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Patience and submitting to His commands…

Again and again, we are reminded by Allah to submit to Him, be patient and obey His commands:

Surah Al-Insan

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23. Verily! It is We Who have sent down the Qur’an to you (O Muhammad ) by stages.

 

 

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24. Therefore be patient (O Muhammad ) and submit to the Command of your Lord (Allah, by doing your duty to Him and by conveying His Message to mankind), and obey neither a sinner nor a disbeliever among them.

 

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25. And remember the Name of your Lord every morning and afternoon [i.e. offering of the Morning (Fajr), Zuhr, and ‘Asr prayers].

 

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26. And during night, prostrate yourself to Him (i.e. the offering of Maghrib and ‘Isha’ prayers), and glorify Him a long night through (i.e. Tahajjud prayer).

 

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The Benefits of Asking forgiveness of your Lord

If we only believed as we should believe, the following ayahs from Surah Nuh (ayahs 10-13) are just a wonderful reminder of how merciful Allah is:

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And said, ‘Ask forgiveness of your Lord. Indeed, He is ever a Perpetual Forgiver.

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He will send [rain from] the sky upon you in [continuing] showers

 

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And give you increase in wealth and children and provide for you gardens and provide for you rivers.

 

 

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What is [the matter] with you that you do not attribute to Allah [due] grandeur

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Characteristics of the slave of Ar-Rahman…

Sahih International

And the servants of the Most Merciful are those who walk upon the earth easily, and when the ignorant address them [harshly], they say [words of] peace,

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And those who spend [part of] the night to their Lord prostrating and standing [in prayer]

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And those who say, “Our Lord, avert from us the punishment of Hell. Indeed, its punishment is ever adhering;

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Indeed, it is evil as a settlement and residence.”

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And [they are] those who, when they spend, do so not excessively or sparingly but are ever, between that, [justly] moderate

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And those who do not invoke with Allah another deity or kill the soul which Allah has forbidden [to be killed], except by right, and do not commit unlawful sexual intercourse. And whoever should do that will meet a penalty.

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Multiplied for him is the punishment on the Day of Resurrection, and he will abide therein humiliated –

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Except for those who repent, believe and do righteous work. For them Allah will replace their evil deeds with good. And ever is Allah Forgiving and Merciful.

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And he who repents and does righteousness does indeed turn to Allah with [accepted] repentance.

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And [they are] those who do not testify to falsehood, and when they pass near ill speech, they pass by with dignity.

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And those who, when reminded of the verses of their Lord, do not fall upon them deaf and blind.

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And those who say, “Our Lord, grant us from among our wives and offspring comfort to our eyes and make us an example for the righteous.”

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Those will be awarded the Chamber for what they patiently endured, and they will be received therein with greetings and [words of] peace.

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Abiding eternally therein. Good is the settlement and residence.

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Say, “What would my Lord care for you if not for your supplication?” For you [disbelievers] have denied, so your denial is going to be adherent.

 

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Don’t be disobedient to Allah…

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And be not like those who forgot Allah (i.e. became disobedient to Allah) and He caused them to forget their ownselves, (let them to forget to do righteous deeds). Those are the Fasiqun (rebellious, disobedient to Allah). Qur’an: 59:19

 

 

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Then, verily! Your Lord for those who do evil (commit sins and are disobedient to Allah) in ignorance and afterward repent and do righteous deeds, verily, your Lord thereafter, (to such) is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (16:119)

 

 

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Put your trust in Allaah…

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“To Allah is your return, and He is Able to do all things.”  Qur’an 11:4

 

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“I put my trust in Allah, my Lord and your Lord! There is not a moving (living) creature but He has grasp of its forelock. Verily, my Lord is on the Straight Path (the truth).” Qur’an 11:56

Allaah controls the affairs of all of His slaves.  Ask Allaah to change their hearts.  Patience with a good patience…The help of Allaah is near.

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Du’a of the people of the cave…

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(Remember) when the young men fled for refuge (from their disbelieving folk) to the Cave, they said: “Our Lord! Bestow on us mercy from Yourself, and facilitate for us our affair in the right way!” Surah Al-Kahf:10

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Submitting to Allaah…

I’ve read and re-read an ayah from the Qur’aan so that it settles into my heart.  I’ve read it to understand not only its meaning in the text, but I’ve been reading it so that my nafs, my soul, my inner self understands it more.  This beautiful ayah from Surah Baqarah:
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When his Lord said to him, “Submit (i.e. be a Muslim)!” He said, “I have submitted myself (as a Muslim) to the Lord of the ‘Alamin (mankind, jinns and all that exists).”

Allaah, the Lord of Mankind, the First and Last, the One who holds our souls in His hands, told Ibrahim, His Khalil-His friend, to submit, and Ibrahim said, ” I have submitted myself (as a Muslim) to the Lord of the ‘Alamin.”

This verse reminds my soul that my return is to my Lord.  If Ibrahim, a Prophet of Allaah, submitted to Him, then who am I? This command to submit was passed onto Prophet Ishaq, his son Yaqoub and then his sons.  And yes, they too submitted-Alhamdulilaah!

I often revert back to this verse, when shaitaan tries to whisper in my ears about disobeying Allaah.

Ya Rabb, I have submitted myself to you as well.  Please have mercy on my soul.

Your humble slave…

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Some of His reminders that keep me going…I am so ever grateful to My Rabb

I look at these reminders to perfect my character and establish good relations with others around me.  I look at these remnders to be just with people, yes even those who have hurt me.  I look at these reminders to understand that Allaah is in control of all of our affairs.  I look at these reminders to repay those who have hurt me with goodness, so that I will be judged with Mercy by my Lord on the Day of Judgment.

 

“to Allaah belongs whatever is in the heavens and the earth. In deed Allaah is free of need, the Praiseworthy” (31:26)

I only complain of my grief and sorrow to Allaah.

“Fear Allaah, and Allaah will teach you.” (2:282)

“Truly Allaah, He is the Provider, the Possessor of Strength, the Sure.” (35:11)

“How excellent is what Allaah exhorts you to do!”

“Allaah is All Hearing, All Seeing.”

“He is the All Wise, the All Knowing.”

“The All Knowing and the All Aware.”

“Put your trust in the Living, who does not die.”

“And do good, Allaah loves who do good.”

…And be even handed, Allaah loves those who are even-handed.”

“Allaah loves those who turn back from wrong doing and He loves those who purify themselves.”

“Allaah is the Best of Guardians.”

He is self sufficient. He is the One Who enriches, provides and nurtures the creations.

“Nothing occurs, either in the earth or in yourselves, without it being in a Book before We make it happen. That is something easy for Allaah.” (57:22)

“How often a small force has triumphed over a much greater one by Allaah’s permission.  Allaah is with the patient. (2:249)

 

 

 

 

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Don’t forget His warning signs…There is always a warning before a trial

Surah Al’An’am: 39-45

 

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Those who reject Our Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) are deaf and dumb in darkness. Allah sends astray whom He wills and He guides on the Straight Path whom He wills.

 

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Say (O Muhammad SAW): “Tell me if Allah’s Torment comes upon you, or the Hour comes upon you, would you then call upon any one other than Allah? (Reply) if you are truthful!”

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Nay! To Him Alone you call, and, if He will, He would remove that (distress) for which you call upon Him, and you forget at that time whatever partners you joined with Him (in worship)!

 

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Verily, We sent (Messengers) to many nations before you (O Muhammad SAW). And We seized them with extreme poverty (or loss in wealth) and loss in health with calamities so that they might believe with humility.

 

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When Our Torment reached them, why then did they not believe with humility? But their hearts became hardened, and Shaitan (Satan) made fair-seeming to them that which they used to do.

 

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So, when they forgot (the warning) with which they had been reminded, We opened to them the gates of every (pleasant) thing, until in the midst of their enjoyment in that which they were given, all of a sudden, We took them to punishment, and lo! They were plunged into destruction with deep regrets and sorrows.

 

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 So the roots of the people who did wrong were cut off. And all the praises and thanks be to Allah, the Lord of the ‘Alamin (mankind, jinns, and all that exists).

 

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Practicing Hilm (Forbearance)

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“And let not those among you who are blessed with graces and wealth swear not to give (any sort of help) to their kinsmen, Al-Masakin (the poor), and those who left their homes for Allah’s Cause. Let them pardon and forgive. Do you not love that Allah should forgive you? And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”

This verse was revealed by Allaah after some of the companions had accused our mother, Aisha, of doing immoral actions.  One of the accusers, Mistah bin Uthaathah, was a cousin of As-Siddeek.  Abu Bakr used to support Mistah financially, as he was poor and needed his financial assistance.

Mistah had repented, and Allaah had accepted his repentance.  Allaah wanted to soften Abu Bakr’s heart to Mistah so that he would continue supporting his cousin.  Mistah also had migrated to Medina, was a relative of Abu Bakr, and he was poor.  He fit all three categories of people that Allaah described in His ayah.

Abu Bakr forgave Mistah, knowing that Allaah would forgive Abu Bakr.  Abu Bakr continued to support Mistah and vowed to “never stop spending on him”, after he had vowed to stop supporting him.

Contents taken from Tafsir Ibn Kathir…

Abu Bakr practiced forbearance in a manner that sets an example for us to follow.  He was in a position of power and strength, but when he heard the words of Allaah, and put the hereafter as the objective, he knew that forgiveness and continuation of his charity was better than withholding money from Mistah.

He swallowed a very bitter pill; fought with his inner self; and obeyed Allaah.  May Allaah make us like Abu Bakr As Siddeek (Ameen)

 

 

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