First published in 2018
“We are living in a miracle. We inherited this world without knowing how miraculous this world is.” A wise lady said this to us today and I can’t stop thinking about it because it’s true – we have so many lessons to learn from this world that Allah created. One of the best things about living in the UK is actually witnessing the seasons: you physically witness time go by as the year progresses (although this is not specific to the UK, it literally applies to anywhere else in other parts of the world with seasons, essentially above and below the equator).
You go through the time change when you see the sun for only six hours to the transition to spring and summer when the sun is out much longer. I am grateful to be able to experience this as I don’t see it as often in Singapore as I do here. I walk through this park/graveyard every day as I go to university and I witness the death of trees as they slowly discolour, shed their leaves in November and stay bare for the whole of winter. Come February – March, you start seeing buds and flowers start blooming randomly… and I can’t help but think how can something that was SO DEAD and devoid of any sign of life suddenly bloom again and be so pleasing to the eye. During February you can see how some stalks are just brown and dead and fast forward a few months, SubhanaAllah, the rain and shine, the steady rise in temperature all led to the rebirth and regrowth of the earth.
“Look, then, at the imprints of God’s mercy, how He restores the earth to life after death: this same God is the one who will return people to life after death– He has power over all things.” (Chapter of The Romans, verse 50)
I’m writing this post about plants because my Momma reminded me over WhatsApp to make du’a to seek the blessings of this month of Rajab that we have entered:
“O Allah bless us in Rajab and Sha`ban and enable us to reach Ramadan!” And with this, I’ve also been seeing this quote by Imam Abu Bakr al-Warraq, who said: “In the month of Rajab you sow the seeds, in Sha`ban you irrigate them and in Ramadan you reap the harvest.”
Just as the dead earth can be nourished to grow again to produce fruits and flowers, and just as Allah will revive us after death for the Hereafter, it is highly possible that Allah can revive the dead heart as well. With the beginning of Rajab and with the fasting month round the corner, it’s a good a time as any to start pulling out the weeds, throwing away the decayed branches and start planting them greens in our hearts and habits.
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Al-Bukhaari (4662) and Muslim (1679) narrated from Abu Bakrah (RA) that the Prophet (pbuh) said: “The year is twelve months, of which four are sacred: three consecutive months, DHU’L QAD’AH, DHU’L-HIJJAH, MUHARRAM, and RAJAB which comes between Jumaada and Sha’baan. These months are called sacred for two reasons: 1-Because fighting therein is forbidden unless initiated by the enemy 2-Because transgression of the sacred limits therein is worse than at other times. Hence Allaah has forbidden us to commit sins during these months, as He says (interpretation of the meaning): “wrong not yourselves therein” [al-Tawbah 9:36] Although committing sins is haraam and forbidden during these months and at other times, in these months it is more forbidden. #adviceummah #islamicquotes #peace #human #humanity #islamicreminder #ilm #quran #Allah #Muhammad #love #imaan #gooddeeds #sunnah #prayer #mercy #Rajab #sacredmonth #Allahismerciful #learnIslam #prayer #religion #death #muhammed #ummah #salah #trueislampath #islamicknowledge #allahisone
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