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Doubt is named doubt because it resembles truth. As for lovers of Allah, their conviction serves them as light and the direction of the right path (itself) serves as their guide; while the enemies of Allah, in time of doubt call to misguidance in the darkness of doubt and their guide is blindness (of intelligence). One who fears death cannot escape it nor can one who fears for eternal life secure it.
—  The Commander of the Faithful `Ālī (peace be upon him), Nāhj Al-Balaghā, Sermon 38

“The Blue Mosque in Mazar-i Sharif is one of the most beautiful buildings I have seen in Afghanistan. Built in the 15th century, the mosque attracts throngs of people to the Shrine of Ali, where they commemorate the cousin and son-in-law of the Prophet Mohammad. Most Shias believe Ali was the first of 12 imams, whom they regard as the rightful descendants of the Prophet. Sunnis believe Ali was the fourth and last Caliph. Different interpretations of the Prophet’s lineage have caused tension and bloodshed, but in Mazar, the two sects worship side by side, something you don’t see in, say, neighbouring Iran.” #Mazarisharif #Balkh #Afghanistan Photo by Sune Engel Rasmussen @suneengel
#Islam #religion #faith #mosque #shia #sunni #Ali #everydaybalkh #everydayafghanistan #everydayasia #everydayeverywhere
تصويرى از زيارتگاه حضرت على (ك) كه از جمله مشهورترين و زيباترين ساختمان ها در شهر مزار مى باشد و در قرن ١٥ بناء نهاده شده است. #مزار_شريف #بلخ #افغانستان (at Mazarisharif, Balkh - Afghanistan )

The danger in living between obedience and sin is that you don’t know in which state you will die.

LenaElamin

Writer/Motivational Speaker

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 al-Qayyim al-Jawziyya

Ask forgiveness of Allah by Shaikh Dr. ‘Abdur-Razaq al-badr  حفظه الله

Allaah, the Most High, in encouragement of seeking forgiveness, and in making clear its excellence and its fruits both in this worldly life and in the Hereafter, refer to what Nūh عليه السلام‎ said:

“I said (to them): 'Ask forgiveness from your Lord; Verily, He is Oft-Forgiving; 'He will send rain to you in abundance; 'And give you increase in wealth and children, and bestow on you gardens and bestow on you rivers.’ ” [Surah 71; Verses 10-12]

This tremendous āyah promises numerous benefits and offers important lessons for those who seek forgiveness and for those who constantly ask forgiveness for their sins.

It is related that a man came to al-Hasan al-Basrī رحمه الله‎ , the noble Taabi'ee, and complained to him of poverty. So he said to him,

“Ask forgiveness of Allāh”.

Another man came to him complaining that he did not have any children. So he said to him,

“Ask forgiveness of Allāh”.

A third man came to him complaining of the barrenness of his garden. So he said to him,

“Ask forgiveness of Allāh”.

He then recited to them the saying of Allāh, the Perfect and Most High:

“I said (to them): 'Ask forgiveness from your Lord; Verily, He is Oft-Forgiving; 'He will send rain to you in abundance; 'And give you increase in wealth and children, and bestow on you gardens and bestow on you rivers.’ ” [Surah 71; Verses 10-12]

These then are some of the fruits of seeking forgiveness and some of its benefits in the worldly life.

The Explanation of The Dua of Seeking Forgiveness (Sayyidul Istaghfar) - Shaikh Dr. 'Abdur-Razaq al-badr  حفظه الله

شرح حديث سيد الاستغفار - للشيخ عبد الرزاق البدر حفظه الله

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والإيمان هو الذي يحرك الإنسان ويوجهه ويولّد فيه طاقات هائلة، لم تكن لتظهر بدونه، بل هو ينشئه خلقًا جديدًا ويولّد فيه طاقات هائلة، لم تكن لتظهر بدونه، بل هو ينشئه خلقًا جديدًا، بروح جديدة، وعقل جديد، وعزم جديد، وفلسفة جديدة. كما رأينا ذلك في سحرة فرعون حين آمنوا برب موسى وهارون، وتحدّوا جبروت فرعون، وقالوا له في شموخ واستعلاء: “فَاقْضِ مَا أَنْتَ قَاضٍ إِنَّمَا تَقْضِي هَذِهِ الْحَيَاةَ الدُّنْيَا”. ـ

al-Iman (faith) is that which puts man into motion; it directs him and creates in him tremendous powers that wouldn’t manifest without it. It rebuilds him into a new creation, with a new spirit, a new mind, a new resolve, and a new philosophy in life. We saw this in the story of the magicians of the Pharaoh when they believed in the Lord of Moses and Aaron, challenged the tyranny of the Pharaoh, and with all the confidence in the world they said to him: “Then decide (regarding us) whatever you want to decide, your decision can only affect this worldly life.” (Quran 20:72)

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How can we strengthen our eemaan?

Response by Shaykh Maahir al-Qahtaani: 

Ahlus Sunnah wal Jama’ah are in agreement that eemaan increases with obedience and it decreases with disobedience.  

Allah says what is translated to mean:

As for those who believe, it has increased their Faith, and they rejoice.

(at-Tawbah 9:124)

In order for your eemaan to increase, you have to increase in your worship to Allah subhanahu wa ta’aala. Actions, like the recitation of the Qur’an and pondering over its meaning, standing in the last part of the night prayer, fasting during the day, obedience to your husband and not using your tongue for disobedience will increase your eemaan.  

It is the removal of all of those things which are evil, and to purify yourself from those things, that will increase your eemaan. If a person wants to do a particular sin and their soul inclines towards that sin, if he leaves it off then, this is a cause for your eemaan to increase. If a person is commanded to do some type of worship and he does it seeking the face of Allah, then that increases your eemaan also.

From: The Rectification of the Muslim Women in the West with Q&A in London with Shaykh Maahir al-Qahtaani (Hafidhahullaahu ta'aala) - 02/12/2011

My first day out in hijab. This is a huge step for me. I haven’t declared my faith publicly yet but I’m doing that very soon. I know I needed to make this step first because wearing hijab is something I believe in, and I had to be certain I could deal with the publics view of me wearing it. If you’re a Muslim please be gentle with me. I’m new, I’m learning, and I’m beginning a new life. I know I’ll probably mess things up along the way but this is my journey, and I know my heart is pure. And I know Allah can see what’s inside my heart. Inshallah I’ll continue to grow and learn more about Islam and hopefully along the way I’ll be able to inspire people the way modesthijabi has inspired me.