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Friday, 30 August 2013

What Are You Striving for: Dunya or Akhirah?

Many of us seem to spend an incredible amount of time and energy chasing the dream job. Afterall, a bigger paycheck often translates into a better car, a bigger house and a higher worldly social status.
But we are warned about this in The Qur’an:
“Rivalry in worldly increase distracts you (from the remembrance of Allah), till you come to the graves” (102: 1-2).
“Your wealth and your children are but a trial, and Allah has with Him a great reward.” (64:15).

Ever think of the results of all of your worldy efforts?
”It will be, on the Day they see it, as though they had not remained [in the world] except for an afternoon or a morning thereof.” (79:46)
Lavish homes and fancy vacations are temporary worldy fixes whereas dedicating time and effort into something that lasts an eternity make more sense, doesn’t it?

Have you ever stopped for a minute and considered building a house for yourself in Jannah?
”Allah will build house in Jannah for whoever is diligent in observing 12 Sunnah rakat (as follows: 2 before Fajr, 4 rakat before and 2 after Dhur, 2 after the Maghrib, and 2 after Ishaa).” (Tirmidhi)
Yet worries and anxieties are dominating our lives so much so that many of us have missed a few obligatory prayers for some worldly reason. Have we forgotten our appointment with the Angel of Death? Our meeting with Allah?

We have the opportunity for high stations of Jannah – to meet the Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him), to meet the blessed companions (May Alah be pleased with them all), and most of all to see Allah, The Most High! It sounds amazing, doesn’t it? Yet still many of us choose to not strive for Jannah. We have sadly become distracted and absorbed by this dunya, and lost sight of our purpose – worshipping Allah – and our main goal – the pleasure of Allah and subsequently Jannah.
“No, you prefer the life of this world, while the hereafter is better and that which remains” (87: 16-17).
Indeed, the akhirah is better for us; we need to use our time in this dunya to work for it.

So why do we prioritize dunya over Jannah?

1. The Cool Factor

Imagine being denied an eternal life of bliss because…
  • You neglect your prayers fearing you may not look “cool” among peers
  •  You choose not to live according to what the Quran says fearing ridicule or poverty
  •  You do not wear the hijab and jilbab because it is ‘out of fashion’. Or in some societies, solely wear it for fashion.
  •  You spend hours listening to music or staring at magazines filled with haram pictures
When we sit down and logically think about it, what are we doing? “Our souls are precious, and can only be equal to the price of Paradise. Therefore, sell them only at that price.”

2. The ‘No Time’ Factor.

Our Prophet (May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and the Sahaba (May Allah be pleased with all of them) were much busier than us, yet they never fell short in their duties to worship and remember Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala).
The truth is that we are not busier, but rather we have forgotten our goal and messed up our priorities. The pleasures of this world are nothing compared to those of the Hereafter so why then have we neglected, or even abandoned, our primary duties?
If you find yourself constantly prioritizing dunya over akhirah, it is time to strike a balance:
So you have decided you want to be productive for the Hereafter? Alhamdulillah, making that intention is the first step! If you are still breathing, the doors of repentence are still open and it is not too late to make it to Jannah.

Top 5 Tips:
  1.  List your priorities and arrange them accordingly
  2.  Use an agenda/time planner to organize your days
  3.  Schedule your day around your prayers
    Do this as much as you can; make your prayers a priority!
  4.  Schedule a realistic and practical time
    During this allotted time, you will read Qur’an everyday (you can increase this amount as you progress)
  5.  Use the night hours
    “Indeed, the hours of the night are more effective for concurrence [of heart and tongue] and more suitable for words. Indeed, for you by day is prolonged occupation. And remember the name of your Lord and devote yourself to Him with [complete] devotion” (73: 6-8).

    Try to ensure that you give everything its right – your deen, your health and body, your sleep, your family, your work, so on and so forth.
So what are you waiting for?
If you’re still breathing, then alhamdulillah it’s not too late! Begin now – review how to correctly pray and establish your daily prayers, make a daily habit of reading The Qur’an and then acting upon it, learn sunnah actions and lessons from the life of the Prophet (Peace be upon him). Have eman and work righteous actions, and take small consistent steps to improve – you will enjoy super productivity in this world and joy in the next insha’Allah!
Remember Jannah isn’t for 1 week or 100 years, it’s for eternity and comes with unlimited pleasure. Strive now!
“Other faces that day will be happy; pleased on account of the effort they had put in earlier (in the dunya)”. (88: 8-9)

About the author
Nasmeera Firdous is enthusiastic about eating healthy for a happy living, and likes to write articles that would help people understand how they can lead a productive life.

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Surah Al Fatiha - The Opening .. (Translation - Transliteration - Arabic Text - English Text)


Al-Fatiha | 7 verses | The Opening


  سورة الفاتحة 
Surah # 1 


1. 

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ

[Translation]
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.

[Transliteration]
Bismi Allahi rahmani raheem
2. 

الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ

[Translation]
Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds,

[Transliteration]
Alhamdu lillahi rabbi lAalameena
3. 

الرَّحْمَٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ

[Translation]
The Beneficent, the Merciful.

[Transliteration]
Alrrahmani rraheem
4. 

مَالِكِ يَوْمِ الدِّينِ

[Translation]
Owner of the Day of Judgment,

[Transliteration]
Maliki yawmi deen
5. 

إِيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُ وَإِيَّاكَ نَسْتَعِينُ

[Translation]
Thee (alone) we worship; Thee (alone) we ask for help.

[Transliteration]
Iyaka nabudu waiyyaka nastaeen
6. 

اهْدِنَا الصِّرَاطَ الْمُسْتَقِيمَ

[Translation]
Show us the straight path,

[Transliteration]
Ihthdina sirata lmustaqeem
7. 

صِرَاطَ الَّذِينَ أَنْعَمْتَ عَلَيْهِمْ غَيْرِ الْمَغْضُوبِ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا الضَّالِّينَ

[Translation]
The path of those whom Thou hast favoured. Not (the path) of those who earn Thine anger nor of those who go astray.

[Transliteration]
Sirata allatheena anamta alayhim ghayri maghdoobi alayhim wala alddalleen              
Ameen

Friday, 14 June 2013

How do I Stop listening Music? ..



Okay so now we know Music is wrong and against the teachings of many scholars but what to do now once someone has acknowledged that? How does someone stop something they have been doing for so long?

Often when it comes to stopping something for the sake of Allaah, the troubles or problems faced are due to their love or attachment to that thing or simply an error in their relationship with Allah (S.W.T.).

I’m going to give you 3 very important pieces of advice, in which helped a sister personally when it came to fighting against her nafs to resist such things.

First:

Work on your relationship with Allaah. You need to get to know Allaah (S.W.T.) in order to bring yourself closer to Him, and the reality is many of us don’t know Him. These are three actions that, if carried out sincerely, will bring you closer to Allaah ( S.W.T.) and strengthen your relationship with Him:

1. Learn His 99 names, their definitions and genuinely reflect on them and try using them in duas for specific things (ie: when asking for Allaah to have mercy on you, using the name “Ar-Rahman” the all merciful).

2. Use the divine revelation from Allaah to bring you closer to Him. Read the Quran, learn the meaning, and try your best to make it a daily habit to read it or at least listen to it and reflect as well as aim to implement as much as you read in your life.

3. Your salaaah needs to be intact in order for your relationship with Allah to be as strong as it can. As Umar bin Al Khattab truthfully said: “Hold on to your salaah, because if you lose that, you will lose everything else”. So long as your salaah is being performed in its correct times and you are focusing to the extent that you feel a real connection with Allaah (S.W.T.) you will automatically be bought nearer to Him.

Once you have worked with your relationship with Allaah (S.W.T.)), trials such as music become much easier to avoid for His sake, because you begin to love Allaah (S.W.T.)) so much so that you are willing to give up anything to please Him. No matter how beloved that thing may be to you.

Second Tip:

Fear Allah. A lot of the time I’ve heard people ask this question with regards to music and the over and over again the reply is “Take it step by step” or something along those lines but in my opinion I don’t agree with that at all.

We’re supposed to live our lives as though we won’t live to see the next day… as RasulAllaah (S.A.W.) advised us: “Lower your expectation such that when you wake up in the morning, you say ‘I will not see the night’ and when you go to sleep at night you say ‘I will not see the morning.’ And be prepared to depart from this life and yearn to meet Allaah.” [Bihar Al Anwar, v.77, p.101, no.1]

Therefore, when you consider stopping listening to music try it all at once. Now I know what you’re thinking, it sounds impossible to wake up one day and just stop, but Allaah (S.W.T.) is the only one who can make the impossible, possible for you. Try the impossible and make dua to Allaah and believe in yourself and ultimately trust in Him that you can do it with His help. Deleting all your music off your phone/mp3 etcetera and replacing it with Quran will be the first step and then will come fighting your nafs.

Now don’t get me wrong it won’t at all be easy, but you need to push yourself and realise that your struggle for the sake of Allaah (S.W.T.)) will always bring you great reward.

Thirdly:

Surround yourself with good friends. If your friends do listen to music why don’t you try stopping together or making a pact with each other about it and that way you’ll encourage each other. If things don’t work out try hanging out more with better friends. Your friends define you and so in order for you to change it’s really important that they change too or you distance yourself in order to change to new friends.

Finally,

Make dua and realise that this is your ultimate weapon and tool to over-coming your desires and giving music up. Allaah (S.W.T.)) is the one who can truly help you and make this easy for you so call upon Him and ask Him. He’s waiting for you to return to Him. And remember this: “…If the whole nation were to gather together to benefit you they would only benefit you with that which Allaah had already written for you and if the whole nation were to gather to harm you they could only harm you with that which Allaah had already written to harm you. The pen has been lifted and the ink has dried (a phrase meaning: everything has been decreed or settled)”. [At-Tirmithi]

I pray that all those trying to overcome this, are given enough strength by Allaah (S.W.T.) to do so and that it allows you to all overcome your desires and ultimately become great assets to this Ummah, 
Ameen.

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Islamic Quote on Love ..


"Every love that leads away from His love is in fact a punishment;
Only love that leads to His love
is a hear felt & pure love."

- Ibn Al-Qayyim





















The word "love" in the Qur'aan appears on over 90 places but interestingly it doesn't define the word love but speaks about the very first consequence of love... "commiting",
Islam talks about comitment, if you truly love, then comit, if you do not commit then your claim of love is not real.

- Sheikh Yassir Fazaqa

















Boy: I love you with all my heart.
Girl: Just your tiny heart?
Boy: And my soul!
Girl: Then, what is left for Allaah?




Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Islamic Quotes on Alcohol ..





ALCOHOL is the
MOTHER
 of all
EVIL




0 believers, indeed wine, idols and divining arrows arrows are an abomination. These are the Satanic acts so avoid them completely so that you may prosper. (al-Maidah) 5:90. The Holy Qur'aan

ALCOHOL | Haraam

No alcohol! Absolutely and positively.
Alcohol, as well as being Haraam, can lead to three types of liver conditions:
Fatty liver, Hepatitis and Cirrhosis

Did you know?

- Alcohol contributes to 100,000 deaths annually
- Alcohol can affect virtually every organ in the body, since it is absorbed directly into the bloodstream
- Alcohol can lead to unsafe behaviour, and even death
- Alcohol has many side effects
- Drinking, even at moderate levels, can put you at risk of serious health and social problems
- Alcohol interacts negatively with more than 150 medications

Every intoxicant is a vise and every vise is forbidden





Someone asked:

"Why is drinking alcohol and drugs are Haraam (bad/wrong) in Islam?"

Ans someone answered:

"In Islam Muslims are forbidden to drink alcohol and take drugs. The reason because it damages your insides and weakens your brain thinking capability. If one drives on the road drunk, then the mind is weakened and you will feel out of control, you will crash and kill someone.

Drugs are also forbidden in Islam because drugs controls your mind and weakens your bones. Drugs users put themselves at high risk or killing someone.

In Islam young children are taught not to go near any sort of alcohol or drugs. Allah (God) has given you a 100% mind and body. Allah says eat the wonderful fruit and water he has given you to function your body. Do not swallow the death pill (alcohol, drugs etc).

Allah has put restrictions on every part of your body for a example if one keeps having sexual relationship with other women, you are most likely to catch AIDS. The human body has boundaries and must at all time be respected, you must respect your innersole and behave or face a quick death.

On the day of resurrection day, every part of the body will speak up to the lord and tell the truth what you did.

When a Muslim prays to Allah in Salaah, he or she is 100% mind focus in pray and not 99.9%. Islam teaches mankind how to behave and act towards the teaching of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him). The last messenger of Allah to whole of Mankind."

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Islamic Quotes on Speaking ..


Control and Tame your tongue.
Watch what you SAY.
You may NOT be able to take it back.

 











 'Surely silence can be sometimes be the most eloquent  reply'

 










Backbiters need to PICK THIER TEETH!
They eat the flesh of thier dead brother!

( He said... She said... 
They did... He did... She did... 
Blah... Blah... Blah...)


















Sunday, 10 March 2013

Islamic Quotes on The Five Pillars of Islam ..


To testify that there is no God but Allaah & Muhammad is the Messeneger

 










Pray 5 times a day
(yes, just 5 times!)












Pay zakah to help deserving needy people












Give salaam 
(greetings)
(assalamuala'ikum,
 hey sup?)












To fast in the month of Ramadhan












To go on the pilgrimage to Mecca during Hajj season