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One small dip, one major change in perspective…

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

[Okay, okay, I admit I was trying to rephrase that whole “one small step” thingy.]

Photo courtesy of Bemidji Design Center

[No, I was not referring to this type of dip (although they do change one’s perspective…). I was referring to the hadeeth below.]

So, here we are, always moaning and groaning about life. [Just admit it, won’t you?]

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Seriously Short Reminder No. 28: Remember to remove it…

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

So, there we are walking. We see something harmful on the ground like a nail or a safety pin, for example.

What do we do? Well, most of us make sure that we avoid it and then we proceed to forget about it.

“So what’s wrong with that?”

Well, if one wants to be average, then there’s nothing wrong with that. However, if one wishes to excel in the hereafter, then a great opportunity has been lost.

الإيمان بضع وسبعون أو بضع وستون شعبة . فأفضلها قول لا إله إلا الله . وأدناها إماطة الأذى عن الطريق . والحياء شعبة من الإيمان

It is narrated on the authority of Abu Hurairah (radiallahu anhu) that the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said: “Iman (faith) has over seventy or sixty odd branches, the most excellent of which is the declaration that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and the lowest of which is the removal of what is harmful from the path: and modesty is a branch of iman.” [Sahih Muslim, Hadeeth No. 56]

Here’s a man who took advantage of this great opportunity:

بينما رجل يمشي بطريق ، وجد غصن شوك على الطريق فأخره ، فشكر الله له فغفر له

Narrated Abu Hurairah (radiallahu anhu): Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said, “While a man was going on a way, he saw a thorny branch and removed it from the way and Allah became pleased by his action and forgave him for that.” [Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume No. 1, Hadeeth No. 624]

I was telling one of my friends about the virtues of fasting 3 days a month. She was very surprised. She pointed out that if we did these little deeds, we could earn so much reward, yet we were so lax. [Little things add up, remember?]

And this is the truth. Fasting three days a month and moving a harmful object from the way are very easy things. Sadly, we find that few people do them.

So, let’s try to implement these little things, for the sake of Allah. Who knows, perhaps they will be our entrance to Paradise, as they were for the man mentioned above.


“Nobody appreciates me”

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

Ah yes.

We try, try and try, yet nobody seems to appreciate us.

However, that’s not the real problem.

“Oh, so what’s the real problem?”

The real problem is we want them to appreciate us.

And that’s the dangerous part.

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A Pictorial Summary of how most people seem to be spending Rajab and Shabaan…

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

Are they preparing for Ramadan, you ask?

Well, from what I’ve seen….no.

Most people seem to be busy with the following:

Now, I’m not asking anybody not to enjoy the summer break. However, I’ve noticed that many people are ignoring their Ramadan preparations.

Remember that an accepted Ramadan paves the way for us to get to Paradise, so we shouldn’t let the little holiday (“summer break”) get in the way of the bigger holiday – the one that will last forever.

“Verily, the Abrar (pious, who fear Allah and avoid evil), shall drink a cup (of wine) mixed with water from a spring in Paradise called Kaafur.”

“A spring where from the slaves of Allah will drink, causing it to gush forth abundantly.”

“They (are those who) fulfill (their) vows, and they fear a Day whose evil will be wide-spreading.”

“And they give food, in spite of their love for it (or for the love of Him), to Miskeen (poor), the orphan, and the captive,”

“(Saying): “We feed you seeking Allah’s Countenance only. We wish for no reward, nor thanks from you.””

“”Verily, We fear from our Lord a Day, hard and distressful, that will make the faces look horrible (from extreme dislikeness to it).””

“So Allah saved them from the evil of that Day, and gave them Nadratan (a light of beauty) and joy.”

“And their recompense shall be Paradise, and silken garments, because they were patient.”

“Reclining therein on raised thrones, they will see there neither the excessive heat of the sun, nor the excessive bitter cold, (as in Paradise there is no sun and no moon).”

“And the shade thereof is close upon them, and the bunches of fruit thereof will hang low within their reach.”

“And amongst them will be passed round vessels of silver and cups of crystal,”

“Crystal-clear, made of silver. They will determine the measure thereof according to their wishes.”
“And they will be given to drink there a cup (of wine) mixed with Zanjabeel (ginger, etc.),”

“A spring there, called Salsabeel.”
“And round about them will (serve) boys of everlasting youth. If you see them, you would think them scattered pearls.”
“And when you look there (in Paradise), you will see a delight (that cannot be imagined), and a great dominion.”

“Their garments will be of fine green silk, and gold embroidery. They will be adorned with bracelets of silver, and their Lord will give them a pure drink.”
“(And it will be said to them): “Verily, this is a reward for you, and your endeavour has been accepted.””

[Surah Al-Insan (76) : 5-22]

May Allah make us from amongst the inhabitants of Paradise.


A Pictorial Summary of how Paradise is NOT attained

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

How is Paradise NOT attained, you ask?

Well, it is NOT attained through:

Allah says:

“But the ones who believe and do righteous deeds – We will admit them to gardens beneath which rivers flow, wherein they will abide forever. [It is] the promise of Allah , [which is] truth, and who is more truthful than Allah in statement.” [Surah An-Nisaa (4) : 122]

“(Paradise) is not [obtained] by your wishful thinking nor by that of the People of the Scripture. Whoever does a wrong will be recompensed for it, and he will not find besides Allah a protector or a helper.” [Surah An-Nisaa (4) : 123]

So, Paradise is not attained through wishful thinking. So how is it attained?

Well, as Allah explains in the first ayah (verse), it is obtained through iman (faith) and righteous deeds.

Note #1: I usually use the Muhsin Khan translation but sometimes, like in today’s post, I use the Saheeh International translation if it is easier to understand.

Note #2: Aren’t the Quranic ayaat (verses) clearer in this post? I used this website for it. The Quran grammar part seems to have been done by a non-Muslim though so keep your eyes open.

Note #3: You may read the explanation of the second ayah from Tafsir ibn Kathir here.

Note #4: My apologies for not having replied to your comments yet. It seems that I’m as bad in replying to comments as I am at replying to emails or picking up the phone…


“If you traverse a path, you will reach (the end)…”

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

Okay, so it sounds better in Arabic.

Today, I was talking to the supervisor of the centre where I do my hifdh (memorisation) and was asking her about some issues. [This whole conversation took place in Arabic because she doesn’t know English.]

She then asked me when I was going to finish the Quran (I have a long way to go).

I told her that I wanted to.

She then said: “If you traverse a path, you will reach..” (meaning reach the end).

I was confused. I mean, yeah obviously I would reach the end, that was the point wasn’t it?

She saw my confusion and thought that I didn’t understand her words (because I’m not an Arabic speaker) so she repeated it in another way.

I understood her words but I couldn’t figure out what she was trying to say. She then explained that if I did a bit of hifdh every day, I would get to the end (i.e. I would finish memorising the whole Quran).

Then I got it.

And the simplicity of the whole thing just struck me.

If we want to memorise the Quran, we start to do it and continue with it until we finish memorising it , insha-Allah. The only thing that can stop us is death.

If we want to learn Arabic, we start to study it and continue with that until we can understand it . Again, the only thing that can stop us is death.

If we want to pray 5 times a day, we try to do it until we get there.

If we want to be patient, we start trying to be patient until we actually do become patient.

The problem with many of us is that we either don’t start to walk on the path or else we walk and then stop. Very few of us keep walking until we reach the end of the path.

In the surah that we recite in every prayer, there occurs the following ayah (verse):

اهْدِنَا الصِّرَاطَ الْمُسْتَقِيمَ

“Guide us to the Straight Path.” [Surah Al-Fatihah (1): 6]

My tafsir (explanation of the Quran) teacher pointed out that it says “path” meaning that it is a road, not the destination. So that means that this world is the road, not the destination.

So, what is the destination?

Paradise*, of course.

[*The whole point of memorising the Quran, learning Arabic, praying 5 times a day, etc is to earn Paradise.]

Many people think that attaining Paradise is so tough.

Well, yes it’s hard but it’s not that hard. The point is we just need to take the steps to get to it, even if the steps are small. See, even if one takes small steps towards any destination, they will eventually get there assuming that they keep going at it until they reach the destination.

Let me give you a simple example. A man leaves work and heads home. Suppose there’s only one road that leads to his house. It so happens that on this day, there is a lot of traffic on that particular road.

Tell me, do you think that he’ll take another road and go elsewhere? No, he has to go home so he will keep driving on that road, no matter how slowly the traffic is going, until he gets there.

So, the reason that he got home is because he had already decided that he had to get there and he kept driving forward slowly so he eventually reached home.

So how do we get to Paradise?

Well, we try to be obedient to Allah and keep trying. We will then improve day by day, insha-Allah and in doing so, we’ll get closer to the destination i.e Paradise.

And if we try to do this, when we die, insha-Allah, we’ll die in a state of obedience to Allah and thus earn Paradise.

So, we need to traverse this path until we reach the end.

Simple, isn’t it? Now if only we would apply it…


Seriously Short Reminder No. 21: Ask for it three times…

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

Ask for what, you say?

Paradise, of course.

من سأل الله الجنة ثلاث مرات قالت الجنة : اللهم أدخله الجنة ، ومن استجار من النار ثلاث مرات ، قالت النار : اللهم أجره من النار

Anas ibn Malik (radiallahu anhu) narrated that the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) said: “Whoever asks for Paradise three times, Paradise says: “O Allah, admit him into Paradise,’ and whoever seeks refuge from the Fire three times, the Fire says: ‘O Allah, save him from the Fire”. [Sunan At-Tirmidhi, Hadeeth No. 2572. Graded ‘sahih” by Al-Albani in Sahih Sunan At-Tirmidhi, Hadeeth No. 2572.]

Let’s make this a daily habit, insha-Allah.


Hardship and ease…

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

[Note to self: End of break. Back to work.]

So, I was thinking about hardship and ease….

Those who want ease in the next world (i.e. Paradise) will have to pass through some hardship in this world. [Remember that we will get tested?]

And those who want to have all the ease in this world (i.e. by being disobedient to Allah), will get the hardship in the next world (i.e. Hell).

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Who will have the last laugh?

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

Ever been laughed at for practicing Islam?

Perhaps it was  because of your dress code (the hijab, the niqab, the beard, the garments above the ankles (for the men), etc).

Or perhaps it was because of your refusal to join the others in their activities in order to safeguard your iman.

Or perhaps it was because you preferred to do things honestly, rather than cheat.

Whatever it was, it probably hurt to be laughed at for doing the right thing (i.e. obeying Allah).

So, what should one do in this situation?

Well, be patient and remember the following ayah (verse):

إِنَّ الَّذِينَ أَجْرَمُوا كَانُوا مِنَ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا يَضْحَكُونَ

وَإِذَا مَرُّوا بِهِمْ يَتَغَامَزُونَ

وَإِذَا انقَلَبُوا إِلَىٰ أَهْلِهِمُ انقَلَبُوا فَكِهِينَ

وَإِذَا رَأَوْهُمْ قَالُوا إِنَّ هَـٰؤُلَاءِ لَضَالُّونَ

وَمَا أُرْسِلُوا عَلَيْهِمْ حَافِظِينَ

فَالْيَوْمَ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا مِنَ الْكُفَّارِ يَضْحَكُونَ

عَلَى الْأَرَائِكِ يَنظُرُونَ

هَلْ ثُوِّبَ الْكُفَّارُ مَا كَانُوا يَفْعَلُونَ

“Verily! (During the worldly life) those who committed crimes used to laugh at those who believed.

And whenever they passed by them, used to wink one to another (in mockery);

And when they returned to their own people, they would return jesting;

And when they saw them, they said: “Verily! These have indeed gone astray!”

But they (disbelievers, sinners) had not been sent as watchers over them (the believers).

But this Day (the Day of Resurrection) those who believe will laugh at the disbelievers.

On (high) thrones, looking (at all things).

Are not the disbelievers paid (fully) for what they used to do?”

[Surah Al-Mutaffifin (83) : 29-36]

The ones who laugh last will indeed laugh the loudest…