thefinalmessage|THE FRIDAY NOTE
Weekly Hadith – Qur’aan the life of my heart and a release for my anxiety;
Allah (Subhana wa ta’ala) says in the Glorious Qur'an, “Truly, it is by the Remembrance of Allah that hearts find rest.”
[Surah Ar-Ra'd, verse 28]
Abdullah ibn Masood (radiAllahu anhu) said: “The Messenger of Allaah (salAllahu alayhi wasallam) said: “If a person who is afflicted by anxiety or sorrow says:
‘Allaahumma inni ‘abduka wa ibnu ‘abdika wa ibn ammatika naasiyati bi yadika maadin fiyya hukmuka ‘adlun fiyya qadaa’uka as’aluka bi kulli ismin huwa laka sammayta bihi nafsaka aw ‘allamtahu ahadan min khalqika aw anzaltahu fi kitaabika aw asta’tharta bihi fi ‘ilm il-ghaybi ‘indaka an taj’al al-Qur’aana rabee’a qalbi wa noora sadri wa jalaa’a huzni wa dhahaaba hammi
(O Allaah, I am Your slave, son of Your slave, son of Your female slave, my forelock is in Your hand, Your command over me is forever executed and Your decree over me is just. I ask You by every name belonging to You with which You have named Yourself, or You have taught to any of Your creation, or You have revealed in Your Book, or You have preserved in the knowledge of the Unseen with You, that You make the Qur’aan the life of my heart and the light of my breast, and a departure for my sorrow and a release for my anxiety)’,
then Allaah will take away his anxiety and sorrow, and will replace it with joy.” It was said: “O Messenger of Allaah, should we not learn it?” He said: “Yes, whoever hears it should learn it.” [Narrated by Ahmad]
Depression and anxiety are problems faced by many Muslims, and most of us will have been afflicted with these conditions at some point in our lives. But it is our attitude and behaviour during these testing times which manifests the strength of our imaan (belief). Acquiescing and losing hope when smothered by this difficulty will most likely be the most appealing and easy path to follow. However, feeling stressed should be seen as a form of a wake up call that should alert a believer to check his relationship with his Rabb (Lord), and hence endeavour to rectify the shortcomings which exist within it. In times like these, we should remember all the blessings that have been endowed upon us by Allah (Subhana wa ta'ala) and thank Him for all that we have, despite being undeserving of it.
We should also reflect on our sins, and make a genuine effort to remove them. The perfect remedy for depression has been given to us by our Rabb in His Perfect Word as given in the aayah above, i.e, His remembrance, and this should be our primary cure.
Besides this, there are many supplications which were recommended by our Beloved Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasallam) and the blessed Anbiyah (Prophets and Messengers, upon whom be peace) before him. We should make an effort to learn as many as possible and insha'Allah rid ourselves of the trials and afflictions of these psychological diseases.
May Allah (Subhana wa ta'ala) protect us from the evils of anxiety and worry, and to open our hearts to faith, guidance and tranquillity, Ameen.
Pearls of Wisdom – Trusting In Allah;
Among the signs of success at the end is the turning to Allah at the beginning.
[Al The Hikam of Ibn Ibn ‘Ata’illah, chapter 2, 26]
Q. What is the best use of one's free time?
Praise be to Allaah.
In the Name of Allah, the most Merciful and Compassionate,
The blessing of time is one of the greatest blessings that Allaah can bestow upon His slaves. Allaah even swears by time in some cases, as He says (interpretation of the meaning):
“By Al ‘Asr (the time)” [al-‘Asr 103:1]
- Because of the importance and blessing of time.
And the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Make the most of five things before five others: life before death, health before sickness, free time before becoming busy, youth before old age, and wealth before poverty.” [See Saheeh al-Jaami’, no. 1077]
But most people are unaware of the importance of this blessing and are neglectful of their duties towards it, namely to fill it with acts of gratitude and obedience towards Allaah. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “There are two blessings which many people do not make the most of and thus lose out: good health and free time.” [Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 6412].
Al-Teebi said: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) likened the Muslim (who is accountable for his deeds) to a merchant who has capital and seeks to make a profit whilst also preserving his capital. The way to do that is to look for the right people to deal with and he himself will be honest and will try to be smart lest he be cheated. Good health and free time are our capital, and we should deal with Allaah with faith, striving against the evil inclinations of our nafs (Desires) and the enemy of religion i.e., the Shaytaan, so that we may attain the best in this world and in the Hereafter. This is similar to what is mentioned in the passage where Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“Shall I guide you to a trade that will save you from a painful torment?” [al-Saff 61:10]
We should avoid following the dictates of the nafs and keep away from the Shaytaan lest we lose both our capital and our profit.
Fath al-Baari by Ibn Hajar.
If time is so important, then the Muslim should not have any free time, for he should be going from one act of worship and obedience to another. If he cannot spend all his time going from one act of obedience and worship to another then, he may spend some of his time in permissible pursuits, in which he should ensure that his intention is correct, so that he may earn reward thereby, as Mu’aadh (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: “I get up and I sleep, and I hope for the same when I sleep as I hope for when I get up.” [Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 6923; Muslim, 1854].
And Allaah (SWT) knows best.
Weekly Suggested Good Deed – Suppress Anxiety with Good Before it Suppresses You;
Whenever you feel anxious and worried, hasten to do wudoo’ (ablution) and pray, and read Qur’aan, and keep yourself busy with beneficial actions, especially the dhikrs (remembrance) for morning and evening, and when going to sleep, eating, drinking, and entering and leaving the home. There are recommended supplications from the Sunnah of our Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasallam) for all these actions and we should try and learn them. However, if we do not know them, then we should remember Allah in the best way we can. May He (Subhana wa ta'ala) accept it from us, and through this rid us of any anxiety which we were due to be afflicted with.
Dua of the Week;
Supplication in times of Distress:
يَا حَيُّ يَا قَيُّومُ بِرَحْمَتِكَ أَسْتَغِيثُ
Ya Hayyu, ya Qayyumu, bi-rahmatika astaghithu
‘Oh Ever-living, Oh Eternal, by Your Mercy I seek help’
Anas ibn Maalik (radiAllahu anhu) said that when the Prophet, (salAllahu alayhi wasallam) was faced with a serious difficulty, he would always supplicate the above dua.