In worshipping Allah, we find happiness in our hearts, and all the other transitory, illusory pleasures that we chase after, like chasing after windmills, like chasing after clouds, we can never hold them. None of those things would bring us happiness in this life.
It is said: “to err is human and to forgive is divine.” Both parts of this statement are very true. As human beings we are responsible, but we do also make mistakes and we are constantly in need of forgiveness. Islam speaks about two elements of forgiveness: a) God’s forgiveness; b) Human forgiveness.
Before every new morning, God exhorts people to renew their lives with the break of dawn, having rested their bodies after a day’s labor and upon rising from their beds to face a new day.
But Allah Almighty is that Al-Hayy is not subject to time as we are; in fact He is the creator of time. So we’re trying to understand Him within the construct of His own creation.
In spite of the fact that so of human beings will deny Him despite the fact that so many people continue to associate partners with Allah Almighty and attribute to Him children and deficiencies and qualities that are beneath His majesty and perfection, He continues to provide from His mercy for all of them.
It is with sincere intentions we so often cling to such a strict interpretation of the religion. As is so often the case in these situations, balanced Islam saved my friend from her extremist practice of Islam. What happened to make her adjust her thinking?
God is not testing us to know, in the sense that He doesn’t already know. Having bestowed guidance to us, we are tested about our obedience or rejection of His guidance. God’s purpose for us is to grow spiritually.
I have learned through trial and a lot of error, that you cannot build a loving relationship by tearing each other apart. You cannot build a loving relationship without first showing a little mercy.
Surround yourself finding people and surrounding yourself with people who do speak of Allah to you and remind you of Islam and your purpose in this life.
It was the handcuffs that attracted people’s attention. I do not know what the three of them had done, but being handcuffed to one another in a crowded streetcar was what attracted the gaze of every single passenger. You could almost feel the condemnation that was focused on these three men. “I wonder what they …