MANKIND

A’eesha BL

Good day readers and I greet you with the most beautiful and rewarding introduction assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barkatuh. We thank Allaah for His mercies and blessings upon us and we pray for His guidance in our lives. Ameen. It’s been two long weeks and everything humanly imaginable may have occurred around us or in some part of the world we are not aware of. May the souls of the departed rest in peace. Ameen .

We exist in billions… and each person is considered as a unique individual. Our tests and privileges in life differ; our minds and hearts certainly differ too. We are however together called mankind, addressed as such and judged as such.

Imam Jaffer as-Sadiq (A.S.) has said, “There is not a single difference of opinion between two persons whose solution is not given in the Book of Allah, the mighty, the glorious. But their intelligence does not fathom its depth.”
In this Hadith, it mentions about two persons, these two persons can be anyone from any walk of life, so this Hadith is telling us that there is every answer to every problem which any man may have, therefore this book of guidance is for the complete human race whose problems are answered in a clear form within the ayats of the Qur’an.

We are not Jinn nor are we animals. It is true that man has been blessed with intellect and a higher thinking faculty making us have certain control over our environment and interactions with each other. We have not been left without guidance, rules and judgement at the end of it all. But are we mindful enough? The Holy Quran is guidance for mankind. Individualise yourself and understand the reality of what is before you. You belong to an identity which your Lord has addressed; know your rights and the rights of your brothers over you for surely someday you would give account. May Allaah make us among the best of men. Ameen.

“O Mankind! Worship your Lord, who created you and those before you, happily you may guard (yourselves from evil)” (Sura Baqarah, Verse 21)

I came across a text of 100 hadith about being the best of characters and practices among mankind but just a few are put up here (more in the upcoming compilation of Unearthing4deen in sha Allaah).

“The best of the Muslims is he from whose hand and tongue the Muslims are safe.” (Muslim)

“The best of people are those that bring most benefit to the rest of mankind.” (Daraqutni, Hasan)

“The best of people during fitnah is a man who takes up the reins of his horse pursuing the enemies of Allah, causing them fear yet they make him fearful too, or a man who secludes himself in the desert fulfilling the rights of Allah upon him.” (Hakim, Sahih)

“The best of mankind is my generation, then those that follow them and then those that follow them. Then there shall come a people after them who will become avaricious, who will love gluttony, and who will give witness before they are asked for it.” (Tirmidhi, Sahih)

“The best of people are those who live longest and excel in their deeds, whereas the worst of people are those who live longest and corrupt their deeds.” (Tirmidhi, Sahih)

“The best of women are those that please him (her husband) when he sees her, obeys him when she is commanded, and who does not secretly betray him with regards to herself and her money in that which he dislikes.” (Ahmad, Sahih)

“The best of marriages are the easiest ones.” (Abu Dawud, Sahih)

“The best of your garments are those which are white; shroud your dead in them and clothe your living with them. The best of that which you apply to your eyelids is antimony causing the eyelashes to grow and sharpening the eyesight.” (Ibn Hibban, Sahih)

“The best of your religion is that which is easiest.” (Ahmad, Sahih)

“The best of the prayer lines for men are the first rows, the worst being the final rows. The best of the prayer lines for women are the final rows and the worst are the first rows.” (Muslim)

“The best prayers for women are those performed in the most secluded parts of their houses.” (Ibn Khuzaymah, Sahih)

“The best of you are the best of you in fulfilling (rights).” (Ahmad, Sahih)

“The best of you are my generation, then those that follow them and then those that follow them. Then there shall come after them a people who will betray and be untrustworthy, will give witness even though they have not been asked to, will make vows yet will not fulfil them and obesity will appear amongst them.” (Bukhari)

“The best of you are those who feed others and return greetings.” (Hasan)

“The best of which man can leave behind for himself are three: a righteous child who supplicates for him, an ongoing charity whose reward continues to reach him and knowledge which others benefit from after him.” (Ibn Hibban, Hasan)

“The best Mosques for women are the most secluded parts of their houses.” (Bayhaqi, Sahih)

“Verily, the best of perfume for men is that which is strong in smell and light in colour, and the best of perfume for women is that which is strong in colour and light in smell.” (Tirmidhi, Sahih)

“The most beloved of deeds according to Allah are the continuous ones, even if they are little.” (Agreed upon)

“The most beloved of deeds according to Allah is that you die and yet your tongue is still moist from the remembrance of Allah.” (Ibn Hibban, Hasan)

“The most beloved of people according to Allah is he who brings most benefit, and the most beloved of deeds according to Allah the Mighty, the Magnificent, is that you bring happiness to a fellow Muslim, or relieve him of distress, or pay off his debt or stave away hunger from him. It is more beloved to me that I walk with my brother Muslim in his time of need than I stay secluded in the mosque for a month. Whoever holds back his anger, Allah will cover his faults and whoever suppresses his fury while being able to execute it, Allah will fill his heart with satisfaction on the Day of Standing. Whoever walks with his brother Muslim in need until he establishes that for him, Allah will establish his feet firmly on the day when all feet shall slip. Indeed, bad character ruins deeds just as vinegar ruins honey.” (Tabarani, Hasan)

“The best of people in recitation are those who when they recite, you see that they fear Allah.” (Bayhaqi, Sahih)

“The best of your leaders are those that you love and they love you, you supplicate for them and they supplicate for you. The worst of your leaders are those that you hate and they hate you, you curse them and they curse you.” (Muslim)

“The best of you are those with the softest shoulders during prayer.” (Bayhaqi, Hasan)

“The best of you are those who are best to their wives.” (Tirmidhi, Sahih)

“The best of you are those who learn the Qur’an and teach it.” (Darimi, Sahih)

“The best of places are the Mosques and the worst of places are the markets.” (Tabarani, Hasan)

“The best of dowries are the easiest.” (Hakim, Sahih)

“The most beloved dish according to Allah is that which most hands feed from.” (Ibn Hibban, Hasan)

“The most beloved servant of Allah is he who is most beneficial to his dependents.” (Zawa’id al-Zuhd, Hasan)

“The best of all deeds is the Prayer at its earliest time.” (Tirmidhi, Sahih)

“The best of Jihad is that man strives against his soul and desires.” (Daylami, Sahih)

“The best of all charity is that which is given to the relative that harbours enmity against you.” (Ahmad, Sahih)

“The best of all charity is that you give it while you are healthy and desirous (of that money), hoping to become wealthy but fearing poverty. Don’t delay until you are about to breathe your last and then you say, ‘This is for ‘so and so’ and this is for ‘so and so’’, for indeed, it has already been written that ‘so and so’ would receive that.” (Abu Dawud, Sahih)

“The best charity is to provide water.” (Ibn Majah, Hasan)

“The best prayer after the obligatory ones is the prayer in the depth of the night, and the best fast after the month of Ramadhan is the month of Allah, Muharram.” (Muslim)

POEM TITLE: MANKIND
I am one of us
The pathetic
The dependent
The crew of clay
Models of flesh and blood
The crowd of discretion
But still in subjection
The prevailing powerless
We rise, we fall
We are lost on our own
My kind are buried
My likeness have vanished
Makes me ponder
It could have been me or you
A part of us

I am one of us
A clan amongst the human race
The imperfects, the mortals
In relentless determination
But weaker than fate’s manifest
It is desires against resolve, surviving or dying
Robbers on our own highway
The victims and the villains
The killers and the killed
They are of my kind
Those that lie, that cheat and backbite
Together we dictate and lament
I am one of them
The kind that have lived and died
I am here, within the bereaved, a potential deceased

I am one of the guilty
Whose nature is to sin
Even after been led
Through a path to a flawless place
Still our hearts are insatiable
For fame, fortune and reign
Crowding our minds with perishing pursuits
Disregarding the essence of the purpose for creation
We know but yet can’t resist
We hurt but still won’t desist
We are like poles to the magnets of our addictions
In helpless hypnotic obsession
Succumbing to longings irrespective of warnings
We are not uninformed
We are just mankind

I belong here
An affiliate of the blind and mulish
In selfishness and greed
Our struggles we feed
Sieving out for benefits
And abandoning detriments
But halal and haram have more than just same consonants
With heaps of signs and symptoms
Our syndromes are exemplary assortments of defects
Temptation overpowers our resolve
We have in common an innate determinant
Of our deeds and misdeeds
If it good, the whole of us is good
We have hearts
We are some of us

I belong here to a certain identity
A seeker of the pleasers of Allaah
A thankful for His blessings
Yet a defiant to His commands
I fall in prostration to mend where I am broken
I am one of them
The sect that seek forgiveness
A sinner and a confessor  
A beggar and a giver
Descendant of descendants
A fraction of a whole
The whole that will be called as one
Judged and justified
Ya ayyuhan nas…O mankind
I am one of you.

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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.

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.