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  1. Zikr and Nourishment.

    As-Salaam alaikum, Ayat 205 of Surat A'araf of the Holy Qur'an (7:205) reads:-- "And remember your Lord by your tongue and within yourself, humbly and in awe/reverence without loudness in words, in the mornings and evenings; and be not among the neglectful." And the Noble Messenger of Allah, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, said:-- "He who remembers his Lord and he who does not remember his Lord are like the living and the dead." [Bukhari ]. The body is a system that needs nourishment in every respect, the comparison between the living and the dead in above Hadith is made because the soul receives tremendous nourishment during Zikr, while the heedless person goes deeper into loss without replenishing himself.... that is why we pray 5 times daily.... this is the minimum the body requires to maintain our standard of morality.
  2. Consider Ayat 216 Of Surat Baqra.

    As-Salaam alaikum, Ayat 216 of Surat Baqra of the Holy Qur'an reads:-- "BUT IT MAY HAPPEN THAT YOU HATE A THING THAT IS GOOD FOR YOU, AND IT MAY HAPPEN THAT YOU LOVE A THING WHICH IS BAD FOR YOU. Allah KNOWS, AND YOU KNOW NOT." That is to say, [He knows, and you do not know] what is in the best interest of your religion...... and your worldly life, for Allah (Almighty and Glorious is He) has kept concealed from His Creatures the things that are to their advantage. He has charged them with servitude to Him, by requiring fulfillment of the Commandments and Observance of the Prohibitions [of the Sacred Law], submissive resignation to that which is foreordained [maqdur], and contentment with the Divine Decree in every respect, whether it be in their favor or to their disadvantage. He has appropriated the consequences and the benefits unto Himself exclusively, Tabaraka Wa Ta'ala. It is therefore necessary for the servant to be constantly engaged in worshipful obedience to his Master, to be content with whatever Allah Ta'ala has allotted to him, and to harbor no doubts about Him. ...after Sayyadi Abdulqadir al-Jilani: in his "Al-Ghunya Li Talib Tariq al-Haqq (Sufficient Provision For Seekers Of Path Of Truth)".
  3. Thought Of Ayat 43, Surat Furqan?

    As-Salaam alaikum, Ayat (verse) 43 in Surat Furqan of the Holy Qur'an (25:43) reads:-- "HAVE YOU SEEN THE PERSON WHO HAS MADE HIS DESIRES HIS GOD?" This Noble ayat suggests that there are 2 gods in our existence, and we must be aware of same: (one is the true God- ie Allah Ta'ala and the second is our inner-self, who others call the ego, which rules over a person by enslaving him/her in desires). We must get rid of this duality and find the One True God, Allah... the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe... and the best way to find and stick to that is by following the Holy Qur'an and Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, in belief, word and action/work always. Best Wishes.
  4. And To Allah We Shall Return.

    As-Salaam alaikum, In ayat 156 of Surat Baqra of the Holy Qur'an (2:156), Allah Ta'ala says:-- "WE BELONG TO Allah, AND TO HIM WE SHALL RETURN." With this, we have to realize that when we say: 'We belong to Him', we are declaring that nothing belongs to us.... nothing is deserved. Everything we have is a pure act of grace and blessing of Allah, the Generous Benefactor and Lord of the Universe. Once this fact reaches our heart, we will then be able to break free from arrogance, pride and complaint.
  5. Consider This Du'a..

    As-Salaam alaikum, Sayyadi Sa'ad Ibn Abi Waqqas, may Allah be pleased with him, reported that the Prophet, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, said:-- "Should I tell you what 'Ism e Azam is? The Ism e Azam is the Du'a of Yunus, alaihis-Salaam: LA ILAHA ILLA ANTA SUBHANAKA, INNI KUNTU MINAZZALIMEEN (there is none worthy of worship except You! Undoubtedly, I have been of the wrongdoers) - 21:87 If one recites this Du'a 40 times in his illness, then he shall receive the Thawaab (reward) of a Shaheed (martyr). if he regains his health then he shall be cleansed from his sins." In view of this, we should therefore make this Du'a part of our daily Zikr... in illness or in health. Best Wishes.
  6. Did You Consider This?

    As-Salaam alaikum, In the Holy Qur'an, the first Prophet of Allah Ta'ala on the planet earth, Adam, alaihi salaat wassalam, said:-- "O Lord! We have wronged ourselves" (7:3) and after him, Prophet Ibrahim, alaihi salaat wassalam, said:-- "When I fall ill, He heals me" (26:80) Prophet Ibrahim, peace be upon him, attributes the sickness to himself in order to teach us courtesy. In other words, 'I am ill and my healing is only from Him'. He is negating himself, putting aside the self.... and when you remove yourself, you affirm Allah in all affairs. Note that in this wise when Sayyaina Musa, alaihi salaam, showed a sign of egoism, saying ''I am more knowledgeable than any other human being on earth''. Allah sent him Khidr so that he might journey with him for a few days, and lose that egoism-- see details in Surat Kahfi (chapter 18) of the Holy Qur'an....
  7. The Ruh and Allah's Secret Ocean.

    As-Salaam alaikum, In ayat/verse 85 of Surat Bani-Isra'el of the Holy Qur'an (17:85), Allah Ta'ala says:-- "And they ask you concerning the Ruh (spirit or soul). Say: The Ruh (comes) by Command of my Lord: of knowledge it is a little that is communicated to you, (O men!!)." With this ayat, we come to understand that the Ruh.... the spirit or soul in our body is one of those things that are of high spiritual mysteries, which cannot be explained in terms of our everyday human experiences. It is Allah's secret ocean.... an ocean from which you and I are able to look, touch, taste, hold, smell, feel, speak, walk.... How is it that we are able to do all this, but yet we do not know how we are looking, smelling, touching, tasting, speaking and understanding? You may lift your hand up and let it fall down again; you may catch something, but you do not know how you are catching that thing. You are walking, but you do not know how you are able to walk. Looking into ourselves, we see a perfect balance. There are 360 organs (internal and external) in our bodies...... each has its own function. When one of them works, it does not prevent the other from working. So, it is not possible for you/us to understand about Ruh more than this...... other than to acknowledge and say: ALLAHU AKBAR! ALLAHU AKBAR!! LA-ILAHA ILLALLAHU, ALLAHU AKBAR.... WA LILLAHIL HAMD!!!
  8. Ever Thought Of Ayat 16, Surat Sajdah?

    As-Salaam alaikum, In ayat 16 of Surat Sajdah of the Holy Qur'an (32:16), Allah Ta'ala says:-- "THEIR SIDES FORSAKE THEIR BEDS." This is in reference to those servants of Allah who engage in the voluntary prayer(s) in the night. This is the same prayer about which the Noble Messenger of Allah, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, said:-- "Hold fast to night prayer, for it was the way of the righteous before you, a way of drawing closer to your Lord, an expiation for wrong deeds, and a shield from sin." [Tirmidhi]. "Qiyam" literally means standing up, particularly after sleeping, just as we say... 'YUOM AL-QIYAMH' for Day of Judgement as we rise to stand before Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala, after much rest in our graves. That is why sleep is like a daily death, and Qiyam is to rise from it. Whoever stands the night in prayer, Allah will make easy for him in standing on the Day of Judgement, as some of our 'Ulam observe. Sayyadi Ibn Abbas, may Allah be pleased with him, also advised, "Whoever loves to find the long standing of the day of Resurrection less difficult should show himself to Allah in the darkness of the night prostrating and standing, fearing the Hereafter and hoping for Mercy of his Lord." In view of this, we should all resolve to be offering the voluntary night prayer, otherwise known as Tahajjud, ... every night, for the rest of our life in this world. Best Wishes.
  9. As-Salaam alaikum, In Ayat 6 of Surat Fussilat of the Holy Qur'an (41:6), Allahu Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala says:-- "SAY (O Muhammad) : I AM BUT A MAN LIKE YOU, WHO IS DIVINELY INSPIRED THAT YOUR god IS BUT ONE GOD." The catchy phrase in this verse (ayat) shows us that the Noble Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, was a completely different sort of human being from anyone else, then and now. For none of us can say he is Divinely inspired as the Messenger was. Rather, as Sayyadi Busari, may Allah be Merciful to him, said in his Qasida al-Burda (Ode of the Prophetic Mantle):-- Muhammad is a human being, but not like humankind; He sis a ruby, while ordinary people are as stones. Just as a piece of iron when exposed and immersed in tremendous heat of fire annihilates its own identity and become lost in the colour and quality of fire, similarly the Messenger, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, in the Fire of Divine Love lost his own self- hood and attained to his highest degree of Khilafat or ambassador; and thus through him the attributes of Allah were made manifest. Thus his seeing, hearing, speaking and doing is that of the Divine's. That is why Allah say about the Prophet:-- "O My Beloved Prophet, you did not slay them, but Allah slayed them; and in no way did you throw when you threw, but Allah threw." (8:17) "The Prophet doesn't speak out of own volition, his speech is the speech of Allah." (53:3) "Truly, the ones who give bayah (allegiance) to you, in reality give bayah only to Allah; The Hand of Allah is above their hands." (48:10) From these verses, we can clearly see that through Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, the beautiful Names (asma) and Attributes (sifat) were manifested fully, that is why following him is made equivalent of following Allah Ta'ala. Thus the Qur'an declares: "He who obeys the Messenger has obeyed Allah." (4:80) ALLAHUMMA SALLI ALAA SAYYADINA MUHAMMAD...AN-NABIYY UMMIYY, WA-ALAA AHLIHI, WA-ASHABIHI WA-SALAM, TASLIMAN-KASIRAA ABADAA.
  10. Martydom and Ayat 154 Of Surat Baqra..

    As-Salaam alaikum, In Ayat 154 of Surat Baqra of the Holy Qur'an (2:154), we read it where Allah Ta'ala says:-- "And say not of those who are slain in the way of Allah: 'They are dead.' Nay, they are living, though you perceive it not." This Ayat is explained by/in Hadith (Abu Dawud, Kitab Jihad) wherein the Prophet, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, said: "When your brothers from Uhud were touched (by death), Allah placed their spirits in a green bird that drinks from the rivers of Paradise, eats its fruits and rests near golden candles hanging in the shadows of the Throne. When they saw that their food, drink and resting places were good, they said: 'Who will let our brothers know that we are alive in Paradise, and that we receive our subsistence, that they may not skimp in the struggle, and that they do not abdicate in the war?" Allah, Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala, said, "I will let them know." And above quoted Ayat 154 of Surat Baqra was then brought down: "And say not of those who are slain in the way of Allah...(2:154) In anycase if your rationale for life is that you eat and move around, they also eat. Whatever you/we eat of grain, fruit or meat, is a product of dust, you consume dust, while they consume Noor (Divine Light).
  11. Eminence Of Suratul-Fatiha.

    According to the Prophet, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, all that is contained in the revealed Books is summed up in the Surat Fatiha of the Holy Qur'an (The Opening One), while this is in its turn contained in the formula BISMILLAHI-R-RAHMANI-R-RAHIM (In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful). The Fatiha constitutes the chief text of the ritual prayer; as for the formula, commonly called the basmala, it is the Formula of consecration pronounced before every sacred recitation and every ritual act. According to another tradition, going back to Sayyadi Ali, may Allah be pleased with him, the basmala is in essence contained in its first letter, ba, and this again in its diacritical point, which thus symbolizes Principal Unity. In the basmala, the interpretation of the 2 Names ar-Rahman and ar-Rahim as "the Compassionate" and "the Merciful", is only approximate as there is no real equivalent. Both names imply the idea of Mercy (ar-Rahmah: ar-Rahman corresponds to the Mercy which- to use a Qur'anic expression- "embraces all things", and expresses the plenitude of Being, its essential Bliss and the universal nature of its effulgence; ar-Rahim corresponds to Grace. As Rahman, Allah manifests Himself through the appearance of the world; as Rahim He manifests divinely within the world.
  12. Consider Ayat 4 Of Surat Qalam.

    As-Salaam alaikum, In Ayat 4 of Surat Qalam of the Holy Qur'an (68:4), Allah Ta'ala, speaking about His Noble Messenger, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, says:-- "SURELY, YOU ARE UPON A TREMENDOUS CHARACTER (Khuluq azeem)" When Sayyada A'isha, may Allah be pleased with her, was asked about the character of the Messenger of Allah, she answered: "His character was the Qur'an." She said that because he was unique in character and that unique character had to bring together all noble character traits. Allah, Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala, described that character as being "tremendous" just as He described the Qur'an in His words, "the tremendous Qur'an" (15:87). So, the Qur'an is his character, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam. If a person in the Community of the Messenger who has not met the Messenger of Allah desires to see him, let him look upon the Qur'an. When he looks upon it, there is no difference between looking upon it and looking upon Allah's Messenger. It is as if the Qur'an takes the configuration of a corporeal form which is named Muhammad Ibn Abdullah Ibn Abd al-Muttalib. The Qur'an is Allah's Speech and His Attributes, so Muhammad in his entirety is the attribute of Allah, "So he who obeys the Messenger, has obeyed Allah"- (4:80), since "He does not speak out of caprice" (53:3)...Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam.
  13. Getting Our Acts Together.

    As-Salaam alaikum, In the Holy Qur'an, Allah Ta'ala says:-- "What! did you think that We created you only for sport, and that you would not be returned to Us?" [al-Mumineen, verse 115]. "What, does man reckon he shall be left to roam at will?" [al-Qiyama, verse 36]. These 2 Noble verses (Ayats) remind us all to get our acts together and call ourselves to account before the Divine Judgement catches up with us. In this regard, the Prophet Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, said:-- "A mindful person is he who takes his lower self [ego] under control, calls it to account, and performs good deeds for the world to come. A foolish person is the one who expects something good from the Almighty in vain, while following the desires of his lower self." [Tirmidhi, Qiyamah 25; Ibn Majah, Zuhd, 31].
  14. As-Salaam alaykum, Do you love Allah, the Lord of the Universe? Of course we do... Let us be permanently in that Loving condition. How can we do/achieve that? In that regards, consider this Noble verse or Ayat of the Holy Qur'an where Allah Himself says:-- "Say (O Muhammad): If you love Allah, then follow me. Allah will love you and forgive you your sins". (3:31) This Ayat is an order on our obligation to believe in, obey and follow the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, and to leave what contradicts it in words and action/deeds. If we/you claim love for Allah, Most High Lord of the Cosmos, and if we/you desire His affection, "then follow me" in what has manifested from my Shari'a, my spiritual path and spiritual realities.. the Prophet was commanded to say to us all. Having done/observed that, "Allah will love you", ie He will be pleased and content with you and lift the veils from your hearts;..... "and forgive you your sins", ie all your faults. This Noble Ayat answers those from the Jews, Christians and others who resemble them among Muslims, who neglect the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, outwardly and inwardly, who claim that they are lovers of Allah and are the sole recipients of His love. However, Muhammad, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, is the Real Beloved of Allah.
  15. As-Salaam alaikum, Ma'amar Ibn Ahmad al-Asbahani, may Allah be Merciful to him, narrated in his 40 Hadith collection on the authority of Abdullah Ibn Mas'ud, may Allah be pleased with him, that he said:- The Messenger of Allah, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, censured us in his khutba. He said:-- "Oh Ummah of Muhammad ! A sage among the sages showed more understanding than you when his companions called him to pleasures and disobedience. He said, 'I am ashamed of my Lord to worship Him, hoping for Paradise as a reward, and therefore be like a bad labourer: if he is given his wage he works, and if he is not given it, he does not work. And I am ashamed of my Lord to worship Him out fear of the Fire and be also like a bad labourer: if he is fearful of his master he works, and if he is not, he does not work. I only worship Him for what He deserves, for He deserves to be worshiped.'
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