Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The reality of success of a TRUE MUSLIM student

The reality of success of a TRUE MUSLIM student
(a special dedication to my beloved children and students)

Success is not just gaining straight “A”s on papers
Struggling to score with flying colours
As for a successful true muslim student
the reality of success goes beyond that....

Success is
Never breaking someone heart,
Showing gratitude to someone ,
Sharing and forgiving,
Feeling empathy and sympathy
Loving and caring willing
Possessing all the good attributes
Reflecting them through personality

Thus a true muslim student’s dream
is not only to be academically successful
The dream goes far beyond that
A true muslim student
is not the one who sees the mud
But is the one who sees the stars…………
And keep beautifying the internal self………….

As true muslim students
Being successful spiritually, emotionally and intellectually
Is the ultimate aim,
Living a life not to please others
But to please Allah by always seeking His Redho
In our thoughts, speech and actions…………….
In order to gain His Love and Mercy
In reality is our ultimate success.............................

9.48am 13/10/09
Wishing all the best to all my beloved children,
my beloved students and all the other students...........
for their final examination for this semester ………
Do your BEST and leave the REST to Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala
With love and du’as always

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Let Go with the Heart

By Yasmin Mogahed
Freelance writer
Holding the Handhold That Never Breaks

He was devastated. His only source of nourishment had disappeared. It was all he knew, and now it was gone. Suddenly, the world grew cold, and only strangers surrounded him. The newborn child screamed. He thought his life was over.
What the child did not realize was that there was someone taking care of him. There was a plan for him. And in place of everything that had been taken away, his Protector would provide something better. The nourishment he had once received only through blood would soon come through his mother's milk. And the lifeless walls of the womb — once thought to be his only protection — would soon be replaced by the comfort of his family's arms.
But yet, to the newborn child, it would seem he had lost everything.
Many of us find ourselves like this child. There are times when we feel we have lost everything, or things look broken and nothing like we wished they would be. At times we even feel as though we've been abandoned and nothing is working out the way we planned.

But just like that newborn child, things are often not what they seem, and tawakkul (putting one's trust in Allah) is realizing that our Protector has a plan for us. Tawakkul is having complete trust that Allah's plan is the best plan.Tawakkul is having full faith that Allah will take care of you — even when things look impossible. Tawakkul is standing in front of the Red Sea — as Prophet Musa did — with an army behind you, and yet not even flinching, knowing that Allah will get you through. It is having full faith that when Allah takes away the umbilical cord, He will replace it with milk.
There can be no faith without tawakkul; and if there is true faith, tawakkul must always follow. Allah says in the Qur'an what can be translated as:
{For Believers are those who, when Allah is mentioned, feel a tremor in their hearts, and when they hear His signs rehearsed, find their faith strengthened, and put (all) their trust in their Lord.} (Al-Anfal 8:2)

If one truly understands the reality and the power of Allah, one will realize that it is in fact an infirmity of the human mind to not rely on Allah. Nothing in the entire universe happens except by the permission of Allah. Not even a leaf falls from a tree without His leave. The verse in the Qur'an can be translated as:
{Blessed be He in Whose hands is Dominion; and He over all things hath Power.} (Al-Mulk 67:1)
So how could we not but put our entire trust in Him?
Allah tells the believers in the Qur'an what can be translated as:
{Say: "Nothing will happen to us except what Allah has decreed for us: He is our protector"; and on Allah let the Believers put their trust.} (At-Tawbah 9:51)
The Qur'an explains that
{And He provides for him from (sources) he never could imagine. And if any one puts his trust in Allah, sufficient is (Allah) for him.} (At-Talaq 65:3)
And the reality is that there is nothing and nowhere else that will be sufficient.
{Whoever rejects evil and believes in Allah hath grasped the most trustworthy hand-hold that never breaks.} (Al-Baqarah 2:256)
The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, "If you trust Allah with the right kind of tawakkul, He will provide you sustenance as He provides for the birds:They go out in the morning with empty stomachs and come back in the evening with full stomachs" (At-Tirmithi).
And just as He does for the birds and the newborn child, Allah provides for us from places we could never imagine.

Hoping and Striving and Letting Go
At first she was terrified. She called out to her husband, who now turned to leave. "Will you leave us here to die?" There was no reply. She called after him again. Still there was no reply. Suddenly she called out again, "Were you commanded by your Lord to bring us here?"
"Yes," replied Prophet Ibrahim.

It was then that Hajar's fear disappeared. Although she suddenly found herself alone in the middle of a desert with her young baby and no sign of water, she knew with full certainty that Allah would never leave her side. Her faith was strong, her conviction untouched.

But soon after Prophet Ibrahim left, her child, Isma`il, began to cry from thirst. And although Hajar had completetawakkul on Allah, she did not remain sitting, waiting for the water to fall down from the sky.
The reliance on Allah filled Hajar's heart, but with her limbs she strove with everything she had. She began to run quickly between the mountains of As-Safa and Al-Marwah, looking for any sign of water for her son. Each time Hajar came to the top of the mountain and found nothing, she did not despair. Her will was unshaken, and she continued to strive. In fact, Hajar strove so hard that her effort was commemorated in the Hajj ritual of Sa`i, which literally means "to strive."

Many people confuse tawakkul with resignation and the cessation of striving. But by no means does having tawakkulmean ceasing to struggle. The story of Hajar serves as one of the most beautiful examples of this lesson taught to us by our beloved Prophet (peace be upon him). One day Prophet Muhammad noticed a Bedouin leaving his camel without tying it and he asked the Bedouin, "Why don't you tie down your camel?" The Bedouin answered, "I put my trust in Allah." The Prophet then said, "Tie your camel first, then put your trust in Allah" (At- Tirmithi).

Tawakkul is not an act of the limbs; it is an act of the heart. And so while the limbs are striving hard, the heart is completely reliant on Allah. This means that whatever the outcome of the limbs' striving may be, the heart will be completely satisfied, knowing that the outcome is the flawless decision of Allah.
But in order to reach this level, one must hold on to hope, strive with the limbs, and let go with the heart.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Love that shines through

photo taken in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

Love that shines through
There are times in life the going gets tough,
Nothing seems to be right, pressure all along the path
Wishing for a ray of hope to glimmer in the pouring rain of trials
But the more we move on, the dimmest light began to fade
Hoping for a ray of love to shimmer in the pouring rain of doubts
To ease the pain, to enlighten the burden,
Believing that love is the solution to ease all the hardship

When our heart is open to the Love of Allah
The light begin to shine along our pathway of life
Bearing all hardship and melting the moments with joy
Bringing happiness and inner tranquility
Believing that
Where there is strong love
There is always endurance....
Where there is true love
There are always blessings....
where there is great love
There are always miracles.....

3.42pm 10/10/09

Friday, October 9, 2009

positive thinking

Sometimes in life we meet situations where we are drowning
in all our unexplainable dreams, unanswered doubts,
unquenchable quest, unrequited love…..on our pathway of life…….
the more we try to find the answers and reasons to ease the pain
the more we feel the pain………. its more hurting than healing…….

But when we finally stay where we are,
reflect and contemplate on our life,
accept the unacceptable,
we will finally get the answers
to all our dreams, doubts, quest, and love in our life,
eventually the healing process flows in
when we admit our weaknesses and surrender to our Al Mighty Allah……..
it brings contentment in our hearts
and the light of tranquility will penetrate
into our soul, making us grow in spiritual maturity……

with love and du'a

May Allah make things easy for us………….

May Allah make things easy for us………….
Sometimes with a simple smile will can brighten someone’s heart,
Sometimes by just replying a friend’s salam we can cheer up the person,
But the sad thing is we take friendship for granted,
We expect to receive more than giving,
waiting to get more from others than we sharing willingly....
wanting to be loved by others than we being loving to others........
wishing to be forgiven by someone than being a forgiving person ....
Our excuses: busy, no idea, no time, etc,etc,etc,etc…………….
without being aware of us being selfish than selfless
in our attitude, thoughts and deeds,
the truth hurts, but the truth is the truth, we cannot escape,
we pay more attention on the things
that can bring happiness and pleasure to us
without being aware of whether through our actions,thoughts and speech
we might have hurt someone’s feelings due to our negligence
May Allah forgive us, and make us aware of the needs of our friends,
grant us the ability to meet their needs,
guide us on our pathway to be true muslims………….
and May Allah make things easy for us………………………….
With love and du’a.

Abu Hurairah (May Allah bepleased with him) reported:
The Prophet (PBUH) said, "He who removes from a believer one of his difficulties of this world, Allah will remove one of his troubles on the Day of Resurrection; and he who finds relief for a hard-pressed person, Allah will make things easy for him on the Day of Resurrection; he who covers up (the faults and sins) of a Muslim, Allah will cover up (his faults and sins) in this world and in the Hereafter. Allah supports His slave as long as the slave is supportive of his brother; and he who treads the path in search of knowledge, Allah makes that path easy, leading to Jannah for him; the people who assemble in one of the houses of Allah, reciting the Book of Allah, learning it and teaching, there descends upon them the tranquility, and mercy covers them, the angels flock around them, and Allah mentions them in the presence of those near Him; and he who lags behind in doing good deeds, his noble lineage will not make him go ahead."

29/245 - Riyad Us-Saliheen (Gardens of the Righteous)