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

Even if they had to crawl…

Bismillah.

What could be so valuable that you would CRAWL to it to get it?

The Prophet said,

“If they knew the merits of Salat after nightfall (`Isha’) and the morning (Fajr) Salat, they would come to them even if they had to crawl to do so.”

[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

And he said in a similar hadith,

“No Salat is more burdensome to the hypocrites than the Fajr (dawn) prayer and the `Isha’ (night) prayer; and if they knew their merits, they would come to them even if they had to crawl to do so.”

[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

The reward of praying Isha and Fajr in congregation is that of praying the whole night. On top of this, the Prophet said that people would crawl to the salah of Isha and Fajr if only they knew its merits. If this doesn’t push us to attend Isha and Fajr in congregation, what will?

The munafiqoon (hypocrites) had the most trouble with Isha and Fajr. If we experience this difficulty as well, perhaps its a sign of nifaaq lurking somewhere within us. The fix? Start praying Isha and Fajr in congregation. May Allah give us all the tawfeeq, ameen.

Praying Fajr and Isha in Congregation

Bismillah.

By the grace of Allah, I’m in Alexandria, Egypt studying Arabic. One of the things that I love about living in Egypt is that there is a masjid in every block, maybe more at times. Its a real blessing to be able to pray in jamat habitually, alhamdulillah, particularly the salat of Fajr and Isha. It makes a real difference to begin the day at the masjid and to end it at the masjid.

For motivation, here are some ahadith of the Prophet that show the importance of praying Fajr and Isha at the masjid:

`Uthman bin `Affan reported: I heard the Messenger of Allah saying: One who performs Isha’ prayer in congregation, is as if he has performed Salat for half of the night. And one who performs the Fajr prayer in congregation, is as if he has performed Salat the whole night.

[Muslim]

Another narration mentions:

`Uthman bin Affan narrated that he had heard the Messenger of Allah saying: “He who attends Isha’ in congregation, is as if he has performed Salat for half of the night; and he who attends `Isha’ and Fajr prayers in congregation, is as if he has performed Salat for the whole night.

[Tirmidhi]

These ahadith tell us that the reward of praying Isha’ and Fajr prayers in congregation is so great that it equals the worship of the whole night.

Think about it: every day you can earn this massive reward just by praying at the masjid. Consistent good deeds like this are beloved to Allah, so let’s try our utmost to pray at least one of the two in the masjid. In particular, there is NO reason to miss Isha at the masjid.

WAllahu alam.

Who Do You Associate With?

Bismillah. A really beautiful explanation of the following ayat from Surah Furqan (25) done by Nouman Ali Khan.

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Some points of benefit:

  • The ayah is not just talking about non-Muslims. Its talking about anyone who did dhulm (injustice or oppression). So let’s not get cozy and think it’s not about us.
  • Imagine the overwhelming grief that a person must experience to bite their hands and then not even feel the pain of their flesh being torn away. It gets scarier the more you try to comprehend it.
  • The dhalim in the ayah doesn’t say, “I wish I believed in the Messenger”. He says, “I wish I had taken a path along with the Messenger”, which is subtle. The subtlety is that even those who believe in the Messenger [SAWS] but don’t act according to his sunnah may fall in this situation.
  • The dhalim blames his closest friend/associate from taking him away from the Qur’an. Like Ustadh Nouman mentioned, this can be any thing that we hold dear.
  • The tragedy of it all is that this person had received the Qur’an and then he turned away from it. Imagine the feelings of overwhelming regret and depression that this person must feel. The psychological torture that this person will endure is unimaginable. And the real punishment has not even begun yet!
  • The feelings of regret, sorrow and depression are compounded by someone saying, “I told you so”. Imagine this person being told this…that you were told Shaitan is your enemy. But now that you realize it, it’s too late.
  • All of us want the Prophet’s intercession, but do we think that we can survive the Prophet’s prosecution against those who made hijrah (i.e. deserted) the Qur’an?

Any reflections? Please post any in the comments, in sha Allah.

May Alllah save us from this torturous situation on the day of Judgment, ameen.

Huwa, Huma, Hum: The Arabic Pronouns

Bismillah.

For those beginning to learn Arabic, here is an awesome drill that should be part of your daily Arabic study: the detached pronouns. There are 14 detached pronouns and its a great idea to have them memorize like the back of your hand.

In fact, here is the Arabic Pronoun Hand to help you memorize the pronouns like the back of your hand:

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And here is a song to go along with it:

Yes, indeed. Sing this song a few times and the pronouns are stuck to your head 🙂 The song is composed and sung by our beloved teacher Asif Meherali of LQToronto.com. Check out the LQToronto.com Arabic Language course (based on the world renowed Madinah Books of Dr. V Abdur Rahim) if you want to seriously learn Arabic. I think its the best way to learn Arabic (for a non-Arab).

UPDATE: Here’s a new and improved version of the pronoun hand:

The Fitrah: Children are Born Believers in God

Bismillah.

I stumbled upon this interesting research piece from a Dr Justin Barrett (a senior researcher at the University of Oxford’s Centre for Anthropology and Mind). The piece talked about how children are born believers in God. Here’s an excerpt:

[Dr Justin Barrett] says that young children have faith even when they have not been taught about it by family or at school, and argues that even those raised alone on a desert island would come to believe in God.

“The preponderance of scientific evidence for the past 10 years or so has shown that a lot more seems to be built into the natural development of children’s minds than we once thought, including a predisposition to see the natural world as designed and purposeful and that some kind of intelligent being is behind that purpose,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

“If we threw a handful on an island and they raised themselves I think they would believe in God.”

Source – The Telegraph

The Prophet has informed us about this predisposition that Dr. Barrett talks about when he said, “Each child is born in a state of Fitrah (natural predisposition of believing in God), then his parents make him a Jew, Christian or a Zoroastrian…” (Bukhari and Muslim). The birth of a child upon the fitrah doesn’t mean that he/she is born Muslim; it only means that they have the natural inclination to believe in God. Whether the child chooses to nurture his/her fitrah and worship God alone is something that he/she decides – and this decision is clearly influenced by the parents as the hadith mentions.

Another related passage from the Quran (Surah Araf, chapter 7) that provides the definitive reasons why children are born knowing about God:

And remember when your Lord brought forth from the Children of Adam, from their loins, their seed and made them testify as to themselves saying: “Am I not your Lord?” They said: “Yes! We testify,” lest you should say on the Day of Resurrection: “Verily, we have been unaware of this.” (172)

Or lest you should say: “It was only our fathers afortime who took others as partners in worship along with Allah, and we were (merely their) descendants after them; will You then destroy us because of the deeds of men who practised polytheism?” (173)

The reason why the children are born knowing about God is so that they don’t make excuses on the Day of Judgement that they never knew about God, or that they were raised as disbelievers in God by their parents. When each child is programmed with the belief in God by default, these excuses get thrown out the window.

Are you going to be making excuses when the time comes?