What is Good Character?
O My God!
How often you see a scene in nature and are overcome with awe, respect and admiration of The Creator and usually we will stumble and say: OMG instead of what our Rasool pbuh has taught us:
3an Abu Hurairah (radiallahu 3anhu):
Qaala Rasullullahi ( ):
“Kalimataan khafeefataan 3ala al-lissaan,
thaqeelataan 3ala al-mizaan
wa habeebataan ila Al-Rahmaan:
Subhanallahu bi Hamdi, Subhanallahul-Adheem.
Translation:Abu Hurairah (ra) reported that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said:
Two phrases are light on the tongue,Heavy on the scale (of good deeds)and loved by (Allah) The Most Merciful:
Subhanallahu bi Hamdi, Subhanallhul-Adheem
HAVE YOU TURNED SIXTY YET?
Allah Almighty says:
“Did We not let you live long enough for anyone who was going to pay heed to pay heed? And did not the warner come to you?” (35:37)
112. Abu Hurayra reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said:
“Allah has excused Himself in the case of a man whose term He extends until he reaches sixty years of age.” [Al-Bukhari]
The scholars say that it means, “He does not need an excuse if He lets him live for this period.” It is said that this is when a man reaches the utmost point of being excused.
EXCERPT FROM: Riyadh us Saliheen chapter on:On the encouragement to increase good actions in the later part of one’s life
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I PROTEST: THE DISRESPECT OF OUR PROPHET PBUH
Allah asks the Prophet to remind his Nation that it is essential for those who claim to love God, to love His Prophet :
“Say to them: If you love God, follow (and love and honor) me, and God will love you” (3:31).
Love of the Prophet is what differentiates the believers in the perfection of their imaan. In an authentic hadith related in Bukhari and Muslim, the Prophet said:
“None of you believes until he loves me more than he loves his children, his parents, and all people.” In another hadith in Bukhari he said: “None of you believes until he loves me more than he loves himself.”
Courtesy: Living Islam
Respecting the Messenger of Allah, The Best of Adam (AS) progeny
Some sensation mongers go out of their way to incite violence against muslims and denigrate the status of Prophet Muhammad Peace be upon Him. However we know from His blessed lips what he told us about WHO IS THE BEST OF MANKIND IN ADAM (AS) offspring.
Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle said,
“I have been sent (as an Apostle) in the best of all the generations of Adam’s offspring since their Creation.”
Mother and Daughter
Personal from Kaukab Siddique, Editor NT: It’s my mother’s birthday anniversary. We are strange people. Let me explain. My ancestors came from Arabia to India and married among the proud Rajputs who were starting to embrace Islam. My mother inherited the generosity and gentleness of the Arab woman along with the self-respect and sense of honor and pride of the Rajputs. She was a beautiful woman both physically and spiritually. She stood with the Qaid-e-Azam, the founder of Pakistan, at a time when most women did not speak out. India could hear the thunder of the awakening Muslim masses chanting: Pakistan ka matlab kiya? La illaha illalah. It was the invincible call of history in the making. Pakistan, a new nation, emerged from the heart of darkness that was India. Both the Hindus and the British were determined that Pakistan should not be born or should die soon after birth. People like my mother through hard, honest, work made Pakistan a reality.
For my mother, success was the future which she would never see in her own life but which she made possible. For her Pakistan was a dream from the life of the Prophet, pbuh, as sung in the lilting verses of Hafiz Jullundhri and in the visionary power of the cadences of Allama Iqbal’s Masjide Qurtuba. She suffered much but nothing could defeat her. One would think she was soft but her endurance showed that she was made of spiritual steel.
In her own quiet, mild, way she encouraged me to think about the rights of women in Islam. She made my books possible.
Now I see the spiritual beauty of my mother and her sublime faith in Allah emerging in my sister. For my sister, Islam was even more difficult because she was almost secularized by the seductive call of America. I see in her, Islam victorious in the battle for the hearts and souls of highly educated Muslims. Islam is not easy to live in America, but my sister is winning. She is praying, going to Makka and Madinah, loving the hijab. For a highly secularized woman to voluntarily accept the hijab is a sign for us. We can see in her the miracle of Allah’s message. As she moves forward, I sense my mother’s spirit behind her, smiling with joy.