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The 4 beloved Caliphs

This is a brief introduction on the 4 Caliphs that rules after our beloved Prophet (S.A.W) . None could compare in terms of righteousness, justness and vurtue..

The Era of The Four Caliphs

The era that followed the death of Allah’s apostle Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) is called the era of the Four Caliphs. During this period, Islam flourished and spread far beyond the limits of the Arabian Peninsula. These were the times when Muslims witnessed victories and lived in ease.

The Period of Abu Bakr (632-634)

Abu Bakr (ra) was a friend of Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). He was one of the first people to receive the message and to become a Muslim. He accepted Islam at a time before it was openly proclaimed. Abu Bakr is the one of the prophet’s  closest friends . He is the fine representative of Islamic morality, he lead several individuals to the practice of Islam namely Uthman , Talha ibn Ubaydullah Sa’d ibn Abi Vakkas , Zubayr ibn Awwam , Abd al-Rahman ibn Awf , and Abu Ubayda ibn al-Jarrah .

After the prophet’s death, Abu Bakr was elected as caliph on the recommendation of Umar.

In spite that his reign period was short as it lasted only two years, Abu Bakr was an ideal leader.

He called Muslims for unity and worked intensely to collect and preserve the texts of the holy Qur’an. He spread Islam from the borders of the Arabian Peninsula into Syria, Palestine and Iraq and faced false prophets and ensured the sameness of Islamic religion and the moral teachings of the holy Qur’an compared to the prophet’s time.

He was merciful, humble and respectful. He gained people’s love and adoration at that time. He helped the poor and the needy and freed many Muslim slaves by paying their owners significant sums of money. Abu Bakr was a wealthy merchant and he spent all his wealth spreading the moral teachings of Islam.

The Period of Umar (634-644)

One of the renowned members of the Qureysh tribe was Umar . He was impressed by Muslim’s strength and devotion to their religion in spite of all the hardships they went through.

After his conversion, he took his place in the company of our Prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and  became a well-known leader of Islamic morality. He spent his wealth to spread Islam. Following Abu Bakr’s death, Umar was elected as caliph.

He was known for his efforts to establish justice and his complete devotion to the moral teachings of the holy Qur’an. In brief, during his reign justice operated everywhere and he proved to be a model of the administration of justice for those who followed him.

His devotion to the moral values of the holy Qur’an offered him the opportunity to administer in a way that he could win the hearts of Muslims.

 The Period of Uthman (644-656)

Uthman was the first one to accept Islam and one of the prophet’s closest companions. He had had an efficient way of speaking. He learned the holy Qur’an by heart.

 After Umar’s death, he was elected to be caliph. Nobody objected his election as he had all the Muslims support. During his reign, he made various copies of the Holy Qur’an and sent it to different Islamic Centers.

In the course of his reign, he ensured that suitable candidates were selected for various positions and appointments. He was determined to augment the prosperous level of the Islamic community, and he did his best to develop gardens and vineyards. During his reign so many e unbelievers were converted to Islam.

The Period of Ali (656-661)

Ali is the son of Abu Talib, the Prophet’s Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) uncle.He was courageous, eloquent and wise. There was no doubt on agreeing that Ali was one of the greatest Muslim scholars. Since his childhood, Ali had been in Muhammad’s (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) side; he learned the holy Qur’an from him and served him. For this reason, Ali (ra) came to know a great deal about religious matters and as a result, was called to be among the advisors to Abu Bakr , Umar and Uthman .He built schools to educate Muslims. His martyrdom is considered as the ending point of the Four Caliph’s period.

Reference: Go makkah

Need For An Uprise

What I want our so called leaders to accomplish in 2013 in a lill rhyme:

A little less catastrophe, a little more empathy,

Drop the curtain down for a little more transparency.

Ever tax payers dollar goes to a new world  entity,

You can afford another war but can’t take your country out of poverty?

Unemployment, homelessness continue to rise  staggerly 

While our ‘leaders’ are  overseas funding the oasis for a world war travesty 

 Thousands dying in civil wars for freedom, justice and equality,

While our ‘leaders’ are devising plots to pounce on their oil rich commoditys.

Our country is funded from the blood and decapitated limbs of innocent families 

Oppressed without necessity 

Tortured with heavy-handed intensity 

Exiled from their homes carrying a handbag filled with painful memories.

Miscarriages occurring regularly,

Bombs flying from the atmosphere

Is this The world we live in run by snakes & villains  of the UN theatre industry? 

 Focus on your own domestic affairs,

Before flying overseas like a superhero and acting like you really care 

Its Your country that needs repair with a debt climbing steadily.

An ailing economy and a $13 trillion debt is enough to keep you company 

The leaders we support who commit day to day tragedies

Are fuelled by our silence, so speak up for your integrity

This all must stop justice must be served or your nightmare will become a reality:

A revolution in 2013..

Stand Tall: Year That Was

As the year draws to a close, it is only relevant that one reflects upon the year that was.
And given the topic is ‘wrapping up’ I hope to give an insight and a little background   to what was  undoubtedly a turbulent year across the world…in a lil rhyme.

I’m the perseverance of the Palestinian nation 

I’m the hope n ambition of the Egyptian congregation

I’m the Courage n determination of the Arab revolution

I’m the struggle of the Gazan people facing daily execution

Dime bombs uranium n white phosphorus solution 

I’m the 63% of people that suffer daily from malnutrition 

I’m the inmates of Guantanimo convicted without prosecution

I’m every law violated in the U .N constitution

I’m the retribution of the minority-demonised, silenced and taped

I’m the innocence of a country, molested, obliterated and raped

9/11 u fool was no f*n mistake,
Orchestrated by American demons of the underworld, wearing black capes.

Don’t believe me? Take a look back and rerun the tape

It’s all (part of) a piece of the puzzle for superiors to dominate

U.S and Zionist officials lay bak and celebrate

Devising plots to ensure  the Middle East completely capitulate 

10 years have past (since) but there’s nothing to celebrate

Get ready it’s all set for the new world order to take place

Just to reiterate we’re all gazans living in a bubble

We are strong we stand tall in the face of struggle..

Time

Whether its Monday or Saturday
Don’t count every second

Make every second count

Treat every second on its merits

Lapsed time is time we cannot inherit

Time should be filled with experience, knowledge and contentment 

So plan your time wisely to avoid resentment.

If you are the same person now then you were on Monday..

Then that 7 days wasted.

I’ll end by a very profound quote, so pay attention and take note:

“An inch of time is an inch of gold, but you can’t buy that inch of time with an inch of gold.”

Peace..

Mothers and Islam

Since this post is about mothers, i think it’s only important to highlight What Islam  says about “mothers”?

This is one of the most convincing things about Islam – the treatment of women in general and especially the high position mothers hold in Islam.

Amongst the clearest examples of Islam’s honoring women is the great status of the mother in Islam. Islam commands kindness, respect and obedience to parents and specifically emphasizes and gives preference to the mother as shall be shown in this article. Islam raises parents to a status greater than that found in any other religion or ideology.

The command to be good to one’s parents begins right from the Qur’an. Allah says:

“Worship God and join not any partners with Him; and be kind to your parents…” [Noble Quran 4:36]

The mention of servitude to parents follows immediately after servitude to God. This is repeated throughout the Qur’an.

“Your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him and that you be kind to parents. Whether one or both of them attain old age in your life, say not to them a word of contempt, nor repel them, but address them in terms of honor. And out of kindness, lower to them the wing of humility and say, “My Lord! Bestow on them Your Mercy even as they cherished me in childhood.” [Noble Quran 17:23-24]

The Qur’an emphasizes the great struggles the mother goes through for her child, to highlight the need for one to reciprocate their parents sacrifice for them:

“And We have enjoined on man [to be good] to his parents: in travail upon travail did his mother bear him and his weaning was over two years. Be thankful to Me and to your parents, unto Me is the final destination.”[Noble Quran 31:14]

The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) continually used to remind his followers of the status of the mother and the obligation of being good to one’s parents. The following narration is a beautiful example of the noble position of the mother:

A man came to the Prophet and said: O Messenger of Allah! Who from amongst mankind warrants the best companionship from me? He replied: “Your mother.” The man asked: Then who? So he replied: “Your mother.” The man then asked: Then who? So the Prophet replied again: “Your mother.” The man then asked: Then who? So he replied: “Then your father.” (Sahîh Bukhârî 5971 and Sahîh Muslim 7/2)

 It is the right of your mother that you should appreciate that she carried you [in her womb] the way nobody carries anybody, She fed you the fruits of her heart which nobody feeds anybody. She protected you [during pregnancy] with her ears, eyes, hands, legs, hair, limbs, [in short] with her whole being, gladly, cheerfully, and carefully; suffering patiently all the worries, pains, difficulties, and sorrows. Till the hand of God removed you from her and brought you into this world. Then she was most happy, feeding you forgetting her own hunger, clothing you even if she herself had no clothes, giving you milk and water not caring for her own thirst, keeping you in the shade, even if she had to suffer from the heat of the sun, giving you every comfort with her own hardships; lulling you to sleep while keeping herself awake.

 
A good mother has outstanding qualities. No one can replace her in the life of her children.

 Much love and respect…

Life..

Going through life taking our time

Oblivious to the fact that times going by

Every second that passes is a second to late,

So it’s time to sit down now and contemplate

This world is a dillusion a mirage a mass deception 

Aimed to test and give the fickle minded a wrong impression

See the world for what it is, not through the tube of deception

A temporary dwelling place needed to gain momentum

To gather more deeds before the day of Resurrection:

Our deeds will talk the ink all dried no mistake no correction

Your fate is sealed your destiny is known and faces will change complexion

You preferred this life over the after life; you were lured and enticed,
You thought u had it all and it was heaven; nay but it was a fools 
paradise

It’s not too late by any means

fill your book with endless deeds

Swallow your pride and self esteem

Your deen is your identity
Your deen is your priority 
Your deen is your entity
Ensure that it is exemplary,

Whether your stricken with poverty sickness rich or poor,

Know that you can always manage to do more

If these tests didn’t exist, on the day on Judgement we would be poor

It’ll be worth it in the end with the boundless pleasures and reward..

Mercy Of Allah (SWT)

“Limitless is your Lord in His mercy…”Qur’an 6:147 

God  Almighty is full of love and kindness to His creation. All blessings and goodness in this world and the next are clear proofs of His Mercy. Indeed, Islam teaches that God is more merciful toward us than our own mothers. How can it be otherwise, when some of God’s names and attributes include:
The Acceptor of Repentance;
The Compassionate;
The Loving;
The Forbearing One;
The Most Gracious;
The Most Merciful;
The Source of Goodness;
The Most Generous;
The Bestower
These names all indicate that God is characterised by mercy, goodness and generosity. They testify to the vastness and perfection of His Mercy, which He blesses all of His creation. This same creation is addressed by God, when He says, “O son of Adam, were you to come to Me with sins nearly as great as the earth and were you then to face Me, ascribing no partner to Me, I would bring you forgiveness nearly as great as the earth.”

Examples of Allah’s Mercy & blessings
“Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you deny?”Qur’an 55:13Throughout life, people continually receive Allah’s blessings, be it good health, sight, hearing, nourishment, clean air, children, wealth and countless others. Some use their God-given gifts of intelligence and reasoning to acknowledge these blessings, grasp the purpose of their existence, and thereby submit themselves to Allah. Others, however, do not appreciate the Mercy of Allah toward their own selves, even though He feeds and sustains them despite their disobedience toward Him. They are given mobility, enjoyment, freedom of thought and action, despite their outright denial of Him. Their very existence would not be, were it not for the Mercy of Allah.

Ultimately, everyone has the free will to acknowledge their blessings, use them in a manner ordained by Allah (the Lord of mankind) and worship Him alone. Below, we have outlined a glimpse of such blessings, because “… if you were to try and count the favours of Allah, you could not enumerate them. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.” Qur’an 16:18

Mercy Towards The Creation
The creation of human beings and all their faculties is a great mercy in itself. The fact that we can get out of bed, work, eat, play and sleep should make us grateful.
“And out of His Mercy He made for you the night and the day that you may rest therein and [by day] seek from His Bounty and [that] perhaps you will be grateful.”Qur’an 28:73A spouse is one of the greatest of mercies, a means to tranquillity and affection.
“And of His signs is that He created for you, from yourselves, mates that you may find tranquility in them; and He placed between you affection and mercy. Indeed in that are signs for a people who give thought.”Qur’an 30:21Another mercy is the fact that He created us sinless and will not hold us to account until the age of maturity and decision making. This is in stark contrast to the “Original Sin” concept in Christianity.

Forgiveness of sins is another example of Allah’s Mercy, as Allah knows we are imperfect and commit mistakes. The fact that believers commit sins does not mean that we should lose hope of Allah’s Mercy or that we have exhausted Allah’s Forgiveness.
“O My servants who have transgressed against their souls! Do not despair of the Mercy of God: for God forgives all sins: for He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”Qur’an 39:53Even animals are not exempt from Allah’s Mercy. They have faculties of hearing and sight, are provided with sustenance and offspring, and are granted many other blessings. Allah’s Mercy envelops them to the point that because of one single portion of Allah’s Mercy sent to earth, “…His creatures are merciful to each other, so that even the mare lifts up its hoof away from its baby animal, lest it should trample on it.” The Merciful Creator ensures that every creation is looked after – from the fish in the depths of the ocean, to the insects in the earth, and the birds in the skies – all are sustained by Him.

How to increase Allah’s Mercy upon us
“Indeed, the mercy of Allah is near to the doers of good.”Qur’an 7:56Due to God’s Mercy, He has promised to forgive and pardon whosoever follows the appropriate means as mentioned in the following verse:
“And surely, I am indeed forgiving to him who repents, believes (in My Oneness, and associates none in worship with Me) and does righteous good deeds, and then remains constant in doing them.”Qur’an 20:82Part and parcel of having the correct belief is believing and obeying the final Messenger, Muhammad (peace be upon him).

In short, the people who receive more of Allah’s Mercy are those who have acknowledged His blessings and favours; used them in a way which pleases God; spent their God-given wealth in charity and to look after the needy; employed their hands to care for orphans; utilised their gift of speech to speak good; and performed other honourable acts ordained by God.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Allah will show mercy to those who show mercy to people. Show mercy to those who are on earth – the One Who is in Heaven will show mercy to you.”

Below, are some ways to attain God’s Mercy.
“Obey Allah and the Messenger that you may obtain mercy.”Qur’an 3:132By following the teachings of mercy and justice found in the Qur’an: “And this is a blessed Book We have revealed; therefore follow it and protect yourself (against evil), that mercy may be shown to you.”Qur’an 6:155“Keep up prayer and pay the compulsory charity (to the needy) and obey the Messenger, so that mercy may be shown to you.”Qur’an 24:56Sincerely asking for Mercy from God. “Our Lord! Make not our hearts to deviate after you have guided us aright, and grant us mercy from Yourself; surely You are The Bestower.”Qur’an 3:8
“Surely Allah is Most Gentle, Ever Compassionate to people.”Qur’an 22:65