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Sunday, May 21, 2006

Preparation

Assalamualaykum warahmatullah wabarakatu,Bismillah Hirah'manir Raheem.
Allahuma Sali'ala sayidina Muhammadin nabiyil ummi wa 'Ala ali wa sahbihi wa salim.

I hope you are all in the best of health and imaan insha'Allah. I have, alhamdulilah returned back from my travels safe and sound, and have lots to report back to you, however one step at a time :)I went to visit Egypt with my family, and as most of you are aware is home to alot of historical landmarks and artefacts. I went to visit the famous Egyptian museum, where King Tutankhamun was burried, don't worry I won't be getting into a historical time line, although that would be quite interesting :P
One of the things that I saw that interested me, was when King Tut was mummified he was placed into a chamber where he was put into a golden coffin and all his belongings where taken with him. One of the things that really shocked me was that there were little wooden boxes that had been made with seeds and food placed in them from the time, they were said to be taken with them to the hereafter.. now during those times there was no Islam and the Egyptians thought that they could take their belongings with them to the hereafter, audhubillah, as muslims we alhamdulilah know that there will be no coffin, there will no posessions taken with us and there will surely be no mummification! Insha'Allah.

Reflection of it all..
The prophet salialahualahi wassalam said "Wise is he who condemns his self and works for the life of the hereafter". When I was visiting the museum and I learnt of this fact about the ancient egyptians, I was in shock, for two reasons; the first is the lengths that these people went to, to take all their possesions with them and the second being the fact that I was standing in that museum surrounded by all this history of people who were non-believers, non-believers who took their preparation so serious that they would even take morsels of food with them and I was a believer and how much was I preparing for my death and my grave?

Sometimes I think to myself, we become so absorbed into this world and we play along with shaytaans game to let ourselves become so engrosed with everything, its scary and we're subconsiously doing this, day in and day out. And at the back of our heads we always tell ourselves we'll do it later. I'm number 1 guilty of it! How do we know that there might not even be a later? Allahual 'Alim, only He knows when we will depart from this world. And another thing, how will I face my Lord with all the sins I have done?

The scary thing is, its one thing saying it and another thing actually taking that first step to being closer to Allah. Once we take the first step, we shouldn't be complacant and think okay I'm done, no no no! The life is like a never ending stair case towards becoming closer to Allah and everyday of ourlives should be about how we're going to try harder to seek the pleasure of Allah and being like young babies taking those first steps. There'll be time when we will fall but then when we fall turn to Allah for guidance. Okay..Im going off on another tangent.

When we're lying 6feet down in the grave, there'll be none of our possesions, none of our families will be there with us. It'll just be you and the deeds you've done in ths life. Doesn't that just scare you? Have I done enough deeds to take with me? and who knows I might not even be here tomorrow. Allahual 'Alim.

I pray that Allah subhana wa ta'ala takes us all in the state where He is most pleased with us, where our good deeds out weigh our bad deeds and to see the angel of death such that he is not angry.
P.s. Please keep my friends grandfather in your humble duaas. He passed away last week, may Allah have mercy on him and may He make all matters easy for the family. Ameen wa thuma ameen.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

I am a book in elegant prints

Assalamualaykum warahmatullah wabarakatu,Bismillah Hirah'manir Raheem.
Allahuma Sali'ala sayidina Muhammadin nabiyil ummi wa 'Ala ali wa sahbihi wa salim
I will be updating this blog soon and to tell you more of my experiences whilst abroad, however I came across something in 'My Documents', I'm not sure where I got it from but thought of putting it up on here insha'Allah, anyway here goes..:)

I am a book in elegent prints
To know my name, here are some hints,

Rich in cover and nicely bound
In hearts of Muslims I am rarely found,

High on a shelf, I am kept
Forgotten there, I am left,

With respect earn many a kiss
My main point is what they always miss,

In a melodious voice they recite me
Neglecting the message inside me,

At times I am used for phony oath
My true use is very very rare,

A miracle I am that can change the world
All one has to do is understand my word,

I have wisdom I have treasure
so much so there is no measure,

I'm your savior, I'm your guide
But who's there to follow the bide,

Right from wrong is my fame
Holy Quran is my name

Duaas are kindly requested, wassalamualaykum warahmatullah