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Supplicate; Be Satisfied!

Bismillah.

It’s amazing how comprehensive the supplications are that are in the Quran or are of the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wassalam). Look at this one:

رَبَّنَا آتِنَا فِي الدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً وَفِي الْآخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً وَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ

“Our Lord, give us in this world [that which is] good and in the Hereafter [that which is] good and protect us from the punishment of the Fire.” (Al-Baqarah 201)

I was just pondering over this and wondering, what does it not cover? Nothing! Think about it, whatever you could want possibly, it’s been asked for in this dua.  The three portions of this dua tell us how our lives are basically divided into three things or the three things that we worry about. 

First is this world. We want good in this world. A good life consisting of a good home, a good income, a good family, a good career, a good education, good friends, good food, good clothes, good character… and the list goes on. Even though this world is temporary but we still want the goodness in it and ask for it, which is not only natural but also recommended. Why live in misery?

Second is the hereafter. That is our eternal home. We’ll live there forever so obviously we want it to be good. We want that we not be called for questioning, we want that our bad deeds be overlooked and that our good scales become heavy. We get to drink from the fountain of Kauthar, we be in the company of the prophets and their companions. Also, that we get a place under the shade of the Throne…. and finally that we get into Paradise and that too the best one.

Third is the Fire. Now technically when we ask for good in the hereafter, it also includes that we be saved from the Fire as the Fire is bad, of course. But this kind of emphasizes that hereafter is the bigger concern as one part of this dua is dedicated to this world and the other two to the hereafter. Also, if I think about it, it makes me feel good to ask for being saved from the Fire. It sort of satisfies you, makes you feel you’ve asked for the whole thing because the Fire is so scary that it’ll be on your mind even if you ask for the good of the hereafter. And that is human nature. When we’re scared of something badly, we don’t just talk about the situation that is free of those fears but also about the fear itself. It’s like a catharsis.

So this third portion of the dua consoles me that I’m asking for being saved from the Fire, be it in the grave where it’ll be all dark and I’ll be alone or be it on and after the Day of Judgement i.e. the Fire in hell.

Now that you’ve asked Allah for these three things, don’t you get a feeling of completion? :)

good dunya and hereafter

Wassalam,
Hajrah.

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Way to a Happy Life – Good Kind of Good

Bismillah.

We have already discussed that one of the ways to achieve a happy life is through true faith and righteous deeds. Now let’s move on the second one.

Of the causes of happiness that would do away with worry, sorrow and anxiousness is:

good conduct (ihsaan) over the creation through words, action and known ways of doing good. Because all these are types of good conduct.  

Note that the word used here is ‘creation’ and not ‘people’. It means do good not just with humans but with whatever you interact with on this earth. The animals, plants and even the inanimate objects. And then doing good through words, action and whatever are the known ways of doing good which means whatever you know is good, because our conscience is programmed in such a way that we can distinguish good and bad innately. Also, our culture and society gives us the basic moral values. When we talk about doing good with words, it includes your tone, expressions and body language as well.

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With these things, Allah removes grief and sorrow from both the righteous and the wicked, according to their good conduct. BUT the true believer gets the full portion from this reward. Why? He is distinguished due to his good conduct stemming from

  • his sincerity
  • his hope for reward

so Allah makes doing good easy for him. Because generally being good to others is difficult for most of us, so when doing good is made easy for you, isn’t that a great reward? It’s like your work on which you get benefits and salary is made easy for you so you keep getting more benefits and promotions etc.

Do you know what is one of the reasons that good becomes easy when you do it for Allah’s sake? It’s because every person in this world is a creation of Allah, no one is exempted, so you have to do good to all of them if you are doing it for His sake. Whereas if you are doing good only of your own accord then there might be some people who you’re prejudiced against and you might not be able to do good to them. Doing good for people is difficult, doing good for Allah is easy.

The true believer hopes from Allah for good (khayr) and so his troubles are removed from him due to his sincerity and his hope for reward.

Allah says in the Quran,

لَّا خَيْرَ فِي كَثِيرٍ مِّن نَّجْوَاهُمْ إِلَّا مَنْ أَمَرَ بِصَدَقَةٍ أَوْ مَعْرُوفٍ أَوْ إِصْلَاحٍ بَيْنَ النَّاسِ ۚ وَمَن يَفْعَلْ ذَٰلِكَ ابْتِغَاءَ مَرْضَاتِ اللَّـهِ فَسَوْفَ نُؤْتِيهِ أَجْرًا عَظِيمًا

Translation: No good is there in much of their private conversation, except for those who enjoin charity or that which is right or conciliation between people. And whoever does that seeking means to the approval of Allah – then We are going to give him a great reward. [An-Nisa 114]

Generally, it’s not considered good to whisper but in this case, when you’re encouraging others to do good, you can whisper. And not only can you whisper but you also get rewarded for it. Another interesting thing is that you’re not doing a good thing yourself, you’re just telling others to do it, even then you get rewarded.

So Allah told us that all these things, whoever does them, have good (khayr) in them. Good brings good and drives away evil. Isn’t that great? Doing good has two benefits. It could have only brought good, but no, it also removes evil. Double reward!

Indeed the true believer who hopes for reward, Allah gives him great recompense. From the package of great recompense, only one portion is that worry, grief, unsettling and similar things depart. Imagine what rest of the package holds!

So be good to people, make life easy for them, spread smiles and love. And get the same and much more in return. <3

Wassalam,
Hajrah. :)

Upcoming post: Being occupied in beneficial knowledge and actions 

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Ways to a Happy Life – Misery Upon Misery

Bismillah.

The last post talked about the attitude of a person, who has true faith + righteous deeds, on receiving good and bad. In this one, we will discuss the attitude of the person who does not have true faith + righteous deeds and how he reacts on receiving favourable and unfavourable things in his life. You can then compare the two personalities and check where do you lie?

When He Receives Good 

The other kind of person (who does not have true faith + righteous deeds), he welcomes favourable things with arrogance, insolence and transgression. He deviates from good moral conduct and he receives those favours like wild beasts do with greed and impatience. And along with that his heart is not at ease, rather his efforts and work is haphazard and dispersed in various directions due to:

  • fear of departure of his beloved things
  • obstacles arising because of this fear
  • his heart being unable to stop at a limit, he wants more and more

So this man is unable to enjoy what he already has because his enjoyment is overpowered by his fear of losing that pleasurable thing and then he can’t concentrate on other matters because his heart is in constant fear, for example, if he’s at work, he’d keep thinking, oh what if it gets stolen or what if this happy moment ends, so he loses focus and it becomes a hindrance in his other daily tasks and then he isn’t content on what favours he has, rather he keeps wishing for more and other favours.

The favours that he wants more and more, he might get them or he might not. But even if he does get them supposedly, he’d still not be content and remain anxious. Why? Because again he’d be plagued by those three things; fear of losing, obstacles due to that fear and wanting more. What an unfortunate man, indeed!

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When He Receives Bad

When that person (who does not have true faith + righteous deeds) receives something unpleasant, he welcomes it with anxiety, despondency, fear and agitation. So do not ask how miserable his life becomes and the illnesses of the mind and nerves that overcome him and the fear that grips him and the horrible vexations that engulf him. Because he has no hope of reward and he does not know how to be patient which would console him and make the worries insignificant.

The poor person was not even happy during favourable times, how can you expect him to endure worries in a mature way? Unlike the true believer, he has no principles that he can apply in good and bad times. Besides, he does not have anything to look forward to, he has no incentive because he does not hope for any reward during troublesome times. He would have hoped for reward if he had been patient. But in the absence of those principles of faith, he does not even know how to be patient.

Look Around You

All of the above, has been seen and is based on experience. When you see people around you and you reflect on their situation and try to fit them in a category, you will find great difference between the true believer who does righteous deeds as required by his faith and between the one does not have the qualities of true belief and righteous deeds.

And know that our religion urges as much as possible to be content on whatever sustenance and things you receive from Allah and on the various favours and kindnesses that He bestows on His slaves.

Wassalam,
Hajrah. :)

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Ways to a Happy Life – Faith & Righteousness

Bismillah.

In the last post, we touched the various causes that make one happy. In this one, I’ll be sharing with you the greatest cause of happiness. It is an awesome combo, which is: faith (eman) + righteous deeds

Allah promises that whoever combines faith and righteous deeds will get a good life and reward in this world and the next.

The evidence for this is in the Quran:

مَنْ عَمِلَ صَالِحًا مِّن ذَكَرٍ أَوْ أُنثَىٰ وَهُوَ مُؤْمِنٌ فَلَنُحْيِيَنَّهُ حَيَاةً طَيِّبَةً ۖ وَلَنَجْزِيَنَّهُمْ أَجْرَهُم بِأَحْسَنِ مَا كَانُوا يَعْمَلُونَ

Whoever does righteousness, whether male or female, while he is a believer – We will surely cause him to live a good life, and We will surely give them their reward [in the Hereafter] according to the best of what they used to do. [An-Nahl 97]

The reason for this reward in the dunya and akhirah is pretty clear, it is because true faith has the following effects:

  • it brings the fruit of righteous deeds
  • it reforms the hearts
  • it reforms the moral character (akhlaq)
  • it reforms this world
  • it reforms the hereafter

Moreover, based on that true faith, the believers have some principles which they apply whenever something good or bad befalls them. Following is the application of those principles

When They Receive Good 

True believers welcome favourable and pleasurable things by

  • accepting them
  • being grateful for them
  • using them in beneficial ways

They hope for the favours to remain and be blessed more and they hope to get reward in return for their being grateful for them.

Due to this attitude of theirs on receiving something good, what do they get in return?

Since they use those favours upon them in beneficial ways, so Allah puts pleasure in them and the goodness (khayr) and blessing (barakah) that comes as a fruit of them outweighs the original favours.

When They Receive Bad

When nuisances, disadvantages or sorrow befalls the true believers, they react in either of the following ways:

  • they resist or fight it off, if they can
  • they lighten or reduce it, if they can
  • if they’re totally helpless, they do patience beautifully

Due to the above, they learn the skill of beneficial resistance i.e. their stamina is built, they gain experience and strength and by being patient they hope for reward. So their problems fade or become light and are replaced by happiness and good hopes and longing for reward and Allah’s favour.

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Summary in a Single Narration

The above two situations that a believer goes through are summarized perfectly in a narration of the Prophet Muhammad sallallaahu ‘alaihi wassalam:

“Strange is the case of a believer, there is good for him in everything, and this is only for the believer. If a blessing reaches him, he is grateful to Allah which is good for him, and if an adversity reaches him, he is patient which is good for him.” [Muslim, Kitab-uz-Zuhd 7500]

Therefore, the believer’s blessings and fruits are increased manifold whenever something good or bad comes his way.

So you’ll see two kinds of people who, when they receive something (good or bad), react very differently. And that difference is according to their level of faith and righteous deeds.

This man who has both true faith and righteous deeds, he is grateful and patient and so happiness and pleasure is sent to him and his sorrow declines, constriction of his heart is lessened, his miserable life changes and he gets a good life in this world.

Wassalam,
Hajrah. :)

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Oh The Regret

Assalamu’alaykum,
Bismillah.

We were registering people for an event of the Winds of Change tour by Youth Club. After the registration had closed, we kept on receiving requests for any remaining spots. We had to refuse everyone. Then there were some changes in the arrangement and we could register a few more people. We opened the registration forms and in five minutes we were full again. Something happened and I re-opened them, and a form came in. Then they were closed for good.

I felt sad, I wanted everyone to attend it but they just couldn’t register in time.

This is just a simple event. No guarantee that that those who’ll come will be the chosen ones and those who won’t will be rejected. (Don’t compare it with the thought below)

BUT that day came to my mind. That great Big Day; when only those will be allowed to enter Jannah who had registered for it well in time i.e. before their death. And those who missed their chance….however much they’d request, the chance would have gone. Oh the grief! Nothing could be done then. Allah (SWT) wanted all His creation to enter Jannah but they just didn’t do the good deeds, they did not register. How could He let them enter?

Doesn’t it bring a shiver and feeling of the deepest remorse? It’ll all be over? And no chance? Lost forever! Imagine the regret! It’s called Yaum-ul-Hasrah for that very reason. If only, only we could have done some more….

When that single form came in at the end, I thought to myself, I clicked on the re-open button for him but I didn’t know. It was his good fate. And then I thought of those who’ll be allowed to enter Jannah after the accounts of everyone would have been cleared. They’ll be forgiven for something or the other that was worth it and Allah will let them go at the end; which implies that never ever should we ever leave any good deed, however small it may be, thinking this is so small or what’s the use. Maybe it’s that one small good deed on which we’ll be allowed to enter at the very end.

Think about those people who’re striving hard for Jannah, who don’t let go of any good deed that comes their way. Are we wasting our time? Will this be a source of regret for us at the end? :(

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Wassalam,
Hajrah.

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