Where we belong!

I’ve always loved Zain Bikha’s nasheed. One because most of them have no-music, and two they have absolutely wonderful lyrics.
I recently happened to listen to a few nasheeds from Zain Bikha’s album – “Faith”. And I just loved them all. But specifically liked “Allah is enough for me” which talks about Yusuf (A.S) struggles and Glory Be to Allah.
Other than those 2, is this nasheed “Where we belong”, listening to it felt like it was the story of my life. 😛 Everytime is listen to it cant stop saying Alhumdulillah for everything 🙂
Listen to it 🙂

I love you, Allah!

Allah does not necessarily mean love of His makhlook! Shaitan is also Allah’s creation! Do we love shaitan? No.
Love is when you love what He loves, and dislike what He dislikes.
People don’t love people for Allahs sake, but for their personal liking or interest, so it need not necessarily be for Allah’s sake. When you love people for other than Allah’s sake you will be disappointed one day, sooner or later. No one can do justice to our love, only Allah can. You cannot rectify all flaws, human beings were made that way, they are by nature selfish! They have many weaknesses and hence you cannot expect them to do justice to your love. But Allah is perfect, He’s the only One who is, worthy of the greatest. Praise and affection and of love that is unconditional.

Love of Allah is an intense admiration, so deep that even if it cut us, burnt us down or destroyed us, we would still love with every bit of love we had left.
Love for Allah means that no matter how much we break apart or how much we strive, or how many times we fall and hurt ourselves, we stand up again, only for our Rabb.
We call out only to Him and carry on only for Him.
Love is when your faith in Him is so deep that you could fall of the steepest mountain without looking. Love for Him means that if there is a fire ahead, for His sake, if I had to I’d jump into it without even thinking.
Love for Allah means to find the joy of our existence in Him, in His pleasure.
Love is when you look to use everything you have to please Him.
Love is to believe that we die and we live for His sake.
Love is when what you fear the most is losing His love.
Love is when nothing ever means anything to you, if you don’t have Him by your side.
Love for Allah means you love no matter what you get in return.
Love is when you remember Him in your happiness and in your sorrow.
Love is when your heart finds peace only when you think of Him.
Love is this desperate and endearing longing to be with Him, to meet Him and to remain with Him forever.

P.S. My cousin sent this excerpt to me sometime back, and I just loved it. But I couldn’t trace the source of which article it is a part of. :S

P.S.S. The Nasheed in the video is a actually a beautiful poem written by Rabia al-Adawiyya (also known by Rabia Basri), and sang in the melodious voice of munshid Othman Al Rashidi. Its is a unique love song for the true love of her life, her creator Allah (swt).

Al-Muallim- The Teacher (pbuh)

I just love this Nasheed by Sami Yusuf. Masha’allah it’s so beautiful 🙂 Gives such a beautiful desription about the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessing of Allah be upon him! 🙂

Certainly you have in the Messenger of Allah an excellent exemplar for those who hope in Allah and the latter day and remember Allah much. (Quran 33:21)

Being a Stranger…

When I made the decision of starting the hijab… I knew that I might have to face weird reactions from everyone around, for that matter even some people in family. But, Alhumdulillah, things were easier, by Allah’s will, than I assumed they would be.

Over the time, though, I have realised that in this journey of my life in hijab, not everyone is going to be ‘normal’ with me. In this post 9/11 world today with the advent of Islamophobia, walking with the identity of being a muslim, is not going to be a cake walk. There will be times I will meet people who might turn to be extra sweet with me and be very happy with my decision, or the absolutely lovely times when people are just the way they used to be before, Alhumdulillah… but there will also be times when I will come across people who are not very sweet… and not necessary that it is because they are Anti-Islamist (Allah forbid) but it could also be because they are not comfortable talking to religious people or may be they just dont know how to be normal around you. I wouldn’t blame anyone for that though! 🙂

But at times like these I feel so out of place! There are a few people who I knew who used to talk to me but now I get the feeling that they feel somewhat uncomfortable in my presence .. and sometimes I get these strange stares from passers by too (and even though I know I shouldn’t care about what people think or how people act with me) ..at times like these I feel like a complete stranger. I feel like a stranger in a not so strange world. But it is then that I remind myself of the hadith about being a stranger in this world.

Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

“Islam began as something strange, and it shall return to being something strange. So, give glad tidings to the strangers.


An that restores my smile again, Alhumdulillah! 🙂

O Allah! Help us to be strangers in this temporary world and let not the Satan’s whispering and our nafs take over us. O Allah! make this easy on all of us! Ameen! 🙂

P.S. To listen to the entire “Strangers” lecture by Br.Khalid Yasin, that is present in the above video, Click here.

Allah knows! :)

This is one of my favorite videos.. I just love Br.Zain Bikha’s nasheeds :)… they truly have some of the most beautiful lyrics! Mashallah!

“When you feel all alone in this world and there’s nobody to count your tears, just remember no matter where you are Allah knows.”