At times of difficulty we may hasten to give up all hope. We may utter words
that we normally wouldn’t. Or we may simply contemplate the immense situation that we are placed in…
‘Why am I being trailed like this?’
‘What did I do to deserve this?’
As humans we tend to forget.
We forget that our creator and savior informed us of the test that will befall us as Mu’mins, believers.
Do people think that they will be left alone because they say: “We believe,” and will not be tested. And We indeed tested those who were before them. And Allah will certainly make it known the truth of those who are true, and will certainly make it known the falsehood of those who are liars. [Surah Al Ankabut 29:2-3]
Ok so most of us know that we will be faced with hardships and tests, but we still have the mentality that we are being faces with something that is far too… unbearable.
Well let’s pause there for a second. Who knows more about your capabilities, you or your Creator, Allah?
Of course you’ll answer Allah.
So why question?
Allah does not burden a soul except [with that within] its capacity. [2:286]
So when such thoughts enter to your mind,
And take heed. For truly there is wisdom behind everything.
“And it may be that you hate a thing though it is good for you, and love a thing though it is bad for you. Allah (Swt) Knows and you know not.”[2:216]
” Verily, there has come to you a Messenger from amongst yourselves. It grieves him that you should experience any injury or difficulty. He is anxious over you; for the believers, he is full of pity, kind, and merciful.“
“Once, when I saw the Prophet in a good mood, I said to him: “O Messenger of Allah! Supplicate to Allah for me!”
So, he said: “O Allah! Forgive ‘A’ishah her past and future sins, what she has hidden, as well as what she has made apparent.“
So, I began smiling, to the point that my head fell into my lap out of joy.
The Messenger of Allah said to me: “Does my supplication make you happy?“
I replied: “And how can your supplication not make me happy?”
He then said: “By Allah, it is the supplication that I make for my Ummah in every prayer.“
Reported in ‘Sahih Mawarid adh-Dhaman’ (# 1875), and it is in ‘as-Silsilah as-Sahihah’ (# 2254)
What prompted me to post this was that recently I’ve been listening to some lectures about the linguistic aspects of the Qur’an. Though I have to say, regretfully, I don’t speak Arabic, listening to this brother has seriously had a great impact on me. So without further ado – I present to you Br. Nouman Ali Khan. This brother is simply brilliant – he’s head of the Bayyinah Arabic Studies Institute in the US and Canada which focuses on teaching Qur’anic Arabic and Tajweed across the nation. Here’s a quick bio of him from the Bayyinah website:
Nouman Khan began his formal Arabic training during his childhood schooling in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He continued his Arabic grammar study in Pakistan, where he received a scholarship for ranking among the top 10 scores in the national Arabic studies board examination. Under the guidance of Dr. Abdus-Samie, founder and formal principal of Quran College in Faisalabad, Pakistan, he developed a keen methodical understanding of Arabic grammar. He further benefited from Dr. Abdus-Samie by internalizing his unique teaching methods and later translating his work into English for the benefit of his own students. Nouman currently serves as professor of Arabic at Nassau Community College and has taught Modern Standard and Classical Arabic at various venues for nearly 6 years with over 700 students. His handbook published by the Bayyinah Arabic Studies Institute for ARA-201 is also being used as a class aide at the Jaamiah-Al-Uloom Al-Islamiyyah, Institute of Islamic Education in Ajax, Canada.
The first lecture, that really had the greatest impact on me was ‘Why Study Arabic and How?’ You can listen here:
Another one which was simply amazing was from the ‘Divine Speech’ series which were basically short talks on different topics of different verses from the Qur’an after Taraweeh from last Ramadan. The brother goes into depth regarding the preciseness of the language Allaah uses in the Ayaat. The one below is entitled ‘Conflict Resolution’.
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Since I reverted to Islam I’ve often done tons of research to know how to become the best wife I possibly can Inshaállah. I’ve noticed it’s very easy to find compiled lists of what a wife should and shouldn’t do but also noticed how hard it is to find that list for brothers. Why does everyone concentrate on the wife? Wife must obey the husband, wife should look pretty for husband, wife must keep a clean home, blah blah blah the list goes on. I’m not saying that the list isn’t in any way wrong because I try my best to practice those duties as a wife but I think “some” brothers also should remember they have duties more than just bringing in the money. So as to a few requests I’ve gotten from sisters here is a list I was able to compile from two articles written by scholars.
“Among His signs is the fact that he has created spouses from among yourselves, so that you may find tranquillity with them; and he has put love and mercy between you. In that are signs for people who reflect.” [Qur'an 30:21]
“They (wives) are garments for you, while you are garments for them.” [Qur'an 2:187]
“From among the believers are those who have the kindest disposition and are the kindest to their families- such are those who show the most perfect faith. “The best among them are those who are kindest to their wives.”[Bukhari and Muslim] (more…)
Narrated Abu Hurairah: Allah’s Messenger said, “A Muslim is brother to a Muslim. He should neither deceive him nor accuse him of lying, nor leave him without assistance. Everything belonging to a Muslim is inviolable for a Muslim; his honour, his blood and property. Piety is here (and he pointed out to his chest thrice). Despising one’s Muslim brother is enough evil for a person.” (At-Tirmidhi)
All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over a black, nor a black has any superiority over a white - except by piety and good action. Learn that every Muslim is a brother to every Muslim and that the Muslims constitute one brotherhood. Nothing shall be legitimate to a Muslim, which belongs to a fellow Muslim unless it was given freely and willingly. Do not therefore, do injustice to yourselves. -Muhammed sallahu 'alahi wa salaam