Archive for October, 2008

Optimistic Humour

Posted in Uncategorized on October 14, 2008 by servant of the most merciful

There was a story regarding a old man who was given a shovel and told to muck out a stable that hadnt been cleaned for 30 years. As he undertook the activity he had a big grin. When people passing by having seen him mucking with such a big smile, asked why he was so enthusiastic, he replied ” With all this S^*&  there must be a pony in here somewhere!

Love’s Test

Posted in Uncategorized on October 13, 2008 by servant of the most merciful

As salaam alaykum,

It is hard to not get caught up in the passing by of the dunya. So much so that we forget why we are ultimately here on this planet. Its not to chase after the dunya and see to the gratification of our desires. We are ultimately here to be tested.

There are two reasons why we may be tested. Firstly to purify ourselves of those sins we may of committed, knowingly, unknowingly, openly or in secret. Both muslims and non-muslims will be tested in relation to this.

Secondly muslims may be tested as a result of having imaan. By testing us not only will we be cleansed of those sins we have committed but in doing so  our statuses will inshaAllah be elevated.

Some of my friends say and I will guess its a general acknowledgment between muslims that Allah tests those He loves. To the general layperson its a strange thought. Why would someone if they love you so much test you, afflict you with hardship, tradegy and trials? Surely if they loved you they would make things easy for you? To explain we must go back to trials and afflictions being a means of purification.

The ultimate purpose of this time in the dunya is to try and attain the ultimate abode in the next life. Jannah.  Now Jannah is a clean and completely pure place and as such will only accept pure things. But the dunya, in the dunya everything in this world has been tainted, contaminated and made dirty. So where does this leave us? You dont want to leave a piece of rubbish in a beautifully kept garden. Or place something filthy into a container of the finest drinking water.

Trials, afflictions, hardships, sacrifices, tragedies, disasters, tribulations, you name it are all used in trying to purify ourselves. Why? Because for those Allah loves Allah wants the best for them. Allah wishes to give them the best of abodes in the eternal life. Allah wants to give them Jannah but they must be purified.

This purification is a sign of Allah’s love for us. Of Allah wanting to give us the best. As there is no other way to enter Jannah.

I only hope that at the end of the day I am tested by Allah as a result of my imaan, because Allah loves me and wants to give me Jannah, rather than as just deserts for sins I have committed.

In the darkest of the darkness

Posted in Uncategorized on October 12, 2008 by servant of the most merciful

As salaam alaykum,

many of us go through ups and downs. Many of us are attacked by Shaytan not on a physical level, or on a level with our nafs, but on even deeper levels. Sometimes Shaytan is so clever to go undetected that he tries to attack the very foundations of our belief, of our imaan. In our times of need when we call out to Allah we can become despondent and impatient. Sometimes, just sometimes we may feel Allah is not answering our duas when astagfirullah if we remain patient a little longer our duas will be answered or we will see the hikmah behind such a trial.

In running through a rough patch I spoke to someone who offered me a very good example and some good advice.

In the Quran the Prophet Yunus’s story is told. He awoke to find himself in the belly of a whale or fish. The digestive excretions within a fish’s stomach are so strong no physical breakdown of food is needed. No munching or chewing. The acid is so strong it will dissolve the skin and flesh off the bones. Such digestive juices ate away and attacked Prophet Yunus’s (AS) skin. He was in desperate need.

The Prophet Yunus AS was in the depth of a fish, in the darkness of the sea, in the darkness of the night. Our trials, afflictions and tests are darknesses. Yunus AS was in three types of darkness. Darkness cubed for mathematicians . Yet the Prophet Yunus AS called out to Allah and was saved.

Within the Quran we are given his (AS) dua, which is a highly powerful dhikr that anyone can use ( Quran 21:87-88).
وَذَا النُّونِ إِذ ذَّهَبَ مُغَاضِبًا فَظَنَّ أَن لَّن نَّقْدِرَ عَلَيْهِ
And Dhan-Nûn when he went off in anger, and imagined that We shall not punish him (i.e. the calamites which had befallen him)
فَنَادَى فِي الظُّلُمَاتِ
But he cried through the darkness
أَن لَّا إِلَهَ إِلَّا أَنتَ سُبْحَانَكَ إِنِّي كُنتُ مِنَ الظَّالِمِينَ
Lâ ilâha illa Anta[none has the right to be worshipped but You (O Allâh)],[above all that (evil) they associate with You]Truly, I have been of the wrong-doers.”
فَاسْتَجَبْنَا لَهُ وَنَجَّيْنَاهُ مِنَ الْغَمِّ
So We answered his call, and delivered him from the distress.
وَكَذَلِكَ نُنجِي الْمُؤْمِنِينَ
And thus We do deliver the believers (who believe in the Oneness of Allâh, abstain from evil and work righteousness).

May Allah elevate us from the darkness of this dunya with the light of Allah’s mercy. Ameen