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Sunan Ibn Majah, Chapters Regarding Funerals, Hadith 1613

It was narrated from Ibn ‘Abbas that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:

Dying in a strange land is martyrdom.”

Sunan Ibn Majah, Chapters Regarding Funerals, Hadith 1613/3214

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Jesus has recourse to Prayer in his Sadness. 

1st Point. “And he was withdrawn away from them, a stone’s cast: and kneeling down he prayed.” (Luke, xxii.) 

Jesus penetrated with sorrow has recourse to prayer. He chooses the time of night, because it is in silence that the soul can better listen to the voice of God. He separates himself from his beloved disciples, because prayer is a secret conversation between God and the soul, without witness, without noise, in the profound solitude of the heart. He knows that his sadness will increase in this holy exercise; he goes, however, not to seek consolation, but to honour his Father, and submit himself to his will. 

Is it thus you go to prayer? Do you seek the glory of God, and the death of self-love? O my Saviour! if I possess not the qualities necessary for prayer, inspire me with the prayer that is necessary to obtain them. 

2nd Point. “He fell upon his face, praying, and saying: My Father, if it be possible, let this chalice pass from me. Nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt.” (Matt., xxvi. 39.) 

Behold your model in prayer. He is in the presence of his Father with a profound respect. His confidence is equal to his humility. My Father, he says, I am sorrowful unto death; have pity on thy Son. 

O sweet Jesus, whose every action is my instruction, what a reproach that I should be so distracted in prayer, where thou art so attentive; cold, where thou art so fervent; without respect, where thou art prostrate on the earth! O beautiful countenance, that art imprinted on the dust, mayest thou be engraven on my heart, sordid and earthly though it be. 

3rd Point. “ If this chalice may not pass away, but I must drink it, thy will be done.” (Matt., xxvi. 42.) 

Jesus prays, and is not heard; his Father rejects his prayer, and he complains not; and I murmur when I am disregarded. Learn thence, the true ecstasy of the most sublime prayer is to lose yourself in the will of God. God willingly listens to the prayer that is conformable to his eternal law; but that which has its source in the inordinate desires of the heart, he rejects; and this refusal is not so much a chastisement as a benefit.

- Jacques Nouet, Meditations on the life and passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ: for every day of the year, Quinuagesima Tuesday (Fat Tuesday)

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Ibn Abbas reported that the Muslims neither looked to Abu Sufyan (with respect) nor did they sit in his company. he (Abu Sufyan) said to Allah’s Apostle (ﷺ):

Allah’s Apostle, confer upon me three things. He replied in the affirmative. He (further) said: I have with me the most handsome and the best (woman) Umm Habiba, daughter of Abu Sufyan; marry her, whereupon he said: Yes. And he again said: Accept Mu'awiya to serve as your scribe. He said: Yes. He again said: Make me the commander (of the Muslim army) so that I should fight against the unbelievers as I fought against the Muslims. He said: Yes. Abu Zumnail said: If he had not asked for these three things from Allah’s Apostle (ﷺ), he would have never conferred them upon him, for it was (his habit) to accede to everybody’s (earnest) request.

Sahih Muslim, The Book of the Merits of the Companions, Book 44, Hadith 240

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But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. Matthew 6:6 Why does Jesus give such a command? Praying in a secret place removes the “trying to impress” element from prayer and leaves us bare and open before the Father in a setting where we no longer have any motivation to pray except to be in the presence of the Lord. Secondly, we have privacy, to pour our heart out, and thirdly intimacy with Him. It’s a place where you meet your God every day in secret. It’s a place where your God waits to meet with you as you run to Him, and rewards you for the times you cry out for yourself and others. Have you found your special place to meet with God?

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As for man, his days are as grass as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. Psalm 103:15. 

The humble flower begins its life hidden inside a plain green bud. When the bud is fully developed as a result of receiving the necessary food and water along with the nourishing rays of the sun it slowly opens up facing towards the sun. The Christian life begins like a humble bud which will slowly develop when it’s daily fed with the spiritual food of God’s Word and prayer. As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word that ye may grow thereby If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

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Mark 11:24 

“I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.” (NLT)

Prayer is really just a word for a conversation with God. I’ve had some funny conversations with God. He knows everything in my head and heart, but sometimes I tell Him everything anyway. Sometimes I just say, “Lord, You know all this, I won’t bore you today.” Friend, if you’re not chatting to God yet, today’s a good day to start. He doesn’t mind what you say; like any proud Father, He’s just happy that you made the effort to spend time with Him.

Prayer is simple. You ask for what you need and if it’s in line with God’s rules, He’ll see that you get it. He’ll choose the best time and the best way; for His glory. I think one of the sweetest things is to be in a group of Christians and see their faces as they talk of answered prayers. Most of these prayers weren’t for big things. When God answers prayers for the little things, it’s so much sweeter, because it shows He listens and He cares about the little things we need as much as the big things. There was a time I was on my way to a new church and I’d forgotten a pen. I prayed all the way there and a pen was on the ground right outside the church, so I’d have no doubt it was from my Heavenly Father. Yeah, I could’ve borrowed a pen, but I didn’t know anyone at the church and so I talked to God about it. I’ve never forgotten the kindness of a God who gave me a pen when I needed one and it is a story I share often, because it is so representative of the sweetness of an awesome, mighty, deity who loves me enough to care about all my worries, large and small.

So yeah, pray those prayers and see what God does with them. If you don’t get what you prayed for, it’s because the timing wasn’t right, God has something better for you, or maybe your faith needs a bit more exercising. You receive what you’re believing for, so keep asking and believing. God always listens, never be afraid to ask. You really can talk to God about anything.

PRAYER: Father, thank You for all the prayers You’ve answered. If there’s someone reading this who feels uncomfortable praying, ease them over that bump, so they’ll get to experience the joy of many answered prayers - of gifts given by You through Your incomparable love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Allah calls Himself Al-Kaafi— The Sufficient— on one occasion in the Quran. Al-Kaafi is the One who is sufficient for His servants. He is the only one who suffices all the needs of the ones who believe and trust in Him, and no one is in need of anything else but Him!

 The Sufficient— the one who suffices for all needs

Kaafi comes from the root kaaf-faa-yaa, which points to two main meanings. The first meaning is to be sufficient and to be enough. The second main meaning is to be able to protect, shield and save something perfectly.

This root appears 33 times in the Quran in two derived forms. Examples of these forms are

wa kafaa (“and sufficient”) and yakfihim (“sufficient for them”).

Linguistically kaafi refers to the one possessing the attribute of sufficiency, whereas kafaa refers to the verb “to suffice.” Al-Kaafi is the ultimate one to suffice each and every need with great ease and whenever He pleases for His believing and devoted servants.

Al-Kaafi Himself says: Is not Allah sufficient for His Servant [Prophet Muhammad]? And [yet], they threaten you with those [they worship] other than Him. And whoever Allah leaves astray – for him there is no guide [Quran, 39:36] and Indeed, We are sufficient for you against the mockers. [Quran, 15:95]

Al-Kaafi and other names

In the ayaat in which the root kafaa is mentioned, we often find the words wa kafaa bil-laahi (“and sufficient is Allah as …”)  followed by a beautiful name of Allah.

We find this combination most often with the names Al-Wakeel (The Disposer of Affairs),  Al-Haseeb (The Accountant, or Reckoner) and Ash-Shaheed (The Witness).

Al-Kaafi says: …  And sufficient is Allah as Disposer of affairs [wakeela] [Quran, 33:48]. And:  [Allah praises] those who convey the messages of Allah and fear Him and do not fear anyone but Allah. And sufficient is Allah as Accountant [haseeba] [33:39] and: And sufficient is Allah as Witness [shaheeda] [Quran, 4:166]

Most related in meaning is the beautiful name Al-Wakeel. Abu Alsood said: “tawakkal alallah” means to leave everything up to Allah ‘azza wa jall and “kafa allah wakeela” means Allah ‘azza wa jall is sufficient as protector as the one and only whom you leave everything up to [fragment of tafseer of Surah Al-Ahzab by Sheikh Ahmad Musa Jibril]

How Can You Live By This Name?

1. Have firm belief.

You might claim you believe Allah ‘azza wa jall can suffice all your needs, but do you live by this knowledge? Firm belief in Al-Kaafi and His perfect ability to suffice all your needs means you are not afraid of people and their decisions, nor are you worried about losing worldly possessions. Even when you feel you cannot defend yourself against people’s accusations, know Al-Kaafi will suffice you as a helper: Indeed, We are sufficient for you against the mockers [Quran, 15:95] And Allah is most knowing of your enemies; and sufficient is Allah as an ally, and sufficient is Allah as a helper [Quran, 4:45].So next time you feel anxious or stressed about people or belongings, remind yourself thta Allah is Al-Kaafi; He is the only one to suffice all your needs.

2. Remember the day you will be sufficient as an accountant.

[It will be said], Read your record. Sufficient is yourself against you this Day as accountant [Quran, 17:14]. This means that you have not been treated unjustly and nothing has been recorded against you except what you have done, because you remember everything that you have done, and no one will forget anything that he did. Everyone will be able to read his Book, whether he is literate or illiterate. [Tafseer ibn Katheer] So remember that one day you will be confronted with each deed you do, every step you take and every word you utter. Use this as a motivation to present a book full of good deeds in shaa’Allah.

3. Learn from the past.

As a believer you have an extremely important task: to take lessons from the past and specifically from the stories of the former people in the Quran. And how many have We destroyed from the generations after Noah. And sufficient is your Lord, concerning the sins of His servants, as Acquainted and Seeing. [Quran, 17:17] Allah ‘azza wa jall observes how you respond to these stories; do you study them, look at the characteristics of these former groups and their sins so you know what to avoid or do you treat them as “stories from the past” without acting upon them? Kafaa bil-laahi shaheeda– Allah is sufficient as a witness!

4. Be someone who strives to fulfil others’ needs.

Even though only Allah is perfect in sufficing each and every need, you can take inspiration from this beautiful attribute by doing your best to fulfil other person’s needs as much as you can. The Prophet salallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: Allah will aid a servant (of His) so long as the servant aids his brother. [Muslim]

5. Do dhikr with this name.

At the end of the day, before you go to sleep say:

‎“الْحَمْدُللهِالَّذِيأَطْعَمَنَاوَسَقَانَا،وَكَفَانَا،وَآوَانَا،فَكَمْمِمَّنْلَاكَافِيَلَهُوَلَامُؤْوي”.

Alhamdu lillaahil-lathee ‘at’amanaa wa saqaanaa, wa kafaanaa, wa ‘aawaanaa, fakam mimman laa kaafiya lahu wa laa mu’wiya. Which means: Praise is to Allah Who has provided us with food and with drink , sufficed us and gave us an abode for how many are there with no provision and no home. [Muslim]

Wallahu ta’alaa ‘alem.

O Allah, Al-Kaafi, we know that You are sufficient for us.  Make us of those who have firm belief in you, trust in You and turn to You with all our affairs, big or small. Make us realize You suffice all our needs, aid us in sending forward good deeds to You and help us to fulfil the needs of others, ameen!

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The reality of the other person lies not in what he reveals to you, but what he cannot reveal to you. Therefore, if you want to understand him, don’t listen to what he says, but rather to what he does not say…

A man of knowledge restrains his words, And a discerning man will remain calm….Proverbs 17:27

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I fell asleep praying and slept with a rosary wrapped around my wrist all night because I watched a scary movie about possession and it really freaked me out. Happy to say I survived the night but please pray that I won’t be such a dumb dumb and that I’ll stop watching movies that I know will bother me this much.

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感謝

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2020.02.25


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昨日は夜になってかなり具合が悪くなってしま

い、ひどい頭痛で眠りつくことができない状態

がゆるされました。


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こんなにひどい頭痛がずっと続いたら、脳がお

かしくなるんじゃないかという感じで、なんで

神さま…、と思った瞬間、マーリンさんが頭痛

に悩まされていた時のお話を思い出して、あ

あ、この頭痛を神さまに感謝しよう、と思わさ

れました。


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そして、頭痛を感謝してお祈りしたら、すーっ

と痛みがなくなって朝までぐっすり眠ることが

できました。


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今日もまだ体調がよくなく、頭痛もあります

が、神さまに感謝して祈ります😊


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このことがゆるされていることも感謝です!

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Lord, I know you are my mountain, my creator, my helper, my greatest friend. 

Lord, I am thankful that you said you wont leave me nor abandon me.

Lord, I am thankful that your kingdom last forever.

But, my heart is still bleeding…..what shall I do?


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Second painting. My beautiful daughter.

I know a young woman.

So strong, I wonder how?

So soft, her soil ready for the seed.

She smiles and all about her smile too.

Small children ask for her.

All my friends admire her,

But she is humble,

Gentle,

Like a vine

Fresh and green

And tumbling down a wall,

Unexpectedly lovely and serene.

But there is steel in her,

The hardest,

Strongest wood.

She could withstand

Earthquakes and hurricanes,

Yet she can wave

In the gentlest breeze.

Tender to the touch

Of one heart beating

As she listens to a stranger.

How did a part of me

Grow into such a woman?

I stand back now

Happy tears of joy somehow

I am my daughters Mumma.

Cas.

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DAILY DUA

Dua upon finishing a meal #4

اللهُمَّ أَطْعَمْتَ وَأَسْقَيْتَ، وَأَغْنَيْتَ وَأَقْنَيْتَ، وَهَدَيْتَ وَأَحْيَيْتَ، فَلَكَ الْحَمْدُ عَلَى مَا أَعْطَيْتَ

Translation

O Allah you gave me food and drink, You had enriched (me) and sufficed (me), (You) had guided (me) and gave (me) life, therefore, I praise you for what you had given (me).

Transliteration

allaahumma aṭ‛amta wa asqayta, wa aghnayta wa aqnayta, wa hadayta wa ’aḥyayta, fa lakal ḥamdu ‛alaa maa a‛ṭayt

Sources: Ahmad No# 16595, Ibn Al-Sunni in Amal Al-Yawm wa Al-Laylah No# 465. See Sahih Al-Kalim Al-Tayeb No# 190

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