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So you see a thing but Allaah has planned another…

So you see a thing but Allaah has planned another…
الحمد لله العلي المتعال ذي القدرة والجلال و الصلاة والسلام على النبي الضحوك القتال

أما بعد

Allāh تبارك و تعالى prepares the believer in ways which are incomprehensible to the naked human intellect, He prepares the believer in ways, of its result, He alone is aware of. A person sees something, while what is intended out of it was other than what he thinks from it as a result. He sees a matter as a destruction and a loss, while the reality behind it might be that Allāh تبارك و تعالى wills good for his slave by:-

• Make him come back with sadness to Allāh تبارك و تعالى
• Save him from a misguidance which might occur due to his walking in that path or being with that thing.
• Or punish him in order to remind him of his misguidance or his being far away from Allāh تبارك و تعالى
• Or Allāh تبارك و تعالى wants to bestow you with a responsibility or knowledge, but He sees you unfit and your soul unfertile to make it grow in you, thus he afflicts you with trials until your soul gets strong and heart becomes fertile to accept it and make it grow in you without making it die.

But most of the human intellects does not comprehend this, thus they neither repent nor improve their deeds when they are afflicted with trials.

This could be explained in detail, but let me explain it with a short example so that the readers don’t get bored…

There is this dry piece of land which is in between many lands, which is with weeds and different types of parasites, but due to it being connected with these lands, the weeds and parasites are on it too…

Likewise a believer is amongst many people, from them are wrongdoers and munāfiqīn and their likes, and when the believer (without his knowledge)takes these sickness upon him, he does see it to be normal…

Then a farmer with experience chooses this land for he knows that if he invests in it, he might get benefit out of it…

Likewise Allāh تبارك و تعالى chooses from the slaves who has potential to carry the guidance and the flag of tawhīd amongst all the people…

So the farmer to cultivate the piece of land, the farmer separates the land from the others, with a border and makes sure the weeds and parasites from the other lands doesn’t cross over it…

Likewise Allāh تبارك و تعالى separates this slave from the others from whom parasites and sicknesses might transfer to him. The reason of this separation might be unknown to the man, but a Knower is preparing him…

Then the farmer starts to use spades and tractors to clean the land and plough it…

Likewise Allāh تبارك و تعالى starts to clean him with different types of trials, from sadness and pain, tears and sicknesses, taking the loved ones from him and putting him to jails… but the slave doesn’t comprehend the reason behind all this…

Then the farmer puts fertilizers in it, from the rotting things…

Likewise Allāh تبارك و تعالى puts him to trials, from making him face what he dislikes, from fowl words and harshness from others…

Then only when the farmer knows well that the seeds he will sow will not go to waste, he sows it…

Likewise when Allāh تبارك و تعالى knows the responsibility which He is to bestow or the knowledge which he is to give to that heart, will not go wasted, Allāh تبارك و تعالى makes the slave understand the the knowledge and gives him responsibility…

But in the first days it was not known to the land nor to the human why he is being tortured so much, from isolation to hitting it with spades or digging it, from putting dung on it… but were the seeds to be sowed before it was ready to carry it, the seeds would have died, with minute it touches the land…

Likewise were the human given the understanding, before his heart and soul is ready to take it, then it would be wasted…

But if it were fertilized and all the destructive sicknesses taken away from it, then it would make the tree of tawhīd to come alive in him and the fruits of his action would be very pure and healthy…

So you see a thing but Allāh تبارك و تعالى has planned another…

و بالله التوفيق

وآخر دعوانا أن الحمد لله رب العالمين

The dog in surah al-Kahf

Many of us will read this surah on Fridays yet many of the benefits from the surah might slip the attention of most of us common people. One of such, is the mentioning of the dog in the story of the sleepers of the cave. What is the meaning of bringing up the mention of a dog, whose saliva is considered impure and the very ownership of a dog will cause the owner to decrease in reward not to mention that the Angels will not come close to a place where there are dogs present, so then what is the purpose of mentioning this animal?

The name of the dog was Qitmeer, it was said that he was the hunting dog of one of the people or that he was the dog of the king’s cook, who shared their religious views, and brought his dog with him.

Imaam Ibn Kathir says in his famous tafseer:

Ibn Jurayj said “He was guarding the door for them.” It was his nature and habit to lie down at their door as if guarding them. He was sitting outside the door, because the angels do not enter a house in which there is a dog, as was reported in As-Sahih, nor do they enter a house in which there is an image, a person in state of ritual impurity or a disbeliever, as was narrated in the Hasan Hadith.

The blessing they enjoyed extended to their dog, so the sleep that overtook them overtook him too. This is the benefit of accompanying good people, and so this dog attained fame and stature.

What is the meaning of a strong believer?

On the authority of Aboo Hurairah may Allah be pleased with him said, the Messenger of Allah said

‘Al-mu’min al-qawiyy [a strong believer] is better and more beloved to Allah than a weak believer and in both there is goodness..’ [Report by Muslim Kitaab al-Qadr no. 02664]

Shaykh ibn ‘Uthaymeen – may Allah have mercy upon him – said:

What is meant by a strong believer is in terms of his Eemaan and not in terms of his body, because physical strength might work against a person if he uses the strength in sin and disobedience, so physical strength is not in itself praiseworthy nor disliked but if a person uses his strength in what benefits him in this world and the Here-after then it will become praiseworthy but if he uses his strength in disobeying Allah then it will be considered as a disliked thing [hated]

As for the strength that is mentioned by the Prophet [in the noble hadeeth] refers to strength of Eemaan, this is because the meaning of the word al-qawiyy [strong] is linked to the first description i.e that of Eemaan [in the statement al-mu’min] just as you might say [in arabic] ar-rajul al-qawiyy [a strong man] refers to strength in his manhood so in the same way, this means strong with regards to his Eemaan.

This is because a believer with strong Eemaan will be able to undertake the obligations that Allah has placed upon him and even increase in voluntary deeds as much as Allah wills [for him]. But as for the person with weak Eemaan then his Eeman will not help him in preforming the obligations that Allah has placed upon him nor stay away from the things Allah has prohibited, thus falling short in many aspects.

The Prophet’s statment:

..and in both there is goodness..

Meaning there is goodness in both, the person with strong Eemaan and the one with weak Eemaan. The Messenger of Allah only said this in order to remove doubt least anyone should think that there is no goodness in a person with weak Eemaan, rather there is indeed goodness in a person with weak Eemaan since such a person is better then a non-believer without a doubt.