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Bismillah,

Alhamdulilah, alhamdulilah! My Lord is so good to us, He gives, He gives, and blesses us in so many ways its unbelievable!

I’ve been swamped- a good type of swamp, wherein I truly believe its Allah subhana wa tala answering my dua list from Ramadan. I’m attached to my dua list in Ramadan and throughout out the year and all of these things that Allah blessed me with is a result of Him choosing to bestow His mercy upon me! Ujeeboo dawati itha daan! Truly Allah did say, “call upon me and I will answer”. So thats the best part of the last couple months, busy, good type of busy, but not enough time to blog. So here are things that have been on my mind!

* If you leave the Quran, the Quran leaves you! Yes, it does. This is something really scary. I’m really big on memorization, beyond tafsir, tajweed, memorization gives me my Quran-eman fix. I don’t know how to describe, but truly combining all three is wonderful works for me! My heart rejoices. So a reminder to all of you out there, don’t let a day go by without reciting, reflecting, and looking in the book of Allah for directions, its a must. Because as time goes by your brain sort begins to rust, almost like cob-webs begins to set in, and in place of a reflective mind, and an eman filled heart, therein begins a deadness that is scary. This reminds me of the saying of the scholars “as the one who doesn’t have quran in their life, is like a ruined house”; how sad that is!

* I was a camp councelor for MYNA again, I love it! Its amazing, and life changing. Camp isn’t really different from what I do with the youth in my community (at least my role), but the activities/lectures I take part in are a bit different. The best way to be better Muslim is to really help others be better Muslims. I have a hadeeth on my wall that I try to live by everyday. “khayro naas man yanfa3o naas” “The best people are those who are of benefit to others” Not to say I’m the perfect Muslim, but helping out the youth, helping them reflect on the deen, and helping them to remember Allah in one way or another really makes my day.

* Teaching in the morning and working at the library really helps me reflect on all sorts of stuff! I’m currently reading “The Help” by Kathyryn Stockett, and I’ve had two things come to mind (Power of the prayer, shunning/mean girls). I was really moved by Aibileen (a black maid in 1962) desire to be close to God and her need/turning to God for everything in the book. Aibileen, though a christian reminded me of my connection with prayer/dua in Islam! This woman writes her own prayers, and this is something I totally relate to. I listened to a lecture once where the shaykh mentioned how we should make our duas personal/specific to Allah, so that we show Allah how weak we are, and of how much we are in need of Him, and our desire to have what we are asking for. I know its odd to think about this, but think about all the duas we’ve been making through out the years, (good health, good deen, etc.), do we ever change it up? Are we better people because of these duas? Have we changed because of them? I say be precise, get to the nity gritty details of what/and how we want something from Allah! This is something I found that worked for me! One of my favourite lines from the book that Aibleen says is ” Cause that’s the way prayer do. It’s like electricity, it keeps things going” Subhana’Allah, how true that is! Second part of this reflection is that of mean girls! Has anyone seen the movie ‘mean girls?” I have never but the gist of it is a bunch of mean girls causing havoc, and subhana’Allah one of the things my camp adviser said was how at times girls can beeeeee soooo viscous/so mean to each other, meaner than boys. Sometimes I see bits and peices of that in my first graders! Subhana’Allah! But anyway, in the story, Skeeter one of the main characters gets shunned by her ‘friends’ when she decides to try to change things up, and stand up for what is right; i.e equality/rights for humanity! Its a sad case though when Hilly, the head ‘mean girl’ shakes things up and turns everyone else against her. Its sad, and the author describes this when Skeeter is told by Aibileen of her being shunned ” I don’t care about any of that ole stuff, anyway. She kind a laugh and it hurts my heart. Cause everybody care. Black, white down we all do.” Its sad stuff, and personally I’ve been at the end of such situations before while I was young as well as an adult (Yeah, if your outspoken at times like me, you are bound to face some difficulty in this area), but subhana’Allah it really takes a strong will, a determination to stay firm in what you fully believe in, and a lot of dua! Its a road of self discovery as well and it really shows you what you are capable of as a person. I try to teach my first grade girls that things like this shouldn’t happen, and that they should be better people and shouldn’t treat each other this way! I really enjoyed this book overall! It reminds me of the Civil rights era, I always enjoyed learning about that era. I feel like its a part of my history as an immigrant to this country. It reminds me back in 6/7th grade when I read “The Watson go to Birmingham…” one of my favourite books, or the “To kill a mockingbird”… man these are really good books to teach in the classroom, I can’t wait to work with my middle Schoolers!

* When my Ipod battery dies in my car and I can’t listen to my Quran, I’m left to NPR lol. I like NPR, but I don’t like listening too much news, because it makes me sad. I listen to it to the point of just being ‘aware’, and cut it off when it passing towards the point of ‘too sad’. So this past week, while driving home from work, there were some recurring news… 4 nights in a row at least. Syrian issues, Pope having a meeting from members of the church from all of over the world for victims of paedophiles in the church… thats a mouth full, and It really made me sad. This is a case of religion/folks practising that religion gone really really wrong! I respect people of faith, but at times its really hard to listen to stuff like that and have an objective mind. Politics/ the run for office/Romney. All sorts of other stuff, Politics is interesting but I’m always sceptical of things that goes down in Politics.

Alhamdulilah, really busy days, but insha’Allah insha’Allah it is all things that Allah is pleased with. I pray that Allah alleviates our difficulties, and may these difficulties be a cause for us to grow closer to our Lord, the Mighty and Majestic!

Till next time, may we meet in the highest abode! Al Firdous Ala!

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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,

Me to A: Spell this word…

A: I can do it

AD to A: Be quiet

Me: AD, that is not nice, when you speak nicely to people you can go to that nice place…jannah. Don’t you want to go there?

AD: No thank you. My mom won’t let me go, I have to ask first.

Subhana’Allah, children are truly amazing. Their language and ways of expressing themselves are just out of this world. AD, the love of my life is one of those children who make my day, everyday! Once, while telling all of them about Jannah and all the blessings found there, his eyes got so big and he grinned through the whole session..all 20 so or minutes.

Alhamdulilah, All praise is due to Allah who has blessed me in my affairs. I’ve had a 100 and somethings to do in the last couple weeks and every so, I have to catch my breath and say..Alhamdulilah. Of the hundred or so things that have come up of late, I am forever grateful for them all. Happiness engulfed me when I came upon the following statements in the “tight sauce quotes” (hilarious phrase) yesterday.

Ibn Al-Qayyim said:
“Every gulp of air that goes out in a cause other than the cause of Allah (SWT) will turn to sorrow and regret on the Day of Judgment.” He also said, “A sign that Allah (SWT) despises you is when you find yourself wasting your time with trivial matters; in this way you miss your chance of going to heaven. And a sign that Allah (SWT) likes you is when you find yourself fulfilling more duties than you have time for.”

Bithniallah, If I am granted the blessings of that blessed abode, I doubt I’ll bust out with “no, thank you” like AD, but rather accept such a gift from Ar-Rahman. Of today’s load of things to do…which were great, I felt such content in doing some of things and found myself like a crazy individual grinning ear to ear by myself. Today’s whirl wind of activities included: Studying: Midterm/Patience lecture by Shaykh AbdulBary Yahya/ Assessments with A! The lecture on the Prophets/ Seerah in Somali with mum at the Masjid.

Gems: Midterm…phewwwww, History is super awesome. American in its through of industrial revolution always gets the mind thinking.

Patience lecture: Subhana’Allah, I absolutely love listening to the same lectures again and again and again. Everytime I pick up something new and have ahaaa moments left and right. This particular lecture, when I listened to it again, I literally grinned ear to ear and was met with new found understanding. There are three types of patience as I once wrote about:

1.) Patience in the Obedience of Allah-i.e being steadfast in acts of worship, however big or small they are. 2.) Patience in keeping away from that which is marked by disobediance to Ar-Rahman. 3.) Patience in calamity and trials that Allah bestowed upon His slaves.

Subhana’Allah, I kept thinking of these categories of where I fell short and of the difficulties many face in keeping up with these categories. There are those who remember Allah and are steadfast in doing the commandments most of the time-and thus they are rewarded, but then on the other hand their nafs gets the best of them and they cannot obstain from the haram and thus they disobey Allah, and by the same token their good deeds are eaten up! Someone doing left and right ajir-sadaq jarah, but then cannot control the tongue and is left with nothing because they backbite. And of the person who restrains from the haram and fulfills the commandments of Ar-Rahman but falls short when lo and behold Allah bestows upon them such a calamity and they go a little hay-wire. All these are reflections for myself first and foremost and of reminders for myself. Always easy to check and re-check right now in the moment rather then in the akhirah when its too late. Which reminds me of  Umar radiallah anhu’s statement: “Bring yourself to account before you are brought to account”.

Gems: Two gems I found as well as the session with mum deals with the Prophets. There is truly a tie and kinship between the Prophets. Their relations and dealings with one another is apparent all over the sunnah of the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam.  One of the statements that truly stood out to me was that of the relationship with Adam as and dawood a.s. It is narrated that once Adam Alayhi sallam was created, Allah brought forth all his descendants, and of them was Dawood alahi sallam. Once Adam alahi salaam saw him he asked who he was and he loved him right there and then…and because of this he adam alahi salaam gave him 40 years of his life time to be added to Dawood alahyi sallam. Though Adam alahi salaam forgot about this later on, his intent to grant him the years were there. Also, in the Somali lecture with mum, we spoke about Isra Wal Mi3raj, and of this the same points with the Prophets were brought forth. In dealing with Musa alayhi sallam and the salaat situation, Musa alayhi kept advicing Muhammed sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam to keep going back and ask Allah to lower the salaah numbers, because he stated that your people wouldn’t be able to handle it. Allah willed, and indeed we see Ibrahim alahy sallams concern for Muhammed sallahu alayhi wa sallam and his ummah. In the same manner, of Musa alahi sallam and him crying on the realization that a young man..who came after him would supersede him in the obedience of his ummah. Subhana’Allah, I love the Prophets of Allah, and indeed their love for one another is apparent in their dealings with each other. I ask Allah to make us of those who reflect, ponder, and remember those who Allah has made carriers of His religion.

Till next time, may we be granted the ability to enter Al-Firdous Ala without accountability.

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Bismillah,

Alhamdulilah, I just came home from Khalid Yaseens lecture on campus. Alhamdulilah, I took some awesome notes, because the lecture was awesome. It was dedicated to both the non-muslims and muslims. I hearted it! Mad dawah techniques. Gotta headache, can’t reflect on much…place too loud at the end with all the sisters, forgot to eat pizza. But all in all it was a wonderful day! Got two lectures in…by far cool. Yaser Birjas lecture on “The best plan”….which I didn’t get to finish but some of the things he said in the lecture made me stop and think about myself, but all lectures should make us do that..think about our state of being…Alhamdulilah, my headache went away…yeah just got done eating…eating in between typing! Alhamdulilah!

1.) Cap(10) Alhamdulilah

2.) Ttest (10)

3.) Quran 3 Surahs (8

4.) Reading from the Prophets stories ibn Katheer/Great Women of Islam (0)

5.)Lectures, at least one a day( 10)

6.) Istigfar: asking for it 70 times a day or more (10)

48/60

Bismillah,

Alhamdulilah. It was one of those days, just back to my ole routine. Its so weired to just go back to way things were, so much silence..no kids running around, no prayers in jama3, just pure solitude. Labor day Monday. I did some lounging around, listened to Yahya Ibrahim’s lecture on (10 steps to Jannah) on youtube. I didn’t take notes but rather sat there and listened. I read my book on stories of Great Women again. Alhamdulilah, very cool stories. I recently read about the 6th wife of the Prophet s.a.w (Zainab bint Jahash), 7th wife (Juvriah bint Harith), and the 8th wife of the Prophet s.a.w who was (Safiyyah bint Huyayee). I am pretty much behind in my note taking and actually just took notes on Saudah bint Zam’ah r.a who was the 2nd wife of the Prophet s.a.w

Notes: Saudah bint Zam’ah r.a

~The first wife to enter the household of the Prophet s.a.w after the passing away of Khadija r.a was Saudah.

~She was married to her cousin, Sakran bin Amar, and then married to the Prophet s.a.w.

~She had children from previous marriage and so did the Prophet s.a.w. They were both lonely after the death of their spouses, and soon married to share the responsibility of raising their children.

~When Saudah bint Zam’ah r.a became old she feared that the Prophet s.a.w would divorce her and a settlement be made. Her desire was to be raised on the Day of Judgment with the other members of the Prophets wives. So she would entrust Aishah r.a the time allotted to her. It was at that point that Ayah of Surat An-Nisa was revealed to the Prophet s.aw.

“And if a woman fears cruelty or desertion on her husband’s part, there is no sin on them both if they make terms of peace between themselves; and making peace is better.” (4:128

~Aishah r.a was very touched by her gesture and they became even closer than before. Her heart was so pure that it was totally free of jealousy or malice.

~Saudah r.a was a tall, healthy woman with a sense of humor. Ibn Sa’ad mentions how once she was offering voluntary night prayers, standing behind the Prophet s.a.w. The next morning she told him how his very long prayer made her fear her nasal vein would burst and her nose would bleed! So she said that while in the bowing position, she held on to her nose! This comical image that she presented of herself made the Prophet s.a.w burst into laughter.

~When Saudah r.a first heard about the Dajjal from the Prophet s.a.w she was terrified. Being the simple person that she was, it became a hobby for the others to talk about it and frighten her and then laugh at her. On one occasion Aishah r.a and the mother of the believers hafsa r.a started talking about it in front of her. She was so scared that she immediately ran into a dark room full of cobwebs to hide from the monster. When Muhammed s.a.w walked in he found the two enjoying the joke. He asked them what was so amusing, on being told what had happened he called out to Saudah to come out as there was no monster around. She came out sheepishly laughing at herself.

~On one occasion, the Prophet s.a.w, Aishah, and Saudah r.a were sitting together and chatting. The former cooked a special dish and offered it to the latter, but she declined. Aishah r.a was a lively young person, and threatened to force feed Saudah r.a . And when she continued to remain serious she actually splashed it all over her face! So this light hearted gaiety and spirit of camaraderie was very much part of the Prophet’s household. There was no malice and jealousy in the pure atmosphere. It was reflective of the pleasant ambiance in the household of the Prophet s.a.w where there was always a loving concern and affection for all.

~Saudah r.a was extremely generous

~There are five authentic Ahadeeth attributed to her, according to Imam Thahabi. Ex. hadeeth proving permissibility to use the skin of a dead animal, hadeeth of a man making hajj on the behalf of his father.

~Saudah lived to ripe old age of 80. She passed away during the Caliphate of Umar bin Khattab r.a and was buried in Jannatul Baqi.

Monday, May 26th

1.) Cap (10) Alhamdulilah

2.) Ttes(10)

3.) Quran 3 Surahs ( 10)

4.) Reading from the Prophets stories ibn Katheer/Great Women of Islam (10)

5.)Lectures, at least one a day( 10)

6.) Istigfar: asking for it 70 times a day or more (10)

60/60

Bismillah,

As I drove home from aunti J’s a couple of minutes ago, I thought about the qantrah, family, and people leaving one another. Subhana’Allah, before leaving aunti J’s we were talking about the seerat (the sword like–hair like bridge) that we will all cross, as well as the qantrah ( the place where people will call each other out on things done to them), all in all this talk of qantrah made me think of the hereafter. When I dropped off aunti Sh at her house, she began to cry…subhana’Allah, her and her hubby will likely be moving back to their country in Aug. and she said that she was sad to have ended our meeting, as we had met everyday for the past three days. It was something I truly didn’t expect and I thought when driving home how we will all leave one another whether we’re friends for that moment in time, or even at that family…but subhana’Allah, I thought how none of this matters except for how we treat one another in the time we spend in one another’s company. This was followed by thoughts of everyone we all encounter in life…I thought how can I spend only a couple days with a person and be able to learn, pray, and share in khayr while its sooo difficult to achieve with other people. Where did we go wrong? I thought how if we all understood the rights on one another, to speak gently, be good to one another, and overall understood the rights due upon to one another we would all be successful in our dunya and our akhirah.

Alhamdulilah, it was an awesome day. May Allah bestow his mercy upon all of us and grant us khayr in our dunya and akhirah. We had a gathering at aunti J’s house today with other sisters, I played soccer with H for quiet sometime, for a little kid, he’s pretty good. Me Z bonded too, alhamdulilah.

After all the guests left I ended up reading quiet some time from my book on the Great Women of Islam, awesome indeed. Alhamdulilah. I’ve read from Khadija, Saudah bint Zam’ah, Aishah, Hafsa, Zainab, and recently Umm Salamah. Truly amazing stories, and soon I’ll type up notes (excerpts) on all their stories. Masha’Allah. I also continued my reading on Musa a.s. Amazing stuff indeed, as I learned another dua. Ibn Katheer’s book is so detailed with verses of the Qur’an that its taking me so long to finish reading the story because I actually like to read the verses and understand there meaning. Alhamduliah, I was reading this ayah today and I extracted the following statements. In the ayah below Allah mentions how when the magician’s firown brought ended up accepting Musa’s message, he began to threaten by telling them “I shall certainly cut off your hands and legs on opposite sides”. This comment made me laugh the first time I heard it and this time around too. Its weired..really..I had a picture of a person who had this done to him…but then subhana’Allah, I thought about the severity of firowns words and the act itself, its more to humiliate and degrade the individual. In addition, were the magicians reply when they asked “Do you take vengeance on us because we have believed in the signs of our Lord when they came to us?, followed by that and at end of the ayah they say to Allah “Our Lord! pour out upon us patience and cause us to die as Muslims.” The dua they made is amazing and the wording of it made me stop and actually examine and write it down to memorize and post on my wall.

Wama tanqimu minna illa an amanna biayati rabbina lamma jaatna rabbana afrigh AAalayna sabran watawaffana muslimeena

7:126 “But thou dost wreak thy vengeance on us simply because we believed in the Signs of our Lord when they reached us! Our Lord! pour out on us patience and constancy, and take our souls unto thee as Muslims (who bow to thy will)!

~~~Great Women of Islam (Who were given good news of paradise) By Muhmood Ahmad Ghadanfar, Revised by Sheikh Safiur-Rahman Al-Mubarakpur~~~~

*Khadijah bint Khawalid r.a

*Narrated Abu Hurairah r.a: Jibril came to the Prophet s.a.w and said “Oh Allah’s messenger! This is Khadija, coming to you with a dish having meat soup. When she reaches you, greet her on behalf of her Lord and on my behalf, and give her the glad tidings of having a palace made of Qasab in Paradise, wherein there will be neither any noise nor any toil (Al-Bukhari)

*The strength of character and noble qualities of Khadija r.a earned her the honor of being greeted by Allah through his Angel Jibril a.s.

* She was the first wife of the Prophet s.a.w. and he did not marry again during her lifetime. They lived in peace and harmony for more than 24 years.

*Aisha r.a narrates that whenever the Prophet s.a.w talked about Khadija r.a it was in terms of the highest praise. One day her innate feminine envy overtook her sense of decorum and she spoke in disparaging terms of her, wondering why the Prophet s.a.w missed her when he was blessed with a better, younger wife by Allah. This displeased him, but forbearing as he was, he just sighed and answered,

“I have not yet found a better wife then her. She had faith in me when everyone, even members of my own family and tribe did not believe me, and accepted that I was truly a Prophet and a Messenger of Allah. She converted to Islam, spent all her wealth and worldly goods to help me spread this faith, and this too at a time when the entire world seemed to have turned against me and persecuted me. And it is through her that Allah blessed me with children”

*The Prophet s.a.w had 6 children by Khadijah-4 daughters and 2 sons (who died). Daughters: Zainab, Ruqayyah, Umm Kulthom, and fatimah. Sons were Qasim, Abdullah (also know as tahir (the pure) or tayyab (the good), and a third son was born to him by Maria Qabtiyyah and he died as well in infancy–name: Ibrahim

*The Prophet s.a.w. was 25 years of age and Khadijah was 40 years old when they married. according to one tradition she was 28 years old.

* Aisha r.a narrated that whenever a goat was slaughtered the Prophet s.a.w would send some meat to Khadija’s friends.

*Aisha said she never experienced such a feeling of natural feminine jealousy for any other wife of the Prophet s.a.w as she did for Khadijah

Sunday, May 25th

1.) Caps(10) Alhamdulilah

2.) Ttest (10)

3.) Quran 3 Surahs ( 10)

4.) Reading from the Prophets stories ibn Katheer/Great Women of Islam (10)

5.)Lectures, at least one a day( 0)

6.) Istigfar: asking for it 70 times a day or more (10)

50/60

Bismillah,

Alhamdulilah, it was an ok day, ok as in I think i let the shaytaan whisper too much because I got a bit sad. It was while I was at the park that I somehow had stuff come over me…i don’t know if whether it was the scenery, kids rushing about, or the fish in the water…but all in all it was an alhamdulilah picnic. Alhamduililah for the feeling though, anything is a ni3ma from Allah and truly that which is bestowed upon the believer is good for him. Before the picnic I listened to Muhammed Alshareef’s lecture titled “Time a precious gift”, and read a bit from my Great women of Islam book (abt hafsa-the 4th wife of the prophet s.a.w.)

Some notes from the lecture.

~Success comes from the inside, getting your salaah in order i.e putting your ibadaah in front of you

~In adan Allah says come to success “hayallafala, hayallafala”

~Close your eyes and imagine yourself at 70 years old, what does your ibadaah look like then?

~If you see yourself alive at 70 it could be that your living an illusion, bc you think you live that long

~If you happen to see yourself alive–the image you saw–you are unconsciously moving towards that image.

~Allah says in the Quran “Fayana ma tath haboon?” (Where are you going?)

~1st priority? Fixing your ibadaah-basically your relationship with Allah. If you fix this, then everything else will fall into place.

~2 times in our lives when we’ll regret the time we’ve wasted :

1.) Time when we are about to die (on death bed, or on a sinking ship)

2.) Day of resurrection, when we meet Allah

~One of the most painful things is to say “I wish I had done this”

~Wal 3asr..Reminder by time-Allah testifies by time

~Humanity are losers by default ex.) you pay for edu. you don’t come to class-you lose.

~Your here, you need to work

**Except those who believe

**Who do good deeds

**Encourage one another in truth

**Encourage one another in patience

~@ 2 things if you did it you would have an amazing dunya and akhira

@@Iman

@@3amal salih (righteous deeds)

~Whoever aims for nothing will hit it with remarkable success–aim for something , know where you are going and where you want to go, plan for it!

~The Quran shows as where to go–we need to use it for direction

~ At 40–the importance of reaching this age, Allah speaks of this:

Wawassayna alinsana biwalidayhi ihsanan hamalathu ommuhu kurhan wawadaAAathu kurhan wahamluhu wafisaluhu thalathoona shahran hatta itha balagha ashuddahu wabalagha arbaAAeena sanatan qala rabbi awziAAnee an ashkura niAAmataka allatee anAAamta AAalayya waAAala walidayya waan aAAmala salihan tardahu waaslih lee fee thurriyyatee innee tubtu ilayka wainnee mina almuslimeena

46:15 We have enjoined on man kindness to his parents: In pain did his mother bear him, and in pain did she give him birth. The carrying of the (child) to his weaning is (a period of) thirty months. At length, when he reaches the age of full strength and attains forty years, he says, “O my Lord! Grant me that I may be grateful for Thy favour which Thou has bestowed upon me, and upon both my parents, and that I may work righteousness such as Thou mayest approve; and be gracious to me in my issue. Truly have I turned to Thee and truly do I bow (to Thee) in Islam.”

~At 40 man should be reflecting on his life, thanking Allah for his family, children, and everything else Allah has given him: 40 a mile stone.

~At 60, the prophet s.a.w said in a hadeeth if a person reaches 60 and didn’t live a righteous life, there is no excuse after that. At that time you’ve seen all the reminders.

First thing first

*Allah

*Family

(put it in this order, everything will be good)

*If your not where you want to be in your life, some reasons could be:

a.)Internet

b.) tv

c.)all the driving around

*Delegate, work with others

*Last, have a higher purpose in life: don’t just say “I need to get a job, make money, buy a house, have a family” etc: Have a higher purpose i.e to serve humanity.

Saturday, May 24th

1.) Caps (10) Alhamdulilah

2.) Ttest (10)

3.) Quran 3 Surahs ( 10)

4.) Reading from the Prophets stories ibn Katheer/Great Women of Islam (10)

5.)Lectures, at least one a day(10)

6.) Istigfar: asking for it 70 times a day or more (10)

60/60