Sujood (Prostration) – Highest level of Submission

clouds heartThe prostration is the highest level of submission, for you are bringing the most precious part of your body, namely your face, down to meet the most lowly of all things, the dust of the earth. If possible, you should make your prostration directly on bare ground, this being more conducive to humility and a sure sign of self abasement.

When you place yourself in this position of lowliness, you should be aware that you belong there.

You are restoring the branch to its root, for of dust you were created and to dust you shall return. At the same time you should renew your inner awareness of Allah’s majesty, saying: “Glory to my Lord Most High!” Repeat this to add confirmation, for saying it only once is not sufficiently emphatic.

When your inner feeling has clearly been refined, be confident in hoping for Allah’s mercy.

For His mercy quickly flows towards weakness and lowliness, not towards arrogance and vanity.

From Imam Ghazali’s Ihya Ulum al-Deen (The inner dimension of prayers – The Prostration)

Empower yourself with Du’a

snow heart with AllahIf it is not in the nature of a mother to turn her child away empty handed no matter how disobedient a child may be, how is it possible that the One who is the Most Merciful and who has placed mercy in the hearts of all mothers turns away His slave, empty handed?

How is it possible for the One Who becomes angry when His slaves do not supplicate to Him, not to be happy when they do.

Du’a is our intimate conversation with Allah. It is uplifting, liberating and empowering.

Jamiatul Ulama S Africa

Ramadhaan – A Healing of the Heart & Spirit

Ramadan_01Ramadhaan is the perfect time for the healing of the heart and spirit through the Qur’an, Du’a and ‘Ibaadaat to which all Muslims are connected to some extent in the month of Ramadhaan.

Qur’an

It is not a Book of just Do’s and Don’ts. It is a mercy and a healing of the physical and spiritual self. It is living and feeling it. Feel the emotions of the people mentioned in the stories of the Qur’an and know that they are mentioned for a reason.

How did Yusuf AS feel when he was thrown in the well by his own; how did Maryam AS cope when alone in the wilderness giving birth to her child; what was the fear felt by Abu Bakr RA when he thought he and the beloved sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam would be found hiding in the cave of Thawr during the Hijrah.

Allah ta’ala acknowledged them and helped them and comforted them. He sent down tranquility upon them, strengthening their hearts.

The Qur’an is till the end of time. The lessons within are for all of us at all times and in all places. It is the rope which we can hold to when we fall (in sin and in grief and anxiety) which will bring us back up on our feet with hope and happiness.

Du’a

Du’a are not just words from the tongue. They are intense feelings when connected to the heart. Du’a is the essence of ‘Ibaadah and an acknowledgment of our utter humility and dependency on our Lord. It strengthens our connection with Him.

The Du’a of our Prophet Muhammad sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam made at Ta’if after being driven out of town shows intense grief but also hope in Allah ta’ala. He complains to Allah ta’ala and then with hope and humility asks for mercy and seeks refuge in Him.

Know that Allah ta’ala hears and acknowledges. When Maryam AS was alone giving birth to her child she wished she never existed. Allah ta’ala did not tell to make Sabr. He provided for her water from a spring and dates and told her to enjoy the blessings.

‘Ibaadaat

All types of worship are included in ‘Ibaadah and generally it is increased in the month of Ramadhhan however for it to become a healing, the ingredient of Khushoo’ is necessary. The Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam used to turn to Salaah in times of anxiety.

Though these three things are generally increased in Ramdhaan we underestimate and underutilize their potential of removing fear, anxiety, grief etc., bringing hope and becoming a healing of the heart and soul.

From talk by Aalimah S. Ahmed

Extract the best Qualities of the Sinner

1goldUnfortunately today, we do not know how to separate sin from the sinner. We should hate the sin, not the sinner. Look beyond the sin of a sinner & extract his best qualities.

No person willingly will goes to a dumpyard. However, If there is gold beneath the ground of that dumpyard, they will rush to clear it out & extract its valuable contents.

Similarly, people are like mines of gold & silver. Dig deep in their hearts & take the best out of them.

Mufti Ebrahim Desai

Love solely for His sake

al-wadoodThe Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلّم  said, narrating from His Lord, “My love is incumbent for those who love one another for my sake; those who sit with one another for My sake; those who visit each other for My sake; and those who spend on each other for My sake.” [Musnad Ahmad]

On being asked how one loves others (e.g. parents, siblings, friends etc) only for Allah Ta’ala, Mufti Ebrahim Salejee of Ispingo Beach said,

Regularly meditate over the fact that Allah alone is eternal. If you love anything for Him then that love will be lasting and if it is that you love something not for the sake of Allah then your love will remain just till you or that thing remains

Conquer Greed & Desire

rosesA prince  once said to one of the ‘Aarifeen  (knowers), “Ask me for what you need.” The response of the ‘Aarif was,

“Is that the way you speak to me when I have two servants who are your masters?” When the prince asked,  “Who are these two servants?” The ‘Aarif answered,

Greed and desire; for I have conquered them yet they have conquered you; I rule over them while they rule you.

If we conquer these two bad traits of greed and desires then we are masters over them. People may be kings and have authority but if they are ruled by greed and desires then they are servants to these two traits.

“The Ninety-Nine Beautiful Names of God” by Abu Hamid Al-Ghazali (Rahimahullah)

Reviver from the Sleep of Heedlessness

dhikrDhikr is the means by which Stations yield their fruit, until the seeker reaches the Divine Presence. On the journey to the Divine Presence the seed of remembrance is planted in the heart and nourished with the water of praise and the food of glorification, until the tree of dhikr becomes deeply rooted and bears its fruit. It is the power of all journeying and the foundation of all success.

It is the reviver from the sleep of heedlessness, the bridge to the One remembered.

Naqshbandi.org

The Killing Poison & Deadly Destroyer

foxglove2Good character is an attribute of the Master of the Messengers صلى الله عليه وسلّم, and the best of the works of the veracious (Siddiqeen). It is in reality half of religion, the fruits of the spiritual struggles of the god-fearing, and the efforts of the worshippers.

Lowly character is a killing poison, a deadly destroyer, a humiliating abaser, clear lowliness, and filth that distances one from the sanctuary of the Lord of the worlds.

Lowly character makes the one characterized by it of the Satans, and it is the open door to the burning fire of Allah, that “Leaps up over the hearts (of men),”(Qur’an, 104: 7) as good character is the open door to the bounties of the Gardens and proximity to the Merciful. Lowly character is a sickness of the heart and a disease of the lower self. It is a sickness that endangers the ever-lasting life.

Thus, it is necessary to pay utmost attention to it, even more than outward sickness.

Taken from advices of Shaykh Faraz Rabbani on Anger & Acquiring good Character

Requirements for Spiritual Visibility

space2To gain visibility, one requires two types of lights: the light of the eyes and the external light of the sun or a lamp etc. Then only will one be able to clearly see what is before him. With the absence of any one of the two, one will not be able to see anything and is likely to lose his way or fall into danger.

Likewise, for spiritual guidance and sight, one needs the noor (light) of the heart and the noor (light) of the sunnat. Without any one of them one will create confusion in deen and is very likely to go astray.

One sunnat of Rasullallah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is far more superior than a 1000 spiritual states of ecstasy that a person experiences.

It is the commitment to the sunnat that will take a person forward. If one holds firm to the sunnat, but does not experience any spiritual state etc. he will be successful. On the other hand, if a person is not committed to the sunnat, but has spiritual experiences then this is not a sign of him being successful.

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee

Sincere Devotion

ikhlasFudail ibn ‘Iyad at-Talaqani (Raheemahullah) said,

To neglect one’s religious practice for the sake of other people is a form of hypocrisy [riya’].

To perform one’s religious practice for the sake of other people is a form of polytheistic idolatry [shirk].

As for sincere devotion [ikhlas], it is being afraid that Allah ta’ala might chastise you for either of these two offenses