Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Its A Merry Eid

Assalamualaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh,

I find myself writing from the corner of a cosy room, plumped down on a beanie. Today as you may all know is Christmas, we as muslims do not celebrate Christmas however it does not stop others from wishing us a 'Merry Christmas'.

Christmas has become a universal holiday, originally it is the celebration of Jesus's Birthday however many do not even classify themselves as Christians yet still celebrate it for the sake of it.

Christianity, to me, just does not make sense. Why would Jesus sacrifice himself for the absolution of other's sins? Astaghfirullah. Thats accountablility right out the window. That's like me saying if a girl kills someone I should get punished yet she attains Heaven. Nauzbillah.

Today in the Hospital Ward there were very few visitors throughout the day, despite it being a 'holy' occasion there were very few people visiting their relatives. The majority of the Hospital Ward consisted of Christians, or said Christians.

It made me feel happy I am a muslim you know why? As a muslim we get reward for visiting the sick it's an obligation infact. We are responsible for our sick parents, or sisters, and on Eid it is not an exception. We as muslims are encouraged to take responsibility and accountability for our actions and it is not excused for any petty reason.

Alhamdulilah I am a muslim because without that AllahuAlam. Where would I be?

This was not meant to be offensive so forgive me if I have offended anyone.

Wasalaam

Saturday, 7 December 2013

The Lion's Roar

Assalamualaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh,

You know when you feel so angry you could bust? And you just don't know what to do? Or even you really want to do something that maybe you shouldnt do? These feelings of frustration can all be traced to Shaytan. When we have an urge to do something we subconsciously are aware that it's perhaps not the best idea, and are somewhat hesitant you know that Shaytan is whispering in your ear.

Urging you to. Yet you need time to think, the best way to avoid bad impulsive decisions is to sit and think. Yes just think when I do this action will it please Allah? Am I doing it for Allah? Is it necessary? After calculating your answers if they are no then you need to refrain and do dhikr InshaAllah. If you don't like thinking then atleast go somewhere where you are alone so you can calm down.

I know when I have felt impulsive and I really wanted to say or do something I just sat and thought is it for Allah? And I realised it wasn't so I stayed strong and remembered Allah. Sisters we should remember that we will be rewarded for our courage and endurance, Allah loves those who control their anger and refrains from sins for his sake.

I know its hard and other ways to help cool down which you may have heard are these:

Say Aoothoo billahi minash shaytaneerajim
Meaning I seek refuge in Allah from the acursed Shaytan

This will InshaAllah remove Shaytans whispering and make him hide in a corner. Remember your faith in Allah wll always beat Shaytan.

"But as for My servants, you will not have any authority over them." Your Lord suffices as a guardian. (Surat al-Isra´, 65)

SubhanAllah Shaytan may be able to tempt others but not those who remain steadfast InshaAllah! Have you ever heard of the story of the man who went to pray at the mosque and the first time he went he forgot something at home, so he went back then he was walking and he broke his wudhu,so he had to go back home ,all the while Shaytan was trying his best to make the man stay at home whispering evilly.

The man did not, every time he came back towards the mosque despite being delayed and I think on the 6th or 7th time a man came outside the mosque, greeted him and took him to the mosque. I have heard that the man was Shaytan obviously taking the form of a man because he was so agitated that this man would not give up, so he ended up helping him! I do not know where I heard this story but I would not take it to be a true story, only because I dont have evidence from hadiths therefore see it as an illustrative example of the endurance we should have for good deeds and know Shaytan will always lose if we persevere.

This means in our anger if we continue to remember Allah and stay patient Shaytan will lose. Or even refraining from sinning and doing dhikr and saying Astaghfirullah will make Shaytan weak.

I know this topic is always discussed and I will give you the common solutions. Sitting down if you standing, laying down if you are sitting. If these do not cool you down then do wudhu InshaAllah that will make you literally feel cool and remember Allah. I know in the heat of anger you don't remember these things but InshaAllah if you cant do these remain silent as to not hurt people in haste. Also these solutions can be applied to refraining from sinning. It might seem silly but it helps :)

These solutions are all from hadiths I have not posted the hadiths but here is the link I took it from:

http://muttaqun.com/anger.html

Under "What to do when angry"

This website is also very useful and in much more detail so please look at it:

http://en.islamtoday.net/artshow-427-3220.htm

“And what is with Allah is better and more enduring for those who believe and who rely upon their Lord. And those who avoid the major sins and indecencies, and when they become angry, they forgive.” [ Sûrah al-Shûrâ : 36-37]

Wasalaam

Monday, 25 November 2013

A Brave New World

Assalamualaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh,

I would like to tell you sisters the reason for my delayed post is because I have been extremely busy! So busy you might want to ring Obama and tell him I don't have time to talk to him! Yes. You know. I have been busy.....eating pizzas. ;) Anyhowz let's get a movin'

...

When I am walking in college I rarely do find myself shocked or amazed by the commotion around me. I try to block it out when I need to. Although the attack seems to be much stronger than my defence.

However all is not lost! Just the other day I saw something that made my smile light up and be thankful that my defense was weak. It was a girl who had started wearing the Hijab and Abaya. To be truthful I don't know her, but her actions alone have told me she seems dedicated to Islam and interested in learning.

Alhamdulilah! <3 But what also crossed my mind at that moment is that alot of sisters wear the Hijab and Abaya end up either distorting the purpose or removing it. Now I can't seem to uncross it.. :/

I know not everyone does this, but there are a handful. I am not in any way trying to blame sisters or criticise them, no I am trying to give a perspective that InshaAllah will help you all!

First off sisters, we need to question our intentions. Why are we doing this? Who is it for? If your answers are "i dunno" or "my parents" or "my boyfriend", 1) any intention that is not directed to gaining the pleasure of Allah(SWT) will crumble, eventually you give up because it's not 'worth' it. 2) Doing a good deed doesn't not mean you should carry on with a bad deed i.e your boyfriend telling you to. Therefore correct your intentions, go to the Qur'an read the verse about adorning the Hijab, understand it and love Islam. Once you love Islam InshaAllah you will wear it forever.

"And tell the believing women to lower their gaze and guard their private parts from sin and not show of their adornment except only that which is apparent, and draw their headcovers over their necks and bosoms and not reveal their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands' fathers, their sons, their husbands' sons, their brothers, or their brothers' sons, or their sisters' sons, or their women (i.e., their sisters in Islam), or their female slaves whom their right hands possess, or old male servants free of physical desires, or small children who have no sense of women's nakedness. And let them not stamp their feet so as to reveal what they hide of their adornment. And turn unto Allah altogether, O you Believers, in order that you may attain success.[An-Nur, 24:31]

I believe there is another verse in the Qur'an about Hijab so InshaAllah look into it. Also read books about why we wear Hijab, the importance of it, how it has helped others. Try reading revert stories aswell! This will help you to understand why Hijab is so important. InshaAllah. :)

Next I need to tell you all, what I have learnt. You might wanna sit down, grab some popcorn, get cosy, you'll be hearing alot of "what I have learnt" in my journeying through life...

I haven't been alive for very long so excuse me, but I realise people or me expect too much from life, they set themselves up to fall. Whether it's relying on your friend to be your 24/7 or your deen to be as strong as ever till you die. Don't worry sisters we have all been there. I guess we just need to understand that our sole purpose is to worship Allah therefore we should not allow ourselves to digress.

So if you wear the Hijab new or the Abaya, don't expect too much.  Don't expect your life to change dramatically or to have the same level of emaan in the next few years. A common problem that we all face is low emaan, and my best solution is to realise and appreciate that everything needs work. When you build up your emaan it might crumble but you just have to pick yourself up and build it again. Like a piece in a lego tower, or Jengo! Blocks can always be put on top of eachother! So lets get a' movin'! I am so going to beat you, I rock at Jengo!

Read Qur'an every night, pray Tahajjud every weekend, attend lectures, these should all help to build your emaan.

Also we must accept that if we fall then it is by the will of Allah (swt) therefore we must not complain or get depressed. Look to the future and all that it brings.

Lastly I would like to add that family and friends that are around new Hijabis should not pressurise them into wearing all black or wearing their Hijab a certain way. If you have an opinion gently suggest it but otherwise you should be careful about how you say things. Its natural for Hijabi to want to experiment with colours and styles, however sisters please bear in mind that the purpose of the Hijab is to cover our hair and neck, clothes should not expose our awrah and we should not be purposefully trying to attract attention. Anything that does not transgress those boundaries should be fine. It's okay to want to wear a nice patterned Hijab or nice coloured cardi!

Not everyone wants to wear All black, and thats fine! It might help to find new friends as well. A new Hijabi needs good influences therefore friends with similar interests will make them feel at ease, but friends that have no interest in Islam will deter you and may even make you take it off as we all know friends are very important.

Hadrat Abu Hurairah (r.a.a.) relates that the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) said: "A person is likely to follow the faith of his friend, so look whom you be friend." (Abu Daud and Tirmizi)

Urm. Sisters.. I have only realised now that all my posts say "ihsaan" instead of "insaan" >.< I'm so sorry!  you're all excellent ;) You know what I mean...right? ...well anyways..

Wasalaam >.>

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

RightStop?

Assalamualaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh,

While I was on the bus heading home I found that there was a considerable amount of noise. I mean this is typical on a bus, I am aware. However the source of the noise was not where you expected: boys. No rather it was a group of Hijabi girls. Now sisters I am aware the notion to be quiet like mice doesn't sit very well in modern, "feminist" society however we must be careful in what we are saying in public.

But I would like to point out that the reason why I did not expect girls to be making noise is because we as women are regarded as pearls and we have to protect our awrah , this however does not mean that boys are supposed to make noise, no it just means that as women we are supposed to have more modesty as we are , (lack of a better word) more alluring to men, that men are to us.

In general we, male or female should be conscious of what we portray Islam to be. Wearing a juba, or a Hijab identifies you with Islam therefore we as muslims should be careful and conscious of what we do.

This is just my observation...we as muslims are meant to portray peace and invite others to join therefore we must acknowledge that as muslims we are the representatives and what we do, people will take that as what a muslim is like. That means we have to behave in a certain way.  I know I know im generalising but there is an element of truth there right?

I'm aware sometimes we forget and that's normal so don't beat yourself up if you realise your just a little bit too loud, just turn it down a notch and maybe inform your friends aswell.. InshaAllah it should be in our heads that behaving abrasively is not how a muslim should behave like..

This goes on to ha'yaah (shame) we should be conscious of what we do in public and make sure we are not trying to draw attention to ourselves.

The Prophet (s) told us that eemaan (faith) has seventy branches, the highest of which is Laa ilaaha illa Allaah and the lowest of which is removing something harmful from the road, and he added, “Hayaa’ (having a sense of shame) is part of eemaan.” When we study hayaa’ in Islam, we begin to see clearly that its definition goes far beyond mere “modesty,” as it is often translated, but it includes a more broad definition that is probably more adequately translated as “a sense of shame.”

-http://islamww.com/bb/index.php?showtopic=142

Related sources- www.mansoorah.com

JazakAllah Khairan.

Wasalaam

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Enlightenment

Assalamualaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh,
I have a poem I would like to share. I wrote this poem a while ago... I am not saying I am an amazing poet, I'm just a poet, nothing special. So read it if your interested, if not keep posted for my next post!

~~~~~~~~~Shadow~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

The light that is cast upon me
Is it real?
Is it casting light?... Or darkness
Is it bringing me out of the depth or pulling me further
The glow ,gleam
Of its light
Is it beautiful
Or is it that which I do not see
The darkness that surrounds me
In my mind
Or what shaytan left behind?
The face which I see
Beauty
Tranquility
Or concealed
Facade
Of which I cannot see
The sounds
Of my ears
Are they real
Or is it that which I long to hear?
Words spoken.
Yet they are broken.

The life I live.
For myself.
Nooone else?
Yet my heart
Stops every moment
I hear Allah.
Proof of creation?
Proof of creator!
The sun that I see is it the same you see
The imaan I feel
Please tell me you feel that too.
My hearts changed
By Allah I never want in
On what I had before
For what I have now is certainly worth more.
Those questions I never answered
Those answers that never made sense
Ya Allah what you have granted me.
Is peace in my heart for eternity.

I feel the love
For the prophets and
Gratitude
For everythng
You give me
Every day.
That peace
Do you see it?
Can you smell that sweet honeycomb?
Of imaan?
Of ibadah?
Of love for Allah ?
Do you hear what I hear?
The words I hear.
The heart I have
Now
The love
I have now
Feel what I feel
For what I feel
Is conquering
All of which you feel.
The only difference is mine is real.

Do you feel that breeze of
Love'
The siren of the akhira?
The tweet of the skies?
The glass of heaven'
The immortal eyes?
Do you see the world
In its form
Or do you see that which does not conform?
The fire of hell every time
Its warm?
The sweet honey of heaven?
The blessings of Allah?
Do you see which I see?
Do you hear what I hear?
Do you realise now,
That life is bound.
The akhira
Is profound
And everyone
Will taste death
Do you see your life flashing before you'?
Cries of repentence
Too little too late
Be honest and follow the nabi saw before your date.

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Sorry for the errors! There may well be grammar mistakes! Be cautioned grammar lovers! <3 LOVE ya'll
Wasalaam

Sunday, 10 November 2013

EyesOfNobody

Assalamualaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh,

I should really be asleep right now. However I have words to write. Do you ever find that your identity is clouded?

Or sometimes mixed into other identities that you didn't want? Or maybe you did want... The real question I am posing to ya'll is what is our identity?

What should we be known as? The "fashionista" , "pious" , "geek' , "pretty" common tags that we are labeled as. Sometimes I get real sick of tags and not just on my clothes!

Those tags that seem to be printed in capitals on your forehead but yet when you face the mirror you never see? Well heres the thing sisters, whether you or I like it or not, humans have to label, its innate I presume.

Therefore we have to question what we want to be associated with? Is it makeup, fashion, looks, intelligence we want to be our status? Or should we want our Deen to be glowing for us with no words but action?

Sisters, inevitably we fall into a cycle of materialism where we chase a westernized perception of the ideal, yet I find myself questioning whether that's even real? I'm here with you sisters we all fall, but I want to help you up, dont chase the money or the makeup rather dress your soul with illuminating cloths of knowledge and ibadah.

Don't you feel empty when you dress to impress instead of dressing to please Allah? Its not a judgement it's  a question, I am asking to ask yourselves, deep inside. Do you feel that your entire life, from the minute you entered and cried with delight in begging your Lord to enter this world to minute you die when you see the Angel of death taking your soul, that you have purpose when you engage in frivolous acts that have no meaning? Now sisters I would take offence if you even think I am trying to judge or hurt you, I want you to think and ask yourself, that's all, and if you can't answer, maybe thats your answer right there.

I admit it's not all bad... but its to the extent where we sacrifice our Deen, don't. Take stand. Even if it's just you on that stand, ride it all the way home, I would.

Wasalaam

Saturday, 2 November 2013

ThroughTheLookingGlass

Assalamualaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh,

Today was an interesting day. It started off rather odd. I normally wake up and get ready which I did today, like every other day, but before I left my house I started thinking more about how my life is, the good, the bad, the ugly. I realised life is how you see it.

If you take tinted blue shades that sparkle you'll see life in blue and sparkle but if you wear dirty specs that are broken your vision will be broken. Its all about perception. I admit life deals a hard hand, and sometimes poker faces just don't work, and you end up letting the cards pile ontop of you. But it's only as bad as you think. I remember a Hamlet quote: There is nothing good or bad but thinking makes it so (ACT 2) and to be honest that's true!

Do you know why? If you allow yourself to be depressed about a problem in your life, you wont see the good in your life. Alhamdulilah for everything we own and the bodies we have been given.

Let me take a serious example, if a person in your family has passed away I understand it's hard to move on and remaim steadfast but InshaAllah we should try to.

This is because 1) it is a test and a way to gain closeness to Allah (SWT) 2) we all have to die, the time has been written down, therefore we have to accept Allahs decree and understand Allah knows best. 3) It should remind us of our purpose and we should change ourselves to be the person we want to be before we too, die.

Or let's say you failed your exams despite trying your utter best. We should understand that it was Allahs decree and not in our power, perhaps Allah has a better plan? Istikara may be an option here if for instance you failed your A Levels and have no clue what to do. Dont become depressed though because a door that closes always leads to another that opens. Look at the free time you have now, to help your parents, to study Islam and go to lectures. Always look at the positives of every bad situation! :)

In this way we do not allow Shaytan to pick at us and become depressed.

What is key and the main point of this article is, in every bad situation we need to remind ourselves that it is Allahs plan and we should be happy with that!

JazakAllah Khair for reading!

Wasalaam

Friday, 25 October 2013

Painful Love

Assalamualaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh,

Todays post was inspired by a conversation between me and my sister. She is starting her own blog, congrats to her! :) She spoke about the topic of love which led me to question my thoughts on love.

What do I believe love is? What is love? How is love related to Islam? Well love can be seen as a force, an overwhelming feeling that overrides our thoughts and actions. People say love is a drug and it becomes addictive. Which is true, literally. I see the raised eyebrows and rolling eyes but hold it because its true. Scientifically when you fall in love, im talking the giddy youthful love; butterflies, heart pacing yada yada. Your brain produces dopamine which is a drug that has a similar effect to cocaine. Fascinating right?

Despite this the strongest most powerful love that ceases to exist is between us and Allah.This is because the love that is shared between your Lord and you is spiritual and much more grappling. The almighty created us and we as Ihsaan have a natural pull towards Him. The sweetness of Ibadah and tawaqqul is the precious gem in the widest river. You will see in time the peace in one's heart can only be attained through worship there is nothing in the world that will calm you more than your faith in Allah. Thats why you see those celebrities that are morally sick, have no faith in their Lord, end up in a hotel, overdosed. They have no comfort no matter how far they search they won't find happiness, lust, drugs, and endless materialism corrupts the soul: blackens the core and slowly erodes it eventually leading to depression and suicide.

This is why we should continue to strengthen the bond between us and Allah. Not to mention other muslims. Allah (SWT) put love and mercy in our hearts so that we may be dutiful towards our parents and spouses. The bond between a mother and child is innate. We develop a strong bond with our mothers and throughout our lives we dependent on them therefore it is important to appreciate all that we given and help our parents.

The most important love after Allah and our parents is our spouses. Allah looks at a married couple with mercy when they look at eachother in happiness, subhanAllah we get reward from a simple action. This is why you should always cool our arguments down and forgive for Allah. Apologising to your spouse even if it's not your fault will be rewarded as you are doing it dor Allah.Loving for the sake of Allah increases our love and the purpose of it too. When we make friendships we should do base it on our love for Allah i.e does this person remind me of Allah and Islam. Friendships are not meant to distract you for your purpose so InshaAllah bear this in mind.

This was fairly brief and I know I could waffle on and on. But for now that's all I'll say. So take care :)

Wasalaam.

Sunday, 20 October 2013

A Starry Night

Assalamualaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh,

Beautiful way to begin a day, actually every day is pray Fajr. InshaAllah you all have the means to do this and if not here are some tips on how to wake up for Fajr:
-keep wudhu the night before(angels surround you if you have wudhu making it easier for you to wake up)
-Read some Qur'an before going to bed(so your mind is focused)
-Make a niyyah(intention) so InshaAllah you will be able to do it!
-Go to sleep early!(a common reason people fail to pray Fajr is because they are too tired from last nights partying ;) )
-Set an alarm atleast an hour or so before sunrise (so you have time to be slow)

These are some tips I like to use and it usually helps me. InshaAllah if you are struggling try your best! Next read the waking up dua

Feel it in your heart. Say it with meaning. You are praising the Almighty for letting you be alive, to begin afresh. Anything bad you did yesterday can be erased through repentence today and good deeds. Then have breakfast! Do it! And make sure you say Bismillah before eating! Then make sure your phone is charged or get a good Islamic book with you! You are going to listen to a lecture on your way to college/work! Its really refreshing to be reminded of the Dunya and its insignificance therefore we should constantly remind ourselves with good words and utilize our time InshaAllah. Check out productivemuslim.com for more tips on how to use your time!
P.s when going downstairs sat SubhanAllah and when going up say AllahuAkbar!
Also before you leave your house say the dua and Ayat kursi three times. This is for protection.

Ayat kursi :

Bismillaah ar-Rahman ar-Raheem Allahu la illaha illa hu Wal Hayyul Qayyum La te huzuhu sinetun wala nawmun Lahu ma fissemawati wa ma fil'ardi Men thallathiy yeshfe'u indehu illa biznih Ya'lemu ma beyne eydiyhim wa ma halfehum wa la yuhiytune bishey'in min ilmihi illa bima sha-a wasia kursiyyuhu semavati wal'ard Wa la yeuduhu hifzuhuma wa hu wal aliy ul aziym

Leaving dua:
Bismillahi Tawakaltu Alla Alla La Hawla WaLa Kuwatta Illa Billah Alyil Azim

Keep your gaze low and avoid places that are filled with guys(i think this applies to colleges!) once you are in your workplace/college do what you are there to do. But try and say 'astaghfirullah' when you have time, which means Oh Allah forgive me of my sins, as ihsaan we should always repent so inshaAllah try this. Also try to say Alhamdulilah (praise be to Allah), SubhanAllah(all glory be to Allah) and AllahuAkbar(Allah is the greatest)

Next befor Zuhr try and pray Duha. Now for you sisters who have no clue what Duha is let me tell you!

1139. Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: My Khalil (the Messenger of Allah (PBUH)) directed me to fast three days of each month, and to observe two Rak`ah Duha (optional prayer) at forenoon, and to perform the Witr prayer before going to bed. [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Its 2Rakats but can be up to 6rakats.

This means its a Sunnah but we should try to adher to it because it is beneficial! Also try to Read Qur'an after this or even after your Zuhr prayer. Ok so at the end of your long day remember everything you have done and why, it is sometimes useful to reflect maybe on your way home what you have done good today and what needs improvement?

When coming home read Ayat kursi again and remember to say Bismillah when entering your home :)

Let us always remind ourselves of our purpose and not digress InshaAllah. Apart from that a good day needs a good attitude. If one bad thing happens dont let it ruin your whole mood :)

Wasalaam

Monday, 14 October 2013

MixingMayhem

Assalamualaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh,

Sisters, today I find myself addressing age old issues that will always be spoken of no matter what. This is because this topic is so detailed that it requires a huge amount of discussion amongst scholars as well among us.

Whats the topic, you say? Well let me begin first, with why I am writing about this. Today in class, we were moved around and I ended up being in a group full of boys. Somehow I always find myself in such situations. This brought me to think about how sisters everywhere that go to mixed colleges, schools, workplaces have to experience this! Which made me think (like I do) and it led me to write this post.

Well as I have made it pretty obvious the topic is freemixing or "socialising". But its not in a broad sense its inside the classroom/workplace. We know at some point we have to work with the opposite gender, but when does it start and when does it stop? By this I mean, how much "mixing" does there need to be?

I know some scholars say mixed colleges is abig no no. But its up to you ultimately.( I sincerely wished I had gone girls college) It has not been deemed haram but it's advisable to try and stay away from it because it can create alot of fitnah. If you do go to a mixed college or workplace I understand completely you do have to talk to guys.

Nobody is saying you need to become best buddies with every guy inorder to "socialise" or do your work because honestly thats not needed. I understand that it's difficult to draw boundaries but one way that might help is this. Think to yourself everytime you talk to a guy for work, 'are these personal questions that aren't related to the work?', 'did I need to mention that'?

Often freemixing or dating begins in the classroom because we are in concentrated areas day in day out, its natural feelings will develop. But what you need to remind yourself is that the classroom is for working not freemixing. Let us all questions our motives and actions and the necessity of what we do. You dont have to be on your guard all the time just bear in mind a few things and try not to get carried away InshaAllah.

Also sisters if you feel you have socialised too much with guys in the classroom/workplace just start slowly stopping inappropriate talk. Try to keep it work based only.

InshaAllah this was beneficial. I am not perfect so if I have offended you please forgive me. This is reminder to myself first then yous :)

Wasalaam.

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

ASaintAway

Assalamualaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh,
As a fellow human being I can say that I have had my fair share of bad experiences. Experiences which I regret and wish never happened. But the past is a memory that can only be recollected in our thoughts and not in the present because the past is untainted so our future can be recreated. Nice quote thing there huh? Well the reason I speak of this sisters is because everyone has a past, that lurks around them like a lingering smell.

The thing is we should realise by now, Islam is the air freshner that will make us not only relieved but our noses happier. We all make mistakes and that's no reason why we should be held down by them, it's a mistake not a representation of who you are. We know that repentence allows us to redeem ourselves and by the will of Allah(SWT) we can start afresh, a new page in our books InshaAllah.

The real issue at hand sisters, is when we acknowledge our mistakes and can repent but judge others for their mistakes/sins. Noones perfect. Lemme begin with brothers/sisters who aren't so practicing, they are journeying through life, and have not yet found the true essence of Islam so therefore we have no right to judge 1) because we are slaves to Allah(SWT) 2) because everyone has their own jihad. Judging can be... Omg she wore scarf one day then next she took it off...Sister, whatever she did is between her and Allah(SWT). Yes advising is fine, but please think about the way you say something it can offend sisters. This goes for brothers aswell. For instance, What? He prayed one day then next minute hes chilling with girls. Just think about this for one moment, if it was you who had done this(boy or girl scenario) and people started judging you, would you feel inclined to ever go towards Islam again? Wouldnt you feel as though you get judged every moment and that there'd be no point?

It's important to remember this sisters as we all forget. Dont judge others because they sin differently. (i think thats from How I Met Your Mother) next I wanted to discuss practicing sisters and brothers. Lets not forget that we all are striving for Jannah and the closer we get the harder trials we face. So when a practicing sis makes a mistake don't judge her and start making assumptions that shes no longer 'practicing' or shes a hypocrite. Lets assume she's trying like all of us. Noones going to make it through life with no scratches.

Even if a person is unbelievably holy they can still make errors so bear that in mind. We are not here to judge others, remember our purpose do not digress. :)

Also please remember sisters, I am not perfect by any means so whatever I say is a reminder to myself first then to yous.

Wasalaam

Saturday, 5 October 2013

RunTheMarathon

Assalamualaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh, So Y'all today I was thinking, you know really thinking, and I realised I am not good with commitments. But I am trying to be and this is what I have come up with. The key is forcing yourself to go ahead with it, now sisters I am not talking about forcing yourself into marriage or things you DONT want to do, you shouldn't burden yourself. Im talking about things you WANT to do but may get scared or lack confidence to complete. For instance you hate one of your classes, but the teacher is really good and the class is alright, the real problem is you dont have any fun. You should force yourself to stay on, life is not always about fun!

So moving on to the real topic at hand. How this relates to Islam. When we want to pray Tahajjud or do Sunnah fasts, we often get that voice saying "its too hard", "what about school tomorrow?" ...problems pile up faster than you count. Lets remind ourselves that the key to getting things done is motivation and determination along with a pure intention. And not to mention Shaytaan spreading his little whispers around.

Forget the "problems" but the rewards! And remember anything you want to do you can! Nooone is stopping you! Another tip, tell yourself 'let me just try it out this once, if its too hard I wont do it, just once' normally this helps me.
Its not always easy to do an act and continue with it so dont burden yourself with the thought that once you've done it you have to maintain it every day, you could do it every Friday or even every month, whenever. Just try and be consistent. The consistent acts are most beloved to Allah(SWT) (sorry there's a hadith about that but I don't have time right now) Just dont stress out too much.

Okay so I hope that helped sisters!

Wasalaam

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Walking on Clouds

Assalamualaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh,

I find sisters, that my best,most captivating writing is in the spur of the moment. So I will try, as I have downloaded Blogger on my Android, to do just that. Well today's random writing is about Reclaiming your lost identity. Wow sounds like a cool book or something... Well it's not it just kinda popped into my head, just now infact. What do I mean by reclaiming? Well I mean to find what was yours. It belonged to you but you might have lost it. Now I think im talking in riddles so let me explain.

When you go through a rough patch, a hard year, a toughie...things get ugly. You feel drained not only physically but spiritually aswell. Sometimes religion doesn't always seem like a viable route. Thats when we lose our identities. It happens, not everyone feels they can turn to turn to Allah (SWT) in times of difficulty but this is so far from the truth, its laughable. Really, it is. You wanna know why? Because if there's anyone*anything* that could help you through this rough time, its Allah (SWT) sisters.

Sometimes we give up on religion. Its the truth. And im saying it because it happens. Sometimes we think there's nothing that will help us in our pain. So we resort to sin to have temporary pleasures to take away the pain. This changes our very beings, who we are and what others see us as. But... why have temporary pleasure when you could have eternal peace? Weigh the scales sisters. You will see that one pound is nothing to hundred pounds.

Everyone makes mistakes but dont think that one mistake is the justification for another. You always have the ability to turn to Allah(SWT) Never think that you can't, because every moment your alive is an opportunity to change. Dont allow yourself to lose who you were because of hardship. Dont you remember our beloved rasool(saw) and his hardships? Or the other beloved prophets? A hardship is means for you to gain closeness with the almighty not a means to distance yourself.

If you allow yourself to fall into sin, your identity fades. Your purpose fades. Whats the meaning to everything you do? Your identity is being a muslim. And if you lose it you've lost the precious pearl in the best oyster. We are all muslim and we are in this dunya together so forget seeing hardships as torture to your life, think about the rewards and pleasures of the akhira, not to mention the fact Allah(SWT) is testing you because he loves you. :)

Oh my beautiful sisters I hope you are all in the highest of emaan and best of health. If there are sisters going through difficult times, remain steadfast. Good things come to those are patient. InshaAllah we can all adhere to this. Also we should all InshaAllah pray that if we are ever to face hardship that we remain strong and never lose hope in Allah (SWT) because life is unexpectable so anything could happen.

Hope this was beneficial.

Wasalaam.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Summer Hijab

Assalaamualaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh!
This is my new YouTube video! :D Sorry it took so long, been crazy busy!
:D Next post will be up soon! Be sure to check out my LiveJournal here for updates on my life :P



Check it out on my YouTube to comment,subscribe and like! :D

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_mmrkH0DBw

Wasalaam

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Holiday Havoc

Assalaamualaikum Wa Rahmtullahi Wa Baraktuh,

I am so unbelievably sorry for delaying my posts! I have recently started college, and you know first week back is always cray cray. Just to let you know, and even if you dont care, I will tell you :P. I am doing A2 English Lit, AS Sociology, AS History. Suprise suprise I am doing all the writing subjects. Ye can tell I like writing. ALSO I will be making videos for YouTube! SORRY I have been busy! I plan to make a hijab tutorial and college advice video, so keep posted! InshaAllah!

Okay! So todays post will have to be about Holidays. I have to! To help my fellow workers/schoolers..bla di bloo.
If you have a holiay or one coming up, these are tips!

-Get organised! Do not leave the whole break packed with going out and having fun! Use your time wisely!
Make time for lectures, prayer and revision! AND if you have no revision because you work then stimulate your brain with books, puzzles or activities(Throughout the break!)

In Islam we are meant to be productive!

Imam Al-Ghazali, “[Time] is nothing other than your life, and your life is the capital that you make use of to reach perpetual felicity in the proximity of Allah (swt).”

This does not mean everyday is ISLAM ISLAM ISLAM. You can relax sometimes!

-USE productive muslim w/s ! THEY ARE AMAZING! You should defo visit their site! http://productivemuslim.com/

- Use this break as an opportunity to fast! Optional fasts are much easier during breaks! Mainly because you dont have work or school to distract you or take your energy. Remember the optional fasts? Check this post for more information!
--->  http://hijabihayah.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/assalaamualaikum-wa-rahmtullahi-wa.html/

-Use the holiday to educate yourself! Not only islamically but academically aswell! If you dont like reading, watch a documentary, or maybe a game? Try it out!
Visit a musuem! Or historical places!

-Try taking a walk?! Or visiting a quiet place! Ponder on Allah(SWT)'s creation! See my post for more info!

http://hijabihayah.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/happy-crazy-love.html/

Lastly have fun! Enjoy your break while it lasts!
If you feel like your holiday is dragging on why not attend online seminars?
Visit this website to check some out!
 http://rayyaninstitute.com/

Okay! So thats it have fun! And I know everyones back to work/school but I thought I would share my post-holiday thoughts! KEEP in mind for next holiday I guess!

Wasalaam

Friday, 23 August 2013

LookInTheMirror

Assalaamualaikum Wa Rahmtullahi Wa Barakatuh,

(Before we start my awesome post, let me just say a something.
Ive been thinking about what kind of a blogger I am... Or known to be. To be honest, and i'm trying to hold honesty dear to my heart, sisters, I am not a political activist or a serious writer...I just write and if people wanna read, they do, and that's cool because my writing isn't a persuasion article or forcing anyone to believe what I believe, it's me probably advising myself or my friend in cute lil café...)

What are people known by? Their appearance? Their intelligence? Their wealth?
Sometimes people are far too caught up in labels.
Most of the time it's girls that get caught up in that whirlwind.
The first label everyone tends to get is the appearance.
Our outward appearance means a lot, maybe that's why we get a bit obsessed. :S

For guys, or brothers... it's more about character right? But for girls how you look on the outside, most of the time- is the first impression a person gets. But lets keep in mind sisters if the lights are on and no ones home, people tend to wander off. The bigger picture here, is sisters is that we should beautify our inside as well as our outside.

First off beautifying your outside doesn't mean slapping makeup no it means having water, moisturizing, daily cleansing, eating nutritious food, going gym or exercising regularly, taking vitamins and so on these will help you have a youthful glow and make you more beautiful than make up could ever do.

You know I can tell you that we all go through a phase in our life where looking nice, is the most important thing. Most specifically with makeup.Everyone wants to feel pretty, but sometimes there's a price to beauty.

You shouldnt make dressing up your entire life. I mean I've come to realise that it comes to no good. When you spend those five-ten minutes applying mascara and topliner you could be reading Qur'an or memorising a surah.

When we get into the obsession, we tend to forget the value of money, carelessly buying anything and everything. So try to find alternative ways to spending money like reusing clothes or changing scarf styles. Buying plain T's that can be worn again and again, using cardigans as sweaters etc.

Aswell as that we should be mindful that we are not dressing for a catwalk and therefore should not take as long as an hour to get ready! Inshaallah we should struggle to improve this but even so we should leave time to get ready.

Now on to beautifying the inside. The only way you can do this is, like beautifying the outside requires face masks, daily cleansing, moisturizing and constant care, we also need to do the same for our inside. Like praying sunnah prayers, a weekly tahajjud, reading Quran, giving charity, being pleasant and helping others. If you try your best to keep up with these habits InshaAllah you should have a beautiful inside in a jiffy!

Okay so I think those are the basics! Just don't go all cray cray with looking nice. Im not going to go into the debate about wearing makeup because everyone has their own opinions and essentially its up to the individual. I personally think its fine to wear some makeup maybe like blusher or eyeliner, makeup that looks very simplistic. Just dont overdo it.

Waslaam

Saturday, 3 August 2013

Missing puzzle pieces?

Assalaamualaikum Wa Rahmtullahi Wa Barakatuh,

From recent feedback I have discovered you lovelies would like to know about how you can fit into western society. Well excuse the word fitting more like blending-in-but-don't-lose-yourself-to-the-world kinda thing, if you know what I mean. Before I ramble on. I would like to first thank you all for giving me feedback! Its great to know what you want to hear about! So JazakAllah Khairan, me beauties <3, also I have recently started up a YouTube where I will be doing more talks about lots of other Islamic issues or problems! I will also InshaAllah be doing book reviews, hijab tutorials and more! Once I think of it! I have uploaded my Welcome Video so check it out, InshaAllah! Sorry for the formalities, but now that's over lets get a moving!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kyj6fr9JKv8 (Thats the youtube link!)

Adaption thats a hard word isn't it? Well not literally, its adapt with 'ion' on the end, I mean adaption the meaning. How do you adapt? Do you change inorder to fit in? I mean Darwin's theory of evolution works with that, survival of the fittest. Changing so you can live. Developing or behaving a certain way. Does that mean we follow western culture? No no no! It does not mean that!

We dont have to be anything we aren't
We dont have to conform
Those that do, have made that decision themselves

We be muslims. Simply as!

We go about our lives, as we do. Lemme break it down. We are Muslims but we live in a western society, this means we need to keep our faith but try to fit in. We can't force people to be like us or tell them that their country has no proper justice system, we need to show them through our character and actions not our coercion. Who better to follow than our beloved nabi (SAW) he was the kindest of them all, MashaAllah!

"It was by the mercy of Allah that you were gentle with them (O, Mohammad) for if you had been harsh and hard of heart they would of dispersed from around you. So pardon them and pray forgiveness for them and consult with them in the affair" (Quran 3:159)


Conduct is an important part of fitting into society. How you behave with non-muslims is important, you represent Islam wherever you are, so you need to do show others that Islam is beautiful. The stereotypical views of muslim are often show in the media, but that doesn't mean we cant change people's opinons. If you have a non-muslim neighbour, why don't you offer to bring them food one day? Kindness is all it takes.

Also it means you need to obey the law in the country. Unless it opposes Islam in some way. You dont commit crimes or do anything that would get you into trouble. Dont go committing crimes now okay! :)
Many scholars have said that from certain surahs such as the one below proves that when a muslim enters a country they have made a promise to follow the law, therefore they should keep the promise. (UNLESS IT OPPOSES ISLAMIC LAW)

 “And fulfill the Covenant to Allah when you have covenanted, and break not the oaths after you have

   confirmed them.” [Sûrah al-Nahl: 91] 

Some parts of Western culture isn't so bad for instance western fashion- Abayas nowadays have a funky look, which is not bad as you can still have style while being modest.

But not too much westernizing, we wanna fit in but still be able to show people Islam and its beauty. We shouldn't follow too much of western culture like going out alot, or dressing up too much you know? Everything needs moderation! We should make time for our prayers, and tilawaat, sunnah fasting, islamic lectures and helping our parents, ON top of studying, and socialising, and yada yada.

Okay so thats it for now! JazakAllah Khairan for reading, hopefully it was useful!
Wasalaam.

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Feeling hot hot hot

Assalaamualaikum Wa Rahmtullahi Wa Barakatuh,

The most awaited time of year, the big one...is finally here..well it's already been here for about 23days, but you get the drift.. Its Ramadan! <3

To be completely honest, I like ramadan but I am pretty scared of it too ;) Not eating isn't a big deal for me, but this year its proving to be very difficult at times, but surprisingly easy at times aswell! Weird, right?! Well if your like me, you'll realise that ramadan is everyone's epiphany moment, which is alhamdulilah good! But we shouldn't wait for ramadan to make the CHANGE, it should be a step towards progress throughout the year although, maybe, perhaps, it's easier to make more bigger changes IN ramadan, it's not THE ONLY TIME. I am aware some people choose to make ramadan their change-a-year. Which isn't ..good.. Really folks, to change once in the year then go back to your old habits straight after is not the point of ramadan! I mean i am not disregarding the fact that it is hard to keep the changes what with everyone else doing the same thing + its not as easy cause' you don't have the holy feeling.  We need to keep the faith alive! Don't let ramadan be your one-hit-wonder! Make it a -change-forever InshaAllah! I mean if it were that you changed in ramadan and alhamdulilah kept it that way that's different! That's abso-fab-lutely Great!

There's so much goodness in ramadan, not just the opportunity to change but also the opportunity to gain more or bigger reward. You know pretty much this WHOLE ramadan has been thee most hottest ramadan EVEER! It's like wow! Allah really wants to test us, Alhamdulilah! And InshaAllah we all have been keeping it up and fasting! I was in the car one time during the hot day, and I was thinking about how Abu Bakr (RA) and Aisha (RA) used to like fasting in the heat:

“…And from the acts of worship whose reward is multiplied during the heat is fasting, and this is because of the thirst that one experiences in the mid-day heat.
This is why Mu’adh bin Jabal expressed regret on his deathbed that he would no longer experience this mid-day thirst, as did other early Muslims.
And it was related that Abu Bakr would fast in the summer and not fast in the winter, and ‘Umar advised his son ‘Abdullah on his deathbed: “Try to obtain the characteristics of faith,” and the first one he mentioned was fasting in the intense summer heat.
And al-Qasim bin Muhammad said that ‘A’ishah would fast in the intense heat, and he was asked: “What drove her to do this?” He replied: “She would take advantage of the days before death.” And some of the righteous women would choose the hottest days and fast them, saying: “If the price is low, everyone will buy,” meaning that she wanted to do those actions that only a few were capable of due to how hard it was to do them, and this is indicative of the high aspirations these women had.


SubhanAllah! Look at that! Allah gave us the oppurtunity to gain MORE reward! Wow, that's amazing. Some of us may have seen it as ' OMG why is it so hot?! And WE HAVE TO FAST' But come on sisters, its not why or have, it' ALHAMDULILAH! We are blessed with so much and we should take advantage of it rather than complain! This is reminder to myself first, then to anyone else reading :)
PLUS
Fasting is a pillar of Islam. It's hard but it's also really beneficial, it reminds us to be
1) Grateful for what we have
2) To realise the worth of food
3) To bring us closer to Allah (SWT)
4) And strengthen our faith

WOW, FIVE ultimate cool reasons to fast! Not only in ramadan but as optional fasts aswell. Stuck on what optional fasts mean? By optional I mean the sunnah fasts, the fasts our beloved prophet (SAW) used to keep, that are not obligatory. These are mon & thursdays. The 13,14,15 of the islamic month. By Islamic month I mean the months in our islamic calendar, google it and take down the 13,14,15 of each islamic month and insert into your normal calender!

The six days of shawwal (The day after the first Eid- the 6 days begin)
The first ten days of dhul hijjah
Arafah day (those who do not go hajj)
Muharram (9th day + 10th day)
Some days of Sha'baan

- You can research these days on google to find out exact dates for your calendar! I highly suggest you try your best to do atleast some of them! It's so easy to do it, because its not a whole month! Only a couple of days! InshaAllah you get alot of reward, there are hadiths regarding these days, so inshAllah check it out if you want evidence. I don't have alot of time right now, so please excuse me not putting the hadiths up here :)

P.S SORRY ITS BEEN SO LONG! I've been busy! :)

Wasalaam!

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Marry me, Romeo!

Assalaamualaikum Wa Rahmtullahi Wa Barakatuh,

My beloved sisters <3 It has been so long! I am dearly sorry for the delayed post! To be truthful with you, me and my whole family have been concentrating on my mum. In my previous post I mentioned she was ill, so we have been visiting her in hospital :)

Anyway, I decided I would post about teenage marriages! From some feedback, I have discovered it is a topic of interest. Which luckily I am informed about! During my college year, I discovered the 'marriage phase' where teenagers who are practicing fall into the trap of halal marriage. Or 'Dating Marriage' Alhamdulilah, sisters marriage is good! In no way am I discouraging you not to marry! BUT I am enocouraging you to THINK about the word marriage. What does it entail?

-Responsibilities
-A Husband
-Looking after in-laws (mostly cultural)
-No longer being treated like a baby by your mummy

And many more!  Marriage is good. The other aspects of marriage aren't BAD, its just takes maturity and understanding, which if not considered can lead to failures in marriage. It is half of your deen, do you think getting half of your deen is going to be breeze?There are sunny days + rainy days. Not every day will be a Disney movie! I understand sisters, you want to do it the right way but rushing it CERTAINLY is not the right way! If you find a potential guy at a younge age say 17-19 consider it as a maybe, NOT DEFO. Find out what you need, and ASAP tell your parents. The problem is nowadays, teens get stuck into the gritty stuff of getting to know the person way too much, BEFORE telling the parents, which often is a big problem! Wanna know why? Because parents dont always agree with teenagers! No suprise! We as teenagers, sometimes get caught in the clouds, thats why our parents ARE there to knock us out of them. We need mahrams there for it to be halal! You getting to know the guy half way, then telling your parents isn't exactly halal. Talking on the phone, unnecessary texting is not permitted in Islam! Yeah, with a mahram it is fine! And  perhaps minimal conversation about something URGENT is also fine. But sisters, ask yourself this if you are caught in a sticky situation,

- Would I let my parents see this conversation?
-Would Allah be happy with me, for doing this?
- Is this uneccessary, i.e could I do this another time (INFRONT OF A MAHRAM!)

Moving on to the 'crazy phase'. Sisters, sometimes forget that marriage isn't LIFE or DEATH. Allah is the best of planners! Calm down! Sometimes we do get lonely, but who is with us? EVERYWHERE? and Anywhere? ALLAH! Concentrate on your deen, sister! It is far better for you, if Allah has willed! All in good time, if you meet your spouse tomorrow Alhamdulilah! If not, doesn't matter carry on! Be strong and emerse yourself into Islam. Sister, only there can you can find rest in your heart. The quote Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest(13:28)

Really does come into mind. The last phase is 'Proposal Phase'. Where teenagers get kinda OB about any guy, that could PERHAPS propose to them. Waiting for that guy to come up to their brother and inform them that they are interested in their sister.. Ahh, funny isn't it? But its like a fairy tale wish, only halal version. Sisters don't worry! Whoever is gonna propose..or ...approach you.... will! 
IN..ALL...GOOD...TIME! Dont get into the whole, whoever proposes-should-instantly-be-accepted! I understand it is not right to reject anyone for no reason. But you should consider it! Don't rush, tell your parents then see if they are right for you! It is flattering, but marriage is serious! Don't treat it like it is nothing!

Calm, peace, never worry! Three words, about marriage -STICK with you for life! Sisters <3 love, for all of you! But sometimes we get a lil crazy, dont we? 

InshaAllah this was useful! And kinda humorous! It is what I have witnessed at college! And please, my dear sisters, do not take offence! Try and stay calm, be happy! Never lose faith inshaAllah! Wait for your bearded prince, and inshaAllah you may all live in the kingdoms of Jannat Al Firdous! 

Wasalaam

Thursday, 27 June 2013

ILoveYouMum x


Assalaamualaikum Wa Rahmtullahi Wa Barakatuh,

Mothers. The most, single most important (AND dads, but for now let's focus on mums)  person in your life. Yes, your entire life. They cook, clean, bring you up, and they ask for nothing in return. That's pretty amazing, right? I remember this poem in like year 2, about a mother's love. But I can't find it! It's about a son who does chores and makes a list of them all, and he gives them to his mother, and asks for money. The best part is the last part, where the mother replies with all her duties as a mother (bathing him, caring for him ...etc) and she says it's all for free. It is a great poem! If you know what I am talking about, please let me know! You know I have been thinking about how much we neglect our mothers. We go by our lives, living so smoothly- do we ever think why it's running so smooth? The food, always on the table- The clean clothes, on your bed... When we don't have something we realise how much we need it. It's like having the best food- 5* star quality, you have it.. & MMM yum does it taste good! BUT what happens when one day, we wake up & we have ...1* food...? Can you tell the difference? The texture, flavour, amount...etc. is all different. In the same way, when we have EVERYTHING done for us, when we have to do it ourselves ( and it's not as good) that's when we realise just HOW good we had it before & boy do we regret not appreciating it... Your mother, is always there for you. Since you were born to now.

I remember from my Productive Muslim emails, a calamities article. It was super informative! It spoke about how people are either in a calamity, just passed a calamity, or heading towards one. When I thought about it, it's true. Relating it to mothers, whenever we are in trouble our mothers are always there to help us, Alhamdulilah! We should appreciate the help we have, because not everyone has that. Look at the video below



I like this nasheed, mainly because it reminds me how lucky I am to have a mother. :D

SubhanAllah I found this poem you should definitely read.

One day a man tempted a foolish boy

With his money to safeguard the boy from harm.

He told him: “Boy, bring me the heart of your mother,

And you I’ll give jewels, coins, and pearls.”

So he went and sheathed a dagger with his Mother’s chest

And the Heart he took out and went back the way he came,


But because of his excess haste, he fell

And the heart, covered with blood, rolled along as he stumbled.

The mother’s heart called him while being covered with dirt.

“Son! My beloved! Are you hurt?!”

And suddenly, even though the voice was very compassionate,

It was as if the wrath of the heaven had fallen on the boy

And so, he unsheathed his dagger to stab himself,

A stabbing to become an example for those who heed examples.

But, just as the blade was about to pierce his own heart,

The heart of the mother called him saying

“Stop your hand!”

So not kill my heart twice in the same place!”

Ibrahim B. Mikhail Al-Mundhir


Because our mother’s love is priceless,
Immeasurable, and unconditional,
Let today be a day that we sincerely remember our Mother,
And remind her and show her, truly, just how much we love her.
But, most importantly, let us remember to make
Every day our Mothers Day ----
I found this on the webpage, and it is beautiful and so accurate! So I thought I would share!

http://www.islaminliverpool.com/#/mothers-love/4561782938



This poem makes me cry. Well all of them do.. :/ ...

Lastly I thought I would finish with reminding me and us all, that what we have in this dunya is not forever, and we know that. But sometimes we forget that. We neglect our duties as a son, daughter...etc. and get led astray by the worldly things, which we should try to avoid inshaAllah. Mothers are precious. I remember a quote about the household. If there is no mother, there is no household. I think that's it. Which is true, the household relies on the mother, everything is chaotic without your mum. (Please do not be offended to you all out there who don't have mothers, anymore)

Aww, a sweet quote I thought I'd share.
Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.

I am not sure who wrote that...

Lastly, I would like to finish off by the saying of our beloved Rasool (SAW)

Abu Huraira (RA) reported that a person came to Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) and said: Who among the people is most deserving of a fine treatment from my hand? He said: Your mother. He again said: Then who (is the next one)? He said: Again it is your mother (who deserves the best treatment from you). He said: Then who (is the next one)? He (the Holy Prophet) said: Again, it is your mother. He (again) said: Then who? Thereupon he said: Then it is your father. In the hadith transmitted on the authority of Qutalba, there is no mention of the word" the people".

Sahih Muslims Book 032, Number 6180



See, even our beloved Rasool (SAW) said our mothers were important. 

& Lastly some nice pictures that are too sweet!











If you are wondering why I decided to post about Mothers today it is because my mum is extremely ill but inshaAllah she will get better! Alhamdulilah I have a mum!Keep her in your duas inshaAllah & let's all appreciate our mothers! Tell them we love them <3 and hug them! Never forget how they looked after us, and spend time with them like they spent time with us when we were young! <3

I love you mum <3

Wasalaam!

Friday, 21 June 2013

Happy, Crazy, Love

Assalaamulaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh!

Feeling happy? Bit..Crazy? Feeling love for the Almighty? Well that's great! How did you get there?  Not to say we don't all feel love for the Almighty its just sometimes we don't have it consistently & as passionately. A way- well my personal way- to get there, is take yourself out. Yeah, you heard it right ;) Take yourself out on a day, where you concentrate on Allah (SWT)'s bounties! SubhanAllah, it's truly amazing, try it one day. Go out simply to look at the sky, grass, trees..and say SubhanAllah! Go to a park, or a cafe...sit and read, take in the world, and be prepared to be amazed!

Go out after it's rained, or while its raining if your daring+ your mum lets you (Haha).  Take a long walk round a busy area, it might help. Or might not, depending on the type of person you are.

I think it's good to have a bit of personal time, in my opinion surrounding yourself  with friends constantly doesn't leave much time for reflection. I am an ultimate thinker, anyone who knows me can tell you that fo sure. I think, like all the time, I seriously mean ALL the time. I overthink, sometimes. But obviously don't be me, think about your actions, who you are, what you need to do to be a better person etc...but don't overthink. That probably won't help you. Personal time will help you to do this, well I think.. anyway. If you have another way, do share! Okay this was short but I gots to go now... Hey, I found this video from my faVo site, Productive Muslim..It's to do with reflecting on a verse, but I think it can be general reflection as well. So you know, take a look if your in the mood. Or not, if your not in the mood.



Have a nice day. Try out my advice if you want, let me know how it goes. Take care, and be happy! InshaAllah! :D See yous soon :) Wasalaam.



Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Demotivation. I. Am

Assalaamualaikum Wa Rahmtullahi Wa Barakatuh,

You know those feelings of demotivation, depression, sadness, loneliness, that you get every once in a while? Well whenever I feel like that, I try to look forward and focus, because we as insaan, tend to lose focus- lose sight of the bigger picture in life. We always stray towards the meaningless- but I wanted to tell you, that it's natural to get upset, I mean not everyone is happy all the time! We all get down, but we just need to pick ourselves up, brush ourselves off, and start afresh.

Starting afresh means, reflecting on who you are, and what you need to do. It's not just for deep thinkers, its as muslims, we should reflect on ourselves, to improve. The time when you get upset, or lonely, remember Allah is there for you no matter what, then it's just about reminding yourselves of the glorious bounties of Allah (SWT) and getting excited about the little things-like prayer, optional fasting, small sunnahs etc. If you make it exciting, you won't feel sad. La Tahzan InnAllaha Ma Ana' meaning dont be sad, Allah is with you (or us).

Do you realise, that when every person you depend on lets you down, the only one who has never let you down, is Allah (SWT) . Not many people realise this, they get caught up on the betrayal from a friend, or being let down by family...when to be truthful, you don't need anyone but Allah (SWT)! You know a great way to always feel happy, is talk to Allah. Tell Allah about your day, your problems, what your thinking, feeling...Allah is the best listener, you know? It might feel silly, but it will help you feel closer to Allah(SWT) and constantly remind you that Allah(SWT) is watching you.

Lastly, if you do get sad, even after these tips, remember how easy you have it, compared to our beloved brothers and sisters around the world. Ya Allah! Imagine our beloved brothers and sisters in Syria, Gaza, Pakistan..etc, they go through a much bigger trial than us! Allah tests us, to make us better people. I remember someone saying to me that it's like being cleaned, you know when you get a sieve and sieve away the bad, or unnecessary flour or whatever, you are getting the best at the top, right? In the same way, Allah cleanses us through the trials we face, whether we pass or not AllahuAlam! But it's getting the best out of us, if we want to attain Jannah Al Firdous, we need to be pure, have Ikhlaas(Sincerity), you know? Don't see problems for whatever reason, whether your under pressure, or stressed out, as bad thing, see it as a way to attain closeness to the almighty! Now my sisters, I want you to go away feeling happy, because Allah wanted you to read this, maybe because you were feeling upset, this message got to you for a reason, so don't ignore the advice inshaAllah! Cheer up! :D The same goes to me! :D Allahu Akbar! JazakAllah Khairan for reading, and I hope you have a blessed afternoon!

(This was a short post, I know, it's just cause' I felt like writing! InshaAllah next post will be longer + more videos, and quotes!)

Wasalaam. :D





Monday, 17 June 2013

Stopping Time.

Assalaamualaikum Wa Rahmtullahi Wa Barakatuh,

 You know those times, when you feel like you're are losing yourself, in this western world. Although we want to be modest, yet adapted to society, we dont want to lose ourselves-our deen in this world, because ultimately we are living for the Akhirah. I know, I feel like I lose myself, I get confused, angry, and annoyed with myself for not being a better person, not using my time properly & a lot more. This discussion inshaAllah that I will do whenever I feel like talking is meant to help you (and me ;) ) with worries, confusion, and struggles. I know I waste time, sometimes I think fashion blogging is a bit time-consuming, and time-wasting, but then we should think about our intentions. I would like other people, to be more open to Abaya, or Hijab, but if they are not. Then that's fine. But ultimately I do it, because it's fun. Its a hobby. I like taking pictures. I would say I am more into photographs than fashion. Below is a video from Productive Muslim. Its a reminder to us all I guess.


Productive Muslim is really good, and really helpful. Alhamdulilah, we have so much resources available to us now, its great! I think, we all (including me) need to really reflect on ourselves and who we are. Its fine, to be into fashion, but I think we all get a bit obsessed with things, (like me) inshaAllah we should try to concentrate on what's important. 

Ibn Al Qayyim says: "Wasting time is worse than death because death seperates you from this world whereas wasting time seperates you from Allah" 

AllahuAkbar! From Mufti Menks videos, that I have failed to acknowledge, he said that every thing you read, or come across, is for a reason. It's no coincidence, sisters, if you have read this, Allah wanted you to read it, maybe its a message to you. SubhanAllah, that is the mighty power of Allah (SWT) he can portray messages anyway he wants.

After thinking, sisters, this blog is no longer going to be a fashion blog. It will be a discussion on, my views, on topics in Islam, the news, books etc.Things that matter, not that fashion doesn't matter, it does, but not that much. I'm sorry, but it's the truth. 


We all have wavering faith sisters, but it's okay to fall, and stumble, and trip, and get hurt, because it doesn't matter, those experiences make us who we are, they build us. From Philosophy class, empiricism says that the mind is a tabula rasa, that is built up by our experiences in the world which is true!


Ultimately we all need to go through bad times, to appreciate the good times! It's like never knowing good, if you never knew bad. If you understand me. I think, we all need to take a breather. Realise why are we here. Lastly who are we trying to please? Allah (SWT)
I found this on Ummah.com 


Once a woman was searching for her child and when she found him, she took hold of him, pressed him against her chest and gave him her breast to nurse him. Allah's Messenger Muhammad(saw) saw her and asked his companions: "Do you think this woman would ever afford to throw her child in the fire? They said: "By Allah, so far as it is in her power, she would never throw her child in the fire. Thereupon Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said: 'Allah is more Merciful to his believing servants than this woman is to her child.'
(Saheeh Al-Bukhari, Book 73, Number 28)



That makes me want to cry, seriously. Just think Allah loves us so much! Allah wants us to go Heaven, but its up to us, Right? So we need to utilize our time. InshaAllah sisters, we all keep on the straight path, and imrpove every day (including me).

JazakAllah Khairan :)

P.S I am not an Aalimah or anyone is who claiming to be anyone other than a regular teenager trying to be a better muslim, so not hatess  :)








Monday, 20 May 2013

Welcome To My World

Assalamualikum Wa Rahmtullahi Wa Barakatuh, I am Taki and this used to be a fashion blog, but is now a Islamic Blog, revolving around topics, news, quotes, and general inspiration InshaAllah. JazakAllah Khairan, and I am not saying I am an Aalimah, or a scholar, I am just a regular teenager, struggling day to day to be a better muslim inshAllah :D