The Beloved (pbuh) and coping with change

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم 

والحمدلله رب العالمين والصلاة والسلام على أشرف الأنبياء والمرسلين

 In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful the Most Compassionate

All praise be to Allah, and may peace and blessings be upon the most noble of the Prophets and Messengers

 

 Life changes a lot. Sometimes these changes are sudden, sometimes we know they are coming, but all the same, they can be difficult to cope with. These changes can unnerve us. So how do we deal with them? Inevitably, there won’t be a one-size-fits-all approach because as we are all different, change will affect us differently and our ways of dealing with these changes will vary. However, there are some key things we can learn from the Beloved’s (pbuh) life.

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April 12, 2009 at 4:45 pm Leave a comment

The Beloved (pbuh) and Perseverance

 

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
والحمدلله رب العالمين والصلاة والسلام على أشرف الأنبياء  والمرسلين
In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful the Most Compassionate
All praise be to Allah, and may peace and blessings be upon the most noble of the Prophets and Messengers

 

Antara ibn al-Shaddad was a pre-Islamic poet and hero. It was said that he never lost a battle. So a man came to him and asked him what his secret was. Antara then replied to him with something very strange; he told him, “put your finger in my mouth, and i’ll put my finger in yours, and we will bite. Then you’ll know the answer.”  So they both bit on each other’s fingers until Antara’s opponent couldn’t take it any more, and he pulled his finger out. Antara smiled and said “If you had persevered for a moment longer, i would have removed my finger. That is my secret”

While this is quite a gruesome example, the point of it is to show the strength of perseverance. If we just push ourselves for a little more, we can achieve our target inshAllah.

 

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April 5, 2009 at 2:53 pm Leave a comment

The Beloved (pbuh) and being prepared

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
والحمدلله رب العالمين والصلاة والسلام على أشرف الأنبياء  والمرسلين

In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful the Most Compassionate
All praise be to Allah, and may peace and blessings be upon the most noble of the Prophets and Messengers

 
We’ve all been in situations, that when we really want something, there is an element missing which prevents us from getting that which we want.

For example, imagine there is an excellent course you want to apply for, but you know that your parents won’t allow you to go. You could decide not to apply at all, since you already know the answer, or you could go ahead and apply anyway, and make sure you have all the provisions ready… just in case. Or you know you have a lot of time to prepare for an application; you could leave it until the last minute, or do it as soon as possible.
 
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March 29, 2009 at 2:44 pm Leave a comment

The Beloved (pbuh) and being in the service of others

 

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
والحمدلله رب العالمين والصلاة والسلام على أشرف الأنبياء  والمرسلين

In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful the Most Compassionate
All praise be to Allah, and may peace and blessings be upon the most noble of the Prophets and Messengers

 

Being in the service of others

 

In today’s world, the primary being that we serve is ourself. Of course many can disagree, and say we serve Allah, we pray, fast, give charity and so on. But in order to truly serve Allah, we need to be in the service of people too even if it causes us a little inconvenience.

 

This is closely linked with humility. We can all believe that we are not arrogant, but one way to test our humility is whether  we are ready to do things for others.

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March 24, 2009 at 12:18 pm Leave a comment

The Beloved (pbuh) and balance in what he ate

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
والحمدلله رب العالمين والصلاة والسلام على أشرف الأنبياء  والمرسلين

In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful the Most Compassionate
All praise be to Allah, and may peace and blessings be upon the most noble of the Prophets and Messengers

Salaam Alaikum

 
Muslims always speak about being a ‘balanced’ Ummah- indeed it is Allah who has called us “Ummatan Wasata”- a Middle Nation. But do we really practice what we preach?
 
It may seem strange to have an email on how the Prophet (pbuh) ate. But this topic is actually important, as the opposite of being balanced in our food intake is being excessive, and we know as Muslims we should not be wasteful. Allah says in the Qur’an:
 
O children of Adam! Look to your adornment at every place of worship, and eat and drink, but be not wasteful. Lo! He loveth not those who are wasteful.” (Quran 7:31)

March 17, 2009 at 10:47 am Leave a comment

The Beloved (pbuh) and the way he enjoined good and prohibited evil

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

والحمدلله رب العالمين والصلاة والسلام على أشرف الأنبياء والمرسلين

In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful the Most Compassionate All praise be to Allah, and may peace and blessings be upon the most noble of the Prophets and Messengers

We are all faced with situations when we see many wrongdoings around us. A lot of our reactions vary between harsh criticism, gentle admonition and/or silent acceptance. When wrongdoing is widespread, it is important to know how the Prophet (pbuh) behaved in such situations so we do not take the extreme path, but take the balanced way.

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March 15, 2009 at 11:16 pm Leave a comment

The Beloved (pbuh) and the way he dressed

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
والحمدلله رب العالمين والصلاة والسلام على أشرف الأنبياء  والمرسلين
In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful the Most Compassionate
All praise be to Allah, and may peace and blessings be upon the most noble of the Prophets and Messengers

Salaam Alaikum

We all know Islam is a holistic system, and applies to all aspects of our lives. When we look at our example, the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), we see that he is the epitome of modesty, yet always looked presentable- why? Because he is representing Islam. Unfortunately we sometimes see people in one of two extremes; blatant extravagance or careless scruffiness. The Prophet (pbuh) said: “One will not enter Paradise, if one has an atom’s weight of arrogance in his/her heart.”
A man then asked, “And if one loves his clothes to look good and his shoes to look good?”
The Prophet replied, “Allah is beautiful and loves beauty, arrogance is: rejecting the truth and looking down on people.”
(Muslim)

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February 24, 2009 at 11:07 am 1 comment

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