We made it to the last 10 days, alhamdulillah! Laylatul Qadr can happen any time from now. Here are a few notes I took down from a lecture called “Virtues of Laylat al-Qadr” which was delivered by Sheikh Omar Suleiman. Love love love this talk MashaAllah <3
I wish to share something I discovered in 2016, which I find very profound and liberating; It is that God, unlike human beings, will
never compare you to anyone else. He’ll only compare you to you. Who you
were yesterday, who you are today, and who you will be tomorrow. Your
only competition is, well, you.
Allah is not looking for perfection, but simply progress and realistic improvements within ourselves.
With this in mind, you don’t have to worry about what people think, how
great other people are and instead focus on your own personal
(spiritual, physical etc) development, at your own pace. You will learn to accept that Allah has created everyone very differently, and that is okay. I used to have
this self-limiting belief in what I can do, especially in UM law school
where everyone is just freaking smarrrrt. So instead of ‘I’m gonna try
my best’ I say 'there’s no use, there’s always going to be someone
better’. I know, dumb and damaging indeed.
But Alhamdulillah towards the end of 2016, thanks to positive and
supporting friends, I realized how important it is to have faith, both
in God and myself & managed to incorporate a more positive
psychological premise. Take it easy, but take charge. Work very hard.
And by Allah’s grace and mercy, you will get what you want. He is just
waiting to answer your prayers.
2016 was hands down the
toughest yet most beautiful year in my life. I had my first ugliest
heartbreak, got terribly sick & depressed, restricted to join so
many activities & lost the people I love. But I also had my best
semester in law school, performed well in class, had the best ramadan in
my 22 years, found spectacular friends, bestowed with exciting
opportunities and the list goes on. So no regrets. I’ve gotten over
grieving on what is not meant to be mine, done crying buckets over
things that are not in my control and now just looking forwards to be a
better Muslim, and human being as a whole.
Thank you everyone for 2016, I am absolutely blessed beyond measure. Wishing all of you a kick-ass 2017.
Can you imagine at the time of your death being comforted by the angels sent down by Allah merely to bring you good news, telling you to be happy, that you are guaranteed jannah, congratulating you for all your hard work back in dunya. MashaAllah. Can there really be anything better than that?
Riyad as-Salihin, The Book of Miscellany
Book 1, Hadith 622
Narrated ‘Anas (ra):
I never felt any piece of velvet or silk softer than the palm of the Messenger of Allah (pbuh), nor did I smell any fragrance more pleasant than the smell of Messenger of Allah (pbuh). I served him for ten years, and he never said 'Uff’ (an expression of disgust) to me. He never said 'why did you do that?’ for something I had done, nor did he ever say 'why did you not do such and such’ for something I had not done.[Al- Bukhari and Muslim].
This frontpiece is from an illuminated copy of the Qur’an (723 AH / 1323
CE - Walters Ms. W.559) by Mubārakshāh ibn Quṭb, honored with the
epithet zarrīn qalam (golden pen). Mubārakshāh ibn Quṭb was one of the
six pupils of the illustrious calligrapher Yāqūt al-Mustaʿṣimī (d. 698
AH / 1298 CE)