Do you want Peace, Just bow down to Allah!

Stop and think for a moment of the happiest time in your life. What made you so happy? Most (if not all of us) will likely remember a time when we were around people that we LOVE. Can you imagine being with Allah, spending time with Him and talking to Him was the happiest time in your life?

The only relationship where you will never have your heart broken is your relationship with Allah. The only one who will never abandon you is Allah. How can you search for happiness when it calls you five times a day?? Hold on to your prayers no matter how difficult life gets, because when you feel like there is no place to turn to or no one to seek help from, prayer will reinforce the belief in your heart that Allah is able to do all things – removing trials, pouring blessing upon you from places unknown, replacing a difficulty with multiple ease, mending issues of your heart and soul that were broken beyond repair, and ultimately rewarding you with Jannah for just having believed in Him- there is nothing a prayer can’t fix, so hold on to your Salah no matter what turns your life takes.

Start your day by talking to the Kings of the Heavens and the Earth, and see how your life transforms. The relationship with Allah is the best relationship you can ever have! But how do you do that?

The way to develop a relationship with Allah is through talking to Him and listening to Him. When you are in Salah you are actually talking to Him and when you are reading the Qur’an you are listening to His Words. Start with the prayer. Spend time reciting and understanding the Qur’an. When you read the Qur’an you will feel that Allah is telling you something, STOP and ponder over the meanings. Pray and ask Allah to show you true guidance and ask for His help and His love.

Don’t let your busy schedule in life stop you from missing your Salah or Delaying your Salah. Unfortunately some Muslims will line up at stores for hours for a good deal on a sale, but come late to Salah to get what money cannot buy. Hold on to your Salah! Do not leave it for ANYTHING!busy life makes prayer Harder but prayer makes a busy life easier.

If you treat your Salah as a CHORE, you will not enjoy it. Treat it as a CONVERSATION between you and Allah, and your perception should change. Why do you rush while you perform Salah? Isn’t the one you are standing in front of in control of whatever you are rushing for?

By earnestly performing the five daily prayers, we achieve the greatest of blessings: cleared off our sins and increase in rank with our Lord. Prayer is a potent remedy for our sickness, for it instills our faith in our souls. As for those that keep away from the mosque and away from prayer, for them is unhappiness, wretchedness and an embittered life.

Sujood is a position where you realize your own nothingness in front of His greatness. A humbling reminder that you not only submit to Him with your limbs in those fleeting seconds of your life, but that you also submit to Him in the strongest sense – His plan and Divine decree for you. That is the ultimate form of submission, which you submit with your Heart.

Life cannot become boring when we establish connection with the giver of Happiness. When we remember Allah by glorifying Him, being conscious of him and thanking Him, He remembers us by answering our prayers, protecting us and guiding us throughout our lives.  Scared? Pray. Over thinking? Pray. Losing hope? Pray. Worried? Pray. Struggling? Pray. Success is from Allah alone. So, go towards Allah and Allah will bring you closer to success. If you want guaranteed success, make every effort to please Allah.

“If Allah should aid you, no one can overcome you; but if He should forsake you, who is there that can aid you after Him? And upon Allah let the believers rely.” [Quran, 3:160]

Bint Shahul Hameed

#peace #contentment #salah #success #motivation

In Arabic, the word ‘Fitnah’ which means ‘trials’ or ‘tests’, is derived from the root word ‘Fatanah’, meaning ‘to test gold.’ It refers to gold which is heated, and if the gold is true gold then the act of heating will make it more pure, but if the gold is faulty then heating it will make it perish and disappear. Similarly, if you are tried with ‘Fitnah’ (tests or trials) then this same analogy applies to you. Allah is testing you in order to purify you, if you are a true believer then the test will only enhance your imaan and you will come out of it purer than before. This is only for a believer. Nevertheless, for a munafiq (hypocrite), tests only bring out their true colours and cause their imaan to drop or even perish and disappear, just like the gold. …”Allah does not intend to make difficulty for you, but He intends to purify you and complete His favour upon you that you may be grateful.” (5:6)

Prophet Yusuf was thrown into a well by his own brothers. He spent years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, forgotten by most people in the world. Some scholars say that his separation from his father lasted for 40 years.

His father Ya’qoub had gone blind with grief over his separation from his beloved son. But later in the story, when his other sons returned from Egypt after being in the presence of Yusuf, their father said, “Indeed, I find the smell of Yusuf.”

For 40 years he grieved, for 40 years he held on to hope, and for 40 years he didn’t forget the smell of his son.

And yet after all of it – after a lifetime of living through this ordeal, the two prophets Yusuf and Ya’qoub weren’t bitter. They weren’t seeking revenge for what had been done to them. They didn’t want to see their family members punished.

Instead, Yusuf said to his brothers:

“No blame will there be upon you today. Allah will forgive you; and He is the most merciful of the merciful.”

And Ya’qoub said to his sons:

“I will ask forgiveness for you from my Lord. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.”

At the end of this story, Yusuf says to his father, “And [my Lord] was certainly good to me when He took me out of prison and brought you [here] from bedouin life after Satan had induced enmity between me and my brothers. Indeed, my Lord is Subtle in what He wills.”

What kind of mercy and gratitude is this? These two men were forgiving to others, and grateful to Allah (swt) even after experiencing years of pain, injustice, and uncertainty.

But they understood something that is sometimes lost on us – Allah (swt) is subtle in what He wills. The disappointments and tragedies we live through aren’t stand-alone events. There is no such thing as a meaningless moment of pain or a random sequence of setbacks.

Everything in our lives was planned just so, to call us back to Him, to push us towards the path of our righteous predecessors, to invite us to raise our hands and acknowledge Him as our Lord.

Sometimes when we have unpleasant days, we start questioning everything. We can’t immediately find meaning and epiphanies in our pain so we assume there are none.

But we can’t find meaning because we haven’t waited patiently. We don’t trust that with time, every event in our lives will unfurl itself and show us just how merciful God’s subtle plan was this whole time.

Allah (swt) brought Yusuf up from the bottom of a well, out from the darkness of a prison cell into a position of power and influence. Long after his death, his story continues, immortalized in the Quran and in the collective consciousness of believers throughout history.

We, too, can create legacy for ourselves through patiently trusting God and working hard even when we haven’t seen the first ray of the sunrise. Yet.

“Indeed, he who fears Allah and is patient, then indeed, Allah does not allow to be lost the reward of those who do good” (12:90).

“إِنَّهُ مَن يَتَّقِ وَيَصْبِرْ فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يُضِيعُ أَجْرَ الْمُحْسِنِينَ”

Wisdom Behind Istighfaar After The Salah [i.e. After Tasleem]….

The wisdom behind [الاستغفار –(i.e. saying: أستغفر الله three times)] after Salah is to manifest the soul’s wrong doing – that the slave (i.e. the performer of the prayer) did not fulfill the rights of the prayer, and that he did not perform it completely and perfectly in the manner it is obligated; for it has to be the case that he did fall into some deficiency, shortcoming and negligence; so he seeks forgiveness in the hope that his shortcoming is relinquished and so that his Istighfaar (i.e. seeking forgiveness) can be a means of remedying the deficiency or shortcoming in his prayer.

[Paraphrased. Source: Fiqhul Ad’iyah Wal Adhkaar’ page 171′ parts 3&4 by Sh Abdur Razzaaq Al-Badr]

Perhaps you went our your way for someone, yet they failed to appreciate your gesture. Perhaps you sacrificed your time and money for their comfort and wellbeing, yet they refused to recall any good thing you did for them. Learn to not expect from the creation. But expect from Allah. For He is keeping a record of your every good deeds, your every kind gesture, your every smile, your every sacrifice…and only He can give you what you really and truly deserve. Live in harmony, give more, expect less.

Believe and your heart will be guided:
Our trust in our Lord, thinking good of Him, taking refuge with Him and reliance upon Him distances us from worry, remove disturbances and places hope in our souls: “And whoever believes in Allaah, He will guide his heart.” [64: 11]
#reliance #worry #anxiety #guidance #guide #hope

Allah may be causing you to wait a little longer for something, because that gift that He has decreed for you, that He has kept hidden for you, will be appreciated so much more when you’ve had to feel the pangs of waiting. When you’ve had to discipline yourself, when you’ve been made to exert more effort and more Du’aa for something, it is only natural and expected that you will treasure it and cherish it better than if it was simply placed in your hands.

How to make your soul strong?
The soul has two strengths; one related to knowledge and one related to actions. The soul will never be reformed unless these two are reformed. This is accomplished by knowing Allaah and worshipping Allaah. (Ibn Taymiyyah)

The story of Zakariyyah AS and Maryam AS teaches us the absolute Power of Allah (swt). It reminds us that there is absolutely nothing that Allah (swt) cannot do. He has Power to do all things. He can cause an elderly man and a barren woman to have a child. He can even cause a virgin girl to have a child. If He can do this then He can also help you out in whatever difficulty or problem that you may be facing. No matter what your situation may be. No matter how desperate you are. You have to believe that Allah  can help you. You have to believe that He Allah can take away your pain from you because He (swt) has Power over all things.