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Tazkiyyah: Purification of Heart Through Story of Prophet Abraham

What is the definition of a successful person in your mind? It might be someone who has a lot of money, power, influence, and ability to shape the world according to their desires. It could also be someone with a large amount of knowledge and has studied and read broadly enough to accurately analyze and find solutions to some of society’s most pressing problems. Each of these definitions is correct from a worldly perspective. In God’s eyes, however, each of these successes is a test or opportunity. People, endowed with free will, are held responsible for choosing whether to use their successes properly in the service of God and Islam or not. This applies equally to both material (money) and non-material (knowledge) wealth. I am sure that you have heard this point made before, and it is something that pretty much every religious leader has focused on in their Khutbas or lessons at least once in their career. What I would like to focus on today, however, is the process through

How to Control Our Love for This Dunya?

What is Dunya? “The word dunya encompasses many things but generally means the temporal, earthly world in contrast to the eternal spiritual realm of the hereafter. Literally, the word dunya means 'closer,' or 'lower.'” More colloquially speaking, the dunya is any earthly concern or possession. We human beings admittedly love the dunya. And there is no problem in loving the dunya. It is after all the means to sustain our lives and continue our worship. It is after all a blessing for us and a means for us to be thankful to our Creator. When Love of the Dunya Goes too Far The problem comes in when we make the dunya become the goal and not the means to the ultimate goal. The dunya is a place where we are for a time, and all that is in the dunya should be used for or avoided with the ultimate goal of pleasing Allah in mind. Our goal is not to be as rich, or as powerful, or as comfortable as we possibly can in this life. This life is just a means to the hereafter

5 Keys for Developing Islamic Habits of Success

We spend so much time worrying about succeeding without accepting that the journey is one that will encounter struggles. These struggles help us appreciate the success we achieve as well as keeping us grounded and modest towards our achievements. We should spend time looking at how we spend our time. Because often, while stressing about success, we fail to actually do the physical and mental requirements in order to achieve the goal. We are creatures that like to look at the beautiful pictures yet are slow in taking the steps to create the picture. Success has different meanings for each individual. Money, family, career, job, stability, inner peace – these are just some areas of life people seek to be successful in. Islamic teachings remind us that the successful is not the one with mountains of wealth or status in the world. Yet, it is the person who tries to fulfill the obligations set out, in the Quran and the life of the Prophet. If we google “habits of successful people”,

Sickness - The Most Powerful Way Allah Removes Sins

Of the blessings of those who fall sick is that sickness is one of the strongest and most powerful antidotes to the sins that we commit. There is hardly anything that will expiate our sins that is more powerful than trials and afflictions that befall us. Allah says: And whatever strikes you of disaster - it is for what your hands have earned; but He pardons much. (Quran 42:30) Every sickness and calamity that happens: a death of a loved one, a loss of a relative, financial economic, distress physical hardship, a fever, any type of pain and suffering. Sickness - A Blessing in Disguise Once the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) visited a sick person who was suffering from fever, he said: I have good news for you. For verily My Lord has told me that fever is my punishment that I inflict upon my believers so that they don't have to be punished in the hell. This is a punishment that Allah inflicts so that you are saved from the punishment of the next life. so in fact,

How to Be Kind to Others? Try These 5 Ways

Seek Forgiveness To do istighfar is a major element if one aims to become a kind person. The Prophet (peace be upon him) used to recite istighfar at least a hundred times a day despite the fact that he was ma’sum, unable to commit any sin. In another Hadith, Prophet Muhammad stated that he seeks forgiveness more than seventy times a day. Why? In another Hadith, he explained to us that Allah Almighty created human beings with the capacity to commit sin, so that we seek His forgiveness and He can forgive us. Subhan Allah! Allah loves the one who turns to Him asking for forgiveness. He loves the one who repents (2: 222). Therefore, to do and to feel the istighfar, inshaAllah, can help us to become a kind person. Don’t Feel You Are Better We should try to never feel better than any other person or any other of Allah’s creatures. It is important to understand that Allah’s guidance is a huge and tremendous gift that He bestowed upon us. It is nothing we have achieved on our own

3 of Your Favorite Stories About Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)

1 – An Example of His Immense Patience with Antagonists. “The story of the town of Taif is really a devastating one. Prophet Muhammad went to Taif, inviting the people through the leaders to Islam. They told all the vagabonds, all the bad people in the community to attack Prophet Muhammad. The people mocked him, actually throwing stones at him. He was hit in his face, covered from head to toe in blood. “Actually, an amazing thing happened after this. He was looked after by a man from the edge of the city, and during this time or just after that time Allah sent an angel to Prophet Muhammad. The angel Jibreel was sent to him. He said to him I have the angels of the mountains with me. He could say one word and the angels of the mountains would bring down the mountains on Taif. “Prophet Muhammad must have been hurt. His honor had been hurt. He had been physically hurt by these people. But he didn’t say yes to doing revenge on them. Even though it was his right to do this. His choice

How to Find the Courage to Help Others

Prophet Muhammad says "Whoever wakes up safely in his home and is healthy in his body and has provisions for his day, would have acquired all the worldly possessions he is in need of." (Al-Tirmidhi). People around the world are being tested with losing their homes, their families, and their lives. Many are losing everything dear to them. So then, what is our test while being blessed from head to toe with safety, shelter, food, and family? As well as countless other blessings... Our test is how we will use those blessings to make this world a better place. Showing our gratitude for the blessings God has entrusted us with by bringing more goodness to humanity. Our test is what will we leave behind when we die and what kind of difference will we have made? Let's not be stopped by guilt, feelings of helplessness, and despair. Life goes on and we must join it. We must go on to cultivate courage and build a better world because that is our job. Yes, that is my job and y

10 Steps to Become the Man of Her Dreams

HERE ARE 10 THINGS TO DO IN ORDER TO BE THE PERFECT HUSBAND: 1. Be a 'good guy' A good guy is warm, kind, positive, understanding, and friendly to his wife, family, and friends. It's true that we often hurt the ones closest to us, so remember not to. Work at being pleasant towards your wife. She is your other half, the most important person in your life. Don’t take your bad day home with you. Welcome your wife with a smile when you are reunited at the end of the day. Listen to her, talk about her day, especially if it was a difficult one. 2. Respect is a two-way street It's very important for men to be respected. Well guess what? Woman want to be respected too, especially by their husband. Always speak to her in a loving way and refrain from speaking in a harsh manner. A good husband respects his wifey. He never chooses to belittle, strike, humiliate, or otherwise harm her in private or in public. It is better to pause, consider what you want to say and thin

10 Steps to Become the Woman of His Dreams

HERE ARE 10 THINGS TO DO IN ORDER TO BE THE PERFECT WIFE: 1. Be pleasant Try to be warm, kind, positive, understanding, and friendly to your husband, family, and friends. Work actively to be pleasant towards your husband. Don’t be that person who lashes out at others because you had a bad day. Welcome your husband with a smile when he comes home. Listen to him, talk about his day, especially if it was a difficult one. 2. Treat him with respect Always speak in a loving way and refrain from speaking in a harsh manner. A good wife respects her hubby. She never chooses to belittle, strike, humiliate, or otherwise harm him in private or in public. It is better to watch what you say and think before speaking, as it is not possible to take back the words once they are said. A good wife will treat her man with respect in front of others and at home. 3. Communicate Communication is the key to a good and solid marriage. Do not hide things or keep secrets from your husband. Be hon

Dhikr – 4 Ways to Keep God’s Presence in Your Life

God is present in every aspect of our daily lives. He did not create the world as an experiment, step back, and watch what would happen. He is intimately involved; and as Muslims we are called by the Quran and the example of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to always make dhikr and be aware of God’s presence. Dhikr takes many shapes and forms. This article outlines just some of the ways that each of us can incorporate remembrance into our daily lives. 1- Reading the Quran God’s words are, as mentioned by the Prophet Muhammad, the best of speech. I might suggest, as I have in the past, that dedicating time to reading passages of the Quran every day is an important practice. That still holds true; but even reciting the shortest of passages or chapters in a moment of tension can alleviate stress and help center yourself. Take chapter Al-Ikhlas (Chapter 112), the shortest chapter of the entire Quran. Even though it contains only four verses, it constitutes one third of the message conta