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In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful, Praise be to Allah.

 

Deplorable State Of Muslim Ummah

There Is A Cure

The deplorable situation of Muslims and Islam

in the Muslim World is not breaking news.

Muslim world was colonized by non-Muslim powers

until a few decades ago.

 

Since the departure of colonizing powers and division of land into nations and states, the Muslim world is in constant turmoil. It's like a person waking up after a long sleep and attempting to walk, not fully conscious enough to know where he is going.

 

From Monarchy, Dictatorship, Communism, To Democracy,

Everything Seems To Have Failed To Help Muslim Nations

Stand On Their Own Feet With Dignity.

 

It's easy to criticize government and rulers for the failure of a nation but Prophet Muhammad SAW has told us

 

That The Way We Are, Is The Way Our Rulers Are Going To Be.

If Muslims Are Corrupt, Their Rulers Are Going To Be Corrupt,

If They Are Scrupulous, Their Rulers Will Be Likewise.

 

So, the real issue is the spiritual well-being of individual Muslims. Each person is like a brick; and bricks cemented together create a building. If bricks are weak and hollow, no matter how beautiful the building, it will deteriorate.

 

What Is The Solution To Many Ills Facing The Muslim World?

Believe It Or Not, The Answer Is Very Simple.

Allah SWT Is The Owner Of All Cures And He Is The Only One

Who Is Aware Of Our Hidden And Apparent Ills And Weaknesses.

 

If we work on only one topic it will solve the rest automatically, strengthening our relationship with Allah SWT. Once we have attained true Iman, where all our actions, efforts and desires are for the sake of Allah and His religion, then we can expect victory from Allah SWT.

 

 

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How Do We Know We Have Attained That Status?

Close self examination and reflection on the words of Allah and His Prophet (SAW). Allah SWT says:

 

For, Believers Are Those Who,

When Allah Is Mentioned,

Feel A Tremor In Their Hearts,

And When They Hear His Signs Rehearsed,

Find Their Faith Strengthened,

And Put (All) Their Trust In Their Lord;

Quran Chapter Al Anfal Verse 2

 

Rasul Allah (SAW) once delivered a sermon and gave advice in the following words: O you people. Seek forgiveness of Allah before death overtakes you; hurry towards good deeds before you become busy; and join the relationship between yourself and Allah with the maximum of Dhikr (remembrance of Allah) and charity both seen and unseen. Allah will increase your provision, grant you victory, and He will take care of all your affairs.

 

Dhikr and charity are the two forms of worship that have no boundary in Islam and they maximize the gifts from Allah SWT. The more one increases his Dhikr and charity, the more Allah SWT will grant him abundance, fulfill his wishes, and facilitate his life affairs.

 

For Muslim men and women, for believing men and women, for devout men and women, for true men and women, for men and women who are patient and constant, for men and women who humble themselves, for men and women who give in Charity, for men and women who fast (and deny themselves), for men and women who guard their chastity, and for men and women who engage much in Allah's praise, for them has Allah prepared forgiveness and great reward. (Quran Chapter Al Ahzab: Verse 35)

 

Remembrance of Allah is constantly tied with rewards which are not only reserved for the hereafter but bestowed on the Dhakir (the one who remembers Allah) in this world as well. Allah SWT, the Omnipotent Master of the heavens and the earth encourages us to remember Him in these words in Surah Baqarah:

 

So Remember Me, And I Shall Remember You

And Be Grateful Unto Me, And Deny Me Not.

(Quran Chapter Al Baqarah:Verse 152)

 

What more motivation does a true Muslim and Mo'min (believer) needs than that he is being remembered by His Lord, the Supreme?

 

Importance of Dhikr

Why Is Allah SWT Insisting On Us Remembering Him

Repeatedly And Encouraging Us By Attaching

Incentives To This Remembrance?

 

That is because He SWT knows that we as humans are weak and easily beguiled by the accursed Satan who is always after us. He wants us to protect ourselves in this bubble or fortress of Dhikr which can then protect us from the tricks of Shaytaan.

 

The more one engages in Dhikr, the thicker the bubble becomes making it harder for the person to fall prey to Shaytaan and his own nafs (carnal desires).

 

A sage once advised the sincere people who want to attain high spiritual status of the following:

 

* To busy your tongue and heart with the remembrance of Allah.

* To hold tight your heart to Allah (check your actions all the time)

* Do the opposite of what your nafs (carnal desire) wants.

* Purify the niyyah (intention) all the time.

 

Constant remembrance of Allah, being vigilant of one's actions and intentions, not giving into your nafs all the time, and purifying intentions for all your actions and performing them for the sake of Allah keeps the person on the path of righteousness or Sirat-al-Mustaqeem.

 

One of the most famous scholars Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyya wrote a book called Al Wabil As Sayyib Min al Kalim At Tayyib translated in English as Invocation of God.

 

This treatise deals with only one topic which is the Remembrance of Allah and the Shaykh goes on to mention 120 benefits of Dhikr. Here, we will relate a few for the benefit of our readers and highly encourage you to invest in the book and make it your life's companion.

 

Benefits of Remembrance of Allah

 

* It pleases Allah (SWT).

* It destroys Shaytaan's influence over the person.

* Erases worry and anxiety from the heart.

* Generates ease and contentment in the heart.

* Increases the strength of the heart and body.

* It brings light to the face and heart.

* It increases provision from Allah.

* It generates respect for the person in the heart of others.

* It generates love between the person and Allah.

* It develops the level of muraqaba (awareness of Allah) which eventually leads one to the level of Ihsaan or excellence .

* It brings the yearning and desire to get closer to Allah and to abandon this world.

* It makes the person get closer to Allah.

* It opens a hidden door of knowledge between the slave and his Lord, Allah SWT.

* It generates vigilance of Allah inside of the person which helps him monitor his behavior.

* Makes the heart alive and soft.

* Decreases sins.

* A dhakir (the one who remembers) is always in the company of Allah and is never lonely.

* When one is in the habit of constant dhikr during ease; Allah remembers him during the time of calamity and difficulty.

* Saves one from the torture.

* Brings tranquility and mercy as the person is surrounded by angels.

* Protects one from backbiting and gossiping.

* Generates a company of angels for the person.

* Saves one from sorrow on the Day of Judgment.

* Dhikr accompanied with tears will guarantee the shade of the throne of Allah on the Day of Judgment when there will be no other shade.

* Increases the bounty of Allah over the person and allows him to perform more good deeds.

* Allah will fulfill the wishes of the person.

* Dhikr is the easiest form of worship that brings great rewards.

* It is the roots in jannah; every time one does dhikr, he is planting his own garden in jannah.

* It is the pillar of all the goodness.

* It is the protection from forgetting Allah and from the company of Shayateen.

* It will be your light in this world, in the grave, and the light that will help you cross over Sirat.

* It protects the heart from heedlessness.

* It is the tree of all the knowledge.

* Its reward is equal to the emancipation of slaves in the path of Allah.

* Its merit is higher than that of spending money or donating horses in the way of Allah.

* It is equal to and even higher than struggling in the path of Allah.

* Remembrance of Allah is the highest state of thanks to Allah.

* It is the cure of the diseases of the heart.

* It is the pinnacle of relationship with the Lord.

* It is the way of quickening the blessings of Allah towards you; and of diverting His anger from you.

* Salah Alan Nabi (sending blessings over the prophet SAW) causes one to receive blessings of Allah on one's self and it will be heaviest on the scale of good deeds.

* Remembrance of Allah causes sorrows and difficulties to become easy and generates goodness around the person.

* It protects the heart from fear of anyone other than Allah.

* It will be a veil between the person and fire.

* It is a purification from hypocrisy.

* It whitens and lightens the face in this life, at the time of death, in the grave, and the hereafter; meaning it beautifies the person.

* Rasul Allah SAW referred to the person who remembers Allah as alive and those who do not remember Him as dead.

* Rasul Allah SAW advised a companion saying: Immigrate from sins as it is the best immigration; hold on to the obligations as it is the best jihad; remember Allah in abundance as you cannot meet Him on the day of judgment with something better than His remembrance in this world.

 

The beginning of the journey of faith is silence and constant state of dhikr which will not only bring wisdom but light and internal vision from Allah SWT.

 

Kinds of Dhikr

 

* Halaqaat (gatherings) where the knowledge of Allah is dispersed are a form of dhikr.

* Recitation of Quran is dhikr.

* Chanting tasbeeh (Subhan Allah), tahmeed (Alhamdulillah), and Takbir (Allah-u-Akbar) is dhikr.

* Dhikr of the angels is to say Subhan Allah wabi hamdi hee Subhan Allah al Azeem (Glory to Allah and Praise is to Him, Glory to Allah the Greatest.)

 

Most Beloved Dhikr to Allah

La Ilaha Illallahu Wahdahu La Shareeka Lahu,

Lahulmulk, Wa Lahulhamd, Yuhyee Wa Yumeet,

Wa Huwa Hayy La Yumoot Abadan Abada

Dhul Jalaali Waal Ikram Beyadihi Alkhayr,

Wa Huwa 'Ala Kulli Shay'in Qadeer.

 

(There is) none worthy of worship except Allah. He is only One. (There is) no partners for Him. For Him (is) the Kingdom. And for Him (is) the Praise. He gives life and acuses death. And He (is) Alive. He will not die, never, ever. Possessor of Majesty and Reverence. In His hand (is) the goodness. And He (is) the goodness. And He (is) on everything powerful.)

 

Dhikr Of The Names of Allah

Allah SWT said in the Qur'an

The Most Beautiful Names Belong To Allah.

So Call On Him By Them

(Quran Chapter Al-Araf:Verse 180)

 

Allah SWT has many attributes mentioned in the Qur'an as well as in the sayings of the Prophet SAW. He (SWT) is known as The Merciful, The All Powerful, The Wise, The Provider etc.

 

Whatever Phase Of Life A Person Is In,

There Is An Attribute Of Allah Dealing With It.

 

All the person needs to do to ask Allah's assistance or to achieve a certain quality is to call on Allah with that particular attribute. So an excellent form of Dhikr is to call on Allah by His most beautiful names.

 

 

Conclusion

May Allah SWT Give Us Sincerity To Be True Seekers Of Knowledge

And To Obtain High Spiritual Status.

May He (SWT) Choose Us To Be Among Those

Who Revive The True Teachings Of This Religion

Which Has The Potential To Cure Any Social, Personal, Spiritual Diseases In This World.

Daee Ahmed Moait

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Simple answers like these will not help us. It only shows jahiliyah. It is like a man is sick and he coughs, and the quack doctor tells him its simple - he should simply stop coughing. What a shame.

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Assalaamualaikum WRB.

 

Simple answers like these will not help us. It only shows jahiliyah. It is like a man is sick and he coughs, and the quack doctor tells him its simple - he should simply stop coughing. What a shame.

 

I totally disagree! It doesn't reflect jahiliyah at all, but quite the opposite. Even when a doctor tries to treat a patient, he starts at the beginning, by finding out when the problem started. And that is what the post is describing - Concentrate on the PREVENTION of problems (fix the beginning), then you won't have to worry about the development of any problems or the CURE!

 

In an individual Muslim's life: Anybody whose heart is brightened with the Remembrance of Allah (SWT), the daily prayers, Sunnah of our Prophet (SAW), charity and other such good deeds, will not have the time, and therefore, the need, to worry about problems developing (or 'coughing' of any kind).

 

So, the real issue is the spiritual well-being of individual Muslims. Each person is like a brick; and bricks cemented together create a building. If bricks are weak and hollow, no matter how beautiful the building, it will deteriorate.

 

The above is SO TRUE, not only in general, but especially true for our Muslim communities! With Muslims in a nation: I believe that complacency of Muslims is a major factor in most nations. The western world is so very quick and unfailing in connecting Islam to terrorism in most situations, that it is now almost an unspoken belief that all Muslims are terrorists/extremists/barbarians/primitive. If more of us spoke up to challenge this misguided notion, more of us concentrated on becoming better Muslims and citizens of our countries, then we would not only be doing our Islam a good service, but also proving that we are not all terrorists.

 

And what a shame that you are either NOT familiar with (or do not understand the concept of) the immense rewards Allah (SWT) has promised to grant us for passing on knowledge to our Brothers and Sisters, and just maybe, showing someone the right path, or, in the very least, causing hundreds of people to remember/think of Allah (SWT) due to reading your passed on knowledge. Yes, THAT alone, is a shame!! :sl:

 

If we, as Muslims, concentrated more on reviewing and, if needed, fixing our Imaan and lifestyles/habits/ways at a more basic level, and seek to actively include steadfastness with prayers, the following of the Sunnah of our Prophet (SAW), charity, Dhikr, doing good deeds with the intention of pleasing Allah (SWT) in our lives, not only would we improve as human beings, but also as Muslims, and will be able to set exemplary standards that are meritorious and commendable to the western world.

 

One of my strongest beliefs: 'Every action has a reaction'. When you act to do something, do so sensibly and responsibly, and with the intention of pleasing Allah (SWT). Simple - yes. But true at the very basic level.

 

Sister Noor Al Huda, good work for posting such good info, that reminds us of some of the basic things that Allah (SWT) expects from us. May Allah (SWT) reward you abundantly for passing on knowledge.

 

I am also a great believer in passing on knowledge of our Islam, that is worthy and good, and always appreciate the efforts of others who do the same. :sl:

 

Wassalaam.

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Salam,

 

At mhussain, Allah will make it easy for the believers, and Allah knows best. There is no power or ability except with Allah.

 

May Allah reward you for the feedback Deenigirl, it is very encouraging. =)

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Assalaamualaikum WRB.

 

You are most welcome, Sister Noor Al Huda.

 

I am always very happy to encourage - it is our job as Muslims.

 

Looking forward to more of your posts.

 

Wassalaam.

 

:sl:

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If we as an ummah learned to think with our heads and attempt to be serious about solving our problems we would be moving out of jahiliyah. We have simple minds coming up with simple answers for every problem. None of them work. Look around you and see what such people have done to Islam. Today Islam in most Muslim countries is on the back burner. Go to the masjid and tell me how many people you see what what age group they belong to. Look at ourselves in all these countries. We are dying, under attack and under constant erosion from our enemies. Yet some people out there have their heads in the sand. It is like a patient who refuses to ackownledge he is sick and needs to go to the doctor.

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In the name of Allah the Most Benficient and Most Merciful

 

We have ignored the Quran and hence we have become ignorant, arrogant and intolerant. We dont love our brothers and sisters and we only give lip service to Muslims.

The sooner we get to foowing the Quran and the Sunnah of our Prophet (saw) the better for us.

The enemies of Islam are within us, they pretend to be one of us and mislead and harm the Ummah. They misprepresnt the Quran and try to misguide the Ummah.

Lets all pray to Allah ti guide us and protect us from our enemies and ingorance...ameen.

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Asalaamu Alaykum,

 

“Truly, God does not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves.†(Quran 13:11)

 

This ayah shows that you have to start local before you think global.

 

Mashallah your article on dhikr is a great reminder as some of the scholers say if your not in a state dhikr (rememberence of god) you are in a state of ghuflah (forgetful of god)

 

I think sometimes we as muslims play the victim card too much, we complain about so many things that are going on and always seem to blame the above generation, when we as the youth dont really engage in much productive work to change the situation, and we can because at university we have a platform to address the future professionals of the world.

 

On the authority of Abdullah bin Abbas, who said : One day I was behind the prophet and he said to me:

 

"Young man, I shall teach you some words [of advice] : Be mindful of Allah, and Allah will protect you. Be mindful of Allah, and you will find Him in front of you. If you ask, ask of Allah; if you seek help, seek help of Allah. Know that if the Nation were to gather together to benefit you with anything, it would benefit you only with something that Allah had already prescribed for you, and that if they gather together to harm you with anything, they would harm you only with something Allah had already prescribed for you. The pens have been lifted and the pages have dried." [Trimidhi]

 

This hadith is a beautiful reminder to continue to improve yourself, by getting closer and remembering Allah and performing our duties as muslims.

 

We need to realise that things happen for a reason accept them as they are and try to improve first ourselves and then help those around us and so on...

 

start local think global!

 

Wasalam

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It's true, many people are focus on others, if we each focused on ourselves individually and improving ourselves then we wouldn't be where we are today.

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Assalaamualaikum WRB Everyone.

 

I must say, I really like very much all I have read in this thread.

 

But just talking about it is NOT going to help. Seriously, people! :sl:

 

Muslims, worldwide, must get out of complacency and do something about the state of affairs. As I have pointed out in most of my posts, we must act sensibly, peacefully, according to the teachings of our Prophet (SAW) and the laws and guidelines set by Allah (SWT).

 

We must first start ourselves, in our hearts and minds, then our homes and lives, involve all family and relations, and progress from there. Once we have all improved ourselves, as best as we can, to be the true Muslims that our Prophet (SAW) hoped for and Allah (SWT) expects, we will automatically be setting a good example not just for our family, relatives and local Muslims, but also the non-believers.

 

Unity is very important for our religion, especially in this increasingly turbulent times. We ARE being discriminated against in one way or another, in every country. I have never been one to support violence in any way, but it is VERY IMPORTANT for us to have a voice.

 

My first post on this forum, when I registered, was this exact same topic, which I posted in 2 different areas. I am so very sick and tired of the discrimination and racism in my country, and am so alarmed at the level that it has increased, that I have to wonder how long it will be till all the Muslims here are forced to flee! I have grown up in this country, and just 10 years ago, I never would have imagined Muslims, or any other religion/culture for that matter, to be going through the media glare and general disdain that we are now experiencing, even in publicly inconspicuous places.

 

Some of my fellow Australians, who participate in this forum, may argue that they are not aware of any such issues/developments in my country, but, often, with men, it is hard to pinpoint their religion by looking at them, or even judging by their accent. I am a Muslim woman, who wears a Hijaab, and therefore looks Muslim without a doubt. Anybody who looks Muslim is more susceptible to racial slurs, derogatory remarks, discrimination with their jobsearch, careers, social life etc. (even in shopping centres and other public places) without anybody even needing to find out the religion - the discrimination begins at the first impression. I have witnessed first-hand, Muslim women (especially ones who wear a Hijaab) being discriminated against at work (to the point where they are forced to leave) and other places, and have heard countless stories of the same treatment.

 

Australian Muslims only have to pay attention to the news, current affairs and opinion polls of the country (BOTH televised and online), and they will realise that things are definitely changing. They also need to remember that, not everything makes the news - there are countless individual and personal stories. I say: stop being ignorant, actively pay more attention to what's happening around you, and start defending your religion (AT LEAST, online and in the opnion polls, as a start).

 

I ask you all: we all contribute here on this forum - what's stopping us from participating in our local forums in our countries and states to defend our religion?

 

Complacency and ignorance is detrimental to us Muslims, not just in one country, but worldwide.

 

'Never underestimate the power of the people', they say.

 

So, people, what are we waiting for?

 

Wassalaam.

 

:sl:

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