A Celebration of Guidance

By Osamah Salhia

Allah has made in the days of our lives moments of great serenity! He has made rest stations in which we revive our souls and rejoice over the favor He has bestowed upon us. Indeed, the presence of these rest stations is critical in order to reach our destination and make it through the twists and turns of life. “For indeed, with hardship [will be] ease. Indeed, with hardship [will be] ease.” (94: 5-6)

The Prophet (saws) said, “For one who fasts, there are two moments of happiness; if he breaks his fast, he rejoices, and when He meets his Lord, he rejoices for his fast”. (Bukhari)

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Salaah: A Medium for Divine Tarbiyah

By Osamah Salhia

Allah has blessed the Ummah of Muhammad (s) with a mechanism with which they can regularly cleanse themselves from the unpromising conditions that the twists and turns of life puts them through. Salaah has been legislated for all conditions in which an individual is regarded amongst the living. Even in conditions of chronic illness the believers have not been relieved from the duties of Salaah, contrary to many other acts of worship. Through this divine ordainment, we can understand that Tarbiyah is a never-ending process which starts from the moment of death and lasts to the very last moment in this life.  “And Allah has extracted you from the wombs of your mothers not knowing a thing, and He made for you hearing and vision and intellect that perhaps you would be grateful.” (An-Nahl: 78)

Salaah is a medium for Tarbiyah with a divine curriculum! It is the most favored physical act of worship, and its influence on the individual goes much beyond the individual scope. Through Salah, the believer strengthens spiritual links with Allah, the Prophet (saw) and all believers. If one does not mention his fellow Muslims in every prayer, then his prayer would be regarded invalid by many scholars. Reason one must recite the Fatihah in every prayer, and one of its verses is:It is You we worship and You we ask for help. Guide us to the straight path. Also, one must supplicate in Tashahhud “Peace be on us and on the true pious slaves of Allah” (Tashahhud) Continue reading

A Special Book

BY OSAMAH SALHIA

Walking down the streets of my neighborhood in the early morning and making my way towards the ‘taxi stop’ (Muslim-majority country :)), I expected to routinely make it to my class. I soon found out that there was an enlightening twist awaiting me today.

I entered the taxi, which would usually be filled with passengers later on in the day, and it was just me and the driver. Taking a look at the driver, he just seemed like a ‘regular’ old man, cigarette in hand, and the effects of poverty were quite apparent in his attire and his facial expressions. I tried to block those digressive thoughts out of my mind and tried to focus on the Qur’an I was preparing for my class. To my surprise, the man somberly told me: “Read Qur’an for me ya Shaikh”. To me, this was a bit awkward. I was never accustomed to having conversations with taxi drivers, let alone recite Qur’an for them. But Allah blessed me to accept his request, and I only asked him if he could please put out the cigarette.  Continue reading

A Key to the Hearts of People

By: Osamah Salhia

One of the key elements of growth, in all its dimensions, is being around good people who have wisdom and experience. Just being in their presence does wonders with the individual’s character and view of life. “O you who believe, fear Allah and be with the Truthful”.

Life has taught me so far, that there are some things that can only be learned by “hands-on” experience and directly dealing with people. Since I entered the harsh reality of the “real” world and dealt with people of different flavors :), I found it very hard to retain that sense of mercy that I had once learned theoretically. When I encountered the major character deficiencies in society, I felt that the environment I currently live in began to take a toll on my character and my level of patience. I missed my calm, peaceful home which was the Masjid I grew up in :(. That was until a brother who I feel is a good person began advising me and helped point out my flawed perception. The beautiful direction this brother gave me began to stir in my mind, and I have been debating it with myself as the frequent, frustrating situations occur. He was right!! “And He guides whom He wills to a Straight Path.”

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