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The Dawn of a New Power

بسمالله الرحمان الرحيم

السلام عليكم ورحمت الله و بركاته

الحمد الله

In the time of ‘Umar ibn al-Khattab رضي الله تعالى عنه, over a 100,000 Persians gathered to attack the Muslims and ‘Umar رضي الله تعالى عنه wanted to be in charge of the army but ‘Abdur Rahman ibn ‘Awf رضي الله تعالى عنه objected and said, “O’ Ameer ul-Mu’minin, if you are killed, we jeopardise our conquest and expansion. Send somebody else in your place!” Then they all sat and began to think. Then ‘Abdur Rahman ibn ‘Awf رضي الله تعالى عنه said, “I have found a lion in his den.” It was Sa’d ibn Abi Waqqas رضي الله تعالى عنه and he left with 32,000 Muslims to face the superpower of that day. And they camped in a place called Qadisiyah. Rustum, the second in charge of the Persians, sent a message to Sa’d ibn Abi Waqqas رضي الله تعالى عنه and said, “Send me a man that I can speak to!” Sa’d رضي الله تعالى عنه sent a man that if this incident hadn’t not happened it is a strong possibility that we would have never heard his name. He was a Sahabi called Rabi’ ibn ‘Amr رضي الله تعالى عنه. Rabi’ رضي الله تعالى عنه was a Sahabi who had spent his entire life in bondage. He was an Abyssinian and had been a slave all his life. Rabi’ رضي الله تعالى عنه left the camp of the Muslims on a small mule and when he reached the camp of the Persians, they said, “Descend from your mule!” He رضي الله تعالى عنه replied, “You requested me to come; now you will accept my conditions. I will not descend!” And the narrations mention that the tent of the Persians was embellished like never before. It had a silk lining all the way through and they had pillows that had silk and gold linings upon it. Rabi’ was riding a small mule, he was wearing tatty clothes that had patches in them and the sheath of his sword was made out of cloth. When he entered into the court of Rustum, who was sitting on a huge bed and had a crown upon his head, Rustum’s cronies, when they saw Rabi’ رضي الله تعالى عنه, they started to laugh. When Rabi’ رضي الله تعالى عنه reached the bed of Rustum, he got off his mount and struck one the pillows with his sword and then tied his mule. The Persians had placed a huge pillow for him to sit on but struck that with his spear and removed and then sat on the floor. Then Rustum said, “Why did you that for?” Rabi’ رضي الله تعالى عنه, “I do not wish to sit on the Dunya that you present me. I prefer to sit on the floor.” Rustum asked, “What brought you people here?” Rabi رضي الله تعالى عنه said, “Allah sent us to remove whoever He wishes from the servitude on man to the servitude of the Lord of man and from the unjust nature of other religions to the justice of Islam and from the tight confinement of this Dunya to the vast life of the Hereafter.” Then he continued, “If you accept what we have brought, then we will go back but if you refuse then we will fight you till we reach the promise of Allah.” Rustum then said, “You say that if we refuse, then you will fight us till the promise of Allah, tell me what’s this promise?” Rabi رضي الله تعالى عنه said, “The promise of Allah is Jannah for those who die fighting and victory for those who remain behind.” Then Rustum asked, “Tell me, are you their leader?” Rabi رضي الله تعالى عنه said, “No, I am not their leader. I am the lowest from amongst them but the believers are like one body the high assist the low and the low assist the high.” Later on, Rustum went back to his people and had a counsel with them and said, “Have you ever seen a man who is more articulate and more confident than him?” Rustum saw a dream that an Angel took the weapons from his hand and gave it to the Muslims; therefore he wanted to make a deal with them so the Muslims won’t fight but his people talked him into fighting. Then the battle raged and went on for five days. And on the fifth day, Rustum was killed and his army started fleeing and Muslims followed them. After this battle, Sa’d رضي الله تعالى عنه walked into the white palace bare feet and remembered the prophecy of Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم and gave the Adhan. When he began to give the Adhan, the fire which the zoroastrians had lit for 1200 years went out. After giving the Adhan, all the jewellery the Persians had, was sent to back to ‘Umar رضي الله تعالى عنه. When the jewellery reached Madinah , ‘Umar رضي الله تعالى عنه asked, “Where is Suraqa?” When Suraqa رضي الله تعالى عنه came, ‘Umar رضي الله تعالى عنه took the bangles of the Kisra and placed it upon the arms of Suraqa رضي الله تعالى عنه and then the crown and placed on his head and said, “Do you remember when the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said, ‘O’ Suraqa, how will it be when a day will come and you will be wearing the bangles of Kisra’” Then he said, “Go through the streets of Madinah, hold your hands up high so everyone can see the prophecy of the Messenger of Allah has come to pass.” Suraqa رضي الله تعالى عنه did exactly that. ‘Umar رضي الله تعالى عنه then said, “All praise be to Allah who removed the crown from the King and placed it on the head of a Bedouin Arab.”

From the lecture, “The Dawn of a New Power,” by Shaykh Zahir Mahmood (HafidhahuLlah)

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Make-A-Wish

Make-A-Wish

By Heba AlShareef (sister of Shaykh Muhammad AlShareef {HafidhahuLlah})

الله الرحمان الرحيم بسم

عليكم ورحمت الله و بركاته السلام

الحمد الله

Bismillah. So, I’ve gotten a number of requests (about 3 actually) to post the text of the speech I gave at the DL certification this past February. Please find it below. And

if you want the full effect, please read it out loud and be extremely dramatic when doing so.

**** I had forgotten my favorite Barbie at my friend Fatima’s house, and when I got my dolly back, all her hair was chopped off and her scalp was painted an awful blue color. I cried for days, but I eventually forgave Fatima, and our friendship was still strong. Fatima and I had so much in common, so many of the same dreams and aspirations.

We would sit in my father’s car and fantasize about our futures.

So one weekend when we were about 15 years old, we were at her house with a bunch of other girls celebrating something. I don’t know what the occasion was, but I do

remember that we were all dancing Lebanese wedding style, holding hands and whirling in a circle. Suddenly, I felt her had slip out of mine. She fell to the ground. And the rest is a blur. Our moms rushed in. The ambulance came. She was in the hospital. She lost all her hair. She looked like my disfigured Barbie.

My best friend Fatima had a brain tumour. She had cancer in the late stages. My best friend was dying.

Enter the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Since 1980, they’ve been granting wishes of terminally ill children around the world. Fatima was eligible. You know what she wished for? She wished for a brand new bedroom set. Three weeks later, they literally sent her home from the hospital to her newly delivered polished all wood death bed.

The Make a Wish people do great things, no doubt, but their power is limited. They do not have the ability to grant the highest of humanly wishes. That wish is not a new bedroom set, or a chance to meet a famous actor, or even a trip to Disney land.

The greatest wish, the most significant wish, the dying wish, brothers and sisters, is the one we belittle the most, the one we minimize the most. Sure, we all wish it, it does have a place on our wish lists, but not with the passion befitting its status. You all know what that wish is. I hardly need to tell you, but I will, because the reminder benefits the believers.

It is the wish for jannah. It is a wish that is wasted.

Advice abounds around us: Don’t waste your time! Don’t waste your money! Don’t waste your health!

Today, I want to add to that: Don’t waste your wishes! Don’t waste your wishes!

Ibn Umar (RA) used to say, “If you survive till the evening, do not expect to be alive in the morning, and if you survive till the morning, do not expect to be alive in the evening, and take from your health for your sickness, and (take) from your life for your death.”

You are alive now. Yes, but how long does NOW actually last?

Jannah is the loftiest of wishes. Allah SWT says in surah al sajdah, “And no soul knows what has been hidden for them of comfort of the eye as reward for what they used to do.” In another ayah, Allah azza wa jal says: “You can tell in their faces the radiance of the blessing.” The inhabitants of Jannah shall be in: “Gardens and rivers.” The inhabitants of Jannah are: “Most pleased with what Allah gave them from His bounty.”

We may be fooled by the wish making methods of those around us. There’s the “make a wish and blow out the candles” mentality that has us hoping that the nicely wrapped boxes won’t contain useless gifts like an itchy sweater or yet another watch. There’s the “jenie in a bottle mentality” where you only have 3 wishes, so you better make the most of them or else.

We are Muslims, there is nothing odd or strange about the methods in which we make our wishes. We do not ask of a 2 cm long candle stuck in gooey pink icing. We do not seek of a large blue man wearing a turban that fits in a small oil lamp.

We are Muslims, we understand that the underlying theme of a wish is to articulate hope and to identify goals. We understand that the underlying theme of a wish is to articulate hope and to identify goals.

Our wishes are found on our dua lists. Our hopes and aspirations, are found on our dua lists. Our dua list is our wish list.

And whom do we ask of? We ask of Allah, the creator of the ultimate wish. Seek it brothers and sisters, bring the wish close to your hearts. Wear the wish in all of your actions and reactions. May you all be granted this wish. Say Ameen.

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But whosoever turns away from My Reminder…

But whosoever turns away from My Reminder…

by Ibn Abi Ukhti

بسمالله الرحمان الرحيم

السلامعليكم ورحمت الله و بركاته

الحمد الله

You would always see the kuffar running around; in the offices, in schools, in train stations and etc… They are rushing all the time and don’t spare a second to talk to anyone unless they can derive any benefit from it. There is absolutely no sign of peace or calmness on their faces. Did you ever wonder why? Many Muslims say, “The kuffar value time very much. They don’t even want to waste a second of their time. Thus they are ahead us in everything and we must learn time management from them.” But Allah سبحانه و تعالى has said in Surah Taha,

“But whosoever turns away from My Reminder (i.e. neither believes in this Qur’an nor acts on its orders, etc.) verily, for him is a life of hardship, and We shall raise him up blind on the Day of Resurrection.” {Ayah# 124}

This means whoever opposes Allah سبحانه و تعالى’s command and what He has revealed to Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم then he has turned away from it, neglected it and taken his guidance from other than it. [Tafsir al Qur’an al Adheem by Al Hafidh ibn Kathir رحمه الله]

Turning away from Allah سبحانه و تعالى’s command will result in difficult life, a constricted life style, a life that has no meaning at all which is filled with suffering. That’s why you see them always in a stated of worry. I have seen people in university eating whilst cycling, drinking whilst walking. Can we learn anything from the kuffar? Do they have anything which we benefit from? The answer is yes! They have many actions which we can learn from. We can learn to lower our gaze when a kafir guy stares at our sisters. We can learn to be just when the kuffar are being unjust to our brothers. We can learn to speak the truth when the kuffar lie. And the list goes on and on. People might say, “Well, there are many kuffar who are so happy of their lives.” Describing this, Imam ibn Kathir رحمه الله says, “Even if he appears to be in comfort outwardly and he wears whatever he likes, eats whatever he likes and lives wherever he wants, he will not be happy. For verily, his heart will not have pure certainty and guidance. He will be in agitation, bewilderment and doubt. He will always be in confusion and a state of uncertainty. This is from the hardship of life.”

The worst is yet to come, as Allah سبحانه و تعالى continues in the same ayah,

…And We shall raise him up blind on the Day of Resurrection.”

‘Ikrimah رحمه الله says regarding this part of the ayah,” He will be made blind to everything except Hell.”

Then Allah سبحانه و تعالى says,

“He will say: ‘O my Lord! Why have you raised me up blind, while I had sight (before).’ (Allah) will say: ‘Like this, Our Ayat came unto you, but you disregarded them, and so this Day, you will be neglected.’” {Ayaat# 125-6}

Because of his disobedience and neglecting Allah سبحانه و تعالى’s commands, he will be raised up blind and will be himself ignored and disregarded as he once did to Allah سبحانه و تعالى’s commands. As a result, his abode will be Jahannam. May Allah سبحانه و تعالى save us from that. Now, do you think it is sensible to follow the kuffar in anyway whatsoever?

So take heed O’ my brothers and sisters and do not turn away from any of Allah سبحانه و تعالى’s commands or at least try your best not to. May Allah سبحانه و تعالى have mercy on all of us. Ameen.

This is just a reminder to myself first and then everyone else. May Allah سبحانه و تعالى make us the people of Jannah and save us from Jahannam. Allahumma Ameen, Allahumma Ameen.

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The Story of Abu Dahdah رضي الله عنه

بسم الله الرحمان الرحيم

السلام عليكم ورحمت الله و بركاته

الحمد الله

During the time of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم, there was a young orphan who was getting a wall built from the edge of his house to his neighbour’s but there was a palm tree that was causing a halt to the construction. The wall could not be continued unless the tree was either removed or added to the child’s house. This tree belonged to the companion named Abi Lubabah رضي الله تعالى عنه . The young boy (the orphan) came to Abi Lubabah رضي الله تعالى عنه and told him, “Give me that tree so I could construct the wall.” Abi Lubabah رضي الله تعالى عنه replied, “No, it is mine.” The boy then said, “Then sell it to me!” Abi Lubabah رضي الله تعالى عنه refused once again. The boy said, “By Allah, I am going to complain to Prophet of Allah!” He went and told what exactly had happened with him. Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم softly said, “Where is Abu Lubabah? Call Abu Lubabah!” He صلى الله عليه وسلم then said to Abu Lubabah رضي الله تعالى عنه , “Give him the tree” Abu Lubabah رضي الله تعالى عنه said, “No, O’ Prophet of Allah, it is my haqq.” Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said, “O’ Abu Lubabah, sell it to him.” He رضي الله تعالى عنه replied, “No, O’ Prophet of Allah it’s mine.” Hearing this, tears started flowing from the eyes of the young boy. Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم then said, “O’ Abu Lubabah, give him a branch from this tree and you will have a tree in Jannah” Abu Lubabah رضي الله تعالى عنه said, “I don’t want it,” and the left. When Abu Dahdah رضي الله تعالى عنه heard this and saw the boy crying, he went close to the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم and said, “If I purchase the same tree, will I get the same offer?” Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم replied, “Yes” Then Abu Dahdah رضي الله تعالى عنه ran after Abu Lubabah رضي الله تعالى عنه and said, “O’ Abu Lubabah, do you my orchard? (His house was in the orchard and some scholars said it had 400 trees whilst others said it had 600) It is yours for that tree!” Abu Lubabah رضي الله تعالى عنه turned around and said, “Are you out of your mind?” Aba Dahdah رضي الله تعالى عنه replied, “No, it is yours and O’ people be witness!” Then he went where Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم and the boy were and said to him, “O’ boy, that tree is yours!” Abu Dahdah رضي الله تعالى عنه then went to his old orchard and called out from outside, “O’ Umm Dahdah!” She رضي الله تعالى عنها replied, “Yes, O’ Abu Dahdah!” He said, “Come out of the orchard” She asked, “Why?” He said, “We have sold it to Allah and His Messenger!” She said, “What a successful deal!” Then Umm Dahdah رضي الله تعالى عنها got their children out of the orchard. They were carrying some dates, she got hold of their hands, opened them and threw the dates back into the orchard and said, “They are for Allah my child.” And thus, Abu Dahdah رضي الله تعالى عنه sold off his 400 trees plus his home for a tree in Jannah.

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What has caused you to enter Hell?

What has caused you to enter Hell?

by Ibn Abi Ukhti

بسم الله الرحمان الرحيم

الحمد الله

السلام عليكم و رحمت الله و بركاته

What has caused you to enter Hell? A question not asked by the people of this world rather a question asked by those people who would be in Jannah. As Allah سبحانه و تعالى has mentioned in Surah al Mudaththir:

Every person is a pledge for what he has earned. Except those on the Right, (i.e. the pious true believers of Islamic Monotheism). In Gardens (Paradise) they will ask one another about Al-Mujrimun (polytheists, criminals, disbelievers, etc.), (And they will say to them): “What has caused you to enter Hell?” {Ayaat 38-42}

Just imagine this scene when insha’Allah you’ll be in Jannah rejoicing and reclining on green cushions and beautiful mattresses. What answer do you expect? What type of response do you anticipate from the people of Jahannam? Do you think they might say, “We went to Jahannam because of our sins,” and that’s it! No no no no no, that’s not the case. Their answer contains certain specific sins which are rampant nowadays. Let’s see what Allah سبحانه و تعالى has said in the Qur’an about their reply:

They will say: “We were not of those who used to offer their Salat (prayers). “Nor we used to feed Al-Miskin (the poor). And we used to talk falsehood (all that which Allah hated) with vain talkers. And we used to belie the Day of Recompense. Until there came to us (the death) that is certain.” {Surah al Mudaththir, Ayaat 43-47}

Now just look at their sins, aren’t they very much widespread? Look around you. Everywhere you see people are indulging in or even better to say is that they are drowning in these sins. Did you know that not offering Salah is a major major sin if not kufr? As Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said in a very famous hadith as reported by Imam Muslim رحمه الله تعالى, “All that stands between a person and kufr is his not praying.” How much more important can this issue get? Ask anyone, even the 5 year-old Muslim child will know that Salah is the second pillar of Islam and why then people don’t offer it is completely beyond me! Maybe it’s because people are just too lazy to stand before their Lord for just 60 minutes out 24 hours. Just 60 minutes, which is around 4 % of the whole day. If one can’t spend this much time in the worship of Allah then what can be said of this person?

Now let’s move onto the second point, which is not feeding the Miskin. Did you know 1.5 million people in Ghazzah alone are without food, proper medication and electricity? Yeah, you’ve read it right; it is 1.5 million Muslims, our brothers and sisters surviving without the necessities of life. And it is just Ghazzah not the whole of Palestine. What about the other parts of Muslim Ummah? Like the people suffering from the famine in Darfur, the cyclone in Bangladesh and the earthquake in Kashmir? Let me take you guys back to 8th century and see what was the situation in the time of the of ‘Umar bin ‘Abdul ‘Aziz رحمه الله تعالى. During his caliphate, people would go around giving Zakaah to others and no one would accept it. No one! Can you believe that?! Do you know the reason why? It was because everyone would pay their share in Zakaah and Sadaqah. SubhanAllah, how perfect is the law of Allah سبحانه و تعالى! If we, the whole Muslim Ummah, would obey this command of Allah سبحانه و تعالى look how different our situation would be. Allah سبحانه و تعالى says in the Qur’an, in Surah al Baqarah:

Who is he that will lend to Allah a goodly loan so that He may multiply it to him many times? And it is Allah that decreases or increases (your provisions), and unto Him you shall return. {Ayaah # 245}

In this ayah, as mentioned by Imam ibn Kathir رحمه الله تعالى, Allah encourages His servants to spend in His cause. Quoted below are the rewards Allah سبحانه و تعالى will give to the one who spends in His way:

The likeness of those who spend their wealth in the way of Allah is as the likeness of a grain (of corn); it grows seven ears, and each ear has a hundred grains. Allah gives manifold increase to whom He wills {Surah al Baqarah, ayaah 261]

And a hadith of Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم:

“Sadaqah (charity) does not decrease wealth.” [Sahih Muslim]

I would ignore the last reason of why those people are in Jahannam since we are الحمد الله Muslims so it doesn’t apply to us. Now the third and the last point that is people heavily partaking in vain talk. One of things a Muslim guarding his tongue from vain talk will enjoy on the day of Judgement is that he will be closest to Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم as mentioned in the hadith below:

The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said, “The most beloved to me and the closest to me on the Day of Resurrection will be those of you who have the best attitudes. And the hateful to me and the furthest from me on the Day of Resurrection will be the thartharoon, al-mutashaddiqoon and al-mutafayhiqoon.” The Sahabahعليهم رضوان الله تعالى said, “O’ Messenger of Allah, we understand thartharoon and al-mutashaddiqoon, so who are the al-mutafayhiqoon?” The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said, “Those who arrogant in their speech.”

[Sunan at-Tirmidhi]

Thartharoon are the people who indulge themselves in vain, futile talk.

So do you want to be near Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم on the day of Judgement and be in Jannah? I know everyone will say, “Duuuuh as if we want to be away from the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم!!!” If you say so then practise it!

Allah سبحانه و تعالى mentions in Surah al Mu’minun:

Successful indeed are the believers. Those who offer their Salat (prayers) with all solemnity and full submissiveness. And those who turn away from Al-Laghw (dirty, false, evil vain talk, falsehood, and all that Allah has forbidden). {Ayaat# 1-3}

Successful are the ones who turned away from all useless talk. Look, here Allah سبحانه و تعالى is telling us the solution Himself on how to be the one who will inherit Jannat al Firdous which is mentioned in this very Surah as we go on further in ayah# 11. I can go on and on this topic but I’d like to leave you with one hadith of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم:

“The one who has remained silent has saved himself” [Sunan at-Tirmidhi, Musnad Ahmad, Sunan ad-Darimi]

Please do not take this as a personal attack on anyone. It is a reminder for me first and then for anybody else. May Allah سبحانه و تعالى forgive me if I have wronged anyone in any sense. Allahumma Ameen, Allahumma Ameen.

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