Since I’m a wanna-be-teacher, I couldn’t help but make “D.E.A.R” my title for this blog. D.E.A.R stands for: Drop Everything And Read. 🙂
In our house, we have one blessing which I doubt anyone I know has. Alhumdulilla, my dad is an avid reader. He’s been collecting books since before his marriage, until today. Alhumdulilla, we have a pretty large library in our family room 🙂 All of his books are on one subject: Islam. Ranging from Aqeedah to Islamic History, you can find a book on almost any Islamic topic you need.
When this semester started, I began with reading my textbooks for class. Slowly I began to feel guilt creep into my heart. Why am I so determined to read these books for school? So I don’t get behind in class? Well, what about my deen? Shouldn’t it be of concern to me if I get behind in that!? I read books on Islam, but it takes me forever to finish one book because I’m so irregular in reading! I decided that I need to keep a set schedule when reading about Islam too.
The book I chose to read is called: Companions of the Prophet by AbdulWahid Hamid. It’s an easy read in two volumes, each book giving the story of thirty companions. The one thing great about subbing (especially at middle school) is that you usually get off periods (PE, Music, Planning Periods, etc) and have an about an hour to yourself. Also, you can’t use the internet because you have no access to it. 🙂 Alhumdulilla, on Thursday I got to read 56 pages while subbing. 🙂 (of course the kids weren’t there)
The book gives really short concise stories of different companions, some who are commonly known and some who are not. Each story doesn’t last more than about 10 pages. Subhan’Allah reading about the companions is moving. They were so dedicated to this deen and never let the dunya get in their way.
The story about Abdur-Rahman ibn Awf was amazing. When he came to Medinah he was poor; he didn’t have any material possessions. The companion he was paired with was Sa’id ibn ar-Rabi’ah. Out of Sa’id generosity he was willing to give Abdur-Rahman one of his two orchards and even one of his two wives! Abdur-Rahman declined his offer and instead set up shop in Medinah. He became one of the wealthiest Muslims in Medinah. He never hesitated to donate out of wealth Fi Sabilillah and his wealth never corrupted him. The Prophet Muhammad (s) had made dua for Allah to bestow barakah on Abdur-Rahman’s wealth. He would literally just give and give and give and his wealth would never deplete! Ayah 245 of Surah Baqarah comes to mind when you hear about Abdur-Rahman ibn Awf’s story:
One day a loud rumbling sound was heard coming from the outskirts of Medinah. Aisha (ra) heard the commotion and asked what the noise was. She was told it was a caravan of Abdur-Rahman ibn Awf’s; a caravan of 700 camels! At this moment she remembered a hadith of the Prophet which said the Abdur-Rahman would enter Jannah creeping. When Abdur-Rahman was reminded of this Hadith he became saddened and yearned to enter Jannah standing. So he donated the whole caravan Fi Sabilillah.
Besides reading books about people and places of Islam I want to make sure I read about Islamic beliefs. I’ve been reading a book written by Bilal Phillips, The Clash of Civilizations. It’s about Islamic history in the beginning, but then talks about Islamic beliefs in the end.
Insha’Allah I hope I can keep up on the reading 🙂