1st the worse….2nd the best..

Asalamualaykum

We pray you are in the best of health and iman.

Nowadays it’s so hard to be patient especially when we are so fast paced with technology. We almost expect everything to be as fast as how we browse the net!

Sometimes we should sit and think about this and whether or not we are missing a great deal of practicing patience with all this rush rush rush.

A story to illustrate this. Think and ponder

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A certain gentleman walked into a hotel and after perusing through the menu ordered for some food.

After about 20 mins another group of gentlemen walked in and ordered for theirs. To his dismay, he noticed them get served first.

He watched as they began to eat and laugh heartily. He even overheard one of them brag about how he knew everyone at that hotel and how things moved fast for him here.

He felt he was being mocked. He contemplated leaving. But he had waited so long.

Unable to take it anymore, he called the waiter and spoke sadly of how unfair things were. The waiter calmly told him, “Yours is a special order Sir, being prepared by the chief chef himself.

Their orders were prepared hurriedly by interns because the top chefs are busy with yours. That’s why they came first.

Please have some juice as you wait”.

Unknown to him the owner of the hotel { who happened to be an old long lost friend of his } had seen him coming and wanted to surprise him and had made changes to his simple meal to make it an exotic meal. He calmed down and waited.

Shortly after his meal was served by 6 waiters and he was waited on hand and foot and being made very comfortable.

The gentlemen at the other table were shocked.

They couldn’t stop staring. Suddenly they were the ones murmuring, asking why they didn’t get that kind of service and meal.

So it is with life ! Some people seem to be ahead of you and eating now, laughing at you about how they know people and how they’re blessed with money and how they’re enjoying life because of it, and how famous they are, how many people follow them on social media, and even if they wrong anyone, people are so taken by them they will defend them. They gloat in that false facade and achievement and become boastful and arrogant, with all their priorities wrong.

You on the other hand have been waiting long wondering why its taking soo long to get your breakthrough, enduring mockery and humiliation.

Do not worry !

The owner of the world has seen you. And doesn’t want to give you simple meals like those laughing at you.

You’ve been waiting for long because yours is a special meal and takes time.

And only the chief chef makes those !

Take heart today.

Wait for your meal and relax. When it comes, the laughing party will be silenced for good.

Calm down.
Have patience and thank Allah for all that you have.

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Life hey?!

Asalamu’Alaykum

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You know we live life thinking good of ourselves majority of the time. For example, someone might say something to you but due to pride you’ll make a harsh comment back not caring about the reality of the comment. Or if you really were the type that couldn’t think beyond pride you would actually highlight that you are none of the things that was mentioned. Sometime we live in a bubble thinking that we are magnificent, we force ourselves to brush our habits or bad traits under the carpet. We are too stubborn to accept the truth so that we can make changes. We think ourselves too high! Khayr inshallah..let’s use Muharram to make new plans…it’s a new year so let’s take advantage and plan changes. Remember when we pass away we leave literally everything behind…so recall your deeds so that you can expand them. Make use of the special months and fast where you can, give to charity according to what you can afford, help others and lastly smile! Smiling it’s also a charity.

Don’t hurt me…

Asalamu’Alaykum

 

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“When a glass is broken, the sound of breaking disappears immediately whereas the glass pieces are scattered over the ground hurting whoever walks over it”.

Similarly, “when you say something that hurts people’s emotions and feelings, the voice disappears immediately but the heart remains in pain for long.”

Therefore, don’t say anything except good and remember always the nine advises and prohibitions that Allah Almighty gave us in Suratul Hujurat (The Sura of Islamic manners) before you say something to anyone:
1.-فتبينوا:
“Fa Tabayyanu”: Investigate: when you receive an information, lest you harm people out of ignorance.

2.-فأصلحوا:
“Fa Aslihu”: Make settlement: between your brothers as believers are brothers.

3.-وأقسطوا:
“Wa Aqsitu”: Act justly: whenever there is a dispute try for settlement and act justly among both parties as Allah loves those who act justly.

4.-لا يسخر:
“La Yaskhar”: Don’t ridicule people, perhaps they may be better than you to Allah.

5.-ولا تلمزوا:
“Wa La Talmizu”: Don’t insult one another.

6.-ولا تنابزوا:
“Wa La Tanabazu”: Don’t call each other with offensive nicknames.

7.-اجتنبو كثيرا من الظن:
“Ijtanibu Kathiiran min Aldhan”: Avoid negative assumptions, indeed some of the assumptions are sins.

8.-ولا تجسسوا:
“Wa La Tajassasu”: Don’t spy on each other.

9.-ولا يغتب بعضكم بعضا:
“Wa La Yaghtab”: Don’t backbite each other. Its a major sin equivalent to eating your dead brother’s flesh.

Lastly Allah said in the Qur’an “Remind, for the reminder benefits believers”.

*May Allah continue to Bless and Guide us in all our affairs*.

Which one are you?!

Asalamu’Alaykum

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There are 5 types of children listed below, where do you fall?

1. Does not do what his parents order him (this type is ‘aaq – i.e. undutiful/disobedient [which is one of the seven majors sins])

2. Does what his parents tell but is displeased with it (this type does not gain any reward)

3. Does what he is told but follows it up by raising his voice, or mentioning those favors [e.g. I have done so much for you, I am always doing ‘xyz’ for you..] (this type earns a sin)

4. Does what he is told, willingly and happily (this type is rewarded), and they are few.

5. Does what his parents want before he is even told (this is the type which is al-baar al-muwafaq i.e. dutiful and kind to his parents and is given the ability to be successful in all his affairs), and they are rare.

As for the last two types, don’t ask about the barakah [blessings Allah puts in person’s time, wealth, health, efforts etc. whereby it increases, multiplies or a lot of good comes from something little] they will have in their life, and the vast provision (rizq i.e. wealth, knowledge, health etc. Allah gives them); and how much their hearts will be at rest; and the ease they will find in all their affairs [due to being dutiful to their parents].

The difficult question for every person is – what type of child are you?

Don’t think that by simply kissing the forehead or hands, or even the feet of your parents, that you have attained their ultimate pleasure..m Ask yourself – what is al-Birr (being dutiful and kind towards one’s parents)?

… Al-birr is to recognize what is in the heart of your parents and act upon it without waiting for an instruction.

Al-birr is knowing what makes them happy, then racing towards doing it; and understanding what hurts them, then striving that they don’t ever see it from you!

Al-birr could be in something that you feel your parents desire, and you bring it to them, even a cup of tea..

Al-birr is that you ensure the comfort of your parents, even at the cost of your own happiness; so if you staying out late will cause them worry and stress, then you sleeping early is part of your birr (kindness) towards them.

Al-birr is that you miss a party that you are invited to when you feel, even for a second, that your staying out late will cause then worry and stress.

Al-birr is to plan a surprise Umrah or Hajj trip for your parents and arranging for them a nice hotel which they deserve!

Al-birr is to cheer up your parents – at an age where (for them) there does not remain a lot which brings them joy and happiness…

Al-birr is to spend abundantly
on your parents from your wealth even if they posses millions, without thinking twice about how much they own or whether they need it; for everything you have is only because of their hard work, and sleepless nights which they spent looking after you..

Al-birr is to look for their comfort, and not let them exert effort to make you comfortable, for it is enough how much strived for your sake already…

There are many ways for al-birr which lead to al-Janah (Paradise), so don’t restrict it to a single kiss on the forehead which may be followed up by many shortcomings…

و قَضَى رَبُّكَ أَلاَّ تَعْبُدُواْ إِلاَّ إِيَّاهُ وَبِالْوَالِدَيْنِ إِحْسَانًا

{And your Lord has decreed that you not worship except Him, and to parents, good treatment.} (Quran 17:23)

You know why?

Asalamu’Alaykum

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You might be wondering what the big deal is all about with fasting tomorrow (Tuesday 11th October). Well here it is

Ibn Abbas RadhyAllahu ‘anh reports:

‘When the Prophet ﷺ arrived in Madinah, he observed the Jews fasting on the day of ‘Ashurah, so the Prophet ﷺ asked them,

“Why do you fast on this day?”

They replied, “This is a great day. It is on this day that Allah saved Musa and his followers while drowning Pharoah and his people, so Musa fasted this day out of gratitude to Allah. That is why we fast on this day.”

The Prophet ﷺ replied, “We have more right to Musa than you (i.e. we love Musa and follow what he came with [Islam] more than you do),” and thereupon the Prophet ﷺ fasted this day and commanded the people to do likewise.’

[Sahih al Bukhari]

A man asked the Prophet ﷺ about the virtues of fasting the day of ‘Ashurah.

He ﷺ said,
‘I hope that Allah will make it a cause to expiate the sins of the previous year.’

[Sahih Muslim]

It is advisable to also fast the day preceding or the day following ‘Ashurah. One should fast two days: 9th and 10th of Muharram or the 10th and 11th.

The Prophet ﷺ said:

‘If I live until next year, I will fast the 9th along with the 10th (of Muharram).’

[Sahih Muslim]

This was so that his fasting would differ from that of the Jews.

 

Gotta Catch ’em all..

Asalamu’Alaykum

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The next coming days there will be no excuses for people who want to gain maximum rewards in small space of time. What are we talking about? We are talking about 8 days in a row for fasting…what a great reward !!! _commencing next week Tuesday (11th of October)!!_

_Monday (9th of Muharram) _*day before Aashuraa*
_Tuesday (10th of Muharram) _ *day of Aashuraa*
_Wednesday (11th of Muharram) _ *day after Aashuraa*
_Thursday (12th of Muharram) _ *Sunnah days of fasting*
_Friday (13th of Muharram) _ *first day of white days*
_Saturday (14th of Muharram)_ *second day of white days*
_Sunday (15th of Muharram) _ *third day of white days*
_Monday (16th of Muharram) _ *Sunnah days of fasting*

If you are unable to fast you can still partake in this opportunity of gaining reward by spreading the word. *Perhaps one will fast because of your message.*

‎((… مَنْ دَلَّ عَلَى خَيْرٍ فَلَهُ مِثْلُ أَجْرِ فَاعِلِهِ ))

*”Whoever points to something good will have the same reward as the one who does it.”* (Reported by Muslim)

Opportunities awaits you…

Asalamu’Alaykum

alhamdulillah for Islam, every where you look is an opportunity presented to us to cleanse our bad deeds and renew ourselves.

We have just finished Dhul’Hujja and then celebrated Eid only to be presented with Muharram and all its special requirements. ❤️💜

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Makkah & Madinah announced the 1st day of Muharram was Monday 3rd October. May Allah ‎ ﷻ grant us all the ability to increase in good deeds, & make this year the year of Qur’an for us. Revive the Sunnah of Muharram – fasting on the day of ‘Ashurah, which will occur on Tuesday 11 October 2016 .

So what’s the big deal with Muharram?

Ibn ‘Abbas (Ra) reported that the Prophet ‎ﷺ came to Madinah & saw the Jews fasting on the day of ‘Ashura. He ‎ﷺ asked: “What is this?” They said: ” This is a blessed day. On this day Allah ‎ ﷻ saved the Children of Israel from firaun & his army & so Musa عليه السلام fasted on this day giving thanks to Allah.” The Prophet ‎ﷺ said: “We are closer to Musa than you are.” He fasted on that day & commanded Muslims to fast on this day. (Al-Bukhari) Ibn Abbas (ra) also narrated that the prophet ‎ﷺ said “fast on the day of Ashurah (10th Muharram) … Fast a day before it or a day after it” “Fasting the day of ‘Ashura’ (is of great merits), I hope that Allah will accept it as an expiation.

 

Good Analogy

Asalamu’Alaykum dear readers,

Something to ponder about

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As we grow older, and hence wiser, we slowly realize that wearing a £600 or £60.00 watch, they both tell the same time…
Whether we carry a £600 or £60.00 wallet/handbag, the amount of money inside is the same;
Whether we drive a brand new Merc or a Old Ford, they both take u from point to point;
Whether the house we live in is 60 or 600 sq.m. the loneliness is the same.
Whether you have a Million or a Trillion.. you can eat that much and no more each day;
, one day you realize, your true inner happiness does not come from the material things of this world.
Whether you fly first or economy class, if the plane goes down, you go down with it…
Material things dont give you happiness. Therefore you realise when you have mates, buddies and old , brothers and sisters,parents,children,family,people you chat with, laugh with, talk about north-south-east-west or heaven & earth, ….as long as GOD’s laws are not being broken That brings happiness!! Remembering ALLAH and doing good deeds brings you happiness.
Five advices of Life :
1. Don’t educate your children to be rich.
Educate them to be Happy.
So when they grow up they will know
the value of things not the price
2. “Eat your food as your medicines.
Otherwise you have to
eat medicines as your food”
3. The One who loves you will never leave you because even if there are 100 reasons
to give up they will find one reason to hold on
4. There is a big difference between
a human being and being human
5. You are loved when you are born.
You will be loved when you die.
In between, You have to manage…!
If you just want to Walk Fast, Walk Alone..!
But if you want to Walk Far, Walk Together..!!
SEVEN Best Doctors in the World
1.Sunlight
2.Rest
3.Exercise
4.Diet
5.Self Confidence
6 GOOD Friends and most importantly
7 PRAYERS.
Maintain them in all stages of Life and enjoy healthy life. Take care. You are all you really own. Be your best doctor. Friend, caretaker and investment.
And dont forget for permanent happiness: Obey ALLAH in every aspect of your life.Have an awesome day

 

I didn’t know…

Asalamu’Alaykum

Tomorrow is a beautiful day indeed, try your utmost best to fast so that you can reap maximum benefit. Ask for your forgiveness as well as for those who have hurt you….there’s wisdom in doing so.

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I’ve always wondered what sabr is.

I was never given a proper definition so my concept of it was somewhat distorted;
all I understood was that you wait until it’s over.

But now, if I were to put it into words,

this is what I’ve gathered so far:

Sabr is suppressing that angry voice in your head,

the one that wants to yell at people for being inconsiderate to your struggle.

Sabr is swallowing this voice, overcoming it &
learning to channel it towards a heartfelt du’a instead.

Sabr is forgiving someone when they dismiss your feelings.

Sabr is meeting those who deserted you, with a smile on your lips, even though your tears are one step away from exposing you.

Sabr is staying silent because you’ve already stated your point too many times before.

Sabr is conforming to someone’s demand because of their right over you.

Sabr is fulfilling the rights of others even when they transgress against yours.

Sabr is crying about your heartache in front of Allah subhanawatala and no one else.

Sabr is believing wholeheartedly that Allah subhanawatala has beautiful things in store for you.

Sabr is crawling forward even when you want to stop.

Sabr is an active state of being, it is not a theory to simply be discussed and forgotten.

And it is worth it. Every single second of it is so worth it because Allah subhanawatala loves the patient ones.

And it’s worth going through the worst of the worst if it means that it will gain you Allah subhanawatala ‘

 

 

 

Be happy…

Asalamu’Alaykum

Today you have every reason to be happy, it’s Friday and we are still in Dhul Hijjah Alhamdulillah.

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Be Happy & Content with what We have,while working for what we Want & Need. Remember!  A Happy & successful life begins with Faith in Almighty The King of The Kings & Appreciating the Many Blessings awarded to Us .  As Friday shines in the Heart of believers, May You and your lovely ones be among those who will receive the Benefits & Blessings of This Day and Happy Weekend. Ameen 🙏