Many Obvious Blessings

We often take things for granted.

Allah states in Quran, people would rejoice when they are blessed with things they love and they will complain when they are afflicted with pain or not given minor blessings.

Isn’t it true? Let’s think about it one by one…

If you analyze yourself first, ponder upon how we carry out our daily tasks, how our muscles work in accordance to the way we synchronise them with our chores, or how we utilize just mere sense of smell, sight, taste etc, think of how we munch the food and never care about how it is swallowed , digested and absorbed ?

See how our heart beats on its own- nonstop- without letting you know, since the fifth week while you were in your mommy’s tummy till the day you die? It creates its own impulses, pumps blood so forcefully to reach the extremities of your body you only realise it when you run a mile or get angry at someone maybe…

Just check the miracles of nervous system how we integrate our thinking process, how we sharply assess surroundings, maintain our balances while we walk, how we feel the intensity of pressure, touch, pain etc and how the nerves intermingle the signals so frequently and quickly in speed of light so you get these senses accurately.

Ever realised how our huge network of arteries are laid in layers still they never get tangled?

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People also underestimate the concept of Rizq in Islam. Is it just restrained to the food we have been given? Lets see what the word Rizq could broadly comprise of…

In Arabic transliteration, the word “Rizq” has been derived from the root words, “ر-ز-ق” which literary means “provision, livelihood, earnings, means of living, subsistence, income, wealth, bounty of Allah.

It was Allah, Ar-Raziq, who ordered the pen to write provision for the creation, fifty thousand years before the creation of the heavens and the earth. “Allah wrote down the Rizq of the creation 50,000 years before He created the heavens and the earth. [Sahih Muslim, 2156]

Even if you’re eating once a day half a tummy, you’re way better and much blessed than half of the world’s population today.

If you are given a comfy, cozy warm bed… its a blessing.

If you have relations (parents, next to kin, spouse, etc) who care for you, who are equally passionate about your dreams, who are there in your thick and thin… its a blessing.

If your have a upper giving hand rather than in a state of begging… its a blessing.

If you are able to move, blink, grin, use all your senses to a good extent, and even breath on your own.. its a blessing.

These were just a few of thousands of examples I stated. The things we take for granted are so around us! They all come under the heading of Rizq, a blessing we consider so minimal.

Providence of rizq is a promise Allah SWT has kept to Himself. He assures us:

فَوَرَبِّ السَّمَاءِ وَالْأَرْضِ إِنَّهُ لَحَقٌّ مِّثْلَ مَا أَنَّكُمْ تَنطِقُونَ

“Then by the Lord of the heaven and earth, indeed, it is truth – just as [sure as] it is that you are speaking.” [Quran, Adh-Dhariyat 51:23]

I’ll take a bit more of time, if you are a student of Arabic grammar or have any know-how then observe how Allah added the letter ‘Laam’ before the word ‘Haqq’ (truth) in the above mentioned ayah from Surah Adh Dhariyat. In Arabic, if the letter ‘Laam’ appears before a word, it refers to certainty, assurance and assertiveness. So, it is for surety that Rizq is from the skies.

What we have to do?

1. Thank Allah SWT: for every second of life you are living as a person. He has given you an opportunity to sit back and realise your value as a human, having superiority over all of His creations. Aren’t you worth it?

“Alhamdulilah alaa kulle haal”

– All praise to Allah SWT in every situation.

2. Strive Hard: the key to successfully accomplish your dreams? Keep trying and getting up everytime you fall down… and each time learn new lessons.

3. Spend wisely: this doesn’t mean you don’t spend at all on your spouse, kids or for yourself. Keep a balance and set priorities.

4. Never underestimate the blessings of others: precisely, don’t get jealous. What you have been provided was destined for you. What others got, is what they deserved for their account of Rizq in this world. You never had a share in it either way….

5. Key to increase Rizq? Be very, very conscious of keeping record of your prayers on time. Value the time you have with Allah SWT, He is Ar. Razzaq after all! Also, do Astaghfaar as much as possible, the major way to multiply rizq abundantly.

6. Never complain of your problems EXCEPT to Allah SWT: fact, no? People take advantages of your weary feelings and hardly anyone responds sincerely. Make Allah SWT your best friend, even if you have to cry, demand, argue, crave for something – ask Him away! He loves you more than your mum, doesn’t He?

There, I’ve said alot, yet much remains!

I could go on and on and on…..

Silence.

What renders thoughts so often bare
In lonely nights; dark eyes glare
As tears come down to nothingness
Does nobody else seem to care?

What could love nourish beyond?
What measures could it take to serve?
A lonely heart, that wished for what?
More love? but, no! Less you deserve..

They say, its useless, just exclusively me
Just me you serve, your pleasures are unwanted
When yes I say, then yes it shall be
A no, is not an answer granted.

When I say its sunrise,  let’s all be up
And about to start the day ahead
As darkness sweep in me at night
Dare not to drop the silent thread

When spring of trust comes to an end,
They think their flowers still bloom
What they grew was just an empty place
Slowly deserting heart till doom

Thunders, that rage so heavy within
Just mere storms that blazes furiously
You know what defeated the heavy downpour?
The silence now growing,  dangerously.

Its Time.

Its hard to sum it all up in this blog post I’m writing today after a month now. Sometimes, its just the realization we get of the value time has. The respect time needs.  The “dead clock being right twice a day” feel.

I can say, Time is not the same, yet not so different than before.

I’ve realized we humans are tested with two most important factors in this world.

Sabar and time.

Sabar to endure hardships, sabar when you fight against own nafs,  sabar when you give space, sabar when you are labelled wrong although you know you’re right, Sabar when you have to practise religion in a constrained environment, sabar when you’re happy and sabar even when you’re angry.

Now, time has different ways-

it rushes off when you are rejoicing, it slows down in exam halls, it stops when you share moments you once dreamed of and it is never ending when you wait to get united with someone…

Time flies off, even if its the worst or the best- and in both ways, its somehow always in our favor!






Its very, very hard. Enduring these times, no matter how strong you are, makes you feel grounded and yet you remain hopeful for the light at the end of tunnel.

Going through tough times do make you strong, but those mere thoughts of giving up in between are the basic test of sabar.



To elaborate more on Sabar, we may find some beautiful references there in the Holy Quran:

“So be patient with gracious patience.” (70:5)

“O you who have believed, persevere and endure and remain stationed and fear Allah that you may be successful.” (3:200)

“Who, when Allah is mentioned, their hearts are fearful, and [to] the patient over what has afflicted them, and the establishers of prayer and those who spend from what We have provided them.” (Surah Al Haj Ayat 35)

“And be patient, for indeed, Allah does not allow to be lost the reward of those who do good.” (11:115)

“So patiently persevere: for verily the promise of Allah is true: nor let those shake thy firmness, who have (themselves) no certainty of faith.” (30:60)






Some quotes also touch our hearts:
Desires make slaves out of kings and patience makes king out of slaves. Imam Ghazali

Two things define you: Your patience when you have nothing and your attitude when you have everything. (Imam Ali)

Sabr is not remaining quiet and letting anger build up inside you. Sabr is to talk about what’s bothering you without losing control of your emotions. (Ustadh Nouman Ali khan)





..Sabar, to me, is like crossing a sea with hurdles in between. These hurdles may be those hard rock like words people throw at you for no matter how much you do for them they aren’t satisfied.. sabar would be that heavy feeling of wave thrushing past by you when you are  not acknowledged, are demeaned or not given the value you deserve… it may be against those big fishes like creatures you deal with and be aware to swift pass so they don’t cause you harm.. it can also be the salt water environment in which you remain and have to fight against odds in your way…

So you either swim through this sea water or get drown in it. Thats the world we live in !!

Purely, upto you.







Sabar and time go hand in hand.

Your emotions may fade, your memories can diminish, you might start feeling weak with passing time reaching a threshold, but thinking of rewards at the end somehow grants you inner peace.

It will take time to have Sabar, but its worth it.
InshaaAllah.

Nikkah – fied.


¤ Nikkah ¤

                                     Alhamdulilah.

From all the blessings I’m blessed with, Nikkah was one of those that I count twice. A moment so silently changed everything for the good. A moment of rollercoaster of emotions from nervousness to peace, from rush hours to happy hours of surprises, from shopping spree to packing gifts and clothes – and ofcourse, tears of happiness inbetween.

  A moment every girl thinks of atleast once in her lifetime as HER moment, not expecting a Corona event though but whatever happened, happened for good and so quickly even I couldn’t gather all moments together.

A moment of happy tears.
  A joyous time for the whole family.
    A blessed relation.
      A world of peace after chaos.
        A knot of trust and loyalty for life..

I could write over and over, but it will never be enough.

Thank you for coming in my life, Yasir.
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Its a whole new, beautiful world.

Alhamdulilah. 

Little By Little…

Just slowly as the time passes, we’ve realized the importance of it – how we wasted, how beneficial it could have been if we did with it what we learnt now. Moreover, it feels as if we can never prosper ahead as the time spent was so precious and worthy that now everything doesn’t go in our favour.

The position you’re now in is something every. Single. Being. In this world goes through… or going through right now. Tame yourself to buck up once you fall, lose yourself while being groomed to a newer beginning and keep your head up high. What were those years that you spent? Nothing but just the years that tamed you into a newer person- mature, hardworking and persistent than ever. Here’s the Do’s and Don’t s:

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The Do’s?

— Do think of positive things you’ve done while you think you “wasted” time.

— Do keep a record of all the time you spent relaxing and giving it to your “me-time” slot. Worthy?

— Do think of any new skill,talent, project you refined within yourself. Was it a new you?

— Do thank God, for it was destined to be that way. Nothing is in your hands no matter how much you try.

— Do think of people you helped in between these years, met new people, new friends, new relations or even new things you bought that cheered you up. Happy now?

— Do think now what can be achieved, never stop planning and moving towards a better more doable goal. Hardwork ALWAYS payoff.

— Do keep a secret vent out channel. Whether its a friend, colleague, spouse, or a diary, or even a blog! Its a healthy activity to share happy or sad moments no matter if you’re up for solutions or not- it might not guide you but still you would feel light at heart. Trust me on this!

— Move slow and steadily. Don’t sweat it off. Don’t hurry to reach goal. The time is fixed for the victory, so believe it will be yours one day if not today or tomorrow.

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The Don’ts

— Don’t think about what could have been done. Why wasn’t it done. What made you lack behind… can it change now?

— Don’t idolise anyone. Thinking maybe you could be better than someone would harm you more. You are what you are, that’s important and that’s what matters.

— Don’t expect. People might not respond to you that way you think they should. Try adjusting. Try loosening up a little ego within you. There is a very thin line between self respect and ego– mind it!

— Don’t trust. Its meant to be broken, just as the rules you make in life. Trust God only as He overpowers your fears and know your little moves and plans.

— Don’t overthink. It would ruin you more than anyone else.

Cheers!!!

Hurt

Time flies by, that’s true. Yet it teaches us to rely upon Allah SWT as we grow emotionally and mentally from the people around us.

Or far from us……..

These sentiments can’t be understood by those who even talk to you and make your chaos to peace. Although they realize what is to have a peaceful night sleep for once in a while..

They can’t deny you were there for them, yet they won’t accept what they lack- empathy?

They apparently appreciated you giving them their time, respected your sentiments and loved every part of you as you caressed them – but sometime you do feel its  just the pleasures they enjoy. Did never nothing really happened?

Those who love being loved. They deny giving love if its them first. No give and takes?

Those who never understand why you are tired, going through a bad phase of your life, yet you can’t share as you want to fight solely… Their reason to take your time? Loneliness… Emotions? Nevermind.

Those who mean the world to you, yet trash your world when they shout on you.. although they know you can’t bear this. They know you can’t bear this.. do they value it?

Those who even if you apologized still bring back the topics and remain grunted for no reason. What for?

Those who bonded with you so strongly, yet prefer silence upon silence when it comes to sorting out the loopholes in life. What for?

Those for whom you changed yourself. Just to give them the peace of mind they enjoy. Do they relate the pleasures now when they are left alone?

Those who broke your respect on them. The way you valued them. The way you took pride in them… what for?

Those who say they wont break your heart because you care for them.  Yet realise not when the damage is done.. ? Really, what for?

Shall I forgive you? Done.
May Allah SWT guide us, ameen.

The Open Heart

So, I was thinking a few days back how we make prayers, then wait patiently or start doubting them instantly. When it comes to seeking answers through prayers, then have firm belief in the following strategies;

1. Ask the King: What would be your reaction if any minister or King calls you and tells you he would grant you any desire you have? How respectfully and politely would you oblige? Wear best of clothes, show the most gratifying attitude to “please” them, be punctual in reaching there on time for the “meet-up”

… similarly, if Allah SWT, the King of all kings, has commanded you to ask Him only, even if its just a sole for your shoe, then ask Him for literally anything you want. He has the treasures you won’t expect to get anywhere.

2. Prayers are just a “request”: you did ask the King of kings, showed him the best side of yourself then you wait for the answers… however, always keep in mind, as you deposit a request slip in His bank of prayers your turn to be blessed is dependant upon how much amount of Sabr you have. You will either be rewarded instantly, or the request would be postponed as the time hasn’t arrive yet. Its His decision to process the “request” according to what He thinks is best for you. Don’t bang the doors in anger or get depressed. Your turn will come.

3. Shun the doubts away: when you have now prayed with utmost sabr and faith, then be mindful of the fact that to divert you from this straight path your enemy Iblis waited far more patiently and cleverly made a plan even before you started praying, thus making you doubt your own believes that sprouts in your heart and sway you away from this. He’ll turn you into a curious monster, an impatient person who starts to doubt his own Creator and finally depress you into thinking He isn’t listening to your prayers and they will NEVER be granted. Truth is, its a vicious cycle that only breaks if you believe in Allah’s ability that He knows every cell in you and give life to those who are dead, so why won’t He think the best of you? You should think the best of Him. Don’t. Judge. Him!

4. Ask anytime: whether during daily prayers, or when you get up in the morning or at night before sleeping, when in pain, when in anger, while beaming with happiness, when you crave for something, when you want to vent out but can’t find anyone, when you are frustrated of this world- pray, pray and pray! Ask Him in a state of wuzu or without wuzu. Allah SWT doesn’t check your clothes, looks or objectify the way you pray, He only sees belief in your heart and the intention with what you pray.

5. His attributes, your good deeds and intentions: yep! That’s true! Ask Allah SWT from all His names that you love..

” Oh Allah, you are Al Ghafaar ( most forgiving) so please forgive me”,

“Oh Allah, you are Al-Muizz (the Bestower of honors) so please grant me respect in this world and hereafter ”

“Oh Allah, If you loved the sadqa I gave yesterday, or the small ticky pack I gave to the poor boy on the road please accept it and grant me (then add your prayers here)”

… trust me, He absolutely loves this way. Just the tips and tricks to cash your desires quickly from His bank of rewards. 😌

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Its amazing how we quickly judge our own believes first then our faith in Him. What you sow in your heart of faith, then keep nourishing it with good or bad is what sprouts to become a rewarding tree or a tree that doesn’t bless you with fruits at all.

Choice is yours. 🙂

Check below how Suhaib Rumi has beautifully summed up the entire thought process I described above…

My Precious Miracle.

It’s a whole new world.

A world which can’t be defined in words, yet I will gather my peices to define you…

You, the real you I know of, are a thousand blessings all summed up so perfectly.

You, the fragile you, I sometimes get worried how to handle with so much care not to break you apart.. yet keep you strong to face this life.

You, after a thousand sunsets in life, finally came like a beaming sunrise.

You, the child in you, that completes my day peacefully.

You, the man in you, that rises to straighten the bends in life boldly.

You, that I know of, are a versatility of your own.

It’s a whole new world!

A world where I find myself being the real “me”, the place I longed since what seemed like an era to open my wings and soar high above clouds.

The world where I’m free.

A world where no other person can ever come in between.

A world of honor, respect and unconditional love.

The world of my peaceful silence after a long tiring day.

A world to share my worries and find answers to, a world of hope, a world of learning wisdom and a world where nobody can ever reach.

The complete, beautiful world.

It’s a whole new world!

The real motivation in me to win hard battles.

The vision I look beyond my hopes.

The gesture of utmost care and love.

The pranks, the names, the tiny fights and the sweetness within them.

The efforts you put in to listen night cries to lighten my heart.

The one who understands the child in me and deals so tenderly.

The bold, the mischievous, the confident, the handsome real you.

It’s a whole new world!

Where we pray to live for each other’s happiness.

Where we would never change no matter the circumstances.

Where the prayers we make for each other are quickly granted.

Where the value of a single tear, the reason behind our silences and the reward of our patience is blessed.

Where the love for you grows, each day though it can’t be expressed completely..

Where the happiest beings live.. and dream on to become ideals for crowd among them.

(InshaaAllah! )

It’s a whole new world.

You’re the transition from chaos to peace.

The laugh of contentment, the breath of fresh air.

The home I come to, the endless support.

The reward of my pain, the answers to my daily prayers.

The one who understands my silence and keep searching for ways to brighten me.

The deep, dark eyes that show hopes of new life ahead.

The emotional and sensitive side of me.

The reason I gain my trust back in this world of no loyalty.

The nutty, witty, pretty part of myself.

You’re my whole new world.

Thank you, for coming into my life and completing it so perfectly.

Alhamdulilah.

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Thank you for being my miracle.

I’m proud of you.

Allahumma barik lana. mashaaAllah tabrakAllah ❣

Do You Dare?

Dare to move mountains?

What if the mountain was assigned to you in order to make you become so strong, brave yet so humble towards life’s harsh realities that you say at the edge of mountainside, “bring it on and don’t judge me by my size, for you, O mountain are not stronger or heavier than my faith!”

Then see the mountain vanish away slowly, withering rocks and dissolving into the unknown.
There are various “mountains” everyone face in their lifetime. It also depends upon one’s ability to regard their problems as merely a mountain or a hill. Some make a bridge in between. Some climb to the top. A few give up due to the rocky landslides. Some fear the volcanoes within while others know how to toss aside those fiery walls.

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You see… Nobody can ever share their “mountains” with anyone as only you know how to climb them how to protect against heavy winds and how to reach the top- somehow. So saying to anyone, “we know how it feels” won’t actually share that burden. Don’t even try to judge me here, I’m stating facts!

So again, when you feel those landslides coming your way, just strategically remind yourself of the confidence and bravery within you.

As the saying goes, “you have been assigned the mountains to show others how to climb them”.

Take hold of this now! You got this!

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Letting go…

From thoughts to talking it low,

Silhouetted figures now take a bow,

Those fears and pain swipe past slowly

Just as the sand, just let it go.

Ask me, what took it so long?

Demanding, yet delivering no peace

Ask them, they don’t know how its done?

Still wondering? just let it go.

Comparing the prison of the world

The belittling sprouts of unhappiness

With what awaits, what no eye saw

So wait some more, so just let it go..