Friday, 12 August 2011
Excellence of the Month of Ramadan
Month of Ramadan
Islam combines Love, Hope and Fear. Forgive ness. . Mash ‘Allah what a beautiful religion
3:194] Our Lord, forgive us our errors and remove from us our evils, and in death number us with the righteous.
Our Lord, forgive us our errors and remove from us our evils, and in death number us with the righteous.
Hope you're all doing good and benefiting from this month as much as possible and high in Iman InshaAllah.
Ramadan: The Month of Allah SWT (God)
Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his progeny) said: Sha`ban is my month and the month of Ramadan is the month of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD), The Exalted, and it is the springtime for the poor.
Excellence of the Month of Ramadan
Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his progeny) said: O' People! Surely, the month of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD), has approached you.
The month: which in the eyes of Allah is the most virtuous of the months? Its days are the best of the days and its nights, the best of the nights and its moments, the best of the moments.
Islam combines Love, Hope and Fear.
'When Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD), completed the creation, He wrote in His Book which is with Him on His Throne, 'My Mercy overpowers My Anger.'
Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) has prescribed a life time to each individual on this earth.
The differentiation between rights and wrongs has been clearly indicated.
We have been given the discretion to judge between virtues and vices and based on that each soul is accountable for their worldly deeds.
Whether it is as insignificant as squatting dead a fly or removing an obstacle from the road while traveling, each act will be brought to justice.
Therefore, a believer must constantly seek pardon for those actions which may displease the Almighty.
A believer only does what pleases Allah and the purpose is to seek divine nearness through constant repentance,
Be it through silent conversations with Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD), or by shedding tears of guilt.
If Shaitan puts ‘waswasa’ in your heart and instigates you to oppose Allah, don’t forget to ask for Allah’s forgiveness.
Immediately ask for Allah’s forgiveness.
Repentance destroys sins. Remember, ‘Tauba’ does not mean asking for Allah’s forgiveness and then continue sinning.
This is not ‘Tauba’. It is like making fun of Allah.
Islamic teaching presents the Prophet Muhammad sallallaahu-alaihi-wasallam as an example of someone who would forgive others for their ignorance, even those who might have once considered themselves to be his enemies.
One example of Prophet Muhammad sallallaahu-alaihi-wasallam practice of forgiveness can be found in the Hadith, the body of early Islamic literature about the life of Prophet Muhammad sallallaahu-alaihi-wasallam. This account is as follows:
The Prophet Muhammad sallallaahu-alaihi-wasallam was the most forgiving person.
He was ever ready to forgive his enemies. When he went to Taif to preach the message of Allah, its people mistreated him, abused him and hit him with stones.
He left the city humiliated and wounded. When he took shelter under a tree, the angel of Allah visited him and told him that Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) sent him to destroy the people of Taif because of their sin of maltreating their Prophet Muhammad sallallaahu-alaihi-wasallam prayed to Allah to save the people of Taif, because what they did was out of their ignorance.
Nothing is hard if Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD), wants to make it easy. it also takes our willpower and determination. Forgiveness can be learnt only when one has committed a sin and has realized that Allah, the Magnificent and Benevolent has forgiven him/her. Then it makes it easy for us to forgive our fellow-beings. If we want Allah to forgive us, we should be able to forgive others that have hurt us and we should try our best not to repeat our mistakes. Surely, Allah is All-Forgiving and the Most Merciful. Allahu Akbar. May Allah forgive all of us who repent and give us the goodness of this world and the after.
The Prophet Muhammad sallallaahu-alaihi-wasallam said: “Allah accepts the repentance of His servant, so long as death has not reached his collar bone” He also stated: “O people! Turn to Allah in repentance and seek His forgiveness, for surely I make repentance a hundred times every day.” “One who repents from sin is like one without sin.” Allah has made this temporary abode extremely very attractive for us. There are temptations at every step of the way. At the same time the will of the human being is enfeebled with the constant cajoling and coaxing of Satan. Given the luxuries of this world and the clear indication of the easy path, we succumb to the trap and land into a sinful engagement. This is the test that we are put to every now and then and only believers are expected to win over this dilemma. As an alternative, if one is found in a compromising state there is always a path of salvation in the form of honest and sincere repentance. It is the most beloved and exalted form of obedience for Allah. Allah loves those who truly repent. Its stature near Allah is equivalent to worship. Repentance tends to foster in the heart a sense of humility and the recognition that human beings are subservient to the mighty will of Allah and that He alone possesses the power to pardon us.
The first step of repentance is to recognize that you've committed a sin against Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD),'s commandments.
Feel true sorrow for what you've done and for disobeying Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD),
Feel sorrow for any pain you may have caused toward other people.
The word ‘Tawba’ in Arabic means ‘to return’.
This word has been used on many occasions in the Holy book and the context of this word has been to relinquish what is forbidden and to enjoin what Allah has ordained upon us.
This concept of Tawba is at the heart of Islamic beliefs. The Holy Quran mentions: “... and turn you all together in repentance to Allah O believers, that you may be successful” An-Noor (24:31).
Surah al-Baqarah, says: “Surely Allah loves those who turn unto him in repentance and loves those who purify themselves.” (2:222).
Prophet Muhammad sallallaahu-alaihi-wasallam signified the importance of repentance with the following: “Allah is more delighted with the repentance of His servant than one of you would be,
Who suddenly finds his camel laden with supplies after losing it in a barren land”.
Many non Muslims think our religion is too hard and that we view Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD), as only to be feared. Where as, in reality Islam combines an equal amount of Love, Fear, and Hope. We are only humans so inevitably we will make mistakes and sin from time to time. Often, we tend to despair when we commit a sin. But Alhamdu lillah, our forgiveness is only a prayer away. We don’t need any intercessors. We don’t have to pray to anyone else. We have a direct link. Mash ‘Allah what a beautiful religion……. (A beautiful Way of Life)!
On the authority of Anas, who said: I heard the messenger of Allah say?
Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD), the Almighty has said: “O son of Adam, so long as you call upon me and ask of Me, I shall forgive you for what you have done, and I shall not mind. O son of Adam, were your sins to reach the clouds of the sky and were you then to ask forgiveness of Me, I would forgive you. O son of Adam, were you to come to me with sins nearly as great as the earth and were you then to face me, ascribing no partner to Me, I would bring you forgiveness nearly as great as it
Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) has created the human being as a marvel amongst His creation indeed; however, we are all epitomes of mistakes and are fallible.
We err on many occasions throughout the day during the course of our normal lives.
Many of our actions advertently or inadvertently detract from the righteous path and we are but sinful creatures.
Much as we deviate from truth and veer towards the vice, in equal measure and infect much more,
We find the merciful aspect of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD), manifesting it on many occasions.
Despite our wrongdoings and our failings Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD), continues to grant us with multitudes of bounties.
He showers upon us his countless blessings, whether we ask for them or not, He grants generously in spite of our unbecoming deeds.
Every chapter of the Holy Quran opens with the verse ‘In the name of Allah, the most beneficent and merciful’.
Prophet Muhammad sallallaahu-alaihi-wasallam is reported to have said that the kindness of Allah far exceeds his wrath and he loves His creation equivalent to the love of 70 mothers.
“Say ‘O my slaves who have transgressed against themselves! Despair not for the mercy of Allah, verily Allah forgives all sins.
Truly he is oft forgiving, most merciful.” Az-Zumar (39:53) Allah addresses the believers in a Hadith–ul-Qudsi. “O son of Adam,
So long as you call upon me, and ask of Me, I shall forgive you for what you have done, and I shall not mind. O son of Adam,
Were your sins to reach the clouds of the sky and were you then to ask forgiveness of Me, I would forgive you.
O son of Adam were you to come to me with sins nearly as great as the earth, and were you then to face me, ascribing no partner to me,
I would bring you forgiveness nearly as great as it.”
Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) says in the Qur’an: “Except those who repent, have faith and good deeds, those Allah will charge their sins for good deeds.
Certainly Allah is most forgiving and merciful.” (Qur’an 25:70) Repentance creates a soul satisfying experience.
It relieves the self of burden and brings the believer in a closer bond with Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD),
On the contrary when one sins without any remorse, the ill deeds tends to harden the heart and to deter seeking forgiveness.
It seals the mind and soul towards seeking Allah’s blessings, the sinner gets further entwined in a spiral of sins.
Eventually this life of indulgence and ignorance leads to blatant rejection of Allah’s commandments which eventually isolates him from the right path completely.
The only recourse for such people is to awaken their conscience and to reflect on the wrong and then to seek Divine forgiveness with the purest of intentions and therefore never to return to the world of misdeeds.
Hazrat Abu Bakr Al Siddiq Radiyallaahu Anhu narrated: “I heard Prophet Muhammad sallallaahu-alaihi-wasallam saying: ‘There isn’t a man who, when he commits a sin, rises, makes ablution, and offers two rak’ah of prayers, but Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD), forgives his sins.’
The Holy Quran says: “Those (are the true believers) who, when they commit an evil deed, or wrong their souls, remember Allah, and seek forgiveness for their sins - and who but Allah forgives sins?
They do not insist upon the sins they have committed, and they know (that Allah is forgiving).” (Qur’an 3:135) Seeking forgiveness of sins is a sure shot solution to all our trials and tribulations.
It has been noted that once a person came to Hazrat Ali (Radiyallaahu Anhu.) and asked him for the solution of repaying the debts, Hazrat Ali (Radiyallaahu Anhu.) was told to do Tawba and seek repentance from Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD),
The other person came asking for the remedy of a sickness, Hazrat Ali (Radiyallaahu Anhu.) was prescribed the same Tawba and seek repentance from Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD),
Yet another person came asking for the bestowing of an offspring from Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD), and Hazrat Ali (Radiyallaahu Anhu.) was also told to do ‘Istighfar’ as much as possible. Hazrat Ali (Radiyallaahu Anhu.) said: “The sin that makes you sad and repentant is more liked by Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD), than the good deed which turns you arrogant.” Allah has His doors of mercy open upon His beings.
He forgave Adam and Eve for their sin of eating the forbidden fruit.
Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) says that He shall forgive every sin except ‘Shirk’. When a sinner repents Allah says:
“My servant committed a sin and then he came to realize that he has a Lord who holds the sinner responsible and accountable,
And also that he has a Lord who forgives the sins if asked for forgiveness: So let him be forgiven.”
Prophet Muhammad sallallaahu-alaihi-wasallam said: “Our Lord comes down to the lowest heaven when one-third of the night remains, and says, ‘Who will call upon me so that I may answer him?
Who will ask me so that I may give to him? Who will seek? My forgiveness so that I may forgive him?’” (Narrated by Muslim, no. 758) Sincere repentance is not mere lip service through words.
It has to be enacted in spirit by refraining from the dislikes of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD), and devoting oneself to the righteous causes with a concrete vow of abstinence.
Abu Huraira (Radiyallaahu Anhu.) Said, "I heard the Messenger of Allah (saws) say, ‘A servant committed a sin and he said, "O Allah, I have committed a sin, so forgive me." Allah said, "Does my servant know that he has a Lord who forgives sins and helps him? I forgive my servant." After some time, the man committed another sin so he said, "O my Lord, I have committed another sin, so forgive me." His Lord said "Does my servant know that he has a Lord who forgives sins and helps him? I forgive my servant." After some time the man committed yet another sin so he said. "O my Lord, I have committed another sin, so forgive me." His Lord said, "Does my servant know that he has a Lord who forgives sins and helps him? O servant do what you like, I have granted you forgiveness."
Aisha, Radiyallaahu Anha. (May Allah be pleased with her), said:
"It is a fortunate person who (on the Day of Judgment) finds in his record many Dua’s (supplications) for forgiveness."
In other words, seeking Allah’s forgiveness is a cure for all wrong actions.
In Islam you ask Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD), directly for forgiveness.
At home on a prayer mat if you may, Straight to Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD), without any in betweens.
“Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) is both infinitely merciful and infinitely just".
If you ask Him for forgiveness with sincerity for anything He will forgive you.
But Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) is also just.
"That is the grace of Allah which He bestows on whom He pleases.
And Allah is the Owner of Great Bounty." [57:21]
"This Qur’an guides you to the recognition of your illnesses and to their remedies.
Your illnesses are your sins and your medicine is seeking Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)’s forgiveness."
May the spirit of Ramadan
Illuminate the world and show us the way to peace and harmony.
May Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) make our efforts sincere and keep us all on the straight path...........
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