The journey of a lifetime

From South Asia, from Africa, from the east and the west..it’s the season.

When people from different walks of life, from every nook and corner of the world, of different races and ethnicity, black, white, red, brown…come for the same purpose. Continue reading

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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.

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.