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Finding Your Inner Self


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By Fadia Bint Ismail

It has definitely been a while since i have posted on my blog but alas here i am

I thought hard and long about what exactly i am going too write about and i think the best thing lately has been My journey and the road that it led me too finding my inner self.

Sometimes we are all distracted by the things of this Dunyah that we fail to realize our true purpose in life and that is too constantly seek the pleasure of Our Maker , Our Lord, Our One and only Allah (SWT)

So how did i get here…Well firstly having complete Yaqeen in Allah (SWT) and knowing that whatever is meant to reach me will reach me and whatever is not meant to reach me will never reach me. What is meant for you nobody can take it away if Allah (SWT) willed it for you.

It took me a long while to get to where I am today, struggles whether it be financially, emotionally, spiritually you name it we all face it so it should not be this embarrassing thing we do not speak about because trust me there are others out there that are facing the exact same thing as you or even worse. One thing i have learnt is that patience is the key to every thing and i remembered i had little too probably no patience. So how do you overcome this struggle?

Well secondly find things that will put your heart and mind at ease, whether it is reading a book, a hobby or some other therapeutic avenue that will help you in managing your inner self and allowing you to become more calming and patient.

My choice of therapy was painting and writing Islamic poetry i could channel all my feelings and even frustrations into it and Alhamdulilah i can actually say that doing that has brought tremendous value not only to my life but too others.

For me the biggest part of my Journey was knowing that i had so many people who cared for me, who loved me and encouraged me too keep on going and too have total Sabr (Patience)…..We definitely all need those types of people in our lives..You know the ones who constantly remind us of Allah (SWT).

My Journey has just begun……

All Praise is due to Allah Alone, and He is Sufficient for us All

 

 

 

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Artist: Fadia Bint Ismail

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La Ilaha Illah Allah

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Having True Yaqeen


By Fadia Bint Ismail

How much Yaqeen do we truly have in Allah (SWT) ?

This is a question i ask myself each and everyday and sometimes i think to myself i know for a fact that i have full faith in Allah’s decree…but sometimes what i think is not what my heart is feeling

This may be a continued struggle for many and I myself am prone to human error and i have those moments where perhaps my Eemaan is not at the level i desire it to be but there is a huge difference between someone who strives and struggles in cause of Allah than to one who just does not do anything but think oh well i can live like i want and there will be no consequences…i am sure you have tried both ways i sure have…

But what is better…? Think about it

So how much Yaqeen do you truly have ?  do you honestly rely soley in the decree of Allah after you have decided upon something, do you honestly wait to know whether it is good or bad for you ?

I think everyday of our lives we should re-evaluate what our position with Allah is ?

Just do one thing after making Dua after your pray Nemaaz and seriously take one deep breathe and ask Allah to take control of your life completely and put a hold on anything that is not good for you as much as you feel that the thing you want and desire is good for you..trust me Allah has other plans for you, ask HIM to provide you with contentment and Yaqeen..so decide what is is you want and go for it and just focus on the path Allah shows you, it will be better and more fulfilling than anything you could ever desire.

You know what is even more resilient is when you clearly see what Allah is showing you i think that is when you realize and will know how strong your Yaqeen is.

So think about these few points

  1. What level is my Eemaan on
  2. How do i determine how strong my Yaqeen is
  3. Make Dua and truly ask Allah too take control of your life
  4. Let things be and trust that Allah will guide you in the right time
  5. Desire Allah;s love and nothing else
  6. Try and remove unwanted things from your heart and start to heal and fill your heart with the love of Allah

Inshallah this is a reminder first and foremost to myself

May Allah allow us to be steadfast and remain strong in our Deen Inshallah

 

 

 

Unlocking Your Heart


By Fadia Bint Ismail

I listened to a very interesting lecture by Sh Mirza Yawar Baig about how to unlock your heart and how sometimes certain things causes our hearts to be blind.

For the most part i believe many of us and even myself fail to comprehend or to ascertain what is true and what is not and i think that Mirza Yawar Baig’s lecture really brought a new way of looking at things that may be affecting us in ways we fail to understand.

There are many things we can do to unleash this power of truly unlocking the things in our hearts that are holding us back but the greatest gift we have is the Quran which is a true reminder for us all as well as a reflection.

You need to ask yourself whether your heart is locked or is it open…and how will you know this? Are you following the signs of Allah?

We are continuously reminded to read Surah Fatihah and it is the Surah we read first when performing prayers it is affirming that we belong to Allah and Allah alone.

We may sometimes feel that when we read the Quran that what is written does not relate to us, but that is where we fail to understand that when we search for ourselves within the Quran that is when we will unlock our hearts and we will find inner peace.

One major thing many of us suffer from is that we see with our knowledge not with our eyes and this is why sometimes our hearts are blind.

If you have the knowledge to see reality then your heart is not blind. You and i both know that even if you are super knowledgeable it does not mean that you can see things clearly.

For the most part i think that generally when our hearts are affected our entire body is affected and my understanding of his lecture was first try and find yourself, understand the Qalam of Allah and try and see reality first and to not let our hearts be blinded.

This is a reminder first and foremost to myself

 

Be InLove With Allah


 

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By Fadia Bint Ismail

Every Ramadan is different, the experiences, our mindset and basically most things. For me this Ramadan is one of the best, mentally, physically and emotionally. It has brought me more inner peace and contentment and changing truly how I look at life.

It is like a scholar once said if your Eemaan is sincere it turns into light and you can only truly have Eemaan if you try and change your bad habits.

I think the best part of Ramadan is that we are more in control of ourselves, we have a purpose that we are working toward  and creating a better connection with our creator.

We all struggle with our connection with our creator at times and even when we are praying everything around us seems to distract us, I can truly say it takes a lot to be able to truly find complete khushi and contentment in prayer…..but Allah(SWT) is so merciful he calls us back to him each and everyday.

I know that in Ramadan Shaytaan is tied up and we don’t have his whispers to sway us but the battle with our own nafs in this month is greater, what you do in this month is from yourself we cannot blame Shaytaan and even after Ramadan we cannot fully blame Shaytaan either,because he whispers to us but it is our own self that gives into that temptation and on the day of Qiyamah when you want to blame him, he will say “I only whispered to you”. Ultimately what I am trying to say is that for me this battle in this Holy Month of Ramadan has been a great reflection for myself and the path I would like to see myself on.

A few things I have learnt in this short time is that we need to fall completely inlove with Allah. Our main aim in our life should be to please our creator. We should allow our hearts and our minds to be fully controlled by Allah…I promise you by doing this you will be more happy and contented, I know that it is difficult and trust me I myself struggle with this because you think but what are you saying…shouldn’t I love my muslim brother or sister…no that is not what I am saying I mean be so Inlove with Allah that nothing can affect your heart and mind. Be so inlove with Allah that every battle every struggle you face doesn’t bring you to the brink of destruction and remember that Allah tests those he loves the most. 🙂 that to me already makes me love Allah even more.

Bottom line….this Ramadan the beauty of it I cannot explain and I hope my words can give you a sense of the way I feel…Happy…contented and focused

Fall inlove with Allah  everyday …..then tell me how you feel

A reminder to myself first and foremost 🙂

Wslm …Ramadan Kareem to one and all

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BY Fadia Bint Ismail

Book Written by : Dr Feryad A.Hussain

I recently read a very interesting book called Therapy from the Quran and Ahadith. Made me realize that the Quran and Hadith has tremendous amounts of guidance to help each and everyone one of us though our difficulties and through our good times.

I think we all have looked for ways to help us cope with the many things that hold us down, whether it be our job, family, friends loved ones etc and trust me when i say when you fall completely inlove with the Quran it is a source of therapy and guidance to help us in our lives Inshallah.

So what is the book about, firstly many of us probably see a therapist or a psychologist etc but sometimes they are helpful and sometimes they are not, what i have realized is that the words of the Quran are so deep that when we read it, it is as if Allah is speaking directly to us…Now when you go to a therapist they do not heal the underlying factor but basically they only state the obvious.

This is where this book comes in. The author uses verses from the Quran and Hadith to illustrate various situations in our lives for example

  1. Being Realistic
  2. Divine Decree – something we all do not fully understand nor accept
  3. Forgiveness
  4. Helpful role models

and the list goes on, so you have to read it to find out for yourself..however i will share things from the book that stood out for me Inshallah

” Positive thinking breeds inner peace and effects our behaviour”

” All behaviour is an active choice” The Prophet (SAW) said virtue is a kind nature and vice is what festers in your heart and that which you detest for anyone to know”

“Allah (SWT) tells us that one of the first people to be sent to the hell fire will be the on who gave in charity only to be seen by others”

“And if Allah touches you with harm, none can remove it but He and if He touches you with good, then He is able to do all things (Sr Al Anam)

“the lightning almost snatches away their sight, whenever it flashes for them, they walk therein and when darkness covers them they stand still. And if Allah willed He could have taken away their hearing and their sight. Certainly Allah has power over all things” (Sr Al Baqarah)

“It is easy to feel overpowered by negative behaviours of other people and to want to give up forgetting the fact that such schemes are only as powerful as the individuals response to them”

“The power of prayer can never be underestimated, be it in the form of five daily prayers of Islam or supplications to the Creator (SWT)”

I will leave it at that…i feel that this book is a character building tool and it should  be read more than once to truly absorb what the author is trying to say.

So please purchase this book.

May it be a means of relief for those who are silently suffering …Inshallah

 

 


By Fadia Bint Ismail

I could say a million things but even that wouldn’t be enough.

I am drowning in my sorrow.

The words you say pierce my heart.

You were suppose to be here for me…..

What can I say next ? but to go on my knees prostrating and making Dua for you.

Allah’s name is constantly on my lips , glorifying HIS names begging him to forgive you, to have mercy on you.

I cannot bear to see you fall, the darkness has consumed you …is there a way out for you

Only Allah will know…I hope you can be saved

Life Lessons


By Fadia Bint Ismail

I always think to myself I have not had the life experience of those around me and sometimes part of me feels like I missed out on so many things…but those are just things and everyone’s path is directed toward something different, by the Will and Power of Allah (SAW).

I listened to a very good lecture by Sheikh Nouman Ali Khan, he has been one of my inspirations. His lectures are simple and easy to understand and he discusses things that directly affect each and every one of us. His lecture titled “Get through hard times with patience” …easier said than done right ? but when I thought about what he said, each and everything in our life is a gift from Allah, any problems we face are not permanent.

One of the most difficult things that I see from others close to me is that when they believe they have everything they kind of loose their dependency on Allah, and this is where they go wrong because everything we have only comes from  one source and that is from Allah.

Sheikh Nouman Ali Khan always says that we should train our heart and our tongue because what our tongue says our heart feels and this is usually how people create opinions about us, bad or good.

Please guys listen to his lectures…..and don’t form bad opinions like others who have listened to him saying..” oh he doesn’t wear a fez in his lectures on Youtube” a Fez doesn’t make you a good scholar…just look at those Ulemah who dress in turbans and long cloaks …are they perfect and more pious..

So listen to him and tell me what you think …

My Inspiration…Sheikh Nouman Ali Khan

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