POUR UPON US WATER

29 May

وَنَادَىٰ أَصْحَابُ النَّارِ أَصْحَابَ الْجَنَّةِ أَنْ أَفِيضُوا عَلَيْنَا مِنَ الْمَاءِ أَوْ مِمَّا رَزَقَكُمُ اللَّهُ ۚ قَالُوا إِنَّ اللَّهَ حَرَّمَهُمَا عَلَى الْكَافِرِينَ

And the companions of the Fire will call to the companions of Paradise, “Pour upon us some water or from whatever Allah has provided you.” They will say, “Indeed, Allah has forbidden them both to the disbelievers.” (7:50)

  • Hassan was fasting and cold water was brought to him and he started crying. It was asked why and he responded, “I remembered the call of the people of hellfire pour upon us some water.”
  • As you read the Quran, ask yourself with each ayah, how can I implement it into my life.
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REFLECT

26 May

كِتَابٌ أَنزَلْنَاهُ إِلَيْكَ مُبَارَكٌ لِّيَدَّبَّرُوا آيَاتِهِ وَلِيَتَذَكَّرَ أُولُو الْأَلْبَابِ

[This is] a blessed Book which We have revealed to you, that they might reflect upon its verses and that those of understanding would be reminded.

  • From this ayah we learn that Allah Suhanahu wa’tala revealed the Quran for us to reflect and implement into our lives.
  • It was not revealed for us to simply recite without any contemplation and reflection.
  • Ibn ‘Abbas radhiyllahu ‘anh said, “It is more beloved to me to recite surah az-Zalzalah and al-qariah with reflection than to recite al-Baqarah and al-Imran swiftly.”
  • قال ابن عباس رضي الله عنهما أيضا لأن أقرأ البقرة وآل عمران أرتلهما وأتدبرهما أحب إلي من أن أقرأ القرآن هذرمة .

LIMITED DAYS

25 May

أَيَّامًا مَّعْدُودَاتٍ

Limited number of days

  • Allah Subhanahu wa ta’la did not say ma’doodah.
  • In Arabic there are two types of plural — multitude (jam’ kathra) vs. limited (jam’ qilla).
  • The above is the later plural and implies that these days are incredibly limited.
  • al-Hassan al-Basri once passed by a group who were laughing so he said, “verily Allah has made the month of Ramadan an arena for competition for the creation to racewith obedience, and as such a group competed and won and others remained behind so were defeated; it is of utmost surprise and shock for someone to laugh and play in days in which those who struggled were victorious and those who were lazy were defeated.”
  • مر الحسن البصري بقوم وهم يضحكون ، فقال إن الله عز وجل جعل شهررمضان مضمارا لخلقه يستبقون فيه لطاعته ، فسبق قوم ففازوا ، وتخلف أقوام فخابوا فالعجب كل العجب للضاحك اللاعب في اليوم الذي فاز فيه السابقون وخاب فيه المبطلون .

MAYBE

23 May

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ

O you who believe, fasting has been legislated upon you as it was legislated for those before you so that perhaps you will have Taqwa.

  • This ayah tells us that the purpose of fasting is to attain Taqwa.
  • Allah subhanahu wa ta’la did not guarantee we will gain it.
  • One of the reasons is because we associate fasting with the body and not the heart.
  • Ibn al-Qayyim rahimahu Allah said, “Taqwa is of three levels: protecting the heart and the the limbs from the forbidden, then protecting it from the disliked and then protecting it from anything that does not benefit.”
  • Ibn Rajab rahimahu Allah said, “verily the journey to the hereafter is traversed with one’s heart and not with one’s feet.”

WHAT IS FASTING?

20 May

قال عمر بن الخطاب رضي الله عنه: ليس الصيام من الطعام والشراب وحده ولكنه من الكذب والباطل واللغو والحلف. أخرجه ابن أبي شيبة

‘Umar Radiyallahu anh said, “fasting is not abstaining from eating and drinking alone but rather from lying, falsehood, vein speech and oaths”.

3. PLANT IT

26 Apr

إنْ قَامَتْ عَلَى أَحَدِكُمُ الْقِيَامَةُ، وَفِي يَدِهِ فَسِيلَةٌ فَلْيَغْرِسْهَا

Prophet Sallahu ‘alihi wa salam said, “if the day of judgement is established upon one of you and in his hand is a shoot of a plant, let him plant it. (Ahmad & authenticated by Sh albani).

  • This hadith depicts a very picturesque scene in which a person is holding a shoot of a plant and all of a sudden, with great shock, the Day of Judgement is established.
  • To highlight with certainty that the Day of Judgement has begun, the past-tense is used.
  • This is used to imply that no one should think they are an exception to this scenario.
  • This implies that the person is just at the initial stages of the action.
  • A plant is used as an example, since it brings benefit to all — humans, animals and the surroundings.
  • Why not death, earth quake or another calamity? To make it clear that no one will benefit from this plant in any way what so ever.
  • Why should you plant it? What is the benefit of planting it?
  • If you were in this situation what would you do?
  • Someone might say to do a sajdah, do dhikr, du’aa or pray.
  • No one would give the answer that Prophet Sallahu ‘Alihi wa salam gave: continue planting.
  • This is because most of us have gotten the basic fundamentals of the religion wrong: We forget that religion encompasses all aspects of our life — there is a time for praying, eating, relaxing, sleeping — all of which should be given their due rights.
  • This hadith has many amazing meanings, lessons, and advises in it.
    1. Comprehensiveness of Islam.
    2. Significance of intention.
    3. Fruits of making an effort.
    4. Benefits of optimism.
    5. Importance of utilizing time, however short it may be.
    6. Importance of carrying out one’s obligation under the most challenging circumstances.
    7. Importance of actions (i.e. never belittling any deed).
    8. Value of actions that benefit others.
    9. Importance of planting to provide food for other.
    10. Connection between the dunya and the akhira.
    11. Depth of the words of Prophet Sallahu ‘alihi wa salam.

2. PLANT IT

25 Apr

إنْ قَامَتْ عَلَى أَحَدِكُمُ الْقِيَامَةُ، وَفِي يَدِهِ فَسِيلَةٌ فَلْيَغْرِسْهَا

Prophet Sallahu ‘alihi wa salam said, “if the day of judgement is established upon one of you and in his hand is a shoot of a plant, let him plant it. (Ahmad & authenticated by Sh albani).

  • This hadith depicts a very picturesque scene in which a person is holding a shoot of a plant and all of a sudden, with great shock, the Day of Judgement is established.
  • To highlight with certainty that the Day of Judgement has begun, the past-tense is used.
  • This is used to imply that no one should think they are an exception to this scenario.
  • This implies that the person is just at the initial stages of the action.
  • A plant is used as an example, since it brings benefit to all — humans, animals and the surroundings.
  • Why not death, earth quake or another calamity? To make it clear that no one will benefit from this plant in any way what so ever.
  • Why should you plant it? What is the benefit of planting it?
  • If you were in this situation what would you do?
  • Someone might say to do a sajdah, do dhikr, du’aa or pray.
  • No one would give the answer that Prophet Sallahu ‘Alihi wa salam gave: continue planting.
  • This is because most of us have gotten the basic fundamentals of the religion wrong: We forget that religion encompasses all aspects of our life — there is a time for praying, eating, relaxing, sleeping — all of which should be given their due rights.