Surah Al A’raf Series -1: Lessons from the surah ]


I used to think that In sha Allah I will go to paradise, but as I delve deeper into the Qur’an, I worry: what if I am not even among the people of Al-A’raf?

I did not notice the silent footsteps of this surah that made its way into my heart and settled there, in the process of reviewing the Qur’an a few Ramadans back.

Four years fast forward, as I started studying Surat Al-A’raf again, they rose up and nudged me. I was surprised to see them there and looked in the direction they were pointing me to turn.

They wanted me to see, understand, apply and share the immense resources in the Qur’an that Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) made available for you and me, so that we could use them and try to at least end up on Al-A’raf.

So, here I am, delving into the Qur’an to search for treasures that can enrich our lives in this world and the hereafter.

These treasures are what we call ‘productivity lessons’. They are a reminder for myself before anyone else. May Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) enable us to acquire and apply them to the best of our abilities.

So are you ready for this treasure hunting spree? Let’s get going then.

Before we begin our journey into this surah to search for our treasures, let’s first gather the supplies we will need:

1- A pure intention

Umar Ibnul Khattab raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) told us: “I heard Allah’s Messenger ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) saying, “The reward of deeds depends upon the intentions and every person will get the reward according to what he has intended…” [Sahih Bukhari]. We therefore must make our intentions clear and keep renewing them.

Our intention is to understand and apply the Qur’an as that is the book of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) and it contains most precious information for us to live our lives while we are in this world.

2- Dua

This is the most powerful tool of a believer. You and I must have at some point made a dua to Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) to help us comprehend the Qur’an in a manner easy for us to apply. That is why we are here today; this is an answer to some duas of ours!

It’s time to make another one now.

“O Controller of the hearts make my heart steadfast in Your religion” [At- Tirmidhi]

“O my Lord, as you brought us this far, help us correctly understand and implement Your Commands in a manner most pleasing to You.”

3- Seek refuge from the Satan

We all know that Satan’s sole purpose is to see all mankind in hell.

“(Satan)) said: “O my Lord! Because you misled me, I shall indeed adorn the path of error for them (mankind) on the earth, and I shall mislead them all.”” [Qur’an: Chapter 7, Verse 16]

“Except Your chosen, (guided) slaves among them” [Qur’an: Chapter 15, Verse 40].

But we are too smart for him, right? Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) has taught us ways by which we can guard ourselves and deflect his attacks on us.

During the course of this journey into the surah, there might be times when we feel that a certain lesson is too hard for us to apply or that the timing to make that change is not right.

Remember these are all tricks of Iblis, as Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) has forewarned us in the Qur’an:

“Satan threatens you with poverty and orders you to immorality” [Qur’an: Chapter 2, Verse 268]1

At times like this we should seek refuge often in Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) from the accursed satan and continue on with determination and firm resolve.

4- Firm determination

Determination to complete this journey is a must. Tough times, difficult decisions and glittering distractions on the way can weaken us. But we have to persevere to stay on track, as a lot is at stake. Our hereafter is at stake. And you are not alone. We are all in this together. Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) has told us to be there for each other; to push and pull, drag and carry each other into paradise1 as He subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) told us:

“Indeed, mankind is in loss, Except for those who have believed and done righteous deeds and advised each other to truth and advised each other to patience” [Qur’an: Chapter 103, Verses 3-43]

And now, it’s time to get a clear picture of what exactly we are travelling towards, In sha Allah.

Background of the surah

Al-A’raf is the title of the seventh surah in the Qur’an, placed after Surat Al-An’am (The Cattle). Interestingly, Surat Al-A’raf was revealed before Surat Al-An’am. It is the longest Makki surah in the Qur’an, revealed towards the end of the Makkan period.

By “Makki”, scholars mean the period that the Messenger of Allah ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) spent in Makkah before he migrated to Madinah.

When the Messenger of Allah ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) went public with the message of Islam calling everyone to it, he faced opposition and oh boy, what an opposition he faced! From thinly veiled insults to outright boycott, to personal harm, to public humiliation; you name it.

And the opposition against him ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) and the other Muslims only escalated with time.

Quraish (the tribe that was settled in Makkah during that period) tried to always find points to argue with him ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him). Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He), through the Qur’an, answered many of these points of argument.

Surat Al-A’raf is a continuation of the argument between the disbelievers and Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He).

In Surat Al-An’am, Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) is telling the disbelievers that the Qur’an is sufficient as a revelation, whereas in Al-A’raf, He is telling them to look at the past. The past holds great lessons for all of us that primarily teach us to learn from our mistakes and those of others.

Scholars like Mujahid say that Al-A’raf is a barrier between paradise and hellfire.

In the Arabic language, “A’raf” is the plural of “urf” which is an elevated piece of land.

As I briefly stated in the beginning, those words were directing me towards an elevated piece of land between paradise and hellire, which house those people whose good and bad deeds are equal: their good deeds prevented them from entering hell, while their bad deeds prevented them from entering paradise.

Woah! What a feeling it must be! Saved for the time being!

And between them will be a partition, and on [its] elevations are men who recognize all by their mark. And they call out to the companions of Paradise, “Peace be upon you.” They have not [yet] entered it, but they long intensely. [Qur’an: Chapter 7, Verse 46]

Productivity Lesson # 1 : Pay Attention!

Alif Laam Meem Saad [ Qur’an: Chapter 7, Verse 1]

These words are called the “huroof el muqata’at” and appear in 29 surahs in the Qur’an. They are recited separately. The word “huroof” is the plural of the Arabic word “harf” which means word. And “muqata’at” literally means “abbreviated”.

So in simple terms these words are abbreviations. Of what? We don’t know. Only Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) knows the full form of these abbreviations.

Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) uses these words in the beginning of the surah to draw the attention of the listener. Strange words prick the ears of the listener and catch his attention, as he waits to know what follows.

So why are these placed in the beginning of the surah and how can they be our very first productivity lesson?

By telling us to look up, listen up, pay attention!

Attention is in very simple terms “directing a person’s mind towards something”.

According to Rick Hanson, the author of “Buddha’s Brain: The practical neuroscience of love, happiness and wisdom”, “attention shapes the brain.”

When we pay attention to something, we focus on something specific thus tuning out other irrelevant details, making us ignore other things.

Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) wants us to pay attention to the Qur’an when it is being recited so “…that you may receive mercy” [Qur’an: Chapter 7, Verse 204].

Just the Qur’an when it is being recited? No, but to everything that reminds us of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He). Whether it is a discussion between some people in a gathering, a forwarded message on our phones, a beneficial reminder in our Facebook feed or advice being given to us. A repeated act of paying attention will shape our minds and turn us more towards Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He).

So pay attention, as any single tiny good deed could be all we need to breeze over the A’raf and squeeze into paradise!

Do you think paying attention will do the trick by itself?

No, it won’t. There is something else that is needed along with it.

Productivity Lesson # 2: Focus

Attention is the act of looking in the direction of something, but focus is the act of actually looking at something.

Our relationship with Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) is the most important in our lives. If we pay attention to and focus on it, then In sha Allah, all our matters will fall in place.

The Messenger of Allah ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) always focused on the person he was listening to. Focusing in salah and focusing on our work by avoiding distractions are some areas in which we all need help.

There are amazing resources on ProductiveMuslim that you can check out for maintaining focus.

Attention and focus are the building blocks of strong relationships. There are so many accounts of the Messenger of Allah ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) listening with attention and focus, even to little children.2

Subhan Allah! We learned some amazing lessons from just one ayah of the surah. I can’t wait to delve into it more!

Curious to know what’s coming up next? In sha Allah see you again next time with some more treasures from the Qur’an. Until then, I urge you to recite, read and learn more about the surah and share your thoughts below in the comments section.
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Characteristics of the people of Paradise– 3:134

A perfect world.

The “every man’s dream”.

Allah swt promises us this perfect world and tells us about “….a garden as wide as the heavens and earth, prepared for the righteous” (Surah Ale Imran 3:133)

The magnificent creation made for us by Our Lord.

Our merciful Lord tells us the characteristics we need to reach this splendid place,in the next verse

“Who spend [in the cause of Allah ] during ease and hardship and who restrain anger and who pardon the people – and Allah loves the doers of good,” (Surah Ale Imran 3 :134)

But we need to beware of Shaitan and his tricks which are aimed at us falling short of being the people of Paradise.

Let’s see what they are and what tricks shaitan can play on us :

1. “spend [in the cause of Allah ] during ease and hardship” 3:134

The primary context that comes to our mind when we read this verse is our wealth.

But, Allah swt wants us to think more deeply as He uses the word “anfaq (spend)” in this verse and not “amwaal (wealth)” here.

Our time,resources, intelligence,beneficial knowledge, good manners are all part of our provision from Allah swt.

When we have the time, we visit the sick,are cordial to people, share the news of deals in the market, but when we are pressed for time,or going through a tough period in our lives, what do we do? We stop calling people, get irritable. when we feel that the sales are few, we don’t share the news with others, lest we lose out on the good stuff.

How much time,money,resources would we lose in making a quick call, or dropping a message or smiling even while rushing?A warm quick hug , donuts for the kids, sharing just one useful information on Facebook , putting one dollar instead of 5 in the donation box.

We must constantly strive to ‘spend” of our provisions as ” the most beloved of deeds to him was a righteous deed which a person persists in doing, even if it is something small.”(Ibn Majah : Vol. 1, Book 37, Hadith 4237)

But shaitan tries to trick us by trying his best to delude us painting the false picture of poverty(Surah Baqarah 2:268), or by trying to worry us about losing precious time.

Allah swt calls spending in His way a “loan to Him”, and He says , ” Who is it that would loan Allah swt a goodly loan so He may multiply it for him many times over? And it is Allah swt who withholds and grants abundance, and to Him you will be returned.” (Surah Baqarah 2:245)

2.“restrain anger ” 3:134

To understand the depth of this characteristic, let’s see what these words in arabic mean.

“Kazim” literally means to suppress some thing, to close the mouth of a water container and “Ghaiz” means to express an anger in which the blood pressure shoots up. How we felt that surge of heat when some one made a belittling remark at us? or when some one quickly parked in our spot for which we had been patiently waiting? Or when our children just don’t seem clean up or our spouse seems inconsiderate?

There are three levels of “anger” with the lowest ranging from, just giving a “look”, to the moderate one being not smiling,and snapping back in retaliation , banging doors, yelling , stamping feet being the highest level.

Bitter words escape our mouth, wrongful actions are done by our limbs. And in the end, all that is left to gain is deep regret.

Shaitan does not want us to control our anger. He strokes our ego and fuels our emotions , so that we ,instead of letting go of that remark , we snap back in anger. Instead of moving on in that hurtful situation, we stay and fume, some times planning our revenge in anger, wasting both our time and energy.

But what does Allah swt want us to do at this time?

Allah swt wants us hold it, as His messenger (ﷺ) said, “The strong is not the one who overcomes the people by his strength, but the strong is the one who controls himself while in anger.” (Sahih al-Bukhari :Book 78, Hadith 141)

There is no sip greater in reward near Allah than the sip of anger; the servant suppresses it seeking the pleasure of Allah.” (Ibn Majah).

3.who pardon the people” – 3:134

“Afeen” in the arabic language is made up of the huroof, win , fa , wow.

These words mean, to to obliterate without any traces, forgo,forgive.

We see a beautiful selection of words by Allah swt here again. Instead of using the word “ghafireen” which means to “ protect, cover over, hide, forgive.

And forgiveness in the english language means “ the act of escaping a mistake or offense”.

The difference between the two arabic words powerfully impacts the act of the forgiveness.

Allah swt wants us not to just forgive, but to forgive in a manner, that obliterates all traces of the incident in our minds. So that we don’t hold any ill feelings in our hearts for the people who have been unjust to us.

Allah swt warns us that “…Indeed, Satan induces [dissension] among them. Indeed Satan is ever, to mankind, a clear enemy.” (Surah Al Isra :53)

Shaitan, will try to fuel our emotions of hurt,anger, sorrow by reminding us about the incident again and again.

The key lies in consciously forgiving the person ,doing once’s best not to let oneself dwell in that incident and focusing on the reward that one gets for doing this.

“..and let them pardon and overlook. Would you not like that Allah should forgive you? And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.” (Surah An Nur: 22)

Allah swt loves those people who forgive and HE forgives them their sins.

What can be better than His love and His forgiveness?

What we have to contemplate about is, “ what is more valuable to us, His love and forgiveness Or our anger and revenge”?

If the former is more precious to us, then the it is inconsequential whether the person deserves our anger and pardon or not.

Our Lord, forgive us our sins and the excess [committed] in our affairs and plant firmly our feet and give us victory over the disbelieving people.” 3:147

As appeared on Islamic Online University Blog (

The Deeds
The Deeds


The ten days of Dhul Hijjah have begun. These are the most blessed days of the year, so increase your good deeds in them.
In particular:
1) The most noble of deeds in these days is the Hajj.
2) Increase your dhikr: the takbeer, and tahleel, and tasbeeh.
3) Read more Quran than usual in these days.
4) Give charity: sponsor an orphan, or build a well, or feed a poor person.
5) Fast, especially if you are not going for Hajj, on the 9th of Dhul Hijjah, for it forgives the minor sins of the year before and the year after.
And remember to make dua for all Muslims around the world.
May Allah make us of the righteous and forgive our sins, Ameen!
~Yasir Qadhi~

Takbeer is to proclaim the greatness of Allah by saying Allahu Akbar (Allah is Great!)
Tahmeed is to praise Allah by saying Alhamdulillah (All Praise belongs to Allah)
Tahleel is to declare the oneness of Allah by saying La ilaaha il-lal-laah (There is none worthy of worship except Allah)
Tasbeeh is to glorify Allah by saying Subhanallah (Glory be to Allah)
It is Sunnah to recite takbeer, tahmeed, tahleel and tasbeeh during the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah.

Quran and Our Children

The quintessential needs for survival of a human being are food, clothing, shelter – and the Qur’an.
We are all born with a basic fitrah (disposition). Worshipping Allah I is embedded in our fitrah and hence the Qur’an is a basic need of our children. If we don’t fulfil it, we deprive them of something vital for their growth.
We might not be able to provide the best food for our children, or the best clothes, or a house with a back yard, but we can provide our children with the best access to the Qur’an.
How can we gather all the resources that Allah I has given us to feed the hearts of our children with the Qur’an?

1. Make du’a

The first step to attaining a goal, solving problems or completing a task is du’a. Time and again Allah I has shown in the Qur’an how the Prophets made du’a first. In the Qur’an (Al-Furqan:25-28), we are told how Musa u landed in Madyan and didn’t have a place to sleep or food to eat, and only had the clothes he was wearing. He made du’a and in the next few hours, he was provided with a job, a house to stay in and a wife.
Make these du’as abundantly for your children:
Rabbi j‘alni muqima salaaati wa min dhurriyati rabbana wa taqqabal du’a.
My Lord! Make me keep up my prayers and from my offspring (too) Our Lord! And accept my prayer (Ibrahim:40).
Rabbana hab lana min azwajina wa dhurriyatina qurrata a’yunin wa j’alna li lmutaqina imama
O my Lord! Grant us in our wives and our offspring the joy of our eyes and make us guides to those who guard (against evil) (Al- Furqan:74).

2. Feed your heart with the Qur’an

Build your connection with Allah I, read Qur’an, understand it
and make goals for inculcating it in your life. Children are the best
copycats and love to copy their parents. Even before you can
actively start teaching them, you will be amazed by how these
memories of you will warm their hearts and propel them closer to
the Qur’an.
Make a daily habit of reading Qur’an; enrol for classes that teach
Qur’anic tafseer. If you can’t because of your schedule now, then
at least read the translation. Share the wonders that you read in
the Qur’an with your child. Recently, I learned in my class that our
shadows prostrate to Allah I in the mornings and afternoons
(Surah Raad), which was very exciting for my six year old!

3. Build your connection with them

Before the Messenger of Allah r started teaching Anas ibn Malik
t, he built a rapport with him. He showed him how much he r
loved him and how important he was to him r. Once Anas t
was secure in his r love for him and reciprocated it, the “teaching”
became easy. This is something that I adopted in my life and I
guarantee that it works. SubhanAllah!

4. Start at home

Even before you start looking for a teacher to teach them to read
the Qur’an, or schools or programmes for Islamic learning, start at
home. We moved quite a bit, and I realized that as places, schools
and teachers changed, what remained consistent was me and
my children and what I was doing with them. Our home lessons
were soothing for the children in the times of emotional turmoil of
leaving friends and beloved teachers, and it helped bring us even
closer as a family. Teach and review what they have learnt with
them. If you are unsure where to start, then scour Youtube videos,
and other online resources for interactive activities to get going.
So what will you need?

1. A name
What works best for us is to have a formalised study time with
my six year old and we call it “Amma Beti School” (Mother and
Daughter School). She loves it as it’s something special between
her and me, and this gives your teaching a personal touch.

2. A place and supplies
If you can fix a place where you will conduct the lessons, then
great! Otherwise, improvising the place each time you sit to study
also adds that adventurous touch to the whole concept. If your
children love crafts and activities, stock up on craft supplies.

3. Understand your child
Understanding the manner in which your child enjoys learning is
worth every second spent in doing that. If he/she likes storytelling,
weave in more stories from the Qur’an, Seerah, history of Islam, the
companions, etc. If your child likes a more activity-based study,
then make paper boats and cut outs of Nuh u’s ark and the
animals, the tree in Jannah which Adam u was forbidden to eat
from, etc.

4. Go on field trips
Every school goes on field trips, so why shouldn’t your school go
too? I recently studied Surah Hijr, Ibrahim and Nahl. These surahs
make excellent themes for field trips, as Allah I talks about the
water cycle, milking the cows and the beautiful times of sunrise
and sunset. A trip to explore and find beehives becomes a must in
light of Surah An Nahl!

5. Engage their interest
A friend wanted to teach her 12-year-old daughter the tafseer of
the Qur’an, so invited all her daughter’s friends over and gifted
them folders, pens, etc. as a fun thing to do every Sunday. So now,
they happily dress up, meet, talk and when the “class” starts, listen,
discuss and learn. They have started asking to cover surahs that
they really want to learn about. Alhamdulillah, the Qur’an is starting
to enter their hearts.

6. Angels as learning buddies
Let your child know that they are in good company, angels gather
around us when we are discussing and learning about the deen
of Allah I, covering us with their wings, and that all the fish in
the sea are making du’a for us (Bukhari). This will give them much
needed encouragement and also a feeling of warmth and security
that right now they have Allah’s angels as their learning buddies.

7. Frequency and duration of classes
If you are planning formal lessons, then it is best to start with a
once a week, one hour class. Even the Messenger of Allah r didn’t
teach the companions more than three times a week. Keep the
lecturing time limited to 15-20 minutes, weaving in discussion,
quizzes, activities and worksheets.

8. Structure of the “study time”
Whether you teach your children yourself or you enrol them into
programmes and only review their learning with them, have a
structure to what you do. Start with the du’as related to knowledge
from the Qur’an and Sunnah and get into the habit of reciting
them when they sit down to study.

9. Resources
There are, masha Allah, many resources available on the internet.
One of my favourites is Use their worksheets and
templates. If you are unable to get printouts or downloads, then
use their ideas and create your own by using a pen and paper –
your mind is the best resource for you and your kids.

10. Consistency
The major pitfall we face when teaching Qur’an to our children
is losing our focus and consistency, especially when things get
overwhelming at home. Sometimes, we fall behind in our grocery
shopping, laundry, cleaning, or are just emotionally tired, and the
one thing that tends to end up being neglected is the Qur’an. But
don’t let this happen, it’s not worth it. Instead, be prepared. For
those low days, a prepared lesson plan or goal sheet comes in very
handy – you just have to pick up your plan book, see what needs
be done and get on with it without adding the worry of what to
do with your child.
Remember, you are the first, and in many ways the best, teacher
your child will ever have. Happy Qur’an time to you!

As appeared in the magazine SISTERS sept. 2013

Sana Gul is a happy homemaker and mother of two, with degrees in
engineering and a Masters in Business Administration.
She is currently pursuing her Diploma in Qur’anic Studies. She
writes regularly for and islamiclifestyle4u.

The 7 Productive Goals for a day–Surah Al Fatiha

We all want to have a productive day. We strive hard in figuring out our interests and potential and learn to manage that precious commodity, time. We set goals and develop strategies to accomplish them.

Now, the point to ponder is, are these “goals” really aimed at gaining the Pleasure of Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala (glorified is He)?

What goals should we set for ourselves to achieve in a day that are aimed at gaining the pleasure of Allah (swt) and inching closer to Jannah (Paradise) insha’Allah (God willingly)?

Subhan’Allah (glory to God)!!  Allah (swt)—the Supreme Being—gives us the answer in 7 short ayahs (verses of the Qur’an) very aptly titled –“Al Fatiha—The Opening.”

Here goes:–

  1. Say Bismillah before beginning a task—In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful:Start each task with the name of Allah (swt). It increases barakah (blessings). Say Bismillah before eating, starting something new, entering the house etc.
  2. Thank Allah (swt) often—[All] praise is [due] to Allah, Lord of the worlds: A true believer is grateful in all circumstances. Look around you and acknowledge the blessings of Allah (swt) and thank Him for them each day. This very practical exercise will help in dealing with traumatic situations and fighting discontentment and increase the chances of leading a stress-free lifestyle.
  3. Be Kind—The Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful: Allah (swt)‘s beautiful qualities of being Especially merciful and Entirely Merciful. We should try to adopt these qualities in our daily lives and be merciful and kind to the people around us. Be kind to your family, neighbors, and friends. Take a pot of chicken soup to someone with a cold, or give a ride to someone to the mosque or the halaqas (study circles) today. :)
  4. Remember the Day of Judgment—Sovereign of the Day of Recompense: Tell yourself each day that thisdunya (life, universe) is just “play and amusement” and very soon that day will come when Allah (swt) will recompense us for each good and bad deed done. This will insha’Allah assist us in balancing the dunya and the akhirah (Hereafter). Read Surah Mulk every night.
  5. Seek Only Allah (swt) for help—It is You we worship and You we ask for help: Remember Allah (swt) is only a du`a’ (supplication) away. The Prophet ﷺ (peace be upon him) said: “Man should call upon Allah alone to provide for all his needs, so much so that even if a shoe-lace is broken, he should pray to Allah to provide a shoe-lace, and if he needs salt, he should beseech Allah to send it to him.” [Tirmidhi] We know and accept thatonly Allah (swt) can help us during our hardships. We increase our reliance on Allah (swt) and make du`a’ and practice patience.
  6. Follow the Sunnah—Guide us to the straight path: Yahiya ibn Mu‘âdh (rahimahu Allâh, may God be pleased with him) said, “Renew your hearts with the remembrance of Allâh because it rushes into forgetfulness.” We should try each day to learn something new about the deen (religion). Learn a new sunnah (tradition) or Qur’anic ruling on some matter relating to your everyday life.
  7. Do righteous deeds and seek the company of the righteous—The path of those upon whom You have bestowed favor, not of those who have evoked [Your] anger or of those who are astray: Make an effort to do good deeds and seek the company of those people who remember Allah (swt) when they meet. Listen attentively to the jumu`ah khutbah (Friday sermon) and attend halaqas (study circles).

The good news is that Allah (swt) reminds us of these goals at least 17 times a day; in every fard salah (mandatory prayer).

Alhamdulillah (praise be to God) for that  🙂

-originally published by an Islamic Lifestyle writer in

and reposted by Hadith of the Day at

Nuh(as)–the plight of a father..

Nuh(as)--the plight of a father..

the plight of a father..

close your eyes and feel the pain,the grief, the desperation of nuh(as) as he tried to reason with his son and the waves came between them..

i cant.. i dont want to..i dont have the strength that Nuh(as) had..

This was the Prophet of Allah swt, His first Messenger to His creation.

and it happened to him.

it can happen to me too.. to you too..

make a dua for your children now, today, everyday of your life..

Rabbi ijAAalnee muqeemas salati wamin zurriyyatee
rabbana wtaqabbal duAAa

رَبِّ اجعَلنى مُقيمَ الصَّلوٰةِ وَمِن ذُرِّيَّتى ۚ رَبَّنا وَتَقَبَّل دُعاءِ
O my Lord ! make me one who establishes regular prayer
and (also) from my offspring ,our Lord !
and accept my invocation Surah Ibrahim :40

may Allah swt make us and our generations to come from among His righteous servants ameen.

“Behind every successful deed , there is a pure intention”

“The reward of deeds depends upon the intentions and every person will get the reward according to what he has intended.” said the Messenger of Allah (s):Sahih Al Bukhari Book 1 Hadith 1.
Imam Bukhari started compiling the “Sahih Al Bukhari” in Mecca and wanted to only include the most authentic Ahadith in it.
Before recording EVERY hadith he would take a ghusl(bath), and perform Salat-ul-istikhara (salat for seeking guidance from Allah subhana hu ta’aala).

Why did Allah subhana hu ta’aala want this hadith to be the first one?
We make the “intention” for doing an action before actually doing it.
if the intention is to “please Allah subhana hu ta’aala” then the action we do, will have our best effort,accomplished the Prophetic way and without any riya (arrogance).

A Believer’s ultimate goal is to gain the Pleasure of Allah subhana hu ta,aala, in Every action he does.

So,check and correct your intention before doing any deed, specially ones done in public.
i checked and corrected mine before posting this.
May Allah subhana hu ta’aala help us always in checking and correcting our niyah and forgive us if we fail or forget ,ameen

Love Each Other for the Sake of Allah subhana hu ta’aala — Part 2

Love Each other for Allah’s sake.Image

It’s easier said than done. Right?

No matter how hard we try, we still fail to love some people. All our efforts seem to fall flat. So, we either give up trying or are about to give up or desperately seeking a way to make it work. Sometimes these are really crucial relations like spouses, in laws, relatives and sometimes not so crucial but nevertheless important because of their influence in our daily lives like coworkers, neighbors, roommates.

Yet we witness certain relations that withstand the trials of our nafs, distance and time. Onslaughts of negative emotions like envy, ego is not able to even put a crack in the solid foundations of the relationship. We also witness a sudden surge of love and tenderness for people around us whom we could never imagine liking again.

How does that happen? Who makes us succeed and fail at times?

And (moreover) He has put affection between their hearts: not if you had spent all that is in the earth, could you have produced that affection, but Allah has done it: for He is Exalted in might, Wise.”[8:63]

“ .. And He put love and mercy between your hearts. Verily in that are Signs for those who reflect.[Surah Rum:21]



So, now we know who makes it all possible. But the question still remains. Why do we fail?

A mention of the above ayat[8:63] by my sister in law, a student of the Quran and a heart searching discussion with one of my dearest friends led me to understand why we fail and what we can do to improve our chances of success, as who doesn’t want Allah subhana hu ‘taala ‘s shade on the day when there will be no other?

1.Check your intentions—why do you really want to love this person? Do you want to love your husband, because you truly believe that Allah subhana hu ‘taala has chosen the best one for you? Why do you want to love your mother in law though she sometimes does point out your mistakes? Do you want to love her to please your husband or Allah subhana hu ‘taala? Once the truthful answers to all the questions you put to yourself are Allah subhana hu ‘taala, then it’s time for you to move to next step. Else stop right there and ask Allah subhana hu ‘taala to guide you towards Him and then proceed to the next step.


2.Make Dua—Dua is the weapon of a believer. It is the only thing that always works. So, close your eyes open your heart and feel the depth of words of the du’a the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings upon him) taught us.


“O Allah!! Put affection amongst our hearts, reform our matters within us, guide us to the path of peace, save us from the darkness towards light, save us from all kinds of obscenity; the apparent as well as the hidden; bless our hearing, our sight, our hearts, our spouses and our children, turn in mercy towards us. Indeed You are the One who greatly accepts repentance, most Merciful. Make us the ones most grateful for Your bounties so we may compete with one another n Praising You for these (bounties) and complete these (bounties) for us.

 The Arabic version is here.

  3. And now it’s time to start the process again.

 May Allah subhana hu ‘taala grant you success and grant us all His shade on the day when there will be none except His.