A Little Worth A Million

Bismillah.

The world that we live in is a myriad of complex phenomenons and mysteries of life. Every moment something new is happening. One moment someone is happy, the other he is sad. Someone might be born with a silver spoon in his mouth and end up living almost on the breadline. This constant change brings struggle. Each one of is struggling in one direction or the other.

There are those who are striving to make their life comfortable in this world, earning money day and night. Some get successful and do end up earning a lot, which sometimes makes them arrogant and tyrannical. While some fail and this disappointment and sadness brought on by poverty, eats them up from inside.

Then there are those who strive for the hereafter:

:والذين اجتهدوا لكسب الآخرة قسمان أيضَا

Those people who strive to earn the hereafter are of two types as well:

The first type,

منهم من اشتغل بالعبادة وأعمال البر فقط، فهذا إذا مات انقطع عمله إلا من ثلاث كما قال النبي  صلى الله عليه وسلم : «إِذَا مَاتَ الإِنْسَانُ انْقَطَعَ عَنْـهُ عَمَلُـهُ إِلاَّ مِنْ ثَلَاثَةٍ: إِلاَّ مِنْ صَدَقَةٍ جَارِيَةٍ، أَوْ عِلْـمٍ يُنْتَفَعُ بِـهِ، أَوْ وَلَدٍ صَالِـحٍ يَدْعُو لَـهُ» أخرجه مسلم برقم (1631 

From those is the one who toils in worship and good deeds only, so when he dies his deeds come to an end except for three, as Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) said: “when a man dies, his deeds come to an end, except for three: A continuous charity, knowledge by which people derive benefit, pious offspring who prays for him” (Muslim)

These type of people are good, they focus on themselves and worship so they earn something for the hereafter which is eternal. But are they doing the best investment that is out there?

The second type,

ومنهم من اشتغل بالعبادة، والدعوة، وتعليم الأمة أحكام دينها، فهذا عمله مستمر، لأن كل من اهتدى بسببه، أو تعلم بسببه، فله مثل أجره

From those is the one who toils in worship and calling people towards Allah, and educating the ummah (people) about the commands of the deen (Islam), so his deeds are continuous, because every person who got guidance through him or learned something through him, then he gets the same reward as him. 

This person has the better deal, of course. He is not only focusing on himself but also on others around him. He makes sure others are also getting the message and so whoever benefits from him, this person gets the reward as well? Isn’t that amazing?  For example, Aisha told Sara about the benefits of saying alhamdulillah and why we should be grateful to Allah, now whenever Sara feels grateful and says alhamdulillah, Aisha gets the reward too.

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قال النبي  صلى الله عليه وسلم : «مَنْ دَعَا إلى هُدًى، كَانَ لَـهُ مِنَ الأجْرِ مِثْلُ أجُورِ مَنْ تَبِعَهُ، لا يَنْقُصُ ذَلِكَ مِنْ أجُورِهِـمْ شيئاً، وَمَنْ دَعَا إلى ضَلالَةٍ، كَانَ عَلَيْـهِ مِنَ الإثْمِ مِثْلُ آثَامِ مَنْ تَبِعَهُ، لا يَنْقُصُ ذَلِكَ مِنْ آثَامِهِـمْ شيئاً» أخرجه مسلم
(أخرجه مسلم برقم (2674

Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) said: “He who called (people) to righteousness, there would be reward (assured) for him like the rewards of those who adhered to it, without their rewards being diminished in any respect. And he who called (people) to error, he shall have to carry (the burden) of its sin, like those who committed it, without their sins being diminished in any respect.” (Muslim)

For example, Ali told Bilal to pray 5 times a day and gave him the message in such a way that Bilal was moved enough to start praying regularly. Now whenever Bilal prays, not only does Bilal get the reward but Ali gets the reward as well. And if Bilal conveys the message ahead and tells other to pray and they start praying, then Ali gets their reward as well (and those people get their own reward too, of course).

Similarly, Naveed encouraged Hammad to not pray while at work or with friends. Now whenever Hammad does not pray due to the influence of Naveed, Naveed gets sinful too.

فكم يكون في صحيفة هذا من المسلمين والمصلين، والدعاة والمجاهدين، والعلماء والمعلمين، والصائمين والمتصدقين، والحجاج والمعتمرين؟ 

So how many in this (recorded) sheet will be from the Muslims and the ones who pray, and the callers toward Allah’s way and the ones who fight in Allah’s cause, and the scholars and the teachers, and the ones who fast and the ones who give charity, and the ones who perform Hajj and the ones who perform ‘umrah?

The sheet that is being talked about is the sheet that is recording all your deeds. So imagine if in your record you get rewarded for those good deeds that you never did but you’re only being rewarded for those because you guided or helped someone else do them. Maybe your one sentence said to someone made him go on Hajj, maybe your one word made someone resolve and become a teacher of true knowledge.

Never underestimate any good deed that you are doing in the way of dawah (calling towards Allah). Who knows what results it will bring forth even long after your death! Do not spend time on yourself only. Spend on others whatever you can, of your time, your energies, your wealth, your knowledge. Direct people to good always. Even if you yourself don’t know much, then tell them of a person, of a place that can teach them a lot of good. You can point the way to the masjid, you can tell of a website that imparts authentic Islamic knowledge, you can share an article that tells about the oneness of God with one who doesn’t believe in it, you can tell of a poor family who are in need of someone’s charity.

On the Day of Resurrection, we will badly be in need of any small good deed that can save us. Every little deed will be worth a million. We need to remember this is our need. Not Allah’s. We are not indispensable. If we are lazy, arrogant or shy and don’t do what we’re supposed to do i.e. give dawah, then Allah will bring new people who will spread His Deen. The work of this Deen has never stopped once since the past 1400 years or so. It will continue with or without you and me.

If you know a little something, then convey it ahead through whatever means. It’s an honour that you have been chosen by Allah to help spread the true knowledge of His Deen. :)

Life will be a struggle, this way or that way. The question is, what are you struggling for?

P.S. Do you have a story to share where someone did dawah to you and it changed your life or you did the same to someone? We would love to hear it and be inspired! 

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Wassalam.

My Words

By Naheed Sattar

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The words, phrases and sentences combine to make different kinds of speech.

Our words have the power to change our lives and the lives of others.

The words that come out of our mouth go into our own ears as well as other people’s, and then they drop down into our soul where they give us either joy or sadness, ease or difficulty and much more. Let us look at different kinds of words that we speak.

Some words are those that:

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Did I ever think..

What kind of words do I say?

Your Nose

By Naheed Sattar

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Freshly baked cookies   coming out of the oven. Your pair of dirty socks . How do you smell these smells and thousands more? It’s your nose, of course.

Your nose lets you smell and it’s a big part of why you are able to taste things. The nose is also the main gate to the respiratory system, your body’s system for breathing. Let’s find out some more about the nose.

SubhanAllah, the function of nose is the same for every individual yet each one has a different shape and size of nose.

Allah swt has placed the tube of the nose on the face and gave it a beautiful shape and state and opened in it 2 nostrils and then  put a barrier between the two. And put in both of them the  sense of smell which enables it to feel different smells. Good or bad, liked or disliked, harmful or beneficial .

Your nose is also a two-way street

007388-blue-jelly-icon-arrows-arrows-up-down1When you inhale air through your nostrils, the air enters the nasal passages and travels into your nasal cavity. And then reaches your heart making it happy and healthy.

It also acts as a drain where the secretions of  the brain  are collected and then guess what happens? . You sneeze. Sneeze can send those unwelcome particles speeding out of your nose !

Did  you ever think why the upper part of the nose is narrow and the lower part wide?

The air that we breathe in huge quantity , travels slowly through the narrow part after being filtered by the nose and does not reach all together, this is the mercy of Allah that you do not inhale more than you need  .

The inside of your nose is lined with a moist, thin layer of tissue called a mucous membrane . The mucous membrane makes mucus, that sticky stuff in your nose. Mucus captures dust, germs, and other small particles that could irritate your lungs. If you look inside your nose, you will also see hairs that can trap large particles, like dirt or pollen. Thus the wider part helps you to clean your  nose thoroughly by putting your fingers and blowing your nose while doing wudu and removing all the dirt that is stuck there.

What more does your nose do?

The nose allows you to make scents of what’s going on in the world around you. Just as your eyes give you information by seeing and your ears help you out by hearing, the nose lets you figure out what’s happening by smelling. It does this with help from many parts hidden deep inside your nasal cavity and head. These receptors are very small — there are about 10 million of them in your nose! There are hundreds of different odor receptors, each with the ability to sense certain odor molecules

When the smell receptors are stimulated, signals travel to the brain and then you start recognizing a particular smell. And then you always remember that smell associating yourself with it or disassociating with it. Depending on the smell!

Tastes Great!

Most people just think of the tongue when they think about taste. But you couldn’t taste anything without some help from the nose! The ability to smell and taste go together because odors from foods allow us to taste more fully.

Take a bite of food and think about how it tastes. Then pinch your nose and take another bite. Notice the difference? It’s just another reason to appreciate the great function of your nose!

Next time you smell something good or bad, do not forget to be thankful as this is a great blessing of Allah . And never complain about the shape of your nose as the nose only increases your beauty. And remember to say    فَتَبَارَكَ ٱللَّهُ أَحۡسَنُ ٱلۡخَـٰلِقِينَ

“So Blessed is Allâh, the Best of creators.”

About Eyes

By Naheed Sattar

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Which part of your body lets you read the back of a cereal box, check out a rainbow, and see a softball heading your way? Which part lets you cry when you’re sad and makes tears to protect itself? Which part has muscles that adjust to let you focus on things that are close up or far away? If you guessed the eye, you’re right!
Your eyes are at work from the moment you wake up to the moment you close them to go to sleep. They take in tons of information about the world around you — shapes, colors, movements, and more. Then they send the information to your brain for processing so the brain knows what’s going on outside of your body. You might be knowing these facts since you were very young but ……………
Did you ever ponder upon the placement of your eyes? What a perfect spot Allah swt has given them. Not too high, not too low. Just the right place to help you look in all directions without much effort. They are like guards that are protecting you from falling into any dangers , yet helping you to see the heights, the distances the lengths and the widths.
Did you also know that Allah swt made your eyes on 7 Levels, and each level has its  own responsibility, its own tasks to achieve. If any one level stops working or move from its place, the function of the whole eye will be disturbed. Is this not amazing!
And within these levels, there is a strange creation. You know what it is? The lens of your eyes, you will be astonished to know the lens is a transparent structure in the eye that helps to refract light to be focused on the retina. The lens, by changing shape, functions to change the focal distance of the eye so that it can focus on objects as far as east and west . SubhanAllah! Allah has given the strength in such a small eye to see such humongous things. Yet it does not get tired.
Did you ever praise and thank Allah swt for the amazing function your eye performs, and not only this. He swt also beautified your eyes with perfect eye lid and eye lashes .Not only they look beautiful, they also protect the eye from dust and foreign debris, from cold , heat as well as from perspiration.
You’re walking home from school on a windy November day when — whoosh! — a breezy blast smacks you in the face. As your teeth start to chatter and you pull your jacket closed, you notice your eyes are tearing up. Your eyes are tearing, but you’re not sad. What’s going on? Your eyes are “watering.”
When your eyes water, they’re making tears, just like when you cry. The tears from watering eyes help protect your eyes. How? By keeping them moist and washing out dust and other foreign stuff that gets in there.
Did you also know  the super power Allah swt has given to your eyes, it can see many pictures at one time and preserve them. About half a million coloured pictures your eyes can preserve in one single day.

Would you still not say:

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Do you want to preserve your eyes forever and ever and never let it die even when you are not in this world? Is that possible?

Certainly, but you need to do something.

  1. Look at the beautiful creation around you , appreciate it and recognize the greatness of Allah swt and say Alhamduli Allah
  2. Read the words of Allah, memorize them, understand them and preserve them in your heart.
  3. Stay away from watching anything that has no benefit in dunya and Akhirah. Do not waste the light of your eyes for things that will take you away from your Creator.
  4. Let your eyes speak good about you on the Day of Judgement, let them witness for you and not against you.

And make Salah the coolness of your eyes. And let this coolness be permanent.

Creation of Human [Urdu] خلق الانسان

By Uzma Nurain

تو تم اپنے رب کی کون کونسی نعمتوں کو جھٹلاؤ گے۔

انسانی آنکھ کے بارے میں حیرت انگیز معلومات

اللہ تعالی نے انسان کو ان گنت نعمتوں سے نوازا ہے۔ اگر ہم ان نعمتوں کا شکر ادا کرنا چاہیں تو درحقیقت ہم اللہ تعالی کی ایک نعمت کا بھی شکر ادا نہیں کرسکتے۔ اللہ تعالی کی ان گنت نعمتوں میں سے ایک نعمت آنکھ ہے۔آنکھ کے اندر ایسا پچیدہ نظام کارفرما ہے کہ جس کا ادراک کرکے انسانی عقل دنگ رہ جاتی ہے۔
جب آپ کچھ لمحوں کے لیے ایک قلم کو اپنے ہاتھ میں دیکھتے ہیں کروڑوں اربوں قسم کے مختلف عمل آنکھ میں وقوع پذیر ہوتےہیں۔ روشنی قرنیہ اور پیوپل سے گزرتی ہے اور عدسہ تک پہنچتی ہے جہاں پر روشنی کے حساس خلیے اسے برقی حراروں میں تبدیل کرتے ہیں اور اعصابی نظام تک انکی ترسیل ہوتی ہے۔ پردہ چشم تک پہنچنے والی تصویر بلکل الٹی اور اوندھی ہو جاتی ہے تاہم دماغ اسے سمجھ سکتا ہے ، دونوں آنکھوں سے علیحدہ علیحدو تصویروں کو جمع کرکے، اس شے کے نقوش کی شناخت کرکے اور دونوں آنکھوں سے لی گئی تصاویر کو ملا کر ایک تصویر بناتا ہےاور ایک بلکل ٹھیک حالت میں تصویر کو پیش کرتا ہے ۔یہ اس شے کی ساخت، رنگ اور فاصلے کا بھی تعین کرتا ہے۔ آنکھیں یہ سب ایک سیکنڈ کے دسویں حصہ میں کرتی ہیں۔
ایسا ہی عمل دماغ میں بھی ہوتا ہے چاہے آپ کوئی چھوٹا سا نقطہ دیکھیں یا ایک بڑا جہاز دیکھیں نتیجتا بننے والی تصویر صرف ایک ملی میٹر کے حصہ میں ہوتی ہے۔ آپ کبھی بھی اس بات کا یقین نہیں کر سکتے کہ آپ کے ہاتھ میں موجود قلم آپ سے کتنا قریب ہے یا ایک میل دور کھڑا بحری جہاز ایک پینسل سے بڑا ہے کیونکہ دماغ کے جس حصہ میں یہ تصاویر بنتی ہیں اسکا رقبہ سب کے لیے برابر ہے۔ تاہم جس چیز کو بھی آپ دیکھتے ہیں وہاں ایک فاصلہ کو محسوس کرنے کی حس موجود ہے ورنہ آپ کسطرح آسانی کے ساتھ ہاتھ بڑھا کر گلاس کو اٹھائینگے؟ اللہ جس نے یہ بے عیب عضو تخلیق کیا ہے، اسے ایک ناقبل تصور لطیف جزئیات سے آراستہ کیا ہے اور دماغ کو اس قابل بنایا ہے کہ وہ کسی چیز کو بھی اسکی مکمل تفصیلات کے ساتھ دیکھ سکے جہاں وہ ہے۔ یہ غیر معمولی پیچدہ انسانی آنکھ بھی اس ذات پاک کے عظیم کاموں میں سے صرف ایک عمل ہے۔
کوئی انسانی صنعت یہ کارنامہ نہیں پیدا کرسکتی۔ یہ سمجھنے کے لیے مستقل تحقیق ہورہی ہے کہ کسطر ح آنکھ یہ حیرت انگیز کام انجام دے سکتی ہے اور سائنسدان یہ معلوم کرنے کی جدوجہد میں ہیں کہ کس طر ح یہ ہمیں رنگین دنیا کا نظارہ کراتی ہیں۔ بے شک نا تو آنکھیں، جو کہ رقبہ میں کچھ سینٹی میٹر کے برابر ہیں اور نہ ہی دماغ کا وہ ملی میٹر سائز کا حصہ جہاں تصویر بنتی ہے، یہ رنگین دنیا بنانے کی طاقت رکھتے ہیں۔ یہ روح ہے جو باہر پائی جانے والی اشیاء کو دیکھتی ہے اور دماغ کے اندر اسکوواضح کرتی ہے۔ اللہ جو قادر مطلق ہے انسان کی پیدائش کے وقت اپنی روح پھونک کر ، اس نے لوگوں کو دیکھنے کے، ادارک کرنے اور محسوس کرنے کے قابل بنایا اور چیزوں کو انسان کے لیے مسخّر کردیا۔ تصویر جو بنتی ہے اور حیرت انگیز آنکھیں جو اسکا ادراک کرتی ہیں اور ان گنت نظام جو اس تمام کام میں شامل ہے صرف اللہ کی قدرت ہے
آج ہم اپنے موبائل کا کیمرہ میگا پکسل دیکھ کر خریدتے ہیں۔ 13 میگا پکسل کیمرے والا موبائل تقریبا ساری ہی پسند کرتے ہوں گے۔ اور اگر اس میں سونی کمپنی یا کارل زائس کمپنی کا لنز لگا ہوتو اس کو ہر کوئی پسند کرے گا۔ لیکن آپ کو شائد یہ بھی جان کر حیرت ہوگی کہ انسانی آنکھ کا عدسہ 576 میگا پکسل کے برابر ہوتا ہے۔
تو تم اپنے رب کی کون کونسی نعمتوں کو جھٹلاؤ گے۔

آنکھ  انسانی جسم کا خود کار نظام ✨

ہمارے جسمانی اعضاء ہماری ذہنی سوچ اور ارادے کے مطابق عمل کرتے ہیں لیکن انسانی جسم میں کچھ نظام ایسے بھی ہیں جو ہماری سوچ کے تحت نہیں ہیں، انہیں ’’ خود کار نظام ‘‘ کہا جاتا ہے۔ اس نظام کے تحت ہمارے مخصوص اعضاء کی حرکات خود بخود ہوتی رہتی ہے۔
اس  میں ہماری سوچ اور نیت ارادے کو کوئی دخل نہیں ہوتا۔ یہ خودکار نظام کے تحت متحرک رہتے ہیں۔
انسانی جسم میں ایسے خود کار نظاموں میں سے ایک نظام ’’ آنکھیں جھپکنا‘‘ بھی ہے، جس کے تحت ہماری پلکیں خود کار نظام سے آنکھوں کے اندرونی حصے کی صفائی کرتی ہیں۔ مسلسل دیکھنے کے عمل سے آنکھوں پر جو دباؤ اور بوجھ پڑتا ہے وہ پلکیں جھپکنے سے ختم ہوجاتا ہے۔
اس کے علاوہ پلکوں کی یہ حرکت آنکھوں کو خشک ہونے سے بچاتی ہیں اور آنکھوں کو تر رکھ کر انہیں صحت مند رکھتی ہیں، خطرے کے وقت آنکھوں کو بند کرکے ان کی حفاظت کرتی ہیں۔ آنکھوں کی حرکت کا یہ عمل خود کار نظام کے تحت جاری رہتا ہے۔ انسان دن میں کئی بار آنکھیں جھپکتا ہے کیوں کہ آنکھیں جھپکنے کا عمل خود کار نظام کے تحت ہوتا ہے، اس لئے انسان کو بیشتر حالات میں یہ احساس بھی نہیں ہوتا کہ وہ آنکھیں جھپک رہا ہے۔ لیکن اگر اس خود کار نظام میں کوئی خرابی پیدا ہوجائے تو انسان کو احساس ہوجائے گا کہ یہ
اللہ تعالیٰ کا کتنا بڑا احسان ہے جس کے حصول کیلئے اسے کوئی محنت کرنا نہیں پڑتی۔
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✨انسانى جسم كى ہڈیاں

انسانی جسم میں ، کھوپڑی کی 28،ایک  بازو کی 32، اور ہر ٹانگ کی 31 ہڈیوں سمیت کل ملا کر  206 ہڈیاں ہوتی ہے۔

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✨انسانى جسم کی سب سے چھوٹی ہڈی

آپ کے جسم میں سب سے چھوٹی ہڈی رکابی ہوتی ہے، جو کان میں پائی جاتی ہے اور آواز منتقل کرنے کے لئے مدد کرتی ہے۔
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ہڈیوں کا گودا اور خون کے سرخ ذرات

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Darkness Ever After

Bismillah.

While reading about the creation of fire, a sentence got stuck in my mind and wouldn’t go away. It keeps coming back to me…

We read about the different kinds of fire.

الأولى: نار لها إشراق وإحراق كالشمس، وكالنار المعروفة

The first one that has brightness and the quality of burning like the sun and it is the common fire that we are familiar with. 

الثانية: نار لها إحراق بلا إشراق، وهي نار جهنم المظلمة

The second kind of fire is the one that has the quality of burning but no light or brightness and that is the dark fire of Jahannum (hell). 

We know that hell will be dark and there will be fire in there but somehow I never could place the two together in my mind because for us the fire that comes to the mind is orange, yellow and blue. But fire itself being black and not having the quality of light in it innately, is what drives it home. Being burnt is one thing, being lonely is another and then being in pitch dark? It’s too much for the imagination because indeed, we can’t imagine it and it will be too much to bear.

How can people even joke about hell ever? How can they say carelessly that it’s okay, we’ll bid our time in there and then go to Paradise. Do you really think you can bear even a second of being burned and being lonely in complete darkness?

Try putting your hand in the stove for a minute without wrenching it back. You wouldn’t be able to and yet that is only the fire of this world. The fire of hell will be 69 times of what this world’s fire is. Its severity is beyond our imagination.

May Allah keep us and our loved ones far away from it and take us into Paradise without even seeing what hell looks like. Ameen.

To-Do:
While reading the Quran and hadith, mark the verses and narrations that mention the words/actions that deserve the punishment of the fire and stay away from those things.

Call to Action:
Share this with your loved ones and people around you and try your best to save them from the fire of hell as well. You wouldn’t want this for anyone, would you?

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“My Choice, My Life”

Bismillah.

As we delve deeper into Fiqh-ul-Quloob and as my weak pen pauses on the paper and as my words and writing style is exhausted, there is only one thing that comes to my mind,

Say, “if the ocean were to be ink for (writing) the Words of my Rabb, the ocean would have been consumed before the Words of my Rabb are exhausted, even though we were to bring another (ocean) like it in addition” (Al-Kahf 109)

He is so Beautiful! He is so Great! Words just can’t do justice to His praise. And yet, words is all we have. Because if we don’t read or write about Him, how will we get to know Him? Can you have feelings for someone or be close to someone or trust someone if you don’t even know them? Of course not!

So get to know Allah the way He has told about Himself through the Quran and through our beloved Prophet’s (ﷺ) words as the main source.

فعلى المسلم أن يعلم أن الله يهدي من يشاء، ويضل من يشاء، ويبتلي من يشاء، ويفتن من يشاء بما شاء، وهو الحكيم العليم

[Roughly translated:] So it is upon the Muslim that he knows that Allah guides whomever He wills, and He leads astray whomever He wills, and He tests whomever He wills, and He puts in trial whomever He wills with whatever He wills, and He is All-Wise, All-Knowing. 

He does whatever He wants! Why? Because He has all the Majesty and He can do it. However, He is not unjust or unfair, He has all the wisdom too in addition to the power. And He knows the situation of everyone inside out. Tests will come, no matter what.

We commonly say, “you don’t know what I’m going through” and it’s true, you really don’t. You can’t go inside someone’s heart, no matter how close you are to them and get to know each subtle detail of their conscious, subconscious and unconscious. To be sure the person himself doesn’t know exactly what’s in his heart, but Allah does!

Similarly, we say, “I’m telling you what’s best for you” but we actually don’t know if it’s best for that person or not. That is just our thinking. We have a 99% chance of being wrong. He, Allah, actually does know what’s best for you.

Based on His these two attributes (and others not discussed here), His all-encompassing knowledge and wisdom, He makes decisions for you. So you need to trust Him that He is doing the right thing for you. In fact, He is the only one who is doing the right thing for you. You should be grateful. Seriously, Alhamdulillah that Allah makes my decisions and not humans as they would have erred in my fate every step of the way.

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So now that you know He is not unfair, you need to trust Him and then know,

والله سبحانه هو الملك، الذي يفعل ما يشاء، ويؤتي ملكه من يشاء، ويهدي من يشاء، ويضل من يشاء، ويعز من يشاء، ويذل من يشاء

قُلِ اللَّـهُمَّ مَالِكَ الْمُلْكِ تُؤْتِي الْمُلْكَ مَن تَشَاءُ وَتَنزِعُ الْمُلْكَ مِمَّن تَشَاءُ وَتُعِزُّ مَن تَشَاءُ وَتُذِلُّ مَن تَشَاءُ ۖ بِيَدِكَ الْخَيْرُ ۖ إِنَّكَ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ

والله عزَّ وجلَّ هو الحي، الذي يحيي ويميت، ويرزق من يشاء، ويغني من يشاء، ويفقر من يشاء، ويختم على قلوب من يشاء، ويطبع على قلوب من يشاء

[Roughly translated:] And Allah, Glorified be He, is the Owner, who does whatever He wants, and gives his sovereignty to whomever He wills, and guides whomever He wills, and leads astray whomever He wills, and honours whomever He wills, and humiliates whomever He wills.

Say, “O Allah, Owner of Sovereignty, You give sovereignty to whom You will and You take sovereignty away from whom You will. You honor whom You will and You humble whom You will. In Your hand is [all] good. Indeed, You are over all things competent. (Al-i-Imran 26)

And Allah the Almighty is the Ever-Living, He gives life and death, and He provides for whomever He wills, and He enriches whomever He wills, and He impoverishes whomever He wills, and He sets seal upon hearts of whomever He wills, and He sets seal upon hearts of whomever He wills.

We’re basically just like helpless puppets, yet we’re complaining uselessly all the time. If we know that He does whatever, however and whenever He wants, then we need to leave things to Him and be in peace. Obey Him, turn to Him, make dua to Him, trust Him and then just be peaceful. What’s written for me, will come to me. What’s not for me, no point whining about it. Whatever the situation, whatever the time, He knows and is planning for me.

That’s a burden off your shoulders, without the extra charges of a massage! ;)

Wassalam.

P.S. There are ways of inviting His mercy and extra blessings. You can use those for bonus points.
Search those ways as your homework. :P

Okay, here’s a hint: enter “mercy” in the search space on the blog’s homepage.

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Beauty – Redefined!

Bismillah.

Do you love beauty? Oh yes, you do! And we all want to be beautiful, right? Now before you start thinking this is just another post listing the “10 ways to be beautiful”, let me tell you it is not. :p
Before moving on, however, I want us to delve a little deeper and see if beautiful is really what we think is beautiful?

Media has induced us such that whenever we hear the word “beautiful”, we start thinking of physical beauty. It is something very material for us. To explain beauty, some standards are set in the society and we believe that this is the real deal; some measurements of the body, a specific complexion, certain kind of features, a certain style of dressing etc. But if you look a little deeper, this does not really hold true. Beauty is not something that can be objectified. In reality, it is a subjective thing, something that we can’t perceive just through our eyes.

Even the dictionary defines it as something subjective, it says beauty is what pleases the senses and mind. So it is the power to attract. Whatever has the power to please us, attracts us and we find it beautiful.

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Each one of us goes through the experience of coming across a person that is a perfect model of the set standards of beauty of the society yet they don’t please us. Or someone in your acquaintances, friends or family that you find very beautiful, you feel so happy to see them yet they do not fit the mould of those set standards of beauty. What makes them beautiful for us then? If it’s not physical, then it has to be something deeper than the skin. Yes, it is their genuine smile, their pure and honest words, the shine of sincerity in their eyes and their strong morals that emanate from within their heart and glow from their skin. In short, it is their character. So basically, it is the character that has the strongest power to make us attracted or repelled from another human being.

And do you know who had the best character to ever have in this world? The one whose character was praised by the Creator of all mankind Himself!

وقد خلق الله البشر متفاوتين في الحسن والجمال، فأعطى الله سيد الأولين والآخرين محمداً  صلى الله عليه وسلم  حظاً وافراً من الجمال، فهو أحسن الناس خَلقاً وخُلُقاً، وأحسنهم وجهاً، وجهه كأنه القمر

[Roughly translated:] Allah created man with variation in beauty. So Allah gave Muhammad sallallaahu ‘alaihi wassalam a huge portion from beauty, he is the best amongst people creation-wise and character-wise, and the best in them in face, his face was as if it was the moon. 

Yes, he was given ample physical beauty. :)

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وكان  صلى الله عليه وسلم  أحسن الناس أخلاقاً، سماحةً ولطفاً، وحلماً وكرماً، ورحمة وشفقة، وصلةً وبراً، وعزة وشجاعة، وعفواً وصفحاً وحياءً وتواضعاً

[Roughly translated:] And he, sallallaahu ‘alaihi wassalam, was the best amongst people in character, in leniency and kindness, in tolerance and generosity, in mercy and compassion, in keeping ties and righteousness, in honour and bravery, in forgiveness and overlooking (mistakes of others), in modesty and humility.  

SubhanAllah! What an image the author has sketched. The most beautiful person, indeed! Such balance and such blend of greatness. Which other person in history has ever had such a personality, such beauty?

فسبحان من جمع لرسوله  صلى الله عليه وسلم  جمال الخَلق والخُلُق، وأثنى عليه بقوله سبحانه

وَإِنَّكَ لَعَلَىٰ خُلُقٍ عَظِيمٍ

[Roughly translated:] So glory to the One who combined in His Prophet sallallaahu ‘alaihi wassalam beauty of creation and character, and praised him on it as is said in this verse of the Glorified: 

And indeed, you are of a great moral character. [Al-Qalam 4]

Yes, it is Allah who gave these gifts to the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wassalam). If you really want to be beautiful, you follow the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wassalam), beauty’ll emanate from you too, inshaAllah! :)

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The above point does not negate physical beauty, but it establishes that it is not everything. Yes, physical beauty does exist and has its due merit, after all it has been created by the One whose Name is

الجميل

The Most Beautiful

P.S. Read here about the One who is The Most Beautiful:
https://knowinghearts.wordpress.com/2013/12/19/beauty-having-no-comparison/

Here‘s another interesting post that establishes the same point discussed in this post through very relevant examples:
https://knowinghearts.wordpress.com/2013/12/09/allah-is-beautiful-really-beautiful/

Wassalam.

What Gives Us Life

By Naheed Sattar

What are the necessities of life?

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All these things are requirements of life till the day we are living in this world. Their need ends with the end of our lives.

What is it that will give us a permanent life, a peaceful life, full of joy, a life of calmness, tranquility and serenity, a life without pain, sickness or suffering, a life with no defects and shortcomings, a life with endless happiness, a life where nothing will fade, rather where every blessing will be eternal, unblemished  and limitless.

Do we desire to live such a life? Do we hope for it?

The question is are we working to achieve it?

Allah swt says in Surah Anfal verse 24:

 يَـٰٓأَيُّہَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ ٱسۡتَجِيبُواْ لِلَّهِ وَلِلرَّسُولِ إِذَا دَعَاكُمۡ لِمَا يُحۡيِيڪُم….. ‌ۖ

“O you who believe! Give your response to Allah and His Messenger, when they call you to that which will give you life.”

Allah and His Rasool (s.a.w) are inviting us all to respond to their call through Quran and Sunnah, that which will give us eternal life, that which will be a means of our salvation and a source of earning the approval of Allah. It is an open invitation for us to earn the natural beauties of Paradise just by obeying them, to earn a place where climate will be so beautiful, neither burning sun nor bitter cold, no boredom no tension.

Are we prepared to answer them?

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“So is there any one who remembers, Is there anyone who is thankful, Is there anyone who returns, And is there any one who would respond?”

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“So  how good it is to respond to the call of Allah and His Rasool and this is what is expected from a person with intellect. And turning away from Rasool and what he brought from the Deen is something that is disliked, not accepted and should be denied. No one would dare do such a thing if he has a heart that ponders and a mind that thinks.”

“O you who believe! Obey Allah and His Messenger, and turn not away from him when you hear (him speak)”.

Limitless

Bismillah.

One of the beautiful names of Allah Almighty that fills me with hope and sort of inflates my heart with a good feeling is Al-Wasi’.

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When I checked the translation in the Quran, it means All-Encompassing. And I must say I was disappointed. The whole feel is changed when you use All-Encompassing instead of Al-Wasi’. The real name in Arabic brings you the feeling of something wide and spacious, basically limitless. So when we say Allah is All-Encompassing, it means He encompasses the limitlessness too.

Let me explain the point by a verse in the Quran,

وَلِلَّـهِ الْمَشْرِقُ وَالْمَغْرِبُ ۚ فَأَيْنَمَا تُوَلُّوا فَثَمَّ وَجْهُ اللَّـهِ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّـهَ وَاسِعٌ عَلِيمٌ

And to Allah belongs the east and the west. So wherever you [might] turn, there is the Face of Allah. Indeed, Allah is all-Encompassing and Knowing. [Al-Baqarah 115]

If we humans face someone, we would have our back to someone else definitely. We cannot face everyone and everything at the same time. But that is not so with Allah. Wherever we turn, His Face is there. How? That we do not know as there is nothing like Him and no one has seen Him.

Now doesn’t the above make the horizons of your mind open up? He can simultaneously see all of us, listen to all of us and grant all needs of each one of us. Amazing! SubhanAllah!

We humans are very limited. We start putting effort in one thing and the other is ignored. We listen to one person and shut the other one out. We’re also very narrow-minded. We try to attain one thing and list down the pros and cons and then that’s it, we just stick to it. We don’t even think that there could be another way out, that the Creator is above our limited approach of achievement. For Him, these apparent means have no meaning. Duh! He created them. Not only does this change the way we make our supplications to Allah but it also makes us more daring in the actions that we undertake (shariah-compliant, of course) as we know our options are not limited. We stop trying to place our trust in minute details of the apparent ‘what ifs’, we start trusting the unseen.

فسبحان واسع العلم.. واسع الرحمة.. واسع المغفرة.. واسع الفضل.. واسع العطاء. الذي خلقه كلهم يتقلبون فيما لا يحصى من النعم.. فهو الذي يعطي ويمنع.. ويخفض ويرفع.. ويعز ويذل.. ويهدي ويضل.. بعلمه الذي وسع كل شيء.. وقدرته التي قهرت كل شيء.. ورحمته التي وسعت كل شيء.. وحكمته التي بلغت كل شيء

وسبحان واسع العظمة والملك والسلطان الذي  وَسِعَ كُرْسِيُّهُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضَ ۖ وَلَا يَئُودُهُ حِفْظُهُمَا ۚ وَهُوَ الْعَلِيُّ الْعَظِيمُ 

[Roughly translated:] And glorified is He who is vast in knowledge, vast in mercy, vast in forgiveness, vast in favours, vast in bestowal. He whose creation, all of them, are moving to and fro in countless blessings. So He is the One who gives and prevents, and lowers and raises, and honours and humiliates, and guides and leaves astray, with His knowledge that extends over all things, and His power that predominates all things, and His mercy that encompasses all things, and His wisdom that reaches all things. 

And glorified is He who is of vast greatness and dominion and authority, His Kursi extends over the heavens and the earth, and their preservation tires Him not. And He is the Most High, the Most Great. [Al-Baqarah 255]

Here’s an old post from this blog that is relevant to today’s post, it shows that Allah is indeed All-Encompassing, give it a read: Why Worry?

Wassalam.

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