Color of islam

Quran 2:138
Quran 2:138
Color of Islam

Don’t blend in. During cold treatment, let the warm color of islam stand out. Let it melt the hostility away.
Seek Islamic knowledge; learn and practice it – to see the beauty of His color.

 

 

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A LIFE WITH LIGHT

Do you wish to be amidst angels?

Dear readers, I hope you are back to see how I had fared in the Surah an-noor memorization contest. I had tried hard and had managed to memorize surah an noor within a month’s time. Still I hoped that the contest was postponed by a week. Even a day’s delay could have improved my recitation drastically. Contestant was held as scheduled .

I waited in a room along with other contestants to be called for recitation. Fortunately, we didn’t have to recite on stage in font of one another. Our flaws wouldn’t be exposed to one another.Phew. Still, I was much tensed. I was able to hear my heart aloud. Whenever I am tensed, I try to see things through other’s perspective. This helps me a lot. I closed my quran and started looking at other participants in the room. They seemed equally tensed too. They were all reciting surah annoor. Amidst buzz, I was able to hear each one of them clearly. I have to admit, I was mesmerized by the way they were reciting. It was Honey to ears. They had all spent a month like me to memorize quran.  I wondered, amidst how many challenges, these ladies should have memorized. Some should have struggled more than me; memorizing 10 pages in a week shouldn’t have been a big deal for few others. Though we all had come there for the same purpose our Ajar (good deeds) would vary.

Do you wish to be amidst angels?
Read Quran for Double Reward

Soon I was called for recitation. There were two section of verses to be recited (picked from a lot) – I did one well and other not so well. I knew I wouldn’t be shortlisted and asked my kind judges where I should improve. I had to recite slower and work more on letter “ain” and “Ha”. Yes! this is where the contest end for me. My hubby was very disappointed. He was sure, I will be called back. For him my recitation was perfect. Do I have to write how flattered I felt then? J Two days later I received SMS confirming my rejection.

 

Dear reader, what do you think about this struggle. Do you think, my efforts were in vain? If winning was my intension, IT SHOULD BE A BIG LOSS. This contest boosted my confidence.

 

  • For once, I was convinced Quran memorization is a possible task for me! I had managed to memorize more than I could have ever imagined memorizing in a month’s time.
  • It showed me it was possible to have a strong relation with quran outside the month of Ramadan. (As I had discussed in introduction). For the first time in my life I had Quran in my hands like a baby in a mother’s arm, or like a subject book before exams. And the last few days were spent like last few nights of Ramadan. Devil which needs to be locked away by us is ‘ Nafs’- it’s within us.
  • It made me reflect on the time/life I had wasted. We could all do so much more within a day! If we could just overlook our excuses, we can work for better eternity. Our excuses cannot save us from ultimate Loss. I pondered upon self- improvement.
  • Yes, we are weak beings and have a great chance of drifting away. This doesn’t mean we should give up. It’s time to start afresh. Remember, I hadn’t memorized for a week; Much to my surprise, by Allah’s grace –I had managed to catchup!
  • And the biggest reward is indeed, having by hearted surah Annoor.

Alhamdhulillah, I am glad I participated in this contest. Insha Allah, if I again get a chance to participate in such a contest, I wouldn’t let it pass by. Insha Allah, there will come a day when I won’t be eligible for the contest – as the surah allotted for the contest would be  one I’ve already memorized.

 

Still, it cannot to be ignored; In spite of my best efforts (so far- in my life), I had not even been short listed for finals! It was a big reminder that – ALLAH IS NOT SHORT OF HIS WORSHIPPERS. He doesn’t need my prayers and sacrifices. IT’S ME WHO DESPERATELY NEEDS HIM. Whatever I do to please Him will only benefit me in Hereafter.  We have absolutely no idea – how well we will fair in hereafter. How can we feel assured with what little we do, that we’ll live an eternity in bliss?

Has Allah promised safety from Hell?
Illusion of being safe from hell

Even an extra day of practice could have helped me lot in improving my recitation. But this was all the time I had. LIFE- ALSO HAS  A BEGINNING AND  AN END. Sad part is, we don’t know when we will leave the world. Still we live as though there is no end. We are happy with entertainment life has to offer and avoid spending enough time with Quran. I hope we are not amidst those who cry in vain with a request to be sent back to do some righteous work.  LET’S BE PREPARED.

No respite from death
Pleading to be returned.

I recollect how tensed we participants were prior to the recital. Majority of us were concerned about our own recitation (of course, this should be the focus). This made me reflect on Day of resurrection – when we would be waiting to be judged. That would be the real tensed day, when all will fear the anger of Allah. It is this thought which made me be little the tension in the room. On that day of gathering, we would run away from those we are close too. Only thing that would matter to us is – HAVING OUR RIGHTEOUS DEEDS. How nice Insha Allah would it be, to be in peace amidst 7 who are promised shade when there is no other shade except of his throne. Shouldn’t we care to be amidst them?

Just ruler, heart in masjid, cries remembering Allah
7 under Shade

Life is a gift filled with opportunities. The opportunity bestowed upon us will not be keep waiting for us. If we don’t grab it someone else would utilize the chance to get close to Allah. Even a smallest act could have great impact. I don’t remember who had sent the message about contest in the WhatsApp group. Though that lady had not participated in the contest, she has been part of my journey! May Allah reward her for bothering to forwarding the message. How many of us would have done it? Be generous in forwarding such messages even if you can’t avail the opportunity. You never know in which small deed there could be limitless blessing.

Small acts can save from fire
Half a date

And think about the amount of blessings the organizers of the contest should have earned by attracting people like me towards memorization! Allah-o-akbar.

grow deeds like grain
Good deeds multiply

We, within our limits can also encourage others towards righteousness. Why not hold a small quiz contest amidst kids on oft repeated words/invocation in islam? During get together kids/grownups can be asked to prepared a speech on certain topics (About a  sahaba(companion) or on ‘How to respect parents’). Providing such opportunities could build interest towards islam. It could leave a deep impact on a kid.

Every deed counts
Unlimited reward

Other thing which struck my cord was, how shocked my husband was with my rejection.  This reminded me of a hadith:

Hell for those preach and dont adhere
Result of not practicing what one preaches

That’s scary! I seek refuge in Allah from being amidst such. Here, even during contest my flaws in recitation were hidden from other contestants. It was such a relief. I hope Allah, the Gafoor (oft forgiving) overlooks and forgives my short coming.

 

And I’m to reveal a heavy secret. Few days after contest, I found it tough to recollect few verses. It’s important to keep revising and reciting the memorized verses.  MEMORIZING QURAN IS EASY. RETAINING IT IS TOUGH. (Unless a fixed time is allotted for revision) The contest is over. But it’s upto me to retain Light from this contest.  May Allah help us to memorize, revise and retain Quran in our heart. Ameen.

Dua of light
Quran- Spring of heart; Light of cheat; Banisher of Sadness; Reliver of Distress;

Increase me in light, increase me in light, increase me in light .

Hold on to Quran; Organize your life around Salah; Rush towards righteousness; Save for your hereafter. Insha Allah, with this we could have real paradise vacation as permanent destination in store for us. Let’s make LIFE A SOURCE OF LIGHT.

Prepublished in Muslimahbloggers.

How to win Love?

DAY 3

Today’s quote is a Dua(supplication). This dua could help us win LOVE.

Love things which help us attain Allah's love
Love Allah more than anything else

Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever seeks to please Allah by angering people, Allah, may He be exalted, will be pleased with him and will cause the people to be pleased with him; whoever seeks to please people by angering Allah, Allah will be angry with him and will cause people to be angry with him.” [Saheeh]

This hadith clearly shows why we feel depressed and lonely. Many a times we abandon prayers just to spend time with our friend. Later we wonder why our friend is upset with us. It’s time to start adhering to Allah’s commands to see a change in those around us. More love we accumulate the better.  Al-Wadood’s (The Loving Allah’s) love is limitless. He has power over all things.

Above dua gives us a hint to win His Love.

  • Hang around righteous people (who learn and teach quran, hadith…)
  • Obey Allah. Having completed Fard (obligatory deeds) add Nafil (Voluntary deeds) to get closer to Allah.

Insha Allah, we will feel His love all around us.

I thank Fatmawaty for inviting me to 3 days 3 quotes challenge. I really enjoined being part of this challenge.

The rules of the challenge are:

Thank the person who nominated you.

Post a quote each day for 3 days.

Each day nominate 3 bloggers to take part.

My nominees are: shakeyourconscience , bushradualeh , puresoulwidimaan

I hope you can take a part in this challenge. (No rush at all! but it’d be nice to see your participation) 🙂

Love and Faith

I was nominated by Fatmawaty to participate in 3 days 3 quotes challenge. Jazak Allahul khair Sister.

DAY 2

Today’s quote is from a hadith

love prophet

How could we improve our love for prophet Muhammed PBUH? Insha Allah by incorporating Sunnah (his teachings/sayings) and by learning his Seerah(biography) we can increase our Iman(faith). Remember, Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “I was sent to perfect good character.” [Sahih]

Our love for our prophet should be reflected in our character. May Allah help us shine better.

The rules of the challenge are:

Thank the person who nominated you.

Post a quote each day for 3 days.

Each day nominate 3 bloggers to take part.

My nominees are:

  1. onthesighsofdreams.
  2. thehiddenprestige.
  3. randombytesfromlife.com

I hope you can take a part in this challenge. (No rush at all! but it’d be nice to see your participation) 🙂

A LIGHT DRENCHED HEART

AssalamAlikum. Dear readers, thanks for joining me in the journey of memorizing surah Annoor. I had to memorize surah an-noor in about a month’s time (5 weeks to be precise) to compete in a contest. By sticking to the plan posted in my last post, I was able to memorize 31 verses out of 64 verses of the surah in less than 2 weeks. I was astonished to see me memorize long verse about hijab (verse 31) with ease! I had found it difficult to recite earlier. Doesn’t it sound great? WOW!! Half of the chapter was in my grasp. A piece of cake! Was it really? That’s just 4 pages of the 10 pages to be memorized.  But human mind has ability to see things easy. This is where good things seemed to come to a halt. Why?

I had fallen prey to whispers of shaithan. I had been deceived. It is very difficult to reveal the reason.The biggest reason for my downfall is “NAFS” – myself. It’s me who had turnedOVERCONFIDENT. I hadn’t been wise to stick to plan. I had also procrastinated.

I was pleased with what I had memorized and didn’t give enough time for quran. Subsequently, everything seemed important. I was scheduling family gatherings and friend’s get together. These seemed like most important things to be done! Whenever I opened annoor, I always remembered something ‘better’ to do and was tempted to do it. Few more minutes with my kids or browsing or reading wasn’t going to change much. Before I could realize the minutes had changed into hours and days. A week flew by and I had not bothered to memorize a line. By that week end, I tried desperately to catch up. Now being nervous nothing seemed to register in my mind. I was convinced I had failed.

I was very upset. I was consoledmyself  – ‘Atleast I tried. Allah is most merciful’. Ah! This is other type of shaitan’s whisper to keep us from doing our best. There were still 3 weeks to go. It was too early to accept defeat. Now, I decided to keep memorizing. Though not confident, I wanted to see how much I could memorize. Continue reading A LIGHT DRENCHED HEART

A MONTH WITH LIGHT

Are there any desires harboring in your heart? Fear of failure prevents us from even attempting to accomplish some desires. Some great halal desires are left buried in our heart. Let me share with you my secret desire. It is to memorize the entire Quran before I enter the grave. I went to masjid to accomplish my goal. I stopped going to masjid once I was pregnant. I decided to go back after delivery. Now 6 years later, I’m a still at home with 2 kids.

Few months back, as I was casually browsing through messages in a WhatsApp group, my eyes fell upon a contest.  Do contests excite you? Well, this made me feel butterflies in my stomach. It was an invitation to MEMORIZE SURAT AN-NOOR in about a months’ time for sisters above 18 years of age! This rekindled my desire. But, I was afraid I could never do it within time.

I had been praying to Allah to make me a hafiz. I hardly did anything more to become a hafiz. This contest appeared to be an invitation just for me.  I recollected, this Madanee surah LIGHT spoke about chastity, hijab and related matters; I had found it even difficult to recite it in my tajweed(recitation) classes! Casting away the fear of failure, I decided to grab this smiling opportunity. I registered for the contest. Few days later I got a message stating that – I was selected! Contest was 35 days later.

This is when I opened the 24th chapter of quran – THE LIGHT. This chapter contained 64 long verses and occupied nearly 10 pages of the quran. Never in my life had I tried memorizing 10 pages within a month. Was this going to be something bigger than I can chew? I told myself Allah will make it easy for me.  I read the first line:

surah

The word obligatory/enjoined/ordained made me realize the weight of the surah.  First verse also stated – “it was revealed to be remembered.” More than memorization it is important to live by the rules set by quran. Memorization could help us remember/recollect the rules better. Next few lines spoke of penalty on false accusation. By night, as I rocked my baby to sleep, I attempted to memorize. I read a first word repeatedly. Then I read two words together and so on. Within minutes I had memorized a verse! Indeed Allah has made Quran easy for us.

Quran

The next day was usual. Daily chores and family had consumed all my time. By evening, memorizing noor appeared to be an impossible task for me.  Such whispers were silenced by “Auzbillahi minash shaitan nir rajeem – I seek refuge in Allah the Shaitan the outcast.”  Now with a clear head I wondered why I didn’t find time for Noor?

I felt like a kid at store who had blown the cash on candies instead of bread for family! Candy is something we DESIRE but bread is our NEED/ Requirement.  What was I toiling for –Family, Perfect Home, Good impression, High standards? These are the ‘candies’ of this world.  The real eternal life starts after death. I had to stock good deeds (my bread) to save my eternity. It was time for me to turn wise.

wealth quran

First I had work on my intention. It had to be strong enough to motivate. My dream, to memorize quran was in wrong category – DESIRE. I had to promote it to – MY NECESSITY / desperate NEED. I had to give Quran the first preference. There would always be 1000 excuses to stay away from quran. Such a ‘busy’ life would leave me alone in a dark grave with no hope. But just one good strong intention“To please Allah” would make life easy and fruitful.

quran chapter 102

Next, I focused on practical changes to fit Noor memorization into my life:

  • Fix target: I decided to memorize at least a page in 3 days. By doing this, I would have 1 spare week to revise and improve.
  • Multi task: World class reciters were now reciting Noor for me in my kitchen as I cooked! Alhamdhulilah, websites and quranapps came handy here. J
  • Involve family: So it was time for the whole family to connect to quran! I discussed the tafseer (explanation) of surah with my hubby.
  • Save time: This required avoiding unnecessary calls and visits. I had to curb my addiction to solve online puzzles.
  • Simplify chores: I settled for less complicated recipes with few ingredients. I allotted few chores to my family too.

Alhamdhulilah within a week I memorized 2 pages (20 verses)!

Little did I think – the contest was going to test much more than my memorization skills. It was to test my perseverance, dedication, patience, self-esteem and IMAN (faith) level too. Please read my next post to learn more about my journey.

Prepublished in Muslimahbloggers

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Did you vote?

Yes, did you exercise your right to vote in a democratic country? For those of us who belong to a democratic country, it’s easy to recollect hustle amidst government parties before election. Then after election, within few days, almost everyone seems unhappy with the result. Ironically, most add I did not vote for this party. So whom did they vote for? We hear, “Why one should vote when there is going to be no change?” Wow! They just flashed that they don’t care. Should such speak out now? They didn’t even attempt – to use the opportunity to make a change they seek, by voting for the party most close to their expectation.

You are accountable for your choice. choose wisely.
You are accountable for your choice. choose wisely.

Likewise, our life is filled with options. Religion is an option too. And I have voted for ISLAM, only religion acceptable by Almighty, which wascampaigned by our beloved prophet Muhammad SAW the best candidate ever .  The campaign is very clear and simple – Accept and live by Islam so as to gain a place in heaven.  To make it easy I am even given a map. It’s Quran – with instructions to please HIM. Not a word has been altered since it was revealed more than 1400 years ago. To make it further easy for us, a GPS is given. It’s Sunnah of our prophet, reemphasizing on quran and shows us how to live.

Surprisingly these never get outdated. There is something there for intellects of every era to ponder upon. Are you a philosopher, poet, scientist, mathematician or just someone looking answer to your problem? No matter what, you’ll find something to marvel you. There have been times when I felt very low. Help was just a Dua(invocation) away. HE hears every caller’s call and blesses us with that which is best for us. He doesn’t forget those who haven’t voted Him and takes care of their needs too as long as they live. But, the heaven is not for such.

Do you want to vote Him too? To vote all you have to do is – Testify that there is no God worthy of worship but Him. And you reemphasize your choice by praying 5 times a day, fasting in the month of Ramadan, paying zakath /obligatory charity and performing pilgrimage to Mecca (for able person). Yes, this is all that it takes to please HIM. How blessed will be the day when we meet Him to see Him pleased with us?

Indeed, they who have believed and done righteous deeds – those are the best of creatures. Their reward with Allah will be gardens of perpetual residence beneath which rivers flow, wherein they will abide forever, Allah being pleased with them and they with Him. That is for whoever has feared his Lord. (Quran surah bayyinah, verse 7 and 8)

Beware of those who campaign against Islam. Anything else is one way ticket to Hell! Do not lose hope, one can repent and turn to Islam as long as one lives, Allah is most Forgiving and Accepter of repentance.  Be not amidst them who were influenced by others and avoided even exploring option of islam. This verse here states what will happen to them!

And for those who disbelieved in their Lord is the punishment of Hell, and wretched is the destination. When they are thrown into it, they hear from it a [dreadful] inhaling while it boils up. It almost bursts with rage. Every time a company is thrown into it, its keepers ask them, “Did there not come to you a warner?” They will say,” Yes, a warner had come to us, but we denied and said, ‘ Allah has not sent down anything. You are not but in great error.’ “And they will say, “If only we had been listening or reasoning, we would not be among the companions of the Blaze.” And they will admit their sin, so [it is] alienation for the companions of the Blaze. [Quran Surah Mulk, verses 6-11]

I hope you vote/revote for Islam today. Spread this message soon, lest someone might never have chance to know the Truth. My dear brothers and sisters exercise your right to practice and preach islam.

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