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Words have the power to either make or break us so we should always mean what we say and don’t say what we don’t mean. The trouble is when we have people who think that just because they mean what they say and keep their promises, they think other people are just like that and mean what they say and will keep their promises.

The deeper the wound, the longer it takes to heal. Time is a great healer but Allah is the Greatest Healer. What doesn’t kill us, always makes us stronger, we just have to continue on in our journeys and know that nothing happens without a reason and for some greater wisdom which we may or may never understand.

Hearts that have been shattered but rebuilt with Allah will always be stronger inshaAllah. The love and mercy Allah provides for His servants, no one else can; the trust and dignity Allah provides, no one else can; the hope and courage Allah gives, no one else can. People will always let us down, make promises they cannot keep, utter words which they do not mean but Allah is Al-Wadud, the All Loving, His love is pure and He never breaks His promises.  There really is no greater comfort in life other than knowing Allah is aware of how we feel. He is the All-Aware, the Provider, the Healer, the Caretaker of us all.

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. All praise be to Allah, Lord of the worlds, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger Muhammad, mercy to the worlds.

As-salamu’alaykum!

Alhumdulilah, I was able to attend part 2 of the 99 Beautiful Names of Allah subhananhu wa’tala course over the weekend with Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi (May Allah elevate his rank and protect him). I thought I’d post some of the gems the Shaykh shared during the course. Please be aware that these are my notes, they are not comprehensive at all but I pray what I do share is of some benefit to the readers. Any mistakes, errors or misinterpretations of words are from me alone and not the Shaykh, so please do forgive and overlook my shortcomings! You are welcome to share these notes but *please* do not just copy and paste anything without referencing where you got them from as I do not want my notes to be taken out of context or misinterpreted.

May Allah reward all those at Sacred Knowledge who assisted in organising and facilitating this blessed course. We look forward to Shaykh Muhammad coming back for part 3 of the course very soon inshaAllah!

Al- Lateef

  • The One who is subtle. He is subtle in handling our affairs.
  •  He is beyond the reach of people’s understanding when it comes to affairs. His decree is very subtle.
  • Our job is to surrender to the will of Allah, and when things happen to us, we say Allah knows best.
  • In order to get the right result, you need to hand yourself to Allah
  • Allah is al-Lateef. The outcome of His lutf will not appear immediately. For example Sayyidina Yusuf alayhi salam was imprisoned for many years. After being released finally, he was made treasurer of the store houses and then went on to become the leader. This story shows us that sometimes we do not see the sweetness of our struggle straight away and it can take years for us to understand why something happened to us; sometimes we may not even see the end fruits until the day of judgement, but it will all be sweet in the end inshaAllah!
  • If you have no clue as to why something is happening to you, then you need to surrender to the will of Allah.
  • The power of dhikr is beyond imagination!
  • Calamities are divine gifts, they are to test our surrender to Allah!
  • His power overwhelms every other power! No one can compare to Allah!
  • Allah doesn’t let down any believer!
  • The miskeen’s in this duniya are the kings in the next!
  • People in al-Jannah (paradise) are not arranged in ranks like they are in this world.
  • Reciting Ya-Lateef 129 times is the basic dhikr when afflicted with tribulation and hardship. Maintain this dhikr until Allah takes you out of that tribulation.
  • Allah is your Beloved! You love Allah and He loves you! Allah will not betray you! Allah gives you better than what you give, just be patient and wait.
  • Sometimes we may get hardship for 20 years but never understand why.
  • The awliya (friends of Allah, Saints) say that if a believer is punished in this world then it’s out of the love of Allah because He wants to purify you in this world so you do not enter the hell fire.
  • Within a blink of an eye, Allah can change peoples states to the opposite!
  • Allah suffices us!!
  • Be happy with Allah!
  • Ask Allah but don’t complain.
  • Never doubt the subtle care Allah is providing for you! His love is divine… His love is pure to us!
  • Imam Ibn AtaAllah Iskandari mentioned in his hikam that Allah doesn’t allow you to open your hands and call upon Him, but that he WANTS to answer you!

Al- Khabeer

  • The One who knows everything. Allah knows the news of everything.
  • When Allah wants to take revenge He takes it unexpectedly.
  • There is wisdom behind everything. You can give someone with bad adab knowledge, but that person may then pass that knowledge onto someone who has good adab so in effect the one with bad adab is just a means for the person who has good adab.
  • Hand all your affairs to Allah and don’t worry about the future- leave the unseen to Allah.
  • When you go out and help an old person cross the road, you know that when you are old, Allah WILL send someone to help you too!
  • If you are upset, everyone around you is upset. If you are happy, everyone around you is happy, so be happy!

Al- Haleem

  • Al-Haleem is the One who does not punish the people who do not obey Him straight away (in this world).
  • Hilm is not to rush to get angry. The prophet sallaAllahu ‘alayhi wasalam was al-Hilm.
  • The dua of the oppressed is answered, but sometimes, the dua of the oppressed is not answered because the one who has been oppressed has gone and bad mouthed the oppressor, so by doing that there remains no difference between them both- they are now equal. The wrath of Allah is much more than your wrath so do not take revenge when someone has hurt or wronged you. Leave that to Allah!
  • If you want Allah to forgive you, forgive others. Treat people how you want Allah to treat you!

 

Al- Azeem

  • Al-Azeem means the Great. Allah is the Great, His attributes are Great.Everything compared to Him is nothing. This is why He deserves the greatest respect and servitude.
  • The best state is the state you are in! This doesn’t mean you don’t struggle, you should.
  • If you can do your best in the duniya, then you can do your best for the aakhira.
  • If you believe Allah is the Great, then you shouldn’t fear anyone but Allah! 

Al-Ghafoor

  • Al-Ghafoor is the Oft-Forgiving.
  • Seeking the forgiveness of Allah is the major cause of prosperity
  • Impact of great sins affect us, our health, our business etc.
  • Remember you are knocking on the door of Allah whose forgiveness is given to all people in all time!
  • Never belittle the power of dhikr. Doubt your state and mind and heart but trust in Allah!

Ash-Shakoor

  • Ash-Shakoor is the One who is thanked.
  •  Allah gives a lot of reward for the smallest things we do.
  • Our share in this divine name is to thank Allah.
  • People are just means, don’t be veiled by them. See the Real Giver!
  • Learning to be thankful to Allah for not always being given what we want is to be truly thankful.

Al-Hafeez

  • Al-Hafeez is the One who Preserves and is taking care in the best way.
  • Al- Hafeez is the One who handles the affairs of the one who are created and protects them from all harm.
  • Al- Hafeez is the One who knows all stations and ranks.
  • You need protection, go to Allah!
  • Repetition is the key to memorisation.
  • Allah is sufficient for us, He is enough for us!

 

Al-Muqeet

  • Al- Muqeet is the Provider. Allah is the One who gives everything He creates substance.
  • Allah pre-destined the food for everything He created. Allah will not create an extra human being without creating extra          food for him.
  • Allah is taking care of every human being!
  • Ask everything you need from Allah!

 

Al-Haseeb

  • Al-Haseeb is the One who is Self-Sufficient. He is capable of providing for His servants. He suffices for everyone.
  • Al-Haseeb also means the One who does reckoning.
  • Our share in this name is to hold ourselves responsible for our actions. We blame ourselves. Take yourself into account for what you have done.
  • Sayyidina Umar radiAllahu anhu said that hold yourself accountable before you are held accountable!
  • If you do not get what you want from this world then Allah suffices for you. ‘HasbunAllahu wa ni’mal wakil.’ Allah is sufficient for us and He is the Best Guardian. (3:173)


Al- Jaleel

  • Al-Jaleel is the Majestic. The One Whose rank is the highest. The One who we can never reach and no one is similar in His essence and attributes.
  • Allah is the One who has all-Majesty. We need to see His signs. His signs are His miracles in what He created.

 

Al- Kareem

  • Al-Kareem is the Most Generous.
  • Allah is the most Generous. If you want Allah to give you, you need to give to people. If you want Allah to be Generous to you then you need to be generous to people. You give, Allah will give you more!
  • Imam Ibn AtaAllah al-Iskandari said that never aspire to the generosity of other than Allah!

Ar-Raqeeb

  • Ar-Raqeeb is the One who Observes, the Watchful One.
  • Allah watches over all of His servants. He is taking care and is watching. Allah is providing and listening to the calls when the calls are made!
  • The least of grains are not absent from His sight! He is watching over everything.
  • Our share in this name is to be observers of ourselves.
  • If you have lost something, recite surat Duha and you will find it.

 

Al- Mujeeb

  • Al-Mujeeb is the One who answers and Gives what He wants and more!
  • When giving, give what that person is asking for and extra so you do not make him feel like a beggar and also make yourself generous.
  • Every dua you say, every time you say Ya Allah, Allah answers it! Allah is al-Mujeeb, He answers you, do you answer Him? Do you answer His call to prayer?

 

Al- Hakeem

  • Al-Hakeem is the Wise One.
  • Allah is the Most wise and places everything in its place to balance it out.
  • Seeing the wisdom takes a bit of reflection.
  • You will never have enough money to distribute amongst people, but you can always have enough good character to distribute amongst everyone.
  • People involved in dawah need to have wisdom. Saying to unbelievers that they are going to hell, won’t make them turn towards Allah.
  • If you want to succeed in dawah, don’t present Islam by criticising other religions, start with the beauty of Islam

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Jaza ‘Llahu anna Sayyidina Muhammadan sallaAllahu alayhi wasalam ma huwa ahluhu
Jaza ‘Llahu anna Sayyidina Muhammadan sallaAllahu alayhi wasalam ma huwa ahluhu
Jaza ‘Llahu anna Sayyidina Muhammadan sallaAllahu alayhi wasalam ma huwa ahluhu

Subhana Rabbika Rabbi l’izzati amma yasifun, wa salamun ala l’mursalin, wal-humdulillahi Rabbi l’alamin.

A beautiful prophetic supplication (dua):

Transliteration: Yā Hayyu ya Qayyūmu bi rahmatika astaghīthu, aslih lī sha’nī kullahū wa lā takilnī ilā nafsī tarfati ‘aynin.

Translation: O You the Everlasting and All-Sustainer I fervently call upon Your mercy so that You may set right all my affairs and may not leave me to myself for the blink of an eye

 ( Al-Mustadrak)

Actions always speak louder than words, and with one small gesture we can change a person’s life, as the story below tells us…..

One day, when I was a freshman in high school, I saw a kid from my class walking home from school. His name was Kyle. It looked like he was carrying all of his books. I thought to myself, “Why would anyone bring home all his books on a Friday? He must really be a nerd.” I had quite a weekend planned (parties and a football game with my friend the following afternoon), so I shrugged my shoulders and went on.

As I was walking, I saw a bunch of kids running toward him. They ran at him, knocking all his books out of his arms and tripping him so he landed in the dirt. His glasses went flying, and I saw them land in the grass about ten feet from him. He looked up and I saw this terrible sadness in his eyes.

My heart went out to him. So, I jogged over to him, and as he crawled around looking for his glasses, I saw a tear in his eye.
I handed him his glasses and said, “Those guys are jerks. They really should get lives.
He looked at me and said, “Hey, thanks!” There was a big smile on his face. It was one of those smiles that showed real gratitude. I helped him pick up his books, and asked him where he lived. It turned out he lived near me, so I asked him why I had never seen him before. He said he had gone to private school before coming to this school.

I would have never hung out with a private school kid before. We talked all the way home, and I carried his books. He turned out to be a pretty cool kid. I asked him if he wanted to play football on Saturday with me and my friends. He said yes. We hung all weekend and the more I got to know Kyle, the more I liked him. And my friends thought the same of him. Monday morning came, and there was Kyle with the huge stack of books again. I stopped him and said, “Damn boy, you are gonna really build some serious muscles with this pile of books everyday!”. He just laughed and handed me half the books. Over the next four years, Kyle and I became best friends.

When we were seniors, we began to think about college. Kyle decided on Georgetown, and I was going to Duke. I knew that we would always be friends, that the miles would never be a problem. He was going to be a doctor, and I was going for business on a football scholarship. Kyle was valedictorian of our class.

I teased him all the time about being a nerd. He had to prepare a speech for graduation. I was so glad it wasn’t me having to get up there and speak.

Graduation day arrived – I saw Kyle and he looked great. He was one of those guys that really found himself during high school. He filled out and actually looked good in glasses. He had more dates than me and all the girls loved him!

Boy, sometimes I was jealous. Today was one of those days. I could see that he was nervous about his speech. So, I smacked him on the back and said, “Hey, big guy, you’ll be great!”

He looked at me with one of those looks (the really grateful one) and smiled. “Thanks,” he said. As he started his speech, he cleared his throat, and began. “Graduation is a time to thank those who helped you make it through those tough years. Your parents, your teachers, your siblings, maybe a coach… but mostly your friends. I am here to tell all of you that being a friend to someone is the best gift you can give them. I am going to tell you a story.”

I stared at my friend in disbelief as he told the story of the first day we met. He had planned to kill himself over the weekend. He talked of how he had cleaned out his locker so his Mom wouldn’t have to do it later and was carrying his stuff home. He looked hard at me and gave me a little smile. “Thankfully, I was saved. My friend saved me from doing the unspeakable.”

I heard the gasp go through the crowd as this handsome, popular boy told us all about his weakest moment. I saw his Mom and dad looking at me and smiling that same grateful smile. Not until that moment did I realize its depth.

Never underestimate the power of your actions. With one small gesture you can change a person’s life. For better or for worse. God puts us all in each other’s lives to impact one another in some way. Look for God in others.

“Friends are angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly.”

 

The Butterfly

A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared.

He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could, and it could go no further.

So the man decided to help the butterfly. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily. But it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings. The man continued to watch the butterfly because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which would contract in time. Neither happened!

In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It never was able to fly.

What the man, in his kindness and haste, did not understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the butterfly to get through the tiny opening were God’s way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon.

Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our lives. If God allowed us to go through our lives without any obstacles, it would cripple us. We would not be as strong as what we could have been.

We could never fly!

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