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Picture perfect: Be Patient

“And be patient, for surely Allah does not waste  the reward  of the good-doers.”
[Quran 11:115]

10 July 2014

Allah knows the best - A King's experience

Inspirational Stories to reflect
A story is told about a King in Africa who had a close friend that he grew up with. the friend used to always accom...pany the king when he traveled.The friend had a habit of looking at every situation that ever occurred in his life (positive or negative) by remarking, "All praise be to Allah, Almighty Allah knows best"

One day the King and his friend were out on a hunting expedition. The friend would load and prepare the guns for the King. The friend had apparently done something wrong in preparing one of the guns, for after taking the gun from his friend, the King fired it and his thumb was blown off. Examining the situation the friend remarked as usual, "All praise be to Allah, Almighty Allah knows best" To which the King replied, "No, this is NOT good!" and ordered his soldiers to put his friend into jail.

About a year later, the King was hunting in an area that he should have known to stay clear of. Cannibals captured the King and took him to their village. They tied his hands, stacked some wood, set up a stake and bound him to the stake.They were preparing to eat him. As they came near to set fire to the wood, they noticed that the King was missing a thumb. Being superstitious, they never ate anyone who was less than whole.They believed that a thumbless person was defective and accursed. So after untying the King, they chased him out of the village

When the King reached his Palace, he was reminded of the event that had taken his thumb and felt remorse for his treatment of his friend. He went immediately to the jail to speak with his friend.

"You were right" the King said, "it was good that my thumb was blown off." And he proceeded to tell the friend all that had just happened. " I am very sorry for sending you to jail for so long. It was bad for me to do this."

"No," his friend replied, "this is good ... All praise be to Allah, Almighty Allah knows best"

"What do you mean, 'this is good'! How could it be good that I sent my friend to jail for a year?"

The King's friend replied: "Remember that the Almighty knows best and if I had NOT been in jail, I would have been with you(on this hunting trip).Look, he said lifting up his hands...I have all my fingers and they would have certainly eaten me!"

'He knows what is before them and what is behind them: And to Allah go back all questions (for decision)"Quran 22:76 

Do Not Judge Things or Events by their Immediate Outcome!

Know that whatever is written for you and befalls you, is better than what you think should have happened. Omar ibn al-Khattab once said: I don't care what state I wake up in, good or bad; because I don't know what is good for me nor do I know what is bad for me.

Everything happens or comes into being simply by Allah willing it. Allah only has to say, "Be" and something comes into being."

11 April 2014

Picture Perfect: Everything has a reward

"Any good deed they perform will not go unrecognized (or unrewarded). Allah is very well aware of the pious ones!" [Quran 3:115]

18 March 2014

Hadith Info: Secret Dhikr

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Secret Dhikr is the best Dhikr.” [Ihya Ulum Id-Deen]

Don’t waste your good deeds by informing others about them, obviously or obliquely. And try to perform your good deeds while hidden from the eyes of men.

To do a good deed is indeed not as difficult as safeguarding it is. To obtain the maximum reward for it on the Day of Judgement it must have been done for Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) alone and so must be saved from being used to show-off and earn mileage in the world.

Another Hadith states that the reward of a secret deed is seventy times more than that of an open deed.

23 February 2014

A dead Father's letter to his son

When Ahmad (Father) was sensing his approaching death, he called his son to his side and gave him the following instructions.

Father : My son, I shall be leaving you very shortly. On the day when I die, and they have washed my body and come to wrap it in the shroud, I want you to put one of my socks on my foot.This is my final request of you. 

Soon after this, the father did indeed die, leaving behind his goods and property, his children and his dependents. Family, friends, acquaintances and neighbours attended his funeral. The body had been washed and was almost completely wrapped in the shroud, when the son remembered his father’s wish. Finding one of his old socks, he handed it to the washer of the dead, saying.

Son: In accordance with my father’s last request, please put this sock on his foot.

Washer: That is quite impossible. Such a thing is utterly impermissible in Islam. I cannot act against the Shariah.

Son: That was my father’s final request; it must certainly be carried out.

Washer: If you won’t take my word for it, go and ask the mufti. He will confirm what I tell you, that it is not

Holding up the funeral, they consulted the mufti, preachers and scholars, all of whom declared that this was not permissible in Islam. Just then, an aged friend of the deceased interrupted the debate with these words to the son.

Friend: My boy, your father entrusted me with a letter which I was to hand over to you after his departure. Here, this letter belongs to you. Taken by surprise, the boy opened the envelope and read out the contents of his father’s letter.

Letter: ''My son, all this wealth and property I have left to you. Now you see, at the last moment, they won't even let you give me an old sock to wear. When you yourself come one day to be in my condition they will also refuse to let you keep anything but your shroud. Eight yards of shroud are all you will be able to carry over from this fleeting world into the Hereafter. So pull yourself together and be prepared. Spend the fortune I have left you, not for the satisfaction of vain desires, but in ways pleasing to Allah, that you may achieve honor in both worlds.”