Wednesday, January 04, 2012

[Members] Putting Things in Perspective in Times of Hardships

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We are living in times of uncertainty and world-wide turmoil. In such times many of us may not help but feel a sense of insecurity and fear for ourselves, our families, our livelihood, and our safety. Here are a few reminders which can help us deal with today's challenges which we all may benefit from, Insha'Allah (God-Willing):


Reason for Our Existence

"Blessed is He in Whose Hand is the dominion, and He is Able to do all things. Who has created death and life, that He may test you which of you is best in deed. And He is the All-Mighty, the Oft-Forgiving." [Al-Quran 67:1-2]

"And I (Allah) created not the jinns and humans except they should worship Me (Alone)." [Al-Quran 51:56]

Hardships Are a Trial

"And certainly, We shall test you with something of fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits, but give glad tidings to As-Sabirin (the patient ones, etc.)" [Al-Quran 2:155]

"And whatever of misfortune befalls you, it is because of what your hands have earned. And He pardons much." [Al-Quran 42:30]

Narrated by Abdullah ibn Abbas: Once I was riding (on an animal) behind the Prophet (peace be upon him) when he said: "Boy, I would like to teach you something. Be careful and follow Allah's commands perseveringly. Allah will protect you. You should safeguard His rights, and you will always find Him with you; if you need something, ask Allah, and when you need help, solicit Allah alone for the same. Bear it in mind that if all the people combined together to grant you some benefit, they would not be able to do so except that which Allah has determined for you and that if all of them were combined together to do you harm, they would not be able to do so except that which Allah has determined for you. The pens have been set aside and the writings of the book of fate have become dry. (Tirmidhi #62)

Monetary Dealings

"Allah will destroy Riba (usury) and will give increase for Sadaqah (charity) And Allah likes not the disbelievers, sinners." [Al-Quran 2:276]

"Those who spend their wealth (in Allah's Cause) by night and day, in secret and in public, they shall have their reward with their Lord. On them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve." [Al-Quran 2:274]

"The likeness of those who spend their wealth in the Way of Allah, is as the likeness of a grain (of corn); it grows seven ears, and each ear has a hundred grains. Allah gives manifold increase to whom He pleases. And Allah is All-Sufficient for His creatures' needs, All-Knower." [Al-Quran 2:261]

Abu Bakr ibn Abi Maryam reported that he heard the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) say: "A time is certainly coming over mankind in which there will be nothing (left) which will be of use (or benefit) save a Dinar and a Dirham." (Musnad, Ahmad)

Charitable Actions

The Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, said "Give the Sadaqah without delay, for it stands in the way of calamity." (Tirmidhi #1887)

Our Moral Responsibilities

"Verily! Man is in loss, Except those who believe and do righteous good deeds, and recommend one another to the truth, and recommend one another to patience." [Al-Quran 103:1-3]

Supplication in Times of Trial

Allah's Apostle used to say at the time of difficulty, "None has the right to be worshipped but Allah, the Majestic, the Most Forbearing. None has the right to be worshipped but Allah, the Lord of the Tremendous Throne. None has the right to be worshipped but Allah, the Lord of the Heavens and the Lord of the Honorable Throne (Sahih Bukhari, Volume 9, Book 93, Number 526)

The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said, "No slave is afflicted with anxiety and grief, and then says: 'O Allah, I am Your slave, son of Your male slave, son of Your female slave. My forehead is in Your hand. Your judgment upon me is assured and whatever you have decreed for me is just. I ask You by every name belonging to You which You have named Yourself with, revealed in Your Book, taught one of Your creation or which You have preserved in the knowledge of the Unseen with You that You make the Qur'an the spring of my heart and the light of my chest, a banisher for my grief and a reliever for my anxiety.' Except that Allah will replace his distress and grief with joy."  He was asked, 'O Messenger of Allah, should we not learn it?' He said, "Of course, whoever hears it should learn it." (Musnad, Ahmed 1/391)



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