Happy New Year 2011- with “Jannah!”

December 31, 2010

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Here is a short film entitled Jannah (the Islamic conception of paradise or heaven), a lovely and very touching visual poem by Ammar Al Shukry, produced by Belah Khan, for Leechon Films. A perfect way to greet the New Year :)

“Peace unto you for that ye persevered in patience! Now how excellent is the final home!” —  Qur’an, 13: 23-24

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Ya Haqq!


Acquire Knowledge!

March 4, 2010

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

To acquire knowledge is binding upon all Muslims, whether male or female.

He who travels in the search of knowledge, to him God shows the way of Paradise.

Acquire knowledge, because he who acquires it in the way of the Lord performs an act of piety; who speaks of it praises the Lord; who seeks it, adores God, who dispenses instruction in it, bestows alms; and who imparts it to its fitting objects performs an act of devotion to God.

Knowledge enables its possessor to distinguish what is forbidden from what is not; lights the way to Heaven; it is our friend in the desert, our companion in solitude, our companion when bereft of friends; it guides us to happiness; it sustains us in misery; it is our ornament in the company of friends; it serves as an armor against our enemies. With knowledge the creatures of Allah rises to the heights of goodness and to noble position, associates with the sovereigns in this world and attains the perfection of happiness in the next.

- Sayings (hadiths) of the Prophet (pbuh)

Note:  See also this older post, Benefits of Acquiring Knowledge.

Ya Haqq!


Hazrat Ali’s Sermon on Eid ul-Fitr

September 23, 2008

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Ramadan will soon be over, and so it is fitting to repost this from last year.

On the day of Eid-ul-Fitr, Hazrat Ali (A.S.) delivered a sermon in which he said:

“O people! Verily this day of yours is the day when the righteous are awarded and the wretched are losers. It is a day which is similar to the one on which you shall be standing (before your Lord). Therefore, when you come out of your homes to go to places of your prayer, remind yourselves about the day when you (your souls) shall come out of your bodies to go to your Lord. When you stand on places of your prayer, remind yourselves of your standing in the presence of your Lord (on the day of Judgment). And when you return to your homes (after prayer), remind yourselves about your returning to your homes in Paradise. O Servants of Allah! Verily the minimum reward for those men and women who fasted (during Ramadan), is an Angel, who calls out to them on the last day of the month of Ramadan (saying): O SERVANTS OF ALLAH! REJOICE THE GLAD TIDING THAT ALL YOUR PREVIOUS SINS HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN…”

- From the Nahjul-Balaghah.

Eid-ul-Fitr is a unique festival. It has no connection with any historical event nor is it related to the changes of seasons or cycles of agriculture. It is not a festival related in any way to worldly affairs. Its significance is purely spiritual. It is the day when Muslims thank God for having given them the will, the strength and the endurance to observe the fast and obey His commandments during the holy month of Ramadan.

Alhamdulillah! May Allah bless us all, and grant that we use this Eid as a lens to focus the sun of good works, that have shone so brightly during Ramadan, to light the way through this coming year until the next Ramadan. Amin.

Eid Mubarak!

Ya Haqq!


“Paradise Lies at the Feet of the Mother.”

February 11, 2008

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Bayazid Bastami said: What I was searching to find in my purification, mortification, striving and servitude, I found in serving my mother. One night my mother woke up and asked me for a glass of water. I hurried to bring her some water. I searched around the house and there was no water in the container nor in the bucket. It was a cold night. I went outside to the spring to get some water. When I came back my mother was asleep. So I stayed beside her bed with the glass of water. Near dawn she woke up and upon hearing my story she took the water, drank it, and prayed for me. In that moment, I found what my heart was looking for.

Paradise lies at the feet of the mother.” - a hadith of the Prophet (pbuh).

Ya Haqq!


The Eight Gates of Paradise

January 3, 2008

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

“There are eight gates for Paradise and seven gates for the Fire.” said the Prophet (pbuh).

The saying of praise for Allah, “Al-Hamdu Lil-lahi,” has eight alphabets*; the number of the gates of Paradise is also eight, therefore he who recites these eight alphabets out of purity of heart does deserve (the opening of) the eight gates of Paradise.

Know that indeed there are eight gates for Paradise, and in the rank that you reach after reciting, “I take refuge in Allah from Shaytan the outcast…” one gate of the eight gates of Paradise opens for you; that is the gate of Ma’refa (Divine Gnosis).

A second gate is that of al-Dhikr (Remembrance) as you are reciting Bismil-lahir Rahmanir Rahim’.

The third gate is that of Shukr (Gratitude) after reciting Al-Hamdu Lil-Lahi Rabbil Alamin’.

The fourth gate is that of Hope when you recite Ar-Rahanir Rahimi’.

The fifth gate is that of Fear when you recite ‘Maliki Yaumid-Din’.

The sixth gate is that of Purity born out of the Ma’refa (Divine Gnosis) of ‘Ubudiat (Servitude) and Rububiat (Divinity) in your reciting ‘Iyyaka Na’budu Wa Iyyaka Nasta’inu’.

The seventh gate is that of Du’a (Invocation) in your reciting ‘Ihdinas Siratal Mustaqim’.

The eighth gate is that of ‘Iqtidā’ (emulation or following the example) of the good and pure souls, and of seeking guidance through their Nur (Divine Light) and that is in your reciting of ‘Siratal La-Dhina…’

Now you know the secrets of the Eight Gates of Paradise and what is referred to in 38:50. ‘The Gardens of Eden with opened gates for them’. For the Gardens of Divine Gnosis have been opened by these spiritual keys, and this does point to what happens during the Prayer of Spiritual Ascension, like that of the Prophet (pbuh) to the Heavens.

- From the Tasfir al-Kabir (The Great Commentary), al-Fatiha, verse 7, by Fahkr al-Din al-Razi (his exegesis on the Quran), also named the Mafatih al-Ghayb (The Keys to the Unknown).

Taken, with thanks to Brother Dara, from the Untiredwithloving website.

*Note: The eight alphabets: Al: Alif+Lam (Lam is the ‘l’ sound)
Hamd: Ha+Mim+Dal (o sound of Al-Hamdo is not an alphabet), Ha is ‘h’ sound, Mim ‘m’ and Dal ‘d’ sound
Lil: Lam
La: Lam
Hi: Ha

Ya Haqq!


Recent Noteworthy Posts

December 29, 2007

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

To close out the year, here are five posts that you may have missed which you should read. They made me laugh and cry and think. One is from October, the rest from December. Inshallah, this may be a monthly feature.

Tariq Nelson – What Happened to Good Islam?

Writeous Sister Speaks – I Love Muslim Men

Achelois – Why Paradise Lies Under My Feet

Soaring Impulse – Tapestry

Lightness of Being – Life’s Largess

 

Ya Haqq!


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