Overcoming blue….

Asalamualaykum, we pray you are all well.

Life can sometimes put you in very compromising situations or even worse might test every bit of you possible! During these difficult times it’s hard not to crack….but having good thoughts of Allah and knowing that He can bring you out if it can lighten the burden. Remember you are not alone. Alhamdulillah

Allah says in Surah Najm Verse 43

وَأَنَّهُ هُوَ أَضْحَكَ وَأَبْكَىٰ

And that it is He who makes [one] laugh and weep

Therefore seek Him and always busy yourself with His remembrance.

 

img_0196

 

A beautiful reminder from a Sister

It’s easy for the believer to face highs and lows in terms of emaan, the road is never just a straight one, so from time to time you will undoubtedly waver and even at times fall.
Sometimes you might even hit an all time low, one which completely pushes you in the wrong direction due to the force of shaytaan. But the moment you feel this force, you need to muster enough strength to redirect yourself, and push yourself towards Allah.

Any form of emptiness or hollowness which you may be experiencing may be an indication towards the absence of Allah’s remembrance from your heart, and His mentioning from your tongue. Hence it’s imperative that you bring back His remembrance in to your life.

Imagine the abundant blessings which come with being remembered by Allah. Imagine the angels acknowledging you, specifically you.
Will this not be a natural cause of the descent of mercy from Allah? Will such mercy not fill the emptiness within the depth of your inner self?
Undoubtedly yes!

The mercy of Allah includes safety, blessings and forgiveness. All of these combined and bestowed upon you can only mean ease and relief. Relief from any hardship, ease from anything which deters you from Allah.
So give all that you can in the remembrance of Allah, take hold of solitude and comfort yourself with His remembrance and He will comfort you with His mercy and companionship.

May Allah enable us to find ultimate peace in Him and His book, Al Quran Al Kareem. آمين.

Advertisements

You know why?

Asalamu’Alaykum

img_0090

 

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.

 

Feeling Blue :( ….??

Assalamu’alaykum Dear Readers,

Feeling down and sad about things whether its life, family or work is actually quite normal to go through. Even our beloved Prophet (saw) experienced it. Its just one of those things that happen when you least expect it, we might agree on this or not, but I feel it is as if Allah is telling you ‘come back to me my slave, just pray, ask, supplicate and I (Allah) will remove the sadness, the depression, the loss, the anxiety and whatever else you going through’.

But the main point here, is not allowing that overflowing sadness or whatever else it is to overcome us, thus falling deep into the problem and not finding a way out. Rather, the best of solutions is prayer.

allah_2

Come, let us pray.

Seriously, it is fascinating that sometimes when we find people that would advice us of go make du’a, or read the Qur’an or pray tahajjud, they get irritated or somehow angry and say, we are humans and we just need someone to talk to.

Yes, that is true, that we are humans and we do need someone to talk to at times, but what makes it all go wrong is when we seek the comfort from them, and I know you know what this comfort I mean.

Yes, they will eventually make us feel that sense of not being alone or that there is someone for us out there but don’t you realize that by that very moment it comes to your head that its all because you didn’t recognize the One who has been with you all these time? The One who you run to the last when He should have been the First?

Let me tell you something. I’ll make this very brief.

Rememeber when we read about ‘Uthman Ibn Affan Radiyallahu Anhu, when he lost his wife then in a matter of days he lost his son, the Sahabah and even the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam was there to comfort him, but to whom did he turn to? To Allah, first and foremost.

Remember when Julaybib Radiyallahu Anhu was feeling low and depressed because of how he looked and how he was treated, he turned and did his best to perfect his worship, and look how Allah comforted him by making the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam take him as his own.

Remember when Ammar Radiyallahu Anhu lost his parents, and him seeing them martyred infront of his eyes, where did he find comfort in? In the words of Allah and the promise of Allah that they are indeed the first martyrs of Islam!

Remember when Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam whenever a calamity would come to him (e.g. the death of his beloved Khadijah and son), he would call out on Bilal saying, “O Bilal, call the iqamah for salah, and comfort us by it!” [Abu Dawud]

Look at the situations where they were placed, are you (who is reading this) placed on a greater lost, a greater calamity? Imagine, if you were Ammar who saw his own parents killed infront of him, would you act the same way as Ammar?

Or if you were ‘Uthman, would you act the same way or would you let depression eat you whole?

I am telling you, because I have been there, nothing can give you the comfort you truly need except Allah, so seek it in Him, not from anyone else.
______

May Allah Swt make it easy for all of us. Ameen

 

Nip it in the bud!

Assalamu’alaykum

Sometimes things people do or say throw us and sends us in the direction of complete destruction, why? Because many times we don’t pause to think. Sometimes our actions speak volume, take a step back, reflect and then speak, never retaliate whilst in the state of anger. We should teach our selves these techniques not just so we can better our selves but because Allah and His messenger tells us to contain and keep anger in place!

anger-managment

Ibn al-Jawzi:

“When your companion becomes angry and says something that is unwarranted, you should not take it too hard. His situation is that of a drunken person who is not aware of what is taking place. Instead, be patient, even if it means only for a little while. If you reciprocate his words with harsh words of your own, you become like the sane person who seeks revenge on a madman, or the conscious person who seeks retribution from an unconscious one. Look at him with a merciful eye and pity him for his actions.”

(Sayd al-Khaatir pg 406)

 This advice is to myself first and foremost. May Allah facilitate our paths and grant us success in this world and the next. Ameen.

 

Ramadantox stage 4

Asalamu’alaykum

Detoxification Stage 4 (Day 16 to Day 30)

The body is completely adapted to the fasting process. There is more energy and clarity of mind. Cleansing periods can be short with many days of feeling good in between. There are days when the tongue is pink and the breath is fresh. The healing work of the organs is being completed. After the detoxification mechanisms have removed the causative agent or render it harmless, the body works at maximum capacity in tissue proliferation to replace damaged tissue. After day 20, the mind is affected. Heightened clarity and emotional balance are felt at this time. Memory and concentration improve.

image

 

 

Ramadantox stage 3

Asalamu’alaykum

more interesting facts

Detoxification Stage 3 (Day 8 to Day 15)

You will experience enhanced energy, clear-mindedness and feel better. On the downside, old injuries may become irritated and painful. This is a result of the body’s increased ability to heal during fasting. If you had broken your arm 10 years before, there is scar tissue around the break. At the time of the break, the body’s ability to heal was directly related to lifestyle. If you lived on a junk-food diet, the body’s natural healing ability was compromised. During fasting, the body’s healing process is at optimum efficiency. As the body scours for dead or damaged tissue, the lymphocytes enter the older, damaged tissue secreting substances to dissolve the damaged cells.

image

These substances irritate the nerves in the surrounding region and cause a reoccurrence of aches from previously injured areas that may have disappeared years earlier. The pain is good as the body is completing the healing process. The muscles may become tight and sore due to toxin irritation. The legs can be the worst affected, as toxins accumulate in the legs. Cankers are common in this stage due to the excessive bacteria in the mouth. Daily gargling with salt and water will prevent or heal cankers.

Ramadantox

Asalamu’alaykum

yes you read right…the title says ‘ramadantox’. Well we know you’ll ask…so here it goes, ramadantox is the process of detoxing that your body goes through during Ramadan. Simple! (By the way just so you know, we made the linking of the two words up!)

Here are some interesting facts you’d like to know;

Detoxification Stage 1 (Day 1 To Day 2)

On the first day of fasting, the blood sugar level drops. The heart slows and blood pressure is reduced. Glycogen is pulled from the muscle causing some weakness. The first wave of cleansing is usually the worst. Headaches, dizzinessnausea, bad breath, and a heavily coated tongue are signs of the first stage of cleansing. Hunger can be the most intense in this period.

image

 

Detoxification Stage 2 (Day 3 To Day 7)

Fats, composed of transformed fatty acids, are broken down to release glycerol from the gliceride molecules and are converted to glucose. The skin may become oily as rancid oils are purged from the body. People with problem-free skin may have a few days of pimples or even a boil. The body embraces the fast and the digestive system is able to take a much-needed rest, focusing all of its energies on cleansing and healing. White blood cell and immune system activity increases. You may feel pain in your lungs. The cleansing organs and the lungs are in the process of being repaired. The breath is still foul and the tongue coated. Within the intestine, the colon is being repaired and impacted feces on the intestinal wall start to loosen.

Subhanallah, amazing or what?! I mean we fast to seek Allahs pleasure no amount of science will convince us because our love for Allah supersedes every other fact out there, but it’s quite unique how our body can adapt to anything. Allahu’Akbar, the long days and short nights have done nothing to steer us away from the love we have to seek His pleasure and plead for Jannah. Oh Rahman enter us all in Firdaws. Ameen.

A smile and compliment goes a loooooong way!

Assalamu’alaykum,

Oh why Oh why do blood tests and IV lines exist!? (Don’t answer that question I know the answer perfectly well…  🙂 )

People hate getting their blood test taken or having to have an IV line put in or any procedure that includes getting cut up, injected, opened up etc. Over the years, iv learnt a not so unique way of dealing with the over tired, over stretched and under paid nurses who unfortunately has me as the last patient before she goes home to sleep….arrrghhh…trust me I know the look. Bruised up would be the end result of being the last patient…(and sometimes im not the last patient but I still get the same ending)..but I really do feel for the nurses they don’t mean to be so hard. Thus, as soon as they enter the cubicle, I say hello with a smile, sometimes I get a response and sometimes im ignored..(ha ha!) but nonetheless, I continue, I will find something really nice about the nurse and compliment them.

tests_and_results

Wether its their hair, perfume, shoes, name badge, hair clip, cool wrist band, the ward, sometimes we talk about their career and how long there in it…(subhanallah I have found that most wanted to be something other than a nurse)…anything anything….its has to be true though and your intentions should be to make them happy and as a result she will go all easy with putting that needle or IV line in. Allah is my witness, it works EVERY TIME! Even with die hard stubborn nurses. Alhamdulillah! There you have it, smile and compliment goes a long way.

Phew…no more bruises.

 

Did you Know?

Assalamu’alaykum

Did you know that the only sentence that you can say without moving your lips is LA ILAHA ILLA ALLAH (There is no deity worthy of worship beside Allah . Subhan’Allah  the wisdom behind that is, when a person is dying, he can possibly lose the ability to move his lips , so Allah made it easy for him to say Shahada before his death. Alhamdulillah the Most Merciful he is.

“O Allah, I seek Your forgiveness for every sin that I forgot but You recorded; that I made little of but You noted; that I openly committed but You quietly concealed- and if I were to repent to You for it, You would surely forgive it.”

HASAN AL-BASRI

Yoga and Shirk

Assalamu’Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatu

There are four aspects of Tawheed that have been classified by the scholars:

1. Tawheed Rububiyah – [Lordship]

2. Tawheed Uloohiyah/Ibadah –  [Worship]

3. Tawheed Asma wa Sifat – [His Names and Attributes]

4. Tawheed Hakimiyah – [Rulership/Law Giver]

Tawheed ar-Rububiyah means Allah Ta’ala is the only Lord. Tawheed Asma wa sifat means you are not allowed to worship Allah with names and attributes which He Allah Ta’ala not use to describe himself. Tawheed al-Hakimiya means that Allah is the only Law giver. Tawheed Uloohiyah/Ibadah means you should worship none but Him. You should single out Allah in your Ibadah ie: worship.

It’s quite obvious this branch of Tawheed is called Tawheed Ibadah. Violation of any of these components of tawheed, constitutes as Shirk [idolatry association with Allah]. The unforgivable sin [if its not repented from]….

To take others as Lords besides Allah. To deify creation or To humanize Allah [ie. taking or giving His attributes] To worship others besides Allah, To believe in other laws besides the laws of Allah…this is all shirk.

The New Age movement is a modern religion concocted by Shaytan/Satan for the purpose of obliterating all beliefs in Allah and all Abrahamic religions. It seems logical for Satan to introduce it near to the end of times in order to prepare mankind spiritually for the arrival of the Dajjal (anti-christ). But why is this religion so dangerous? Because people are falling into it like a lamb to the slaughter, without even knowing it.

The following is what the common people don’t know….

New Age belief have entered mainstream society

Ever wondered for example what is the meaning of Yoga? A popular form of exercise….

Yoga was once practiced mainly by a cult click in America and Europe.

Now over 19 million Americans and millions more in Europe are actively involved in some kind of Eastern meditations. Altogether 60 million Americans have incorporated Eastern philosophy into their world view.

Yoga is the very heart of Hinduism. There is no Hinduism without Yoga and there is no Yoga without Hinduism. You can’t take Hinduism out of yoga. Yoga goes all the way back to the hundu god Shiva who is called Yogeshvara meaning lord of yoga. You will find yoga being taught in all the major hindu scriptures.  Krishna one of the main hindu god, was an advocate of yoga. Yoga was also mentioned in the Gita (Hindu scripture) as the main means to attain salvation. Basically, the word means to yolk in union, the goal if the hindu is to be yolked with brahman (means universal soul).

Yoga_MED

What is Yoga?

Yoga is a san-script word that means to yolk with brahman. What this means is that atman – the individual soul which is the goal you are trying to reach the state of consciousness, where it means you are God! You are brahman, so you reach a state where you realise atman the individual soul and brahman the universal soul are one and the same.

The whole idea of waking up your conscious through arousing the serpent power within you, the idea is that the serpent lays coiled at the base of your spine and through manoeuvring, movements – you waken the psychic energy to come up through the wheels – the psychic energy up to the third eye.

If one takes a look at the different position that Yoga presents, they will find that each position has a meaning to a Hindu god, it is named after them. Yoga involves no matter what kind of the position you choose to do includes a form of shirk. Some positions have names in them that includes : “Goddess” , “Dog”, “Corpse (as in a body style of the deceased.)”

Firstly, the word Goddess is a pagan word to refer to a female god. Secondly, a dog is animal that Islam forbids for us to keep as a pet. And thirdly, why would anyone be willing to mimic these types of position knowing what they mean? All these positions are toxic for the Iman. They are a form of worship each thing that is in its position name. Now let’s say you do not do the Hindu or pagan chants or say their words. Let’s say you call upon Allah for acts of paganism such as yoga. This is a form of innovation. Furthermore, if one uses the excuse that they are doing it to keep in shape, is there no other form of exercise one can use to do so? We live in the 21st Century where you could literally keep in shape in so many other ways…you are not limited to one form of exercise!

Better yet, if you were to pray according to the way it was taught to us by the Prophet (saw) then you would find that you would already be covering majrity of the Yoga positions in these simple Islamic moves that you do 5 times a day.

 [4.48] Surely Allah does not forgive that anything should be associated with Him, and forgives what is besides that to whomsoever He pleases; and whoever associates anything with Allah, he devises indeed a great sin.