In the name of God, most Gracious, most Compassionate

In the name of God, most Gracious, most Compassionate
Al-Quran (30:30)

So direct your face toward the religion, inclining to truth. [Adhere to] the fitrah of Allah upon which He has created [all] people. No change should there be in the creation of Allah. That is the correct religion, but most of the people do not know.

فَأَقِمْ وَجْهَكَ لِلدِّينِ حَنِيفًا فِطْرَةَ اللَّهِ الَّتِي فَطَرَ النَّاسَ عَلَيْهَا لَا تَبْدِيلَ لِخَلْقِ اللَّهِ ذَلِكَ الدِّينُ الْقَيِّمُ وَلَكِنَّ أَكْثَرَ النَّاسِ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ
[Al-Imran 3:8] "[Who say], "Our Lord, let not our hearts deviate after You have guided us and grant us from Yourself mercy. Indeed, You are the Bestower."

Sunday, May 29, 2011

I GOT to eat!! Priorities!

I just saw this video (below), simple but powerful reminder.  The speaker, Wisam Sharieff said something that really struck at me “If we say we believe in Allah we should act like we believe in Allah” what a loaded phrase! Allahu Akbar!

We say we believe and are the most articulate on testifying our faith but we don’t act like we do. We do and say things as if Allah is not going to be aware or as if our bodies won’t be witnesses against us. Do we not believe that Allah is aware? Do we not believe in the Day of Judgment; do we not believe that our bodies will speak against us? Are we on the verge of Kufr (disbelief)?!!!! 

Its finals for me and usually during finals stress levels soar and its difficult for me to do my sunnah prayers. Not entirely sure why it’s difficult. I’m sure it’s my nafs and shaytan trying to deviate me but when I am stressed out, I find it hard to relax and concentrate to have khushoo during salah (tranquility-one of the pillars of prayer). Interestingly, I find it difficult to even take the time to eat or make something to eat but I resort to making time because I “NEED” to eat. Subhana’Allah  I’m such a hypocrite! Our purpose of life is to worship and to please Allah. Eating is not even our purpose and we prioritize it! This can be applied to anything else, if we choose to do something rather than Salah or it diverges us away from the worship of Allah then we have indicated that we don’t really believe in Allah or love Allah. Have we just committed shirk by placing something else before Allah?!! How can we not want to get closer to Allah- the Lord of the Worlds! Are we insane?!  

 May Allah guide us all and may we be from his sincere believers! Ameen!   
  • Hadith Qudsi:On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him), who said that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: Allah (mighty and sublime be He) said:
“… My servant draws not near to Me with anything more loved by Me than the religious duties I have enjoined upon him, and My servant continues to draw near to Me with supererogatory works so that I shall love him…” Al-Bukhari. 
  • [4:142]Indeed, the hypocrites [think to] deceive Allah , but He is deceiving them. And when they stand for prayer, they stand lazily, showing [themselves to] the people and not remembering Allah except a little”
  • [5:35] “O you who have believed, fear Allah and seek the means [of nearness] to Him and strive in His cause that you may succeed.
  • [5:83] “And when they hear what has been revealed to the Messenger, you see their eyes overflowing with tears because of what they have recognized of the truth. They say, "Our Lord, we have believed, so register us among the witnesses.
  • [40:59] “Indeed, the Hour is coming - no doubt about it - but most of the people do not believe.
  • [24:24]  “On a Day when their tongues, their hands and their feet will bear witness against them as to what they used to do.