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18
Mar
2020

Coronavirus - Time to Reflect and Repent

posted by ummi taalib on 18th March 2020 - 0 comments
"Allah gives an example: There was a town, secure and content with its sustenance coming in plenty from every place. Then, it turned ungrateful to the bounties of Allah; so, Allah made it to taste hunger and fear (that covered it) like a garment, as recompense of what its people used to do"
[Qur'an 16:112-113]

Just a short while ago we were secure and content with plentyful of everything...
8
Mar
2020

What is our Reality?

posted by ummi taalib on 8th March 2020 - 0 comments
Shaykh Ashraf Ali Thanwi (Rahimahullah) has given an example of a person who is a slave. He is bought in a bazar and commanded to do certain duties and thereafter leaving him in charge, his master leaves.

In his master's absence the slave knows he is still a slave even though his master is not there and so when his master returns he has no delusions of being anything other than a slave.

Similarly we should know our Haqeeqat (reality) that I am a servant of Allah and not be under any delusion.

17
Feb
2020

Say Allah!

posted by ummi taalib on 17th February 2020 - 0 comments
Mulay al-`Arabi ad-Darqawi said,

"Do not say, I am nothing; neither say, I am something.
Do not say: I need such and such a thing; nor yet: I need nothing.
But say: Allah! and you will see marvels."

Letters of a Sufi Master
24
Dec
2019

Behold! Everything besides Allah is vain

posted by ummi taalib on 24th December 2019 - 0 comments
Invoke no other god besides Allah. There is no god but Him. [b]Everything is perishable except Him. To him belongs the judgement and to him will you all be returned[/i] [Surah Qasas: 88] The Prophet sallallaahu alayhi wasallam was not a poet but he said, The truest words (ever) uttered by a poet is the saying of Labid: Behold! Everything besides Allah is vain. [Abu Dawood] Reminding one's self that only Allah is Baaqee and everything and everyone else is temporary makes the loss of all things in this transitory world easy and those with the reality of this concept in their hearts, do not get attached to anything.
10
Nov
2019

A True Lover

posted by ummi taalib on 10th November 2019 - 0 comments
True love entails that remembrance of the Beloved be not restricted to special gatherings only

"A true lover is far too restless to wait for such occasions"

[i]From Attarbiyyah[/center]
25
Aug
2019

If someone falls in a pit, would you take him out or leave him there?

posted by ummi taalib on 25th August 2019 - 0 comments
When in Damascus, Abu Darda RA was passing by a group of people gathered around a man, beating him and insulting him. He went to them and asked what it was all about. They said the man had committed an enormous sin.

Adu Darda RA replied,
If he had fallen in a pit, wouldn’t you have taken him out?

“Yes” they all replied. Abu Darda RA then said,

"Don’t insult him and don’t beat him; it would be better for you to advise him and make him see the consequences of his actions, then thank Allah Who kept you from committing the same sin."

Taken from the Sahabah Series by Noura Durkee
31
Jul
2019

The Lover submits & obeys the Beloved

posted by ummi taalib on 31st July 2019 - 0 comments
In a famous poem, Imam Shafi رحمه الله says: You express the love of Allāh And yet You disobey Him This is very strange indeed If your love for Allāh was true then you would have obeyed him For indeed the one who loves, obeys the beloved ~~~**~~~
6
Jul
2019

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
2
Jun
2019

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
12
May
2019

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.
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