By Uzma Nurain
تو تم اپنے رب کی کون کونسی نعمتوں کو جھٹلاؤ گے۔
By Uzma Nurain
تو تم اپنے رب کی کون کونسی نعمتوں کو جھٹلاؤ گے۔
While reading about the creation of fire, a sentence got stuck in my mind and wouldn’t go away. It keeps coming back to me…
We read about the different kinds of fire.
The first one that has brightness and the quality of burning like the sun and it is the common fire that we are familiar with.
The second kind of fire is the one that has the quality of burning but no light or brightness and that is the dark fire of Jahannum (hell).
We know that hell will be dark and there will be fire in there but somehow I never could place the two together in my mind because for us the fire that comes to the mind is orange, yellow and blue. But fire itself being black and not having the quality of light in it innately, is what drives it home. Being burnt is one thing, being lonely is another and then being in pitch dark? It’s too much for the imagination because indeed, we can’t imagine it and it will be too much to bear.
How can people even joke about hell ever? How can they say carelessly that it’s okay, we’ll bid our time in there and then go to Paradise. Do you really think you can bear even a second of being burned and being lonely in complete darkness?
Try putting your hand in the stove for a minute without wrenching it back. You wouldn’t be able to and yet that is only the fire of this world. The fire of hell will be 69 times of what this world’s fire is. Its severity is beyond our imagination.
May Allah keep us and our loved ones far away from it and take us into Paradise without even seeing what hell looks like. Ameen.
While reading the Quran and hadith, mark the verses and narrations that mention the words/actions that deserve the punishment of the fire and stay away from those things.
Call to Action:
Share this with your loved ones and people around you and try your best to save them from the fire of hell as well. You wouldn’t want this for anyone, would you?
As we delve deeper into Fiqh-ul-Quloob and as my weak pen pauses on the paper and as my words and writing style is exhausted, there is only one thing that comes to my mind,
Say, “if the ocean were to be ink for (writing) the Words of my Rabb, the ocean would have been consumed before the Words of my Rabb are exhausted, even though we were to bring another (ocean) like it in addition” (Al-Kahf 109)
He is so Beautiful! He is so Great! Words just can’t do justice to His praise. And yet, words is all we have. Because if we don’t read or write about Him, how will we get to know Him? Can you have feelings for someone or be close to someone or trust someone if you don’t even know them? Of course not!
So get to know Allah the way He has told about Himself through the Quran and through our beloved Prophet’s (ﷺ) words as the main source.
[Roughly translated:] So it is upon the Muslim that he knows that Allah guides whomever He wills, and He leads astray whomever He wills, and He tests whomever He wills, and He puts in trial whomever He wills with whatever He wills, and He is All-Wise, All-Knowing.
He does whatever He wants! Why? Because He has all the Majesty and He can do it. However, He is not unjust or unfair, He has all the wisdom too in addition to the power. And He knows the situation of everyone inside out. Tests will come, no matter what.
We commonly say, “you don’t know what I’m going through” and it’s true, you really don’t. You can’t go inside someone’s heart, no matter how close you are to them and get to know each subtle detail of their conscious, subconscious and unconscious. To be sure the person himself doesn’t know exactly what’s in his heart, but Allah does!
Similarly, we say, “I’m telling you what’s best for you” but we actually don’t know if it’s best for that person or not. That is just our thinking. We have a 99% chance of being wrong. He, Allah, actually does know what’s best for you.
Based on His these two attributes (and others not discussed here), His all-encompassing knowledge and wisdom, He makes decisions for you. So you need to trust Him that He is doing the right thing for you. In fact, He is the only one who is doing the right thing for you. You should be grateful. Seriously, Alhamdulillah that Allah makes my decisions and not humans as they would have erred in my fate every step of the way.
So now that you know He is not unfair, you need to trust Him and then know,
[Roughly translated:] And Allah, Glorified be He, is the Owner, who does whatever He wants, and gives his sovereignty to whomever He wills, and guides whomever He wills, and leads astray whomever He wills, and honours whomever He wills, and humiliates whomever He wills.
Say, “O Allah, Owner of Sovereignty, You give sovereignty to whom You will and You take sovereignty away from whom You will. You honor whom You will and You humble whom You will. In Your hand is [all] good. Indeed, You are over all things competent. (Al-i-Imran 26)
And Allah the Almighty is the Ever-Living, He gives life and death, and He provides for whomever He wills, and He enriches whomever He wills, and He impoverishes whomever He wills, and He sets seal upon hearts of whomever He wills, and He sets seal upon hearts of whomever He wills.
We’re basically just like helpless puppets, yet we’re complaining uselessly all the time. If we know that He does whatever, however and whenever He wants, then we need to leave things to Him and be in peace. Obey Him, turn to Him, make dua to Him, trust Him and then just be peaceful. What’s written for me, will come to me. What’s not for me, no point whining about it. Whatever the situation, whatever the time, He knows and is planning for me.
That’s a burden off your shoulders, without the extra charges of a massage! ;)
P.S. There are ways of inviting His mercy and extra blessings. You can use those for bonus points.
Search those ways as your homework. :P
Okay, here’s a hint: enter “mercy” in the search space on the blog’s homepage.
Do you love beauty? Oh yes, you do! And we all want to be beautiful, right? Now before you start thinking this is just another post listing the “10 ways to be beautiful”, let me tell you it is not. :p
Before moving on, however, I want us to delve a little deeper and see if beautiful is really what we think is beautiful?
Media has induced us such that whenever we hear the word “beautiful”, we start thinking of physical beauty. It is something very material for us. To explain beauty, some standards are set in the society and we believe that this is the real deal; some measurements of the body, a specific complexion, certain kind of features, a certain style of dressing etc. But if you look a little deeper, this does not really hold true. Beauty is not something that can be objectified. In reality, it is a subjective thing, something that we can’t perceive just through our eyes.
Even the dictionary defines it as something subjective, it says beauty is what pleases the senses and mind. So it is the power to attract. Whatever has the power to please us, attracts us and we find it beautiful.
Each one of us goes through the experience of coming across a person that is a perfect model of the set standards of beauty of the society yet they don’t please us. Or someone in your acquaintances, friends or family that you find very beautiful, you feel so happy to see them yet they do not fit the mould of those set standards of beauty. What makes them beautiful for us then? If it’s not physical, then it has to be something deeper than the skin. Yes, it is their genuine smile, their pure and honest words, the shine of sincerity in their eyes and their strong morals that emanate from within their heart and glow from their skin. In short, it is their character. So basically, it is the character that has the strongest power to make us attracted or repelled from another human being.
And do you know who had the best character to ever have in this world? The one whose character was praised by the Creator of all mankind Himself!
[Roughly translated:] Allah created man with variation in beauty. So Allah gave Muhammad sallallaahu ‘alaihi wassalam a huge portion from beauty, he is the best amongst people creation-wise and character-wise, and the best in them in face, his face was as if it was the moon.
Yes, he was given ample physical beauty. :)
[Roughly translated:] And he, sallallaahu ‘alaihi wassalam, was the best amongst people in character, in leniency and kindness, in tolerance and generosity, in mercy and compassion, in keeping ties and righteousness, in honour and bravery, in forgiveness and overlooking (mistakes of others), in modesty and humility.
SubhanAllah! What an image the author has sketched. The most beautiful person, indeed! Such balance and such blend of greatness. Which other person in history has ever had such a personality, such beauty?
[Roughly translated:] So glory to the One who combined in His Prophet sallallaahu ‘alaihi wassalam beauty of creation and character, and praised him on it as is said in this verse of the Glorified:
And indeed, you are of a great moral character. [Al-Qalam 4]
Yes, it is Allah who gave these gifts to the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wassalam). If you really want to be beautiful, you follow the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wassalam), beauty’ll emanate from you too, inshaAllah! :)
The above point does not negate physical beauty, but it establishes that it is not everything. Yes, physical beauty does exist and has its due merit, after all it has been created by the One whose Name is
The Most Beautiful
P.S. Read here about the One who is The Most Beautiful:
Here‘s another interesting post that establishes the same point discussed in this post through very relevant examples:
By Naheed Sattar
All these things are requirements of life till the day we are living in this world. Their need ends with the end of our lives.
What is it that will give us a permanent life, a peaceful life, full of joy, a life of calmness, tranquility and serenity, a life without pain, sickness or suffering, a life with no defects and shortcomings, a life with endless happiness, a life where nothing will fade, rather where every blessing will be eternal, unblemished and limitless.
Do we desire to live such a life? Do we hope for it?
The question is are we working to achieve it?
Allah swt says in Surah Anfal verse 24:
Allah and His Rasool (s.a.w) are inviting us all to respond to their call through Quran and Sunnah, that which will give us eternal life, that which will be a means of our salvation and a source of earning the approval of Allah. It is an open invitation for us to earn the natural beauties of Paradise just by obeying them, to earn a place where climate will be so beautiful, neither burning sun nor bitter cold, no boredom no tension.
Are we prepared to answer them?
“So is there any one who remembers, Is there anyone who is thankful, Is there anyone who returns, And is there any one who would respond?”
“So how good it is to respond to the call of Allah and His Rasool and this is what is expected from a person with intellect. And turning away from Rasool and what he brought from the Deen is something that is disliked, not accepted and should be denied. No one would dare do such a thing if he has a heart that ponders and a mind that thinks.”
One of the beautiful names of Allah Almighty that fills me with hope and sort of inflates my heart with a good feeling is Al-Wasi’.
When I checked the translation in the Quran, it means All-Encompassing. And I must say I was disappointed. The whole feel is changed when you use All-Encompassing instead of Al-Wasi’. The real name in Arabic brings you the feeling of something wide and spacious, basically limitless. So when we say Allah is All-Encompassing, it means He encompasses the limitlessness too.
Let me explain the point by a verse in the Quran,
And to Allah belongs the east and the west. So wherever you [might] turn, there is the Face of Allah. Indeed, Allah is all-Encompassing and Knowing. [Al-Baqarah 115]
If we humans face someone, we would have our back to someone else definitely. We cannot face everyone and everything at the same time. But that is not so with Allah. Wherever we turn, His Face is there. How? That we do not know as there is nothing like Him and no one has seen Him.
Now doesn’t the above make the horizons of your mind open up? He can simultaneously see all of us, listen to all of us and grant all needs of each one of us. Amazing! SubhanAllah!
We humans are very limited. We start putting effort in one thing and the other is ignored. We listen to one person and shut the other one out. We’re also very narrow-minded. We try to attain one thing and list down the pros and cons and then that’s it, we just stick to it. We don’t even think that there could be another way out, that the Creator is above our limited approach of achievement. For Him, these apparent means have no meaning. Duh! He created them. Not only does this change the way we make our supplications to Allah but it also makes us more daring in the actions that we undertake (shariah-compliant, of course) as we know our options are not limited. We stop trying to place our trust in minute details of the apparent ‘what ifs’, we start trusting the unseen.
[Roughly translated:] And glorified is He who is vast in knowledge, vast in mercy, vast in forgiveness, vast in favours, vast in bestowal. He whose creation, all of them, are moving to and fro in countless blessings. So He is the One who gives and prevents, and lowers and raises, and honours and humiliates, and guides and leaves astray, with His knowledge that extends over all things, and His power that predominates all things, and His mercy that encompasses all things, and His wisdom that reaches all things.
And glorified is He who is of vast greatness and dominion and authority, His Kursi extends over the heavens and the earth, and their preservation tires Him not. And He is the Most High, the Most Great. [Al-Baqarah 255]
In the last post we discussed that how each one of us is loved by Allah, Al-Wadood. But the interesting thing is that most of us also claim to love Allah in return. No matter how righteous or sinful a person you come across, usually they’ll say yes, I love Allah. But then why are their lifestyles so different?
The truth is that each one of us is innately programmed to love our Creator, Al-Wadood. Where then does the problem lie?
[Roughly translated:] And love of Allah and His Prophet is strengthened by
And whenever a slave is knowledgeable of
his love of Allah is stronger than those others who are ignorant. And indeed love of Allah exists innately.
But it is strengthened by
and it is weakened by
So the basic love of Allah is there but it’s not a constant phenomenon, it is up to us whether we turn our backs on it or embrace it by our actions against or in Allah’s way.
Dear reader, do you want that someone loves you more than anything in the world? Definitely, right? I don’t think any person would respond to this question in the negative. It’s a topic that no one ever tires of; love. Every single human in this world, not only humans but every creature, wants to be loved. Well do you know that the Creator of this universe Himself loves you? Imagine the whole universe and then the Master and Owner of that, He loves me?
Yes, He is Al-Wadood.
But His love doesn’t mean that whatever you do, He’ll keep on loving and forgiving you. You have to do some things too to earn His love more and more.
[Roughly translated:] And He, the Almighty, is the Affectionate. He loves the one who obeys Him, and He hates the one who disobeys Him. He loves those who are constantly repentant, and He loves those who purify themselves, and He loves the believers and those who fear Him, and He loves those who are patient and those who are truthful, and He loves those who are the doers of good and those who rely upon Him.
From the above excerpt we find that Allah does not only love but He hates too. Isn’t this scary? None of us wants Him to hate us, we all want His love, so to earn that let’s try to instil the qualities mentioned above. Let’s start with one. For example, we can start to be honest and truthful in whatever we do. It’ll definitely have its benefits in our daily life as well, as our heart will be at peace knowing there is no pretence anywhere. But we’ll do it with the intention that He loves us. InshaAllah. Are you in?
I would appreciate if you share your experiences, in the comments section below, after adopting one of the above qualities so that others are motivated too and they too get His love. <3
Each one of you commonly observes the way a mother brings up her kids. We all see many mothers around us, taking care of their children from the time of their birth till at least they become responsible adults, get married or move away. The pride that a mother feels in her well brought up children can be commonly seen as well. In return, she wants her children to respect her. And yes, indeed she does deserve it, as Allah reminds us more than once in the Quran and hadith.
And We have enjoined upon man [care] for his parents. His mother carried him, [increasing her] in weakness upon weakness, and his weaning is in two years. Be grateful to Me and to your parents; to Me is the [final] destination. [Luqman 14]
But do you know what is interesting? The things that our mother provides us with, they too originally are provided by Allah, Our Creator. The mother does carry the child for 9 months but inside the womb who takes care of the food, water, organ formation, comfort, nurturing of the child? Once the child is born, who puts the child’s nourishment in the mother’s body? Who puts the love in the mother’s heart due to which she takes care of the child? However much the mother worries, she cannot make her child take the first step or make it speak the first word. Who teaches that to the infant? Who cares for the child’s physical, mental, emotional, spiritual growth? And not just when he is a child, but not only before it is born but till the time he dies.
Yes, it is
It is Ar-Rabb who takes cares of every single need of ours, who does not become negligent of us even for a microsecond. How many times have you seen mothers lamenting the pains that come with the bringing up of a child? They say we’ve had enough, we’re too tired. But what if Ar-Rabb grew inattentive of us even for a moment? Our heart, our breathing, our body systems; they’d stop working. We’d die, body and soul.
But it doesn’t stop at that, our body is not the only thing that He is taking care of. Ar-Rabb means the One who is the Creator, the Owner, the One who arranges each matter, from the point that we started existing till the very end. However much our parents love us, they can’t arrange all our matters.
[Roughly translated:] And Allah, the Almighty, He is the Rabb, the Kareem (Generous). He nurtures His creation with material favours, as the Almighty said: Then, to Allah belongs [all] praise – Lord of the heavens and Lord of the earth, Lord of the worlds. [Al-Jaathiya 36]
[Roughly translated:] And He, the Almighty, nurtures his slaves with spiritual favours which purify their hearts and bodies, as the Almighty said: It is He who has sent among the unlettered a Messenger from themselves reciting to them His verses and purifying them and teaching them the Book and wisdom – although they were before in clear error – [Al-Jumu’a 2]
[Roughly translated:] Then to Allah belongs all praise and thankfulness over these (material favours) and these (spiritual favours). And He is worthy of praise alone, and no other deserves it. As the Almighty said: [All] praise is [due] to Allah, Lord of the worlds – The Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful, Sovereign of the Day of Recompense. [Al-Faatiha 2-4]
After reading through and pondering over all of the above, I have just one question for you:
Doesn’t the Rabb deserve our respect the most? Isn’t His right the greatest that He be obeyed and worshipped alone?
Do you know that one of the names of Allah is Al-Muqeet?
Though Al-Muqeet has many meanings, and all of them are such as would put us in awe, but the one that will be discussed here means the One Who provides sustenance. When we hear the word ‘sustenance’, what comes to our mind? Our food, houses, cars, clothes etc. Because we human beings tend to think of only ourselves. But have you ever given a deep thought to the millions and millions of creatures that live in this world and our provided with sustenance by their Creator, Al-Muqeet?
In 2011, it was reported that the natural world contains about 8.7 million species, according to a new estimate described by scientists as the most accurate ever. (reference)
8.7 million are only the eukaryote species which means bacteria and other simple organisms were excluded from the count.
Note that for this consensus, to complete the count of life on Earth, scientists didn’t go from door to door or crevice to cave as the case maybe. They used a statistical technique to extrapolate from patterns in branches of the taxonomic classification system started 253 years ago by Carl Linnaeus. (reference)
There is one thing that I want to draw your attention towards; 8.7 million is only the number of species, it is not the total number of creatures that live on this earth. You can take species to mean type so this is only the number of types of creatures found in our world. But think about how many creatures will be in each type? Mind boggling, right?
For example, there is that small house-fly that we commonly see in our houses. It is one species. But how many total house-flies are in the world? We can’t even begin to count them!
Let me also make you wonder at the uniqueness and diversity of these creatures. For example, in 2011, two creatures received their scientific names who were newly discovered by science. One of them was a bat the size of a raspberry that lives in the foothills of the Andes Mountains. The other is a nematode worm that dwells only in the lungs of the changeable lizard, in Singapore. (reference)
The reason that I’m going into so much detail is so that you come to realize how many living things are provided with sustenance by Allah, Al-Muqeet! He doesn’t have any difficult in locating where that little creature is hidden in the world and what food to give him and how to give it to him.
[Rough translation:] Allah, Blessed and Exalted, He is Al-Muqeet (the One Who provides sustenance). He created all livelihoods, and brought to every creation on what it feeds, and brought to the universe its sustenance, and dispensed with it among the great creatures however He wanted with His praise, His wisdom, His knowledge and His mercy.
And He, the Almighty, is Maintainer over all the creatures with His planning and direction. He is the Bestower, the Provider. He gives every human, bird, and animal its sustenance over the passage of time.
I tried to search a bit on various foods that different animals eat and how they obtain it. But there were so many creatures and so diverse were their food types that I started feeling dizzy. I’ll share some titbits as examples. The ants and bees have their colony system and they divide work and find food, ants leave a chemical trail for their peers to find food while bees have some ‘waggly’ movements. The big animals of the forest have combined hunting campaigns. Then some animals not only eat food, but they also store it in their strange little habitats; like squirrels store acorns and nuts. There are those snakes that swallow whole animals in one go. Some animals eat parts of other living creatures.
Moreover, they all know what do they have to eat. Those that eat only grass and leaves, do not eat meat, no matter how much you tempt them. Some eat only dead creatures, some only nuts and berries. They get their food wherever they live, whether they live underground, in the mountains, caves, forests, trees, in the water, in the desert; their food is provided for them there. True, they have to search for it, but they have been taught how to find it and it is always accessible to them.
Another interesting aspect is that Allah provides food over a passage of time. He doesn’t tell you that this is the amount of food that has been written for you over your lifetime so take it all together and keep it safe with you. Imagine where would we have saved so much food? And then it could have been stolen or gone stale. Rather we get food according to our needs and this way we always get it fresh and delicious.
All this makes me wonder at people who feel hopeless about their livelihood. Do they really think it is them who provide food to their families? Can’t the Al-Muqeet, who provides to billions on this earth, provide for a mere 5 or 10 people in your family? Yes, you need to strive for it and also make dua for it BUT you do not have to ruin your lives in trying to gather more and more, you have to trust Him in the end and know that you’ll get what has been written for you and try to focus on other things, like worshipping Allah and being good to His slaves and learning and teaching His beautiful deen to other people so that their lives also light up and they also know Who to trust!