Steps To Counter Hardship in Islam

All the hardships inflict on a human because of the trials and test that Allah wants a Muslim to go through to test his faith. Those who have read the Quran and have scrutinized the meanings of its teachings know that Satan is the clear enemy and can persuade you to fall into his traps.
The entire Quran is the source of guidance and has methods to be patient in the case of miseries and difficulties. Surah Ar Rahman has the clear listings of the bounties of Allah, which includes every favor of the Lord upon Muslims to be thankful for, avoiding the devilish whispers.
In the state of depression, when a Muslim thinks of these favors then his pain alleviates with the thinking that Allah is there for him and will cast His blessings by protecting him from every trial. In these hard times it is the duty of a Muslim call to Allah in order to seek help. Allah says in the Quran:
“Call upon your Lord in humility and privately; indeed, He does not like transgressors…. And invoke Him in fear and aspiration. Indeed, the mercy of Allah is near to the doers of good.” [Quran7:55-56]


Have Strong Faith in Allah:
During tough time the important thing is to keep a strong faith in Allah because we all are dependent upon Him and He is the only one to rescue and to award blessings. This thinking that whatever comes, comes from the High Lord is the part of faith which makes the heart contented and makes a Muslim satisfied. During the days of ordeals Allah tests those whom He loves as Hadith narrates:
“When Allah wants to be good to someone, He tries him with some hardship.” [Bukhari]


Offer Salah:
Whenever a person is in misery he should offer two Rak’ah of prayers, then he will feel happy. No matter whatever is the nature of the problem, He the Exalted Lord is the one who can solve it and alleviate the problem for a follower. Ablution in these cases is the best way to wipe the tension and always prostrate in front of your Lord, giving Him your problems, is the best way to reduce tensions.


Quran Recitation:
Quran is divine in its teachings so recite it whenever you are down or feel upset. In the state of misery recommended thing is to talk to Allah, Quran is the book of Allah comprises His words hence recitation is to talk to Him. In the remembrance of Allah, hearts otherwise find peace as they award soothing effects to the hearts.
“Those who have believed and whose hearts are assured by the remembrance of Allah. Unquestionably, by the remembrance of Allah hearts are assured." [Quran 13:28]


Make Dua to Allah:
Allah appreciates and loves those who ask Him for their needs to reduce their miseries in order to award them their prayers.One significant condition in making supplication is to ask with absolute faith and with assurance that Allah will award and if not then in the form of something better than that.


Give Zakah:
Sadaqah is warding off evils and wipe sins so if you are in pain or feel despondent then give charity. It is the simplest and quickest way of warding off calamities and is dear to the Lord.
“Sadaqah repels seventy different types of calamities. The least of them is leprosy and white liver.” [Al-Jami’us Sagheer- Faidhul Qadeer]


In short, no problem is gross or big in front of Allah. Fear when there would have been no one but with the presence of Allah, nothing is impossible, hence shields a Muslim from becoming hopeless and helpless.

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Heaven in the Quranic Perspective

Striving for best in accordance to Islamic doctrines and divine commandments to dwell in Paradise is the ultimate goal of every Muslim. Life in a paradise is eternal and long lasting where there is no hatred, hardships or hindrances but mere peace. Quran entails the picturesque details elaborating it a goal to achieve for sheer Muslims. Entire Quran is celestial in its nature, but the adornment of the Quran is its pure beauty.

Reciting Surah Rahman with translation unfolds the beauty and sanctity of heaven that most of the Muslims are oblivious of incomprehension.


“O you who have believed, fear Allah and seek the means [of nearness] to Him and strive in His cause that you may succeed.” [5:35]


How to Dwell in Jannah:

Paradise is the place that Allah has created for his virtuous slaves, in which they will reside forever. It is destined for all those who will strive in the Path of Lord by abstaining from all lucrative and illegal things that Allah has ordered to refrain from it.  Believing in the omnipotence of Allah, following the commandments of Messenger enlisted in the Quran, hold onto Sunnah and Shariah, accomplishing the five pillars of Islam with absolute faith, benevolence with relatives and relinquishing what is destined to shunt in order to attain the place promised in paradise. Allah says:


“… And good men are [an object] of good words. Those [good people] are declared innocent of what the slanderers say. For them is forgiveness and noble provision (paradise).” [24:26]


Paradise and its attractions:

Allah’s Book is full of paradise attractions that have been quoted in its different sacred chapters. About paradise, Allah Almighty reveals:


“Is the description of Paradise, which the righteous are promised, wherein are rivers of water unaltered, rivers of milk the taste of which never changes, rivers of wine delicious to those who drink, and rivers of purified honey, in which they will have from all [kinds of] fruits and forgiveness from their Lord.” [47:15]


The Jannah that Allah has made for the piety ones contain greenery and gardens that will hold beauty and charm at its peak, underneath will flow rivers that will reflect the magnanimity of the sole artist and creator of the universe and heaven.


“.. And give good tidings to those who believe and do righteous deeds that they will have gardens [in Paradise] beneath which rivers flow.” [2:25]


Paradise will contain trees and fruits that will have everlasting taste and the light that will enlighten the whole realm of Jannah. The soil will be off while color bearing the fragrance of musk and reflections like pearls and rubies. There will be no fear, no sickness, and no calamity in the hereafter except contentment of hearts and eternal happiness along festivities of blessings from the Exalted Lord. They will eat and drink with ease without any resentment verily this is the place that Allah has promised to its virtuous followers that he will bless them while the ignorant and transgressors will rot in hell.


The aforementioned are few of the glimpses of those bounties that Allah will bestow on the righteous ones. The life and lavishness we are living in is temporary and will vanish with a single squeak when the day of Qayamah will last, that will be the time when the idolaters will be flogged to hell and have no mercy. The time is nigh and better is to avert back to the teaching until it is too late as narrated in the Quran:


“Say, The enjoyment of this world is little, and the Hereafter is better for he who fears Allah . And injustice will not be done to you, [even] as much as a thread [inside a date seed]." [4:77]

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Why learning Arabic Language is Important

Imagine a state of a person when he receives a letter from his office that contains a description to his yearly promotion and incentives, but unfortunately cannot read it because of the unknown language it is composed with. Muslims around the world are in the same bewildered state when they open the divine book of Allah and could not understand a single word of it. The divine book and narrations hold blessings and opportunities that a Muslim can have hands on when he has a clear understanding of its language.

Allah revealed the Quran in Arabic and this reason alone is sufficient to reflect the importance of learning Arabic. Besides, it is a gateway to reach Allah in order to decrypt His commandments. It is the only means of knowing Islamic culture and Scriptures revealed by Allah Almighty. Only learning Arabic is not the deal, the deal is to learn Arabic alphabets along its meanings to contemplate Arabic scriptures. In the Quran, Allah says

 

 

Indeed, We have sent it down as an Arabic Qur'an that you might understand.” [12:2]

 

 

Reasons to learn Arabic

 

The Teachings of Islam are present in its original language, Arabic, which was once the langue of the Arabic peninsula. In the past, there were no methods to learn Arabic language, but now the scholars have produced initials and scriptures that are helping Muslims and other people to learn Arabic because of the following advantages associated with it.

 

  1. Liturgical language
    Arabic is a liturgical language- an easy passage towards knowing Allah and His Holy scriptures. No Muslim can prosper without the complete knowledge of the Quran and Hadith that are both in Arabic. For better understanding, Muslims must have sufficed knowledge of Arabic language.

  2. Fifth common native language
    There are approximately 300 million people who speak Arabic and is the official langue of over 20 countries. Due to its immense importance, it is the official langue of  the Arab League, United Nations and Islamic conference. Because of these essentials, people who have a keen interest in politics seek to learn Arabic and its dialects.

  3. Demand for Arabic speakers
    Islam is undoubtedly the fastest growing religion that makes the Arab speakers in high demand for the west. USA and other west are in a continuous trade with Arab countries and for strategical importance they need Arabic speakers. The demand for Arabic translators have increased in the west so much that they are offering them, high incentives to employee them even have started courses for learning the Arabic language in some of their universities.

  4. Importance for Trade
    Most of the trade in the international market is supplied by Arab countries and in order to make dealings with them one must be fluent in Arabic language. Trade with Arabs open new portals towards global economy and progress that no one can refute its importance, hence learning Arabic is a step towards becoming economical giant.

 

By learning Arabic Muslims can revive their relation with Allah by decoding His teachings in order to become a best practicing Muslim in sight of Allah. Learning Arabic is not only a way to learn Islamic scriptures, but a means of communication for fast economic growth and convenient trade.

 

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How We Should Spend the 30 Days of Ramadan 2015

With each passing day, we are drawing closer to the month of Ramadan of 2015. It would be great chance for us to earn great rewards and get our sins forgiven. It is a month that has the great potential of changing ourselves from the inside and for the better. However, some of us just pass it by starving each day. Such fasting is useless and bears no fruit. Therefore, we should also be careful about our intentions and do as much good deeds along with our fasting as we can. In this article, we shall discuss how we should spend the thirty days of Ramadan 2015.

Recite Quran:

Quran recitation or reading itself rewards us with many benefits and doing it in the month of Ramadan will be even more of a blessed activity. As mentioned in the following hadith:

“Whoever draws near to Allah during it (Ramadan) with a single characteristic from the characteristics of (voluntary) goodness, he is like whoever performs an obligatory act in other times. And whoever performs an obligatory act during it, he is like whoever performed seventy obligatory acts in other times.”  (Sahih Ibn Khuzaymah)

Hence, we ought to read and recite the Quran if we wish to enhance greatly our deeds record to the positive side. Even if we don’t plan to finish the entire Quran in this month (although that is more recommended), we should tend to read important surahs like Surah Baqarah, Surah Yaseen, Surah Kahf etc. as they impart great knowledge to us as well.

Pure intention and devotion:

As mentioned before, the month of Ramadan provides benefits only when fasting is done with pure intentions and great devotion. Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) has said:

“.. whoever fasts during Ramadan out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah's rewards, then all his past sins will be forgiven."  (Sahih Bukhari)

Therefore, we must be careful of our intentions if we wish to achieve maximum benefits of this month including getting our past sins forgiven. May Allah grant us the ability to practice religious activities in this month with true intentions, seeking only His pleasure. 

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The lesson to be learnt from Surah Yousaf

Surah Yousaf is the twelfth chapter of the Holy Quran and it tells us about the life struggles of Prophet Yousaf (A.S.). We earn sawab (rewards) even for reading this surah (Allah is great and He offers great rewards just for this performing this great act) but if we read this surah with translation, we come to know of his great struggles and hardship that he faced. From them, we can learn a great lesson that can be very useful for in life. The Ahadith (sayings of the Prophet Muhammad S.A.W.) also offer great lessons and teachings for leading a successful life. (For reading hadith of Sahih Muslim hadith and Sahih Bukhari, click here) Here, we shall discuss the lesson in Surah Yousaf in detail.


Patience:

This is one of the greatest lessons we learn from this Surah that come in handy for everyone. Allah also loves those who are patient. In Surat Al-Anfal, Allah tells us:

“And obey Allah and His Messenger, and do not dispute (with one another) lest you lose courage and your strength depart, and be patient. Surely, Allah is with those who are As-Sabirin (the patient ones, etc.).”  (The Quran 8:46)

 

Prophet Yaqub (A.S.)

We see great acts of patience many times across this surah, exhibited both by his father Hazrat Yaqub (A.S.) and himself. When Prophet Yusuf (A.S.) was thrown into a well in his childhood and his brothers came to his father for explaining what happened, Yaqub (A.S.) was familiar with the intentions and capabilities of his other sons but he opted the way of patience and sought Allah’s help in this matter.

Although in great grief and sorrow, he never left his act of patience and praying to Allah. Later in his life, he was once again given the terrible news of the loss of another son, but that was only  for a short duration and part of the plan of Prophet Yousaf (A.S.) to gather the entire family in one place.

When we come to think of it, it is very difficult for a father to be patient at such a time; especially when he’s pretty sure of the cause of his son’s disappearance. As we read on, we come to know that the patient are always rewarded greatly and achieve that for which they were patient.

Prophet Yusuf (A.S.)

When Yusuf (A.S.) was in the Aziz’s home in Egypt, he was framed for a crime he did not commit and thrown into prison for a greater duration of time. While in prison, he never stopped praying to Allah and practicing his religion. He even preached the oneness of God to his fellow prisoners who later joined him for a short duration. He waited patiently in prison for his release and to fulfill his destiny which was to save all of Egypt from the great famine, the arrival of which was imminent after a few years. He didn’t show the characteristics of someone who’s imprisoned for no reason and later loses himself thinking that the walls of the prison will be the end of him.


Conclusion:

 

Patience is the key to success in every aspect of life. Given the verse of Quran above where Allah tells He is with the patient and the Qasas-UL-Ambia (stories of the prophets), we ought to learn from their great example and shape our lives accordingly if we wish to be one of the successful ones. 


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