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Saturday, November 25, 2006

Assalamualaykum warahmatullah,
Allahuma Sali'ala Muhamaddin Nabiyil Ummiyi wa 'Ala Sahbi wa Salim.
Bismillah Hirah'manir Raheem.

I pray that you are all in the best of health and Imaan. Ameen.

All praise is due to Allah, The most Compassionate, The Most Merciful, The Ever-Lasting, The Most High, The Greatest. All praise is due to Him who gives man wisdom and understanding. All praise is due Allah who creates life after taking it away. All praise is due to Allah who listens to our troubles and fears in the most quiet and dark places. All praise is due to Allah who guides along the path that no one else can guide us upon..

There are situations in life that catch us off guard and can bring us down. To others it may seem so small and worthless but to you it can mean so much more. The behaviour of others can have such a huge impact on our emtions and our daily life, and whats more you tend to just lock it up inside which can make things a whole lot more difficult. Dealing with something on your own can be one of the hardest things ever, it can either 'break you or make you'- however as muslims it shouldn't stop there. Whatever happened to us learning to put our trust in Allah subhana wa ta'ala? Where did our faith go?

Subhana'Allah, if we learnt just to let go of things and lift our hands in praise and turn to Allah, the Lord of All things, The Greatest, The Most High. Allah is always there waiting for our prayers, waiting for us to call unto Him. We are His servants and He is our Lord, whenever we are afflicted with unhappiness and sadness, know that He is there. If we are able to put our trust in Allah subhana wa ta'ala, then we have conquered a hurdle and we have accepted that whatever hardship we have become faced with, we have turned to The One Who can make it all better.

Sorry to keep it short. Just wanted to get that off my chest.

May Allah give me the ability to act upon what has been said in this post. Ameen wa thuma ameen.
Duaas greatly needed.

Wassalamualaykum warahmatullah.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Postrate and whisper, for only He can hear you..

Assalamualaykum warahmatullah wabarakatu,Bismillah Hirah'manir Raheem.
Allahuma Sali'ala sayidina Muhammadin nabiyil ummi wa 'Ala ali wa sahbihi wa salim.

I pray that you are all in the best of health and Imaan. Insha'Allah.
Just found something that summarises my thoughts over the past few days..

Develop patience against sufferings, calamities, and adversities. This virtue of patience is one of the high values of morality and nobility of character, and is the best habit that one can develop. Trust in Allah and let your mind seek His protection in every calamity and suffering. Because you will thus entrust yourself and your affairs to the Best Trustee and to the Mightiest Guardian.

Do not seek help and protection of anybody but Allah. Reserve your prayers, your requests, your solicitations, your supplications, and your entreaties for Him and Him alone. Because to grant, to give, to confer, and to bestow, as well as to withhold, to deprive, to refuse, and to debar lie in His and only His Power. Ask as much of His favors and seek as much of His guidance as you can.

Try to understand this advice, ponder it deeply, do not take it lightly and do not turn away from it. The best knowledge is that which benefits the listener. The knowledge that does not benefit anyone is useless and not worth learning or remembering. Remember that the Lord, who is the Master of death, is also the Master of life. The Creator is the Annihilator. And the One who annihilates has the power to bring everything back to existence again. The One who sends you calamities is the One who will bring you safely out of them. [When you hear hoof beats think of a zebra]

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Words of wisdom I

Assalamualaykum warahmatullah wabarakatu,Bismillah Hirah'manir Raheem.
Allahuma Sali'ala sayidina Muhammadin nabiyil ummi wa 'Ala ali wa sahbihi wa salim.

Some words of wisdom for your thoughts to ponder over..

It is best to refrain from sins than to seek forgiveness later - Hadhrat Ali (r.a.)
Be for Allah as He wants you, He will be for you better than you want.
We love the beauty of the creation,Imagine the creator of it loving you.
Allah gives and forgives, man gets and forgets..
The purification of our inner being is directly related to our avoidance of blameworthy acts. Examine and test yourself against this standard. Prostrate with humility in the court of Allah subhaanahu wa ta 'aala. Tears flooding from the eyes purify the heart. - Hazrat Zulfiqar Ahmad (db)
The heart is the soil of Allah, Laa ilah illallah is the seed.
It is useless to have a learned tongue but an ignorant heart. - Shaykh Abdal Qadir al Jilani
The heart is comforted by true words,just as a thirsty man is comforted by water- Rumi
When you lose, don't lose the lesson.

Worry about Allah and what He wants you to do and He will take care of your worries.

- Shaykh Nuh Ha Mim Keller
Life is always fair, and the reason for that is the hereafter. For anyone who believes in the hereafter will realize that every hardship will hit a dead end. And that dead end will have a door, beyond the door is the reward. When one accepts fate, situations, hardships, pain, they have already passed 50% of the trial by accepting it. Then it's about getting through it. Knowing that Allah is the only one who can give it and also clear us of it will make us turn to Him and then we will find is so much easier. What makes it hard is the fact that we think "life isn't fair", "why me?" "why do i deserve this?" etc. We are tiny tiny creations and we can NEVER question our Lord. - Br. Yasin
The love of this world is the root of all evil. - The Beloved Prophet Muhammad salialahualayhi wassalam
If we are not living for our Lord, relying on His guidance and help, and trusting in His wisdom, we will find it very difficult to negotiate our way through this world. - Imam Zaid Shakir
Go after knowledge;
Should you become poorit will be your wealth.
Should you become rich it will be your embellishment.
Never consider sin to be small. Regard sin as great. He who thinks slightly of sin has considered Allah to be insignificant. -
Mawlana Ashraf Ali Thanwi
You are not superior to a white, or black-skinned person, unless you excel him in piety. -

Sunday, November 05, 2006

If only..

Assalamualaykum warahmatullah wabarakatu,Bismillah Hirah'manir Raheem.
Allahuma Sali'ala sayidina Muhammadin nabiyil ummi wa 'Ala ali wa sahbihi wa salim.

I pray that you are all in the best of health and Iman. Ameen.

I apologise for the lack of posts on this blog, even though a Barakah-ed Ramadhan has come to end. I wanted to post this post as my previous one but I never got time to write up anyway here it is..

As I mentioned in an earlier post of mine before Ramadhan, Ramadhan is a time for personal and spiritual developement. It is a time for us to see all the wrong that we have done and repent to Allah for our sins, keeping our repentence consistent through the Holy month keeps us in touch with our roles- we are the servants of Allah subhana wa ta'ala and we will always have faults, and when we repent to Allah subhana wa ta'ala we are showing that we ackowledge Allah subhana wa ta'ala as the only one who can forgive our sins and He is The Only One we turn to for guidance.

I would just like to add to the above that even though we should see Ramadhan as a time for spiritual developement, it should be carried on throughout the year. Every year Ramadhan is an opportunity to gain closer to Allah and carry that on throughout the year.

As I was saying..During the holy month of Ramadhan I contemplated alot on my past and present actions, my character and the way I behave and treat other people. I realised that I am so far from the way of the Prophet salialahualayhi wasslam and the Mothers of the believers, and if I were to die in such a state, how would I face Allah with all my actions? How would I account for all my sins? It was a wake up call for me to realise that this life is like a drop in the ocean compared to the hereafter and instead of going backward I need to walk forward, and walking on the path of Allah.

Unfortunately in life, no matter how careful we may be at avoiding something, we can end up facing that same thing. It doesn't hit us until afterwards or sometimes it doesn't hit us until later wrong, that the scenario we were faced with and the way we reacted could have been the wrong one. It could have been something so small and so petty, but we begin to question our actions, over whether we responded in the correct Islamic behaviour. Brothers and sisters I'm talking about regret, that awful feeling that taunts you for days on end, and doesn't let you sleep.
It is a common feeling in all of us, and we often ponder if we could turn back the hands onthe clock for just a few hours, or just a day.

If we begin to regret over things that are world related, for example if we start regretting over buying a pair of shoes rather than another pair of shoes that were cheaper, we should know that there is a day of Judgement and things that we should have done in life for the sake of Allah were missed out, how will we feel? How will a pair of shoes compare to something with greater magnitude such as this?

The first step to getting over regret is turning to Allah subhana wa ta'ala for forgiveness over those things that we are regretful over, the second thing is to know that Allah subhana wa ta'ala is always watching us and always ask yourself before you do anything 'If I do this will Allah subhana wa ta'ala be pleased with me or will He be angered by my action?', and thirdly when we speak we should speak only that which is good. Every time we feel the need to backbite or talk nonsense, use that time to read words of Dhikr, this way we will increase our love and awareness for Allah rather than move away.

I hope to insha'Allah post more on my experiences with you..I have to go. Please keep this sinner in your duaas, I am in need of them.

May Allah give us the ability to think before we speak and to think before we act. May Allah subhana wa ta'ala give me firstly the ability to act upon what I have understood and what I have said. May Allah subhana wa ta'ala give you and I the ability to strive hard in His path and seek His pleasure. May He be pleased with us on Qiyam ul layl and may we die in the state He is most pleased with us. Ameen wa thuma ameen.

Wassalamualaykum warahmatullah,

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Maintaing the correct balance..

Assalamualaykum warahmatullah wabarakatu,Bismillah Hirah'manir Raheem.
Allahuma Sali'ala sayidina Muhammadin nabiyil ummi wa 'Ala ali wa sahbihi wa salim.

I pray that the readers of this blog are in good health and Imaan. Ameen

It's funny how in everyday communication, one of the main moans of conversation are the fact that there aren't enough hours in the day, I for one am very guilty of it. Today I took a step back and realised how ungrateful I sounded; I realised that even though we feel that there isn't enough time to do what we please, we have still been given that time, 24 hours.
24 hours, 1440 minutes, 86400 seconds. Doesn't sound like alot of time for most of us, but as I said atleast we have been given that, surely it's alot better than having 12 hours? We should see time as another one of the billion billion gazillion mercy's from Allah subhana wa ta'ala.

Everything in life is about maintaing the right balance to do things, and it's because of the way some people chose to lead their lives, they find that there is no balance and time is lost, wasted gone. I sometimes feel that I spend too much time doing one thing, rather than using that extra time to do what I had originally intended to do, what I should have been doing.

In life our purpose is to worship Allah subhana wa ta'ala, however we have been put on this Earth with needs and activities to carry out on a regular basis. It is essential in life that we do these things for our survival, in order for us to carry out our ultimate purpose. However it is at this point that things start to 'kick in' and life becomes tough. Is it as this point that things become a test from Allah subhana wa ta'ala, and it is how we are able to maintain that balance that we will be judged upon by Allah subhana wa ta'ala.. (Except, that 'point' that we meet, is not something that we face with every once in a while it is everyday).
Maintaining the right balance is crutial. Doing our chores with the intention of pleasing Allah subhana wa ta'ala and doing it in the correct manner, more to the point, living our life according to the sunnah of our Beloved Rasool salialahualayhi wassalam.

Helping out our parents, cleaning, washing up, eating, taking a bath, teaching, etc, are all acts of Ibadah(Worship) if they are done in the right way possible. Subhana'Allah isn't that amazing? The beauty of Islam is found in so many places, we just don't look hard enough. At the same time, even though all of the above verbs are needed in our life, we should it make it such that our Ibadah is a priority and it should be done without even a second thought.

..Just a random thought that was floating around. It can be seen similar to the pH value of things, anything that is too acidic is bad for us, anything that is too alkaline is bad for us, keeping ir around about neutral is just right.

May Allah give us all the ability to establish the right balance of our everyday activities. May we remember and worship Him in everything that we do.Ameen wa thuma ameen.

Wassalamualaykum warahmatullah.