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SIX PRACTICAL STEPS FOR WALKING OUT OF DEPRESSION

Depression is a condition which affects a growing population of individuals around the world. It does not discriminate with regard to race, educational background, social status or religion. Despite the fact that there is nothing to be ashamed of, individuals who suffer from this condition usually bear it quietly for fear of the stigma of being labelled as having a mental incapacity. Islam being not just a religion but also a complete way of life has provided us with a solution out of every problem, and depression is one problem the solution to which can be found in the teachings of Islam. We will examine six ways of rising above the trials and tribulations of depression: 1.   Reciting Suratul Nas: Basically, depression mostly consists of feelings of self-doubt and extremely low self-esteem which could be attributed to the deceptive whisperings of Shaitan. When one peruses through the meaning of Suratul Nas, you will notice it is mostly a prayer for protection

How to Start Building Your Productive​ Lifestyle

The question in your mind: How do I put the knowledge in my mind into a practical solution that would help turn my life around? Build the Right Habits The key to turning around your life and embedding all that you’ve learned into a practical day-to-day solution is to build that into a series of daily habits. Habits have 3 main parts: 1. Trigger: something that kicks off the habit. It could be a particular time (e.g. 4:00am) or a sound (e.g. athan) or a feeling (e.g. stress). Any trigger psychological, emotional, physical or external which alerts you that it’s time to start a habit. 2. Routine: this follows the trigger, so perhaps you have a 4:00am trigger that makes you jump out bed, brush your teeth, make wudhu, and get ready for Fajr. Routine is the set of steps you’ll consistently make – initially concisously, but eventually unconciously- every time the trigger goes off. 3. Reward: this is the prize that your brain craves at the end of each habit. Cont

HOW ALLAH MENDS OUR BROKEN HEARTS

When we are worried thinking about the future, we need to work hard but have full trust in God that He will not leave us, and we must always think well of God because that is what we will find. Yet in certain circumstances we just feel broken. Perhaps it is the death of someone close, perhaps a hurtful word, or perhaps a reason we cannot pinpoint. Yet this feeling of brokenness can be an invitation to be better acquainted with Al-Jabbar. But isn’t Al-Jabbar one of God’s Names that indicates Majesty and Strength, not Mercy and Beauty? The root of Al-Jabbar is “ja-ba-ra” and has a wide variety of meanings indicating God’s strength and majesty. One of the basic meanings of this name is the one who compels and restores, and demonstrates God’s majesty and strength over His servants. This is a name for the tyrants and oppressors to be aware of, because their misdeeds will not go unpunished. Yet God’s name has another dimension: Al-Jabbar is the one who is able to restore and mend

HOW TO MOTIVATE OURSELVES TO PRAY 5 TIMES A DAY

You want to pray, but you just.. Can’t. Perhaps you’ve always wanted to be one of those people who pray.. It seems so easy for some. They just get up and do it. Perhaps you were one of those people at one time, but now.. Not so much. Something inside you is broken. Scratch that.. It’s not exactly broken.. More like, it feels hollow inside. Something is missing. You feel nothing.. Numb. So how do we get from this to praying? The problem with most advice on salah is that it looks at things from a reactive point of view instead of a proactive point of view. Not praying? Well, just start. Or better yet, take one salah at a time and keep building until you reach five. Good advice, no? No. It doesn’t address what leads a person towards salah to begin with. For some one who feels that hollowness inside, ‘just praying’ does nothing to stir the soul. It doesn’t fill you up. And, in fact, it can deplete you even further. No, you need to start somewhere else.. You need to fill yourse

5 WAYS TO HELP YOU CRY FOR ALLAH

Allah is near, very near. He is closer than our jugular vein. Closer to us than our own selves. He is always watching over us and He is there, waiting for us to call out to Him, to speak to Him, to ask Him and to cry out to Him. We just have to submit ourselves and hand over our hearts to Him. Allah loves our tears. He loves when we cry out in love and yearning for Him. He loves when we cry over our sins and out of awe and fear for Him. If we truly want to become the beloved of Allah, we should try to make our heart soft so that it is easier for our tears to flow down our cheeks and attract our Creator’s mercy. Our beloved Prophet said that one who weeps out of fear of Allah will not enter hell and those eyes that cried out of fear of Allah will not be touched by the fire. There are many instances related that the Prophet also wept on different occasions. How can we cry more for Allah? FILL THE HEART WITH LOVE FOR ALLAH Our spiritual heart is the center and core of our

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How to Inspire Our Children to Gain Knowledge

Children are a product of our society and the most valuable asset of our future. We, as adults, greatly influence how a child feels and behaves. We have the power to motivate and inspire them. We need to create a positive image about learning about our deen. The only way to achieve this is by leading by example. As a parent, you will have very little impact on your child’s want to learn if you do not make the effort to do the same. The key to motivating your child in learning about the deen is to make it fun, get them interested and put in the effort. For all you Muslims out there we have come up with a few practical ideas on how to achieve this. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but simply a starting point to get you all started. Use Ramadaan as an opportunity to create the thirst for knowledge in your children insha Allah. Step 1: Check your intention: Ask yourself ‘why am I doing this?’ Every journey we decide to embark upon must be for the sake of Alla

How Should Non-Muslims Be Treated According To Islam?

Anyone can say or claim anything, be it true or false. What distinguishes the truth from falsehood is one’s practice and deeds. If one’s talk conforms to his/her deeds, one is considered truthful and vice versa. To be truthful, you have to walk the talk! In the case of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings upon him), it was not him who talked about or described himself. Rather, it was Allah the Almighty Who described him saying: {And We have not sent you, [O Muhammad], except as a mercy to the worlds} (Al-Anbiya’ 107) The Prophet’s mercy was not, in any way, restricted to Muslims. It encompassed all, Muslims and non-Muslims, humans and the Jinn, and even animals and non-living things. He (peace and blessings upon him) showed mercy even to those who wronged him or attempted to kill him. Below are some prime examples of the mercy shown to non-Muslim neighbors, relatives, fellow countrymen. If you are a new Muslim facing difficulties dealing with your relatives, a young stu

THESE 9 HADITHS SHOW HOW TO DEAL WITH NON-MUSLIMS AROUND YOU

Anyone can say or claim anything, be it true or false. What distinguishes the truth from falsehood is one’s practice and deeds. If one’s talk conforms to his/her deeds, one is considered truthful and vice versa. To be truthful, you have to walk the talk! In the case of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings upon him), it was not him who talked about or described himself. Rather, it was Allah the Almighty Who described him saying: {And We have not sent you, [O Muhammad], except as a mercy to the worlds} (Al-Anbiya’ 107) The Prophet’s mercy was not, in any way, restricted to Muslims. It encompassed all, Muslims and non-Muslims, humans and the Jinn, and even animals and non-living things. He (peace and blessings upon him) showed mercy even to those who wronged him or attempted to kill him. Below are some prime examples of the mercy shown to non-Muslim neighbors, relatives, fellow countrymen. If you are a new Muslim facing difficulties dealing with your relatives, a young stu

5 REASONS WHY THE LIFE OF THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD WAS SPIRITUAL

Everyone aspires to something, which is obvious with #goals being all over the internet. This hashtag seems especially noticeable when it comes to relationships. And while it is definitely heart-warming to see a parent with their newborn child, or a loving couple in a healthy marriage, the most important relationship any of us will ever have is with Allah. Whether young or old, married or single, there’s a perfect example of that for all of us in the life of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Here are just a few reasons why: 1. HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH ALLAH WAS BASED ON LOVE Even before he received the Divine Message, and while the rest of his society was totally lost in its religious beliefs and practices, the Prophet (peace be upon him) stuck with his belief in one God. Even though he didn’t have any official guidance or instructions yet, the Prophet chose to maintain a connection with his Creator. He didn’t do this as a burden or because he felt pressured into it. He did

“CAN I HAVE AN AFFAIR?” A YOUTH ASKS THE PROPHET (PBUH)

Imagine a young man coming to the Imam of your neighboring mosque with this strange request: “Can I get a fatwa that permits me to commit Zina (fornication/adultery)?” What kind of response will he receive? I think that shocked and angry reproach is the most likely reaction of the attendees and the Imam; you would hear yells like, “Shame on you! How dare you mention such despicable things in the mosque and, even worse, request to commit it?” Well, let’s read this story and see how the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) handled a situation like this: Abu Umama Al-Bahily (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that a young man came to the Prophet and said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, give me a permission to commit Zina.’ The Companions turned to him and started rebuking him. The Prophet said: “Come closer.“ When the young man drew nearer to the Prophet and sat down, the Prophet asked him: “Would you like it for your mother?“ The man answered; No, by Allah. May Allah

7 WAYS TO INCREASE YOUR WEALTH AND SUSTENANCE

The life of a Muslim is always combined with hardships and injustice. Therefore, you should believe that the Exalted Lord predetermined your sustenance when you were an embryo in your beloved mother’s womb. There are many people who think that if they hold fast to their religion (Islam) and carry out its commandments, they will never be successful and prosper. This is an evil thought and misconception about their Lord and religion. May Allah protect us from such evil beliefs. There are various and numerous ways that are a means for increasing our sustenance. Such means cannot be fulfilled or happen to any of us with weak faith in Allah (SWT). As Muslims, we all should have a strong and firm faith in our Lord, His beloved Prophet (PBUH), in the text that is in the Book of Allah and Sunnah of the Prophet (PBUH) and the promises that made by Allah and His Messenger (PBUH). Among the many ways that increase our wealth and sustenance are the following 7 best: 1) ASKING ALLAH’S FO

A DOOR KNOCK THAT SAVED HER FROM HELLFIRE

It was Friday, a boy and his father came to the mosque to perform the Friday prayer. After every Friday prayer, Dawah activities took place in the surroundings of that Mosque. So, the boy and his father left the mosque and they had some pamphlets to distribute to people. The boy distributed all pamphlets expect one. He looked around and did not find anyone to give the remaining pamphlet. He headed to a far place from the city and found a home to give that pamphlet. What happened next, let’s listen from a new Muslim lady that narrates her story; she says: “I lived lonely and apart from my family. No one was visiting me or kept any sibling relationship with me. I got deeply depressed and full of tensions and decided to commit suicide and finish my life, I went to a shop and bought a rope, tied it to the ceiling fan to hang myself. While putting the rope round my neck, the door knocked once, twice then thrice, I told myself that I am at last stage of my life, let’s open the door

Being Kind vs. Being Right

“Invite all to the way of thy lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious” [16:125]. Being RIGHT vs. Being KIND Bang! She slammed the door of communication and ran up stairs to her room with tears rolling down her face. “Why don’t they understand this is wrong?” Sadiya said to herself. She had just had an argument with her dad and now the feeling of guilt had overcome her. Instead of bringing him closer to the deen, the argument only led him farther away. Too often we think we know it all and forget even the basic etiquettes of communication. Was she really winning the point or was her point even being conveyed? They say, “If you try to win the battle, you might lose the war.” Sadiya has now distanced her father from even listening further. She has been branded and blocked. Some might disagree with me, but when people are in an argument – what really are they doing? Each person is trying to change th

Nafsi, Nafsi: The One Time Your Ego Serves You Well

“O ye who believe save your selves and your family from the fire of hell whose fuel is men and stones” [66:6]. Nafsi, Nafsi:  The One Time Your Ego Serves You Well! ‘Assalatu khairum minan nawm‘. I snoozed the alarm and I was about to put it on snooze again when I happened to catch a glimpse of what time it was. “Allahu akbar, three minutes only!” I screamed and popped out of bed like a headless chicken to do my wudhu. I thought for a second about my younger brother, as I usually give him a ring. What about his salah? While stereotypical egotistical behaviour is never a good thing, there is one moment when your ego serves you well: it’s when you let it do what it does best… make you think of yourself first. “Nafsi, nafsi,” whispered my soul, “myself, myself!” I’m sure you’ve heard that ego is a bad thing. Most of us have been raised to think that we should always put others first. However, if you fail to care for your own deeds first, you can end up at the bottom level

How to be happier in 5 minutes a day

“So remember Me; I will remember you. And be grateful to Me and do not deny Me” [2:152]. How to Be Happier in Five Minutes a Day Remember when you got your favourite clothes and bought a new car, and you’ve been happy ever since?  No, I didn’t think so. It doesn’t work that way, does it? We buy things, we achieve goals, we indulge ourselves—but none of it gives us lasting happiness. So, what does work? The answer is gratitude. Allah makes gratitude equal to His mention as this powerful ayah shows. Unhappiness often stems from fear: fear of not having enough, fear of not being good enough.For example, you might be miserable at work because you’re afraid you can’t do your job well, and/or you’re afraid you’ll be fired. If you truly trust Allah, you will discover that your daily tool of productivity to counteract fear is gratitude! So it’s time to get up and TRAIN yourself by making gratitude into a habit. This way you can reduce your fear and open yourself

4 REASONS WHY A MUSLIM MUST NOT CELEBRATE NEW YEAR!

All praise be to Allah. It is beyond doubt that a large number of Muslims get into the festive mood to celebrate New Year’s Eve. People are wishing each other and even party the whole night. You may also find many post status updates on social media and celebrate with zeal and zest. Now the question arises if this practice is haram and should it be avoided. Islamically, it is wrong to celebrate it. Some of the reasons for this are: 1. It is Inaccurate and pagan. Muslims have their own calendar and it is being used since 1400 years. We do use a Gregorian calendar because of the circumstance beyond our control but our festivals and important dates fall on our calendar. The Gregorian calendar is solar but our Islamic calendar is Lunar. According to our Hijri calendar (initiated by the great Sahaaba Umar(RA), the new year actually begins on the first of Muharram. The Gregorian Calendar was developed by Pope Gregory. The first of January was decided as new years eve to celebrate