It Is All About Intention


بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Samina Saeed

مَّثَلُ الَّذِينَ يُنفِقُونَ أَمْوَالَهُمْ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّـهِ كَمَثَلِ حَبَّةٍ أَنبَتَتْ سَبْعَ سَنَابِلَ فِي كُلِّ سُنبُلَةٍ مِّائَةُ حَبَّةٍ ۗ وَاللَّـهُ يُضَاعِفُ لِمَن يَشَاءُ ۗ وَاللَّـهُ وَاسِعٌ عَلِيمٌ

“The likeness of those who spend for Allah’s sake is as the likeness of a grain of corn, it grows seven ears every single ear has a hundred grains, and Allah multiplies (increases the reward of) for whom He wills, and Allah is sufficient for His creatures’ needs,All-Knower).”

[Al-Qur’an- Surat Al- Baqarah(The Cow): 261]

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Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) the Most Merciful, the Most Gracious, who loves His creation much more than a mother can ever love her child, and we have been reminded of this so many times in Surah Al-Baqarah. I have been pondering on the ayah mentioned above and I can relate this to a recent incident.

A humble person we know was collecting gently used and new jackets for poor children to send back home. I made an intention that I would send new jackets as I was thinking of my own children. I wanted to buy good quality jackets with water proof outerlayer and hoodies that won’t come out. I was on a budget that would only allow me to buy 4 jackets. Anyways, I started going store to store but either the jackets were too expensive or they were of a bad quality. Now the deadline was a day away for me to buy jackets, and deliver them to that person’s house as they were going to ship them off.

I was frustrated at myself thinking that I should have bought 3 jackets instead of 4. Anyhow, I went to the last store on my list and Sub’haan Allah I found good quality jackets on dirt cheap sale and I bought 9 jackets, Alhamdulillah!

I can’t explain my feelings. I just wanted to go in Sujood at that very moment and Thank Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) for putting in so much barakah in my limited budget. Finally, I paid for them and got into my car, and my tears started pouring out and I prayed to Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) instantly,  to accept my little effort of charity.

Pure intention of a person with clean heart goes a long way, and as Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) says:

الَّذِينَ يُنفِقُونَ أَمْوَالَهُم بِاللَّيْلِ وَالنَّهَارِ سِرًّا وَعَلَانِيَةً فَلَهُمْ أَجْرُهُمْ عِندَ رَبِّهِمْ وَلَا خَوْفٌ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا هُمْ يَحْزَنُونَ

“Those who (in charity) spend of their goods by night and by day, in secret and in public have their reward with their Rabb (only God and Sustainer).  On them shall be no fear nor shall they grieve.” [Al-Qur’an- Surat Al-Baqarah(The Cow): 274]

 

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How is your Love for Allah and His book?


بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

وَمِنَ النَّاسِ  مَن يَتَّخِذُ مِن دُونِ اللَّـهِ أَندَادًا يُحِبُّونَهُمْ كَحُبِّ اللَّـهِ ۖ وَالَّذِينَ آمَنُوا أَشَدُّ حُبًّا لِّلَّـهِ ۗ وَلَوْ يَرَى الَّذِينَ ظَلَمُوا إِذْ يَرَوْنَ الْعَذَابَ أَنَّ الْقُوَّةَ لِلَّـهِ جَمِيعًا وَأَنَّ اللَّـهَ شَدِيدُ الْعَذَابِ

“And [yet], among the people are those who take other than Allah as equals [to Him]. They love them as they [should] love Allah. But those who believe are stronger in love for Allah. And if only they who have wronged would consider [that] when they see the punishment, [they will be certain] that all power belongs to Allah and that Allah is severe in punishment.” [Al-Qur’an- Surat Al-Baqarah(The Cow): 165]

Attached below is a thought provoking video of a young blind boy who was interviewed by Sheikh Fahad Al-Kanderi on his T.V series of ‘Traveler with the Qur’an‘. The enthusiastic and motivated boy struggled to travel long distance to his teacher to memorize Qur’an and at times he was given only a verse to memorize. Yet, he never gave up hope. He also talks about how his blindness is a blessing and a means of seeking Allah’s special Mercy on the Day of Judgment when he will be questioned about what he did with the Qur’an.

So, what do WE have to present on the Day of Judgment in terms of our efforts towards learning the Words of Our Creator?”

by: Solange 

Watching this video clip, I had in my heart, for a moment, the wish that Allah (سبحانه وتعالى ) would also take my sight away, so that I, like that boy, would have the excuse on the Day of Judgment, and the compensation of Jannah. Then I thought about it again. Would I be brave and dedicated like this boy?

My test of sight is so much smaller. I have been wearing glasses for 28 years, my eyesight declining to the point that I cannot read a book at normal distance without them. At times, I forget where I put them and need help finding them but sometimes, I am alone. Even with the glasses, I transition more slowly between seeing far and close, and need to sit closer to the whiteboard in class. Light is blurred at night, and I have a lot of difficulty reading the bus numbers when they approach. But I still make do , and at times, I remember to thank Allah (سبحانه وتعالى ) for glasses, and remind others too of the blessing of sight.

 

I cannot imagine entirely losing what preciously remains of my sight – how greatly it would impact everyday tasks. But as a visual learner, the greatest loss to me would be my ability to learn by reading and strategically taking notes in a way that they can imprint in my mind.

 

Allah (سبحانه وتعالى ) guided me to Islam after 21 years, I am so grateful that I can read and study Qur’an and not only benefit myself but also others around me. I begged Allah (سبحانه وتعالى ) at ‘Arafah during Hajj to make me an expert in Qur’an and its language, and He has opened all of these doors for me. Alhamdulillah, with the help of TQE  (Taleem Ul Qur’an) and Bayyinah, I’m able to work and strive towards my goal. I pray for Ilman nafi’an (beneficial Knowledge) and the tawfiq (ability) to continue to be grateful for this blessing of Qur’an in my life.

by: Hala 

Being grateful to Allah (سبحانه وتعالى ) in every situation means to remain patient and to stay positive in not just the times of ease, but also during hardships. In theory, this seems easy; however, in actuality, it is very difficult to adopt such a noble attitude.

I once read a post by one of the Scholars , where he mentioned that the people who are the quickest to blame Allah (سبحانه وتعالى ) when calamities befall them, are also the same people who never thank Allah (سبحانه وتعالى ) during the “good times.” I find this to be very true. If we never attribute our happiness to Allah (سبحانه وتعالى ) , then we will have a misconstrued and negative understanding about Him. Therefore, just as we are eager to understand the personalities of our loved ones, we should get to know our Rabb (Lord) at an intimate level. We can do this by learning His Asma ul husna (The Most Beautiful Names) and by reading the Qur’an, thereby pondering over the verses that describe His majestic traits. It is also essential that we integrate du’as (supplications) into our lives. We should set aside a timeframe every day, when we sit down, raise our hands, and have a conversation with our Rabb. One of the Scholars  once stated, “Want to know how close you are to Allah? See how long you can make Du’a (supplication), because you never tire of talking to someone you love.”

 The young boy from the video is a prime example of what it means to embody intense love for Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) .

“…..And those who Believe have Intense Love for Allah…” (2:165)

The boy has a firm grasp on what it really means to show gratitude for the blessings of Hidayah Irshaad (knowledge) and Hidayah tawfeeq (implementation of the knowledge). One moment that really struck me was when the boy said that he traveled a very long distance just to learn *one* verse of the Qur’an. What’s interesting is that we refer to “one verse” as “only one verse?” or “just one verse?” We don’t contemplate the miracles that just one verse of the Qur’an carries. The boy not only understood this, but also internalized it, which is why he didn’t mind traveling such a long distance to learn one verse. I, for one, certainly have a long way to go before I reach the level of commitment and perseverance as that of the boy.

Moreover, I found it heart-wrenching that although the boy was blind, he was more knowledgeable than myself, and much younger in age too. It makes me wonder what actions am I taking to show gratitude for the blessings of hidayah irshad (knowledge)? I think that in order to do so, firstly I need to embrace the journey of seeking knowledge with optimism. I need to face every struggle along the way with contentment. Secondly, I need to be willing to travel to seek knowledge. I live in Mississauga and I only have to travel for a couple of kilometers to arrive at Al-Huda Institute. I sometimes look at the rest of my classmates, some of whom commute from completely different cities, like Hamilton and Toronto, every day just for the Love of Allah. Masha’Allah, they must be earning so much reward for their efforts. Thirdly, I need to count my blessings. I have the ability to move, see, hear, and speak. Because I have been given so many more blessings than others, I have no excuse to become lazy and quit the path of seeking knowledge.

 As for hidayah tawfeeq (implementation of the knowledge), in my opinion the judgment of this should be left to Allah (سبحانه وتعالى), as none of us will ever know if we have been given this kind of hidayah. This is partially because hidayah tawfeeq entails ‘amal (actions).

Narrated ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab (رضى اللهُ عنهُ): The Prophet (صلي اللهُ عليهِ وسلم) stated, “O people! The reward of deeds depends upon the intentions, and every person will get the reward according to what he has intended. So, whoever emigrated for Allah and His Apostle, then his emigration was for Allah and His Apostle, and whoever emigrated to take worldly benefit or for a woman to marry, then his emigration was for what he emigrated for.” [Sahih Al-Bukhari, Book 1, Hadith 1]

It may seem that we are acting in accordance to the Qur’an, but if our intentions aren’t sincere, then we’ve got nothing to gain. So, instead of feeling a sense of security that we have been given hidayah tawfeeq (implementation of the knowledge), we should take a few steps back, and pray that our ‘amal (action) is filled with Ikhlas (sincerity). May Allah (سبحانه وتعالى ) purify our intentions for seeking knowledge, and accept from us. And may He guide us to Sirat Al-Mustaqeem (The Straight Path), and keep us firm upon Al-Haqq (The truth).  Ameen.

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My Grave


بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Safia Rafi

قُتِلَ الْإِنسَانُ مَا أَكْفَرَهُ 17

مِنْ أَيِّ شَيْءٍ خَلَقَهُ 18

مِن نُّطْفَةٍ خَلَقَهُ فَقَدَّرَهُ 19

ثُمَّ السَّبِيلَ يَسَّرَهُ 20

ثُمَّ أَمَاتَهُ فَأَقْبَرَهُ 21

“Cursed is man; how disbelieving is he. From what substance did He create him? From a sperm-drop He created him and destined for him; Then He eased the way for him; Then He causes his death and provides a grave for him.”

[Al-Qur’an – Surat Abasa (He Frowned): 17-21]

I WONDER – What will it be like to be like lying in my cradle called the Grave?

Will my grave be so narrow that my ribs are crushed together?

Or will there be a shining light from Jannah forever to stay?

 

Will there be my Qur’an warding off the Angels Munkar and Nakeer?

Or will there be the deadly bugs eating my body to bones and decay?

 

Will there be the prayers of my children whom I had taught the word of Allah (سبحانه وتعالى)?

Will they be the Sadqah-e-Jahriah because I taught them how to pray?

 

Or will there be memories of those whom I have hurt and have done zulm upon?

Are they now rejoicing because  I have finally gone away?

 

Death has come to finally relieve me from the torments of the prison of the world.

This was the end for my soul had to depart. And for this there was no delay.

 

How will be my grave?  Oh! How do I close my eyes and imagine it?

Will I be comfortable in my bed, I wonder how will I lay?

 

When my end is the soil, and I am buried so deep into the earth,

Do I not wonder how I can walk so arrogantly on the earth today?

 

This world is nothing but a temporary housing and I am but a traveler,

The final abode will be Heaven or Hell – That will be the permanent stay!

Oh Allah(سبحانه وتعالى)! – save me from the torments of the grave and the Hell-fire.

Make me one whose face is shining radiantly, so happy and so gay.

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Tranquility Unlimited


بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
by Saadia Tariq

                                                  Calligraphy by Zahra Tariq

“So verily, with every hardship there is relief

Verily with every hardship there is relief”
[Al-Qur’an-Surah Ash-Sharh(The relief) : 5-6]

A Qur’anic ayah (94:5-6) which you might have read and heard plenty a times. An ayah that is often quoted during difficult times – indicating a measure of strength and as a reminder of faith.

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As night follows the day, satiety comes after hunger, relief sets in after misery and sleep comes after exhaustion, in the same way the Almighty has told us that despair not, for the difficulties that seem to have surrounded us will be eased out.

However, what is interesting to note is that Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) insists upon us that with every hardship there is relief. The tranquility or peace does not come after the difficult time – it happens to be there simultaneously – waiting for us to find it.  A seriously unwell person might be suffering physically – however what our naked eye and illiterate heart does not seem to fathom is that simultaneously he is being cleansed spiritually. A cleansing far more important – than the comfort in this short-lived world!

A set of parents who lose a young child is no doubt one of the biggest human challenges – however what Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) insists upon us during this stupendously heartbreaking test is that we hold our heads up high and accept HIS will. And HIS will is to put us through this test so that we achieve higher grades in the hereafter.

Excruciating pain – whether it is physical, mental or emotional – on the flip side is a blessing for us. Essential for all of us to keep reminding ourselves at all times (not only during harsh times) that Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) knows best and HE will not put us through any situation that we cannot endure. We should not wait for easy situations to arrive, yet be fully confident and aware that they are there  – consistently present – Like an unbreakable backbone!

Amongst many other strapping lessons that the Qur’an teaches us, I reckon a staunch belief in this verse encompasses, to a large extent, one’s complete reliance, submission and belief in Allah (سبحانه وتعالى).

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