Blue Ticks and Typing

The past two days at the first annual Islamic conference were just A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!!! Alhamdulilah; just the kind of things that can make me feel the thrills for the rest of the year ๐Ÿ˜€ I mean, one sheikh Rishad can make your entire week wonderful so you can imagine having him plus sheikh Kishki plus Al Qahtani plus Abu Hamza plus Ismail plus Abdulghani Bashir plus sheikh Suleiman from different parts of the world, all under the same roof on the same stage! May Allah bless them for all their outstanding lectures and to all the organizers, volunteers and donors who made this event a major success mashallah. It was too exciting I wish I could literally drag everyone to come and learn from them. If you missed it, you REALLY missed out! Lol okay I won’t add any more pepper to the wounds but I can share something I learnt from sheikh Abdulrahman Mansur Al-Qahtani; one the most humorous and coolest sheikhs of our century ๐Ÿ˜€ Maybe next time we can have both Mufti Menk and Nouman Ali Khan on the same stage and we all know how that conference will rock! Ameen to this ๐Ÿ˜€
So sheikh Al-Qahtani talked about the promises made by Allah in the qur’an and how Allah is speaking directly to us. So many times we are swept off by life, with it’s tests, with it’s demands, always busy, always in a rush with the worldly affairs and it’s fanciness we forget the most important thing; what brought us into this world.
The Prophet salallaahu ‘alayhi wa aleh wa sallam said that Allah said (in hadith Qudsi): <strong>”Myself, Mankind and Jinn are in a great serious state. I create them, then they worship other gods that they make for themselves. I bless them with my bounties, then they thank someone else for what I sent them. My Mercy descends to them while their evil deeds ascend to Me. I endear them with My gifts even though I have no need to any of them while they alienate themselves from Me with their sins even though they are desperate for My help. Whoever returns to Me , I accept him no matter how far he is. And whoever turns away from Me, I approach him and call on him. Whosoever leaves a sin for My sake, I reward him with many gifts and whoever seeks to please Me, I seek to please him. Whoever acknowledges My Will and Power in whatever he does, I make the iron bend for his sake. My dear people are those who are with Me (i.e. whoever would like to be with Me, let him supplicate to Me and remember Me). Whoever thanks Me, I grant him more blessings, whoever obeys Me, I raise him and endeavor him more. Whoever disobeys Me , I keep the doors of My Mercy open for him, if he returns to Me, I bestow him with My Love , since I love those who repent and purify themselves for My Sake. If he does not repent, I still treat him by putting them in hardship to purify him. Whoever favours Me over others, I favour them over others. I reward every single good deed ten times over or seven hundred times over to countless times over. I count every single bad deed as one unless the person repents and asks for My Forgiveness in which case I forgive even that one. I take into account any little good deed and I forgive even major sins. My Mercy supercedes My Anger, My Tolerance supercedes My Blame, My Forgiveness supercedes My Punishment as I am more Merciful with My slaves than a mother with her child.”</strong>
Subhanallah, the weight of this hadith qudsi is heavy. So much to question ourselves about. Like how much Allah keeps blessing us, granting us what we want, forgiving us, forgiving us again and again and what do we send back to Him? ‘their evil deeds ascend to Me.’ Yet still He made promises to us; the ungrateful weak humans.
The first promise is: “<strong>So remember Me, I will remember You.”</strong> Surat Baqarah: verse 152
I am pretty sure we have come across those angry memes on the blue ticks on whatsapp. You are in dire need of help or perhaps just someone to talk to, the ticks have turned blue, the last seen is every past second you check…yet no reply. It is annoying, sometimes heart-breaking. But this is us human-beings. Have you tried Allah? Have you tried talking to Him directly? In your sujood? In your dua? Anywhere anytime??! Do you remember Him at all? We keep saying that communication is a two-way thing then how do we expect Allah to remember any of us when we don’t do the same to Him? Not that He needs us, but because WE NEED HIM! So remember Allah as many times and in many places as possible. Remember Him and He has promised to remember you!
The second promise is: <strong>’ If you are grateful, I will surely increase you (in favour)'</strong> Surat Ibrahim: verse 7
But how many times do we thank Allah? Sincerely thanking Allah from the bottom of our hearts? For both the good and bad in our lives? He says: ‘when you thank me, I will give you more’. It is a promise. So thank Him. Thank Him for every small and big, Good and bad. And remember; even that the bad you go through is good in disguise. Again, have trust in Allah! ๐Ÿ™‚
The third promise: <strong>’Call unto Me (and) I shall respond to you!'</strong> Surat Ghafir : verse 60.
The thing with Allah is that your messages to Him are delivered spontaneously and so are His replies. You may not know it but Allah has already answered your prayer the moment you make it! Even when you don’t see an answer, His silence is the answer. Sheikh Al Qahatni said: Allah answers your duas in 3 ways: I know you have heard of this so many times but look at it keenly this time round. Let it sink in the mind.
1. He answers your dua immediately. Yep that is when I say; Blue ticks and typing (not literally, His way is way faster than that but you get me right?!) ๐Ÿ˜‰ Trust me, if you have ever made a dua with so much sincerity from the heart, you will relate to this perfectly.
2. He doesn’t give you what you want so that He prevents you from some harm. We have cried. Most of us or all of us for something we wanted so badly. You cry your eyes and heart out but the answer you get is ‘silence’. You pray and cry in days, in months, in years and you give up because you think Allah doesn’t feel you, doesn’t love you…then some day years later something better happens in your life and you are so happy and you just say, ‘I’ve never been happier that what I wanted never happened!’ Ever done that? or heard someone say that? It could be for a job they wanted so badly, or a spouse, or a journey or a child…it can be anything. Yes, that is Allah, loving you and protecting you always. Have trust in Him!
3. Allah doesn’t answer your dua so that you can get abundant reward in jannah. All this pain and heart-ache you are going through right now, be patient about it. Be happy with what Allah has prepared for you. Nabii Ayub aleyhi salam was tested with sickness and loss of wealth and children and Allah answered his dua 18 years later. Mind you, he was a prophet and his dua is immediately accepted yet Allah answered him only after all those years. Be patient. Don’t say that is a prophet I can’t wait that long. Yes, but you can wait for as long as you can.
There are several other promises Allah has made to us, but we are just too blind to see or too unfocused to understand. Verily, in the qur’an and hadiths and hadith al qudsi, you will find Allah repeatedly telling us talking to us, promising us, giving us hope…
<strong>”Abu Dharr reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, relates from his Lord that Allah said:
ูŠูŽุง ุนูุจูŽุงุฏููŠ ุฅูู†ูู‘ูŠ ุญูŽุฑูŽู‘ู…ู’ุชู ุงู„ุธูู‘ู„ู’ู…ูŽ ุนูŽู„ูŽู‰ ู†ูŽูู’ุณููŠ ูˆูŽุฌูŽุนูŽู„ู’ุชูู‡ู ุจูŽูŠู’ู†ูŽูƒูู…ู’ ู…ูุญูŽุฑูŽู‘ู…ู‹ุง ููŽู„ูŽุง ุชูŽุธูŽุงู„ูŽู…ููˆุง
O my servants, I have forbidden oppression for myself and have made it forbidden among you, so do not oppress one another.
ูŠูŽุง ุนูุจูŽุงุฏููŠ ูƒูู„ูู‘ูƒูู…ู’ ุถูŽุงู„ูŒู‘ ุฅูู„ูŽู‘ุง ู…ูŽู†ู’ ู‡ูŽุฏูŽูŠู’ุชูู‡ู ููŽุงุณู’ุชูŽู‡ู’ุฏููˆู†ููŠ ุฃูŽู‡ู’ุฏููƒูู…ู’
O my servants, all of you are astray except for those I have guided, so seek guidance from me and I will guide you.
ูŠูŽุง ุนูุจูŽุงุฏููŠ ูƒูู„ูู‘ูƒูู…ู’ ุฌูŽุงุฆูุนูŒ ุฅูู„ูŽู‘ุง ู…ูŽู†ู’ ุฃูŽุทู’ุนูŽู…ู’ุชูู‡ู ููŽุงุณู’ุชูŽุทู’ุนูู…ููˆู†ููŠ ุฃูุทู’ุนูู…ู’ูƒูู…ู’
O my servants, all of you are hungry except for those I have fed, so seek food from me and I will feed you.
ูŠูŽุง ุนูุจูŽุงุฏููŠ ูƒูู„ูู‘ูƒูู…ู’ ุนูŽุงุฑู ุฅูู„ูŽู‘ุง ู…ูŽู†ู’ ูƒูŽุณูŽูˆู’ุชูู‡ู ููŽุงุณู’ุชูŽูƒู’ุณููˆู†ููŠ ุฃูŽูƒู’ุณููƒูู…ู’
O my servants, all of you are naked except for those I have clothed, so seek clothing from me and I will clothe you.
ูŠูŽุง ุนูุจูŽุงุฏููŠ ุฅูู†ูŽู‘ูƒูู…ู’ ุชูุฎู’ุทูุฆููˆู†ูŽ ุจูุงู„ู„ูŽู‘ูŠู’ู„ู ูˆูŽุงู„ู†ูŽู‘ู‡ูŽุงุฑู ูˆูŽุฃูŽู†ูŽุง ุฃูŽุบู’ููุฑู ุงู„ุฐูู‘ู†ููˆุจูŽ ุฌูŽู…ููŠุนู‹ุง ููŽุงุณู’ุชูŽุบู’ููุฑููˆู†ููŠ ุฃูŽุบู’ููุฑู’ ู„ูŽูƒูู…ู’
O my servants, you sin by night and day and I forgive all sins, so seek forgiveness from me and I will forgive you.
ูŠูŽุง ุนูุจูŽุงุฏููŠ ุฅูู†ูŽู‘ูƒูู…ู’ ู„ูŽู†ู’ ุชูŽุจู’ู„ูุบููˆุง ุถูŽุฑูู‘ูŠ ููŽุชูŽุถูุฑูู‘ูˆู†ููŠ ูˆูŽู„ูŽู†ู’ ุชูŽุจู’ู„ูุบููˆุง ู†ูŽูู’ุนููŠ ููŽุชูŽู†ู’ููŽุนููˆู†ููŠ
O my servants, you will not be able to cause harm to me and you will not be able to cause benefit to me.
ูŠูŽุง ุนูุจูŽุงุฏููŠ ู„ูŽูˆู’ ุฃูŽู†ูŽู‘ ุฃูŽูˆูŽู‘ู„ูŽูƒูู…ู’ ูˆูŽุขุฎูุฑูŽูƒูู…ู’ ูˆูŽุฅูู†ู’ุณูŽูƒูู…ู’ ูˆูŽุฌูู†ูŽู‘ูƒูู…ู’ ูƒูŽุงู†ููˆุง ุนูŽู„ูŽู‰ ุฃูŽุชู’ู‚ูŽู‰ ู‚ูŽู„ู’ุจู ุฑูŽุฌูู„ู ูˆูŽุงุญูุฏู ู…ูู†ู’ูƒูู…ู’ ู…ูŽุง ุฒูŽุงุฏูŽ ุฐูŽู„ููƒูŽ ูููŠ ู…ูู„ู’ูƒููŠ ุดูŽูŠู’ุฆู‹ุง
O my servants, were the first of you and the last of you, the human of you and the jinn of you, to become as pious as the most pious heart of anyone of you, that would not increase My kingdom in anything.
ูŠูŽุง ุนูุจูŽุงุฏููŠ ู„ูŽูˆู’ ุฃูŽู†ูŽู‘ ุฃูŽูˆูŽู‘ู„ูŽูƒูู…ู’ ูˆูŽุขุฎูุฑูŽูƒูู…ู’ ูˆูŽุฅูู†ู’ุณูŽูƒูู…ู’ ูˆูŽุฌูู†ูŽู‘ูƒูู…ู’ ูƒูŽุงู†ููˆุง ุนูŽู„ูŽู‰ ุฃูŽูู’ุฌูŽุฑู ู‚ูŽู„ู’ุจู ุฑูŽุฌูู„ู ูˆูŽุงุญูุฏู ู…ูŽุง ู†ูŽู‚ูŽุตูŽ ุฐูŽู„ููƒูŽ ู…ูู†ู’ ู…ูู„ู’ูƒููŠ ุดูŽูŠู’ุฆู‹ุง
O my servants, were the first of you and the last of you, the human of you and the jinn of you, to be as wicked as the most wicked heart of anyone of you, that would not decrease My kingdom in anything.
ูŠูŽุง ุนูุจูŽุงุฏููŠ ู„ูŽูˆู’ ุฃูŽู†ูŽู‘ ุฃูŽูˆูŽู‘ู„ูŽูƒูู…ู’ ูˆูŽุขุฎูุฑูŽูƒูู…ู’ ูˆูŽุฅูู†ู’ุณูŽูƒูู…ู’ ูˆูŽุฌูู†ูŽู‘ูƒูู…ู’ ู‚ูŽุงู…ููˆุง ูููŠ ุตูŽุนููŠุฏู ูˆูŽุงุญูุฏู ููŽุณูŽุฃูŽู„ููˆู†ููŠ ููŽุฃูŽุนู’ุทูŽูŠู’ุชู ูƒูู„ูŽู‘ ุฅูู†ู’ุณูŽุงู†ู ู…ูŽุณู’ุฃูŽู„ูŽุชูŽู‡ู ู…ูŽุง ู†ูŽู‚ูŽุตูŽ ุฐูŽู„ููƒูŽ ู…ูู…ูŽู‘ุง ุนูู†ู’ุฏููŠ ุฅูู„ูŽู‘ุง ูƒูŽู…ูŽุง ูŠูŽู†ู’ู‚ูุตู ุงู„ู’ู…ูุฎู’ูŠูŽุทู ุฅูุฐูŽุง ุฃูุฏู’ุฎูู„ูŽ ุงู„ู’ุจูŽุญู’ุฑูŽ
O my servants, were the first of you and the last of you, the human of you and the jinn of you, to rise up in one place and make a request of me, and were I to give everyone what he requested, that would not decrease what I have any more than a needle would decrease the sea if put into it.
ูŠูŽุง ุนูุจูŽุงุฏููŠ ุฅูู†ูŽู‘ู…ูŽุง ู‡ููŠูŽ ุฃูŽุนู’ู…ูŽุงู„ููƒูู…ู’ ุฃูุญู’ุตููŠู‡ูŽุง ู„ูŽูƒูู…ู’ ุซูู…ูŽู‘ ุฃููˆูŽููู‘ูŠูƒูู…ู’ ุฅููŠูŽู‘ุงู‡ูŽุง ููŽู…ูŽู†ู’ ูˆูŽุฌูŽุฏูŽ ุฎูŽูŠู’ุฑู‹ุง ููŽู„ู’ูŠูŽุญู’ู…ูŽุฏู’ ุงู„ู„ูŽู‘ู‡ูŽ ูˆูŽู…ูŽู†ู’ ูˆูŽุฌูŽุฏูŽ ุบูŽูŠู’ุฑูŽ ุฐูŽู„ููƒูŽ ููŽู„ูŽุง ูŠูŽู„ููˆู…ูŽู†ูŽู‘ ุฅูู„ูŽู‘ุง ู†ูŽูู’ุณูŽู‡ู
O my servants, it is only your deeds that I record for you and then recompense for you, so let him who finds good praise Allah and let him who finds other than that blame no one but himself.”</strong>
Keep having faith, keep being strong, keep thanking Allah, keep trusting Him and most importantly; keep smiling ๐Ÿ™‚
By: Lubna AbdulHalim
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