Focus Not On The Tests, Focus on Our Attitude

We are constantly being tested by Allah s.w.t. in this dunya, either in a form of difficulty, or ease. This beautiful religion of ours teaches us to be patient when we are hit with difficulties, and to be syukur / grateful when in ease.

This life is like a coin – one side is Patience, and the other is Syukur – meaning that every incident that we will go through the moment we wake up until the moment we sleep, will be between these two incidents that either require Patience or Gratefulness.

The problem with us is this: that we think Allah only tests us with difficulties. The death of a loved one, or the loss of revenue in business – it’s easy for us to call these events as tests from Allah. But it’s not easy for us to remind ourselves that incidents like getting married, or getting a promotion are also tests from Him. It’s hard to convince ourselves and realize that these moments of ease, just like those moments of difficulties, are all tests from Allah s.w.t.

Why is this realization important?

Because both Patience and Syukur are means to carve our way to Jannah. The one who is wealthy yet grateful, and the one who is poor yet patient – while both have different tests – have equal chance to earn Allah’s Pleasure. Similarly, both have equal chance to earn the displeasure of Allah if they are not grateful or patient.

There is absolutely no one who will not be tested by Allah, meaning there is absolutely no one whom Allah does not give him or her a chance to be patient or to be grateful.

When Allah sends us difficulties, it does not necessarily mean He is displeased with us. And when Allah sends us ease, it does not necessarily mean He is pleased with us.
It’s not the test that we should be focusing on.
But it’s our attitude that we should work on.

Rasulallah sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam said:
“Indeed greater reward comes with greater trial.
And indeed, when Allah loves a people He subjects them to trials,
so whoever is content, then for him is pleasure,
and whoever is discontent, then for him is wrath.”
[At-Tirmidhi | Graded Hasan]

Aleppo: The Beginning, Not The End

I strongly encourage everyone to watch this video. Imam Karim AbuZaid, may Allah s.w.t. preserve him share with us a piece of hope in the midst of all the chaos and despair regarding Aleppo.

There is a plot against Syria by the world, to defeat Islam there, to destroy the correct teaching of Islam based on the understanding of the first 3 best and praised generations. It is an orchestrated plan to send a message to the Sunni Muslims so that they will be psychologically defeated. Why?

Because Syria will mark the ultimate victory of Islam in the future.

“Allah will send ‘Isa ibn Maryam (alayhi salaam), who will come down at the white minaret in the east of Damascus, wearing two Mahrud [garment dyed with Wars and then Saffron], resting his hands on the wings of two angels. When he lowers his head, beads of perspiration will fall from it. Every disbeliever who smells the fragrance of his breath will die, and his breath will reach as far as his eye can see. Then he will set out and catch up with him (the Dajjal) at the gate of Ludd, and will kill him.”
[Sunan Ibn Majaj (Sahih)]

If Al-Sham is where the greatest fitnah ever to be faced on this earth (the Dajjal) ended, then insya Allah, Al-Sham will be able to withstand the current situation it is facing (Al-Sham refers to Syria, Palestine, Lebanon and Jordan).

This is our hope in the midst of our despair.
O Muslims, believe in the plans of Allah s.w.t.!
And do not forget the arrows of the night. For the sake of Allah, on the last third of the night, wake up for our brothers and sisters in Aleppo, and make du’a for them. May Allah s.w.t. relieve their suffering. May Allah s.w.t. unite the Muslims.

“And they plotted, and Allah plotted too.
And Allah is the Best of those who plot.”
[Ali Imran 3:54]

 

Trials are our Opportunities

“Were it not for the trials in this world,
we would be arriving bankrupt on the Day of Judgement.”

Ibn al-Qayyim rahimahullah
[Zaad Al Ma’aad (4/176)]

If you are undergoing tests or calamities, then be patient o Muslims, and remain steadfast on the truth for these tests may raise your rank in the sight of Allah s.w.t.

🌸Rasulallah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said:
“If Allah wants to do good to somebody, He afflicts him with trials.” [1]

🌸He sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam also said:
“When Allah has decreed for a servant a rank which he has not attained by his action, He (Allah s.w.t.) afflicts him in his body, or his property or his children. He then enables him to endure that. So that He may bring him to the rank decreed from him by Allah.” [2]

🌸He sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam also said:
“When Allah wants good for his slave, He hastens his punishment in the world. And when He wants bad for His slave, He withholds his sins from him until he appears before Him on the Day of Judgement. Indeed greater reward comes with greater trial. And indeed, when Allah loves a people He subjects them to trials, so whoever is content, then for him is pleasure, and whoever is discontent, then for him is wrath.” [3]

So do not look to trials and tribulations as calamities, but look to them as opportunities to be stronger as you emerge from them with less sins, more rewards, higher status, and an increase in experience and wisdom – insya Allah.
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References:
[1] Sahih Bukhari 
[2] Sunan Abi Dawud 
[3] Sunan At-Tirmidhi 

Using Qadr As An Excuse?

“You always use ‘Qadr, Qadr, Qadr’ to put Muslims to sleep!”
“You’re being so impassive about this situation!”
“So you’re saying that we shouldn’t do anything about it??”

My dear brothers and sisters in Islam, remember the hadith of when we are inflicted with calamity, we are taught to never say “If only I had done so and so, this would not have happened…” because the word ‘If’ will open the gate for Shaitan to enter and corrupt our iman. Rather, we are taught to say: Allah s.w.t. has decreed and whatever He will, He does. [1]

So we shall accept it.
But today and in the future – we’re going to do something about it.
This is the attitude that all Muslims should have.
And this is applicable not only in regard to the presidency of Donald Trump.
This is applicable in our daily lives.
There are people who are so accustomed to sins and laziness and blame their situation because of Qadr.
Islam doesn’t teach us to be lazy.
It doesn’t teach us to be complacent.
It doesn’t teach us to be idle, neglectful, procrastinate.
These are all weak excuses to run away from responsibilities.
Jangan salahkan Qadar sekiranya anda sendiri yang malas untuk berusaha.

We utilize our belief in the Qadr of Allah s.w.t. to find comfort in what has been inflicted upon us.
But we do not use this belief in the Qadr to justify our laziness.
For the present and the future – we MUST & SHOULD strive.
And this is part of tawakkul upon Allah s.w.t.

#WakeUp
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[1] Sunan Ibn Majah

On Donald Trump’s Presidency: Khayr, insya Allah

Say: “O Allah! Possessor of the kingdom, You give the kingdom to whom You will, and You take the kingdom from whom You will, and You endue with honour whom You will, and You humiliate whom You will.
In Your Hand is the good.
Verily, You are Able to do all things.

[Ali Imran 3:26]

In the midst of all the confusion, this is a beautiful ayah for us to internalize.
Allah s.w.t. is the Sole Owner of the Kingship.
The fact that Allah has bestowed some power to this person,
took it away from another,
dignify someone,
and humiliate another…
All of this is khayr.

Even after much consideration of the pros and cons, even after so many efforts that everyone tried to put in place,
Allah s.w.t. has willed for this to happen.
And we as Muslims believe:
بِيَدِكَ ٱلۡخَيۡرُ‌
“In Your Hand is the good.”
All of this is khayr.
So restore your belief in the Qadr and Wisdom of Allah s.w.t.

On Donald Trump’s Presidency: Victory Comes From Allah s.w.t. Alone

Ibn Abbas reported that Ibrahim a.s. said when he was thrown into the fire
“Allah is enough for us, and excellent is He as the Guardian.”
and it was likewise said by Muhammad sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam, when they said:
“Verily, the people have gathered against you, so fear them.
But it only increased their faith and they said:
Allah is enough for us, and excellent is He as the Guardian.” [Ali Imran 3:173] [1]

Indeed, victory does not come from anyone except Allah. Alone. Not by Donald Trump. Not by Hillary Clinton. Not by anyone. Remember when Umar r.a. said:

“Verily, we were a disgraceful people and Allah honored us with Islam,
so if we seek honor from other than Islam, then Allah will humiliate us.” [2]

So this victory and honor must be EARNED. But how could we expect victory, when we ourselves have forsaken our Sustainer? When we abandon salah? When we are stingy in paying zakah and charity? When we talk and fight against corruption and oppression, but we ourselves cheat and oppress others in our business dealings and daily affairs?

Sheikh Muhammad Ibn Saleh al-Uthaymeen rahimahullah said:

“Do you see any destruction more severe than the destruction of the Ummah nowadays? They are billion in numbers, they are nearly one-fourth of the world population, but they have no value in the global community in spite of having moral force, material power and manpower. But when they neglected the Deen of Allah, Allah s.w.t. forsook them, so that a person trusts the oppressors among the disbelievers more than he trusts his own brothers among the Muslims
– and this is an ordeal and a calamity.”

Sheikh Younus Kathrada once wrote:

“What I am saying is that we, as an ummah, carry much of the blame for what is happening to the ummah. We need to take stock of ourselves. I need to start with myself and you with yourself. Is it possible that what is happening to our fellow Muslims is a result of our wrongdoings? The reality is that it may very well be. I could be the problem, you could be the problem.
Thus, it is incumbent on us to correct ourselves.

Victory doesn’t come from holding hands and singing kumbaya. O Muslims, work hard. Fulfill our duties to Allah, and stop oppressing ourselves and others. Return to the Qur’an and Sunnah, and only then will Allah s.w.t. grant that victory that we desperately seek.
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[1] Sahih Bukhari
[2] Umar RA on Humility 

The Divine Decree Related to the Believer is Always a Bounty

“The divine decree related to the believer is always a bounty,
even if it’s in the form of withholding (something that is desired),
and it’s a blessing, even if it appears to be a trial,
and an affliction that has befallen him, is in reality a cure,
even though it appears to be a disease.

Unfortunately, due to the ignorance of the worshiper and his transgressions, he does not consider anything to be a gift, or a blessing, or a cure, unless he can enjoy it immediately and it is in accordance with his nature.

If he were only given a little bit of understanding…
then he would have counted being withheld from as a blessing,
and the sickness as a mercy,
and he would relish the trouble that befalls him more than he relishes his ease,
and he would enjoy poverty more than he enjoys richness,
and he would be more thankful when he is blessed with little than when he is blessed with a lot.”
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Ibn al-Qayyim (rahimahullah)
[Madarij al-Salikin 2/215-216]