…Throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.

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Opportunities don’t just happen. Opportunities are what you create. It’s all up to you. When people do well, it’s because of their actions, hard-work, efforts and time. When you are doing well it’s about your achievements, it’s about what you want. I don’t think enough people understand that. Self belief and belief in God; together these are the foundations of positivity. You have to strive towards your goals, dreams and life in general with a positive approach. Every day is a  new day and one should thrive towards each day with a positive attitude. You can run the day rather than the day run you.

  • “That man can have nothing but what he strives for; That (the fruit of) his striving will soon come in sight: Then will he be rewarded with a reward complete.” (Quran- An-Najm, 53:39-41)

Know what it is that you want to do in life, consider how you are going to go about doing it; the opportunities that you will pursue and then take action and make it happen. Be absolutely resilient in your determination in achieving your dreams. Having a positive attitude means you are already half-way there. I believe the best motivation comes from within. Always believe in yourself, do your best and place your trust in Allah (SWT). Ultimately, it is Allah (SWT) that rewards us with success. “Wa ma tawfiqi illa billah: success is only through Allah (SWT).” You will reap the rewards of your hard-work, efforts and time, inshaAllah. 🙂 

Reminder: Don’t be part of the crowd, always be that person who stands out in the crowd.  

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Self Belief and Belief in God- Be a Positive Individual.

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Today, I am writing about POSITIVITY! I am personally a very positive person, MashaAllah and I always do my best to look on the bright side of things. Everyone has days which are better than other days, but how you deal with such days is what matters. I believe life is full of tests from Allah (SWT) and once we actually understand this, we begin to appreciate life. “Allah (SWT) does not burden any human being with more than he can bear.” (Quran- Al-Baqara, 2:286)

Life is full of challenges and you learn through experiences; I guess a life without challenges would be boring. I have learned some of the most important lessons, been tested to my limits, but still throughout my Imaan and Heart has continued to be strengthened and I have come through feeling blessed. Alhamdulillah. “Verily, with hardship there is relief.” (Quran, 94:6)

Self belief and belief in God; together these are the foundations of positivity. You have to strive towards your goals, dreams and life in general with a positive approach. Every day is a  new day and one should thrive towards each day with a positive attitude. You can run the day rather than the day run you.

  • “That man can have nothing but what he strives for; That (the fruit of) his striving will soon come in sight: Then will he be rewarded with a reward complete.” (Quran- An-Najm, 53:39-41)

Know what it is that you want to do in life, consider how you are going to go about doing it; the opportunities that you will pursue and then take action and make it happen. Be absolutely resilient in your determination in achieving your dreams. Having a positive attitude means you are already half-way there. I believe the best motivation comes from within. Always believe in yourself, do your best and place your trust in Allah (SWT).

An important factor which links in to everything mentioned above is a positive environment. For this you should consider the type of people that you associate yourself with. I personally don’t like negative people and I don’t associate with such people at all. Associate yourself with positive people, those who also believe in you. Surround yourself with people who are also ambitious and who like you are amongst the doers. So, I guess one should choose their friendships very wisely.

The people who matter are the ones that you support every step of the way and who support you every step of the way. These are the important people in your life. I believe sincere friendships are connected through the Heart and are never forgotten. Having sincere people is rare and a true blessing, don’t lose these precious people (be they family or friends). One should be thankful to Allah (SWT) and appreciate these people in your life. Be one to earn one.

Reminder: Don’t hesitate in your actions- have faith in the moment.         

Deen and Dunya- Thrive for a Balance.

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Sometimes, it is important to start with the basics in order to understand the core fundamentals properly and practise them correctly. Our starting point is the tafsir of the Quran; here is the basic message of the Quran summarised in one sentence:

  • “to worship Allah (SWT); to please Allah (SWT) through His worship, to please the Prophet Muhammed (SAW) by following his Sunnah, and to please the maklooq (creation) by doing its khidmat.” (Shaykh Ahmed Ali)

The fact is that Deen and Dunya go hand-in-hand. It’s not about choosing one over the other because God does not want you to live a life cut off from this world. God wants you to have a good time in this world. Therefore, it shouldn’t be a struggle to find the balance between Deen and Dunya. The best way to look at it is that you have to make the most of this world to earn Jannah. We aspire to achieve the best in life and we work hard in achieving our dreams. This requires action, hard work, effort and time. But, ultimately it is Allah (SWT) that rewards us with success. “Wa ma tawfiqi illa billah: success is only through Allah (SWT).”

Life is very busy and most of our day is spent with worldly duties such as work, education and family. So, how does one go about thriving for a balance between Deen and Dunya? Well, just remember that everything we do in this world is for the akhira (hereafter) if your intention is right. The 2-3 hours of technically free time we have in a day, we actually have some control over. How about we make the most of that free time? You can use this time productively towards increasing your Imaan and in the remembrance of Allah (SWT); you could recite the Quran, read something that will increase your knowledge, learn and memorise some Surah and Duas. Make a routine of this. You can live in this world and have a good time, and still earn your Jannah. InshaAllah.

Your Character and Piety comes from within your Heart and makes you who you are, and I strongly believe it is your biggest strength in Deen and Dunya. Always remember Education and Religion are two key fundamental things in life that go hand-in-hand and one should aim to continuously progress in both. This life is in preparation for the hereafter, the good deeds we do in this world, they bring with them bonuses in this world and the next world.

Everyday is a blessing. Alhamdulillah.

Reminder: One should never lose sight of the hereafter. 

Marriage: A topic that a lot of you will probably relate to.

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Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) mentioned:

  • “A Woman may be married for four reasons: for her property, for her rank, for her beauty, and for her religion and character. So marry the one who is best in the religion and character, and prosper.” (Hadith: Bukhari and Muslim)

Marriage: A topic that a lot of you will probably relate to. In my opinion, the majority of today’s society is very liberal with regards to how they go about marriage, something that I don’t agree with. I believe there is nothing wrong in choosing your own partner, but it is how you go about it that matters. It will be interesting to hear your views?

I don’t believe in pre-marital relationship and dating. Islam has given me the freedom to choose my own partner. My Parents have given me the freedom to choose my own partner. But, there are boundaries and it is up to the individual with regards to how one goes about it. I don’t agree with pre-marital relationships due to my beliefs, morals, and values. My Faith is a big part of my life, Alhamdulillah. Everyone is different. How you go about it is up to you as an individual and what values you hold.

Everywhere you go, you see so many Muslims of today’s society in pre-marital relationships. They seem to feel so proud that they have a boyfriend/ girlfriend. They are so involved in the western culture and I wonder if some of them have any self-respect, and most of all whether their priority is marriage. You even see some individuals date one person and then if that doesn’t work out; they date another and so on. Surely, if the priority is marriage then why would one go about dating, going on holiday together before marriage, and even living together before marriage? In my opinion these individuals choose to abuse the freedom. Islam has given freedom of choice to those who want to get married. The mutual choice of the would-be-spouses is given the highest consideration: “do not prevent them from marrying their chosen husband/wife when they agree between themselves in a lawful manner.” (Quran, 2:232)

The intention and decision to get married doesn’t just come out of nowhere for anyone. It is an informed and considered decision. A decision which I believe can be informed without the need of liberal elements. When you have a choice then I believe it’s important to tell your Parents. In my opinion, the process of marriage is a healthy balance between freedom of choice of the would-be-spouses and consideration of the opinions and the consent of the Parents. I believe compatibility between the would-be-spouses is very important, but also compatibility between the two families of those individuals is just as important. I have so much respect for guys who go about marriage (Rishteh) proposals the proper way.  “Women of purity are for men of purity, and men of purity are for women of purity.” (Quran, 24:26)

Reminder: Your Character and Piety comes from within your Heart and makes you who you are, and I strongly believe it is your biggest strength in Deen and Dunya.

Ramadan 2014- Be in it to win it!

Asalamu Alaykum Everyone,

Ramadan Mubarak! 🙂

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  • “Oh you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become Al-Muttaqun (the Pious).” (Quran- Al-Baqara, 2:183)

Here, I have some very useful practical tips for myself and for all of you to help towards productive preparation for Ramadan. Put them into practise, inshaAllah! #Ramadan2014

Five Practical Tips to Help Towards a Productive Ramadan:

  1. Download a copy of the Ramadan Timetable – Save it on your phone & also print a copy of it and stick it on your Bedroom Door (or anywhere else you find suitable); proper preparation prevents poor performance.

  2. Learn the Duas that one should recite at the start of the Fast and when opening the Fast – These Duas are recited for every Fast to indicate and affirm the intention of the Fast; this will allow you to remain disciplined. (I have attached the link to my previous post which contains these Duas:  https://faithiswheretheheartis.wordpress.com/2014/06/21/ramadan-2014-be-productive)

  3. Make a Nutrition plan for Suhoor/Iftaar Considering that the Fast is about 18 hours and you will be having just two meals (Suhoor and Iftaar)- achieving good nutrition during Ramadan is extremely important. The main things to focus on are: Hydration, Protein & Fiber (at Suhoor), Avoid eating fried food, Reasonable portions (don’t over-eat), and also consider a Multivitamin/Mineral/Superfood supplement.

  4. Set a daily alarm  Don’t snooze! I have set my alarm to wake up about half an hour pre-Suhoor so that I can spend this time in the remembrance of Allah (SWT). There is a very good App called ‘Sleep Cycle’ (available on the App Store for FREE). “It is a bio-alarm clock that analyses your sleep patterns and wakes you when you are in the lightest sleep phase.” (http://www.sleepcycle.com)

  5.  Wake up in the right environment – It is important to get some sleep after you have finished your Tarawee prayers. However, there are some people who don’t sleep during this time, but instead turn to Social Networking sites and waste their time. Rather, that valuable time could be used otherwise. How about we make the most of that time? You can use this time productively towards increasing your Imaan and in the remembrance of Allah (SWT). Well, just remember that everything we do in this world is for the akhira (hereafter) if your intention is right. Also, I highly recommend switching off your phone when praying Salah.

Self discipline is key, for it will enable you to create a balance between Deen and Dunya during Ramadan and make the most of this blessed month, inshaAllah.

Ya Allah (SWT) keep us guided on the right path and may our Imaan continue to be strengthened in Your remembrance. Ameen.

Reminder: “Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do Hearts find rest.” (Quran, 13:28)

 

Ramadan 2014- Be Productive!

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Right now I feel spiritually content and focussed in life, Alhamdulillah. Furthermore, with 7 days until Ramadan 2014, I can already sense that ‘Ramadan’ feeling within my Heart.

The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) explained that Ramadan is a month whose beginning is Mercy, whose middle is Forgiveness and whose end is freedom from the Hellfire. This makes it an excellent time and opportunity to ask God for His Forgiveness. It’s also a great time to open our Hearts by forgiving others. Let us use these days before the start of Ramadan and the days during Ramadan to open our Hearts to those who have wronged us and forgive them as we ask Allah (SWT) to forgive us.

  • The month of Ramadan (is that) in which was revealed the Quran, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion. So whoever sights (the new moon of) the month, let him fast it; and whoever is ill or on a journey- then an equal number of other days (are to be made up). Allah intends for you ease and does not intend for you hardship and (wants) for you to complete the period and to glorify Allah for that (to) which He has guided you; and perhaps you will be grateful. (Quran- Al-Baqara, 2:185)

My Ramadan preparation starts today and this involves learning the Duas that one should recite at the start of the Fast and when opening the Fast. Here are the two Duas that everyone should aim to learn/ simply refresh their memory of these Duas. #Ramadan2014

The following Duas are recited at the start and end of each Fast to indicate and affirm the intention of the Fast:

Dua at the start of the Fast- (Suhoor)

Dua (Suhoor)

  • “Wa bisawmi ghadinn nawaiytu min shahri Ramadan.”
  • “I intend to keep the Fast for tomorrow in the month of Ramadan.”

Dua when opening the Fast- (Iftaar)

Dua (Iftaar)

  • “Allahumma inni laka sumtu wa bika aamantu wa alayka tawakkaltu wa ala rizq-ika-aftartu.”
  • “Allah! I fasted for You and I believe in You and I put my trust in You and I break my Fast with Your sustenance.”

My next Blog Post ‘Ramadan 2014- Be in it to win it!’ will be up soon, inshaAllah. It will contain some very useful practical tips to help towards productive preparation for Ramadan.

It would be nice to hear what all of you are doing in preparation for this blessed month? Let me know by using the hash-tag ‘Ramadan2014’ in the comments box. 🙂

Reminder: One of the distinguishing features of Ramadan is Forgiveness.