If you feel tired,
Of the lures of this dunya,
Some warm summer day,
Or you would feel,
A loneliness that breeds inside you,
“I took Uncle to the auto shop for the job. When the guy looked at him, he said Uncle’s too old and he can’t work. I don’t know why people underestimate him. He didn’t even try, just judged him right away”.
I got this text from my husband last week who was assisting his Uncle find a job here in New York. His uncle had just emigrated to the U.S. from Pakistan, and he wanted to find a job as a mechanic. When my husband took his Uncle to introduce him to someone he knows regarding a job, this scenario occurred.
1. Her Obedience to the Creator: A practising Muslim man loves to have a practising Muslim wife; who knows that the life of this world is nothing but a test from her Lord; giving her an opportunity to come closer and closer to Allāh (ﷻ) doing more and more good deeds to please Him, restricting herself from the desires of her inner self that go against the will of her Creator.
I took my nephew to the shops with me today and he stood at the toys aisle asking me for everything he wanted. He asked for a cricket bat, but it looked damaged and I couldn’t find another one. Then he asked for a goal post, which he already has at home. His next request were the toy guns, which he has had plenty of, and has broken plenty, too.
When I graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree in 2013, I had many plans for myself. I was going to get into the field of Social Work, work for a full two years and then get my Masters in the same field. After gradation, I began looking for a job knowing it might be a little hard, but I was sure I was going to find something and begin my career.
If one could personify Ramadan, it would be an individual from whom you simply could not remove your gaze – hypnotized by its magnanimity. This individual would command the presence of a legendary hero, a champion, that single-handedly imprisoned the devils of this world, and has now arrived to free us from the pits of hell. Ramadan, the only guest that visits millions around the world yearly, yet never overstays its welcome. That one guest for which innumerable slaves pine, cry and surrender for. And at last, 11 months later, it has arrived at our door-step Alhamdulillah (All praise is for Allah). Rather, it has spent two-thirds of its destined time with us already, and is well under-way delivering its end-game: The Night of Power. That same night during the last ten on which our worship is worth 1000 months.
1. Do not let your ‘performance’ until now affect your last 10 days. The moment of forgiveness could be today or anytime in the coming days! It is not all lost! If you sincerely wish it could have been better – Chin up and get ready to make it your best yet! Start with a positive, sincere intention!
I’ve been on a Twitter break these last few days and the urge to use it hasn’t been because I want to read what others are talking about, but because I have no outlet for my own random thoughts. Is that sad? Vain? I don’t know. But it’s just like, “Am I supposed to keep everything to myself now?!”, even though that’s what normal people do. It is strange that sometimes I feel the need to share certain thoughts in some form, yet I don’t think it necessary to just say out loud. I mean what’s the point of putting them “out there” at all?
One of the biggest challenges for me during Ramadan, and outside of it, is what to recite for Dua. More specifically, what to recite in Sujood (prostration). During Sujood, you are in the closest proximity to Allah.