Night at the Mosque

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Last ten days usher in all nighters
In search of the Night of Power
Reprimands and laughter
Communal bitings and conversations
Brief sleeps urged by monitors
Impromptu classes
Arabic and etiquette
Quran and enunciation

Strong personalities clash and coalesce
Prayer mats turned to temporary mattresses
Awoken from deep slumber by faith and devotion
Feet stand and rest follow
Beauty in humility
Submitting body and self to a higher Being

Allahu Akbar!

Upright bodies, side by side
Straight rows
Gaps mitigated with touching toes (sometimes incessantly so)
Waning concentration with wandering minds
Constantly being brought back to present
By melodic, rythmic verses

Ameen reverberating through the entire mosque
Countless voices
One chorus
Many bodies
Single movements
Diversity despite/amongst uniformity

Viewing through Geometric dimensions

Assalam u alaykum we rahmatullah…

RAMADAN Bites

[7/30]
Verse in the Quran about a mirage in the desert: “The thirsty man takes it to be water until he comes to it and finds it to be nothing, and where he thought it to be, there he finds God.”

[9/30]
“You see, Faith is called faith because you just feel it in your heart. I can’t really prove to you that God exists. The only truth I can tell you is that we are all going to die at some point. But all I can say is this…once I’m dead and God just happens to be on the other side, I’d rather say that I was a believer than not!” ~Wala

[13/30]
Always seek the good that is in people,
And leave the bad to Him who made mankind
And knows how to round off the corners.
-Goethe’s Mother.

[14/30]
The very first verse that was revealed to Prophet Muhammad PBUH was ‘Iqra’ or ‘Read’. What dies that tell us about the role of seeking knowledge in Islam?
“I started reading, there and then. In the dust. On the ground. No time to waste! I was hungry!” -Ahmed Deedat

[15/30]
Seek & Spread. Truth. Beauty. Love. Peace. Knowledge.

[16/30]
Here’s to journeys and not knowing where they’ll take us – but knowing that the ALMIGHTY is with us every step of the way – and as we take one towards HIM, HE takes two towards us.

[17/30]
There is no substitute for the truth

[21/30]
Reflect inward. Strive for better in every way and in every day. Revolutions begin from within. ‪This is Jihad.‬

[23/30]
Injustice Anywhere is Injustice Everywhere.

[25/30]
‘Don’t waste a drop of water, even before a flowing river.’
-Prophet Muhammed (PBUH)

JUMAH WISDOM

‘He who has nothing has ALLAH, and he who has ALLAH, has everything.”

“His alms are vain who does not know that his need of the reward for giving is greater than the poor man’s need of the gift.”

Quran 33:37 …you did fear the people, but it is more fitting that you should fear Allah…

Do not waste a drop of water, even before a flowing river.
-Prophet Muhammed PBUH

“Whoever amongst you sees anything objectionable, change it with your hand, if you are not able, then with your tongue, and if you are not even able to do so, then with your heart, and the latter is the weakest form of faith.” – Prophet Muhammed (PBUH)

Be not so consumed by this fleeting world for there are more permanent things awaiting in the next

The greatest Jihad is within me, myself & I. Fight that battle before any other.

‘The ALMIGHTY places the heaviest burdens on those who can carry the weight.’

Greet with ‘assalam u alaikum’ and mean it. Who doesn’t need salutations of peace?

A true Muslim is the one who does not defame or abuse others; but the truly righteous becomes a refuge for humankind, their lives and their properties.
-Hadith The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), as narrated by Abd’Allah bin Amr

Knowledge is supposed to make one humble, not arrogant, if the husk is full of wheat, it is lowered.
-Shaykh Muhammad Bin Yahya Al Husayni An Ninowy

You can only do to me, what the Almighty has already decided for me.
-Omar Mukhtar

“…the ALMIGHTY demands of people only that which is within the possibilities of each of them.”

‘Don’t ask the ALMIGHTY to guide your steps, when you’re not willing to move your feet.’

“don’t be afraid for God is with us always, and God never lets down people who have faith and patience. We are righteous, and right will always prevail against injustice and wrong doers.”
-Thaer Halahleh, Palestinian imprisoned and undergoing a hunger strike, 75 days & counting

Those who are quick to judge others, must remember that a day will come when they too will be judged. And it may be that their deeds are far worse than that of those they judge.

Respect your children and cultivate in them the best of manners -Prophet Muhammed (PBUH)

Those who give of their wealth in the way of God are like grain that sprouts 7 ears with 100 kernels in each ear. -Quran 2:261

‘He is not a true believer until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself.’

Take one step towards ALLAH and He will take two steps towards you.

If it’s not meant to be, it will be. If it’s mine, nothing and no-one can take it. If it’s not, nothing and no-one can make it.

Proof, time and again that the plans of the ALMIGHTY are not in the hands of men and women though they may seem so.

Futile to resist truth. With the ALMIGHTY for us, who then can be against us and succeed? None.

Excerpts From The Holy Quran (Translation)

EXCERPTS FROM THE HOLY QURAN (Translation)

Quran 2: 216

But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you; and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you. And Allah Knows, while you know not.

Qur’an, Al-Ma’idah, 5:11

Believers, do not forget how Allah bestowed His favor upon you by restraining the hands of those who sought to harm you; so remain conscious of Allah, and depend only upon your Lord.

Quran, Yunus, Surah 10:5

It is He Who made the sun to be a shining glory and the moon to be a light (of beauty), and measured out stages for her ; that you might know the number of years and the count (of time).

Qur’an, Jonah, Surah 10:41

If they charge thee with falsehood, say: “My work to me, and yours to you! Ye are free from responsibility for what I do, and I for what ye do!”

Qur’an,  Surah 17:37

Nor walk upon the earth with insolence for you cannot render the earth asunder and you cannot reach the mountains in height.

Quran 18:109

If the ocean were ink wherewith to write out the words of my LORD, sooner would the ocean be exhausted than would the words of my LORD, even if we added another ocean like it, for its aid.

Qur’an, The Cave, Surah 18:23-24

Nor say of anything, “I shall be sure to do so and so tomorrow,” without adding, “So please Allah.” and call thy Lord to mind when thou forgettest, and say, “I hope that my Lord will guide me ever closer (even) than this to the right road.”

Quran 20.55

From the earth did we create you, and into it shall we return you, and from it shall we bring you out once again.

Quran 20:111-112

Hopeless indeed will be the man that carries iniquity on his back. But he who works deeds of righteousness, and has faith, will have no fear of harm or any curtailment of what is his due.

Qur’an, The Criterion, Surah 25:61-62

Blessed is He Who made constellations in the skies, and placed therein a Lamp and a Moon giving light; and it is He Who made the Night and the Day to follow each other: for such as have the will to celebrate His praises or to show their gratitude.

Qur’an, Al-Furqan, Surah 25:63-64

The faithful servants of the Beneficent walk upon the earth modestly, and when the ignorant address them, they say: “Peace!” They spend the night standing and prostrating before their Lord and say, “Lord, avert from us the doom of Hell, for its torment is everlasting. It is an evil resting place, a wretched abode indeed.”

Qur’an, Al-Furqan, Surah 25:72-74

The true servants of the merciful Lord are those who do not tell lies against others, and do not lose their composure when listening to profane abuse; and who do not turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to the Lord’s revelations, when they are reminded of them. The true servants of the merciful Lord are those who say to him: ‘Make our families happy, and make us examples to all who honour you.’

Qur’an,  Surah 31:17-18

And swell not thy cheek for pride at men, nor walk in insolence through the earth for ALLAH loves not any arrogant boaster. And be moderate in your pace and lower your voice for the harshest of sounds without doubt is the braying of the ass.

Qur’an, Al-Hadid, Surah 57:20

Beware, the life of this world is nothing but a pastime, a momentary delight. It is but empty bragging, a pursuit of wealth and children. It is like the vegetation that flourishes after rain and is a source of delight to the farmer; but soon it turns yellow and withers away, crumbling into worthless waste. But in the life to come an eternal contentment or a grievous suffering awaits you. The life of this world is only an illusion.

Qur’an, Al-Hadid, Surah 57:23-24

Do not be upset at the good things you miss, and do not be overjoyed at the good things you receive. God does not love those who are arrogant and boastful; he does not love those who are stingy, and encourage others to be stingy also. Those who ignore these words, should remember that God alone is self-reliant, and God alone is worthy of praise.

Qur’an, Al-Hadid, Surah 57:4

He created the heavens and the earth in six days. He is secure in his power. He knows all that happens below the surface of the earth, and he knows all that emerges from the earth. He knows all that comes down from the heavens, and all that ascends to the heavens. He is close to you, wherever you are. God is aware of all your actions.

Qur’an, Al-Hadid, Surah 57:1-3

All that is in the heavens and on the earth glorifies Allah. He alone is the Almighty, the Cognizant, the Sovereign of the heavens and the earth, who bestows life and ordains death, and has complete power over all things. He is the First and the Last, the Manifest and the Unseen, the One and the Only with the knowledge of all things.

Qur’an, Al-An’am, Surah 6:17

If Allah afflicts you with hardship, there is none that can remove it save Him, and if He blesses you with good fortune, no one can reduce it. He has power over all things.

Qur’an, Al-Furqan, Surah 25:54

It is He who created man from water and appointed for him kindred by blood and kindred by marriage; your Lord is ever powerful.

Qur’an, Al-Furqan, Surah 25:59

He created the heavens and the earth and all that exists between them in six days. Then He mounted the glorious Throne. Allah is the Most Gracious. Ask those who have knowledge concerning Him!

Qur’an, Fussilat, Surah 41:10-11

He placed lofty mountains rising high above the earth and bestowed His blessings upon it and in four days provided means of sustenance for all alike. Then He turned to the heavens that were but a cloud of smoke and said to both the heavens and the earth, “Come both of you willingly or unwillingly.” They replied, “We come in total submission.”

Qur’an, Ash-Shu’ara, Surah 26:83-85

O my Lord! Bestow wisdom on me, and join me with the righteous; Grant me honourable mention on the tongue of truth among the latest (generations); Make me one of the inheritors of the Garden of Bliss.

Qur’an,  Surah 109:1-6

Say, “O disbelievers, I don’t serve what you serve, and you don’t serve what I serve.  And I won’t serve what you serve, and you won’t serve what I serve.  You have your way, and I have my way.”

Qur’an, Al-Muzzammil, Surah 73:20

Recite then as much of the Qur’an as you can with ease, because He knows that some among you are sick, others must travel in search of His bounty, and others still have to struggle in His cause. Recite then only that which is easy for you, establish worship and give in alms, thus offering Allah a generous loan. Whatever good you send before yourselves, you shall find a richer reward with Allah.

Qur’an, Yusuf, Surah 12:101

My Lord! You endowed me with power and taught me to interpret dreams. Creator of the heavens and the earth! You are my only Protecting Friend in this world and the hereafter. Allow me to die in submission and admit me among the righteous.

Qur’an, Joseph, Surah 12:86-87

He said: “I only complain of my distraction and anguish to Allah, and I know from Allah that which ye know not…”O my sons! go ye and enquire about Joseph and his brother, and never give up hope of Allah’s Soothing Mercy: truly no one despairs of Allah’s Soothing Mercy, except those who have no faith.”

Qur’an, Al-Ahzab, Surah 33:44-47

On the day they meet their Lord, they shall be welcomed by the salutation “Peace!” An illustrious reward has been prepared for them. O Prophet, indeed We have sent you as a witness and a bearer of good tidings and also to warn humankind and to invite them to Allah by His leave and guide them like the beacon that spreads light. Give the believers good tidings that a great bounty awaits them.

Qur’an, At-Tauba, Surah 9:112

Those that turn (to Allah) in repentance; that serve Him, and praise Him; that wander in devotion to the cause of Allah, that bow down and prostrate themselves in prayer; that enjoin good and forbid evil; and observe the limit set by Allah. (These do rejoice). So proclaim the glad tidings to the Believers.

Qur’an, At-Tariq, Surah 86:8-10

God has power to bring the dead back to life–and he will do so on the day of judgement, when every conscience will be searched. People will stand helpless; no one will be able to support them

Qur’an, Ar-Rum, Surah 30:21

And among His Signs is this, that He created for you mates from among yourselves, that ye may dwell in tranquillity with them, and He has put love and mercy between your (hearts): verily in that are Signs for those who reflect.

Qur’an, An-Nab, Surah 78:6-13

Have We not made the earth as a wide expanse,

And the mountains as pegs?

And (have We not) created you in pairs,

And made your sleep for rest,

And made the night as a covering,

And made the day as a means of subsistence?

And (have We not) built over you the seven firmaments,

And placed (therein) a Light of Splendour?


Quran 76: 29-31

This is a message: let whoever will take a path to his Lord. But none of you have the will unless God wills. For God is all-knowing, completely wise. God admits anyone at will to divine mercy, but for the unjust has arranged an intense agony.


 

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