Saturday, December 31, 2016

99 Names of Allah(swt) - Part One


Assalamu Allykum,

Out of all of the beautiful ahadith of the Holy Prophet(saw), one of my favorites is:


“Allah has ninety-nine names, i.e. one-hundred minus one, and whoever knows them will go to Paradise.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari)

This single hadith gives me so much peace, it calms my heart, and makes me say out loud, Alhumdulillah. And that is primarily why I have decided to share the beautiful names of Allah(swt) with their meanings. 

In'sha Allah they will benefit us all. 







Part two here.


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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Translation and Explanation of Surah Al-Asr




Assalamu Allykum, 

For this week, I decided to share the explanation of Surah Al-Asr, which is one of the shortest surahs of the Quran, but is rather deep.


Surah Al-Asr is a Makki Surah which is three verses, fourteen words long.


Asr is used for time. Iman Shafi' said about this Surah, Al-Asr, that if Allah had only revealed this Surah, it would have been sufficient as a warning. This in no way means that the rest of the Quran is not important, it means that this Surah enough is sufficient as an advice. For someone who could take a lesson, this Surah would be enough for him. He would understand the reality of this life and will not be distracted by which that isn't important.


1:
وَالْعَصْرِ

 By time,

Asr refers to the time from the beginning of existence of human race to the Judgement Day.


It also refers to the later part of the day. From the time from when the sun begins to decline to until the sun sets. It is the last part of the day.


Allah swears by time in general, which shows its importance. Since as each moment passes, a part of life is over and will never return again, it is the loss of life.
Furthermore, usually at the Asr part of the day, we reflect and regret the loss of another day and all that which we couldn't achieve.

Moreover, it refers to the Asr Salah, which is a very important prayer as it is called most excellent, virtuous. Intentionally missing the Asr prayer is like losing ones family and property, or in other words, his everything.


2:
إِنَّ الْإِنسَانَ لَفِي خُسْرٍ
Indeed, mankind is in loss, 


This directly refers to every single human being.


Human beings are in a state of loss, even from as soon as their birth. As the moment from when one is born, his count down has begun, a part of his life gets over. He can never pause it nor take a break. But unfortunately, we believe that as each year is passing, we are gaining, when in fact, it is the opposite.


Life is only for a specified time. When time is over, you are over. So in the end, it is what you have gained; your good deeds.


3:
إِلَّا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ وَتَوَاصَوْا بِالْحَقِّ وَتَوَاصَوْا بِالصَّبْرِ
 Except for those who have believed and done righteous deeds and advised each other to truth and advised each other to patience.


But if a person has these four traits, he is not in loss. Life will be over one way or the other, though at the end, what a person has gained will be beneficial for him and will save him.


These people use their time in the best way. Every person's life is valuable and every moment must be used properly. Either he uses it in something that will benefit him or wastes it, there is no third option.


We generally don't like to think this way, we believe that we are taking a break or a moment of rest, in which we believe that we have somewhat paused our time. But the fact is that if we are not using our time for something productive, beneficial, we are just wasting it.


And wasting time is equal to wasting our life.


The first trait is that a person must must have Iman. This is the most essential part. No matter how productive his life is, if he doesn't have faith, his productivity won't mean anything on the Day of Judgement. He will get no reward for it.


(Details of iman can be found in several places in the Quran and Sunnah.)


Belief means that a person must believe in all that is essential, all that Allah and His Messenger has informed us of. It is necessary for a person to believe in these in their entirety, as believing in one thing but not the other doesn't satisfy as complete iman.


This iman must be without any doubt, not even the slightest bit. His iman must be firm and not shakable, free from all forms of shakh.


The second one in these traits is righteous deeds. The more righteous deeds a person does, the more he is productively using his time and ultimately his life.


Righteous deeds are not those deeds which we consider good in our own personal morals, but in fact, they are deeds which are performed with sincerity and conformity, and according to what Allah has commanded. They can generally be divided into two categories, which are: the rights of Allah and the rights of the creation.


The rights of Allah include Salah, Hajj, Umrah, fasting and such.


The rights of the creation include respecting, caring for, fulfilling duties towards them and spending on them, whether they are our relatives, loved ones or Muslim brothers and sisters. Similarly, rules related go them. How to speak to one another, how to sit in a gathering.

Moving to the third, we have tawasee. Tawasee means instructing, guiding one another. When we remind other people, we are in fact benefiting ourselves, as when we remind them, we are reminding ourselves.

One sort of tawa'se is tawa'se bil haq. Al haq refers to this deen, this shari'ah, this Quran, is the truth, everything about it is true.

So it is important for a person who wishes to save himself from loss, to spend his time telling people about this haq, and hearing them sharing the knowledge of this haq as well. We must share the knowledge of the Quran and deen, as this is a great way of giving sadaqah and reminding ourselves about the haq. And when we share our knowledge of the haq, we get to hear other people's share of knowledge as well, which in turn strengths our own iman. It is an excuse to ourselves firm.

The other tawa'se is patience. Without patience, we cannot survive in this world. Without patience we cannot be thankful, refrain from performing disobedient acts and not be satisfied by the decree of Allah.

Therefore, tawa'se enables us to comfort  others about remaining satisfied by pre-destination and decree, and when our time comes, other people comfort and remind us.

Surah Al-Asr can be understood with a simple example of a person who sells ice. This person does not own a freezer and only has a thick cloth, which he wraps around this ice, to keep it from melting. He calls out to people for this bargain, constantly fretting about the minimum amount of time he has, after which his resources will finish. He is aware of each minute passing, in which he attempts to sell his goods as soon as he can.


A Muslim is like this, he has minimum time and must use this time productively.


(* Arabic text borrowed from Quran.com all rights go to them)

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Translation and Explanation of Surah Kawthar


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Assalamu Allykum, 

This week's surah is Surah Kawthar, which is one of my personal favorites, therefore I'm very excited to learn and share the meaning of this wonderful surah. 


Surah Kawthar is a Makki surah, comprising of three verses and ten words. It is the shortest surah of the Quran.


1: 

إِنَّا أَعْطَيْنَاكَ الْكَوْثَرَ
Indeed, We have granted you, [O Muhammad], al-Kawthar.

The Prophet (SAW) has been gifted with a grand gift, Al-Kawathar. Which has been given to him completely and is now his own and cannot be taken back. It is a gift of high quality and high value.

Al-Kawthar literally means abundant good, here it refers to the abundant blessings Allah has showered upon the Messenger.

Amongst the Kawthar is the river in Paradise, which is whiter than milk and sweeter than honey. The Prophet (SAW) will give from it to his Ummah, but some certain people from the Ummah will be prevented, these will be the ones who introduced innovations, bidd’ah. 

 This grand gift has been given to the Prophet because the Prophet (SAW) pleased Allah by obeying all His commands. He read when he was told to read, he fought for Allah’s cause, tirelessly worked for the Muslims, spent day and night giving da’wah and worshipping Allah.

What he did was extremely difficult, but even then, he did it with a high degree of quality. This proves that the harder the task, the harder we work forward, and the better the quality of our efforts are, the greater our reward will be.

Taking note, the good news of Al-Kawthar was given to the Prophet (SAW) while in his time in Makkah, but the blessings begun to flow in Madinah, much later, this gives the message that Allah’s promises and rewards are true and must be patiently waited for.



2: 
فَصَلِّ لِرَبِّكَ وَانْحَرْ
So pray to your Lord and sacrifice [to Him alone].

We should be grateful for all the blessings given to us, we should realize those favors and be thankful for them. We should pray to Allah with sincerity, hoping for reward, hoping to please Him, with full effort and ikhlas, not to just get over with it. This refers to all sorts of Salahs; the obligatory ones, the Salah of eid, and animal sacrifices we make in charity.

The Holy Prophet sacrificed one hundred camels at the Last Pilgrimage, sixty-three of which he sacrificed by himself. He did this because Makkah had been conquered, so he did it in gratitude.  



3: 
إِنَّ شَانِئَكَ هُوَ الْأَبْتَرُ
Indeed, your enemy is the one cut off.

Anyone who hates you (The Prophet Muhammad), opposes you, either any current hater, or one that will come later, will be cut off from all good.  

This refers to a specific incident, when Abu Jahl (or As-Ibn Wayl) mocked the Prophet (SAW) that his line has come to an end after his son (Qasim) passed away, that no one will succeed him, no one will remember him.

This is completely untrue; he had so many amazing companions, has millions of followers who follow his practices and keep his name alive.

Therefore, this proves anyone who hates Islam, the Prophet (SAW) or any aspect of Islam, will be cut off from all good and will be destroyed.


(*Arabic text has been borrowed from quran.com all right go to them)


Sunday, December 18, 2016

Welcome to The Momin's Journey

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Assalamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh,


Jazakillah for stumbling upon this blog, and giving it a chance. This blog, The Momin's Journey, is my humble effort to spread the beneficial knowledge that I learn, so that other's can understand it and benefit from it as well. It is sadaqah on my part, and yours too if you share it!

In sha Allah, I have so much planned for this beautiful blog, and I'm extremely motivated to begin it with my best intentions. 

Some of the many things that I have planned are Monday Reminders from the Quran, Friday Hadith from authentic sources, and Explanations of Surah's from the Quran every alternate week, In sha Allah.

Let's get started.