Waking up to the sweet sound of my father reading the Qur'an, to the fragrance of my mother preparing food in the kitchen, to the sight of my little sister running to open the curtains, to check whose henna came out darker - hers or mine! My thoughts and du'aas are with those who can't spend this blessed day with loved ones. Eid Mubarak to all my insta-friends and family! 😊
#tbt A picture from two years ago. A lot of things have changed in my life since then, which brought to mind this quote by Sheikh Hamza Yusuf:
'People say to you, 'you've changed', or something like that, well, I hope, for the sake of God, that you have changed, because I don't want to be the same person all my life. I want to be growing, I want to be expanding. I want to be changing. Because animate things change, inanimate things don't change. Dead things don't change. And the heart should be alive, it should be changing, it should be moving, it should be growing, its knowledge should be expanding.'
Tips from ProductiveMuslim on how to accept criticism 😊
1) Du’aa: Ask Allah to help you to avoid getting angry, sad, suspicious and/or arrogant. Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said, “No one who has an atom’s-weight of arrogance in his heart will enter Paradise.” [Narrated by Muslim (91)].
2) Hold good opinion of others: At times we may ask: why should one spend their precious time and effort into pointing out your mistakes? Perhaps they want the best for you! That is how we should think of people who point our mistakes.
3) Room for improvement: Rejoice when someone points out your mistake for it only means that there is further room for improvement. Utilise criticism to improve yourself and see it as a gift that you can use. Criticism is an opportunity for you to examine your flaws and learn something in the process.
4) Ask for further input: If you are unable to understand the criticism or find any faults in yourself, then ask the other person (who has criticised you) to elaborate, so that you are able to learn something genuinely.
5) Self-confidence: If you think the criticism is unjustified and not constructive, then leave it aside. There is no need to react negatively if you are confident that you are not at fault. However, if you have even a minimal amount of doubt, then it is better to discuss your views with the person who has pointed out your mistakes.
A closer look at the Yasmin dress by @bintykcollections 😊 The buttons go all the way up to the neck, which is great for extra coverage!
______________________________________ [Hijab | MH Couture]
[Cuff | New Look]
[Ring | Dorothy Perkins]
When was the last time you felt truly loved? A person or a few people may come to mind. If we find it hard to interpret acts of love, we usually doubt our relationship. When we are able to point out behaviour that shows love, this kind of love is called ‘hubb’ in Arabic (meaning: having a feeling of love). But the kind of love that is apparent and shown through the act go giving, is called ‘wud’. Allah has named Himself Al-Wadud. This word was specifically chosen to show that Allah not only loves us, but that He shows us He loves us. .
The Prophet (SAW) shows us some ways that Allah shows His love: “When Allah loves someone he calls to Jibreel (AS) saying, ‘O Jibreel, I love such and such a person, so love him.’ Then Jibreel will call to the angels of the heavens, ‘Allah loves such and such a person so love him.’ And the angels will love [that person]. And then Allah will place acceptance on earth for that believer.” (Bukhari and Muslim)
It would have been enough for Allah to say that He loves a person, for what more could someone want? But because Allah is Al-Wadud (the Affectionate) and Al-Kareem (the Most-Generous), He declares this love to the Angels, which does not stay in the heavens but descends to the earth because Allah puts acceptance of this person in the hearts of people! .
In order to truly feel Allah’s love in our lives, take a few minutes to reflect. Think of family and friends, of health and opportunities in our lives. Then look at the world around you – the beauty of nature. It didn’t have to be this way. The world could have been bland and ugly. But there is so much beauty for us to enjoy! .
So what’s one thing we could do to gain the love of Allah?
The Prophet (SAW) said: '… And the most beloved thing with which My slave comes nearer to Me, is what I have enjoined upon him; and My slave keeps on coming closer to Me through performing voluntary acts of worship until I love him..’ Most beloved to Al-Wadud are us doing our obligatory acts of worship, then by doing our voluntary acts of worship we come closer and closer to Him.
Happy Iftar! | Beef Teppanyaki, Garlic Egg Fried Rice, Miso Soup, Japanese Pickle
P.S. I'm in the process of writing a letter to my local MP. The MPs have been elected to serve us and we should make sure that we contact them and pressurise them to do something against this Israeli brutality. Write one too?
Al-Mujeeb is the Answerer of prayers. Allah (swt) tells us He is al-Mujeeb, so we should have utter confidence that He will respond to our du`aa’. The Prophet (SAW) says: “Verily your Lord is Generous and Shy. If His servant raises his hands to Him (in supplication) He becomes shy to return them empty.” (Ahmad, Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi). .
With the atrocities happening around the world, namely in Gaza, now is the time we should be pleading to Al-Mujeeb. How can we ignore the cries of our ummah? There are certain times when du’aa is more likely to be accepted by Al-Mujeeb, as mentioned by the Prophet (SAW): during this blessed month of Ramadan, the du’aa of a fasting person until he breaks his fast, and the du’aa of one fasting at the time of breaking fast (Ahmad, at-Tirmidhi). .
So today at the time of breaking our fast, call upon Al-Mujeeb. .
O Allah, You are sufficient for us. Bring into harmony the hearts of Muslims, unite their forces and make righteous their leaders. Protect our Muslims of Gaza, replace their fear with safety. No-one can abolish Your command and no-one can defeat Your army. Protect our Muslim brothers and sisters in Syria, Burma, Iraq and everywhere, O Lord of the heavens and the earth. Be our Guardian and our Helper. Stop their bloodshed, grant them victory in Palestine and drive away this oppression. O Allah, improve the conditions of our brothers and sisters in all countries. Spare their blood, reassure them, feed the hungry people among them, preserve their dignity and honour, strengthen their hearts, grant them power and victory over their oppressors. Bring an end to their suffering, O Allah!
We may feel that we have been somewhat slacking this Ramadan. But it's still not too late to take advantage of this blessed month! Here are some areas that Ramadan benefits us in:
1) Physically: it teaches us to do more using less energy and sleep. This gets rids of any unproductive habits, and acclimatises us to new, more productive habits.
2) Mentally: it allows us strive for our goals that bit harder, despite being physically challenged. This increases our mental strength, and it also shows us our true inner potential.
3) Socially: it teaches us about patience and forgiveness. It increases empathy in our hearts. It helps us to tighten relations amongst family, as well as contribute to our community and Ummah.
4) Spiritually: it strengthens our imaan and increases our taqwa. Be it mentally, socially, physically or spiritually, Ramadan reminds us that every intention, action or deed is aligned to our ultimate purpose of serving Allah swt and seeking His pleasure
Al-Muhaymin is the One who observes His creation with regards to their actions. He is also The One who offers peace and security, Who proclaims the Truth. He is the One who always watches us and looks after us.
So how should we live by this?
1. Ask Al-Muhaymin.
Ask Him to protect us from our own desires and weaknesses. Al-Muhaymin’s protection for us is beyond limits, so whenever we are in a difficult situation, we are scared, or feel lost, we should invoke Allah using this name.
2. Accept His will.
Believe with certainty that whatever al-Muhaymin gives to us or keeps away from us is good for us, even though it may not always seem like it; it is all part of His plan. Complaining about what other people have, about the way we look, etc, are signs that we have to strengthen our belief and confidence in Al-Muhaymin.
Accepting and being content with His qadr (decree) will give us peace in our hearts, in a way that nothing else in this dunya can no matter how hard we look for it.
3. Be aware that Al-Muhaymin is watching us.
Al-Muhaymin observes every single deed we do; He sees our reactions to situations and witnesses our inner thoughts. We should constantly remind ourselves of this and let it motivate us to stay away from sins and temptations. Let's give more to charity because we know He is watching; let's be good to people despite the fact we may not be feeling so happy at the moment, all for Allah because we know He sees it all. But it also means that we are never alone: when we are up late at night working on an essay, or awake in the early hours of the morning getting ready for work, Allah is with us.
If you haven't guessed already, you'll know I absolutely adore things that are handmade because each item is made with lots of love and attention. So you could probably appreciate my delight when I got these pieces of creative geniusness through the post! Thank you so much @rubinakadirjewellery!
Al-Kabeer, al-Akbar and al-Mutakabbir are all from the same root - the One who is Greater 'Kabeer' is usually used to describe something which is greater physically. When it comes to Allah swt, He is not confined by space nor volume, but He is the All-Great.
We start our daily prayers with those very words: Allah is Greater. So leave the dunya behind. Pour your heart out to Him. Let Him know your worries. Every time you get distracted, know that Allah is Greater than what you are thinking about.
We sometimes see things as huge and hard to achieve. We feel broken by our troubles. We may be oppressed, and viewing our oppressor as great and strong. But we remind ourselves: Anything that seems big or great, Allahu Akbar. He is greater. This should fill us with strength and calm. It should remove any fear we have.
I always feel a sense of tranquility when I hear or say “Allahu akbar”. That’s because nothing is too great nor too difficult for Allah. He is greater than our obstacles. Be strong, because with al-Kabeer with you, you can do many, many things.
It is a name that reminds us of our priorities, of where true greatness lies and who is ultimately in control.