Quick gem I wanted to share from the seminar:
When Shaykh Abdulbary was describing the different types of patience, he mentioned how some believers have to exercise patience out of wanting to see the Messenger of Allah (Salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam). They have such intense mahabba for Allah’s Rasool that they can’t wait to get through this life and be with him in Jannah inshaAllah. They never tire of sending salawat and are keen about following his every footstep. SubhanAllah, when he was saying this, I was thinking to myself how much patience the Sahaba and Sahabiyat (may Allah be pleased with them) had to exercise when our beloved Messenger (Salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) left this world. These were men and women who loved him more than their own selves, ready to sacrifice everything in the name of Allah at any given second. But nowadays, how often do we come across people who have so much love for Muhammad (Salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) that they feel the need to be patient out of their desire to be with him in Jannah? It’s not so common. Sure, there are religious/Islamically inclined people here and there but where do you go to meet someone who has reached that level of love for Allah and His Messenger? May Allah ‘azzawajal grant us the opportunity to sit with people who have this yearning so we may develop it within ourselves as well. Allahumma Ameen.
I was reading a beautifully written article on MM last week about our dear sister, Dr. Afiya Siddiqui and the ending really moved me. Perhaps she’s one of the selected few who have reached that state. May Allah, out of his infinite mercy, bless Dr. Afiya with Firdaus ul A’la for all she has been through.. really makes you wonder where the rest of us stand.
Many people go through trials and tribulations during their lifetime. Scholars say, that to see whether the trial is a test from Allah (SWT) or a punishment from Allah (SWT), you must do muhasabah (ask yourself is this bringing me closer to Allah or away from Allah?) Judging solely by her remarks made in court, I can say I believe this is a supreme test from Allah (SWT) for Sister Aafia – her iman unwavering, her night filled with visions of the Habib (SAW).
Any time I feel like I’m not concentrating in Salah, I recite surah Nasr in the following rak’ah. Go through its tafseer if you haven’t already inshaAllah. The class on tafseer Surah Yusuf was absolutely wonderful alhumdulillah. I can’t possibly write up all the gems if I tried so I just wanted to share this quick reflection. I’ll end with this hadith to bring everything back:
Anas Radiyallahu ‘Anhu reports: “The day Nabi Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam came to Madinah, everything in Madinah became illuminated. The day when Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam passed away, everything of Madinah became dark. We had not yet dusted off the dust from our hands after the burial of Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam when we began to feel the change in our hearts.” [Shamaa-il At-Tirmidhi]
Allahu Akbar Kabeera, Walhamdulillahi Katheera, Wa Subhanallahi Bukratan Wa Aseela…