Allah Owns the World (finale)

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Allah Owns the World (part I)

Allah Owns the World (part III)

Why do we forget that Allah is our Master, our Higher authority, our Creator?  Because as man, we are weak and we forget or get consumed with our daily activities and trials.

Our inabilities are as fragile and powerless, as though we are ants trying to carry a mountain on its shoulders.

But again we fall into the trap that we are self-relying and tougher than the shield of a knight.

As Muslims, we need to remember Allah.

Whatever emotions and events play out in our lives, we need to remember how small we are in front of Allah.

The parts we play in this life are given to us from the Creator and no matter how lost and astray we go from the path, all of us must return to Him on the Last Day.

There we will fully comprehend how insignificant we are in comparison to Allah and His attributes and there we will be judged as to how much we acknowledged this inevitable truth.

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The Tongue Sins (finale)

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The Tongue Sins (part I)

The Tongue Sins (part II)

Islam encompasses both how we behave towards Allah (swt) and His creations.

The idea of worship is that every act can be worship if it is done for the sake of Allah (swt). 

We should ask ourselves some questions when it comes to speaking:

Is this going to benefit the situation?

Can it potentially hurt someone else’s feelings?

Is it possible that it may make someone jealous or ungrateful?

Is it for the sake of Allah?

Would Allah love me for what I am about to say?

Can I possibly regret what I am about to say?

Is it vulgar or idle talk?

It has been widespread to make jokes, brag, and exaggerate but Muslims need to remember that every single thing we do and say is held accountable for us.

Allah (swt) knows everything that we do so we should not waste our time in believing some sentences here won’t harm us or few words there will not matter-it does matter.

“Surely Allah is Ever-Knowing of everything” (8:75).

The Tongue Sins (part I)

We forget, a lot of times, how each word spoken can be received by others.

They certainly are accounted for in our books-the books that hold our bad deeds and good.

This article will explore how important “think before you speak” really is in our lives.

Reflection: How many times a day do you not think before you say something?

Originally published in IFN

written by Mariam Al-Kalby

“The Tongue Sins”

It is common now for Muslims to be boastful about the things they do and see.

They share it on social sites, blogs, and the like but behaving in this way is not Islamic and inconsiderate.

It is inconsiderate because boasting can make others feel bad or want to have what the boastful person is sharing and this creates jealousy and enmity amongst one another.

Islam is surely about keeping relations and ties with another rather than breaking them.  People who usually do these things feel the need to show off, feel good about themselves, or want others to envy them and want what they have.

Allah’s Messenger stated: “Allah revealed to me that people should be humble with one another to the point that none boasts over another” (Muslim).

Our attitude is supposed to be filled with humbleness so much so that we do not brag about worldly things.

“And turn not your face away from men with pride, nor walk in insolence through the earth.  Verily, Allah likes not each arrogant boaster” (31:18).

Even just a look or a glance can signify whether it is with pride or humility.

Muslims are humans and we fall into the ill behavior of bragging about things, whether where we went over the weekend, how we meet the perfect spouse, what we bought, and other trivial things that really do not benefit anything most of the time.

We need to be aware of what we say around people.  Arrogance, boasting, and idle talk are all things that need to be avoided.

Some people asked Allah’s Apostle (SAW), “Whose Islam is the best? i.e. (Who is a very good Muslim)?” He replied, “One who avoids harming the Muslims with his tongue and hands” (Bukhari).

This hadith is important because it not only mentions that physical harm is not allowed but just talking and using words can have an ill effect on others.  Harm comes in various forms and avoiding these two ways makes us a good Muslim.

Beneath the Leaves (part I)

Intentions mean everything when we are going to participate in doing an action.  For a Muslim, it is a prerequisite in order for an action to be accounted for.  Especially when we are doing an honorable thing and we want to make sure that Allah rewards us for it.

I have written an article discussing this topic; it is long so I am going to divide them into sections.  It will be hopefully easier to digest.

While you read it think about your daily actions.  Do you remember making intentions before you do any actions?

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Originally published in InFocus News May 2010 

Mariam Al-Kalby

Beneath the Leaves

In this dunya we are trees.  From a seed we sprout and roots erupt forth and we flourish into an image of branches and leaves.  Our leaves encompass us into a tree.  We can choose to be rooted in rich soil or we can choose to have diseased roots contaminating the leaves from above.

Intentions, or niyyah are the roots of all our actions.  They can strengthen or weaken our relationship with Allah (swt).  It is not an act of saying but doing and niyyah lies in our hearts that only Allah (swt) sees.  Our deeds are leaves enveloping and defining the kind of Muslims that we are.

Every single action that we partake in is only to seek Allah’s pleasure.  The reward for these actions must be entailed with ikhlas, or sincerity.  That is why intention is a large criterion when it comes to having our books being recorded for good or bad deeds.

“Say (O Muhammed (saw)): ‘Verily, I am commanded to worship Allah (Alone) by obeying Him and doing religious deeds sincerely for His sake only’” (39:11).

Worshipping Allah (swt) is obeying Him and whatever He has ordained us to do.  It literally means that everything we set out to accomplish is for the sole purpose to please our lord and love that we are born for this purpose.

The breath that we take is so we can live and prostrate to His words.  When we eat, it is to have the strength to pray and fulfill the orders of Allah (swt).