“فَلَمَّآ أَحَسَّ عِيسَىٰ مِنْهُمُ ٱلْكُفْرَ قَالَ مَنْ أَنصَارِىٓ إِلَى ٱللَّهِ ۖ قَالَ ٱلْحَوَارِيُّونَ نَحْنُ أَنصَارُ ٱللَّهِ ءَامَنَّا بِٱللَّهِ وَٱشْهَدْ بِأَنَّا مُسْلِمُونَ”
“We are supporters for Allah . We have believed in Allah and testify that we are Muslims [submitting to Him]”. (3: 52)
Being Ansar (Helpers) of Allah is to help in spreading the religion’s message and cause. To implement all of His rulings in our lives and to also teach others about their Creator. However it is important to not get confused with the fact that Allah and His religion do not NEED our efforts- it is only we who need Him. It not only accumulates good deeds for our scale on the Day of Judgement but it is also the most honourable work a person can do in this world. For example, the higher up someone is in status, the secretary of that person would also be higher up. So how amazing would it be to be working for the KING of all kings, ALLAH (swt). It should be a pleasure not a burden on me to carry His message and we should keep this in mind whenever we are presented with an opportunity to do good inshAllah.
I think what I (and I’m sure many others) often worry most about when striving to be a better Muslim, is basically the fear of being alone. If I all of a sudden start to change, spouting Quran verses and wanting to discuss more serious topics, honestly, it usually scares people away. Especially if they’re spiritually just not there yet with their iman. I know I definitely was in that position not too long ago…
But now I find myself on the flip side of things, where I now worry that I will start to lose the ‘coolness’ in other people’s eyes when I don’t do or talk about what I used to anymore… I want to advise someone or teach them something I learned but if it’s a ‘touchy’ subject then I just end up stressing about what the aftermath might be and what they will end up thinking of me. So I stay quiet and keep things to myself. Which I realize now is actually quite a selfish and cowardly thing to do! Read More
I remember a very dark time in my life, not too long ago, where I was not very connected with my salah (prayers). In my mind, I would always have lots of excuses for not doing it such as- Read More
Sometimes I find myself when finished writing a blog post on increasing faith and doing more good, I will breathe a sigh of contentment, say alhamdulilah and leave my room feeling very satisfied. But usually less than two minutes later, my mom will come and ask me to do the dishes or go on a walk with her and I will just exasperatingly say “agaaainnnn?” I will end up doing it because I have to listen to her but usually it is with a very evident face of displeasure and annoyance.
How many times have you been to a conference and listened to a powerful lecture and thought, “Wow, that was DEEP.” You may send out a tweet praising that sheikh and share some of his points… Some of you, alhamdulilah, may even make a silent vow to change some of your ways & implement what you heard that night. However, as soon as you step out of the lecture hall and into reality, it’s like *whooosh* everything you were just feeling fliesss out the window! Everything goes back to the way it was, iman dropping back to square one.
I know personally, this has happened to me time and time again. I have this great burst of internal motivation but before I can change anything, I go back into the same circle of friends, go right back into the same pattern of heedlessness. But what if I told you this problem that we have, has a solution? Read More
This past summer I had been avidly looking for jobs but all the while I was a little hesitant too. I always worried about when I did get that call for an interview and they asked for my references, who would I put down? This was a problem for me because it had been a while since my last job so I didn’t think they would remember me enough to give me a good reference and I also didn’t want to bother people I had asked so many times in the past. What was I to do?
I started asking my friends for advice and more than once I got the same suggestion. “Why don’t you just fake it?” They proudly admitted that they always put their family members down as their supervisors and sometimes they would even put a fake number down and talk to the employer themselves, posing as their reference! Wow, I was shocked at first but… then I will admit that this was a little tempting… I was getting desperate and I thought well, nobody ever bothers double checking so nobody would ever know….. Right? Read More
Why as humans can we think of ourselves as so great? What gives us the notion that we have got real power? When our lives are in the hands of the All Mighty alone! We must always remember our humble beginnings and where we will ALL ultimately return! Let’s remember from whom all our provision has come from & praise the one that deserves all praise!! We would have nothing and BE nothing without Him.
Did that get your attention? Probably if you decided not to continue scrolling down your feed! The point of such a headline was basically to prove my main point of this post. It’s hard to capture the attention of young people these days so you have to use creative and catchy methods to get them to continue reading! What I have noticed with this generation (myself totally included by the way) is that, in recent years, our attention span has shrunk to the size of a toddler’s. No joke! Due to the constant changing images on our screens and the advanced technology, our minds have gotten used to things always being quick, being easy, being convenient. Some question pops into our mind? No problem, we can just type it into Sheikh Google and have our answer in 2 seconds.
I know, personally, I have become really good at scanning information. So when I go through my Facebook timeline, if I see a funny image/meme, I laugh, like and continue scrolling. But if I pass by a post that is at least *gasp* a good paragraph long, I will zoom right over, not even bothering. Read More
Like most others, as a teen I always dreamt and fantasized about the day when I would have my time and get my Prince Charming. Towards recent years though, I have started to think about the specific qualities I would want, which were more geared to the person’s religiousness and character. And when I look at this list of traits all together, it really creates, mashallah, the perfect human being! Obviously having such high expectations is a recipe for disaster, however, that is another story for another day entirely, haha! What I want to discuss is- while I fashion the perfect husband in my mind, like some child in a Build-a-Bear workshop, what am I doing to make myself a good and decent wife? Read More