When The Going Gets Tough

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There isn’t a slave [of Allah] who is stricken by a calamity and reacts by saying,

إنا لله وإنا إليه راجعون، اللهم أجرني في مصيبتي واخلفني خيراً منها

“Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un, Allahumma ajirni fi musibati wa akhlifni khairan minha”
“Indeed we belong to Allah and to Him shall we return; O Allah, reward me for my affliction and give me something better than it in exchange for it,”
except that Allah will give him reward for his affliction, and would give him something better than it in exchange.
 Dr Mohammed al Arefe.

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Major du’a request [Sister Amina Ahmed]

as salamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh

I recently came across the tragic news of dear sister Amina Ahmed. I first read this extremely sad news from the facebook page of Shaykh Omar Suleiman. I have copied and pasted the words from the shaykhs facebook page.

 “This picture is of a young sister Aminah Ahmed graduating yesterday from University of Texas in Arlington. Last night she went to sleep with a headache and didn’t wake up. She had a brain aneurysm and is in a coma on life support at the ICU at Plaza Medical Center in Fort Worth. Please please pray for Aminah to fully recover and make dua for her family. This is very difficult to come to terms with for them and is a reminder to all of us how quickly things can change.

May Allah cure her and return her to her full capabilities and comfort her family. ameen”

I hope you will all spare a moment to call out and beg Allah for sister Aminahs recovery .

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“My Schoolwork Is Distracting Me from Islam!”

Q: I am a student in medical school, and my delving into studying this makes me feel as if my heart is being hardened. So, what do you advise me to do, and how can I combine between studying medicine and studying the Shari’ah?

A: I differ with the brother in his saying that studying medicine leads to the hardness of the heart.  exams1

If he is referring to the time when he is studying for exams, then this can happen in any field of knowledge. This can even happen when studying Tafsir, Fiqh, Hadith, etc. However, if one is in a field such as medicine, and he witnesses the wonders of the Creation of Allah, and the secrets that Allah has placed in the human body – because of which many people have come into faith, and were drowning in disbelief when they saw and pondered over it – how much more would it be for the believer who is obliged to think and ponder? I believe that if the brother were to describe for us the anatomy of the eyeball, or the functions of the liver, the kidney, or the pancreas, we would increase in faith in Allah just as if we were to have heard some verses from the Qur’an, or some ahadith of the Messenger.

The point is that one’s faith can actually be increased by any of this, and if we are strong in such sciences and methodologies, and purify our intentions and goals when approaching them, we could go as far as to refer to such sciences as the supplementary sciences of Tawhid, just as in academic terminology, we refer to some sciences as specialty sciences, and to others as supplemental sciences. So, the true sciences of Tawhid that we teach are the basis. However, the supplemental sciences of Tawhid include medicine, anatomy, chemistry, physics, etc., since they all facilitate the contemplation over the Kingdom of Allah, and over the heavens and the Earth, and in the human soul. Allah Said: {“We shall show them Our signs in the heavens and in their own selves, so that it becomes clear to them that it is the Truth.”} [Fussilat; 53] So, it is necessary for us to make an effort to look and to ponder over the heavens, the Earth, the mountains, the animals, the plants, the water – even the colors – and the origins of the human, how the clot is formed, how the fetus is formed, how the human gains knowledge after this, among all the numerous other concepts that strengthen one’s faith.

However, if the brother is looking to what will happen after graduation, the problem in regards to medicine is in what happens after graduation, as you can work for eight hours in an environment filled with evils. You might even be unable to call to Allah as you should, as you would be constantly busy with surgeries, appointments, etc. So, we say: everyone will do what they were created for, and this Ummah was not created to all be doctors, or scholars of Fiqh, or scholars of Hadith, or preachers. Rather, Allah made a variety in this. So, this person was made to be a preacher, and it is not proper for him to distract himself and turn to something else. And this person was given knowledge of Fiqh and the Qur’an by Allah, including beautiful recitation and exceptional knowledge of the Religion, and such a person should not turn away from this and become a mechanical engineer, for example. However, for the person who was not granted other than this, we do not say to him to ignore his reality and leave what you were created for and was made easy for you, and to go to that which you are not good at. Rather, everyone should work in that which he is best at. This way, the Ummah will be complete, as we will all be doing which we are best suited for and Allah Created us for, and at the same time, we would all be calling to Allah. So, this preacher is making Da’wah from one place, and that doctor from another, and that person from another. It might even be that people who would never have been guided at the hands of the numerous students of knowledge who speak, preach, and teach in the mosques would be guided and accept Islam at the hands of the doctor. ~ Shaykh Safar al-Hawali

Translated from the original arabic by our dear brother Tarek Mehanna. May Allah ease his affairs ameen.

 

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“1,2,3,4 things to seek refuge from”

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Anas bin Malik and Abu Hurayrah narrated that the Messenger of Allah would say:

Allahumma inni a’udhu bika min ‘ilmin la yanfa’ wa min qalbin la yakhsha’ wa min du’a’in la yusma’ wa min nafsin la tashba’

“O Allah! I seek refuge with You from knowledge that does not benefit, and from a heart that is not subdued and humble, and from a supplication that is not heard, and from a self that is not satisfied.”

And he would then say: “O Allah! I seek refuge with You from these four things.”

[Reported by an-Nasa’i (5470, 5536 & 5537) and Abu Dawud (1548), and it is sahih]

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Let’s try to collect all 30 instead of stopping at 10!

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Abu Hurayrah reported that a man passed by the Messenger of Allah while he was in a gathering, and he said: “as-Salamu ‘alaykum.” So, he said: “Ten good deeds.”

Another man passed by and said: “as-Salamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah.” So, he said: “Twenty good deeds.”

Another man passed by and said: “as-Salamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah wa Barakatuh.” So, he said: “Thirty good deeds.”

So, let us try to obtain the thirty good deeds by making the complete greeting instead of the basic one. Imagine how many hasanat pass us by every time we greet each other, as just two or three extra words will gain us an extra twenty good deeds each time we say them!

And from ‘as-Silsilah as-Sahihah’ (1403): “If a man meets his Muslim brother, he should say: ‘as-Salamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah wa Barakatuh.’”

From ‘Sahih al-Adab al-Mufrad’ (757) Translated by Tarek Mehanna – may Allah ease his affairs, hasten his release from prison and keep him steadfast ameen. Please remember all those imprisoned on false charges.

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The Way Allahs Decree Protects Us…

قال قتادة

قد فرح به أبواه حين ولد وحزنا عليه حين قتل ولو بقي لكان فيه هلاكهما فليرض امرؤ بقضاء الله فإن قضاء الله للمؤمن فيما يكره خير له من قضائه فيما يحب.

Qatadah said regarding the child al-Khidr killed:20120506-011601.jpg

“His parents rejoiced when he was born and grieved for him when he was killed.

If he had stayed alive, he would have been the cause of their doom.

So let a man be content with the decree of Allah, for the decree of Allah for the believer, if he dislikes it, is better for him than if He were to decree something that he likes for him.”

    Tafseer al Quran al Kareem ibn Katheer
تفسير القرآن الكريم ابن كثير ١٨:٨٠

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She said ‘Decree and Destiny.’

IMG_2414Umm Aban bint Utbah rejected proposal from not just one man, but from three men from among Ashrah Mubasharah (The ten given glad tidings of Jannah)

Her insight into the men and their personalities is discerning. A righteous man, or a well known leader of the ummah doesn’t necessarily mean he will be the best husband for you. In fact Umar ibn khattab divorced many times – I’m sure the women who married him must’ve thought how amazing it is to be married to the Ameer al Mumineen. But in reality, what he does for the ummah and his station in akhirah may not necessarily mean any benefit for you.

Another striking part of the story is the flexibility in gender interaction. How often can brothers address their friend’s wives about her personal opinions and choices? It is unheard of. But yet we see Ali openly questioning Talha’s wife as to why she rejected his proposal and married Talha! He later on even comments that she married because of his good looks.

SubhanAllah, look at how relaxed and pure their interactions and communications were between genders. Today, we’ve made such rigid rules of interactions, and view everything of the opposite gender as suspicious and impure.

Please read the story below:

She journeyed to Syria and witnessed its opening to Islam with her brother Abu Hashim and her husband Aban ibn Sa’id. She was widowed on the day of the Battle of Ajnadayn. It is said that they were together no more than two nights before she was widowed. Another version says her husband who was killed was Yazid ibn Abu Sufyan. IMG_2425

When she was widowed, ‘Umar proposed to her and she rejected him. She was asked “Why?” She said, “When he enters, he enters sternly and when he leaves, he leaves sternly. He is preoccupied by his Hereafter from his worldly affairs, as if he were staring his Lord in the eye.” Another version has it, “He enters frowning and he leaves frowning. His doors are closed and his giving is little.”

Then Zubayr ibn al-Awwam proposed to her and she rejected him. She was asked, “Why?” She said, “A wife gets nothing from him but chores and work to secure his needs. And he says, ‘I did this’ and, ‘I did that’, and ‘I am this’, and ‘I am that’.”

Then ‘Ali proposed to her and she rejected him. She was asked, “Why?” And she said, “Women have no luck when they are with him … ” [abridgement]

Then Talhah proposed to her and she said, “Marry me, truly.” People said, “How is this?” She said, “I truly know his moral character. When he enters, he enters laughing and when he leaves he leaves smiling. When he is asked, he gives. When I withdraw, he inquires; when I work, he thanks; and when I do wrong, he forgives.”

‘Ali was visiting them in their home and he said [to her husband], “Abu Muhammad, may I speak to Umm Aban?” He said, “Speak to her.” ‘Ali said, “As-salamu alayki, oh woman who is dear to herself.” She said, “Alayk as-salam.” He said, “The Leader of the Believers, Chief of the Muslims, proposed to you and you rejected him.”

IMG_2393“That is so.”

“And I proposed to you and I am from the Prophet and you rejected me.”
“That is so.”

In another version, ‘Ali added, “You refused all those whom you refused, and married this son of the daughter of Al-Hadrami.” She said “Decree and destiny.” ‘Ali replied, “You know, you married the one of us who was most beautiful of face, the one with the best hand, and the one with the most goodness toward his family.”

‪#‎ForgottenHeroines‬
[Translated and abridged from A’lam an-Nisa by ‘Umar Kahhala, vol. 1, p. 21]

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