Ramadhan Reflections: Don’t be Sad

“The Calling of Allah swt comes through trials and tribulations, and you can react of one of two ways. Either you can deal with the pain at that moment, and decide to get closer to Allah swt.

Or you can decide to just restrict that pain to yourself, not do anything about it, and you will see what it does to your Deen. And this is the last stage in the cycle in isolation, that once you are isolated you’ll see that eventually your Deen starts to disappear, the content of your salah, the kushu in your salah, it disappears

Your ability to recite the Koran is no longer there your ability to flash during the day. Your ability to fast during the day gets taken away, what did you do differently? What you did differently was you gave yourself into shaytan and shaytan’s promise is that he will lead you astray. he will lead you away from the path of Allah swt.
So in times of trials and tribulation, you need to seek out the believers, you need to see out the righteous.
and let them be your guide and helpto Allah swt.
There is actually a blessing inside trials that we don’t want to perceive.
The simplest trial that an individual will go through  is that he is walking on the road and he gets pricked by a thorn, he gets pricked by something that goes through his skin and caused him to say OUCH!
but it’s only for a split second.
The Prophet SAW said,
“That no individual is pricked by a thorn except that Allah swt purifies Him, with a sin for it”
Trials and tribulations are a means of purification, they are means of purifying you, so you can go to the purest of places. ‘The punishment’ of Allah is not out of anger and wrath, the punishment of Allah is a means of cleansing you, of your sins. The punishment of Allah is a preparation, that you can go into the noblest and purest places, Al Firdaus Al A’la. And this is why Allah swt sends trials and tribulations.”
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Ramadhan Reflections: Guided Through Quran – Rahim Jung

“Things started to change, my career starting to have problems, my relationships start to having some problems, but my heart started to feel different. When things started to go wrong in the music business, and they didn’t go wrong from a Dunya point of view. From the Dunya POV they were very good, but inside my heart, I was feeling more and more depressed. More and more empty, and it got to the stage one day I really thought I was going crazy, I was at my house, I thought I was going mad.

And i remember thinking about God, and making a deal. There were many many sins in my life at that time. And I remember saying to God, if you help me in this situation i’m in now, I would give up all my sins, for three weeks.

This was the deal i made with God and from that day, is when I say I will open the Quran and I will read it. And when I open the Quran and I read it on that day, like a miracle, the verse I read in English,

“After every difficulties, comes ease.” (94:5)

Like a miracle because I was very desperate at that time, I didn’t know where to go, I didn’t know where to turn and..the last thing I wanted a Deen. I didn’t want to be religious, I wanted Dunya. I t was as if this verse was just read for me, no one else. I didn’t even know God, Allah or whatever, but this Book somehow knew exactly what I needed at that point, at that time, like a miracle”

 

Ramadhan Reflections: Compassion

 

“We often get impatient with children, forgetting that we were once them, and sometimes still like them, and one day they will be like us, and hopefully show us mercy the way we showed it to them.

We seem to forget that loving children is the easiest sunnah and the easiest way which we gain Allah’s love. For our Prophet (pbuh) said that those who do not show compassion will not receive it. Compassion is a natural part of humanity and it is further enhanced through our Islam.However if it isn’t cherished & exhibited we may lose it forever.

Imagine how different the world could be if we could be a little bit kind and loving to our family members?”