Archive for May, 2008

May 31, 2008

Light of The Scholar: Shihab al-Din al-Qarafi al-Maliki D. 1285 C.E

The Prophet [May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him] said:

“The virtue of the scholar, in comparison to the worshiper, is like the virtue of the full moon in comparison to the stars.”

The Hadith:

This is part of a long hadith related by al-Tirmidhi on behalf of the great companion Abu Darda [May Allah be pleased with him]. Al-Tirmidhi states that the chain of this narration does not connect to the Prophet [May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him.]

Fiqh of the Hadith:

Imam al-Qarafi wrote:

“As for the comparison [of the scholar] to the full moon, then there are a number of benefits:

  • The scholar’s quality is based on the extent he follows the Prophet [May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him]. This is because the Prophet [May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him] is the sun [metaphorically]. Allah says, “Indeed, We sent you as a witness, a giver of glad tidings and a warner. And [We sent you] as an illuminating torch.” The torch is the sun as Allah says, “And We made an illuminating torch.”
  • Just as the moon’s light derives benefit from the sun, as they draw nearer to each other, becoming full. The likeness of the scholar is the same! Every time he turns towards the Prophet [May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him] and [gives] his attention to him [May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him], he increases his completion and perfection [as a scholar].
  • When the scholar turns away from the Prophet [May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him] his state becomes gloomy and his condition becomes corrupted, just as the moon darkens when something comes between it and the sun.
  • The stars that exist, in proximity to the full moon, are like lifeless bodies which are ineffective. The brightness of the moon is glorious in its benefits, spreading illumination and dispatching light through the entire world, land and sea. This is the state of a scholar. As for for the worshiper, he is like a star whose light does not leave its place, nor does its benefit reach others.”

al-Dhakhira vol. 1 pg. 44

http://www.suhaibwebb.com

Check yourself before your wreck yourself

May 25, 2008

What do you think of when you see a sister who isn’t wearing hijab? How about a brother who is laughing with a whole lot of girls?

Ever look down on them? Think you are better than them? It’s really easy to be self righteous. It’s even easier to fall prey to this attitude if you sport the ‘righteous’ look.

But let’s ask ourselves this question: has Allah written us amongst His righteous servants? Or is that a title we have only given ourselves?

Check this:

Today I was sitting at the dawah table on my campus and a female student, dressed in typical jeans and a shirt approached it. I was decked out in my hijab, and I really had no idea what she was thinking as she made the move to speak to me. She asked if she could have a Qur’an, and of course, I was happy to give one to her. Then she said, “Can I ask you a question?” “Sure,” I answered. The question sounded kind of deep, so I invited her to sit next to me on the empty chair. She took up the offer.

“Please don’t judge me,” she began. Allah! I had a feeling this was a sister. SubhanAllah, the courage it must have taken for her to come and speak to me, considering that we were dressed so differently from each other.

After reassuring her, how could I judge her? She began—

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Dawah worksheet!- Copy, paste, print and pass out!

May 21, 2008

What Islam says about…

GOD

“Say, “He is Allah, [Who is] One, Allah, the Eternal Refuge. He neither begets nor is born, Nor is there to Him any equivalent.” (Qur’an, 112)

PROPHETS

“Indeed, We [God] have revealed to you, [O Muhammad], as We revealed to Noah and the prophets after him. And we revealed to Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, the Descendants, Jesus, Job, Jonah, Aaron, and Solomon, and to David We gave the book [of Psalms].” (Qur’an, 4:163)

FREEDOM “There is no compulsion in religion.” (Qur’an, 2:256)

WOMEN

“Treat your women well and be kind to them for they are your partners and committed helpers.” – Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him

“…So their Lord accepted their prayers, (saying): I will not suffer to be lost the work of any of you whether male or female. You proceed one from another…” (Qur’an 3:195).

“O you who have believed, it is not lawful for you to inherit women by compulsion. And do not make difficulties for them in order to take [back] part of what you gave them unless they commit a clear immorality. And live with them in kindness. For if you dislike them – perhaps you dislike a thing and Allah makes therein much good.” (Qur’an, 4:19).

PEACE & JUSTICE

O you who believe! Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to God, even as against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, and whether it be (against) rich or poor: for God can best protect both. Follow not the lusts (of your hearts), lest ye swerve, and if ye distort (justice) or decline to do justice, verily God is well-acquainted with all that you do. (Qur’an, 4:135)

“Whoever kills a person [unjustly]…it is as though he has killed all mankind. And whoever saves a life, it is as though he had saved all mankind.” (Qur’an, 5:32)

 "…and do not let the hatred of a people prevent you from being just. Be just; that is nearer to righteousness" ( Qur'an, 5:8 )

“Do not be people without minds of your own, saying that if others treat you well you will treat them well, and that if they do wrong you will do wrong to them. Instead, accustom yourselves to do good if people do good and not to do wrong (even) if they do evil.”

– Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)

 
VALUE
"All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over black nor a black has any superiority over white except by piety and good action." 
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)

“O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted.” (Qur’an 49:13)

The heart

May 17, 2008

“The slave is not afflicted with a punishment greater than the hardening of the heart and being distant from Allah. For the Fire was created to melt the hardened heart. The most distant heart from Allah is the heart which is hardened. If the heart becomes hardened, the eye becomes dry.” –  Ibn Al-Qayyim

The brothers are intimidated by you… – from suhaibwebb.com

May 17, 2008

“The brothers are intimidated by you”…

Building Men

“The brothers are intimidated by you,” she told me. SubhanAllah. This is not the first time I’ve heard that. “Why?” I inquired. She explained, “He [the unnamed, anonymous brother-commentator] said that brothers are intimidated by sisters in leadership positions.”

This is the second year I am the president of our campus Muslim Student Association. Why am I the president? And why for two years in a row?

Let’s check off the reasons:

– My great love of fame [auothobillah]: not quite.

– My passionate desire to lead: guess again.

– No brothers to step up to the plate: you got it!

Brothers are intimidated by me because I am in a position where no brothers would step up to take on?

Allah musta’aan

Another sister tried to comfort me in this plight of brothers not stepping it up, and yet being intimidated by sisters who are put in the position to fully take on trying to carry the Deen of Allah ‘Azza wa Jal on an organizational level.

She told me, “SubhanAllah… we need to change… the brothers to be exact… if they can’t handle you… then imagine them, they couldn’t handle Aisha radiAllahu anha and Khadija radiAllahu anha AT ALL!”

Obviously there is no comparison to this pathetic sinner and the great and noble Ummahatul Mu’mineen, radi Allahu anhuma, but I think her point is clear:

Step up brothers! Our ummah is lacking MEN.

We live in a society which perpetuates boyhood. Just look at the hype over the new release of GTA! Are you seriously playing that game as a young male adult? As a teenage brother who is the future of this ummah?? Are you kidding me?

Our men [and women- why is dressing like Katie Bell so much more beautiful to our sisters than dressing like Fatima radi Allahu anha? We seek Allah’s help and refuge! And we’ll save that topic for later insha’Allah…] are being pumped with the glamorization of pornography, violence and theft, and it’s creating a cycle of boyhood which is leaving sisters who are ready to move forward and ready to take on contributing back to society, as single souls waiting for just ONE brother who show up who is actually a MAN.

What can you, dear brother reader, do about it?

1- Seek Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, and strive to reform yourself. Seriously work to build a relationship with the Qur’an and read it in a language you understand on a daily basis. Can’t you spare only 15 minutes of your day for the Qur’an? Bi’idnillah, let us stop making excuses and start reaping ajr, begin cultivating tazkiyya, and engage consistently in tarbiyya through knowing the Qur’an!

2- Increase your thikr in the morning and in the late afternoon- after ‘asr- (see http://www.makedua.com for duaas the Prophet sal Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallama would make during those times). Take advantage of what the ultimate man, Rasul Allah, sal Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, did on a daily basis to be like him, sal Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam.

For those who aren’t taking advantage of this yet, just take a look at only two benefits of only two duaas (and there are a ton more subhanAllah!):

حَسْبِيَ اللهُ لَآ إِلَهَ إِلَّا هُوَ عَلَيْهِ تَوَكَّلْتُ وَهُوَ رَبُّ الْعَرْشِ الْعَظِيمِ

Hasbiyallaahu laa ‘ilaaha ‘illaa Huwa ‘alayhi tawakkaltu wa Huwa Rabbul-’Arshil-’Adheem

Allah is sufficient for me. There is none worthy of worship but Him. I have placed my trust in Him, He is Lord of the Majestic Throne. (Recite seven times in Arabic.)

Allah will grant whoever recites this seven times in the morning or evening whatever he desires from this world or the next.

[Ibn As-Sunni, Abu Dawud]

And also:

رَضِيتُ باللهِ رَبَّاً، وَبِالْإِسْلَامِ دِيناً، وَبِمُحَمَّدٍ صَلَى اللهُ عَلِيهِ وَسَلَّمَ نَبِيَّا

Radheetu billaahi Rabban, wa bil-’Islaami deenan, wa bi-Muhammadin (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallama) Nabiyyan.

I am pleased with Allah as my Lord, with Islam as my religion and with Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) as my Prophet.

(Recite three times in Arabic)

“Allah has promised that anyone who says this three times every morning or evening will be pleased on the Day of Resurrection.” [Ahmed]

4- and take the responsibility of leading this ummah seriously.

There is a reason Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala has described you as “…quwamona ‘alan Nisaa” (an Nisaa: 34). And notice: the verse did not say that BOYS are quwamona ‘alan Nisaa. The verse says, “AR RIJAAL…”- MEN.

Learn about what that means and act upon it. Here’s a great resource for you: http://www.qtafsir.com.

But you know what an even greater resource is? The Qur’an itself! So make it your close companion, and may Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala elevate you and make you a modern day Usamah ibn Zayd, Sa’ad ibn Abi Waqqas, Mus’aab ibn Umayr and Muadh ibn Jabal radi Allahu anhum…these companions who took on this message as YOUTH, but carried it as strong men.

Bismillah- go for it!

Obviously the above advice does not pertain specifically to our brothers, but I felt that it would be more beneficial to include some naseeha instead of going off on a rant against brothers and leaving them hanging. And what would inshaAllah benefit me greatly is to hear advice from all of you as to how we can improve our state as an ummah, and how we can go back to following the blessed examples of those men and women who were molded through the greatest teacher, Rasul Allah, sal Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam.

I ask Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala to make all of us a means of benefiting our societies, a means of carrying the responsibility of this heavy message with wisdom and sincerity, and a means of being a blessing wherever we are.

Please forgive me, and alHamdullilah- by Allah’s Mercy- this isn’t a perpetual plague. We’ll be having a brother as our MSA president this upcoming year, inshaAllah.

Wa Allahu ‘alam

—> AUTHOR ALSO WROTE THE FOLLOWING IN THE COMMENTS SECTION:

wa ‘alaykum as salam wa rahmatuAllahi wa barakatahu,

Jezakum Allahu khayrin for your responses, they were of great benefit for me alHamdullilah.

Just a note: I think a lot of us missed the point of this article, and it’s probably my fault in not making it clear. My plea was not for brothers to step up and become MSA presidents, it was to step and up and take serious responsibility for this ummah in all realms, not just leadership.

I began with my personal story as having to take on being MSA president two years in a row, and having the brothers being intimidated by that (I still don’t understand this- how you gonna be intimidated by someone who took up what you refused to take on?) to highlight the desperate need for brothers to just STEP UP in general- in the social realm, emotional and psychological realm, family realm [why do we have domestic abuse in our communities?! Is that manly? auothobillah!], etc. And that’s great that brothers don’t want to seek leadership positions, alHamdullilah! But there is a big difference between actively seeking a position, and taking one when you are needed.

I ended mentioning our MSA president being a brother this upcoming year, inshaAllah, in order to show that Alhamdullilah, men are there, and I personally can think of a number of brothers who have really shown amazing deen and character in the way they conduct themselves and the way they step up and take on responsibility, alHamdullilah. but we need a lot more of them. those brothers, in my personal experience, just like such sisters, are scarce. and that’s scary, because we need them enormously.

Of course I agree that we need followers of Khadija radi Allahu anha- may Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala make our sisters like her! ameen! and I specifically mentioned that the discussion of women is another topic because I know it is a needed one.

But here is my concern, and this is what I heard Imam Suhaib say once in a talk [not exactly like this]: Brothers say, “I want an Aisha [radiAllahu anha], I want a Khadija [radiAllahu anha]”, but they do not realize who the HUSBAND of these amazing women were, sal Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallama.

So brothers, yes, sisters do need to step up as well. It would be great if someone could write an article on how we can do that inshaAllah. But that does not make the reality of our lack of brothers who are willing to take it on- in all aspects where they are needed to be serious and step it up- any less. It’s not fair to fling the responsibility of the lack of men onto the lack of women, as if the problem will just go away or equal out. I know women, amazing sisters with all 4 of the qualities, who are in their late twenties and still can’t find a brother to marry. And they aren’t looking for Super Muslim. They just want a brother who will lead them and be serious about having strong character and deen. This post was not supposed to revolve around marriage, but I’m just mentioning it to point out the reality we face in our communities- sisters who are taking it on and brothers who are chillin, sisters who are trying to move forward, and finding too many brothers who are melting from chillin for so long.

Again, the reminder: If you’re looking for our ummah to be filled with women like Khadija radi Allahu anha, then brothers, you’ve got to start trying to be like the teacher of Khadija radi Allahu anha, the best man, sal Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallama.

Please forgive me, as my intention was not to offend anyone. I was just hoping to highlight a serious problem, and trying to suggest a few small ways which we can work to try and fix these problems through our revamping our connection with Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala through individual efforts.

Please keep me and my family in your dua’, wa Allahu ‘alam

ps- True Virtues, to link this to your blog, just copy and paste the entire thing, including the title, and insha’Allah it should link.

Their state vs. ours

May 17, 2008

From Abdullaah Ibn al-Mubaarak who said: “It was said to Hamdoon bin Ahmad: ‘Why is it that the speech of the Salaf was more beneficial than ours?’  He said, ‘Because they spoke for the honor of Islaam, and for the deliverance of their own souls, and for the pleasure of ar-Rahman, and we speak for the honor of our souls, for seeking the world, and for the pleasure of the creation.

Source:

“Imaan Builder 4: The Observance of Sincerity In One’s Speech and Action”

(accessible via: www.salafipublications.com)

from: http://seekingthepleasureofallah.wordpress.com/

also check out: http://must-keep-tryin.livejournal.com/

Fadl minAllah

May 16, 2008
Abd Allah b. Shawdhab (d. 157 AH/774 CE) said, “Verily, it is from the happiness of a youth or a foreigner that Allah guides them to a scholar from Ahl as-Sunnah.” al-Laalikaa’ee in Sharh Usoolul – I’tiqaad (no.30)

Society

May 14, 2008

“You don’t see dead teenagers on the highway because of corn chips.”

– Jay Leno when asked why he refuses to do commercials for beer companies, but does them for Doritos.