Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Sadaqa/Charity does not reduce Wealth....

Oath on Sadaqah/Charity

The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah upon him) said: “No man’s wealth can be reduced by charity….”
[Ibn Majah]

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah upon him) is promising us in this Hadith that a person who gives in charity will never have his wealth decrease because of it.

What prevents a person from spending in Sadaqah/Charity is the thought that his giving will reduce his wealth, will bring him nearer to poverty, and take away from him the reassurance of having plenty.

Such a thought is generated by Satan, who wishes to see us as hoarders of low and mean nature.

The reality is that whoever spends the gifts of Allah generously, gets his hands constantly refilled
with the gifts of Allah Most High. He is always showered by the favors and blessings of Allah Most High.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah upon him) has sworn in this Hadith that Sadaqah/Charity does not decrease wealth.

The saying of Prophet of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah upon him):
"Sadaqah/Charity does not in any way decrease the wealth; and the one who forgives others, Allah adds to his respect; and the one who shows humility, Allah elevates him in the estimation (of the people)".

[Sahih Muslim – Book 032: Hadith 6264]

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Lesson of the Day 1434

Ayah of the Day:
Every soul shall have a taste of death; and only on the Day of Judgement shall you be paid your full recompense. Only he who is saved far from the fire and admitted to the garden will have attained success. For the life of this world is nothing but the comfort of illusion. [3: 185]

Hadith of the Day:
A person cannot be a perfect Muslim unless he desires for his brother (in faith) that which he desires for himself. [Bukhari & Muslim]

Wise Quote of the Day:
Never claim anything you are entitled to, let alone what you are not entitled to. Never demand a right from anyone, whether one is intimate or a stranger. This is because a stranger in reality owes you nothing, and someone close to you is too close for you to censure. [Shaykh Ahmad al Zarruq]

Guidance of the Day:
Antipathy toward death is considered a disease of the heart. It refers to strong aversion to death to the point that its mere mention causes consternation. Such a person is in denial of the reality.

None of this suggests that one should leap into the throes of death. It merely disparages the ethic of chasing after the fleeting things of this world while rebuffing the imminence of death and what comes after. When death is mentioned, it is considered a morbid topic that is uncouth to discuss. And when it is discussed, it is turned to some deadline before which people are supposed to squeeze in all their
life's pleasures.

The Muslim view is completely different. To speak about death is to speak about life and the urgency to live a faithful and wholesome life before death overtakes us. [Purification of the Heart]

Food for Thought:
All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward. Without change, something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken.

Monday, May 25, 2020

A special message for a special Eid....

Eid Mubarak!!!

Imam Ibn al-Jawzi (ra) in his letter of advice to his son,    wrote:

Know, dear son, that days are but hours, and hours are but breaths, and every soul is a container, hence let not any breath pass without any benefit, such as on the Day of Judgment you find an empty container and feel regret! Be aware of every hour and how it passes, and only spend it in the best possible way; do not neglect yourself, but render it accustomed to the noblest and best of actions, and send to your grave that which will please you when you arrive to it."

This world is transitory and our life therein but a moment borrowed, our breaths numbered, yet our indifference reckless. [Abu Bakr al Siddiq]

Strive for Paradise. A small nook within its bliss is better than the whole world and all the riches within. [al Hadith]

A believer is never tired of hearing about good deeds until he enters Paradise. [al Hadith]

Monday, May 04, 2020

Four things for a productive and content life....

1. I know for a fact that my sustenance is
written for me, and no one else can get it.

2. I know what is required of me, so I busy
myself with my works.

3. I know He (Allah Most High) is constantly
watching me, so I want to do the right thing.

4. I know that death is waiting anxiously, so
I busy myself doing things, preparing for it.
(Hasan al-Basri)

Don't believe your doubts and don't doubt
your beliefs.

For a lot of people fulfilling the needs is a
luxury, while for some luxuries have become
their needs.

Monday, April 20, 2020

Pearls of Wisdom 435

1. The one who truly knows Allah fills all his moments seeking meaning,
and perpetually increasing in obedience. [Ibrahim bin Adham]

2. When death comes it does not return empty handed, so occupy every
moment in preparedness of it. [Shaqeeq al Balkhi]

3. Look at the heavens and realize Who its Creator is, and be wary that
He always knows your states. [Bayazeed al Bustami]

4. Try to cultivate six habits:

1. Take nothing from Allah's provision when you disobey Him.

2. Leave Allah's dominion when you intend to disobey Him.

3. Disobey Allah only where He cannot see you.

4. At the time of death ask for respite from the angel of death.

5. Do not allow the questioning angels into the grave with you.

6. Refuse to enter the Hellfire when you are ordered to -- If none
of these are possible then do not disobey Him.[Ibrahim bin Adham]

Monday, April 13, 2020

Lesson of the day 1433

Ayah of the Day:
And let not those who covetously withheld of the gifts of which Allah has given them of His Grace,
think that it is good for them; No, it will be worse for them; soon shall the things which they covetously withheld be tied to their necks like a twisted collar, on the Day of Judgement. To Allah belongs the heritage of the heavens and the earth; and Allah is well acquainted with all that you do. [3: 180]

Hadith of the Day:
By Allah even if Allah guides a single person through you, that would be much better for you than a whole lot of red camels. [Bukhari & Muslims]

Wise Quote of the Day:
Never forget that turning a blind eye to oppression and watching from the side lines is itself oppression. [Harun Yahya]

Guidance of the Day:
Overcoming the fear of blame is through the realization that their is no benefit or harm except by God's permission and plan. It is only God who can benefit and only He who can permit harm. If a person is worried about how others receive him, then he is not aligned with reality.

Being aware of God's attributes does not mean that people stop using their intellect, for we live in a world of causes. Their is room for diplomacy and discretion, particularly of knowing when it is best to say what. This discretion, however, is not informed by the fear of blame, but rather by clarity regarding one's objectives. Wisdom is completely different from seeking the approbation of others.

The inordinate fear of blame can lead a person to engage in prohibited matters or neglect obligations. The fear of blame interferes with faith. Deeds that are done for the sake God cannot share other intentions, namely, pleasing people or seeking their favor. Doing something for the sake of God is the manifestation of strong faith. Whether someone praises you or not is entirely inconsequential. [Purification of the Heart]

Food for Thought:
You must be the change you wish to see in the world. Life belongs to the living and he who lives must be prepared for changes.

Sunday, April 05, 2020

Allah Almighty Says:

Try to walk on My Way,
I will make all the ways easy for you.

Try to spend your wealth in My Way,
I will open oceans of treasures for you.

Try to leave your will for Me,
I will make your desired destiny for you.

Try to bear pain in My Way,
I will open the doors of care for you.

Try to believe in Me,
I will make sincere friends for you.

Try to be Mine,
I will make everyone for you.