Assalamualaikum everyone. Here is a dua to pass onto those contemplating converting to Islam. It is even good for born Muslims too…
In the name of God the Merciful,
In the name of God the Guide,
In the name of God the Mighty,
In the name of God the One, the Invincible,
In the name of God, the Lord of all things and the King,
I bear witness that there is no one worthy of worship besides You,
Glory be to You; I am one of the oppressors.
O Allah, O Lord of this heart, and its Owner and its King…
guide this heart, for none can truly guide it besides you, there is no god other than You.
O God, I am from your creation, do not deprive us of your blessings,
please guide me, and set my heart upon your obedience, and bring us out of the darkness to the light, guide me to the true religion, for no one can truly guide anyone besides You. In You do I seek assistance, and in you do I place my trust, and to you does everything return back to.
O God, guide me, O King and Owner of everything, O one who is all capable over all things,
Glory be to You, there is no one worthy of worship besides You.
Sufyan athThawri (may Allah shower His mercy upon him) is a giant scholar from our history of knowledgeable giants that walked the face of this earth.
He passed away in the 2nd century, around 160 years after the migration of the final Messenger (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) from Makkah to Madeenah.
He lived in an age far different to the capitalist world filled with banks and digital money that we surf through today!
And during his humble age, I came across two eye opening statements of his as follows:
1. “If it was not for money (after Allah); the public would have used me (a scholar) to wipe their dirt!”
2. “In our time, wealth is the weapon of a believer.”
Subhanallah, these statements were said during the 2nd century of Islam, so what would be the reality of these statements in terms of the century we live in today, where greed is rampant, and money actually screams!
In my last telegram post I mentioned how some rich folks actually bully the scholars and become a test for a scholar.
And in a previous post (on Facebook) I spoke about the poor attitude some communities have towards their scholars, imams and students of knowledge.
`Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) narrates the following:
Usama approached the Prophet (ﷺ) on behalf of a woman (who had committed theft). The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “The people before you were destroyed because they used to inflict the legal punishments on the poor and forgive the rich. By Him Whose Hand my soul is! If Fatima (the daughter of the Prophet (ﷺ) ) did that (i.e. stole), I would cut off her hand.”
This hadeeth amazingly makes manifest how just our system is alhamdulillah. There is one rule for everyone irrespective of their financial standing, material wellbeing and physical strength.
Assalamualaikum everyone. May Allah bless you all.
We live in a very sexualy desensitised world, which really makes remaining steadfast a difficult task for our youth especially.
A major solution to this catastrophe is marriage…
Another test for our youth today is the cross pollination of values due to media globalisation.
As a result of this; we find our youth failing with marriage as the implementation of different cultures in their mindsets has led to a more fussier disposition on their part, and as such, the compatibility arena, which is a condition for the continuance of the marriage, has become a much smaller domain to work with and within.
Today little things as a girl/boy
Being a few years older/younger,
Being a few inches shorter/taller,
Having a complexion that is slightly lighter/darker,
Having a job that pays slightly less than expected, or a profession aside of being a doctor, lawyer, accountant or engineer,
Having a weight listing slightly under/over,
Having an accent of a particular genre,
Having a nationality of a particular class,
Etc etc etc,
Are all grounds for a marriage prospect being a non-starter/ consideration…