How’s life?

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I ask myself. I ask this almost twice a week. And, when I think about my answers over a longtime, I see choices. I see preferences. I see a port folio that tells me exactly how I lived by far. But yesterday, my answer was my impatience.. because I heard (in the following video) that it’s too beautiful up there, It’s eternal up there, and It’s life up there in its truest sense. No one made this up, Allah SWT said so numerous times.

Some of us plan, some of us plan big.. and the big plan entails a greed. A greed to get as much as possible.. So blessed are those who plan big of Jannah with the greed to reach the highest level. A level surely makes a difference.. it’s just about how much we know about it. So, I say that it’s very easy; it’s a give and take in our crap terms.. but we really don’t understand to the extent that we should!

Anyways, back to life =) the following lecture is a treasure of beautiful information and scholarly speculations about what we can expect to have in Jannah. Sheikh Anwar Awlaki has put it in a really excellent way by using impressive articulation.

“Allah favors those who nag in supplications”

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The Prophet Muhammad PBUH said: “Allah favors those who nag in supplications”, referring to those who never tire of repeating their supplications over and over again. SubhanAllah! Allah is Great, & for sure, nothing’s more beautiful than meeting Him and nothing is more pleasant than the moments when we praise Him. The following video, may Allah SWT bless the speaker (Brother Belal Assad), while listening to it, I could not continue without tears.

Al-Mugney (The Enricher)

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I was looking out for the meanings of the 99 Asma-ul-Husna of Allah SWT, and I came across this page that talked about the benefits of memorizing the names. One of the strongest Hadeeths that supports the idea is that

Abu Huraira reported that Allah’s Messenger said: ‘There are ninety-nine names of Allah; he who commits them to memory will get into Paradise. Truly, Allah is Odd (he is One) and He loves odd numbers.” [Hadith Muslim: Book of Remembrance of All (Kitab Al-Dhikr) 6475; See also Sahih Bukhari 3.894]

Following that, it’s about satisfaction in this life, which comes from the remembrance of Allah SWT:

“.. and certainly the remembrance of Allah is the greatest, and Allah knows what you do.” [29:45]

“Those who believe, and whose hearts find satisfaction in the remembrance of Allah: for without doubt in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find satisfaction.” [13:28]

Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said: “… Beware! There is a piece of flesh in the body if it becomes good (reformed) the whole body becomes good but if it gets spoilt the whole body gets spoilt and that is the heart.” [Sahih Bukhari / Belief (Al-Eman), Volume 1, Book 2, Number 49]

So, one of the beautiful names I could relate my upS&Downs to was Al-Mugney (The Enricher). It means two things:

  1. He who enriches whom He will.
  2. He who ends the needs.

One of the related verses was verse number 48 in Surah An-Najm. So, I opened up my Mus’haf and started reading the translation and SubhanAllah, I came across these verses from Surah Najm, the 53rd in index, which talks about the fact that Revelation from Allah SWT for Prophet Muhammad PBUH is not an illusion and that He SWT is the source and goal of all things. Following versed amused, as well as amazed me:

Those who avoid great sins and indecent deeds, only (falling into) small faults – certainly, your Lord is ample in forgiveness. He knows you well when He brings you out of the earth, and when you are hidden in your mothers’ wombs. Therefore make not claims of piety; He knows best who it is that guards against evil. [32]

That man can have nothing but what he strives for; [39]
That (the fruit of) his striving will soon come in sight: [40]
Then will he be rewarded with a reward complete; [41]
That to your Lord is the final Goal; [42]
That it is He Who grants Laughter and Tears; [43]
That is He Who grants Death and Life; [44]
That He did create in pairs – male and female, [45]
From a seed when lodged (in its place); [46]
That He has promised a Second Creation (raising of the Dead); [47]
That it is He Who gives wealth and satisfaction; [48]

These verses turned out to be a sort of good news because v. 32 talks about Allah SWT’s mercy and forgiveness for those who are not perfect in their deeds (perhaps all of us). Then v. 39 confirmed that we must strive to gain anything. And that If I strive, the result must appear in form of a reward from none but Allah SWT, and that no result of my struggle can be better than what He wills. Finally, what flipped my mood was v. 43 that explicitly states that tears are from Allah SWT. I know that all good and bad comes from Allah SWT, but deep inside, I felt blessed to know that Allah SWT owns each one of our tear drops too! :>

-asalamalaikum.