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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Depressed? Lonely? Suicidal? Allah, God Almighty is just a prayer away!

Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Children of Adam Alaihis Salam.

Today, all over the world, we often come across many who suffer from depression, complain of feeling all alone and some who choose the easy way out by killing themselves!
In these modern times, despite all the technological advances that mankind has made by inventing all kinds of wonderful forms of telecommunication systems, gadgets and gizmos, many amongst human society suffer from the above situations and wither away from lack of love, compassion, understanding and support.

In my life, I have come across many, even here in Malaysia who bemoan their lack of purpose in life because they have not found true friends or companions in their life who'd make their life worth living?

Its probably due to the fact that people nowadays seldom realize that Allah, God Almighty is just a prayer away and that even if the rest of mankind shuns away from them, He, the Most Compassionate, Most Merciful is there for us, always!

We owe our existence here on Earth only to Allahu Rahman Ar Raheem. For it is He Who chose to create us and that our being here is by no chance but only by His Will and Mercy.

There are many people out there who complain and grumble about just everything in their lives!

From the way that they look to their situations in life? Will anything change by just moaning and sighing with each passing second of their life?

No such thing. Only change that they can expect is to be more miserable as each second tick tocks by!

Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala says in Surah Ar Ra'ad Chapter 13 Verse 11

Lahu muAAaqqibatun min bayni yadayhiwamin khalfihi yahfathoonahu min amri Allahiinna Allaha la yughayyiru ma biqawmin hattayughayyiroo ma bi-anfusihim wa-itha aradaAllahu biqawmin soo-an fala maradda lahu wamalahum min doonihi min wal
Sahih International
For each one are successive [angels] before and behind him who protect him by the decree of Allah . Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves. And when Allah intends for a people ill, there is no repelling it. And there is not for them besides Him any patron.

I have had people emailing me lamenting their sorry state of affairs in their life and asking me as to whether there are any do'a's that can change their situation?

How can these people just sit and moan endlessly without making any real efforts on their part to change their fate?

No amount of prayers and beseeching the Almighty is going to change their situation until and unless they get off their sorry butts and go about doing the necessary work that will change their fate!

I am not saying that prayers and do'a's will not help but just stating the obvious that if it is to be, then it is really up to you and me to do what we need to do in order to see that change coming?

In Surah Al Baqarah Chapter 2 Verse 45, Allah Commands us to:

WastaAAeenoo bissabriwassalati wa-innaha lakabeeratunilla AAala alkhashiAAeen
Sahih International
And seek help through patience and prayer, and indeed, it is difficult except for the humbly submissive [to Allah ]
It is true that there are those who without faith in Allah and the Hereafter are enjoying life like kings here on this Earth but the reality that Allahu Ta'ala accords to them so here in this life but not in the everlasting Hereafter is something that rational beings must ponder and deliberate.

Are we looking for temporal enjoyment here or an everlasting blissful future?

Even getting to enjoy the temporal earthly pleasures is but a brief moment that soon passes and we are back to square one!

So, its all up to the person concerned? As to what kind of certainty one looks forward to?

Just willing to be content with a temporal state of enjoyment and fleeting pleasure here on Earth or seeking the promises of Allah the Most Compassionate Most Merciful who created us for a purpose?

In Surah An Nahl, Chapter 16 Verse 97, Allahu Ta'ala promises:

Man AAamila salihan min thakarinaw ontha wahuwa mu/minun falanuhyiyannahu hayatantayyibatan walanajziyannahum ajrahum bi-ahsani makanoo yaAAmaloon
Sahih International
Whoever does righteousness, whether male or female, while he is a believer - We will surely cause him to live a good life, and We will surely give them their reward [in the Hereafter] according to the best of what they used to do.
Thus I question those who choose to lament and moan their life away saying that their future is gloomy and not worth living to consider for a moment as to what they have done to change all that?

Do they not appreciate that they can still think? Still be able to see? To feel? To be able to enjoy all that Allah has given them in the form of their self's? Their sensory organs intact, etc?

Why overlook the fact that at least they are still here on this earth as human beings? Able to change their situation if they are willing to do something about it and not just lay down there looking emptily at their ceiling or up at the skies and wondering aimlessly without exercising their brain cells for the very purpose of their creation which is to worship Allah and be his grateful servant?

The Prophet Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “How wonderful is the situation of the believer, for all his affairs are good. If something good happens to him, he gives thanks 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. This does not apply to anyone but the believer.” (Hadith narrated by Muslim, no. 2999). 

Learn to appreciate the 5 situations that we have before it is all taken away by the passing of our time?

The nation's most popular Nasyeed group Raihan sang:

It shares about what mankind need to take advantage of their time here on Earth?
  1. Their state of health before their time of illness;
  2. Their youth before their getting old;
  3. Their state of being wealthy before their bout of poverty;
  4. Their being free before being shackled by their being busy;
  5. Their being still alive before their death!
This reality is so evident in the late Allahyarham Ustaz Asri Ibrahim's nasyeed that he sang about going away permanently:

Life my dear friends is so temporary. Why not appreciate what we have and show those whom we love that they are so important to us before our heart finally stops and we return to the bowels of this earth in our grave?

Maher Zain sings it so nicely conveying this message:

I'd like to share with you these words of wisdom attributed to the Blessed Messenger of Allah, Khataman Nabiyyi, Al Mustafa, Al Amin, Rahmatulil Alamin, Sayyiduna Muhammad ibni Abdullah Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam:

1.. "Acquire knowledge, it enables its professor to distinguish right from wrong; it lights the way to heaven. It is our friend in the desert, our company in solitude and companion when friendless. It guides us to happiness, it sustains us in misery, it is an ornament amongst friends and an armour against enemies." (widely attributed to the Prophet Mohammed (pbuh))

2.. "A Muslim who plants a tree or sows a field, from which man, birds and animals can eat, is committing an act of charity." (Muslim)

3.. "There is a polish for everything that takes away rust; and the polish for the heart is the remembrance of Allah." (Bukhari)

4.. "What actions are most excellent? To gladden the heart of human beings, to feed the hungry, to help the afflicted, to lighten the sorrow of the sorrowful, and to remove the sufferings of the injured." (Bukhari)

5.. "The most excellent Jihad is that for the conquest of self." (Bukhari)

6.. "If you put your whole trust in Allah, as you ought, He most certainly will satisfy your needs, as He satisfies those of the birds. They come out hungry in the morning, but return full to their nests." (Tirmidhi)

7.. "When Allah created his creatures He wrote above His throne: 'Verily, my Compassion overcomes my wrath." (Bukhari & Muslim)

8.. "Allah will not give mercy to anyone, except those who give mercy to other creatures." (Abdullah b. Amr: Abu Daud & Tirmidhi)

9.. " 'Son, if you are able, keep your heart from morning till night and from night till morning free from malice towards anyone.' Then the Prophet said: 'O my son! This is one of my laws, and he, who loves my laws verily loves me.' " (Bukhari)

10.. "Say what is true, although it may be bitter and displeasing to people." (Baihaqi)

11.. "Kindness is a mark of faith, and whoever is not kind has no faith." (Muslim)

12.. "When you see a person who has been given more than you in money and beauty, look to those, who have been given less." (Muslim)

13.. "If you do not feel ashamed of anything, then you can do whatever you like." (Abu-Masud: Bukhari)

14.. "O Lord, grant me your love, grant me that I love those who love you; grant me, that I might do the deeds that win your love. Make your love dearer to me than the love of myself, my family and wealth." (Tirmidhi)

15.. "It is better to sit alone than in company with the bad; and it is better still to sit with the good than being alone. It is better to speak to a seeker of knowledge than to remain silent; but silence is better than idle words." (Bukhari)

16.. "Verily, a man teaching his child manners is better than giving one bushel of grain in alms." (Muslim)

17.. "Whoever is kind, Allah will be kind to him; therefore be kind to man on the earth. He Who is in heaven will show mercy on you."(Abu Daud: Tirmidhi)

18.. "It is difficult for a man laden with riches to climb the steep path, that leads to bliss." (Muslim)

19.. "Once a man, who was passing through a road, found a branch of a tree with torns obstructing it. The man removed the thorns from the way. Allah thanked him and forgave his sins." (Bukhari)

20.. "Who are the learned? Those who practice what they know." (Bukhari)

21.. "Allah has revealed to me, that you must be humble. No one should boast over one another, and no one should oppress another." (Iyad b. Hinar al-Mujashi: Muslim)

22.. "Who is the most favoured of Allah? He, from whom the greatest good comes to His creatures." (Bukhari)

23.. "A true Muslim is thankful to Allah in prosperity, and resigned to His will in adversity." (Muslim)

24.. "A Muslim who meets with others and shares their burdens is better than one who lives a life of seclusion and contemplation." (Muslim)

25.. "Serve Allah, as you would if you could see Him; although you cannot see Him, He can see you. (Umar: Muslim)

26.. "Allah does not look at your appearance or your possessions; but He looks at your heart and your deeds." (Abu Huraira: Muslim)

27.. "The best richness is the richness of the soul." (at the field ofTabuk, Syria, Rajab 9 A.H.: Bukhari)

28.. "Keep yourselves far from envy; because it eats up and takes away good actions, like a fire eats up and burns wood." (Abu Daud)

29.. "Much silence and a good disposition, there are no two things better than these." (Bukhari)

30.. "Verily, Allah is mild and is fond of mildness, and He gives to the mild what He does not give to the harsh." (Muslim)

31.. "Whoever loves to meet Allah, Allah loves to meet him." (Bukhari)

32.. "Once the Prophet was asked:'Tell us, which action is dearest to Allah?' He answered:'To say your prayer at its proper time.' Again he was asked: 'What comes next?' Mohammed said: 'To show kindness to parents.' 'Then what?' he was asked, 'To strive for the cause of Allah!' " (Ibn Masad: Bukhari)

33.. "When two persons are together, two of them must no whisper to each other, without letting the third hear; because it would hurt him." (Bukhari & Muslim)

34.. "Verily, it is one of the respects to Allah to honor an old man." (Bukhari)

35.. "All Muslims are like a foundation, each strengthening the other; in such a way they do support each other." (Abu Musa: Bukhari & Muslim)

36.. "Strive always to excel in virtue and truth." (Bukhari)

37.. "You will not enter paradise until you have faith; and you will not complete your faith till you love one another." (Muslim)

38.. "He, who wishes to enter paradise at the best gate, must please his father and mother." (Bukhari & Muslim)

39.. "I am leaving two things among you, and if you cling to them firmly you will never go astray; one is the Book of Allah and the other is my way of life." (Farewell Pilgrimage: Muatta)

40.. "Allah is One and likes Unity." (Muslim)

41.. "The best of alms is that, which the right hand gives and the left hand knows not of." (Bukhari)

42.. "The perfect Muslim is not a perfect Muslim, who eats till he is full and leaves his neighbors hungry." (Ibn Abbas: Baihaqi)

43.. "He is not of us who is not affectionate to the little ones, and does not respect the old; and he is not of us, who does not order which is lawful, and prohibits that which is unlawful." (Ibn Abbas: Tirmidhi)

44.. "No man is a true believer unless he desires for his brother that, what he desires for himself." (Abu Hamza Anas: Bukhari & Muslim)

45.. "To strive for the cause of Allah from daybreak to noon and sunset is better than the goods and enjoyment of the whole worldly life." (Bukhari)

46.. "Be not like the hypocrite who, when he talks, tells lies; when he gives a promise, he breaks it; and when he is trusted, he proves dishonest." (Bukhari & Muslim)

47.. "The proof of a Muslim's sincerity is, that he pays no heed to that, which is not his business." (Abu Hureira: Tirmidhi)

48.. "Do you know what is better than charity and fasting and prayer? It is keeping peace and good relations between people, as quarrels and bad feelings destroy mankind." (Muslims & Bukhari)

49.. "Conduct yourself in this world, as if you are here to stay forever; prepare for eternity as if you have to die tomorrow." (Bukhari)

50.. "The worldly comforts are not for me. I am like a traveller, who takes a rest under a tree in the shade and then goes on his way." (Tirmidhi)


Ikhwanul Muslimin na wal Muslimat,

Do not fret; do not just sigh! 
                 From lying low, it's time for us to fly high!

Go do what we can while we are still able to?

If our time's up, sorry then it will really be too late. May Allah make it easier for us. Ameen.

Wabillahi Taufik Wal Hidayah.
Wassalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.

Your brother in Islam,
Haji Zainol Abideen ~ Mahaguru58,
Bandar Tun Razak, Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA.

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