Polygamy in Islam – The Marriages of Prophet Muhammad — Verse By Verse Qur’an Study Circle

Our beloved Prophet salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam is often criticized for having more than one wife. A man having excellent virtues as himself was not sent to the world for any other purpose than spreading Islam, purifying the people and teaching the Qur’an. He, by his word and deed, made the teachings of Islam radiate all over […]

via Polygamy in Islam – The Marriages of Prophet Muhammad — Verse By Verse Qur’an Study Circle

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Being a True Servant of Al-Haqq

The name, Al-Haqq, is one of the ninety-nine beautiful names of Allah (ta’ala) and it means “The Truth”.

Allah (ta’ala) mentions the name in the Quran, and in one place, He says: “For that is Allah, your Lord, the Truth. And what can be beyond truth except error? So how are you averted?” (Quran 10:32)

Many times when we see the names and attributes of Allah (ta’ala), what comes to your mind is the promise that whoever memorizes them will enter Jannah.

But beyond their benefit when memorized, knowing the names and their meanings serves more purposes for us as Muslims.

We know that Allah (ta’ala) is the Truth. But how do we apply this knowledge in our own lives? How do we live as servants of “The Truth” such that we are an embodiment of this attribute?

Believe that Allah is True

A Muslim is someone who believes in Allah, the five articles of faith, etc. This belief in Allah (ta’ala) also translates to a belief in the truthfulness of the existence of Allah (ta’ala), as well as a belief in His supremacy.

As a true servant of Al-Haqq, you should believe that Allah (ta’ala) exists. You should believe in all His attributes, His signs, creations, and promises. Being true servants of Al-Haqq means that we don’t lend ourselves to doubting if there is a God or not. It means that we don’t doubt those things that are in the realm of the unseen, spending our time wondering about the possibility of there not being a Day of Judgment. And it also means that we believe everything that Allah (ta’ala) has told us about Himself in the Quran and through His Messenger (SAW)

“That is because Allah is the Truth, and that what they call upon other than Him is falsehood, and because Allah is the Most High, the Grand.” (Quran 31:30)

With this, a true servant of Al-Haqq believes that Allah (ta’ala) is the only true God and that everything He has told us is true.

Whenever the Prophet (ﷺ) offered the night (Tahajjud) prayer, he used to say, “O Allah! All the Praises are for You; You are the Light of the Heavens and the Earth. And all the Praises are for You; You are the Keeper of the Heavens and the Earth. All the Praises are for You; You are the Lord of the Heavens and the Earth and whatever is therein. You are the Truth, and Your Promise is the Truth, and Your Speech is the Truth, and meeting You is the Truth, and Paradise is the Truth and Hell (Fire) is the Truth and all the prophets are the Truth and the Hour is the Truth. O Allah! I surrender to You, and believe in You, and depend upon You, and repent to You, and in Your cause I fight and with Your orders I rule. So please forgive my past and future sins and those sins which I did in secret or in public. It is You Whom I worship, None has the right to be worshipped except You .” (Bukhari)

Be Truthful in Your Affairs

The literal meaning of Haqq is “truth,” and a Muslim who wants to reflect this attribute should strive to be truthful in their own lives.

Being truthful means that you do not tell lies and you do not give false witness. It means that you do not say things the way that they haven’t happened. All of these can seem like what you would tell a toddler, but the reality is that we have gotten comfortable with lies in all the different forms that it manifests.

People tell what they regard as “small lies” just to get out of uncomfortable situations. You tell your buddy that you are on your way when you are actually just getting into the shower. Or you sell an item without letting the buyer know the hidden defects. Or distort the truth to suit your own agenda, and make promises even when you have no intention of fulfilling them.

Whatever your excuse for lying, or for not saying the truth as it should be, remember that lying is a sin and that the true servant of Al-Haqq speaks the truth no matter how uncomfortable.

“It is obligatory for you to tell the truth, for truth leads to virtue and virtue leads to Paradise, and the man who continues to speak the truth and endeavours to tell the truth is eventually recorded as truthful with Allah, and beware of telling of a lie for telling of a lie leads to obscenity and obscenity leads to Hell-Fire, and the person who keeps telling lies and endeavours to tell a lie is recorded as a liar with Allah.” (Muslim)

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Encourage Others Towards the Truth

The responsibility of speaking the truth also involves us encouraging others towards the truth. The Messenger of Allah (SAW) was not only known for his truthfulness, he was also known for encouraging others to speak the truth.

Encouraging others to speak the truth means raising your children to recognize the importance of being truthful as Muslims. It means advising people when you have caught them in a lie, and it also means standing up in the face of what is not the truth.

The last option, standing up in the face of what is not true, may be the most difficult for us to do. Especially when the situation does not concern us. But it is also one of the most important. Because in our societies nowadays, many problems have occurred because of people’s lies going unchallenged.

Families have been torn apart, communities broken and people’s lives ruined because people who are not truthful have not been cautioned.

As servants of Al-Haqq, we know the truth, and we have a duty to guard it. Call people to the truth of Islam and also call them to speaking the truth in everything they say.

Do this verbally and also do it with your actions. Because when people have come to know you as a truthful person, they become endeared to you and can become influenced by your character.


Originally shared by Quran Academy

Looking Through My Window

Looking Through My Window

Many a long hour I sit in my chair
The window open to let in God’s good
It’s a picturesque view for all to see
Especially the lovely,

Tall ash tree
In the spring it was late starting to sprout
But at last the buds just opened out
Now it is standing majestic and tall
Covered in green leaves,

From which the birds call
I watch it each day in the breeze blowing
Without human aid it simply keeps growing
Telling us God’s help is always there
For everyone who really cares
So look out of your window,

All day long
Then you will feel like singing a song
Of thanks and praise for the one above
Giving us everything,

Especially His love

Source: Looking Through My Window

Am I Materialistic?

Materialism is a common word used frequently when ever we see attachment of a person with possessions or running after the career or to become a millionaire etc.

Do you think a big house, expensive car, branded clothes; a lavish lifestyle can be a source of happiness? This is true if needs are met at a certain point, a person becomes satisfied but life satisfaction is different from the happiness.At a specific level, having more things becomes a liability or a burden. It’s a sad fact of consumer society, that commercialism influences our minds.

At a specific level, having more things becomes a liability or a burden. It’s a sad fact of consumer society, that commercialism influences our minds.
Living a less- materialistic life doesn’t mean to abstain from all pleasures of life. It is actually an attitude to shift the focus away from the possessions so they become less important. A person needs to be less careful about owning more and more focused towards building intangible habits. For instance, adopting good habits, challenging yourself with better goals, making your inner-world healthy etc.

Materialism fills the Void:

Our body does not only require food, and clothes only but it does have much deeper requirement beyond the physical needs. If you are feeling yourself empty or always crave for new stuff and your inner self always thriving for new and exciting things, this is your inner soul alerting you that you are missing some spiritual needs. Filling it with tangible things would be like sand that will sieve out of holes and will again leave you empty.
How do you fill that internal emptiness?
To become acceptable in the society we crave for many things some are:

– Relationships
– Passionate work challenges
– Praiseworthy achievements
– Goals to become rich
– Knowledge

Here are some ideas that to overcome our false attachments:

1) Finding Inner Peace:
*You are a soul and you have a body, as C.S. Lewis said. We are created by a perfect Master who designed a very specific hole inside of our soul which will burn and grow and ache until we seek out the only source that can fill it, i.e. relation with our Master (the Almighty, Allah).
We were created for worship. And whether we know it or not, whether we are aware of what we are doing– and even if we think we have no belief in any god or pure belief in only One God– each of us is worshiping something or someone every single day of our life. It may be our own soul, as the Qur’an talks about the fool who has made his desires his master; it may be money, fame, or power; it may be a desire to be accepted or loved by our friends, community, or family; it may be an overwhelming need to be loved by another human on a romantic level. *

To find our inner peace, every human being is required to understand his purpose of creation, and Quran has explained it very well. (Quran 51:56; 67:2)

2) Hoarding is harmful:

It’s a common behavior to hoard valuables because generally it is believed that an item will be useful for later use, or one has a sentimental attachment. Commonly stored items may be newspapers, magazines, paper, boxes, photographs, household supplies, food, and clothing.
Hoarding can be related to compulsive buying (obsession with shopping), the compulsive acquisition of free items, or the compulsive search for perfect or unique. Islam has forbidden hoarding because it causes harm to people.
To overcome your attachment to things you first need to ask a question to yourself what emotional needs am I trying to satisfy it?
For example, if it is the source of your past memories then fill your present with memories that satisfy your particular need. It ‘ll help you to get rid of your old possessions and on another side, it ‘ll be useful for those who are needier.

3) Relationships and its true value:
Balancing the relationships would be hardest thing for many people. Don’t try to look towards them as possessions. The Quran awakens the spirit of parenting by making us realize that children are not only the pomp and glitter of our lives, but also a trust from Allah in our hands. To maintain any social relationship both parties must have some clear-cut Rights as well as obligations. The relationships are reciprocal. Duties of one side are the Rights of the other side. The key point here is to understand the intrinsic value of this blessing by experiencing them but their love should not overcome your love and devotion for your Creator – Allah the Almighty.

4) Socializing/Fun time:
Your body and soul does have right on you. If you remain busy in a certain routine, you may possibly loose connection with family. So schedule times that you enjoy with people, you love.

5) Sacrifice and Serve:
Sacrifice, generally means something that is given up for the better cause. In reality, it’s a two-way contract, when you do a good deed with right intention your reward is confirmed. If you somehow can’t experience it in this life, surely you ‘ll enjoy its fruits in Hereafter. So, invest your energies in serving others. When you shift your focus from “Me and my” to others”, it effectively helps in reducing materialism.

6) Self- Control:
Everyday we are faced with choices and challenges. By keeping ourselves free, we can be victim of our temptations. Like if a society become obsessed with the top brands, luxurious life, fake standards, they start to celebrate being over the top and posh. Delusion of fashion, race to the next material thing leads to unhealthy circumstances.
Setting some limits can control it and we can see that Islam provides us guidance over this issue. However, we can enjoy our free will but in the more responsible way.

7) Develop good habits:
Building intangible assets can replace your physical ones. For example, good habits, time-management, discipline, and learning can improve your life-style. Judge yourself with ethics and attaining self-respect.

8) Don’t be the slave to your money:
When your income increase doesn’t adopt high standards of living. It might be fun to drive a flashy car and live in a big house, or having an extravagant wedding. Your ego will enjoy the quick boost resulting from spending your money on your desires. But it could chain you especially when your spending leads you into the debt.
The smarter idea is to value your freedom and spend wisely. Less glamorous require fewer mental pressures as well less maintenance. A simple lifestyle gives you the ability to focus on your productivity with better goals.

9) What will go with you?
To prioritize the things, it is better to always think what will matter in the end of life. What will go with us, and what we will leave behind in this world.

Reducing Materialism:

Ending materialism means to develop a balance between physical and spiritual needs by seeing possessions as neutral. Moreover, it is important to understand the purpose of our life is to set our priorities, which will stop our endless chasing after the wind.


References:

Juz 19 – POINTS TO PONDER (Part 1)

📖💫جزء 19 حصہ اوّل💫📖

🌅 سورة الفرقان🌅

✍🏻آیت 21 وَقَالَ الَّذِينَ لَا يَرْجُونَ۔۔۔ ذکر ان لوگوں کا جو قیامت کے دن کو جھٹلاتے ہیں

✍🏻آیت 25 وَيَوْمَ تَشَقَّقُ السَّمَاءُ ۔۔ حدیث کے مفہوم میں ہے کہ قیامت کے دن انسان کا صدقہ اس پر سایہ بنے گا

✍🏻آیت 26۔ 28 اس روز صرف الله کا ہی حکم چلے گا اور وہ لوگ ڈر رہے ہوں گے جنہوں نے الله کا پیغام اور انبیآء کے پیغام کا مذاق اڑایاہو گا۔

💎جو لوگ دنیا میں تکبر کرتے اور الله کی بات کو نہ مانتے وہ افسوس کریں گے کہ کاش انہوں نے رسول کا رستہ اپنا لیا ہوتا اور اچھی صحبت رکھی ہوتی

💎تقوی کی صفت کو مضبوط کرنا ہے کہ تنہائی میں بھی کوئی غلط کام نہ کریں ۔ اپنے ضمیر کو تقوی کے ساتھ خوبصورت بنانا ہے

💎ہمیں کوشش اور دعا کرنی ہے کہ ہم نبیﷺ کی سیرت کا مطالعہ کر یں اور ان کی سنتوں کو اپنا سکیں۔

📝ریفرنس کے لیے آخر👇🏻 میں کتاب کے لنکس کو دیکھیں

📚کتاب : آپؐ کے لیل و نہار ، 📚نبیﷺ کے معاملات اور معمولات،📚 رات و دن میں1000 دلنواز سنتیں

💎اچھی صحبت کے بارے میں ایک عالم کا قول ہے کہ اپنے دوست کے معاملے میں محتاط رہو کیونکہ انسان اسکی عادات اور اخلاق کو چرا لیتا ہے

💎رسول کریم صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم نے فرمایا نیک ساتھی اور برے ساتھی کی مثال کستوری بیچنے والے عطار اور لوہار کی سی ہے ۔ مشک بیچنے والے کے پاس سے تم دو اچھائیوں میں سے ایک نہ ایک ضرور پا لو گے ۔ یا تو مشک ہی خرید لو گے ورنہ کم از کم اس کی خوشبو تو ضرور ہی پا سکو گے ۔ لیکن لوہار کی بھٹی یا تمہارے بدن اور کپڑے کو جھلسا دے گی ورنہ بدبو تو اس سے تم ضرور پا لو گے ۔💫بخاری 2101

💎دعاؤں میں شامل رکھیں✅ الحقنی بالصالحین

💎آیت 30 نبیؐ الله سے شکوہ کر رہے ہیں کہ میری امت نے قرآن کو چھوڑ دیا یعنی پڑھ کر بھلا دیا،وہ رستہ اپنا لیا جو لوگوں نے اپنایا ہوا تھا۔

💎ہمیں بھی قرآن کو تازہ کرتے رہنا ہے۔

✍🏻آیت 44 أَمْ تَحْسَبُ أَنَّ أَكْثَرَهُمْ ۔۔۔ ہمیں اپنی نفسانی خواہشات کو کنٹرول کرنا ہے۔

💎ہمارا دین ہمیں اس بات کی بہترین رہنمائی کرتا ہے کہ نفس کو کس طرح صحیح سمت کی طرف لے کر جائیں

✍🏻آیت 45 الله کی نشانیوں پر غور و فکر مثال جیسے دھوپ اور چھاؤں میں بھی ایک خوبصورتی ہے

💎الله نے ہر چیز اعتدال کے ساتھ بنائی ہے

✍🏻آیت 52 فَلَا تُطِعِ الْكَافِرِينَ وَجَاهِدْهُم بِهِ جِهَادًا كَبِيرًا

دینے کے بجائے قرآن مجید سے جوڑیں کیونکہ اس سے دعوی کا کام مؤثر ہوتا ہے۔  logic جب بھی دعوی کا کام کریں تو

💎قرآن کے ساتھ جہاد کبیر کرنا ہے یعنی اسے سمجھنا ، سیکھنا ، سیکھانا، عمل کرنا، اپنا وقت ، مال اور صلاحیتوں کو اس رستے میں لگانا ہے۔

💎اپنے ایمان اور عقیدہ کو بھی مضبوط کرنا ہے

✍🏻آیت 53 وَهُوَ الَّذِي مَرَجَ الْبَحْرَيْنِ۔۔۔ جس طرح دو سمندر کی مثال ہے اسی طرح ہر مزاج کے لوگ اس رستے میں ملیں گے لیکن دعوی کا کام چھوڑنا نہیں ہے اور استقامت کی دعا کرنی ہے

✍🏻آیت  57قُلْ مَا أَسْأَلُكُمْ۔۔۔۔ نبیؐ کے دعوی کا مقصد لوگوں کو الله سے جوڑنا ہے

✍🏻آیت 58 جب بھی ہم دعوی کا کام کریں گے تو روحانی طاقت بھی مضبوط کرنا ہے تسبیحات کی کثرت کے ساتھ

✍🏻آیت 63 ۔74 رحمٰن کے بندوں کا عمل اور اخلاق کیسا ہوتا ہے کچھ صفات کا ذکر

✍🏻 آیت 74 ہدایت اور تقوی کی دعا کرنا ہے کہ ہمارا گھر متقین کا گھر ہو

رَبَّنَا هَبْ لَنَا مِنْ أَزْوَاجِنَا وَذُرِّيَّاتِنَا قُرَّةَ أَعْيُنٍ وَاجْعَلْنَا لِلْمُتَّقِينَ إِمَامًا

🌅سورة الشعراء🌅

✍🏻آیت 1۔2 طسم ﴿١﴾ تِلْكَ آيَاتُ الْكِتَابِ الْمُبِينِ ﴿٢﴾ مبین یعنی اس قرآن اور اس سورت میں جو آیات ہیں وہ واضح ہیں

✍🏻آیت 8 الله کی نشانیاں ہر جگہ ہیں اگر کوئی ڈھونڈنا چاہے

✍🏻آیت 13 اگر الله کا پیغام کسی ایسے انسان کو دینا ہے جو اس کو ماننے کا انکار کرتا ہے تو ان دعاؤں کو پڑھیں

✳️ استخارہ کی دعا کے ساتھ

رَبِّ اشْرَحْ لِي صَدْرِي وَيَسِّرْ لِي أَمْرِي وَاحْلُلْ عُقْدَةً مِّن لِّسَانِي يَفْقَهُوا قَوْلِي

✳️ یا حی یا قیوم کی کثرت

✳️اللّٰهُمَّ اهْدِ قَلْبِیْ وَسَدِّدْ لِسَانِیْ وَاسْلُلْ سَخِیْمَةَ قَلْبِیْاے الله! میرے دل کو راہ نمائی عطا فرما، میری زبان کو درستگی عطا فرما اور میرے دل کے کینے کو دور فرما

(مسند احمد:1997)

✍🏻آیت 24 رب کا خوبصورت تعارف موسیؑ نے کرایا


Originally posted on telegram channel ‘Al-Qur’an Al-Tazkeer’

Related Links: Juz 18 Part 1Part 2

 

Mentioned Books in the above reflection:

  1. Aap صلى الله عليه وسلم ke Lailo Nahaar
  2. 1000 Dilnawaz Suanatien
  3. Muhammad s.a.w Maamoolat Aur Muamlat
  4. Muhammad – Habits & Dealings
  5. Beautiful Compilation of Duas – Dua Kijeye and App is also available in app store