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.”

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The Tongue Sins (part II)

The Tongue Sins (part I)

Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said, “Do you know the thing which most commonly brings people into Paradise? It is fear of Allah and good character. Do you know what most commonly brings people into Hell? It is the two hollow things: the mouth and the private parts” (Mishkat).

Sins of the tongue are dangerous and that is to the extent that it can lead us to Hell.  When we fear Allah, we fear His wrath so beware of just talking and boasting for the sake of pleasure and not thinking about the consequences.

Narrated by Abu Hurayrah Ahmad: A man said, “Messenger of Allah (SAW), such and such a woman has a reputation for engaging to a great extent in prayer, fasting and almsgiving but she annoys her neighbors with her tongue.” He replied, “She will go to Hell.” He said, “Messenger of Allah (SAW), such and such a woman has a reputation for engaging to a small extent in fasting, almsgiving and prayer, but she gives pieces of curd as sadaqah and does not annoy her neighbors with her tongue.” He replied, “She will go to Paradise” (Mishkat).

Worship is not only praying and fasting but how we behave with others.

This hadith demonstrates that even a person who does the obligatory acts of worship but disregards the consideration of others does not mean they are a good Muslim.

The Tongue Sins (part I)

We forget, a lot of times, how each word spoken can be received by others.

They certainly are accounted for in our books-the books that hold our bad deeds and good.

This article will explore how important “think before you speak” really is in our lives.

Reflection: How many times a day do you not think before you say something?

Originally published in IFN

written by Mariam Al-Kalby

“The Tongue Sins”

It is common now for Muslims to be boastful about the things they do and see.

They share it on social sites, blogs, and the like but behaving in this way is not Islamic and inconsiderate.

It is inconsiderate because boasting can make others feel bad or want to have what the boastful person is sharing and this creates jealousy and enmity amongst one another.

Islam is surely about keeping relations and ties with another rather than breaking them.  People who usually do these things feel the need to show off, feel good about themselves, or want others to envy them and want what they have.

Allah’s Messenger stated: “Allah revealed to me that people should be humble with one another to the point that none boasts over another” (Muslim).

Our attitude is supposed to be filled with humbleness so much so that we do not brag about worldly things.

“And turn not your face away from men with pride, nor walk in insolence through the earth.  Verily, Allah likes not each arrogant boaster” (31:18).

Even just a look or a glance can signify whether it is with pride or humility.

Muslims are humans and we fall into the ill behavior of bragging about things, whether where we went over the weekend, how we meet the perfect spouse, what we bought, and other trivial things that really do not benefit anything most of the time.

We need to be aware of what we say around people.  Arrogance, boasting, and idle talk are all things that need to be avoided.

Some people asked Allah’s Apostle (SAW), “Whose Islam is the best? i.e. (Who is a very good Muslim)?” He replied, “One who avoids harming the Muslims with his tongue and hands” (Bukhari).

This hadith is important because it not only mentions that physical harm is not allowed but just talking and using words can have an ill effect on others.  Harm comes in various forms and avoiding these two ways makes us a good Muslim.

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?

Image courtesy of Corbin Fraser

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).