Gratitude! At the mention of this word, all of us think of many incidents in our life where we have been grateful to someone for their help or even their presence in our life. Gratitude is one of the main factors in the life of a Muslim. Islam speaks highly of practising gratitude. Gratitude to Allah (glorified and exalted be He) holds high in its pedestal. There are simple things we can do to show our gratitude to our Creator for all that He has given us and continues to give us. Subhan Allah!
1. Make a habit of saying “Alhamdulillah”(all praise be to Allah) at every ease and hardship:
Suhaib reported that Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said:
“Strange are the ways of a believer for there is good in every affair of his and this is not the case with anyone else except in the case of a believer for if he has an occasion to feel delight, he thanks Allah, thus there is a good for him in it, and if he gets into trouble and shows resignation (endures into patiently), there is good for him in it.” [Sahih Muslim] Continue reading
There is a crisis afoot, perhaps the greatest scandal of our times. There is more than enough food for everyone in the world, yet close to a billion people are starving. How is this even possible?
The deeper you look at it, the worse you realize the situation is. Every year £10 billion worth of food is wasted in the UK alone. The amount of money multinational companies avoid paying in tax exceeds the amount the world requires in aid. In developing countries, an area of land the size of London is sold every 6 days to foreign investors usurping local farmers from land, food and income. Continue reading
Throughout the history of Islam, women have played a major role in spreading the sacred message of Allah (glorified and exalted be He).
Examples of these great women have been mentioned by the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) who has praised and exhorted the superiority of the Maryam, Asiya the wife of Pharoah, Khadijah (may Allāh be pleased with her) Mother of the Believers, and Fatimah (may Allāh be pleased with her), daughter of Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him).
These amazing women are prime examples of productivity for modern Muslim women who want to achieve the right balance between their family life, work and most importantly their deen. Let’s have a look at these four women and see what we can learn from them to achieve the right balance! Continue reading
Striving For Excellence in Thoughts and Action
Allah (glorified and exalted be He) says in the Qur’an that, “[He] who created death and life to test you [as to] which of you is best in deed – and He is the Exalted in Might, the Forgiving” [Qur'an: Chapter 67, Verse 2].
That means that we need to have high standards, to be extraordinary, to be excellent at everything that we do, to the best of our ability. We need to have high aspiration and be people who have big visions for ourselves and for the ummah, for the humanity.
It’s not only necessary to have high aspiration, we have to be excellent in our actions as well because Islam is not just about belief. It’s both belief and action, belief and doing good. So many places in the Qur’an Allah (glorified and exalted be He) mentions belief and action together. Here are just 3 out of probably about two dozen places where “believe and do good” is mentioned together.
“Except for those who believe and do righteous deeds, for they will have a reward uninterrupted.” [Qur'an: Chapter 95, Verse 6] Continue reading
The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said, “When a group of people assemble for the remembrance of Allah (glorified and exalted be He), the angels surround them (with their wings), (Allah’s) mercy envelops them, Sakinah or tranquility descends upon them and Allah makes a mention of them before those who are near Him.”[Sahih Muslim].
The purpose of life in this dunya is to remember Allah (glorified and exalted be He) at all times. And the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) teaches us how to do just that. Our children love to have parties as much as we do; such as play dates or Eid parties or a celebration for some accomplishment they’ve attained.
These parties are the perfect opportunity to instil in our children the habit of always remembering Allah (glorified and exalted be He) in any gathering they attend. The idea of angels descending and surrounding them with their wings is enough to put wonder in their hearts and the fact that Allah (glorified and exalted be He) is going to mention them to His angels makes them walk happily around for quite some time!! Continue reading