2012/11/07

Step 3 - Mind, matter and Spirit

Step 3 - Mind, matter and Spirit


If you know how to invoke Allâh the right way, you can have your share of all the abundance He has created. He is al-Bâsit. In today's meditation (i.e. reflection without interruption), supplications and prayers, we'll continue our first steps on our journey into the abundant life.

The word "abundance" can mean different things to different people. For instance, one person may consider amassing great wealth as living an abundant life. Another may define abundance in spiritual terms—to be, do, and have a life filled with love, joy, harmony, peace, health, and vitality. Throughout our time together, we'll explore what abundance is at its core, how we can prepare ourselves to receive more of all good things, and how we can transform any limiting beliefs we may have held up until now.

Allâh is The Unfolder, The Expander, The Releaser
Allâh is the One who makes ample and plentiful all that is needed. The One who expands and amplifies all abundance. He is the One who makes the way wide and open. The One who stretches out a helping hand to mankind. The One whose open hand releases joy, comfort and abundance. He is the One who infuses the soul into body. The One who has filled the heart with spiritual abundance. The One whose glory and abundance fill and expand the heart. 

Allâh is Al-Azeem (The Magnificent)
Anas said the Prophet (PBUH) said, "He who sees something and admires it, he should say, "ma shaal lâh la qowwata illa billah" (What Allâh wills occurs. There is no power but through Allâh.) For these words prevent  the influence of the evil eye." (narrated by Ibnus-Sunni)

Sahl Ibn Hanif reported that the Prophet (PBUH) said, "When one of you sees something he admires best in himself or property, he should invoke Allâhs blessings upon it (that is to say, Allâhumma barik lanâ fihi, O Allâh! Confer blessings upon it.)This is because the influence of an evil eye is true." (narrated by Ibnus-Sunni)

Sa'id Ibn HAkim said, "When the Prophet feared that his eye might influence something, he would say these words, "Allâhumma bârik fihi wa la tadurruh" (O Alllâh! Bless it for us and protect it against damage." (narrated by Ibnus-Sunni)

Imam Abu Muhammad Husain the judge said, "One of the Prophets looked at his people one day and wondered at their large number and admired them so much. In a short while seventy thousand people died. Thereupon Allâh revealed to him that he envied them and if he safeguarded them, they would not perish. The Prophet asked, "How can I protect them?" Allâh revealed to him that he should say, "hassantukum bilhayy alqayyoum alladhi lâ yamoutu abadan wa dafa'ta 'ankum assou'a bilâ hawlin wa lâ quwwata ellâ billâ al'aleyy al'azeem." (I protect you with Allâh, the Living and the Everlasting. I seek your being protected against evil through my words, 'there is no power or ability but through the assistance of Allâh, the Supreme and the Greatest.)

Aesha said, "Allâh's Prophet (PBUH) used to say whenever he saw something he like, "alhamdu lillahi bi ne'amatihi tatemmu assalihat" (Praise is due to Allâh owing to whose munificence and grace that good deeds are accomplished.) If he disklike what he saw, he would say, "alhamdu lillahi 'ala kulli hâl (Praise is due to Allâh in all circumstances.)

Ibn 'Abbas reported Allâh's Prophet (PBUH) as saying , "The Influence of an evil eye is true, and if anything else would precede the destiny, it would be the influence of an evil eye, and when you are asked to take bath (as a cure) from the influence of an evil eye, you should take bath." (narrated by Muslim)

Our centering thought for today is:

“Today, I focus on what I want to attract into my life and I say, Allâhumma barik lanâ fihi, O Allâh! Confer blessings upon it  and Allâhumma bârik fihi wa la tadurruh, O Alllâh! Bless it for us and protect it against damage”

Today's invocation is::

 "Alhamdu lillahi bi ne'amatihi tatemmu assalihat" 

and its English essence are

Praise is due to Allâh owing to whose munificence and grace that good deeds are accomplished.

This is to be said regularly  as soon as you think of something you like, if you want anything which is good for you and avoid things and be protected against which are not good for you.

Four questions you ask yourself every day.

One of the biggest issues for many people is to get rid of these questions that they pose themselves everyday. 

The first question is What's wrong with me? 
The second is What's going to happen?
The third question is How will I ever get out of this?
The fourth question is Where will the money come from?

The biggest mistake one does everyday is to think that your thoughts are either yours or that they are your enemy.  The truth is that it is neither. One of the biggest issues for every man and woman is to get rid of the bad thoughts that lead you astray. We obsess and worry. We are haunted by everything that we don't want to think about. This is because your enemy is always close to you, always, except if you read the Qur'an or mention Allah's name. He knows everything that makes you feel afraid, sad, melancholic, angry, passive, ignorant. He knows you better than you do yourself, because it is his work to know you. It is not Allâh that I am talking about, but your Shaytan, the one and only that accompany you even during Ramadan, when all the others are chained. 

So to get some peace of mind you have to say Allah's name repeatedly, because the second you stop, he will return. Everyday suffering is largely mental and this must stop. 

So, 

1. "What's wrong with you?"
2. "What's going to happen?"
3. "How will you ever get out of this?"
4. "Where will the money come from?"

Making these thoughts go away is extremely difficult, but it is not possible.

Step 1. Replace these thoughts with the every verse you know from the Qur'an. If you only know Al-Fatiha, that is sufficient. Repeat it all the time from you wake up until you lay down in your bed. If you feel something, remind yourself that these feelings are from Shaytan and probably you will notice that you have stopped reciting the Qur'an. 

Step 2. Know the source of these questions and try to answer them. Your thoughts are persistent and can not be resolved themselves. Normally, the solutions you try to find don't work either. You ignore the nagging questions—a form of denial—or you reassure yourself that there is nothing actually wrong, which, ironically, only stokes the worry and doubt. Another tactic? We try to offset our anxiety by proving our worth through the pursuit of money, power and accomplishment. This can result in riches and success, but it doesn't put end to the fear or the idea that the future holds something dreadful and unknown. 

It's necessary to try a new way, one that allows our mind tio be our friend and not our enemy. To do that, we have to move from the level of the problem to the level of the solution. The first step is to take an honest look at what the four questions are doing to you and where they come from.

"What's wrong with me?"
This question is important to ask yourself, every day. Life is about improving your faith, purify your heart and mind. But if you listen to your personal Shaytan  that knows you better than yourself, he will push the buttons and increase all the things you hate, just to make you feel bad, or to make you forget or just to be ignorant. He uses your personal insecurity, self-doubt, and judgment against yourself. 
When people wrestle with self-doubt, they generally get stuck saying opposite things to themselves: "There's nothing wrong with me" one day and "I'm a mess. Everything is wrong with me" the next, as circumstances swing from good to bad. Neither extreme is true, but that's not the point. The false answer becomes a ritual, a fixed response that gets nowhere. Other ritualistic thoughts would include "I keep doing this to myself," "I'm stupid," "I'm all alone," "I never get a break" and so on. These ritualistic thoughts are from Shaytan. He is like a radio in your head that talks to you. It is like a whisper. It is not only your own thoughts, but only one whisper from him and your own thoughts will repeat his words, if you don't stop it, with recitation from the Qur'an or just saying Allâhs name over and over again. The moment you stop, he will be back.

The answer to the rest of the questions are: Qur'an and Allâh. The answer for the second question is in the Qur'an, your future is that which will begin after death. So read the Qur'an and the hadiths that will tell you more about it. For the remaining questions: It is Allâh who will get you out of your current situation, because every situation is a test and he wants you test your behaviour in the situation your are in currently. It is Allâh who will give you sustenance and money, that is the answer to the fourth question.

Step 2 - The source of all Abundance - al-Bâsit

Step 2 - The Source of all Abundance

The Source of all Abundance is Allâh - al-Bâsit. 
Yes, it is Allah who creates abundance. 

The term Bâsit includes a powerful and majestic sense of infusing into something a gift which will grow and flourish in great abundance.

If you know how to invoke Allâh the right way, you can have your share of all the abundance He has created. In today's meditation (i.e. reflection without interruption), supplications and prayers, we'll continue our first steps on our journey into the abundant life.

The word "abundance" can mean different things to different people. For instance, one person may consider amassing great wealth as living an abundant life. Another may define abundance in spiritual terms—to be, do, and have a life filled with love, joy, harmony, peace, health, and vitality. Throughout our time together, we'll explore what abundance is at its core, how we can prepare ourselves to receive more of all good things, and how we can transform any limiting beliefs we may have held up until now.

Allâh is The Unfolder, The Expander, The Releaser
Allâh is the One who makes ample and plentiful all that is needed. The One who expands and amplifies all abundance. He is the One who makes the way wide and open. The One who stretches out a helping hand to mankind. The One whose open hand releases joy, comfort and abundance. He is the One who infuses the soul into body. The One who has filled the heart with spiritual abundance. The One whose glory and abundance fill and expand the heart. 

'Abdullah Ibn Abu Awfa said, "Allâh's Prophet (PBUH) said, "He who begs Allâh for some need or asks someone else for a thing should perform ablution properly, offer two rak'as of prayer, glorify Allâh and invoke Allâh's blessing upon the Prophet (PBUH) then say, "la elaha ella Allâhu alhaleem alkareem subhana Allâhi rabbil 'arsh al'azeem alhamdu lillahi rabbil 'alameen asaluka mojibati rahmatik wa 'azaema maghfiratik wal ghaneemah min kulli birr wawwalamah min kulli ethm la tada' li dhanban ella ghafartah wa la hamman ella farrgtah wa la hajatan heya laka redan ella qadaitaha ya arhamar rahimin" (There is no god but Alâh, the Forbearing and the Munificent. Glory be to Allâh, the Lord of the Grand Throne. Praise is due to Allâh, the Lord of all worlds. I plead with You for Your mercy and forgiveness. Make me gain benefit from good deeds andmake me safe from sins. Forgive all my sins. Drive away my worries and trouble. Help me satisfy my need that pleases You, the All-Merciful.) One can also say, "O All! Grant us a good recompense in this world and a good reward in the Hereafter and protect us against the torment of Hell."

Our centering thought for today is:

“It is Allâh who is the infinite source of abundance and  it is He who creates my personal abundance.”

Today's invocation and its English essence are:

"O Allâh! Grant us a good recompense in this world and a good reward in the Hereafter and protect us against the torment of Hell" 

This is to be said during prayer of need or if you want abundance of anything which is good for you.

Step 1 - The reality of Abundance

Step 1 - The Reality of Abundance

How do be create abundance? Can we create abundance? Isn't that what Allah does? Yes, it is Allah who creates abundance. But, if you know how to invoke Allâh the right way, you can have your share of all the abundance He has created. 

In today's meditation (i.e. reflection without interruption), supplications and prayers, we'll take our first steps on our journey into the abundant life. 

The word "abundance" can mean different things to different people. For instance, one person may consider amassing great wealth as living an abundant life. Another may define abundance in spiritual terms—to be, do, and have a life filled with love, joy, harmony, peace, health, and vitality. Throughout our time together, we'll explore what abundance is at its core, how we can prepare ourselves to receive more of all good things, and how we can transform any limiting beliefs we may have held up until now.

Ibn 'Omar said, "I heard Allâh's Prophet (PBUH) say, "There were three men who lived before you and set out on a journey. During their journey they had to spend the night in a cave. They entered it and immediately a huge rock fell off the mountain and obstructed the entrance of the cave. Thereupon they said to each other. "The only thing that can rid us of this rock is to supplicate Allâh through our good deeds." One of them said imploringly, "O Allâh! My parents were aged and I took care of them generously and sincerely." After they all invoked Allâh through their best deeds, each one of them said, "O Allâh! If you know that I did that for Your sake, then relieve us of this situation." Indeed, the rock began to be gradually displaced till it had been fully dislogded at the invocation of the third man. Finally they got out of the cave and proceeded with their journey." (narrated by al-Bukhari and Muslim)

So, invoke Allâh through your good deeds and think about them and use them, to gain abundance.

Our centering thought for today is:

"Today, I behold all the abundance that surrounds me. Thanks to Allâh"

Today's invocation and its English essence are:

"The doers of good are blameless" (At-tawbah: 91)

The whole verse (At-tawbah : 91)


"Laysa AAala adduAAafa-iwala AAala almarda wala AAalaallatheena la yajidoona ma yunfiqoona harajunitha nasahoo lillahi warasoolihi maAAala almuhsineena min sabeelin wallahughafoorun raheem"

"It shall be no crime in the weak, nor in the sick, nor in those who do not find what they should spend (to stay behind), so long as they are sincere to Allah and His Messenger; there is no way (to blame) against the doers of good; and Allah is Forgiving, Merciful" (Shakir)

I'm looking forward to beginning our journey together.