Avoiding the Talks and Writings of Irreligious People

Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned the following:

If an irreligious person speaks of something relating to deen, then his speech will contain some darkness in it. Similarly, his writings will also contain some type of darkness in it. On the converse, if a righteous person speaks of something relating to the dunya, his speech will contain noor in it.

The reason is that in reality, a person’s speech originates from his heart. Hence, a person’s speech will definitely contain the effect of his heart. (If his heart is pure, the effect of the purity will be seen in his speech and writings, and if his heart is impure, then the effect of the impurity will similarly be seen in his speech and writings.)

When this is the situation, that the speaker’s inner condition is reflected in his speech, and the writer’s inner condition is reflected in his writing, then one should understand that it is extremely important for one to refrain from sitting in the company of irreligious people (those who are not committed to deen) and nor should one ever read their writings.

Reading the writings of an author is akin to sitting in his company. Thus, the very same ill-effects which one will experience through sitting in the company of an irreligious person will be found through reading his books or writings.

(Malfoozaat Hakeemul Ummat 23/117)

Ibn Al-Jawzi’s Warning on the Great Trap

By Abu Dhar -September 18, 2022

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ

Introduction

Praise be to الله‎ (Allah), Lord of the Worlds. The Hereafter is for the pious, and there is no enmity save toward the unjust. I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship save Allah alone, and I bear witness that Muhammad ﷺ is His Slave and Messenger. May Allah bless him, his pure Household, his noble Companions, and all those who follow them in goodness up to the day of Judgement.

The theme of this project, Overcoming the Devil’s Deception, is inspired by the book of Ibn Al-Jawzi (رحمه الله) which seeks to warn mankind against the plots of the devil. Identifying the evil of the devil’s plots is in turn a form of warning against them. One of these modern-day plots which are in play upon the masses is the abandonment of obtaining Islamic literature and pondering upon them. The masses now seek to gain their self-thought-sufficient Islamic knowledge through online media forms such as social media posts and brief clips that are forwarded without verification or from unfit “compassionate imam” simps. The first book that will be covered in this project will be Sincere Counsel to the Seekers of Sacred Knowledge by Ibn al-Jawzi.

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We need to present Islamic literature to the masses even by summarizing chapters and concepts from well-known books authored by our amazing Islamic scholars of the past (may Allah have mercy on them). This is with the hope of presenting authentic Islamic knowledge from legitimate sources, directly from the books (which anybody can go back and verify) for example, to the masses and in a way that is both understandable and practical. Within these posts, we will share quotes from scholars and other books as deemed fit when summarizing and perhaps some commentary (if a modern-day issue that a concept in the text has a solution for, etc).

Allah has bestowed upon us His Mercy and Kindness by sending His Messenger Muhammad ﷺ and His Message as the final heavenly message. He has sent this Message pure and complete. No one, except the deviated people, could be diverted from it. He has promised happiness in this world and in the Hereafter for the followers of His Shariʹah—those who have fully appreciated its value and devoted themselves to conveying it in accordance with Allahʹs Wishes and the guidance of His Messenger. Allah has called them His friends and party. He has also promised misery and degradation for those who have deviated from His Shariʹah and His Right path. He has called them the friends and party of Satan. (Excerpt from Al-Wala’ Wa ‘l-Bara’, Vol.1)

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اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ عِلْمٍ لَا يَنْفَعُ وَمِنْ قَلْبٍ لَا يَخْشَعُ وَمِنْ نَفْسٍ ‏لَا تَشْبَعُ ‏ ‏وَمِنْ دَعْوَةٍ لَا يُسْتَجَابُ لَهَا‏

I also ask Allah that He accept this humble effort from me and make it of benefit to my brothers and sisters in Islam.

“Our Rabb! Punish us not if we forget or fall into error, our Rabb! Lay not on us a burden like that which You did lay on those before us (Jews and Christians); our Rabb! Put not on us a burden greater than we have the strength to bear. Pardon us and grant us Forgiveness. Have mercy on us. You are our Mawla (Patron, Supporter, and Protector, etc.) and give us victory over the disbelieving people.” (Qur’an, 2:286)

Encouragement and Intimidation Prior to This Beneficial Exhortation

“You should know, my son, may Allah guide you to what is right, that man has been distinguished by intellect only so that he would act according to it. Bring it to the fore, use it in contemplation and spend time alone with yourself. You will conclude that you are a created being who has responsibilities and obligations and that the two angles are counting your every word and glance. Every breath is a step closer to our death. The time we spend in this world is short, the tie we are held in our graves is long, and the punishment for following our base desires is calamitous.”

This is from the first paragraph of this opening book. The last sentence, from a concerned father to his son, is a dire warning that all of us can take heed of. If you ever take a walk through a cemetery, whether of Muslims or of Kuffar, then you will undoubtedly notice the difference in the ages of those who have passed away. Consider your own age and see where it is that you fit in on the ground that you walk upon, and know that one day it will be your body laying beneath the earth.

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“Where Is the delight of yesterday? It has departed leaving only regret in its wake. Where Is the soul’s desire? How many has it brought low, how many has it caused to slip and falter? People have only attained happiness by going against their lusts and desires. People have only become wretched by giving preference to the life of this world. Learn from the lives of the kings and ascetics: where is the delight of the kings and where is the weariness of the ascetics? The only thing left is the abundant reward and beautiful mention for the pious, and malicious words and calamitous punishment for the disobedient. It is as if those who starved never starved and those who ate to their fill never did so. Laziness in virtuous deeds is an evil companion indeed, and love of comfort causes regret greater than any enjoyment. So take heed and tire yourself for your self.”

The message here is very clear. Relative to this is the statement of Umar ibn Al-Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him):

“Bring yourself to account before you are taken to account; weigh your deeds before your deeds are weighed.” (Igathat al-Lahfan)

Have you taken the things you had done yesterday into account? Or have you forgotten and disregarded it all for it to possibly be placed on your scale of deeds as something bad?

What are your priorities? Is it this life or the next life? Islam is a way of life. Do you take care to ensure your lifestyle is in accordance with what Islam says or are you negligent?

People are asleep, and only when they enter their graves will they have a harsh awakening and regret their carefree slumber. Take heed and learn about the hereafter, whether through a series of lectures or via books. There are many books on this topic.

“Know, that performing the obligatory and avoiding the forbidden is a must; whenever a person transgresses the limits let him beware of the Fire. Then know that aspiring to virtuous deeds is the highest goal of those who strive yet virtuous deeds vary in status and ranks; some people consider them to mean abstaining from worldly vanities and others think they stand for dedicating oneself for worship. The truth, however, is that complete virtue is nothing but joining knowledge with action. When these two are combined they raise a person the level of truly knowing the Creator, Exalted and Most High, causing him to love, fear, and yearn for Him. That is the true goal. People also vary in determination: not everybody who wants is wanted and not everybody who seeks finds what he is looking for. Still, everyone must strive to reach their goals because “Everyone is eased towards what he is created for.”

Much of the Muslim masses today lack knowledge of what is obligatory and what is forbidden, which is why you see them wandering around like sheep. There is no desire within them to change or to learn the haqq (truth). If we desire to remain like sheep and continue acting like sheep, then we shall be skinned and slaughtered like sheep too.

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It is necessary for the scholars who have the knowledge to act upon that knowledge too, for abandoning action while having knowledge is like a body without a soul.

We must strive to learn the basics of Islam and our aqidah (creed) as Muslims—as taught to the noble prophetic companions (may Allah be pleased with them) and passed down faithfully throughout the generations until this day—so that we may fulfill our purpose and the honorable position bestowed upon us by Allah as the best of creation.

“And [know that] I have not created [either] jinn or human beings [for any other purpose] but to [know and] worship Me [alone].” (Qur’an, 51:56)

And ultimately Allah is the source of all help.

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The Believer’s Love for Allah

By Ms. Verses -September 12, 2022

“The intention wasn’t to slay the boy, but rather to slay him from his father’s heart.” (Tafsir Ibn Al-Qayyim)

No romance here.

This is a simple story of love between a man and his Creator, Allah.

In Ayah 125 of Surat An-Nisa, Allah highlights the depth of this relationship with Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him).

And who is better in religion than one who submits himself to Allāh while being a doer of good and follows the religion of Abraham, inclining toward truth? And Allāh took Abraham as an intimate friend.

(Qur’an, 4:125)

Unfortunately, for many of us a relationship of love isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when we think of Allah. It is common for people to mistakenly view their relationship with Allah as one of obedience alone.

As such, I personally believe that we need to emphasize the love of Allah a lot more; especially to the younger generations. Love is often what spurs our actions and motives.

It is no surprise that the entertainment industry has completely distorted and warped the concept of love in order to peddle their own toxic beliefs. Everything from gay marriage to interfaith compromises is masked today with an illusive label of “love.”

This article aims to restore true balance to the concept of love, bringing it back and putting it in its actual place where it belongs. It is based primarily on the writings of Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah, a scholar who extensively addressed the topic of “love” within many of his books.

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You Are Who You Love

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:

You will be with those whom you love.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari and Sahih Muslim)

I used to feel like it was unfair that someone may go to hell for loving a sinful celebrity. However, the truth is, your love for someone is more than likely to lead you down the same path as them.

What many of us don’t seem to realize is that Muslims aren’t falling into apostasy because it makes more sense to them. Rather, it’s because of a love for the Western lifestyle and the adopting of their values. This is what leads many Muslims to abandon Islam, which places limits upon them and prevents them from living a liberal lifestyle based solely on the fulfillment of their desires.

To take a lesson from history, you can track the unjustified architectural “achievements” of Khedive Ismail, and you’ll quickly notice the very evident fascination with the West. When the colonizers left North Africa, they made sure to assign rulers who loved their morals—even if they disagreed with them politically.

As you may have inferred, I believe that Western development has had an immense effect on liberalizing Egyptian society, but is something that could possibly be expounded upon in another article.

Love for Allah vs Love for Everything Else

Let’s get back to the story of Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him)

[He prayed:] My Lord! Grant me [a child who shall be] of the righteous. Thereafter, We gave him glad tidings of a most forbearing boy. (Qur’an, 37:100-101)

As you may know, Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him) was blessed with his son Prophet Isma’il (peace be upon him) at an old age, and thus his fatherly love and affection for Prophet Isma’il (peace be upon him) was to a great degree.

And Allah tested Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him) with this great love that he had towards his son Prophet Isma’il (peace be upon him):

So when he had attained to [an age of] striving with him [in good works, Ibrahim] said: O my dear son! I have seen in a dream that I am to sacrifice you. So consider [this, and tell me] what you think? He said: O my dear father! Do what you are commanded [by Allah]. You shall find me, if Allah so wills, among those who are patient. (Qur’an, 37:102)

Did Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him) refuse Allah’s command because of his immense love for his son? No. He prioritized Allah and willingly submitted to His command:

So at last, when they had willingly submitted themselves [to the will of Allah], and he had laid him down [for sacrifice, his son’s head turned away] upon his temple. We then called out to him: O Ibrahim! Truly, you have confirmed the [truth revealed in your] vision. [And] thus do We reward those who excel in [doing] good. Indeed, this was most surely a manifest test [for father and son]. But We [spared his son and] ransomed him with a sacrifice of a magnificent offering]. Moreover, We perpetuated for him [his good name] among the latter generations: Peace [forever] be upon Ibrahim! Thus do We reward those who excel in [doing] good. For, indeed, he was [one] of Our [true] believing servants [whom We saved]. Moreover, We gave him glad tidings of [the birth of another son,] Ishaq, [who would be] a prophet [and] one of the righteous. Thus did We bestow [abundant] blessings upon him and upon Ishaq. So of their descendants are those who excel in [doing] good—and those who clearly wrong their own souls. (Qur’an, 37:103-113)

So what lessons do we learn from this?

  • Allah often tests us with the things that we love.
  • Never allow your love for anything come between you and Allah.
  • Never allow your love for anything lead you towards disobeying Allah.
  • Never allow your love for anything supersede your love for Allah.

It is also interesting to note that Allah greatly appreciates the tremendous sacrifices of the family of Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him) and as such, several Hajj rites can be traced back to specific deeds of theirs.

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The Different Types of Love

The scholars divide love (hubb) into two categories:

  1. Hubb ‘aqli (rational love); and
  2. Hubb tabi’i (natural love).

What a person is mukallaf (legally responsible in shari’ah) for is rational love, which basically means giving priority to Allah over all else. So for example, even if someone is attached to his child, wife, etc., he does not allow them to lead him into disobedience. This is his rational love for Allah superseding all else.

A person should also strive to make their natural love for Allah and the Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) supersede their love for everything else. Of course, there is also such a thing as unnecessary attachments to the dunya.

It would of course be incorrect to say that the rational love (hubb ‘aqli) of Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him) for Prophet Isma’il (peace be upon him) ever equalled or superseded his rational love of Allah. Nor would his natural love (hubb ‘aqli), which wouldn’t have been changed by the test. He still loved Prophet Isma’il (peace be upon him) the same both before and after the test, and there is no indication that it was of a different degree thereafter.

Tawhid of Love

And [yet], among the people are those who take other than Allāh as equals [to Him]. They love them as they [should] love Allāh. But those who believe are stronger in love for Allāh. And if only they who have wronged would consider [that] when they see the punishment, [they will be certain] that all power belongs to Allāh and that Allāh is severe in punishment. (Qur’an, 2:165)

Ibn Al-Qayyim states that worship equals love plus submission and humility.

It is possible that you may submit to your boss without loving them, or that you may love your children without submitting to their demands. In both cases, it’s not a relationship of worship.

However, there’s a simple way to determine whether or not you’ve allowed yourself to become submissive to your loved ones instead and are putting them before Allah. Just ask yourself if you put their desires, feelings, and requests above the commands of Allah.

Similarly, do you unflinchingly follow fashion trends, even if they don’t conform to the laws of Islam? Would you rather avoid hurting the feelings of your friends by joining their unlawful mixed-gender gatherings? Are you loyal to your political party, despite them not adhering to the Shari’ah?

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And, perhaps more critically, can’t you abandon a Haram relationship for the sake of Allah?

In fact, depending on the degree, if someone’s rational love (hubb ‘aqli) for something supersedes their rational love for Allah then this could even be Shirk. Additionally, an all-consuming submissive love towards someone or something will inevitably lead to breaking the laws of Allah.

Love for Allah Is a Shield Against Immortality

And very truly, she had [firmly] set her desire on him. And he [too] would have set his desire on her had he not seen a [guiding] proof [from his Lord]. In this way did We turn evil and lewdness away from him. Indeed he was one of Our sincere, elect servants. (Qur’an, 12:24)

This Ayah mentions how Prophet Yusuf (peace be upon him) was tested with an attempt at seducing him. Interestingly, Ibn Al-Qayyim explains how Prophet Yusuf (peace be upon him) could resist her advances—while being a single man—due to his his heart already being whole, full to the brim with love for Allah.

On the other hand, despite the woman Prophet Yusuf (peace be upon him) was serving being married, she fell into this pitfall because her soul was empty.

In fact the cure that Ibn Al-Qayyim proposes, in his book Al-Jawab Al-Kafi, is the love of Allah. To provide some context here, Al-Jawab Al-Kafi is a entire book dedicated towards responding to a question about curing sins of affection. This is also the first book I’d recommend to anyone looking to become familiar with the works of Ibn Al-Qayyim.

Simply put, you wouldn’t sacrifice your greatest love for some mere fleeting pleasures, which is why it is necessary for us to fill our hearts with Allah’s love.

I believe it’s extremely critical to strongly emphasize that being single does not justify falling into Haram relationships. While I strongly advocate preparing teenagers for early marriage, it is entirely possible even for those who can’t, to live a pure and pious life, simply accepting it as part of their greater trial in this world.

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If you think about it, our beloved Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and grant him peace) married late considering the standard age of marriage during that time. One of the reasons Allah chose to send human prophets is to make their experiences relatable to us.

Furthermore, it wasn’t like Prophet Yusuf (peace be upon him) was rewarded with a pious wife straight after this trial. Instead, the next trial followed immediately thereafter, and he was unjustly imprisoned.

Besides submitting completely to the teachings of Islam, a Muslim should also wholeheartedly accept the trials they are tested with in this life, with patience and forbearance, while continuously striving and supplicating to Allah for guidance and assistance.

However, before we are confronted with a trial of our own, we must all utilize the cure found in the story of Prophet Yusuf (peace be upon him) and ensure our hearts are brimming with the love of Allah. It is also better to approach marriage with a heart that is already full with love for Allah, so that we are able to prioritize Allah and His commands over all else.

What About Halal Love?

Without a doubt, marriage is one of life’s greatest blessings. However, this is only when it kept secondary to our love for Allah.

O you who believe! Indeed, among your spouses and your children are those who are enemies to you. So beware of them. Yet if you pardon and excuse and forgive, then [let it be known that], indeed Allah is All-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (Qur’an, 64:14)

In this Ayah (verse) Allah reveals how even those we love through Halal means, such as marriage, can actually be our enemies. Thus they could deter us from doing righteous deeds, such as giving more charity or fighting for the sake of Allah. Even so, the Ayah directs us to pardon, excuse, and forgive because as Muslims we’re required to be good to our relatives and to treat them well.

The truth is, being part of the “moderate nation” (ummatan wasatan) is both a privilege and a responsibility. Striking a balance will remain the toughest challenge for sincere believers. Even in general worldly terms, it isn’t easy to know if you should prioritize your mother or spouse in different situations, not to mention polygynous marriages.

Yet you shall never be able to be [purely] equitable between wives—even if you are solicitous [about doing so]. But do not altogether incline against one, such that you leave her, as it were, hanging. Rather, if you set affairs right, and be God-fearing, then, indeed, ever is Allah All-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (Qur’an, 4:129)

Although we may frequently tip the balance of love, it is vital we understand that Allah’s pleasure should be the foundation upon which all of our relationships are built. When tempted to make a decision based on emotions wherein the laws of Allah may be contravened, consider if your loved ones will support you on

a Day when neither wealth nor children will benefit [anyone] in any way. (Qur’an, 26:88)

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How to Love Allah?

If we weren’t constantly being blinded by the screens of our smartphones, it would’ve been easy to love Allah by simply gazing upon His creation. But such are the times, and some people seem to be amazed only by NASA’s technology rather than the creation of Allah.

As such, here are some practical steps we can apply in order for us to feel Allah’s love. Try to implement as many as you can; and on a daily basis.

Learn Allah’s Names

Yet among humankind there are those who take [false gods] apart from Allah as [His] rivals. They love them with the love due only to Allah! But those who [truly] believe have a far greater love for Allah. If only those who do wrong [by associating others with Allah] could see [themselves] at the moment they shall behold the torment [of Hellfire, when they realize] that, indeed, all power belongs to Allah, entirely—and that, indeed, Allah is most severe in [administering] torment. (Qur’an, 2:165)

It is Allah’s right to be loved by His creation, and this is even without considering the countless blessings which He bestows upon us. It is He alone that deserves to be worshiped. He has the most beautiful, perfect names and attributes.

The fact is, the more you know Allah, the more you recognize how there is absolutely no comparison whatsoever between Him and His creation.

He is the [Sole] Originator of the heavens and the earth [with no precedent]. It is He [alone] who has made for you from among yourselves mates, [males and females]. And out [of all kinds] of cattle, He made [such] mates, [as well]. Thereby, He multiples you. There is nothing that is anything like Him. For He is the All-Hearing, the All-Seeing. (Qur’an, 42:11)

And comparable to Him, there is none. (Qur’an, 112:4)

Coming to such a realization will make it much easier for you to place Allah’s commands before everything else.

For this purpose, I think one of the best ways to learn about Allah’s names is through reading the Tafsir (exegesis) of the Qur’anic verses mentioning His names. This will result in gaining a deeper insight into the implications of Allah’s names from the expert scholars in the field.

I do believe however, that learning from any credible source will enhance your knowledge on Allah’s names. Take for example these engaging videos for children.

Count The Blessings He Has Bestowed Upon You

And remember when you were few and [utterly] helpless in the land. You were afraid that people would snatch you away. Then He sheltered you and aided you with His victory. Moreover, He provided you with wholesome things, so that you may give thanks. (Qur’an, 8:26)

Let’s get over this superficial way of thinking where Allah’s blessings are limited to wealth, reputation, and the like. Take a step back in time and think of the countless times that Allah saved you from slipping into deviance and degeneracy.

How many times have we heartily sought out Haram, but Allah blocked our means towards them? How many people around us have been deprived from this guidance?

Material provision and support during hardship is also of course from Allah’s blessings. Yet, every blessing has to be valued with regard to its impact on our faith, which is Allah’s greatest favor upon us. If we only we could all see it that way.

Marvel at; and Contemplate Upon Allah’s Creation

Indeed, in the creation of the heavens and the earth and in the alternation of the night and the daylight are signs [of Allah’s creative power] for those who are endowed with [discretion and] understanding [and so heed admonition:] The ones who remember Allah [with reverence] while standing and while sitting and while lying on their sides; and who reflect on the creation of the heavens and the earth, [saying:] Our Lord! You have not created [all] this in vain. Highly exalted are You [far above all]! So save us from the torment of the Fire [of Hell]. (Qur’an, 3:190-191)

Allah’s design of His creation is amazing. We should regularly take out time to admire its beauty and ponder upon its perfection. From the elegance of nature to the sophistication of the cosmos and complexity of the anatomy of humans and animals; everything is perfectly placed and indicates towards a designer, a Creator.

Such is the [Sole] Knower of the [realms of all the] unseen and the seen, the Overpowering [One], the Most-Merciful—the One who has made excellent everything He has created, and who originated the creation of humankind from clay. (Qur’an, 32:6-7)

If you’ve tried to design anything from scratch you’re probably aware of what it takes to balance both harmony and variation. Allah’s creation is immensely varying. Yet, no two people are entirely identical and the universe never combusts due to faulty design.

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Remembering Allah

These are the ones who [truly] believe and whose hearts grow calm [with assurance] at the remembrance of Allah. Most assuredly, it is by the remembrance of Allah that hearts grow calm. (Qur’an, 13:28)

Nothing provides a better indication of the pleasure and serenity of Jannah than beautiful recitation of the Qur’an. The more time you spend with the Qur’an—reciting it with correct Tajwid, listening to its recitation, pondering upon and studying its meaning—the closer you become to Allah. You also perceive its superiority over every other text.

This is the Book [of Allah]. There is no doubt therein. It is guidance for the God-fearing. (Qur’an, 2:1)

We all find solace in listening to the words of those dearest to us. Let it be Allah’s words that we take comfort in. Let it be Allah’s words that we take to heart.

Also, through the remembrance of Allah’s names, you remind yourself of His support during moments of hardship. Even if you don’t know much of the Qur’an, you can keep calling upon Allah with His beautiful, perfect names.

Say [to the people, O Prophet]: Call upon Allah, or call upon the All-Merciful. By either [name] you may call [Him]. For [He is one, and] to Him [alone] belong the most excellent names. (Qur’an, 17:10)

Passing Down Love of Allah

I remember how shocked I first learned, as a teenager, that love could potentially be Shirk. It felt like something I really should’ve been taught before the ABCs. It is a pretty simple concept that even children would be able to grasp very easily.

Even better, it gives them a better understanding of generic terms such as “worship” and “Tawhid.” If you were to ask a seven-year-old child about worship, the most common answers would all be along the lines of prayer and fasting. Yet, worship is something much deeper in Islam, and many things which may be considered mundane everyday activities can actually be rewarding based on a person’s intention.

The implication of Tawhid is that Allah comes first in terms of love, fear, hope, submission, dependence, and more. Based on this knowledge, try giving a real-life scenario where belief in Tawhid is being represented in practice, ideally in relation to conflicts.

For instance, you can elaborate on how your children’s love for Allah should make them stop whatever they’re doing and immediately answer the call to prayer, even if they’re engaged in competitive play. Similarly, since they fear Allah the most, they shouldn’t be afraid to outwardly express their Islam in things like dress and praying in public, even if this means they are mocked about it.

Another method I found fruitful is making a list. Give them examples of who they should never love or fear more than Allah. Please stress upon them that your preferences as parents do not supersede the commands of Allah. However they also need to understand that, as their parents, your preferences are still very significant when they are not in conflict with the Shari’ah. This could be things like who they befriend and hang out with, who their teachers and role models are, and so on.

Finally, make it a habit within your home to be vocal about Allah’s love. Ask your children to state their reasons for loving Allah and showing gratitude to Him. This way you reassure other family members, helping them reinforce their faith and increasing their confidence to boldly identify as Muslims.

At the end of the day, your sincere words about Allah will not only be among your greatest contributions to those under your care but also to your own life in the Hereafter.

The Prophet ﷺ said:

A man utters a word pleasing to Allah without considering it of any significance for which Allah exalts his ranks (in Jannah); another one speaks a word displeasing to Allah without considering it of any importance, and for this reason he will sink down into Hell.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari)

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Islam & going along with the times?

19 November 2016
EVERY SOCIETY IS NOT WORTHY OF BEING FOLLOWED

Hazrat Maseehul-Ummat RA says:

Allah Ta’ala states: “O Believers! Enter Islam completely!” (Sura Baqara, verse 208). This command will apply for all times, till the Day of Qiyaamah. So then, what does it mean (when people say) that “we should go along with the times; we should flow with the (trends of) society”? Further on Allah Ta’ala says: “And do not follow the footsteps of Shaytaan.” One who follows the environment of the society he lives in and adopts its trends and fashions, is a follower of Shaytaan.

People say ‘the Molvis are behind times; they are old-fashioned and backwards’; Allah knows what other titles they give the Ulema. They regard themselves as enlightened and advanced and accuse the Ulema of being antiquated. However, this is a Shaytaani thought and subservience to Shaytaan.

In another verse Allah Ta’ala states: “O Believers! Take charge of your selves, then those who have gone astray shall not be able to harm you once you have achieved guidance” (Surah Maa-idah, verse 105). In this verse Allah Ta’ala is negating the concept of adhering to trends and fashions of a society. And Allah wants us to become firm on Deen. When we are grounded in His Guidance then the environment of our society can never harm us. Once people around you see your firmness on Deen, they will refrain from negative statements.

Malfoozhaat Maseehul-Ummat

HAKEEM AKHTRA SAAHEB DECLARATION OF HIS KHILAFA RESCINDED IF ANY ONE CONNECTED TO HIM BE INVOLVED IN PICTURE MAKING

Those connected with this humble servant and particularly the Khulafa are specially warned that pictures of living objects are categorically impermissible in Islam be it be a picture from a Camera or digital camera or a moving (videos) these are all impermissible. If someone declares a (conventional) camera to be a (digital) device this is his own action but we remain on the way of our elders and deem all sorts of pictures to be impermissible. By the same extension how can teaching women on a (video) screen or to show one’s own image to Non-Mehram women be permissible? If our elders forbade teaching women through a (physical) barrier then how can it be permissible for men to show their image to Non-Mehram women?
Shaykh (Hakeemul-Ummat) Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (RA) used to say that Amaliyaat lead to the destruction of inner (Baatini) Nisbat. Today, the rules and regulations of Sharia are being clearly violated in the name of Amaliyaat e.g. meeting Non-Mehram women in isolation and to blow on Non-Mehram women which are all impermissible acts. Therefore those who are connected with me are strictly forbidden from visiting Amils or carrying Amaliyaat themselves.
If there is a difference of opinion then instead of criticising each other publicly contact the Khanqah and act on the advice given (from here). The guidelines of this path is to act upon the teachings of the Shaykh and to remain on his way.
All those who are connected (in general) and the Khulafa in particular are specifically instructed to obey the Shariah in all facets and not to do anything against the Sharia.
If the instructions above are violated, Khilafah will be rescinded.
Muhammad Akhtar
22nd of Rajab 1430
16th of July 2009

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BARKAT (OF TIME)

. How do I gain barkat in time? It seems as if there is no barkat in my time.

Answer
Barkat in time is the effect of Taqwa. Taqwa is the effect of a pure heart, and this purity is acquired by means of complete obedience to Allah Ta’ala and constant Thikrullaah. Barkat is a bounty granted by Allah Ta’ala to only the Muttaqeen. Although it is and abstract phenomenon, it is a reality. Much work is accomplished in a little time. If you read the stories and advices of the Auliya, you will then better understand the meaning of Taqwa and barkat.
Taqwa is not restricted to Namaaz, Tilaawat, Fasting and external appearance. If a person is unable to be kind to someone who is unkind, then he/she should understand that he/she lacks Taqwa even if he/she devotes the nights to Ibaadat, the days to fasting and spends much in charity. If someone slanders you or makes gheebat of you, and you retaliate, then understand that you have not even understood the meaning of Taqwa.
For achieving purity of the heart, it (the heart) has to be cleansed from all the lowly bestial nafsaani attributes (bestial emotions). A person should not expect to have barkat in time if he indulges in sin and futility, sport and amusement, and in unnecessary association with people. Seclusion is of great and necessary importance for cultivating Taqwa. Control of the eyes and tongue are essential for cultivating Taqwa. Most of the spiritual pollution contaminating the Rooh enters via these two channels.
The spiritual programme of the Mu’min is the adoption of the entire Shariah and Sunnah. It is an elaborate programme in which the Mu’min is involved from the moment he wakes up until the time of going to bed at night. The Qur’aan Majeed and Ahaadith are replete with commands, instructions and advices for the cultivation of Taqwa. Minus Taqwa there will be no barkat in any sphere of life. Daily read a few pages of kitaabs regarding the anecdotes and advices of the Auliya for a proper understanding of Taqwa and Roohaaniyat (spiritual fibre).

FROM THE MAJLIS VOLUME 26 NUMBER 6

The Powerful Product of Purity

Among the prominent rulers of Afghanistan during the 1800s was a man named Dost Muhammad Khan who passed away in 1863.
At one point during his rule, he appointed one of his sons as his successor. After some time, when an enemy force attacked his kingdom, he dispatched this very son to defend the kingdom and recover the territory that was lost to the invading forces. On the instruction of his father, the son set out with an army.
Later on, Dost Muhammad Khan received the news that his son had been defeated and had fled from the battlefield. Extremely pained, grieved and disappointed, he entered his home and addressed the boy’s mother saying, “Our son has turned out to be weak and cowardly! He has suffered defeat and is fleeing the battlefield, whereas this is the time for him to show his courage and bravery! Furthermore, I have appointed him as my successor. The people will now tell me that I have appointed a weakling and a coward as my successor. This has caused me immense grief and disappointment.”
When the boy’s mother heard this, she confidently remarked, “The news that you received is incorrect. It is not possible for my son to have been defeated.” Dost Muhammad Khan was astonished and said, “I received this information through official, authentic channels. How can you sit here, in this home, and tell me that this reliable information is incorrect?”
After a period of time had passed, Dost Muhammad Khan received the information that his son had actually won the battle and was now returning home victorious! Dost Muhammad Khan was overjoyed and rushed home to inform the boy’s mother. After telling her the news, he asked her, “Tell me, how were you able to say with such conviction and certainty, while seated within your home, that the information was incorrect?”
The mother replied, “I would not have normally revealed this to anyone. However, because you have instructed me to tell you the reason, I will do so. When I conceived and I was carrying the prince, I decided that let alone haraam food – I would not even allow a single morsel of doubtful food to pass my lips. I understood that haraam food weakens the heart, causing a believer to lose his courage, strength and bravery. I thus ensured that I ate only halaal food so that he would be blessed with bravery and strength. After taking this decision, I complied with it completely, ensuring that I only ate halaal. After the boy was born, I decided to adhere to two things. The first is that I would never suckle the child when I was in the state of impurity (needing ghusal). In fact, over and above being in a state of purity, I would also make wudhu. Furthermore, whenever I was able to, I would recite Surah Yaseen while suckling him. The second is that I continued to ensure that I consumed only halaal food so that the suckling child would not be affected by the ill effects of haraam food through the milk he drank. When he marched to combat the enemy, then on account of my adhering to these actions, I had complete conviction that he would return victorious. That is how I knew that the information which you received was incorrect.”
(Islaahi Bayaanaat – Mufti ‘Abdur Raoof Sukkharwi [hafizahullah] vol. 2, pg. 109-111)
Lessons:
When a person eats food, then the nutrients such as proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, etc., assist his body positively. Similarly, any contaminants that may exist in the food such as pesticides, chemicals, etc., affect his body negatively. In exactly the same manner, when the food is halaal, it assists his imaam in a positive manner, and when the food is haraam or contaminated with haraam, it affects his imaan in a negative manner. As a result, the food that we eat has great influence over our motivation to carry out good deeds and refrain from haraam. Hence, when the prince was a ‘product’ of piety and purity, his imaan gave him the courage to stand and fight against the invaders.
As parents, what we put into our children, both literally (food and drink) and figuratively (values and morals), is what we will get out from our children. The need of the hour is thus for us to feed their bodies and souls with only that which is pure, and avoid exposing them to things that are evil and impure.
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ISLAAH OF THE NAFS

Question
Currently I have many Islaahi issues.
Greed and coveting desire: The desire for bestial pleasure and zina of the eyes exists to a very large degree within me and it is a very difficult struggle to fight against these desires. Also, I find it very difficult to do good deeds, even the fardh ones such as Salaat.
Anger: I think because of my arrogance/ego I get angry when someone says something bad about me or even if they correctly criticise me. I can also be impatient because of my ego which leads me to get angry.
Falsehood: Sometimes I make jokes and include falsehoods in them to make others laugh more. Sometimes I lie to avoid getting in bigger trouble.
Ostentation/show: I get happy when I am praised for something. I clearly I lack Ikhlaas. Also I get happy on the inside when people see me praying in the Masjid. I have a desire that people think I am pious.
Vanity: I like to let others know the accomplishments I have made and think I am very great because of them. I wish that others hear of my accomplishments and respect me. I forget that it is only because of Allah that I have been able to achieve anything.
Pride: I find it very difficult to consider myself worse than people when I see them committing sins publicly even though I know this is the wrong attitude. I definitely suffer from pride and think I am more intelligent than others etc. I sometimes do not let others speak and instead speak over them because I think I am better than them. My pride also leads to anger as I think that nobody should be able to criticise me.
Love for Fame: I wish that others honour and respect me and listen to me and I wish to be the leader in situations. Sometimes I commit sins just so that I can ‘fit in’ with others (for example backbiting). I care about others’ opinions of me and want attention from others.
Love of the world: I have strong desires to ‘have fun’ in life which is basically by hankering after the world and wasting time enjoying myself with friends instead of focusing on the real purpose of life. I wish to purchase the newest gadgets and I also joke and laugh too much. I also engage in futile talk and waste precious time.
Hypocrisy: I act in such a way that others think I am pious when in reality I am one of the worst of sinners.
These are just the Islaahi issues which I can think of presently. There are definitely more which have not come to mind or I am not aware of. I humbly request advice and guidance. Please suggest a daily routine for me.
ANSWER AND
NASEEHAT
The spiritual maladies listed by you are to be found in most people. To initiate the process of Islaah (moral reformation) for curing these maladies, you have to engage in Muraaqabah-e-Maut and Qabr. While it is imperative to apply pressure and struggle (make mujaahadah) against nafsaani desires, it is essential to cultivate fear for Allah Ta’ala. Such fear will simplify the process of Mujaahadah against the nafs. Fear will open up the blinded spiritual eyes. Then one will be better able to understand and see the realities of the evils of the nafs and the snares of Iblees.
Every night spend a few minutes in seclusion and meditate on the unbearable pangs of Maut and the torments of the Qabar. By doing so nightly on a regular basis, Insha-Allah, fear will develop in you.
All the ills listed by you are generally the effects of a kind of ‘atheism’ which lurks in the heart without one realizing it. A Muslim claims verbally that Allah Ta’ala is Omnipresent – that He sees and watches us every moment. The Muslim believes that there are two Recording Angels alongside him 24 hours of the day. Despite these verbal professions, when the urge develops to sin, he selects to become spiritually blind of the Presence of Allah Ta’ala and the Recording Angels. This is the evidence for the ‘atheism’ in his heart. This spiritual corrosion can be cured by Muraaqaba-e-Maut and Qabr which generates Fear.
Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said that Remembrance of Death (Maut) polishes the heart by eliminating the spiritual corrosion which darkens the heart and blinds its vision.
Regarding a daily routine, start off with permanent Thikrullaah. In all states, whether walking, sitting, reclining or working, keep the tongue engaged in the Thikr of Laailaha il lallaah. Keep strict guard of the tongue and eyes. Most spiritual pollution which contaminates and ruins the Baatin (spiritual heart) enters via these two avenues. Whenever the urge for sin develops, immediately engage the tongue in Thikrullaah and focus on the Presence of Allah Ta’ala Who is watching you, and understand that the two Angels at your side are ready to record your misdeeds.
Spend a few minutes in seclusion and recite Laailaha il lallaah 500 times. Be punctual with Ishraaq and Chasht Namaaz. Strive to always be with Wudhu. Make Tahajjud incumbent on yourself. If you are presently so weak as not to be able to wake up after midnight, then before sleeping perform four Rak’ats with the niyyat of Tahajjud. Drastically reduce your association with people. Meet them only when necessary.
Stay away from all jalsahs and functions. Today all jalsahs/functions are merrymaking ploys and plots of shaitaan. These bid’ah haraam functions are plastered with some deeni hues and presented as Deeni programmes when in reality they are bestial at the behest of the nafs. Israaf, Riya and Takabbur are their hallmarks. May Allah Ta’ala guide and protect you.
The above-explained prescription is a bare outline or skeleton. The struggle against the nafs is a life-long process. It is essential to constantly read the life stories, episodes and advices of the Auliya. From their anecdotes you will gain a better understanding of what is expected of a person in the Path leading to Allah Ta’ala.