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Blessings in disguise

And indeed we have destroyed towns [populations] round about you. (Qur’an 46:27)

There is the tragic example of the Barmak family, a family that lived a life of opulence, comfort, and extravagance. Their end, however, has served as a lesson and example for all Arabs who came after them. Haroon ar-Rasheed, the ruler during their period, ordered an unexpected attack on the Barmak family and on their possessions. Allah’s decree came to pass over them in the morning at the hands of the closest person to them: he destroyed their homes, took possession of their slaves, and shed their blood. Their loved ones and children wept at their disgrace. There is none worthy of worship except Allah; those who know the story should especially appreciate the transitory nature of power and wealth in this world:

Then take admonition, O’ you with eyes [to see]. (Qur’an 59: 2) Read more

Dissatisfaction is the door to doubt

Dissatisfaction opens the door that leads to doubt in Allah: in His Decree, in His Wisdom, and in His Knowledge. Rarely is the complainer free from these accompanying doubts that mix within his heart and permeate his being. If he were to delve deep into his self with honest introspection, he would find his faith to be infirm and questionable. Contentment and faith are like brothers that accompany one another; meanwhile, doubt and discontentment have a similar fraternal relationship. Tirmidhi related that the Prophet (bpuh) said: Read more

In order to find peace, turn to your Lord

Allah’s slave – i.e. every one of us can find comfort only by turning to Allah, the Exalted, Who mentioned tranquility in many verses of the Qur’an:

Then Allah sent down His Sakinah [calmness and tranquility] upon His Messenger and upon the believers.  (Qur’an 48: 26) Read more

Isolation and its positive effects

Hardship strengthens your heart, atones for your sins, and helps to suppress an inclination towards pride and haughtiness. You might remember that in times of hardship you abandoned senseless folly and you remembered Allah. When you were afflicted, others extended brotherly compassion to you, and you became the fortunate recipient of the supplications of the righteous. At such times, you willfully and humbly surrendered yourself to Allah’s will and resigned yourself to His decree. Affliction begets circumspection and provides the afflicted with an early warning against following the path of evil. The one upon whom calamity has fallen can display courage with patience; and his circumstances, unlike the one who is drunk with worldly pleasures, permit him to solemnly prepare for a meeting with his Lord. He is able to pass judgment on this world with an impartial ruling, and thus he will come to know it as something that is not worth pining for. Other points associated with the wisdom and benefits of sometimes facing hardship, though they might escape our comprehension, are definitely present and known to the Lord of all that exists.

Performing noble deeds is the way to happiness

If you love that good should befall others, then you have a blessed gift from Allah.
Ibn `Abbaas (may Allah be pleased with him) said:

“In me, are three qualities? The first is that whenever it rains, I praise and thank Allah. I feel happy for this blessing, even if I myself don’t own camels or sheep to benefit from the rain. The second is that whenever I hear of a just judge, I supplicate to Allah for him, even if I don’t have a case pending with him. The third is that whenever I gain knowledge of (the meaning of) a verse from the Qur’an, I long for others to learn what I know from it.” Read more

Appreciate that, compared to others, your trial is light

If you know that your trial is not in your religion, but is in worldly matters, then be content.

Know that no trick or artifice can be used to undo what has already taken place. A poet said:

“Do not use trickery to change the circumstance,
For the only trick is in leaving all trickery.”

Appreciate that the choice of what is good for you or not good for you belongs only with Allah:

…and it may be that you dislike a thing which is good for you.  (Qur ‘an 2: 216)

Day of Ashura (Monday 3rd of November 2014) MYF Iftaar

MYF will have a full Iftaar, please join us. All are more than welcome.

‘Ashura’ commemorates the day that Allah saved the Children of Israel from Pharaoh.

Fasting on Muharram 10, known as the Day of ‘Ashura’, expiates for the sins of the past year. When the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) arrived in Madinah in 622 CE, he found that the Jews there fasted on Muharram 10 and asked them the reason for their fasting on this day. They said,” This is a blessed day. On this day Allah saved the Children of Israel from their enemy (in Egypt) and so Prophet Musa [Moses] fasted on this day giving thanks to Allah.” Read more

The fundamentals of happiness Verses upon which to reflect

And never give up hope of Allah’s Mercy. Certainly no one despairs of Allah’s Mercy, except the people who disbelieve. (Qur’an 12: 87)

And who despairs of the Mercy of his Lord except those who are astray? (Qur’an 15: 56) 

Surely, Allah’s Mercy is [ever] near unto the good-doers.  (Qur’an 7: 56)

You know not, it may be that Allah will afterward bring some new thing to pass. 
(Qur’an 65: 1)  Read more

Steps to take if you are fearful of a jealous person

Recite the last two chapters of the Qur’an, remember Allah, and supplicate to Him:

And from the evil of the envier when he envies.   (Qur’an 113: 5) 

Hide or keep secret your affairs from the jealous person:

‘O’ my sons! Do not enter by one gate, but enter by different gates…   (Qur’an 12: 67)

Be generous to a person who attempts to harm you, for perhaps he will then desist:
Repel evil with that which is better.      (Qur’an 23: 96)

Why grieve when you have the six ingredients?

The author of Ease after Difficuhy mentioned the story of a wise person who was afflicted by calamity. His brothers went to him and tried to console him over his loss. He answered, `I have put together a remedy that is composed of six ingredients.’ They asked him what those ingredients were, and he answered,

“The first is to have a firm trust in Allah, the Almighty. The second is resigning oneself to the inescapable fact that everything that is decreed will happen and will follow its unalterable course. The third is that patience has no substitute for the positive effect it has on the afflicted. The fourth is an unwavering belief in the implications of this phrase: Without showing forbearance, what will I accomplish? The fifth is to ask myself, `Why should I be a willful party to my own destruction? The sixth knows that from one hour to the next, circumstances are transformed and difficulties vanish.

Do not grieve if others inflict upon you harm or pain, nor should you grieve if you are oppressed or are the subject of envy.

Shaykh al-Islam (Ibn Taymiyah) said:

“The believer does not seek quarrel or revenge; nor does he find blame or fault in others.”

Does not despair if you face obstacles or problems; rather, forbear and be patient.

O’time, if you have any of that leftover,

From which you bring down the worthy. Then let me have it.” Patience, as opposed to anxiety, bears the it of comfort; and the one who does not voluntarily show patience will have it forced upon him by circumstances.

Al-Mutanabbi said: Read more