The Soul Cries Over This World While Happiness Is In Leaving It

End_of_Journey_by_ahermin
النفسُ تبكي على الدنيا وقد علمت
The Soul Cries over this world and yet acknowledges,
أن السعادة فيها ترك ما فيــها
that the happiness within it is to abandon what is within it.
لا دارٌ للمرءِ بعد الموت يسكُنها
There is no house for the individual to live in after death,
إلا التي كانَ قبـل الموتِ بانيـها
except for the one that he built before his death.
فإن بناها بخير طاب مسكنُه
And if he built it with goodness, pleasing his settlement will become,
وإن بناها بشر خـــــــاب بانيـــها
And if he built it with evil, dissapointed its builder will be.
أموالنا لذوي الميراث نجمعُها
Our money for our heirs we collect it,
ودورنا لخراب الدهـــر نبنـيــها
and our homes for the corruption of time we build it.
أين الملوك التي كانت مسلطنةً
Where are the kings that were proudly dictating?
حتى سقاها بكأس الموت ساقيــــها
Till the pourer of death poured death upon them.
فكم مدائنٍ في الآفاق قد بنيت
And how many cities were built upon the horizon?
أمست خرابا وأفنى الموتُ أهليـــها
Which eventually became devastated while its citizens tasted death.
لا تركِنَنَّ إلى الدنيا وما فيها
Don’t submit to this world and what’s within it,
فالموت لا شـــك يُفنينا ويُفنيــها
for surely, without a doubt, death will end us and end it
لكل نفس وان كانت على وجلٍ
For every soul, even if it was powerful,
من المَنِيَّةِ آمــــــالٌ تقويـــــــها
had hopes that were overcome by death.
المرء يبسطها والدهر يقبضُها
The individual entertains it [the soul] while time kills it,
والنفس تنشرها والموت يطويـــــها
And the individual opens it, while death puts an end to it.
إنما المكارم أخلاقٌ مطهرةٌ
Surely the perfection of morals is pure,
الدين أولها والعقـــــــل ثانيـــها
Religion is its first, intellect is its second,
والعلم ثالثها والحلم رابعها
And knowledge is its third, and tolerance is its fourth,
والجود خامسها والفضل سادســــها
And generous is its fifth, and graciousness is its sixth,
والبر سابعها والشكر ثامنها
And activity serving the people is its seventh, and thankfulness is its eighth,
والصبر تاسعها واللين باقيـــــها
And patience is its ninth, and gentleness is its preserver,
والنفس تعلم أنى لا أصادقها
And the Soul knows that I do not befriend it,
ولست ارشدُ إلا حين اعصيـــــــــــها
And I won’t take the wise step to disobey it,
واعمل لدار ٍغداً رضوانُ خازنها
And I work for tomorrow [Hereafter] to the satisfaction of its ower,
والجار احمد والرحمن ناشيـــــها
And the neighbour is Ahmed [saaw] [in heaven] and the Merciful [SWT] is its Creator.
قصورها ذهب والمسك طينتها
Its palaces are golden, and its heavenly perfume is its mud,
والزعفران حشيشٌ نابتٌ فيــــــــــها
And the saffron is its lushed grasses, graffitied upon it.
أنهارها لبنٌ محضٌ ومن عسل
Its rivers are yoghurt, purified and of honey,
والخمر يجري رحيقاً في مجاريـــــــها
And heavenly wine flows, of sweet nectar, in its canals.
والطير تجري على الأغصان عاكفةً
And the birds fly between their branches,
تسبحُ الله جهراً في مغانيـــــــها
praising Allah [SWT] loudly in their songs
من يشتري الدار في الفردوس يعمرها
And whoever wants to own a home here he should build it,
بركعةٍ في ظلام الليل يحييـها
with a sincere prayer in the darkness of the night.
Ali Bin Abi Talib [R.A]
Photographer; Ahermin

Shooting Star

By Dustin H

In the collection of Muslim, the following is narrated on the authority of Ibn Abbas:
“Once while the Prophet was among a group of the Helpers, they saw a shooting star. The Prophet (صل الله عليه وسلم) said:What did you used to say in the jahiliya when you saw these? They said:We used to say that some great person has died or some great person has been born.‘ The Prophet said: ‘Verily, these are not thrown for the death of anyone, nor for the life of anyone. Rather whenever our Lord decrees something, the carriers of the Throne praise Him, then the inhabitants of Heaven below them, then those below them, until their praise reaches this lowest heaven. Then, the inhabitants of the seventh heaven ask the carriers of the Throne: What has your Lord said? So they inform them, then the inhabitants of each heaven ask those above them, until the news reaches the lowest heaven. Then the devils try to steal a listen, but these things are thrown at them. (Whatever they get) they send to their allies. That which they deliver as it is, is the truth, but they add to it.
Photographer; Dustin H.

The Ten Seals

A’isha (رضي الله عنها) narrated that the Prophet (صل الله عليه وسلم) said,
“When Allah wants to allow the people of Paradise to enter Paradise, He sends them an angel with a gift of clothes from Paradise. When they’re about to enter Paradise, the angel says to them, Wait, I have a gift with me from the Lord of the Worlds.’ They will say, ‘What is the gift?’ The angel will say, ‘It is ten seals – on the first one is written ‘Peace be upon you! You were good, so enter [the Garden of delight], to dwell therein’; on the second [seal] it is written, ‘Your sadness and anxieties have been removed;’ written on the third is, ‘And this is the garden which you are given as an inheritance on account of what you did’; written on the fourth is, ‘We have given you ornaments and beautiful clothes to wear’; written on the fifth is, ‘We shall wed them with Houris with wide, lovely eyes,’ and ‘I have rewarded them this day because they were patient, that they are the triumphant’; written on the sixth is, ‘This is your reward today for the acts of obedience you were engaged in’; on the seventh is, ‘You have been returned to your youth and you will never become aged’; on the eighth is, ‘You are in perpetual security and need never be frightened;’ on the ninth is, ‘You will be in the company of the prophets, truthful ones, martyrs, and righteous ones’; written on the tenth is, ‘You will reside beside the All ­Merciful who Possesses the Great Throne.The angels will then sayEnter it in peace and security.’ They will thus enter paradise and say,Praise is due to Allah the One who removed our anxieties, surely our Lord is Most Forgiving and Grateful.’ ‘Praise is due to Allah the One who was true to His Promise and gave us the inheritance of this earth… thus is the reward of those who work.
And when Allah wishes to throw the People of hell into the Fire, he sends them an angel who has ten seals. On the first one is written, Enter it, never will you die, be brought to life, or ever brought out of it’; on the second is written, ‘Linger in punishment, never will there be any repose for you’; on the third is written, ‘They have despaired of My mercy’; on the fourth is written, ‘Enter it, into perpetual distress, anxiety, and sorrow’; on the fifth is written, ‘Your clothes will be fire, your food will be from an extremely bitter and thorny tree that grows at the bottom of the Hell fire (zaqqum), your drink will be boiling fluids, and your bed and covering will be the Fire’; on the sixth is written, ‘This is your recompense today for disobeying me;’ on the seventh is written, ‘My anger will be with you in the Fire forever;’ on the eight is written, ‘You are cursed for the major sins you intentionally committed, for which you never repented nor had any regret’; on the ninth is written, ‘Your eternal friends in the Fire will be the devils’; and on the tenth is written, ‘You followed [the path of] Satan, desired the dunya and neglected the Hereafter, thus this is your recompense.’”