tyranny

And O my people, give full measure and weight in justice and do not deprive the people of their due and do not commit abuse on the earth, spreading corruption.

11:85

Take care of the responsibilities in your life.  Do not neglect the rights of others.  If you have authority over anyone, follow the example of our beloved (saws) and see that they get what is owed to them

No one is beyond Allah (swt)’s wrath.  Especially not those with power.

squeaky@week’s end

Both an inside LOLspeak joke and squeaky related.  Could it get any better?

One uses the “relative to my interests” meme when they wish to express interest in a subject on a message board (or mock the subject of a thread), without actually contributing to the conversation.

Last night, AbuS was working with me on my quranic pronunciation.  I can’t even call it my tajweed – it’s merely me trying not to mangle the ﻉ in أَعْطَيْنَـكَ

Squeaky found my verbal contortions very relevant to her interests.  She climbed up my chest and stuck her nose right up to my mouth, trying to figure out what the heck I was saying.

ps to non native arabic speakers memorizing Qur’an – if at all possible, make sure you check your pronunciation at the time you’re memorizing a surah.  Otherwise you’ll come back years later and have to unlearn years of bad pronunciation.  Not fun.

useful – useless

A person is like a flourmill, which is only useful if it churns wheat in flour.  Likewise, a person is useful and worthy in this world only with dhikr.  Just like stagnant, standing water becomes a breeding ground for filth, an empty and carefree mind becomes a hive for useless and scorned thoughts.

The shaytan’s first efforts are to make a person neglectful and forgetful of the remembrance of Allah.  In war, the first thing victors do is to disarm their prisoners of war.  Likewise, the first thing that shaytan does once he overcomes someone is to make him forgetful of Allah .  Allah says in the Holy Qur’an:

اسْتَحْوَذَ عَلَيْهِمُ الشَّيْطَانُ فَأَنْسَاهُمْ ذِكْرَ اللَّهِ

The shaytan got the better of them:  So he made them forget the remembrance of Allah (58:19)

A hadith tells us that the shaytan says, “I ruined mankind through sin, and mankind ruined me through la ilaha il Allah.”

Sow the seeds of good deeds every moment of your life so that one day you will find a garden.  Each second of time is like a piece of gold.  Just as grains of sand together form a sand dune, seconds of time form a man’s life.  You must have learned in your science class that celestial objects are always in motion, and so this is a sign from nature that we too should always be involved in work and not remain stagnant.  Those who merely fill their stomachs are animals, those who do no work are without life, and those who have the habit of hard work are true men.

Only if we work hard in this life will we have peace and comfort in the Hereafter.  People should work hard and be ill at ease so that they can be in comfort later.  Protect yourself from distracting thoughts, and propel yourself forward in dhikr and suluk [spiritual development] with determination.  A man must do one task very well, and not multiple tasks haphazardly.  Our masha’ikh [elders] have referred to this as the main route of progress in tasawwuf.

Sh. Zulfiqar Ahmad concerning working hard from Wisdom for the Seeker

日本

From where I sit, it seems like life has been one disaster after another, an uprising, a brutal dictator cracking down on his people, earthquakes, a tsunami, unjust laws being rammed through, famine, hunger, poverty, war.

I cannot let myself shut down.  I cannot let myself become indifferent to the suffering of my brothers and sisters in humanity.  Even if there is little I can do, I must do what I can.

Allah  tells us:

وَأَنفِقُوا مِن مَّا رَزَقْنَاكُم مِّن قَبْلِ أَن يَأْتِيَ أَحَدَكُمُ الْمَوْتُ فَيَقُولَ رَبِّ لَوْلَا أَخَّرْتَنِي إِلَى أَجَلٍ قَرِيبٍ فَأَصَّدَّقَ وَأَكُن مِّنَ الصَّالِحِينَ

Spend (in charity) out of the sustenance that We have bestowed on you before that time when death will come to someone, and he shall say: “O my Lord! If only you would grant me reprieve for a little while, then I would give in charity, and be among the righteous.

死があなたがたを理う前に,われが与えたものから施しなさい。かれは,「主よ,何故あなたは暫くの間の猶予を与えられないのですか。そうすればわたしは喜捨〔サダカ〕をして,善い行いの者になりますのに。」と言う。

63:10

SubhanAllah, how important must charity be for our akhiras, if what we ask is for a little more time to give?  I would think that I would instead ask for a little more time to say goodbye to my family, to see the places I have not seen, to do one or two or three more things, to finish what needs to be done.

No, instead we will be asked about charity.  Do not delay in this, especially when there are so many who are in need of it.

Islamic Relief has set up funds to address many of the disasters and tragedies that fill the nightly news.   Give generously to those, and do not forget about those closest to you who are also suffering.  Our sadaqah should not only help those far away, but also those in our local communities.

remember egypt?

With all that is going on in the world, be it in Libya, Yemen, Bahrain, Wisconsin (btw if you haven’t watched this clip from Monday’s the Daily Show, please do), and in our own backyards, it’s hard to keep up.  I know I mentally exhausted myself during the Egyptian uprising.

One of my dear readers, Sr. Winnie is a fellow WOE (wife of an Egyptian) who’s lived for many years in Egypt.  She was kind enough to share with me her family’s experience during the Egyptian revolution, and has agreed to let me share it here with you all.

Her son was interviewed by the National Post about participating in the protests:

Q: What has been one of the most memorable moments?
A: Christians were guarding Muslims as they prayed during the protest from the security thugs. I still am grinning from the continuous displays of amazing solidarity.

And Sr. Winnie and her husband also have an online gallery of photos they took:

Tahrir on Jan 30

cleaning up after the revolution:

The tyrant is gone, and now the hard work begins.  Paradise does not come after revolution.  Instead, the struggle continues.

Things are still tumultuous in all of these areas, and even if we cannot devote every waking moment to following every little detail, we can still help by keeping those who struggle with our dua.  It doesn’t take more than a few minutes each day to add a line to our dua after salat, asking Allah to guide those who are seeking good leadership and justice, and to help them to change themselves so that they are worthy of good leadership.

Allah has told us in the Qur’an:

ان الله لايغير مابقوم حتى يغيروا مابانفسهم

Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves.

[13:11]

The change we must make in ourselves, in our ummah, does include striving for justice.  But it also must include a reflection on ourselves, our character, how we treat others, and how well we strive to emulate the example of our beloved messenger .

So even if we are not on the ground in Egypt, in Libya, in Bahrain, in Yemen, or in any place where people are striving for justice, we should still take this opportunity to reflect on ourselves and how we can change for the better, so that Allah will make a change in our condition, inshaAllah.

loving Allah (swt)’s beloved

 

Not just today, but always.

No one has reached Allah (swt) except through Allah (swt).  And the path to reaching Allah (swt) is following al-Mustafa.

Junayd (from Nur Sacred Sciences)

Allah (swt) and His Angels send prayers upon the Prophet.  O you who believe, invoke prayers upon him and greet him with a salutation of peace.

Qur’an 33:56

Allahumma salli ‘ala sayyidina Muhammadin

O Allah shower Your blessings upon our master Muhammad

wa ‘ala ali Muhammadin wa sahbihi

and the family of Muhammad and his companions

bi-‘adadi kulli awraqi-l-ashjar

as many times as there are leaves on (the) trees (of Paradise),

wa amwaji-l-bihar

and waves upon the ocean (of Love),

wa qatarati-l-amtar

and drops of (the) rain (of Allah’s Mercy),

wa barik wa sallim alayhi kathiran kathiran kathira

and bless him in abundance, in abundance, in abundance!

 

from the book of Salawat from the Nur Ashki Jerrahi Sufi Order

calligraphy by HajraMeeks of DeviantArt

and on the permissibility of celebrating Mawlid