\”And verily the Hereafter will be better for thee than the present.\” 93:4

July 9, 2007

What Are We Waiting For ?

Filed under: Uncategorized — by Aish Al Akhirah @ 4:36 am

“O you of sound health but weak heart!  Wake up and run to your Creator with repentance on your tongue, tears in your eyes, and sincerity in your heart.  Cry before Him, before others cry for you.  Make haste, O heedless one!”

…subhanAllah. This quote is from an article I read on Islaam.com, that I URGE you to read. http://islaam.com/Article.aspx?id=598

SOmetimes I get so frustrated in thinking of ways I can become closer to Allah SWT. I keep falling into this dunya almost unknowingly. I hold the hand of Shaytan when Allah the Most Merciful is willing to run to me, if only I take a step towards Him. I recognize his Mercy when I think of Muhammad SWS and the Sahaba. I look at the world around me and think–subhanAllah the Creator of all this can never ever be fully recompensed for all that He has put forth for us. And I still pick my desires over the Akhirah? The shame of knowing this I cannot bear to think about. SO I’ve been thinking…I need to worship Him how he deserves to be worshipped, I need to be mindful of Him and His warnings.

SubhanAllah, saying Allah is the Most Merciful, or the Most Rich is one thing, but actually having Allah SWT SAY TO YOU that He is indeed the Most Merciful and the Most Great and we should take heed, is another thing. I’m talking about reading the Qur’an and pondering over its verses deeply. I’m talking about reading the words of your Lord and seeing the beauty and Truth in His words and the Warnings and Signs that it entails. Little do we realize what a treasure the Haqq is in our lives. It’s because we don’t know it–we may read it, but no–we must reflect on it. We must use as much as our Lord has given us in regard to our intellect, or else we would be worse than cattle. How can we become a slave to our desires when Allah the most High knows us more than we know our own selves? This world is temporary, full of glitter and glamor. The quote comes to mind “everything that glitters ain’t gold”. This is especially true in the Dunya-Akhirah sense. SO many times the glamor of this dunya pulls us towards it and we fall into it. How can we trade in our akhirah for this dunya? When I put it that way, it really doesn’t sound logical. So if doesn’t make sense, why do we act like the akhirah is not seconds away from us…or minutes, or a few days? This is another clear-cut fact–death is upon us.

 It’s only a heart that is occupied by emaan that will push us and repel us away from Shaytan and his Dunya. It’s only al Khawf, tawwakul, yaqeen, love, and knowledge of Allah the most Great that will save us from the Hellfire.

 Truly this second you could be taking your last breathe, and what will you have infront of Allah SWT the Most Great?

“Has not the time come for the hearts of those who believe to be affected by Allah’s Reminder…?” [57:16]

The heart is TRULY dead without the sincere obedience to Allah SWT, and with remembering Him, and reflecting upon His ayaat. You get only one life. Live it for Allah SWT, and the reward He has for you cannot be imagined by the most active of imaginations, you cannot grasp it or grab it in this life, but it will surely be there in the akhirah, if only you would reflect.

“And those who feared their Lord will be led to the Garden in crowds, until behold, they arrive there. Its gates will be opened, and its keepers will say, ‘Peace be upon you!’ Well have you done, do enter it, abiding [in it] eternally.” [Az-Zumar, 39:73]

I want to ask anyone reading this…what are your suggestions/advice on how to be constantly mindful of Allah SWT, as to keep your emaan strengthened? Please share…

some of my thoughts:

  • Tafseer, explanation of surahs-the reason/story behind the revelation is extremely helpful in delving deep into the context of what you are reading in the Qur’aan so inshaaAllah there is a better understanding
  • Read about the life of Muhammad (sws) and the perfection in his character and ibaadah. You will see what a blessing and mercy from Allah SWT he (sws) was, and no doubt your love and reverence for Allah SWT will increase.
  • Make duaa that Allah SWT grants you understanding in His Deen and firm emaan.
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1 Comment »

  1. Assalam Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah

    “I want to ask anyone reading this…what are your suggestions/advice on how to be constantly mindful of Allah SWT, as to keep your emaan strengthened? Please share…”

    Eat sunflower seeds =D

    Nah seriously…as Muslims, we should pray five times a day and many of us do. However, what many of us lack is khushoo in our salaah.

    “Verily, As Salaah (the prayer) prevents from Al‑Fahshaa’ (i.e. great sins of every kind, unlawful sexual intercourse) and Al Munkar (i.e. disbelief, polytheism, and every kind of evil wicked deed)” [al-‘Ankaboot 29:45]

    “Indeed, he succeeds who purifies his own self [his soul]…”[al-Shams 91:9]

    If we keep our hearts and minds busy wih salaah, dhikr, and other acts of worship, nothing else will be able to occupy them (meaning our hearts and minds).

    But like I said above, we need khushoo in our salaah. Read Shaykh Munajjid’s article on 33 ways to attain Khushoo: http://islam-qa.com/index.php?pg=article&ln=eng&article_id=21

    And also: the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, “I love you, O Mu’aadh.” (Mu’aadh said), “And I love you, O Messenger of Allaah.” The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Do not forget to say in every prayer, ‘Rabbi a’inni ‘ala dhikrika wa shukrika wa husni ‘ibaadatika (O Allaah, help me to remember You, thank You and worship You properly.).’” (al-Nasaa’i, 1303; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Nasaa’i, 1236).

    We should say that du’aa often inshaAllaah.

    Comment by Salafiya — July 10, 2007 @ 6:21 pm |Reply


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