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From the book “Muhammad (sallAllaahu alayhi wasalam): As if you can see him” By ‘A’id Al-Qarni


يَا أَيُّهَا النَّبِيُّ حَسْبُكَ اللّهُ
{O Prophet [Muhammad!] Allaah is sufficient for you…..} [Al-Anfaal:64]

When something or someone is sufficient for a person, it means that that thing or person is adequate for a certain purpose; it means that that thing or person is enough to achieve a goal, whereby no other thing or person is also necessary for that goal. Bearing that in mind, the reader would do well to ask the question, how was Allaah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) sufficient for the Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wasalam)?

When Allaahu ta’ala said: “O Prophet (Muhammad), Allaah is sufficient for you,” it was as if Allaah was saying the following to him: “Allaah is sufficient for you regarding every aspect of your life, such that you will need no one else for help or assistance. Allaah protected you in times of crises, took care of you during times of hardship, and guarded you during the most gloomy of times. Therefore, be not afraid; be not sad; and be not anxious or nervous.”

Allaah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) is your Helper against every enemy, your source of aid against every opponent, your supporter in every affair. When you ask for anything, He gives you. When you ask for forgiveness, He forgives you. When you are thankful to Him, He gives you an increase of blessings. When you remember Him, He remembers you. When you fight against your enemy, He grants you victory. And when you make a decision or a judgement in any given matter, He guides you to what is right.

Allaah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) is sufficient for you: He grants you honor when you have no family to help you; He makes you rich without the need for money; and He protects you without the use of guards. You are granted victory because Allaah is sufficient for you. You are guided to what is right because Allaah is sufficient for you. And because Allaah is sufficient for you, you need not fear the evil eye of the jealous one, the plotting of your enemy, the deception of the treacherous, the wickedness of the disbeliever, and the trickery of the conniving evil-doer.

When you hear about the onslaught of the enemy, the threats of your foes, the evil plots of the hypocrites, or the gloating of jealous ones over your misfortunes – remain steadfast, for indeed, Allaah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) is sufficient for you.

When times are hard, when relatives turn their backs on you, when friends begin to lose hope of victory, and when help is slow in coming – remain steadfast, for indeed, Allaah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) is sufficient for you.

When calamity descends upon you, when tragedy strikes you, and when you are surrounded by misfortune and the threat of utter destruction – remain steadfast, for indeed, Allaahu ta’ala is sufficient for you. During such times, do not turn to people for help, and do not rely on anyone save Allaah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) for indeed, He is sufficient for you.

When sickness befalls you, when debts weigh down on you, when poverty brings you down, when you need something you cannot get – then do not be sad, for indeed, Allaah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) is sufficient for you.

When help is slow in coming, when victory is delayed, and when a calamity seems too much to bear – do not be sad, for indeed, Allaah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) is sufficient for you.

O Muhammad, you are protected because you are my Khaleel (a relationship that denotes the highest form of love). You are under My Care because you are My Messenger. And you will always remain under My Divine Protection because you are My chosen slave, My chosen Prophet.



لاَ تَحْزَنْ إِنَّ اللّهَ مَعَنَا
{…And be not sad [or afraid], surely Allaah is with us…} [At-Tawbah: 40]


These brave, dignified, and peaceful words were spoken by the Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wasalam) at a time when he was alone in a cave with his companion Abu Bakr as-Siddeeq (radiAllaahu anhu), and when his enemies had him surrounded. He did not tremble when he said them, his lips did not falter, and he did not speak with a fearful stutter; instead, he uttered them with a firm resolve, with an unwavering belief that “Allaah is with us.”

In saying those words, it was as if the Prophet (sallAllaahu alayhi wasalam) was saying the following to Abu Bakr (radiAllaahu anhu): “As long as Allaah is with us, then why the sadness? Why the fear? Why the anxiousness? Be at peace, be firm, and be calm, for Allaah is with us”

“Since Allaah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) is with us, we will not fail, we will not be defeated, we will not be forsaken, and we will not have cause to lose hope. Victory and ultimate success is ours because Allaah is with us.

Since Allaah is with us, who can be stronger than us? Who can be better guided than us? Who can be more hopeful of His Help?

Our enemies are weak; our opponents are cowards; our foes will falter – all of these things are true because Allaah is with us. we will seek help from no human being, we will pray to no man, we will fear no created being because, and only because, Allaah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) is with us.

We are braver, our weapons are more effective, and our way is more upright because Allaah is with us. We are the mightier, we are the stronger, we are the more honored, we are the ones who will be helped – there is no doubt about these realities since Allaah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) is with us.

O Abu Bakr, cast off your gloom, do not be sad, and forget your worries and troubles – for Allaah ta’ala is with us.

O Abu Bakr, raise your head, calm your nerves, be at peace in your heart – for Allaah ta’ala is with us.

O Abu Bakr, expect help, eagerly anticipate divine intervention, and receive glad tidings of imminent success – for indeed, Allaahu ta’ala is with us.

O Abu Bakr, tomorrow our message will spread far and wide, our Religion will be victorious, and our voices will be heard – for indeed, Allaahu ta’ala is with us.

O Abu Bakr, tomorrow the people of earth will hear the majestic sound of the Adhaan, the wonderful speech of the Most-Merciful, the beautiful rhythm of the Qur’an – all this will come to pass because Allaahu ta’ala is with us.

O Abu Bakr, tomorrow we will take mankind out of the darkness of disbelief, we will bring them into the light of Faith, we will save them from shackles of slavery to created beings, and allow them to enjoy the freedom of being slaves to none but Allaah – and again, this will indeed happen because Allaah (subhanahu wa ta’ala is with us!”

The Beauty Of Knowledge And How It Enlivens The Heart

By Ibn Rajab Al-Hanbali

Acquire knowledge because doing so is good. Seeking it is worship. Reviewing it is glorifying Allah. Researching it is jihad. Teaching it to the ignorant is charity. Serving the scholars is a way of drawing near to Allah because knowledge is the path of ascension to the stations of Paradise. It is a companion in isolation and a comrade in distant lands. It speaks to you in solitude. It is a guide to prosperity and a shield against adversity. It beautifies one among friends and is a weapon against enemies.

With it Allah elevates people and makes them guides and bellwethers of good. The scholars are people whose words are sought and whose actions are imitated. The angels long for the scholar’s company and comfort them with their wings. Everything, the fish of the sea, the beasts of the earth, the predators of the land and sea, and the cattle pray that blessings come upon him.

This is because knowledge enlivens the heart against ignorance, illuminates the eyes against darkness, and strengthens the body. It transports the servants to the mansions of the select and the righteous and to the highest ranks in the world and in the Hereafter. Contemplating it is equivalent to fasting, and reviewing it is equivalent to the Night Prayer vigil. With it, kinship is united and the lawful is distinguished from the unlawful. Knowledge is an imam which leads to righteous actions. It is craved by the people destined for Paradise and shunned by people destined for Hell.

[Warathatu’l-Anbiya’; Imam Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali]

The Wisdom Behind Shorth Soorahs:
The Makkan soorahs (chapters) usually had short verses, catchy rhymes, and very strong rhythm. These qualities were meant to catch the attention of the listeners who were opposed to the message of Islaam.

The verses had to be short because the audience would not be willing to listen to long, drawn out statements. As soon as they heard any of the Qur’aan, they would stick their fingers in their ears and turn away. Thus, the verses had to strike home immediately. The meanings were very clear whereas the oracles and chants of the fortunetellers were mostly onscure and vague.

The Wisdom Behind Long Soorahs:
The Medeenan verses tended to be longer than those of Makkah. In fact there are a number of Madeenan verses which are longer than whole soorahs (chapters) of the Makkan peroid. The longest verse of the Qur’aan is the verse on loans in the Madeenan soorah, Al-Baqarah (2:282). The shortest soorah of the Qur’aan is the Makkan soorah, Al-Kawthar (Ch. 108), which contains a total of only 11 seperate words in three short verses.

The need to catch the attention of unwilling listeners was no longer there, because Islaam had become strong and its followers were many. Thus, the audience at this stage was quite willing to listen attentively to longer verses teaching the vital laws of Islaam.

[Taken from ‘Usool At-Tafseer, p. 210 & 214]

BENEFIT GAINED:
One benefit gained from understanding this is to know a bit about the person to whom you are giving da’wah to. If you’re giving da’wah to a brother who is already established himself on deen, then ulhumdulillaah you can speak to him longer.

If however, you are speaking (giving da’wah) to an individual who is not on deen, then you would need to be concise and short in your speech. I remember, before I was practising, my mind used to switch off after about 3/4 mins when being given da’wah. I also remember about 5 years ago when I started practising, I was in Madeenah, walking back to my hotel, and I had a brother speaking to me about the deen, and within about a coulpe of mins my mind was switched off.

So know, O Da’ee’s, that giving da’wah needs wisdom…

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Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali:

“And whoever is mindful of Allah (and keeps to His boundaries) in his youth during his years of strength, then Allah will preserve him in his old age when his strength weakens. And He will allow him to enjoy and benefit from his sense of hearing, sight, capabilities, strength and mind/intellect.

One particular scholar had passed the age of 100 and still continued to benefit from his strength of body and mind. One day, he took a great leap and jumped up high, and the people rebuked him for that. So he said: “We preserved these limbs of ours from sin when we were younger, so Allah has preserved them for us in our old age.”

– Jami’ ‘Ulum wal-Hikam

Physical Descriptions of the Companions From ‘Siyar A’lam an-Nubala’

These are some physical descriptions of some of the major Companions, taken from the first four volumes of ‘Siyar A’lam an-Nubala’:

1 – Abu Bakr:
“He was white-skinned, skinny, with thin cheeks. He had a wrinkly face, deepset eyes, a protruding forehead, and he would dye his beard with henna and oil it.””He was white or yellow-skinned, handsome, with thin legs. His izar would not stay firmly tied around his waist.”

2 – ‘Umar bin al-Khattab:

“He was white-skinned, leaning towards redness. He was tall, balding, and had white hair around his head.”

“He was very tall, and extemely bald. He had reddened skin, thin cheeks, and the edges of his mustache were long and dark red.”

“He would walk so fast that it was as if he was riding a horse while those around him were walking.”

“He used to dye his hair with henna.”

3 – ‘Uthman bin ‘Affan:

“He was not tall or short. He had a handsome face, a long beard, dark skin, wide shoulders, and he would dye his hair with saffron. He would cap teeth with gold.”

‘Abdullah bin Hazm said: “I saw ‘Uthman, and I never saw a man or woman more beautiful than him.”

as-Sa’ib said: “I saw him dying his beard yellow, and I never saw an old man more handsome than him.”


4 – ‘Ali bin Abi Talib:

“He was balding, but had much hair left, as if he was wearing a sheepskin. He was of medium height, with a large belly and a large beard.””He had a yellow beard.””He dyed his beard with henna once, then he never used it again.”

“His hair and beard were white, like cotton.”

ash-Sha’bi said: “I saw ‘Ali with a white beard, and I never saw anyone with a larger beard then he.”

“He had heavyset, large eyes, and he was closer to being short.”

5 – Abu ‘Ubaydah bin al-Jarrah:

“He was a skinny man, with a wrinkly face and a light beard. He was tall.”

6 – Mu’adh bin Jabal:

“He was tall, with large eyes, white-skinned, with wrinkled skin.”


7 – ‘Abdullah bin Mas’ud:

“He was thin, short, and did not dye his hair.”

“He was handsome and wise.”

8 – ‘A’ishah:

“She was white-skinned and beautiful.”

9 – Abu Huryrah:

“He was fair-skinned, had wide shoulders, wide teeth, and he had braids in his hair.”

“He was white-skinned, thin, and had a red beard.”


10 – Mu’awiyah:

“He was tall, white-skinned, and handsome. When he laughed, his upper lip would move, and he would dye his hair.”

“He would dye his hair with saffron, and his beard was golden.”


11 – ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar:

“He would dye his beard yellow.”

“He would dye his beard yellow until his clothing became wet with the dye. It was said to him: “You dye with yellow?” He replied: “I saw the Messenger of Allah doing so!””

12 – al-Husayn:

“His hair and beard were extremely black.”


13 – ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbas:

“He was white-skinned, leaning towards yellow, tall, handsome, bright-faced, and he would dye his hair with henna.”

‘Ata’ said: “I never see the full Moon of the 14th night of the month except that I remember the face of Ibn ‘Abbas.”


14 – Anas bin Malik:

“He would wear a black turban that he would leave trailing behind him.”

“Would That I Knew…”

Sheikh Muhammad Al-Mukhtar Ash-Shinqitee

“The Goodly Life”

The Goodly Life
Sheikh Muhammad Mukhtar Ash-Shinqitee

Transcript

Life, is either for a person, or against him. It’s hours and seconds, days and years pass him by leading him (by his actions) to the Love and Good Pleasure of Allah until he is amongst the people of ultimate success and the Gardens of Paradise; or they are against him, leading him (by his actions) to the Fires of Hell and to the Anger of the One, the Just Ruler [Allah].Life, either it will make you laugh & rejoice for an hour over which you will cry for an eternity (in the Hereafter) or it will make you cry for an hour over which you will laugh & rejoice for an eternity (in the Hereafter).
Life, is either a great blessing for a person, or an adverse affliction against him.

This is a life which was lived by the earliest generations, by our fathers and forefathers, and by all those who preceded us. All of them, returned to Allah with what they used to do [their deeds].

“Life” refers to every single moment that is lived within it, and every hour spent within it. And within all of these, we live a life that is either for us or against us.

Thus, the successful and happy person is the one who sees life, and recognises it’s reality and true nature. For by Allah, it is a life that frequently causes some people to weep, their tears never drying, and frequently makes others laugh, their laughs and joys then never to return.

My beloved, Allah has made this life as a trial, a test, an exam, in which is made apparent the true nature of His slaves. Thus happy is the one who is made successful (in this exam) by the Mercy of Allah while miserable & banished (from salvation) is the one upon whom the Pleasure of Allah becomes forbidden (through this exam).

(Know) for every hour that you live, either Allah is pleased with you in this hour (by your deeds) or the opposite, we seek refuge in Allah from that. Therefore (by this hour) either you come closer to Allah or you stray further from Him.

Thus it may be, that you live a single moment of love and obedience to Allah (by your actions) by which are forgiven the inequities of your life and a lifetime of sins. And it may be that you live a single moment in which you deviate purposely from the Path of Allah, distancing yourself from His obedience, which then becomes a cause of misery & distress, for the rest of your life. We ask Allah for His Safety and Pardoning.

In this life there exist two seperate ‘callers’: The first, is anything that calls to the Mercy, the Good Pleasure and the Love of Allah (be they thoughts or actions). The second type of caller, is anything which invites to the opposite of that. (Such as) a desire or lust that incites one to evil, or a sudden sinful whim that may result in an evil ending (dying in bad or sinful circumstances).

Thus it may be, that a person within a moment of his life, weeps; a weeping of regret and repentance over his negligence towards his Lord; and by (these tears) Allah changes his evil deeds into good deeds (on his record)

But how many a people continue to commit sins? how many a people still indulge in evil? how many a people continue to distance themselves (from Allah), frequently travelling away from their Lord (by their actions)? Thus all of them are distant from the Mercy of Allah, unbeknownst to them, strangers to the Good Pleasure of Allah

Then comes upon them that hour, that exact moment (of penitence), which is what we are referring to, by “the goodly life”, in order that they shed tears of regret and remorse, and that a reason for anguish in the heart may be ignited. Such that the person realises how long his alienation from Allah has been, and how long his absence from his Lord truly has been so that he may then say, “Indeed I am turning to my Lord repentant, remorseful, and in hope of His Mercy and Good Pleasure!”

This time (of penitence) is a person’s key to happiness and contentment, the time of regret. It is as the scholars say,
“Indeed man sins a great deal, but if he is truly sincere in his regret and repentance, Allah will change his sins into good deeds” Thus his life too then becomes pure and goodly, by the purity and truthfulness of that regret and repentance and by the sincerity in the very distress and pain felt within himself.

We ask Allah the Greatest, Lord of the Honourable Throne, to give life to this blessed caller to His Mercy, within our hearts, and to the pain we should feel when we are neglectful towards Allah and His Commands.

My beloved, every single one of us needs to ask themselves a question, we need to ask ourselves day and night,
How many nights are spent awake in activity? and how many hours are passed (in this way)? How many have laughed in this life? And (most importantly) was Allah Pleased with this laughter?

How much of this time was spent in entertainment and enjoyment in this life? Was this enjoyment one that Allah was Pleased with? How many nights were spent awake (in activity)? Was this staying awake (and what you did in those nights), pleasing to Allah?

And so on and so forth, (These are) questions that he should be asking within himself. But a person might wonder why he should be asking these questions (i.e. what’s the point)?

Yes! You must ask yourselves these questions as passes not the instant of a blinking of an eye, nor a fleeting moment in your life, except that you are living in and experiencing the Blessings of Allah! Thus it is from great respect and humility towards Allah, that a person remains constantly aware of the greatness of the Blessings bestowed upon him

From this humility is to truly feel and acknowledge that the food we eat, belongs to and is provided by Allah.

And that we quench our thirst with a drink created by Allah. And that we are shaded and sheltered by a roof provided by Him. And that we walk forth upon a ground provided by Him. And that without doubt we are living in and experiencing His every Bounty and Mercy. So what could we possibly have to offer Him in return?

(So it’s important) a person asks himself these questions.

(For example) doctors say that there exists a substance in a person’s heart, that if it were to increase or decrease by 1%, he would die instantly… So (think) in which courtesy and kindness, which mercy and compassion from Allah does mankind enjoy, experience and live in!

(Even if) a person asks himself about the Mercy of Allah alone, When he wakes up in the morning, possessing his hearing, possessing his sight, possessing his physical strength, who is the one safeguarding his hearing? Who is the One safeguarding his sight? Who is the One safeguarding his intellect? Who is the One safeguarding his very soul?

He must ask himself, who is the One protecting all of these things? Who is the One who Bestowed him with good health and wellbeing?

(Think of) those who are sick, lying on white beds (in hospital), those who are sighing and in pain (from illness), By Allah, through these great blessings Allah conveys His Love for us. The great blessings of good health, wellbeing, security and safety. All of these are provided purely so that we may live a goodly life.

Allah, praised & exalted is He, desires two things from His slave: The first is that he carry out his obligatory duties (e.g. prayer) and the second, is the abandonment of all Allah has forbidden and held him back from.

As for the one who claims that closeness to Allah entails a life of suffering or limitations. Then such a person without doubt has erred greatly in how he perceives Allah.

For, by Allah, if you do not purify and make good your life by closeness to your Lord, you will never be able to do so by way of anything else.

And if you do not purify and adorn your life by carrying out your obligatory duties to Him, and abandoning all that He has forbidden, Then by Allah, you will never be able to so by way of anything else.

A person may experience every single pleasure life has to offer but by Allah, he will never experience anything more pleasurable, more beautiful than servitude to Allah by carrying out his obligations to Him and leaving all that He has forbid him from

(In life) you are subjected to two choices, whenever you are faced with a matter, you have the choice to either do it or not do it. If you decide to go forth and do anything in this life, ask yourself, “Has Allah permitted you to do this thing, or not?” Since the human being himself is owned by Allah, the hearts are all owned by Allah, and the souls are all owned by Allah. Thus a person should, whenever he wants to do something or hold back from it, ask himself, will Allah be pleased with you (by this action)? If so, then let him proceed. Or, will Allah not be pleased by this action? If not then he should hold himself back.

For, by Allah, a person does not proceed with an action nor hold back from it, requesting Allah’s Mercy (and counsel in the decision), except that he pleases his Lord in the process.

Therefore true happiness and a goodly life are only to be found in closeness to Allah

Closeness to who? To the King of Kings, the Controller of the Heavens & the Earth, To whom belongs the Ultimate Command, all creation, and the perfect arrangement and measure of all that exists.

Thus you may find that man is always in a state of anxiety and weariness You may find an individual who has everything he desires, But by Allah, you will find most of those who have all they desire suffer from mental or psychological problems, from anxiety and depression, most of them are extremely unhappy and dissatisfied with their lives

Go and look for the wealthiest person and you’ll most likely find him to be from the most miserable people in life.

And has made the sweetness and savour of life to be found, in being close to Him. And has placed the key to a pleasurable, amiable life, in a pleasurable, amiable relationship with Him

(If we look at just) one prayer that a person performs from the 5 obligatory daily prayers; at the moment of completing his bowing and prostrating and completing his servitude to his Lord, then at leaving the place of prayer,
he feels a great sense of ease and peace within himself!

By Allah, even if he were to spend all the wealth on the earth (in attempt to buy this feeling), He would be unable to seek a way to it.

Thus the goodly life is found only in closeness to Allah. A pleasant, comfortable life will only be found by a closeness to Allah. If a person does not purify and make good his life through this close relationship, then by who (or what) will he….?

Time Management

Time Management | Muhammad al-Shareef

In this lecture Muhammad al-Shareef shows you how to implement such things as: – How to focus – What Islam teaches us about Time – Get what you want from your Time – Understanding the analogy of your life as a traveller

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وَقَالَ رَبُّڪُمُ ٱدۡعُونِىٓ أَسۡتَجِبۡ لَكُمۡۚ إِنَّ ٱلَّذِينَ يَسۡتَكۡبِرُونَ عَنۡ عِبَادَتِى سَيَدۡخُلُونَ جَهَنَّمَ دَاخِرِينَ

And your Lord says: “Call on Me; I will (of a surety) respond to you. Verily those who are too arrogant to serve Me will surely find themselves in Hell – in humiliation!” [Ghaafir 40:60]


Du’a’s and the seeking protection from Allaah are like a weapon, and a weapon is only as good as the person who is using it; it is not merely the matter of how sharp it is. If the weapon is perfect and free of faults, and the arm of the person using it is strong, and there is nothing stopping him, then he can lay waste the enemy. But if any of these three features is lacking, then the effect will be lacking accordingly.


al-Daa’ wa’l-Dawaa’, p. 35 Ibn al-Qayyim (rahimullah)

Sheikh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah (rahimullah) said:

”The du’aa’ in which there is no transgression will be answered, or else the person will be given something equal to it. This is the best response. For the thing that he asked for may be unattainable or may be harmful to the person who prayed or to someone else, but he is ignorant and unaware of the harmful elements in it. But the Lord is Close and Ever-Responsive, and He is more compassionate towards His slaves than a mother towards her child. And He is the Most Generous, Most Merciful: if He is asked for a specific thing and He knows that giving it is not in the best interests of His slave, He will give him something of equal value, as a father does for his child when he asks him for something that is not good for him, so he gives him something of equal worth, and for Allah is the highest description.”

Majmoo’ al-Fataawa, (14/368).