Small Thought #5 – Start With Yourself Before Others

Who to start with?
In Da’wah (call to Islam), start with yourself before the members of your family and other people and look at what is lacking in you in order that you may start treating it.

So if there is a common deficiency between you and one of your companions or family members, then join him with you in resolving this problem because the Messenger of Allah said: “Whoever from amongst you sees an evil he should change it with his hand and if he is not able to, then with his tongue and if he is not able to, then he should hate it in his heart, and that is the weakest level of faith.” [Narrated by Muslim and Ahmed]

How is your humbleness in prayer?
When our hearts are overloaded with the pressures of life and at the point of exploding, comes the prayer as an outlet where souls can breathe the taste of tranquility, throw the troubles of life away and become happy and calm. However, for prayer we have to provide it with what makes us Humble. Allah Says (what mean): “Indeed, they used to hasten to good deeds and supplicate Us in hope and fear, and they were to Us humbly submissive” [Quran 21:90]

How is your relationship with Allah?
Are you one who’s supplications are answered or do you notice most of your supplications not being answered?

Look into your Aqeedah (Faith) and the level of your certainty and reliance upon Allah, and observe closely your food and drink – are they from that which is Halal (lawful) or Haram (unlawful), or is there some doubt about their source?

If the situation was one that requires enjoining good and forbidding evil, what would you do? Prophet Muhammad said: “By Him in Who’s Hand is my soul, you will enjoin good and prohibit evil or (else) Allah will soon send upon you a punishment from Him, then you will call upon Him and He will not answer you.” [Ahmed and At-Tirmithi]

Maybe you would benefit from reading Hadeeths (Prophetic narrations) pertaining to the punishment of the grave and that of its bliss, about the terror of the Resurrection, and the torment of the Hell-Fire. You could well continue reading for days, weeks or months, accompanying that with good actions and self-struggle.

Are you prepared for the meeting with Allah?

  • Have you fulfilled the rights of the creation, one to another? Or are you in a constant state of postponing and deferring?
  • Have you converted your knowledge of repentance into crying and penitence?
  • Have you turned whatever you have read about loving Allah into real love for your Muslim brothers?
  • Do you often visit them, and overlook their faults? Do you aid the needy from amongst them, feel delighted for their happiness and grieve for their sorrow?

It is better for you if you were to meet death whilst trying to improve your own condition than to die whilst striving to improve others’, being held accountable at the same time for leaving off obligatory actions just like the lantern that burns itself out and gives light to others, as in the Hadeeth: “The example of the scholar who teaches the people good things but forgets himself is that of a lantern, it gives light to the people but burns itself out.” [At-Tabarani]


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Small Thought #4 – Morals and Zakat

Hardly ever is prayer mentioned in the Noble Quran without being associated with Zakat. Zakat is the inseparable twin of prayer in the Book of Allah The Almighty and the Sunnah of His messenger SAW, as well.

Zakat is like prayer in terms of its relation to morals. The payer of Zakat offers it out of obedience to his Lord, abiding by His commands, warding off devils, relieving oneself from being questioned about the obligation of Zakat on the Day of Judgment. Zakat increases one’s wealth, allows him to help the poor and needy, protects him from meanness and curbs his sinful desires. It helps spread an atmosphere of love, intimacy, and affection among Muslims and creates a close bond between the rich and poor within the Muslim community.

The payer of Zakat relishes the pleasure and satisfaction of the heart as he obeys the commands of Allah The Exalted. Thus, he is keen not to delay paying the due Zakat and is diligent in giving it to its eligible recipients. Allah The Exalted Says (what means): {Take, [O, Muhammad], from their wealth a charity by which you purify them …} [Quran 9:103]

When Muslims fully grasp this, they find themselves willing not only to pay the due Zakat but also to spend in charity according to their abilities even if this was not obligatory upon them. This renders them eager to give in charity and help others in all possible ways and it indicates the purity of their hearts and the spiritual elevation of their souls.

The Messenger of Allah SAW (may Allah exalt his mention) said: “Smiling in the face of your brother is charity, enjoining good and forbidding evil is charity, guiding a lost man in a foreign land is charity, guiding the blind is charity, removing harmful things, thorns and bones from a road is regarded as charity and pouring what is left from your vessel into that of your brother is charity.”

Hence, the close bond between Zakat and morals in Islam becomes clear.



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Small Thought #3 – Real Happiness and Inner Peace

Real happiness and peace can be found in submitting to the commands of the Creator and the Sustainer of this world. God has said in the Quran (which means):

“Those who have believed and whose hearts are assured by the remembrance of Allah. Unquestionably, by the remembrance of Allah hearts are assured.” [Al-Quran, surah Ar-Ra’d, verse 28]

On the other hand, the one who turns away from the Quran will have a life of hardship in this world. God has said (which means):

“And whoever turns away from My remembrance – indeed, he will have a depressed life, and We will gather him on the Day of Resurrection blind.” [Al-Quran, surah Ta Ha, verse 124]

This may explain why some people commit suicide while they enjoy the material comfort money can buy.

 


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Small Thought #2 – How Human Can Deny God When There are Countless Signs?

Non-believers often say that there is no God and there will be end once we die and we will not be resurrected on the day of Judgement and questioned for our good and bad deeds in this life. This claim of Non-believers surprises me a lot that when there are uncountable signs of almighty God then how they can deny him? When you deny God you are actually denying yourself.

Put all other signs aside and see yourself? How you are born? From a drop of sperm? So who makes a dirty drop of sperm into a human being? How you are created in pairs of male and female and there is affection between you? It happened by itself?

Just see the universe. sky, earth, moon, sun, and stars. how all these things came into existence by itself and then started running in an organized way. See the sky do you find any flaw in it?

Night and day are another sign of him. At night we sleep and end our tiredness and at day we are ready to work again. Who organized this system for us?

See the thousands of types of fruits and vegetables which grow from a small seed. So who made It possible?

There are so many signs of Allah SWT that we cannot count them if we want to. Indeed Allah SWT exists and signs are in front of us and after death, we will return towards him.

 


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Small Thought #1 – Learn To Respect Yourself

When someone rejects you doesn’t mean you need to reject yourself. Just because some people choose to disregard your worth and treat you without kindness doesn’t mean everyone will, and it certainly doesn’t mean you have to imitate their behavior. The truth is that the way other people treat us isn’t about us—it’s about them and their own struggles, insecurities, and limitations. You don’t have to allow their judgment to become your truth.

You may not be able to control what other people say or how they act, but you can always choose how you treat yourself. You can choose who you surround yourself with, and who you let go of. And no matter what your circumstances, you can choose to believe in yourself and your worth.

Because at the end of the day, trying to please everyone is exhausting and impossible. No matter how you change or who you become, there will always be someone who doesn’t approve. So instead of wasting your energy in a futile attempt to become someone that other people want you to be, give yourself permission to be exactly who you are. And know that who you are is exactly enough.

The right people will find their way into your life. These are the people who will love and accept you wholeheartedly and without conditions. These are the people who matter. Let go of the rest.

Also, remember that people will not respect until you start respecting yourself. don’t fall in your own eyes. love yourself and respect yourself…


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