Qadr of Allah

Bismillah Walhamdulillah Wassalatu Wassalamu ala Rasulillah

Ibn al-Qayyim said, *“Inspect yourself – Are you innocent?!”*

“I remind myself and my brothers and sisters in Islaam to sincerely think about the following statements and ponder over how distant we are from them in reality:

– “That’s just great! This is why I hate Mondays!”
– “What is wrong with this laptop? Another virus!! And of course this
would happen NOW, when I have all this important work to finish!!”
– “The car seems to break down every time I’m running late!”
– “My stupid cellphone keeps shutting down…!”
– “Oh great! One more red light! As if I’m not late enough!”
– “I stubbed my toe on that stupid table!”

These small everyday trials we face and the emotions we react with are all part of our personal test. Our reactions, beliefs, and statements are all being recorded!

With the above mentioned complaints and reactions, who are we actually displeased with? We know that the table didn’t do anything to our toe, right? We know that cars, cellphones, and laptops don’t actually choose to do things to harm us in reality, right?

So then, again – *WHO or WHAT are we really displeased with* when uttering these kinds of statements?

We desperately need our spouses, friends, and companions to remind us, quite simply, with the following question:

*Are you unhappy with the Qadr of Allaah?*

Let us replace the bad reactions mentioned with the *very best guidance available*, the guidance of the Prophet Muhammad (*sallallaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam*):

*“…And if something (bad) befalls you, do not say, ‘Had I only done such-and-such, then such-and-such would have happened, rather say:
**Qadrullaahi, wa maa shaa’ fa’ala** (This is from the Qadr of Allaah, and He does whatever He wills).”* [Muslim]

Let us affirm everything we face as the Qadr of Allaah, submit to Allaah being pleased with the trial He (and no one else) has chosen for us, and be afraid of a bad reaction that would be written against us and handed to us on the Day of Account.”

*Written by: Moosaa Richardson*
Student of knowledge

Beautiful reminder from our dear brother masha’Allaah!

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Iqra. Qum. Qum

Bismillah Walhamdulillah Wassalatu Wassalamu ala Rasulillah

What were the first 3 Surah’s revealed to the Prophet Muhammad, salalahu ‘alayhi wasalam? And what can the Ummah learn from them?

1. Surah 96 commands the Prophet salalahu ‘alayhi wasalam: “Recite in the name of your Lord.” From this, we learn the importance of having a relationship with Al-Qur’an Al-Kareem. And we learn the importance of having relationship with knowledge itself!

2. Surah 73, which says in the beginning, “Arise [to pray] the night.” From this, we learn the importance of sincere and devoted ‘ibadah. It’s not enough to just say “I believe.” Rather, we must demonstrate faith through action and specifically by doing what Allah (subhana wa t’ala) asked us to do. Allah asked us to worship him alone (‘ibadah). ‘Ibadaat are not just rituals and traditions. Rather, true ‘ibadah is the worship of Allah alone, a sincere desire for guidance, and a sincere desire to know and have a relationship with Allah (aza wa jal).

3. Surah 74, which says in the beginning “Arise and warn.” From this, we learn about the importance of da’wah, activism, speaking the truth, and standing for justice. How productive are you in the community and Ummah? How many people have you helped? Knowledge is a virtue and makes us more effective individuals. Get involved in the community and help spread and establish Al-Islaam.

So, how can you remember this all? Iqra. Qum. Qum.

-Dr. Reda Bedeir, AlMaghrib Institute