Being wasteful is a bad thing. Having excess for oneself is a bad thing. Allah SWT addresses these facts in the Qur'an as a reminder for us all to live more fruitful lives.
"It is He Who has brought into being gardens, the cultivated and the wild, and date-palms, and fields with produce of all kinds, and olives and pomegranates, similar (in kind) and variegated. Eat of their fruit in season, but give (the poor) their due on harvest day. And do not waste, for God does not love the wasteful." [Quran 6:141]
When we have so much, it is our turn to give to others. Use what is of use to us, and give away that which is unnecessary for our purposes. Wasting our resources does nothing to serve society.
"Children of Adam! Wear your beautiful apparel at every time and place of prayer and eat and drink. But do not be excessive – verily God does not love the wasteful." [Quran 7:31]
It is important to be modest in how we present ourselves and in using what we are given. Showing off is a form of waste - appreciate what you are given to wear everywhere you go, but do not wear inappropriate clothing at the wrong time - like a flashy suit to a Janazah. Utilize what you are given, but do not be excessive about it.
Beloved Prophet SalAllahu Alyehe Wasallam said, “By walking for the Jumu'ah salaat, one gets the reward of fasting for one year for every step that he takes.” [Tirmidhi]
Did YOU go for Jumu'ah today? #100DaysofDeen #Day81
With any problem we face, we are instructed to do three things:
1) Remember Allah SWT
2) Seek help from Allah SWT
3) Seek refuge from shaytan
Three simple steps that are easy to comprehend and often difficult to implement -- especially when overcome with anger. Because one who does not control their anger loses control of their mind. At the time of anger, are we able to remember the words of Allah SWT?
When we're angry, the first thing we do is speak. We say things that will get a reaction, that are meant to cause harm and assert dominance. The Prophet (saws) said, “If one of you becomes angry then he should stay silent.” At a minimal, you save yourself from regret and from worsening the situation. More importantly, if you can stay silent, you have the opportunity to sit back, cool down, and reflect. And in those moments of reflection, you may remember Allah SWT. "Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest.” (Ar-Rad 13:28)
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How often do we complain to friends, family, coworkers, and even strangers of our day-to-day troubles? It's funny because ultimately the people we complain to don't have any power to change our circumstances in life. Yet to Allah SWT - who controls all the universe down to every molecule in our body - we are often silent. The productive muslims redirects their grief and complaints to a source of power that controls change. But even greater than that, to have a conversation with Allah SWT is to grow closer to him. And closeness to Allah is the ultimate remedy for grief.
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Allah swt has 99 beautiful names. Challenge yourself and try to learn one a day! Use it in your prayers and in your dua. Each name has its own rewards! It's the small attempts that have the greatest weight to Allah swt :) check out this website for the 99 names, each meaning, and each benefits: wonderfulinfo.com/the-names-of-allah-with-meaning-and-benefits/ #100daysofdeen #day77 #namesofAllah
It is never too late to ask for forgiveness. Allah (swt) has told his creations to ask forgiveness over and over again, even if it's for a repeated sin, as long as you keep asking with sincerity and you attempt to fix it. That's all it takes. Sincerity. So take just a minute and ask Allah swt to forgive you for your sins today, no matter how small, and ask Him to help you overcome them to become a better Muslim!
Family is important in Islam. It's a given fact. But sometimes we take that fact for granted. Families aren't perfect, because humans aren't perfect, but we tend to forget that because we expect the best from those we love the most. Kids and parents may forget how to listen and respect one another. They may forget how important it is to have family support and acceptance, as well as to be each other's support and accept one another. Remember that despite what happens to us, what others do to us, Islam teaches us to be the best people we can be because we are told how valuable certain things are, and each with a perfect reason. That becomes especially true for importance of family. Even if circumstances aren't the best, or if you feel like your family is the exception, look towards the Ummah and Allah to help you make the best of it. Family is a blessing that can not be measured. So if possible, tell your family that you love them today. InshAllah, Allah (swt) will grant us and our families entrance into Jannah. Ameen.
The following ayat from Surat An-Najm are straight forward, but they are a good reminder to those trying to achieve their goals.
Namely, that no bearer of burdens can bear the burden of another;
That man can have nothing but what he strives for;
That (the fruit of) his striving will soon come in sight:
Then will he be rewarded with a reward complete;
In light of all the recent commotion about violence against nonbelievers in Islam, I think it is important to read up on the Islamic view of the issue. I see people constantly just throwing out parts of ayats out of context to damage the image of Islam. Here is an article discussing most of these ayats in their contextual and historical context. The article is written by individuals who are actual Islamic scholars. Again this is not the final word on the matter, but it's definitely a good start on a topic I believe we as American Muslim's should read, research, and be knowledgeable on.