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."

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Late Day Start Reflections

Today I had a late morning as I have been having as of late but it was especially due to a stressed induced sleepless night. SubhanaAllah, I spent the whole night stressing and making dua to Allah. It was a dua that I thought more or less was wishful thinking and not elegant in any form. One of the things I asked Allah was to alleviate my hard heart. This life is quite exhausting as there is so much to think about and plan for. At times it seems pointless to exert oneself to any great lengths especially when we remember the reality of this life and its unknown ending but we have to make the most of it.

Today as I got ready to do my work out, I planned to work out first then pray duhr. Considering it was already a late start to my day I wanted to get my exercise out of the way so that I don’t have a late breakfast/lunch as “it’s not good for one’s health.”  Subhana’Allah, such a weird thinking and totally backwards. I was more concerned about my health that is a blessing from Allah and not from my own doing and I was planning my salah around my schedule when it should be otherwise!! SHOULD  I NOT BEEN grateful to Allah for the blessing of being able to even exercise. One would think that would be obvious but apparently it was not for me. I should be more concerned with my soul than the health effects of a late start.

What is worth mentioning is how quickly I forgot to be grateful to Allah. I had spent my whole night stressing and when I woke up everything was resolved better than I anticipated or would have imagined. Allahu Akbar. ([8:30] “they plan, and Allah plans. And Allah is the best of planners. ”) I underestimated my poor dua and it made me want to cry. After Salah, I could not help but thank Allah for not taking my soul until now and pray Allah has mercy enough not to take it in an evil state.
What I also noticed is what a blessing it is to find ease in one’s worship. I must admit, the majority of the time praying the sunnah of duhr is SUCH A TRIAL for me. I feel its weight so heavy on me as if it such a burden. May Allah guide me and I easily forget the beautiful satisfying feeling I ALWAYS GET without fail after it. Subhana’allah, How easily I forget the feeling and the virtue with Allah.  Anyhow, today it was so easy on me and I actually craved it if that’s not weird enough for such a poor soul of me. I remember even thinking how short it felt. { “Umm Habeebah (radi Allahu anha) sadi that she heard Rasulullah (sallahu Allayhi wa salam) say, “Whosever consistently performs four rakah before duhr and four rakah after it, Allah will safeguard him from the fire.  (Sahih reported by At-Tirmidhee and Ibn Majah)”

Things to reflect on

  1.  Seek refuge in Allah in all things and be hopeful always.
  2. Fortify your dua and be consistent
  3. Be grateful for all our blessings and use them to show gratitude towards pleasing Allah not displeasing    him.
  4. Salah is always priority! Remember the virtue of sunnah prayers!
  5. Check your heart always
  6. Remember the Akhirah!