“WHAT IS TAKEN BY ALLAH IS NEVER LOST”

I came across this beautiful quote by Yasmin Mogahed, and I couldn’t help but reflect on how life treats us, and how we react to it. For a period of time, everything seems smooth and easy, and we forget ourselves in the joys of life. Suddenly, tragedy strikes, and we start to lament, “why me?! “. As inhabitants of this world, we will encounter one type of trial or another, we only have to pray not to be struck with one that is beyond what we can bear; that will not shake our faith in Allah.
Allah always knows what is best for us, and sometimes when we lose something, or fail to achieve a goal, it could be that Allah has something better in store for us. How many of us still stay strong after a calamity befalls us? How many of us guard our faith when we are faced with trouble? Truly it is not an easy feat, as the mundane mind struggles with our spirituality. When one has suffered a loss, you feel defeated, ashamed, and so lonely. You feel like Allah has abandoned your pleas. However, Allah has told us in Qur’an 2 verse 153, ” Oh you who have believed, seek help through patience and prayer; indeed Allah is with the patient.” When we are faced with adversity, and we remain patient no matter how hard it is, we shall triumph in the end; because Allah has also promised us in Qur’an 94 verse 6, ” For indeed with every hardship (will be) ease.” So, no matter what trial you might be going through right now, know that every believer will be tested in faith. Even our esteemed Prophet Muhammad, may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him; faced so many trials in his lifetime: he grew up as an orphan, was persecuted by his kinsmen because of his faith, his greatest supporters – his wife and uncle – died when he needed them most, he lost six of his children in his lifetime; yet he triumphed in the end because he was steadfast with Allah.
When someone dies, or when we lose a goal, as muslims we say ” Indeed from Allah we are, and to Allah we shall return”. This is enough admonition for us, to make us remember that we only strive, Allah’s will shall always be manifest. Nevertheless, we need not cry for long, as Allah as promised us ease after every hardship as revealed in the verse above, and in Qur’an 30 verse 60 which says, ” …indeed the promise of Allah is truth…”.
Let us keep the hope in our hearts alive no matter what might have befallen us, let us believe that Allah will replace our losses with something better for us, and let us never forget, that what is taken by Allah is never lost.

READING (FOR FUN) 2

It’s been a while, hope you’ve been good too. Last month, I wrote a short piece about how routine reading isn’t part of my favorite things. Reading, as I’ve come to know, requires discipline and consistency. It’s okay to have one’s strong areas and weak points in things, even reading; but like in every other challenge, you turn your weaknesses into opportunities. If you are like me, and love reading books with highly imaginative and descriptive stories, you build your strength in that regard, and make sure you read such books that are beneficial regularly.
If you find it hard to concentrate on reading large volume books from end to end, don’t just give up on reading, start with smaller volume books and work your way up. Then, once in a while, you take books that were initially hard for you to read through, and with consistency and discipline, conquer it; encourage yourself with treats after such achievements, and push yourself to do more. Before you know it, any kind of book will just be a piece of cake for you to wholly devour!
Many people tend to forget the joy in reading as they grow up, have to solve many life’s challenges; family, work, sustenance; little knowing that reading books makes life’s tasks more familiar and easy to cope with.
So, let’s all read for fun, read all round, and not let a day pass us by without saying hello to our books. Remember, readers are leaders!
To my Muslim brothers and sisters, Ramadhan Mubarak to you all. May Allah accept our strivings as ibadah, Amin.

READING (FOR FUN??)

I hate routine reading.
Well, I’m aware of readers being leaders, and stuffs like that; I write also, but the idea of taking up a huge textbook and starting to read from the beginning to the end is, scary.
Bookshops are one of my favorite places, and I could spend hours in one browsing through different books. Like a magpie, I’m always attracted to books with colourful and very attractive covers, and whether I need it or not, I buy, if just for those colours screaming at me. The sad part is just that I might eventually not finish reading that book till…
When it comes to novels, especially detective, intriguing ones, I can stay awake for hours reading one after the other. In their cases, I don’t mind reading from end to end. Seems my brain is more attracted to highly imaginative stories and illustrations. I enjoy reading inspirational books too that have got various stories and imaginative illustrations in them, though I read such books starting from a random page each day so I don’t get bored with the routine.
I would really love to read more, especially ‘boring’ science textbooks, now that I’m planning to go for my masters degree, but I’m a bit lost on how to make my brain do it one more time ( after my first degree). I love science no doubt, and I do love anatomy, but I hate routine and abstractisms.
Do you have same experience as I do, and how do you get past it?

A Little Angel

Originally posted on IKRAM North West:

Every Friday afternoon, after the Jumma services at the Central Mosque (and shortly after Al-Usrah program), the Imam and his eleven year old son would go out into their town and hand out “PATH TO PARADISE” and other Islamic literature.

This particular and fortunate Friday afternoon, as the time came for the Imam and his son to go to the streets with their booklets, it was very cold outside, as well as pouring rain.

The boy bundled up in his warmest and driest clothes and said, ‘OK, dad, I’m ready!’

His ‘Mu’allim’ dad asked, ‘Ready for what?’

‘Dad, it’s time we gather our tracts together and go out.’

Dad responds, ‘Son, it’s very cold outside and it’s pouring rain.’

The boy gives his dad a surprised look, asking, ‘But Dad, aren’t people still going to Hell, even though it’s raining?’

Dad answers, ‘Son, I am not going out in this weather.’

Despondently, the…

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GOING INTO BUSINESS WITH YOUR BETTER HALF


These days, it is becoming common seeing married couples start businesses together, and one cannot help but wonder, how is it easy combining business with pleasure? In this post, I have added a poll to know your views about this situation. Let us know your take my dears!