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So you will be well pleased

One of the most uplifting verses you’ll ever recite is, “Surely your Lord will give you; and you will be pleased.” Surat al-Duha.

Of course the verse came down about the Prophet ﷺ and his concern about his umma. But that doesn’t mean it has no other application. Applications of verses are by their general language not their reasons for revelation. The conditions of this verse applying to us are all the conditions of acceptance of du’a such as halal food, trying to avoid sins, and fulfilling obligations.

But this verse works wonders. Next time you’re down, repeat this verse to yourself all day and see how your heart changes.


1 The first secret in this verse is it takes our eyes off the present and directs it to the future.

“Sawfa” means will in the future. It doesn’t say what future. It leaves it open ended. Maybe next hour, maybe next month. Who knows. You enter into the wonderful state of expectation. (Sometimes, the expectation of receiving is even better than the receiving itself!)

This upends a common pitfall people descend into: that the future will be much like today. Nothing can be further from the truth. In fact, human history tells us the exact opposite. Everything is always changing. Nothing stays the same.

2 The “L” before sawfa is a letter of emphasis. “He will definitely give you.” Have absolute certainty. It’s gonna happen for sure.

4 “Yu’teeka” – He will give you. Everyone loves to receive something. It’s human nature. And when you know the giver is Allah, it increases our love for Him.

This word too is open ended. It doesn’t say what He will give us. It’s important to keep our mind open to all possibilities. Your good news may come at work, may come at home, may come in the mail, may be completely non-physical. But one thing’s for sure…something good is coming.

5 “Fa tardaa” – You will immediately be happy. Because sometimes you get what you want but it doesn’t make you happy in the way you imagined. But in this case, you will not be disappointed; you will receive and be pleased.

What a verse. Such compact meanings and really life altering feeling in four words and three particles. 18 letters in all. “There is no replacement for His words.” But to truly settle in the heart, it much constantly be repeated over and over and over.

Authored by Shaykh Dr Shadee al Masry



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A Stolen Pound


‘The condition of the one who relies on Allah is like the condition of the one who is given a pound by a King, then it gets stolen from him; so the King says to him: “I have many times as much as that, so don’t worry. When you come to me, I will give you much more than that from my treasures.”

Thus if this person knows the truthfulness of the king’s statement, and trusts him, and knows that his treasures are full of that, then what he missed will not make him sad.’ –

Imam ibn al Qayyim

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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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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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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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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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It Won’t Last Forever…


“Hardships have an end whose time is known only to God. So, anyone experiencing them has no choice but to be patient until that time is up. Losing patience before that time will not help anything.

Patience is a must, but it is useless without prayer. The one praying should not be hasty, and should instead engage in worship through patience, prayers, and submission to the All-Wise…the hasty one is infringing on the function of the Planner, and this is not the proper position of a servant to be in.

The best position to be in is to accept your fate, and this demands patience. To beg constantly in prayer is the most reliable recourse. Opposition to fate is forbidden, and infringes on the function of the Planner. Understand these points, and your hardship will be much easier to deal with…”

Ibn al-Jawzi  in ‘Sayd al-Khatir’ (p. 148)

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If A Person Misses Out …


If a person misses out on something, one of two scenarios must apply. He may have felt helpless, which is the work of the shaytaan, who prompted him to say “If only”, but there is no benefit in that; rather it is the key to blame.

The second scenario is studying and pondering the divine decree; if something is decreed it could never miss him, and no one could get it before him. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) taught us that which will benefit a person whether he gets what he wanted or not. He forbade us to say “if only” and told us that this opens the door to the shaytaan, because it implies regret for what has passed, grief, sorrow, and blaming the divine decree, and one is sinning thereby. It is the work of the shaytaan. This does not apply only to the words “if only”, rather it applies to the feelings in the heart that accompany it, which are contrary to complete faith and open the door to the shaytaan.

Ibn al-Qayyim

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Indeed A Gift In Disguise


Shayban said to Sufyan Al-Thawri,

“O Sufyan, count that which Allah has prevented from you as a gift to you;

since He has not prevented you out of stinginess but out of kindness.”

[Ibn Al-Jawzi’s ‘Sayid Al-Khatir’, 329]

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Every Du`aa Except One.


This story should be taken as a parable, rather than as fact:

Dr. Saeed, a well-known doctor, was once on his way to an important medical conference in another city in which he was going to be granted an award for medical research he had recently done. He could barely contain his excitement on his way to the airport and couldn’t wait until he arrived at the conference. He had worked long and hard on his research and felt his efforts deserved the award he was about to obtain. However, an hour after the plane took off, the pilot announced that there was a problem with the plane and that they were going to make an emergency landing at the nearest airport.

Afraid that he wouldn’t make it in time for the conference, the doctor ran to the information desk as soon as the plane landed and explained to the woman at the desk that he was expected to be at a very important conference and that he needed to find another way to get to his destination. She told him that there was nothing she could do to help him as there wouldn’t be another flight to his destination for another sixteen hours; but suggested he rent a car and drive down to the city as it was only three hours away. Having no other choice, the doctor agreed to the idea despite his hatred for driving long distances.

The doctor rented a car and started his journey. However, soon after he left, the weather suddenly changed and a heavy storm began.  The pouring rain made it very difficult for him to see and he missed a turn he was supposed to take. After two hours of driving, he was convinced he was lost. Driving in the heavy rain on a deserted road, feeling hungry and tired, he frantically began to look for any sign of civilization. After some time, he finally came across a dark tiny cottage. Desperate, he got out of the car and knocked on the door.

A small elderly woman opened the door for him. He explained his situation and asked if he could use her telephone.  She told him that she didn’t have a phone or electricity but that he was welcome to come in for some food and something warm to drink as he had completely lost his way and that it would take him some time to get back on the right road.  Hungry, wet and exhausted, the doctor accepted her kind offer and walked in. The woman told him to help himself to some food and hot tea on the table and then excused herself to finish her prayers.

Sitting on the table sipping his tea, the doctor watched the woman in the dim light of the candles as she prayed next to what appeared to be a small baby crib. Every time she finished a prayer, she would start another one, and she seemed to be engrossed in making du`a’ while in sujood (prostration). Every now and then she would rock the crib gently.

Feeling that the woman might be in need of help, the doctor seized the opportunity to speak as soon as she finished one of her prayers and told her that he hoped Allah (swt) would answer her du`a’s.  He then said that he noticed that she had been making a lot of du`a’ and asked if there was something she needed that he could get for her or help her with. The woman smiled and said that Allah (swt) had answered all her prayers except for one. She said she didn’t know why Allah (swt) hadn’t answered this specific prayer yet but perhaps it was because of her weak iman (faith).

The doctor asked if she didn’t mind telling him what she was making the du`a’ for. Nodding her head in approval, she said that the child in the crib was her grandson and that both his parents had recently died in a car accident. She said that the child had a very rare type of cancer and that all the doctors she had seen were unable to treat him. She also said that she had been told that there was a doctor who specialized in the type of cancer her grandson had, but there was no way for her to get to this doctor as he lived very far from her; so she has been spending her days and nights praying and making du`a’ that Allah (swt) helps her find a way to get to Dr. Saeed—the doctor who could treat her grandson.

Upon hearing her words, tears began to flow down the doctor’s cheeks and he said: ‘Subhan’Allah (glory be to God), there was a malfunction in the plane, a thunderstorm hit, and I lost my way; and all of this happened because Allah (swt) did not just answer your prayer by helping you find a way to get to Dr. Saeed, but he brought Dr. Saeed to your house. I am Dr. Saeed.’

With tears streaming down her cheeks, the woman raised her hands in du`a’ and said: ‘Oh Allah, how great and merciful You are!’

An excerpt from a longer article:



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