Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Never Quit

Credit: Yussyafiqah Yunus (thanks for the wonderful quote you wrote on your facebook wall!) ^^

~doodle as requested by Saniza Sakinah ^^

Be Positive. Have faith in Allah, and never quit!

Barakallahulakum feek


How A Positive Attitude Increases Productivity
by: Talha Tashfeen Qayyum

The world is sometimes a very tough place to live in, with all the ups and downs in life it sometimes feels that we are in some sort of never ending roller coaster ride. There is so much going on around us, positive and negative, good or bad which can lead us to experience many different emotions ranging from happiness to sadness.
At times we take all the good things we have for granted and focus on being pessimistic, we forget whatever emotion or experience we are going through is temporary and we will eventually have to face something different. Many people find it difficult to deal with emotions and let negativity overcome them, however as Muslims we should have a positive outlook all the time. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said “How amazing is the case of the believer; there is good for him in everything, and this characteristic is exclusively for him alone. If he experiences something pleasant, he is thankful, and that is good for him; and if he comes across some diversity, he is patient, and that is good for him.” [Muslim] 
We need to understand that it part and parcel of life to have difficulties and challenges, and each and every one of us is going to go through some hardships in life at one time or the other. The key here is to remain positive and not let adverse situations affect the productivity and quality of our lives.
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) went to visit a sick bedouin. Whenever the Prophet went to a patient, he used to say to him: ”Don’t worry, if Allah Wills, it will be expiation (for your sins).” The bedouin said: “You say expiation? No, it is but a fever that is boiling or harassing an old man and will lead him to his grave without his will.” The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Then, yes, it is so.” [Sahih Bukhari]
The bottom line then is to have a positive mindset and optimistics view on life no matter what the situation. Important to keep in mind is that the only thing we can control in our lives is our own attitude and how we react to various situations whilst Allah controls all affairs.
Once we are able to alter our attitude positively, the world all of a sudden looks a bearable place to live in and everything seems to fall into place. Here are a few ways through which we can program our minds to be more positive towards life.

1. Remember Allah

The most important virtue of a Muslim is to remember Allah at all times. In difficult times, when ones morale is low and you are feeling down, the best thing you can do is remembrance of Allah. The Muslim is blessed with so many duas and supplications that help in overcoming any negative feelings that one may have. Remembering Allah will take away the ill feelings, give mental relief and give you the strength to move on with a positive attitude.

2. Give thanks

Always be thankful to ALLAH for all the blessings that you have. If you look around, you will notice that you are blessed with so much that the little things we lose our sleep over do not really matter at all. Islam as a religion does not support the idea of being depressed because it makes a person ungrateful which is a virtue furthest away from a faithful and devout Muslim. Instead, look at those who are not as blessed as you are and have gratitude.

3. Look for the positives

Every situation has its positives and negatives or its pros and cons. Our effort should always be to look for the positive side of things no matter what situation or condition we may find ourselves in. This depends on our mindset. If we are determined on finding all the negatives, then you will see all the negatives.
However, if your outlook is positive, you will see the benefits of a particular situation.Look at the half glass full instead of the half glass empty and have faith that Allah can open ways for you. Once you see the positive side, it will become much easier to accept the situation and work towards improving it.

4. Be patient

Learn to always be patient in all circumstances. Many things happen in life, good and bad and we need to be brave in the face of adversity. What we need to remember is that no situation in life remains the same for a long time. Whatever circumstances you may find yourself it will eventually change, being patient is also the ingredient of successful people.

5. Never give up, have faith

One of the most essential qualities of a Muslim should be to never give up. Be brave, be patient and have faith. You will face difficulties on every step and corner of life and all you need to do is to keep your head held high. Keep trying with the faith that there are better things in store for you and that with your will power and dedication will pull through.
This means that you have not lost hope and are positive about achieving a task in the near future.
Implement these above steps and remain positive at all times simply because negativity hampers progress and productivity, whereas, positivity breeds productivity! Share other ways you develop a positive outlook below.
About the author
Talha Tashfeen Qayyum is a Swiss qualified hospitality management graduate and a freelance writer who intends to contribute to life and society through his writings on self improvement and personal development, with the vision to positively affect other people’s lives. You can read more from him on www.personal-development.com/talha. Talha can be reached at talha.tashfeen@gmail.com

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Blessed Family

Specially made for all niqobies.. ^^

As Shaykh Muhammad Faqih once said, “Hook up with Allah, Allah will hook you up!”

Let’s hook up with salah! Hook up with the Qur’an! Hook up with community work for Allah’s Sake! And have certainty that when we struggle to please Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala), Ash-Shakoor is the Most Appreciative of our work and will undoubtedly reward us.

Will that reward be in the form of an amazing spouse and an amazing marriage? Allah knows best. But the best part is that Allah knows what is BEST for us and that His bounties are limitless.

The Prophet ﷺ has told us, “Any Muslim who supplicates to Allah in a du`a’ which contains no sin [of] breaking of kinship, Allah will give him one of three things: either his du`a’ will be immediately answered, it will be saved for him in the hereafter, or it will turn away an equivalent amount of evil (from him)…” (Ahmad).

Thus, we must know that if we connect with Allah, we can trust that Allah will grant us whatever is best, whether it be an answer to exactly what we are asking for or something better. Allah has got our backs! Who better to trust our future with than the One who already knows it?

Easier said than done? Maybe. But what have you got to lose? If at the end of the day you are only increasing in closeness to Allah, increasing in reading the Qur’an, tasting the sweetness of your salah, and making more sincere du`a’ then insha’Allah (if Allah wills) you will have gained more than simply “a spouse” if you get married and you would have gained much more than facebook “cruising for a spouse” time while you’re attempting to find your better half…Insha’Allah you will gain more in this life and the next, and an unwavering relationship with Allah!

Monday, 4 June 2012

The Mu'min Tree

In Surah Ibrahim, Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) gives us the metaphor of the kalimah (la ilaha ilallah) as a beautiful tree. The verse is:

أَلَمْ تَرَ كَيْفَ ضَرَبَ اللّهُ مَثَلاً كَلِمَةً طَيِّبَةً كَشَجَرةٍ طَيِّبَةٍ أَصْلُهَا ثَابِتٌ وَفَرْعُهَا فِي السَّمَاء
Translation: Have you not seen how Allah has given the parable of a beautiful kalimah, like a beautiful tree, whose roots are firmly established, and whose branches tower in the sky? (Surah Ibrahim, verse 24)
According to the tafseer in Ibn Kathir, the mu’min is also like a beautiful tree. The heart of the believer is firmly established with the proofs (the Qur’an and the sunnah). The branches, the sincere and correct actions of the believer, reach Allah (see also Surah Fatir, verse 10: “To Him ascend (all) the goodly words, and the righteous deeds exalt it”)2. The fruit in all seasons is the believer who always obeys Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) at all times.
Even more amazing, subhanallah, are some amazing parallels we can draw from the science of trees.
  1. Forests: Trees grow much taller in forests then they do individually spaced-out. Why? More competition for sunlight. This is like believers.
  2. Cut the Side Branches: When you cut the branches at the side of the tree, the tree doesn’t stop growing–instead, it grows taller. Similarly, the believer, when pressured from all sides, he grows taller. (If you’ve ever seen someone put into a position of responsiblity rise up to the challenge, you know exactly what this means.)
  3. Cut the Top Branches: If you cut the top branches, the tree doesn’t stop growing–instead, it grows wider! Subhanallah. Similarly, if someone tries to stop a believer (“you can’t do X”), he grows wider–networking and outreach.
In either case, the tree keeps growing!
And these are metaphors for people to ponder upon. And inshaAllah even your contemplation earns you some reward in the akhir.
May Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) increase us all in our knowledge (and subsequent implementation), ameen!
(1) Yasir Qadhi. Lecture. AlMaghribLight of Guidance. University of Toronto, Toronto. March 2006.
(2) Khan, Muhsin, trans. “Quranic Realm.” Islamic Network. 7 May 2006 <http://quran.islamicnetwork.com/viewverses.php?q=35>.
(3) Light of Guidance. Cond. Mursaleen Al-Khurasani. Project Revision, Paltalk. 7 May 2006.