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1. If your heart becomes heavy and hurts sometimes, don’t worry. It means He’s still with you. Your heart is aching to go back to Him. It’s craving detachment from the people you’ve taken to mean too much, from the things that should have just stayed as things. Your heart hurts because He hasn’t given up on you and wants you back. Allah protects the ones He loves. So your heart will hurt. But it will bring you back to the Only One who can fix it.


2. The beauty of Islam is that it emphasizes the need for balance in every aspect of life. When you overindulge and over-invest yourself, your feelings, your time, your effort, your money, your strength, your concentration, your love and your trust on the trivial, the banal, the transient little parts of this dunya, you’re doing yourself an injustice. You’re making it harder for yourself to grow and easier for others to take a grip on you. Stop caring too much about things that won’t matter on the day that counts. Don’t let yourself drown in your work or fall head over heels for another person or strive to succeed whilst allowing yourself to forget what is truly worth striving for. Be fair to yourself, be moderate in everything and be smart about it. Find a balance.


3. You once thought that it was too much to bear. You felt overwhelmed and completely devastated. And yet, you’re here. No matter how difficult life gets to be, remember that Allah is Al-Muhaymin and Ar-Razzaq. He protects and provides. And He will always do so. So trust Him and keep going, this too shall pass as it always does.


4. If you’re heartbroken and tired, disillusioned and confused or if you just feel lost and betrayed by the same people over and over again, remember that Allah is Al-Jabbar, the Restorer, the Repairer, the Compeller. The one who can make you feel better when everyone else keeps pushing you down. You just have to call on Him.


5. If Allah can take the person you never thought you’d lose out of your life, He will surely bless you with someone you never imagined would be in it.


6. I guarantee you’ll reduce the amount of stress and disappointment in your life if you learn to live by this: Everything really does happen for a reason. We all know this but if something was written to be yours, a grade, a job, a relationship, a trip, it will always be yours and nothing in this world can prevent it from being yours except Allah’s will. If you weren’t meant to get something, you won’t get it. Regardless of anything. Because it just wasn’t written. That being said, All you have to do is keep your intentions straight, keep doing your best, keep being the best you can be and keep trusting in the fact that Allah’s provisions are always for our best interest. Something good always comes of something that may seem initially disappointing or bad. So don’t worry. Keep that trust, do your thing, if you don’t get what you wanted, keep moving, keep going. You’ll get something better or make it somewhere more worthwhile.


7. Sometimes the most difficult and heart wrenchingly painful situations are the ones that push you to your knees, to your lowest, and have you raising your hands high to The Most High. When you lose everything you had such strong convictions about and such deep certainty that you would never live without, you realize that truly, Allah has always been there and it was only a matter of time before you went back to Him. It hurts in the moment, but sometimes it takes a lot to bring us back. Sometimes it takes a lot to break the heart so that you can actually realize that there’s only One way to fix it. You have to go back to the One who knows it best, the One who Created it. When we forget Him, He brings us back in ways that sometimes break us. It sucks but it’s what you need and it’s why you smile when you look back at how you got to where you are today.


8. Islam is all about balance and moderation. Look at anything in your life right now that is slightly problematic, worrisome or not going as planned, or perhaps you just aren’t happy with the way you’re doing certain things. Just notice for a second that all your problems, are because of an imbalance between their respective parts, actions & feelings. Either you’re too invested in something, or something is overused, or something is neglected. If you read the Quran, there’s an emphasis on having an important balance in so many different aspects of this life. Islam is such a comprehensive religion that it’s actually the perfect manual to living a healthy life too. Islam is perfect and the balance it calls for is perfect.


9. There’s beauty in the pain and disappointment you feel. There’s beauty in the confusion you feel because you never thought that person would hurt you or forget you. There’s beauty in the constant flow of memories you wish would stop pestering you. The beauty is that everything happens for a reason beyond your comprehension. The beauty is that someone who walked out only made room for the greatest person to walk back in. The beauty is that He is the All-knowing and He always does what’s best. What’s more reassuring than that?


10. Fortify your dua with acceptance. Accept the fact that dua is a powerful tool. Accept the fact that your dua will be heard and answered by the One who says “Be” & it is. Accept the true power of your dua and make it even more effective. You have to know how good something is and trust in it to yield the best outcomes

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

LenaElamin

Writer/Motivational Speaker

Fudayl ibn Iyad (رحمة الله عليه) said:

“Admiration is part of faith and envy is part of hypocrisy. The believer admires others and does not envy others, and the hypocrite envies others and does not admire others. The believer overlooks the faults of others, admonishes others, and gives good advice. The hypocrite disgraces others, insults others, and betrays others.” 

[(Hilyat Al-Awliya 11716) (Narrater: Abu Nu’aim)]

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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