The Love and Mercy of Allah

Bismillah Hirahmaan Nirraheem. In the Name of Allah The Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.

In a hadith Qudsi, Allah (‘Azza wa Jalla) says:
O son of Adam, so long as you call upon Me and ask of Me, I shall forgive you for what you have done, and I shall not mind.
O son of Adam, were your sins to reach the clouds of the sky and were you then to ask forgiveness of Me, I would forgive you and I would not mind.
O son of Adam, were you to come to Me with sins nearly as great as the earth and were you then to face Me, ascribing no partner to Me, I would bring you forgiveness nearly as great as it.”

Can one measure the love Allah has for us? The love and mercy He has bestowed upon us? That no matter how many sins we commit HIS mercy will always be upon us. That no matter how bad we do, we will always have HIM to forgive us.

Allah’s word brings us at peace. We are human, we err, we sin, we try and try but often fail again. Allah Azz’ zawa jal loves those who strive to walk the righteous path. HE loves those who fall but stand up again in shame realizing their mistake. He loves those who believe in HIM to be the One True Deity. Those who look up to Him with recognition of their Lord, knowing HE will always be there for them.

Us as people, when we commit a sin and realize our mistake, we look for someone whom we can confide in and apologize to. To be free of the burden we carry of our transgressions. We run to find peace of heart from the guilt and shame in our hearts. We run to those whom we know will listen to us, will support us and will be there for us, generally speaking it being our parents or spouses. But if one realizes that they too are human and that they may not be always there for us. They might not forgive us for a wrong doing; they may not always be with us through our lives to be a comfort to lean against; or they may unintentionally hurt us.

Allah, only Allah will always be there for us. No matter how bad we are, how many sins we commit, how damned and undeserving we believe our selves to be; but that one belief of Allah… that will be our light. It will be our guide, our help. Allah will never give up on us, Allah will always give us a chance. It is up to us to take that second chance and stand up. Stand up and please HE who created us, HE who has promised to always be there for us, HE who says that despite HIS anger HIS mercy will always be Greater. We should use the tongue HE created to praise HIM, the body HE gave us to prostrate to HIM, the eyes HE gave us to cry for HIM.

Allah will always do everything for us, why don’t we spend our lives doing everything for HIM. Our Lord, our Creator, our Provider, our Sustainer. You will NEVER find yourself alone, you will always have Allah. Allah is our One True Strength, our Comfort and our Security.

Allah, our Lord, our Maula. HIS mercy prevails and HIS support will never deter, HE will always be there for you HE will always forgive you if you come to HIM with a true heart and repentance. HE will always be there for you. Believe in Allah and Trust in Him. When you have no where to go, you always have a  way back to Allah. HE will always find a way to bless us with HIS mercy.

Reported by Ibn Umar (RA): I heard Messenger of Allah (PBUH) saying, “A believer will be brought close to his Rubb on the Day of Resurrection and enveloping him in His Mercy, He (SWT) will make him confess his sins by saying: `Do you remember (doing) this sin and this sin?’ He will reply: My Rubb, I remember.’ Then He (SWT) will say: I covered it up for you in the life of world, and I forgive it for you today. Then the record of his good deeds will be handed to him”.
[Bukhari and Muslim].

How do you define Virtual Networking / Socialism?

I was asked this question on formspring quite a while ago and thought it would be good for both you and me if I shared it. Your feedback and comments will be appreciated. I could have written more but time has locked me. Hope to hear from you —— How do you define Virtual Networking / Socialism? Is it good for us? What will be the side effects / impacts on our real life? Brief description / definition will be appreciated. Social Networking is a platform to communicate with people globally. Sometimes in the real world connecting to other people is more of a challenge unless you are that jolly and extrovert type. To be able to approach people, have a conversation, find each other’s similarities is not as easy. Social networking has made all that easier, the reasons why is something I think about often. Maybe its easier for people to chat up without feeling weird or perhaps they like the shield that the the screen gives them. They can choose to be themselves or someone else, either way, they communicate and connect. Considering if its good for us, everything in this world has pros and cons similarly so does social networking. Social networking is platform to globally connect, to be able to see beyond differences, to find people with the same interests. Other than that it provides better communication and connection for businesses too but lets not get into that. The cons however i believe are greater. Since we sit behind a shield we do not know if the person we are talking to is who we think he/she is. We believe what they make us believe, we trust them for who the pose to be. Trust without thought leads to many problems even in the real world and through social networking it is a greater problem one that leads to fraud, deception etc. Now to see this in the light of Islam, Islam has asked to refrain from communicating with the opposite gender unless necessary. Talking about reasons why is another topic altogether. Also Talking a lot isn’t much preferred, as [1] The Prophet advised us in a hadith related by at-Tirmidhiyy: which means: “The one who adheres to the lengthy silence (except from that which is good) will be saved on the Day of Judgment.” In the hadith related by al-Bayhaqiyy, the Prophet said: which means: “You shall be saved as long as you are silent, for if you speak, it will either be in your favor or stand against you.”  [1] An interpretation of a hadith related by al-Bayhaqiyy, the Prophet said: “You shall be saved as long as you are silent, for if you speak, it will either be in your favor or stand against you.” [1] Another interpretation by Ibn Abid-Dunyia related the Prophet, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam, said: which means: “One can greatly beautify himself with two habits–good manners and lengthy silence.] That is so because talking and communicating a lot lead to gossip, and gossip is one of the major sins in Islam. Once we begin talking we don’t think twice about what we are saying or who we are talking about and social networking is the HUB of all that. Ergo, social networking is majorly wrong in Islam than right. We can use it for good purposes such as spread knowledge about Islam, give Dawah, help Muslims etc but we often use it for personal purposes such as talk to friends, gossip, make new contacts all among whom we communicate with the opposite gender, become friends etc. in conclusion the cons outweigh the pros. Lastly, how it impacts our real life, for me there are no pros about it. We have become lazy, stopped socializing and spending time in the real world, are not able to give as much time to family and friends around us as we should, are more keen on knowing and talking to the people online, indulge in pointless gossips etc. Social Networking is a means of communication and carries good and bad both. If one is on social networks, its best to set limits for ones self and remain within the boundaries of Islam firstly and then your own. If I have been a part of anything that has caused me to backbite or do or say wrong, May Allah forgive me. May Allah forgive us all, May HE Guide us on the righteous path and utilize our means of communication and technology in a more productive way to benefit ourselves and Islam.  Wrong doings are never far behind, they chase you and tempt you. One should keep strong and fight them off, purify ones self and influence others for the best Refrences 1. http://www.alsunna.org/forum/index.php?topic=63.0 (This could have been longer, but whatever 15 minutes allowed me :P) —— Link to question: http://www.formspring.me/mariayousuf/q/280248208158898083

WHY?…

Why do we accuse the west when we are the ones who endorse their culture? Adopt liberal thoughts, mock their ways. Have relationships like it’s no big deal, walk hand in hand, wear revealing clothes; eat in accordance to THEIR etiquettes, (left hand). Dance among everyone shamelessly, entice the opposite gender? Why are their ways appealing to you? Why don’t YOU set examples for them to follow, turn around and make THEM choose modesty over vulgarity, choose the institution of lawful marriages instead of meaningless girlfriend and boyfriend relationships?

Why can’t we inspire them with our ways instead?

Mard ban Mard

Mard ban MARD!

You have probably heard men saying that to lift, encourage or push each other forward. I recently read this phrase and a couple things crossed my mind.

Often when I hear men say that the underlying message I hear is use your strength, be the person you were made to be. And that is usually correlated with strength and power. Yes men have more strength than women but that is not how their relation and attitude with women is meant to be.

Men were created to protect, to take care of women, they were created to provide shelter and necessities to women, they are meant to be their support, they are meant to be gentle and patient.; all contrary of what that phrase often implies.

If one would truly interpret that phrase, it would consequentially serve actions contrary to those that usually follow.

Hijab, Oppression and Women…

I had a conversation with a Tweeple in relation to wearing the Hijab. I shall post the dialogue and shall further state my point of view.

Conversation:

Me: People say Muslim women are oppressed because they are covered. You never know how safe and secure they feel… [1]

Him: Thats exactly why they say women are oppressed. Finding the feeling of safety by hiding ones self is called oppression!! [2]

Me: LOL say what? so walking around half naked is freedom? [3]

Him: first thing, let’s stick to the issue at hand! Having to hide to feel “protected” is being oppressed !! [4]

Me: Lets discuss this! i feel secure when im in an abaya and hijab when men dont gawk at me, when a women walks without protection men savor her every curve, they strip her of ANY respect she may have…as far as what oppression goes, u could at least google the definition [5]

Him: u shouldn’t feel the need to dress a certain way to feel protected. If you do, you’re oppressed! [6]

Me: u do realize what u r saying hold men responsible dont u? [7]

Him: Yes! Men are oppressing the women by not being “muslims” & keeping parda on their eyes, & forcing women to cover! [8]

This is my answer to his last tweet:

The former part of this tweet holds true but in a different context, the latter is preposterous! Women who understand the purpose and good of wearing the Hijab are never forced, they consider Hijab as a blessing. I’ll now talk about the former.

Men are not being Muslims you say, first off that is ill stated; they are not following the Islamic rules. HOW? It is not by forcing women to cover but by Staring! In Islam men are asked to LOWER THEIR GAZE. Not gawk at females or stare at them. And to be totally open and honest, men like staring at women’s bodies, I hope u don’t go and deny that. They visually strip women of respect when they stare with lust. If you go and say not all men are like that it is a fact that MOST men are. It is human NATURE to do so, thus we are asked to NOT look so that it doesn’t follow up to other sins.

THAT is the oppression; they stare and rip women of purity and modesty. The parda u talk about is liberalism, you should remove that curtain and realize the spiritual affects Islamic rulings have. In addition to that women ARE asked to cover up in Islam. You can find that in the Quran.

1.      Say to the believing men that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty: that will make for greater purity for them: And Allah is well acquainted with all that they do. – Light [24:30] [9]

2.      And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what (must ordinarily) appear thereof; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their husbands, their fathers, their husband’s fathers, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers or their brothers’ sons, or their sisters’ sons, or their women, or the slaves whom their right hands possess, or male servants free of physical needs, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex; and that they should not strike their feet in order to draw attention to their hidden ornaments. And O ye Believers! turn ye all together towards Allah, that ye may attain Bliss.- Light [24:31] [10]

3.      O Prophet! Tell thy wives and daughters, and the believing women, that they should cast their outer garments over their persons (when abroad): that is most convenient, that they should be known (as such) and not molested. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.- The Coalition [33:59] [11]

4.      Such elderly women as are past the prospect of marriage,- there is no blame on them if they lay aside their (outer) garments, provided they make not a wanton display of their beauty: but it is best for them to be modest: and Allah is One Who sees and knows all things. – Light [24:60] [12]

I would now like to state other relating thoughts. Why is it that when women cover themselves, their modesty and their respect do people think they are being oppressed? Why don’t they object against half naked women? Is it not offensive to their sights? Is it not immodesty and disrespect in plain view? How is that all acceptable? Is nudity freedom of expression?

If they say so then they should know that “Freedom Of Expression” ALSO includes the Freedom of wearing HIJAB!

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Cannibals, How many are there Among us?

Recently the most shocking, repulsive and  unfathomable act was reported. Cannibalism in Pakistan.

Two brothers had been arrested on cannibalism. they had been digging up corpses and cooking human flesh into stew. Unbelievable isn’t it? WHO in their right minds would eat HUMAN FLESH?! NO ONE who is SANE would ever cut up a dead body and eat that human flesh, No body.

But wait are you sure? What if I say that you are one of them? Those people who would eat the flesh of a dead brother. You would definitely get enraged wouldn’t you? Start yelling at me or calling me names. But yo know what? I would still stnad by what I say. I’m sure you would want to know why I blame you of such a heinous act. So I shall tell you…

The truth is that people commit the crime of eat their dead brothers flesh almost everyday. How you ask? By backbiting and slandering. Backbiting and slandering are among the greatest of sins. They have been forbidden and equal to cannibalism. It has been clearly stated in the Quran.

O you who believe! Avoid much suspicion, in deeds some suspicions are sins. And spy not neither backbite one another. Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? You would hate it (so hate backbiting). And fear God, verily, God is the one who accepts repentance, Most Merciful. (49: 12)

Those of you who do not consider it a great sin, or do not realize it as a great sin, ALLAAH has warned you for your inifference towards it

Behold, you received it on your tongues, and said out of your mouths things which you had no knowledge; and you thought it to be a light matter, while it was most serious in the sight of God (24: 15)

Those people who dont backbite or slander BUT are there in the company of those who do. You are asked to speak up against it! for silence is the lowest form of Emaan

And why did you not, when you heard it, say? “It is not right of us to speak of this: Glory to God, this is a most serious slander” (24:16)

Backbiting and Slander are Shaitan’s works. He wants you to use your tongue for the worst and to create misunderstandings and conflicts. Beware of him because he is your avowed enemy.

Say to My servants that they should only say those things that are best, for Satan does sow dissensions among them, for Satan is to man an avowed enemy. (17:53)

Here is the definition of Backbiting and Slander in a Hadith…

Prophet Muhammad  said :”Do you know what backbiting is?” They said, “God and His Messenger know best.” He then said, “It is to say something about your brother that he would dislike.” Someone asked him, “But what if what I say is true?” The Messenger of God  said, “If what you say about him is true, you are backbiting him, but if it is not true then you have slandered him.” (Muslim)

So dear brother ans sisters be careful of what you say and how you speak. The act you consider revolting and heinous could also be among the acts you commit unknown. The Quran and Hadith speak the truth in all matters as we all believe being Muslims. We can not take th matter of backbiting and slander lightly. You may not realize the weight of that sin.You may not be able weigh your words or believe that which is spoken is lost. You are a fool to think such for no word ever leaves the room or vanishes and even if no one else heard, know that ALLAAH heard.

If people realize that they shouldnt backbite or slander and decide to hurt others on their faces then know that that too is wrong!

O ye who believe! let not some men among you laugh at others: it may be that the (latter) are better than the (former): Nor let some women laugh at others: it may be that the (latter) are better than the (former): nor defame nor be sarcastic to each other nor call each other by (offensive) nicknames: Ill-seeming is a name connoting wickedness (to be used of one) after he has believed: And those who do not desist are (Indeed) doing wrong. (Surah: Al-Hujurat Ayat: 11)

Defeat

I am a Pakistani and I am thankful to ALLAH for making me one. The recent cricket match between Pakistan and India has left us in despair and lamenting. The crushing loss has left us heart broken. I thought long about it and came to a few conclusions. I also spoke to my father and he had a lot of things to say too.

Before the match a lot of predictions were made. Tarot card readers made predictions, astrologers made predictions, parrots picked out envelops with future predictions and etc. All those predictions said that Pakistan will not only win the match against India it will also win the Cricket World Cup. Our entire nation was rejoicing unconsciously on the win. I for one Alhamdulillah believed that we will win due to the wonderful former performances.

When I was thinking about our loss I thought IF Pakistan would have won, all those predictions would have been poven true! IF thatw ould have happened then those people who chose to listen and unconsiouly believe and hoped would have had their beliefs strengthened. Those who didnt would have begun trusting those predictions. THAT would have been destructive! Being Muslims we all believe that only ALLAH has knowledge of the unseen and unknown. NO ONE can tell what wil happen in the future. Those who claim someone who does or BELIEVE those who say they do commit the unforgivable sin “SHIRK” Shirk means relating someone to ALLAH’s entity or saying someone had such qualities as ALLAH. Knowing the unknown and unseen equals to Shirk. Thus I concluded that Pakistan’s loss saved our faith. ALLAH frbid if we had won, our nation would have become more corrupt than it alreadsy is. So despite wishing that my country would have won, I am happy ALHAMDULILLAH that we lost. Nothign beats faith and the strength of faith.

When I spoke to my dad he had another perspective. As we all know Indians are very hateful towards Pakistanis. And they become very aggressive with their hate. That is why the security of Pakistanis was important. IF Pakistan had won, the Pakistanis who were there to watch the match would have been in danger of losing their lives. The Indians were already becoming rash and rude and yelling profanities at the Pakistani spectators in the stadium ALLAH knows what else could have happened. So in a way ALLAH saved the lives of many.

My father then related a verse of the Quran which I will now post. He told me that it took place in our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) ‘s time. The Romans and Persians were at war. The Persians were non believers where as The Romans were Christians thus being closer to Muslims. The Muslims in Madina wished for them to win the battle whereas the non believers in Makkah wanted The Persians to win. The Persians emerged victorious. The Muslims were sad. That is when ALALH sent down the following verses.

“The Roman Empire has been defeated- “ – The Holy Quran [30:2]

“In a land close by; but they, (even) after (this) defeat of theirs, will soon be victorious-“ – The Holy Quran [30:3]

And so The next battle that was fought between The Romans and Persia, The Romans emerged victorious! 🙂

So do not lose hope, everything has a reason best known by ALLAH. Everythign is always for the best. Believe in that, Believe in your faith, Beileve in what you say that ALLAH is The One and Only, The All Knower and All Hearer. HE knows all that is hidden and unknown. ALLAH is the Only One who knows the unknown and unseen. 🙂

Hope this helps you to handle defeat and give you hope. InshALLAH ALLAH will grant us victory next time, inshALLAH!

 

Source: My Islamic Blog