how to get close to allah

This dunya has got us seriously confused. It has turned us against each other and made us feel as though we are all competing. There is no competition in getting that high flying job, getting the first Merc, getting married before all your mates and going on a honeymoon before your close ones. There is no competition in finally settling down and having kids. It is not a race of credit cards or bank balances. It is not a competition about who has the best hair, eyebrows and clothes. It is not about who is the most prettiest and the most photogenic. It isn’t about who is the most gangster and the one who is the most hench. It isn’t a race about who has the most properties and the most boys behind him. It does not matter if it is a one bedroom flat, a terrace house, a semi-dettached or a mansion with a swimming pool. It does not even matter how much fame you can get off Facebook, Twitter, Insta or SnapChat. Allah blessed us with so much talent, yet for some reason we decide to waste our lives on the most trivial of things.

Sit down, take a breath and leave the rat race for a moment and just focus on things that really count. Things like, “How do I get close to Allah? How do I get forgiven? Am I happy? Do I feel content? Am I satisfied? Have I become a better person compared to five years ago? Is God pleased with me? How will I please the Prophet? What will be my state in the akhirah when I finally gaze upon him?” - These are the real things that count.

—  Shaykh Mohammad Aslam

“should i wear black or black?” sana asks sarcastically, holding up two different, very much black hijaabs.

eva snorts and gingerly crawls to the other end of her bed to place a kiss on sana’s lips.

“you know i would love some colour on you,” eva whispers, gently taking sana’s hand into hers.

sana’s eyes softens. “i know,” she says. then, a smirk takes place. “but i have a reputation.”

eva laughs, her head falling back, the red hair– though shorter from when they first met. “of course, the reputation of the coolest girl in school,” she bemoans. “no colour shall ever befall on thee.”

sana swats eva’s hand away. “"stop being so silly,” she says with a laugh.


“you know,” eva says, tilting her head to the side when sana picks the hijaab in her right hand. “our boys are going there sober.”

sana looks at eva. “you know i don’t judge you if you want to drink. i don’t want to be the one to… hold you back. you’re young only once.”

eva smiles. “yes, my wise girlfriend. i know. but i was thinking it’ll be fun to… you know, watch everyone else embarrass themselves.”

sana quirks en eyebrow. “i wouldn’t let you embarrass yourself.”

eva looks at her meaningfully.

“too much,” sana amends.


they laugh, and sana has never felt as alive as she is right now.

when they head to the pregame, sana’s prayer alarm goes off. she stiffens– a reflex forced upon her by society.

but eva is quick to take her arm, squeeze it gently in a way of comfort. she looks up, the atmosphere has changed but she finds comfort in eva, in even and isak and chris.

“do you have any problem?” eva bites out, glaring at one of the girls. someone less important.

the mood shifts, the girl stutters a weak “no” before they all fall back into talking about whatever they did before.

the tram stops, they find their way to the house, and eva helps her to the bathroom. she navigates them to a bathroom close to an empty bedroom, she tells people to move “the fuck out of their way” when sana is done, and she waits outside.

sana wonders, how did she get so lucky? to find someone who, doesn’t understand wholly, but accepts and wants to learn.

she feels safe, when she puts all the sound out and turns to Allah. she feels safe knowing that this moment– between her and Him– her girl is out there, guarding the door.

waiting for her.


(and when they come back, they find even and isak sitting on the couch and they literally shine up, and even gently asks, “you okay?”

and sana replies, “never been better.”)

‘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

anonymous asked:

How do I get closer to Allah? I know He's there, watching me and helping me and sometimes I get so overwhelmed by the fact He never abandons me even though I keep turning my back. But this feeling passes and I'm left again with this big emotionless void in my heart and I suddenly don't even care about Islam anymore. I'm so sick of these moods and how much they ruin everything.

Assalam Alaikom :)

A fluctuating iman is an issue for all of us. We have to constantly work on improving & maintaining our iman, or it will decrease.

How Do I Get Closer to Allah?

Never miss salah. Make thorough wudu. Take your time in salah. Make dua during sujood & after tashahhud. Talk to God in these moments. Dedicate yourself to salah

Make dua often & regularly. Dua is your means of talking to God. Ask for for many things, Allah loves when we call upon him.

Read the Quran every day. The Quran is Allah talking to you. In those moments of despair, open the Quran and let God speak to you. Reflect on the verses you read and how you can apply them in your daily life.

Make dhikr. Spend time remembering Allah, Allah will remember you. Ponder upon the sky & the oceans and think of Allah during your moments of awe. Keep your mouth busy with dhikr.

Perform voluntary acts of worship. Sunnah prayers as well as other sunnahs (like fasting on Mondays and Thursdays) that Rasulullah (pbuh) did served as a means of going above and beyond to show commitment to Allah. You to can do this, and feel the blessings.

Get rid of negativity in your life. Negative thoughts, people, places, habits, they all need to go. We cannot expect ourselves to grow and commit to God if other things bring us down.

Get to Know Allah through the 99 names. Reflect on their meanings and when you have or when you will experience those traits from God in your life. (Example: The Mercy of never being abandoned by God)

Keep good friends. Those who are close to God, will bring you close to God.

Check your character & ego. Be humble, kind, appreciative. Have good manners. Work hard to keep your pride in check. Stay away from jealously. You will see a difference in how you’re able to connect to Allah. (See Surat al-Maida: 27).

Rely on Allah in your darkest & brightest times. Be appreciate when you’re happy. When you’re down, don’t reach out to anyone but Allah. Seek guidance and protection from your Lord alone.

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته😄
How are y'all??? Doing great?
Alhamdulillah, I am so happy and feeling relieved rn as I don’t have college for the next 4 days, YAYAYAY🙌
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Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah said:
“There is nothing in this world comparable in any way to the joy of the heart & the delight of the eyes with ALLAH & His closeness”
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So, how to get close to Allah (swt)??
Simple, talk to Him. Make Him your best buddy. Talk to Him about something amazing that you got to see today, although He knows it. Talk to Him about what’s going on inside you, share your secrets, YASS, you heard it, your secrets, quietly mention it to Him, even though He knows it.Talk to Him about the train of thoughts that runs on your mind when you’re walking home from work/uni,tell Him about your day. Tell Him about those silly thoughts which makes you smile. Like, I do it everytime, before I go to sleep I just recall my day, I have a convo with my Lord, telling Him everything happened on that particular day. Just talk to Him, You’ll grow closer to Him, it’ll be easier to make dua and it’ll be easier to turn to Him in both happiness and sadness.
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Is your heart a ruined heart?

This story WILL NOT touch a person’s heart if they don’t have one. If this story does not touch your heart you need to go look for a heart because your one is dead!


Imagine, envisage a tyrant government executing a toddler who is playing publicly and everyone is watching. What would happen? There would be an uproar, everyone would become furious no question about it.


That’s exactly what happened when Musa عليه السلام accompanied Khidr عليه السلام and Yusha’. Three Prophets! (Yusha عليه السلام went on to become a Prophet later on).

They were walking one day and Khidr عليه السلام came upon a toddler who was playing, he grabbed him and chopped his head off.

Musa عليه السلام became furious. He was saying, you killed an innocent boy who never did anything etc. He was enraged at Khidr.

After a while Khidr told Musa, if this boy grew up he would have exceeded the limit in disbelief and committed apostasy. Not only that, not only would he have committed disbelief but he would have led his parents (who are believers currently) to it too! Then all three would have been destined for eternity in the hell fire in agony and torment.

Allah knows the unseen, He knows what’s happened, what’s happening and what’s yet to occur. Allah knows everything! Allah wanted good for the family, eternal bliss, so he sent Khidr عليه السلام there, Allah wanted all three of them in paradise.

Khidr said, I did not do this on my own accord, Allah commanded me to do that. Allah knows, we do not know. Whatever happens to the believer is ALWAYS better for him!

Allah wants to grant the parents a better child, one that is merciful, good and dutiful to his parents!

Allah knows the secret of the heart and that which is yet more hidden. The secret comes after a certain time, but the secret in your heart, Allah already knows that as well as that which will come from it later on.

Take a moment to really comprehend this story, it’s a consolation to your distressed soul and gives a peace of mind. If this story does not change your heart, you need to search for a new one, you have a ruined heart!!

A peace of mind is the mind the believer has. Imagine someone is following you and they want to kill you, you run to a fortified palace and close the door and you feel like bulwark in that building, secure and safe. That’s the peace of mind. That’s how your heart should be, completely reliant upon Allah.

Those who believe in the oneness of Allah and whose hearts rest in the remembrance of Allah, their hearts find rest in the remembrance of Allah, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest/ease.

Allah knows that which you do not know. Don’t get sad over a matter, the outcome is far greater than what you perceive, whatever Allah decrees ‘against’ you it’s always always always better for you!

Trust Allah, He knows best. Allah is the best of protectors and guardian, He is the best of trustee. Put your trust in Him.


- Shaykh Musa Jibril حفظه الله

anonymous asked:

How do one attain, or even get close to having, a beautiful soul? And how do one maintain that peace?

Bismillahirrahmanirrahim,

you will be as you perceive Allah subhana wa ta'ala and His Messenger salallahu alayhi wassalaam. Meaning, if you think good of Allah and you love to be close to Him, you will also strive towards that which is good and beloved to Him. The same goes for your love towards Muhammad salallahu alayhi wassalaam.

He (peace be upon him) said: “Allah is beautiful and He loves beauty.” [Sahīh Muslim (911)

And he also said: None of you will have faith till he loves me more than his father, his children and all mankind.”

(Bukhari)

So in depth this means purifying one’s soul internally from everything that distances you from Allah and His Messenger, the Qur'an and Sunnah and instead replace it with the light of imaan, ihsaan and good ahlaq. Though as Muslims we will never be able to reach THE perfect faith and character we can always give our best by doing things sincerely for the sake of Allah.

He salallahu alayhi wassalaam also said:

“Actions are according to intentions, and everyone will get what was intended. Whoever migrates with an intention for Allah and His messenger, the migration will be for the sake of Allah and his Messenger. And whoever migrates for worldly gain or to marry a woman, then his migration will be for the sake of whatever he migrated for.”
(Bukhari & Muslim)

So always have the niyyah to act for the sake of Allah, and you will notice the difference since Allah is the One who purifies heart, mind and soul. The more you persist in this way of thinking and acting it will become a part of you routine.

Practically one can do everything good in order to draw closer to Him. As to the people whom Allah loves:


ِ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُحِبُّ الْمُحْسِنِينَ

(2:195) Surely Allah loves the doers of good.

ُ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُحِبُّ التَّوَّابِينَ وَيُحِبُّ الْمُتَطَهِّرِينَ

(2:222) Surely Allah loves those who turn much (to Him), and He loves those who purify themselves.

ٰ فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ يُحِبُّ الْمُتَّقِينَ

(3:76) Then surely Allah loves those who guard (against evil).

وَاللَّهُ يُحِبُّ الصَّابِرِينَ

(3:146) And Allah loves the patient.

ْ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُحِبُّ الْمُحْسِنِينَ

(5:13) Surely Allah loves those who do good (to others).

ْ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُحِبُّ الْمُتَّقِينَ

(9:4) Surely Allah loves those who are careful (of their duty).

وَاللَّهُ يُحِبُّ الْمُطَّهِّرِينَ

(9:108) And Allah loves those who purify themselves.

إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُحِبُّ الْمُقْسِطِينَ

(49:9) Surely Allah loves those who act equitably.

ْ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُحِبُّ الْمُقْسِطِينَ

(60:9) Surely Allah loves the doers of justice.

إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُحِبُّ الَّذِينَ يُقَاتِلُونَ فِي سَبِيلِهِ صَفًّا كَأَنَّهُم بُنْيَانٌ مَّرْصُوصٌ

(61:4) Surely Allah loves those who fight in His way in ranks as if they were a firm and compact wall.


I hope this could help a bit. It’s a general question so hopefully it suffices.

anonymous asked:

How would you know if Allah has forgiven you for the mistake you did but you kept repeating it?

Repentance has three conditions:

1. You give up on the sin
2. You regret it
3. You truly have the intention not to go back to the sin

When you repent and you got these three: This is the moment Husnu Dhan comes up.

Think good of your Lord, who’s name is the most Mercifull:

Anas bin Malik Al-Ansari (MayAllah be pleased with him) the servant of the Messenger of Allah narrated:

Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “Verily, Allah is more delighted with the repentance of His slave than a person who lost his camel in a desert land and then finds it (unexpectedly)”.

So think positive and move on.

But you will probably go back to that sin again (like we all do).

Then you have to repeat the above. And you will go back again, and repeat the above again. Sin, repent and repeat. And you will keep on going like this untill you die tbh.

And the hardest thing isnt the thought of “He might not forgive me” thats not the issue.

Its a thought that comes up but once you are further and you keep on repenting and sinning, the real issue is the fact that we all are aware that when we commit a sin a couple times, it gets only harder to repent.

So you are aware that your repentance isnt ok according to the three conditions:

1. You give up on the sin –> its hard having this intention knowing you are weak enough to go back anyway

2. You regret it –> at one point you dont feel anything, your heart will feel numb

3. You truly have the intention not to go back to the sin –> this sounds hopeless since you think you will go back anyway

This is the hardest of all.

And thats when you have to change your mindset and make it a goal to get these three in your tawbah.

And Allah sees you trying so it will be hard but when you dont give up. And you repent even when your heart feels numb, He sees this.

He is aware of it.

We must not give up, no matter how bad our state is, never give up.

He is sees us trying. He is the Lord who rewards His slaves when having an intention to do good. Only the intention subhan allah, how easy He makes it for us. This is the one whom we try to get close to. Think positive about Him.

Incoming

I feel hot flak

Piercing my flesh,

Hitting both legs

My arm and my back.

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Two mortars flew

Through Allah’s blue skies,

Life flashed through my eyes

Frags ripped through my thighs.

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Candy-McCann-Ott

Pasq-Doc-and me,

Two perfect impacts

Close, only feet.

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“Wait, we’re not dead

Wait, how can this be?

We should be in pieces

Blown up, deceased.”

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“I’M HIT,” I cried!

“My leg’s paralyzed!”

“Get up…find cover!

"Get up and survive!”

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My fireteam, family

Brothers we’re bound,

Eternal bonds solid

Friendships were found.

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Enemy fighters

Had flooded the town,

At any moment

AK’s could send rounds.

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I recalled my Oath

Our code, it applied,

I hid all my fears

Said my goodbyes.

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Picked up my SAW

Belt fed automatic,

Semper Fidelis

Stress-Post-Traumatic.

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From bloody knees

Once more I rose,

That’s how war is

That’s how war goes.

••••••••••••••••••••••••••

© Copyright

Gregory J. Fino

US Marines

Iraq 2005



Is Allah happy with me?

Too often we are too concerned about what trials and tribulations we are afflicted with. Our one track mind is too focused on who or what is being taken away from our lives. All we think about is our loss. Too closed off and too self-serving to think about anything other than how life is too hard thinking, “I can’t believe this is happening to me.” 

How often do we wonder if Allah is pleased with us? We go to Him with a long list of complaints and we just expect Him to shower us with blessings. We even get angry when Qadr does not seem to be going as we want. How many “complaints” do you think Allah have for us? How negligent have we been? How have we misused His blessings for things He strictly forbade for us? How often do we just simply forget about Him? Forget to thank Him, forget to remember Him, forget to ask forgiveness and forget to show Him out love? With what tongue can we complain for our misfortunes when we don’t even consider how we may have brought it our own selves?

anonymous asked:

Hey sister ive been becoming closer to God and the more i do that i feel more arrogant and i stop myself asking Allah for his forgiveness but i want to get rid of this disease. Do you know how could i get rid of this evil? iA

Wa Alaikumussalaam

keep in mind that arrogance is the characteristic of iblees audhubillah. remember that you don’t get close to Allah by your own will, but by His grace. Every guidance, every sweetness of imaan, every islamic knowledge your gain is thanks to Allah. It is a gift He has bestowed upon you and you yourself haven’t bestowed on yourself on your own. It is us who were once nothing, who were created from a drop of sperm and made into everything we are now.

“Verily We created man from a product of wet earth; then placed him as a drop (of seed) in a safe lodging; then We fashioned the drop into a clot, then We fashioned the clot into a little lump, then We fashioned the little lump into bones, then clothed the bones with flesh, and then produced it another creation. So blessed be Allah, the Best of Creators!” [23:12-14]

We are in no way deserving of any praise for something that we didn’t cause ourselves. Just Imagine, the fast you have gained all this, the fast you can also lose it, if you allow shaitan to lead you astray. Because it is Allah who guides. We don’t even enter Jannah by our deeds, but by His Mercy!

Aisha reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Be deliberate in worship, draw near to Allah, and give glad tidings. Verily, none of you will enter Paradise because of his deeds alone.” They said, “Not even you, O Messenger of Allah?” The Prophet said, “Not even me, unless Allah grants me mercy from himself. Know that the most beloved deed to Allah is that which is done regularly even if it is small.”

Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 6099, Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 2818

Grade: Muttafaqun Alayhi (authenticity agreed upon) according to Al-Bukhari and Muslim

Allah also says in the Qur’an, Surah Al Isra, Verse 37:

“And do not walk upon the earth exultantly. Indeed, you will never tear the earth [apart], and you will never reach the mountains in height.”

So seek refuge in Allah from shaitan and humble yourself by remembering how small you are and how great Allah is. Nevertheless, don’t stop asking Allah for His forgiveness. It is beloved to Allah.

anonymous asked:

How to turn our heart towards Allah ?

Our eman is not constant. So when we have stronger connection with Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala, it’s easier for us to fight with the desires and whispers of shaitan but when we have weak connection, it become difficult to fight. Strive to get closer to Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala and ask Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala to give us sincerity in our worship and make us fall in love with him and don’t get us attach to this worldly life.

“Truly in the heart there is a void that can not be removed except with the company of Allah. And in it there is a sadness that can not be removed except with the happiness of knowing Allah and being true to Him. And in it there is an emptiness that can not be filled except with love for Him and by turning to Him and always remembering Him. And if a person were given all of the world and what is in it, it would not fill this emptiness”

(Ibn Qayyim Al Jawziyyah)

Here are some tips to get closer to Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala that will help you in shaa Allah.

1.If we want to get closer to Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala, we have to fulfill our obligatory duties and follows the command of Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala and his messenger (peace be upon him) wholeheartedly.

2.Being God conscious, always keep in mind that whatever we do, we have to be accountable to Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala and He’s watching us all the time.

3.Whenever we do a good work, always make the intention that you are doing this to please Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala.

4.Be thankful to Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala in every situation and be happy with the Allah decree.

5.Try to do dhikr all the time, it will make us closer to Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala.

Following are some dhikr that we can do all the time:

1. Asthaghfirullah

2. Subhaanallah

3. Alhamdulillah

4. Allahu Akbar

5. Laa ilaaha illallah

6. LA HAWLA WA LA QUWWATA ILLA BILLAH-HIL ALIYYIL ADHEEM

7. Asthaghfirullah-halladhee Laa ilaaha illa-huwal Hayyul Qayyuumu Wa athoobu Ilay

OrAsthaghfirullah

8. SUB-HAAN’ALLAAHi WA BI-HAM’DIHI SUB-HAAN’ALLAH-IL ADHEEM 

OrSUB-HAAN’ALLAAHi WA BI-HAM’DIHI

9. Subhāna-llāhi, wa-l-hamdu li-llāhi, wa lā ilāha illā-llāhu, wa-llāhu akbar. Wa lā hawla wa lā quwwata illā bi-llāhi-l-aliyyi-l-azīm

10. Lā ilāha illā-llāhu waḥdahu lā sharīka lahu lahu-l-mulku wa lahu-l-ḥamdu yuhyi wa yumītu wa huwa ḥayyu-llā yamūtu abadan abada, ḏū-l-jalāli wa-l-ikrām, biyadihi-l-khayr, wa huwa alā kulli Shay-in qadīr

Or

Laa ilaaha illal-laahu wahdahu laa shareeka lahu, lahul-mulku wa lahul-hamdu wa huwa ‘alaa kulli shay-in qadeer

We should also recite much of durood e Ibrahim which is the durood that is recited towards the end of Salaah. 

Or the shortest durood is: Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallim

6. Dua and Repentence:

Almighty Allah says in the Qur’an: "When my servants ask you concerning me, (tell them) I am indeed close (to them). I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calls on me.“ [2:186] 

The place of Dua is so high in front of Allah, that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallim) has said: ”Nothing is more honourable to Allah the Most High than Dua.”[Sahih al-Jami` no.5268]. 

Allah loves repentance & loves those who turn to him in sincere repentance: 

Truly Allah loves those who turn [to Him] in repentance… (Qur’an 2:222)

Narrated ‘Ubaadah that the Messenger of Allah said, “Whoever seeks forgiveness for the believing men and believing women, Allah will write for him a good deed for EACH believing man and believing woman.” (Tabarrani) 

Subhanallah this deed can be done in EVERY dua and can you imagine how many rewards can be gained for each and every Muslim you make dua for from Adam alayhis ‘salam until now and the last Muslim on earth. This is the easiest way to earn rewards that go into the billions and the more you make these dua’s then the more your good deed account will get filled!

7. Have friends that make you close to Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala, not those whose company make you forget Allah.

8. Turn to Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala for every little problem and ask for his help.

Listen to Islamic lectures, fix your prayers and try to do dhikr it will help in shaa Allah. I hope it will be helpful. May Allah guide us to the straight path.

Ameen

Lesson 1.

Don’t believe everything you’re told. 

Being naive is a part of being a kid. Expecting the best from the people around you is of course expected when you’re young. But as you get older and view things from the other side, you begin to realize that.. No one deserves the benefit of the doubt. If your gut tells you something, listen to it. Allah has given you intuition for a reason. Use it, take advantage its only there to help you. 

This year I was slapped with that realization, finally learning to trust my gut has helped me avoid a lot of situations but it took a lot of me ignoring my intuition and getting into trouble before I finally realized it. 

A piece of advice i was given from someone close to me was, if you pray it out you’ll get results. I asked Allah to show me the flaws in the people around me and alhamdulilah he did. I love those around me flaws or no flaws, but I’ve learned how to deal with it. 

So lesson of the day if i could sum it up would be, don’t give anyone the benifit of the doubt, trust your gut & always ask Allah(swt) 

Until next time. 

- A 

Your heart, it beats
faster than a second ticks away,
punches the walls of your ribs,
Calls you to only utter
Allah’s Glorious Name

Oh how it bitterly wants to flee,
to escape your prison,
how it wishes you to even crumble
to be close to Him as it used to be,

Yet your legs don’t move,
your bones seem still as stone,
no, they yearn, they still crave Him
but you don’t let them flow,

“Why isn’t Allah here, 
I thought He was always near?”
you desperately ask
Without knowing that

He promised He would run 
to you, but it was you-

who has never come.
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One of my friends shared this photo earlier this morning and from then on I wasn’t really able to get over it.

Countless times do we hear the adhan in a day, countless times do we get free time from our whole day, countless time do we find ourselves only attached to check the newsfeed of our twitter, facebook, tumblr on our phones and countless times do we neglect an opportunity to remember Him. Astagfirullah.

Indeed, the Sahabah Radiyallahu Anhum were people of dhikr, they had work, they fought in battle fields, they did service to the Ummah but their worship and remembrance of Allah were harmonious.

It only takes a heart beat to remember Him.

How shameful it is to have a heart that craves for Allah yet a soul that doesn’t.

May Allah Azza Wa Jall forgive us and make us among the people who remember Him at all times. Amin.

Zohayma
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Credit goes to the person who made the poem, I unfortunately don’t know who wrote it but whoever it was may Allah Azza Wa Jall accept it from you. Amin

Allah is the greatest blessing in our lives. I look back to the days where my days were greyer, emptier and quieter; and all I can remember is the presence of my Lord. I look around today where my days have more colour, more laughter, more sound.. And the presence of my Lord is still always there. He is with me when I’m down, and He answers my calls of help and desperation to get up again.. And it is only by the will of Allah Almighty, and only because of Allah Almighty - that I put Him as the dictator of my affairs, and watched it blossom in my favour. Alhamdulilah, even the darkness has comfort in them, because the loneliness and darkness remind me of how close I was to Allah. The silence screamed a loud truth.. How close Allah and I were. Sadness does not always have to be bad. It can break you, but it moulds you, it moves you and creates you into something new & something beautiful. It is your choice whether you become a beautiful art, or a beautiful wreck.

anonymous asked:

What can you do in order to get closer to Allah SWT? Especially when you notice that your Iman is low at certain times. Jazakallah in advance x

Assalamu Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuhu,

Our eman is not constant. So when we have stronger connection with Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala, it’s easier for us to fight with the desires and whispers of shaitan but when we have weak connection, it become difficult to fight. Strive to get closer to Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala. When you feel your eman is low surround yourself with dhikr and make dua that Ya Allah strengthen my relationship with You and make me rely only on You.

“Truly in the heart there is a void that can not be removed except with the company of Allah. And in it there is a sadness that can not be removed except with the happiness of knowing Allah and being true to Him. And in it there is an emptiness that can not be filled except with love for Him and by turning to Him and always remembering Him. And if a person were given all of the world and what is in it, it would not fill this emptiness”

(Ibn Qayyim Al Jawziyyah)

Here are some tips to get closer to Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala that will help you in shaa Allah.

1.If we want to get closer to Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala, we have to fulfill our obligatory duties and follows the command of Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala and his messenger (peace be upon him) wholeheartedly.

2.Being God conscious, always keep in mind that whatever we do, we have to be accountable to Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala and He’s watching us all the time.

3.Whenever we do a good work, always make the intention that you are doing this to please Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala.

4.Be thankful to Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala in every situation and be happy with the Allah decree.

5.Try to do dhikr all the time, it will make us closer to Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala.

Following are some dhikr that we can do all the time:

1. Asthaghfirullah

2. Subhaanallah

3. Alhamdulillah

4. Allahu Akbar

5. Laa ilaaha illallah

6. LA HAWLA WA LA QUWWATA ILLA BILLAH-HIL ALIYYIL ADHEEM

7. Asthaghfirullah-halladhee Laa ilaaha illa-huwal Hayyul Qayyuumu Wa athoobu Ilay

OrAsthaghfirullah

8. SUB-HAAN’ALLAAHi WA BI-HAM’DIHI SUB-HAAN’ALLAH-IL ADHEEM 

OrSUB-HAAN’ALLAAHi WA BI-HAM’DIHI

9. Subhāna-llāhi, wa-l-hamdu li-llāhi, wa lā ilāha illā-llāhu, wa-llāhu akbar. Wa lā hawla wa lā quwwata illā bi-llāhi-l-aliyyi-l-azīm

10. Lā ilāha illā-llāhu waḥdahu lā sharīka lahu lahu-l-mulku wa lahu-l-ḥamdu yuhyi wa yumītu wa huwa ḥayyu-llā yamūtu abadan abada, ḏū-l-jalāli wa-l-ikrām, biyadihi-l-khayr, wa huwa alā kulli Shay-in qadīr

Or

Laa ilaaha illal-laahu wahdahu laa shareeka lahu, lahul-mulku wa lahul-hamdu wa huwa ‘alaa kulli shay-in qadeer

We should also recite much of durood e Ibrahim which is the durood that is recited towards the end of Salaah. 

Or the shortest durood is: Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallim

6. Dua and Repentence:

Almighty Allah says in the Qur’an: "When my servants ask you concerning me, (tell them) I am indeed close (to them). I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calls on me.“ [2:186] 

The place of Dua is so high in front of Allah, that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallim) has said: ”Nothing is more honourable to Allah the Most High than Dua.”[Sahih al-Jami` no.5268]. 

Allah loves repentance & loves those who turn to him in sincere repentance: 

Truly Allah loves those who turn [to Him] in repentance… (Qur’an 2:222)

Narrated ‘Ubaadah that the Messenger of Allah said, “Whoever seeks forgiveness for the believing men and believing women, Allah will write for him a good deed for EACH believing man and believing woman.” (Tabarrani) 

Subhanallah this deed can be done in EVERY dua and can you imagine how many rewards can be gained for each and every Muslim you make dua for from Adam alayhis ‘salam until now and the last Muslim on earth. This is the easiest way to earn rewards that go into the billions and the more you make these dua’s then the more your good deed account will get filled!

7. Have friends that make you close to Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala, not those whose company make you forget Allah.

8. Turn to Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala for every little problem and ask for his help.

Listen to Islamic lectures, fix your prayers and try to do dhikr it will help in shaa Allah. I hope it will be helpful. May Allah guide us to the straight path.

Ameen

Letter # 1

Dear Future wife;

I cannot account for where you are in life right now. I do not know where your soul resides, or who may or may not hold your heart at this current time. I’ve realized that you can be a close friend of mine, an acquaintance or even a stranger. Where ever you may dwell, I hope you are doing incredibly well. No matter if your seas lay uneasy, your skies uneven, or your moon has been left shaded behind your dark thoughts. I just hope if you are in a state of dismay, you are reminded that Allah is always here for you. This may sound incredibly corny of me to say, but there’s not a day when you don’t cross my mind. Your footsteps echo throughout my body like soft steps in a hollow hall, My hope stems from looking forward to the day of meeting you, the day I can get to know you, admire your smile, hold recollections of how your tsunami of a life will wash up against my shoreline. How I will be enticed by the way your eyes slowly close as you fall asleep, like two sunsets floating into the horizon. I’ll see Jannah in your eyes, and I’ll walk with you hand to hand and side by side on that beautiful journey to heaven. My soul has felt quite uneasy, and I know soon enough, our paths shall cross, and we will become whole. This will be the start of many letters to you. Then when I am to wed you, I can show you these letters. I dedicate these moments, these times, these emotions, and these thoughts to you and only you. Hope to learn of who you may be soon.

 With vested love,

Your future husband

anonymous asked:

My life feels very sad and i dont know why

Assalamu Alaikum,

The emptiness that we feel can only be filled with the love of Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala. So strive to get closer to Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala.

“Truly in the heart there is a void that can not be removed except with the company of Allah. And in it there is a sadness that can not be removed except with the happiness of knowing Allah and being true to Him. And in it there is an emptiness that can not be filled except with love for Him and by turning to Him and always remembering Him. And if a person were given all of the world and what is in it, it would not fill this emptiness”
(Ibn Qayyim Al Jawziyyah)

Here are some tips to get closer to Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala that will help you in shaa Allah.

1.If we want to get closer to Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala, we have to fulfill our obligatory duties and follows the command of Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala and his messenger (peace be upon him) wholeheartedly.

2.Being God conscious, always keep in mind that whatever we do, we have to be accountable to Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala and He’s watching us all the time.

3.Whenever we do a good work, always make the intention that you are doing this to please Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala.

4.Be thankful to Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala in every situation and be happy with the Allah decree.

5.Try to do dhikr all the time, it will make us closer to Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala.

Following are some dhikr that we can do all the time:

1. Asthaghfirullah

2. Subhaanallah

3. Alhamdulillah

4. Allahu Akbar

5. Laa ilaaha illallah

6. LA HAWLA WA LA QUWWATA ILLA BILLAH-HIL ALIYYIL ADHEEM

7. Asthaghfirullah-halladhee Laa ilaaha illa-huwal Hayyul Qayyuumu Wa athoobu Ilay

OrAsthaghfirullah

8. SUB-HAAN’ALLAAHi WA BI-HAM’DIHI SUB-HAAN’ALLAH-IL ADHEEM 

OrSUB-HAAN’ALLAAHi WA BI-HAM’DIHI

9. Subhāna-llāhi, wa-l-hamdu li-llāhi, wa lā ilāha illā-llāhu, wa-llāhu akbar. Wa lā hawla wa lā quwwata illā bi-llāhi-l-aliyyi-l-azīm

10. Lā ilāha illā-llāhu waḥdahu lā sharīka lahu lahu-l-mulku wa lahu-l-ḥamdu yuhyi wa yumītu wa huwa ḥayyu-llā yamūtu abadan abada, ḏū-l-jalāli wa-l-ikrām, biyadihi-l-khayr, wa huwa alā kulli Shay-in qadīr

Or

Laa ilaaha illal-laahu wahdahu laa shareeka lahu, lahul-mulku wa lahul-hamdu wa huwa ‘alaa kulli shay-in qadeer

We should also recite much of durood e Ibrahim which is the durood that is recited towards the end of Salaah. 

Or the shortest durood is: Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallim

6. Dua and Repentence:

Almighty Allah says in the Qur’an: "When my servants ask you concerning me, (tell them) I am indeed close (to them). I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calls on me.“ [2:186] 

The place of Dua is so high in front of Allah, that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallim) has said: ”Nothing is more honourable to Allah the Most High than Dua.”[Sahih al-Jami` no.5268]. 

Allah loves repentance & loves those who turn to him in sincere repentance: 

Truly Allah loves those who turn [to Him] in repentance… (Qur’an 2:222)

Narrated ‘Ubaadah that the Messenger of Allah said, “Whoever seeks forgiveness for the believing men and believing women, Allah will write for him a good deed for EACH believing man and believing woman.” (Tabarrani) 

Subhanallah this deed can be done in EVERY dua and can you imagine how many rewards can be gained for each and every Muslim you make dua for from Adam alayhis ‘salam until now and the last Muslim on earth. This is the easiest way to earn rewards that go into the billions and the more you make these dua’s then the more your good deed account will get filled!

7. Have friends that make you close to Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala, not those whose company make you forget Allah.

8. Turn to Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala for every little problem and ask for his help.

Listen to Islamic lectures, fix your prayers and try to do dhikr it will help in shaa Allah. I hope it will be helpful. May Allah guide us to the straight path.

Ameen

anonymous asked:

How can I pray Salah regularly? And get my life together? Like study and be independent because I feel the constant urge to talk to friends idk why. Maybe for attention. I want to feel at peace again because there's so much drama and heartbreaks even from friends. I don't feel close to anyone or i feel like I'm ever gonna find good friends and be one.

Our eman is not consistent. When our eman is low we struggle to do good deeds but no matter what don’t leave salaah and ask Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala for the help. When you feel hard remind yourself the more I struggle; the more reward I will get.

“The best advice one can offer to those who struggle to pray is remember a time will come when your heart will stop beating, your chest will stop breathing and your soul will be extracted from you. The reminder of death is your strongest encouragement to get up and pray….it could be your last.”

How to focus in salaah. Read here.

The emptiness that we feel can only be fulfilled with the love of Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala. When we try to fill that emptiness with something else that can be a love for a person, wealth, fame etc. then it will cause great pain in the end. When we love something more than Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala then it will cause greatest pain. So strive to get closer to Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala,

“Truly in the heart there is a void that can not be removed except with the company of Allah. And in it there is a sadness that can not be removed except with the happiness of knowing Allah and being true to Him. And in it there is an emptiness that can not be filled except with love for Him and by turning to Him and always remembering Him. And if a person were given all of the world and what is in it, it would not fill this emptiness”

(Ibn Qayyim Al Jawziyyah)

Following are some tips that may help you in shaa Allah.

1, Fix your prayers. Don’t ever leave salaah. This is the best act to pray salaah at the fixed time.

2. Be dutiful to your parents. Be good with them for the sake of Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala. Love them and spend quality time with them.

3. The most beloved of deeds to Allah are those that are most consistent, even if it is small.

4. Be good with people for the sake of Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala.

5. Be patient when something goes wrong and don’t get angry. Patience is difficult to do but it has countless reward.

6. Make habit of doing dhikr all the time. It will help in shaa Allah.

7. Send blessing upon Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him.

8. Gain knowledge and try to implement in your life.

9. Implement Sunnah in your daily life.

10. Make lots of dua. Ask Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala to help us to do deeds that will please Him  and grant us jannah and save us from punishment of Hell.

11. Spread Salaam when you meet a Muslim say Assalamu Alaikum.

12. Never think you are better than others. Always be humble

13. Don’t get jealous and pray for others

14. Be happy with Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala decree and always be thankful. It will increase your blessings in shaa Allah.

I hope it will be helpful. May Allah guide us to the straight path.

Ameen

Lowering your Gaze-Practical steps

Bismillah,

Sometimes, as a Muslim youth in America, going through high school and college while keeping your emaan can be really difficult. I want you to recall back to the last time you were in one of the following situations:

You were walking on campus (or in the hallway) on a hot summer day and as you looked ahead to see where you were going, your eyes fell upon a half-naked beautiful woman (or man).
Or when you were reading an Islamic article or just browsing the Internet at night and a nasty popup appeared right in front of your eyes.

At that very moment, did you immediately lower your gaze and say “astagfirullah” / “audhobillahi minnash shaytaanir rajeem”? If you did, then alhumdulillah! But if at that very moment you struggled to lower your gaze and/or didn’t feel anything in your heart telling you that you shouldn’t be looking at what you’re looking at, then you should continue reading this article…

Wallahi, lowering your gaze as a young Muslim is very difficult, especially since you have immodesty, pornography, and such lewdness running rampant in this society. We have cable television (channels such as MTV, E!, and even the Disney channel!) openly promoting this type of behavior. Even the most popular video game out right now (GTA 4) is all about money, girls, cussing, and boosting (stealing) cars! (Ya Allah…) When our hearts aren’t affected by this type of behavior, and we wonder why it’s so hard to lower our gaze, we should realize that the root of the problem isn’t our gaze, that’s just a symptom, but the root of our problem is that our hearts aren’t lowered in front of Allah (swt). And the way to lower your heart in front of Allah (swt) is by developing a strong connection with him through some of the suggestions that will be discussed below. When we develop a connection with Allah (swt), we will find that our limbs (including eyes) will automatically reject anything that displeases Allah (swt).

Let us now take a look at some of the things we can do to get closer to Allah (swt). Here is a list of some practical suggestions, which will later be expounded upon individually:

Work on performing (and perfecting) all of the obligatory acts of worship (praying 5 times a day, etc.).
Develop a relationship with the Qur’an.
Increase in the voluntary acts of worship.
Hang out and spend time with good brothers/sisters!

Obligatory acts

Aboo Hurayrah (Radi Allahu Ta'ala Anho) narrated that the Prophet (sw), said, “Allaah said: My servant draws not near to Me with anything more loved by Me than the religious duties [obligatory acts] I have enjoined upon him, and My servant continues to draw near to Me with supererogatory works so that I shall love him. When I love him, I am his hearing with which he hears, his seeing with which he sees, his hand with which he strikes, and his foot with which he walks. Were he to ask (something) of Me, I would surely give it to him, and were he to ask Me for refuge, I would surely grant him it.” (Bukhari; hadith qudsi)

Subhannallah!

Allah is telling us, straight up, that the best way to get close to Him is by doing what He has ordered us to do. Let’s set some practical goals for ourselves with regards to our salah (prayer). Working towards praying five times a day is the best thing we can do for ourselves (if we don’t already do it). Allah (swt) has told us that he is with us if we pray!

Relationship with the Qur’an

I want us to ask ourselves this question: When was the last time we actually sat down with the Qur’an, read it in a language we understand, and pondered over the meaning? For many of us, we feel that the Qur’an is too good for us to read and that we won’t be able to understand it, so we keep it off on top of our bookshelves and let it catch dust. Or, when we do decide to read it, we only recite the Arabic and have no clue about the meaning. The Qur’an was sent down for people to think about and follow (the orders in it). How can we do that if we have no idea what it’s actually telling us to do (since we don’t understand the language)?

I can safely say that the Qur’an has had the biggest impact on my life in going back to Allah. If we don’t already read the Qur’an daily, we would be doing ourselves the biggest favor by buying an English translation of the Qur’an and getting in the habit of reading it daily. One of the best (easiest to read) translations I’ve found is the Saheeh International translation of the Qur’an. For less than $10, you can have it shipped to your house.

After you get your copy of the Qur’an, you can simply read it cover-to-cover, fifteen minutes a day. However, something that really helped me get in the habit of reading the Qur’an was that the first time around when you read the translation of the Qur’an, start from Surah 49 (second half of the Qur’an) and read it till the end. The reason is that the first half of the Qur’an (Medinan Surahs) is heavy in verses relating to law and sometimes it gets hard to read. When you start from Surah 49, the surahs are relatively short (2-3 pages long), and they are an amazing emaan booster, so you can set a goal to read one surah a day.

Increasing in voluntary acts of worship

The most important goal that we need to set for ourselves right now is to start praying (and yes, fajr is part of the five daily prayers too!). But after we are consistently praying five times a day, we should increase the voluntary acts. If you recall back to the aforementioned hadith, after Allah (swt) mentions that the most important step in going back to Allah is by performing the obligatory acts, He says: “…and My servant continues to draw near to Me with supererogatory (extra) works so that I shall love him.”

We can start off by performing the sunnah prayers before/after each of the five daily prayers. (See Sunnah (Optional) Prayers). We should also make an effort to remember Allah (swt) throughout the day, by making the du’as that the Prophet (sw) would make daily. A must-have pocket-sized book, which has the English translations of the du’as, along with the Arabic, is Fortification of the Muslim. You can order it online or buy it at your local Islamic bookstore (it’s only $3.00!).

Spending time with good brothers/sisters

If you feel like you’re having a really hard time trying to strengthen your emaan, look at the three closest people that you hang out with. I read an interesting article a while ago, which said that your habits are the same as the culmination of 3 or 5 of your closest friends’ habits. Seriously though, how do you plan on getting close to Allah (swt) when you’re hanging out with Mo(hammed) or Fatty(Fatima) who has a boyfriend/girlfriend and is constantly influencing you towards things that displease Allah? Find a good group of friends who will keep you in check when you start slipping.

Some ahadith (sayings of the Prophet (peace be upon him)) relating to the company one keeps:

“You will be with those you love.” (Bukhari)
“A man’s religion is that of his friends, so let each of you consider whom you befriend.” (Abu Dawud)
And one of my favorite ahadith: “A virtuous companion is like the merchant of musk (perfume). Either he will offer you some, you will buy it from him, or you will find him pleasant to smell. But an evil companion is like the bellows-blower, either he will scorch your clothes or you will receive a rotten smell from him.” (Bukari and Muslim)

Action items:

Start praying five times a day!
Read one page (or one short surah) a day of Qur’an in the language that you understand. If you don’t have an English translation, order it online.
Stop hanging out with friends who are a bad influence on you (and don’t lie to yourself and pretend like they’re not!). Wallahi, I know it’s very hard to stop hanging out with people you have become close friends with, but remember, “All friends will be enemies of one another on that Day (Day of Judgment) except those of the virtuous.” (al-Qur’an 43:67)
Finally, beg Allah, make dua, and ask him to allow you to get close to Him and to guide you to the straight path.

Ya Allah, please forgive us of our sins, guide us to the straight path, and allow us to lower our heart (and our gaze) in modesty. O Allah, please save us from the punishment of the grave and the Hell-Fire. Ameen.

Source: http://www.suhaibwebb.com/relationships/lowering-your-gaze-practical-steps-for-getting-close-to-allah-zubair-khan/