Monthly Archives: July 2010

Can you Smell it in the Air?

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Productive Muslim:

Is it just me, or can you smell the ‘Ramadan breeze’ in the air?

If you can’t, don’t worry, that’s what we’re here for! But before I share with you how we’re going to do that, a bit of housekeeping:

Just wanted to inform you that if you want to receive daily productivity tips from ProductiveRamadan.com website, please do sign up to ProductiveRamadan.com NOW. If you’re on this list only, you’ll only receive a weekly summary of articles from ProductiveRamadan.com and that’s it, NOT the daily stuff I’ll be sending during Ramadan (or some of the free goodies).

I didn’t want to overburden your inboxes during Ramadan, so kept the lists separate. So please sign up today to stay in touch daily with us during Ramadan!

Now, on to the good news! ProductiveRamadan.com
partnered with great speakers to offer you 3 pre-Ramadan webinars over the next week that will sure put you in the Ramadan mood ;).

Details of Webinars:

Webinar: 70 Advice to Make This Ramadan the Best Ever!

Speaker: Sh. Riad Ourzarzi (ROCTraining.com)

Date: 2nd August 2010

Time: 7pm EST, 12am UK

Register: www.roctraining.com

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Webinar: Spiritual Management

Speaker: Dr. Reda Bedeir (MumLovesMe & ProductiveMuslimah.com)

Date: 3rd August 2010

Time: 7pm EST, 12am UK

Register: www.mumlovesme.com/webinars

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Webinar: The Strongest Link

Speaker: Sr. Rayhaanah Omar (FeeQalbee, HabibaHalaqas, & ProductiveMuslimah)

Date: 5th August 2010

Time: 5pm EST Time, 10.00pm UK Time

Register: http://bit.ly/registerforwebinar

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O Allah, make the month Sha’ban blessed for us, and let us reach the month of Ramadan!

Yours sincerely,

ProductiveMuslim.com

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Strong Believer vs. Weak Believer

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Bismillah

Abu Hurayrah (radi Allahu anhu) narrated that the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam said: “The strong believer is better and more beloved to Allah than the weak believer, but in both there are good.” (Saheeh Muslim)

The ’strong believer’ does not mean a believer who is physically strong, but rather it means a believer who is strong in his emaan. This is because physical strength can be harmful if it is used to disobey Allah ta’ala. In its essence, physical strength is neither praiseworthy nor blameworthy. If a person uses this strength to benefit his dunya and aakhirah then it becomes praiseworthy. But, if he uses this strength to help himself in disobeying Allah, then it becomes blameworthy.

The strong believer, the one who has strong emaan, will be consistent upon what Allah has made obligatory and he will, with the will of Allah, increase in performing the supererogatory deeds. On the other hand, the weak believer who has a weak emaan will be very negligent in completing the obligatory acts and in leaving of the forbidden.

Then the Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) said, “but in both there are good”, and this means that both the strong believer and the weak believer have good in them. The Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) added this so that the people would not think that there is no good in a believer with weak emaan – rather, the weak believer has good in him, and of this good is that he is, without a doubt, better than the disbeliever.

-Shaykh ibn Uthaymeen rahimahullah, Riyaad as-Saaliheen

Taken from here.

Can I Ask You Something?

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So this is a very overdue post … ie. since May 🙂

Bismilah,

So alhamdulilah, i got a position as a Student Trustee. Basically, you are a student representative on the school board, attend meetings and do all that fun stuff :).

I still have yet to begin this journey, and am very excited alhamdulilah! Beginning off with this job, i was to attend a conference, with around 70 students from around the provience, all in the same position. I met amazing people, who have great goals in life, and have achieved more than i can imagine was possible! Students who got accepted into Harvard, and others who are offered to be a surgeon assistant in South America!

As i walked in the conference room, with my friend, i looked around and saw to be the only hijabi there. I didn’t mind, i saw it coming alhamdulilah. Everyone was really professional. I’m not usually the paranoid type, but alhamdulilah i got no weird stares, only huge smiles.

As the first day came to an end, and lectures were over, we all went out to eat some ice cream and sit down in the hotels garden. I went and put on a casual abaya and a sweat shirt.

So when we finally sat down, and got comfortable, all of a sudden one of the girls turns to me:

“Dania..this may be an uncomfortable question…but do many girls in your area wear the hijab?”

SubhanAllah! I didn’t imagine this topic to come up, i really don’t know why. But there i was, on a rant about hijab, what it is and why i wear it. Slowly, everyone began asking questions, some of them saying they have never seen anyone wear it before, asking me how i put it on, and how much they loved the colors and how i matched. What was interesting, is a lot of the students are from Catholic school boards, so they say they don’t have many muslims in their schools.

“So your not forced right? ‘Cuz people always say muslim women are oppressed!”

Amongst the crowd, there was a muslim girl, whom told us she was muslim, but has decided not to wear the hijab. “Politely”, i felt like she then began rebutting the fact that faith is in the heart, and that because her family doesn’t wear it, and she won’t. I did explain to them that hijab is obligatory in islam, and told them my evidence, and didn’t mean to sound rude in front of the other girl, but i don’t like deceptions.

One of the girls told me, which brought tears to my eyes:

“Honestly, i am so proud of you. You came in, assure of yourself, wearing proper hijab not like other girls!”

It was probably one of the best things i have experienced! After that, i felt how much i was respected, esp by the non-Muslims, and how i really left some mark. Honestly, before hand, i was quite nervous. I mean who wouldn’t be. It got kind of tideous at times and hard for me to get the strength to keep denying party offers after conference hours and not shake guys hands etc.  But in the end, i felt utmost repect and i made some really good friends alhamdulilah.

What i learnt from this, was to never be scared to take it to the next level. I was so proud of myself to get the position, because of my hijab i hoped it wouldn’t be a road block. Then the conference, meeting people from all over the province, made me learn more about myself, and my capabilities!

“Allah does not burden a soul beyond what it cannot bear… [2:286]”

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“…and you may think…”

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Bismilah,

“Fighting is ordained for you, even though it is hateful to you. But it may well be that you hate a thing while it is good for you, and it may well be that you love a thing while it is bad for you. God knows, whereas you do not know.” (Surat alBaqarah: 216)

Why can we not appreciate this ayah? SubhanAllah, as human’s we think *we* make the best decisions! We think anything *we* plan out is the way to go and the only way to go! Why can we not look more into what Allah’s qadr holds for us.

Many times, we plan out life the way our small minds are capable of imagining it. We often times hating making a plan B because we don’t want plan A to fail.

What i love about this ayah is how it connects back with Allah won’t burden you with what you cannot bear. The ayah talks about fighting, but this ayah gives a general meaning as well. At the time, the people may have dreaded what was decreed upon them, knowing little of its benefit, but Allah shows how He would not push beyond what their human nature allowed them to do…

Have you ever been in a situation where you dreaded every moment thinking “wow this couldn’t get worse” Then you come later on to see the blessings and benefit that came out of it? Or sometimes you think “wow this is great…” then it turns into a disaster? Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala is the best of planners, we just cannot comprehend where the good is and where the evil is.

What makes this ayah so amazing is how Islam nurtures a person, to rely purely on Allah, to make decisions, and think only well of the outcome. Also, this motivates us to take certain extents when doing something, because you know that the best outcome will be awaiting you! SubhanAllah, it teaches you how to put your desires aside (quite hard) but is probably better than ending up in pain and greif over what went wrong.

So i guess, you just gotta accept to submit to what Allah has willed for you, in the end, it is the best! This is what will revive you and keep you optimistic. Smile. Just smile 🙂