The Pens Have Been Lifted And The Pages Have Dried

Abu al-‘Abbas ~‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbas~ {Radiyallahu Anhuma} reported:- 

One day I was behind the Prophet {Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wa Sallam} and he said to me:
“O young man, I shall teach you some words of advice:
Be mindful of ALLAH and ALLAH will protect you.

Be mindful of ALLAH and you will find Him in front of you. 

If you have need to ask, ask of ALLAH

and if you seek help, seek help from ALLAH.

 

Know that even if the Nation [or the whole community] were to gather together to benefit you with something, 

they would not benefit you with anything except that which ALLAH has already recorded for you
and that if they gather together to harm you with something, they would not be able to harm you with anything except that which ALLAH has already recorded against you.
‘The Pens have been lifted and the pages have Dried’

[Source ~Al-Tirmidhi : It is a good, genuine Hadith]

 
~A Lil Note~
 *Prophet*~ (SallAllaahu `Alayhi wa Sallam) statement …

 

“The Pens have been lifted and the Pages have dried” further emphasizes what has preceeded

and there is no contradiction with that by way of abrogation or change.
Knowing that we are tested throughout this life and that Allah [Aza Wa Jall] tests those people that He loves ! [Alhamdullilah]

It is through those tests that we can grow stronger and wiser [In Shaa Allah]
People simply don’t make as much progress through times of ease: Allah [Aza Wa Jall] tests us with money, love, family, friends, children, abilities, etc. etc etc. We learn as each one is taken away or reduced to be grateful for what we have. [Alhamdullilah]

Because in the end we KNOW that The Pens have been Lifted and the Pages have Dried.

[Subhan Allah]

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اجرِ کثیر

نبی کریم صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم نے فرمایا کہ پچھلی قوموں میں ایک شخص کی روح قبض کرنے کے بعد فرشتوں نے اس سے کہا کہ کوئی نیکی کا کام بھی کیا ہے؟ تو اس نے جواب میں کہا کہ مجھے یاد نہیں ہے۔ فرشتے پھر کہیں گے کہ یاد کرو۔ تو وہ جواب میں کہے گا کہ ایک نیکی یاد ہے کہ میں لوگوں کو قرض دیتا تھا اور جب قرض واپس لینے کا وقت ہوتا تھا تو اپنے غلاموں کو یہ حکم دیتا تھا کہ دیکھنا جو تنگ دست ہو، اس کو مزید مہلت دے دینا اور جو قرض ادا نہ کر سکتا ہو، اس کو معاف کر دینا۔ اللہ نے اس عمل پر اس کو جنت میں داخل کر دیا*۔ “ [صحح مسلم]

” *نبی کریم صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم نے فرمایا کہ ایک شخص نے مسلمانوں کے راستے میں ایک کانٹے دار شاخ کو دیکھا تو اس نے کہا کہ اللہ کی قسم! میں اسے مسلمانوں کے راستے سے صاف کر دوں گا تا کہ کسی مسلمان کو تکلیف نہ ہو۔ تو اللہ نے اس عمل پر اسے معاف کر دیا اور جنت میں داخل کر دیا۔* “ [مسند احمد]

” *نبی کریم صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم نے فرمایا کہ جس شخص نے ہر فرض نماز کے بعد آیت الکرسی پڑھنے کو اپنا معمول بنا لیا تو اس کے جنت میں داخل ہونے میں صرف ایک ہی رکاوٹ ہے، اور وہ اس کی موت ہے*۔ “ [صحیح الجامع]

” *نبی کریم صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم نے فرمایا کہ میں اس شخص کو جنت کے کنارے گھر کی بشارت دیتا ہوں کہ جو جھگڑا چھوڑ دے، چاہے اپنے آپ کو حق پر سمجھتا ہو۔ اور اس کو جنت کے وسط میں گھر کی بشارت دیتا ہوں جو جھوٹ کو چھوڑ دے، چاہے مزاح میں ہی کیوں نہ ہو۔ اور اس شخص کو جنت کے اعلی درجوں میں گھر کی بشارت دیتا ہوں کہ جو اپنے اخلاق کو بلند کر لے*۔ “ [سنن ابی داود]

” *نبی کریم صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم نے فرمایا کہ میں اور یتیم کی کفالت کرنے والا جنت میں ایک ساتھ ہوں گے۔ اور آپ نے شہادت کی انگلی اور درمیانی انگلی سے اِس طرح اشارہ کر کے دکھایا کہ ان دونوں کے مابین کچھ فاصلہ تھا۔*“ [صحیح البخاری]

” *حضرت ابو ہریرۃ  سے مروی ہے کہ اللہ کے رسول صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم نے فرمایا کہ اللہ تعالی فرماتے ہیں کہ جب میں اپنے بندے کے جگر گوشے کی روح قبض کر لوں تو اس پر صبر کا بدلہ میرے پاس صرف جنت ہے*۔“ [صحیح البخاری]

” *نبی کریم صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم  نے فرمایا کہ جو مجھے اپنی شرم گاہ اور زبان، دو چیزوں کی حفاظت کی ذمہ داری دیتا ہے تو میں اسے جنت کی ضمانت دیتا ہو*۔ “ [صحیح البخاری]

” *نبی کریم صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم نے فرمایا کہ ایک عمرہ دوسرے عمرہ تک تمام گناہوں کا کفارہ ہے اور مقبول حج کی جزا تو جنت ہے*۔ “ [موطا امام مالک]

” *نبی کریم صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم نے فرمایا کہ جس کا آخری کلام لا الہ الا اللہ ہو گا، وہ جنت میں داخل ہو گا۔* “ [سنن ابی داود]

” *جنت میں ایک شخص کا درجہ اچانک بلند کر دیا جاتا ہے* *تو وہ یہ پوچھتا ہے* *کہ ایسا کیوں ہوا ہے؟ تو اسے جواب دیا جاتا ہے کہ تمہاری اولاد نے تمہارے لیے مغفرت کی دعا کی ہے*۔“

[سنن ابن ماجہ]

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Tahajjud- Last Third of Night

Allah’s Messenger (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Every night when it is the last third of the night, our Lord, the Exalted, the Blessed, descends to the nearest heaven and says, ‘Is there anyone to invoke Me that I may respond to his invocation? Is there anyone to ask Me so that I may grant him his request? Is there anyone asking My forgiveness so that I may forgive him?’” [Bukhari]

Commentary: This hadith informs us of the excellence of the last third of the night, how Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) is hoping for someone to ask Him for something at that time, so He may grant it to them. Although Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) hears us, watches us, and is aware of our feelings at all times, but the time before dawn is extra special.

Wake up a little before Fajr to capitalize on these moments of extraordinary nearness to Allah, the Exalted, the Blessed.

Hasan Al-Basri (radi Allahu) was asked about how is it that those who perform Tahajjud have the brightest faces, to which he {Allah have mercy on him} replied… “That is because they seclude themselves in devotion to Allah so He beautifies them with light from His light.”

Karaz Ibn Wabrah said that it had reached him that Ka’b used to say {Allah have mercy on them}“The Angels look down from the sky at (holding in esteem) those who make Tahajjud just as you all look up to the stars in the sky.”

10 Minutes Before Fajr ᴴᴰ ┇ by Ustadh Saad Tasleem : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4glHOgqJ88U

Credit – via Email from Brother Mustafa Kazmi

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Message for People Going Through Any Difficulty in Their Life

“This is a message for anyone who is going through some difficulty in their life, be that in their marriage, at work, in their deen or anything else…

Know that this life is not a place of absolute happiness or joy. There are highs and lows but Allah will never test you with more than you can handle. In His wisdom and justice He tries people according to their levels so know that your trial is according to your level.

Also know that the brightness of day follows the darkness of night. So in your moment of darkness have glad tidings of the light which will follow and bear patiently with whatever comes your way.

Some days it will seem like your back is against the wall and you can’t go on, but don’t you see how the bird flies for miles until it eventually reaches it’s food? The towering tree doesn’t grow tall overnight – it sends its roots far and wide and then begins the slow, painful climb skywards. Likewise, your rise to the heights of Jannah won’t be easy but keep going until you reach your goal.

Yes, the road is long. Yes, the nights are dark and lonely but know that whoever has Allah, then he has the ultimate protector and to Allah belong the treasures of the heavens and the earth – He gives them to whoever He wills.

So I advise my own soul and then yours – keep your eye on the goal and keep moving towards it. The seas of life will get rocky and there will be storms, but in the morning perhaps there will be perfect stillness with no waves at all?

With hardship comes ease, with trials come rewards and with patience comes Jannah.”- Ustadh Abu Ibraheem

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10 great goals to set for this Ramadan

1. Eat, drink and be moderate

Almost all of us do it – once Iftar time hits, we just keep plowing food and drink into our mouths till it’s hard to move afterwards. And those of us who do it know this is totally contrary to the spirit of Ramadan, through which we’re supposed to learn self-control not self-indulgence. Let’s try to stick to the Prophetic rule on eating: fill our stomachs with one-third food, one-third water and one-third breathing space, even in Ramadan.

2. Give a dollar a day in charity…or five or ten

The Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, was always generous but even more so in Ramadan. Let’s open our hearts and dig a little deeper in our wallets this year. Even less than a dollar a day adds up. Whatever you can give, it’s the intention that counts.

3. Memorize 4 new Surahs

Memorizing the Quran often seems like a daunting task. But the key is doing it in small bites. Since there are four weeks in Ramadan, try to memorize one new Surah a week. Start off with a short, easy one. Once you’ve started, you’ll build momentum and may even want to memorize a longer one the following week.

4. Go to Tarawih prayers

Post-Iftar, the first urge is to sleep after an exhausting day. But try your best to head out to the mosque for Tarawih prayers. Praying alone is wonderful, but doing it in congregation is fantastic. The community spirit is part of Ramadan’s blessings. Don’t miss it this year. If going every day is not possible, try going at least one week.

5. Attend the Tarawih prayer in which the recitation of the Quran will be finished

Call the local mosque and find out which day the Imam will be finishing the recitation of the Quran in prayer. Attend to not only hear part of the Quran’s recitation in prayer, but also participate in the heart-rending Duas that follow it.

6. Stop swearing and/or backbiting – with a special box

It’s hard not to shoot our mouths off when someone’s upset us. Whether we utter those four-letter words or backbite about someone to our family and friends, we know this isn’t the God-approved way of letting off steam. In Ramadan, when we want to build our spirituality, we’ve got to wage Jihad against our bad habits.

Try this: get a box and every time you catch yourself swearing or backbiting put some money in it. It could be a buck or less. The point is to choose an amount that makes it feel like punishment.

At the end of the month send the money to a charity or buy a gift for the person whom you’ve backbitten the most against.

7. Call/email your relatives

You’d think that given the easy access to email, competitive long-distance calling rates, phone cards, etc. these days, we’d keep in touch with family and friends more often. But the opposite seems to be the case, as we get caught up in life’s “busyness.”

Strengthening ties with family members and keeping in touch with friends is part of our way of life and an act Allah is very pleased with. This Ramadan, call family and friends or at least email them a Ramadan card and ask them how their fasting is going.

8. Go on a technology diet

Even if you work in the IT industry, you can do this. Avoid checking personal email and surfing the web during your fast. After Iftar, instead of plopping yourself in front of the screen, go to Tarawih. The same goes for the television. The point is to try to give our full attention to spiritual elevation this month.

9. Read 5 minutes of Quran a day…just five, not more, not less

Even if you feel you’ve got absolutely no time, set a timer or the alarm on your cell phone and find a relatively quiet place. You can read the first page of the Quran you open or follow a sequence. The choice is yours. The point is simply to connect with God through His revelation in the month of the Quran.

10. Forgive everyone who has hurt you

Still got a festering wound from the fight with your friend last year? Still upset about something your spouse said during a heated argument? Or are you still bitter about the way your parents sometimes treated you as a kid? Let go of the anger and pain this Ramadan and forgive those who have hurt you. Forgiving someone is not only good for the body, but it’s also great for the soul. And in Ramadan, ten days of which are devoted to Allah’s forgiveness, shouldn’t we lesser beings forgive too?

If you find it very difficult to forgive everyone, forgive at least three people.

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Ramadan Around the World

During my childhood, growing up in Brunei, Ramadan was a magical time. School was off for the entire month of Ramadan. My siblings and I fasted the month of Ramadan from as early as when we were 7 or 8 years old. We used to hang out at home all day reading various books (as well as the Quran), watching the Ramadan programs (in the afternoons), playing badminton right before iftar, sitting around the food spread to break our fast together and going to Taraweeh prayers together as a family.

One program that has remained in my memory after all those years is a show called Ramadan fil Alam (or Ramadan around the world). By the way, another show that I remember from those days is an Arabic Seerah TV series which was awesome and InshaaAllah I’ll write about that in another blog entry.

The unique thing about that program was its candid look at the many Muslim cultures and subcultures around the globe. I’ve been searching for that program online and look  for it every Ramadan but hadn’t been lucky until now. I found 16 of them posted on YouTube (I remember them being a total of 29 or 30 for each day of Ramadan), but this is good collection to get a feel of what the program was all about.

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DU’A When going to the mosque

– اللَّهُـمَّ اجْعَـلْ فِي قَلْبِـي نُوراً، وَفِي لِسَـانِي نُوراً، وَفِي سَمْعِي نُوراً، وَفِي بَصَرِيِ نُورًا، وَمِنْ فََوْقِي نُوراً، وَ مِنْ تَحْتِي نُوراً، وَ عَنْ يَمِينِي نُوراَ، وعَنْ شِمَالِي نُوراً، وَمِنْ أَماَمِي نُوراً،,وَمِنْ خَلْفِي نُوراً، وَاجْعَلْ فِي نَفْسِي نُوراً، وأََعْظِمْ لِي نُوراً، وَعَظِِّمْ لِي نُوراً، وَاجْعَلْ لِي نُوراً، واجْعَلْنِي نُوراً، ألَلَّهُمَّ أَعْطِنِي نُوراً، وَاجْعَلْ فِي عَصَبِي نُوراً، وَفِي لَحْمِي نُوراً، وَفِي دَمِي نُوراً، وَفِي شَعْرِي نُوراً، وفِي بَشَرِي نُوراً، أَللَّهُمَّ اجِعَلْ لِي نُوراً فِي قَّبْرِي… وَ نُوراَ فِي عِظاَمِي، وَزِدْنِي نُوراً، وَزِدْنِي نُوراَ، وَزِدْنِي نُوراً، وَهَبْ لِي نُوراً عَلَى نُوراً

Allaahummaj’al fee qalbee nooran, wa fee lisaaanee nooran, wa fee sam’ee nooran, wa fee basaree nooran, wa min fawqee nooran, wa min tahtee nooran, wa ‘an yameenee nooran, wa ‘an shimaalee nooran, wa min ‘amaamee nooran, wa min khalfee nooran, waj’alfee nafsee nooran, wa ‘a’dhim lee nooran, wa ‘adhdhim lee nooran, wafal lee nooran, waj’alnee nooran, Allaahumma ‘a’tinee nooran, waj’al fee ‘asabee nooran, wafee lahmee nooran, wafee damee nooran, wa fee sha’ree nooran, wa fee basharee nooran. Allaahummaj’al lee nooran fee qabree… wa nooran fee ‘idhaamee. Wa zidnee nooran, wa zidnee nooran, wa zidnee nooran. Wa hab lee nooran ‘alaa noor.

Translation:-

O Allah, place light in my heart, and on my tongue light, and in my ears light and in my sight light, and above me light, and below me light, and to my right light, and to my left light, and before me light and behind me light. Place in my soul light. Magnify for me light, and amplify for me light. Make for me light and make me a light. O Allah, grant me light, and place light in my nerves, and in my body light and in my blood light and in my hair light and in my skin light. O Allah, make for me a light in my grave… And a light in my bones. Increase me in light, increase me in light, increase me in light. Grant me light upon light.

Tarjuma:-

Aye Allah mere dil mein noor bharde. Mere zaban mein noor meri sama’at mein noor aur meri basarat mein noor mere upar noor mere neeche noor mere dayen noor mere bayen noor mere saamne noor aur mere peechhe noor aur mere nafs mein noor aur tu mere noor ko ziyadah karde aur mujhe bahut ziyadah noor ata farma mere liye noor bana aur mujhe noor banade, 

Aye Allah ! mujhe noor ata farma, aur mere putthhon mein noor bherde, mere gosht mein, mere khoon mein, mere baalon mein aur meri jild mein noor bharde. 

Aye Allah ! mere qabr mein noor bharde aur meri haddiyon mein noor bharde. (aur mujhe mazeed noor ata farma, mujhe mazeed noor ata farma, mujhe mazeed noor ata farma) aur mujhe noor hi ata farma. 

📚Ref:Al-Bukhari 11/116 (Hadith no. 6316), Muslim 1/526 (Hadith no. 763).

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The Baker

There was a baker in Baghdad who used to sell bread that was so good people used to come from all over to buy his bread. Some people would give him fake and unacceptable coins to buy the bread. He would take those coins and put them in a separate box and still give them the bread. He would never complain or call them fakers or go after them and always sold his bread with the same love.
When the baker was about to die, he made Du’aa to Allah saying: O Allah you know very well that i used to accept fake unacceptable coins from anyone and still gave them my good smelling good tasting heathy bread. Please accept my fake and unacceptable worship not the quality of worship that you wanted. O Allah my request to you is as I used to forgive your creatures, please forgive me also.
The wise old men say that after he’d died someone in their dream saw him in a high place (in jannah) as he’d been hopeful.

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Joy and Sorrow

Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.

And the self/same well from which your laughter rises
was oftentimes filled with your tears…

And how else can it be?
The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.

Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven?

And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives?

When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy…

When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight…

Some of you say, “Joy is greater than sorrow,” and others say, “Nay, sorrow is the greater.”

But I say unto you, they are inseparable.

Together they come, and when one sits, alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed…

Verily you are suspended like scales between your sorrow and your joy. Only when you are empty are you at standstill and balanced.

When the treasure-keeper lifts you to weigh his gold and his silver, needs must your joy or your sorrow rise or fall.

[By Kahlil Gibran in ‘The Prophet’]

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