Miscellaneous

Self-Discovery

BismillahirRahmanirRahiim
Assalamualaikum:)

First and foremost, I’m truly sorry for it has been two hectic years since i last posted…This past few years were just soo mashaAllah. Filled with various emotions and confusion and identity crisis-the typical emotions of people in this transitional phase of life between teenagehood and adulthood. But it was a great experience and I am very thankful that Allah gave me this chance.

Hence, what I am going to talk about today is self-discovery. Identity crisis. Who am I? Why am i here? Why am I created? Why am I letting hours of my life pass me by speeding away at high speed, while I stand in confusion and bewilderment, distracted by the glares, horns and beauty of the other vehicles around me on this highway of life?

Okay, firstly, I know that we were created for a purpose: to worship Allah, and as representatives to look after the affairs of this world. But do I really know it with all my heart? IS this knowledge really internalised and manifested in my actions?

Secondly, I was once a great believer of the power of the mind. The popular phrase “you are what you believe yourself to be”. I’ve researched into the field of psycho-ing your own self as among the paths for character building and development. I even experimented it on myself, and it worked. So i got even more confused. If I can “build” myself from scratch, then who am I, really? What are my prinsips?

After months of contemplating and holding onto Allah’s rope, beseeching Him to show me the right path, I discovered a few things.

A. The issue of Existentialism vs Essentialism: the belief that individuals create the meaning and essence of their own lives vs the belief that individuals are born with essential characteristics vital to their existence. In short, its  a battle between whether “Existence precedes Essence” or “Essence precedes Existence”

If I am an existentialist, I will hold the belief that i have no inborn purpose and goal in life. I am the one responsible to form a purpose for my life as I go on. I form my own principles, my character, my likes and dislikes. I am literally born a “blank slate”.

However, if I am an essentialist, I will hold the belief that there are essential(inborn) and non-essential characteristics. Without these essential aspects such as meaning and purpose in life, physical appearance and etcetra, I will cease to exist. Hence, my purpose is already a part of my essence. Based on this, I will start to build my non-essential characteristics such as principles, likes and dislikes. In short, I exist with an inborn purpose and fate.

B. Exaggerating the importance of the mind- Enslavement by the mind: The problem nowadays is the over-emphasis on the role of the mind in our lives today. We deify our minds. We trust our minds too much, while it is evident that our mind is limited and easily influenced. Hence, we get easily deluded and confused. Why? Because we don’t tie our limited imperfect minds to the Most Perfect. According to one Muslim preacher, this is the essence of Dajjal’s call. He’ll make us deify our minds, and we will be so called “empowered” by this new found power. While in reality, he is the One who is manipulating our thoughts and enslaving our mind. Hence, in reality, we are actually deifying him instead of Allah.

Given these two points, I come to the conclusion that,

Firstly, we as Muslims have an inborn purpose and destiny in us.

Abu Hurayrah narrates that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said,

مَا مِنْ مَوْلُودٍ إِلاَّ يُولَدُ عَلَى الْفِطْرَةِ فَأَبَوَاهُ يُهَوِّدَانِهِ وَيُنَصِّرَانِهِ وَيُمَجِّسَانِهِ كَمَا تُنْتَجُ الْبَهِيمَةُ بَهِيمَةً جَمْعَاءَ هَلْ تُحِسُّونَ فِيهَا مِنْ جَدْعَاءَ

“No child is born except on the Fitrah and then his parents make him Jewish, Christian or Magian. Just as an animal produces a perfect young animal: do you see any part of its body amputated?”

Then Abu Hurayrah said, “And recite if you wish:

فِطْرَ‌تَ اللَّـهِ الَّتِي فَطَرَ‌ النَّاسَ عَلَيْهَا ۚ لَا تَبْدِيلَ لِخَلْقِ اللَّـهِ

“The fitrah of Allah upon which He has created [all] people. No change should there be in the creation of Allah.” [30:30]

[Muslim #6423]
Source: https://tulayhah.wordpress.com/2013/08/09/imam-an-nawawi-on-the-fitrah/

Scholars have said that fitrah here means Islam. And that the purpose of our Creation is to worship Allah and be vicegerents looking after the affairs of this world. AND we will be asked about this two main tasks.

Allah said in the Quran: 
((And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me)) 51:56

Secondly, that being said,  we still have the ability to choose between the right path and the wrong path. Allah gave us the ability to think. To differentiate. And he gave us a guide. Why? So that we can build from these tools our principles and character. Using our purpose in life as a basis and the Quran and Sunnah as an anchor, we can form our identity. Islam does not disregard the mind. It gives it a role that suits its capability. But to keep it in check, it must be anchored. And the best anchor here is the Quran and Sunnah ie religious knowledge.

So, who am I? I am a servant of Allah, created for a purpose. And whatever I do, whatever my principles are, I will be held to account for them. My purpose in life is the filter that can make me pinpoint and grab hold of my slippery elusive time amidst the chaos of the highway around me.

And with this new found mindset, alhamdulillah, I began my journey in university, in a blessed land thousands of miles away from home…May Allah bless us all, ease our affairs and give us strength in going through life:)

Wassalam,
Jazakumullah Khayr=)
Suhailah

 

Ps. It is very important to note the dangers of modern self-discovery methods such as emptying our mind in meditation etc. Why? Because an empty mind is easily influenced by Satan. Instead, as Muslims, during ‘Contemplation’ (something we are highly encouraged to do in Islam), we should empty our mind from all worldy affairs AND fill it with the remembrance of Allah. This is where many Muslims fall short…And Allah knows best:)

 

 

 

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We’re family!

BismillahirRahmaanirRaheem

Islam is not only a religion, nor is it only a way of life…Islam is an international  institution and Muslims are one big family.

Let me ask you a question..
Is it appropriate for your sister to be suffering under the hands of an oppressor with little hope of surviving on her part and you here are partying the night out as if that’s all there is to life? Of course we wouldn’t!!

Unfortunately, this is our current situation O Muslims! I’m not saying that your sibling is currently being terrorised. No.

I’m talking about the current situation of this ummah. How we, as a big family, remain indifferent to the sufferings of the other members of our family!

Ask ourselves! Our fellow brothers and sisters are suffering in Palestine just because they stood up for what they believed in…and what are we doing?
We have been successfully duped! Our brothers and sisters are being tortured and we are fooled into thinking that they, the Palestinians, asked for it(nauzubillah from such a thought!) or that ‘nah, it does not concern me.’ Reality check: it does concern us! Just as our mothers would get angry if we would be indifferent to our sibling’s suffering, more so would our Creator be if we remain indifferent to our fellow creation’s plight!

He made us responsible for each other! He made us one big family! We should not allow minute details to divide us! We should stop bickering over the little things that we disagree upon!
There is no time for such things!
We need to grow up. We need to look at the bigger picture. Our ‘siblings’ need us.
Don’t get fooled by the dunya. Take the dunya as your current temporary rental house and the akhira as your island paradise. Would you work to ensure you get to live the average life in your normal house or would you like to upgrade and ‘save up’ for the island paradise?

So, you might be thinking now…
You must be kidding! I can’t possibly go there and help them, given all the commitments I have to my community! It is not really feasible for me as well as all the other Muslims to leave their communities to go free Palestine.

Well, know that force is not the only way to help.

 

:عَنْ أَبِي سَعِيدٍ الْخُدْرِيّ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ سَمِعْت رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه و سلم يَقُولُ

“مَنْ رَأَى مِنْكُمْ مُنْكَرًا فَلْيُغَيِّرْهُ بِيَدِهِ، فَإِنْ لَمْ يَسْتَطِعْ فَبِلِسَانِهِ، فَإِنْ لَمْ يَسْتَطِعْ فَبِقَلْبِهِ، وَذَلِكَ أَضْعَفُ الْإِيمَانِ”
[رَوَاهُ مُسْلِمٌ].

On the authority of Abu Sa’eed al-Khudree (may Allah be pleased with him) who said:

I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) say, “Whosoever of you sees an evil, let him change it with his hand; and if he is not able to do so, then [let him change it] with his tongue; and if he is not able to do so, then with his heart — and that is the weakest of faith.” [Muslim]

 

Here, two other modes of righting a wrong is mentioned: by the tongue or by the heart

So, how can i help Palestine using my tongue? Well, its surely not by promoting Palestinian cuisine><

We can use our words to spread the truth or the severity of the oppression they are receiving. Words are mightier than the sword. Correct the misunderstanding spread by the media on the reality of what is happening there. Motivate people who can take actions so as to spur them into taking action. Force is not necessarily the only answer. The answer is not objective.

What about the heart then? To help them using our hearts means to keep them forever in our duas, forever in our thoughts. Wake up in the early hours of the morning: praying, weeping and begging Allah to have mercy on them and grant them martyrdom.
You might be thinking that ”my doa is not as powerful..I’ve sinned a lot..”
Well, firstly, never lose hope in the Mercy of Allah and secondly, may our doa get barakah(blessing) due to the thing we doa-ed for…

So, instead of staying up all night watching movies, turn in early and wake up early the next morning to begin our ‘munajah’ to Allah Almighty.

Instead of wasting time lazing around flipping through channels, we could increase our knowledge of what is transpiring concerning Muslims worldwide so as to be a responsible brother/sister.

We should love for our brother what we’d love for ourselves. If we love peace, we too must love peace for our brother and hence, we have to help him obtain the thing that he loves due to our deep love for him for the sake of Allah.

May Allah forgive us for neglecting our family in the past and may He gives us the capabilities and strength as well as knowledge in spreading peace and unity among the sons of Adam (alayhissalam)

Ameen ya rabbal Alameen

Alhamdulillah alaa kulli nia’mihi alayya..

Salaam…

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Knock for success

BismillahirRahmaanirRaheem

I had to follow suit,
But i can’t seem to go past the external,
For inside me, a war is raging and i seem to be losing..
I struggle..every second..yearning for the Truth to be followed..
But alas, time and again i fell prey to my desires..being lured into the cave of the dunya and being pounced upon by my nafs in the dark dark tunnels meant to lead astray those who want to be led astray….

What’s the use of looking pious
If its all skin deep..
I need to win this battle, fight my way out of this cave
I need to emerge victorious!

The question is……how??

Hmmm…

Question: How do you get a door to open?

Answer: There are 2 options…

1) Strive really really hard to unlock its multiple state-of-the-art locks using all sorts of expensive tools you’d worked really really hard to obtain

2) Knock and it will be opened for you

Its up to us to choose what suits us best:))

Alhamdulillah alaa kulli nia’mihi alayya..

Salaam:)

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Do we really believe in resurrection??

BismillahirRahmaanirRaheem

Do we really believe that we will be resurrected?

Look around you…look out your window..imagine the them being destroyed and crushed. Imagine them being swallowed up by the Earth. Imagine the stars we see every night falling onto our houses. Imagine the sky we see now being folded like a scroll.

Look at your family as you sit together for dinner and imagine them sitting like that for dinner in paradise, eating the most delicious of food..for all eternity, knowing that nobody would be leaving you forever and there will be no worry upon you nor would there be anymore grief.

Imagine on the other hand..you and your family burning in the blazing fire, feasting only on pus and blood…alone, regretting what you have each done or rather, not done in the dunya when you thought that you had all the time in the world…

Imagine you and your family, gathered in the same place but separated, standing alone in front of Allah, hoping and yearning his His Mercy to engulf you on the day where the Most Merciful is also al Muntaqim…

Just imagine yourself in those moments where your soul is being taken to where it originated..as your family carried you into your grave and left you there alone to face your fate..

Imagine the fact that those events could happen any second now…..or in the space of years.

Hard to imagine init when you are so protected in the safety of your own home, right?
It almost seems impossible. I mean, this is my life that I’m supposed to live to the fullest. I’m safe here right? I got my family and a job and also everything i want.

But an undeniable reality makes it possible…death. With death, all of this seems possible..no, a certainty.
With death, we know that where we are now is only temporary. There must be something after death right? It just doesn’t make sense for us to be here in the world just by coincidence and after we die…we die. Thats it. That’s our fate.

There must be a purpose to this life. There must be a logical reason for our existence. Our existence can’t possibly be ”merely coincidental”. 0+0+0 can not possibly ever give you one, right?

Teachers always have a reason for giving an equation. Similarly, Allah gives us the above equation for a reason. He certainly did not give a difficult one. He gave us a very simple one that even toddlers could answer. He gave us that rhetorical equation so that we get the hint and right-en our perspective concerning our existence.

Now, the question is, how do we judge whether one has fulfilled his  purpose or continues to waste their lives away? We humans can’t be the judge. There is no way we can be 100% sure that someone is 100% fair. Hence, it only makes sense that the One who judges us on whether we have fulfilled our purpose is the One who gave us that purpose in the first place and the One whom we are 100% sure is fair, for the One who owns everything can’t possibly have any form of ulterior motives that could result in His bias-ness.

But as like in any court, proof is needed. It is not enough for a person to only have believe without any action done to proof that belief. And hence, like any other court, those proven guilty of not having fulfilled their purpose will face a severe punishment and hence, hell must exist.

Similarly, for those who have fulfilled their purpose, they need to be rewarded and hence, paradise must exist.

May we be amongst the ones who is enveloped in His encompassing Mercy and be granted the bliss of meeting Him…

Ameen Ya Rabbal Aa’lameen

Hope my disorganised thoughts here makes some sense:)

Alhamdulillah alaa kulli ni’amihi alayna..

Salaam…

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HOW DOES EXERCISE AND REST ALLOW MUSLIMS TO FULFILL THE PRINCIPLES OF HUMANITY

SubhanAllah!

Siraat-e-Mustaqeem

This is a post inspired by the second lesson of Qibla on Islamic Medicines. It is not a verbatim summary as references have been pulled from Medicine, and the Quran and Sunnah in addition to what was taught.

HOW DOES EXERCISE AND REST ALLOW MUSLIMS TO FULFILL THE PRINCIPLES OF HUMANITY

Imam Ghazali defined the principles of humanity as defined in Islam as five (these principles are also called the blood, the bones and the flesh of Islam or the Shariah of Islam)

In order to safeguard humanity we have to protect five things:

  1. Protect our Deen (Both the quality and quantity and what we do for the sake of Allah)

  2. Protect Human Survival

  3. Protect Sanity

  4. Protect our offspring

  5. Protect our wealth

What is the relationship of Exercise and rest in fulfilling these five principles of Islam pertaining to humanity?

EXERCISE AND PROTECTING THE DEEN

The practices of Deen require…

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Duas requested..

Salaam,
I would like to request your du’as for the ease of my upcoming papers and that I’d be able to complete them with ease and accuracy as I’m now in the midst of my olevels.
I apologise for not posting regularly for the past few months. I’d really appreciate them.
InshaAllah, I’ll be having free time in two weeks time Alhamdulillah:)

A tip to cope with stress:
“In times of hardship, thinking of the destination can ease the pain of the journey”
You can find it here: https://thejourneytosalvation.wordpress.com/category/inspirationsthroughposters/

So, lets think positive..just 11 more days to go for me…:D

Salaam:)

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“It is He who causes death and gives life”

In the name of Allah, the most Gracious, the most Merciful

53:44

And that it is He who causes death and gives life (53.44)

Yesterday, my nephew was born..

Today, my grandmother left us…

In the space of two days, I witnessed firsthand the truthfulness of the  above statement

All praises is to the giver and taker of life…

May Allah forgive her, have mercy on her, bless her.

May her grave be a garden from the gardens of paradise..

May we all be gathered together in paradise where she will be waiting for me inshaAllah..

Ameen

Please make du’a for her..

Salaam

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Silence is Gold

BismillahirRahmanirRaheem

Silence is truly gold.
It is treasured at all times
Even though its value may increase or decrease throughout the years, it’ll still remain treasured.
To attain it is difficult. It is of no value before being polished and refined. Silence may seem insignificant at first, but as time passes by, it’s fruits are numerous.
However, unlike gold, silence could be attained by anybody and everybody; though some may find it easier to keep silent, others go through pains to do so.
Silence is rarely regretted, but rather it prevents a thousand years of regret.
As Sayyiduna Ali (ra) once said:
“A moment of silence in anger prevents a thousand years of regret”

Abu Hurairah (ra) reported:
The Prophet (pbuh) said:
“He who believes in Allah and the Last Day, must either say good or remain silent” (Muslim)

Be wise in being silent and your sîlence will make you wise with Allah’s Will..
Salaam:)

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The Longing of the Restless Heart

Tearing up is not a symbol of weakness..
Salaam..

Saluting Prophet Muhammad صلّى الله عليه وسلّم

This is Part 3 on the Series ‘Images from Seerah’s Album’. 

Let me show you the album. 

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“I am crying. Please don’t leave Me. Give Me the same love….”

Letter from our oppressed beloved…
Please internalise its sorrows and suffering and give it its rights. Don’t be an oppressor!
Peace:)

YasSarNalQuR'aN

“My dear Reader,

At the outset, I express My thanks to you for making Me so happy in the month of Ramadhaan, giving Me lots of kisses, holding Me to your heart most of the time, giving Me all your love and affection, reading a page here, memorizing a surah there – my happiness reached such a level that I wonder whether I was lucky to have Myself in your hand or were you so fortunate to have Me in your hand.

After finding so much care and love from you, I now weep in solitude…

Imagine that you are the apple of everyone’s eyes. All Muslims in the world like you so much. People come to you and talk to you so affectionately, they shower all their love and warmth. They even touch you with respect. They love you like anything…

…..And then, suddenly they stop coming to you, no…

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