no. 2414

Is your loyalty towards Allaah or the people?

Mu`aawiyah رضي الله عنه wrote to the mother of the believers, `Aaishah رضي الله عنها, asking her to write to him some advice but not making it lengthy. So, `Aaishah رضي الله عنها wrote:

“Assalaamu Alaik. To proceed… I heard the Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم saying,

❝Whoever seeks the pleasure of Allaah while the people are displeased; then Allaah will protect him from the troubles caused by the people. And whosoever seeks the pleasure of the people while displeasing Allaah; then Allaah will leave his matter for the people (i.e. Allaah will not protect him from the harms of the people)❞

Wassalaamu Alaik.”

[Tirmidhi # 2414. Authenticated by Shaykh Al-Albaanee in as-Saheehah # 2311]

Writing Check-In: When the Moon, Ch 14

In a hopeful attempt to make my Christmas deadline, I’m going to aim for a Sunday check-in every week, even if it’s not very exciting or substantial, with a word count for the week if relevant and not too embarrassing.

Word count for this week’s work: 2414 (including the translation of “Alle meine Entchen,” since I did have to do some creative/sleuthing work to piece that together.) :D


“I thought you were going to save me for later, greedy gosling,” he chides breathlessly. “I need these fingers for your after-supper surprise.”

“There’s an after-supper surprise?” I chirp, tipping my head back to gaze up at him. “In addition to the cuddle-nest or in place of?”

He laughs heartily. “In addition, greedy thing, but you have to give me a story or a song to get the cuddle-nest. The surprise comes free of charge.”

I squeal with delight and dive into our plate with gusto. “What if I give you both?” I ask through a mouthful of tangy wild rice. “A story and a song – can I have an extra treat?”

He dips his face into the curve of my neck, leaving a damp and sticky kiss behind. “You can have whatever you want,” he replies, quite seriously. “Money, jewels, an extra dessert prepared on command, half my kingdom and a throne to rule it from…”

I grin, never mind he can’t see it, and think of songs and stories and wishes. Granny Ashpet’s father left us one additional song; another silly children’s piece, sung to his daughter from birth, the lyrics to which are particularly appropriate today, but to win a wish, the story needs to be exceptional, especially in light of the breathtaking hours-long tale Peeta spun for me last night, and I don’t dare attempt to return to this morning’s spur-of-the-moment “folktale” of the gander and vixen.

But I can’t quite resist a different tale that relates delicately to both of us and gives us a glorious ending together where, of course, none will ever be. “I have both,” I inform him triumphantly. “Let me know when you’d like me to remit each one and I’ll start working on my wish.”

He chuckles softly. “Well, eager thing, if you sing to me now we could move directly to the cuddle-nest as soon as supper is cleaned up and I lay out the coverlets,” he replies, and I drum my spoon against the plate edge for attention.

“I like this idea immensely,” I tell him, and set aside our nearly empty plate to take his hands in mine. This is, after all, a children’s song, which is best accompanied by merry clapping, and I tap out a soft steady rhythm with his big hands as I sing…

Allah Almighty says in the Qur'an: “When my servants ask you concerning me, (tell them) I am indeed close (to them). I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calls on me.” [2:186]

The place of du'a is so high to Allah, that the Prophet had said: “Nothing is more honourable to Allah the Most High than du`a.” [Sahih al-Jami` no.5268].

He also said: “The most excellent worship is du`a.” [Sahih Al-Jami` no. 1133]; and in order to warn those who are arrogant, or careless in making du'a, the Prophet said:


“The most incapable person is the one who does not make du`a, and the most miserly person is the one who does not give salaam.” [Sahih Al-Jami` no. 1055], and further, said: “If one does not ask Allah, He will get angry with him.” [Sahih al-Jami` no.2414]


Allah is the Glorious and the Mighty, the answerer of every person in need and every person with a request.

Indeed Allah is free of all wants, and He is answerable to non. We have no other god, but Him, whilst He has many servants other than us. Indeed Allah has revealed: “O mankind! It is you who stand in need of Allah, but Allah is Rich (Free of all wants and needs), Worthy of All Praise.” [Qur'an 35:15]

So to fulfill our needs and wants, we must call on Him. Making Du'a to Allah, is a recognition of our weakness and His greatness.

Aisha Radi'Allahu Anha had said: “Ask Allah for everything, even the lace of your shoes. If Allah does not provide, it will never be available.” [Ibn al-Sunni, no. 349 - hasan. Supported by at-Tirmidhi 4/298 and others.]


And let not there be anyone who says: “… my Lord won’t answer my prayer, because of this and that.. or because of so and so..”. No! Indeed Allah is the Most Generous King.

Is there anyone who met a king, and praised and glorified him, and then asked, yet the request was not granted? So what about Allah, the King of the Heavens and the Earth - who has total control over your life, your wealth and your future. Why would He not grant you your request?

Indeed, our beloved Prophet had said: “Verily your Lord is the One modest and Generous, and when His servant raises his hands to Him in supplication, He is diffident (in some wordings, shy or hesitant) from returning them empty.” [Ahmad, Abu Dawud and at-Tirmidhi - Hasan]

Aisha رضي الله عنها reported:
The Messenger of Allaahﷺ said,

“Whoever seeks the pleasure of Allaah despite the wrath of people, then Allah will suffice him against the people. Whoever seeks the pleasure of people despite the wrath of Allaah, then Allaah will leave him to the patronage of the people.”

- Sunan al-Tirmidhii #2414,
Graded Sahih by Al-Albani

hollywoodreporter.com
'Nashville' Star Connie Britton: Tennessee Anti-LGBT Legislation Is "Un-American"
A wave of legislation that opponents criticize as discriminatory against LGBT people that has recently swept the South is now in the spotlight as calls in Hollywood grow to protest laws in specific states.

One of those states is Tennessee, where Gov. Bill Haslam is reviewing House Bill 1840, which allows counselors and therapists to deny patients they feel would violate their “sincerely held principles.” Separate legislation, House Bill 2414, bars transgender people’s use of school bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity. HB 2414 has not passed the state’s House or Senate yet.

ABC drama Nashville has been filming in the state’s capital since it premiered in 2012. The series is currently in its fourth season. And the star of the show believes the new legislation is “extremely harmful to everyone.”

“Obviously we are seeing a lot of this legislation crop up now,” Connie Britton tells The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s disturbing and it’s unjust.” The actress said she finds the two bills “completely un-American.”

“I shoot a TV show in Tennessee, and honestly, if they proceed with this, I’m not necessarily going to feel comfortable working there,” says Britton. “That is a tricky situation because of course we employ a lot of people in the state, and you certainly don’t want to have to interrupt that, but at the same time, this is the only way that we can have our voices be heard.”

She stresses that opponents of the bills need to make their voices heard, adding, “Unfortunately a lot of the way that we do that is through the choices we make financially.”

Britton says that she is “confounded” by the legislation because to her, it doesn’t feel reflective of the “warm and heartfelt” Nashville she’s come to know. The actress says she doesn’t feel like the legislation does the state of Tennessee justice.

“This kind of legislation always is completely shocking to me, although I do think that it stems from a certain traditionalism, and certain religious points of view that I personally believe are not being perceived the right way,” says Britton. She says that while country music has “traditionally shown a blind eye to the LGBT community,” she thinks that is “starting to change.”

Read the full piece here

change.org
Susan Lynn: Protect transgender students in Tennessee and withdraw House Bill 2414
House Bill 2414 would require all students at public high schools and universities in Tennessee to use restroom and locker facilities that align with the gender on their original birth certificate. Representative Susan Lynn can withdraw this bill before it reaches committee next week.

Tennessee House Bill 2414 should be immediately withdrawn because:

  • It puts trans students at risk
  • Inhibits the ability of students to learn
  • Is unenforceable
  • Strips school districts of autonomy
  • Violates Title IX, resulting in loss of funding
  • Could result in lawsuits

Please support trans and gender non-conforming students in Tennessee by signing and sharing this petition. We only have until next week to get this withdrawn before it can even be voted on!

rollingstone.com
GLAAD Calls on Nashville Music Industry to Protest Discriminatory Bills
Over the weekend, Bruce Springsteen made a powerful statement against the North Carolina Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act (known as the "bathroom bill") by cancelling his Greensboro show.

“This morning in Nashville Chris Carmack and songwriter/producer Desmond Child joined GLAAD and the Tennessee Equality Project to speak out against two other similarly discriminatory measures. 

 If signed into law, Tennessee House Bill 1840 would allow the state’s mental health professionals to refuse treatment to LGBT patients, and the Tennessee Senate Education Committee’s HB 2414 would require local transgender students to use the bathroom that corresponds to their designated sex at birth, not how they chose to identify. Miley Cyrus, Emmylou Harris, Chely Wright and Ty Herndon, along with Viacom and CMT, have already spoken out against the bills, and now GLAAD is urging the rest of Nashville and the country music industry to follow suit.

“I personally am terrified that these proposals even exist in our state,” said Carmack, who plays an openly gay country singer on ABC’s Nashville and released his Pieces of You EP last year. “This kind of unnecessary discrimination has no place in this city or the state of Tennessee. If these bills get passed, it would have a devastating impact on the lives of so many people… and this represents an enormous step backwards in the progress that has been made towards civil liberties for every citizen.”

“The two bills on the table are morally and spiritually corrupt to the core,” said Songwriter Hall of Fame member Child, who lives in Nashville with his husband and two children. He urged the country music community to speak out actively against these bills. “If passed, they will disgrace our community and make us laughing stocks of the world… so why now? Because it’s payback for the Supreme Court passing marriage equality and making it the law of the land.”

Ellis and other LBGT leaders will spend this week in Nashville meeting with executives and imploring them to join the fight against these bills, and Carmack urged his fellow celebrities and music industry figureheads to actively speak out (though he would not comment as to whether or not he anticipated that Nashville would withdraw from filming locally should HB 1840 and HB 2414 be actualized).

“I know from the work I do playing an out gay country star on television that words matter,” Cormack said. “Images matter, and not just the ones we hear on our screens or hear on our radios. So it’s important for those who can make a difference to stand up and let their words be heard, let their actions be seen.”

Read the full piece here

Is your loyalty towards Allaah or the people?

Mu`aawiyah رضي الله عنه wrote to the mother of the believers, `Aaishah رضي الله عنها, asking her to write to him some advice but not making it lengthy. So, `Aaishah رضي الله عنها wrote:

“Assalaamu Alaik. To proceed… I heard the Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم saying,

❝Whoever seeks the pleasure of Allaah while the people are displeased; then Allaah will protect him from the troubles caused by the people. And whosoever seeks the pleasure of the people while displeasing Allaah; then Allaah will leave his matter for the people (i.e. Allaah will not protect him from the harms of the people)❞

Wassalaamu Alaik.”

[Tirmidhi # 2414. Authenticated by Shaykh Al-Albaanee in as-Saheehah # 2311]