(such is a man that) when an affliction (difficulty) befalls
him, he cries out to Us, reclining and sitting and standing.
But no sooner than We have removed his affliction, he carries
on as if he had never cried out to Us to remove his
affliction. Thus this is the way the misdeeds of the
transgressors are made fair-seeming to them."
Sura Yunus 10: 12]
Context of Revelation:
- The prolonged
and severe famine which had virtually destroyed the people
of Makkah, had ended just a little before the revelation
of this verse. The famine was so acute that at one stage
Abu Sufyan had approached the Prophet, peace be upon him,
with a request to ask Allah to deliver them from this
hardship. However, no sooner had the famine ended and heavy
rains brought about a rich harvest and prosperity than the
Makkans reverted to their old evil habits and to their hostile
machinations against Islam.
Relating to our present context:
- Many Muslim youth crowd
into the Masjid before exams, imploring Allah to give them
good grades. But as soon as the exams are over and the marks
are out, they go back to their old ways of missing their prayers
and disobeying Allah in many ways.
- Similarly others turn to Allah only when they are
faced with calamities, like family conflicts, financial and
career stress, divorce, death of the loved ones...etc. But
as soon as Allah Solves their problems they return to their
- We should worship Allah
in our bad AND good times. During our bad times we should
ask for His help and in our good times we should thank Him
for His blessings.
- Those who worship Allah only during their bad times are
termed as 'transgressors' in this verse.
[Compiled from "Towards
Understanding the Quran", by S. Abul Ala Maududi,
THINGS YOU CAN DO FOR ISLAM IN 2001
will lose 10 lbs"; "I will exercise more";
"I will spend my money more carefully" - these
are just some examples of the kind of resolutions many of
us make at various time markers in our lives, most notably,
at the beginning of a new year. But for most Muslims, while
the goals we set are usually praiseworthy, few, if any,
are aimed at contributing to Islam on a community level.
for instance, aim to read more Islamic books or give more
in charity. But we wouldn't intend to teach at the local
weekend Islamic school and share our knowledge or devote
our time, not just our money, to a Masjid building project.
It's time to focus not just on our own personal development.
We've got to start considering what we can do for Islam
in our community and for the Ummah in general.
6 ideas that you can use or simply check out to jump start
your own thinking and planning process to develop resolutions.
LEARN ABOUT CONFLICT RESOLUTION
the fights in the Masjid? Or the wonderful active sister
who left the Masjid because of a dispute with the Board
of Directors? What about the brother who was a great teacher
at the Islamic school until the administration decided to
reduce his salary without informing him well in advance?
These are all cases where conflict resolution could have
come in handy. There is a crying need for Muslims who can
negotiate and mediate amongst Muslims. This is a skill every
Muslim community needs to invest in.
a skill you should consider developing. You could do a degree
in conflict resolution, but you don't have to go that far.
You can attend seminars and/or one-day classes. Business
schools may offer a course a few weeks long in conflict
resolution. Consider gaining and taking these skills to
the Masjid and to your local Islamic center.
To be continued
in the next issue....
his nose be rubbed in dust!
Huraira, may Allah be pleased with him, reported that the
Prophet of Allah (peace be upon him) once said:
"May his nose be rubbed in dust! May his nose be rubbed
in dust! May his nose be rubbed in dust!" So I asked,
"Who, O Messenger of Allah?" He said : "Who
has parents with him, while they are old, whether one
of them or both of them, then does not enter the Paradise
(though serving them and obeying them.)"
When was the last time we argued with our dad, or disobeyed
our mom, or insulted them in front of the rest of the family?
Probably not that long ago! We all know in our hearts
what we do, whether we want to admit or not. Disrespect
or disobedient to our parents is probably the worst social
and moral disease that the Muslim community faces today,
after Zina and indecency in the society. Most of
the times it is our pride, anger, and selfishness that makes
us forget the fact they were the same parents who spent
sleepless nights for us, cared for us, and even cried for
us, in our difficult times.....and all that probably happened
when we were not old enough to even realize their sacrifices.
Often, those who have changed and have become practicing
Muslims, think they are "better" and more "knowledgeable"
than their parents. This could be true, no doubt,
but it doesn't allow us to treat our parents like kids off
the street. Allah has commanded us in the Quran, right after
the command of Worshipping Allah alone, to Honor our parents
and to lower our wings of mercy to them. In an individualistic
and materialistic society, such as ours, unfortunately these
virtues are rarely found. "May his nose be rubbed
in the dust!" -very rarely did the Prophet (peace
be upon him), who was the most merciful person on earth,
use such a harsh language! Let us not destroy and loose
our Hereafter with our pride and carelessness in honoring
on Tazkiya and Self-Development
Step to Change & Paradise!
first step in self-development, then, is to concentrate
single-mindedly on Paradise. Indeed, the one who is unsure
of his destiny in life, torn between this world and the
Next, like the one standing with his feet in two separate
boats- will be thrown off the balance. Many of our difficulties
that we face are due to this lack of commitment to this
selection of our ultimate goal of Paradise may involve an
absolute break with our past. To choose this new goal in
one's life is in fact to choose a new life, to begin a new
journey. Embark on this new journey by refreshing your Wudu
(ablution) and offering two Rakas (units) of prayer, reminding
yourself of all the punishment of Hellfire you have just
resolved to avoid at all costs and all the rewards of Paradise
that you will strive to achieve! Remind yourself also of
the important landmarks on the journey: imagine death as
near; imagine the moment when the Angel of Death will declare,
"Your time is over, now you must follow me"; imagine
that moment when you will be made to stand before Allah,
the Most High, and image the consequences of the Judgment.
When you have completed the two Rakas then make a commitment
once more that all your efforts will be directed towards
achieving Paradise, and ask Allah to help you.
improvement in your habits and actions is a life-long process,
the desire to achieve it can thus be sparked in a moment.
This desire will provide the momentum for attaining your
goal- The good pleasure of Allah and Paradise.
take this first step towards Change!
To be continued
in the next issue....
[Taken from "In
the Early Hours" by Ustadh Khurram
Murad (Rahimahullah), edited by Riza Mohammed]