ASTAGHFIRULLAH – DHIKR

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Asalaam aleykum fellow creatures on earth,

I think I will start this post with a common scenario we have all been through at several points in our lives.

Feeling like sh@#, down, tired, confused, lost, anxious of the future and the present, sometimes the past too, regrets …

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 Let’s pause here for a second.

Yes! regrets, I know people say if you are happy with were you are now then you shouldn’t regret the things that happened before…since when?? I still get day-mares from some stupid stuff I have done in the past that send chills down my spine…but I guess most people are damaged somehow, it’s part of  becoming an adult. I think eventually we just learn to live with the regret and accept it…sort of.

Unpause:

fear, frustration, anger, you know the whole package.

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Signed, sealed, delivered.

Now my usual MO in these situations is to open that bloody package and break it down to a science to find out what is actually wrong? fix it… move on, and quarantine it in my special room labeled “Gifts from Satan”- with no freaking return address.

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But sometimes I’m too drained to even do that, I do eventually do it, but it just takes longer, I figured out a faster way to go about it recently, I’m sure most of you must have figured this out years ago, but I found out your secret now so you got nothing on me.

So in case you didn’t read the title of the post,  the fastest way to get out of these situations is istighfar, saying “astaghfirullah” continuously… and not only when the package arrives but even before it does…just every time we can remember… it’s like an antivirus. A very efficient one, with so many bonus features in one.

Here are some of the advantages that I have experienced after installing this new program to my system.

1) Humility / Humbling: Every time I say it, I think of all the wrong doings I do everyday and realize it’s a lot, it shows me I still have a long way to go.

2) Increases Tawakul: This part is mainly because, as I say Astagfirullah, I’m becoming more conscious of Allah and His attributes.

3) More Khushu in prayer: again due to being more conscious of Allah during the day it’s easier to stay focused in prayer.

4) More Calm: This is a side-effect of Tawakul, less anxious about the future, money and others

5) Peace of mind: No Muslim at any point can be asked, are you ready to meet Allah? and respond  “I am sooooo ready mannn” (Bouncing up and down, shadow boxing)… Yeah, NO. But at least if you are asking for forgiveness most of the time, you feel like you are walking around with a possibly clean slate every time you ask for forgiveness.

So this is what I have experienced so far, however there is much more promised by Allah in the Quran that will happen to you from doing something so simple as saying Astaghfirullah continuously.

And here they are:

Quran verse: HUD 11:3

“And [saying], “Seek forgiveness of your Lord and repent to Him, [and] He will let you enjoy a good provision for a specified term and give every doer of favor his favor. But if you turn away, then indeed, I fear for you the punishment of a great Day.”

Quran Verse: Nuh 71: 10 -12

“And said, ‘Ask forgiveness of your Lord. Indeed, He is ever a Perpetual Forgiver. He will send [rain from] the sky upon you in [continuing] showers. And give you increase in wealth and children and provide for you gardens and provide for you rivers.”

Quran Verse: HUD 11: 52

“And O my people, ask forgiveness of your Lord and then repent to Him. He will send [rain from] the sky upon you in showers and increase you in strength [added] to your strength. And do not turn away, [being] criminals.”

Quran Verse: Al-Anfal : 8:33

“But Allah would not punish them while you, [O Muhammad], are among them, and Allah would not punish them while they seek forgiveness.”

Quran Verse: Sad: 38:35

“He said, “My Lord, forgive me and grant me a kingdom such as will not belong to anyone after me. Indeed, You are the Bestower.”

Yes, you can drop your jaw now…

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That’s all folks,

ABD

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)

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

UNREAL REALITY

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Asalaam Aleykum Every body

 

I would like to  keep this short.

The Tube in the picture is representing the Entertainment industry,

No, I’m not going to condemn the whole entertainment industry, I’m just going to point out certain things we should bear in mind, and just be conscious of, then make our own decisions accordingly.

     What I have learnt so far from observing myself and others, one of the main effects of the entertainment industry, is that it twists our perception of reality. It makes us feel like the life portrayed in the entertainment industry is the life to live, while in reality that life is a myth, that even the entertainers who portray these lives don’t actually live them.

   The second issue is it makes us love this world more than the next, it makes us love the dunya, makes dunya feel like it could be a mini paradise. Of course that type of thinking comes with its own bag of goodies, we all know what happens when we chase this world and forget the next. To save us the suspense… It never ends well.

  Finally the issue with the Entertainment industry at the very least is that it’s a distraction for the idle citizen. If it won’t brainwash you, or get you on a wild goose chase, then at least it will waste your time. That might sound like, ahhh that’s not bad, but my personal philosophy about the value of our time is that it is proportional to the value of our lives. How we value our own lives, is how we value our own time, depending on our aspirations and ambitions.

    If we plan on changing the world, then the value of our time is almost priceless, but if we plan on going Pro in couch surfing, then the value of our time is, well, ummmm, N-E-G-A..tive??? ( shoulder shrug and squinted eyes).

     Now of course we all need a little distraction here and there, we aren’t robots. So entertainment in itself is good, but the type of entertainment and the duration of the entertainment should be controlled so it doesn’t interfere with our other obligations.

       Addiction to media is common, Junkies everywhere these days, daily fix. We might be in that crowd too, don’t believe me? Try quitting, tell me about the withdrawal symptoms, when we start our support groups, and thank you for sharing in advance. Haha

I love you all for the Sake of Allah

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QUALITY VS. QUANTITY

quality_or_quantityHEADS UP: It is a bit long, I know, I know,  this is probably the last one that will be this long. By long I don’t mean boring, far from it, (I hope), I mean it will take about five minutes to finish.

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       Quality trumps quantity every time, unless we are financially challenged, but in an ideal world Quality would always trump Quantity.

So now let’s apply this to our spiritual life. With the following question:

Is it about how many Surahs (Verses) we have memorized or how many we understand and apply?

 Before I move on, there are two things I would like to say, number one, you may have a different opinion from mine, this is not an exam question, I don’t think there is a wrong answer. Second, I am not trying to down play memorizing the Quran without understanding or reading it the same.

   That being said, once again let us  ask ourselves which one is more valuable and meaningful, to memorize the whole Quran as though a long song and not understand a word of it, or to know and understand just a few Surahs first and apply them in our lives. Which one is better? Which one affects us more?

     Don’t get me wrong, memorizing many Surahs and eventually the whole Quran is the main goal and only Allah knows how great the reward is for that apart from the ones already mentioned in the hadiths. But the focus here is about balancing the scales, memorizing and understanding plus applying.

  I believe it’s not about how many Surahs we have memorized it’s also about how many we understand and how many we apply.

Simply put, it’s about our actions. Many Sahabahs (Companions of the Prophet (SAW)) were not Alims (Scholars), or hafiz of the Quran, but they still managed to lead very Islamic lives, and had extremely strong Imaan that inspired others and brought others to Islam. They spread Islam by their actions, application of even the little that they knew.

So what’s our excuse not to learn, memorize and practice?

   Everything we need is readily available we don’t need to travel to a foreign land to see an alim (Scholar). Smart phones can bring to us everything we need. Whether its books, or videos.

   All we need is  to decide to start practicing, ayah by Ayah, Surah by Surah, day by day and eventually we would have memorized and put into practice the whole Quran inshaAllah.

   Here is the plan, the next action step: First we learn a surah or even an Ayah, any of our choosing, short ones to begin with are good. Then get its translation word for word, so we can reflect on it, and read its tafseer (interpretation of its meaning by scholars). And the major homework is to find out how to apply it. And finally just go ahead and start applying, working on it.

    Things won’t change overnight,(I can almost guarantee you that, money back no questions asked) but sooner than later a lot of things will start to change, such as concentration in prayer will increase, since it’s easier to reflect on the Verses when we are reciting them. The Quran will have a deeper impact and meaning in our lives, because now it is not just a book we read to feel good about ourselves, but it’s a book we read because we seek guidance, and the more we seek guidance from the Quran the more we grow to understand it, and honestly when we start understanding the Quran, WE WILL LOVE IT.

    Speaking from experience, I can’t quite explain it. All your problems won’t disappear just like that, problems will continue to be there but they won’t be overwhelming anymore, our perspective of problems won’t even be problems anymore, just challenges, just things we try to understand why Allah wanted this for us. But mostly, everything that happens to us, we will consider to be good.

     Here is an example of understanding and applying verses in the Quran. A friend of mine was once telling me about the things he wants out of life, and what he prays for, which were a lot of good things, didn’t really seem it could get any better so at the end we said InshaAllah may he get all these things, and he added “Yes, I will either get these or better”… OK Pause. What did he mean “these or better” I mean from the things he said, he would be mighty blessed to get all of them, let alone get better than them. But I know him, so I understood what he meant at that time, which was Whatever Allah gives him is what’s best for him, even if it’s not the things he asked for, If Allah gives him it means they are better for him than what he asked for. It took me like a whole day to acknowledge that level of Imaan then.

     I was thinking how come I never looked at it that way? That whatever Allah gives us is what is best for us, even if it’s not exactly what we want. So When we make dua there are really only two options, Either we Get what we want how we want it or we get something better, because Allah knows best and Allah only wants to make things easy for us.

Surat An-Nisā’

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“And Allah wants to lighten for you [your difficulties]; and mankind was created weak.”

It also points out to make dua and know and understand whatever we get is the best for us. It’s not always easy to see things this way all the time, but Allah is the most Merciful and we do get points for trying.

Allah says in the Quran

Surat Ghāfir

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“And your Lord says, “Call upon Me; I will respond to you.” Indeed, those who disdain My worship will enter Hell [rendered] contemptible.”

And

Surat Al-Baqarah

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“And when My servants ask you, [O Muhammad], concerning Me – indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me. So let them respond to Me [by obedience] and believe in Me that they may be [rightly] guided.”

That’s a solid invitation right there to ask for each and everything we want and Ramadan is starting, so we can ask and ask and ask, a lot of asking, for forgiveness and health, family, and saying thanks and being grateful. And that million dollars we have always wanted, if you are into that sort of thing. Hahaha 😀 , But Seriously, Seeking Allah’s bounty is not only a blessed act, it is a mandatory act. We have been instructed to do so,

Surat Al-Jumu’ah

62: 9 – 10

“O you who have believed, when [the adhan] is called for the prayer on the day of Jumu’ah [Friday], then proceed to the remembrance of Allah and leave trade. That is better for you, if you only knew.

And when the prayer has been concluded, disperse within the land and seek from the bounty of Allah , and remember Allah often that you may succeed.”

   And that, ladies and gentlemen is why Friday is NOT a weekend. Saturday was for Jews and Sunday for Christians, but on Friday Muslims still go hard. That’s work ethic for ya. 🙂 Even right after Friday prayer we have been instructed to go seek Allah’s bounty.

    Well this is my understanding of these few verses in my life and my application of them. Of course the understanding and application of it is not limited to one thing, that’s another beauty of the Quran.

And In conclusion, Quality over Quantity, in a way it should also makes us humble, in that we shouldn’t think just because we memorized so many verses of the Quran that we are better than someone who has only memorized a few. Think about it.

Ramadan Mubarak Everyone,

Love you all for the sake of Allah

ABD

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 Just out of curiosity which box would you tick? about Quality of application of verses memorized.

GETTING WRONGED IS A BLESSING.

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YES, I SAID IT.

WARNING: This post is a little bit long, sooo Brace yourself.

      I guess I should start with explaining why I used Obama, for this post. First off, that expression! We usually have that expression when peace talks in our own minds are failing, we are doing everything to try and stay calm after someone has pressed all the ‘right’ buttons (Nuclear launch codes), so now there is a huge mushroom cloud in our head which you can almost see through our eyes and nuclear waste is blowing out of ears and nostrils.

     Second, it’s Obama…He is the President of the U.S of A, he has to stay composed and calm at ALL times because most of the world is watching him. In this situation, let’s think of ourselves as diplomats and Servants of Allah, knowing that Allah is always watching, and the angels too, and everything is recorded in excruciating detail. Yes, Privacy is a myth.

New perspective on things usually brightens up the day.

    Ever thought about the fact that being wronged by others is actually a blessing? Like a HUGEEE Blessing. Just hear me out, first, it’s really good practice for patience and tolerance. In case you have never thought about it, 80% of the time we are wronged by someone that someone is usually close to us, very few times are we wronged by complete strangers, and even when that happens, we usually get over it in a couple of minutes, hours, days… ok sometimes months and years, but that’s rare, it’s for the “special” kind of strangers. But other than that the others are pretty mellow.

SO how is this a blessing, being wronged that is…well let’s see if I can make my case,

ONE: Allah loves those who restrain their anger and forgive others

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;”

TWO

Narrated Abu Sa’id Al-Khudri and Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, “No fatigue, nor disease, nor sorrow, nor sadness, nor hurt, nor distress befalls a Muslim, even if it were the prick he receives from a thorn, but that Allah expiates some of his sins for that.”  

This would mean every time we get hurt or upset and keep calm, our sins are forgiven.

THREE

“There is no calamity that befalls one of the Muslims and he responds by saying ‘Innaa Lillaahi wa innaa ilahi raaji’oon, Allaahumma ujurni fi museebati w’ukhluf li khayran minha (Truly, to Allaah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return; O Allaah, reward me in this calamity and compensate me with something better than it),’ but Allaah will compensate him with something better than it.” 

–      Pretty much self explanatory

FOUR

Surat An-Nūr

24:22

“And let not those of virtue among you and wealth swear not to give [aid] to their relatives and the needy and the emigrants for the cause of Allah , and let them pardon and overlook. Would you not like that Allah should forgive you? And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.”

Forgive and we shall be forgiven..

FIVE

The prayer of the one who has been wronged. In the hadeeth it says: “Fear the prayer of the one who has been wronged, for there is no barrier between it and Allaah.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 469; Muslim, 19. And the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The prayer of the one who has been wronged will be answered, even if he is an evildoer, for his evildoing is only against himself.” Narrated by Ahmad. See Saheeh al-Jaami’, 3382. 

–      Well this has two sides, first when we are wronged we should make dua, immediately, not like dua to for the person to be hit by lightning. But something more productive, like for our sins to be forgiven, fresh start, or whatever else we want. The other side is we should apologize as soon as possible when we find out we wronged someone, because they might ask for lightning. J

SIX

The Messenger of Allah Sallallahu ALaihi wasallam said:“The best deed before Allah is to pardon a person who has wronged you, to show affection for relatives who have broken ties with you, and to act generously towards a person who has deprived you”. Thereafter he recited the following holy verses: “Turn to forgiveness and enjoin good and turn aside from ignorant” (7:199).

 

SEVEN

Last but not least, my favourite…The great reward given to the one who is forgiving and pardons others…

The Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu ALaihi Wasallam) was seated in a gathering with the Sahabah when he looked towards the entrance and said, “A man of Paradise is coming.” At that instance someone who seemed to be very ordinary entered the mosque where they were seated. A Sahabi was curious as to why the Prophet .‘ said this, so he followed the man to his house. This Sahabi told the man that he was a traveler and stayed as a guest. For three days the Sahabi saw nothing unusual, so he finally told the man what the Prophet had said and asked him what was so special. The man thought for a long time and said, “There might be one thing — before going to sleep every night I forgive everyone and sleep with a clean heart.”

The Ultimate prize, Jannah is awarded to someone for just forgiving and pardoning others.

      So as you can see. Getting wronged is a blessing in disguise, albeit at times it can come in the middle of the night full stealth mode, guerilla warfare camouflage gear with night vision…but it’s still a blessing none the less…especially when handled well. Because we wouldn’t be in the position to get those blessings if no one wronged us.

    It’s usually easy to forgive strangers most times, because we might never see them again, or we just don’t care, but for those close to us, it’s a little bit harder because we expect them to know, we expect them to be more kind and caring.

    But if you think about it we would find it surprising that they only give us the opportunity to forgive them once a month, while we constantly wrong ourselves and Allah forgives us, daily.

Satan keeps offering us opportunities to sin and we keep accepting them like awards…

“ For me?? Really? Ohhh you are far too kind…Eehhheeemm …clearing throat, I would like to thank the evil genius in me, a special shout out to my nafs… you have always been there for me, through the thick and thin….”

    May Allah give us all the ability to forgive others for the wrong they do to us, and May Allah  give them the ability to forgive us for the wrong we do to them and May Allah forgive us all for our sins – Ameen

Love you all for the sake of Allah

ABD