An eternal bride
The pleasure Hadhrat Ādam must have felt when he saw a woman next to him as he awoke from a deep slumber, during which Allāh created a ‘mate’ for him from his body, is absolutely beyond our grasp. This mate called ‘Hawwā’ was a very special gift that Allāh presented to the first man of the human race.
However, men in all ages have continued to receive such a gift throughout the human history and will carry on getting the same till the Day of Qiyāmāh. Muslim men are bestowed this gift by virtue of a ceremony known as ‘Nikāh’. A Nikāh is sacred social contract between the bride and the groom. This contract is a strong covenant (Mithāqan Ghalizā) as expressed in Quran in Surāh An-Nisā Āyat 21.
In Sickness and In Health
By: Izza Atiqa
One of the things I love most about my job is the people that I get to meet. I just started work a few months ago, and in the course of my day-to-day routine, I have met some people to whom my heart gravitates, just for the beauty of the person that they are. During my first few weeks of work, I met a Muslim brother who was suffering from multiple sclerosis. Despite it being a difficult condition to live with, he was independent, positive, and especially cheerful during the short 30-minute consult my colleague and I had with him. That day, he had intermittent muscle spasms that interrupted the treatment we were giving him, yet it did not disturb his calm and collected demeanor. I remember he was the first patient to say, “Jazak Allahu Khayran (may God reward you),” and I was so delighted at hearing someone make that simple du`a’ (supplication) for me.
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Types Of heart
Just as the heart may be described in terms of being alive or dead, it may also be regarded as belonging to one of three types. These are the healthy heart the dead heart, and the sick heart.
The Healthy Heart;
Those who come to Allah with a healthy heart on the day of resurrection will be saved. It says in the holy Quran;
“The day on which neither wealth nor sons will be of any use, except for whoever brings to Allah a sound heart.” (26; 88-89)
“It is a heart cleansed from any passion that challenges what Allah commands, or disputes what He forbids; it is free from any impulses which contradict His good. As a result, it is safeguarded against the worship of anything other than Him, and seeks the judgment of no other except that of His Messenger (pbuh). When it loves it loves in the way of Allah. If it detests, it detests in the light of what He detests. When it gives it gives for Allah. If it withholds, it withholds for Allah. Nevertheless, all this will not suffice for its salvation until it is free from following, or taking as its guide, anyone other than His Messenger (pbuh). “That is the definition of a healthy heart.
A servant with a healthy heart must dedicate it to its journeys end and not base his actions and speech on those of any other person except Allah’s Messenger (pbuh)
“Oh you, who believe, do not put yourselves above Allah and His Messenger, but fear Allah, for Allah is Hearing Knowing.” (49; 1)
Now describing The Dead heart;
This is the opposite of the healthy heart as we all are aware of. The dead heart does not know its Lord and does not worship Hum as He commands, in the way which He likes, and with which He is pleased. It clings instead to its lusts and desires, even if these are likely to incur Allah’s displeasure and wrath.
The diseased heart worships other things than Allah, and its loves and its hatreds, and its giving and its withholding, arise from its whims, which are of paramount importance to it and preferred above the pleasure of Allah.
Written by Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah,