Al-Fussilat

Ha. Mim. (1)

A revelation from the Beneficent, the Merciful,(2)

A Scripture whereof the verses are expounded, a Lecture in Arabic for people who have knowledge, (3)

Good tidings and a warning. But most of them turn away so that they hear not. (4)

And they say: Our hearts are protected from that unto which thou (O Muhammad) callest us, and in our ears there is a deafness, and between us and thee there is a veil. Act, then. Lo! we also shall be acting. (5)

Say (unto them O Muhammad): I am only a mortal like you. It is inspired in me that your God is One God, therefore take the straight path unto Him and seek forgiveness of Him. And woe unto the idolaters, (6)

Who give not the poor-due, and who are disbelievers in the Hereafter. (7)

Lo! as for those who believe and do good works, for them is a reward enduring. (8)

Say (O Muhammad, unto the idolaters): Disbelieve ye verily in Him Who created the earth in two Days, and ascribe ye unto Him rivals? He (and none else) is the Lord of the Worlds. (9)

He placed therein firm hills rising above it, and blessed it and measured therein its sustenance in four Days, alike for (all) who ask; (10)

Then turned He to the heaven when it was smoke, and said unto it and unto the earth: Come both of you, willingly or loth. They said: We come, obedient. (11)

Then He ordained them seven heavens in two Days and inspired in each heaven its mandate; and We decked the nether heaven with lamps, and rendered it inviolable. That is the measuring of the Mighty, the Knower. (12)

But if they turn away, then say: I warn you of a thunderbolt like the thunderbolt (which fell of old upon the tribes) of A’ad and Thamud; (13)

When their messengers came unto them from before them and behind them, saying: Worship none but Allah! they said: If our Lord had willed, He surely would have sent down angels (unto us), so lo! we are disbelievers in that wherewith ye have been sent. (14)

As for A’ad, they were arrogant in the land without right, and they said: Who is mightier than us in power? Could they not see that Allah Who created them, He was mightier than them in power? And they denied Our revelations. (15)

Therefore We let loose on them a raging wind in evil days, that We might make them taste the torment of disgrace in the life of the world. And verily the doom of the Hereafter will be more shameful, and they will not be helped. (16)

Al – Fatir

Assalamoalaikum,

I was just going through this Surah in the morning when I thought about how arrogant and proud we have become.  We are so busy in our daily lives and acheivements that we deem ourselves invincible. Whenever Allah has mentioned bad people in Quran, He only mentioned their bad qualities, not them being bad souls. Allah created us all equally with love, saying the kalima doesn’t make us Superior to other people, our humulity and deeds do, and that only to Allah if we are not proud about them.

The Munafeqeen will be punished only because of thier Nifaaq, if we exhibit the same nifaaq, we will also come in the category of people Allah dislikes… When we are obsessed with ourselves alone and blindly do what our Nafs ( inner self) wants to do, then we also, to some extent are committing shirk, so all the verses in the Quran prohibiting Shirk ( associating Partners with Allah ) and about its punishments apply to us. How?

When we do whatever we want and do not control our nafs and obey the Laws and Limits Allah has sent down for us, we are actually worshipping our Nafs and our “Hawa” ( desires, needs) as they come, like animals…. Worshipping anything besides Allah is Shirk…

We dress the way we feel like,w e eat what we feel like, we speak what we want… We call it freedom of actiona nd thought and speech.

May Allah forgive us, and guide us to the right path, ameen..

Allah have mercy on us, Ameen.

1. All the praises and thanks be to Allâh, the (only) Originator [or the (only) Creator] of the heavens and the earth, Who made the angels messengers with wings, – two or three or four. He increases in creation what He wills. Verily, Allâh is Able to do all things.

2. Whatever of mercy (i.e.of good), Allâh may grant to mankind, none can withhold it, and whatever He may withhold, none can grant it thereafter. And He is the All Mighty, the All Wise.

3. O mankind! Remember the Grace of Allâh upon you! Is there any creator other than Allâh who provides for you from the sky (rain) and the earth? Lâ ilâha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He). How then are you turning away (from Him)?

4. And if they belie you (O Muhammad SAW), so were Messengers belied before you. And to Allâh return all matters (for decision).

5. O mankind! Verily, the Promise of Allâh is true. So let not this present life deceive you, and let not the chief deceiver (Satan) deceive you about Allâh.

6. Surely, Shaitân (Satan) is an enemy to you, so take (treat) him as an enemy. He only invites his Hizb (followers) that they may become the dwellers of the blazing Fire.

7. Those who disbelieve, theirs will be a severe torment; and those who believe (in the Oneness of Allâh Islâmic Monotheism) and do righteous good deeds, theirs will be forgiveness and a great reward (i.e. Paradise).

8. Is he, then, to whom the evil of his deeds made fair seeming, so that he considers it as good (equal to one who is rightly guided)? Verily, Allâh sends astray whom He wills, and guides whom He wills. So destroy not yourself (O Muhammad SAW) in sorrow for them. Truly, Allâh is the All Knower of what they do!

9. And it is Allâh Who sends the winds, so that they raise up the clouds, and We drive them to a dead land, and revive therewith the earth after its death. As such (will be) the Resurrection!

10. Whosoever desires honour, power and glory then to Allâh belong all honour, power and glory [and one can get honour, power and glory only by obeying and worshipping Allâh (Alone)]. To Him ascend (all) the goodly words, and the righteous deeds exalt it (the goodly words i.e. the goodly words are not accepted by Allâh unless and until they are followed by good deeds), but those who plot evils, theirs will be severe torment. And the plotting of such will perish.

11. And Allâh did create you (Adam) from dust, then from Nutfah (male and female discharge semen drops i.e. Adam’s offspring), then He made you pairs (male and female). And no female conceives or gives birth, but with His Knowledge. And no aged man is granted a length of life, nor is a part cut off from his life (or another man’s life), but is in a Book (Al Lauh Al Mahfûz) Surely, that is easy for Allâh.

( Al Fatir, Chapter 35, Al Quran, Verses 1-11)

Being Virtuous

بِسْمِ اللّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ

58. Those were some
Of the prophets on whom
God did bestow His Grace,—
Of the posterity of Adam,
And of those whom We
Carried (in the Ark)
With Noah, and of
The posterity of Abraham
And Israel—of those
Whom We guided and chose.
Whenever the Signs
Of (God) Most Gracious
Were rehearsed to them,
They would fall down
In prostrate adoration
And in tears.

59. But after them there followed
A posterity who missed
Prayers and followed after lusts
Soon, then, will they
Face Destruction,—

60. Except those who repent
And believe, and work
Righteousness: for these
Will enter the Garden
And will not be wronged
In the least,—

72. But We shall save those

Who guarded against evil,
And We shall leave
The wrong-doers therein,
(Humbled) to their knees.

(Surah Al Maryam, Chapter 19, Verses 58-60 and 72)

Assalamoalaikum,

These are a few verses from the Quran. We all think about the mercy of Allah but we are too relaxed when Shaytaan makes us believe we do not need to make any effort or do any good deeds as Allah’s mercy is vast. This is not true. We must remember that in addition to having our intentions pure and clean, we also need to make an effort.

It is like obeying parents or a loved one. We know we love them but we also need to show them we love them.  The Prophet Sallalaho alaihi wassalam says that we should buy presents to promote love between relatives, friends and neighbours. Every relationship needs to be worked on…

In our case, it is very important to act on our beliefs, on our faith and to try our best to please Allah. The pupose of our life is to Obey Allah. Allah has created us to see which ones of us obey Him and which ones do not.

From the above verses we understand that the emphasis is on “‘amaal” good deeds and being virtuous. Doing acts of goodness to please Allah, and striving hard to achieve success.

There are people who will have pure intentions and lacked the means to please Allah or simply didnt but Allah with his mercy will forgive them, but time and again Allah mentions that the people who Allah will have mercy on, will be the people who at least tried..

The big difference between Muslims is the actions. In the Quran it is mentioned many times like:


23. God will admit those

Who believe and work righteous deeds,
To Gardens beneath which
Rivers flow: they shall be
Adorned therein with bracelets
Of gold and pearls; and
Their garments there
Will be of silk.


Surah Al Hajj, Verse 23 )

May Allah give us the taufeeq to correct our beliefs and the strength to do righteous deeds based on it to please Him alone, ameen.

Repentance and recommendations…

Assalamoalaikum,

I came across a very good post related to repentance on sister Muslimah‘s Blog and another blog which has all the islamic etiquettes on it. It is a wonderful treasure of nice and easy to read posts/blogs so please do read it. I thought to share it here, too…

A Story Of Repentance

At the time of Musa (AS), a terrible famine occurred. People came to Musa (AS) asked him to pray for rain. Musa (AS) took thousand and thousands of people with him and asked Allah. He sought the Help of Allah for the sake of infants, old pious men, and four footed animals. However, no rain came! It was hot all around.
Then Musa (AS) again started praying. He now sought the Support of Allah by saying: “If for any reason my level had been alleviated, for the sake of the Final Messenger – Muhammad (SAW), you may provide shower on us!”
Allah informed Musa (AS): “O Musa! It is not that your levels had gone down! The reason for no rain is that amongst your people there is one person who is disobeying my commands for forty consecutive years. Tell him to get out from your gathering; it is for him I have terminated rainfall.”
It was a very large gathering. Musa (AS) asked Allah: “I have a very low voice. How is it possible that in this large gathering my voice would reach him?” Allah contended him that He would reach His Prophet’s voice to all people.
Musa (AS) announced: “O the sinner, who had been committing sin for 40 consecutive years! Get out from our gathering! It is for you the rain is not coming!”

Listening to this announcement, the sinner looked around and saw that none got out of the gathering! He thought, it is to me whom this is being said. He further thought that when I would get out of this gathering people will see me. Alas! What a humiliation would that be! On the other hand, if I do not get out from here, for me the rain wouldn’t come! Suddenly while pondering on these thoughts, he covered his face with a cloth and started weeping. With great repentance he prayed: “O Rahman Raheem! I had been disobeying you since 40 years! You gave me the opportunity for come back, but I hadn’t utilized the chances. Now I (sincerely) turn to You! Do accept me!” Even his prayer had not completed, rain started pouring heavily!
Musa (AS) was quite astonished! Being astound he said to Allah: “O Lord! Not a single person had gone out of this gathering. What is the reason for rainfall then?”
Allah reply was: “O Musa! It is for that person now I descended the rain, for whom I stopped it.”  Musa (AS) asked Allah: “O Allah! Do expose that person to me!”  Reply from Allah came: “I did not humiliate him at the time he disobeyed me; why would I now humiliate him – when he had come under My Shelter?”

Here’s a beneficial and concise dua for seeking Allah’s Repentance:
Allahumma innaka ‘affu kareemun, tuhhibul ‘affwa, fao’fanni
(O Allah, You are the one who Grants forgiveness, Loves forgiving, so please forgive me)

http://amuslimsistermaria200327.wordpress.com/2010/02/08/a-story-of-repentance/#comment-916

And the other link is for the Islmic Etiquettes:

http://islamicetiquette.wordpress.com/

Hope

Assalamoalaikum,
I think it was Wednesday, I felt very sad for completely unknown reasons. I asked two of my friends, what the matter could be. Alhamdolillah my life is as perfect as it can be, yet everyday my heart fills with sadness instead of being happy when someone comes or I see my husband or children…

I didn’t realize but I hadn’t sat down properly to recite any Quran which had resulted in an empty soul. Apart from that there were my other personal fears about living in a Non-Muslim Country as my kids grow older, Alhamdolillah. As I was in a bad state of mind thinking a thousand sad things at once, I opened the Quran, I think at Fajr. The verses that I came upon was , like with many other people, an answer to my problems. And then there was the Verse 87 of Al Yusuf.

It says that the Prophet Ayyub Alaihissalam said to his sons that only a disbeliever would despair of Allah’s Mercy. We, as Muslims should never, EVER despair of Allah’s Mercy.

If we think that we are unfortunate or our condition will not change, or we are upset or distressed, that is disbelief, because Allah Loves all the believers and, Anything is possible for Allah, nothing is impossible for Allah. Allah will not make us unhappy or deprive us of His Mercy if we believe in Him.

We all know that “Museebat”, (Calamities, Bad things) happen to us either because of our sins or as a Test. Even in those two cases, it is a mercy because Allah removes our sins even if we are troubled for the slightest things, like looking for the lost keys.

In the Quran, again and again, Allah tells the Prophet Mohammad (Sallaho Alaihi Wassalam) not to be sad. “La Tahzan”. We should feel fulfilled and happy and better than those who do not fear Allah, who do not obey Allah. If we still are, we should try and connect more to Allah, ask Him more and believe strongly that Allah’s Mercy will come. InshaAllah.

I have seen times when I have asked for something very badly yet not had it, but the Ibadaa, like praying etc or making dua results in a tranquility unmatched even in case my wish is not fulfilled with what I want, but instead Allah gives me what is good for me.
I would like to share the Ayat which triggered my thoughts and made me at peace. . .