Attending study circles is one of the acts of worship which is most beloved to Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala). The evidence for this is in Surah Mujadilah verse 11:
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِذَا قِيلَ لَكُمْ تَفَسَّحُوا فِي الْمَجَالِسِ فَافْسَحُوا يَفْسَحِ اللَّهُ لَكُمْ ۖ وَإِذَا قِيلَ انشُزُوا فَانشُزُوا يَرْفَعِ اللَّهُ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا مِنكُمْ وَالَّذِينَ أُوتُوا الْعِلْمَ دَرَجَاتٍ ۚ وَاللَّهُ بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ خَبِيرٌ
In this verse Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) has mentioned that He will elevate those who believed and had knowledge in ranks with Him. Whenever Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) sets a reward for any action or praises the doer you should know that certain action is an act of worship. And every act of worship requires sincerity! We need to have a good intention when we seek knowledge. Read the rest of this entry
Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) has granted us many chances for increasing in good deeds and reward. We have come out of the month of Ramadan hopefully with high faith, and Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) has granted us the days of Dhul Hijjah. After every season of obedience we have to check our hearts and Eeman; Did it increase or not? Did we come closer to Allah or not?
This applies to everyone, those who went for Hajj and those who stayed behind.
How do I know if I have increased in faith?
- You have to check yourself during trials. Along with the seasons of obedience come tests. We might have planned a long list of things we would do during these seasons but may have only accomplished half of them. Why? Because many tests had come during these days.
Why did these tests come in these seasons? They come to tell you if you have high faith or weak faith. Check yourself during these trials, how did you behave and what was your attitude? Did you win or lose with Allah? Read the rest of this entry
Reported al-Bukhari that Umar bin al-Khaatab (Radhia-Allaahu ‘anhu) narrated: “I heard Allah’s Messenger (Salla-Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) saying:
إِنَّمَا الأَعْمَالُ بِالنِّيَّاتِ، وَإِنَّمَا لِكُلِّ امْرِئٍ مَا نَوَى
“The reward of deeds depend on the intentions and every person will get the reward according to what he has intended.” [Al-Bukhari: 1/1/1]
As the Month of Ramadan is now at our doors (May Allah make us benefit from this blessed month) let us maximize our reward and remind ourselves of the multiple rewards we can achieve in this blessed month just by making righteous intentions!
“The matter of intention is business with Allah (Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala). Your rewards for performing good deeds depends on the multiple intentions you have for a certain deed. Read the rest of this entry