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Project: Remember Me, I will Remember You

Our beloved Prophet (PBUH) was sent as a source of mercy and as Muslims we should follow in his footsteps. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) advised for us to “Keep your tongue moist with the remembrance of Allah”.

For the coming month inshaAllah, we will share Azkar together that can be recited before and after our daily activities. We want to get in the habit of remembering Allah with every step that we take. Through this project we hope that we can all help and remind each other to master this habit.

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Color my Heart

Islam, you’ve colored my heart with all that’s good in this world. You’ve reminded me of what’s good, helped me differentiate between right and wrong, and you’ve made me stronger. You colored my heart white, made it pure, so I can pray with passion. You’ve colored it red, so I can feel the love of my religion. You’ve colored it yellow and helped me get lost in the beauty of everything I see. You’ve colored it green, and helped me become a cleaner person for the environment and myself.

You’ve infected me with bliss and I promise you, Islam, I’ll keep on coloring.

Do not judge

A few years back, there was this girl, a friend of a friend. I didn’t know her, never spoke to her, never even met her. I only saw a picture of her. I instantly didn’t like her or the way she dressed just because she wasn’t as conservative as I was and I found myself having all these thoughts and opinions about her. She must be doing this, she must be doing that. All of a sudden I was startled by how much I’ve let my mind wander and assume things about this girl when I didn’t even know her. I was really ashamed of the way I judged her, because really who am I to judge another person? And since that day I promised myself that I’ll try my best not to judge anyone ever again.

The reason I’m sharing this today, is that nowadays almost everyone is judging everyone else. We’ve created stereotypes and we use superficial standards to form shallow opinions of others. While, in fact Islam is totally against judging other people.

I was taught that one of the main axes of Islam is “Sincere belief” in the existence of Allah, his angels, his books, his messengers, the judgment day and the predestination.  When I asked why it’s called “sincere” belief and not “correct” belief for example. I was told that faith lies in the heart of the believer, and since we human beings can never know what a person heart holds, we can never tell if his faith is correct or not. His sincerity can only be judged by Allah who is the only one who knows what lies in people’s hearts.

Our prophet (peace be upon him) never announced the names of the hypocrites, even though he knew them, so people wouldn’t consider it as Sunnah and start questioning other people’s sincerity and faith.

Allah says in the holy Quran: “Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted.” (1)

So it’s not our place to judge others by the way they dress, walk, talk or what they do for a living. We can’t know where they stand according to Allah.  Our only role is to work on ourselves and to pray for guidance for those who need it including ourselves.

Abu Huraira reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Verily, a prostitute saw a dog lolling around a well on a hot day and hanging his tongue from thirst, so she drew some water for it in her shoe and Allah forgave her.(2)

So the way Allah judges people is pretty different than the way we do. You never know which good deed will earn you your ticket to Jannah.

So, if you see somebody doing something wrong or even something forbidden, do not judge because you don’t know what you’d have done if you were in his/her shoes. Do not judge because you don’t know how you would’ve turned up, if you were raised in different conditions. Do not judge, because no one is perfect including yourself.  Do not judge because you never know who will end up in Jannah and who won’t. Do not judge, instead find excuses for your sisters and brothers, ask Allah to guide them and forgive them. Ask Allah to guide you and forgive you as well.

 

(1)  Surat Al-Ĥujurāt , verse 13

(2)   Sahih Muslim 2245

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ar-Rahman

THE 99 NAMES OF ALLAH
(Also known as ‘Your Ticket to Jannah’)

The first name: Ar-Rahman


الرحمن الرحيم من صيغ المبالغة , الرحمن خاص الاسم عام الفعل، والرحيم عكسه أي عام الاسم خاص الفعل، والمعنى أن صفة الرحمة في الرحمن تعني صاحب الرحمة الذي تشمل رحمته جميع المخلوقات.
أما الرحيم، فإن الرحمة تكون فيه خاصة بالمؤمنين.
الرحمة هى عطف يقتضي احسان على المخلوق بم يسعده ويُصلحه، أقرب قول للعلماء هو: شئ بسيط أن الرحمن ذو الرحمة العامة والشاملة لكل ما هو مخلوق في هذا الكون ” قُلْ مَن يَكْلَؤُكُم بِاللَّيْلِ وَالنَّهَارِ مِنَ الرَّحْمَنِ…”(الأنبياء: 42). لكن الرحيم رحمه خاصة للمؤمنين “… وَكَانَ بِالْمُؤْمِنِينَ رَحِيماً” (الأحزاب: 43). أهل الجنة بعد أن يدخلوها يُقال لهم “سَلَامٌ قَوْلاً مِن رَّبٍّ رَّحِيمٍ” (يس: 58). التوبة رحمة خاصة؛ لأنها عودة إلى الله تبارك وتعالى ولذلك تجد كثيراً في القرآن الكريم “…إِنَّهُ هُوَ التَّوَّابُ الرَّحِيمُ”(التوبة: 104). أن تأكل وتشرب وتتمتع بحياتك هذه رحمة من الله تبارك وتعالى وأن تعبد الله في رمضان هذه رحمة خاصة من الله.. نحن نتكلم عن رحمتين رحمة عامة ورحمة خاصة: انظر إلى هذه الآية “… وَرَحْمَتِي وَسِعَتْ كُلَّ شَيْءٍ فَسَأَكْتُبُهَا لِلَّذِينَ يَتَّقُونَ…” (الأعراف: 156)، فلقد جمعت بين الرحمن “وَرَحْمَتِي وَسِعَتْ كُلَّ شَيْءٍ” رحمة عامة.. وبين الرحيم ” فَسَأَكْتُبُهَا لِلَّذِينَ يَتَّقُونَ” رحمة خاصة.

يقول النبي صل الله عليه وسلم: “إن الله خلق يوم خلق السماوات والأرض مائة رحمة، كل رحمة كطِباق ما بين السماء والأرض، أنزل منها إلى الأرض رحمه واحدة فبها يتراحم الخلائق حتى ترفع الدابة حافرها عن ولدها خشية أن تصيبه من هذه الرحمة- فكيف تكون إذاً الـ 99 رحمة؟؟- فإذا كان يوم القيامة ضم الله هذه الرحمة إلى الـ 99 ثم بسطها على خلقه، فلا يهلك يومها إلا هالك، حتى أن إبليس ليتطاول أن تدركه رحمة الله عز وجل”. الله تعالى افتتح الكون بالرحمة، وافتتح خلق آدم بالرحمة، وافتتح القرآن بالرحمة، وافتتح كل سور القرآن بالرحمة.. ونَهى الخلق بالرحمة !

النبي صل الله عليه وسلم يقول: ” ليس منكم من أحد يدخل الجنة بعمله. قالوا: ولا أنت يا رسول الله؟ قال: ولا أنا إلا أن يتغمدني الله برحمته
”.
فلنكن رحماء بيننا رحيمين بغيرنا …هكذا علمنا ديننا 
 
كيف أحيا باسم الرحمن الرحيم؟
• ارحم الناس.. “ارحموا من في الأرض يرحمكم من في السماء”. ” الراحمون يرحمهم الله تبارك وتعالى “.. “من لا يَرحم لا يُرحم”.
• صلي أنت وزوجتك ركعتين.. يقول النبي صل الله عليه وسلم: “رحم الله رجل قام من الليل فأيقظ إمرأته فصليا ركعتين”.
• صلة الرحم.. “إن الرحمة لا تتنزل على قومٍ بهم قاطع رحم”.
• بر الوالدين.. ” وَاخْفِضْ لَهُمَا جَنَاحَ الذُّلِّ مِنَ الرَّحْمَةِ…” (الإسراء: 24).
• صلي اليوم القيام واقرأ القرآن بنية أن يرحمك الله تعالى.. ” وَنُنَزِّلُ مِنَ الْقُرْآنِ مَا هُوَ شِفَاء وَرَحْمَةٌ لِّلْمُؤْمِنِينَ…” (الإسراء: 82). ” وَإِذَا قُرِئَ الْقُرْآنُ فَاسْتَمِعُواْ لَهُ وَأَنصِتُواْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُرْحَمُونَ” (الأعراف: 204).
الواجب العملي:
افرح.. اسجد بفرحه، اقرأ القرآن بفرحه، ادعوه بفرحه. “قُلْ بِفَضْلِ اللّهِ وَبِرَحْمَتِهِ فَبِذَلِكَ فَلْيَفْرَحُواْ هُوَ خَيْرٌ مِّمَّا يَجْمَعُونَ” (يونس: 58).