10 ways of developing love for Allah

10 ways of developing love for Allah
Adapted from Shaykh Ibn Qayyim’s (rah) Madarij-us-Saalikeen

Shaykh Ibn al-Qayyim (rah) says: “The reason which cause mahabbah (love) of Allaah to develop, are ten:

  • First: Reciting the Qur’aan, reflecting and understanding its meaning and its intent.
  • Second: Drawing closer to Allaah – the Most High – through optional deeds, after fulfilling the obligatory duties.
  • Third: Being continuous in the dhikr (remembrance) of Allaah, with the tongue, the heart and the limbs – under all circumstances. The more continuant the dhikr, the more muhabbah develops and intensifies.
  • Fourth: Giving precedence to what Allaah loves over personal loves, when being overcome by desires.
  • Fifth: Contemplating and deliberating over the Names and Attributes of Allaah.
  • Sixth: Recognizing and remembering the favors and bounties of Allaah – both manifest and hidden.
  • Seventh: To be humble and submissive before Allaah – and this is the greatest matter.
  • Eighth: To be in seclusion reciting the Qur’aan, during that time in which Allaah descends to the lowest heaven (which is the last third of every night), finishing this recitation with seeking Allaah’s forgiveness and repenting to Him.
  • Ninth: To sit in the gatherings of the true and sincere lovers of Allaah, reaping the fruits of their speech, and not to speak except if there is benefit in it and that you know that such talk will increase you in goodness and that it will benefit others as well.
  • Tenth: To stay clear of all those causes which distances the heart from Allaah – the Mighty and Majestic.

So these are the ten reasons which cause the person to develop true love for Allaah and to reach the rank of al-muhabbah, by which he reaches his Beloved.

via Gaurd your heart

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Introducing to you – Sheikh Charming!

We have all heard of “Prince charming! He’s that tall, dark handsome “phenomenon” who exists in the dream of every girl, with whom she believes she will have a happily ever after; the man who forever and always is  going to be by her side.. blah blah blah..! 😀 Yeah and a long list of pre-requists for any guy who wants to fit in that category! 😉

But we sisters, alhumdulillah, at some point break out of this fairy tale land and know for sure that such a prince charming really does not exist! Some of us have this leap in iman and alhumdulillah, we start learning about our deen and try to be modest muslimahs.

Over the months, though, it so happens that we come across such beautiful love stories in the quran and hadith, that it’s not long before we start dreaming again (sigh!) Be it the romantic courtship of Musa(AS) and Safura(RA) or the tearing love story of Zainab(RA) and Abdul-As-bin Rabi ;The “like a knot” marriage that Prophet Muhammad(SAW) shared with Aisha (RA) or even the love of Ali(RA) and Fathima(RA). Subhanallah! The list is long and such beautiful relationships they all shared! ❤

It’s not long before, the love, charm, and dedication of these men (peace be upon them all), again wipe us of our feet and we start dreaming of our own very own future husband; this man is someone, in our very own dreamland, who can very precisely be called “SHEIKH CHARMING!”  😉 Let me have the pleasure of introducing him to you —

(The following decription is an edited version of an article by sister Umm.Z of “Roadtrip to Zawajland“; So, all the credit goes to her! 🙂 )
  • He is a Sheikh with the voice of Shuraim, the khushu‘ of Budair, the deepness of voice of Hudhaify, who can make beautiful duas like Sudais, with the emotion of Muhaisini.  For real!
  • Sheikh with deep understanding of the very complicated areas of fiqh. Like if the sister asks him: What’s the ruling on X or Y ; well he’s straight:‘Qalaa Allaah wa Qalaa Rasuul..’ [Allaah said, the Prophet said..]
  • Sheikh who has knowledge of ahadiths and who could narrate the Seerah to her as her bedtime story. (I’m serious) ‘So, Habibti, the Battle of Tabuk happened and the troops got ready.. hbiba, wake up I’m not finished.. ZzzZz’..       Beautiful!
  • Sheikh who will softly -I said softly- sprinkle droplets of water on her gentle little face to wake her up for Qiyaam-ul Laylevery evening? Not only that, but since he’s a hafiz.. well he can read the nice long surahs of the Glorious Qur’an with a soothing recitationthat humbles the nafs to the max.      Awesome right?
  • Sheikh who also has a good profession [£ + $ = kerching!!!] and who can provides well for her.  A Sheikh who’s up-to-date with the latest technologies and can text whilst driving single-handedly and with his elbow on the window side.    You know what I mean!
  • Sheikh who attends all 5 prayers in the masjid (YES! Even the Fajr salaah), looking boom in his Khamis with a miswaak in the mouth and reciting the adkaar when going to and from the masjid.           Mashallaah!
  • Sheikh who can sometimes surprise her at the most unexpected of times and not just bring flowers at home. Something like: ‘Here’s your tickets for Hajj my dear’    How romantic! 
  • Sheikh who is fluent in ‘arabic and jungles between the ‘Na’am’, ‘Ya3ni, Ya3ni’ and ‘Hayakallaah wa Barakallaah Feekum wa Jazakumullaah Kheiran Kathiran’
    Ya3ni The language is important!
  • Sheikh who is respectful, honest, kind-hearted, romantic, humble, generous, patient ect..ect.. I’m afraid the list is very Long indeed.

P.S. “Sheikh” not be taken in the literal meaning of the word which means: Old man; but in the religious sense: Someone knowledgeable

Ahem! Already dreaming sisters?! I know, I know, it’s quiet hard to get out the dreamy land for us. But like sis Umm.z reminds us in her article such a man does not exist or even if he does he’s quiet faaar away! 😛 Let’s be realistic and minimize our expectations; and moreover since we know that we ourselves are struggling with the minimum. So, expecting so much from someone else is not right, right? We don’t want to get the slap of reality again, do we? 😀 No! right! Let’s just first work on our deen and well, may be we can make dua that we might insha’allah, find a ‘sheikh charming’ in Jannatul-Firdaus ..Hehe.. Insha-allah! 🙂

So, for now let’s wake up and focus on our relationship with The One, Allah (swt)! 🙂

 

 

 

P.S. Did I mention that he should sport a beard too? 😀

P.S.S.Ahem! OK sister, stop dreaming! 😛

21 Productive Muslim Hobbies!

I came across this list on ProductiveMuslim website.

It’s a list of 21 ProductiveMuslim Hobbies. I loved the list and also learnt that that horse-riding and archery is Sunnah. Wow.. Subhanallah.. didn’t know that! 😀

Here’s the list you must check out! Click here, for a detailed description.

21-ProductiveMuslim Hobbies:

  1. Reading
  2. Travelling.
  3. Journal Writing
  4. Blogging/Podcasting
  5. Computer Programming
  6. Graphic/Web Designing
  7. Self-defense classes
  8. Sports
  9. Gardening
  10. Tailoring/Knitting
  11. Geneology Research
  12. Amateur Astronomy
  13. Islamic/Arabic Caligraphy
  14. Islamic Art
  15. Cooking/Bakery
  16. Learn a foreign language (Arabic)
  17. Hiking
  18. Write letters
  19. Archery
  20. Horseback Riding
  21. Swimming/Scuba diving

So, blogging, reading and computer programming are already on my list. I’m planning to work on cooking, tailoring, learning arabic, graphic designing and journal writing! 😉 Oh and home-styling too, though that’s not on the list! 😛

Which hobby do you plan on developing? 🙂

Protect Yourself from Laziness!

Source: iSister

Laziness is a sister of failure. Keep yourself busy all the time. Take care of your house, do your duties your work or pray, read Qur’an, read useful books or sit with family and friends and talk to them about things that will bring them closer to Allah. Idleness leads to worries, anxiety, devilish whispers and doubts that nothing can relieve except hard work.

Never look at the past because it makes your future not worth anything, try to move on as you go on. Try to keep your emotions in control whenever you see something that makes your future feel meaningless. Give minimum quality to problems and forget them as you move on with your life. This will make you happier and stronger and make your dreams come true faster inshaa’ Allah.

Give thanks to Allah for His blessings and do not waste your time with that which is not pleasing to Him. Seek out that which is beneficial and useful, such as Islamic magazines, beneficial books and articles that will benefit you both in this world and the Hereafter. Call others to the path of Allah with kind words, good exhortation, wisdom, by means of your good behaviour and by setting a good example. Always make the following du’a and ask Allah to protect you from laziness:

“Allahumma inni a’udhu bika min al-hammi wal-hazan wa a’udhu bika min al-‘ajzi wal-kasal
wa a’udhu bika min al-bukhli wal-jubn wa a’udhu bika min ghalbat ad-dayn wa qahr ar-rijal”

(O Allah, I seek refuge with You from distress and grief, and I seek refuge with You from incapacity and laziness and grief, and I seek refuge with You from miserliness and cowardice,
and I seek refuge in You from the burden of debt and from being over powered by men)

I ask Allaah to guide us to that which He loves and which pleases Him.Ameen.

Why read quran, if you don’t understand anyway?

An old American Muslim lived on a farm in the mountains of eastern Kentucky with his young grandson. Each morning Grandpa was up early sitting at the kitchen table reading his Quran. His grandson wanted to be just like him and tried to imitate him in every way he could.

One day the grandson asked, “Grandpa! I try to read the Quran just like you but I don’t understand it, and what I do understand I forget as soon as I close the book. What good does reading the Qur’an do?”

The Grandfather quietly turned from putting coal in the stove and replied, “Take this coal basket down to the river and bring me back a basket of water.

The boy did as he was told, but all the water leaked out before he got back to the house. The grandfather laughed and said, “You’ll have to move a little faster next time,” and sent him back to the river with the basket to try again. This time the boy ran faster, but again the basket was empty before he returned home. Out of breath, he told his grandfather that it was impossible to carry water in a basket, and he went to get a bucket instead.
The old man said, “I don’t want a bucket of water; I want a basket of water. You’re just aganot trying hard enough,” and he went out the door to watch the boy try in.

At this point, the boy knew it was impossible, but he wanted to show his grandfather that even if he ran as fast as he could, the water would leak out before he got back to the house. The boy again dipped the basket into river and ran hard, but when he reached his grandfather the basket was again empty. Out of breath, he said, “See Grandpa, it’s useless!”
“So you think it is useless?” The old man said, “Look at the basket.”

The boy looked at the basket and for the first time realized that the basket was different. It had been transformed from a dirty old coal basket and was now clean, inside and out..

“Son, that’s what happens when you read the Qur’an . You might not understand or remember everything, but when you read it, you will be changed, inside and out when you read time by time . That is the work of Allah in our lives.”

via Hikmah Club