Ibn Abbass said:
“Oh sinner, do not feel safe from the evil consequence of it (sin), and that which comes along with the sin is greater (in evil) than the sin: The minute amount of shyness you have from the one on you right and the one on your left while your committing sin is greater (in evil) than the sin; and your laughing while you don’t know what Allah will do with you is greater (in evil) than the sin; and your happiness with sin when you commit it is greater (in evil) than the sin; and your sadness over sin when it (the chance to commit sin) passes you, is greater (in evil) than the sin; and your fear of the wind when it moves the door which veils you when your committing the sin, and your heart is not disturbed (by the fact) that Allah sees you is greater (in evil) than the sin.
Beware! Do you know what the sin of Ayyoub was for which Allah tested him in his body with severe sickness and by the depletion of his wealth? A poor man sought his help against an oppressor, so that he might repel the oppressor. So he(Ayyoub) did not help him, nor did he prohibit the oppressor from his oppression. So Allah tested him.”
--Imaam Ibnul Qayyim al Jawziyyah Al Jawaab ul Kaafy li man sa’ala ‘an ad-daa ish Shaafi
Lack? What lack?
Have you ever asked yourself or conciously observed where in your life you are experiencing a lack?
Are you experiencing a lack of self esteem? Of closeness with Allah? Of humour? Of energy? Of love? Of money and abundance? Whatever you believe you are missing, it is there to be claimed.
The first step starts with shifting your perspective. See the glass as half full instead of half empty and focus being content and appreciating what you DO have, and give or share it. As you do that more will be attracted to you! Allah always gives to His servants who give and are grateful for their blessings.
“If you want to lift yourself up, lift someone else up. To be happy and free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the happiness and freedom of others.”
Encourage, Encourage, Encourage!
One of the best things to do and recommend to others is to that they should give words of encouragement and hope to those in need.
A word of encouragement and hope during a failure is worth far more than an hour of praise after success. When we all hit an all time low or when we lose hope and need someone to put their arms around us and say, “I’m standing right here next to you. You are not facing this alone.” Be that person when you can and see how great you feel. And remember when you help others in their hour of need, Allah will send people to you in yours!
Do it even if others judge you for it!
The truth be told, no one has the right to judge you. People may have heard your stories, but they can’t feel what you are going through because they aren’t living YOUR life. So forget what they say about you and focus on how you feel about yourself, and do what you know in your heart is right.
Here are a few things to do even if others judge you for it:
Take care of yourself~ Your relationship with yourself and your Creator is the closest and most important relationship you will ever have. If you don’t take good care of yourself, then you can’t take good care of your Ibadah or others either.
Do what you know is right, for YOU~ Don’t be scared to walk ‘alone’ because even when you feel like you are Allah is always with you. So keep doing what you know in your heart Allah would want you to do and is right, for you. Because when you do whats right and know Allah is with you, nothing can shake you.
Follow the Straight Path~ Every new day is a chance to change your life for the better. Work on making life all that you think it can be. Work hard for what you believe, and keep your dreams big and your worries small. You never need to carry more than you can hold; just take it one day at a time. For Allah never burdens anyone more than they can bear… And while you’re out there making decisions instead of excuses, learning new things, and getting closer and closer to your Creator and goals, know that there are people out there, like me, who admire your efforts and are striving for greatness too.
Forgive ~ Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself. Forgiveness is an attribute of the true and strong believer. Forgiveness allows you to focus on the future. Without forgiveness, wounds can never be healed, and moving on can never be accomplished. Most importantly of all Allah is the Most forgiving and He loves to forgive!
productive muslim, saving my ramadan from being a waste, once again! :D
this is awesomely adorable ^~^
Prepping for Ramadan
You prefer achieving the wrong things!
I read this amazing saying and I felt I had to share it. “Satisfaction is not always the fulfillment of what you want. It is the realization of how blessed you are for what you have.”
Makes you think doesnt it? So many of us only feel fulfilled if we have done, achieved or got what we wanted. We hardly ever feel fulfilled by looking at the blessings we already have. We are so consumed by what we want to achieve in this world that we forget to look at the big picture and live the true purpose of your lives.
As human beings we are filled with an insatiable want, for love, recognition, improvement and for many other things. As Allah says: “Rather you prefer the life of this world.” meaning,`you give it precedence over the matter of the Hereafter, and you prefer it because of what it contains of usefulness and benefit for you in livelihood, and your returns (i.e., income, profitable gain). “Although the Hereafter is better and more lasting ”
Thats normal, however a great person is one who realizes that not that everything will be easy or exactly as you had expected, and chooses to be grateful for all that they have, and are happy that they got a chance to live this life, and are able to be content with it no matter how it turns out, because they know that they are ultimatly going to return to Allah someday, and know that the Aakhirah is khayr (better) and Abqaa (more lasting).
Abu Musa Al-Ash`ari that the Messenger of Allah said, “Whoever loves his worldly life, will suffer in his Hereafter, and whoever loves his worldly life, will suffer in his Hereafter, and whoever loves his Hereafter, will suffer in his worldly life. Therefore, chose that which is everlasting over that which is temporal.” (Ahmad)
So I end of saying, that when you feel unfulfilled beause you have not reached or attained all your goals and wants, look at what you have been blessed with and remember where you are going (The Aakhirah).
Have Faith to Flourish
Sometimes life doesn’t give you what you want. Thats not because you don’t deserve it, but because you deserve better ~ and Allah knows that.
So knowing by knowing that you should remember that no matter how many times you break down, freak out and feel like giving up there should always be a little voice at the back og your mind that says, “NO, you’re not done yet! Get back up! Have faith!” That’s the voice of passion, courage and certainty in the plan of Allah.
Life is a journey. Its often difficult and sometimes incredibly hard to bear; but you are well equipped for it as long as you tap into your faith and certainty in Allah, and with them you will flourish!
Tell the Truth
Start being honest with yourself about everything. – The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said: “Truthfulness leads to righteousness and righteousness leads to Paradise. A man may speak the truth until he is recorded with Allah as truthful. Lying leads to wickedness and wickedness leads to the Fire. A man may tell lies until he is recorded with Allah as a liar.”
Be honest about what’s right, as well as what needs to be changed. Be honest about what you want to achieve and who you want to become. Be honest with every aspect of your life, always. Because you are the one person you can forever count on and it could lead you towards being recorded by Allah as truthful!
Islam teaches us that truthfulness is more than having an honest tongue. In Islam, truthfulness is the conformity of the outer with the inner, the action with the intention, the speech with belief, and the practice with the preaching. Truthfulness is the very cornerstone of the upright Muslim’s character and the springboard for virtuous deeds.
So search your religion, for the truth, so that you will truly know who you are meant to be. Once you do, you’ll have a better understanding of where you are now and how you got here, and you’ll be better able to identify where you want to go and how to get there.
Above all remember that to tread the path of truthfulness is to tread the path of the most righteous of Allah’s creation!
“I take full accountability for my life”
If there is one thing in this world that you should be able to say right after the Shahaadah, should be: “I take full accountability for my life.”
Own your choices and mistakes, and be willing to take the necessary steps to improve upon them. Because you ultimately have to take accountability for your life when you stand before Allah. Trust moi none else will be held accountable for what YOU HAVE DONE.
You are the only one who can directly control the outcome of your life. And no, it won’t always be easy, so stop expecting a perfect life. Everyone has their share of obstacles. But you must take accountability for your life and who you are and overcome your obstacles.
Choosing not to is choosing a lifetime of mere existence. A proactive Muslim means thats not an option.