Thursday, February 17, 2011

Story of a fisherman


There once lived a fisherman who took his job very seriously.

He only caught one fish at a time, and only went to fish for another one when the the one he had at home finished.

One day, as his wife was chopping up the fish that her husband had brought home, she discovered something amazing. She found a pearl inside the fish.

She was astonished, a pearl inside a fish?? SubhanAllah. "Husband, Husband!" she exclaimed, "look what I have found!"
"What have you found?" he asked?
"A pearl, I have found a pearl inside the fish!" she answered.
"What an amazing wife you are! Bring me the pearl, pehaps we will benefit from it and eat food other than fish!"

The fisherman took the pearl to a pearl trader. The trader took a look at the pearl "This pearl is so precious, but unortunately I cannot afford it even if I were to sell my shop and my house! Go to the vendor in the nearby town, perhaps he can buy it off you."

The fisherman took the pearl to the great seller in the nearby town and showed him the pearl.

" Allah, O my brother what a priceless possession! I cannot buy it off you, but I have a solution for you; go to the governor of this town, as only he his able to buy this pearl."

At the door of the governor's palace the fisherman awaited permission to enter.

"Oh is a pearl like this that I have been searching for! I do not know how to value it for you, but I will allow you entry into my private treasure chamber. You have six hours to remain in it and take what you please, and this is the value of your pearl."

"Sir, can you just give me two hours, as six hours is far too long for a fisherman like me."

"No, six hours is what is fair for you take from the chamber what you like"

The fisherman entered the governor's treasure chamber to behold a tremendous sight. It was a very large room divided into to three sections. The first section was filled with jewels, gold and pearls.
The second section had a huge and very comfortable bed, if one were to lay eyes on it could sleep from comfort.
The third section was filled with all the delicious food and drink that one can imagine.

"What will I do in six hours? Six hours is such a long time for a simple fisherman like me" the fisherman asked himself. "Ok, I guess I should start with the food in the third section" "I will eat until my stomach is full so that I will gain the necessary energy required to accummulate as much gold as possible."

The fisherman went to the food and spent a whole two hours eating. He then made his way to the first section, but on his way there he saw the very comfortable looking bed.

"I ate until I became full, so why not sleep for a bit and wake up fresh so that I can carry the greatest amount of gold?" he asked himself. "This is a once in a life time opportunity, and what supidity will prevent me from wasting it"

The fisherman went to the bed and fell into a deep sleep.

After a while the fisherman was awoken by these words "Wake up, wake up oh ignorant fisherman, your time is up"


"yes, come on get out!"

"Please I did not get the chance.."

"Huh..huh. You have been in here for six hours and only now you have woken up from your sleep, yet you still want to take some gems?" "you had the time and opportunity to take away all of this treasure and then you could have bought with it the best food and you could have made yourself the most comfortable bed! But you are an ignorant fool and can only think in the context which you are in. Take him outside!"

"No, no, please noooooooo"

))The End((

The story has ended, however the lesson does not end here.

The pearl in the story represents your soul, a priceless treasure, and you do not no the true value of your soul.

The treasure chamber represents the dunya (the life of this world), look how great it is, yet we exploit it.

The jewels in the chamber represent our good deeds and the comfortble bed represents our negligence.

The food and drink represent our desires.

And now, my brother fisherman, you should decide; should you wake up and get out of the comfortable bed and collect as many jewels available to you before your appointed time is up, and this time is your lifetime. Otherwise you will feel great regret when leaving this world.

Allah swt says in His book "Until, when death comes to one of them (those who join partners with Allâh), he says: "My Lord! Send me back, So that I may do good in that which I have left behind!" No! It is but a word that he speaks, and behind them is Barzakh (a barrier) until the Day when they will be resurrected." (Surah Al-Mu'minun 99-100)

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Mawlid speech of al-Habib Ahmad Masyhur


A wonderful read for thirsty spirits:

May Allah shower His pleasure and His mercy to Habib Ahmad Masyhur (May Allah make us benefit from him) and the brother who make the effort of translating it. Ameen

Sunday, February 06, 2011

intro (page 3)

- Mu'awana is mutual assistance

- Birr acc to Ibnu Hajar - all good actions; one of the name of Jannah
Rasulullah saw: ‘alaikum bi al-shidqi fa inna al-shidqa yahdi ila al-birri, wa al-birru yahdi ila al-jannati (HR Bukhari) - truthfulness guides to good action and good action guide to Jannah

- Ta'awanu from the word tafa'alu - doing things mutually
If we want Allah to help us, we have to help others.

- Acc to Abdullah Al Fadak - Faedah is benefit from little words that have intense meaning eg mann (quite) najah (succeed)

- Nafa'a: when RasuluLlah sallallahi 'alayhi wasallam drinks zamzam water, he made the du'a Allahumma innii as aluka 'ilman naafi'an wa qalbin khasyi'an (heart full of love , fear and awe of You) wa amalan solehan

- Fath: pouring down of knowledge, Imam Abu Hanifa said that the time that he's sharpest on the deen was when he drank Zamzam on a regular basis.

- hold fast to the Book of Allah and His Messenger Sallallahu 'alayhi wa alihi wasallam and calling towards guidance (du'a)
dalil: spesific indication, taking the right path. Habib Umar bin Semaith pointed to a book with his four fingers and palm. Syeikh Muhammad ba Syu'aib always pointed with his palm. After a few years, he found out that Rasulullah Sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam pointed with his palm. Dalil = show

- Basmala - bi balin The hadith Every important task that is not started with basmala becomes fruitless. (Fayzul-Qadir, V, 13.) 
Law anzalna hatha alqur-ana AAala jabalin laraaytahu khashiAAan mutasaddiAAan min khashyati Allahi watilka al-amthalu nadribuha lilnnasi laAAallahum yatafakkaroonIf We (had) sent down this Quran on a mountain, surely you (would) have seen it humbled, breaking asunder from (the) fear (of) Allah. And these (are) the examples, We present them to the people so that they may give thought.
Acc to tafsir sayuti this is the verse basmala

- Rabbi Yassir wa a'in Ya Karim: to understand the direction of the book
Rabbi = my Lord, tarbiyah = to provide, Allah = the Owner of all of us; Murabbi = the one who makes us grow ( a gardener who plants the seeds, at the right month, right position and support)
different with Allahuma, it means all the asmaul husna

Yassir = related to we want to travel in a path that's made easy
Fa a man a' to wattaqo Wassodaqo bil husna Fasanuyasiruhu lil yusro (surah al-layl)

وَلَقَدْ يَسَّرْنَا الْقُرْآنَ لِلذِّكْرِ (Surah Al-Qamar)- easy for the people above

 Yuridullahu bikumul yusra wala yuridu bikumul 'usr (AlBaqarah) 

Sayidina Musa when he went to call Fir'aun, he used the word Rabb: Rabbi isyrah lii shadrii, wayassir lii amrii (20:25)
Rabb: truthful connection
Allahumma sahil alayya ma amartani

- Sayidina Alqama came from Iraq travelled to Syam to meet Abu Dawood in Umayyad Mosque to seek one hadith, he sat there and make du'a Allahuma yassir li jalisin soliheen (ease for me good company)
'min man anta?' (from where you came from?)
'min ahlil kuffah'
' Don't you have Abdullah ibnu Mas'ud who used to keep Rasulullah sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam shoes and his bowl for wudhu'

wa a'een: related to 'aun

kareem: lots of different translation, following qualities:
1. forgive even in the state of power
2. no limit in the amount of generousity (give more than what the other deserves)
3. annoyed when not being asked
Allah did not destroy us despite our sins and give us more that what we deserve, and if we turn to someone else and not to Him
Karim: linguistically Karam: the best, special type of wine (from the best grapes - grapes: the heavier grapes the more it will bow down)
Put your hands out and He will give
A narration from Abu Huraira 'Innal karam alqlbul mukmin' we should adopt the quality in us

Fath: Inna fatahna laka fathan mubina
the jews settled in Madina when Rasululullah sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam opened Mekah - conquest of Khaybar, related to success and opening
In biography of scholars, we can read when they have fath for eg Imam Nawawi, he's not interested in playing since small but it was time when he's ill that he received most knowledge
Habib Abdul Rahman Kittany said one year in Comoros Island is better than 70 years of study.

Al-'alim: our knowledge is derived from something eg Cairo is the capital of Egypt, we get the knowledge from somewhere. 
Allah's knowledge didn't come from anywhere and it is limitless. He can pour the knowledge without restrictions. Wa 'alama Adama kulluha - and as a result Sayidina Adam taught the malaika.

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Muslim 1905

Muslim related in the hadith of Abu Hurayrah ® that he said, “I heard the Prophet (s) saying, “the first person to have judgement passed on him on the Day of Rising will be a man who was killed as a martyr (shahid) and he will be brought, and He will show him His blessings and he will acknowledge them. He will say, “What did you do for them?” and he will say, “I fought for You until I was killed as a martyr (shahid).’ He will say, ‘You lie! But rather you fought so that it might be said, “(He was) daring,” and that has been said.’ Then the command will be given and he will be dragged on his face and thrown in the Fire.
“(Then there will be) a man who learnt knowledge and taught it and who recited the Qur’an. He will be brought, and He will show him His blessings and he will acknowledge them. He will say, ‘What did you do for them?’ and he will say, ‘I learnt knowledge and taught it, and recited the Qur’an for You.’ He will say, ‘You lie! But rather you learnt knowledge so that someone might say, “(He is) a man of knowledge,” and you recited Qur’an so that someone might say, “(He is) a Qur’an reciter,” and it has been said.’ Then the command will be given and he will be dragged on his face until he is thrown in the Fire.
“(Then there will be) a man to whom Allah was enormously generous giving him all kinds of wealth. He will be brought and He will show him His blessings and he will acknowledge them , and He will say, ‘So what did you do for them?’ He will say, ’I didn’t leave any way in which You love wealth to be spent but that I spent in it for You.’ He will say, ‘You lie! But rather you did it so that someone might say, “He is very generous,” and that has been said,’ Then the command will be given and he will be dragged on his face until he is thrown in the Fire.”
(Muslim 1905)

Above are the intention for studying from Imam Abdullah Al-Haddad (RahimuLlah) translated as: All praise to Allah, Lord of the Worlds. And salutations and greetings upon our master Muhammad and upon his family and companions. I intend to study and teach, take and give a reminder, take and give benefit, take and give advantage, to encourage the holding fast to the book of Allah and the way of his messenger, and calling to guidance and directing towards good hoping for the countenance of Allah and His pleasure, proximity and reward, transcendent is He. (Our thanks to


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