Alhamdulillah, we finished Suratul Baqarah a few weeks ago in AlHuda – 2 and 1/2 juz done subhanAllah! Here’s a sharing of the last 2 verses inshaAllah:
‘Abdullah Ibn ‘Abbar radiAllahu ‘anhu, reported that Allah’s Messenger, sal Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said, ‘Rejoice in the two lights brought to you which have not been brought to any prophet before you: AlFatihah and the last verses of Surah al Baqarah (said an angel to the Prophet, sal Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) [Muslim]
ءَامَنَ ٱلرَّسُولُ بِمَآ أُنزِلَ إِلَيۡهِ مِن رَّبِّهِۦ وَٱلۡمُؤۡمِنُونَۚ كُلٌّ ءَامَنَ بِٱللَّهِ وَمَلَـٰٓٮِٕكَتِهِۦ وَكُتُبِهِۦ وَرُسُلِهِۦ لَا نُفَرِّقُ بَيۡنَ أَحَدٍ۬ مِّن رُّسُلِهِۦۚ وَقَالُواْ سَمِعۡنَا وَأَطَعۡنَاۖ غُفۡرَانَكَ رَبَّنَا وَإِلَيۡكَ ٱلۡمَصِيرُ
The Messenger has believed in the guidance which has been revealed to him from his Rabb and so do the believers. They all believe in Allah, His Angels, His Books, and His Messengers. They say We do not discriminate against any one of His Messengers and they say, “We hear and we obey. Grant us your forgiveness. Oh Rabb, To You we shall return.” (2:285)
SubhanAllah, this verse teaches us who exactly a believer is.
Aman comes from the root hamza, meem, noon and it means belief. This kind of belief is said with the tongue, is in the heart, and proven with actions. It includes 1) Qubool (acceptance) 2) Iqraar (acknowledgement) and 3) Idh’aam (to submit and act accordingly). GEM: Acceptance is through actions.
The Rasool (Messenger) is the one who receives Wahi and is given the book. The believers also believe in all that was sent. Here, Allah is confirming their Iman, subhanAllah.
Eman consists of believing in Allah’s existence, His Rububiyyah, His Uloohiyyah, and His Asmaa was Sifaat. The more Eman you have, the more guidance you receive.
Then, it’s mentioned that the believers believe in Allah’s Angels, His Books, and His Messengers. There is no distinction between them.
The Believers say ‘Sami’na wa ata’ana’ which means ‘We hear and we obey.’ Sami’na comes from the root seen, mee, ‘ayn and means to hear – to hear and to accept what you’ve heard. Ata’na comes from the root taw, wow, ‘ayn, and means to obey willingly. This is one of the greatest characteristic of the believer.
Then they say ‘Ghufranaka Rabbana’, which means ‘We seek your forgiveness, Oh our Lord.’ Notice how it is one word subhanAllah. The forgiveness word is *before* Rabbana showing the urgency with how badly we need it. Even in English, short sentences are more powerful. You don’t need a huge candy-coated sentence. One word is enough if you’re sincere.
The verse ends with our ultimate end – to Allah we will all return.
لَا يُكَلِّفُ ٱللَّهُ نَفۡسًا إِلَّا وُسۡعَهَاۚ لَهَا مَا كَسَبَتۡ وَعَلَيۡہَا مَا ٱكۡتَسَبَتۡۗ رَبَّنَا لَا تُؤَاخِذۡنَآ إِن نَّسِينَآ أَوۡ أَخۡطَأۡنَاۚ رَبَّنَا وَلَا تَحۡمِلۡ عَلَيۡنَآ إِصۡرً۬ا كَمَا حَمَلۡتَهُ ۥ عَلَى ٱلَّذِينَ مِن قَبۡلِنَاۚ رَبَّنَا وَلَا تُحَمِّلۡنَا مَا لَا طَاقَةَ لَنَا بِهِۦۖ وَٱعۡفُ عَنَّا وَٱغۡفِرۡ لَنَا وَٱرۡحَمۡنَآۚ أَنتَ مَوۡلَٮٰنَا فَٱنصُرۡنَا عَلَى ٱلۡقَوۡمِ ٱلۡڪَـٰفِرِينَ
Allah does not burden any soul with more than it can bear. Everyone will enjoy the credit of his deeds and suffer the debits of his evil-doings. The Believers say “Oh Our Rabb! Do not punish us if we forget or make a mistake. Oh Our Rabb! And do not place on us a burden as you placed on those before us. Oh Our Rabb! Lay not on us the kind of burden that we have no strength to bear. Pardon us. Forgive us. Have mercy on us. You are our Protector. So help us against the disbelievers.” (2:286)
Takleef comes from kahf, laam, fa meaning to impose something on someone. It’s difficult to do – a takleef. Allah says here He does not put any diffculty on a persont that is more than he can bear. Whatever comes to us, we can do it. We’re responsible for our situation. The word used for ‘bear’ is wusa’aha – which actually means capacity. It comes from the root wa, seen, ‘ayn and means ability/capacity – to be vast and wide. It can be in ‘ilm, rizq, or ability. It’s what a person can do in normal circumstances, with ease. Again, Allah imposes commands depending on our ability.
In the Arabic, we have Kasabat followed by Iktasabat. Both come from the root kahf, seen, ba, meaning to earn, but what’s the difference? Iktasabat has an additional meaning of effort and desire. You had to work more for that.
In context, Kasabat was used for the good one earns, the reward. You get the reweard whether you put in the effort or not. Iktasabat is used for when you get punished. You had to put in effort to sin. It shows sinning is harder than doing good – it’s a deliberate action.
Then, the believers ask Allah not to take them to account for what they forget – nisyaana – and what they make a mistake in – akhta`na. Forgetting is something that happens after getting knowledge. You make a mistake when you do something without knoweledge.
The word tahmil (ha, meem, laam meaning to carry) is followed by ‘alayna (upon us). When it’s followed by ‘upon,’ it means to make someone carry. The believers are asking Allah to not make them carry something (a burden like the one given to those before) that they cannot bear. Isran means burden and it comes from the root hamza, sawd, ra. It is something so heavy that it prevents the carrier from moving. It heavily weights and limits a person. It can also be used for responsibility. Here, it refers to the difficult commands that make life hard.
Surah Baqarah had many stories about Bani Israa’eel and if we look at the commands they were given, they are very difficult. Their life was hard. We know it’s hard and do not want the same.
This last du’aa is absolutely beautiful subhanAllah. First the believers ask Allah to Pardon them (‘ayn, fa, wow – which means to wipe off, erase, remove the sins), then to Forgive them (ghayn, fa, ra – to cover and protect from the consequences of the sin), and finally to have Mercy on them (ra, haa, meem – mercy so they don’t continue the same sins). We don’t want Allah to deprive us of His Mercy now do we? SubhanAllah this is something we should always be asking for. The one who ask for forgiveness is the one who realizes how badly we all need it…
It then ends off with Anta Mawlana (wa, lam, ya – one who offers to help you) fansurna ‘ala al qawmil kaafireen. Mawla is the one who offers to help you and actually helps you in the time of need. Fansurna comes from nun, sawd, ra and means help and kaafireen refers to all disvelievers.
The Prophet sal Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam encouraged saying Ameen to this du’aa so Ameen thumma Ameen.
This video is just amazing… shows the difference between our times and then, subhanAllah.
What is Barakah?
A Well-known daee explains it as follows:
والبركة: هي ثبوت الخير الإلهي في الشيء؛ فإنها إذا حلت في قليل كثرته، وإذا حلت في كثير نفع، ومن أعظم ثمار البركة في الأمور كلها إستعمالها في طاعة الله عز وجل.
“Barakah is the attachment of Divine goodness to a thing, so if it occurs in something little, it increases it. And if it occurs in something much it benefits. And the greatest fruits of Barakah in all things is to use that barakah in the obedience of Allah (SWT)”
Sources of Barakah
I’m a firm believer that Barakah is not a lost treasure, it’s right in front of our eyes! This treasure is only available and ready to be handed over to the one who works for it. Below I list some of the sources of Barakah. It’s not an exhaustive list, therefore, I do hope you can contribute to it with your comments below inshaAllah so we can all share and extend our understanding of this great treasure!
1. Good Intentions
If you want something to have barakah attached to it, have good intentions for it. More specifically, make sure that deed is intended for the sake of Allah (SWT). Looking at the definition of Barakah again, you may guess that without us intending what we have or do to be for thesake of Allah, the “Divine goodness” won’t be attached to it.
2. Piety and Belief in Allah
Allah says in the Quran: “If the people of the towns had but believed and feared Allah, We should indeed have opened out to them (All kinds of) blessings from heaven and earth…”(Surat Al-A’raf, verse 96). And He says in the Quran: “And for those who fear Allah, He (ever) prepares a way out. And He provides for him from (sources) he never could imagine” (Surat Al-Talaq, verses 2-3).
3. Putting your trust in Allah
Allay says in the Quran: “And if any one puts his trust in Allah, sufficient is ((Allah)) for him. For Allah will surely accomplish his purpose: verily, for all things has Allah appointed a due proportion” (Surat Al-Talaq, verses 3)
Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) said: “If only you relied on Allaah a true reliance, He would provide sustenance for you just as He does the birds: They fly out in the morning empty and return in the afternoon with full stomachs.”
4. Reading Quran
This is the fountain of the Barakah! But subhanaAllah, we rarely drink from it! Allah says in the Quran: “And this is a Book which We have sent down, bringing blessings, and confirming (the revelations) which came before it…” (Surat Al-An’am, verse 92). So read the Quran, and note the blessings and barakah of Allah coming to your life. The further we are from this book, the less barakah we’ll have in our lives, trust me.
5. Saying Bismillah
When you say bismillah before anything you do, you’re invoking the name of Allah on that activity, not only will that activity be blessed but shaytaan cannot take part in it! So always say bismillah before anything you do!
SubhanaAllah, it’s easy for us to forget to say Bismillah or be conscious of saying it. Sometimes we’re so used to saying it that we can’t remember if we said it or not! Try to be conscious of saying Bismillah and understand what you’re saying.
6. Eating with People
Anyone who had the experience of inviting guests to his/her house will know this one. No matter how little you think the food you’re presenting to your guest is, it’s always enough! (note: this is not an excuse to be miserly when you invite guests over, in fact we should follow the sunnah of our Prophet Ibhraim (Peace be upon him) who when the angels visited his house and he didn’t know they were angels he went and prepared a large meal for them). What I’m referring here is the blessing that occurs with eating together, this is confirmed in the hadeeth of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) who said :”Eat together, for blessing is in Jamma’a (congregation or being together)…” and in another hadeeth “Whoever has food enough for two persons, should take a third one, and whoever has food enough for four persons, should take a fifth or a sixth (or said something similar).”
7. Honesty in Trade
This is for all of the business people out there (include ebayers!), don’t think that lying and deceiving people would make your trade profitable, on the contrary, it’ll remove the blessing from your trade. Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) said: “The buyer and the seller have the option ofcancelingor confirming the bargain unless they separate, and if they spoke the truth and made clear the defects of the goods, them they would be blessed in their bargain, and if they told lies and hid some facts, their bargain would be deprived of Allah’s blessings.”
Yes, it’s difficult to be honest when you’re trying to sell something, but trust me it’s worth it.
Ask Allah for barakah! If you listen to some of the Duas from the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) you’ll notice how the Prophet used to make dua for barakah. We always say “May Allah bless you!” well, guess what? That’s a source of barakah! Also, when you’re invited to someone’s house, Prophet Muhammad advised us to make the following dua for the host:”O Allaah, bless for them, that which You have provided them, forgive them and have mercy upon them.”
9. Halal income/money
Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) said: “O people, Allah is good and He therefore, accepts only that which is good”Scholars refer this to Halal income and the importance of Halal income.
A scholar also said that the one who eats Haram his limbs will disobey Allah whether he likes it or not, and the one who eats Halal and seeks Halal income his limbs will also do good and would be given the permission to seek goodness.
This concept of your limbs being “blessed” and enabled to do good, is truly a blessing and a barakah we should all seek. Reminds me of a story of the old man, who jumped a large distance that young people couldn’t do. So when the young men asked the old man how he did it, he replied: “These are limbs, we’ve protected it from doing sins when we were young, so Allah preserved them from us when we got old”
10. Following the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad in all things
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, the most Productive Man in the history of humanity is Prophet Muhammad(Peace be upon him), therefore, by just following his lifestyle and the sunnahs we so often hear about, is a great source of Barakah!
Some of these sunnahs include: Eating Suhoor, eating with the right hand from the side of the plate, going out for Eid Salat, licking your fingers after finishing eating, sleeping on your right hand side, using the siwaak, and many more. Look out for these sunnahs and follow them, for imitating the life of the most blessed man on earth, is surely a source of blessing!
11. Praying Istikhara
Praying istikhara in all matters and handing over the matters to Allah and accepting his decree is a great source of barakah. And Prophet Muhammad have taught us this beautiful dua which helps us make decisions and not regret the choices we make with the permission of Allah in the following hadeeth:
On the authority of Jaabir Ibn ‘Abdullah he said: The Prophet (S) would instruct us to pray for guidance in all of our concerns, just as he would teach us a chapter from the Qur’an. He (S) would say ‘if any of you intends to undertake a mater then let him pray two supererogatory units (two rak’ah naafilah) of prayer and after which he should supplicate:
‘O Allaah, I seek Your counsel by Your knowledge and by Your power I seek strength and I ask You from Your immense favour, for verily You are able while I am not and verily You know while I do not and You are the Knower of the unseen. O Allaah, if You know this affair -and here he mentions his need- to be good for me in relation to my religion, my life, and end, then decree and facilitate it for me, and bless me with it, and if You know this affair to be ill for me towards my religion, my life, and end, then remove it from me and remove me from it , and decree for me what is good wherever it be and make me satisfied with such.’
One who seeks guidance from his Creator and consults his fellow believers and then remains firm in his resolve does not regret for Allaah has said:
‘…and consult them in the affair. Then when you have taken a decision, put your trust in Allaah…”
12. Giving thanks to Allah in abundance
Allah says in the Quran: “If ye are grateful, I will add more (favours) unto you” A scholar once told me if you look into this verse, the Arabic word that is used to confirm that Allah will favours unto the person who thanks Allah is actually in the form of an Oath “La azidannakum” so Allah is promising the person who thanks Him that He’ll increase him, and Allah never breaks his promises.
In the Hadeeth Qudusi, Allah says: “O son of Adam, spend (in charity), and I’ll spend on you!”
Whenever you are broke, or you feel barakah is zapped out of our life and urgently need it back, the quickest of way of getting barakah in your life is giving charity. Not only because of the above hadeeth, but let’s say barakah has been removed from your life because of a sin you’ve committed, charity cleanses your sins and adds good deeds and is truly a source of barakah.
I cannot describe the instantaneous gratification of giving charity and the barakah that follows it! Try it NOW!
14. Tying your ties of kinship
Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, “Allah created His creation, and when He had finished it, the womb, got up and caught hold of Allah whereupon Allah said, “What is the matter?’ On that, it said, ‘I seek refuge with you from those who sever the ties of Kith and kin.’ On that Allah said, ‘Will you be satisfied if I bestow My favors on him who keeps your ties, and withhold My favors from him who severs your ties?’ On that it said, ‘Yes, O my Lord!’ Then Allah said, ‘That is for you.’ ” Abu Huraira added: If you wish, you can recite: “Would you then if you were given the authority. do mischief in the land and sever your ties ofkinship.”
15. Waking up early
Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) said: “Allah made the early hours blessed for my Ummah.”
This hadeeth was the reason for me to start ProductiveMuslim.com! Such gems of productivity are actually sources of blessings that we should seek to make our life productive. Waking up early is such an important part of being blessed and feeling blessed throughout your day.
Try to wake up for tahajjud, pray, and then work during the hours before fajr salaat and tahajjud. If you can’t, then at least wake up for fajr and stay up till sunrise before you go back to sleep. Those hours are so blessed. If you’re able to go to work in those hours, do so, you’ll get much more work done than the whole day put together!
Allah says in the Quran: “Marry those among you who are single, or the virtuous ones among yourselves, male or female: if they are in poverty, Allah will give them means out of His grace: for Allah encompasseth all, and he knoweth all things.”
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Allah says in the Quran: “Enjoin prayer on thy people, and be constant therein. We ask thee not to provide sustenance: We provide it for thee. But the (fruit of) the Hereafter is for righteousness”
To illustrate the point of Salaat further, just imagine your life without salaat, where would barakah come from? For those of you who are still wavering in their Salaat, please get back on track, this is your lifeline in this life and hereafter, and the daily food for your soul.
18. Asking Allah for forgiveness
The Prophet (Peace be upon him) said: “If anyone continually asks forgiveness from Allah, Allah will appoint for him a way out of every distress, and a relief from every anxiety, and will provide for him from where he did not reckon.”