Those busy days 

For when you have those busy days where you feel like you can hardly fit in time to eat. Those days where you feel like you haven’t sat down and relaxed at all. Those days where you can hardly think because you’re just on the go all day. Those days when all you want to do is go home, get into a onesie and have a comforting meal, and a warming cup of tea at the end of your busy day. 

For those days how many times do you make a conscious effort to remember the reason you’re able to be busy? The reason you’re able to  walk to where you need to be, talk to who you need to talk to, write what you need to, see what you need to… Breathe as you need to. How many times do we remember the ultimate reason we’re doing what we’re doing? 

Yes, it’s a deep thought to think. But it’s essential to keep it in our minds even when we’re having those busy days. We should remember to start and end in the name of the one who is ultimately in control of what were busy with. We should make an effort to pray on time. Wherever we may be, and we shouldn’t feel embarrassed or ashamed of that. We may be busy but we should never be too busy to pray. Because that’s where true success lies. 

All your busy days, weeks, months, are wasted if you haven’t worshipped the one who allows you to busy. The one who allows you to breathe and speak and talk and walk and hear. The one who gives you the ability to do whatever it is you’re doing. So remember him in all you do. Remember your ultimate goals and bring Allah into your intentions and remember those intentions. It is easy to forget and we aren’t made perfect. We will forget sometimes and we will trip up but as long as we always return back to our vision as Muslims, and we make an effort to remember our creator in all we do, Insha’Allah Allah will forgive us and make us successful in all we do, and ultimately in the hereafter. Ameen. You’ll find comfort in praying on those busy days, as if it’s a mental and spiritual recharge. 

May Allah grant us jannah and forgive us for all we may do. May he purify our intentions and hearts. May he give us success in all we do. May he bring us closer to those we love and guide us. Ameen. 

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Finding strength

To become ‘strong’ – what does it mean? Some may say being strong comes from being able to squat 50kg, or to have definitive muscles in your arms and legs. This is physical strength. 

Mental and emotional strength however comes from being able to talk, grow, develop, and learn. 

In both instances, strength is something that starts from something small. Like physical strength, mental strength must start from somewhere. Whether it be hardship, failure, or environment. Strength grows and it develops as we continue to learn. The most important basis of finding mental and emotional strength is through the one who created us. Our Lord. The one who fashioned our hearts individually and uniquely. The one who predestined our lives which ultimately shape our personality. We can be successful but if our faith isn’t strong how can we be strong? If the light within us which guides us is switched off how do we expect to make it through the dark? 

Our strength comes from Allah. As Muslims we must strive to find it, establish it, and build upon it. You don’t have to be an outgoing person to be strong. You don’t have to have the best body to be strong. You have to find Allah first and then you will be strong enough to take everyone else on. Tears don’t make you weak, and failure doesn’t mean you stop. The prophet (pbuh) would weep in prayer. So cry when you need to but cry to Allah. When you fail at something don’t think of it as failure, think of it as though you’ve gained knowledge on how not to do something. 

From being here in this life we are being prepared for something much greater. So strive to be stronger in character and mind in order to regain strength. You will have downfalls and you will come across things that may trip you but know and believe that Allah is always with you. He tells us in his holy book to call upon him and he will respond. That he tests those who he loves. That he does not burden a soul beyond that which it can bear. That he is closer to you than your jugular vein, that he is all knowing all seeing all hearing, that after every hardship comes ease, that through the rememberance of him hearts do find rest. Subahan’Allah. 

Find the changer of hearts. The one who knows and sees all things. The one who loves you if you love him. The most merciful the most kind. Find him, and build your strength on that basis. Knowing he is always with you and that he can get you through anything. Knowing that no matter what obstacles you face, Dua can make a difference. Knowing that your hard work is paying off so long as you have him. Knowing that Allah will make things easy for you because you’re a part of the ummah and you do things for his sake alone. Find your strength through him and Insha’Allah he will install a peace and hope in you that is only known to those who experience it. Find tawakul. Never give up. 

May Allah guide us and grant us a high place in jannah. May he forgive us for all the wrong we may have done. May he help us be successful in this life and in the hereafter. May he bring us closer to those we love and make easy for us to overcome any obstacles. May he grant us strength to carry on in a world full or corruption. May he bless us in all we do and accept all our duas. May he make a way for us when we feel lost and may he make easy for us what we find difficult. Ameen. 

The gift 

Imagine you have been given a gift. One that you could keep forever, and get use out of 24/7. A gift that could change your life. A gift that made things easy, a gift that when used, brings love, and reminds you of love and peace. A gift so beautiful that you have to be pure to touch it. 

A divine gift. From Allah. The gift is the Quran. Containing all we need to know along with the Sunnah. A book. Words from God that have the power to soften the hardest of hearts, to heal the most broken of hearts. The book that was revealed in this holy month that befalls us. It may be the first time in a while, but open the book and read. Let the words touch your heart, even if you don’t finish the whole Quran in this month, read it. Watch it make a difference to you and how you feel, and take something from it. Let the words of your Lord inspire you to aspire toward becoming a better Muslim insha’Allah. Ramadan isn’t about who can finish the Quran the quickest, or who prays 20 rakats of taraweeh the fastest. Ramadan should mean something to us. We should benefit from it. We should aim to do a better job of bettering ourselves, to become closer to he who created us. It’s a month where we learn about ourselves as shaytan is locked away. A month where we can purify ourselves and recognise our weaknesses in order to act upon them. Quran will help you through it. It brings a sense of peace that is truly inexplainable. A sense of peace that can reduce me to tears just thinking about how amazing it feels to have gained such a relationship with Allah that he allows you to feel that peace. Subhanallah. 

We all sin. Yet we are able to learn from our sins with asking for forgiveness. We all go through hardship, but eventually with the will of Allah, they pass. No matter what happens in your life, read. It will make a difference to you. Find solace in his holy text, as you will find it will benefit you in this world and the next life insha’Allah. 

May Allah make this Ramadan easy for us to benefit from. May he forgive us for all the sins we may commit knowingly and unknowingly. May he guide us and grant us a high place in Jannah. May he make it easy for us to read, reflect and understand in order for us to come closer to him. May he help us be successful in this life and in the hereafter. May he help the ummah come closer in a world of corruption. May he bring us closer to those we love and save us from the punishment of the grave, the fire, and all evil. May he protect us from all evil. May he keep us rightly guided and grant us what is best. Ameen. 

“And he taught you that which you did not know” (Quran 96:5)

‘Everything is beautifully planned within his knowledge’ 

  

At some point everything may feel lost, all over the place, and at this point we may begin to feel hopeless, the tears begin to fall and we feel like we’re left in limbo. However the importance of remembering Allah at these points in life is crucial. Yes it is hard, and yes it can get tiresome, but Allah knows what he is doing. He knows what lies in your heart and he knows what you want, but perhaps what it is you want isn’t always best. 

We may plan, but Allah is the best of planners. 

Subhanallah, Allah may bring things to you at times where you least expect it. It may not seem clear at the time, but afterward, once resolved the picture gains focus, and the happiness and content you will feel from trusting Allah through your confusion will uplift you in a way that can only be understood through feeling. Allah hears you. The most silent of prayers. He hears them. He will put things before you when it is best for you. All we can do is pray for what is best for us, work hard, and trust him and his plan. For he is our creator, surely he knows what is best for us. Like the leaves on an autumn tree, they begin to fall and become bare. Then by the will of Allah, soon after, the tree blossoms once again, and green leaves form.  Similarly, we may begin to fall and stumble, We may lose things or people close to us, but with prayer and trust in him, our leaves will eventually grow back. Perhaps not in the same way as before, but in a way that will beautify us, and will Insha’Allah make us better Muslims. 

True happiness is felt within. Put your full trust in him, pray to him, talk to him, and you will begin to see the blossoms form. 

He will guide you toward your missing piece. Just remain patient and hopeful in him and his plan Insha’Allah. 

May Allah guide us and grant us Jannah. May he forgive us for all we may have done. May he grant us a place in Jannah and protect us from all evil. May he make us successful in this life and in the hereafter. And may he bring us closer to those we love. Ameen.

Talking to the one 

 

The world is filled with people and desires. Things which come and go. Each thing you have come across, you have seen for a reason. Whether you know it now or whether you reflect upon it at a later time, you will see that everything happens for a reason. His plan is better than what you know. You can contemplate upon what it is you may have come across or what it is you may have lost, but with his will you will eventually understand. Maybe it’s a lesson and maybe it’s a test. A blessing even. Perhaps it’s something that is of benefit to you even if you don’t see it yet. It might hurt now, and the tears may feel like they won’t stop, but why cry if you’re not going to let it out?  Let it out to the one who didn’t just create you, he fashioned you. Cry to the one who can change  what it is you’re going through. The one who knows you better than any person simply because he made you. The one who will understand your pain before you even say it. The one who sees every tear that falls from your eyes. The one who hears every mutter that escapes your lips. He is the one you should turn to for true peace. Trust him. It might be confused now, and it might not make sense but the picture will get clear if you put your trust in Allah Insha’Allah. He is always there for you any time of the day. You sin and he will still be there to forgive. Subhanallah. People only offer so much comfort but true peace of heart and peace of mind comes from he who created it. Trust him. He is closer to you than your jugular vein. Talk to your creator…

May Allah guide us and grant us Jannah. May he help us to be successful in this life and in the hereafter. May he forgive us for all we may have done and may he help us through difficulty. Ameen. 

Trusting Allah 

sometimes we feel as if there isn’t much hope left for us or the people around us. That there is something in our life that is failing, and in that we feel as if we are failing ourselves or letting others down. It’s in times like this that it is crucial to remember your Lord, and to remember that he doesn’t give us more than we can handle. He may test you, he may let you taste the bitterness, but never is it more than you can bare. Remember, he does this to test us. Perhaps to remind us that we need him more than we need anything worldly. Perhaps to remind us who our creator is. To remind us that the only one who can truly understand what lies in our hearts is the one who created it. 

So trust him. Put trust in what he has given you, and appreciate all he has given you. If a teacher only gave you basic questions in class, you would never learn how to answer questions of a higher level. Similarly Allah tests those who are closer to him. Once you lose Allah you lose all you have. You may still remain with materialistic values, but your heart will never feel the same contentment and peace it feels when you’re connected to Allah. So remember to trust him. Put trust in his plan. Everything happens for a reason. As people, the best we can do is work hard and ask him for what it is we want. He is the creator of all things, the most gracious, the most merciful, the most high. When you take a step toward Allah he comes running toward you – trust him. Create a connection with Allah, and turn to him.

May Allah guide us and grant us jannah. May he forgive us for all the wrong we may do. May he bring us closer to those we love and protect us from all evil. May he make us successful in this life and in the hereafter.  Ameen. 

We’re all sinners

We’re all sinners. Some of us may have heavier Sins than others, but we all sin at some point. Through minor and major sins. But we have to learn that we’re all human, and sinning is a human thing to do. However we need to encourage one another to be better people, and we need to do our best not to sin. To fall into the traps that shaytan creates in the world has become very easy but if we are fooled, we need to ask do forgibeness. 

If someone has had the worst past and is working toward a righteous future, who are you to remind them of their past sins? Rather than judging, and making that individual feel worse we should be encouraging them to work toward gaining a closer connection with Allah. He is the all forgiving most merciful most kind. He knows what lies in their hearts. So encourage one another to goodness, inspire each other toward righteousness rather than wasting time judging one another based on sins. Aim to please Allah. He is the most compassionate. 

We should remind one another of the mercy Allah in order to remind ourselves. He is the creator of us all, and so he knows what’s within our hearts. Ask him for guidance and for help. He is there for us even when we sin. He helps us see the light in the dark. He blesses us with life after we disobey him. Subhanallah. Always ask for forgiveness and always aim to do good acts that please him as  to him is our return. 

May Allah guide us and grant us jannah. May he forgive us for all the wrong we may have done. May he help us to be successful in this life and in the hereafter. May he protect us from all evil and bring us closer to those we love. Ameen. 

Competitions of worldly matter.

There comes a point where we have to realise that this world is not forever. Although we should work hard to achieve what we want, we should moreover ensure we are working hard to gain jannah.
You may be smarter than someone in terms of your exam results, however you may not be better than them in terms of their connection with Allah.
You may be more physically attractive than another person, but their heart may be more beautiful than yours.
You may have achieved everything you ever wanted, with all the wealth you could wish for, but the poor orphan child who asks Allah for help may have gained the wealth of Jannah whilst you may have not.
We need to stop comparing ourselves to other people, stop thinking ‘I am better than her/him because I got into this university’, or ‘I am better than her/him because I have more money’. We are all human beings.

we are equal in the eyes of Allah, except by levels of faith.

 We should be helping one another to achieve what it is we want to achieve. Helping and guiding one another to islam, and being happy for one another’s achievements. Not becoming competitive and arrogant due to our own achievements.

Everything we are blessed with comes from Allah. We’re told to wish for our brother what we wish for ourselves. So be happy for one another, support one another, and guide one another to be closer to Allah. Then we have truly achieved a level of happiness that comes from him alone. To be content with what Allah has given us takes strength in a world full of desires, but we need to see that this isn’t a competition of what we have and what we don’t have. Life is a test, and we should help each other, and thank Allah for what he has blessed us with. Because if you count all your blessings, Im sure you’ll find you have a lot more than you thought you had.

May Allah guide us and grant us Jannah. May he help us be successful in this life and in the hereafter. May he save us from the fire, forgive all our sins, and bring us closer to those we love. Ameen.

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When praying feels like coming home..

When the weathers cold, the winds are bitter, and the day has been long, the one thing that sounds heavenly is going back to a warm cosy house, getting into some pyjamas and indulging in a nice hot warming drink, hiding away safely from the relentless cold that stands past your front door.
Well sometimes prayer can have the same effect. After feeling distressed, upset and torn down by the difficulties that life can throw at us, talking to your creator can make you feel at peace, almost protected by a bubble from the harshness that life can bring. Allah knows what lies in your heart. Confide in him. He knows what happened in your day, he knows the emotions you felt so open up to your Lord the one who created you.
It doesn’t need to be salah time for you to pray. Just make a Dua or just ask him to make things easier and to make you stronger and know that he hears you, and after that it brings a feeling of coming home. Gives you a sense of belonging in a world of confusion and deception. It’s like a safe base that you can always rely on no matter what. To me, that’s one of the biggest beauties of islam; the fact that we have one God who makes us feel safe, protected, aware, and comforted when We need it most. Even after we have wronged ourselves, he is there for us. Giving us a reason to love, and to live.

May Allah guide us and grant us jannah. May he forgive us for all the wrong we may have done and bring us closer to those we love. May he protect us from the deception of shaytan and protect us from all evil. May he grant us peace of mind and heart, and bring us closer together as an ummah. Ameen.

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In the name of Allah…

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It seems like a small thing, something that is taught to children; to say bismillah when starting anything. Something so simple and easy to do but something that holds so much importance.
When we start something in the name of Allah, we are remembering him, and we are getting all the blessing out of what we’re doing. Also, by remembering allah in all you do, you’re more likely to do good, which helps us attain Jannah. And by remembering Allah, he will remember you, and that is a big blessing within itself, which will also help make your connection with your Lord strong Insha’Allah. Yes, it does seem too simple, but Allah has made it easy for us to live islam. Sometimes we over complicate religion by mixing it with culture. But they’re two different aspects that shouldn’t be mixed up. Islam is a way of life, believing in one God, and it’ can be easy to practice. Of course there are restrictions, but once you’ve established that belief, Allah will install a peace and strength in you Insha’Allah.
This life is full of obstacles, desires, and evil, but stay close to Allah, and do your best to be the best you can be and Insha’Allah Allah will grant us Jannah. Your Lord loves you, and he wants to see you succeed, you just have to see it in yourself that you’re capable of being who you want to be, with Allahs help and love.
May Allah guide us and grant us Jannah. May he forgive us for all the wrong we may have done. May he protect us from all evil and bring us closer to those we love. Ameen.