This statement helps us on two levels. First it reminds us that whatever goodness is coming to us, is not owned by us. We feel angry or hurt when we have a right over some thing If it was my turn in the que and someone took my turn, I will feel angry but if it wasn’t my turn in the first place I will not feel angry.
But look at the language of Allah! Allah congratulates those who made sabr. We make sabr when something unpleasant happens. Like a disaster or a calamity struck, or something didn’t go according to the plan. We do not have to make sabr or be patient when the going is good.
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم Who, when disaster strikes them, say, ‘Indeed we belong to Allah, and indeed to Him we will return.’ [Al Baqara: 156] The word Musibah is translated as a calamity, a disaster. It is a word which we all fear. Yet if we understand the meaning of this word alone, it will … Continue reading Don’t Fear Musibah
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم Indeed, in the creation of the heavens and earth, and the alternation of the night and the day, and the [great] ships which sail through the sea with that which benefits people, and what Allah has sent down from the heavens of rain, giving life thereby to the earth after its … Continue reading Nurture that wonder
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم So remember Me; I will remember you. And be grateful to Me and do not deny Me. [Al Baqara: 152] After mentioning His favours upon us, Allah asks us to do His dhikr which will elevate us to the point where Allah will remember us and mention us. So how can … Continue reading What is Dhikr of Allah?
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم Alif, Lam, Meem. This is the Book about which there is no doubt, a guidance for those conscious of Allah [Al Baqara: 1,2] Sura Al Fatiha was our conversation to our Rabb, our prayer to Him to grant us the guidance. To grant us a map so we may navigate through … Continue reading Condition to Receive Guidance
When we decide to love Allah and obey Him, then Ikhlas is to stick to this decision, and obey Allah even if it is against our very own inclination. Even if it is against our inner feelings, against our own wishes.
If you see a person who has a bucket of paint thrown over them, what is the first thing you will notice about him? Will you notice his face, his clothes or any other detail about him first? Or will the first thing you will notice is that this person is drenched in paint?
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم This is the Book about which there is no doubt, a guidance for those conscious of Allah [Al Baqara ,02] The word Allah uses here is al-muttaqeen. For the students of Arabic, muttaqoon or muttaqeen is a noun. There is no equivalent noun in English for this word so it has … Continue reading Al-Muttaqoon
Alhamd is a powerful word. It means both praising and thanking. Arabic has separate words for both praise and thanks (gratitude) but alhamd combines both of these. It is a praise which arises out of gratitude.