Oh Allaah! Give to the one who gives in abundance and give the one who withhold, destruction!

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Shaykh Abdul-Muhsin al-Qaasim, Imaam and Khateeb of Masjid an-Nabawee [May Allaah Preserve him] writes in his book:

Sadaqah removes one away from the effects of sins. The Prophet [May the Peace and Blessings of Allaah be upon him] said, “Shall I guide you to some goodness? Fasting is a shield and Sadaqah wipes out sins like water wipes out fire.” [Narrated by at-Tirmidhee (614) Imaam al-Albaanee said it is Saheeh in Saheeh al-Jaami’ (5136)]

Sadaqah protects you from treading on an evil path, it repulses trials and tribulations, it protects your wealth, it increases you provision, it makes your heart rejoice, it creates trust in Allaah and a good thought of Him, it purifies your souls and it causes it develop, it causes the Lord of the slave to cover his sins, it increases your lifespan, it protects you from the punishment of the grave, it puts you under shade on a day where there will be no shade except His, it intercedes for you with Allaah, it makes your difficulties in the Dunya and Aakhira easy and it opens the path to all acts of piety, a path that has no disobedience on it.

Sadaqah is a barrier between the slave and the fire and exclusivity and joy is created by it as one will be shaded because of it on the Day of Judgement. Because of Sadaqah, one will be called by it from the doors of Sadaqah in Jannah, as the Prophet May the Peace and Blessings of Allaah be upon him] said, “Whoever is from the people of Sadaqah then he will be called from the doors of Sadaqah.” [Reported by Bukhaaree (3466) and Muslim (1027)]

Sadaqah removes trials and tribulations from the person who has been effected and by it, with the Permission of Allaah, he will find relief.

Imaam Shams ad-Deen Aboo Abdullah Muhammad bin Aboo Bakr Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah [May Allaah have Mercy on him] said:

Sadaqah and good deeds has a strange effect on the trials and tribulations one is afflicted with and the way it repulses evil eye and jealousy. Had it not been for this, just the mere practice of the nations that came before us would have been sufficient. Whenever evil eye, jealousy or any form of evil was afflicted upon a righteous person, they would give Sadaqah and if they were tested by someone who did something to them, they would respond with kindness and assistance and support. This all brought about a great ending as the person who does good and the one who gives in Sadaqah, they are guarded by doing wrong because of this Sadaqah and the good deeds they do. Upon them, Allaah favours them with Jannah, He Protects them and replaces their good with good.

Bidaa’ah al-Fawaaid 2/467

And he [May Allaah have Mercy on him] also said:

Giving in Sadaqah has a strange effect in preventing all types of hardships, even if one was a constant sinner or an oppressor. Even if one was a non-Muslim! Verily, Allaah, the Most High, repulses because of it, all types of tests and tribulations. This is something known by the people, whether they are knowledgeable or not because the people of the earth, all of them are somehow connected to it because they are all tested.

Waabil as-Sayyib Pg. 49

The person who gives in Sadaqah, if he is true and sincere in what he has given, will find his heart made open and broadened.

Imaam Shams ad-Deen Aboo Abdullah Muhammad bin Aboo Bakr Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah [May Allaah have Mercy on him] said:

If giving this was the only benefit in Sadaqah then it would be sufficient, however the slave who gives benefits massively from it, rather this point of benefit is only just the beginning. Allaah, the Most High, says;

“And whoever is protected from the stinginess of his soul – it is those who will be the successful.”
[Hashr 59:9]
Waabil as-Sayyib Pg.51

The stingy one is imprisoned as he is not able to do good deeds. He is prevented from piety. He is prevented from having his heart opened. His heart is constricted. He is a small person and has little to be happy about. He is overcome with worries, stress and sorrow. He is forever unable to fulfill his needs and he doesn’t attain what he yearns for.

Sadaqah in your daily routine, even if it is little, is better than one giving a large amount without it being continuous. Every morning of every day, two angels descend and one of them says, “Oh Allaah! Give to the one who gives in abundance.” and the other says, “Oh Allaah! Give the one who withhold, destruction.”

The Steps to Finding Happiness, Pg. 98-101

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ODE TO THE SEA

“Ibrahim al-Rubaish was teaching in Pakistan when he was arrested by mercenaries and sold to allied forces. A religious scholar who dislikes hostility and was once a candidate for a judgeship, Rubaish has a daughter, born just three months before he was captured, who is now five years old. During a military administrative hearing, he was told, ‘If you are considered to be a continued threat, you will be detained. If you are not considered a threat, we will recommend release. Why should we consider releasing you?’ Rubaish’s response was, ‘In the world of international courts, the person is innocent until proven guilty. Why, here, is the person guilty until proven innocent?’”

By Ibrahim al-Rubaish

O sea, give me news of my loved ones.

Were it not for the chains of the faithless, I would have dived into you,
And reached my beloved family, or perished in your arms.

Your beaches are sadness, captivity, pain, and injustice.
Your bitterness eats away at my patience.

Your calm is like death, your sweeping waves are strange.
The silence that rises up from you holds treachery in its fold.

Your stillness will kill the captain if it persists,
And the navigator will drown in your waves.

Gentle, deaf, mute, ignoring, angrily storming,
You carry graves.

If the wind enrages you, your injustice is obvious.
If the wind silences you, there is just the ebb and flow.

O sea, do our chains offend you?
It is only under compulsion that we daily come and go.

Do you know our sins?
Do you understand we were cast into this gloom?

O sea, you taunt us in our captivity.
You have colluded with our enemies and you cruelly guard us.

Don’t the rocks tell you of the crimes committed in their midst?
Doesn’t Cuba, the vanquished, translate its stories for you?

You have been beside us for three years, and what have you gained?
Boats of poetry on the sea; a buried flame in a burning heart.

The poet’s words are the font of our power;His verse is the salve for our pained hearts.

– See more at: http://www.andyworthington.co.uk/2007/10/03/a-poem-from-guantanamo-ode-to-the-sea-by-ibrahim-al-rubaish/#.dpuf

Poems From Guantanamo

Poems from Guantanamo is a collection of 22 poems by 17 Guantanamo detainees published by Marc Falkoff, a US professor of law with a doctorate in American literature.

“Poems from Guantanamo brings to light figures of concrete, individual humanity,against the fabric of cruelty woven by the ‘war on terror.’ The poems and poets’ biographies reveal one dimension of this officially obscured narrative, from the perspective of the sufferers; the legal and literary essays provide the context which has produced–under atrocious circumstances–a poetics of human dignity.”–Adrienne Rich Since 2002, at least 775 men have been held in the U.S. detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. According to Department of Defense data, fewer than half of them are accused of committing any hostile act against the United States or its allies. In hundreds of cases, even the circumstances of their initial detainment are questionable. This collection gives voice to the men held at Guantánamo. Available only because of the tireless efforts of pro bono attorneys who submitted each line to Pentagon scrutiny, Poems from Guantánamo brings together twenty-two poems by seventeen detainees, most still at Guantánamo, in legal limbo

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Audio of the poems:

They Fight for Peace, Shaker Aamer
O Prison Darkness, Abdulaziz
I Shall Not Complain, Abdulaziz
To My Father, Abdullah Thani Faris al Anazi
Lions in the Cage, Ustad Badruzzaman Badr
Homeward Bound, Moazzam Begg
Death Poem, Jumah al Dossari
They Cannot Help, Shakih Abdurraheem Muslim Dost
Cup Poem 1, Shakih Abdurraheem Muslim Dost
Cup Poem 2, Shakih Abdurraheem Muslim Dost
Two Fragments, Shakih Abdurraheem Muslim Dost
First Poem of My Life, Mohammed el Gharani
Humiliated in the Shackles, Sami al Haj
The Truth, Emad Abdullah Hassan
Is It True? Osama Abu Kabir
Hunger Strike Poem, Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif
I Am Sorry, My Brother, Othman Abdulraheem Mohammad
Terrorist 2003, Martin Mubanga
I Write My Hidden Longing, Abdulla Majid al Noaimi
My Heart Was Wounded by the Strangeness, Abdulla Majid al Noaimi, the Captive of Dignity
Ode to the Sea, Ibrahim al Rubaish
Even if the Pain, Siddiq Turkestani

[ http://www.doamuslims.org/%5D

O you of little resolve, where do you stand upon this path?

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

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“O you of little resolve, where do you stand upon this path?

Adam found it difficult and Nuh lamented because of it, while Allaah’s Khaleel Ibraaheem was thrown into a pit of fire due to it.

Isma’eel was laid upon his side ready to be sacrificed for its sake, and while upon it Yusuf was sold for a cheap price and then falsely cast into prison for many years.

Zakariyah was sawed in half, and Yahya was slaughtered due to it.

Ayyub suffered great distress, while Dawood cried copiously, and ‘Isaa cured the wretched poor of their diseases and walked with wild beasts due to it.

And how many, how many forms of difficulty and hardship did the Messenger Muhammad (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) face while proceeding upon it – yet you live through amusements and distractions!”

Imam Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah
[al-Fawaaid]

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بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

We are all so consumed in our petty lives, whilst others with The True Faith (Al-Islam) say with deed accompanied by action:

“حياتي كلها لله”
(My life is entirely for Allah)

And the rest of us cannot begin to comprehend this statement because
our eyes have been sold to television!
Our tongues have been imprisoned in Gheebah! (backbiting)
Our hearts have been soaked and still dripping from the filth of this Dunya
Our minds are enslaved to the ideological nonsense of the kuffar
pumped daily into our systems
We mimic them in words and deeds

Whilst those true in their claim of
Laaa – ilaaha – ilaa -Allaaaaaah
(There is no God worthy of any type of worship but Allah)
Are firm upon the straight path
their limbs emulate the obedience and fear of Allah
They consume themselves only in that which will benefit their akhirah!
They do not waste time in petty, meaningless, useless talk!
They are using their time to earn the pleasure of Allah Azzawajal, AND NO ONE ELSE
They are the beacon of this Ummah
Contributing to the deen of Allah
And focused on building their akhirah

اللهم إجعلنا منهم !!

‪ اللهُمَّ أرنا الحق حقا وارزقنا اتباعه وأرنا الباطل باطلا وارزقنا اجتنابه
Allahuma arina al-haqqa haqqa warzuqna tiba’ahu; wa arina al-batila batila warzuqna ijtinabah.

O Allah, allow us to see the truth as truth, and grant us the strength to follow and abide by it, and allow us to see falsehood as falsehood and grant us the strength to remain away from it
Ameen.

And Allah knows best

Guidance: Put into Perspective from Surah Al-An’aam

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

The dawah last Sunday was eye-opening and after the conversations we had with the general public, I was reminded of how guidance is only in the hands of Allah and no matter how long you talk to someone for and how convinced they seem to be, the shahaadah will only come off their tongue, if Allah wants guidance for them. And only He Subhaanahu wa ta’ala can open their hearts to guidance or blind them from it.

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These  included a non-Muslim mother coming to the dawah table to get a copy of the English Qur’aan because she knew her son was interested in islam. She even said that because it’s his birthday next week, this would be the perfect present for him. And continued to say that she will encourage him to come speak to us the next week so that he gets all his questions answered and so that he gets the right info from the right sources. Allahuakbar! And then another elderly man came past to grab a Qur’aan because he had lost the one he got in 1994 due to a car accident he was in. SubhaanAllah how Allah guided him to get another one after 21 years! Possibly the most amazing thing I’ve seen.
There are even times where a child will come to get a Quraan because they see the “Free Quraan” sign but then they hesitate because their parent is watching. And it’s always reassuring when the parent explains to the child what it is and gives them that choice to take one. And you stand there watching this and just making duaa that this moment waters the seed of faith in the child and the family become Muslim through them.

May Allah open their hearts to Islam Ameen.

This reminds me of three powerful verses in Surah Al-An’aam.
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Allah says:

﴿فَمَن يُرِدِ اللَّهُ أَن يَهْدِيَهُ يَشْرَحْ صَدْرَهُ لِلإِسْلَـمِ وَمَن يُرِدْ أَن يُضِلَّهُ يَجْعَلْ صَدْرَهُ ضَيِّقاً حَرَجاً كَأَنَّمَا يَصَّعَّدُ فِى السَّمَآءِ كَذَلِكَ يَجْعَلُ اللَّهُ الرِّجْسَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ لاَ يُؤْمِنُونَ ﴾

(125. And whomsoever Allah wills to guide, He opens his breast to Islam; and whomsoever He wills to send astray, He makes his breast closed and constricted, as if he is climbing up to the sky. Thus Allah puts the wrath on those who believe not.)

﴿وَهَـذَا صِرَطُ رَبِّكَ مُسْتَقِيماً قَدْ فَصَّلْنَا الآيَـتِ لِقَوْمٍ يَذَّكَّرُونَ – لَهُمْ دَارُ السَّلَـمِ عِندَ رَبِّهِمْ وَهُوَ وَلِيُّهُم بِمَا كَانُواْ يَعْمَلُونَ ﴾

(126. And this is the path of your Lord leading straight. We have detailed Our Ayat for a people who take heed.) (127. For them will be the abode of peace with their Lord. And He will be their Wali because of what they used to do.)

In the tafseer of Ibn Kathir, he mentions that in these ayaat Allah makes Islam easy for the one whom He wishes to guide, and strengthens his resolve to embrace it and these are good signs, as Allah has said in another ayah:

﴿أَفَمَن شَرَحَ اللَّهُ صَدْرَهُ لِلإِسْلَـمِ فَهُوَ عَلَى نُورٍ مِّن رَّبِّهِ﴾

(Is he whose breast Allah has opened to Islam, so that he is in light from His Lord (as he who is a non-Muslim)) ﴿39:22

and,

﴿وَلَـكِنَّ اللَّهَ حَبَّبَ إِلَيْكُمُ الايمَـنَ وَزَيَّنَهُ فِى قُلُوبِكُمْ وَكَرَّهَ إِلَيْكُمُ الْكُفْرَ وَالْفُسُوقَ وَالْعِصْيَانَ أُوْلَـئِكَ هُمُ الرَشِدُونَ﴾

(But Allah has endeared the faith to you and has beautified it in your hearts, and has made disbelief, wickedness and disobedience hated by you. Such are they who are the rightly guided.) ﴿49:7

These ayaat should make us contemplate and give thanks to Allah for the blessing of guidance. Sadly we underestimate the blessing of Islam and see it as something inherited rather than gifted. May Allah forgive us for such ignorance Ameen.

Ibn Abbas commented on the verse 125 and said

“Allah says that He will open his heart to Tawheed and faith in Him”

And when Allah wills to send someone astray, He makes his breast closed and constricted, referring to the inability to accept guidance due to the heaviness of faith upon him and thus depriving them of beneficial faith. Sa’id bin Jubayr commented that in this case,

“Islam finds every path in his heart impassable”

And Ibn A’bbas said:

“Just as the Son of Adan cannot climb up to the sky, Tawheed and faith will not be able to enter his heart, until Allah decides to allow it into his heart.”

Imam Abu Ja’far  commented:

“This parable that Allah has given for the heart of the disbeliever, which is completely impassable and closed to faith. Allah says, the example of the disbelievers inability to accept faith in his heart and that it is too small to accommodate it, is the example of his inability to climb up to the sky, which is beyond his capability and power. ” He also commented on Allah’s statement,

“Thus Allah puts the Rijs (wrath) on those who believe not.”

Allah says that just as He makes the heart of whomever He decides to misguide, closed and constricted, He also appoints Shaytaan for him and for his like, those who refused to believe in Allah and His messenger. Consequently, Shaytaan lures and hinders them from the path of Allah.

After Allah mentioned the way of those who were themselves led to stray from His path and who hindered others from it, He emphasized the honor of the guidance and religion of truth that He sent His Messenger with. Allah said next,

“And this is the path of your Lord leading straight.”

Here He is referring to Islam, that He has legislated for Muhammad, by revealing this Qur’an to him. This is Allah’s straight path.

And the Ayat have been made clear and plain, for those who have sound comprehension and understand what Allah and His Messenger convey to them. “For them will be the abode of peace” (referring to Paradise), (with their Lord.) on the Day of Resurrection. Allah described Paradise as `the abode of peace’, because its residents are safe due to their access to the straight path, which conforms to the way of the Prophets. And just as their way was not wicked, they earned the abode of peace ﴿which is free from all wickedness. and He will be their Protector, Supporter and Helper. As reward for their good deeds, Allah has favored them and been generous with them, and awarded them Paradise.

May Allah gather us in the highest level of Jannah and grant us the ability to praise Him, thank Him and worship Him in the best of Manners. We ask Allah to make us amongst the Saliheen and allow us to realise the blessing of Islam, take hold of it and be of the saabiqoon lil-khayraat, before we are replaced by people who are better than us Ameen.

And Allah knows best

[Tafseer was taken from http://www.qtafsir.com]

Whats The Best Thing to Do?

[Written by Ibn Al-Qayyim (r.a)]
One problem many of us face is that we want to do so much at once, and thus become overwhelmed in our thoughts trying to establish exactly what we should be doing and what our obligations are at a given point in time.

This leads us to focus on what we can’t accomplish moreso than what we can accomplish. This can be well and good, and as Ibn al-Jawzi said, a person can be rewarded for his intentions more than for his actions. However, the point of intending is to be productive and extract something physical from that intention.

Part of being productive is to have a methodical approach as to when to focus on what. For example, if your worship and intentions for specific efforts are organized and you properly place your focus where and when it should be, you’ll find yourself accomplishing much more as a Muslim, no matter if you’re a scholar who teaches, a caller to Allah who motivates, or a general worshipper who simply wants to get closer to your Lord.

Ibn al-Qayyim had written in ‘Madarij as-Salikin’ (1/188):

“…They say that the best worship is to do what will please the Lord at every time in accordance with what that particular time calls for.

The best thing to do during the early morning hours is to be preoccupied with prayer, Qur’an, supplication, remembrance of Allah, and asking His Forgiveness.

The best thing to do when teaching a student or ignorant person is to completely turn your attention towards teaching him.

The best thing to do during the call to prayer is to leave whatever rituals you are engaged in and to occupy yourself with repeating after the one making the call.

The best thing to do during the five prayers is to try your best in carrying them out in the best possible manner and to rush to perform them right away, and to go out to the mosque – even if it is far – is better

The best thing to do when someone needs help physically or financially is to busy yourself with helping that person, relieving his distress, and to place this as a priority over your private worship that you’d usually be engaged in.

The best thing to do when reciting the Qur’an is to have your heart and mind present in order to reflect over and understand it as if Allah is personally addressing you with it. So, to have your heart present to understand and reflect over it and to have the zeal to implement its commands is greater than the attentiveness of the heart of one who has received a message from the ruler to that message.

The best thing to do when standing at ‘Arafah is to exert yourself in being humble before Allah, supplicating, and remembering Him instead of fasting.

The best thing to do during the first ten days of Dhu al-Hijjah is to increase in worship, especially saying ‘Allahu Akbar,’ ‘La ilaha illa Allah,’ and ‘al-hamdu lil-Lah.’ This is better here
than the Jihad that is not an individual obligation.

The best thing to do during the last ten nights of Ramadan is to stay in the mosque and to seclude yourself in it without mixing with others and being distracted by them. This is to the point that it is better than teaching them and practicing the Qur’an with them according to many of the scholars.

The best thing to do when you have a brother who is sick or dying is to visit him, attend his funeral, and to prefer this over your private worship or social activities.

And the best thing to do when a disaster befalls you or people hurt you is to fulfill the obligation of having patience while continuing to interact with them and not running from them, since the believer who mixes with people and is patient despite their harm to him is better than the believer who doesn’t mix with them and isn’t harmed by them.

And the best thing you can interact with them in is whatever is good, and this is better than to seclude yourself from them in such a case. As for bad things, it is better to seclude yourself from them in such a case. However, if you know that mixing with in this case will help remove or reduce the bad, it is better to mix with them than to abandon them.

So, the best thing to do in every time and situation is whatever will please Allah at that particular time and situation and to focus on the foremost obligation at that particular time and whatever it necessitates and requires…”

So, while Ibn al-Qayyim’s words above mention specific actions, you hopefully get the point. The attitude he is promoting here is to focus on what’s in front of you and needs to be done then and there, as this is the best way to please Allah in that particular situation. If you employ this attitude in your day to day activities in general and your service to Allah and Islam in particular, you’ll find that you’ll get much more out of yourself.

و بالله التوفيق