At least Two Qur’aans a Year

When last were we blessed with the complete recitation of the Qur’aan Kareem? Among the rights of the Qur’aan Kareem is to complete at least two khatams (completion) a year. We want everyone to fulfill our rights, let us start by fulfilling the right of the Qur’aan Kareem. Let not a day of purity pass by without us having recited a portion of the Qur’aan Kareem. If on any day we are extremely tired or busy, then the least we can do is to open the Qur’aan Kareem and recite a few lines. A day passed without reciting the Qur’aan Kareem is like a gold chain with a link missing. That chain is incomplete and cannot be used. The Qur’aan Kareem must become part of our lives, to the extent that the day it is not recited we should become restless and uneasy that something is missing in our life today. We make time for everything in our lives, surely we can make time for the Qur’aan Kareem, the beautiful words of our ALLAH TA’ALA. While this is a right of the Qur’aan Kareem, out of HIS Grace and Mercy ALLAH TA’ALA rewards us for its recitation. Upon the recitation of every letter one is blessed with at least ten rewards. Thus the recitation of Surah Fatihah alone will earn us a few thousand rewards. Therefore let us reap the maximum by reciting the Qur’aan Kareem daily.

The Qur’aan is like a garden to a Believer. Whenever the Believer turns towards the Qur’aan, he/she is bound to find something beautiful every time. Subhaan-ALLAH!

~The only lasting beauty is the beauty of the ♥~

Control That Everyday Scourge – Irritation

When you’re pushed from all sides for quick answers, quick results and quick fit-in jobs- . . . constantly interrupted . . . misunderstood because those around you haven’t listened and you have to repeat explanations. When you feel tired and have a headache and people make unreasonable demands . . . meet with criticism, ingratitude, intolerance and noise — it’s only natural to feel upset and irritated.

Irritation is common in this frenetic age. Even worse is the venting of it in snappy remarks like “Can’t you see I’m busy?” If you’ve spent a long time trying to do a job well, it’s easy to snarl, “If it isn’t right, do it yourself.” Yet, for your own sake and, because of the need to create harmony around you, it’s essential to develop the habit, not only of controlling but transcending irritation.

In the East, it is taught that irritation produces a subtle inner poison which cuts off the channels of life-giving electricity that should flow freely through our body as invisible waves of distorted force, building a stagnant, unpleasant atmosphere and contaminating everything around us. We’ve all experienced the negative effects of a place, sensing that something is wrong but we don’t quiet know what.

On the other hand, what a joy it is to visit the home of someone who is calm, positive, serene in difficult circumstances and quick to utter a constructive, tension-breaking remark. Such a person creates an atmosphere which uplifts the spirits and makes us feel good, no matter how humble the setting. Of course, there may be times when it is necessary to express justified annoyance; but we must learn to do this in non-damaging ways at the right time, not as a snap-back reaction. Sometimes silence is the only response. Hasty words, hurled in a flash of irritation, can have long-lasting adverse effects.

“Surely silence can be sometimes the most eloquent reply.” [Hadhrat Ali Ibn Abi Talib]

How can you protect yourself from expressing your own irritation, or from being at the receiving end of the another’s? You can strive to be detached, observant and analytical. Detachment helps us not to identify with negative impressions. When you observe things impersonally, trying to analyse and understand the cause, you minimise hurtful effects. What is happening?, Why?, How can you improve the situation?

“Ignore them and you take the wind out of their sails, get irritated you give them the upper hand.”

Dearest Reader! You must try to develop the habit of appreciation and gratitude — try to see something good about the person or situation irritating you, or think of the negative happening as your opportunity, perhaps, to learn self-control and patience. Pray that Almighty ALLAH will change you and give you wisdom to deal with the situations better. Patience is a virtue and shows inner strength, just to put yourself in a position you can smile at the situation and the irritation instead of getting upset with those causing it. You must try also, consciously, to build a joyful, beautiful atmosphere around you — through the beautiful creations of ALLAH, plants and flowers; through orderliness (which cuts down on unnecessary irritation caused by losing things); and making brief breaks when things become hectic.

Go to a window to breathe some fresh air, do some neck, shoulder and eye excercises to release tension, or take a quick walk around the garden if you’re at home. Those few moments of tranquility can restore you and enable to cope better with irritation circumstances. Respond, don’t react. A response is always considered creative and positive; a reaction usually hasty and negative. Strive, at least, for harmlessness in all you dealings.

And it helps to remember that those difficult people who upset and irritate us so much are our greatest teachers, for they help us develop qualities of patience and self-discipline. Since they, too, are part of ALLAH’S creation, we can pray for them, bless them silently, and ask for help in dealing with them. Above all, cultivate laughter, joy and serenity. These, perhaps, are your greatest weapons against that everyday scourge — irritation.

~The only lasting beauty is the beauty of the ♥~

Who Is The Ideal Woman?

All great men have been nurtured in the laps of women. As the famous saying states,

“Behind every successful man there is a woman.” It is either the touch of a loving mother or the embrace of a devoted wife which propels man to the summits of success. Men are molded in the shadows of ideal women.

The ideal woman is the nucleus of the family. She keeps bonds strong. Whilst the father is busy earning the daily bread, the ideal woman as a mother at home wraps the children in a blanket of love and affection. She tends to their needs and feeds them the love children so ardently desire. When the mother sits to worship her loving Creator, she positions her child next to her on the prayer mat. The child observes the mother inquisitively. As the days pass, the child begins to imitate her actions. A time comes where the child falls into prostration himself. Before the mother falls to the ground in the presence of her Mighty Lord, the child displays his servitude and tumbles into prostration. With the passage of time, the mother dons the child with Islamic attire. The child becomes accustomed to the times of prayer. There was a time when the mother would call him to prayer, now he races to the prayer mat and awaits his mother.

The ideal woman reads and narrates the stories of the Prophet (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) and Sahabah (RadhiAllahu Anhum) to the child. She inspires and infuses the child with lofty aspirations. She breathes into him the love of Islam and Jihad. She encourages the child to adopt the likes of Khalid bin Waleed and Salahuddin al-Ayyubi as heroes.

The ideal woman induces the love of ALLAH in her infant. She implants the hatred of the materialistic life in the eyes of her child. She places Halaal morsels into the small mouth of her child. She raises him with the Qur’aan resonating in his ears. She instills Prophetic values and ethics into the child. Above all, she teaches him the name of ALLAH and introduces her son to ALLAH. Her touch is imprinted and indented on the child. Such a mother is the ideal woman.

The ideal woman does not fall short in her duties to her husband. Upon seeing her husband, the flame of love is ignited and kindled in her bosom. She awaits her husband earnestly in the shadows of her home. When there is a knock on the door, her heart beats with excitement to see the love of her life. As she opens the door, she opens her arms to welcome and embrace her husband. The intensity of love is so high, the sight of one another dissolves all tiredness, frustration and pain.

The ideal woman is very sensitive to the feelings of her husband. His smile is her smile. His laugh is her laugh. His happiness is her happiness. She does all she can to keep face of the husband glowing with a smile. She gives her night and day to serve her prince.

The ideal woman is the coolness of her parent’s eyes. Her sight is cooling to the eyes and soothing to the soul. She serves her parents. She sits with her father and mother. She expresses her sentiments to them. She protects her chastity and honour. She is a source of pride and delight for the parents.

The ideal woman is a caring friend. Her shoulder is always nearby for a friend in need. She is a refuge for the weak ones. Others find solace and comfort in her midst. She expels evil, sadness and gloom with her soft touch. Her soft and warm tone draws the hearts together.

In essence, the ideal woman is the balance in society. She is the pivot of humanity. Her uprighteousness and soundness causes the society to be upright and sound. She is a treasure for the husband, a fortune for the children, a jewel for the parents and a blessing for humanity.

~The only lasting beauty is the beauty of the ♥~

Retaining Our Spirituality After Ramadhaan

We enrolled 30 days in a course called Ramadhaan to reach “Taqwah”. It was a time of renewal and re-establishment of our commitment to our Beloved ALLAH and HIS beautiful Deen-ul-Islaam. Al-Hamdulillah! Many have graduated with flying colors – embracing them with positive Deeni changes. Now is a crucial time to put it into practice!

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Beloved Reader! We fasted, gave charity, read the Qur’aan Kareem and performed the night especially the last ten, standing in prayer before ALLAH. We avoided gossip, slander and every evil that would invalidate our fasting. But now that Ramadhaan has bid us farewell, the majority of us, unfortunately, will put the Qur’aan Kareem back on the shelves, will suspend fasting until next year and will abandon night the night prayer. This is not the way it should be, because all of these acts of worship carry rewards and are benefit to us throughout the year, in addition to the fact there is no divine prescription limiting them to Ramadhaan.

What is it that happens in Ramadhaan to make you so motivated to change your life around and how can you get that spirit back to make long lasting, sustainable changes in your life? What is it that ALLAH TA’ALA puts into your life to enable you to make all those changes in Ramadhaan? If we could examine that, maybe we’ll find clues to work out how we can make the Ramadhaan spirit last for more than 30 days, so you can make major sustainable changes in your life!

Ramadhaan Changes

1. Purpose

ALLAH TA’ALA give us an amazing purpose, a powerful reason for fasting, HE says it so beautifully: 

“All the deeds of the son of Aadam (Alaihis Salaam) are for him: the good deeds will be multiplied ten times to seven hundred times, except fasting, which is for ME and I will reward it accordingly.”
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Al-Hamdulillah! HE gives us all hope of HIS Reward for abandoning food, drink and intimacy for HIS Sake in Ramadhaan.

2. Long Term Vision

HE also gives us a long-term vision of what we will achieve if we follow HIS Orders and avoid the things that HE has forbidden – HE could grant us, according to our intentions, the highest place in Jannah.

3. Structure and Organization

HE gives us clear rules and a daily structure for Ramadhaan to give us a specific rhythm to the month – with a few exceptions and some flexibility such as a change in the pattern of the days for the last 10 nights – but there are definite targets that we have to fulfill throughout.

4. Challenging and Slightly Unrealistic Goals

The non-Muslims often look at what we do in Ramadhaan and say that we are being extreme, that we shouldn’t be as harsh on ourselves as we are. But we are able to rise above their criticism and not pay attention to what they say, because we know that ALLAH never asks us to do anything that would be bad for us. We are convinced of the value and benefits of our fasting and Qiyaam and that enables us to stretch ourselves.

5. Balance

In Ramadhaan, it’s not only our bodies that are cleansed through fasting, our spirituality is also improved through increased Salaah and reading of the Qur’aan Kareem. Our finances are cleansed through Zakaah, our social relationships are improved through coming together for Iftaar, and our social contribution is increased through extra Sadaqah. The Ramadhaan spirit is developed through a balanced increase in every area of life, with each aspect having its own timing, amount, and purpose.

In welcoming Ramadhaan and bidding it farewell are some points of reflection for the Mu’mineen: Is there for us in this fasting an abundance portion of effort to reform ourselves and mend our ways? Yes! It is indeed an excellent period of reflection if one ponders over the sincerity of his/her intention and appropriateness of his/her acts of worship during the blessed month.

Gentle and Discerning Reader! A whole new beautiful chapter in your life has opened – of peace, happiness, blessings and mercy with an elated feeling of spirituality, connecting with ALLAH and being immersed in HIS love, Subhaan-ALLAH. Fear ALLAH as HE should be feared for, the fear of ALLAH is the best treasure for you. Obey ALLAH and keep away from HIS restrictions, you will achieve HIS pleasure and be saved from HIS torment. On tasting the sweetness that comes with obedience, there is no desire to return to any form of disobedience.

“A sinful desire is like a rose from afar, we get allured by its fragrance, become blinded by its beauty, and overlook the thorns.”

Don’t allow Shaitaan to be an anchor and halt your spiritual journey. Raise the sails of Imaan to reach the beautiful shores of Jannah. Would you rather invest for short term returns, or would it be more sensible to invest for everlasting returns? Don’t let the chains of desire (naffs & shaitaan), bind us to Dunya whilst restraining our soul from pursuing Jannah. May ALLAH make our hearts the throne upon where our Imaan will sit, and let it rule over our Naffs before it tries to enslave us…

Ways to maintain the good habits you picked during Ramadhaan:

•► Make Du’a

It was ALLAH who gave you the ability to keep the good habit in Ramadhaan, and only HE can help you maintain it afterwards. Make Du’a that ALLAH helps you not only keep the habit, but that HE accepts it and makes it a way for you to grow in closeness to HIM.

•► Make it a Habit

If you want to keep good habits, you’ve got to make sure they remain part of your daily schedule. For instance, fasting. Our beloved Messenger (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) encouraged fasting on Mondays and Thursdays? He said: “A man’s deeds are reported (to ALLAH) on Mondays and Thursdays and I prefer that I should be fasting when my deeds are reported.” [Tirmidhi]

•► Evaluate yourself Weekly

This helps you see the bigger picture. You’ll be able to evaluate on a more long-term level how well you’ve been keeping your habit in practice. You can do the same thing on a monthly and yearly basis.

•► Don’t fall apart once you make one Mistake

The beauty of Taubah (repentance) in Islam, is that ALLAH blesses us with this opportunity to return back to HIM after doing something wrong. We should remember that we are humans and that we will err. Only ALLAH is Perfect.

•► Ask yourself WHY you kept the habit

Niyyah or intention is a key to ALLAH’S acceptance of our good deeds. If we developed a habit to impress others, for instance, we may be able to keep the momentum for a while, but most probably it’ll wear out afterwards.

But if we maintained a habit sincerely for the sake of ALLAH, In’Shaa’ALLAH, not only will we be rewarded for it, but our intention will help us maintain the necessary motivation to continue to do good.

•► Work your Way up slowly

Aa’ishah (Radhiallahu Anha) reported that Rasulullah said: “Do good deeds properly, sincerely and moderately, and remember that you shall enter Paradise only through ALLAH’S Mercy, and also remember that the most beloved deed to ALLAH is that which is regular and constant even if it is little.” [Al-Bukhari]

The wisdom in this Hadith is tremendous and it is one way of keeping up good habits you have picked up in Ramadhaan.

For example, let’s say you were motivated to read Qur’aan Kareem for half-an-hour on a daily basis in Ramadhaan. But now that it’s over, you feel sluggish, lazy and want to give it up. Yet, you had wanted to maintain this habit after the blessed month was over.

Instead of trying to read Qur’aan Kareem for the same amount of time, reduce the time period to as much as you are initially able to do, even if it’s just five minutes a day.

If you keep up this ‘five minutes a day’ habit, In’Shaa’ALLAH, you will see the amount of Qur’aan Kareem you read will increase slowly but gradually, perhaps even surpassing your Ramadhaan maximum in the long-term, In’Shaa’ALLAH!

Beloved Reader! Be steadfast and upright upon the Deen of ALLAH at all times, for you do not know when you’ll meet the Angel of Death. Beware of him taking you while you are in a state of sin. Forgiveness are always billowing around us, but we must raise the sails of remorse and repentance, to feel it. Now is the time to reprogram your life, rise up and get rid of the negativities, develop your potential, plan and execute, change and get changed, and you will become one of those gain happiness and blessings in this life and enjoy the bliss of the Hereafter, In’Shaa’ALLAH! Be sure that reform is possible, seek help from our loving ALLAH, and do not feel disabled or lacking in strength.

May ALLAH accept from us and you our fasting, our Ibaadah and other righteous actions, that our condition after Ramadhaan be a better one, the state of our Ummah improves, that we are granted honour and submit to HIS obedience. [Aameen]

Enjoy your Eid by remaining consistent on the those good deeds and keep away from undesirable things that are capable of removing ALLAH’S favors from you. One of our righteous predecessors said:

“Each day in which no act of disobedience to ALLAH is committed is Eid and each day a Believer spent in acts of obedience to his Lord is Eid.”

~The only lasting beauty is the beauty of the ♥~

The Husband Who Was Too Shy To Look At His Wife (a moving story)

This story was recounted by Prof. Khalid Al-Jubeir, consulting cardiovascular surgeon, in one of his lectures:

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Once I operated on a two and a half year old child. It was Tuesday, and on Wednesday the child was in good health. On Thursday at 11:15 am – and I’ll never forget the time because of the shock I experienced – one of the nurses informed me that the heart and breathing of the child had stopped. I hurried to the child and performed cardiac massage for 45 minutes and during that entire time the heart would not work.

Then, ALLAH decreed for the heart to resume function and we thanked HIM. I went to inform the child’s family about his condition. As you know, it is very difficult to inform the patient’s family about his condition when it’s bad. This is one of the most difficult situations a doctor is subjected to but it is necessary. So I looked for the child’s father whom I couldn’t find. Then I found his mother. I told her that the child’s cardiac arrest was due to bleeding in his throat; we don’t know the cause of this bleeding and fear that his brain is dead. So how do you think she responded? Did she cry? Did she blame me? No, nothing of the sort. Instead, she said: “Al-Hamdulillah” (All Praise is due to ALLAH) and left me.

After 10 days, the child started moving. We thanked ALLAH and were happy that his brain condition was reasonable. After 12 days, the heart stopped again because of the same bleeding. We performed another cardiac massage for 45 minutes but this time his heart didn’t respond. I told his mother that there was no hope. So she said: “Al-Hamdulillah. O ALLAH, if there is good in his recovery, then cure him, O my Lord.”

With the grace of ALLAH, his heart started functioning again. He suffered six similar cardiac arrests till a trachea specialist was able to stop the bleeding and the heart started working properly. Now, three and a half months had passed and the child was recovering but did not move. Then just as he started moving, he was afflicted with a very large and strange pus-filled abscess in his head, the likes of which I had never seen. I informed his mother of the serious development. She said: “Al-Hamdulillah” and left me.

We immediately turned him over to the surgical unit that deals with the brain and nervous system and they took over his treatment. Three weeks later, the boy recovered from this abscess but was still not moving. Two weeks pass and he suffers from a strange blood poisoning and his temperature reaches 41.2°C (106°F). I again informed his mother of the serious development and she said with patience and certainty: “Al-Hamdulillah! O ALLAH, if there is good in his recovery, then cure him.”

After seeing his mother who was with her child at Bed#5, I went to see another child at Bed#6. I found that child’s mother crying and screaming, “Doctor! Doctor! Do something! The boy’s temperature reached 37.6°C (99.68°F)! He’s going to die! He’s going to die! I said with surprise, “Look at the mother of that child in Bed#5. Her child’s fever is over 41°C (106°F), yet she is patient and praises ALLAH.” So she replied: “That woman isn’t conscious and has no senses.” At that point, I remembered the great Hadith of the Prophet (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam): “Blessed are the strangers.” Just two words… but indeed two words that shake a nation! In 23 years of hospital service, I have never seen the likes of this patient sister.

We continued to care for him. Now, six and a half months have passed and the boy finally came out of the recovery unit – not talking, not seeing, not hearing, not moving, not smiling, and with an open chest in which you can see his beating heart. The mother changed the dressing regularly and remained patient and hopeful. Do you know what happened after that? Before I inform you, what do you think are the prospects of a child who has passed through all these dangers, agonies, and diseases? And what do you expect this patient mother to do whose child is at the brink of the grave and who is unable to do anything except supplicate and beseech ALLAH? Do you know what happened two and a half months later? The boy was completely cured by the mercy of ALLAH and as a reward for this pious mother. He now races his mother with his feet as if nothing happened and he became sound and healthy as he was before.

The story doesn’t end here. This is not what moved me and brought tears to my eyes. What filled my eyes with tears is what follows:

One and a half years after the child left the hospital, one of the brothers from the Operations Unit informed me that a man, his wife and two children wanted to see me. I asked who they were and he replied that he didn’t know them. So I went to see them, and I found the parents of the same child whom I operated upon. He was now five years old and like a flower in good health – as if nothing happened to him. With them also was a four-month old newborn. I welcomed them kindly and then jokingly asked the father whether the newborn was the 13th or 14th child. He looked at me with an astonishing smile as if he pitied me. He then said, “This is the second child, and the child upon whom you operated is our first born, bestowed upon us after 17 years of infertility. And after being granted that child, he was afflicted with the conditions that you’ve seen.”

At hearing this, I couldn’t control myself and my eyes filled with tears. I then involuntarily grabbed the man by the arm, and pulling him to my room, asked him about his wife: “Who is this wife of yours who after 17 years of infertility has this much patience with all the fatal conditions that afflict her first born?! Her heart cannot be barren! It must be fertile with Imaan!” Do you know what he said? Listen carefully my dear brothers and sisters. He said, “I was married to this woman for 19 years and for all these years she has never missed the [late] night prayers except due to an authorized excuse. I have never witnessed her backbiting, gossiping, or lying. Whenever I leave home or return, she opens the door, supplicates for me, and receives me hospitably. And in everything she does, she demonstrates the utmost love, care, courtesy, and compassion.” The man completed by saying, “Indeed, doctor, because of all the noble manners and affection with which she treats me, I’m shy to lift up my eyes and look at her.” So I said to him: “And the likes of her truly deserve that from you.”

The End…

ALLAH says: “And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient; Who, when calamity strikes them, say, “Indeed we belong to ALLAH, and indeed to HIM we will return.” Those are the ones upon whom are blessings from their Lord and mercy. And it is those who are the [rightly] guided.” [Surah 2:155-157]

Umm Salamah (the wife of the Prophet) said: I heard the Messenger of ALLAH (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) saying: “There is no Muslim who is stricken by a calamity and says what ALLAH has commanded him – ‘Indeed we belong to ALLAH, and indeed to Him we will return; O ALLAH, reward me for my affliction and compensate me with that which is better’ – except that ALLAH will grant him something better in exchange.” When Abu Salamah [her former husband] passed away, I said to myself: “What Muslim is better than Abu Salamah?” I then said the words, and ALLAH gave me the Messenger of ALLAH (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) in exchange. [Sahih Muslim]

~The only lasting beauty is the beauty of the ♥~

The Beloved Creation Of ALLAH TA’ALA

I know a man who lost his parents but refused to be called an orphan. He was man enough to love a strong woman years older than him, worked for her and made her stronger, opened His heart to her, shared His fears to no one but her.

He was romantic and was faithful to her till her last breath. Cleaned after himself and sewed his own clothes. He was good looking, courageous and fearless. He never judged anyone on their pasts or looks, and was moderate, open minded and tolerant. His neighbor was Jewish and His cousin-in-law was a Christian priest. Beaten and exiled when He was helpless, He was merciful when he became stronger. Intelligent, wise and a hard worker, He built a long lasting nation out of nothing in the last 20 years of His life. He had no parents, but loved His daughters and grandchildren. His last will was “Be good to women”.

This man was a mercy for all mankind, this is my beloved Prophet Muhammad Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam (may ALLAH’S Peace and Blessings be upon Him)

~The only lasting beauty is the beauty of the ♥~

Stairway To Acquiring Love Of ALLAH TA’ALA

All Praise is due to ALLAH TA’ALA, the All Beautiful; Gentle, Delicate (Al-Lateef) and Loving (Al-Wadood). Salaat and Salaam upon the Beloved of ALLAH Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam), eternally.

Beloved Reader! How beautiful is Islam that our very souls are embedded in it — creating a beautiful stairway that will lead us to our Beloved ALLAH. Transforming the sensual and worldly love, to the pure, pristine, selfless and healthy love of ALLAH TA’ALA, and HIS beloved Messenger (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam). In essence, to build that intimate, sincere and lasting relationship with ALLAH TA’ALA, which is a foundation for true success in both the worlds, Subhaan-ALLAH!
The love of ALLAH has become a lost treasure of the Believers. Unfortunately, we do not even know as to where to find it, let alone how to obtain it. In fact, due to our own folly, we are not even aware as to the tremendous value of this lost treasure. As a result, we remain indifferent and negligent. This Love of ALLAH is the very purpose of our creation. ALLAH TA’ALA has mentioned in Hadith-e-Qudsi:

“I was a hidden treasure. I decided to be known so I created the creation.”

We were created for this recognition, this and this worship of the One who is truly Most Beautiful, Most Loving and who is Ever-Living: ALLAH. Our love to ALLAH is the very foundation of our faith. To attain and procure the sublime and elevated stage of the recognition of ALLAH, one will have to climb the ladder of the Sunnah of the Messenger (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam). Since Sunnah encompasses and embodies Ibaadah in every mode and manner, therefore remains no other direction to realize the goal of recognition. Unfortunately, we do not even meditate on the purpose of our creation and thus waste our lives in worldly pursuits… In fact, as a result of the same ignorance and negligence, we do not project the reality and the essence of Imaan and Islam, which is this Love of ALLAH TA’ALA.

Gentle and discerning reader! When it comes to what we love and what this entails, then is not ALLAH (Most Exalted), even more deserving of our love and adoration than our own selves?
Everything that comes from HIM to HIS servants whether it is something that they hate, directs us to love HIM. HIS giving and HIS withholding, the good fortune and the misfortune that HE decrees for HIS servants and HIS abasing them and elevating them, HIS justice and HIS grace, HIS giving life and taking it away again, HIS compassion, generosity and veiling of HIS servants wrong actions, HIS forgiveness and patience, HIS response to HIS servants supplications even though HE is not in any need of HIS servants whatsoever — all this invites hearts to worship HIM and love HIM.

Acquire Ilm-e-Deen with the steam of the Love of ALLAH TA’ALA. Such learning will have a totally different effect. It will not just be an accumulation of facts. It will transform our life most beautifully. The easiest way to gain the required courage to abstain from sins and to practice good deeds. Colour your life in with the obedience of ALLAH. The love of ALLAH is so pure and strong that when you attain such love, everything else is insignificant — it is a step and a journey closer to the Almighty ALLAH!

O ALLAH, if YOU are not mine,
Then nothing is mine.
And if YOU are mine,
Then everything is mine.

When we please ALLAH TA’ALA, then HE will fill our hearts with coolness and comfort of serenity and tranquility. Irrespective of the external conditions, the heart and soul will enjoy peace and contentment. The person can be surrounded by difficulty but the condition of his/her heart will be comparable to a rose blooming amidst thorns. ALLAH has promised the joys of Paradise, to those who remember HIM by HIS most beautiful names and recognize HIS eternal power and might. And spend their lives consciously striving to earn HIS pleasure. The one who “falls” in love with ALLAH “rises”, ALLAHU AKBAR! Love of ALLAH leaves a memory that no one can steal. And if you abandon it, it leaves a heartache that no one else can heal…

Hadhrat Maulana Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Saheb (Rahmatullahi Alaih) has, in poetry, most splendidly and eloquently, presented true love.

If there is any true love, then it is the eternal love of the Ever-Living Lord, The love of a perishing beauty is always a temporary one. O Akhtar! Do not be deceived by any charms of the Universe, Rather remain in love with (ALLAH), The Creator of the Universe in this temporary world.

Most beloved reader! When we claim our love for ALLAH and HIS beloved Messenger (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam), don’t allow the moment of some Haraam temptation turn our heart’s attention to Naffs and Shaitaan which will make us forget our ‘love’ for ALLAH. If we give our hearts to a beautiful face, or succumb to the Haraam acquisition of some material object, be it gold, silver, property, etc, or trample the laws of Shari’ah for some worldly status. What will become then of our ardent love for ALLAH when we choose ‘Ghairullah’ (anything other than ALLAH) above HIM? It will wither away leaving us in the storms of sins. Don’t allow Shaitaan to be an anchor and halt your spiritual journey, raise the sails of Imaan to reach the beautiful stairway to ALLAH!

Shaykh Ibn al-Qayyim (Rahimahul’laah) says: The reason which cause Muhabbah (love) of ALLAH to develop, are found in these jewels:
 
First: Reciting the Qur’aan Sharief, reflecting and understanding its meaning and its intent.

Second: Drawing closer to ALLAH the Most High through optional deeds, after fulfilling the obligatory duties.

Third: Being continuous in the Dhikr (remembrance) of ALLAH, with the tongue, the heart and the limbs under all circumstances. The more continuant the Dhikr, the more Muhabbah develops and intensifies.

Fourth: Giving precedence to what ALLAH loves over personal loves, when being overcome by desires.

Fifth: Contemplating and deliberating over the Names and Attributes of ALLAH.

Sixth: Recognizing and remembering the favors and bounties of ALLAH both manifest and hidden.

Seventh: To be humble and submissive before ALLAH and this is the greatest matter.

Eighth: To be in seclusion reciting the Qur’aan Sharief, during that time in which ALLAH descends to the lowest heaven (which is the last third of every night), finishing this recitation with seeking ALLAH’S forgiveness and repenting to HIM.

Ninth: To sit in the gatherings of the true and sincere lovers of ALLAH, reaping the fruits of their speech, and not to speak except if there is benefit in it and that you know that such talk will increase you in goodness and that it will benefit others as well.

Tenth: To stay clear of all those causes which distances the heart from ALLAH the Mighty and Majestic.

The lesson to glean from these beautiful jewels is that whilst we have life and are granted opportunities, we should fill our ‘heart’ with the remembrance and fear of ALLAH. It will rekindle the flickering flame of Imaan into purest love for ALLAH TA’ALA, Subhaan-ALLAH!

O ALLAH! I ask of YOU YOUR love, the love of whoever loves YOU and the love of Deeds which will draw me in attaining YOUR love. Aameen!!!

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