ALLAH subhana’watalah TESTS HIS SERVANTS AS HE WILLS

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A general perception is if Allah subhana’watalah loves a person, then He would make his entire life flowers and sunshine. Moreover, if Allah willed, he could have made life on this earth a paradise with no pain, worry or difficulties of any kind. Unfortunately, this is not the reality of this life. But there are good reasons.

The Prophets were the most severely tested, Allah tests people according to their strength in religion. Prophet Ayyub (Job) alayhisalam, had plenty of livestock, cattle and crops, many children and beautiful houses, and he was tested in these things, losing every thing he had. Then he was tested with regard to his body, and he was left alone on the edge of the city and there was no one who treated him with compassion apart from his wife, who took care of him. It was said that it reached the stage where she was in need, so she started to serve people (to earn money) for his sake. Then,Prophet Ayyub (Job) alayhisalam, supplicated to his Lord,

وَأَيُّوبَ إِذْ نَادَى رَبَّهُ أَنِّى مَسَّنِىَ الضُّرُّ وَأَنتَ أَرْحَمُ الرَّاحِمِينَ – فَاسْتَجَبْنَا لَهُ فَكَشَفْنَا مَا بِهِ مِن ضُرٍّ وَءَاتَيْنَـهُ أَهْلَهُ وَمِثْلَهُمْ مَّعَهُمْ رَحْمَةً مِّنْ عِندِنَا وَذِكْرَى لِلْعَـبِدِينَ

And (remember) Ayyub, when he cried to his Lord: “Verily, distress has seized me, and You are the Most Merciful of all those who show mercy (Surah Al-Anbiya 83)

And Allah Almighty responded as,

فَاسْتَجَبْنَا لَهُ فَكَشَفْنَا مَا بِهِ مِن ضُرٍّ وَءَاتَيْنَـهُ أَهْلَهُ وَمِثْلَهُمْ مَّعَهُمْ رَحْمَةً مِّنْ عِندِنَا وَذِكْرَى لِلْعَـبِدِينَ

“So We answered his call, and We removed the distress that was on him, and We restored his family to him, and the like thereof along with them as a mercy from Ourselves and a Reminder for all those who worship Us”.

(Surah Al-Anbiya 84)

Mus’ad ibn Sa’eed reported: His father asked,

حَسَبِ دِينِهِ فَإِنْ كَانَ دِينُهُ صُلْبًا اشْتَدَّ بَلَاؤُهُ وَإِنْ كَانَ فِي دِينِهِ رِقَّةٌ ابْتُلِيَ عَلَى حَسَبِ دِينِهِ فَمَا يَبْرَحُ الْبَلَاءُ بِالْعَبْدِ حَتَّى يَتْرُكَهُ يَمْشِي عَلَى الْأَرْضِ مَا عَلَيْهِ خَطِيئَةٌ

2398 سنن الترمذي كِتَاب الزُّهْدِ عَنْ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ما رأيت الوجع على أحد أشد منه على رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم

قَالَ أَبُو عِيسَى هَذَا حَدِيثٌ حَسَنٌ صَحِيحٌ

“O Messenger of Allah, which people are tested most severely?” The Messenger of Allah, sallulaho copy said, “They are the prophets, then the next best, then the next best. A man is tried according to his religion. If he is firm in his religion, then his trials will be more severe, and if he is weak in religion, then he is tried according to his strength in religion. The servant will continue to be tried until he is left walking upon the earth without any sin.”

(Source: Sunan At-Tirmidhi 2398 – Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to At-Tirmidhi)

Allah subhana’watalah made him an example for those who are tested by trials, think that Allah do that to them because He do not care for them, so that they may take him as an example of patience in accepting the decrees of Allah and bearing the trials with which He tests His servants as He wills. And Allah has the utmost wisdom with regard to that.

General Attitude: But some of us are easily swayed away from what is good and true. At the slightest misfortune or difficulty, we turn away from God, forgetting that we owe Him everything.

Exceptional Attitude: However, there are few others, who are more patient and remain steadfast on what Allah and His Messenger have given us in the form of guidance. This guidance is to be followed for our benefit, not Lord’s. We are strengthened by adversity, knowing full well that each test provides an opportunity to prove our faith, and to turn to Him in prayer and gratitude.

What is required: At the time of difficulty we should look to those worse off than ourselves, not those who are better off and thank God for what we have. It is only through great adversity that we truly appreciate what we have. The blessed month of Ramadan, which some of us dread, but the wisest of us long for, will soon return to remind us of this reality.

We should take every opportunity to remain conscious of God at every moment, making every action, every word, every thought, in fact our whole existence, a form of worship.

Benefit: If we can achieve that, and a very difficult road it is to travel, then we will have earned, by the Mercy of Allah alone, a place of eternal bliss where there will be no pain, or worry, or difficulties of any kind.

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JOURNEY TO ALLAH

Imam AlShafi’ee said, “Journey to Allah limping and broken and don’t wait for wellness, because waiting for wellness is inability.”

What is the meaning of journey to Allah broken?

It means, for example, that you get up to pray but your prayer is still without focus, you recite the quran but it is a broken recitation far from perfection…

Don’t worry, continue and seek out who will teach you to recite.

You begin to live your life in a way that is pleasing to Allah but at times your soul and desires overpower you…

Continue journeying to Allah and don’t delay. Don’t wait for the right moment to turn towards Allah. The moment your heart is inclined to Allah then go to Him Immediately.

Ibn AlQayyim said, “A person will continue to struggle with obedience until it becomes beloved to them. And so Allah will send angels that will inspire them and push them.

They will awaken him from his sleep for it, and from his gatherings for it. Allah said, “And those who strive in our path, we will certainly guide them to our path.”

Strive. Try. Endure. Persevere. And ask Allah.

However much a person comes closer to Allah they are gifted to experience a sweetness that they taste in their wakefulness, in their sleep and in their food. Until they experience what Allah has promised, “We will give them a beautiful life.”

DUA TIP

In the Qur’an, when you come across the ayaat that say: “Allah loves…(so-and-so)” ask Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala to make you of them. Say:

Allahumma ja’alani minhum (O Allah make me of them) or Allahumma ja’alna minhum (O Allah make us of them).

For e.g.

“And spend in the way of Allah and do not throw [yourselves] with your [own] hands into destruction [by refraining]. And do good; indeed, Allah loves the doers of good.” [2:195]

After reading this when you say Allahumma ja’alna minhum, you are asking Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala to make you from the “doers of good”.

May Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala raise the status of Dr.Israr Ahmad who taught this, accept all the good that he did and may He overlook his shortcomings, ameen.

 

Written By: Verse By Verse Quran Study Circle

Tips for Serious Seekers of the Qur’an

Are you one of those people who rarely touches the Quran? Or do you read daily, but don’t find it is having the impact on you that it should? Whatever the case may be, these are some simple tips that can help you connect with the Quran.

1. Check your Niyah before touching Quran:

The key to really benefiting from the Quran is to check your heart first, before you even touch Allah’s book. Ask yourself, honestly, why you are reading it. Is it to just get some information and to let it drift away from you later? Remember that the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) was described by his wife as a “walking Quran”: in other words, he didn’t just read and recite the Quran, he lived it.

2. Do your Wudu (ablution)

Doing your Wudu is good physical and mental preparation to remind you you’re not reading just another book. You are about to interact with Allah almighty, so being clean should be a priority when communicating with Him.

3. Read only 5 minutes everyday

Too often, we think we should read Quran for at least one whole hour. If you aren’t in the habit of reading regularly, this is too much. Start off with just five minutes daily. If you took care of step one, Insha Allah (God willing), you will notice that those five minutes will become ten, then half an hour, then an hour, and maybe even more!

4. Make sure you understand what you’ve read

Wait, what? You don’t understand Arabic? You aren’t Arab? You’re Arab, but your tajweed (rules of recitation/pronunciation) is really off?

Five minutes of reading the Quran in Arabic is good, but you need to understand what you’re reading. Make sure you have a good translation of the Quran in the language you understand best. Always try to read the translation of what you’ve read that day . For you, the Prophet ﷺ has shared words of encouragement,

“Such a person who recites the Qur’an and masters it by heart, will be with the noble righteous scribes (in Heaven). And such a person exerts himself to learn the Qur’an by heart, and recites it with great difficulty, will have a double reward,” (Muslim).

5. Don’t just read, listen too

There are now many CDs and audio sources of the Quran, a number of them with translations as well. This is great to put on your walkman or your car’s CD or stereo as you drive to and from work. Use this in addition to your daily Quran reading, not as a replacement for it.

6. Do Good Deeds “For the Sake of the Qur’an”

When one experiences extra difficulty in reading, understanding or memorizing or has just finished a great portion, give some sadqa, (financial or action-based charity) and ask Allah to accept it for the Qur’an; ask Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala fervently for tawfiq (success), for sincerity, and for a love life with His Words.  The Qur’an is special and it does not “need” us. We need the Qur’an to guide us and to enrich our lives. The Qur`an isn’t going to just come to anyone who attempts to memorize it, then leaves it, then attempts it, then leaves it. It also doesn’t just easily lend itself to individuals who knowingly commit sins and persist in those sins without regret and without seeking to change. As one Shaykh taught,

“The Quran is Aziz (dear, noble, venerated). If you don’t want to be with it or memorize it, then it’s not going to ‘wait around’ for you.”

You want to be special to the Qur’an? Work for it through your righteous actions when you’re not working with it directly.

7. Make Dua (supplication)

Ask Allah to guide you when you read the Quran. Your aim is to sincerely, for the love of Allah, interact with Him by reading, understanding and applying His blessed words. Making Dua to Allah for help and guidance will be your best tool for doing this.

We all seek for our hearts to be in a state of contentment, tranquility and ease. Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala tells us, “Those who believe, and whose hearts find rest in the remembrance of Allah, verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest,” (Quran, 13:28).

The best form of remembrance is that of the Quran. Will you allow your heart to find rest through it?