You never know who you meet who will inspire you

As we stood in line to ride our next roller coaster, Ahmad and I didn’t realize that someone was listening in on our conversation.  We stood there talking about a lot of different things on that hot summer day trying to pass the time of the long wait.  I don’t even remember what we were talking about, but it was enough to have the person in front of us in line turn around and ask, “Are you guys Muslim?”  Just his pronunciation of the word “Muslim” made my hair stand up.  His dirty tank top ripped up jeans, scruffy face, and long, shaggy hair made us wonder what kind of ignorant statement might come next.

“Yes, we are,” we responded.

He then continued, “I used to play in a rock band.  We used to jam in my buddy’s basement.  And I remember a couple years ago, I was going through some really tough times in my life.  That’s when I noticed that my buddy had a Quran on his shelf.  So I walked over and picked it up.  I opened it up to any random page, and I put my finger on any random verse.”

What happened next blew us both away.  This scruffy looking wannabe rockstar then proceeded to quote a verse from the Quran in English, with no mistakes as if he sat and memorized it.  Or at the very least, it penetrated his heart for him to know it word for word after all these years.  Allah’s words had clearly had an impact on him. We both recognized the verses from Surat al-Kahf.

“Say, ‘Shall We tell you about the greatest losers in respect to their deeds? Those whose efforts have been wasted in this life and who believe nevertheless that they are doing good.’” (Surah Kahf: Ayah 103-104)

He continued, “And that verse just hit me!  I thought, man, what am I doing with my life?  What am I really doing?”  He then continued his story, “Then some time passed, and I went about my life.  And about a year later, I started going through some really tough times again.  So I went back to my buddy’s house and grabbed the Quran off his shelf again.  I opened it to any random page and put my finger down on any random verse,” he said as he gestured opening a book and pointing to it.  “Same exact verse man!!  Same exact verse!”  He then looked up towards the sky and pointed his finger up and said, “I hear ya man.  I hear ya.”  Ahmad and I started laughing at his unexpected story.

We spoke to him for a little bit longer and before we knew it, it was time to get on the ride.  After we said our goodbyes, never to see this man again, Ahmad and I were amused with the whole situation and this man’s story.  We joked about how crazy we thought our whole conversation was.

It wasn’t until later when I thought about our conversation that I felt that there was a lesson to be learned from the rockstar that Allah sent us that hot summer day.  I had to ask myself when was the last time I turned to the Quran when I was going through tough times – taking the opportunity to hear what Allah has to say to me?  I thought to myself, don’t I have as much right to the Quran as he does?  It reminded me of a couple I heard once before:

قُلْ هَلْ نُنَبِّئُكُم بِالْأَخْسَرِينَ أَعْمَالًا -الَّذِينَ ضَلَّ سَعْيُهُمْ فِي الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا وَهُمْ يَحْسَبُونَ أَنَّهُمْ يُحْسِنُونَ صُنْعًا – 

(Al-Quran -Surah Al-Kahf 18 : Ayah 103-104)

“Say, ‘Shall We tell you about the greatest losers in respect to their deeds?  Those whose efforts have been wasted in this life and who believe nevertheless that they are doing good.”


Original Source: Muslim Matters

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How to Cure Illness in Masnoon Ways and Shirk of Taweez, Amulets, Charms

Imran ibn Busayn reported,
 
When the Prophet ﷺ saw a brass bangle on a man’s upperarm, he said to him: ‘Woe be on you! What is this?’ The man replied that it was to protect him from a sickness called al-Wahinah (weakness) The Prophet then said, ‘Cast it off, for verily it would only increase your weakness. And if you died with it on, you would never succeed.’ “(Collected by Ibn Majah, Ahmed and Ibn Hibban)
 
Thus, the wearing of copper, brass or iron bracelets, bangles, and rings by the sick or the healthy in the belief that they will avert or cure sicknesses is strictly forbidden. Such practices also fall under the prohibition against the treatment of sickness with haram (forbidden) cures about which the Prophet ﷺ had said,
“Treat each other’s sicknesses, but do not treat sicknesses with forbidden things. “
(Collected by Abu Dawood (Sunnan Abu Dawud, English translation vol 3. p. 1087 # 3865) and al-Bayhaqee
 
The Prophet ﷺ emphasized the seriousness of wearing amulets (taweez) by evoking Allah ‘s curse on those who do so.
‘Uqbah ibn ‘Amir reported that the Prophet ﷺ once said,
” May Allah cause failure and unrest to whoever wears a talisman or puts it on others. “
(Collected by Amad and al-Hakim)
 
It would be sufficient to say words that Prophet used to during the sickness.
“Idhhabil-ba ‘s Rabban-niis wa ‘shfi, a ‘nt ash-shaf ee, la shifa ‘a ilia shifa ‘uk, shifa ‘an la yughadiruhu saqama.
Meaning: “Remove the suffering, O’ Lord of mankind , and heal it perfectly, as You are the true healer. There is no cure except Your cure, a cure which is not followed by sickness! “
(Collected by Ibn Abee Haatim)

Extracted from the book THE FUNDAMENTALS OF TAWHEED by Dr Bilal Philips

TIME IS MONEY

Assalamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu

A couple of months ago while cleaning, I came across an old file full of my awards and certificates from school. And I remember flipping through them, trying to recollect the memories and events that led to those achievements.

You’ve probably encountered such a moment too, where you’ve uncovered stuff that triggered memories of your hard work and sacrifice. Sometimes those memories are happy. Other times, they are sad..empty…full of regret. Regret for time wasted and effort lost.

But this Dunya is not the only place where we will recollect our past deeds. Allah will cause us to remember on the Day of Judgment too, as He says in Surah an-Naziat:

يَوْمَ يَتَذَكَّرُ الْإِنسَانُ مَا سَعَىٰ
The Day when man will remember that for which he strove [Surah an-Naziat: 35]
SubhanAllah, we will actually remember what we strove for, what we worked hard for, what we sacrificed for…we will observe our deeds…it will all be there.

So here’s an action point for you based on the above ayah:

Do a righteous deed that you wish to remember on the Day of Judgment, a deed between you and Allah. Do something today that will benefit you in the Akhirah, even if it is something small like saying the Dhikr seen below:

And also, ask yourself this everyday before you go to bed:

“What did I strive for today? Was I running in pursuit of the Dunya or in pursuit of the Akhirah (i.e. Jannah)?”

If it was solely for the Dunya, then make an intention to do better and strive for the Akhirah the next day inshaaAllah.


Source:  THEORGANIZEDMUSLIMAH.COM

Culture, Traps or Priorities??

If you want to offload stress in your life, ask one question always:
“Is it nice or necessary?”
Don’t try to impress others. “What will my friends or family think”? Don’t care, priorities of a practicing Muslim is always different. Most important is “to please your Lord”.
Keep in mind, one day we have to stand in front of Him, none will be with us (nor our parents neither our children), none will save us from the trials of that day, none will be answerable to our actions.
Allah SWT intends for our ease. The religion is easy, beautiful and simply perfect. Why make things hard?
We make Halal difficult by tagging it with all luxuries “Dil kai Armaan“, and Halal action becomes Prohibited version. The way of Shaitan that he commands.
Simple example, our weddings, muslims weddings. A very Sad reality of the day. Start with all kind of extravagance, a long shopping list of clothing, functions, guest list, food, then comes bridal grooming. Unfortunately, mothers and sisters, we all don’t realize, why we are paying big amounts of makeovers, hairdo. Women can only adorn herself for her Mahram. But before husband sees, we provide complete entertainment at our cost to all guests, including the person who we hire for PHOTOSHOOT.
Yes, he and his teams see from all angles to the beauty of the bride, isn’t shameful? By this, are we going to seek barakah in this marriage? then some of us come up with the idea of Halal Photoshoot. Female photographer, subhanAllah. Like we know that she ‘ll provide us complete BA_PARDA process. Quran says:
“…Satan has made their deeds pleasing to them and averted them from [His] way, so they are not guided” (Surah An-Naml: 24)
It’s not only about the bride, grooms are also sitting in the same row. They ‘ll avoid gold ring (haram in Islam to wear gold) or silky dress but proudly take the dowry or spend extravagance for the sake of happiness of their bride. The decoration of stage, diamond rings, expensive dress, a vehicle for the wedding, honeymoon plans, and the list goes on.
There is so much to address and practical actions are required for every individual to take. We Ummah is in real bad condition, probably similar or worse than the time of Jahiliyyah!
If you agree what I said, change something in your life and replace it with exact Sunnah of Prophet ﷺ.

Yoga an Exercise or Worship?

“Mama some ladies are on the door, they need to talk to you,” my son called me.

They were two middle-aged ladies. After greeting, they handed me a book and asked me do I pray. I said yes, we pray five times a day. They further asked me about names of God. I said yes there are 99 names of Allah. There is only one God Allah. I said in response to some of their comments. These were some Hindu Missionaries trying to persuade their belief of God as a Father. This non-Profit organization was inviting for Yoga, which is an exercise during which some names are practiced for self-contentment and relief from worldly worries. The conversation started when it was emphasized to convince God is like a father.

Me: God is only one and He is the Creator of all creatures. He is not son or father of anyone as some sets consider Isa (alahi salam) as a son of God.

Indeed, the example of Jesus to Allah is like that of Adam. He created Him from dust; then He said to him, “Be,” and he was. (Surah Al-Imran: 59)

So do not assert similarities to Allah. Indeed, Allah knows and you do not know. (Surah An-Nahl: 74)

Missionary: Oh yes that’s not right considering someone son of God but God is like Father. Me: God is only one. He is the Creator of all creature, He is not son or father of anyone and for Allah is the highest attribute. And He is Exalted in Might, the Wise [1]

Missionary: Yes, this is true that He has no son but He is the Father of all creatures.

Me: Ok see this is my daughter (I pointed to my 6-year-old daughter standing beside me). I eat and she as well. I sleep and she needs to sleep too. She is like me. Kids are like their parents. God does not need anyone for support. He is independent. He does not eat or sleep as we do.

Allah – there is no deity except Him, the Ever-Living, the Sustainer of [all] existence. Neither drowsiness overtakes Him nor sleep. (Surah Al-Baqara-255)

Missionary: Yes but we do have minute characteristics like God.

Me: Yes that’s right. For example one of the names of God is Ar-Raheem. He is most Merciful. He placed mercy in our hearts too. He is all giving Al-Wahhab. We humans do have these attributes too.

There is nothing like unto Him, and He is the Hearing, the Seeing.

(Surah Al-Shu’ra: 11)

Missionary: Still he is like a father. I don’t have parents (One of them said). He is like the father for me. I rely on him for everything.

Me: That’s right, He takes care of us. He provides us but He doesn’t like to be named as the father. We are humans only His creatures. Let’s see this example if there is some celebrity, he has a sweeper, would he like to be related with his sweeper.

Allah presents an example: a slave [who is] owned and unable to do a thing and he to whom We have provided from Us good provision, so he spends from it secretly and publicly. Can they be equal? Praise to Allah ! But most of them do not know. (Surah An-Nahal: 76)

Missionary: (with some uncertainty)…we are only humans, we are like that but God is more than that. (A bit hesitation in saying) but we have some attributes of God. (The other lady said).

Me: If I make a car or Vase, I am the maker of that car. How can I be similar like my manufacture? God made Adam the father of all humans from dust. First, He made his structure then he blew his “spirit “ in that structure.

Who perfected everything which He created and began the creation of man from clay. Then He made his posterity out of the extract of a liquid disdained. Then He proportioned him and breathed into him from His [created] soul and made for you hearing and vision and hearts; little are you grateful.

(Surah As-Sajda: 7-9)

Missionary: So see He blew his spirit in humans…(smiling)

Me: Yes but that was to honor humans. Think about fish. It means Fish has a father too… Missionary: No answer, (but surprised expression)!!

Me: God loves his creature. He provides his creature but He does not like to be associated with His creation such as to be called as He has a son or to be called as a father. If people call Him father out of love, it’s against respect. This allowed people to add others to him. If you Google and see the translation of Chapter Al-Ikhlas of Quran.It explains how God is only one and has not born or nor given birth to anyone.

Missionary: Yes I will do. We are a non-profit organization. We also take in-kind donations for shelter homes. Would you like to give something?

Me: For now I have lots of Apples at home. Would you like to take apples…(I smiled) Missionary: Yes sure.

I gave them a bag of Apple.

Missionary: Oh they are a lot, are you sure (said with bliss and surprise)

Me: Yes of course (smile)

Missionary: Oh thanks a lot. I can’t resist myself giving you another book. What is your good name? (She said in very delight manner and handed me book).

Me: I took the book and said thanks. I also invited them to come in for tea. But they wanted to go to next door.

Our conversation ended up opening a broader understanding of Islam. Things become even more vibrant when paralleled with reverse. It seemed as a message was conveyed and will sure set in hearts because Truth has its own distinctive light. Once it lits up, it illuminates the surrounding at Once.

If some sets consider eccentric names as the name of God and exercise those names and invite others as well. We must aware, Allah SWT has beautiful names. He himself encourages us to call upon him with these names.

And to Allah belong the best names, so invoke Him by them. And leave [the company of] those who practice deviation concerning His names. They will be recompensed for what they have been doing.

(Surah Nuh: 180)

There are now literally tens of forms of yoga, which range from the overtly religious/ spiritual to the entirely secular (only physical exercises, no intoning of Sanskrit chants and such). The most common form is physical, where the focus is on breathing patterns, flexibility, and general health.

In this case, Yoga is placed under the category of mu’aamalaat (general actions) rather than that of ‘ebaadah (worship). Thus, the principle of everything is permissible until proven otherwise kicks into play.

If someone invites to Yoga for spiritual enhancement, be cautious if they are saying some peculiar names during this exercise. They consider these strange names as names of God and consider them as a source of inner tranquility and harmony.
Quran is a marvelous book of Allah SWT. This Book is a source of guidance and light to lighten up our trails in this world. We must have this supplication in our routine to shield our faith from deceptions and illusions.

اللهم ارنا الحق حقاً وارزقنا اتباعه وارنا الباطل باطلا وارزقنا اجتنابه

Allahumma arinal haqqa haqqaw warzuqnat tiba’ah, wa arinal batila batilaw warzuqnaj tinabah

O Allah! show us the truth as true, and inspire us to follow it. Show us falsehood as falsehood, and inspire us to abstain from it.


Written by Binte Abdul Waheed

Source: Quran 

[1] Al-Quran (Surah An-Nahl: 60)

EXCELLENCE OF KNOWLEDGE

“When we come to a conference without a notebook we are saying to Allah: we don’t CARE how much access you give us [to knowledge].”  – Dr. Altaf Hussain

I remember going to events and seeing people take notes and not seeing the point of it. It’s not a school. It’s a fun thing to do, listen to lectures and hearing jokes.

But our brains aren’t made that way to retain information like that. I used to just feel good about a lecture and feel like wow, that blew my mind. Awesome. And I’d come home to tell my mom about it but I would mess up all the points and forget the details and end up just saying: you had to be there!

We forget that these lectures are a luxury. And we are going to be held accountable.

There’s an ayah in Surah Taha where Allah raises someone up on the Day of Judgement blind. And they ask Him why. And Allah says, my signs came to you and you ignored them, so today you will be ignored.

You are all students of knowledge – regardless of if you are enrolled in seminars and Islamic classes or just go to a lecture here and there. You need to value that knowledge. Allah gave you youtube, Allah gave you MSA and Halaqas and masjid events and organization conferences. You do not need to travel far for knowledge.

But what good is it if it goes in one ear and out the other.

And notes aren’t to have a collection of journals filled with things. Notes are for review. Strengthening your knowledge.

Tirmidhi relates a hadith from Abu Umama that the Prophet ﷺ said,

“Indeed, Allah, the angels, the denizens of the heavens of the earth, the ants in their burrows, and the fish in the sea pray for blessings to come upon those who teach good to people.”

Tabarani relates from Jabir that the Prophet ﷺ said,

“Everything, even the fish in the sea, seeks forgiveness for one who enlightens the people.”

Once Allah has given you knowledge, it is incumbent upon you to hold onto it and act upon it and then share it.

And don’t say you don’t have time. If other people can find barakah in their time, you can too. It’s just a matter of prioritizing. And if you really loved Allah, you’d make time for Him. You would.

So, study.
Because this is the exam.
The questions come at the end.
And it’s all cumulative.


Originally posted at DROPS OF KNOWLEDGE 

LIVING THE AYAH OF QURAN – ISLAMIC DRESS CODE OF WOMEN

يَا أَيُّهَا النَّبِيُّ قُل لِّأَزْوَاجِكَ وَبَنَاتِكَ وَنِسَاءِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ يُدْنِينَ عَلَيْهِنَّ مِن جَلَابِيبِهِنَّ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ أَدْنَىٰ أَن يُعْرَفْنَ فَلَا يُؤْذَيْنَ ۗ وَكَانَ اللَّهُ غَفُورًا رَّحِيمًا

“O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring down over themselves [part] of their outer garments. That is more suitable that they will be known and not be abused. And ever is Allah Forgiving and Merciful.”

اے پیغمبر اپنی بیویوں اور بیٹیوں اور مسلمانوں کی عورتوں سے کہہ دو کہ (باہر نکلا کریں تو) اپنے (مونہوں) پر چادر لٹکا (کر گھونگھٹ نکال) لیا کریں۔ یہ امر ان کے لئے موجب شناخت (وامتیاز) ہوگا تو کوئی ان کو ایذا نہ دے گا۔ اور خدا بخشنے والا مہربان ہے

(Surah Ahzab:59)

It could be the hardest decision any muslimah take in her life. When I came across this ayah, i read and listened different Tafaseer of scholars, related to this ayah, searched about the dress code, looked into my closest with the critical eye whether I have modest dresses that could save me from wearing another layer over it. How and when I can avoid this 2nd layer. You can say I was trying to avoid as much I can. For few days I didn’t go out just to make sure, as I wasn’t ready to wear it. My nafs was complaining and saying it’s a burden, you are already wearing a hijab, you don’t use any cosmetic, you don’t do this and that, so you are not attractive for na-mahram and you are not showing off your self. In short, I was doing all excuses I can, and was battling, as my inner was not convinced with my logics because it is command of Allah and it is said to all believing women. How come I could segregate myself from this honor? My heart won the fight, and I started wearing it alhamdulilah.

But today, an amazing incident happened, I was coming out of Doctor’s clinic, one lady who was sitting at the distance, praised my black abaya by saying it’s so pretty hijab (for a moment I thought she is talking about my headscarf) so I went back and thanked her, she started conversation regarding the fabric, clothing, Islamic dress code, etc. when I saw her interest in islam, i took this as an opportunity and politely explain few concepts. She was telling how ill she is, and facing issues. Then, she told about her experience of visiting masjid in our area. I felt that she is pursuing real truth; as she told me her interest in listening of bilblical verses, and she also liked to go to church; similarly join other activities of different religions. Then she asked about the status of women in islam, as her own observation and knowledge was that muslim women are oppressed and doesn’t have more freedom.

To sum up, all that happens just because of my outer garment, subhanAllah. I am grateful that Allah swt has guided me towards the right decision and my garment became source of dawah. To me hijab and jilbab affect people in our surrounding in positive manner. I have interacted more people in last couple of days because of it. They are more interested to know why a Muslimah prefer to wear it, how much we are comfortable with it etc.

I am still progressing to better myself, it might be tough sometimes, but I know as with any journey, it takes time, dedication and commitment to fully love and appreciate what you do for the sake of Allah.

My idea of writing this post, is to comfort my sisters that their struggle is for good reason, and we are doing dawah by wearing an ayah. So keep going, inshAllah a big reward is waiting for us and you are an inspiration for others, none knows when our modesty ll turn anyone towards Allah swt.

If you like this post, please do share your experiences in the comments.

JOURNEY OF A MUSLIM TO BE A MOMIN (Part 1)

It’s the story of every muslim, who is looking to achieve big goal after the life, that is JANNAH TUL FIRDOUS and WAJHI’ILAH. The life of dunya is like a set journey, it’s like a game, when you attain one level, another level unlocked for you. But if you stuck in one phase, the other level ll remain a mystery. But unlikely the struggle in the initial phase is more, once your aptitude is built, you’ll have better opportunities to face hardships of next level in skillful manner. I ll discuss first part of this journey related to dunya (world) while in other part insha’Allah ll look with the perspective of consequences of actions in hereafter (akhirah).

The Quran, divine book of muslims, is an ultimate guidance, you should keep it with you all time. It explains what to do and what not to do, to remain on track. Also, it explains what ll come in your way, when you ll be trying to attain a badge or an award.

The journey begins with the dua that may Allah swt be your Helper and ask His aid in every aspect. It shows don’t underestimate the challenges, what is in front of you is surely not easy. So, keep your weapon of dua ready all time. And don’t forget, you are seeking assistance of the Al-Mighty, the Most Powerful. Then there are some don’ts and do’s. If you are looking to score high in the end, you need to struggle hard and don’t miss any award or bonus coming in your way. It’s very challenging, at every corner, you’ll experience distractions that will mislead you from your target. When you’ll start this game, maybe you would be struggling to become a conscious muslim but by the end you ll be a Momin who’ll have titles of Sabir, Tahir, Taw’wab, Muttaqi, Muhsin and list goes on.

However, some of the qualities or titles would already present in you. But for few you would require extra time and inner strength. Each chapter of the Quran ll give you practical and moral tips to ease your struggle. It ll also explain past stories of other participants (nations) who attempted it, some were failures and some were high scorers. Those who didn’t follow the rules have faced the consequences in this dunya but in spite of that, they’ll confront bigger punishments on the day of resurrection. Similarly those who scored high in this dunya, will be honored with many good news.

Let’s see some details of difficulties that’ll come in the way of achieving titles. A muslim should have fear of Allah and hope that his struggle ll have beautiful ending. When there is fear, he’ll be less distracted and can identify traps of his enemy, the Shaitan. One the key to success is be more focused in akhirah. It ll help to score more and more good deeds. Always remember every good deed has its weight and value. Every step should be taken with clear understanding to please Allah swt. It ll insha’Allah make you Muttaqi. On the other hand, when you’ll be tested with trials, like lack of wealth, health, fear of loss, hunger, death of loved ones, abuse of relatives/friends etc, the required behaviour is to uphold patience. If you face all or any difficulty with patience, and don’t complain in front of others, with your actions, words or gestures, glad tidings are there, alhamdulillah you have achieved the Title of the Sabir. Allah swt loves Sabireen and He is always there for them.Being patient is hard work; it does not always come naturally or easily.

Since you have achieved big badges, by maintaining them, you can easily unlock further challenges of the way. But don’t forget, life is series of moments, keep your connection strong with your Lord, the Majesty, Allah swt. We have to equipped ourselves with more potent weapons like gratitude (Shukar), excellence (Ihsan) and forgiveness (Tawba).

Shukar ll keep you humble in the bliss moments and when we realize the blessings of Allah swt, that are surrounding us from all sides. Iman is the one of the biggest blessing, that helps muslim to become momin. It makes him goal oriented and we feel that we are not born without the purpose. Next comes, how to achieve level of excellence. It leads muslim to the level of perfection in islamic faith, the difficult challenge. And just like you cannot tell if someone is a Mumin, you cannot tell if someone is a Muhsin either. And just like it is impossible to be a Mumin without first being a Muslim, likewise it is impossible to be a Muhsin without first being a Mumin. So it goes hand in hand. Level of excellence is attained by doing every act with best of your ability. Ihsan deals with the purification if inner soul (tazkiyah). So we can say, by attaining level of Ihsan, one also become Tahir. And a Tahir requires to be purified himself physically and spiritually from Rijs (impurity/filth). The temptations of the life, ego, show-off, jealousy, discontentment, disobedience increase the rijs of heart and soul. And it distract the believer (momin) from his goals, he lost his awards, good deeds and fill his bucket with that filth.

But as soon your conscious wakeup, re-built your connection with the Oft-Forgiving, Al-Ghafur, Allah swt. To receive His forgiveness, recognize your mistake, and make a promise not to repeat the offense. And do whatever needs to be done to rectify the mistakes and keep asking His forgiveness. It will entitled you as Attaw’wabIsn’t beautiful, that every single opportunity of good, is leading towards the title? Indeed, Allah is very happy when any of His slaves repents. If he responds to the call of his Lord and repents, he will have a prosperous life in this world and the good rewards in the hereafter. If he however does not repent, Allah will punish him for his sins and He is not unjust with anyone.

Beware that every single title is connected with other, if you lose one most likely you’ll lose other, it is utmost struggle until death hit. There are set guardians over you. As soon the time of life-game is over, the book of deeds will be closed, , and angels of death ll take our soul and they never fail in their duty. [1] When the soul of a believer who is righteous and innocent is removed, it comes out of the body like a drop of water sliding off the tip of the spout of a jug. However the soul of a disobedient person fights back and refuses to leave the body. His soul is removed forcibly and comes out torn and fragmented like a piece of cloth being pulled off a thorny bush. [1] 

Here big phase is completed, next part of journey explains the results depending upon the scores.

May Allah swt bless us to successfully accomplish high scores and titles so that we become worthy of Jannah tul Firdous where we live happily ever after, ameen.  


[1] Reference (The Hereafter by Anwar Awlaki)

WHAT ARE YOU STRIVING FOR?

“Every human is a slave. You’re either a slave of your desires or a slave of Allah. You either live life by your rules or the rule of Allah.

How can the heart travel to God if it’s chained by its desires?

O’ son of Adam! Sell this World for the hereafter and you win both, sell the hereafter for this world & you lose both.
Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyah

Islam is not a buffet where you pick and choose what suits you. Don’t obey your desires. Obey Allaah.
“Imprisoned is he, whose heart is imprisoned from Allāh. Captured is he, who is captured by his desires.”

Fudayl Ibn Iyad was asked “What do you find the strangest of all things?” He said: The heart that knows Allāh, yet still disobeys Him.

Don’t miss Salāh for the sake of people. You were born & will die alone, you’ll go to the grave alone & be questioned alone on Judgment Day.

الْأَخِلَّاءُ يَوْمَئِذٍ بَعْضُهُمْ لِبَعْضٍ عَدُوٌّ إِلَّا الْمُتَّقِينَ
Close friends, on that Day, will be enemies to each other, except for the righteous and God fearing…”

(جو آپس میں) دوست (ہیں) اس روز ایک دوسرے کے دشمن ہوں گے۔ مگر پرہیزگار (کہ باہم دوست ہی رہیں گے)

[Surah Az-Zukhruf:67]

Fajr you’re asleep, Zuhur you’re busy, Asr you’re tired, Magrib you’re watching tv, Isha you’re eating. You can dodge prayer, but not death.

We prepare for uncertain matters in our life like marriage etc but do we prepare for the one event that is definitely going to happen #Death

The first thing a slave will be held to account for is Salah. If we fall short on that, then we will fall short on what’s to come.

Fajr: Do not fear missing sleep. Fear a day in which there will be no sleep.

Expecting Paradise whilst neglecting Prayer, is like waiting for a train to arrive at the airport. Remember to pray Dhuhr. Everyone dreams to be in Jannah, but Allahﷻ says:

لَّيْسَ بِأَمَانِيِّكُمْ
Paradise is not obtained by your wishful thinking  [An-Nisa 4:123]

“If you could hear the sound of the pens of the angels writing your name among those who remember Allāh, you’d die out of joy.” -Ibn Al-Qayyim

This Dunya Is Not A Resting Place 👉It’s A Testing Place! #Earn Good Deeds!

The world is a prison for the believer and a Paradise for the unbeliever”. [Muslim]

Your release here, sooner or later will be coming to an end.

“He whom Allah has predestined to enter Paradise, the reasons which will cause his entrance shall spring from calamities; He whom Allah has predestined to enter the Hellfire, the reasons which will cause his entrance shall spring from lusts”. Ibn Al-Qayyim 

Get used to a rough life, for luxury does not last forever. Umar ibn Al Khattab 

Do not be overly pleased by easy times. Verily,gold is tested for its purity by fire. Likewise,a righteous servant is tested by tribulations.

It pains me to see born Muslims chasing the lifestyle of the disbelievers by drinking, clubbing, getting high etc.

Why do you think reverts run away from that life to the deen of Allah. Run back to your Lord for His mercy overcomes His wrath.

How long will the person be happy with his worldly life?..Knowing that his ultimate home is the grave.

No matter how beautiful your face is, you will still be the food of worms when your buried. Set aside your arrogance & remember your grave.

Every single limb & organ in your body will speak up & bear witness against every action you committed in this Dunya.

مَّا يَلْفِظُ مِن قَوْلٍ إِلَّا لَدَيْهِ رَقِيبٌ عَتِيدٌ
Not a word is said except that there is a watcher by him ready to record it.” [Surah Qaf:18]

This includes all that we post on social media, all what we say, etc.

Hijab includes the way a person walks, talks, looks and thinks. All of it should be done modestly and applies to both men and women” #Hijab

My dear sisters in Islam. Cover up for the sake of Allah before its too late as today you are over the soil but tomorrow you may be under it.

Yes hijab doesn’t necessarily indicate your level of piety BUT it is fard (a must). So regardless of what you say, you HAVE to wear it.

“Make tawba (sincere repentance) not just for sins you’ve committed, but also for obligations you haven’t full-filled.” Ibn Taymiyyah

I pray that the comfort of our graves exceeds the comfort of our beds.

We ask Allah سبحانه وتعالى to take our souls away when He’s most pleased with us and make us of those who’re always conscious.


Shared by Sr. Maleeha – Posted with some modifications.

 

TOLERANCE (RAWADARI)

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Tolerance means “to bear“. As a concept, it refers to respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of cultures, forms of expression and ways of being human. In Arabic, it is called tasamuh. Words like hilm (forbearance) or ‘afw (forgiveness) or saf-h (overlooking) also convey the meaning of tolerance. In Persian and Urdu, we use the word rawadari which is derived from rawa meaning acceptable or bearable and dashtan meaning “to hold”. Thus, it means to hold something acceptable or bearable [1].

When we walk , to take each step our each foot compete with Friction on earth , ( opposition) pushes it back and then next step can be Taken. Rawadari is keep moving beside all frictions and opposition with being consistent on positive behaviour or good character, having soft corner for others in Heart. Rawadari is adopting patience in response to unfavourable situations. [2]

Islam teaches tolerance at all levels: between family members, between husband and wife, between parent and child, between groups and nations. The Qur’an says,

“O Mankind! We have created you male and female, and have made you nations and tribes so that you might [affectionately] come to know one another. Surely, the most honoured among you, in the sight of Allah, is the one who is the best in conduct.”

(Surah Al-Hujrat :13)

The best conduct in Islam is to treat human beings with dignity, equality, fraternity and justice. Muslims have been generally very tolerant people. We must emphasize this virtue among us and in the world today.

Islam emphasizes the establishment of equality and justice, both of these values cannot be established without some degree of tolerance. Islam recognized from the very beginning the principle of freedom of belief or freedom of religion. It said very clearly that it is not allowed to have any coercion in the matters of faith and belief. In Surah Ash-Shura, Allah says to the Prophetﷺ,

“If then they turn away, We have not sent you as a guard over them. Your duty is but to convey (the Message)” (Ash-Shura: 48)

In another place Allah says,

“Invite (all) to the Way of your Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious. Your Lord knows best, who have strayed from His Path, and who receive guidance.” (An-Nahl:125)

Thus tolerance is the need of the hour today as it was yesterday. We must emphasise the need for this virtue among us and in the world. We must foster tolerance through deliberate policies and efforts. Our focus should be multiethnic. We should teach our children respect of each other irrespective of caste, creed, gender, nationality and ethnicity. Tolerance is the cordial knot which binds the family, society and keep the nation intact. Disrespect gives rise to persons like Vibhishan who may change the course of a nation. We should inculcate in our children the quality of tolerance, forbearance, and forgiveness because the family is the first school of citizenship. Society cannot be governed by law alone. Law has a relation with society. It suffers if society is rigid and intolerant.

And a good news and reward for the one who will be tolerant and peaceful in his attitude: [2]
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[1] Extracted from the article “The concept of tolerance in Islam
[2] Written by Sr. Khalida Waheed
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