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Is It MEANT TO BE!!!


By Fadia Bint Ismail

 

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You ever get that feeling when you do something or someone tells you something and it is as though it was meant to be in your path ? One particular thing happened to me recently , It may mean absolutely nothing but when i thought about it deeply and researched and understood it i realized this was something that was meant to happen….

So i sat speaking to someone and they mentioned a particular verse too me from the Quran , a verse from one of my favourite surah’s , Surah Ar Rahman and the verse was “Fabbi Ayyi-Allah i – Rabbikuma Tukathibani” Then which of the favours. Of your Lord will you deny” and so after this i never gave it much thought but then i started doing a painting with this verse and it just resonated more and more in my heart, and then a week or two after that i once again had a random conversation with someone else on general Islamic knowledge, Umrah and Hajj and then as the conversation ended the same verse was recited too me. SubanAllah….!!! if that is not Allah’s way of speaking too me then i dont know but my heart feels strange at this point.

I am actually really wondering what it all means but then i looked deeper into the meaning of that verse and tried to understand Allah’s words.

Perhaps Allah is speaking to me , Then which of the favors of your Lord will you deny …..I think for me Allah is reminding us not to forget the bounties and favors that surround us. HE created the heavens and the earth and surely HE is all knowing , All seeing and that no matter what we are faced with daily we should remember that Allah has bestowed great favors upon us and if someone harms, or oppressors you surely Allah will take them too account for their actions.

I know sometimes we loose faith in certain things when we feel bogged down with what life throws at us , but this life is after all Temporary and it will never be filled with happiness, happiness ONLY lies in being with Allah  and being in Jannah, that is when we will never feel any sadness.

This is what that one verse truly means for me and many of us will have different interpretations.

This is a reminder first and foremost for myself

I make Dua that this Ramadan is a great blessing to the entire Muslim Ummah

 

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By Fadia Bint Ismail

I came across a short post i read that said

“Sincerity has been known to change a persons course in life. It has been known to elevate prayers and deflect harm miraculously. It has been known to put you in the path of others and also put those you need on your path. It has been known to shake mountains so no obstacles stand in your way and it has been known to shake trees, so you always have provision. Sincerity is all your really need to make it through this world”

When ever i sit i read this daily as a reminder that all one really needs in life is sincerity. I think the most difficult part of life is trying to find those that are truly sincere and there are moments when you isolate yourself from everyone , from all the negativity and all those who could potentially hurt you or harm you in some way or another, but then i think sincerity starts with yourself first and even if there are a thousand people in this Dunyah who are evil or have no sincerity at all i think as a person as a believing Muslim no matter what we should always be sincere even to those who have wronged us.

It is like they say , if someone has wronged you do not let your heart become hardened, let your heart remain soft that is when you know you sincerely have Taqwa and Sincerity in your heart.

Even when people try to break your spirit and have no words of encouragement and you feel like your entire self is imploding and you are so over taken with emotion from mere harsh words we should try to always remain calm and sincere and to realize that Allah is testing those who harm us and even ourselves in the manner in which we handle others, and when we remain patient and endure and persevere surely Allah’s mercy will come.

So be Sincere at all times NO matter who tries to break you!!!

A Reminder first and foremost to myself sincerity-and-truth

Daily Struggles


By Fadia Bint Ismail

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If you live with how you are going to fair on the Day of Qiyaamah Allah will take you into his mercy , so never loose hope in the mercy of Allah

Those words play in my head daily , but i struggle sometimes with keeping negative thoughts under wraps by eliminating them with positive thoughts

Everyday is a struggle and i guess when we are faced with difficult things , Allah is shaping us into a better person and that is one thought i keep in mind whenever i feel depressed

There is not a single human being on this planet who could say, oh my life is perfect , I do not have negative thoughts or struggles. Let me tell you , you are only kidding yourself!! You may not be facing any difficulties but rest assured that Allah will test us even when we have a lot and even when we have very little. This test is a continuous affirmation that we should only rely solely in Allah and that all abundance and risq is only from Him.

I think one of the greatest attachments a lot of us have , is being attached to people and i am also guilty of this. When we depend to much on people we allow them to have a space in our heart which should only be filled with the Love of Allah. When we find ourselves heart broken , or disappointed with those attachments trust me you feel like you crumbling and your heart feels like its breaking into a million pieces. Now if you continuously make a conscious decision to say La ilaha illAllah daily reminding ourselves that there is NO God worthy of worship except Allah your heart will find peace and You will find inner peace to let go of all those attachments you and I are holding onto….

Another thing we are also guilty of is comparing our lives to those around us. You look at those that are married and you think why am i not married, You look at those that have a successful job or a wonderful life and you think why am i struggling. Have you ever thought that even though they have all those things that secretly those people are also suffering but in their own way. They may be unhappy in their marriage, or unhappy in their job and we will not know and that is between them and Allah. I know it is hard to have a positive thought in this circumstance, I know the struggle but we should start being grateful that what ever we have Allah has given it to us and it is filled with immense blessings , And maybe Allah knows that if he had to give us more it may over burden us or destroy us, so Allah gives us things when the time is right for us Inshallah and Allah will never give us something that we cannot bare.

I think the key to attaining contentment and inner peace is too fill our lives with positive things. There are a few things that i do daily that helps me get through each day and believe me that its a daily battle but we need to have firm believe and faith in Allah too guide us each and every day Inshallah. So i will share a few of my daily tasks

  1. Wake up for Tahajjud , and if you cannot wake up on your own set your alarm (eventually when it becomes a part of your daily life believe me Allah will wake you up without your alarm going off, have you ever heard the Athaan in your ear and you wake up and its not the Athaan, this can happen trust me)
  2. Make Salaatul Hajaah daily if there is a need you would like Allah to fulfill
  3. Recite your Kuls 3 times after each Nemaaz
  4. Spend more time in Sujood and the weight of this world will become lighter
  5. Recite Surah Yaseen after each Nemaaz and before Fajr and you will be happier the entire day
  6. Read self help books (I Suggest Islamic books as there are many Quranic verses and Hadith that can help you)
  7. Purify your intentions and belief in Allah constantly by taking deep breaths and closing your eyes imagining only positive thoughts
  8. Surround yourself with good people who constantly remind you of Allah (And if you are feeling let down by people, then be with those that bring the best out in you)
  9. Thikr every evening after Esha (I recite Durood 11 times, Astagfirullah 11 times then Iyyaaka na’abudu wa iyyaaka nasta’een and Durood 11 times thereafter) , this was recommended to me by my Moulana
  10. And most importantly recite Quraan daily and reflect on its meanings (What i like to do also is close my eyes and go to any page and recite a verse and then read its meaning, this will help you overcome whatever you are feeling because through that verse Allah gives guidance)

Those are my daily tasks, You do not have to do all of it at once everyday maybe choose one to do daily but most importantly stick to your 5 times Nemaaz daily and try and make it on time

This is a reminder first and foremost to myself and I hope Inshallah that whoever is struggling with everyday life and issues you may be facing that Allah puts goodness and ease in your path Inshallah

STOP WORRYING RELAX AND BE HAPPY 


By Sheikh Muhammad Al-Gazali
At a time where i kind of felt i was at a low point in my life i needed something to lift my faith and give me strength and even though our deen is there as our strength we are human and we have flaws and our Emaan gets weak and there are temptations but what matters is that we recognize when something is lacking in ourselves instead of allowing external sources to lead us astray 

And this brought me to a book i read called stop worrying relax and be happy….

This book explains the importance of how our minds is the source of our behaviour and direction according to our thoughts and feelings 

Sheikh Muhammad Al Ghazli uses beautifully thr words of Allah and our beloved Nabi Muhammad (SAW) in each chapter to help the reader find inner peace and to be able to contexualise how they are feeling 

One of the defeciencies of man is the fact that his present is weighed down by future burdens 

So with those words his kind of saying that the thing that causes us the most grief is that we live in the future continously and it causes us to live in agony 

Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance but to do what lies clearly at hand

The book goes on by explaining to us about taqdeer (divine decree) and how life is what we make of it and how to renew your life 

I firmly recommend this book to everyone who is seeking comfort in their life whatever struggles you may go through this book is for everyone 

THIS IS A REMINDER FIRST AND FOREMOST TO MYSELF INSHALLAH 



Author: Ahmad Javid 
I recently read a very interesting book called SUFI LIGHT it basically explains how to connect with your inner self and to rid yourself from the restlessness that you may feel.

It took me a while to read this book because i wanted to understand the importance of meditation and how it could help me through my daily struggles.

But first the book speaks about our soul and the journey it takes

“Death is the end of our journey through this material world ,yet it is the beginning of the new infinite life and souls journey towards its real source of origin”

So what is the main purpose of this book ..well it explores the secrets of human and divine love and interaction through meditation on the name of Allah. (SWT)

“I am as my servant thinks of me and I am with him when he remembers Me. If he remembers Me in private. I Remember him with in Myself. If he remembers Me in company. I Remember him in better company”

Just a few wise words from the book that catches my attention and really makes me yearn to become closer to our Rabb.

“One cannot achieve perfection without knowledge because it is the means by which one arrives at the realization and affirmation of the oneness of the Lord of all the worlds”

“Inner knowledge is attained by removing the veils especially of the lower self from the mirror of the heart and cleaning and polishing it by the rememberance of God”

I will end off with one last quote from the book…i suggest everyone goes and reads this book if you want to find peace within yourselves through meditation.

“It is of vital importance to know that presence of mind and heart is mandatory in devotion,submission,commemoration, and meditation”

Smile even through hardtimes


The fuel of your strength and the power is your own journey of iman, faith, because Allah is the power, the owner of power and the owner of everything.
The more you get closer, the more he changes your weakness to your strength, your bad habits
into good habits from being defeated to being victorious. And this is only by Allah.

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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

 

 

 

Artwork For Sale


Artist: Fadia Bint Ismail

Painting: Acrylic on Canvas Board (15X30)

Price: R300

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

 

 

 

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