Friday, December 21, 2018, 13 Rabi al Thani

With the Name Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Ash hadu anlaa illaha il Allah wa Ash hadu anna Muhammadan abduhu wa Rasoulluh

I openly bear witness that there is no G-d but Allah, and I openly bear witness that Muhammad is His slave servant and Messenger
Al-hamdu Lillaahi nahmaduhu wa nasta’eenahu wa nastaghfiruhu, wa na’oodhu billaahi min shuroori anfusinaa wa min sayi’aati a’maalinaa. Man yahdih Illaahu falaa mudilla lahu wa man yudlil falaa haadiya lahu. Wa ashhadu an laa ilaaha ill-Allaah wahdahu la sharika lahu wa ashhadu anna Muhammadan ‘abduhu wa rasooluhu sallalahu alayhi wa ala alihi wasallam wa ba’ad.

(Praise be to Allaah, we seek His help and His forgiveness. We seek refuge with Allaah from the evil of our own souls and from our bad deeds. Whomsoever Allaah guides will never be led astray, and whomsoever Allaah leaves astray, no one can guide. I bear witness that there is no god but Allaah, the One, having no partner. And I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger

Surah 45. Al-Jathiya

Period of Revelation
The period of the revelation of this Surah also has not been mentioned in any authentic tradition, however, its subject matter clearly shows that it was revealed consecutively after Surah Ad- Dukhan which is the middle stage of the Prophet’s residence at Makkah. The close resemblance between the contents of the two Surahs makes them look like the twin Surahs.

Major Issues, Divine Laws and Guidance
1. If the disbelievers do not believe in Allah and His revelations then in what report will they believe!
2. Allah has subjected the seas and all that is between the heavens and the earth for human beings.
3. Israelites made sects in their religion after the knowledge has come to them through the Torah.
4. Allah is the protector of righteous people.
5. He that makes his own desires as his god, Allah will let him go astray and set a seal upon his ears and heart.
6. Allah’s address to the disbelievers on the Day of Judgement.

Theme
It answers the doubts and objections of the disbelievers of Makkah about Tawhid and the Hereafter and warns them for their attitude that they had adopted against the message of the Qur’an.

This discourse begins with the arguments for Tawhid. In this connection, reference has been made to the countless signs that are found in the world, from man’s own body, to the earth and heavens, and it is pointed out that everywhere around him, man finds things which testify to Tawhid which he refuses to acknowledge. If man sees carefully the variety of animals, the day and night, the rainfall and the vegetation thereby, the winds and his own creation, and ponders over them intelligently. He will find these Signs sufficiently convincing of the truth that this universe is not Godless, nor under the control of many gods, but it has been created by One God, called Allah, and He Alone is its Controller and Ruler. The countless forces and agencies that are serving his interests in the universe did not come into being just accidentally, nor have they been provided by gods and goddesses, but it is One God Alone Who has supplied and subjected these to him from Himself. If only a person uses his mind properly and rightly, his own intellect will proclaim that God Alone is man’s real Benefactor and He Alone deserves that man should pay obedience to Him.

About the hereafter, Allah says: “It is utterly against reason and justice that the good and the bad, the obedient and the disobedient, the oppressor and the oppressed, should be made equal ultimately. Just as you did not become living of your own accord, but became living by Our power, so you do not die of your own accord, but die when We send death on you. And a time is certainly coming when you will all be gathered together. You may not believe in this because of your ignorance today, but the time will come when you will see it yourself. You will be presented before Allah and your whole book of conduct will be laid open bearing evidence against each of your misdeeds. Then you will come to know how dearly has your denial of the Hereafter and your mockery of it cost you.”

Sources Cited:
Ayah 2

تَنْزِيلُ الْكِتَابِ مِنَ اللَّهِ الْعَزِيزِ الْحَكِيمِ

Asad:

THE BESTOWAL from on high of this divine writ issues from God, the Almighty, the Wise.

Khattab:

The revelation of this Book is from Allah—the Almighty, All-Wise.

Malik:

This Book is revealed from Allah, the All-Mighty, the All-Wise.

Pickthall:

The revelation of the Scripture is from Allah, the Mighty, the Wise.

Yusuf Ali:

The revelation of the Book is from Allah the Exalted in power Full of Wisdom.  4736

Transliteration:

Tanzeelu alkitabi mina Allahi alAAazeezi alhakeemi

Ayah 3

إِنَّ فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ لَآيَاتٍ لِلْمُؤْمِنِينَ

Asad:

Behold, in the heavens as well as on earth there are indeed messages for all who [are willing to] believe. 2

Khattab:

Surely in ˹the creation of˺ the heavens and the earth are signs for the believers.

Malik:

Surely in the heavens and the earth there are signs for the true believers.

Pickthall:

Lo! in the heavens and the earth are portents for believers.

Yusuf Ali:

Verily in the heavens and the earth are Signs for those who believe.  4737

Transliteration:

Inna fee alssamawati waalardi laayatin lilmumineena

وَفِي خَلْقِكُمْ وَمَا يَبُثُّ مِنْ دَابَّةٍ آيَاتٌ لِقَوْمٍ يُوقِنُونَ

Asad:

And in your own nature, and in [that of] all the animals which He scatters [over the earth] there are messages for people who are endowed with inner certainty. 3

Khattab:

And in your own creation, and whatever living beings He dispersed, are signs for people of sure faith.

Malik:

and in your own creation and that of animals which are scattered through the earth, there are signs for those who are firm in faith,

Pickthall:

And in your creation, and all the beasts that He scattered in the earth, are portents for a folk whose faith is sure.

Yusuf Ali:

And in the creation of yourselves and the fact that animals are scattered (through the earth) are Signs for those of assured Faith.  4738

Transliteration:

Wafee khalqikum wama yabuththu min dabbatin ayatun liqawmin yooqinoona

Man needs an authority superior to him to rule and discipline his life. He (man) will never fulfill his human potential until he recognizes The Creator as that authority and finds his true relationship with The Creator. Only when man has The Creator as his authority in his total life, can he(man) reach his highest potential for growth and discipline.

An-Nisa (The Women) – 4:135  [read in context]
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ كُونُواْ قَوَّامِينَ بِالْقِسْطِ شُهَدَاء لِلّهِ وَلَوْ عَلَى أَنفُسِكُمْ أَوِ الْوَالِدَيْنِ وَالأَقْرَبِينَ إِن يَكُنْ غَنِيًّا أَوْ فَقِيرًا فَاللّهُ أَوْلَى بِهِمَا فَلاَ تَتَّبِعُواْ الْهَوَى أَن تَعْدِلُواْ وَإِن تَلْوُواْ أَوْ تُعْرِضُواْ فَإِنَّ اللّهَ كَانَ بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ خَبِيرًا (4:135)
Ya ayyuha allatheena amanoo koonoo qawwameena bialqisti shuhadaa lillahi walaw AAala anfusikum awi alwalidayni waalaqrabeena in yakun ghaniyyan aw faqeeran faAllahu awla bihima fala tattabiAAoo alhawa an taAAdiloo wain talwoo aw tuAAridoo fainna Allaha kana bima taAAmaloona khabeeran

 4:135 (Asad) O YOU who have attained to faith! Be ever steadfast in upholding equity, bearing witness to the truth for the sake of God, even though it be against your own selves or your parents and kinsfolk. Whether the person concerned be rich or poor, God’s claim takes precedence over [the claims of] either of them. [150] Do not, then, follow your own desires, lest you swerve from justice: for if you distort [the truth], behold, God is indeed aware of all that you do!

Yunus (Jonah) – 10:44  [read in context]
إِنَّ اللّهَ لاَ يَظْلِمُ النَّاسَ شَيْئًا وَلَـكِنَّ النَّاسَ أَنفُسَهُمْ يَظْلِمُونَ (10:44)
Inna Allaha la yathlimu alnnasa shayan walakinna alnnasa anfusahum yathlimoona
 10:44 (Asad) Verily, God does not do the least wrong unto men, but it is men who wrong themselves. Know that there is much good in being patient with what you detest, that victory will come with patience, affliction will come with relief, and hardship will come with ease.

Source: Musnad Ahmad 2800, Grade: Sahih

Let us pause.

2:201 And there are men who say: “Our Lord! Give us good in this world and good in the Hereafter, and defend us from the torment of the Fire!”

Waminhum man yaqoolu rabbana atina fee alddunya hasanatan wafee alakhirati hasanatan waqina AAathaba alnnari

وِمِنْهُم مَّن يَقُولُ رَبَّنَا آتِنَا فِي الدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً وَفِي الآخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً وَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ (2:201)

PART II
Innal amda Lillaah, Was-Salaatu Was-Salaamu ‘Alaarasoolillaah,

Authubillah Minash-shaytanirrajeem Bissmillahi Rahmani Raheem,

With the Name Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Ash hadu anlaa illaha il Allah wa Ash hadu anna Muhammadan abduhu wa Rasoulluh

I openly bear witness that there is no G-d but Allah, and I openly bear witness that Muhammad is His slave servant and Messenger.
Allah humma sal-li ‘ala sayidinna Muhammadin
wa ‘ala ali Muhammadin,
Kama sal-layta ‘ala Ibraheema
Wa’ala ali Ibraheema
innaka Hameedum Majeed

Allah humma barik ‘ala Muhammadin
wa ‘ala ali Muhammadin,
Kama barakta ‘ala Ibraheema
Wa ‘ala ali Ibraheema
innaka Hameedum Majeed.

Translation:
Oh Allah, send grace and honor on Muhammad and
On the family and true followers of Muhammad
just as you sent Grace and Honor on Ibrahim
and on the family and true followers of Ibrahim
Surely, you are praiseworthy, the Great.

Bilal’s Footsteps in Paradise

Abu Huraira reported that Allah’s Messenger (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said to Bilal: “Bilal, tell me which act you did at the time of the morning prayer for which you hope to receive a good reward, for I heard during the night the sound of your footsteps before me in Paradise?” Bilal (radi Allahu anhu) replied: “I did not do any act in Islam for which I hope to get any benefit, but this, that when I perform complete ablution during the night or day I observe prayer with that purification, what Allah has ordained for me to pray.” [Sahih Muslim]

What Bilal (radi Allahu anhu) used to do is not that difficult to do. He would try to stay in a state of purity, and whenever he did wudhu or ghusl, he would pray nafl rakaat with that wudhu. This enabled his footsteps to precede those of Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) in Paradise. We could try for the same.
The prayers are divided into those that are required or Fard; those that the Prophet pbuh practiced or Sunnah; those that are almost required or Wajibat or Mustahabb; and those that are purely voluntary or Nafl.

Bilal raa kept up his required prayers his recommended prayers is sooner prayers and then did extra prayers after every wudu. He did it out of love for Allah SWT, and a desire to improve himself.

Normally we ask if people have felt that they have been treated better this week than the prior week. I want to add another question have we behaved better this week than the prior week. One critical element that we have to include in all of our daily activities is a striving for excellence and improvement. If we are not striving for excellence and improvement we have violated the concept of Ihsan. Now many of us define the concept as excellence, but it is also a recognition that before the eyes of God we are all deficient and striving to be better. Remember the story we told about the wise man who could not admonish a child who love sweets until he himself had given up sweets. Our advice should be consistent with our own ability to practice that advice. Last week we began discussing the religion is nasihah.” The people asked, “To whom?” The Prophet, sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, replied, “To Allah and to His Book and to His Messenger and to the leaders of the Muslims and the common folk.”

[Collected by Bukhari and Muslim]

It lurks in the deepest, darkest parts of ourselves and waits expectantly for opportunities to strike. It attacks our defenses of iman, strategically tears down our walls of taqwa and ruthlessly diminishes our ihsan, or perfection of worship. Struggling against the evil that is inherent in all of us, is a battle that is fought on a daily, even hourly basis, and like most wars it is seldom won alone. Allah, through Eternal Mercy, has given the believers the most powerful weapon available to assure victory in this constant struggle between good and evil – each other.

How many of us have looked to our brothers and sisters in Islam and have seen them straying from the path of Allah, and have turned our faces away? How many of us have seen our brothers erring and said to ourselves, it is none of my business? Well, it is our business for the Prophet, sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, has made it our business. In the hadith related by Tamim ad-Dari, the Prophet, sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said, “The religion is nasihah.” The people asked, “To whom?” The Prophet, sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, replied, “To Allah and to His Book and to His Messenger and to the leaders of the Muslims and the common folk.”

The Prophet, sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, has equated the entire religion to giving nasihah, but what exactly is nasihah? Nasihah is an Arabic word that is usually translated to mean sincerity or sincere advice, but actually embodies every type of virtue. As believers, this statement of the Prophet, sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, must be taken to heart. By learning what nasihah is, we can then act on it and bring about positive changes in ourselves and each other. Nasihah is a wonderful weapon, but like most weapons, if the user does not know how to use it properly, it can cause more harm than good.

How is Nasihah Given to Allah?

1. By establishing Allah’s worship by offering the obligatory deeds with perfection.
2. By believing in Allah swt; negating partners from Allah swt; not denying any of Allah’s qualities; describing Allah swt with all the qualities of beauty and perfection; and declaring Allah to be far removed from faults and qualities of imperfection.
3. By establishing obedience to Allah and turning away from disobedience.
4. By loving and hating for ALLAH’S sake; befriending and making allegiance to those who obey Our Rabb and taking as enemies those who disobey, and turning toward what Our Rabb loves and distancing oneself from displeasing Our Rabb.
5. By appreciating Allah’s blessings, bounties and thanking for them by obeying out of love and drawing closer to Allah swt through the heart.
6. By calling to all of the above, teaching it and being sincere in it for Allah’s sake.

How is Nasihah Given to the Book of Allah?
1. By firmly believing in the heart that it is the Speech of Allah and Revelation; it is not like the words of the creation, and none of creation is capable of producing something similar to it.
2. By respecting it.
3. By learning and teaching it; reading, reciting, and writing it properly; understanding its meaning; staying within its bounds; acting upon what is contained in it.

How is Nasihah to the Prophet, sallallahualayhi wa sallam, Given?
1. By affirming his prophethood.
2. By firmly believing in the heart in everything he came with; obeying him in what he commanded and what he forbade.
3. By aiding him while he was alive and after his death; taking his enemies as one’s enemies, and befriending those who take him as a friend.
4. By realizing the greatness of his right upon us, honoring him, and reviving his Sunnah.
5. By practising his Sunnah by spreading and affirming it; refuting those who cast doubts upon it; spreading its knowledge and its understanding; not arguing about it without knowledge; calling others toward it; teaching it with gentleness; showing its greatness and the greatness of those who adhere to it by attaching oneself to them; and showing it its due respect when studying it.
6. By loving the Ahlul-Bayt (his family) and his companions; turning away from those who belittle his family or revile his companions.
Nasihah to the Leaders of the Muslims
It is wajib (obligatory) to give nasihah to the leaders of the Muslims since they have faults and are not protected from committing errors, but who are the leaders of the Muslims? They are the Caliphs and others responsible for the affairs of the Muslims and they are religious scholars.

As for giving nasihah to the rulers of the Muslims, it includes:
1. Assisting and obeying them in the right.
2. Reminding them if they err or forget.
3. Making Jihad with them.

Giving nasihah to the scholars includes:
1. Spreading their knowledge.
2. Spreading their virtues.
3. Having a good opinion about them.
4. Accepting their rulings if they give sound proofs for their decisions.
5. Giving them the benefit of the doubt, or making excuses for them if they make mistakes.
6. Honoring and respecting them.
Nasihah to the Common Muslims
The following includes giving nasihah to ALL Muslims, be they black, white, Arab or Pakistani; be they sinful, ignorant or heedless. It also includes giving nasihah to Muslims, no matter which organization or group they belong to or if one likes them or dislikes them.

How is Nasihah Given to the Common Muslims?
1. By guiding them to what will bring them to benefit in this life and in the Hereafter.
2. By removing harm from them and bringing them benefit.
3. By teaching them what one loves for oneself and hating for them what one hates for oneself.
4. By teaching them what will benefit them.
5. By commanding them what is right and forbidding them what is wrong with gentleness and sincerity.
6. By being soft with them, honoring the elderly, loving and being merciful towards the youths.
7. By not being deceptive and jealous toward them.
8. Protecting their honor and wealth.

Manners of Giving Nasihah
Seeking the Pleasure of Allah by Giving Nasihah
It is necessary that a person has the intention of seeking the pleasure of Allah when giving nasihah. Only such an intention deserves a reward from Allah and acceptance from His slaves.

If the intention is other than that, then that person deserves the anger and wrath of Allah as well as the hatred and rejection of the people – including the one being advised. Not Slandering the One Being Advised
This is an affliction that has befallen many Muslims. Many times, after taking a closer look, we find that the person giving nasihah actually wants to slander the person he is advising because of personal hatred. This does not befit the one being advised and may lead to a worse situation with no benefit resulting from the nasihah.

Nasihah is to be Given in Secret
Nasihah is most likely to bear its fruit when given to a person when he is by himself, for in such a situation the person is less likely to be affected by the thoughts of others. The sincere advisor should not aid the Devil over his brother by publicly rebuking him and letting Shaytan beguile his brother into not taking the nasihah. This closes the doors of goodness and acceptance and reduces the chances of the nasihah from being accepted.
This is why our pious predecessors used to give nasihah in secret. Al-Hafidh ibn Rajab writes, “When the righteous predecessors intended to give nasihah to someone, they admonished him privately, to the point that some of them said, ‘The one who exhorts his brother between him and himself, then it is nasihah. The one who exhorts him in front of people, then it is merely scolding!’ ”

Fudayl ibn Ayadh, one of the pious scholars from our predecessors, said, “A believer covers up and gives nasihah, whereas an evildoer exposes and humiliates.” Ibn Rajab commented on Fudayl’s saying, “It is nasihah if it is with a cover, while humiliating is with broadcasting.”

Nasihah is to be Given with Kindness, Gentleness and Softness
A sincere advisor must be kind, soft and well-mannered in giving nasihah to others, as this might get the desired response from the one he is advising. One must understand that accepting nasihah is like opening a door, and that the door will not open without the proper key. The one who is given nasihahhas a heart that has a lock in some matter – for he has abandoned something that Allah has demanded from him, or has committed something that Allah had forbidden him from. There is no better key to unlock the heart than kindness in giving advice, gentleness in exhortation and softness in speech as the Prophet, sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, has said, “Kindness is not to be found in anything but that it adds to its beauty, and it is not withdrawn from anything but it makes it defective.” [Muslim]

Do not Compel Others to Follow One’s Nasihah
It is wajib (obligatory) on the advisor to render sincere advice to others, but it is not his right to compel others to follow his advice as well. That is the right of the Muslim ruler upon his subjects or a Muslim Qadhi(Judge) in his jurisdiction. A sincere advisor is one who guides toward goodness, but he is not to command others to act upon it.

Ibn Hazm writes that one should not give nasihah on the condition that it must be accepted, otherwise if one goes beyond this, he will be oppressing not advising, and seeking obedience and control. In another passage, Ibn Hazm writes that if a person is mistaken in his advice, he would be expecting people to follow him in his mistake.

Choosing the Proper Time to Give Nasihah
The one giving nasihah must choose the right time to give his advice, since a person is not always ready to receive nasihah. A person may be angry about something, upset about not getting what he wanted, grieved for something he may have lost, or there may be some other reason that might prevent him from responding to the nasihah.

Abdul-Hamid Bilali writes, “Choosing proper time and place is one of the greatest causes for the acceptance of nasihah and eradicating evil”, and as ‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ud said, “Hearts (sometimes) yearn and are attentive, but (sometimes) they go through lapses and feed repulsion. So take from them when they are (in a state of) yearning and are attentive, and leave them alone when they go through lapses and are feeling repulsion.”

Nasihah that is Against Islam is Not to be Followed
Giving nasihah is part of Shari’ah. Therefore, if someone gives advice to leave a deen demanded by the Shari’ah or to perform a forbidden deed, then it is not called nasihah. The one giving such should quit doing that and the one being advised should not accept it. For instance, if someone tells you to shave your beard, to expose some part of the body by taking off the hijab, to shake hands with women on job interviews, to date the girl you are interested in, to take a job at a gas station that sells alcohol, or to go see the latest movie, then you should not obey. These matters are not counted as nasihah which the Prophet, sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, made part of the religion.

Factors Affecting the Acceptance of Nasihah
1. Nasihah must be given according to the proper manners which have been described above.
2. One of the most important factors that contribute in one’s rejecting a fellow Muslim’s nasihah is arrogance. Arrogance prevents one from accepting nasihah and acting upon it. Whereas, the one who continuously strives to take arrogance out of his heart, finds it easy to accept nasihah. This is because the Prophet, sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said, “Arrogance is to reject the truth and despise the people.””

Nasihah is from the truth and the advisor is from the people. The arrogant person, on the other hand, is one who rejects the truth and looks down on the people. As a result, neither the nasihah nor the one giving it suits him. On the contrary, a humble person will accept nasihah from others with an open heart, no matter where the advisor comes from, because he knows that a wajib (obligatory deed) is being conveyed.
Unfortunately, many are tricked by Shaytan in this matter to accept nasihah only from those who are from the same country, or are of the same race, or hold affiliations with the same Islamic organization/ party as they do. The situation gets very sad when some of our brothers and sisters will not take nasihah because the one giving it has not been a Muslim for very long, or has not lived in America for very long, or is too young to be “telling people what to do.” They pay no attention to the nasihah itself, or try to determine whether the nasihah itself is according to the Qur’an and Sunnah. Rather they are quick to reject their fellow Muslim’s nasihah due to such baseless reasons. We must realise all these subtle forms of looking down on others and rejecting their beneficial nasihah. Remember that the Prophet, sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, has said that anyone with an atom’s weight of arrogance in their heart will not enter Paradise.

Benefits of Nasihah
1. It purifies the one being advised from some weakness. When one sees a fellow Muslim negligent in performing a good deed, or committing some wrong, he should take it upon himself to mend the shortcoming. The shortcoming may pertain to the rights of Allah or to the rights of His slaves.
2. When a believer gives nasihah to his brother in Islaam, he helps him in a matter in which his brother has erred because the believer loves for his brother what he loves for himself.
3. When a believer gives nasihah to his brother, he is disposing of the right that his brother has upon him. Just as you would not like to see a fault in yourself, and would work to remove it, likewise, you should not like to see that fault in your brother. You must hate to see in him what you hate to see in yourself, hence, you should give him nasihah to remove that fault as you would have liked to receive nasihah to have that fault removed from you. Give your brother nasihah and guide him toward goodness, and take him away from harm.

Giving nasihah is a sign of true brotherhood, a way of bringing the hearts closer, and of closing the doors of hatred and suspicion. This is why ‘Umar ibn Abdul-Aziz said, “The one who grants nasihah to his brother in matters of this his religion and concerns himself with mending affairs of this life; then, he has granted an excellent gift and fulfilled a wajib that was due on him … ” If someone were to ask, “How is nasihah a right of brotherhood, when one’s faults are mentioned?” the answer is not to feel apprehension when your brother informs you of your faults. He may know something that perhaps you are unaware of, and is compelled to tell you about it out of sheer compassion. It is a way of winning over the hearts of those who are endowed with insight.

Shaytan has declared war on all of humanity, and Allah has given the believers the tools necessary to win this war. Informing each other of ugly deeds we perform, or about loathsome characteristics that we may have is like pointing out where the land mines are on a battlefield. By pointing out these hidden dangers, we help to keep each other from destruction. In this war of conquering the self, the help, aid and guidance of our brothers and sisters is needed to assure that ultimate victory, insha’Allah, of true success in this life and in the Hereafter.

Awrah- The parts of the body, male or female, must be covered in public but not between spouses, such as, body parts must be concealed of a woman before non-related men. (Non-related men means those she can marry lawfully).

Allah SWT as said that his mercy exceeds his wrath. Looking at the world today it appears that our desire for perfection in our practice of the religion removes mercy from the lexicon of our behavior lexicon is like the vocabulary of our behavior and when mercy is removed from that vocabulary or put in a secondary position our behavior towards each other and towards our community is affected. We become selfish and self-centered we are at the level of the selfish ego. This is the level at which we must be disciplined in order to follow proper practices because we don’t understand our relationship with God. It is interesting that our profit PB UH also said pray for mercy and not justice. He was once asked why do you pray so much when you have already been granted paradise and he said should I not be grateful. Here is our prophet who is guaranteed paradise praying more than anyone else and yet his sins of already been forgiven yet he prays more than anyone else and he says should I not be grateful this reminds me of soda rock Mann Soto 55 where Allah constantly asked the question which of the favors of your Lord will ye did not as we come together on Fridays let us assess which of the favors of our Lord that we did not in this week and let us resolve that we will appreciate them and be thankful for them in the upcoming week we have so many blessings it is impossible not to recognize some of them and be grateful. Our remembrance of the passing of our brother is an opportunity for us to reflect on our own lives.

It is interesting to me that the only thing guaranteed to the human being at birth is death yet we lead most of our lives preparing for everything but death we have to get the accouterments of life. For those of you who don’t know those of the toys of life. The best example of that would be the pharaohs who died with their treasure their servants their possessions all in tune with them. Then our plunderers come along thousand years later and steal everything because nothing has left that chamber your toys, i.e. your accouterment all will not get you into heaven nor will they give you happiness and peace in the next life. I made copies of appointment that talks about a very simple thing live a life that matters and it discusses what will be remembered of you I’m not going to go through it today but I have enough copies made for everyone to take what and as you begin to look at your next steps in life reflect a little further that whatever you do has a consequence that will be reflected at your death what kind of consequences do you want to be reflected at your how do you want to be remembered.

Under the leadership of the Hon. WD Mohammed may Allah have mercy on his soul.

Last week we talked about making a conscious effort to improve our behavior towards each other. By a show of hands, how many feel they have been treated better this week than they were last week by Muslims?
How many feel they have been treated worse this week than last week by Muslims?

Look around and see the hands. This is an indication of the work that we have to do. Each week there should be more and more hands saying that they have been treated better by Muslims than the week before.
Why do I say that? If we cannot treat our own Muslim brothers and sisters better each week as a result of our increase in knowledge, how can we expect to treat people in the world any better? Often times behaviors that we don’t like are not the result of intentional attempts to disregard Adab I’ll Islam, they are the result of a lack of knowledge. One of our things to do is to always strive to share knowledge and not just condemn the behavior. Our profit always shared knowledge with those who knew less and treated people mercifully. Should we not follow his example?

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace, and blessings be upon him, said:

مَنْ كَانَ يُؤْمِنُ بِاللَّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الآخِرِ فَلْيَقُلْ خَيْرًا أَوْ لِيَصْمُتْ وَمَنْ كَانَ يُؤْمِنُ بِاللَّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الآخِرِ فَلْيُكْرِمْ جَارَهُ وَمَنْ كَانَ يُؤْمِنُ بِاللَّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الآخِرِ فَلْيُكْرِمْ ضَيْفَهُ

Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, let him speak goodness or remain silent. Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, let him honor his neighbor. Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, let him honor his guest.

Source: Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 47, Grade: Muttafaqun Alayhi

In another narration, the Prophet said:

فَلَا يُؤْذِي جَارَهُ

Let him not harm his neighbor.

And in another narration, the Prophet said:

فَلْيَصِلْ رَحِمَهُ

Let him uphold family ties.
Hadith 19: Be mindful of Allah and He will protect you احفظ الله يحفظك
Ibn Abbas reported: I was riding with the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, and he said:
يَا غُلَامُ إِنِّي أُعَلِّمُكَ كَلِمَاتٍ احْفَظْ اللَّهَ يَحْفَظْكَ احْفَظْ اللَّهَ تَجِدْهُ تُجَاهَكَ إِذَا سَأَلْتَ فَاسْأَلْ اللَّهَ وَإِذَا اسْتَعَنْتَ فَاسْتَعِنْ بِاللَّهِ وَاعْلَمْ أَنَّ الْأُمَّةَ لَوْ اجْتَمَعَتْ عَلَى أَنْ يَنْفَعُوكَ بِشَيْءٍ لَمْ يَنْفَعُوكَ إِلَّا بِشَيْءٍ قَدْ كَتَبَهُ اللَّهُ لَكَ وَلَوْ اجْتَمَعُوا عَلَى أَنْ يَضُرُّوكَ بِشَيْءٍ لَمْ يَضُرُّوكَ إِلَّا بِشَيْءٍ قَدْ كَتَبَهُ اللَّهُ عَلَيْكَ رُفِعَتْ الْأَقْلَامُ وَجَفَّتْ الصُّحُفُ

Young man, I will teach you some words. Be mindful of Allah and he will protect you. Be mindful of Allah and you will find him before you. If you ask, ask from Allah. If you seek help, seek help from Allah. Know that if the nations gathered together to benefit you, they will not benefit you unless Allah has decreed it for you. And if the nations gathered together to harm you, they will not harm you unless Allah has decreed it for you. The pens have been lifted and the pages have dried.

Source: Sunan al-Tirmidhī 2516, Grade: Sahih
In another narration, the Prophet said:
وَاعْلَمْ أَنَّ فِي الصَّبْرِ عَلَى مَا تَكْرَهُ خَيْرًا كَثِيرًا وَأَنَّ النَّصْرَ مَعَ الصَّبْرِ وَأَنَّ الْفَرَجَ مَعَ الْكَرْبِ وَأَنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا
Allah has decreed it for you. And if the nations gathered together to harm you, they will not harm you unless Allah has decreed it for you. The pens have been lifted and the pages have dried.

Source: Sunan al-Tirmidhī 2516, Grade: Sahih

In another narration, the Prophet said:

وَيْلٌ لِّكُلِّ هُمَزَةٍ لُّمَزَةٍ

Asad Quran Translation:
WOE unto every slanderer, fault-finder! 1

Malik Quran Translation:
Woe to every slanderer and defamer,

Pickthall Quran Translation:

Woe unto every slandering traducer,

Yusuf Ali Quran Translation:
Woe to every (kind of) scandal-monger and backbiter  6266

Quran Transliteration:
Waylun likulli humazatin lumazatin

الَّذِي جَمَعَ مَالًا وَعَدَّدَهُ

Asad Quran Translation:
[Woe unto him 2 ] who amasses wealth and counts it a safeguard,

Malik Quran Translation:
who amasses wealth and keeps on counting it.

Pickthall Quran Translation:
Who hath gathered wealth (of this world) and arranged it.

Yusuf Ali Quran Translation:
Who pileth up wealth and layeth it by

Quran Transliteration:
Allathee jamaAAa malan waAAaddadahu

يَحْسَبُ أَنَّ مَالَهُ أَخْلَدَهُ

Asad Quran Translation:
thinking that his wealth will make him live forever!

Malik Quran Translation:
He thinks that his wealth will insure his status forever!

Pickthall Quran Translation:
He thinketh that his wealth will render him immortal.

Yusuf Ali Quran Translation:
Thinking that his wealth would make him last for ever!

Quran Transliteration:
Yahsabu anna malahu akhladahu

كَلَّا ۖ لَيُنْبَذَنَّ فِي الْحُطَمَةِ

Asad Quran Translation:
Nay, but [in the life to come such as] he shall indeed be abandoned to crushing torment!

Malik Quran Translation:
By no means! He shall be thrown into Hotamah.

Pickthall Quran Translation:

Nay, but verily he will be flung to the Consuming One.
Yusuf Ali Quran Translation:
By no means! He will be sure to be thrown into that which breaks to pieces.  6267

Quran Transliteration:
Kalla layunbathanna fee alhutamati

نَارُ اللَّهِ الْمُوقَدَةُ

Asad Quran Translation:
A fire kindled by God,

Malik Quran Translation:
It is the fire kindled to a blaze by Allah Himself.

Pickthall Quran Translation:
(It is) the fire of Allah, kindled,

Yusuf Ali Quran Translation:
(It is) the Fire of (the Wrath of) Allah kindled (to a blaze)

Quran Transliteration:
Naru Allahi almooqadatu

الَّتِي تَطَّلِعُ عَلَى الْأَفْئِدَةِ

Asad Quran Translation:
which will rise over the [guilty] hearts: 5

Malik Quran Translation:
The one which will rise right to the hearts,

Pickthall Quran Translation:
Which leapeth up over the hearts (of men).

Yusuf Ali Quran Translation:
The which doth mount (Right) to the Hearts:  6268

Quran Transliteration:
Allatee tattaliAAu AAala alafidati

إِنَّهَا عَلَيْهِمْ مُؤْصَدَةٌ

Asad Quran Translation:
verily, it will close in upon them

Malik Quran Translation:
closing in upon them from every side

Pickthall Quran Translation:
Lo! it is closed in on them

Yusuf Ali Quran Translation:
It shall be made into a vault over them

Quran Transliteration:
lnnaha AAalayhim musadatun

فِي عَمَدٍ مُمَدَّدَةٍ

Asad Quran Translation:
in endless columns!

Malik Quran Translation:
in outstretched columns.

Pickthall Quran Translation:
In outstretched columns.

Yusuf Ali Quran Translation:
In columns outstretched.

Quran Transliteration:
Fee AAamadin mumaddadatin

Moral of the Story
1. Think well of others. Don’t assume the worst in people.
2. If someone doesn’t invite you to his or her house, don’t be offended. Make some excuses for them and move on. It’s alright. You don’t have to go to people’s houses to enjoy their company.
3. Don’t be over-sensitive. Don’t over-think why someone does this and why someone does that. If the reason is hidden and not apparent, perhaps it is wiser to leave it be. Don’t be suspicious. Don’t spy on people.
4. If we have a bad feeling about someone’s intention of doing a good deed, we should perhaps just let it go. We can’t see his or her intentions which are deep in his or her heart. So, let’s not imagine what the real intentions are. Only Allah knows.
5. Don’t listen to shaytan as he likes it when people hate or envy or even shun one another. For the shayateen, divided people are easier to handle than united people with a common goal.
6. If you find that visiting a person daily is getting to be troublesome, you should stop doing it. Or at the very least, you should try visiting him or her less frequently. Visiting others daily is usually not an obligation, so you most probably don’t have to do these daily visits. (Unless, certainly, if you have a sick parent or an ill close relative, then, you will have to re-evaluate the situation, in shaa Allah). But as a general rule, visit people in moderation and only if necessary. And perhaps you will enjoy each visit even more, in shaa Allah.

Hadith:
The Prophet ﷺ said: “Beware of suspicion, for suspicion is the most false of tales. Do not seek out faults, do not spy on each other, do not contend with each other, do not envy each other, do not hate each other, and do not turn away from each other. Rather, be servants of Allah as brothers.”
Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 5719, Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 2563

وَمَا لَكُمْ لاَ تُقَاتِلُونَ فِي سَبِيلِ اللّهِ وَالْمُسْتَضْعَفِينَ مِنَ الرِّجَالِ وَالنِّسَاء وَالْوِلْدَانِ الَّذِينَ يَقُولُونَ رَبَّنَا أَخْرِجْنَا مِنْ هَـذِهِ الْقَرْيَةِ الظَّالِمِ أَهْلُهَا وَاجْعَل لَّنَا مِن لَّدُنكَ وَلِيًّا وَاجْعَل لَّنَا مِن لَّدُنكَ نَصِيرًا (4:75)

O YOU who have attained to faith! Be ever steadfast in upholding equity, bearing witness to the truth for the sake of God, even though it be against your own selves or your parents and kinsfolk. Whether the person concerned be rich or poor, God’s claim takes precedence over [the claims of] either of them. Do not, then, follow your own desires, lest you swerve from justice: for if you distort [the truth], behold, God is indeed aware of all that you do!
— Qur’an 4:135
Verily, God does not do the least wrong unto men, but it is men who wrong themselves.
— Qur’an 10:44

وَمَا لَكُمْ لاَ تُقَاتِلُونَ فِي سَبِيلِ اللّهِ وَالْمُسْتَضْعَفِينَ مِنَ الرِّجَالِ وَالنِّسَاء وَالْوِلْدَانِ الَّذِينَ يَقُولُونَ رَبَّنَا أَخْرِجْنَا مِنْ هَـذِهِ الْقَرْيَةِ الظَّالِمِ أَهْلُهَا وَاجْعَل لَّنَا مِن لَّدُنكَ وَلِيًّا وَاجْعَل لَّنَا مِن لَّدُنكَ نَصِيرًا (4:75)
Basit –   Hussari –   Minshawi –  f
Wama lakum la tuqatiloona fee sabeeli Allahi waalmustadAAafeena mina alrrijali waalnnisai waalwildani allatheena yaqooloona rabbana akhrijna min hathihi alqaryati alththalimi ahluha waijAAal lana min ladunka waliyyan waijAAal lana min ladunka naseeran
Topics discussed in this Verse: 
[Abraham:rejects worship of heavenly bodies] [Allah’s attributes:Protector] [Fighting (and striving) in the ca’use of Allah] [Free will ( Freewill ):Free will ( to train human will )]

 4:75 (Asad) And how could you refuse to fight [89] in the cause of God and of the utterly helpless men and women and children who are crying, “O our Sustainer! Lead us forth [to freedom] out of this land whose people are oppressors, and raise for us, out of Thy grace, a protector, and raise for us, out of Thy grace, one who will bring us succor!” –

Amin
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Asad: IT IS GOD who creates you [all in a state] of weakness, and then, after weakness, ordains strength [for you], and then, after [a period of] strength, ordains [old-age] weakness and grey hair.48 He creates what He wills; and He alone is all-knowing, infinite in His power.

Malik: It is Allah Who has created you in a state of helplessness as a baby, then gave you strength to come out of helplessness in youth, then after strength again helplessness and grey hair in old age. He creates whatever He wills and it is He Who is the All-knowing, the Almighty.

Pickthall: Allah is He who shaped you out of weakness, then appointed after weakness strength, then, after strength, appointed weakness and grey hair. He createth what He will. He is the Knower, the Mighty.

Yusuf Ali: It is Allah Who created you in a state of (helpless) weakness then gave (you) strength after weakness then after strength give (you) weakness and a hoary head: He creates as He wills and it is He Who has all knowledge and power. 3572

Author Comments 48 – In the original, this sentence is formulated in the past tense (“has created you” and “has ordained”), stressing the recurrent character of man’s life-phases. In translation, this recurrence can be suitably expressed by using the present tense. 3572 – What was said before about the people who make Allah’s teaching of “of none effect” does not mean that Evil will defeat Allah. On the contrary we are asked to contemplate the mysteries of Allah’s wisdom with another Parable. In our physical life we see how strength is evolved out of weakness and weakness out of strength. The helpless babe becomes a lusty man in the pride of his manhood, and then sinks to a feeble old age: and yet there is wisdom in all these stages in the Universal Plan. So Allah carries out His Plan in this world “as He wills”, i.e., according to His Will and Plan, and none can gainsay it. And His Plan is wise and can never be frustrated.

View Page Source: Alim.org-Compare Translation-Surah 30-Ayah

“…Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves. … “
(Quran, 13:11)

“Each person’s every joint must perform a charity every day the sun comes up : to act justly between two people is a charity; to help a man with his mount, lifting him onto it or hoistingd up his belongings onto it is a charity: a good word is a charity, every step you take to prayers is a charity and removing a harmful thing from the road is a charity.”

related by Bukhari and Muslim.

Please remember our charity. Allah SWT is so merciful to us; remember to be merciful to our community and to each other. Let us remember, we give not just for ourselves, but for those who do not have. We are taught to support those who have less than us through our charity. Let us remember that lesson and give freely and willingly to help our brothers and sisters in Al Islam.

Allahumma inne asaloka wal amaan e wal imaan fid dunya wal akhera”
Oh Allah I ask of you peace & faith in this world & in the hereafter
Allahuma’ Eghfir Lil’ Muslimeena wal Muslimat…. Stop for the congregation to say AAMEEN”

Almighty G_d, forgive the Muslim men and women and forgive the believing men and women
O our Sustainer! Take us not to task if we forget or unwittingly do wrong!
O our Sustainer! Lay not upon us a burden such as Thou didst lay upon those who lived before us!
O our Sustainer! Make us not bear burdens which we have no strength to bear! Remove our sins, grant us forgiveness, and bestow Thy mercy upon us! Thou art our Lord Supreme: help us, then, against people who deny the truth!”

Qad Qamaitasalaat