After we feel we have been blessed with patience in affliction, we should aspire to reach a higher level; which is that of gratitude. Gratitude that Allah wants us to be purified from our sins, gratitude that Allah gives us the promise of something better than that with which we were afflicted with. Only then will we reach a state of contentment and serenity.
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Many people give up in the face of something seemingly impossible. Sometimes, we give up on an individual level: getting married, getting that job we want; sometimes it is on a global level, such as injustice in the Muslim world. But the point of the struggle is to realize who is in charge.
Why do we need sacred months nowadays, when most of us are not involved in fighting in this or any month? The special feature of Rajab is not more rituals, but peaceful behavior..
When we say subhan Allah (Glory be to Allah), we are glorifying Allah above any imperfection or deficiency. It is a declaration of His transcendence. One of Allah’s names is al-Subbuh. This can be translated as “the Most Glorified”. Allah is the One who possesses all glory...
We need Allah to help us to be constant and sincere in our worship, and to never become over-satisfied with ourselves because of the worship that we do. It is for this reason that, after offering his prayer, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) used to beseech Allah’s forgiveness three times
Just as the remembrance of God brings tranquility and peace to a heart, when a heart is devoid of remembrance of God - believing in Him, thinking of Him often and with love, brimming with thankfulness towards Him for the innumerable blessings that He has provided...
The feeling that nothing whatsoever in this universe can slip from the grasp of God pours peace and tranquility into the heart of the believer. No matter how troublesome the circumstances are or how dark the situation is, they remain under the Will of God
Humility comes from knowing about God and recognizing His greatness, venerating Him, loving Him and being in awe of Him; and it comes from knowing about oneself and one’s own faults, and weaknesses. God gives this characteristic to those who struggle to become close to Him through deeds of piety and righteousness.
Prayer gave me my first motivation to learn to read Arabic, and to start memorizing Quran--plus daily opportunities to review what I had already memorized. That eventually led me to study Arabic more deeply when the opportunities arose...
Imam Ahmed asked the baker if the constant practice of seeking forgiveness (saying Istighfar) had any effect on him. The baker responded by telling Imam Ahmed that Allah had accepted all of his du'as (supplications), except one. When he asked him what du'a was...
Saying Astaghfirullah (O Allah forgive me) a hundred times a day, a million times a day for 5 or 10 years… and you’ll find the doors opening one after the other. And after that may Allah bless those who don’t have children with children...