Sabran Ya Nafsi

Striving for Jannah

The Rivers of Paradise

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Allah (swt), may He be Blessed and Exalted, has told us that rivers flow from beneath Paradise: “And give glad tidings to those who believe and do righteous good deeds, that for them will be Gardens under which rivers flow….” [Al-Baqarah 2:25]

“For them will be Gardens of Eternity: beneath them rivers will flow….” [Al-Kahf 18:31]

The Prophet (saw) told us clearly about the rivers of Paradise. He said that during his Israa’ (Night Journey): “…I saw four rivers flowing out from beneath Sidrat al-Muntahaa, two visible and two hidden. He asked, “O Jibreel, What are these rivers?” He said, “The two hidden rivers are rivers of Paradise, and the two visible rivers are the Nile and the Euphrates”. [Muslim & Bukhaari]

Muslim reports from Abu Hurayrah that the Messenger of Allah (saw) said, “Sihran, Jihran, the Euphrates and the Nile are all from the rivers of Paradise”. [Sahih Muslim, Kitaab al-Jannah]

Sheikh Naasir ud-Deen al-Albaani said, “Perhaps what is meant is that these rivers originated in Paradise just as mankind did; this hadith does not contradict the well-established fact that these rivers spring forth from known sources on earth. If this is not in fact the meaning of this hadith, then it is one of the matters of al-Ghayb [the Unseen], which we must believe and accept because the Prophet (saw) has told us about it”. [Silsilat al-Hadith as-Saheehah, 1/18]

Another of the rivers of Paradise is al-Kawthar, which Allah has given to His Messenger (saw): “Verily We have granted you [O Muhammad] al-Kawthar [a river in Paradise]“ [Al-Kauthar 108:1]

The Prophet (saw) saw it and told us about it. Bukhaari reported from Anas ibn Maalik that the Prophet (saw) said,”Whilst I was walking in Paradise I saw a river whose banks were domes of hollow pearls, and I asked, “What is this, O Jibreel?” He said, “This is al-Kawthar which your Rabb has given to you”. And its scent – or its mud – was of fragrant musk”.  Hudbah [one of the narrators] was not sure if he said tib [scent] or teen [mud]. [Sahih al-Bukhaari, Kitaab ar-Riqaaq]

Ibn ‘Abbaas explained, “al-Kawthar means the abundant blessings which Allah has bestowed upon His Messenger (saw).”

Ibn Katheer compiled a number of hadith [an-Nihaayah, 2/246] in which the Prophet (saw) spoke about al-Kawthar, such as the Narrated by Muslim from Anas, which states that when the aayah “Verily We have granted you al-Kawthar” [108] was revealed, the Prophet (saw) said, “Do you know what al-Kawthar is?” They said, “Allah and His Messenger know best”. He said, “It is a river that Allah (swt) has promised me and in it is much goodness”.

Another hadith narrated by Ahmad from Anas, according to which the Prophet (Saw) said, “I have been given al-Kawthar, which is a river flowing across the face of the earth; its banks are domes of pearl and it is not covered. I touched its mud with my hand, and found that it was fragrant musk and its pebbles were pearls”.

Also narrated by Ahmad from Anas, the Prophet (saw) said, “It is a river that Allah (swt) has given to me in Paradise. Its mud is musk and its water is whiter than milk, and sweeter than honey. Birds with necks like the necks of camels drink from it.”

The rivers of Paradise do not just contain water. There are rivers of water, of milk, of wine and of clear honey.

Allah (swt) says: “The description of Paradise which the Muttaqoon have been promised is that in it are rivers of water the taste and smell of which are not changed; rivers of milk of which the taste never changes; rivers of wine delicious to those who drink; and rivers of clarified honey [clear and pure]..” [Muhammad 47:15]

Tirmidhi reports, with a sahih isnaad, from Haakim ibn Mu’aawiyah that the Messenger of Allah (saw) said, “In Paradise there is a sea of honey, a sea of wine, a sea of milk and a sea of water, and the rivers flow out of these seas.” [Jaami' al-Usool, 10/508]

He also told us of a river called Baariq, which flows by the gate of Paradise. During the period of al-Barzakh [the time between death and the day of Judgement] the shuhadaa are beside this river. Ibn ‘Abbaas narrated that the Messenger of Allah (saw) said, “The shuhadaa [martyrs] are in a green dome beside the river of Baariq, near the gate of Paradise, from which provision comes to them morning and evening.” [Saheeh al-Jaami' as-Sagheer, 3/235, no. 3636]

Scenes from Syria: Massacre in Deir Ezzor

Disturbing images of a massacre proudly carried out by Islamic State (IS) in Deir Ezzor. According to IS, these Muslims had opposed them and were thus murtadeen and worthy of being killed.

HabunAllahu wa ni’mal wakeel.

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Scenes from Syria: Locals accompanying military parade

Locals from Yarmouk follow a military parade of Jabhatun Nussrah.

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Scenes from Syria: Fixing of Water Pipes

Mujahideen from Jabtun Nussrah fixing damaged water pipes in Hayy al Muasalat, Aleppo.

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Leave the World…

“Leave the world to those who hanker after it, as they leave the Afterlife to its seekers. And be in this world as the bee: it eats only good, produces only good, and when it rests upon anything it neither ruins it nor deflowers it.”

Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah

Fighting Your Desires

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By Sheikh Abdullah Azzam

So, fight your desires at a time when you can eat. The soul is never satisfied. Satisfying your desires is like satisfying the thirsty person who went to drink water from the sea – the more he drinks, the thirstier he gets, since the water is salty. These Romans used to eat all types of food and sweets to the point that they no longer felt the pleasure in eating food. So, they would fast in order to once again feel the taste of their food. Likewise, they drowned in sex to the point that they hated women. So, they would move far away from the cities until they once again longed for women. The Europeans opened the door of sexuality as far as it could be opened, and sex became as widespread as food, drink, and oxygen. As a result, they now see endless cases of rape, sexually transmitted disease, etc. This is because desires are never satisfied. Whenever you nourish them, they increase in hunger: And the soul increases in desire when you awaken its desire and if it is restricted to little, it becomes content.

Jabir was once walking to the marketplace. So, ‘Umar asked him: “Where are you going, Jabir?” He said: “My soul longed for some meat, and I want to go buy some meat with a dirham.” ‘Umar replied: “O Jabir! Whenever you have the desire for something, you go out and buy it?” One time, ‘Umar had some food placed in front of him, and he began to weep. It was asked of him: “Why are you weeping, O Commander of the Believers?” He said: “I am afraid that it would be said to me on the Day of Judgement: {“On the Day when those who disbelieve will be exposed to the Fire, it will be said: ‘You received your good things in the life of the world, and you took your pleasure therein. Now, this Day, you shall be recompensed with a torment of humiliation because you were arrogant in the land without a right, and because you used to rebel and disobey.’”} [al-Ahqaf; 20]

Therefore, it should be everyone’s goal to be abstinent from worldly pleasures and to fight their desires, since it is impossible for the soul to rise and ascend except if it dominates over its desires and whims. The soul that becomes a prisoner to its desires will never be able to face the enemy on the battlefield. So, if you wish to remain travelling upon the path to Allah, hold yourself back.

Unfortunately, this type of knowledge is not taught in the universities or schools – the knowledge of behavior and conduct (suluk). This knowledge is missing because there are no murabbin, and it is not taught in al-Azhar or other colleges of Shari’ah – the science of behavior and manners, the science of nurturing the soul, the science of tarbiyah.

So, you sometimes find the youth who has memorized much – ma Sha’ Allah – from many books and ahadith: he read ‘Riyad as-Salihin’ from a while back, he studied ‘Rawdat an-Nadhir,’ he read ‘Nayl al-Awtar,’ ‘Subul as-Salam,’ ‘Fath al-Bari,’ etc. Despite this, you never find him fasting any optional fasts or praying at night. His soul is dead. He prays no optional prayers, and he follows every license of ease (rukhsah) that he comes across. Why? Because his soul is sick. He did not nurture himself. And his desires…I seek refuge with Allah!”

The Simple Equation

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Egypt journalists praise anti-Israel resistance in Gaza

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A group of Egyptian journalists and writers have hailed the resistance of Gazans in the face of Israeli raids, saying all groups in the country should stand by the Palestinians in the besieged territory.

In a statement issued on Saturday, the Egyptian journalists and writers voiced their solidarity with the Palestinians living in the war-stricken Gaza Strip, calling on different Egyptian factions to “provide all possible assistance” to the inhabitants of the impoverished coastal sliver.

They also lauded the strength of Palestinian resistance movements in withstanding “the Zionist weapons provided by the West and the US,” calling on the new government in Cairo to play an effective role in supporting the Palestinian cause.

Over 1,700 Palestinians have so far been killed and more than 9,000 wounded since the Israeli military first launched its offensive against the Gaza Strip on July 8.

More than a quarter of Gazans have also been forced out of their homes in the densely-populated enclave.

The Israeli military has not even spared hospitals in its massive aerial and ground raids on Gaza and continues to pound the medical centers which are in desperate need of medicine and equipment.

Palestinian resistance fighters have responded to the Tel Aviv regime’s large-scale aerial and ground raids by firing a barrage of rockets deep into the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories.

Despite pressure from the world public opinion, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said the regime will continue its offensive on the impoverished Gaza Strip, adding, “We will take as much time as necessary, and will exert as much force as needed.”

MKA/NN/AS

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Scenes from Syria: Parading in Support of Gaza

Mujahideen from Jabhat Al Nusra parading in support of Gaza, at al Yarmouk camp, Syria.

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