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This is Why Patience is a Great Virtue with Great Rewards

O My servants who have believed, fear your Lord. For those who do good in this world is good, and the earth of Allah is spacious. Indeed, the patient will be given their reward without account. (Surah Zumar) Patience is meant to hinder one from being highly impatient and displeased; holding the tongue from complaining and the body parts from harming himself or others. Patience is mentioned in several places in Quran and Sunnah of the beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), reflecting the virtues and greatness of patience itself. In the Arabic language, patience (sabr) simply means to confine or contain. Patience is considered as best from deeds and has the great reward confined to it, with no limit. Allah said in the Quran: O you who have believed, seek help through patience and prayer. Indeed, Allah is with the patient. (Surah Baqarah) Indeed, there is great reward only for those among us who are patient with the decree of Allah. In this world, we all tend to face man

What is Sadaqah Jariyah? 7 Little Acts With Endless Rewards

Islam places great importance on charity. So much so, Zakah or charity is one of the five pillars of Islam. The underlying objective is to ensure that the wealth is shared equally among the rich and poor so that there is no concentration of wealth. This concept ensures that the poor do not suffer by having to experience dreadful living conditions. Sadaqah Jariyah Sadaqah means charity and Jariyah means continuous. Thus as a whole Sadaqah Jariyah means continuous charity which implies that the reward from certain acts are continuously granted to the person who has performed the act, even after he/she is dead. Thus, we should try to do these acts as much as possible. These acts will continue to benefit everyone for a long time to come. As long as these acts benefit someone you will continue to be rewarded by Allah (SWT). Even the minute actions such as a smiling are considered as a sadaqah (voluntary charity). The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: Your smile for your b

5 Quick Tips to Improve Your Patience at Work

Patience is something that must be adopted by every Muslim as it is something that has been preached to us by the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) himself through his actions, numerous times, when he suffered from the atrocities of the disbelievers. Hence, we should follow the footsteps of our beloved Prophet (PBUH) and try to show patience whether it is in the workplace or home or any other setting. Your workplace can prove to be a test of its own as you have to interact with people from different backgrounds and different temperaments for around 8 hours per day! It can prove to be pretty exhausting. At some point in time you might even feel on the verge of an outburst; but at that time just remember Allah (SWT) and what He would want us to do. In the eyes of Allah (SWT), the best solution would be to be patient and leave everything onto Him and trust Him. And be patient, [O Muhammad], and your patience is not but through Allah. And do not grieve over them and do not be in distress

10 Easy Acts For Attaining the Highest Ranks in Paradise

Each one of us pines after an entrance to Paradise, the ultimate sanctuary reserved for the believers in the hereafter. Granted, we all want rite of passage to that beautiful abode of eternal bliss, but one must pause and think, are we sincerely striving to attain our place in it? Or do we sometimes get too ‘attached’ to this transitory world and forget the higher purpose? Every Muslim should do everything in their power to attain the pleasure of Allah and to work towards attaining the highest ranks in Jannah. But only the righteous deeds in this world can pave the way for an eternal life in Paradise. This article highlights ten easy ways through which every Muslim can attain the pleasure of Allah and in turn, book their ticket to Paradise, God willing. 1- Believe and Do Righteous Deeds But they who believe and do righteous deeds - those are the companions of Paradise; they will abide therein eternally. (Quran 2:82) This verse is one of the many verses in the Quran where All

Before Action, Double-Check Your Intention

“Actions are according to intentions, and everyone will get what they intended. So whoever migrates for the sake of Allah and His messenger, the migration will be counted truly for Allah and His messenger. And whoever migrates for the sake of worldly increase or to marry someone, then the migration will count for whatever it was for.” (Al-Bukhari) Each one of us lives with a purpose that shapes our life and our actions. When we take on a purpose for our life, we strive to align our actions and deeds to serve that purpose. In our search for peace with God, we first consider the purpose of our creation and our life on earth. Secondly, we consider how to align our actions to serve that purpose. When our purpose and actions are in sync, we can approach a more peaceful and meaningful existence. Why Intention Is Important Intentions are just as important as the deed itself, if not more so. Our eyes can tell us the form of an action, but only the intention determines its weight.

Dangers of Showing Off Your Good Deeds

We are warned in the hadith by Bukhari and Muslim about the dangers of showing off our good deeds to other people. The very first people who will be in front of Allah on the Day of Judgement are those who memorize the Quran, the martyr and those that constantly give up their wealth for the sake of Allah. Allah will ask them, why did they do the things they did. They will say for the sake of Allah. He will say they are lying. The reason is because their intention was not pure. We must remember that Allah knows if we are doing our good deeds through intention or not.

Thanks to The Gift of Coronavirus – Lessons I Relearned

Mister Corona, thank you. Thank you for bringing me back Home! Thank you for purifying my soul to rely only on the Almighty. Thank you for teaching us how to adopt good hygiene after we considered ourselves as civilized people. Thank you for showing how weak and ungrateful we, human beings are! Thank you Mr Corona for showing us the true sense of solidarity, and how we can help each other with compassion. In'sha'Allah, we have truly learned and understood your lessons. But did you know Mr Covid-19 that someone, the prophet Muhammad (PBUH), taught us all these teachings and precautions 1400 years ago? Just let me list for you here some of his recommendations: 1. Stay at home: “If you get wind of the outbreak of plague in a land, do not enter it; and if it breaks out in a land in which you are, do not leave it. Agreed upon.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim] 2. Isolation and social distancing: “Those with contagious diseases should be kept away from those who are health

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) Created Ease for People, so Should We

Do you think Islam should be hard? Do you think if we ease our situation in any way that this is wrong in Islam? If you do then this is the wrong attitude. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) created ease for people. A sahabi, Abu Barzah Al-Aslami (RA), was praying and while he was praying he held onto the reins of his horse. His horse struggled and tried to get away so Abu Barzah Al-Aslami went after the horse while he was praying. He grabbed the reins and then he resumed his prayer. One man was watching this and started to judge Abu Barzah. He said “look at this man, he gives preference to his horse over the prayer.” He also said “O, Allah, inflict something on this man who is giving preference to his horse over prayer!” Abu Barzah Al-Aslami (RA) heard what the man had said and after he finished praying, he went over the the man and told him that he had been on 8 expeditions with Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and the Prophet always created ease for people! If he had let the horse go, he would ha

Allah Asks This Question Every Night

Do we seek forgiveness of Allah? The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: Allah, the Exalted, will continue to stretch out His Hand in the night so that the sinners of the day may repent, and continue to stretch His Hand in the daytime so that the sinners of the night may repent, until the sun rises from the west” . (Muslim) Allah Asks a Question There is another authentic hadith where Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: Allah descends to the lowest heavens in the last third of the night and He asks: “Is there anyone repenting that I can accept their repentance? Is there anyone seeking forgiveness that I can forgive them? Anyone asking Me anything that I can give them? Surely we should be seeking that forgiveness from Allah. Allah becomes very happy when we seek His forgiveness. Turn to Him And that’s why I say, everything with us is from the earth it shall be left onto the earth. You came into this world with nothing, you shall leave with nothing besides y

Why Has Nobody Told Me About Islam Earlier?

Greta is in her mid-seventies. She grew up in a Roman-Catholic family of Italian immigrants to the United States. She converted to Islam at the hands of her own daughter a few years ago. This is her story. Trying Out Different Churches I have also been a pious person. I was raised as a Catholic and my parents were very traditional. We went to church and prayed at home. However, I came to marry a Lutheran guy, which upset my parents a lot. I did not exactly leave the Roman Catholic church, but I also started joining my husband in his church. I liked the light-hearted way of the Lutheran church but never really felt at home there either. When my husband became less regular in attending the Sunday service in his church, I started trying other different churches and Christian denominations. My husband did not mind. And my parents did not know. However, although the different variations were interesting, I never found what I was looking for. The truth. My Most Sincere Prayer My

What Happens When You Show Kindness to Parents?

Kindness to Parents will Change Your Life If your parents are still alive, take a moment to either visit them or make a phone call to your mother and father or both of them and just tell them: “I love you. I really miss you and I want to appreciate the fact that you brought me up when I was little; you really sacrificed for me. May Allah have mercy on you.” Trust me, this will change your life. Do you know why? The mercy of Allah automatically descends upon a person who tries to make his or her parents happy. You are asking that Allah has mercy on your parents, the angels are saying: “Oh Allah, have a double mercy on this particular person.” The dua of the angels is much more powerful than your dua. So today, don’t forget to make a call to your parents, send them a message, tell them how much you love them, tell them that you appreciate them. Tell them: “May Allah have mercy on you, my beloved parents, and may He open your doors.” That’s all. What did it cost you? N

10 Steps to Happiness in Islam

Here are the 10 steps in the light of Quran and Hadith which makes our lives happier: 1- Seek the Pleasure of Allah Nothing can make us more happier than seeking the pleasure of Allah . Allah tells us in Quran about what is the greatest happiness in Islam, calling it a ‘supreme success’ and about the people who deserve this supreme success. The believers, men and women, are Awliya’ (helpers, supporters, friends) of one another; they enjoin (on people) Al-Ma’rûf (good), and forbid (people) from Al-Munkar (evil); they perform As-Salât (prayer), and give the Zakât (charity), and obey Allah and His Messenger. Allah will have His Mercy on them. (9:71, 72) 2- Be Thankful The more Thankful we are to Allah, the more He will shower His bounties upon us. Appreciation of what Allah has blessed you with is vital for this step to be achieved. This is indeed an act of worship. And (remember) when your Lord proclaimed: “If you give thanks, I will give you more (of My Blessings), but if y

Make the Quran Your Character Like Prophet Muhammad

When the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, was rejected from Taif, its people threw stones at him to the point of making him bleed. The Prophet then made a beautiful supplication in which he said: “As long as you are not displeased with me, I do not care what I face”. This was the backbone of the character of the Prophet. When he finished this duaa’ the Angel Jibreel came to him and told him that if he wished Allah would send an angel that would destroy the city of Taif. But the Prophet answered: “I rather hope that Allah will raise from among their descendant people who will worship Him without ascribing any partners to him”. This is one of the many examples of the Prophet’s mercy. He would wish well even to his enemies. Allah tells us in the Quran that he was “ a mercy to the worlds ” (21:107). He was himself a manifestation of Allah’s mercy towards humanity. The Prophet was a mercy and always acted in the most merciful manner. This is also an example of how the Prophet, pea

Covid-19: 7 Ways to Reduce Anxiety & Stress Right Now

More than ever, we now hear words like stress, mental health, depression and anxiety. It’s been really a hard time for millions of people all over the world since the outbreak of Coronavirus and what came with it; from lock-down, social isolation to financial as well as psychological suffering. According to Anxiety UK, the word stress is usually used to describe the feelings that people experience when the demands made on them are greater than their ability to cope. At such times people can often feel overloaded, under tremendous pressure and very tense or emotional. Stress affects everyone, young and old and is a completely normal reaction that all human beings will experience from time to time when faced with situations that they feel under pressure in. Try these tips to get rid of anxiety and stress. 1.Take a deep breath Deep diaphragmatic breathing is a powerful anxiety-reducing technique because it activates the body’s relaxation response. Try slowly inhaling to a coun

Powerful Dua to Stop Evil Thoughts!

Here is a powerful dua to stop evil thoughts that come into our heads from time to time. It will also stop negative thoughts of any kind. اللهم اطفئ نار الشهوات من قلبى ، واصرف عنه كل شئ لا يرضيك عنى Allahumma iTfa’ naara ash-shahawaati min qalbee, wa aSrif 3anhu kulla shay’ la yardeeka Annni Oh Allah! Extinguish the fire of desires in my heart and redirect my heart to all that which pleases you.

Friday Prayer - More Than an Ordinary Prayer

We must understand that the Jumu’ah prayer is very special to Friday, and Friday in the sight of Allah Almighty is a very holy day. We have seven days in a week and those who claim to be followers of Prophet Abraham have taken a particular day as being their holy day. For example Jews have taken Saturday, Christians have taken Sunday. As Muslims, Friday is our holy day, where we have to make a special prayer. Allah said: O believers! When the call to prayer is made on Friday, then proceed ˹diligently˺ to the remembrance of Allah and leave off ˹your˺ business. That is best for you, if only you knew. (Quran 62:9) When the call for prayer is made, leave everything, put everything aside and start making your way to the masjid and to the victory of Allah. Allah is saying to jog your way to the remembrance of Allah. What is the remembrance of Allah? More Than Prayer The Friday prayer consists of two things: A speech, or the Khutbah. The actual prayer, where we all stand up

Allah Wishes Ease For You

There is a very beautiful verse in Surat Al-Baqarah that I wanted to comment on today. It is verse 185, where Allah (SWT) says: …Allah intends for you ease and does not intend for you hardship … (2:185) This verse is one of the over-arching, over-riding principles of our religion. The Quran mentions this point in half a dozen verses, and our Prophet (peace be upon him) explicitly stated it. 1- In Surat Al-Ma’idah, Allah (SWT) says: "… Allah does not intend to make difficulty for you …" (5:6) So Allah wants to make things easy, He does not want to place difficulty. 2- In Surat Al-A’raf, (in verse 7:157 ), we read that the prophet, peace be upon him, has been sent so that he commands people to good and he forbids them what is evil. And eventually He says that the Prophet (peace be upon him) removes the burdens and removes the chains that were on them. So the Quran has come, and the Sunnah has come, to remove the chains, to make us free to make us easier. 3

Wish to Get Closer to Allah? This Small Deed will Help!

Do you wish to get closer to Allah? This small deed will help! What is it? What small deed can we all do that will push us towards Allah? Even if we do nothing wrong, what can we possibly do to push us close to Allah? Seek forgiveness! Your status is being elevated. By seeking forgiveness from Allah you are acknowledging the act that Allah is the Owner of forgiveness. Asking for forgiveness is an act of worship. Don't think what did I do wrong and why do I need to seek forgiveness? It is important for us to turn to Allah and to seek forgiveness. We should ask for forgiveness 100 times a day. It doesn't have to be in one sitting. Spread it out. But never fail to ask Allah for forgiveness!

Finding Spiritual Happiness; 3 Ways!

We all want to find a spiritual happiness within ourselves. We all want to be content and feel peace and tranquility. Here are 3 ways to finding that spiritual happiness! Human beings have a higher level of happiness other than physical happiness. That is a spiritual happiness; the happiness of the heart and soul. This high level of happiness can only come through our relationship with Allah. The first tip is remembrance of Allah. You can’t nourish the heart without remembrance of Allah. This is the oxygen of our hearts. Without remembrance of Allah we will be miserable in this life and the next. The second tip is to be grateful to Allah. We have to have gratitude for the blessings Allah has given us. We have to show appreciation and studies show this can actually help beat depression. The third tip , whatever we focus on grows. Do not focus on negative things, focus on positive things. In every situation there is ease and hardship so we shouldn’t focus on the bad. We should

Distressed? This Beautiful Name Will Relieve You

When we supplicate Allah, the Most High, we use His beautiful names that suit our needs. There is a beautiful name of Allah, which, according to many narrations, is thought to be one of the greatest names by which Allah answers dua. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) would supplicate with this name whenever a matter would distress him: O Living, O Self-Sustaining Sustainer! In Your Mercy do I seek relief. (Ya Ḥayyu ya Qayyum, bi-raḥmatika astaghith) . (At-Tirmidhi) We find this name, Al-Hayy Al Qayyum, combined together in many places in the Quran. This beautiful combination comes as a perfect description of God’s Names and actions. When we closely ponder this name, and when we say it deep down, we feel contentment and tranquility in our inner heart even in the midst of our pains and woes. We feel reassured that our matters are in the hand of the Ever Living, the Sustainer, the One who is taking hold of our affairs, if we truly trust Him. Let us look at some insights. A

Spending Time Alone with Allah

What do you do when you have no one who shares the same views as you, who wants to make the change like you? Is it better to be alone than with the bad company? This is a really important question. Alone with Allah And I'm glad it was brought up because I would say it absolutely is better to be alone with Allah than with bad company; and sometimes it is in the times when you are alone that you are closest to Allah Almighty. In fact, even if you have a good company, it does not substitute for the time alone with Allah Subhan Allah. If you really want to build your relationship with Allah, then you need that time alone with Him. And this sometimes happens in the last third of the night, in Qiyam, in whatever time it is, after fajr, even if it's after prayer… and you're just making dua, you have time alone with Him, you're reading Quran… That time cannot be replaced even if you have the best of company, even if you're surrounded with scholars who are teachi

The Most Loving – How God Shows Great Love For Us

Using God’s names in our interaction and communication with Him is very important. It was God Himself who chose those names and He has instructed us to use them. We use them to understand the nature of God, to ponder His majesty, and to call attention to our needs and desires. And we also use them to worship God in the way that He has deemed most suitable. God, none has the right to be worshiped but Him! To Him belong the Best Names. (Quran 20:8) Al-Wadud Some of God’s names are very familiar to us. We use them often in our prayers and supplications; names such as the Most Merciful, the Most Forgiving and the Most Generous. In this article, we are going to look at a name that we often overlook, the Most Loving, Al Wadud. Although not a day goes past that we do not experience manifestations of God’s love for us, we often fail to define the blessings and bounties as love. One reason might be that the words Al Wadud, the Most Loving, are not found in the Quran as often as m

Smiling - Low Cost Medicine?

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) teaches us as Muslims, “ Meeting your brother with smile (cheerful face) is charity .” (Narrated ‘Aisha, the Prophet’s wife -may Allah be pleased with her). Prophet Muhammad used to smile, often and with real joy. In fact he would smile so regularly that his kind demeanor are mentioned time and time again in anecdotes and stories from his traditions. Abdullaah ibn Haarith said, “I never came across a person who smiled as much as Prophet Muhammad. Prophet Muhammad regarded smiling to a brother as an act of charity.” Jarir ibn Abdullah said; “ The Messenger of God never refused me permission to see him since I embraced Islam and never looked at me except with a smile (on his face).” What Science Says Biologically, a smile is a motion of muscle fibers when muscles flex at the sides of the mouth. Do you think smiling is healthy? Do you believe you smile and laugh a lot? You can share your opinion through the comment box below.

Prophet Muhammad - The First Anti-Racist in History

Bilal ibn Rabah was born into slavery, a condition that was compounded after he became one of the first believers to follow the teachings of Prophet Muhammad. Bilal's father was an Arab slave and his mother was a former princess of modern day Ethiopia, who was also enslaved. Bilal was ruled by a master, who punished him for his conversion to Islam. He dragged Bilal around Makkah, encouraging people to mock him. He even tried to force him to renounce his faith by placing a large rock on his chest and pinning him on the ground. But far from renouncing his faith, Bilal showed a defiance and strength in the face of persecution and violence. Bilal - A Slave to Become a Master Impressed by Bilal's steadfastness to the Islamic faith, Prophet Muhammad sent one of his closest friends, Abu Bakr, to pay for Bilal's freedom. Once freed, Bilal rose to prominence in the early Muslim community. Prophet Muhammad appointed him to serve the mosque by using his melodious voice to