Posted by: Sabr Shukr | 24 March, 2014

Keep your tongue wet with the remembrance of Allah

Abdullah ibn Busr reported: Two men came to the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, and one of them said, “Who is the best man, O Muhammad?” The Prophet said, “One who has a long life filled with good deeds.” The other man said, “Indeed, the laws of Islam are too many for us, so give us something comprehensive we can hold onto.” The Prophet said, “Keep your tongue wet with the remembrance of Allah the Exalted.”  Musnad Ahmad 17227

Posted by: Sabr Shukr | 17 March, 2014

That is the work of Allaah in our lives

Bismillaah arraahmaan arraheem

There is a very beautiful short story, about how Allaahs words, al-Quran, affects us, no matter we understand them or not.

An old man lived on a farm with his young grandson. Each morning Grandpa was up early sitting at the kitchen table reading his Qur’an. His grandson wanted to be just like him and tried to imitate him in every way he could.

One day the grandson asked, ‘Grandpa! I try to read the Qur’an just like you but I don’t understand it, and what I do understand I forget as soon as I close the book. What good does reading the Qur’an do?’ The Grandfather quietly turned from putting coal in the stove and replied, ‘Take this coal basket down to the river and bring me back a basket of water.’ The boy did as he was told, but all the water leaked out before he got back to the house. The grandfather laughed and said, ‘You’ll have to move a little faster next time,’ and sent him back to the river with the basket to try again. This time the boy ran faster, but again the basket was empty before he returned home. Out of breath, he told his grandfather that it was impossible to carry water in a basket, and he went to get a bucket instead. The old man said, ‘I don’t want a bucket of water; I want a basket of water. You’re just not trying hard enough,’ and he went out the door to watch the boy try again. At this point, the boy knew it was impossible, but he wanted to show his grandfather that even if he ran as fast as he could, the water would Leak out before he got back to the house. The boy again dipped the basket into river and ran hard, but when he reached his grandfather the basket was again empty.  Out of breath, he said, ‘See Grandpa, it’s useless!’ So you think it is useless?’ The old man said, ‘Look at the basket.’ The boy looked at the basket and for the first time realized that the basket was different. It had been transformed from a dirty old coal basket and was now clean, inside and out. ‘Son, that’s what happens when you read the Qur’an. You might not understand or remember everything, but when you read it, you will be changed, inside and out. That is the work of Allaah in our lives.’


Posted by: Sabr Shukr | 17 March, 2014

A healing and a mercy

Bismillaah arrahmaan arraheem

Sometimes I hear muslims say that there is no benefit in reading, listening to or reciting Quran when you don’t understand it. This is so sad to hear. Of course it is important to understand Quran, to know what Allaah says. I am not denying that. But to say there is no benefit, or that is no point in listening to Quran without understanding is so wrong. Naothobillaah. It is like they forgot, or misunderstood what Quran really is. Quran is the word of Allaah, one of His Attributes, so how is it possible, how can it be possible, that those words alone do not have any effect?!?!! When we listen to Quran it is the actual speech of Allaah, the words of Allaah. When we recite Quran, we are saying, uttering the speech of Allaah. We are speaking the speech of Allaah. How can anyone say that there is NO BENEFIT in that? Ya Allaah…

Allaah says in the Quran,

“If We had sent down this Qur’an upon a mountain, you would have seen it humbled and coming apart from fear of Allah. And these examples We present to the people that perhaps they will give thought.” [Surah al-Hashr 59:21]

Can a mountain understand words? If we speak to a mountain will it understand us? No it wont. Yet it will understand Quran, and the importance of the Quran. The Quran affects it so much. SubhanAllaah. Then imagine how the Quran affects us, our hearts and our souls when we read/recite or listen to the Quran, even if we don’t understand it!

“And if We had made it a non-Arabic Qur’an, they would have said, “Why are its verses not explained in detail [in our language]? Is it a foreign [recitation] and an Arab [messenger]?” Say, “It is, for those who believe, a guidance and cure.” And those who do not believe – in their ears is deafness, and it is upon them blindness. Those are being called from a distant place.” [Surah al-Fussilat 41:44]

In this ayah Allaah even tells us that if we don’t understand it there is still a guidance and a cure for those who believe. Imagine that.

“And if anyone of the Mushrikun (polytheists, idolaters, pagans, disbelievers in the Oneness of Allah) seeks your protection then grant him protection, so that he may hear the Word of Allah (the Quran), and then escort him to where he can be secure, that is because they are men who know not.” [Surah at-Tawbah 9:6]

The rewards of reciting the Quran are many, and all the hadiths that mentions this, doesn’t say that you have to understand it.

The Prophet, sallalaho alayhi wasallam, said, “Whoever reads a letter from the Book of Allah, he will have a reward. And that reward will be multiplied by ten. I am not saying that “Alif, Laam, Meem” is a letter, rather I am saying that “Alif” is a letter, “laam” is a letter and “meem” is a letter.” So increase your recitation of the Qur’an to gain these merits, and to gain the following merit as well. Notice that the Prophet, sallalaho alayhi wasallam, didn’t say that whoever reads and understand. Understanding is not mentioned, and not necessary, for getting this great reward that is mentioned.

“The Prophet, sallalaho alayhi wasallam, said, Verily the one who recites the Qur’an beautifully, smoothly, and precisely, he will be in the company of the noble and obedient angels. And as for the one who recites with difficulty, stammering or stumbling through its verses, then he will have TWICE that reward.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim] And again, here isn’t it either mentioned a necessity of understanding. Even without understanding we get this beautiful and amazing reward.

The Qur’an is an intercessor, something given permission to intercede, and it is rightfully believed in. Whoever puts it in front of him, it will lead him to Paradise; whoever puts it behind him, it will steer him to the Hellfire.” [An authentic hadith found in At-Tabaraanee, on the authority of ‘Abdullaah ibn Mas’ood]

A Muslim’s status is raised by the Quran – the more he or she recites, follows its commandments and makes Quran part of his or her life, the more Allah will elevate his or her status in this life and hereafter.

Saheeh Muslim mentions a story where some men came to question Umar ibn Al-Khattaab during his khilaafah about the leadership of Makkah, they asked, “Who do you use to govern Makkah?” He said, “Ibn Abzaa.” They asked, “And who is Ibn Abzaa?” Umar replied, “A freed slave from those we freed.” They remarked, “You left a freed slave in charge of the people of the Valley (the noble tribes of the Quraysh)!?!?” So he answered them, “Verily he is a reader of the Book of Allah and is knowledgeable about the obligations of the Muslims. Haven’t you heard the statement of your Messenger: “Verily Allah raises some people by this Book and lowers others by it.”

Narrated Aisha: The Prophet said, Such a person who recites the Quran and masters it by heart, will be with the noble righteous scribes (in Heaven). And such a person exerts himself to learn the Quran by heart, and recites it with great difficulty, will have a double reward.” (book #60, Hadith #459)

“And We send down of the Quran that which is a healing and a mercy to those who believe (in Islamic Monotheism and act on it), and it increases the Zaalimoon (polytheists and wrongdoers) nothing but loss” [Surah Al-Isra’ 17:82]

Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allah have mercy on him) said: We and others have tried this on many occasions and we have seen that it works in ways that physical remedies do not. Indeed we now regard physical medicine as the doctors regard folk medicine. This is in accordance with the law of divine wisdom, not contrary to it, but the causes of healing are many and varied. When the heart is in contact with the Lord of the Worlds, the Creator of the disease and the remedy, the Controller of nature Who directs it as He wills, he has other remedies apart from the remedies that are sought by the heart that is far away from Him and that turns away from Him. It is known that when a person’s spirits are high and his body is in good shape, they cooperate in warding off disease and suppressing it, so if a person is in high spirits and physical good shape, finds comfort in being close to his Creator, loving Him, enjoying remembrance of Him (dhikr), devoting all his strength and power for His sake and focusing on Him, seeking His help, putting his trust in Him, how can anyone deny that this is the greatest medicine or that this spiritual power gives him the means to ward off pain and defeat it completely? No one would deny this but the most ignorant of people, those who are furthest away from Allah and the most hard-hearted and unaware of human nature.

Narrated Abu Musa: The Prophet said, The example of a believer who recites the Qur’an is that of a citron (a citrus fruit) which is good in taste and good in smell. And the believer who does not recite the quran is like a date which has a good taste but no smell. And the example of an impious person who recites the Qur’an is that of Ar-Rihana (an aromatic plant) which smells good but is bitter in taste. And the example of an impious person who does not recite the quran is that of a colocynth which is bitter in taste and has no smell.” (Book #93, Hadith # 649)

I think these ayaat, ahadith and the saying of knowledgeable people and scholars proves the point that you will gain a great blessing from reciting or listening to al-Quraan al-Kareen, the Noble Quran, even if you don’t understand it. It is the words of Allaah, it is Kalamullaah, the Speech of Allaah. Imagine memorizing and reciting the speech of Allaah!!! What a blessing that is. Don’t you think that the speech of our Creator, or Sustainer, the Most Merciful, Allaah, will change us for the better? Will affect us? Even if we don’t understand. As i said earlier, Allaah speaks to our hearts and souls with his Speech.

“Those who believe [in the Oneness of Allah Islamic Monotheism], and whose hearts find rest in the remembrance of Allah, verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest.”  [Surah ar-Raad 13: 28]

Posted by: Sabr Shukr | 11 April, 2011

Beautiful hadith qudsi

On the authority of Anas (may Allah be pleased with him), who said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) say:

“Allah the Almighty said:

‘O son of Adam, so long as you call upon Me and ask of Me, I shall forgive you for what you have done, and I shall not mind. O son of Adam, were your sins to reach the clouds of the sky and were you then to ask forgiveness of Me, I would forgive you. O son of Adam, were you to come to Me with sins nearly as great as the earth and were you then to face Me, ascribing no partner to Me, I would bring you forgiveness nearly as great as it.'”

[At-Tirmidhi (also by Ahmad ibn Hanbal). Its chain of authorities is sound.]

Posted by: Sabr Shukr | 11 April, 2011


”I realised that taqwa is the way out of every grief and distress
and as soon as I followed the path of taqwa, I found the way out.”
Ibn al-Jawzi

Abdullah ibn Mubarak (rahimahullah) said about fear:
“When night befalls, they endure it
and see it through bowing in ruku.
Fear has released their sleep, so they stand
and acquire security in vigilance.”

Hasan ibn Hani (rahimahullah) composed the following (it has been credited to Imam Shafi`ee (rahimahullah)):
“Fear Allah and hope for every good thing from Him;
Don’t follow your adamant self, lest you regret it;
Remain in between hope and fear
and you will rejoice with the Pardon of Allah if you submit.”

[Muajjamul Udaba: 17/303 credited to Imam Shafi`ee and also in the Divan of Hasan.]

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