ESCAPE FROM THE IMPOSSIBLE.

14 Feb

وَذَا النُّونِ إِذ ذَّهَبَ مُغَاضِبًا فَظَنَّ أَن لَّن نَّقْدِرَ عَلَيْهِ فَنَادَىٰ فِي الظُّلُمَاتِ أَن لَّا إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا أَنتَ سُبْحَانَكَ إِنِّي كُنتُ مِنَ الظَّالِمِينَ

And remember the companion of the whale, when he went off in anger and thought that We would not decree upon him. And he called out within the darknesses, “There is no deity except You; exalted are You. Indeed, I have been of the wrongdoers.”(21:87)

  • In this ayah, Allah SWT describes how Yunus AS was in an impossible situation: trapped in the belly of a whale.
  • All of Yunus AS feelings, emotions, sentiments, fears, worries, and concerns are astonishingly captured in one preposition: in.
  • Allah SWT did not say he called from the darknesses; instead he called from within the darknesses. What is the difference?
  • The latter implies that he was completely submerged in numerous layers of darknesses, as if he was totally drowning in them, and there was not a single drop of physical light that would give him hope.
  • Despite this, his only hope was calling upon Allah SWT. And he called upon Him, with a special duaa.
  • Prophet SAW said no believer ever calls upon Allah SWT with the duaa of my brother Yunus, except that Allah SWT responds to him (Ahmad & authentic).
  • http://sunnah.com/tirmidhi/48/136
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmGnCm-6FmQ

Who can you hurt?

2 Feb

قال الفضيل بن عياض :”والله ما يحلُّ لك أن تؤذي كلبا ولا خنزيرا بغير حق فكيف تؤذي مسلما ؟

Fudayl ibn ‘yaad said, “By Allah it is not permissible for you to hurt a dog or a pig, so how can you hurt a Muslim [or a non-Muslim].”

What if you are in the hellfire?

29 Jan

قال الفضيل بن عياض رحمه الله : وعزته لو أدخلني النار فصرت فيها ما أيست [من رحمته.

Fudayl ibn ‘yaad rahimahullah said, “by His Might, if He entered me into the fire, I would not loose hope in His Mercy.”

Mercy of Allah

5 Dec

ربما أعطاك فمنعك

وربما منعك فأعطاك

Ahamd ibn ‘Atta Allah al-asakandri RA said, “Perhaps Allah gave you something but in actuality withheld, and perhaps He withheld but in reality gave.”

ما من ليلة اختلط ظلامها إلا نادى الجليل جل جلاله

5 Dec

حدثنا أبو أحمد محمد بن أحمد الغطريفي ، ثنا محمد بن شاذان ، ثنا أحمد بن محمد بن غالب ، ثنا هناد بن السري ، قال : سمعت الفضيل بن عياض ، يقول : ” ما من ليلة اختلط ظلامها ، وأرخى الليل سربال سترها إلا نادى الجليل جل جلاله :  من أعظم مني جودا ، والخلائق لي عاصون وأنا لهم مراقب ، أكلؤهم في مضاجعهم كأنهم لم يعصوني ، وأتولى حفظهم كأنهم لم يذنبوا من بيني وبينهم ، أجود بالفضل على العاصي ، وأتفضل على المسيء ، من ذا الذي دعاني فلم أسمع إليه ، أو من ذا الذي سألني فلم أعطه ؟ أم من ذا الذي أناخ ببابي ونحيته ؟ أنا الفضل ومني الفضل ، أنا الجواد ومني الجود أنا الكريم ، ومني الكرم ، ومن كرمي أن أغفر للعاصي بعد المعاصي ، ومن كرمي أن أعطي التائب كأنه لم يعصني ، فأين عني تهرب الخلائق ؟ وأين عن بابي يتنحى العاصون ؟ ” .

HOW TO MOVE A MOUNTAIN

25 Oct

THE STATE OF A BELIEVER

27 Sep

عَجَبًا لأَمْرِ الْمُؤْمِنِ إِنَّ أَمْرَهُ كُلَّهُ خَيْرٌ وَلَيْسَ ذَاكَ لأَحَدٍ إِلاَّ لِلْمُؤْمِنِ إِنْ أَصَابَتْهُ سَرَّاءُ شَكَرَ فَكَانَ خَيْرًا لَهُ وَإِنْ أَصَابَتْهُ ضَرَّاءُ صَبَرَ فَكَانَ خَيْرًا لَهُ ‏

Wonderful are the affairs of a believer for there is good in every affair of his. And this does not apply to anyone except the believer. If goodness befalls him he is thankful and there is good in it. If he hardship befalls him he is patient and there is a good for him in it (Muslim).

  • Prophet SAW began by describing the affairs of the believer as wonderful, amazing, strange and mind boggling.
  • He SAW did not say Muslim or people. This description only applies if you are a believer (What is the belief? Everything in his life is good and that the ultimate control of his matters rests with Allah).
  • Emphasis is applied through two particles to remove any doubt that there is any evil in his affairs.
  • A negation and an exception are used to create exclusivity: this only applies to a believer and no one else!
  • The state of the believer is further explained as going through prosperity or difficulty.
  • In both of these state the expected response is mentioned: gratitude or patience (as for a disbeliever, it is ingratitude and impatience).
  • The state of ease is mentioned first because the prosperous states are far greater.
  • This statement is repeated again to accentuate that both states are filled with goodness.
  • As the states are different, the goodness in them is also different.
  • Ibn al-Qayyim said that this hadith shows that the life of a believer fluctuates between two states. [As his state changes, his response also changes].

One of the scholars of the past was bald, blind, crippled, handicapped and suffering from leprosy. Despite this, he would repeat, “all praise and thanks are for Allah, the one who protected me from much of his creation and preferred me with a great favor.” So a man heard this while passing by and said to him, “with what has Allah protected you? You are bald, blind, crippled, handicapped and suffering from leprosy.” The scholar said, “You fool, he gave me a tongue that remembers, a heart that is content, and a body that is forbearing of this calamity.”

أحد السلف كان أقرع الرأس ، أبرص البدن ، أعمى العينين ، مشلول القدمين واليدين ، وكان يقول : “الحمد لله الذي عافاني مما ابتلى به كثيراً ممن خلق وفضلني تفضيلاً ” فَمَرّ بِهِ رجل فقال له : مِمَّ عافاك ؟ أعمى وأبرص وأقرع ومشلول . فَمِمَّ عافاك ؟ فقال : ويحك يا رجل ! جَعَلَ لي لساناً ذاكراً ، وقلباً شاكراً ، وبَدَناً على البلاء صابراً !

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