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The Dua of Asiya

 “My Lord, build for me near You a house in Paradise and save me from Pharaoh and his deeds and save me from the wrongdoing people.”
– Dua of Asiya found in Surah At Tahrim

Asiya, peace be upon her, is one of the four greatest women to ever live. She makes this dua while she is being tortured by the Pharoah, her husband because she believes in Allah. Its so beautiful because she says indaka “near You” before she says baytan “a house”.  Meaning she placed being near Allah above everything else. The priority of her dua was to be near Allah, as if being in a house in Jannah wouldn’t be meaningful to her unless she got to be near Allah.  If she was given a house in jannah, but didn’t get to be near Allah, that would be like hell for her.

She begins the dua by saying “Rabbee” meaning my Lord. Rabbee signifying the name of Allah that describes how He takes care of those under Him. Rabbee a name that signifies closeness. She doesn’t call out by beginning the dua with Ya, but by saying the name of her Lord who cares for her in every moment “Rabbee”. She mentions being “near You (Allah)” before she even mentions her current circumstance of needing to be saved from Pharaoh.

This is a woman who truly loves Allah. There’s this story of Rabia of Basra, in which she was asked about what made a person a great. She was asked about a person who is patient in hardship and thankful when given blessings and she said no.  She was also asked if it was a person who in hardship was thankful and when given blessings was patient and again she said no. Eventually they lamented and asked her what a great person was and she replied the one who whether they are given blessings or hardship they don’t lose sight of Allah.

The one who doesn’t lose focus on their Love; Allah. This is the kind of woman Asiya is. She does make dua to be saved from Pharaoh and his deeds and to be saved from the wrongdoers, but her priority and her focus is always the same: Allah. “indaka, near You”

She is a person who drew close to Allah in the life of the dunya, but also a person who wouldn’t be able to be satisfied with anything in the next life except with closeness to Allah.

 “My Lord, build for me near You a house in Paradise” Ameen.

Searching For Proofs

People are searching for proofs of God, but if they were to look with an open heart they would find that no proofs are needed, because His existent is the most evident thing in reality. It is reality itself. It is ingrained in every fiber of creation. His attributes manifest in every aspect of creation: from the spinning of the sun and earth, to the electrons racing and to a baby’s smiling face.

It was by this reality that Abu Dhar (may God be pleased with him) would prostrate to God before he ever heard a word of the Quran. It is by this reality that eyes go moist seeing the crimson horizon of the sunset. It is by this reality the birds wake up in the dawn and sing praises all morning in their melodious song.

I do not know how God created the universe, nor do I need to see it happen. The universe in me; the way it transformed, the way my body grows, that my mind is, that my heart lives, that my tongue speaks and my love grows is sufficient. The man praised the scholar who had 100 proofs that God existed and the old woman heard this and said that he only has a 100 proofs because he had a hundred doubts. I’d rather be that old woman, no doubt. Certainty is much more beloved to me.

We live in a modern age full of modern technology and luxuries and somehow people have become so disillusioned that they question the thing that is built into the fabric of every living and nonliving thing: God exists. By His care and His sustenance the Universe persists. The only Uni I need is tawheed (God is One). I know that beyond these majestic stars and galaxies is much more. I think we misnamed the sky we are living it, we are not in a Universe but in a single verse of many. But maybe by Uni they did not mean whole-verse but meant a single. And the only verse I truly need is the first verse in the Quran: Alhamdulillahir Rabbil alimeen. All praise and thanks is due to God, the Lord of the worlds. Worlds: Plural.

When does the sun need proof it exists in the daylight? Its manifest that it exists. The existence of God is more evident than that. He is the Creator of the sun and everything. The sun just makes light. Have we become so caught up in ourselves to see that the nourishing rain is like Rahma(mercy) falling from the sky, or that torrential rains that floods and overpowers man is like sublime majesty descending from the heavens.

Verily some people have eyes but cannot see and some people do not have working eyes, but can see. The sight of my heart is more precious to me, but the heart needs to be open and clear just like our eyes to perceive anything.  Abdullah ibn Umm Muktum (may God be pleased with him), the blind companion could see reality better than Abu Jahl, the father of ignorance. Abu Jahl a man who used to sneak around in the dark of night to hear the recitation of the Quran, but was too stubborn to testify to its reality. How many of us are like Abu Jahl who had eyes, but could not see the truth and how many of us are like Abdullah ibn Umm Muktum who regardless being born blind, could see with his heart.

I praise and thank God for having eyes that can see, and I praise and thank God even more for having a heart that can see! I regret each moment I ever needed proofs, but I praise the One who guides and wills for opening the lens of my heart and clearing its sight. Like the eyes who takes in light, so does the heart.

Alhamdulillahir Rabbil alimeen.
All Praise and thanks is due to God, the Lord of the Worlds.
(1:1)

A Prayer

Ya Allah make our friends beneficial for us in remembrance of You and make our enemies beneficial in our remembrance of You. If You place the truth upon the lips of a dear friend inspire me to obey it and if you place the truth upon the lips of a hated enemy cause me to obey it. Surely our only real enemy is those who make us forget You. A loved one can be a greater enemy to you than a hated one, so cause us to love what reminds us of you and to hate what causes us to forget you. And make us of those who love those who constantly remind us of you. Ameen

Navigating

Scientist have recently discovered that the dung beetle navigates the night using the stars. The same map that seafarers and travelers in the desert use is used by this tiny beetles that roll around balls of dung. The sea turtle is famous for returning to its original nesting grounds it was born in. It does so by using the Earth’s magnetic field. Because of the Earth’s Iron core, Sea Turtles  are able to navigate through oceans back to the place it hatched.

This in essence, is one of the meaning of Alhamdu lillahi rabbi alAAalameen (1:1). All praise and thanks is due to God, the Lord of the Worlds. The Rabb, the Master that takes care of the affairs of those under Him, is the Rabb who ornamented the sky with stars. “Indeed, We have adorned the nearest heaven with an adornment of stars” (37:6). This the Rabb of the world of Dung Beetles and Sea turtles. The Rabb who sent down Iron from the heavens, and created this Earth with an Iron core. “We have already sent Our messengers with clear evidences and sent down with them the Scripture and the balance that the people may maintain [their affairs] in justice. And We sent down iron, wherein is great military might and benefits for the people, and so that Allah may make evident those who support Him and His messengers unseen. Indeed, Allah is Powerful and Exalted in Might.” (57:25) With Iron humans build shields, swords, weapons and skyscrapers. Because of Iron, the Earth has a magnetic field that protects the Earth from harmful radiation and solar wind that could easily wipe life off this planet. The same Iron that had to originate from an exploding star in a Supernova to be created in the first place. Alhamdu lillahi rabbi alAAalameen

There is this saying that when navigating the desert you could use landmarks, but the map from the heavens is more accurate. This has its obvious meaning in which using the stars to navigate is more accurate, but also that Divine revelation that descends from the Heavens is always going to be more accurate than any guidance we can derive on the ground here on Earth. We call them ayat in the Quran for a reason. Ayat meaning a sign. Signs made to point us in a certain direction, so we don’t have to feel lost and walk around aimlessly.The human too was given a map to navigate with through this world. The sea turtle is able to make it back to its origin and so is mankind if they use the map given to them by Allah, the Quran.

Look at your map as much as you can. Inna Lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji’un. To Him we Belong and to Him is our Return. What’s beautiful is that the Quran has Ayat, signs pointing us back home and helping us navigate, for different groups of people. The Mutaqqeen, people of Taqwa, the Mumineen, the believers and most interestingly, An Nas, the Mankind. Even if you don’’t accept the Quran as revelation from God, God still speaks to you and offers you guidance.

O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted.” (49:13). Allah calls on every single one of us, and lets us know that we are from one family and that we were made to know each other. Imagine if people throughout history would know this. Colonization, Genocide and Racism wouldn’t need historical navigating to arrive at a conclusion of their immorality and their destructiveness, God already let us know those things are unacceptable and outside our purpose to exist.

What a wonderful road map we as a human race and we as a Umma (religious community of Muslims) have received. I have discovered that in this time of darkness, it is not because we do not have light to navigate our way that we are currently lost, but it is because we stop trusting our map and tried to navigate on our own. Umar ibn Al Khattab (may Allah be pleased with Him) said “We were the most humiliated people on earth and Allah gave us honor through Islam. If we ever seek honor through anything else, Allah will humiliate us again.” I for one prefer the map given to me by the One that created the worlds and everything in it. Allah even informed His Messenger, salallahu alayhi wasalam, of the ending of this plot with knowledge about the end of times, so we would stop wasting time focusing on how this story of Humankind ends. Instead we are meant to be people who just plant those trees regardless of how much time we have left, because we are people who spread goodness for His sake. The scholars of our community are the experienced astronomers and navigators of the sacred text, they translate things down to our understanding so that we may too find direction.  I hope we listen to them carefully, internalized their wisdom and take that road map and start living the way we were meant to live.

Alhamdu lillahi rabbi alAAalameen. All Praise and Thanks is due to the Lord of the Worlds.

Be Like the Trees

We came from a similar birth

both started as seeds and your womb was the Earth.

But the wind blows I lose my place, forget my origins become lost

But you hold your ground, remember roots and revel at the sound

Set in the Earth as a proof of God’s love, compassion and grace

I find that trees do not complain of their place.

But instead she glorifies her Lord for His grace.

For being honored to briefly taste, the gift of life

To feel that crisp breeze in the night, to bathe in that warm glow

of sunlight,

in delight

following the bright,

opening itself to rain from the sky

honoring the sustaining ground

Worshiping the most high

Oh tree how much can I learn from you

You never forget

Al Razzaq nurtures you

What an honor it is to be a slave

To be a servant to the one who gives and has gave

What else for was this all made

except to love such a Merciful and Loving Lord

You were once just a seed hidden in dirt

He nurtured you in the calmness of Earth

and caused you to see the sun

Who too is the slave of the One

Nurturing and giving and so you were raised too

To give was the least you could do,

When Al Razzaq gives life, sublime, glorious The Truth

He placed you on Earth to serve as a proof

There is only one Rabb

One Illah

Al Hayyu al Qayoom

So do not complain of your place

For your Lord is most knowing and wise

Be like the tree, glorify

Praise and rise

Rise to the obedience of the One who creates all

Our God, our Lord, our creator, Allah

Intentions

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim,
In the Name of God, the Most Merciful the Most Gracious

Umar Ibn Al Khattab narrates I heard the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, say: “Actions are (judged) by motives (niyyah), so each man will have what he intended. Thus, he whose migration (hijrah) was to Allah and His Messenger, his migration is to Allah and His Messenger; but he whose migration was for some worldly thing he might gain, or for a wife he might marry, his migration is to that for which he migrated.” [Al-Bukhari & Muslim]

To start I just simply want to state my intentions out loud to remind myself first and foremost and to be able to look back and renew it easily. My intention for this blog is to please Allah subhana wata alaa (God, Perfect and Most High).  I intend to share things that are good and beneficial if He permits. Any good that I share is from Him and anything bad is from myself. I created this blog in hopes that I may benefit myself, that it serves to purify my heart and be a means of pleasing my Lord. I also hope to benefit others by His will and His grace.  May Allah make this blog a source of guidance and light.

Allaahumma ‘innee ‘as’aluka ‘ilman naafi’an, wa rizqan tayyiban, wa ‘amalan mutaqabbalan. 

“O Allah, I ask You for knowledge that is of benefit, a good provision, and deeds that will be accepted.”

O Allah, I ask for your help in my endeavor.

“Rabbi Ishrah Li Sadry, Wayassir Li Amry, Wahlul ‘Uqdatan Min Lisany, yafqahu Qawly.”

“My Lord, I ask you to expand my breast, make my task easy, undo the knot in my tongue so that my speech will become comprehensible” (Prayer of Moses, Dua of Musa)

Ameen