Ya Sahibi

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

رَبِّ إِنِّى لِمَآ أَنزَلۡتَ إِلَىَّ مِنۡ خَيۡرٍ فَقِيرٌ
القصص: ٢٤
My Lord! I am needy of whatever good Thou sendest down for me. (Al Qasas: 24)

It is another enormous blessing that we find ourselves alive in these blessed days of Dhul Hijjah as it forces us to scrape away all the excess in our lives, essentially all that which doesn't benefit our relationship with Allah.

In recent weeks, I've been disturbed by ideas of consumerism and consumption as a norm for certain people. Many stores, endless merchandise, continuous efforts to own and indulge -- it all seems very pointless to me and lacking in the essence of our beings. I think of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, and the choice that lay before him between living the simple life that he did or living as a worldly king. He chose the former and taught us what it means to be royalty among the King of all kings. But what's the point in mentioning his lessons if we are so ill prepared or ill intentioned in practicing and living by them? 

Image result for hands raised in prayerIt's worth reflecting on the insights that a sister shared with me a few days ago when she reminded me that Allah does not leave our hands empty when we raise them asking Him for whatever it is that we want. Allahu karim. Weight has no measure when comparing that with which Allah fills our hands to the physical things which we hope to acquire (which is still all from Him).

One such blessing that Allah grants us is sisterhood. I've recently witnessed and experienced the truly spectacular phenomenon of it at work as strangers have so seamlessly turned into friends. I pray that Allah grants them and their families the best of both worlds, ameen. I remind myself, however, that a friend is not always a companion. A companion shares the journey while a friend only illumines it. I'm grateful for the friends I have, but I seek companionship.

There is only one companion worth pursuing, but it requires a pure heart and an intelligent mind. Perhaps one day I shall befit its company. It is something that I must struggle for if there is any sincerity in me. I pray that Allah, most generous is He, makes it beloved to me and my loved ones and makes us beloved to it.

اللهم اجعلنا من اهل القرآن باطنا و ظاهرا و علمناه  من اجلك
 اللهم ارزقنا محبة القرآن و فهم القرآن  وعلم القرآن  و حفظ القرآن  و أخلاق القرآن  و أعمال القرآن و ثبتنا في حياة قرآنية، آمين 

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"Do you think that you will enter the Paradise without such (trials) as came to those who passed away before you? They encountered suffering and adversity and were so shaken in spirit that even the Apostle and those of faith who were with him cried: 'When (will come) the help of God?' Ah! Verily the help of God is (always) near!" [2:214]



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"Be mindful of God, and God will protect you. Be mindful of God, and you will find Him in front of you. If you ask, ask of God. If you seek help, seek help of God. Know that if the whole world were to gather together to benefit you with anything, it would benefit you only with something that God had already prescribed for you. And if the whole world were to gather together to harm you, it would harm you only with something that God has already prescribed for you. The pens have been lifted and the ink has dried."
--Prophet Muhammad [peace be upon him]