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Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) has chosen and given preference to certain days and times that are special and sacred in our religion. As many of you may know by now, the sacred month of Muharram (which begins the new Islamic year) has started today.

The Prophet of Allah ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said, “The division of time has turned to its original form which was current the day Allah created the heavens and earth. The year consists of twelve months of which four are sacred: three consecutive months, Dhu’l-Qa’dah, Dhu’l-Hijjah and Muharram, and Rajab which comes between Jumada and Sha’ban.” [Bukhari and Muslim]

Virtues of Muharram

  • It is one of the four sacred months. Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) said, “Verily, the number of months with Allah is twelve months (in a year), so was it ordained by Allah on the Day when He created the heavens and the earth; of them four are Sacred. That is the right religion, so wrong not yourselves therein” (9:36)
  • It is the best month to fast in after Ramadan. The Messenger ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said, “The best fasting after Ramadan is the month of Allah Muharram, and the best prayer after the obligatory prayer is prayer at night.” [Muslim]
  • The Messenger ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said, “The best fasting after Ramadan is the month of Allah, Muharram.” [Muslim] The Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) called this month “the Month of Allah.” When Allah azza wa jal connects His Name to something, it shows the great status and virtue of the subject.
  • This month contains the day of ‘Aashoora (the tenth of Muharram). Ibn Abbas raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) was asked about fasting on the day of ‘Aashoora and he said, “I do not know of any day on the Messenger of Allah ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) fasted that was better than this day.” [Bukhari and Muslim] This day is known as the day Allah ta’ala saved Musa alayhi salaam and the Children of Isra’eel from Fir’awn.
  • Fasting the Day of ‘Aashoora is an expiation of a year of sins. The Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam said: “Fasting the day of Arafah I hope Allah will expiate thereby for the year before it and the year after it, and fasting the day of ‘Aashoora I hope Allah will expiate thereby for the year that came before it.” [Muslim]

Mourning the Death of Husayn ibn Ali?

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Al-Hafidh ibn Katheer rahimahullah, known for his work of tafseer, states regarding this act of mourning the death of Husayn ibn Ali radi Allahu anhu,

Every Muslim should mourn the killing of al-Husayn (may Allah be pleased with him), for he is one of the leaders of the Muslims, one of the scholars of the Sahaabah, and the son of the daughter of the Messenger of Allah ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him), who was the best of his daughters. He was a devoted worshipper, and a courageous and generous man. But there is nothing good in what the Shi’ah do of expressing distress and grief, most of which may be done in order to show off. His father was better than him and he was killed, but they do not take his death as an anniversary as they do with the death of al-Husayn raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him). His father was killed on a Friday as he was leaving the mosque after Fajr prayer, on the seventeenth of Ramadan in 40 AH. ‘Uthmaan was better than ‘Ali according to Ahl al-Sunnah wa’l-Jamaa’ah, and he was killed when he was besieged in his house during the days of al-Tashreeq in Dhu’l-Hijjah of 36 AH, with his throat cut from one jugular vein to the other, but the people did not take his death as an anniversary. ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab was better than ‘Ali and ‘Uthmaan, and he was killed as he was standing in the mihraab, praying Fajr and reciting Qur’an, but the people did not take his death as an anniversary. Abu Bakr al-Siddeeq was better than him but the people did not take his death as an anniversary. The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) is the leader of the sons of Adam in this world and the Hereafter, and Allah took him to Him as the Prophets died before him, but no one took the dates of their deaths as anniversaries on which they do what these ignorant Raafidis do on the day that al-Husayn was killed. … The best that can be said when remembering these and similar calamities is that which ‘Ali ibn al-Husayn narrated from his grandfather the Messenger of Allah ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him), who said: “There is no Muslim who is afflicted by a calamity and when he remembers it, even if it was in the dim and distant past, he says Inna Lillahi wa inna ilayhi raaji’oon (verily to Allah we belong and unto Him is our return), but Allah will give him a reward like that of the day when it befell him.”

Narrated by Imam Ahmad and Ibn Majaah, end quote from al-Bidaayah wa’l-Nihaayah (8/221).

Good Deeds for This Month

  • Fasting. Muharram lands in winter this year, making it even more easier to fast. The Companions and the righteous predecessors rejoiced in the coming of this season. It is reported that Abu Hurayrah radi Allahu anhu said, Shall I not point you to comfortable proceeds? The people responded, “And what is that O Abu Hurayrah?” He replied, “Fasting in winter.” The Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) did not fast in succession for one month other than Ramadan, so it is not recommended to fast the whole month.
  • The best days to fast in Muharram is the day of ‘Aashoora and one day before it or one day after it. Imam Shafi’i and Imam Ahmad both stated, “It is mustahabb [recommended] to fast both the ninth and the tenth, because the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him)fasted the tenth and intended to fast the ninth.” Shaykh Al Munajjid gives a tip on his website for us to be sure that we fasted on the correct day:

If a Muslim wants to be sure that he has fasted on the right day, he should fast two consecutive days at ‘Aashooraa’. So he should calculate when ‘Aa’shooraa’ will be if Dhu’l-Hijjah is twenty-nine days and if it is thirty days, and fast these two days. Thus he will be definite that he has fasted ‘Aashooraa’, and in this case he will have fasted either the ninth and tenth, or the tenth and eleventh, both of which are good. If he wants to be sure of fasting Taasoo’ah (the ninth of Muharram) as well, then he should fast the two days we have spoken of above and the day immediately before them as well. Then he will have fasted the ninth, tenth and eleventh, or the eighth, ninth and tenth. In either case he will have fasted the ninth and tenth for sure.

So in following this principle, you can fast [updated] October 25th, 26, 27th inshaAllah to be sure you fasted on ‘Aashoora with one day before it or after it.

  • Fasting the “White Days.”  The Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said, “Fasting three days of each month is fasting for a lifetime, and ‘the white days’ are the thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth.” [an-Nasa’i, Saheeh] Ibn ‘Abbas raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) said, “The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, did not fail to fast the white days either when at home or on a journey.” [an-Nasa’i] These days are the 13th, 14th and 15th of the hijri month which you can calculate according to whichever calendar for Muharram you follow insha’Allah.
  • Increasing in duaa when you are fasting. “The prayer (duaa) of the fasting person will not be refused.” [Al-Bayhaqi, Saheeh]
  • Qiyaamul Layl. The Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said in the hadith, “and the best prayer after the obligatory prayer is prayer at night.” [Muslim] In this month we can complete two deeds that the Salaf encouraged in winter. Al Hasan Al Basri rahimahullah said, “The best season to a believer is the winter, its nights are long for those who wish to pray, and its days are short for those who wish to fast.”
  • Protecting yourself from sins. Allah azza wa jal said about the sacred months, “so wrong not yourselves therein” (9:36) Imam Sa’di rahimahullah said in his tafseer regarding this ayah,

Allah states that He has made them a measure of time for His slaves, which they may use for worshipping Him, and thank Allah for His blessings, and they serve the interests of His slaves, so beware of wronging yourselves therein. The pronoun may also be understood as referring to the four sacred months, and this forbids them to wrong themselves in those months in particular, as well as it being forbidden to do wrong at all times, because it is more forbidden at this time, but it is worse at this time than at others.

  • Increasing in good deeds in general. Read some chapters from Riyaad as-Saaliheen for ideas.

May Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) accept our deeds and allow us to reap the benefits of those days and times He has selected over others.

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Amatullah is a student of the Qur'an and its language. She completed the 2007 Ta'leem program at Al-Huda Institute in Canada and studied Qur'an, Tajwid (science of recitation) and Arabic in Cairo. Through her writings, she hopes to share the practical guidance taught to us by Allah and His Messenger and how to make spirituality an active part of our lives. She has a Bachelors in Social Work and will be completing the Masters program in 2014 inshaAllah. Her experience includes working with immigrant seniors, refugee settlement and accessibility for people with disabilities.

62 Comments

62 Comments

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    Amatullah

    December 18, 2009 at 4:28 AM

    I benefited from some of these fatwas on islamqa regarding Muharram.

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      abu abdullah

      December 7, 2010 at 6:36 AM

      salamualaikum, jazak Allah khayr for the reminder. very beneficial mash Allah.
      how does it say fasting is next better in muharram, when we are in muharram, after ramadan. And when in Dhul Hijjah, first 10 days become most dear to Allah.
      How do we reconcile between it? ( best thing I suppose is to fast everytime that is possible :)
      I understood it was a re-post when they said this year to fast 25,26,27 of December.

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        HadithCheck

        December 12, 2010 at 1:52 PM

        How do we reconcile between it?

        My dear brother, there is no contradiction to be reconciled.

        “The best fasting after Ramadan is the month of Allah Muharram”

        “There are no days on which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days”

        So one mentions fasting specifically and the other mentions righteous deeds in general.

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    ayesha

    December 18, 2009 at 5:14 AM

    barakAllahufeeki…..jazakAllahukhairan for the reminder….sister what’s the reference for the 3rd point in “virtues of the month” which says it’s the month of Allah?

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      Amatullah

      December 18, 2009 at 5:38 AM

      wa feeki barak Allah

      The reference is the hadeeth mentioned in point 2, The Messenger sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam said, “The best fasting after Ramadan is the month of Allah Muharram.” [Muslim] I added it to the third point now :) jazaki Allahu khayran.

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        ayesha

        December 18, 2009 at 6:52 AM

        waiyyaki….oh k…so it was mentioned in the second point didn’t notice…jazakAllah….and yea im gonna spread it inshAllah…

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      nur

      October 30, 2014 at 12:42 PM

      Reference of the month to Allah is a sign of its distinction and auspiciousness like Baitullah, Naqatullah etc. Muharram is one of the sacred months and it is this month with which the Islamic year starts. The other three sacred months are Rajab, Dhul-Qa`dah, and Dhul-Hijjah. The Hadith points out that fasting in the month of Muharram is better than any other month of the year after Ramadan.

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    Yuxx

    December 18, 2009 at 5:16 AM

    Baraka-Llahu fik for this explanation !! it’s very useful !!

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    Yasir Qadhi

    December 18, 2009 at 8:15 AM

    Ma sha Allah great and succinct article!

    Keep up the good work.

    Yasir

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    Abd- Allah

    December 18, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Jazakillah khayr for this informative article!

    Unfortunately, the importance of this month is forgotten by many, and abused by others…

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    Jasera

    December 18, 2009 at 2:34 PM

    Excellent Article. JazakAllahkhayr sis <3

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    abu abdAllah Tariq Ahmed

    December 18, 2009 at 5:53 PM

    Among the blessings of this first of Muharram — the 9th and 10th days of Muharram will be a weekend. “So give those excuses a black eye!” Fast and be rewarded, bi’idhnillah; may Allah accept it from you, and increase you in your love for performing ibadat.

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    UmmeAmmaarah

    December 18, 2009 at 11:04 PM

    JazakAllahu khair Sister…may Allah Ta’Ala forgive us our sins and make it easier for us to do good. Very informative article Mashaa’Allah.

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    ummmaryam

    December 19, 2009 at 4:41 AM

    jazakillahu khairaa sis.

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    Holly Garza

    December 19, 2009 at 4:49 AM

    JazakAllah Khayer for posting this article. It always helps to learn and with examples and explanations =)

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    FearAllah

    December 19, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    Awesome post, barakAllahu feeki!

    Really liked the tip by Sh. Munajjad…

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    Nahyan

    December 20, 2009 at 7:44 AM

    Jazakallahukhair for the great article.

    I especially liked the distinction of the ahadith regarding its virtue and the actual application

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    Kamran Rahman

    December 20, 2009 at 5:40 PM

    Interesting Article. Thank you for the information. It seems like a lot of youth these days associate Muharram with purely mourning, but it goes much farther beyond that.

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    Arif

    December 20, 2009 at 7:44 PM

    SubhanAllah, it just hit me – “The Month of Allah”. Wow, that’s powerful…

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    Ali

    December 23, 2009 at 10:42 PM

    the following research I found that shows the significance of 10th Muharram in Islam, other religion and in world history:
    Ashura is a day of great historical significance. On this day: Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) accepted the repentance of Sayyidina Adam (’Alaihis-Salaam) after his exile from Paradise; Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) saved Sayyidina Nuh (’Alaihis-Salaam) and his companions in the ark; Allah extinguished the fire in which Sayyidina Ibrahim (’Alaihis-Salaam) was thrown by Nimrod; And Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) spoke directly to Sayyidina Musa (’Alaihis-Salaam) and gave him the Commandments. On this same 10th of Muharram, Sayyidina Ayyub (’Alaihis-Salaam) was restored to health (from leprosy); Sayyidina Yusuf (’Alaihis-Salaam) was reunited with his father Ya’qub (’Alaihis-Salaam); Sayyidina Yunus (’Alaihis-Salaam) was taken out from the belly of the fish; and the sea was divided as the nation of israel was delivered from captivity and Pharoah’s army was destroyed. ‘Ashura is also the day when Sayyidina Dawud (’Alaihis-Salaam) was forgiven; the kingdom of Sulaiman (’Alaihis-Salaam) was restored; Sayyidina Isa (’Alaihis-Salaam) was raised to Jannah

    Now tell me if it is not the day of celebration instead of mourning as we always indulge ourselves into. Isn’t it also the first month of Islamic calendar, would it not be joyous occasion? Hussain (May God be pleased with him)’s death did not bring any benefits to anyone let alone Islam as his decision was solely based on getting the reign of Islamic government in his hands. Islam never believed in the nobility (please review ‘The last Holy Sermon of the Prophet (PBUH)) otherwise Ali (May Allah be pleased with him) would be the first caliph but rather it based on piety and knowledgeability as history proves it.

    I hope my message will open up people’s mind.

    W/A

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      komail

      December 25, 2009 at 1:55 PM

      so brother you think that imam Hussain’s death was useless? he stood against yazeed just to get into the government and the khilafah? first of all, how positive and sure can you be while saying any of those good things happened on 10th of muharram? where it says in quran or any where that prophet addam a.s was forgiven on this day, or prophet Noh a.s was saved, or etc..these dates can be made up just so people wouldnt try to mourn on this day. and let alone imam hussain a.s, he didnt do what he did just to get the power, but he did it cuz it was the right thing to do. he knew yazeed was wrong and he had to do the right thing, he did it so the islam that we know of today remain standing. If he had stayed quite and mind his own business, today u wouldnt have a r eligion called islam, or if you had it wouldnt be same as the way it should have been. and who in the world says, everyone should celebrate begening of every month? only the christians and those who worship the sun. try to study islam as in whole then try to talk about what hussain should have done or not.

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        Ali

        December 27, 2009 at 8:47 AM

        AOA,

        You got my point. His death was beyond reason. Only it served to divide Muslim ummah further and nothing else; it is not a hidden truth. Today we proclaimed ourselves as sunni or shia but muslims; it is very ironical and sad. With all the due respect, lust to power is very intoxicating. Hence he inherited from his father Ali R.A. Who himself contended to caliphate on every occasion and considered himself rightful owner of the Islamic dynasty (Ironically speaking: dynasty). Ali R.A. every attempt was failed thanks to the Sahabas of the times. As the Islamic government weakened due to the internal conflicts as Ali R.A. is considered party in those, he was elected by the rebels who have martyred Usman R.A. We see that also a clear initiation of division between muslims. As there are evidences that Ali R.A. was reluctant to punish the rebels (Because they brought him to power) were accountable for Usman R.A.’s martyrdom. It has cause the war between Ali R.A. and Aisha Siddiqua as we know it in the name of Jang-e-Jamel.

        The very same misunderstanding, Hussain R.A. has inherited. He considered succession was his right. What made him think that he was rightful in that manner? Because of nobility? Remember the last sermon of Holy Prophet where he said there superiority arab has over no arab and vice versa (please review the sermon as whole). His decision to go face Yazid was nothing but emotional plea; he was offered help and denied. He went with kids and women; armless; who would be in their right mind to do that. To put everyone’s life in danger; it is a bit selfish act, don’t you think, just for the sake of government. If he had to do that than why he didn’t accept the help of the tribes; it is beyond reason to me.

        Probably it would be better if you please do some research before making emotional assumptions. Prophet (PBUH) followed the sunnah of Musa-alaihsalam and fast on the 10th of Muharram. As it was considered the day of Independence from Pharoah. It is one of the example; you may do research for the rest.

        W/S

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          Abd- Allah

          December 31, 2009 at 4:03 PM

          Assalam Alaikum

          Just for everyone’s information, all the following information about Ashura has NO authentic basis:

          “On this day: Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) accepted the repentance of Sayyidina Adam (’Alaihis-Salaam) after his exile from Paradise; Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) saved Sayyidina Nuh (’Alaihis-Salaam) and his companions in the ark; Allah extinguished the fire in which Sayyidina Ibrahim (’Alaihis-Salaam) was thrown by Nimrod; And Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) spoke directly to Sayyidina Musa (’Alaihis-Salaam) and gave him the Commandments. On this same 10th of Muharram, Sayyidina Ayyub (’Alaihis-Salaam) was restored to health (from leprosy); Sayyidina Yusuf (’Alaihis-Salaam) was reunited with his father Ya’qub (’Alaihis-Salaam); Sayyidina Yunus (’Alaihis-Salaam) was taken out from the belly of the fish. ‘Ashura is also the day when Sayyidina Dawud (’Alaihis-Salaam) was forgiven; the kingdom of Sulaiman (’Alaihis-Salaam) was restored; Sayyidina Isa (’Alaihis-Salaam) was raised to Jannah”

          and Allah knows best.

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      maybe

      January 17, 2011 at 11:58 PM

      You refer to the last serom is this the one on Ghadeer e Khum on the 18th of Zilhajj?

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    AllahCreatedMe

    December 25, 2009 at 1:10 AM

    Bismillah

    Jazaki Allahu khairan for this ma’roof-spreading article. I put it on my blog. :)

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    Slave of God

    December 25, 2009 at 1:11 AM

    I LOVE ISLAM

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    hayat

    December 7, 2010 at 6:13 AM

    The thing is i am not going to mourn for the death . but i know this day is very important , if we start morning by remembering resul SAWali husayn hassan and fatima aish omer uthman abubeker bilal and it will not finsish every month we have to cry . all of them for us important so just fast make dua tewba so on not moring for hassan or hussain death we respect them and love all but just remember every shaba tabin shuuk so on and we make dua. not just rmember one person and mourn……

    thanks jezakillah kair any way.

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      maybe

      January 17, 2011 at 11:42 PM

      I guess you are free to do as you please and we generally prefer to following the authentic teachings of the exalted prophet (PBUH)

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    Amatullah

    December 7, 2010 at 6:51 PM

    “Satan rejoiced when Adam (peace be upon him) came out of Paradise, but he did not know that when a diver sinks into the sea, he collects pearls and then rises again.”

    Amatullah
    http://sisterswithpower.blogspot.com
    EMANcipate yourself

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    UmmZayn

    December 8, 2010 at 11:03 AM

    Great post! Perhaps you can put a note at the top to indicate the days of Ashoora for 2010, as the article states the dates from the year the article was first posted

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      AB

      December 8, 2010 at 12:10 PM

      yes, very important point as it says:

      you can fast December 25th, 26th and the 27th

      but this year the tenth will be wed 15th dec (i think)

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    lovethesunnah

    December 8, 2010 at 12:42 PM

    As salaamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatuAllahi wa barakaatuh

    Here are the dates for this year inshaa Allah:

    09 muharram 1432 = Wednesday 15 December 2010
    10 muharram (day of ‘Aashooraa) 1432 = Thursday 16 December 2010
    11 muharram 1432 = Friday 17 December 2010

    Jazaakum Allah khayrun

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      Amatullah

      December 10, 2010 at 5:36 PM

      wa alaykum salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

      jazaak Allahu khayran. Changed now.

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    Noma

    December 10, 2010 at 11:39 PM

    I’ve heard from Shia Muslims that Muharram is serious like Ramadan such as not listening to music or celebrating any joyous occasion such as weddings but I was wondering why these types of acts are prohibited especially during Muharram?

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      maybe

      January 16, 2011 at 11:46 PM

      Dear Noma,

      Logically if someone in your family passes away generally one does not attend a wedding or joyous occassion…..now for the Shia the infallibles ie Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), Bibi Fatimah (AS) and the 12 divinely ordained Imams hold a greater importance than our own family. I am not arguing the merits and demerits of what we believe in but am happy to debate if required – but this is the logic as to why for the prescribed two months and nine days we do not hold any celebrations.

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        Noma

        January 21, 2011 at 9:58 PM

        What do you mean by the 2 months and 9 days? Muharram is only one month.

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        TURAB

        November 1, 2016 at 11:53 AM

        i have one question that can you listen to music after the first 15 days of Muharram ? But still no abusive music .

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    Seyed Javad

    December 16, 2010 at 12:34 AM

    All those people named in this article are respected but only Allah knows who was better. Please stop crediting people based on your imaginations. If Sheih Muslims mourn for Husain, it is not because of that he was the best. They mourn for him because he and his family were brutally slaughtered by the Muslims who believed they are doing Jihad. It‘s embracing for Muslims at the moment because they killed one the best people.
    Allah saves us.

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    Maybe

    January 16, 2011 at 10:19 PM

    I think Ibn Khateers commentary is fairly flawed and given that the prophet (pbuh) had stated the status of Imam Hussain (AS) and the Quran does state on on a number of occassions that the Last Prophet of Islam does not do or say anything which is not from Allah. I can add a few more arguments from the Quran too as to why the this commentary is fairly invalid – happy to discuss

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    maybe

    January 18, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    Interesting how you chose to remove commentary which logically and through islamic facts made the above article invalid ……hmmm clearly a well “moderated” site !

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    HadithCheck

    January 20, 2011 at 12:27 AM

    “maybe”, this is regarding your comment on the authenticity of the hadith about fasting Ashura.

    ‘Abd-Allah ibn ‘Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) said: When the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) fasted on the day of ‘Ashoora and told the people to fast, they said, “O Messenger of Allah, this is a day that is venerated by the Jews and Christians.” The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Next year, if Allah wills, we will fast on the ninth day.” But by the time the following year came, the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) had passed away.

    Narrated by Muslim, 1916.

    If the Prophet peace be upon him had passed away before the next year came, that means these companions such as Ibn Abbas had heard it from him the year he passed away. This proves that all the things which you mentioned are incorrect and not true.

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      Maybe

      January 20, 2011 at 3:25 PM

      And how old was Ibn Abbas when the Prophet (PBUH) narrated this to him

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        HadithCheck

        January 21, 2011 at 4:08 PM

        And how old was Ibn Abbas when the Prophet (PBUH) narrated this to him

        “maybe”, I believe you can do the math by yourself, but why don’t we address a more important issue.

        now for the Shia the infallibles ie Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), Bibi Fatimah (AS) and the 12 divinely ordained Imams hold a greater importance than our own family. I am not arguing the merits and demerits of what we believe in but am happy to debate if required

        So you believe that Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) is one of the “infallibles” and one of the “12 divinely ordained Imams” right?

        If this is so, can you please just answer for me one simple question. As everyone knows (even the shi’a agree) that Ali gave the pledge to Abu Bakr may Allah be pleased with them both. My question is that if Ali is “infallible” and divinely guided, then him giving the pledge to Abu Bakr was a divine inspiration from Allah and what he did was absolutely true and correct, which means that Abu Bakr was the rightful Khalifa after the Prophet peace be upon him. And if you say no, Ali was mistaken when he gave Abu Bakr the pledge and Abu Bakr did not deserve to be the Khalifa after the Prophet peace be upon him (as the shi’a claim), then you would have refuted the basic belief of the shi’as that the “12 divinely ordained Imams” are infallible.

        So which one is it? If you can answer this simple question of mine, that would be great! But don’t worry, I’m not really expecting an answer, so I won’t be disappointed if (when) you don’t reply with an answer. And if you answer (or attempt to do so), then whatever answer you provide will be an argument against you and your beliefs! That is if you do give a straightforward answer without trying to wiggle your way out without giving a clear answer to that question.

        Subhan Allah, a simple question such as this one is enough to show that the belief of the shi’as about infallible imams is incorrect and illogical, and if all their beliefs are based on this one, then that shows how much merit and truth their beliefs have. Now do you still want to come here and try cast doubt in our beliefs when your own beliefs are illogical and contradictory?!

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          maybe

          January 22, 2011 at 3:52 AM

          You block me form posting and then expect to have a debate – mashallah your admin is about as treacherous as the munfiqeen of Islam who burnt the door of Imam Alis house to seek allegience for caliphate ……go read your own books and educate yourself cause cleary one cannot argue with Jahiliya who are not open to debate…..you probably will remove this post as well but atleast you have my response – you have my email address – give me facts and Iam willing to debate

          • Amad

            Amad

            January 22, 2011 at 4:38 AM

            Good to see true colors coming out.
            We r not interested in seeing long, drawn out Shia Sunni debates.

            Lakum deenakum wali yadeen

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            maybe

            January 22, 2011 at 7:47 AM

            Actually by posting such articles the members of this blog have shown their true colors and thank you for that !

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            HadithCheck

            January 22, 2011 at 1:08 PM

            maybe, no one burned Ali’s house may Allah be pleased with him, maybe (no pun intended) you should read our own books before you believe what you have been taught (brainwashed) since you were born. If you are truly sincere, then I challenge you to read the books of sunnis yourself.

            As I expected, you didn’t answer my simple question. No one wanted to debate you, I was merely interested in a simple answer to my very simple question, which if was answered then there would be no need to debate anything after that!

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    Brother

    January 22, 2011 at 5:07 AM

    Bismillah

    Salaam alaikum,

    I’m sure the intentions of the author of this article are good. However, it’s quite disappointing to see that in this age where Muslims and Islam are already so maligned, that fellow Muslims still resort to takfir or derogatory terms while referring to each other. Along those lines, it’s quite disheartening to see a respected online magazine such as yours use a term such as “Rafidhi” to refer to Shi’a Muslims. Such a term is highly offensive, and moreover, holds little weight in an argument. Think of a bully who can resort to nothing other than name-calling to intimidate one who he has no argument against.

    Furthermore, the argument cited about not mourning on Ashura is filled with logical holes. Firstly, the Shi’a, unlike Ahlus Sunnah w’al Jamaah, do NOT hold Uthman, Umar, Abu Bakr, etc. to be in higher esteem than Imam Hussain and Imam Ali b. Abu Talib – hence, the fact that they do not mourn the deaths of the first 3 is only logical. What the Ahlus Sunnnah wa’l Jamaah believe is irrelevant in understanding what the Shi’a do.

    Secondly, the Shi’a DO mourn the death of Imam Ali (as) in Ramadhan. He was also a shaheed and he was also martyred because he stood for truth and righteousness during his time.

    The argument is correct that the mourning of Imam Hussain may be on a greater scale than the mourning of Imam Ali (as) and all the other Imams. This is because of the context of Imam Hussain’s death. Has anyone here, before casting of the Shi’a as “ignorant Rafidhis,” actually studied what happened in Karbala only 60 or so years after the Prophet died? Do they know what Yazeed, the khalifa of the time, was doing to the laws of Islam? Do they know that Yazeed had attacked the Holy Kaaba and was openly flouting the sacred laws of Islam brought by the Prophet (saw)? Do they know that in Karbala, Imam Hussain brought women and children along with him who were witness to the massacre of the Prophet’s family? Do they know that Yazeed’s army cut off water to the Prophet’s family for over 3 days (denying them access to the Euphrates), and that Yazeed’s army mercilessly killed Imam Hussain’s 6 month old grandson (the Prophet’s great-grandson)? Do they know that the women of the caravan of Imam Hussain, including Hazrat Zainab, the Prophet’s grand-daughter, Hazrat Ruqayya, the Prophet’s great grand-daughter, and many others, were taken captive by Yazeed’s forces, whipped and beaten mercilessly, and taken to Damascas?

    These are just some questions that the author of this article, as well as the publishers of the website and all those who read this article need to ask themselves.

    with salaams and du’as,
    Your Brother

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      HadithCheck

      January 22, 2011 at 2:03 PM

      actually studied what happened in Karbala only 60 or so years after the Prophet died? Do they know what Yazeed…

      Brother (no pun intended), do you care to actually provide any references to what you are mentioning? I don’t mean references from the books of the shi’a which mention these incidents as “facts” even though they don’t have an authentic chain of narration for them. Unless you can prove all what you mention by providing authentic chains of narrations, then everything you said is merely a claim that can not be proven. Even if you were able to prove with authentic narrations what did happen, that would make no difference regarding the Islamic ruling on what some shi’as do on Ashura, most of which has been clearly forbidden by the Prophet peace be upon him in his authentic ahadith.

      fellow Muslims still resort to takfir

      Where did you see takfir?! Or is this what the shi’as hold the sunnis to be?

      use a term such as “Rafidhi”

      This term is very appropriate to describe those who declare takfir on all the companions (except a few) may Allah be pleased with them all, and those who believe that the Quran that we have today has been changed and is not complete, etc..

      On a different note, “maybe” wasn’t able to answer my simple question, so maybe you can provide me with an answer to the question I asked.

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    HadithCheck

    January 23, 2011 at 12:11 AM

    clearly your heart is so black stoned that you choose to deny the events of Kerbala

    You could have clearly proven me to be wrong by simply providing authentic chain of narrations for what you claim happened, but instead you decide to throw accusations and insults, something only a person who has no proof does.

    To answer your silly question – the pledge was never given !

    Well your own scholars admit that Ali did in fact give the pledge to Abu Bakr, may Allah be pleased with all the companions! I mean are you denying what your own scholars say? Perhaps you are not from the shi’a but rather you are starting your own knew sect with these beliefs!

    Perhaps you should read your own books and see what your own scholars say because you seem to not even know what your own beliefs should be!

    And stop accusing of the usual BS heard enough jahilia say things like –

    1) Quran is not complete

    Courtesy of youtube (you’re not going to accuse youtube of being in on it now are you?!):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olIX3zc7dWU

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7GEru_StcU&feature=related

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      tringel

      February 25, 2011 at 7:25 AM

      I would think that you are educated enough not to show links to some Khariji or Nusairi giving a lecture. These groups are well funded by the countrys where you pay tax ……get me some proper sources or STOP your lies on the net under the guise of bloggers !

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        tringel

        February 25, 2011 at 8:23 AM

        Second if do want to show me a video – show me an entire video and not one chopped by a nasibi – which has been edited to quote out of context…..this is an age old tactic adopted by the nasibis who have terrorised Islam !

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        tringel

        February 25, 2011 at 8:24 AM

        better yet why dont u get me sources instead of doctored videos ?

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      tringel

      February 25, 2011 at 9:36 AM

      let me give you a few factual sources instead of doctored nasibi videos…..not that we claim the Quran is incomplete in any way

      Hadhrath Umar’s saying that the current Qur’an is incomplete. In Sahih al Bukhari Volume 8, pages 209-210, we read this sermon delivered by Hadhrath Umar during his last Hajj as Khalifa:
      “Certainly Allah sent Muhammad with the truth, and revealed to him the Book. One of the revelations which came to him was the verse of stoning. We read it and understood it”.
      “The Messenger of God stoned and we stoned after him. I am concerned that if time goes on, someone may say, ‘By God, we do not find the verse of stoning in the Book of God;’ thus, the Muslims will deviate by neglecting a commandment the Almighty revealed.
      “Stoning is in the Book of God. It is the right punishment for a person who commits adultery if the required witnesses are available, or there waspregnancy without marriage or adultery is admitted.”

      Hadhrath Ayesha also testified to a ‘missing’ verse on stoning
      “When the verses “Rajm” [Stoning] and ayah “Rezah Kabir” descended, they were written on a piece of paper and kept under my pillow. Following the demise of Prophet Muhammad (S) a goat ate the piece of paper while we were mourning.
      Sunan Ibne Majah, Vol 2, P 39, Published Karachi…

      Has most of Surah Ahzab been lost?
      Al-Muttaqi ‘Ali bin Husam al-Din in his book “Mukhtasar Kanz al-‘Ummal” printed on the margin of Imam Ahmad’s Musnad, Volume 2, page 2, in his hadith about chapter 33, said that Ibn Mardawayh reported that Hudhayfah said:
      ‘Umar said to me ‘How many verses are contained in the chapter of al-Ahzab?’ I said, ’72 or 73 verses.’ He said it was almost as long as the chapter of the Cow, which contains 287 verses, and in it there was the verse of stoning.

      Has most of the Qur’an been lost?
      Allama Jalaluddin Suyuti records the following words of Abdullah ibne Umar: “No one can proclaim that I have found the Qur’an complete because most of the Qur’an has been lost”. ” Tafseer Durre Manthur” as-Suyuti Volume 1 page 104

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    tringel

    February 25, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    While we the followers of the Quran, the Prophet (PBUH) and his pure household (AS) do believe in the book as it was given to us …..i do thank you for pointing me to this topic because i am seeing some interesting evidence emerge from your books about persons in Islamic history who claimed otherwise

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    Bushra

    March 25, 2012 at 6:52 AM

     “But there is nothing good in what the Shi’ah do of expressing distress and grief, most of which may be done in order to show off ”

    What is your proof to say that what Shia do is an act of ar riya ? 

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    Said Hajjatey

    October 6, 2016 at 11:13 AM

    Maa shaa Allah…

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    October 18, 2016 at 7:01 AM

    Nice to see an article about The miraculous birth of Hazrat Imam Hussain

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30 Khawaatir in 30 Days- A Parent’s Guide | Day 20: Come to Success

Now that we have learnt about how Allah’s subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) Mercy encompasses all things, let’s now talk about coming to success.

Whenever we hear the adhan (call to prayer), there is a part where the mu’adhin (person calling the athan) calls out: “حي على الصلاة” hay ‘ala as-salaah (come to prayer). Then he says: “حي على الفلاح”- hay ‘ala al-falaah.” 

Question: Does anyone know what hay ‘ala al-falaah means?

It means ‘come to prayer, come to success.’ Is that how we usually think of success?

Question: What is your definition of success?

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Yes, sometimes we think that having a good job, a nice house, and a loving family are the measurements of our success. There may be some truth to that  for this world, but how does Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) measure our success?

Do you know that there is a surah in the Qur’an called “The Believers” (Al- Mu’minun), and that Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) promises that the believers will be successful? He says:

قَدْ أَفْلَحَ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ 

“Indeed, the believers have attained success” [23; 1]

Let’s dig a little deeper into the Arabic word for success: فلاح (falaah). Do you know that a derivative of that word فَلَّاح (fallaah) means a farmer? 

Question: What are some of the things that a farmer needs to do everyday?

Farmers need to fertilize their soil, plant seeds, pull out weeds, protect their plants from predators, and water their crops. Do you think that’s a lot of work? Do you think it’s easy to be a farmer? I want you to imagine a time when farmers couldn’t turn on a hose to water their plants. They completely relied on rain to irrigate their crops. So, they could do all of this hard work, but if there was a drought, their crops wouldn’t be able to survive. To be a farmer requires a deep sense of تَوَكُّل, tawakkul (reliance on Allah)

So, part of success is hard work, and a big part is also knowing that nothing happens without the will of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He). That’s why when the muadhin tells us to come to salaah (prayer) and to come to success, we respond by saying: 

لَا حَوْلَ وَلَا قُوَّةَ إِلَّا بِٱللَّٰهِ‎

“There is no power nor strength except by Allah.”

We can only come to prayer and we can only achieve success if Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) wills it. The only thing in our control is the amount of effort we exert in the process. 

So, let’s be farmers; let us try our best to plant good seeds, water them, nourish them, and pray that Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He), places baraka (blessings) in all of our efforts! 

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The Slave Of Ar-Rahman : A Story Of Illness And Faith

Life is Life.

It is a battle against the sensory and base impulses that are within us all, manifesting at moments of trial, seeking to strip us of the innate serenity of Trust between us and The Almighty.  You hear the call to arms and rebellion in the invocation of our blessed Nabi ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him):

“I beg of You, My Lord, contentment – Ridaa – after fate strikes.”

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On occasion:

“O Allah, My Lord, I ask of You to grant me a tranquil soul that is faithful to the inevitability of meeting You, content with my destiny, and accepting of all that You have provided.”

To know Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) is to accept.

To accept that all is from Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He).

To accept that all is for Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He).

To accept that all is to return to Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He).

A life-changing diagnosis

March 2018: I had relocated from NY to California’s Bay Area and was working as the Executive Chef at Google in Silicon Valley. My life had been truly blessed. I was a Muslim woman who had achieved an unparalleled level of success in a male-dominated industry. Worldly success was in the palm of my hand. I thought this was it; this is what life is about. But I was about to learn that I was a misguided soul, and that a meaningful purpose was amiss.

December 3 2018:

My 38th birthday. Another typical day at work, when my phone rang.

It was the doctor. She asked if I ever had ever had an abnormal Pap before. She said: “Ms. Agha, we got the results of your Pap smear, and it shows some atypical cells. I would not worry too much, but we need to do a colposcopy.”

I honestly did not know what she meant by ‘atypical cells’ or a ‘colposcopy.’ I did some research, which gave me numerous possible outcomes; one more scarier than the other. I tried to convince myself not to be a Google doctor and not to worry unless I had to.

January 22, 2019,

I had  the colposcopy. A week following the procedure, the doctor called. She was not too pleased with the result and wanted to schedule me for a more extensive biopsy called a cone biopsy.

February 14, 2019:

I had my my cone biopsy; an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia. All went well, minus some discomfort and pain, which is typical of a procedure like that. The procedure was on a Thursday, which meant I would not have any results until Monday the 18th at the earliest.

I tried not to be very concerned and tried to stay positive. I had read that this happens in many cases, but it turns out to be nothing. Besides, I had just turned 38. You do not expect something terrible may happen to you. I had youth on my side, and I was healthy and fit.

Back at work on a Monday -which is the most demanding and busiest day in my profession- and despite being preoccupied, I was very conscious of my phone. I remember looking at it several times to see if I had missed a call from the doctor. The day went by in complete silence, and that night was restless. The next ninety-six hours were uneasy because fear and anticipation had clouded my head. This urge to know, but all I could do was wait patiently.

February 22, 2019, 9:34 AM:

The phone rings. I was in the kitchen, and immediately I dropped everything and ran to my office to take the call.

Hello?

I could hear the distress in my doctor’s voice.  She said, “Ms. Agha, I am so sorry to tell you, but you have cervical cancer. We do not know what stage it is, but I am going to set you up with an oncologist.”

I got off the phone and slumped into my office chair. I heard what the doctor said clearly, but my brain was unable to process the information. The words were replaying in my head over and over and over again. You could say I was in a state of disbelief or even shock. I did not cry. I did not tell anyone. I took a deep breath, and because I was at work, continued to work.

The forty-eight hours after the call I spent in a daze. I went about my life like a robot, without being able to process anything. I had to work; I was the boss. The doctors had gone into what I like to call “beast mode.” They bombarded me with phone calls, consent forms, appointments for MRIs, CT scans, and insurance issues. Everything sounded like it was in a foreign language. In hindsight, I could have taken time off, but that was something I did not do. I would have to be on my death bed to call time off. I put a brave front and functioned, while the voice in my head kept saying. “I have cancer.” “I have cancer.” “I have cancer.”

By Friday, I had told two very close friends, one of whom is a doctor. Their reaction naturally was one of concern, coupled with a lot of hand-holding, and reassurances that I was courageous and was going to fight it. They understood the magnitude of my diagnosis, but I still did not quite comprehend it. You could say that there was some level of denial there. It felt like an out of body experience.

I had never really been a very emotional person. I had always been tough; the years of being strong had given me this resilience, which was my armor. I could not afford to be weak; I needed to adopt a more practical and logical approach if I was to fight this. Besides, at this point, I had not even told my mother. Who would support her if I was falling apart? Just the thought of her gave me more anxiety than the tumor growing inside me.

I was born and raised in a Muslim family. Unfortunately, like many families, the focus on Islam was limited. I was, however, fortunate that around 2013, I had slowly started to take an interest and was curious to learn about my true faith. At the time of my diagnosis, I was practicing; I prayed five times a day, fasted, had been for Umrah, took part in the necessary obligations that were expected of me—living an honest life striving to do the best. Thus far, this was my understanding of faith. I knew nothing different. What I was about to realize was that this was mere action. I had not been calling out to Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) sincerely because I felt this distance from Him; there was this gap that needed to be bridged.

The Saturday after my diagnosis I was drinking my morning coffee when out of nowhere, my mind started to run a mile a minute. Thoughts of my diagnosis, realities of life, the purpose of life just started pouring in. I became incredibly aware of myself; conscious of this reality that was not on my radar before this moment.

You see, I walked this earth under the illusion that I have control of life, destiny. Until this moment, I had plans laid out, plans for promotions, a house, a car, and travel—an upward trajectory. Then I received that phone call, and in a blink of an eye, I had lost complete control of everything. The power of my youth, health, wealth, was all gone. I was insignificant, just so minuscule when it came to His decree. I came to realize that every moment we are alive, we are gasping for breath on life support machines. Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) can pull that plug any second. I became conscious of the reality that Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) was The One providing for me every moment. I did not earn any of this on my own, and none of this was something that I deserved. Humbled -the first crack in my armor-, I cried, ashamed, and remorseful to my Lord for my delusion. I cried, begging Him and praying to Him as I have never prayed before, feeling closer to Him like I have never felt before, pleading with Him to carry me through this battle and the unknown I was about to face.

Cancer was the catalyst, that was the beginning of an arduous journey, one filled with a whirlwind of complications and diagnosis one after the other. Every moment from this point was going be a lesson in life. Every moment was going to be humbling. Every moment was going to be one of gratitude. Every moment was going to enable me to earn the greatest treasure I could even earn, and that is humility and a closeness to my Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He).

Relinquishing Control

March 3, 2019:

The first appointment with the oncologist. I was anxious, eager to know what stage of cancer I had, desperate to know of a treatment plan. I felt like a blind person stumbling in the dark, looking for an answer, but it was not Allah’s subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) Will that I find one that day. Unfortunately, my CT scan was inconclusive, and the sample of my cone biopsy was “too mushy” for the doctor to give me a staging. He said to come back, as he needed to speak to the tech. There was nothing I could do. I had to relinquish control and submit to Allah’s subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) Will.

March 22, 2019:

I had my second appointment with the oncologist. By this point, my mother had been told and had flown into California. Having her there, seeing the fear on her face, the pain I felt in my heart to see her was more wearisome than cancer. I will never be blessed enough to know what a mother feels. That was not part of Allah’s subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) plan for me. I would be wrong in saying that I can understand her pain. I can, however, say this: if I could have taken her pain away, I would have done anything to do that. We went to the doctor hoping for some answers, but again Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) had different plans. The doctor wanted to schedule me for another cone biopsy; the previous sample was inconclusive. To add to that, I could not have the second cone biopsy for another three weeks because I was still healing from the previous one.

It had been thirty days since my diagnosis, and I had to wait an additional three weeks for further testing. I did not know what stage it was, nor what my treatment plan was. All I knew was that I had cancer. These chain of events and the lack of control was a new reality. It was challenging, but Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) was also teaching me a valuable lesson. He was teaching me tawakkul by putting me in a position where I had no choice. The circumstances were forcing me into submission. I was facing my mortality, not knowing if I am going to live or die, having to give up my complete autonomy. You see,  Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) only wanted what is best for me. My cancer was a mercy to me. Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) willed that through this; that I return to Him. That I seek the path that leads to His door. That I understand, and accept the divine decree, and focus my reliance on Him and only Him. All Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) wanted me to do was knock on His door and trust Him.

March 25, 2019:

I had an appointment with a surgeon in NY. My doctor in NY became privy of my diagnosis, and she urged me to get a second opinion. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is one of the top cancer institutes on the east coast. NY was my home as I had just recently moved to California. I put my trust in the All-Merciful. He is the only one I could call upon for support, and I gathered all my reports and flew into NY on that Sunday. The next morning was my appointment, and I was catching the evening flight back to California. Twenty-four hours was what I had. I met the doctor, and finally, alhamdulillah, there was light at the end of the tunnel. The doctor examined me, diagnosed me, gave me the staging of 1B2, and presented me with a treatment plan, all in a matter of a few hours.

Surgery and complications

My cancer required a three-pronged treatment plan, surgery, followed by some chemotherapy and radiation as a preventive measure. The doctor in NY had emphasized a sense of urgency.

Here I was back in California, packing up a house again, that I had just finished unpacking, not knowing if I will ever return. My belongings in storage, I was forced to go back to NY to fight this battle. No home of my own, no job, and worried about my finances, it was all overwhelming and lonely. It was terrifying how much of all of this was outside of my control. We do not pay attention to just how one little event can drastically and wholly change our entire life.

April 29, 2019:

Pre- Surgical testing

April 30, 2019:

PET Scan and MRI

May 6, 2019:

Follow up visit with the surgeon, followed by a lab visit, and ECG

Hospital visits were my new life; a life full of uncertainty, and moments where it felt like everything was falling apart. I did not recognize this life. To add to this, I wanted to keep a brave face because I was terrified for my mother. I was living in her home. I could not even cry or grieve. If I cracked who would console her?

May 7, 2019: I was scheduled for a radical hysterectomy (removal of the cervix and uterus). The goal was to try and save my ovaries and tubes because I was still young. It was a 4-hour procedure; another step into the unknown, presented with paperwork, DNR’s, and health care proxies. I was 38, but I needed a health care proxy! I picked my younger brother. My heart broke for him. He put on a brave face, but I could see the sadness in his big brown eyes. They took me in, and there I lay on that cold table, bright lights shining down on me, my lips moist with the Ayatul Kursi. Count back from ten, and I was asleep. As I came too, I remember looking up at the clock. I knew something was wrong. Even in my semi-conscious state, I knew that I had only been in surgery for two hours. The doctor came into the recovery room. He said that they had discovered that I had severe endometriosis, which had caused my organs to fuse into each other. There were no clean margins. If he had tried to cut it out, cancer could have spread to my entire body.

The irony is that the surgeon ended up doing a bi-lateral salpingo-oophorectomy (removal of the ovaries and tubes), deciding it was the best option to try and contain cancer from spreading. That night I lay in that hospital bed, nothing but the lights of the monitors connected to me. The voice in my head said: “They could not take it out. Not even a tiny bit of it. It is still inside me.” I began to think about my mother again and what this news meant to her. A sense of hopelessness overwhelmed me. It felt as though everything was spiraling out of control, and I was free-falling with no one to catch me. However, my inner voice called out to The One who put me in this difficulty, and I realized this difficulty as exhausting as it is, was to remind me fundamentally of who I am and who He is and what this world is. A reminder that I need to carry myself in an absolute state of trust and that Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He)  will see me through. That these events are in my best interest as the purpose is for me to gain a further closeness to Him.

Two types of radiation

May 16, 2019:

I was introduced to my radiation oncologist. The new plan involved eight weeks of chemotherapy and two types of radiation. Forty sessions of external, in which I was to lie on a table, and a machine would direct X-ray beams at the affected part of my body. Two sessions of high-dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy, internal, in which radioactive materials would be inserted into my body. I was overcome with emotion, not wanting to cause my mother any more grief and cry in front of her; I excused myself and walked away, to try and gather myself. The description of the treatment just broke me. I stood in that hallway outside the room, helpless. I thought Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) was sending me hardship after hardship, and that nothing has gone right. I feared this was punishment for my transgressions. I turned back to Him penitent, drawing closer to Him than I had ever been, having moments of vulnerability, alone just Him and me, experiencing some of the sweetest moments of my entire life.

May 19, 2019:

The wound of my surgery had developed some drainage. The drainage started as a trickle in the morning. I put a paper towel there to collect the fluid. As the day progressed, the liquid increased. Paper towels were changed more frequently. I was trying to be secretive about it, and I did not want to stress out my mother. She was not dealing well with all of this. The liquid continued to increase, and eventually, I ended up calling the emergency at Memorial Sloan Kettering. It was a Sunday, which meant the clinics were closed. I had an appointment the next morning with my surgeon, so the doctor on call gave me the option to either come in or wait till the next morning. I opted to wait. The night was uncomfortable, and I could not lie for more than 15 – 20 minutes before I would have to change the paper towels out because they would get wet. I lay there at night contemplating; I was walking on this path of turmoil, surrounded by hardship, uncertainty, enduring difficulties, forced to be patient. I had plenty of people and support around me, but I was alone. No one understood me anymore. How could they? My cancer was my experience, not theirs.

May 20, 2019:

I had two appointments. The first one was with my surgeon, followed by a new doctor, my chemotherapist. By this point, I had an excessive amount of fluid draining from the site of my incision.  My surgeon examined it; he did not say much, but I could tell by his face that he was bothered. Right there, not even a moment to think, his nurses brought in sterile packaged instruments. The gave me some local anesthetic, and with a scalpel, while I was awake, he reopened my entire incision. It is burnt in my memory like it was yesterday, one of my nurses was holding my hand. I could not see what they were doing; I was not in pain, but I was completely conscious. It was a state of sheer terror, not because they were untrained or unprofessional, but the idea of what was happening to me was unnerving. I could feel my heart rate increase; my body, hands, and feet were perspiring profusely. The nurse was trying to converse with me to keep my preoccupied, but the only words on my lips and tongue were the remembrance of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He).

حَسْبُنَا اللَّهُ وَنِعْمَ الْوَكِيلُ

Hasbunallah wani’mal wakeel

A fair amount of fluid drained, and the diagnosis: I had a seroma (an accumulation of fluid that can occur after surgery). There is no treatment for a seroma other than patience. Here I was two weeks after surgery. I was supposed to get my stitches removed today, go home and take a nice shower today, but again that was not in Allah’s subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) plan. It is astonishing how we take these little blessings for granted. There was an open incision across my stomach 8 inches wide and 4 inches deep. I had to have the wound cleaned with saline and packed with gauze at least twice a day. This wound was debilitating. No more stitches; we were going let nature takes its course to ensure the wound heals from the inside out. I was already helpless, I did not think I could be any more disabled, and now I faced this complication.

I had a level of comfort with my doctors and nurses at the hospital, but now I faced a new challenge. I had to have a home nurse come in twice a day to dress my wound. I tried it for the first week, and it was terrible. I did not want to be at the mercy of a stranger, sitting saturated with fluid through the night, waiting for the nurse to arrive in the morning before I could get any relief. I was having a different nurse come in each time. It might seem trivial, but when you are that broken, tired, and so sick, and your body is falling apart, these little things matter. You do not want some stranger touching you, dressing a wound that causes immense pain. Some of them just want to be in and out, lacking compassion for the patient. However, Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) already knew that this is something that I would have difficulty with, so He made a way out for me—blessed me with the help of a true friend. The following week my doctors and nurses trained her in the process. No longer was I at the mercy of a stranger coming over twice a day to change my dressing. Here was ease, relief, mercy in my time of need sent in the form of someone I was comfortable with, someone I trust to care for me, to clean me, to dress my wounds, diligently day in and day out, with love, patience, and compassion. A force by my side day and night through every chemo, every radiation, every hospital visit and stay. Urging me on and dragging me to my appointments when I was just too tired to fight.

There was a two-week delay in starting radiation therapy. Once radiation and chemo begin, it slows down the body’s healing process. The doctors wanted my wound to start to heal before any of the treatments.

June 3, 2019:

The external radiation started; they would last ten minutes each. I requested they schedule me first thing in the morning. I was in and out in fifteen minutes every day. Monday through Friday, this was my routine. The process was physically painless, but emotionally it took a toll on me. I would lie there every day on my chest, this hard table, naked, with a big open wound. Nobody in there but me and Him, my eyes closed in constant remembrance.

June 6, 2019: Right after the radiation was my first chemotherapy, and it would be administered every Thursday following. The nurses had trouble finding a suitable vein. I was not surprised; I have had small veins since I was a young child. Finally, they managed to get an IV in, and I got my infusion, but my chemotherapist set me with an appointment for a PICC line to help with future treatments. It had been a long day. My body was exhausted, but my mind was awake because of the steroids they gave me before chemo. It felt like torture. All I wanted to do was sleep, but the steroids had me so stimulated I could not bring myself to sleep.

June 8, 2019:

As the anti-nausea began to wear off, the effects of the chemotherapy started to kick in. I felt ill, dry heaving and vomiting, loss of appetite, exhaustion, mouth sores, slowly my body was disintegrating. I experienced the same side effects every week, becoming more and more aggressive and tiresome as the weeks progressed. It was like clockwork.

One of the many side effects of this chemotherapy is a loss of hearing. I had to have a regular hearing test; my ears would ring at odd hours. As the weeks progressed, my health started to decline. I could no longer sit in salat, let alone stand in salat. I would start retching in between, hoping I could just push through two rakat without having to start again. Sometimes I could not even make it to the bathroom. I used hospital vomit bags in bed. The radiation was starting to do its damage as well, and it was affecting my bowels, a constant upset stomach. I was unable to eat anything; my mouth would bleed from the sores. I was always fatigued, lost control of my bladder. My body was slowly disintegrating from all the poisonous chemicals. I was ailing, had no strength, queasy all the time,—a large open wound across my stomach, a PICC line in my right arm. I just wanted to close my eyes and sleep, but I could not lie comfortably. Very slowly withering away. All that was left were my tears, my supplication, and repentance, acknowledging Allah’s subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) magnificence as I remembered Him.

June 26, 2019, and July 3, 2019:

Two of the most debilitating days of my treatment were the days I had the brachytherapy. The procedure done under general anesthesia involved the radiation oncologist placing a cervical stent attached to an applicator (two metal rods), used to deliver internal radiation. Following the procedure, they took me to my room. Here I had to lie still on my back; I could not move my legs; I could not sit or stand. I was only allowed to raise my head of the bed a little bit, about 20 degrees. I had to patiently endure this until they removed the applicator the following day. For the treatments, my bed was moved from my room to the Brachytherapy Suite, Radiation Oncology department. Here the applicator was connected to a machine. This machine then delivered tiny radioactive pellets into my body. We did this twice. I do not think I could have done it a third time. I did not even want to go the second time.

These two sessions were physically exhausting, but the effect that it had on my self-esteem, my sense of security. Each time was dehumanizing, heart-wrenching, and painful. There is no dignity in illness. Health is the greatest blessing from our Creator, and we take it for granted.

I was exhausted physically and mentally—my body ravaged by illness and chemotherapy. I did not have a home of my own; I had no job. There are no words that can do justice to how broken I was. I was not afraid to die anymore; I was afraid that I would die without earning complete forgiveness, which made me supplicate more. I held on to the dua of Ayub 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him):

 أَنِّي مَسَّنِيَ الضُّرُّ وَأَنتَ أَرْحَمُ الرَّاحِمِينَ

Annee massaniya alddurru waanta arhamu alrrahimeen

October 10, 2019:

My Pet scan showed I was cancer-free.

January 2019:

My wound from my surgery had finally closed.

February 6, 2020:

My MRI showed I was cancer-free.

This battle has not left me weak, defeated, or helpless. I learned to trust Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He), never to concede or be defeated. I learned how to call upon Him, knowing that He loves me and loves to hear from me. I learned to put the highest level of trust in my relationship with Him while engaging in patience. I learned to be strong in my faith, in my body, my spirit, resilience to all that is around me. I learned piety, to be God-conscious, to walk a new path where I abandon all that is displeasing to Him, striving to earn His love.

I pray Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) enables me to never compromise my love for Him.

To make me beloved to Him in my repentance and allow me to reach better states of His love.

To make my weakness a reason for strength, being strong in every way possible, and to use this strength and this second chance at life he has given me, justly in the cause and the benefit of others.

Ameen

This article was checked and guided by Sh Yahya Ibrahim

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Principles of Success from Surah Al-Mu’minoon

Success; something which everyone desires. There has not been a person who has walked the face of this Earth, or who will come to this dunya except that they spent their life striving for success. What is success, however? We all have our very own perception of success. If you ask people “what is success to you?”, you will receive varied responses. For some, success is doing well in education, whilst for others, it is about excelling in one’s career. For some, success is driving a nice car, having a beautiful spouse, lovely children, a spacious dwelling etc. People have various perceptions of success. As Muslims, we must know and acknowledge that our religion has provided clarification for everything that we need to know. There is no issue that we will come across within our life, from the time we came out of the wombs of our mothers till we reach that grave, except that the shari’ah has provided some sort of guidelines for it. So, do you think that the religion of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) will leave out this imperative issue that is at the forefront of every mind?

Without a doubt, the greatest form of success is earning the pleasure of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He)  as Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) says in Surah Ali ‘Imran:

فَمَن زُحْزِحَ عَنِ النَّارِ وَأُدْخِلَ الْجَنَّةَ فَقَدْ فَازَ ۗ

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“…so the one who is saved from the Fire and admitted to Paradise has truly succeeded…” [185]

Having relief from the anger of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He), and achieving His mercy will be the only form of success in the akhirah. But that having been said, our religion is one which is comprehensive, and for that reason, Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) knows that we will still crave success and have various perceptions of it within this dunya. There is nothing wrong with aiming for a top position that will accelerate your career, or working hard to earn a six-figure income; rather we are encouraged to excel and seek success within this dunya, but on the condition that we do not sacrifice the akhirah. From the mercy of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) is that he Has never left us abandoned. He has revealed the shari’ah in order for us to know how to achieve success in the akhirah, but is that it? If that is the perception you have of the Qur’an and Sunnah; that it is only a source of guidance for our religious affairs, then know that Islam is more than that. Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) has not only given us the guidelines for achieving success in the akhirah, but he has also provided us with principles of success pertaining to the dunya. The Book of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) is filled with gems and treasurers; it only requires us to analyse His verses carefully in order to extract those principles. The Qur’an will not give you details of a specific issue, but rather the Qur’an will give guidelines and principles, thus making it miraculously pertinent to every single time and era. The Sunnah of our Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) will then go into detail and provide commentary on those guidelines and principles.

Within this article, I aim to highlight a number of principles contained within Surah Al-Mu’minun (Chapter 23 of the Qur’an) that can aid a person in their striving for success. These golden principles are generic (as mentioned before regarding the principles and guidelines contained within the Qur’an); what I deem success to be will probably be different to what you portray success as, and so from the beauty of these principles is that they can be applied to whatever worldly pursuit you have.

Principle 1: The desire for success

For a person to achieve success, they need to passionately desire it. If you force your child to study something they do not like, they may not do well in it because there is no motivation there. However, when a person puts their mind to something and has that passion, the desire for success kicks in. Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) gives us a beautiful portrayal by describing paradise; but not just any level of paradise, but Al-Firdous: the highest level of paradise that will be inherited by a selected few. This mention of Al-Firdous is given here for us to have that desire to achieve the greatest form success within whatever mission we are open to,  making sure it is a halal path. Yes, even though everyone will not enter Al-Firdous, we should still aim for it, as having it as a goal builds our level of optimism, and our aspirations become robust. The Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said:

“Paradise has one hundred grades, each of which is as big as the distance between heaven and earth. The highest of them is Al-Firdous and the best of them is Al-Firdous. The Throne is above Al-Firdous, and from it springs forth the rivers of paradise. If you ask of Allah, ask Him for Al-Firdous” [Sunan Ibn Majah No. 4331]

Principle 2: Realize how much time you have

Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) mentions the creation and the demise of the human being within a few verses to show how short this worldly life is:

وَلَقَدْ خَلَقْنَا الْإِنسَانَ مِن سُلَالَةٍ مِّن طِينٍ

And certainly did We create man from an extract of clay.”

ثُمَّ جَعَلْنَاهُ نُطْفَةً فِي قَرَارٍ مَّكِينٍ

“Then We placed him as a sperm-drop in a firm lodging.”

ثُمَّ خَلَقْنَا النُّطْفَةَ عَلَقَةً فَخَلَقْنَا الْعَلَقَةَ مُضْغَةً فَخَلَقْنَا الْمُضْغَةَ عِظَامًا فَكَسَوْنَا الْعِظَامَ لَحْمًا ثُمَّ أَنشَأْنَاهُ خَلْقًا آخَرَ ۚ فَتَبَارَكَ اللَّـهُ أَحْسَنُ الْخَالِقِينَ

“Then We made the sperm-drop into a clinging clot, and We made the clot into a lump [of flesh], and We made [from] the lump, bones, and We covered the bones with flesh; then We developed him into another creation. So blessed is Allah, the best of creators.”

ثُمَّ إِنَّكُم بَعْدَ ذَٰلِكَ لَمَيِّتُونَ

“Then indeed, after that you are to die.”

ثُمَّ إِنَّكُمْ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ تُبْعَثُونَ

“Then indeed you, on the Day of Resurrection, will be resurrected.”

[Surah Al-Mu’minun; 12-16]

The objective here is to encourage us to be productive, efficient, and not lazy. By procrastinating, your motivation weakens, and as a result, your objective for success begins to die out. Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) mentions procrastination and laziness only twice in the Qur’an, and both references are pertaining to the hypocrites! The believer is the one who is always weary of their time and strives to make the most of it.

Principle 3: Remember Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) through the magnificence of his creation

In the next passage of this Surah, Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) makes mention of some of His greatest creations and signs. When treading the path of success, ensure that you remember Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) and take those practical means that Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) has created and provided for you in your conquest for success. Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) says:

هُوَ الَّذِي خَلَقَ لَكُم مَّا فِي الْأَرْضِ جَمِيعًا

“It is He who created for you all of that which is on the Earth.” [Surah Al-Baqarah; 29]

Principle 4: People will try to put you down

Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) within the next passage narrates for us the stories of four of the previous Prophets who came before our Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him); Nuh, Hud, Musa and Isa 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him). Even though their stories are mentioned in other places within the Qur’an, Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) links these four stories by mentioning that when all of these four prophets came to their people and gave them da’wah, they mocked them and said “you are only men”.

Regarding prophet Nuh 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him), Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) says:

فَقَالَ الْمَلَأُ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا مِن قَوْمِهِ مَا هَـٰذَا إِلَّا بَشَرٌ مِّثْلُكُمْ يُرِيدُ أَن يَتَفَضَّلَ عَلَيْكُمْ وَلَوْ شَاءَ اللَّـهُ لَأَنزَلَ مَلَائِكَةً مَّا سَمِعْنَا بِهَـٰذَا فِي آبَائِنَا الْأَوَّلِينَ

“But the eminent among those who disbelieved from his people said, ‘This is not but a man like yourselves who wishes to take precedence over you; and if Allah had willed [to send a messenger], He would have sent down angels. We have not heard of this among our forefathers.”

إِنْ هُوَ إِلَّا رَجُلٌ بِهِ جِنَّةٌ فَتَرَبَّصُوا بِهِ حَتَّىٰ حِينٍ

He is not but a man possessed with madness, so wait concerning him for a time.’” [24-25]

Then regarding prophet Hud 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him), Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) says:

وَقَالَ الْمَلَأُ مِن قَوْمِهِ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا وَكَذَّبُوا بِلِقَاءِ الْآخِرَةِ وَأَتْرَفْنَاهُمْ فِي الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا مَا هَـٰذَا إِلَّا بَشَرٌ مِّثْلُكُمْ يَأْكُلُ مِمَّا تَأْكُلُونَ مِنْهُ وَيَشْرَبُ مِمَّا تَشْرَبُونَ

“And the eminent among his people who disbelieved and denied the meeting of the Hereafter while We had given them luxury in the worldly life said, This is not but a man like yourselves. He eats of that from which you eat and drinks of what you drink.”

وَلَئِنْ أَطَعْتُم بَشَرًا مِّثْلَكُمْ إِنَّكُمْ إِذًا لَّخَاسِرُونَ

“And if you should obey a man like yourselves, indeed, you would then be losers.” [33-34]

Thereafter, Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He)says about Musa 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him) and Harun 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him):

ثُمَّ أَرْسَلْنَا مُوسَىٰ وَأَخَاهُ هَارُونَ بِآيَاتِنَا وَسُلْطَانٍ مُّبِينٍ

“Then We sent Moses and his brother Aaron with Our signs and a clear authority”

إِلَىٰ فِرْعَوْنَ وَمَلَئِهِ فَاسْتَكْبَرُوا وَكَانُوا قَوْمًا عَالِينَ

“To Pharaoh and his establishment, but they were arrogant and were a haughty people.”

فَقَالُوا أَنُؤْمِنُ لِبَشَرَيْنِ مِثْلِنَا وَقَوْمُهُمَا لَنَا عَابِدُونَ

“They said, ‘Should we believe two men like ourselves while their people are for us in servitude?’” [45-47]

There will be people who will work hard to put you down. Know, that even though those who love you will only want the best for you, there will be people who will try to put you down because of the jealousy and hatred they have within themselves. There will be people on your path who will not want you to succeed and thus, Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) highlights this here in the Surah. However, through mentioning these stories of these previous prophets, Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) also wants us to know that even if everyone is against us, if he wants success to come us, it will surely be delivered!

Principle 5: Seek protection from Shaytan

Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) warns us time and time again within the Qur’an, of the tricks and traps of Shaytan. Our human bodies have been designed to detect danger; there is a part of the brain known as the amygdala that is programmed by the grace of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) to detect danger. For instance, when you smell gas in your home, or when your young child lets go of your hand whilst walking down a busy street, you will automatically detect danger. But as for the Shaytan, the amygdala cannot detect this danger and so Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) warns us time and time again within His speech, because the traps of Shaytan come in steps and are subtle. You may have your noble goal of success, however, Shaytan will come and try to distract you, cause you to procrastinate, or lead you astray. But from the mercy of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) is that not only has He warned us from Shaytan and his allies, He has also mentioned a supplication from within Surah Al-Mu’minun that we can use for ourselves and children to supplicate to Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) for protection:

وَقُل رَّبِّ أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ هَمَزَاتِ الشَّيَاطِينِ

“And say, ‘My Lord, I seek refuge in You from the incitements of the devils,”

وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ رَبِّ أَن يَحْضُرُونِ

“And I seek refuge in You, my Lord, lest they be present with me.’” [97-98]

If Allah, Al-Muhaymin (The Protector) wishes to protect you with his divine protection, who is there that can harm you?

Principle 6: Stay on the Path of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He)

The final principle highlighted in Surah Al-Mu’minun is knowing the path of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He). That is why in this last passage of this beautiful Surah, Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) distinguishes the believers from the disbelievers and ultimately what their final fate will be:

فَمَن ثَقُلَتْ مَوَازِينُهُ فَأُولَـٰئِكَ هُمُ الْمُفْلِحُونَ

“And those whose scales are heavy [with good deeds] – it is they who are the successful.”

وَمَنْ خَفَّتْ مَوَازِينُهُ فَأُولَـٰئِكَ الَّذِينَ خَسِرُوا أَنفُسَهُمْ فِي جَهَنَّمَ خَالِدُونَ

“But those whose scales are light – those are the ones who have lost their souls, [being] in Hell, abiding eternally.”

تَلْفَحُ وُجُوهَهُمُ النَّارُ وَهُمْ فِيهَا كَالِحُونَ

“The Fire will sear their faces, and they therein will have taut smiles.”

أَلَمْ تَكُنْ آيَاتِي تُتْلَىٰ عَلَيْكُمْ فَكُنتُم بِهَا تُكَذِّبُونَ

“[It will be said], ‘Were not My verses recited to you and you used to deny them?’”

قَالُوا رَبَّنَا غَلَبَتْ عَلَيْنَا شِقْوَتُنَا وَكُنَّا قَوْمًا ضَالِّينَ

They will say, ‘Our Lord, our wretchedness overcame us, and we were a people astray.”

رَبَّنَا أَخْرِجْنَا مِنْهَا فَإِنْ عُدْنَا فَإِنَّا ظَالِمُونَ

“Our Lord, remove us from it, and if we were to return [to evil], we would indeed be wrongdoers.’”

قَالَ اخْسَئُوا فِيهَا وَلَا تُكَلِّمُونِ

“He will say, ‘Remain despised therein and do not speak to Me.”

إِنَّهُ كَانَ فَرِيقٌ مِّنْ عِبَادِي يَقُولُونَ رَبَّنَا آمَنَّا فَاغْفِرْ لَنَا وَارْحَمْنَا وَأَنتَ خَيْرُ الرَّاحِمِينَ

“Indeed, there was a party of My servants who said, ‘Our Lord, we have believed, so forgive us and have mercy upon us, and You are the best of the merciful.’”

فَاتَّخَذْتُمُوهُمْ سِخْرِيًّا حَتَّىٰ أَنسَوْكُمْ ذِكْرِي وَكُنتُم مِّنْهُمْ تَضْحَكُونَ

“But you took them in mockery to the point that they made you forget My remembrance, and you used to laugh at them.”

إِنِّي جَزَيْتُهُمُ الْيَوْمَ بِمَا صَبَرُوا أَنَّهُمْ هُمُ الْفَائِزُونَ

“Indeed, I have rewarded them this Day for their patient endurance – that they are the attainers [of success].” [102-111]

What is the point of succeeding in this temporary worldly life and then being from amongst those whom Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) does not even talk to the on the Day of Judgement? This final principle culminates our whole life and existence: regardless of your worldly pursuit of success, do not forget the greatest goal or objective of this worldly life; to earn the pleasure of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) and attain his salvation.

 

I ask Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) with His mighty names and lofty attributes that He fulfils all of our aspirations, goals and objectives. May He allow us to truly understand the Qur’an and grant us success in the hereafter by giving us salvation from the fire of hell.

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