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Seeking Jannah: Inspiration from the Full Moon

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Every month, the full moon brightly adorns the night sky with a resplendent glow. At first glance, we recall that its fullness signifies the middle of the lunar month. Pondering over the beauty of this creation is one thing, but a slightly longer gaze may also remind us of some ahadeeth of the Prophet (sallaAllahu alayhe wasallam), wherein esteemed virtues are compared to the full moon.

The Noble Face of the Messenger of Allah (sallaAllahu alayhe wasallam)

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“Glad tidings to the one who believed in me and saw me, and sevenfold glad tidings to the one who believed in me but did not see me.” (Ahmad)

Reading the descriptions of the Prophet’s (sallaAllahu alayhe wasallam) appearance is a pleasure to the believers, who missed the age of his physical presence, yet strive to emulate his every word and deed.

The companions, carefully examining his facial expressions at all times, described a state of pleasure to reflect on the face of the Prophet (sallaAllahu alayhe wasallam) like the bright shine of a full moon.

Abu Ishaq narrated that Al-Baraa’ was asked, “Was the face of the Prophet (as bright) as a sword?” He said, “No, but (as bright) as a moon.” (Bukhari)

Jabir ibn Samurah (radhiAllahu anhu) said, “I saw him on one night of the full moon. I looked at him. He was dressed in a reddish garment. I compared him with the moon and found that,  for he was better than the moon.” (Mishkat Al-Masabih)

In this blessed month, when good deeds are multiplied, there is a chance to increase implementation of his sunnah in order to properly translate our love for him, (sallaAllahu alayhe wasallam). The stronger  we are in adherence to his sunnah, the closer we are to being honored with his companionship in Jannah.

Speaking of Jannah, from the full moon there is a reminder of it, for those whom it’s gates are opened……

The First Group to Enter Paradise

In a month outlined by patience and submission, what is a better reminder than to look up to the sky and find a sign of encouragement towards the reward that awaits the true believers who have exerted themselves in the path of doing good.

Abu Hurairah (radhiAllahu anhu) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (sallaAllahu alayhe wasallam) said, “The first group (of people) to enter Jannah will be shining like the moon on a full-moon night.” (Agreed Upon)

Such a thought would, through Allah’s will, strengthen our resolve to increase in worship for the remainder of the month, perhaps we will be among the ‘first group’.

And Finally……….To See your Lord

You have responded to Him, submitted to Him in worship. This month, you gave up desires, otherwise lawful, in response to His command. You may know or not know the wisdom behind what you do in complete submission to Him. But your love for your Creator, Protector and Sustainer has led you to comply with His commands, even though you have not seen Him.

The full moon is a reminder of the ultimate reward that Day for those whom Allah entered into His Garden, when He (subhanahu wata’ala) will permit the believers to see His Face.

وُجُوهٌ يَوْمَئِذٍ نَّاضِرَةٌ

إِلَىٰ رَبِّهَا نَاظِرَةٌ
َ

[Some] faces, that Day, will be radiant, Looking at their Lord.” (al-Qiyamah 75: 22,23).

Jareer ibn ‘Abdullah reported: “We were sitting with the Prophet (sallaAllahu alayhe wasallam), looking at the moon on the night of the fourteenth (of the month). He said, ‘You will see your Lord with your own eyes just as you are looking at this (moon), without any doubt that you are seeing Him.’” (Agreed upon)

So while you turn your gaze upwards in the white days of the month, allow this wondrous creation to deepen your thoughts in light of these ahadeeth. But do not stand for too long; hasten towards the company of the Messenger (sallaAllahu alayhe wasallam), the ‘first group’ and the sight of the One Who created the moon. Seeking Allah’s help, race to fill your days with good, before the once full moon is again a crescent, as the month of forgiveness and mercy reaches its end.

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Mariam is of Middle Eastern origin, raised in North America, not quite settling in one specific place. After living up in the North of North America, she has shifted continents and currently residing in a rapidly flourishing, historical city located in the desert of Arabia. She is a recent graduate of the American Open University, with a Bachelors in Islamic Studies. She believes that regardless of where a person is, writing is a tool to reach out and express that which inspires, touches and affects them. So she writes; perhaps that which inspires her will be a source of good for at least one other person.

15 Comments

15 Comments

  1. Sayf

    August 24, 2010 at 12:22 AM

    Mash’Allah, excellent work once again!

  2. Fatima

    August 24, 2010 at 12:52 AM

    Beautifully written. MashaAllah.

  3. Sister

    August 24, 2010 at 3:39 AM

    subahanallah..may Allah include us among the sabeeqoon.

  4. Little Auntie

    August 24, 2010 at 4:15 AM

    Asalamu aliaukum!
    Ma’shaAllah, a wonderful post. Baraka Allah feeki!

  5. Amatullah

    August 24, 2010 at 6:40 AM

    Jazaaki Allahu khayran Mariam. Beautiful!

  6. alaa alajati

    August 24, 2010 at 7:14 AM

    thank you very much.may my lord bless you.

  7. Hafsa

    August 24, 2010 at 7:58 AM

    MashaAllah this is sooo beautiful! I’ve always loved looking at the moon and now inshaAllah it’s going to have a whole new outlook! Jazakallahu Khayr! :)

  8. Ameera

    August 24, 2010 at 8:40 AM

    This was so inspiring, Jazaakillah Mariam! I love your writing. :)

  9. Sarah

    August 24, 2010 at 9:53 AM

    Love, jazakiAllahu khayrn!

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  11. sunny

    August 24, 2010 at 2:42 PM

    we cant see Allah,our lord neither in this nor here after…….

    • Mariam E.

      August 24, 2010 at 5:50 PM

      We cannot see Allah in this life, but there is evidence that seeing Him, subhanahu wata’ala, will be the greatest reward for the people of Jannah, as is clear from the authentic hadeeth quoted above.

  12. Hena

    August 24, 2010 at 8:39 PM

    InshaAllah, with a full moon outside tonight, I will read this again and make dua for you Sister Mariam, for truly these are signs for those who think.

    Too many times the moon is linked to the love of worldly things, Jazakh illah for reminding us to race against it for our heavenly life.

  13. Mohamed al Jazaeri

    August 25, 2010 at 5:45 PM

    @sunny. Akhi BarakAllahu feek, but please do not give precedence to your intellect or reasoning over authentic ahadeeth from our Prophet (peace be upon him). If we were to use our logic in our matters of faith, we would not wipe over our socks when doing Masaah, or would we ? (yaeni we would think to wipe under to rid ourselves of any dirt).

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