[Speak good or remain silent]
“Anybody who believes in Allah and the Last Day should not harm his neighbor, and anybody who believes in Allah and the Last Day should entertain his guest generously and anybody who believes in Allah and the Last Day should speak of what is good or keep quiet. (i.e. abstain from all kinds of evil and dirty talk).” (Al-Bukhari)
The last part of the hadith is the encouragement from the prophet to speak what is good and beneficial. Simultaneously, it is a warning, cautioning us to be careful in what we say, lest we say something that is harmful or false.
Speaking good means speaking about good things. Why is it that we as people tend to speak so much about bad things? When we speak good, we automatically feel good, because our thoughts are attuned to the good.
The most important to digest is that as Muslims we don’t let our tongue hurt others. Be a caring Muslim. Who knows our silence from saying bad things will open up the hard hearts of others to get attracted to Islam.
لْحِكْمَةُ إِذًا فِعْلُ مَا يَنْبَغِي عَلَى الْوَجْهِ الَّذِي يَنْبَغِي فِي الْوَقْتِ الَّذِي يَنْبَغِي
Wisdom is to act as one should, in the manner that one should, at the time that one should.
So, how to act as one should, in the manner that one should and at the time that one should?
Look at our beloved prophet, Muhammad s.a.w.
Since the beginning of Islam, Prophet Muhammad s.a.w was mainly concerned with teaching and disciplining Muslims to possess the best conduct and manners. His personal life and behaviour reflected and embodied the best teachings revealed to him by Allah. In the Quran, Allah describes Prophet Muhammad thus: “And indeed, you are of a great moral character” [Quran, 68:4].
The Prophet of Islam s.a.w diligently observed righteous manners in his social relations. He was extremely humble and kind, treating all Muslims equally, respecting one and all and expressing his authentic love for them. He enquired about the well-being of those who were absent and visited the sick. He was present in funeral ceremonies. He accorded respect to children and greeted them.
At home, he was extremely kind and friendly to his wives and children. He expressed love to them and maintained a cheerful temperament. He helped them with household chores. He was never harsh and often overlooked their mistakes. With children, he was not just always kind but also took to play with them.
He never beat anyone except when it should be for the sake of God. He never sought revenge against any offence except when it was an affront to God. Whenever faced with multiple options to choose from he would choose the easiest of them except when it incurred sin or breaking off of relations. No free man or slave ever came to him with a request and denied his immediate help.
So, the best example – of how to act as one should, in the manner that one should, at the time that one should – is that one man’s life, Muhammad s.a.w.
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[Learn to Give]
Prophet Muhammed (Peace Be Upon Him) was sent as an example for mankind. Throughout his life he showed us the importance of Sadaqah by giving whatever he had as charity and saving very little of what he owned for himself.
The poor are entitled to receive adequate charity for them to meet their basic needs, while the well-to-do are duty bound to give them charity. This arrangement is not equal, but it is equitable and produces justice.
Don’t worry! No one has ever been reduced to poverty because of giving charity. The Almighty promises us that if we train ourselves to give in times of ease and hardship, our sustenance will increase. Giving awakens our souls and triggers genuine concern for the well-being of others. Priority is given to feeding the poor and the needy, as that is one of the best acts in Islam.
Giving from what we are given – from The Provider and Owner of everything – not only releases us from the disease of selfishness in our heart but also reminds us that everything belongs to Allah (swt) and must be used for the well-being of all humanity.
We will never attain righteousness until we spend what we love, loving for our brothers and sisters what we love for ourselves.
Know that everything you have is not absolutely yours. Learn to give.
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Oh Allah! Make me strong in your way
[Oh Allah! Make me strong in following Your way]
When you’ve been strong long enough,
And when everything seems tough,
These days are just rough.
When people pretend to be kind,
And you for one aren’t blind,
When all you have on mind,
Is no more to be kind,
That this is life in grind.
It takes you forever to be you!
So you did lose yourself,
In a moments few.
Didn’t you feel the wind that blew?
I have words to convey,
Night is yours and so is day!
You are enough to reach your goal
Just follow your beautiful soul
Life is not always the way you want,
The memories and those failures haunt,
Also, the people and their taunts.
Just wait for light,
To take you out of this plight,
Only then things shall be bright,
Things won’t change if you procrastinate,
To your Lord, just prostrate.
In that grief,
You may just find relief.
Believe in His mercy,
All the time,
He forgives even those,
Who do heinous crimes,
All it takes is a sincere heart,
For a good and pleasant re-start.
From Him we come,
To Him we return!
It’s just that simple,
You reap what you sow.
Credit to: @ab_tanzeem, and @orphanage_helper for this beautiful poem.
Trials & Tribulations? Nope, they are blessings 🙂
Each one of us is given different trials by Allah
Some are tested with lack of properties, while others are tested with the very properties they have. Some are tested with hardship in achieving their dreams, while others are tested with the very living of their dreams.
No matter who you are, remember that this life is a test. A real test, and the hardest. It will decide your place in the Hereafter, FOREVER. Scary, huh?
Yet, how lucky we are to have Allah, the most Merciful and Forgiving. With every test He gives, there are blessings in it. You just need to take a deep breath, and believe in Him. Since every test comes from Him, every solution should come from Him too. And know that trials are signs of His love, including trials He gave to all His prophets.
If you’re stuck with a problem of which there seems to be no way out, remember that Yunus a.s got stuck in the belly of a whale.
If you’re betrayed by someone you love, remember that Yussuf a.s was betrayed by his own brothers.
If you’re ill and the pain feels too much to bear, remember Ayyub a.s was ill for a very long time of his life.
If you’re slandered for things you didn’t do, Muhammad s.a.w himself was and is still being slandered as a liar.
Trials will drive you to or away from Allah. The choice is yours.
Take a lesson of patience and perseverance from them. Look at how they took all the trials as blessings. For in the end, there’s no one you should please except Allah, as He is the One and Only judge worth pleasing and submitted to.
Lost then found, then lost again: A Muslim Revert Journey
“Who am I actually? A Muslim revert or a half Muslim? What am I going to do now? Why am I alone? Why is everything so hard? Who should I call? Why do I feel stuck? Is it going to be easier later?”…
Believe it or not, this is what mostly a Muslim revert will have to go through in some stage of their life after reverting to Islam. They were once lost, in one stage of their life. Not having the answers to questions like “Why are we here in this world? What are the purposes of our life? Who created us?” etc.
And then they found Islam.
All of those large questions have been answered. All of their confusions have been cleared. They finally found the one main puzzle that was once lost in their life, Allah. They found the miracles in Quran. They found happiness in following the beautiful sunnah of the prophet, and everything seems so nice, which they just feel like they have received a bouquet of roses.
But apparently, no rose is without a thorn.
Many of them will feel lost – again. Surrounded by Muslims, but no one to ask for help. Alone, in the new world, environment and community, with so many things to learn, it’s really not easy for them. The Muslims are too busy with their families and born Muslim friends, ignoring these new so-called “brother or sister”. Putting a really high expectation to these newly reverts to follow Islamic teaching, doing all the things that you, as a born Muslim has been doing since you were a kid. So is it fair for them?
If you get to know any of the new Muslim reverts, help them. Even by being a good listener will help them a lot. Most of them don’t have families to lend an ear as to the routine difficulties their new daily life entails, such as on how hard to memorize Al-Fatihah, how hard to fast in their first Ramadan and how hard learning the Arabic letters.
Try to appreciate their efforts, be with them, give them a hand. Don’t make them feel once again lost in their yet new found world.
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