There’s a Phil Ochs song that I sometimes think about, the hook goes “there but for fortune go you, or go I,” and I give thanks to Allah for guiding me to where I am, and I ask Him to guide me to better in this life, better in the next life, and to save me from the punishment of the fire. Abu Huraira narrated that the Prophet, peace be upon him, said
انْظُرُوا إِلَى مَنْ هُوَ أَسْفَلَ مِنْكُمْ وَلاَ تَنْظُرُوا إِلَى مَنْ هُوَ فَوْقَكُمْ فَإِنَّهُ أَجْدَرُ أَنْ لاَ تَزْدَرُوا نِعْمَةَ اللَّهِ ” . قَالَ أَبُو مُعَاوِيَةَ ” عَلَيْكُمْ
Look at those who are beneath you and do not look at those who are above you, for it is more suitable that you should not consider as less the blessing of Allah.
Continue reading “there but for fortune…”
A reminder to myself first, as narrated by Abu Huraira, the prophet, peace be upon him, said
يَنْزِلُ رَبُّنَا تَبَارَكَ وَتَعَالَى كُلَّ لَيْلَةٍ إِلَى السَّمَاءِ الدُّنْيَا حِينَ يَبْقَى ثُلُثُ اللَّيْلِ الآخِرُ يَقُولُ مَنْ يَدْعُونِي فَأَسْتَجِيبَ لَهُ مَنْ يَسْأَلُنِي فَأُعْطِيَهُ مَنْ يَسْتَغْفِرُنِي فَأَغْفِرَ لَهُ
Our Lord, the Blessed, the Superior, comes every night down on the nearest Heaven to us when the last third of the night remains, saying: “Is there anyone to invoke Me, so that I may respond to invocation? Is there anyone to ask Me, so that I may grant him his request? Is there anyone seeking My forgiveness, so that I may forgive him?
So when I wake up at 4:15 am to shower and dress and roll off to work, I need to remember to spend some of that time remembering Allah, seeking His forgiveness, asking for His guidance, and seeking His forgiveness, because the nighttime really is the right time to be with the One you love.
A couple of weeks ago, now, I went to Arkansas to visit Mom, and while there, wandering around photographing) running errands for her, I slipped and fell, twisting my right knee in the process. There’s a bit of slowly-healing road rash, but the most fun is the stretched or torn MCL and possibly damaged meniscus. For the first few days, I could barely stand without pain, and took to sitting down to pray, bending my torso only for the bowing and prostrating portions of salat. And it didn’t really strike me at first, but after 10 days of modified prayer, I’m suddenly angry at myself for my prior ingratitude. Continue reading “don’t know what you got, ’til it’s gone”
During his farewell sermon, according to some, the prophet, peace be upon him, said
O people! Indeed, your Lord is one and your father is one. Indeed, there is no superiority of an Arab over a non-Arab, nor of a non-Arab over an Arab, nor of a white over a black, nor a black over a white, except by taqwa.*
Continue reading “Citizen Hanabibti”
All kinds of things happen throughout our lives, good things, bad things, mostly middle of the road, neither here nor there things. Though it all, and I’m reminding myself most of all, patience is key.
This, too, shall pass. Continue reading “patience, a virtue”
A reminder for myself, first: as Allah azza wa jall told us
فَمَا أُوتِيتُم مِّن شَيْءٍ فَمَتَاعُ الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا ۖ وَمَا عِندَ اللَّهِ خَيْرٌ وَأَبْقَىٰ لِلَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَلَىٰ رَبِّهِمْ يَتَوَكَّلُونَ
So whatever thing you have been given – it is but [for] enjoyment of the worldly life. But what is with Allah is better and more lasting for those who have believed and upon their Lord rely
May Allah guide me to rely on Him first, and to trust in Him, that what He has given is the best for me, for now, for here and, if He wills, for the Hereafter, ameen.
Uthman bin Affan heard the Prophet, peace be upon him, say
مَنْ بَنَى لِلَّهِ مَسْجِدًا بَنَى اللَّهُ لَهُ مِثْلَهُ فِي الْجَنَّةِ
Whoever builds a Masjid for (the sake of) Allah, then Allah will build a similar house for him in Paradise.
Continue reading “building for His sake”