Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Supplication and It's Etiquettes

Now pictures this:

Your week started on a bad note, you got into a fight with your best friend, you dropped your cell phone in the sink and suddenly your mother isn't feeling too well.

What will be the first thing you do?

You'll exclaim, 'Oh God. Why me?' or perhaps 'Help me, Lord.'

This is usually done entirely unconsciously, so what does it prove? That our first call for help is to the Almighty.

The call for help to our Lord, our conversation with our Lord is called dua, it is the plea from the heart of a believer asking for divine help. It is the weapon of the weak and wrong.

Allah says in the Quran:

And your Lord says, "Call upon Me; I will respond to you.."

From this verse, we can understand that our Lord, Ar-Rehman wants us to ask from Him, in fact, we have been created so that we ask Him and be forgiven and given what we have asked for.

As when we ask Him, we demonstrate our own humility and free ourselves from any sort of pride. It shows us how dependent we are on Allah and that we have no control over our destiny, This realization makes us more humble, and makes us accept that all our success and achievements are through Allah (swt).

The Messenger of Allah said: 

"There is nothing nobler in the sight of Allah than dua,"

Also, in the Quran: 

" make dua to Him, to Him is the Deen." 

This shows that supplication/dua is one of the greatest forms of worship and that we will be rewarded for making dua as we obeyed Allah's command. Subhan Allah, isn't that great?

It is one of the best ways to increase our iman and appreciate Allah's unmatchable attributes. It is a cure for all diseases whether physical or mental, and a means to come closer to our Lord. Moreover, when we're supplicating, we are not only following Allah's command, asking for our personal gain, but we are also making into the Creator's favorite followers!

Verily, they used to hasten to do good deeds, and they used to make du’a to Us with hope and fear, and used to humble themselves before Us.” 

But like all forms of worship, dua too has some etiquettes and conditions. 

One being the assurance that only Allah responds to our dua. It is the essence of tawheed that a person must fully believe that only Allah is capable of hearing our prayers and granting them.

Second, we should glorify Allah by reciting His attributes and sending dorood upon the Prophet (saw). We should call out to Him by His glorious names, Al-Malik, Al-AzizAl-Ghaffaar, and Subhan Allah so many more! (You can find them here

Third, our intentions should be good and we must pray to Allah sincerely and wholeheartedly, not hastening to finish the supplication or saying anything that originates from a negligent and inattentive heart - not like a well-learned dialogue which holds no essence.

Fourth, we should patiently wait for our supplication to be answered and not pray for it to be accepted quickly. As we being mere humans, do not know what is best for us and when. 

Fifth, if somehow our supplication doesn't get answered, we should know that Allah (swt) has something better planned for us, In'sha Allah.

At the end, I'll like to point out that we should always ask Allah alone for even the simplest things, and we should expect that Allah will,  In'sha Allah, grant us the best.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Translation and Explanation of Surah Al-Masad

Assalamu Allykum, 

It is a Makki Surah which is five verses, twenty words long. This Surah is about the Uncle of the Prophet(SAW) who’s title was Abu Lahab and real name was Abd al Uzza. An entire Surah is dedicated to him and his wife, which tells about the punishment that they will face due to their extreme opposition towards the Prophet Muhammad(SAW).

When the Prophet Muhammad(SAW) received Prophethood, there were many different reactions of his relatives and acquaintances. A group among those people supported him and aided him. Another group did not believe in him, but did not oppose him and supported him, while another group supported him fully, migrating with him, helping him through hard times. But another group neither believed in him, neither respected him and opposed him fiercely, amongst those was Abu Lahab.

Every time we read this Surah, we gain rewards for every single letter we read, and while we do so, Abu Lahab gets humiliated. Similar to this, when an army of twelve thousand people had wanted to destroy the Kabbah, Allah destroyed the whole army which was even comprised of elephants. They could not stand up against Allah (SWT).

This proves that whoever becomes an enemy of Allah, get’s destroyed, and it also illustrates that man’s success lies in acceptance and submission. If he chooses to rebel,  then his end is absolute failure.    

1: تَبَّتْ يَدَا أَبِي لَهَبٍ وَتَبَّ

 May the hands of Abu Lahab be ruined, and ruined is he.
Hands represent strength; therefore the end of hands, the ruination of the hands means that there will be loss of strength, destruction. And indeed, Abu Lahab was destroyed.

In spite of being named Abd al Uzza, he was called Abu Lahab because he had an almost red-like complexion.  His face was very bright, handsome and good-looking.

In those Arab times, even if a family member opposed/disbelieved another’s views/opinions, they supported each other and were loyal just for the sake of being members of the same family, but Abu Lahab broke this tradition by not only disbelieving the Prophet (SAW), but by also severely persecuting him, disrespecting him.

As the neighbour of the Prophet (SAW), he along with his wife went to all lengths to cause the Prophet pain. The wife of Abu Lahab used to leave thorns across the door of the Prophet’s house during night time, so that when he would come out, he would get hurt because of them. Two of the sons of the couple were married to two of the daughters of the Prophet, but Abu Lahab and his wife forced their sons to divorce the daughters of the Prophet, and they did.

The list of what they did is very long, but they persecuted him intensely.

2: مَا أَغْنَىٰ عَنْهُ مَالُهُ وَمَا كَسَبَ

 His wealth will not avail him or that which he gained.

In many cases, people become proud and arrogant on the basis of their wealth, Abu Lahab too, had accumulated great wealth, status, children and fame throughout his life, but none of those accumulated things could save him.

He died a painful death which include a severe disease which repelled people from going even near him, and after he passed away, his body lay there as people feared even going near it in fear of it being contagious. Eventually, his children hired some slaves who picked his body with sticks and threw it in a ditch, and that was his miserable end.

3: سَيَصْلَىٰ نَارًا ذَاتَ لَهَبٍ

 He will [enter to] burn in a Fire of [blazing] flame

Abd al Uzza called himself ‘Father of flame’ (Abu Lahab), therefore his punishment will be through flames, blazes.

4: وَامْرَأَتُهُ حَمَّالَةَ الْحَطَبِ

 And his wife [as well] - the carrier of firewood.

His wife will also be punished through flames and blazes.
She was the sister of Abu Sufyan and hence belonged to a noble family. She was a confident women and had a great status due to being Abu Lahab’s wife. Therefore, when Allah calls her ‘the carrier of firewood’, she is being insulted.  

She is given this title on a figurative sense, as she carried false speech, fasaad, rumours and spread such things that caused discord among people. She caused fire by her speech (firewood) and spoke terrible things about the Prophet (SAW). 
And some believe that this will be her punishment; she will carry the firewood in which her husband will burn.

5: فِي جِيدِهَا حَبْلٌ مِّن مَّسَدٍ

 Around her neck is a rope of [twisted] fibre.

She used to have a precious necklace which she boasted about, and she used to hold it and swear by Allah that she would sell even that in order to oppose the Prophet (SAW). This is the degree of how much she hated the Prophet (SAW) and opposed him.
In the akirah, her elegant neck, in which she wore beautiful, precious necklaces and boasted about them, there will be a rope of palm fibres.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Translation and Explanation of Surah An-Nasr

Assalamu Allykum, 

Surah Nasr is a Madni Surah and was revealed after the Farewell Pilgrimage. This Surah is called the Farewell Surah as that soon after this the Holy Prophet (SAW) passed away.

It is three verses, nineteen words long, and all three of these verses were revealed together.

إِذَا جَاءَ نَصْرُ اللَّهِ وَالْفَتْحُ
When the victory of Allah has come and the conquest,

Nasr is used for help, support. When someone helps another, he gives that person ease and allows them to achieve what they want to accomplish.

It is the kind of help that gives great support, against some kind of suffering or harm. Like how the people of Hell will have no nasireen, they will have no one to help them.

This is the help that Allah provided to the Messenger against his enemies, especially the Quraish. As a result of this assistance, he was able to be victorious over the Quraish and conquered Makkah.

We are aware that Makkah is the home of Allah, and this is primarily why if we ever visit the holy city just for Hajj or Umrah and have to leave it soon after, we become upset. So imagine the feelings of the Holy Prophet (SAW) when he was driven out of his home. Makkah was not only Allah's home, but his as well, and therefore he was very distressed.

Though with Allah's grace, the Prophet was able to return to Makkah and conquer it within eight years.

وَرَأَيْتَ النَّاسَ يَدْخُلُونَ فِي دِينِ اللَّهِ أَفْوَاجًا
 And you see the people entering into the religion of Allah in multitudes,

After the victory of Makkah, there were many groups of people who in the form of tribes came to Makkah, accepted Islam, gained knowledge regarding it and returned back to their home towns.

Up until now, people had been accepted Islam as individuals and in secret in fear of being persecuted by their family. But with this victory, people became Muslims openly and in great numbers.

فَسَبِّحْ بِحَمْدِ رَبِّكَ وَاسْتَغْفِرْهُ ۚ إِنَّهُ كَانَ تَوَّابًا
Then exalt [Him] with praise of your Lord and ask forgiveness of Him. Indeed, He is ever Accepting of repentance.

While addressing the Prophet (SAW), Allah instructs him to now busy himself in praise of Allah with gratitude present in his heart. As to thank Allah for this huge favor.

Generally when we achieve something, we celebrate by being proud and belittling to people. But Allah tells us to thank him as He is the one who gave us the ability to achieve this, thus, this is primarily why the Prophet (SAW) entered Makkah very humbly.

And at the same time, we are being told to seek forgiveness.

As a weak human being, it is normal for us to make mistakes. We constantly fall short in one thing or another. So we must not carry a weight of guilt and regard in our shoulders, but should instead seek Allah's forgiveness again and again.

The number of sins and their greatness does not count, but in fact the intention and sincerity is seen.