Teach don’t preach

Fear is never meant to be a child’s guiding principle.

Faith is, compassion is, love is… so when teaching a child about religion, don’t guide them through fear.

Fear is only used to explain Allah (SWT) justice as one of His many attributes. You take heed of His Might, you believe in it, for He will bring the unjust to justice.

You don’t fear Allah (SWT), you respect His warnings, Just like a mom tells her child not to touch something hot and they still touch it. It is out of the mother’s love that she warns the child… and it is out of disobedience that the child burns his finger. Similarly when God tells us to live our life a certain way, a righteous life, and warns us of the hereafter, fear, isn’t the guiding principle, it is still love.

#teachchildrendontpreach.

Ibn Al Qayyim said: “The heart on its journey towards Allah the Exalted is like that of a bird. Love is its head, and fear and hope are its two wings. When the head is healthy, then the two wings will fly well. When the head is cut off, the bird will die. When either of two wings is damaged, the bird becomes vulnerable to every hunter and predator.”

“When Allah completed the creation, He wrote in His Book which is with Him on His Throne, “My Mercy overpowers My Anger””

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)

Integrity

Just like a windshield protects occupants in a vehicle

Integrity is a transparent barrier that protects your soul from harmful elements
Once chipped it can break easily
And expose your soul to more negativity.

In the world of one click shopping, easy returns, and ever changing consumerism

  • Integrity is so easy to sell these days…
    I bought a cover for my new tablet; and once I got it, me being germaphobe, I decided to clean it with an alcohol wipe but it spoilt the art work on the leather (it was painted and not printed). My first instinct was oh God I spoilt it but no worries I can return it and get a new one. I was being selfish and selling my integrity for a few bucks. I am sure many of us have done this. Used a product and returned it or broken it and returned it, saying it’s a faulty product or something similar. In the world of ever changing, fast consumerism, and instant gratification, we have become desensitized to chipping away our integrity slowly but surely.
    So be conscious of your decisions
    And keep your integrity in check
    For just like a windshield
    protects occupants in a vehicle
    Integrity is a transparent barrier that protects your soul from harmful elements
    Once chipped it can break easily
    And expose your soul to more negativity.

The Prophet (PBUH) said:

“You must be truthful, for truthfulness leads to righteousness and righteousness leads to Paradise. A man will keep speaking the truth and striving to speak the truth until he will be recorded by Allah as a siddiq (speaker of the truth). Beware of telling lies, for lying leads to immorality and immorality leads to Hellfire. A man will keep telling lies and striving to tell lies until he is recorded by Allah as a liar.”

Measured Chaos

Sometimes it may feel like
Your world is in chaos
But truth be told
Life is chaos
You just have to live it the best you can
With the best balance you can
Realizing that too much of anything is bad
And too little of anything is bad
That is why fear is a constant reminder with faith
So we don’t take for granted our blessings
Nor do we live in absolute fear of the Most Generous
Focus on balance
And the world around you will balance and measure itself

Inspired by #EatPrayLove

“O mankind, what has deceived you concerning your Lord, the Generous, Who created you, proportioned you, and balanced you?” [Qur’an, 82:6-7]

“The heart in its journey towards Allah (SWT), is like a bird whose head is love, and hope and fear are its two wings.”

Imam Ibn ul Qayyim al Jawziyyah

It’s okay to grieve

It’s okay to grieve and it’s okay to get help. Talk to someone you trust… but please just keep walking. Remember that sadness does not mean lack of sabr (patience) or faith.

Prophet Yaqoub (PBUH) was a very patient man and yet his grief for losing Yousuf (PBUH) was unparalleled.

And he (Yaqub pbuh) said, “Oh, my sorrow over Yusuf,” and his eyes became white from grief because of the sorrow that he suppressed.” (Qur’an 12:84)