“Because of your Abundant Tears & Du’aa”

red-flowers-macroImam Al-Bukhari’s mother was a pious and ascetic woman, and was blessed with a sincere du’a. It is narrated that Imam Al-Bukhari went blind in his youth and she saw an amazing dream: she saw Al-Khalil, Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him), and he said to her, ‘O you, Allah has returned your son’s eyesight because of your abundant tears and du’a’.

They woke up and Allah had returned his eyesight.

[Tarikh Baghdad, 2/10, Siyar, 12/393, Intro of 'Al-Fatih', 502]

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“The problem is not with my Lord.”

 3997237600_b755dda490  Ibn al-Qayyim related from al-Jariri:

 “I was told of a man from the Children of Israel who had a need that he wanted fulfilled by Allah.So, he engaged in constant worship and then asked Allah for his need. When he did not see that his need was fulfilled, he spent the night blaming himself, saying: “O self! What is wrong with you that is preventing your need from being fulfilled?”

And he spent the night sad and holding himself to account, saying: “By Allah, the problem is not with my Lord. Rather, the problem is with myself,” and he remained in such a state of holding himself responsible until his need was finally taken care of.”

['Ighathat al-Lahfan'; 1/77]

Taken from our imprisoned brother Tarek Mehannas benenficial blog:

http://iskandrani.wordpress.com/2008/12/20/the-problem-is-not-with-my-lord/

may Allah hasten his release and reunite him with his beloved family ameen

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Sweeter Than The Bitterness…

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” You must be patient.

Even if the pains of waiting, wishing and praying tire you, be patient.

Even when long periods of time pass by and others are blessed with what they have been praying for whilst you still await, be patient.

For Allah does not waste the efforts of the doers of good.

He delays his response only to hear you call to him more.

Be patient.

For what awaits you is sweeter than the bitterness of longing. ~ Author unknown.

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“Will You Keep a Secret?”

Quran-550x412  Abu az-Zahiriyyah narrated: “I went to Tarsus, so I entered upon Abu Mu’awiyah al-Aswad after he had become blind. In his house, I saw a Mushaf (copy of the Qur`an) hanging from the wall, so I said  to  him: “May Allah have Mercy upon you! A Mushaf while you cannot even see?”

 He replied: “My brother, will you keep a secret for me until the day I die?”

 I said: “Yes.” Then, he said to me: “Verily, when I want to read from the Qur’an, my eyesight comes back to me.”

 


 

  Abu Hamzah Nasir bin al-Faraj al-Aslami – and he was a servant of Abu Mu’awiyah al-Aswad – narrates something similar:  “Abu Mu’awiyah had lost his eyesight.

So, if he wished to read from the Qur’an, he would grab around the room for the Mushaf until he would find it.

As   soon as he would open it, Allah would return his eyesight to him. As soon as he closed it, his eyesight would leave him.”

[‘Sifat as-Safwah’; 2/413-414]

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Six Ingredients to Remedy a loss/affliction.

4012534497_305ba304d4Six ingredients to remedy a loss/affliction.

” The first is to have a firm trust in Allah.

The second is resigning oneself to the inescapable fact that everything that is decreed will happen and will follow its unalterable course.

The third is that patience has no substitute for the positive effect it has on the afflicted.

The fourth is an unwavering belief in the implications of this phrase ‘Without showing forbearance, what will I accomplish?’

The fifth is to ask myself, ‘Why should I be a willful party to my own destruction?’

The sixth is knowing that from one hour to the next, circumstances are transformed and difficulties vanish.”

Taken from ‘Don’t be sad’ By Shaykh Aidh al-Qarni

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The Secret to Having Supplications Answered

 3059666905_5f5754e6fe “…And I often find that people supplicate with certain prayers and have their prayers answered, and they couple their supplication with their neediness and turning towards Allah, or a good deed they carried out that caused Allah to respond to this supplication out of gratitude for this good deed, or they happened to supplicate at a time in which it is more likely to be accepted, etc. So, his supplication was answered because of this.

One might think that the secret was in the specific wording of his supplication, and might therefore approach it simply from this angle while ignoring all of these other things that were coupled with it by the person supplicating. This is like someone who uses beneficial medicine at its proper time and in the proper manner and it benefits him as a result, and someone else thinks that simply using this medicine regardless of these other factors will bring about the same benefit. This person is wrong, and this is where many people fall into error.

An example of this is when a needy person supplicates near a grave. So, the ignorant one thinks that the secret of his supplication being answered lies in this grave, and he doesn’t know that the real secret is in his neediness and full dependence on Allah. So, if this happens in a House from the Houses of Allah, this would be better and more beloved to Allah.

And supplications and prayers of refuge are like weapons, and a weapon is only as effective as the one using it, not just based on how sharp it is. So, as perfect and flawless a weapon is, as strong as the arm is that is using it, as much as there is nothing to nullify its effectiveness – the more damaging it will be against the enemy. And whenever one of these three elements is absent, the effect will be held back.

So, if the supplication itself is not good, or the one supplicating does not have both his heart and tongue present when making it, or there is some element present to prevent it from being answered, it will have no effect…”

['ad-Da' wad-Dawa''; p. 40-41] Translated by Tarek Mehanna – may Allah keep our beloved brother steadfast, hasten his release from prison and may Allah allow Tareks final abode to be firdaws. ameen ya rabb,

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Exchanging Allahs Blessing…

3750555006_8dc987333f_m.jpg“From the greatest of sins which are hidden – and widely practiced – is that the servant is enjoying a blessing that Allah has blessed him with and chosen for him, then that servant becomes bored of it and seeks to exchange it for what he thinks – due to his ignorance – is better for him than it, and His Lord continues to be merciful to him and does not prevent him from this blessing, and He excuses him due to his ignorance and this bad choice that he has chosen for himself. When he reaches the limit in scorning this blessing and his boredom with it overcomes him, Allah removes this blessing from him. So, if he is given what he sought in exchange for that blessing, and he sees the immense difference between what he was previously enjoying and and what he has now been given instead of it, his anxiety and regret increase and he requests a return to what he previously had. So, if Allah desires good and guidance for His servant, He allows him to bear witness that what he had was a blessing from the blessings of Allah upon him, and He causes him to become pleased with that blessing and to give thanks to Allah for it. If his soul then whispers to him to again seek to exchange that blessing for something else, he makes istikharah to His Lord, the istikharah of the one who is ignorant of what is in his best interests and unable to attain them. He turns his affairs to Allah, requesting of Him to help him make the best decision.

3220084593_c59d4ce216_m.jpgAnd there is nothing more harmful to the servant than to become bored of the blessings of Allah, because he does not see it as a blessing, and he does not thank Allah for it, and does not become happy because of it. Rather, he belittles it, complains about it and considers it to be a disaster – all this while it can well be from the greatest of Allah’s blessings upon him.

Most people have a feeling of enmity towards Allah’s blessings upon them, and they do not percieve that this opening that Allah has given them is actually a blessing, and they exert the utmost effort in repelling it and pushing it away out of ignorance and oppression. So, how many are those whom Allah’s blessings comes to one of them, and they rise to repel and fight against it? And how many are those whom the blessing comes to one of them and he strives to push it away and brush it to the side out of ignorance and oppression? 2493249752_1cee4c8ce7_m.jpg

Allah – the Exalted – says: {“And this is because Allah would not change a blessing that He has blessed a people with unless they change what is within themselves.”} [al-Anfal; 53] 

The one who is devoid of logic loses his chance * Until the affair passes him by. Then, he blames predestination.”

['al-Fawa'id'; p. 248]


 

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