“Stop looking for reasons to hate people. Stop focusing on others and fix your own character. I know it makes you proud to have some honor, but you are only mud and water.”
— Sayyidina ‘Ali كرم الله وجهه
“Our religion is a religion of LOVE in the first place. Love of Allah Ta’ala, Love of Rasoolulllah, sallallahu Ta’ala alayhi wa aalihi wa sallam, love of doing good, love of people, love of parents, love of children, love of neighbors, etc..love, love, love. No love = No Deen, as simple as that. Being a good Muslim doesn’t depend on knowledge you amass -as much-, race, color, culture, “holy” clothing you wear, “holy” self-proclaimed titles, or political views. It depends on how YOU treat OTHER than you; The Creator and the creation. Also if you don’t love for other human beings (regardless of creed, political view and background) what you love for yourself, then there is an essential problem in your very Iman. The merchants of hate and violence, even when they portray themselves as the “official and exclusive” spokespeople of Islam or “Sunnah”, dish out poison, not Deen. Islam is not a Deen of hate but of Love, mercy and unconditional compassion. Rest assured; Allah Ta’ala is much more compassionate, forgiving & merciful than all the “experts” in or “scholars” of the Deen (religion) put together. Today we have clerics -instantly- and without any experience or track record, turned into politicians as well, and started issuing Fatwa’s of violence against their political enemies. Our religion was always about giving life, not death to others. It was never about “Fatwa”, but was and is always about “Taqwa”.
The Religion itself is much easier and simpler than the strict rituals of the “religious”. The “official” spokesmen of the Deen are plenty!! making you feel as if Malik (Hellfire gatekeeper) is their employee, and Ridwan (Jannah gatekeeper) is them in person. Those who call you to hate or violate, are callers of Satan and to him, not to Allah Ta’ala or Islam. The term “Ulama-u-Su’ ” or (Errant Scholars) is a term usually used to describe scholars keen to please powerful governments/regimes and give them what they’d like to hear on the account of principles of Haqq, but equally so includes scholars/ preachers keen to please the populous and masses, cater to them, mobilize and ride on the wave of their innocent Deeni emotions of he masses on account of principles of Haqq.
I call you to search for the truths and question truths offered to you, for no truth can contradict the Wahi (Qur’an and authentic Sunnah). I call you to Love; for love heals.
Treat yourself and others with knowledge, humility and love. But Love itself is also a form of Rizq (sustenance from heavens/provisions granted by Allah). Don’t you see the Prophet -Sallallahu Ta’ala alayhi wa aalihi wa sallam- saying about Sayyidatuna Khadija al-Kubra: “I was granted the Rizq of her love” . So seek love just like you seek other forms of Rizq. Learn how to, aspire to, dream of, and be with those who love. The enemy of Islam is: ignorance and the culture and cults of hate.
The Saved Sect (al-Firqah al-Najiyah) Hadith -which is less than Sahih in my view- does not in anyway give any one group/cult the exclusive keys to Jannah, The Qur’an & authentic Sunnah do. The Saved Sect (al-Firqah al-Najiyah) is not the one seeking to lock up all other sects in Hell fire, but the one struggling to save them and all others. Such claims of guaranteed exclusivity to the right of salvation is nothing new, see Surah Al-Ma’ida #18, and the answer to it is beautiful and simple in Surah Al-Nis’a #124.
A good Muslim is a good human being in the first place. In summary; The Beloved sent the beloved out of love to teach love with love for the sake of love. And love does not have limits, for true love collapses all limits, not establishes them. O’Allah; empty my heart from all distractions taking me away from You, forgive me and fill my heart with Your Love.”
-Sayyidi Shaykh Dr. Muhammad bin Yahya al-Husayni al-Ninowy الشيخ د. محمد النينوي (May 2014)
Fathers: The Gates to Paradise
It has been related to us by the Best of Creation:
He who thanks not people, can show no appreciation
To the exalted Creator and Cherisher of humanity.
Thus is gratitude one of the keys to unending Felicity.
Many are those who enrich our lives, time and again
During our brief sojourn on this earthly plane.
But near the top of the list, we must never forget
the gratitude we owe the man whose name we inherit,
He who Allah made the cause of our worldly existence.
After this, thanks of any amount becomes a pittance.
We speak of course, of fathers, if you are not yet aware,
and all the hardships and sacrifices they selflessly bear.
Not only in securing for us our means of well-being,
But in teaching us virtues, to our Lord so pleasing.
Whence did we first learn of traits defining nobility
like decency, honor, manhood, and integrity?
Where else but the school of our fatherly exemplar
Who taught so much simply through his character.
He taught us in hardship and ease, through thick and thin,
How ennobling it is to serve one’s family, kith, and kin.
He taught us more through his silent contemplation
Than one ever learns from others’ endless conversation.
He taught us what it means to be truly human, upright
And how one stands on principle, regardless of one’s plight.
Without doubt, we owe so much to our mothers’ nurturing care
But he who toiled for her every comfort also deserves a share.
As so my plea to us all, that we not earmark one single day
Out of the year, to buy him a cheap gift and be on our way.
Rather, from this day forth we resolve to adhere
To observing a Father’s Day on every day of the year,
By striving to serve him in excellence, fulfilling his needs,
Showing him utmost respect and love, in word and in deeds.
O Allah, through our parents, grant us the best of endings and a goodly fate!
For if Paradise lies at the mother’s feet, then the father is surely its gate!
By a Son
(via: Mrs. Iffath Hasan/ LESSONSOFTHE DAY)
The compassion of the Prophetﷺ for his community was greater than the compassion a mother and father have for their child. Almighty Allah informs us of this:
‘A Messenger has come to you from among yourselves. Your suffering is distressing to him; he is deeply concerned for you; he is gentle and merciful to the believers (Tawba, 9:128)
The Messenger of Allahﷺ has decreed that no mortal has ever been as frightened as much as him, nor seen as much pain and distress, nor been subject to as much hunger as the Prophetﷺ himself. (Tirmidhi, Qiyamah, 34/2472)
This struggle was endured in order to turn the servants of Allah back to the path of Allah. The Prophetﷺ never complained about anything. According to himﷺ the salvation of a single person even, was better than anything that the sun rose and set over. Heﷺ was stoned at Taif, hisﷺ feet were left bloodied, yet did hisﷺ heart find comfort when straight after this event a slave was guided to Islam.
According to narrations by Aisha (RadiAllahu Anha) , whenever the weather was very windy or if dark clouds could be seen in the sky, the face of the Prophetﷺ would change colour. Sometimes heﷺ would stop and look at the cloud, sometimes heﷺ would turn back, enter his home and come out again. When it rained, however, heﷺ would be very happy. When heﷺ was asked the reason for these actions of his, heﷺ would say that they were a result of his anxiety that the punishment that came to the people of Ad would come to his community. (Muslim, Istiska, 14-16).
During the battle of Uhud, when RasoolAllahﷺ got injured, the Sahaaba wanted him to curse the enemies because it was unbearable for them to see himﷺ in such a condition.
RasoolAllahﷺ replied, “I have not been sent to curse, rather I was sent as the one who invites and as a mercy. O Allah ! Guide my nation because they do not know.”
On hearing this, Sayyidina Umar radi Allahu anhu said,
“May my father and mother be sacrificed for you, Ya RasoolAllahﷺ ! Nuh supplicated against his nation when he said, ‘My Lord, do not leave a single unbeliever upon the earth’ (Quran 71:26).
If you had supplicated such a curse against us, we would all have been destroyed. Your back has been trodden on, your face blooded, your tooth broken, yet you refuse to say anything except good.” (Ash-Shifa : Qadi Iyadh, p.64)
Such was the love and care of this Most Beloved of Allahﷺ for his Ummah.
May my mother and father be sacrificed for you o Messenger of Allah!