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21
Apr
2019

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.
13
Apr
2019

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
13
Mar
2019

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
16
Feb
2019

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)
2
Feb
2019

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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14
Jan
2019

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
16
Dec
2018

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]
20
Oct
2018

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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21
Aug
2018

The Beauty of Salaam in Islam

posted by ummi taalib on 21st August 2018 - 0 comments
[/b]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, who is the giver of peace, take you in His safety and custody, keeping you in peace forever.” There is so much beauty in the Salaam however we take it for granted.
25
Jun
2018

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
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