Monthly Archives: June 2013

Coming back to Allah – Part II

Those who have believed and whose hearts are assured by the remembrance of Allah . Unquestionably, by the remembrance of Allah hearts are assured.”  13:28

After dabbling in a multitude of modern stuff like self help books and coaching series, I found there is something missing. Something which makes me feel shallow, even after all the confidence boosting, positive thinking, mind-tuning, vision creating exercises. Why can’t I feel complete. Why can’t I feel enough. After all, am I not everything. If I set my mind to it(visualize, affirm etc), I can get it, right. Then what is missing.

Does my spouse have anything to say. My friends, relatives? Do they have a right to say? If someone does not understand and support my goals/aspirations, I don’t care right. After all, what I say, think, believe and behave matters doesn’t it. Why do I feel bad then.

Oh yeah, here is the key.

Those who have believed and whose hearts are assured by the remembrance of Allah . Unquestionably, by the remembrance of Allah hearts are assured.” 13:28

(248 hadith found in ‘Good Manners and Form (Al-Adab)‘ of Sahih Bukhari)

Narrated Abu Aiyub Al-Ansari: A man said, “O Allah’s Apostle! Inform me of a deed which will make me enter Paradise.” The people said, “What is the matter with him? What is the matter with him?” Allah’s Apostle said, “He has something to ask (what he needs greatly).” The Prophet said (to him), (In order to enter Paradise) you should worship Allah and join none in worship with Him: You should offer prayers perfectly, give obligatory charity (Zakat), and keep good relations with your Kith and kin.” He then said, “Leave it!” (The sub-narrator said, “It seems that the Prophet was riding his she camel.” 

Narrated Jubair bin Mut’im: That he heard the Prophet saying, “The person who severs the bond of kinship will not enter Paradise.” 

When I reflect on these, yes, remembrance of Allah(SWT) fills me with the sense of contentment and happiness that no other self-help book can do. Remembrance of Allah(SWT) fills the void. The affection and togetherness of my people gives the gold coating on it. Allah(SWT) in his infinite wisdom gave this knowledge to us plain and straight forward. But humankind seems to have sworn to make things complex for itself, myself included.

It only gets better:

Narrated Abu Huraira: I heard Allah’s Apostle saying, “Who ever is pleased that he be granted more wealth and that his lease of life be pro longed, then he should keep good relations with his Kith and kin.” 

Narrated Anas bin Malik: Allah ‘s Apostle said, “Whoever loves that he be granted more wealth and that his lease of life be prolonged then he should keep good relations with his Kith and kin.” 

Coming back to Allah – part I

Assalam alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu

These are the days when I am wondering about “did it take one or two calamities to bring me back to Allah’s way?”. Though I am a born muslim and kind of prayed sincerely some days, missed out on prayer some days. Tried not to miss any Jumah Salah. I never really saw how much I was engrossed in worldly affairs until recently. And looking back, Alhamdulillah, as Allah promised, he gave a blow or two to my consciousness, before I came to realize the truth.

Ye shall certainly be tried and tested in your possessions and in your personal selves. (3:186)

Be sure We shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods or lives or the fruits (of your toil); but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere. (2:155)

I am grateful to Almighty Allah(SWT) for lifting up the screen from my heart and showing me the way. I pray to Allah to keep me on his path my entire life and let me not go astray ever again. Ameen.

“O Allah! Let our hearts never go astray after You have guided us to the right path; bestow upon us your mercy. You are The Most Generous.”

The incidents which were happening one after the another, I perceived them as calamities in my life. All of a sudden, I realized these are tests Allah is giving me, and my only recourse is to seek Allah and get closer to Allah.

I yearn to change my lifestyle to include more ibadah, more dhikr, more sunnah Alhamdulillah. I am working towards it and Insha’Allah Allah(SWT) will guide me.