Cheer up!

Cheer up…Allah is with you! He (tabarak wa ta’ala) says, “Indeed, Allah is  with  those  who  fear  Him  and  those  who  are  doers  of  good”. Think positively of your Lord and worship Him with utmost love and humility. Don’t overwhelm yourself with sadness and distress but find the comfort of the obedient slave of Allah. Life feels so great when you know Allah is with you! Enjoy worshiping Him, calling Him, letting Him know your pain, thanking Him for your food and health, and sharing this feeling with others. Cheer up! Never forget to say ‘Alhamdulilah’ for everything. Regardless of what is occurring right now in your life and the hardship you are facing, Allah is with you! He sees you now; He hears you now! Look up to the sky knowing that Allah, the Creator of the Universe, knows what lies in your heart and He is there to help you! He is actually closer to you than you think! Allah says, “We  are closer  to  him  than  [his]  jugular  vein”.


This is a day

Every since we can remember, we’ve always been given the opportunity of getting another chance. Our earliest memory has always been of life since none of us have seen any other form of existence. None of us can even remember the day our soul was created or how we felt in our mother’s womb. It’s always been life and walking up again to…life. However, there is also another life…it’s called the afterlife or what comes next. The same way we believe that we exist today, we’ll also believe when we see the life of tomorrow. It’s not like this one at all…it’s a world of accountability and anxiety which leads to either punishment or reward. It’s a world that you will actually see the angels of Allah and believe in the darkness and light mentioned in the Qur’an. Each one of us will see his or her decree depending on how strongly we believed and behaved here in this world. Everything will be end for a long time only to start again…in Hell-Fire or Paradise. This feeling we have today of always being granted a second chance ends. It actually ends! We cannot wake up again to go to work or hang out with our family in the living room…our journey is one we take alone. We’ll be denied the word ‘I’m sorry’, ‘I want another chance’, and ‘I will do better next time’…what you’ve done is what you’ll be shown. And just like that, we’re shown the truth: “This is a day they will not speak nor will it be permitted for them to make an excuse”.

Dawah without a beard?

‘Dawah without a beard?’ by Shaikh Mohammed Al-‘Uraifi.

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One of the greatest characteristics of the people of Paradise and their main employment in this life is to worship Allah, call to Him, work for the cause of this religion, advise people, enjoin good and forbid evil. With all honesty, some people when they hear about the issue of calling to Allah, they believe that it is limited to those who grow their beards and shorten their garment. He says, ‘I shave my beard, lengthen my garment, and smoke’ and allows these reasons to be a case of interference between him and calling to Allah and advising others who fall short in their religion. This is a mistake and it is from the whispers of the Shaytan…

Yes, I do not deny that the basis of the caller to Allah is to be upright, and apply what he is calling to, but that does not mean that a man should abandon performing good deeds because he has fallen into a couple of sins…and perhaps these sins will dive into the sea of good deeds.

Actually, a person who falls short is likely to be able to reach people that an upright person cannot. So although you are falling short except that you can still probably call those who have abandoned prayer to pray again. Abandoning prayer is Kufr. You can also advise those who commit evil doings to repent. You can advise those who slander Muslims to abandon such actions.

An upright caller to Allah could be gathered with people but would not know about their involvement in usury, or that they are involved in falsehood, or have abandoned prayer because they present themselves as good people in front of the righteous ones. However, when they see a person who is seemingly similar to them, they unveil their truth and reveal their papers. How do you advise and call them? This could be performed in various ways such as giving beneficial tapes, inviting the du’aat to their gatherings, advising them personally, and other ways. Therefore, don’t say, ‘I’m not practicing so how do I call and advise?!’ The call to Allah is a vast, divine calling and it requires people who tend to it. We are all people of mistake and every son of Adam is prone to mistakes.

If a person stops calling to Allah because of sins then who is worthy of advising others after Mohammed, salah allahu ‘alayih wa salam?!

The race to Paradise

Paradise is where your dreams can never reach. It is Allah’s promise to the believers for all the good they have done. Paradise is the reason why you and I are here sharing our thoughts. Paradise is where Abu Bakr, Omar, ‘Uthman, and Ali will all reside. Paradise is the emblem of every fallen martyr raising the proud flag of: ‘La ilaha ilah Allah’. Paradise is the shinning frame in which prisoners of Allah hang their hopes. Paradise quenches the thirst of the hungry and alleviates the pain of the sick. Paradise gives faith an enduring taste. Paradise is the reason why our weak forgives the strong, and our rich help the poor. For the sake of Paradise, the believers have cried and struggled. For the pleasure of Allah and Paradise, the righteous compete.  For Paradise, we say it again and again… ‘Allahuma urzuqna Al-Jannah’.

“So no soul knows the delights of the eyes which is hidden for them; a reward for what they did.” [32:17]

…and the race continues.

Don’t get tired yet.

The Prophet (salah allahu ‘alayhi wa salam) taught us to strike a balance especially in worship. We should not be negligent with it nor should we be over zealous with excessiveness. He taught us the principle that the best deeds are those which are most consistent.  As in Al-Bukhari and Muslim, the Prophet (salah allahu ‘alayhi wa salam) said: “The most beloved of deeds to Allah are the most consistent of them, even if they are few”. Also, in another Hadith reported by Anas:

Allah’s Messenger (salah alalhu ‘alayhi wa salam) came into the mosque and noticed a rope stretched between two poles. He enquired, “What is this rope for?” He was told:This is Zainab’s rope. When during her voluntary prayer, she begins to feel tired, she grasps it for support.” Allah’s Messenger said, “Untie it. You should offer prayers so long as you feel active. When you feel tired, you should go to sleep.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

The Prophet (salah allahu ‘alayhi wa salam) could have praised Zaynab (radhiya Allahu ‘anha) for striving this hard but instead, he ordered the rope be taken down. Here he teaches us that we only perform what we can bear. In a Hadith narrated in Al-Bukhari, The Prophet (salah allahu ‘alayhi wa salam) said, “Your body has a right over you, your eyes have a right over you and your wife has a right over you“.  Some are capable of doing more acts of worship than others at different periods of their life but the standard remains one; we all perform the obligatory deeds as prescribed. We should also train ourselves that our iman be in coordination with our actions. Having a bundle of Iman but we leave acting upon it is no use, and the other way around is true as well. Do as much deeds as you can handle but do them sincerely. If you wish to fast the voluntary days then fast knowing that you can maintain those days. A person can fast Monday and Thursdays and last the whole year doing it. Another person wants to fast the fast of Dawud of every other day but can’t last a month. Which one is better? One month of abundant worship or one whole year of consistent worship? Same applies with everything else. Therefore, anticipate each act of worship with joy and to build a sincere relationship with Allah. Don’t get bored or tired just yet, keep moving steadily, and pray that Allah keeps you steadfast.

What’s your intention?

Allah (Ta’ala), being most-Kind and Generous, rewards us for our intentions as much as He rewards us for our actions. Subhanna Allah…Isn’t Allah more aware of our condition and what we can or cannot do? You earnestly want to do many things to better yourself as a Muslim and to better Islam but find yourself limited. Your time, resources, and money are all limited. Don’t worry, you’ll still get rewarded for your intention. Keep your intention working at all times as it will carry to tremendous heights. Perhaps you want to seek knowledge but you aren’t able to do so due to setbacks….no worries, Allah will still reward you. Keep at it! Allah is most Generous. You eagerly want to donate money in charity to help other Muslims but you just don’t have enough money to do it. No problem, make a sincere intention and you’ll get the same reward as those who are donating hundreds of thousands of dollars!

A poor person said: ‘Had I possessed wealth, I would have acted like so-and-so.’ The Prophet (salah allahu ‘alayhi wa salam) said: ‘If that is his intention, his reward is the same as that of the other.’ [Al-Tirmidhi]

Always remind yourself of your intention. A Muslim is keen to grasp every opportunity for reward both in intention and action.

Here is an amazing hadith which Jabir bin Abdullah Al-Ansari (radhiAllahu anhu) reported: we accompanied the Prophet (sallaAllahu alayhe wasallam) in an expedition when he said, “There are some men in Al-Madinah who are with you wherever you march and whichever valley you cross. They have not joined you in person because of their illness.” In another version he said: “They share the reward with you.” [Muslim]

So ask yourself today, what’s your intention? You can wake-up everyday with absolutely no intention for yourself or your religion or you can wake-up every day with an intention to be a Muslim who wishes to spread kindness, enjoin good and forbid evil, make a halal living, and help your brothers or sisters.

Don’t lose out on the reward of making a sincere intention at all times.

The enjoyment is little

Let’s pretend that you were given the mightiest kingdom today with infinite palaces and rivers. Let’s also pretend that this made you the richest person the world has known. How long would the enjoyment last? 10, 20, 50 years? 100 years?! Then what?? What happens next??  Whether you be poor or rich, the end result is one: it’s to the grave.

Therefore, the enjoyment of this world is ‘little‘ or qaleel. In fact, Allah has forbidden for any of this life’s enjoyment to last except that which is in the Hereafter. Our Prophet (salah allahu ‘alayhi wa salam) lived this reality and taught it to us. In a hadith reported by Al-Tirmidhi, he said, “What have I to do with this world ! I am no more in this world than a traveller who sought the shade of a tree then left it and continued [his journey].” Subhanna Allah, if anyone were to be granted the pleasures of this life, wouldn’t it be him? Then, look closely at how the Prophet (salah allahu ‘alayhi wa salam) lived. Look at his remarkable sacrifices and  extraordinary struggles. Read the seerah and look at the plenty of days he went hungry.  In Al-Bukhari, Aisah (radhiya Allahu ‘anha) said, “The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, left this world without having his fill of barley bread.”

Ask yourself today: was his sacrifice for nothing? Would anyone struggle purely for the fun of it? Certainly not! It was to earn something much GREATER! Live in this world but remember that it is short lived and its enjoyment is far too little compared to what Allah wishes to give you.

Allah says, “But the Hereafter is better and more lasting.” [87:17]