Tuesday, October 31
Monday, October 30
::: Self Analysis: Time out :::
In the midst of this everyday life, all encompassing, of deeds (for the akhirra) and activities.... how many of us, have turned and said oh we're sick of this, or sick of that...through thick and thin, are we really true to Allah and His commands? Are we really grateful for the blessings He (SWT) bestows on us, every hour of every day? Are we really taking advantage of the little time we have left on this dunya? Are we really fulfilling our duty as Muslims? Are we really carrying and spreading the message of Islam far and wide? Have you ever spoken to your neighbours about Islam? Have you ever raised your hands and showed your gratitude for each breath that leaves your body so effortlessly?
We're all too quick to curse and be ungreatful....when we subhanAllah, have so much to be thankful. Even if we spent our lifetimes on our knees repenting before Allah.....we would not appreciate how blessed we truly are. So strike a balance...take heed...and make the most of the few hours/minute/seconds you have left...don't wait till tomorrow....as you can not gaurentee you will survive tonight.
May Allah (SWT) soften our hearts and guide us.
Saturday, October 28
Tuesday, October 24
Sunday, October 15
You have this great plan, of how you want your life to be;
Tuesday, October 3
In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the All-Merciful
The ear is responsible before Allah for what it hears. The righteous people are those who listen carefully to what is said and follow it.
The ears fast from listening to obscenities, music and lewd material. To the righteous there is an illustrious fast from hearing things that may anger Allah (SWT) both in and outside of Ramadhan.
There are those amongst us, that fill their ears with forbidden sounds and sinful words and fofbid their ears from the Noble Quran, the noble, distinct and divine audition. Listening to the Quran bears the fruit of faith, guidance, light and prosperity; filling the heart with wisdom, tranquility, intimacy and contentment. It is a source of protection from dangerous, deviant, and and sinful thoughts. So the power of the ears lies in rememberance, beneficial knowledge, good advice, profound manners,and good speech.
And follow not (O man i.e., say not, or do not or witness not, etc.) that of which you have no knowledge (e.g. ones saying: "I have seen," while in fact he has not seen, or "I have heard," while he has not heard). Verily! The hearing, and the sight, and the heart, of each of those you will be questioned (by Allah).
And surely, We have created many of the jinns and mankind for Hell. They have hearts wherewith they understand not, they have eyes wherewith they see not, and they have ears wherewith they hear not (the truth). They are like cattle, nay even more astray; those! They are the heedless ones.
Or do you think that most of them hear or understand? They are only like cattle; nay, they are even farther astray from the Path. (i.e. even worst than cattle).
And when they (who call themselves Christians) listen to what has been sent down to the Messenger (Muhammad SAW), you see their eyes overflowing with tears because of the truth they have recognised. They say: "Our Lord! We believe; so write us down among the witnesses. (Surah Al-Maeda: Verse 83)
And whenever there comes down a Soorah (chapter from the Quran), some of them (hypocrites) say: "Which of you has had his faith increased by it?" As for those who believe, it has increased their faith, and they rejoice. But as for those in whose hearts is a disease (of doubt, disbelief and hypocrisy), it will add suspicion and doubt to their suspicion, disbelief and doubt, and they die while they are disbelievers.
And those who turn away from Al-Laghw (dirty, false, evil vain talk, falsehood, and all that Allah has forbidden).
And when they hear AlLaghw (dirty, false, evil vain talk), they withdraw from it and say: "To us our deeds, and to you your deeds. Peace be to you. We seek not the ignorant."
May Allah (swt) protect us from the evil, sounds, words, and acts of disbelief evil or hypocrisy and keep us rightly guided on the one true path. Purifying our hearts, so that we may find peace and true serenity in listening, understanding and learning from the beautiful words of the Holy Quran.
Sunday, October 1
1. The disposing of the heart in every direction, and its tearing apart in every field. As a consequence, it has no stability and enjoys no inner peace. Neither is it able to mobilize all its power. It is wounded and weakened and quite rightly complains of the misdeeds of the eyes, its gazes and glances.
Lessons regarding Al-Ghiba:
1. Al-Ghiba, is backbiting, and means t mention something bad about a person in their absence.
2. If what is said is not true, it is called slander.
3. The one who listens to backbiting is one of the backbiters.
4. The backbiter pays for the sins of the person who did the wrong.
5. A backbiter is not forgiven by Allah until the person He spoke ill of forgives him.
6. People normally backbite about: character, deeds, religious or worldly affairs.
7. Speaking ill of a leader about his wrongs is not backbiting.
8. It is not backbiting if one warns other Msulims about the practices of someone or to speak ill of a person who is known for his bad habits.
9. Just as you would hate to eat the flesh of your dead brother, so too, you should hate to hurt the feelings of a Muslim by backbiting.
10. If you conceal the faults of others, Allah will conceal yur faults in this world and the Hereafter.
11. If you see one virtue in a person do not mention the 10 faults they have.
12. Paradise is for him who controls his tongue.
13. Do not speak ill of good people; you then do them wrong.
14. Do not speak ill of the wicked; you then make an enemy of them.
15. Do not slander another; lest you make another enemy.
Causes of Al-Ghiba
There are 7 causes of Al-Ghiba
1.Venting one's Anger:
For example in an arguement between two people, and later one backbites the other to justify or gratify their anger.
2. Desire to fit in and be accepted by one's companions:
When you hear your friends speak ill of others behind their back and you don't stop them or warn them, you join them! Take heed of the verse:
"..friends on that day will be foes one to another, except the righteous people."
Al Zakhruf: Verse 67
3. To raise oneself by degrading another:
In the same way one becomes jealous when another is praised, and then seeks to disparage them. Or when one's knowledge, honour, and good qualities are praised in front of him and he says, yes but he also has such and such bad qualities. This is shaytaan, luring you to believe this is sincere advice, but if it was, you would give it privately not expose him publicly.
4. Sheer Envy:
Envy is an evil. Shaytaan decieves us by envying the benefits of others and waiting for Allah (swt) to remove them. Hence the only way to disparage them is to speak ill of them behind their back. Muslims, be aware! Allah only gives His benefits, to those whom He likes, and no one can change this decree.
5. Joke and Amusement:
Backbiting in order to make others laugh. This is a grave sin as the Prophet (SAW) said:
"It is a serious evil for a Muslim to look down upon his Brother Muslim."
Sahih Muslim: On the authority of Abu Hurairah (RA).
6. Pretending to Show Mercy:
Someone may say: poor so and so, I feel sorry for him, he takes the Fajr prayer so lightly, or he has shaved his beard or been tested by such and such offence. If the backbiter was sincere, he would be genuinely distressed, and not spread the misdamenours but invoke Allah (swt) to help him overcome their problems, advising them in secret.
7. Forcing oneself to be angry for the sake of Allah:
For example whem one says: Look and so and so and how he transgresses against Allah's boundaries or violates His Commands. This person is wicked and evil, because if he is honest he would have met him and commanded him to do good and forbid him frm evil.
The cure for Al-Ghiba
One can overcome Al-Ghiba in 5 ways:
Ghiba is a sin that exposes you to the displeasure of Allah (swt) and remember just what the punishment is.
That your good deeds are going to the one you are backbiting, and their sins are being given to you, on the Day of Judgement, you might be in need of that one good deed to save you from Hellfire.
3. Be Mindful:
Put yourself in the shoes of the one you are backbiting. Would you like it that someone else back bite you?
Clean your heart from that which causes you to backbite a fellow Muslim; such as hatred, ency, glory (self praise), arrogance, and other diseases.
Ponder over your own faults instead of backbiting other people, and occupy yourself with correcting them. Feel ashamed to discuss others faults when you have so many. If you are really free from faults, be thankful to Allah as backbiting is one of the major sins.
"O Children of Adam, you will not achieve the reality of Eeman until you stop finding faults with people when you yourself have so many faults, and until you start correcting them. If you do so, occupy yourself with your own self, because the dearest servants of Allah are those who are like this."
Al-Hassan Al-Basri (may Allah have mercy upon him)
If your soul drives you to mention other people's faults, first ask yourself:
- Have you prayed with the Imam the 5 daily prayers in the Masjid?
-Have you performed the Night prayers?
- Have you recited part of the Quran today?
- Have you invoked Allah (swt) for helping Muslims today?
- Have you invoked Allah (swt) for your parents today?
- Have you given sadaqah today to the poor?
- Have you fasted one day for Allah (swt) this week?
- Have you performed your prayers today, submissively in the presence of Allah (swt)
- Have you prayed Du'ah (forenoon) Salaah today?
- Have you maintained your voluntary prayers?
- Have you mentioned the morning and afternoon Adhkaar?
- Have you remembered Allah (swt) today and cired or were you negligent?
Take time to look at yourself, and take advantage of your time by asking for Allah's forgivenness, and occupying yourself with your own problems and flaws.
May Allah (swt) purify us and distance us from the evil fo Al-Ghiba, bringing us closer to Him and may He purify our intentions and accept our good deeds.