Enough reason to believe in…

It was like a gigantic wave of blood, gushing in my aorta when I came close to him for the first time. I couldn’t resist the appeal to hold him close, embrace him against my chest, feel the raw aroma coming out of his body. I was feeling a unique warmth in both of us. It was like a long awaited love. A love that kindled even more when we met each other. His charming face was itself a testimony for every little second of our wait, of our meeting. The touch of his hands was soft enough to melt my own heart as i fell in love with him at that very moment.

The feelings of compassion, security, tranquility, care and tenderness; all amalgamated into a single red colored flower of love, filling the room with its scent. Had any one in this world the power to sneak into my heart, he would certainly see a garden in there.

“SubhanAllah”, “Walhamdulillah” I acclaimed, as I saw my little angel baby boy, Ibrahim.

The birth of Ibrahim had been a real journey for I and my wife. He made us realize that he should be a reason enough for us to believe in the oneness, the ultimate perfection, the power of the creation of One God, Allah, Exalted be He far above from what people associate with Him falsely. Only after becoming a father do I really understand the depth of ayah (verses) of Quran in which Allah explains the matter of creation. The mind wonders on the reality a human being, his ego and his pride when Allah says:

قَالَ لَهُ صَاحِبُهُ وَهُوَ يُحَاوِرُهُ أَكَفَرْتَ بِالَّذِي خَلَقَكَ مِن تُرَابٍ ثُمَّ مِن نُّطْفَةٍ ثُمَّ سَوَّاكَ رَجُلًا

His companion said to him while he was conversing with him, “Have you disbelieved in He who created you from dust and then from a sperm-drop and then proportioned you [as] a man?
Surah Kahf 18:37

‘No, by my Lord, I do not. All praise is for You, I believe in You what You’ve shown me’. In 9 months, Allah showed us all the different stages of a human baby before coming into this matrix, how Allah SWT creates the organs inside the belly of a woman, in many folds, taken care off, given oxygen, food and utmost care from the mother. Despite her weakness, she pours herself in only for her baby. Allah designs the awesome systems of the baby body and bestows intellect inside his grey matter. Do you see, there was nothing but sperms and then Allah fashioned a complete human out of it, subhanAllah. This is the incomparable perfection of Allah, yet man invokes others besides Him.

I could remember the hadith with I heard Ibrahim crying for the first time,

Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (sallallhu alaihi wassalam) as saying:
No child is born but he is pricked by the Satan and he begins to weep because of the pricking of the Satan except the son of Mary (Eesa AS) and his mother (Maryam AS). Abu Huraira then said: You may recite if you so like (the verse):

” I seek Thy protection for her and her offspring against Satan the accursed” [Ale-Imran: ayah 36] [1]

Invoking Allah in my heart to protect him from the evil whispers of Satan the accursed, and asking Him from His bounties for him, I smiled at my wife, waiting for him to grow up, be a Hafiz and Qaari of Qur’an and become a sadqa e jariya for his parents. Ameen.

The question is whats in there for you in my experience. Well, I’ve learnt a few things and if you choose to benefit, stay tuned for the next artcile, insha’Allah 🙂

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[1] Sahih Muslim 2366 a, http://sunnah.com/muslim/43/191
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The writer is a software engineer and can be contacted at zakiimtiaz1@gmail.com

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Writing Wasiyah – A Forgotton Sunnah

“I have seen several families fighting over the issues of Virasat (inheritance) and Wasiyah (will) after the death of important people from among them. Wouldn’t it be great if people would follow the commandments of Allah in such affairs? There would be no fights if the wealth of the deceased was distributed according to the law of inheritance laid out in Islam. If the deceased left a will explaining each aspect in detail, there would be no dispute over family issues. There would be so much ease in fulfilling the missed obligations, promises and other commitments of the deceased by his surviving family.”


Click here to continue reading, Writing Wasiyah – A Forgotton Sunnah
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Why do I have to take Islamic obligations as “obligations”?

I say you don’t have to, at all; but only if you choose to. Only if you are a principle centered person. (Click here to read about principle centered people)

A human being, while growing up in any culture, extracts from it the basic moral foundations on which his life is based. This is vital for all societies to exist. This is the reason we have social sciences as a subject, that entirely deals with the society and their problems. Why do you think our youth is full of confusions? Why do you think our youth tend to follow every new trend, without evaluating whether it will bring good or bad consequences in their lives?  This is mainly because our youth lack the necessary moral foundations.

Islam brought the necessary moral foundations when it defined obligotory acts (both related to his Creator and his Creator’s creation), the benefits of which are as follows:

  1. To identify the humans, the absolute essential acts which they must do in order to help them succeed in both this life and the next life.
  2. To train the believers in submission to Allah, which is the foundations of rightiousness
  3. To provide the basic framework of righteous deeds for the believer’s life.
    [Taken from Foundations of Islamic Studies 2 Diploma handbook, Islamic Online University]

All acts are divided into the category of Permissible (Halal) and Impermissible (Haram) in Islam. Out of Halal, some are categorized as obligotory (Fard). How do we know something is obligotory on us? Well, its pretty simple.

If you find any order from Allah or from the Prophet Salallahu alaihi wsallam without any exception, then this act is obligotory anyway.

Like,

“And they were not commanded except to worship Allah , [being] sincere to Him in religion, inclining to truth, and to establish prayer and to give zakah. And that is the correct religion.”

[Sahih International translation, Quran 98:5]

So according to the above verse of Quran, its obligotory that we:

  1. Worship Allah
  2. Worship Him alone
  3. Establish prayer
  4. Give obligotory charity [Zakat]

Workshiping Allah will make sure that you buy the best possible and most available wireless network for communication. Once you hold on to this rope, this is what will guide you. This is what will help you. This is what will guard you in every difficulty. In return, you get the best in this life as well as in the Hereafter. insha’Allah. And How evil it would be if we worship other then the Creator of Heavens and the earth.

Praying not only gives you a spiritual highness but also prevents you from shameful acts [29:45]. It teaches us the lesson of punctuality [4:103], to be active and enables the Muslims to create the mosque as their community centers. In this fast age, Allah has taken care that Muslims know each other by their faces through Salat. Salat, Connecting people. Moreover, its a thanksgiving to Allah for all the awesome things He has given us to use without even asking. Masha’Allah. [http://sunnah.com/bukhari/19#10]

Not everyone in the society gets equal opporutnity to earn. There are people in my area, who do not have basic necessities of life. You would also have come accross such people in your life. The obligotory charity is a lesson to Muslims to care for other fellow Muslims. Its builds a sign of trust, care and love towards the Muslim society. Verily Allah wishes to remove any difficulty that we face in this world and in the Hereafter.

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So, the next time you see an obligotory act, try this paradigm shift. Its not what YOU don’t want to do, its something that WE (as a soceity, towards collective success) want to do.  🙂
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The writer is a Software Engineer by profession and writes at zakiimtiaz.wordpress.com. He can be contacted at zakiimtiaz1@gmail.com

 

Aaa…I have an excuse! Do you have one?

Based on Br. Hassan Adnan‘s lecture on the weekly halaqah at Youth Club Lahore in Dewan e Khas mosque.
For audios and slides check out: CLICK HERE
Compiled by Br. Abdullah Intekhab. May Allah reward him and accept his hardwork.

Top 10 Excuses (to avoid following Islam)

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Every single human being on the face of earth has one thing in common to every other human being: Time. This is one resource that we all have and we all have a responsibility to invest it wisely. Just like the student who waits till the last day to prepare and submit his assignment, we’re all waiting too. There’s a deadline, the clock is ticking and our time is running out. LITERALLY!

وَالْعَصْرِ (By the time that is running out), خُسْرٍلَفِي الْإِنسَانَ إِنَّ (indeed mankind is in loss.)

10. Family (I’m too busy with work and my loved ones)

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In implying this reason we deny one of the most fundamental beliefs of religion that:

‘Allah does not charge a soul except [with that within] its capacity…’ [2:286]

Things, whatever and whoever they be, are a part of the life not life itself. Life is bigger, it’s bigger than you and me and it’s getting bigger every day and we’re drifting further and further off.

‘Wealth and children are [but] adornment of the worldly life. But the enduring good deeds are better to your Lord for reward and better for [one’s] hope.’ [18:46]

Our family, as much as we love them, hindering us in doing what needs to be done becomes an enemy of ours. And we need to be mindful of these facts before we do or say anything or make any excuses or give any rationales. Anything will be an overbearing burden if we can’t control it; life is all about control. YOU have to be in control; your life should not be about “Why me” instead it should be about “HOW”. How do I get out of this situation; or how I do grasp this opportunity to do good?

 

09. Studies (They take too much time for me to make time for anything else)

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Pursuit of knowledge taking you around the world?

Seeking “ilm” for the greater good?

Too much pressure to perform?

Allah says He’s the controller of your affairs; He’ll manage all your worries only if you submit unto Him. We have to also have a correct understanding of knowledge as well; knowledge is that which brings you closer to Allah. Saying that in NO WAY means that Muslims should not pursue sciences and technology; instead what it means is that the right kind of knowledge used for the good of Islam and the Muslims should be our pursuit and that in itself becomes your gateway to religion. So, the pursuit of knowledge instead of being an excuse becomes your reason for following Islam.

 

08. My Intentions are Pure

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Whatever I do, however I live; it’s alright my intentions are pure. We’re just hanging out, we’re just friends, I was just consoling her through that break-up; but my intentions are pure.

بِالنِّيَّاتِ الأَعْمَالُ إِنَّمَا

We LOVE throwing this hadith around don’t we? The point is; actions are a product of intentions. Having a good intention implies a good action and vise-versa. Laws in Islam are based on human Fitrah and saying that one is above and beyond human instincts is like saying you’re supernatural, are you?

A good explanation follows here: http://bukhariexplanation.com/hadith-1/

 

07. I’m not an Extremist (Take a chill pill, man)

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So, you don’t want to be extremists? Good for you! But what is extremism?

Would you call the Prophet PBUH an extremist? He was the best Muslim you see. Had a beard, his trousers hung above his ankles, He was aggressive in daw’ah, was always ready for Jihad. Neither was a mullah, a wahabi or a terrorist (auzubillahi min zalik).

So what is extremism?

The only middle path is that of the Messenger PBUH. Unfortunately we, the Muslims, do follow A middle path but it’s not THE middle path. Ours is a path somewhere between the Messenger and Satan.

‘And of the people is he who worships Allah on an edge. If he is touched by good, he is reassured by it; but if he is struck by trial, he turns on his face [to the other direction]. He has lost [this] world and the Hereafter. That is what is the manifest loss.’ [22:11]

On the other side; what the middle path signifies quantitatively is to not transgress the boundaries set by the Messenger PBUH; that is true extremism.

06. Mr. Goody Two Shoes

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I’m a good person: I don’t drink, haven’t killed anyone, I don’t steal or fornicate. I’m a good person.

I’m from a good family; my father owns a business and runs it honestly; we don’t do harm to anyone; we give charity and I help my father in the business and we live a good life. Don’t tell me to be SO Islamic; we’re alright, we’ve been like this for generations. And whatever “family traditions” we have, I’ll uphold them, don’t tell them they’re not Islamic. They make me happy, how can something that makes me happy not be Islamic!

‘And when it is said to them, “Come to what Allah has revealed and to the Messenger,” they say, “Sufficient for us is that upon which we found our fathers.” Even though their fathers knew nothing, nor were they guided’ [5:104]

We put TOO much emphasis on Haqooq-ul-Ibad, don’t we? Take care of the people Allah will forgive you His rights, right?

Does it make any sense that the One Who gave you life; gave you EVERYTHING is the One you choose to ignore the most? It’s like you were hired to work under someone else but you report to some other guy and keep expecting the first person to overlook your transgressions.

Why would Allah burden you, He has put you in this world He knows you can handle the deen and dunya together. He opens up the avenues of good if we follow good; and will leave us free to whatever we will if we want to go astray. We mystify the good and the bad; Allah has demystified it for us.

‘As for he who gives and fears Allah – And believes in the best [reward], We will ease him toward ease. But as for he who withholds and considers himself free of need – And denies the best [reward], We will ease him toward difficulty.’ [92:5-10]

05. I love Allah… Don’t Judge Me

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I love Allah, He will forgive me in’sha’Allah. Don’t bug me to pray and fast and what not.

‘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.”’ [3:31]

Allah’s love is manifest through the love of His Messenger and following what he commanded and did; Allah’s love is manifest in loving the Word that He sent down for us. Allah’s love is manifest through being what He wants us to be. There’s NO other way of loving Allah.

This is not to say that it’s too late; Allah IS all merciful; but ASK! Repent…

“Sons of Adam are all sinful except those that repent’

We all want that one person in our lives whom we can bug all we want and ask anything we want of and say anything to and they will still be happy with us, don’t we? We have Allah; and we miss out on that experience… loving Allah is a transcendent experience in itself.

04. Allah is Ghafoor & Raheem, He will forgive me

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Allah IS intensely and extremely Merciful, Allah WILL forgive ALL sins except shirk, Allah DOES love you VERY MUCH… but there’s a deadline; there’s ALWAYS a deadline:

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

And return [in repentance] to your Lord and submit to Him before the punishment comes upon you; then you will not be helped.’ [39:53-54]

Could it be any clearer? Allah forgives, when you repent; Allah LOVES the repentance of His slaves. And it’s not like you can wait; we don’t know when the time will run out and the doors of His Mercy will be closed forever. Allah is just, what do you think that Allah is foolish (astaghfirullah) that you will spend your entire life in His disobedience and He will still forgive you?

“Migration will not end until repentance ends, and repentance will not end until the sun rises in the west.” [Classified as Sahi, Al-Albani]

03. No Compulsion in Religion

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Yes, there is no compulsion is religion but Allah did show you the road, and success is only a consequence of walking this road.

‘There shall be no compulsion in [acceptance of] the religion. The right course has become clear from the wrong. So whoever disbelieves in Taghut and believes in Allah has grasped the most trustworthy handhold with no break in it. And Allah is Hearing and Knowing.’ [2:256]

There is a clear division:

‘And We will present Hell that Day to the Disbelievers, on display – Those whose eyes had been within a cover [removed] from My remembrance, and they were not able to hear.’ [18:100-101]

Nothing else is acceptable to Allah; there is no compulsion is like Allah giving you a choice to go to Heaven or go to Hell. Who in their right mind would choose Hell, only if we knew! Only if we knew…

‘Indeed, the religion in the sight of Allah is Islam. And those who were given the Scripture did not differ except after knowledge had come to them – out of jealous animosity between themselves. And whoever disbelieves in the verses of Allah , then indeed, Allah is swift in [taking] account.’ [3:19]

02. I’ll do it when I’m older

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Who owns tomorrow, not even the best fortune tellers can tell what’s exactly going to happen (if you believe in that kind of stuff!). Who has till “old-age”?

Allah says about old people that they sometimes are not even in control of their physical and mental faculties; what use is servitude then? Giving your “party” years to dunya and when you’re bed-ridden hold a tasbih and start going “Haq, Haq”…

Again that is not to say that it’s ever too late to repent; but for us, NOW is the time, Here is the place. No matter if you’re old, young, healthy or stung; repent now and start anew. Like a new born baby in front of your Lord. But we like to plan our plans; we love this life, gotta get me a car, a house, a wife and kids, some property down the line and a solid retirement plan; THEN I’ll start praying five times a day and wake up for tahajjud, but:

But they plan, and Allah plans. And Allah is the best of planners.’ [8:30]

01. ALL Muslims go to Heaven!

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Ok, I’ll grant us this fantasy for a while. But let’s first explore but this word “Muslim” means.

Muslim means the one who Submits in humble submission and worship. Worship to whom? Allah! Ok, so that’s established; we submit to Allah. What’s submission to Allah; Having Iman. What’s Iman; Iman is to recite the Kalimah and ACT on it!

Yes, all Muslims go to heaven; all those who hav said the Kalimah will go to Heaven. But we have to understand things in context here. Saying the Kalimah is a direct case study of بِالنِّيَّاتِ الأَعْمَالُ إِنَّمَا. Saying the Kalimah implies in and off itself faith in Allah, His Messengers, His Books, Angels, the Last Day and His Divine Decree. And having faith in anything is manifest in our actions. By being good Muslims is our faith manifest.

After the Battle of Badr interrogating the prisoners of war when the Messenger came to his uncle Abbas bin Abdul Muttalib (RA), the Messenger asked his uncle to set his own ransom price. His uncle responded by saying that I am a Muslim and I only joined the Quraish in Badr so that I could come join you in Madinah, but the Messenger was not convinced and he PBUH said (and I’m paraphrasing) that: We take people as they appear to be through their actions. Anyone who appears to have the actions of the disbelievers we will deal them as such and vice versa.

We pray that every Muslim upholds the values of Islam and can stand with faith and pride on the Last Day in front of His Lord; expectant of His Mercy and not despondent and awaiting His punishment.

7 Habits of TRULY SUCCESSFUL people

Based on my lecture on the weekly halaqah at Youth Club Lahore in Dewan e Khas mosque.
For audios and slides check out: CLICK HERE
Compiled by a lovely brother. May Allah reward him and accept his hardwork.

Success

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Fame, money, girls, cars, a huge mansion!

This is all you can ask for and more, right?

Some people had it all; and yet they were so dissatisfied with their lives that they ended it. And we’re no one to judge; we cannot say that given all this fame and fortune we would behave any differently, that is pure hypothesis!

So, if these are our yardsticks of success and yet those that have all this seem still to be missing something… Something whose void we fill in with drugs and porn and smoking and excessive socializing.
What, then, is that missing piece of life?

Here’re a few questions you need to ask yourselves: When was the last time when

  1. you were depressed?
  2. you failed in a test you worked hard for?
  3. lost your girlfriend/boyfriend (missing her/him much)?
  4. you were scolded by your parents?
  5. you felt sick of the lack of discipline in your life?
  6. you felt you are too fat to be productive, or too weak?
  7. you felt jealous of your friend who has a Galaxy SIII and you only have an SII?

All this leads to depression. Some of its prevalent aspects are: No love from family and friends, hating your day-to-day routine, no contentment of the heart and always being angry.

But when was the last time that you fought! What have you done to tackle this looming uncertainty in your life?

The problem lies in life itself. We couldn’t grasp the concept of what life really is and how to live it. Modern philosophy would have us thinking of humanity as physical beings that need to go on spiritual journeys to find the meaning of life, universe and everything… the reality is in direct contradiction to this.

We are spiritual beings sent on a physical journey by our Creator as a test. This world is VERY real, very physical! We exist here with a dichotomy of the spiritual and the physical and both of these components need nourishment. Neglecting either would lead to starvation; depression is starvation of the soul.

What are the steps that you have taken to cure this affliction? Because, clearly, depression is a disease of a malnourished soul! Allah gives His stamp of certainty in this regard:

“And whoever turns away from My remembrance – indeed, he will have a depressed life, and We will gather him on the Day of Resurrection blind.” [20:124]

Real Success

Its not always what you see

“…So he who is drawn away from the Fire and admitted to Paradise, he indeed is successful. And what is the life of this world except the enjoyment of delusion.” [3:185]

Make your goal akhira (the hereafter), with a pure heart and intention, and see how Allah brings the dunya (worldly life) humiliated to your feet. It is only then that you will have attained true success. A Successful dunya then becomes a by-product of akhira.

7 Habits of TRULY Successful People

1.      Correct your world outlook (spiritual beings on a physical journey)

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Work on your Tauhid (Oneness of Allah); Understand what we mean by Tuahid and Oneness of Allah in every single Attribute and Name and Action and Ability. That there is NONE like unto Him.
There’s a great glad tiding for the believers when the Prophet PBUH said:

“None shall enter the Fire (of Hell) who has in his heart the weight of a mustard seed of Iman….” [Muslim]

If we try to understand Islam we would realize that instead of the five pillars, the religion actually rests on ONE foundation i.e. Tauhid on which stand the other four pillars (Prayer, Fast, Charity and Hajj).

Our outlook on the world changes dramatically when our belief in Tauhid is firm; We know nothing happens according to our best plans but by Allah’s plans that are best for us, we start believing in the act itself rather than the consequences (because consequences are in the hands of Allah).

2.      Seeking knowledge

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You spent half your life preparing to be able to make a living in this world; and spend the rest working for it. Does it seem logically right that we put in all this time for something that we know, for sure, will end in a heartbeat and not for something that we know, for a fact, will last forever?

How does that appeal to a rational mind? Of-course Allah is all merciful but He shows His Mercy to those who give Him His right. It sends a shiver down my spine to say this but your Lord, your Creator, Allah has only ONE right over you: Tauhid! And we fail to give Him that.

For that we seek knowledge; Tauhid comes in a package form. You understand Tauhid; you learn Fiqh (Jurisprudence) and Qur’an and Hadith and you strive hard to be the slaves of Allah.

And know, we’re NOT servants of Allah; we’re His slaves! He says die, we die; He says be and we are. A slave does not have another option BUT to follow His master. All of this comes with knowing your Lord, knowing that you don’t need anyone as in intermediary to reach Allah; no graves, no Jesus son of Mary, no deity with an elephant’s or monkey’s head.

Seek knowledge; learn!

“The best of you are those who learn the Quran and teach it to others.” [Bukhaari]

Learn Qur’an in any capacity, you have a computer, you have internet, spread Allah’s words in any way you can. Learn and whatever you learn, teach. Seeking knowledge and understanding your religion is the biggest blow that we can deal to sectarianism in our society. As Allah says:

“O you who have believed, obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those in authority among you. And if you disagree over anything, refer it to Allah and the Messenger, if you should believe in Allah and the Last Day. That is the best [way] and best in result.” [4:59]

3.      Commit yourself emotionally

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“By Him in Whose Hands my life is, none of you will have faith till he loves me more than his father and his children.”  [Bukhaari]

‘Say, [O Muhammad], “If your fathers, your sons, your brothers, your wives, your relatives, wealth which you have obtained, commerce wherein you fear decline, and dwellings with which you are pleased are more beloved to you than Allah and His Messenger and jihad in His cause, then wait until Allah executes His command. And Allah does not guide the defiantly disobedient people.”’ [9:24]

This is the emotional commitment Islam requires of us. Have you ever thought about it this way; do we really love “The best man who ever lived” (as we like to say so often) like we should? We cringe at the thought of looking like him, dressing like him PBUH…

Invest yourself emotionally and bring the Messenger’s character into every aspect of your life.

And talking of emotions; Cry! Cry in front of your Lord; He listens, TALK TO HIM! You don’t need to raise your hands to talk to Allah; talk to him on your way to school, on your way to work; on your way to the grocery store. Cry… Real men cry!

Drench yourself in اللَّهِ صِبْغَةَ: the colour of Allah. And what is better than the colour of Allah.

Trust Allah; stop being an apologetic Muslims; OWN your religion. Ours’ is a religion of Salah, as much as ours’ is a religion of Jihad as much as it is of Dawah and Qur’an!

“…And whosoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty).” [65:2]

That’s Allah’s promise; what else do you need! The Guy Who wrote the script says He’s got your back; just trust Him.

Work on your Taqwa; Strive in Allah’s cause; Listen to the Qur’an; Purge Haram from your life, one little thing at a time; Remember death.

4.      Patience

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We associate patience only with calamities and although that is the ultimate opportunity for patience; patience also needs to be manifested in times of ease.

“No calamity befalls a Muslim but that Allah expiates some of his sins because of it, even though it were the prick he receives from a thorn.” [Bukhaari]

5.      Modesty: shyness, haya, etiquette

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“Faith (Belief) consists of more than sixty branches (i.e. parts). And Haya is a part of faith.” [Bukhari]

Modesty is a broad concept and applies to every aspect of our lives; modesty is not just wearing a hijab and lowering your gaze (although they’re a major part of it). Modesty is when you show manners to your elders; modesty is when you spend no more than you earn; modesty is when you humble yourself before Allah.

Do you really think that Jannah will be a place of immodesty and that the women of Paradise will be roaming around naked (astaghfirullah)? The women of Jannah are clad in modest clothes; they wear a Burqa **add American accent here** so you might as well get used to that in this world; or your Jannah will be quite boring.

6.      Contentment

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“Look to one who is lower than you, and do not look to one who is above you. For indeed that is more worthy (so that you will) not belittle Allah’s favors upon you.” [Tirmidhi]

Compare what you don’t have with what you DO HAVE. Every single thing around us is a blessing that is dearer than anything we can EVER do to repay for it. How can you pay Allah back for the sun, water and the skies!

The Messenger of Allah (sallaAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam) was sitting with a group of the Sahabah (RA) in the masjid and he said “A man will now enter [who is] from the people of Paradise.” and a Sahabi walked in. It happened again the next day, and then a third time. ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr ibn al-‘aas (RA) wanted to find out what was so special about this man, so he asked the man if he can stay over at his house for a few days. (He made up an excuse). The man allowed him to stay. ‘Abdullah noticed that the man didn’t do anything out of the ordinary: He didn’t fast all the time, he slept some of the night and prayed some of the night, and so on. So after the 3 days, ‘Abdullah told him the real reason why he requested to stay with him, and he asked what it was that could be the reason why he was from the people of Jannah.

The man (RA) couldn’t think of anything, but after a while he said “Every night, before I go to sleep, I forgive whoever has wronged me. I remove any bad feelings towards anyone from my heart.”

That is the consequence of a contented heart; Paradise! Practice contentment, practice forgiveness…

7.      Sacrifice

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Religion requires sacrifice: Namaz and Riba (Interest) cannot co-exit; Iman and fornication cannot co-exist!

  • Sacrifice; your time, wealth and efforts.
  • Find halal ways to enjoy.
  • If you’re having girl problems; GET MARRIED!
  • Make the decision right now; change is a decision away.

“Verily, Allah has purchased of the believers their lives and their properties; for the price that theirs shall be the Paradise.” [9:111]

Now when Allah OWNS you, you are sold goods, who do you serve? Allah! No other way to success but to obey the Master.

Sinking of Titanic

Posted at Islamic brothers facebook group by Br. Hassan Adnan 

Ocean are mysterious, and because you can never know too much about them at anytime, they are dangerous. They are like the open and untamed beast which can throw you off any moment, off your saddle , off of your control.

One of the artefact which tried its fate on the tides of ocean was Titanic, the 840 feet long mammoth, 60 feet tall, weighing more than 26000 tons, feeding on 900tons of coal a day. A crew of 930 men were needed to run it, it capacitated 2200 men.

4000 men build it in 5 years and 80 men lost their lives in building its luxuries, with the finest of details, from furniture carvings, floor paneling, linens, social activities, dinning, ball rooms, gymnasiums, spas and Turkish baths.

An engineering marvel of the age, coming from a shipyard like silcon valley of today, that was totally customised for building titanic. Run by 159 furnaces, 2 reciprocating engines as high as three story building producing 15000hp. One Parosn’s turbine engine for propellers producing 1600 hp. 150 electric motors, 200 miles of cabling. 6 generators, 3 propellers, a rudder of as high as 75 feet.

The launch of Titanic marked a massive marketing campaign attracting the likes of JP. Morgan. An executive ticket would cost you 75000$ of today’s money. And it would take 6 days to reach New York.
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Hammer a NAIL in the wall; Anger Management

The other day I was listening to this beautifully story while going through an audio Tafsir of Quran. An efficient technique of anger management.

The story is about a father and his son. The father, in the process of grooming the boy, wanted to teach him lessons of personal leadership. So, he gave the boy a bag of iron nails and asked him to hammer one nail in the fence at the back of his house whenever he gets angry and frustrated. The boy took his father’s advice seriously and started practising it from that very day.

At the end of the first day, the boy realised that he had to hammer 37 nails in the fence.

“O man, this is really a bad number. Am I that furious?”, the boy exclaimed.

The next day, he was more consious of his anger and the number of new hammered nails were compartively less. In just a few days, he realized that hammering a nail in that fence is far more difficult, as you have to get and pick up the stuff and work on it every time you are angry, you know. So, he continued to grasp any opportunity where he could control his anger, resulting in lesser hard work and greater control.

After a few days, he finally had a day when he hammered no new nail. He informed his father about his success. The father was happy. However, there was still one piece of advice remaining. The father asked the boy to maintain his ‘no-anger’ phase and for each successful day, the boy must pull out one nail from the fence.

The father was obeyed.

Controlling anger was definitely a difficult job but once it was fueled with the temptation of making an achievement, it became easier. The boy continued to control his anger everyday and everyday he kept on pulling nails from the piece of wood. The day was not far when the wood was free from nails. The boy felt the satisfaction of accomplishment, deep within his heart, as he showed his hardwork to his father. The father appreciated his son and handed him his final words about the whole experience.

The father said, “Look at the fence my dear boy. Can you count how many holes are there? This fence is similar to our life and our anger. Once you’re furious upon someone and have hurt his feelings, no matter how many times you say sorry and apologize, you can’t fill those holes in his heart”, and he left his son…..thinking!

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It is narrated on the authority of Jabir that he heard the Prophet صل اللہ علی وسلم say:

“‏ الْمُسْلِمُ مَنْ سَلِمَ الْمُسْلِمُونَ مِنْ لِسَانِهِ وَيَدِهِ”

A Muslim is he from whose hand and tongue the Muslim’s are safe.

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P.S: The story is the product of my memory and its storyline might be a little different from the original

The writer majors in Software Engineering and is an amateur blogger and photographer. He may be contacted at zakiimtiaz1@gmail.com.

Accept your mistake and renew yourself

Accept your mistake and renew yourself. Don’t be arrogant, nor ignorant, nor wrongly comprehend.

Analyse the depth, the truth of the message you are given instead of criticising the one who delivers.

Don’t be ASHAMED to do without FAME

Since childhood, we are indoctrinated directly or indirectly, that the only jobs good enough to do are white collar jobs in huge marble floored offices. Unfortunately, there aren’t such jobs for all in my country. A graduating candidate limits one’s search to the ‘luxurious’ jobs and the general attitude is not to earn until and unless one finds a reasonable one.

My friends, colleagues and family members seek to get employed in developed countries like UK, USA, Malysia, Canada and so on. The sad part is, they would work there at any place, do any job. They’ll become a security guard, a worker at a small local resturant, a pub, cleaning dishes in the kitchen, selling things on the streets, so on and so forth.

Why would they do it there in those countries and not in there homeland?

Where did their ego go then?

Is it only money all they want?

Sacrificing there ownselves, their ego, their family (living distant and not coming back for years) and sacrificing their culture and facilities they had back there in their own country? Why? They didn’t have to iron their clothes, nor cook food or laundry or anything else as such when there mothers, sisters and wives did back at home. Why sacrifice so much in the foreign and doing nothing at home?

Why?

My brothers and sisters must understand, its not that we shouldn’t think, aim big and look for an opportunity but we need to be realistic and start working in whatever capacities we have. Not everyone is fortunate enough to get what they want, in this life, for this life. Implementing a small earning plan whether it be a security guard, a dishwasher in a local resturant, selling snacks on a tricycle at a market place, giving part-time coaching for a subject, anything; we must not be shy to earn our livelihood from our own hands, helping ourselves as well as our families.

It won’t hurt, trust me. Instead, it would give us confidence. We earn 10 times less is our homeland, with our families is far better then working in foreign countries without them. I ask myself a question, “What shall be my purpose of life if I can’t come to visit my families on marriages, on deaths, on other moments of life.” After all, money can’t buy happiness.

An old struggling man, having degrees from the best universities of the country, when sells ‘fun snacks’ on a tricycle at a spot in the city’s posh area is happy and contended. He is happy that God has still given him resources to earn his own and his family’s food. He does not regret nor does he looses hope. The fact that he is contended doesn’t stop him think big. He works hard to grow his business from a small tricycle food spot in something big. He is like a bird, sitting near a pond, feeding itself on insects to survive, waiting for the big fish, waiting for the ‘opportunity’.

All great business were never born great. Just don’t underestimate the power of hard work and just livelihood.

In that case, Earn less and be proud.

Your brother,

Zaki Imtiaz 

Gotta act like a leader

One of the best qualities I noticed while reading the biography of Umar bin Khattab (May Allah be pleased with him) is when he was appointed as the Caliph of the Muslim world, he held himself responsible for every affair under his command. He assured the people that he’ll protect them and give them their due rights.

An extract from his biography goes as follows:

Just two days after the appointment of Umar as the Caliph, people started talking about his hard-nature, about which Umar feared. He decided to solve the matter so he ascended the pulpit and addressed the people.

“Were not these two (Muhammad[Last Prophet of Allah] and Abu Bakr [First Caliph after Muhammad] [May Allah peace be on them]) great men content with me until they died? Know that my hard-nature has become soft. But I would remain stern against the wrong doer and unjust. I will throw him on the ground whoever I found unjust. I will place my foot on his chin and will make him follow the truth and the path of justice. O people, you may hold me accountable for anything in which I fall short. I will spend your charity and war booty only in the way of Allah (In Islam, wealth is considered to be a sacred trust from God). Beware of me if I spend even one dirham in the wrong place. If Allah willed, I will keep on increasing your salaries and bonuses. I will protect your borders. I will not take a single step towards a path that would harm you. I will not appoint anyone on the border for a long time. When you’ll confront the enemy on the borders, I will keep watch and protect your homes. O slaves of Allah! Fear Allah and help me. ORDER ME TO ENJOIN WHAT IS GOOD AND FORBID WHAT IS EVIL. Help me by advising me in the matters of the caliphate. That is it, i just want to say this. I pray to Allah for our forgiveness.”

[Taken from Biography of Umar e Farooq By Dr. Ali Muhammad As-Sulabi published by Darussalam, pg 214-215]

This is how a leader is supposed to be. Taking up every responsibility and protecting the people. No matter who you are, a teacher, a parent, a sweeper, a student, an office bearer, a president or anyone else, you are accountable for your position. No matter where you are, in your office, at home, at university, on a journey, at friend’s place or anywhere else, you are responsible for all the matters around you.

You have to protect the matters.

You’ve gotta lead them to become their leader.