Tuesday, October 23, 2012

"What do the People Know?"

Yesterday night my grandfather mentioned something that hit very true.

He was rather confused, then he turned to me and began talking about the people in the masjid (he was thinking the house was the masjid). 

He then said in Urdu, "Jante hain lekin maante naheen" meaning "(People) know but they do not accept".

So I asked him in English, "What do the people know?"

He looked at me, as if the answer should have been obvious, and replied. "How to be successful!"

I was struck at how true that statement was. We know how to be successful. This life is a test, but it is an open book one where Allah Ta'aala has given us all the answers so that we may succeed and enter Jannah. However, even after knowing this, we still go against Allah Ta'aala's orders and expect to ace the test! How foolish we are. I am reminded of the following aayah from Surah Mulk.

أَفَمَنْ يَمْشِي مُكِبًّا عَلَىٰ وَجْهِهِ أَهْدَىٰ أَمَّنْ يَمْشِي سَوِيًّا عَلَىٰ صِرَاطٍ مُسْتَقِيمٍ

Is then one who walks headlong, with his face grovelling, better guided,- or one who walks evenly on a Straight Way?

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

How You Live Your Life...

How you live your life influences your thoughts, even when you yourself are not aware.

My grandfather has been living in my house for the last 2.5 weeks. As I mentioned before on this blog, he has Alzheimer's, so most of the time he is not really in the same 'world' as us.

He is either in the masjid in tableeghi jama'aat, at Hajj, or in terminals at the airport, waiting to go for Hajj. The house is the masjid, and we (ie the rest of us in the house) are all the 'jamaat'. Sometimes the house becomes 'Madinah' as well, which is, of course, an honour for us.

How is it though, that he is constantly in this frame of mind? It was not an overnight thing. The way you live your life is what will dictate your thoughts. Alhamdu Lillah my grandfather spent a good period of his life in the service of the masjid as an imam and qadhi, helping people in need, going to Hajj as a guide and going in Tableeghi Jama'at. Before he became sick, the phone in his house was constantly busy with people seeking his assistance. 

Alhamdu Lillah I am blessed to have such a grandfather. May Allah Ta'aala aid us all in spending our lives in such a way that reflect the love for Allah and His Deen.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Something Amazing!

The other night I heard something amazing. My mother mentioned about the author of Noorani Qa'idah, and how much thawabul jaariyah he must be receiving.

For a while I could only think, open mouthed, how much he really must be getting, since so many around the world use this Qa'idah to learn to read the Qur'aan.

Then one can also wonder... how much thawaabul jaariyah must all the first teachers be receiving?

It's Something Amazing!!!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

A Good Place for a Lesson

Yesterday night my whole family went to the hospital to visit my grandfather. He was still in the emergency section, but in the observation ward rather than the main emergency. The ward was filled, beds all over with people lying down, some sleeping, some just looking here and there, others eyes open but staring at nothing.

Alhamdu Lillah my dada was sleeping peacefully, pulse and breathing normal. Around me I could hear much sign of other people's discomfort. One person was vomiting and retching very painfully. Another lady right across from us seemed to have wet her bed. The nurses had to come and changed all the sheets. The lady was in much pain and was continuously making sounds of pain. Just next to her was an old man who was lying in a curled position, pulse 57 beats per minute. For a moment his pulse had stopped completely; it came back fast enough, Alhamdu Lillah.

It was then I realized how helpless these poor people were and how they were so dependent on the help of the nurses and doctors. That's when I truly realized two great blessings of Allah. 

1. Health- Only when you see someone who is ill or become ill yourself do you realize what a great bounty health is.

2. Loved Ones- When you are helpless and in need, you really find out who among your friends and family really do care about you. While some people have no one at all, Alhamdu Lillah my grandfather has had someone by his side the whole time he was there.

May Allah Ta'aala keep us all in good health, physically and spiritually. Ameen.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Sporadic Posting Again

It has been a while since I posted regularly on my blog, and I must apologize for that. It has been quite a busy time since I moved since I have begun teaching. Alhamdu Lillah though, teaching has taught me I still have a lot to learn.

I request du'aa for my grandfather. He had to be taken to the hospital in emergency yesterday by the ambulance. For a moment before we called 911, I thought perhaps he had gone on. It was quite a frightful situation.

I also want to say Jazak Allahu Khairan to the person who made the new banner of my blog. I have no idea myself but am incredibly touched.

Insha Allah I will be trying my hardest to keep posting at least once a week. Request for du'aas.