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    There is no moral equivalence to an Army being put in to a guerilla war , fighting an enemy that wears no uniform , uses women and children to do their fighting and strikes and retreats to hide amongst civilians . Seems to be that tactic of choice in the M.E.

     

    What Guerilla war? the US army bombs from skies and levels the ground, they use drones indisciminantly is other countries outside the middle east. Who was the enemy at the start of the Iraq war? What made Iraq an enemey to the US?

     

     

     

     In fact I give the actual soldiers themselves the highest of credits . They were and are literal walking targets . They do not shed their uniforms . They are brave and courageous , but they are also human .

     

    I do not give them any credit, fighting in an illegal occupation, with superior might and technology. People should have the courage to stand up to what is wrong, not follow orders blindly.

     

     

    You can not make a comparison with terrorists because terrorists intentionally target and kill civilians for effect . Tyere is no military reason to blow up police stations , bakeries with people waiting on line to buy bread , car bombs in market places .

    Such attacks were aimed at Iraqis BY Iraqis . Yes , civilians were killed , not by policy nor strategy . If you can not determine the difference , then you never will and you are wasting your time trying to convince me otherwise .

     

    Your definition of terrorism changes with each post, you need to stay consistent. Your right there is no reason to blow up Police stations and bakeries, yet this is what the US army did from the skies. Including hospitals and residence towers. To stand behind this notion that collateral is acceptable and in fact is accepted is the exact reason as to why the soldiers treated the iraqis so poorly. So what if we 'accidentally' killed a dozen, they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. One life is sacred, one! yet over 115000 civilian, many of which were women and children. Entire families wiped out, yet this is not by stratergy? What was their stratergy then.

     

    I recall listening to an interview with a former General of the US army who said "the only way to stop these people is to make them taste what they can lose, no one wants to bury their own family" the answer was in reference to the amount of civilians killed. His statment showed they thought the killing of civilians brought down the morale of the iraqi's and would make them surrender.

     

    Continuing on the policy, more and more we find out about the torture that was used in the detention camps in Iraq, the rape and the humiliation committed by many soldiers, not just a few. What made them think it was perfectly fine and why didnt these, 'brave' couragous individuals as you like to call them stand up for the basic human rights of the people, in their own damn country!

     

    Up to that point , I have no problem with US policy . Unfortunately by Saddams blustering and actions , along with the suspicion that Al Queda was somehow connected to Iraq , and the misleading CIA reports of "weapons of mass destruction " add that to Cheney and the rest of the warmongers in Wash.D.C> Iraq was again invaded , and that was a BLUNDER >

    But again the US Army were not Terrorists . Saddam was removed and the religious faction as well as survivors in the Baath party waged war against the US Army . Iraqis instead of uniting once Saddam was removed descended into Civil War amongst religious factions , all attacking the US ARMY , with no set battlefields or uniformed forces , but throughout the country by forces and factions in city streets . That is what the US Army faced . A government was forme d but now a Shia lead govt.which excluded Sunnis - indiscriminate car bombing and slaughters faction against faction continued unabated with The US Army in the middle ,again walking targets .

     

    That was a blunder! You call close to 1m iraqis being killed 3m being displaced a blunder? Seriously what is going on in your mind. there is no word to describe it that i can think of. The US Army must take full responsibility, do you think that you can declare war on a country for no reason, based on fabrication, destroy its major cities and infrastructure, blow up hundreds of thousands of people, leaving others heavily injured, maimed and disabled, then expect the country to welcome you with open arms? No country in the world would accept that. Saddam was removed and Iraqs army was defeated, they had no uniform to fight under. Do not make the US Army to be innocent they are far from it. They killed, injured, displaced, raped and tortured. Then on top of that they showed their true colours when defending the interests of the US, namely oil sites. They then backed a government hell bent on revenge against the sunni population, but a government that bowed down to the US wishes.

     

    You may not want to admit it, but the evidence is clear, and America walks away from this all without a single charge to it name. They committed some of the worse crimes in history in Iraq and yet it is overlooked.

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  2. Aligarr,

     

     

     I am well aware of the US Army , and who they were fighting . And I'm aware of the collateral damage . The US Army is out of Iraq now for almost two years . There is only now a remnant to protect Bagdad and train the Iraqi Army .

     

    Did the US army commit acts of terrrorism? becuase based on your definition in previous posts, they did.

     

     

    The battles fought in Iraq were against those who were killing Iraqis were they not ? Wascthe US Army putting car bombs in Masjid , Bakeries , Employment Lines , Police Stations , Schools , Hospitals .

    WHO was doing that in Iraq ala'adin ?

     

    I have not tried to say that all iraqis are innocent, however who caused the situation to be like that? There are many ways to remove a dictator. A full scale invasion is not the best one.

     

     

    Should there be no air strikes against DAESH ? Should the YAZIDI have been left to be cornered an murdered on that mountain ? After the Iraqi army dropped their weapons and ran from DAESH , should that be ignored ? Do you think the Iraqi people want to be ruled by DAESH ?

     

    Again i dont support DAESH, yet you seem to love bringing them back up constantly! Lets look at this another way. If the 'noble' US Army cared so much about civilians, where was the defence of the people of homs, when they were left defenceless in a city with no food and facing constant shelling from the Assad regime. Lets move away from the arab states for a min. What about in Burma where there is outright brutal ethnic cleansing going on. Or even in Africa? Lets not kid ourselves about these airstrikes.

     

     

     

    As fir my statement on Sharia Law and TERRORISTS , I think I made my point quite clear . If people choose to live under Sharia Law or desire to live under Sharia Law , I clearly stated that DOES NOT make them terrorists - they become terrorists when they begin to murder and blowup people in order to impose their will .

    I know you won't accept this fact , but most Iraqis killed in Iraq have been killed by other Iraqis .

     

    Again you are not reading what i am writing! Im not saying what you think, im saying how it is portrayed in the media and the view held by the common person now. Secondly that is not a fact, reports suggest that US military is responisble for over 116000 civilian deaths and that is a very conservative number. can you still call all those live collaterall?

     

     

     

    Maybe you fell that Saddam should have been left in Power free to continue to wipe out Shia in the South and Kurds in the North ? And maybe the invasion into Kuwait by Saddam , should have been ignored ?

     

    Iraq did not get to the state it is in overnight .There has been a long chain of events over the past 20 years that have brought the situation to where it is today , and it can not all be blamed on the US . What of the Iran Iraq War ? Was that the fault of the US ? Or was it meddling by Shia Iran into the South of Iraq ? And was that meddling not indirectly caused by the slaughter of Shia by Saddam in the South of Iraq ?

     

    You seem to be getting very defensive, i never once advocated the killing or wiping out of any people. Nor did i advocate illegal occupation. rather you seem to be trying hard to justify the blatant acts of terrorism of the US. Again i repeat there are many conflicts in different regions however the super powers only get involved when their interests are met, not for humanitarian reasons. They side with a regime which suits them and turn a blind eye so long as it suits them. Do not forget America played a key part in the Iranian revolution, which led to meddling. Do not forget that Saddam hussein was honured in the united states and seen a friend.

     

    I think you need to be honest with yourself and accept what is fact, that according to your definition the US army has carried out terrorism and supports terrorist/extremist governments.


  3. It seems that you do not really read what we write, you just select a few things then make up your own conclusion.

     

    I agree though with what you said, just because i want to live being ruled by the sharia law does not make me a terrorist, however 'study groups' in the west would label me as an 'Islamist' and a muslim with extreme tendancies. Clear proof on this if you dont believe me research into any Muslim speaker that preaches sharia.

     

    "It's when they start murdering and blowing up people to accomplish and establish that end , that is what makes them terrorists ."

     

    This statement from who i really like, I would like to know what you think where the US army falls under this. They have burdered and blown up a lot more Iraqi's than DAESH (I do not support DAESH at all). You failed to answer my question about Isreal.

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  4. You say the US has donated 3.5 billion (not sure where you got this from) to the palestinians? How much of that actually gets to them and how much has isreal siezed? This is the same US that funds and backs the Isreali atrocities in gaza and the westbank, their constant breach on international law. The same US that consistently Veto's palestines efforts to be internationally recognised. Do not kid yourself into thinking that the US cares about palestine.

     

    Hamas may have been responisble for the killing of US citezens but so has Isreal. Not sure if you recall when they ran over two americans with a bulldozer trying to stop some demolition. Not to mention the various kilings of people from other nations.

     

    People who suicide bomb are usually called terrorist? what do you call people that trap people in an high walled prison (GAZA) and then drop bombs and fire mortar indiscriminantly from the beyond the walls. What would you call people that drop white phosphurous from the sky and who sit on top of the hill and cheer as bombs land as if it was a fire work display???

     

    I do not exxagerate in the slightest, when Morsi of egypt mentioned it the whole of ikhwaan was labelled as Islamist, when any political group with sharia inclination mentions it they are labelled. do not be naive. Secondly, Saudi does not implement sharia law, ask anyone. France banning the Niqab? is that not extreme, forcing people?

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  5. Aligarr,

     

    I agree with what you have said, that the US should have no right in deciding how other countries choose to be governed. Yet this has been a contested issue throughout. Anytime a group wishes to establish Shariah law, they are determined to be an 'Islamist' Group and tainted as extreme. Even in Palestine, Gaza, the most transparent election ever, where the people voted for Hamas as their leaders. The US intervened and has called the group voted by the people for the people illegitimate.

     

    The other point you made is the crux of the matter. The middle east has oil, which is a resource the west craves and requires in abundance. During the oil embargo in the early 1970's put in place by King Faisal becuase of the US's support of Isreal, Kissenger who was at the time the secretary of state, threatened to military action against saudi and to sieze the oil fields. This speaks volumes about Americas foreign policy.

     

    As Bush said, your either with us, or against us. which shows the mentalilty, very similar to that of a bully.


  6. Aligarr- Again i never said the media did not call it a hate crime, and you are wrong if you think the media is not quick to call anyone a terrorist. In order for a person to be proven as a terrorist there needs to be an investigation into the matter, there is rarely an investigation before a person is labelled and as the saying goes mud sticks!. I find it strange that you are defending the media when it is in fact their job to sensationalise the news.

     

    Finally, i would be interested to hear what you consider to be the definition of a terrorist.


  7. Aligarr- while you mention that this may not be a hate crime and it may well prove not to be one (which i highly doubt) The media is very quick to jump and label any muslim a terrorist and the general public also get on the bandwagon. even if he might look remotely arab people jump to the conclusion. Take for the example of kiling of jean carlos de meneze on the london underground. The intial media reports where muslim terrorist alongside this you had "eye witnesses" coming forward saying he was arab and was heard talking arabic. Only for all of that to be dubunked later.  

     

    The game the media is playing like i said before is very dangerous


  8. All lives matter... no one will disagree with that.

     

    While i do agree this has recieved enough media attention, the media needs to look deeply at how they report crime as i feel they are responsible for a lot of attacks on muslims, including this one. By labelling any criminal who has any muslim affiliation as a terrorist has planted a dangerous seed in the minds of many.  

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  9. You have some serious issues,

     

    Just because there are claims that a masked man using fire arms was shouting in arabic, does not automatically make him muslim. In the same way a masked man shouting in english, does not make him a christian.

     

    Secondly your statement about those who choose to become muslim is simply absurd and shows your mentalilty. maybe you need to sit down and reflect on what the real problems are. Because i can tell you in Europe the problems are not the muslims...


  10. I didnt run away, nor did my parents...

     

    Its alarming, the growing extremism towards muslims... the good people of Europe... who are these good people you talk about? Fund wars in countries overseas instead of fixing poverty on their own streets.  

     

    I had to deal with an idiot from America recently who wanted to fight with me because he 'discoverd' im muslim. The beard and name should have been a give away. I hope your not cut from the same cloth 'october'

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  11. Friday Naseeha

     

    “The believers are only those who when Allah in mentioned, feel a tremor in their hearts and when his verses are recited unto them, they increase their faith”[surah Anfal : 8]

     

    In the build up to Ramadan through these reminders we have discussed the importance of different types of worship. The reality is that these actions mean little if the heart is not present. When Allah azawajal describes the animal sacrifice of hajj he says “it is neither their meat nor their blood that reaches Allah, But it is Piety from you that reaches him” [22:37]

     

    Allah azawjal through this ayah is teaching us, that while we are commanded to perform physical actions, alone they are not enough. It is your taqwa that reaches Allah and this originates in our hearts. So if we are performing actions mindlessly without actively engaging our hearts, how do we expect these acts of Ibadah to affect us? We have lost sight and more importantly forgot our puprose, we have become so engrossed in the dunya that our hearts have become so hard, yet we are still unaware of it.

     

    The sad reality is that we are happy to spend thousands on a holiday then look to give as little as possible in zakat. That we can spend years upon years on our career yet only give minutes to learning the deen. That we can read articles online that fascinate us, yet the Quran neither moves nor affects us. That we can spend hours in front of the TV/PC engrossed completely, yet we cannot stand for 10 mins in salah without our mind wandering. It is the reason we can watch our brothers and sister suffer all over the world, yet we do not even think about acting to help them.

     

    Why are we like this? Because we have been raised in an environment that encourages us to be ungrateful, always wanting more, believing everything good is from us and anything bad is from someone else and this cements the heart. We think ourselves independent, however it is because of this independence that fools a man into thinking he can get away with a sin but the reality is we are desperately dependent on Allah.

     

    Abu Bakr and Umar were the greatest men who lived after the prophets of Allah. They recognised their dependence upon Allah completely. In any act of Ibadah they would engage in it both body and heart 100%, they would shed tears out of the remembrance of Allah until their beards dripped. All the while they were promised Jannah while alive!! Further to this Umar would cry and make dua that Allah would just accept 2 rakah that he did out of all the salah he did in his life, just 2 rakah. Yet we pray like we don’t need it.

     

    Ramadan is now upon us, in just a weeks time, make a firm resolve to soften your heart. Look at every action you do and ask yourself, who am I doing this action for? Did I perform it in a way that was befitting? What did I take from it? What should I have taken from it? I swear by Allah if you do this, you will find a sweetness in your actions of worship, if you do this your heart will shake when you read Ayahs of Quran, if you do this you will recognise the reality of this world and recognise you are simply dependent upon Allah.

     

    May Allah soften our hearts and make us firm upon his path.

     

    “Has the time not come for the hearts of those who believe to be affected by Allah’s reminder and that which has been revealed as truth” [57:16]


  12. Friday Naseeha – Sadaqah

     

    Never will you attain righteousness until you spend from that which you love. And whatever you spend, indeed Allâh is Knowing of it." ['Imran, 3:92]

     

    Verily those who give sadaqah, men and women, and lend Allah a goodly loan, it shall be increased manifold, and theirs shall be an honourable good reward (Paradise. [Hadeed 18].

     

    Every single person that’s read this naseeha, will do with some degree of comfort, reading off their phone or their PC/laptops. Often we forget how fortunate we are, rather we think that we are in fact less fortunate and in some cases become depressed on this matter. To give you an idea 60% of the worlds population do not have a bank account and just over 50% of the world is living in poverty. With the majority living in Muslim countries.

     

    Sadaqah unfortunately is neglected, different people have different reasons but one thing is for sure and that is as muslims we need to step. It was once a thing that the companions loved engaging, as they saw the true essence of what sadaqah meant. They would not hesitate to rush and give in sadaqah, not only giving like we do (old clothes, used stuff, pocket change), they would give the best of what they had and go beyond what they could afford realising that temporary difficulty was never an issue.

     

    There are many Ayah and hadith on sadaqah but I would like to focus on one today,

    “And spend from what We have provided you before death approaches any one of you and he then says, “My Lord! Why did you not give me respite for a little while, so I would have given charity and become of the virtuous?” [Munafiqoon 10]

     

    This ayah is striking because not only is it addressing the believers but Allah is informing us of the complaints that we will have on that day. When we will plead to be sent back not to pray more, not to fast more, not to read more Quran. The biggest regret on that day will be the sadaqah, in surah Qaf Allah says "Indeed you were heedless of this, now We have removed the veil (from your eyes), and sharp is your sight this Day!" meaning that we will see the true nature of all deeds and all that we used to do, and I stress again the ayah mentions giving in sadaqah.

     

    Narrated by Ibn‘Abbas: “The Prophet saws was the most generous person, and he used to become more so (generous) particularly in the month of Ramadan” [Muslim]

     

    With Ramadan around the corner, let us embrace this lesson and adopt another sunnah. Let us become more generous in what we give this month, let our hearts become detached from the love of wealth and attach it to the currency that really matters, good deeds. Let us strive to assist our brothers and sisters in need across the world.

    May Allah remove the love of the world from our hearts, may he inspire in each and all of us the love of sadaqah and may he make us amongst those are rich in the deeds of sadaqah.

     

    Abi Musa Al-Asha’ri ( may Allah be pleased with him ) related that the Messenger of Allah ( PBUH ) said : There is a Sadaqa ( charity ) due on every Muslim; if he cannot give because he has no money, let him work then he can support himself and give charity; if he is unable to work, then let him help someone in need of his help; if he does not do that, let him adjoin good; if he does not do that, then he should not do evil or harm others: it will be written for him as a Sadaqa [Ahmad, Muslim]

    Friday Naseeha – Sadaqah

     

    Never will you attain righteousness until you spend from that which you love. And whatever you spend, indeed Allâh is Knowing of it." ['Imran, 3:92]

     

    Verily those who give sadaqah, men and women, and lend Allah a goodly loan, it shall be increased manifold, and theirs shall be an honourable good reward (Paradise. [Hadeed 18].

     

    Every single person that’s read this naseeha, will do with some degree of comfort, reading off their phone or their PC/laptops. Often we forget how fortunate we are, rather we think that we are in fact less fortunate and in some cases become depressed on this matter. To give you an idea 60% of the worlds population do not have a bank account and just over 50% of the world is living in poverty. With the majority living in Muslim countries.

     

    Sadaqah unfortunately is neglected, different people have different reasons but one thing is for sure and that is as muslims we need to step up. It was once a thing that the companions loved engaging, as they saw the true essence of what sadaqah meant. They would not hesitate to rush and give in sadaqah, not only giving like we do (old clothes, used stuff, pocket change), they would give the best of what they had and go beyond what they could afford realising that temporary difficulty was never an issue.

     

    There are many Ayah and hadith on sadaqah but I would like to focus on one today,

    “And spend from what We have provided you before death approaches any one of you and he then says, “My Lord! Why did you not give me respite for a little while, so I would have given charity and become of the virtuous?” [Munafiqoon 10]

     

    This ayah is striking because not only is it addressing the believers but Allah is informing us of the complaints that we will have on that day. When we will plead to be sent back not to pray more, not to fast more, not to read more Quran. The biggest regret on that day will be the sadaqah, in surah Qaf Allah says "Indeed you were heedless of this, now We have removed the veil (from your eyes), and sharp is your sight this Day!" meaning that we will see the true nature of all deeds and all that we used to do, and I stress again the ayah mentions giving in sadaqah.

     

    Narrated by Ibn‘Abbas: “The Prophet saws was the most generous person, and he used to become more so (generous) particularly in the month of Ramadan” [Muslim]

     

    With Ramadan around the corner, let us embrace this lesson and adopt another sunnah. Let us become more generous in what we give this month, let our hearts become detached from the love of wealth and attach it to the currency that really matters, good deeds. Let us strive to assist our brothers and sisters in need across the world.

    May Allah remove the love of the world from our hearts, may he inspire in each and all of us the love of sadaqah and may he make us amongst those are rich in the deeds of sadaqah.

     

    Abi Musa Al-Asha’ri ( may Allah be pleased with him ) related that the Messenger of Allah ( PBUH ) said : There is a Sadaqa ( charity ) due on every Muslim; if he cannot give because he has no money, let him work then he can support himself and give charity; if he is unable to work, then let him help someone in need of his help; if he does not do that, let him adjoin good; if he does not do that, then he should not do evil or harm others: it will be written for him as a Sadaqa [Ahmad, Muslim]


  13. Wa alaykum salaam,

     

    Ali Ibn Abu Talib (RA) said that do not argue religion with people of ignorance as they may say things which cause themselves greater harm.

     

    I used to find myself in a similar situation to yours, what I would advise is to keep your replies short and only reply to them when they ask you questions (keeping it short and succint) else it comes across preachy and people dont like that. However if they ask you, then your reply wont be seen in the same light as they instigated it.

     

    Like if someone asked me as they has been done before, my reply would be "From what I have read, I did not come across the prophet or the companions celebrating this day, for this reason I stay away from it as I want to follow the example of the prophet. Maybe you have read things that I have not come across, so please share with me and if the prophet celebrated it then I will happily join in."

     

    obviously not a script, I often find with this, it makes the person question the source of it and it can lead to a more intellectual debate if they choose to persue it.

     

    Remember each person is different and you need to find the best approach, which is not always easy work!!

     

    Hope this helps

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  14. Friday Naseeja


     

    Narrated from Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Seventy thousand of my ummah will enter Paradise without being brought to account; they are the ones who did not ask for ruqyah or believe in omens or use cautery and they put their trust in their Lord.” [bukhari & Muslim]


     

    Carrying on from last weeks nasheea, we will now discuss the issue of Ruqya in todays society. As mentioned previously the reason that a person will be excluded from one of the 70,000 who enter Jannah without reckoning is because of their perfection in their trust and understanding of tawheed.


     

    It should be noted that seeking Ruqya itself is NOT haraam, if done correctly, but it will still exclude you from the 70000. For it to be done correctly, Ruqyah must be done with the speech of Allah (Qur'an) and his names and attributes. It must also be in the Arabic language and the most important part is to believe that Ruqyah has no benefit by itself, but the benefits are all from Allah.

    A Raqi must come under all the following conditions: they must have the correct and firm belief in Allah (Tawheed, based on Qur'an & Sunnah, abstaining from shirk), they must uphold the law of Allah and maintain a good intention of treating people with the correct etiquettes and environment of Ruqyah e.g a lawful place / not isolating a male with a female. Anything outside of this will nullify it.


     

    In our society today we have an issue whereby people feel that they are unable to be cured except by the hands of a raqi. So they seek out another human being, pay large amounts of money and then continue to rely on such a person placing their tawwakul in them. Now such a raqi may be genuine, however this type of reliance, only Allah azawjal is deserving of and a person risks falling into shirk with this mentality. On the other hand the raqi may be a fraud in which not only is it shirk but such a person may violate many other laws of Allah including taking advantage of the person in their weak state.


     

    The real question that we all need to answer is, why can we not perform Ruqya on ourselves? Which will not exclude us from the 70000. Ask yourself, who cures? To whom does all power belong to? Or is it that you feel, you do not know enough to help yourself? Then By Allah you owe it to yourself to go learn! We have the Quran and sunnah at our finger tips go and learn your deen. Or maybe you feel Allah will not accept your dua? Know that Allah has answered this in the Quran to All of his servants

    “And when My servants ask you, [O Muhammad], concerning Me - indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me. So let them respond to Me [by obedience] and believe in Me that they may be [rightly] guided.” [baqarah 186]


     

    Allah Azawajal in his infinite mercy has given us this gift, but the reality is do we use it?


     

    Out of fear and lack of knowledge people become reliant on others when they should have fear of Allah and not his creation ( people / jinn). May Allah grant us the strength and ability to only ever rely on him Azawjal and that he guides us to perfection in our understanding of tawheed.

     

    And depend upon Allah, if you truly believe" (Surah Al-Maida 5:23)

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  15. Friday Naseeha-


     

    Ibn ‘Abbaas, who said: “The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: He was shown by Jibreal his ummah and it was said“...These are your ummah, and these are seventy thousand at their head who will not be brought to account or punished.” I said, “How come?” He said, “They do not use branding, or seek ruqya, or believe in bad omens; they put their trust in their Lord.” [bukhair]


     

    Tawakkul for a believer is the light in their heart, guiding them to the path of Allah. The essence of this light is derived from two pillars: Dependence upon Allah and Trust in Allah.


     

    To give an example we may often trust a person without needing to depend upon them and likewise we may depend upon a person without ever fully trusting them. However when it comes to tawwakul both must exist aligned together completely. We must fully depend upon and have complete trust in Allah.


     

    The reality is that we are so ready to trust others, but so quick to question Allah (SWT)? I'm sure we can all recall many incidents in our lives when we experienced the mercy of Allah (SWT). What did we do? What did we say? When one of the innumerable blessings we failed to count and thank our Lord for was unexpectedly taken from us, what thoughts rushed to our minds? What regrettable words came from our mouths? Why has this happened? What did I do wrong? Why has my blessing been taken away from me? Such spur of the moment questions, tainted by our false comprehension that the blessings bestowed upon us belonged to us, in an instant, shakes our building of tawakkul, sometimes causing it to collapse, consequently opening up a door for our enemy -Shaytan.


     

    "Sufficient is Allah and whoever puts his trust in Allah, sufficient is (Allah) for him" [surah At-Talaq: 3]


     

    Of the issues that stem from this is that a person may after having lost their tawwakul, seek help from fellow creation. Then they may begin to believe that such a person has a power to cure them and so they develop tawwakul in this person. Which leads back to the hadith at the top, the scholars have said that the reason these 70000 will enter jannah without reckoning is because of their perfection in Tawheed, recognising that there is none without power except Allah and that nothing can happen in this world except by the permission of Allah. To believe otherwise is a form of shirk and such a person has associated with Allah.


     

    That is not to say that taking precautionary measures (seeking advice and assistance from people) goes against the essence of Tawakul because if the person believes that the measures taken can only be effective by the permission of Allah then they are fulfilling the nature of Tawakul. The issue of ruqyah is now a common theme in todays ummah, and this will be discussed in next weeks naseeha inshA.


     

    May Allah make us among those who’s taweed is pure and that our tawwakul is complete and may we be of those who will be admitted straight to Jannah.


     

    Narrated By Umar the Prophet SAWS sa id: "If you truly put your trust on Allah, he would provide you (sustenance) as He provides the birds; where they leave in the morning with empty stomach and return back with full stomach." [Ahmad]


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    “I will surely sit and wait for them on Your straight path. Then I will come to them before them and from behind them and on their right and on their left, and you will not find most of them grateful (to you)”        [Al Araf:16-17]


     

    The likeness of this life is like a journey, our destination is the hereafter. There is only two destinations in the hereafter, Paradise or the Hell fire, however there are many pathways. All of which lead to the fire except one, and that is the Siratal Mustaqima (The Straight Path) which is path taken when one obeys the commands of Allah.


     

    The cursed Iblis (Shaytan) only has one objective in this world and that is to distract the children of Adam from travelling along the straight path, towards Jannah. He has declared himself an open enemy to us and has promised to strike at anytime, from any direction and he will not rest until the day of judgement. Shaytan was created long before Adam was created, he deceived the father of mankind and since he has continued to deceive and deceive nations and nations condemning these nations to the hellfire by the actions he influenced them to carry out.


     

    He is experienced beyond measure and he is cunning, he will make evil actions appear enticing and good, he will promote laziness with false promises of ‘more time’, he will ignite unlawful desires and beautify them for you. Inspire envy and jealousy and whisper doubt in your ears over all the good that you do. He will make you feel unworthy such that you feel ashamed to beseech Allah.


     

    Shaytan has built himself strong, however we can defeat him. “And if an evil suggestion comes to you from Shaytan, then seek refuge in Allah, indeed he is all hearing and knowing” [7:200] Success in overcoming Shaytan comes from knowing the enemy. Like in all cases of war to defeat your enemy you must recognise your enemy and determine a strategy. You must also identify your own weaknesses and not let your enemy expose them.


     

    "O Mankind indeed the promise of Allah is the truth so let not worldly life delude you and be not deceived about Allah by the deceiver (Satan). Indeed Satan is an enemy to you so take him as an enemy. He only invites his party to be among the companions of the blaze (Fatir: 5-6).


     

    We must set up barriers and the only way to do that is through Ibadah and staying far away from all prohibitions. Do not kid yourself into thinking that you will not be affected by being in an environment in which haram is being committed, shaytan is patient and will strike when you least expect it. We should remove ourselves as best we can from these harmful situations. Most importantly, we must constantly renew our intentions. Often we fall into the habit of doing things for the sake of doing them and that is when we fall. We need to constantly remind ourselves in every actions the reason to why we do it and it should only ever be to please Allah. Also if we find that we are in a good state staying away from sins then we should thank Allah continuously and not think that it is from our own selves, rather it is only from the mercy of Allah that will allow us to prevail. Only then will we remain fully alert and not forget that along this journey our enemy is waiting to strike.

     

    May Allah guide us and keep on guiding such the we walk along the straight path without deviating.


     

    The son of Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal narrates the following story about his father’s death.


     

    As Death had approached him Imam Ahmad went into a semi-conscious state and repeated, “No…not yet, not yet.” This worried people around him as they did not expect a person of his piety to be warding death off. When Imam Ahmad regained consciousness, his son asked him about his statement. Imam Ahmad replied, "Shaytan came to me and said: 'Ahmad, you are free (meaning, I have lost you)!'" To this, Imam Ahmad replied “No, not yet, not yet.” meaning that a person never gets rid of Shaytan until he actually dies.

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    [iblees] said, "Do You see this one whom You have honoured above me? If You delay me until the Day of Resurrection, I will surely destroy his descendants, except for a few." [Quran 17:62]


     

    And We have certainly established you upon the earth and made for you therein ways of livelihood. Little are you grateful. [Quran 7:10]


     

    One day as Umar bin al Khattab was walking through the marketplace he inadvertently heard a man making what seemed to Umar a very strange dua. The man kept reciting over and over “O Allah, Make me from the few”.


     

    So Umar approached him and asked “from where did you get this prayer?”


     

    So the man replied “Allah says in the Quran “and few will be from my grateful servants”[34:13]


     

    Upon hearing this Umar cried and made the dua, “Ya Allah, make me from the few”


     

    We live in an environment which is surrounded by fitna in pretty much every direction and of all different types. It is not uncommon to see muslims engaged within them, however what is frightening is when muslims and whosoever try to justify their evil actions, by suggesting they are not alone in doing them. How many times has the excuse been used “well everyone is doing it not only me” or “relax! its not that bad otherwise no one would do it”.


     

    The reality is these excuses are just that, excuses for a weakness that a person has. It does not matter how many people are doing whatever you may be engaged in, if it is haram it is haram. Often if a person is not engaged in such sins, the majority may seek to mock the one who has safeguarded themselves, to try to convince them to be more like them. To give an example i was once waiting for a train and standing not too far were a bunch of sisters who were making fun of one of the sisters because she was not wearing makeup, saying she looked pale and ill.


     

    In times like this we should solace in the fact that Allah distinguishes between the majority and the few. If you search for the word 'most people' in the Quran, you will always find after these words 'and they don't believe', 'and they do not know' or 'and they are ungrateful'


     

    Instead we should seek to be from those who observes the command of Allah at all times and do not compromise on anything. May Allah make us among those who he is pleased with. May he make us amongst the few. Ameen


    Ibn Qayyim AR said: "Choose the path of truth and do not be despondent because of the small number of those seeking the truth & be careful of the evil path and do not be impressed by the large number of those that will be destroyed."

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    “The mutual rivalry (in chasing the dunya) diverts you. Until you reach the grave. Nay! you shall come to know. Again Nay! you shall come to know. Nay! If you knew with a sure knowledge (you would not have occupied yourself in worldy things). Verily you will see the blazing fire. And again you will see it with certainty of sight. Then on that day you shall be asked about what you indulged in.” [surah Takathur]

     

    On the authority of: Abu Huraira:Once the Prophet (peace be upon him) entered the Masjid, a man came in, offered the prayer and greeted the Prophet. The Prophet returned his greeting and said to him, "Go back and pray again for you have not prayed." The man offered the prayer again, came back and greeted the Prophet. He said to him thrice, "Go back and pray again for you have not prayed." The man said, "By Him Who has sent you with the truth! I do not know a better way of praying. Kindly teach Me how to pray." He said, "When you stand for the prayer, say Takbir and then recite from the Qur'an what you know and then bow with calmness till you feel at ease, then rise from bowing till you stand straight. Afterwards prostrate calmly till you feel at ease and then raise (your head) and sit with Calmness till you feel at ease and then prostrate with calmness till you feel at ease in prostration and do the same in the whole of your prayer." [bukhari]

     

    We live in a society today which is fast paced; people barely have time for themselves let alone anyone else, ‘time is money’ always on the move always tired never enough time, in the blink of the eye Friday has arrived again! As muslims we need to take stock of the time we spend on any action and we need to prioritize so that we give everything its due right.

     

    Unfortunately because of the society we live in our priorities get muddled up and we forsake the important things, namely the Salah. Reflecting upon the hadith above, how many of us have performed a Salah like this man? How many of us have rushed through our Salah without having found calmness in our prayer? How many of us have engaged in a Salah without concentration (khusoo)? How many of us have prayed wanting to run back to the dunya?

     

    The reality is frightening, especially considering that the prophet SAWS told him “go back and pray for you have not prayed” In another hadith Prophet saws said: “The first thing which will be judged among a man’s deeds on the Day of Resurrection is the Prayer. If this is in good order then he will succeed and prosper but if it is defective then he will fail and will be a loser.” [Tirmidhi]

     

    The reality is that if we actually reflected on the short surahs that we recite while rushing our salah we would be humbled before Allah. An example is the surah Al Asr, 3 verses long and the first two are “By Time!, Verliy Mankind is in ever increasing loss”. Allah azawajal is informing us that we need to be aware of time, that our life is limited and that its span is ever decreasing and that we should prepare for the hereafter. However we recite this hurriedly and run back after the world, think about it, does that even make sense after what we recited? May Allah grant us a better understanding.

     

    We need to understand that nothing is more important than our Salah, we must set aside time so that we can pray without needing to rush it, so that we can have khusoo, so that we can feel the effects and the benefits of salah. Time is NOT money, but it is exchanged for a currency and the currency which matters is that of the hereafter and the currency of the hereafter is deeds. May Allah make us among those that offer the salah with Khusoo and through it get closer to Allah and move further away from the dunya.

     

    The Prophet (SAWS) said: "Salah is a pillar of the religion (Islam). He who establishes it, establishes religion; and he who destroys it, destroys religion." [Tabarani]

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