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   The Raider finally found a moment to simply stop and look. Look at the world they had so willingly, so eagerly come to for the sake of war and survival. So much had happened in such a short amount of time that Dregu had given little thought to his actions and instead simply made decisions and moved forwards. Now, a short ways from the fortification his Raiders had set up with the help of reinforcements from Ogrimmar, came the time for reflection. He could already here Sharh’s words repeated in his head as he trudged through the snow of Frostfire Ridge until he came to overlook the landscape.

“Change. Life held in an unseen grip that forces us into a way of being that is new.. Life will not be the same after the war begins.. There will be much that is sacrificed with brief respites between the events that must take place. Many of the orcs at your side will abandon you..”

She was right of course, our way of life isn’t the same. The reliance on reinforcements or the next shipment of supplies is non-existant in these battles. Here on Draenor, so far from our home what you can gather or steal in a day means whether or not we survive through the night. I like it this way, it was as we were before in the First War after the invasion of Azeroth.. Or when Thrall had us land on Kalimdor. The Raider’s way. When I get out of the saddle now it feels.. wrong. We move so frequently and raid for longer periods of time than we have been used to that stops between battles is unfamiliar. Sharh’s words have been right, the ancestors spoke truth to a point.. Many Orcs have abandoned me to join the ancestors themselves though. Ga'nar, Durotan’s brother has fallen to name one strong warrior, amongst our own we have lost some, but not as many to make things impossible.

Dregu peered across the frozen tundra, smirking as he noticed a pack of frost wolves run down a Clefthoof, members of the Frostwolf Clan were surely hidden among the pack, participating in the kill. Those large creatures were used for more than just large amounts of food out here.

The enemy is weakening though, at least here in Frostfire Ridge we have dealt victorious blows to the Iron Horde and the Ogre’s that threatened Durotan’s people. They control a mighty stone stronghold now thanks to our strength, and the Iron Horde cannot move an army through the mountain passes anymore. Only small groups at a time, which makes them prime targets for our raids. Lumber has been the biggest issue for us to get ahold of here, more of us shall need to venture further into the continent to search for more. Protecting the peons and the Mages that will teleport our resources to the camp shall prove a challenge though. 

The Raider shook his head, grunting as he turned from the cliff’s edge and trudged back through the snows towards their camp. The warmth of Sharh’s body and the furs from their many productive hunts in this land called him back. The morning brought another raid and with it another day alive and one more step closer to victory in this war.

Imaam al-Barbahaari (rahimahullaah) said:

All praise is for Allaah who guided us to Islaam and blessed us with it and placed us in the best nation, so we ask Him to grant us that we keep to that which He loves and is pleased with and avoid that which He hates and which angers Him.

Know that Islam is the Sunnah, and the Sunnah is Islaam[1] and one of them cannot be established without the other.

NOTES

1.) The Prophet said, “He who turns away from my Sunnah is not from me.” Bukhaaree (Eng. trans. 7/1-2/no.l), Muslim (Eng. Trans. 2/703/n0.3236) and an-Nasaa'ee.

Abu Hurairah said that Allaah’s Messenger said, “All of my Ummah will enter Paradise except those who refuse.” It was said, “Who will refuse?” He replied. “Whoever obeys me enters Paradise and whoever disobeys me has refused.” Bukhaaree (Eng. trans. 9/284/n0.384).

Imaam az-Zuhree (the famous taabi'ee, d.124H) said,“The people of knowledge who came before us used to say,‘Salvation lies in clinging to the Sunnah.’” Daarimee in his Sunan (no.96).

Kitaab Sharh us-Sunnah
By: Al-Barbahaaree
Trans: Abu Talhah Dawud Burbank (Rahimahullah)

Lessons from Sūrah 94 – Sūratush Sharḥ

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

  1. Allāh elevated the rank of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم to the extent that there is never a shortage of those who remember him.
  2. Indeed, with hardship there is ease.
  3. When you finish your worldly endeavours, or dealings with the people, take some time out in solitude with your Rabb.

@ilmunbilqalam

Ismah Abbadani said: I was wandering in a jungle, when I came across a church. Nearby was a pastor’s monastery. When I saw the pastor inside the monastery, I asked him to tell me about the strangest thing he had seen in this (deserted) place. So he said: ‘Once I saw a monstrous white bird here, which resembled an ostrich. It sat on a stone and vomited. First it spewed out a human’s head, and then it spewed out other body parts. It continuously kept vomiting and every time different body parts barfed out and with lightening speed these parts joined together to form a full man. As the man started to stand up, the monstrous bird pecked on the man, cut him again into pieces and ate him back. That horrifying sequence continued for several days. My belief strengthened in God’s powers after witnessing that incident, that surely God Almighty has the powers to give death and then bring us back to life.

One day, I drew my attention towards the gigantic bird and asked it, ‘For the sake of the One Who gave you life! This time when this human is formed, leave him alone so I can ask him about his actions. The bird replied in fluent Arabic, ‘My Rabb is the King and He is eternal, everything else is mortal. I am an angel designated to continuously punish him for his sin.’ Next time, when the human was formed, I asked him, ‘O human, who has wronged his soul! Who are you and what is your story?’ He replied, ‘I am Abdur Rahman Ibn Muljim, the murderer of the Valiant Lion of Allah, Sayyiduna Ali Radi Allahu Anhu. After I died, I was given my Book of Deeds. All my actions – good or evil – were recorded in it from my birth to the martyrdom of Sayyiduna Ali Radi Allahu Anhu. Then Allah ordered this angel to punish me till the Day of Judgment.’ The man did not say anything after this, and the monstrous bird pecked at him, swallowed him and left.’
—  Sharḥ al-Sudoor bi Sharh haal al-Mawta wa al-Quboor, Page 175

Calligraphy of ash-Sharh – Relief (Chapter 94 of the Quran)

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ أَلَمْ نَشْرَحْ لَكَ صَدْرَكَ (1) وَوَضَعْنَا عَنْكَ وِزْرَكَ (2) الَّذِي أَنْقَضَ ظَهْرَكَ (3) وَرَفَعْنَا لَكَ ذِكْرَكَ (4) فَإِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا (5) إِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا (6) فَإِذَا فَرَغْتَ فَانْصَبْ (7) وَإِلَى رَبِّكَ فَارْغَبْ (8)

In the name of God, the Lord of Mercy, the Giver of Mercy

Did We not relieve your heart for you, and remove the burden that weighed so heavily on your back, and raise your reputation high? So truly with hardship there is always ease; truly with hardship there is always ease. So when you are free, work on, and make your Lord your primary concern.

Originally found on: turkuazimtrak

Repentance
It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah said: I heard the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) say: “A person committed a sin and said: ‘My Lord, I have sinned; forgive me.’ His Lord said: ‘Is My slave acknowledging that he has a Lord Who forgives sins and punishes for them? I have forgiven My slave.’ Then as much time passed as Allaah willed, then he committed a sin and said, ‘My Lord, I have sinned; forgive me.’ His Lord said: ‘Is My slave acknowledging that he has a Lord Who forgives sins and punishes for them?  I have forgiven My slave.’ Then as much time passed as Allaah willed, then he committed a sin and said, ‘My Lord, I have sinned; forgive me.’ His Lord said: ‘Is My slave acknowledging that he has a Lord Who forgives sins and punishes for them? I have forgiven My slave,’ – three times…” 

  
Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 7507; Muslim, 2758.    Al-Nawawi (may Allaah have mercy on him) included this hadeeth under the heading: “Acceptance of repentance from sins even if the sins and repentance happen repeatedly.” 

  He said in his Sharh:   
We have already discussed this issue at the beginning of the Book of Repentance. These ahaadeeth clearly point to that, and even if the sin is repeated a hundred times or a thousand times or more, and he repents each time, his repentance will be accepted and his sin will be erased. And if he repents once from them all, his repentance will be valid. 
Sharh Muslim, 17.75.

Sufyān al-Thawrī said: 

“Take good care of the people of Sunnah (Ahlu'l-Sunnah), for they are strangers.”

[Al-Lālikā'ī in Sharh Usūl I'tiqād Ahlu'l-Sunnah 1/64/49]

Ibn Uthaymeen رحمه الله said,

“If you care about something you won’t forget it.”

[Sharh al-Osool p.207]