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Think the Best of People

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It sounds so simple but the reality is hard to accomplish:

Think the best of people.

A great, consistent and stubborn effort must consciously be taken for it to happen.

No matter what assumptions and conclusions your mind chooses to draw,

Think the best of people.

No matter how the whispers in your ear try to twist their actions and intentions,

Think the best of people.

If you must jump to conclusions, leap to the best possible one and

Think the best of people.

Rather than read in between the lines and find a possible negative reality,

Think the best of people.

Take people at their best and assume only the most pure and good intentions.

Think the best of people.

Next time someone says something which could be taken personally, which could be taken to hurt you,

Think the best of people.

Choose to assume that nobody ever means…

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The ‘Upgrade’ of the Aakhirah


Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has mentioned, “When Allah Ta‘ala has decreed a particular rank (in Jannah) for a servant, but the servant is unable to reach this rank through his good deeds (as they are insufficient), then Allah Ta‘ala tests him in his body, wealth, or his children. Allah Ta‘ala then enables him to exercise patience over this test, until it makes him reach the rank that Allah Ta‘ala had decreed for him.” (Sunan Abi Dawood #3090)

Every person hopes for an upgrade – be it an upgrade to the latest cell phone model, an upgrade from economy to business or first class, an upgrade to the latest car model, or even an upgrade from a normal hotel room to the Presidential Suite. Many people cannot afford these upgrades, and those who receive them for free are few and far apart!

Our Beloved Allah Ta‘ala is so kind that He wishes us to enjoy a very high level in Jannah. However, we sometimes fail to ‘qualify’ for this upgrade as we lack sufficient righteous actions, while our ‘ibaadah are also weighed down by the burden of our sins. Hence, Allah Ta‘ala sends us free ‘upgrade’ packages. This package is sometimes a ‘bundle’ of sickness, our child passing away, a robbery, or any other calamity. Once the upgrade package is delivered, it requires an ‘activation’ which is the ‘password’ of patience and sabr.

If every person ‘downloads’ the mindset of adopting sabr and patience under all circumstances, we will all receive the upgrades of the Aakhirah

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Hajj from Home


We all have the burning desire in our hearts to present ourselves at the doorstep of the Ka’bah and fulfill the blessed rites of hajj. Some are fortunate enough to perform hajj once in a lifetime, some twice in a lifetime, and there are the select few who are extremely fortunate as they perform hajj annually.

However, Allah Ta‘ala, in His infinite kindness, has made it such that even those who cannot journey to Makkah Mukarramah to perform hajj are able to acquire the reward of hajj. Furthermore, they can do it from the comfort of their own homes!

Below are two such actions through which one can perform ‘Hajj from Home’:

1. ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) narrates that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “The one who recites ‘Subhaanallah’ 100 times in the morning and 100 times in the evening is like one who has performed 100 hajj.” (Sunan Tirmizi #3471)

2. Anas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) narrates that a man once came to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and said, “I desire to participate in jihaad, but I am unable to do so.” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) asked him, “Are any of your parents alive?” When the man replied that his mother was still alive, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Show Allah the manner in which you serve and obey her. If you do this, you will be (like) one who is performing hajj, ‘umrah and striving in jihaad.” (Abu Ya’la and Tabraani – Majma‘uz Zawaa’id #13420) 

The ‘beauty’ of the above two actions is that they can be done perpetually, throughout the year! One can thus easily earn the reward of hajj out of the month of Zul Hijjah. Let us strive to bring these two actions alive so that we can be among those who perpetually earn the reward of hajj.

Mr. Trump, Is Pakistan or USA ‘Guilty Beyond a Reasonable Doubt’?

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Battle Lines Drawn for World War 3 (Malhama)

“And never will the Jews or the Christians be pleased with you until you follow their religion. Say, “Indeed, the guidance of Allah is the [only] guidance.” If you were to follow their desires after what has come to you of knowledge, you would have against Allah no protector or helper.”

(Holy Quran 2: 120)

war on terrorIntroduction: ‘Guilty Beyond a Reasonable Doubt’

The American justice system believes that everyone is innocent unless proved guilty. The guilt has to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt, meaning that even if there is any inkling of doubt of the guilt, American justice system sets the person free. The judgment has to be passed unanimously by all the members of the jury or the judge in a free and fair trial in the courts. Finally after the trial, only the convicted criminal is handed down the…

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Why We Don’t Pray When We’re On Our Period – A Reflection on Allah’s Attributes As The Merciful and The Creator

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I came across the post below on Buruj Lan-dan’s page on why we as Muslim women don’t pray when we’re on our monthly periods and it’s a topic that’s been on my mind for a while as well so I got her permission to share it and added my own reflections at the end.

Why don’t we pray when we are on our monthly cycles?

A dear friend of mine explained it to me and it blew me away. May Allah protect her always.

There is not a deed as great as the prayer. And no one is excused from it under any circumstances. Even men in battles are commanded to pray in whatever way they can.

But the only time a servant of Allaah is entirely excused from praying and from even making up the missed prayers is when as a woman you suffer from all the difficulties that…

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4 Causes, Consequences and the Cure to showing off

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The worst form of riya (i.e. showing off) is in Imaan. This means to show faith outwardly but to inwardly harbour disbelief in Allah. The hypocrites are those who did this which explains why they are doomed to enter the lowest part of the hellfire. For us we have sincerely brought Imaan so alhamdulillah Allah has protected us from this. However, there are many more insidious, dangerous forms of riya that we also need to avoid at all costs.

Firstly, we must avoid riya in voluntary acts of worship. Speaking of this Imam Ghazali رحمة الله عليه explains that for some people, the way they worship depends on who they are with. For example, a hifz student recites one way at home, better to a friend and even better to his teacher. Ultimately though he may be reading for the pleasure of Allah alone, there is a stench of ostentation in his recitation. It is hoped that Allah will forgive him.

Secondly, we must avoid performing an act of worship only to impress someone. For example, a man may not usually read Awabeen Salah but he does when his Shaikh prays next to him. Or, he does not usually read the Qur’an but he does when someone comes over. Such actions are riya because they are being done for people, not for the sake of Allah! Do the action, but intend it for Allah not people.

Thirdly, holding dual intentions is also a form of riya. This means to perform an act for the sake of Allah and people. An action done in this manner holds no reward and no sin. Therefore, it is a wasted effort with no value in the sight of Allah. Remember that in business a partnership is acceptable but in our intentions, Allah does not accept partnership. So if we partner Allah with someone else Allah will not give us anything in return, what a waste of good deeds!

Fourthly, we spoke about doing a good deed for people is riya. Abstaining from a good deed due to the fear that people may think that I am doing this for show, or in order to be praised, is also a type of riya. For example if a man walks down the road with a tasbeeh in his hand, but on the way he bumps into an old school friend he used to smoke with. Now if he hides his tasbeeh away due to his friend, then that too is a type of riya. Or, if a young man intends to pray awabeen but after Salah all the young men leave and he knows the rest will praise him so he opts to omit the awabeen due to the people, that too is a type of riya.

The cure for these four types of riya is to focus on Allah, not people. What people say is their problem not our concern. Our concern is will Allah accept and what will he say? If you have riya in a certain action then get rid of the riya, not the action. Hazrat Ml. Yunus Patel رحمة الله عليه would say that if your mattress has bedbugs on it, you would get rid of the bedbugs and keep the mattress. Riya is like those bedbugs and our amal (i.e. good deeds) is the mattress. Keep the amal, throw the riya away. Otherwise if we throw the amal away then the problem riya will continue and it will move on to another amal.

To overcome riya, always refresh your intentions. At the beginning of a good deed, remind yourself that you are doing it for the sake of Allah. During the course of the amal, the situation may change and riya may enter your heart. This is poison from shaytan, this is your nafs trying to derail you. To overcome this simply remind yourself again, that I am simply doing this for Allah. Furthermore, do not consider your amal great, otherwise there is a fear riya will enter. Worship more in solitude than you do in company. If we can only worship in front of people then there is a problem.

Lastly if you do good deeds with sincerity and nobody saw you, then remember that years later shaytan will still try to shoot a hole in your investment. Some people wake up for tahajjud and they gather great rewards. But then when speaking to others, they slip in a sentence or two about their tahajjud, now shaytan has put a hole in his bucket of rewards. Many times, shaytaan will steal the reward for a good deed years after we did it. For example, if we tell someone about our charitable donations from 20 years ago. That time when we did it, no one knew. Now 20 years later he has boasted and shaytan has stolen the rewards. We do not know if our deeds have been accepted by Allah or not, so what surety do we even have to boast about? Where boasting begins, sincerity ends.

We need to careful on social media too. Facebook and Instagram breeds this problem. Imagine a good deed as noble as Qurbani, look at what great sincerity and sacrifice our father Ebrahim عليه السلام displayed when he did Qurbani. Yet we have reduced such great sincerity to shameless boasting about how big the animal is, how sharp our knife is, how quickly we cut the animal e.t.c! And thus we waste away such noble deeds by insincerely advertising it to the rest of the world. Therefore in summary, riya means to worship more, less or to stop worshipping altogether in order to impress people and to avoid this, we must keep refreshing our intentions and avoid boasting about our deeds.

May Allah forgive us and grant us the tawfiq to be sincere, Aameen.

— Hazrat Maulana Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

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Maintaining the Momentum


How many people do you know who one day looked into the mirror or stood on the scale and announced, “Enough!” The digits on the scale and the reflection in the mirror are both unbiased and don’t hesitate to tell a person that it’s time for him to shed those extra kilos.

How many people thereafter sacrificed their scrumptious snacks and exerted themselves in exercise, gradually achieving their goal weight? The answer to both questions is – quite a few actually. However, an overwhelming amount of these people are unable to maintain their ideal weight and soon thereafter slip into their old rut of unhealthy and bad eating habits, only to regain the unwanted weight even faster than they had initially lost it.

Hence, the key to a successful diet, more than losing the weight, is to maintain the weight and avoid regaining the burnt fat.

In exactly the same manner, most Muslims, during the month of Ramadhaan, embark on a diet from sins such as backbiting, lying, watching movies, dressing indecently, exploiting people, venting their anger and temper on those around them, etc. However, once this blessed month terminates, most people consider themselves to be unchained and free to return to their previous lives of sin – just as the rebellious Shayaateen are unchained and allowed to freely roam the earth once again.

It is thus essential for us to maintain the momentum of good deeds and abstention from sins that we had built up during Ramadhaan. Our daily recitation of the Quraan Majeed, engaging in du‘aa, giving sadaqah to the poor, controlling our tempers and other righteous efforts should not cease merely because Ramadhaan has ended. It should not be that we are ‘seasonal worshippers’ – Muslims who only show devotion and loyalty to Allah Ta‘ala in Ramadhaan and thereafter turn their backs to Allah Ta‘ala and befriend Shaitaan.

May Allah Ta‘ala assist us all to maintain the momentum of Ramadhaan, aameen.