Sunday, June 28, 2020

Pearls of Wisdom 437

1. Every thing is good and perfect in relation to God. For example, in a king's realm there are prisons, gallows, robes of honor, estates, retinue, banquets etc. In relation to the king, all is good.

2. Knowledge and wisdom exist to distinguish the right from the wrong; if everything were the right way, then wisdom would be useless.

3. Look at this: In spite of all the world's bitterness, you are passionately attached to it. Know that bitter tribulation is a mercy!

4. The cruelty of time and of every suffering that exists is easier than distance from God and heedlessness. For cruelty will pass, but distance from Him will not, no one possesses good fortune but he who takes to Him an aware spirit.

5. Religion cannot exist without unbelief, since religion is the abandonment of unbelief; therefore an unbelief must exist for us to abandon.

6. If man can pass beyond his own ego, his spirit can join its original state of purity and unity.

7. Those who are the elect of Adam's children breathe the breath of 'We have wronged ourselves.' Display your need for God -- do not argue like the impudent and accursed Iblis.

8. Hell is a dragon with seven heads; your greed is the bait, and hell is the snare.

9. Each and every part of the world is a snare for the fool and a means of deliverance for the wise. For one person it is candy, for another poison; for one it is gentleness, for another severity.

10. If we do not achieve the state of 'seeing things as they are' in this world, we will certainly achieve it in the next. However, that may well be too late for us to reap any benefit from it.
[Spiritual Teachings of Mawlana Rumi]

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Lesson of the Day 1435

Ayahs of the Day:
You shall certainly be tried and tested in your possessions and in your personal selves,
and you shall certainly hear much that will grieve you, from those who received the
Book before you and from the polytheists, but if you persevere patiently, and guard
against evil, then that will be the determining factor in all affairs. [3: 186]

Hadith of the Day:
If you guarantee me six things on your part, I shall guarantee you Paradise: Speak the
truth when you talk, keep a promise when you make, when you are trusted with
something fulfill your trust, avoid sexual immorality, lower your gaze (in modesty),
and refrain your hands from injustice. [Tirmidhi]

Wise Quote of the Day:
Meet people in such a manner that if you die, they should weep for you, and if you live
they should long for you. [Ali (Radhi Allahu Anhu)

Guidance of the Day:
In death there are 1,000 reposes for the Muslim. As long as you are in this world, there
is not a cell in your body that does not experience pain and disease. Once you are out
of this world all of this ends. For the believer there is comfort in death. It is being taken
from an abode of difficulty and trial to one of peace and unfathomable freedom.

In Islam the mourning period is short and should not be prolonged. The irony of extending
the mourning period is that it is rooted in the excessive love of this world. The more one
covets this world the greater sense of loss when a loved one dies.

Everyone will experience the loss of a loved one. When the Prophet (peace be upon him) lost
his son Ibrahim, he wept but also praised God, the source of life and death. People who believe in God and in the After life handle death well. The same is true with calamities and tribulations. [Purification of the heart]

Food for Thought:
If there is something we wish to change in a child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves. We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.

Monday, June 15, 2020

AlShifa Award Winner

Masha-Allah, was honored to be recognized by Sister Tamara Gray of Rabata for the "Muhajira" category in the AlShifa Awards. Please click here to see accompanying video. 

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Pearls of Wisdom 436

1. People look at secondary causes and think that they are the origin of everything
that happens. But it has been revealed to the saints that secondary causes are no
more than a veil.

2. Each and every part of the world is a snare for the fool and a means of
deliverance for the wise.

3. When patience and intellect go, your ego incites to evil.

4. The sensual ego is blind and deaf to God.

5. All the disgraceful qualities derive from water and clay. Once the mirror
of your heart becomes pure and clear, you will see pictures from beyond
the domain of water and clay.

6. The saints have polished their breasts until cleansed of greed, cupidity,
avarice, and hatred. Without doubt the pure mirror is the heart acting as a
receptacle for infinite pictures.

7. Things become clear through their opposites. God created suffering
and heartache so that joyful -heartedness might appear through its
opposite.

8. No opposite can be known without its opposite. Having suffered a
blow, you will know a caress.

9. There is no absolute evil in the world, for evil is relative -- know this
also:The snakes venom is life for the snake, but death in relation to man.
Creatures of water see the ocean as garden, creatures of earth see it as
death and torment.

Nothing God has created is in vain, whether wrath, or forbearance,
sincere council or guile.

None of these things is absolutely good, none absolutely evil.
The benefit and harm each depends upon the situation.
For this reason knowledge is necessary and useful.
[Spiritual Teachings of Mawlana Rumi]
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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]