“We wanted to leave our sins, so we found it in Salat-ul-Duha.We wanted the light in our graves, so we found it in recitations of Qur’an.W e wanted to cross the Siraat, so we found it in fasting and sadaqah. We wanted the shade of the ‘Arsh, so we found it in salih (good) friends.”

-Imam as-Shafa’ee

frosty forests.

-Fi Amanillah-

Break Break Break

Break, break, break,
         On thy cold gray stones, O Sea!
And I would that my tongue could utter
         The thoughts that arise in me.
– Tennyson


I have an insatiable desire to be around water. It’s always been there and I’ve become more active recently about seeking out views to see water in it’s every form. The words of Tennyson resonated with me when Dr. Suheil Laher said them last week at a Fawakih event. He compared the inexplicable feeling one experiences at the sight of water hitting cold grey stones, with the feelings one has at the end of a journey that has changed them in ways they could never have imagined. You get a strange feeling when you’re about to leave a place or a journey, as though you will not only miss the people, the sounds, and scenes around you, but you’ll also miss the person that you are in that time and that place, because you’ll never be that way ever again. I miss who I am when I’m with water. For anyone who has a love for watching water, it’s a true and recurring feeling .. to feel something deeply yet have few words to describe your internal thoughts.

In your free time, go to a lake or river stream and just watch the water. You’ll be surprised by what you learn about the world and yourself in those moments.

-Fi Amanillah-



On the day of the conquest of Makkah, when Rasulullah (salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) was making tawaf, a man by the name of Fadhala was also in close proximity to the Messenger of Allah. He approached the Prophet (salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) with the evil intention of killing him.

The Prophet smiled at him and asked him, “What are you thinking about over there Fadhala?” He responded to the Prophet (salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) saying, “Oh nothing, I’m just making dhikr of Allah. I’m just remembering Allah”.

Rasulullah (salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) then came up to him and put his blessed hand on Fadhala’s chest.

           If a tree could stop weeping after being embraced by Rasulullah (salallahu ‘alayhi                wasallam), what do you think happened to Fadhala when the Prophet touched him..

Fadhala says that “The Prophet (salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) did not remove his hand from my chest until no one else in the world was more beloved to me than him.”

SubhanAllah, just moments earlier, he was thinking of harming the Messenger of Allah (salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) and then such a miraculous change of heart.

Let the Sunnah touch you…

Let it become a part of you and allow yourself to taste the sweetness of the way of Rasulullah (salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam). When we join in the companionship of the muhibbeen of Allah and His Messenger (salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam), the world will become so small in our eyes. The worries and grievances that plague the minds of people fixated on this dunya will no longer phase us and we will reconnect with the our ultimate goal of making it back home to Jannah and meeting Allah subhanahu wata’ala. 

When we find ourselves in a situation where we are not even aware of our own ignorance of who Muhammad (salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) was, then this is what leads to the state of broken hearts and homes we have today. When we revive his Sunnah with intention and with love, it will be as if Rasulullah (salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) is in front of our two eyes, despite not having seen him in person. And inshaAllah, by acting upon the Sunnah, we will increase us in our mahabba and our longing to see the Prophet (salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam), to see him and be moved by seeing him in the same way the Sahaba were moved. This internal longing to see him and join him can get us ways and ways in coming close to Allah (subhanahu wata’ala) that perhaps is not achievable by other means.

لَقَدْ جَاءَكُمْ رَسُولٌ مِّنْ أَنفُسِكُمْ عَزِيزٌ عَلَيْهِ مَا عَنِتُّمْ حَرِيصٌ عَلَيْكُم بِالْمُؤْمِنِينَ رَءُوفٌ رَّحِيمٌ

There has certainly come to you a Messenger from among yourselves. Grievous to him is what you suffer; [he is] concerned over you and to the believers is kind and merciful. [9:128]


-Fi Amanillah-

Story Source: Seerah lecture at ISB yesterday