Allah Owns the World (finale)

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Allah Owns the World (part I)

Allah Owns the World (part III)

Why do we forget that Allah is our Master, our Higher authority, our Creator?  Because as man, we are weak and we forget or get consumed with our daily activities and trials.

Our inabilities are as fragile and powerless, as though we are ants trying to carry a mountain on its shoulders.

But again we fall into the trap that we are self-relying and tougher than the shield of a knight.

As Muslims, we need to remember Allah.

Whatever emotions and events play out in our lives, we need to remember how small we are in front of Allah.

The parts we play in this life are given to us from the Creator and no matter how lost and astray we go from the path, all of us must return to Him on the Last Day.

There we will fully comprehend how insignificant we are in comparison to Allah and His attributes and there we will be judged as to how much we acknowledged this inevitable truth.

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Allah Owns the World (part II)

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Allah Owns the World (part I)

Knowing our place and our deficiency in perfection humbles us.

Allah is the one in control and it is He who commands; He is the one who has enabled us to read, write, and teach humans what they did not know.

Our abilities manifest inside our heads as we contemplate that we are self-sufficient.

We are the makers of this dunya: not by physically creating it with our bare hands but how we run and shape it.

It is whether or not our Ummah adheres to Allah’s laws and rules.

In the eighth ayah, Allah states that with all our actions and our work by living in this world, we will eventually return to Him.

Everything will collapse one day and all that we have ever done will fade and Allah will take us back.

Detachment does not exist as we are Allah’s creations.

We are attached and so much so that our Creator has described it in this way in the second ayah, “Created man from a clinging substance” (Al-Alaq).

Our nature is to be clinging, to be attached, to be dependent, to be inferior in the eyes of Allah.  But we place this attachment in the wrong place.

Dunya is the priority lost among us.

It is that lack in faith and remembrance of Allah that makes us humans forget who truly brings out the sun in the day and issue the moon to present itself at night.

When we forget, when we got so lost in the forests of the dunya, do we stray into the path of self-sufficiency and arrogance.

Again and again we see throughout the Qu’ran how much we are dependent on Allah.  In Surah Al-Baqarah, ayah 156, Allah states that we will return to Him,

“Who, when disaster strikes them, say, “Indeed we belong to Allah, and indeed to Him we will return.”

Beneath the Leaves (part I)

Intentions mean everything when we are going to participate in doing an action.  For a Muslim, it is a prerequisite in order for an action to be accounted for.  Especially when we are doing an honorable thing and we want to make sure that Allah rewards us for it.

I have written an article discussing this topic; it is long so I am going to divide them into sections.  It will be hopefully easier to digest.

While you read it think about your daily actions.  Do you remember making intentions before you do any actions?

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Originally published in InFocus News May 2010 

Mariam Al-Kalby

Beneath the Leaves

In this dunya we are trees.  From a seed we sprout and roots erupt forth and we flourish into an image of branches and leaves.  Our leaves encompass us into a tree.  We can choose to be rooted in rich soil or we can choose to have diseased roots contaminating the leaves from above.

Intentions, or niyyah are the roots of all our actions.  They can strengthen or weaken our relationship with Allah (swt).  It is not an act of saying but doing and niyyah lies in our hearts that only Allah (swt) sees.  Our deeds are leaves enveloping and defining the kind of Muslims that we are.

Every single action that we partake in is only to seek Allah’s pleasure.  The reward for these actions must be entailed with ikhlas, or sincerity.  That is why intention is a large criterion when it comes to having our books being recorded for good or bad deeds.

“Say (O Muhammed (saw)): ‘Verily, I am commanded to worship Allah (Alone) by obeying Him and doing religious deeds sincerely for His sake only’” (39:11).

Worshipping Allah (swt) is obeying Him and whatever He has ordained us to do.  It literally means that everything we set out to accomplish is for the sole purpose to please our lord and love that we are born for this purpose.

The breath that we take is so we can live and prostrate to His words.  When we eat, it is to have the strength to pray and fulfill the orders of Allah (swt).