Different Lenses

Life is not all roses, and diamonds. It comes with hardships. You will face both good days,and what many call, “bad days.” But I beg to differ. There is no “bad day.” It is our negative, paranoid minds that like to label a day full of struggles as “bad.” How about we look at life with different lenses. In a sense, when we insult days, and times, we are insulting the Creator. We can turn use the hardships in our lives to look at life in a positive manner. Few days ago, I had a conversation with a co-worker. He asked me, “how come you didn’t show up for work?”- and I responded, “I was sick.” He then went on to explain that I should say instead of sick, “I was not feeling well.” His argument was that since God is perfect, and since God doesn’t want harm for his “daughters” ( the co-worker and I do not share the same faith) – that it would be wrong to say that I was sick as opposed to I was unwell, because in my statement, “I was sick” he felt as though I was blaming God. I then said to him, “but being sick is not a bad thing. It’s actually a positive.” He was more than boggled by this statement, and was curious enough to ask what I meant. I said, “Well, in our faith, we try to look at things from a positive angle. My being sick wipes out my sins. Therefore, every time I feel pain,I am in a sense rewarded.” He was astonished by this, and thought about it for a while. He walked away reflecting upon it, and seeing a new perspective. The point of this anecdote is to have people think positively about all situations in life. Sometimes, we are so tired and in so much pain, that we just can’t be patient at all. However, we have to continuously remind ourselves that there are positive means in what we perceived to be negative. So next time you are going through a hardship, be sure to reflect and smile, because your illness/struggle/hardship does not go to waste. Don’t waste the opportunity by cursing the days and nights in your life, and by complaining about your hardships. Keep on smiling- it’s absolutely a sunnah! =)

 

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Charity (one solid ummah)

Asalamu ‘alaykum. Charity is an important aspect of our deen (way of life). As the ummah of Muhammad peace be upon him, we are ONE in all aspects. We pray to ONE God- Allah, we have ONE book (the Quran), and we face ONE direction when praying. Therefore, our brothers and sisters dilemmas are OURS as well. We are ONE body – brothers and sisters of one another.

Allah سبحانه وتعالى revealed:

إِنَّمَا الْمُؤْمِنُونَ إِخْوَةٌ فَأَصْلِحُوا بَيْنَ أَخَوَيْكُمْ وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُرْحَمُونَ

“The believers are nothing else than brothers. So make reconciliation between your brothers, and fear Allah, that you may receive mercy.” [Al-Hujjurat, 49:10]

The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم also said about brotherhood (translation): “None of you truly believes until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.” [Bukhari & Muslim]

The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم described the Ummah as one body; if one member becomes sick then the other members of this one body will take care of the sick one (translation):

“The Believers, in their mutual love, mercy and compassion, are like one body: if one organ complained, the rest of the body develops a fever.” [Bukhari & Muslim]

It is important that we take into consideration today’s events in our world. The ummah is facing obstacles from every corner, and we are, much of the time, bystanders. We need to stop being bystanders and contribute in anyway we can. One way you can make a difference is to donate to causes that truly deliver the aid to the people in need. We have a great group of founders who have founded an organization that has truly, truly delivered the aid beyond believe. One such organization is OneSolidUmmah –> https://www.facebook.com/onesolidummah

http://www.onesolidummah.com

What have they done?- they’ve done so much, here are just a few things they’ve done:

-opened up a bakery to feed the families

-bought two buildings, one as apartments for the orphan families to live in and the widows, and the other as a building for learning the Quran

-bought backpacks for the children and clothes

-bought food for the families

-carpets for the buildings

-made orphan sponsorship readily available for those who’d like to sponsor orphans

-bought a van to transport children and their families to needed destinations

-made it possible with the permission of Allah to restore hope in the hearts of families (widows and orphans)

Don’t you want to be a part and a cause of the happiness of those orphans and widows? Don’t you want to be a neighbor with Rasulullah salallahu alayhi wasalam?

Sahl ibn Sa’d reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The one who cares for an orphan and myself will be together in Paradise like this,” and he held his two fingers together.

Source: Sahih Bukhari 5659

Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Bukhari

سَهْلَ بْنَ سَعْدٍ عَنْ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ أَنَا وَكَافِلُ الْيَتِيمِ فِي الْجَنَّةِ هَكَذَا وَقَالَ بِإِصْبَعَيْهِ السَّبَّابَةِ وَالْوُسْطَى

5659 صحيح البخاري كِتَاب الْأَدَبِ بَاب فَضْلِ مَنْ يَعُولُ يَتِيمًا

Here’s your chance! Donate to the above links in shaa Allah!

https:www.igiveonline.com/campaigns/helping-syrian-orphans/

The Weakest of Homes (Domestic Violence)

Asalamu alaikum. As muslims we should honor the sunnah of the Prophet salallahu alayhi wasalam, therefore brothers protect your sisters/wives. Don’t abuse them, don’t be violent with them. Be KIND to them. And wives be kind to your husbands. you are both garments for each other. Don’t tear down your garments.

Dear Muslim/Somali youth

Asalamu alaykum. Before you exit it out of this post, hear me out (perhaps read me out). Lately I have been hearing tons of bad news when it comes to our youth – specifically the Muslim Somali youth. I am sure this problem does not pertain to Muslim somalis only, as there are other ethnicities also involved in messes much similar to the one I am mentioning. I want to have a heart to heart talk with my Muslim youth out there. Take heed my beloveds as I only wish you a life of success and happiness, and not one of misery and imprisonment.  My dear brothers and sisters when you and I involve ourselves in gangs or some form of violence that only promotes and permeates the wide use of violence against other human beings, of what benefit do we reap? Are we truly proud of ourselves for taking the lives of innocent humans who will be mourned by a mother, a father, brother, sister, grandmother, grandfather, relatives, friends, and loved ones? Is that really the goal we want to achieve? and what goal does violence achieve, other than the fact that a stronger label then the one before is put on you and I? It’s difficult to leave gangs? yes- but not impossible. It’s difficult to leave the routine of violence and murder? understood but your akhirah (hereafter) would be much brighter without you bearing the burdens of bloodshed. Your future would be much brighter, much more hopeful, much more successful without the use of a gun to call yourself a man or a woman! your future is much more pleasing without the bloodshed of victims who are mourned by a heartbroken mother whose dua’s are against you and not for you! Real men of jannah (paradise) and real women of jannah don’t involve themselves with violence, murder, gangs or the likes. They walk upon the earth with great respect, and they aim to leave a great and good legacy behind. True men and women of jannah lift burdens off of other people’s shoulders. They do not place burdens on the mother who lost her one and only son, or her one and only daughter. Rather true men and women of jannah aspire to be great people who inspire, educate, and make life easier for those around them. Our beloved Prophet Muhammad salallahu alayhi wasalam said, “Facilitate, don’t complicate.” We are humans and we are bound to make mistakes. We are bound to steal, commit murderers, transgress the rights of others – each person to a different extent or level, but that does not mean that we should let our past mistakes define us or define how our future should be like. Rather, break that ugly cycle, that routine that keeps you bound in misery. Break that routine that fills your heart with anger, that makes you a mindless violent being! BREAK THAT CYCLE! Don’t let your future be defined by how others perceive you! leave the gangs for good. Stop the violence, walk away from bloodshed. Don’t prey upon people’s fears, rather pray to Allah to make your heart among the righteous. If you’re still breathing, you still have a chance to change your future. Take the first step- REPENT to Allah, make amends, don’t repeat the same mistakes. Learn from your past experiences. Don’t lose hope and don’t let your dreams of a good future be in blind sight. Don’t be the cause of someone else losing their life, of a mother’s heartbreak, of a father’s sorrow, of a sister’s misery, of a brother’s loneliness – DON’T BE THE CAUSE WHEREBY OTHERS ARE DEPRIVED. CHANGE NOW FOR THE BETTERMENT OF YOUR FUTURE & OURS.

The Gift of Gratitude

Asalamu alaykum,

today I realized an important lesson. A very valuable lesson about being grateful. There are many instances in our lives, perhaps almost all the time that we forgot to be grateful for all that Allah swt has bestowed us with. We have the gift of our beautiful eyes to be able to see with, our feet to walk with, our hands to use our daily chores- yet we act as if these just came about, as we if we do not owe any shukur (thanks). This is a grave and miserable act on our behalf. What made me realize this? Today as a group of sisters and I went what I like to call, “sadaqah hunting,” we knocked on a door among many others. Children came running towards us with a smile and their older sisters and mother came right behind them. As we explained to them what we needed the donations for a young blind girl came up to us where her grandmother was standing. She shook hands with us and placed a kiss on our hands. The grandmother then asked us to make du’a for her grand-daughter. What’s incredibly shocking is how the girl lost her sight. She is about the age of 8-11 years old. She was able to see before 3 months ago. One night she went to sleep and woke up in the morning with no sight at all. She’s been to many different doctors but they tell her that there’s no hope of her eyesight coming back. My heart felt like it was struck with lightning because the fact that we seem to miss is that this can happen to anyone of us, and perhaps many of us are using our eyesight- a blessing from Allah to watch bad things (movies, pornography, dances, etc. ). Is not Allah capable of taking our eyesight away? Indeed He is. The gifts we have been given are enormous and plenty, but the question is how do we use it and are we grateful to Allah for all the things He has bestowed us with? I pray that Allah forgives us all for our public and private sins and may Allah grant the young girl a bright vision by His will. May Allah make us among the shaakiriin (those who are grateful). Gratitude is an important element and one that we often neglect. Thank Allah for everything He has given you. If Rasulullah (salallahu alayhi wasalam) would pray continuously till his feet would swell just to be a grateful servant of Allah, than should we not follow in his beautiful example? should we not emulate these good characteristics? Let’s evaluate ourselves, remove ourselves from sinful acts, and improve on our lives to better our lives in dunya (the world) and in the akhirah (hereafter).

Reported by Anas (RA): I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) saying, “Allah, the Glorious and Exalted said: “When I afflict my slave in his two dear things (i.e. his eyes), and he endures patiently, I shall compensate him for them with Jannah.”
[Al-Bukhari]

. . then when (Sulaiman (Solomon)) saw it placed before him, he said: “This is by the Grace of my Lord to test me whether I am grateful or ungrateful! And whoever is grateful, truly, his gratitude is for (the good of) his own self, and whoever is ungrateful, (he is ungrateful only for the loss of his own self). Certainly! My Lord is Rich (Free of all wants), Bountiful” [An-Naml: 40]

“Gratitude helps us focus our minds on Allah, something that has unfortunately become so difficult today on account of life’s distractions and attractions. Gratitude, therefore, corrects our perceptions by reminding us that everything that happens to us doesn’t happen because of its own volition and thus we shouldn’t take matters for “granted”. Allah says in the Quran: “And whatever of blessings and good things you have, it is from Allah” [al-Nahl 16:53]. He also says, “And He found you poor and made you rich (self?sufficient with self?contentment)” [al-Duha 93:8]. Let’s therefore constantly remind ourselves of Allah’s bounties by expressing our gratitude to Him in prayers and at other times.” -Iqrasense.com

“If Allah took mankind to task by that which they deserve, He would not leave a living creature on the surface of the earth; but He grants them reprieve unto an appointed term, and when their term comes – then verily Allah is Ever All-Seer of His slaves” [Fatir (35):45]

To read more about gratitude or gratefulness click the link below. It’s a very beneficial site.

http://www.iqrasense.com/muslim-character/the-blessings-of-gratitude-and-shukr.html

 

Jazaakumullahu khayran.

 

Dream

Asalamu alaikum,

Many of us dream, and some of us refuse to dream because we have already formed a mentality that we cannot make our dreams come true because they seem “too good to be true.” Well, it’s time to end that mentality. How dare we put an end to our dreams simply because we are not willing to work as hard to make them come true? Allah ‘aza wajal who split the moon in half (see suratul Qamar) is my lord and YOURS. If He has the power to make the moon split in half at the request of some mushrikeen then what do you think of a mu’min (believer) who asks him for something much simpler than that?! Of course He will not deny you and I our dreams. It has been said before, “If you wish Allah to grant you that which you love, then persist in doing that which He loves.” I know some dreams seem IMPOSSIBLE. But they’re not impossible. They’re just hard to reach. However, with effort, hard work, persistence, perseverance, and lots of faith, then Allah SWT will not neglect us in our duas. Sometimes we don’t see our dreams come true because perhaps we don’t see the bad effects it could have in the future and thus Allah swt replaces it with something better for us. So don’t lose hope so easily. If you’d like to start an orphanage, go ahead. Gather all your efforts and skills, put it to use! Start with bismillah, and start out small. If you’d like to feed the poor and start a restraunt, then go ahead!  Dreams are not impossible. With that I end that you all please make dua for me and the rest of the ummah, that Allah make our dreams come true if there is khayr in it. may Allah make us all successful. Now keep on dreaming and work your way towards that special and beautiful dream. Be a firm believer in Allah. Success lies with Him.