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.
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1. PLANT IT

24 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?

ALWAYS THINK BETTER

21 Apr

عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ، عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ “‏ أَنَّ امْرَأَةً بَغِيًّا رَأَتْ كَلْبًا فِي يَوْمٍ حَارٍّ يُطِيفُ بِبِئْرٍ قَدْ أَدْلَعَ لِسَانَهُ مِنَ الْعَطَشِ فَنَزَعَتْ لَهُ بِمُوقِهَا فَغُفِرَ لَهَا ‏”

Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger Sallalahu ‘alihi wa salam as saying:

A prostitute saw a dog moving around a well on a hot day and hanging out its tongue because of thirst. She drew water for it in her shoe and she was pardoned [because of this act] (Muslim).
  • One of the great lessons we learn from this hadith is never think you are better than anyone. No matter what deeds you have done, you never know what deed someone may have done that is more beloved to Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’la than all of your deeds; and you may have done a single deed, so hated by Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’la that He seizes you for it and catapults you in the hellfire.

LYING IN ALL CASES

20 Jan

وقال الشعبي: عليك بالصدق حيث ترى أنه يضرك فإنه ينفعك، واجتنب الكذب حيث ترى أنه ينفعك فإنه يضرك

al-Sha’bi said, “be truthful especially when you think it will harm you, for it will benefit you. And avoid lying when you think it will benefit you, for it will harm you.”

Debase and Raise

24 Oct

خَافِضَةٌ رَّافِعَةٌ

It will debase and raise (56:3)

(قال حازم بن دينار: رأيت رجلا قام يصلي من الليل، فافتتح سورة الواقعة، فلم يجاوز قوله {خافضة رافعة} حتى أصبح، فخرج من المسجد، فتبعته، فقلت: بأبي أنت وأمي! ما {خافضة رافعة} – أي لماذا استمررت طول الليل ترددها -؟! فقال: إن الآخرة خفضت قوما لا يرفعون أبدا، ورفعت قوما لا ينخفضون أبدا، فإذا الرجل عمر بن عبد العزيز رحمه الله))

  • Hazem ibn Dinaar said I saw a man stand for prayer at night and he began reciting Surah al-waqi’ah (the event) and he kept repeating the above ayah until the morning. I followed him and I said to him what is the debasing and the raising? He replied, “Verily in the hereafter people will be lowered never to be raised ever again; and people will be raised never to be lowered again.” That man was ‘Umar ibn Abdul ‘Aziz.

LEAVE THAT WHICH YOU DESIRE

20 Oct

قال الحسن البصري: إنكم لن تنالوا ما تحبون إلا بترك ما تشتهون ، ولا تدركوا ما تأملون إلا بالصبر على ما تكرهون

al-Hasan al-Basri rahimahuAllah said, “you will never attain that which you love except by leaving that which you desire; and you will never attain that which you hope for except by being patient over that which you hate.”

PROTECT IT

26 Sep

قيل لعمر بن عبد العزيز من كان على حق ، علي أم معاويه فقال : ” تلك فتنة عصم الله منها سيوفنا, فلنعصم منها ألسنتنا “

Umar ibn Abdul ‘Aziz was asked, “who was upon the truth? Ali or Mu’awiyah?” He responded, “that was a trial Allah protected our swords from. Let us then protect our tongues regarding it.”