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My Iman

Don’t lose hope, you never know what tomorrow will bring.

Allah has perfect timing, never early, never late. It takes a little patience and a lot of faith but it is always worth the wait. Alhamdulillah, I converted to Islam sometime ago and I have had m ups and downs, just like any Muslim. The biggest challenge has been that with those tests my iman also fluctuates. However, every time I read something about Islam things started to make sense to me. The information I read felt like something was pulling me closer and closer, as if you are going on an airplane somewhere far away and you are almost at the end of the trip and you are about to get off. I felt like I was being pulled towards that plane, not getting off, but jumping on.

Today, I strive to spread the message but it is not simple as not everyone is meant to accept Islam in their hearts. It is like comparing it to today’s public new broadcasts, there is actually so many opinions and facts that sometimes are not very favorable or well received. On the other hand, my iman is the only area in my life that I can hold steadfast to as I continue to strive in personal growth as a Muslim.

Islam, I believe, has saved me from the life I would have taken. Allah is so merciful and a lot of times we take this for granted. We need to realize that Allah is always with us no matter where we go and is so gracious!

I hope you too can get others to realize the beauty of Islam and how much happier they would be.

Loneliness

“Language…has created the word ‘loneliness’ to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word ‘solitude’ to express the glory of being alone.”

Theologian, Paul Tillich

Tillich’s words above has planted an interest in beginning to investigate the meaning of  “being alone.” I realized that being alone in and of itself is neither positive nor negative. It was just a fact that now described a good portion of my life.

So, I went online to see what people treasured about solitude. This is what I have found…

“I love solitude because no one is making demands on me.”

“When I’m alone, my senses are sharpened and I feel part of the rhythm of the universe.

“Solitude refreshes my spirit.”

“I make my wisest decisions when I’m alone.”

These statements were inspiring but they didn’t replace the pain of loneliness for me

I turned to Allah for help. I worried so much about things that in the end are not in my control but to just leave it to Allah. I felt stuck like glue on the desire to return to a country that held so many wonderful experiences and people, but it was not written to happen. It’s the nature of  life as Allah is the best planner of our well being and we may not understand the wisdom behind such events .  As I seek Allah, I saw that if I could let go of that desire, I might be able to open my heart and mind to the possibility that I was not alone and that Allah has been the most glorious in my life.

I asked myself, “What might I treasure about being alone?”

Well, being alone heightens my powers of observation. I notice details around me that I’d otherwise ignore, like the play of sunlight on the ceiling or leaves floating in the air on a breezy day.

More importantly  to remember that its ok to be ALONE but when we feel LONELY Allah is always there, so I do need to connect with Him more.

Finally, when you are in bright light everyone will follow you but when you are in darkness even your own shadow will not follow you.

What is…

Eid al-Adha is an Islamic festival to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim (also known as Abraham) to follow Allah’s (God’s) command to sacrifice his son Ishmael. Muslims around the world observe this event.

Because God spared Ishmael, substituting a sheep in his stead, Muslims commemorate this occasion by slaughtering an animal and distributing its meat among family, friends and the needy as a special act of charity for the occasion. Because of this, many poor Muslims are able to enjoy the unusual luxury of eating meat during the four days of the festival.

Eid al-Adha follows from the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia, in which Muslims are required to make at least once in their lives. Eid al-Adha is also known as the Feast of Sacrifice because it traditionally includes the sacrifice of an animal permitted for food (eg. a lamb) as an act of thanksgiving for God’s mercy. Some Muslims seek out a farm where they can carry out the sacrifice, but many also send money to their native lands to help fund a sacrifice. Eid al-Adha lasts for up to three days and is a time to seek mercy from God.

The feast re-enacts Ibrahim’s obedience by sacrificing a cow, goat, sheep or ram. The sacrifice symbolizes obedience to Allah and its distribution to others is an expression of generosity, one of the five pillars of Islam.

May we take benefit from these 10 days.

Ameen

 

On Charity

The Prophet Muhammad (Salla-Allahu ‘Alayhi wa Sallam) said:

“CHARITY DOES NOT IN ANY WAY DECREASE THE WEALTH AND THE SERVANT WHO
FORGIVES, ALLAH ADDS TO HIS RESPECT; AND THE ONE WHO SHOWS HUMILITY,
ALLAH ELEVATES HIM IN THE ESTIMATION (OF THE PEOPLE).”

Muslim Vol. 4, Hadith 6264

May Allah bless us all.

Ameen

Insight

The Prophet pbuh said, “When anyone of you is engaged in the Prayer, he is holding an intimate conversation with his Lord.” [Muslim]

Benefits: Reading Quran


Salaam Walaikum

Reading Quran has many benefits. Here are some surahs that the prophet Mohammed (pbuh) recommended for us to recite…

Surah al Fatiha (1)Once the Prophet was traveling when he disembarked and began walking alongside a companion. He asked him, ‘Shouldn’t I tell you the best part of the Qur’an?’ then he recited ‘Alhamdu lillahi rabil alameen’ (Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds). (First verse in Surrah Al Fatiha (1:1)Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said:”Whoever mastered the first seven (chapters or verses) from the Qur’an is a pontiff.”Also Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said:”In the Fatiha of the Qur’an, there is a cure for all maladies (illnesses)”Surah al Baqara (2) Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said:”The Qur’an and those who committed themselves to it will be presented on the Day of judgment, preceded by Surrah Al Baqara and Surrah Al Imran.”Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) also said:”Learn how to recite Surah Al Baqara for there is a blessing in it, and there is sorrow for abandoning it, and it is unbearable for the idle’ and that Al Baqara and Al Imran are like two flowers which will shade their learner on the day of Judgment, as if there were two large clouds or two flocks of birds.”Also Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said:”Recite Surrah Al Baqara in your dwellings and do not keep them as tombs. He also said that whoever recited Surrah Al Baqara at night would be crowned with a crown of paradise.”Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said:”Do not make your house as tombs, for Satan averts a dwelling wherein Surrah Al Baqara is recited”Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) was asked, ‘Which part of the Qur’an is the best?’. He replied, ‘The Surrah in which the cow is mentioned’. He was then asked ‘Which part of that Surrah?’. He replied, ‘The verse of the Throne and the last part of Surrah Al Baqara came down from under the Throne’Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said:’Whoever recites 4 verses from the first part of Surrah Al Baqara, the verse of the Throne, two verses after the verse of the Throne and three verses from the last part of Surrah Al Baqara, Satan would never come near him or the members of his family on that day, and nothing he despises would come near him or the members of his family, and never are these verses recited over a madman without him regaining his consciousness’Abdullah ibn Masud (may Allah be please with him) said, ‘Whoever recited ten verses from Al-Baqara in the night, Satan shall not have access to that house, during the night till he wakes in the morning. These are: Four from the first part of the Surrah, followed by the verse of the Throne, two verses after the verse of the Throne and three from the last part of the Surrah’.

Surah al Imran (3)

Abdullah ibn Masud (may Allah be pleased with him) said, ‘What an excellent treasure Surrah Al Imran is to the pauper when he recites it in prayer during the last part of the night’Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said:’Allah’s most magnificent name, which when used to implore Him, He responds, is found in three Surrahs. Al Baqara, Al Imran and Taha’

Surah al An’am (6)

Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said:’This Surah was seen off by as many angels as could block the horizon’Surah Yusuf (12) Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said:’Teach your relative the recitation of Surrah Yusuf, for, any Muslim who recites it or teaches it to his family, Allah shall ease for him the agony of death, and give him the strength that will prevent him from envying a fellow Muslim’

Surah al Kahf (18)

The Prophet (PBUH) said:’Whoever recited Surrah Al Kahf on a Friday, Allah will kindle for him abundant light to illuminate the period between the two Fridays (the Friday on which he recited the Surrah and the next Friday)’

Surah al Mu’minun (23)

Ibn Masud (may Allah be pleased with him recited (Surrah Al Mu’minun from verse 115 to 118) in the ear of an afflicted person and the man was cured.Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said:’What did you recite in his ear?’ Ibn Masud told him, and the Prophet (PBUH) said, ‘By He in Whose hand lies my soul, Were a believing man to recite it over a mountain, it would have melted’.

Surah as Sajda (32)

Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) would not sleep until he recited Surrah Al Sajda.Khalid ibn Ma’dan (may Allah be pleased with him) said, “Recite the Deliverer, which is Alif Laam Tanzeel, for I have heard that a man who had committed many sins used to recite it and nothing else. It spread its wing over him and said, ‘O’ My Lord, forgive him, for he often used to recite me.’ So the Lord Most High made it an intercessor for him and said, ‘Record for him a good deed and raise him a degree in place of every sin.”

Surah Yassin (36)

Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said:’Whoever recited Surrah Yassin at night seeking Allah’s pleasure, Allah would forgive him’Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said:”Whoever recited Surrah Yassin would seem (in terms of reward) as if he had recited the Qur’an ten times.”

Surah ad Dukhan (44)

Ibn Masud (may Allah be pleased with him) said, ‘The ‘ha-meems’ are the embellishment of the Qur’anThe ‘ha-meems’ refer to the seven Surrahs which have ha-meem at the start.

Surah al Fath (48)

Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said:’A Surrah of the Qur’an was revealed to me tonight, indeed it is the dearest Surrah to my heart, than anything under the sun’. Then the Prophet recited Surrah al Fath verses 1-5

Surah Al Rahman (55)

Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said:’Everything has a bride, and the bride of the Qur’an is Surrah Al Rahman’

Surah al Waqiah (56)

Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said:’Whoever recites Surrah al Waqiah at night would never encounter poverty’ Also Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said:’Surah al Waqiah is the Surrah of Wealth, so recite it and teach it to your children’

Embracing Ramadan

Take a moment to think about something that you love a lot. What
would happen if you lost it? Now thank Allah you have it and be happy.
This amazing exercise can be applied to everything from your phone, to
your family, to your faith! Now that you are happy you have these things
spend a moment thanking Allah and savoring what you have.
Research shows that savoring has very powerful affects on well-being
and this Ramadan why not take some extra time to be grateful
for the gifts that Allah has given you.

Other quick things you can do to improve well-being are:

1. Take a nap. If you are exhausted your brain won’t process
happy thoughts as effectively.

2. Smile. Not only is it a sunnah, but it can also improve
your well-being as your brain thinks you are feeling good.

3. Give someone a hug. A halal one of course! Research
shows that hugs are powerful for improving well-being and
building connectedness.

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