This is the last part for now of this story. For those who read it, please spread it if you can. For those who have comments or enjoyed it, I would love feedback. If you missed Part 4, click here. If you would like to read from the beginning with Part 1, click here. The plan … Continue reading Journey (End, Part 5)
During this time of Ramadan, there is nothing stronger than dihkr (remembrance of Allah) and the recitation of the Qur’an, first and foremost. Because Ramadan is the month of the Qur’an. This month we should work to reform that link between ourselves and the Qur’an and hence the link between ourselves and our Creator. Because Allah says that ‘When my slave asks about me, I am near.‘ SubhanAllah, He says when we ask, not if – Allah knows we need Him and if we try to live our lives without Him it only hurts us. And look how easy He makes it for us. All we need to do is ask, and He is instantly near to us. The All Powerful and Creator of everything does not need us. To deny the existence of Him is only to our own disadvantage. So, think about your purpose deeply, wonder about life thoughtfully and do not waste the time that is given to you. We are beings of mistakes and forgetfulness, that is why humans are called “insaan” in Arabic. Then why not just ask forgiveness, what does any of us have to lose?
اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ رَبِّي لا إِلَهَإِلا أَنْتَ خَلَقْتَنِي وَأَنَا عَبْدُكَ وَأَنَا عَلَى عَهْدِكَ وَوَعْدِكَمَا اسْتَطَعْتُ أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا صَنَعْتُ أَبُوءُ لَكَبِنِعْمَتِكَ عَلَيَّ وَأَبُوءُ لَكَ بِذَنْبِي فَاغْفِرْ لِي فَإِنَّهُ لايَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ إِلا أَنْتَ
Allahumma anta Rabbi la ilaha illa Anta Khalaqtani wa ana abduka, wa ana ‘ala ahdika wa wa’dika mastata’tu, A’udhu bika min Sharri ma sana’tu, abu’u Laka bini’matika ‘alaiya, wa Abu’u Laka bidhanbi faghfirli fainnahu la yaghfiru adhdhunuba illa anta
O Allah! You are my Lord! None has the right to be worshipped but You. You created me and I am Your slave, and I am faithful to my covenant and my promise as much as I can. I seek refuge with You from all the evil I have done. I acknowledge before You all the blessings You have bestowed upon me, and I confess to You all my sins. So I entreat You…
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Click here for part 3! JazakAllah khair! As the semester was coming to a close it meant Malaika's time with me at school was almost up. We were all hoping she would actually graduate this time. The very last day, the day of her graduation which she graciously did not attend, was spent together. We prayed … Continue reading Journey (Part 4)
This is part 3 of my story. Click here for part 2! Enjoy and thanks for reading 🙂 Malaika strived to make people laugh because laughter was genuine and contagious. Her pleasantries were well-known and so were her mannerisms, as I would soon discover and come to love. She would walk into the room and announce, … Continue reading Journey (part 3)
Part 2 of my story! Click here for part 1 🙂 JazakAllah khair I began college with a strong, new mindset. I was excited to jump in and focus on my education and career goals. I attended a large, diverse university in the heart of Chicago. Its wide array of programs invited people from all walks of … Continue reading Journey (Part 2)
This is the initial post to a series of posts that will be coming up in the near future, talking about my journey as a Muslim struggling with sexuality and faith. Please revisit to read the next parts to come. Feel free to comment because I love to have a good discussion. When it happened, … Continue reading Journey (Part 1)
Awesome, this is definitely a positive and constructive post. Gracefully fashioned too, inshaAllah they are guided and shown the truth of what is good for them and those that reach out to them. It is easy to forget ourselves when another motive comes knocking, whether it is provoked or intentional. As Muslims today, we are constantly under scrutiny by both Non-muslims and Muslims alike. It may seem like a great deal of pressure to get the fit just right, however this is what you must be prepared for if you place yourself in the public’s eye. Constantly question your intentions and ask yourself why you are doing what you do. If the reason ever becomes “for the people” in any shape or form… I think it is time to take a step back. Losing our Iman and purity of heart is not worth the fame and fortune of this world.
It is narrated that a group of dancing youth were passing by with alcohol in their hands and a spiritual master and his followers were present. The followers suggested to their spiritual master that he raise his hands to pray against them. So the spiritual master raised his hands and replied, “O Allah, the way these youth are happy in dunya, make them happy in the hereafter.”
Over the past few years, a huge market has emerged for Muslim Youtubers and entertainers. Fuelled by a new generation of young Muslims who are desperately seeking halal content in a world that seems to offer nothing of the sort, coupled with the dearth of Muslim role models in the public eye, young Muslims are flocking towards anyone online who possesses some creativity, humour, has a decent camera and looks well polished. It’s an exciting and interesting time, but also a time that is…
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