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Blogging consistently #1-Loving it!

BismillahirRahmaanirRaheem

Consistency…the dream of the average blogger…the aspiration of every Muslim..

Having said so, why are there so many of us stuck on the path of being consistent in blogging? Surely, with the correct intention(to help spread the Deen), we Muslim bloggers would be cruising down the uphill road of consistency. But why is it that some of us, or rather me, failed to do as much as take a tiny step up the path???

Alhamdulillah, Allah answered this question I had through a fellow blogger over at The Animation Commendation. I discovered that not only does consistency depend on intention and/or motivation, it too depends on whether the blogger loves what he is posting about.

Wait a moment..don’t jump to conclusions just yet..

I’m not saying that there are some of us who hate writing about Islam, and I seek refuge in Allah from such a thought..although some may feel that they hate it due to misconceptions on what writing about Islam is really all about.

The thing is, it is not the job, its the way it is done.

For example, some of us hate sweeping the house because it is tiring but it is not because we hate tidiness. But we may think that we hate tidiness as keeping the house clean is so tiresome and hence, we blame the way we do the job on the job itself. Isn’t that being biased?? Instead, if we bought a vacuum cleaner, we may not end up being tired from cleaning the house and hence, we may not be psychologically inclined to ”hate” tidiness.

Let me rephrase the above example..

A teen(lets call him Ahmad) has to clean his room. The problem is, he has to sweep it first due to all the late night snacks he’s been gorging on the past month. Due to all the clutter on the floor, sweeping it seems like a huge chore for him. So, he ended up hating cleaning due to the methods he employed to clean his room as well as his narrow-minded mindset that refuses to allow him to emply other methods.

Ahmad’s sister on the other hand(not being a feminist btw:p) faced the same problem as Ahmad. She however, had the motivation to change her condition and hence, she varied her cleaning methods to make it a more enjoyable experience.

Well….that’s a whole lot of stuff to digest…

Do take a few minutes to read it again and again as repetition aids digestion:)

Continue reading the above again and again till you can really sea the big picture..
(photocredits: http://www.moillusions.com/)

Done? Good alhamdulillah!:D

Lets move on to the next part…

Some bloggers(especially me) fail to consistently try to be consistent in posting consistent posts so as to consistently sustain their consistency in being consistent.

Here, syaithan will try to fool us into believing that we aren’t ‘cut-off’ to post about Islam. Are we gonna let him win and prosper? Surely not! Sadly, most of us tend to do just that, falling into his clever little snare..

We who have this mindset seriously need to change our mindset!

Islam is for everyone and everyone has a share in dakwah. True, not everyone can write but those who have been given the ability to write can use thiis ability for dakwah.

Here comes the problem..

The stereotype existent today is that a blogger blogging with the intention of spreading Islam must blog about Islamic stuff in a very philosophical/thought-provoking/mystical/productive(are those the correct words????) manner.

This impedes some Muslim bloggers who want to spread Islam through their blogs without posting Islamic stuff or without writing in a very serious way.They hence abandon the thought altogether.

This could be avoided if we have a change of perspective. The methods of da’wah outlined for us by our Prophet pbuh do vary right?? He did not only do dakwah through words..he dakwah-ed through his actions too..

Hence, as a Muslim, we should not be narrow-minded in our ways to do dakwah through writing. If one does not really have the interest in posting Islamic stuff(and that’s okay!). One could instead be a Muslim in posting non-Islamic content, such us avoiding the use of vulgarities and being a considerate blogger etc.

Similarly, if one can’t possibly write in a serious tone or if one feels it out of one’s personality to write seriously all the time, one could write about Islam in a light tone with some humor:D This is what I’ve come to realise about myself..After blogging for a few years with over a hundred posts and my recent plunging Iman and unproductivity…

I realised that if I want to write formally and seriously, I would have to be serious and formal and if I write like so, my personality would slowly evolve into being serious and my current situation and my surroundings find seriousness a bit out of place. As a prefect which deals mostly with the lower levels, I can’t be serious..They’ll be scared of me. I have to show them that discipline is fun stuff and not all boring.

So, in the past, I used to switch between personalities(serious online and cheerful, bubbly and friendly offline) and this drains lots of my energy..(not a great choice of words..) Though I am a natural introvert who has successfully managed to be and extrovert alhamdulillah:)

Hence, as I can put off being online, due to avoid the tiredness of ‘switching’, I put off posting..

Thus…I now have decided to change the atmosphere of this blog. Inshaallah, I’ll inject my posts with some light humour, pictures as well as a light tone. The posts too would be a bit more personal and I will be tagging them(*phew* finally!). Though I might be serious in some posts if I feel like it..

If writing does not come naturally ie. forced, it will be compromising on its quality.

So, to summarise…

Being consistent not only depend on intentions…it too depends on whether one loves the job or not.

If one does not love the job, don’t give it up just yet. Look into the methods employed in carrying out the task and try varying these methods into a more suitable one that interests one for often, we humans tend to ‘hate a job’ but actually, we’re actually hating doing it. So, if we develop the methods in such a way that we’d like them, we may end up liking the job and hence, we’ll have sustained interest to have consistency in doing it.

I feel that this post has been a bit too lengthy so I’ll just end here. For further reading on procrastination and stress, you dear readers can have a look at these slides I’ve made when I conducted a sharing session in my school based on a productivemuslim talk I attended here.

The file: ae.pdf 

It may seem very vague so inshaAllah, I’m planning to post about it in the future:)

To conclude, the picture above has only one big picture..hint: look until you can really sea the big picture….get it??:D

Hope this post has been of some benefit by the Grace of Allah, where all the good stuff here is from Him while all the discrepancies here are from yours truly..

May He gives us all the ability to enjoy and savour every letter we write(or rather, type out) in an effort to be consistent Muslim bloggers on the path of spreading this beautiful gem for all to appreciate and experience..Ameen:)

Salaam…:)

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Hadith: The death of scholars

BismillahirRahmaanirRaheem

Salaam..

A scary Hadith..

:عن عبد الله بن عمرو بن العاص رضي الله عنهما قال: سمعت رسول الله صلّى الله عليه وسلّم يقول

hadith

( رواه البخاري و مسلم والترمذي وابن ماجه ولا أحمد والدارمي)

Source:  Sahih Bukhari, no. 100, kitaabul I’lm and Sahih Muslim, kitaabul i’lm, Book 48, Hadith 6971

Translation:

‘Abdullah b. ‘Amr b. al-‘As reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying:

“Verily, Allah does not take away knowledge by snatching it from the people but He takes away knowledge by taking away the scholars, so that when He leaves no learned person, people turn to the ignorant as their leaders; then they are asked to deliver religious verdicts and they deliver them without knowledge, they go astray, and lead others astray.”

The phrase: “إنّ الله لا يقبض العلم انتزاعا” means that Allah does not lift the knowledge from the hearts of the scholars after He has bestowed it upon them, be it knowledge concerning Islam, its beliefs or its rules(Shari’ah). These three branches of knowledge are specifically mentioned here because they are all knowledge concerning the permissible(halal)-the obligatory(waajibaat) and the supplementary(manduubaat)-and the forbidden(haram)-the forbidden(muharramaat) and the disliked(makruhaat). And knowledge is not taken from this world by the death of ordinary people that has little knowledge; but it is taken by the death of the Knowedgeable that spends his life in seeking and obtaining knowledge.

Whenever a scholar dies, his knowledge dies with him(albeit his books) until there are no scholars left. When this happens, mankind will take their leaders from the ignorant(without knowledge) who knows nothing of Islamic knowledge. If they were asked about matters concerning Islam, they will issue out fatwas(religious rulings) based on their own opinions without referring to the Quran and Sunnah and without any other proofs to strengthen their fatwas, and thus, they led themselves astray by being far from the Truth and they lead others astray by leading them away from the Truth. (and thus, chaos will ensue)

And Allah knows best.

Fruits from the hadith:

1) The encouragement to treasure and take care of the knowledge we have(don’t forget it!)  and to respect and glorify(ta’dzeem) the knowledgeable

2) A warning to make the Ignorant(un-knowledgeable) as leaders

3) An insult(dzamm) to those who issue out fatwas(or answer to any question) without knowledge

4) An explanation the great loss we Muslims face by the death of scholars

5) An encouragement to work hard and persevere in seeking and obtaining beneficial knowledge that will benefit himself and his ummah

The above is what I translated from a hadith book compiled by my teacher, Ustaz Fathurrahmaan Dawod.

Just want to add my 2 cents…

It can also be inferred from the hadith that the knowledge circulating in this world now is nothing compared to the knowledge circulating centuries ago. Thus, logically, the scholars that lived centuries ago could have had more knowledge than the scholars of today. Ie. They know what they are doing and we laymen have no right to criticise or say that their opinions are wrong. Source: http://www.perkim.net.my/ques_ans.cfm?CurrentPage=10&cat=1

How does the above hadith apply to us?

The hadith warns us against saying things that we are unsure of, or giving answers without any substance(or proofs) to sincere questioners. Doing so would 1) give wrong information to the asker and 2) It would mean that we have an ego and pride by not wanting to say ‘I don’t know’.

Please let me know of any mistakes in my translation. The words that I am not sure of its translation have been put in ( ) beside their english translation. And also let me know with anything that is incorrect islamically or anything any of you dear readers don’t agree with. Jazakumullah Khayr:)

And Allah knows best,

Salaam:)

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Why do we learn the deen, or ukhrawi (Islamic) subjects?

If you ask any Muslims, some will say: for Da’wah.  To them, learning the Deen is to preach to others. If you don’t want to be a preacher, studying Deen is just a waste of time. Is there something wrong with this picture? This should not be your main cause in learning the Deen, though it should be one of the causes. The main cause is actually for your own benefit: For Allah, so I could practice the Deen correctly and get eternal salvation, while showing a good example of a True Muslim to others.
One could say: I already know how to pray, fast etc., so why should I learn more?
The answer is, how would you know what you know is enough? See all the blessings Allah Ta3laa gave you; have you done enough for Him? Truth is, you can never really repay Him. But out of His mercy, the only things he asks of you is doing the 5 salaahs, pay zakah, fast in the holy month of Ramadan, perform hajj and other obligatory stuff. (Which we never really do properly or we don’t do at all). How ungrateful of us. Our creator gave us everything and the only little things He ask from us we cannot do.
Allah Almighty knows Syaithaan will try his best to sway us from Allah’s path just as he had strayed from it. As Allah is the All-Merciful, All-Knowing,  he knows that the challenge would be too great and out of our league for Him to make more things obligatory for us, Muhammad’s pbuh Ummah. So, Allah Ta3laa arranged fate so as for the original obligatory 50 salaahs be lowered to just 5.
SubhanAllah! See how merciful He is?
Our existence is too based on His mercy. If He wanted, He would’nt have even created us!
As He said:

“51:56 I have only created Jinns and men, that they may serve Me.”
51:57 No Sustenance do I require of them, nor do I require that they should   feed Me.
51:58 For Allah is He Who gives (all) Sustenance,- Lord of Power,- Steadfast (forever)

One could say: I’ll study Islam when I get old..
Truth is, how do you know whether the subsequent breaths you are about to take are continuous, or rather be your last…
So as Muslims, we can never ever put learning Islam as unimportant because Islam is the purpose of our existence. How could we live if we don’t even know or delve into our purpose in this world?

All the good is from Allah Almighty, while all the bad and horrible stuff is from me, an imperfect, weak slave uncapable of warding off syaithaan, except with her Creators help!
SubhanAllah!
AllahuAkbarr!
Allahu A3lam
Wassalaam


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