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15
Dec
2010

A little Kindness & Simple Words Works Wonders

posted by ummi taalib on 15th December 2010 - 1 comment
The true story of the Shaykh from al Azhar and the prostitute Narrated by Shaykh Ali Tantawi [May Allah (SWT) have mercy on him] in his memoir about Shaykh Ahmad Al-Zayaat [May Allah (SWT) have mercy on him]. Shaykh Ali Tantawi said: “The Shaykh (Ahmad Al-Zayaat) was a teacher, who did not know anything of this world except: The Azhar where he used to teach, the house he used to live in, and the road between them. As years passed by, and he got older, his health started to deteriorate, and he needed to rest. So the doctor forced him to take some time of, and suggested that he goes somewhere away from his place of work and residence, and advised him to enjoy the quietness and calmness of the parks next to the Nile.
27
Nov
2010

The Scars of Allah's Love

posted by ummi taalib on 27th November 2010 - 0 comments
Some years ago on a hot summer day in south Florida, a little boy decided to go for a swim in the old swimming hole behind his house. In a hurry to dive into the cool water, he ran out the back door, leaving behind shoes, socks, and shirt as he went. He flew into the water, not realizing that as he swam toward the middle of the lake, an alligator was swimming toward him. His mother, in the house, was looking out the window and saw the two as they got closer and closer together. In utter fear, she ran toward the water, yelling to her son as loudly as she could. Hearing her voice, the little boy became alarmed and made a U-turn to swim to his mother. It was too late. Just as he reached her, the alligator reached him. From the dock, the mother grabbed her little boy by the arms just as the alligator snatched his legs. That began an incredible tug-of-war between the two. The alligator was much stronger than the mother, but the mother was much too passionate to let go. A farmer happened to drive by, heard her screams, raced from his truck, took aim and shot the alligator. Remarkably, after weeks and weeks in the hospital, the little boy survived. His legs were extremely scarred by the vicious attack of the animal, and on his arms, were deep scratches where his mother's fingernails dug into his flesh in her effort to hang on to the son she loved. The newspaper reporter who interviewed the boy after the trauma asked if he would show him his scars. The boy lifted his pant legs. And then, with obvious pride, he said to the reporter, "But look at my arms. I have great scars on my arms, too. I have them because my Mom wouldn't let go." You and I can identify with that little boy. We have scars, too. No not from an alligator or anything quite so dramatic but the scars of a painful past. Some of those scars are unsightly and have caused us deep regret. But some wounds, my friends, are because Allah has refused to let go. In the midst of your struggle, He's been there holding on to you. Islam teaches us that Allah loves us. He wants to protect us and provide for us in every way. But sometimes we foolishly wade into dangerous situations. The swimming hole of life is filled with peril and we forget that the enemy, Shaytaan is waiting to attack. That's when the tug-of-war begins, and if we have the scars of His love on our arms, we should be very, very grateful.
27
Sep
2010

Those who repented to Allah

posted by ummi taalib on 27th September 2010 - 4 comments
This is an interesting account of a true story of Layla Al Helw, a Moroccan woman who had been afflicted by cancer, and the doctors were completely helpless to cure her. The best special istts of Europe had no hope for her recovery – even Layla herself lost all hope – but Allah Subhanuhu wa ta’ala had the solution…. Sister Layla tells of her ‘Imaan-boosting’ story in her own words – as it is originally a translation from French, please do excuse any grammatical errors. Translated, edited and abridged from the book titled: “Those who repented to Allah”, written by: Ibrahim Abdullah Al Hazemy. Layla says: “9 years ago I found out that I have a very dangerous disease, cancer… everyone here knows even the mention of this name is scary!”.. My faith in Allah was very weak. I had completely drifted away from the remembrance of Allah , and I used to think that one’s beauty and health shall remain all her life… I never ever thought I would be afflicted by a disease like cancer… and so when I found out, it did shake me so strongly from the inside… I thought of escaping… but, where? Where in the world I can escape from this disease that is inside me wherever I go? I thought of committing suicide! But… I was deeply in love with my husband and my children… I did not think of Allah’s punishment if I committed such a sin… because, as I told you before, I was far away from remembering Allah.. It was of Allah’s will that this disease was the reason for my guidance and the reason for guiding a lot of people as well.
21
Sep
2010

The Two Dervishes

posted by ummi taalib on 21st September 2010 - 0 comments
by JULAYBIB (sunniforum) As Salaam Alaykum. Two dervishes where traveling on a journey. During their journey they came across a Stream, by the Stream there was a young maiden.She was afraid to cross the stream for fear of her clothes getting wet. One of the dervishes offered to carry her across the river. When they got to the other side, she thanked the Dervishes and went on her way. The Other Dervish started chiding the first one he said, "dont you know it is Haraam to have such physical contact, should you not repent." So the first Dervish said:" indeed you are right I did make a gross error, I repent onto Allah." But the other Dervish kept admonishing him for several miles: So the first dervish said
16
May
2010

A Female Devotee of Allah

posted by ummi taalib on 16th May 2010 - 2 comments
Sheikh Abu Abdullah Iskandari (rahmatullahi alayh) narrates: “Once I wandered in the mountains in the hope of meeting a devotee of Allah from whom I could derive some spiritual benefit. In my wanderings I saw a woman walking and reciting poetry about the Love of Allah Ta`ala. I thought to myself: ‘It would have been good if I had met a man.’ As this thought crossed my mind the woman said: ‘O Abdullah! Indeed, your heart is queer. How can a man who cannot even attain the ranks of a woman hope to meet men (i.e. Auliyaa)?’ I said to her: ‘You have made a very bold claim!’ She said: ‘A claim without basis is unlawful.’ I said: ‘What is the basis of your claim?’ She responded: ‘The basis for my claim is that my King and True Beloved is for me as I wish because I am for Him as He wishes.’ I said: ‘If it truly is as you say, then produce fried fish immediately.’ She retorted scornfully: ‘You have indeed asked for something exceedingly insignificant. Why did you not ask that Allah Ta`ala bestows to you wings of Divine yearning so that you could fly to Him as I am doing.’ So saying, she flew into the air.” Abu Abdullah continues: “I was smitten by remorse and embarrassment. Nothing at that time was more bitter to me than my contemptibility, and nothing sweeter than her elevated state of Divine Honour. I ran in the direction that she was flying and implored: ‘O Sayyidah! I swear by that Being Who has enriched you and deprived me, Who has made you fortunate and me unfortunate! For Allah’s Sake, assist me with some dua.”
10
May
2010

DO NOT DESPAIR OF ALLAHS MERCY

posted by ummi taalib on 10th May 2010 - 0 comments
[b]From a lecture by Shaykh Muhammad Saleem Dhorat, “UM365 - Allah ki be intihaa rahmat”[/b] In this lecture our respected Shaykh (hafizahullah) relates two inspiring, heart softening stories. Despite our disobedience and disloyalty to Allah subhaanahu wata’ala we need not despair of His mercy as He remains loyal and His grace knows no bounds. Once the great Shaykh, Zun Noon Misri was walking along a river bank when he noticed that a scorpion ran towards a tortoise, jumped onto its back and the tortoise started swimming across the river. On reaching the other side the scorpion jumped off and raced towards a tree nearby. Zun Noon Misri, amazed at this scenario had followed and he noticed that a man was sleeping under the tree and it occurred to him that the man was probably a sinful person and Allah subhaanahu wata’ala had sent the scorpion as a punishment. As he neared the tree he noticed a huge python moving towards the sleeping person and to his amazement the scorpion leapt at the python, attacked and killed it. Thereafter it ran back to the riverbank, jumped onto the waiting tortoise which carried its load to the other side where they both separated and went their own way.
22
Mar
2010

Inspiring Stories & Anecdotes (8)

posted by ummi taalib on 22nd March 2010 - 0 comments
DEPEND ON ALLAH’S GRACE ALONE This is the story of a man of a previous ummah who was a great worshipper. Jibraeel related to our Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam that such was his devotion to worship, that he made du’a to be given the opportunity to be able to worship Allah subhaanahu wata’ala in total seclusion. His du’a was accepted and he found himself on a remote island where Allah subhaanahu wata’ala provided him with a pomegranate tree and a spring of sweet water. Here he lived, ate and drank and spent all his time in worship. When he grew old he once again made du’a. This time he prayed for death in the state of prostration and his body remaining in this posture till the Day of Judgement and to be resurrected in this very condition. So he remains till today (no one knows where), in the posture of prostration and Jibraeel said that even the Angels who saw him as they passed him by were envious of him. On the Day of Judgement Allah subhaanahu wata’ala will call on this worshipper and tell him to enter Jannah through His grace. At this the worshipper will ask about his years of devotion to the extent that he had died in the state of worship. He will ask why no mention is made of a lifetime of worship. Surely that counted toward his entry into Jannah. Allah subhaanahu wata’ala will then decide to take account. The Angels will be ordered to take him close to Jahannam which they will do. Being so close to the fire will make the worshipper thirsty and he will ask the Angels for water to drink. They will ask for permission and it will be granted however he will be asked how much of the rewards he had in his book of deeds was he willing to give in exchange for the glass of water as the price was all the reward he had in his book of deeds. Intense thirst will compel him to agree to the exchange and so he will have nothing left. Standing in front of Allah subhaanahu wata’ala, empty of a lifetime’s worth of worship, full of shame, he will ask Allah to grant him entry into Jannah through His grace. Allah will then say, “O my slave, who gave you life and who granted you the desire to worship in total seclusion and provided you with sustenance on that remote island and then who granted you the desire to die in the state of worship? All that was My grace upon you and that is the reason I told you to enter Jannah by My grace”.
6
Mar
2010

Inspiring Stories & Anecdotes (7)

posted by ummi taalib on 6th March 2010 - 0 comments
SHAYTAAN, ENEMY NUMBER 1 Three men were sitting leaning against a wall when suddenly a pious looking man ran over shouting that the wall was about to collapse and the men hastily managed to move away before it came tumbling down. Gratefully they turned towards the stranger and asked who he was. He replied that he was Shaytaan and this was his good deed which was the effect of his days spent with the Angels. Being aware that Shaytaan was an open enemy the men were astonished and they insisted on being told the real reason. Eventually Shaytaan relented and revealed the real reason for saving them. He said that he had saved them because when he saw from a distance that the wall was about to collapse, he realised that if the men died they would attain the stage of martyrdom! ALLAH’S PROMISE A King once invited a pious saint to live with him in his palace. On being asked why, the King replied that he would benefit from him spiritually and the saint would have a comfortable place to live. The saint asked what would happen if he flirted with the Queen. At this the King became angry and said, “Do you feel no shame? If anything like that happened I would have your head cut off with a sword!” The saint smiled and said, “You promise punishment before the sin is even committed. My King promises forgiveness. Why should I leave Him for you?” A SLAVE’S DU’A FOR HIS MASTER
8
Feb
2010

Inspiring Stories & Anecdotes (6)

posted by ummi taalib on 8th February 2010 - 1 comment
STORIES ABOUT GREAT SAINTS A SMALL BUT SIGNIFICANT VIRTUOUS ACT Shaykh Byyazid Bustaami was a great Wali of Allah subhaanahu wata’ala. After his death a person saw him in a dream and enquired about the outcome. The great Shaykh narrated the following: “I was made to stand in front of Allah subhaanahu wata’ala Who asked what I had brought with me. I thought back to the many good deeds I had performed, however none of them seemed worthy of presenting in the court of Allah as they all appeared deficient. Finally I thought of Tawheed. I decided to offer this as I felt I had worshipped none other than Allah subhaanahu wata’ala and I had held the firm belief that He alone was the One Who benefited or caused loss. I therefore presented Tawheed only to find Allah subhaanahu wata’ala angrily saying, ‘Do you feel no embarrassment? Have you forgotten the night you drank milk before going to bed which was not your usual habit, and when you ended up having stomach pains, you visited the doctor and you attributed the milk to the stomachache?’ I certainly remembered the incident. However Allah subhaanahu wata’ala did enter me into Jannah due to another incident of which I was reminded. Once on a cold morning I had woken up for Fajr Salaat. Removing my shawl, I left it on the ground while I performed wudhu. As I was about to pick up the shawl I noticed that a cat had climbed on it and fallen asleep. Since I needed it to go to the Masjid, I cut the shawl around the cat so as not to disturb it”. This small, seemingly insignificant act had gained the great Shaykh high stages in Jannah.
9
Nov
2009

Inspiring Stories & Anecdotes (5)

posted by ummi taalib on 9th November 2009 - 2 comments
STORIES ABOUT KNOWLEDGE TAKEN FROM THE LECTURES OF SHAYKH MUHAMMAD SALEEM DHORAT TRUE TALAB When understanding of some verses of the Qur’an eluded him, the Scholar Ibn Taymiyyah, would go out in the sun, throw dust in his hair, roll in the sand and make his appearance like that of a begger. Then in a state of humilty he would beg Allah Ta’aalaa in the following manner; [center]“Yaa Mu’allima Adam wayaa Mu’allima Ibraaheem, ‘Allimnee Yaa Mufahhima Sulaymaan, fah-himnee” Oh the One Who granted knowledge to Adam and Ibraaheem, teach me,
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