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

Quran surah Al Ma’un 107: 1 -7

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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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)

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

MARRIAGE!!

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Marriage… Yaaayyyyyy it’s that topic we all love. Or is it just me?

     Anyway let me get right to it, so the story goes, I was going around asking people what seemed to be an odd question (Story of my life), and the question was;  Why get married? No seriously why? I mean apart from legal (halal) sex of course. (wait)I sense some of you were expecting me to be more subtle…OK so why marry apart from …you know …yeeaah you know… (It actually feels like I made it worse). Moving on…

     So I asked a couple of friends and some unsuspecting random people, and I kept getting some of the same answers that weren’t really to my satisfaction. Like well some would say about the hadith;

“ Abdullah (b. Mas’ud) (Allah be pleased with him) reported that Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said to us: O young men, those among you who can support a wife should marry, for it restrains eyes (from casting evil glances) and preserves one from immorality; but he who cannot afford It should observe fast for it is a means of controlling the sexual desire.”

Lowering the gaze well that has a lot to do with you know (m not making this any better am I?)

   And then there was companionship, sweet but that’s not exclusive to marriage. And in some marriages that’s not really there. I know ideally it should be in every marriage but unfortunately that’s not the case.

   So what else did they have for me? Kids, children, those little rascals in daipers? Well and good, let the Ummah grow, so marry for sex and kids? Ummm Not quite there yet.  Ahh then there was the “build each other spiritually, and support each other in that manner”….true true, very noble cause. But I remain a skeptic as the devil’s advocate in this and say again that’s not exclusive to marriage. Some marriages pull people even further away from Allah. I mean that’s if we are going to be honest about it.

Of course hence why the Prophet (s.a.w) said in the hadith;

“Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (Peace be upon Him) said: “A woman is married for four things: for her wealth, for her lineage, for her beauty or for her piety. Select the pious, may you be blessed!”. (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

Still…I wanted to know what made marriage so special, and so recommended in Islam and basically almost every religion on the planet. In Islam its half our deen….seriously think about how huge that is…

Hadith;

Al-Bayhaqi narrated in Shu’ab al-Eemaan from al-Raqaashi: “When a person gets married he has completed half of his religion, so let him fear Allaah with regard to the other half.”

So as my search continued, I finally got the answer from a friend of mine, we don’t meet often but it happend…and we went down the same path as everyone else but finally he said, marriage makes us ( drum rolls please….keep going, not quite there yet, and..now ) marriage makes us more COMPASSIONATE (woohhhooooo finally) . We learn to truly love and care, for one another, we build a family, we become more empathetic, gentle and kind. In many ways it opens our hearts and dare I say purifies them, making us more humble and patient.

   Now I am not saying that marriage automatically makes us more compassionate or that everyone who is married is more compassionate than the rest. No, not at All, but what I am saying is that marriage is the perfect training ground for being compassionate. That’s what I found to be exclusive to marriage and it’s bloody sad that some people miss out on that after getting married. (Moment of Silence please) Moving on..

   Through forgiving mistakes, overlooking each other’s flaws, covering for one another and being selfless more often; our hearts become more tender and more human?   When you think about it, isn’t that what Islam is teaching? Being more compassionate makes us more likely to live a proper Muslim life. The type of compassion found in a marriage and a family can’t be found in other settings, and doesn’t the society stem from marriage and family? So eventually the root of compassion in a society, better yet compassion in the world stems from Marriage. –LAWYERED!!!

Well after this practically everything else falls into place, companionship, building each other spiritually, kids, love,  the whole deal.

I know you think it’s over and you would be right, but I am a firm believer of the double tap, so here is the final bullet.

This is pretty easy and a no brainer…. So what is one of Allah’s most mentioned Attribute?

That’s right….The most Compassionate.

BOOYAAH…I rest my case. (Take a bow and Exit stage left)

Love you all for the Sake of Allah

– ABD

(My apologies for the long pause there)

Am I right or am I RIGHT?? Do you  agree with me? Or got more to add?

Comment below

SLOW DOWN

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WOOAAAHHH HORSEYYYY…SLOW DOWN

Try doing the speed limit: it  might be fun.

Ok here we are again…before I go on, I need you to think about what you have done all day…if its not a blur of tasks done at record time, then you probably don’t need to read this, but you have the time to, so please do. If its otherwise then…slowdown and read this.

So what we normally do is wake up and our to do list looks something like this

TO DO LIST:

1)   EVERYTHING!

Then we start running around, doing task after task and we look for more and we are terrified of slowing down, even prayer is done, on fifth gear…we are in , we are out. Its sad when you think of it, we jump from one thing to the next, and although we would like to think, there is some logical transition and what we are doing is rational, truth is we are moving about like a beheaded chicken, waiting to fall in our graves. Sorry for the visual there but it had to be done…to drive the point home.

As Allah mentions in the Quran

Surat Al-‘Anbyā’ 21:37

Man was created of haste. I will show you My signs, so do not impatiently urge Me.”

And in the Hadith

The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “Calmness and patient deliberation is from Allah and haste is from Satan” (Tirmidhī).

STOP and think, look at the big picture, what have we done so far? Where are we? And where are we going? Are any of these things we are rushing off to, related with Pleasing Allah or gaining Paradise?

If not we need to learn to start separating what’s urgent from what’s important. It’s a skill worth developing quick, fast and in a hurry. This one you can do in a hurry.

Slowing down also trains us to be patient, good things come to those who wait…Well, work then wait, don’t just wait…

Yup that’s about it. Have a nice day…calmmmmmm dooowwwnnn…sssshhhh everything is going to be alright… take it easy Ok?. Allah is here for you.

Ayt, I gotta go now, there is like 1000 things I gotta do today. – Kidding…haaaaa almost got you there huh…

It’s actually a million things…but who cares… 🙂

Love you all for the sake of Allah.

–      ABD

WHAT HAVE WE LEARNT?

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I have been thinking for the past few days what to write, been in somewhat of a writers block. For more reasons than one, but I believe simplicity is always the best way to go. I might have been trying to think of something profound and meaningful but I realized everything about life is profound and meaningful.

  So I asked myself what have I learnt so far about this profound and meaningful life… curious question. For me this is more of an IQ test than a philosophical question up for a late night debate with friends. Simply because I believe smart people are the ones who adapt fast and improvise faster, the ones that can learn quickly and apply what they have learnt.

We should ask ourselves

What have we learnt about ourselves?

What have we learnt about our work?

What have we learnt about our studies?

What have we learnt about life?

What have we learnt about friends and family?

 Life…its really all a learning process… I am curious by design so I try to find ways to shorten my learning curve. The one I have found to be quite effective is just to sit and observe. Listen and not to speak of what we have learnt as if it is facts or Revelation (No, you didn’t see Jibril, you might be high on ego though) always give room for correction, adjustment and value added knowledge.

  This way, I think the best way to present our argument with anyone is to start with “what I have learnt so far about this…yadi yadi yada…”

Because that is actually the truth of the situation. Whatever we deem to be reality, we were taught this reality, we learnt it, but some where down along the line we started believing it to be the only reality. Maybe due to experience and our experiences seem to make things so real to us that we deny other people’s experiences that seem so real to them (a communication problem).

Which reminds me of a hadith;

“Abu Umamah reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “I guarantee a house on the outskirts of Paradise for one who abandons arguments even if he is right, and a house in the middle of Paradise for one who abandons lies even when joking, and a house in the highest part of Paradise for one who makes his character excellent.”

Source: Sunan Abu Dawud 4800

I wont go into the depth of the wisdom in that hadith because it might be bottomless, but if you really think about it, it can solve world hunger, cure diseases, mend broken homes and stop wars, to mention but a few.

Truth is our growth, be it spiritual growth, mental or physical is potentially limitless as long as we are willing to learn. Willing to listen, willing to be humble and patient, and most of all willing to be corrected.

So to conclude this… what have you learnt in life so far?

Write it down… start with what you learnt about yourself, it’s easier that way.

Love you all for the sake of Allah.

ABD.

PS: Sorry for the long pause there… about a month I think. I will try my best not to let it happen again. 🙂

YOU CAN BE BETTER THAN YOU ARE RIGHT NOW…

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Asalaam Aleykum Brothers and sisters,

First off, My apologies for keeping you waiting for so long… it’s a long story. Forgive me 🙂

   This time around I thought I should share one of my personal policies (Rare occasion), but I have been away for so long I have no choice, I owe you that much at least  🙂

The policy is simple ; “I always believe I can be better, faster and stronger in anything I decide to set my mind on. I can be better faith wise (spiritually) , Knowledge (mentally) , staying fit and healthy (physically), relationships with people, being kinder, more gentle, better at business, work, basketball, football, swimming the list goes on… but you get the point. In my mind it is not even up for discussion, whether or not I can be better at whatever I want, it’s a simple matter of decision, prayer and Tawakul (Trust in Allah)…sorry did I forget to mention hardwork? it scares people sometimes, but yea its there.

   I have a couple of role models I look up to in different departments of life, I believe it is good to have role models just to get a general direction of where you want to go. But inshaa Allah I will surpass even those role models I look up to now, save the Prophet (S.A.W) and the Sahabas ( His Companions).

 That’s where I set my bar, get better or die trying… and keep going, yes sometimes we fall, but the resolve to keep moving forward never changes.

If I die trying, so be it, I will have no regrets. Why limit myself?

This personal policy is my drive. In short it’s about being a Strong Muslim and then getting stronger.

PS: A strong man stands up for himself, but a stronger man stands up for others. (Act like you know)

 Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: ”A strong believer is better and is more lovable to Allah than a weak believer, and there is good in everyone, (but) cherish that which gives you benefit (in the Hereafter) and seek help from Allah and do not lose heart, and if anything (in the form of trouble) comes to you, don’t say: If I had not done that, it would not have happened so and so, but say: Allah did that what He had ordained to do and your” if” opens the (gate) for the Satan.”

   Sometimes we might feel like we are stuck, trapped in an endless cycle (routine) and it gets tiring, like life is slowly but surely being sucked out of us. This could lead to foreign states such as “boredom” <<< I fail to understand how people get there, I mean, when one is bored, have they memorized the whole Quran? Then understood the tafseer, are financially independent, have achieved all their dreams and are now waiting to die? I mean logically if they didn’t get there yet, how are they bored???

    I digress, back to the point, so in this situation we should ask ourselves “is this it? Is this all I can be? More importantly is this all I want to be?”  No? Then change it, what’s stopping me? Is there something better to do? Or is it distractions for the idle citizens…latest episodes?, movies?, too much socializing?

At this point it’s important we remember what the Prophet (S.A.W) said in the following hadith:

The Prophet (saw) advised to: “Take benefit of five before five: Your youth before your old age, your health before your sickness, your wealth before your poverty, your free time before you are preoccupied, and your life before your death
(Narrated by Ibn Abbas and reported by Al Hakim)

If I was asked why I wake up each morning, why even get out of bed?, this would be my answer.  Because I honestly believe it is the only reason Allah would let us wake up again, if we had reached our limit, then we would simply die.

 As long as we are alive we can always get better, if we were in sin, we may repent. If we are doing good, then do better. Why else would Allah keep waking us up, if we aren’t going anywhere anymore? So today let it be a fresh new page. Drop everything you were carrying from your past, just let it go and start afresh. All that counts is what you do now and moving forward. Feels good doesn’t it?

 Many of us want fresh starts so we can do better and we fail to realize Allah is giving us one EACH and EVERYDAY, but we are the ones that keep clinging to our past. I know letting go is a lot easier said than done, but truth be told it has to be done sometime. Don’t you think?

 So Stay Strong Brothers and Sisters.

I love you all for the sake of Allah.

–  ABD

SATAN’S JEDI MINDTRICKS – PART TWO

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NOTE: The picture above DOES NOT depict Satan, it depicts a JEDI.

Asalaam Aleykum Brothers and sisters

After years of research, observation and uncontrolled experiments I have finally managed to break this down to a science…(always wanted to say that). Back to the point, I have managed to identify three main weaknesses, in Satan’s schemes.

1)  Saying “A’udhu Billahi min ash shaytan-ir rajeem” (I seek refuge with Allah from Shaytan the accursed)

Surah Fussilat 41: 36

“And if there comes to you from Satan an evil suggestion, then seek refuge in Allah . Indeed, He is the Hearing, the Knowing.”

2) REPENTING

  According to the hadeeth the Prophet (salla ALLAH alayhi wa sallam) said: “The Shaytaan said to the Lord of Glory: ‘By Your Glory O Lord, I will keep trying to misguide Your slaves so long as their souls are in their bodies.’ The Lord said, ‘By My Glory and Majesty, I will continue to forgive them so long as they ask My forgiveness.’”
Narrated by Ahmad in al-Musnad and classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami’, 2/32

3) Repetition.

Despite the high level of sophistication of his techniques, most of them are repetitive and common. And humans learn. So now I would like to share with you the ones I know, you can share yours on the comment section to raise awareness. This is part two of  more parts to follow Inshaa Allah.

1) Most subtle trick and most effective is to make us Ungrateful to Allah and then Ungrateful to others.

Quran Al-‘A`rāf 7: 16 -17

“[Satan] said, “Because You have put me in error, I will surely sit in wait for them on Your straight path.

Then I will come to them from before them and from behind them and on their right and on their left, and You will not find most of them grateful [to You].”

Abu Huraira reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “He has not thanked Allah who has not thanked people.”

2) To build arrogance and pride.

Satan’s own features that led him to destruction

3) Laziness

[O Allaah, I take refuge in You from anxiety and sorrow, weakness and laziness, miserliness and cowardice, the burden of debts and from being over powered by men]

[Sahih Al-Bukhari, 7/158]

I Call that the dua of a strong man.

4) Distractions, wasting time and forgetting Allah.

If Satan cannot trap someone into sinning, he keeps them busy with trivial acts which have no benefit. Instead of using our time wisely, fulfilling our priorities and reaching high goals, Satan occupies us with useless actions.

5) Make us think wrongly of Allah

Surah Luqmān31:33

“O mankind, fear your Lord and fear a Day when no father will avail his son, nor will a son avail his father at all. Indeed, the promise of Allah is truth, so let not the worldly life delude you and be not deceived about Allah by the Deceiver.”

6) Fear the future, and fear in general of anything other than Allah.

Surah al-Baqarah: 268

“Satan threatens you with poverty and orders you to immorality, while Allah promises you forgiveness from Him and bounty. And Allah is all-Encompassing and Knowing.”

Surah ‘Āli `Imrān 3: 175

“That is only Satan who frightens [you] of his supporters. So fear them not, but fear Me, if you are [indeed] believers.”

7) Regret the past

Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Seek out that which benefits you, seek help only from Allah and never say you can’t do it. If any adversity comes to you do not say: ‘If I had only acted in such-and-such a way, it would have been such-and-such;’ but instead, say: ‘Allah has decreed (it) and what He willed, He has done,’ for verily, (the word) ‘if’ opens the way for the work of Satan.” [Sahih Muslim]

We all have things in our past we aren’t proud of, but living in the past won’t change them. Rather let’s realize we are here now because Allah wants us to be so let’s repent and move on to greater heights.

8) Glamorizing sin and evil deeds

Surah Al-‘An`ām 6: 43

“Then why, when Our punishment came to them, did they not humble themselves? But their hearts became hardened, and Satan made attractive to them that which they were doing.”

9) To bring doubt, literary just to play with your mind.

 Anas reported that when Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) was in the company of one of his wives a person happened to pass by them. He called him and when he came, he said to him: 0 so and so, she was my such and such wife. Thereupon he said, Allah’s Messenger, if I were to doubt at all, I would have entertained no doubt about you at least. Thereupon Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: Verily Satan circulates in the body like blood.  

10) Weakens one’s faith and Eeman in Al-Qadr (Allah’s Divine Will),

Gives you the illusion of coincidence and randomness, making you forget everything happens for a reason and everything is decreed.  Which consequently weakens your trust in Allah.

Surah Al-‘An`ām 6: 58 -59

“Say, “If I had that for which you are impatient, the matter would have been decided between me and you, but Allah is most knowing of the wrongdoers.”

And with Him are the keys of the unseen; none knows them except Him. And He knows what is on the land and in the sea. Not a leaf falls but that He knows it. And no grain is there within the darknesses of the earth and no moist or dry [thing] but that it is [written] in a clear record.”

And Last but not least, when the curtain falls and the show is over, then comes Satan’s Pièce de résistance”.

Surah Ibrahim 14:22

“And Satan will say when the matter has been concluded, “Indeed, Allah had promised you the promise of truth. And I promised you, but I betrayed you. But I had no authority over you except that I invited you, and you responded to me. So do not blame me; but blame yourselves. I cannot be called to your aid, nor can you be called to my aid. Indeed, I deny your association of me [with Allah ] before. Indeed, for the wrongdoers is a painful punishment.”

 

Yup that’s Satan for ya,

Love you All for the Sake of Allah

-ABD

PS: BY NO means is this list exhaustive of satans tricks so if you know of any other tricks satan uses please share and if you have identified other weaknesses of his, the floor is yours… I would be happy to hear it.

SATAN’S JEDI MINDTRICKS – PART ONE

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NOTE: The picture above DOES NOT depict Satan, it depicts a JEDI.

Asalaam Aleykum Brothers and sisters,

Before we get into the subtle mind tricks Satan uses to play with us like puppets on strings, I believe it is useful to first take a look at who Satan is.

First off a few characteristics of Satan we should keep in mind;

 Number one, Satan is extremely patient, very very patient, he will take his time to get you, and even after he fails the first time, he will try again and try again, even after you repent and your slate is wiped clean he will keep trying and keep trying till the second you die.

Which brings us to the second point; leading us astray is his job, he is with you full-time!!! 24/7, it’s no nine to five job, this is the seven-eleven. And he would do over-time with you if he could. If there were 25 hours in a day he would be with you on the 25th one too.

Number three, he knows you very well, his whispers won’t sound like a foreign idea; they will sound like your own logic. The only way to know it is from Satan is to see whether it leads to good or bad. It’s that simple.

Number four, this is more about us than Satan but it works to his favor so it’s worth mentioning. And that is our nafs, it’s inclined to Satan’s whispers, it is inclined to fulfill our desires and hunger the halal way or haram way it’s indifferent to the method used. We can’t destroy or part with our nafs but we can control it. So think of it as the little beast inside, the baby who wants everything right NOW!! And Satan is consistently talking to it. And your conscious self is the final decision-maker.

And last but not least, Satan is the true enemy. You thought you met enemies??? This is guy is the real deal, Satan HATES humans to the very core, his misguided sense of greatness over humans which led him to disobey Allah’s command to bow down to Adam. Has led him to ask Allah to give him a long life till judgment day just so he can lead mankind astray, it is his only aim and purpose in life, NOTHING ELSE, there is no weekends and holidays for him, everyday it’s about finding more ways to lead humans astray and into the Hell-fire with him.

Surah Al-‘A`rāf 7: 12

“[ Allah ] said, “What prevented you from prostrating when I commanded you?” [Satan] said, “I am better than him. You created me from fire and created him from clay.”

and

Surah Fatir 35:6

“Indeed, Satan is an enemy to you; so take him as an enemy. He only invites his party to be among the companions of the Blaze.”

So now, how does he go about this? Well you see, Satan is a puppeteer of sorts, a genius in his field to be honest… and what does every puppeteer need?

YES! You guessed it, Puppets and Strings… If you don’t want to be a puppet then beware of Satan’s strings, he uses them to make us do what he wills.

Strings such as Music, pornography, alcohol, Haraam relationships, shisha, smoking, laziness, arrogance, selfishness, backbiting, not lowering your gaze, and the list goes on.

  Every sin you can think of is a string and he uses these to get us to do bigger and bigger sins. Satan will start with reducing our good deeds, then get us to small sins, then get us to do them repeatedly thinking they are small, while they corrode our Imaan, then eventually to bigger and bigger sins.

Because we all know, Satan can’t just come to you while you pray five times a day and say “heyyy lets go do this great sin and go to hell together, sound good?”

It won’t work; he needs to pull us out slowly, so slowly that we don’t even notice that we are being pulled.

But if we cut all these strings what can he do??

Surah Al- Hijr 15:39 – 42

“[Iblees] said, “My Lord, because You have put me in error, I will surely make [disobedience] attractive to them on earth, and I will mislead them all

Except, among them, Your chosen servants.

[ Allah ] said, “This is a path [of return] to Me [that is] straight.

Indeed, My servants – no authority will you have over them, except those who follow you of the deviators.”

and

Surah An-Naĥl 16: 98 – 100

“So when you recite the Qur’an, [first] seek refuge in Allah from Satan, the expelled [from His mercy].

Indeed, there is for him no authority over those who have believed and rely upon their Lord.

His authority is only over those who take him as an ally and those who through him associate others with Allah .”

I love you all for the sake of Allah

-ABD

 

RELATIONSHIP WITH ALLAH – PART ONE

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Asalaam Aleykum Brothers and Sisters,

I have been working on this for a while now, it’s something I’m still working on getting to understand myself. I have decided to let you know what I got so far.

  First things first, as far as relationships go, our relationship with Allah is the first relationship we ever had, even before the relationship with our mothers. It gets better though, our relationship with Allah is also the most intimate and personalized relationship we have and will ever have. It is the relationship with the ONE who created you, the ONE who knows you more than you know yourself, the ONE who loves you more than you love yourself.

Though we being humans forget all this from time to time, we take this sacred relationship for granted. We forget that like any other relationship it has to be nurtured and taken care of through conscious effort.

How? You ask…well I’m glad you did; in the Quran Allah says,

 Surah Al-Imran 3:31

“Say, [O Muhammad], “If you should love Allah , then follow me, [so] Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.”

Simply put, follow the Prophet’s (PBUH) Sunnah.

and

Surah Al-Imran  3 :134 

“Who spend [in the cause of Allah ] during ease and hardship and who restrain anger and who pardon the people – and Allah loves the doers of good”

Allah states in the Quran the kind of people HE loves, using their behavioral traits. Traits we can all work on to make them permanent fixtures in our personalities so that Allah may love us.

Again just to emphasize on how personal this relationship is with Allah, in the Quran Allah says:

Surah Al-Mumtahanah 60:3

“On the Day of Resurrection neither your blood-kindred nor your own offspring will avail you.3 (On that Day) He will separate you.4 Allah sees all that you do.”

Surah Al-Ma`arij

“(70:11) although they shall be within sight of one another.11 The guilty one would fain ransom himself from the torment of that Day by offering his children, (70:12) and his spouse and his brother, (70:13) and his kinsfolk who had stood by him, (70:14) and all persons of the earth, if only he could thus save himself.”

Surah `Abasa

“(80:34) on the Day when each man shall flee from his brother, (80:35) and his mother and his father; (80:36) and his consort and his children; (80:37) on that Day each will be occupied with his own business, making him oblivious of all save himself.”

People can tell you how things are “supposed” to happen, but at the end of the day what goes on is just between you and Allah.

It’s a relationship we should constantly work on and it is totally worth it, it is more than worth it and what does Allah say about those who love HIM?

 “Whosoever shows enmity to someone devoted to Me, I shall be at war with him. My servant draws not near to Me with nothing more loved by Me than the religious duties I have enjoined upon him, and My servant continues to draw near to Me with supererogatory works so that I shall love him. When I love him I am his hearing with which he hears, his seeing with which he sees, his hand with which he strikes and his foot with which he walks. Were he to ask [something] of Me, I would surely give it to him, and were he to ask Me for refuge, I would surely grant him it. I do not hesitate about anything as much as I hesitate about seizing the soul of My faithful servant: he hates death and I hate hurting him.” [Sahih Bukhari, Book 76, Number 509]

 Imagine that Allah the Creator, the GREATEST, says HE hesitates to take the soul of HIS faithful servant because Allah HATES to hurt HIM/HER. I mean can you imagine that? If you are a faithful servant doesn’t Allah know that you dying means you will go to Paradise??? A place a million times better than this life yet just that transitory pain of death, Allah hesitates to take the soul of his faithful servant. JUST IMAGINE.

Hadith Qudsi 15: 

On the authority of Abu Harayrah (may Allah be pleased with him), who said that the Prophet (PBUH) said: Allah the Almighty said:

I am as My servant thinks I am (1). I am with him when he makes mention of Me. If he makes mention of Me to himself, I make mention of him to Myself; and if he makes mention of Me in an assembly, I make mention of him in an assemble better than it. And if he draws near to Me an arm’s length, I draw near to him a fathom’s length. And if he comes to Me walking, I go to him at speed.

(1) Another possible rendering of the Arabic is: “I am as My servant expects Me to be”. The meaning is that forgiveness and acceptance of repentance by the Almighty is subject to His servant truly believing that He is forgiving and merciful. However, not to accompany such belief with right action would be to mock the Almighty.

It was related by al-Buhkari (also by Muslim, at-Tirmidhi and Ibn-Majah).

Just to put this in perspective, imagine if the one you love told you that if you walked towards them they will run to you. HOW LOVED would you feel???

That whatever form of love you showed them, they promise to show you more and they always do. Now, remember this isn’t an imagination anymore, it is a reality and it’s not love from a human, a mortal, it is From ALLAH Azza wa jal, The Most POWERFUL, The Most Kind, The Most Loving, The Creator  of Heaven and Earth.

Let’s just think about that for a while and let it sink in. It’s hard for our hearts and minds to comprehend all this that easily and to think how much we have taken Allah’s love and relationship with us for granted. May Allah forgive us and not hold us accountable for our past sins.

I love you all for the sake of Allah

-ABD