Monthly Archives: December 2013

Do not grieve – There is another life to come

The day will come when Allah will gather together the first of the creation and the last of it. The knowledge of this occurrence alone should reassure you of Allah’s justice. So whoever’s money is usurped here shall find it there; whoever is oppressed here shall find justice carried out there; and whoever oppresses here shall find his punishment there. Read more…

Things that bring about happiness

1. Good deeds:

Whoever works righteousness, whether male or female, while he [or she] is a true? 
Believer [of Islamic Monotheism] verily, to him we will give a good life [in this world with respect, contentment and lawful provision]…  (Qur’an 16: 97) Read more…

Muslim Youth Foundation Open Day Saturday the 14th of December 2013

The MYF opened its doors to the general public for an open day on Saturday the 14th of December 2013 with the theme of “The Prophet Jesus (peace be upon him) in Islam”.

The open day consisted of a small exhibition & and a rolling 1 hour TV presentation on the theme of “The Prophet Jesus (peace be upon him) in Islam”. There were displays of Arabic calligraphy & henna hand painting as well as face painting for the children. Mosque tours were also provided for the visitors. There was hot food as well as a rest area with tea, coffee & biscuits. Entry was free & anybody from the general public was welcome to attend.

Volunteers gave out invitation leaflets to the passing general public on the streets near to the MYF & invited them to visit the open day.  MashAllah all the volunteers worked very hard despite the cold & grey weather. Many non-Muslims came to the open day, the vast majority of whom felt that their visit had been a very pleasant & educational experience, Alhamdulillah.

Open days are opportunities for the Muslims to showcase Islam to the general public & to build bridges with the local community. The open day allows for a face to face dialogue between Muslims & non-Muslims to tackle some of the many misconceptions about Islam which are prevalent today.

Special thank you’s  &  Jazak Allah Khair from the MYF to all the volunteers who helped set up the open day on Friday the 13th of December  & to all the volunteers who helped out on the open day itself. The open day could not have been possible without the great work of all the volunteers & I ask Allah (swt) to reward immensely in every possible way everyone who helped out, mashAllah.

A special thank you to all the volunteers who stayed out in the cold distributing flyers & inviting people to come to the open day..

Jazak Allah Khair also to Dr. Abdul Aziz who gave his services magnificently throughout the day. Big Thank you’s also to all the MYF staff who worked very hard behind the scenes to make the day possible.

Please feel free to send in your comments about the open day to me so that we can continually keep making the MYF open day a better experience for all inshAllah.

The next open day at the MYF will be in March 2014 inshAllah with the theme of, “Women in Islam”.

Authentic Supplications Of The Prophet

The Messenger of Allah SAW (1) said: “Shall I not tell you the most in goodness of your deeds, the nicest to Your Owner, the highest in your ranks, better for you than spending gold and silver, and better for you than meeting your enemy whereupon you strike their necks and they strike your necks?” They said “Yes O’ Messenger of Allah.” He said: “Remembrance of Allah.” Read more…

Love you, Love You Not, Love You….For Him

‘I love you for the sake of Allāh,’ my classmate at the markaz said to me, smiling warmly.  It was the first time I had heard this and having no knowledge of what the expression implied I gave her a meek smile, not knowing how to reply, while feeling awkward. It sounded unrealistic because how can someone who hardly knows you, ‘love’ you?

As a person brought up in a society where religion occupies only a little niche in your life that is separated from your ‘actual’ life, I couldn’t understand this new concept of loving someone for the sake of Allāh. Anyway, soon I adapted to the terminology, but was still unable to relate to the feeling deep down in myself.

Once, I even asked my teacher about what it meant and she explained, “Loving for the sake of Allāh means that you don’t expect any reward from the person you love, butAllāh subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) only and their negativity doesn’t affect you because you have no expectations from them. You continue to love them regardless of their attitude towards you”.

I understood the theory behind this expression, but I still couldn’t grasp the feeling personally. I often asked myself how you can love someone without expecting them to love you in return and how can you not show or feel the reaction at someone’s misconduct.

SubḥānAllāh, as always, Allāh subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) sent a sign, a reminder in the form of a Hadith.

The Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said:

“Among Allāh’s servants are people who are neither Prophets nor martyrs, but whom the Prophets and martyrs will deem fortunate because of their high status with Allāh.”
They asked: “O Messenger of Allāh! Inform us of who they are.”
He said: “They are people who loved each other for Allāh’s sake, without being related to one another or being tied to one another by the exchange of wealth. By Allāh, their faces will be luminous and they will be upon light. They will feel no fear when the people will be feeling fear and they will feel no grief when the people will be grieving.” Sunan Abî Dâwûd (3527)

The hadith left me wondering about “…. whom the Prophets and martyrs will deem fortunate because of their high status with Allāh.” Why such a big reward?

I comprehended that the reward for this feeling was abundant because it’s not easy to acquire.  It requires rising above one’s own self, curbing one’s desires and giving preference to others. It involves self-control, placing one’s self in other people’s shoes, understanding them, wanting for them what one would want for one’s own self and forgiving them if they have wronged you. In short wishing well for them in all circumstances.

It means feeling happiness for someone, without the contaminating feelings of jealousy and other negative elements regarding one’s brother or sister. It also includes trying to feel and share their pain, worrying for their well being without expecting any form of acknowledgement, not even a smile, and hoping to be rewarded only byAllāh subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) 

Okay, understood! But the process involved going through pain and why would anyone want to deliberately experience that? My inner self was bombarding me with questions that I couldn’t find the answers to. One thing I was sure about was that there had to be something vital attached, for it to have such an enormous reward. I now know that certain things cannot be taught, but only felt. One can understand the logic behind a concept but it can only truly be grasped after having experienced it.

Although I haven’t attained that high level of īmān, in the process of recognizing the Greatness of my Creator and by being around a group of practicing sisters, I realized what loving for the sake of Allāh actually feels like and why there is such an immense jazaa (reward) for it.

Allāh subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) due to His Infinite Mercy, has attached great rewards to such deeds that are seemingly difficult to acquire, to encourage us to pursue them. And when we do take the initiative He helps us throughout the struggle while strengthening our belief with conviction.

In my quest I realized that loving for the sake of Allāh unburdens your soul. It untangles the chaos in your life created by your expectations from different relationships. It is a reliance that gives you a sense of being taken care of by The Sustainer Himself. He elevates you from being needy to being a caregiver. He pulls you up from the dungeons of self-pity, as you realize the criteria of true significance.

You learn to rise above your ego and take control of the part of your nafs that previously wanted constant acknowledgement from people, because your focus is not to please them anymore. Your focus then, is to please only Allāh. And this love makes everything fall perfectly into place. You are able to detach yourself from the surrounding shadows only to zoom out and appreciate the khair bestowed upon you.

He helps you look at the bigger picture as you strive to achieve the higher goal of acquiring eternal bliss. The more I realized it, the more I fell in love with Allāh all over again.

His promise of amplified rewards in the hereafter are an incentive for us to be liberated and contented in dunia under all circumstances so that we may be able to make the most of our life and be eligible for eternal blessings. His Love is beyond comprehension and the deeper we attempt to understand it the more we realize how little we can grasp.

Then which of the favors of your Lord do you doubt? Surah Najm: 55

The Qur’an & the Soul’s Alchemy

The Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) remarked:

‘The best of you is the one who learns the Qur’an and teaches it to others.’1

For Muslims, notwithstanding the sheer beauty of its composition and its cadences, the Qur’an is a repository of revealed teachings, a roadmap for the journey through life, and a fountain of timeless truths to meditate upon; deepening endlessly one’s sense of the divine glory. Moreover, the Qur’an is of God: His Word, Wisdom and Divine Will. God subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) says:

17:82 Read more…

Repel boredom with work

Those who have nothing to do with their lives are the same people who spend most of their time spreading rumors and falsehood, mainly because their minds are devoid of beneficial thoughts:

They are content to be with those [the women] who sit behind [at home]. Their hearts are sealed up [from right guidance] so they understand not.} (Qur’an 9: 87) Read more…