Improve your performance….

We are halfway through Ramadan

Ibn al-Jawzi said:

“When the race horse knows that it is nearing the end of the track it exerts all of its effort to win the race. Do not allow the race horse to be more clever than you. For verily, deeds are judged by their conclusions. So if you didn’t do well with welcoming Ramadan then perhaps you will do better bidding it farewell.”

Ibn Taymiyyah said:

“The lesson lies in perfection of the conclusion of a thing, not in the shortcomings of the beginning of it.”

Hasan al-Basri said:

“Improve your performance in what is left (of time) and you will be forgiven for that which has already passed. So take special care of the time you have left because you do not know when your soul will be turned over to Allah’s Mercy.”

Ya Allah! Build for us a House in Paradise!

*This dunya hurts sometimes. And I mean HURTS*.
Aasiya (as) was a believing woman, married to Pharoah, one of the most evil men in history. When she refused to renounce her faith, Pharoah had her tortured to death. While being tortured, she looked up at the sky and made her Dua that has been immortalized in the Quran: “My Lord, build for me near You a house in Paradise and save me from Pharaoh and his deeds and save me from the wrongdoing people” (66:11).
Each one of us will go through trials and difficulties in this dunya. When we come to terms with this, we can refocus our energy on what really matters – doing whatever is in our power to be the BEST among people, and do the BEST actions and deeds, so we can build a home for ourselves in Jannah.
Ya Allah, build for us a home in Jannah near you!

People are willing to overlook your entire track record of goodness due to one mistake that you end it with ..

Whilst Allah is willing to overlook your entire track record of mistakes due to a single act of repentance that you end it with ..

So, who is worthier of your time and attention?

Your Tomorrow is nearing…

Our death and meeting with our Creator is approaching but yet our biggest worry is what to wear tomorrow? What to eat tomorrow? Which house to live in tomorrow? Or who will I marry tomorrow?
Na’am, it is good to prepare for tomorrow, but which tomorrow?
There are two types of tomorrow, the one that you are very sure will come (i.e tomorrow of hereafter) and the one that you are not sure will come (i.e tomorrow of the dunya).
Get ready for the real tomorrow, it’s the one upon which Almighty Allah says; 
“يا أيها الذين آمنوا اتقوا الله ولتنظر نفس ما قدمت لغد….. ”

 سورة الحشر ؛ ١٨

“O you who believe, fear Allah, and let every person look to what he has sent forth for tomorrow….. ” [59:18]
One day your tomorrow will just be a memory to people and a lesson to others. Do anything you can to gain the pleasure of Almighty Allāh. 
Just imagine how many people were there with us last year and are no longer with us this year? Our turn is approaching, a day that has no tomorrow, a day that won’t mind our schedules or commitments, a day that won’t mind if we are ready or not. 
May Allah Grant us the ability of preparing for the day. Ameen.

Miracles are always possible!

It was physically ‘impossible’ for Maryam (as) to be pregnant. It was ‘impossible’ for the sea to split in half for Prophet Musa and his people to escape the army behind them. It was ‘impossible’ for Prophet Ibrahim to emerge unscathed from the fire that his people threw him into. It was ‘impossible’ for the Prophet Muhammad to travel to Al-Aqsa and ascend to the heavens all in one single night.

May peace be upon them all.

Sometimes we read about these miracles but we fail to connect them to our own existence. “These miracles only happened in the past,” we say. “It’s not realistic for us to hope for miracles in our own lives,” we say.

But if you’ve ever experienced happiness after losing someone you loved deeply, you’ll understand how miraculous that feels. It’s as though Allah (swt) split your grieving heart in two like the Red Sea, and allowed hope to emerge from between the two towering walls of water.

He prevented the fire of your pain from consuming you. He filled your mind with ideas and your heart with love and appreciation, even when you thought you had nothing left to give.

He filled your bellies with life when you thought you would never carry a child.

He takes you to places in your dreams and in your realities that you never imagined possible.

And yet we believe that miracles are all in the past?

We aren’t meant to read about the miracles of Allah and then just move on as though they’re stories of the past. We are meant to understand that the miracles of Allah are happening all the time, all around us and within us as well.

When you cry out in the middle of the chaos of life – My Lord, show me a sign! – look within yourself. Remember every difficulty He saved you from. Remember when He healed you. Remember when He gave you a light to carry in the middle of the darkness.

Remember how you’ve survived so much – only because of Him. You are a miracle.

“We will show them Our signs in the horizons and within themselves until it becomes clear to them that it is the truth. But is it not sufficient concerning your Lord that He is, over all things, a Witness?” (41:53).

God answers all prayers. .

If God answered the prayer of Satan even after the latter disobeyed His direct command to bow to Adam….. then what about you? You who are trying to make things right even when you feel you’re not there yet. You who pray in parking lots and dressing rooms and random tucked away street corners. You who feel guilty after indulging in what you know you should stop doing. What about providing for your family? What about taking care of your children? What about accepting that life is filled with pain and calling out to Him that you don’t understand the wisdom, but you’re accepting of the tests because you believe in His greater plan?
If God could answer the prayer of the most cursed being, then how could you even doubt for a moment that He would not answer your call? 
He loves you, struggling believer. He loves and appreciates your struggle, even when you border on hating yourself. Don’t underestimate the vastness of His Mercy or the depth of His understanding of your most intimate struggles. Raise your hands and call to Him and know that He will undoubtedly answer, even if you don’t quite understand the answer at first.
The Prophet (p) taught, “Verily your Lord is Generous and Shy. If His servant raises his hands to Him (in supplication) He becomes shy to return them empty.” (Ahmad)

* Category number four * – A Truly needed Reminder!

When our mother ‘Aisha was slandered, the community at her time reacted differently to the rumour, having split into four different categories:

The first – These were the inventors of the lie itself; The hypocrites.

The second – These included some of the righteous companions who did not believe the lie but also didn’t negate it, but spoke about it, repeating what was being said.

The third – These were the majority of the companions, who didn’t speak about the matter at all.

The fourth – These were the companions who made a point of falsifying this claim, actively speaking in defence of ‘Aisha and boldly arguing the case for her innocence.

After a month’s worth of waiting, verses from the Qur’an were finally revealed declaring the innocence of our mother ‘Aisha.

But here is what is amazing –

Out of the four categories above, the Qur’an only spoke in praise of one category;

Category number four.

Thus the next time rumours are spread about an individual/group/organisation that is known for its integrity, sincerity and dedication to the Sunnah, then it isn’t enough that we merely stay silent but Allah wants from us something more;

To actively reject it and insist on the default status of innocence.

“And why, when you heard it, did you not say, “It is not for us to speak of this! Exalted are You, O Allah; this is a great slander!”
(Al-Qur’an)