السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ
May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon you.
I hope that you are all in a good state of health and Imaan in shaa Allah.
Brothers and sisters I hope you all had a lovely Ramadaan and Eid ma sha Allah with friends and family. May Allah bless us with many more Ramadaans and Eids, ameen.
In order to be amongst the Awliyah of Allah (friends of Allah), we must perform obligatory acts and also get into the habit of doing extra acts of worship voluntarily in order to achieve his love, protection and to invest more so our du’as can be answered more.
Allah says in Surah Fatir, Verse 32: “…but there are among them some who wrong their own souls [a]; some who follow a middle course[b]; and some who are, by Allah’s leave, foremost in good deed[c]; that is the highest Grace.”
[a] – They are the ones who do wrong to their own selves; by harming their own hearts and souls by going against Allah’s commands and doing things which are forbidden and disliked by Allah.
[b] – They are the ones who are in the middle. They try to do what Allah has commanded but they limit themselves when submitting. They will not go out of their own ways to do more good, to gain more pleasure of Allah SWT. They may refrain from forbidden acts, but are often engaging in acts which are Makhrooh (disliked by Allah SWT).
[c] – They are the ones who are far ahead from everyone else. They not only perform the obligatory and Sunnah acts, but they perform Nafl acts out of love for Allah, to strengthen their bond with The Almighty. They avoid the Haraam and will think twice of their actions; they will avoid doing things which our beloved Messenger of Allah Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam would disapprove of if he was around today. They make sacrifices in the way of Allah, for the sake of Allah SWT, hoping to gain his reward in the Akhirah, In shaa Allah.
SubhanAllah, in order for us to become beloved to Al-Wadud (The Most Loving), we should follow [c], as those believers are the ones who not only submit out of fear of Allah SWT, but out of sincerety and compassion for Allah. We should be aiming to please Him SWT through each and every one of our actions.
We should ensure that as soon as the Athaan has been called, and we have made our du’a after the Athaan, that we RUN to our prayer mats/ to the Masjid to ask for His assistance, His forgiveness and genuinely to thank Allah SWT for all He has blessed us with. Allahu Akbar, indeed, the best Salaah is the one that is prayed on time, with sincerity.
But WHAT do I need to do?
- Refrain from dwelling on this Dunya, stop yourself from getting attached to temporary things. Stop yourself from being busy with all that is going on around you, and try to be more concerned about the Akhirah (hereafter). Think more of the hereafter – read books, watch lectures on Youtube, listen to Nasheeds, read Hadiths and Read Qur’anic ayahs concerning the Akhirah. Gradually, your heart will soften in shaa Allah and you will think more of the hereafter rather than this life and Dunya.
- No matter what mood, weather, season, time of the day or the year, turn to the Qur’an for guidance. Allah says in Surah Bakarah: “This is the Book about which there is no doubt, a guidance for those conscious of Allah” (verse 2) Get into the routine of reciting Qur’an each day, even it is for 10-15 minutes. Even if it is one ayah a day, that is absolutely fine as lonf as you understand the meaning of the ayah and you bring yourself to reflect upon it and try to implement it into your life. Indeed, the Qur’an is the best cure for the hearts, no matter what phase you are going through in your life, the Qur’an can heal your heart and make it stronger. Ask Allah to open your heart to understand His words, so that you understand your Creator more, and you understand the purpose of your life. Recite. Learn. Make it a habit. Make it into such a habit that when there is a day that you have not uttered the words of Allah SWT, your heart yearns and cries, you feel restless and the only option you have is to get up and pick up the Book which is most beloved to your heart and soul.
- Constantly do morning and evening Adhkars (specific du’as for the morning and evening). When reciting these du’as, read the meanings. Do this daily as well, and get into the habit of doing so until you have memorised it and you won’t need to rely on your du’a book or your phone anymore. Set reminders on your phone, or stick a note on the wall next to your bed so when you wake up you see that note and you recite the du’as in sha Allah (weird, but I used to do this, it works!)
- Be regular with Sunnah prayers every day. Don’t just do what Allah wants you to do, do what Allah SWT loves you to do! You will love doing them yourself.
- Attend gatherings and programmes in sha Allah. Allah says in Surah Fatir, verse 28: “Those who fear Allah are those who have knowledge”. Knowledge is POWER! The more knowledge you gain about His Deen, the more you will fear Allah, and love him in shaa Allah, as long as you attend these programmes and gatherings with the intention of getting closer to Allah by implementing what you learn and not just listening. Also, attend gatherings and programmes even if you think you’re confident on the topic or theme being discussed. Reminding each other is important in Islam, what can be better than that? Gaining knowledge is important, but there’s no point in doing so if we forget what we learnt a month ago or a year ago. Therefore, remembrance is needed in order to keep the ‘spirit’ alive. In sha Allah we will feel more motivated and confident in establishing Allah SWT’s Deen into our lives and pleasing Him.
We must keep in mind that during the evening there are a number of Angels who come and record what we did during the day, and in the morning there will be other Angels who will record all that we did during the night. These records are then given to Allah SWT and we will receive them on Yawm ul Qiyamaah. So, before we are held accountable for all our deeds it makes sense to hold ourselves accountable for all we do right? We should do some self-criticism on a daily basis, with deep reflection on what went well and what didn’t go so well, and what we want to continue the next day and what we want to refrain from. When we realise our sins, we should repent to Allah immediately and ask Him to forgive us, so that He may overlook our mistakes and have mercy on us on the Day of Judgement in shaa Allah. Many people do this, and it actually helps when trying to figure out what we as individuals need to do in order to block out the Dunya and strengthen our relationship with our Creator SWT. If you need to, create a chart or something and judge whether you are doing enough Ibadah and write your aims and targets for the week or the month and in sha Allah with your aims written in front of you, you will feel more motivated to be amongst those in [c].
Also recite ‘Ya Muqallib al-Quloob, thabbit qalbi ‘alaa deenik’ which means O’ turner of hearts, keep my heart firm upon Your Religion. The Prophet Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam would often recite this du’a, and he was already guaranteed Jannah! We haven’t so we should try and recite it more! 🙂
JazakAllahu Khayr for reading this post, I hope I have helped one way or another. I hope you are having a wonderful day in shaa Allah, please kindly keep the Muslim Ummah and I in your du’as.
If I have made any mistakes, please forgive me and comment on the mistakes I have made. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to comment or email me in sha Allah – details are on the ‘about’ page.
May you be accompanied by safety.