Archive for May, 2008

Inviting to Islam in a beautiful way

Inviting to Islam in a beautiful way

Allah, the Most High says;

“Invite (mankind) to the way of your Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious. Truly, your Lord best knows who has strayed from His path and He best knows those who are guided.”

[Al Qur’an 16:125]

Explanation

“ ‘And argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious’ means, if any of them want to debate and argue, then let that be in the best manner, with kindness, gentleness and good speech. ‘Truly, your Lord best knows who has strayed from His path’ means, Allah already knows who is doomed (destined for Hell) and who is blessed (destined for Paradise). This has already been written with Him and the matter is finished, so call them to Allah, but do not exhaust yourself with regret over those who go astray, for it is not your task to guide them. You are just a warner, and all you have to do is convey the Message, and it is He Who will bring them to account.” [Tafsir ibn Kathir]

Seeking refuge from four things

Seeking refuge from four things

On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (May Allah be pleased with him) it is related that the Prophet (Peace be upon him) used to say,

“O Allah, I seek refuge in you from four things: Knowledge which does not benefit, a heart which is not submissive, a soul which has an insatiable (i.e. greedy, never satisfied) appetite, and a supplication which is not heard.”

[Abu Dawood]

Purifying the heart of hatred

Purifying the heart of hatred

Allah, the most high says:

“And those who came after them say: ‘Our Lord! Forgive us and our brethren who have preceded us in Faith and put not in our hearts any hatred against those who have believed. Our Lord! You are indeed full of kindness, Most Merciful.”

[Al – Qur’an 59:10]

Explanation

After the emigration of the Prophet (Peace be upon him) from Makkah to Medinah, the Sahaabah were categorised into 3 groups, namely the Muhajiroon (those who emigrated), The Ansaar (the helpers, who received the Prophet (Peace be upon him) and the Muhajiroon), and thereafter those who came after, i.e. those who became believers after the Hijrah (emigration) and followed in the righteous lead and excellence of the Muhajiroon and the Ansaar.

So “And those who came after them”, refers to this third group. They pray in the words mentioned ‘Our Lord! Forgive us…’ to Allah, asking Allah not to put hatred into their hearts against those who have believed, i.e. the earlier Sahaabah, who were more favoured by Allah, due to their sacrifices.

This is a dua that we should recite often, that Allah does not place into our hearts any hatred towards any of the believers, those who have passed and those who are amongst us, as Allah favours some more than others, but this should not lead us to hate those who are more favoured.

[Summarised Explanation from tafsir ibn Kathir]

Poem on Music

Poem on Music

By Kamal el Mekki

O Muslim, lawful things have good attributes.
Where is the good in singing, dancing and listening to flutes?

Can we compare the words of singers and sounds of musicians…
To the glorious Qur’an, it’s lessons, wisdoms and admonitions?

How many singers do you know and give admiration.
And how many do you know of the companions and the following generation?

How much do you spend on singers from your wealth?
Compared to how much you know of Islamic scholars.

Do you see how much is memorised of music songs?
While you ignore the book (i.e. Al Qur’an) to which memorisation belongs.

How much do you memorise of these incantations?
And sway back and forth in intoxication.

Have you not seen those who follow the misguided?
And increase the loudness of music when they should hide it?

And who writes their songs, thinkers, or men of academia?
or maybe scholars like Ahmad and Malik or even ibn taymiyah.

O you who listens to music…
Don’t you see that all the songs of the world and all the lyrics you’ve seen
Wouldn’t compare in reward to even Alif Laam Meem. (Opening letters of Surah Al-Baqarah)

The next destination is the grave

The next destination is the grave

A translation of a beautiful Arabic poem

“Take taqwa as your provision, for you do not know
When the night darkens, will you live until fajr?

For how many of a youth laughs by morning and evening
And his shrouds have been weaved, and he does not know.

And how many of young ones are expected to live long
But their bodies are made to enter the darkness of the grave.

And how many of a bride have they beautified for her husband
And their souls have been seized on the night of decree.

And how many of a healthy one dies without an illness
And how many of an ill one has lived for a good time

So whoever lives for a thousand and more
They must one day, make their way to their grave”

Taken from:
http://fajr.wordpress.com/2007/10/28/arabic-poetry-3/

Little are you grateful

“Little are you grateful”

“Say it is He Who has created you, and endowed you with hearing (ears), seeing (eyes), and hearts: Little are you grateful.”

[Al Qur’an 67:23]

Explanation

“‘Say it is He Who has created you’, means He(swt) initiated your creation after you were not even a thing worth mentioning (i.e. nothing).’ Then He(swt) says, ‘and endowed you with hearing, seeing and hearts’, meaning intellects and powers of reasoning. ‘Little are you grateful’ means how little you use these abilities that Allah has blessed you with to obey Him, to act according to His commandments, and avoid His prohibitions.”[Tafsir ibn kathir]

An amazing recitation by a blind student from Madrassa noor in South Africa. “which is it of the blessings of your Lord that ye deny!” [Al Qur’an, Surah Ar-Rahmaan]

Hikmah – Wisdom

Hikmah – Wisdom

“He grants wisdom to whom He pleases; and he to whom wisdom is granted receives a benefit overflowing; but none will grasp the message but men of understanding”

[Al Qur’an 2:269]

Explanation

“ ‘but none will grasp the message but men of understanding’ means, ‘Those who will benefit from the advice are those who have sound minds and good comprehension with which they understand the words (of advice and reminder) and their implications.’” [Tafsir ibn Kathir]


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