*Starting Afresh!*


بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Khudaija.A.Nagaria

My happiness knew no bounds!
My heart wouldn’t stop to pound!

I caught this lady and said, “I was in!”
My tears couldn’t be controlled within!

It was an unbelievable achievement!
It left me shaking in bewilderment!

My sins started to occur in my mind!
My thoughts were set to *rewind*!

I held that lady,  and told her that I was selected!
How else could I thank Allah (سبحانه وتعالى ), for my sinful soul He hadn’t rejected!

While in Ruku’, I burst into tears again,
When came Sujood, my consciousness, I couldn’t regain!

I thanked Him, I laughed, I smiled,
Like a little baby, that day I cried,

I couldn’t believe my fate,
I had been chosen, so what if late?

Such is the Mercy of Allah (سبحانه وتعالى ) beyond comprehension!
Human errs and errs again, yet He gives you attention!

It only takes sincere intention and heartfelt du’a,
He runs towards you, When you walk towards Allah (سبحانه وتعالى )!

“Oh Allah, please make this journey easy for me,
May I benefit from it and spread the message of Thee,

Ya Rabb, please forgive me and cleanse me of my sins!
I want to start afresh, as my journey towards Qur’an begins!

Aameen!”

January 8th, 2015

An expression of our Student’s gratitude to Allah (سبحانه وتعالى ) on getting admission in Taleem al Qur’an Course 2015  offered at Al Huda Campus Canada.

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Be Like a Ship, Not a Piece of Wood


بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

 by: Naheed Sattar

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A man with a goal in his life is comparable to a ship, whereas the one with no purpose is like a piece of wood. If a piece of wood is thrown in water, it keeps moving and floating aimlessly, as the waves push it. At the end of the day, it doesn’t reach an aimed destination. At times it just goes back to where it came from. On the contrary, a ship has a set terminus. It is not pushed by the waves; rather it pushes the waves to reach its destination.

As humans we need to be like a ship, with a goal in mind, a sense of direction as to where we are headed; and despite the obstacles coming our way, we must keep going. The good and bad circumstances are like waves. Sometimes they help us to move on and other times they move us away from our destination. However; one must not be disheartened or lose one’s vision.

Our deen also lays emphasis on planning and aiming for leading our lives. Allah (سبحانه وتعالى )   says in the Qur’an,

إِنَّا كُلَّ شَيْءٍ خَلَقْنَاهُ بِقَدَرٍ

“Verily all things have We created in (planned) proportion and measure.”

[Al-Qur’an- Surat Al-Qamar(The Moon): 49]

Hence a true believer leads life with the goal of acquiring success in both the worlds; and more so in the Hereafter. In this life this success is achieved by being an obedient and humble slave of Allah (سبحانه وتعالى ). Consequently, he is rewarded in the Hereafter. The ship moves smoothly when we listen to the commands of Allah (سبحانه وتعالى ) and seek His help whenever needed. Giving in to our desires will move us away from our final destination. 

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Be the slave of Allah (سبحانه وتعالى )  and not the slave of your soul, and then see how you are carried and pushed towards that which is good.

ACTION POINTS:

  • Determine the goal: To please Allah (سبحانه وتعالى )

  • Enter into Islam completely

  • Don’t follow your own desires against Allah (سبحانه وتعالى )

  • Follow the Sunnah of the Prophet (صلي  اللهُ عليهِ وسلم)

  • Be steadfast

  • Make dua

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It Is All About Intention


بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Samina Saeed

مَّثَلُ الَّذِينَ يُنفِقُونَ أَمْوَالَهُمْ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّـهِ كَمَثَلِ حَبَّةٍ أَنبَتَتْ سَبْعَ سَنَابِلَ فِي كُلِّ سُنبُلَةٍ مِّائَةُ حَبَّةٍ ۗ وَاللَّـهُ يُضَاعِفُ لِمَن يَشَاءُ ۗ وَاللَّـهُ وَاسِعٌ عَلِيمٌ

“The likeness of those who spend for Allah’s sake is as the likeness of a grain of corn, it grows seven ears every single ear has a hundred grains, and Allah multiplies (increases the reward of) for whom He wills, and Allah is sufficient for His creatures’ needs,All-Knower).”

[Al-Qur’an- Surat Al- Baqarah(The Cow): 261]

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Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) the Most Merciful, the Most Gracious, who loves His creation much more than a mother can ever love her child, and we have been reminded of this so many times in Surah Al-Baqarah. I have been pondering on the ayah mentioned above and I can relate this to a recent incident.

A humble person we know was collecting gently used and new jackets for poor children to send back home. I made an intention that I would send new jackets as I was thinking of my own children. I wanted to buy good quality jackets with water proof outerlayer and hoodies that won’t come out. I was on a budget that would only allow me to buy 4 jackets. Anyways, I started going store to store but either the jackets were too expensive or they were of a bad quality. Now the deadline was a day away for me to buy jackets, and deliver them to that person’s house as they were going to ship them off.

I was frustrated at myself thinking that I should have bought 3 jackets instead of 4. Anyhow, I went to the last store on my list and Sub’haan Allah I found good quality jackets on dirt cheap sale and I bought 9 jackets, Alhamdulillah!

I can’t explain my feelings. I just wanted to go in Sujood at that very moment and Thank Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) for putting in so much barakah in my limited budget. Finally, I paid for them and got into my car, and my tears started pouring out and I prayed to Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) instantly,  to accept my little effort of charity.

Pure intention of a person with clean heart goes a long way, and as Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) says:

الَّذِينَ يُنفِقُونَ أَمْوَالَهُم بِاللَّيْلِ وَالنَّهَارِ سِرًّا وَعَلَانِيَةً فَلَهُمْ أَجْرُهُمْ عِندَ رَبِّهِمْ وَلَا خَوْفٌ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا هُمْ يَحْزَنُونَ

“Those who (in charity) spend of their goods by night and by day, in secret and in public have their reward with their Rabb (only God and Sustainer).  On them shall be no fear nor shall they grieve.” [Al-Qur’an- Surat Al-Baqarah(The Cow): 274]

 

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How is your Love for Allah and His book?


بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

وَمِنَ النَّاسِ  مَن يَتَّخِذُ مِن دُونِ اللَّـهِ أَندَادًا يُحِبُّونَهُمْ كَحُبِّ اللَّـهِ ۖ وَالَّذِينَ آمَنُوا أَشَدُّ حُبًّا لِّلَّـهِ ۗ وَلَوْ يَرَى الَّذِينَ ظَلَمُوا إِذْ يَرَوْنَ الْعَذَابَ أَنَّ الْقُوَّةَ لِلَّـهِ جَمِيعًا وَأَنَّ اللَّـهَ شَدِيدُ الْعَذَابِ

“And [yet], among the people are those who take other than Allah as equals [to Him]. They love them as they [should] love Allah. But those who believe are stronger in love for Allah. And if only they who have wronged would consider [that] when they see the punishment, [they will be certain] that all power belongs to Allah and that Allah is severe in punishment.” [Al-Qur’an- Surat Al-Baqarah(The Cow): 165]

Attached below is a thought provoking video of a young blind boy who was interviewed by Sheikh Fahad Al-Kanderi on his T.V series of ‘Traveler with the Qur’an‘. The enthusiastic and motivated boy struggled to travel long distance to his teacher to memorize Qur’an and at times he was given only a verse to memorize. Yet, he never gave up hope. He also talks about how his blindness is a blessing and a means of seeking Allah’s special Mercy on the Day of Judgment when he will be questioned about what he did with the Qur’an.

So, what do WE have to present on the Day of Judgment in terms of our efforts towards learning the Words of Our Creator?”

by: Solange 

Watching this video clip, I had in my heart, for a moment, the wish that Allah (سبحانه وتعالى ) would also take my sight away, so that I, like that boy, would have the excuse on the Day of Judgment, and the compensation of Jannah. Then I thought about it again. Would I be brave and dedicated like this boy?

My test of sight is so much smaller. I have been wearing glasses for 28 years, my eyesight declining to the point that I cannot read a book at normal distance without them. At times, I forget where I put them and need help finding them but sometimes, I am alone. Even with the glasses, I transition more slowly between seeing far and close, and need to sit closer to the whiteboard in class. Light is blurred at night, and I have a lot of difficulty reading the bus numbers when they approach. But I still make do , and at times, I remember to thank Allah (سبحانه وتعالى ) for glasses, and remind others too of the blessing of sight.

 

I cannot imagine entirely losing what preciously remains of my sight – how greatly it would impact everyday tasks. But as a visual learner, the greatest loss to me would be my ability to learn by reading and strategically taking notes in a way that they can imprint in my mind.

 

Allah (سبحانه وتعالى ) guided me to Islam after 21 years, I am so grateful that I can read and study Qur’an and not only benefit myself but also others around me. I begged Allah (سبحانه وتعالى ) at ‘Arafah during Hajj to make me an expert in Qur’an and its language, and He has opened all of these doors for me. Alhamdulillah, with the help of TQE  (Taleem Ul Qur’an) and Bayyinah, I’m able to work and strive towards my goal. I pray for Ilman nafi’an (beneficial Knowledge) and the tawfiq (ability) to continue to be grateful for this blessing of Qur’an in my life.

by: Hala 

Being grateful to Allah (سبحانه وتعالى ) in every situation means to remain patient and to stay positive in not just the times of ease, but also during hardships. In theory, this seems easy; however, in actuality, it is very difficult to adopt such a noble attitude.

I once read a post by one of the Scholars , where he mentioned that the people who are the quickest to blame Allah (سبحانه وتعالى ) when calamities befall them, are also the same people who never thank Allah (سبحانه وتعالى ) during the “good times.” I find this to be very true. If we never attribute our happiness to Allah (سبحانه وتعالى ) , then we will have a misconstrued and negative understanding about Him. Therefore, just as we are eager to understand the personalities of our loved ones, we should get to know our Rabb (Lord) at an intimate level. We can do this by learning His Asma ul husna (The Most Beautiful Names) and by reading the Qur’an, thereby pondering over the verses that describe His majestic traits. It is also essential that we integrate du’as (supplications) into our lives. We should set aside a timeframe every day, when we sit down, raise our hands, and have a conversation with our Rabb. One of the Scholars  once stated, “Want to know how close you are to Allah? See how long you can make Du’a (supplication), because you never tire of talking to someone you love.”

 The young boy from the video is a prime example of what it means to embody intense love for Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) .

“…..And those who Believe have Intense Love for Allah…” (2:165)

The boy has a firm grasp on what it really means to show gratitude for the blessings of Hidayah Irshaad (knowledge) and Hidayah tawfeeq (implementation of the knowledge). One moment that really struck me was when the boy said that he traveled a very long distance just to learn *one* verse of the Qur’an. What’s interesting is that we refer to “one verse” as “only one verse?” or “just one verse?” We don’t contemplate the miracles that just one verse of the Qur’an carries. The boy not only understood this, but also internalized it, which is why he didn’t mind traveling such a long distance to learn one verse. I, for one, certainly have a long way to go before I reach the level of commitment and perseverance as that of the boy.

Moreover, I found it heart-wrenching that although the boy was blind, he was more knowledgeable than myself, and much younger in age too. It makes me wonder what actions am I taking to show gratitude for the blessings of hidayah irshad (knowledge)? I think that in order to do so, firstly I need to embrace the journey of seeking knowledge with optimism. I need to face every struggle along the way with contentment. Secondly, I need to be willing to travel to seek knowledge. I live in Mississauga and I only have to travel for a couple of kilometers to arrive at Al-Huda Institute. I sometimes look at the rest of my classmates, some of whom commute from completely different cities, like Hamilton and Toronto, every day just for the Love of Allah. Masha’Allah, they must be earning so much reward for their efforts. Thirdly, I need to count my blessings. I have the ability to move, see, hear, and speak. Because I have been given so many more blessings than others, I have no excuse to become lazy and quit the path of seeking knowledge.

 As for hidayah tawfeeq (implementation of the knowledge), in my opinion the judgment of this should be left to Allah (سبحانه وتعالى), as none of us will ever know if we have been given this kind of hidayah. This is partially because hidayah tawfeeq entails ‘amal (actions).

Narrated ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab (رضى اللهُ عنهُ): The Prophet (صلي اللهُ عليهِ وسلم) stated, “O people! The reward of deeds depends upon the intentions, and every person will get the reward according to what he has intended. So, whoever emigrated for Allah and His Apostle, then his emigration was for Allah and His Apostle, and whoever emigrated to take worldly benefit or for a woman to marry, then his emigration was for what he emigrated for.” [Sahih Al-Bukhari, Book 1, Hadith 1]

It may seem that we are acting in accordance to the Qur’an, but if our intentions aren’t sincere, then we’ve got nothing to gain. So, instead of feeling a sense of security that we have been given hidayah tawfeeq (implementation of the knowledge), we should take a few steps back, and pray that our ‘amal (action) is filled with Ikhlas (sincerity). May Allah (سبحانه وتعالى ) purify our intentions for seeking knowledge, and accept from us. And may He guide us to Sirat Al-Mustaqeem (The Straight Path), and keep us firm upon Al-Haqq (The truth).  Ameen.

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