‘Umar ibn ‘Abdul ‘Aziz

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  • During the day he was preoccupied with the service of the people; during the night he was engaged in the service of Allah ta’ala.

  • He had high ambitions and strove for them. First he become the governor, then he set his sights higher and higher, until he became the Khalifah of the entire Ummah. After he achieved that he became ill or depressed for a while, since he had no higher goal to strive for. He then made gaining entry into the highest level of Paradise his objective. May Allah ta’ala grant him (and us) Jannatul Firdous, Ameen

(Shaikh Navaid Aziz)

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Rather Ignorance than Arrogance

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  • Allah ta’ala didn’t forgive someone who was righteous, because of that person’s arrogance; but he forgave someone else who acted out of ignorance, because of that person’s sincerity.

(Shaikh Navaid Aziz)

Changing the World

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  • If you’re not ready to change yourself, you’re not ready to change the world.

(Shaikh Navaid Aziz)

Your Personal Paradise

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  • You need to create your own vision of Jannah in your mind.

  • The Shaikh shared his idea of Jannah, of it having a river of chocolate like in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He’d go fishing in it on a chocolate boat and catch chocolate fish. Then he’d go for a swim and drown in a river of chocolate, but would not die.

  • Jannatul Firdous – the highest level in Paradise – isn’t just given to those who want it. You have to strive hard for it.

(Shaikh Navaid Aziz)

Questions to Ponder

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  • What responsibility did Allah ta’ala give you?

  • Are you content to meet Allah ta’ala in your current state?

  • What are you good at? How can you use it to please Allah ta’ala?

(Shaikh Navaid Aziz)

Marry Me… Islamically

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Some of the objectives of marriage

  1. Companionship. Example: Hawaa ‘alaihas salaam was created for the companionship of Nabi Adam ‘alaihis salaam.
  2. Procreation. There are ahadith encouraging it.
  3. Physical pleasure. It’s even a charity, as mentioned in a hadith.
  4. Uniting people.

How to facilitate marriage for yourself

  • For men:
    1. Smile. It shows confidence and happiness.
    2. Have a purpose in life.
  • For women:
    1. Look pretty. (When meeting a potential partner)
    2. Be a good cook.

Things to discuss with a potential partner before marriage

  1. Deen.  Should look for someone on your same level or higher.
  2. Children.
  3. Finances.
  4. Employment.
  5. Education.
  6. Plans for the future.
  7. Relationship with parents.
  8. Habits that you have.
  9. Health (defects).
  10. Ultimate vision for this family.

  • Don’t ever approach someone you’re interested in directly. Don’t add her as a friend on Facebook etc.

  • Whoever indulges in  haraam, will not enjoy it when it is halaal.

(Shaikh Navaid Aziz)

Shining Stars

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Some of the qualities that made the Sahabah radiyallahu ‘anhum so great.

  • Unconditional love for the Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam
  • Examples:
    1. ‘Ali radiyallahu being prepared to die for Rasulullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam by taking his place in bed at the time of the hijrah.
    2. Anas bin Nadr radiyallahu ‘anhu being martyred protecting the Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam during the battle of Uhud. 
  • An nabiyyu awlaa bil mu’mineena min anfusihim – The Prophet is closer to the Believers than their own selves.” (33: 6)

  • Longing for Paradise
  • Example:
    1. Abu Dahdah radiyallahu ‘anhu selling his house and property to purchase a tree in Jannah.
  • Lahum maa yashaa-oona feehaa wa ladainaa mazeed – They will have whatever they wish therein, and with Us is more.” (50: 35)

  • Sacrifice
  • Examples:
    1. Sa’d bin Rabi’ and ‘Abdur Rahman bin ‘Awf radiyallahu ‘anhumaa were made brothers by Rasulullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam. Sa’d offered ‘Abdur Rahman half of his wealth and property, and even offered to divorce one of his wives so his brother could marry her.
    2. ‘Abdullah bin Hudhafah, radiyallahu ‘anhu who was captured by the Byzantines. He had to watch as one of his companions was killed by being thrown into a pot of boiling oil. He wept at that time, but he cried because he wised he could have been in his companions place. He kissed the emperor’s head on condition that all the Muslim prisoners be freed. When they returned to Madinah, all the inhabitants of the city kissed his head.

  •  Their understanding of money
  • Examples:
    1. ‘Umar and Abu Bakr radiyallahu ‘anhumaa at the time of one of the battles. ‘Umar radiyallahu ‘anhu gave half his wealth; Abu Bakr radiyallahu ‘anhu gave everything.
    2. Three of the ten companions promised Paradise in their lifetime were extremely wealthy. But the money was in their hands, not in their hearts.
  • Allah ta’ala exposes the hearts of people through money, depending on where and how they spend it.

(Shaikh Navaid Aziz)

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