20 Jannati Sahaba(R.A) by Ahmed Khalil Jumma;translated by Hafiz Abu Muhammad Al Hanfi

And those foremost [(in Islamic Faith of Monotheism and in performing righteous deeds) in the life of this world on the very first call for to embrace Islam,] will be foremost (in Paradise). These will be those nearest to Allah. In the Gardens of delight (Paradise). A multitude of those (foremost) will be from the first generations (who embraced Islam). And a few of those (foremost) will be from the later time (generations). (They will be) on thrones woven with gold and precious stones (56:10-15)

20 Jannati Sahaba (R.A)

20 Jannati Sahaba (R.A)

The people in the era of Rasool Pak (Peace be Upon Him) are too strong in their faith. One of many reasons is, I think, the guidance of Rasool Allah (Peace be Upon Him) to them. Our total knowledge about Seerat e Nabvi (Peace be Upon Him), ghazwaat, lives of Sahaba and Islam is what we read in our Islamiat curriculum till 12th grade of our education and I think till then we have strong fear of Allah; while doing anything wrong. Then with the passage of time, our relationship got weakens with our moral Islamic values because we people no more remain in touch with our religion intellectually.

The lives of Sahaba Karam (R.A) are there for us as a strong bond of love, faith, harmony, loyalty and strength. We people don’t know how this Quran e Hakeem and Seerat e Nabvi (Peace be Upon Him) came to us as a light for our lives. The efforts of our Rasool Kareem (Peace be Upon Him), the role of Sahaba Karam (R.A) as strong supporters and the history of ghazvaat are yet not understood by us, we people even don’t bother to learn about Islam. This book ’20 Jannati Sahaba(RA)’ by ‘Ahmed Khalil Jumma’ (Urdu translation by Hafiz Abu Muhammad Al Hanfi) is there for refreshing our eman and to make us travel along with Sahaba Karaam (R.A) in the time of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be Upon Him).

Following are the 20 Sahaba (R.A) about whom; their accepting Islam circumstances, participation in gazwaat and saraya, basharat e Nabvi(Peace be Upon Him) about jannat ul firdos and shahadat is described.

1)      Hazrat Malik Bin Sanan (R.A)

2)      Hazrat Umro Bin Jmmoh (R.A)

3)      Hazrat Abdullah Bin Umro Bin Harram(R.A)

4)      Hazrat Jaffar Bin Abi Talib (R.A)

5)      Hazrat Akashah Bin Mohsin (R.A)

6)      Hazrat Abu Sufyan Bin Al Haris Bin Abdul Mutlib (R.A)

7)      Hazrat Hatib Bin Abi Balta (R.A)

8)      Hazrat Abdullah Bin Salaam(R.A)

9)      Hazrat Harrisa Bin Nouman (R.A)

10)   Hazrat  Zaid Bin Arqam (R.A)

11)   Hazrat Hamza Bin Abdul Mutlib (R.A)

12)   Hazrat Abdullah Bin Hajash (R.A)

13)   Hazrat Saad Bin Al Rabbih (R.A)

14)   Hazrat Saad Bin Maa’az(R.A)

15)   Hazrat Zaid Bin Harisa (R.A)

16)   Hazrat Abdullah Bin Rawaha (R.A)

17)   Hazrat Sabit Bin Qais (R.A)

18)   Hazrat Bilal Bin Rubah  (R.A)

19)   Hazrat Sohaib Bin Sannan Roomi (R.A)

20)   Hazrat Abdullah Bin Unais (R.A)

Nikal k Sehra sy Jis ny romma ki Saltanat ko ulat dia tha

Suna hai ye qudsiyun sy main ny, wo shair phr hoshiyar hoga

(By Allama Iqbal)

The early arrival of Islam, the beauty of Baits, the spirit of Hijrit, the obedience in Saraya and the circumstances of different Ghazvaat along with the role of these Sahaba Karam (R.A) is described in a comprehensive way, so that reader can feel what were the difficulties our Rasool Pak (Peace be Upon Him) along with his companions (R.A) faced in the way to truth, in the way of passing this light of Hidayat and Noor of Islam to us. Shan-e-Nazool of different ayat in context of important incident related to particular Sahaba (R.A), special messages for proving and clearing the position of Sahaba Karam (R.A) in front of Kuffar o Munafiqeen is worth reading.

This book makes us realize about the competition in Jannat ul Firdos. These were the people who offer their lives, family, wealth and everything in the way of Allah. Recommending this book is there for evaluating ourselves in context of efforts of Sahaba Karam (R.A). May Allah Subhannaho wa Ta’alah give us an opportunity which makes our life long efforts and worldly struggle fruitful. ameen.

The Road to Success by Faiez Hassan Seyal

That is so because Allah will never change a grace which He has bestowed on a people until they change what is in their own selves. And verily, Allah is All-Hearer, All-Knower. (8:53)

road to success

The Road to Success

A book meant to challenge your basic assumptions about who you are, what you have and what you can do to become the Master of your Own Destiny. Brief overview of the book is as follows:

Chapter one: Accept the responsibility of your life

One should own his actions either good or bad, as area of improvement is always there and nobody will put on the burden of other neither in this world nor hereafter.

Chapter two: Knowing yourself

Who I am? What I am supposed to do here in this world? What are my responsibilities being a child, citizen, friend and family person? What is the purpose of my life? Are the questions constituting the knowledge of oneself.

Chapter three: Clarify your Vision and Define the Mission of Your life

It is the motivation that drives one’s life, so one should list down the preferences of his/her live and in the light of specified priorities should compose a purpose, vision and mission of one’s life that later inline his every action in the way of achieving the defined goal.

Chapter four: Be Optimistic

Explore the positive aspect of every happening. Also use positive words in daily communication.

Chapter five: Take risks and the responsibility of own actions

The art of situation handling helps a person to be dynamic and productive towards the decisions he made.

Chapter six: Facing Failures

Failures are always there in the way to success, these failures are there to make or break someone, that’s why one should always take temporary failures as a sign of eternal success.

Chapter seven: Stay Consistent

Consistency is the key driver of successful people. One should remain determined in the way of life for achieving high targets.

Chapter eight: Live with Character

There is a difference between the “good” and “right” and also between “what we like” and “what is right”. Life with moral values is the life with character.

Chapter nine:  Living with service attitude

Practice “Law of giving” and should spend at least 10% of income in the welfare of religion and society.

Chapter ten: Live with Allah Almighty

While making decisions, celebrating, giving and taking one should remember Allah. To be under the shelter of Allah and to be blessed with His friendship makes the journey of life safe and sound.

To deliver something with examples in the light of Islam is no doubt an art. A life-time gift for all those who feel power-less and would like to become successful by discovering and using their God-Gifted Talents.

Born Again by Faiez Hassan Seyal

“This which We recite unto you is a revelation and a wise reminder.” [Sūrah Āl `Imrān: 58].

born-again

Born Again

Born Again; 365 Days to a Healthy, Happy and Peaceful life is a book that takes only 15-30 minutes daily to make us organize our lives with the pattern  of this world and hereafter. Bird eye view of the book is as follows:

Month One: Clearing Few Myths

Whatever of good reaches you is from Allah, but whatever of evil befalls you, is from yourself. And We have sent you (O Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon Him) as a Messenger to mankind, and Allah is sufficient as a Witness. (4:79)

Month two: Living Positively

That is so because Allah will never change a grace which He has bestowed on a people until they change what is in their own selves. And verily, Allah is All-Hearer, All-Knower. (8:53)

Month three: Knowing Yourself

It is only those who have knowledge among His slaves that fear Allah (35:28)

Month Four: Developing Yourself

O you who belief! When you are told to make rooms in the assemblies, (spread out and) make room. Allah will give you (ample) room (from His Mercy). And when you are told to rise up, rise up. Allah will exalt in degree those of you who believe, and those who have been granted knowledge. And Allah is Well Acquainted with what you do. (58:11)

Month Five: Mastering Self

The good deed and the evil deed cannot be equal. Repel (the evil) with one which is better than verily he, between whom and you there was enmity, (will become) as though he was a close friend. (41:34)

Month Six: Take Care of Your Body

Verily, We created man in the best stature (mould). (95:4)

Month Seven: Positive work Habits

And it is He Who has made you generations coming after generations, replacing each other on the earth. And He has raised you in ranks, some above others that He may try you in which He has bestowed on you. Surely, your Lord is Swift in retribution, and certainly He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (6:165)

Month Eight: Living with People

Worship Allah and join none with Him (in worship); and do good to parents, kinsfolk, orphans, Al-Masakin (the poor) the neighbor who is a stranger, the companion by your side, the wayfarer (you need), the those (slaves) whom your right hand poses. Verily, Allah does not like such as are proud and boastful. (4:36)

Month Nine: Fostering Love Relationships

And among His Signs is that He created for you wives from among yourselves, that you may find repose in them, and He has put between affection and mercy. Verily, in that are indeed signs for a people who reflect. (30:21)

Month Ten: Renewing Inner Self

That Allah may reward them according to the best of their deeds, and add even more for them out of His Grace. And Allah provides without measure to whom He wills. (24:38)

Month Eleven: Creating Abundance

By no means shall you attain Al-Birr (piety, righteousness-here it means Allah’s reward, i.e. Paradise), unless you spend (in Allah’s Cause) of that which you love; and whatever of good you spend, Allah knows it well. (3:92)

Month Twelve: Restoring Peace

Narrated Abu Huraira, Allah’s Messenger (may Peace be upon him)  said, “Allah says: ‘…If he remembers Me in a group of People  I remember him in a group that is better than them; and if he comes one span nearer to Me, I go one cubit nearer to him; and if he comes one cubit nearer to Me, I go a distance of two outstretched arms nearer to him; and if he comes to Me walking, I go to him running’” (Bukhariy, Muslim)

Give yourself a 365 days challenge; afterwards see for yourself where your life was at the beginning and where it stands at the completion. May Allah be your guide, mentor and a friend on this journey. ameen

Dar Bar e Dil by Umera Ahmed

“Aur insaan shar ko iss trhan mangta hai jaisy khair ko aur byshak insaan bra he jald baaz waqay hua hai” (Surah Isra/ Surah Bani Israel)

dar bar e dil

DarBaareDil

Standing in the supreme court of one’s heart for answering one’s own mal actions is no doubt toughest of all other states of war. We females are too emotional in our nature that sometimes our emotions present glitter as a gold to us. Dar baar e dil is a story of one of us who was a pious and beautiful young girl having an apparent strong relationship with religion and then there came a time in her life where she failed to prove herself of strong faith. A time where Allah Almighty kept her safe from the bad intentions of a sinful guy but she herself started praying for the evil. Stories like Dar baar e dil help us evaluate ourselves and also to remind that we are not at all anything alongwith our religious beliefs but its only our tawakal, faith and eman which holds us with Allah’s Will.

May Allah be our Hami o Nasir in sirat e mustaqeem. ameen

Ya Khuda by Qudrat ullah Shehab

Pakistan ka matlab kia

La illaha illal la

ya khuda

Ya Khuda

‘Ya Khuda’ is a book yet too brief but a heavy dose, one can’t take it easy. To be in an independent state is to be in heaven but not for all, it’s for those who have sacrificed their family, life, wealth and everything for this piece of land. Fathers slaughtered their daughters, bothers fired their houses to burn their young sisters, young Muslim ladies burnt their faces so that Sikhs and Hindus couldn’t give them a second look, this is all for izzah, for the dignity of women and for saving the aabroo of Muslim ladies.
This book is about the helpless Muslim girl who didn’t have father to kill her, brother to burn and courage to deshape her face. Ya it’s all about those who failed to save their izzah and were not brave enough to jump in well. It’s about the daughter of religious scholar who gave birth to  child of sikh and can’t exactly know the father of her child. Real story of a young girl having no cloth for her one day old child in cold night.

Mjhy fikr e jahan kiun ho
jahan Tera hai ya mera
(Allama Iqbal)

The reason of feeling sorry is not the fact our sister was helpless in the land of kufr, matter of grief is the warm welcome she along with other young girls received in their own land, I don’t have courage to explain the love of our Muslim brothers for these homeless sisters. I don’t have words to praise the devotions of that store manager who was there in charge of allotting blankets to the mahajarin. But I want every female to read this book once so that we could offer a sajdah shukar as we don’t know to be under roof with eman and izzah is the greatest of all blessing for a Muslim female.

Labaik by Mumtaz Mufti

“Labaik  Alhumma Labaik, Labaikka la shareeka la ka labaik, innal hamda wan naimata laqawal mulk, la shareekalak”.

labaik mumtaz mufti

labaik

To be in Harram Pak with eman and Allah’s will is no doubt a great blessing. The air where our Rasool Pak (peace be upon him) breathe, the path where there are footprints of our Rasool Allah (peace be upon him), the city where people got there hearts turned in the way of Allah, where people like us took their hearts full of dust and dirt and clean them out there with tears.The pleasure of hazri and hazuri is there in the place of Rahmat ul lil aalameen (peace be upon him), the purity of feelings, the humbleness of thoughts and actions is the theme of the book “Labaik” by “Mumtaz Mufti“.  We so-called muslims have more than 360 idols (i.e. of  fame, wealth, knowledge, pride etc) in our heart, which are always there to travel with us even when one is going for attendence in front of Allah Almighty at His place. We have deep respect for Harram Pak, Khana kaba and this deep relationship sometimes keep our prayers superficial and materialistic. People are too concerned with Khana Kaba that they even forget Allah Almighty. Ya it is, even at Harram Pak we are with our desires. The purity of belief and the consistency should be there in the way of Allah. May Allah’s Mercy be with us. ameen.

Mumtaz Mufti was a bold and simple person who didn’t know how to compose his feelings, he wrote his feelings as it is without any sort of goldplating or posing himself a pious man. Everyone knows his/her own self  but only few of us have the courage to elicit or speak out the true state of war in oneself.
Hajj is a ritual,  a ritual which is there even before the arrival of Islam. People from all over the world came there with their specific believes, as we people go there with our believes, desires and devotions. Then what is the difference between Hajj before Islam and Hajj after Islam? One of the major difference is that muslims go there to worship Allah Almighty, the One and The Only Creator of this universe. One holding the control over our lives and every tiny particle in the universe. Allah Almighty is Al’Sammad,bay niaz, Its we who need to pure our hearts, to inline our life with the teachings of Islam. But unfortunately our focus, vision and mission is yet not defined well by us.

From time to time we people promise our-self to follow the complete way of life presented by Islam, but not now, because we have to live with people, we have to make fun but it doesn’t mean that we are going to ignore our religious obligations, i will surely perform my duties once my hair are white or get my life close to death, till then i should fulfill the rights of my friends and fellows by enjoying the colors of life with them. This is what Mumtaz Mufti want us to realize, that what are our priorities in our energetic young age. The best time of our life goes with Shaitan and we postponed our religious obligations to be performed in the age when we don’t have the power to do anything wrong.
The most beautiful thing i found in the book is the ownership Mumtaz Mufti has for his actions and i think this is only the true feelings of tauba that Allah Subhan na ho wa Ta’alah bless him a sitting with a Sahabi (razi Allah anho) of Ghazwae badar…

Yes badri Sahabi!!!

Details are there to be read in the book “Labaik” by “Mumtaz Mufti”.

Note: I have a request to those having deep respect for religion that kindly ignore whatever you feel bad in the book because we people can’t judge the relationship of anyone with Allah Almighty, so better to keep the good lessons only 🙂