The good news is that, as parents, you can do a lot to make sure the love of Allah wins over the love of dunya in the hearts and minds of your children. Use their obsession with getting that bright and shiny new toy as a teachable moment. Tell them about children who could only dream about having all that they have.
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In the 21st century, we live in a world where honesty is still valued and yet shunned at the same time. We expect people to be honest in their dealings and transactions with us yet we watch and applaud television shows and movies that promote and encourage lying and deceitfulness in our society.
Another important Islamic habit for success is to be consistent in what you do. Big gestures of productivity may seem great on the external but they fail to produce the same result day in day out.
Such power to change a calamity into a blessing is beyond the reach of those addicted to complaint and discontent, as they prove the most unsuccessful in imbuing their life with a new meaning of happiness when it is taken from them or – more correctly – is not as they like.
While it is a difficult journey and difficulties that lie all through it, there are lots of treasures that we can enjoy in the sea. There are lots of beautiful things that Allah has taught us in the dunya and given us so as to enjoy and cherish.
“Would you sell both your eyes for a billion dollars?” Dale Carnegie wondered: “What would you take for your two legs? Your hands? Your hearing? Your children? Your family? Add up your assets, and you will find that you won’t sell what you have for all the gold ever amassed. But do we appreciate all this?
One of the things that causes weakness of faith is staying away from an iman-nourishing environment for too long. Staying away from an environment that will nourish your faith for too long will cause you to fall into sin, because sin was one of the things that weakens faith.
How honest and sincere we are when we enter into a relationship, will determine how much Allah will bless it for us. Be it someone’s daughter’s hand in marriage or the jewelry we give to her as mahr, exchanges of value in human relationships...
Has any of us ever thought to bring himself to account, to record the good and the bad things we do, through which we can from time to time know our balance of good and bad deeds, profits and losses?
This world is people’s farm, whose yield they harvest in the hereafter; those who sow nothing in this world will reap nothing in the hereafter, only losses and regrets. Many are heedless to the gifts of health and leisure...
These differences have been with the Ummah for a thousand and four hundred years. Do you think that our hatred together will eliminate this? No. We’re going to have this. Let’s be pragmatic and realistic. These schisms and sects will remain no matter what we want.
I was sharing an apartment with five Malaysian students when my first Ramadan came. We all ate sahur (pre-dawn meal) and iftar (meal at sunset to break the fast) together. One day my roommates told me that they had invited a large number of Malaysian...