…making people happy…

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If mercy is established in the hearts of believers it arouses in them a desire to make other people happy. Believers are, in their various states, keen to make those around them happy and to compete in this with their fellow believers., hoping that their Creator will give them joy in this life, at their death and after their death. The Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam said: “If someone meets his brother Muslim with that which Allah Ta’ala loves in order to please him, Allah Ta’ala will give him joy on the Day of Judgement.” al-Tabarani

It has been narrated that: :Whenever a believer brings joy to another believer, Allah Ta’ala creates from that joy an Angel who worships Allah Ta’ala, glorifies Him and proclaims His Oneness, and when that believer is in his grave the joy which he brought comes to him and says: ‘Do you know me?’

‘Who are you?’ he asks.

‘I am the joy which you brought to so and so. I will now be a comfort to you in your loneliness, I will dictate to you the answers to the questions of the Angels, (in the grave) I will make you firm with the Word of Steadfastness, I will bear witness for you on the Day of Judgement, I will intercede with Allah Ta’ala for you and I will show you your station in Paradise.'” Ibn Abi Dunya

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The Chosen One SallAllahu alaihi wasallam emphasized the importance of striving to please, console and bring joy to the Muslims, and he himself set the highest example in this regard. Whoever sat in his company would think themselves to be the most noble of people (al-Tirmidhi) in his sight due to his kindness, geniality and the way he would make those around him happy. He showed noble character in his dealing with members of his household and in all his social relations. For this reason the Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam said: “The best of you are those of you who treat your wives best, and I treat my wives better than all of you.” (Ibn Majar, al-Tirmidhi and Ibn Hibban). He was ready to adjust to any situation and accommodate whomever he met and talked to. Because of the great light which emanated from him, whoever met him for the first time would be in awe of him, but whoever spent time with him would love him. The life of the Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam is filled with accounts of his kindness and geniality, and he taught his Companions how to bring joy to the believers’ hearts.

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He once said to his Companion Abu Hurairah RadhiAllahu anhu: “It is better for you to fulfill a Muslim’s need than to seclude yourself in this mosque of mine for ten years.” (al-Bayhaqi and al-Tabarani) Thus the reward for making a Muslim happy by striving to fulfill their needs is greater than the reward of undertaking spiritual retreat in the Prophet’s Mosque in al-Madinah for ten years!

By acting on Hadiths such as this and sincerely seeking to fulfill the needs of their brothers and thus make them happy, the elect of the Muslims in different times attained a level of proximity to Allah Ta’ala. When they spoke with their brothers they did their utmost to please them. Their hearts were filled with sincerity and their intentions were better than their actions, in confirmation of the Hadith: “A believers intention is better than his action.”

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Hypocrites may perform good actions, while their intention in performing those actions is evil. If their action is evil, their intention is even worse. However, believers’ intentions are better than their actions even if their actions are good, because they do what they are able but wish they could do more. This is a sign of their sincerity in showing compassion, one of the fruits of which is a desire to make those they sit and talk with happy.

Believers must be keen to make people happy, especially the weak, the aged and the ill because this is amongst the greatest works in the sight of Allah Ta’ala, and carries a great reward. Let them not miss out on attaining this great attribute which their Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam called them to attain.

May Allah Ta’ala bestow His blessings upon our Master Muhammad  SallAllahu alaihi wasallam and upon his Family and Companions RadhiAllahu anhum. All Praise be to Allah Ta’ala, Lord of the Worlds.

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If Allah wishes to bestow His grace upon someone, He places in their heart the desire to travel the path towards self-purification and gives them the ability to rectify the attributes of their soul. Allah decreed that success in this life and the next be judged according to the degree to which people purify their souls and attain noble character.
It is thus the duty of every believer to seek to attain noble character and emulate their Prophet SAW who said: “I was only sent to perfect noble character.”
In a series of thirty lessons, al-Habib Umar bin Hafiz discusses the importance of character refinement and focuses on the traits and qualities that every believer should strive to acquire. He demonstrates how the Prophet SAW and the pious people of his nation embody each character trait and shows the reader how to emulate them.
In our times we have never been more in need of improving our character and rectifying ourselves. This is a book for every seeker, every believer and every family. May it be a source of light for every heart and the catalyst for moral transformation.

The Clarification of Noble Character  al-Habib Umar bin Hafiz

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…photos of ‘winter’ light in this City of Radiance…though Allah Ta’ala seems to have written ‘winter’ to bypass His favoured City this year…Allahu Alum…maybe it is yet to come…Insha’Allah…

All good is from Allah Ta’ala whereas mistakes are from this humble speck. May Allah Ta’ala Bless all readers, bringing you all closer to Him and His Rasul SallAllahu alaihi wasallam.  May He accept our humble efforts and grant us the capacity to be good and do good. Ameen.

…gone…going…

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…gone… within this last week…the bulldozers in the background like vultures constantly on the go picking at the remains…dust and diesal fumes fill the air…there is a permanent haze surrounding this City of Light…rapid changes everywhere…shoppers coming and going…then gone…vendors coming and going…then gone…there is some agreement with the ‘authorities’ for them to bring their wares after Asr for about one hour…then the police and baladiyya appear shouting them away…gone…going…our existence is this state of flux…SubhanAllah…

…gone…is the past second…going is the present second…gone from this realm…recorded for the next…constant change…constant…going…gone…how much are we striving to accumulate that which is not gone…our good deeds…before another second erases an opportunity to add to our Kitab…

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…and is this the beginning of Saqeefa going…added to the extensive list of ‘gone’ as the extension project wields its mighty toll…the gates have been shut for weeks after Asr now…even the birds seem to know of the impending doom as their singing seems to be less…

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…anywhere else in the world would see a ‘sit in’ or some such gathering to save this tiny piece of garden…not just any piece of garden…but yet another piece of hallowed ground where our Beloved Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam and his Sahabah RadhiAllahu anhum visited, lived, consulted, departed for wars, drank from its sweet well…going…

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…the power…the correlations and reminders of what our existence here is all about…standing here as the earth vibrates and the deafening sounds shudder the body is an all too real and frightening wake up call…gone…going…

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I swear by the Flight of Time

truly man is in loss

except for those who believe and do righteous actions

and urge each other to the truth 

and urge each other to steadfastness (103: 1-3)

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…the giant crushing machines with their mosquito-like proboscis are unrelenting in their task…just as Shaytan is in his…perching on our shoulder poking and prodding…unrelenting in the hope of our seconds to be relegated to the gone pile…the pile of dross…the useless…empty ‘gone’ time…

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…Abu Hurairah RadhiAllah anhu reported: Messenger of Allah SallAllahu alaihi wasallam said, “Be prompt in doing good deeds (before you are overtaken) by turbulence which would be like a part of the dark night. A man would be a believer in the morning and turn to disbelief in the evening, or he would be a believer in the evening and turn disbeliever in the morning, and would sell his Faith for worldly goods.” Muslim

SubhanAllah…watching this ‘turbulence’ is a startling reminder of all we have been told in Allah Ta’ala’s Divine Speech and all Ahadith…

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…Sulai’ now reduced to a flattened mound…

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…the devouring creeps so close to Saqeefa…going…how close is the gone?…

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…going..all that the eye sees here…going…what millions have been invested in that incomplete shell?…what squabbling has been going on to reach a compensation agreement?…Masjid Sabaq and the mubarak racetrack were here…gone…what is left for the children of this generation…let alone future ones…how much can we bring alive in their hearts all that has gone…all this is going?…

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…Jabal Sula’ in the background…dust could be seen flying as demolition of buildings hugging the foothills are to go…including all seen in this photo…even the huge unfinished complex to the left, which extends from the previous photo of what was Masjid Sabaq project mentioned earlier…

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…walking towards the eastern expansion site, the tumbled building in the distance seemed to be what was the last building standing in this area (the second last photo from this 12th November post) …time, nor energy were at hand to gain closer access…Insha’Allah check skyscrapercity for excellent updates…

…gone…going…

I swear by the Flight of Time

truly man is in loss

except for those who believe and do righteous actions

and urge each other to the truth 

and urge each other to steadfastness (103: 1-3)

 

All good is from Allah Ta’ala whereas mistakes are from this humble speck. May Allah Ta’ala Bless all readers, bringing you all closer to Him and His Rasul SallAllahu alaihi wasallam.  May He accept our humble efforts and grant us the capacity to be good and do good. Ameen.

…infectious…

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…the mothers are infectious…the grandmothers are infectious…the children more so…SubhanAllah…the light of sweetness oozes from this photo…symbolic of the infectious atmosphere this speck was in when invited to a Madinah home schooling day…visiting is always a delight…the children are infectiously inquisitive and creative…their daily programs are diverse…all secular and Deeni subjects are covered…all the children are at various stages of Tahfiz…the sharing among the families of resources and ‘teachers’ is inspiring…with older mature girls responsible for various subjects…

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…respect for recycling and re-purposing is instilled…

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…five petaled ‘Islam is’ flowers…one small boy took his out to plant in the garden…sweet…almiskeenah said ‘make sure you also plant it in your heart’…Alhumdulillah for little ones to be exposed to the basics of their Deen in a fun way…

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…so many imaginative and artistic projects are created…SubhanAllah…here various aspects of the migration to Abyssinia are dislpayed…with 83 ‘stars’ representing the second group of brave Sahabah RadhiAllahu anhum who courageously left behind lives and property purely for the sake of their beliefs…

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…details of the children’s versions of our Beloved Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam’s signature seal ring…after studying the letters he sent with his emissaries to the many nearby kings and rulers…

…one boy, using a one page visual clue sheet gave a verbal presentation of fasting…Masha’Allah…he memorized several Ahadith along with all the essentials of fasting as he referred to each of about nine images…

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…models and dioramas are encouraged with problem solving topics revolving around the environment and animal protection and ecological and sustainability issues…

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…a furnished dolls house, and hob, below, are more examples of recycling the slew of excellent sturdy boxes so many of us are left with after visitors have made their purchases and find the packaging too bulky and heavy for their return journey…how I love to see others ‘hoarding’ everything and anything that may find a use…

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…this child was initially too shy to join the group…but so happy and willing to silently appear later…sitting away from the others as he worked on the activity…home schooling allows for individual circumstances…different behavioural tendencies are more easily accommodated…the individual rather than the class as a group is the focus and more important…

…later he spontaneously appeared as this ferocious fire breathing dragon…the costume allowed him to express a part of his character along with latent emotions that he obviously was struggling with at the beginning…access to a dress up box/cupboard can unlock so many inhibitions or allow the child to assume roles they may normally suppress…these Madinah home schooling families were mindful of the broader social picture…providing a wide and stimulating range of props, facilities equipment and opportunities…plans were being finalized for a sports day for about 40 home ed children…Alhumdulillah…

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…a spark was ignited while chatting with one of the mothers and her nine year old son…his thirst for stories of the Sahabah RadhiAllahu anhum was insatiable…so we are going to devise excursions whereby the older children set off on foot with a minimum of dates and a small container of water retracing the routes from Haram to Uhud, including the cave, (even though it has been desecrated and filled with concrete)…and a similar expedition where they begin at Masjid Quba and walk to Haram…with maybe one to Khandaq…preparatory history to be covered before these outings with accounts of the hardships endured compared to how relatively easy it will be for them…Insha’Allah the effort of walking these distances with limited supplies will add to a text book style format of learning…making their understanding of what true sacrifices were…maybe once the plan and lessons are formalized then the unit could be offered to children coming for Hajj and Umrah…as one of the sisters said we should be offering an array of activities for children while they are here that will make aspects of Madinah al Munawwarah come alive in their hearts…at the same time emphasizing the importance of recycling versus consumerism…

…another idea discussed was for family outings to the desert…once again the focus to be on children to vicariously experience the harsh arid surroundings with a minimum of ‘supplies’ i.e. dates and water for an entire day instead of the usual BBQ with packets of  ‘snacks’ and fizzy drinks…and with various learning circles to be conducted based on stories and Ahadith…

…Insha’Allah as an extension of these plans could be an activity book to be published…contents based on this City of Light…things children could do while in their hotel room along with ‘field’ observations and activities…a ‘kit’ including various materials needed could accompany the book…Insha’Allah this project becomes a reality…

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…Insha’Allah time is spent with children making and playing and discussing world issues…seeking their ideas on solutions and what efforts and/or projects they can support in tackling such topics…seek opinions even from the youngest…present concepts in simple forms…children have a wonderful capacity to imaginatively suggest tangent and lateral ideas…give them all a voice…this is one of the major pluses for home schooling…the massive teacher student ratio operative in a traditional school set up is not there…the conforming to strict time tables…the opportunity to speak out from among one from a large classroom size is more conducive to building confidence with a more open expression of ideas…

…one of the groups who, on the day when there is no shade except in the shadow of Allah Ta’ala’s Throne will be ‘the youth who are raised worshipping Allah.’ In other narrations, it is stated, ‘Allah Ta’ala loves the youth who pass their youth in obedience to Him,’ and ‘Allah loves the youth who repents.’ And on that Fateful Day two of the questions asked of us will be: how we spent our life and where did we spend our youth. And for a youth who does a service for an elderly person due to age, Allah Ta’ala will prepare others to serve him. Insha’Allah, may we all be diligent with instilling and imparting good Akhlaq and Adab to all the future flag bearers of our glorious Deen through an ‘infectious’ exchange of love and respect…Ameen…

JUMA’AH MUBARAK!

All good is from Allah Ta’ala whereas mistakes are from this humble speck. May Allah Ta’ala Bless all readers, bringing you all closer to Him and His Rasul SallAllahu alaihi wasallam.  May He accept our humble efforts and grant us the capacity to be good and do good. Ameen.