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Where are we spending the precious moments of our life? March 10, 2008

Posted by fruitsofknowledge in Reflections.
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cherries.jpgI really wanted to share something today that really made me think of the sacrifices that we make for the Deen.
Why is it that we do not put our utmost efforts in the way of Deen? because we do not see the results immediately. I was thinking of the example of the Sahabas, that some of them did not even live to see the Day of the conquest of Makkah, which was a turning point in the History of Islam, yet they struggled and strove in Allah’s way even before that. They didn’t even see the results of their efforts in this world. And there were some Sahabas who died or were martyred even before the entire Qur’an was revealed, yet their level of conviction was so high that they were willing to give their lives for the sake of Allah. I was thinking that what about us, we have the entire Qur’an infront of us, we listen to it, we read it, we cry, we make resolutions, but then we go back into the routine life we were in. Allah has given us such a great blessing to be able to learn and study the Qur’an, alhumdulillah. And part of thanking Him would be that we bring a positive change in our ways. I pray to Allah that He gives us the steadfastness and firm belief that the sahabas had. ameen

Following are the reflections specifically on the ayaat that we studied in class today:

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The ones who have believed, emigrated and striven in the cause of Allāh with their wealth and their lives are greater in rank in the sight of Allāh. And it isthose who are the attainers [of success]. [At-Tawbah: 20]

Belief necessitates action. We cannot say that we believe and not do anything. A true believer is the one who struggles in the cause of Allah, who is selfless, who has preferred Allah over all the comforts and luxuries of this world. And this is what will lead to the ultimate success.

And the sacrifice does not go unrewarded.

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Their Lord gives them good tidings of mercy from Him and approval and of gardens for them wherein is enduring pleasure. [At-Tawbah: 21]

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Say, [O Muhammad], “If your fathers, your sons, your brothers, your wives, your relatives, wealth which you have obtained, commerce wherein you fear decline, and dwellings with which you are pleased are more beloved to you than Allāh and His Messenger and jihād in His cause, then wait until Allāh executes His command. And Allāh does not guide the defiantly disobedient people.” [At-Tawbah: 24]

What is it that stops us from struggling in the way of Allah? From getting out of our cozy beds in the morning to offer Salah? From smiling at someone who had once upon a time betrayed us? From studying and teaching the Qur’an using our utmost efforts?

On that Day, the people whom we love will leave us, the wealth that we earned with our own hands will finish, the business in which we feared a decline would cease to exist, the houses that we were pleased with will turn to dust. Everything will fade away, but what is with Allah will remain. Then is our love still greater for these things or is it greater for Allah?

Quality of a Believerَ March 10, 2008

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O you who have believed, do not betray Allāh and the Messenger or betray your trusts while you know [the consequence]. [Al-Anfal: 27]

It is the quality of a believer to fulfill trusts. Our time, health, efforts, talents, wealth, youth, are all trusts from Allah. Therefore, it is necessary that we see where our efforts are gearing towards, and that we use these blessings to do that which is best, in the Cause of Allah.

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And know that your properties and your children are but a trial and that Allāh has with Him a great reward. [Al-Anfal: 28]

Our wealth and children are a source of trial. Isn’t this what sometimes stops us from doing good, from fulfilling our trusts? We sometimes become over occupied with these two with all our efforts that we neglect our other obligations. But we must remember, that indeed with Allah is a great reward. The sacrifices that we make for the Deen will not go unrewarded.

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O you who have believed, if you fear Allāh, He will grant you a criterion and will remove from you your misdeeds and forgive you. And Allāh is the possessor of great bounty. [Al-Anfal: 29]

Too many things on your mind – wealth, children, trusts? What is the solution? Taqwa (Fear of Allah). The doors to much benefit will open:
1. Allah will grant you a criterion, through which you will find ways out of difficulties.
2. Allah will expiate for you your sins.
3. Allah will forgive you.

Qur’an – The Criterion March 10, 2008

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Blessed is He who sent down the Criterion upon His Servant that he may be to the worlds a warner. [Al-Furqan: 1]

The Arabic word for Criterion is فرقان Furqan from the root ف ر ق , which means to separate; to distinguish.

The word Al-Furqan signifies the Qur’an, that which makes a separation or distinction between truth and falsehood, guidance and misguidance, good and evil. The word Furqan is also used for proof and evidence, and the time a little before daybreak, or dawn.