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Bismillah,

Alhamdulilah, all praise is due to Allah who has blessed us in so many ways! Oh Allah continue to bestow your favours on us.

Alhuda Gems for the week:

* Time passes, we will get busy, things will come up, but we have to ponder on how we spend our time.

* Whenever we hear verses about disbelievers (such as 6-7 of Baqarah) we might have a tendency to tune them out. 1/3rd of the Quran addresses them, we our selves should take a lesson. Subhana’Allah just now I’m thinking how that in itself (that Allah addresses the believers in 1/3rd Quran) as being a mercy for them and us. This is Allah’s mercy, He doesn’t give up on us, it is mostly us he renounce all hope and give up easily. The doors of Allah’s mercy, guidance, and love for us is open…we just have to try harder! For these verses, we need to reflect on them, really in take because nothing/is ever guaranteed for us. In the same way Allah talks about the disbelievers so much, because indeed we are not guaranteed to die as believers. Disbelief in Allah is the greatest removal of Allah’s mercy on us and it leads to our destruction, Allah is constantly reminding us “Oh my slave, don’t die in this state!”

* Goes with the upper points: A young devout man hastened to do the adaan everyday, he came early so he could get this reward. One day he sees a woman, its love at first sight for him. He goes to her house, asks for her hand, she turns him down because he is muslim and she is Christian. He becomes a Christian to marry her, and as soon as he gets married he falls off a roof and dies, he dies as a Christian. Here is a man believing in Allah, the one God, and he converts for someone and even at that what he sought didn’t happen for him. The reality is that this can be anyone practising, they can be easily taken away from the path…this is indeed a reminder for us!

* We need to keep up, guard our iman, protect our imaan, because this is the only thing that will avail us on the Day of Judgement! Not our children, nothing, nada, just our imaan! Our world life will keep us busy..my teacher mentioned how out of all that she owns, the most important thing is her faith. It is what would save her!

*The Quran is what keeps our faith alive. We need it, we need to get closer to the Quran. This is what the mutaqee does, the God conscious one seeks this books, uses this book!

* Quran! Read it, learn it, study it, keep up with it. This gives life to the heart!

* Death: people die every day. Some are famous and some not famous. My teacher pointed how regardless of what someone had or did in the dunya, i.e their status in the dunya, it doesn’t matter in terms of the hole they will be placed in. A hole is a hole, what matters is our faith and our closeness to Allah subhana wa tala. Speaking death, Imaam Siraj Wahhaj has this amazing lecture on preparing for death…its really moving, subhana’Allah.

Till next time, may Allah make us of the people of the Quran and those who take reminders to heart and implement in their lives!

Bismillah,

Alhamdulilah, all praise is due to Allah azza wa jala, who by His will all things are possible.

Alhamdulilah, graduation was on Sunday…yes, I am finally done with Undergrad, and indeed Allah has blessed me with ni3ma. Indeed, there was a time when I first entered University that I wanted to leave it in my quest to solely study Islamic knowledge, and alhamdulilah I am glad that I hadn’t, for indeed much of knowledge of what it means to be a muslimah came by way of attending University. It is through this path that I was able to juggle my life in terms of school, dawah, quran, and more more in giving to my community as a whole, because my time was limited between these Allah allowed me this ardent desire to do more and more.

I’ve learned a great deal in my undergrad.

Children, teaching them, being around them. My Malaysian munchkins can attest that teaching them in those four years helped me grow as a person and the process helped my eman more than anyone can know.

Halaqat on campus and everywhere, indeed this was the highlight of my undergrad. I learned that the purpose of Islam, is to fulfill Allah’s obligation upon you, and then help others to do so. A couple of my great friends that I keep in touch with will sometimes email me, call me, and say how much ‘I changed through life via what I told them in those early years while I myself was sophmore’, and indeed it is only by the will of Allah, that this was possible. Indeed we are only slaves of Allah, and I am grateful that one tiny advice I imparted allowed them to return to Allah subhana wa tala.

I learned about kindness, generosity, and gentleness. Though I don’t always possess these qualities, I am grateful to have experienced it through the people I have met in one shape or form. Academia opens so many doors, not just the job kind, but understanding about the world and human behaviour which I have enjoyed tremendously.

I probably won’t remember all the material I memorized, crammed for exams throughout my college career, but I do remember the friendships, the dawah, and the khayr that we all sought out to do.

One journey of my life has ended, I am grateful for the righteous friends I’ve had throughout my undergrad for indeed these were one of the best times of my life. I am grateful to my mother for all her encouragement, love, and understanding throughout my undergrad. To my siblings, especially Laddy who’s generosity and love knows no end, and last but not least my father, who drove me to places, the best of places (dugsi, where I first developed my love of Quran), and I pray that we are united in the best abodes, Al Firdous Ala.

So whats next now? I just keep thinking about the verse directed at the Prophet sal allahu sallam (and a reminder for us), “Faitha Farqata fansab”…when you are done working, do some more… (paraphrase). A new chapter in my life begins, but I am grateful for the lessons, the memories, and happy that Allah allowed me to learn more and in the process strenghth my iman.

In between Job hunting, Alhuda, and book hunting…I’ve come upon a gem of a book; “Tuesdays with Morrie” I almost bawled my eyes out at Barnes and Noble today, its amazing and moving subhana’Allah.

Two of my favorite quotes!

“So many people walk around with meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they’re chasing the wrong things. They way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”

Living with deaths shadows..
“Accept what you are able to do and what you are not able to do”; Accept the past as past, without denying it or discarding it”, “learn to forgive yourself and to forgive others”, Don’t assume that its too late to get involved”

Bismillah,

Don’t mind me, and don’t let the title scare you (its not as morbid as it sounds…)
Ever since 2009, since my father passed away I think often about death, not in the “I am so depressed/sad” kinda of way, but in a aah…’ I will return to my Lord kinda of way’. It truly comes with the territory as in the process of making dua for him I cannot think but reflect on my own end. In so many places in the Quran Allah subhana wa tala speaks of life and death being a sign of His ultimate power but also a frame work- a reference for us to remember and reflect on this! That is when one life departs from this world, it is not just a mere “someone died” but rather it is a reminder that we all will return to the Mighty and the Majestic.

So what spurred this talk of death in this blessed night of Ramadan? Today in taraweeh (half way through), one of my most dearest and favorite verses of all time was recited (from Surah Fussilat), alhamdulilah though we are not at surah Fussilat (for surely that would cause for reason of super sadness as thats super close to end of taraweeh, end of Ramadan). I wrote about this verse when I first memorized Surah Fussilat…and how my heart rejoices every time I hear it (see reflection below). There have been so many times throughout taraweeh these days that my heart rejoiced, and my mind and limbs were moved by the verse…but I have not had the chance to sit down and document this as I’ve been extremely busy. Alhamdulilah though, this verse is dear to my heart and truly amidst looking at cadavars every week for my anatomy class, I am in awe of the power of Allah subhana wa tala to create, and mold all of us in such a fashion. I am also aghast at how at times we may be ungrateful to Allahu subhana wa tala i.e not worshipping Him as He is most deserving, or even so falling short in our worship of Him….for at the end of the day when I look at these cadavars I just think …’ we are just flesh and bones, and just these parts put together…we are weak and turn frail once the soul departs this shell of a body of ours…and all of these minute things are but for usage in worshipping Him, the most High…’ subhana’Allah, subhana’Allah. Indeed my Lord is great, and may we always recognize this and never forget the purpose of our lives, the end goal..our greatest purpose we were created for.

The end goal…which brings me back to why the verse below is one of my favorite parts…..I get happy to hear of the angels descending and consoling the believer, and then something else happens along the way…I make myself imagine myself to be of those, or at least I want to be one of those (I like to think and ponder on my end), and indeed that reflection or that thought frame allows me to work hard and excel in seeking this glorious end. May Allah grant all of us to be of those whom He loves and may we have a blessed end- a qatimul Khayr!

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Surah Fussilat

This Surah is like any surah in the Qur’an for it is full of meanings that subhanallah if one were to just read and implement it they would be successful. To touch base on somethings that grabbed my attention are the following verses…(30-31)

30. In the case of those who say, “Our Lord is Allah., and, further, stand straight and steadfast, the angels descend on them (from time to time): “Fear ye not!” (they suggest), “Nor grieve! but receive the Glad Tidings of the Garden (of Bliss), the which ye were promised!

31. “We are your protectors in this life and in the Hereafter: therein shall ye have all that your souls shall desire; therein shall ye have all that ye ask for!-

To me these verses are amazing for the they speak concerning the death of the believer. To many people the concept of death is hard to swallow for it is scary knowing no one will aid anyone when the angle of death comes to get the person…however in these verses it explains how the angles will console the believer…they will tell them not to grieve. Its shocking to know that at the most loneliest time in a person history a heavenly being will be there to assure them of their destination just because they were beleivers. Subhanallah overall it just makes me strive to be the best believer.

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Remember it often…

Posted: July 13, 2009 in Death

Bismillah,

All praise is due to Allah who oversees and encompasses all things, both dead and alive. Alhamdulilah, indeed in the rememberance of Allah azza wa jala do hearts find content and tranquility. Alhamdulilah. In a lot of ways, the remembrance of death and the passing of bodies from this world is truly a powerful mechanism of waking hearts. Remember death often. When life gets rough or super awesome, remember still. Imagine yourself in the grave..wrapped up in white, cold and dinky. Are you ready? Am I ready..what of our deeds..is it enough?! Subhana’Allah.” The purpose of the janazah is not really for the deceased..its for us, a reminder for us!

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