Contemplate and be Thankful

Remember the favours of Allah upon you and how they surround you from above and below – indeed from every direction.
” And if you would count the graces of Allah , never could you be able to count the”  [Qur’an 14:34]

Health, safety , nourishment, clothing , air and water – these all point to the world being yours , yet you do not realize it, You possess all that life has to offer , yet remain ignorant .

“He has completed and perfected His Graces upon you , [both] apparent [ i.e Islamic Monotheism . and the lawful pleasures of this world including health , good looks , etc ] and hidden [ i.e one’s faith in Allah , guidance for doing righteous deeds and also the pleasures and delights of the Hereafter in Paradise , etc”  [Qur’an 31:20]

You have at your disposal two eyes , a tongue , lips , two hands , and two legs .

“Then which of the blessings of your Lord will you both [Jinns and men] deny?”   Qur’an 55:13

Can You picture yourself walking without feet? Should You take it lightly that you slumber soundly while misery hinders the sleep of many ? Should you forget that you fill yourself with both delicious dishes and cool water while the pleasure of good food and drink is impossible for some , due to sickness and disease? Consider the faculties  of hearing and seeing with which you have been endowed. Look at your healthy skin and be grateful that you have been saved from diseases that attack it .

Would you sell your ability to hear and see for the weight of Mount Uhud in gold , or your ability to speak for huge castles? You have been given abundant favors , yet you feign ignorance , Not withstanding warm bread , cool water , easy sleep , and good health , you remain despondent and depressed . You think about what  you do not have and are ungrateful for what you have been given You are troubled by a loss in wealth , yet you have the key to happiness and many blessings. Contemplate and Be thankful .

“And also in your ownselves [ are signs ] , will you not then see?” [ Qur’an 51:21]

Reflect upon yourself , your family, your friends , and the entire world that is around you .

“They recognize the grace Of Allah , Yet they deny it.” [ Qur’an  16:83]

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O Allah!

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Whosoever is in the heavens and on earth begs Him. Every day He has matter to bring forth (such as giving honor to some, disgrace to some, life to some, death to some, etc)!  [Qur’an 55:29]

When there is a violent storm and the seas are turbulent, the occupants of the boat call out, ‘O Allah!’

When the camel-driver and the caravan are lost in the desert, they call out, ‘O Allah!’

When disaster and calamity occur, the afflicted call out , ‘O Allah!’

When doors are shut before those who seek to enter through them and barriers are placed before those who are in need – they all cry out , ‘O Allah!’

To Allah ascend all good words, the sincere supplication, the tears of the innocent , and the invocations of the afflicted. Hands and eyes are extended to Him in times of hardship and misfortune. The tongue chants , cries out, and mentions His name. ‘How Perfect He is , the Exalted.’

Allah is very Gracious and Kind to His slaves. (Qur’an 42:19)

Allah is the most beautiful of names, the truest combination of letters, and the most precious of words.

“Do you of any that is similar to Him” ? (There is nothing like unto Him and He is the All- Hearer , All- Seer ( Quran 19:65)

We seek refuge in from fearing anything except you, from depending upon anyone except upon you, from putting our full trust in anyone excepting you, and from invoking anyone other that You. You are the Supreme Patron and Excellent Protector.

Free a Believing Slave

Free a Believing Slave

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The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Whoever frees a believing slave, Allah will free all of his limbs from the Fire because of that, so He will free an arm for an arm, a leg for a leg…” [Ahmad]

When Ali ibn al-Husayn Zain al-Aabideen heard that Saeed ibn Mirjaanah narrated this hadith on the authority of Abu Hurayrah (radi Allahu anhu), he asked him for confirmation: “Did you hear this from Abu Hurayrah?” Saeed said: “Yes.” Ali ibn al-Husayn called for a slave of his, who was the best of his slaves, saying, “Call Matraf.” When Matraf came to him, he said: “Go. You are free for the sake of Allah.” According to Imaam Muslim, this slave who was set free by Ali ibn al-Husayn had been bought for a price of ten thousand dirhams.

Slavery was an ancient practice popular all over the world. Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) encouraged us to treat slaves well and to free them (believing slaves taking precedence), by promising us plenty of compensation in return. The deeds of the righteous generations show us the depth of their belief in Allah’s promises.