Sh Yasir’s latest ongoing series is on the life of the barzakh. In it, he will discuss the interlude between this world and the next and what the Qur'an and Sunnah teaches us about this critical time frame that each and every one of us will go through (may Allah protect us from the fitnas of the grave!).
Our brother in Islam, Shaykh Usama Canon, is in serious critical condition and his family is asking for du’as.
Ustadh Usama is a person whom I’ve had the honor to meet many times, and to see the effects he’s had on his community and upon the Ummah. His humility, good manners, selflessness and dedication, especially to converts and those whom he helped in prison, are known to all.
During the prime of his life, Allah tested him with an issue in his health, and he took this news like a true believer should: with acceptance at Allah’s qadr, and an appreciation for all the blessings Allah has given him.
During this stage of his life, firstly I ask you sincerely to make Du’a for him and for his family who is taking care of him. May Allah give him the best in this world and the next, and give him sabr, and affirm him with the kalima in this world and the next.
And, secondly, let all of us assess our lives and accomplishments. Ustadh Usama has been blessed to accomplish so much. He has left thousands upon thousands of people who have been impacted positively by him. His reward InshaAllah are with Allah.
But what have we done? Ask this question now, before it is asked of us tomorrow.
"Jealousy is the most filthy of all evil manners. It was the first sin committed in the Heavens, when Iblīs was jealous of Adam; and it was the first sin committed on earth, when Cain was jealous of Abel." ~ Ibn al-Jawzī.
Jealousy doesn't mean that you desire what others have - to desire something permissible that you don't have is not necessarily evil. Jealousy is to feel an internal anger and burning irritation that someone else has been given something you don't have. And this latter feeling is ALWAYS filthy - why should you begrudge what Allah has chosen to give to others? If you want it, pray for it and strive for it in a permissible manner, but don't feel an internal discomfort that someone else has been given it.
And never forget, the best matter to desire that others have isn't money or fame or material possessions: it is God-consciousness, religiosity, charity and good manners.
Did you know that the first English book ever published in the UK was actually a translation of an Arabic book?
In 1476, barely two decades after Gutenburg published his Bible, William Caxton built England's first printing press near Westminster Abbey, and published 'The Dictes and Sayings of the Philosophers.'
This book was originally authored by Mubashir b. Fātik (d. ~ 1100 CE), a scholar in Fatimid Egypt, under the title مختار الحكم ومحاسن الكلم ('A Selection of Wisdoms and Beautiful Sayings'); it was a compilation of aphorisms and maxims from philosophers and sages across the centuries (academic note: most of these are fables and myths).
- In 1250, the book was translated from Arabic into Spanish for Alfonso X of Castile, who was a great admirer of Muslim civilization and knowledge.
- A few decades later, the Spanish was translated into Latin for Emperor Fredrick II.
- Around 1400, the Latin was translated into French for King Charles VI.
- Finally, around 1450, the French was translated into English and then published as the very first work ever printed in England.
So the original went through four translations and traveled across many countries and courts until finally becoming the very first published work!
And now you know 😀.
PS. Interesting fact: Ibn Fātik's wife was so irritated with him spending most of his married life in his library that as soon as he died, she took all of his books and threw them into a pool. Hence most of his works didn't survive.
In this final part of the series: Towards Understanding the Traditions of The Signs of the Day of Judgment, Shaykh Yasir Qadhi explains the final days and the ‘Beast’, the ‘Dukhan’, the rising of the Sun from the West, and the trumpet.