Never losing the hope… – By Fareed Ahmed

The arabic word for sadness or grief is “Gham” – derived from the word “Ghaamama (the cloud) ” . Although there`s no apparent relationship between sadness and cloud, however there`s a hidden one. Just like a cloud blocks all the sun-shine coming down to earth, sadness or grief in a way or other also acts as a stumbling block for a man`s positive energy and performance.

It is very natural that when a person is happy and everything is going according to his whims and desires, his own wishful thinking, his performance is at it`s peak, but when he is tested or a calamity strikes him, he becomes pessimistic and isn`t able to give a good performance.
The real test lies in giving a good performance despite being in stress and crisis, despite failing in exams over and over again, despite having a fight with the fellow colleague or losing the beloved ones.

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Never losing the hope….

This morning when I woke up…

This morning when I woke up...

Yesterday was a hectic day for me. I had much headache since morning and the whole time was extremely difficult. My eyes were swelling, my brain was beating with my heart beats. If I could just smack my head in the wall and it eased me, I would have done it. Didn’t want to go to office, but I had to obviously, hoping that it will settle down some time later.

At lunch time I took two tablets of Ponston from my office first aid box, praying to Allah SWT to ease my pain. Praying to Allah SWT that he will forgive my sins due to this pain according to the hadith of Rasullah “A believer does not receive (the trouble) of running a thorn or more than that but Allah elevates him in rank or effaces his sins because of that.” [Aisha RA, Sahih Muslim]

I had an apple and a carrot as lunch sitting in my office balcony, watching kids playing in the City school ground at Johar Town, feeling my pain. I decided I won’t be able to carry on some of my pre-commitments after office so I cancelled them all and decided to go back home as soon as office ends. So did I.

I reached home after buying some grocery and went to my room for a sleep. Though to myself, how will I sleep with this headache but managed somehow to get a little. After a while I woke up due to the irritating chirps of my parrot JJ. Its a beautiful grey cocktail with orange cheeks. We have placed a bulb for heating purposes in its cage as winter is approaching fast, but we discovered that the bulb kept it off from sleep due to light, so we made sure we switch it off at appropriate times so that it can rest properly. I longed for it keep quite but it didn’t. We are pretty used to that at home anyway.

Whats interesting was that a couple of days before JJ finally learnt how to jump from the sofa to our sholder once we show him reeori (Famous pakistani sweet) because it was fond of it. It was funny and yet amazing that how we can tame such birds. Had a wonderful time with it since almost 8 months when it came as a baby birdy.

But anyway, in my sleep, cursing its chirping, I kept on pretending to sleep. The night passed, I woke up in the morning today, took up my usual routine, shower, getting ready for office, and going down for breakfast that my wife prepares in the meantime. I went down and suddenly, my wife told me an extremely sad news that put me in deep sorrow and regret.

“Apko pata he, JJ mar gaya”.

and I was like,

“kia? kaise?”

and she told me that we don’t know it was perfectly fine last night, eating, running here and there, chirping, but in the morning my sister told her that it died. Wallahu aalam was happened to it. I was so shocked. And right then an ayah of the Glorious Quran stuck me like lightning.

هُوَ الَّذِي خَلَقَكُمْ مِنْ طِينٍ ثُمَّ قَضَىٰ أَجَلًا ۖ وَأَجَلٌ مُسَمًّى عِنْدَهُ ۖ ثُمَّ أَنْتُمْ تَمْتَرُونَ
It is He who created you from clay and then decreed a term and a specified time [known] to Him; then [still] you are in dispute.
Surah Anaam ayah 02

We read tafsir of this ayah that Allah has decreed a time for death for every human being and even every living or non living creature that He has created in this whole universe. He has not only decreed the individual time of death of all but has also decreed the collective time of everything واجل مسمی عندہ for the day of Qayamah when every human being and jin will be gathered in front of Allah for the detailed account spent in years of life span.

It was so unexpected that I could only remember my own death that we would all have to die like this. Allah knows best when is our time written. Allah knows best whether or not we will wake up tomorrow morning. Whether or not we will be able to see our loved ones tomorrow morning like I am unable to see my loveliest parrot JJ. My father took it out of the cage when my sister told him to bury him somewhere when she was leaving for her college. It was definitely sad for all the family as we all loved it very much. May Allah rectify our mistakes, make us true slaves of Allah by understanding true Tawheed from Quran and hadith and make us among the mutaqoon.

May Allah make our paths the correct ones. کہیں ایسا نہ ہو کہ دیر ہو جاءے
Ameen.

Dedicated to my cute little parrot, JJ
(Jadu Junior, inspired by our previous parrot whos name was Jadu)
With love!

Best traits for children

Best traits for children

Modesty, courage, generosity, intellegence and to distinguish between haram and halal must be most important aspect in the upbringing of our children. Once you fully understand this, you have to do two things!

1. Choose a mother who can teach this!
2. Choose a school that can help them implement these traits in real life!

Afterall, you reap what you sow!

The solution to your problem if you sin again and again

The most common attitude of Muslims towards their brothers who sin in some way is that they do not consider them to be purely enough to repent.

How can that brother who commits such and such act, so shameful. Allah will never forgive

And

No matter how many times I advice him, that brother always return to sinning.

Subhan’Allah how great are these words for a Muslim to say about another Muslim. These who think like this should always remember, every saint has a past and every sinner had a future. 

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Our pious predecessor explained Allah’s forgiveness in the following way:

It is reported that a man came to ʿAlī – Allāh be pleased with him – and asked, What do you think about a man who committed a sin? He replied, He must seek Allāh’s forgiveness and repent to Him. [The man] said, He did that, but then sinned again? [ʿAlī] said, He must seek Allāh’s forgiveness and repent to Him. The man again said, He did that, but returned to sin. [ʿAlī] said, He must seek Allāh’s forgiveness and repent to Him. The man said for the fourth time, He did, but then sinned again. ʿAlī then said, Until when? Then he said, He must seek Allāh’s forgiveness and repent to Him; and not give up until it is Shaytan who is defeated [overcome].

Mentioned in Hunād b. Al-Sarī, Kitāb Al-Zuhd article 910
[http://www.sayingsofthesalaf.net]

One must be consistent in doing what Allah had ordained, and if due to ignorance and temptations one has sinned,  he should keep seeking repentance untill one has completely left it.

أَنَّهُ مَنْ عَمِلَ مِنكُمْ سُوءًا بِجَهَالَةٍ ثُمَّ تَابَ مِن بَعْدِهِ وَأَصْلَحَ فَأَنَّهُ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ
If any of you does evil in ignorance, and thereafter repents and does righteous good deeds (by obeying Allah), then surely, He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

[6:54]

My Allah help us. 

The ray of hope

The ray of hope

Allah jalla wa ‘alā commands us to two things: firstly, to *do* the obligatory matters, and secondly to *not do* the prohibited matters.

Yet the first is more important than the second. That’s why Iblīs when he failed in the first (to DO the Sajdah) he was not forgiven. And when Ādam (‘alayhis-salām) failed in the second (to NOT eat from the Tree) he was forgiven.

That’s why even if you are a sinner, you’ve ALWAYS got a chance as long as you keep performing your obligations. Keep up your Ṣalāh, Ṣadaqah, good family relations, voluntary work etc. Don’t ever despair from the Mercy of Allah. Don’t let Shayṭān put you off as he whispers to you “Hypocrite! Hypocrite!” He just can’t get over the fact that even though you sin – and repeatedly so unfortunately – you’re still better than he is because you will still do as much as you can from the obligations.

Keep yourself in the game. Keep up your ‘ibādah despite your bad moments, even if those bad moments are most of your moments. In shā Allāh things will fix up for you soon as long as you keep on “doing”!

-Via Br. Nosherwan Huma

Best of the two!

Best of the two!

PONDER, why are these two the best?

Read Tafsir Ibn e Kathir of Surah Fatiha to know. (http://www.qtafsir.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=84&Itemid=35)

The Prophet (sallahu alaihi wassalam) Said:

‘The best of remembrance is La ilaha illallah (None has the right to be worshipped but Allah), and the best of supplication is Al-Hamdu Lillah (praise is to Allah).

Jabir bin Abdullah: http://sunnah.com/ibnmajah/33/145

Keep calm and leave it….

Keep calm and leave it....

Aoa! Today I have been wondering about things we love to do in this dunya. Things that normally distract us from achieving the higher goals of Akhirah due to excessive indulgence of thought and action.

I understand the fact that all human beings have natural feelings towards the things they love. I often get that feeling when I decide about something I am going to leave for good. It can be a habit or something that belongs to you. If you love them and you’ve got to leave them due to some reason, it hurts and it is hard to get going without it. Leaving music, giving wealth in the cause of Allah, giving up bad habits like smoking, dirty jokes; can be anything. Leaving it always difficult.

But what we should NEVER FORGET is THE REWARD. Bigger and Greater, certainly! When one leave something for the sake of Allah? For the love of our Creator because He doesn’t like it? Then the pain gets easier, doesn’t it? Why because it is for the greater good.

You know what, one of the excellent kinds of Hijrah defined by Prophet Muhammad (May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) is as follows:

“A man said: ‘O Messenger of Allah! Which emigration (Hijrah) is best?’

He (May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) said: ‘To leave what your Lord (Allah), the Mighty and Sublime, dislikes.’..”

[http://sunnah.com/nasai/39/17]

So if you have been planning since a long time about leaving all those bad things then NOW is the time ikhwan. Leave it, replace it with something good and make sure your intentions are pure to get a confirm ticket for unlimited reward from Rab ul Alamin. May Allah give us tawfeeq.

“And not equal are the good deed and the bad. Repel [evil] by that [deed] which is better” [41:34]

THE BIG STRONG MEN!

THE BIG STRONG MEN!

Upon visiting a local gymnasium, you’ll find a lot of people having big broad muscles in their shoulders, arms, thighs, abs and they are working out like crazy to produce them and to maintain them? Why, because great workout increases stamina while stronger and powerful muscles can exert more force. Such guys wrestle to prove how strong and powerful, leaving everyone in awe. Well, everybody wants to become like them, don’t we? Like, BIG STRONG MEN!

But do you know whom Allah’s Messenger Muhammad (Sallahu alaihi WA alahi wasallam) regarded as the strongest among men? He said:

“The strong is not the one who overcomes the people by his strength, but the strong is the one who controls himself while in anger.”
[Abu Hurairah RA : Sahih al-Bukhari 6114]

How many of us exhibit such power and might? This is what makes us stronger in real terms! You don’t believe me? Try controlling your anger for the next 7 days and prove it wrong! 🙂

Upper hand is better than the lower hand – Ramadhan Food Project 2013

Alhamdulillah, by the Grace of Allah Subhanahuwataalah, Youth Club Lahore took part in three social projects in 2012, namely:

       Ramadhan Food Project

       Clothes Distribution in sponsorship of Young Muslimah Project KSA

       Dhul Hijjah Qurbani and Food distribution

Ramadhan Food Project
In the early days of Ramadan, the YCL team purchased various food items and commodities including rice, sugar, pulses, dates, tea leaves, etc., from the supermarket ‘Metro’ in Model Town, Lahore, and collected sacks of flour from a charitable lady in Mustafa Town, before setting off for Kasur where the deserving families resided.

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The selection of the target homes was made after scrutiny; people who were needy yet did not resort to begging. Their living standards were extremely deplorable. Families had very few supplies to help them last the month. Their houses usually had a single stove in an open-air kitchen, the only place where they could cook food, and only fortunate families had a hand pump to provide them with water.

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Alhamdulillah, the supplies were distributed and those families were sustained throughout Ramadan.A total sum of around PKR 200,000 was spent in this project, and by the Grace of the Almighty it was a success, helping bring smiles to the faces of people who had probably not eaten to their fill for a long time.

See more pictures on the YCL page here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.410494059000045.85692.239400962776023&type=3

Clothes Distribution in sponsorship of Young Muslimah Project KSA
In association with The Young Muslimah Project, Youth Club distributed over 500 clothes to people from the areas affected by floods.

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The team traveled across 1250 kilometers, to Sindh and Balochistan, giving out clothes.

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Their houses were totally wrecked by the floods, and they had to live under the open sky with hardly any provisions to sustain them.

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Alhamdulillah these donations were given out to the right people.

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Impact Analysis:

 

 

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Our humble request

This year Youth Club Lahore team has targeted over 75 poor families within Lahore, which includes widows, orphans, unemployed and needy people, etc., that have no source of income at all.

Last year the families that were contacted did not call again to ask for provisions this year. This is the sign of true ‘masakeen’, people who do not resort to seeking help from others. We made sure that we reach “safaid-posh” people.

Help support this cause, keeping these Ahadith well in mind:

The Prophet (Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Wasallam) said: ‘Whoever gives iftaar to one who is fasting will have a reward like his, without that detracting from the fasting person’s reward in the slightest.’ [Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 807, Saheeh]

A man asked the Prophet (Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Wasallam), ‘What sort of deeds or (what qualities of) Islam are good?’ The Prophet (Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Wasallam) replied, ‘To feed (the poor) and greet those whom you know and those whom you do not know.’ [Sahih al-Bukhari, 12]

For individual list and costing please see https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Avkb36ZZ5v2MdERrTmt0SGFzNGo0M2Vqd0h0NE0zN2c&usp=sharing

You may donate money, or any of these items:

Sr. No.

Item Name

Item options

Quantity

Price

Optional price

1

Ghee Dalda 10*60*950

114000

2

Sugar Shakar gangh 10*60*60

36000

 

Khuli cheeni 10*60*55

33000

3

Rice Guard 10*60*185

111000

Zarafa 10*60*165

99000

4

Flour Kisan 4*60*480

115200

 

Punjab 4*60*370

88800

5

Lemon max long bar 3*60*32

5760

6

Dettol bath soap 3*60*45

8100

7

Tea leaves Lipton 1*60*435

26100

 

Supreme 1*60*370

22200

8

Dal mash Kisan 2*60*160

19200

9

Dal chana Kisan 2*60*80

9600

10

Jame sheerin 1*60*500

30000

11

Dates 2*60*250

30000

12

Baisen Kisan 2*60*85

10200

14

transportation

30000

15

Eidi 60*3000

180000

Total Cost

682860

Please donate with all your heart. In shaa’Allah this charity will weigh heavily in your favor on the Day when there will be nothing to vouch for you ‘except’ your deeds.

Account number: 01161198701
Title: Zaki Imtiaz
Bank: Standard Chartered, Johar Town, Lahore.
Branch code: 0021
Swift Code: SCBLPKKXLHR

Follow updates about this project at facebook.com/page.z.imtiaz

For any queries, contact us:

Zaki Imtiaz: 0323-9555521

Umair Abid Shah: 0333-5551597

zakiimtiaz1@gmail.com

Disclaimer: The purpose of sharing these stats and the effort done by our team is not to brag about the achievements of Youth Club. In fact, it is to bring to your notice that it is not politics, votes or leadership, but the individual efforts of all of us that are required to bring the much needed change in our societies. Every tiny little effort counts. If all of us take out just a small portion of our annual savings for those less privileged than us, in shaa’Allah we will lay the foundation for building more stable and healthier societies built on love, trust and compassion.

Something we all dream of seeing, every single day of our lives.

JAZAKUMULLAH KHAIR!

(may Allah grant you all goodness)