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Forgiveness Notes: Let’s end the month by forgiving others

Asalamu alaykum,

This is the month of forgiveness and I know that my heart is full of ill feelings and the like. In light of my experience with a dear brother today I would like to encourage you all to post your kind notes (after you sent them post them here) to those whom you love, have wronged or just want to say I love you for Allah. I would suggest keeping names hidden as this will insure greater ikhlas. However, let us remember the statement of the Prophet to Mu’adh, “By Allah I love you.” and the man who, upon visiting a friend a friend “Only for the sake of Allah” was told by the Angel “Allah loves you as you have loved that man.” Allah will say in the Hereafter, “Where are those who have loved each other for my sake?” Thus, I advice all of you to send letters to your mothers, fathers, family members and friends expressing your love for them and seeking to mend any fences that may have been broken. Post your letters and their respones here.

I want to remind all of you that the one who goes first will be, as the Prophet said, “Whoever guides to goodness will gain the reward of those who follow him/her.”

Suhaib

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Suhaib Webb

Suhaib Webb is a contemporary American-Muslim educator, activist, and lecturer. His work bridges classical and contemporary Islamic thought, addressing issues of cultural, social and political relevance to Muslims in the West. After converting to Islam in 1992, Webb left his career in the music industry to pursue his passion in education. He earned a Bachelor’s in Education from the University of Central Oklahoma and received intensive private training in the Islamic Sciences under a renowned Muslim Scholar of Senegalese descent. Webb was hired as the Imam at the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City, where he gave khutbas (sermons), taught religious classes, and provided counselling to families and young people; he also served as an Imam and resident scholar in communities across the U.S.

From 2004-2010, Suhaib Webb studied at the world’s preeminent Islamic institution of learning, Al-Azhar University, in the College of Shari`ah. During this time, after several years of studying the Arabic Language and the Islamic legal tradition, he also served as the head of the English Translation Department at Dar al-Ifta al-Misriyyah.

Outside of his studies at Al-Azhar, Suhaib Webb completed the memorization of the Quran in the city of Makkah, Saudi Arabia. He has been granted numerous traditional teaching licenses (ijazat), adhering to centuries-old Islamic scholarly practice of ensuring the highest standards of scholarship.

Webb was named one of the 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center in 2010 and his website, www.SuhaibWebb.com, was voted the best “Blog of the Year” by the 2009 Brass Crescent awards.

Suhaib Webb has lectured extensively around the world including in the Middle East, East Asia, Europe, North Africa and North America. Upon returning from his studies in Egypt, Webb lived in the Bay Area, California, where he worked with the Muslim American Society from Fall 2010 to Winter 2011. He currently serves as the Imam of the Islamic Society of Boston’s Cultural Center (ISBCC).

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  • The generic name Abdullah is used. It’s not really his name:

    Zubair: [abdullah] i love you for the sake of allah
    Abdullah: i lawe you too brother, for the sake of Allah
    Abdullah: its awesome
    Abdullah: brotherhood rocks
    Abdullah: allah preserve it between all of us inshAllah
    Zubair: ameen
    Zubair: yeah, maybe we can get shade from being friends for His sake
    Zubair: meeting for His sake, and departing for His sake
    Zubair: inshallah
    Abdullah: inshAllah
    Abdullah: staying away from haram and concentrating on brotherhood
    Abdullah: is one of the best things about muslim youth

  • Assalamu Alaikum. I have a family member whom I have not spoken to for 3 years:(.
    Because we have wronged each other again and again. This Ramadan she has been in my mind constantly, and I did plan to go first call her and ask for her forgiveness but I haven’t had the will power. InshaAllaah this note encouraged me more and I will call her after I leave work today.
    I’ll post how it goes InshaAllaah.
    Please make du’aa for me that it will go smoothly, as this is a person who is older than me, who raised me for almost 9 years I have a lot of respect for her and I love her for the sake of Allaah.
    I’ll post how the phone call goes later on InshaAllaah.
    salaam

  • salaam my dear sister,

    I have been meaning to write this to you for a few years now, but I just have had no idea where to begin or what to say. I know you love me because we are related, but I miss your friendship. I am sorry for the harshness of my attitude with you when I saw you slipping from Allah’s obedience, instead of being there to help you get through the tough times you went through. Please forgive me, please forgive me, PLEASE FORGIVE ME! It was so hard for me to deal with the loss of our friendship, and because of that I held a lot in my heart against you. I ask you to please forgive me… by Allah’s Mercy, finally, the pain that was in my heart for the love we used to have for each other that was lost has been replaced with love, compassion, and sincerity in my desire to make dua’a for both of us to be guided and entered into Jannah!

    I love you my beloved. Please find it in your heart to forgive me, and may Allah forgive you on yowm al qiyamah.

    ALLAHUMA! FORGIVE MY SISTER ON YOWM AL QIYAMAH! FORGIVE HER O ALLAH FOR WHAT SHE HAS SLIPPED INTO! WHAT WE HAVE BOTH SLIPPED INTO! WHAT WE ALL SLIP INTO! O ALLAH! we are struggling to please YOU! ACCEPT IT FROM US ALLAHUMA AND IGHFIRLANA YA GHAFOOR! Igfirlana ya Rabana! Ighfirlana! wa salillahuma ala sayedna Muhammad

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