My friend is a lovely person but under a severely and extremely stressful circumstance, her thoughts wandered to a territory she had never crossed before. I realized here that Allah has made it clear that our minds could ‘stroll’ around if we do not control it...
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What should one do when dung-bombs burst around them? Firstly, we must develop our souls and keep them healthy, so that we can sense the ugliness of the sins of the tongue in the first place. All acts of good help us develop our souls, and staying away from sins keeps it healthy.
My mother was right. Life is about facing our tests. She told me not to expect a life that is easy and simple. Once we passed one test, there would, must and should be another one coming. This reality shown by my mother has allowed me to see life in different perspectives altogether.
Can you control the feelings in your heart? We have a tremendous power to influence our hearts as long as we believe we can and know how to approach it. It is only impossible for those who come with the attitude: “It is a waste of time, since I am not going to succeed.”...
The real problem does not occur when we read what Prophet Muhammad said and start to apply it. Rather, it happens when we start to apply what we have understood from the sayings of Prophet Muhammad in our own way and with our limited knowledge...
Why couldn’t we live that way? With mutual respect for one another's identity and uniqueness; without forcing the other person to change and take after the characteristics we have? Why do I have to be like you in order to be accepted? Do you like it if I demanded that you become like me, so that I could accept you?
Did you ever ask yourself one day why you do something and not something else? Did you think about the effect that what you do has on others? Does it make them happy? Sad? Doubtful about you?
Try and pick a few of the activities above and see where you go. The best way to beat self-doubt is to do things that stop you doubting yourself and stop Satan making you doubt yourself.
The world’s high achievers have an obvious pattern of quitting. They quit things faster and more often than other people. They tend to innately know when something is wrong for them and they get out of that situation as fast as possible.
There will be people who will make really racist or islamophobic remarks. There will be some who will demean the Prophet or demean the Quran. There will be some who might make rude remarks about Muslim women and so on and so forth...
Just by loving each other we are entitled to His shade on the Day of Judgment. I can't help but think of how merciful God is. He didn't say that we should pray the whole night or fast the whole year. Instead, He wants us to continue loving each other...
While, I am not interested in the modern Valentine paradigm, I am interested in taking a lesson from the occasion, a lesson to remind myself that every day of the year I must remember the verses of the Quran and traditions from the Sunnah that teach us to love.