Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Ramadan 2017: Beneficial Task #2

Assalamu Allykum, today for a change, whenever you find yourself about to complain or say something negative about someone or something, choose to either re-phrase your statement in a positive way, not say anything at all or look at the positive aspect of the event. 

This little exercise will help you look at the positive side of life. In'sha Allah. 

Monday, May 29, 2017

Translation and Explanation of Surah Al-Hijr (Part One)

Assalamu Allykum, 

1 - 3:
الر ۚ تِلْكَ آيَاتُ الْكِتَابِ وَقُرْآنٍ مُّبِينٍ
Alif, Lam, Ra. These are the verses of the Book and a clear Qur'an.
رُّبَمَا يَوَدُّ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا لَوْ كَانُوا مُسْلِمِينَ

Perhaps those who disbelieve will wish that they had been Muslims.

ذَرْهُمْ يَأْكُلُوا وَيَتَمَتَّعُوا وَيُلْهِهِمُ الْأَمَلُ ۖ فَسَوْفَ يَعْلَمُونَ

Let them eat and enjoy themselves and be diverted by [false] hope, for they are going to know.

Allah has created us and has sent us in this world for a limited time. He has given us the freedom to do either good or bad. To either surrender our desires and make ourselves slaves to Allah, by following His commands. Or to go astray, giving into our desires for the sake of limited time of enjoyment. 

Those who choose to go astray, who decide on spending their lives in heedlessness and stubbornness, will regret their actions on the Day of Judgment. When this world will end, they will plead to be given another chance, they will grieve, but their choice of freedom had been snatched as soon as they passed away. We must not be deceived by the freedom we have right now, we can go from healthy to sick, and alive to dead in a short amount of time, therefore, when the heedless will pass away, they will remember all those times when the had been presented the truth, but they had not accepted it. 

When Ramadan comes, the heedless person chooses to follow their desires despite there being a window to repent and start over. 

An individual with the slightest bit of iman will be punished for their sins in the Hereafter, but then they will be placed in Jannah for being a believer. Thus, when the believers will be taken out of Hell at the end of their punishments and will be placed in Jannah, the unbelievers and heedless people will wish and regret that they had been believers too, that they had at least said the kalimah 

لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا الله مُحَمَّدٌ رَسُولُ الله 
There is no God but Allah (and) Muhammad (swt) is the Messenger of Allah


وَمَا أَهْلَكْنَا مِن قَرْيَةٍ إِلَّا وَلَهَا كِتَابٌ مَّعْلُومٌ

And We did not destroy any city but that for it was a known decree

ا تَسْبِقُ مِنْ أُمَّةٍ أَجَلَهَا وَمَا يَسْتَأْخِرُونَ

No nation will precede its term, nor will they remain thereafter.

Every life has a time limit. Every individual who has been brought into this world will be taken away from it.  Likewise, every society which rose eventually met its end. 

وَقَالُوا يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِي نُزِّلَ عَلَيْهِ الذِّكْرُ إِنَّكَ لَمَجْنُونٌ

And they say,"O you upon whom the message has been sent down, indeed you are mad.

The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) encountered many struggles when he was spreading the message of Islam. One of the things he went through were the accusations that he was a mad man, so if the Prophet of Allah (SAW) was accused of being mad (God forbid), who are we to feel offended or hurt when someone calls our practice and habits madness?


                 لَّوْ مَا تَأْتِينَا بِالْمَلَائِكَةِ إِن كُنتَ مِنَ الصَّادِقِين

Why do you not bring us the angels, if you should be among the truthful?"

مَا نُنَزِّلُ الْمَلَائِكَةَ إِلَّا بِالْحَقِّ وَمَا كَانُوا إِذًا مُّنظَرِينَ

We do not send down the angels except with truth, and the disbelievers would not then be reprieved.

إِنَّا نَحْنُ نَزَّلْنَا الذِّكْرَ وَإِنَّا لَهُ لَحَافِظُونَ

Indeed, it is We who sent down the Qur'an and indeed, We will be its guardian.

When the Quran was being revealed, the life of the Prophet (SAW) was in danger, the companions of the Prophet (SAW) could not recite the Quran openly, and the disbelievers were making all efforts to somehow stop the revelation, yet, as Allah is the Guardian of the Quran, the revelation of the Quran did not stop.  

Moreover, we know that the shayateen go up to the skies of listen to the conversations of the angels to know what is happening, yet when the Quran was being revealed, the skies were being heavily guarded. 

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Ramadan 2017: Beneficial Task #1

Assalamu Allykum, the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) is reported to have said:

"Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day should be generous to his neighbour.." (Bukhari)

Out of the many things you can give to your neighbor, you can: 
  1. Make them a gift basket,
  2. Make them a meal,
  3. Volunteer to rake the leaves off their yard,
  4. Water their plants,
  5. Babysit their children for no charge,
  6. Invite them for a meal,
  7. Choose to ignore their shortcomings as a neighbor,
..and several other ways. The key is to be generous with the time, patience, goodness and kindness we direct towards them. The rights of the neighbors have been mentioned several times in the Quran and hadith, proving their importance.

(this beneficial task marks the start Ramadan 2017 series of posts. May Allah accept our efforts.) 

Friday, May 26, 2017

Welcome Ramadan!

Assalamu Allykum 

Ramadan has blessed us once again, Alhumdulillah. For The Momin's Journey, it will be our first Ramadan, and so to make this first Ramadan special for this blog, I have decided to introduce daily reminders for this entire month, In'sha Allah, which will include tasks to de-clutter our life, supplications to add in our day and even more surah translations and explanations. 

The daily reminders will look something like this, In'sha Allah: 

I'm extremely excited for Ramadan. In'sha Allah, I pray this Ramadan will bring lots of blessings for us, and will allow us to come out stronger and more rooted in our deen. Ameen. 

Friday, May 19, 2017

Assalamu Allykum, I want to dedicate this post to my Uncle, Haider Baig, who passed away around tahajjud hours on the 18th of May. He was an excellent man who tried his utmost best to follow the sunnah of the Prophet (SAW) in his daily activities. He was a great husband to his wife, an exemplary father to his children, an amazing uncle - who was more like a father, and a best friend to all his siblings.

May Allah give him the highest place in Jannah, may Allah reunite him with his parents, may Allah forgive all his sins, may Allah make this trial easy for his widow and young children, and may Allah soften the hearts of all those who may have grudges against him. Ameen.  

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Translation and Explanation of Surah Al-Kafiroon

Assalamu Allykum,

Today's selected Surah is Surah Kafiroon which is a Makki Surah and is believed to be revealed after Al-Maun. Moreover, it is believed to be revealed in the end period of Makkah.

The Prophet lived in Makkah for about thirteen years after receiving Prophethood. In these years he remained busy in spreading the message of tauheed, by which he gained many followers and at the same time, was greatly persecuted.

This Surah was revealed to him near his time of migration to Madinah so that he would declare his disassociation from the religion and practices of those unbelievers.

This Surah is a disassociation from Shirk, which every believer should do in heart and speech.

It is six verses and twenty-six words long. This, along with Surah Ikhlas, complete the ikhlasain. They are the two ikhlas surahs which have the same beginning verses and message of seeking refuge with Allah and tell about Allah's oneness and most perfect attributes.

Both of these Surahs were of the most beloved of the Prophet (SAW) who recited them often. Especially in fajr and maghrib prayers.

قُلْ يَا أَيُّهَا الْكَافِرُونَ
Say, "O disbelievers,

The Prophet (SAW) is being told to make this announcement, to proclaim this, make it known.

Disbelievers are called kafiroon as they partly or completely don't believe in tauheed, Prophets, and all that the Prophet of Allah (SAW) has informed us. They include all those who are not Muslims.

This makes clear that a person's faith is complete when he believes in everything in its entirety.

لَا أَعْبُدُ مَا تَعْبُدُونَ
I do not worship what you worship.

The unbelievers have worshiped several Gods, the Prophets of Allah and natural forces like the sun and moon.

The Prophet (SAW) declares that he does not worship the unbeliever's false Gods, and that he believes in Allah alone.

وَلَا أَنتُمْ عَابِدُونَ مَا أَعْبُدُ
Nor are you worshippers of what I worship

And the unbelievers do not worship Allah as the Prophet (SAW) and the rest of the Muslims do.

Moreover that his (the Prophet and Muslims) method of worship is very different from the method of worship of the disbelievers and that the lifestyles of both religions are entirely different and can never be molded into one.

وَلَا أَنَا عَابِدٌ مَّا عَبَدتُّمْ
Nor will I be a worshipper of what you worship

I will never be a worshipper of the false Gods you worship.


وَلَا أَنتُمْ عَابِدُونَ مَا أَعْبُدُ
Nor will you be worshippers of what I worship.

And you will never be worshipers of who I worship.

The former two verses have been somewhat repeated to create emphasis over the fact that our religions are completely different and have nothing in common when it comes to worship.

This repetition also gives us another meaning, it refers to different times.

That I (the Prophet SAW) do not presently worship what you worship, I have never worshiped in the past what you worship and I will never ever worship them in the future.

Similarly, a portion of the unbelievers did not accept Islam even when Makkah had been conquered by the Muslims and others had begun to readily accept Islam.


لَكُمْ دِينُكُمْ وَلِيَ دِينِ
For you is your religion, and for me is my religion."

"You adhere to your religion and I will adhere to my religion, I will never give up my worship. You will get your recompense for what you did and I will get recompense for what I did.

I am disassociated from what you worship and you are disassociated from what I worship. I do not approve of what you worship and never will, I do not approve of your shirk, but you keep to what you do and I will keep to what I do."

This verse does not mean that a Muslim should give up on da'wah towards a non-Muslim. Utmost effort must be made to inspire, communicate with and educate an unbeliever, but if many many years have passed and many events have occurred, with solid reasons been put across to convince the unbelievers, and no change still has been made, then one can back away with tauheed firm in one's heart.


Arabic resources from quran.com