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Lessons To Learn From Hazrat Umar Farooq (RA) March 11, 2013

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Gems of Wisdom by Ameer al-Mu’mineen
The Teachings Of Sayyiduna ‘Umar al-Farooq Radi ALLAHu Ta’ala Anho

  • To eat less is healthy, to speak less is wisdom, and to sleep less is worship.
  • To speak less is wisdom, to eat less is healthy and to mingle less with the people is safe and serene.
  • The one who steps back will not progress.
  • Nothing is worst that avarice that destroys the mind, not even Alcohol.
  • It is unbecoming of that person who sits with his hands folded and prays to ALLAH SubHanuhu wa Ta’ala for sustenance. ALLAH SubHanuhu wa Ta’ala does not rain down gold and silver from the heavens.
  • To earn a suspicious living is worse than begging.
  • The biggest gift after Iman (Faith) is your wives.
  • Attain knowledge before old age settles in.
  • Extravagance is also when a person eats whatever he wishes.
  • Whosoever hides his secret keeps his safety, safeguarded with himself.
  • The person who calls himself learned, indeed he is ignorant, and the one who calls himself from the dwellers of Paradise surely he is from the dwellers of Hell.
  • Tawbatun-NasooHa (Accepted forgiveness) is the name of that forgiveness that is asked for a bad deed committed, in such a manner that he never returns to or commits that bad deed again.
  • The Strength in action is, never to put of what you can do today for tomorrow.
  • It is not becoming of a Muslim to sit down and start praying for sustenance without attempting to earn it, he is well aware that gold and silver does not rain from the skies.
  • If it wasn’t for the claim of knowledge of the unknown then I would say five people are from the dwellers of Paradise:
  1. That family man who is poverty stricken but is patient
  2. That women with whom her husband is happy and accepting.
  3. That woman who forgives he husband’s duty of Mehr (Dowry approved by Muslim law)
  4. That person with whom his parents are Happy
  5. And that person who honestly repents from his sins
  • Once a sheep was slaughtered and Syeduna ‘Umar al-Farooq Radi ALLAHu Ta’ala Anho persistently asked his servant if he had first sent meat to his neighbour who was a Jew. The slave asked why you are asking the same question persistently. He answered that ALLAH SubHanuhu wa Ta’ala and his Rasūl Sallallaho Alaihi wa Sallam had constantly stressed the importance of neighbors therefore I too am persistent in stressing the same.
  • Three things build love:
  1. To make Salam (greeting)
  2. To make space for a person in a gathering
  3. To address a person in a respectable and good manner
  •  There are four types of Regrets:
  1. Regret that spans over a day e.g. When a person leaves his home without eating.
  2. Regret that spans over a year, just like the negligence shown when cultivating.
  3. Regret that spans over a lifetime, when a man and his wife are unsuited to each other.
  4. Regret that is eternal, which is when your Creator is unhappy with you.
  • There are three types of people:
  1. Successful: he who listens to the advice of people and ponders over it.
  2. Lazy or Lethargic: he who does what he wants without consultation or advice of people.
  3. Corpse: who neither gives nor listens to advice and consolation.
  • Sayyiduna ‘Umar Radi ALLAHu Ta’ala Anho on many an occasion asked this du’a (supplication) to ALLAH SubHanuhu wa Ta’ala so that certain situations should always remain with him and some things should be removed, the Du’a is: “O ALLAH SubHanuhu wa Ta’ala! Make me such that I may speak with intellect or reap tolerance with silent. O! ALLAH SubHanuhu wa Ta’ala do not bestow upon me too many favours, so that I may not be confused by it, not too little that I may forget You. Hence, little yet sufficient in comparison to having plenty thereby becoming indulgent and committing sin.”
  • If ever you see a learned person (‘Aalim) leaning towards this World, then know this he is blameworthy for his Religion, because the universal harm is that if a person desires something then he is constantly engrossed in its quest.
  • Faith (Iman) is to regard the Oneness of ALLAH SubHanuhu wa Ta’ala in ones heart proclaim it with your tongue and to obey the fundamental Islamic Instructions.
  • The relationship of true humility and genuine fear of ALLAH SubHanuhu wa Ta’ala is with the heart and not by a show of outward actions.
  • Why have you made slaves of those whose mothers had given birth to them free?
  • Judgments or Settlements in any cases should be done quickly, so that the accused, due to a prolonged period of time are not compelled to withdraw their accusation.
  • It is absolutely necessary not to associate with a beast for though he wishes or means well, yet he would still be accused of committing a crime.
  • ALLAH SubHanuhu wa Ta’ala, shower your Blessings of Mercy on that person who informs me of my faults.
  • When a learned man takes a false step then he ensnares himself in a World of wrongdoings.
  • One day a man was praising Hadrat ‘Umar Radi ALLAHu Ta’ala Anho, he replied by saying why are you destroying me even more with my desires (Nafs).
  • I do not look at anything, except, that I see everything with ALLAH SubHanuhu wa Ta’ala.
  • If I die in this condition that I have strived to earn an honest living then it is more beloved to me than even dying as a Martyr.
  • Good behavior towards people is equivalent to wisdom, to request politely is half of knowledge, and to ascribe to sound policies is half of one’s livelihood.
  • To educate a material person is like placing a sword in the hands of a robber.
  • Do not have Faith in a person’s compassion and politeness when he cannot keep his anger under control.
  • Do not have Faith in a religious person who is not tested during temptation.
  • He is a friend who brings to your attention your faults and to sing praises of a person in his presence is similar to slaughtering him.
  • Laughing decreases ones age, while politeness, glamour, pomp and show which ease living standards are indications of people who are unaware of death.
  • To show greed and avarice is impoverishing, to be unselfish is enriching and to wish compensation in patience.
  • Good deeds are the fulfillment of one’s rights and to do good deeds is a substitute for bad deeds.
  • To speak less is wisdom, to eat less is healthy, to sleep less is a prayer and there is peace in solitude.
  • Youth before old age and old age before death is a blessing of life.
  • A generous person is the beloved of Almighty ALLAH SubHanuhu wa Ta’ala even though he is a transgressor. A miser is the enemy of Almighty ALLAH SubHanuhu wa Ta’ala although he may pray and remember Almighty ALLAH SubHanuhu wa Ta’ala excessively.
  • To forgive an oppressor is oppression upon the oppressed.
  • When you combine lawful with unlawful gains then the unlawful contaminates the lawful gains though it may be little.
  • A Mu’min does not keep as his friend one who is opposed to Almighty ALLAH SubHanuhu wa Ta’ala and his Prophet Sallallaho Alaihi wa Sallam even though that person may be his mother or father.
  • The sound of music and that of a mourner are two of the worst sounds.
  • There is tranquility and peace in anonymity and confidentiality.
  • We should leave the other nine portions out for the fear of Haram (unlawful). (i.e. if in ten portions one is Haram a Muslim would leave the other nine portions out meaning anything unlawful would be completely left out).
  • Desire is never achieved without fear, nor manners and etiquette without formality, or happiness without peace or wealth without gifts or poverty without contentment, or dignity without politeness or Jihad (holy war) without diving guidance and assistance.
  • Respite before preoccupation and old age before death is a blessing of life.
  • Honour and dignity in this World is measured by wealth while honour and dignity in the Hereafter is measured by good deeds.
  • Save yourself from the Fires of Hell even if it means by doing a favour with half a date (fruit). If this too is not possible then with sweet words.
  • After Iman (Faith), there is no greater gift than a pious wife.
  • Not to postpone is strength in action.
  • Whosoever shows you your faults, he is your friend. Those that pay you lip service in praise are your executioners.
  • One who guards his secrets is surely safe.
  • The person who constantly discloses my faults to me is dearest to me.
  • Fear that person who you dislike.
  • When Sayyiduna ‘Umar Radi ALLAHu Ta’ala Anho camped on the outskirts of Jerusalem to conquer Bait al-Maqdas, the Christian Crusaders were terrified of his presence and requested a meeting with him before handing over the keys of the city. The Crusaders met him whilst he wore a patched garb. They asked him the reason as to why his name generated such immence awe and fear that captured the hearts of his enemies. He replied; “Your kings taught you to love the World (Duniyah) and its wealth and our Prophet Sallallaho Alaihi wa Sallam taught us to fear ALLAH SubHanuhu wa Ta’ala and love death.
  • He is an intelligent person who can translate his actions into good.
  • Never put off for tomorrow what you can do today.
  • There is never a chance of pain in the neck if one does not raise his head too high in the air.
  • Do not forget about yourself whilst being concerned for others.
  • To stop sinning is easier than to bear the burden of seeking repentance.
  • Remove your gaze from the splendor of the World. Do not let the love of this World enter your heart. Beware! The love of this World does not perhaps destroy you, just as it had destroyed previous nations.
  • Victory is gained through strategy and trust in ALLAH SubHanuhu wa Ta’ala, not by wishful thinking.
  • The most intelligent amongst you is he who fears ALLAH SubHanuhu wa Ta’ala the most.
  • Be sympathetic towards the poor so that they may be able to speak and build courage.
  • Extend a hand of friendship to a foreigner because if his stay is extended then he would leave his valuable possessions to return to his own country and leave that person responsible for his valuables who had been most worthy of his attention
  • Do not taunt and curse anyone for this gives rise to collective evils in a person.
  • One should not judge a person by the number of Salaat (prayer) or Roza (fasting) but by his wisdom and honesty.
  • Prayer is connected to the heart not by mere apparent actions.
  • To educate a seeker of materialism is to place a sword in the hands of a highway robber.
  • Do not trust the character of one who cannot control his temper.
  • To laugh excessively is a sign of no remorse for death.
  • To side with the oppressor is oppression on the oppressed
  • Death is the best teacher.
 

The Beauty Of Fasting September 2, 2008

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Undoubtedly, We created man from a mingled sperm drop that We might try him, so We made him hearing, seeing.” (Quran 76:2)


A person is healthier when he is hungry and sickness is removed from him. This is because the most common reasons for sickness are eating much, drinking much and sleeping much. Furthermore, sickness prevents and discourages praying and make the heart restless.

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The scholars says that there are ten beautiful features in fasting and hunger:

  1. There is contentment of the heart, closeness to Allah and foresight. On the other hand, being “full” causes laziness and makes one’s perception blind. It increases steam in the brain so that there is heaviness in the heart. He cannot understand the secrecy of the words and he cannot comprehend the ideas.

  2. The heart becomes content in hunger. The contentment of the heart prepares the person to ‘taste’ their worship to Allah, and the person realizes the influence of his prayers and zikr.

  3. Whimsy disappears in the heart. Allah says in Hadith-I Qudsi: “I am with them whose heart are modest for my sake.” Luxury and overindulgence, as well as the causes of big deprivations like pride and arrogance, also leave the heart. You cannot control your Na’fs (Ego) with anything as well as with fasting.

  4. A person does not forget the other people who are in big tribulations and calamities. The one whose stomach is “full” forgets those who are hungry. However, the hungry person knows the anguishes of hunger so they do not forget the poor and the weak.

  5. Hunger breaks all the worldly desires for sinning and controls the Na’fs-I Emmara (Lowest Ego).

  6. Hunger expels sleepiness. A person who eats and drink much sleeps much. A person who sleeps much, his heedlessness increases. He whose heedlessness increases, his regret increases.

  7. Praying is easier in hunger. On the other hand (more…)

 

Lofty Moral Lessons By Prophet (SA)

Prophet Muhammed (SA)

The Unique and Perfect Role Model

Prophet Muhammad

Prophet Muhammad

It is only possible for a believer to reach the supreme state of humanity if they perfect their spiritual attributes by taking a share in the exemplary life and lofty morality of Prophet Muhammad (SA). This state can then be achieved through Love felt for the Prophet and by mastering the ability to encircle oneself with his spirituality.

All of humanity has heard the Holy recitations that cure and invigorate the heart with the Prophet’s blessed speech. Mankind has become the manifestation of Rahman’s (The all Compassionate) forgiveness and benevolence by honoring the love of the Prophet who is known as “the Light of Existence”. Again, despite of all its sins, mankind has attain the right to be compassionately addressed by our Lord as “O My Servants!” in honor of his love for the Prophet.

In view of this benevolence, courtesy and kindness, our duty as the Muslim Ummah (community) is to wholeheartedly follow the orders, prohibitions and advice of the Messenger of Allah (SA) and to live our lives with the spirituality of Sunnah (The Prophets words and actions).

Being “compassionate and merciful” himself, the Prophet wished his Ummah to follow these instructions. Some of these are as follows: a> Our Prophet (SA) proclaimed- My Lord has ordered me to be in a state of awe and to fear Him in private and public (I advice you to be this way too).

As he was completely obedient of this order, like all of Allah’s orders, the Messenger of Allah (SA) said: “I swear on Allah Almighty that I am (more…)

 

Credit Card a Problem ? August 21, 2008

Is Credit Card a Problem ?

Yes It Is, Indeed !

An imitative misleading happiness

An unrealized misleading happiness

Due to the illegal spending of our wealth our food is contaminated with Haram. This is a great obstacle in the spiritual path. Allah the Almighty is good and accepts only that which is good.

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The problem of paying interest on credit cards’ spending is a serious issue. Islam is against interest which ruins the societies. Hence the prophet explains that those who earns money on interest (Riba) are those who declare war on Allah the Almighty. Why is interest so harmful ? Because they shake the foundation of the society and create great injustices, making the poor poorer and the rich richer. We read in newspaper that people commit robbery to pay off their credit card debts and do all kinds of illegal things. Some even commit suicide due to their debts. Why these things happen ? Unfortunately we are living in the time of consumerism. It is the most important problem of modern life to consume without looking into the needs and means. Whatever one thinks he/she needs then it becomes one of the most important essential of life. Do we really need everything what we buy or are we following the urge to consume irresponsibly ? Are we only making Satan happy by buying what we do not need ? The following verse describes such irresponsible people as the friends of Shaitan: “Surely the squanderers are the fellows of the Shaitans and the Shaitan is ever ungrateful to his Lord” (Quran 17/27)

Islam is a religion of middle way it does not command us to live a miserable life, therefore Islam forbids miserliness, “And do not make your hand to be shackled to your neck nor stretch it forth to the utmost (limit) of its stretching forth, lest you should (afterwards) sit down blamed, stripped off.” (Quran 17/29)

Money is only beneficial when it is spent timely, otherwise it has no use. A good Muslim is master of his money and not its slave. He spends it when necessary and knows that it belongs not only to him but to all those in need.

The modern life television adverts unfortunately drags people to do shopping. Under the spell of adverts that surrounds us from all corners. Modern people from little kids to elderly everyone is almost hypnotized by these adverts. Everyone is in need of something, a pair of shoes, a laptop, a new car. When we go deep into the roots of these urges unfortunately very few of them are what (more…)

 

 
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