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The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “A man is upon the religion of his friend, so let one of you look at whom he befriends.” (Jami at-Tirmidhi)

We are very heavily influenced by the company we keep. Slowly and without us noticing, though perhaps others might, we adopt the thinking, habits, beliefs, mannerisms and lifestyle of our friends. So it is therefore crucial that we choose friends who will remind us of Allah (swt), keep us on the right path. They should be people we can learn from, people we respect and admire.  People we will also help to improve on a daily basis. 

Nowadays we think a friend is someone who will support you no matter what.  Because that’s what society tells us a friend should be. It’s what we see on Friends, and 90210. But when you make a choice that you later realize was a big mistake, don’t you feel even the slightest bit upset that your friend didn’t warn you or tell you that it wasn’t such a good idea? When our friends ‘support’ us through bad decisions and keep quiet, we think ‘oh what great friends I have, being our backbone’ but in reality; not only are they not doing you any good, but they are harming you. They don’t let you distinguish between right and wrong. They make you think that whatever you choose to do is the right thing. You will then pick up on what they believe is right and adopt their habits and their lifestyle, and you might end up going down the wrong path in life. Would you call that a good friend?

Remember that a friend is someone who might not always tell you what you want to hear. Yep, that’s right, it might hurt at times, but  that’s exactly how you know they genuinely care for you and are helping you to stay on the Sunnah.

Surround yourself with people who you know are trying their best to stay on the right path. People who love Allah (swt), people whose goal is to reach Jannah. You will start to pick up on their good habits, do the good deeds that they do, love Allah (swt) too and have the common goal to enter Jannah InshAllah.

Be upon the religion of these friends.

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Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “There are two blessings which many people lose: health and free time for doing good.” (Sahih Bukhari – The Book of Ar-Riqaq)


Let’s focus on the free time part of this hadith. When we are in an exam hall, and we’ve not yet finished the paper, do we have free time to sit back or get distracted?

As long as we are alive, our life is an ongoing, continuous exam. On Judgement Day, we will be judged on what we did with every moment of it. And our results on that Day will determine our Hereafter, which of course is the rest of our lives forever. Do we have time to get distracted with worldly concerns, and temptations?

If our life exam is still incomplete, can we experience free time?

Quick Tip: Think about where most of your time goes, how many hours do you spend wasting time? How can you then use that time for good, and use it to help you pass the test of this life?

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Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wasallam) said: “Strange are the ways of a believer for there is good in every affair of his, and this is not the case with anyone else except in the case of a believer: For if he has an occasion to feel delight, he thanks (Allah), thus there is good for him in it, and if he gets into trouble and shows resignation (enduring it patiently), there is good for him in it.”-  (Muslim)

 Non believers and some believers nowadays only consider themselves fortunate if they are wealthy, healthy and don’t have any problems (which is never or rare!) But for a true believer who has trust and hope in Allah (subhanahu wa ta3ala) is lucky all of the time. 

When life is going well for us, we can be thankful to Allah (swt) for it is He who has given us the blessing. And when life is on rocky grounds, there is good in it too. There are many benefits from hardships that I can think of –

  • We learn to be patient and Allah (swt) loves patience
  • We appreciate that Allah (swt) has only given us this hardship because He knows we can handle it and grow stronger
  • Allah (swt) expiates some of our sins from every hardship or struggle we go through
  • We put our trust and hope in Allah (swt) to get us through and know that Allah will give us something better in this life or in the Akhira InshAllah
  • We deal with our problems in the best way possible, with peace of mind and heart
In all circumstances of our life, we are truly blessed and lucky. He really is the Most Merciful and Most Gracious. Alhamdulilah.

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Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Truthfulness leads to righteousness and righteousness leads to Paradise; a person remains truthful until he is written as a Siddeeq (truthful person) with Allah. Lying leads to sin and sin leads to the Fire; a person keeps lying until he is written as a Kadhdhab (liar) with Allah.”  (Bukhari, Muslim)

Imam Malik stated that Abdullah ibn Masud would say, “Each time someone lies a black spot appears on his heart until his whole heart becomes black and he is written with Allah as a Kadhdhab.” He also records that it was asked of Luqman, “How have you reached this level in excellence?” He replied, “By being true in speech, fulfilling trusts and leaving what does not concern me.” 

Shaytaan pushes us to lie and then think ‘oh it was just a little white lie’ so we don’t feel bad about it. We believe that it’s no big deal. Then we lie again and again, until it develops into a habit, and all those lies have now blackened our hearts and we become known as a ‘khadhab’ – a liar.

There are many types of lies, too many to list, but we should think about what we’ve been lying about. If it’s because we’re covering up something we shouldn’t be doing, then we should have a re-think about our actions. If we were happy with what we’re doing and weren’t ashamed of it, we wouldn’t feel the need to lie.

Spiteful lying is when we do so to benefit ourselves or to hurt others. For example, lawyers lie at court to help their criminal client win the lawsuit, or some may lie to cheat others like those who lie about their products in order to sell them. Some people lie to exaggerate a point or ‘stretch the truth’ in order to boast, but that’s a whole topic in itself.

These are all forms of lies and they are unlawful in Islam. We are told to be truthful in everything we say, that way people are judged justly, people don’t get cheated and so on. We are encouraged to follow the footsteps of our Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) as he was known to be ‘the truthful one’ even before he became the Messenger of Islam.

Truthfulness leads to righteousness, and righteousness leads to Paradise.

Let’s try our best to be truthful always and InshAllah we will be of the righteous people who are granted Jannah.

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Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: Whoever does not argue when he is in the wrong will have a home built for him on the edge of Paradise. Whoever avoids it when he is in the right will have a home built for him in the middle of Paradise. And whoever improves his own character, a home will be built for him in the highest part of Paradise. (Tirmidhi)

Sometimes we can feel so strongly about something that when someone gives a contradicting opinion or a different outlook, we get worked up about it, and we turn it into an argument. We’ll keep going until we have convinced them, and if they’re not convinced, we’ll probably bring it up again at a later time. 

However, arguing is discouraged in Islam, as we can tell from the hadith. It rarely gets anyone to change their minds, (we’re a pretty stubborn kind!). It only creates defensiveness and ill feelings between people, and involves a matter of ego, which we should avoid. And there is no reason to involve ourselves in arguments which do not concern our deen. 

Whether we are right or wrong, we should state our point of view and just leave it at that. In both cases, we have houses built for us in Jannah InshAllah. When we know we are right, it becomes more difficult to refrain from arguing back and so the reward is greater for the one who does this.

Quick Tip: Every time you feel an argument brewing, take a second to remember this hadith and choose to have a house in Jannah rather than the satisfaction of  ‘trying to convince people’ and getting your point across a hundred times. Share your perspective calmly and leave it at that.

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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 =)

Picture source: Tumblr – destinationjannah

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Abu Huraira narrated from the Prophet (salAllahu alaihi wa sallam) that once while a man was travelling in the wilderness he heard a voice in a cloud ordering the angel of the cloud to pour its rain on a particular farm.

So the man followed the cloud and saw that it poured its rain on a rocky volcanic plain. All the water gathered in a stream and poured into a farm. The man saw the owner working in that farm and asking him his name. The name was the same one that he had heard from the cloud.

The man then related what he had heard and seen, and inquired from the owner of the farm what was special about him that would explain all of this. Given the reason for the inquiry, the owner explained that he would plant his farm and then split the harvest into three equal parts. One part he gave as sadaqa, the second part he kept as food for himself and his family, and the third part he replanted. (Muslim)

I think we can take two principal lessons from this hadith.

The first is the importance of sadaqa. We should remember that sadaqa doesn’t only refer to the giving of money, it can be your time and effort towards a good cause, it could be passing on knowledge, helping someone who is in need of help. Even a smile is sadaqa. We don’t have to be wealthy people to give sadaqa, so don’t hold back and just do what you can.

Smile it's Sadaqa

(I know this article is about the above hadith but this following hadith fits the sadaqa point very well =P)

The Prophet PBUH said:

“There is a Sadaqa ( charity ) due on every Muslim; if he cannot give because he has no money, let him work then he can support himself and give charity; if he is unable to work, then let him help someone in need of his help; if he does not do that, let him adjoin good; if he does not do that, then he should not do evil or harm others: it will be written for him as a Sadaqa” (Bukhari and Muslim)

This man made the intention to give sadaqa from his farm, so Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) gave him rain so that this man could be a means to provide for the needy. Money is not just a blessing but also a trial from Allah (subhannahu wa ta’ala), to see what we will do with it – are we going to buy more things we don’t need or are we going to do good with it?

The second lesson we can take from the hadith is CONSISTENCY. The man was giving one third of his earnings from the farm on a regular basis. Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) loves consistency in good deeds, and so He sent rain especially for him.

I have to sneak in another fitting hadith – Rasul Allah (sal Allahi 3alaihi wa sallam) said that the deeds most loved by Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) are those that are done regularly even though they may be few. (Bukhari)

So choose a few new good deeds that you’d like to start doing, however small you think they are, and do them every day. And then once you’ve made a habit of those, keep adding more! May Allah reward you all for your efforts and good deeds InshAllah.

Let’s aim to be DYNAMIC MUSLIMS consistently =)

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