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..either it will make you laugh & rejoice for an hour, over which you will cry for an eternity.

Or it will make you cry for an hour, over which you will laugh & rejoice for an eternity (in the Hereafter).

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The advice of Hadhrat Abu Bakr radhiallahu anhu gave to Hadhrat Umar radhiallahu anhu before his death

 

Hadhrat Abdur Rahman bin Saabit, Hadhrat Zaid bin Zubayd bin Haarith and Hadhrat Mujaahid all report that when death approached Hadhrat Abu Bakr radhiallahu anhu, he summoned Hadhrat Umar radhiallahu anhu and said,

 

Fear Allah, O Umar! Take note that Allah has some acts (owing to Him) during the day that He does not accept during the night. Also note that Allah does not accept Nafl acts until the Faraa’idh are fulfilled. The scales of those with heavy scales on the Day of Qiyamah have only become heavy because they have always followed the truth in this world and have had high regard for it. It is also the right of a scale in which the truth is placed tomorrow that it should weigh heavily. On the other hand, the scales of those with light scales on the Day of Qiyamah have only become light because they have always followed falsehood in this world and have made light of it. It is also the right of a scale in which falsehood is placed tomorrow that it should weigh lightly.

 

Where Allah has made mention of the people of Jannah, He has mentioned the best of their deeds and overlooked their sins. Whenever I think of them, I say ‘I fear I may never join them’. Wherever Allah has made mention of the people of Jahannam, He has mentioned them by the worst of their actions and rejected their good deeds. Whenever I think of them, I say ‘I fear I may be from amongst them’. Allah has mentioned verses of mercy and verses of punishment so that Allah’s servant should become hopeful (of Allah’s mercy) and fearful (of Allah’s punishment). Never entertain false hopes in Allah (by continuing with sin in the hope that you would be forgiven) but also never lose hope in Allah’s mercy. Never throw yourself into destruction by the doing of your own hands.

 

If you remember this advice of mine, there will never be an unseen thing more beloved to you than death, which will certainly come to you. However if you put it to waste there will never be an unseen thing more hated to you than death, which you will never able to escape.”

 

and actions without knowledge are useless.

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Bismillah.

The knowledge that today, does not keep you away from sins and that does not evoke in you the desire to obey Allah, remember, will not save you tomorrow from Hellfire.  If you do not perform righteous deeds today and do not make up for the time you wasted in the past then on the Day of Judgment you will be saying:

Ferje’yna Na’mal Saaliha.”

“Send us back [to the world, O our Lord!] so that we [can] perform the righteous deeds.”

Then it will be said to you:

“O you the mindless one! That is where you are coming from.”

and to Him is our return.

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Bismillah.

Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi Raaji’oon.

Yeah, sure we say this statement when someone dies. Also some of us may say this sentence when they lose something, suffer a setback or harm.  But……do you know what it means? Sure, everyone know that it obviously means ‘To Allah we belong and to Him is our return.’

But that’s not what I am talking about.

I mean … do you really, truly understand these words and their implications in a Muslim’s life?

It means …whatever we have is not really ours. It belongs to Allah.

Take a look around you; everything you see, all that you have and all that there is…in you, on you, around you…belongs to Allah, alone. It is Allah Who has given you all the property and goods you possess, and that He is the true Owner of them all.

So the cars that you own, the houses that you live in, the businesses you possess all truly belong to Allah. The kids that He blessed you with, the health that He gave you, the time that He has allowed you are all Allah’s properties. Even the bodies we live in and the life that we have belongs to Allah alone.

“And to Allah belongs the inheritance of the heavens and the earth…”

(Surah al-Imran:180)

“The kingdom of the heavens and the earth and everything in them belongs to Allah. He has power over all things.”

(Surah al-Ma’ida:120)

“Say: ‘To Allah belongs the East and the West…”

(Surah al-Baqarah:142)

Now, since everything belongs to Allah, then we have to include even our souls in that list.

The very souls that we think of as our “self”; our “nafs”; our “being” – whatever you want to call it – that very thing that distinguishes you from the rest of the world, belongs to Allah. It’s not YOURS.

In fact, YOU are not YOURS.
You belong to Allah.

And this is the essence of the concept of submission to Allah in Islam.

And since He is the true Possessor of everything, and everything is His property, He allots what He wills to whomever He wills. And then He takes it away. After all, it was Allah’s to begin with.

So He may give you something and then take it back after a while. He will bless you with a precious child that you love dearly…and then He may take it away. He will grant you money, honour and status…and then He may take it away. He will give you youth, vitality and health and then surely He will take it away.

In fact everything you have will only be with you for a very short while.
And then the Owner will claim His Right.

So when Allah does reclaim what was rightfully His, Why mourne our losses?

Just like a friend who lends you his book. And then after a few days, he wants it back and you give it back to him…no regrets, no sorrow, no question asked.

Similarly, if Allah takes back some of His blessings upon you for some reason…so be it.

Say Alhamdulillah.

Don’t grieve.

Be patient.

Submit to the will of Allah, being pleased with His decision for you. For surely He will only do what is best for you. Just think…The Owner came and took it back.

Remember, that you’re not the real owner. You were NEVER the real owner to begin with. You only had everything because it was Allah Who gave it to you in the first place. If He didn’t give it to you, you wouldn’t have had it in any way…in fact, you couldn’t have had it.

Remember, man enters into this world empty handed…and leaves it empty handed.

Remember, that everything we have, all the blessings we enjoy, are gifts from Almighty Allah…gifts that we enjoy for a limited period until He takes them away whenever He deems fit.

They are a trust from Allah…a loan to you…to see how you respond to these gifts from Allah and how you use them in the obedience of the Almighty, thanking Him and worshiping Him, OR…to the disobedience to the One Who gave them to you in the first place.

Take note of the words of the Prophet (Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) on the occasion of the death of his son, Ibraaheem:

“Our eyes are filled with tears, our hearts with grief, but we say nothing with our lips except that which pleases Allaah…. Verily, to Allaah we belong, and to Him we return.” (Bukhari)

And we all know the famous incidence about the companion Abu Talha and his wife when one of the sons died and Abu Talha was not at home. She washed and shrouded him and when Abu Talha came home and asked about his son, she said,

“The child is quiet and I hope he is in peace….” (Bukhari)

SubhaanAllah….such patience!

And such Iman in the statement “Inna lillaahi wa inna ilayhi Raaji’oon”!

She truly understood its meaning and the effect it should have on her life as a Muslimah, submitting to him and being pleased with whatever He has decreed for her. She knew that whatever she has, is not truly hers. Rather, it is Allah’s. And He took back whatever He owns at its appointed time.

And it is because of this Iman so strong, this understanding, that the Prophet (Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) made du’aa for them and Allaah blessed them immensely.
” They (i.e. Abu Talha and his wife) had nine sons and all of them became reciters of the Qur’aan (by heart).” (Bukhari)

” Be sure we will test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods or lives, but give glad tidings to those who are steadfast, who say when afflicted with calamity: ‘To Allah we belong and to Him is our return.’ They are those on who (descend) blessings from Allaah and mercy and they are the ones that receive guidance.”

(Surah al-Baqarah: 155)

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By Asma bint Shameem

He is the explanation of reality.


and the hours, minutes and seconds are like its coaches, whereas our occupations are the passengers sitting in them.
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Bismillah.

Presently, our inferior materialistic occupations have gained such a control of this train and coaches off our life that they are not allowing the nobler concerns of the Hereafter to come in. Our work is that we should be determined to put this nobler concerns in place of the mean worldly occupations:

the concerns which please Allah and build our Hereafter.

(Maulana Mohammad Ilyas)

When you may walk unburdened and find all that you need awaiting your arrival at each station of your journey?

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Bismillah.

You only exist here and now. Tomorrow’s ‘you’ is only a fantasy, as you can’t even know if you’ll live that long. By inventing so many problems for yourself you are only making yourself ill.

The Holy Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam advises us not to make problems for ourselves. If there are immediate and pressing problems, that is another story, but so many ‘problems’ in people’s minds are not problems at all except in their minds. They are only ‘projected problems’ which may or may not ever materialize. This is the affliction of 20th century man: anxiety, or suffering inflicted upon oneself over the possibility of future suffering.

Allah Almighty doesn’t want His servants to suffer needless self-inflicted misery, and He says:

Oh My servants, don’t load heavy burdens on yourselves by worrying about the future. Just bring yourselves in line with My will; accord with my purposes this moment, and then rest assured that I will help you keep your future moments similarly aligned with My will.

When a new railway track is laid, before a locomotive and train are ever sent over it, a two-wheeled cart is first drawn over it to check whether the tracks have been laid straight. In the same way, if you can align your will to that of your Lord even for a moment, without carrying a heavy burden, you may be sure that your way is right, and that, even should times get rough, and so many burdens be multiplied to your locomotive, your track is straight and true and you will pass along it smoothly and safely.

Often people would run into the mosque and quickly say the obligatory prayers and run out again. What’s the rush? They would nervously look at their watches and say: “We have been taried in the mosque too long already. We have so many things to do today!”

It is laudable to be industrious and to look after your affairs well, but who would look after your affairs were you to drop dead here and now? I am not encouraging people to spend their whole days in the mosque, but only trying to remind people who are not only running after their sustenance, but leaping, head over heels after ambitious all-encompassing undertakings that it is impossible to ‘master the world’, and destructive to devote so much energy to their attempt, and with so much abandon.

First of all, the world already has a Master, and addressing Him humbly with the presence of mind (not hurriedly) in your prayers is even more instrumental in attaining your sustenance than rushing through the city. Secondly, far from attending to you affairs more efficiently by running, you are only likely to have a heart attack and die young!

(Shaykh Nazim al-Qubrusi)

and a paradise for the disbeliever.

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Bismillah.

This means that we have not been sent to this world for filling our bellies and fulfilling our lust and self desires- the way which turns this world into a ‘paradise’ for a person; but we have been sent rather to oppose our self and to obey Allah’s commands- by which this world becomes a ‘prison’ for the believer. Hence like the disbelievers, if we also make this world a paradise by supporting our self and following our inclinations, we will be robbing disbelievers of their paradise.

In this case, Allah’s help will not be with the robber, it will be instead with those robbed!

Think well upon these words!

(Maulana Mohammad Ilyas rahmatullah alayh)


could lie many connotations, but true satisfaction shall only come from being Ikhlas.

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Bismillah.

Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala says:

Yes! Whoever surrenders himself to Allah(i.e follows Allah’s religion of Islam) and performs good deeds with sincerity, his reward is with his Rabb. On such shall be no fear and nor shall they grieve.

(Al Baqarah 2:112)

Abu Hurairah radhiallahu anhu narrates that

Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam said:

Indeed Allah does not look at your faces and possessions, but He looks at your hearts and your deeds.

(Muslim)