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Neglected

Bismillah.

The other day I came across an interesting piece of news that caught my attention. It said that it has been found that plants grow faster and thrive if you talk to them. I said to myself, whoa! This sounds humanistic. :D

I’m not sure of the credibility of this research but I do remember my childhood experiences and observations when my mother used to tend to her plants and say, “they grow so much better if they just feel cared for”. And it is indeed true. Anyone of you who has any familiarity with shrubs and flowers would vouch for this.

But this is not just about plants, the same holds true not only for animals but also for human beings. Ever seen a baby cry at the top of his voice resulting in the whole house freaking out, rushing to his side and picking him up, only to find that he needed nothing but attention? As soon as you pick him up, he smiles innocently, oblivious of the trouble he put you through.

Adults are no different, only they’re more subtle and complicated in their actions. Kids are, after all, the windows of human psyche. Adults crave attention. We often behave very weirdly just so people notice us. Many times, it is seen that relationships are at an end because “he/she ignores me”. And just like plants, we thrive and flourish when we feel cared for. In short, this is our shortcoming and we are scared of our weaknesses lest they overcome us and we feel defeated at a time when we need our strength the most.

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Someone ignores you for a few hours, you start going mad. Imagine being ignored for years and years. Imagine no one else being with you at that time to whom you can turn to. Imagine being in pain and suffering as well in addition to that loneliness. Even our imagination has its limits!

We find in Sahih Bukhari, 3266:

Narrated Yali:

That he heard the Prophet (ﷺ) on the pulpit reciting:– “They will cry: “O Malik!’ (43.77) (Malik is the gate-keeper (angel) of the (Hell) Fire.)

What is this being talked about?

We find in Az-Zukhraf 77:

And they will call, “O Malik, let your Lord put an end to us!” He will say, “Indeed, you will remain.”

This has been explained in more detail in Sahih At-Targheeb Wat-Tarheeb 3691:

 

عن عبد الله بن عمرو رضي الله عنهما قال إن أهل النار يدعون مالكا فلا يجيبهم أربعين عاما ثم يقول إنكم ماكثون ثم يدعون ربهم فيقولون ربنا أخرجنا منها فإن عدنا فإنا ظالمون فلا يجيبهم مثل الدنيا ثم يقول اخسؤوا فيها ولا تكلمون ثم ييأس القوم

Narrated Abdullah ibn ‘Umar RA, he said: the people of the fire will call upon Malik (the gatekeeper angel of hell-fire) but he will not respond to them for forty years, then he will say that indeed you will remain. Then they will call upon their Lord, and they will say, O our Lord! Take us out of this, if we turn back to what we did then indeed we are the wrongful. He will not respond to them like in this world, then He will say, remain despised therein and do not speak to Me. Then the people will lose hope. 

Imagine being ignored for 40 whole years! Being in torment, begging for mercy and getting no answer. Imagine being shunned even when responded to after 40 years. Imagine being in the dark and torturous fire forever, imagine being hopeless! Oh, the agony!

Hopeless! What a sad and depressing word. What do we live for in this life if not for our dreams and hopes? Hopelessness in this world leads us to depression which has led many to commit suicide. The worst form of punishment for criminals is solitary confinement. Take away someone’s hope and ignore them absolutely, and you have a dead person already! But there they won’t be able to die even! They have to live in that torment forever and ever!

But why? One asks why would this happen to them? Because they were given chances in this world again and again to reform themselves, to turn over a new leaf but they did not. They disobeyed Allah, their Creator and landed themselves in this mess. Remember, He is not unjust to anyone. We have been given time in this world. This is our chance! Let’s avail that and save ourselves from being ignored forever, not to mention other forms of torture in the hell-fire. We just can’t bear to be neglected, really!

Let Dreams Come True!

Bismillah. 

Every single one of us who lives, dreams! Every person’s dream is unique to themsevles, yet every healthy dream has a happy ending. No one wants tragedies. We might dream of a beautiful house, car of the latest model, the newest iphone, pretty shoes, a trip around the world, a room full of makeup, to be a famous star, even simple things such as a cup of warm coffee in a cold night, a shoulder to lean on when we feel hurt, a surprise visit by a dear friend, the joy of seeing our kids succeed, the giddy feeling when someone hugs us suddenly, the elevated feeling on winning a competition, the peace that surrounds us when all the family is sitting together calmly and the list never ends. 

Hollywood cashes on this human weakness and makes us feel through its productions that “dreams come true”. Hardly any child is ignorant of the stories of princesses and the dreams that materialized for them eventually, stories that pass on from generation to generation. Some teach their kids to dream about other things and the kids even when they grow up into adults, still hold that childhood dream close to their heart. 

In every dream that each one of us has, the common factor is not just happiness but immortality. The “Happily Ever After”. However, we all live in a world of deception. This world does not have “ever afters”. The most happiest and richest guy dies too after completing his term on the planet. 

  
But wait, don’t let your dreams be shattered so soon. Dream on! But of the place where “happily ever afters” are the norm. Yes, dream of Paradise! Where you will never die, your loved ones will never die, where no one hates anyone, where love and joy bloom 24/7. The place where there will be palaces made of gold, silver and pearls. There will be gardens full of the most exotic fruits. Your favourite dish will come right in front of you right then and there. There will be greenery and beauty and sparkly streams flowing here and there. Where we will wear dresses of silks with the finest jewellery, and look so regal. Spouses there will be crazily in love and absurdly good to each other. It will be a place, free of exams and taunts and sad news. No jealousy or ill-will with anyone. We will recline comfortably on fluffly pillows and joke and laugh over delicious snacks. (InshaAllah). 

This is Paradise! Just thinking of it makes your mouth water and you wish fervently to have your name written in its inhabitants. But nothing of value was ever achieved without a hefty price. And so Paradise comes with its own set of requirements, the most basic of which is believing in the One true God, Allah and not associating partners with Him. 

However, there are many other factors as well, some of which make you more eligible for this heavenly land and others which make you ineligible. We will be considering only one of the factors right now that could prevent us from going into Paradise. You get rid of that obstacle and up your chances! :)

Before we go on, we must talk about the scary part. Ineligibility to go into Paradise means eligibility for the Great Fire, which will burn and torture and agonize beyond limits. It is either this end for us or that end, nothing in between. 

We find in Sahih Bukhari, 3241:

Narrated `Imran bin Husain:

The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “I looked at Paradise and found poor people forming the majority of its inhabitants; and I looked at Hell and saw that the majority of its inhabitants were women.”

Women! In hellfire! Why? We find the explanation in another place. 

Sahih Bukhari, 29:

Narrated Ibn ‘Abbas:

The Prophet SAW said, “I was shown the Hell-fire and that majority of its dwellers were women who were ungrateful.” It was asked, “Do they disblieve in Allah?” (Or are they ungrateful to Allah?) He replied, “They are ungrateful to their husbands and are ungrateful for the favors and the good (charitable deeds) done to them. If you have been always been good (benevolent) to one of them and then she sees something in you (not of her liking), she will say, ‘I have never received any good from you.”

Ingratitude! We women suffer from this. Ungratefulness to husbands and also on favours conferred upon us. We have a natural disposition to complain and to get overemotional on a slight affliction and thus declare in the depths of pity and misery that this “always” happens, “nothing” goes right “ever”. We tend to use absolutes which are lies in and of itself. Because that affliction just came, it does not wipe out all the good that we have in our lives. 

  
This ungrateful attitude not only makes our husbands suffer and feel sad but also plunges us in misery. And it makes Allah displeased as well. Why lose that beautiful Paradise over petty things? 

Together, we can change this attitude inshaAllah. Instead of acting as fuel to the fire when our friends share our problems with us, we will redirect their attention to the good in their lives. Try to stay away from trashy negative literature and soaps. Whatever we see, read or think, influences us. We can make a list each night before sleeping in our phones or notepads of the 3 things that were good in my life today. And 3 things that I’m grateful for to my husband. Thinking more of the good all day will also help us control our tongues when feeling sentimental. Eventually this will lead to us being grateful to our Creator. Not only will it increase our chances of going into Paradise but also make our own little home in this world heavenly and peaceful. <3

Allah says, “If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favor]”. (14:7)

And Allah’s promises are true! :)

P.S. This hadith acts as a warning and sincere advice to women to correct their ways when there is still time. At other places, men have been reprimanded too with regards to their behaviour. This is not discrimination as some label it to be. Remeber, Allah is just and in terms of good deeds and bad deeds, men and women are treated equally. 

Case of the Strange Smell

Bismillah.

As I entered my room one afternoon to get something from the cupboard, it was filled with a strange smell. I got the thing I wanted and went out of the room, forgetting all about it. By night the smell had increased and in the morning had increased even more. When the obnoxious odour got unbearable by next afternoon, a ‘search party’ was called for to see what the cause of the problem was. After about a couple of hours, the source was discovered to be a dead mynah bird in the water bowl outside the window. The poor bird had probably died there a day or so ago…

Mynah bird

I thought to myself, the smell of a rotting body, even of a small bird, is so dreadful. What about the stench of millions and millions of rotting and burning bodies in the fire of hell? Even the thought of that awful dead bird smell still makes me cringe, what about that? We often think about the punishment of feeling the extreme heat or seeing fire all around in that great pit of hell but we hardly ever think about the appalling smells there. Imagine not being able to breathe the clean fresh air ever! Imagine the worst smell that your nose ever came across and the suffocation you felt as a result, that suffocation will be worse than that. There will be every possible torture, punishment upon punishment! How do people say, “we’ll bear the punishment of hell for a while, we have to go into heaven eventually anyway”? Will you really be able to bear it, even for a moment?

Wassalam,
Hajrah.

Trick to Salvation!

Salam,
Bismillah.

The other day I got reminded by my teacher of the hadith, “He whose two days are equal [in accomplishment] is a sure loser” (Sunan Al Darami). And she told us to start something that we’ll be sure to do everyday, like a hadith book. Alhamdulillah Allah gave me the taufiq to start it. Every night before going to bed I read a hadith in Arabic, Urdu and English from the book ‘Husn-e-Akhlaq’. It helps the next day when the last-night-read hadith comes to your mind. The night before last I read a hadith and it moved me. It does so every time I read it. (Which implies I forget it, so a person needs reminder and what better way than to read a hadith every night? :p)

So here’s the hadith:

Abdullah bin Masud R.A narrated: Allah’s Messenger sallallau’alaihiwasallam said, “Shall I not inform you of who is forbidden upon the (Hell) fire or whom the fire is forbidden upon? A man who is always accessible, gentle and easy going.” 

Isn’t this simply amazing? What do we work for all our life? We work toward something that saves us from the hell-fire in the end. If we incorporate these 3 things in us, hell-fire would be forbidden upon us!

NOTE: To be a Muslim (submitter to one God) is indispensable to be saved from the hell-fire.

Wassalam,
Hajrah. :)

A Tiny Burn!

Salam,
Bismillah.

Today my three-year-old nephew’s arm got scalded by hot soup. His elbow became an angry red and he screamed for almost an hour, crying loudly after that. Everyone was worried sick. I was ready to cry. I was feeling as if I was in pain. I asked myself; Why? Because he’s my nephew and I love him. Suddenly I heard my mom’s voice amid the screams “Allahumma ajirnaa min annaar” (Oh Allah! Save us from the hellfire). My eyes got transfixed at that red burn…….. Hellfire!

This little burnt patch is unbearable for us now. What about the hellfire? Would we be able to bear that? This has been caused by hot soup; what about the fire that is 70 times hotter than worldly fire? This is cooling down with passing time; what about the heat that would keep on increasing? This was a matter of only a few seconds; what about the blazing fire that would burn skins and bodies forever and ever?

Will I be able to bear it for myself? What if my loved ones were put into it? I wouldn’t be able to do anything then. Perhaps the time and place of action is now and here.

“O you who have believed, protect yourselves and your families from a Fire whose fuel is people and stones,……” (At-Tahrim 6)

Wassalam,
Hajrah.

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