The one who is wise, rich, near and dear to Allah

Abu Khaithama narrated to us, saying: Jareer reported to us from Qaaboos on the authority of Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allah be pleased with him): When speaking to his Lord, prophet Musaa (upon him be peace) said, ‘My Lord, which of Your slaves is the most beloved to You?’ He said, ‘The ones who remember Me the most.’ He then asked, ‘Which of Your slaves is the wisest?’ He replied, ‘The one who judges himself in the same way he judges others.’ He then said, ‘My Lord, which of Your slaves is the richest?’ He said, ‘The one who is pleased with what I have given him.'” – Kitab al-‘Ilm by al-Hāfidh Abū Khaithama (may Allah have mercy on him)

Al-Mulk 67:1-2

Blessed, exalted is He
who holds all control in His hand
who in His Hand is the dominion
power
authority
and He is over all things
able
competent.
Who created death
and life
so that He may test you
who among you
is indeed
– not most, but –
best in deed
excellent in action
beautiful in character
and He is
the All-Mighty
the Exalted
Most Honorable
the One
deserving of our
best
worship
But if we fall short
If we falter
Know –
that He is
the Oft-Forgiving
the Most Forgiving.

“Blessed is He in Whose Hand is the dominion, and He is Able to do all things. Who has created death and life, that He may test you, which of you is best in deed. And He is the All-Mighty, the Oft-Forgiving.”

Far but not forgotten

O Allah, help our brothers and sisters all over the globe. O Allah, have mercy on those who have passed. Heal the sick. Help the needy. Feed the hungry. Clothe the destitute. Lift up the oppressed. Make firm their feet. Strengthen their resolve. Increase them in faith.

Help them. O Allah help them. O Allah, they have no helper other than You. And You are the Best Protector and the Best Supporter. O Allah, You are more Merciful to them than us. So have mercy on them. And forgive us. Accept from us. And join us with them, and those who You love, in Your Gardens of Peace.

The best deeds

Illustrated by @nablinsky

The Messenger of Allah peace and blessings be upon him (pbuh) said in the following narrations:

  • “Do good deeds properly, sincerely and moderately and know that your deeds will not make you enter Paradise, and that the most beloved deed to Allah is the most regular and constant even if it were little.” (al-Bukhari 6464)
  • “The most beloved of deeds according to Allah are the prayer in its earliest time, then to treat the parents in an excellent manner, and then jihad (striving) in the path of Allah.” (al-Bukhari 2630; Muslim 85)
  • “The most beloved of deeds to Allah is that you die and yet your tongue is still moist from the remembrance of Allah.” (Ibn Hibban 918)
  • “There is nothing heavier in the scales of the Hereafter than good character.” (at-Tirmidhi 2002)
  • “The best of all deeds is to have faith in Allah alone, then jihad and then an accepted Hajj; they surpass all other deeds like the distance between the rising and setting of the sun.” (al-Mu’jam al-Kabīr 17227)
  • “The best of all deeds is that you bring happiness to your Muslim brother, pay off his debt or feed him bread.” (al-Asbahani 1/214, hasan according to al-Albani)

Bloom

Sometimes I catch myself wishing that I was a child again. Wide-eyed, young, unburdened by my mistakes and without sin. But if I hadn’t grown, I would never have known my Lord. My Kind, Loving, Generous Lord. His Love. His Forgiveness. His Mercy – its vastness, its depth. And for this, I am so grateful.

My Merciful Lord. So many times I’ve stumbled, grumbled, and forgotten His favours. Sinning with the very blessings He has given me. Yet He is always with me, guiding me, showering me with His Blessings, embracing me in His Grace. And for all of this, I am so grateful.

I want to do better, be better.

peace and blessings be upon him

Our Lord says about Prophet Muhammad, may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, that surely, he is indeed on an excellent standard of character (68:4). Allah has not sent our Prophet except as a mercy to all the worlds (21:107). Some of his qualities are described in this verse: “Surely, there has come to you, from among yourselves, a Messenger. He feels it very hard on him if you face a hardship (i.e. your suffering distresses him); he is very anxious for your welfare (i.e. he is deeply concerned for you), and towards the faithful he is very kind, full of mercy” (9:128). So take the Prophet as your example, for Allah has said, “There is indeed, in the Messenger of Allah, an excellent role model for you, you who hope for (the Meeting with) Allah and the Last Day, and remembers Allah with much remembrance.” (33:21)

Al-Hijr 15:49

The Forgiver
The Oft-Forgiving
The Most Forgiving
The Repeatedly Forgiving
The One Who loves to forgive
The One Who covers our flaws
The One Who erases our mistakes
as though they were never there
The One Who replaces our bad deeds
with good deeds when we repent
The One Who continuously accepts repentance
The One Who is Most Merciful to His servants
The One Whose Mercy exceeds everything.

“Tell My servants that I am indeed Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.”

Indeed those who believe and do good…

be it male or female (4:124), Allah will guide them because of their faith (10:9), answer their prayers and increase for them from His bounty (42:26). Allah will certainly absolve them of their sins (29:7) and admit them among the righteous (29:9). They are the best of creation (98:7) and will have the highest of ranks (20:75). Allah will bestow for them affection (19:96) and admit them into His Mercy. For them is forgiveness, a generous provision and a great, never-ending reward (5:9; 22:50; 34:4; 3:57; 18:2; 35:7; 41:8, 95:6). Their efforts will not be denied nor discounted (21:94), and they will not fear injustice nor deprivation (20:112). That is the absolute triumph (45:30).

Joy awaits them and an excellent place of return (13:29). Paradise (7:42). Lofty dwellings with cool shade, flowing rivers, as entertainment and accommodation (4:57; 10:9; 18:107; 22:14; 22:56; 29:58; 31:8; 47:12). For them is whatever they wish for (42:22). They will have pure spouses, and be adorned with bracelets of gold and pearl, and their garments will be of silk (4:57; 22:23). They will abide therein, forever (2:25; 7:42; 2:82; 4:122). Indeed, all these, for those who have believed and done good.

Removed from their hearts is any bitterness or ill feeling, and they will say, “All praise and thanks be to Allah, who has guided us to this. Had Allah not guided us, we would never have found the way.” (7:43)

re:

Another day
to reflect,
and regret,
and repent,
and return,
and recover,
and rediscover,
and refocus,
and reform,
and remember Him,
and respond to Him,
and rejoice.

Anas ibn Malik reported: The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said, “Do good deeds in the time that you have and take advantage of the moments of gentle breeze from the mercy of Allah. Verily, Allah has moments of gentle breeze from His mercy that He sends upon whomever He wills among His servants. Ask Allah to cover your faults and protect you from your anxieties.” (al-Mu’jam al-Kabir 719; Hasan)

benefit

Ibn Umar reported: The Prophet pbuh said, “The most beloved people to Allah are those who are most beneficial to the people.” (al-Muʻjam al-Awsat by al-Tabarani 6192). He also narrated that the Prophet pbuh said, “There is a tree among the trees which is similar to a Muslim (in goodness) and that is the date palm tree.” (Muslim 6747)

The scholars explained that the Muslim was likened to the date palm tree due to the abundance of its goodness, including but not limited to the continuity of its shade, the goodness of its fruit, its presence and the beauty of its growth throughout the year. It is amazing that from the time the date fruit emerges, it can continue to be eaten until it dries, and after it dries a lot of benefits are gained from it. Likewise from its leaves, wood, branches and even the date stone; they are used for firewood, rods, mats, ropes and fodder among other things.

Just as the believers are to be all good, from the abundance of their obedience to the nobility of their manners. They constantly pray, fast, recite the Quran, give in charity, join the ties of kinship, help the needy and oppressed as well as perform other acts of worship that not only benefit themselves and bring them closer to their Creator but also benefit those around them (adapted from an-Nawawi’s commentary of the hadith).