Thursday, December 13, 2018

Quran verse for when someone annoys or hurts you

December 13, 2018
Anger is a very debilitating emotion as it not only hurts the person it is aimed at, but the real victim is the one who expresses it. It is common for us to be annoyed by others (family members, parents, fathers, mothers, friends, relatives and employers/bosses)  as our social life is designed in such a way that we have to deal with other humans on a regular basis in our day-to-day lives. Sometimes, a little difference of opinion between two people ends up as an unwanted consequence like separation/divorce between husband and wife, disrespect to parents or even worse physical violence.

But what advice does Quran give us about situations where we find ourselves at the receiving end and feel hurt by someone else's actions or words. 

God loves those who control their anger and forgive others even when their anger is justified...........

Read the verse below 

Those who spend [in Allah's Cause - deeds of charity, alms, etc.] in prosperity and in adversity, who repress anger, and who pardon men; verily, Allah loves Al-Muhsinun (the good-doers) - Surah Al e Imran, verse 134 

This is the best possible response to irritating people. Instead of hurling anger back at annoying people, we are advised by Allah to let go and even forgive them. 

How to practically implement this verse in real life situations?

Whenever someone hurts or bothers you mentally or verbally, these points below should come to your mind and help you regain your composure:

- Everything happens by the will of God and the person expressing their anger is using their free will. They are taking their test and you are taking yours so that Allah can see who is better and closer to Him.
- A big reward is for those who not only control their anger but also forgive  
- Irritating/annoying person is actually a victim as they have no control over their emotions
- Their lack of control over their own mind and emotions force them to annoy others so they deserve sympathy or even better, forgiveness
- Your forgiving them will quickly change their vibrations.
- When you control anger and let go, you actually block the other person from invading your mental territory as they now have no control over your emotions. (You build a firewall around your mind when you do that)

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Is fear good or bad? an Islamic view

December 12, 2018

Fear is generally considered a debilitating, or simply, a negative emotion. But there is a it can also be a positive one when it motivates us to do things that serve us mentally and physically. So how does Islam look at fear and whether it is good or bad. Your fear electric current is good as if you are not on guard, it can hurt you, or even kill you.

Does Allah like or appreciate fear?
"Fear is a very interesting emotion. It can motivate or it can paralyze. It can be productive or it could be destructive, depending on who you fear, why you fear and what you fear. That fear is either praised in the Quran or it is looked down upon when it becomes paralyzing and destructive and leads you to nowhere but despair." Omar Suleiman

By default, fear is a paralyzing emotion, but when it is directed toward God, the Creator of our destiny - the same emotion becomes beneficial and even rewarding as it makes us fearless of created things (humans, temptations, physical threats, situations, or anything existing in the universe)
"And unless you have that hope to balance you out. There is no way that, that fear could possibly be productive because the default of fear is that it is a paralyzing emotion. It needs hope in order for it to be productive"

"Fear is a more comprehensive emotion in the Quran. There are different things that you fear. Some people fear death.

How fearing God is productive while fearing His creation (people, their behaviour, enemy and unwanted situations) is nonproductive and destructive
"I want you to picture this scene in Madina, and this Hadith sends shivers down my spine because I always think about it -- when I think about the quality of the quality (and level) of fearlessness that we take from Prophet (S.A.W).

How fearing God alone makes us fearless of  creation/humans
"Anas Ibn Malik (R.A), as he usually did when he would reflect on the life of the Prophet (S.A.W), described a beautiful quality of the Prophet Peace Be Upon Him, and then a manifestation of that beautiful quality. So he says The Prophet (S.A.W) was the best of people, and in this context he was also speaking about the way that He (SAW) was externally. He (PBUH) was the most perfect of people, and the most generous of people, and the most courageous of people./.

"And he (Anas ibn Malik) recalls that incident that took place where there was some noise outside in the middle of the night, in Madina, and the people thought that they were under attack. So when Madinah is under attack, where do you think the Prophet (SAW) should go? What do you think the protocol should be? Shouldn't everyone surround the house of the Prophet (SAW) and make sure that He is protected?

"Madina is supposedly under attack and he (Anas Ibn Malik) we came out and we see the Prophet (SAW) riding on His horse, unstrapped to it so He is completely unrestrained on this horse and He has sword in His hand and the Prophet PBUH is riding around to make sure that whatever came would be deterred and He says to the companions, the people of Madinah: do not be afraid, do not be afraid

Friday, November 23, 2018

Relations considered haram for marriage in Islam

November 23, 2018

Islam has given clear-cut instructions with regards to marriage and finding a halal relation in this regard is the subject Allah has specifically mentioned in the Quran. 

Below is a list of relations that are prohibited (haram) for nikah, mentioned in Surah Nisa verse number 23:

1) Mothers

2) Daughters

3) Sisters

4) Father's sisters (aunts)

5) Mother's sisters (aunts)

6) Brother's daughters (nieces)

7) Sister's daughters (nieces)

8) Women who have breastfed/nursed you (milk mothers)

9) Milk sisters (girls who were breastfed/nursed by the same woman who breastfed you)

10) Mothers-in-law (wives' mothers)

11) Step daughters (born of wives with whom you have had sexual intercourse. But step daughters of your wives with whom you have not had sexual intercourse are allowed to married as Allah says there is no sin upon you in this case)

12) Daughter in law (wife of your sons who are from your own loin - biological son)

13) Marrying two sisters simultaneously

Surah Nisa verse 23: "Prohibited to you [for marriage] are your mothers, your daughters, your sisters, your father's sisters, your mother's sisters, your brother's daughters, your sister's daughters, your [milk] mothers who nursed you, your sisters through nursing, your wives' mothers, and your step-daughters under your guardianship [born] of your wives unto whom you have gone in. But if you have not gone in unto them, there is no sin upon you. And [also prohibited are] the wives of your sons who are from your [own] loins, and that you take [in marriage] two sisters simultaneously, except for what has already occurred. Indeed, Allah is ever Forgiving and Merciful."

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Maulana Wahiduddin quotes on faith (iman)

November 17, 2018
Faith is the most fundamental subject in Islam and the whole success of a person revolves around having a strong faith in his/her Creator. Here are some of the most evergreen Urdu quotes on faith, from Maulana Wahiduddin Khan. 


Friday, November 16, 2018

Nine illegal/Haram income sources mentioned in Quran

November 16, 2018
What are some of the well-known illegal money or haram income source in Islam? Allah has given us clear guidelines for making money by telling what ways are illegal and must be avoided at all costs. Quran has mentioned 9 illegal sources that we must pay attention to in order to keep our income halal and accepted by God. 

1) Bribery and consuming other people's money/wealth unjustly (corruption)  - [Surah Al Baqarah verse number 188]

2) Making and selling of idols - [Surah Al Maida verse number 90]

3) Intoxicants (wine making, its selling and shipping included)  - [Surah Al Maida verse number 90]

4) Stealing/theft - [Surah Al Maida verse number 38]

5) Giving less than due when measuring and selling - [Surah Al Mutaffifin verses 1-3]

6) Consuming orphans' wealth/properties/money - [Surah Al Nisa verse 2]

7) Gambling (betting) - [Al Maida verse 90]

8) Businesses/services that promote nudity and immorality - [Surah Nur verse 19]

9) Income from interest and usury (riba) - [Al Baqarah verse number 275]

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Wallace D Wattles quotes on wealth and riches

October 20, 2018
Wallace D Wattles quotes on wealth and getting riches
Thought-provoking quotes convey great ideas in a mere few words and sometimes all you need is a couple of powerful words to gain inspiration. These quotes from Wallace D Wattles center around the subject of wealth and riches. 

1) Whatever may be said in praise of poverty, the fact remains that it is not possible to live a really complete or successful life unless one is rich.

2)  There is nothing wrong in wanting to get rich. The desire for riches is really the desire for a richer, fuller, and more abundant life.

3) There are certain laws which govern the process of acquiring riches; once these laws are learned and obeyed by any man, he will get rich with mathematical certainty. 

4) Getting rich is not a matter of environment; for, if it were, all the people in certain neighborhoods would become wealthy.

5) Getting rich is not the result of saving, or thrift, many very penurious people are poor, while free spenders often get rich. 

6) The desire you feel for riches is the infinite, seeking to express Himself (God) in you as He (God) sought to find expression in the little boy at the piano. 

Monday, August 13, 2018

Why is it hard to keep focus in namaz

August 13, 2018

Lack of concentration in namaz is a problem faced by many Muslims. Most of us, even those who are regular in their prayers, offer salah in a mechanical way which defeats the purpose of this very important worship. 
Sadly, we are not taught at homes and schools on how to meditate or fixate our focus on Allah.

Quran verse for when someone annoys or hurts you

Anger is a very debilitating emotion as it not only hurts the person it is aimed at, but the real victim is the one who expresses it. It i...