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Monday, February 27, 2006

Journey at this world.

This world is a difficult journey
An obstacle to overcome,
Especially in the place we live in,
Not everyday is bright and fun.

The righteous salaf were as fearful of their good deeds being squandered, or not being accepted, as the present generation is certain that their neglect would be forgiven.

[Hasan Al-Basri]

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Strangers…dedicated to strangers


Walking one way,
knowing where the road leads,
anticipating the end.
All that’s ahead is a bridge.
You and I have our destinations.
We know where we want to go, our minds are set.
But then the unexpected happends.
We are walking towards each other,
meaning to quietly pass by
but our eyes lock for a moment
and all is changed.
In that moment all fear is washed away.
I see in your eyes a softness, an understanding.
I look into the windows to your soul
and I see a person.
Not the same one that I see on the outside,
someone different.
In that moment that our eyes had locked
my life was forever changed.
I no longer know where I am going
.


oommiijee unknown&lost

What is love?…from a friend


An ode on love


"What is love?" This question often occurs to me.
Is it a feeling, an emotion, or just a tendency?


Love surely deals with the matters of the heart,
But the mind, too, plays an important part.
Love has no limit, nor has it any bound,
Those knowing love, know the soul’s profound.


Love is not just an ordinary feeling,
Once you find it, it’s vital for your being.
Love brings along joy, and also little pain,
It has a few losses but lots of gain.


Love has no causes, nor valid reasons,
Nor does it change like any of the seasons.
Love involves emotion, it needs understanding,
It is not the outcome of any preplanning.


The true meaning of love is not as simple as it’s definition,
Neither are words enough to give its explanation.
To know what is love, it needs to be felt,
That’s how I’ve known, why love is simply, the best ……………..


loving someone…


loving your parents…


loving your family…


loving yourself,


loving your religion…


love to prophets…


love…Allah…


oommiijee unknown&lost

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

I’m walking to.


"It is Good to have an end to journey towards;
but it is the journey that matters in the ends"
- ursula k le guin -

Masa itu emas!!!







"Lost time is never found again"


- thelonius monk -

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Love or Like Someone?


In front of the person you love, you heart beat faster,
but in front of the person you like, you get happy.

In front of the person you love, winter is like spring,
but in front of the person you like, winter is just beautiful winter.

In front of the person you love, you can't say everything on your mind,
but in front of the person you like, you can.

In front of the person you love, you tend to get shy,
but in front of the person you like, you can show yourself.

In front of the person you loveIf you look into the eyes of the one you love, you blush,
but if you look into the eyes of the one you like, you smile.

You can't look straight into the eyes of the one you love,
but you can always smile into the eyes of the one you like.

When the one you love is crying, you cry with them
but when the one you like is crying, you end up comforting them.

The feeling of love starts from the eye,
but the feeling of like start from the ear.

So if you stop liking a person you used to like,
all you need to do is to cover you ears.

But if you try to close you eyes,
love turns into a drop of tear and remains in you heart forever.

Author: some i do agree, some i do not...:)

Style over Substance: How cool is that?


Style over Substance: How cool is that?
by Umm Rashid
If one does a Google search on “how to be smart”, it yields 254,000,000 results in 0.34 seconds, with thousands of tips on how to exercise smart choices in every aspect of life -- from genomes to cars to clothes to kids to votes to money to FTP servers.

If one runs the same search on “how to be sincere”, the top links the search engine comes up with, are software consultants and watches that go by the brand name Sincere, and a definition of the word in Merriam Webster’s online dictionary.

It’s a clear sign of the times – the world values smart people  more than sincere ones. Well-dressed, well-heeled, well-spoken individuals score more brownie points socially, are more popular and more likely to be successful in whatever they set out to do -- regardless of what they may be like within.
People in the public eye hire image consultants to make them ‘look good’, who monitor everything about the individual’s public persona – the way they speak, the clothes they wear, the food they endorse, the places they are seen at, the causes they espouse.

Not just public personalities, even ordinary people are within the purview of image experts. Jo Anna Nicholson, author of five self-help books, including Dressing Smart for Men and Dressing Smart for Women has made a fortune out of telling others how to dress and act so that they make an “instant impression” on prospective employers and spouses. Her books include chapters on “Looking As If You Don't Have a Clue”, “How to Look Accidentally Good” and “Looking Promotable.”

Popular magazines and websites abound with pseudo-psychoanalytical articles on what one’s clothes, hair, jewellery or accessories are saying about a person, and how people can carefully tailor their appearance to create maximum impact. 

Contrast this with the attitude of the early Muslims. When the Muslims opened Jerusalem, the Christians refused to give the city's keys to anyone except the Caliph. So 'Umar ibn al-Khattaab, may Allaah be pleased with him, set off from Madeenah to Jerusalem. His entourage? One attendant and a mule, which they took turns to ride. It happened to be the attendant's turn to ride on the day they were to reach Jerusalem. The attendant volunteered to give up his turn because it would look “awkward in the eyes of the people” if he rode and the Chief of the Believers walked. ‘Umar, may Allaah be pleased with him, refused, saying: “yakfeenaa sharaful Islaam – the honour of Islaam is enough for us.” 
On the way, while walking across a muddy area, ‘Umar, may Allaah be pleased with him, took off his footwear, put it under his arm and raised his clothes so they wouldn’t get muddy. When Abu Ubaydah, may Allaah be pleased with him, who was one of the commanders waiting for him  saw this, he ran to ‘Umar asking him to ride his horse while entering the city. He said they were in a land where the quality of clothes reflected the rank of people.
‘Umar, may Allaah be pleased with him, replied: “I wish someone other than you had said that. Have you forgotten that we were a lowly people and it was Islaam that made us honourable? If we seek honour from anything other than Islaam, Allaah will return us to that state of lowliness.”

For proof regarding the fulfillment of this prophecy, one only has to look around: Muslims are being humiliated, subjugated and oppressed by the very system and people whose ways they seek to emulate, in preference to the Sunnah of their Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, and the example of those whom Allaah was pleased with.

It’s true, cultivating “coolness” has more immediate pay-offs than cultivating sincerity. Wearing the latest brands and hanging out at the most-happening places is the ticket to gaining entry into the ‘with-it’ crowd – the people with the wittiest repartees, trendiest hairstyles and clothes, fanciest cars and gizmos --  who spend a considerable amount of time and energy trying to stay abreast of the latest trends. As opposed to this ‘magic circle’, seen from the outside, the company of sincere people seems unglamorous, even boring.

But scratch deeper, and the truth surfaces.

People who try to fit in with a superficial world that subscribes to ever-changing fads, soon discover that the hollowness of their world finds an echo deep within. A deep-seated dissatisfaction with oneself takes a person to stylists and therapists, but make-up and makeovers can’t change one’s personality. They merely reinforce the belief that a person is incapable of being appreciated for themselves, they must use other people’s advice instead of their own judgment to be successful, they must adopt someone else’s idea of beauty to be acceptable in the eyes of others.

How cool is that?

On the other hand, people who set out on the straight and narrow, choosing substance over style, seeking to please Allaah as opposed to pleasing people, may not find their popularity ratings soar -- quite the opposite, in fact. Yet, they get strength in the certainty of their belief, that their reward is with Allaah in the Hereafter.

What are the signs that a person is seeking to build an ‘image’ instead of developing true faith by their deeds?

In his book, Riyaa: The Hidden Shirk, Abu Ammaar Yasir Qadhi writes: “Linguistically riyaa comes from the root “ra’aa” which means to see, to behold, to view. The derived word 'riyaa' means "eye-service, hypocrisy, dissimulation; dissemblance." From a sharee`ah point of view, it means “to perform acts which are pleasing to Allaah, with the intention of pleasing other than Allaah.”

The primary cause of riyaa is a weakness in faith (eemaan). When a person does not have strong faith in Allaah, he will prefer the admiration of people over the pleasure of Allaah.”

There are three symptoms that are indicative of riyaa, and it is essential that a believer avoid all of them.
•The love of praise : A hadeeth mentions the first three people being thrown into hellfire -- the scholar (who taught for fame), the martyr (who fought for fame), and the person who gave his money in charity (so people would say he is generous). All three of these people desired the pleasure of people over the pleasure of Allah. The person who desires the praise of people must feel some pride in himself, for he feels himself worthy of being praised. There is a danger, therefore, of him becoming arrogant and boastful.
•Fear of criticism: No one likes to be criticised.
The dislike of criticism regarding religious practices may be divided into two categories:
The first category is that of a person who neglects a commandment of Allaah in order to avoid the criticism of his peers. However, the true believers are described in the Qur’aan as follows: "...They do not fear the criticism of those who criticise. And this is the blessing of Allah; He gives it to whomsoever He wishes. Verily, Allaah is Self-Sufficient, all Knowing. " [Al-Maa`idah : 54]
The second category is that of a person who obeys certain commandments of Islaam, not for the sake of Allaah, but because he fears people will look down upon him and criticise him if he does not do it. For example, a man may make his formal prayers in the mosque because he does not want people to criticise him for praying at home, or to think that he is not praying at all.
•Greed for people’s possessions
If a person covets what other people possess -- whether it is rank, money or power, then he will wish them to envy him similarly. For example, if he is jealous of a certain person’s position in society, he will try by every possible means to attain the same position. Such desires lead people to spend their lives putting on a show for other people so that they will admire their rank, money, or power.”

How does one go about seeking sincerity?

Imaam Ibn-al Qayyim al Jawziyyah, may Allaah have mercy on him, says: “If your soul informs you to quest for Ikhlaas, turn first towards your yearning and slaughter it with a knife [in a state] of desperation. Then turn [in a state of] asceticism upon praise and commendation… If your quest in slaughtering the yearning, and [the acquisition of] asceticism [against] praise and commendation is successful, your [journey] shall be facilitated in your [quest] for Ikhlaas.”

Tameem ad-Daaree, may Allaah be pleased with him, said: the Prophet sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, said thrice (to lay stress): The Deen is naseehah (sincerity and sincere advice)." We said: To whom? He said: "To Allaah, His Book, His Messenger and to the leaders of the Muslims and the general people." [ Saheeh Muslim]

Imaam an-Nawawee, may Allaah have mercy on him, has a lengthy commentary on this hadeeth in Sharh Saheeh Muslim, in which he says: 
“Sincerity to Allaah means having faith in Him… avoiding disobedience to Him, to love for His sake and to hate for His sake, to keep good relations with those that obey Him and to have enmity with those that disobey Him. To fight jihaad with those who disbelieve in Him. To recognise His favours and to give thanks to Him for them. To have sincerity in all affairs. To call to everything that we have mentioned, and to encourage it. To show kindness to all the people, all those whom you are able to, in this call.”

“..sincerity to the general Muslims … is to guide them to what is beneficial for them, both in the Hereafter and this life. To keep harm away from them, to teach them that which they are ignorant of regarding the Deen... to help them by words and actions, to hide their faults and to fulfill their needs and wants; to remove that which is harmful for them and to bring that which is of benefit to them; enjoin them with good and forbid them from evil, with gentleness, sincerity and compassion for them.
Having respect for their elderly and mercy for their young. To give them good admonition, not acting deceitfully towards them. To love the good things for them, which he would love for himself. To hate the bad things for them, which he would hate for himself. To protect their wealth and reputation and encourage and advise them to take on the character of all that we have mentioned, form all the types of sincerity...”

If you skipped the last three paragraphs, I urge you to scroll up and read them slowly and carefully – they contain the prescription to our problems as an Ummah. 

As Muslims, our main concern is not to score points over each other -- it is to help each other gain Allaah’s pleasure.

As Muslims, our job in this world is to establish the Truth -- how can we presume to do that when we fail to be honest in our innermost motives?

As Muslims, our supplication is: Allaahummaa ij'al baatinanaa khayran min dhaahirina; wa-ija'al dhaahiranaa khayran [O Allaah! Make the hidden aspects of our personality better than our outer persona; and make our appearance good] -- how can we assume vicegerency over the Earth when we fail to be sincere slaves to our Lord; when we are concerned with outward appearances more than the state of our soul?

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

The Beauty of Speech

The Prophet (peace be upon him) on many different occasions
prohibited his followers from exaggeration and from speaking in an unnatural, pretensious manner, just as he forbid them from obstinacy and affected airs. All of these tendencies distance what we have to say from the truth and mark our words with the taint of dishonesty and impropriety. Our words in this way lose their ability to influence the hearts of others and instead provoke suspicions of hypocrisy, deception, and chicanery.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: "The most despised of you to me and the most remote from my company on the Day of Resurrection will be the prattlers, the braggarts, and the verbose." [Sunan al-Tirmidhi (2018)]

From an Islamic perspective, true eloquence of speech avoids
contrivance and pretension. Such a manner of speaking belies any notion of genuineness, while demanding a deliberate and forced effort on the part of the speaker. It indicates neither a sound disposition nor a clear literary style.

Moreover, affected eloquence and verbosity, aside from sounding ugly and contrived, makes the speaker look like he wants to dupe others or at least get the better of them. Indeed, we find that the braggart or the verbose speaker only fills his mouth with words and gushes them forth out of ostentation and haughtiness, in an attempt to flaunt his eloquence.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) made this clear when he was
asked: "We know what prattlers and braggarts are…but who are the verbose?"

To which he replied: "They are the prideful ones." [Sunan al-
TirmidhĂ® (2018)]

Pretentious speech and the hunt for the most wild, exotic, and unfamiliar words is contrary to good literary taste and balanced literary instincts. It is as far as one can get from a beautiful or elegant style. On the other hand, showing concern for perfecting one's speech, beautifying it, and judiciously choosing one's words carefully has nothing to do with the odious practices that the Prophet (peace be upon him) has warned us against.
 
Al-Ghazali points out this distinction in his landmark work Ihya Ulum al-Din , wherein he explains how perfecting one's speech and being precise in one's choice of words is something desirable. Along with choosing words that are elegant and beautiful, they are the essentials of eloquence. Pretence and artifice, on the other hand are loathsome, since they actually bequeath to one's speech a sense of baseness and
ignobility.

Source:
"The Beauty of Our Speech Lies in its Honesty" - Dr. Walid Qassaf

Macam-Macam Hal ^__^

Timbang                                                                    
                                                                            
 Di sebuah Mall yang sesak dengan pengunjung.. ada satu alat pengukur berat badan yang cukup canggih.. Hanya dengan membayar RM 1.00 kita akan diberitahu berapa berat badan kita oleh program komputer. Seorang gadis dan temannya mencuba di tengah kerumunan orang.. Setelah memasukkan wang  
 RM 1.00.. mesin komputer menjawab: "47 kg!"                                
                                                                           

Gadis kedua cuba untuk menimbang, dan mesin komputer menjawab: "52 kg!"    
                                                                           

Setelah beberapa minit datang seorang wanita yang cukup gemuk dan montel cuba menimbang dirinya di mesin itu. Setelah memasukkan wang RM 1.00..mesin komputer mengeluarkan jawapan:                                       
                                                                            

 "Tolong naik sorang-sorang.. jangan ramai-ramai!"                          
                                                                            
 
Peguam materialistik                                                      
                                                                           
 Seorang peguam yang sangat berjaya memberhentikan Mercedes Benz siri S terbarunya di depan pejabatnya.. ketika dia membuka pintu keretanya..sebuah lori melintas terlalu dekat menyebabkan terlanggar dan menerbangkan pintu kereta itu sekaligus menghentam bahagian depan Mercedesnya dg kuat..
                                                                           
 Orang ramai segera datang berkerumun dan mereka melihat peguam itu menjerit-jerit dan menangis dengan histeria sambil menunjuk keretanya yang sudah kemek itu.                                                          
                                                                            
 Beberapa minit setelah dia dapat menguasai emosinya, beberapa orang menggeleng-gelengkan kepala dan memandang hina kepada peguam itu. Seorang dari mereka berkata

"Saya tidak sangka yang sifat matrelialistik engkau sudah keterlaluan dan mata duitan. engkau hanya pentingkan harta dan tidak pentingkanbenda lain"                                                                      

 "kenapa engkau berkata demikian?", tanya si peguam lelaki itu menjawab..

"Tidakkah engkau tahu yang lengan kiri engkau terputus diseret lori tadi?"                                              
                                                                            
 "Ya Tuhan!!", jerit si pengecara tadi dengan kuat.. "Di mana jam tangan    Rolex saya?!!"                               

Siapa Ini?                                                                 

Seorang lelaki menalipon hospital untuk memberitahu yang isterinya nak bersalin. Dan jururawat hospital menjawab talipon lelaki tersebut.        
                                                                           
 Lelaki: "Hello... tolong saya sebab isteri saya nak bersalin!"            
                                                                           
 Jururawat: "Sila bertenang... ini anaknya yang pertama ke?"               
                                                                           
 Lelaki: "Apa la punya bangang... ni laki dia la!"                         
                                                                           
 Jururawat: "Erkkk..."  

      
Untuk apa kamu datang kesini?                                             
                                                                            
 "Hei, kamu yang berdiri di belakang," tegur pensyarah "Cuba sebutkan individu yang terlibat dalam Perjanjian Badang!"                          
                                                                            
 "Maaf, saya tidak tahu.. encik"                                           
                                                                           
 "Apa? tidak tahu? Baiklah, kalau begitu sebutkan saja tahun berapa perjanjian itu ditandatangani?"                                           
                                                                           
 "Maaf, saya tidak tahu juga, encik.."                                     
                                                                            
 "tidak tahu sama sekali? Maklumat itu kan sudah saya berikan untuk dibaca minggu lalu. Jadi untuk apa kamu datang ke sini kalau tidak tahu?"        
                                                                            
 "Mahu memeriksa kabel lampu ini, encik.. Saya petugas TNB"
                                          

Peripheral Arterial Disease

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Peripheral Arterial Disease

Arteries carry blood from the heart to all areas of the body and, when healthy, have a smooth lining that promotes blood flow and helps to prevent blood clots. Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a condition in which fatty deposits (called plaque) build up along the walls of the arteries that carry blood to the arms and legs. This is also known as atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries. The arteries slowly narrow and may even become blocked, affecting blood circulation, especially in the legs and feet. The February 1, 2006, issue of JAMA includes 2 articles about PAD. This Patient Page is based on one previously published in the September 19, 2001, issue of JAMA.

SYMPTOMS OF PAD  


•Painful cramping of the leg or hip muscles during walking, in some cases severe enough to hinder walking, that stops during rest; or numbness, weakness, or a feeling of heaviness in the legs with no pain

•Cooling of the skin in specific areas of the legs or feet

•Color changes in the skin, particularly in the arms or legs

•Toe and foot sores that do not heal promptly

•Burning or aching in the feet and toes while at rest and particularly while lying flat (this is a sign of more severe PAD)


RISK FACTORS OF PAD 


•Smoking is the number one risk factor for PAD and will interfere with treatment of the disease. Individuals with PAD should stop smoking completely because even 1 or 2 cigarettes daily can affect treatment.

•Older age is a predictor for PAD—it occurs more frequently in those individuals 60 years of age or older.

•Diabetes is a significant risk factor for PAD. Individuals with diabetes should keep strict control of their blood sugar to avoid serious problems resulting from PAD.

•High blood pressure

•High cholesterol levels


DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT 

Tests for PAD include comparing the blood pressure in the ankle with the blood pressure in the arm. Measurement of ankle blood pressure is assisted by a Doppler device, which amplifies the sound of blood flow.
Your doctor can test you for PAD and recommend the best treatment to stop or even reverse the buildup of plaque in the arteries. Individuals with PAD should quit smoking, exercise regularly, and eat a healthy diet low in fat and salt. Medications to control high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high blood sugar, and blood clotting are often important.

Source;JAMA

Looking into People’s Houses


Looking into People’s Houses

Allah says:
        “ O you who believe! Enter not houses other than your own until you have sought permission, and greeted those in them.” (Surah an-Noor (24) : 27)
The Prophet (saas) explained that the reason why permission was to be sought was for fear that the person seeking to enter might see something private in the house: “The rule of seeking permission has been established for the sake of (not) seeing.” 1
Nowadays, when houses and buildings are too close to one another or even attached, and doors and windows face one another, the possibility of neighbors seeing one another has increased greatly. Many people do not lower their gaze, and some of those who live on higher floors may deliberately look down from their roofs and windows into neighboring homes that are lower than their own.. This is an act of betrayal and an invasion of their neighbors’ privacy, as well as being the way that leads to haraam deeds. A great deal of misery and trouble has resulted for this, and that fact that the Sharee’ah counts the eye of the one who spies as worthless is sufficient proof of the seriousness of the matter. The Messenger of Allah (saas) said : “Whoever looks into somebody’s house without their permission, it is permissible  for them to poke his eye out.”2 According to another report, he (saas) said: “Poke out his eye, and there will be no penalty or retribution.”3
1)      Reported by al-Bukhaari, see Fath al-Baari, 11/24
2)      Reported by Muslim, 3/1699.
3)      Reported by Imaam Ahmad, 2/385; see also Saheeh al-Jaami’, 6022.

Why is My Supplication is not Answered

‘Allaah says:
‘‘And your Lord says: Call upon Me and I will, respond to your supplication.’’
[Soorah Ghaafir 40:60]
So why is it that a person’s du’aa (supplication) is sometimes unanswered?’:
 
‘‘All praise is due to Allaah, Lord of the worlds. May the Prayers and Peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad, and upon his Family and his Companions. I ask Allah for the ability to be correct in belief, speech and actions, for myself and for my brothers and sisters.

Allaah says:

‘‘And your Lord says: Call upon Me and I will respond to your supplication. Verily those who are too arrogant to worship Me will, enter Hell in humiliation.’’
[Soorah Ghaafir 40:60]

The questioner stated that he did indeed make du’aa (supplication) to Allaah - the Mighty and Majestic - but it was not answered by Allaah. So he is in doubt with respect to this noble aayah (verse), in which Allaah promises to answer the one who supplicates to Him, and indeed Allaah - the Most Perfect - never breaks His promise. So the clarification of this is that there are certain conditions that need to be fulfilled in order for a supplication to be answered. These conditions are:

Firstly:
Sincerity to Allaah - the Mighty and Majestic. That is to say, o­ne must be sincere in his du’aa (supplication), so he turns to Allaah - the one free from all imperfections with an attentive heart, being truthful in his turning to Him, knowing that Allaah - the Most Perfect, the Most High - is capable of answering his du’aa (supplication) and hoping that the du’aa will be answered.
Secondly:
During the du’aa, the caller should feel that he is in need of Allaah - the Most Perfect, the Most High – in fact in dire need; and that o­nly Allaah alone answers the supplication of the o­ne in distress and the o­ne who removes evil.
Thirdly: That the o­ne making du’aa should refrain from haraam (unlawful) matters, as this acts as a barrier between the person and his du’aa (supplication) being answered - as has been established in the authentic hadeeth, from the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam - may the peace & blessings of Allah be upon him) who said:
 
‘‘Indeed Allaah - the Most High -is good and accepts o­nly that which is good. Allaah has ordered the Believers to do that which He commanded the Messengers. Allaah - the Most High -has said:

‘‘O you Messengers! Eat of the good things and do righteous actions.’’
[Sooratul-Mu‘minoon 3:51]
And Allaah - the Most High - says:

‘‘O you who Believe! Eat of the good things wherewith We have provided you.’’
[Sooratul-Baqarah 2:172]
Then he mentioned (the case of) a man who, having journeyed far is dishevelled and dusty and who spreads out his hands to the sky (saying): ‘O Lord! O Lord,’ whilst his food is unlawful, his drink unlawful and he is nourished unlawfully. So how can he be answered!’ [Muslim]
 
So the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) explained the un-likelihood that this person’s du’aa would be answered, even after fulfilling the apparent factors which aid the du’aa being answered.
 
The apparent factors being:

[i]: Raising o­nes’ hands towards the sky, meaning towards Allaah - the Mighty and Majestic. Extending the hands out towards Allaah -the Mighty and Majestic - is amongst the causes of du’aa being responded to, as is shown in the narration from the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) that he said: ‘‘Indeed your Lord is Alive, Most generous. He feels shy that when his servant raises his bands towards Him, calling upon Him, that He should return him empty, having nothing.’’ [Ahmad]

[ii]: This man called upon Allaah - the Most High - using the name Rabb (Lord). Seeking tawassul (the means of nearness to Allaah) with this name is also regarded as o­ne of the causes for du’aa to be responded to, since the Rabb is the Creator, the Owner, the Governor of all affairs - and the reigns of the Heavens and the earth are in His Hands. Due to this, you will find that most of the supplications made in the Noble Qur‘aan are by this name:

‘‘Our Lord! We have heard the call of o­ne calling us to faith: ‘Believe you in the Lord,’ and we have believed. Our Lord! Forgive us our sins, and remit from us our evil deeds, and take to Yourself our souls in the company of the righteous. Our Lord! Grant us what You did promise unto us through Your Messengers, and do not disgrace us o­n the Day of judgement, for You never break Your promise. And their Lord has accepted of them, and answered them: Never will I suffer to be lost the work of any of you, whether male or female.’’
[Soorah Aal-'lmraan 3:193-195]

So tawassul (seeking the means of nearness to Allaah) by this name is o­ne of the causes for the du’aa to be responded to.

[iii]: This man was a traveller, and journeying is often a cause for du’aa to be responded to, because a person feels more in need of Allaah - the Mighty and Majestic - when travelling, than when a person is resident with his family. He was dusty and dishevelled, seeming very insignificant in himself, as if the most important thing to him was to implore Allaah and to call upon Him - in any condition he may be - whether dusty and dishevelled, or in ease and oppulance. Being dusty and dishevelled is also instrumental, like in the hadeeth attributed to the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) in which he said: Indeed Allaah boasts to the people of the Heaven about the people standing at ’Arafah, saying: ‘‘Look at My servants who have come to Me dusty and dishevelled.’’ [Ibn Hibbaan]

However, these factors did not bring about anything, because his food, his nourishment and his clothing were all haraam (unlawful). So the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) remarked: ‘‘So how can he be answered!’’ Therefore, if these conditions are not satisfied, then the question concerning the du’aa (supplication) being answered will seem distant. However, if the conditions are satisfied and the o­ne supplicating is still not answered, then this is due to a wisdom which Allaah - the Mighty and Majestic - knows, and the o­ne supplicating does not know what this wisdom is; and maybe that you like a thing and it is bad for you. So when these conditions are fulfilled and the o­ne supplicating is not answered, then either he has been protected from an evil (Allah will remove a misfortune from his life due to his supplication) which is greater than what he has asked for, or Allaah stores it for him until the Day of Resurrection, and he then gets a greater reward.
 
This is so, because the o­ne who makes du’aa - calling upon Allaah alone, fulfilling the conditions and not being answered, but rather being saved from a greater evil - is in the position of having carried out the causes yet has been prevented from being answered, and therefore has a two-fold reward. o­ne reward for making du’aa (supplication), and another reward for bearing the trial of not being answered.
 
So that which is greater and more complete is stored for him with Allaah - the Mighty and Majestic. Also of importance is that the o­ne supplicating should not express dissatisfaction if his du’aa is apparently not being answered, for this action in itself is a reason for the du’aa not being answered - as the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said: ‘‘A servants du’aa continues to be answered as long as be does not ask for anything sinful or breaking the ties of relations, and as long as be does not become impatient.’’ It was said: How does o­ne become impatient O Messenger of Allaah? He said: ‘‘He says: I have supplicated, I have supplicated, yet it has not been answered.’’ [Bukhaaree]
 
He therefore becomes dispondant and abandons supplicating. So it is not befitting that the o­ne supplicating should become impatient about being answered, then become disappointed and dispondant, and thereby abandon making du’aa. Rather, o­ne should call upon Allaah, since every du’aa you make to Allaah is an act of worship, which brings you closer to Him and increases your reward. So my brother/sister, you should take to making du’aa (supplication) in all affairs, be it general or specific, in difficulty or in ease. And if it was that supplication was o­nly a means of worshipping Allaah - the o­ne free from all imperfections, the Most High - then that would be sufficient. So it is more befitting that a person strives in this - and with Allaah lies the success and the ability.’’

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