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Priorities Set Right

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Today i was listening to one of my profs telling us about the Islam of Umar… radiya Allahu ‘anhu ❤ I adore him!

We were discussing how some people have got their priorities set straight, and how all they need is that last push and they’re set to go. When Uma’r radiya Allah ‘anhu accepted Islam, it was 3 years after Muhammad alayhi asalam, became a prophet, and up to that time, they never publicly talked about islam in the streets of Mekkah.

Umar that day was on a mission, he was set forth to kill the prophet, peace be upon him. He had nothing else set in mind but to do so, and he also, well from a psychological point of view, had thought of all the consequences of killing a member of the greatest tribe – Quryash.

But that did not get in his way. He had so much anger, so much energy that nothing could stop him. But by the will of Allah, he accepted islam that day.

And within seconds of reading the first verses of surat TaHa he said to his sister:

“I came to you as an enemy of Islam; I go from you as a friend of Islam. I had buckled this sword to slay the Prophet of Islam; I now go to him to offer him allegiance.”

He went to the prophet and accepted islam.

Allahu akbar, history at its finest. But.. he didn’t stop there. NOPE. That same energy he had, the same strong driven Umar bin alKhattaab he was before islam, he was after he became a muslim. He took all the energy, all those emotions within and used it now for the sake of Islam, and not against it.

Within hours, Umar changed history. He at first was marching to kill the prophet, then a few hours later, he took the shahada, and within 5 mins asked the prophet aren’t we on the truth, aren’t they on falsehood. THEY? Those whom he was amongst have now become ‘they’… man talk about priorities set right. As soon as he knew the truth, he didn’t put his hands and feet in cold water and just chill and say okay lets think about it. Nope.

He took it out to the streets. He went to the door of Abu Jahl and told him he was Muslim. For the first time in 3 years the muslims walked down the streets of Mekkah, for the first time declaring that there is no deity but Allah. This same man had it all set straight in his head, when he thought that islam and the prophet needed to be ended, he was driven and motivated and saw nothing in his way but to end it… Then he saw the truth and didn’t wait, he was determined to do the opposite with the same energy. It took him one day to change what will forever be a changing point in islam.

Sometimes we see the truth, but it takes us a while to act upon it. We gutta get our priorities set right and act upon them. Umar could of just sat in dar alarqam with the Rasool, but he didn’t because his character didn’t allow him to do so. And that is what i love most about Umar ❤ He brought the light to islam in his own way and this is what we should all do.

Umar didn’t have the quran memorized, or didn’t spend days on fasting, nights long praying, but yet he is one of the 10 promised Jannah. Umar had energy and Umar had a character that Islam needed. He used what he had for the sake of Islam, and that is what is just so amazing about him. SubhanAllah – sometimes we focus so much on how we need to make our eman higher by reading quran and memorizing hadiths and crying all night long.

Of course  that is beautiful and may Allah make us amongst those who do that, but sometimes we forget the each one of us has something special that Allah has blessed us with… Its all about learning what you have as a talent, what Allah has blessed with and work on it, and use it purely for him.

So get it all set straight and work on yourself to better yourself for Islam. And act upon it, don’t just sit back and wait for someone else to do it. You do it. And do it now 🙂

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The Blessing of Islam

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الحَمْدُ للّهِ عَلَى نِعْمَةِ الإسْلَام 

“Praise to Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) for the blessing of Islam”

As I grew older and mingled more with people whom were not Muslim, it became more and more vivid to me of the greatest blessing that Allah has bestowed upon me – ISLAM.

Sometimes I really feel like we forget that it is considered a ‘blessing’… blessings to us is our eyesight, our healthy bodies, our wealth, our family… but our religion? Its just a given thing, especially for the ones whom are blessed x2 to be BORN into Islam.

It’s a blessing because Allah chose you, you were chosen by Allah, He chose you! It gives me a warm fuzzy feeling inside. Studying shariah really gets me thinking, there are some rulings that to our small point of view, seem well… strange. Sometimes people start saying well why should I do this, or why should I do that?! Why should I obey Allah?? What’s in it for me?!

But sometimes I like to look at it in a way that, He blessed you to be in this deen, He blessed you with this light for the rest of your life, He blessed you to have the road of Heaven open and gave you the means of getting there. Our way to show our thankfulness for being Muslims is obeying Him and not asking why.

I know that many people dislike the “don’t ask, just obey” but knowing the wisdom of every ruling, its not easy, and well you can’t just read it on islam q&a. knowing the wisdom in its details and truly appreciating it and gripping firmly to it, is well what I’m majoring in in University. It’s university material, its hard, its complicated, but its beautiful.

Living in a muslim country now, I see more of how people are Muslims by name and passport, but not their real identity. The beauty of islam is it becomes your name, your life, your every breathe, your lifestyle, your everything… not just have a muslim  name and that’s it.

I dislike judging, and I try my hardest to not judge anyone. If a girls in a hijab and skin tight jeans and an insanely skin tight shirt… I don’t need to judge her, I don’t have any right to judge her… its sometimes more easy to just give her excuses, I always like to say ‘well maybe she doesn’t know’ and wow its amazing how many people don’t know what it means to truly wear hijab.

Islam is a gift in every manner, it’s a gift to practice it well, not just be muslim, but have the strength to practice it.

May Allah give us the strength and power to become the muslims we are meant to be, to enter us jannatul firdows, and have mercy upon us!

After my Midterm

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One of the biggest things i don’t get is cheating. I just don’t understand how a person can degrade themselves to such a level and cheat. Cheating in every sort of way, cheating in relationships, cheating in money, but for the time being my biggest shock is cheating in school.

I don’t really recall many people cheating when i was in Canada, but coming here for university, i realized SO MANY PEOPLE CHEAT! And i just cant understand why! i’m in a muslim world… HELLO people! *sigh* The prophet alayhi asalaam said: “Anyone who cheats us is not one of us.” [Muslim] Okay, maybe people haven’t heard this hadith, or have but don’t completely understand it. For me, put aside that i’m studying Islam as a degree, but this hadith since i remember hearing it in grade 7 makes me feel pity for myself, and pretty much sad. Imagine the prophet saying ‘you’re not one of us’… imagine? :S subhanAllah, may Allah protect us all.

I was writing a midterm today – Seerah midterm – and the girl beside me starting whispering my name. a) i don’t cheat, period. b) comon, this is a seerah midterm, if u wanna cheat at least major in something other than deen! When we came out she was like ‘DANIA, I wanted to give u the answer!’ My reaction was basically jaw dropped down, face in utter disgust. How could she? i basically said to her that i’d rather give in a blank exam then cheat on one question.

Can you imagine cheating on your exam? Deen, medicine, geography, biology, whatever it is, you cheat on the exam – good for you. You get an A, hooray. Then what? You get a good job! Okay, mabrook. Then what, you get an income… how halal is that money do you think? Then you start a family, the money you’re getting them, from the degree that you cheated to get, just because you were either too lazy to study, or wanted the so called ‘thrill’ of cheating. Rethink your life. That’s what it comes down to … cheating on an exam to some people is so 3aady, no biggie, but thinking about the bigger picture and how you might be affecting the rest of your life. Can you cheat your way out of the judgment in front of you Lord, subhanahu wa talaa.

This is just a reminder for myself foremost, the trap of shaytan is too darn ugly to get caught in.

SAY NO TO CHEATING!

 

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Ready Set … Oops.

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“You can make mistakes and not be a failure if you give it your full effort. Effort includes both preparation and execution. You are never a failure if you gave it your all, unless you blame others for your mistakes. When you place blame, you’re making excuses; when you’re making excuses, you can’t evaluate yourself; and without self-evaluation, failure is inevitable.”

I read this quote, and didn’t really know what to think.

As i approach my last year of high school, the stress comes down to every test i take, every mark i get, everything i add up on my resume, and everything that appears on my transcript. Overwhelming. I don’t know how people do it, i don’t know how they did it. I just know, i must do it.

I look at my piles of homework, and wish with all my heart, that something will just swoosh over them for them to be done. Over with. To see that beautiful A in a circle on my paper.

*SMACK*

Reality, nope. Why isn’t it as easy as my past 14 years of school have been? The quote above says you make mistakes. We all make mistakes no…but do i have time? Its been two months, and in a short time i will begin applying to university, i have no time for mistakes.

Sigh.

I am working hard, and i feel like shouting that out to the world. I’m making and discovering new ways to study, new ways to get my marks up high, and get that 90 avg. It seems so close, yet so so far to grasp.

Sometimes we want to cry, but then again, in grade 12 you’ve got no other option then to study.

Chit Chat

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Oh lets have a little chit chat:

“OMG. Her hair, totally not nice, who the heck does she think she is”

“Did you seeee that! She totally gave me a dirty look”

“I’m telling you, she hates me, she hates me!”

Uhh, what is up with girls these days. All they have time to do is talk, talk, gossip, spread rumors and talk! Why?

Insecurity, i believe, is the reason to all of this. To boost their ego, they must step on a couple to get up there. They themselves must hurt others.

Gossiping, its like this nasty contagious diesase. I talk to myself first and foremost, cuz i am not perfect, yepp, i’m human, we all fall into mistakes. I catch myself sometimes lost in a convo about how that person totally gave me a dirty look, or how she is dressed today is so shallow. But it happens.

What ticks me off, is when its a constant blabber. Something you find people feed off of, they MUST talk about others at any time of the day, it just is part of their daily lives.

Sometimes i wish i could hang out with guys, just the fact that during lunch at shcool they play football not have to sit with girls who have to talk about each other.

SIGH. The thing is, i don’t want to be rude to some friends, so i just go off to study, but at times i just feel soo sorry for people who cannot control their tounges, it just makes me sad that they cannot carry a normal conversation without mentioning someone else in a negative manner. Its something i feel like we all neeeed to work on, and if someone advices you a nice advice saying ‘tone it down’ don’t get mad, they just love you.

Sometimes i just wanna yell out ‘YOU ARE EATING SOMEONE ELSE’S FLESH!!” sighh may Allah guide us all.

The Misery of Driving

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Bismilah,

Oh driving. Driving. Driving. Driving.

I remember a couple years back, when i used to adore my sister for the fact that she was able to jump in the car and drive away! I was amazed that she was still in highschool, had her own car and was able to pump some gas! Wow. Even now, the fact that she is able to drive in places like Detroit and Jordan, DOP you are my role model! =)

I don’t know why, but recently, driving has been taking a really really large toll on me. It exhausts me, and makes me all grumpy by the end of the day. I still remember how exciting it was to be handed over my official driver license. The lady smiled at me ‘you passed!’ yay! It was my dream come true! Alhamdulilah, i don’t want to complain, it really is a blessing honestly to be able to drive around and what not, but the pain of the construction is just driving me insane.

Why do all the streets decide to begin construction at the same time. It is so time-consuming subhanAllah, a 5 min trip turns into a 30 min trip, just to go to the gym or get a jug of milk!

The other day, i got lost and basically left my city, when my destination was so close. I really feel bad at the way i acted though, no patience no nothing. I don’t like to be wrong, i like it all to be perfect, and getting lost was never an option for me. The thing is, it made me feel just horrible that i didn’t know where i was going, i don’t know why!

Then today, i went to pump some gas, and my credit card would just keep getting disapproved. Omg, did it annoy the everything out of me.

I learnt something though,  my lack of patience, and tolerance for things to go wrong. I think my test now is to appreciate how so much in my life at the moment is going right, wait nothing goes wrong, its my little brain that thinks it goes wrong.

Allah plans and we plan! I need to sticky note this to my wheel! It seems like every time i get in the car now, something must go whack!

As much as we hear the ayah:

“…and it may be that you dislike a thing which is good for you and that you like a thing which is bad for you. Allâh knows but you do not know.” [2:216]

I think i have written at least 52 articles about this one ayah, it’s just everytime i look at it, i find different benefits i can derive from it. The first incident, if i were able to get there in 5 mins, but hey, how do i know that i might have got in a car accident? Alhamdulilah 🙂 i didn’t and would probably never want to be traumatized in such a manner.

We just got to accept the way things happen, not always pleasing to us. It’s life, and we just got to abide by it by being thankful in any situation, trust Allah! Full trust= full reward = full everything! You feel content with anything that goes ‘wrong’ even though that probably is the ‘right’ for us? Lol i’m confusing myself!

Anyways, my schpeel for the day!

Sincerly,
Drained Driver.