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Alafasy Duah with Translation by Yasir Birjas

الله ذو اللطائف

Allah, The Most Kind and Gentle

 

أَغِيبُ وذو اللّطائِف لا يغيبُ            وأرجُوهُ رَجاءً لا يَخِيبُ

 

Although I vanish, the Most Gentle and Kind vanishes not.
Thus, I have hope in Him – hope that fails not.

 وأَسْأَلُهُ السَّلامَةَ مِن زَمانٍ              بُلِيتُ به نوائبهُ تُشِيبُ 

I seek safety with Him from a time
where trials would age this body of mine

وأُنزِلُ حاجتي في كل حالٍ             إلى مَن تطمئنُّ به القلوبُ 

So, I bring my needs, and I’m ever in poverty
To the One with whom hearts find tranquility

فكم لله مِنْ تَدبِيرِ أَمْرٍ                   طَوَتْهُ عَنِ المُشَاهَدةِ الغُيوبُ

Numerous are the matters that Allah decrees!
Yet, the unseen realm, is that which none sees

وكم في الغَيْبِ مِن تَيْسِيرِ عُسْرٍ      ومِنْ تَفريجِ نائبةٍ تَنُوبُ

His decree eases secretly our difficulties
And by decree does He alleviate our calamities

ومِن كَرَمٍ ومِن لُطْفٍ خَفِيٍّ           ومِن فَرَجٍ تَزُولُ بِه الكُرُوبُ 

 and by His discreet kindness and generosity,
there’s relief – replacing all adversity.

 ومَنْ لِي غَيرَ بابِ الله بابٌ         ولا مَوْلًى سِواهُ ولا حَبيبُ

Whose door do I have, besides Allah’s door?
I have no other Master nor another whom I so adore!

كريمٌ مُنْعِمٌ بَرٌّ لَطِيفٌ               جَمِيلُ الستْرِ للدّاعي مُجيبُ

He is generous, kind and gentle, blessing us ceaselessly,
He answers our prayers and conceals our faults so beautifully,

حَليمٌ لا يُعاجِلُ بالخَطايا          رحيمٌ غَيْثُ رَحْمَتِهِ يَصُوبُ

Enduring is He, never hastening to recompense our delinquency
He bestows his mercy like pure rain, gracefully

فيا مَلِكَ المُلوكِ أَقِلْ عِثَارِي      فَإنِّي عنْكَ أَنْأَتْنِي الذُّنُوبُ 

 Therefore, King of kings, please pardon me;
My sins have cast me so far away from thee

 وَأَمْرَضَنِي الهَوَى لِهَوانِ حَظِّي   وَلَكِنْ لَيسَ غَيْرَكَ لِي طَبِيبُ

My lusts have caused my malady
Yet there’s none but thee to heal me

فَآمِنْ رَوْعَتِي وَاكْبِتْ حَسُودًا       فَإِنَّ النَّائِباتِ لها نُيُوبُ 

So my Lord, comfort and shield me from eyes burning green.
for when calamities strike they do so with fangs sharp keen.

وَآنِسْنِي بِأَوْلادِي وَأَهْلِي           فَقَدْ يَسْتَوْحِشَ الرَّجُلُ الغَرِيبُ

My Lord, fasten me with the joys of children and family
Without them a man is certainly a stranger, poor and lonely

 وَلِي شَجَنٌ بِأَطْفالٍ صِغَارٍ         أَكادُ إِذا ذَكَرْتُهُمُ أَذُوبُ

Ah, my young children, on their fate I do fret
Worn from worry and grief I am ever upset

 ولَكِنِّي نَبَذْتُ زِمَامَ أَمْري         لِمَنْ تَدْبِيرُهُ فِينا عَجِيبُ

But to thee the reigns of my life I do surrender
To the One who handles affairs with majestic splendor

 هُوَ الرَّحْمنُ حَوْلِي وَاعْتِصَامِي    بِهِ وَإِلَيْهِ مُبْتَهِلاً أُتِيبُ 

The Most Merciful, my refuge and the pillar on which I lean
In repentance, I call Him with none in between.

 إِلهِي أَنْتَ تَعْلَمُ كَيفَ حَالِي        فَهَلْ يا سَيِّدِي فَرَجٌ قَرِيبُ 

 Allah, Of my condition thee did hear
so my Master, I ask, is relief near?

 فيا دَيِّانَ يَومِ الدِّينِ فَرِّجْ         هُمُوماً فِي الفُؤَادِ لها دَبِيبُ

 O Lord of Judgment Day, relieve this anxiety
of stubborn worries that in my heart sink deeply

وَصِلْ حَبْلِي بِحَبْلِ رِضَاكَ وَانْظُرْ   إِلَيَّ وَتُبْ عَلَيَّ عَسى أَتُوبُ

And bind me to the rope of thy content, and turn thy Face to me
And accept me so that I may repent and return wholly to thee.

وَرَاعِ حِمَايَتِي وَتَوَلَّ نَصْرِي       وَشُدَّ عُرَايَ إِنْ عَرَتِ الخُطُوبُ 

 My safety and success are in thy Hands
So support my will against life’s difficult demands

 وَأَلْهِمنِي لِذِكْرِكَ طُولَ عُمْرِي      فَإِنَّ بِذِكْرِكَ الدُّنْيا تَطِيبُ 

 And with Thy remembrance illuminate my life.
Indeed when recalling thy name sweetness becomes rife

وَقُل عَبْدُ الرَّحِيمِ وَمَنْ يَلِيهِ       لَهُم فِي رِيفِ رَأْفَتِنَا نَصِيبُ

 And say of me that I am still thy servant
sharing in thy Kindness, drawing near to thee, no longer distant

 فَظَنِّي فِيكَ يا سَنَدِي جَمِيلٌ       وَمَرْعَى ذَوْدِ آمَالِي خَصِيبُ

 My thoughts of thee, my Sustainer, are pleasant
And my hopes in thee, lie in meadows, fertile and fragrant

 وَصَلِّ عَلى النَّبِيِّ وآلهِ مَا       تَرَنَّمَ فِي الأراكِ العَنْدَلِيبُ

 And send prayers and praises upon the Prophet and his family
For whom the nightingales from their branches sing their sweet melody

 

Translation by:

Yaser Birjas
Shpendim Nadzaku

Final Editing:

“Manoffewwords”

Video by:

Ahmad Saleem
Sadaf Tahir

Dedicated to the students of Ilm Summit 2008

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Live for the Moment, Plan for the Future

Shaykh Isam Rajab

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I embarked on my journey of knowledge, I wanted to learn it all. I came across:

The Alfiyya of Imam Malik in grammar, 1000 lines

The Alfiyya of Suyuti in the science of hadith, 1000 lines

The Shātibiya in Qur’anic recitation, 1173 lines

I resolved to memorize each, but eventually wound up doing none.

 

People think about many things and want to do much, but lack organization and planning skills stops them. The key is to start one thing at a time, take it step-by-step and prioritize.

 

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • How many times have you finished the Qur’an since last Ramadan?
  • How many hours are you spending online?
  • What was the last book you’ve read?
  • Have you ever read Saheeh Bukhari cover-to-cover?

 

On average an American reads 11 books a year, while those in the Muslim world average ½. This while the first command to the Prophet was iqra’. You have to devote your time to reading, make a list, a plan of titles to read over the next 6 months.

 

Write down the following statement:

“I am without a cell phone, internet connection, laptop, TV.”

 

What would you do if you are in this situation? What would you do without friends or family, if you were truly alone? Some of the pious predecessors yearned to be alone and shunned company to devote themselves to their books. They knew their priorities and what they had to do.

 

Write down the five most beloved people to you. Go ahead, do it.

 

 

Now take a look at that list, and know that one day, you will be running away from some of these and be enemies with some.

The day when man forsakes his brethren

His mother and his father

His wife and his own children

-The Noble Qur’ān

 

There are 4 types of people in the world:

  1. a person who does not care
  2. people who feel bad but do nothing (like a doctor who tells you the diagnosis, but then tells you, there is nothing I can do . . .)
  3. people who care and want to do something but wind up not helping or creating bigger problems (for example, you see a fly on your friend’s face – – – you get the picture)
  4. people who care, want to do something and do positive things

 

Aim to be the of the 4th type, those who positively help others. Remember that the Prophet said: The feet of the son of Adam will not move until he is questioned about 4 things: his knowledge, wealth, life, and his youth. These are 4 assets all of us possess, but we must invest those assets for the future.

 

How do we do that? When we die, all our assets come to a close, except for continuing charity, beneficial knowledge or righteous progeny that prays for you. So it’s all about helping others. And helping someone who will help others.

 

Be ambitious and aim high. Ask for the highest level of Paradise. Allah says: I am as my servant thinks of me . . . [Hadith Qudsi]

 

 

When was the last time you made a difference in the life of someone else?

 

Have vision and think for the future. We build masajid but only plan for the building. After years of collecting that, then we fundraise for electricity, etc. Why don’t we include that planning from the beginning, and create projects that sustain themselves?

 

There is a man I know of who used to be a medical doctor but then wanted to help others. He moved to Africa, establishing a relief group, and began helping all, including non-Muslims. He ended up converting 2 million people to Islam! I don’t know anyone that achieved that from among any of the scholars or writers or Islamic workers today.

 

In Madinah University, there are over 140 nationalities. Every time the African students would meet me and find out where I was from, they would comment, you are from the country of this man.

 

Not all Muslims were scholars, some were warriors and fighters, like Khalid bin Waleed. Some Companions were poor, some rich, but each contributed what they were good at.

 

When was the last time you helped someone else?

 

There is a unique project that comes to mind. Some people made a prison for the dead in Kuwait in front of a shopping mall. Here, they would display the bodies, shrouded, of those who left debts behind. Since it was situated in front of a busy shopping district, curious passerbies would ask why the bodies were being kept there. When informed of the debts, most people would contribute to the bodies, some even taking care of the entire debts. This was a wonderful and unique way of helping someone who really is in need. That person would be benefited until the end of time in their graves.

Try to imagine the rewards! The Prophet said, Verily lending loans is equivalent to one-half of sadaqah. [Musnad Ahmad]

 

18 years ago, one imam I know prayed once for a son who would be able to help him and correct him. He had a righteous intention and proper planning. Today, 18 years later, he has seven sons, all of whom memorized the Qur’an. They lead the prayers in his place. One of his children memorized all six books of hadith, and he relies on him for hadith.

 

Our time is limited. Ibn Hazm said, Your life is only the current moment, for the past is already gone, and the future has yet to come. So take advantage of the moment.

 

Abu Zayd

 

Live from Houston, Ilm Summit 2008, day 5

The Kingdom of Al-Andalus

The Nasrid king Abu Abdullah Muhammad XII (Boabdil in Spanish sources) surrendered over Granada, the last of the Islamic states, in the treaty of Jan 2, 1492 to Ferdinand and Isabella that allowed him to stay on as royalty. But it was only a few months before he realized he had no place there and was forced to leave. Stopping at a rocky place and looking back on the Alhambra and the surrounding lush gardens of Granada, he began to weep, prompting his mother to remark, “Cry and weep like women for a kingdom that you could not defend like men.” That spot became the focus of much legend and folklore, and became known as “the Moor’s Last Sigh.”

 

The systematic evacuation and elimination of Muslims from the Iberian peninsula began in 1492 but it wasn’t until 1614 that the last ships carrying the Moriscos (Muslims) left the peninsula. With that, a new, darker chapter in the relationship between Europe and the Muslim world started.

 

What happened? This is the story of the Muslims in Spain and the Iberian Peninsula. A story that is inspiring, and at the same time very painful. A story that begins in the era of the Companions. It began when the celebrated Berber general Tariq bin Ziyad landed on the shores of the peninsula in 711 with his Muslim army, on a mountain that would be named after him- Jabal Tariq, which would eventually become Gibraltar, the most famous rock in the world and a symbol of invincibility and might, inspiring the phrase “solid as the Rock of Gibraltar.”

 

The Muslims quickly conquered the peninsula and began an extended chapter in the history of the region. They witnessed the birth of a civilization of knowledge and learning, one that boasted the birth of such personalities as Ibn Hazm, Imam al-Qurtubi, Ibn Rushd and others. That story has tremendous parallels and lessons for us today in the West, as minorities, as people of faith devoted to knowledge and learning and reviving the Islamic intellectual tradition, and as Muslims facing an uncertain future in a post-911 global climate.

 

In a series of sessions, Shaykh Yasir Birjas plans to take us on that journey and back, inspiring us with lessons and visions for the future. More to come. . .

 

Abu Zayd

 

Live from Houston, Ilm Summit 2008, Day 2