Calamity and Charity, Emdad Khan

We wonder what’s happenings around us. The invisible micro virus is currently controlling our day to day life all over the world. All the mighty military, politicians, technologists, scientists, engineers, physicians look like they are unable to do something except encourage others to stay locked down at home, maintaining self-isolation and maintain social distance.

Allah (SWT) may test some of us with calamities, even when it is hard and may test some other people with blessings. Many tragic events that happen in our life comes as tests from the Almighty, but difficult to explain. But Allah (SWT) states in the Qur’an:

“Be sure we shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods or lives or the fruits of your toil but give glad tidings to those who are patient.”

Surah Al-Baqarah, Verse 155

Our beloved Prophet Muhammad ﷺ  says in a hadith:

“How wonderful is the affair of the believer, for his affairs are all good, and this applies to no one but the believer. If something good happens to him, he is thankful for it and that is good for him. If something bad happens to him, he bears it with patience and that is good for him.”

(Sahih Muslim, 2999).

If not for the trials of this world, we could become arrogant, self-boasting and it will to our doom in this world and in the Hereafter.

By panicking, the calamity does not go away, it makes things worse. Being patient and striving sincerely to overcome the challenges is rewarded by Allah (SWT) that is enough for us and many times greater. The Most Wise and the Most Merciful, Allah (SWT) did not send this calamity in order to destroy us, rather He is checking on us, testing our patience, acceptance, and faith.

Our beloved Prophet Muhammad ﷺ says in another hadith:

“Give charity without delay, for it stands in the way of calamity.” (Tirmidhi). He added that: “Sadaqa extinguishes sins as water extinguishes fire. Sadaqa appeases Allah’s anger and averts evil. And even a smile in your brother’s face is sadaqa.”

The Almighty has guaranteed about our provision, under all circumstances. Even in calamity/crisis, every human being will get the provisions, simply trying in an ethical way and having faith and trust in Allah (SWT).

“Do they not know that Allah extends the provision for whom He wills, and restricts it? Indeed, in this are signs for who have Faith!”

Surah Az-Zumar, Verse 52

The sender of the calamity has also given us a process for our rectification.

Allah (SWT) commands:”

” …therefore Read as much of the Quran as may be easy for you, Establish regular Prayer and give regular Charity; And Loan to Allah, a beautiful Loan, and whatever you send forth for yourself, you will find it with Allah. Yes, Better and Greater in reward, and seek His Forgiveness, as He is Forgiver and Most Merciful”.

Surah Al-Muzzammil, Verse 20

In the new emerging world order, by the will of Allah (SWT) we will strive to be good to family, community, country and will be more kind, humble and caring.

As calamity can not pass over charity, let us be more generous to the elderly, parents, needy, orphans, neighbours, strangers, and captives.

President’s Message

Dear SNMC family,

I miss you all. In fact, the masjid misses you and of course you miss the masjid as well. May Allah make it easy for all of humanity.

It has been about 5 weeks since we last prayed at our masjid. Inshallah our current situation will improve and we’ll be able to return to the masjid soon. For now, it is a test from Allah (SWT). Though we may miss some of the blessings, the most important one is going to the masjid and praying in congregation. However, Allah (SWT) still loves us and Allah has still blessed us with his countless blessings. 

Even though we can’t visit each other nor the masjid, we can still keep in touch. We have a variety of communication channels that we can use to reach out to the masjid and one another. This is the time where we come closer to our families, companions and re-establish a firm connection with Allah (SWT). Let us try to use this time to make dua and ask for repentance.

Our two imams are working hard every day to reach out to the community through video messages to uplift the spirituality of the community. Also, Ramadan is coming up and inshallah our imams will share an overview of the programs to come during the blessed month. In addition to our imams, other respected leaders of the community will also use the SNMC platform to share their spiritual messages with the community.

Please reach out to SNMC for feedback about our current activities, and anything else you’d like to suggest in terms of content and/or schedule. We’ll adjust the programs based on the needs and feedback of the community. If you or anyone you know needs help with anything please contact SNMC, myself or the imams. Inshallah, SNMC will use its resources to help as much as possible.

SNMC contacts:

  • info@snmc.ca
  • board@snmc.ca
  • imam@snmc.ca (to reach both), OR
    Imam.Zijad@snmc.ca / imam.Mohsen@snmc.ca to reach individually
  • zulfiqar.khan@snmc.ca

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Jazakallahkhair, and may Allah (SWT) protect us all.

Br. Zulfiqar Khan
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Imam Zijad’s Corner: An Attitude of Gratitude (Shukr)

Imam Zijad’s Corner: An Attitude of Gratitude (Shukr)Narrated by `A’isha (r) that when the Prophet (S) prayed (the night prayers: Qiyam-ul-layl), he would stand until (the skin of) his feet swelled. So, she asked him: “O Prophet of Allah, you do all of this while knowing that Allah has forgiven you all of your mistakes?”

He responded: “Should I not aspire to be a grateful servant of Allah?”

Source: Muslim

Transliteration: “Afala Akunu ‘Abdan Shukura?”

Imam ibn Hajar commented on the hadith by saying that Muhammad (S) clarified to ‘Aisha (r), and thus to all of us, that the path of worship is not the path of challenges and difficulties but the way in which we develop an opportunity to express our gratitude to the Creator for all we enjoy and for the doors of forgiveness He provided us with.

Muslim classical and modern scholars taught us that gratitude is not only the part of our faith but it is the key by which to attract abundance, blessings, prosperity, peace, tranquility and success.

One of the most important aspects of tarbiyah (education) in Islam is the cultivation of the attitude of gratitude in people’s lives.

Why gratitude is presented to be much important and beneficial in Islam?

In the context of our current situation with coronavirus pandemic, we certainly could benefit from this attitude in all aspects of our life.

Below are some practical examples of benefits of gratitude:
Gratitude trains our minds to focus on the right things in life.

When we let our minds look for problems, we see plenty of them.

Instead, if we rather look away from problems and focus on possibilities and go for solutions, we will get those too.

Let’s, therefore, use gratitude to motivate ourselves to find possibilities and search for solutions and not only the negatives associated with challenges we face in life.

Gratitude helps us to slow down on the life-highways and enjoy what we have, rather than always waiting for the next wish to come true.

Gratitude can help us recognize that we already have enough of what many people have, for long, been yearning for.

We must therefore tame our Nafs (souls) to understand that if we can’t find happiness in the blessings that we have today, then we won’t be happy with what we get tomorrow.

Thus, gratitude is a sense of fulfillment that comes not from wanting more but rather from a sense of knowing that Allah has already blessed us with what we need.

Gratitude helps us recognize other people’s favors to us.

The Prophet (S) through his sayings made it quite clear that expressing our gratitude to Allah by thanking Him also involves that we thank people who do favors for us.

The Prophet Muhammad (S) said as narrated by Abu Hurairah (r): “He who does not thank people, does not thank Allah” (Ahmad, Tirmidhi).

He also taught us how to do it: “Whoever does you a favor, then reciprocate, and if you cannot find anything with which to reciprocate, then pray for him/her until you think that you have reciprocated him/her.” (Abu Dawud)

In another hadith, he said: “Whoever has a favor done for him/her and says to the one who did it,‘Jazak Allahu khayran,’ has done enough to thank him/her.” (Tirmizi)

Gratitude isn’t about ignoring our problems.

On the contrary, gratitude helps us to be patient, accepting of life’s challenges, and accordingly trains us to seek personal fulfillment with less.

Gratitude thus makes us “low maintenance” in our demands and expectations.

This trait reduces our burden on those around us, making our company more pleasing to others instead of leaving us always unhappy, more demanding, and impossible to please because of unending demands and expectations.

Gratitude helps increase one’s blessings, as Allah says: “And (remember) when your Lord proclaimed: ‘If you are grateful, I will give you more (of My Blessings).” (Ibrahim 14:7)

Gratitude is not only expressing our thanks with words.

Gratitude goes beyond mere words.

It emerges in the heart and translates itself in our actions.

We see this in the example of the Prophet (S) whose sins were forgiven by Allah, yet, he continued to strive for His pleasure, as in the hadith above.

It is not only about saying shukr but acting shukr!

This acting part of shukr has been also presented in the example of the Prophet Dawud’s (may peace and blessings be upon him) family.

Allah says: “Work, of family of Dawud, in gratitude.” (Saba’ 34:13)

Allah did not tell Dawud “Be grateful” but told him “work in gratitude.”

May Allah help us be grateful to our own families and all those who have done any good to us, be it something huge or small and does not matter if it comes from an individual, group, association or the state. Allahumma Amin!

  

Live-Streaming Discussion / Short Talks

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Tuesday, April 21st at 7:00 pm – “An Attitude of Gratitude (Shukr) and Ramadan.”

Thursday, April 23rd at 1:00 pm – Topic: “Welcoming the Month of Ramadan: The Prophet’s (S) Khutbah.”

Friday, April 24th at 1:00 pm – Today’s Friday Message: Ramadan: The Time to Come Clean with Allah.” – Please listen to the Message and then pray 4 Units (Rakat) of Salatiz Zuhr

Saturday, April 25th at 1:00 pm – Topic: “Manners of Welcoming the Month of Ramadan & Siyam.”

Sunday, April 26th at 1:00 pm – Topic: “Importance and Manners of Suhur and Iftar.”

Live-sessions with Imam Mohsen El-Nadi

Live Discussions for youth 11+

Event: SNMC Youth Virtual Halaqas with Imam Mohsen followed by interactive activities

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Time and Topics:

  • Mon April 13th 5:30-6:30pm: Halaqa with Imam Mohsen + short interactive activity
  • Wed April 15th 5:30-6:30pm:  Halaqa with Imam Mohsen + short interactive activity
  • Fri April 17th 5:30-6:30pm:  Fun Interactive Activities!

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Patience

In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

Patience (Sabr) is a comprehensive virtue in Islam that encompasses perseverance, endurance, forbearance, diligence, and restraint. It is a characteristic of enlightenment that develops in the heart of a believer.

Allah (SWT) says in the Qur’an:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اسْتَعِينُوا بِالصَّبْرِ وَالصَّلَاةِ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ مَعَ الصَّابِرِينَ

O you who believe, seek help through patience and prayer. Verily, Allah is with the patient. (Al-Baqarah 2:153)

Abu Sa’eed Al-Khudri reported: The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ). said:

وَمَنْ يَتَصَبَّرْ يُصَبِّرْهُ اللَّهُ وَمَا أُعْطِيَ أَحَدٌ عَطَاءً خَيْرًا وَأَوْسَعَ مِنْ الصَّبْرِ

“Whoever would be patient, then Allah will make him patient. There is no gift that is better and more comprehensive than patience”. (Al-Bukhārī)

Abu Malik Al-Ash’ari reported: The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ), said:

وَالصَّبْرُ ضِيَاءٌ

“Patience is illumination”. (Sahih Muslim)

According to Ibn Al-Qayyim, in his work ‘Uddat al-Ṣābirīn, patience is divided into 3 components:

  1. Patience in worshiping Allah and adhering to His commands.
  2. Patience in avoiding sins and disobedience.
  3. Patience with the decree of Allah and calamities.

Regarding the first aspect of patience, it is to have perseverance in fulfilling the obligations of Islam such as prayer, giving charity, and fasting.

Finally, Allah (SWT) says in the Qur’an:

وَالْعَصْرِ إِنَّ الْإِنسَانَ لَفِي خُسْرٍ إِلَّا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ وَتَوَاصَوْا بِالْحَقِّ وَتَوَاصَوْا بِالصَّبْرِ

By the time, verily mankind is in loss except for those who have faith and perform righteous deeds and enjoin one another to truth and enjoin one another to patience.  (Surat Al-Asr 103:1-3)

Therefore, the virtue of patience is tremendously important for our well-being in this life and in the Hereafter, so we should strive to develop patience within ourselves in all of its aspects.

Success only comes from Allah (SWT), and Allah (SWT) knows best.

Live-Streaming Discussion/Short Talks

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Sunday, April 11th at 7:00 pm – Topic: “ Preparation for the Month of Ramadan: 5 Ways to Prepare for Ramadan.”
Tuesday, April 13th at 7:00 pm – Topic: “ Preparation for the Month of Ramadan: 5 Goals to Prepare for Ramadan.”
Thursday, April 15th at 7:00 pm – Topic: “ Taqwa: The Purpose of Sawm (Fasting) ”
Saturday, April 17th at 7:00 pm Topic: ” Benefits of Taqwa in the Light of the Qur’an.”

Imam Zijad’s Corner: Modesty is Part of Faith

Imam Zijad’s Corner:  Modesty is Part of Faith

Narrated by Zaid ibn Talha رضي الله عنه that Muhammad ﷺ said: “Indeed, every religion has fine, innate and praiseworthy character, and the character of Islam is Al Haya’ (modesty or bashfulness).”
Source: Malik
Transliteration: “Inna Likulli Dinin Khuluqun; wa Khuluqul Islami Al Haya.”
This Hadith means that among all the religions, which existed before Islam, each one had one prominent characteristic or another except Al Haya’.
In other words, among all the moral values the position that Al Haya’ occupies in Islam is the most dominant and sublime and this was not the case in the earlier religions so much as it is in Islam.
 If it was like stars in the other religions, it shines forth like the sun in Islam.
 For these reasons, the attention of Muslims is invited to this prominent position and importance of Al Haya’.
 While Muslims should adopt all good moral values, they are asked specifically to give a distinct position to Al Haya’.
Al Haya’ rests at the top of the list in good manners of exceptional believers.
Al Haya’ means modesty, bashfulness, shyness, deservedness, etc.
It is a much-praised habit for it prevents its owner from doing something that is wrong.
It also brings only good to its owner, as our Prophet, Muhammad said: “Al Haya’ does not bring anything except good.” (Bukhari, Muslim)
Once the Prophet was passing by a man who was blaming someone for his bashfulness. The Messenger told him to leave the person adding: “Al Haya is a part of Faith, and Faith leads into Jannah and Al Bitha’ {indecency-shamelessness) is a part of corruption or disgust (Al Jafa’) and corruption leads to Jahannam.” (Ibn Majah, Ahmad, Tirmithi)
As it can be seen from the Hadith, the Haya’ is related with character (Akhlaq) and it helps in bringing up moral people with virtuous behavior which will lead them to Jannah.
Ibn Al Qayyim, may God be pleased with him, said that Al Haya’ is a part of life, and depending on how much Al Haya’ heart possesses, actually reflects how much moral character an individual has.
The smaller amount of Al Haya’ the individual shows, the greater deficiency of spiritual life and ineffectiveness his/her ability and competence reflects.
The Prophet, Muhammad said: “The Faith consists of more than sixty branches, and Al Haya is a part of Faith.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari)
Al Haya’ may be practiced between a servant and his/her Rabb (Lord), when a servant shows bashfulness (Al Haya’) before the Lord, especially in committing disobedience be it openly or secretly.
Allah (SWT) the Almighty informs us: “Allah knows the fraud of the eyes, and all that the breasts conceal.” (Al Gafir 19)
The shyness between Allah and His servants is the shyness of honor, because Almighty God is shy to refuse His servant when he/she raises his/her hands in supplication (Du’a).
As for shyness between the individual and other people, it is that which prevents him/her from committing a wrong, and thus hates people witnessing his/her feeling of humiliation and guilt.
He/she who is shy of God, avoids what is forbidden in all situations: in the presence of people as well as in their absence.
This Al Haya’ is the shyness of worship, and it can only be acquired by knowing God, His nearness to His servants, and His knowledge of what is open and being kept hidden and secret.
This form of Al Haya’ is the highest form of Al Ihsan. It is very clearly explained in the Hadith: “Al Ihsan is to worship God as though you are seeing Him, and while you do not see Him, yet truly He sees you.” (Sahih Muslim)

 

Live-Streaming Discussion/Short Talks

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Saturday, April 4th at 7:00 pm – Topic: “Tawakkul (Reliance) on Allah: Benefits in Times of Calamities.”
Monday, April 6th at 7:00 pm – Topic: “Preparing for the Month of Ramadan – Blessings of Ramadan.”
Wednesday, April 8th at 7:00 pm – Topic: “Being an Extra-Nice Neighbour in Times of Calamities.”
Friday, April 10th at 1:00 pm – Today’s Friday Message – Please listen to the Message and then pray 4 Units (Rakat) of Salatiz Zuhr
Friday, April 10th at 7:00 pm – Topic: “Preparing for the Month of Ramadan – 5 Reasons to Prepare for Ramadan.”
Sunday, April 12th at 7:00 pm – Topic: “Preparing for the Month of Ramadan – 5 Ways to Prepare for Ramadan.”
Tuesday, April 14th at 7:00 pm – Topic: “Preparing for the Month of Ramadan – 5 Goals to Prepare for Ramadan.”
Thursday, April 16th at 7:00 pm – Topic: “Taqwa (Mindfulness of Allah) – the Purpose of Fasting.”