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What we seek;

Bismillahirrahmaanirrahim.

“Oh Allah,

I seek Your Counsel by Your Knowledge,

And I ask You from Your Immense Favour,

For Verily You are able while I am not,

And verily You know while I do not,

and You are the Knower of the unseen.

Oh Allah,

If You know this affair to be good for me

In my relation to my religion, my life, and end,

Then decree and facilitate it for me,

And bless me with it.

And if You know this affair to be ill for me

Towards my religion, my life, and end,

Then remove it from me and remove me from it,

And decree for me what is good wherever it be,

And decree for me what is good wherever it be,

And decree for me what is good… wherever it be,

And make me satisfied with such.”

Ameen.

This is the English translation of the Dua Al Istikharah ; which means The supplication to seek what is good. This is recited after the Istikharah prayer, which is a non-obligatory prayer that we perform when we are faced with tough decisions, stress, and such. I think many of us are familiar with it (: i obtained this translation from http://bit.ly/dNi91D – Mishary recites the Dua so beautifully here.

Don’t stop asking for Allah’s guidance – we need it more than anything.

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2011 in Arabic, Fiqh, Hadith, Ramadan, Spirituality, Uncategorized

 

Peaches

How dangerous is the tongue of man, that it has the capacity to ruin him and others. How easy it is for negative words to slip from our mouths in a state of anger. In fact, it doesn’t even take anger to incite the invoking of such harmful and irrelevant words. Our Creator knows this well and states in the Qur’an:

“And were Allah to hasten for mankind the evil (they invoke for themselves while in a state of anger), as He hastens for them the good (they invoke), then they would have been ruined.”[10:11]

Ruined, Allah says. Not damaged, not hurt, but ruined. Do we not realize the magnitude of the words we utter? My dear brothers and sisters, we forget that we do not have the ability to see the hearts of the people around us – that we wouldn’t know if our speech has offended anybody unless he or she speaks up, and guess what? Not everybody does. And we are at their mercy should they remember our words and the hurt we’ve caused in their hearts.

We also know that man has a tendency to seek revenge. Wal iyaazu billah. So let’s seek refuge in Allah from this.

Also under the category of everyday speech, sadly, are complaints. As servants we are constantly being tried and we are no strangers to the need to let it all out – to be heard, let someone know of the burden on our shoulders, that it may give us rest and temporary relief from our worries. We tend to overdo this, don’t we? When we get so caught up in talking that it mixes with feelings like exasperation and ungratefulness towards the tribulations that we are facing, that we forget Who is really listening to us and the One whom, with wisdom, faced us with such a calamity.

So once we’re done complaining, we feel obliged to seek from Him. Usually, only when we are tried, we are reminded of Allah’s Greatness, thus we pray to Him day and night to lift the burden, hoping and begging for His mercy, as stated:

“And when harm touches man, he invokes Us, lying down on his side, or sitting or standing. But when we have removed his harm from him, he passes on his way as if he had never invoked Us for a harm that touched him!” [10:12]

And once Allah has mercy on us, we thank Him a little, and we move on, forgetting, as usual, His favour on us. Are we not familiar with this?

As dangerous as the human tongue can be, it has its capacity to be a beautiful gift, to earn rewards by the tenfold. To recite the Qur’an and to teach what is right. We were given the ability to choose, so choose good words, even when you are confronted by a situation that incites disagreement and aggression – like what our Prophet mentioned : “whoever believes in Allah and the Day of Judgment, then he shall utter that which is good, or not say anything at all”[Sahih Bukhari], and this supports the verse:

“The good deed and the evil deed cannot be equal. Repel (the evil) with one which is better, then verily he, between whom and you there was enmity, (will become) as though he was a close friend.” [41:34]

Thus Allah ordered the faithful believers to be patient at the time of anger, and excuse those who treat them badly. Allah knows best. J

This last bit I’d like to touch on before I end the entry is based on my own experience as a youth of this modern day and age – our lives revolve around friends, social networking sites and so on, and more often than not we are surrounded by negative words and utterances, swearing and cuss words that unwittingly escape our lips, with us unaware of the weight that our words carry. And as youths it is too easy to be influenced by our surroundings, Allah teaches us how to deal with this in the following verse:

“and when they (the believers) hear Al-Laghw (dirty, false, evil vain talk), they withdraw from it and say: “to us our deeds, and to you your deeds, Peace be to you, we seek not (the way of) the ignorant”” [27:55]

J Peace be to you.

 
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Posted by on January 9, 2011 in Rants, Spirituality

 

Sparkling Refreshments

And so 2011 has arrived. I’m not about to preach to you about whether or not Muslims should be out there celebrating the new Gregorian year – the lines have clearly been drawn, and despite that everyone has their own opinion on this, furthermore I do not have the knowledge to speak on the matter lest it should start a debate amongst those far more knowledgeable than me (I’m sure there are many).

What I’d rather talk about is this: since this marks the beginning of the school term (probably even school year for some), and a fresh new year at work – basically we are at the beginning of many things since we live under a secular system – perhaps it’s time we renewed our objectives and remembered what we are working / studying for, to give ourselves a little confidence boost.

Number one: work hard towards your Goal – because, as cliché as it sounds, you reap what you sow.

“..and that man can have nothing except what he strives for” [53:39]

At times life may seem unfair, but in truth Allah has His reasons for holding back – just keep on going, because:

“..and that to thy Lord is your Goal” [53:42]

Once you remind yourself that whatever you’re doing is for Allah and Allah alone, every second becomes worth the effort. This, of course, will bring us to question ourselves whether what we are doing is lawful in the eyes of Allah, whether it has any elements of sin in it, and so on – and inshaAllah if we set our Creator as our goal, He will guide us, as long as we ask for guidance.

Number two: purify and refresh your day, every day, 5 times a day.

“and be steadfast in prayer and regular in charity, and whatever good you send forth for your souls before you, you shall find it with Allah, for Allah sees all that you do” [2:110]

This verse says it all: Take advantage of the 5 prayers to refresh and confide in Allah, and be charitable – because generosity purifies the heart and trains it to be sincere. Keep on sending good deeds before you, and be God-conscious in your actions. Allah is watching you.

Number three: trust in Allah, and be patient.

“And seek help in patience and prayer“[2:45]

Like Maulana Dr Waffie said in his book The Story Of Joseph in the Qur’an: “They (the believers) should know that “fear Allah” on one hand; and “trust and faith in Him” on the other will qualify a person for extra help and protection from Him” [Page 59 para. 2]

We are constantly seeking success here, and the hereafter, inshaAllah – and there is no guidance except Allah’s guidance.

Note: inshaAllah I will be on hiatus for a week or two.. I hope Allah allows me to share much, much more when I’m back!


 
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Posted by on January 2, 2011 in Uncategorized