Category: My Thoughts


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

 

 

 

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

The Value of Success


By Fadia Bint Ismail

What is the True Value of Success ?

We all have many goals, desires and fantasies which I believe are always attainable it just depends on how we go about achieving success which will determine whether or not it is truly valuable and beneficial to our lives.

Sometimes we believe that we will study become rich or to become famous and that those successes fulfill us but the more we want the more unsatisfied we become, when this starts to happen then the true value of success is completely lost to us.

Well a little about myself…I strived to make sure that I worked hard where secular education was concerned I think after a period of time this goal became so vapid that I lost interest in the purpose of it and thus Allah lead me onto a different path I guess I can say there is a certain period in our lives that some how or the other we are lead onto a different path…you see this is a test from Allah and he gives us things that He feels is the best for us, and so I let go of my desire to work for the corporate world and my life had more balance. I think if I had to work immediately in that type of environment I would of suffered just as how they say to much of a good thing can destroy a person.

So to me the True Value of Success is having

  1. Balance in ones life

Balance in ones life means being able to achieve our goals but with the belief that everything in our lives has a purpose and that purpose is that Allah provides us with the ability to achieve our goals and to truly achieve the actual true value of success is only when we realize this fact.

We may be rich and famous but if our lives are so consumed only by what we need materially and we forget that All things come from our creator then that is not True Success.

We can all become successful but it is how we go about our daily lives, what our inner souls possess, what we feel our key purpose on this Dunyah is that will determine our Value of Success.

 

 

 


By Fadia Bint Ismail

 

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Allah the exalted says: “So hasten towards all that is good” (2.148)

Fail I alone, in words and deeds? Why, all men strive and who succeeds?

It is incumbent on all of us to strive toward doing good deeds, whether it is giving of what you love to others, doing charity or struggling in the cause of Allah.

These are indeed attributes that every believer should have.

The Messenger of Allah has told us that we should hasten to do good deeds before we are over taken by seven afflictions.

The only way to succeed in life is to do good deeds. Take Hazrat ‘Umar ibn al-Khattab RadhiAllaahu Anhu for example he was the second Khalifah in Islamic History and he was a companion of our beloved Prophet (SAW). I recently watched a program about Umar Ibn Al Khattab (RA) and it brought me to tears literally, all I could think of was where such exemplary people are in today’s generation. When he did any trade, when he spoke, when he preached he did it with such esteem, with justice and honesty. When he was in the market place doing trade a man wanted to earn extra profit and give Umar Ibn al Khattab (RA) a cut of the profit but this would be done by betraying and cheating his friends, of course Umar Ibn al Khattab told the man he could not do that because corruption breeds evil fruits. SubanAllah. Today when people trade or sell goods they do not care what duress another individual is under, they will lie and cheat just to get a quick buck. It is really sad.

There are numerous ways of doing good deeds, Allah the exalted says” “And whatever you do of good deeds, truly Allah knows it well” (2.215)

The act of saving people from harm and loss is greatly liked by Allah no matter how small it is. In every glorification of Allah there is Sadaqah, in every Takbeer and in every celebration of praise there is Sadaqah and in every declaration that he is One is Sadaqah and enjoining of good and forbidding evil.

It is a true fact and I see it a lot that many Muslims believe doing many good things at once will automatically make them a good Muslim. It is good that we want to do many good things but Allah loves it more when we do an action that is done regularly. It is also quite evident that when take on many things at once it tires an individual quicker than someone who does things in moderation.

So how do we succeed in doing good deeds?

  • Having patience
  • Justice and dealing with equity
  • Putting our trust in Allah
  • Perfection of ones work
  • Rescuing those in need
  • Being kind and gentle towards others
  • Repentance
  • Having piety
  • Doing good
  • Purification
  • Humility
  • Reflection of Allah’s grace
  • Magnanimity
  • Virtuosity
  • Loftiness
  • Justice
  • Strength
  • Love for the Sake of Allah
  • Forgiving others
  • Continuous performance of righteous deeds
  • Good manners and conduct

 

What really matters to Allah is faith and piety, people who are modest and humble are rich in faith and piety, they lead a life of success in doing good deeds.

Why not make a list of goals or good things you would like to achieve and spend some time doing each one, one at a time in moderation. For example giving charity, perhaps devote a few hours each week to a charity, shelter or home. Other good deeds are Nafl (optional) prayers or specific Dua’s.

Inshallah, I hope that we will strive toward doing good deeds no matter how big or small they are.

 


By Fadia Bint Ismail

 

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ALLAH ALONE IS SUFFICIENT FOR US

Allah exalted says: “And in Allah (alone) let the believers put their trust (14.11); then when you have taken a decision, put your trust in Allah put your trust in Allah(3.159), and whosoever puts his trust in Allah then Allah will suffice him(65.3). “The believers are only those who when Allah is mentioned feel a fear in their hearts and when his verses (the Quran) are recited unto them they increase their faith and put their trust in their Rabb (Alone)” (8.2)

What does it mean to have firm belief and perfect reliance on Allah? Even in the worst circumstances one should always have faith and trust in Allah.
Take birds for instance, people should have hearts like birds that do not collect to keep in reserve; they go out every morning to collect food. Unlike us humans who collect and store things when it actual fact it is unnecessary which should know that if we truly have firm faith and rely solely in Allah surely he will provide for us like he provides for the birds.

The Prophet (PBUH) said: “A group of people (both men and women) whose hearts will be like the hearts of birds, will enter Jannah”

Sometimes we all feel we have to hoard certain things, whether it is physical, material or emotional we as human beings tend to accumulate everything that is unnecessary. We should live in the present, we cannot change the past and we cannot foresee the future. Instead we should put our trust in Allah and believe that he truly knows what is best for us.
We should continuously try to renew ourselves, renew our faith. Inshallah

Bismillah tawwakkaltu alAllah wa la hawla wa la quwwata illa billah (I begin with the name of Allah, I trust in Allah, there is no altering of conditions but by the power of Allah)

 

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This is a reminder first and foremost to myself and then to others.


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By Fadia Bint Ismail

 

What do you think the most important aspects of being a good Muslim should be?

I know many wonder what more they can do, how much more Islamic knowledge they can gain etc. But sometimes we fail to realize the most important fundamentals of Islam which will pave our way towards gaining closeness to Allah (SWT).

Our beloved Prophet (PBUH) had many unique qualities and characteristics which should be our guide in being the best Muslim that we can be. Inshallah.

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Sincerity: Actions are judged my intentions

“Actions are (judged) by motives (niyyah), so each man will have what he intended. Thus, he whose migration (hijrah) was to Allah and His Messenger, his migration is to Allah and His Messenger; but he whose migration was for some worldly thing he might gain, or for a wife he might marry, his migration is to that for which he migrated.”

[Al-Bukhari & Muslim]

But just following this simple hadith it can lead us into a better path Inshallah. Everyone will be rewarded or punished according to his aim and intention.

Our intentions should be in striving and fighting in the way of Allah. Our intentions and spirit of Jihad should always be present in our hearts and thus we shall then be rewarded. For example even if you made the intention to do good, to give some sort of charity but then failed to do so when that intention forms in our heart out of sincerity in striving in the way of Allah we will also be rewarded for it.

Being sincere and having good intentions are very important aspects in every human beings lives.

Repentance: Speaking the truth

It is always necessary when we commit any sort of sin even if it is as much as the foam in the sea, as high as the mountains if we sincerely repent and turn back to Allah He will then open the gates of Tawbah for us. A Muslim should always speak the truth even if he has to face troubles. So if we have sinned speak your heart out to Allah, He knows and sees everything but confess only to Allah and do not display and expose your sins. Speak the truth and repent sincerely because the pleasure of Allah lies in the truth.

Allah exalted says “O you who believe, be afraid of Allah and be with those who are true (in their words and deeds), the men and women who are truthful (in their speech and deeds) then if they had been true to Allah, it would have been better” Quran (47.21)

Patience and Perseverance

 

 

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Many of us find it difficult to remain patient in times of anger or even difficult times. We all fall prey to this nobody is perfect but if we try and persevere and strive in the way of Allah we can overcome anything. I believe we should try to maintain uprightness and steadfastness. Having these two qualities and persevering and having patience is the true mark of faith.

A tree which does not bear any fruit has no value; similarly faith becomes meaningless without practice.

Allah exalted says “O you, who believe, endure and be patient, and certainly we shall test you with some fear, hunger, and loss of wealth, lives and fruits but give glad tidings to As Sabirun (The patient) Quran (2.155)

I think that if we incorporate these three important aspects into our lives into our character, instil it within our hearts I am sure we will be able to reach a level in our Emaan which will be pleasing to Allah.

Our beloved Prophet (SAW) was truly sincere; he even repented to Allah 70 times a day. He was not arrogant and believed that just because He (SAW) was a Prophet that he did not have to repent. He persevered and remained patient through the worst of tribulations which we will never be able to comprehend.

This should be a reminder firstly to myself and then to others. Inshallah

May we all take heed in seeking to strive in the way of ALLAH. Ameen

Tit for Tat


 

 

 

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By Fadia Bint Ismail

 

Have you ever heard that saying…Tit for Tat. Well basically it means an eye for an eye, retaliation or if you do not want to comply with me i wont comply with you. Honestly i think this is a sad situation that many of us tend to find ourselves in. It is completely childish and against how we as Muslims and human beings should act. 

The most simplest way to simplify these two words Tit for Tat. well i believe we should look at it in a religious because faith is universal and many things are based on faith. 

For one as a Muslim Islam is a divine religion and guides individuals in all fields. The essence of Islamic teachings is that all human beings are equal to Allah and that there are no distinctions among anyone. 

In fact the Islamic concept of brotherhood and equality are based on two important principals. 1) belief in Allah (God) and 2) believing that he is the master of the whole universe 

So why am i saying all this well basically we are human beings and Allah has made us equal, with true faith in Allah’s mercy and justice we would never retaliate in such a way as to harm others just because they have harmed us. 

So if someone harms you what will you do? many of us will want to seek revenge. But is this Islam is this Allah would want from us? 

Allah is the only one who grants mercy or punishment. Think about the many times when we have sinned when we have harmed ourselves, our souls with the things we do and consume what does Allah do? Allah forgives us. So remember as quickly as we would want Allah to forgive us try and implement that in your life as well. 

Tit for Tat. I believe this is for small children. so stop throwing your toys out of the cote.

 

The Fight Against Evil


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By Fadia Bint Ismail

By the soul and (by) Him who made it perfect, and then inspired it to understand what is wrong and what is right for it. truly successful the one who purifies (his soul). (Holy Qur’an, 91: 7-9)

Everyday we are faced with many obstacles good and bad. Good situations, good people and vice versa. With all good comes a certain amount of bad.

The blessed month of Ramadaan is upon us and during this month Shaytaan (The Devil) is shackled. What does this mean? for one what ever we decide to do in this month comes from ourselves, our Nafs, our own soul and i believe what ever good or bad you do truly reflects your true character. What you decide to do in Ramaadan is who you really are. This is the true reflection of your inner self and your character.

Ramadaan is suppose to be a month of self purification, reflection and Ibadah.

Ramadaan is suppose to be the best month of the entire year when the entire Ummah joins together in peace and justice to leave aside their worldly lives to be in constant Ibadah and worship to our One and Only Creator.

This month of Ramadaan is the month of the Quran.  We should take heed of what is written in the Quran about how to conduct ourselves within the blessed month. Not only this month but each and every single day of our lives. Every verse, every Ayah has a message for each of us. Why then do we ignore Allah’s divine message. The Quran is a guide to help us through our lives. The Nabi (SAW) character and way of living should be a constant reminder for us, we should learn to implement it into our daily lives.

Is your life truly in your own hands that you can constantly do things to your own whims and fancies. Why do people continue to believe that their life is in their own hands and that they can mistreat others. Do they not believe that Allah is all powerful and he sees everything. He sees when his slaves are in distress, he sees their misdeeds, their good deeds and he certainly will punish those who are oppressors. So which side would you want to be on? Right now decide?

do you want to be alone in this Dunyah with no direction but from your own Nafs? or do you want to be directed by the one and only true divine Allah (SWT) ? 

No matter who you are, A Scholar of Deen, A high powered executive which ever your status remember this. You may be flying high now but Allah will surely test you with wealth and poverty, with health and sickness and most of all you will always remain a slave no matter what status you want to give yourself in this Dunyah. People in power who abuse their authority, who abuse others, respect is earned it can never be forced on others.  We all have flaws but Allah gives us the chance to correct ourselves and to come back to him.

In this blessed month of Ramadaan make a choice. make the right choice to change for the better before it is to late. Choose the Akhirah not this Dunyah. 

 

If Only


 

 

By Fadia Bint Ismail

 

We all find ourselves saying these two words. If Only.

If only I had done so and so then perhaps my life would be different.

 Qadr’Allahu Waa Maa Yaa Shaa Fa’Allah (Allah has decreed and He does as He wills)

 

If only are words of Shaytaan. We as Muslims should continuously remind ourselves that Allah is in control of all of our affairs. Everything in our lives is predestined and what is decreed will come to us when Allah wills.

We sit and torment ourselves over things we have no control over. Yes Allah gives us free will, but it is up to us to decide what we do with that and from there Allah guides us to that which is best for us.

If you are beating yourself up by constantly thinking i wish i never did that. If only i took a different path then maybe i would not be feeling the way i do. Most of the time when these thoughts enter our minds it is usually faced with sadness, depression and torment. The first step to tackling this problem is by asking Allah forgiveness by making Istigfaar and repenting sincerely we can be sure that Inshallah Allah will forgive us. Allah is most forgiving. The second step is to rid yourself from all the negativity especially those that bring negativity to your life. The best solution to this would be to surround yourself with individuals who remind you daily about Allah.

There are many things we can all do to help free our minds from the shackles of our negativity but i find the best method and it has always worked for me is to have a plan. The plan should be simple, productive and you should be able to action it.

 

The Plan:

  • 5 Times Daily Nemaaz.

 

  • As I mentioned asking forgiveness.

This should be a daily Dua that we make every Nemaaz time.

  • Nawfl prayers.

Tahajjud. Be sure that the ua of Tahajjud is like an arrow that never misses its target.

  • Rid yourself from those negative people who bring you down.

Supplicate to Allah to guide you and protect you. Do Durood Shareef. There are many Duroods that are very beneficial and will help us in our daily lives.

 

  • Learning the 99 Names of Allah.

There are many names of Allah that you can take as Wasifa. Each name holds its own attributes which will help you tremendously.

  • Charity.

Helping those less fortunate not only pleases Allah it will rejuvenate your heart, mind and soul. It will also make you see that there are people out there that are worse off than you.

  • Islamic Literature.

Look for inspirational books especially Seerah of the Nabi (SAW) and also the stories of all the Prophets will help you cope and deal with your issues.

  • The Holy Quran.

The best method. Study it and read it with understanding. Believe me each Ayah and each verse will speak to you in such a way that you will be shocked. The best way is to imagine that the Quran was revealed to you only. After all the Quran was revealed to all mankind.

With the above mentioned you should try to set aside specific times for each one and obligatory things should be done on time Inshallah.

I will relate a story. There was a girl and every single day she would say these two words IF ONLY. Eventually it became second nature to her to doubt herself. What she did not realise was that every moment she doubted herself she was leaving a pathway open for Shaytaan. These events do not just happen in our lives there are always reasons for them. This girl liked a guy and this guy would be very harsh with her and she use to say to herself what if she didn’t do certain things maybe then he would treat her better. So eventually she became depressed and it slowly ate at her Emaan. The moral of the story is these two words have a serious effect. It lowers your Emaan, It shows that we are unhappy and not content with Allah’s decree and proves what we are truly attached to. We all suffer with this but we should remind ourselves there is a reason for every good or bad thing that happens in our lives. Do not Doubt Yourself. Do not say if only. Most of all remember we can never change events that occur no matter how hard we try. Allah is the giver and taker of all things and we may see something and believe it is good for us but Allah sees that it is bad for us.

I would like to end off with this.

Allah created us. Allah breathed life into us. He made us all with unique characteristics. There will be success and there will be failure. There will be hurt and there will be joy. This is a test from Allah. Be patient. Be happy. Be content. If you want to cry, then cry. If you want to complain, then complain to Allah. Never give up. Never let Shaytaan win. Remember Allah loves us all and Allah tests those whom he loves the most. And Allah never burdens a soul with more than what they can cope with.

Say. O Allah I put my full Yaqeen in you. You are the best disposer of affairs. And you are Most Merciful.

 

Inshallah Ameen.

 

Forgiveness


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By Fadia Bint Ismail

 

The Prophet (PBUH) said:” Whoever suffers an injury and forgives (the one responsible) Allah will raise his status to a higher degree and remove one of his sins” (Al Trimidhi)

 

We all battle with difficulties daily whether they are inflicted by others or whether we inflict it upon ourselves we need to face them with tolerance.

It is in our natural human nature that many of us find it quite hard to forgive people who have wronged us. I can say from experience that I have battled with this. When someone wronged me I found it very difficult to let go and to forgive every fibre in my being lost control and all I could think of what I could do to get revenge. This was mentally and physically draining because it diminishes your health and consumes your entire being and eventually you find yourself on a dark path and nothing in your life seems meaningful and productivity just takes a back seat. Now I can tell you this is truly a battle we all face and we need to take hold of ourselves and fight the demon within ourselves.

Forgiveness. Well it is easier said than done, but when you finally master the art of forgiving and I don’t mean just pretending to forgive and then still planning your revenge secretly but sincerely forgiving those who have hurt you. The feeling of sincerely forgiving changes your whole being, physically and mentally. Sometimes two people have wronged one another but only one person forgives whether you are at fault or not you should still try to forgive it will say a lot about your character and it will also free your heart and mind from unnecessary stress. If that person does not want to forgive you then leave them it is clear that they are immature and unable to let go of their demons.

If you truly live by the morals of the Quran then you will find it easy to forgive. If you follow the Sunnah of our Nabi (SAW) then you will find it easier to forgive and if you truly believe that we are all tried and tested in this world and that everything we do even if we make mistakes big or small. Everything is by the command of Allah.

Every day we make mistakes. Every day we sin but yet every single day we ask Allah (SWT) for forgiveness. As much as we want Allah to forgive us we should forgive others. If Allah (SWT), Most Merciful, Most Forgiving can forgive us when our sins are as much as the foam of the oceans why then can we not forgive those who have wronged us. Do we hold our destiny in our own hands? Do we hold someone else’s destiny in our hands? Do we have the right to make someone suffer? If you say yes to these questions then correct yourselves immediately because imagine if Allah punished us immediately when we sinned. Where would we be now?

Whether you have hurt someone intentionally or unintentionally seek forgiveness daily from Allah (SWT) and ask Him to soften your heart so that you may be able to forgive those who have hurt you.

Forgive. Free you heart. Follow the Quran and remember we are all human we all make mistakes.

May Allah guide us and protect us all and as much as we need him to have mercy on us. We should have mercy on his creation.

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