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An encounter with a lady who only speaks using verses of the Qur’an

Abdullah bin Mubarak happened to pass by an elderly Arab lady sitting alone in the desert. Seeing her in distress, he spoke to her. The discussion is as follows:

Abdullah bin Mubarak: Assalamu alaykum wa Rahmatullah.

The lady: The word from a merciful Lord is peace [Ya Sin 36/58].
She meant that the reply of salaam is from Allah, Most High, Himself.

She said further: Those whom Allah sendeth astray, there is no guide for them. [A’raaf 7/186].
She meant that she had lost her way.

Abdullah bin Mubarak: Where are you coming from?

The lady: Glorified be He who carried His servant by night from the Masjid al-Haraam (inviolable place of worship) to Masjid al-Aqsa (Far distant place of worship) [Israa 17/1].
Meaning that she was coming from Makkah heading for Jerusalem. read more…

Meaning of bliss in Islam

A Muslim needs to note and accept that belief and striving in the course of Allah do not commence and terminate with a claim and the actual acting out of such. Thus, the bliss that is provided for in Islam, for those who believe and strive hard is not and must not be conceived as an expectation that will immediately follow the struggle. Bliss in Islam is a permanent experience that is eventually or will ultimately be enjoyed – but not from this world. Those who are in haste to start that experience have the wrong understanding of Islam. In other words, godliness does not exempt the believer from the difficulties of this world. read more…

Hell at a glance

For the benefit of doubt, the destination and resting place for those who reject Allah or mix up the unity of Allah with other things will be the Fire. That is where they will find reception, where they will belong.

And We shall present Hell that day for Unbelievers to see, all spread out. Qur’an 18:100 The Fire will burn their faces, and they will therein grin, with their lips displaced. Were not My Signs rehearsed to you, and ye did but treat them as falsehoods? Qur’an 23:104 – 105
The while they enter the Blazing Fire, the while they are given, to drink, of a boiling hot spring, no food will there be for them but a bitter Dhari which will neither nourish nor satisfy hunger. Qur’an 88:4 – 7 read more…

Paradise at a glance

For those who believe in the unity of Allah and sufficiently invest in patience and perseverance to overcome the sorrows and strains of this life in the course of complying with the commandments of Allah will be recompensed with permanent relief and happiness.

And the shades of the (Garden) will come low over them, and the bunches (of fruit), there, will hang low in humility. And amongst them will be passed round vessels of silver and goblets of crystal; they will determine the measure thereof (according to their wishes). To drink thereof a Cup (of wine) mixed with Zanjabil. A fountain there, called Salsabil. And round about them will (serve) youths of perpetual (freshness): If thou seest them, thou wouldst think them scattered pearls. …A Bliss and a Realm Magnificent. …And heavy brocade, and they will be adorned with bracelets of silver… Qur’an 76:14 – 21 read more…

The Day of Judgement

The suddenness with which the Day will come will be like a flash. This reminds us of the unity of Allah in the power and control of all things, because when He wills a thing, he only commands: “BE” and it becomes. “Nay, it may come to them all of a sudden and confound them: no power will they have then to avert it, nor will they (then) get respite.” Qur’an 21:40

The knowledge of the highlights of the consequence of this coming experience further reveals the Greatness of Allah and for all creations to note, if only they will be wise and heed the guidance towards Him. It will be a gross underestimation to say that it will be a crises or collapse of what we now experience, understand and enjoy as a perfect system. “The (Day) of Noise and Clamour.” Qur’an 101:1 “The Day the heaven shall be rent asunder with clouds, and angels shall be sent down, descending (in ranks).” Qur’an 25:25 read more…

The woman in Islam – 2

Who to marry
In marriage, the man normally joins or is joined to a woman. The nature is heterogeneous. The background of the person does not have to be that of the same language, nation, race or geography. Rather, what is required is that the person needs to share in the belief, knowledge and practice in compliance with the unity of Allah. “Do not marry unbelieving women (idolaters) until they believe… Nor marry your (girls) to unbelievers until they believe …” Qur’an 2:221

The man normally and in most cases proposes and asks for the hand of the woman in marriage. This is sealed with a token gift that is instituted as the right of the woman. But nothing in this context or by this provision makes it prohibitive for the woman to be the first to propose it or for the woman to provide the token gift for herself on behalf of the proposed man. Also, the active initiators may be representatives/trustees/guardians. read more…

The woman in Islam – 1

A woman is one of those blessings of Allah in the world that is a source of immeasurable trials same as power, knowledge, wealth and children. She could be the foundation or support or both, for enhancing goodness or evil. She could be loyal and dependable as a source of peace, solace, encouragement and inspiration for her husband.

Self presentation
Allah enjoins cleanliness; and beautification is not unIslamic. In respect of women, it should
specifically be for the attraction and satisfaction of the husband. Beautification is completely out of place for either men or women if the intent is to outwit one another or for the world to see. This becomes obvious where it is out of the ordinary convenience or regular mode of one’s outfit. Reference here is made to the keeping and disposition of the body by use of dress and makeup. read more…

How to maintain belongingness

Narrated Abdullah bin ‘Amr: A man asked the Prophet (S.A.W), “What Islamic traits are the best?” The prophet (S.A.W) said, “Feed the people, and greet those whom you know and those whom you do not know”. Bukhari Collection

General utterances
Narrated Malik (r.a): Allah’s Apostle (S.A.W) said, “… Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day should talk what is good or keep quiet.”(i.e. abstain from dirty and evil talk, and should think before uttering). Bukhari Collection

Honouring the guest
Narrated Abu Shuraih (r.a): Allah’s Apostle said, “…The guest’s reward is: To provide him with a superior type of food for a night and a day and a guest is to be entertained with food for three days, and whatever is offered beyond that, is regarded as something given in charity. And it is not lawful for a guest to stay with his host for such a long period so as to put him in a critical position.” Bukhari Collection read more…

Art of belongingness

Islam teaches that men should belong and share with one another in order to maximise good among us, for us and by us. Allah, the Creator of mankind stated that: “O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other…” Qur’an 49:13

“Thy Lord hath decree that ye worship none but Him, and that ye be kind to parents. whether one or both of them attain old age in thy life, say not to them a word of contempt, nor repel them, but address them in terms of honour.” Qur’an 17:23

Next of kin
Narrated Anas bin Malik (r.a): Allah’s Apostle (S.A.W) said, “Whoever loves that he be granted more wealth and that his lease of life be prolonged then he should keep good relations with his kith and kin.” Bukhari Collection read more…

Qur’anic challenge

For those who doubt that the entire Qur’an is the word of Allah and free from any form of corruption; that it is not the work of any other being, evil mind or whatever, Allah poses a few but vital challenges. These are very brief, because there is no compulsion in believing. Any who believes is for his own benefit while disbelief do Allah and His Messenger no harm. The challenges are:
a) Or they may say, “He forged it,” Say, “Bring ye then ten Surahs forged, like unto it, and call (to your aid) whomsoever ye can, other than Allah if ye speak the truth! Qur’an 11:13
If that is too difficult, then…
b) And if ye are in doubt as to what We have revealed from time to time to Our Servant, then produce a Surah (i.e. chapter) like thereunto; and call your witnesses or helpers (if there are any) besides Allah if your (doubts) are true. Qur’an 2:23 read more…