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!!

The heart and the tongue

As long as the tongue is occupied in dhikr, it will be safe from unbecoming speech and lies, because it never keeps quiet.  Alike it is with the heart,  if it is not occupied in love of Allah then it will love a creature.—Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyah

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…

Remove that obstruction!

The Seekers Path

The article I wrote yesterday reminded me of something that I learned a long time back…  what happened was that my teacher sent me a small but highly profound Arabic passage to translate in English… it was a saying of a great scholar…

My immediate reaction was bafflement… how am I to translate it when I don’t even know any Arabic outside Quran?

But then I thought that she wouldn’t have sent it to me if she didn’t think I could handle it… so maybe I should just give it a good try…

Fortunately when I searched for some clues through the lines I found many words that I could relate to… and this gave me some energy… so I looked again and again until more and more words became clear to me like lights being turned on in a dark room… and finally I learned the whole thing by…

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Quote of the day!

To clean the pathways of the hearts

and to preserve the purity of your good deeds 

is far greater in rewards than cleaning the pathways where we walk

The above quote made me think about the importance of priorities…

If we keep our main goal in mind then all the tasks we do will fall in the right direction but if we are not clear about where our destination is then we might waste too much time on less important things and ignore the most important ones…

In Islam our main goal is to attain purification and this includes both inner and outer cleanliness… but if we focus too much on outward purity and ignore the purification of the hearts then we have not really achieved our goal… 

On the contrary if we focus on the purity of the heart then it will automatically lead us to outer purity as well… and so we will attain the character of a true believer who remains firm in his convictions and gives benefit to all the world…

 

Journey…

Recently I heard an incident which touched me a lot… and taught me a great lesson of how we can be tolerant and forgiving for others…

A young woman was travelling on a bus and at one stop, an old woman got on the bus and came to sit next to that young woman… this old woman was quite grumpy and ill-mannered… and quite discourteously she shoved her bags into the leg space, colliding with her neighbour… grumbling and complaining too!!

A man who was observing this scene with irritation, couldnt remain quiet anymore so he said to the young woman… why are you not saying anything to this old woman… why are you not telling her to behave herself??

To this the young woman said: No problem… this is only for a little while… I get off at the next stop… so what does it matter… the journey together is so short anyway!!

These words are worth writing in golden letters…

we all face terrible attitudes and behaviours from people but the easiest way to put up with them is to remember that the journey together is so short… we dont know who will get off at the next stop… so why waste that short time in complaining, fighting, reacting and getting so angry and resentful? 

Be forgiving and be kind… the time together is so short anyway…

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