"O my soul, it is only a few days, bear them patiently.A lifetime seems long but a flitting reverie"

~Imam Shafi~
" “The heart will rest and feel relief if it is settled with Allah and it will worry and be anxious if it is settled with people.” – Ibn al-Qayyim"....Say : "This is my way; I invite unto Allah with sure knowledge, I and whosoever follows me with sure knowledge" (Qur'an - 12:108) "Say: we believe in God and in what has been revealed to us, and what was revealed to Abraham, Isma'il: Isaac, Jacob and The Tribes, and in (the Books) given to Moses, Jesus and the Prophets, from their Lord: We make no distinction between one and another, among them, and to God do we bow our will (in Islam)." (Qur'an, Al-Imran 3:84) . "And if he (Muhammad SAW) had forged a false saying concerning Us (Allah),We would have seized him by the right hand;And then certainly should have cut off his life artery (Aorta),And none of you could withhold Us from (punishing) him" (Qur'an,Al-Haqqah 69:44-47) "Do they not ponder the Quran! If it were revealed from a source other than Allah,certainly they would have found,many contradictions."[Holy Quran 4:82] " O man! Verily, you are returning towards your Lord with your deeds and actions (good or bad), a sure returning, and you will meet (i.e. the results of your deeds which you did)" [Holy Qur'an, 84:6] Say, "Is it other than Allah I should desire as a lord while He is the Lord of all things? And every soul earns not [blame] except against itself, and no bearer of burdens will bear the burden of another. Then to your Lord is your return, and He will inform you concerning that over which you used to differ." ~Holy Quran 6:164 Imam Malik (rh): “Do not look to the sins of people as if you are Lords, but look to your own sins as if you are slaves. Have mercy on the people of affliction and praise Allah for your well-being, and never say, ‘This person is from the people of Hellfire, and this person is from the people of Paradise.’ Do not be arrogant over the sinners, but rather ask Allah to grant them hidayah and rashad (i.e. guidance).” Ibn Kathir (Ra) narrated: كان نقش خاتم عمر بن الخطاب رضي الله عنه : كفى بالموت واعظاً ياعمر “The engraving on ‘Umar ibn al Khataab’s(Ra) ring was: “Sufficient is death as an admonisher O Umar”. ["Al-Bidaayah wan-Nihaaya]. "When you fear the creation, you run away from it, but when you fear the Creator, you feel close to Him,& run towards Him.".Ibn Qayyim . "Allahumma la‘aisha illa‘aish-al-Aakhirah": 'There is no life but the life of the next world' "And worship your Lord until there comes to you the certainty (i.e. death)". (Quran 15:99) “And those who strive for Us – We will surely guide them to Our ways.And indeed, Allah is with the doers of good.” [Quran: 29:69] "... And my success is not but through Allah . Upon him I have relied, and to Him I return." ~ Al Quran 11:88
"Nothing in this world is really useful to you unless it has some utility and value for the next world"-Imam Ali(R)

Wednesday, January 6, 2016



"Surat Al-Kahf :This surah has four stories in it, having some morals, lets see them and understand what they are saying to us:
1) The people of the cave
It's  the story of young men who lived in a disbelieving town, so they  decided to migrate for the sake of Allah and run away. Allah rewards  them with mercy in the cave and protection from the sun - they woke up  and found the entire village believers.
Moral: trial of faith
2) The owner of two gardens
A  story of a man whom Allah blessed with two beautiful gardens, but the  man forgot to thank the one who blessed him with everything and he even  dared to doubt Allah regarding the afterlife. So his garden was  destroyed - he regretted ,but was too late and his regret did not benet  him.
Moral: trial of wealth
3) Musa(as) and Khidr(as)
When  musa(as) was asked-“who’s the most knowledgeable of the people of  earth?”” Musa(as) said: me…,but Allah revealed to him that there’s  someone who knows more than him. Musa(as) traveled to the man and  learned how the divine wisdom can sometimes be hidden in matters which  we perceive as bad.
Moral: trial of knowledge
4) Dhul-qarnayn
It's  a story of the great king that was given knowledge and power and was  going around the world,helping people and spreading all that’s good. He  was able to overcome the problem of Yajooj-Majooj and build a massive  dam with the help of people whom he could not even understand.
Moral: trial of power

In the middle of the surah Allah mentions iblees as the one who stirs these trials:
Behold!  we said to the angels “bow down to adam”: they bowed down except iblis.  he was one of the jinns, and he broke the command of his lord. will ye  then take him and his progeny as protectors rather than me? and they are  enemies to you! evil would be the exchange for the wrongdoers!

Now let us see what’s the relationship between surat al-kahf and the dajjal (anti-christ)?
Dajjal will appear before day of judgement with the 4 trials:
He’ll ask people to worship him and not Allah: trial of faith.
He’ll be given powers to start/stop rain and tempt people with his wealth: trial of with his wealth.
He’ll trial people with the “knowledge” and news he gives them: trial of knowledge.
He’ll control huge parts of the earth: trial of power.

How to survive these trials? The answers are in Surat Al-Kahf:
Survival kit 1: Good companionship
“and  keep thy soul content with those who call on their lord morning and  evening, seeking his face; and let not thine eyes pass beyond them,  seeking the pomp and glitter of this life; no obey any whose heart we  have permitted to neglect the remembrance of us, one who follows his own  desires, whose case has gone beyond all bounds.” (Surat al-kahf, verse  28)
Survival kit 2: Knowing the truth of this world
“set  forth to them the similitude of the life of this world: it is like the  rain which we send down from the skies: the earth’s vegetation absorbs  it, but soon it becomes dry stubble, which the winds do scatter: it is  (only) Allah who prevails over all things”  (Surat al-kahf, verse 45)
Survival kit 3: Humbleness.
[Moses] said, "You will find me, if Allah wills, patient, and I will not disobey you in [any] order." (Surat al-kahf, verse 69)
Survival kit 4: Sincerity.
“say:  “i am but a man like yourselves, (but) the inspiration has come to me,  that your Allah is one Allah  whoever expects to meet his lord, let him  work righteousness, and, in the worship of his lord, admit no one as  partner.” (Surat al- kahf, verse 110)
Survival kit 5: Calling to Allah.
“and  recite (and teach) what has been revealed to thee of the book of thy  lord: none can change his words, and none wilt thou nd as a refuge  other than him.” (surat al-kahf, verse 27)
Survival kit 6: Remembering the Hereafter.

“  One day we shall remove the mountains, and thou wilt see the earth as a  level stretch, and we shall gather them, all together, nor shall we  leave out any one of them. and they will be marshaled before thy lord  in ranks, (with the announcement), “now have ye come to us (bare) as we  created you rst: aye, ye thought we shall not full the appointment  made to you to meet (us)!”: and the book (of deeds) will be placed  (before you); and thou wilt see the sinful in great terror because of  what is (recorded) therein; they will say, “ah! woe to us! what a book  is this! it leaves out nothing small or great,but takes account thereof  !” they will nd all that they did, placed before them: and not one will  thy lord treat with injustice.” (surat al-kahf, verses 47-49)"

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