Who are we impressing Allah or Dunya?

Everything will fall apart before something great happens. Just keep the faith.

The difference between a believer and a disbeliever is whoever remembers God. That’s it.
Nothing else. How much one remembers God is dependent on their level of Imaan. One might remember Him often and his actions will be a reflection of that. Some might remember Him rarely and his actions will be a reflection of that. But the one who doesn’t remember Him at all is a disbeliever.

I find that this concept alone helps a believer throughout his/her life. Sometimes, a tragedy happens – an unexpected death. Sometimes a blessing occurs – a new baby in the family. As a Muslimah, I believe that everything happens under the Qadr of Allah.

“No calamity befalls on the earth or in yourselves but is inscribed in the Book of Decrees, before We bring it into existence. Verily, that is easy for Allah. In order that you may not grieve at the things that you fail to get, nor rejoice [in pride] over that which has been given to you. And Allah likes not prideful boasters.” Surah 57; ayah 22-23 – Holy Qur’an.

Being close to God will affect your mentality, in a good way. We learn this example through the Prophet Muhammad (Sall Allāhu ʿalay-hi wa-sallam) his companions – the sahaba and the early Muslims and scholars which followed.

“When someone offends me, I think of it as a gift from God. He is teaching me humility.”

— Ibn Taymiyyah

If that’s not positivity and thinking good thoughts, I don’t know what is. Realising that everything made Haram by Allah regardless of how small it is, is haram for our own benefit. Not His. Not for any reason other than good. Because Allah Knows best. Everything is part of His plan and as explained by Ibn Al-Qayyim: everything that befalls a believer is good. Absolutely everything without exception. That is the sweetness of Faith.

Allah promised us twice in the Holy Qur’an:
“Indeed with hardship [will be] ease.”

Every now and again (the more often, the better) we really need to step back and evaluate our lifes. How much are we learning the Deen? How have me improved this month compared to last? When we made that promise to Allah did we try to change it or did we repeat the same mistake again. How are we progressing in our Salah, in our recitation, even if it’s just a line… Do we follow the Sunnah or do we follow the culture? Do we seek the pleasure of Allah or the acceptance of people around us? Do we read? Do we care? Are we Muslim…?

Remember, Allah subḥānahu wa ta’āla does not change the condition of a person until they change what’s in themselves. Start today. Start now. Say Astaghfirullah and move on… do good. Good deeds erase bad.



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