3 Ways to Protect Yourself from the Evil Eye

I came across a few posts and articles about Al-A’in or the Evil Eye. At first, I don’t really bother about it. I mean, just because I don’t know what it is, I tend to ignore it and pretend it has nothing to do with me. But a tweet from Shaykh Sajid Umar on evil eye got my attention instantly:

“The evil eye is a real phenomenon. Think about that the next time you post a picture of your children online. May Allah protect us all.”

What is it so harmful about the evil eye which can turn into a mishap if people post a picture of their children online? I was curious. This must be something serious till Shaykh Sajid Umar would tweet about it right?

So I began to do some research to understand more about Al-A’in. Surprisingly, I was shocked with my findings about Al-A’in. I then realised that it can happen to anyone whether they realised it or not.

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) mentioned and narrated by Abu Huraira:

The effect of an evil eye is real. (Sahih Bukhari)

What actually is the evil eye or Al-A’in? A’in is defined as the eye in arabic. But, this syndrome does not necessarily involve the eyes only. It is mainly related to the heart. When you see or hear something which makes you feel impressed, the feeling might develop into jealousy and hasad. Once jealousy penetrated into one’s heart, it could caused illness or even death to the victim.

For example, a man A posted a picture of him went on a yearly vacation oversea on social media. But, without him knowing, someone else B felt impressed with him joyfulness and slowly developed the feeling of jealousy inside of him. B kept praising him and do not seek refuge from Allah that the happiness A attained was from Allah. Thus, the shaytan will eventually blow the fire of jealousy into B and the evil eye will effect A’s health.

Hence, we need to ensure we are always protected against other’s hasad and there are few methods in doing so:

1. Applying supplication (du’a) as follows:

Ibn Abbas narrated that Rasulullah (peace be upon him) seek refuge for his grandchildren, Hassan and  Hussain:

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I seek protection for you two by the perfect words of Allah from every shaytan, and dangerous creature, and from every eye that is evil. 

2. When we see someone with good fortune, we need to pray to Allah to bless the person. 

This was advised in a hadith recorded by Imam Ahmad about a story of two men who went for a trip and stopped by to take a bath when one of them saw the other’s skin and found it so beautiful. When the evil eye affected the man, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) told him that he needs to ask Allah to bless him instead (whenever you see something which pleases you).

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said,”

“Why would one of you kill his brother? If you see something you like, then pray for blessing for him.” (Imam Ahmad)

Therefore, when we come across anything or anyone we like or adore, it is advisable to pray to Allah to bless him/her/it. One of the simple du’as is Allahumma bariklahu (for man) which means May Allah bless him or Barakallahu feek (May Allah bless you). And always equip ourselves with these surahs: Al-Ikhlas, Al-Falaq and An-Nas.

Sometimes, evil eye can occur even if we have no intention to show off our happiness and success. It can happen if we are not careful enough to protect ourselves with the remembrance of Allah.

3. Do Ruqyah

However, for those who have afflicted with the evil eye, one of the ways to cure it, is by doing ruqyah. Ruqyah is the recitation of the Quran seeking the refuge in Allah, remembrance and supplications that are used as a means of treating sicknesses and other problems as the Quran is the source of healing (www.assimalhakeem.net). There are few hadith mentioning about the Ruqyah on evil eye:

Umm Salamah narrated that the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) saw in her house a girl whose face had a black spot. He said,”She is under the effect of the evil eye, so treat her with a Ruqyah.” (Sahih Bukhari)

A’ishah R.A narrated,” Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) ordered me or somebody else to do Ruqyah (if there was a danger) from an evil eye.” (Sahih Bukhari)

Apparently, evil eye is widely known to other races and religions too. There are many names being addressed to the evil eye. Perhaps this syndrome or sickness has gotten many people to be really careful with their contentments. But I’m not saying we can’t share our good stories with others like birth of our children, weddings or even vacations. The rule of thumb is to be extra careful and learn how to protect ourselves by remembering Allah. It is more appropriate if we share our good news with people who care for us and would pray for our blessings.

This article is meant to educate others to safeguard our eyes and hearts with good intentions so that we will not create the evil eye unintentionally. Although this article is quite brief, I hope you will get some benefit from it, InshaAllah. You may search for more information regarding this. May Allah protect us from the Al-A’in and any sort of evil out there.

Islamic Kingdom in Spain fell because of fitnah

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I have never had any interest in history, especially during my school days. The learning of History subject in school was just for the purpose of passing the examinations then gets an A or a B to ensure the examination results on the paper look plainly nice with acceptable grades.

But I was totally thrilled once I got the opportunity to learn the Islamic history of Spain. A visit to Spain a few weeks ago left me with unforgettable experiences.

The world knows that Islamic dynasty ruled Spain for 800 years with great civilization & massive knowledge development. Under the ruling of the Umayyad, many Islamic intellectuals ventured widely in scientific knowledge, architecture, philosophy and mathematics till Spain or better known as Al-Andalus (during the Islamic ruling) became the great power in the era.

A beneficial lesson we had on the Islamic kingdom in Spain was while we were in Granada, about 400km from Madrid. It was when we took a special tour to Al Hambra, a citadel on a strategic hill overlooking its beautiful, historic city. During the tour, I was excited to find out how Islamic Kingdom ruled Spain with distinguish civilization and true unity between other religions in the country like Christianity and Judaism.

But the majestic kingdom of Islam in Spain terribly had to come to an end. The tour guide told us that the downfall of Islam was caused by no other than ‘fitnah’ or in other word – defamation. Truth is, the fitnah occurred was made from the inside the kingdom, within the Muslims themselves. I was devastated to know this.

…they have expelled you, and fitnah is worse than killing.
[surah Al-Baqarah, ayah 191]

This was so tragic. Knowing how powerful this country can be with exceptional Islamic government, the fall was such regret. But to make it worse, the fall was not entirely due to other powers, it was from the poisonous mouths of Muslim brothers. Astagfirullahala’zim.

I came to realize that those stories from the past have never taught us to not repeat the mistakes. Yet, we tend to live our lives today with so much shame full of fitnah and backbiting till we are trapped in the world of lies. Our involvement in creating fitnah every day is seriously disgraceful when social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. are becoming our sinful playground to spread lies and fitnah.

There are times when we are not happy with the government or our companies or even our friends, we quickly write uncertain or false statements on the social media or in a simpler way to just forward and share the posts around. Sadly, this is fitnah.

O you who have believed, avoid much [negative] assumption. Indeed, some assumption is sin. And do not spy or backbite each other. Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his brother when dead? You would detest it. And fear Allah; indeed, Allah is Accepting of repentance and Merciful. [Surah Al-Hujurat ayah 12]

Creating false news about others and spreading them around are awfully a norm to most of us. Do be more careful with our words although they don’t come out from our lips, writing them down is similarly sinful as spreading fitnah. Do not let our religion and nation become weak and fragile by fitnah created by us, the Muslims. May Allah protect us all.

New beginning

Assalammualaikum!

Surprise!!!

Yup, welcome to my new blog in wordpress, I just have to leave blogspot behind this time as it was so frustrating especially on the photos and layout. So after some time playing around with wordpress here, I’ve decided to shift my blog to this new, interesting platform. Yay!!!

I have transferred some recommended posts from my previous blog to here so that you’ll be able to read them again. InshaAllah I will try to write as frequent as I can but I can’t promise anything fast – being a housewife is ain’t that easy and relaxing, ya know – but I will try my best.

So this is my first post in 2015. I’ve started 2015 with so many great things and new spirit, of course. There are things that I will share with you – just as my new blog tagline said (see above) – but mostly it will be on knowledge and advices. I won’t reveal too much on my personal life, it will be between my families and close friends to know but I would love to make new friends from the readers and share beneficial knowledge with all of you.

As some of you already know, I’m currently writing for Zaahara-Writer’s Corner, so you might see duplication articles from there posted here (yeah, I will just post those I submitted to Zaahara at my blog too).

Other than that, feel free to enjoy exploring the blog! May the posts bring goodness to you and family. Spread love spread Islam! 🙂

Your sister,

Nadiah

A year of changing

I don’t usually write about my all year round memories or the next year resolutions in my blog. But Alhamdulillah for being a homemaker, I initially have some few hours spare time today, thanks to the school holiday which allows me to have a break from my personal tutor classes.
There are so many things had happened for the past one year. From being single to being married, from a career woman to a homemaker, from hating teaching to begin to love teaching, from this much (—–) knowledge to this much (——–) knowledge. Haha… Yes, I LOVE the part when at least there’s some improvement on my beneficial knowledge.
2014 has seen me moving from a city to a bit rural place due to my new residence after marriage. It was a challenge at first but I totally love being away from the city and the ridiculous traffic. There’s nothing much to do here other than groceries shopping and sightseeing around the island *wink*. But my husband and I have the most valuable time here being with each other. Our ups and downs are merely shared with one another and Alhamdulillah for the humble place we have to be called home.
After getting married, I realized so many details that I need to take care of in being a Muslim woman and a wife. Things that I used to close eyes to or simply ignore are slowly adapting into my life. Whatever we do as a wife will definitely reflect the husband. The appearance, the communication towards opposite sex and the beneficial knowledge to be concurrently gained are important aspects for the changing.
Leaving 2014 in a few hours, I am looking forward for the new year of 2015. This is the year where I want to keep changing for the better, InshaAllah. There are list of changes that I want to make but of course I won’t share with the public, hehe. But it’s going to be a year where I want to focus more on my deen and gaining beneficial knowledge. I miss being in Islamic classes and seminars! Even though I am hundreds kilometers away from main cities of Malaysia, it will not stop me from accessing to the ilm. May Allah make it easy for me and you.
What about you? Anything you want to change or improve?


Call to Him, He will answer

Hira' Cave from the peak

I was slowly climbing up the Jabal Nour behind my brother. I looked up and saw my families have quickly gone up without any trouble. But somehow, both of us were left a long way off that we could hardly see the rest of the team.

The sun was extremely hot that day and I felt that I was too much dehydrated till it made me so weak. It was half the journey up to Hira’ Cave, perhaps at nearly 300 steps away from the cave, I suddenly stopped at the man – made bench allocated for the hikers as pit stop. I took a long breath and decided to advise my brother to continue his hiking without me. I just gave up. He went up and left me to take a break.

Yes, I JUST GAVE UP. I wanted to cry feeling so helpless that I couldn’t continue the journey to see the historic cave. I was so tired and felt terribly sorry that I’ve finished the whole bottle of mineral water along the way. Nothing left for me and thirst began to weaken my body. It was then when I made du’a to Allah to make me strong and be able to carry on as I had come a very long way.

Few minutes later, a mid-age lady hiked up and made a stop at the bench next to me. After she greeted me with salaam, we had a short conversation and said this:

“Let’s go up the hill together, we can slowly do it inshaAllah.”

I just felt so relieved at that moment because I have someone with me who approximately will be hiking at my pace. We went up together whilst talking endlessly till she asked what my favourite surah is.

“Ohh, I have a few but the one that I do memorized is Al-Inshiroh,” the surah just popped up in my mind. Albeit it is a simple, short surah, I have a thing towards this particular surah due to its beautiful meaning. My favourite parts are:

For indeed, with hardship will be ease. [Surah Al-Inshirah ayah 5]

Indeed, with hardship will be ease. [Surah Al- Inshirah ayah 6]

We recited the surah together throughout our journey and rested a few times at some pit stops. It was a wondrous expedition having someone to tag along in reaching the Hira’ Cave. Being honest, it wasn’t the peak that made me feel on top of the world but the climb was definitely a worth experience.

The incident that happened during my hike up to the Hira’ Cave was unforgettable. I’ve always known about asking Allah for help and guidance whenever we are in casualties but yet we sometimes don’t realize or aware of the help sent to us in many forms and means are actually none other than from Allah. Subhanallah… As for me, Allah has sent the lady to motivate and support me when I was down and started to give up. Allah Al – Muttakabir. Yes, everything happens with Allah’s permission and I have no doubt with Allah’s qada’ and qadar.

At times, we tend to cry for Allah’s help to mitigate our sorrows and pains or even pull us out from our hardships. Some people might get the help right away and some a little bit later. Some will suffer for years till their hardships begin to cause them to question Allah’s love towards them. But do ponder upon the story of Prophet Ayyub a.s who was tested with a disease for many years but never complain. The help from Allah came when he finally seek refuge to Him:

And [mention] Ayyub, when he called to his Lord, “Indeed, adversity has touched me, and you are the Most Merciful of the merciful.” – [Surah Al-Anbiya’ ayah 83.]

So We responded to him and remove what afflicted him of adversity. And We gave him [back] his family and the like thereof with them as mercy from Us and a reminder for the worshippers [of Allah ]. –[Surah Al-Anbiya’ ayah 84.]

The patience showed by Prophet Ayyub a.s was remarkable. It is an example for us to be patient with Allah’s trials upon us and never lose hope with our prayers to Allah.

Trials and hardships are meant to serve us in this life. They are the key indicator to measure our imaan in dunya before we enter the ultimate eternal life in the akhirah. From small tests to the big ones, all of these trials are accountable to be judged by Allah later.

Just bear in mind, when trials and hardships occur, endure them with patience then pray to Allah to ease them for us. Perhaps those trials are our tickets to Jannah.

 

Supplication during calamity

I came across this video made by The Daily Reminder Network (ohhh, I love all their videos so much!) about what should we recite when we face a tragedy or calamity. Our lives are made to be tough and full of obstacles, thus, the actions we take symbolized the real persons we are.
 
The Prophet S.A.W has advised us on below supplication when tragedy strikes:
“To Allah we belong and unto Him we shall return. O Allah, recompense me for my affliction and replace it for me with something better”
 
Let’s practice this sunnah and inshaAllah He may put us away from sadness of the calamities and reward us with something better.

Personal tutor

Things have changed since I got married. I left my career previously in the big city to submit myself to the world of marriage in a remote island far away from families and friends. But Allah’s plans are the best. Despite being in the utmost rural place, I have nothing to kvetch when the reality is I’m just happy.

When I first came to the island with Mr. Hubs, we did discussed on what I can do to fulfil my spare time. From opening a business to being a volunteer at an Islamic centre, we have thoroughly considered all the options with the pros and cons.

 

Mr. Hubs gave me the free rein to choose whichever I want to do as long as it’s beneficial to me in terms of knowledge, time and the future. Wow, the future! He’s a prudent man, so he thinks what’s best for the family a lot. Honestly, I think he’s the salt of the earth! (grin)

 

One day, his colleague asked if I could be a personal tutor to his children. Living in a place like this, there are not many choices for the students to opt for tuition class outside the school. After a long thought, I’ve decided to give it a try. Ahhhh… I don’t think it’s going to be so hard, isn’t it? (double grin)

 

You know who was the most sceptical about the idea of being a personal tutor a.k.a TEACHER? Definitely it was my mom! She said I’m garang and I was very garang when I taught my brothers their homework when we were in school. Well, I guess teachers must have that quality too so that the students would once in awhile BEHAVE.

 

Many months have passed, and I’m having a whale of time educating the students here. Believe it or not, my number of students has increased and my so – called ‘spare time’ is definitely occupied. Moreover, I am tutoring a slow leaner student with the capability to understand things at the surface and at a very slow pace. It’s a challenge for me as it tests my patience in being a teacher. Truthfully, I’ve never thought that I would be a teacher one day. But yet again, Allah has planned this to be part of my journey in this world and I’m truly happy to experience it. I’ve learned so many good things from teaching and inshaAllah, may it be something I can apply in my future undertakings.

 

Anyone here is a teacher by all means?

Taking small steps at a time

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Ramadhan has passed but I kept questioning myself if the Holy month did leave me with any good changes within me. Have I truly become a better Muslim? Have I changed my old, bad attitudes? What have I gained during the month? Am I still the same old me with no tiny good change inside of me?

 

Speaking of changes, I remember a hadith mentioned by Sheikh Hussain Yee at Al-Khaadem a few weeks ago:

 

It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) said:

 

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) ascended the minbar and said: “Ameen, ameen, ameen.” It was said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, you ascended the minbar and said, ‘Ameen, ameen, ameen.”

 

He said: “Jibreel (peace be upon him) came to me and said: ‘If Ramadhan comes and a person is not forgiven, he will enter Hell and Allah will cast him far away. Say Ameen.’ So I said Ameen. 

He said: ‘O Muhammad, if both or one of a person’s parents are alive and he does not honour them and he dies, he will enter Hell and Allah will cast him far away. Say Ameen.’ So I said Ameen. 

He said: ‘If you are mentioned in a person’s presence and he does not send blessings upon you and he dies, he will enter Hell and Allah will cast him far away. Say Ameen.’ So I said Ameen.”

[Narrated by Ibn Hibbaan, 3/188; classed as saheeh by al-Shaykh al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Targheeb, 1679.]

 

I came back home thinking of the hadith especially about being forgiven by Allah once Ramadhan leaves. Have I done enough to allow myself to be forgiven with the handful of deeds that I merely acted in the month? Astaghfirullahalazim… I just don’t know.

Once Syawal is here, it’s time to start evaluate ourselves on the persons we are becoming now. I would like to call this phase as ‘the post-mortem time’.

But I guess doing post-mortem will not do justice if things that we have done abundantly in Ramadhan just stay in Ramadhan. For example, we recite Quran every day in Ramadhan without fail. But after Ramadhan, the Quran is left on our rack purposely. Moreover, we became one of the bounteous donors when we spent hundreds of ringgits on charity during Ramadhan. But after the Holy month is over, we can’t even spend a Ringgit to a fakir by the road side. Things like these are somewhat common to most of us and being steadfast in acting good is not that easy.

Truthfully, we want to do as much ibadaah as we could but in the end of the day, those ibadaah will only stay for a month or less because there is no istiqamah or steadfast towards the actions.

 

Narrated by `Aisha: Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)  said, “Do good deeds properly, sincerely and moderately and know that your deeds will not make you enter Paradise, and that the most beloved deed to Allah’s is the most regular and constant even though it were little.”

[Sahih al-Bukhari 6464 Book 81, Hadith 53]

 

The key to being istiqamah is taking small steps at a time. Do start with a simple act or ibadaah which we can continue doing it every day. It may not be something big, but if we keep doing it every day, inshaAllah it will be a norm to us and we will be comfortable performing it without any compulsion.

 

Let’s say you want to make the Quran as your best friend. Best friends do stick together and always be for each other, don’t they? Thus, have a small Quran with translation with you all the time. All the time here means whenever you go out, bring it along. However, nowadays most smart phones are able to download the Quran application, so it is not a problem to access to the Quran whenever you are, right? Next, try to discipline yourself by reciting minimal one ayah or one page a day. Perhaps you might want to rectify which is the most suitable time for you to recite the Quran, in the morning before you start your daily tasks or before your bedtime or any other 10 minutes of your 1440 minutes a day. It sounds easy but keeping yourself steadfast in doing it every day needs strong determination. After some time of doing this, you might find yourself getting hooked up with the Quran and a day without Quran will make your heart feels empty and dull.

 

Small deeds which are carried out consistently and with good intention are better than doing something huge, but only once. Take the small steps first and keep up the momentum. But it must start with a single step. So go for it!

Love after marriage

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When I was young, I always thought that I will marry someone I love, someone who I got the chance to know him at least for couple of years, probably my first love during high school. In the society where it is normal to see Muslim man and woman going out together, holding hands, share their feelings towards each other and other romantic stuffs they might consider; I had the same perception that having a relationship with another man before marriage is okay.
A philosophy we get from the West is that someone should get married because of love. We watch too many movies and read too many novels which promote the idea of having true love even before getting married.

But little did we know, Allah has revealed many ayahs in the Quran saying about relationship before marriage. One of them is this:

And do not approach unlawful sexual intercourse. Indeed, it is ever an immorality and is evil as a way. [Al-Isra’ verse 32]
When I started to come back to embrace Islam fully (still improving myself), I realized that relationship before marriage is just a fantasy, false idea of a true love. It is not just because we might get hurt when the love is gone or the other person tends to break the relationship, but the morality of a Muslim is being questioned when one deny the ayahs of the Quran by approaching zina.

Truthfully, I did pray that He will not put me in a relationship before marriage. I wanted a clean, halal method to enter marriage. When people asked me when I will get married, my answer would be, “When I’ll meet him, I’ll go straight to marriage.”

 

Words we say are du’a to Allah. Even we should ask people we know to actually make du’a for us. Allah is the Al-Wadood, the Loving. He loves us so much that He wanted happiness in our lives. But He puts some tests first before He showered us with rewards. Then, Allah granted everyone’s and my du’a to finally experience the halal method in looking for spouse. Alhamdulillah.

 

Matchmaking is one of the ways to finding a life partner. But the Islamic way of matchmaking is not like how we see in the West which is also known as blind date. In Islam, a man seeks for a wife with 4 conditions; her beauty, her wealth, her family and her religion. But the most important criteria must be the religion first above anything. Same goes to woman. I totally have that one thing on my mind when I first thought of seeking for a husband, his religion. He might not be a pious man, but he is striving to be a good slave of Allah and a better Muslim.

 

One tip to share to single Muslims out there, do tell people you know and trusted, to look for a good candidate for you. There is a big chance that the person you know might know someone suitable and introduce him or her to you. In this case, a close friend of mine was approached by a lady who was looking for a suitable Muslim woman to be a wife to her husband’s friend, who is my husband now. When my friend knows that I was looking for a husband, she confidently introduced me to that lady and we started to communicate to proceed with the matchmaking process.

 

Starting with a photo and a simple resume of the man, I made istikharah prayers to ask for Allah’s guidance in making the decision. Alhamdulillah, I felt no doubt with this man so I agreed for a taaruf (meeting) with him. The taaruf was held at a place where we were accompanied by married couple at one table. It was a session where self introduction is made and both of us were comfortably communicating for about two hours.

 

The next day, we decided to proceed further. Cut the long story short, we then planned for the wedding when both families agreed to the marriage. Many people asked how I can select someone I don’t know to be my husband. It is simple. Trust Allah and His plans. I might not know if he is going to be a good husband to me but I have my full trust in Allah. I don’t simply choose someone just to get married but I marry him because of Allah. When a person is well mannered and put Islam first in everything he does, no doubt he can take care of you just like how he takes care of his religion.

 

I remember what Sheikh Daood Buttt once said in a marriage seminar not long ago that when you are about to get married to someone, take note that he is the only person you will spend your whole life with. Do not compare him or her with anyone else as he or she must be the only person you ever know. Accept his or her flaws, he or she is not perfect and so are you.

 

It has been few months since our marriage but Alhamdulillah He granted us with so much love. The love after marriage is something beautiful, I sincerely cherished it every day.

 

May Allah grants you with righteous spouses and avoid getting involved in relationship before marriage. Know your goal as a Muslim, Jannah.

 

 

 Pic credit to https://www.facebook.com/DrBilalPhilips/photos_stream 

Where is Allah?

“I want to ask you a basic question,” a friend said to me.

 

“Yes, sure. What is it?”

 

“Where is Allah?”

 

I find it weird when someone suddenly asked that question, thinking that it’s such a simple question which a ten-year-old could answer it without hesitation.

 

“Allah is everywhere, we just can’t see Him,” I answered confidently.

 

“That’s what we learned when we were small. We have not really asked if it’s true.”

 

Then, he told me about below hadith.

 

Mu’awiyah ibn al-Hakam said, “I had a servant girl who used to tend to my sheep in the area of Mount Uhud, near a place called al-Jawwariyah. One day I came to see them only to find that a wolf had made off with a sheep from her flock. Since I, like the rest of Adam’s descendants, am prone to do regrettable acts, I gave her a terrible slap in her face. When I came to Allah’s Messenger with the story, he considered it a grave thing for me to have done. I said, ‘O’ Messenger of Allah, couldn’t I free her?” He replied, “Bring her to me”, so I brought her. He then asked her, “Where is Allah?” and she replied, “Above the sky.” Then he asked her, “Who am I?” and she replied, “You are Allah’s Messenger.” So he said, “Free her, for verily she is a believer.” (Hadith Muslim)

 

From the above sahih hadith, Prophet SAW has no objection in confirming to the girl’s answer that Allah is above the sky, up above the seventh heavens. This is the basic of tawheed, to understand and verify that Allah is The Highest and The Greatest.

 

But the misconception of stating where is Allah nowadays has become somewhat arguable to most people. Truthfully, I once thought Allah is everywhere. That’s what I’ve been taught in school and I carried the belief for many years till I learned more about my true religion and digging more into the Islamic knowledge.

 

Allah is completely separate from His creation. This means that Allah is not part of the created world nor the created world is part of Him. He created the sky, the earth, the moon, the stars, mountains and all other creatures and living things whether they are big or small or unseen from our naked eyes. But, Allah’s attributes work perfectly at everywhere and at anytime. He can hear us, sees what we are doing, knows what in our hearts & He makes things happen when He wants it to happen (Kun Fa Ya Kun).

 

One of the main proof which Allah is up above the heaven is when the Prophet SAW were taken up through the seven skies to meet his Creator, Allah SWT, face to face. The night journey (Isra’) was the journey when Prophet spoke directly to Allah and the compulsory prayer is made to be five times daily for every Muslims. The Isra’ Mi’raj story is a proof that Allah is up at His Arasy where Prophet needed to travel all the way up through the skies to meet Him.

 

There are few ayahs in the Quran saying about Allah’s Throne (Arasy) such as Al-Araf verse 54, Yunus verse 3, Ar- Rad verse 2, Taha verse 5, Al- Furqan verse 59, As- Sajdah verse 4 and Al- Hadid verse 4.

 

“The Most Merciful [who is] above the Throne established.” [Surah Taha verse 5]

 

 “It is He who created the heavens and earth in six days and then established Himself above the Throne. He knows what penetrates into the earth and what emerges from it and what descends from the heaven and what ascends therein; and He is with you wherever you are. And Allah, of what you do, is Seeing.” [Surah Al-Hadid verse 4]

 

I hope the readers especially the Muslims will learn more about Islam and the basic root of the belief which is Tawheed (one God). There are many books out there explaining about this and one of them is The Fundamentals of Tawheed (Islamic Monotheism) written by Dr. Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips. May the knowledge be beneficial to us.

 

Do recite the du’a below for guidance from Allah to provide you with beneficial knowledge.

 

O Allah! I ask You for knowledge that is of benefit, a good provision and deeds that will be accepted. [Ibn Majah]