Thursday, July 31, 2008
Here is the article off Sidi Hamzas blog
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
اللهمّ صَلّ عَلى سَيِّدِنا مُحَمَّدٍ صَلوةً تُنَجِّيا بها مِنْ جَمِيعِ الا هْوَالِ
وَالافاتِ وَ تَقْضِى لنا بِها جَمِيعَ الحاجاتِ وَتُطَهِّرُنَا بِها مِنْ جَمِيعِ السَّيِّات
وَتَرْفَعُنَا بِها عِنْدَكَ أعْلى الدَّرَجَاتِ وَتُبَلّغُنَا بِهَآ اَقْصى الغَايَات
منْ جَمِيعِ الخَيرَاتِ في الحياةِ وَبعدَ المَمَاتِ
اِنَّكَ عَلى كُلِّ شَيءٍ قَدِير
O’ Allah, bless our Master, our Leader Muhammad,
and upon the family of our Master, our Leader Muhammad.
Blessings that would rescue us from all anxieties and calamities.
That , through it, takes care of all of our needs
and purifies us from all of our sins;
raise us to your lofty ranks;
Where we can reach the highest goal and all manner of goodness;
in our life and after our death.
Truly you have power over everything.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
the poem in arabic:
ولما قسـا قلبي وضـاقت مذاهبي
جعلت الرجـاء مني لعفوك سلمــا
تعاظمني ذنبـي فلمـا قرنتــه
بعفوك ربي كان عـفوك أعظمــا
فما زلتَ ذا عفو عن الذنب لم تزل
تـجـود وتعـفو منة وتكرمـــا
فلولاك لـم يصمـد لإبلـيس عابد
فكيف وقد أغوى صفيك أدما
فيا ليت شعــري هل أصير لجنة
أهنـــا؟ وأمـا للسعير فأندما
فإن تنتـقـم مني فلست بآسي
ولو أدخلت روحي بجــرم جهنمـا
فإن تعف عني تعف عـن متمرد
ظلوم غشــوم قاسي القلب مجرما
ويذكر أيام مضت من شبابه
وما كان فيها بالجهالة أجرما
يقيم إذا ما الليل مد ضلامه
على نفسه من شدة الخوف مأتما
يقول حبيبي أنت سؤلي وغايتي
كفى بك للراجين سؤلا و مغنما
الست الذي غذيتني و هديتني
ولازلت منانا علي ومنعما
عسى من له الإحسان يغفر زلتي
ويستر أوزاري وما قد تقدما
translation into English:
When my heart hardened and my ways narrowed
My hope of your forgiveness toward you was my approach
I greatened my sin, yet when i compare it with your forgiveness
My Lord your forgiveness was greater
Yet, you forgive sins and still
Generously and gracefully bestow and forgive
Were it not You, none worshiper withstand against Satan
How and he already has lured Your chosen Adam
Alas! Would i be lead to paradise then I am a fortunate
Or a remorse to hell I am lead
Indeed not despaired if You avenged me
Or into the core of hell You brought my soul
And if you forgive me, a mutinous You forgive...
A wrongful unfair pitiless criminal...
He remembers the past youth days
And what crimes of ignorance were committed
Then, when the dark spread out
Fearfully he mourns himself
Saying my beloved you are my request and wish
Sufficient You are for the hopeful to ask and gain
Were not you who fed me and guided me?!
And still, You give me generously and bless me
May You, Whom my charity to Him, forgive me faults,
Pardon my sins and what came before
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
9th of Dhul-hijja, day of arafat, 10th of Muhraam are some extra fasts
Try not to leave the fasting of the three days in the month
Some people need extra fasting, this goes back to their guide
Some could be fasting outwardly for a love to be famous
Only the people of insight can understand this
Only Allah Subhanu wa ta’ala knows the intentions
To lick clean the bowl and your finger will bring wealth
Thank Allah Subhanu wa ta’ala for every last morsel
Don’t reject money for a desire to be known, the hidden desires are more dangerous that the physical desires
Don’t waste food, here we feed the leftover food to the animals
Every Sunna you follow raises you
The path of the majority is clear for everyone
The problem is constantly filling your stomach
There is nothing wrong with choosing food to maintain your health
Abu Huraira (may Allah be pleased with him) went to the Prophets (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) house there was small amount of milk given to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), he told him to bring the people of the platform. Ten by ten people drank and seventy people drank from this and Abu Huraira was fearful he wouldn’t have anything. When the two of them remained the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Drink.” He quenched his thirst and drank more. “If I drank anymore it would come out of my fingertips.” The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) “Drink you were afraid that you wouldn’t get anything, now drink.” He drank more then Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) drank last
The people grieved for Jafir ibn Abu Talib (may Allah be pleased with him) was martyred in Mu’tar – he was concerned about the poor this was one of his attributes
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Presence of heart is humility – in prostration
Abdullah ibn Hassan At-Tahr said, “Presence of heart in works is better that presence of heart in speech.”
Don’t be like someone who only understands his own experience – there was once a blind man who heard a sound and said is it like a rooster? He was able to see a rooster once and then was blind again, so he thought it was similar
Call Allah (Subhanu wa ta’ala) in accordance to your need, the nearest to him was the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)
How was the presence heart of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) when the Gnostics were given a piece
The world is folded up and vanishes when they prostrate, they think that they have plunged into the lowest depths of the earth
The Prophet and messengers (upon them peace) have different states
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) is a clear light of guidance
Above every person with knowledge is a more knowledge person
He (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) traversed the seven heavens, every place and station, he was above all on the night journey
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) soul is more vast than to be distracts by our current state
No one is like him in experience
He (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) is the sun of merit and they are the planets
All of the Messengers and Prophets, he (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) he is above them
The one who made the night and day is one
The one who made tomorrow and today is one
These Gnostics have bodies in the world but souls elsewhere
Their whole bodies prostrate, every fibre of their being prostrates
If your heart prostrates you will be given a gift
They are the nation of Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)
The prayer is the accession
The final tasshudd – testification, is the place of returning to the created realm
Come to prayer and take your provision
Make a supplication after prayer
Make the supplication that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) taught Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him), “I have wronged myself much, no one else can forgive except you, forgive me and accept my repentance because you are all-forgiving and all-merciful.”
If you go up the stair say Allahuakbar (God is the greatest) and go down saying Subhanllah (Praise be God’s)
When people would reach high place they would say Allahuakbar
A village may not be punished because of the remembrance of Allah Subhanu wa ta’ala in it
Connect yourself to the believers
If you are connected to the believers then you’ll receive it but if your cell phone is out of coverage you won’t get it
Monday, July 07, 2008
This is a picture of Sheikh Atabek (in the black hat and brown cloak) leaving the teaching rooms of Madina Masjid, Bradford.
Anyone who has lost a teacher knows how I feel right now and it is impossible to describe the loss of a teacher.
Knowledge is not cheap and it is not acquired without struggle. Looks like many of us took knowledge for granted and we will truly know the loss of knowledge when there is nothing left to go to.
They say a picture paints a thousand words so here are a thousand words left unspoken. The loss of a teacher is a loss of mercy.
Sunday, July 06, 2008
Be like the people and you will be like them
Don’t be enamoured by the closing of the disbelievers
Don’t turn you back to the Qibla when urinating
Do not relieve yourself in pathways, animals homes, etc
Go in with left foot
Step out from the bathroom with right foot
Clean yourself from filth in the toilet
When leaving you can say Gufrank – your forgiveness
Use the supplications when entering and leaving the toilet
Make wudu with all the sunnas
People eat off newspapers and then throw it away, it will have Allah’s Subhanu wa ta’ala name in it or Muhammads (peace and blessings be upon him), they shouldn’t do this
We need to learn manners
People should not throw schoolbooks into the bin during the summer breaks – why don’t we respect the words
Rest on the left foot in the toilet
Be silent – don’t talk to anyone
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) prohibited talking whilst relieving oneself
Cough whilst in the toilet if someone is trying to get in
Be mindful of the drip of urine but don’t go to the extreme
Two men where punished in the grave because of not cleaning themselves properly after relieving himself and the other used to a talebearer
Most punishment of the grave is from this
Sa'ad ibn Muadh (may Allah be pleased with him) died, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) stood over said subhanuallah (praise be to God) repeatedly and then said Allah uakbar (God is the greatest), because the grave was tight, so he said subhanuallah repeatedly then Allah uakbar when it was opened
Don’t have misgivings
The key to prayer is wudu
If something is wrong with your key then you cannot open the door
It is also a key to touching the Quran
Wudu is a weapon for each believer
Even black magic doesn’t affect a person in wudu
Stay wudu as much as you can
The night journey indicates to the stations of the Prophets in them
Only the people of heaven will see Allah Subhanu wa ta’ala
Speaking to much in Allahs (Subhanu wa ta’ala) presence is not manners, as Musa (upon him peace) was commanded to speak
The manners of the knower of Allah, is the same as a repenter on his travels
Some of the knowers of Allah speak of high speech then said this is a language that we don’t even know
When a servant is closer to Allah he must have more manners, because of what he has been honoured with nearness
If he is in the kings land or palace or attend an assembly of the king must be better than those who don’t
When he comes to the house of king, he shows more manners likewise when he sees him, he must have more manners
When his station with Allah (Subhanu wa ta’ala) is increased then he must be better
We cannot understand this
His heart became like his body, his insight became like his eyesight
Even the one who runs the race and fails gets a booby prize because he has exhausting himself and Allah (Subhanu wa ta’ala) may bestow on his a favour
Allah (Subhanu wa ta’ala) gives and it is not from anything from the servants side, this is from Allah (Subhanu wa ta’ala) generosity
Their striving is the gift of the giver
Recognise the station of the Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him)
He revealed what he saw, his heart did not lie
He saw with his sight
Would you despite with him about what he saw?
O’ Allah fill our hearts with your and his love
“O’ Allah from what you have given me of goodness, I am still in poverty.” Said Musa (upon him peace)
Musa (upon him peace) said, “O’ my Lord from what you have given me of goodness, I am still in poverty.” He worked for ten years with Shuwaib and then Musa (upon him peace) was given Prophethood. Musa found sweetness when speaking to Allah Subhanu wa ta’ala about his staff
The supplication of Yunis (upon him peace) is, “There is no other deity except you and I was an wrongdoer.”
If you stand in front of the generous and admit your inadequacies you will get more
Isa (upon him peace) said, “If I said it, you would’ve known it.” When questioned
Ibn Al-Mubarak (May Allah show him mercy) said, “We more in need of a little manners than knowledge.”
Allah Subhanu wa ta’ala praised the purity of the people of the raised platform - Suffa
They would not sleep in major impurity at night
They said that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) taught us purity
Someone said to Salman Al-Farsi (may Allah be pleased with him) “Your Prophet has taught you everything, even how to go to toilet?” He said, “Yes.”
The should not relieve themselves on solid ground, they should break up the soil
By doing these things, we draw closer to Allah Subhanu wa ta’ala even in this need we have to do
In all of these states we are connected to Allah Subhanu wa ta’ala
May Allah give us the best manners and make us upright
There was an aunt of two great Imams said to them when they were young said, “If you were careful of the manners of entering the bathroom, the light of knowledge would appear on your face.” By fulfilling all the Sunnas, people would be reminded of Allah when they were seen. Abdullah ibn Hussan At-Tahr and Tahr ibn Hussan At-Tahr
May Allah subhanu wa ta'ala revive these manners in us
Friday, July 04, 2008
Quranic passages on the obedience to Allah (Mighty and majestic) and obedience to His Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)
Sheikh Muhammad ibn Yusuf Al-Kandhelwi from his text 'The Life of the companions'
Translation complied by Arfan Shah
The Opening 1-7
"In the Name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate; Praise belongs to Allah, the Lord of all
Beings; the All-merciful, the All-compassionate; the Master of the Day of Doom. Thee only we serve;
Thee alone we pray for succour. Guide us in the straight path; the path of those whom Thou hast
blessed, not of those against whom Thou art wrathful, nor of those who are astray."
The Family of 'Imrân 3:51
"Allah is my Lord and your Lord, so worship Him. That is a straight path."
The Cattle 6:161-3
"Say: As for me, my Lord hath guided me unto a straight path, a right religion, the community of
Abraham, the upright, who was no idolater."
"Say: my worship and my sacrifice and my living and my dying are for Allah, Lord of the Worlds.
He hath no partner. This am I commanded, and I am first of those who surrender (unto Him)."
The Heights 7:158
"Say: 'O mankind, I am the Messenger of Allah to you all, of Him to whom belongs the kingdom of
the heavens and of the earth. There is no god but He. He gives life, and causes death. Believe then in
Allah, and in His Messenger, the Prophet of the common folk, who believes in God and His words,
and follow him; haply so you will be guided."
The Women 4:59
"O believers! Obey Allah, and obey the Messenger, and those charged with authority among you. If
you differ in anything among yourselves, refer it to Allah and His Messenger, if ye do believe in God
and the Last Day: That is best, and most suitable for final determination."
"We did not send any Messenger but to be obeyed by the leave of Allah. Had they, after having
wronged themselves, come to you and sought forgiveness from Allah, and had the Messenger prayed
for their forgiveness, they would certainly have found Allah Forgiving, Merciful."
Spoils of war 8:20
"O believers, obey Allah and His Messenger, and do not turn away from Him, even as you are listening."
"And obey Allah, and His Messenger, and do not quarrel together, and so lose heart, and your power depart; and be patient; surely Allah is with the patient."
The Family of Imran 3:132
"And obey Allah and the Messenger, that ye may find mercy."
The Light 24:51 - 56
"All that the believers say, when they are called to Allah and His Messenger, that he may judge between them, is that they say, 'We hear, and we obey'; those are the prosperous. Whosever obeys Allah and His Messenger, and fears Allah and has awe of Him, they are the triumphant. They swear by Allah solemnly that, if thou order them, they will go forth. Say: Swear not; known obedience (is better). Allah is Informed of what ye do. Say: 'Obey Allah, and obey the Messenger; then, if you turn away, only upon him rests what is laid on him, and upon you rests what is laid on you. If you obey him, you will be guided. It is only for the Messenger to deliver the manifest Message.' Allah hath promised such of you as believe and do good work that He will surely make them to succeed (the present rulers) in the earth even as He caused those who were before them to succeed (others); and that He will surely establish for them their religion which He hath approved for them, and will give them in exchange safety after their fear. They serve Me. They ascribe no thing as partner unto Me. Those who disbelieve henceforth, they are the miscreants. Perform the prayer, and pay the alms, and obey the Messenger, haply so you will find mercy."
The Clan 33:70-71
"O believers, Guard your duty to Allah, and speak words straight to the point; and He will set right your deeds for you and will forgive you your sins. Whosoever obeys Allah and His Messenger has won a mighty triumph."
Spoils of war 8:1-4
"They will question thee concerning the spoils. Say: 'The spoils belong to Allah and the Messenger; so fear you Allah, and set things right between you, and obey you Allah and His Messenger, if you are believers. Those only are believers who, when Allah is mentioned, their hearts quake, and when His signs are recited to them, it increases them in faith, and in their Lord they put their trust. Those who perform the prayer, and expend of what We have provided them. Those in truth are the believers; they have degrees with their Lord, and forgiveness, and generous provision."
"O believers, respond to Allah and the Messenger when He calls you to what gives you life, and be sure that Allah intervenes between man and his heart, and that to Him you shall be gathered."
The Family of Imran 3:32
"Say: 'Obey Allah, and the Messenger.' But if they turn their backs, Allah loves not the unbelievers."
The Women 4: 13-14
"Those are Allahs' bounds. Whosever obeys Allah and His Messenger, He will admit him to gardens underneath which rivers flow, therein dwelling forever; that is the mighty triumph. But whosever disobeys Allah, and His Messenger, and transgresses His bounds, him He will admit to a Fire, therein dwelling forever, and for him there awaits a humbling chastisement."
"Whosoever obeys Allah, and the Messenger they are with those whom Allah has blessed, Prophets, just men, martyrs, the righteous; good companions they! That is the bounty from Allah; Allah suffices as One who knows."
"Whosoever obeys the Messenger, thereby obeys Allah; and whosoever turns his back - We have not sent thee to be a watcher over them."
"And the believers, men and women, are protecting friends one of another; they enjoin the right and forbid the wrong, and they establish worship and they pay the poor-due, and they obey Allah and His Messenger. As for these, Allah will have mercy on them. Allah is Mighty, Wise."
The Family of Imran 3:31
"Say, (O Muhammad, to mankind): If ye love Allah, follow me; Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. Allah is Forgiving, Merciful."
The Clans 33:21
The Gathering 59:7
"Whatever spoils Allah has passed on to His Messenger from the people of the towns is for Allah and for the Messenger, and for the kinsmen and the orphans and the needy and the wayfarer, so that it may not circulate only between the rich among you. And whatever the Messenger gives you, take it, and whatever he forbids you from, abstain (from it). And fear Allah; Allah is stern in reprisal."