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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

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 ~~~**~~~

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"
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