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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

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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.


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“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)”


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.”

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The trials of life?

He Who created Death and Life, that He may try which of you is best in deed: and He is the Exalted in Might, Oft-Forgiving―Al Mulk:2

The above verse explains: the trials of this life are test to see those who would strive for the best in good deeds. To do the most in good deeds or to do the best in goods? A question we need to ask ourselves. We often would rush to do many good deeds, but we we forget to do the best in each deed. Lets take example,.dzikrullah (remembrance of Allah). We often would do dzikr as much as we can but sometimes forgot to understand deeply to what we are saying. Like saying “subhanAllah (Glory be to Allah)” 33 times. We would rush into saying it 33 times but forgot as to why we are saying it that is to glorify Allah. Hence, it doesn’t mean much if we do many good deeds but not doing the best of it. Another example is donation. One can donate as much and many times one wants but the most important that counts is one’s intention to it. Hence the above verse applies to everything we do. Let us do the best of good deeds rather than the most of good deeds. But doing both is so much better. =) Lets have the best of intention when doing anything, that is for the sake of Allah and understand what we are doing. As the common quote goes, “May the best man wins.” [A reminder to myself]

Ibn Kathir commentary (www.tafsir.com):
(He may test you which of you is best in deed.) it means best in deeds. This is as Muhammad bin `Ajlan said. It should be noted that Allah did not say “which of you does the most deeds.” Allah then says, (And He is the Almighty, the Oft-Forgiving.) This means that He is the Almighty, the Most Great, the Most Powerful and the Most Honorable. However, along with this He is Most Forgiving to whoever turns to Him in repentance and seeks His pardon after having disobeyed Him and opposed His commandment. Even though Allah is Almighty, He also forgives, shows mercy, pardons and excuses.

    Virtues of Surah Al-Mulk (Chapter 67 of the Holy Quran)

    Imam Ahmad recorded from Abu Hurayrah that Allah’s Messenger said,

    «إِنَّ سُورَةً فِي الْقُرْآنِ ثَلَاثِينَ آيَةً شَفَعَتْ لِصَاحِبِهَا حَتْى غُفِرَ لَهُ:

    [تَبَارَكَ الَّذِى بِيَدِهِ الْمُلْكُ]»

    (Verily, there is a chapter in the Qur’an which contains thirty Ayat that will intercede on behalf of its reciter until he is forgiven. (It is): (Blessed be He in Whose Hand is the dominion.)) This Hadith was collected by At-Tirmidhi and the four Sunan Compilers. At-Tirmidhi said concerning it, “This is a Hasan Hadith.” At-Tabarani and Al-Hafiz Ad-Diya’ Al-Maqdisi both recorded from Anas that the Messenger of Allah said,

    «سُورَةٌ فِي الْقُرْآنِ خَاصَمَتْ عَنْ صَاحِبِهَا حَتْى أَدْخَلَتْهُ الْجَنَّةَ:

    [تَبَارَكَ الَّذِى بِيَدِهِ الْمُلْكُ]»

    (There is a chapter of the Qur’an that will argue on behalf of its reciter until it causes him to enter into Paradise. (It is): (Blessed be He in Whose Hand is the dominion.))

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