June 15, 2013
1. We need to live mindful of how brief our life is — there is but a step between us and death.
2. Most of us spend our lives as if we had another one in the bank — the highest value of time is found in the stewardship of time.
3. The most important thing in our lives is what we are doing now — wasted time means wasted lives.
4. Know the true value of time — no idleness, no laziness, no procrastination, never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
5. Time is a very precious gift of God — so precious that it’s given to us moment by moment.
6. As every thread of gold is valuable, so is every moment of time — spend it wisely.
7. Dollars cannot buy yesterday, lost time is never found — time is the most valuable thing a man can spend.
8. Time is the substance of life — when anyone asks you to give your time, they are really asking for a chunk of your life.
9. Don’t be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of — one man gets only a week’s value out of a year while another man gets a full year’s value out of a week.
10. Have a time and place for everything, and do everything in its time and place, and you will not only accomplish more, but have far more leisure than those who are always hurrying.
11. The one who dares to waste one hour of life has not discovered the value of life.
June 14, 2013
Mufti Menk speaks about surah Al Kahaf which is good to be read on Fridays. He discusses the many lessons that can be learned from this surah.
June 14, 2013
Recently life has sent me many blows, one after the other, and seeking guidance and mercy from God became a daily action. It is often said that in ease we forget our worship and in hardship we turn to God. Unfortunately this is true for many of us. So during my hours of seeking relief and to ease my heart I came across very nice paragraphs in a book of supplications. I would like to share this with you now, hoping that you will also benefit from these points.
The well known scholar Ibn Al Qaiyim in his book of athkar mentioned many benefits of supplications. The process of prayer and dua drives away Shaytan, pleases God and replaces pain and sorrow of the heart with peace, happiness and contentment. It strengthens the heart and body, illuminates the countenance and heart, and leads one to prosperity. Thikr, or remembrance of God nurtures the love of Allah in the hearts of the believer and draws him or her closer whereby God opens the doors of understanding.
Thikr invigorates the heart, cleanses it, washes away transgressions, and it closes the gulf between the worshiper and the Creator. Worship and supplication cause a feeling of assurance and well being – sakinah- as the angles sit with those who quietly recite the praises of God…. There is a want and a need of the human heart that can not be satisfied except with Thikr. It brings order out of chaos, relieves the believer of the twin burdens of anxiety and wrong doing, relieves the indolent heart, and restrains the tongue from gossip and idle chatter. There is a knot in the heart which is undone by making supplication and giving thanks to the Creator and is a balm for the heart and a cure for its ailments. Nothing can bring blessings nor deflect affliction like it. It smooths out difficulties and eases hardship, lightens burdens and banishes fear and anxiety. Thikr, or remembrance of Allah nurtures confidence and reliance upon Allah and eliminates pessimism and cynicism. It supports the believer with the stamina and strength to do what would other wise be difficult.
Finally, thikr is a mighty barrier between the believer and the fire of Hell. The angels seek forgiveness on behalf of those who rehearse the praises of God. It is a mighty fortress against the trials and tribulations of this world and the hereafter.
Adapted from Al Wabil As-Saiyib, Ibn Al Qaiyim.
June 14, 2013
Yasir Qadthi offers a lecture regarding dua and its importance. Those who really want to worship God should continually make supplications and increase it during times of ease, not just when we are faced with calamities and troubles. The lecture is really good and Yasir really brings up some good and important points.
May 27, 2013
Yasmin Mogahed offers an AMAZING lecture about this life and how deceived we are living a rat race. When we really love someone we honor them with special care and attention, but do we offer God our love and honor? Are we fulfilling those things that God has requested of us? Are we following our own whims or making an effort to live a pure life and worship God without it feeling like a burden? Do we see the storm coming?