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Monday, 7 April 2014

What would you do...if the Prophet Visited You?

..sallallahu alaihi wasallam.

I wonder……………………

If Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alaihi wasallam visited you

Just for a day or two,

If he came unexpectedly,

I wonder what you would do?

Oh I know you would give your nicest room,

To such an honored guest,

And you would serve him your very best.

You would be the very best,

Cause you’re glad to have him there,

That serving him in your home

Would be a joy without compare.

But…when you see him coming,

Would you meet him at the door

With your arms outstretched in welcome,

To your visitor?

Or…would you have to change your clothes

before you let him in?

Or hide some magazines and put

The Qur’an where they had been?

Would you still watch those movies,

Or your T.V. set?

Or would you switch it off,

Before he gets upset.

Would you turn off the radio,

And hope he had not heard?

And wish that you did not utter

your last loud hasty word?

Would you hide your worldly music,

And instead take out Hadith books?

Could you let him walk right in,

Or would you rush about?

And I wonder…if the Prophet sallallahu alaihi wasallam spent, a day or two with you,

Would you go on doing the things you always do?

Would you go right on and say the things You always say?

Would life for you continue

As it does from day to day?

Would your family conversations,

Keep up their usual pace?

And would you find it hard each meal,

To say a table grace?

Would you keep up each and every prayer?

Without putting on a frown?

And would you always jump up early,

For Fajr at dawn?

Would you sing the songs you always sing?

And read the book you read?

And let him know the things on which,

Your mind and spirit feed?

Would you take the Prophet sallallahu alaihi wasallam with you,

Everywhere you plan to go?

Or, would you maybe change your plans,

Just for a day or so?

Would you be glad to have him meet,

Your very closest friends?

Or, would you hope they stay away,

Until his visit ends?

Would you be glad to have him stay,

Forever on and on?

Or would you sigh with great relief,

When he at last was gone?

It might be interesting to know,

The things that you would do.

If Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alaihi wasallam came,

To spend some time with you


Thursday, 3 April 2014

Tale-Bearing: A Gravely Major Sin

It is recorded in the two Sahihs that the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alaihi wasallam is reported to have said that a tale-bearer (to harm others) will not enter Paradise. Fudail Ibn 'Iyad rahmatullahi alaih says that there are three evil deeds of man that destroy all his righteous actions . They are: [I] backbiting; [2] tale-bearing; and [3] lying.'Ata' Ibn Sa'ib rahmatullahi alaih says that he asked Sha'bi rahmatullahi alaih about the Prophetic Tradition in which the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alaihi wasallam is reported to have said:"Three types of people will not enter Paradise: [I] a murderer; [21 a tale-bearer; and [31 a trader who is involved in usury." 'Ata' Ibn Sa'ib rahmatullahi alaih says that I cited this Tradition to Sha'bi and asked him in a surprising tone that the Holy Prophet sallallahu alaihi wasallam has equated 'a tale-bearer' with a murderer and a usurer. He replied: "Indeed, tale-bearing is the root cause of murder and usurpation of wealth." [Qurtubi]

وَامْرَأَتُهُ حَمَّالَةَ الْحَطَبِ

And his wife [as well] - the carrier of firewood. - Surah Lahab (111:4)

Idiomatically, Arabs use this expression to refer to a 'tale-bearer ', that is,one who gathers pieces of gossip and carries them between individuals and families in order to ignite the fires of discord and enmity between people, exactly as one would gather firewood to kindle the fire. This telltale woman improperly carried information concerning the private affairs of the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alaihi wasallam, and the blessed Companions in an attempt to ignite and instigate trouble. In this verse too, the phrase 'the carrier of firewood' has been interpreted by Sayyidina Ibn 'Abbas radi'Allahu anhu,Mujahid, 'Ikrimah rahmatullahi alaih; and a group of commentators to mean that 'She was a tale-bearer' while Ibn Zaid, Dahhak and other commentators rahmatullahi alaih retain it in its original sense, and explain that she literally used to collect thorny branches from the jungle, and place them in the path of the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alaihi wasallam in order to harm him -hence the description: 'carrier of firewood'. [Qurtubi, Ibn Kathir].


1. Ma'ariful Qur'an, Surah Lahab (111), Mufti Muhammad Shafi Usmani Rahimahullah pg 911-912

2. The Meanings of the Noble Qur'an with explanatory notes, Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Reality Bites!

Its in the reality that we are born as a Muslim but we deliberately choose not to lead a life as how a Muslim should according to the Qur'an and Sunnah. We recite, ponder and cry over the meanings of the Qur'an and thats all there it is. We can cry and follow a novel attentively, until we take it with us to the washroom! If only we are as that attentive with Qur'an and Hadiths (not saying we are encouraged to take these to the washroom though!).Its disheartening to see Muslims around us take these for granted...take Akhirah for granted. Qur'an were being picked, ready to be recited and as soon as our favourite show on television starts, we put the Qur'an aside. Astaghfirullahaladzim! That's how valuable Qur'an is in our life :'(

That's just Qur'an, how about the Sunnah? We, women questions about hijab (can we imagine about niqab?), questioning blindly of Allah's commandment, with the excuse 'I'm not ready' or 'Allah haven't granted me the Hidayah' (Hidayah needs to be asked by us, not waited for). We women, too, find such entertainment and enjoyment to discuss and backbite about others, with such filthy, obscene language being used to express our feelings and let them known to public just for attention sake. Of course, Shaytan clapped his hands harder everytime saying, "Good job! However I will leave you alone in the Akhirah though you have enjoin me in evil".

Then comes Seerah, how many of us would take that time to learn and follow the life of our Blessed Rasulullah sallallahu alaihi wasallam, the women in his time, and his Blessed Companions? How many of us know the details of their struggle? Which war he did not participated in? The blessed people who are already granted Jannah? Which Sahabah assisted in compiling the Qur'an? Why Qur'an were revealed in stages and not arranged according to its revelation? Instead, we keep track of which singers just released their latest albums, the new boutique in town to visit, who is the best team in EPL? Who won the golden boot last year? Astaghfirullahaladzim.

Allah Ta'ala has regard us, His favourite, because we are the Ummah of Rasulullah sallallahu alaihi wasallam, but what are we doing for our Akhirah? Do we live up to the Love and Mercy that Allah Ta'ala has given us???TIME is ALL that we have and time is ALL that we're wasting on.Indeed, we have been mentioned, discussed, and showed as an example (good or bad) in the Qur'an? Does that not make you tremble enough as yet???"I swear by the time, Most surely man is in loss, Except those who believe and do good, and enjoin on each other truth, and enjoin on each other patience."- Surah Al-'Asr (103:1-3)  
Now, ever wonder why our du'as are not being accepted? Allah knows best and I know nothing. 

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