Simplicity In Existing


May 2017

“O you who have believed, do not consume usury [interest], doubled and multiplied, but fear Allah that you may be successful.” [Sahih International][3:130]

I’m sure we have all heard that interest is haram [prohibited], but this aya is crystal clear that it is haram. We mustn’t take it lightly, no matter how small the amount is; it’s still haram. In reality the further away you stay from interest the more successful you become; God’s got your back, InshAllah! 

“Say, “Whether you conceal what is in your breasts [hearts] or reveal it, Allah knows it. And He knows that which is in the heavens and that which is on the earth. And Allah is over all things competent.” [Sahih International][3:29]

God knows it all. He knows what’s in our hearts, always. We can try and hide it but from Him, it’s impossible. And knowing that we should always ask ourselves…why? Why are we doing this? Are we doing it for His sake or for those around us? Questioning ourselves, our sincerity always helps with recognizing our intentions; that way if we do not have the right intention we could change that. Because in the end islam is all about intentions and what’s in the heart. 

And since it’s all based on what’s inside, a part that only God truly knows; who are we to judge others based on what we “think” they’re doing? Emphases on the “think” because we will never truly know what anyone’s true and sincere intention is. God himself can only know that.

So remember to think once, twice, and thrice before judging someone based on what you see and “think” they’re doing.  

“The month of Ramadhan [is that] in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion. So whoever sights [the new moon of] the month, let him fast it; and whoever is ill or on a journey – then an equal number of other days. Allah intends for you ease and does not intend for you hardship and [wants] for you to complete the period and to glorify Allah for that [to] which He has guided you; and perhaps you will be grateful.” [Sahih International][2:185]

Perfect timing for this aya! Pretty self explanatory, and I find it so beautiful that yes God is asking us to fast for a whole month but He’s also very considerate. That not everyone will be able to fast during this whole month and so if you cannot for whatever (legitimate) reasons then redo them later at your convenience when you’re capable! God isn’t trying to make our life hard but rather he’s trying to make it easier with the commands we are given; because life without a guide and a way to live it, isn’t living.

‎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 embed it into our daily lives, InshAllah.

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