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Do we deserve what we have?

So today I went to a good friend of mine for dinner. He owns a restaurant close to where I live. I strolled in and asked for his signature dish “the kasadiyyah”. While he was preparing the food, we started chatting about how each of us were. I asked him about his buisness and he said Alhamdulillah. He started telling me how he is thankful to Allah for everything. He said,”Wallah Allah has Given me more then I deserve,walhamdulillah”. I said, “mashAllah”.

I grabbed the food and proceeded to eat. As I turned a man came and said, “Allah gives us what we deserve beause He is Al-Haqq and He does not give us more then what we deserve….we deserve what we get”. Further he said, “What do you think?”

I responded, ” Let me think about it an articulate an answer inshAllah”. So I went and sat down and could not concentrate much on my dinner and kept on thinking, what is the correct answer to this. Does Allah give us what we deserve? Do we deserve this? If I deserve to get this then why should I thank Allah? By now I was frustrated at my incompetence. Anyhow, Allah gave the answer in His Book and the ayah immediately came to my mind.
وَلَقَدْ آتَيْنَا لُقْمَانَ الْحِكْمَةَ أَنِ اشْكُرْ لِلَّهِ وَمَن يَشْكُرْ فَإِنَّمَا يَشْكُرُ لِنَفْسِهِ وَمَن كَفَرَ فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ غَنِيٌّ حَمِيدٌ

And We had certainly given Luqman wisdom [and said], “Be grateful to Allah .” And whoever is grateful is grateful for [the benefit of] himself. And whoever denies [His favor] – then indeed, Allah is Free of need and Praiseworthy.

Consequently, I went up to the brothers and said to them, “Alhamdulillah, I have the answer.”
I said, ” We do not deserve what we have. What Allah has given us is not a consequence of our self but it is because He is Al-Rahman ur Raheem and Al-Kareem. If we deserve this then there cannot be a God to start with because we would be self sufficient and we would not need to thank anyone. Thus, we have been given far more then what we deserve. Wallah u alam”. The brothers smiled and said, ” mashAllah this is the truth walhamdulillah”. I smiled and hugged the brother and said to him, ” JazakAllah khair for making me think and ponder, may Allah Accept!”.

That was the end of a beautiful conversation. I felt really good wallahi. Another reminder that came to my mind,

أَفَلَا يَتَدَبَّرُونَ الْقُرْآنَ أَمْ عَلَى قُلُوبٍ أَقْفَالُهَا
Then do they not reflect upon the Qur’an, or are there locks upon [their] hearts?

May Allah Guide us and Help us to understand the Truth and May He Gather us under His Shade on the Day of Judgment!

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Women as objects

Assalam o alaykum. Innalhamdulillah nahmaduhu wa nastaeenauhu wa nastaghfiru wa naudhubillahi min shurrori anfusina wa min sayyiaat i amalina.

Without a doubt, what Allah has revealed is the undisputed Truth and HIs Prophet Muhammad(SAW) has come with the truth and all the Prophets before him have come with the truth.

We believe in the Ghayb. These are things we believe in without seeing them but believing that they exist. We believe in Allah, HIs Angles, the Jinn, His Messengers without having seen them. Walhamdulillah!

On a sunny Thursday morning I strolled to my cube casually to start a busy day at work. I logged into my computer and started checking my emails and then wandered off to check the latest news on CNN.

This is what it had to offer. Click here.(Warning: There is an evil picture on the left hand side. When you open do not look at the picture. Jazakumullah u khairan).

The article itself is self-explanatory and is more then enough evidence to prove that a society who objectifies women is morally decadent and reprehensible beyond words. SubhanAllah! Allah revealed the verses for the believing women to cover themselves and protect their modesty. Yet, women take this Command very lightly. Allah is our Creator and He Knows whats Best for us.

Those who seek to objectify women, do so to make them objects of their desires. Who is giving the womenfolk their due right? Allah(SWT) has made it clear in His Book, the rights of men and women.

May Allah Guide us and open our eyes to the evil that lurks amongst us!

a new day in history!

salam 3alaikum my dear brothers and sisters in islam.

today is a spectacular day.  al7amdulillah, by the grace of Allah (swt), i am writing this post to you today to share a very beautiful piece of news.

no, i did not get married.  no, i did not win a nobel peace prize.  no, i haven’t changed the world in a major way… not yet, anyway.

but today, insha’Allah, a new day in history begins.  a new footstep – with which the world will change to become a better place insha’Allah ta3ala.  as you know, this blog is the blog of “musafir fidunya” – and as a musafir, you are always looking for the best route to come out successful and in the best shape from your journey insha’Allah.

today, brothers and sisters, by the will and grace of Allah (swt), i purchased a whiteboard.  yes, brothers and sisters, what you read is true, i purchased a whiteboard! can you begin to understand and fathom what this means?  sub7anAllah, you probably don’t understand the reason for my excitement, but i will try to shed some light on it, be’izn Allah (3az wa jal).

this whiteboard will be, by the grace of Allah, my “idea pad” – the place where new ideas are born, sketched out, and implemented.  this white board will be the tool by which we will enter the new era.  here, i will write up ideas which will ultimately benefit islam and muslims insha’Allah.  our goal and target is to bring 3izza to islam and muslims – how do we do this?  by being the best at everything we can be.  we have to be the best scientists, the best mathmeticians, the best lawyers, the best engineers – all while being excellent examples of muslims.  a large reason for the spread of islam was the great character of the sa7aba and how they practiced islam.

the ideas are many, and the time is limited.  i have not yet decided whether i will be writing ideas for my blog posts on the whiteboard or not, but even if i don’t, al7amdulillah, i can begin to examine more interesting phenomena – for example, i’ve long been intrigued by fractals.  this is my chance to begin my fractal research.  moreover, sub7anAllah, there are all types of prime numbers out there – mersenne primes, twin primes, etc.  why is there not a prime number with a muslim name on it?  why is there not a “ibrahim’s prime,” or a “musa’s prime,” or an “isma3eel’s prime?”  – today will begin this new era insha’Allah.

i hope to post pictures of my whiteboard writings on this blog soon insha’Allah.  please make du3a for this new era to shine in peace insha’Allah.

may Allah bless all of you.

walsalam 3alaikum.
— guest writer, on behalf of the author of this blog.

Masjid

Have you made a difference?

Assalam o alaykum to all, Alhamdulillah. I am very excited to write this post. Let me take a deep breath. Tayyab, bismillah!

I used to teach Islamic studies at our local Islamic School. I left because I was absent once due to an emergency and I couldn’t find a replacement for myself. (What that emergency was, will inshAllah be posted in a future post. One thing is for sure, it was not worth the trouble but QaddarAllah o wa masha a fa3al!). So, the new school principal, (who happens to be a very strict disciplinarian) asked me to leave i.e. they fired me. 🙂 Not something I am proud of but I am afraid that’s just the truth!

To be honest, I was not enjoying teaching because of one of the two classes. Class A had really good students mashAllah and Class B had really naughty children. I did not want to teach class B because in order to change them I wanted their parents to show some change which I was not seeing. The children were suffering from very short attention spans and foul language/behaviour. Anyhow I tried my best to cope with it but in the end really did not want to teach it and kind of lost interest altogether.

Class A was always a joy teach. Infact, I had them last year and loved teaching them. I always looked froward to that one hour with my curious little seekers of knowledge. They would ask challenging questions. Like, “Br. Uthman,is the Qareen with us right now?” etc. My focus in these two classes has always been Aqeedah(Tawheed specifically) and Akhlaq because this is the foundation our young minds lack. Also I would teach them the meanings of some of the Names and Attributes of Allah. I realized that it was very easy for me to articulate what the Names and Attributes mean.

Once, in order to explain that Allah is our Creator and thus He is the Only One Worthy of Worship, I asked them a very simple question that would appeal to their fitrah; I asked, ” Let’s say I ask all of you to worship this chair, would you guys do it?” All of them started laughing at my face and said “teacher it cannot help us and harm us and plus we would consider you as an insane person”. That’s when I narrated the story of the people of Nuh(AS) and made it fun for them by asking them the names of the 5 righteous people the people of Nuh had started worshipping. Alhamdulillah. I enjoyed it alot. Sometimes I would give them activities to do. I used to give them very easy home works. Like, you must get up for Fajr and wake up your family as well, I would tell them how they can show love to their parents and how to be polite.

When the administration asked me to leave, I was sad because I would miss Class A and Class B had some good students that I would also miss. Class B had two or three trouble makers and I would make them my little helpers to maintain discipline in the class. As Shyakh Muhammad Al-Shareef said,” you need to be in control of the mala’ of the class and then you can control the whole class!”. I did exactly that but for some reason still was not enjoying teaching them.

Anyway, just yesterday I was standing in the main hall of the masjid and one of the mothers came up to me and said “Why did you leave?” She said ,”My son is very upset you left and we cannot get him to concentrate”. Then at the same moment another father came up and started saying ” My daughter is heart broken because you left teaching them”. At that point I had no answer but to apologize and say “inshAllah I will take the class next year when its under new management.”

Sometimes I feel I have let them down but it always puts a smile on my face when I hear they are pushing their parents to pray Fajr and do good deeds mashAllah walhamdulillah. This is the tawfeeq from Allah! Allah(SWT) gave me this opportunity and Alhamdulillah. No doubt I did not do a great job but did some thing.

To summarize I will always miss being with my students. Its like when Sh. Yasir Birjas is in town and he is leaving after two full weekends of gems, I am always heartbroken and especially look forward to saying goodbye to him.

I pray that Allah(SWT) makes our children better then us and raises from amongst them people who practice the Quran and Sunnah!