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Friday Naseeha- Poverty

 

"Nay! rather, what they used to do has become like rust upon their hearts." [al-Mutafifeen:14]

 

“Then, after that, your hearts were hardened and became as stones or even worse in hardness.” [baqarah 74]

 

When poverty is mentioned our thoughts turn to those who have nothing in the dunya who are left in desperate need. Ibn Qayyim however would associate poverty with a person who neglects their heart and soul. Of the two which would we consider direr? By our actions it would appear that we fear poverty of wealth as opposed to poverty of our heart and soul.

 

The reality is that this is a huge issue amongst us; too many of the muslims are just so focused on their feeding their need of material possessions that they have starved their hearts and soul. Everything that has been created was made for a purpose, if used or treated in the wrong way it becomes damaged, corrupted and in some cases may even die. The heart is the same thing, it is delights in the remembrance of Allah and the performance of good deeds, it was made only for this.

 

However when it is denied its right by its owner, like all things it becomes damaged, corrupted such that the Quran when recited does not impact it, when you complete your salah you feel no different than when you started it. That when you sin you feel little or no remorse, such that when you repent you are unable to cry.

 

The nature of the Heart and soul is that they are eternal, we must realise that all other things are temporary and that we will indeed stand before Allah, and who amongst us wishes to stand before Allah with an impoverished heart.

 

“The Day whereon neither wealth nor sons will avail. Except him who brings to Allaah a clean heart”(26: 88-89)

 

The likeness of the heart in the dunya is similar to a boat on the sea, if water gets into the boat it causes damage, the more water the more damage up to when it sinks. In the same way if we allow the dunya to seep into our heart it will cause damage to it, if we do not check and give it the sustenance it requires the heart will eventually drown.

 

We must work on preserving our hearts, by means of purification. Let us become amongst those who brings our hearts to account, who are proactive in enriching our hearts with the remembrance of Allah, that our hearts are moved by the verses of Al Rahman. That we are careful of even one small spot defecting our heart. May Allah purify all of our hearts

 

Rasul Allah (sallallahu 'alaihi wa sallam) said: "Beware, in the body there is a piece of flesh; if it is sound, the whole body is sound and if it is corrupt the whole body is corrupt, behold it is the heart." [sahih Muslim]

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Friday Naseeha-


“And in some parts of the night (also) offer the Salat  with it, as an additional prayer  for you. It may be that your Lord will raise you to Maqaman Mahmuda (a station of praise and glory, i.e. the highest degree in Paradise!)”. [Al  Isra:79]


 

“…Verily, they were before this amongst the good doers. They used to sleep but little by night [invoking their Lord (Allah) and praying, with fear and hope]. And in the hours before dawn, they were (found) asking (Allah) for forgiveness” [Ad dhariyat 16-18]


The world we live in today is fast paced and often is the case where many of us do not even know what happens in the day. It is almost like blur, working/studying, doing odd bits here and there we hardly get a moment to ourselves and more importantly a moment to reflect upon our relationship with Allah. Our hearts become consumed with the world and its tasks that we forget and neglect the hereafter and our connection with Allah. This naturally affects us all, we don’t feel the sweetness of Eman that once was so strong, we don’t have the enthusiasm to do more than we need to as we did before.
 

So what is the solution? The answer has been around since the start of this religion, the night prayer. To stand while the rest of the world are laying in their beds, to be conscious engaged in remembrance of you Lord while all others sleep. The reality is that if we want the sweetness of eman back if we want to increase our levels of enthusiasm to our ibadah, then the night prayer is a must. The reality is that if we want to reach the highest place of Jannah and we want our Lord to be pleased with us then the night prayer is a must. The reality is that if we truly seek to earn the forgiveness and mercy from our Lord so we are protected from the fire then the night prayer is a must.
 

The night prayer in essence is the first test as to the degree of our level of faith, ask yourself what prevents you from waking up? If the answer is related to the dunya (which it will be) ask yourself then which is worth more. If we neglect the night prayer then we are sacrificing the akhira for the dunya. It should be the opposite, There will come a day when this veil of deception will be lifted. The Qur’an says: “[it will be said], You were certainly in unmindfulness of this, and We have removed from you your cover, so your sight, this Day, is sharp.” (Qur’an 50:22).


 

To all those who read this, wake up for the night prayer, even if it is 10 mins before fajr. Wake up and offer two raka’ah with sincerity. Wake up and re-establish the lost connection, wake up and sacrifice for a delight that will last forever, wake up and become those who Allah will be pleased with.


 

May Allah make us amongst those who are favored by offering the night prayer, and may he in his infinite mercy  forgive our short comings and make it easy for us. Ameen



Narrated Abu Huraira the prophet (SAWS) said, “Our Lord, the Blessed, the Superior, comes every night down on the nearest Heaven to us when the last third of the night remains, saying: “Is there anyone to invoke Me, so that I may respond to invocation? Is there anyone to ask Me, so that I may grant him his request? Is there anyone seeking My forgiveness, so that I may forgive him?” [sahih al-Bukhari 1145]




 

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Friday Naseeha

 

“O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you into nations and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted.” [Quran 49:13]



“And hold fast, all of you together, to the Rope of Allah (i.e. this Quran), and be not divided among yourselves, and remember Allah's Favour on you, for you were enemies one to another but He joined your hearts together” [3:103]


 

“United we stand, divided we fall” a statement that highlights the importance of unity. As muslims we only need to look at our situation to realise how true this statement is. Today we are in disarray, we are a disjointed ummah. What makes it even worse is that there is not a single thing that disunites us; there are many things that cause it. Whether it’s a person’s race, their social standing, the area they are from, the scholars that they follow and many other things. We need to ask ourselves what is the cause of this?
 

The reality is that the Ansar (before they became muslim), who were the most disjointed people in the Arabian peninsula, engaged in wars decades with each other, were able to put aside all differences and unite not only with themselves but the people of Makkah as well. What allowed them to do this?



It is because they took from Islam some of its deepest and most profound meanings, that a person should not be judged on such superficial things, that beyond the physical vessel that is the body, we all have a soul, which is devoid of colour and race. A soul which when it finishes its journey in this world will only have one concern, the actions it committed. They instead focused on the fact they all came from one root, that regardless of all things at the very least they were brothers and sisters in humanity.    



Discrimination of any kind is dangerous; remember it was shaytan who first discriminated against our father Adam and from it he developed arrogance and because of this he was cast out cursed by Allah, may Allah safeguard us. Let us unite on that which we should hold dearest to us, let us unite on the love of Allah, let us unite on our love for the Sunnah, let us become a people that no longer judge the exterior, rather we overlook faults and seek to assist our fellow muslims. Let us recognise that in unity we get back our strength, in unity we will get back our honour and in unity we will preserve our dignity.


 

May Allah unite this Ummah!



Our Prophet (SAW) said: "All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over a black nor a black has any superiority over white except by piety and good action. Learn that every Muslim is a
brother to every Muslim and that the Muslims constitute one brotherhood. Nothing shall be legitimate to a Muslim which belongs to a fellow Muslim unless it was given freely and willingly. Do not, therefore, do injustice to yourselves.” [Final Sermon]



 

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Friday Naseeha

 

“And whosoever is conscious of Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He (Allah) will make a way for him to get out (from) every (difficulty), and He will provide him from (sources) he could never imagine.” [Quran 65:2-3]

 

“But whosoever repents after his crime and does righteous good deeds, then verily, Allah will pardon him. Verily Allah is oft-forgiving, Most merciful” [Quran 5:39]

 

One of the worst enemies that a believer will face in his/her life is bad habits. The reason as to why, is because unlike mistakes that a person may commit now and again, the bad habit is done consistently over time and without doubt it will affect the heart and Emaan of the person. To the point that sometimes we are so desensitised to this bad habit that we feel no remorse doing it, or that we greatly belittle its effect. The likeness of it is a ship captain who is careless and so never checks the lower deck, while staying on the upper deck all the time, if there is a leak in the lower deck, by the time he realises it will be too late.

 

It goes without saying that breaking bad habits is not easy, but when doing so always refer back to the ayah above. The process of leaving a bad habit requires a person to first identify it, too often we are bogged down in other people’s lives that we neglect our own. Sit down and reflect on all that you do, Identify your bad habits, ask for forgiveness and repent. Step 2 ask yourself what drives you to do this, is it your environment? etc. Understanding why you do the bad habit is amongst the most important steps, because only then will you recognise its roots and by doing so you can challenge it effectively.

 

Step 3 now that you know its roots, you must move away from them. For example if it is your environment, then for the sake of your deen you must leave those who influence you negatively. Like the case of the man who killed 99 men, in order for his repentance to be accepted he had to leave his people, who influenced his habit of killing. In the same way we must remove ourselves from situations which influence bad habits.

 

Now that we have identified, recognised and moved away from the bad habit; it is important that it is replaced with something good, use this time to memorise Quran or to seek knowledge in your deen. For sure these are things that will soften the heart and re-sensitise it to the bad habits that once plagued your heart. It does not need to be a great deal initially, start by memorising one ayah, or one line. When you seek knowledge choose a topic that interests you and take lessons from it.

 

The final step when you do this is to make constant dua that Allah azawajal makes you steadfast, your dua is the most important thing to ensure that you will not fall back into it. Understand that you are weak and that all strength is from none but Allah so beseech him continuously and thank Allah for guiding you.

 

An important thing to remember is that we are humans so as mentioned we are weak and we may fall, however if we do fall we should never dwell in self-pity, rather we recognise why we fell address it, repent to Allaah and ensure it does not happen again. May Allah make us amongst those that seek to become better for his pleasure, may he make it easy for us to give up bad habits and may be purify our hearts. Ameen

 

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever gives up something for the sake of Allah, Allah will compensate him with something better than it.” Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani.

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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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as salaam alaykum 

 

 

very true post about salah. I think we need to spread more knowledge in the community about praying. My impression is that it is one of those things people just learn when young by following others and sometimes when they go to study it, they realise they had not learnt an important step. 

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Friday Naseeha


 

[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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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."

Yes, even sometimes we question ourselves when people who appear to be religious behave different. Truly the more I interact with people the more I see people are so different under the surface and that only a small number of people are really genuine and honest. May Allah protect us and guide us to the truth.

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Ameen. That is why it is important to always re check and renew our intentions so that we stay true to what we claim and it does not just become diluted.

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Friday Naseeha


 

“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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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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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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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]

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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]

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