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THE QURAN TEACHES US TO BE OPTIMISTIC

I always find myself questioning the things I do, even if I was the one who opted to do it from the beginning. I frequently ask myself whether I’m doing the right thing. Whether there’s any good in the things I choose to put myself in. The school I go to, the activities I join, the events I attend, the friends I choose to keep. Are my decisions going to benefit my future or are they just a waste of time? I wonder if I’m really doing anything right these days. You see, I have always had this fear in me. This fear I can’t specifically explain. I often am afraid if I make the wrong choices, especially when I have to make big important life decisions. What if my plans don’t work out? Who will I be in 10 years? Will I ever really figure it out?

I hate self-doubt. You know when they say we are our own biggest critics, they’re hella right.

Sometimes, the plans that I have for myself, are not exactly the plans that Allah has for me. I get myself in a relationship, and it ends tragically. I take up a course I thought I’m good at, and later fail miserably. I apply for a scholarship, but then find out I was rejected. I plan to graduate on time, but got sick and am told to defer my studies. All these circumstances, it all leads to self-doubt. Will I ever be good enough for anything?

A few days ago, I was reading Surah Al-Kahf and stumbled upon a verse that struck a chord with me. It was so beautiful I made it my phone’s wallpaper lol. The verse goes:

إِلَّا أَن يَشَاءَ اللَّهُ ۚ وَاذْكُر رَّبَّكَ إِذَا نَسِيتَ وَقُلْ عَسَىٰ أَن يَهْدِيَنِ رَبِّي لِأَقْرَبَ مِنْ هَٰذَا رَشَدًا 

“Except “if Allah wills.” And remember your Lord when you forget & say “May my Lord guide me to what is right” (18:24)

Perfect timing. This verse isn’t only a do’a but also a statement of optimism. “Asa” according to the arabic language is a verb used to express hope. Subhanallah, Allah is teaching us that the most fundmental thing we need is His guidance. He is teaching us that in the end, He knows best what is good for us and all we have to do is give our best in the things we do. The rest is Allah’s job. I learnt that if we do what is good, our effort will never go to waste, even if things don’t turn out the way we want it. Our compensation is with Allah. 

The verse screams optimism. It says “when you forget” because whenever something bad/failure befalls us, we tend to lose hope. We are bound to feel lost & confused. Been there a lot of time. So this powerful verse is telling us ‘no, don’t give up, hang in there and ask Allah to guide you’. He created us, He created the stars and the universe, so He definitely knows what is best for us. Whatever happens yesterday, stays there. If we have failed in the past, that failure should not dictate our future. 

“Amazing is the affair of the believer, verily all of his affair is good and this is not for no one except the believer. If something of good/happiness befalls him he is grateful and that is good for him. If something of harm befalls him he is patient and that is good for him” (Saheeh Muslim #2999)

So I guess we will never really have all the answers, but it’s perfectly okay, What we do know is that we can always ask Allah to guide us to what’s the best for us.

As long has we put our trust in him, we are in good hands.

You can only get married when Allah wants you to, and you can only marry, when Allah bless it for you.
No matter how hard you try, or how many proposals come, or how many relationships make, it will only happen when Allah wills.
Put your trust in Allah
—  nabilahhayatina.

وَمَا تَشَاءُونَ إِلَّا أَن يَشَاءَ اللَّهُ إِنَّ اللَّهَ كَانَ عَلِيمًا حَكِيمًا

But you cannot will, unless Allah wills. Verily, Allah is Ever All-Knowing, All-Wise.

Surah Al-Insaan, Ayat 30

Yousana's Endgame Symbolism

This is quite a long analytical post so bear with me. If you read the whole thing, thanks and also, I commend you. Below is my analysis on the idea of fate and all the symbolism that makes Yousana, endgame.

Swan:

This animal has different meanings but for the most part it is the symbol of beauty, strength and loyalty.

Swans are associated with fidelity, loyalty in marriage, and monogamy, because they mate for life. Everlasting love.

They are also associated with transformation of something into something beautiful.

Blue Scillas:

The Scillas mean a couple of things: constancy (the quality of being faithful and dependable, and also the quality of enduring or being permanent) and it is also associated of forgiving and forgetting.

Yousef gives these flowers to Sana, as a symbol of his enduring and faithful love for her). Sana keeps these flowers way past their lifetime, by her bed. She forgives Yousef for kissing Noora, and forgets it too.

Carrots:

The symbol of fertility and lust. It is also seen as a symbol of spiritual nourishment.

This season the carrots symbolize her desire and love for Yousef. Initially, Sana is drawn to Yousef only physically and seeks to appeal to him physically as well. During Inshallah, she eats the carrot, delicately, while staring at Yousef. It’s very sexually suggestive at first (lust). But then, in the kitchen, it evolves into something more profound.

The carrots bring them together, and are what start the true spiritual connection between the two.

We see carrots throughout the season. They are a representation of their spiritual connection and their attraction for each other. At one point, Noora chews on one, loudly and annoyingly. Then we see rotten carrots on the floor, when all seems lost. The carrots appear once again, except Sana is holding one, without doing anything with it. Finally, the carrots reappear in cooked form in their final date, and they both eat them happily, and at the same time; meaning their connection is complete and they have both accepted the fact that they love each other and want to be with each other in every way.

The Number 12:

This one has been sneakily thrown at us throughout the season. It’s been slightly more subtle than the others. The talk of 12 kids, “One dozen eggs” hanging in Sana’s kitchen, Yousef asking if he’s “12 or what?”

Now according to various sources, the number 12 is the symbol of cosmic order, completeness and perfection. Which is really what they both are, when they are together. They complement each other, and balance each other out.

Fate:

Finally, although this isn’t symbolic, the idea of fate, it is meant to be, it is written in the stars and if God wills it.

Throughout the season, every single thing points to Yousef. Everything Sana does, reads, hears, no matter what she does or how she tries to avoid it, points to Yousef. Somehow, “the roads she takes” lead to him.

This is seen very pointedly in a few scenes:

Fy Faen: Sana is standing alone, balloons blocking her face and view. As soon as Yousef stands in front of her, the balloons magically move out of her way, giving her full view of his face.

I Feel It Coming: She’s praying, and at that moment the music plays. She walks out of her room and right into Yousef. Elias could’ve been there with him, or she could’ve entered through the bookcase room where Elias was. But no. Right into Yousef.

Inshallah: The most obvious one. Sana’s mom asks Sana about who will feed her children, and if she’s going to let them starve. Her response: my husband will do the cooking. “Inshallah”. And then Allah wills it, and minutes later, Yousef walks in and shows her how to peel carrots properly. How does he know? He cooks FOR CHILDREN at a kindergarten. It gives me chills whenever I think about it.

Unfriended: After finding out that Yousef isn’t Muslim, she decides to unfriend him and move on. She researches ways to get over someone you love. The final shot lingers on the final rule of getting over someone you love: Remember, There Isn’t Just One Person Out There For You.

Det Beste Fra Islam: After following the rules listed in the article, she goes to Grønland, to meet the next love of her life. A cute, good Muslim boy. As fate would have it though, Elias somehow ends up getting wasted and she ends up spending her evening with Yousef instead.

Spiller Alene: She’s throwing the ball, trying to score. At some point the ball bounces back, past her, as if pushed by a mysterious force,and lands directly at Yousef’s feet.

Kitchen Talk: Momma Bakkoush discovers that it is Yousef, the one Sana loves. She doesn’t dissuade her from pursuing something with him explicitly, but goes on to list all the ways Yousef isn’t good for her and explains exactly what she needs in a husband.

Maghrib: So far, her mom has given her the most logical explanation ever as to why her and Yousef would never work, and Sana is strong in her decision to forget him, because by all logic, it makes absolute sense. She says “I’ll meet other soulmates in the summer”. Then…Allah wills it once again, while she’s praying, and I feel It Coming starts playing. At the most perfect time. Everything points to Yousef.

To top it off, Yousef, again as if invoked by Sana’s mom’s words, goes on and demonstrates that he is the one for Sana, and shows her, inadvertently, that he’s exactly the man Momma Bakkoush wants Sana to marry.

The most beautiful part of this season has been the inevitability of Yousef and Sana as a couple, as life partners, and their love story. The mystical nature of their relationship and the forces that keep bringing them together. You just know they will end up together forever. There’s no doubt about it. It is beautiful and I’m glad Skam went there.

P.S - The songs: This is the only season where songs have been played more than once, in a season. Straumnes, 5 times; Into The Woods, twice. I Feel It Coming, twice. Again, just continuing with the pattern of constancy… There it is.

📢📗 GOLDEN EXAM ADVICE 📗📢

》REVISION TECHNIQUES

● Work smart, not hard. Keep a schedule of exams so that you are able to prepare on time. Remember not everything will work for some people, so find what works for you and stick to it.

● Making notes- don’t write notes for the sake of it, be concise. Grow a habit of summarizing everything. Break down notes in to diagrams, flash cards, graphs or other pictorial representations. Summaries are great for remembering long notes/chapters.

● Teaching others- this is an excellent way of retaining what you learned. For example, you can get together in group and each person could teach one module to the rest of the group. Plus, you’ll be rewarded for helping your fellow brothers and sisters. (Remember too many people may become distracting, so try limit it to 1-2 people you know who are highly dedicated).

● Practice exam questions- This may be obvious but gets overlooked. Practice exam questions, then go to lecture notes to try and understand. This way you can filter out the non-essential stuff quicker and be more efficient with your time. Go through lecture notes, because lecturers might put similar if not the same questions they delivered in the lectures in the exams. Also, doing past papers/ exam questions helps familiarize you with the exam.

● Memorising- Look at you notes multiple times. Spider diagrams, mind maps and concept maps are great for visual learning. You can memorise it and then try re-create it.

● Breaks- Take regular breaks for revision, this helps the brain remember all the information that you’ve taken in. Try 50 minutes on, 10 minutes off.


》 TIME MANAGEMENT/PLANNING

● Start early and finish early. Wake up for Fajr and stay up till lunch. There is a lot of barakah as the Prophet (Sall Allāhu ʿalay-hi wa-sallam) said: “O Allah, bless my nation in their early mornings (i.e., what they do early in the morning).” [Ibn Majah]. So utilise the early hours for revision. It is advised to work from the morning (whether after Fajr or at 9am) to 5pm, and to take the evening off for rest and enjoyment

● Try and take the Afternoon nap (Sunnah). Any nap shouldn’t prolong such that you enter deep sleep. For example, 20-45mins, you will feel refreshed and more productive Inshaa’Allah.

● Organisation- With any goals/targets one must be organised from the start. So have a plan/timetable/diary etc. that divides your time.

● Avoid futile activities- Minimise activities such as watching TV, Netflix, social media, gossip and bad company.

● Procrastination- Constantly remind yourself of the end goal and make lots of Du’a to Allah to protect you from Procrastination.

》MOTIVATION

● Intention – As Muslims it is vital to have a noble intention behind our studies e.g. doctor – to save lives; an engineer – to build things that will benefit people etc. These will benefit us not only in the Dunya (world) but also in our Akhirah (Hereafter) insha Allah (If Allah wills).

● ‘Struggle now, enjoy later’ – put yourself in this mindset throughout i.e. in the short term you will work at Uni/library then relax at home; in the medium term you will work until exams and then relax in the summer; in the long term you will work until Uni finishes and do well in your chosen career.

● Company – Surround yourself with highly motivated and hardworking people. Being around aspirational people can help you in the right frame of mind and help prevent you from procrastinating

● Avoid regret – One of the worst things in life is regret, and something that happens to us a lot. Put yourself in the mindset that if you don’t work hard now, then you will regret it later.

● Fight procrastination – “Never do tomorrow, what you can do today, procrastination is the thief of time”. Something of an epidemic amongst students is to procrastinate, but fight the urge and make a start to get the ball rolling and remove the ‘I’ll do it tomorrow’ mentality.

● By yourself – Realise that you have to work hard for the simple fact that you are the one who will be sitting in that exam hall doing the exam, no one else will be writing for you, so prepare as much as you can.

》SPIRITUALITY

● Plan around Salaah (Prayer) – It is very important to plan your revision around the five daily prayers and use these as breaks, they are an obligation upon us set by Allah, imagine seeking success in exams whilst not fulfilling the obligation that is a backbone to ultimate success.

● Qur’an – set aside some time (15 to 30 minutes) to recite and contemplate on the Qur’an, not only is this a break from revision but also, by the permission of Allah, puts barakah (blessings) in your time so efficiency will increase

● Make plenty of Du’a (supplication) - Without Allah’s aid you have nothing. You can have all the knowledge memorised but then you arrive at your exam and with a click of a finger it’s gone. Ask for His aid often.

● Morning and Evening Adhkaar (remembrance) – Fajr until sunrise (Morning Adhkaar), and Asr to Maghrib (Evening Adhkaar), try to keep up with remembering Allah in these times and read the Adhkaar which are Du’as that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) read. The Adhkaar can be found in the Fortress of the Muslim (a pocket sized book that many may have, can be bought cheap from Islamic book stores)

● Intention – As Muslims it is vital to have a noble intention behind our studies e.g. doctor – to save lives; an engineer – to build things that will benefit people etc. These will benefit us not only in the Dunya (world) but also in our Akhirah (Hereafter) insha Allah (If Allah wills).

》MISCELLANEOUS

● Diet - During long days of revision it becomes very tempting to just each junk. Heavy fatty food makes not just your body sluggish but your mind too. Have healthy lunches and also have good snacks such as nuts, fruits and plenty of water.

● Speeding up videos – When watching videos, lectures, seminars etc. on Q-Review, Moodle, YouTube and so on, it is helpful to increase the speed to 1.5x or 2x so you can save time as well as absorb information quicker

● Someone to monitor you – If you find it difficult to discipline yourself then you may want to get someone like a family member to ‘monitor’ you by controlling your reward and punishment. For example, your parents could hold your PlayStation controller, if you complete a good amount of revision or fail to, then they can allow you to play or prevent you, respectively.

● Distractions – Smart phones can be a major distraction so battle this by giving your phone to a family member or friend while you revise; or switch it off completely and leave it on the other side of the room; or download on app called ‘Forest’ which prevents you from going on your phone and if you do then your virtual tree begins to die, if you leave your phone untouched for the time limit set then you get points and may be able to get a real tree planted somewhere in the world; or some brothers have even gone to the extent of getting an old ‘brick’ phone as their primary phone, they say that productivity has improved hugely.
Also try to cut down on other distractions such as video games and TV shows, it may be tough to stop completely so limit it e.g. normally if you watch 4 episodes of a TV show a day, then reduce it to 1 episode a day.

May Allah grant all of us success in this life and more importantly, in the Hereafter, Ameen!

“Whatever is prayed for at the time of breaking the fast is granted and never refused.” Her father reminds them as they all raise their hands together and make silent supplication.

Sana prays for peace. For people all around the world, who are afflicted with different kinds of pain.

For the needy who aren’t as fortunate as her and are breaking their fast with only a date.

For the families who have lost loved ones, right before this joyous occasion.

For anyone who’s suffering and needs relief.

For her friends, muslim and non muslim.

For her parents.

She prays for them all.

And finally she prays for herself.

She prays that her fast is accepted, that she gets As in all her classes and is able to fulfill her dream of becoming a surgeon in the future, that people accept her for who she is.

She prays for inner peace.

The Adhaan starts playing on someone’s phone.

She takes the first bite of the date and sweetness fills her mouth. And she recites the dua she learned as a child.

“The thirst has gone and the veins are quenched, and reward is confirmed, if Allah wills.”

anonymous asked:

what are some basic arabic words/phrases an islam revert should know?

Expressions 

Greeting

Short version: Assalamu ‘Alaikum [Peace be upon you]

Longer, but better version: Assalamu ‘alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh
[May the peace, mercy, and blessings of Allah be upon you]

Replying to the Greeting

Short version: Wa’alaikum Assalam [And peace be upon you]

Longer, but better version: Wa’alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh
[And peace and mercy and blessings of Allah be upon you]

To Give Thanks

Jazakallahu khayran [May Allah reward you with goodness]

Saying goodbye

Fi amanillah [May Allah protect you]

Reply to Thanks/Saying Goodbye/Any Dua Given to you

Wa iyyak - to a male

Wa iyyaki - to a female

Wa iyyakum - to more than one person (plural)

Another Way to Reply to Thanks

wa ʾantum fa-jazākumu-llāhu khayran [And you too, may Allah reward you with goodness]

Other terms

Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-Rahim [in the name of God, the merciful and compassionate] - say before starting anything especially eating

Subhanallah [Glory be to Allah] - usually said when witnessing something in awe; when praising something; is also used to praise Allah for big/miraculous events

Alhumdulilah [Praise and thanks be to Allah] - say when thanking Allah, also said after sneezing 

Astaghfirullah [I seek forgiveness from Allah] - say to ask for forgiveness 

Mashallah [God willed it] - say when showing appreciation for something (usually in relation to another person)

In sha Allah [If Allah wills] - say when you say to do something

Allahu Akbar [Allah is the Greatest] - said to praise Allah, showing Allah is greater than something; is also used to praise Allah for big/miraculous events

Examples: 

The sunset is beautiful subhanallah!

Alhumdulilah I got an A! 

Alhumdulilah for the food on my plate.

Astaghfirullah I took part in gossip. 

Mashallah you are beautiful. 

Mashallah Ayub made an A!

In sha Allah I will visit England in the summer.

In sha Allah I’ll see you in an hour.

Assalamualaikum Sara” “Wa’alaikum asalam or Wa’alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh Fatima”

“Assalamu ‘alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh Sara” “Wa’alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh Fatima”

“Jazakallahu khayran for the gift Ahmed!” Wa iyyak Bilal.”

Jazakallahu khayran for helping me Zara.” “Wa Iyyaki Amna.”

Jazakallahu khayran Sameer for coming to our house!” “wa ʾantum fa-jazākumu-llāhu khayran”

Trump may be a threat but Allahu Akbar I can’t be bothered to pay attention to him

Did you hear about the snow in the Sahara Desert? Allahu Akbar.

Did you hear about the snow in the Sahara Desert? Subhanallah.

These are the basics we should know! 

Learn what I posted, then go to the link if you wish to know more terms: https://islamicink.wordpress.com/basic-islamic-phrases-terms/

Terms

Allah - God

Bid’ah - an innovation to the religion (saying for example “drinking 8 glasses of water is sunnah” is bid’ah. Drinking 8 glasses of water has nothing to do with Islam)

Khalifa - caliph

Hijab - head covering

Fard - obligatory duty/action

Sunnah - teaching of the prophet; recommended action

Fiqh - Islamic rules

Fatwa - Islamic ruling given by a scholar

Shair’ah: Islamic governance/laws

Adhan - call to prayer

Ayah - verse 

Fitna - multiple meanings - refer to https://islamqa.info/en/22899

Ghusl - a full ablution done after menstruation, sexual intercourse, impure discharges from the private area, post-partum bleeding, given to one who died, and some scholars believe it is obligatory for those who come into Islam [reverts] to do ghusl while others believe it’s recommended

Wudu - ablution done before prayer or reading/touching the Quran. Done after sleeping, passing wind, using the restroom, losing consciousness, bleeding (large amount), vomiting, rated-r touching

Zakat - charity

Ummah - the community of Muslims

Masjid - mosque

Shirk - associating partners with Allah

Ka’aba - “house of Allah;” built by Ibrahim (pbuh) and Ishmael (pbuh).

Hajj -  pilgrimage to the Ka’aba

Hadith - traditions of prophet Muhammad (pbuh); Recorded actions and sayings of the prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

Halal - permissible things and actions

Haram - impermissible things and actions

Quran - holy book of Islam

These are the basics! ☺️

You can find more here, but don’t stress yourself out! Learn what I posted, then go to the link if you wish to know more terms: 

http://www.cairchicago.org/pdf/glossaryofcommonmuslimtermsandphrases.pdf


Happy learning! May Allah make it easy for you, ameen! 🤗

Recently, many people have asked me how to cope when the people we seek inspiration from turn out to be flawed. The answer is simple.
Remember this: the light you receive from that teacher did not come *from* them. It came *through* them. The source of that light was, is, and will always remain in Allah. A broken mirror can still reflect light. And the break in the mirror does not take away from the Reality or illumination of the light.
My dear global family, I am cracked, as you are. Why? Because I am human, as you are. Please never attach any benefit I or other teachers give you, to our person. We are only tools. And like all machines, we are limited. In life, capacity, and virtue. Remember that all light belongs to Allah. If He wills, He allows us to be a tiny–albeit flawed–carrier of that light. But we are never, ever, the Source.
—  Yasmin Mogahed

Stay patient. Allah will make every oppressor be put into the position they once tried to put you in. Everything turns around. The patient will have the last laugh, Allah willing.

🙃

يُثَبِّتُ اللَّـهُ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا بِالْقَوْلِ الثَّابِتِ فِي الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا وَفِي الْآخِرَ‌ةِ ۖ وَيُضِلُّ اللَّـهُ الظَّالِمِينَ ۚ وَيَفْعَلُ اللَّـهُ مَا يَشَاءُ

Allah keeps firm those who believe, with the firm word, in worldly life and in the Hereafter. And Allah sends astray the wrongdoers. And Allah does what He wills. 

• Quran [14:27]