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We rule! Not our Body parts and Emotions

posted by ummi taalib on 14th January 2019 - 2 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 (Raheemahullah)

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]

People of the Heart

posted by ummi taalib on 20th October 2018 - 0 comments
The attraction between two objects is referred to as gravitational force. They are pulled towards one another. Even though the earth may be a hundred million miles away from the sun, it remains “attracted” to the sun.

Similarly, when a person has the Love of Allah ta’ala (to some extent) in his heart, or the desire to have the love of Allah ta’ala in his heart, his heart will automatically be attracted to those hearts in which the love of Allah ta’ala resides. These persons may be unable to meet physically, they may be in different lands, they may be involved in totally different fields or professions, but they are all moving in the same direction and are “on the same page”, so to speak.

They know that there is a higher purpose required of them. These people, by means of their hearts, will always remain connected to one another, because they are, "People of the heart"

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The Beauty of Salaam in Islam

posted by ummi taalib on 21st August 2018 - 0 comments
 Verse 86 of Surah Nisaa’ mentions تَحِيَّة which is in the context of a greeting. It is a prayer that Allah ta’ala keeps the person alive in peace.   It is a deep and beautiful concept of conveying a prayer (Du’a) of peace till eternity unlike the various greetings of other cultures. The person making the Salaam is conveying to the other person that there is going to be Aman/Salaamati from him/her i.e. he will be protected.   As-Salaam is one of the Sifaat of Allah ta’ala Since the word As-Salaam is also one of the attributes of Allah ta’ala,certain commentators have mentioned that when one greets, it means, “May Allah,

Travelling the Thorny Path

posted by ummi taalib on 25th June 2018 - 1 comment

Umar ibn Khattab RA once asked Ibn Ka’ab RA the definition of taqwa. In reply Ibn Ka’ab RA asked, “Have you ever had to traverse a thorny path?”  Umar RA replied in the affirmative and  Ka’ab RA continued, “How do you do so?” Umar RA said that he would carefully walk through after first having collected all loose and flowing clothing in his hands so nothing gets caught in the thorns hence injuring him. Ka’ab RA said, “This is the definition of taqwa, to protect oneself from sin through life’s dangerous journey so that one can successfully complete the journey unscathed by sin.”

This mortal world of ours is a bed of thorns, full of the thorns of sins, therefore, one should live in this world in a way that one does
not get entangled in the thorns of sin. The name of this attitude to life is Taqwa


posted by ummi taalib on 5th June 2018 - 0 comments
 From a talk by Shaykh Qamaruz Zamaan Ilahabadi  اقْرَأْ بِاسْمِ رَبِّكَ الَّذِي خَلَقَ   “Iqra’ bismi Rabbikal ladhee khalaq” “Read: In the name of thy Lord who createth” [Qur’an – Surah Alaq: verse 1] Points towards [u]His ma’rifat (knowledge of Allah ta’ala)[/quote]   خَلَقَ الْإِنْسَانَ مِنْ عَلَقٍ    “Khalaqal insaana min ‘alaq” “Createth man from a clot.” [Qur’an – Surah Alaq: verse 2]

Noble people do not look at the superficial

posted by ummi taalib on 30th April 2018 - 0 comments
“If you dislike them, then it is quite likely that you dislike something and Allah has placed a lot of good in it.” [Surah An-Nisaa’: verse 19]

Though addressed to men in regard to their wives (i.e. do not divorce them for something you dislike in them), this is a beautiful part of human relationship, not just in marriage but as a general principle which can be applied to our spouses, children and families.Sometimes we do not like something about a person but maybe in that Allah ta’ala has placed benefit for us i.e. maybe Allah ta’ala will give reward in the Aakhirah if Sabr is made or maybe in comparison to that one negative, there may be so many positives.  When there is something we dislike in a person then we should be positive about it and find something we like, as there will definitely be many more things we like in every single person.

These are noble characteristics of noble people who do not look at the superficial. They find good in every relationship and this is what we should do and when we do this, then dealing with people and life will become easy.
By being negative towards people we are making our own selves miserable and making others around us miserable too. By being positive life becomes easier and if one is positive all the time then it becomes part of nature.  
Aalimah S. Ahmed

What Islam says about Harming others

posted by ummi taalib on 2nd April 2018 - 0 comments
Ibn Majah, ad-Daraqutnee and others. It was also related by Malik in al-Muwatta [/i][/i] 

This Hadith of our Prophet    صلى الله عليه وسلّم  tells us we should not be the cause of any harm and nor should it be reciprocated. It is not just physically harming people but includes every form of harm.  

[*][i]Wasiyyah (will) – if a person has some money and he wants to give it to someone who is norelated to him. He is allowed but he must not exceed the limits (one third). If he exceeds the limits, he will cause harm to the immediate inheritors.[/*][*]Marriage and relationship between husband and wife. As stated in Surah Al-Baqarah Ayah 231 – someone divorces his wife and then he reconciles with her, but his intention in reconciliation is so that he can cause her harm. ·[/*][*]Traveling or being away from the family for a long time and without a good reason – this can cause harm to the wife and family.[/*][*]Breastfeeding – in the case of divorce, the husband tries to take the baby away from the mother and not allow her to feed him. This is prohibited. [See SurahAl-Baqarah : Ayah 233][/*][*]Selling and trading – when someone is in great need of something, the seller (who knows this) sells him at a very high price – this is not allowed. [/*][*]Someone who wants to buy is not good at bargaining, and because of this the seller sells at a very high price, more than it is worth. [/*][*]Burning rubbish on your property on a windy day. This will cause harm to your neighbours. It may cause harm to the environment and the people in the neighbouring countries. This kind of harm should be brought to an end.[/*][*]Building a high building, as mentioned above. Building a high building where it will obstruct air, sunlight, and moonlight, is not allowed because it will cause harm.[/*][*]Digging a well that will cause damage to the well of one’s neighbour. If one needs to dig a well, he should position it a little further away from his neighbour’s.[/*][*]Behaving on one’s property in a way that will harm his neighbours.[/*][*]Causing bad smell to spread from one’s property to his neighbours.[/*][/list] 

Forgiving Others

posted by ummi taalib on 30th March 2018 - 0 comments
And that it is He who makes laugh and weep [53:43]
[center]Jannah is prepared for those who control their anger and forgive others. Forgiving others is a way to diffuse anger and forgiving others become easy when you relalise this, that when someone hurts you and makes you cry, it was actually Allah ta’ala Who wanted it so. (Aalimah S Ahmed)


Swimming in the Sea of Reason & Intellect

posted by ummi taalib on 25th February 2018 - 0 comments
Maulana Rumi (R.A.) says: "It is completely useless to swim about in the sea of Reason and intellect. There is need for the ship of Nabi Nooh (A.S.) - i.e. The help of the friends of Allah. Look how Nabi Nooh's (A.S.) son - Kan'aan depended on Reason alone saying: "The high mountains shall save me from this storm". He considered the ark of Nabi Nooh (A.S.) as being despicable. The result was that the ship was saved during the deluge and reached the high mountain while Kan'aan was drowned. Maulana Rumi (R.A.) says: "When you do not look with proper sight, then you look upon the love and company of the saintly ones and their obedience i.e. their ship as despicable, and you look upon your imitation of the people of Europe as the high mountains of Intellect and Reason. But, beware, do not look upon this ship as being of no value and a thing to be despised.It is true that the Ah-Iullah, the saints are usually dressed in old and tattered clothes and live simple lives, but do not look at the simplicity of their lives and consider them lowly and despicable. Instead look at the Grace of Allah that is with them. Look at the splendour of the one who arrives through the ship and do not look at the heights of the mountains of Reason. The power of Allah is such that with one wave, He can turn the ship upside down. But the ship which travels in the shadow of Allah's Mercy, in spite of its outward weakness and the evil intention of Shaytaan, it will pass through all the trials in safety. If one is not going to follow this advise, then in the end one will have to admit the shortcomings of the intellect.Hence, if a person needs to find safety from faults and sins, he will have to become closely connected in love with the saints of Allah. Then he will not suffer losses. People who wish to travel on the path of deen with only reason are breakers of their 'tobah'. When Shaytaan gives one blow in their direction, their 'tobah' is broken down. Yet their arrogance is such that they look down upon the saints of Allah. Such people remain imperfect throughout their lives. So, 0 People! Seek for yourself a way towards Allah and consider the company of the saints as medicine.
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