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Simplicity In Existing

‎بِسْــــــمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَٰــــنِ الرَّحِيــــمِ 

Ramadan is here!!! Time to dive into the Quran once again and learn a few lessons from it! Like last year I shall do the 30 (?) day Ramadan challenge InshAllah! As I’m trying to finish the Quran this Ramadan InshAllah I plan to take a verse that may have struck me while reading my chapter and present it to you with a small commentary from me. If you plan to finish the Quran this Ramadan as well you can also send me the verse that struck you and maybe I’ll post it! Let’s start with the first chapter InshAllah! 

“Righteousness is not that you turn your faces toward the east or the west, but [true] righteousness is [in] one who believes in Allah, the Last Day, the angels, the Book, and the prophets and gives wealth, in spite of love for it, to relatives, orphans, the needy, the traveler, those who ask [for help], and for freeing slaves; [and who] establishes prayer and gives zakah; [those who] fulfill their promise when they promise; and [those who] are patient in poverty and hardship and during battle. Those are the ones who have been true, and it is those who are the righteous.” [Sahih International][2:177]

After reading some tafseer what I understood was that Allah (swt) commanded the qibla change, to the Kabaa. It was something difficult for people; then this aya came to clarify the wisdom behind it. Which lead to adhering to His commands and facing what ever He commands us to face. Because after all the essence of being Muslim is to hear and obey; aka the true meaning of submission. But it also explains that facing the qibla isn’t all that makes you pious and that there is more to it than just that. 

And reading this aya got me thinking, truly islam is for any and all time, this came down during that hard time that Muslims went through but now it’s still very relevant. Being a Muslim is more than just one thing. It’s more than just praying, more than just wearing the Hijab, more than just reading the Quran…It’s so much more. Who you are and how you act is also what makes you a Muslim. 

Let’s try to remember what being a muslim is all about and try to imbed it into our daily lives, InshAllah. 

Life is a game of cards, you never truly know what comes next. You may think it’s luck, and sometimes it is; but for the most part it’s skills. And with skills comes cockiness and a little too much confidence. You can be confidant but remember to stay humble, because you never know what the next hand is going to look like for you. This is why you need to remember that yes; sure, you’re that person that is kind, that is a good influence, that is always doing/trying to do what’s right, and so on…but one day out of the blue you could become that other person you once looked down on and saw yourself way better than them. When you’re kind and doing what’s right you should be doing this for yourself and your lord, not so you can look at others that do something wrong -or perceived as wrong- and you think “hey I’m a better person than said person because I don’t -do whatever wrong they do-”. Because guess what, one day you could easily be them; you have no idea. Imagine years later you’re doing exactly what the person you once looked down upon did. How do you think that will make you feel? What do you think that says about the kind of person you are?

Like the hadeeth says:

كان النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم يكثر أن يقول:

يا مثبت القلوب ، ثبت قلبي على دينك ، قالوا : يا رسول الله ، آمنا بك وبما جئت به ، فهل تخاف علينا ؟ قال : نعم ، إن القلوب بين إصبعين من أصابع الله يقلبها .

The Prophet (sallahAllaahu alayhi wasallam) used to often say these words, “O You Who changes the hearts, make my heart firm on Your religion.” We said, `O Allah’s Messenger! We believed in you and in what you brought us. Are you afraid for us’ He said, Yes, for the hearts are between two of Allah’s Fingers, He changes them (as He wills)”

[Sunan Ibn Majah, Book of Du’a Hadeeth 3834]

This is how easy one person can go from one extreme to the next. You’re no saint neither is anyone in this world, so remember to be humble.

 

It’s the small accomplishments that truly matter to me. I noticed It’s the baby steps that I take that really get me to the top. Nothing like accomplishing something you’ve set your mind to; something you’ve put all your time and effort into. I found that with the small accomplishment’s I make…the more confidence I gain; the more I feel like I can do anything I set my mind to. I feel smart and capable, and if I truly wanted it, I can get it. The end result is so satisfying…that it makes me want to keep pushing forward and keep on challenging myself and setting higher goals that I know I can reach. Because I was able to do so with previous goals I’ve set and truly thought I couldn’t accomplish until I saw those small accomplishments with each step I was taking. 

Love is reminding them to pray,Love is covering them when they fall asleep,

Love is rushing from work to their side when they’re not feeling well,

Love is giving them the last piece of chocolate,

Love is buying the exact snacks they love when grocery shopping,

Love is putting aside your pride and be there for them in time of need,

Love is massaging their feet when they’ve been standing all day, 

Love is bringing them lunch and spend their lunch break with them,

Love is knowing when to let go and move on, 

Love is all these little things, 

These little things that make a difference.

عَنْ أَنَسِ بْنِ مَالِكٍ، قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ ـ صلى الله عليه وسلم ـ ‏”‏ إِنَّ لِلَّهِ أَهْلِينَ مِنَ النَّاسِ ‏”‏ ‏.‏ قَالُوا يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ مَنْ هُمْ قَالَ ‏”‏ هُمْ أَهْلُ الْقُرْآنِ أَهْلُ اللَّهِ وَخَاصَّتُهُ ‏”‏ ‏.‏–

It was narrated that Anas bin Malik said:

“The Messenger of Allah said: ‘Allah has His own people among mankind.’ They said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, who are they?’ He said: ‘The people of the Qur’an, the people of Allah and those who are closest to Him.'”

Source: Ibn Majah, 215// ابن ماجه ٢١٥

A couple months ago, I had a trip to Puerto Rico and oh my, I don’t think I’ve ever seen nature that beautiful. Being there felt so surreal and mind boggling…you can’t just see nature like that and not feel anything. God is great, God is beautiful, and God only creates beauty. I felt like I was in this heaven that all I could think of doing when seeing such beauty was to thank God for it, was to pray between the sand and the ocean, and was to sit down and think of all the creations that surrounded me. I was blown away by the greenery; from the different palm trees to the beautiful blankets of grass. I was astonished by the different shades of blue I saw in the ocean. I was introduced to many different new plants and fruits that I didn’t even know existed. This trip more than anything was a trip to strengthen my faith, I mean how can you see all this beauty and not thank God for it?
 

Check out this great article about Palestinians and their food! So proud of my cousin and her mama for being apart of this and talking about our home land and providing a great recipe! 

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With everything that’s going on in the world…the only thing that keeps me going is knowing that God is always with us. That He won’t allow something bad to happen without something good coming out of it, that He knows best and we just need to trust and have faith in Him; Tawakul. ❤

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