Common Sense is not So Common…

I remember once we had a person to help around the house… and one day as he was washing the dishes I went into the kitchen to pour myself a cup of tea that I had just made a while ago… To my horror I saw that he had just drained out that same tea from the thermos right into the sink and was now washing the empty thermos vigorously… shocked and amazed at this peculiar behavior, I asked him why did he throw away the tea? He looked at me with complete innocence and explained: No Ma’m I didn’t throw it… I just turned the thermos upside down and the tea just poured out itself…

Now this was such an absurd statement that further exasperated me but later it just became a good joke to share…

But that was a time of ignorance… later when I learned Quran and held myself to account in the mirror of Allah’s book, I learnt to recognize myself and others in a new light. And I realized that whenever we do things without caring for their consequences then we are making exactly the same mistake which that person made so many years ago… but we joked about him being so silly… and we think we are so wise, don’t we…

I mean it was so easy to criticize him for his lack of common sense… didn’t he know that if you hold a container upside down then surely whatever is inside will come out?

But do we criticize ourselves for the same foolishness; when we do things which are openly prohibited by Allah, and yet we think they will not have the harmful consequences which Allah wants to save us from?

If for example, we wear tight clothes… then the most obvious consequence is that our bodies will be exposed… but when you try to explain its harmful effects people will say they are not doing this to expose themselves… but you are being exposed whether it was your intention or not…

When you tell them backbiting is a major sin and we must not say anything about anyone which will not be pleasing to him if he hears it… then they will say we are not backbiting we are just discussing in a “light” way… we don’t mean any harm… same goes for making fun of others… letting them down with hurtful remarks and then saying oh we were just joking… breaking hearts and not realizing at all…

When you tell a parent not to break their child’s personality with their harsh behavior and cruel words… they will say we love our child and want the best for him… Is being harsh and cruel going to bring any good results?

And so we go on and on in life… being so learned and educated and wise… but deep down we are just like that foolish person… holding the thermos upside down and expecting the tea to stay inside…

An Apology… And a new start!!

This post of mine is a sort of apology to my eldest blog… because of the way I have neglected it for the past couple of months… What happened was that when I started my new blog I had not anticipated the kind of excitement and preoccupation it will create in my life… and I got so overwhelmed by the responsibility of transferring all of my collection of images and reflections on to the new blog that I became totally engrossed in the task… But in the back of mind there was always this thought that I must also write on the old blog… and I also felt the need to do so because of the sense of freedom I enjoy on its open space… it’s like being in my own home… expressing whatever I want to share…

And as I write these few words, my heart goes out to my third blog which also deserves my greatest attention because of the awesome topic it revolves around… And I feel awful when I realize how little I have written on it so far…

Today Alhamdulillah I am finally back on my home ground and from now on I plan to give all three blogs their due right… with the help of Allah… in sha Allah…

As a first step I have changed the theme of this blog to give it a fresh look that can be displayed properly on all devices…

May Allah help all of us to do our very best for His sake… Ameen

A much needed reminder

‏وَمَن يُؤْمِن بِاللَّهِ يَهْدِ قَلْبَهُ
And whoever believes in Allah – He will guide his heart.
(At-Taghabun 11)

عن علقمة قال :
Alqamah said:

هو الرجل تصيبه المصيبة ،
This is that person, when he is afflicted with a calamity

فيعلم أنها من عند الله ،
He knows that surely this (calamity) is from Allah سبحانه وتعالى

فيسلم ذلك ويرضى .
So he accepts that and is satisfied (with Allah’ s decision)‏

Abu Yahya Suhaib bin Sinan (May Allah be pleased with him) reported that:

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “How wonderful is the case of a believer; there is good for him in everything and this applies only to a believer. If prosperity attends him, he expresses gratitude to Allah and that is good for him; and if adversity befalls him, he endures it patiently and that is better for him”.

[Sahih Muslim]

A New Blog

For the past couple of months I have been pondering over the need to compile some of my reflections on the creation of Allah… But I wanted to make a new blog which I could dedicate entirely to that one topic… which is the guidance contained in these amazing signs of Allah.

Alhamdulillah finally this blog is ready which is not just to bring to focus the awesome beauty of Allah’s creation… but also the most amazing lessons which these things convey silently and imperceptibly…

So do visit the link and give me your precious feedback too:)

http://www.ghorofiker.wordpress.com 

 

fazkuruni Azkurkum…

Yes this title is not english… in fact these are no ordinary words that you and I speak or write… these are the words from Allah himself and they have a most profound message in them which can transform your life in a minute… because it will take even less than a minute to put these words into action and make your heart glow with happiness and satisfaction… You must be thinking that how is it possible… but we don’t realize that every word of Allah is a miracle and its effects on our hearts and our lives will also be nothing less than a miracle!!

But first you need to understand what these words mean…

In very simple language it can be translated as… “So you remember me and I will remember you” (2: 152)… Allah is calling us to build a most alive and a most concrete relationship with him… it starts with our true intention… If we sincerely want to connect to Allah and to experience the satisfaction and security of having an unbreakable relationship with Allah then all we have to do is to remember him… and immediately we will feel the response from him because it is His promise that he will remember us as soon as we remember him…The question may arise in your mind: “how should we remember Allah?” The answer is that we should make zikr of him the way He has prescribed for us… it could be just by calling his name… it could be an expression of gratitude like Alhamdulillah… it could be a desperate need which I express to him in a dua… it could be a smile which comes on my lips when I remember his favours on me… it could be words of tasbeeh which come to my mind when I see his wonderful creations… It is my salah… it is my recitation of Quran… it is every act of goodness which I do for others thinking that Allah will be pleased with me if I do so… it is also all the thoughts which shaitan whispers to me but I dont act on them fearing Allah’s displeasure… for how can I fight the temptations of shaitan and my nafs without the remembrance of Allah…

So if I can do all of this then what will be the result? In the hereafter there are surely the most amazing rewards but even in this world Allah has given us this beautiful promise of an instant response from him… and that is His mentioning of whoever mentions him… His remembrance of whoever remembers Him… But then doesnt he remember everything and everyone? Of course he doesnt forget… but here Allah’s remembrance means giving importance to the slave who gives importance to Him… taking special care of someone who cares for Allah’s pleasure… being especially merciful and loving to the one who gives constant thanks to Allah… 

So try this and let your heart feel the sweetness of Allah’s special love, mercy and forgiveness that will start falling like rain on your heart… giving you solace and comfort even though you might be stuck in a heap of problems!!

Wisdom

A Wiseman was once asked: where did you learn wisdom from?

He answered: from a visually handicapped person…

a blind man?

Yes I learned wisdom from a blind man because as he was walking he never put his foot on the ground until after his stick informed him of the way…

This made me realise that even those who have eyes cannot take wise decisions in life unless they use the eyes of the heart to reach the true success as defined by Allah…