The Relief

Years ago, I didn’t know much about having faith. I don’t know how to read the Quran well nor understand what it means to have patience, trust or why was I in such difficulty. All I knew was that, He listens, though I didn’t have the knowledge of His power in answering back then. Therefore I was depressed, moody and feeling really low. I didn’t talk nor eat much either. I was alone.

In one of the nights in Ramadhan of that year, something in my heart urged me to download and open up the Quran app on my phone. I just quickly scrolled through the surahs and just randomly click on one, and my finger fell on surah Al-Sharh (The Relief), with some prefer calling it Al-Insyirah. I played the audio, listened and I found myself in tears without knowing what it meant, and for some reason I fell in love with it and replayed it multiple times and more tears keep on falling as I slowly understand what it meant. Remember, I knew less of the Quran, nor know the basics of hurufs or tajwid but through the help of Allah, I miraculously was able to memorise the whole surah in less than 3 days. I knew from that point, this was a direct answer of my prayers from Allah. From the moment where He urged my heart to download the app, guided my finger to scroll down to its page and then to click on it out of 114 surahs and afterwards made me listen. He then soften my heart to take it in, put me in tears and granted me the ability to memorise it when my knowledge of reading it was as if of a pea. He brought me ease. I felt ease, just like as He promised in that Surah itself. For that whole journey, it was as if I was living through from ayat 1 to ayat 8.

سم الله الرحمن الرحيم

1. “Have We not expanded for you your breast?”
2. “And We removed from you your burden,”
3. “Which weighed down your back?”
4. “And We exalted for you your reputation?”
5. “Then, surely with hardship comes ease:”
6. “Surely, with hardship comes ease,”
7. “So when you have finished (with your immediate task), still strive hard, (then toil),”
8. “And to your Lord turn (all) your attention.”

Surah 94: Al – Insyirah

For those who kept on asking me why do I always read this surah all the time when I led prayers, well, this is where it started. For this surah was the kick start of my change. This surah reminded me who I was, and where I am. This surah reminds me, that everything is going to be fine. This surah reminded me of that miraculous moment. In addition, I guess I can say, for whatever difficulties or troubles that you encounter, Allah will always provide a solution for a way out, to lead you to ease and happiness.

As I have once shared in a few of my previous post, Whatever difficulty you’re going through, it is not permanent, because you and I are not permanent. We are not permanent and that is because we are made for Jannah and not for this temporary world. Sometimes its just hard for us to understand what Allah really wants to make happen, but put your trust in Him because He plans and gives what is best for you and I. Be patient, for what was written for us was written by the greatest of All writers. It’s amazing how Allah’s words bring comfort to the heart. Ease is in the hardship itself but it manifests itself best, when the hardship is over. It is only then you realise you become a total different person with a higher level of faith on a higher level of conduct, as if he gave you chance to go into a higher level because He wants to see you in a higher Jannah.

If that isn’t enough for you then look at the prophets and the believers. They are where they are, because of difficulty.

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An unforgettable Du’a

7 years ago, I came to my realisations of my doings and started my hijrah, to change from who I was, to a better man. The thing about being in a state of hijrah is that, you feel close to Allah, you feel His presence, His love, His mercy and you know He listens. Your heart is occupied with His presence, and I believe some of my readers here know exactly how indescribable it feels like. Being in the state I was, I once made a du’a on an unforgettable moment.

It was a rainy Friday and I was making my way to the mosque for Friday prayers. The rain was so heavy, trees were legitimately tumbling down across roads. Back then, I didn’t know that it was permissible to not go for Friday prayers in an event of a heavy rain thus, I made effort to get to the mosque regardless, putting me in a position where I was stuck under a void deck few blocks away from the mosque, because what’s left in-between was a park, an open ground. I stood there and made du’a, asking for a path or a way to the masjid, or at least make the rain stop or simply just make it easy for me, just so that I can enter the masjid, just for the simple reason of wanting to prostrate to Him on that Friday prayer. I continued making the du’a continuously, and I know that He listens, and it just the matter if I have the perseverance to keep that trust and faith in that du’a as I say it continuously.

An old malay man with a songkok, was approaching to my direction, and was holding 2 umbrellas, and I knew, Allah answered my du’a through this opportunity. I asked if he was going to the mosque and if I could join him, and he agreed and gave me one of his umbrella. Now, the thing is, this man is barefooted, with blood on his feet, doesn’t talk much either. I asked him why he was barefooted and where were his slippers, and he replied, “I was sending my grandchild to school when I slipped and fell into the drain and lost my slippers”. Bear in mind, this old man was walking on flooded pavements and muddy grounds, barefooted in the rain. We finally reached to the other end of the park, now sheltered straight to the mosque. However, he didn’t follow me. “I have to go back first”, he said, while pointing away from the direction of the mosque. I passed back his umbrella, we gave salam and he walked off speedily, while I make my way to the mosque, safe, clean and dry.

Who was that man? Honestly, I have no idea. Was he a man who Allah puts him in misfortunate events so that we may meet, therefore answering my du’a? Or maybe some may think, was he human at all? For that, I let you decide.

The important thing here is that, I’ve learn not to underestimate the power of a du’a. If you’re sincere with your du’a and trust that Allah will answer, miracles may happen. What’s even better is that, Allah is the best listener, you don’t need to shout, nor cry out loud because He hears even the very silent prayer of a sincere heart. Allah understands our supplication even when we can’t find the words to say. I find ease knowing that.

“He knows what is in every heart.” [67:13]

People might disappoint you over and over again, but it’s okay because Allah will never disappoint you. 

Secrets behind moments

I was sitting on the front passenger seat in the taxi, on my way to book-in into camp. Halfway through the journey, I was occupying myself with my phone, scrolling through different chats and social network apps. It’s only until then I looked up to the view in front of me and instantly noticed the vast painted sky with a mesmerising sunset. What’s my point here? I was on a journey. In that journey, I was too busy occupying myself, concentrating, on things that matter less. Too busy to notice the wonders and the significance that my surrounding has to offer.

We are all in a journey, journey of our respective lives and in this journey of ours, we each have dreams, setting ourselves goals that we want to achieve. We spend day and night almost every day, concentrating on working towards these life goals of ours, be it education or career. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that it’s wrong, but my point here is that sometimes we spend too much time concentrating on the journey, rather than experiencing the journey itself. As Nur Fadhilah Wahid wrote in her book, Light Upon Light, “So concentrated are we on making the best of the journey, that we forget to experience the journey itself.”

We subconsciously tend to be focused towards the end goal rather than the things we learn or experience throughout the journey. What do i mean? THERE IS A SECRET. There is a reason why you’re there. A reason who you’re with. A reason you took that step. A reason it happened to you. Maybe even to the fact that you’re reading this post, the reason you’re being brought towards this screen, or even the reason why I’m typing these words right now. There is a secret behind every moment.

I come to realise, every step we take, Allah is actually communicating with us. Allah presents to us every opportunity to be astonished every minute of our life because He presents to us moments by moments of His Greatness and Beauty, for us to be in amazement of His wonderful works. For every moment and every step we take, there is a secret behind it. Allah is communicating to you, telling you a secret behind every moment you go through in your journey. He is telling and showing you something, a hidden lesson and meaning to every moment. Though we were too busy to experience, feel and live through these moments in our journey because we are too concentrated on making the best out of the journey instead.

It’s only then you start to see moments in a different perspective, knowing that Allah is sharing with you a secret behind every moment. Every good and bad moment now turns into a blessing for you. Everything becomes interesting for you. Every direction you look reminds you of Allah. Every step you take, you feel His presence, because you’re now aware that He is near, He communicates.

Back to the passenger seat. Of all seats, i was in the front. Of all moments, it was a sunset. Of all views, it has to be the moment where the environment permits me to observe the vastness of the sky. Of all direction, the road was facing directly towards the sunset and vastness of the coloured sky. While my eyes were stuck in awe, I thought to myself, why did He put us in a position where we are able to witness such sunsets? That moment I found its secrets. Allah is the best of painters and the ultimate Creator because no creation other than the Creator has the power to create such beauty. Witnessing it, I find myself at peace for a moment, telling me that no matter what happens, things can still end beautifully just like the sunset after a sunny or rainy day, and guess I can say, the best of secrets I found in that moment is that peace is seeing a sunset and knowing Who to thank.

Relax, take it easy

“Tell me something that can get me through the week”, a friend asked me. At that sleepy morning my mind was still asleep, brain dead. Digging through the foggy thoughts, the first thing that apparently came to mind was, and i told him, “We may plan but Allah is the best of planners because what was written for you was written by the greatest of Writers. So don’t despair, Allah knows best”

As i sit there, with my own words replaying through my mind, digging through its understandings and its wisdom, I found and came to realised what the secret is behind those words. Its telling me and i’m convinced, relax, take it easy because you’re in good hands.

Firstly, I got reminded of what Shaykh Hamza Yusuf said in one of the YouTube reminders that I came across. Imagine a father throwing his child up in the air, and the child is scared, consumed with fear and anxiety at the highest point in the air. Then, he falls back into the hands of the father. He throws him up again the second time, but now the child is laughing, because he now knows, and trust, he is in good hands. Now this is how life is. The highest point up in the air, is dunya, where we are all filled with anxiety with this and that, with difficulties of this and that, but this time, the one who is going to catch us in no other than Allah. To fall in the hands of our very own loving Creator. How should I not feel at ease about that, how could I not fall the second time without a smile, knowing Who I would fall to, saying don’t worry, you’re in good hands like He promised us, twice.

“Indeed with every hardship, there is ease. Indeed with every hardship, there is ease” [94:5-6]

Secondly, another one from Shaykh Hamza Yusuf. I remember he said, “we need to learn to swim”. When you go for a swimming lesson, the instructor would tell you to lay on your back in the water. Now, you do not have any idea on how to swim nor float, and he is telling you to lay down on your back in the water, and then we get anxiety, fearful, all you think is that you’re going to drown. The instructor then calms you, instructs you and then just tells you to relax. Then, you find yourself actually floating, in relaxation. Similarly, to the story in the first point, this is how life is. What I learnt from this is that Allah would instruct you on things you would think is bad for you or would make you worry, but then Allah would come to you like a mother would, and guide you throughout your journey, telling you to relax, listen to Him, trust His decisions, and those who do, would learn to float and those who don’t, are those who drown. Allah knows what’s best for you, so just relax, take it easy, yet again, you’re in good hands.

“but perhaps you hate a thing and its good for you; and perhaps you love a thing that is bad for you. And Allah knows, while you know not.” [2;216]

Thirdly, recently I’ve kept myself busy with a book, ‘The Millennium Discourses’ by Shaykh Etsko Schuitema. I came across a life metaphor that was very intriguing. It’s about life in a perspective of a book. So you are walking through a text, in a book, with every word carrying its meaning, with paragraphs of confronting moment and chapters that carry surprises. As you walk carefully, reading it well, you’ll find that the book consist a mix that is very personal, of love letters and a treasure map. Just like treasure maps, you read the next steps properly, following the steps till you get closer to the treasure, the treasure of all treasures. Well, this book is a letter that is being addressed to you, by the Creator, to you personally, with the treasure being Himself, the essence of all delight and joy. From here i understand literally, by the idea of walking through the paragraphs of you life, the expanded and deeper meaning to what was written for you, was written by the greatest of Writers. So yet again, just relax, take it easy because you’re in a good script, written by the greatest Writer.

Lastly, a question. Maybe, it’s easier said than done, but why does it have to be difficult? It’s because He loves you. When Allah loves you, he sends trials your way. To transform you, so that you become a better person. Allah gives the hardest battles to his strongest soldiers. Trust Allah when things don’t work out the way you wanted. Allah has something better planned for you. So don’t despair. You would then realise you became a total different person with a higher level of faith on a higher level of conduct. With that, its as if He is giving you a chance to go into a higher level because He wants to see you in a higher Jannah. Yet again, relax, take it easy, have patience because Allah has planned the best for you.

“And the hereafter is better for you than the first life” [93:4]

Where is the love?

Its sad to say and see that the negative society in our era has settled its place in the Muslim community. What I observe is, we respect and celebrate when a person (non-Muslim) embraces Islam, elevating and respecting him/her, however, this is not the case when it comes to our own people. When a Muslim changes or goes through a hijrah, or what people would call today as a spiritual retreat, it’s sad to see some of our own minority, bombarding these pour souls with negativity and criticism, with our negative judgement. This is apparently true, being a victim and a witness myself.

Case scenarios: A woman finally takes the courage and the gets the change of heart to finally start wearing the hijab. Sadly, her friends started to judge her for wearing the hijab because she used to not wear it. Instead of supporting her in her new journey, she’s being deemed as ‘step alim’ by others. A man, with his behaviour and attitude changing for the better, being called a hypocrite.

Is this all actually even necessary? The thing is, we tend to define people according to their past. This gives the impression that we won’t be able to move on from our past and that the past will always be haunting us. The true fact is, the past does not determine who we are, and what matters is what we do now and the future.

Bombarding them with negative words that touch deep within them. With their weak self, they put their hopes on you, with the sincere expectation that you will understand them, and provide the guidance they need. Take the great opportunity to give them hope before they lose hope. Imagine you making the effort to change and making more friends with other Muslims, but to only have them pulling you down instead. We are supposed to be supportive and to elevate each other, and not discriminate and criticize the next person based on their past. How are we supposed to make non-Muslims understand us, when we ourselves don’t understand each other? Change begins with the community itself, and for a start, individually.

“Do not lose hope nor be sad, you will surely be victorious if you’re true in faith” [3:139]

In addition, we even fight and argue among ourselves, and what more saddening, is those argues that occur within the circle of our own families. We hold grudges and hate even towards our own siblings or relatives and what is worst is that, it drags for years, where our ego kicks in to not forgive. Yet, we have the guts to ask Allah to forgive us when we ourselves don’t forgive others.

Islam is the religion of hope, yet through my reflection, I find that our community is deprived of hope.

‘What you see in other people is a reflection of yourself. A person of goodness sees goodness in others and a person who is evil sees evil in others” – Sheikh Omar Suleiman

Opinions, perfection and judgement

It frustrates me when people shove and force their opinions into my throat, like as if their opinions are the most true of facts. What more, when the things i do or say is shove away or not favoured just because i share or carry a different opinion of a certain thing, despite the similarities. Its not that i reject their opinions, I actually respect them and agree to them, and most of them are correct as well. It’s just that i believe of doing or achieving something higher or different. However, what i don’t like is being forced to do what they want to see you do. Before i explain further, to prevent misunderstandings, i want you to get this clear that the opinions that I’m talking about are not those regarding religious opinions, and are dunya inclined.

As a simple example, lets say, person A believes that leaving his current work place and getting another job elsewhere, would be better for him. His colleague, person B, believes that his workplace is the best place in the world and the best job anyone could ever have. B told A not to leave, but A has made his decision to do so anyway. B didn’t like the idea because he thinks A is making the wrong decision.

B told A everyday, “the industry is hard out there and you’ll never get another job. Don’t make a stupid decision.”

A decides to leave as B shakes his head in disappointment, strongly believing that A is never going to make it. 5 years later, both A and B became successful on their own different paths regardless of their opinions.

As you can see, difference in opinion can apparently cause an unwanted and unnecessary negativity between people. The thing is we think we are perfect. Our choices and decisions we do are the best and we tell people to do them as well thinking we are the best. When someone shares their opinions, arguments can happen just because each believes their strongly correct. We are quick to judge. We judge without investigating why he/she does a certain act, like as if we are Gods that can read the hearts of others. We need to learn to respect the opinion of others, as long it is sincere, reasonable and respectfully understandable, unless their opinion is strictly illogical and not within the Islamic laws. (Then we have to advice them on it, and when it comes the opinions on religion, or its laws, best to ask those with proper knowledge.)

It doesn’t matter if you’re different or if you’re the odd one out of a hundred, because you know what you want to achieve for and what you’re doing (with the right and correct sincere intentions, logical, and as long its within the Islamic laws)

There is charcoal. There is gas.

Well, both apparently gives you the same results. You just have to choose which is best for you. Never judge a person’s decision or perspective just because its different than yours. Some flowers grow best in the sun while some grow best in the shade. Allah knows us best and puts us where we grow best. At the end of the day, we all share the same goal. Use that as a driving factor to unite instead of becoming foes.

Regarding about perfection. If youre finding the perfect leader, friend or spouse, then you won’t find any in this world. Well, nobody is perfect. Instead, be a leader who perfect others as they perfect you. Be a friend who becomes the strength to other’s weaknesses as they be the strength to yours. Love isn’t about finding the perfect person. It’s about two people perfecting each other. If everything was to be perfect, then what would be the value of jannah?

I’m GRATEFUL for… (2)

​”Alhamdulillahi Robbil `Alamin – All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds. “[1:2]

We all know that the Quran is the book of guidance to our everyday life and calamities, with the knowledge that almost everything can be found in the blessed holy book. Pondering and trying to understand the power of gratitude further, after the experience and understandings that can be found from my previous post, i made the effort to look up into the Quran. I realised that most of us, including myself, don’t really pay much attention to fact that the introduction and the opening surah to the Quran starts with Alhamdulillah itself. Being put into the first chapter, it just gives me the impression on the importance of gratitude. Better yet, I came to a thought that it is like as if Allah has made it compulsory for us to be grateful to His bounties by making us recite the Al-Fatihah in our daily prayers, which keeps us in daily reminder. Though, what is the greatness in being grateful, that makes it so special anyway?

I don’t know about you guys,  but I personally find the mindset of the majority in our modern society negative. To almost everything that we do, we curse, swear, complain and get easily angry even to the little of things. The way I see it, we focus too much of our energy and our attention to the things we don’t get or lack of, instead of what we already have. We’re giving to much attention to things that don’t deserve our attention, which are usually just our personal mental obsessions. All that we are doing is magnifying our problems, that won’t do us any good. Therefore, having a sense of gratitude will actually improve a well-being of a person because it leads you to a sense of happiness. Just look back into your life and you’ll realize that there are many blessings Allah has showered upon you, even in those times of difficulty. From my favourite surah, I was reminded of an ayat that was repeated 31 times.

“Which then of the favours of your Lord will you deny?” [55:13]

Allah has given us a lot of favours such as rain, grass, air, ocean and all other uncountable things. It can be as simple as your daily life such as being able to wake up with the gift of your eyes, being able to eat and drink, etc. If you notice, our lives revolves around the favours of Allah, and how can a person be not thankful to God?

Considering all this, happiness and joy can be attained by being grateful. I believe that the more we put our attention on what we are blessed with or what that matters, the more we attract the positive vibes into our lives. Similarly, just like how negative vibes act like a virus around us. The more grateful our hearts are, the more happier, contented and appreciative we get. In other words, the more Allah would bless us as Allah has told us that His pleasure may be attained through gratitude.

“If you are grateful, He is pleased with you…” [ 39:7]

Adding on, as I have mentioned in my previous post, a test of faith is when you don’t get what you want, yet being able to say Alhamdulillah for it. Personally, the trick for me is that I tell myself, everything that happens to us, regardless good or bad, is always beneficial for us. With that, I come to understand and realise that as Muslims, we never lose and we are always in a win-win situation unless it is too late for us. For something good that happens, Alhamdulillah. For afflictions and calamities, Alhamdulillah as well because its either that Allah is moulding you to a better person or forgiving you through the hardship (provided we respond appropriately).

The Prophet said: “How wonderful is the case of a Believer! There is good for him in whatever happens to him -and none, apart from him, enjoys this blessing. If he receives some bounty, he is grateful to Allah and this bounty brings good to him. And if some adversity befalls him, he is patient, and this affliction, too, brings good to him” (Muslim).

I’m GRATEFUL for… (1)

Ouh man, his life sucks

His friend drives a Ferrari,

While he drives a Mini.

 

Ouh man, his life sucks

Opens the fridge for the fourth time

Pizza, ice cream, nuggets, chicken, fruits and juices

let’s go out as there isn’t much to eat here.

 

Ouh man, her life sucks

40 dresses in her wardrobe

She has nothing to wear for later.

 

Ouh man, everything sucks

How they wished they had what they wanted.

 

Sounds familiar?


Just from the past 1 year i have gone through quite a journey. FYP, Internship and currently on National Service. Each chapter of the journey offered me different challenges along the way. Though, for some in the similar path, may find it an easy one for them, for me, i find it especially unique and different.

Unlike most, my FYP project was a very hard and challenging one. Getting a project that is to solve an issue, new to all industries globally,  we have limited resources to start of with. I still remember the words of my supervisor on the first day, ” it’s a new challenge. You go to google and you’ll still find nothing that can help you.”

Reporting to my internship workplace as early as 6:45am, I also gave my 100% to my duties. being pressured to work overtime almost everyday including my weekends and even holidays, in a logistic warehouse, i look no different from a zombie. though, promoted to a team leader for my department even only as an intern, others were to get all the credits.

For the past 3 months in my national service, I would embarrassingly say, i have a very low contribution. Being on light duty for physical conditions that i didn’t ask, i was to sit aside or to fall out to almost all activities, watching others have their fun in training. Hospital visits also has recently became a norm to me as well. Being verbally abused as a weakling or a ‘chao keng’ by many in camp, this has posed one of the most challenging chapter thus far.

For all of this challenges above, ALHAMDULILLAH.

Through the sleepless nights and the multiple moments of despair faced in FYP, I achieved high grades for it and now I would consider myself a Big Data Analyst, which would be a huge bonus for any industry out there to have one, with the current challenges faced in the new indsutrial world.

Through the exhausting busy internship journey, I too achieved high grades for it, and a knowledgeable work experience.

From this two experiences, I learnt to be grateful. I may not get what I wanted. I didn’t get an easy experience in both my FYP and as an intern, but i learnt that Allah grants me something even better. It reminded me of two seperate ayats:

“But perhaps you hate a thing and its good for you; and perhaps you love a thing and its bad for you. And Allah knows, while you know not.” [2:216]

“For indeed, with hardship will be ease. indead with hardship will be ease” [94:5-6]

As for my national service, I leave it to Allah and I keep myself in remembrance with a positive mindset that whatever that has been inflicted upon me, might be the best for me, or what i actually needed. To the eyes of others, i might be a weakling, but i hope to Allah i am not, for i did’nt ask myself for this to happen, and surely, there is always something beneficial to learn and gain from it. The greatest test of faith is not getting what you want, yet being able to say thank you for it. Alhamduillah for the physical dissabilities, because the lesser fortunate ones might look at me, and wish they have what i have. I learnt that happiness comes when you are grateful even in the worst of situations.

“And when your Lord proclaimed, ‘If you are grateful, I will surely increase you in favor; but if you deny, indeed, My punishment is severe.’ ” [14:7]

Generosity

Among the many good qualities of our beloved Prophet Muhammad s.a.w, is generosity. Being the most generous man to ever walk this earth, has potrayed how the standards of morals and virtues that we muslims should follow.

We should understand that everything we possess in this world is not ours. Everything belongs and originates from Allah. Our worldly possessions are merely just a loan from Him. With that, it only makes sense that whatever is given from Allah, is to be shared with others. My mother used to remind me in malay, “Apa yang kita dapat bukan semuanya untuk kita.” Which basically means, whatever we recieve, is not all for ourselves. For whatever bounties Allah has granted you, comes along with the test or opportunity for you to be generous.

When we talk about generosity, the first thing that comes to most of our minds, especially in our economical era, is wealth. Now is it wrong if I tell you I want to be very rich? Many would say to me to stop chasing too much of the dunya and some would remind me that I can’t bring all those money into my grave. MasyaAllah, they do have a point. However many people fail to see that dunya can be an investment for the akhirah, with the sincere right niat in the path of Allah.

I would suggest, my fellow muslims, be rich and provide. So that the poor can eat. The homeless can sleep. The orphans can smile. So that at least there is a muslim holding on to the economy for goodness. For the ummah. Just like how rich sahabah’s such as Khadijah, Abu bakr, Umar, Uthman and the others (R.A) supported the ummah economically.

Adding on, its amazing how Allah ordained us muslims to perform zakat. It is as if of an obligatory charity designed by God to provide for the needy. He expects us to share generously.

Dont worry, whatever is given for Allah’s sake will never decrease one’s wealth but rather, it will be blessed or even increased, as the Prophet S.A.W said: “Charity does not decrease wealth.” [Muslim]

“And whatever you spend in good, it will be repaid to you in full, and you shall not be wronged.” (Quran 2:272)

Not only that but we can find in the Quran, Allah will replace whatever that is given away generously with the sincere intention on gaining His pleasure, as Allah knows what is in the hearts of men. He knows what we desire and what we want, and has the power to provide you with your wishes InshaaAllah.

“Truly, my Lord enlarges the provision for whom He wills of His slaves, and also restricts it) for him, and whatsoever you spend of anything (in God’s Cause), He will replace it.  And He is the Best of providers.” (Quran 34:39)

So as I have similarly said above, generosity can be viewed not only as an investment for the future, but as for the akhirah as well. I mean its like building your pavement to paradise with every generous act, for each act comes with great reward. However, the hardest part of generosity, yet also, the most rewardful act of generosity, is being able to give freely the things we need and love most. This is where our sincerity is tested. May Allah make us sincere generous people.

Last but not least, regardless of how small it is, never look down upon any charity. It isn’t only wealth but generosity can be expressed in many other forms such as simple acts of good deeds and kindness. Strive for your best as much as you can and be firm that Allah will reward you for your charity. It can be as simple as a smile 🙂

Knowledge

Well, Knowledge brings us far in life. To an extent that it builds us to who we are. Everyone living on Earth wants to be smart and im really sure that im not the only one who feels great when I find out something new.

Be GRATEFUL for that knowledge you have. See, we often forget The Giver of all knowledge. Knowledge comes from Allah, The All-Knowledgable, and He is the only one who can grant you more or less. If He decides to take all your knowledge away in the next minute, He can. Then you realise even the little drop of knowledge you have does’nt really belong to you. We always ask for God to gain us in knowledge but we always forget to say Alhamdulillah after gaining it.
Thus always be grateful for your knowledge regardless little or most.

“If you are grateful, I will surely give you more and more.” (Surat Ibrahim 14:7)

Here, take this pretty awesome advice from Nouman Ali Khan 🙂

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