Ramadan Reflections #5

Day 3 / Juz 3 (Ramadan ’17):-

“She said, “My Lord, how will I have a child when no man has touched me?” The angel said, “Such is Allah; He creates what He wills. When He decrees a matter, He only says to it, ‘Be,’ and it is.” [3: 47]
In all your du’as and hopes, your thoughts and views on life, and your ups and downs, don’t forget Who it is you’re conversing with. You’re dealing with the Most Powerful who has split seas for His slaves, resurrected the dead, and stopped time. You are not too insignificant for Him to grant you your own miracle. Ask Him whatever it is you long for, and never lower His power and capabilities in your mind. 
Sometimes we rationalise du’a too much because we are focused on *ourselves*. We doubt and question. We overthink and are uncertain over the ‘how’ and ‘when’, but that’s not how it should be. The righteous before us used to say, ‘O Allah, I swear to You to do this and that’ and whilst that may shock you, they did it because they were certain of Him and they knew that you can’t push Allah against His Will. He is Majestic and Powerful and He is also Kareem – generous. So how can you not walk away with precious gifts from a Powerful and Generous being? How can you not walk away with your very own miracle in life? Try it 

Fajr

Ramadan Reflections #4

Asalamu Alaykum All!
The Loving Series

“When Allah Loves You” part I
You will probably never meet a Muslim who says they don’t love Allah.  Even if they don’t pray and they commit haram they will tell you they love Allah.
So everybody loves Allah, but the bigger deal is, “Does Allah love you”?
Allah is loving and He does love His servants.  That’s why one of His names is Al Wadood. “The loving”.
The scholars say love is the essence of our worship and the focal point of our relationship with Allah.  Contemplate the following verse:
‎يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا مَنْ يَرْتَدَّ مِنْكُمْ عَنْ دِينِهِ فَسَوْفَ يَأْتِي اللَّهُ بِقَوْمٍ يُحِبُّهُمْ وَيُحِبُّونَهُ

“Oh you who believe whoever of you abandons his religion, then Allah is going to bring a people that He LOVES and they LOVE Him…”

Al Ma’ida 5:54
Why didn’t Allah say people who will WORSHIP Him? Or OBEY Him ? Or FEAR Him?
The verse started with Allah’s love towards them and then the love He gets in return.  That is the essence of our relationship with Allah.
Allah loves the believers! Contemplate verse 14 from Surat Al Burooj where Allah says:

‎وَهُوَ الْغَفُورُ الْوَدُودُ

And He is the forgiving, the Loving.
69 times in the Quran “Ghafour” (forgiving ) is followed by “Raheem” (merciful), because pairing mercy with forgiveness makes more sense.  But this time Allah mentions that He is forgiving yet loving. Why?

Because you might forgive someone yet still dislike them or even hate them.  
But Allah wants you to know that he will forgive you and still keep loving You!
Contemplate the effect of worshipping a God that hates you. Would you be energetic in worshiping Him?  Would you love to spend hours talking to Him?
A Christian scholar conducted a study and discovered that more Christians love God the Father (according to them) more than God the son. Because God the Father is the angry one who couldn’t forgive for thousands of years, while God the Son was the merciful loving one that offered to die for their sins. 
People naturally gravitate towards a loving God.
Another Bonus of when Allah loves you, you become loved by the angels and you will be granted acceptance on earth. 
Allah’s Messenger (salla Allahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: “If Allah loves someone He calls (angel) Jibreel and says: ‘I love so-and-so, so love him.’ Jibreel loves him and calls the other angels in Heaven to love that person. They love him, then his love (acceptance) is made upon earth, and he becomes loved…”

Sahih Muslim 
May Allah grant us His love. Amen
Wasalam!

Sh Kamal mekki

Ramadan Reflections #2

Asalamu Alaykum and Ramadhan Mubarak to all!
I hope you’re all having a wonderful Ramadhan. We’re loving it here in wonderful New York City, with the beautiful Muslims of Brooklyn. 
In our masjid we have decided that our taraweeh reminders are going to be about Love. I’m calling it the “Loving Series”. Every night we’ll discuss a different type of love.  If I can’t post the videos I’ll post the notes.  First one was on Loving Allah and here it is:
Even though speakers and Khutab (sermons) tend to focus more on fearing Allah, the scholars say that love of Allah is stronger and better than fear.
What are the fruits of fearing Allah?  You stay away from sinning!
But the fruits of loving Allah are greater in that you also stay away from sins but because you love Allah, you go above and beyond in worship and in performing voluntary acts.  When you love Allah:
* it’s easier to give up bad habits.  

E.g. Guy can’t quit smoking for years but he suddenly quits. You ask him how he did it and he says, “My fiancé told me that if I wanted to marry her I’d have to quit”!  

He couldn’t quit for years but love made him do it in no time!  If you love Allah, giving something up for His sake becomes easy.
* you love His speech!

True story…a guy spoke to his fiancé from Isha’ until dhuhr!

Another story…a guy spent three hours in the cold speaking to his fiancé over the phone!

When you love Allah you love His speech (the Quran) and you never get tired of it. For some it’s five minutes of Quran and then ….Zzzzzzzzz!
* you love Qiyyam (night prayer).

One of the early Muslims cried on his death bed, so his friends thought he was crying because he’s going to miss his children.  He said, “I’m crying because I’m going to miss qiyyam al layl”!  

He loved talking to Allah for hours into the night and more importantly he knows that for thousands of years he will not be able to seek forgiveness once or mention Allah a single time.  So rightfully so that he cried!
* love to meet Allah.

“Whoever loves to meet Allah, Allah will love to meet them and whoever hates to meet Allah, Then Allah hates to meet them”.
* you accept His decree 
All the above are more attainable with love than with fear.
The more you know Allah and study His attributes you naturally love Him more.

The more you recognise and contemplate His many blessing you love Him more.
Wasalam

-Sh. Kamal El Mekki

Ramadan Reflections #1

Day 1 / Juz 1 (Ramadan ’17):-
“…Call upon your Lord to bring forth for us from the earth its green herbs and its cucumbers and its garlic and its lentils and its onions.” [Moses] said, “Would you exchange what is better for what is less?” [2: 61]
How many times has the world dazzled us so we sought it out fervently, not realising that what we already have is tons better. How often have we exchanged what was better for what was worse, blinded by emotion or greed. Bani Israel did this with regards to food, but we do it every day with regards to a plethora of things; our possessions, our homes, our relationships, etc. There’s a saying in Arabic that says: “الخير فيما اختاره الله” – which means ‘Goodness lies in what Allah has chosen for you.” So wait out on the calls of this world and don’t rush to answer it so quickly. If you have a great blessing from God, hold it tight, hold it tight. Perhaps it is the goodness that Allah has chosen for you above all else.

-Fajr literary 

Best Ramadan Apps

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BAYAN QURAN:

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