Only Human? 

It’s been some time since I’ve written, and so I’d like to make a comeback talking about something a little different. 

Being a human. 

What does that mean? 

Being a human means you have the ability to make decisions. You have the ability to know and to choose. You have the ability to overcome your fears or to shy away from them. You have the ability to speak up or stay quiet. You have the ability to comfort and to destroy. You have the ability to feel, and think. We’re given many abilities which makes us the best of creation. It also makes us imperfect. 

Being human is making mistakes. Being human is learning from what we do wrong. We fall and we stand. We break and we repair. We hurt and we love. We see a problem and we solve it according to our own individual minds. That makes us powerful. It makes us knowledgable. It makes us who we are. 

So we’re always learning. Everyone of us whether mother, daughter, son, father, brother, sister, orphan. We’re learning, not to be each other, or to be like each other. But we’re learning to live not just be alive. Each generation will learn differently, and each generation will have different definitions of what living means. But one thing that will never change is that being human is being imperfect. 

Yes, we fall, but then we pray and by the will of Allah we become stronger. Yes we cry, but with his divine help we find an indescribable comfort in prayer. We struggle, and he helps us make a decision. The prophets of the past each tell a story which helps us learn. They help us stand up when we fall because like us, they were human. Let’s stop looking at each other, looking at her and him, pointing fingers, and let’s look at ourselves. Let’s stop pushing each other down, and start helping each other become better because that’s the only way this Ummah can stand strong. 

We’re humans. We can love. We can support. We can push. We can strengthen. We can educate. We can help. We can believe. We can PRAY. Let’s learn from the best to reach the best potential that Allah has placed within us.  

May Allah guide us and make us successful in all we do. May he make it easy for us to see what is good and what is not. May he make us the best we can be in order to please him. Ameen. 
 

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Knowing 

To know what makes you successful is something we all wish we knew. I can’t promise you success and I can’t promise you the best money can buy, but I know that the best things come from knowing the creator. To know yourself, to know that it’s okay to love the body Allah has given you, comes from knowing him. It’s not about what society has taught us to believe about ourselves. It’s not about knowing the latest songs or trends. It’s about knowing the one who made it possible for you to even breathe. 

When you find the belief that Allah is always with you, you will find knowingness of him. You will know what faith is. You’ll find yourself thanking him for all the good, and asking of him through the rough. You may not always have money, or the best the world can offer, but if you know yourself through knowing your Lord you’ll feel content with what he has given. You’ll feel your hearts contentment. That you’ve found the peace that nothing materialistic can offer. It’s a difinitive peace that can only come from knowing the one who created you. 

It’s better to be poor and strong in faith than rich and on haram money with no knowingness. Why? Because the knowing that Allah is with you, that you have a duty on this earth, is something much greater than any riches money can buy. It’s knowing the difference between living and just being alive. 

To know him, you have to believe that you’re prayers are heard, that your actions are seen, that he will not let you down. You have to know that Allah will make of the situation what is best for you. You can want, but Allah will give you what you need. You can ask of him, but know that he hears you. Know that he listens to every prayer made through the silent tears shed. Believe in him. Know that he is aware of your hearts state and know that he is the one who can make way for you. Know that he is the only one who you can rely on without being left broken, hurt or upset. He will bring you to the ones who love you and deserve you. Don’t assume you can make it through a battling world alone. Allah is there. Know it.

And when my servants ask you about me (oh Muhammed) I AM NEAR, I answer the call when he calls on me, and have faith in me, that they may be rightly guided (Qur’an 2:186) 

A hearts fulfilment 

There’s a lump of flesh, a muscle. In each individual. A vital clot that allows our blood to flow. 

There are people. Some who love us, some who don’t. Some who bring us hardships and pain and some who offer us love and comfort. 

Sometimes, words, actions and events create cuts in the lump of flesh. With each tear that strolls it feels as though those cuts turn into holes, leaving nothing but emptiness. The more cuts we feel, the more we cry, the more holes, until we’re left spiralling into a hopeless pit of hopelessness. 

Do you see the problem? We try to fill these holes through people, or things that will only make us more vulnerable to cuts and holes. We find a strange sense of belonging in things we know are wrong. We tend to run back to the same kinds of people who created the holes in the first place, asking them for fulfilment. 

Yet were given a choice. We can fill these holes with temporary deceiving pleasures OR we can fill our hearts with the same substance from which they initially were made, only better. Something that not only fills it, but makes the muscle stronger. Something that makes a positive change in what you see, think and say. Something that doesn’t promise to protect you from cuts, but promises to ALWAYS be there.

 We can find fulfilment in Allah. He will fill your holes if you sincerely ask him. He will fill you with a sense of purity and hope no matter how deep your cuts. He can make you feel renewed. Allah knows the state of your heart, do you not think that as the creator he would be the best one to turn to in order to repair it? He is the one who can change the state of our hearts through turning to him. Allah is the most merciful, most forgiving, most kind. He hears your silent prayers when nobody else does. He understands you not just as a Muslim but as a human. So we should do our best to gain our hearts contentment through fulfilling our obligations to the one who fashioned us. Peace starts from within.  And when we learn to place our hearts in the hands of the one who created it, he will place in our lives people who deserve to hold it.

May Alllah guide us and grant us Jannah. May he forgive us for all the wrong we may do. May he make us successful in this life and in the hereafter. May he protect us from all forms of jealousy and evil. May he bring us closer as an Ummah and give us the strength to be strong.  Ameen. 

The example of His light is like a niche within which is a lamp, the lamp is within glass, the glass as if it were a pearly [white] star lit from [the oil of] a blessed olive tree, neither of the east nor of the west, whose oil would almost glow even if untouched by fire. Light upon light. Allah guides to His light whom He wills. And Allah presents examples for the people, and Allah is Knowing of all things. [24:35] 

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. 

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.

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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Difficulties

Difficulty in all honesty is something that we all face at some point in life. It can leave you feeling hopeless, with no direction. As if you know where you want to go, but you can’t quite see how to get there, and you find yourself feeling lost. When you genuinely don’t know what to do, and you know you just need the picture clearing.

At that point in your life, there are things we need to remember. That Allah has a plan, you can try your best and you can work hard and pray, then after that, leave it in the hands of Allah. However difficult that may be, just trust him. It might take strength and tears to do so, but put your trust in him and he will Insha’Allah bring you toward whats right for you with happiness. Secondly, that whatever happens, in the end, to Allah we shall return. So maybe things don’t go the way we wanted in this life, but remember Allah is always with you, and the struggles of this world (however difficult they may be) are only temporary. Thirdly, the efforts you put in aren’t worthless. You tried, and maybe things didn’t go the way you had hoped, but you still developed in the process of trying. You would have learnt something from it, and trying your best is the most you could do, just trust Allah and his plan.

It is difficult picking yourself up and carrying on when you have nowhere to go, or you don’t have much direction, but know that Allah is with you, he’s close to you, and he won’t leave you in difficulty. Just remember him and he will remember you. Maybe its a test for you, and maybe he holds something better for you, just trust him. And when you’re finding it hard to do so, talk to him through prayer. Open up to your creator, and insha’Allah he will make you stronger. The picture may not be clear right now, but hold on to the rope of Allah, and he will suffice you Insha’Allah. Allah loves you, he won’t leave you alone. Dua is your biggest weapon, and sometimes that one extra dua you make can make all the difference, so never underestimate the power of dua. You’re talking to the one who has the power to change whats ahead of you. So speak to him, and confide in him, and trust him and his plans, because nobody knows you better than the one who created you.

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