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Sahih Bukhari, Volume 8, Book 75, Number 417:

Narrated Abu Huraira:

Allah ‘s Apostle said, “Allah has some angels who look for those who celebrate the Praises of Allah on the roads and paths. And when they find some people celebrating the Praises of Allah, they call each other, saying, “Come to the object of your pursuit.’ ” He added, “Then the angels encircle them with their wings up to the sky of the world.” He added. “(after those people celebrated the Praises of Allah, and the angels go back), their Lord, asks them (those angels)—-though He knows better than them—-‘What do My slaves say?’ The angels reply, ‘They say: Subhan Allah, Allahu Akbar, and Alham-du-lillah, Allah then says ‘Did they see Me?’ The angels reply, ‘No! By Allah, they didn’t see You.’

Allah says, How it would have been if they saw Me?’ The angels reply, ‘If they saw You, they would worship You more devoutly and celebrate Your Glory more deeply, and declare Your freedom from any resemblance to anything more often.’ Allah says (to the angels), ‘What do they ask Me for?’ The angels reply, ‘They ask You for Paradise.’ Allah says (to the angels), ‘Did they see it?’ The angels say, ‘No! By Allah, O Lord! They did not see it.’ Allah says, How it would have been if they saw it?’ The angels say, ‘If they saw it, they would have greater covetousness for it and would seek It with greater zeal and would have greater desire for it.’ Allah says, ‘From what do they seek refuge?’ The angels reply, ‘They seek refuge from the (Hell) Fire.’ Allah says, ‘Did they see it?’ The angels say, ‘No By Allah, O Lord! They did not see it.’ Allah says, How it would have been if they saw it?’ The angels say, ‘If they saw it they would flee from it with the extreme fleeing and would have extreme fear from it.’ Then Allah says, ‘I make you witnesses that I have forgiven them.”‘ Allah’s Apostle added, “One of the angels would say, ‘There was so-and-so amongst them, and he was not one of them, but he had just come for some need.’ Allah would say, ‘These are those people whose companions will not be reduced to misery.’ ”

Verily, those who fear their Lord unseen (i.e. they do not see Him, nor His Punishment in the Hereafter), theirs will be forgiveness and a great reward (i.e. Paradise). Surah Al Mulk:12

Celebrate the Praises of Allaah!

Say:

SubhanAllaah (Glorious is Allaah/ Exalted is Allaah)

Alhamdulillaah (All praise is due to Allaah)

Allaahu Akbar (Allaah is the Greatest)

Rules rules rules

Everything  and everywhere there are rules. Road rules, football rules, library rules etc. Have you ever wonder if there are rules in life? How should one live their life? How does one differentiate the good and bad? Looking at the society, how some treasure modesty greatly while others sell their modesty. So who knows the good and bad?

Allâh! Lâ ilâha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He), the Ever Living, the One Who sustains and protects all that exists. Neither slumber, nor sleep overtake Him. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on earth. Who is he that can intercede with Him except with His Permission? He knows what happens to them (His creatures) in this world, and what will happen to them in the Hereafter . And they will never compass anything of His Knowledge except that which He wills. His Kursî extends over the heavens and the earth, and He feels no fatigue in guarding and preserving them. And He is the Most High, the Most Great.(255) Al Baqara

The rules in life is written clearly in the Holy Qur’an, the words of Allaah The Almighty, revealed to Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) as a guidance to mankind.

Verily, We have sent down to you (O Muhammad SAW) the Book (this Qur’ân) for mankind in truth. So whosoever accepts the guidance, it is only for his ownself, and whosoever goes astray, he goes astray only for his (own) loss. And you (O Muhammad SAW) are not a Wakîl (trustee or disposer of affairs, or guardian) over them. (41) Az Zumar

There is not a moving (living) creature on earth, nor a bird that flies with its two wings, but are communities like you. We have neglected nothing in the Book, then unto their Lord they (all) shall be gathered.(38) Al Anaam

The wisdom of the laws (rules) that we are to follow, some have been known and some have yet to reach to an understanding to us. An example is the wisdom behind the prohibition of interest which have been known. The strict prohibition of interest in Islam is a result of its deep concern for the moral, social, and economic welfare of mankind. One of it resulted to the rich in becoming richer and the poor becoming poorer.

Let us not be among the ignorant and the disbelievers. If the Message of Truth has been brought to us, we ought to obey in humbleness and submissiveness.

And when they (who call themselves Christians) listen to what has been sent down to the Messenger (Muhammad SAW), you see their eyes overflowing with tears because of the truth they have recognised. They say: “Our Lord! We believe; so write us down among the witnesses. (83) “And why should we not believe in Allâh and in that which has come to us of the truth (Islâmic Monotheism)? And we wish that our Lord will admit us (in Paradise on the Day of Resurrection) along with the righteous people (Prophet Muhammad SAW and his Companions radhiallahu’anhuã).” (84) So because of what they said, Allâh rewarded them Gardens under which rivers flow (in Paradise), they will abide therein forever. Such is the reward of Al-Muhsinûn (the good-doers). (85) Al Maeda

…This day, those who disbelieved have given up all hope of your religion; so fear them not, but fear Me. This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islâm as your religion…(3) Al Maeda

Prepare now in worship and righteousness for we do not know if tomorrow ever comes to us.

Sahih Bukhari Volume 8, Book 76, Number 425:

Narrated Mujahid:

‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar said, “Allah’s Apostle took hold of my shoulder and said, ‘Be in this world as if you were a stranger or a traveler.” The sub-narrator added: Ibn ‘Umar used to say, “If you survive till the evening, do not expect to be alive in the morning, and if you survive till the morning, do not expect to be alive in the evening, and take from your health for your sickness, and (take) from your life for your death.”

So glorify the praises of your Lord and be of those who prostrate themselves (to Him).(98) And worship your Lord until there comes unto you the certainty (i.e. death).(99) Al Hijr

Sahih Bukhari Volume 8, Book 76, Number 577:

Narrated Abu Huraira:

Some people said, “O Allah’s Apostle! Shall we see our Lord on the Day of Resurrection?” He said, “Do you crowd and squeeze each other on looking at the sun when it is not hidden by clouds?” They replied, “No, Allah’s Apostle.” He said, “Do you crowd and squeeze each other on looking at the moon when it is full and not hidden by clouds?” They replied, No, O Allah’s Apostle!” He said, “So you will see Him (your Lord) on the Day of Resurrection similarly Allah will gather all the people and say, ‘Whoever used to worship anything should follow that thing. ‘So, he who used to worship the sun, will follow it, and he who used to worship the moon will follow it, and he who used to worship false deities will follow them; and then only this nation (i.e., Muslims) will remain, including their hypocrites. Allah will come to them in a shape other than they know and will say, ‘I am your Lord.’ They will say, ‘We seek refuge with Allah from you. This is our place; (we will not follow you) till our Lord comes to us, and when our Lord comes to us, we will recognize Him.

Then Allah will come to then in a shape they know and will say, “I am your Lord.’ They will say, ‘(No doubt) You are our Lord,’ and they will follow Him. Then a bridge will be laid over the (Hell) Fire.” Allah’s Apostle added, “I will be the first to cross it. And the invocation of the Apostles on that Day, will be ‘Allahukka Sallim, Sallim (O Allah, save us, save us!),’ and over that bridge there will be hooks Similar to the thorns of As Sa’dan (a thorny tree). Didn’t you see the thorns of As-Sa’dan?” The companions said, “Yes, O Allah’s Apostle.” He added, “So the hooks over that bridge will be like the thorns of As-Sa-dan except that their greatness in size is only known to Allah. These hooks will snatch the people according to their deeds. Some people will be ruined because of their evil deeds, and some will be cut into pieces and fall down in Hell, but will be saved afterwards, when Allah has finished the judgments among His slaves, and intends to take out of the Fire whoever He wishes to take out from among those who used to testify that none had the right to be worshipped but Allah.

We will order the angels to take them out and the angels will know them by the mark of the traces of prostration (on their foreheads) for Allah banned the f ire to consume the traces of prostration on the body of Adam’s son. So they will take them out, and by then they would have burnt (as coal), and then water, called Maul Hayat (water of life) will be poured on them, and they will spring out like a seed springs out on the bank of a rainwater stream, and there will remain one man who will be facing the (Hell) Fire and will say, ‘O Lord! It’s (Hell’s) vapor has Poisoned and smoked me and its flame has burnt me; please turn my face away from the Fire.’ He will keep on invoking Allah till Allah says, ‘Perhaps, if I give you what you want), you will ask for another thing?’ The man will say, ‘No, by Your Power, I will not ask You for anything else.’

Then Allah will turn his face away from the Fire. The man will say after that, ‘O Lord, bring me near the gate of Paradise.’ Allah will say (to him), ‘Didn’t you promise not to ask for anything else? Woe to you, O son of Adam ! How treacherous you are!’ The man will keep on invoking Allah till Allah will say, ‘But if I give you that, you may ask me for something else.’ The man will say, ‘No, by Your Power. I will not ask for anything else.’ He will give Allah his covenant and promise not to ask for anything else after that. So Allah will bring him near to the gate of Paradise, and when he sees what is in it, he will remain silent as long as Allah will, and then he will say, ‘O Lord! Let me enter Paradise.’ Allah will say, ‘Didn’t you promise that you would not ask Me for anything other than that? Woe to you, O son of Adam ! How treacherous you are!’ On that, the man will say, ‘O Lord! Do not make me the most wretched of Your creation,’ and will keep on invoking Allah till Allah will smile and when Allah will smile because of him, then He will allow him to enter Paradise, and when he will enter Paradise, he will be addressed, ‘Wish from so-and-so.’ He will wish till all his wishes will be fulfilled, then Allah will say, All this (i.e. what you have wished for) and as much again therewith are for you.’ “

Abu Huraira added: That man will be the last of the people of Paradise to enter (Paradise).

Narrated ‘Ata (while Abu Huraira was narrating): Abu Said was sitting in the company of Abu Huraira and he did not deny anything of his narration till he reached his saying: “All this and as much again therewith are for you.” Then Abu Sa’id said, “I heard Allah’s Apostle saying, ‘This is for you and ten times as much.’ ” Abu Huraira said, “In my memory it is ‘as much again therewith.’ “

“And if you would count the favours of Allaah, never could you be able to count them. Truly! Allaah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” An-Nahl(16):18

Recitation of Surah Al Waaqi’ah (Qur’an 56) by

Qari Muhammad Siddeeq Al-Minshaawee

We Have A Door

Contentment is an Infinite Treasure of Happiness

BY HASSEN AHMAD

HERE’S A STORY a friend sent me:

Since the passing of her husband a few years back, Halimah has lived with her son, Mukhtar, in a tiny room on the rooftop of one very old, crowded buildings in the city.

Theirs was a life of humbleness, not having enough of anything. Neither was it easy for them to get by.

But they felt okay.

Winter rain was one thing that worried Halimah a lot. Their room had good walls and a wooden door but no roof, just a few pieces of wood extending between two of the walls to give shade to the corner where she and her son slept.

In the four years since Muktar’s birth during, the city had not had any rain, except for a few sporadic light showers.

But this day many big clouds gathered which made the sky dim and depressing.

Halimah told her son it might rain heavily that night.

Night fell upon their rooftop, and the sky opened up. In a moment, rain was pouring down heavily.

Halimah saw the people below running to their homes for shelter. She and Mukhtar would just have to face their destiny, she thought, and she began to ask Allah for help and protection incessantly. As the downpour continued, a few of the wooden pieces overhear broke. Some fell to the floor. The others were blown away.

Confused and frightened, Mukhtar moved closer to his mom who was trying hard to protect him with her body.

Then suddenly she ran to the door and managed, after some struggle, to wrench it from its frame. She carried it to the corner, leaned it against the wall longwise, and they both hid beneath it, relieved in the scarce shelter it gave them from the drenching showers.

Holding her son close against her, Halimah felt Mukhtar relaxing his grip on her dress and sensed his anxiety dissolving. To her surprise, he turned his face toward hers and gave her a smile. He said, “What do those with no door do when the sky rains, Mama?” The clear sign of contentment that glowed on his face sent a shockwave of amazement through her spine. Warm tears filled her eyes.

All she could think of was how blessed she was to have Mukhtar as a child.

The friend who sent me this story told me he cried when he read, wishing that children appreciated what they have, the life they have been given, in the same way Mukhtar valued what was given him.

I ask Allah that all our children do the same.

Life, as most of us surely know, is never what we want it to be. Yet how many of us believe that making the best of it as it is, is not only the best we can do most of the time but is really the only way of achieving happiness. In fact, as we see in this story, being without some of the things we want is essential to being happy.

Sad as it is, I enjoyed this story, and I found reading it and telling it to be empowering to my eman, and contemplating it a good means of searching my own mind and looking deep into my heart. It recalled to me the many lessons we ought to be reminded of by it. But one lesson I cannot now forgo.

Mukhtar has triggered a new determination in me.

Since meeting him, I constantly think about how content I am and particularly how content I should be-with my wife, my children, my work, and, the countless other blessings in my life.

I tell you sincerely, I feel much better about them all now.

Yet still I await the moment when I shall see how many and much are the blessings Allah have given me in the way they deserve to be seen.

Commenting on the solid gold hadeeth of Prophet Muhammad, sallallahu alayhe was sallam – “Richness is not in material wealth. Richness is in the contentment of the heart” –Imam Ibnul Qayyim, writes: “Contentment is of the greatest doors to Allah, and the resting place of all worshippers, and the Paradise of this world.”

O Allah! Enlighten our hearts with love, and ease for us our burdens of this world by making us content with all you have given us. Ameen.

رَبَّنَآ ءَامَنَّا فَٱغۡفِرۡ لَنَا وَٱرۡحَمۡنَا وَأَنتَ خَيۡرُ ٱلرَّٲحِمِينَ

“Our Lord! We believe, so forgive us, and have mercy on us, for You are the Best of all who show mercy!”

Al Mu’minun:109