Sunday, July 29, 2012
As Salaam Alaykum wa RahmatuLlahi wa Barakatuhu and Ramadan Mubarak,
I pray this message finds you in a state of well-being,
As many of you know, I've had the blessed privilege of teaching at the Islamic Institute of Education (IIE) in Elgin, IL for the last 12 years. Over those years i have witnessed first-hand the fruits of the sincerity and selflessness of everyone dedicated to serving the Islamic legacy of sacred knowledge.
In particular, I wish to commend the tireless efforts of Maulana Abdullah Saleem and his entire family, who have devoted their lives to producing the next generation of Ulema in the United States. It is not often that one sees an entire family so committed to the vision of one man. This, in itself, can be seen as a sign of Allah's acceptance of their efforts.
My appeal is to everyone reading this message; that we also partake in the tremendous blessing of this noble effort by contributing a small but consistent, monthly amount, such as $20-a-month ($10 each for IIE and Musjid ul Islam). Let us go one step further and intend thereby sadaqa jariya for our parents -- making them a part of this noble effort is the very least we can do for every thing our patrents have done/ and are doing for us.
Please visit www.iieonline.org and make your contribution for Allah's good pleasure.
May Allah Almighty bless you, your parents, and all your loved ones, thereby, ameen!
Posted by Mrs. Iffath Hasan at 4:01 PM
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
A doctor entered the hospital in hurry after being called in for an urgent surgery. He answered the call asap, changed his clothes & went directly to the surgery block. He found the boy's father pacing in the hall waiting for the doctor. On seeing him, the dad yelled:
"Why did you take all this time to come? Don't you know that my son's life is in danger? Don't you have any sense of responsibility?"
The doctor smiled & said:
"I am sorry, I wasn't in the hospital & I came as fast as I could after receiving the call and now, I wish you'd calm down so that I can do my work"
"Calm down?! What if your son was in this room right now, would you calm down? If your own son dies now what will you do??" said the father angrily
The doctor smiled again & replied: "From dust we came & to dust we return, blessed be the name of God". Doctors cannot prolong lives. Go & intercede for your son, we will do our best by God's grace"
"Giving advises when we're not concerned is so easy" Murmured the father.
The surgery took some hours after which the doctor went out happy,
"Thank goodness!, your son is saved!" And without waiting for the father's reply he carried on his way running. "If you have any question, ask the nurse!!"
"Why is he so arrogant? He couldn't wait some minutes so that I ask about my son's state" Commented the father when seeing the nurse minutes after the doctor left.
The nurse answered, tears coming down her face: "His son died yesterday in a road accident, he was in the burial when we called him for your son's surgery. And now that he saved your son's life, he left running to finish his son's burial."
"Moral-Never judge anyone because you never know how their life is & what they're going through"
Posted by Mrs. Iffath Hasan at 3:06 PM
Thursday, July 19, 2012
"The strong is not the one who is physically powerful, but indeed, the one who controls himself when angry." [Bukhari]
1. He who angers you controls you.
2. If a small thing has the power to make you angry, does that not indicate something about your size.
3. Anger is a momentary madness, it is only one letter short of danger.
4. Anger begins with folly, and ends with regret -- how much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.
5. Consider how much more you suffer from your anger and grief, than from those things for which you are angry and grieved.
6. Speak when you are angry -- and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.
7. For every minute you remain angry you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.
8. No man can think when his fists are clenched.
9. Anger is a killing thing -- it kills the angry man, for each rage leaves him less than he had been before it, it takes something from him.
10. Holding to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing at someone else -- imagine what it will do to the person's hand who is holding it.
11. Whenever you are angry, be assured that it is not only a present evil, but that you have increased a habit.
12. Anger blows out the lamp of mind -- thus an angry man is again angry with himself when he returns to reason.
13. When a man is wrong and won't admit it, he always gets angry.
14. Anger and intolerance are the twin enemies of correct understanding.
15. Anyone can become angry -- that is easy; but to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way -- is something we all need to practice.
16. The best remedy for anger is delay.
Also repeating after ever salah seven times"Ya Subbooh, Ya Quddoos, Ya Ghafoor, Ya Wadood", will help us control our anger, inshaAllah.
Posted by Mrs. Iffath Hasan at 3:02 PM
Friday, July 13, 2012
1. When the mirror of the heart becomes pure
and clear, impressions of the other world
will become manifest. The image and the
image maker will become visible, like the
carpet and the carpet-spreader.
2. The falcon made the king's hand his joy,
and became indifferent to the search for
carrion. All animals from the gnat to the
elephant are of the family of God and
depend on Him for sustenance. What a
sustainer is God!
3. Do away with superfluous speech, and
sacrifice what you hold dear, that His grace
may utter praise of you and the heaven be
envious of your exalted estate.
4. When God's decree becomes your pleasure,
you become a willing slave,
not because of burdening yourself,
not on account of recompense,
but by virtue of the nature now so pure
that whatever divine edict may take you,
living and dying appear the same.
You live for God, not for riches;
you die for God, not from fear or pain.
5. The face of David shone with His glory,
and the mountains sang His praise.
The mountains sang along with David;
both elated in praising the King.
He hears the melody of the pure-spirited,
every moment, every place. [Mawlana Rumi]
Posted by Mrs. Iffath Hasan at 6:55 PM
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Those who give their wealth night and day, secretly and openly, have their reward with their Lord; no fear will be on them, and they will not sorrow. [2: 274]
Hadith of the day:
There shall remain a group in my nation, successfully upholding the truth, unharmed by those who oppose them, till the day of judgment. [Muslim]
Wise quote of the day:
The wealthiest person is the one who has abundance of taqwa. [Dhunnun al Misri]
Guidance of the day:
Distraction is blameworthy and may induce extreme harm. The distracted heart is that which does not awaken and become attentive when exposed to counsels or rebukes. It does not take them seriously, being so distracted and forgetful, so engrossed in its playthings and trivia, in the attractions of this worldly life and the pursuit of his passions.
It is to be distracted to read or listen to the Noble Qur'an, but neither reflect upon it, nor attempt to understand its meanings, neither obey its injunctions, nor its prohibitions, and neither accept its counsels, not it rebukes. The same applies for the traditions of the Messenger of God -- may blessings and peace be upon him -- and the discourses of the virtuous predecessors --may God be pleased with them. [Counsels of Religion by Imam al-Haddad]
Food for thought:
The mark of an immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of a mature is that he wants to live humbly for one. The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just. Respectable men and women content with good and easy living are missing some of the most important things in life. Unless we give ourselves to some great cause we haven't even begun to live.
Posted by Mrs. Iffath Hasan at 1:59 PM
Thursday, July 05, 2012
Sadaqa -- Proof of Imaan, Key to Allah's pleasure, His forgiveness, barakah in sustenance, well-being, and every single good in this life and the Hereafter.
1. O believers, give of what We have provided for you, before there comes a day in which there is no barter, and no friendship, and no intercession. The scoffers are the wrongdoers. (2: 254)
2. Those who give of their wealth in the way of God are like grain that sprouts seven ears with a hundred kernels in each ear. And God may choose to multiply what anyone has, at will. And God is all-embracing, all-knowing. (2: 261)
3. Those who spend their wealth in the way of God and then do not follow what is spent with reproach or with abuse have their reward with their Lord; they will not suffer fear, nor will they grieve. (2: 262)
4. If you reveal acts of charity, they are excellent in themselves, but if you conceal them and get them to the needy, that is better for you. It will expiate some of your evils, And God is aware of what you do. (2: 271)
5. Those who give of their wealth night and day, secretly and openly, have their reward with their Lord; no fear will be on them, and they will not sorrow. (2: 274)
6. God deprives usury of blessing, and grants increase for charities. And God does not love any ungrateful sinners. (2: 276)
7. And hasten to forgiveness from your Lord, and to a garden broad as the heavens and the earth, prepared for the conscientious -- those who spend in good times and bad, and those who restrain their anger, and those who forgive people; and God loves those who do good. (3: 133, 134)
8. And whatever you spend on the cause of God will be repaid to you, and you will not be wronged. (8: 60)
9. And give what We have provided you, before death comes to one of you and he says, "My Lord, why didn't You let me stay awhile -- I would have given charity, and would have been among the righteous." (63:10)
1. The Prophet (may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: "The most rewarding charity is that you give when you are healthy and miserly, fearing poverty and hoping for riches." [al-Bukhari]
2. "Charity does not decrease the wealth. No one forgives, but Allah will increase him in honor, and no one humbles himself for the sake of Allah but Allah raises him in status." [Muslim]
3. Allah Most High says: "Spend, O son of Adam, so I will spend on you." [Hadith Qudsi/Bukhari]
4. "Beware of stinginess, for stinginess destroyed those who came before you." [Muslim]
5. "Indeed charity extinguishes the wrath of the Lord and it protects against the evil death." [al-Tirmidhi]
Posted by Mrs. Iffath Hasan at 4:49 PM
Monday, July 02, 2012
1. He that was born in the dark water of material
wealth, how could he tell the freedom of open
country from the dismal prison of the well?
When you relinquish the ego for fear of God,
the elixir of His fountain will arrive.
2. Relying upon the promise of "tomorrow,"
many people have wandered around that
door, but that tomorrow never comes.
3. When you experience pain,
ask God for forgiveness.
By the command of the Creator,
it be eliminated.
For when He decrees, pain becomes joy,
and fetters become freedom.
4. Hardship may dishearten at first,
but every hardship passes away.
All despair is followed by hope;
all darkness is followed by sunshine.
5. When clutches of the "self" break away,
they clap their hands and break into dance
as their imperfections fade away.
The musicians within strike the tambourine,
and the seas burst into foam at their ecstasy.
6. Wisdom is the table, not bread or meat.
Wisdom is the light, food for the soul.
No nutriment can compare to the nourishment
of light. Nothing can nourish the soul but light.
Rid yourself of material needs and be set free.
Taste the original victual, the dainty morsel of
light. [Mawlana Rumi]
Posted by Mrs. Iffath Hasan at 2:43 PM