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

Salaams Everyone,

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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.

Asalamu Alaykum Everyone,

Hope you are all well. InshaAllah.

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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. 

Islam, Culture, and Tradition – Religion should come first, always.

Salaams Everyone,

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Sometimes, it is important to start with the basics in order to understand the core fundamentals properly and practice 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)

Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (Peace Be Upon Him) as saying:

  • “The piety is here”, (and while saying so) he pointed towards his chest thrice.

Here’s some food for thought… I often see that many of today’s Muslim society strive towards the Western culture. I strongly believe that upbringing somewhat determines this. However, just as one’s upbringing is extremely important, I also believe it is extremely important for the youngsters of today to have a proper understanding of the Quran. It is okay to be taught the Quran in Arabic, but taking into account that most people are taught only to read the Quran in Arabic and their first language is English. It is therefore important that they are taught the meaning of the words of the Quran in English. This will allow them to understand what Allah (SWT) has commanded in the Holy book and it would make them more God fearing. For this to occur, in my opinion- the old methods and techniques still used in many Islamic Education Centres and Mosques need to be re-evaluated and the youngsters of today need to be guided.

I will give you a real example: My mum works in a prestigious Islamic Education Centre and she has set an amazing example and has implemented more modern techniques; those which meet the needs of today’s society and are in accordance with the teachings of Islam. She has taught the entire Islamic and Quranic studies course to over a hundred young girls, this includes: Tajweed (elocution- referring to the rules governing pronunciation during recitation of the Quran), translation and interpretation of the Quran, Fiqh studies and Hadith studies. Furthermore, she teaches just as many adults and elders who want to correct their Tajweed and so many of these students have already successfully completed recitation of the Quran with full Tajweed, mashaAllah. I have given this example to illustrate the points I mentioned earlier and to show that with correct teachings and correct methods/techniques, individuals of today’s society can learn, gain a sound knowledge of and inshaAllah practice Islam; a peaceful and obedient religion properly.

Whilst in this article I have brought to your attention that many of today’s society is striving towards the Western culture, there are also other issues that today’s society is facing. Islam is very widespread all over the World and every country has its own culture and traditions. There are so many global issues to do with Education, Work, Marriage, and Attire that affect both Muslim Women and Muslim Men. One must always remember that it is not religion that is the basis of these problems, but it is culture and traditions.

The importance of Education is a none disputable matter. Education is the knowledge of putting one’s potentials to maximum use. Islam attaches great importance to knowledge and Education. When the Quran began to be revealed, the first word of its first verse was ‘Iqra’ that is, read. Allah (SWT) says, “Read! In the Name of your Lord Who has created (all that exists). He has created man from a clot (a piece of thick coagulated blood). Read! And your Lord is the Most Generous. Who has taught (the writing) by the pen. He has taught man that which he knew not.” (Quran, 96:1-5). Education is thus the starting point of every human activity. Allah (SWT) created man and provided him with the tools for acquiring knowledge, namely hearing, sight and wisdom. Allah (SWT) says, “And Allah has brought you out from the wombs of your mothers while you know nothing. And He gave you hearing, sight, and hearts that you might give thanks (to Allah).” (Quran, 16:78). A knowledgeable person is accorded great respect in many Prophetic narrations. Due to the importance of knowledge, Allah (SWT) commanded His Messenger (Peace Be Upon Him) to seek more of it. Allah (SWT) says, “And say: “My Lord! Increase me in knowledge.” (Quran, 20:114).The Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) made seeking knowledge an obligation upon every Muslim. Furthermore, the Prophet (PBUH) said that seeking knowledge is a way leading to Paradise. He said, “Whoever follows a path in the pursuit of knowledge, Allah will make a path to Paradise easy for him.” (Hadith: Al-Bukhaari). So, these countries who do not allow for girls and women to gain an education, to work, to travel etc – on what basis do they make this decision?  You see my point.

The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, “Modesty is part of Faith, and that part of Faith must come from within the Heart.” So, those individuals who cover their hair with a Hijab, yet wear figure hugging tops and tight jeans/trousers – where is the modesty in that? Not forgetting the caked on makeup and ‘Camel Hump’ Hijab styles – is that a measure of their religiousness? What is it to other people if a woman wears a Hijab? /No Hijab? If a man has a Beard? /No Beard? I’m sorry, but why does this even matter? The fact is that Hijab is not a measure of a woman’s religiousness and piety, nor is the Beard a measure of a man’s religiousness and piety. It is our personality, our character, our piety, our actions and belief within our Heart that makes us who we are. Allah (SWT) always knows what is in your Heart. Furthermore, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) 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).  Take reservation in speech. Raising one’s voice and using disgusting language in venting anger simply shows one lacks the ability to contain it and it is exposing the ego within. A sharp tongue, just as a sharp knife, it can slice the best of relationships. The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, “A strong person is not the person who throws his adversaries to the ground. A strong person is the person who contains himself when he is angry.” (Hadith: Saheeh al-Bukhari).

In conclusion, to tackle such issues, it is important to go about it in the correct manner. Religion comes first. Allah (SWT) says, “Today, I have perfected your religion for you, and have completed My blessing upon you, and chosen Islam as Deen (religion and way of life for you).” (Quran- Al-Ma’idah, 5:3). I believe that when people within a local community start to work together with the younger generation, listen to each other and compromise (within reason); they can tackle any issue that they are faced with. It’s all about having a positive attitude and taking action towards dealing with important issues properly. But, first of all people should be willing to reach out to the society. What better place to start than the Islamic Education Centres and Mosques, for these are the places which form the foundations of a Muslim society. I respect the old, traditional methods and techniques which have been used for many years. I was taught the Quran via the traditional methods and I have a lot of respect for not only those involved in teaching me the Quran, but also for the institution (my local Mosque) that I attended. However, ten/fifteen years on, society has changed and we need to work with this rather than against it. Therefore, by Islamic Education Centres and Mosques adapting the traditional teaching methods and taking a more modern approach to the teaching methods/techniques, it will allow for a better understanding. Furthermore, in my opinion- as well as this benefiting today’s society, it will also allow us to be better prepared for future generations too.

Reminder: 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.

 

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)

 

My Top Five Reading Companions- Add them to your Library!

Salaams Everyone,

I really enjoy reading Books and I have a huge Library at home, every Bookshelf neatly organised to perfection lol. Today, I was having a look through some of the Islamic Books  to pick a new read, which has lead to a new Blog Post too! 🙂

Here’s a short review of  my top five Islamic Book recommendations (in no particular order).

Enjoy!

1. A Basic Dictionary of Islam – by Ruqaiyyah Waris Maqsood.

This book contains concise definitions of pretty much all important and most commonly used Islamic Terms. Each word is clearly defined, explaining the context in which the word is used too.20140531-212855-77335080.jpg


2. Ta’leemul Haq – Edited by: Shabbir Ahmed E. Desai.

“An Authentic Compilation on the Five Fundamentals of Islam” – This book is an excellent guide and reference covering not only the five pillars of Islam but also other branches of Deen too. It covers each aspect in ample detail and is easy to understand. Furthermore, it simultaneously includes transliteration of important Arabic text, thereby accommodating those who are not fluent in reading Arabic. 20140531-212917-77357295.jpg


3. Fortress of the Muslim: “Invocations from the Quran & Sunnah” – Compiled by Darussalam.

This is a brilliant pocket book of Duas/Supplications. It covers pretty much every Dua and the layout of the book is simple and concise. It states each Dua  in Arabic and includes the Arabic transliteration and English translation. Furthermore, it includes references of where each Dua was taken from; Quran/Hadith. It is always my go-to book because of it’s authenticity with regards to including Duas from the Quran and Sunnah. An absolute must have for any Muslim.20140531-213004-77404011.jpg


4. Hajj & Umrah made easy – by Dr Taqi Hashmi and Adnan Malik.

This book is one of my absolute favourites and it is one of the best books I have bought. It is  a step-by-step, practical, unique and complete guide to Hajj & Umrah- according to the Quran and Sunnah. It includes: Arabic transliteration of Duas; Easy to understand instructions; Safety tips; Health tips; Travel information and Duas. It has updated Arabic-English phrases  and it is fully cross referenced with Hajj Ministry procedures explained. Furthermore, it includes unique diagrams, a map of Makkah and colour coded pages.

The wire bound flip format makes it portable and easy to carry around. It also comes with an adjustable Travel Cord.20140531-213043-77443972.jpg


5. The Honorable Wives of the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) – Compiled by Darussalam.

This is my current read. This book covers the following Honorable Wives of the Prophet (PBUH):

  1. Khadijah bint Khuwailid
  2. Aishah bint Abu Bakr
  3. Sawdah bint Zam’ah
  4. Umm Habeebah bint Abu Sufyan
  5. Umm-Salamah
  6. Juwairiyah bint Al-Harith
  7. Hafsah bint Umar bin Khattab
  8. Zainab bint Khuzaimah
  9. Safiyyah bint Huyay
  10. Zainab bint Jahsh
  11. Maimoonah bint Al-Harith (Peace be upon them all)

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Reminder: “There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.” (Jiddu Krishnamurti)