Sunday, 5 February 2012
Wisdom: Knowledge rightly applied. -Islam
The excellence of your faith lies in acquiring knowledge
I Seek refuge in Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD), from the Shaitan.
In the name of Allah, the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful.
Islam has two primary sources, the Quran, and the authentic Traditions of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam),
That explains and sometimes expands on that of the Quran.
Love of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) signifies the sweetness of Iman.
The love of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)
And His Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi WA sallam) is the cornerstone of the Faith.
When it is said that this love should exceed one's love for everything else in the universe,
It means that what is enjoined by Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)
And His Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi WA sallam) must be given preference over everything else,
Whether it is love for the wife, children, worldly interests, desires or whims.
When there is a clash between the two, the former should be given preference over the latter.
Anas bin Malik (radiyallaahu ‘anhu) reported:
The Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi WA sallam) said,
"There are three qualities whoever has them, will taste the sweetness of Iman:
To love Allah and His Messenger (sallallaahu ’alayhi WA sallam) more than anyone else;
To love a slave (of Allah) only for (the sake of) Allah;
And to abhor returning to infidelity after Allah has saved him from it as he would abhor to be thrown into the fire (of Hell)"…. [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
"Inform me in the nature of Islam," said Sufyan (radiyallaahu ‘anhu),
"So that I may have no occasion to ask others about It." the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said,
"Say, O Sufyan, 'I believe in God;' after which obey the commandments, and abandon the things forbidden."
Islam commenced in a forlorn state, and will quickly return to what it was in the beginning;
Then be joyful, ye who are firm.
My religion is like clouds dropping much rain; some of them falling on pure,
Favorable soil, cause grass to grow; some of them fall in hollows from which mankind are benefited,
Some fall on high lands from which benefit is not derived;
Then the two first are like the persons acquainted with the religion of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) and instructing others;
And the last like the person not regarding it nor accepting the right path.
The greatest enemies of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) are those who are entered into Islam,
And do acts of infidelity, and who without cause, shed the blood of man.
When asked, "What is Islam?" the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said, "Abstinence and Obedience to Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)." Asked
"What is one of the most excellent virtues of Iman (Faith)?"
He said, "An amiable disposition."
"Which is the most excellent Hijrah (Renunciation)?"
He said, "Abandoning that of which God disapproveth."
"What is Islam?" someone asked. The Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said, "Purity of speech and charity."
Every child is born with a disposition towards the natural religion (Islam - submission to the Divine Will).
It is the parents who maketh it a Jew, Christian or a Magian.
Do you know what sappeth the foundations of Islam and ruineth it?
The errors of the learned destroy it, And the disputations of the hypocrite, and the orders of kings who have lost the road.
Men differ like mines of gold and silver: the good in ignorance are the good in Islam,
Once they have obtained the knowledge of religion.
We are told by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) that we must worship Allah as though we see him.
Does this mean we should try to imagine what Allah looks like when we pray?
How should we do that?
It is established in the hadith that Gabriel A.S. asked the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam):
“Tell me about excellence in faith (ihsan).”
He replied: “It is to worship Allah as though you see Him,
And though you do not see Him, you know that He sees you.” [Sahih al Bukhari and Sahih Muslim]
The Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) describes excellence in faith by saying:
“It is to worship Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) as though you see Him”,
Meaning that the worshipper engages in his worship with such acute awareness
Of the fact that he is presenting himself before his Lord that it is as though he sees Him.
He will be absolutely sincere in his worship and his heart will be full of humility, awe, and fear.
This implies that the worshipper will expend every effort in perfecting his worship.
He further describes ihsan by saying: “…and though you do not see Him, you know that He sees you.”
There are two degrees of ihsan being indicated here, one stronger than the other.
The strongest is to worship Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) as if you see him.
If you cannot attain that level of sincerity and devotion,
Then at least when you worship Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD), be cognizant of the fact that He sees you.
Some scholars see only one idea being conveyed.
They regard the second statement (know that He sees you) to be the cause of the first (worship Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) as though you see Him).
The idea here is that the way to attain the level of worshipping
Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) as though you see him is
To cultivate the awareness that Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) sees you.
It is important to note that under no circumstances should this hadith be understood to mean
That Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) can be seen in this world.
This is why the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said: “…as though you see Him”.
The Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam), says:
“Allah opens the path of Paradise to one who takes a step on the path of acquisition of knowledge”.
"Knowledge is the antidote to fear."
"Wisdom: Knowledge rightly applied.
We assimilate lots of knowledge.
Whether or not, we do anything with that knowledge is a measure of our wisdom.
That implies some change ... and change can be difficult."
Imam Ali, (radiyallaahu ‘anhu), says:
“O people! Remember that the excellence of your faith lies in acquiring knowledge and acting upon it.
It is more essential for you to crave for knowledge than for riches”.
If you have an hour, will you not improve that hour, instead of idling it away?
The most difficult thing in life is to know you
Yes, know thyself: in great concerns or small,
Be this thy care, for this, my friend, is all.
Know thyself means this, that you get acquainted with what you know, and what you can do.
The fact is, that to do anything in the world worth doing,
We must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold, hunger and danger,
But jump in and scramble through as well as we can.
Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.
The Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) gave his followers this advice regarding their faith:
“Say: I believe in Allah, and then be upright.”
"Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone or some sector to tell you that you are wrong.
There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right.
Doing well and having the right belief go hand in hand in Islam. In fact,
Doing well in practice is the proof of having the right belief in the heart.
This is why the Holy Quran speaks of true Muslims very often as "those who believe and do good deeds".
Reaching for goals is an important part of strengthening self-confidence.
It helps shape and update how you define yourself
While at the same time helping you add to your sense of accomplishment.
To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage." -
The easy thing to do is identify what you want.
The amount of time you want to spend learning/Praying/Going to Mosque.
What takes courage is standing for what you want.
Try setting your goals.
It's important to break down an overall goal into smaller, measurable steps.
To be clear on how to reach your goal, it helps to write down each step.
1Once you have defined the steps,
Schedule each step into your planner so you know when you're going to make it happen.
Saying you will do is not enough.
Putting it on your calendar means you intend to do it and it is more likely you will.
2. You can gain confidence simply by taking action towards your goal
Even if you don't get the result you were looking for.
Keep in mind that success is in the doing and not necessarily the result.
3. Give yourself credit for taking action even if you need to ask for help or it is a struggle.
Take the credit you deserve my friend.
Don't diminish your accomplishment by looking at all you haven't done or all that is left to do.
• Continuing to add goals, regardless of how small or large,
Provides you the opportunity to update the way you see yourself and grow confidence.
Creating your ideal goal
Goal setting is a powerful process for thinking about your ideal future, And for motivating yourself to turn your vision of this future into reality.
The process of setting goals helps you choose where you want to go in life.
By knowing precisely what you want to achieve, you know where you have to concentrate your efforts.
You'll also quickly spot the distractions that can, so easily, lead you astray...
Being the person you want to be for the partner of your dreams.
ACTUALLY like going to the Mosque.
But do you know what courage really is?
Has it ever occurred to you that to be deeply?
And thoroughly converted you have to be deeply and thoroughly courageous?
Indeed, not only does it take courage to become converted,
But it takes even more to remain converted.
Amidst moral corruption and confusion —
In a world of rebellion and misery —
Some people think that to disobey law is to show courage.
Actually, the contrary is true.
It's much easier to rebel than to obey —
easier to follow society, with its customs and traditions, Than to stand firm for what is right in Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)'s sight.
In plain language, it takes courage to be truly Muslim.
Courage is the opposite of fear — it is acting against fear.
Being in action creates the results you want.
So ask yourself – do you want an idea or a result?
It is the excellence of a man’s faith that he gives up meaningless work.
The Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) - Tirmidhi and Ahmad Hadith.
Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)'s Kindness
If the unbeliever knew of the extent of the Lord's mercy, even he would not despair of Paradise.
Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)'s kindness towards his creatures is more than a mother's towards her babe.
If you put your whole trust in Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD), as you ought,
He most certainly will give you sustenance, as He doth the birds;
They come out hungry in the morning, but return full to their nests.
Trust in Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD), but tie it (your camel).
Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) is not merciful to him who is not kind to mankind.
"Do none enter the Garden of Bliss save by Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)'s mercy?"
The Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said,
"No. None enter save through Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)'s favor."
"You also, O Messenger of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD):
Will you not enter Paradise save by Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)'s compassion?"
Muhammad put his hand on his head and said thrice,
"I shall not enter unless Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) covers me with His mercy."
Follow your honest convictions, and stay strong.
If you want to achieve your GOALS in life, don’t SAY it! Do it!
"The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength,
Not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.
Fear less my friend, hope more of the Lord's mercy,, eat less its Sunnah,
Chew more Good for health, whine less, breathe more, talk less,
Pray to Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) more, hate less,
Have more love,
And InshaAllah good things will be yours.
May Allah make us from the Companions of His Book and unite us with His righteous slaves in the highest gardens of Paradise. Amen.
May Allah Subhanawataala grant us what is best in this world and the next!
Action speaks louder then words my friend’s practice Islam the way of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) did.
May Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) help us to do that which He loves and which pleases Him?
May Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) make our efforts sincere and keep us all on the straight path...........
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