بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
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…
After the back-to-back article/audio double on the topic of Anger Management, someone asked me if I could do the same thing for the topic of trials.
So, after yesterday’s article on trials, today we have an audio on this topic.
Question to the readers: Would you like this to be a regular pattern? Should I try to post an audio on a topic and then post an article on the same topic the next day or vice versa?
Let me know your thoughts, insha-Allah.
So, here’s another reminder as to how beneficial trials are for us:
Trials – Gifts from Allah by Moutasem Al-Hameedy (Download)
[I only listened to a few minutes of the audio so I can’t comment but I generally enjoy all of Brother Moutasem’s lectures.]
A bonus: For all those of you who like this brother’s lectures, here’s his blog:
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
If one looks around these days, one will see lots of sad faces.
Apparently, everyone has a problem.
And you know what? It’s true. Everyone does have a problem.
Why is that? Well, it’s because this world is a place of tests, and the next world is the reward based on the results of these tests.
Those who pass get Paradise and those who fail get the Hellfire.
Too often, we forget these simple facts, which is why we need to keep reminding ourselves of the reality of these trials.
So, here’s another article to remind ourselves to be patient at these times. It’s really nice stuff – very simple but very heartwarming.
Testing, Afflictions and Calamities by Dr. Saleh As-Saleh (rahimahullah)
Well, I’m not really one for dua requests but this piece of news really took the wind out of my sails.
Who’s the dua for? Well, let me summarise her story first so that you understand:
She’s someone who has lost two of her three children (both in their early twenties). They died within two years of each other.
The first (a boy; I knew him in university) died in a car accident. The second (a girl) died of cancer.
As for the third child, he is alive, alhamdulillah but she is being tested with him in other ways. (Sorry, it’s personal so I will not elaborate.)
I was supposed to meet her many years ago through a common friend yet ironically I ended up meeting her quite recently through a sister that I met on this blog!
You’d think that with two children having died that she would be a shadow of her former self. On the contrary, she was a jolly woman who gives Islamic classes. She praised Allah for aiding her through her trials and never uttered any words of blame.
When I saw her, I finally understood a statement that I had heard about gratitude to Allah showing on one’s limbs.
Today, she is facing another test. Her husband was diagnosed with cancer a few days ago, and will have an operation in two weeks.
I was shocked and both the sisters (the one that was supposed to introduce us and the one that eventually did do that) were speechless with horror.
I request all of you to PLEASE pray for her husband’s swift recovery and to pray that things are made easy for her.
Please don’t pray like you’re praying for two strangers, rather pray as though you are praying for your own friends or family members.
May Allah cure her husband and make things easy for her. Ameen.
There’s this awful saying in English which goes “The grass is always greener on the other side.”
That’s what whiners say. However, if we want to be successful in this world and in the hereafter, then we need to think like winners and say:
The grass is greener on MY side. And on YOUR side.
One of the main problems that we have today as an ummah (nation) is our propensity to exaggerate our problems. We all walk around like the moon has dropped on our heads. Unfortunately, this leads to:
1) Complaining about life instead of appreciating the bounties of Allah.
2) Being destructive instead of constructive (point 1 is just one example of many).
3) Harbouring bad thoughts about Allah. How? Well, if we think that we have a sad, bad life, who do you think Shaytaan (the devil) will convince us to blame?
So what do we need to do? Be positive at all times, of course.
a) In the good times, we need to be grateful to Allah (by obeying Him).
“And (remember) when your Lord proclaimed: “If you give thanks (by accepting Faith and worshipping none but Allah), I will give you more (of My Blessings), but if you are thankless (i.e. disbelievers), verily! My Punishment is indeed severe.”” [Surah Ibrahim (14) : 7]
[For those of you who’ve subscribed to my Tafsir blog, I’ve already put up this article there a long time ago.]
A couple of weeks ago, at the beginning of Ramadan, I was really down in the dumps due to an ongoing problem. I really felt like I was at the end of the rope.
I remembered an article I had on patience so I decided to read through that. And subhan Allah, it really changed my outlook and gave me a lot of hope, alhamdulillah.
It was the tafsir (explanation) of a few ayaat (verses) of Surah Al-Baqarah:
“And certainly, We shall test you with something of fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits, but give glad tidings to As-Saabirin (the patient ones, etc.). Who, when afflicted with calamity, say: “Truly! To Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return.” They are those on whom are the Salawaat (i.e. blessings, etc.) (i.e. who are blessed and will be forgiven) from their Lord, and (they are those who) receive His Mercy, and it is they who are the guided-ones.” [Surah Al-Baqarah (2) :155-157]
I thought perhaps someone out there might be down in the dumps today and might need cheering up, so I thought I would share this once more.
Here’s the article: Patience in Times of Calamities
I hope that it helps, insha-Allah.
Some people may ask: “Maintain one’s fast in the face of sins? What do sins have to do with fasting? Fasting is about not eating or drinking.”
And this is why you will find many Muslims fasting the whole of Ramadan, only to find that they are the SAME people in Shawwal as they were in Shaban. Why? Because they thought fasting = not eating or drinking.
Here’s an article about this issue that we should all read:
[Here’s a very interesting excerpt:
“Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:
As for the thing from one which must abstain when fasting, perhaps you will be surprised if I tell you that the thing from one which must abstain when fasting is sin. A person must abstain from sin when fasting because this is the primary aim of fasting, because Allaah, may He be blessed and exalted, says (interpretation of the meaning):
“O you who believe! Observing As-Sawm (the fasting) is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become Al-Muttaqoon (the pious)”