The Value of Sabr

The translations for the Ayaat are taken primarily from M. A. S. ABDEL HALEEM’s translation with some changes and noted exceptions.

Immeasurable Payment

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Zumar:10

Those who persevere patiently will be given their reward in full without measure.

Key to Victory/Success in Dunya

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Sajdah:24

When they [the children of Israel] became steadfast and believed firmly in Our messages, We raised leaders among them, guiding them according to Our command.

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Araaf:137

We made those who had been oppressed succeed to both the east and the west of the land that We had blessed. Your Lord’s good promise to the Children of Israel was fulfilled, because of their patience, and We destroyed what Pharaoh and his people were making and what they were building.

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Aali_Imraan:120

They grieve at any good that befalls you [believers] and rejoice at your misfortunes. But if you are steadfast and conscious of God, their scheming will not harm you in the least: God encircles everything they do.

Key Reason for the Jazaa and Rewards of Jannah

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Yusuf:90

Surely whoever is pious and (endures) patiently, then surely Allah does not waste the reward of the fair-doers [Dr.Ghali]

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Muminoon:111

Today I have rewarded them for their patience: it is they who will succeed.

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Furqan:75

These servants will be rewarded with the highest place in Paradise for their steadfastness.

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Qasas:54

They will be given their rewards twice over because they are steadfast, repel evil with good, and give to others out of what We have provided for them.

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Insan:12

and we reward them, for their steadfastness, with a Garden and silken robes.

The Reason for Peace/Safety and Congratulations from the Malaaikah

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Rad:19-24

Can someone who knows that the revelation from your Lord is the Truth be equal to someone who is blind? Only those with understanding will take it to heart;  those who fulfill the agreements they make in God’s name and do not break their pledges; who join together what God commands to be joined; who are in awe of their Lord and fear the harshness of the Reckoning; who remain steadfast through their desire for the face of their Lord; who keep up the prayer; who give secretly and openly from what We have provided for them; who repel evil with good. These will have the reward of the [true] home: they will enter perpetual Gardens, along with their righteous ancestors, spouses, and descendants; the angels will go in to them from every gate,  ‘Peace be with you, because you have remained steadfast. What an excellent reward is this home of yours!’

A Small Price to Pay

From Ibn Rajab (Fadl ‘Ilm al-Salaf ‘Alaa al-Khalaf):

It is necessary that the believer have patience for a short while such that through it he will attain everlasting bliss. If he despairs and becomes impatient, he is as ibn al-Mubaarak said,

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Whoever is patient, then how little is he patient for. And whoever is impatient, then how little does he enjoy himself.”

Al-Imaam ash-Shaafi’ee used to recite the following lines of poetry,

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O my soul! It is nothing but a few days of patience;
It’s duration is like muddled/jumbled dreams.
O my soul! Pass through the world quickly;
And leave it alone, for the (true) life is certainly ahead of me.

Allah’s Common Surah Ending Command

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Room:60

so be patient, for God’s promise is true: do not let those with no firm beliefs discourage you.

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Ahqaf:35

Be steadfast [Muhammad], like those messengers of firm resolve. Do not seek to hasten the punishment for the disbelievers: on the Day they see what they had been warned about, it will seem to them that they lingered no more than a single hour of a single day [in this life]. This is a warning. Shall any be destroyed except the defiant?

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Aali_Imraan:200

You who believe, be steadfast, more steadfast than others; be ready; always be mindful of God, so that you may prosper.

Friday Specials: May I Have Your Attention, Please!

Bismillah.

Abu Ad-Dardaa said: “The Messenger of Allah [SAWS] was on the Minbar, addressing the people, and he [SAWS] recited a particular aayah. Ubay Ibn Ka’b was sitting next to me, so I asked him: “When was that aayah revealed?” He refused to speak to me, until the Messenger of Allah [SAWS] came down from the minbar, and then he said to me: “You have nothing from the Friday Prayer but your vain speech.”

When the Prophet [SAWS] had finished, I went to him and informed him of what has happened, and he [SAWS] said: “Ubay has spoken the truth, if you hear the Imaam speaking, be quiet until he is finished.”

[Ahmad]

Talking during the khutbah of Friday is something that can ruin our prayer. We shouldn’t even say or reply to the greetings of Salam during the khutbah. Moreover, we can’t even tell a person to keep quiet because the Prophet [SAWS] mentioned – as recorded in Sahih Muslim – that this constitutes laghw or idle/vain talk.

In fact, laghw can be anything that distracts you from the khutbah, like playing with the furball on the carpet, or playing with lint in your socks, etc. So, let’s try to cut out the laghw and pay full attention of the khateeb, in sha Allah. Friday prayer gets noticably better and more enjoyable.

Continue reading “Friday Specials: May I Have Your Attention, Please!”

Shakin’ off Sins – A Three Step Recipe

Bismillah. To earn some super-easy ajr and to remove (minor) sins, please follow this recipe:

1. Spot a Muslim brother (if you’re female, then spot a sister).

2. Initiate the greeting of “As Salaamo ‘alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu” (FYI: there’s 3x the reward for saying the full greeting).

“You will not enter Paradise until you believe, and you will not believe until you love one another. Shall I not tell you about something which, if you do it, you will love one another? Spread salaam amongst yourselves.”

[Muslim]

3. Super-easy, walhamdulillah. Add the following to the mix:

Al Bara’a relates that the Prophet [SAWS] said,

“When 2 Muslims meet and shake hands, they are forgiven their sins before they part.”

[Abu Dawud]

Continue reading “Shakin’ off Sins – A Three Step Recipe”

“I Will Tell You Tomorrow”

Bismillah.

“I will tell you tomorrow”, said the Messenger of Allah [SAWS] when he was asked about the story of the people of the Cave (AlKahf).

He [SAWS] forgot to say in sha Allah. The result? Allah [SWT] delayed the revelation by 15 days. Then, Allah [SWT] revealed the ayaat and instructed His Prophet [SAWS] on the proper etiquettes when scheduling a task for the future:

وَلَا تَقُولَنَّ لِشَيْءٍ إِنِّي فَاعِلٌ ذَلِكَ غَدًا

And never say of anything, “I shall do such and such thing tomorrow.”

إِلَّا أَن يَشَاء اللَّهُ وَاذْكُر رَّبَّكَ إِذَا نَسِيتَ وَقُلْ عَسَى أَن يَهْدِيَنِ رَبِّي لِأَقْرَبَ مِنْ هَذَا رَشَدًا

Except (with the saying), “If Allah wills!” And remember your Lord when you forget and say: “It may be that my Lord guides me to a nearer way of truth than this.”

[AlKahf:23-24]

So here’s a rule of thumb: Continue reading ““I Will Tell You Tomorrow””

Blind Following a Shaikh? The Truth about Taqlid

Shaikh Abu Aaliyah Surkheel Sharif wrote a wonderful treatise on Taqlid on MuslimMatters and the misconceptions surrounding it. Here’s an outline:

  • The etymology, literal and religious meaning of Taqlid
  • Is taqlid “blind following”and is there a “prescribed” taqlid?
  • The conundrum and Ghazalian metaphor.
  • Where is Taqlid allowed and what does “Ittiba” really mean?
  • Is there Ijma’ on Taqlid, and which type of it?
  • Were Ibn Baz, al-Uthaymin, al-Albani “anti-taqlid”?
  • Give me some proof:
    • Taqlid in hadith authentication.
    • Should we be asking for proofs?
  • What for the layman?
  • Is it allowed for a person to give a ruling while he is unlearned, even of the Arabic language?

The Truth About Taqlid (in PDF)

A few excerpts from this awesome article: Continue reading “Blind Following a Shaikh? The Truth about Taqlid”

Looking for a Taqwa boost? Say a Trueword!

Bismillah.

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ وَقُولُوا قَوْلًا سَدِيدًا

O you who believe! Have taqwa of Allah and always speak the truth.
[AlAhzab:70]

Allah [SWT] commands us to have taqwa of Him and then commands us to speak the truth. So, Allah [SWT] is linking taqwa with truthfulness and thus a means of increasing our taqwa is speaking the truth. So here’s a tip: speak the truth always! What other benefits are there of saying a Trueword? Continue reading “Looking for a Taqwa boost? Say a Trueword!”

Three Guarantees of Paradise

Bismillah.

“I guarantee a house in Jannah (Paradise) for one who gives up arguing, even if he is in the right; and I guarantee a house in the middle of Jannah for one who abandons lying even for the sake of fun; and I guarantee a house in the highest part of Jannah for one who has good manners”

[Prophet Muhammad SAWS – reported by Imam Abu Dawud]

Lessons

1. When in the middle of a heated argument over anything, just remember: Rasool Allah (SAWS) has promised you a house in Paradise if you give up this argument. What’s better: winning an argument and feeling tough and strong (while in the process, maybe hurting others and maybe disrespecting the Islamic adaab), or a house in Jannah?

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