Tuesday, September 27, 2011
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|—||Imam Ali Ibn Abi Talib (as)|
|—||Prophet Muhammad. (Narrated by at-Tirmidhi)|
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
bn al-Qayyim ramatullah alayh said,
Humility comes from knowing about Allah and His names and attributes, and His greatness, venerating Him, loving Him and being in awe of Him; and also from knowing about oneself and one’s faults, and weaknesses. From that may develop the attitude of humility, which means feeling helpless before Allah, and being humble and compassionate towards His slaves, so that the person does not feel superior towards anyone, or think that he has any rights over anyone else; rather he thinks that others are better than him, and that their rights come before his. This is a characteristic that Allah gives to those whom He loves, honours and draws close to Him.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
“Know that the life of this world is but amusement and diversion and adornment and boasting to one another and competition in increase of wealth and children - like the example of a rain whose [resulting] plant growth pleases the tillers; then it dries and you see it turned yellow; then it becomes [scattered] debris. And in the Hereafter is severe punishment and forgiveness from Allah and approval. And what is the worldly life except the enjoyment of delusion.”
(Surah Al-Hadid, ayah 20)
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
“Righteousness is good morality, and wrongdoing is that which wavers in your soul and which you dislike people finding out about.”
“The intelligent person’s tongue is behind his heart: when he wants to speak, he first thinks. If [his words] will be in his favour, he says them, and if they will be against him, he does not speak. And the ignorant person’s heart is behind his tongue: when he merely thinks of saying something, he says it, whether it is for or against him.”
Monday, July 18, 2011
-Reported by Abu Malik al-Harith ibn Asim al-Ash’ari and recorded by Imam Muslim. (#23)
Saturday, July 16, 2011
In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful,
the Ever-Merciful Have you seen the one who denies the Recompense? For that is the one who drives away the orphan And does not encourage the feeding of the poor. So woe to those who pray [But] who are heedless of their prayer - Those who make show [of their deeds] And withhold basic necessities.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
The world made me blind, but that opened my eyes for Allah.
The world made me deaf, but it opened my ears to hear the words of Allah.
The world made me a sinner, but that made me ask Allah for forgiveness.”
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
One day, a rich father took his son on a trip. He wanted to show him how poor someone can be. They spent time on the farm of a poor family.
On the way home, father asked, Did you see how poor they are? What did you learn? The son replied, “We have a pool, they have rivers. We have lanterns at night, they have stars. We buy food, they grow theirs. We have walls to protect us, they have friends. We have encyclopaedias, they have the Quran.”
Then he added: “Thanks Dad for showing me how poor we are.”
LESSON: It’s not about money that makes us rich, it’s about simplicity & having ALLAH in our lives.
And said, ‘Never leave your gods and never leave Wadd or Suwa’ or Yaghuth and Ya’uq and Nasr.
Originally these were the names of good people who had lived among the people. After their deaths, statues of them were erected to keep their memories alive. After sometime, however, people began to worship these statues. Later generations did not even know why they had been erected; they only knew their parents had prayed to them. That is how idol worshipping developed. Since they had no understanding of Allah the Almighty, Who would punish them for their evil deeds, they became cruel and immoral.
Ibn Abbas explained: “Following upon the death of those righteous men, Satan inspired their people to erect statues in the places where they used to sit. They did this, but these statues were not worshiped until the coming generations deviated from the right way of life. Then they worshipped them as their idols.”
In his version, Ibn Jarir narrated: “There were righteous people who lived in the period between Adam and Nuh alayissalam and who had followers who held them as models. After their death, their friends who used to emulate them said: ‘If we make statues of them, it will be more pleasing to us in our worship and will remind us of them.’ So they built statues of them, and , after they had died and others came after them, Iblis crept into their minds saying: ‘Your forefathers used to worship them, and through that worship they got rain.’ So they worshipped them.”
Ibn Abi Hatim related this story: “Waddan was a righteous man who was loved by his people. When he died, they withdrew to his grave in the land of Babylonia and were overwhelmed by sadness. When Iblis saw their sorrow caused by his death, he disguised himself in the form of a man saying: ‘I have seen your sorrow because of this man’s death; can I make a statue like him which could be put in your meeting place to make you remember him?’ They said: ‘Yes.’
So he made the statue like him. They put it in their meeting place in order to be reminded of him. When Iblis saw their interest in remembering him, he said: ‘Can I build a statue of him in the home of each one of you so that he would be in everyone’s house and you could remember him?’
They agreed. Their children learned about and saw what they were doing. They also learned about their remembrance of him instead of Allâh. So the first to be worshipped instead of Allâh was Waddan, the idol which they named thus.”
The essence of this point is that every idol from those earlier mentioned was worshipped by a certain group of people. It was mentioned that people made picture sand as the ages passed they made these pictures into statues, so that their forms could be fully recognized; afterwards they were worshipped instead of Allah.
It was narrated that Umm Salmah and Umm Habibah told Allâh’s Prophet Muhammad sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam about the church called “Maria” which they had seen in the land of Abyssinia. They described its beauty and the pictures therein. He said:
“Those are the people who build places of worship on the grave of every dead man who was righteous and then make therein those pictures. Those are the worst of creation unto Allâh.”