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  1. Ar Razzaq

    The Provider, The Providence, The Supplier, The Bestower of Sustenance The One who creates all means of nourishment and subsistence. The One who is the giver of all things beneficial, both physical and spiritual. The One who provides everything that is needed. The One who causes the means of subsistence to come. The One who bestows all means of support and growth, for the body, the mind and the spiritual life. From the root r-z-q which has the following classical Arabic connotations: to receive something beneficial, especially as a gift to be provided with the necessities of life to receive a portion, share or lot to be supplied with a means of subsistence This name is used in the Qur'ân. For example, see 51:58 The root r-z-q points to the idea of the receiving of anything beneficial, particularly a gift, whereby something is nourished, sustained, or helped to grow physically, mentally or spiritually. http://wahiduddin.net/words/99_pages/razzaq_17.htm
  2. Suppose you find a watch in the middle of a desert. What would you conclude? Would you think that someone dropped the watch? Or would you suppose that the watch came by itself? Of course no sane person would say that the watch just happened to emerge from the sand. All the intricate working parts could not simply develop from the metals the lay buried in the earth. The watch must have a manufacturer. If a watch tells accurate time we expect the manufacturer must be intelligent. Blind chance cannot produce a working watch. But what else tells accurate time? Consider the sunrise and sunset. Their timings are so strictly regulated that scientists can publish in advance the sunrise and sunset times in your daily newspapers. But who regulates the timings of sunrise and sunset? If a watch can not work without an intelligent maker, how can the sun appear to rise and set with such clockwork regularity? Could this occur by itself? Consider also that we benefit from the sun only because it remains at a safe distance from the earth, a distance that averages 93 million miles. If it got much closer the earth would burn up. And if it got too far away the earth would turn into an icy planet making human life here impossible. Who decided in advance that this was the right distance? Could it just happen by chance? Without the sun plants would not grow. Then animals and humans would starve. Did the sun just decide to be there for us? The rays of the sun would be dangerous for us had it not been for the protective ozone layer in our atmosphere. The atmosphere around earth keeps the harmful ultraviolet rays from reaching us. Who was it that placed this shield around us? We need to experience sunrise. We need the sun's energy and it's light to see our way during the day. But we also need sunset. We need a break from the heat, we need the cook of night and we need the lights to out so we may sleep. Who regulated this process to provide what we need? Moreover, if we had only the sun and the protection of the atmosphere we would want something more-beauty. Our clothes provide warmth and protection, yet we design them to also look beautiful. Knowing or need for beauty, the designer of sunrise and sunset also made the view of them to be simply breathtaking. The creator who gave us light, energy, protection and beauty deserves our thanks. Yet some people insist that he does not exist. What would they think if they found a watch in the desert? An accurate, working watch? A beautifully designed watch? Would they not conclude that there does exist a watchmaker? An intelligent watchmaker? One who appreciates beauty? Such is God who made us. SubhanAllah! http://www.islamcan.com/signsofallah/what-if-you-find-a-watch-in-the-sand.shtml
  3. Illnesses Remind Us Of Allah

    The main cause of flu is a virus so tiny as to be invisible to the naked eye. However, such a tiny organism is enough to cause a man of 60-70 kg to lose his strength, and make him so exhausted as to prevent him walking or talking. Most of the time, the pills we take or the meals we eat do not do any good. The only thing we can do is rest and wait. In the body, a war takes place in which we cannot intervene. We are tied hand and foot by a tiny organism. In such a situation, what we should first remember is the following verse of Allah, in which prophet Ibrahim says: He Who created me and guides me; He Who gives me food and gives me drink; And when I am ill, it is He Who heals me; He Who will cause my death, then give me life; He Who I sincerely hope will forgive my mistakes on the Day of Reckoning. My Lord, give me right judgement and unite me with the righteous. (Surat Ash-Shu'ara': 78-83) http://www.islamcan.com/signsofallah/sickness-reminding-us-of-Allah.shtml (The Ayat listed on the website are incorrect, it starts on Ayah 78 of Surah Ash-Shu'ara, not Ayah 79)
  4. A Great Reminder

    http://www.islamcan.com/stop-complaining.shtml No matter how bad your situation, there is always someone facing more difficult circumstances than you. May Allah allow us to be more grateful.
  5. Having The Best Manners

    Hadith - Sahih Bukhari, Muslim, and Tirmidhi ... 'Abd Allah ibn 'Amr said, "The Prophet of Allah, upon him be peace, was never obscene or coarse. Rather, he used to tell us that the best among us were those with the best manners." Subhanallah, how many of us pray, fast, wear hijab, have beards, and go to the masjid while we insult others, curse, backbite, cheat, lie, and do all sorts of haraam things. Let us take a lesson from Rasulullah (S) and change our manners, the way we talk, the way we act, and allow it to be a means of dawah inshallah
  6. Explanation Of Surah Yusuf

    Day Thirteen: Surah Yusuf By Osman Umarji Surat Yusuf is one of the most amazing surahs in the Quran. The entire subject matter is the dramatic story of Prophet Yusuf, with all of its twists, turns, and exciting moments. SubhanAllah, the composition of the surah is far more exhilarating than any Hollywood film, yet it maintains a plethora of wisdom and lessons that every Muslim needs to learn. The surah is Makki, revealed in the 10th year, the year of sadness, after the Prophet lost his beloved wife Khadija and uncle Abu Talib. He was also driven out of the town of Ta’if, and was feeling very sad due to the loss of his family and difficulties in the dawah. Allah sent down this beautiful surah to be a source of peace for Prophet Muhammad, as a reminder that look how many difficulties Yusuf faced and how he persevered through them. The surah is rare in how it is exclusively discussing one story, yet is probably one of the most exciting. When you read the surah, you feel as if you are there during the time of Yusuf and you don’t want to stop reading till you finish. Yusuf, the son of Prophet Yaqoob, begins by having a dream that he saw 11 stars, the sun, and the moon prostrating to him. His father told him not to reveal his dream to anyone, but we’ll come back to the dream later. One of the first major lessons we learn from this story is the reality of jealousy and sibling rivalry, and how jealously can drive people to do unspeakable things. His brothers were so jealous that their father loved Yusuf so much, that they wanted to kill him, but they eventually settled on throwing him into a well and he was picked up by a caravan and taken to another town. We should reflect over this and look at how we treat our own brothers and sisters. Are we loving and caring, or do we get jealous when good befalls them or they are showered with love? Do we treat them the way Allah has commanded us, or do we cut off ties with them if they wrong us? SubhanAllah, even in the end, his brothers come back and ask for forgiveness. Ramadan is a time to mend families ties and re-establish the family relationship. We should all pick the phones (or visit if possible) our brothers, sisters, and other family members during this month and let them know how much they mean to us, or at least try to renew the relationships if they were not strong. After Yusuf is picked out of the well and sold to slavery, he finds himself in the home of Aziz, one of the powerful people of his locale. His wife falls in love with Yusuf, who was given half of beauty (half of mankind’s’ beauty or half of Adam’s?) and as befitting of a righteous person he refuses to be seduced and holds his ground. Here is another valuable lesson about protecting our chastity and being conscious of Allah. That no matter what opportunities to fitna present themselves to us, to remember the reward Allah will give us if we are patient on the halal and persevere in avoiding the haram. This can include an illicit offer from TV, movies, the internet, or someone of the opposite gender. The Prophet told us that Allah will place the sweetness of iman in our hearts if we protect ourselves from looking at and partaking in such haram. What happens next is another wild spin in the story. The wife of Aziz is embarrassed after word spreads around town that she tried to seduce her young slave boy. She decides to call over all her friends and show them how beautiful Yusuf is and that she is not to blame. In the end, after all the woman are shocked by his beauty, Yusuf is sent to prison for not complying to fall into haram. The famous ayah (33) shows Yusuf’s attitude and resolve. قَالَ رَبِّ السِّجْنُ أَحَبُّ إِلَيَّ مِمَّا يَدْعُونَنِي إِلَيْهِ وَإِلاَّ تَصْرِفْ عَنِّي كَيْدَهُنَّ أَصْبُ إِلَيْهِنَّ وَأَكُن مِّنَ الْجَاهِلِينَ. فَاسْتَجَابَ لَهُ رَبُّهُ فَصَرَفَ عَنْهُ كَيْدَهُنَّ إِنَّهُ هُوَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيمُ He said: “O my Lord! Prison is more to my liking than that to which they invite me: Unless You turn away their plot from me, I may feel inclined towards them and join the ranks of the ignorant. “So his Lord responded to his duaa, and turned away their plot from him. Indeed, He is the All Hearing and All Knowing. Look at the commitment to piety that Yusuf had! He wouldn’t comprise anything regarding Islam. He wouldn’t sell his soul for the hardships he would face. This ayah should make us cry that we make excuses for so many things due to the “difficulties” of living in the West. We must make sure we are not those who are weak hearted and have no patience to put up with any hardship we face. These tests may include refusing to sit in a gathering where alcohol is, despite the “necessity” that work mandates it, or to step out of a meeting or class to complete our prayers. There are obviously more difficult ways that we need to persevere, but these are some simple ones we must start to establish in our lives. The main lesson from this event: Never sellout your deen for any price. Nothing in life is more precious and valuable. Never compromise for the sake of the dunya. As Yusuf spends many years in prison (between 3 and 9 as we are not told exactly how many), he is approached by a couple of prisoners who observe his perfect character. He tells one of them to tell the king about his situation about being wrongly imprisoned. The prisoner forgets until much later when the king has a dream and asks his people for an interpretation. The old cellmate of Yusuf goes back to Yusuf and gets the answer, and then the king finally exonerates Yusuf of any wrongdoing and he is made the Treasurer of Egypt. There are many lessons in these events, amongst them, is to always make the best of your situation. Yusuf, although being wrongly imprisoned, didn’t throw a fit or cry all day. He made the best of the situation and did dawah to the prisoners and showed them the most upright character until they came to him with their problems. We can really learn from this because the Muslims in America should show the non Muslims the perfection of character that Islam came to teach, until they recognize how well we behave and desire to be like us and begin to question us about our faith. Each of us should take our responsibility to represent Islam in the best way seriously, because each of us may be the only Muslim that our non Muslim friends, coworkers, or neighbors know. To wrap things up, Yusuf eventually is reunited with his siblings after they come to Eygpt looking for food due to the famine they were living through. They came to know Yusuf was the Treasurer and begged him for forgiveness. He forgave them and told them to ask Allah for forgiveness. Then he brought his whole family to Egypt and they all prostrated to him, which was the interpretation of his dream (that his brothers, mom, and dad all prostrated to him out of respect). Take note prostrating to another human was abrogated by the law of Islam. There is are a few ayahs Yusuf said that are worth mentioning. After revealing to his brothers whom he was (they didn’t recognize him after all the years), he said قَدْ مَنَّ اللّهُ عَلَيْنَا إِنَّهُ مَن يَتَّقِ وَيِصْبِرْ فَإِنَّ اللّهَ لاَ يُضِيعُ أَجْرَ الْمُحْسِنِينَ Indeed Allah has favored us (Yusuf and his brother). Whoever is conscious of Allah (has taqwa) and is patient, then Allah will never waste the affairs of the righteous and they will be rewarded in full. Yusuf reminds us that at the end of the day, as long as you are mindful of Allah and are patient in life, then Allah will eventually reward you and bring about what is best for you. Think about how Yusuf was thrown in a well, sold in slavery, imprisoned, but he was patient through it all and look where Allah placed him. Yusuf realized that life may be long and full of challenges, but he had trust that Allah would take of him as long as he did his part. We should remember this in our lives and remember that although we may think a particular incident is bad for us, that our scope to see the world and our entire lives is limited. Could Yusuf have imagined that due to his adventures that found him in prison, that he would meet the king and be made the treasurer of Egypt? Of course not. But it is proof that Allah is the All Capable and rewards the believers in this life and the next. The last statement of Yusuf when he sees his whole family is amazing. In part of ayah 100 and 101, he says وَقَدْ أَحْسَنَ بَي إِذْ أَخْرَجَنِي مِنَ السِّجْنِ وَجَاء بِكُم مِّنَ الْبَدْوِ مِن بَعْدِ أَن نَّزغَ الشَّيْطَانُ بَيْنِي وَبَيْنَ إِخْوَتِي إِنَّ رَبِّي لَطِيفٌ لِّمَا يَشَاء إِنَّهُ هُوَ الْعَلِيمُ الْحَكِيمُ. Allah treated me in the best way when He took me out of prison and brought you (all here) out of the desert, (even) after Satan had sown enmity between me and my brothers. Verily my Lord knows best the mysteries of all that He planned, for verily He is full of knowledge and wisdom. Do you notice how Yusuf says that Allah has been good to him and treated him the best way? SubhanAllah, after every ordeal and difficulty, none of which he did any wrong in, he says Allah was best to him! This is the ultimate and deepest manifestation of understanding the qadr (Divine Decree) of Allah, that you are completely satisfied with every circumstance Allah places you in. You don’t complain to others, but you thank Allah for all the blessings He has given, and that He hasn’t tested you how He has tested others. In the end, we should know that Allah knows best how to plan the universe and our lives, and all we can do is to exercise the most taqwa and patience, and put our trust in Allah as he will take care of us in the end. May Allah make us amongst those we learn from the best of stories, and who seek to perfect our character like that of Prophet Yusuf.
  7. Surah Asr

    From Ma'ariful Quran by Mufti Muhammad Shafi The Surah is Makki and it has 3 verses. With the name of Allah, the All-Merciful, the Very-Merciful Verses 1-3 I swear by time,[1] man is in a state of loss indeed,[2]except those who believed and did righteos deeds, and advised each other for truth and advised each other for patience.[3] Virtues of Studying Surah al-Asr Sayyidna Ubaidullah ibn Hion reports that whenever two companions of the Holly Prophet met, they would not part company until one of them had recited Surah Al-Asr in its entirety to the other ( transmitted by Al-Tabaarani). Imam Shafi says that if people thought about Surah Al-Asr carefully, it would be enough for their guidance. It is a concise but comprehensive Surah, which in three verses, outlines a complete way of human life based on the Islamic world view. In the Surah Allah swears an oath by the 'Time" and says that mankind is in a state of loss: exception, however, is made of people ho are characterized by 4 qualities: [1]faith [2]righteous deeds;[3]advising each other for truth and [4] advising each other for patience. this is the only path to salvation in this world, as well as in the next world. The Quranic prescription comprises, as we have just seen of four elements. the first two of them relate to man's own personal betterment and other two relate to other people's guidance and reform [ibn Kathir]
  8. Nouman Ali Khan discusses a plan to educate our Ummah.
  9. Patience and Productivity During Times of Hardship by Eva Mayi11 Comments Posted on Friday, September 21, 2012 in Islam & Productivity, Topics Sometimes in life, hardships befall us. It sometimes feels like difficulties add up on one another and the light at the end of the tunnel, is merely a mirage. So how do we maintain our productivity during times of tribulation? As Muslims, we should know that they are part of our life in the dunya and we should be prepared to behave in the best way in such times. Allah (glorified and exalted be He) has been exceptionally merciful as to provide us with tips to remain steadfast in times of trial: “And seek help in patience and As-Salah and truly it is extremely heavy and hard except for humbly submissive [to Allah]”[Quran chapter 2, Verse 45]. Patience comes first in the sequence of this ayah. Patience is not an easy behavior to gain. The Almighty has granted us several examples of patience shown by the Prophets (peace be upon him) during hard times, in the Sunnah and the Qur’an. He has also detailed for our perusal their dua’s which received a favorable answer. One of the most powerful of these narrations told to us by Allah (glorified and exalted be He) is the one of Ayyub (peace be upon him). There are many gems of wisdom in this story for a productive Muslim. The Story of Ayyub (peace be upon him) Ayyub (peace be upon him) was a Prophet of Allah (glorified and exalted be He). It is said he was a descendant of Ibrahim (peace be upon him) and was extremely wealthy. He had plenty of livestock, cattle, and crops, many children and beautiful houses. Ayyub (peace be upon him) was a devotee of Allah. He was engaged in constant remembrance of Allah, giving charity to the poor in such an extensive way that it is narrated that an angel said: “The best creature on earth today is Ayub, a man of noble character who displays excellent patience and always remembers his Generous Lord. He is an excellent model for the worshippers of Allah. In return, his Lord has blessed him with a long life and plenty of riches, yet he is never haughty or selfish. His family, his servants, as well as the needy and the poor share in his good fortune. He feeds and clothes the poor and buys slaves to set them free. He makes those who receive his charity feel as if they are favouring him, so kind and gentle is he.” Ayyub was tested in all his riches, losing everything he had: possessions, children. Then he was tested with regard to his body until there was no part of it that was healthy except his heart. Everybody around him shunned him: friends, relatives and even strangers; he was left alone on the edge of the city and there was no one who treated him with compassion except for his wife, who took care of him. He lived in a state of indigence, sickness for 13, 17, or 18 years depending on the narrations. The Prophet of Allah, Ayyub (peace be upon him), had the utmost patience! He is the best example of that. So much that Allah praised him in His Glorious Quran: “…Truly! We found him patient. How excellent a slave! Verily, he was ever oft-returning in repentance to Us”[38:44]. Dua of Ayuub (peace be upon him) Yazid bin Maysarah said: “When Allah tested Ayyub, upon him be peace, with the loss of his family, wealth and children, and he had nothing left, he started to focus upon the remembrance of Allah, and he said: I praise You, the Lord of lords, Who bestowed His kindness upon me and gave me wealth and children, and there was no corner of my heart that was not filled with attachment to these worldly things, then You took all of that away from me and You emptied my heart, and there is nothing to stand between me and You. If my enemy Iblis knew of this, he would be jealous of me. The Qur’an teaches us that Ayyub (peace be upon him) said: “And (remember) Ayyub, when he cried to his Lord: “Verily, distress has seized me, and You are the Most Merciful of all those who show mercy”[21:83]. Came the answer of Allah: “So We answered his call, and We removed the distress that was on him, and We restored his family to him, and the like thereof along with them as a mercy from Ourselves and a Reminder for all those who worship Us.”[21:84] Ibn Kathir in his tafsir mentioned “a Reminder for all those who worship Us”: We made him an example lest those who are beset by trials think that We do that to them because We do not care for them, so that they may take him as an example of patience in accepting the decrees of Allah (glorified and exalted be He) and bearing the trials with which He tests His servants as He wills.’ And Allah (glorified and exalted be He) has the utmost wisdom with regard to that. What a happy end for those who trust Allah (glorified and exalted be He)! We should learn to remain productive in the darkest times and make the most of every single minute of it. Following this example we could: Step 1 - Say Alhamdulillah first. “The real patience is at the first stroke of a calamity”[Bukhari]. Step 2 - Engage ourselves in repentance in an extensive way. Step 3 - Trust Allah whatever befalls us and think well of Him. During the dark times of Ayyub’s (peace be upon him) tribulations he kept thinking well of Allah. Step 4 - “Verily, distress has seized me, and You are the Most Merciful of all those who show mercy.”[21:83]. We should make dua to Allah alone, using duas from the Quran and Sunnah. Step 5 - Be patient; we shouldn’t be hasty in obtaining an answer from Allah (glorified and exalted be He). And remember, Allah, most merciful loves us and everything that befalls us is for the best. Step 6 - Stay away from sins. Step 7 - Be proactive by being thankful in times of ease. “…And whosoever has Taqwa of Allah, He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty). And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine. And whosoever puts his trust in Allah, then He will suffice him. Verily, Allah will accomplish his purpose. Indeed Allah has set a measure for all things”[65:2-3]. Reference: http://thetruereligion.webs.com/storiesofourprophets.htm About the Author: Eva Mayi is a 27 year old Cameroonian Muslim woman living in France and has reverted some 4 years ago. She enjoys listening to Nouman Ali Khan speeches. Click to read more: http://productivemuslim.com/patience-productivity-and-hardship/#ixzz2PhnqNrKT Follow us: [at]AbuProductive on Twitter | ProductiveMuslim on Facebook
  10. 52) And O my people, ask forgiveness of your Lord and then repent to Him. He will send [rain from] the sky upon you in showers and increase you in strength [added] to your strength. And do not turn away, [being] criminals." Surah Hud - Ayah 52 10) And said, 'Ask forgiveness of your Lord. Indeed, He is ever a Perpetual Forgiver. 11) He will send [rain from] the sky upon you in [continuing] showers 12) And give you increase in wealth and children and provide for you gardens and provide for you rivers. Surah Nuh - Ayah 10 - 12 As long as we continue to ask Allah for forgiveness he will increase our blessings in every possible way.
  11. They said, "Are you indeed Joseph?" He said "I am Joseph, and this is my brother. Allah has certainly favored us. Indeed, he who fears Allah and is patient, then indeed, Allah does not allow to be lost the reward of those who do good." Quran - Surah Yusuf - Ayah 90 After all of the trials and tribulations that Yusuf (A) has gone through he still focuses on the bright side and mentions the favors of Allah. Inshallah we can adopt this positive attitude and always think the best of Allah in every situation.
  12. Signs For Those Who Understand

    The video explains these verses: Surah Imran Verses 190 - 194 190 - Por certo, na criacao dos ceus e da terra, e na alternancia da noite e do dia, ha sinais para os dotados de discernimento, 191 - Que se lembram de Allah, estando de pe e assentados e deitados, e refletem na criacao dos ceus e da terra e dizem: "Senhor nosso! Nao criaste tudo isto em vao. Glorificado sejas! Entao, guarda-nos do castigo do Fogo; 192 - "Senhor nosso! Por certo, aquele que Tu fazes entrar no Fogo, Tu, com efeito, o ignominias. E nao ha para os injustos socorredores 193 - "Senhor nosso! Por certo, ouvimos um pregador que pregava a Fe, dizendo: 'Crede em vosso Senhor!' E cremos. Senhor nosso! Perdoa-nos, pois, os delitos e remite-nos as mas obras e leva-nos a alma para junto dos virtuosos; 194 - "Senhor nosso! E concede-nos o que nos prometeste por meio de Teus Mensageiros, e nao nos ignominies, no Dia da Ressurreicao. Por certo, Tu nao faltas a promessa."
  13. 45. But the man who had been released, one of the two (who had been in prison) and who now bethought him after (so long) a space of time, said: "I will tell you the truth of its interpretation: send ye me (therefore)." 46. "O Joseph!" (he said) "O man of truth! Expound to us (the dream) of seven fat kine whom seven lean ones devour, and of seven green ears of corn and (seven) others withered: that I may return to the people, and that they may understand." 47. (Joseph) said: "For seven years shall ye diligently sow as is your wont: and the harvests that ye reap, ye shall leave them in the ear,- except a little, of which ye shall eat. 48. "Then will come after that (period) seven dreadful (years), which will devour what ye shall have laid by in advance for them,- (all) except a little which ye shall have (specially) guarded. 49. "Then will come after that (period) a year in which the people will have abundant water, and in which they will press (wine and oil)." The patience of Prophet Yusuf (A) is just astounding. The man that he requested for help in the prison forgot about him for a number of years. When he came rushing back to ask Yusuf (A)'s help, Yusuf (A) immediately assists him without placing any conditions, without getting upset, without even reminding him of his negligence.
  14. An explanation of a set of ayat at the end of Surah Ali Imran, starting with Ayah 90. As Muslims we should be people of reflection, people who think about the beauty of the creation around us and allow it to strengthen our Iman.
  15. The Forgiveness Of Yusuf (A)

    "He said, 'No blame will there be upon you today. Allah will forgive you; and He is the most merciful of the merciful.'" Quran - Surah Yusuf - Ayah 92 A beautiful example of how we should forgive each other. Yusuf (A) forgives his brothers in the most amazing manner even though they exiled him from his home and kept him away from his family for more than a decade. This ayah was also used by Rasulullah (S) when he entered Makkah and conquered those who had oppressed the Muslims for years.