Hope is a very powerful thing and it can help someone achieve great things in their life. It can also bring you back from the point of despair.
Allah says, and those that will be given their book on their right hand, may Allah make us from those people (Amen), Soon they will be given an easy accounting. And then they will return to their wives or to their families…. which means the happiness that comes deep from the heart and lasts a long time.
This verse is a proof that anyone who dies on Iman will be reunited with his family in Jannah. But they also say, in another place in the Quran, Allah chose us something even more amazing that the member of the family that got the highest position in Paradise, Allah will upgrade everyone else to the same level so they can enjoy the same place in Jannah. Allahu Akbar, this is the generosity of Allah.
And this is why hope in Allah, in paradise is so important for us in our everyday life.
Do you know that the Prophet (pbuh) in a hadith in a sahih Muslim, he said that Allah (swt) on the day of judgment will bring the man who suffered the most in this world, But he was destined for paradise, meaning he died on faith despite living a life of misery…….
We are in the month of Muharram , which is the first month of the Islamic calendar. It has to do with something haram, something prohibited. So what is haram and why is this month called Muharram?
We’re supposed to be making resolutions every night. We’re supposed to be renewing our vows to with Allah (swt) every night. We’re supposed to be seeking forgiveness every night.
We should be making peace with Allah (swt) every single day. Seek forgiveness; promise Allah you are going to be a better person. Never give up. If you’ve fallen into sin again and again, you need to go back to Allah again and again and again.
May Allah (swt) grant us a beautiful returning to Him.
Some people believe that we are not allowed to get married in the month of Muharram because it is bad luck. Unfortunately, that is totally baseless.
Some people believe we are not allowed to wear any good clothing, which is also baseless.
And some people believe the opposite, saying that we are supposed to be celebrating to the degree that we should be partying and so on this day. That is also baseless, but rather it is more about the lesson.
some people don’t realize that in the month of Muharram, Allah (Swt) has ordained certain things and Allah (swt) has chosen the month of Muharram for certain things. He calls it Shahrullahi Al-Muharram.
let’s make resolutions on a daily basis and let’s look into the resolutions we’ve made and see how best are practicing upon them. Let’s see how best we’re actually fulfilling them.
Remember, if you have bad habits, this is the time to quit those bad habits.
In order for you and I to know which one is the message of the most High, Which one is a fake one, for example, the true messages of God that come with the prophecies, that come with the miracles, they come with the same teachings, even though they never met each other.
So we have to ask the questions; how we got here, what is our purpose in life, why we have to die? And these questions, no one answered in details like the prophets and messengers, especially in the Quran.
The Quran says we have created you one of the reasons, the wisdom behind it for purpose is to worship the Creator likewise as a test, likewise for the Creator… implement His name, attributes: attributes of mercy, of love, of anger, of justice, of wisdom, of Highness, you know, likewise to recognize one another.
Why Islam is true because Islam goes in line with our universal knowledge, our common sense; universal knowledge… Naturally, you know that you should worship one God, there is one Creator. Naturally, you know that for something to come into existence must have a creator. Naturally, you know that oppression is wrong, you see.
So with Allah, sent the messengers, especially Islam, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), He said sent him with the legislation that goes in line with that worship one God, believe all the prophets and messengers, Moses, Abraham, Noah, Jacob, Isaac, all of them, because all of them came to us to worship one God. And when we die, Islam speaks about that in details.
What distinguishes Islam from any religion or any way of life or any idea, Islam goes in line with our universal knowledge. Who give us a universal knowledge? The Creator….
Every year, Allah (Swt) gives us a chance to earn His forgiveness, to purify our souls and to gain a position in the hereafter, that was before that impossible. That is the chance and the opportunity given to us in the month of Ramadan.
One of the duas the early Muslims used to read when they would sense Ramadan approaching, they would say, “Allahumma Ballighna Ramadan” which means oh Allah! Deliver us to Ramadan.
Allow us to live to witness Ramadan, allow us to be living and breathing and able to reap the rewards that are offer in Ramadan.
The Prophet (Pbuh), he told us. He said, When the the month of Ramadan enters, then three things happen: Number one, the gates of Paradise are flung wide open, and number two, the gates of Hell fire are closed, and number three, the Devils are chained up.
It is as if the prophet (Pbuh) is saying that this is your chance to give up your bad habits And it makes sense because In Ramadan, you’re fasting and you’re thinking about Allah more often because every time you’re hungry, every time you’re thirsty, you remind yourself, Why am I doing this? Why am I suffering?
I’m suffering for the sake of Allah. And if I can say no to basic things like food and drink, I can say no to watch indecent things. I can say no to waste my time. I can say no to being rude to my parents. If I can control my hunger, I can control anything in my life. And that is a Ramadan becomes like a training program to nurture your soul and to make you more disciplined person.
Of all the things that Ramadan is known for, it should be known as the month of the Quran. That is the month in which the Prophet (Pbuh) received Revelation when he was inside the Cave of Hira and the angel Jibreel visited him, and revealed to him;
Read [O Muhammad!] in the name of your Lord who created. (96.1) the first five verses of the Quran that happened in the month of Ramadan. In fact, the night that that occurred is known as laylatul qadr.
The Prophet (pbuh), he said, The most beloved good deeds to Allah are the ones that are regular, even if they are small. So this Ramadan plan to run the marathon, not a race. Every day, set yourself goals that you know you can achieve and slowly build up to greater goals towards the end.
Because the Prophet (Pbuh) said, The good deeds are judged by the ending. So if you start great and your end poor, that’s not good. But if you start steady and slowly increase your stamina and your worship and you end big, in sha Allah, this is a sign that Allah has accepted all of your Ramadan.
What is the age where you should marry a girl According to the Bible? Why is that better than a law in the country that says 18 and these ages on what basis are you picking?
Because the girls there grow up physically and psychologically in a different way where the girls do in your country. It is a part of their culture something that they are used to, is not something taboo.
But what people do, are judging their own culture when on a culture that that existed in a desert in Arabia 1400 years ago.
Do you know Aysha (Ra) was already engaged, before Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) does the contract with her. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) did not have marriage with her intercourse until she was nine.
Do you know one of his other wives which were called Safiyah (ra) married at the age of 10, not him someone else? That was how the culture was working at the time.
Do you know 200 or 300 years ago in the UK and in America what was the legal age of marriage? it was seven years old. Do you know why they used to marry young? There were wars. Who goes fights and Wars? Men. The girl reaches the age of puberty straightaway the girl is ready for marriage.
That’s how it was, but my question to you is this who defines an adult? Do you know according to books called ‘human development’ on average girls on the age of 10 years old reach the age of puberty.
In hot weather the physical nature of the girl grows much quicker than the cold natured, Do you know that? So, when we look back at 1400 years ago that was complete different elements. Girls used to grow maturely very easily. . It was the culture of the time. They were also psychologically very mature. Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) waited for 3 years. Why would he (Pbuh) wait 3 years? None of the people at the time of Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) have accused him of doing something wrong.
This society has an age restriction. Therefore they will look at you like you’re someone different. But that’s the problem. Who says this Society is right and the society 1400 years ago was wrong?
Have you been Have you ever been to the people who live in Mountains? The people who only strictly live in mountains; How are these people grow and how the physical nature? I’m talking about countries which are hot. If you go there you will see how the girls look. The girl is 18 years old, and she looks like 21. They have different psychological, different societal, different environmental elements. You can’t apply your own standards on anyone else.
No one criticized him for marrying Ayesha (ra). Do you know why? [No, I don’t know.] That was the norm. Do you know the first wife of Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh)? How old was she? I think, she was 40 years old. How old was he? [28.] He was 25. So, someone wants to marry children, why would he marry someone 15 years older than him?
All of the wives of Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) were widows, divorcees. Why did he (Pbuh) need so many wives? That’s a good question. To bring the people close.
He (Pbuh) married girls, for example, Safiyyah (Ra) that I mentioned to you about. She was the daughter of the leader of the Jewish tribe in Mecca. That was their Tradition at the time.
and they will be heavier in your scale of good deeds ان شاء الله
Sayyiduna Ummul Momineen Juwairiyah bint Al-Harith رضي الله عنه reported Rasulullah صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ came out from my apartment in the morning as I was busy in performing the fajr prayer. He صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ came back in the forenoon and found me sitting there. Rasulullah صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ said: “Are you still in the same position as I left you.” I replied in the affirmative. Thereupon Nabi صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ said, “I recited four words three times after I had left you. If these are to be weighed against all you have recited since morning, These will be
heavier. These are:
(Subhan-ALLAHI wa bihamdihi, `adada khalqihi, wa rida nafsihi, wa zinatah `arshihi, wa midada kalimatihi)
“ALLAH is free from imperfection and I begin with HIS praise, as many times as the number of HIS creatures, in accordance with HIS Good Pleasure, equal to the weight of HIS Throne and equal to the ink that may be used in recording the words [for HIS Praise].
During this unprecedented time; this new stage of humanity of the pandemic has brought with it strange tote unusual times.
Makes me think what is the plan of Allah (swt)/ what is it as Believers that we should take away from these strange times?
Is there any benefit/ any wisdom/ any reason? of course, the answer is yes, but what?
There are more people experiencing loneliness; the perhaps ever before.
feeling lonely leads to other mental health disorders life, feeling very anxious, being depressed, in worst case scenario feeling like you’re so lonely that what is the point living?
Just because you are alone doesn’t necessarily mean you are lonely. This is a very interesting way of looking at time when you are by yourself. Most of us have more free time working from home Etc.
From Surat al-mulk: Allah (swt) says indeed those who fear their Master and the Unseen, for them is forgiveness and a huge reward.
Interpretation-is that they fear Allah when they are all by themselves when nobody is around.
you recognize that time as a moment of being in solitude in the company of Allah, no longer have to worry about other people looking and what other people are thinking is just about what Allah sees.
Now your time alone in isolation as becomes a time where you the gain of closeness towards Allah (swt).
Ayesha (ra) was asked by ibn omar (ra): tell me the most amazing thing you saw from the life of the prophet (saw).
she said, I remember one night; He woke up and I woke up and he said allow me to be with my Master, he asked permission to leave the bed and go to the prayer-mat and Ayesha (ra) said to be in your company. But I also love what you love…… And then she said I saw him standing the entire night in salatul tahajjud and then I saw him cry until his beard came moist and then I saw him cry more and to the place of his prostration became wet with his Blessed tears.
And then I said to him after he finished, yeah! Messenger of Allah, why do you do this to yourself, but Allah has forgiven you for what you’ve done your past and He said should I not be a grateful slave? Allahu akbar.
The moments that Allah gives you your life or you’re by yourself but those moments He gave you to see you take advantage of them. Do you remember Him on your lips? Do you think about Him in your heart?
And this is yet another way to lift yourself If you feel lonely to remind yourself that you know what? I’m not by myself; Allah is with me; just like Allah was with young Yusuf (A.S).
So your finest hours; my brothers; your best moments in life could actually be the moment that you are all alone.