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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.

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Love Through You

I will go be with You my Rabb! (my Lord)

And whichever guests You let in, will be the ones I take as true

The guests and I may build a house, but our home is only with You

So refresh my heart, redirect and make it like anew

But close all its doors, except for one.

The one path of those who love through You

Close all the doors except for one

Where they find my heart by finding You!

Would You Believe Me if I said I was in Love?

“Got me up all night. Got me singing these love songs.” – J. Cole

A popular song that got me thinking of this verse in the Quran: “O you who have believed, why do you say what you do not do?” (61:2) We say, we love Islam, we love Allah and we love his Messenger sallallahu alayhi wasalam, but what evidence do any of us have?

The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasalam was Habib Allah, the most beloved of God and the greatest lover of God. When people went to be with their lovers at night, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasalam went to go be with Allah. He was up all night being a grateful servant to his Rabb, Lord. He would sleep a portion of the night, but his love kept him out of bed.

Our beloved mother Aisha (may God be pleased with her) narrates: The Prophet used to offer prayer at night (for such a long time) that his feet used to crack. I said, “O Allah’s Apostle! Why do you do it since Allah has forgiven you your faults of the past and those to follow?” He said, “Shouldn’t I love to be a thankful slave (of Allah)?’  (Muslim)

Whens the last time your love for Allah subhana wata alaa kept you up all night? Got you out of bed? What about your love for a person? The proof is in our actions where our love truly lies.

I end with the poem of Rabia al Basri (may God have mercy on her), a great lover of Allah, who was up all night, singing her love songs:

Eyes are at rest, the stars are setting.

Hushed are the stirrings of birds in their nests,

Of monsters in the ocean.

You are the Just who knows no change,

The Balance that can never swerve,

The Eternal which never passes away.

The doors of Kings are bolted now and guarded by soldiers.

Your Door is open to all who call upon You.

My Lord,

Each love is now alone with his beloved.

And I am alone with You.

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.