Message from Moutasem Atiya
April 5, 2021
As-Salamu Alaykum wa RahmatulLah dear Al-Madina Family,
I pray that everyone is well and in the best of health inshaAllah!
As Ramadan approaches we ask Allah ﷻ for lutf (ease) and aafiyah (health). May Allah ﷻ allow us to reach this blessed month upon goodness and through the barakah (blessings) of His Beloved ﷺ allow us to be successful in our prayer, and in our worship amin. Please remember us and Al-Madina in your prayers!
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Wishing you a wonderful week ahead!
Ayah of the Week
وَمَن يَتَوَكَّلْ عَلَى اللَّهِ فَهُوَ حَسْبُهُ
And whosoever puts his trust in Allah, then He will suffice him | 65:3
Quote of the Week
Hadith of the Week
Dhikr (remembrance of Allah) is to the heart as water is to a fish; see what happens to a fish when it is taken out of water. - Ibn Taymiyyah
The Epidemic of Fear and the Antidote of Hope
Individually, the consequence of our fears is a more fragile mind and spiritual state, wrecked with the havoc of worries on the next paycheck, the next trip to the grocery store, and the next step to resolve this global crisis. Communally we have seen suspicion, mistrust, and the general care of ourselves and others on the decline. The motivating impulse is often a deep-seated fear, particularly when one has the concern for those who depend on them. What then is fear? And how do we avoid falling prey to it?
Click here to read more.
Ramadan is close. To draw spiritual benefit from Ramadan requires a plan. If I fail to plan, I plan to fail.
First, what is my Ramadan plan? Click here to read.
Second, I must incorporate certain essential principles into my spiritual program. Without them, my program will almost certainly fail or be very deficient. These principles, articulated by our early scholar-saints, are the foundations of successful personal or institutional change in any sphere of life.
a. Musharata. To bind my nafs to practicing specific elements of my plan.
b. Muraqaba. To be vigilant over my nafs as I practice.
c. Mu‘ataba. To censure my nafs as I slack in practice.
d. Muhasaba. To hold my nafs to account (negatively and positively) in its practice.
e. Mu‘aqaba. To discipline my nafs (in a Shar’i, balanced, wise manner) for negligent non-practice.
Notice: All the principles involve a reciprocal dialogue with my nafs. The nafs, after all, is the major obstacle in my path to true success.
I should customize these principles into my day. I can use a checklist, a day plan segmented in time periods, pair up with a spiritual buddy, or any other effective system – whatever works for me. The ‘how’ is open. But I must close the circle.
These principles are the heart of mujadaha. I am opposing my nafs in each of them. Through this mujahada, I generate internal, spiritual energy that translates, by Allah’s grace, into practical ‘amal.
May Allah make this a Ramadan that changes our hearts. Truly, completely, permanently. Amin.