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11
Jun

Ramadan 2012 Prep Tip #1: Seek Knowledge… – Part 2

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

[Here’s Part 1.]

I mentioned the three types of answers that I got in the survey and why one set was right, the second set was sort of right and the third set was not so right.

So, let’s go through it over again:

[Note: Some answers can be looked at from more than one perspective which would change which group they belonged to.]

1) The ones who got it right were doing it to get closer to Allah.

There’s no argument about this one.

A warning: Yes, this is the correct intention but we need to make sure that it really IS our intention and not what we THINK our intention is.

Sincerity is one of the toughest things to attain – and it’s not attained in one go. One needs to keep working on it and keep fighting oneself.

The ones who are sure that they are sincere are most definitely insincere.

So, one needs to do lots of dua (supplication) to Allah asking for sincerity and also keep taking account of oneself and one’s intentions.

2) The ones who were sort of in the middle were doing it for a reason that led to the main reason.

The answers were as follows:

– Reminding oneself about Islam

I thought about putting this answer in the third group but I didn’t because the implications of this answer differed from the implications of the third group’s answers.

This is an acceptable reason to seek knowledge and it leads to the main reason. The person realises that she needs to be reminded about the religion of Allah and hence needs to be reminded about Allah.

However, some people could also seek knowledge for this reason and miss the boat completely so one needs to be careful.

– Reminding oneself of the hereafter

I thought of putting this answer with the first group but I didn’t due to the way it was phrased.

Yes, this is also a reason for seeking knowledge but we should also remember that we were created to worship Allah alone and seeking knowledge is a way of worshipping Him. The Hereafter is the “reward” for this: Paradise for the good guys (i.e. those who worshipped Him alone) and Hell for the bad guys (those who did not worship Him alone).

– To improve oneself

This is a very common reason and it’s not wrong. However, this is a means and not an end.

Why should we improve ourselves? Well, because we can then become better worshippers of Allah and so attain a higher level of Paradise.

So, this is a goal but not the ultimate goal, rather it leads to it.

To feel the foretaste of Paradise

I overlooked this one in Part 1 (sorry!).

Yes, seeking knowledge does give us the “foretaste” of Paradise for many reasons (the feeling of closeness to Allah, the reminder of the Hereafter, etc). This is a FRUIT of seeking knowledge though, not the main reason for doing so.

So, if the sister meant that she was seeking knowledge to feel close to Allah, then this answer is correct and would belong to the first group. If she meant that she wanted to feel “nice”, then this answer is not so correct and would belong to the third group.

[As I cannot read minds, I decided to take the safe route and put her in the second group….]

3) The not-so-right ones

Why did I say that they were not right? Well, because they missed the point.

Someone pointed out that perhaps they were still doing it for Allah and so would get the rewards.

Well, I cannot comment as to the intentions of people. I can only comment on what they’ve told me.

From what I could understand, and Allah knows Better, it seems that these reasons do NOT lead to the proper reason i.e. doing it for the sake of Allah.

[However, I did try to look at it from another perspective in order to give them the benefit of the doubt.]

Let me go through each reason and explain further:

– Just for the sake of seeking knowledge

Knowledge is not sought for its sake. Even acts like salah (prayer), zakah, fasting, etc are not done for their own sake. All of them are done in order to know and worship the Creator.

Knowledge is a means i.e a means to worship. Knowledge (of Islam and the Shariah) tells us WHY we need to worship Allah, and HOW we need to worship and the REWARD we get for doing that.

Yes, seeking knowledge is itself an act of worship but like all acts of worship, it needs to be accompanied by the proper intention i.e. seeking the Face of Allah.

Variations of the above reason (i.e. seeking knowledge just for its sake) included thirst/yearning/desire for more knowledge.

The reason I put them all together is that they all lead to the same thing: being excited about seeking knowledge for its own sake and missing the point of the whole thing.

And this is something very dangerous.

I always assumed that feeling excited about seeking knowledge meant that one was sincere – until I come across a certain article that is.

In it, the shaikh pointed out that some people get excited about knowledge for its own sake. It makes them feel “the rush”, you see. He pointed out this was not the right reason to seek knowledge.

I was very shocked to read that because it never occurred to me we might get excited by the knowledge itself, rather than the end that it was supposed to lead to.

After a lot of reflection, I realised that he had a point. Many times, seeking knowledge is a “thrilling activity” to such a degree that people even compete in this act – not for the reward, but for information gathering!

So then we get a bunch of people who are in danger of being amongst the following group:

أَلْهَاكُمُ التَّكَاثُرُ‌

حَتَّىٰ زُرْ‌تُمُ الْمَقَابِرَ

“The mutual rivalry for piling up of worldly things diverts you, until you visit the graves (i.e. till you die).” [Surah At-Takathur (102): 1-2]

Think about it.

– To know/feel the beauty of the Quran or Islam; the sadness about not knowing about Islam

Many people find Islam and the Quran beautiful. The disbelievers in the Prophet’s (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) time found the Quran so mesmerising that they would actually go to listen to it being recited!

So wanting to “feel” the beauty of Islam and Quran is not the purpose, rather the purpose is to know Allah and to worship Him.

Yes, Islam and the Quran are beautiful. One of the things that we can derive from that is that the Majesty of Allah, and that should cause us to strengthen our relationship with Him.

Another sister said that she sought knowledge because she felt the sadness about not knowing about Islam. I almost put this one in the second group but then I decided against it.

If she meant that she was sad about not knowing how to worship Allah, then this this answer would belong in the second group.

However, if she meant that she was sad not to learn about Islam due to its beauty, then I would say this is not quite the right answer. As I said above, knowledge of Islam is not sought for its sake but rather due to what it leads to.

Allah has not ordered us to learn each and every aspect of Islam. Rather, we have been ordered to try our best, so we should remember that.

Also, as many of the scholars pointed out, the important thing is to ACT upon your knowledge, even if it (i.e. the knowledge that you possess) is very little. So we should be sad at not practicing the aspects of Islam that we know about, rather than being sad at not knowing every aspect of Islam.

– Greater understanding in order to answer other people’s questions

A lot of people seek knowledge for the above reason. Sadly, it is not the right reason.

Why not? Because it implies that we are learning about our Creator and His religion (okay, so Islam is actually a “deen” i.e. a way of life) in order to answer other people’s questions!

Remember something, brothers and sisters: Islam is the absolute truth. Each and every aspect of it is correct, because it was revealed by the Creator, who is Perfect in every way, therefore His deen is also perfect.

Just because many people do not understand this very simple point, it does not make Islam any less perfect.

Now, there is nothing wrong with trying to correct other people’s misunderstandings. In fact, this is something that we should all strive to do. However, we shouldn’t make this the main reason for learning about Islam. Rather, we should make sure to seek it in order to first strengthen our own knowledge about Allah.

Sadly, we find many people who try to correct other people’s misconceptions about Islam, yet they themselves are not firm in their understanding of Islam!

Now, if the sister meant that she wanted to seek knowledge in order to call people to the worship of Allah, then this would be a secondary reason for seeking knowledge (as per Imam Ahmad’s statement which I mentioned in the first part) . However as I said, the main reason should be to first call ourselves to worship Allah.

– To do ijtihad on day to day issues.

The meaning of ijtihad is to try to arrive at the correct ruling of something. As such, ijtihad is the role of scholars and not the role of laymen.

If the sister meant that she was trying to seek knowledge in order to deduce the correct rulings of everything, well I think that she should first seek knowledge for at least 30 years, because I don’t think anyone can become a mujtahid in less than that time!

However, if she meant that she wishes to know how to worship Allah properly and so wants to learn about the proper way to pray, do wudhu, fast, keep family relations, etc, then this answer would be in the first group.

So, the above were my thoughts on the answers give by many of you.

I’m not saying that I’m right. I’m just asking you to think over what I said.

If what I said is not correct, then as always, you are free to share your input (and you are also free to throw my words into your brains’ Recycle Bin).

In the next part, insha-Allah, I’ll mention more issues related to seeking knowledge.

And Allah knows Better.

To be continued…

18
Apr

Ramadan 2012 Prep Tip #1: Seek Knowledge… – Part 1

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

As I mentioned in this post, the first few posts of the Ramadan 2012 Prep series will focus on seeking knowledge.

Why?

Well, we were created to worship Allah alone. We’re supposed to do this in Ramadan and outside of it. Obviously, due to the virtues of Ramadan, we increase in ibaadah (worship) during it.

However, we need to worship Allah based on the correct knowledge, not our desires. So, if we want to worship Him properly, we need to get the required knowledge first.

[Later on in this series, insha-Allah, I’ll give you various examples about how correct knowledge can really improve our Ramadan.]

Which knowledge is being referred to?

As the scholars pointed out, when the word knowledge is mentioned in the Quran and the Sunnah, it refers to Islamic knowledge.

Why seek knowledge?

As I mentioned above, knowledge is sought in order to worship Allah. Due to this, it (i.e. the act of seeking knowledge) is itself an act of worship.

Imam Ahmad (rahimahullah) pointed out that knowledge was sought to raise ignorance from oneself and others.

So, subhan Allah, we’re supposed to be seeking this knowledge in order to worship Allah properly, to know Him, to get closer to Him and to gain His Love.

In the survey, I asked “If you seek knowledge, then what motivates you to do that?”

From the answers, it became apparent that some people did not know the real reason for seeking this knowledge. I would divide the answers into three categories:

1) The ones who got it right, alhamdulillah

They were doing it to get closer to Allah 

2) The ones who were sort of in the middle

The answers varied: reminding one about Islam, reminding one about the hereafter, to improve oneself, etc.

These answers weren’t wrong but they didn’t quite hit the target.

3) The not-so-right ones

Some of them were:

[Note: To the ones who filled out the survey, I’m not discussing the answers in order to put you down but rather so that everyone can benefit.]

– Just for the sake of seeking knowledge

Variations of this included thirst/yearning/desire for more knowledge

– To know/feel the beauty of the Quran or Islam; the sadness about not knowing about Islam

– Greater understanding in order to answer other people’s questions

– To do ijtihad on day to day issues

Now, many people might be a bit confused at this point because, on the face of it, these answers sound fine.

And they sound similar to No. 2 (the group who wasn’t wrong but wasn’t that accurate).

So, what’s the difference between No. 2 and No. 3?

And what’s wrong with the answers in No. 3?

Well, I’m going to answer that in the next part, because I want everyone to ponder over this issue.

For those who may disagree with my grouping, that’s fine. I’m not infallible. However, please wait for Part 2 so that I can explain.

[I would have asked you to post your thoughts but I’ve come to realise that 99% of you really don’t like to do that so…]

To be continued…

12
Apr

Some words of advice…

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum

So, I was planning to post the “I’m too busy” article today (the one that I mentioned last week). The wind blew and I decided that I could postpone that one until later because I have a reminder for me and for you.

It started with the news of a possible tsunami in Indonesia. When I read this (yesterday or the day before), I was very alarmed because of what had happened in the original tsunami.

Then I read that it might reach the Gulf states. I got scared because I happen to come from a Gulf state.

The article mentioned the UAE.  My fear increased. I felt slightly better after it said “Fujairah” and not “Dubai”. [Fujairah is the northern most emirate, and Dubai is in the middle. We have seven emirates overall.]

Then, I found out that we’d have no tsunami after all. I was so relieved.

Then today morning as I’m in class, the wind started to blow. A lot.

The first thing that I thought of was that there was going to be a tsunami after all.

Everyone started looked anxious and proceeded to recite the dhikr (remembrance) for when the wind blows. [You can read it here]

After all, an entire nation was destroyed by the wind.

وَأَمَّا عَادٌ فَأُهْلِكُوا بِرِ‌يحٍ صَرْ‌صَرٍ‌ عَاتِيَةٍ

سَخَّرَ‌هَا عَلَيْهِمْ سَبْعَ لَيَالٍ وَثَمَانِيَةَ أَيَّامٍ حُسُومًا فَتَرَ‌ى الْقَوْمَ فِيهَا صَرْ‌عَىٰ كَأَنَّهُمْ أَعْجَازُ نَخْلٍ خَاوِيَةٍ

فَهَلْ تَرَ‌ىٰ لَهُم مِّن بَاقِيَةٍ

“And as for Aad, they were destroyed by a furious violent wind; which Allah imposed on them for seven nights and eight days in succession, so that you could see men lying overthrown (destroyed), as if they were hollow trunks of date-palms! Do you see any remnants of them?” [Surah Al-Haqqah (69) : 6-8]

Subhan Allah, who can save us from the wind except the One who sends it?

It’s only when we have these kind of situations (tsunami, earthquake, thunder and lighting, violent wind, etc) that we really fear Allah, because we know that only He can save us, nothing else, not our wealth, status, power, etc.

After all, look what happened to Japan, which used to have one of the strongest economies in the world. Could they save themselves from the tsunami? No!

This begs the question: Why do we feel so safe on the other (normal) occasions??

Allah asks us the following:

أَأَمِنتُم مَّن فِي السَّمَاءِ أَن يَخْسِفَ بِكُمُ الْأَرْ‌ضَ فَإِذَا هِيَ تَمُورُ‌

أَمْ أَمِنتُم مَّن فِي السَّمَاءِ أَن يُرْ‌سِلَ عَلَيْكُمْ حَاصِبًا ۖ فَسَتَعْلَمُونَ كَيْفَ نَذِيرِ‌

وَلَقَدْ كَذَّبَ الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِهِمْ فَكَيْفَ كَانَ نَكِيرِ

“Do you feel secure that He, Who is above the heaven (Allah), will not cause the earth to sink with you, then behold it shakes (as in an earthquake)?  Or do you feel secure that He, Who is over the heaven (Allah), will not send against you a violent whirlwind? Then you shall know how (terrible) has been My Warning? And indeed those before them belied (the Messengers of Allah), then how terrible was My denial (punishment)?” [Surah Al-Mulk (67) : 16-18]

However, some of us do something similar to what the disbelievers of the past did: remember Allah only in times of fear.

وَإِذَا مَسَّكُمُ الضُّرُّ‌ فِي الْبَحْرِ‌ ضَلَّ مَن تَدْعُونَ إِلَّا إِيَّاهُ ۖ فَلَمَّا نَجَّاكُمْ إِلَى الْبَرِّ‌ أَعْرَ‌ضْتُمْ ۚ وَكَانَ الْإِنسَانُ كَفُورً‌ا

“And when harm touches you upon the sea, those that you call upon besides Him vanish from you except Him (Allah Alone). But when He brings you safely to land, you turn away (from Him). And man is ever ungrateful.” [Surah Al-Isra (17) : 67]

So, this is a short reminder for you and for me, that we need to fear Allah as He should be feared. Yes, we need to hope in His Mercy but we also need to fear His Punishment. That is the moderate way.

Fearing His Punishment doesn’t just mean becoming righteous for all of 20 minutes during the time of need. It means continuing the good even after the possible calamity has been averted, in order to avoid the major calamity i.e. the hell fire.

All of us are going to die and all of us are going to be raised again. And on that Day, we won’t get a second chance. That will be IT. No more chances.

So, we need to work for that Day from NOW, not just in times of calamity or in Ramadan.

Subhan Allah, just a short time before the wind blew, our teacher was talking about people who finish the Quran in 2 months but don’t understand anything.

He said that ilm (knowledge) was khashiyah (fear) of Allah and understanding and applying just one ayah (verse) would suffice us (as it summarises everything).

The ayah? Here you go:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّـهَ وَلْتَنظُرْ‌ نَفْسٌ مَّا قَدَّمَتْ لِغَدٍ ۖ وَاتَّقُوا اللَّـهَ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّـهَ خَبِيرٌ‌ بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ

“O you who believe! Fear Allah and keep your duty to Him. And let every person look to what he has sent forth for tomorrow, and fear Allah. Verily, Allah is All-Aware of what you do.” [Surah Al-Hashr (59) : 18]

Something to ponder over, isn’t it?

That’s not all though. The two ayaat (verses) after this are:

وَلَا تَكُونُوا كَالَّذِينَ نَسُوا اللَّـهَ فَأَنسَاهُمْ أَنفُسَهُمْ ۚ أُولَـٰئِكَ هُمُ الْفَاسِقُونَ

لَا يَسْتَوِي أَصْحَابُ النَّارِ‌ وَأَصْحَابُ الْجَنَّةِ ۚ أَصْحَابُ الْجَنَّةِ هُمُ الْفَائِزُونَ

“And be not like those who forgot Allah (i.e. became disobedient to Allah) and He caused them to forget their own selves, (let them to forget to do righteous deeds). Those are the Fasiqoon (rebellious, disobedient to Allah). Not equal are the dwellers of the Fire and the dwellers of the Paradise. It is the dwellers of Paradise that will be successful.” [Surah Al-Hashr (59) : 19-20] 

So, let’s get to work.

24
Mar

“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.

Read more »

20
May

“They would have made some preparation for it…”

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

[I’ll post Part 2 of the Habit No.1 post tomorrow, insha-Allah. In the meantime, let me remind all those who are interested in participating that tomorrow is the first day of the challenge (which is to pray Fajr early and stay wake after that).]

Allah says:

وَلَوْ أَرَادُوا الْخُرُوجَ لَأَعَدُّوا لَهُ عُدَّةً وَلَـٰكِن كَرِهَ اللَّـهُ انبِعَاثَهُمْ فَثَبَّطَهُمْ وَقِيلَ اقْعُدُوا مَعَ الْقَاعِدِينَ

“And if they had intended to march out, certainly, they would have made some preparation for it, but Allah was averse to their being sent forth, so He made them lag behind, and it was said (to them), “Sit you among those who sit (at home).” [Surah At-Tawbah (9) :46]

This ayah (verse) was revealed regarding the hypocrites. They were supposed to go with the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) to a battle. They didn’t want to go for jihad, so they made up some excuses to avoid going.

Allah tells us that if these people really wanted to go fight in the battle, they would have made some sort of preparation beforehand. However, the fact that they did not prepare at all shows that they had no intention of going to the battle in the first place.

Subhan Allah, this ayah (verse) is something that all of us should dwell over.

Don’t most of us make excuses when it comes to various acts of worships? Many of us are quick to point out why we are unable to do such and such act of worship. However, did we really make a sincere attempt at trying to do that act?

Let’s take a few examples:

1) Many of us claim that we would love to pray tahajjud.

Did we prepare for it?

How? Well, by doing dua, sleeping early, setting lots of alarm clocks, etc.

2) Many of us claim that we would love to memorise the Quran.

Did we prepare for it?

How? Well, by doing dua, joining a Quran centre or getting a Quran teacher, eating “brain” foods, trying to memorise at least an ayah a day, etc.

3) Many of us claim that we are dying to learn Arabic.

Did we prepare for it?

How? Well, by joining a course (onsite or online), buying the required books, scheduling in some time every day to study Arabic (even if it is 5 minutes to study one word a day), etc.

4) Many of us claim that we are DYING to go for Hajj.

Did we prepare for it?

How? Well by doing dua, learning about the fiqh of Hajj, researching about various Hajj groups, trying to save the required amount of money, applying for the visas, trying to get a leave of absence from work at that time, etc.

5) Many of us (women) claim that we really want to wear the hijab/abaayah (jilbaab, the outer garment)/niqaab.

Did we prepare for it?

How? Well, by doing dua, buying the required items so that they can stare us in the face, asking our family and friends to support us in this issue, etc.

6) Many of us claim that we really want our children to become good Muslims.

Did we prepare for it?

How? By doing dua, practicing Islam ourselves first, removing the haram elements from our homes (goodbye to all those movie DVDs!) , putting the children in Islamic schools and not mixed, kuffar ones, etc

You know, anyone can make claims but not everybody can back those claims up with proof.

So, any person can claim that they love Allah and really want to worship Him and gain His love.

However, when that person does not even prepare themselves to do the acts of worship that they claim that they want to do, I think it’s fair to say that perhaps deep down, this person doesn’t want to do it.

As the saying goes: Actions speak louder than words.

So, we should all ask ourselves: Have we put in any amount of preparation for the things that we claim that we want to do?

PS. Here’s another article on this ayah. However, it has to do with the “lag behind” part.

6
Jan

Article: Preserving Our Children

Assalamu Alaikum.

“What will happen to our children if we die?’

Sigh. This seems to be the standard line of nearly all the mothers I’ve come across.

Here’s an article that gives us the answer to this question. I’d advise all the parents to read it.

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http://www.subulassalaam.com/articles/article.cfm?article_id=40

Preserving Our Children

Reference: Noor al Iqtibaas : P.12

Author: Ibn Rajab al Hanbalee

Allaah may preserve a servant’s children and grandchildren due to his righteousness, as was said regarding the saying of the Elevated;

{…and their father was a righteous man } [Al Kahf: 82]

That they were preserved due to their father’s righteousness [1].

Muhammad ibn al Munkadir stated: ‘Indeed Allaah preserves the children and grandchildren of a righteous man, even the town that he lives in and the area around it. They continue to be preserved by Allaah.

Ibnul Musayyib said to his son: ‘My son! I will increase my prayers for you, hoping that Allaah will preserve me by preserving you.’ He then recited the saying of Allaah:

{…and their father was a righteous man } [Al Kahf: 82]

‘Umar ibn ‘Abdul ‘Azees stated: ‘There is not a believer who dies except that Allaah preserves him/her by preserving his/her children and grandchildren.’

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[1] The Ayah reads: “And as for the wall, it belonged to two orphan boys in the town; and there was a treasure under it belonging to them; and their father was a righteous man, and your Lord intended that they should attain their age of full strength and take out their treasure as a mercy from your Lord. And I did them not of my own accord…”

Ibn Katheer stated: “This verse is evidence that a righteous man is preserved by the preservation of his offspring, and they benefit from the blessings of his worship in the life of this world and the next, they benefit from his intercession for them, raising them to the highest level of Jannah so that they may be the pleasure of his eyes, as is affirmed in the Qur-aan and Sunnah.”

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Note: Remember that one is supposed to worship Allah simply because it is Allah’s right to be worshipped. If one were to worship Allah so that one’s children were to be taken care of after one’s death, then that means worshipping Allah has become the means and that the preservation of the children has become the end, and that is not correct.

The end is always worshipping Allah. Preservation of the children is a result of trying to reach the end.

Here’s an article that will explain this issue in a much better way.

25
Oct

Article: The Meaning of Being Sincere Towards Allah

Assalamu Alaikum.

Here’s a good article that details exactly what sincerity to Allah is and how one can actually achieve it.

PS. Be sure to read the question fully. It’s quite interesting.

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http://www.islamqa.com/en/ref/126306

The meaning of being sincere towards Allah and how the Muslim can achieve that

Worship has three pillars, one of which is being sincere towards Allah. How can we be sincere towards Allah? I am very ambitious, and I want to acquire the greatest amount of shar’i knowledge, and I want to be a daa’iyah. Allah has blessed me with many talents which are needed for da’wah and spreading knowledge, and I want to be strong enough to pray qiyaam and fast. I have memorised the Book of Allah in full and now I am in the process of reinforcing my memorisation and learning how to recite it properly. I am learning shar’i knowledge and I have a number of projects and ideas for serving the Book of Allah and supporting the Deen, but my progress is slow for a number of reasons and because of many obstacles, especially from my family and the society around me — how much I am suffering from them! Because of physical weakness and health problems, I am not able to expend a great deal of effort, and if I do, I will spend several days unable to move. I always write out schedules for all these tasks and I try to follow them, but I cannot do that because of changing circumstances. I live on my own and I cannot find a sister to share my goals or a leader to help me and follow up with me so that I can fulfil my ambitions. I have looked a great deal but I cannot find anyone and I do not know the reason why I am so slow; is it because sincerity towards Allah is something that I have not achieved yet or what? This makes me very sad and pains me a great deal, and holds me back from reaching my goals. If there is any advice, then do not withhold it from me, because I am in the greatest need.

Praise be to Allaah.

Firstly:

Sincerity towards Allah is the best type of sincerity. The Muslim is being sincere towards his Lord if he achieves sincerity in three aspects: faith and proper belief, acts of obedience, and morals and manners. Faith does not mean mere wishful thinking. The one who is sincere in his faith is the one who attains faith in the way his Lord wants from him, which includes sincerity in faith, sincerity in intention, and sincerity in fear of Allah, may He be exalted. Not every act of obedience is sincere unless it is done, both outwardly and inwardly, in a manner which Allah likes.

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Oct

Project “Recover Ramadan” – Step 5: Ask yourself if you really want it

Assalamu Alaikum.

Want what, you ask? The pleasure of Allah, of course.

Do you want it?

Now, of course, you’ll nod your head and say “Well, obviously!”

Okay, let me phrase it in another way: Do you want the pleasure of Allah above everything else that you have in your life?

Let’s take a wild example. Suppose you were give two choices in life:

1) To be the best-looking, richest and most intelligent person on this planet who has everything one could possibly want in life but does not have the pleasure of Allah

or

2) To be the worst-looking, poorest and least intelligent person on this planet who has absolutely nothing one could want in life but has the pleasure of Allah

Now, you might think “Why can’t I have it all??”

Well yes, you could be the best-looking, richest and most intelligent person on this planet and have the pleasure of Allah. However, if you were given a choice between 1 or 2, which one would you choose?

Think about it carefully. See, it’s easy to avoid the question or  say “Well, 2 obviously”, but what do you REALLY want?

Now, you might say “Cmon! I’ll never be given this choice so why bother to even waste time thinking about it?”

Well, you should bother because the answer will tell you a lot about yourself and who you really are. Ultimately, do you want worldly possessions or the hereafter?

Do you know why the Companions of the Messenger (salallahu alaihi wasallam) were so successful? Because if given the above two choices, they would have chosen the second one without hesitation.

Proof? Read the Quran. Read the ahadeeth. Read the Seerah. Read their biographies. It’s all there.

So what do you want? This world or the next?

It’s amazing. The ones who truly want the hereafter also get this world but the ones who want this world do not get the hereafter.