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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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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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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The Optimist Creed 

Promise yourself
To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel that there is something worthwhile in them.

To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.

To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful expression at all times and give a smile to every living creature you meet.

To give so much time to improving yourself that you have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry, to Noble for anger, too strong for fear, into happy to permit the presence of trouble.

Do you think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact of the world, not in the loud words, but in great deeds.

To live in the faith that the whole world is on your side, so long as you are true to the best that is in you.

By Christian D. Larson 1912

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A Fine Role Model with Noble Manners & Character

The Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam) [Peace be upon him] said…

“ There is NOTHING heavier in the Scales [On the Day Of Judgement] than GOOD CHARACTER ” !

And the Prophet [peace be upon him] was our role model and the premier example of a man who displayed the finest possible character.

ALLAH [Aza Wa Jall] said: “Verily, in the Messenger of Allaah you have a fine role model.” [Source:- ‘Quran’ ~ Surat al-Ahzaab 33: A # 21]
Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allaah have Mercy on him) summarized the extent of his noble manners by saying:-
The Prophet [peace be upon him] used to greet the children when he passed by them. Sometimes, a little girl would take him by the hand and he would allow her to lead him wherever she wanted.

Prophet [peace be upon him] used to lick his fingers after eating.

He [peace be upon him] would be in the service of his family when at home.

Never would he become angry because of something personal.

He [peace be upon him] used to repair his own sandals and mend his own torn clothes.

He would milk his goat himself for his own family…& would feed his own camel.

He used to eat with his servants, sit in the company of the poor people,

He would personally take care of the needs of widows and orphans.

He would be the one to initiate the greeting when meeting people.

He would respond to the humblest of invitations.

He [peace be upon him] lived a very modest lifestyle, a man of soft manners, naturally kind, easy to get along with, having a pleasant smile on his face, gracefully humble, extremely generous but not wasteful, soft-hearted and gentle in his dealings with each and every Muslim, lowering the wings of humility to the believers, bearing their companionship in such a gentle way.

It is imperative that we as Muslims realize the completeness of the guidance of the Messenger of Allaah (may Allaah raise his rank and grant him peace’) and know that our true honor and distinction among the nations, as well as our success in the Hereafter, lies in embracing his guidance, in all affairs of belief and action.

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