allah is the one & only god

*Almost 100 direct instructions by Allah in the Quran for mankind*
—  1. Do not be rude in speech (3:159)
2. Restrain Anger (3:134)
3. Be good to others (4:36)
4. Do not be arrogant (7:13)
5. Forgive others for their mistakes (7:199)
6. Speak to people mildly (20:44)
7. Lower your voice (31:19)
8. Do not ridicule others (49:11)
9. Be dutiful to parents(17:23)
10. Do not say a word of disrespect to parents (17:23)
11. Do not enter parents’ private room without asking permission (24:58)
12. Write down the debt (2:282)
13. Do not follow anyone blindly (2:170)
14. Grant more time to repay if the debtor is in hard time (2:280)
15. Don’t consume interest (2:275)
16. Do not engage in bribery (2:188)
17. Do not break the promise (2:177)
18. Keep the trust (2:283)
19. Do not mix the truth with falsehood (2:42)
20. Judge with justice between people (4:58)
21. Stand out firmly for justice (4:135)
22. Wealth of the dead should be distributed among his family members (4:7)
23. Women also have the right for inheritance (4:7)
24. Do not devour the property of orphans (4:10)
25. Protect orphans (2:220)
26. Do not consume one another’s wealth unjustly (4:29)
27. Try for settlement between people (49:9)
28. Avoid suspicion (49:12)
29. Do not spy and backbite (2:283)
30. Do not spy or backbite (49:12)
31. Spend wealth in charity (57:7)
32. Encourage feeding poor (107:3)
33. Help those in need by finding them (2:273)
34. Do not spend money extravagantly (17:29)
35. Do not invalidate charity with reminders (2:264)
36. Honor guests (51:26)
37. Order righteousness to people only after practicing it yourself(2:44)
38. Do not commit abuse on the earth (2:60)
39. Do not prevent people from mosques (2:114)
40. Fight only with those who fight you (2:190)
41. Keep the etiquettes of war (2:191)
42. Do not turn back in battle (8:15)
43. No compulsion in religion (2:256)
44. Believe in all prophets (2:285)
45. Do not have sexual intercourse during menstrual period (2:222)
46. Breast feed your children for two complete years (2:233)
47. Do not even approach unlawful sexual intercourse (17:32)
48. Choose rulers by their merit (2:247)
49. Do not burden a person beyond his scope (2:286)
50. Do not become divided (3:103)
51. Think deeply about the wonders and creation of this universe (3:191)
52. Men and Women have equal rewards for their deeds (3:195)
53. Do not marry those in your blood relation (4:23)
54. Family should be led by men (4:34)
55. Do not be miserly (4:37)
56. Do not keep envy (4:54)
57. Do not kill each other (4:92)
58. Do not be an advocate for deceit (4:105)
59. Do not cooperate in sin and aggression (5:2)
60. Cooperate in righteousness (5:2)
61. ’Having majority’ is not a criterion of truth (6:116)
62. Be just (5:8)
63. Punish for crimes in an exemplary way (5:38)
64. Strive against sinful and unlawful acts (5:63)
65. Dead animals, blood, the flesh of swine are prohibited (5:3)
66. Avoid intoxicants and alcohol (5:90)
67. Do not gamble (5:90)
68. Do not insult others’ deities (6:108)
69. Don’t reduce weight or measure to cheat people (6:152)
70. Eat and Drink, But Be Not Excessive (7:31)
71. Wear good cloths during prayer times (7:31)
72. protect and help those who seek protection (9:6)
73. Keep Purity (9:108)
74. Never give up hope of Allah’s Mercy (12:87)
75. Allah will forgive those who have done wrong out of ignorance (16:119)
76. Invitation to God should be with wisdom and good instruction (16:125)
77. No one will bear others’ sins (17:15)
78. Do not kill your children for fear of poverty (17:31)
79. Do not pursue that of which you have no knowledge (17:36)
80. Keep aloof from what is vain (23:3)
81. Do not enter others’ houses without seeking permission (24:27)
82. Allah will provide security for those who believe only in Allah (24:55)
83. Walk on earth in humility (25:63)
84. Do not neglect your portion of this world (28:77)
85. Invoke not any other god along with Allah (28:88)
86. Do not engage in homosexuality (29:29)
87. Enjoin right, forbid wrong (31:17)
88. Do not walk in insolence through the earth (31:18)
89. Women should not display their finery (33:33)
90. Allah forgives all sins (39:53)
91. Do not despair of the mercy of Allah (39:53)
92. Repel evil by good (41:34)
93. Decide on affairs by consultation (42:38)
94. Most noble of you is the most righteous (49:13)
95. No Monasticism in religion (57:27)
96. Those who have knowledge will be given a higher degree by Allah (58:11)
97. Treat non-Muslims in a kind and fair manner (60:8)
98. Save yourself from covetousness (64:16)
99. Seek forgiveness of Allah. He is Forgiving and Merciful (73:20)
100 direct instructions by Allah in the Quran for mankind

1. Do not be rude in speech (3:159)
2. Restrain Anger (3:134)
3. Be good to others (4:36)
4. Do not be arrogant (7:13)
5. Forgive others for their mistakes (7:199)
6. Speak to people mildly (20:44)
7. Lower your voice (31:19)
8. Do not ridicule others (49:11)
9. Be dutiful to parents(17:23)
10. Do not say a word of disrespect to parents (17:23)
11. Do not enter parents’ private room without asking permission (24:58)
12. Write down the debt (2:282)
13. Do not follow anyone blindly (2:170)
14. Grant more time to repay if the debtor is inhard time (2:280)
15. Don’t consume interest (2:275)
16. Do not engage in bribery (2:188)
17. Do not break the promise (2:177)
18. Keep the trust (2:283)
19. Do not mix the truth with falsehood (2:42)
20. Judge with justice between people (4:58)
21. Stand out firmly for justice (4:135)
22. Wealth of the dead should be distributed among his family members (4:7)
23. Women also have the right for inheritance (4:7)
24. Do not devour the property of orphans (4:10)
25. Protect orphans (2:220)
26. Do not consume one another’s wealth unjustly (4:29)
27. Try for settlement between people (49:9)
28. Avoid suspicion (49:12)
29. Do not spy and backbite (2:283)
30. Do not spy or backbite (49:12)
31. Spend wealth in charity (57:7)
32. Encourage feeding poor (107:3)
33. Help those in needby finding them (2:273)
34. Do not spend money extravagantly (17:29)
35. Do not invalidate charity with reminders (2:264)
36. Honor guests (51:26)
37. Order righteousness to people only after practicing it yourself(2:44)
38. Do not commit abuse on the earth (2:60)
39. Do not prevent people from mosques (2:114)
40. Fight only with those who fight you (2:190)41. Keep the etiquettes of war (2:191)
42. Do not turn back in battle (8:15)
43. No compulsion in religion (2:256)
44. Believe in all prophets (2:285)
45. Do not have sexual intercourse during menstrual period (2:222)
46. Breast feed your children for two complete years (2:233)
47. Do not even approach unlawful sexual intercourse (17:32)
48. Choose rulers by their merit (2:247)
49. Do not burden a person beyond his scope (2:286)
50. Do not become divided (3:103) 
51. Think deeply about the wonders and creation of this universe (3:191)
52. Men and Women have equal rewards for their deeds (3:195)
53. Do not marry those in your blood relation (4:23)
54. Family should be led by men (4:34)
55. Do not be miserly (4:37)
56.Do not keep envy (4:54)
57. Do not kill each other (4:92)
58. Do not be an advocate for deceit (4:105)
59. Do not cooperate in sin and aggression (5:2)
60. Cooperate in righteousness (5:2)
61. ’Having majority’ is not a criterion of truth (6:116)
62. Be just (5:8)
63. Punish for crimes in an exemplary way (5:38)
64. Strive against sinful and unlawful acts (5:63)
65. Dead animals, blood, the flesh of swine are prohibited (5:3)
66. Avoid intoxicants and alcohol (5:90)
67. Do not gamble (5:90)
68. Do not insult others’ deities (6:108)
69. Don’t reduce weight or measure to cheat people (6:152)
70. Eat and Drink, But Be Not Excessive (7:31)
71. Wear good cloths during prayer times (7:31)
72. protect and help those who seek protection (9:6)
73. Keep Purity (9:108)
74. Never give up hope of Allah’s Mercy (12:87)
75. Allah will forgive those who have done wrong out of ignorance (16:119)
76. Invitation to God should be with wisdom and good instruction (16:125)
77. No one will bear others’ sins (17:15)
78. Do not kill your children for fear of poverty (17:31)
79. Do not pursue that of which you have no knowledge (17:36)
80. Keep aloof from what is vain (23:3)
81. Do not enter others’ houses without seekingpermission (24:27)
82. Allah will provide security for those who believe only in Allah (24:55)
83. Walk on earth in humility (25:63)
84. Do not neglect your portion of this world (28:77)
85. Invoke not any other god along with Allah (28:88)
86. Do not engage in homosexuality (29:29)
87. Enjoin right, forbid wrong (31:17)
88. Do not walk in insolence through the earth (31:18)
89. Women should not display their finery (33:33)
90. Allah forgives all sins (39:53)
91. Do not despair of the mercy of Allah (39:53)
92. Repel evil by good (41:34)
93. Decide on affairs by consultation (42:38)
94. Most noble of you is the most righteous (49:13)
95. No Monasticism in religion (57:27)
96. Those who have knowledge will be given a higher degree by Allah (58:11)
97. Treat non-Muslims in a kind and fair manner (60:8)
98. Save yourself from covetousness (64:16)
99. Do not repel one who asks (93:10)
100. Seek forgiveness of Allah. He is Forgiving and Merciful (73:20)

6

BEFORE YOU FLIP TABLES

Yesterday was the perfect example of a bad day for me. It was one of those days where nothing just seems to work, you forget everything, you lose stuff, everything goes out of hand, and just as you thought the day couldn’t possibly get worse, something else comes up. Let’s not go into details, suffice it to say the day was just horrendous.

I did, however try my best to stay positive. Told my friend Jaido who was with me that day everything that happened since morning. After hearing me rant about my miserable Sunday, she suddenly lit up- which definitely was a strange reflex. Uhm, hello, why are you happy over my suffering? Her answer was life-changing. She answered, “because your suffering means better things are coming!!!”

That positivity was so admirable MashaAllah. Her words instantly made me feel better. It was somewhat magical because I could have sworn I felt like trash two seconds before. The amount of faith she has for God is so profound. Another lesson I learnt that day was, sometimes we focus too much on the problem, we become somewhat blind towards the blessings existing concurrently. Allah says in the Quran, with hardship comes ease. WITH and not AFTER. SubhanAllah, Jaido was definitely a blessing. She was simply heaven-sent. I’m so fortunate to have such optimistic friends who knows just the right things to say when I’m at my lowest.

When He removes something in your possession it is only in order to empty your hands for an even greater gift. - Ibn Qayyim

So if you’re having one of those days, remember, BETTER THINGS ARE COMING!

*cues “Jason Mraz - Life is Wonderful” in the background*

Love, light and laughter,
Aisyah Shakirah


(Shots taken that very day at Masjid Wilayah by @atiq259 on instagram)

one night
you will breathe out
the most silent ‘alhamdulillah’
into the wind,

almost voiceless
yet loud enough

for even
the furthest of nightingales
to listen
and sing its praise
all along.

this night i promise
you would hear
from the entire world
only that

and understand
that each voice
had always been
encompassed by Him.
—  ibtasem // الحمد لله - “All praise to Allah”

anonymous asked:

hi yaz, do you have any passages from the quran that guides you through your hardest days? the past few months haven't been easy, and i feel lonelier than ever some days

of course, love! here you go, and I hope things get better for you:

  • “He knows what enters the earth and what comes out of it; what descends from the sky and what ascends to it. And He is with you wherever you are.” (57:4)
  • “He makes night merge into day and day into night. He knows what is in every heart.” (57:6)
  • “Do not strut arrogantly about the earth: you cannot break it open, nor match the mountains in height.” (17: 37)
  • “The servants of the Lord of Mercy are those who walk humbly on the earth, and who, when aggressive people address them, reply with words of peace” (25:63)
  • “truly your God is One, Lord of the heavens and earth and everything between them, Lord of every sunrise.” (37:4-5)
  • But you, soul at peace: return to your Lord well pleased and well pleasing.” (89:28)
  • “truly where there is hardship, there is also ease.” (94:6)
  • “Allah said: ‘Fear not. Indeed I am with you both; I hear and I see.’“(20:46)
  • “Call on Me and I will answer you.” (40:60)
  • “Indeed what is to come will be better than what has gone by.” (93:4)
  • “Only in remembrance of Allah (swt) will your heart find peace” (Surah 13: Verse 28)
  • “Remember Me- I will remember you.” (1:152)
Letter to the heart that is numb

A Letter to the Heart that is Numb

To the heart that is numb,
Standing in taraweeh (Ramadan night prayers) while everyone is weeping – except you. Your friends talk about how exhilarating fasting is for them – but all you feel is irritation; and that is if you feel anything at all. Your supplications are just words you repeat – without heart.

What is the point of all of it? Your actions are robotic. Monotone. Without soul.
You wish you could be like that person praying next to you in taraweeh who sobs during every prostration. You want to be the one passionately pleading with Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala (exalted is He) with humility. Your hope is that you can be that person whose heart is broken before God.

You know what, though? You, too, are special to Allah.
You who recites the Qur’an because you know it is good.
You who prays because Allah commanded you to.
You who attends lectures on Islam because you want to feel closer to Him.
The Prophet ﷺ told us that the person who recites the Qur’an and struggles with the recitation receives twice the reward: for their recitation and for their effort and struggle.

Ibn Al-Qayyim used this hadith (tradition of the Prophet ﷺ) as the basis for his statement that the person who struggles to be devoted in prayer gets twice the reward: for the parts that he was devoted, and for his struggle to stay focused.
As long as you are trying, Allah is with you.
The fact that you get up to pray qiyaam (night prayer) even though you feel nothing is appreciated by Allah. When you mouth the words to your du`a even when your heart is numb, Allah knows how you feel. And you are rewarded for that. Do not think that this will go to waste.
Allah gets it.
Because you are not worshiping a feeling. You do not bow down solely for that ‘high’. You prostrate only to the Lord of the feelings and the One who is the Most High. You submit to Him – through your prayers, fasting and supplication – because you know you have a Merciful, Just, Appreciative, Forgiving God, Who has the power to give life to everything that is dead.
Including your heart.

You know you have a Nurturing, Patient, Generous, Subtle and Kind Lord who is can bring back whatever is lost.
He can bring you back.

So to the heart that is numb: Do not give up just yet. Your heart is on a journey. You are first and foremost worshiping your Lord. And He has promised you:
“And those who strive for Us – We will surely guide them to Our ways. And indeed, Allah is with the doers of good.” (Qur’an, 29:69)

As long as you are doing good, Allah will guide you and He is with you. Do you know what that means?

Imam Ash-Shawkani stated that Allah being with someone means more care, honouring and preference for the person.
And you know what else? Allah loves what you do. He tells us:
“Indeed, those who have believed and done righteous deeds – the Most Merciful will appoint for them affection.” (Qur’an, 19:96)

Allah will not only love you, but He will show that love for you. He will bestow His affection upon you, and your heart will feel it.

So keep trekking. Your heart will open – He is, after all, al-Fattah. Al-Fattah is He who opens whatever is closed; your heart included. You might wonder when and how, but just know that it will happen. It could be on the last night of Ramadan or it could be a month after Ramadan – your heart will open, God willing. The daily exercise you do might not look like much, but you will inevitably see the results if you persevere.

Similarly, your good actions slowly chip away at what has been hardening your heart and, eventually, you will feel.

And if it gets too much, just talk to God. Tell Him how you feel, and tell Him how you want to feel. Do it every night, and every time you feel empty. God is there; never underestimate your turning to Him. ‘Turning to Him’ does not just mean prayers and supplications; you can just tell Him what is in your heart.

On the Day of Judgment, you will be grateful for your perseverance and your hope in Him, because it will matter more than you will ever know. So push yourself and exert all the effort you can muster. The tiniest ray of light can brighten the darkest of places.

Love
,
A fellow heart that is* numb.
(*was)

anonymous asked:

Could a Christian demigod maintain his faith by rationalizing that the gods are actually just mutants,or maybe even aliens?

lol im glad im not the only one with Guilty Christian Thoughts on the brain right now lkdjflskjf…….hope everyone is holding up okay this weekend

anyway yeah probably? i don’t know about mutants or aliens (tbh mixing sci-fi and fantasy always just. trips me out) but i definitely think there are ways of rationalizing different faith systems within the riordanverse, he left it pretty open to that.

i know samirah says something in mcga about how she believes that the gods are creations of allah and she doesn’t accept them as god, and while the christian concept of god is a little different than the muslim concept i do think that a christian demigod would understand and probably use this same kind of logic. as in, the “gods” are just powerful beings, not actually god. it makes sense.

in christianity there’s like angels and demons and stuff and there’s even a mention in genesis somewhere that there used to be a race of demigods bc angels would breed with human women so it’s actually….not that that difficult to get your head around greek mythology and still practice christianity.

i think anyone religious who encounters greek/norse/egyptian/roman deities is gonna be in for some pretty intensive review of their faith system, but just bc it’s unconventional doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not possible for them to coexist.

there were times i had wholeheartedly sunken myself into islam, ‘submitting’ completely and trying my best to follow the teachings, better myself, be sincere blah etc. but no matter how much i tried, it never sat perfectly well with me. i had so many questions and all of the answers when i asked came back to ‘yes, but allah is god, he created us and he knows best, so don’t question his eternal wisdom’. and i’d say okay, well i’m already believing in a god that i can’t see, i already have faith in a being i have no evidence of, let me just follow whatever he says to do and maybe one day the benefits will be clear. but my conscience would never let me. if allah said all humans are equal and they are only better than each other in terms of their worship of god, how much more and better they do etc, then why, why are men superior to women? they kept telling me ‘oh islam loves women, women are powerful in islam’ 


but why are men the guardians of women if women are so powerful? why is their inheritance worth less than their male counterparts? why are the dress codes much different -and harsher- for women? why is women’s testimony a joke? because a woman’s testimony counting as less than man’s even by a minuscule is a joke to me, a demeaning one. as if women do not have rational minds. as if women cannot even trust their brains. as if women are more mindless animals than rational, thinking humans. why can men have more than one wife? i always asked my mom and she told me i would make a very jealous wife. but why? why shouldn’t i want the person who has promised to spend their lifetime with me all to myself? why should i have to share? why does allah endorse men’s infidelity? my mom told me that men are more prone to committing zina because their sexual drive is higher than women’s and having more than one wife available to a man at any given time would make a him less likely to commit zina. to be honest, this broke my young heart. to think that my religion would condone my husband cheating on me and i would have to be pious and pretty, even smile at my co wife. how demeaning. how belittling. 


why does allah endorse rape? by bringing forth this twisted perspective that men cannot control their sexual urges - and like an animal- need to mate immediately they feel them, makes it seem like it’s okay for men to use women as a vessel for their pleasure. for their carnal needs and nothing more. why is it that this beloved religion portrays women as nothing more children-bearing-house-keeping-pleasure-giving-weak-willed-vessels to be controlled by men? that a woman’s place does not go beyond the four walls of a home-cell. passed down from man to man in her lifetime, from her father then to a demon disguised as a husband whom she must answer to, as if he is her saving grace and obedience to him will lead her to god? in fact, islam continually broke my heart. it is a sin to be a ‘bad wife’. but islam says that i must obey my husband because he is my guardian. that when i get married, my husband has the most rights over me, even more so than my father. are two people in a marriage not equal? that i cannot argue with my husband because we are both human and equal and my opinion is not less than his? that if i deny him sex, i will be cursed by angels? am i only a pleasure giving vessel? 


it seemed to me that islam was all about submission but it would be better for you if you are a man because men are above women and children. the teachings of islam in terms of women is one i can go on about for days, and it seemed i was going to settle for a life of oppression at the hands of men, endorsed by god almighty so i could reach his perfect little heaven that i also may or may not reach for the slightest of things, even if i faced many trials and tribulations…


god said that he created man with a rational mind so he can think for himself, unlike animals. but why is questioning islam and allah a sin? why is questioning anything about this perfect religion a ticket to hell? and god said that he is the one that shows people the right path and he is also the one that leads them astray. so if he is merciful and loving and benign, then why, why would he create a burning pit of torture? if you are a god at all, why would you create a hell for your subjects if you really are merciful and forgiving? unless you are a bored, narcissistic jerk who wants his balls licked? why would you let people die unjustly in war, let children be blown to bits and die of starvation? why would you let the miseries of the world happen if you had the power to stop them? you mean to tell me that allah is all powerful, there is nothing he cannot do yet he lets people suffer in the most wretched of ways? why does this god who promotes goodness and the spirit of good actions not do anything about the sufferings he can help? what does he do on his throne in heaven, close his eyes and listen to the praises he’s being bestowed and ignore everything else? wtf? what a jerk???


submitting to islam is giving up on life. and i realized that was what i was submitting to. a life of oppression, unhappiness, misogyny, disrespect, mistreatment, silence, anguish. that’s what islam is. it’s like islam was concocted by some elites who wanted most people to suffer in a half-life, sacrificing and submitting with the promise that good things were yet to come in an afterlife, only for the elites to stay powerful and fulfilled and the rest oppressed.or maybe islam was made up by some of the most brilliant story-tellers, an impressive piecing together of bullshit. it makes sense that islam is man made. humans are brilliant at making things up. we love to engage our imaginations. but like all things human, surely there will be flaws. and if you see past the coat of ‘peace, loving, tolerant,’ bulllshit, you will see that islam is deeply flawed. horribly so. 

[Al-Wakil/The trustee/The Excellent Guardian]
“Allah suffices as a Disposer [of affairs].” ‎﴾‬‎4.81﴿‬
Allah is All-good and All-powerful; all our affairs are best entrusted to His care, for He is the best Guardian of all interests “In Allah let the believers put all their trust.” ‎﴾3.160‬‎﴿‬‎
Putting one’s trust in Allah means that one should take all possible precautions and then leave the results in the hands of Allah, who knows the working of events better than any human mind can conceive of. “And when you have decided, then rely upon Allah. Indeed, Allah loves those who rely [upon Him].” ‎﴾‬‎3‬‎‎.‬‎1‬‎5‬‎9‬‎﴿‬ A true believer, like the Prophets, realises that the fruition of his efforts comes only from Allah, therefore He turns to no one else for that. “Sufficient for us is Allah , and [He is] the best Disposer of affairs."‎﴾‬‎3‬‎.‬‎1‬‎7‬‎3‬‎﴿‬ The Prophet ‎ﷺ‎‬‎ recommended the following dua before sleeping: "O Allah, I surrender myself to You and entrust my affair to You, with hope in You and fear of You. There is no resort and no deliverer (from hardship but You). I affirm my faith in the Book which You revealed and in the Messengers whom You sent.” (Sahih Muslim : Book 48, Hadith 77) ‎اللَّهُمَّ أَسْلَمْتُ نَفْسِي إِلَيْكَ وَوَجَّهْتُ وَجْهِي إِلَيْكَ وَأَلْجَأْتُ ظَهْرِي إِلَيْكَ وَفَوَّضْتُ أَمْرِي إِلَيْكَ رَغْبَةً وَرَهْبَةً إِلَيْكَ لاَ مَلْجَأَ وَلاَ مَنْجَا مِنْكَ إِلاَّ إِلَيْكَ آمَنْتُ بِكِتَابِكَ الَّذِي أَنْزَلْتَ وَبِرَسُولِكَ الَّذِي أَرْسَلْتَ ‏.‏ فَإِنْ مَاتَ مَاتَ عَلَى الْفِطْرَةِ ‏"
To take Allah as the only Guardian is part of our belief in Allah, as is clear from this verse “(O Prophet, tell them) "He is the Most Merciful; we have believed in Him, and upon Him we have relied.” ‎﴾‬‎6‬‎7‬‎.‬‎2‬‎9‬‎﴿‬ Tawakkul (having trust in Allah) is a highly desirable and rewarding trait which all of us should try to develop for it reinforces our belief in the One true God.❤️

anonymous asked:

Hi ! I'm currently questioning Islam because I was raised with a rather toxic view of the religion. Hijab is forced on us and we are raised to see other religions as disbelievers who will burn. The image of God I was raised with is contradictory and extremely scary. I am trying to reconcile with my faith, but the contradictions bug me and it all worsens my anxiety because I am told questioning means Allah will punish me for that as well

I’ve had a similar experience, and Islam only became appealing when I formatted everything I was taught, and started fresh. I decided to go in with my own perspective, all my personal beliefs, and see if Islam would accept me. And alhamdulillah, it did. 

The thing about the image of God is a tough one. I think a lot of us can relate to how the scary, angry version of God was always at the forefront of our childhood Islamic education. It is so odd how we as Muslims choose to highlight those very small instances of Allah SWT expressing His disdain and ignore the words that we start every surah with - Bismillahi Al-Rahman Ar-Raheem (In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful). Other than that, when you actually read the Quran, you realize all Allah SWT ever talks about is forgiveness. He talks about how much He loves forgiveness, and that no matter how much we sin, He’s always there. It is said that Allah SWT’s love for you surpasses that of your mother 70 times (this is a figure of speech in Arabic. it’s not actually quantifiable). Imagine mothers spend all their lives caring for their children. How they give up things for themselves to give to their children. How a mother is constantly worried about her child’s whereabouts and health and well-being. How your mother can’t sleep until you do. How she stays up all night when you’re sick. A mother wants nothing but the best for her child. Still, all that is nothing compared to how much Allah SWT loves you. Add to that the fact that not only does He want the best for you, but He actually knows what’s best for you. That should be a comforting thought. That an all-powerful being is constantly watching over you, guiding you, testing you, molding you into the best version of yourself. I’m not gonna be able to fully describe Allah SWT to you here, but I really really recommend you start reading the Quran (with translation and tafsir if you don’t understand Arabic). Also watch this video. Changed my life. 

But really it just comes down to you taking that leap to learn for yourself. It took me years to overcome the fear of approaching the Quran and Islam deeply, but once I did, I didn’t regret it once. Yes, it’s difficult. Yes, you will experience cognitive dissonance sometimes, but nothing compares to finally feeling like you have a personal connection with God. Good luck. 

‘Standing in taraweeh (Ramadan night prayers) while everyone is weeping – except you. Your friends talk about how exhilarating fasting is for them – but all you feel is irritation; and that is if you feel anything at all. Your du`as (supplications) are just words you repeat – without heart.

What is the point of all of it? Your actions are robotic. Monotone. Without soul.

You wish you could be like that person praying next to you in taraweeh who sobs during every prostration. You want to be the one passionately pleading with Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala (exalted is He) with humility. Your hope is that you can be that person whose heart is broken before God.
You know what, though? You, too, are special to Allah (swt).

You who recites the Qur’an because you know it is good.

You who prays because Allah (swt) commanded you to.

You who attends lectures on Islam because you want to feel closer to Him.

The Prophet ﷺ told us that the person who recites the Qur’an and struggles with the recitation receives twice the reward: for their recitation and for their effort and struggle. He who struggles to be devoted in prayer gets twice the reward: for the parts that he was devoted, and for his struggle to stay focused.

As long as you are trying, Allah (swt) is with you.

The fact that you get up to pray qiyaam (night prayer) even though you feel nothing is appreciated by Allah (swt). When you mouth the words to your du`a even when your heart is numb, Allah (swt) knows how you feel. And you are rewarded for that. Do not think that this will go to waste.

Allah (swt) gets it.
Because you are not worshipping a feeling. You do not bow down solely for that ‘high’. You prostrate only to the Lord of the feelings and the One who is the Most High. You submit to Him – through your prayers, fasting and supplication – because you know you have a Merciful, Just, Appreciative, Forgiving God, Who has the power to give life to everything that is dead.

Including your heart.

You know you have a Nurturing, Patient, Generous, Subtle and Kind Lord who can bring back whatever is lost.

He can bring you back.

So to the heart that is numb: Do not give up just yet. Your heart is on a journey. You are first and foremost worshiping your Lord. And He has promised you:
“And those who strive for Us – We will surely guide them to Our ways. And indeed, Allah is with the doers of good.” (Qur’an, 29:69)

As long as you are doing good, Allah (swt) will guide you and He is with you. Do you know what that means?

Allah (swt) being with someone means more care, honoring and preference for that person.

And you know what else? Allah loves what you do. He tells us:

“Indeed, those who have believed and done righteous deeds – the Most Merciful will appoint for them affection.” (Qur’an, 19:96)

Allah will not only love you, but He will show that love for you. He will bestow His affection upon you, and your heart will feel it.

So keep trekking. Your heart will open – He is, after all, al-Fattah. Al-Fattah is He who opens whatever is closed; your heart included. You might wonder when and how, but just know that it will happen. It could be on the last night of Ramadan or it could be a month after Ramadan – your heart will open, God willing. The daily exercise you do might not look like much, but you will inevitably see the results if you persevere. Similarly, your good actions slowly chip away at what has been hardening your heart and, eventually, you will feel.

And if it gets too much, just talk to Allah (swt). Tell Him how you feel, and tell Him how you want to feel. Do it every night, and every time you feel empty. God is there; never underestimate your turning to Him. ‘Turning to Him’ does not just mean prayers and supplications; you can just tell Him what is in your heart.

On the Day of Judgment, you will be grateful for your perseverance and your hope in Him, because it will matter more than you will ever know. So push yourself and exert all the effort you can muster. The tiniest ray of light can brighten the darkest of places.’
Saima khalil

BASICS OF ISLAM : Allah ( God Almighty ) :What is the divine wisdom in God’s referring to Himself sometimes as “I” and sometimes as “We” in the Qur’an?

In the Qur’an, God Almighty employs both the first person singular and plural, i.e., “I” and “We”. 

If we examine the verses in which God uses the first person singular or plural, we see that He uses “I” in cases where only His entity and attributions are involved, or where He particularly addresses someone, or where no interference of any others is involved: 

“… he was called by name: “O Moses! Indeed it is I, I am your Lord…” (Ta.Ha 20:11-12).

God is speaking here to Prophet Moses, who is the only addressee of this speech. On the other hand, whenever God speaks of His own praiseworthy Attributes or whenever He addresses matters to everyone, the first person plural is used in the Qur’an. The following verse is an example of this type of address: 

“We have not sent you (O Muhammad) but as an unequalled mercy for all the worlds. ”(Anbiya 21:107). 

The Prophethood of God’s Messenger is in everybody’s interest. God has sent him as a mercy for all. God’s mercy is so wide that it shows guidance and ways of salvation to all beings and explains them as a means of happiness both in this world and in the Hereafter. Even the non-believers have accepted many of his principles and have benefited from them in this world. Thus, the plural form of the divine voice is used in such verses. 

Again in the verse, 

“We have surely sent it (the Qur’an) down in the Night of Destiny and Power”(Qadr 97:1)

-the Qur’an employs the plural form “We.” The descent of the Qur’an is in the interest of all times and all places, not of only a particular people or place, and Archangel Gabriel accompanies it, with other angels witnessing its descent. 

Accordingly, the first person plural, “We,” has been used for both God’s exaltation and the angels’ accompaniment of the Revelation. Sometimes, by using “We,” God Almighty might allow the angels who act as the supervisors in His sovereignty to participate in the process. The plural form “We” is generally used when the creation of the universe and the events that occur in it are mentioned; God has assigned every angel a certain duty and they perform their duties. This does not mean that God has left all the operational responsibility to His angels (God forbid!) and remains distant; rather He appoints them as His envoys in these processes.

My Journey to self belief.

Today was the day I thought would never come. My confirmation for graduation came through Alhamdulilah. One lesson that is stuck with me is never stop believing in yourself and what Allah will bless you with. The Pakistani society here where I live and my own family in Pakistan have always looked down upon my family (due to my dad’s mental illness and inability to work because of it). They looked at my family and were like look at these pathetic loosers who are guaranteed to fail. We didn’t fail.

Our path if you actually look at it was destined to fail, mentally ill dad, working mother and three reliant children. Against all odds we came through. Pakistani society where I live completed avoided us because of the condition of my father. 

Girls my age treated me like an outcast and from a “lower background” and refused to acknowledge and even look at me. And back home in Pakistan my mothers in laws blamed her for my dad’s illness. When we used to visit, they would look us smugly. 

Being a young child being ostracized  by society was demoralizing to my self esteem. I stopped believing in myself, kids my age will tell me that I was dumb, I was not pretty enough, my family didn’t live in a big enough house and we didn’t have a car at our house. It used to hurt to an indescribable level.  

But one day I realized just because others don’t believe in you doesn’t mean you stop believing in yourself and Allah. People have an EXTREMELY small mindset, they only see what’s in front of them. If they see that your family is poor, they won’ see the talent that Allah has given you an amazing IQ to study and become successful, they don’t see how hard your parents struggle ends meet abd they don’t see your internal struggle. Society doesn’t see your mum on her knees praying to God for a better life. All they see is what meets the eye, POOR, UNFORTUNATE, LOWER CLASS, LOOSER.  They don’t have the knowledge and power of Allah to see what is bestowed on you or will be bestowed upon you. 

Have self confidence, trust, and strong belief in Allah. Never give up hope. People will always label into you category and make you think you can never get out of it. No one believed that I would be able to graduate and have a job. My work colleagues, school mates, high school friends and extended  family all gave me looks of sympathy “oh look that poor girl, she doesn’t have a job, or degree or father to support her”. 

LISTEN UP. People can feel sorry for you as much as they want. DON’T FEEL SORRY FOR YOURSELF. HAVE FULL BELIEF IN THE ABILITIES THAT ALLAH HAS GIVEN, AND HAVE FULL BELIEF IN ALLAH TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE AND BLESS YOU WITH YOUR HEARTS DESIRE. 

Society will never believe in you. Society will look down on you and feel sorry for you and categorize you. PEOPLE DON’T SEE WHAT YOUR CAPABLE OF, AND IF THEY SEE YOUR POTENTIAL AND TALENT THEY WILL TRY TO DEGRADE YOU AND PUT YOU DOWN BECAUSE THEY ARE THREATENED BY YOU. 

KEEP DOING WHAT YOU ARE DOING. BE SELF CONFIDENT IN YOUR ABILITIES DON’T LISTEN TO OTHERS SMALL MIND SET. PEOPLE GIVE YOU TOO MANY LIMITS BASED ON YOUR LIFE CIRCUMSTANCES THAT THEY SEE. DON’T GIVE YOURSELF LIMITS, WITH ALLAH THERE ARE NO LIMITS ALLAH IS WITH YOU AND YOU CAN DO ANYTHING. 

Society predicted and categorized me into a sad girl with no job and no degree. THAT’S WHAT THEIR BELIEF OF ME WAS. BUT MY BELIEF IN MYSELF WAS STRONGER. I SAW AN INDEPENDENT EDUCATED YOUNG WOMEN. AND THAT’S WHAT I BECAME. 

Become what you want, not what society says you will become. 

This reminds of our beautiful Prophet (pbuh), if we look back he was an uneducated, poor orphan man. If society looked at him today he would be a so called destined to be a looser (astigfurallah). 

He ended up being the most influential men in history, leading the strongest religion in the world. BECAUSE HE BELIEVED IN HIMSELF AND IN ALLAH. Don’t let others words poison your heart against your dreams. Become what you are destined for by trusting Allah. 

[Al-Waahid/The One] “Allah is but One God.” ‎﴾‬‎4‬‎.‬‎1‬‎71‬‎﴿‬ He is the One and Only God. There is no alternative to Him, no equal, no like, no partner, no son and no wife; He is above all such relationships. “He has not begotten, and has not been begotten, and none is equal to Him.” ‎﴾‬‎1‎1‬‬‎2‬‎.‬‎3-4‬‎﴿‬ Allah’s qualities and nature are unique. What applies to human beings, does no apply to Him. Attributing human qualities to the Creator has always corrupted people’s concept of God. “Then, has your Lord chosen you for [having] sons and taken from among the angels daughters? Indeed, you say a grave saying.” ‎﴾17.40‬‎﴿‬
Unity in design and harmony in the universe proclaim the Unity of Will, and the Oneness of the Maker, “Allah has not taken any son, nor has there ever been with Him any deity. [If there had been], then each deity would have taken what it created, and some of them would have sought to overcome others.” ‎﴾23.91‬‎﴿‬
The belief in One True God is central to the Islamic belief system. This conviction keeps us away from associating anyone or, anything with Him.
“So do not attribute to Allah equals while you know [that there is nothing similar to Him].” ‎﴾2.22‬‎﴿‬‎ Allah’s oneness is emphasised throughout the Qur'ān in a variety of ways. This true belief in Allah’s unicity will help us attain deliverance on the Day of the Judgement. “For your god is one God, so to Him submit.” ‎﴾22.34‬‎﴿‬
Several Ahādith direct us to reinvigorate our faith by reciting the supplications taught by the Prophet ‎ﷺ‎‬. ‎لا إله إلا الله وحده لا شريك له، له الملك وله الحمد، وهو على كل شيء قدي
‘La ilaha illallahu, wahdahu la sharika lahu, lahulmulku wa lahulhamdu, wa Huwa 'ala kulli sha'in Qadir (there is no true god except Allah. He is One and He has no partner with Him. His is the sovereignty and His is the praise, and He is Omnipotent) [Al- Bukhari and Muslim].
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Picture taken by justmebreathing via instagram when we went with ibadah tours to Al-Aqsa 😍

Imam Ali علیه السلام in the Quran

In the name of Allah the sublime and the best of planners.

We’d think since Caliphate is such an important issue, why didn’t Allah mention Imam Ali علیه السلام in the Quran?

The answer is Allah سبحانه و تعالی has but not apparently so that the disbelievers are not guided.


كَيْفَ يَهْدِي اللَّهُ قَوْمًا كَفَرُوا بَعْدَ إِيمَانِهِمْ وَشَهِدُوا أَنَّ الرَّسُولَ حَقٌّ وَجَاءَهُمُ الْبَيِّنَاتُ ۚ وَاللَّهُ لَا يَهْدِي الْقَوْمَ الظَّالِمِينَ

How shall Allah guide a people who disbelieved after their belief and had witnessed that the sent one is rightful and clear signs had come to them? And Allah does not guide the wrongdoing people.
-Sura Aal-E-Imran, Ayah 86


Who is the sent one? What were his signs? Let’s seek it from the other verses of the Quran.


لَقَدْ أَرْسَلْنَا نُوحًا إِلَىٰ قَوْمِهِ

Quran 7:59

The verses says لقد which makes the sentence in Arabic meaning it happened in the past but it is continuing in present time. So the correct translation is “we have sent Noh” not “we had sent”. Which Noh exists in our time?

Another verse makes this clear:

سَلَامٌ عَلَىٰ نُوحٍ فِي الْعَالَمِينَ
“Peace upon Noah among the worlds.”
-Sura As-Saaffat, Ayah 79

What does it mean “Noah among the worlds”?

Do we have more than one Noah? Or is it one in many worlds? Or is it about 2 different people who are very similar to each other and as a characteristic both of them are Noah?


It gets even better!

وَإِنَّ مِنْ شِيعَتِهِ لَإِبْرَاهِيمَ
And indeed, among his Shi'ah (followers) is Abraham,
-Sura As-Saaffat, Ayah 83


Who is this Noah who has Shias? Who has followers? Who is in all the worlds and in the past and present? Who is the Noah among us who’s effect is still ongoing and who saves people from drowning?


إِنَّهُ مِنْ عِبَادِنَا الْمُؤْمِنِينَ
Indeed, he is of Our believing servants.
-Sura As-Saaffat, Ayah 81




لَا يَتَّخِذِ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ الْكَافِرِينَ أَوْلِيَاءَ مِنْ دُونِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ ۖ وَمَنْ يَفْعَلْ ذَٰلِكَ فَلَيْسَ مِنَ اللَّهِ فِي شَيْءٍ إِلَّا أَنْ تَتَّقُوا مِنْهُمْ تُقَاةً ۗ وَيُحَذِّرُكُمُ اللَّهُ نَفْسَهُ ۗ وَإِلَى اللَّهِ الْمَصِيرُ

The Believers do not take the disbelievers as guardians (أولياء plural of ولي) other than the Believers. And whoever [of you] does that has nothing with Allah, except when taking precaution against them in prudence. And Allah warns you of Himself, and to Allah is the [final] destination.
-Sura Aal-E-Imran, Ayah 28


Who are these المؤمنون? When Allah says المؤمنون it means that these people are 100% مؤمن. Meaning they do not sin, not sinning at all means being infallible. Because if Allah says المؤمنون but they have 1% of doubt then they are not fully believing which would mean that Allah عز وجل has lied which isn’t possible.

So who are the people that are infallible and do not take anyone else as guardian? Who has Allah ordered us to take as guardian? The Khulafah all sinned, the cannot be taken as guardians since they are not from the المؤمنون.


الَّذِينَ يَتَّخِذُونَ الْكَافِرِينَ أَوْلِيَاءَ مِنْ دُونِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ ۚ أَيَبْتَغُونَ عِنْدَهُمُ الْعِزَّةَ فَإِنَّ الْعِزَّةَ لِلَّهِ جَمِيعًا
(Sahih International)
Those who take disbelievers as guardians instead of the believers. Do they seek with them honor [through power]? But indeed, honor belongs to Allah entirely.
-Sura An-Nisa’, Ayah 139


It’s ironic how Sahih International has shot their Wahabi selves in the foot here by adding “[through power]” which isn’t in the literal verse. Since they believe the أولي الأمر, the guardians, the Khulafah are any king or governer that is in power regardless of whether by Haram and crime. The verse says honor is not through power but it is only from Allah سبحانه و تعالی.


قُلْ أَطِيعُوا اللَّهَ وَالرَّسُولَ ۖ فَإِنْ تَوَلَّوْا فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يُحِبُّ الْكَافِرِينَ
Say, “Obey Allah and the Sent One.” But if they turn away - then indeed, Allah does not like the disbelievers.
-Sura Aal-E-Imran, Ayah 32


In this verse Allah has commanded the Prophet صل الله عليه وآله to “Say”. So if the Prophet is commanded to say “Obey the messenger” by God, then he should say to people “Obey me”. It doesn’t make sense for him to say obey Allah and the Messenger when he is the Messenger.

For example: if I say to you “tell them to follow you” then you wouldn’t repeat it exactly to a 3rd person and say “follow you”. You would say “follow me”.

Likewise Allah is saying “say” so if the Prophet says “follow the Rasol” it wouldn’t mean him, here Rasol means it literal meaning which is “Sent One”. So there must be a person other than the Prophet that must be followed who is chosen by Allah as he is a Rasol, literally meaning a sent one from God or a selected one from God.


Putting all these verse together what do we get?

We get the clear picture that the hidden name behind all these verses is Ali.


But the verses are intentionally twisted and complicated by Allah so that the enemies of Allah cannot change the Quran, these are the verses of Fitnah, they guide the believers but misguide the disbelievers.