In a talk titled “The Signs of the End of Times”, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani of SeekersHub began with relating to various verses of the Quran relevant to the topic
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How we see and evaluate ourselves, our self-esteem, is extremely important. A lot of us judge ourselves much more harshly than we judge others. And while it’s important to identify areas we need to work on, it’s also important to develop confidence in who we are and in the skills Allah has blessed us with.
For most who are not wary of guarding their heart from spiritual diseases, acquisition of wealth can quickly lead to arrogance, showing off, and conceit. They can begin to look down upon others who hail from lower social classes...
It’s very easy to talk, but how do we stop this process of image formation? If you and I have realized the fact that our imagined model of the other person’s inside reality is perhaps only 0-5% true, then we have taken a big step towards stopping this bad habit.
When we are reading the news, how heart wrenching are the headlines when we notice war and destruction in other countries? What do we do about it? How conscientious are we of another person’s feelings, another person’s plight, another person’s freedom?
Muslim families are at the crossroads today. The Western model is not a suitable pattern for the family life. Its style of family life has resulted in conjugal infidelity, large scale marriage breakdown, high rates of divorces, separations, broken homes, alcoholism, drug addiction, libertinism and the like.
Is it proper to be rigid and unyielding on everything? Or is it better to be able to adapt to changing circumstances and seek out new options and alternatives? Flexibility is a skill. It allows us to negotiate the middle ground between stubborn resolve on the one hand and indecision on the other. We should be neither obstinate nor wishy-washy.
One of the quirky questions reverts are often asked when embracing Islam is: “Do you have to dress like that?” That often implies the long dress coupled with the headscarf for women, and not to mention, those that are predominantly black, as popularly portrayed by the media.
Isn’t technology supposed to save time and not waste it? Truth be told, I was the culprit behind it all. Every time my smart phone beeped, I was compelled to check it since I was either receiving a message or an update to a social network.
Satan used to be one of the top notch worshippers of Allah. In fact, his quality of worship was so good that Allah honored him with a place among the angels. And he was there doing his worship until Adam (peace be upon him) was created. When Adam was created all the angels were asked to bow down to him...
Many successful people in this world are the ones who turn negatives into positives. They are the ones who meet challenges with the best of their ability. They don’t say, “can’t”. They envision greatness and success, and then work hard to achieve it...
Remember that this whole life according to our religion is a life of test and trials and therefore everyone of us will be tested in different ways. The one major mechanism to overcome those tests and trials is patience. Seek Allah’s help when you face the calamities, when you have any problems.