Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Allah, the Forgiver

Allah says, interpretation of meaning,
(Say – O Messenger - O My slaves who have committed excesses against their own souls! Do not despair of the mercy of Allah. Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, He is the all-forgiving, the all-merciful.)
 [Q 39:53]
 Allah, be exalted, commanded His Messenger Muhammad to inform His slaves, who persist in committing sins by following what their own selves desire of wrongdoing and transgression, not to despair of the mercy of Allah because of the multiplicity of their sins. Indeed, Allah forgives all sins of whoever repents, as He is the forgiver of the sins of His repenting slaves, the one who bestows mercy on them. 



Monday, December 19, 2016

Outer Appearances

إضافة تسمية توضيحية

(Then she came to her people, carrying him. They said, “O Maryam! Indeed, you have committed a grave thing. O sister of Aaron! You father was not a wicked man, nor was your mother a prostitute”) [Q 19: 27-28]
People are often affected by outer appearances of things. They may base their opinions on them without considering all sides of the issue. The people accused Maryam of committing a grave thing, though they knew her pure biography, and that spent her entire life in worshipping Allah.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Seeking Means

Shake the trunk of the palm-tree toward you, it will drop upon you ripe, fresh dates.” 
[Q 19: 25]
One should seek means within one’s ability. Allah, be exalted, made the trunk of the palm tree produce dates. However, He ordered Maryam to shake the trunk so the dates would fall down, which was within her ability.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Love & Endearment

Verily, those who have believed and done righteous deeds – the most merciful will endear them to His creations
[Q 19:96]
Ka’ab al-Ahbãr said, ‘I read in the Torah that no one is bestowed love except its origin is from Allah, be exalted. Then, He causes it to descend to the people of the heavens, then to the people of the earth. Then, I have read the Qur’an, and found the same meaning in it, that is to say, “Verily, those who have believed and done righteous deeds – the most merciful will endear them to His creations.” [Bahr al-Ulûm, 2/388]




(None in the heavens and the earth but will come before the most merciful as a slave)
[Q 19:93]
On the Day of Judgment, all created beings will admit servitude to Allah, be exalted, even those who deny it in the worldly life.  

Sunday, July 17, 2016

True Love

May Allah give us the best result of true love to the only one who deserves it, Allah. Paradise. We may find true love in this life, and may not find it. We do not know and does not matter to know. But we ask the one in whose hands are keys of happiness to give us the best in hereafter...amen.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Maturity



“Maturity is not when we start speaking big things…it is when we start understanding small things” 

Understanding the Meanings of the Qur’an



“Allah has opened for me in this fortress a great deal of understanding of the meanings of the Qur’an and principles of knowledge that many scholars hoped to acquire. And I regretted wasting most of my time in things other than understanding the meanings of the Qur’an.”
Ibn Taymiyya
[Dhayl Tabqãt al-Hanabila]

Friday, June 24, 2016

Listen Attentively


A man came to Abdul-Allah bin Mas’ûd. He said, 
“Advise me.” 
Abdul-Allah said,
 “If you hear Allah saying, “O you have believed, then you should listen to it attentively.
 It is a good thing you are commanded to do, or an evil you are forbidden to do.”

Friday, June 17, 2016

Leadership & Example

A leader can convince his followers to abide by his commands by applying them he himself and thus setting a practical example for what he advocates peacefully and practically. 

Change

Change needs time to take place. Thus, advocate of a just cause should not expect to realize their goals rapidly as if people were only waiting for them and as soon as they would know of their cause, they would rush to follow and uphold that cause.  In real life, bringing change into existence is a long process involving a great deal of patience, comprise that does affect the principles of the cause, positive communication and negotiation with the followers and adversaries of the cause, and unshakable commitment to the cause.

Hurry!

Human beings, by nature, tend to be in a hurry, but Allah does not become in a hurry because of man’s rashness until affairs are realized as He wished.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Was It Really Out Of My Control?

In 2010, I began to study something, and for some reasons out of my control (I believed so then) I decided to stop.
In 2015, I re-begin to study.
 Between 2010 – 2010, five years.
Now, first, I firmly believe that the decree of Allah is the best, but I ask myself,
‘Was it really out of my control when I stopped my study in 2010?’

The Greatest Loss

The greatest loss is when one is far from his creator, Allah. 
In-human practices by people whom we give a give a lot may cause deep sadness. 
But if we only get our reward in this life, it will be great loss. But thanks to the most generous, wise, merciful one, Allah, this life is only a passage to the permanent life. May Allah give us the best in both lives...Amen.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Factors of Success



Allah says, interpretation of meaning,

(By the mercy of Allah – O Prophet, you were gentle with them. And if you had been ill-mannered and hard-heated, they would have deserted you.)
[Q 3:159]

     This aya contains factors of the prophetic message’s success, principles of Islamic ruling, and methodology of behavior with people. The first factor is that the Prophet (saaw) had a gentle, merciful heart, encompassing all people. Allah, be exalted, had made His prophet easy-going, amenable, and very compassionate. If he had been ill-mannered and hard-hearted, people would have had deserted him. However, Allah sent him as a merciful gift to all men. He also made him a role model in ethics and behavior. Of these factors, Allah commanded His prophet to abide by, is to forgive his people mistakes, and not pay them back their ill-treatment with him; rather, he would meet wrongdoing with kindness, and he would ask Allah to forgive them for their mistakes. (At-Tafsîr al-Wasît, Az-Zuhyly, Wahba Mustafa). 

Non-Violence & Commitment



Indeed, people committed to non-violence always find fruitful solutions for hostile situations.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Forgiveness



Sometimes it is difficult to forgive, even if we want to forgive. 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Giving & Gifts


When we understand that what we own are gifts from the Owner of the universe, Allah, we will seek to get more gifts by giving them happily to whomever we meet.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Hidden Opportunities



Ordinary people see the outer immediate outcomes of events, but the genius sees the hidden positive possible outcomes of evens. 

Human beings mostly react positively or negatively to what their senses encounter without thinking that there may be other interpretations and understanding of the situation in hand. On the other hand, people who has high intellectual understanding and who are willing to give opportunities for whatever positive interpretations of a seemingly negative situation, do their best not to give haste judgment. They foresee the hidden positive possible outcomes of evens. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Journey of Giving



When we begin the journey of giving early, our souls will get used to it easily.  

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Sometimes...



“Sometimes people try to destroy you, precisely because they recognize your power — not because they don’t see it, but because they see it and they don’t want it to exist.” bell hooks

Friday, April 22, 2016

Beacon of Righteousness



When we free our souls from the chains of selfishness, we will guide them to the lofty beacon of righteousness

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Trying & Learning & Knowledge



If we do not try, we will not learn.
If we do not learn, we will not know

It is Our CHOICE



We CHOOSE to react Positively or Negatively.  

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Great News

Allah says, interpretation of meaning,

(Say (O Prophet): It is great news. From which you are tuning away.)
[Q: 38: 67-68]

Tell – O Prophet – your people that this Qur’an is exceedingly beneficial news. However, you are heedless of it and do not follow its guidance.  


Aspirations & Horizons



 Your limitations are your aspirations.
Big aspirations create Big Horizons.
Small aspirations create small horizons.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Hidden Opportunity




Ordinary people see the outer immediate outcomes of events, 
but the genius sees the hidden positive possible outcomes of evens.  

Monday, April 4, 2016

Islam & Horizon




Knowledge of a foreign language is a perfect opportunity to share ideas with others, and it is a wonderful opportunity for Muslims to share the sublime horizon Islam opens before everyone. 

Sunday, March 6, 2016

THIS SHALL PASS



One way helps us endure our sad present is to see it as a transitional stage in our life, or a bridge we should cross in order to reach to the bright future. Another way is to see such a period in our life as a test that polishes up our talents and without which our latent potential will never appear. We can think of whatever right means that will make us bear difficulties in our life patiently. 
I have adopted this motto to help me endure difficulties in my life patiently:

 "THIS SHALL PASS." 

WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO?

Sunday, February 28, 2016

I Wonder…

“I wonder at someone, who recites the Qur’an without understanding its interpretation, how he can enjoy its recitation.” 
Imam Muhammad bin Jarîr at-Tabarî

Friday, February 26, 2016

Tests & Trials

“Tests and trials bring out the best in people, renew their energies, reinforce their resolve, and unleash within them latent powers that they themselves knew nothing of.
 Moreover, such experiences refine one’s perception and sharpen one’s mental and emotional vision and judgment.”

In the Shade of the Qur’an
Sayyid Qutb                      

Introduction: Regarding the Revelation, Compilation, & Putting Diacritical Marks on the Qur’an

The revelation of the Qur’an to the Prophet Muhammad r began when he was forty years old in Mecca, and continued when he migrated to Madina, where he died. Thus, the revelation of the Qur’an lasted for twenty years. It was also said that it lasted for twenty-three years according to disagreement regarding the Prophet’s age when he died, whether he died when he was sixty or sixty-three years old. 
The Manner of Revelation of the Qur’an
A complete sûra might be revealed to the Prophetr, or some ayãts of a sûra, and later on, these ayãts were combined together to form a complete sûra.
The First Revelation
The beginning of sûra al-Alaq was the first revelation of the Quran the Prophet  r received, and then sûra al-Muddathir and
 al-Muzammil. 
It was also said that the first revelation was sûra al-Muddathir and it was said that it was sûra al-Fãtiha. However, the first opinion is the correct one due to what was mentioned in the authentic hadîth narrated by ‘Ãisha, may Allah be pleased with her. She reported in the long narration regarding beginning of the revelation, “The angel came to the Prophet r when he was in Hira cave, and asked him to read. The Prophet r  replied 'I do not know how to read'. The Prophet r added, ‘The angel caught me forcibly and pressed me so hard that I could not bear it any more. He then released me and asked me again to read and I replied, ‘I do not know how to read’. Then he caught me again and pressed me a second time until I could not bear it any more. He then released me and asked me again to read, and again I replied, ‘I do not know how to read’. Then he caught me for the third time and pressed me, and then released me and said: ‘Read - O Prophet – in the name of your Lord, who created. He created man from a blood-clot. Read – O Prophet – and your Lord is the most generous one. He taught by the pen. He taught man what he knew not.’ [1-5 al-Alaq].  [al-Bukhãrî] After that, the Prophet r returned to his family with this revelation and with his heart beating severely.  And he said, ‘Cover me! Cover me!’ They covered him, until his fear subsided. In another report by Jãbr b. Abdul Allah, he said that the Prophet r said, ‘Cover me!’, and then Allah revealed, ‘O you who wrapped himself with his garment.’ [73-1] [al-Bukhãrî]
The last revelation was sûra an-Nasar [110]. It was also said that the last revelation was the aya in which usury was mentioned in sûra al-Baqra [275-281], and it was said the aya before it. 
During the life of the Prophet r, the Qur’an was preserved in  sheets (suhuf) and memorized by the companions of the Prophet r. When the Prophet died, Ali b. Tãlib, may Allah be pleased with him, retired to his house and collected the Qur’an in a chronologically arranged, written form. If his musuhaf was found, it would have great knowledge; however, it was not found.
When many of the companions of the Prophet r  died on the day of Yamãma, in fighting Musyylima, the liar, Umar, may Allah be pleased with him, advised Abû Bakr, may Allah be pleased with him, to collect the Qur’an lest it should be lost by the death of its memorizers. Abû Bakr collected the Qur’an in sheets (suhuf), where the sûras were not arranged as the same arrangement of the present Qur’an. These sheets remained with AbûBakr until he died, then they were kept with Umar until he died, and after that with his daughter Hafsah, the mother of the believers. 
During this period, sheets written by the companions, may Allah be pleased with them, in which there were differences in the recitation of the Qur’an spread among the Muslims. Thus, Huthayfa b. al-Yamãn advised caliph Uthmãn b. Affãn, may Allah be pleased with them, to issue an official copy of the Qur’an lest it should be disagreement among the Muslims regarding its recitation. Thus, Uthmãn ordered that an official copy the Quran be written. He delegated Zayd b. Thãbt and three other individuals from Quraysh, Abudul Allah b. az-Zubayr b. al-Awãm, Abdur-Hmãn b. al-Hãrith b. Hishãm, and Sa’îd b. al-Ãsî b. Umayya, to carry out this task. He instructed them that if they differed on how to write anything, they should write it according to the dialect of Quraysh. They used the mushaf preserved with Hafash as their guide in writing down this last compilation of the Quran. Uthmãn used to observe them throughout carrying out this task as well as he participated with them. When the compilation of the mushaf was completed, Uthmãn sent copies of it to a number of provinces, and ordered that the other copies of the Quran be cut to small pieces or burned. 
The arrangement of the sûras in the present Quran is according to the compilation carried out by Zayd b. Thãbt and his assistants, under the supervision of Uthmãn. It was also said that the arrangement was done by the Prophet r, which is a weak opinion, and unacceptable according to the narrations reported regarding this issue. 
Adding Diacritical Marks to the Qur’an
Al-Hajjãj b. Yusuf ath-Taqafî was the first person to introduce diacritical marks to the mushaf, carrying out the command of the Umayyd caliph Abdul Malik b. Marwãn, as well as he divided the mushaf to ahzãb, i.e. dividing the mushaf into sixty parts. 
It was also said that the first person to introduce dots to the mushaf was Yahya b. Ya’mur, and it was also said that it was introduced by abu’l Aswad ad-Dû’alî. 
As for dividing the Quran into a’shãr, i.e. division into ten parts, it was said that the first person to introduce it was al-Hajjãj, and it was also said that the Abasid caliph al-Ma’mûn ordered it. 
Names of the Quran
The names of the Quran are four: the Quran, al-Furqãn, al-Kitãb, and adh-Dhikir. All other names attributed to the Quran are adjectives and not names, such as describing the Quran as being great, noble, powerful, honorable, and glorious.
As for the name ‘Quran’, it is derived from the verb ‘qara’a’ which means to read, and then the Quran was called by it. 
As for the name ‘al-Furqãn’, it is derived from verb ‘farraqa’’ which means to distinguish between truth and falsehood.
As for the name ‘al-Kitãb’ it is derived from the verb ‘katab’ which means to write, and then the written form of the Quran was named after it. 
As for the name ‘ad-Dhikir’, the Quran was named so because it contains remembrance of Allah, admonitions and exhortations. 
 Moreover, the word ‘sûra’ can be pronounced with hamza, and it can also be pronounced without hamaza which is the dialect of Quraysh.
Finally, as for the meaning of ‘aya’, it originally means ‘a sign’, and then a statement from the Quran was named after it because it is a sign denoting truthfulness of the Prophetr. 
Source: Al-Kalbî, Muhammad bin Ahmad bin Juzyy, at-Tashîl li-‘Ulûm at-Tanzîl 




Thursday, February 25, 2016

Can I forget?

A young girl asked a consultant, 
“I am engaged now to someone. Can I forget my love to my first fiancé?"
 He said, "Yes, you can. Just ask Allah to help you." 
His response confused me. 
Did he really understand what means to love someone? 
Did he really understand the rules of hearts?
 Did he think that our hearts are objects in our hands that we direct them to whatever direction we want?
I have unshakable faith in the ability, power, and mercy of Allah. However, I also recognize how He has created us. He has created us with certain inclinations, desires, and feelings. Our ability to control, guide them varies depending on many factors, but our hearts are not in our hands.  

Unity

(Abide by the Qur’an and the Sunna, all of you together, and do not be divided. And remember the favor of Allah upon you – O believers: as you were enemies, and then He united your hearts; thus, you became, by His favor, brothers…) (Q 3:103)
Abide by the Qur’an and the guidance of the Prophet (SAW); do not do what causes division among you; remember the favor of Allah upon you that He bestowed upon you: as you – O believers – were enemies before Islam. And then Allah united your hearts upon His love and His Prophet’s love, and He infused in your hearts love of each other. Thus, you became, by His favor loving brothers.