Friends are but gifts from the All Loving Allāh, they are people that both strengthen and teach us that in life, people come and go, but what matters is how you have compelled and made their stay in your life worthy to be remembered and cherished, it’s not the number of days you’ve had them in your life or the time you’ve spent with them, it’s the actually the deep quality of relationship that you had with them that speaks out.

We should be ever mindful of choosing people who would be our companions in this dunya, we should be careful on choosing our friends for the people we choose to hang out with defines and talks so much of what a person we are. 

It is know that those who love one another for the sake of Allāh will be among those whom Allāh will shelter with His shade and upon whom He will shower His mercy and kindness. 

Muhammad ﷺ once said the following;

[1] “Allāh will ask on the Day of Judgment: ‘Where are those who loved each other for the sake of My glory? Today, - on a day when there is no shade but mine – I shall shade them with My shade.”

[2] “Allāh said: ‘Those who love one another for My glory, will have minbars of light, and the Prophets and martyrs will wish that they had the same.”

Indeed, through this kind of love lies not only a great status but the honor of being able to please Allāh, and what greater reward for a Mu'min is there other than being able to please His Rabb?

Muhammad ﷺ said;

“A man went to visit a brother of his in another village. Allāh sent an angel to wait for him on the road. When the man came along, the angel asked him, 'Where do you intend to go?’ He said, 'I am going to visit a brother of mine who lives in this village.’ The angel asked, 'Have you done him any favour (for which you are now seeking repayment)?’ He said, 'No. I just love him for the sake of Allāh’. The angel told him, I am a messenger to you from Allāh, sent to tell you that He loves you as you love your brother for His sake.” (Muslim)

Truly, we grow as others grow, and we struggle as others struggles, so don’t think you’re the only one who strives, many does, and all of you blossom at the end, and it best that you find these kind of people, because with them you learn to be more patient, to be more mindful of your deeds, more eager to please Allāh and will always be reminded to fear Allāh at all times.

Choose wisely for Allāh says; 

“Close friends on that Day will be foes to one another – except for the righteous.” 43:67

So learn to love someone for the sake of Allāh, find him and let one another blossom, encourage one another to enjoin what is good and forbid what is evil for indeed loving each other for the sake of Allaah brings out the most beautiful patience & faith that can conceal the scars of the most painful and hardest tests. :’)

For truly, a person who loves you genuinely for the sake of Allāh, cares and thinks for your akhirah. So before you look for that person, why not strive hard to be that person? in sha Allāh.

and we pray that we become among those people who love one another for the sake of Allāh, that we find in our hearts the light of appreciating even the minutest things that a friend does for us, and that we may control our nafs and pride when at times that they advice us that we had done wrong, we find the heart to listen and hear what they need to tell us. in sha Allāh.

May Allāh guide us to people that will help us become better Muslims, to people that will be just and always remind us to fear Allāh and encourage us to do good deeds. Amīn. 




[1] Muslim
[2] Tirmidhī


This is a very common hadith and known to many of us. But very rarely do we make use of this hadith the way it should be used. We are very greedy with our own duas but when it is the time to make dua for a fellow muslim brother or sister even if their suffering is more than ours we cannot seem to bring about the same emotions as we do whilst making dua for ourselves. This hadith helps us learn empathy, teaches us to put ourselves into the shoes of another and the most important thing this hadith teaches us is selflessness. 

3 points to keep in mind while putting this hadith into practice.


Make your dua sincere, don’t make dua just for the heck of it or because you want angels to make the same dua for you. Remember our religion is based on intention, if your intentions are self serving and selfish then you have missed out on the entire lesson/point of this hadith.


It is very easy to make dua for someone who is helping you and someone who is close to you. Very easy to make dua for your kids, family, spouse and best friend. But you need to walk an extra mile and make dua for your acquaintances, or someone you know through facebook and you know they are suffering or are going through a rough patch (many of us know this through their updates, it is pretty easy to guess how their life is unfolding). Facebook ofcourse if just an easy example. Make dua for the maid who works at your home, make dua for your boss who has anger issues, make dua for single mothers across the world you don’t even know about. Make dua for humans who are suffering because of war and injustice. Make dua to Allah for the guidance of that non muslim friend you have. 


 We are weak creatures and we love acknowledgment. Therefore, don’t rush to your friend and say I cried in sujood for you. If you keep mentioning it again and again it might make them feel uncomfortable. Let them know that they are in your duas. Don’t overdo it by expressing a lot, learn to strike a balance between comforting and showing off. This will help you in keeping check of yourself from falling into riya (showoff) and help you maintain sincerity. 


Abu Darda’ (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:
The Messenger of Allah (saw) said,

The supplication of a Muslim for his (Muslim) brother in his absence will certainly be answered. Everytime he makes a supplication for good for his brother, the angel appointed for this particular task says: ‘A meen! May it be for you, too’.”


Days after my sister’s marriage, I felt a bit less inspired, I was having those dark moments as an artist. I felt blackened and blocked.

Today, I looked at this box I got from the participants during my Marawi workshop, opened it and read their little notes one by one, and tear by tear came as well.

Subhan'Allah, sometimes we think we go to places to teach and share what Allāh Azza Wa Jall has bestowed upon us, but today I realized as I read every letter these beautiful sisters have written for me that I needed them more than they needed me.

Somehow, Allāh decreed that I visited that place not because they needed to learn from me but because I needed to be reminded by them. Allahu'akbar.

I found a light bulb. May it glow and shine it’s most on the day I’ll be placed in my grave. Amīn.


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Assalamu'alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

Alhamdulillah! Alhamdulillah! Alhamdulillah!

It’s here, coming this February, the book that will make everyone fall in love in the most halal way (with your future/spouse) in sha Allah.

This book is filled with specially selected stories among the lives of the Sahabah Radiyallahu Anhum on their marriages, how they coped up with each other, how they made Allah Azza Wa Jall as the center of everything, how they guided each other to not lose hope in Him, how they struggled together, their sacrifices and of course the importance of loving for His Sake. 

In sha Allah once it is going to be released I would be writing a more detailed summary of the book, in sha Allah. 

For now, I need your opinion on the cover, would you actually grab this book if ever you get to see it in a bookstore?

May Allah Azza Wa Jall accept our efforts and forgive us all. Amin


Have you ever received some gift from a person very dear to you?

If yes, then how do you go about it? If it’s a material thing do you use it? If it’s a book, do you read it? 

Do you actually give importance to the gift given to you? Or do you actually show appreciation to the person who gifted you?

Ma sha Allah. We can never deny that giving gifts to others or family members is a forgotten sunnah of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam. He encouraged Muslims to give gifts to each other as this increases the affection and love [for the sake of Allah] they have for each other.

And so, this became a real practice of the Sahabah Radiyallahu Anhum. 

Today, I would like to tell you a story that highlights the closeness and the brotherhood of ‘Ali and 'Umar Radiyallahu Anhum.

When ‘Umar was still alive, he gave ‘Ali a gift, and this was a burd [clothing] from Adan [a place in Yemen].

When ‘Ali became the Commander of the Faithful, he was seen wearing this specific burd most of the time.

It was narrated from Abu As-Safar that ‘Ali Ibn Abi Talib was seen wearing a Burd most of the time during His reign as the Caliph and so one time he was asked: “O Commander of the Faithful, why do you wear this garment most of the time?”

And ‘Ali answered: “Yes, this [cloth] was given to me by my bosom friend and my bestfriend ‘Umar Ibn Al Khattab Radiyallahu Anhu, a sincere adviser [for the sake] of Allah and we also advised him,” then ‘Ali would weep.

[In another narration ‘Ali said: “This garment was given to me by my brother, my bosom friend, best friend, my friend, the Leader of the Believers ‘Umar”]

What a beautiful story that shares to us such a wonderful level of brotherhood and loving your brother in deen for the sake of Allah Azza Wa Jall. 

Indeed, it is not that we should be attached so much with material things, but it is always the thought that counts, ’Ali and 'Umar were both close companions of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam, they went to battle together, they struggled together, they were taught the Qur'an and were taught by the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam together and fought for Islam side by side.

Hence, this unfold a beautiful bond within their hearts.

I wanted to share this story to emphasize that:

1) Giving gifts is a beautiful deed and increases the love for His Sake.

Yes, it is, and I’m not saying give so expensive gifts, sometimes gifts of least expense is the most suitable.Again, it is always the thought that counts. 

It is just sad that nowadays, people prefer money to be gifts rather than things that would make us remember them or that has sentimental value. 

Come to think of it, isn’t that a sign that we are too attached to dunya that we let money make us happy most of the time? That when we don’t get what we want, we feel bad that our parents or our spouses cannot give us the latest gadgets or the most expensive bags or watches?

Reflect, sometimes we could learn so much from babies, give them some candy and they would jump around showing so much happiness and joy because they were given something, couldn’t we be like that? I don’t mean jumping around, but can we this be appreciative?

If you can’t appreciate much of the things around you, then I ask you, try to enumerate your blessings. 

2) Make the most of the time you spend with your beloved

We should also remember that time is one of the most precious thing we could ever gift to and be gifted by someone beloved to us, because when the time comes and our beloved departs from this world, the memory and the time spent together would be the only thing that would linger, and this is why we see that ‘Ali would weep so much every time he remembers ‘Umar.

It was not about the burd, really, it was that he was reminded of their time spent together.

Such is the brotherhood in Islam, yes you may not be connected by blood but in your hearts you will always be connected, hence the affection and love towards each other for the sake of Allah comes all natural.Alhamdulillah.


And we pray that this story would encourage you on reviving this forgotten sunnah and make you appreciate every little thing that you are given and may we realize the importance of time in our lives, that we every single day that passes become a reminder for us that indeed our time will soon end and that death is approaching and could take us any minute.



Story was taken from:

• Al-Musanaf, Ibn Abi Shaibah 12/29, no. 1207
• Ash-Shariah, Al Arja 5/2327 (Hasan)
• Al-Muwafaqah, p. 140

Note: You can see more of these kind of stories on the Golden Stories series that I do that highlights beautiful stories about the Sahabah Radiyallahu Anhu.