Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Quote Misquoted

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

In this age of technology and social media, everyone wants to share his “two cents” and wants to be heard. This maybe in the form of notes, pictures with (their own) quotes, or videos etc. Sometimes theses quotes are correct, and sometimes they are incorrect. One such pic which I came across today had the following quote:

Quote: “Dear God, I wanna take a minute, not to ask for anything from you, but simply to say… Thank You for all I have.”

One may find such quotes as thought provoking. But this is not how we behave with Allaah. Such a thought that we should not ask from Allaah all the time is considered as having bad thoughts about Allaah. Allaah تعالى does not get angry or annoyed when we supplicate to Him. Rather, Allaah تعالى loves that we should supplicate to Him, all the time, for all our needs – big or small. When we supplicate to Allaah, we humble ourselves, showing that we are the ones in need and that Allaah تعالى is Rich - free from needs and wants.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Mocking is not Naseehah

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

There is Naseehah (sincere advice) and then there is mocking.

Last night a relative of mine was telling me about the sons of an Imaam of his local Masjid. Both his sons were in all sorts of vices and causing problems in the neighborhood. On being asked about the behavior of his sons, the Imaam said that he used to mock the children of other people saying: "the son of so-and-so is bad", "the son of so-and-so is up to no good", and now Allaah تعالى has put him in trials through his children.

  • So if you mock someone, soon you will be mocked at. If you belittle someone, soon you will be belittled.

  • Don't be proud if you are correct today, for one day you will be from those who erred.

  • Naseehah is about correcting mistakes, not about getting personal.

The Prophet said: O you who have believed with your tongues but Faith has not entered your hearts! Do not backbite about the Muslims or seek their faults. For whoever seeks their faults, Allaah will seek his faults, and if Allaah seeks a person's faults, He تعالى will disgrace him even if he were inside his house.
[Sunan Abu Dawood (4880) and Sunan al-Tirmidhee (2032) and graded as “Hasan-Saheeh" by Shaikh al-Albaanee]

Always remember that not all days are the same - "A DAY FOR YOU AND A DAY AGAINST YOU".

﴿إِن يَمْسَسْكُمْ قَرْحٌ فَقَدْ مَسَّ الْقَوْمَ قَرْحٌ مِّثْلُهُ ۚ وَتِلْكَ الْأَيَّامُ نُدَاوِلُهَا بَيْنَ النَّاسِ﴾

{If a wound has touched you, be sure a similar wound has touched the (opposing) people. And these days [of varying conditions - the good and not so good] We alternate among the people...}
[Surah aal-`Imraan (3): 140]