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Personal Faith

 

Autumn On The Water

‘A good word is like a good tree whose root is firmly fixed, and whose branches reach to heaven; bearing fruit in all seasons by the permission of its Lord’ (Qur’an 14:24-5).

Putting my faith into everyday practice has been difficult. How can I strengthen my faith if I have been lacking it? How did I achieve this once newly founded faith that was encouraging and positive? Was it a process I wnet through? I have reached a very low point in my faith. Yes, there are tests in life and greater than others but what I have yet to figure out is why are these tests an interruption of a person’s personal faith. It is like adding more weight to a scale until it reaches its capacity or like pouring a glass of water and it overflows without any direction.

Has there ever been a time when you have doubted your faith?

A Mother’s Position

 

“This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion”

[al-Maa’idah 5:3] 

 The mother is entitled to respect and honour, and upholding of the ties of kinship throughout her life, so what is the point of singling out a particular day to honour her?

Mothers have been given something which has not been given to them in any other religion; the mother’s rights take precedence over those of the ather, as al-Bukhaari(5514) and Muslim (4621) narrated that Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “O Messenger of Allah who is most deserving of my good company?” He said: “Your mother.” He said: “Then who?” He said: “Your mother.” He said: “Then who?” He said: “Your mother.” He said: “Then who?” He said: “Then your father.”

Honouring one’s mother does not come to an end even when she dies, for she is honoured in life and in death. That is sone by offering the funeral prayer for her, praying for forgiveness for her, carrying out her last wishes and honouring her family and friends.

A mother’s right is greater than having just one day in the year to be honoured, rather the mother’s right over her children is that they should take care of her and obey her, so long as it does not involve disobedience towards Allaah, at all times and in all places. 

 

Getting the most out of a cup

Tea is a beverage that I usually don’t bother to prepare for myself unless I have company over. Coffee has always been my beverage of choice. Not only is tea recognized world wide for its variety of flavors or consumed globally but there are also health benefits to it. Of course, we know it is an antioxidant but I had no idea that it can also act to improve concentration, boosts energy, and also helps ward off diabetes and cancer. WHOA!!!!

Should I cut the morning coffee?

Honestly, it’s kinda hard becasue my cup sits on my desk at work and the aroma permeating out of   my colleague’s classoom down the hall makes it irresistible to not stop by and fill it up. Although coffee may initially give me a jolt, I was actually reading up on it that it can actually deplete vital energy later in the day that I didn’t have to begin with. Thus, coffee is actually allowing one to borrow energy.

Alternatives

Yes, herbal tea is actually healthier. On average, a cup of black tea contains about one third of the caffeine you would get from the same cup of coffee. Green tea contains about one sixth of that amount. Aside from this, tea is a zero-calorie beverage, making it the best choice for weight loss. What more can I ask for!!

I recall when I was growing up my mother would alsways have at hand Camomile tea leaves or sticks of cinnanom. However, I am sure the next time I am at the grocery store I won’t hesitate to read up on some more aromatic herbal teas.

I hope that we all reap the health benefits that tea has to offer!!

Insh’Allah, may we stay healthy and happy!

Any suggestions for a specific herbal tea bag of choice?

 

Visible but unforgettable

Write On!!

I missed the opportunites I had several months ago to sit and type ideas and comments on the blog. I have been away trying to keep up with so much going on in my professional and personal life. One being the amount of work away from home and my obligations at home seemed to always be growing. The time spent away from home and family are exceeding the amount of  extra time I once had to write on the blog. I have not forgotten this place of much writing and reading pleasure. I am back and hope to continue updating my blog. It always seems like a work in progress or under construction for some new ideas. Writing and reading are just two of the things that I can’t seperate myself from and have been away doing a lot of.

My blog is my space for relaxing and getting away from the demands of being productive.

Have you ever had a moment when getting to your blog gets put off?

Death:No Escape

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“It is He who has created life and death, so that He may test which of
you is best in deed” (Surah Al- Mulk 67:2).

There is no cure for death. A cure for cancer exists, a cure for AIDS exists and a cure for every other disease exists, except death. The Messenger of Allaah (saws) said: ‘Allaah has not created a disease
except that He has created a cure for it, except for a single disease
… old age”

Death is that harsh reality which is faced by every human who lives. It is the one thing which we will all experience – be we men, women,Muslims, Christians, Blacks, Whites or any other type of person on
this earth. It is something which does not discriminate. It is that long journeys end by which the righteous will benefit from, and the unrighteous will suffer from. It is the return to the One who has created this phenomenon so that He, may judge us all for what we have done.

However, death is no longer remembered amongst mankind, unless a relative or a loved one passes away. And even then, tears are shed for a brief time before we forget again about this reality. We see it as something far off in the horizon, which will not touch us for a long time to come. But whilst we enjoy the pleasures and comforts of life, death comes ever nearer to the soul. It creeps up on us like a shadow in the night, when we least expect it. Every breath we take, every move we make it comes closer:

“Indeed they see it as distant, but We see it as near” (Surah
Al-Ma’arij 70:6-7).
It is something which is truly in the hands of Allaah.

This life and all its desires and pleasures will indeed be cut off by death, as the Messenger of. Allaah (saws) described it as: “… The destroyer of desires” [6]. And which desire can be greater, then the
false desire which all these people have of living forever on this earth.


 So how does Islam view this reality? As Muslims we have been told by our Messenger (saws) that this world is a transitionary period. The Prophet (saws) said: “Live in this world as if you are a stranger or a
traveller ” [7]. This life is not meant to be an abode of settlement by which we gather all the pleasures possible and make plans for a permanent residence. Rather, it should be like a long journey on which
we gather all that we need to get to our destination. This destination being the Hereafter and death the journeys end.

Allaah says:“But truly the home of the hereafter is the actual life, if only they
knew” (Surah Al-Ankaboot 29:64).

Hide or Seek

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The happiness that once was in a woman’s life can never be said could last forever. The gestures and kind words that once were can begin to fade. It was a home that once flourished with the words of Allah when leaving or entering. One day, an attitude of control began to overtake his mood.  Forceful, taunting and humilating words replaced the once soft spoken words that were once sincere and dear to a woman’s heart.

What happened she asks? The marriage that before Allah should be one of fruitful moments and encouragement is now looking like scratched glass. The possibilites of undoing all of the emotional turmoil is just one sided. Her husband’s words are a point blank leave if this has consumed your soul and left youwith memories of unhappiness. A woman’s tears to a cold and disturbing remark of helplessness has her thinking hide my troubles with patience or seek options. A word of comfort from one day to another is all a woman seeks with hope for recovering a marriage that was based on respect, love and fear for Allah.

Women who are in emotional and mental abuse can be just as scarring as physical abuse. It’s impossible to know what goes behind close doors and there is really no way to tell for sure if someone is experiencing emotional and mental abuse.  Feelings of helplessness and desperation are easy to hide but it is wrong when situation like this could escalate into physical.

I pray that Allah guides our Muslim homes.

Heartfelt

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Giving thanks, expressing appreciation and to render one’s thanks to someone who has shown favor is a very important concept day in and day out. However, through experiences I have found that giving thanks to Allah should be done in the good and the bad times. I once had a friend make this statement and could not understand through this sign of faith that gratefulness to Allah is a concept mostly emphasized through many verses in the Quran.

“If you would count up the favors of Allah, never would you be able to number them: for Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (Al-Nahl, 18)

O you who believe! Eat of the good things that We have provided for you, and be grateful to Allah, if it is Him you worship. (Al-Baqara, 172)

I have experienced that giving thanks every day is part of my test in this life. It was my expectations to wait for some grand favors or special occasions to render my thanks to Allah. I have learned through hardships that it is only for one to reflect on everything that makes life possible: good health, intelligence, his life, the air that we breathe, our five senses is indeed a blessing.

To reflect on my life is to say that one should never neglect to render thanks to Allah.

See you not that the ships sail through the ocean by the Grace of Allah?- that He may show you of His Signs? Verily in this are Signs for all who constantly persevere and give thanks. (Luqman, 31)