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Monday, March 14, 2005

Pause To Reflect & Two Great Words Of Solace

Daily Reminder wrote:

Assalaamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,

I pray that this reaches you in the best of health and Eeman.

As for the prayer, its significance or rather part of its significance is that it empties the heart from bad feelings and fills it with strength and pleasure. During prayer, one’s heart and soul are in communication with Allah. Closeness to Him, the comfort realized from asking of Him, and the spirituality felt from standing in front of Him — these are all realized during the prayer. Every limb is used in the prayer, but what is more important is that the heart must be wakeful as well. When one prays, tranquillity and peace are achieved, as one travels away, at least spiritually, from enemies and troubles. Thus the prayer is one of the most potent of remedies for the diseases of the heart. Yet only the worthy heart benefits from prayer; the weak heart, on the other hand, is like the body, in that it seeks its sustenance from material matter.

Therefore prayer is the greatest way to help us achieve the blessings of both this world and the Hereafter. The prayer precludes one from sins, defends against diseases, illuminates both heart and face, makes one active, and in general, brings good upon the person who performs it sincerely.

Wasalaamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu Ahsin.

Details Taken From – “Don’t Be Sad” by Shaykh Aaidh Al-Qarni.

Daily Reminder ahsin.munir@virgin.net wrote:

Assalaamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,

I pray that this reaches you in the best of health and Eeman.

Ahmad related two phrases that were said to him during the difficult times in which he was being punished and tortured.

A man who was imprisoned for drinking alcohol spoke the first, when he met Imam Ahmad and said:

“O’ Ahmad, be steadfast for you are about to be whipped for the truth that you are upon. I have been whipped many times for drinking, and even I was patient.”

“So be patient [O ‘Muhammad]. Verily the Promise of Allah is true, and let not those who have no certainty of faith, discourage you from conveying Allah’s Message [which you are obliged to convey].” Surah Ar-Rum – Ayah 60.

“…if you are suffering [hardships] then surely they [too] are suffering [hardships] as you are suffering, but you have a hope from Allah [for the reward, i.e. Paradise] that for which they hope not...” Surah An-Nisa – Ayah 104.

A Desert Arab who witnessed Imam Ahmad in chains as he was being taken to prison said the second phrase. He said, “O’ Ahmad, be patient, for verily, if this is the spot from which you will be killed, it will also be the spot from which you will enter Paradise.”

“Their Lord gives them glad tidings of a Mercy from Him, and that He is pleased [with them], and of Gardens [Paradise] for them wherein are everlasting delights.” Surah At-Taubah – Ayah 21.

Wasalaamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu Ahsin.

Details Taken From – “Don’t Be Sad” by Shaykh Aaidh Al-Qarni.

O Allah, O Sufficer of the isolated and weak and Protector against terrifying affairs! Offenses have isolated me, so there is none to be my companion. I am too weak for Thy wrath and there is none to strengthen me. I have approached the terror of meeting Thee and there is none to still my fear. I beg for Your Mercy! Ameen
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