Rediscovering your love with Allah

All of us grew up listening to how Allah (SWT) loves us abundantly.

“He loves us seventy times more than our mothers.”

“His love and mercy are there for us, even when we sin!”

There are countless such statements spoken by our elders, denoting the ceaseless affection of Our Lord for us. But, let me ask you a trick question:

How many of us reciprocate this love? Do you ever cry just because you love Allah so much?

Sadly, we are caught in the hustle of this life. The rat race going around us makes it impossible to make time for Allah (SWT). We offer Salah like we are throwing off a burden from our shoulders. We rush through our Duas, paying no heed to the words that we utter.

The state of our Imaan is despicable!

But let’s snap ourselves out of the rut. Allah (SWT) questions us in the Quran:

“Fa’ayin’a Tazhaboon?”

It seems like a common question. Yet, when you reflect on it, you will discover it is brimming with the love of Allah (SWT). He adoringly asks His servants, “so, where are you going?”

“Where are you headed to, Ali?”

“What is your destination Zaid?”

“What will you get out of it, Hamid?”

Allah wants us to pause and evaluate our condition. Good for you that you have reached your goal of becoming a doctor or a teacher. However, what’s the game plan for your future?

The Action Plan

Being a Muslim, it is our ultimate duty to serve Allah. Besides worshipping him and obliging all His commands, we should serve the creation too. Remember that Allah (SWT) does not depend on us to defend His religion.

It is for our sake that we indulge in any activities beloved to Allah (SWT). You can only do so if you love Him back. There are plenty of ways to elevate your connection with Allah (SWT). Here are a few:

  • Recite Quran daily
  • Understand Quran through Tafseer
  • Study the Seerah of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him)
  • Spend more on charity
  • Recite Adhkar
  • Make Dua

Parting Notes

Remember, Allah (SWT) knows how messed up we are. If you begin fixing the connection today, He (SWT) will value your efforts. For instance, if you can’t attend a Halaqah on-site, there are plenty of virtual options available nowadays. Enroll yourself in an online Quran class or look for someone who teaches Tafseer online. Your sincerity towards the task will help you reach credible tutors, inshaAllah.

May Allah (SWT) make us tread on the Right Path. Aameen!

 

The Prophet (PBUH) Love for Kids

Muhammad (Peace be Upon Him) – an Infinite Source of Light!

He was a man who would never curse even his deadly enemies. He has set an example of a character you can never find in the entire history of humanity.

And when it comes to his treatment towards children, one only expects kindness, gentleness, and unconditional love. Indeed, Muhammad (PBUH) was ultimately loving towards kids. Be it, children, from his family or friends, it made no difference to him.

For example:

  • Whenever children came towards him, he used to pick them up in his arms and caress them with love
  • At times, he used to put his tongue out playfully, and the kid near him would become excited
  • He used to stroke their heads and made loving prayers for them
  • When he used to lie down, he made the child sit on his chest or his feet

Apart from this general behavior, we find numerous examples in his life when he had been exceptionally kind towards children. Some of these incidents are listed below:

Interaction with the Bedouins

In many of his teachings, Prophet Muhammad (Peace be Upon Him) emphasized the importance of teaching children with kindness and compassion.

Hazrat Aisha (RA) reports that “Some Bedouin people came to the Prophet (Peace be Upon Him) and said: ‘Do you kiss your children?’ He said: ‘Yes.’ [The Bedouin] said: ‘But we, by Allah, never kiss (our children).’ The Prophet (Peace be Upon Him) said: ‘What can I do if Allah has taken away mercy from you?’”

  • Sunan ibn Majah

Treatment to the Slave Kid – Anas bin Malik (RA)

Slavery, at that time, was quite common in the Arabian society. Our beloved Prophet (Peace be Upon Him) has Anas bin Malik (RA) as his servant for ten years. He was the personal servant of Muhammad (PBUH) and served him till his death.

The devoted companion later stated that “I served the Prophet (Peace be Upon Him) at Medina for ten years. I was a boy. Every work that I did was not according to the desire of my master, but he never said to me: Uff, nor did he say to me: Why did you do this? or Why did you not do this?”

  • Sunan Abi Dawud

Reflection:  How do we treat our house help or those inferior to us? How do we react when they make a mistake?

Praised the Kids

Kids, like adults, also have sensitive self-esteem. They do not like it when someone insults or ridicules them in front of everyone. On the contrary, they love it when adults praise them and talk good of them.

A companion among the believing women called Umm Khaled narrates an incident happened to her during her childhood she still remembers. She says: “I came to the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) with my father, and I had a yellow dress on me.

The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said “Sanah, Sanah” (Sanah means nice in Ethiopian language), she said “then I went to play with the ring of the Prophet whereupon my father stopped me” then the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said “leave her” then he said to me “Wear out and consume, wear out and consume, wear out and consume (he was supplicating for her to wear more clothes and consume).”

  • Bukhari

Reflection: How often do we praise our kids or children around us? We think there is no point in praising them, so we never do it!

Allowed the Kids to Behave Childishly

There is one other famous incident. The Prophet (Peace be Upon Him) was leading the prayer. He had made the prostration extra long, and only after the prayer was completed did the congregants realize why. His grandson had actually climbed on his back while he was in the prostration and order not to disturb him, the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) waited until he was done to rise from the prostration.

  • Sunan an-Nasa’i

Reflection: What do we do if kids climb on our backs or do not let us pray? We push them away, harshly!

This is an excellent lesson for us. Children may sometimes behave irrationally. They talk about things that do not make any sense. They may make it difficult for you to carry out your routine tasks. However, this certainly doesn’t allow you to be rude towards them or scold them.

Final Thoughts

Those tiny souls will not stay little for long. You must incorporate teachings of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (Peace be Upon Him) in your tarbiyah. And when you begin following the best example, there is very little chance for your children to turn out bad people. Right?

In the end, it is not only your kids or children in your family that should be treated the Muhammad way. It is for every child you interact with! Show them mercy, love, respect, and trust. Insha’Allah, the Almighty will reward you for it. After all, you are following the Sunnah of His Beloved.

8 Rules to Memorize the Quran

Amongst all the blessings Allah (SWT) has showered upon us, the best of all is the Quran. Although we fail to realize its worth in this life, it will be evident in the Hereafter. When those who have memorized the Quran by heart will be given a crown of honor and honorable garments, their glory will be unparalleled!

It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah thWhen those who have memorized the Quran by heart will be given a crown of honor and honorable garments, their glory will be unparalleled!at the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “The Quran will come on the Day of Resurrection and will say, ‘O Lord, adorn him.’ So he will be given a crown of honor to wear. Then it will say, ‘O Lord, give him more.’ So he will be given a garment of honor.’ Then it will say, ‘O Lord, be pleased with him.’ So Allah (SWT) will be pleased with him. Then it will be reported to him, ‘Recite and advance in status, and for each verse, you will gain one more hasanah (reward for good deed).” – (Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 2915)

With that insight, it is hard to ignore the virtues of memorizing the Quran.

Have you ever been called onto the stage to receive a special prize? The crowd cheering on you and the chief guest handing you the award?

If not, imagine being in such a position. How do you feel? Fantastic, right?

Well, it’s going to be the same scenario. Except, the crowd will be huge! And the presenter would be the Most Supreme Authority. Who wouldn’t like to receive an award from Him?

So if you are capable and eager to learn the Quran by heart, you must not delay the endeavor. Here are eight rules you should follow to make the journey easy:

  1. The First Gear

For starters, you should do the following:

  • Purify your intention – you should only do it for the sake of Allah (SWT)
  • Pray – ask Allah (SWT) to honor and reward you for your hard work
  • Repent – seek forgiveness for all the sins you have committed in the past
  1. Find Your Tutor/Reader

Once you are clear on your goals, your next step is to find a reliable tutor. Be it an Online Memorization Tutor or a known scholar at the nearby Islamic Center. Make sure that the teacher is authentic, knowledgeable, and well-versed in Tajweed Rules. He/she should be capable of guiding you and pointing out your flaws.

Even though you can learn the Quran on your own too, having an authority figure makes a significant difference. For one, it keeps you away from skipping the lessons or forgetting the previously learned verses.

  1. Stick to One Specific Copy

This rule will help you master your Hifdh. Given that you are learning from the same copy, the verses will start appearing in your imagination when you recite. The form of the verses and their placement stamps in your mind. It happens because you keep looking at the copy for learning.

  1. Understand the Meaning

Allah (SWT) has sent down this Quran for implementation. Blind recitation of The Book becomes highly virtuous if you also understand the meaning. You must know the commands tied up with each verse. It is, therefore, integral to know the Quran in your mother tongue. As you can link the verse with meaning, learning becomes more manageable.

The best method of doing that is to read the meaning of your lesson verses.

  1. Apportion the Daily Lessons

Every individual varies in his/her caliber. Instead of competing with your fellows, find the pace that works for you. It could be one page, half a page, or several verses. If you are learning the Quran via an Online Hifdh Academy or an Online Memorization Tutor, they will help you find the speed that works for you.

Whatever it is, make sure you are consistent with learning. Do not falter from the fixed lesson amount.

And to ensure that happens, follow the next rule –

  1. Master Every Lesson

It is useless to move onto the next session if you do not master the last one.  If you have started this journey, do not let the enthusiasm die with time. Make it your business to recite it throughout the day. One trick of making it doable is to fix a particular portion in each Salah. Plus, make it a rule not to move on to the next lesson unless the present one is fully memorized.

  1. Loud Voice

You may feel awkward initially, but reciting in a loud voice really helps. When your voice falls onto your eardrums, you start learning verses in a better way.

Make sure you do not recite so loud that people around you get irritated. Keep your pitch moderate. For instance, if you have joined an online memorization class, your voice should be loud enough for the tutor to hear. And when you are reciting on your own, it should be hearable to your ears.

Reciting silently takes time, but when you read your lesson aloud, you will learn better.

  1. Devote Time

As mentioned earlier, don’t let the enthusiasm blow away with time. You are treading onto a noble mission. You must allow a considerable amount of time to it. The time after Fajr and Maghrib is the best. Students of knowledge study their lessons at this time, and it brings brilliant results.

Try it out. You will definitely feel the difference.

The Bottom Line

In the end, it is vital to mention that the golden period of memorization is five until twenty-three years. Yet, it certainly does not mean that you cannot stride onto this mission later. As the adage goes, if there is a will, there is a way.

No matter which age bracket you belong to, you can be a Hafidh! All you need is devotion and follow all the rules.

We hope you will win the glorious crown and garments on Resurrection Day, insha’Allah!