We made it to the last 10 days, alhamdulillah! Laylatul Qadr can happen any time from now. Here are a few notes I took down from a lecture called “Virtues of Laylat al-Qadr” which was delivered by Sheikh Omar Suleiman. Love love love this talk MashaAllah <3
Can you imagine at the time of your death being comforted by the angels sent down by Allah merely to bring you good news, telling you to be happy, that you are guaranteed jannah, congratulating you for all your hard work back in dunya. MashaAllah. Can there really be anything better than that?
واصبر وما صبرك إلا بالله “And be patient for your patience is but by Allah…” [an-Nahl 16:127]
واصبر لحكم ربك ” Await in patience the command of your Lord…” [at-tur 52:48].
ولا تهنوا ولا تحزنوا “So lose not heart nor despair…” [Al ‘Imran 3:139].
أولئك يؤتون أجرهم مرتين بما صبروا “These shall be granted their reward twice, because they are steadfast…” [al-Qasas 28:54].
إنما يوفى الصابرون أجرهم بغير حساب “…Indeed, the patient will be given their reward without account.” [az-Zumar 39:10]. (the reward for every deed is known except patience!)
وجعلنا منهم أئمة يهدون بأمرنا لما صبروا وكانوا بآياتنا يوقنون “And We made from among them leaders guiding by Our command when they were patient and [when] they were certain of Our signs. “ [as-Sajdah 32:24]. (patience is a prequisite for leadership in religion!)
و اصبروا إن الله مع الصابرين “…and be patient. Indeed, Allah is with the patient.” [al-Anfal 8:46]. (patience earns the companionship of Allah)
واستعينوا بالصبر والصلاة “And seek assistance through patience and prayer…” [al-Baqarah 2:45].
والملائكة يدخلون عليهم من كل باب سلام عليكم بما صبرتم فنعم عقبى الدار “…And the angels will enter upon them from every gate, [saying],”Peace be upon you for what you patiently endured. And excellent is the final home.” [ar-Ra’d 13:23-24].
إلا الذين صبروا وعملوا الصالحات أولئك لهم مغفرة وأجر كبير “Except for those who are patient and do righteous deeds; those will have forgiveness and great reward.” [Hud 11:11].
ولمن صبر وغفر إن ذلك لمن عزم الأمور “And whoever is patient and forgives – indeed, that is of the matters [requiring] determination” [ash-Shura 42:43] (Allah has made patience a standard for courage and determination in ones affairs)
وكأين من نبي قاتل معه ربيون كثير فما وهنوا لما أصابهم في سبيل الله وما ضعفوا وما استكانوا والله يحب الصابرين ” And how many a prophet [fought and] with him fought many religious scholars. But they never lost assurance due to what afflicted them in the cause of Allah , nor did they weaken or submit. And Allah loves the patient.” [Al ‘Imran 3:146]. ( its a condition of his love)
وما يلقاها إلا الذين صبروا وما يلقاها إلا ذو حظ عظيم “But none is granted it except those who are patient, and none is granted it except one having a great portion [of good].” [Fussilat 41:35].
ألم تر أن الفلك تجري في البحر بنعمة الله ليريكم من آياته إن في ذلك لآيات لكل صبار شكور “Do you not see that ships sail through the sea by the favor of Allah that He may show you of His signs? Indeed in that are signs for everyone patient and grateful.” [Luqman 31:31].
ومن آياته الجوار في البحر كالأعلام إن يشأ يسكن الريح فيظللن رواكد على ظهره إن في ذلك لآيات لكل صبار شكور ” And of His signs are the ships in the sea, like mountains. If He willed, He could still the wind, and they would remain motionless on its surface. Indeed in that are signs for everyone patient and grateful” [ash-Shura 42:32-33].
Probably my most messy entry, there was just so much to note down. This is from a khutbah by Dr. Shaykh Yasir Qadhi, called Concept of Tawbah and Attaining Allah’s Forgiveness. It’s on Youtube too if you’re wondering :-)