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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
5
Jun
2018

Ma'rifah

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]
30
Apr
2018

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
2
Apr
2018

What Islam says about Harming others

posted by ummi taalib on 2nd April 2018 - 0 comments
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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] 
30
Mar
2018

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)

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25
Feb
2018

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'.
27
Jan
2018

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:

[font=Times New Roman][size=85][color=#980000]"This too, will pass"[/size][/font][/size][url=https://faqirahsflowergarden.wordpress.com/2016/10/01/the-ring/]

[/url][url=https://faqirahsflowergarden.wordpress.com/2016/10/01/the-ring/]Source[/url]
23
Dec
2017

The Wash of Tawbah

posted by ummi taalib on 23rd December 2017 - 1 comment

It is in the nature of humankind to constantly slip and fall, to constantly err and sin. But it is the quality of the true Muslim that whenever he sins he makes Tawbah and tries to reform himself.

[color=#1e84cc]Consider a person whose occupation is working within a coal mine digging out coal through sweat and hard labour. At the end of every day, his body is blackened with soot from head to toe. Does he tell himself at the end of the day that I will be blackened again tomorrow so I don’t have to
wash off today’s dirt and grime? No, he does not. Every evening, he bathes and cleans himself.
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It is the same for us when we sin. The Believer cannot tolerate allowing the soot of sin to remain on his heart. So he washes it off with Tawbah.Allah’s door of forgiveness is always upon to us and Allah loves His servants who turn to Him in repentance.Sayyiduna Anas [i]Radhiyallahu Anhu said, “I heard the Messenger of Allah sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam saying, “Allah, the Exalted, has said:

[/font][i]O son of Adam! I shall go on forgiving you so long as you pray to Me and aspire for My forgiveness whatever may be your sins. O son of Adam! I do not care even if your sins should pile up to the sky and should you beg pardon of Me, I would forgive you. O son of Adam! If you come to Me with sins as great as the earth and meet Me, not associating anything with Me in worship, I will certainly meet you with forgiveness as great as it.’” (At-Tirmidhi)[/font]
[i]Adapted from a Q/A on Jamiat.org[/font]
1
Oct
2016

Ambassador of Islam

posted by ummi taalib on 1st October 2016 - 0 comments
“Islam needs you to become its ambassador by being a good Muslim and, through your character and conduct, help correct the misunderstandings that exist about Islam. Become a shining example for all, Muslims and non-Muslims alike.”

Shaykh Mawlānā Muhammad Saleem Dhorat hafizahullāh
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