Do you seek the hearts of the creation, while not seeking the owner of hearts?

إِنَّ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ سَيَجْعَلُ لَهُمُ الرَّحْمَٰنُ وُدًّا

Verily, those who believe [in the Oneness of Allah and in His Messenger (Muhammad ﷺ.) and work deeds of righteousness, the Most Merciful  (Allah) will bestow love for them (in the hearts of the believers).

Surah Maryam, 96

Today is Wednesday, December 28th.

This morning, I awoke feeling rested; it was still dark outside and the house was quiet.

I made my way to the kitchen to brew some hot, black tea and snack on some dates. As soon as the tea was ready, I poured some into a mug and brought it to the living room, where I sat on the floor with my Qu'ran. As I sipped my tea, I read the story of Joseph, which is one of my favorite stories because it embodies lessons of forgiveness, patience, compassion, and a unified ummah (community).

Then, I lit some candles, did some yoga, and meditated, drawing near to Allah. Afterwards, I recited, “Bismillahir-Rahmanir-Raheem” (In the name of Allah, most gracious, most merciful) and stepped into the shower. After cleaning my entire body thoroughly, I donned an abaya, headscarf, and stood on my prayer rug, ready to submit myself to Allah.

I knelt on my prayer rug and placed my forehead to the ground. After a few deep breaths, I began crying. Happiness and joy filled my entire body. I said, “Ash-hadu an laa ilaaha illallah. Wa ash-hadu anna Muhammadan rasulullah.” This means: I bear witness that there is not God except Allah. And I bear witness that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.

I closed my eyes and repeated it again and again; tears of happiness were streaming down my face. I felt renewed, clean, pure, and I knew that all my past transgressions were forgiven.

Taking shahada doesn’t have to be an elaborate ceremony, but for me, I wanted it to be. I wanted to be alone, in my own home; just me and Allah. I wanted to stand before Him and feel my past life shrivel up as Allah made me a new person.

After I performed my shahada, I prayed Fajr and made dua for my Ummah, family, friends, and people all around the world. I thanked Allah for bringing me to Islam and making me Muslim.

I will undoubtedly say that today is one of the best days of my life.

Click here to learn the story of how I was called to Islam!

Click here to learn about why I am a Muslim that does yoga.

Click here to read about how I wear hijab.

I am Muslim, but I am not dating a Muslim. Click here to learn more.

Click here to read about why I eat dates and all sorts of other plant-based foods.

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No people gather together in one of the Houses of Allah, reciting the Book of Allah and studying it among themselves, except that sakeenah descends upon them, and mercy envelops them, and the angels surround them, and Allah mentions them in the midst of those who are with Him.

The Messenger of Allah Muhammad (S) | [Sahih Muslim #2699]

عَنْ أَبِي مُسْلِمٍ الْخَوْلاَنِيِّ، حَدَّثَنِي مُعَاذُ بْنُ جَبَلٍ، قَالَ سَمِعْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم يَقُولُ ‏ “‏ قَالَ اللَّهُ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ الْمُتَحَابُّونَ فِي جَلاَلِي لَهُمْ مَنَابِرُ مِنْ نُورٍ يَغْبِطُهُمُ النَّبِيُّونَ وَالشُّهَدَاءُ ‏"‏ ‏.‏

قال ابن علان
الغبطة تمني مثل ما للغير منا لخير من غير زواله عن صاحبه، فدل هذا الحديث القدسي على أن لهؤلاء العباد منازل شريفة عظيمة في الآخرة، ولا يلزم من تمني الأنبياء أن يكون أولئك أفضل من الأنبياء، لأنه قد يكون لك مائة فرس من العتاق ثم ترى لأخيك فرساً فتشتهي أن تشرتيه منه أو تشتري مثله وهذا من هذا القبيل، ويجوز أنه لم يقصد النظر إلى معنى الغبطة أصلاً، وإنما أريد بيان فضلهم وشرفهم عند الله فقط

If anyone travels on a road in search of knowledge, Allah will cause him to travel on one of the roads of Paradise. The angels will lower their wings in their great pleasure with one who seeks knowledge. The inhabitants of the heavens and the Earth and (even) the fish in the deep waters will ask forgiveness for the learned man. The superiority of the learned over the devout is like that of the moon, on the night when it is full, over the rest of the stars. The learned are the heirs of the Prophets, and the Prophets leave (no monetary inheritance), they leave only knowledge, and he who takes it takes an abundant portion.
—  Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him.

SubhaanAllaah I met this sister in the prophets mosque during my Umrah trip at the start of the year…
I had been thinking of her and I realised I hadn’t messaged her in a while.. When I messaged to check up on her this is what she said..
SubhaanAllaah my heart felt truly saddened..
Inna lillaahi wa inna ilayhi raaji'oon…
This is the dunya my brothers and sisters… It is lived from moment to moment..
One second you’re here and the next - you’re gone. Just like that. In the blink of an eye…
This is the reality of our life here…
You will not get a warning and there will be no announcement for when death will arrive.
Please, I beg you…
Be conscious of Allaah subhaanahu wa ta'aala… Talk to Him, pray to Him, praise Him, thank Him…
Learn to worship Him in the best way; learn the sunnah of His messenger, Muhammad salla Allaahu alayhi wassalam… Strive and struggle upon the path of Islaam.
Submit to your Lord! Isn’t it time?!
I ask you by Allaah! How do you know you will live to see the light of day tomorrow?!
How do you know that you’ll open your eyes after sleep?!
How do you know that you’ll cross the road safely!?
How do you know that you will open the car door, and be alive to exit and close it?!
Wallaahi we do not know! 😓😓😓
Allaah subhaanahu wa ta'aala says that on that day - our life here will only feel like it was the duration of a PART of the morning/afternoon. How short is this dunya and how short is our memory of this fact!
Theres no time to waste my brothers and sisters… Please… Struggle for His sake.. Distance yourself from all that which displeases Him… Ask Him to give you the strength to stay firm… Surround yourself with good brothers/sisters…
Read from His book and contemplate on His words… You CAN change. You CAN prepare yourself. And you CAN be the happiest you have ever been by doing so.
I beg you..
Be mindful of Him…
Be mindful of Him and as He promised, He will be mindful of you.
Please make du'aa for this brother and his family. May Allaah forgive him for his shortcomings and may He fill his grave with noor. May Allaah allow this brother to see his place in Jannah.. And may Allaah comfort and soothe the hearts of his family members..
To Him we belong and to Him we will return. And may we return to Him again and again in hope, in fear, in love and in repentance - before our soul and body does once and for all. Ready or not.

The Screening Of The Niqaab!

يَا أَيُّهَا النَّبِيُّ قُلْ لِأَزْوَاجِكَ وَبَنَاتِكَ وَنِسَاءِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ يُدْنِينَ عَلَيْهِنَّ مِنْ

جَلَابِيبِهِنَّ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ أَدْنَىٰ أَنْ يُعْرَفْنَ فَلَا يُؤْذَيْنَ ۗ وَكَانَ اللَّهُ غَفُورًا رَحِيمًا

O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (veils) all over their bodies (i.e. screen themselves completely except the eyes or one eye to see the way). That will be better, that they should be known (as free respectable women) so as not to be annoyed. And Allah is Ever OftForgiving, Most Merciful. Qur'an - Al-Ahzab 33:59

Muhammad bin Sirin (Rahimahullah) from the tabi'een) asked a question regarding the Jailbaab, and narrated the response to this question as follows, “I asked Ubaida bin Sufyan bin al-Harith (‘Radhiallaahu An’) how the Jalbaab was to be worn? He demonstrated it to me by pulling a sheet of cloth over his head to cover his entire body, leaving the left eye uncovered.  (Found in “hijaab wa Safur” quoted by Shaikh AbdulAziz Bin Bazz under the chapter of his fatwaa on hijab on page 54)

The subject of the niqab is lengthy, and there is a difference of opinion on whether it is wajib or not. However, on a personal level, it is for me and what I have witnessed and seen just by day to day life, and contemplating on the verse “tell them to draw their cloaks (veil) all over their bodies, that will be better, that they should be known, so as not be annoyed.”  {Al-Ahzab 33-59) This verse is precise and evident in everyday life, without the correct covering there is NO restriction, people stare at you and some go as far as to speak with you, but the screen (Niqaab), people “men” are too shy to speak to you. Niqab creates honour and security in the position of a female. These “restrictions” are not for us but for the outsiders, and only to guard against all ways of corruption arising from other avenues. I advise myself, and my sisters to ignore popular beliefs and see it for yourself, what Islam has established is not a restriction on the freedom of women but is a firm protection for her from the evils that are known and common nowadays. 

The Prophet was the example of all examples to take from, and his wives and the Sahaabiyaat women of his time are the ultimate example, for us today, as he guided them to that which is correct and upright. 

Safyeeyah bint Shayebah (radiAllahu anha), said:

“While we were in the company of A'isha (radiAllahu anha) we mentioned the women of Qureish and their good favors, then A'isha said: “indeed the women of Qureish have a good favor and by Allah I have not seen better than the women of Al-Ansar in their strength of acceptance of the Book of Allah and in the belief in the Revelation: At the time when Surat An-Nur was sent down and in it Allah says:

وَلْيَضْرِبْنَ بِخُمُرِهِنَّ عَلَىٰ جُيُوبِهِنَّ

"Let them (believing women) draw their veils over Juyubihinna (their bosoms, faces, necks and bodies, ).”

Soon their husbands turned to them reciting what Allah had sent down to them (i.e. the above Ayah), the man recites to his wife, his daughter, his sister and to every female relative. Not a single woman of them except that she took up her robe (shawl) (wrapped) and covered her head and face in
acceptance and belief in what Allah had sent down from His Book. The next morning they were behind the Prophet ﷺ, covered as if black crows were on top of their heads.”

(This can be found in The Tafseer of Al-Qur'an Al-Ath'eem by Ibin Katheer 5:90 (Arabic)

الله يحفظهم, there are so many sisters who have asked about the niqab and have reservations about it due to our families and current climate in the west. Whilst explaining this to our parents we must show mercy and gentleness towards our parents and elders,

as Allah advised when dealing with them,

وَاخْفِضْ لَهُمَا جَنَاحَ الذُّلِّ مِنَ الرَّحْمَةِ

And lower to them the wing of humility out of mercy. Surah Al-Isra [17:24]

So continue to advise them with gentleness, regarding the reasons you feel this is best for you [wearing the niqab], and finally, refer to this verse regarding disagreement in the deen, must always refer back to the Quran and Sunnah,

Where Allah says:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا أَطِيعُوا اللَّهَ وَأَطِيعُوا الرَّسُولَ وَأُولِي الْأَمْرِ مِنْكُمْ ۖ فَإِنْ

تَنَازَعْتُمْ فِي شَيْءٍ فَرُدُّوهُ إِلَى اللَّهِ وَالرَّسُولِ إِنْ كُنْتُمْ تُؤْمِنُونَ بِاللَّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الْآخِرِ

ذَٰلِكَ خَيْرٌ وَأَحْسَنُ تَأْوِيلًا

O you who believe! Obey Allah and obey the Messenger (Muhammad ﷺ), and those of you (Muslims) who are in authority. (And) if you differ in anything amongst yourselves, refer it to Allah and His Messenger (ﷺ), if you believe in Allah and in the Last Day. That is better and more suitable for final determination. Surah An-Nisa [4:59

If you feel a strong conviction to wearing the niqaab, correct your intention, make dua and do not worry, about the environment or external parties, and Allah will provide a way for you. As Allah says,

وَيَرْزُقْهُ مِنْ حَيْثُ لَا يَحْتَسِبُ ۚ وَمَنْ يَتَوَكَّلْ عَلَى اللَّهِ فَهُوَ حَسْبُهُ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ بَالِغُ
أَمْرِهِ ۚ قَدْ جَعَلَ اللَّهُ لِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدْرًا

And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine. And whosoever puts his trust in Allah, then He will suffice him. Verily, Allah will accomplish his purpose. Allah has already set for everything a [decreed] extent. Surah At-Talaq [65:3]

واصبر وما صبرك إلا بالله

“And be patient for your patience is but by Allah.” [an-Nahl 16:127]

Man Kunto Maula

“For whoever I am Maula, Ali is his Maula,”
Were the words Muhammad proclaimed,
For Muhammad and Ali realise each level of this claim:
Indeed like Muhammad, Ali too was but a slave of his Lord (72:19);
And like the Prophet, the Imam was named Wali by his Lord (5:55);
And like the Messenger, the Guide was an Intimate of the Word (13:7; 56:79);
Indeed like Muhammad, Ali too is Master of the creations of the worlds.

Aal-e-Imran 3:31

قُلْ إِن كُنتُمْ تُحِبُّونَ ٱللَّهَ فَٱتَّبِعُونِى يُحْبِبْكُمُ ٱللَّهُ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْۗ وَٱللَّهُ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ

Say (O Muhammad Sallallahu alayhi wa sallamto mankind): “If you (really) love Allah then follow me (i.e. accept Islamic Monotheism, follow the Quran and the Sunnah), Allah will love you and forgive you of your sins. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”

Aal-e-Imran 3:132

وَأَطِيعُوا۟ ٱللَّهَ وَٱلرَّسُولَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُرْحَمُونَ

And obey Allah and the Messenger (Muhammad Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) that you may obtain mercy.

حَدَّثَنَا مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ سِنَانٍ، حَدَّثَنَا فُلَيْحٌ، حَدَّثَنَا هِلاَلُ بْنُ عَلِيٍّ، عَنْ عَطَاءِ بْنِ يَسَارٍ، عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ، أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ ‏"‏ كُلُّ أُمَّتِي يَدْخُلُونَ الْجَنَّةَ، إِلاَّ مَنْ أَبَى ‏"‏‏.‏ قَالُوا يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ وَمَنْ يَأْبَى قَالَ ‏"‏ مَنْ أَطَاعَنِي دَخَلَ الْجَنَّةَ، وَمَنْ عَصَانِي فَقَدْ أَبَى ‏"‏‏.‏
Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said,

“All my followers will enter Paradise except those who refuse.” They said, “O Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ)! Who will refuse?” He said,

“Whoever obeys me will enter Paradise, and whoever disobeys me is the one who refuses (to enter it).”

Reference : Sahih al-Bukhari 7280
In-book reference : Book 96, Hadith 12

Letter to Hiraql (ceasar) inviting him to Islam.

The holy prophet’s (Sallallähu alaihi wa sallam) letter to Hiraql (ceasar) inviting him to islam…!

It has been narrated on the authority of Ibn Abbas who learnt the tradition personally from Abu Safyan. The latter said:

“ I went out (on a mercantile venture) during the period (of truce) between me and the Messenger of Allah (Sallallähu alaihi wa sallam). While I was in Syria, the letter of the Messenger of Allah (Sallallähu alaihi wa sallam) was handed over to Hiraql (Ceasar), the Emperor of Rome (who was on a visit to Jerusalem at that time).

The letter was brought by Dihya Kalbi who delivered it to the governor of Busra. The governor passed it on to Hiraql, (On receiving the letter), he said: ‘Is there anyone from the people of this man who thinks that he is a prophet’.

People said: 'Yes’.

So, I was called along with a few others from the Quraish. We were admitted to Hiraql and he seated us before him. He asked: 'Which of you has closer kinship with the man who thinks that he is a prophet?’

Abu Sufyan said: 'I’.

So they seated me in front of him and stated my companions behind me. Then, he called his interpreter and said to him: 'Tell them that I am going to ask this fellow (i. e. Abu Sufyan) about the man who thinks that he is a prophet. It he tells me a lie, then refute him’.

Abu Sufyan told (the narrator): 'By God, if there was not the fear that falsehood would be imputed to me, I would have lied.’

(Then) Hiraqi said to his interpreter: 'Inquire from him about his ancestry’.

I said: 'He is of good ancestry among us.’

He asked: 'Has there been a king among his ancestors?’

I said: 'No’.

He asked: ’Did you accuse him of falsehood before he proclaimed his prophethood?’

I said: 'No’.

He asked: 'Who are his follower people of high status or low status?’

I said: ’(They are) of low status’.

He asked: 'Are they increasing in number or decreasing?’

I said. 'No. they are rather increasing’.

He asked: 'Does anyone give up his religion, being dissatisfied with it, after having embraced it?’

I said: 'No’.

He asked: 'Have you been at war with him?’

I said: 'Yes’.

He asked: 'How did you fare in that war?’

I said: 'The war between us and him has been wavering like a bucket, up at one turn and down at the other (i. e. the victory has been shared between us and him by turns). Sometimes he suffered loss at our hands and sometimes we suffered loss at his (hand).’

He asked: 'Has he (ever) violated his covenant?’

I said: ’No. but we have recently concluded a peace treaty with him for a period and we do not know what he is going to do about it.’

He asked: ’Did anyone make the proclamation (Of prophethood) before him?’

I said: 'No’.

He (now) said to his interpreter: 'Tell him, I asked him about his ancestry and he had replied that he had the best ancestry. This is the case with Prophets; they are the descendants of the noblest among their people’.

He continued: 'I asked you if there had been a king among his ancestors. You said that there had been none. If there had been a king among his ancestors, I would have said that he was a man demanding his ancestral kingdom.

I asked you about his followers whether they were people of high or low status, and you said that they were of rather low status. Such are the followers of the Prophets.

I asked you whether you used to accuse him of falsehood before he proclaimed his prophethood, and you said that you did not. So I have understood that when he did not allow himself to tell a lie about the poeple, he would never go to the length of forging a falsehood about Allah.

I asked you whether anyone renounced his religion being dissatisfied with it after he had embraced it, and you replied in the negative. Faith is like this when it enters the depth of the heart (it perpetuates them).

I asked you whether his followers were increasing or decreasing. You said they were increasing. Faith is like this until it reaches its consummation.

I asked you whether you had been at war with him, and you replied that you had been and that the victory between you and him had been shared by turns, sometimes he suffering loss at your hand and sometimes you suffering lost at his. This is how the Prophets are tried before the final victory its theirs.

I asked you whether he (ever) violated his covenant, and you said that he did not. This is how the Prophets behave. They never violate (their covenants).’…

(Then) he asked: 'What does he enjoin upon you?’

I said: ’He exhorts us to offer Salat, to pay Zakat, to show due regard to kinship and to practise chastity’.

He said: 'It what you have told about him is true, he is certainly a Prophet. I knew that he was to appear but I did not think that he would be from among you. If I knew that I would be able to reach him. I would love to meet him; and it I had been with him. I would have washed his feet (out of reverence). His dominion would certainly extend to this place which is under my feet.’

Then he called for the letter of the Messenger of Allah (Sallallähu alaihi wa sallam) and read it. The letter ran as follows:

'In the name of Allah, Most Gracious and Most Merciful. From Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah, to Hiraql, the Emperor of the Romans.

Peace be upon him who follows the guidance. After this, I extend to you the invitation to accept Islam. Embrace Islam and you will be safe. Accept Islam, God will give you double the reward. And if you turn away, upon you will be the sin of your subjects.

O People of the Book, come to the word that is common between us that we should worship none other than Allah, should not ascribe any partner to Him and some of us should not take their fellows as Lords other than Allah. If they turn away, you should say that we testify to our being Muslims [iii. 64].’

When he hid finished the reading of the letter, noise and confused clamour was raise around him, and he ordered us to leave. Accordingly, we left.

(Addressing my companions) while we were coming out (of the place). I said: 'Ibn Abu Kabsha (referring sarcastically to the Holy Prophet) has come to wield a great power. Lo! (even) the king of the Romans is afraid of him’.

I continued to believe that the authority of the Messenger of Allah (Sallallähu alaihi wa sallam) would triumph until God imbued me with (the spirit of) Islam.”

Sahih Muslim Book 019, Hadith Number 4380.

“Women are the snares of Satan”

I saw this Islamic proverb in this hadith (prophets sayings) book i have. And it has an explanation, saying that this is confirmed by another hadith in Sahih al-Bukhari and muslim in which muhammad the messenger of allah said “I have not left behind me any trial (fitna) more harmful to men than women.

This is how islam and the prophet sees women as. Nothing more than evil distractions, a TRIAL for men. And you’re gonna tell me islam doesn’t objectify women  


Mina, seven kilometres east of the Masjid al-Haram is where Hajj pilgrims sleep overnight on the 8th, 11th, 12th (and some even on the 13th) of Dhul Hijjah. It contains the Jamarat, the three stone pillars which are pelted by pilgrims as part of the rituals of Hajj.

Mina is referenced in Surah Baqarah in the  Quran: “And remember Allah during [specific] numbered days. Then whoever hastens [his departure] in two days – there is no sin upon him; and whoever delays [until the third] – there is no sin upon him – for him who fears Allah . And fear Allah and know that unto Him you will be gathered.” [Surah Baqarah: Ayah 203]

The word Mina means ‘to flow’ as it is here that the blood of sacrificial animals flow during the day of Eidul Adha. During the Farewell Pilgrimage (Hajjat-ul-Wada) the Muslims had brought with them 100 camels to be sacrificed. On the 10th Dhul Hijjah the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) stoned the Jamarat and went back to his camp in Mina where he sacrificed 63 of the camels. Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) slaughtered the remaining 37 camels and the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) instructed that a part of each camel is cooked and served to him and his Companions.

After the camels had been sacrificed, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) called for a barber to shave his head. Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him) remarked afterwards on the contrast between the Khalid bin Waleed before he embraced Islam (when he was a bitter enemy of the Muslims) and the Khalid who now said, “O Messenger of Allah, they forelock! Give it unto none but me, my father and my mother be thy ransom!” And when the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) gave it to him he pressed it reverently against his eyes and lips. It is reported that Khalid bin Waleed (may Allah be pleased with him) used to keep this hair in his headgear.

There lies a cave in Mina known as the ‘Cave of Mursalaat’ as this was where the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) was when Surah Mursalaat was revealed to him.

References:  The History of Makkah Mukarramah – Dr. Muhammad Ilyas Abdul Ghani, When the Moon Split – Shaikh Safiur-Rahman Mubarakpuri, Men around the Messenger – Khalid Mohammed Khalid, Muhammad – Martin Lings

It is only Shaytan that suggests to you the fear of his Auliya’ [supporters and friends (polytheists, disbelievers in the Oneness of Allah and in His Messenger, Muhammad ﷺ)], so fear them not, but fear Me, if you are (true) believers.
Al-Imran (3):175

Riyad as-Salihin, The Book of Visiting the Sick 

Book 7, Hadith 921 

Narrated ‘Umm Salamah (ra): 

I heard the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) saying, “When a person suffers from a calamity and utters: 'Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji'un. Allahumma ujurni fi musibati, wakhluf li khairan minha (We belong to Allah and to Him we shall return. O Allah! Compensate me in my affliction, recompense my loss and give me something better in exchange for it), then Allah surely compensates him with reward and better substitute.” Umm Salamah (ra) said: When Abu Salamah (ra) died, I repeated the same supplication as the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) had commanded me (to do). So Allah bestowed upon me a better substitute than him (I was married to Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah (pbuh)).[Muslim].