Ar-Rahmaan Ar-Raheem

The Extremely Merciful, the Especially Merciful.

The One Who cares for us, listens to us, answers our prayers, provides for us, nourishes us, strengthens us, gives us and blesses us.

The One Who removes from us our hardships, covers our flaws, comforts us, appreciates our efforts and magnifies our rewards.

The Most Merciful, Most Compassionate, Most Kind, Most Beneficent, Most Gracious.

and My Mercy encompasses all things

Quran Al-A’raaf (The Heights) 7:156

Al-‘Imraan 3:30

If Allah did not love us, He would have left us with the consequences of our actions.

If Allah did not love us, He would not have made His warnings clear and the description of His punishment so vivid and terrifying.

But His warnings never overpower the message and reminders of His Mercy. His Nearness. His Love.

If Allah did not love us, He would not have guided us. He would not have called us to His Forgiveness. To the tranquility that comes with His Remembrance. And the pleasures, delights, blessings that He has prepared for us in this life and in Paradise.

and Allah warns you to be cautious of His punishment; and Allah is full of Kindness to His slaves

Knowledge is the Goodness of this World

Al-Hasan said regarding the verse [al-Baqarah 2:201], “Our Lord! Give us in this world that which is good!”: It is knowledge and worship; “and in the Hereafter that which is good”: It is Paradise. Ibn al-Qayyim said, This is from the best explanations of this verse. Indeed, the greatest of the goodness of this world is beneficial knowledge and good actions. [Miftah dar as-Sa’ada Vol 1/102/397] Because of the importance of knowledge, Allah commanded His Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) to seek more of it. Allah says, “and say: ‘My Lord! Increase me in knowledge’” [Ta-Ha 20:114] Ibn Hajar commented that this is a clear proof of the excellence of knowledge. This is because Allah did not order the Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) to request for an increase in anything except for knowledge. [Fath al-Bari 1/141]

The best of us

Who is the best of us? To answer that, Abdullah ibn Amr reported, that the Messenger of Allah s.a.w. (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), said, The best of you are those with the best character” (Sahih Bukhari 3366; Muttafaqun Alayhi). In another narration, Aisha reported: The Messenger of Allah s.a.w. said, Verily, the believers with the most complete faith are those with the most excellent character and who are most kind to their family” (Sunan At-Tirmidhi 2612; Sahih). Such is the importance of upright character, that the Prophet of Allah s.a.w. himself said, “Verily, I have only been sent to perfect righteous character” (Musnad Aḥmad 8729; Sahih). From these ahaadith we can understand why Ibn Al-Qayyim said, “The religion itself is entirely good character, so whoever surpasses you in character has surpassed you in religion” (Madārij al-Sālikīn 2/294).

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Not A One-Way Street

In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Especially Merciful

As Muslims, sometimes we have this ‘formal’ relationship with Allah. We fulfill His obligatory commands; we avoid major sins; we call upon him with the same du’as that we’ve been supplicating with since young, and things never really progress from there. However, being Muslim entails a love for Allah that makes us look forward to knowing Him, pleasing Him, and finally meeting Him in the aakhirah. So how do we attain such love and feel near to Allah? How can we taste the sweetness of faith? And how are we able to trust Him no matter what circumstancewe’re in? These happen when, and only when, we have a strong relationship with our Lord.

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