Saturday, August 23, 2014

Reality of Time and Wisdom.....

1. Much may be done with those little shreds and patches of time which everyday produces, and which most people throw away.

2. Minutes! Count them by sensation, and not by calendars and each moment is a day.

3. Until we value ourself; we won't value time, until we value time; we will not do anything with it.

4. Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.

5. To be satisfied with a little, is the greatest wisdom, and he who increases his riches increases his cares, but a contented mind is a treasure hidden.

6. Patience is the companion of wisdom.

7. In seeking wisdom we are wise, in imagining that we have attained it, we are a fools.

8. Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time.

9. We are made wise not by the recollection of our past but by the responsibility of our future.

10. The art of wisdom is the art of knowing what to overlook.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Lesson of the Day 1359

Ayahs of the Day:
Believers, be supporters of justice, as witnesses to God, even be it against yourselves, or your parents or relatives; whether one be rich or poor, God is closer and more worthy than either. And do not follow desire, lest you pervert it or neglect it, God is aware of what you do. [4: 135]

Hadith of the Day:
Upholding ties of kinship increases one's lifespan. [Tabarani]

Wise Quote of the Day:
The sign that one intimately knows Allah is that his heart is ever increasing in His remembrance. [Sahl bin Abdullah]

Guidance of the Day:
Enjoining good and forbidding evil is one of the greatest pillars of religion and most important responsibilities for believers. It is collective (Kifaya) obligation, which means that when some Muslims do it, the others are relieved of the obligation and no blame is attached to them. However, the reward goes only to those who were engaged in it.

When the obligation is not fulfilled, all those will share in the sin and censure who were aware of blameworthy things being committed and were capable of stopping them, either by direct action or by exhortation, but did not do so. A person should do what he can, should not neglect to support God's religion, should not seek a way out by coming up with unacceptable excuses that do not relieve him from the obligation imposed upon him by God the Exalted. [Counsels of Religion by Imam al-Haddad]

Food for Thought:
A ready hand is better than a ready tongue. Light is the task where many share the toil. The race of mankind would perish did they cease to aid each other. We cannot exist without mutual help. All therefore that need aid have a right to ask from their fellow-men; and no one who has the power of granting can refuse it without guilt. 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

A Beautiful Du'a for the Intelligent

Almighty God you know that I am growing older.

Keep me from becoming too talkative, from repeating all my jokes and anecdotes,
and particularly keep me from falling into the tiresome habit of expressing an opinion on every subject.

Release me from craving to straighten out everyone's affairs. Keep my mind free from recital of endless details. Give me wings to get to the point.

Give me the grace, dear God, to listen to others as they describe their aches and pains.

Help me endure the boredom with patience and keep my lips sealed,
for my own aches and pains are increasing in number and intensity,
and the pleasure of discussing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by.

Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally, I might be mistaken. Keep me reasonably sweet.

Make me thoughtful, but not moody; helpful, but not pushy; independent,
yet able to accept with graciousness favors that others wish to bestow on me.

Free me of the notion that simply because I have lived a long time, I am wiser than those who have not lived so long; I am older, not necessarily wiser!

If it please God, when the end comes,
I would like to have a friend or two left.

Ameen.

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Lesson of the Day 1358

Ayahs of the Day:
If anyone wants the reward of the world, God has the reward of the world and of the hereafter; and God is all-hearing, all-seeing. [4: 134]

Hadith of the Day:
Doing acts of kindness will protect one from calamity and a bad end. [Tabarani]

Wise Quote of the Day:
The worshippers of Allah do not worship in any way better than avoiding what Allah has forbidden. [Hasan al Basri]

Guidance of the Day:
Hajj -- If the pilgrim is wealthy, let him be liberal in giving to the poor and the destitute, in helping the weak and the needy, followed by all other Muslims. Let it be done sincerely for the Lord of the worlds.

During his journey, let him be humble, modest, and submissive. This is how he should approach the King, the Compeller and Proud. Behaving with arrogance or indulging in extreme forms of comfort will cause him to be rejected by God. The more humble and modest the pilgrim, the poorer he looks for the sake of God, the better, purer, more honorable and complete will his pilgrimage be. [Counsels of Religion by Imam al-Haddad]

Food for Thought:
The  wicked work harder to reach hell than the righteous to reach heaven. To be in hell is to drift; to be in heaven is to steer. Hell is truth seen too late -- duty neglected in its reason. To get to heaven, turn right and keep straight.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Eid Mubarak!

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah Dear readers,

A dear student of mine sent me this beautiful poem as well as her summation of what we had attempted to learn in our Character Building and Soul Searching Class.

Anything that is good is from Allah, anything deficient is from my own self. It just reminds me of what my own teacher says : "The teacher is simply the traffic cop making sure the traffic is going in the right direction -- into the presence of Allah."

As for my part all I can do is echo what Moulana Rumi said " Don't look at my face but take what's in my hand."

BismillahiRahman-nirRaheem

A Guiding Light  

I was lost and I found you

I was hopeless and you showed me how to find hope through dua

I was weak and you showed me strength through Tahajjud

I was blinded in darkness and you showed me light through seeking knowledge

I said my loved ones are ailing; you said the cure is in sadaqa

I was running off the track and you showed me how to get back on track

I said my children are in pain you said heal them, protect them through sadaqa

I came to you crying and you showed me the place to cry was in front of Almighty ALLAH

I came to you in a panic you said panic makes the calamity worse

I came to you wounded and you said it was temporary

I was looking for a shortcut in life and you said find it in the long rakahs of Tahajjud

I was tangled in this dunya you showed me how to be free

I said my duas need to be heard, you said dollar – a - day sadaqa or what you can afford -
 – and neither your sadaqa nor your dua will be rejected by The MOST HIGH

I was running and you asked me to slow it down

I would be confused and you said WHY??

I had doubts and you provided clarity

I was hurt and you said I would heal

After 6 days of a marathon I used to stop at your tafsir to breathe – now where do I go?
After defeat where do I go?
When I panic where do I go?
When I am lost where do I go to?
When I am wounded where do I go?
When I need you where do I go?

This poem is written as a farewell for Iffath Hasan (Iffath Aunty) for her relentless service to the community character building, soul searching class for 21years. Please free to share.

By: Nusrat Ahmed student 07/22/2014
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Summation

1. I am forgetting I said, cure is in reading a Juz a day, cure for Alzheimer’s she proclaimed

2.Migraine my head is splitting I said Read it daily she said, believe in it, blow on it, for any illness, aches or pains….41 times Surah Fatiha, 41 times Ya Salaamu, 100 time Lahaoula Wala Khuwwata Illa Billahil Aliyul Azeem, of course before and after 7 times Darood she proclaimed

3. I would like to control my Nafs (lower self) I said, follow the Sunnah Fast on Monday and Thursday she proclaimed

4. My Duas need to be fulfilled I said, do it through Sadaqa Dollar a Day or what you can afford but consistency is the key she proclaimed.  ALLAH SWT does not reject Sadaqa and nor your Dua she proclaimed
5. I am afraid of long term illness I said, read Surah Tagabun she proclaimed

6. I need to strengthen my Eimaan develop my sincerity, read Surah Ikhlas 100 times daily she proclaimed

7. I need to protect my loved ones I said, Hisaar (protection through) – Surah Fateha, Ayatalkursi and the 4 khulonce, before and after Darood she proclaimed

8. Haya, modesty I said, avoid mixed gatherings – Do it for ALLAH she proclaimed

9. The purpose of life I said, follow the Sunnah she proclaimed

10. Through her smile, calm voice, persistent on the same issues, same topics, same people, she said it again and again.

11. If you have attained one lesson it is this she proclaimed – use your time wisely

12. Do not buy anything you do NOT need.

14. Treat him (your husband) like a king -- he will treat you like a queen she proclaimed

15. Last but not the least learn to forgive, be relentless in your journey to forgive, be good to everyone especially to your enemies, your foes, people that you have conflict with she proclaimed.

16. Control your tongue the root cause of all evil is not YOU it is your tongue she proclaimed!

This narrative is written as a farewell for Iffath Hasan (Iffath Aunty) to capture some of the essence from her teachings. Please free to share.

By: Nusrat Ahmed student 07/22/2014
Bullet points by Nusrath Ahmed, capturing some of the essence of Iffath Hasan's teachings.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A strong person / A person of strength....

1. A strong person works out everyday to keep his/her body in shape.... but a person of strength kneels in prayer to keep his/her soul in shape.

2. A strong person isn't afraid of anything .... but a person of strength shows courage in the midst of his/her fear.

3. A strong person won't let anyone get the best of his/her..... but a person of strength gives the best of his/her to everyone.

4. A strong person makes mistakes and avoids the same in the future .... but a person of strength realizes life's mistakes can also be God's blessings and capitalizes on them.

5. A strong person walks sure footedly .... but a person of strength knows God will catch him/her when he/she falls.

6. A strong person wears the look of confidence in his/her face .... but a person of strength wears grace.

7. A strong person has faith that he/she is strong enough for the journey .... but a person of strength has faith that it is in the journey that he/she will become strong.