Islamic quotes

All of the things that happen to you, all the illuminations, stations, states, blessings outward and inward - don’t look at those things as “this is what it’s about.” Don’t depend on them [these gifts]. It will degrade the sincerity of your tawḥīd. We don’t worship Allāh for the gifts, we worship because of the life He has given us and because we are commanded to do so.
—  Shaykh Ḥamza Yūsuf

‏ما دام الله معك لا يهمك شخصاً آذاك.
As long as Allah is with you, don’t worry about those who hurt you.

ما دام الله يحفظك لا تحزن على أحد أهملك
As long as Allah is protecting you, don’t become sad over someone who dominates you.

وما دام الله يريد لك شيئاً فلن يقف في وجهك شيء أبداً.
As long as Allah wants something for you, nothing will ever stand in your way.

Salah is like a mirror,
reflecting the state of your heart
as you speak to your Lord.
Are you distracted?
Are your words pure?
Be honest with yourself, 
what do you
see?

إن أهل الجنة إذا دخلوا الجنة
و لم يجدوا أصحابهم
الذين كانوا معهم على خير في الدنيا
فإنهم يسائلون عنهم رب العزة ، ويقولون:

When people enter Paradise and don’t see their friends who were with them in this world, they will ask Allah:

” يارب لنا إخوان كانوا يصلون معنا و يصومون معنا لم نراهم.“

“Oh Lord, we do not see our brothers with whom we used to pray and fast with.”

فيقول الله جل و علا:

So Allah will say:

“اذهبوا للنار و أخرجوا من كان في قلبه مثقال ذرة من إيمان.”

“Go to the fire and take them out even if they had an atom of faith in their hearts.”

و قال الحسن البصري - رحمه الله -
[ استكثروا من الأصدقاء المؤمنين فإن لهم شفاعة يوم القيامة.]

Hasan Al Basri (R.A) said:

“Increase in making friends who are believers as they will intercede for you on the Day of Judgement.”

الصديق الوفي هو من يمشي بك إلى الجنة.

A loyal friend is he who walks with you to Paradise.

قال ابن الجوزي رحمه الله:

Ibn Al Jowzi (R.A) said:

“إن لم تجدوني في الجنة بينكم فاسألوا عني فقولوا:
يا ربنا عبدك فلان كان يذكرنا بك!!!”

“If you do not find me amongst you in Paradise, then ask for me and say: Oh our Lord, so and so servant of yours used to remind us about you.”

وأنا أسألكم إن لم تجدوني بينكم في الجنة
فاسألوا عني.. لعلي ذكرتكم بالله ولو لمرة واحدة.

Therefore I ask you, if you don’t find me amongst you in Paradise, then ask for me. Even if I’ve mentioned Allah to you only once.

احذروا من كسر القلوب!

Beware of breaking hearts.

ربما تكسر قلباً يحبه الله.

Perhaps you may break a heart that God loves.

Ramadan tips to maximize your rewards:

1. Get a journal to write down all your goals, dua and things you will avoid. (Inspired by my dear friend Mona Al-Khayyali).

2. Make different category of goals:
A.Character goals (control anger, more patient, more humble)
B. Spiritual Goals (amount of Quran you want to read, extra prayers, athkar)
C. Family (spend time together, listen to lectures, reward system and charts)
D. Sins to avoid (gossip, lying…)
E. Community (feeding the poor, visiting the sick, money to refugees, helping at the mosque)

2. Form a support group with friends or family to remind and encourage one another. (Blessed to have a group of the most sincere and encouraging sisters MashaAllah working together towards self-improvement)

3. Forgive and clear your heart from grudges. It is so therapeutic to let go of the hurt and move on. This will free your heart of rancor and animosity.

4. Pray 2 rakats tauba for any shortcomings you had throughout the year to start with a clean slate.

I pray Allah strengthen us and guides us.

—  Halel Banani