Rang (Colour)

بِسْمِ اللّهِ الرَّحْمـَنِ الرَّحِيم
Bismillah-hir-Rahman-Nir-Rahim

 

Raath ke andheron mein Guftagoo aapse hein
Sargooshi aapse hhein, Justajoo aapse hein…

Aap mein ghum ho jaana tamanna hein humey
Dilo saaz ,sans, hamd aapke liye hein…

Talab dil mein fakat hamare hein badtii
Hum dilo jaan se ho jaye fakat aapke hii…

Aapke rang ka rang hum pe bhhi Chad jaye,
Wahi rang jaisaa Mohammed pe chada tha..
Sws.

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Students of Qur’an

بِسْمِ اللّهِ الرَّحْمـَنِ الرَّحِيم
Bismillah-hir-Rahman-Nir-Rahim

“Allah wants to take us down to the very depths of ourselves to train us that if there is any power, it is the power that is in him, ALLAH alone, and not in us. He doesn’t need to make us into performers or megastars in order to use us. Instead, He’s looking for men and women who have hearts that say, ‘Ya Allah, I’m “nobody” without You. Will you use me?’ When you present yourself with  such a heart to the Lord of the Worlds, something extraordinary happens — there is a profound transformation, a transformation that  words can’t describe.

It’s Sunday morning. And if your Sunday morning routine is anything like the one at our house, it can be hectic. Each Sunday, the hour between 9:00 am and 10:00 am seems to fade in some sort of time-warp that takes everyone’s grace and patience along with it.

Like clockwork, everyone in the household appears to have either had all of the clothes in their wardrobes stolen, or they gained 10 pounds overnight. Once you find a pullover that is halfway decent enough to present yourself as halfway put together, you grab your family and rush out the door into the garage. Your zeal for global missions seems to completely fade before your eyes as you burn with anger at the car/bike in front of you that dares your level of patience.

You finally and tardily make it to the Tafseer class. All eyes staring at you and the pause of the teacher lets you know just how late you really are. You rush in just to find yourself the last seat, adrenaline still running from the chaotic morning (and still angry at the bike that would not start).

This…. This is the self-centered mindset you find yourself in while trying to enter the presence of the Most Beneficent ,the most Magnificent, Lord of the Universe and worship Him—and being in that mindset is by no accident. It’s no coincidence that Sunday morning’s chaos far surpasses the Monday through Friday hustle to get the kids to school and get to the office.

Satan doesn’t want you to prepare your heart for worship.

The enemy tempts us to focus our attention on anything but glorifying ALLAH.

The enemy knows where we are going on Sunday morning, and will therefore do anything in his power to make sure the class is completely inward-focused and void of glory for ALLAH. He wants us completely focused on all the grief, stress, and problems surrounding our life. The more you’re focused on those things, the less you’re focusing on the ALMIGHTY and His attributes.

Although we have an enemy that eagerly wants to destroy our worshipping, most of the time, we don’t need help neglecting ALLAH. Without discipline, our hearts naturally drift in the direction of sinful thoughts.

That is a major reason why we need to prepare our hearts before class through prayer and meditation on the Word of the Majestic. There is no hiding our hearts before ALLAH. He knows our hearts. Outwardly, we seem to be  listening and staring hard at the teacher, trying not to droop those eyes or bring forth a  yawn. But Allah is actively searching our hearts. There is nothing that we can hide from him.

Worship is the overflowing of thankfulness from the heart, so if we have a heart full of malice and sin, there is no form of worship. True worship is sacrifice. Sacrificing our sleep, time, money…It’s the outward pouring of denying yourself in repentance while submitting wholly to the will of Allah. When Ibrahim AS submitted in obedience to sacrifice his son, Isaac, he still considered it worship and in his obedience and faith, Allah provided a suitable sacrifice and spared Isaac.

We need to remember this truth every Sunday – that we have an enemy. That enemy wants to steal our joy in ALLAH, and he is working hard to accomplish that mission. Without the purifying of our hearts, we don’t stand a chance against Satan or our own flesh.

So, as with any battle, a winning strategy is needed. We need to be proactive in preparing our hearts for worship by countering the schemes of the enemy and subduing our own fleshly thoughts. A few suggestions would be to perhaps set aside some family prayer time on Saturday night , lay our clothes out the night before, or wake up early and get ahead of the bike and traffic and it goes without saying LESSON REVISION.

Do whatever is necessary to be fully present in class on time.

In today’s culture of entertainment-driven(ringing of our cellphones in class, et al), irreverent “worship”, it seems as though the odds are stacked against us to prepare our hearts properly for worship.

In any case, the burden to check our hearts for obedience and repentance before we step foot into the presence of Rabbul Alameen relies completely on us.

Let’s remind or rather re-remind ourselves of how far we have to go as students of the Qur’an/ Talibul Elim, to see the promise of ALLAH realized.

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Abi wa Muallami

بِسْمِ اللّهِ الرَّحْمـَنِ الرَّحِيم
Bismillah-hir-Rahman-Nir-Rahim

In this horrid world, how could you leave me alone?
now I do nothing but mourn, adapting in this world unknown.

I sit now in my room, thinking about you,
I have lost my captain, I alone now am my entire crew

I sit to remember those days, when you’d kiss my forehead and tuck me in my bed,
And tell me the monsters in my closet were only in my head.

How you would cuddle me in those sturdy arms,
To teach me about firms, farms, norms and schoolmarms.

Without you there’s a lot lot missing,
There is no more debating and of course no consulting.

I do remember when we used to go for long walks,
And we would come home I would we half drooling,

You would carry me to my bed, and I’d love to peep out back,
I would not sleep, I would pretend to have a nap.

Now you are gone, Ahhh! I should have thanked you before long,
I know it’s  too late, but I do pray God remove my heart from pain,

I ask Allah for help, and paradise for you,
But again, I wish you were there to see me succeed today.

رَّبِّ ارْحَمْهُمَا كَمَا رَبَّيَانِي صَغِيرًا

 

Forever your student,
iLeader

 

 

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Game Changers

بِسْمِ اللّهِ الرَّحْمـَنِ الرَّحِيم
Bismillah-hir-Rahman-Nir-Rahim

Desire, Passion..Go Getter….Game Changers! These words sound great, but how great we’ll soon find out.

Guess who is the least educated, poorest, most unemployed, most restrained, highly populated in India? It’s our Muslim Ummah! It’s very dismaying to know that we are falling into a trench of self-destruction.

I believe that the key to coming out of this dead lock is ENTREPRENEURSHIP…….

There are many communities in India, and surprisingly the ones that are the most successful, are the ones whose community’s backbone is entrepreneurship like Marwari’s, Bohras, Kachis, Banyas, Siddhis to name a few.

As long as we Muslims do not realize the need for a systematic reinforcement of Muslim entrepreneurship it is highly unlikely to get out of the situation we are in.

When I graduated from engineering friends from other communities apart from mine consciously recognized the NEED to stop migration to other countries and take up entrepreneurship to create wealth and employment prospects. A few years later a few people of our community formed a committee, and after many meetings they were still not strong about what they could do and what efforts they had to put in.

The result was evident. Everyone failed and everyone on that committee took different paths going to different countries, but still longing to have their own setup to be able to come back to India.

Another BIG hindrance of having to return back to India in spite of having collected the bucks, is one becomes enslaved to the luxuries and comforts of life abroad. Unconsciously we get entangled in the vicious cycle “LIFE ABROAD”

A few daring ones from the above committee did start two different enterprises, both creative and inspiring. A little discipline and effort could have taken them to the next level, but sadly it had to come to an abrupt end. Failures not only discourage those who made an effort to start something but also to those who follow suit.

I would like to say that guidance and financial support from the community will certainly help and encourage many of our young aspiring youth to take up entrepreneurship seriously.

In order to promote entrepreneurship we must also bypass the biggest obstacle riba. As prophet Hurayrah mentioned: The Prophet (saw) mentioned “there will certainly come a time for mankind when everyone will take riba and if does not do so, its dust will reach him” (Abu Dawud, Kitab al-Buyu’, Bab fi ijtinabi al-shubuhat; also in Ibn Majah)

There is a dire necessity to promote Muslim entrepreneurship by forming committees and forums which can inspire youth to think and “GO GET” what they dreamt of, present their ideas and the best idea gets the funds it requires to flourish.

By being “Game Changers” we can definitely impact ourselves, our family and our community.

I’d love to hear from you as to how we could inspire and  promote our youth towards entrepreneurship.

Cheers,

 

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Takmeel Reflections from students of Route 114

بِسْمِ اللّهِ الرَّحْمـَنِ الرَّحِيم
Bismilla-hir-Rahman-Nir-Rahim

Nahmaduhu wa nusalli ala rasoolihil kareem amma ‘baad, fa a’uzu billahi mina shaytwan nir rajeeem

Bismillah hirahman nirraheem

Assalam walikum wa rahmatulla hi wa barakatuhu dear sisters,

Allah commands us in surah Qaf, to ponder over his works and says,

“And the earth- we spread it out and cast therein firmly set mountains and made grow their in something of every beautiful kind, giving insight and a reminder for every servant who turns to Allah” [50: 7-8]

Why?

What is the first thing we realize?

Tauheed – oneness.

I looked around myself, the skies, the plants, the oceans, the mountains, the alterations of day and night and the process of child birth, all are created in a state of perfection. All of these signs gave me a great proof that Allah is the one and only, true God. You get to know Allah swt and his power by simply looking around you.

You are the living example.

Infact you are the living example of the ultimate power of Allah. There is no one but Allah ‘azza wajal able to create you.

When people feel anxious and stresses out, what do they do naturally?  They go for a walk, they go outside. They get some fresh air.

However as Muslims, when someone comes to you complaining of low Iman,  have you ever advised them ” to look at the sky and tress?” Allah tells in this ayah that nature gives insight and not only that, but it also is a reminder for every servant  who turns to Allah.

That is the difference between people who just walk through nature and people who interact with nature like Allah swt told them to.

So how do you interact with nature? How do you get productive? And how do you spiritually benefit  from reflecting on nature?

Look at the sky
Observe the flawless, fascinating creation. If Allah swt can make that, do you think he can’t solve your problems which are much smaller?

Observe the night and day
The transition of day and night reminds you that even the worst day is only of 24 hours. Just as the night alternates with the day, hardship will alternate with ease in your life.
Allah even mentions it in Surah Alam Nashra

Fa’ inna maa’al usri yusra, inna maa’al usri yusra
-verily with every hardship there is ease

Consider the Fertile and deserted lands.
In this life you will find people with hearts full of faith, engaged in good deeds and trying to please Allah azza wajal. Their hearts are like fertile lands. Then you have people with dead or hard hearts. Their hearts resemble deserted and dead lands. When you see fertile lands and greenery, think about your heart and make dua that Allah azza wajal makes your heart alive and beaming with faith in him.

Observe the Rain
Rain reminds us if the resurrection. On the day when the earth shall be cleft, Allah will send down rain from sky. From that rain the bodies of the creation will grow while they are in their graves, just as the seed grows in soil in the aftermath of rain. When the bodies grow to the full strength, Allah commands the angle Israfil A.S and he will blow the trumpet. The souls will be enclosed in a hole in the trumpet.  When Israfil a.s  blows in the trumpet, the souks will depart from it and will fly between the heavens and the earth.

Observer the tiny creature – the bee
Prophet s.a.w mentions in one of his hadeeth  that  “I swear by the one who has my life in his hand, the example of the believer is just like the example of the bee
In simple words he says, if you want to be a moment then just be like Bee. Allah swt mentions about the bee in Suah Al-Nahl.

To be a momin just observe the tiny bee and inculcate the characteristics of it, that will suffice. Let me tell you two beautiful characteristics of bee,

[1] Bee eats well – it eats good and pure
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Relating to mankind Allah tells about the risk we pursue, be it job, business, money/ food he asks us to look for the pure and the best thing.

[2] Bee gives it recipient more than it takes from it – it surely sucks honey but it in turn gives pollen to flower that gives them life.
Relating to mankind Allah tells us that in every relationship rather than just demanding and expecting start giving it more than you expect.

Beyond anything the bees work towards something that more than them it benefits the mankind. Honey has a Cure and healing for humanity. Similarly, like the bees if we start benefiting  each other we become healing for mankind.

This is the Hikmah, the Wisdom Alhamdulillah I received. Pondering and observing the nature taught me so much and gave me the hikmah to see things and situations beyond what they just appear. I believe Islam is something to be lived and not practiced. And by learning Quran have started practicing Islam.  I don’t say I live Islam as I don’t think I have attained all the guidance, all the wisdom, and the patience one should have, but yes certainly I fell and see these little differences in me and in shaa allah with this journey that has just begun I hope one day I start living Islam.

Subhanallahi wa bihamdihi, subhanakallahumma wa bihamdika,
Ash’hadu  Allah ilaha illa anta astaghfiruka wa ‘tubu ilayk.

Jazakallahu khair.

Kainath Junaidi

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‘Nahmaduhu Wa Nusalli Ala Rasoolilah Kareem,  Amma ‘Baad,Fa’ Aouzobillahi Minash Shaitaannir Rajeem, ‘Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim’

Assalam Alaikum Wa Rehmath Ullahi Wa Barkatahu Dear sisters & mothers,
Alhumdulillah, I take immense pleasure to stand before you all & share my reflections of learning the tafseer of Quran.

First of all I would like to put a light on the 2 phases of my life.
Till the Ramadan of 2014, my entire life was focused on making sure that everyone liked me, that every was pleased with me. But, I hardly knew that it is Allah alone, I should please. My entire day was spent on expecting love & respect from the people on whom I showered my love & respect. But, I hardly knew that it was Allah alone who can love me more than anybody else,  more than my own mother.

Now, after learning the Tafseer of the holy Quran, although with the lowest level of understanding, I am a person who believes that,
-if you want love, it should be from Allah,
-want anything in life, ask Allah,
-Want to cry your heart out, then do it before Allah,
-Have doubts o confusions, speak to Allah,
& the best way 2 communicate to Allah is through Namaz or reading Quran, because Quran is the kalaam of Allah. It has got everything what Allah wants to say to us. Through Quran I have grown to be a positive person.

When I compare what I was & what I am, I see two different personalities with two different perspectives of life. I am definitely not the person I used to be. I do not say that I have changed completely or I am the best version of what Allah expects me to be. However small, this transformation is a blessing from Allah.

Few changes I can count on are;
1. Wearing hijab whenever I am out of my home.
2. Gossips wit friends replaced by plans to learn Quran, memorize askaar, doing Hifz & learning hadees.
3.The most important change is hopelessness/na-ummeedi being replaced by hope/positiveness, because Allah says in Surah Ash-Sharh / Alam Nashrah, that “hardships are going to b replaced by ease and  the only thing we need to do is worship Allah.” This surah, Alhamdulillah, is always in my mind and on my tongue and  I would like to recite it now:
Bismillah . . .
Alam nashrah . . .

I will be honest to tell that, the only way to convince me on something is by giving scientific proofs or by common logic. When I started learning the tafseer of Quran, I saw that the majority of the ayahs in Quran is either science or logic. Eventually, I realized that no other book can speak to me, convince & manipulate my state of mind, better than Quran. Allahu Akbar!!!

No doubt Allah calls the holy Quran to be Al-Majeed, which means noble, special & unique, making its reader too noble, special & unique.

I conclude by making a dua to Allah that, May Allah have peace & mercy on our Prophet (sws) on whom Quran was brought. May Allah bless my teacher & reward her for every word she taught. May He guide all of us to right path, give us the understanding of deen, help us learn Quran in a much better way than we do today.

Subhana rabbika rabbil izatti ama yasifun wa ssalamu allalmursalin wa alhamdu la illhai rabbil alaamin”.

Asalaam a laikum.

By Saba Fatima


More to be added soon……

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The Purpose of my Life

بِسْمِ اللّهِ الرَّحْمـَنِ الرَّحِيم
Bismilla-hir-Rahman-Nir-Rahim
(In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful)

From the depths of darkness
I paved my way out
I thought I found light
but later realized I was far from right

I wanted to swim, I wanted to fly,
I wanted to make my way through  the seven skies,
So I swam with the fish, I flew with the birds,
I crossed the seven oceans, not realizing what was in store.

I found a stone here, I found a coin there,
Things got better and later I found pearls everywhere….

To be continued,
From Noor Fatima Lais

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Islaam and tolerance

بِسْمِ اللّهِ الرَّحْمـَنِ الرَّحِيم
Bismilla-hir-Rahman-Nir-Rahim
(In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful)

Since we need to understand what the Qur’an teaches about religious tolerance we must first define what tolerance is According to the Cambridge Dictionary

  1. tolerance noun (ACCEPTANCE)   ​willingness to ​accept ​behavior and ​beliefs that are different from ​your own, ​although you might not ​agree with or ​approve of them:
  2. tolerance noun (ABILITY TO DEAL WITH) the ​ability to ​deal with something ​unpleasant or ​annoying, or to ​continue ​existing ​despite ​bad or ​difficult ​conditions:

Tolerant with Nations, Communities, Tribes Tolerant dealing with people, e.g. neighbors, siblings Tolerant dealing with value systems Eg Wearing Sleeveless Vs. Wearing Abaya , Tolerant dealing with religion Tolerant dealing with beliefs systems e.g. Man was from Adam Vs. man came from Ape ,and the list goes on.

Being tolerant does not mean that one accepts the other to be true; but in being tolerant one respects another’s right to free will to choose what to believe.

We have revealed unto you the Scripture with the Truth, to confirm and protect the Scripture which came before it … For each We have appointed a Law and a Way. Had Allah willed, He could have made you one community. But that He might try you by that which He has given you [He has made you as you are]. So vie with one another in good works. Unto Allah you will all return, and He will inform you of that wherein you differed’ (Al Maidah: 48).

Example Do you know who devised the first multi-faith and multi-cultural constitution in the world that gave people their rights and outlined their responsibilities? The Constitution of Medina -A Multi-faith Society .

The points of Sahifah / Constitution of Medina were:

• The three groups living there (Yahood/Jews, Ansar and Muhajirun) were described by Prophet Muhammed (saw.) as one community, ummah wahidah.

• Everybody living in Medina agreed to accept the final authority of Allah and His Messenger

• Everybody agreed with the choice of the twelve people who would organize the community

• Everybody agreed to co-operate to ensure law and order • Everybody was entitled to protection and support

• Everybody was entitled to pray as they wished – Lakum deena kum waliyadeen “For you is your religion and for me is my religion.” (To you be your way, and to me mine) (109:6)

• Everybody was expected to defend Medina

• Everybody was expected to pay their taxes This Constitution encouraged Muslims and non-Muslims to live together in peace, It gave protection and rights to non-Muslims. Following this constitution how should we interact with non-Muslims?
“O you who believe! Let not a group scoff at another group, it may be that the latter are better than the former; Nor let (some) women scoff at other women, it may be that the latter are better than the former, Nor defame one another, nor insult one another by nicknames. How bad is it, to insult one’s brother after having Faith [i.e. to call your Muslim brother (a faithful believer) as: “O sinner”, or “O wicked”]. And whosoever does not repent, then such are indeed Zâlimûn (wrong-doers). “O you who believe! Avoid much suspicion, indeed some suspicions are sins. And spy not, neither backbite one another. Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? You would hate it (so hate backbiting)[] . And fear Allâh. Verily, Allâh is the One Who forgives and accepts repentance, Most Merciful”  “O mankind! We have created you from a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know one another. Verily, the most honourable of you with Allâh is that (believer) who has At-Taqwa [i.e. he is one of the Muttaqun (pious – see V.2:2). Verily, Allâh is All-Knowing, All-Aware. (Hujuraat:11-13)

Why has Allah chosen this diversity in revelations and plurality of communities? Allah encompasses all things ‘in mercy and knowledge’ He also says “Had Allah willed, He could have made you one community”, Well this is intended to stimulate a healthy ‘competition’ or mutual enrichment in the domain of ‘good works’. Differences of opinion are inevitable but these differences are to be tolerated on the human ground and Allah says it will be finally resolved in the Hereafter.

Our task is to
1.Accept all the communities as they are
2.Convey the message of Islam to each and every person, community, nation – this is our main goal.

We not to force any one into conversion. La ikra ha fedeen “Let there be no compulsion in religion: ” [Baqarah:226]

‘If they are averse, We have not sent you as a guardian over them: your duty is but to convey the message (Shura:48).

The choice is theirs. When is a person able to choose? When he has 2 things before him right? If he has 2 wrong choices,it’s obvious he will chose one of the two, but if we present our “Choice/Islam” before them there are 50% chances they will chose ours. The ball is in our court unless we give them that “DAWAH”

“Nor are the two bodies of flowing water alike, for one is palatable, sweet, and pleasant to drink, while the other is salty and bitter. Yet from each you eat fresh and tender meat and extract ornaments to wear. You see ships therein that sail through the waves that you may seek the bounty of Allah and be grateful. (Faatir:12)

Yet again he says

“And it is He Who has let free the two seas, this is palatable and sweet, and that is salty and bitter; and He has set a barrier and a complete partition between them” (Furqaan:53) And the ayah continues “And it is He Who has created man from water
There are 2 types of water
1. one is palatable, sweet, and pleasant to drink
2.The other is salty and bitter

An analogy can be made here. 60% of man is made from water. Just like the palatable, sweet, and pleasant to drink water one category of people are pleasant, soft, easy to dealt with, but simultaneously there is another category of people who are salty and bitter, a bit tough to deal with, yet we can benefit from them just like we can benefit from the salty water. But hey we don’t go to change the salty water to make it sweet, do we? We benefit from each just as they are. Similarly we make ourselves tolerant to the shortcomings of the bitter people, and yet benefit from them as well….which will help us in attaining our GOAL and the pleasure of Allah swt.

What did I mention our GOAL was?
Once there were four men who spread an accusation of immorality against the Holy Prophet’s wife Aisha. Their allegation was ultimately proved to be false because they failed to back it up with any witnesses. One of the four men, called Mistah, used to receive financial assistance from Abu Bakr, Aisha’s father. After this incident, Abu Bakr swore never again to help Mistah. The following verse was revealed to the Holy Prophet on this occasion: ﴿وَلاَ يَأْتَلِ أُوْلُواْ الْفَضْلِ مِنكُمْ وَالسَّعَةِ أَن يُؤْتُواْ أُوْلِى الْقُرْبَى وَالْمَسَـكِينَ وَالْمُهَـجِرِينَ فِى سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ وَلْيَعْفُواْ وَلْيَصْفَحُواْ أَلاَ تُحِبُّونَ أَن يَغْفِرَ اللَّهُ لَكُمْ وَاللَّهُ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ

“Let not the possessors of grace and means among you swear against giving to the near relatives and the poor and those who had to flee in Allah’s way. Pardon and overlook. Do you not love that Allah should forgive you?” (Nur:22)
Hearing this, Abu Bakr exclaimed: “Indeed, I certainly love that Allah should forgive me”(Bukhari,Book: ‘Testimony ‘ch. 15)

He then resumed providing assistance to Mistah, as before. This is what tolerance actually is…

Islam teaches us respect and love for others and teaches us to accept that difference are all part of Allah’s design.

Islam does not teach tit for tat, this for that…NO, not at all….

‘In a place called Ta’if, the people treated Prophet Muhammad very badly, so much so that he was hurt physically. The angel Jibril (Gabriel) came to his aid and asked him to give the command and he would destroy the whole valley. The Prophet refused. Instead he forgave the people and prayed for them, hoping that good would come out of their future generations. ’Question: What do we learn from this story? When the Prophet (peace be upon him) was faced with ignorant or abusive behavior, he became all the more forbearing. .

We interact with Muslims and Non Muslim’s everyday in our lives, don’t we?

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is the best example of forbearance anyone could hope to find. He was abused continuously while spreading Allah’s Message to the people.

ادْفَعْ بِالَّتِى هِىَ أَحْسَنُ
“Repel (the evil) with one which is better, ” (Fussilat:34)

Anas ibn Malik reported: I was walking with the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, while he was wearing a Najrani sheet with a thick border. A desert Arab overtook the Prophet and forcibly pulled his clothes. I looked at the shoulder of the Prophet and I saw that the edge of his shirt had left a mark because of the strength of his pull. The man said, “O Muhammad! Order them to give me something from Allah’s wealth which you have!” The Prophet turned and he smiled. Then he ordered that he be given charity. Source: Sahih Bukhari 5738, Grade: Sahih

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said to Ashajj b. Qays: “You possess two qualities that Allah loves: forbearance and patience.” [Sahīh Muslim (17-18)]

Since Allah loves this trait so much, this is why we find that the majority of the Prophets showed almost superhuman levels of forbearance to their people.)

 

Notice that we can’t tolerate someone unless we disagree with him. This is critical. We don’t “tolerate” people who share our views. They’re on our side. There’s nothing to put up with. Tolerance is reserved for those we think are wrong.

But the closer you come to Deen that much more you are supposed to become courteous and kind, and generous and understanding and forgiving of others. That’s what you are supposed to be instead of looking at someone who is living in ignorance.

A lot of Muslims do ignorant things nowadays. Maybe your friends do it and you don’t do it anymore.  You and I was that guy a few years ago. That was you/me? Who guided you/me? You guided yourself?

The honor of our messenger , the nobility, the respect, the love of our messenger, the status of our messenger ﷺ, is not something we give him; is not something that comes from human beings. It came from the sky. It came from Allah. Nobody on the earth can take it away. Because it comes from the sky. The Quran has come from the sky. People can burn copies of it, people can make fun of it, people can make pieces of it; it will not insult the Quran; because the Quran is in Laohe Mahfudh. It cannot be insulted. It is above these insults. Our messenger’s honor is above them. When Allah azawajal has given our messenger ‘Makaamal Mahmooda’,who can take that away?

And so conversations of such matter first of all shouldn’t make you violent. You shouldn’t be angry with the people who insulted Allah’s messenger. You should feel sorry for them. You should feel sorry how stupid, how sad they are. They cannot hurt Allah messenger ﷺ. They can’t even hurt our Deen. The only one they can hurt is themselves. That’s the only one they can hurt.

Our job in this world today, is to be ambassadors of this Deen. Is to let people know what Islam is. Do your neighbours, friends know what Islam is? No. There are people who live next door for years, and they don’t know what Islam is.

The real issue isn’t that are we less or more tolerant. The real issue is we don’t have a fundamental education in our own Deen.

That’s the real issue. We don’t know that our Deen makes us civil, makes us decent, makes us patient, makes us not reactionary, it gives us control over our emotion, it doesn’t let us run by our emotions, it doesn’t turn us into these Lab Rats. WHAT?

You can play with them. Just poke them a little bit and they go crazy. And we play right into it every time. And the only one that benefits from these, are the people who started the events that we get angry with.

And by the way, if there’s anything that is harmed is the effort of Da’wah. Remember our GOAL. Now if I talk to somebody about Islam, I can’t talk to them about Allah, I can’t talk to them about our messenger ﷺ, I can’t talk to them about our Quran, I first have to talk about that all the Muslims are not that crazy.

I can’t talk about my Deen anymore, cause I have to talk about the stupidity of the Muslims. Of a young immature Muslim who’s easily manipulated. We are responsible to educate our youth and the youth across the Ummah. Ya Ikhwati, At times of crisis, the first thing we need to do is to hold back our emotions and to respond intellectually. To respond with thought. At this time what we really need is strength and hope and trust and faith and spread more light. Focus on what you can do to grow the light.

What is that light?  What do you think?

I strongly believe it’s “The Quran”.

 

 

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