Notes: “The First Ten Days of Ramadan: Mercy”

our deen is teaching us that even though we arent learning something new, we r told to remember that which we already know.

reminders help more than learning something new.

surah fatihah introduces allah to us

allah introduces himself to humanity

thank allah and praise allah: alhamdullilah; difference between praising and thanking something

    you can praise a building, but you might not thank the building. But for Allah we are told to praise him and thank him.

ar rahman and ar rahim

something in common: they have the word rahma in common, doesnt mean mercy. rahma means care love consideration, when a women is pregnant her belly is rahem, becuz baby is taken care of from all angles. allah is telling us he has covered us entirely in his blessing.

ar rahman:

1.when allahs love care mercy is extremem then u suse ar rahman. unsually loving

excessive.

2. happenign right now. his love is right now. when someone is patient doesnt mean its happening right now. but for allah, its happening right now. hes being arrahman righ tnow. immediate

3.third meaning is kinda scary, its a pattern as in its permanent. r u angry, not permanent. hungry. not permanent. his mercy isnt permanent.

arrahim:

1. always, a quality. first word was temporary.

2. not necessarlity obvious, not always happening right now. not active, but a quality. the beauty is that if he only said arrahman, it wud not be permanent. he said rahim immediately after to make it permanent. he put them both together so that we know today arrahman, tomorrow arahim.

hadith: arahman is for this world and rahim is next world for the people.

simple example: some people have jobs, waiting for paycheck. now ur getting worried. ur friend is telling u hes dependable and reliable. i know but i wish he was like that right now. allah knows that when people have a problem, they want happiness right now. when ur immediate problem is taken care of, then the future comes to thought. allah will take care of u right now with rahman and ur future with rahim.

problem: i knwo its haram, but allah is merciful he will forgive me for my sins. people take advatnage of the mercy.

master and slave story. dont go to the other side.

the day of punishment is the day where we will all get punished all at once

allah balanced two things and on the other hand if u take advantage of his mercy u will get punished

two kinds of people on judgement: people who get audited and people who just go to hell or heaven.

everyone whose alive, is the opportunity to make tawbah, thats allah’s mercy. it is the opportunity allah is giving u to say astagfirullah.

may allah help us earn his mercy and be people who r always optimistic.

as young people we dont have free time, we r activists we r supposed to be. we r the youth, hold urself to a higher standard, not becuz of elders becuz ur own concious shoudl tell u. you have to be active people. any member of this ummah is constantly working to make this world better. be merciful towards, be a good role model. improve ur character. become good Muslims so that non Muslims look at you and say i wanna be like them, i want what they have.

In the sacred hadith below, God says:“O son of Adam, as long as you call upon Me and put your hope in Me, I have forgiven you for what you have done and I do not mind. O son of Adam, if your sins were to reach the clouds of the sky and then you would seek My forgiveness, I would forgive you. O son of Adam, if you were to come to Me with sins that are close to filling the earth and then you would meet Me without ascribing any partners with Me, I would certainly bring to you forgiveness close to filling it.” (Authenticated by Al Albani)

A great way for Muslims to worship for the first ten days of mercy is to recite Du’as (supplications) and Dhikr (remembrance) invoking God’s mercy. With the doors of Paradise swung open and the doors of Hellfire shut, God never goes back on His Promise and with that, this is the perfect time to beg for God to shower His servants with Mercy. A recognized Quranic supplication, that can be recited as a remembrance is:

{O! My Lord, forgive and have Mercy and You are the Best of Merciful.} (Al-Mu’minun 23: 118)

God also says:

{So, Remember Me, and I will remember you.} (Al-Baqarah 2: 152)

hadith where during a time of war a woman was searching for her baby and as soon as she found her baby, she started feeding it. the prophet saw said “how much do you believe that woman loves her child?” and the companions said ” a lot” and he said “allah loves his servant much more than that”

fasting in itself is mercy, its healthy for our bodies, keeps our mind open and clear. it helps us stay focused. if u dont feel focused, then u arent fasting correctly. it gives people the apportunity to be appreciative to wards allah for what they have and remember his mercy.

“(Allah said): Every good deed of Adam’s son is for him except fasting; it is for Me. and I shall reward (the fasting person) for it.’ Verily, the smell of the mouth of a fasting person is better to Allah than the smell of musk.” (Al-Bukhari)

he is telling you that this is what he wants from you, that if you do this, he will be grateful and happy, that in itself is mercy becuz he has told u what he wants. and all we have to do is give him what he wants.

ramadan helps u feel merciful towards others in Islam, share love and kindness, work together to make iftaar. try not to be angry. speak less.

 

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