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Repentance: A Means For Purification – Farhan Abdul Azeez

More often than not, speeches given to “the youth” are problematic. Our younger Muslim brothers and sisters complain about speakers being way too technical and their talks going over their head or being so negative and encouraging of self-loathing that the audience begins to become disenfranchised with Islam altogether.

This speech by Farhan Abdul Azeez of Canton, MI, however, was hailed as the best speech of the 2009 MMYC (Michigan Muslim Youth Council) Spring Conference.

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Right after it ended, every attendee I came across was raving not only about how good it was, but even saying it was the best speech of the conference, only halfway through the entire program.

So what made this speech so good for such a critical crowd?

farhan_mmyc2009_01Firstly, it contained solid and sound subject matter primarily focused on the Qur’an. The book of Allah is generously filled with wisdom we fail to grab, and even more so for the youth who are disconnected with it. This speech on repentance constantly referred back to the timeless events told in the Qur’an. When you keep it simple and go that route, you can’t lose.

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Second, the speaker and his words carried social relevance, a huge tactic needed to connect with such a specific audience. Farhan would, for example, connect the topic of gaining mad amounts of taqwa with ascending to the level of a Super Sayian in DragonBall Z, a concept which you may know nothing about but totally hit home for some in the MMYC crowd.

Lastly, the speech was a lot of fun and made easy for the kids while maintaining seriousness and respect for the subject matter presented. There were jokes, but there were also moments of pin drop silence. There was crowd participation. There was even a break in between where Farhan had everyone massage their neighbors and hug them (AlMaghrib style!). Having small tricks like that really went a long way.

The crowd locked in.

So if you’re involved with high schoolers or younger, or are looking for a good example of how to cater a lecture towards them, check out this video. It’s a great example of the style needed for our younger brothers and sisters growing up with Islam today.

Oh, and the speech is super beneficial, too. It’s not just “for kids.” :)

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SaqibSaab is an average Desi Muslim guy living in Chicago. He enjoys videography and design as side hobbies, and helps out with AlMaghrib Institute in Chicago, Wasat Studios, and other projects here and there. His go-around vehicle is a 2007 Volkswagen Jetta 5-speed Wolfburg Edition. Originally born in Michigan, he and his wife reside in Chicagoland with his parents who come from Bangalore, India. He blogs personally at SaqibSaab.com.

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27 Comments

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    Verbage

    September 18, 2009 at 3:59 AM

    congrats to br. farhan abdel-azeez! he just won the national qur’an competition in irvine, ca (judged by `afasy). you can watch it here: http://icoi.net/multimedias/view/icoi_1st_national_qur_an_competition_finals

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      MW_M

      September 18, 2009 at 9:27 AM

      Subhan Allah!

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    Ali

    September 18, 2009 at 9:23 AM

    Mashallah, well worth watching…

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    nilo

    September 18, 2009 at 9:57 AM

    Br Farhan, MASHALLAH. YOU HAVE CAPTURED EVERYTHING JUST RIGHT. YOUR TONE, YOUR MANNERIZM, YOUR QURAN RECITATION, YOUR SPEECH CONTENT. MASHALLAH.
    MAY ALLAH GIVE YOUR MORE BLESSING IN THIS LIFE AND THE NEXT. MAY ALLAH OPEN THE DOORS OF JANNET-TUL-FERDOUSE FOR YOU. MAY HE LET YOU DIE AS A SHAHEED AND MAY HE PROTECT YOU FROM ALL THE EVILS OF THIS WORLD AND FROM THE EVILS OF SHATAN.AMEEN

    BROTHER NO OTHER SPEEKER TOUCHED MY HEART THE WAY YOU DID. AT FIRST I THOUGHT IT WAS TO LONG TO LISTEN TO, BUT I PUT IT ON AND DID ALL OF MY OTHER THINGS I HAD TO DO ON THE PC,.
    AND BEFORE YOU KNOW IT MY TEARS WERE ROLLING DOWN MY FACE.
    THANK YOU BROTHER AND CONGRATS FOR WINNING THE AWARD FOR THE RECITATION YOUR DESERVE IT.

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    Amatullah

    September 18, 2009 at 10:46 AM

    mashaAllah he did a great job. jazahuAllahu khayran.

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    Man

    September 18, 2009 at 11:11 AM

    hahahaha MashAAllah
    Super Saiyan, hahahah, classic

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    Nahyan

    September 18, 2009 at 11:35 AM

    MashaAllah, good stuff bro.

    Jazakallahukhair for the post SaqibSaab

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    ilmseeker

    September 18, 2009 at 1:43 PM

    Ma sha Allah very well done! May Allah (swt) bless the brother, ameen.

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    Abu Sauleh

    September 18, 2009 at 2:59 PM

    mashaaAllaah… br. Farhan is a treasure of this ummah :) May Allaah guide him and preserve him.

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    sister in deen

    September 18, 2009 at 8:20 PM

    Subahanallah..Mashaallah.Jazakumallahu khairaa

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    Amatullah

    September 18, 2009 at 9:38 PM

    MashAllah, the brother has a really nice qira’ah..BarakAllahu feek

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    Faraz Omar

    September 18, 2009 at 10:30 PM

    WoW! MAsha Allah. beautiful recitation and excellent speech…may Allah accept it from him and increase his ilm and amal.
    who is he btw? his profile?

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    Sadaf Farooqi

    September 19, 2009 at 7:47 AM

    What a wonderful reciter he is, masha’Allah! No superficial undertones or artificial “tasannu“. How lucky his parents are to have him for a son. Throughout his lecture I kept thinking, “O Allah, make my son like him…”
    And may Allah guide our youth to repent. The fact is that the da’wah of a person who is himself young, has much more effect on the youth than that of an elderly person.
    And Allah knows best.

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    amatul-Rahmaan

    September 19, 2009 at 8:01 AM

    subhaanAllah, I am speechless.

    once you start you can’t pause it. may Allah (swt) reward him profusely, Allahumma ameen…

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    Fish

    September 19, 2009 at 11:17 PM

    YOUSFUUUUUUUUUUULLL SHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT!!!!

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    DI

    September 20, 2009 at 12:41 AM

    Masha Allah la quwatta illah billah !

    The future is looking bright… :D

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    Osman

    September 21, 2009 at 1:49 AM

    SubhanAllah! May Allah bless this brother.

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    Farhan

    September 21, 2009 at 9:23 AM

    He described Ibrahim (AS) as “straight chillin” in the fire. hahaha, ma sha Allah

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    Imani

    October 9, 2009 at 11:25 PM

    Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullah,

    Mashallah this was an EXCELLENT lecture, May Allah increase this brother in his knowledge. It’s true, once the lecture started you just can’t put it off. Mashallah.
    I was wondering if anybody had Brother Farhan’s contact information. We have a relatively new MSA and are looking for a speaker to come and have an event, and Mashallah Brother Farhan seems to really be able to connect with the youth. If anyone can direct me, just reply to this message.

    Jazak Allahu Khair

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    Faraz Omar

    October 11, 2009 at 1:48 AM

    There was one thing I was not sure about in the lecture. Farhan says explaining the verse “wa in ta’uddoo ni’mat Allahi laa tahsoohaa (surah ibrahim)… that Allah mentions Ni’mah, which is singular. Allah didn’t use ni’am (plural), showing that we cannot even count the blessings of one favor of Allah upon us. I checked if that was the tafseer of the verse. I spoke to a student of knowledge and he said that it means Allah’s favors and it is not in singular, even though the word used is singular. He said its being used as a “Jins”… meaning the word is used collectively for all of Allah’s favors. Just as the word “Insaan” is used as a collective word for all human beings.

    Though the meaning of what he said, that we can’t count the blessings of just one favor, is fine, but i was unsure if that is the meaning of the verse.

    It’ll be great if MM can reach him and let him know. If he has evidence of what he’s saying from the classical tafaseer…. I would love to know.

    I wonder if the question can be put up to YQ also to check it up?

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      Eman

      October 3, 2010 at 12:47 AM

      I asked Br Nouman Ali Khan about this and he said that yes the word ni’mah used here is Ism Jins, from a Balaghi perspective in analyzing the Quran, what was mentioned in the lecture is correct and that Allah SWTA chose the word Ni’mah here and not Ni’am or An’um which are Jami’ Kathra and Jami’ Qilla respectively to give the meaning that we are unable to even count the value of one blessing of Allah SWTA upon us, let alone thank Him for it.

      He mentioned the verse about Ibrahim (AS), being such a great Nabi, when Allah SWTA described that he was thankful for some of His blessings upon him (the Jami’ Qilla version An’um — “Shaakiran Li An’umuhi” — this is in fact very high praise, when for the rest of us we dont even come close to that as is mentioned in the ayah referred to in the speech.

      Wa Allahu A’lam.

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    abdullah

    October 20, 2009 at 10:34 AM

    can someone please post the information/profile about this brother.

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    umm haya

    November 14, 2009 at 1:09 PM

    Barakallahu feek….excellent…….

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    Niha Athar

    December 11, 2009 at 7:26 PM

    Asalam u Alikum wa rehmatullahi wa barakatahu!!

    Jazak’Allah!! :) It was great!!

    May Allah guide him & make it eaiser to remain steadfast on the right path. Ameen!

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    Ahmad

    September 30, 2010 at 9:34 PM

    Farhan Abdul Azeez,
    Location: Canton, Michigan, USA.
    Born: 1986
    Current age at 2010: 24

    Did this khutbah at april 2009. 2nd year med school.

    Was a biology major at michigan state university. By that time he was also MSA president there. (2006)
    Then went to med school there.
    (data based on http://www.ghazali.net/archives2006/html/professor_s_hate_e_mail.html)

    He also tis active not only in da’wah but also for volunteer and charity efforts.
    on august, 2009 “Dr. Farhan Abdul Azeez conducted a fundraiser, where about $28,000 were received. Everyone promised to introduce HHRD to others in the community and some administrators from the community organizations pledged further support for HHRD(Helping Hand For Relief & Development) in years to come.”

    Won the Quran competition
    http://icoi.net/multimedias/view/icoi_1st_national_qur_an_competition_finals
    september 2009

    02/13/2010
    MIA graduate.
    3rd year medical student in MSU as of the feb. 2010.
    http://podcasts.doubletwist.com/MCWS-Podcast/OPWbyxDv3G#q=a&id=OPWbyxDv3G
    His talk “Rasulullah(SAWS) and his relationship with Khadijah RA” at MCWS Masjid at his hometown.

    Talk at Same Masjid @ Dec 2008 talk:
    Hajj, a spiritual journey.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipG3dHc4gxU

    other talks:

    https://www.msu.edu/~azeezfar/Articles.htm <– articles that he wrote.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62oWBa9huFo <– another talk, MMYC conf. 2008.. Prophet SalAllahua'laihiwasalam and humbleness
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EehEe2-M0Wc <– Meaning of Allahuakbar, importance of salah, and some divine link marketing.
    ALMAGHRIB Qabeelat Ittihad, fiqh of salah class.
    giving salah rug gifts, sh. yaser birjas is there too:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oa95pax5lA8 <– sharing prayer rugs gift. jokes about marriage. funny story about hajj with Sh. Yaser QAdhi.

    RECITATIONS:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FfOniTNgsw
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9RHE5N4Wyk

    Good to hear young youth who are balanced, active, and mashAllahs. I did this research mostly for my own curiosity of seeking role models, but thought I'd share so others might benefit from it too :)

    May Allah keep him firm, make us all repentant slaves, and guide us all to success in Jannah.

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    Sabina Moid

    April 4, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    MashaAllah he did a great job. JazahuAllahu Khayran.

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30 Khawaatir in 30 Days- A Parent’s Guide | Day 10: The Dua’ of Umm Salama

Now that we have learnt about a good word, let’s talk about the dua’ of Umm Salama.

Today I’m going to share with you a story of a very important woman in Islamic history named Umm Salama raḍyAllāhu 'anha (may Allāh be pleased with her). She was a female companion, which means she was a sahaabiya (female companion)

Umm Salama raḍyAllāhu 'anha (may Allāh be pleased with her) was one of the first people to embrace Islam and she was one of the few Muslims who actually performed the hijrah twice. 

Question: Who can tell me what a hijrah is?

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A hijrah is when someone leaves a place they are in for the sake of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He). The first hijrah was to Ethiopia, where a just Christian ruler named Najashi took in a group of Muslims and took good care of them. 

So Umm Salama raḍyAllāhu 'anha (may Allāh be pleased with her) and Abu Salama raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) went to Ethiopia. After some time living there, they really wanted to go back to Mecca so that they could be next to the Prophet Muhammad ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) and learn everything about Islam. As they waited patiently, news traveled all the way to Africa saying that the Muslims were no longer getting persecuted because Umar ibn al-Khattab raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) and Hamza raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him), the uncle of the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him), had embraced Islam. 

Umm Salama raḍyAllāhu 'anha (may Allāh be pleased with her) and Abu Salama raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) decided to return back to Mecca, and when they did, they realized that it was only a rumor and that the Muslims were still being tortured by Quraysh. So, when the Prophet Muhammad ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) instructed all of the Muslims of Mecca to leave to Madina for the second hijrah, they wasted no time getting ready. 

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Question: Do you see how they were so active and didn’t take their Islam for granted?

As Umm Salama raḍyAllāhu 'anha (may Allāh be pleased with her) was about to mount her camel, her tribe, the Banu Makhzum, came and told Abu Salama raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) that they would not allow him to take Umm Salama raḍyAllāhu 'anha (may Allāh be pleased with her) to Madina. Then Abu Salama’s tribe, the Banu Asad, takes Salama, his child, away.  Abu Salama raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) could not defend himself against all of these men, so he sets off to Madina.

In just one day Umm Salama raḍyAllāhu 'anha (may Allāh be pleased with her) lost her husband and her child, and she suffers so much because of it. She is in a lot of pain. After some time her cousin starts to feel sorry for her and speaks to the tribes on her behalf. He is then able to reunite her with her son. Then after a year of waiting, Umm Salama raḍyAllāhu 'anha (may Allāh be pleased with her) is finally able to meet her husband in Madina. 

Abu Salama raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) was known to be a very caring husband and courageous man. He fought in the Battle of Badr as well as in the Battle of Uhud. In Uhud, he received a wound that he wasn’t able to recover from. 

Umm Salama raḍyAllāhu 'anha (may Allāh be pleased with her) was so sad the day Abu Salama raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) died, but the Prophet Muhammad ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) taught her to recite a beautiful dua’:

إِنَّا لله وإنا إليه راجعون اللهم أجرني في مصيبتي وأخلف لي خيرا منها 

“We belong to Allah and to Allah is our return. Oh Allah, reward me for my calamity, and replace my loss with something better.”

Umm Salama raḍyAllāhu 'anha (may Allāh be pleased with her) recited this dua’, but in her mind she thought, “Who can be better than Abu Salama raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him)?” 

After a few months passed, Umar ibn al-Khattab raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) proposed to Umm Salama raḍyAllāhu 'anha (may Allāh be pleased with her), but she said no. 

Then, Abu Bakr raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) proposed to Umm Salama raḍyAllāhu 'anha (may Allāh be pleased with her), but again she said no. 

Then, the Prophet Muhammad ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) proposed to Umm Salama raḍyAllāhu 'anha (may Allāh be pleased with her) and she accepted. So now, she was not only the mother of Salama, but the mother of all of the believers until the end of time! 

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Al-Shafi, the Healer

Al Shafi

Translated from the book, “Because You are Allah” by Ali ibn Jabir Al-Feefi

Have pains exhausted you? Has illness made you see life in a darkened hue?

Do you hate returning to doctors? And are tired of walking in the hallways of hospitals, and the names of clinics, dates of visits and faces of sick people become blurry in your mind?

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Then how would you like me to cleanse your soul from its weight and fatigue?

It is the name of Allah, Al-Shafi (The Healer)! 

Allow for yourself, though exhausted, to catch your breath for a moment to read about this merciful name.  This name after which you experience its shade will understand how much you are in need of it, and how far you were from it! 

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Al-Shafi is one of His names that we praise Him for.  We praise Him for naming Himself with this name, and that He described Himself with the description of healing although He alone is the one who heals the bodies of His servants. 

Illness in the life of a person is an event that happens recurringly, with varying pains, many forms, and is hardly avoided by anyone at any time.  We transition from one pain to the next; from headaches to fatigue, from fever to aches in our joints and bodies etc.  And even if a person is healthy in themselves, they see their brother in pain, or their mother in tears or their beloved ill. 

This life is a real of illness, pain, and sighs.  Due to that, Allah named Himself Al-Shafi, that your pains prostrate in the temple of His Mercy, and that your suffering reverses itself at the doorstep of His Ability. 

Allah decreed that the light of life in our bodies dims every once in a while through illness, that we acknowledge our weakness and that we have no strength and no power. 

Allah decreed illness so that a person remembers something similar to this illness, and that is death! Just as illness is the end of liveliness, death is the end of life! 

Your reality is death, and everything in you and around you resembles death.  Your sleep is death, your illness is death, your transitioning from one stage of life to another is death! For your youth is the death of your childhood, and your old age is the death of your youth, so much of you has died already, and hence you resemble death more than you resemble life.  We still however delude ourselves into thinking we are eternal and so illness screams at our bodies, informing them that they will come to an end! 

Because He is Al-Shafi

He heals you with a cause…
He heals you with the smallest cause…

He heals you with the most unique cause…
He heals you with something not considered a cause…

He heals you with no cause…

He heals with herbs, He heals with simple or compounded medicines, He heals with nutrition, He heals with water…

And from the most amazing things that I read was a child who was stricken with tuberculosis at a time when it meant certain death.  After doctors confirmed his bleak future they permitted his parents to take him back to the countryside where he would be able to live out what remained of his days in his natural environment.  While the boy was walking with cookies in his hand he met a man who with piercing eyes asked him, “My son, do you want to live?” The boy responded that he did to which the man said, “How can you live when you are eating food that is dead? Eat foods that have life, meat and vegetables and everything that God created naturally and still has the traces of dust and life on them! 

The child, Gayelord Hauser,  took that man’s advice and began to only eat natural foods only and with time was able to return to the doctors to find them shocked that he had been healed completely.  The child would tell his story throughout the United States and become one of the pioneers of the natural food movement. 

Yes, the doctors declared him to be terminally ill, but the King of Kings did not decree that!  The doctors expected for his life to end in the countryside but Allah did not intend that! 

You don’t know!

Who is the one who placed secrets of healing in plants and herbs and other things that can be accessed by the poorest people on earth? It is Allah, Al-Shafi

It may be that you are afflicted with disease, and you don’t know and you eat food that causes you an ailment while you are unaware, and you eat food that has your cure and you are still unaware, and so you become ill and healed while being unaware of both! 

Allah may place His healing in water, and we all know “the water of zamzam is for whatever you drink it for.” And the prophet said that it is nourishing healing food.  And how many an ill person had healed by continuously drinking this blessed water by the permission of Allah. 

And other than that Allah has placed healing in cow milk, the black seed, honey, the night prayer, charity, istighfar, tawbah, du’a and much more.  He also heals with nothing!

The Light Returns

In the hospital of Al-Malik Abdul Aziz in Tabuk  a man entered into the office of religious affairs with the traces of worry and panic evident on his face.  When we asked him what was wrong he stated that his son is on the top floor having been in an accident and is now blind! 

I remember the panic that I felt when I heard that, what then about the shock of the parent?

He said with hope, “I want one of you to come with me and recite ruqya on my son, asking Allah to heal him.” 

My friend got up immediately and went with him.  After an hour he returned and informed me that he had performed ruqya on him and then spoke with the father, advising him to be patient, and told him of the hadith, “heal your sick with charity” (Tabarani).  The father than extracted from his pocket five hundred riyal and said to him, “Give this in charity with the intention of healing my son.” 

After two days the man returned and requested my friend to accompany him.  My friend returned a short while after saying “la ilaha illa Allah!” I have good news, the boy can now see some of the light in the room!” He then told me that his father gave him one thousand riyals to give in charity.  After two more days my friend was taken by the boy’s father to his room again, and I did not believe when my friend told me that the boy could now see as well as before! 

Who is the one who returned his sight? Who is the one healed him? His command is only when He intends a thing that He says to it, “Be,” and it is.” (Yaseen v. 82) 

Glory be to the One who said to his sight, ‘return!” and it returned. 

Return to Him

He doesn’t want anything other than you returning to Him.  That you seek out the path that leads to Him. Return to Him with contentment. Return to Him with prostration.  Return to Him with repentance.  Return to Him seeking forgiveness.  Return to Him with charity.  Return to Him with confession. 

Knock on His door and then wait for healing. 

There is no hospital in the world that will heal you if Allah does not will it. 

There is no doctor in the world that can diagnose your illness, except if Allah wills that. 

A wealthy man travels with his family to Egypt for a kidney transplant.  His family had agreed with a young girl to give their father a kidney in return for one hundred thousand riyals.  In the morning all of them were in the hospital and the man desired to meet the girl who would be donating a kidney to save his life.  He asked her what caused her to to donate her kidney to an old man like him to which she stated, 

“I’m in need.  My family is poor and my siblings are in college, and I have to do something to help them!”

It was as if she slapped him! She awoke him from a deep sleep that made him forget his illness.  He asked himself, “Is it comprehensible that a person would give up a part of themselves just so that they can eat, just so that they can live! 

He immediately summoned his family and informed them that they would be returning back to Saudi Arabia because he had canceled his plans for the kidney transplant! He also informed them that the amount that was agreed on would be given as a charity to the girl, and that they not decrease it by a single riyal! 

And after resistance from his family, and anger from some of them they submitted to the will of their father.  After his return to Saudi Arabia and to his hospital for dialysis and to the doctors shock and surprise his kidney was now fully functional

Inscribe this verse in your heart

Whatever Allah grants to people of mercy – none can withhold it” (Fatir v. 2) 

Underline this 

The father of the prophets, Ibrahim 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him), taught every believer a lesson to not seek help from other than the Living, the one who does not die;

“And when I am sick, He is the One who heals me.” 

He alone and no one else. Underline this. You will not need other than Him if He wills to heal you, and no one will benefit you otherwise if He doesn’t. 

And Ayub 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him), who is exhausted by years of illness that scattered his family and his wealth, and when the most optimistic of people has lost hope in him ever healing though he was patient and expectant of Allah’s reward.  His body is ravaged by disease and he at last with a head and heart that is turned towards his Lord says,

“I have been touched by harm, and You are the Most Merciful of those who show mercy.”

And the doors of the heavens are opened with mercy..

And the command descends from above the seventh heaven for this burdened soul…

In a moment the healing begins, and the years of toil are reversed..

Why would you seek other than Him?

It is as if through the illness Allah is reminding you, “return to me, just as I am the One who created you from nothing, I am the One who can remove this illness from your body.”

Contentment

If you are pleased with Him He will please you. 

Illness is from the most severe tests of contentment and so if your responses to it are content then in sha Allah your results will be praiseworthy in sha Allah. 

Some may ask: how can I be content with illness when it comes with pain that is naturally hated? How can I be pleased with something that I hate?

Ibn Al-Qayyim responds to this by saying, “There is no contradiction in that, for the person is content from the aspect of journeying to what He loves, and hates it from the aspect of it being painful to them, like a bitter medicine that they know has healing for them, so there is the combination of being pleased with it, and hating it” 

Make this your constant companion, “I am pleased with Allah as my Lord, Islam as my religion and Muhammad sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam as my prophet.” Make your heart pulse with contentment, make it taste its sweetness, and reflect on your body, and you will see the pulse of healing beat through it in sha Allah. 

Make your illness the beginning of a new covenant through which you will get to know your Lord through His Name, Al-Shafi. 

The destruction of sins

This isn’t the first time you’ve ever been sick.  You’ve been sick before right? Many times even.  Who is the One who healed you? Wasn’t it Allah? Why then feel like this sickness in particular is too much for Him? Feeling that way about the AlMighty is a disease of the heart, so dispel the disease that has taken root in your heart first, and then look to Al-Shafi to heal you. 

All of those ill in the hospitals are waiting for healing from Al-Shafi.  There is not a sigh that you exhale except that He hears it, no pain except that He is aware of it…

Build in your heart a hospital named ‘Prostration Place’, make an appointment with prostration and record the doctor’s name in your heart, “Al-Shafi” 

Oh Allah You are Al-Shafi, prescribe Your Healing on every burdened soul,  every battered body, and every exhausted heart. 

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