A forgotten Sunnah: Dates

10 Jul

عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ، عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ ‏ ‏ نِعْمَ سَحُورُ الْمُؤْمِنِ التَّمْرُ

The Prophet (ﷺ) said: Awesome is the meal of dates shortly before dawn for the believer.

Reference: http://sunnah.com/abudawud/14/33

Knowledge of Allah

25 May

أَلَمْ تَرَ أَنَّ اللَّهَ يَعْلَمُ مَا فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَمَا فِي الْأَرْضِ ۖ مَا يَكُونُ مِن نَّجْوَىٰ ثَلَاثَةٍ إِلَّا هُوَ رَابِعُهُمْ وَلَا خَمْسَةٍ إِلَّا هُوَ سَادِسُهُمْ وَلَا أَدْنَىٰ مِن ذَٰلِكَ وَلَا أَكْثَرَ إِلَّا هُوَ مَعَهُمْ أَيْنَ مَا كَانُوا ۖ ثُمَّ يُنَبِّئُهُم بِمَا عَمِلُوا يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ بِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ عَلِيمٌ

Have you not considered that Allah knows what is in the heavens and what is on the earth? There is in no private conversation of three but that He is the fourth of them, nor are there five but that He is the sixth of them – and no less than that and no more except that He is with them wherever they are. Then He will inform them of what they did, on the Day of Resurrection. Indeed Allah is, of all things, Knowing (58:7).

  • Why are three and five chosen and not two? Why is four skipped? The numbers are random to show that it doesn’t matter how many people are present in a conversation, Allah is always present (reflect over how beautifully this point is mentioned by simply saying two ‘random’ numbers).
  • What does it mean for Allah to be present? Some incorrectly believe that Allah is everywhere. Instead this ayah begins with knowledge of Allah and ends with the knowledge of Allah i.e. Allah is present with us in His knowledge.
  • Where is Allah? He is above His throne in a manner that befits His majesty. There are over a 1,000 proofs for this, the simplest being that the Quran was sent down from the heavens.
  • A man used to go around asking the Sahabah, how did Allah ascend on His throne. When he asked Umer RA, he hit him in the head, and then asked if he understood. He said yes, I get it now.

Where is your provision?

28 Feb

وَفِي السَّمَاءِ رِزْقُكُمْ وَمَا تُوعَدُونَ فَوَرَبِّ السَّمَاءِ وَالْأَرْضِ إِنَّهُ لَحَقٌّ مِّثْلَ مَا أَنَّكُمْ تَنطِقُونَ

And in the heaven is your provision and whatever you are promised. Then by the Lord of the heaven and earth, indeed, it is truth – just as [sure as] it is that you are speaking. (51:23-24)

  • The first ayah speaks about how our provision is in the sky. However, most people are not convinced by this. In the second ayah Allah Subhanahu wa ta’la takes an oath by His lordship that it is the truth, and it is the truth just like we speak.
  • What is the relationship between speaking and provision? No one can ever enunciate using another person’s tongue, even if they tried. Likewise, it is impossible for someone to take another person’s provision, no matter how much they try!

True Friend

9 Feb

Ibn Qudamah said, “the pious predecessor loved that people should point out their errors and mistakes to them.”

Hardship as a blessing

8 Feb

“Don’t let difficulties fill you with anxiety. After all, it is only in the darkest nights that the stars shine more brilliant.” Ali ibn Talib

Sufyan at Thawree said: “In our view, a person does not have an understanding of the religion until he thinks of a hardship as a blessing, and comfort and luxury as being a hardship.”

Why does Allah withhold?

26 Jan
“Verily when Allah withholds, He actually gives, because He does not withhold on account of miserliness or stinginess, but rather He considers the benefit of the servant.” – Sufyan Al-Thawri.

Mother forgets her child while breastfeeding

14 Oct

 يَوْمَ تَرَوْنَهَا تَذْهَلُ كُلُّ مُرْضِعَةٍ عَمَّا أَرْضَعَتْ وَتَضَعُ كُلُّ ذَاتِ حَمْلٍ حَمْلَهَا وَتَرَى النَّاسَ سُكَارَىٰ وَمَا هُم بِسُكَارَىٰ وَلَٰكِنَّ عَذَابَ اللَّهِ شَدِيدٌ

On the Day you see it every nursing mother will be distracted from that [child] she was nursing, and every pregnant woman will abort her pregnancy, and you will see the people [appearing] intoxicated while they are not intoxicated; but the punishment of Allah is severe. (22:2)

  • The greatest lesson that one can take from Hajj is that they will be resurrected on the Day of Judgement.
  • One can see a sample of the Day of Judgement when one looks at ‘arafah.
  • The first description of Day of Judgement given in this surah is that of a mother and her child.
  • We know the most intimate relationship in this world is that of a mother and child, to the extent that the mother will sacrifice everything for the child.
  • But the horrors of the Day of Judgement even make the mother completely forget about her child.
  • Not only forget, but forget while in the state of breast feeding (the word murd’ without the ta means a mother who breastfeeds. The addition of ta implies that the child is being suckled).
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