Virtues of the Heart-Ustaadh Amjid Mahmood.
NAQA Meetup March 2016
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The Muslim ladies book club is a monthly event. We are currently reading the biography of the Prophet (PBUH) “Muhammad” by Martin Lings. The aim of the sessions is to socialise as well as to, insha’ Allah, (God willing) acquire useful knowledge.
The next session is Friday 6th February 7pm. We will discuss chapters ‘The Hour’ through to ‘The Year of Sadness’, or the equivalent time period from another biography of the Prophet if ladies don’t have the Martin Lings book.
Ladies are more than welcome to attend even if they haven’t read the chapters for the month. The more the merrier!.
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Shaykh Ibrahim Osi-Efa answers questions on sending blessing upon the messenger (saw) and its benefits, he also enlightens us on the position of intercession in Islam.
Q: Why do we send blessings upon the Prophet (saw) does it benefit him given his rank with Allah, and do we get rewarded for it? I thought Islam cut out the “Middle man” and that we ask directly from Allah, so why this concept in some circles about some being able to Intercede on our behalf?? Is this erroneous understanding or erroneous belief?
Q: Are there others besides the messenger who can intercede on our behalf. Why do we need others to intercede for us?
Q: What differentiates people in their rank with Allah.
Q; What is the shortest version of sending blessing upon the messenger, is there a “best” version? Is there evidence that this was a practice amongst the companions?
Shayk Ibrahim Osi-Efa answers a question at the study circle the “99 Names of God”.
Q “Why can’t we just be Muslim rather than followers of a “Madhab”, it seems to be causing a whole lot of tribulation and confusion in the community, don’t we have enough already? “
If you have less than 8 minutes to spare today…
Shaykh Haroon Hanif answers a question at the Q&A session of the “Tafseer of the short Chapters of the Quran”.
Q: When the prophet Muhammed (pbuh) did not teach specific sciences at his gatherings why should we learn them as separate sciences, why not just learn basic principles and follow your heart using these principles be it law or belief?
Shaykh Ibrahim answers a question on Forgiveness at the study circle “99 Names of God”
Q-“I am having a great difficulty in forgiving a person who has wronged me. I understand this is the way forward and more rewarding but my heart does not agree that the person who has wronged me is really sorry. This affecting my life and causing me great distress, please would you advise me on what I can do to help myself”.
I’m weary of this jungle now,
Deceit is in the air:
I rest my hand upon a bough
To find a serpent lair;
I reach out to a rose and feel
The prick of bramble thorn;
I see how beauty everywhere
Can danger well adorn.
But on must I go till I reach
The garden that I seek,
Eternal in its peace of which
A mortal cannot speak,
And as I walk along the way,
I come across a man
Who, standing on a dusty path,
Is holding out his hand.
Although I don’t know why I’m drawn
To him, I will attest
That standing here I sense the dawn
Of purpose in my breast.
I look into his kindly face
And take his hand, as he
Bestows on me the sweetest grace
A smile could ever be.
And through the wilds he leads me on
This path he knows so well,
And teaches me a word that helps
All kinds of harm repel.
He warns against the bramble rose
And snare of mossy bough,
But tells me of the leaf that blows,
Yet on its way somehow.
And when we stop to rest a while
He shares with me a spread
Of nectar words for drink, and soft
Remembrances for bread.
I ask him whence this blessing came,
Of which he tells me more
Of all the good and mighty men
Who’d come and gone before.
Then on we tread this path of peace,
He never leaves my hand
However sharp the cut of wind
Or treacherous the land,
We travel on until we hear
The babble of a stream
And find ourselves so very near
The waters of a dream.
And here my teacher leaves my hand
Commanding me to cross;
Although prepared for this command,
I dread the coming loss.
He looks into my wretched eyes,
Assurance in his own,
Which helps to make my courage rise
To face this stream alone.
“I’ve braved the jungle, what’s a stream”,
I think as in I wade,
But in degrees the banks recede,
And sight begins to fade.
What once was stream is ocean now,
The waves are dark and high,
I’m overcome, but then somehow
I find the strength to cry
To God for mercy as a wave
Returns me to the stream,
That I may as returning slave
My wayward self redeem.
Ascending to the grassy bank,
I can’t believe my fate,
For standing now before me is
My guide in silent wait.
He takes my hand and walks me to
A garden smelling sweet,
To meet the mighty men who I
Have ever longed to meet.
As I approach the last of them,
A fountain comes to light,
Beside it sits my Sayyidee
His face is shining bright,
He fills a cup with water still:
This man that we adore,
And by his hand, I drink my fill
To feel a thirst no more.
SallAllahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam.
(Naqa thanks you Khalid for the inspiring verses)
…Perhaps it is time to contemplate on the states of our communities that we live in , and take so much from, often the distinction between apparency and reality is but a blur to most of us. It is time to break down the barriers to the attainment of true knowledge within our communities? People of knowledge tell us that the greatest barrier in these times is a deviance from the beautiful prophetic character that was the adornment of his great companions. To revive beautiful character that is the essence of this religion, requires the infusion of the truth into our communities. To connect with the truth one must disengage with apparency and engage with reality, only then can our current state of denial be replaced with self-realization.Achieving this requires knowledge, given the times we live in. We are in dire need of those who possess this light, the real inheritors of the truth, to enlighten us so we can grasp the present and plan for the future of our communities. Let us strive to recreate that atmosphere of excellence, to move from apparent light to the light of purity. After all, this was the mission of the final messenger… “I have been sent to perfect good character.” Muhammed (pbuh) Imam Malik : Muwatta 1614