Causes that lead to a hardened heart #5

Assalam alaikoum wa Rahmatullaah wa Barakaatuh,

[Transcribed from “A commentary on Ibn Taymiyyah’s Essy on the Heart” translated by Dr. Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips]

5. Remembrance of Allah has no effect

39:22

“…Then woe to those whose hearts are hardened against the remembrance of Allah …” [39:22]

Those who, when reminded of Allah and His commands, turn away, and scoff at and scorn those who remind them, their hearts have become hardened to the remembrance of God. The various religious obligations were prescribed primarily to keep human beings conscious of Allah in order to help them make the right choices in life. Likewise, all acts of righteousness are forms of remembrance of Allah, as it is He who guided humans to them through His prophets and messengers.

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The next time you wish to donate…

Assalam alaikoum wa Rahmatullaah wa Barakaatuh,

The next time you want to donate but then you’re plagued with doubts about ‘having enough money for later‘ , remind yourself of these ayaahs:

2:268

Shaitan (Satan) threatens you with poverty and orders you to commit Fahsha (evil deeds, illegal sexual intercourse, sins etc.); whereas Allah promises you Forgiveness from Himself and Bounty, and Allah is All-Sufficient for His creatures’ needs, All-Knower. [2:268]

2:274

Those who spend their wealth (in Allah’s Cause) by night and day, in secret and in public, they shall have their reward with their Lord. On them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve. [2:274]

Subhan’Allah I’ve been hearing stories of people who gave to charity but the amount given is somehow compensated in ways they least expect. In fact, they received more than the amount given to charity. The promise of Allah is true and we simply have to place our full trust in Him that He is Ar-Razzaq – no one gives us rezq but Allah SWT alone.

Always love a good article on giving advice.. insha’Allah we can implement these tips into our lives.

Different Strokes..My musings!!

[This was an article I’d written for Habibi Halaqas...really really enjoyed writing this one coz it took me back to anamazing articleI’d read on MuslimMatters, making me smile the whole while :)]

We live in an age where judging others has become the norm and mocking people for their mistakes has become a huge pastime. While some of us might do it unintentionally, others might fall into this out of ignorance or even arrogance. Calling ourselves the Ummah of Prophet Muhammad sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam comes with certain responsibilities. One such responsibility is correcting people’s mistakes.

Quite often in this quest of learning the deen and implementing it in our lives, we become over judgmental of our own brothers and sisters. Instead of correcting their mistakes, we pass fatwas, turning them further away from the beauty of this deen. It is important to understand…

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Causes that lead to a hardened heart #4

Assalam alaikoum wa Rahmatullaah wa Barakaatuh,

[Transcribed from “A commentary on Ibn Taymiyyah’s Essy on the Heart” translated by Dr. Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips]

4. Oppression (Zulm)

22:53

“[That is] so He may make what Satan throws in a trial for those within whose hearts is disease and those hard of heart. And indeed, the wrongdoers are in extreme dissension.” [22:53]

The greatest form of oppression is shirk, as the sage, Luqmaan, told his son: “Indeed shirk is the gravest form of oppression”. One who is accustomed to calling on others besides Allah and finds his needs fulfilled will have great difficulty giving this practise up. His heart becomes hardened to the message of the prophets; to worship God alone. In defence of idolatry, Satan has prepared many excuses that become a trial for both disbelievers and believers.

Short reminder..

Assalam alaikoum wa Rahmatullaah wa Barakaatuh,

Masha’Allah a short but timely reminder..

When you are doing something for the sake of Allah, it should not matter if you are praised or disliked by others. You do it because you are earning His pleasure only. If you find yourself worrying about what others think of you, then you need to re-check your intentions.

Qur’an Reflections

Assalam alaikoum wa Rahmatullaah wa Barakaatuh,

This post is not intended to explain Qur’an from my own (limited) understanding. Rather, these are merely my reflections of certain verses which I came across that left an impact on me when I was reciting the Qur’an.

25:70

“Except those who repent and believe (in Islamic Monotheism), and do righteous deeds, for those, Allah will change their sins into good deeds, and Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” [25:70]

There is a beautiful recitation of this Suraah by Qari Mansoor Az-Zahrany which has been attached at the end of the post. I find that the highlighted part of the ayaah is amazing subhan’Allah. A lecture that I was listening to gave a brief tafseer on that ayaah. The Sheikh said that the Scholars’ understanding is that either:

  1. Allah will turn his sins into good deeds, OR
  2. The sinner becomes a better person and he/she performs many good deeds.

Masha’Allah, how merciful is He!! We commit sins daily knowingly or unknowingly but all He wants from us is that we turn back to Him and our sins are changed into good deeds! The conditions attached are (as stated in the ayaah itself):

  1. Repent
  2. Believe in Islamic Monotheism
  3. Do righteous deeds
During the Al-Maghrib seminar Sh Riad asked the students whether there was anyone who feels that Allah will not forgive them for the sins they have committed before. A few hands shot up and and some shared why they felt that way. But subhan’Allah, Allah is Al-Ghafoor Ar-Raheem – He is more merciful that our own mother!
Umar Ibn al-Khattab (ra) relates that some prisoners were brought before Allah’s Messenger (saw) and amongst them was a woman who was frantically searching for someone in the crowd. When she found a baby amongst the prisoners, she took it in her arms, cradled it next to her chest and suckled it. So Allah’s Messenger (saw) said: “Do you think that this woman would ever throw her child into the fire?” We said: ‘By Allah, Never!’ So he said: “Allah is more merciful to His believing servants than that mother could ever be to her child.
[Bukhari (10/426) & Muslim (18/80)]
I was also thinking of something which might be related to this. When I was growing up, one way to keep us kids disciplined is by using the ‘scare’ tactic. “If you don’t do this, Allah will be angry with you. If you do that, you will be punished in the Hereafter!” I’m sure this method of disciplining children is something most of us have seen or grew up with. Ironically enough, if you look through the Asma ul Husna, there are no names which describes Allah as being ‘Angry’ or ‘Unmerciful’. We have forgotten that Allah is All-Loving (Al-Wadud) along with the other 98 beautiful names in the Asma al husna but we choose to only focus on the negative.
I use the theory of how this method to scare children never actually works because when we remove the ‘object of fear’, fear will not be present too. For example, you place a candy on the table and you tell a child not to take it. He/She will not take it under your watchful eyes but imagine if you leave the child on his/her own. I wouldn’t be surprised if the candy disappears the second you leave! The same applies if we instil fear of Allah in children, it works as parents are around to watch over them. But when they are older and more independent, the fear might not exist as there isn’t anyone to remind them to ‘fear Allah’.
However, there should be a balance between hope and fear. As stated by Ibn Qayyim Rahimullah,
Ibn Qayyim says in his Madarij al-Salikin:“The Heart, in its journey to Allah (swt) is like that of a bird:
Love is its head, and fear and hope are its two wings. When the
head and two wings are sound the bird flies gracefully; if the
head is severed, the bird dies; if the bird loses one of its wings, it
then becomes a target for every hunter or predator.”

How are all these linked to the ayaah? I diverted a little bit from the actual ayaah on repentance and sins being converted to good deeds ; but expounded a little on the beautiful names of Allah as a reminder that having this mentality that ‘Allah only punishes us‘ is indeed something we should try to expel from our thoughts because it portrays the image that He is not merciful and unforgiving thus not Just to His creations.