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Reflection Journal


By Fadia Bint Ismail

 

From South Africa to Australia we Venture ……….this is the Journey

You know i think we should be truly Grateful for what we have because there are so many people out there who are living in extreme harsh conditions such as poverty and war….but you know one of the biggest things that I am grateful for is knowing that I was born a Muslimah.

So what is this reflection journal all about well for starters I recently well currently i am on a holiday in Perth Australia visiting my parents and Alhamdulilah being able to spend time with my family is the best gift in my life, having moments that i can still spend with my parents and still having my parents with me alive and well…and reflecting on how many people may not even have their parents no longer, so make Dua that Allah grants your parents health and strength to be with you for many many more years to come Inshallah.

So how exactly has it been thus far in Australia , well the first few days was wonderful my parents stay in a very quite area and you are able to go for walks at night and gym and swim privately Alhamdulilah especially for me because i do not swim in public..however few more days into the trip i had a few islamaphobic incidents it was very disheartening to me and yes i became emotional because we do not experience such hate in South Africa.

It should not have come to no surprise to me though because when i used to live in Australia for good couple of years i already knew the Islamaphobia happening in Australia but you know as years go on you think to yourself perhaps people have become more educated and with social media and all other media avenues especially education that people would have changed and would have had a total mind shift, however there are some people who will always remain ignorant…very sad though.

So as time went on the incidents became 3 incidents, people not wanting to serve you , the looks you receive , the whispers it is enough to make a person feel alone and depressed

So how is it Islamically ? well one of the things that i would not be able to ever live without is having the Athaan read out loudly, having mosques on every corner and being able to make Nemaaz anywhere anytime…but here in Australia you have none of that and i am not saying that the entire country is bad there are other places in Australia with a bigger Muslim community but from what i have heard and from my own experiences a Muslims Identity is so secretive you hardly know who or who isnt Muslim if you get my drift and Okay the same can be said for the youth even in South Africa because there is Haraam and corruption happening everywhere nowadays….but for me individually being in this country feels suffocating

I want to feel free to practice my religion whenever and wherever i choose to and to not be judged every minute

One of the many things i have realized is that if you do not have a strong islamic background at home in a foreign country then it will be easy for you to get lost and tread on the wrong path

Before i end off my post and trust me there will be more to come, my advice is try your very best to ensure that if you move to a foreign country such as a western country that you keep special watch of your kids and teach them everyday about the religion and most importantly instill in them VALUES and MORALS so that are able to make good decisions for themselves if they are ever faced with difficult situations. Also pray at home constantly together, keep your family bonds tight and secure Inshallah.

This is a reminder first and foremost to myself and i make Dua that whoever is in situations like this that you remember that Allah is with you and sees your struggle

Just keep the Faith Always

Peace Out

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Allah Has A Plan


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By Fadia Bint Ismail

Allah has a plan for your life 

So Pray for Direction to Follow it 

Patience to Wait on it 

And Knowledge to know When it Comes 

 

You know sometimes we loose the plot so easily and we stray off the path with our negative thoughts , thinking why are my plans not working out , why is this happening, why are my Duas not being answered and we even get to a point where we start comparing our lives to those of others.

Yes we are all human these are natural thoughts to have but believe me when i say there will be a turning point when you realize that you need to let Allah take complete control of your life and i mean have full conviction, full Yaqeen in his plans because ultimately Allah’s plans are better than what we could ever plan for

Why am i saying this , Turning point? i know its hard but sometimes , something really bad needs to occur in your life for you to fully realize that everything that you are so desperately holding on to in this Dunyah is ONLY temporary and that you may want something which is bad for you and you may dislike something which is good for you and Allah Alone knows.

So when something bad happens do not see it as a punishment , Oh why is Allah doing this to me, Why can i not be happy etc etc.

Someone also told me once when Allah wants to guide a person he will inflict him with trials so we should thank Allah for testing us because it shows His love for us and if He Allah were to not test us with any afflictions then that is something we need to ponder about because then that is something we should fear if Allah no longer guides us, I think this could possibly be one of my biggest fears to not have a connection with the One who created us just think about where your life would be without Allah? can you imagine the path you would be walking? I would not want to ever imagine Life without Allah

The one thing to always remember is to continuously keep making Dua that Allah places us among those who are guided and steadfast

And even if you feel a dip in your Eeman keep making Dua and never give up……..!!

I will end off by saying this…..Plan but remember Allah is the Best of planners and ONLY Allah knows where our true path lies , whether it be Love , A Job or anything and Allah can change your destiny if you have sincerity and true conviction in your Dua’s.

This is a reminder first and foremost to myself

#InLoveWithAllah4Life

 

 

The Path to Jannah


By Fadia Bint Ismail

Do you ever feel like there are so many things you want in life but it does not go according to your plans ?

It may be something you perhaps wanted so badly , a person , a job whatever it was and then suddenly it does not go according to your plans…..JUST remember Allah is the best of planners and as much as we plan and plan at that moment Allah knew that perhaps that was not best for us and He removes it from our lives.

I think when you make a sincere intention to do everything in your life purely too seek Allah’s pleasure , and if you leave something for the sake of Allah , i promise you 100% you will have more Khair and Blessings in your life. True story!!

Yes sometimes things will hurt , you will become emotional but bare in mind what if we carried on with no regard for our spirituality and what may affect it ? think about what and who we would become

The little things we do that cause displeasure to Allah eventually become greater things which in turn will suck our entire souls and we will draw further and further away from Allah.

But what if in a moment it all disappears , do you not see the Love Allah has for you that before you went down a path of destruction that he removed it even if it makes you emotional just remember when we allow Allah too take complete control of our life we will never feel in distress, we will never feel emotional and helpless and we will never feel the torment of this Dunyah.

And yes this Dunyah is torment especially for the true believer and those who are working on becoming better Muslims Inshallah.

We all have weak moments we are Human after all and Allah made us imperfect

The most important thing to me and i hope to all of you is that we renew our intentions daily and to remind ourselves the true path we want to take and that is ultimately to reach Jannah Inshallah

Reflect on your life and think about the things that you have or that you want and ask yourself will this take me to Jannah ? and will this please Allah.

This is a reminder first and foremost to myself

May we all remain on the straight path Inshallah and remain steadfast no matter how difficult life gets

Allah is with us, Allah is capable of anything and everything

 

Just Say….Biesmiellah


By Fadia Bint Ismail

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Take a deep breathe and say Biesmiellah….!!!”In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful”.

I think this should be our daily routine everyday before we start each new day, This allows us to let go of our worldly affairs to ensure that we are allowing Allah to take control of our life. Allah is Most Gracious, Most Merciful. SubanAllah.

Most of the time we are so caught up in the pleasures of this Dunyah and we don’t sit and realize and reflect about the temporary position your life holds.

We hold this Dunyah in our heart so tightly afraid to just let go and realize that no matter what we do Allah is ONLY in control. Once we realize this fact trust me life will be easier and more fulfilling.

Have you ever had those moments when suddenly you are sitting making Nemaaz and something just wraps itself around you and you are filled with so much emotion, those moments are truly a gift from Allah and just by saying Biesmiellah each and everyday you open yourself up to receiving immense Khair and Blessings from Allah , the Most Gracious, The Most Merciful.

Would you not wish daily to have that connection with the one who created you, i know i would but alas this Dunyah is extremely tempting even for the most pious and that is because Allah created us to be imperfect human beings. But by saying Biesmiellah you can instantly renew yourself , renew your faith and create a connection between yourself and Allah.

One simple word with such great meaning , SUBANALLAH!!! Allah is Love , Allah is Life , Islam is Pure and Perfect

This is a reminder first and foremost to myself , let us all strive to show gratitude toward our creator Inshallah Ameen

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 

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

 

 

 

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

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