In the name of God, most Gracious, most Compassionate

In the name of God, most Gracious, most Compassionate
Al-Quran (30:30)

So direct your face toward the religion, inclining to truth. [Adhere to] the fitrah of Allah upon which He has created [all] people. No change should there be in the creation of Allah. That is the correct religion, but most of the people do not know.

فَأَقِمْ وَجْهَكَ لِلدِّينِ حَنِيفًا فِطْرَةَ اللَّهِ الَّتِي فَطَرَ النَّاسَ عَلَيْهَا لَا تَبْدِيلَ لِخَلْقِ اللَّهِ ذَلِكَ الدِّينُ الْقَيِّمُ وَلَكِنَّ أَكْثَرَ النَّاسِ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ
[Al-Imran 3:8] "[Who say], "Our Lord, let not our hearts deviate after You have guided us and grant us from Yourself mercy. Indeed, You are the Bestower."

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Most Beloved Person to Allah: Lecture by Sheikh Assim AlHakeem

Points from this Lecture:

-What are the signs that Allah loves you?
Before you try to figure it out you should first ask yourself if you love Allah? 

-Hadith that highlights the importance of character:
“The prophet (sallahu allayhi wa salam) said the closest among you from me on the day of judgment are the ones who have excellent character.”

-The most beloved of people to Allah is the one who brings most benefit to the people and the most beloved of deeds to Allah is a Muslim making another Muslim happy (within the boundaries of shareeah) or relieving them from hardship or paying off their debt or warding off hunger from him.

-“The prophet sallahu allayhi wa salam said, "For me to go with my muslim brother to meet his need is dearer to me than observing itikhaff in this mosque (madinah) for a  month."

-Whoever does not act upon his anger, Allah will not expose him

-Whoever suppresses his rage even though when he is able to express it, Allah will fill up his heart with hope on judgment day.

-Whoever goes with their Muslim brother to meet his need until it is accomplished; Allah will make him stand firm on the day when all feet will slip. And that character spoils deeds (bad?) as vinegar spoils honey.

-The prophet sallahu allayhi wa salam said, “By Allah will not throw those whom he loves in hell.”

-Allah says in the Qur'an, "you have to follow Rasulullah (sallahu allayhi wa salam) then you will attain my love."

-if you relieve a Muslim from a hardship, Allah will relieve one from the calamity/hardship on the day of Judgment.

-lending/giving money to other is a fountain of rewards

The prophet sallahu allayhi wa salam said, "whoever lends silver will get the reward of charity (sadaqah) "

-the prophet sallahu allayhi wa salam said whoever awaits for someone who is unable to pay his debt back, Allah will reward him of sadaqah for days not repaid."

-[74:42-44] "What has caused you to enter Hell?" They will say: "We were not of those who used to offer their Salat (prayers) "Nor we used to feed Al-Meeskin (the poor);

-Assarat (bridge above hellfire) only the Muslims and the munafiqoon will walk on that bridge

-the prophet sallahu allayhi wa salam said, "There will be three who Allah wont look at or speak to them on the day of Judgment, one of them is al-mananan (the one who reminds people of the good he has done for them"

-bad character spoils good deeds.

The Ultimate Goal- To earn the Big Boss's Love

A lot of events have taken place that really has tested my patience. One of the best characteristics of a believer is patience so if there is anything we should work on it is our patience. Its easy to say but it is difficult but  nonetheless we must persevere.  

I have asked Allah to guide me, grant me patience and wisdom. After much work and dua I have begun to see "results." I have caught myself in certain instances where I process everything I want to say before I say it. To me this is major. It might seem trivial but in reality it means better things should come forth from this. Perhaps I am acquiring good akhlaq who knows but I feel hopeful and excited to continue working and see more results. Feel as if I am in the p90X workout regimen. ;-)  I am still working on gauging the temperament of the situation and learning whats "appropriate" but bitni'illah I will get better and at least i can say its improving... alhamdulillah.

The point is that I am doing all this for the sake of Allah. I want Allah to love me and I want to be beloved by him. What greater thing is there in this life than this... being loved by the ULTIMATE BOSS!

I like to think of it this way: you know how mafia dudes think they are untouchable because they know they will be "backed up" by their "bad Boss" that everyone fears... well for me Allah has my back but before I can guarantee that's indeed true I got to earn his love. My plan is to be "untouchable."  When you got the love of Allah there is no need to fear anything at all but Allah himself. That is how you can you be "untouchable." If you notice most of the distress of this world is people worrying about other people and fearing them. People need to chill out and Love and only fear Allah who is the ultimate decider of your fate. If that is put into perspective you're set for a happy life insha'allah.

When Allah loves you nothing else really matters. Ultimately, Everything we do on this earth is to please him and being beloved by Allah should be our goal. I think we get distracted by means of the glitter of this world (music, money, status, etc) and loose clarity of what our real purpose in life is. When we loose sight we don't put our efforts into our ultimate goal and just fixate our attention on worthless aspirations for this world that belittle our Deen and those individuals feel content with their little selves doing the "minimum."

I listened to this one lecture by Sheikh Assim Alhakeem which he says that before we inquire ourselves whether we fit the descriptions of someone that Allah loves we should think whether we love Allah ourselves. Most of time I think we are struggling to maintain our image or persona and do this "We are Muslims so we do "Muslim" things and forget the purpose behind those things. I know for sure that for me in the beginning I was just trying to work on "establishing" myself as a Muslim 

At the end of the day and on the day of judgement the one who triumphs is the one who has taqwa of Allah so make sure you are that person and not the looser.