Allah remembers..

One of my teachers shared this on the forum:

Imam al-Shafi`i (rahimahullah) once said: “There’s an ayah in the Qur’an that is like an arrow in the heart of every oppressor and at the same time a source of comfort for the heart of the oppressed.”

People asked: “What is it?”

He said: “And never is your Lord forgetful [Surat Maryam: 64]

An Eemaan Booster!

Allah is enough for you!
Allah is enough for you!

Have patience! If you’re going through a tough moment, realize the fact that it is just an imtihaan (test), a mere aazmaaish.. ask Him for forgiveness of sins.. any wrong doing.. big or small.. the Almighty, the most merciful will forgive.. continuous dua and astaghfaar would make your mind go light.. and your heart will feel content.. Shaitaan will strike.. he’ll provoke you.. don’t dare go weak.. for he is not stronger than you.. hang in there.. remain within the limits of sanity.. have a grip on your nafs. Allah is with you at all times, He loves you and He is all you need. And beshak, Allah tumhain kaafii hai (Indeed, Allah is enough for you). Just have sabr (patience).. Everything will be okay.

May Allah forgive us and give us all hidayat (guidance). May He increase our eemaan (faith). InshaAllah and ameen.

Love,
Sara.

Celebrating Jinnah Sb.’s Birthday

(Written for Sakonent’s Newsletter)

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There are more than just a few reasons for many of us to rejoice the month of December! There’s Christmas, weddings, birthdays, snow, and especially in Karachi, winters are pleasant. But wait, there’s more. There’s an extra reason for the Pakistanis to celebrate and be overwhelmed all over again, by remembering the man, standing firm with his principles in place and a personality that depicted immense discipline, his idea sketched out with clarity to work on achieving us all a successful state, a nation for which the Muslims of the Sub Continent had put all their faith in none other than whom they called the father of the Nation, whom the world knows as Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

The Quaid-e-Azam, Muhammad Ali Jinnah was born on December 25, 1876 at the Vazeer Mansion, in Karachi. He completed his basic education in Karachi, and finally fled to London, to pursue his dream and passion of becoming a Barrister at Law. When after completing his studies, he came back to take care of his father’s business, his interests drew him to be actively involved in politics, and take charge as the Leader of the Muslim League. His efforts, powerful speeches and heartwarming preaching did not go futile, and as a rewards provoked the Muslims of India to not give up on the endless struggle and sacrifice, and finally on August 14th, 1947, Pakistan came into being.

The credit for this beautiful land, which we proudly stand upon today and call ours, all goes to Jinnah Sb.

And, I’d like to take this opportunity to quote Stanley Wolpert, who wrote in his book Jinnah of Pakistan,

“Few individuals significantly alter the course of history. Fewer still modify the map of the world. Hardly anyone can be credited with creating a nation-state.

Mohammad Ali Jinnah did all three.”

:)

Each one of us has the right to make a choice..

Although at times one is required to make compromises, for that special someone, for family, a child, for friends, and just some random people you come across in life out of the goodness of the heart.. and at times, these very people, although I’m sure they don’t intend to, begin taking things for granted.. anyway. Coming back to choices.. I’ve always believed that it’s all.. and everything that happens to us is somehow linked with the choices we make in life.

Often, when choosing a path that may have extreme obstacles, we do so with the thought that our choice will lead to a decision that would not harm us much and at the same time its impact would gain another person more benefit. That’s that angel in us just being selfless :p , knowingly exposing a vulnerable part of ourselves in front of others to simply have fun with.. exploit it at a certain level..

What actually leaves me bamboozled with a deeper intensity is when at times we make a decision that is wholly and solely for our own good, need or simply fulfills our desire, people, some of them who are in fact our very own and close to heart will not take a second to think or hesitate before labeling us.. as a self obsessed brat, slash, the most typically selfish being alive on the planet!

*Bhayee afsos houtah hai.. dil dukhta hai..*
is all I’d like to let em know..

Well, no offense intended to my dear(ies)! I love you! This isn’t to hurt u or make you feel bad if by any chance you read this. Just that today, I choose to be free of worries for no1 else but myself.

Today, I choose to be happy for no1 else but myself.

Voltaire says

Friday mabrook to all! :)

Bismillah ar-Rahman-nir-Raheem

Ya Allah, Ya Rabbe Kareem, ya Allah we have wronged ourselves, Ya Allah You showered the most incredible blessing upon us, You made us amongst the Ummat-e- Mustafa sallal Laaho aleihi wa aliehi wasallam, Ya ALlah You granted us this incredible honor to be a follower of the Last and greatest Messenger, the greatest of all of Your creation, Ya Allah Ya Rabbe Kareem, Ya Allah we have wronged ourselves, We have allowed ourselves to become distant from his Sunnah, Ya Allah we have allowed ourselves to be distant from his seerah, Ya Allah we have allowed ourselves to be distant from his sifaat-e- Mouminana, Ya Allah Ya Rabbe Kareem, Ya Allah we ask You to restore to us his naboo’at, and to restore us to our ummati-ness, Ya Allah we ask You to make us amongst his Kaamil followers, amongst his Kaamil inheritors, Ya Allah Ya Rabbe kareem we want to meet the Prophet sallalaaho aleihi wa alihi wasallam in such a state on the day of judgement that we are able to recognize him, and that he is able to recognize us, that we are able to lay claim to him, and Ya Allah that he himself lays claims to us as his ummati, Ya Allah we ask You to grace us by having the shifa of Rasool Allah sallalaaho aleihi wa aalihi wasallam, let him intercede for us on that day, let us get a place on his ranks and his sahfoof in his rows on the day of judgement, Ya Allah ya Rabbe Kareem, let us get a place in his shade on the day of judgement, and let us get a place in his shade in Jannah for all of the Aakhira for the ever lasting after life, Ya Allah Ya Rabbe Kareem, we ask You to Guide us to the path of the Sunnah, the way of the Sunnah, the teachings of the Sunnah, the lifetime of the Sunnah, the emotions of the Sunnah, and the mentality of the Sunnah, Ya Rabbe Kareem we ask you to restore to us this identity of being his follower, Ya Allah we ask you to increase our love for the Prophet Muhammad sallal laaho aleihi waalihi wasallam, our love as the love as his Sahaaba-e- karaam raziAllahtaAlah anhu, our love for all of those who love him, our love for all of those who were beloved to him, our love for each and everyone of his actions, anyone and each one of his statements, each and everyone of his feelings, Ya Allah Ya Rabbe Kareem, we ask You to accept our Dua, we ask You to drown us into the Sunnah, from the tips of our hair, to the soles of our feet, from the outermost part of our skin, to the depth and inner most core of our being, Ya Allah we ask You to drown us into the Sunnah life, in the Sunnah way.
Ameen. Summa Ameen.

(Dedicated to the works and lectures of Shaykh Kamaluddin Ahmed
– Dua after the lecture delivered on the Last Ayaahs of Surah Al Baqarah
LUMS- Lahore University of Management Sciences)
Source: http://www.islamicspirituality.org/lectures/tafsir

May Allah increase our iimaan. inshAllah and ameen.

Jumma Mabrook everyone!

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)..

The H2O charity :)

“The best charity is water given for drinking (to the public).”

Collected by Aboo Daawood (Sunan Abu Dawud, vol. 2, p. 441 no. 1675)

A source of water, like a well or water fountain, placed in trust (waqf) for public use. Due to the scarcity of water in Arabia at that time, such an act was of considerable value. Even today, due to pollution of rivers and oceans, fresh water remains a valuable commodity in most parts of the world due to its vital role in human nutrition and its scarcity.

Source: http://blog.bilalphilips.com/2012/01/12/charity-water/

miracles…

“There are two ways to look at life. One is as though nothing is a miracle; the other is as though everything is.”

One of my favorite quotes by Albert Einstein! Today, it was the daily quote dosage from my khala which makes the entire deal all the more special for me : )

m i r a c l e s . . .   do take a moment to realize their existence around & within you…
<alhamdolillah!>

Happy Monday! & have a great week! : )
(drafted on 02-13-2012; published on 02-17-2012)

Keepin’ Calm & Carryin’ On!

One thing that I have been telling myself over and over again.. that it’s never too late!
Even if it means that I’d have to start over in a few important departments of my life. Coz no matter what, I don’t believe I wanna change the person I am..

I’ve learnt alotta things the hard way.. and now I know that is it ok to take a deep breath, that it’s just fine to be selfish once in a while, that there is nothing wrong with looking out for no-one else but myself, that it’s good being gentle to the *sara* for a change.. and that it is certainly okay to move on.
It’s okay to feel brand new.. especially after you’ve been wearing yourself out over others..
And I know that everything’ll b alright inshaAllah in the end! That I am sure bout. And one thing that’s more of a cliche’ to many but is nonetheless true, is that unless all is well, it isn’t the end! So like.. I am very much awaiting the end

🙂

Spiritual DETOX for Ramadan ;)

Special thanks to Nabia Lakhani for sharing this text message. May Allah bless her always. Ameen.
Photo Credits: Fursid

  1. Keep free from eating high- calorie flesh (Gossip/gheebah)* of others no matter how juicy!
  2. Switch to Fat Free Truths!
  3. Avoid artificial Tempers.
  4. Do voice therapy by reciting the Qura’an.
  5. Purify your eyes by crying in Dua.
  6. Do Hand Reflexology on Tasbeehs.
  7. Brighten your smile by using a Miswaak.
  8. Take your weight off your shoulders by paying your Zakaat.
  9. Shrug off those extra Kilos of Sins by Repenting!

May Allah accept all good we do in Ramadan! InshAllah & Ameen! 🙂

*gossip >gheebah : Backbiting; Gheebah or backbiting means speaking about a Muslim in his absence and saying things that he would not like to have spread around or mentioned. Buhtaan or slander means saying things about a Muslim that are not true, or in other words telling lies about him. Nameemah or malicious gossip means telling one person what another said in order to cause trouble between them.

Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“neither backbite one another. Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? You would hate it (so hate backbiting). And fear Allaah. Verily, Allaah is the One Who forgives and accepts repentance, Most Merciful”
[al-Hujuraat 49:12]

Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah said:
Whoever wrongs a person by slandering him, backbiting about him or insulting him, then repents, Allaah will accept his repentance, but if the one who was wronged finds out about that, he has the right to settle the score. But if he slandered him or backbit about him and the person did not hear of that, then there are two views according to the scholars, both of which were narrated from Ahmad, the more correct of which is that he should not tell him that he spoke against him in his absence. It was said that he should rather speak well of him in his absence just as he spoke badly of him in his absence, as al-Hasan al-Basri said: the expiation for gheebah is to pray for forgiveness for the person about whom you backbit.
Majmoo’ al-Fataawa, 3/291

 And Allaah knows best.

References taken from: http://islamqa.com/en/ref/23328/backbiting