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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]

Every State will Pass

posted by ummi taalib on 27th January 2018 - 0 comments

A powerful king, ruler of many domains, was in a position of such magnificence that wise men were his mere employees. And yet one day he felt himself confused and called the sages to him.  He said: “I do not know the cause, but something impels me to seek a certain ring, one that will enable me to stabilize my state. I must have such a ring. And this ring must be one which, when I am unhappy, will make me joyful. At the same time, if I am happy and look upon it, I must be made sad.”

The wise men consulted one another, and threw themselves into deep contemplation. Finally, they came to a decision as to the character of this ring which would suit their king. The ring which they devised was one upon which was inscribed the legend:

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The Greatest Means of Attaining Allah's Love for us

posted by ummi taalib on 29th January 2015 - 0 comments
[color=#CCCCCC]Following the Sunnah of the beloved of Allah sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam[/b] "Say, [O Muhammad عليه الصلاة و السلام], if you (really) love Allaah then follow me. Allaah will love you and forgive you of your sins. And Allaah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful." (Soorah Aali 'Imraan, 3:31) Ibn-Kathir (r.a) said in his Tafsir: “Allah’s (s.w.t) love is attained by following the Messenger sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam. This honourable Ayah judges against those who claim to love Allah yet do not follow the way of Mohammad sallallaahu 'alayhiw asallam and his religion in all his statements, actions and conditions.”

The Only Super Power

posted by ummi taalib on 16th January 2015 - 0 comments
[b]The Only Super Power by Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel Saheb (Rahmatullahi 'alayh) [/center] The so-called “Super powers” of this world prove their weakness because they depend on other powers and forces for assistance. They join forces. They require coalitions, alliances, confederations, leagues and unions – which prove their dependency and need. The Only Super Power is Allah Ta’ala, who is ENTIRELY INDEPENDENT of His Creation. … He is not in need of any of us.

Shaykh Muhammad Saleem's Advice On the Tragic Event in Leicester

posted by ummi taalib on 14th September 2013 - 0 comments
Nothing brings the reality of death in one's heart like a tragic and unexpected death of someone one knows. The tragic fire incident in Leicester on Thursday night was one such incident for my family. I remember a sweet and gentle sister, devoted to studies of the Deen; I remember seeing her last in a little library at the Darul Uloom she studied, surrounded by huge books and I remember being inspired by her! She qualified as an 'Aalimah in August 2013 and immediately joined a class to improve her Qur'an recitation. The older son and daughter were also studying Aalimiyaah course. They died therefore as students of Deen on Thursday night; Stages upon stages of dying as a student of Deen, on a Friday and as a Martyr! May Allah subhaanahu wata'ala elevate the stages of the family and grant sabrun jameel to Dr Tawfeeq Sahib who lost his beloved wife, three children and his home. The following is advice given by our respected Sahykh Muhammad Saleem Dhorat (Hafizahullah)

"Them" & "Us" within Ourselves?

posted by ummi taalib on 11th May 2013 - 2 comments
I have been thinking a lot about this lately so I decided to pen my thoughts. Everywhere one looks (on forums especially) its "them" and "us" and here by "them" I do not mean the enemy. I'm talking about "them" and "us" within ourselves, within the Muslim Ummah. If a person is a Madhabi, the Ghayr-Madhabis are "them" and if a person is a Deobandi, the Barelwis are "them" yet all of us are "us". Ok so let's leave that aside for a moment since it involves a few Aqeedah issues. Lets ponder on the following. If a person is a Hanafi, the followers of other Madhaahib are "them". If a person is inclined towards Tasawwuf/Sufism, the Tablighis are "them". If a person is devoted toward the Tablighi Jama'ah, the Tasawwufis /Sufis are "them".

Why do we desire children?

posted by ummi taalib on 15th February 2013 - 0 comments
All couples desire children and those who have not been blessed with children make earnest du’a to Allah ta’ala for this special blessing but do we ever have an intention of why we desire children? Do we ever even think about it? What did all the Prophets ‘alayhimus salaam worry about regarding their children? Ibraheem ‘alayhis salaam, Nooh ‘alayhis salaam, Zakariyyah ‘alayhis salaam. Zakariyyah ‘alayhis salaam and his wife had reached old age and it was not possible for them to have children yet they made du’a as for Allah subhaanhau wata’ala nothing is impossible. All the Prophets desired and asked for virtuous pious children who would keep the Deen alive “Deen ko baaqi rakhe”. Do we even think about this aspect when longing for children and making du’a for them? And once we are blessed with this blessing how much do we worry about the success of their Hereafter as compared to their worldly success? For children to grow up to become pious young men and women who will live life according to the laws of Allah subhaanahu wata’ala and who will be of those who work to keep the Deen alive it is necessary for the parents to do their Tarbiyah from an early age and to connect them to the pious Ulama and Mashaikh (To take them to the lessons and other programmes organised at Masaajid). Shaykh Muhammad Ali at Quwwatul Islam (London, 15th February 2013)

The WhatsApp Hype

posted by ummi taalib on 25th January 2013 - 0 comments
Its nothing new! At the end of the day what’s behind it is the same which humans have been dealing with since the beginning of civilisation. Mufti Abdur Rahman ibn Yusuf provides guidance on the modern day means of communication like facebook, twitter, messenger and the latest craze, the WhatsApp! It all comes down to the fact that how much time are you willing to waste, how much focus do you want to give to unnecessary things in your life, how much do you wish to indulge in things that are not really going to benefit you in the future? Are you even willing to think about how your present actions will affect your future? These are basic questions that man has been dealing with since the beginning. Wasting of time is as old as man himself. Before we had to go out to talk to people, then phones made it easier but it cost money. Then came the free minutes and now because WhatsApp is free (or has been so far) people are going crazy over it like the “Butter is cheap in Sainsbury,” so we must stock up. In the same way it’s “Speak as much as you can before they start charging”! Mufti Abdur Rahman explains how this craze has affected people at every level be they the youth, women at home or men at work.

Nikah or Nothing!!!

posted by ummi taalib on 20th November 2012 - 0 comments
No eye contact, no gazing. No conversations, no smiles. No exchanging numbers, no texting. No chatting, no messaging.

Loving hand offered despite our Heedlessness!

posted by ummi taalib on 28th June 2012 - 0 comments
Walking down the road the other day I came across a mother with two small children, a toddler lagging behind without a care in the world and a hyper active 3-4 year old running ahead heedlessly. The poor mother began shouting angrily at the older child to stop running and to be careful while keeping an eye on the toddler behind and urging him to come and hold her hand.

I smiled to myself at the time but this picture stayed with me and I kept thinking how worried the mother was for her two babies, how she became angry at the older one but only for his own safety and how she urged the little one forward offering her hand to him, all out of love for them and to save them from danger.

It made me think of Allah subhaanahu wata’ala Who created us from nothing and blesses us continuously despite our disobedience to Him and Who calls us to His side through His beloved, chosen servants through His sheer Grace and Mercy! Then when with persistent heedlessness we ignore the guiding hand offered to us and run away from Him instead of seeking refuge from danger at His side, (Because it is only at His side that we will find refuge from the storms of His wrath) He puts us through tests and trials apparantly showing His anger, however only so that we are saved from the danger of the eternal fire! It is only to make us turn to Him, to make us aware of Him!
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