Archive for December, 2011

A young man, a student in one of the universities, was one day taking a walk with his Professor. The professor was commonly called the ‘student’s friend’, from his kindness to those who waited on his instructions.

As they went along, they saw lying in the path a pair of old shoes. They belonged to a poor man who was employed in a field close by, and who had nearly finished his day’s work. 

The student turned to the professor, saying: “Lets play a trick on this man.” “We will hide his shoes and hide behind those bushes there and see what he does when he cannot find them.” 

“My young friend,” answered the professor, “we should never amuse ourselves at the expense of the poor. But you are rich, and may give yourself a much greater pleasure by means of this poor man. Put a coin in each shoe, and then we will hide ourselves and watch how this affects him.”

The student did so & they both hid nearby. The poor man soon finished work & came out of the field to where he had left his coat & shoes.

While putting on his coat he slipped his foot into one of his shoes, but feeling something hard, he stooped down to feel what it was, and found the coin. Astonished and full of wonder he gazed upon the coin, turned it around, and looked at it again and again.

He then looked around him on all sides, but no person was to be seen. He now put the money into his pocket, and proceeded to put on the other shoe; but his surprise was doubled on finding the other coin.

 His feelings overcame him; he fell upon his knees, looked up to the heavens and uttered aloud a fervent thanksgiving in which he spoke of his wife who was sick and helpless, and his children without bread, whom this timely bounty, from some unknown hand,would save from perishing. 

The student stood there deeply affected, and his eyes filled with tears. “Now,” said the professor, are you not much better pleased than if you had played your intended trick?”

The youth replied, “You have taught me a lesson which I will never forget. I feel now the truth of these words, which I never understood before: “It’s more blessed to give than to receive.”

Abdullah bin Abbas (RA) reported that the Prophet (SAW) said that encouraging good, prohibiting evil, lifting the burden of the weak person and removing an offensive thing from a path are all acceptable prayers to Allah. [ibn Majah]

Source: islamicthinking.info

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”Verily, those who believe not in the Hereafter, We have made their deeds fair-seeming to them, so they wander about blindly.” (Quran 27:4)

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Think before you speak. 

If you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all. If you don’t have anything beneficial to say, then again, just don’t say anything.

We shouldn’t waste words saying things that aren’t any good to anybody, and also aren’t any good for us. We’re not getting ajir from it, and in addition, we could potentially be sinning (if we’re gossiping or back-biting for example)

We should remember we will be judged on what we have said to people in our lifetime, so let’s make it all worthy of ajir InshAllah. 

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Iqra (read) was the first word to be revealed for a reason.

Keep reading Quran. Keep reading books and anything beneficial =)

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Don’t lose heart.

If you’re facing an obstacle or hardship, remember Allah(swt) is with you.

Keep going =)

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The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: ‘There is no one among you who does not have two positions, one in Jannah and one in Jahannam. The believer will have a house built for him in Jannah, and his house in Jahannam will be demolished.’ (Ibn Katheer)

Both destinations have been prepared for every one of us, one in Heaven and one in Hell. It is up to us to decide which one we’re going for. InshAllah we stay on the path leading us to Jannah. The same path as Muhammad (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam). The path of the Quran and the Sunnah.

Quick tip: Every morning when you wake up, remind yourself which path you’ll be taking steps toward that day =)

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Snippet #1: Pray

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Don’t forget your salah =)

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