Thursday, 16 May 2013

Pride and Arrogance

Pride is something that has become the norm and backbone of society especially in the developed world. I say this having been fortunate to travel to many places around the globe. 

I can say the most humblest of people and most giving are those that have the least.  Now, what does that tell you of mankind?

Pride, arrogance and greed are fuel to the fire. We all have elements of this and that's why its ever so important to cleanse one's heart and lower soul (nafs al lawwama).

May Allah guide us and make us noble servants and keep us away from pride, arrogance and greed. Ameen.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Being human

This being human is a guest house.Every morning a new arrival.A joy, a depression, a meanness,some momentary awareness comesas an unexpected visitor.Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they're a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest honorably.He may be cleaning you out For some new delight.The dark thought, the shame, the malice,meet them at the door laughing,and invite them in.Be grateful for whoever comes,because each has been sent as a guide from the beyond.
            -Rumi-

Imitating Women

Abu Hurairah (radi Allahu anhu) reported that once a eunuch, who had coloured his hands and feet with henna, was brought to the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam). The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) asked who this person was. People told him that he imitates women. The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) ordered that he be exiled from Madinah.” [Abu Dawud]Ibn Abbas narrated that the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) cursed the men who adopt the looks of women, and the women who adopt the ways of men; and that he asked us to throw them out of our homes. [Bukhari]It is clear from the above Ahadith that the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) utterly disliked men who wear ladies clothes and behave effeminately, as well as women who wear men’s clothes and behave like men.The Islamic Shariah has given separate and specific commands to men and women for governing themselves which are sensible and in harmony with their natures. But today, we choose not to follow the Shariah of Islam. Instead, we follow the models provided to us by non-believers. We blindly adopt their fashion and dresses and, in doing so, consider ourselves modernized and respectable, even if such behavior brings us the curse and displeasure of Allah. May Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) give us the wisdom and courage to follow the guidance of His beloved Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam). Whatever Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) and His Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) have given us is entirely for our own benefit.

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Saturday, 4 May 2013

What the Eyes don't see...be careful

Great advice. One we all forget and do without even raising an eye lid.

With media via sit coms and soaps full of rife with this type behaviour,  what are we learning when we are in front of the old box?  PLUS if in the company of people who engage in this, advise and if it still doesn't impact them then move away from them.

Musk or Coal...what smell do you prefer?

Thursday, 2 May 2013

The Best Deed of Women

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “The best deed of the women of my Ummah is contentment and withdrawal from men.” [Shara’i Hijab]Contentment and withdrawal from men are linked. Contentment with whatever Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) has bestowed on one is required in order to keep away from mingling with men. Why does the need to unnecessarily mingle arise? It arises out of a desire for the things of this world. What are the attractions of this world? They are money (the luxuries and recreation it buys) and fame. We really need to ask ourselves how much shopping and recreation is necessary. After all, isn’t there an eternity in Jannah for this? When it comes to work, we need to ask ourselves whether it is to fend off starvation or to maintain a certain standing in society by being associated with a particular career.For a woman to fully guard herself from the eyes of men she needs to keep her focus on the ocean of Akhirah and suppress her desires for this drop of a world. If she can rein in her desires for the things of this world, she will not feel the need to go out so much.

Eeman is like an airplane ride, the higher up you go, the smaller the things of this world seem. When my Eeman is high enough the things of this world will become invisible to me and I won’t notice what others are wearing and showing off, let alone want them for myself. But till I get to cruising altitude I’ll be burning a lot of fuel. It’s hard work, but the burning fuel is another name for Taqwa: the more I have of it, the higher my level in Jannah, inshaAllah.