\”And verily the Hereafter will be better for thee than the present.\” 93:4

July 9, 2007

Aasiyah, the wife of Fir’awn

Filed under: Uncategorized — by Aish Al Akhirah @ 3:46 pm

This is part of the tafseer of Surah Tahrim. I chose the tafseer of the ayaat which mentions the story of Aasiyah (one out of the four best women in Islam, may Allah SWT be pleased with her).

Her story always brought such a feeling of hope and awe in my heart. Aasiyah was the wife of the worst disbeliever to ever live–Fir’awn. Subhan’Allah this woman was protected by Allah SWT’s angels from the pains of the torment which Fir’awn inflicted upon her for being a Believer. The torture and the pain did not effect her in the least bit, it was her Lord whom she Remembered constantly who sustained her. It’s amazing just how strong her emaan was. Allah SWT assures us through the example of Aasiyah that obedience to Allah SWT and steadfastness on His Path only leads to victory, in this life and the next. Okay well I will leave you to read the tafseer (right after the explanation of the ayah about Aasiyah, there is the ayah about Maryam bint Imran and her testament to the Truth of her Lord…a beautiful ayah as well.

The Disbelievers can cause no Harm to the Believers

This is a parable that Allah made of the believers, in that, if they needed to, their association with the disbelievers will not harm them. Allah the Exalted said,

[لاَّ يَتَّخِذِ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ الْكَـفِرِينَ أَوْلِيَآءَ مِن دُونِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَمَن يَفْعَلْ ذَلِكَ فَلَيْسَ مِنَ اللَّهِ فِي شَىْءٍ إِلاَ أَن تَتَّقُواْ مِنْهُمْ تُقَـةً]

(Let not the believers take the disbelievers as protecting friends instead of the believers, and whoever does that, will never be helped by Allah in any way, except you indeed fear a danger from them.) (3:28) Qatadah said, “Fir`awn was the most tyrannical among the people of the earth and the most disbelieving. By Allah! His wife was not affected by her husband’s disbelief, because she obeyed her Lord. Therefore, let it be known that Allah is the Just Judge Who will not punish anyone except for their own sins.” Ibn Jarir recorded that Sulayman said, “The wife of Fir`awn was tortured under the sun and when Fir`awn would finish the torture session, the angels would shade her with their wings. She was shown her house in Paradise.” Ibn Jarir said that Al-Qasim bin Abi Bazzah said, “Fir`awn’s wife used to ask, `Who prevailed’ When she was told, `Musa and Harun prevailed’, she said, `I believe in the Lord of Musa and Harun.’ Fir`awn sent his aides to her and said to them, `Find the biggest stone. If she insists on keeping her faith, throw the stone on her, otherwise she is my wife. When they came to her, she looked up to the sky and was able to see her house in Paradise. She persisted on the faith and her soul was then captured. The stone was thrown on her lifeless body.” This is the meaning of her statement,

[رَبِّ ابْنِ لِى عِندَكَ بَيْتاً فِى الْجَنَّةِ وَنَجِّنِى مِن فِرْعَوْنَ وَعَمَلِهِ]

(My Lord! Build for me a home with You in Paradise, and save me from Fir`awn and his work,) means, `deliver me from him, because I am innocent of his actions,’

[وَنَجِّنِى مِنَ الْقَوْمِ الظَّـلِمِينَ]

(and save me from the people who are wrongdoers.) Her name was Asiyah bint Muzahim, may Allah be pleased with her.

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End of part of the tafseer of surah Tahrim. Check out the rest here: http://tafsir.com/default.asp?sid=66&tid=54439

The four most perfect women are not anyone this world has seen for a long time. They are high above the women we see today who are sought after by the masses. Their worth is incomprehendable. The light which illuminates from them is from the emaan that sustained them even in the most dire of situations. They are the true servants of Allah SWT who have been granted Jannah. may Allah SWT be pleased with them. This was a hadeeth in the tafseer of Surah Tahrim, please read:

It is confirmed in the Two Sahihs from Abu Musa Al-Ash`ari that the Messenger of Allah said,

«كَمُلَ مِنَ الرِّجَالِ كَثِيرٌ وَلَمْ يَكْمُلْ مِنَ النِّسَاءِ إِلَّا آسِيَةُ امْرَأَةُ فِرْعَوْنَ، وَمَرْيَمُ ابْنَةُ عِمْرَانَ، وَخَدِيجَةُ بِنْتُ خُوَيْلِدٍ، وَإِنَّ فَضْلَ عَائِشَةَ عَلَى النِّسَاءِ كَفَضْلِ الثَّرِيدِ عَلَى سَائِرِ الطَّعَام»

(Many men have reached the level of perfection, but none among women have reached this level except Asiyah — Fir`awn’s wife, Maryam–the daughter of `Imran, and Khadijah–the daughter of Khuwaylid. And no doubt, the superiority of `A’ishah to other women is like the superiority of Tharid to other meals.)

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What Are We Waiting For ?

Filed under: Uncategorized — by Aish Al Akhirah @ 4:36 am

“O you of sound health but weak heart!  Wake up and run to your Creator with repentance on your tongue, tears in your eyes, and sincerity in your heart.  Cry before Him, before others cry for you.  Make haste, O heedless one!”

…subhanAllah. This quote is from an article I read on Islaam.com, that I URGE you to read. http://islaam.com/Article.aspx?id=598

SOmetimes I get so frustrated in thinking of ways I can become closer to Allah SWT. I keep falling into this dunya almost unknowingly. I hold the hand of Shaytan when Allah the Most Merciful is willing to run to me, if only I take a step towards Him. I recognize his Mercy when I think of Muhammad SWS and the Sahaba. I look at the world around me and think–subhanAllah the Creator of all this can never ever be fully recompensed for all that He has put forth for us. And I still pick my desires over the Akhirah? The shame of knowing this I cannot bear to think about. SO I’ve been thinking…I need to worship Him how he deserves to be worshipped, I need to be mindful of Him and His warnings.

SubhanAllah, saying Allah is the Most Merciful, or the Most Rich is one thing, but actually having Allah SWT SAY TO YOU that He is indeed the Most Merciful and the Most Great and we should take heed, is another thing. I’m talking about reading the Qur’an and pondering over its verses deeply. I’m talking about reading the words of your Lord and seeing the beauty and Truth in His words and the Warnings and Signs that it entails. Little do we realize what a treasure the Haqq is in our lives. It’s because we don’t know it–we may read it, but no–we must reflect on it. We must use as much as our Lord has given us in regard to our intellect, or else we would be worse than cattle. How can we become a slave to our desires when Allah the most High knows us more than we know our own selves? This world is temporary, full of glitter and glamor. The quote comes to mind “everything that glitters ain’t gold”. This is especially true in the Dunya-Akhirah sense. SO many times the glamor of this dunya pulls us towards it and we fall into it. How can we trade in our akhirah for this dunya? When I put it that way, it really doesn’t sound logical. So if doesn’t make sense, why do we act like the akhirah is not seconds away from us…or minutes, or a few days? This is another clear-cut fact–death is upon us.

 It’s only a heart that is occupied by emaan that will push us and repel us away from Shaytan and his Dunya. It’s only al Khawf, tawwakul, yaqeen, love, and knowledge of Allah the most Great that will save us from the Hellfire.

 Truly this second you could be taking your last breathe, and what will you have infront of Allah SWT the Most Great?

“Has not the time come for the hearts of those who believe to be affected by Allah’s Reminder…?” [57:16]

The heart is TRULY dead without the sincere obedience to Allah SWT, and with remembering Him, and reflecting upon His ayaat. You get only one life. Live it for Allah SWT, and the reward He has for you cannot be imagined by the most active of imaginations, you cannot grasp it or grab it in this life, but it will surely be there in the akhirah, if only you would reflect.

“And those who feared their Lord will be led to the Garden in crowds, until behold, they arrive there. Its gates will be opened, and its keepers will say, ‘Peace be upon you!’ Well have you done, do enter it, abiding [in it] eternally.” [Az-Zumar, 39:73]

I want to ask anyone reading this…what are your suggestions/advice on how to be constantly mindful of Allah SWT, as to keep your emaan strengthened? Please share…

some of my thoughts:

  • Tafseer, explanation of surahs-the reason/story behind the revelation is extremely helpful in delving deep into the context of what you are reading in the Qur’aan so inshaaAllah there is a better understanding
  • Read about the life of Muhammad (sws) and the perfection in his character and ibaadah. You will see what a blessing and mercy from Allah SWT he (sws) was, and no doubt your love and reverence for Allah SWT will increase.
  • Make duaa that Allah SWT grants you understanding in His Deen and firm emaan.

July 4, 2007

Who do I love?

Filed under: Love — by Aish Al Akhirah @ 6:53 am

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Alot of us claim to love Allah SWT. I am one of them. But rarely do we ever reflect on the validity of such a claim. Because it could be that we are lying to ourselves and to Allah SWT more than anyone else. Let’s ask ourselves what does it mean to say you love something? What are the actions of one towards the ‘beloved’ thing? If you claim to love Allah SWT, it’s indeed a wide and great claim. Re-evaluate it. True love of Allah SWT necessitates TOTAL obedience and submission to Him.

 “Do you see the one who is taking as his lord his own desires?” (Qur’an 25:43).

SubhanAllah, and this could be the case of the disbeliever AND the believer as well. You cannot say you truly believe and love Allah SWT unless you give up every desire you wish to follow, and you strive in Allah SWT’s Path to please Him and Him only. In reality we could be a slave to fashion, food, money, a person or any other thing which is not one bit worthy of our worship (the only being worthy of worship is Allah SWT).

We have to realize that it is ONLY because of Allah SWT that we have our money, our clothes, our friends…our life. Every single blessing in our life is innumerous; it is incapable of being counted.

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Then which of the favours of your Lord will ye deny?

Truely this world is a test and it’s only our attachment with Allah SWT that can save us from eternal Hellfire. It’s only through Allah’s Help alone that we are able to breathe, walk and talk. It is only through Him that we can attain Jannatul Firdous. Who or what then deserves our full and undivided love?

Check yourself. What do you spend most of your time doing through out the day? What are your goals in life? What motivates you? Do you find Allah SWT as a common factor behind all of these aspects in your life? Indeed you will be recompensed according to yor intention. So what better intention is there than doing something for the sake of Allah SWT only? If our day, our career, our speech, our deeds are not for the sake of Allah SWT. We have a serious problem which resonates from our soul.

So let’s be honest with ourselves. Because deception only leads to destruction. Deception is completely useless and meaningless. It will be your friend in this life temporarily, but in reality it is paving the path for your destruction in the Akhirah. Let’s purify our souls with the remembrance of Allah SWT not only with our heart but our actions. True peace and harmony will reside in our heart only if we Remember the one who created us from a measly substance and gave us this life which we so often abuse.

“…for without doubt in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find satisfaction.” 13:28

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This is a short poem which a friend sent to me and subhanAllah it can’t be more true…the meaning is rich in my perspective. Please take a minute to read it inshaa’Allah. I hope we reflect on the intended meaning of this poem. The writer is Ibnul Qayyim al Jawziyyah, rahimahullah.

The love of the Beloved
must be unconditionally returned.

If you claim love
yet oppose the Beloved,
then your love is but a pretence.
You love the enemies of your Beloved
and still seek love in return.

You fight the beloved of your Beloved.

Is this Love or the following of shaytaan?

True devotion is nothing
but total submission
of body and soul
to One Love.

We have seen humans claim to submit,
yet their loyalties are many.

They put their trust here, and their hope there,
and their love is without consequence.

July 3, 2007

“And fear none but Me.” [2:40]

Filed under: Uncategorized — by Aish Al Akhirah @ 12:03 am

Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Raheem

Indeed it is Allah SWT we should be thinking of every second of our day. Whether we are doing our homework, picking up a sibling from school, reading or simply walking from one place to the other…every step of the way Allah SWT is closer than ever. He watches where we look, where we walk to, He knows what we say and what we don’t. He knows what we are thinking of and what we are not. Allah SWT’s knowledge encompasses so much we can NEVER fathom it, and we never will.

 Alhamdulillah it is part of Allah SWT’s Hikmah and reason for putting us here and giving us a soul that we remember Him after every breathe we take. It is a means of relief from the dunya and full awareness of the Akhirah. It is a means for us to be rewarded in the Hereafter inshaa’Allah.

The emotion of fear for the Mu’min does not ring hollow. The emotion of ‘fear’ translates into action for the Believer.

Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala, also praised His people in His book, saying, “Verily! Those who live in awe for fear of their Lord… It is these who race for the good deeds and they are foremost in them.” [23:57-61]

I read something quite awesome by Ibn Qayyim Jawziyyah *rahimahullah* (on IslamicAwakening) that mentioned the different kinds of fear (all with similar meanings to khawf, but not synonymous) I will list and summarize them here:

  • al-Khawf – A great description of Khawf: Abu Hafs said, “Khawf is the whip of Allah. He corrects with it those straying from His door.” He also said, “Khawf is a light in the heart, with it one can see the good and evil. Everyone you fear you run away from except Allah. When you fear Him, you run away to Him.” The person with khawf is a person fleeing from His Lord to His Lord. (a greater and detailed description lies in the article: http://islamicawakening.com/viewarticle.php?articleID=523&)

  • Khashyah – Khashyah is more specific than khawf. Khashyah is a quality that is particular of the people knowledgeable of Allah. Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala, says, “It is only those who have knowledge among His slaves that fear Allah.” [35:28] As a result khashyah is associated with knowledge. The Prophet, sallallaahu alayhe wa sallam, is reported to have said, “Indeed I have the most piety for Allah and have the greatest khashyah for Him.” (Bukhari and Muslim) And he is the most knowledgeable of Allah.

  • Rahbah – Rahbah is diligence in running away from adversity. The opposite of this is raghbah or longing which involves the travel of the heart toward its desires. There is symmetry between raghbah and rahbah both in their pronunciation and meanings.

  • Wajal – Wajal is the shivering and breaking of the heart when remembering the One it fears, His authority, punishment or seeing Him.

  • Haybah – Haybah is khawf associated with glorification and reverence. It’s peak is achieved when love and knowledge are strongly combined. Ijlaal is glorification associated with love.

 As you see, subhanAllah there are different stations of al Khawf that the article touched upon. may Allah SWT grant us in full all of these levels and make us of the Muttaqeen. ameen

How can we gain true Khawf?  With knowledge, and acting upon this knowledge.

I strongly urge you to read the article on al-Khawf written by Ibn Al Qayyim Jawziyyah(rahimahullah) as there is SO MUCH more gems than what I have written in this post!! Seriously! And it is not even long: http://islamicawakening.com/viewarticle.php?articleID=523&

Anything I have written in ignorance and in vain is only from my own nafs and Shaytan, and anything beneficial you read on this blog is only from Allah SWT.

 

 

July 1, 2007

AsSalaamuAlaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu. Your Du’aas are Needed!

Filed under: Uncategorized — by Aish Al Akhirah @ 6:54 pm

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How do we maintain a healthy soul? How will Allah SWT be truly happy with us? How is it that we can attain Jannah?

 Nowadays in the hustle and bustle of life…going to college, working, hanging with friends…there are so many questions we should be asking ourselves that we have been neglecting. And these questions can trigger our journey to success. I am not talking about success in terms of worldly benefits. I’m talking about the real success. The sucess that lies with Allah SWT, our Creator and Sustainer. 

Inshaa’Allah I want this blog to be a reminder for me and a reminder for those who pass by it and read it that the real bliss and happiness lies not in this fleeting Dunya but in the Hereafter. So many times we forget our real destination. We remain empty of any shukr, hope and fear. These three elements are essential in attaining Jannatul Firdous. Our soul is a delicate thing which needs to be worked on time and time again. Allah SWT so many times calls us humans weak, ungrateful and at LOSS. But there is always an exception: those who work rightousness and enjoin in truth and patience.  Those are whom Allah SWT calls the successful.

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