FRAGMENTS OF MY TIME (part two)

A’eesha BL

Say: Praise be to Allaah. He will show you His signs and you will recognize them. Your Lord is not unaware of what you do. (Surah An-Naml: 93)

What are they awaiting but for the hour to come upon them suddenly? Its signs have already come. What good will their reminder be to them when it does arrive? (Surah Muhammad: 18)

…these signs are good news to Allah’s servants. From the book “The end times and Hazrat Mahdi” by Haroon Yahya.

POEM TITLE: FRAGMENTS OF MY TIME (part two)
Like an overwhelming disease
Our world is now sick
Suffering from a syndrome of lack and too much
Lack of persisting faith and too much of strong hate
This should be no surprise to the people true to this deen
To us are revealed the warning signs so take heed
Let’s be cautious; be wise in our dealings with beings
For today or tomorrow the hour would come
A time when all deeds would be judged no doubt
But before we see our Lord this phase must take place
This is but a foreshadow of an unfolding fact
Be thankful for faith, or do we see signs for the atheists?

Fragments of my time
Put them together and you see truth
If not then can we be shown a revelation better in time?
More classic in language than it has been defined in this?
Delivered in perfect divinity and upholding reign?
All truth be found in the 114 chapters that remain integral
So it is true that someday it will be the end
And a gathering will take place by Allaah’s own will
Don’t let the devil delude us for that is his aim
For these words are not words of a man like you and I
But ordered and guarded by the one who makes the sun shine
We know Him as Allaah the one who brought us to these times.

Fragments of my time
Put them together and you see clemency
He opened our eyes so we may see the signs lucidly
Permitted our hearing so we may receive news daily
Guided our hearts so we would believe it is all His doing
A token of Allaah’s love for those He has healed
All these in mercy, we need no more proof
For reasoning is given to those He has saved
Don’t forget amongst mankind are some so mislead
If we still turn away, then indeed our loss is deep
For we would have been left lost and not guided by Allaah
So as we grieve our lost souls we should still say ‘la ilaha illAllaah…”

Fragments of my time
Put them together you will see forgiveness
We are surrounded by mischief, treachery and murder
The more we fight these acts, the more our credence gets better
If not we will be with those in lining with those gone astray
O Ya Rabb help us as we swim in tides holding us back
It remains hard to counter and turn away from what this life bids
Remind us our Lord that in Your security there is the gift of forever
And forever is never the case in conditions encountered in this dunya
Help us stay firm and not succumb in concession for its transitory joy
Record for us successes for keeping off sins and not transgressing

Fragments of my time
Put them together and you learn to forbear
Our dear Islam being ridiculed as the religion of terrorists
How hurtful when we know our faith preaches all peace and further peace
This is the time to love ourselves
And defeat the baits that disintegrate us
Ya Allaah place us not among those who sell their faith for worldly gains
All forces may coalesce and come on us but our hold cannot be cleaved that way
Whatever is Allaah’s can never fall, in this one pledge we live to die
Ashadu an lailaha illAllaah
Wa ashadu anna Muhammad rasul Allaah.
Fragments of my time…this is what the Book shows.

May Allaah forgive the shortcomings in this post. Ameen.

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FRAGMENTS OF MY TIME (part one)

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullaah wa baraktuh. Many details of what the Prophet (SAW) said would happen before the last days have reached us. These events are happening one by one in our own time, proving to be yet another miracle of the Prophet (SAW).

Taken from the hadiths:

The Last Hour will not come unless there is much bloodshed…

Near the establishment of the Hour there will be much Al-Harj, and Al-Harj means killing…

Are we seeing anything different?

POEM TITLE:FRAGMENTS OF MY TIME (part one)
A generation of pertinent existence
Look how time reveals the messages in our belief
One by one the days divulge
And yet some question if they would be judged
The waves of war have spread
Now earth is as half dead
The future told to come unfolds
Not a lot remains in sacred tomorrows
Our days are so borrowed
The buildings are tall
And liquor gulped under the sun
Embrace the end times for it is near

We are a scribble of the knowledge that once was
A shadow of the love we were taught
Just a linger of the fragrance of purity remains
Lying leaders and hypocritical preachers
Selective deafness to the voices that speak truth
What do we know of our rights?
How much more of responsibilities
Today our time is hurt
Broken dreams in bleeding hearts
Tell me how we could win
When we fight ourselves instead
Dining in the midst of hatred like bread

Fragments of my time
Put them together and the big picture is still small
Still we grow from diminished souls
So what can we teach?
When we barely have learned
Could what we get now be what our hands have earned?
O what a shame, what a hurtful shame
For if we leave now how about our sons
If this is our time then what time is left?
When the signs are defining the proximal termination
Who amongst us is waiting?
Who denies that we are ending?

Fragments of my time
Put them together and you will see pain
It is war in this place
I thought it was the black race
But no it’s the human face
We act like we have no hearts
Like our whole is a disguise
Orphaning our heritage
Greed is the feed
If not then we would be rich
Richer in faith and stronger in embrace
But love lost its redness in this time of mine

Fragments of my time
Put them together and you will see hope
If not then look at us cry while we pray
Go ahead make the devil frown
Tell Lucifer that his end is near
He fought the battles with us as we fought ourselves
Soon it would be that our Lord we will face
And watch an ego being dragged to hell
The author of mischief
We should fight to defeat
And collectively we would succeed
The pioneer enemy we must learn to resist

Fragments of my time
Put them together and you have a map
The roads are broken and identity is loosening
Courage shivers at the face of the law
Confessions are like folktales, who cares what they say
When they swear and turn around and loot
Clutch their guns, hold them out and shoot
We are but people of the end times I see
The times of struggle and tests of pain
If not then see how we die in our arms
Burying one another, we are fueling the wars
Spreading like wild fire that started in the hearts

We are showing our seeds now
What our trees have given us as shade
Passing on generations
And maybe we are the last
Maybe we still may be counted as the mothers of kings
Kings we don’t know how they would then rule
When their father’s rulings are not of old times of truth
Ya Allaah Ya Rahaman hold us to Thee dear
For verily it’s plain to see that our time is here
When we would rise from sleep and line up in rows
In between two extremes we wait for the eternal recompense
Fragments of my time, this is what The Book shows.

May the souls of the departed brothers and sisters killed rest in peace. Arise O compatriots…let us pray for the kano state victims and all victims the world over.

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MY NEW GARMENT

A’eesha BL

Peace and blessings of Allaah be upon you all. Amin. It is my pleasure to post again after some time. Keeping it short and hopefully worth the read, unearthing4deen is an avenue for reminders about our dear religion Islam. If you happen to have any contributions not included in a post you are most welcome to mention what you know for the benefit of others. Spreading knowledge is the responsibility of each and everyone of us. May Allaah direct our wisdom to search and learn about Islam. Amin. Today’s post is about a garment. I would love that I have saved enough for it. In as much as it is so available it takes something special to possess it while still alive. This thought came to me out of the frustration of what my wardrobe looks like. Heaps of clothes in all shades of colours and fittings but still I could spend hours trying to look for what to wear. So what exactly is the point really? Human nature got the better of me, shamefully yes. That greed to own so much eats us up. Like this is not enough, let’s share what tailors do to us ladies especially. Tears have flowed I guarantee, not to talk of the money spent to wear one outfit for an occasion and its dumped. Ya Allaah forgive us. We go through so much while alive to wear expensive and really ‘it’ clothes and at death it doesn’t really matter . A strong irony. Its a good check to link whatever you do today with its benefits in the hereafter, and when it comes to clothes we need no argument to all agree that we get buried with NOTHING but a white piece of cloth on. After all the colours and fittings, it ends up like that. Plain and simple. This has belittled fashion in my eyes and all that could be truly beautiful should be what would help our iman grow. In a quest to actually know what I am going to wear while being buried, I found a lot. This garment, that if it were the only thing we would own today as clothes, it would be enough to transit us to our graves. May we have enough iman to make this garment a part of our wardrobe. Amin. I hope writing about this was a good idea although to purchase your burial clothe may be frowned at by some, it is the love for Allaah that would make us hasten our hearts to wanting to meet Him. Some things regarding the shroud I read and posted I really don’t understand clearly but we can clarify by asking Islamic scholars. It occurred to me that if I never read up about this I may never have imagined it right. For those of us that have witnessed shrouding been done, correct any mistakes as quite a number of pieces were included in making this post. Thank you.

PURCHASING THE SHROUD
In shrouding, the following practices are recommended and should be observed while preparing a body for burial.

1 The shroud should be nice, clean, and large enough to cover the entire body. This is based on a narration of Ibn Majah and Tirmizhi, who regard it a sound hadith from Abu Qatadah that the Prophet, peace be upon him, said: “If one of you is a guardian to his deceased brother, he should give him the best shroud he can.”

2 A shroud should be white, as it is recorded by Ahmad, Abu Daw’ud, and Tirmizhi on the authority of Ibn ‘Abbas that the Prophet, peace be upon him, said: “Wear white clothes, for these are your best clothes, and en-shroud your dead in them.” Tirmizhi considers it a sound hadith.

3 The shroud should be scented and perfumed. The hadith is cited by Ahmad and Al-Hakim, who regard it as sound, in accordance with Jabir’s narration that the Prophet, peace be upon him, said: “If you perfume a dead body, do it three times.” Abu Sa’id, Ibn ‘Umar, and Ibn ‘Abbas directed their heirs in their wills to perfume their shrouds with aloes-wood.

4 The shroud should be three wraps for a man and five wraps for a woman, in light of what is narrated by the group from ‘Aishah who said: “The Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, was wrapped in three pieces of new white sheets of cloth from Yemen, without a shirt or a turban.”

Tirmizhi said: “The majority of the scholars among the Companions of the Prophet (may Allah be pleased with them) and others hold this view.” Sufyan Al-Thawri said: “A (deceased) male should be shrouded in three pieces of cloth, or a shirt and two loose pieces of cloth, or (if necessary) three wraps of cloth.

One wrap may suffice if nothing else is available. Two wraps will also suffice, but three wraps are preferable for those who can afford it. This is the opinion of Ash-Shafi’i, Ahmad, and Ishaq. They hold that a deceased female should be enshrouded in five sheets.

It is reported from Umm ‘Atiyyah that the Prophet, peace be upon him, gave her a loincloth, a shirt, a scarf, and two pieces of cloth (to be used as a shroud for him). Ibn Al-Munzhir said: “Most of the scholars, our teachers, are of the opinion that a woman should be shrouded in five sheets of cloth.

A WOMAN’S SHROUD

Material 60” wide (5ft)
1.Lifafah – Outer sheet 8 ft by 5 ft
2.Sina’band (Chest wrap)7 ft by 5 ft
3.Izar / Loin Cloth 7 ft by 5 ft
4.Qamis / Kurta or shirt 5 ft by 4/5 ft

Fold in half and from the center make a T-shaped cut for the neck front region without sleeves.
5. Orhni / Scarf 4 ft by 2 ft

3 strips of cotton material for keeping the shroud in place

A MAN’S SHROUD
(sizes same as above)

It has a
1. Lifafah / outer sheet
2. Qamis / Shirt
3. Izar / loin cloth

HOW TO LAY THE DEAD IN THE KAFN (SHROUD)

The method of shrouding

1. Place three thin strips of cotton material for tying the shroud.
The strips must be placed – one near the head, one in the middle
and one near the feet.
2. Spread the Lifafah outer sheet in the coffin or hearse.
3. Spread the Sina’band / chest piece from the shoulder position.
4. Spread Izar from the feet and upwards.
5. Spread the back of the Qamis / shirt & roll up the front and keep it near the head end. (From neck down to feet)
6. Leave the Orhni / scarf on one side which will be put on last.

HOW THE KAFN SHOULD BE PUT ON

1.Lower the body gently on to the Kafn / shroud. Cover the top part
of the body up to the calves with the folded portion of Qamis.
2. Remove the sheet used for covering the body.
3. Rub camphor mixture on places of Sajdah Forehead, nose, both
palms, knees and forefeet.
4. The hair should be divided into 2 parts, and put onto the right and
left shoulder over Qamis.
5. Cover the head and hair with Orhni/scarf. Do not fasten, but tuck in properly.
6. Fold the Izar the left flap first and then the right over the Qamis and scarf.
7. Now close the Sina’band (chest cover) in the same manner as above.
8. Close the Lifafah, the left flap first then right.
9. Lastly fasten the ends of the Lifafah at the head-side, Then the feet and then around the middle with the strips of cloth, to keep the complete kafn in place.

PROHIBITED ARTICLES IN THE KAFN

1. It is prohibited to enclose any chapter, or verses of the Holy Qur’an
or any du`a in the kafn.
2. It is forbidden to write the Kalimah, or any other du`a on the kafn or chest of the dead person.

POEM TITLE: MY NEW GARMENT

O my Allaah, the Lord of my life
Look how You adorn us in all colours and styles
You permit our existence in these end times
When beauty is the craft and fashion is like religion
We arch our backs in heels
And emphasise on trends
Red was the new black
And in silk some would march
New seasons, new styles
Our eyes on clothing line racks
As in much of these our elegance relays
What’s new, what’s the price
And oh both genders would find a thing to love
A trend to follow or a celebrity to imitate
No fashion crimes allowed, match this with that please!
A size larger and there goes the thread
A size smaller, O no! weight gain again
If only we remember at that point a shroud
A clothing specified and would fit just fine
O Allaah look at us, after all we spend
This white shroud we still do not possess
How poor are our wardrobes deprived of this vogue
For really we should own what in our transit we would be worn
If we are to spend fortunes to pamper our humane
Why not its change to step up our iman
For each time we see it amidst all cloths we own
It would be a reminder of our death to come
They say red is love and blue is royal, so wear
But loyal is the word to remain in our deen
For to be buried in white
Is a privilege ordained
All I want now is a heart to buy
My new garment, the only style in the grave.