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Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Not So Random Thoughts

The world is in such chaos. New terror attacks happening every week, religious discrimination and hate against Islam on the rise, the possibility of Trump being the US president, the drama of #Brexit, wars are still going on, man..  I could list more but I don't have to because we all know this already.  It's heartbreaking. It's scary. Maybe it was because I was younger that I never really saw current issues as a big deal - I thought that nothing could affect us that much, but the more I grow up, the more I learn, the more I realise how everything can directly and indirectly impact us. Impact me. Of course, there are still a lot of people who are good, but evil isn't really a 'small minority' either. 

Something else that I think about, is how sins are taken so lightly nowadays. Missing prayers feel like nothing (when in fact it should be everything), adultery and fornication is nothing, drinking is something you just do when you go out, smoking weed is the norm - heck it's even celebrated all around the world, and so is gay pride (all I could think of is the story of Nabi Lut's people, anyone else ?). I was listening to one of Mufti Menk's talks and although this is a bit cliche, to me this was such an important reminder : What is haram, will always be haram. Even if the whole world is doing it, even if scientists discover so many benefits of doing so and so, what is haram will remain haram to Allah. 

Once upon a time we say we'll never do a certain thing, then we try, then we get caught and we say something like 'at least I'm not doing ____, that's worse', and eventually we do the worst and all we could come up with for ourselves is that "we can't help it". Peer pressure. Stress. Depression. Anxiety. I pray we'd realise that change starts with our own self. Allah will only guide someone, who wants to be guided. And if we sincerely repent, ask for help, ask for guidance, you will get guidance and help from Him. You take one step towards Allah, Allah takes 10 steps towards you. You sincerely repent, and Allah not only just forgives you, but deletes your sin like you never even committed it in the first place and even demands the angels to forget whatever they had seen you do. No sin is bigger than Allah's Mercy, except for Shirk. Ya Allah, You are the Most Merciful. 


Since it's the last week of Ramadan already, here are some photos that I saw via @Islambeauty on Instagram 
that I want to share in order to inspire and help us do the best we can for these last days of Ramadan : 




Also, the best prayer to read for Laylatul Qadr : 



اَللَّهُمَّ اِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ ، تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّي

Aisha raḍyAllāhu 'anha (may Allāh be pleased with her) reported: I asked: “O Messenger of Allah! If I realize Lailat-ul-Qadr (Night of Decree), what should I supplicate in it?” He ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) replied, “You should supplicate: Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun, tuhibbul-‘afwa, fa’fu ‘anni (O Allah, You are Most Forgiving, and You love forgiveness; so forgive me).” 



The last rukun in Rukun Iman is that we have to believe in Qada & Qadar : 

Qadar is Allah’s knowing of everything in pre-eternity, what happened and what will happen whether good or bad from pre-eternity to past eternity, their time, place and characteristics, and His ordaining and determining them.
Qada is His creation of things and events when their time is due based on His pre-eternal knowledge and ordaining.


Although Qada & Qadar is basically destined pre-eternity, the only thing that could change that is by doa (of course Allah will already know what you doa for also, but really). In one of the examples I've heard, if a calamity was supposed to fall upon you, but you made doa asking for protection from such calamities, Allah will reduce or even stop that from happening to you altogether. I think this can pretty much be applied to anything, if you pray for it sincerely, things might change for the better for you. 
Doa is an extremely powerful tool and we should always take advantage of that by making lots and lots of doas. 

Oh and if anyone's wondering where I listen to lectures online, it's on www.muslimcentral.com. 
My ultimate favourite scholars to listen to are Nouman Ali Khan and Mufti Menk. 
Their talks always manage to give me so much hope about changing and becoming a better person and muslim. 

Currently listening to this one as I am typing this : Mufti Menk Save Yourself Series 22
- He talked about forgiveness in the beginning of this one, and I love it. 

May we all become better people, to make the world a better place. 
But most of all, may we be granted forgiveness for everything we have done and may we be placed in Jannah together. 
Amin. 

13 comments:

  1. Its so nice how you're spreading the beauty and importance of Islam on your blog. You have an audience and a platform and you're putting those 2 to good use. May Allah guide us to his path and may he bless us all always :) xx

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    1. Thank you ! I only do what I can, and insyaAllah this will benefit me and everyone who reads it. Amin to that ! :) xx

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  2. Such a beautiful post izza, i love this!

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    1. I'm glad you like it ! Thank you for reading :) x

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  3. I love this. A really good reminder that I think will touch the hearts of anyone who reads this. We all need that boost of faith every now and then. I hope you continue doing this, it's such a nice thing to do. Thanks for including the dua! May Allah guide us to the right path and may He bless you and your family and us all, in this world and the next. Lets keep doing ibadah these last few days of Ramadan :)

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  4. Thank you for reading ! And I'm really glad you love this. It's comments like yours that gives me motivation to write more about faith, and hopefully I'll be able to keep doing this. Amin to that ! Have a good weekend :) xx

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  5. hii izza! do you think listening to music is haram? if i'm not mistaken i once saw a video of mufti menk saying it is haram to listen to music, what do you think? music is something that's addictive right? i tried to not listening to it for a day, and i gave up. anyway, how to pray on time and not missing on prayers? thankyouu

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    1. Hi Khadijah !

      Okay, so music. Yes it is haram, not only because it's addictive but because listening to music distracts our minds and makes us think of worldly things (usually) and not of our religion. I know how you feel and I listen to a lot of music too. It's sooo hard for me to stop but what I do is I try to reduce it or balance it out by listening to more talks/lectures on religion.

      Praying On Time - I'm really bad at this actually ! I have this habit of waiting sampai waktu dah nak habis baru I quickly pray. But this ramadan, I made it a mission for me to pray as early as I can, and also to take my time when I pray (e.g. : not reading the surahs like I'm racing to the finish line). And it makes such a difference to how I feel while I pray, when I'm not rushing, I'm a lot more calm and I concentrate a lot more as to why I'm praying.

      Not Missing Prayers - I never used to pray or keep track of my 5 waktu because I felt like it was a chore, and I felt like not doing didn't make a difference to my life pun. But the more I did it, the easier my life became. Problems become small to me because I'm reminded 5 times a day when I pray, that in the end, what matters is my relationship with Allah and that this world is just temporary. So reming yourself about the benefits praying has on you will definitely make you want to pray a lot more. Oh and this book helped me too : http://quranproject.org/SALAT-Book-461-d . It's a free PDF so you can read on your computer or get it printed :)

      xx

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  6. I want to copy some of your sentence, i hope you dont mind :)

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    1. Hii, oooh copy for what ya ? Do credit me. Thanks for letting me know :)

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  7. I cried reading this realising how much of a sinner I've been. Thank you for the enlightenment, it seriously means a lot.

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    1. We all are sinners and it's never too late to repent. I'm really glad you found this post somewhat enlightening, I pray that Allah shows you the light. *hugs*

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