Muraqabah: How to be a Mindful Muslim

What if there was a simple way to overcome procrastination, focus better in your prayers, and improve your overall quality of life? There IS a way, and it’s backed by both contemporary science and Islamic tradition.

Learn more about mindfulness here:

https://yaqeeninstitute.org/en/justin-parrott/how-to-be-a-mindful-muslim-an-exercise-in-islamic-meditation/

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5 within 5

One of the righteous in the past said, We sought 5 things and found them to be within 5 things:

We sought light in the grave and found it within the night prayer.

We sought the ability to answer the questions of Munkar and Nakir (Angels in the grave), and found it within recital of Qur’an.

We sought the safe crossing of the Sirat, and found it within charity.

We sought salvation from thirst on the Day of Judgement and found it within fasting.

We sought blessing in our provision, and found it within praying Fajr.

The graves are full of people who thought they would practice Islam when they get old. If you have the intention no matter how small your step is, start practicing Islam. Don’t delay it. Today and now is the moment.
Bismillah!
Take one step and inshaAllah Allah will lead you further.

“Take one step towards me, I will take ten steps towards you. Walk towards me, I will run towards you.”-ALLAH
[Hadith Qudsi]

*What* will you exhaust yourself in?

Allah created us with ambitious spirits; spirits bent on toiling, grinding, and scraping to experience satisfaction, tranquility, and peace. The only variable in this equation is *what* we will exhaust ourselves in to experience that, not whether or not we will exhaust ourselves. Most exhaust themselves for a shallow and short-lived immediate return. The wise exhaust themselves a little extra for a sweeter immediate return, and an unimaginable upgrade in Jannah that continues enhancing with every moment without end.

As one of the salaf, “The hearts were made to roam, some roam around the Throne, and some roam around the sewers.”
القلوب جوالة، منها ما يجول حول العرش ومنها ما يجول حول الحش

“The unexhausted spirit only exists when a spirit has rusted or died. The spirit at peace (nafsul muṭma’inna) is actually a spirit that exhausts itself with worthy burdens (the demands of worship), or endures others that are inescapable (calamities) during the trial of life.” -Sh Ahmad Salim

Quran Gem: Flee to Allah

When Allah speaks about our pursuit of worldly matters, He uses the term, فَامْشُوا / “Walk”
{Surah Al Mulk 67: Verse 15}

When speaking about our pursuit of Salaah, Allah uses the
term, فَاسْعَوْا / “Proceed”
{Surah Al Jumu’ah 62: Verse 9}

When speaking about our pursuit of Paradise, He uses the
term, سَابِقُوا / “Race!”
{Surah Al Hadid 57: Verse 21}

But, when speaking about our pursuit of Him, Allah uses the term, فَفِرُّوا / “Flee!”
{Surah Adh Dhariyat 51: Verse 50}

Not every ambition in life deserves the same amount of effort.

With the above said, consider your own life, your own aspirations and what you invest most time in.

Is the above an accurate reflection of us?

Or have we flipped this Qur’anic standard upside down, where we ‘walk’ towards Allah, but ‘flee’ towards everything other than Him?

Let your slogan in life be the words of Prophet Musa عليه السلام who said,
وَعَجِلْتُ إِلَيْكَ رَبِّ لِتَرْضَى

” .. and I *rush* to You, my Lord, so that You be pleased.”
{Surah At Taha 20: Verse 84}

Ya Allah help us prioritize our affairs in a way that is pleasing to you – ameen ya rabbi.

Souls Assorted: “What’s YOUR spiritual personality?”

One of the most beneficial papers I’ve read has been the paper on spiritual personality, uniquely combining faith and psychology. Now we bring you a spiritual personality test. Both the paper and the quiz have been in the works for over 6 months. Take your quiz below, and don’t forget to read the paper thoroughly 🙂

“Say: Everyone will act according to their nature, and your Lord knows best who is rightly guided.” (Qur’an 17:84).

https://myspiritualpersonality.yaqeeninstitute.org

https://yaqeeninstitute.org/en/zohair/souls-assorted-an-islamic-theory-of-spiritual-personality/

Sh. Omar Suleiman

Winning Hearts

“I don’t sugarcoat nothin’ for nobody!”
“I speak my mind; ain’t no hypocrite!”

Some people say this in proud boast, while in reality this isn’t always a praiseworthy quality. Noble people have forever been known for their courtesy, sensitivity, feigning naivety, and pretending in order to win people’s hearts.

Abu ad-Darda’ (رضي الله عنه) said, “At times, we smile in peoples’ faces though our hearts despise them.” [Sahih al-Bukhari; Chapter on Kindly Indulging People]

A man said to Ahnaf Ibn Qays, “I don’t care what people say.” He said, “You relieved yourself of what exhausted the people of nobility.”

Some people confuse between speaking the truth and disrespecting others. They fail to differentiate between being straightforward and the fact that not everything that’s true should be said.

Yes, when sugar-coating becomes excessive, a person finds himself in the mud of hypocrisy. But at the same time, when a person is overly blunt, that lands him in the swamp of insolence.

Our salaf (early Muslims) would tell their students to select their words as they select their fruits, and remind them that your words are your prisoners until you release them and become their prisoners!

O Allah, help us internalize the manners of Your Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم)

{translated from various sources}

Zakah

The Zakah due on your knowledge is skillfully spreading it. The Zakah due on your righteousness is genuinely helping others become more righteous. The Zakah due on your steadfastness is anchoring others in faith during their turbulent moments.

Sometimes it’s a single word that – without you even realizing it – shelters people from being engulfed by doubt, and anchors them in the face of raging temptations. Other times, that single word will not benefit them, but – without you even realizing it – will be deemed by Allah the reason He keeps you on His path.

It’s just like the Zakah on wealth; only when you pay your dues on what you enjoy, you remain eligible to keep enjoying it.

Inspired by Dr Khalid AbuShadi

Top 10⭐

✨ My Top 10 blog posts ✨

🍃1. Sweetness of Iman:

https://liveforallah.wordpress.com/2018/08/14/sweetness-of-iman/

📖2. Surah Al Kahf 💎:

https://liveforallah.wordpress.com/2018/08/03/surah-al-kahf-%f0%9f%92%8e/

⏳3. Turning Habits into Worship:

https://liveforallah.wordpress.com/2018/04/26/turning-habits-into-worship-2/

😇4. The Barakah Effect:

https://liveforallah.wordpress.com/2018/03/06/the-barakah-mindset-2/

😕5. Mastering the Art of Patience:

https://liveforallah.wordpress.com/2018/01/18/mastering-the-art-of-patience/

💕6. Devotion with Certainty:

https://liveforallah.wordpress.com/2017/12/29/devotion-with-certainty/

✔7. 10 things to *be* in the 10 days of Dhul Hijjah:

https://liveforallah.wordpress.com/2017/08/24/10-things-to-be-in-the-10-days-of-dhul-hijjah/

✨8. Blessings of Tahajjud Prayer:

https://liveforallah.wordpress.com/2017/07/01/blessings-of-tahajjud-prayer/

👑9. Ramadan Reflections #19:

https://liveforallah.wordpress.com/2017/06/21/ramadan-reflections-19/

🌹10. The Real Challenge:

https://liveforallah.wordpress.com/2014/03/12/the-real-challenge/

Bonus 💜♥!

Keeping it real in Prayer:

https://liveforallah.wordpress.com/2013/11/16/keeping-it-real-in-the-prayer/

Sweetness of Iman

Imam AlShafi’ee said, “Journey to Allah limping and broken and don’t wait for wellness, because waiting for wellness is inability.”

What is the meaning of journey to Allah broken?

It means, for example, that you get up to pray but your prayer is still without focus, you recite the quran but it is a broken recitation far from perfection…

Don’t worry, continue and seek out who will teach you to recite.

You begin to live your life in a way that is pleasing to Allah but at times your soul and desires overpower you…

Continue journeying to Allah and don’t delay. Don’t wait for the right moment to turn towards Allah. The moment your heart is inclined to Allah then go to Him Immediately.

Ibn AlQayyim said, “A person will continue to struggle with obedience until it becomes beloved to them. And so Allah will send angels that will inspire them and push them.

They will awaken him from his sleep for it, and from his gatherings for it. Allah said, “And those who strive in our path, we will certainly guide them to our path.”

Strive. Try. Endure. Persevere. And ask Allah.

However much a person comes closer to Allah they are gifted to experience a sweetness that they taste in their wakefulness, in their sleep and in their food. Until they experience what Allah has promised, “We will give them a beautiful life.”

Oh Allah grant us the sweetness of iman.

– Shaykh Waleed Basyouni

Sūrah Al-Kahf 💎

Whoever reflects upon Surat Al-Kahf will know that its meanings carry what would be incredibly beneficial for them in protecting them from the trials of this world and security from the dajjal. That is why its recitation was legislated every Friday out of Allah’s wisdom and mercy.

Surat Al-Kahf encompasses four stories, four different types of trials (fitan) and four causes of salvation:

1) The companions of the cave: The fitnah of religion.

Their story was of believing youth who were living amongst disbelievers and committed to migrate and flee with their religion after a clash between them and their people. Allah sufficed them with the mercy of the cave. When they awoke they found their entire community had become believers.

Their salvation: Righteous companionship.

2) The owner of the two gardens: The fitnah of wealth and children

The story of a man whom Allah blessed but forgot that blessing and belittled it. He was arrogant and didnt thank Allah for the blessings though his companion reminded him. When his wealth was destroyed he was remorseful when remorse didn’t count!

Salvation from that trial: Knowing the reality of the dunya

3) Musa and Khidr: The fitnah of knowledge.

The story of Musa when he was asked about who the most knowledgable person on earth was and he responded saying “me,” without referring that knowledge back to Allah, and so Allah revealed to him that indeed there was. Musa then traveled to learn from that person that the Divine Wisdom could be incomprehensible at times, but the One designing it is All-Wise. Like the harming of the ship for example.

Salvation from that trial: Humility

4) The story of Dhul Qarnain: The fitnah of power

The story of a great ruler who was given both knowledge and power and traveled the earth relieving hardship and spreading goodness. He solved the problem of Yajuj and Majuj by sealing them in the earth and in doing so was able to mobilize the resources of a people who could hardly understand his speech!

Salvation from that trial: Sincerity

Ibn Taymiyah Gems

Ibn al-Qayyim (rA) writes: Shaykh al-Islam (may Allah be pleased with him) once said to me, as I presented him with one antagonist’s argument after another:

“Do not allow your heart to become like a sponge towards the arguments and doubts [posed by others], soaking them up and then becoming unable to champion anything but them. Instead, let it be like solid glass, whereby the doubts pass by it without ever settling in it. It sees [the doubt] by virtue of its pure transparency yet also rejects it by virtue of its toughness. Otherwise, if your heart soaks up every doubt presented before it, it will became a nesting ground for all doubts.”

His words were something to this effect, and I do not know that I’ve benefited from any advice with regards to repelling doubts as much as I have befitted from this one. [Miftar Dar as-Sa’adah: 1/443]

قال لي شيخ الإسلام – رضي الله عنه – وقد جعلت أورد عليه إيراد بعد إيراد: لا تجعل قلبك للإيرادات والشبهات مثل السفنجة، فيتشربها؛ فلا ينضح إلا بها ولكن اجعله كالزجاجة المصمتة، تمر الشبهات بظاهرها ولا تستقر فيها؛ فيراها بصفائه ويدفعها بصلابته، وإلا فإذا أَشربت قلبك كل شبهة تمر عليها صار مقراً للشبهات، أو كما قال، وما أعلم أني انتفعت بوصية في دفع الشبهات كانتفاعي بذلك) ((مفتاح دار السعادة)) (1/ 443).

Al-Kawthar

We have Given you Al-Kawthar (Surat AlKawthar v. 1)

“Al-Kawthar is a pool that his nation will drink from,
On the day of Judgment,
And the one who drinks from it will never be thirsty again,
And so everytime they sip on something in paradise,
It will never be to quench their thirst,
But always for the pleasure of the drink,
Some said that Al-Kawthar is Islam,
Or Al-Kawthar is prophethood, or Al-Kawthar’s the Quran,
Or al-kawthar’s the greatness of his nation,
Their numbers and population,
And some said that all of this can be understood,
By saying that Al-Kawthar is simply great good,
And in every way that’s what the prophet was given;
The raising of his remembrance, or his sins that were forgiven,
the blessed Night of Power, or mankind being his mission,
the entire earth a place of prayer, concise expressive diction”

~Sh. Ammar AlShukry