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High School Teens – in a mess or taken amiss?

Bismillah.

Ever looked in the eyes of young teenagers of high school in Pakistan? The kids who are just growing up, feeling the changes within them and around them. Looking here and there in a questioning way without getting any answers. Or do you just ignore them like a bunch of silly sheep bleating loudly?

Where are their parents? The most important characters in a person’s life. Do they help them get on? Sadly, no.
Parents don’t tell them anything. They think stuff is understood, or they don’t want to tell it to their children (not knowing that they know everything already the wrong way, since you didn’t tell the right way). They don’t understand that today kids need direct counseling. A one-to-one talk. With all the different kinds of mess outside, they’re confused. And no affectionate elder is there in the family to guide them. Or even to whom they can go and talk to. The only thing elders do is put restrictions on every possible thing so kids don’t fall into bad (the conservative parent) or they let them do everything so they don’t fall into good (the liberal parent). Someone seriously needs to counsel parents, and also tell them:
Let. Them. Do. Everything. Within. The. Boundaries. Of. Halal. And. Save. Them. From. Sin.
This is what the parents need to know. Or a good shaking is all they need.

Then there’s the school. What’s taught there? Just a bunch of subjects utterly useful for handling life. Some biological systems, a few chemical reactions, mathematical equations, formulas of physics, outdated English stories that bore you to death, Urdu poems of unfulfilled love, structure of computers, history of how Pakistan was stabbed here and there by various regimes, and the list goes on for other such subjects. Okay. These are good. But are these good enough?
No lessons on how to streamline your thinking, discover the Creator, handle your emotions, manage pressure and hormonal changes, discover your hidden talent and be given a purposeful direction? What if someone’s skill is maintaining a perfect routine? Or talking to others convincingly? Or creating wonders out of imagination? What’s in schools to dig out and enhance the natural skills unique to each being and let them pursue those with ease?

Look at the teachers. Or don’t. Most of them are not worth looking at (I don’t say all). My apologies for the bitter truth but that’s how it is. Teachers of high schools are not the best people of this society, unfortunately. The female teachers being interested only in fashion, gossip, shopping, bossing around and the male teachers being interested in flirting with the female teachers, cracking silly jokes and both of them teach to earn a little money or because they’re bored at home and just because they well, have to teach.
No improving of minds, no provision of inspiration or high ideals, no nothing. Just a bunch of silly people who if they do fill ideas in minds are only those ideas which would have been better if not shared at all.

The company and friends consequently is the worst imaginable. Kids fill their heads with romantic novels, films full of violence, hot gals, cool guys, porn on the internet, and silly jokes.

What is the solution? Who will bridge the communication gap? Talk and counsel them? Help them get a direction? Help them stop wasting the most precious years of their life?

The question is who?

Wassalam,
Hajrah.

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Heart Talks

Bismillah.

In the following paragraph the author tells what he hopes to achieve from this book or rather all that he hopes to achieve from this book. I said to myself, why only this? And then it clicked into place.

وكل ما نرجوه بهذا العمل أن يعرف الناس ربهم.. ويعرفوا حقه.. ويعبدوه حق عبادته.. ويطيعوا الله ورسوله.. ويسيروا على هداه.. ليفوزوا برضاه، ويدخلوا الجنة.

[Roughly translated:] And all that I hope from this act (of writing this book) is that people recognize their Rabb, and they recognize His haqq, and they worship Him as is His right to be worshiped, and they obey Allah and His Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wassalam), and they follow His guidance, so that they succeed with His pleasure, and they enter jannah.

The only thing that Shaykh wants to achieve from his struggle of years is only a few things,

  • people recognize their

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If feelings could be preserved

Bismillah.

Dedicated to my Fiqh-ul-Quloob class.

If feelings could be preserved…

I would preserve the feeling of being in the gardens of paradise, (1)
I would preserve the feeling that is created by the spark in a scholar’s eye,

I would preserve the feeling of my heart getting scrubbed of soot,
I would preserve the feeling of sitting with friends, who’re really cool,

I would preserve the feeling of getting clear of each of my doubts,
I would preserve the feeling of being far away from the tempting worldly calls and shouts,

I would preserve the feeling of getting to know all what’s right,
I would preserve the feeling of utmost belief in His Might,

I would preserve the feeling of feeling small in front of those who are really great,
I would preserve the feeling of getting advice of knowledge from my ‘ilm mate,

I would preserve the feeling of knowing that there is a lot of khayr among the darkness,
I would preserve the feeling of drinking in every word like a pearl, with gladness,

I would preserve the feeling of sakeenat raining from up above, (2)
I would preserve the feeling of closeness to my Rabb full of love,

I would preserve the feeling of angels’ wings spread over like a canopy, (3)
I would preserve the feeling of my heart being satisfyingly full and just so happy,

I would preserve the feeling of being shown by Allah, my sins right in my face,
I would preserve the feeling of being described to me their cure with an indescribable solace,

I would preserve the feeling of being soothed by beautiful words washing over me,
I would preserve the feeling of so much gems before me to seek,

I would preserve the feeling that comes with beneficial knowledge going into your soul,
I would preserve the feeling of being hungry for that treasure, more and more

Oh! If only feelings could be preserved…

References:

(1) Prophet Muhammad sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said:
“When you pass by the gardens of paradise, stop and graze.”  They said, and what are the gardens of paradise?  He (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Circles of remembrance.”  [Ahmad & At-Tirmidhi who rated it hassan ghareeb (sound but with few chains)]

(2) Prophet Muhammad sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said:
“No people gather in any of the houses of Allah to recite the Book of Allah and to study it between them but that the sakeena descends on them and mercy covers them and the angels surround them and Allah remembers them to those in His presence.” [Sahih Muslim]

(3) On the authority of Abu Harayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) from the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wassalam), who said:
Allah (glorified and exalted be He) has supernumerary angels who rove about seeking out gatherings in which Allah’s name is being invoked: they sit with them and fold their wings round each other, filling that which is between them and between the lowest heaven. When [the people in the gathering] depart, [the angels] ascend and rise up to heaven. He (the Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wassalam) said: Then Allah (mighty and sublime be He) asks them – [though] He is most knowing about them: From where have you come? And they say: We have come from some servants of Yours on Earth: they were glorifying You (Subhana llah), exalting you (Allahu akbar), witnessing that there is no god but You (La ilaha illa llah), praising You (Al-Hamdu lillah), and asking [favours] of You. He says: And what do they ask of Me? They say: They ask of You Your Paradise. He says: And have they seen My Paradise? They say: No, O Lord. He says: And how would it be were they to have seen My Paradise! They say: And they ask protection of You. He says: From what do they ask protection of Me? They say: From Your Hell-fire, O Lord. He says: And have they seen My Hell-fire? They say: NO. He says: And how would it be were they to have seen My Hell-fire: They say: And they ask for Your forgiveness. He (the Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wassalam) said: Then He says: I have forgiven them and I have bestowed upon them what they have asked for,and I have granted them sanctuary from that from which they asked protection. He (the Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wassalam) said: They say: O Lord, among them is So-and-so, a much sinning servant, who was merely passing by and sat down with them. He (the Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wassalam) said: And He says: And to him [too] I have given forgiveness: he who sits with such people shall not suffer. [It was related by Muslim (also by al-Bukhari, at-Tirmidhi, and an-Nasa’i)]

Never experienced these feelings? They only come with attending gatherings of beneficial knowledge. Try attending them.

Wassalam,
Hajrah. :)

Heart Talks

Bismillah.
I hadn’t posted anything for two weeks because I wasn’t feeling up to the mark (i.e. in my state of my mind) and still wouldn’t have posted anything if not for this (by Allah’s mercy):

ووددت أني خليت بين المطي وحاديها.. وتركت القوس وباريها.. وما تجهمت ما لست له بأهل.. وما ليس لي فيه ناقة ولا جمل.. ولكني رأيت سوق الباطل رائجة، وساحة الحق راكدة، فألقيت حسب استطاعتي بذرة طيبة.. في أرض زاكية.. لعلها تؤتي أكلها كل حين.. حتى يبعث الله من يزرع البساتين.. ويفجر الأنهار في العالمين.

[Roughly translated:] “And I wanted to be free of the rides (vehicles) and their drivers, and leave the bows and their archers, and I wouldn’t have walked (on this journey of writing this book) as I was not capable of it, and I didn’t have in this journey male or female camels (i.e. resources). But I saw the market of falsehood…

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