Our Guardian Angels

 

Remember when you were a small child, totally dependent, who fulfilled your needs? 

When you wanted that toy everyone had, who provided for you? 

When you wanted to pursue your dreams, who supported you? 

When you were lost and needed advice, who guided you?

Your PARENTS.

 But when you became independent, busy building your life you started to ignore their needs, failed to realize it’s time they need you now. It’s not payback, you can never ever re-pay for all those sleepless nights, high tuition bills, long working hours, giving up their savings, countless sacrifices. Never. It’s just the least we can do.

It hurts them every time you answer back, every time you prioritize others over them, when days pass and you don’t check on them. 

They deserve your respect. 

Your love.

Your care.

Your support.

Your kindness. 

Your good treatment. 

Being your number 1 priority. 

 

Allah says: And your Lord has commanded that you shall not serve (any) but Him, and do good to your parents. If either or both of them reach old age with you, say not to them (so much as) “ugh” nor chide them, but (always) speak to them reverent speech.

And make yourself submissively gentle to them with compassion, and say: “O my Lord! have compassion on them, as they brought me up (when I was) a child.” [Surah Isra 23-24] 

Don’t let another day pass without appreciating them, without checking on them, without telling them how much they mean to you. 

Use this time to serve them before you loose this opportunity. An even after they are gone, pray for them and do good deeds they all reach them and raise their status in the hereafter.

They are too precious and irreplaceable to be taken for granted.

May Allah make bless them and make us the coolness of their eyes. Ameen. 

Abeer Nouman.

FRIENDS :)

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When our goals met,  so did our hearts.
‘When love is for the sake of Allah,  it never dies,  continues till Jannah.’
We started as classmates,  we just knew each other by names,  a smile,  a Salam and how are yous. That’s how it used to be.
Almost a year and half passed,  we were still the same.
But when our goals met,  so did our hearts.

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“Because I am answerable to someone”

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A good friend of mine is a teacher at University. After what seemed like ages, me and another friend got to meet her and talk to her. So, like how all friends do when they meet after a long time, we joked around, bombarded her with questions and all sorts. When we asked her about her work and her students, this is what she said; ‘They are nice kids, but now and then they do some stuff and we have no say in it. Now I understand why teachers behave in a certain way with the students, even though it may seem wrong on the outside for her not to condemn them. Because, we are answerable to our managers.’
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Hijab: Does it really oppress us?!

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A common impression the world has about Muslim woman is that she is oppressed and is forced to cover herself by her family which is actually the opposite!

The Hijab is anything but oppression for a Muslim woman.

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Islam protects a woman.

It guards her chastity.

It guards her modesty.

It gives her freedom from all the evil vulgar gazes of men.

It protects her beauty.

It gives her dignity.

Islam views a woman as a precious diamond, which is protected in a shell and saved from any harm. Hijab doesn’t stop a Muslim woman from doing anything.

It is recorded in History and the world is still a witness to thousands of Muslim women excelling in different fields with a veil covering their faces.  Be it an Engineer, doctor, teacher, a student, you name it.

Our mother Ayesha May Allah be pleased with her used to teach the companions of the Prophet Peace be upon him after he passed away. She was not only a great scholar of her times, but she also excelled in other fields including Medicine and Literature.

Umm Ummara  may Allah be pleased with her, defended  the Prophet peace be upon him in the Battle of Uhud along with her husband and two sons, and she didn’t even have a shield to protect herself yet her only concern was to defend the Messenger of Allah. 

Even from a social aspect the hijab plays a vital role in the stability of a society, Muslim communities where women are dressed more modestly relative to other societies, experience a low rate of harassment, rape cases and divorce rate.

And my humble message to Muslim sisters who are reluctant to take the Hijab because they think they can’t pursue their dreams or will face difficulty finding a spouse or other social pressures: know that it’s Allah who is your Raziq, He will provide for you from where you never imagined, just take the first step He has promised to give you the best and increase you in favor. He will defend you when people talk about you, He’ll make you strong when you think it’s hard, He’ll help you in everything because that’s what He has promised those who believe in Him, obey Him and trust Him.

He says: [والذين جاهدوا فينا لنهدينهم سبلنا وان الله لمع المحسنين]

And those who strive for us – We will surely guide them to our ways. And indeed, Allah is with the doers of good. [26:69]

You think you will look the odd one out in your Hijab? The Prophet peace be upon Him gave you glad tidings for that!

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:

“Islam initiated as something strange, and it would revert to its (old position) of being strange. So good tidings for the stranger.’’ (Muslim)

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Islam has done nothing but uplift the status of a woman, it has given her the dignity and respect she deserves and is entitled to! Hijab doesn’t oppress her, it saves her from oppression!

Embrace it with pride. Don’t deprive yourself of the respect Islam has given you!

Abeer Nouman.

Forgotten Blessings.

A few days ago I read something a sheikh had posted that really touched my heart, he said life would be very easy if we understand that we wont get everything we want in this world, we should be thankful with what we have, be content and enjoy the existing blessings. They are so many people praying to get what we want yet we take them for granted and keep winning over what we dont have.  

This really got to me and made me at ease realizing we are blessed with so many things and many of them are gifted without even asking!

So this post is a short reminder to be thankful for all the little things we overlook, the ones we fail to relaize and forget to thank Allah for.

Thank Allah for the lovely gift of Islam which made life so peaceful and easy.

For accepting our good deeds.

For forgiving our sins.

For the ease after difficulties.

For the cure after sickness.

For all the answered prayers and fulfilled wishes.

For the happiness after sadness.

For the success after failure.

For being free of physical disabilities.

For having delicious meals 3 times a day.

For the air-conditioned house and the cozy bed you sleep in.

For the safe neighborhood you live in.

For the parents who love you

For the brother who cares for you.

For the sister that supports you.

For the friend who guides you.

And for all the countless things that makes your life beautiful.

And just remember, He gave you so many things without asking, what makes you think He wont give you what you asked Him for? 🙂

He swt says:

[وإذ تأذن ربكم لئن شكرتم لأزيدنكم]

[And [remember] when your Lord proclaimed, ‘If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favor]]

Thank you Allah for everything ♥

Abeer Nouman.

Fruits of Faith

Allah swt has said:

يا أيها الذين آمنوا اتقوا الله

 O you who have believed, fear Allah  [2:227]

So what is Taqwa?
Sheikh Bin Baz ( May Allah swt have mercy on him) has said:
Taqwa is the obedience of Allah and His Messenger PBUH and leaving what they have prohibited sincerely for the Sake of Allah swt with a true belief in  Him and His Messenger PBUH and what they have said and to earn the reward Allah has promised and be saved from His Punishment.
يا أيها الذين آمنوا اتقوا الله حق تقاته ولا تموتن إلا وأنتم مسلمون
O you who have believed, fear Allah as He should be feared and do not die except as Muslims [in submission to Him]. [3:102]
Ibn Masood(May Allah be pleased with him) had said in the Tafseer of the above verse:
That the servant obeys and not disobeys, he remembers and not forgets, he  thanks and does not be ungrateful.
Taqwa is so be alert.
It is to be fearful.
It is to ponder on every step we take whether this is action will please Allah swt or displease Him.
 
The promise of Allah for the Mutaqeen ( those who have Taqwa):
1. Love of Allah swt.
بلى من أوفى بعهده واتقى فإن الله يحب المتقين
But yes, whoever fulfills his commitment and fears Allah – then indeed, Allah loves those who fear Him. [3:76]
2. Allah’s Mercy in this life and the next.
واكتب لنا في هذه الدنيا حسنة وفي الآخرة إنا هدنا إليك قال عذابي أصيب به من أشاء ورحمتي وسعت كل شيء فسأكتبها للذين يتقون ويؤتون الزكاة والذين هم بآياتنا يؤمنون
And decree for us in this world [that which is] good and [also] in the Hereafter; indeed, we have turned back to You.” [ Allah ] said, “My punishment – I afflict with it whom I will, but My mercy encompasses all things.” So I will decree it [especially] for those who fear Me and give zakah and those who believe in Our verses – [7:156]
3.  Allah’s help, victory and support.
إن الله مع الذين اتقوا والذين هم محسنون
Indeed, Allah is with those who fear Him and those who are doers of good. [16:28]
4. Protection from everything that is evil and is feared in this world and the hereafter.
وينجي الله الذين اتقوا بمفازتهم لا يمسهم السوء ولا هم يحزنون
And Allah will save those who feared Him by their attainment; no evil will touch them, nor will they grieve. [39:61]
5. Lightening of the heart.
يا أيها الذين آمنوا اتقوا الله وآمنوا برسوله يؤتكم كفلين من رحمته ويجعل لكم نورا تمشون به ويغفر لكم والله غفور رحيم
O you who have believed, fear Allah and believe in His Messenger; He will [then] give you a double portion of His mercy and make for you a light by which you will walk and forgive you; and Allah is Forgiving and Merciful. [57:28]
6. Gives the servant predominance over Shaitaan.
إن الذين اتقوا إذا مسهم طائف من الشيطان تذكروا فإذا هم مبصرون
Indeed, those who fear Allah – when an impulse touches them from Satan, they remember [Him] and at once they have insight. [7:201]
7. A way to get greater rewards.
وإن تؤمنوا وتتقوا فلكم أجر عظيم
And if you believe and fear Him, then for you is a great reward. [3.179]
8. Expansion of provision and more goodness.
وَمَنْ يَتَّقِ اللَّهَ يَجْعَلْ لَهُ مَخْرَجاً(-) وَيَرْزُقْهُ مِنْ حَيْثُ لا يَحْتَسِبُ
And whoever fears Allah – He will make for him a way out. And will provide for him from where he does not expect..[65:2-3]
9. Allah will relieve their stresses and make things ease for them.
من يتق الله يجعل له من أمره يسرا
And whoever fears Allah – He will make for him of his matter ease.[65:4]
10.  Victory over enemies and protection against them.
وإن تصبروا وتتقوا لا يضركم كيدهم شيئا إن الله بما يعملون محيط
And if you are patient and fear Allah , their plot will not harm you at all. Indeed, Allah is encompassing of what they do. [3:120]
11. Attain closeness to Allah swt.
إن أكرمكم عند الله أتقاكم إن الله عليم خبير
Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted..[49:13]
12. Allah will save them on the Day of Judgement.
ثم ننجي الذين اتقوا ونذر الظالمين فيها جثيّا
Then We will save those who feared Allah and leave the wrongdoers within it, on their knees.[19:72]
13. Allah makes attaining knowledge easy for them.
واتقوا الله ويعلمكم الله والله بكل شيء عليم
And fear Allah . And Allah teaches you. And Allah is Knowing of all things.[2: 282]
14. The reward of Taqwa is Paradise.

إن للمتقين عند ربهم جنات النعيم

Indeed, for the righteous with their Lord are the Gardens of Pleasure. [68:34]
May Allah swt make us from these people. Ameen
Abeer Nouman.

But He is The Forgiver and The Most Merciful..

I have often heard and seen people, doing what they want, not following the commandments of Allah SWT while knowing it or following only those which are easy and feasible to them and when they are reminded and advised they say, ‘ Allah is AlGafoor and Ar Raheem.”

Well yes Allah swt is surely Al-Gafoor (الغفور The Forgiver and Hider of Faults ) and Ar-Raheem ( الرحيمThe Merciful), in fact He SWT is also Al-Lateef ( اللطيف The Most Gentle),

Al-Ghaffar ( الغفار The Great Forgiver),

Ar-Raoof ( الرؤوف The Compaasionate),

Al-Afuwwu ( The Forgiver),

Al-Tawaab (التواب The Guide to Repentance)

BUT He is also;

Severe in penalty (شديد العقاب)

The Owner of Retribution (ذو انتقام)

He is swift in account (سريع الحساب)

if this was the case, then why has Allah swt defined whats Halal or Haram, why is there Paradise and Hell-fire? We could all do whatever we like and still be forgiven!

It’s your deeds that will determine how you will be dealt in the hereafter.

There is no doubt that Allah loves to forgive his servants and accepts repentance but that doesn’t mean we live how we want, do whatever we want and then expect to be forgiven anyways. It’s a 2 way deal not one-sided.

You ask Him, He gives you.

You thank Him, He gives you more.

You remember Him, He remembers you.

You ask for forgiveness, He forgives you.

We cant just keep fooling ourselves. We need to realize and work for His Paradise.

Abeer Nouman.

The Hard Heart

And yet again the heart didn’t tremble while reading the Quran.

Still the thoughts are running during the prayer.

Still the eye is dry after a dua. Not a single drop. Not even today. 

Ever experienced this?

Many Muslims complain how they cant concentrate and have khusho in prayer, how the description of Allah’s anger doesn’t have an effect on them anymore, how they stand numb while everyone is crying at the mention of Paradise.

These are some of the symptoms of the hard heart (قسوة القلب).

The scholars have mentioned the reasons of a hard heart:

1. Turning away from the rememberance of Allah swt. 

He SWT says:

[ومن أعرض عن ذكري فإن له معيشة ضنكا]

And whoever turns away from My remembrance – indeed, he will have a depressed life [20:124]

2. Neglecting the obligatory commands ( Prayer, Fasting etc)

Allah SWT says:

[ فبما نقضهم ميثاقهم لعناهم وجعلنا قلوبهم قاسية]

So for their breaking of the covenant We cursed them and made their hearts hard.[5:13]

3. Consuming Haram food/drink.

4. Committing sins.

Allah SWT says:

[كلا بل ران على قلوبهم ما كانوا يكسبون]

No! Rather, the stain has covered their hearts of that which they were earning. [83:14]

5. Publicizing sins openly. 

The Prophet PBUH have said:

“‏كل أمتي معافًى إلا المجاهرين، وإن من المجاهرة أن يعمل الرجل بالليل عملاً، ثم يصبح وقد ستره الله عليه فيقول‏:‏ يا فلان عملت البارحة كذا وكذا، وقد بات يستره ربه، ويصبح يكشف ستر الله عنه‏”‏ ‏(‏‏(‏متفق عليه‏)‏‏)‏ ‏.‏

“Every one of my followers will be forgiven except those who expose (openly) their wrongdoings. An example of this is that of a man who commits a sin at night which Allah has covered for him, and in the morning, he would say (to people): “I committed such and such sin last night,’ while Allah had kept it a secret. During the night Allah has covered it up but in the morning he tears up the cover provided by Allah Himself.”

[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

6. Being satisfied with ignorance and wrong practices and leaving the understanding of Islam.

Allah swt says:

[ إِنَّمَا يَخْشَى اللَّهَ مِنْ عِبَاده الْعُلَمَاءُ]

Only those fear Allah , from among His servants, who have knowledge.[35:28]

7. Following one’s desires and denying the truth or following it.

Allah SWT says:

[فلما زاغوا أزاغ الله قلوبهم]

And when they deviated, Allah caused their hearts to deviate

8. Pride and bad behavior.

The Prophet PBUH said:

ألا أخبركم بأهل النار‏؟‏‏:‏ كل عتل جواظ مستكبر” ‏(‏‏(‏متفق عليه‏)‏‏)‏‏.

“Shall I not inform you about the inmates of Hell? It is every violent, impertinent and proud person.”

[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

9. Useless talk and actions and excess laughter.

The Prophet PBUH have said:

أَقِلَّ الضَّحِكَ، فَإِنَّ كَثْرَةَ الضَّحِكِ تُمِيتُ الْقَلْبَ‏.‏

“Laugh little. Much laughter kills the heart.”

The scholars have mentioned the cure of a heart hard:

1. Increasing in the remembrance of Allah SWT.

Allah SWT says:

[  ألا بذكر الله تطمئن القلوب]

Unquestionably, by the remembrance of Allah hearts are assured.” [13:28]

2. Ask Allah SWT for guidance.

The Prophet PBUH said:

[ قُلِ اللَّهُمَّ اهْدِنِي وَسَدِّدْنِي]

Say,” O Allah, direct me to the right path and make me adhere to the straight path”

3. Regularity on the obligations.

Allah SWT says:

[إن الصلاة تنهى عن الفحشاء والمنكر ولذكر الله أكبر والله يعلم ما تصنعون]

Indeed, prayer prohibits immorality and wrongdoing, and the remembrance of Allah is greater. And Allah knows that which you do.

4. Eating and earning from Halal sources. 

5. Increasing in volunteer acts of worships.

Allah SWT has said in Hadith Qudsi:

[ما يزال عبدي يتقرب إلي بالنوافل حتى أحبه]

My slave keeps on coming closer to Me through performing Nawafil (prayer or doing extra deeds besides what is obligatory) till I love him.

6. Remembering death more often. 

7. Gaining knowledge.

8. Increasing in repentance and not justifying the sin.

9. Reading about the lives of the Prophets and the companions. 

May Allah SWT guide us and fill our hearts with iman. Ameen.

Abeer Nouman.

God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve!

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Freedom, ignorance, Islam… are three highly interrelated elements in the present Muslim society. I would like to bring this relation in the lime light before I get to the main topic.

Islam means submission, submitting your will to the Creator and living by His commandments in this life to lead a prosperous life in the hereafter. This leads to the fact that a Muslim lives like a slave in this world, a slave of Allah سبحانه وتعالى . His life is confined by the rules set down by Islam. Following the rules set down by Islam restores happiness, justice, moral and ethical values of our society. With time gaining the knowledge of world has taken the shape of a primary obligation upon Muslims which is rather good but what was supposed to be learned has been kept aside and forgotten. 95% Muslims in the world don’t even understand the Fiqh of prayer, their greatest identification! This has led to an ignorant society of Muslims who believe in the freedom of speech and freedom of choice.

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