Take care of your business

13 02 2015

Asala’am aleikum folks, and a blessed Juma’a mubarak.

Just a quick reminder that your deen needs maintenance and nourishment each day, but not just your deen, but the task of taking care of your affairs and providing for yourself and those who depend on you like your wife and children, parents and relations.

Al-Nabi (SAWS) stressed that people must WORK, and WORK is a good thing. Yes, we turn to Allah and ask for His help, since His Will is His and His alone, with genuine faith in Allah to attend to our affairs… but… you have to WORK… be a Muslim of action in your life. If one door is shut, find another. Don’t take short cuts. Have faith that the path you are on in life will lead to some better days (if your days have been bad). Be smart to the ways of the world around you and avoid the pitfalls that plague EVERYBODY. When you are making progress, be thankful and keep moving. If you suffer a fall-back, say Alhamduli’Allah, and shake it off and keep moving with the lesson(s) you just learned (Allah puts us in situations that require us to actually use our brains, instincts and reflection on experience). In fact, be thankful and say Alhamduli’Allah every time and be GENUINE in this.

The best dawa’ah is the dawa’ah of personal example and action(s) without thought of gain or recognition. It is like dawa’ah without realizing you are doing dawa’ah. Take care of your business and depend totally on Allah to guide you and stay confident that Allah knows better than we do, and this is also a note to myself.

Stay blessed!





Al-Nabi’s (SAWS) last Khutbah

4 10 2014

Al-Nabi’s (SAWS) last khutbah (sermon) to the Muslims is one everybody needs to hear from time to time, if not all the time, and the message that was delivered that day is just as applicable today as it was back then. I need it to keep myself in check, from going astray or when I need to remind myself how important it is to put words into action on what it is to be Muslim.

Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) delivered his last khutbah on the ninth of Dhul Hijjah (12th and last month of the Islamic year), 10 years after Hijrah (migration from Makkah to Madinah) in the Uranah Valley of Mount Arafat. His words were quite clear and concise and were directed to the entire humanity.

After praising, and thanking Allah he said:

“O People, lend me an attentive ear, for I know not whether after this year, I shall ever be amongst you again. Therefore listen to what I am saying to you very carefully and TAKE THESE WORDS TO THOSE WHO COULD NOT BE PRESENT HERE TODAY.
O People, just as you regard this month, this day, this city as Sacred, so regard the life and property of every Muslim as a sacred trust. Return the goods entrusted to you to their rightful owners. Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you. Remember that you will indeed meet your LORD, and that HE will indeed reckon your deeds. ALLAH has forbidden you to take usury (interest), therefore all interest obligation shall henceforth be waived. Your capital, however, is yours to keep. You will neither inflict nor suffer any inequity. Allah has Judged that there shall be no interest and that all the interest due to Abbas ibn ‘Abd’al Muttalib (Prophet’s uncle) shall henceforth be waived…
Beware of Satan, for the safety of your religion. He has lost all hope that he will ever be able to lead you astray in big things, so beware of following him in small things.
O People, it is true that you have certain rights with regard to your women, but they also have rights over you. Remember that you have taken them as your wives only under Allah’s trust and with His permission. If they abide by your right then to them belongs the right to be fed and clothed in kindness. Do treat your women well and be kind to them for they are your partners and committed helpers. And it is your right that they do not make friends with any one of whom you do not approve, as well as never to be unchaste.
O People, listen to me in earnest, worship ALLAH, say your five daily prayers (Salah), fast during the month of Ramadan, and give your wealth in Zakat. Perform Hajj if you can afford to.
All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over black nor a black has any superiority over white except by piety (taqwa) and good action. Learn that every Muslim is a brother to every Muslim and that the Muslims constitute one brotherhood. Nothing shall be legitimate to a Muslim which belongs to a fellow Muslim unless it was given freely and willingly. Do not, therefore, do injustice to yourselves.
Remember, one day you will appear before ALLAH and answer your deeds. So beware, do not stray from the path of righteousness after I am gone.
O People, NO PROPHET OR APOSTLE WILL COME AFTER ME AND NO NEW FAITH WILL BE BORN. Reason well, therefore, O People, and understand words which I convey to you. I leave behind me two things, the QURAN and my example, the SUNNAH and if you follow these you will never go astray.
All those who listen to me shall pass on my words to others and those to others again; and may the last ones understand my words better than those who listen to me directly. Be my witness, O ALLAH, that I have conveyed your message to your people”.

(Reference: See Al-Bukhari, Hadith 1623, 1626, 6361) Sahih of Imam Muslim also refers to this sermon in Hadith number 98. Imam al-Tirmidhi has mentioned this sermon in Hadith nos. 1628, 2046, 2085. Imam Ahmed bin Hanbal has given us the longest and perhaps the most complete version of this sermon in his Masnud, Hadith no. 19774.)

One can heed words of wisdom and guidelines from the last sermon of the Prophet (SAWS). His sermons emphasized on the following:

– Sacredness of a Muslim’s life and property
– The importance of propagating this message to all others (A Muslim’s responsibility thus does not end by following the religion)
– A reminder that everyone is fully accountable for their deeds and Allah will take every person into account. If everyone heeded to this fact alone, the world would be a much better place today.
– “Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you.” These words of the prophet are self explanatory.
– The prohibition of dealing with interest (Numerous accounts in Quran and Hadith prohibit taking, giving or being a part of any transaction dealing with interest).
– “You will neither inflict nor suffer any inequity.” These words of the prophet are self explanatory.
– The awareness of satan and how satan can work to deviate us from the right path and doing evil things.
– Rights of women over men and rights of men over women.
– Treatment of women with kindness.
– Modesty and chastity in women.
– The importance of worshiping Allah (saying your five daily prayers (Salah), fasting during the month of Ramadan, giving charity (Zakat) and performing pilgrimage (Hajj).
– Equality amongst all (blacks, white, Arabs, non-Arabs, etc.)
– The need to establish justice.
– Islam is the final divine religion (Last prophet and Last Book).

I just wish the world can hear this message and I wish all Muslims and those who say they are Muslims (only Allah knows who they are) would get back to this message and start fixing the wrongs amongst us. May Allah have mercy on us all.





Thanks, again!

26 09 2014

Hey!

Since I started this blog roughly 5 years ago, I never started out to make any sort of statement, and today as I was looking at all the stats in depth, which I never did before, I was floored by the number of visitors and where they are from. Sure, my blog pales in comparison to the numbers of other blogs that are visited and continually maintained (I only blog here and there), but nonetheless, I am amazed by the number of people who’ve come around.

Just wanted to say thanks, again!





Prejudice

26 09 2014

Jan 1 2014- Hey brothers and sisters. I hope everybody is having a great day and that you made it a point to self-reflect on your strengths and weaknesses as a person of faith. if we strip away what religion we choose to follow, people are the same everywhere. I have found just as many good people in all places of the world I have been to thus far without talking about religion, as I have found just as many bad people. Muslims are no different, and in fact, we follow the ONLY RELIGION where we are told nobody carries a higher place in the eyes of ALLAH than the next. In fact, I don’t know any Muslims that don’t know this, BUT we still seem to be very prejudice. We don’t make it a habit to embrace brothers and sisters from wherever they came from and we don’t give them an equal footing. I am guilty of this, and this past year, I have made myself more cognizant of my weakness. We have a lot of people who say they practice Islam when in fact it is quite the contrary. Remember, cultural customs, traditions and national pride do not have a place in Islam, and in fact they can sway a person away from the right path.

Sept 26 2014- The prejudice I face most days of the week are pretty much the stares I get from people who find it hard to believe that an Asian man could marry an Arab woman (as if it is something haram; we do make beautiful children, masha’Allah) and stereotyped as  having a certain station in life. When people find out I’m Japanese-American and I’m an engineer, all the sudden I’m rocketed way up on the social ladder and that it’s OK that I married an Arab woman. In reality, none of this stuff matters to me.  It’s just Duniya and the concerns of people who are just concerned with Duniya. I just go about my daily business with humbleness and get stuff done professionally and try my best to treat others with dignity regardless of their nationality and what they do for a living. The best example of da’awah is living it. Being ever mindful of Allah and not wanting Him to place me back from the place he took me from is a very good monitor to use to regulate oneself and interaction with Duniya.

Prejudice is un-Islamic but it is a fact of humans and this Duniya. We all have practiced it or experienced it in one shape or form. It is a disease that will take your whole lifetime to battle. If you can find it within yourself to rise above and battle it and keep the goal Jennah in mind, it will be better for you, as it will be for me and all of us brothers and sisters. We’ve already got a very bad name in Duniya for a bunch of things, and prejudice is one of them. Because we have disenfranchised millions of brothers and sisters over the decades all because of prejudice, we are responsible for the terror. It is not as simple as I made it sound. Many other factors which you all can figure out for yourselves, but prejudice starts in the heart of people and can only be defeated by the person who owns the heart. Treat him or her with genuine kindness and concern and you may in fact turn a bitter heart to one filled with sweetness.

May Allah have mercy on us all.





Please wash yourself…

26 09 2014

Juma’a mubarak and blessed month of of Dhu al-Hijjah!

You may wonder about the title, but I have to say that it is bad etiquette and sinful to enter the masjid for salah without first cleaning oneself and smelling good. Granted, people work and do manual labor and getting dirty and sweaty is a product of effort, but I see brothers who are in the domain of manual labor take the extra bit of time to clean themselves and not be offensive. Today for Juma’a Salah, every once in a while I would catch a whiff of someone’s bad smell as if they went to the bathroom. What do you do in this situation if you are victimized by someone’s lack of concern and laziness? I just kicked in sab’r into over-drive and hoped that once the sermon was over I could be afforded the chance to get away from the source of the wretched smell.

Soap, water and oil fragrances do wonders and will save you.

May Allah have mercy on us all.





Life today…

28 04 2014

Just came back on my blog to see what’s happening. Life is happening, and just as life was happening when I started this blog, life has also changed. I have changed. I can truly say the man I was 5 years ago when I started writing in FB and in some publications is a totally different one. A lot of highs and a lot of lows, but hey… that’s what life is. I don’t live in a vacuum, and life commands that you live it, be in it. You really don’t have a choice, do you? No, we don’t.

Last night, my cousin wrote something about the character Winston “The Wolf” Wolfe. The Wolf is one of the people in the movie Pulp Fiction. His modus operandi is to come in a “fix” things before problems escalate further. In the scene where he is called in to come give direction and take charge of a murder scene gone wrong. One of his famous quotes “If I am curt with you, it’s because time is a factor.”

What does this have to do with my opening paragraph? Simple. Time… Time is a factor that life depends on. Only Allah knows how much time you and I and every living thing and the universe and all that is in it has until we’re called back home. The time you we are allotted is to be used to LIVE and to press to ACTION deeds that will be weighed and measured for all that is bad and all that is good.

“Well… I just won’t do anything, then!” Bad choice. You’re gonna be asked what you did with your time. Doing NOTHING for ALLAH is not something I would want to try to explain to HIM. Trying is better than not doing because the fact is it was your intent and will to do something for HIM in this duniya.

Time is a factor that you do not own, and life and its outcomes have a direct relationship with time and action (you have some measure of control in this). You can coast along in life and go with whatever comes in life like a billiard ball being smacked head on or as happenstance because another ball with some english on it careens into you to put you on some sort of planned or unplanned trajectory (not always a good thing), or you can make the command decision to do something in your life and shoot for goals to attain.

You have to work, you have to maintain a household, you have people relying on your actions to make a living so that they can live. You’re being looked at by family, friends, colleagues and even your enemies… actually your actions are…which can have a positive effect (if it is in your heart to be) and can be a catalyst to change the world around you in a better way.

By working, by doing, by being driven in your faith to be a better person in the eyes of ALLAH the ALMIGHTY out of love and honor and fear of HIM in your daily interactions with LIFE, you can affect the outcome of the time you have been given in duniya.

If I say “If I am curt with you, it’s because time is a factor.” Take this as a positive suggestion and don’t be a victim of happenstance.





Do you have any decency?

9 01 2014

Saw something today on Facebook that just rips my heart to pieces, and this something is a photo that I cannot and will not describe here because it makes me angry beyond anything ever before. Do people who have groups on Facebook, and I am talking about brothers and sisters who post up daily sayings or something about Islam and the Ummah, have any decency or conscience to not show the world shocking photos of atrocities out of respect for the victims and their families? To go further, people are clicking “like” on these photos as if it is a vote of approval (that’s what I thought a “thumbs up” meant) and then you have all these brothers and sisters posting comments as to see who is the most pious in writing. It makes me sick… It makes me sick that people have the energy to post up grotesque photos and it makes me even sicker to see the lethargic and do-nothings in the Ummah do nothing but have a contest on who can put up the most pious comment.

This is just one symptom of the rot within the Ummah. ALLAH have mercy on us all. I truly hope that you do not support sites that do what I just said, and if you see a post of something that does not give respect or human decency to the victim(s) and to the mothers, say something.

Again, ALLAH please grant us Your mercy…