Invocation for Anger

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At the time you feel anger within, recite:

أَعُوذُ بِاللَّهِ مِنَ الشَّيْطَانِ الرَّجِيمِ

Roman: ‘A’oothu billaahi minash-Shaytaanir-rajeem

Translation: I seek refuge in Allah from Satan the outcast.

Reference: Al-Bukhari 7/99, Muslim 4/2015.
Reference: Qur’an Aal-‘Imran 3: 190-200; Al-Bukhari, cf. Al-Asqalani, Fathul-Bari 8/237; Muslim 1/530.

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‘The’ Key

Thank you brother Bilal Phillips for this reminder yet again!

You know how it is when one under a lot of pressure and anxiety begins asking to oneself WHY?? WHY ME? WHY NOW? WHY HERE? WHY WHY WHY??? We have the tendency and so we just keep forgetting and in the end feel helpless.. and finally, exhausted, expectantly look up into the sky searching for an answer.. secretly praying.. hmmm.. depressing!

You know what pal, He does listen! He does guide!

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Here’s the latest status update of Brother Bilal Phillips on the matter.. we need to realize where we go wrong.. patience indeed, is the one key.

The One Key it is! Have Patience.. keep sabr.

Bilal Phillips wrote:

Allaah not only said: “Surely with every difficulty comes ease,” (94):6 but he also repeated the statement for special emphasis, word for word, in the verse following it. This is a divine promise of mercy, wherein, Allaah clearly states that He would never continuously burden an individual. There will always be a time of ease following all periods of hardships, therefore, man is enjoined to have Sabr (patience) at all times. It is man’s impatience which drives him to act impetuously, prematurely choosing what appears to be the easy way out, even though it falls under what has been forbidden. Impatience is a part of man’s nature, for Allaah Himself said: “Man was created hasty.” (21):37.
Consequently, the great reward in store for the righteous can only be attained if patience is exercised and the path of righteousness is followed especially in times of difficulty and temptation.

Forgive & Forget

I read this on a page on facebook that I follow; thought I’d share it here..425749_10151415404352652_799557698_nWe have been taught “to forgive, but never forget”, right?

Most of us lie when we say that we have forgiven the people for their mistakes and wrongdoings but then we continue to remind them of their mistake sometimes. Maybe in anger or maybe just to tease or make them feel hurt.

Is this a forgiveness we want for ourselves as well?

When we raise our hands in humility towards heavens and we beg for forgiveness, what do we ask for? What kind of forgiveness do we ask for?

We want a clean chit from Allah that we have been forgiven COMPLETELY. We want another chance. We want our huge and endless list of crimes to be erased. We want Allah to accept our repentance and allow us to start again. We don’t want to be reminded of it, or have it come back to haunt or to taunt us. We want our sins to be forgiven here and veiled on the day of Judgement!!

Subhan’Allah, the mercy of our Lord, the Most Merciful is so much unique that Allah Subhanahu Wa Taa’la after forgiving a repenting believer never reminds him of his wrong deeds, neither in this world nor in the hereafter!

Hence, If we want to be forgiven completely, we must learn to forgive others completely.

May Allah help us not to bear any grudges towards anyone, to treat one another properly and to forgive another completely.

Aameen!

Source: Masnoon Islamic Duas

Kill the EGO

At Sakonent, the mentorship program is once again being taken seriously. In fact it has always been one of my favorite highlights @ Sakonent! When I joined Sakonent, Asma Abbas was assigned as my mentor – alot of what I know ’bout salesforce is all thanks to Asma’s one- month effort she put in as my mentor initially. I totally cherish this smart young lady from the core of my heart 🙂

This time, we have been divided into groups. And each group has been assigned a Mentor. So we, that’d be Khateeb Ibrahim, Atif Shahzad, Khizar Anjum and myself have Farhan Hussaini assigned as our mentor. Apart from the professional associations that each of us might have had with Farhan over the course of several different projects, we know one thing about Farhan on a one-to-one basis. He is an extremely down to earth individual and believes in being a team player, so that no one’s ever left behind. I recently found out that he’s also a pro at Table Tennis, having earned the Table Tennis Championship.

It was Farhan who provided us with the food for thought.. regarding Ego during our first session of the mentorship program.

Farhan shared his thoughts upon how ego is developed within one; when we acquire information, expertise, knowledge, we sense a feeling of empowerment within. And that’s when ego is born. We tend to unconsciously compare our recently attained skills with those who do not have it.

EGO; the word itself emits an aura that seems to look DOWN upon things and people in comparison to itself. This attribute in one tends to make one selfish, commanding, expectant beyond reasonable expectations, in fact, if you take a shot at being blunt and call such creatures egoistic, they’d be down right offended and look down even deeper at you! lol!

Kill that Ego! When Farhan pointed out first that each one of us have some bit of ego within us, I know we were all smiling. Nobody objected as such. And we did all nod when next he said that it was essential that we Kill that EGO!

Nouman Ali Khan, a young speaker who makes Da’awa and whose lectures I absolutely and thoroughly enjoy listening to shared a very simple way to evaluate whether you as an individual have an *Ego Issue*. If you find yourself getting offended when your partner, colleague, friend, classmate or even a child corrects you over a matter of any sort, then you most certainly have an Ego prob! Get rid of it! Even better.. Kill it! 😉

The least that action would do is make you humble and empathetic 🙂 and without an Ego, it would be easier for you to deal with any kinda person in your life in a humane manner, be it a personal or professional situation.

And in simple, ego is destructive. It is not a good thing.. so let go of it.. & yes, make sure you don’t confuse it with self respect 🙂

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Originally posted on sara@sakonent; Kill the EGO.

Reflect on this..

Sometimes we lose hope in turning to God and asking for His help because we feel like we have done too much wrong. And yet think of a child who has just angered his mother and immediately after trips and falls on the stairs. Even if that child had just angered his mother to tears, the moment he falls and cries for help, she runs to him. This is human mercy.

And God is infinitely more merciful than a mother is to her child. So, do you think–no matter what you’ve done–when you’re falling and cry out to the *most* merciful…He wouldn’t come save you?

– Words of Wisdom by Yasmin Mogahed

Anger: the negative force

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The message above was tweeted by Boona Mohammed back in February 2012 and I loved it! I re-tweeted it and posted it on my networks to share.. 2 days ago, I came across a colleague of mine and there was that word mentioned during the conversation and I very reluctantly sunk deep… and deeper into that thought which I had with utmost difficulty managed to lose track of! And yet, when the word was brought up again, I couldn’t resist indulging back into those disturbing thoughts.

Anger. One word short of Danger. So it is!

Anger blocks out the human sense and takes over the mind and heart and keeps spreading throughout till it eventually takes over the whole body, and once that happens, one has the power and capacity to hurt another.. with words, actions or even physically. Anger is dangerous on more levels if one realizes that not just others, it makes one sensitive and susceptible to getting hurt with the same force as well. The truth is that at the end of the day, anger does cool off. Whatever that takes over the body and soul of the being as anger, does bid adieu. Anger carves itself a place to adjust.. and when it departs, it leaves an empty space.. a hole in the soul.. and all one is left with is remorse of the much conveniently questionable .. “what ifs?”

Till about a couple of years back, I did not know I had so much anger within me. When I am angry, I later realize how different I have become from the person I was.. it is because I have started to let worldly things, factors and people effect me. I have come across many angry people in the course of my existence that make me wonder if it is even remotely possible for one to be free of anger.. only if we ponder and question ourselves in isolation, is there really such a thing as an angry person?  Do we really get angry and do hurtful things to others and ourselves with an evil intention? Well you’d be judged anyway but that’s a different story 🙂 And we gradually begin to comprehend the supporting factors to this emotion that we call anger. We realize that all of us, each and every one of us is fighting a battle of sorts; if only there were a way to stop ourselves being taken over by such a negative emotion..

I don’t know which blog the following text belongs to, but it made complete sense..

There is so much that we are and so much that we aspire to be, that it is a shame for us to define ourselves by the very emotion that smothers our voices and only extends hurt, fear, and pain to others, especially our spouses and children.

There is a reason why the wise remind us time and again: ghussa haram hai.. (Anger is forbidden)..