`Abdullah bin `Umar narrated: The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) took hold of my shoulders and said, “Be in this life as a stranger or a passerby.” (Al-Bukhari) Imagine that we are all riding on an airplane. Some are sitting in first class while most of us are crammed in the back. We look forward …
A Muslim with a weak understanding of the deen is like a tree with no firm roots. As heavy winds uproot such a tree, a weak Muslim is conflicted during the times of personal crisis or trials. They are neither here nor there. Such a person is loss in an abyss with no purpose.
Use your human strength and capabilities to work hard in this dunya with the understanding that it is only temporary; accountability lies ahead and you can’t escape it so prepare ahead. Start by building an Islamic personality using lessons and reflections from the Quran.
Understanding the why and how of goal setting is the next best thing you can learn. Because setting pure and sincere goals is a precursor to achieving great things in your life. It allows you to strive towards attaining victory on your burning dreams and help turn your ideas and thoughts into reality.
The Quran presents this picture so that we may draw a lesson and act now before it is too late. Is our purpose in life only to make money and get old? Is it only to buy a house and accumulate wealth that others will eventually inherit?
These rough and smooth times make up the story of life. You have no control over it. What you can aim to do is influence your thoughts, and build a positive mindset. And only then could yours be a life story rooted in a positivity and good thoughts.
What is missing is something that we already have, but we tend to belittle. We lost sight the joy of being human and connecting with ourselves, laughing with family and friends, enjoying nature, a simple meal, and the little things that play a big role in our life.
Always have the best of expectations from Allah. That’s something very important. We are struggling, we are dealing with some spiritual bleakness, people lack hope, people don’t see any lights on the horizon… We need to renew our iman (faith), and know who we believe in, and His Might, and His Power, and His Greatness…
The story of the youth of the cave signifies love of the best kind and shows how the youth had a commitment to such love by seeking to earn the pleasure of the beloved, Allah before taking pleasure in His creations.
If you read the Quran without understanding, you may derive some reward because of your sense of devotion and your desire to read this Book. But this would not, in the least, fulfill the purpose for which it has been revealed. It has come to vitalize you, mold you and lead you to a new life and existence.