"If I desire comfort in this world, I would harm my lasting comfort in the hereafter, and if I desired the hereafter, I must renounce comfort in this world, and hence, I decided to give up the ephemeral. Therefore, if you find the same, then it is surely better for you to endure a little discomfort in this life."
"All night a man called “Allah” until his lips were bleeding. Then the devil sad, “How come you’ve been calling Allah all night, and never heard Allah say “Here, I am!”? The man suddenly felt abandoned. Depressed he fell asleep. In a dream, he met Abraham who asked him, “Why are you regretting praying to Allah?” The man said, “I called and called, but Allah never replied.” Abraham then explained,
Allah has said: “your calling my name is My reply. Your longing for Me is My message to you. All my attempts to reach you are reflected in your attempts to reach me.”
In the silence surrounding every call of “Allah”, waits a thousand replies of “Here I am."
This hit me hard, because in the back of my mind I always expected for a life altering event to occur that would make me realize the seriousness of life and cause me to change for the better
The fact of the matter is that you don’t need a reason to change your life, and it seems as if I’m waiting for inspiration as if being alive isn’t a good enough reason.
It’s the small decisions you make that define your future
Time is short today we are living, tomorrow we are dead. It is up to us�
What is our goal in life?
What we like to achieve?
What we like to take with us when we die?
What is the preparation of the journey after death?
May Allah [swt] save us from Duniya!
May Allah [swt] empty our heart from loving Duniya!
May Allah [swt] fill our heart with Akhirah!
May Allah [swt] fill our heart with the reality of loving Akhirah!
May Allah [swt] fill our heart with loving Allah [swt]!
May Allah [swt] make us the lucky one who seeks the pleasure of Allah [swt]!
May Allah [swt] make us the lucky one who seeks the rahma of Allah [swt]!
May Allah [swt] make us the one who leaves this Duniya and He [swt] is pleased with him!
Ameen Ya Rabbil Alamin!!!!
In Surah Baqarah, Allah mentions the creation of Adam and the events that take place after him and his wife, Eve, were created. Allah describes how they were tested in Jannah but the waswas, the whisperings of Shaytan affected both Adam and Eve and they both ended up eating from the tree after which they had to descend from Jannah to this Earth. What’s really fascinating is the way Allah describes this Earth. Allah says, “…and you will have upon the earth a place of settlement and provision for a time” [2:36].
Allah describes this Earth as a place where you stop for a temporary amount of time. It’s a temporary stay and also a mataa’ for all of us. Ustadh Nouman describes how this word “mataa’” is used often throughout the Qur’an and there was a scholar who spent so much time trying to figure out what this word meant that he even went to the desert Arabs to try to get a natural definition, to see how the Arabs would use this word in their natural state. After experiencing how the word is used, this scholar concluded that mataa’ means a ‘scrubbing brush’, ‘a using tool’.
Allah describes this Earth that we are sent down for a short time, as a mataa’- as a tool which you use but you don’t really enjoy. When we get so attached to this world, whether that may be materialistically or emotionally, we have to assess ourselves and remind ourselves that this world is a tool that we use to get to the next one. We should go to school, seek higher education, work and sustain our families and relationships, be positive and push forth but all the while remembering that everything we do is for the goal of returning back to Allah in a state that our Creator will be pleased with.
It’s all temporary- the loss in this world is temporary, the happiness in this world is temporary, the success and failures are temporary- everything whether it’s a possession or whether its emotions- it’s all temporary. What remains are the deeds that we do sincerely for Allah’s sake. When we get so attached and cling on and feel like this world is our permanent home- then it brings even more pain. This is just a rest stop. This is just part of the journey. And we’re all just working, toiling to head back home where part of heart remains. May Allah make us amongst those that enter His Jannah and make it back home, inshAllah!
*Reflections from Ustadh Nouman’s Tafseer of Surah Baqarah
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Ya Allah, make my relationship with you so strong that I don’t need these people or this world. Ya Allah, let me thrive on your love and the love for your deen. Alhamdulillah for the beauties of this world you have blessed me with, but, ya Allah, do not let me get attached to such short-lived materials.