Halaqa: Attitude of Gratitude

The following is a recap of our Halaqa, titled “Attitude of Gratitude” just in time for Thanksgiving   Today we celebrate Thanksgiving, but the focus on thanksgiving should be year round. The Quran tells us, “And [remember] when your Lord proclaimed, ‘If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favor]…’”[Quran 14: 7] The opposite of the word shukr (gratitude) is kufur (ingratitude). The opposite of the word iman (belief in faith) is also the word kufur (disbelief in faith). This highlights the importance of gratitude, but does not mean that one who is ungrateful is also a disbeliever The Quran states, “And few of My servants are grateful.” [Quran 34:13], which shows that the problem of ingratitude has been around forever Surah al Rahman does not specifically use the word shukr, but the entire chapter is about shukur. The aya (verse) asking, “So which of the favors of your Lord would you deny?”, is repeated 31 times in order to emphasize heedlessness from gratitude (not based out of ignorance) We, as American Muslims, take many things for granted, such as having a car, running water, and air conditioning Allah has given us two aspects of who we are: Animalistic Carnal desires Ungrateful Angelic Have ability to be connected to Allah An intrinsic attraction to our creator We are reminded we need to distinguish ourselves from Animals, “… but those who disbelieve enjoy themselves and eat as grazing livestock eat, and the Fire will be a residence for them.” [Quran 47:12] When you are grateful for what you have, that’s when you can create permanent fruit When you... read more

Virtues of Fasting On the Day Of Ashura

Fasting on the day of Ashura is of great merits in Islam. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “For fasting the day of Ashura, I hope that Allah will accept it as an expiation for (the sins committed in) the previous year.” [Muslim]. It is widely understood that if one fasts this day, they will be forgiven for their sins for the year prior.  When Ibn Abbas (Allah be pleased with him) was asked about fasting the Day of Ashura, he said, “I did not see the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) fast a day while more avid to seek its virtue than this day,” [Bukhari & Muslim]. The virtue of fasting this day was also well known and practiced among the Prophets (peace be upon them), including Prophet Nuh and Prophet Musa (peace be upon them both). It is also important to note that the Prophet (peace be upon him) was also narrated to have said, “When the following year comes, Allah willing, we shall fast on the ninth.” [Muslim and Abu Dawud]. He made his intention, but the death of the Prophet came before that following year; may Allah the Most High shower His mercy and blessings upon our beloved Messenger. Therefore, it is encouraged for Muslims to also fast the 9th of Muharram (this Thursday). So, if you can fast both days, even better!  In honor of this special day, MakeSpace is hosting an iftar at Bamian Restaurtan. Please spread the word & bring your friends! May Allah subhanahu wa t’ala accept all our fasting, prayers and duas during this blessed month of... read more

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