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Lessons from Amir ul Mumineen Umar ibnal Khattab(May Allah be Pleased with him)

Assalam o alaykum wa rahmatullah i wabarakatuhu to all my readers, May Allah give you iman,health and wealth you can spend for His Deen! I have been taking a class with Shaykh Jamal Zarabozo on purification of the soul. I must say if you truly want to understand this subject use his book.  MashAllah very well written and very detailed. On top of that I am learning from him when he adds his comments and anecdotes. So Alhamdulillah for all this. Yesterday, as I was sitting and listening to the Shaykh my eyes fell on page 90 of his book “Purification of the soul”. Here is what it had:

Sulaiman ibn Buraidah narrated from his father that whenever the Messenger of Allah (SAW) would send a general over an army he would advise him about himself to have fear(taqwa) of Allah and to treat those of the Muslims with him well. Then he would say, “Fight in the Name of Allah for the sake of Allah and fight whosoever disbelieves in Allah”.In the famous letter that Umar ibn Al Khattab(RA) wrote to Saad bin abi Waqas, Umar stated,

“I order you and the soldiers who are with you to be aware of Allah under all circumstances as taqwa(fear and awareness) of Allah is a better weapon against your enemy and a stronger strategy in battle. And I order you and those with you to be very much on the defensive against any sins, more then your enemies are , for the sins of an army are more feared then thier enemies. Verily, Allah helps the Muslims due to the sins of thier enemies; if it were not for that we would nnot be able to overcome them for our numbers are not like thiers and our power is not like thiers. If we are equal in sins to them, they will be able to overtake us due to thier (military) power. If we were not aided by our virtue we would not be able to overcome them solely due to our power….And ask Allah to help yourselves in the same way that you ask Allah for help against your enemies.”

So I sat thier contemplating, subhanAllah, today we have become so ignorant of our deen that we fail to comprehend what is expected of us as an Abd(slave) of Allah. (Just a side note I am a huge fan of Umar(RA). The level of Eman he had is amazing!)So like Umar(RA) said, if we are overcomnig an enemy then it is a moment that we should be thankful to Allah and increase our taqwa because thier sins are greater then our sins!. This is exactly why the Muslim Ummah was so successful that they had that level of iman and fear of Allah in thier hearts plus thier enemies had more sins on thier hands then the Muslims. Contrast that with present day. Today we see that we are humiliated and very unsucessful. So what happened? This statement can change our perspective on how we look at things. Many times I have seen people arguing saying that economically we should be strong etc. These people should really stop debating this issue. If you have put the Book of Allah aside then what do you expect? Allah(SWT) is not in need of us, we are in need of him. So we must instill this fear and awareness of Allah(SWT) in our hearts. This will govern our limbs which will make us successful bidinillah i ta3ala. Allah has used the word muttaqin numerous times in the Quran and how they will attain salvation by going to Jannah. So this taqwa is very important.

Those that dont have taqwa can just follow their desires and live and do as they want. They are an open target for Shaytan. He  knows this person is weak and can be manipulated easily to do evil. We must compare ourselves to the Prophet(SAW) in this aspect as he is our role model. Compare today with the time of the our beloved Prophet(SAW) and the difference stands out very clear. Something to ponder about and keep us awake in the remembrance of Ar-Rahman!

May Allah give increase our iman and our taqwa!

Islamic finance

So for the last few days, I drove one of my friend’s VW Gti and it felt great. My friend leased the car for three years.Alhamdulillah I have a car. It is old and has started giving me problems. Now I thought to myself it would be good if I could finance a car. I mean its really cheap and it saves you alot of hassle.I don’t see any harm in doing it.  One thing that stops me is will it be a halal transaction? I am so confused. My knowledge in Islamic finance is so weak. Some people say its ok some say its not. I mean I know riba is haram. Is their riba in this transaction? I want to learn this aspect of Islam inshAllah so I can make righteous decisions.

Which brings me to the crux of this post. Why doesn’t our community give courses or classes on this? I have never heard of a lecture on financial matters in communities I have lived in. Even Al-Maghrib does not offer classes on this subject. I remember I was sitting with a very well-known Shaykh and having lunch with him. I explained to him how the entire American system is based on debt and how the banking system works. To my surprise he said: ” A brother who works in a bank would be more knowledgable to answer the questions you pose,  I do not know.” Surprising huh? So the question then becomes are we lacking the scholarship in this area or the scholars do not want to teach on this subject? I humbly request those who read this, please inform me if you know of any course or halaqa that talks about this. I need Ilm!