A simple reminder

Bismillah Hirahamah Niraheem

What do you say of a person who is lazy to fulfill his responsibilities at work
But complains when he does not get a promotion
What do you say of someone who does not follow the rules of the company
But expects his boss to like him
What do you say of someone who does not put full effort in his job
But expects a pay rise just because he had an intention of working hard
If this is for humans, how much so for our Creator
We do not fulfill our obligations
But expect Him to give
We transgress and do not repent
But expect Him to forgive
We intend to do good, but do not put it into action
But expect Him to give rewards equivalent to us having done that action

Still He gives and He forgives
He is One Who Is Free Of All Needs
It is we who need Him.
Turn to Him, before it is too late.


Help me forgive


Bismillah Hirahamah Niraheem

Ya Allah,

Help me forgive those who hurt me….

Not because they deserve my forgiveness
But because I need YOUR forgiveness

Not because they offended me
But because my insecurities might have caused me to get hurt

Not because the past hurts me
But because harbouring it in my heart affects my present and future

Not because it is easier to forgive
But because forgiving makes me stronger

My deen and my character

Bismillah Hirahamah Niraheem

What is the use of my religious knowledge if it does not refine me
And what is the use of a refined character if I don’t have religious knowledge
Ya Allah grant me the understanding of deen which helps me refine my character
And a character that helps me come closer to YOU with my deen.

A non-hijabi more religious…or is she???

Bismillah Hirahamah Niraheem
Found an interesting article on how Islam is both about gaining knowledge and practising it. It is relevant not only to the hijab but all other aspects of Islam. Made me rethink of how much Islam I know and how much of it I have really implemented in my life. May Allah increase us all in knowledge and may Allah grant us the tawfeeq to implement it. Ameen.

A non-hijabi more religious…or is she???.

The Power of Istighfar

Bismillah Hirahamah Niraheem

During his old age, while Imam Ahmed was traveling he stopped by a town. After the prayers, he wanted to stay for the night in the masjid yard because he didn’t know anyone in the town. Owing to his humility, he hadn’t introduced himself to anyone thinking that if he did, he would be welcomed by many people.

Failing to recognize Ahmed Ibn Hanbal, the caretaker of the mosque refused to let him stay in the mosque. Imam Ahmed tried numerous times, but the guard did not accept his requests. Frustrated, Imam Ahmed resolved to spend the night in the masjid yard. The guard became furious. As Imam Ahmed was quite old, the caretaker had to drag him out of the mosque. On seeing this, a baker from a nearby place felt pity for this man (Imam Ahmed) and offered to be the host to him for the night. During his stay with the baker, Imam Ahmed observed that the baker would constantly recite Istighfar (seek forgiveness from Allah). Imam Ahmed asked the baker if the constant practice of saying Istighfar had any effect on him.

The baker responded, “By Allah! No duaa (supplication to God) I made except that it was answered but one.”
“And what is that?” asked Imam Ahmed.
“To be able to see the famed Imam Ahmed Ibn Hanbal!” Replied the baker.
On this, Imam Ahmed Ibn Hanbal said that Allah had not only listened to his dua but had dragged him (Imam Ibn Hanbal onto his (the baker’s) doorsteps.
[Summarized from Al Jumuah magazine, vol 19, issue 7]

This story is a reminder of the power of saying Istighfaar (seeking forgiveness) frequently. Let’s remember that the prophet s.a.w used to say Istighfaar frequently during the day.

Tafseer Al-Qurtubi states:
A man complained to Al-Hasan about a drought, and he said to him: “Pray to Allah for forgiveness.”

Another man complained to him of poverty and he said to him: “Pray to Allah to forgive you.”

Another man said to him: “Pray to Allah to bless me with a child.” He said: “Pray to Allah for forgiveness.”

Another complained to him that his garden was dry. He said to him: “Pray to Allah for forgiveness.”

He was asked about it and he said: “This is not my personal opinion, for Allah says in Surah Nooh (interpretation of the meaning): ‘Ask forgiveness from your Lord, verily, He is Oft Forgiving; He will send rain to you in abundance. And give you increase in wealth and children, and bestow on you gardens and bestow on you rivers.” Tafseer Al-Qurtubi (18/301-302)
One of the narrators of a Hadith was asked about the manner in which forgiveness is to be sought, to which he answered: “The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) used to say: ‘Astaghfirullah! Astaghfirullah! (I beseech Allah for forgiveness, I beseech Allah for forgiveness)’.
[Sahih Muslim].

Aim to seek and gain Allah’s forgiveness during this Ramadhan.
Source : Al Huda Institute,Canada