yet he sallallahu alayhi wasallam showed mercy to them. If he wanted to he could’ve commanded the angel to crush them between the two mountains but instead he wished them well and made du’aa for them. So though you may go through rough patches with people forgive them. Make du’aa for them. This is better for our peace of mind no matter how hard it is to do at times.

4) Lastly, after all the trouble Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam went through for us, it is out right upon him to send as much durood as possible. Be it once a day or a hundred, send him as many as possible. Make it part of your daily life. Be it when you go to sleep, wake up, iron, cook, clean, work, send as much as possible because He sallallahu alayhi wasallam truly deserves it.

May Allah the Almighty send upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam as much salutations and blessings as he deserves. Ameen.

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

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

The Katibah.

Resources used:–sahaabah-stories/2594-the-prophets-sallallaho-alaihe-wasallam-journey-to-taif.html

The sealed nectar by Saifur-Rahman Al-Mubarakpuri

When all else fails, HOPE remains!

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

I received this a while back and thought it was beautiful, so decided to share.
There are times in our lives when our level of Imaan is low, our Khushoo ( spiritual concentration/connection) in Salaah wavers and we feel a drop in our connection with Allah swt?

We feel like our du’aas are not being answered, our Salaah is not having a positive impact on our hearts,  and worst of all the feeling that we’re horrible human beings, that Allah swt does not love us or does not care about us anymore!

Surah Ad-Duha (surah 93) was revealed to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam to relieve him of these negative feelings and to give him hope, positivity, and the assurance that Allah swt was with him no matter what.

From it we too can find peace, hope, and a renewed faith in Allah swt when we go through similar states of depression, sadness, and hopelessness.

So what does this surah say?

Wad duhaa— By the morning brightness.

This is the first thing you need to hear when you’re depressed: Wake up, look at the sunshine! Everything in life is not doom and gloom– you just have to look up.
Wal layli izha sajaa— And [by] the night when it covers with darkness.

Why is this ayah immediately talking about darkness? As a reminder to us that the night is meant to cover and give us comfort and rest. Generally when we’re not happy with ourselves, we tend to get into a very bad sleep pattern by staying up at night and sleeping all day thereby worsening our state of mind. This ayah reminds us to use the night as a comfort to ease our distress.

Ma wad da’aka rabbuka wa ma qalaa— Your Lord ( Oh Muhammad) has neither forsaken you nor hates you.

This is a very powerful verse from Allah swt telling us that He does not hate us and has not forgotten us– reminding the depressed person that He is always by his or her side!

Walal-aakhiratu khairul laka minal-oola— And the Hereafter is better for you than the present (life of this world).

Many times when we’re depressed we think: Is this all my life is going to be? Is it never going to get better?

This aayah serves as a perfect answer to those questions, reminding us that life in this world is temporary and that Aakhirah is certainly a better, more permanent place for us than this world could ever be.

This makes us look forward to attaining our place in Jannah and helps us look at any problems in our lives as temporary tests of our faith from Allah swt.

Wa la sawfa y’uteeka rabbuka fatarda— And your Lord is going to give you, and you will be well pleased.

A promise from Allah swt that very soon he will give us a massive reward (Jannah) and we will be happy. Subhanallah!

Isn’t this the best thing to hear when you’re sad and fed up with this worldly life and the problems you’re facing?

All praise is 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.

P.S. Below is my favourite recitation of Surah Duha.

Company of the Auliyaa (Friends of Allah)

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

Moulana Zafar Ahmad mentioned a dream of Maulana Qasim Nanotwi (ra).

Moulana Qasim (ra) had a hindu neighbour. The Hindu died. After some time Maulana had a dream in which he saw the person taking a walk in Jannah.

“Lalajee! What are you doing here? Jannah is our place.”

Lalajee said : “I was your neighbour. Early every morning I used to listen to you reciting the Quraan. I always had a desire to become a Muslim but was scared of my family. What would they say? On my death bed and in my last illness I said in my heart “I believe in the Allah of Qasim , I believe in the Quraan of your Allah.”

“I did not know that this was Imaan”

“When I died and appeared in the court of Allah, Allah blessed me with the jannah due to this Imaan”

*The benefit of staying in good company and good neibourhood.

*Don’t forget recitation of Quraan at least once a day.

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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