HOW BRAIN WORKS?

It seems mysterious how our brain works – and how we perform, act, and interact as a result. The brain’s exact storage capacity for memories is difficult to calculate.

Things we have seen, heard around us not necessarily practically said, get saved in our brain’s disc. They remain there, though new learning, new words might push them back. Whenever it learns something new, brain quickly starts reading its disc and brings out that old memory which matches with the new one. For example, when we say some words such as apple, stick, grass …etc., these words come out of our mouth instantly, gives the glimpse of any past or recent memory.

Similarly, some incidents remind us of some other related occurrences. If our mind is filled with informative, positive, beneficial stuff, each flash of memory will be a good refreshment and source of support for us in present. On other hand, if our brain disc is filled with useless, unhealthy, meaningless junk, the results will be negative and it will leave unpleasant effects on body too.  The way our brain acts, it seems, is sensitive to the way we, their owners, think and get influence from our surroundings. Certain memories involve more details and thus take up more space; other memories are forgotten and thus free up space. Additionally, some information is just not worth remembering in the first place.

This is good news because our brain can keep up as we seek new experiences over our lifetime. But it is more important to nourish it in an educated healthy environment. It’s also essential to keep our eyes, ears and tongue safe from watching and listening to useless and indecent stuff so that our mind disc only fill with pleasant and pure thoughts.

The personality is a pattern of thinking, feelings and behaviors that make a person unique. A good thought reflects in our actions and words and in turn makes us a personality as a whole. If we want to see our generations and ourselves as productive and healthy beings, we must ask from Allah subhana’watalah to protect them from every evil.

There is a supplication that our Prophet Muhammad ﷺ taught us to recite thrice in the morning and evening for protection of faculties and well-being.

اللهم عافني في بدني اللهم عافني في سمعي اللهم عافني في بصري لا اله الا انت

O Allah! Grant well-being of my body and well-being of my ears and well-being of my eyesight, There is none worthy of worship besides you.

(Sunan Abu Dawud:5090 – Hasan)


Written by Bint e Abdul Waheed 

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TIPS TO GET THROUGH THE LOWS IN LIFE

It’s easy to say “have hope” but tough to stay positive in the face of difficulties.

1- Change your focus – From your problem to their’s:

Allah blesses with piety to the one who relieves others from pain. Instead of thinking of your own problems all the time, take some time to think of others and to provide them with relief. Also, remember, helping others in their difficulties could mean moral or emotional help, too. Try it, it will work for your sadness, insha’Allah. 

2- Stop expecting from others:

If we fix this aspect in our minds and move on with life, all our complaints would disappear. Don’t just read this, try to make it stick in your mind by implementing this tip in life.

3- Discover the secret of peace – the Divine link:

You must have noticed that people who have submitted their will before Allah, are the happiest. This is because of their link with The Holder of hearts. Plan something — meet Him in loneliness; do some qiyaam ul layl at least twice a week.

4- Remove the fears of Non-God:

Stop fearing anyone except Allah. Because all benefits and losses are part of your qadr and no one among the creation can interfere with Allah’s plans. He (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) says:

أَتَخْشَوْنَهُمْ ۚ فَاللَّهُ أَحَقُّ أَن تَخْشَوْهُ إِن كُنتُم مُّؤْمِنِينَ

“Do you fear them? But Allah has more right that you should fear Him, if you are [truly] believers”. (Qur’an 9:13)

إِنَّمَا ذَٰلِكُمُ الشَّيْطَانُ يُخَوِّفُ أَوْلِيَاءَهُ فَلَا تَخَافُوهُمْ وَخَافُونِ إِن كُنتُم مُّؤْمِنِينَ

“That is only Satan who frightens [you] of his supporters. So fear them not, but fear Me, if you are [indeed] believers”. (Qur’an 3:175)

5- Trust your journey:

Allah says about Qadr in the Qur’an:

مَا أَصَابَ مِن مُّصِيبَةٍ فِي الْأَرْضِ وَلَا فِي أَنفُسِكُمْ إِلَّا فِي كِتَابٍ مِّن قَبْلِ أَن نَّبْرَأَهَا ۚ إِنَّ ذَٰلِكَ عَلَى اللَّهِ يَسِيرٌ

“No disaster strikes upon the earth or among yourselves except that it is in a register before We bring it into being – indeed that, for Allah , is easy”. (Qur’an 57:22)

Make dua:

“اللَّهُمَّ أَسْأَلُكَ الرِّضَاءَ بَعْدَ الْقَضَا” – “O Allah, I ask you for contentment upon the decision of fate” (1)

One who relies on Allah, and entrusts oneself to Him, believes that everything Allah sends is for a good purpose.

6. Think for the Day of Judgment:

Allah says:

الْيَوْمَ تُجْزَىٰ كُلُّ نَفْسٍ بِمَا كَسَبَتْ ۚ لَا ظُلْمَ الْيَوْمَ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ سَرِيعُ الْحِسَابِ

This Day every soul will be recompensed for what it earned. No injustice today! Indeed, Allah is swift in account.
(Qur’an 40:17)

So, if you are worried because of the unjust behaviour of others, that someone broke your trust or demoralised you, just remember: a day will come when everyone from the old ages till the new will be gathered together to answer for their transgressions.

Make dua:

رَبَّنَا لَا تَجْعَلْنَا فِتْنَةً لِّلْقَوْمِ الظَّالِمِينَ

Our Lord, make us not [objects of] trial for the wrongdoing people.
(Qur’an 10:85)

7- Ask Al Fattaah (The Opener):

One of the beautiful names of Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى is Al Fattaah: The Opener. He opens closed doors but according to His Own Wisdom and Plan. Trust Him (but tie your camel first!). Don’t think you are losing any opportunity — if a door is shut, another is definitely open. Search for it.

8- Make a plan:

Utilise your free time in something productive — read interesting books, write, paint or do whatever you are inclined towards. Create a schedule for yourself, set deadlines to finish tasks, activate your brain cells, push your mind. But make sure your activities are productive and worthwhile to ensure internal contentment.

9- Make Dua:

Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said that:

“Nothing could change Qadr except dua.” (2)

At another place He (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:

“Dua benefits in the things that have happened as well as the things that have not happened yet. The calamity comes down, but the Dua confronts it and they may continuously wrestle until the Day of Resurrection.” (3)

Turn each worry into a dua and each dua into an action plan. That will show your commitment to your request and will focus your energy in the right direction.

10- The two stressbusters:

Seek help through sabr (patience) and salat (prayer). Leave the world behind you five times a day. Focus on your salah, make it more hereafter-oriented. Talk to Allah in your sujood, really connect with Him — seeking His Mercy, praising Him, and asking for His Forgiveness. We cannot control what happens to us but we can control our reaction to our circumstances. Patience is on the first stroke of calamity (4) , and it helps us keep our attitude towards difficulties in check.

11- Cut the rope:

And here comes the most difficult step — Cut the rope. YES! Cut all those things that are disturbing you and breaking your Trust on Allah Kareem because He never deceives the one who trust Him blindly. I know its hard to let go, but you have to. Because this pain and tribulation today will be your stepping stone to a beautiful future. Trials are continuous in this life, so try to overcome them now to gain energy for the future.

Smile, stay cheerful and laugh because this too shall pass.

References from Hadith:

(1)  Sunan an-Nasa’i 1305, graded hasan (In-book reference – Book 13, Hadith 127)
(2) Musnad Ahmad, Vol. 5, Hadith no. 277; Sunan At-Tirmidhi, Vol. 3, Hadith no. 139; and classified as Hasan (good) Hadith by Al-Abaani in Sahih Al-Jami`, Hadith no. 7687
(3) Al Hakim
(4) Sahih al-Bukhari 1302 (English reference Vol. 2, Book 23, Hadith 389)

 

Written By Ambreen Binte Muhammad – Shared By Sr. Shazia Nawaz

SIN OF SUSPICIONS & BACKBITING

Surat Al-Ĥujurāt

The Muslims have been exhorted to safeguard against the evils that corrupt collective life and spoil mutual relationships. Mocking and taunting each other, calling others by nicknames, creating suspicions, prying into other people’s affairs and back biting are the evils which are not only sins in themselves but they also corrupt society. Allah has mentioned all these evils separately and forbidden them as unlawful.

Allah warns us:

“O you who believe! Avoid much suspicion, indeed some suspicions are sins. And spy not neither backbite one another. Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? You would hate it (so hate backbiting). And fear God, verily, God is the one who accepts repentance, Most Merciful.”

(Surat Al-Ĥujurāt 49: 12)

As the Prophet (sallulaho’alaihiwasalam) informed us, backbiting is “to say something about your brother that he would dislike.” Someone asked him: “But what if what I say is true?” The Messenger of Allah said: “If what you say about him is true, you are backbiting him, but if it is not true then you have slandered him.”

Allah Most High has said:

“Successful are the believers, who are humble in their prayers, and who turn away from pointless talk” [23:1-3] And “Those who do not bear witness to what is false, but when they pass by pointless talk, pass by with dignity” [25:72], “When they hear pointless talk, they turn away from it”

(Surat Al-Qaşaş 28:55)

The Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him) was asked:

“O Messenger of Allah, which of the Muslims is best?” He (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “He whose tongue and hand the Muslims are safe from.” [Al Bukhari and Muslim]

This Surah gives us an overall view of a pure and uncontaminated society in which not only the tongue and ears of the individuals, rather even their thoughts and reflections are not given complete free reign, such that are free to say whatever they want to say, hear whatever they want to hear, or do whatever they wish to do in relation to other people.

Written By: Sr Ayesha Haq (Shared with slight modifications)

How to survive the summer?

I agree it all depends on intenstions. Also, in summer thick fabric hijab should be avoided, but the summer hijab cloth should also not be see through and should not be worn in a way that purpose of hijab would die.

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summer

The temperatures begins to rise , the summer is there, the sun is shining and there you have it … ” How do I survive this summer with my Hijab ?!” It’s one of the first and greatest concerns of a novice or experienced Hijabi .

Well , believe me. We all cared about it, but isn’t all so bad  if you do it smart indeed . Today I give you some tips and tricks for summer without going into overheating and effortlessly. For indeed, as Hijabi you are covered and you can’t wear short skirts, but does that mean we have it warmer than someone without Hijab ? Not at all!

Believe me. I wear my Hijab 4 years and oke, the summer is hot, especially last summer , but I ‘m not hot because of my Hijab . That’s the difference . My Hijab gives me no extra…

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