Monday, July 14, 2008

Death and Pre-Ordainment

Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un

Family mourns man in Wasaga Beach drowning --The Toronto Sun

Police Identify 20-Year-Old Wasaga Beach Drowning Victim -- CityNews

Man, 20, drowns at Wasaga Beach --CTV Toronto

Irfan Jogiat...

This is the first time someone I know and met a few times before, has passed away. It came as a shock and as a great reminder from Allah the Almighty about death, and how we must all face it, no matter how old or young we are.

MashaAllah, he was a Talib-ul Ilm who had drowned, Allah (swt) has blessed him with 2 ways of dying as a martyr, SubhanAllah. May Allah (swt) raise him amongst the Ulema and the Shuhadah. I didn’t know him so well but I had heard loads about him through his cousin Aishah. Like about his great akhlaq and adhab (manners, morals, etiquettes, etc) and his great personality that everybody knew about. He always lowered his gaze and not only wore the Sunnah, but tried to emanate and practice it as much as he could. His family and his many friends are feeling his loss, but it indeed is from Allah (swt). Allah (swt) has called him back and saved him from the ugliness of this dunya.

May Allah (swt) open the gates and windows of Jannah tul Firdaws in his grave, illuminate his grave with His (swt) blessings and Noor, raise him amongst those that He loves and favours and grant sabr (patience, understanding, acceptance, etc) to his loving family and friends. Ameen

Death is not something to take lightly and forget. It is something that we must all prepare for. Do not fall for the love of this dunya and all that it holds. Stay away from the haraam and the doubts. Don’t hold grudges, malice, jealousy and hatred for one another in your hearts, just forget and forgive everyone, before it’s too late. There is no room or time for all of that when love, mercy, and the Noor of Allah (swt) should be illuminating it. We may never know when or where we or someone else close to us may die.

May Allah (swt) take us with the Kalimah on our lips, with imaan and when He (swt) is most pleased with us. May Allah (swt) forgive our sins and protect us (and all those who have already passed away) from the punishments of the grave and the hellfire. May He (swt) open the doors of Jannah tul Firdaws in our graves and fill it with His Noor. May we be raised amongst those that He (swt) loves and favours and be with Him and His Rasul (s.a.w) for eternity… Ameen.

Here is an excerpt from the book, Don’t Be Sad. It’s perfect for this loss…


No calamity befalls on the earth or in yourselves but is inscribed in the Book of Decrees – before We bring it into existence. (57:22)

The pen has dried, the pages have been lifted: all events that shall come to pass have already been written.

Nothing shall ever happen to us except what Allah has ordained for us (9:51)

Whatever has befallen you was not meant to escape you, and whatever has escaped you was not meant to befall you: If this belief were to firmly ingrained in your heart than all hardship and difficulty would become ease and comfort. The Prophet (s.a.w) said, “Whoever Allah wishes good for, He inflicts him (with Hardship)”

For this reason, do not feel overly troubled if you are afflicted with sickness, the death of a son, or a loss in wealth. Allah has decrees these matters to occur and the decisions are His, and His alone. When we truly have this faith, we shall be rewarded well and our sins shall be atoned for.

For those that are afflicted with disaster, glad tidings await them: so remain patient and happy with our Lord.

He cannot be questioned as to what He does, while they will be questioned. (21:23)

You will never completely feel at ease until you firmly believe that Allah has already pre-ordained all matters. The pen has dried and with it has been written everything that will happen to you. Therefore do not fell remorse over that which is not in your hands. Do not thing that you could have prevented the fence from falling, the water from flowing, the wind from blowing, or the glass from breaking. You could no have prevented these things, whether you wanted to or not. All that has been preordained shall come to pass.

Then whosoever wills let him believe, and whosoever wills, let him disbelieve. (18:29)

Surrender yourself: believe in pre-ordainment, before pangs of anger and regret overwhelm you. If you have done all that was in your power, and afterwards what you had been striving against still takes place, have firm faith that it was meant to be. Do not say, ‘Had I done such-and-such, such-and-such would have happened’; rather say, ‘This is the decree of Allah, and what He wishes, He does.’

Page 40-41 from the book, Don’t Be Sad (La Tahzin) by ‘Aaidh ibn Abdullah al-Qarni

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Happy Anniversary to me and Happy Canada Day!

So it’s been 1 year since my nikkah. A year of my marriage has passed, and mashaAllah it has been one of the best years of my life so far. May Allah (swt) continue to bless my marriage (and all marriages) with love, happiness, patience, understanding, and all the other blessings that come in many great ways. Ameen

My husband isn't here so he told my sis-in-law to buy a rose and give it to me today(the one in the pic), along with presents that he bought for me! MashaAllah, he also left a sweet letter that I had to open made me cry!

Those that are still single and do not want to get married, believe me it can be one of the most wonderful things that can ever happen to you. Not only do you fulfill half of your Iman, but you also get a best friend, a lover, a partner (inshaAllah in the Hereafter as well), and a person who becomes your other half. As Allah (swt) says in Suran al-Baqarah, “they are garments for you and you are garments for them…” your spouse becomes your garment in ways you might have never thought. They become a barrier between you and evil, a way to become closer to Allah (swt) and His Rasul (s.a.w), an adornment, a comfort, a warmth, the coolness of your eyes, your passion, your jannah in this world and without them you feel incomplete and empty. SubhanAllah, it’s truly amazing how Allah (swt) blesses us with such beautiful gifts, we just need to make sure we’re grateful to Him (swt) and thank Him as often as we can. May Allah (swt) give us the Tawfiq to do so.

Wow, it’s the summer and a time where your wallet just seems to have a hole in it! I just went shopping yesterday with the girls, got some good deals at Heartland Town Centre, and not to mention a really big migraine by the end of the day. From spending almost an hour in every store to some very hungry girls “accidentally” breaking a table at Popeye’s to going to the Tim Horton’s drive-thru 3 times in a row (some people just can’t make up their minds) can give anyone a headache but a lot of laughs too!

Oh and it’s Canada Day! I just love Canada, even though it can be so expensive sometimes (yeah, I’m thinking of yesterday). Still, you can never really hate Canada, eh?

Anyways, that’s all for now folks! I’ll try to update soon, inshaAllah.

In the mean time check out this nasheed.