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Sahih Bukhari Volume 8, Book 78, Number 673
Narrated by Abu Huraira:

Allaah’s Apostle said:- ‘There are two phrases which are beloved of the Most Merciful, light on the tongue, yet heavy on the scales (of reward): “Glory be to Allaah and all Praise to Him“, “Glory be to Allaah, the Mighty.” ‘

Youtube -“An amazing arabic nasheed with a translation, 
Singer: Abu Hamed أبو حامد (Anas Al-Ghamidy) أنس الغامدي
Translation: Br. Anonymous (May Allah reward him)
Nasheed: يــــا ليت اليـــوم
mp3: http://www.4shared.com/file/81072863/…

This nasheed is really a poem about someone who is upset at his friend, who has chosen to walk away from the friendship for a reason that is insignificant when knowing how important friendship is in Islam. 

” The sword of care has been drawn ” is a figure of speech meaning that the singer really cares about what happened between him and his friend and is worried, and also anxious to find out what was it that happened. Nasheed also reminds us of being understanding with others…

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Importance of friendship:

i) Friends on that Day will be enemies one to another, except al-Muttaqoon (i.e. those who have Taqwah). Quran 43:67

ii) Ibn Abbas said: No one may taste true faith except by this (i.e. building relationships for Allahs sake), even if his prayers and fasts are many. People have come to build their relationship around the concerns of the world, but it will not benefit them in any way.

iii) ‘Allah (swt) says: ‘Those who have mutual love for the sake of My Glory will have pillars of light and will be ENVIED by the Prophets and martyrs.’ [Saheeh Timridi]” 

 

Islam and The Concept of Friendship

Sahih Bukhari, Volume 8, Book 76, Number 509:

Narrated Abu Huraira:

Allah’s Apostle said, “Allah said, ‘I will declare war against him who shows hostility to a pious worshipper of Mine. And the most beloved things with which My slave comes nearer to Me, is what I have enjoined upon him; and My slave keeps on coming closer to Me through performing Nawafil (praying or doing extra deeds besides what is obligatory) till I love him, so I become his sense of hearing with which he hears, and his sense of sight with which he sees, and his hand with which he grips, and his leg with which he walks; and if he asks Me, I will give him, and if he asks My protection (Refuge), I will protect him; (i.e. give him My Refuge) and I do not hesitate to do anything as I hesitate to take the soul of the believer, for he hates death, and I hate to disappoint him.”

*I Still Ask by Ahmed Bukhatir*

Blessings of Allah

“And (remember) when your Lord said to the angels: “Verily, I am going to place (mankind) generations after generations on earth.” They said: “Will You place therein those who will make mischief therein and shed blood, – while we glorify You with praises and thanks and sanctify You.” He (Allâh) said: “I know that which you do not know.” (30)” Al-Baqarah

Forgetfulness – the nature of mankind. It started with Adam (peace be upon him) and Eve (peace be upon her).

“And O Adam! Dwell you and your wife in Paradise, and eat thereof as you both wish, but approach not this tree otherwise you both will be of the Zâlimûn (unjust and wrong-doers).” Al-Araf:19

But in forgetfulness, they fell into the traps of Shaytan.

“Then Shaitân (Satan) whispered suggestions to them both in order to uncover that which was hidden from them of their private parts (before); he said: “Your Lord did not forbid you this tree save that you should become angels or become of the immortals.” (20) And he [Shaitân (Satan)] swore by Allâh to them both (saying): “Verily, I am one of the sincere well-wishers for you both.” (21) So he misled them with deception. Then when they tasted of the tree, that which was hidden from them of their shame (private parts) became manifest to them and they began to cover themselves with the leaves of Paradise (in order to cover their shame). And their Lord called out to them (saying): “Did I not forbid you that tree and tell you: Verily, Shaitân (Satan) is an open enemy unto you?” (22)” Al-Araf

We tend to forget the blessings Allah has bestowed unto us. From the time we were born in this world is a blessing of Allah. The time we wake up from sleep is a blessing of Allah. Every breath we take is a blessing of Allah.  Every step we take is a blessing of Allah. The food we eat is a blessing of Allah. But yet we mankind seem to forget what Allah has blessed us with.

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

Our life is filled with things, family, friends, but we forgot the One who has blessed with these. Our Creator, Allah.

“Allâh is He Who has created the heavens and the earth and sends down water (rain) from the sky, and thereby brought forth fruits as provision for you; and He has made the ships to be of service to you, that they may sail through the sea by His Command; and He has made rivers (also) to be of service to you. (32) And He has made the sun and the moon, both constantly pursuing their courses, to be of service to you; and He has made the night and the day, to be of service to you. (33) And He gave you of all that you asked for, and if you count the Blessings of Allâh, never will you be able to count them. Verily! man is indeed an extreme wrong-doer, – a disbeliever (an extreme ingrate, denies Allâh’s Blessings by disbelief, and by worshipping others besides Allâh, and by disobeying Allâh and His Prophet Muhammad SAW). (34)” Surah Ibrahim

We don’t reflect and think. We just want to enjoy what is given and not acknowledge the One who gave it to us. As such, we are an ungrateful people.

“And when harm touches man, he invokes Us, lying down on his side, or sitting or standing. But when We have removed his harm from him, he passes on as if he had never invoked Us for a harm that touched him! Thus it is made fair-seeming to the Musrifûn[*] that which they used to do. (12)” Surah Yunus

*[transgressing all bounds by committing all kinds of great sins, and by disobeying Allah]

Lets ask ourselves, Are we submitting fully to our Lord? Can we be called Muslims [one who submits/surrenders(to God)]? Or are we just one who declare Islam by tongue and not by heart.

“O you who believe with your tongues, yet eeman has not entered your hearts. Do not backbite the Muslims, nor follow their faults. For he who follows others faults then Allah will declare (disclose) his faults and he whom Allah reveals his faults, then Allah disgraces him in his own house.” – Sunan Abu Dawood (3/4862) and and authenticated by Sheikh al-Albani in Saheeh Jaami’ Sagheer

We still complain with what we have. We are never satisfied with what Allah has blessed us. There are always something better to get. We have to keep in mind, to just get what we need and not what we want. Wanting and needing are 2 different things. Lets adhere to the Prophet (peace be upon him) advise.-

Sahih Muslim Chapter 1, Book 042, Number 7068:

Abu Huraira reported that Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: When one of you looks at one who stands at a higher level than you in regard to wealth and physical structure he should also see one who stands at a lower level than you in regard to these things (in which he stands) at a hi-her level (as compared to him).

“O Children of Adam! Take your adornment (by wearing your clean clothes), while praying[] and going round (the Tawâf of ) the Ka’bah, and eat and drink but waste not by extravagance, certainly He (Allâh) likes not Al-Musrifûn (those who waste by extravagance). (31)” Al-Araf

For truly, life in this world is just temporary. The materials things that we have now, don’t matter when we die.

“Allâh increases the provision for whom He wills, and straitens (it for whom He wills), and they rejoice in the life of the world, whereas the life of this world as compared with the Hereafter is but a brief passing enjoyment (26)Ar-Rad

“He (Allâh) will say: “What number of years did you stay on earth?” (112) They will say: “We stayed a day or part of a day. Ask of those who keep account.” (113) He (Allâh) will say: “You stayed not but a little, if you had only known! (114) “Did you think that We had created you in play (without any purpose), and that you would not be brought back to Us?” (115) So Exalted is Allâh, the True King, Lâ ilâha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He), the Lord of the Supreme Throne! (116)” Al-Mu’minoon

Let us be like those who turn to Allah in times of need and grateful of the blessings of Allah.

Sahih Muslim Chapter 14, Book 042, Number 7138:

Suhaib reported that Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: Strange are the ways of a believer for there is good in every affair of his and this is not the case with anyone else except in the case of a believer for if he has an occasion to feel delight, he thanks (God), thus there is a good for him in it, and if he gets into trouble and shows resignation (and endures it patiently), there is a good for him in it.


Sahih Muslim Chapter 1, Book 035, Number 6471:

Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying that Allah, the Exalted and Glorious, thus stated: I am near to the thought of My servant as he thinks about Me, and I am with him as he remembers Me. And if he remembers Me in his heart, I also remember him in My Heart, and if he remembers Me in assembly I remember him in assembly, better than his (remembrance), and if he draws near Me by the span of a palm, I draw near him by the cubit, and if he draws near Me by the cubit I draw near him by the space (covered by) two hands. And if he walks towards Me, I rush towards him.

InshaAllah.

“مَّن كَانَ يُرِيدُ ثَوَابَ الدُّنْيَا فَعِندَ اللَّهِ ثَوَابُ الدُّنْيَا وَالاٌّخِرَةِ

“Whoever desires a reward in this life of the world, then with Allah (Alone and none else) is the reward of this worldly life and of the Hereafter. And Allâh is Ever All¬Hearer, All¬Seer.” An-Nisa:134

Ibn Kathir commentary: O those whose ultimate desire is this life, know that Allah owns the rewards of this life and the Hereafter. Therefore, if you ask Allah for both, He will enrich you, award you and suffice for you.


فَإِذَا قَضَيْتُم مَّنَـسِكَكُمْ فَاذْكُرُواْ اللَّهَ كَذِكْرِكُمْ ءَابَآءَكُمْ أَوْ أَشَدَّ ذِكْرًا فَمِنَ النَّاسِ مَن يَقُولُ رَبَّنَآ ءَاتِنَا فِى الدُّنْيَا وَمَا لَهُ فِى الاٌّخِرَةِ مِنْ خَلَـقٍ – وِمِنْهُم مَّن يَقُولُ رَبَّنَآ ءَاتِنَا فِى الدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً وَفِي الاٌّخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً وَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ أُولَـئِكَ لَهُمْ نَصِيبٌ مِّمَّا كَسَبُواْ

“So when you have accomplished your Manasik (holy rites) remember Allâh as you remember your forefathers or with a far more remembrance. But of mankind there are some who say: “Our Lord! Give us (Your Bounties) in this world!” and for such there will be no portion in the Hereafter. (200) And of them there are some who say: “Our Lord! Give us in this world that which is good and in the Hereafter that which is good, and save us from the torment of the Fire!” (201) For them there will be alloted a share for what they have earned…(202)Al-Baqarah

Sahih Muslim Book 035, Number 6501:

“Anas reported that Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) visited a person from amongst the Muslims in order to inquire (about his health) who had grown feeble like the chicken. Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: Did you supplicate for anything or beg of Him about that? He said: Yes. I used to utter (these words): Impose punishment upon me earlier in this world, what Thou art going to impose upon me in the Hereafter. Thereupon Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: Hallowed be Allah, you have neither the power nor forbearance to take upon yourself (the burden of His Punishment). Why did you not say this: O Allah, grant us good in the world and good in the Hereafter, and save us from the torment of Fire. He (the Holy Prophet) made this supplication (for him) and he was all right.”

Sahih Muslim Book 035, Number 6507:

“Anas reported that Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) used to supplicate (in these words):” Our Lord, grant us the good in this world and the good in the Hereafter and save us from the torment of Hell Fire.””

Sahih Bukhari Volume 6, Book 60, Number 47:

“Narrated Anas :

The Prophet used to say, “O Allah! Our Lord! Give us in this world that, which is good and in the Hereafter that, which is good and save us from the torment of the Fire.” (2.201)”

Sahih Bukhari Volume 8, Book 75, Number 398:

“Narrated Anas:

The most frequent invocation of The Prophet was: “O Allah! Give to us in the world that which is good and in the Hereafter that which is good, and save us from the torment of the Fire.” (2.201)”

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رَبَّنَآ ءَاتِنَا فِى ٱلدُّنۡيَا حَسَنَةً۬ وَفِى ٱلۡأَخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً۬ وَقِنَا عَذَابَ ٱلنَّارِ

“Rabbana atina fid-dunya hasanatan wa fil ‘akhirati hasanatan waqina ‘adhaban-nar”

“Our Lord, grant us the good in this world and the good in the Hereafter and save us from the torment of Hell Fire.”

The Stranger

In doing ibadaah (worship) and following the commandments of Allah The Glorious and High, let us not worry of what others would think and say. For what we are doing will never appeal to them. Further, the hadith informs:-

Sahih Muslim Book 1 Number 270

It is narrated on the authority of Abu Huraira that the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said: Islam initiated as something strange, and it would revert to its (old position) of being strange. so good tidings for the stranger.

Let us be the stranger.

Lend a hand

Sahih Bukhari

Volume 3, Book 43, Number 624:

Narrated Anas:

Allah’s Apostle said, “Help your brother, whether he is an oppressor or he is an oppressed one. People asked, “O Allah’s Apostle! It is all right to help him if he is oppressed, but how should we help him if he is an oppressor?” The Prophet said, “By preventing him from oppressing others.”

Indeed beautiful is the teaching of our Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) which Allah has blessed and taught him with. Surely the above hadith don’t need much explanation. We are informed to help those oppressed:-

Sahih Bukhari

Volume 3, Book 43, Number 625:

Narrated Muawiya bin Suwald:

I heard Al-Bara’ bin ‘Azib saying, “The Prophet orders us to do seven things and prohibited us from doing seven other things.” Then Al-Bara’ mentioned the following:–

(1) To pay a visit to the sick (inquiring about his health),

(2) to follow funeral processions,

(3) to say to a sneezer, “May Allah be merciful to you” (if he says, “Praise be to Allah!”),

(4) to return greetings,

(5) to help the oppressed,

(6) to accept invitations,

(7) to help others to fulfill their oaths. (See Hadith No. 753, Vol. 7)

And Allah Almighty stated in the Quran:-

“They ask thy instruction concerning the women. Say: Allah doth instruct you about them: and (remember) what hath been rehearsed unto you in the Book, concerning the orphans of women to whom ye give not the portions prescribed and yet whom ye desire to marry, as also concerning the children who are weak and oppressed: that ye stand firm for justice to orphans. There is not a good deed which ye do, but Allah is well-acquainted therewith. (127)” An-Nisa

“Whatever ye are given (here) is (but) a convenience of this Life: but that which is with Allah is better and more lasting: (it is) for those who believe and put their trust in their Lord; (36) Those who avoid the greater crimes and shameful deeds, and, when they are angry even then forgive; (37) Those who harken to their Lord, and establish regular prayer; who (conduct) their affairs by mutual Consultation; who spend out of what We bestow on them for Sustenance; (38 ) And those who, when an oppressive wrong is inflicted on them, (are not cowed but) help and defend themselves. (39) The recompense for an injury is an injury equal thereto (in degree): but if a person forgives and makes reconciliation, his reward is due, from Allah: for (Allah) loveth not those who do wrong. (40) But indeed if any do help and defend himself after a wrong (done) to them against such there is no cause of blame. (41) The blame is only against those who oppress men with wrong-doing and insolently transgress beyond bounds through the land, defying right and justice: for such there will be a Penalty grievous. (42) But indeed if any show patience and forgive, that would truly be an exercise of courageous will and resolution in the conduct of affairs. (43)Ash-Shu’ara

Helping the oppressors in terms of preventing them from oppressing others.

Similarly if someone does wrong, we help them by correcting their mistake and showing them the right way (with patience inshaAllah).