Thought #1.  The tafseer of Surah Balad explains to us what to expect from non-Muslims.  In Surah Balad Allah subhanahu wa ta ‘ala (exalted is He) is telling the messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم you have become halal for them (the various tribes of Mecca) to kill.  In this one line Allah (swt) is telling us to expect injustice when it comes to the treatment of Muslims. 

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In the times of the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم the tribes had a rule of “justice” which was that they did not kill their own tribesman.  But when it came to the Rasul صلى الله عليه و سلم the tribes all got together and schemed a way to get out of their own rule of justice and they did this by getting one man from each tribe to participate in the murder of the Rasul صلى الله عليه و سلم.  The thinking was if they all participated in the murder then there would be no blame on one party.  Even by their own standards this was a severe injustice.  Yet when it came to Muslims and to the Rasul صلى الله عليه و سلم they broke all their own rules of justice.  Similar injustices are existent today whether it be the treatment of Muslims at airports, or the numerous Muslims that are being held in Guantanamo, or the cruel treatment of Muslims that are sent to prison in the US for basically no crime except that they say ‘La illah illalah Muhammadur Rasullalah,” and the list goes on.  And we as Muslims go and say “where is the  justice when it comes to us Muslims.”  Well this Surah is telling us to EXPECT them to lose all their sense of justice when it comes to Allah’s deen (religion) and to those who submit to it.

Thought #2.  I was listening to the tafseer of Surah Humazah in Urdu by Dr. Israr and in it he shared a beautiful piece of poetry.  Here’s the Urdu and rough translation.  “Eik Shansha (or shehzada or a very wealthy person) nay dolat ka sahra ley kar hum gareebon ki mohabat ka uraya hai mazak.”  The verse means a very wealthy person uses his wealth to make fun of the love us poor people feel.  The verse was used to describe how those who do not do what Surah Asr tells them to do (…ie, have faith, do good deeds, speak and spread the truth and have patience) they are busy in making a name for themselves, busy in gathering as much wealth as they can so they can leave behind some building, some statue that speaks about their legacy. 

 

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The poetry verse mentioned by Dr. Israr was in response to the people who leave behind things such as the Taj Mahal to their wife.  He said there are husbands all over the world that love their wives not just the ones who leave behind such things, hence just because a man leaves behind a building in memory of his wife doesn’t mean he loved her more than husbands who do not have as much money to leave behind such things.  Rather those people who do not have iman (faith) leave behind such things because they want their name to be alive after their death.  They do not strive for the afterlife so they strive to make their name or legacy live on in THIS life.  Lesson to us women:  Be thankful for the normal men in our lives the ones who love us (be it a father or a husband or a brother) in this life AND who strive to do good deeds and encourage us to do so as well so we can be together in the next life as well.

Thought #3.  I don’t like that wedding rings are worn on the left hand for it is this hand that we use when we go to the bathroom.  From now on I’m wearing mine on my right!

Thought #4.  This sujood article was awesome mashAllah.  May Allah reward the writer with janatul firdous.

Thought #5.  The author of the book “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff – and it’s all the small stuff” basically used his intellect to arrive at exactly what the Sunnah teaches.  Ideas such as having compassion for others, life is a test, and that your goal should be to attain a peaceful life.  Overall it is an awesome book that I totally recommend!

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Thought #6.  We have a wedding to go to in July and I really just want to wear a simple abaya
from ww.aabuk.com.  Or at least a long light jacket to wear on top of the dressed up shalwar qameez I will be wearing.  May Allah guide me to do that which is pleasing to Him.  Ameen.

Thought #7.  When your iman (faith) is high…nurture it with lots of Quran, good deeds and reading beneficial materials.  And stick to ONE thing at a time.  This will help you to build a routine of good works that will help you when your iman is down.  When your iman goes down then you will be able to do your normal routine and get it back up inshaAllah (God willing) or at least you will be patient and expect the best from Allah (swt) and soon you will be rewarded with a boost of iman!

Thought #8.  It is really hard to write and keep up a blog.  Props to all the sisters (such as Dear Little Auntie) whose blogs we read all the time and who do it so gracefully MashaAllah