Thursday, February 22, 2007

DODin'!

Assalamu alaykum
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Alhamdulilah I had an Al Kauthar charged day over the weekend! Wow what a week its been!
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Mashallah we had a brilliant Al Kauthar day! House packed, sisters fired up, knowledge flowing, we were all in gear for a day of Al Kauthar experience! Inviting some old Al Kauthar students and bringing them to meet other sisters who haven't been to the course (yet!) was a brilliant way to get personal experience from sisters together and to get them to give their own personal twist to what they found most beneficial. Not to mention the side issue of chocolate fountain and food galore, that went down well (but no mango lassi! :( ) Mashallah I cant wait to have another one!
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It left everyone on a knowledge high!
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During the DOD course we went through 7 hadith in great detail, some of the topics that the hadith touch upon are simply amazing, we went through Intentions, Hadith Jibraeel alahisalam (levels of Islam, Emaan and Ehsaan), deviant groups, signs of the hour, applications of fiqh, Pillars of Islam, 7 conditions of Shahada, Pillars of Emaan, importance of Salah, predestination and its pillars, example of the pious and impious predecessors, Bidah, and public speaking. Subhnallah it was one weekend which change all our lives.
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In the Al Kauthar day we had sisters talking about what they benefited most from. The sister who started, Mashallah a great sister from Revert2Reality. She began with what she wanted out of the weekend seminar, she didn't just want a temporary emaan bosst which normally occurs after a small talk or lecture, sh wanted something that would change her life forever. By the grace and mercy of Allah that is exactly what happened, we all were affected. She continued to talk about what affected her the most, Qadr.
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The fourth hadith we covered was and still is the most important hadith, one of which holds dear to the one who is truthful.
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Abu 'Abd al-Rahman 'Abdullah bin Mas'ud, radiyallahu 'anhu, reported: The Messenger of Allah, sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam, the most truthful, the most trusted, told us:
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"Verily the creation of any one of you takes place when he is assembled in his mother's womb; for forty days he is as a drop of fluid, then it becomes a clot for a similar period. Thereafter, it is a lump looking like it has been chewed for a similar period. Then an angel is sent to him, who breathes the ruh (spirit) into him. This Angel is commanded to write Four decrees: that he writes down his provision (rizq), his life span, his deeds, and whether he will be among the wretched or the blessed.
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I swear by Allah - there is no God but He - one of you may perform the deeds of the people of Paradise till there is naught but an arm's length between him and it, when that which has been written will outstrip him so that he performs the deeds of the people of the Hell Fire; one of you may perform the deeds of the people of the Hell Fire, till there is naught but an arm's length between him and it, when that which has been written will overtake him so that he performs the deeds of the people of Paradise and enters therein."
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[Al-Bukhari & Muslim]
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The last part of the hadith explains when Qadr overtakes a person, no matter what. There are reminders for us all here, that none of us has a guarantee, we have no guarantee, no one amongst us is guaranteed. Do you know if you are headed for Jannah or Jahanum? This is something we should contemplate upon daily, hourly, something which should be on our minds constantly, we are not guaranteed! Allah has said in the Quran, that some of us are headed for the fire! In one narration when Umar Radiatalaunhu heard this hadith he actually fainted, what impact this one hadith has, see its importance.
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Sufyan at Thawri said: Has the knowledge of Allah about you ever made you cry?
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Think about that for a moment, Allah has knowledge over everything, He knows you, He knows your actions, They is closer to you then your jugular vein! In this big wide world, we are but a speck but we are an important speck (as the beautiful sister said in her reminder) although we are a small speck upon this Earth our importance is shown in the mere fact that Allah has knowledge about us, He knows where we came fro0m, what we are doing what we have done and most importantly where we are headed!
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Has the fact that Allah already knows if we r headed for Jannah or jahanum, has that fact ever made you cry, the uncertainly of it?
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The question about the future, something we should constantly ask ourselves, which group are we from, the group for Paradise or the group for Hell!
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The hadiths are the sources of our iman (faith), knowledge, and guidance as we are taught by the Prophet, sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam. Studying and understanding the Hadiths will activate our insight (basirah), enlighten our hearts, and uplift our souls. This will by the help of Allah, lead us and keep us on the right path to the end, inshaAllah.
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Subhnallah what a course, Al Kauthar truly does enrich lives through knowledge! Miss the next one at your own peril!
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Wassalam

3 comments:

Umm Isma'eel said...

Masha'Allah sis! I couldn't agree with you more. JzkAllah khair for a beneficial day at yours. Everytime I hear and read that quote: 'Has the knowledge of Allah about you ever made you cry?' It does something to me, that truly nothing else can.

bintyaqub said...

Assalamu alaykum umm Isma'eel...

hmmmm I wounder whos hiding behind that kunya!

Jazkallah khair for everyone that came, Im so happy that I dodnt have room for all you guys at my humble abode! lol!

Subhnallah that qoute just moves your heart and jerks your tears so that they feel, feel somthing that I havent felt before. Contemplating Allah's qadr and the greatness of it and everything about Allah just leaves me in awe of His creation.

Truly we know but a little of what is in His universe, to Him belongs everything and to Him we return!

Anonymous said...

Mashallah Sis...

This is my first time visiting this site and truly it boost my Imaan.
The fact the Allah sees all we do and He is closer to me than my jugular vein indeed wants to make me cry and be very mindful of all I do.
Jazakum allahu khayran