Qur’anic Verse

“And whoever fears Allah – He will make for him a way out. And He will provide for him from (sources) he could never imagine. And if any one puts his trust in Allah, sufficient is (Allah) for him. For Allah will surely accomplish his purpose: verily, for all things has Allah appointed a due proportion.”

-Surat al-Talaq, 65:2-3

Hadith

God Almighty said:

“My servant draws near to Me with nothing more loved by Me than the acts of worship that I have enjoined upon him. My servant continues to try to draw near to Me with more devotion, until I love him. When I love him, I will be his hearing with which he hears, his sight by which he sees, his hand with which he strikes, his feet on which he walks. When he asks Me for something, I will respond and when he takes refuge in Me, I will grant it to him. I do not hesitate in doing anything I intend to do as much as I hesitate in seizing the soul of My faithful servant; he hates death and I hate hurting him. But death is a must for him.”

-narrated by al-Bukhari

 

 

Surat al-Haaqah (‘the Sure Reality’. chapter #69, from the noble Qur’an)

What is the Sure Reality?
And what will make thee realise what the Sure Reality is?
The Thamud and the ‘Ad People (branded) as false the Stunning Calamity!
But the Thamud,- they were destroyed by a terrible Storm of thunder and lightning!
And the ‘Ad, they were destroyed by a furious Wind, exceedingly violent;
He made it rage against them seven nights and eight days in succession: so that thou couldst see the (whole) people lying prostrate in its (path), as they had been roots of hollow palm-trees tumbled down!
Then seest thou any of them left surviving?
And Pharaoh, and those before him, and the Cities Overthrown, committed habitual Sin.
And disobeyed (each) the messenger of their Lord; so He punished them with an abundant Penalty.
We, when the water (of Noah’s Flood) overflowed beyond its limits, carried you (mankind), in the floating (Ark),
That We might make it a Message unto you, and that ears (that should hear the tale and) retain its memory should bear its (lessons) in remembrance.
Then, when one blast is sounded on the Trumpet,
And the earth is moved, and its mountains, and they are crushed to powder at one stroke-On that Day shall the (Great) Event come to pass.
And the sky will be rent asunder, for it will that Day be flimsy.
And the angels will be on its sides, and eight will, that Day, bear the Throne of thy Lord above them.
That Day shall ye be brought to Judgment: not an act of yours that ye hide will be hidden.
Then he that will be given his Record in his right hand will say: “Ah here! Read ye my Record!
“I did really understand that my Account would (One Day) reach me!”
And he will be in a life of Bliss,
In a Garden on high,
The Fruits whereof (will hang in bunches) low and near.
‘Eat ye and drink ye, with full satisfaction; because of the (good) that ye sent before you, in the days that are gone!’
And he that will be given his Record in his left hand, will say: ‘Ah! Would that my Record had not been given to me!
And that I had never realised how my account (stood)!
Ah! Would that (Death) had made an end of me!
Of no profit to me has been my wealth!
My power has perished from me!..’
(The stern command will say): ‘Seize ye him, and bind ye him,
And burn ye him in the Blazing Fire.
Further, make him march in a chain, whereof the length is seventy cubits!’
This was he that would not believe in Allah Most High.
And would not encourage the feeding of the indigent!
So no friend hath he here this Day.
Nor hath he any food except the corruption from the washing of wounds,
Which none do eat but those in sin.
So I do call to witness what ye see,
And what ye see not,
That this verily is the word of an honoured messenger.
It is not the word of a poet: little it is ye believe!
Nor is it the word of a soothsayer: little admonition it is ye receive.
(This is) a Message sent down from the Lord of the Worlds.
And if the messenger were to invent any sayings in Our name,
We should certainly seize him by his right hand,
And We should certainly then cut off the artery of his heart:
Nor could any of you withhold him (from Our wrath).
But verily this is a Message for the Allah-fearing.
And We certainly know that there are amongst you those that reject (it).
But truly (Revelation) is a cause of sorrow for the Unbelievers.
But verily it is Truth of assured certainty.
So glorify the name of thy Lord, Most High.”
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Qur’an. Surat al-Haaqah.
Yusuf Ali translation.

sketch.

road to jannah
Muslimah travelling to Jannah.

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As salam alaikum:)

This is a new sketch I drew. It’s of a Muslim lady travelling to Jannah. Though the road and every footstep she should take is paved right in front of her, it’s really hard to travel down the road! As it is for everybody who is making this journey. It’s not an easy journey…but Allah s.w.t. is there to help (and what a best Helper; “hasbee Allahu wa n’im al Wakeel…n’im al mawla wa n’im al Naseer*”). 🙂 ❤

When seeing all the easier routes at her disposal, the Muslima thinks “Ya Hadi, ahdinee…” (“O Guider, guide me…”).

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If you wanna see more artwork, please see the “Visual Art” page….

Jazak/i Allahu kheira for viewing!

-Ethar

*Allah is enough for me, and what an excellent Disposer of Affairs…what an excellent Patron, and what an excellent Protector.”

 

 

Qur’an, 24:35

“Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The Parable of His Light is as if there were a Niche and within it a Lamp: the Lamp enclosed in Glass: the glass as it were a brilliant star: Lit from a blessed Tree, an Olive, neither of the east nor of the west, whose oil is well-nigh luminous, though fire scarce touched it: Light upon Light! Allah doth guide whom He will to His Light: Allah doth set forth Parables for men: and Allah doth know all things.”

a few Verses from Surat Yunus (the Chapter called “Jonah”) + video

“And it was not [possible] for this Qur’an to be produced by other than Allah , but [it is] a confirmation of what was before it and a detailed explanation of the [former] Scripture, about which there is no doubt, from the Lord of the worlds.” -Qur’an. 10:37 Sahih International Translation

If they charge thee with falsehood/deny you (O Muhammad), say: “My work to me, and yours to you! ye are free from responsibility for what I do, and I for what ye do!” -Qur’an. 10:41

O mankind! there hath come to you a direction from your Lord and a healing for the (diseases) in your hearts,- and for those who believe, a guidance and a Mercy.” -10:57

In whatever business thou mayest be, and whatever portion thou mayest be reciting from the Qur’an,- and whatever deed ye (mankind) may be doing,- We are witnesses thereof when ye are deeply engrossed therein. Nor is hidden from thy Lord (so much as) the weight of an atom on the earth or in heaven. And not the least and not the greatest of these things but are recorded in a clear record.

Behold! verily for the friends of Allah there is no fear, nor shall they grieve” -10:61-62

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(the whole chapter is recited in the above video:)

The One Thing that took my Prayer to the next level

May Allah reward the brother for writing and sharing this..I really liked this article.
I have to admit that my own prayers are severely lacking (effort, emotion…and that ever important quality-Khushu’). if Allah s.w.t. Would judge me on the quality of my prayers….it would probably seem to Him that I just don’t care, enough 😦 but my resolution, which I will now make every year (starting with Ramadan–so i am now working towards next ramadan) is that i will not miss any prayers (unless of course, out of forgetfulness or sleep) ..I.e., no more make up prayers. The time is now, for myself (to do that)…and also: i will have more of a connection with Allah s.w.t. ..I will (also) use the advice by the brother to see prayer as a gift from Allah to me…a loving gift…*not something I have to do, for Him (subhanA-He is far above that.).
I really* want salah to be the sweetness of my life and the coolness of my eyes, like it was for the prophet. .(p.b.u.h.)
This article was a reminder to me that i have every power to make it so! 🙂

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“If you do this right, the world around you will start to disappear from your consciousness, it will evaporate, and you will get to a stage where you only feel Allah’s presence and yourself. Don’t hold back, but let your soul yield itself to its Creator and Cherisher. From this state a sense of security and peace will emerge. Allah’s sufficiency will become self-evident, other worldly goals will seem so futile and unworthy, and a realization that you have touched a deeper part of yourself will emerge. Allow yourself the luxury to stay in this state of mind for as much as you can. The more you do it, the better you will become at it.”

mA. Jazak / jazakum Allahu kheir.

RASHIDOON

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Like everyone else I have had my challenges with the Prayer. For quite a while I was frustrated with the level of focus and khushu’ that was at best slim. Therefore, I understand the dissatisfaction some of you feel towards their level of khushu’. At one stage of my life I came to a tentative conclusion that some people were destined to have more khushu’ than others, that some were born with the tendency to develop khushu’ while others were not. Unfortunately, I thought I was among the latter!

However, Allah has blessed me with a persistent and annoying dissatisfaction with lack of focus and khushu’ in my Prayer, that it was easier for me to do something about it than just to live with it. When that point of transformation tipped I found myself gravitating to lectures and books that focus on one’s inner experience of the acts of…

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