[Al-Kahf 18:109] Al-Kahf Challenge (19/20)

“If anyone learns by heart the first 10 Ayat of Surah Al-Kahf,
he will be protected from the Dajjal.”  [Sahih Muslim]
Al-Kahf Challenge is to make the memorization & understanding of the first 10 & the last 10 Ayat of Surah Al-Kahf easy, insya Allah. To catch up on the previous posts of this series, click here📌

To read in chronological order, please click the links below:
Pg 1 | Pg 2 | Pg 3 | Pg 4 | Pg 5 | Pg 6 | Pg 7 | Pg 8 | Pg 9 | Pg 10
Pg 11Pg 12Pg 13 | Pg 14Pg 15 | Pg 16 | Pg 17 | Pg 18 Pg 19 | Pg 20  | Pg 21

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Say: “If the sea were ink for [writing] the words of my Rabb,
the sea would be exhausted before the words of my Rabb were exhausted,
even if We brought the like of it as a supplement.”
[Al-Kahf 18:109]

This Ayah addresses the power and might of Allah’s Words. If the entire ocean was the ink for a pen to write down the words, wisdom, and signs of Allah, the sea would run dry long before all could be written down.

How many decades and how many generations of Muslims have taken upon themselves to study the Qur’an? Yet none of us can say that we have fully finished studying it. None of us can say that we have truly and extensively understood the meaning of the Qur’an.

This is because no one can comprehend the greatness of Allah, or praise Him as He deserves to be praised. The blessings of this world, in comparison to the blessings of the Hereafter, are like a tiny mustard seed compared to the entire world.

Indeed Ar-Rabi’ ibn Anas said, “The parable of the knowledge of all of mankind, in comparison to the knowledge of Allah, is that of a drop of water in comparison to all of the oceans.”

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For the article written in collaboration with The Ideal Muslimah & mp3 of the Ayah, please click here.

[Madaarij us-Saalikeen] The Station of Toma’aneenah (Tranquillity)

“O you the one in complete rest and satisfaction [toma’aneenah]!
Come back to your Rabb, well-pleased and well-pleasing unto Him!
Enter you, then, among My (honoured) slaves, and enter you My Paradise!”
[Al-Fajr 89:27-30]

Many of us have memorized these ayat by heart, but how far have we truly understood what they mean? A short reflection on these ayat has been posted, alhamdulillah. However in this particular post, we will focus on the writing of Ibn Al-Qayyim rahimahullah.

He rahimahullah wrote that [toma’aneenah] means tranquility. It is the satisfaction of the heart with whatever circumstances that befall a person, without any feeling of anxiety or restlessness. How can one attain such peace and tranquility? Allah s.w.t. says:

Those who believed and whose hearts find rest [toma’aneenah] in the remembrance of Allah, verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest [toma’aneenah].
[Ar-Rad 13:28]

The only way we can truly attain such tranquility is by the remembrance of Allah s.w.t. Nothing else will cut it. There are two opinions regarding the meaning of this ayah, and the more sound opinion holds that the meaning of the remembrance of Allah is the Qu’ran – that only through the study, pondering, and deep understanding of the Qur’an will allow a person to attain toma’aneenah. This is because the heart can’t have toma’aneenah except by faith and certainty, and there are no means of attaining faith and certainty except through the Qur’an. The Qur’an is the means to attain certainty and firmness in faith, and to remove doubts. However, the benefit from the Qur’an will not be sound unless one’s heart perceives the reflections of His Rabb’s Names and Attributes, and His Laws, within himself and in everything around him within this universe. Those who refuses, Allah s.w.t. says:

And whosoever turns away blindly from the remembrance of Ar-Rahman,
We appoint for him a Shaitan to be an intimate companion to him.

[Az-Zukhruf 43:36]

Again, the sound opinion here is that Allah’s Remembrance is that which He sent to His Messenger sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam – i.e. the Qur’an. Whoever turns away from this, Allah will appoint a shaitan for him, who will misguide and deter him from the straight path even though the person may think that he is righteously guided.

But whosoever turns away from My Remembrance, verily for him is a life of hardship and We shall raise him up blind on the Day of Resurrection.
[Ta-Ha 20:124]

This is why the one that turns away from it will say, “O my Rabb! Why have you raised me up blind while I had sight (before)?” [Ta-Ha 20:125] And Allah s.w.t. will respond by saying, “Like this, Our Ayat came unto you but you disregarded them, and so this Day you will be neglected.” [Ta-Ha 20:126]

Therefore, the believers who ponder on the Qur’an, who study the Qur’an, Allah s.w.t. will deposit toma’aneenah in their hearts and souls. It is these people with toma’aneenah whom Allah s.w.t. will grant the joy, the delight, and the good news of admission into Jannah, and to be with those with toma’aneenah. So we return to the ayat:

“O you the one in complete rest and satisfaction [toma’aneenah]!
Come back to your Rabb, well-pleased and well-pleasing unto Him!
Enter you, then, among My (honoured) slaves, and enter you My Paradise!”
[Al-Fajr 89:27-30]

The ayah “O you with toma’aneenah! Come back to your Rabb…” therefore indicates that the soul will not return to Allah unless it is characterized by toma’aneenah. Meaning, to be eligible to be one of the righteous souls that will receive such a call from his Rabb, one needs to attain toma’aneenah first in this dunya. And for these people, there will be great happiness and a beautiful place for their final return: they will return to their Rabb, the Most High, and they will be from among His honored slaves, and they will be allowed to enter His Paradise. May Allah s.w.t. make us and our loved ones one of them – Allahumma ameen!

After internalizing the above, there are three hard-hitting lessons that I wish to focus:

Lesson #1
Attaining toma’aneenah is only through the remembrance of Allah s.w.t. i.e. the Qur’an.
If you do not strive to attain toma’aneenah in this dunya, then do not have the wishful thinking you will be that righteous soul whom Allah s.w.t. calls: “O you with toma’aneenah! Come back to your Rabb…”
Do not have the wishful thinking of ever achieving such high status in the Eyes of Allah s.w.t. and ever receiving this prominent invitation from your Rabb if you yourself refuse to give time to ponder and study the Qur’an.
And if you turn away and neglect the remembrance of Allah s.w.t. while you’re still alive, then be ready to be neglected on the Day of Resurrection.
This is the most hard-hitting lesson of all, and it is a strong reminder for myself foremost.

Lesson#2
In order to attain such toma’aneenah, and all other benefits, by studying the Qur’an, one of the essentials that a person must strive to learn is the Beautiful Names and Attributes of Allah s.w.t., and then apply this knowledge in our everyday lives – meaning, for example, it’s not sufficient for one to know that Allah s.w.t. is Ar-Razzaq (The Provider) yet abandons his prayers to chase sales and profits, and takes bribes. This person has not truly understand and internalize this knowledge. This person will not be able to attain toma’aneenah, and will not be qualified as the righteous soul mentioned in the ayat above.

Lesson #3
Those who refuse to give time for the Qur’an, those who turn away from it, not only will he never attain toma’aneenah, and not only will he never be the righteous soul whom Allah s.w.t. calls out in His invitation, but Allah s.w.t. will also appoint a shaitan for him as his close companion in this dunya. He will think that he is righteously guided, he will think he is safe, yet the shaitan has already misguided and deterred him from the straight path. May Allah s.w.t. protect us and our loved ones from ever be misguided – Allahumma ameen.

The Benefits of Attaining Toma’aneenah in the Dunya

Ibn Al-Qayyim rahimahullah continued to write that toma’aneenah is more than tranquillity. It includes knowledge, faith and the attainment of what is known.

If the slave of Allah has toma’aneenah with Allah’s Commands, then he knows that Allah’s religion is the truth and that Allah will certainly support him and is sufficient for him and his family.

If the slave of Allah has toma’aneenah with Allah’s Decrees, then he knows that nothing will reach him except what Allah has already written for him. He knows that whatever Allah wishes will come to pass, and whatever Allah doesn’t wish will not not come to pass. Nothing will happen unless it is written, and if it is written, then nothing can stop it. Therefore, there should be no fear, worries, or concern for those with faith.

If an adversity occurs and the believer can do something, then he should do so. However, if he cannot, then he should not be annoyed or dismayed.

May Allah s.w.t. grant us all toma’aneenah.

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Reference:
Madaarij us-Saalikeen, by Ibn al-Qayyim rahimahullah

[Al-Hashr 59:21] The Greatness of the Qur’an

Had We sent down this Qur’an on a mountain,
you would surely have seen it humbling itself and rent asunder by the fear of Allah.
Such are the parables which We put forward to mankind that they may reflect.
[Al-Hashr 59:21]

In this ayah, Allah s.w.t. emphasizes the greatness of the Qur’an, its high status and of being worthy of making hearts humble and rent asunder upon hearing it, because of the true promises and sure threats that it contains.

Then if this is the case with a mountain which is hard and massive – that if it was made able to comprehend and understand this Qur’an – will feel humble and crumble from fear of Allah the Exalted, then what about you, O mankind? Why do your hearts not feel softness and humbleness from the fear of Allah, even though you understand Allah’s command and comprehend His Book?

If the solid mountains feel humble and are rent asunder from the fear of Allah, if it heard Allah’s Speech and comprehended it, what about you O mankind – who heard the Qur’an and understood it?

Allahumma, revive the state of our hearts!

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Reference:
Tafsir Ibn Kathir

True Independence

My wise husband once said: “Kemerdekaan yang sebenar ialah merdeka daripada mengharap kepada makhluk.” As us Malaysians celebrated Independence Day, remind ourselves what true merdeka really is.

All the praises and thanks are to Allah [Alhamdulillah], Who has sent down to His slave (Muhammad SAW) the Book (the Qur’an), and has not placed therein any crookedness.
[Al-Kahf 18:1]

The word [Alhamdulillah] means all praise & gratitude to Allah s.w.t. for everything. But sometimes Allah s.w.t. highlights a specific matter in the Qur’an for us to reflect upon, and upon that reflection, the word that should come out from our mouth is Alhamdulillah.

In this ayah, Allah s.w.t. says there is no room for any deviation in the Qur’an. What it means is that no matter how political, ideology, economy, technology, fashion, or culture changes – one thing will not change – and that is the Qur’an. Its values, principles & truth are straight and clear as how it was first revealed.

Because when humanity itself dictates what is normal, common standard will always deviate. What was used to be detested or unacceptable by the society several years ago, have been accepted as normal today. If we are blind consumers, we will follow whatever and however the society defines what “normal” is. But Allah s.w.t. says: “If you obey the majority of those on earth, they will make you lose the way of Allah…” [Al-An’aam 6:116]

So alhamdulillah, the Qur’an teaches us that we are not those who keep changing our standards when the world changes.
Alhamdulillah, we are freed from slavery to fashions & trends, from wanting to become popular, from being like anyone else.
Alhamdulillah, Allah s.w.t. has removed these unnecessary pressures from us.
Alhamdulillah, our Deen teaches us that true merdeka is freedom from all false attachments, but to rely on Allah s.w.t. solely.
And because of that
and more than we can possible imagine, we say:
Alhamdulillah.

10 Reasons That Cause The Love of Allah to Develop

For our self-reflections ❤

Ibn Al-Qayyim (rahimahullah) says that there are 10 reasons which cause mahabbah (love) of Allah to develop:

“First: Reciting the Qur‘an, reflecting, and understanding its meaning and its intent.

Second: Drawing closer to Allah s.w.t. through optional deeds, AFTER fulfilling the obligatory duties.

Third: Being continuous in the dhikr (remembrance) of Allah, with the tongue, the heart, and the limbs – under all circumstances. The more constant the dhikr, the more mahabbah develops and intensifies.

Fourth: Giving precedence to what Allah loves over personal loves, when being overcome by desires.

Fifth: Contemplating and deliberating over the Names and Attributes of Allah.

Sixth: Recognising and remembering the favours and bounties of Allah – both the manifest and hidden.

Seventh: To be humble and submissive before Allah – and this is the greatest matter.

Eighth: To be in seclusion reciting the Qur‘an during that time in which Allah descends to the lowest heaven (which is the last third of every night), finishing this recitation with seeking Allah’s forgiveness and repenting to Him.

Ninth: To sit in the gatherings of true and sincere lovers of Allah, reaping the fruits of their speech, and not to speak except if there is benefit in it, and that you know that such talk will increase you in goodness and that it will benefits others.

Tenth: To stay clear of all those causes which distances the heart from Allah.

So these are the 10 reasons which cause the person to develop true love for Allah and to reach the rank of al-muhabbah, by which he reaches his Beloved.”
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Madarijus-Salikin (3/17-18)