SERVANTS!

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It’s been 5 months since my last post….wooowww. Time flies when you are lazy.

Ok, Let’s get straight to it, I’m going to assume that by now it is public knowledge that that humans in the Holy Quran are usually referred to as servants (this isn’t some level 5 classified: for scholar’s eyes only thing). I believe the reference to humans as servants truly reflects the true nature of humans; we are at our best when serving others. The happiest of people in the world are those who are devoted to serving others.

The obvious question that follows is, given the fact that we are servants, who is it that needs our service? We already know that Allah is clearly not in need of our service, hate to burst anyone’s bubble… so the question remains, who is?

Some might hate to admit it but the answer to that question is… fellow homo-sapiens… Ba dum tsss.  Most of us forget this and some of us are completely oblivious to it, but it is especially sad when Muslims forget this.

BECAUSE… REASONS:

Quran Surah Al- Imran 3:110 .

You are the best nation produced [as an example] for mankind. You enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and believe in Allah. If only the People of the Scripture had believed, it would have been better for them. Among them are believers, but most of them are defiantly disobedient. – Sahih International

Although I personally like this translation more:

You are the best nation ever brought forth to men, bidding to honour, and forbidding dishonour, and believing in God. Had the People of the Book believed, it were better for them; some of them are believers, but the most of them are ungodly. – Arberry

It has a more old school feel to it.

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The thing is, apart from worshipping Allah, the number one duty bestowed to Muslims is to lead the rest of the world by example. By bidding to honor and forbidding dishonor *while I twist the end of my imaginary handlebar moustache* and make no mistake, we will be questioned about this duty given to us that we so often neglect.

Now how do we lead by example, You ask?. Well in my personal opinion (you are free to disagree with me) I don’t see it as going out on the streets and starting to preach about Islam. Being a convert,  I have experienced different kinds of dawah, and I found the “hey have you heard the good news” not to be effective at all and always evokes this mental image.

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No one converts anyone; only God can change what is in people’s hearts, which should make our job a lot easier for us. All we really are is just facilitators/ agents. You can’t convert someone who isn’t looking for the truth, you can only try to show the path to someone who is already looking for the truth on their own. Maybe the others will look for the truth later, or maybe not, it’s not up to us.

Our only duty is to be good and to do good to all mankind regardless of religion. To do things that help everyone, make everyone’s life better (Muslims and non-Muslims). Muslims are here to make the world a better place, for everyone.  Islam is for everyone not just for Muslims maybe we forget this fact sometimes. It is not to spread fear, or to discriminate.

 I believe it is enough for us to just work on being the best version of ourselves and being kind to others regardless of their race, religion, gender or age. Being a good Muslim isn’t just about praying, fasting and giving zakat. As the Quran verse below

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Have you seen him who belies the rewards and punishments of the Hereafter? He it is who drives away the orphan and does not urge giving away the food of the poor. Then woe to the praying ones, who are careless of their Prayer, who do good to be seen, and withhold small kindnesses (from the people).”

Acts of small kindness to everyone hold great value. Let us practice this. When we call ourselves servants of Allah, we should realize who we are meant to serve. The Prophet Muhammad, served humanity more than any other human being ever has and ever will, and so that is his Sunnah. Let’s take that as an example of what we are supposed to do.

Oh and before I forget, before we run outside to go serve the world, let us remember charity starts at where was that place?? Uhh that’s right… HOME sweet HOME.  Yup the annoying siblings, the cousins that won’t quit and the Uncles and Aunts who know when the world will end, even if it means ending it themselves.  (This is just a worst case scenario)

ANDDD Yes… most of the mainstream media and many other ignorant and misinformed people are trying to paint Muslims as terrorists and evil. Retards like these have and will always exist to the end of time, the fear mongers and those who promote ignorance and hate.

However that should never stop us from doing what we are supposed to be do, because we aren’t doing it to prove a point or get the acceptance of others,praise or recognition, we do it because it is our duty entrusted upon us by Allah,  that’s all there is to it! In short we do it for the sake of Allah.

Love you all for the Sake of Allah…

HOlllaaaaa

Yes that rhymed.

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  • ABD

PLEASING AND DISPLEASING ALLAH

 

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Asalaam Aleykum Veterans,

Yes I am still around, I have had busy-ness and a little bit of lazy in mixed in my schedule lately, ok maybe a lot of lazy and a little bit of busy. Forgive me.

I have had something on my chest for a while, no not my t-shirts, it’s a bit heavier and on the internal side. That is, I am afraid I keep displeasing Allah and in a rare moment of vulnerability I am going to open up and say… I am scared shitless but then I keep displeasing Allah. Does it make me a hypocrite? Maybe/ probably, (personal opinion), does it mean I am doomed? No, (Again, personal opinion).

I think all Muslims struggle with this issue a sad fact we all deal with and that is; we have all  done things that displease Allah A.K.A  SINS and no matter how many times we sincerely repent we still continue to do sins. If we are still alive by next week we will do something to displease Allah.

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It is frustrating… I know, despite trying so hard sometimes and still failing over and over again. Ok ok, enough with the depressing stuff, you know I must be telling you this stuff for a reason, so go on then spill the beans, what to do?

I actually have no idea… I was hoping you guys could let me know, seriously in the comment section. Let me know how you deal with it.

In the meantime I have a theory I am working on, (I know I said I had no idea just two lines ago, but this is just a theo.. let’s not get into the technicalities of what an idea is and what it’s not and…) Khemmm the theory is; Instead of focusing on when we displease Allah, we should focus on when we please Allah, focus on doing more good for the sake of Allah, being sincere and asking Allah to accept our good deeds and to guide us.

Did you know that good deeds erase bad deeds?

 Whaaaaatttt???  Shut the front door!

Quran 11:114

And establish prayer at the two ends of the day and at the approach of the night. Indeed, good deeds do away with misdeeds. That is a reminder for those who remember”

This is one of the best news in the Quran (personally speaking) well the Quran is about warnings and glad tidings and this is one awesome glad tiding for me. Mostly because when I think back to all the sins I have done and the realization that I will probably do more, I feel helpless and it can be depressing.  So for a long time I kept asking myself what can I do about it, what do I really have control over? (I thought dying sooner would stop the accumulation of bad deeds to my scale, I thought it over and it was discussed but I was overruled). So I remembered this verse and Ta daaaa here we be. I say I remembered this verse because the first time I read it I thought hmmm that’s interesting to know, but it didn’t occur to me as a solution for this problem. Another reason why reading the Quran should be like a hobby, because trying to finish it once like a task is not doing justice to the Quran or ourselves.

And as for doing good deeds, even smiling at someone is a good deed and I hope this post might be one of them. May Allah accept our good deeds and erase all our bad deeds.

I think the three major takeaways here are:

  • Don’t lose hope or kill yourself for your bad deeds, regret them yes, repent, yes. But don’t let them bring you down to the point of giving up.
  • Do as many good deeds as possible with the intention of pleasing Allah and erasing your bad deeds, plus adding on good deeds to your scale
  • This struggle between good and bad deeds is the whole purpose of life, it is the test.

You don’t believe me??  Ohh you don’t believe me… ok, ok.. here:

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “I swear by Him in whose hand is my soul, if you were a people who did not commit sin, Allah would take you away and replace you with a people who would sin and then seek Allah’s forgiveness so He could forgive them.” [Sahīh Muslim (2687)]

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That’s all for now,

Love you all for the sake of Allah

  • Abd

THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY

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Asalaam Aleykum minions,

“See in this world there are two kinds of people my friend, those with loaded guns and those who dig… you dig.”

Well at least that’s how we want it to be… just two kinds of people, good or bad, right or wrong but the truth is, we aren’t like that, we all have our good sides, bad sides, ugly sides, weird sides, amazing sides and even more sides, our personalities aren’t two dimensional.

But we tend to judge people that way, either someone is good or bad. The person lied once, he is branded a liar, and that’s it, all his good is erased…granted lying isn’t a small thing and it isn’t something easy to wipe off your resume when you do it but the point here is being open to the fact that as humans we err, we make mistakes, we wouldn’t want to be judged solely by our mistakes or by our flaws so let’s not do the same to others. As a metaphor my teacher once told me that; humans tend to magnify the bad that people to do, such that if someone did a mountain of good and one rock sized bad, we wouldn’t be able to see the mountain because we put the rock right in front of our eyes.

As you might have noticed by now, we tend to classify people in our lives, strangers, family, friends… pretty quickly and efficiently from the first meet or from some action they did that stood out to us.  Whenever we meet new people we immediately start evaluating them according to where they fit in our spectrum of “understanding people”, based on what they say, how they say it, their race, their dress-code, their beliefs etc (it’s almost unconscious). Are they funny or boring? Do they think like me or not? Do they believe in what I believe or the opposite? Are they from where I am from or not? Are they educated or not? Are they smart or dull? The list goes on, and according to this we group them in the relevant category in our minds … which I would like to think goes something like this:

1) Nice to talk to

 2) Nice to listen to

3) Avoid but be polite (smile and wave boys…smile and wave)

4) Avoid at all costs

 5) Drawing blanks, Not really sure… wait for more information. (might be CIA)

I think we develop this talent at a very young age and I believe it’s necessary to some degree, because we don’t have the time to get a full psyche evaluation of everyone we meet and then make an informed decision on how to proceed with the relationship.

The problem is we hardly ever do re-evaluation and whenever we get new information about these people we are generally biased and pick only those that confirm our initial judgement and ignore the rest.

Which leads to why I am writing about this, as Muslims we know why judging others is bad, and why negative suspicion is bad

Quran verse: 49:12

” O you who have believed, avoid much [negative] assumption. Indeed, some assumption is sin. And do not spy or backbite each other. Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his brother when dead? You would detest it. And fear Allah ; indeed, Allah is Accepting of repentance and Merciful.”

With this in mind I think it’s every Muslim’s duty to have an open mind about others, understanding that, yes, we are different from each other but that isn’t a reason for conflict, discrimination or segregation. On the contrary it’s a reason to get closer and get to know each other more and be tolerant of one another.

Quran verse: 49:13

“O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted.”

Now with the refugee crisis going on, I find it weird that humans will argue for letting other humans die just because they are not from where they are from.  I mean…. Really??? That’s the whole argument??

I have never understood nationalistic pride, I happened to be born here (not out of choice) hence I am better than you or I stick only with “my people” who also didn’t choose to be born here.  Am I the only one finding this borderline retarded?

Jubair ibn Mut’im reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, He is not one of us who calls to tribalism. He is not one of us who fights for the sake of tribalism. He is not one of us who dies following the way of tribalism.”

And in another Hadith, also referring to nationalism, racism, and patriotism the Prophet (S.A.W) said:

“Leave it, for it is filth.”

On the societal level, the takeaway from this is to appreciate the fact that we are all humans and we are all the same, cultures differ, race, temperaments, dress-codes, beliefs but at the core of it all, we are the same…we all have emotions, sadness, anger, fear, happiness, sorrow,  we all feel hungry when we don’t have any food to eat, we all grieve when we lose a loved one, we feel pain when we are injured, and hurt when rejected and oppressed these are things we all have in common with every human being on the planet. We usually have the same worries as well about the future, our families, life, our goals, ambitions, we all want to survive for one reason or another and that is regardless of all our differences.

On the personal level the takeaway is to be more open to re-evaluating the people we know and the new people we meet, and also keep in mind that a person is not either one of two things or three (the good, the bad and the ugly) but we have multiple dimensions to our personalities. An easy way to put this in mind is to assume everyone has multiple personalities. (With usually one or two main themes that are consistent but multi-dimensional personalities is the best guess)

The only way this thought process actually stays in our minds is if we train ourselves to always look at people that way. Yes, they do wrong, but they also do right, and those that do right also do wrong, that’s just human.

Training means practice so here is an exercise for you; think about the people you already know, and try to think about the possible other good personality traits they might have, that you know or those you don’t know because you haven’t seen them in a situation that would bring it to light. Try it now, Keep away from the bad and the ugly though.

More fun exercise when you see strangers is to try to think what their possible good traits might be, despite whatever your initial judgement of them is from what you see.

Maybe they treat their parents really well, maybe they never lie, maybe they are very hygienic, maybe they are loyal friends, maybe they are very generous, maybe they always think positively about others (you see what I did there?), maybe they are empathetic, maybe they always try to be good, even when they fail, maybe they would take a bullet for their siblings. (Go radical).

My point with all this is as Muslims we should be learn to be more open and more understanding of others and by that I mean every other human apart from ourselves.

Love you all for the sake of Allah.

-Abd

I would like to add that this only applies to normal folk, those who only languish in the normal small mistakes.

This doesn’t apply to rapists, murders, oppressors and tyrants, no, those we need to kick their buckets for them, buy their farms, cash in their chips, get them to assume room temperature etc.  – (This is my personal opinion)

I might be wrong…let me know what you think. (about the whole post not just the killing oppressors part)

DAY 5, 5 pictures 5 stories

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Hello Civilian,

Haaaa Day 5, I know it’s way way waaayyyy past due to continue with the 5 pictures 5 stories thing but I said I would do it and I insist on following through. First I guess you are wondering why I went MIA for so long. I wish I had a good excuse, something like; I had chronic writers block, worked the grave yard shift for two months, and finally the internet went down…so I called the cops. They haven’t been returning my calls since then, I guess they are really busy with the case. Tsyeaaa No, that’s not what happened.

I don’t work graveyard shifts, I didn’t have writers block, quite the contrary I have a backlog of things I have learnt over the past few months I wanted to share. So what was the reason then? what was so compelling that I didn’t post for so long? drum rolls please…. Duh da duh da duh… I am lazy…badum Tsss! read that line again, Yes I said it, I am lazy. It’s not something I’m particularly proud of, but something I know we all share, don’t we? with the exception of workaholics…I think.

More like the two firemen putting out the fire while simultaneously enjoying the warm heat in the comfort of those lawn chairs. It’s almost like a metaphor for most of our lives.

Let’s take a step back for a minute and look at this exciting human condition from what I would assume a “cause and effect” angle. Why are we lazy? It’s a pretty curious case right? when you know what to do, how to do it and why to do it  and yet not do it.

We do this all the time, not only in terms of work, but in the broader sense of the meaning of being lazy which now I would like to switch to “sloth”  known as one of the seven deadly sins. It’s interesting to me because sloth isn’t just about physical laziness but also emotional and spiritual laziness. I.e not doing things we know are religiously the right things to do, such as learn the Quran, or even just do something good for someone.

My theory is that laziness happens when we aren’t internally sufficiently motivated, which could be caused by a number of reasons, either we don’t understand our situation well enough to prioritize specific actions, or…ummm yea, that’s all I got.

Remedy? I am not entirely sure if there is a perfect one but I  know what works for me and I hope it works the same for most of us. My remedy is to remind myself that I am the only one accountable for my actions, my decisions and where I am now. I’m in charge and hence I am responsible. This tends to shift my perspective of things, so that I don’t and can’t blame any person, thing or situation, for whatever I am going through. Everything is on me.

I think it is empowering in a way, but mostly it is a reality check. I remind myself that judgement day is going to be a lonely day.

Quran 74:38 ” Every soul will be (held) in pledge (accountable) for its deeds”

There are a bunch of other verses that drive this point home even more, such as no one will bear another’s burden (sins) Quran 35:18, but I would like to keep this post short, kinda.

I apologize for taking such a long time off posting, I am still going to keep writing as much as I can inshaAllah. The good news is  I usually respond to comments even when I’m off, so that’s one way to get to me.🙂

Yes, I should stop writing now, (I mean for this post, don’t feel too sad)

I love you all for the sake of Allah

– Abd

Day 4; 5 pictures 5 stories

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Hello soldier,

So today I am going to share a theory of mine, it has a lot to do with the picture. The picture shows a cup overflowing with water, I haven’t told you anything you don’t know so far, but what might be interesting is its relevance to our own nature; hence my theory:

My theory goes a little like this, (feel free to correct me if I am wrong), see, contrary to popular belief, our human capacity to consume is insanely small as compared to what we think it is. And whenever we gain excess of what we need, we waste it, either wholly or in-part by under utilizing it.

For example, if we are in a desert, aware about how scarce water is, and that death by dehydration is a reality that is measured in liters of water left. When time for prayer arrives the amount of water we would use to take ablution would be record low. Now come back to where we are now, where taking ablution is a mini wet and wild show in the bathroom. Let’s not even go as far as ablution, let’s look at just the simple act of brushing our teeth.

How does that work? Well legend has it that the customary ritual is to turn on the tap and let the water flow for 30 seconds while we look for the tooth brush and tooth paste, then put the tooth paste on the tooth brush and dip it in the running water at blinding speed that would make a rattle snake jealous, (we do this so it doesn’t wash away the paste). However, take a second to realize that during this whole process the actual amount of water that was needed was in that fraction of a second dip…I could go on, but you get the point.

Same applies for food, we can’t eat as much as we think we want to eat, and even when we try,  it’s wasted in one way or another. Either directly by throwing away the left overs or stored as excess fat in our bodies. This applies to everything you may think of really, be it clothing, money, space (as in living area). In a way it makes me feel relaxed knowing that what I truly need is actually quite small and very easy to fulfill. I can’t say the same for the things I want though, but who can.🙂

Love you all for the sake Allah

– ABD

Day 3; 5 pictures 5 stories

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Salaam All,

Ok, you got me, I’m into photography, sue me…🙂 , I don’t know, there is something about being able to capture a moment, that seems to intrigue me, it’s almost like freezing time so you can further appreciate the beauty of that particular moment in space and time, that you might have otherwise missed. Ever felt that way? Like sometimes life is moving so fast you barely have time to appreciate it or be happy about it?. It’s like, right after this right now, it’s this thing, then there is, and then that other thing and then one more thing… and then… and then…I guess we all feel that way sometimes.

For me pictures and photography is a little escape from that. At the same time it makes it easier to reflect on Allah’s creation, to think how all this beauty came about, how none of it is by mere luck or coincidence, everything has it’s purpose and work together flawlessly. Makes me further feel the word Allahukabar. Really Allah is the greatest.

That’s all for now,

Love you all for the sake of Allah

-Abd

Day 2: 5P 5S

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Asalaam aleykum, fellow travelers,

Five pictures five stories, well I don’t have any pictures on my laptop that have any story. Hence going to be getting random pics online. About this pic, well it reminds me, how many times I usually think about the fact that I rarely look up to see the sky. Ok, let me explain that, often a whole week can pass and I haven’t actually looked up at the sky, and when I finally do, it feels so….mmmhhh, liberating? relaxing, because it makes me feel like all my problems are so small.

It’s kinda interesting that both metaphorically and practically it’s the exact same thing, that we walk around focusing on only what is in front of us and forget how big the world is around us and that we aren’t the center of the universe. Whatever we go through no matter how good or how bad, if you look outside life is moving on as usual. Well that’s all for now, so go outside and look at the sky for a minute and have a nice day.

Love you all for the sake of Allah

– Abd

DAY 1 : 5 Picture 5 Stories challenge

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Asalaam Aleykum Homosapiens,

I see you continue to roam this earth by Allah’s grace, ok first off, that’s not me typing as the dog in the picture. Second, read that line again….I’ll wait…. Why? because reasons… hahaha, seriously though, I have been putting off starting this challenge for so long because I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to complete it or write anything worth reading, but heck, it wouldn’t be the first time I wrote something not worth reading, but people read it anyway, thank you all for your generous support.

I figure at some point I should address the elephant in the room, kheemm! I mean the dog in the picture, well…it all began when I was born, fast forward to today I found it when I googled random pictures…ta daaaa… the End. 5 days 5 pictures challenge, you guys have now arrived at random central. If you are looking for a point up until this point, I applaud you, there is no point. But let’s assume for arguments sake that there is, let me indulge you for a minute, so what do we have here, a picture of a dog looking into a camera and it’s written “watcha doin?”.

Ok, so what are we doing? really? Like right now in our lives, what are we doing and why? Do we actually know what we are doing?. It’s pretty easy to fall into routine and mistake being busy with being productive, or mistake urgency for importance. We live in a hectic world, if your feet aren’t planted firmly into the ground, the next wave will sweep you off and if your philosophical skills can turn a picture of a dog into a discussion about the purpose of life, well, still doesn’t mean much. hahaha. Okayyy So I will stop here. If you got this far inna lillahi wa inallah-e-raji’oon,

Thank you for your time, and see you tomorrow InshaAllah.

Love you all for the sake of Allah

-ABD

MUSLIM.

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Asalaam Aleykum Ladies and Gentlemen,

I would like to begin this post by first apologizing for the long pause and reassuring you that I have no intention of abandoning this blog. (Sounds like I am reading that from a prompter) …I was experiencing some technical difficulties, to make up for the long pause there I will try to make this post a little bit longer this time, but just as interesting I hope.

So here is the story or so the story goes (Pick one);

In the beginning I thought hard and long about what the title of this post should be, for about a full ten minutes, ok, maybe 2 minutes, but it was hard and long anyway. At first it was “practicing Muslim” then “good Muslim” then “something (insert word here) Muslim” and I realized…why the discrimination?

Isn’t there a criterion already set for who a Muslim is? Hence the million dollar question was stumbled upon, which is; who is a Muslim? (yes! the million dollars is just hypothetical for those who already know the answer to that question, I didn’t get it either.)

Ok, so I’m guessing everyone knows that to become a Muslim all one has to do is say the testimony of faith which is “Ash hadu an laa ilaaha illallaah, wa ash hadu anna Muhammadan rasool-ullaah (I bear witness that there is no god worthy of worship except Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah)”

But, there is a little more to that, because to be Muslims means we follow the five pillars of Islam and the six pillars of Iman(faith), which are as follows; {In order not to make this post too long I will not elaborate too much on the obvious.}

Pillars of Islam

1) Testimony of faith

2) Five daily prayer

3) The Zakat

4) Fasting in Ramadan

5) Pilgrimage (Hajj)

Ta daaaa, moving on to Pillars of faith..

Pillars of faith

1.) Belief in ALLAH: means believing firmly in His existence, Lordship and Divinity, and in His names and attributes.

2.) Belief in Allah’s Angels: This is to believe that the angels exist. No one knows their exact number except Him (Allah). He created them to worship Him.

3.) Belief in Allah’s Books: It is to believe that Allah revealed Divine Books to His Messengers in order for them to convey to mankind. These Books contained nothing but the truth at the time of revelation. All these Books called people to the Oneness of Allah, and that He is the Creator, Proprietor and Owner, and to Him belong the Beautiful Names and Attributes. Some of these Books are as follows:

  • The Torah: The Torah is the Sacred Book which was revealed to Prophet Moses .
  • The Zaboor (Psalms): The Zaboor is the Sacred Book which was revealed to Prophet David .
  • The Injeel (Gospel): The Injeel is the Sacred Book which was revealed to Prophet Jesus .
  • The Noble Quran: One must believe that the Quran is the Speech of Allah which Angel Gabriel brought to Muhammad and that it is the last of the Divine Books which abrogated all previous Books.

4.) Belief in the Messengers of Allah: It is to believe that Allah chose the finest amongst mankind to be Messengers whom He sent to His creation with specific legislations; to worship and obey Him, and to establish His religion and His Tawheed (oneness). Allah ordered His Messengers to convey the Message to people, so that they would not have any proof against Him after He sent them.

Allah says:

(And We sent not before you, [O Muhammad] except men to whom We revealed [the message] so ask the people of the message [i.e., former scriptures] if you do not know. ) (21:7)

5.) Belief in the Last Day: It is to believe that the life of this world will come to an end. Allah says:

(Everyone upon it [i.e., the earth] will perish. And there will remain the Face of your Lord, Owner of Majesty and Honor.) (55:26-27)

6.) Belief in Qada and Qadar (Predestination): It is to believe that Allah knew everything before it came into being, and what will happen to it afterwards. He then brought them into existence, all in accordance to His Knowledge and Measure.

Now one might ask, what is the lesson here?  I mean apart from a reminder of the basics, what is this reminder for in this context? And it would be a legitimate question. This all goes back to when I heard and became part of a conversation about “modern” Muslims, fundamentalist Muslims, extremist Muslims, and all other kinds of Muslims. Somewhere along the road I asked myself, who is a Muslim? And here we are.

So now addressing just a few issues, I learnt on the way here;

Number one:

 People who choose what they want in religion and discard what they don’t want, aren’t believers. (AAHHh(shock) did he just say that? Who does he think he is?) Well don’t take my word for it, here is a verse from the Quran and it says…

Surah An-Nisa 4:150 – 152

“Indeed, those who disbelieve in Allah and His messengers and wish to discriminate between Allah and His messengers and say, “We believe in some and disbelieve in others,” and wish to adopt a way in between – Those are the disbelievers, truly. And We have prepared for the disbelievers a humiliating punishment. But they who believe in Allah and His messengers and do not discriminate between any of them – to those He is going to give their rewards. And ever is Allah Forgiving and Merciful.”

So, there is no such thing as “modern” Muslims, in that sense, there are just Muslims.

Number two:

What the testimony of faith implies; in the Quran it is mentioned:

Surah Al-Ahzab 33:36

“It is not for a believing man or a believing woman, when Allah and His Messenger have decided a matter, that they should [thereafter] have any choice about their affair. And whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger has certainly strayed into clear error.”

Nuff said.

Number three:

That we are all going to be tested, saying that we are Muslims doesn’t mean the test has ended – Verse is self explanatory:

Surah Al Ankabut 29:2 – 3

“Do the people think that they will be left to say, “We believe” and they will not be tried?”

But We have certainly tried those before them, and Allah will surely make evident those who are truthful, and He will surely make evident the liars.”

Number four:

In this life of tests, we will slip and fall, and it is expected but we should always return to Allah and repent and avoid the major sins.

Surah An-Nisa 4:31

“If you avoid the major sins which you are forbidden, We will remove from you your lesser sins and admit you to a noble entrance [into Paradise].”

Number five:

Remember that only the disbelievers lose hope in the Mercy of Allah, so  we should never ever ever lose hope.

Surah Yusuf 12:87

“O my sons, go and find out about Joseph and his brother and despair not of mercy from Allah . Indeed, no one despairs of mercy from Allah except the disbelieving people.”

And

Surah Az-Zumar 39:53

“Say, “O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah. Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.”

Number six:

Shall we decide to abandon Islam, by picking what we want from it and leaving others or by picking this world over it, then…( I would say drum rolls please, but I shouldn’t crack jokes at this point… ahh look at that, I just did – lighten up a bit will ya?, but seriously tho…)

Surah Al-Maidah 5:54

“O you who have believed, whoever of you should revert from his religion – Allah will bring forth [in place of them] a people He will love and who will love Him [who are] humble toward the believers, powerful against the disbelievers; they strive in the cause of Allah and do not fear the blame of a critic. That is the favor of Allah ; He bestows it upon whom He wills. And Allah is all-Encompassing and Knowing.”

So I guess I should end this with this following verse:

Number 7:

Being guided once doesn’t necessarily mean being guided forever, we need to be grateful for being guided and ask to stay guided.

Surah Al-Imran 3:8

“[Who say], “Our Lord, let not our hearts deviate after You have guided us and grant us from Yourself mercy. Indeed, You are the Bestower.”

Amen.

That’s all folks, hope you enjoyed it.

I love you all for the sake of Allah.

  • ABD

FOR THE SAKE OF ALLAH

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Hey, guess who’s back…ok I never really left, just been silent, busy as usual…( Not sure why I feel the need to explain that every time but…ahhh when it feels right, what can you do?) anyway without further ado…

Opening with the following Hadith seems fitting:

It is narrated on the authority of Amirul Mu’minin, Abu Hafs ‘Umar bin al-Khattab, radiyallahu ‘anhu, who said:

“I heard the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, say: “Actions are (judged) by motives (niyyah), so each man will have what he intended. Thus, he whose migration (hijrah) was to Allah and His Messenger, his migration is to Allah and His Messenger; but he whose migration was for some worldly thing he might gain, or for a wife he might marry, his migration is to that for which he migrated.”

[Al-Bukhari & Muslim]

It might not seem obvious but that right there is the formula to happiness. Honestly doing things for the sake of Allah is the secret to happiness… Seriously, no joke, but it’s no secret that, it’s not easy at all!

I found out that stories deliver the message better than explanations, so here is a little background story to how I came up with this topic.

So I had planned to do something for a friend and when I told the person my plan, the response was close to “good for you”.  Yea it didn’t quite make sense for a few seconds and I wasn’t actually upset but after thinking about it, I felt disappointed that the person didn’t recognize that I have very little to benefit from doing it. Either way I still wanted to do it for the person… but it was still stuck in my head, and thinking a little more I realized I shouldn’t even have been disappointed. I should be doing it solely for the sake of Allah and if my only intention was that I shouldn’t be disappointed in anyway, because it wouldn’t matter whether the person appreciated it or not.  What I thought I was doing “for them” isn’t really “for them” it’s for me (if we are going to be totally honest that is.)

What I really wanted was to be rewarded by the only one who can reward me for my deeds beyond my expectations and that is Allah. Am I making sense? I felt like I might have lost some of you on the way here… so starting from the top.. So I had planned to do something…(Gotchaaa!) ok you probably saw that one coming… yea moving on

This wasn’t the only incident when I realized doing things for the Sake of Allah makes us happier, because we don’t expect anything from anyone else. I mean we might have heard this quote before “the secret to happiness is low expectations” , my take on it is; it is half true half false. Its half true in the sense that lowering your expectations on what you get from people is more likely to keep you away from disappointment, its half false because, we can never really have low expectations, so instead lets have the highest expectations for what we do, from Allah, and trust me, still our highest expectations still will not meet this

As Allah mentions in the Quran

Surah As-Sajdah 32:17

“And no soul knows what has been hidden for them of comfort for eyes as reward for what they used to do.”

Well this post barely grazes the depth of doing things for the sake of Allah, but our attention span usually doesn’t go two pages straight per post. So my closing statement is,

“Always check our intentions” and a good way to do that is to see if when we do something good and later feel upset that someone or no one seemed to appreciate it then it’s time to correct our intentions and make them for the sake of Allah. And Allah is the most Appreciative.

As Allah mentions in the Quran

Surah At-Taghabun 64:17

“If you loan Allah a goodly loan, He will multiply it for you and forgive you. And Allah is Most Appreciative and Forbearing.”

And so

Surah Al- An’am 6:162

Say, “Indeed, my prayer, my rites of sacrifice, my living and my dying are for Allah , Lord of the worlds.”

Love you all for the sake of Allah

-Abd