Just wanted to begin by saying: May Allah make us from amongst those who brighten up another person’s path with happiness, even when our own is clouded with darkness. I’ve decided to share an excerpt by Asmaa Hussain. Her writing is absolutley beautiful and she tells her story of what it was like raising her 9 month old daughter after her husband was killed in Egypt. She speaks on her personal experiences, trials, and reflections of God throughout her loss. It is both chilling and beautiful. You can check out more of her work at http://www.ruqayasbookshelf.com/.
“Allah (swt) says, “Indeed, it is We who will inherit the earth and whoever is on it, and to Us they will be returned” (19:40). The Arabic word for “will be returned” here is “yurja’un.” Except, “will be returned” is future tense. “Yurja’un” is present tense.
So in reality, Allah (swt) is saying that we *are* returning. In the present tense, as we are reading this, we are returning to Him. It’s not some foreign thing that will eventually come about, it’s happening right now.
The same concept applies to the ayah where Allah (swt) says, “Every soul shall taste death” (21:35). The Arabic word translated as “shall taste” is actually in the present tense as well.
So every soul *is* tasting death. Now.
How truthful and fitting these words are. Every single minute that drips by means an invisible force is pushing us closer to our ultimate return. Nothing that has passed will ever come back. A portion of our lives is already gone.
We are all walking or running through graveyards, towards the spots in which we will be buried. We just don’t know it yet.” ——- an exerpt by Asmaa Hussain
Carrying on, I’ve recieved a lot of great feedback from the last blog post on favourite Hadith’s. Many of you enjoyed it, so I’ve decided to list a mixture of my favorite quotes and/or sayings from current or late lecturerers and sheikhs. I’ve also included my top 5 favorite Islamic Book Recommendations. May Allah SWT continue making this Ramadan a beneficial one and keep us steadfast in our rememerance of Him.
TOP 5 ISLAMIC BOOKS:
- Reclaim Your Heart by Yasmin Mogahed
- The Purification of the Soul by Ahmad Farid
- Purification of the Heart Signs, Symptoms and Cures of the Spiritual Diseases of the Heart by Hamza Yusuf
- Don’t Be Sad by Aaidh ibn Abdullah al-Qarni
- A Temporary Gift: Reflections on Love, Loss, and Healing by Asmaa Hussein
TOP 10 FAVOURITE QUOTES:
- As Muslims we need to control our emotions – sadness, anger, fear. But that doesn’t mean to deny them – Yasmin Mogahed
Your life is nothing more than a love story. Between you and God. Nothing more. Every person, every experience, every gift, every loss, every pain is sent to your path for one reason and one reason only: to bring you back to Him. – Yasmin Mogahed
Pride belongs to Allah alone. So have mercy among one another. Forgive one another and let it go. Bury it. And when you do you will feel an instant boost in iman. – Mohamed Hoblos
The Prophet Muhammad (S) killed his enemies with love. – Omar Sulaiman
Tell people about your religion without the use of your tongue. – Ja’far al Sidiq
This fajr prayer is my morning meal. If I do not take it I lose my strength. – Ibn Taymiyyah
It’s not about being a perfect Muslim. This is a dangerous path to walk on because as humans we will never be perfect, and by thinking this way we will despair when we do have shortcomings. It’s about making sure that when we do fall, and we will, that we immediately humble ourselves and turn back to Allah. – Yasmin Mogahed
As Muslims we should forgive but should we forget? A believer is not stung in the same hole twice. Being merciful is different from being naive. Don’t allow yourself be taken advantage of. That’s not how a believer functions. – Omar Sulaiman
Don’t look at a closed door as a denial of opportunity, but as Allah’s destiny guiding you to other more beneficial opportunities. – Bilal Phillips
Your mind will always believe everything you tell it. Feed it faith. Feed it truth. Feed it with love. – Lara Shahidi