Alhamdulillah That Fills the Scale

An excerpt from a khutbah that I gave discussing the statement of the Prophet: “And Alhamdulillah fills the scale”.

The complete hadith is as follows:

( الطهور شطر الإيمان ، والحمد لله تملأ الميزان ، وسبحان الله والحمد لله تملآن – تملأ – ما بين السماوات والأرض ، والصلاة نور ، والصدقة برهان ، والصبر ضياء ، والقرآن حجة لك أو عليك ، كل الناس يغدو ، فبائع نفسه ، فمعتقها أو موبقها ) رواه مسلم

“Purity is half of faith and the praise of Allah fills the scale; glorification and praise fill up what is between the heavens and the earth. Prayer is a light, charity is proof (of sincere faith), and patience is illumination. The Quran is a proof for you or against you; all people go out early in the morning and sell themselves, either setting themselves free or destroying themselves.”

The khutbah focuses on what alhamdulillah means, some examples of its usage in Qur’an and how alhamdulillah can fill the scale of good deeds.

Reality of Faith (Iman) – A Beautiful Hadith

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‏قال رسول الله (إن لكل شيء حقيقة و ما بلغ عبد حقيقة الإيمان حتى يعلم أن ما أصابه لم يكن ليخطئه و ما أخطأه لم يكن ليصيبه)صحيح رقم2150

The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said, “Everything has a reality. The reality of faith is that which has hit you couldn’t have missed you and that which has missed you couldn’t have hit you. No one can be a true slave of Allah unless he/she realizes the reality of faith.”

Some implications of this realization:

1) Letting bygones be bygones. If it didn’t happen then nothing could’ve made it happen.

2) Being positive and looking at the future. Dwelling on the past isn’t going to change it. Nothing I can do now will change it.

3) Not being down if opportunity is missed, nor overly excited if capitalized.
May Allah give us such incredible faith that leads to positive actions, ameen.

Tilawah: Attentive Reading/Following of the Qur’an

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Tilawah is generally translated as recitation and most often used in the context of reciting Qur’an. However, linguistically it has two basic meanings: to read and to follow.

The reading part is obvious from the general translation. However, to demonstrate that tilawah also means to follow, consider this: the Arabs would call a baby goat that was just weaned off its mother a “tilwu” (from tilawah) because it would follow the mother everywhere.

Check out the video and its 2nd part (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WfcFzaVtmM) for more details, the usage of the word in the Qur’an and its implications.

 

Truly Worshiping Allah

An excerpt from a khutbah discussing what it means to truly worship Allah.

Summary:

– Allah says, ” يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ اعْبُدُوا رَبَّكُمُ – O mankind, worship your Lord”. The word اعْبُدُوا has two origins: 1) to worship 2) to enslave/be a slave of someone
– Worshiping Allah is doing things that make Allah happy.
– Being a slave of Allah is being happy with what Allah does to us.
– Allah gives us several reasons to worship Him in the ayaat without even mentioning how to worship Him, highlighting how important it is to make the “why” a part of our discourse.

The discussion is based on the following ayaat from Surah Baqarah (2):

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Description of the Qu’ran in the Qur’an – Aarij Anwer

A discussion on the description of the Qur’an – آيَاتٌ بَيِّنَاتٌ فِي صُدُورِ الَّذِينَ أُوتُوا الْعِلْمَ – as described in the ayaat from Surah Al-Ankaboot [29:49] and what it entails.

This is an excerpt from a longer speech given at one of my student’s Qur’an graduation party (finishing of memorization of the Qur’an).

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