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Hope in Humanity

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The other day, as i was walking to university, i saw this handicapped guy stopping a Taxi. As the taxi stopped for him, the guy was having a hard time lifting himself into the car and getting himself adjusted. Than randomly an old old old man came running (well, it was quite a slow run) towards the man and just helped him. He just helped him get in the car, strapped him in. By this time, the taxi driver got out and took the wheel chair in.

I really wanted to go hug that old man. He was, like no kidding, maybe 80 years old, could barely walk, but he saw this 30 year old man in need, and he didn’t let anything stop him.

It really made me smile. Alhamdulilah. There are good people out there. I feel like the best of deeds are those done truly and solely for Allah, just to be a good person, to get the reward, and to leave a smile on someones face. It was a beautiful scene.

Thank you uncle/3amo for making my day!

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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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Marhaba vs. Salaam

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Bismillah,

One of the biggest things i’ve noticed about people here is their greetings. No one anymore uses salaams as a greeting, rather they either say ‘Marhaba’ or ‘Hi’ or ‘Ahlan’ – and its driving me NUTS!

The definition of salaam is peace. And the definition of as alamualykum wa rahmatuallah – Peace be upon you.

Ibn al-Qayyim said in Badaa’i’ al-Fawaa’id (144):

“Allaah, the Sovereign, the Most Holy, the Peace, prescribed that the greeting among the people of Islam should be ‘al-salaamu ‘alaykum’, which is better than all the greetings of other nations which include impossible ideas or lies, such as saying, ‘May you live for a thousand years,’ or things that are not accurate, such as ‘An’im sabaahan (Good morning),’ or actions that are not right, such as prostrating in greeting. Thus the greeting of salaam is better than all of these, because it has the meaning of safety which is life, without which nothing else can be achieved. So this takes precedence over all other aims or objectives. A person has two main aims in life: to keep himself safe from evil, and to get something good. Keeping safe from evil takes precedence over getting something good…”

Imam alNanawi said that using salaam is sunnah wajibah. Obviously after saying salaam you can go on with the ‘good morning’ & ‘ahlan’ dealio. I feel like people really underestimate the power of the salam, the barakah it has to bring, and the value of it in Allah (swt)’s eyes. Salaam is bringing the peace and blessings of Allah, what better greeting between muslims do you want, and yet we tend to repalce it with hi/marhaba etc. And then when you wanna say ma’salaam or fee aman Allah etc, people say BYE. *insert loud scream + pulling of hair*

I competely refuse to say marhaba and stick to my salaam, but what is more outragging is when you say salaam and it is replied with maraha or ahlan. I wanna start a move with making little buttons/bookmarks/bags saying ‘and spread peace amongst you’. Even the angels will greet the people of jannah with salaam, what more do people want!

Sigh, maybe i’m blowing it out of proportion, but i ask Allah aslsaam to send down His mercy on our people and to allow them to fully benefit and realize the benefit of spreading the beautiful greeting of salaam amongst each other.

Has anyone else realized this in arab countires or between muslims in general?

Quality vs. Quantity

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Surat AlAnaam 44. So, when they forgot (the warning) with which they had been reminded, We opened to them the gates of every (pleasant) thing, until in the midst of their enjoyment in that which they were given, all of a sudden, We took them to punishment, and lo! They were plunged into destruction with deep regrets and sorrows.

  • Allah sent them reminders from all different means, had a lot of quantity but headless of the reminder of Allah
  • They were given everything but Allah does not mention the quality of the abundance of the things given
  • Notice: no blessings in it

Different situation:

Surat AlAraaf 96. And if the people of the towns had believed and had the Taqwâ (piety), certainly, We should have opened for them blessings from the heaven and the earth, but they belied (the Messengers). So We took them (with punishment) for what they used to earn (polytheism and crimes, etc.)

  • Key to having barakh (increasing and lasting): taqwa

Act It

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Bismilah,

I have been spending a lot of time with my cousins lately and realized something really important. Living in the west, to the people back at home, its like haram. They have this phobia of going ‘astray’ and being way to far from the deen and not ‘allowed’ to practice it as it is supposed to be practiced. But for me, i found that coming to the west, was the changing point of my life. I realized the beauty of islam, i realized you can still be cool and ‘religious’, i loved it. I really did. alhamduliah.

So many blessings surround us, for those who are able to attend the masjid, seminars, institutes, and love to learn about your deen, and the best part is, you can actually practice it. Living in the muslim countries, i feel like they are so restricted to this ‘practical’ deen. Here, they don’t have that ‘freedom’ we have in the west. They are surrounded by so much that it is actually hard to be the best of a muslim.

Also, they have no role models. The rasool alayhi asalam, was a living breathing model for the companions, thats why they had such amazing personalities. Their role models weren’t singers, or the smokers at 7/11. No. It wasn’t like that. They saw the beauty of islam, they learnt and preached about the love of Allah. Learnt about hell and paradise. Learnt about the best reward they can attain — seeing Allah azawajal’s face. The ultimate reward.

I find people, in the muslim countries, have such amazing opportunities, but truly don’t know to hold on to them. Lots of them huffaz, but don’t understand what they are saying — even if they ‘speak’ arabic. They don’t understand how you can be so into the deen and love it, and still be cool. Spending a lot of time, with a few of my cousins, I realized the blessing i live in, here in Canada. The blessing of knowing and being able to go and learn, and able to live islam the way it should be.

What i dislike most, are people who talk talk talk, and don’t walk the walk. Yes, it’s pet peeve. How can you preach words you don’t implement yourself?? I saw how lost people can be here, and of course it is the same in the west.

I wanted to convey to my cousins the beauty of the real islam. Salah, duaa, knowledge, quran, and so much more. But what i try to do is i try to act it out, in a more ‘attractive’ way since i am still in their age group. Simple things do it. Really they do. Like putting quran when going to sleep, like praying my sunnahs, randomly playing some lecture about salah and so on. I wanted to show them it in a practical way. To take them step by step, and together we can attain our destined goal. It took me baby steps, and still there is a long way to go. But i wasn’t planning on preaching them about hell, cuz really how long was that image going to last. But showing it to them, telling them, hey lets pray sunnahs, making it practical, i mean we all love practical right.

A big thing i find is some ‘religious’ peeps go out and say,

“Ohhh haraam you go to hell for music!!”

“Ohh haram you wear pants and no abaya”

“Ohhh haraaam this and that.”

A lot of my relatives then come to me and say, “Dania, tell them to wear abayas and not to listen to music, come on you’re a good girl.”

Hmm am i really going to tell them that? No. If someone came up to me back when i didn’t know much, and tell me what you are wearing is haram and sorry you are going to hell, i would probably laugh and tell them they are too religious for their own good.

But when my relatives told me this, i felt like if no one is able to convey this message to my cousins, and they love me and respect me, then i guess it is my duty. All the things the ‘elders’ told me to talk to my cousins about, i implemented them. alhamduliah.

Now as i go to bed, my cousin gets up to pray… “Dania, how many sunnahs do i pray before ishaa?”

SubhanAllah i felt like crying. Finally, what i wanted to reach them got there. My other cousin, sitting on the computer, downloading quran. Alhamdulilah. My other relative, i hear her voice echoing in the house, as she recites surat alkahf. I even remember one them so excited, “DANIA, i downloaded quran on my iPOD!!” mashaAllah 🙂

Making me realize and understand this ayah:

Then, after that, your hearts were hardened and became as stones or even worse in hardness. And indeed, there are stones out of which rivers gush forth, and indeed, there are of them (stones) which split asunder so that water flows from them, and indeed, there are of them (stones) which fall down for fear of Allâh. And Allâh is not unaware of what you do.

[surat alBaqarah: 74]

Did the prophet ever give up. No. He always had hope. Even if their hearts were rocks, a river can always break through it. He denied Jibreel alayhi asalam to demolish a nation, just thinking that one of their offsprings will believe in the message. So how can we give up so easily. There is always hope.

I found this experience so humbling to my soul. I felt and really appreciated the blessing i live in. A blessing, i really never thought of. For me to be able to benefit my cousins was only a blessing from Allah. To allow me to reach islam, and love it, is a blessing. Allowing me to enjoy my life, as a ‘good’ muslim, is such a blessing alhamduliah. I cry to see the lost ones out there…. but inshaAllah my next target are those ones :P. alhamduliah.

SubhanAllah, it really is the way we act, and that is exactly how the Prophet did it. He didn’t yell nor hit, he didn’t force and make a burden upon his people. How could they have loved him? How could of leaders accept islam, if it wasn’t through his character, and his actions. If the prophet was a walking quran, its his manners and adaab that attracted people to this deen. How can we make someone love Islam, if we don’t act the way we are meant to be.

I mean this does go back to your relatives but also to everyone out there. You can’t be two faced. With true manners, you can attract anyone to what islam is truly about.

Wallahu tala alam