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  • Jawaad Ahmad Khan 7:19 am on September 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Naseeb Khan   

    Quick Gem: Seize the Opportunity! 

    From the Khutbah “Thanking Allah for Ramadan” by Naseeb Khan given on September 18, 2009 at Masjid Muttaqeen.

    During the Prophet’s time, there was a man and an orphan that both had gardens next to each other. They’d both loved their gardens, but there was a problem. There was a tree between the gardens and there was a debate on whose tree it was. The orphan loved that tree and wanted it. They went to the Prophet (SAW) to rule on it. After all the measurements and such were made, it was ruled that the tree actually was part of the man’s garden.

    The orphan was so sad as he’d loved that tree. The Prophet (S) had a moment of sympathy and told the man that if he would give that little orphan the tree, then he would make du’a to Allah to give the man a garden in Jannah.

    In the moment, the man wanted the tree so much, in his  arrogance he refused the offer and kept the tree.

    While this was happening, another companion, Abu Darda (R) overheard this and immediately began seeking that garden in Jannah. He asked the prophet (S) if that offer was still up, if he could get that tree for the orphan, would he have that du’a for the garden in Jannah? The prophet said yes.

    Abu Darda immediately seized that opportunity and asked the man that if he gave him his own garden, filled with date palm trees and such, would give him possession of that one tree? The man agreed and said he didn’t need that tree, and an extra garden is what he’d rather have.

    Abu Darda came home to his garden, where his child was eating dates from the tree and he came frantic saying to drop everything, this isn’t our garden, I’VE SOLD IT TO ALLAH! I’VE SOLD IT TO ALLAH!

    That man who’d lost out on the opportunity chose a garden on Earth over a garden in Jannah. Subhanallah, if you noticed, he’s “the man” while the person that seized that opportunity is who refer to as “Abu Darda”. The man’s name wasn’t recorded or remembered, though we remember Abu Darda. This is because he was the one who’d tried to take every opportunity he could to get to Jannah. Are you seizing all of your opportunities?

    NOTE: This was only one story of the khutbah, the rest of it was about being thankful to Allah for Ramadan and generally taking a more deep interest in our deen.

    SOURCE FOR THE STORY (as referenced by the speaker).

     
  • Jawaad Ahmad Khan 3:08 am on September 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Muhammad Chowdhury   

    Quick Gem: Desks in a room… 

    Muhammad Chowdhury (from Chicago, Illinois)

    A small anecdotal gem from a small talk I’d heard tonight at the masjid. The brother was visiting from an Islamic institute in Chicago, but unfortunately he didn’t mention the name.

    Imagine a large and wide room. It’s filled with a whole set of desks. And sitting at each of those desks are students. And in front of those students are papers. And in each of their hands, are pencils. And they are writing on the paper with a great fury and focus. They are all taking a test. This test is of such a great magnitude that it will determine each of their futures and the rest of their lives.

    Now imagine yourself as one of those students. And all that you can muster to write down is your name. After that, you can’t understand any of the questions at all. And you’re stuck, alone.
    And all of a sudden, you feel a hand on your shoulder, and you hear the voice of a person who says that they will help you. They will not only help you, but they will give you the correct answers. Not only that but this person says they’ll make sure that you will succeed even after this test. Would you refuse this person’s help?

    Many ‘Ulamah classify this test as, the Dunyah (world). And the person coming to your aid is none other than the Nabi (prophet) of Allah, salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam (peace and blessings be upon him). He has received the answers straight from Allah and provides it to you with his sunnah. Will you refuse this answer key to life? Will you neglect it and fail your test? Allahu ‘Alam.

     
  • Jawaad Ahmad Khan 3:59 am on September 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Imam Izhaar   

    Quick Gem: Surah Yaseen’s Protection 

    Imam Izhaar, at Masjid Jama’at Al-Mu’mineen, 9-13-09

    A small gem I got from the tafseer talk before ‘Isha tonight. I actually took notes on my iPod touch. 🙂

    When Quraish’s youth came to kill the Prophet (S) in Makkah, and they surrounded his home, with ‘Ali (R), he picked up a handful of dirt (or dust), then recited the first few ayaat of Surah Yaseen, and then blew the dust into the air. Those particles of dust went in the eyes of the attackers, and temporarily blinded them allowing Muhammad (S) to walk right past them without them seeing him. Those verses protected the Prophet (S) from death and allowed him to escape to Madinah.

    What do you think?

    —-

    p.s. Thanks to brother Arif, the source for this story is in Ibn Hisham, Vol. Pp. 480-83.

     
    • Arif Kabir 6:51 am on September 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Masha’Allah, that’s really interesting!

      For all those interested on the source, I looked up the reference to this story and I found out that this is found at Ibn Hisham, Vol. Pp. 480-83.

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