faith and deeds

An Indiana teacher’s moving letter to her students reminding them that they are much more than any test score is going viral.

Mom Abby Fallis shared the letter on social media on Friday. She explained that her son Rylan had been so overwhelmed by his third-grade teacher’s note that he’d burst into tears in school.

Read the teacher’s letter in its entirety here:

Dearest Students,

Next week you will take your ISTEP test for math and reading, and two weeks after that you will take your IREAD test. I know how hard you have worked, but there is something very important you must know.

The ISTEP and IREAD tests do not assess all of what makes you special and unique. The people who create these tests and score them do not know each of you like I do, and certainly not the way your families do.

They do not know that some of you speak two languages, or that you love to sing or draw. They have not seen your natural talent for dancing. They do not know that your friends count on you to be there for them, that you laughter can brighten the darkest day, or that your face turns red when you feel shy. They do not know that you participate in sports, wonder about the future, or sometimes you help with your little brother or little sister after school. They do not know that you are kind, trustworthy, and thoughtful… and every day you try your very best.

The scores you will get from these tests will tell you something, but they will not tell you everything. These tests do not define you. There are many ways of being smart. YOU are smart! You are enough! You are the light that brightens my day and the reason I am happy to come to work each day. So, in the midst of all of these tests, remember that there is no way to “test” all of the amazing and awesome things that make you, YOU.

All I ask is that you do your personal best and do not give up. You have been working for this since Kindergarten and are ready! I believe in you!

Oh you who drinks alcohol, does drugs, commits zina, and everything else. Don’t feel hypocritical or too ashamed to pray. Don’t feel hypocritical if you want to go to the masjid or come to Allah and do deeds to make up for when you’ve fallen. Don’t lose hope in Allah’s mercy. The people judging you are not Allah. Shaitain is cunning and will make you feel you’re too far gone, that you’re not good enough to do these things. No one is perfect, not the most “religious” of “religious” person. Allah knows you, He created you, and this struggle you are going through is not in spite of Him, it’s actually from Him. He dropped you to rock bottom maybe so that you’d remember that no one else but He can help you. So you’d turn to him and put your head on the ground and beg for help. Falling down time and time again and pleading to Allah that you’re doing your best but you need his help because you keep screwing up is not hypocrisy. That’s jihad and repentance, two things Allah loves.
—  Her Blank Canvas

Are you sinless?

Don’t you have a single trace of flaw in your life? Have you not done something you knew had displease Allah?

I will tell you something, YOU ARE NOT PERFECT! 

You sin and you do things that you know have displeased Allah yet you have the will to take and spend so much time connecting the dots just to find fault on someone else’s life not even thinking that you yourself have flaws that need repentance!

Are you so perfect? Do you have a medal or badge where it gives you the right to go over other people’s lives and say this and that about them and judge them even when all you have collected were just a pile of hearsay? 

I am always fascinated at the amount of time spent by someone who says he or she is a believer of Islam but does all possible connections just to bring down and talk ill of his/her brother or sister in faith.

Are the sins we have inculcated not enough for us to think for a moment that “hey I can’t do this, I have my sins as well.” or that “I know I have my own sins, how would I feel if someone would go and spread and tell people about my sins as well?”.

We do not fear nor do we think twice of hurting our fellow believer these days, we just want to go and spread rumours not thinking how such rumours can impact people.

Everyone is going onto a struggle that we do not know of, yet they are still striving to be better Muslims. Why can we not do the same?

Let me remind you about this part when the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam was telling the people about his Isra wal Miraj.

Anas ibn Malik  Radiyallahu Anhu narrated that;

The Messenger of Allah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam said:

“When my Lord took me up into heaven, I passed by some people who had nails of copper with which they were scratching their faces and chests.

I said: ‘Who are these, O Jibreel?’

He said: ‘These are the ones who used to eat the flesh of the people and impugn their honour.’”

O slaves of Allah, As Salaam! Remember that as a believer of Islam and a Muslim, one must guard his tongue and avoid things that have been forbidden.

Know that gheebah [backbiting], buhtan [slander] and nameemah [malicious gossip] are things that are amongst those that have been forbidden!

If you are to spend hours on connecting the dots of someone’s life, then do so for your own! Spend hours practicising Al-Muhasabah [self-inventory] so you may know where to place yourself, so you may improve yourself!

You are not perfect, you are a sinful slave of Allah and know everyone of us  are sinners, but the best of sinners are those who repent often! So repent as much and be sincere in your repentance.

You will die alone, you will be placed in your grave alone! Only your deeds will be with you to help you, so make sure your deeds will be done in sincerity and solely for Allah!

O slave of Allah, Al Kareem! Do not let your bag of deeds be of those weary and weak or be taken away from you on the day of Reckoning, refrain from talking ill of your brother in faith or else your good deeds will be taken away from you while the bad deeds of those you speak ill of in this world will be burdened by you!

Speak good or remain silent!

Let this be a reminder for the mindful! 

May we all learn to be careful of what we say and remain silent if our words would just cause hatred and chaos amongst our brothers and sisters in faith.



Hadith was taken from Sunan Abu Dawood

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them?
Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?
In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
—  James 2:14-17

When you put your faith into 
people and deeds,
You’ll end up 
heartbroken and disappointed.

How can you say you’re purifying yourself
when all that’s moving is just your
mouth and body,
While your heart doesn’t even beat?

It’s not the eyes that are blind;
It’s the heart.
Starve your desires and start feeding your
heavenly heart.

Look into yourself and clean that mirror
from all that obscures it.
Reclaim your heart and let its innermost
light shine.
Free yourself from all that chains you,
And become a slave to Love.

A. Mai, “Your Heart”
Directly inspired by The Hikam of Ibn Ata Allah, Yasmin Mogahed,
and Adonis Imam

Umar bin al-Khattab heard a person saying: ‘O Allah, make me among the few ones.’

Umar asked him: ‘What is that?’

He replied: Commander of the faithful, Allah, the Exalted said:

‘’… and did not believe with him but afew.’’ (11:40) ‘’Only a few of My servantsare grateful.’’ (34:40) ‘’Except those whohave faith and do good deeds; and theyare very few.’’ (38:24)

Umar said: ‘You are right.’.

Imam Ahmad Source: Imam Ahmad, Az-Zuhd, 142

anonymous asked:

Salam, I don't know how to start. In the past about two months ago I commuted zina and now I feel super guilty about it. It's gotten to the point where I have severe anxiety and was taken to the ER with a panic attack. My parents still don't know what's going on but the guilt is getting to me. I'm afraid Allah will not forgive me, I've been getting back to my Deen, but something feels off. I'm afraid of whether or not the guilt will affect my marriage in the future.

Wa alykum as-salaam,

First you need to remember this, always:

It was said to [The Prophet’s grandson] Al-Hassan: ”Is not the servant [of God] ashamed of sinning and then repenting, and then sinning again and then again repenting?”

He [Al-Hassan] said: “Satan wants exactly that. Never stop making repentance.” [Ibn Rajab, Jami’ Al-Ulum]

When you get uneasy, remind yourself of this Hadith Qudsi, okay?

“God said: ‘Even if your sins reached up to the clouds in the sky, I would forgive you.’" [Sunan al-Tirmdhi]

Make the intention to improve, but remember God’s Mercy is Divine, not human, and thus does not have limits.

You’re not a hypocrite because you sin, here is a quote on Ikhlas (sincerity) from the late, great, Sheikh El Shaarawy:

“You can be seen among people as very pious, and when you hear the Athan, you run to prayer, and you pray in the first line, and do all these things, but your heart has no Ikhlas in this situation. Maybe you did that for the people to call you pious, or to encourage people to trust you in worldly matters. Hence, the body takes to one direction, and the heart takes another. And this defines hypocrisy.”

Your heart is directed towards the right thing, but you’re having trouble, and you’re not the first, nor are you the last, but look at The Qur’an, for God says:

“Yet withal, behold, I forgive all sins unto any who repents and attains to faith and does righteous deeds, and thereafter keeps to the right path.“ [20:82]

But God doesn’t just stop there, while warning those who commit Zina that there is punishment, God talks about those who repent:

“Excepted, however, shall be they who repent and attain to faith and do righteous deeds: for it is they whose [erstwhile] bad deeds God will transform into good ones - seeing that God is indeed much-forgiving, a dispenser of grace,“ [25:70]

God will take all of your bad deeds and turn them into good deeds.

In Ibn Kathir’s Tafsir (exegesis) on this Ayah, he cites a Hadith from Abu Dharr:

“I know the last person who will be brought forth from Hell, and the last person who will enter Paradise. A man will be brought and it will be said, ‘Take away his major sins and ask him about his minor sins.’ So it will be said to him: ‘On such and such a day, you did such and such, and on such and such a day, you did such and such.’ He will say, ‘Yes,’ and he will not be able to deny anything. Then it will be said to him: ‘For every evil deed you now have one good merit.’ He will say: ‘O Lord, I did things that I do not see here.’” He (Abu Dharr) said: “And the Messenger of God smiled so broadly that his molars could be seen.”

Ibn Kathir continues, this is really important: “…those evil deeds that have passed are turned into good deeds by way of the true and sincere repentance itself. This is because every time that person remembers what he had done, he regrets it, feels remorse, and seeks God’s forgiveness. In this way, the sin becomes an act of obedience.”

Please get some help (go to a counselor) but also do not allow yourself to be defined by a mistake you made.

A sin does not define you, what you do next, does.

I’ll be praying for you, insha Allah.

Hardships that bring us closer to Allah are a blessing in disguise. Allah causes bad things to happen to good people, in order that a greater good come to them in the long run. And “Only those who are patient shall receive their reward in full, without reckoning” [al-Zumar 39:10]
Allah has promised that if we are sincere in faith and do righteous good deeds, He will give us best of life in this world and reward accordingly in the hereafter.
“Whoever works righteousness — whether male or female — while he (or she) is a true believer (of Islamic Monotheism) verily, to him We will give a good life (in this world with respect, contentment and lawful provision), and We shall pay them certainly a reward in proportion to the best of what they used to do (i.e. Paradise in the Hereafter)” [al-Nahl 16:97]
We ask Allah to relieve your suffering or hardship you are going through and reward you abundantly for your patience. Ameen.

DAY 3236

Jalsa, Mumbai                  Feb 6/7, 2017                 Mon/Tue 12;31 am 

Technology has no end .. and its indulgence has infinite value .. when ‘no end’ and ‘infinite’ meet side by side, in one sentence .. there is eternity to subject yourself to .. I do .. and have spent most of the time in its endless potentials .. the marvel really is the factor of assessing how it was thought of in the first place .. the minds that went in .. the feasibility, the endeavors and finally the joy of discovery to ease the pain of ill named innocence !!

yes it is the innocence that invites and drags us to this ultimate regimen .. in good faith and in good deed .. making our dailies ease with the benefit of short cuts and quick push button responses , is a marvel of the modern world ..

So, one such escapade was with Instagram, with music downloads, with sync on the dash board of the car, with dragging the music on the LapTop to be visible on the phone, to sync the content from one machine to several others .. and on ..

Life has become one large and complicated APP., .. there is one for all consequences - which really is a word that does not deserve to be here .. it should be situations .. but situations is such a commonly used word so went for the other ..

Our existence is virtually now being made as close to stationary as possible. All but all that is needed to be done or understood or found meaning of , rests within the fingers of our hand and at time the thumb or the palm itself - eating during the process could invite such  behaviour .. 

It is a fascinating story .. the legend of the wireless, of the network, of connectivity BlueToothed and the several other contingents that follow .. I mean the amount of material that must be running and scaling the waves of the optic fibres under the sea and on land .. of the multiple satellites that roam above, seemingly in quiet Blue Danube Waltz, but designed to send information, intellect, intuition and many other in the silent efficiency of the science, is quite quite remarkable .. for one that perhaps may have lived in those early years of centuries, and found themselves wandering about on the streets of today would , without any doubt, be of the impression that this indeed is and was the Kingdom of Heaven  .. I mean .. yeaahhh !! would it not excite such comment .. 

When I introduced my Father to the mobile phone - the first that had just come about - and got him to speak to a long distance number .. he actually never spoke a word - just returned the instrument back to me, with a look that kind of related me being someone from an alien outer space territory !!

The imagery of such occasions could well have been akin to the sighting of a super natural being in today’s times !! The most impossible, has been on service for long now .. and the ease of its adaptability, particularly with the kids of today, is at times quite scary … 

When you take your grand daughter out for a meal at a restaurant, and she will, after her sparse meal is over, seek her mobile, to play mobile games, while the elders discuss International and World politics, it is an open mouthed jaw dropped event .. for us .. not for her .. for her its natural ..

The general expressions of most young these days is one of relaxed confidence .. not one of awe, or surprise … for nothing surprises them .. they are so infiltrated with technology and its consequences that nothing in the material world or its living would alarm them ..

Today .. there is an answer to everything .. it was never like this before .. the complacent look of ‘chill’ and ‘chillax’ is one that this generation is born with.

Terminology and language used .. situations of society .. morals of conduct, could and are respected, but the ease of its conveyance, is what surprises .. naa .. is what brings a gentle cynical smile within my inwards, not outwards ..

Outwards would be at risk of ridicule ! That would be difficult to handle or digest. I mean I can take one at a time either the technology or the language. Both at same speed and explain would be a task .. a task .. not an improbability ! .. or so I would like to believe .. see .. the surety of confident belief is missing .. its missing because we are from a generation when we were never sure .. this lot of today is not that .. they are so umbrellered in the canvas of secure information and solutions to every aspect of life, that their demeanor will necessarily be what it is of today, unlike of our of yesterday   ..

I wonder if any sense is made ..

That look says it all .. I hear you, but I understand damn all .. !!

Good night  ..

Amitabh Bachchan