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Bismillah,

Allah swt says in Surah Baqarah, verse 261:

مَّثَلُ ٱلَّذِينَ يُنفِقُونَ أَمۡوَٲلَهُمۡ فِى سَبِيلِ ٱللَّهِ كَمَثَلِ حَبَّةٍ أَنۢبَتَتۡ سَبۡعَ سَنَابِلَ فِى كُلِّ سُنۢبُلَةٍ۬ مِّاْئَةُ حَبَّةٍ۬‌ۗ وَٱللَّهُ يُضَـٰعِفُ لِمَن يَشَآءُ‌ۗ وَٱللَّهُ وَٲسِعٌ عَلِيمٌ

 The example of those who spend their wealth in the way of Allah is that of a grain that sprouts into seven ears, each bearing one hundren grains. Allah gives manifold increases to whom He Wishes. Allah is Infinitely Vast, Always All Knower.

 SubhanAllah, this ayah is so beautiful. Imagine you invest your money somewhere, and get a 700% profit. Isn’t that what every investor looks for – the maximum profit?

Okay, beginning with amwalahum – it comes from the root meem, wow, laam and means wealth, any kind of possession you have. It’s followed by ‘sabeeliAllah’ – so it is being said in this verse to spend in the way of Allah, in His obedience. It can be in ways of promoting the deen and in the path which takes the pleasure of Allah.

Habbatin comes from the root haa, ba, ba and it means food/grain. What is interesting to note is that it comes from the same root as love. For a grain, you have to put it into the soil for it to grow. Similarly, for love, it has to be put into the heart for the actions to show. If it is just on the tongue, it is not real.

Sanabil, the word for ears, comes from the root seen, noon, ba, laam. It is the spike that grows off the main stem – which has grains in it.

So, there is one grain, which grows 7 ears, which lead to 100 more,  leading to 700 in total.

Then the word youdha’ifu comes from the root dhad, ‘ayn, faa. It means something of equal amount – ie being multiplied. So Allah swt increases the wealth many times – as much as He wills and for whomever He wills.

Then His attributes are mentioned. Al Waasi’ comes from the root wow, seen, ‘ayn and means capacity, abundance in His attributes. The creation’s capactiy is limited – we can’t do it all. Allah, the Creator, has an unlimited capacity and abundance. Al ‘Aleem comes from the root ‘ayn, laam, meem and means the possessor of great ‘ilm. It is ‘ilm of every single thing and every detail, not limited to any time.

SubhanAllah, there are so many lessons from this ayah.

  1. To spend in the way of Allah is an act of ‘ibaadah (worship) and obedience.
  2. This is the best investment you can make – especially in context about 15 verses later when riba is discussed. Spending in the way of Allah has massive reward compared to the immense punishment of riba.
  3. Sadaqah’s comparison to grain is just an amazing Arabic GEM mashaAllah :). When discussed later, we learn that trade is permissble because of the work put into it. Similarly, the grain is put into the soil and then it needs work (just like love). This is where the reward is – when there is time and effort and money put in – not just money (as in riba).

Did you pick up any other benefits? 🙂

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Words To Live By

Life Lesson: Don’t aim to be THE best. Aim to be AMONGST the best. Trying to be “THE best” necessitates that others, in your mind, have to fail. “Being AMONGST the best” is a new way of thinking where, if you are successful and I am successful, we can both be in the same club without being jealous of one another. – Shaykh Muhammad Alshareef

One Ummah

Bismillah, 

In Surah tul Baqarah, ayah 213, Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala says: 

كَانَ ٱلنَّاسُ أُمَّةً۬ وَٲحِدَةً۬ فَبَعَثَ ٱللَّهُ ٱلنَّبِيِّـۧنَ مُبَشِّرِينَ وَمُنذِرِينَ وَأَنزَلَ مَعَهُمُ ٱلۡكِتَـٰبَ بِٱلۡحَقِّ لِيَحۡكُمَ بَيۡنَ ٱلنَّاسِ فِيمَا ٱخۡتَلَفُواْ فِيهِ‌ۚ وَمَا ٱخۡتَلَفَ فِيهِ إِلَّا ٱلَّذِينَ أُوتُوهُ مِنۢ بَعۡدِ مَا جَآءَتۡهُمُ ٱلۡبَيِّنَـٰتُ بَغۡيَۢا بَيۡنَهُمۡ‌ۖ فَهَدَى ٱللَّهُ ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ لِمَا ٱخۡتَلَفُواْ فِيهِ مِنَ ٱلۡحَقِّ بِإِذۡنِهِۦ‌ۗ وَٱللَّهُ يَهۡدِى مَن يَشَآءُ إِلَىٰ صِرَٲطٍ۬ مُّسۡتَقِيمٍ (٢١٣)

 ”Mankind was one nation (having one religion – later when people invented other religions) So Allah appointed Prophets as bearers or good news and warnings; and revealed to them the Book wit the true Guidance, to settle the matters of dispute between mankind but the very people to whom it was given started disputes after the clear arguments had come to them because of rivalry between one another. Allah has guided the believers by His Will to the truth in those matters in which they had differences. Allah guides whom He pleases torwards the straight path.” (2:213) 

  

Maybe we should wear this shirt as a reminder 🙂

 

SubhanAllah, I think this verse has some amazing lessons for us.

 

The word Ummah comes from the root hamza, meem, meem, and can mean 4 different things:

  1.  A group of living beings.
  2. A religion.
  3. A leader.
  4. A time period.

 Here, it refers to a group of one religion – number 2. So, let’s get the picture in our heads: Mankind was of one religion, Islam. Of course, nothing is perfect, so mankind differed and some went astray and other religions came up. Then, Allah says, He sent Messengers to give good news (glad tidings of Jannah, etc) and to warn (consequences of sin, etc). The Messengers didn’t come empty handed – they had The Book with them. This was sent with the truth, to settle the difference between the people.

 

Even so, the People of the Book began differing subhanAllah. The word used for ‘rivalry’ is baghyan, which comes from the root ba, ghayn, ya. The root means to desire and hostility/transgression/rebellion. What do those have in common? In obtaining our desires, we become hostile or transgress. Why would someone rebell? Out of jealously or animosity. Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala goes on to say that only He guides the believers, only with His permission. 

Something interesting my tafseer teacher said was ‘Ikhtilaaf is a test of using ‘aql properly.’ SubhanAllah, what happens when we differ? We get mad, move away, do our own thing. We let our petty differences lead ourselves to punishment.  

Another interesting point is that Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala guides whom He wills. He gave everyone in that area hidaya irshaad – the Qur’an. They were given the instructions, however, not everyone was given the tawfique, the means, to follow through. We should make du’aa for both, because we need both for our success in this life and the next. If we are not of those whom Allah guides, it will be the biggest loss for each one of us. 

You know, it’s only Shaytaan who comes along and creates exploits those differences. Each one of us was made differently – Allah swt says so Himself in the Qur’an, but the problem is when those differences become life or death (of course, I’m talking about the little things, not huge ‘aqeedah matters) and in turn, seperate this Ummah into little groups. The thing that unites us is our deen – everything else should take a back seat inshaAllah.  

Most importantly, it starts with us – you and me – are we seperating ourselves based on little things that Islam told us not to? Look to yourself again. These stories and parables are supposed to be lessons for us to implement inshaAllah. One step at a time, we can bring back the One Ummah 🙂 

In Surat al-Baqarah, ayah 246 onwards, Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala says,

Have you not thought about the group of the Children of Israel after (the time of) Musâ (Moses)? When they said to a Prophet of theirs, “Appoint for us a king and we will fight in Allâh’s Way.” He said, “Would you then refrain from fighting, if fighting was prescribed for you?” They said, “Why should we not fight in Allâh’s Way while we have been driven out of our homes and our children (families have been taken as captives)?” But when fighting was ordered for them, they turned away, all except a few of them. And Allâh is All-Aware of the Thâlimûn (polytheists and wrong-doers).

And their Prophet (Samuel A.S.) said to them, “Indeed Allâh has appointed Talût (Saul) as a king over you.” They said, “How can he be a king over us when we are fitter than him for the kingdom, and he has not been given enough wealth.” He said: “Verily, Allâh has chosen him above you and has increased him abundantly in knowledge and stature. And Allâh grants His Kingdom to whom He wills. And Allâh is All-Sufficient for His creatures’ needs, All-Knower.

In this story, we’re given the example of Bani Israeel. They asked for a leader so they could fulfill their rights and Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala gave them one – Talut, the best of the kind – yet, they didn’t appreciate him. This story reminded me of each one of us – our inner struggles. Our number one du’aa is to be granted Jannah. We want Jannah and we ask for it all the time, but do we do what is necessary to attain it?

Take a look at this story. Once Bani Israeel was given the leader they’d asked for, they decided they didn’t want to fight anymore. They started picking faults with the leader Allah had chosen Himself! SubhanAllah. We need to think of being Muslims as our full time occupation – everything should revolve around that. We say we want Jannah, but do our actions follow that? If we make du’aa for Jannah, what practical steps are we then taking to achieve our goal? Or will we constantly pick faults in our circumstances, and start making excuses for why we can’t be better Muslims?

Back to Bani Israeel. They said they wanted to fight in the way of Allah and needed a leader. Allah subhanhu wa ta’ala granted them their request – He gave them the means (a Leader) to fulfill their rights. What would’ve been the next practical step for them? To follow and obey the leader. (You can read the next few ayaat to see what happens insha’Allah). For us, we say we want Jannah. Allah subhahanahu wa ta’ala will always gives us the means to fulfill His commands – whether it be through time, wealth, education, family, or countless other blessings He grants us. So, what steps are we taking? Have we begun with the basic commands? Praying on time? Giving charity? Being modest and wearing hijab? Treating family members well? Or do we sit back, ask for Jannah, and expect it all to fall upon us?

Every time Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala mentions a story or parable in the Qur’an, take a step back and think about it. Compare it to yourself and your situation. Don’t just read it as a bed time story – read it as a practical application to your everyday life – a lens through which you can look at yourself, analyze what needs improvement, and work on it from there. After all, that is exactly what the Qur’an is for.

Originally Posted here: http://www.igotitcovered.org/2010/03/11/muslim-id/

Updates

Bismillah,

Okay, this post is late, but better late than never right? 🙂

  1. New Theme: Much more organized, I hope, inshaAllah.
  2. Names of Allah Page: Realized we analyze them as we go in AlHuda, so might as well compile them, no?
  3. Du’aas Page: Another thing we do in AlHuda – analyze the du’aas as they come (and do others on the side) s0 I thought I would compile the du’aas as well inshaAllah.

Both those pages will be a work in progress so check them out every now and then, and inshaAllah, I will have them updated!

Any other comments, suggestions, etc, would be much appreciated inshaAllah 🙂

Stereotypes and Muslims

Bismillah,

I came across these videos on the wonderful Facebook: (there are 7 parts) 

This started as a discussion on the movie ‘My Name is Khan’ which is about a Muslim after 9/11.

SubhanAllah, it shows so well the state of our Ummah. The Scholars (Dr. Zakir Naik, Maulana Madani) say very little in comparison to the rest, who are pretty willing to throw around their opinions, which are *just* opinions, and in a sweeping gesture, say this is *my* Islam. Some things that stood out at me:

  • Islam is only between me and my Creator
  • Don’t force anything on anyone – don’t even mention it
  • Having a beard and wearing hijab are just physical things which aren’t important – we should worry about the inner part (ironically, I don’t know if these people do focus on the inner part?)
  • You must become ‘moderate’ in order to differentiate yourself from the ‘terrorists’
  • If your mom wore hijab, so do you. If she didn’t, neither do you. If for some reason you do, we worry for you
  • The media isn’t that bad – it is true what they say
  • If you don’t have any knowledge about religion, it’s all good. You can throw around all the pseudo-fatwas you want.

Sigh, subhanAllah, I could go on with that list. I really felt like Dr. Zakir Naik and Maulana Madani were not allowed to say what they wanted to at all. It seemed to me, though the host did a good job, if she didn’t like what someone was saying, she would cut them off and move on.

2 things that really stood out at me:

Dr. Zakir Naik saying that there is no ‘moderate’ Muslim or ‘extreme’ Muslim. It’s either you’re practicing Muslim or you’re not. Enough said. One of the panelists didn’t like that but in the end, isn’t that how everything is? Either you do your job or you don’t. If he, as an actor, decided he would act in some scenes and not the others, wouldn’t the director dislike that? So how is it that as Muslims, we decide we will do some actions, ignore the rest, and then hope for Allah’s forgiveness?

Shahrukh Khan said only one thing which didn’t annoy me (lol): The religious scholars need to do a good job of explaining to the masses what Islam is. I agree and it shouldn’t just be the scholars but also Muslims in general. Only catch is Muslims in general cannot do that until they themselves are properly informed about the religion. Ideally, this would help so much, but then the wonderful media comes to mind and reminds me how there are scholars who try (think Dr. Zakir and Maulana Madani just in this clip) but their voice isn’t really heard.

Sigh. Time to make du’aa for our Ummah… as always. May Allah swt grant us the tawqfique to understand and properly implement His deen! Ameen.