Journey

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

It has been a long time & I wonder if anyone still ever come by here anymore. In any case, here’s an explanation of sorts for those who care. This blog has, for a long time, been a space for my reflection and sharing. At times, it was my mirror. At others, it was my drive. It meant different things to me at different times.

This journey we are all leading is a beautiful one. We will learn numerous lessons, about our Creator, His Messenger, His Love, and about ourselves. We will experience love and hope and fear and despair. We will go through the whole range of emotions that has been pre-programmed in us and through each state of our lives, we would learn about another Attribute or Name of our Lord.

While this blog has been a great companion, and through it, I have met many like-minded individuals and beautiful souls, it is time to part. My journey has taken me to the deepest of despair and the lightness of contentment and it is not about to stop. I need to travel light for it is a long journey. This blog has weighed me down with the expectations that people have upon me, that I have placed upon myself even, and it is time to go.

May Allah bless all of you and help you on your individual journeys. May Allah forgive me for everything that was displeasing to Him in the course of me keeping this journal, and may He make whatever remains beneficial for anyone who comes by.

We will meet again, insyaAllah.

Allahu ma’ak.

alfaqeer ila-Allah,
ameera

February 5, 2010 at 12:27 pm 3 comments

Litany for the First Ten of Dzulhijja

Click here for a pdf of the Litany. It is to be read ten times each day, as compiled and recited by the inheritors of Prophetic knowledge.

Many thanks to SoulResources for it. :)

 

Have a blessed Dzulhijja everyone! May Allah invite us to His House to perform the Hajj (for those who have never done it, and for those who have gone before, to be invited again & again) and grant us ease!

November 20, 2009 at 3:17 pm Leave a comment

Here once more.

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

InsyaAllah for us in Singapore, tomorrow, 18th November 2009, we’ll enter into the blessed month of Dzulhijjah. May the following sharing be of benefit insyaAllah. :)

 

 

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Question: Can you please mention some of the merits of Dhu’l Hijja, and some acts of woship that can be done in the month?

Answer: In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful and Compassionate

The first ten days of Dhu’l Hijjah are blessed days: Allah Most High Himself swore by them in the Qur’an:

“By the Dawn,

and the Ten Nights…”

[Qur’an, Surat al-Fajr, 89.1-2]

The Qur’anic commentators generally agree that the ten nights mentioned above refers to “the first ten days of Dhu’l Hijjah,” as one may find in Shaykh al-Islam Abu Su`ud’s Irshad al-`Aql al-Salim ila Mazaya al-Qur’an al-Karim [famous as Tafsir Abi al-Su`ud, 9.153] or in Tafsir al-Jalalayn.

Imam Ahmad and Nasa’i report from Sayyida Hafsa (Allah be pleased with her) that, “The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace be upon him) did not leave four matters: Fasting `Ashura (f: 10th of Muharram), [during] the ten days [of Dhu’l Hijja], and three days of each month.”

1. Fasting the First Nine Days, Especially the Day of `Arafah (9th)

The scholars have concured that it is recommended to fast during the first nine days of Dhu’l Hijja. Note, however, that the tenth day is the day of Eid, and is prohibitively disliked and sinful to fast this day. [Buhuti, Kashshaf al-Qina`; Nawawi,Majmu`; Fatawa Hindiyya; Haskafi, Durr al-Mukhtar; Dardir,al-Sharh al-Saghir]

Of these, it is particularly recommended to fast the Day of `Arafah (9th of Dhu’l Hijjah), even for the one on Hajj in the Hanafi school, if it does not weaken the pilgrim from spending the day busy in worship. [Haskafi, Durr; Kasani, Bada’i`]

As for hadiths in which the Prophet (Allah bless him & give him peace) commanded against fasting this day for the pilgrim at `Arafah, this was understood by the Hanafi imams to refer to those whom it would weaken or tire. This was explained by Imam Tahawi. [Sharh Ma`ani al-Athar, 2.82-83] This is because of the numerous hadiths that have come in praise of this day in particular and fasting in it. Among these is:

Abu Qatada (Allah be pleased with him) related that the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace be upon him, his family, and companions) said, “Fasting the Day of `Arafah (f: 9th of Dhu’l Hijjah) expiates for two years, one prior and one forthcoming. And fasting the Day of `Ashura (f: 10th of Muharram) expiates for the past year.” [Muslim, Abu Dawud, Nasa’i, and Ibn Majah]

2. Increasing One’s Spiritual Works During these Ten Days

Similarly, it is recommended to busy oneself these days with acts of worship. Imam Sharaf al-Din al-Hijjawi, the great Hanbali faqih, states in his primary text, al-Iqna`,:

“It is recommend to exert oneself in good works during the first ten days of Dhu’l Hijjah, such as remembrance of Allah (dhikr), fasting, charity, and other righteous actions, because they are the best of days.” [Buhuti, Kashshaf al-Qina`, 2.60]

This is confirmed by scholars of all the Sunni madhhabs. [Ibn Nujaym, al-Bahr al-Ra’iq; Haskafi/Ibn Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar `ala al-Durr al-Mukhtar; Nawawi, al-Majmu` and others]

Many scholars even stated that daytimes of these ten days are more virtuous than the ten daytimes of the last ten days of Ramadan, because of the strength of the primary texts related to them.

3. Spending the Nights of These Days In Prayer and Worship

It is especially recommended to spend some part of each of the nights of these ten days in prayer and worship. [Nawawi, Majmu`; Ibn Qudama, Mughni; Dardir, al-Sharh al-Saghir; Ibn Nujaym, al-Bahr al-Ra’iq;al-Fatawa al-Hindiyya; Ibn Abidin/Haskafi, Radd al-Muhtar `ala al-Durr al-Mukhtar]

This was deduced by clear primary texts, such as Prophet’s words (Allah bless him and give him peace) that, “There are no days in which good works are more beloved to Allah than these days – meaning the first ten days of Dhu’l Hijjah.” The Companions asked, ‘Not even jihad in the path of Allah, O Messenger of Allah?’ He said (Allah bless him & give him peace), “Not even jihad in the path of Allah, except for the one who goes forth with his person and wealth and does not return with any of it.” [Bukhari and others]

May Allah give us success in these blessed days and nights, and in every moment of our lives, to follow the path of the Prophet (Allah bless him & give him peace), and may He make us of those whom He loves and who love Him.

Walaikum assalam,
Faraz Rabbani

November 17, 2009 at 9:12 am Leave a comment

Qiyam al-Layl

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

 

`Abdullah ibn Ghalib Al-Hadani. It is narrated in Mukhtasar Qiyam Al-Layl by Imam Al-Samarqandi that

When the enemy approached (in battle), he would say “What can sadden me in this world? By Allah, there is no happiness in it for the wise one. By Allah, were it not for my love of spending the night in prostration and placing my forehead down before You. O Master, in-between movement of limbs and joints (i.e. praying), in the depth of the nights all in hope of Your reward and Pleasure, were it not for this, I would have hoped to leave this world and its people.’ Then he would break the scabbard of his sword and go forth to fight until he was killed. When he was buried, they found the fragrance of musk at his grave and the people began to take the dust of his grave as if it were musk.

A man once saw him in a dream and said, ‘O Abu Faras, what have you done?’ He said, ‘The best of deeds.’ He asked, ‘Where have you gone?’ He said, ‘To Paradise,’ He said, ‘With what?’ He said, ‘By having conviction (yaqin) and standing for long periods in Tahajjud (night Prayer) and suffering from thirst in the midday heat (i.e. fasting).’ He said, ‘And what is this sweet fragrance at your grave?’ He said, ‘That is the fragrance of recitation and thirst.’ He said, ‘Advise me.’ He said, ‘Seize goodness for yourself; do not miss nights and days, for indeed I have seen that the righteous ones attain piety through piety.

 

 

May Allah make us people who enliven the nights with prayer and make it easy for us to persevere in it in the long-term (istiqama) and let us find peace & contentment in the tahajjud prayer. Ameen!

November 7, 2009 at 9:06 am 2 comments

Wisdom

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

Sayyidina Ali krwj said, “The one who longs for Paradise will rush towards good deeds; the one who dreads Hell will put an end to his vices; the one who has a firm conviction in [the imminent arrival of] death will lose all his passions; and the one who really knows the dunya will find disasters easy to bear.”

November 3, 2009 at 11:46 pm 2 comments

Disappearance

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

 

Wow, its been a while since I’ve even logged in to this account of mine. If it was not for a friend who asked me when I would update again, I might not have visited this familiar WordPress dashboard in a long while.

In all honesty, when I started this blog, all I wanted was to record my thoughts and share my readings or what I learned in various classes and talks. It was a safe, comfortable place for me. Over time, it has garnered more attention than I had hoped. For awhile, I rationalised my decision to continue writing because I prayed that it would bring benefit to those reading.

But when people started coming up to me at talks and asking me “Are you alfaqeer?” or asking me for certain religious rulings hahaha, that kind of freaked me out. For the most part, the girls are really sweet and there are some beautiful souls that I have met through this blog and for that, I am truly grateful. But with all things, the good comes with its evil counterpart. Maybe I never should have included pictures in here, maybe I should take them off, maybe…. Maybe I shouldn’t complete that last line.

In any case, I still pray that whatever that has been written in this blog all these time still brings benefit to others. As always, I apologize if I have offended anybody. Everything here that was not from me, I have included its source so please hold your horses the next time you want to jump on me for “giving a fatwa”. MasyaAllah, I am in no position to do such a thing. Forgive me if I ever even remotely gave that impression. May Allah forgive us and help us towards goodness always.

Some of you may have read this from a link on my facebook, but I still think its a fantastic story and those of you who have not read it, should.

 

 

The Puppy

Published by Sr. Maryam on October 11, 2009

We had just finished dinner and had 20 genay [Egyptian currency] left over from the pool of cash we had put together. While discussing what to do with the money, one of the sisters suggested, “There’s a boy who sleeps outside Awlad Ragab [the local grocery store]. You know, he’s got that puppy! And whenever he’s with that puppy, he’s like the happiest kid in the world.”

I remembered who the sister was speaking of. There was a teenage boy who slept on the grass across the street from the grocery store. There was no trace of family, no trace of money, no trace of anything – just a boy, and the stray puppy who kept him company. “Let’s give the money to him!” the sister exclaimed. Our group began to head over.

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From our dinner location, taking into account the number of girls who were with us and the fact that the streets of Cairo are crazy busy at night (Allahu Akbar – God is the Greatest – Egypt, I miss you!), it took us about twenty minutes to get to the location of the boy. But subhan’Allah [God is above all things they associate with Him], he was nowhere to be seen. His puppy, however, was there…and he was thirsty. The puppy had his paws around a closed water bottle, and he was unsuccessfully attempting to open it. Imagine the torment of intense thirst – staring at water at a paw’s length – and not being able to access it despite immense struggle. Realizing his dilemma, we quickly opened the bottle of water we had and began to pour it out for the puppy. The puppy came immediately, drinking the water in huge gulps, not stopping for some time. Finally, relieved, the puppy ran off to play.

We did not find the boy that night. As we walked back to our apartments I began reflecting on what had taken place. We had walked about twenty minutes in search of a specific boy. We could not find him but instead we found a puppy in extreme thirst, making a great effort to access water. Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala had written for us to have extra money, helped us remember the boy in that moment, given us the strength, ability and time to take the twenty minute walk to find the boy, and guided us to a puppy who needed our help to drink water. Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala had written for us, a group of foreigners from across the world, to have been in that place, at that moment of time, to help a puppy quench its thirst.

Ya servant of Allah who is struggling to please Him, stumbling upon blocks of heedlessness and difficulties… Ya Muslim or Muslimah who is trying to keep it straight, find a job, get married, do well in school, study overseas, deal with domestic issues at home or societal pressures all around… Oh one who struggles to make your prayers, makes effort to complete your fasts, fights to lower your gaze and preserve your chastity… If that is the Mercy of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala on a small puppy, that He subhanahu wa ta’ala would put all these things into place to help quench the thirst of a creature amongst His Creation – then what about the Mercy of Allah, The Most High, The One in control of everything, on you, His worshipper?

So flee to Allah…”

(Qur’an, 51:50)

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October 31, 2009 at 4:27 pm 1 comment

Get your tickets now!

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I am selling student tickets should anyone want to get them from me, especially those in NTU! Pass the word around please.

October 5, 2009 at 12:19 pm Leave a comment

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