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Dive in!

posted by ummi taalib on 6th July 2019 - 0 comments
O you who believe, enter Islam completely [Baqarah: 208]

Addressing the Believers Allah instructs them to enter Islam completely. He did not just say "Enter into Islam" but added, "Completely" which means to enter completely into the internal and external dimensions of Islam. It is to dive in and become totally immersed in it as a person who dives into a swimming pool and becomes totally immersed in the water.

People often complain about not having the peace and tranquility of the heart despite prayers and fasts. This is due to not being totally immersed in Islam. Therefore if we are 50% or 80% on the Deen then we must strive to increase it for as long as we are alive.

Aalimah S. Ahmed

Empower yourself with Dua

posted by ummi taalib on 2nd June 2019 - 0 comments
If it is not in the nature of a mother to turn her child away empty handed no matter how disobedient a child may be, how is it possible that the One Who is the Most Merciful and who has placed mercy in the hearts of all mothers turns away His slave, empty handed?

How is it possible for the One Who becomes angry when His slaves do not supplicate to Him, not to be happy when they do?

"Dua is our intimate conversation with Allah. It is uplifting, liberating and empowering"

Jamiatul Ulama S Africa

Ramadhaan – A Healing of the Heart & Spirit

posted by ummi taalib on 12th May 2019 - 0 comments
Ramadhaan is the perfect time for the healing of the heart and spirit through the Qur’an, Du’a and ‘Ibaadaat to which all Muslims are connected to some extent in the month of Ramadhaan. Qur’an It is not a Book of just Do’s and Don’ts. It is a mercy and a healing of the physical and spiritual self. It is living and feeling it. Feel the emotions of the people mentioned in the stories of the Qur’an and know that they are mentioned for a reason. How did Yusuf AS feel when he was thrown in the well by his own; how did Maryam AS cope when alone in the wilderness giving birth to her child; what was the fear felt by Abu Bakr RA when he thought he and the beloved sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam would be found hiding in the cave of Thawr during the Hijrah. Allah ta’ala acknowledged them and helped them and comforted them. He sent down tranquility upon them, strengthening their hearts. The Qur’an is till the end of time. The lessons within are for all of us at all times and in all places. It is the rope which we can hold to when we fall (in sin and in grief and anxiety) which will bring us back up on our feet with hope and happiness.

The Greatest Return

posted by ummi taalib on 21st April 2019 - 0 comments
There are many great returns that people experience in their lives. The returning of a missing child, finding a very valuable lost item or a close family member returning home after spending many years overseas are some instances of a great return. These are moments of immense joy and happiness.

The greatest Return, however, is when a sinful servant who had abandoned Allah ta'ala and fallen into sin makes sincere tawbah (which literally means to return and returns to his Creator. There can never be a happier moment for such a person.

Nourishment of the Soul from the Heavens

posted by ummi taalib on 13th April 2019 - 0 comments
Allah created the body from the dust of the earth so its nourishment (food and drink) comes from the earth Our soul (Rooh) has come from Allah and the heavens So too the nourishment of the soul comes from Allah and the heavens So what is the nourishment of the soul? It is the Holy Quran, words of Allah, spirituality, our connection with Allah and Ibaadaat (worship) Shaykh Abu Yusuf Riyadhul Haqq

Extract the best Qualities of the Sinner

posted by ummi taalib on 13th March 2019 - 0 comments
Unfortunately today, we do not know how to separate sin from the sinner. We should hate the sin, not the sinner. Look beyond the sin of a sinner & extract his best qualities.

No person willingly will goes to a dump yard. However, If there is gold beneath the ground of that dump yard, they will rush to clear it out & extract its valuable contents.

Similarly, people are like mines of gold & silver. Dig deep in their hearts & take the best out of them.

Mufti Ebrahim Desai

Detach from this World to be Free

posted by ummi taalib on 16th February 2019 - 0 comments
A person said to a certain Shaykh, "Advise me", and he said to him, "Be a king in this world and you will be a king in the next". When he said, "How might I do that?" the Shaykh answered,

Renounce this world and you will be a king in the next.

He meant, detach your needs and your passions from this world, for kingship lies in being free and able to dispense with everything.

Imam Ghazali (Rahimahullah)

Reviver from the Sleep of Heedlessness

posted by ummi taalib on 2nd February 2019 - 0 comments

Dhikr is the means by which Stations yield their fruit, until the seeker reaches the Divine Presence. On the journey to the Divine Presence the seed of remembrance is planted in the heart and nourished with the water of praise and the food of glorification, until the tree of dhikr becomes deeply rooted and bears its fruit. It is the power of all journeying and the foundation of all success.

"It is the reviver from the sleep of heedlessness, the bridge to the One remembered"

We rule! Not our Body parts and Emotions

posted by ummi taalib on 14th January 2019 - 4 comments
Kings have subjects whom he rules and he has people in high positions i.e. ministers, who help him rule the Kingdom. Similarly we are the kings and we have body parts and emotions who are the subjects. Imam Ghazali (رحمه الله) writes that the person rules his body parts and emotions and they do not rule over him. If they (Body parts and emotions) obey him and he does not obey them then the person will attain the level of a king in this world. He says if we wish to be true kings in this world then we should control the five and half feet bodies we have i.e. we should control our eyes, ears, tongues etc. and we should think, feel and say according to the wishes of Allah ta’ala.

Imam Ghazali (رحمه الله) mentions the story of a Wali of Allah ta’ala who was told by a Prince to ask him for his needs. The Wali of Allah ta’ala replied,

“Is that the way to speak to me when I have two servants who are your masters?” The Prince asked who were his masters and the Wali of Allah ta’ala replied that they were greed and desires. He said, “I have conquered them but they have conquered you. I rule over them and they rule over you.”

If we conquer these two bad traits of greed and desires then we are masters over them. People may be kings and have authority but if they are ruled by greed and desires then they are servants to these two traits.

“The Ninety-Nine Beautiful Names of God” by Abu Hamid Al-Ghazali

To remain in praise of Allah ta'ala even in Difficulties

posted by ummi taalib on 16th December 2018 - 0 comments
Excerpt from the explanation of the name of Allah ta'ala - الْحَمِيدُ - The Praised One. Part of the definition of الْحَمِيدُ is "Allah ta'ala is praiseworthy in His Dhaat (Essence), His Sifaat (Attributes) and His Af'aal (actions)." In a difficult situation it is hard to see why one should praise Allah ta’ala, however when one reflects, one will always find something to be grateful for and to praise Allah ta’ala for.      To reflect on the countless other bounties, seen and unseen for which Allah ta'ala is deserving of praise and to remain praising Him even in situations where a person does not feel like praising Him and in fact feels like complaining, strengthens and keeps the person positive. The more one does Shukr and praises Allah ta’ala, the more He increases the bounties. Allah ta’ala says in the Qur’an,  لَئِنْ شَكَرْتُمْ لَأَزِيدَنَّكُمْ – “If you are grateful [to Me], I shall most certainly give you more” [Surah Ibraheem: 7]
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