Sakina into the hearts of believers

Surah 40:4. He it is Who sent down As-Sakinah (calmness and tranquillity) into the hearts of the believers, that they may grow more in Faith along with their (present) Faith. And to Allâh belong the hosts of the heavens and the earth, and Allâh is Ever All-Knower, All-Wise.

And so the journey continues…  and the need to focus only on Allah SWT continues.     People ask me how I am dealing with what is currently going on in my life..  I have no answers for them.. only the reality of the ayat above.

SubhanAllah,    There is an amazing sense of His peace in my heart at the moment.. a knowledge that as one door has closed.. another is going to open.   I cannot  understand why in my heart there is so much optimism, hope and  peace.  I know I experienced it once before.. on my reversion and the immediate events following it..  and now, in the midst of the confusion of why this is happening in my life.. is that same sense of His Sakina.

Once more around the mountain is the apt description of what is happening.. and nothing in me can answer “why?”.. I simply don’t know.  But I know this..  that faith is being added to faith ..  This is for my benefit and in the big picture.. of eternity..  that is what I must rest in now.. and know that perhaps one day the answers will come.  Allahu Alam

I can’t describe and .. I could never explain it..  but I know this..  I am so grateful to Him, my Lord, for His constant reminder that He IS sufficient for us.

Can I find another Protector, Guardian more loving and more generous in His Mercy.   Has any one ever provided for me, in the way my Rabb is?

I ask only that He is pleased with me and the decisions I am making.   I ask for His guidance,  and His help to have the faith to put into practice what needs to be done to pull the strings of my life together again.   Ameen

Allahu Akbar!

I know some of you who read this are going through much more difficult trials than I am..  my dua is that as you read the ayat posted and look at your own situation,  may you feel that same sakina in your own situation by the mercy of Allah.. and remember the beautiful words spoken to you ..  That this trial will add faith to your current faith.. masha’Allah.. what a promise.  for all of us  to remember when we are facing the tests and trials of our life.. ameen.

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Audhu Billahi Minashaitanir Rajeem

{And if a bad impulse comes to you from shaitaan, seek refuge in Allah. He is surely they Hearer, the Knower.}

SubhanAllah.   There are days like today when Shaytaan whispers constantly.. Reminding me of all I  have given up and asking if it’s worth it.

I really dislike days like this.. yet I know that they force me to count my blessings..  To remember what I have got, not what I haven’t got.  So maybe what seems bad for me, is actually good for me.  It’s just incredibly difficult to deal with if I  try and do it alone whilst it’s happening.

I struggle to know on days like this if it’s best to surround myself with sisters and hope that their emaan will lift me up.. or if it will cause me to feel worse..  some days.. all you want to do is surround yourself with Allah and constant remembrance of Him.

1) Say: I take refuge with the Lord of mankind, 2) the King of mankind, 2) the God of mankind 4) from the evil of the stealthy Whisperer, beating a retreat, 5) who whispers in people’s breasts, 6) (coming) from the jinn and man.  Surah Al Nas

Ibn al-Qayyim, may Allah have mercy upon him, explained the meaning of taking refuge in a beautiful way. He said in Bada´i al-Fawa´id, vol. 1, pp. 439-441, “Know that the verb `adha and its derivatives carry the meaning of being careful and wary, guarding and fortifying, being rescued and victorious. Its essential meaning is to flee from what you fear will harm you to that which will protect you from it. This is why the one you seek refuge with is named ma`adh and malja` (the source of refuge and recourse). A hadith mentions that,”

This explains so beautifully what is in my heart this morning, SubhanAllah!!

Therefore the meaning of a`udhu is: I take refuge, guard myself and take precaution. There are two opinions concerning the etymology of this verb. The first is that it is derived from the meaning ofsatar, covering or protection, and the second is that it is derived from the meaning of luzum al-mujawara, firmly adhering to that which adjoins it. As for the first opinion, the Arabs used to say that a house built in the shade of a tree has`uwwadha. Therefore, when this house did the act of `adha with this tree by being built under its shade, the Arabs said it`uwwadh. The same applies to the one who takes refuge: he seeks protection and cover from his enemy with the one he resorts to for refuge.

As for the second opinion, the Arabs used to say regarding flesh that was stuck to a bone and could not be removed,`uwwadha, because of its refusal to be dislodged from the bone. The same applies to the one taking refuge for he sticks firmly to the one he is seeking refuge with and refuses to be distanced. Both of these opinions are correct, seeking refuge covers both meanings.

The person taking refuge seeks protection with the one he is seeking refuge with and sticks firmly to him. His heart attaches itself to him and holds firm just as the child sticks close to its father when threatened by an enemy. The same applies to the one taking refuge for he flees from his enemy who desires his destruction to his Lord, throwing himself between His hands, holding firmly to Him, sticking close to Him and resorting to Him.

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”Say: I take refuge with the Lord of daybreak.” [al-Falaq (113):1]

“Say: I take refuge with the Lord of mankind.” [al-Nas (114):1]

GPS – route recalculation

A lovely sister friend gave me a gps unit for my car this week.  (May Allah SWT reward her with good in this life and the one to come) ameen.    Al hamdulllah, it’s strange, but in the Melbourne traffic congestion,   very reassuring,  to have the  comfort of someone saying even electronically  “prepare to turn left in 360 metres”.

Yesterday I decided to take a different route to the one suggested by the machine.  I had to laugh as it kept saying “route recalculation”.  .. and then proceeded to change it’s settings to match the route I was taking.

In one sense, as I think about it..  this is like life.  We so often need to take “route recalculations”.. things that seemed so clear to us.. the path so straight, can suddenly find itself with a dead end or a detour ahead of it,  that takes  us off the original course we were heading in.

But.. regardless of the cause of this detour..  it’s about route recalculation, by the Master of route recalculations.  We may momentarily not know where we are..  we may feel bewildered and lost..  but the truth is,  route recalculation ALWAYS occurs for the Muslim.   There is khair in everything, and what may seem bad for someone,  may actually be good for them.

Dead ends and detours are part of the journey that Allah SWT takes us on..  sometimes they will change the pattern of our life completely,  and maybe it’s assumed path..  other times,  it’s only a detour .. and it may take longer, but we will still rejoin the original path to  reach our much anticipated destination.

When I look back on the detours of the past 6 months in my own life.. I am so very encouraged to realise that the seeming dead ends that have so often been in front of me.. have just been minor detours  that have led me on other routes..  but I am still heading in the same direction and insha’Allah one day ..  the detours will stop, and by the mercy of Allah, and under His   perfect  “route recalculation” instructions,  I will reach my hoped for  destination both in this dunya and insha’Allah in the akhira.

You make all things beautiful in your time..

In Your  time,  In Your time,

“Verily, that which is with God is the best for you, if you but knew it: all that which is with you is bound to end, whereas all that which is with God is everlasting.” [Al-Nahl, 16:94-95]

sabr ‘alaa tawakkul

You  make all things beautiful in Your  time.

Lord, please show me ev’ry day
As You’re teaching me Your way
That You do just what You say in Your time.

I am so impatient, so focused on my dunya vision of things, despairing when they don’t go the way I think they should, when they should.. .. but the reality is ..  it’s in YOUR time  Lord. .not mine!

Trusting Allah

I can’t pretend my own personal circumstances have been easy since I reverted.. but Allah has said “Do men think that they will be left alone on saying, “We believe”, and that they will not be tested? Surah 29.

We know elsewhere He has said “Be sure We shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods or lives or the fruits (of your toil); but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere. (2:155)

And.. the exciting truth is that …

He knoweth whatever there is on the earth and in the sea. Not a leaf doth fall but with His knowledge: there is not a grain in the darkness (or depths) of the earth nor anything fresh or dry (green or withered) but is (inscribed) in a Record Clear (to those who can read). (6:59)

No misfortune can happen on earth or in your souls but is recorded in a decree before We bring it into existence: that is truly easy for Allah: in order that ye may not despair over matters that pass you by … (57:22-23)

Umar Ibin Al Khattab narrated that he heard Allah’s Messenger say, “If you were to trust in Allah genuinely, He would give you provision as He does for the birds which go out hungry in the morning and come back full in the evening. Tirmidhi and Ibin Majah (sahih).

Verily the life of man is in the life of his heart and his soul. And there is no life in the heart except by knowing its creator, having love for him, worshipping him solely, turning to him in times of need, and seeking tranquillity with His remembrance. And he who loses this life has lost all good. Even if he attempts to substitute (this loss) with all that is in the world. For verily not even all of the world together would be able to replace this life. And verily for everything that a slave loses there is a substitute, but the one who loses Allah will never find anything to replace Him.” [Related by Ibn al-Qayyim in ad-Dâ’ wad-Dawâ Fasl 49]

Our Past experiences help us have emaan (faith) in our future experiences

In my reading today I came across this phrase..

“There is your Lord who provided  what you needed yesterday.  He will provide for what is to come tomorrow.”

What an incredible promise..   I’m still looking for it’s source.. but it is backed up by so many promises in the hadiths and the verses of the Qur’an.

As I look back over my life,  time and time again I can count the ways He Allah SWT has provided for my and my families needs and even our wants.    When I look at the future and the unknowns ahead of me.. what a glorious promise..   that He SWT who never changes..  Who never Slumbers or sleeps..  is the Beginning and the End..  provided for me yesterday and will provide for me tomorrow.

I may not know what my true needs are .  but I can trust Him to provide what I need..  and by being patient and saying Alhamdulllah   I will look back insha’Allah in the years to come.. and see that the issues and problems I see as insurmountable  .. will be the things I will thank Him for oneday..  in this life or insha’Allah in the life to come.

Allahu Akbar!

“And whoever relies upon Allah – then He is sufficient for him” (65:3) Allah is the  ONLY handhold that never breaks (Quran 2:256).

The Messenger of Allah (s) said: “If you trust Allah with the right kind of tawakkul, He will provide you sustenance as He provides for the birds – they go out in the morning with empty stomachs and come back in the evening with full stomachs” (Tirmidhi).

“Say, “Never will we be struck except by what Allah has decreed for us; He is our protector.” And upon Allah let the believers rely” (9:51).