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Ibn Al-Qayyim (rahimahullah) said:

“Regret for wasted time should be deep, for time passes quickly and it is difficult to make up what you have missed. Time for the worshipper is a time for worship and reciting awraad, and for the devoted Muslim it is time for turning to Allah عز و جل and focusing on Him سبحانه وتعالى with all his heart. Time is the dearest thing to him and he would feel very sad if time passes without him doing what he is meant to do. If he misses time, he can never make it up, because a second time has its own duties. So if he misses time, there is no way he can bring it back.”

(Madaarij As-Saalikin, 3/49)

Friday: Surat Al-Kahf

Dont miss out on reading and reflecting. Ao many beneficial lessons in this Surah.

Every letter is for 10 hasanaat, spread the word and help others build good habits so you’re rewarded for every time they read it Inshallah :)

True Story

When I had first gotten married and moved over here I remember once it was the end of the month and being the careless spenders we are, we were flat out broke.

There was very little to eat in the house, everything you would normally rustle up for a quick dinner was missing one or two ingredients. We had a couple of days to go till work’s payday.

Being that there was nothing I could really do about it, I put it to the back of my mind and was getting on with my day. A few hours later, I heard a soft knock at our apartment door. It had to be our elderly neighbor. He lived alone upstairs and would occasionally ask for Mohamed’s help with small things since his eyesight was very weak and worsening.

I went to get the door and he greeted me in his calm manner and thick Turkish accent. Then he said, “this is for you” handing me two bags of groceries, say “salam to Mohamed”. Then he carefully went up the stairs to his flat and closed the door.

A literal God-send. From where I couldn’t have seen it coming.

Make someone’s day and help them out form where they couldn’t have guessed or planned.

Give something today and bring a smile to someone who isn’t expecting it.

In many quarters of “Muslimdom” we witness a growing moroseness. In some cases, the more observant the Muslim, the more morose. Salaams are not returned because many believe the “work” of the Hereafter leaves no time to observe the rights accruing others. For many, their seriousness is so chilling, people are afraid to even approach them, fearing they might say the wrong thing and end up walking away with their metaphorical head on a platter.

While avoiding excessive laughter and glib giddiness, believers should be joyous people, however, our joy should not be over the World. It should be a result of our relationship with Allah and our realization of the profundity of the blessings He has bestowed on us. We are reminded in the Qur’an, “Say, in the Grace of Allah and in His Mercy, in this let them rejoice! It is better than anything they may gather [from the World] (10:58).”

Our relationship with Allah should also define our relationship with others. We strive to be pleasant in our dealings with other people because we understand that by so doing we please Allah and His Messenger, peace upon him. Sometimes this idea is lost to people. Frowns and deadpan countenances pervade. Should this be our way? The Prophet, peace upon him, has counseled us, “Never belittle the smallest amount of good, even if it is greeting your brother with a pleasant face.”

Life surely has its difficulties, however, we should not be contributing to making it more difficult for people, even in small ways. Share a smile or a good word. Take time to rub a child’s head or gently pinch her cheek. Let us try harder to be fitting representatives of our Prophet’s, peace upon him, character in everything we may do.

— Imam Zaid Shakir

Persistence:

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”

Calvin Coolidge (30th US President)

He whom Allah grants the gift of following the truth, he should inspect his intention, for Allah may grant victory to the truth even through an evil-doer. The Prophet ﷺ said regarding one who sacrifices himself for the truth, “He is in the Hellfire. Allah may support the religion even with an evil-doer.”

من رزقه ﷲ اتباع الحق فليتفقد نيّته فإن ﷲ قد ينصر الحق بفاجر، قال النبي ﷺ فيمن بذل نفسه للحق (هو في النار إن ﷲ يؤيد هذا الدين بالرجل الفاجر)

Shaikh Abdul Aziz Al-Tarefe

Allah, the Most High, says:
“… and among them is he who is foremost in good deeds *by permission of Allah*.” [Surat Fatir: 32]

A Reflection: Reading this verse should cause any form of conceit or arrogance to die off in your heart. No matter how great your good deed is, all praise is for Allah as He granted you permission to do it and facilitated it to be done.

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