Islam is about giving Thanks. Of course, who deserves most and all thanks all the time, and for everything good that every comes our way, but Allah? So, there is no better way to say "Thank...
I have all kinds of trouble with the words of the Qur'an. For, I don't know how to translate them in plain, simple English.
Without jeopardizing what is left of my Iman.
But here is what the Qur'an says:
Wallahu Shakoorun Haleem!
I know what the Arabic says. It says:
"Allah is most appreciative and most kind
and most patient and most forbearing
and most tolerant."
But I know I cannot help thinking:
"Allah is most grateful!"
For, that is what the words mean in Arabic.
And also, I cannot help thinking:
"Allah says: 'Thank You!'"
But I dare not say these words, even though I just said them. And I shudder as I say them. But say them I must.
For, that is my job, and that is the commitment I made:
To bear and carry Allah's words to Allah's people.
I must deliver that Amaanat to whom it was addressed: Allah's people everywhere.
And this was the responsibility the heavens and the earth were too frightened to accept.
And they ran from it when it was offered to them.
Fa-Abayina An Yahmilna-haa!
But foolish human beings that we are, we came forward to shoulder it. And we said: "Yes, we will do it!"
Wa Hamalahal Insaan!
What a foolish, foolish decision that was on the part of the Human Race!
Innahoo Kaana Zalooman Jahoolaa!
But do you see the kind of God you have?
While you all are busy saying "Thank You!" to each other, as you must, for that is part of Islam, how little you realize that Allah also looks at you and says:
"Thank You, My Slave!
Don't think I don't know what you are doing.
And what you have done.
And for my creation.
Even though I am As-Samad,
I do not need anything from anybody.
And even though I am Al-Ghaniyy,
And could not care less about anyone or anything.
But thank you anyway.
For what you are doing.
And for what you have done!
I don't know after saying these words in relation to God Almighty I will have any Iman left!
But that is your God for you! Directly from the Qur'an.
For, that is what the Qur'an says.
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I don't know how to say this. It is the most simple thing to say. But a most profound and powerful thing in relation to real life.
According to Hadith Sharif, there is no better or more powerful Du'a -- I wish Muslims will realize that this is what a real "prayer" or supplication is, not Salaah -- than Alhamdulillah!
Nor is there a more powerful and profound Dhikr than La Ilaaha Illallah!
I cannot help wondering how many (so-called) Good Muslims tend to look down their nose on the concept and practice of Dhikr.
Here, by Good Muslims I have in mind the Jama'at-e-Islami type. But I am simply not comfortable saying it.
But there, I have said it anyway.
I hope -- and I wish -- more of them will turn to more of Allah's Dhikr in their everyday life.
There is a description of the Sahaabah Kiraam, Radiyallahu Anhum, in Hadith, I think:
Ruhbaanun Billayil, Fursaanun Binnahaar.
Roughly paraphrased, it means:
"Warriors by day, monks by night."
Allahu Akbar! What a description! What a character sketch.
I hope this Hadith Sharif will help the Good Muslims of today to reset their bearings.
In today's world, you can add to "Warriors by Day" the following -- purely by way of example:
Householders by Day.
Business People by Day.
Social Workers by Day.
Citizens and Bureaucrats by Day.
Teachers and Professors and Students by Day.
Politicians and Professionals by Day.
Media People by Day.
Workers for Allah by Day.
And Everything Else!
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How often has it happened to how many of us: We all end up saying, more often than not, more frequently than we should, how speechless we are! How overcome we are with life and its kaleidoscopic situations.
How we are short of words and expressions as it were. How we don’t know what to say, for example. That is, how we are short of the right thing to say.
I am sure this is true of most if not all of us.
But here is what I think: Why are we speechless to begin with, why are we short of words in God’s Universe?
All we need to do, at least those of us who say they believe in the Qur’an, is to turn to the Qur’an for answers – and for words to say: whenever we need to say them, whatever the occasion and whatever the context.
For, the Qur’an has words – and ideas – to fit all occasions.
Here are some clues as to what those words could be that people should be saying. Let us start with Alhamdu Lillah! There is no better or finer set of words for anyone to utter – in any context or situation, regardless of time or place.
Alhamdu Lillah! means “All Praise Is to God!” That means, among other things: “Thank You, God!”
And now what excuse or right context or situation do you need to say “Thank You!” to your maker, considering everything you have is from him, and everyone of those things -- whether it is your hand, foot, tongue or eye -- was given to you free?
So, next time you think you are speechless, or short of things to say, just say “Alhamdu Lillah!” and get on with your life. It will cover all situations and meet all your needs.
We are humans. Our specialty is we all get sick.
Not that many of us are not sick to begin with: sick of mind; sick of soul; if not always sick of body parts.
But when God made an illness, he also created a cure.
No matter what the ailment, there is always a remedy for it. It is just a matter of looking for it -- and finding it.
That is what the Hadith says. And what a beautiful Hadith it is -- like every Hadith that came out of the blessed mouth of Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.
And the worst and biggest disease of all? Alienation from God!
To live in God's house; to make use of God's things; and never even to bother to say "Thank You!" to God? No disease can be worse -- or more deadly -- than that!
And nothing catches up with you more quickly!