Thursday, 6 September 2012

Trials, Compensation, Purify Heart, Khushu Focus in Salah and Kids

thefinalmessage|THE FRIDAY NOTE

Weekly Hadith – Compensation for Trials;
Abu Sai'd Al-Khudri (radhiAllahu anhu) narrated that The Prophet Muhammad (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Whenever a Muslim faces fatigue, illness, worry ,grief, hurt and sorrow, even gets pricked by a thorn, Allah (SWT) in lieu of his sufferings removes his sins.”

On being stricken with any sort of calamity or adverse fortune, it is in the nature of man to complain profusely, and in some extreme cases even to question his/her faith. Very few are those who will take a step back to think about why they may have been put in such a condition by Allah (SWT). All forms of infliction test the robustness of a believers Imaan, and as per a separate Hadith of our beloved Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam), it is those closest to Allah (SWT) that are tested in the most severest of ways. If one remains steadfast in their faith and conviction even during those challenging times, they will undoubtedly be compensated abundantly by their Rabb, both in this temporary life, and the true life in the Hereafter insha'Allah. May Allah (SWT) make us all from amongst those that are absolute and infallible in our Imaan under any circumstances, Ameen.

Pearls of Wisdom – Purify your Heart; 
"Whoever desires to purify their heart, then let him prefer Allah to his desires"
[Ibn Al-Qayyim (rahimullah)]

Weekly Q&A;
Q. I feel that my ibaadah is not accepted because I have problems with keeping focused during my salah. How can I purify my ibaadah and intentions? 

Praise be to Allaah. 
In the Name of Allah, the most Merciful and Compassionate,

It is a given fact that our worship is not perfect. This is among the wisdoms of the sunnah of saying Astaghfirullah (‘I seek the forgiveness of Allah’) three times right after praying one realizes one's shortcomings in fulfilling the rights of Allah.

At the same time, Allah has told us that,
"Allah does not burden a soul with more than it can bear."
[Qur'an, end of Baqarah]

Among the things scholars mention about presence of heart in prayer are:

The way of having presence of heart during prayer is to realize that presence of heart with Allah is something sought during every moment in one's life, and that the means to it is doing dhikr as much as one possibly can. Not to churn up the reward alone, but in order to be thankful of Allah, in order to express one's love of Allah, in order to attain unto closeness with Allah, and in order to strive to fulfil the duties of slavehood to Allah Most High.

This, coupled with avoiding the haram, outwardly and inwardly, are keys to presence of heart with Allah.

Also, we shouldn't just "jump" into prayer; focus your heart on Allah before starting for a moment, and then start. Before starting, make a quick heart-felt duah that Allah grant you love, thankfulness, sincerity...

Allah has promised us in the Qur'an:

"As for those who strive in Us, We surely guide them to Our paths, and lo! Allah is with the good." [29.69]

May Allah Almighty accept any actions that we do to strive in His way, and induce sincerity in our hearts towards Him, Ameen.

And Allaah (SWT) knows best.

Weekly Suggested Good Deed – Spend time with Kids; 
We should all aim to spend quality time with children within our families. It is from within the Sunnah of our Beloved Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) to give time and attention to children, and be good to them.
Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wasallam) would be the first to give salaam to children as he would pass them, thereby teaching them Islamic manners with his own example.
He (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) would have sweets and dates for them, and would give rides to his Grandsons. Thus we should do the same, and through our attention and care, instil the value of our beatiful Deen within their young hearts from an early age.
May Allah (SWT) shield the Muslims of tomorrow from the vices within this world, and shape them to be worthy leaders and ambassadors of Islam, Ameen.

Dua of the Week;
Duah for Distress:

“Anni massani-yadh- urru wa 'anta arhamur-Raahimeen"
[Surah al-Anbiya; 21:83]

“O my Rubb, surely, distress has touched me, and You are the most Merciful of the merciful ones"

This is the supplication of Prophet Ayyub (alayhis salam). The inspirational story behind his recitation of this dua was related by Br.Ahmer in his Khutbah two weeks ago. The dua is one of the most powerful supplications for one who is afflicated with distress, anguish, and can also be used for improvement in health and well-being.


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