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Our world is all about social networking now. From Hi5 and Myspace to Facebook and Twitter. Blogging on blogspot and wordpress and of course the video-world of Youtube!

They can take a huge amount of our time. You may decide to ‘quickly’ check what’s going on but before you know it, 3 hours have gone by!

You may not be wasting time on these websites per se, since you are reading Hadith reminders, and ayat from the Quran and forming bonds with fellow brothers and sisters in Islam which is all really great Alhamdulilah! But if all those hours are spent online then when are we acting on these tweets and facebook posts?

Ask yourself these questions?

  • How many hours do I spend on Facebook looking at friends’ profiles, the pictures and all the comments?
  • How many hours do I spend reading the profile of Prophet Muhammad (saw) and glancing over the comments about him?
  • How many hours do I spend reading words and quotes that people in the Twittersphere have posted in comparison to the hours spent reading Allah’s words that He posted to us for guidance in this life?
  • How many hours do I spend daily on all these different networking sites in comparison to how long I’ve spent with my family and my friends

Now there’s no harm in using these sites, as long as it is all halal and it’s amazing when we can learn new things on the go! But remember that time is valuable, it is what we can use to build our good deeds for the Akhira. So keep it all in moderation InshAllah.

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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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Nowadays, it is very common to hear phrases such as ‘Omg, you will not believe this…’, ‘Guess what just happened..’ Usually the continuation of sentences like these is not very pleasant, but rather it’s gossip.

We hear it on a day to day basis, at school, universities and in the workplace. It happens all the time as though it is no longer taboo to talk about others in their absence. Sadly, it’s so regular that it is difficult to refrain from joining in, or even just to avoid listening to it.

As Muslims, striving to better ourselves and avoid ill behaviour, we need to recognize the gravity of such conversations, and find ways to steer clear of them. 

The Prophet Muhammad (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) said:

“The majority of man’s sins emanate from his tongue” – (Tabarani)

 Even if we have avoided major sins such as lying, mistreating our parents and so on, we may have accumulated mountains of sins, just because of what we say. Gossiping is one way of misusing our tongues, and there are others – for example judging others and expressing it, but that’s another story for another time.

Allah (swt) has also cautioned us in the Qur’an:

“O you who believe! Avoid much suspicion, indeed some suspicions are sins. And spy not, neither backbite one another. Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? You would hate it (so hate backbiting). And fear God. Verily, God is the one who accepts repentance, Most Merciful.” (49:12)

It’s believed by many scholars that just listening to gossip/backbiting is equally as bad as joining in, because it is as though we are approving it. Listening to people talk about others will taint our opinions of them, even when we make a conscious effort not to be affected by the negative attitudes we hear. 

Also, if these people are gossiping about others, who’s to say that they don’t gossip about you when you aren’t around? We certainly wouldn’t like it if we knew we were being talked about in that manner.

Now that we’ve understood the dangers of gossiping, that it may prevent us from entering Jannah and that Islam teaches us to have good character in all our affairs, how do we go about avoiding it?

There are a few ways and it all depends on your own personal preference and character –

1)   Stop the gossip

As we know from another hadith by our beloved Muhammad (saw) –

“Whoever of you sees an evil action, let him change it with his hand, and if he is not able to do so, then with his tongue, and if he is not able to do so, then with his heart – and that is the weakest of faith.” (Muslim)

So, when we hear someone gossiping, we should try to stop it. We can teach and help others to refrain from such activities and remind them that it isn’t right. You will find that many Muslims and non-Muslims are very receptive and also agree that it’s improper and offensive and will stop. Not only have you now gained ajir for not committing a sin, but you’ve also gained reward for helping others to avoid it too.

Also, being a good example in front of non-Muslims gives them a better opinion about the character of a Muslim. At the end of the day, we are walking representations of Islam and we should always aim to portray the teachings of the beautiful religion through our everyday actions and decisions. In fact, in doing this, you are carrying out your duty in regards to dawah. Your continuous grasp on morals and strong principles may affect someone to accept Islam. And what a reward that would be!

Of course, remember that when telling others to refrain from gossiping, it should be done so with the utmost manners (otherwise it defeats the whole point of having good character!).

2)    Change the subject

Find a topic that would interest your colleagues/classmates, or something of higher importance that would easily guide them away from the initial gossip.

3)    Leave the conversation/busy yourself

It is understandable that sometimes it is difficult to stop gossipy conversations in certain settings. The hadith says the one who cannot stop an evil action by hand or tongue is the weakest of faith; but it’s not to say that you aren’t a good Muslim.

Everybody is different in the way that they behave and undoubtedly in their personalities too. Some situations, as in the workplace for example, it becomes very awkward to start preaching good manners to your supervisors and managers, and you may not feel it is appropriate in your particular position.

In circumstances like these, you could leave the conversation by walking away or by getting on with work to show that you are not a part of the discussion, and you might notice that they are then no longer involving you. Some may view this as secluding oneself, or being antisocial, but it is far better to pass up on ill-intentioned talk that will affect our hearts than to join in. Also, you are not cutting ties or avoiding them as individuals but rather just the particular conversations.

With time, they may come to realise you are never a part of their gossiping sessions and will automatically not involve you. Again, this will give them respect for you and if they see that all the Muslims they encounter are the same with regards to this, they will associate good character with our beautiful and perfect religion.

For any of you reading this feeling a bit uneasy because you would like to avoid these situations but feel it is very difficult, just remember that Rasul Allah (saw) said:

“The reward is according to your expenses or the hardship (which you will undergo performing it)” – (Bukhari)

Of course in Islam, we shouldn’t make things difficult for ourselves but we should remember that we will be rewarded according to our struggles. So InshAllah we can follow the way of the Prophet (saw) and put our trust in Allah when we find ourselves in difficult positions like these.

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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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I’m sure whoever is reading this, has studied ratios in maths class at some point in their life. Ratios allow us to see the relationship between two numbers of the same kind. So now let’s talk ratios in relation to this hadith.

According to Geologic Surveys this planet’s oceans has 346,049,000,000,000,000,000 gallons of water. Let’s assume there is a drop of water left on the finger which is about 0.0251 millilitres.

So if we have both these numbers into gallons to make a ratio we get:

Water on the finger : Water in the ocean

= 0.0000066 gallons : 346,049,000,000,000,000,000 gallons

Sometimes seeing things in number form makes it easier to visualize and put in perspective and we can understand the relationship between the two things and to value their importance in comparison to each other. So as we can see, this life is so minute in comparison to the Akhira. The Ahkira is where we should place value and importance, and consequently invest our time, efforts and money towards.

No matter what circumstances you are going through at the moment, whether it is good or bad, remember this hadith by our Prophet Muhammad (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam).

Remember that this life is almost nothing. Dunya isn’t the end, it’s just a means to our Akhira. So let’s treat it that way InshAllah.

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