Focus Not On The Tests, Focus on Our Attitude

We are constantly being tested by Allah s.w.t. in this dunya, either in a form of difficulty, or ease. This beautiful religion of ours teaches us to be patient when we are hit with difficulties, and to be syukur / grateful when in ease.

This life is like a coin – one side is Patience, and the other is Syukur – meaning that every incident that we will go through the moment we wake up until the moment we sleep, will be between these two incidents that either require Patience or Gratefulness.

The problem with us is this: that we think Allah only tests us with difficulties. The death of a loved one, or the loss of revenue in business – it’s easy for us to call these events as tests from Allah. But it’s not easy for us to remind ourselves that incidents like getting married, or getting a promotion are also tests from Him. It’s hard to convince ourselves and realize that these moments of ease, just like those moments of difficulties, are all tests from Allah s.w.t.

Why is this realization important?

Because both Patience and Syukur are means to carve our way to Jannah. The one who is wealthy yet grateful, and the one who is poor yet patient – while both have different tests – have equal chance to earn Allah’s Pleasure. Similarly, both have equal chance to earn the displeasure of Allah if they are not grateful or patient.

There is absolutely no one who will not be tested by Allah, meaning there is absolutely no one whom Allah does not give him or her a chance to be patient or to be grateful.

When Allah sends us difficulties, it does not necessarily mean He is displeased with us. And when Allah sends us ease, it does not necessarily mean He is pleased with us.
It’s not the test that we should be focusing on.
But it’s our attitude that we should work on.

Rasulallah sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam said:
“Indeed greater reward comes with greater trial.
And indeed, when Allah loves a people He subjects them to trials,
so whoever is content, then for him is pleasure,
and whoever is discontent, then for him is wrath.”
[At-Tirmidhi | Graded Hasan]

[Al-Muzzammil 73:20] A Motivation To Be Charitable

A motivation for us to be charitable ❤

“…and lend to Allah a goodly loan,
and whatever good you send before you for yourselves,
you will certainly find it with Allah, better and greater in reward…”
[Al-Muzzammil 73:20]

Allah s.w.t. is saying to us do charitable donations, for He s.w.t. will reward for it the best and most abundant of rewards. This is as Allah s.w.t. says:

“Who is he that will lend to Allah a goodly loan
so that He may multiply it to him many times.”
[Al-Baqarah 2:245]

He s.w.t. also says: “And whatever good you send before you for yourselves, you will certainly find it with Allah, better and greater in reward.” What it means is that for all the khayr that we have done, we will get it back, and it will be better than what we kept for ourselves in this worldly life.

Rasulallah sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam said:
“Who among you considers the wealth of his heirs dearer to him than his own wealth?”
They replied:
“O Allah’s Messenger! There is none among us but loves his own wealth more.”
The Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said:
“So his wealth is whatever he spends (in Allah’s Cause) during his life (on good deeds)
while the wealth of his heirs is whatever he leaves after his death.”
[Sahih Bukhari]

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Reference: Tafsir Ibn Kathir

Ruqyah For Pain

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When you feel pain, it’s recommended to put your hand on the area of the pain and supplicate to Allah s.w.t.

Uthman ibn Abu al-‘As Al-Thaqafi reported that he made a complaint of pain to Rasulallah (ﷺ) that he felt in his body at the time he became Muslim. Thereupon Rasulallah (ﷺ) said:

(1) Place your hand at the place where you feel pain in your body
(2) and say Bismillah three times
(3) and seven times “A’udhu billahi wa qudratihi min sharri ma ajidu wa uhadhiru”
(I seek refuge with Allah and with His Power from the evil that I find and that I fear).

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Reference:
Sahih Muslim | https://sunnah.com/muslim/39/91

Beware Of The Words We Utter

Rasulallah sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam said:

“A slave (of Allah) may utter a word which pleases Allah without giving it much importance, and because of that Allah will raise him to degrees (of reward);
a slave (of Allah) may utter a word (carelessly) which displeases Allah without thinking of its gravity, and because of that he will be thrown into the Hell-Fire.”
[Sahih Bukhari]

A person might utter a word that pleases Allah s.w.t. – even though he does not recognize the significance of his word. But a person may also utter a word carelessly that angers Allah – even though he does not recognize the severity of his word.

These “hot gossips of the month” hurt our hasanat bank account BADLY. Chances are, the only thing that these stories ever do to us is make us backbite and/or slander someone. If the Akhirah is our utmost concern, then choose to unfollow and remove them from our radar. Question what benefit clicking on links related to celebrities’ gossips will have on our book of deeds.

A reminder to myself foremost.

Of Humility

Do not let people’s praise get to our head. Do not be proud of our looks, wealth, knowledge, or piety. Our achievements are nothing in comparison to the great sahabah, yet they were the most humble of people. ‘Utbah ibn Ghazwan r.a., who was one of the first to accept Islam, and who courageously fought in many battles including the battle of Badr, the battle of Uhud, and the battle of the Trench, said:

“I seek refuge with Allah that I should consider myself great,
while I am insignificant to Allah”.
[Sahih Muslim]

So who are we to think and talk big about ourselves?
Be humble o Muslims!

[Muhammad 47:6] You Will Know Your Home in Jannah

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And admit them (believers) to Jannah which He (Allah) has made known to them
(i.e. they will know their places in Jannah better
than they used to know their homes in the world).
[Surah Muhammad 47:6]

Rasulallah (ﷺ) said:
“By Him in Whose Hands the life of Muhammad is, everybody will recognize his dwelling in Jannah better than he recognizes his dwelling in this world.” [1]

Mujahid said:
“The people of Jannah will be guided to their houses and dwellings and whatever sections Allah has ordained for them in it. They will not make mistakes in this, nor will they ask anyone for directions to their dwellings – as if they had dwelt in it from the time they were first created.”

May Allah s.w.t. make us people of Jannah! ❤
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References:
Tafsir Ibn Kathir
[1] Sahih Bukhari

To Be Forgotten/Ignored By Your Rabb

And it will be said:
“This Day, We (Allah) will forget you as you forgot the Meeting of this Day of yours.
And your abode is the Fire, and there is none to help you.”
[Al-Jathiyah 45:34]

In Sahih Muslim, it is reported that Allah will ask some of His slaves on the Day of Resurrection:
“Have I not given you a spouse, honored you, and subjected the camels and horses to you?
Have I not allowed you to be a chief and a master?”
The slave will say in answer, “Yes, O Rabb!”
Allah will say, “Did you think that you would ever meet Me?”
He will say, “No.”
Allah the Exalted will say, “Then this Day, I will forget you as you forgot Me.

This because you took the revelations of Allah in mockery,
and the life of the world deceived you.
So this Day, they shall not be taken out from there (Jahannam),
nor shall they be returned to the worldly life (so that they repent to Allah).
[Al-Jathiyah 45:35]

Therefore o sons of Adam, be wise! Do not let the pleasure of this world fool you, for there will come a definite Day when no apology shall be accepted by the Rabb of all worlds. There will come a definite Day when Allah s.w.t. will forget you, as you have chosen to forget Him.
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Reference:
Tafsir Ibn Kathir