Issue No 12
we Muslims have fallen into the trap of Satan, and are so caught up in our daily
affairs, that we very rarely take the time to reflect on the Favours of Allah,
and to thank Him with the thanks that is due Him. We are so busy conducting our daily lives
that we forget who is really in-charge, and from where our sustenance comes. For Allah says:
remember Me, I will remember you, And
be thankful to Me, and do not be ungrateful to Me." [2:152]
problem that most of us face is what we call the, "if I only…."
syndrome. If I only had a better
wife, I would be grateful. If I only had sons instead of daughters, I would be
grateful. If I only had a bigger house, a better car, more money, a better job,
and the list goes on and on. We are constantly focused on the things we don't
have, instead of being grateful to Allah for the things we do already have.
is a very serious illness, for which Rasoolullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) has given the cure. He
admonished us, in terms of worldly things, to always look to those beneath us
for this will keep us thankful. Allah
says about the Holy Prophet that in him we have the best of example. It is narrated by al-Mughira that the Messenger
of Allah used to stand (in the salaah) or perform salaah until both his feet swelled. He was asked why (he offered such an
unbearable salaah) he said, "Should I not be a thankful servant of Allah?"
the Holy Prophet advised us, the best way to stay thankful to Allah is to count
His Favours in our lives everyday. For
Allah says, "And He gives you
all that you ask for. But if you count
the favours of Allah, never will you be able to number them. Verily, man is given up to injustice and
statement of Allah is so true, yet we put so little value on it, and do not
take heed. The very fact that we got up
this morning, that we can offer the salaah, that we had breakfast, that we have
clothes to wear, water to bathe ourselves, that we have homes to shelter us
from the elements, that we have our health, our families, etc., etc., etc., are
all favours from Allah, the Most Gracious.
We should take none of it for granted, or become arrogant enough to
believe that we attained any of it because of our own efforts alone.
frees the heart from greed, jealousy and envy. When we are thankful to Allah,
we remain mindful of Him and His continuous Mercy toward us, and this in return
humbles us and improves our character. The very fact that Allah has guided us
to Islam and the sunnah of His Messenger in itself should be a source of
continual praise. Allah says, "Surely
We have shown him the way: he may be thankful or unthankful." (76:3)
also says in the Glorious Quran that only few of His servants thank Him. Let us
then strive to be among these few by keeping our tongues wet with His
remembrance and our hearts soft with His praise. Allahumma A’innaa ‘alaa Zikrika Wa Shukrika
Wa Husni Ibadathika. Ameen!
STONE BE GOD ?
so reverently kissed and caressed during the Tawaf, the Hajar-ul-Aswad (Black Stone), in one of the corners of
the Ka’bah, is no graven image for the pilgrims to worship. That is the last
thing any One-God
worshipper could ever imagine. For a
stone is just a mere stone after all. It
has no power whatsoever to do good or inflict harm to any one, apart from
Allah, the Sole Deity of mankind. That
stone is a thing cherished either knowingly, ignorantly or figuratively - by those who take to stone-worship instead of God-worship, a belief and
practice as unholy as it is senseless.
This is why the Black Stone becomes a mystery to such people, and so,
some out of ignorance openly charge that Prophet of Islam did break every Idol
in Islam except one - meaning the Ka’bah, or the Black Stone. Why, even unwitting Muslims get
easily confused about the Black Stone.
It was hence that 'Umar, the second Caliph, did well to remove this
hidden doubt from our minds. When he
came to kiss the Black Stone, he cried out publicly to it: Narrated ‘Abis bin Rabi’a: ‘Umar (May Allah be pleased with
near the Black Stone and kissed it and said, "No doubt, I know that
you are a stone and can neither harm anyone nor benefit anyone. Had I not seen
Allah’s Messenger (Peace be upon him) kissing you, I would not
have kissed you. ( Sahih Al-Bukhari) .
than five thousand years ago, the father of the prophets, Ibraheem (alaihis salaam) the Upright (Haneef), had built the present
structure of the Ka’bah under Allah’s own orders. He had built it along with his youthful son,
forefather of the Arabs. This is how the Qur'an describes their building it
(remember) when Ibraheem and (his
son) Isma'eel were raising the
foundations of the House (the
Ka'bah at Makkahsaying), ‘Our Lord! Accept (this
service) from us. Verily! You are the All-Hearer,
all Knower.’" (2:127).
father and the son, true One-God worshippers (Muslims),
were thus raising the foundations with trembling hearts, ever fearful of His displeasure.
While building the Ka'bah, therefore, both of them were afraid that Allah may
not accept their humble service, hence that prayer of theirs. How touching of
such fidelity, how moving of such humility towards Allah the Great! It is the essence of Monotheism, the ideal
pattern of Faith and Actions, great and small, for all Muslims to follow. When
raised to a certain height, Ibraheem (alaihis salaam) ordered his son to choose a
piece of stone to mark the main cornerpoint.
While the lad was searching for it, the Archangel Jibra-eel appeared with the Black Stone from
Heaven. Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) said: "The Black stone
descended from heaven, when it was whiter than milk, but people’s sins have
blackened it". (Tirmidhi,)
took it up and fitted it in, and there it stands up to this day. It is a heavenly stone, then, and not an
earthly one. It was selected by Allah
for His Holy House (the Ka'bah).
CAN YOU DEFEND ISLAM ?
many of us really want to pursue some professional career? Doctors, lawyers, educators, counsellors, business, etc? Did you know that many Muslims are left out
of social, political, religious and philosophical discussions because they just
don't compare. They don't know what Islam
has to offer. If some co-worker, boss or a teacher or
even another student companion starts questioning you about Islam, will you be
able to give a thorough and correct answer?
Do you have that much knowledge? Or
what if someone starts attacking Islam? Can you defend it? Can you prove them
is happening to Muslim students, where teachers and other students have started
to question Islam. They have started to
grill innocent Muslim students to prove them wrong, or try to get them to
"reject their faith" (although they don't say so,
but you can tell by the tone of their voices). But this will also happen to you sometime in
your life. Someone, somewhere will say or ask, and you have to
stand up for what is right: YOU HAVE TO STAND UP FOR ISLAM!
Because if you don't, who will?
do you want to know how you can get the knowledge? Read the Glorious Quran. Not only read it but
study it, read the translations of verses and their commentaries. Take 10 minutes out of the 1,440 minutes of
the day, and just read 5 verses with their meaning and commentaries. Think about it, and try to remember it. Do the same with the Hadith: alternate, do 5 minutes one thing, 5 minutes
another and learn about Islam. Do
whatever you can, BUT JUST DO SOMETHING!
read, and understand, and know that you will get rewarded for doing so, in this life and in the hereafter, Insha
ALLAH! May Allah give us the courage
and strength to learn more about Islam and stand up for Islam.
STRIKE OVER ISLAMIC HEAD-SCARVES
at a secondary school in the southern French town of
Last term the two girls, aged 12 and 13, were made to do their work in a separate room because staff refused to let them wear the head-scarves in class.
The principle of excluding religious symbols from the classroom is enshrined in
Allah give those who make such types of Jihad great strength and courage to
establish the Deen of Islam. Ameen.
cigarette smoking has gone down in
Dr. Al-Sayyid said while in the West the habit is being discarded, it is on the increase in the Muslim world, and therefore there should be a consistent campaign to publicise the harmful effects of smoking. He said many women have taken to hookah smoking in their homes, and this is a catastrophe that is playing havoc with the Muslim Ummah.
Alaihi wasallam) said:
anyone seeks knowledge to use it in competing with the learned or disputing
with the foolish or to attract men’s attention to himself, Allah will cause him
to enter the Fire of Jahannam. (Tirmizi).
one who acquires knowledge but does NOT act upon it, has acquired it only to
increase his pride. (Tirmizi)