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The Description of Allah’s Blessings

Allah says in the Qur’an, أَلَمْ تَرَوْا أَنَّ اللَّهَ سَخَّرَ لَكُم مَّا فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَمَا فِي الْأَرْضِ وَأَسْبَغَ عَلَيْكُمْ نِعَمَهُ ظَاهِرَةً وَبَاطِنَةً وَمِنَ النَّاسِ مَن يُجَادِلُ فِي اللَّهِ بِغَيْرِ عِلْمٍ وَلَا هُدًى وَلَا كِتَابٍ مُّنِيرٍ Do you not see that Allah has made subject to you whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in […]

Declaring Allah’s Perfection

In the Qur’an there are a few surahs that begin with tasbeeh, a declaration of Allah’s Perfection, known as Al Musabbihaat. These surahs begin in different forms yet they all point to the same thing: there is no Rabb higher or greater than Allah azza wa jal. Tasbeeh comes from seen-ba-ha (س-ب-ح) and it means […]

Six Benefits of Patience from the Qur’an

Bismillah Imam Ahmad rahimahullah said, “Allah has mentioned patience in the Qur’an in 90 places.” Patience in the Qur’an: Six Benefits 1. Instruction: Patience is enjoyed upon the Believers. وَاصْبِرْ وَمَا صَبْرُكَ إِلَّا بِاللَّهِ And endure patiently, your patience is not but from Allah. (16:127) وَاصْبِرْ لِحُكْمِ رَبِّكَ فَإِنَّكَ بِأَعْيُنِنَا So wait patiently for the […]

Some Virtues of Taqwa

Based on a lecture by Shaykh Waleed Basyouni Some Virtues of Taqwa Allah azza wa jal has enjoined taqwa on everyone and taqwa was the order of His Prophets: وَلَقَدْ وَصَّيْنَا الَّذِينَ أُوتُوا الْكِتَابَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ وَإِيَّاكُمْ أَنِ اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ And verily, We have recommended to the people of the Scripture before you, and to […]

Looking to Enter Jannah? 25 Ways to Attain it and its Pleasures

Bismillah من لقي الله لا يشرك به شيئاً دخل الجنة -البخاري 1. Whoever meets Allah without ascribing anything to Him will enter Jannah. [Bukhari] من آمن بالله وبرسوله ، وأقام الصلاة ، وصام رمضان ، كان حقاً على الله أن يدخله الجنة – البخاري 2. Whoever believes (has emaan) in Allah and His Messenger (sal […]

A Gem from the Dream of Yusuf alayhi salaam

Bismillah In the beginning of Surah Yusuf, Allah ta’ala shares with us the private conversation between a father and son: إِذْ قَالَ يُوسُفُ لِأَبِيهِ يَا أَبَتِ إِنِّي رَأَيْتُ أَحَدَ عَشَرَ كَوْكَبًا وَالشَّمْسَ وَالْقَمَرَ رَأَيْتُهُمْ لِي سَاجِدِينَ (Remember) when Yusuf (Joseph) said to his father: “O my father! Verily, I saw (in a dream) eleven stars […]

Al Malik – The King and Owner of Dominion

Bismillah Al Malik – The King and Owner of Dominion Allah has three Names that are similar to Malik: Maleek (مليك) and Maalik (مالك). The meaning for all three names is: One who possesses the attribute of Mulk. What is Mulk? Kingdom, dominion, power, authority. Mulk has three meanings: 1)      Possession and ownership (لَهُ مُلْكُ […]

Appreciate your Parents

Bismillah وَقَضَى رَبُّكَ أَلاَّ تَعْبُدُواْ إِلاَّ إِيَّـهُ وَبِالْوَلِدَيْنِ إِحْسَـناً إِمَّا يَبْلُغَنَّ عِندَكَ الْكِبَرَ أَحَدُهُمَا أَوْ كِلاَهُمَا فَلاَ تَقُل لَّهُمَآ أُفٍّ وَلاَ تَنْهَرْهُمَا وَقُل لَّهُمَا قَوْلاً كَرِيمًا وَاخْفِضْ لَهُمَا جَنَاحَ الذُّلِّ مِنَ الرَّحْمَةِ وَقُل رَّبِّ ارْحَمْهُمَا كَمَا رَبَّيَانِى صَغِيرًا And your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him, and that you be excellent to […]

The Scholars are like the Stars

Bismillah The scholars are like the stars, Allah created them for three things: 1. The stars are a guide for people when they travel. Allah ta’ala says, وَعَلَامَاتٍ وَبِالنَّجْمِ هُمْ يَهْتَدُونَ “And marks and sign-posts; and by the stars (men) guide themselves.” (16: 16)  The scholars, in turn, guide the masses in this life.

The Plant: A Lesson for Every Believer

Bismillah The believers contemplate on the ayaat of Allah that have been left upon the earth, and only they see the creation around them as ayaat. Allah ta’ala says, وَتَرَى الْأَرْضَ هَامِدَةً فَإِذَا أَنزَلْنَا عَلَيْهَا الْمَاءَ اهْتَزَّتْ وَرَبَتْ وَأَنبَتَتْ مِن كُلِّ زَوْجٍ بَهِيجٍ “And you see the earth barren and lifeless, but when We pour […]

“Ya Salaam…”

Bismillah Allahumma anta as-Salaam, wa minka as-Salaam! As Salaam – The Perfection and Giver of Peace There are two meanings of the Name As Salaam: a)      The Perfection. b)      The Giver of Peace and Security. Linguistic Meaning Linguistically, salaam and salaamah mean baraa’ah: immunity, to be free of something and to be unblemished. According to […]

“Things” that Loved the Prophet

Bismillah walhamdulillah was Salaatu was Salaamu ‘alaa Rasoolillah عن انس قال النبي ‏ ‏صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ ‏لا يؤمن ‏ ‏أحدكم حتى أكون أحب إليه من والده وولده والناس أجمعين ‏ Anas radi Allahu anhu narrated that the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam said, “None of you truly believes (has emaan) until I […]

Earth’s Fill of Gold

Bismillah. Allah ta’ala says in the Qur’an: إِنَّ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُواْ وَمَاتُواْ وَهُمْ كُفَّارٌ فَلَن يُقْبَلَ مِنْ أَحَدِهِم مِّلْءُ الأرْضِ ذَهَبًا وَلَوِ افْتَدَى بِهِ أُوْلَـئِكَ لَهُمْ عَذَابٌ أَلِيمٌ وَمَا لَهُم مِّن نَّاصِرِينَ Indeed, those who disbelieve and die while they are disbelievers – never would the [whole] capacity of the earth in gold be accepted from […]

What is Museebah?

Bismillah Allah ta’ala says in Suratul Baqarah ayat 155-156: وَلَنَبْلُوَنَّكُمْ بِشَيْءٍ مِّنَ الْخَوْفِ وَالْجُوعِ وَنَقْصٍ مِّنَ الأَمْوَالِ وَالأنفُسِ وَالثَّمَرَاتِ وَبَشِّرِ الصَّابِرِينَ الَّذِينَ إِذَا أَصَابَتْهُم مُّصِيبَةٌ قَالُواْ إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ “And we shall surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good […]

All of Us are Poor

Bismillah For all the college students out there, we know that being broke is normal. But I’m here to tell the rest of you that you are all broke as a joke too. Every. Last. One of you. You may be thinking: “I just graduated, I make an awesome salary, I just bought this brand […]

Gems from Suratul Mu’minoon [Part 2]

Bismillah. Part one here. Allah azza wa jal continues to describe the successful believers, what is it they do next? وَالَّذِينَ هُمْ لِفُرُوجِهِمْ حَافِظُونَ And those who guard their private parts. (5) Allah ta’ala says they are “haafidhoon”, those who guard, protect and to look after, from hifdh, ha fa dhaa (ح ف ظ). What […]

SubhanAllah – Flawless

Bismillah. SubhanAllah, He is Absolutely Flawless. The utter beauty, completeness, total negation, absolute perfection and exaltation that is contained in saying those two words completely boggles my mind and I know I cannot do any justice to it. My intention is to give a tiny drop from the ocean of what tasbeeh really contains, so […]

The Qur’an is Mubaarak

Bismillah. Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala says in Surah Saad verse 29, كِتَابٌ أَنْزَلْنَاهُ إِلَيْكَ مُبَارَكٌ لِيَدَّبَّرُوا آيَاتِهِ وَلِيَتَذَكَّرَ أُولُو الأَلْبَابِ “(This is) a Mubaarak Book which We have sent down to you, that they may reflect upon its signs, and that men of understanding may remember.” (Saad: 38:29) Mubaarak is that which is full of […]

Alhamdulillah – The Perfect Praise

Bismillah. As Muslims, the phrase “alhamdulillah” اَلحَمْدُ لِله is an integral part of our deen; we are taught to say it from both the Qur’an and Sunnah and most of us have this phrase in our everyday vocabulary, not to mention we read it every day in Suratul Faatihah. ‘Alhamdulillah’ is an amazingly deep word, […]

Gems from Suratul Mu’minoon [Part 1]

Bismillah. Allah ta’ala says in one of the most beautiful surahs in the Qur’an: قَدْ أَفْلَحَ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ Successful indeed are the believers. Allah ‘azza wa jall begins this surah, Suratul Mu’minoon (23), with this amazing statement. This Surah is named after the subject of the first ayah, Al-Mu’minoon, the believers. This word is from hamza-meem-noon […]