Islamic quotes, poems, anecdotes, stories.


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Mar 26, 2010

Please paste here Islamic quotes, stories, poems and anecdotes that you have read/heard, and it resulted in boosting your imaan or/and making you think and reflect.

P.S -- This thread is not open to discussions and debates. There are million other threads where debates and discussion is going on and you can open million others if you want to debate/discuss issues. Please let this thread be about inspiring each other and encouraging each other.

Jazak Allah Khair.
"The believer speaks little, but does much.
And the hypocrite talks a lot, but does little.
The believer's speech is wisdom,
his silence is contemplation,
his gaze is pondering,
his actions are righteous.
So if this is your state, you shall perpetually be in worship"

- Fudayl bin Iyyad
Imam Ahmad was told:
“Over looking people’s faults is 9/10ths of good character”
He responded:
“Rather, it is 10/10ths”
Imam Ghazali tells a story of a man walking in the jungle. A roaring lion ran towards him and the man ran as fast as he could to escape from it. He noticed a well in front of him and he jumped inside hoping to escape from the lion. As he was falling inside the well, he grabbed onto the rope and saved himself. The man was so relieved but when he looked down he saw a big snake at the bottom of the well. It had its jaws wide open ready to swallow him up. The man then looked up and saw two mice nibbling at the rope. A black mouse and a white were both chewing into the rope. The scary lion was still prowling outside the well. The man’s heart was pounding as he wondered how he could escape from this. Then he noticed a honeycomb in front of him which had delicious honey dripping from it. He stuck his finger into the honey and put it inside his mouth. It was delicious and for a moment he forgot about the lion, the snake and the two mice chewing at the rope.

Imam Ghazali explained that the lion is like the angel of death which is always looming above us.
The snake was like his grave which all humans will face.
The black mouse and white mouse were like the day and night which is always nibbling at our life (the rope).
The honey was like this dunya and with its sweetness makes us forget the purpose of our life and the reality of death.
Imam Ghazali tells a story of a man walking in the jungle. A roaring lion ran towards him and the man ran as fast as he could to escape from it. He noticed a well in front of him and he jumped inside hoping to escape from the lion. As he was falling inside the well, he grabbed onto the rope and saved himself. The man was so relieved but when he looked down he saw a big snake at the bottom of the well. It had its jaws wide open ready to swallow him up. The man then looked up and saw two mice nibbling at the rope. A black mouse and a white were both chewing into the rope. The scary lion was still prowling outside the well. The man’s heart was pounding as he wondered how he could escape from this. Then he noticed a honeycomb in front of him which had delicious honey dripping from it. He stuck his finger into the honey and put it inside his mouth. It was delicious and for a moment he forgot about the lion, the snake and the two mice chewing at the rope.

Imam Ghazali explained that the lion is like the angel of death which is always looming above us.
The snake was like his grave which all humans will face.
The black mouse and white mouse were like the day and night which is always nibbling at our life (the rope).
The honey was like this dunya and with its sweetness makes us forget the purpose of our life and the reality of death.

what a beautiful story mashAllah
From Ghunyat-ut-Talibeen of Shaykh ‘Abdul-Qaadir al-Jeelaani rahimahullaah

Al-Hasan al-Basri (may Allah bestow His mercy upon him)] said:

“What a bad servant [of the Lord] is he! I am speaking of a servant who fits the following description:

1. He asks for forgiveness (maghfirah), while he is actively engaged in sinful disobedience (ma’siya).

2. He behaves in a humbly submissive manner, so that he may be credited with loyalty (amana), but he is only pretending, to hide his disloyalty (khiyanah).

3. He forbids what is wrong, but does not refrain from it himself.

4. He enjoins what is right, but does not act upon his own instructions.

5. If he gives, he does so very stingily, and if he withholds, he offers no apology.

6. If he is in the best of health, he feels secure, but if he falls sick, he becomes remorseful.

7. If he is impoverished, he feels sad, and if he gets rich, he is subject to temptation.

8. He hopes for salvation, but does not act accordingly.

9. He is afraid of punishment, but takes no precautions against it.

10. He wishes to receive more benefit, but he does not give thanks [for what he has received].

11. He likes the idea of spiritual reward, but he does not practice patience.

12. He expedites sleep and postpones fasting”
Ten Things We Waste

Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah

1. Knowledge: Wasted when not taking action with it.

2. Actions: Wasted when we do anything without sincerity. Intentions count.

3. Wealth: Wasted when used on things that will not bring us âjr (reward). We waste our money, our status, our authority, on things that have no benefit in this life or in âkhirah (the Hereafter).

4. Hearts: Wasted when empty from the love of Allah, and the longing for Him/Her/it, and devoid of peace and contentment.

5. Bodies: Wasted when we don't use them in ibâdah (worship) and service of Allah in serving humankind.

6. Love: Wasted when our emotional love is misdirected, not towards Allah, but towards something/someone else.

7. Time: Wasted when not used properly, by not doing what is righteous.

8. Intellect: Wasted on things that are detrimental to society and the individual, not in contemplation or reflection.

9. Service: Wasted when in service of someone who will not bring us closer to Allah.

10. Dhikr: Wasted when it does not affect our hearts.
There was a pious man among the Banu Israel who always remained busy in the worship of Allah. A group of people came to him and told him that a tribe living nearby worshipped a tree. The news upset him, and with an axe on his shoulder he went to cut down that tree.

On the way, Satan met him in the form of an old man and asked him where he was going. He said he was going to cut a particular tree. Satan said, “You have nothing to be concerned with this tree, you better mind your worship and do not give it up for the sake of something that does not concern you.” “This is also worship,” retorted the worshipper. Then Satan tried to prevent him from cutting the tree, and there followed a fight between the two, in which the worshipper overpowered the Satan. Finding himself completely helpless, Satan begged to be excused, and when the worshipper released him, he again said, “Allah has not made the cutting of this tree obligatory on you. You do not lose anything if you do not cut it. If its cutting were necessary, Allah could have got it done through one of his many Prophets.” The worshipper insisted on cutting the tree. There was again a fight between the two and again the worshipper overpowered the Satan.

“Well listen,” said Satan, “I propose a settlement that will be to your advantage.” The worshipper agreed, and Satan said, “You are a poor man, a mere burden on this earth. If you stay away from this act, I will pay you three gold coins everyday. You will daily find them lying under your pillow. By this money you can fulfil your own needs, can oblige your relative, help the needy, and do so many other virtuous things. Cutting the tree will be only one virtue, which will ultimately be of no use because the people will grow another tree.” This proposal appealed to the worshipper, and he accepted it.

He found the money on two successive days, but on the third day there was nothing. He got enraged, picked up his axe and went to cut the tree. Satan as an old man again met him on the way and asked him where he was going. “To cut the tree,” shouted the worshipper. “I will not let you do it,” said Satan. A fight took place between the two again but this time Satan had the upper hand and overpowered the worshipper. The latter was surprised at his own defeat, and asked the former the cause of his success. Satan replied, “At first, your anger was purely for earning the pleasure of Allah, and therefore Almighty Allah helped you to overpower me, but now it has been partly for the sake of the gold coins and therefore you lost.”

From the book Ihyaa’ Uloom Ud Deen
Abu Hurayrah, radhiallahu `anhu said,

“If anyone has five things then he will not be deprived of five others.

1. He who is enabled to show gratitude will never be deprived of increase of blessings.

2. He who is guided to persevere will not be deprived of reward.

3. One who is inspired to repent will not be deprived of its acceptance,

4. One who is enabled to seek forgiveness will not be deprived of receiving pardon.

5. He who is spurred to make supplication is not deprived of an answer.”
It's one of the greatest sins and yet it's something we do day after day. Sometimes we don't even realise it. You're just chatting away with your friends and you begin to talk about somebody else. Our whole lives are based around 'Home and Away' and 'Neighbours', soaps based on lying, backbiting etc. But look at what the Prophet peace be upon Him said about it:

The Prophet peace be upon Him was sitting with his companions one day and one of them was speaking badly about someone who wasn't there. As the man got up to leave the Prophet peace be upon Him said to him: "Pick Your Teeth!" "But I haven't eaten anything," the man protested. "No," the Prophet peace be upon Him said "You have eaten the flesh of your dead brother".

As Allah tells us in the Qur'an:
"Would any of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? No, you would hate it."
[surah al-Hujurat; 49:12]

But What If It's True?!

The Prophet peace be upon Him told us:

"Backbiting is to say something about someone they wouldn't like said about them....If what bad you said about them is true, then you have backbited and if it is false then you have slandered them."

If you're still not convinced of how big a sin backbiting really is, then look at the punishment Allah has in store for the backbiters. The Prophet peace be upon Him described:

"On the night of mirage I passed by some people who had metal hooks in their hands and were clawing at their faces and their necks with them. I asked Gabriel 'Who were these people?' He said 'These are the people who eat the flesh of human beings and disgrace them'
[Abu Dawud].

This is how big a sin backbiting is looked upon and yet we continue to backbite without a second thought. Next time you lie, talk about somebody, remember Allah (subhanahu wa Ta'ala) and the Prophet peace be upon Him and put them in front of you before you speak.
Imaam Ash-Shaafi'ee (rahimahullaah) said:
"When one desires to talk, then it is upon him to think before he speaks.
If there is beneficial good in what he will say, then he should speak.
And if he has doubt about that, then he must not speak until he clears that doubt (by making his speech good)."
Once at the time of Hajj, there was a gathering in Mecca of some friends of Allah [pious muslims are termed as Wali of Allah or friends of Allah]; the youngest among whom was Junaid Baghdadi. In that gathering, there was a discussion on the subject of 'Love for Allah' and as to who is the lover of Allah. Many of them expressed their views on the subject, but Junayd kept quiet. He was pressed to say something.

With His head bowed down and tears in His eyes, he said, "The lover of Allah is he who forgets His ownself, remains engaged in Allah's remembrance with due regard to all its requirements; sees Allah with the eyes of His heart, which is burnt by the heat of Allah's fear; Allah's remembrance affects Him like a cup of wine, He speaks the word of Allah as if Al-Mighty Allah speaks through His mouth; if He moves, He does so under the command of Allah; He gets peace of mind only throughthe obedience of Allah; and when such a stage is reached, His eating, drinking, sleeping, awakening and, in short, all His actions are for the pleasure of Allah; He neither pays heed to the worldly customs, nor does He attach any importance to unfriendly criticism by people."
Just wanted to share a naat which was written by the great saint of Golra Sharif, Pir Meher Ali Shah (RA) when he had the blessing of seeing nabi-e-rehmat shafi-e-ummat (salallahu alayhi wasalaam) in a dream. He was travelling to Madina Sharif and on the way he stopped but he did not pray Sunnat ghayr e mukkadah and that was when he dozed off and was blessed with the sight of seeing Mustafa Jaan e rehmat in a dream. This shows how pious these great friends of Allah were that the Muhammad-e-mustafa came to him in a dream to question him on why he had missed Sunnats for which there is no sin to miss.

It' a punjabi naat known as "Aj sik Mitran di vadheri" read very beautifully by Owais Raza Qadri.

Mashallah a very beautiful naat written by Pir Meher Ali Shah (RA).
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"This religion has been made easy, so you should approach it in a gentle and easy way. Anyone who approaches this religion in a hard or violent way will surely be defeated."
Prophet Muhammad [s.a.w]
Slmz, there is a thread which exists 'Islamic poems,sayings,inspirations,etc'
I think the 2 threads should be merged. Jazakallah

Walaikum salam. Insha Allah a mod will do the needful. Jazak Allah.
A story is told about a King in Africa who had a close friend that he grew up with. The friend had a habit of looking at every situation that ever occurred in his life (positive or negative) by remarking, "This is good, Allah Almighty knows best"

One day the King and his friend were out on a hunting expedition. The friend would load and prepare the guns for the King. The friend had apparently done something wrong in preparing one of the guns, for after taking the gun from his friend, the King fired it and his thumb was blown off.

Examining the situation the friend remarked as usual, "This is good! Allah Almighty knows best."

To which the King replied, "No, this is NOT good!" and ordered his soldiers to put his friend into jail.

About a year later, the King was hunting in an area that he should have known to stay clear of. Cannibals captured the King and took him to their village. They tied his hands, stacked some wood, set up a stake and bound him to the stake.

As they came near to set fire to the wood, they noticed that the King was missing a thumb. Being superstitious, they never ate anyone who was less than whole. So after untying the King, they chased him out of the village.

When the King reached his Palace, he was reminded of the event that had taken his thumb and felt remorse for his treatment of his friend. He went immediately to the jail to speak with his friend.

"You were right" the King said, "It was good that my thumb was blown off." And he proceeded to tell the friend all that had just happened. "I am very sorry for sending you to jail for so long. It was bad for me to do this."

"No," his friend replied, "this is good...Allah Almighty knows best"

"What do you mean, 'this is good'! How could it be good that I sent my friend to jail for a year?"

The King's friend replied: "Remember that the Almighty knows best and if I had NOT been in jail, I would have been with you on that hunting trip."

"He knows what is before them and what is behind them: And to Allah go back all questions (for decision)"
Qur'an: Surah Al Hajj 22:76

Do Not Judge Things or Events by its Immediate Outcome!

Although the decisions of Allah Ta'alah may seem harsh to us, they are full of wisdom.
... and there goes the thread.

It was nice while it lasted. Thanks 10sion.

Did i say something wrong? i shared a poem which inspired me and strengthened my imaan. If i did, i apologise, Allah knows best.
A Tasbih is used to keep count of dhikr. It is usually made up of 100 beads which are held together in a necklace form by a thread. As long as the tasbih remains in its original form, it can be used for doing good deeds. However, what happens if the thread rips? The beads fall all over the place and create a mess. Similar is the example of this ummah. As long as the Muslims remain united together, good results will come out of them. However, as soon as they are divided, they will create a big mess, which is clearly visible in these days.
“Four traits lift a person to the highest ranks, even if their works and knowledge are little:

(1) Forbearance (hilm)

(2) Humility (tawadu`)

(3) Generosity (sakha’)

(4) Good character (husn al-khuluq)–and this is the perfection of faith.” - Imam Al-Ghazali
“Deeds without sincerity are like adding dirt to water then carrying it. It weighs it down and does not benefit the carrier!”
Imam Ibn Qayyim al Jawziyya.
“There are certain verses in the Quran which convey injunctions similar to the following: 'Kill them wherever you find them.' (2:191)
Referring to such verses, there are some who attempt to give the impression that Islam is a religion of war and violence. This is total untrue. Such verses relate in a restricted sense, to those who have unilaterally attacked the Muslims. The above verse does not convey the general command of Islam.
“Some Westerners... have argued that the West does not have problems with Islam but only with violent Islamist extremists. Fourteen hundred years of history demonstrate otherwise.”
"Do you know what is better than charity and fasting and prayer? It is keeping peace and good relations between people, as quarrels and bad feelings destroy mankind."
It is better to sit alone than in company with the bad, and it is better still to sit with the good than alone.

- Muhammad (PBUH)
Prophet Muhammad(PBUH) said,"That which is lawful is plain and that which is unlawful is plain and between the two of them are doubtful matters about which not many people know. Thus he who avoids doubtful matters clears himself in regard to his religion and his honor, but he who falls into doubtful matters falls into that which is unlawful..."
Hadrat Ali R.A ke farameen

1. Wo Gunah Jis Ka Tumhein Ranj Ho, Allah k Nazdeeq us Nayki se Behtar hai
Jis se Tum main Ghuroor Paida Ho jaye”.

2. Koshish Karo K tum dunia main Raho Dunia Tum me Na rahy Qiyon k kashti jab tak pani main hoti hay taerti hai aur jab pani kashti main aa jata ha to Doob Jati hay.

3. Kisi ne Imam Ali (as) se poocha: “Dost aur bhai main kya farq hai?”
Aap (as) ne farmaya: “Bhai sona hai aur dost heera hai.” Us aadmi ne kaha:
“Aap ne bhai ko kam qeemat aur dost ko qeemti cheez se kyun tashbeeh di?”
To aap (as)ne farmaya: “Sone main agar darar aa jaye to us ko pighla kar bilkul pehlay jaisa banaya ja sakta hai. Jab ke heeray main aik darar aa jai to wo kabhi bhi pehlay jaisa nahi ban sakta.

4. Ager kisi ka zarf azmana ho to usko ziada izzat do! Wo Aala zaraf hoa to ap ko aur izat day ga! aur kam zarf hoa to khud ko ala zarf sumjhey ga!

5. Imam Ali A.S Ka Farman Hay:- “Bura Dost Koely Ki Manind Hay Agr Jalta Hoga To Apko Jala Dega aur Agr Bujha Hoga To Ap K Hath Kale Kr Dega”

6. Logon Ki Zaroraton Ka Tum Se Wabasta Hona Tum Per Allah Ki Enayat Hain!.

7. Hazrat Imam Ali (as) ne eid k din ro ro k bura haal kar liya.Naye kapre na pehne aur sookhi roti khane lagey. Kisi ne poocha k aaj to EID hai aap ne koi tayyari nahi ki. Aap ne farmaya k eid to unki hai jinko ALLAH SUBHAN-A-HU- WA TAALA ne muaf kar dia.

8. Imam Ali (as) ne Farmaya:- Apne Dushman Ko 1000 Dafa Moqa Do K Wo Tumhara Dost Ban Jaaye Per Apne Dost Ko 1 Bhi Moqa Na Do K Wo Tumhara Dushman Banay.

9. Jub meri Dua kabol ho tu mein khush hota houn k is main meri marzi hai aur
Jub kabol na ho tu mein aur khush hota houn k ye ALLAh ki marzi hai

10. IKHTIYAR, TAAQAT aur DOULAT aisi cheezain hain jin k milnay say log
badaltay nahin BAYNAQAB hotay hain

11. Agar tum kisi ko chota dekh rahe ho, to tum use door se dekh rahe ho! Ya phir gharoor se dekh rahe ho!

12. Sab se bara gunah wo he jo karne walay ki nazar me chota ho!

13. Mujhe Jannat se ziada Masjid mein bethna Acha Lagta hai kyunke,Jannat mein mera NAFS khush ho ga jab ke Masjid mein mera RAB khush ho ga.

14. Main Jannat K Shouq Main ebadat Nahe Kerta, K Ye Ebadat Nahe Tijarat Hay! Main Dozakh K Khouf Say Ebadat Nahe Kerta, K ye Ebadat Nahe.Ghulami Hai!. Main Ebadat Sirf Is Liye Kerta hon, K Mera RuB ebadat K LayeQ Hai.

15. Aik Shakhs Ne Hazrat Imam Ali (as) Sey Poocha? Question: Qharib Kya Hai?
A: Qyamat. Q: Or Qhareeb Ter? A: Maut. Q: Ajeeb Kya HAi? A: Duniya. Q: Aur Ajeeb Tar?
A: Talib-e-Duniya. Q: Wajib Kya Hai? A: Toba. Q: Or Wajib Tar? A: Gunah K Forun Bad Toba.
Q: Mushkil Kya Hai? A: Qaber Mein Utrna. Q: Our Mushkil Tar? A: Amal K Bagair Utrna.

16. . Apni zuban ki tezi us per mat azmao jis ne tumhen bolna sekhaya. Yaani MaaBaap ka Adab karo!

17. Do cheezein saari zindagi kaam ayengi: 1: Ghussay ki halat mein koi faisla mat karo! 2 : Khushi ki haalat mein koi wada mat kro!

18. Insaan Bhi kitna Ajeeb Hy, Jab kisi Cheez se Darta Hy to Us se Dour Bhagta Hay. Jab ALLAH Sy Darta Hy to Us k aur Qhreeb Ho Jata Hai!.

19. Dunya Daron ki Sohbat ikhtyar Na karo Q K Agar tu Tang-dast huwa to ye tujhe Chorh Denge Aur agar to Dolat-mand huwa to Tujh se Hasad karen gay.

20. Acha Dost Kitni Dafa Hi Kiyon Na Rooth Jaye Usay Mana Lena Chahiye! Kiyon K Tasbi K Daney Kitni Dafa Hi Kiyon Na Bikhrein Chun Liye Jate Hain.

21. Yeh na socho k ALLAH dua foran qabool kyun nahi karta, yeh shukar karo k ALLAH hamaray gunaahon ki saza foran nahi deta.

22. Charr Batain Elim Ka NIchour Hain, 1.) ALlah Ki Itni Ebadat Karo Jitni Tumhain ALLAH Ki Zaroret Hay!.2.) ALlah Ki Nafermani Itni Karo Jitna Allah K Azaab Per Saber Ker Saktey Ho!.
Dunya K Liye Itna Amal KAro Jitna K Tumhain Dunya Main Rehna Hai,, Aakhrat K Liye Itna AMal Karo Jitna K Tmhain Wahan Rehna Hain….!!!

23. kisi ki madad kartay waqt us k chehray ki janib mat daikho, ho sakta hay us ki sharminda ankhain tumharay dil main gharoor ka beej bo dain.

24. Her INSAN ki izzat aur uss sy mohabat kro,Kion k her INSAN k ander KHUDA ki koi na koi sift zror mojood hoti hai.

25. Ebadat aesi kro jis se tumhari ROOH ko maza aey QYOUN k jo Ebadat dunya mai maza na de wo Akhrat mai kia jAZAH degi”

26. Barish ka Qtra Seep Aur Saanp 2non k Munh mein Girta hai, Lekin SEEP usay MOTI Aur Saanp usay Zehr bna deta hai, jis ka jaesa Zarf waesi uski Takhliq.

27. Tum accha karo aur zamana tum ko bura samjhe! ye tumaray haq main behtar hai
Bajaye es k tum bura karo aur zamana tum ko acha samjhe!

28. Jahan Sadaaqat aur Khuloos Nazar Aaye Wahaan Dosti Ka Hath Barhao Warna Tumhari TANHAEE Tumhari Behtreen Saathi Hai.

29. Bay shak dunya aor akhrat ki misal aisi ha jasay 1 shaks ki 2 bvian(wives)
hon 1 ko razi karta ha to dosri rooth jati hai.

30. Agr kisi ka ban’na chahtay ho to pori hakeqat se ban jao… warna,apni zaat mn aisi hakeqat peda kr lo k koi hakeqat mien tumhara ban jaye.

31. Agr koi tumhara dil dukhaey to naraz na hona Qyoun K Qanoon e Qudrat hay k jis darakht p ziada meetha phal hota hay usay log ziada patthar marte hain!

32. Teen kaam kisi k dil main ap ki izzat barhatay hain!: 1- Salam karna.
2- Kisi ko majlis mein baithne ki jagah dena. 3- ASAL NAM SE PUKARNA.”Yaani Pure Naam se mukhatib karna!

33. Hazrat Imam Ali (as) said; Buray Insaan ki Sohbat se Perhaiz karo kyun kay woh Talwar ki Tarha hey Jo Dekhney mein Khobsorat aur Asar mein Khatarnak hai!.

34. Achi zindagi guzarney ke 2 tareekhay hain!. ¤ Jo pasand hai usay hasil kr lo!
ya Phr jo hasil hai usay pasand kr lo!. Yaani Qhina’at ikhtiyar karo!

35. TEEN Insan 3 chezon se mehroom rahenge! 1.Ghussay wala Durust faisly se! 2.Jhoota Izzat se! 3.Jald baaz Kamyabi se!.

36. Allah k nazdeek sab say ziada gunah gar cheez jhoot bolnay wali zuban hai!.

37. Gulab ka phool bno!! Kiunkay ye phool uske hath me bhi Khushboo Chor datiti hai Jo esay masal ker phaink daita hai.

38. khush mizaji hamesha khoubsorti ki kami ko poora kar deti hai!, lekin khoubsorti khush mizaji ki kami ko pura nahi kar sakti!.

39. Agr Tum Usy Na Pa Sako Jise Tum Chahte Ho,Tu Usy Zroor Pa Lena Jo Tmhe Chahta Hai Qiyun K Chahne Se, Chaahe Jane Ka Ehsas Ziada Khubsurat Hota Hai!
Befriend the Quran!
The longer you befriend it the more you will gain of its secrets
Friends don't give out secrets when they first meet.
If you pray only when you are in trouble, then you are already in trouble.
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52. Surah At-Tur (The Mount)

1. By the Mount;

2. And by the Book Inscribed.

3. In parchment unrolled.

4. And by the Bait-ul-Ma'mur (the house over the heavens parable to the Ka'bah at Makkah, continuously visited by the angels);

5. And by the roof raised high (i.e. the heaven).

6. And by the sea kept filled (or it will be fire kindled on the Day of Resurrection).

7. Verily, the Torment of your Lord will surely come to pass,

8. There is none that can avert it;

9. On the Day when the heaven will shake with a dreadful shaking,

10. And the mountains will move away with a (horrible) movement.

11. Then woe that Day to the beliers;

12. Who are playing in falsehood .

13. The Day when they will be pushed down by force to the Fire of Hell, with a horrible, forceful pushing.

14. This is the Fire which you used to belie.

15. Is this magic, or do you not see?

16. Taste you therein its heat, and whether you are patient of it or impatient of it, it is all the same. You are only being requited for what you used to do.

17. Verily, the Muttaqun (pious - see V.2:2) will be in Gardens (Paradise), and Delight.

18. Enjoying in that which their Lord has bestowed on them, and (the fact that) their Lord saved them from the torment of the blazing Fire.

19. "Eat and drink with happiness because of what you used to do."

20. They will recline (with ease) on thrones arranged in ranks. And We shall marry them to Houris (female, fair ones) with wide lovely eyes.

21. And those who believe and whose offspring follow them in Faith, to them shall We join their offspring, and We shall not decrease the reward of their deeds in anything. Every person is a pledge for that which he has earned.

22. And We shall provide them with fruit and meat, such as they desire.

23. There they shall pass from hand to hand a (wine) cup, free from any Laghw (dirty, false, evil vague talk between them), and free from sin (because it will be legal for them to drink).

24. And there will go round boy-servants of theirs, to serve them as if they were preserved pearls.

25. And some of them draw near to others, questioning.

26. Saying: "Aforetime, we were afraid with our families (from the punishment of Allah).

27. "But Allah has been gracious to us, and has saved us from the torment of the Fire.

28. "Verily, We used to invoke Him (Alone and none else) before. Verily, He is Al-Barr (the Most Subtle, Kind, Courteous, and Generous), the Most Merciful."

29. Therefore, remind and preach (mankind, O Muhammad of Islamic Monotheism). By the Grace of Allah, you are neither a soothsayer, nor a madman.

30. Or do they say: "(Muhammad is) a poet! We await for him some calamity by time.!"

31. Say (O Muhammad to them): "Wait! I am with you, among the waiters!"

32. Do their minds command them this [i.e. to tell a lie against you (Muhammad )] or are they people exceeding the bounds (i.e. from Belief in Allah to disbelief).

33. Or do they say: "He (Muhammad ) has forged it (this Qur'an)?" Nay! They believe not!

34. Let them then produce a recital like unto it (the Qur'an) if they are truthful.

35. Were they created by nothing, or were they themselves the creators?

36. Or did they create the heavens and the earth? Nay, but they have no firm Belief.

37. Or are with them the treasures of your Lord? Or are they the tyrants with the authority to do as they like?

38. Or have they a stairway (to heaven), by means of which they listen (to the talks of the angels)? Then let their listener produce some manifest proof.

39. Or has He (Allah) only daughters and you have sons?

40. Or is it that you (O Muhammad ) ask a wage from them (for your preaching of Islamic Monotheism) so that they are burdened with a load of debt?

41. Or that the Ghaib (unseen) is with them, and they write it down?

42. Or do they intend a plot (against you O Muhammad )? But those who disbelieve (in the Oneness of Allah Islamic Monotheism) are themselves in a plot!

43. Or have they an ilah (a god) other than Allah? Glorified be Allah from all that they ascribe as partners (to Him)

44. And if they were to see a piece of the heaven falling down, they would say: "Clouds gathered in heaps!"

45. So leave them alone till they meet their Day, in which they will sink into a fainting (with horror).

46. The Day when their plotting shall not avail them at all nor will they be helped (i.e. they will receive their torment in Hell).

47. And verily, for those who do wrong, there is another punishment (i.e. the torment in this world and in their graves) before this, but most of them know not. [Tafsir At-Tabari, Vol. 27, Page 36].

48. So wait patiently (O Muhammad ) for the Decision of your Lord, for verily, you are under Our Eyes , and glorify the Praises of your Lord when you get up from sleep.

49. And in the night-time, also glorify His Praises, and at the setting of the stars.
If I may just:).....

Such is my Lord

"By the pen He taught
1, such is my Lord,
But I instead lifted the sword,
Confirming hell as my abode!
What else should be my reward?

I will continue my greed,
Till the time I cease to breathe,
I ask for more, I am never at ease,
Though, in this world, I am on a release,
To You is the ultimate return
I will only get what I will earn,
In terms of wealth and money, it is not
Instead, in the world of spirituality what I got.

Time has been given to make amends,
Till the Day where I will have neither helpers, nor friends,
My left hand will lift the burden of my sins
The Book on the right covering not many things
To fearful thoughts it leads,
Both the Books will reveal all my deeds

I asked for signs, calling all of it fake,
Why did I not count the breaths that I take?
I was then asked a question,
An almighty assertion,

"Which of the favours do you deny?" 7
A claim to which I had no reply.

You cause the water to fall, a blessing known as rain,
Everything works as you ordain,
by Your Command becomes the earth dry,
And the clouds again cover the sky,
Beneath are the birds that fly,
None of it I can make happen, even if I try,
It is only the worldly pleasures that I can buy,
They mean nothing, I won't lie,
None of the worldly things hear my cry,
Incomplete is my life, I admit hereby,
For every little thing, on you I rely,
I am not telling You this, for nothing escapes Your Eye,
I only wish to tell this world before I die."

Poem (written by Rawal Afzal) completed at 16: 48 PM CEST (15th April, 2013).

References from the Qur´an:
1. 96:04
2. 6:38
3. 69:28
4. 69:25
5. 69:19
6. 17:13, 17:14, 18: 49
7. 55:13

Edit (17th April, 2013):

I see that one requires a deeper understanding of the Qur`an to understand some of the verses of my poem. I may hereby clarify a bit regarding note 1 and then 4, 5, 6......

Note 1: The verse 96:04 is from the 19th chapter which in its chronological order of revelation makes it the fourth verse of the Book. In it, God asks Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of God be upon him) to read, or proclaim, in the Name of the One Who taught man by the pen.

Note 4, 5 and 6: The Islamic concept is that after one's death, on the Judgement Day, we will be given a Book in our left hand which will reveal the record of all our sins that we have committed in our life, and one in our right hand which will reveal all our good deeds.

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Beautifully written Rawal! Masha Allah.

[Though I don't completely agree with your first paragraph but thats for another day and another thread. No point in drifting this thread from its topic.]
A clarification of my poem "Such is my Lord"

Beautifully written Rawal! Masha Allah.


[Though I don't completely agree with your first paragraph but thats for another day and another thread. No point in drifting this thread from its topic.]

Since I think I precisely understand what you are getting at, I thought I would clarify. It is perfectly possible for the misunderstandings to take place:).

The "sword" here signifies aggression, the thirst and the rage to kill others. The poem is written from the point of view of different personalities: One being who is a complete rejecter of God Almighty, and the other being one who is convinced of the Ultimate Truth but is weak at faith and a sinner (like me). We can relate the first paragraph to the the former of the two. Thus, instead of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of God be upon him) and his companions (may God be pleased with them all) etc., who too had to fight the battles for self-defence and protection, we can relate the relevant paragraph to his/their enemy, who opposed to the greatest degree and persecuted the early age Muslims.

The oldest story that is related to us in the Qur´an of a murder taking place is of one son of Prophet Adam (peace be upon him) by the other (verse 5:27 to 5:31). The story clarifies that Godly people and His noble servants weren´t the ones to initiate the act of murder and killings, but rather instead the ones influnced by the Devil. Such are the ones rebuked in the first paragraph.

When God created man, this is exactly what worried the angels.....

"Remember) when your Lord said to the angels, "I am going to create a deputy on the earth!" They said, "Will You create there one who will spread disorder on the earth and cause bloodshed, while we proclaim Your purity, along with your praise, and sanctify Your name?" He said, "Certainly, I know what you know not" - Qur´an 2:30.

I hope that clarifies:).
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"Whoever does not find happiness in the Dhikr of Allah, prayer, and reciting the Qur'aan, will not find it anywhere else." —Hasan Al-Basri

"If you want to destroy any nation without war, create adultery or nudity in the young generation" -- Salahuddin Ayyubi
A man once came to the great Zahid (ascetic) Sultan Ibraheem ibn Adham (RA) and said, “Shaykh my nafs (ego/self) calls me towards doing bad deeds, so please advise me. (So I may be able to overcome this.)

Sultan Ibrahim said; “If your nafs calls you to this then oblige and there will be no issue for you, but first fulfill these five conditions. The man replied; please inform me of these?

First Condition: If you want to transgress Allah, then find a place wherein He will not be able to see you.

The man replied, “SubhanAllah. How can I hide from him, when nothing is hidden from Him? (69:18)

Sultan Ibrahim said; “SubhanAllah. Are you not ashamed to transgress Allah while he looks upon you?”

Second Condition: If you want to transgress Allah then do not do so on His land.

The man replied; “SubhanAllah. Where can I go when all the land of the universe is His?

Sultan Ibrahim said; “SubhanAllah. Are you not ashamed to transgress Allah while living on his Land?

Third Condition: If you want to transgress Allah, then do not eat from His sustenance.

The man replied; “SubhanAllah. How can I live then, when every bounty is from him?

Sultan Ibrahim said; “SubhanAllah. Are you not ashamed to transgress Allah when He nourishes you and conserves for you your provisions?”

Fourth Condition: If you want to transgress Allah, when the Angels come to take drag you to Hell, do not go along with them.

The man replied; “SubhanAllah. I will not have the strength to do this, rather they will drag me without my choice to Hell. (In reference to 44:47 THQ)

Fifth Condition: If you want to transgress Allah, when your book of deeds is opened for you, deny that the bad deeds belong to you.

The man replied; “SubhanAllah. And where will the Noble Scribes (Angels) and the witnesses that will speak be on that day be? (In reference to verses 82:11 and 24:24 THQ)

Then the man understood the lesson, began to cry profusely, repented to Allah, and continued to live in piety until he died.
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Given that it is the holy month of Ramadhan, I thought of dedicating some of my work to God Almighty. The perfection is nowhere there, but I have tried my level best to base this poem on chapter Al-Fatiha ('The Opening') of the Holy Qur´an.

The most Merciful, the most Gracious

"The most Merciful, the most Gracious 1,
Who made this earth so spacious
To Him belongs all the praise
Yet man is thankless in many ways,
Of all the worlds, he is the Lord
Everything operates with His accord,
His Mercy exists in infinity
None shares with Him the Divinity,
Justly He will judge in the Hereafter,
Of the Judgment Day, He is the Master
Man transgresses, his faith is weak,
But in trouble, His aid does he seek
God alone is the one we serve
He is the only One to deserve,
Show us O` You the right way
We fear being led astray,
Make us of those bestowed with Your Grace
Before our destruction takes place,
We fear being of those facing Your wrath
And being of those who go astray and choose the wrong path."

Poem (written by Rawal Afzal) completed at 18:52 PM CEST, 20th July 2013.

References from the Qur´an:

1. Refers to the "Bismillah.... "
2. Verse 13:3 'may' well be an appropriate reference.
3 and 4 both refer to verse 1:1.
5. "His Mercy exists in infinity" refers to the phrase "The most Gracious, the most Merciful" being there once again in verse 1:2 even after it being there already ín the "Bismillah.... "
6. Verse 1:3.
7 and 8 both refer to verse 1: 4.
9. Verse 1:5.
10. Verse 1: 6.
11 and 12 both refer to verse 1:7.

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All our happiness must come from the holy mystery of His Name.

The worldly or imperfect man goes through life as if on a long road; if he is a believer, he sees God above him in the far distance and also at the end of this road. The spiritual man, however, stands in God, and life passes before him like a stream.

One must think of God when in plenitude that He may think of us when in emptiness.

Happiness is where holiness is. Holiness is like an opening toward Heaven; it is being recollected within the Unique. Every man is holy when he thinks of God if he is thinking of nothing else.

The brethren must be told that all should be done with concentration: ablution, ritual prayer, rosary, invocation, individual prayer, Koranic reading. In the regular practices in particular—ablution, ritual prayer, rosary—one must know what one is doing and what one is saying. For the invocation, the need for concentration goes without saying.

In the ablution, the hands refer to profane actions; the mouth to the impurities contracted knowingly; the nose to the impurities contracted unwillingly and unconsciously; the face to the shame of sin; the forearms to impure intention; the ears to deafness with regard to the divine Word; the head to pride; the feet to waywardness. Or in positive terms: the purified hands to spiritual actions; the mouth to active purity; the nose to passive and unconscious purity; the face to the state of grace; the forearms to purity of intention; the ears to receptivity to the divine Word or to spiritual or angelic inspirations; the head to humility before God, hence to awareness of our nothingness; the feet to our qualification for the path of contemplation.

This is a teaching I found in a text of the Shaykh al-Akbar, which I read years ago.

Frithjof Schuon (Isa Nur-ud-Din), "Sufism : veil and quintessence", pp. 145-146
Found this helpful.

Women like attention and they like to be told clearly that they are loved. Don't be stingy in expressing your love for your wife. If you become limited in expressing your love, you will create a barrier of harshness between you and her, and there will be a decrease in affection.

- Imam Alhmad ibn Hanbal Rahimahullah