You are Never Happier Than you are Content

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I was inspired recently by this reminder from Dr Bilal Phillips on Facebook.  Society today is being torn apart by the relentless pursuit of happiness.  People change careers, spend money, save money, marry, divorce, remarry….the list goes on. In almost all cases it’s in the hope that life will become happier if they leave this relationship, or go into that one… purchase this item or leave this job for that one.

Reality is.. Allah SWT says in the translated  Quran that all mankind is at loss  except those who

1. Believe

2 Do Righteous Deeds

3. Advise each other to truth and patience.

Sura Al Asr  (103)

As a Muslim, I have a choice before me… I can live like the non believer and try to find my happiness in the pursuit of worldly pleasures or I can learn the truth that none of these things will ever make me truly…

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Seize the Day or Seize the Moment?

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Carpe Diem. I used to use that phrase often. Seize the Day. Every day brings it’s own experiences.. some I am so thankful for and others I wish I didn’t have to experience, yet still in their own way a benefit I ought to be thankful for, yet in my human weakness, I struggle to accept.

Then I read Surah Al Asr ..

By Al-’Asr (the time). Verily, man is in loss. Except those who believe and do righteous good deeds, and recommend one another to the truth and recommend one another to patience.” (Quran 103)

Here Allah tells us it’s not enough to “Seize the Day”. We need to “Seize Every Second” As Muslims we understand that time is borrowed. It’s given to us to use, but we are accountable for it. Angels record our actions and our words and every second is accounted for.

Prophet Muhammad said…

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Confronting Your Fears

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ImageOne day the Messenger of Allah (saws) noticed a ‘bedouin’ (desert Arab) 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 (saws) then said, “Tie your camel first, then put your trust in Allah”

Related by At-Tirmidhi.

I had to use public transport today. I was returning home and the train system in my home town is undergoing maintenance and I needed to use a bus as well as the normal trains I use to do the short trip home from where I was visiting.  

For most people, this may not seem so big a problem.. Yet, how often do we find small problems appear to be big mountains. Mountains that we find imposing, even frightening.  Some of them appear  insurmountable, and others challenge us. This is a little how…

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New Beginnings: He is What you Expect Him to Be

Although I wrote this a few years ago.. as most of the world is about to enter another New Year in 2017 .. these words are just as relevant today as they were back then .. Al Hamdulillah

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My Lord is with me.As the world celebrates the start of 2015, I am so grateful to My Lord that I don’t have to wait for another year to begin to make resolutions or to anticipate new beginnings.   The beautiful thing about being a Muslim is that you don’t need 10 minutes of wasted money spent on fireworks to farewell the old and welcome the new.

Every day for a Muslim is a new opportunity.. a new beginning.  No matter what the day brought yesterday, today brings a a new hope, a new promise.  No sin from yesterday is too  serious to be forgiven by His Mercy.  No problem from yesterday is too insurmountable to be solved today.  No sadness from yesterday is too deep to be raised to a new sense of hope today.

Today is a new opportunity to be grateful for every new mercy, for every new problem solved and…

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The Hope of Paradise… The Joy of the Muslimah

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I have been thinking a lot about the video I posted a couple of days ago.  Shaykh Yassir Qadhi speaking on the joy of looking at Allah exceeding that of Jannah itself and all the blessings promised to the believer in Jannah.

I was speaking to a Non Muslim today about the rewards for a woman in Jannah.  This non Muslim (we were discussing on a forum thread),  wanted me to admit that the “promised 72 houri’s” was the reward I was looking forward to.  My response is reprinted below…

“As a Muslimah.. my recompense is that insha’Allah my husband will gaze on me for my beauty insha’Allah.. and I will be queen of the houris.. so I”m not worried at all …

Umme Salamah (Radiahallahu Anha) narrates that she said to the Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) “O Rasûlullah, are the women of this world superior or the hûrs…

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Words of Wisdom to Live By

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ImageA friend once called me ” a Pollyanna.” Maybe you remember her story?  She was a fictional character in a much loved children’s book.

Her claim to fame?  No matter what happened in her life, Pollyanna looked for the best in it.. the silver lining.  Her infectious way of looking at the problems of the world helped her to change her aunt, her friends and everyone she came in contact with.

And of course, as with all good novels, the day came when she had to really dig deep to continue to live by that principle in her own life.

It is so easy to do these things when life is going well, but not so easy when things are looking down. There are times in our life when we have to draw on everything we believe just to face the next day, next hour or even the next moment.

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Al-Mujeeb: The Responder to Prayer

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Al-Mujeeb
The Responder to Prayer

And when My servants ask you concerning Me, then surely I am very near; I answer the prayer of the suppliant when he calls on Me, so they should answer My call and believe in Me that they may walk in the right way. (Surah al-Baqarah, 186)

One of these Names that we seem to forget is al-Mujeeb: the One who Responds; and Allah (swt) shows us throughout the Qur’an the manifestation of this Name with those who ask Him.

We live in a world of means. And the Qur’an tells us to utilize our means, as those means were made available to us by Allah (swt). But we sometimes forget that du`a’, calling on Allah (swt) sincerely, is one of those means. Sometimes it is the only means, and at other times it is one of many means that is required to reach an…

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