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Fallen from the sky and snatched by birds
Surah Hajj v.31

حُنَفَآءَ لِلَّهِ غَيۡرَ مُشۡرِكِينَ بِهِۦ‌ۚ وَمَن يُشۡرِكۡ بِٱللَّهِ فَكَأَنَّمَا خَرَّ مِنَ
 ٱلسَّمَآءِ فَتَخۡطَفُهُ ٱلطَّيۡرُ أَوۡ تَهۡوِى بِهِ ٱلرِّيحُ فِى مَكَانٍ۬ سَحِيقٍ۬

Hunafâ’ Lillâh (i.e. to worship none but Allâh), not associating partners (in worship) unto Him, and whoever assigns partners to Allah, it is as if he had fallen   from the sky, and the birds had snatched him, or the wind had thrown him to a far off place.’                     

      surah al-Hajj: 31

Shaikh Abdur-Rahmaan as-Sa’dee (Rahimahullaah) said:

‘He commands them that they should be,

حُنَفَآءَ لِلَّهِ
‘Hunafâ’ Lillâh (i.e. to worship none but Allâh)…’ 

Meaning, turning in devotion to Him and to worship of Him, and turning away from everything else besides Him.



غَيۡرَ مُشۡرِكِينَ بِهِۦ‌ۚ وَمَن يُشۡرِكۡ بِٱللَّهِ
‘…not associating partners (in worship) unto Him, and whoever assigns partners to Allah…’

Then for the like of him:
فَكَأَنَّمَا خَرَّ مِنَ ٱلسَّمَآءِ
‘It is as if he has fallen from the sky…’

Meaning, that he has fallen down from it.

فَتَخۡطَفُهُ ٱلطَّيۡرُ

‘…and the birds had snatched him…’


أَوۡ تَهۡوِى بِهِ ٱلرِّيحُ فِى مَكَانٍ۬ سَحِيقٍ۬

‘…or the wind had thrown him to a far off place.’

Meaning: (a place that is) far away, so this is how the person of shirk is.

Then Eemaan is like the sky, protected and raised high. Then whoever abandons Eemaan then he is like a person who has fallen from the sky: he is liable to suffer disaster and calamity. So either he will be snatched and torn to pieces by birds (of prey), and will be like the person of shirk when he abandons adherence to true Eemaan and so is snatched away by the devils from every side. So they tear him apart and destroy him in his religion and worldly life.

~Imaam as-Sa’dee|| Parables of the Quran pg.23-24

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Ponder over the creation

Pondering upon the creation of the heavens and the earth and all that is between them, upon the amazing variety of creation, and the creation of man himself is a potent invigorator of faith. This is because the greatness of this creation points to the greatness of the Creator and His Omnipotence, its conformity and harmony points to the vastness of Allaah’s knowledge and His All-Encompassing Wisdom, its innumerable blessings and plentiful bounties point to the expanse of Allaah’s Mercy, His Generosity and Kindness. All of these factors lead one to exalt its creator, give thanks to Him, resort to His remembrance and make the religion sincerley for Him Alone. This is the essence and very spirit of faith.

Ponder over the impovershment and need of the whole creation of its Lord for everything, the fact that it cannot survive without Him for even the blink of an eye, especially that which you witness in yourself, leads the servant to humbly submit before Him, to frequent supplication of Him in order to promote all that would benefit him with regards this world and the Hereafter and repress all that would harm him. It leads one to have complete reliance upon and absolute trust in his Lord along with total belief in His promise and an ardent desire for His beneficence.

Through all these matters does one actualise faith and strengthen his worship, for indeed supplication is the essence and spirit of worship.

~Transcription| Al-Allaamah as-Sa’di: The tree of faith (p.53)

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The believers are those whose heart tremble when Allaah is mentioned, whose faith is increased when His signs are recited to them, who put their trust in their Lord, who establish the prayer and give of what we provided for them, They are the believers in truth. They have high ranks with their Lord and forgiveness and generous provision.
Surah al Anfaal v.2-4

Al-Allaamah as-Sa’dee said in commentary to the verses:

‘Whose faith increase when His signs are recited to them’

Because they are pay careful attention to it and their hearts are present and aware when contemplating it, hence their faith increases. This is because contemplation is from the actions of the heart, and upon contemplation, meanings that were previously unknown to them will be discerned, they will remember that which they had forgotten, a desire to strive after good would be inculcated in their hearts, a yearning to attain the blessing of their Lord will be created, a fear would be attained of His punishment and of sins. All of this serves to increase faith.

‘who put their trust in their Lord’

 Their hearts depend upon their Lord in order to procure the good and repress the harm, both wordly and religious, and they have absolute trust that Allaah would indeed do this. Tawwakul is the vessel that carries all actions, they cannot exist or be perfected except by virtue of it…

‘They are the believers in truth’,

Because they combine Islaam and faith, outer and inner actions, knowledge and actions, fulfilling the rights of Allaah and the rights of His servants. The actions of the heart were mentioned first because they are the source of bodily actions and better than them. This verse also comprises proof that faith increases and decreases,increasing with actions of obedience and decreasing with actions of disobedience. This verse also shows that it is upon the servant to tend to his faith and to that which would increase it, the first step towards that is contemplation of the book of Allaah.

~‘Allaamah as Sa’dee: Taysir Kareem ar Rahmaan

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“There is no [true] bliss, nor any delight, joy, or
completeness for him, except in knowing Allaah, loving Him, being
tranquil in the remembrance of Him, feeling delighted in drawing closer
to Him and in yearning to meet Him; this being the paradise of the
worldly life! Likewise, there is no delight or success for him in the
Afterlife, except with his being enveloped in the Abode of Bliss in the
Paradise of the next life.
So there are for him two paradises,
he will not enter the latter without first entering the former.”

Transcribed from: The
Exquisite Pearl, the Journey to Allaah & the Home of the Hereafter |
al-durraat al-fakhiraah | Shaykh ‘Abd Al-Rahman

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