Monthly Archives: April 2015

☆An Emotional Journey Back☆

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The goal is to live in this world, as if I’m a passing traveler
Between my deen and my dunya, I strive to be a balancer
Put my fate in the One and Only, Who is the divine handler.

I try my best each day, to remember the Sirat-al-Mustaqim
To fall out of heedlessness, and the illusions of a false dream.
Seek only to be sitting in jannah, beside a beautiful stream.

Make du’ah every day, to remain on the straight path
To seek Allah’s love, forgiveness, and to fear his wrath
I beg like a child, for all that’s under my wishing cap.

Along the way there are times, I may fall in a trap
So I keep close to me, the Holy Qur’an like a strap
Make wudu to cleanse my sins, through a water tap.

People are unjust here; they cheat and they deceive
But I know these are tests from my Lord, that I must receive
So I take a deep breath, and say alhamdu-lillahi-rabbil-alamin.

By unknown author.

♥The tears that fall…

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You know that feeling when pain has permeated your heart and nothing besides it seems to matter?
Sometimes it’s overhwhelming, it seems as though it is taking complete control over you and your life.
It begins to dictate what you do, how you feel and so much more. –

Those tears that fall occasionally tend to result in you feeling like they are falling in vain. Somewhat like they  have no purpose, if anything you feel like they are distracting you from your own purpose. –

But really, you have the ability to decide what role they play in your life.
They have the ability to make you the friend of Allah. Close and beloved to Him. As long as you put the effort in and strive to achieve that. –

So let your tears pour forth as you stand before Him, like a helpless beggar in dire need of what He has to bestow. But what greater blessing is there than that of His bestowing upon you His recognition? –

Let it redirect you back to Him.
If He blesses you with the ability to recognise Him through His blessings, the ability to see, speak, hear, the beauty of the skies and the sea, if all these blessings act as a reminder of Him, then what greater blessing is there than such? –

Remember Him amidst the pain and He shall remember you too.
Be amongst those who recognise Him and you’ll be amongst those who are recognised by Him, those who stand out from all the rest.

By gemsofjannah.

♡Salah; The beautiful conversation♡

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“I pray”

‘Allahu akbar’ the words flow out
He is the greatest.  There is no doubt.
I lift my hands to my ears
And surrender to the One who always hears

With that I enter a different universe
And stand with only Him to converse
I praise Him and ask His guidance to the straight path
And to be saved on the day of wrath

Then I bow down
In a position well renowned
How respectful when we see others do this snip
But we forget the beauty when we do it
A reminder of how small I am compared to His Mighty
 ‘Glory is to my Lord, the Most Almighty’

‘Allah has heard he who has praised Him’
From my eyes, the tears brim
Right now, Allah is hearing this
This opportunity to praise Him I cannot miss
‘Our Lord, all praise is due to You’
I am always amazed at how true

Then I prostrate in total submission
The closest to my lord in this great position
The only position that is done twice
How great must be its price
His glory I can never deny
 “Glory is to my Lord, the most high”

What if this is my last?
Minutes pass
I try to make it my best
Just like everything else, it is a test
‘Assalamu Alikum wa rahmatuallah’ I say as I turn
And with that the prayer is adjourned

Constant Struggle

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Everyday you’re struggling within yourself, surrounded my temptation upon temptation, you’re running out of places to hide. You wish it was as simple as being able to seek shelter in a cave, from these temptations an escape you wished to find. But it’s not. Nor was it ever meant to be easy. It was meant to be a struggle, because this life was created for toil and struggle. –

The whispers keep on flowing through you, infiltrating your mind. Whispers from the left, from the right, from infront and from behind. There’s no escape from the utterances of the devil, he prompts you whilst he lives on the outside, yet he encourages the demons who live inside you. –

This journey towards your Lord is ever so tiring, not because you aren’t keen on meeting Him, no because God knows how keen you are, rather because of the troubles you must encounter along the way. Encounters with the devil. –

Oh what patience is required to remain steadfast on this rocky path, how many a time your demons urge you to give up, to take another route, but you know, you know that this path is the only one that will lead you to your Lord. –

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You fail once, you fail twice, and now your failure appears to be reoccurring, for how long will you err, for how long will you falter? Oh how many times you have scraped your knees, oh how many times you have dirtied your palms along the way. How easy it would be to give up. But giving up wouldn’t be worth it. –

What will you receive for giving up? Nothing. What will you receive for striving? Jannah.
Oh Soul keep striving towards your Lord,  strive in His way and He will lead you to His path. The ultimate path of bliss lies with Him. And it can not be found except through toil and hardship.

The demons within you will only succeed if you let them. So slay your demons and continue in this toil towards your Lord, endure patiently Oh Soul for your Lord awaits your arrival.

GemsOfJannah

Our hadith of the day: Patience☆

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Anas (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (PBUH) passed by a woman who was crying over a grave and said, “Fear Allah and be patient.” She said, “Away from me! My calamity has not befallen you and you are not aware of it.” The woman was later told that it was the Prophet (PBUH) (who had advised her). She came to his door where she found no doorkeeper. She said, “(I am sorry) I did not know you.” Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “Patience is (becoming) only at the first (stroke) of grief”.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Another narration in Muslim says: The woman was crying over her son.

This hadith tells us what patience really is. When a calamity befalls a person, what is befitting is for one to be patient by calling on Allah (i.e to help him) and if necessary, one’s close companions who would be of help to the situation. The one who wails loudly, and the one who complains at every opportunity, then later resolves to patience, are not counted amongst those who have been patient.

May Allah (swt) make us among the patient ones, ameen.

♡♥Generosity….A way of life.

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With our occasional donations at different times of the year, we tend to believe that we have performed the obligation of spending on others. Generosity is not a one time act; it’s a person’s lifestyle, a daily habit, a way of life and the ways to achieving this are limitless! It does not only imply spending one’s money for a good cause as that is just a part of it. Generosity is the result of being kind toward others with everything that we have been blessed with; it could be with our wealth, time, advice, expertise or even our smile. It is about sharing it with others with a big heart!
Generosity is of different types:

1) With Wealth:
This includes Zakaah and Sadaqah(charity). Giving out from one’s wealth is immensely high lighted in our beautiful religion, so much that zakaah is one of the five pillars of Islam. According to Islam Q  and A, Zakaah  is enjoined in Islam on specific things, which are: gold, silver, crops, fruits, trade goods and an’aam livestock, i.e., camels, cattle and sheep. Whereas, sadaqah is not obligatory on any kind of wealth, rather it is what a person can give, without any specific limits or guidelines. Our prophet Mohammed SAW taught us how simple it is for one to enjoin in sadqah in this beautiful hadith:
Abu Dharr narrated that the Messenger of Allah said :
“Your smiling in the face of your brother is charity, commanding good and forbidding evil is charity, your giving directions to a man lost in the land is charity for you. Your seeing for a man with bad sight is a charity for you, your removal of a rock, a thorn or a bone from the road is charity for you. Your pouring what remains from your bucket into the bucket of your brother is charity for you.”   (Jami` at-Tirmidhi)
SubhanAllah! Even the smallest of actions when performed with a pure intention are considered a form of charity; hence we should make good use of this.
Moreover, Allah swt says in the glorious Qur’an:
“The example of those who spend their wealth in the way of Allah is like a seed [of grain] which grows seven spikes; in each spike is a hundred grains. And Allah multiplies [His reward] for whom He wills. And Allah is all-Encompassing and Knowing.” (Surat Al-Baqarah, 2:261)
This incredible ayah portrays the infinite reward from Allah swt for those who spend for His sake, so how could we carelessly deprive ourselves of such a reward by putting a limit to our generosity?

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2) With Time:
Many a times, we get caught up with work load, it could be due to our school/university deadlines or our demanding jobs and careers. This causes us to isolate ourselves from others in order for us to ‘focus’ on finishing the tasks on hand. Our loved ones get less attention, we become outdated with new events and happenings in their lives and we almost forget that others exist alongside us. Being generous with our time is a fundamental aspect of having healthy relationships. If we don’t even have the time to ask others “how was your day”, then how could we expect our relationships to remain prosperous?
Action plan:
1) Give your loved ones more of your time- the key to doing this is to manage your time well by ensuring time for work and time for family and friends.
2) Volunteering activities- If you don’t know what to do when free, then what could be more honorable than dedicating some of your time to help those who are less fortunate or for community service?
3) With Advice
The prophet SAW taught us to love for one another what we love for ourselves:
It is narrated on the authority of Anas b. Malik that the Prophet (may peace and blessings be upon him) observed: “None amongst you believes (truly) until he loves for his brother” – or he said “for his neighbor” – “that which he loves for himself.” (Sahih Muslim)
Therefore, if a friend is going through certain difficulties, our main concern should be to see the smile on their faces by relieving them from their stress or worries.
Action plan:
1) It is a duty upon us to listen to people’s concerns without interruptions and with full attention so that we may be able to give the best advice possible.
2) We have to be sincerely concerned for those who come to confide in us, it would be inconsiderate of us to just give any advice in order to dismiss them as soon as could be.
3) Whatever secret information is disclosed during the conversation must be kept safe and not publicized to the entire world. We have to appreciate people’s privacy and abstain from injuring their feelings and emotions.
Inspirational Stories:

1) Narrated Umar ibn al-Khattab:
“The Messenger of Allah SAW commanded us one day to give sadaqah. At that time I had some property. I said: Today I shall surpass AbuBakr if I surpass him any day. I, therefore, brought half my property. The Messenger of Allah SAW asked: What did you leave for your family? I replied: The same amount. AbuBakr brought all that he had with him. The Messenger of Allah SAW asked him: What did you leave for your family? He replied: I left Allah and His Apostle for them. I said: I shall never compete you in anything.” (Sunan Abi Dawud)
2) One day a beggar knocked on the door of AyeshaRAaaand she was fasting. There was only a piece of bread in the house for AyeshaRAaato break her fast with, yet she insisted for it to be given to the beggar, overlooking her own need. That evening, food was sent to her door and it was better than the piece of bread she had. SubhanAllah!
Without a doubt, the most generous of people to ever walk on earth are the Prophet SAW and the companions. They are our role models because they were generous even in times of hardship and never did they do it for publicity, it was solely for the sake of Allah swt. We have to revive this aspect of our Islamic identity; therefore, let’s get into the ‘art of giving’ and make it a habit to put a smile on a person’s face, everyday!
References:
1)http://islamqa.info/en/9449
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By Ibtihal Al-khalifin
Www.islamiconlineuniversity.com

Grief of the Heart

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Let not the grief of your heart be the cause of your destruction. Let it be the bridge which brings you closer to Allah. All forms of pain are temporary. Because pain is only for the dunya, which is temporary unlike Jannah which is eternal and no such pain exists within it. –

You must endure pain, in order for a life of bliss in the hereafter. The pain you experience when exerting yourself in patience during any calamity, will be worthwhile when you see the fruits of your efforts in the hereafter. Happiness comes with a price. Jannah comes with a price. –

In this world your heart will always feel unrest, there’s always one concern or another which dwells within your mind, but if you fully entrust your matters to Allah, you will find a sense of peace and relief in doing so. –

Allah knows the wisdom behind the pain of today. Allah knows whether He wishes to elevate your rank through it or expiate your sins through it. So do not be disheartened,  rather consider it a blessing as it pushes you to remember Allah. –

Whilst people are engaged by the amusement of this world, your heart is preoccupied with Allah as a result of this pain. Is it then not a blessing that Allah wants to save your akhirah because you are unable to do it single handedly? –

The people who were once a cause of your happiness, may have become a cause of your grief. But know that just as they disappeared from your life, the pain they left behind will also follow their footsteps. – “Trials and tribulation are like feeling the heat and cold, when one knows that they cannot be avoided, he will not feel anger at their onset, nor will he be distressed or disheartened.”
Ibn Taymiyyah رحمه الله.