Tuesday, January 4, 2011

sincerely from me to you.

Congratulations to 

Sister Sara


Sister Shahirah!

You both have won the Ayat-a-Day Calendar. Alhamdulilah!
InshaAllah I will be contacting you shortly.
May Allah (swt) allow you to ponder and act upon the verses each day.

It was difficult to choose the two winners. Honestly, from the bottom of my heart, I wish I could give every Muslim in the world the calendar as a gift. It's so beautiful. I recommend you buy one for yourself as it will serve to remind you of why we are here in this dunya in the first place. Anyway, here's how I came to the decision I made.  

1. Two people posted my favourite Ayat. Unfortunately, I had to choose one of them. So I chose the person who commented first and that is Sara.

Surah Al-Bararah - verse 286

Allâh burdens not a person beyond his scope. He gets reward for that (good) which he has earned, and he is punished for that (evil) which he has earned. "Our Lord! Punish us not if we forget or fall into error, our Lord! Lay not on us a burden like that which You did lay on those before us (Jews and Christians); our Lord! Put not on us a burden greater than we have strength to bear. Pardon us and grant us Forgiveness. Have mercy on us. You are our Maulâ (Patron, Supporter and Protector, etc.) and give us victory over the disbelieving people." (286)

I've recently experienced this and realised that Allah (swt) truly does not burden us more than what we can bear. When He puts us through hardships, it's because He knows that we can get through them. InshaAllah we deal with them with patience and hope for our reward to come one day. May Allah (swt) make our hardships easy for us and bring us closer to Him. Oh Allah, you make things easy if it by your will. And you make the difficult easy if it by your will.

2. I couldn't stop thinking for days about what Shahirah posted. This is what she wrote:

There are many hadiths that I love but I found this one about 3 weeks ago and it touched me and made me think about the life of this world and how meaningless it is compared to the life of the Hereafter.

The rewards one will get in Jannah is far better than all the luxury in this dunya, so much so that he or she will forget about all their struggles and hardship on Earth. SubhanAllah.

There is always a reason to say "Alhamdulillah" for as long as we are Muslims and possess iman.

"On the Day of Resurrection a person from the people of the Fire, who had been living the most comfortable and luxurious life in the world, will be brought, and dipped once in the Fire. The he will be asked: O son of Adam! Do you recall seeing any good, a moment of comfort or luxury? He will reply: No by Allah, O my Rabb!

And a person from the people of Paradise, who had been living the most distressful life, will be brought (and) dipped once in Paradise. Then he will be asked: Have you experienced any misfortune? Has any distress come your way? To which he will reply: No by Allah, O my Rabb! No misfortune has ever come my way and I have never experienced any distress."

SubhanAllah we complain so much about our hardships being so difficult in this life but on the Day of Judgement, we don't even think anything of it. That really got me thinking.

Congratulations to the both of you.
And JazakAllahu Khairun to everyone who participated.
I only wish I had enough to give you all. 

for those who are still waiting.

This is a message for those who are still searching for that man.
This is a message for those who have given up a loved one for the sake of Allah (swt).
This is a message for those who are still in a pre-marital relationship, who want to stop but somehow can't.
This is a message for us all.

When you give up something you love dearly for the sake of Allah (swt),
the Most Gracious, Most Merciful will indeed replace that which you have lost with something even better. something you can't even imagine. something so beautiful it makes you cry at the thought of how Generous our Lord is. Those who are patient will be rewarded, inshaAllah.

You need to trust Him. You need to put your faith in the One who created you, the One who put us through hardships knowing that we have the strength to bear it. If we weren't able to, He wouldn't let us suffer like that. Maybe you're going through a tough time right now but you need to be patient and have faith that He will provide for you. He will give you better. He will make you happy again. He will do that because He is so Merciful. 

I want you to know what life is like after the hardship you go through. I want you to know what it feels like after being patient for so long. I want you to have HOPE. SubhanAllah  I can't even describe how happy I am. Allah (swt) has replaced that which I have lost with someone amazingly beautiful. I never thought that I'd find him, but I did. I have him. And I never want to let him go. Letting go of that something in your life for the sake of Allah (swt) might be the hardest decision you'll ever have to make, but it will turn out to be the best decision ever, inshaAllah. We need to fear Allah (swt). We should be scared of His punishment but at the same time we should also know that He is so Merciful. He loves those who sin and repent to him. We are humans, we sin everyday...but we need to make sure that we repent and ask for His forgiveness before it's too late. 

And when you do decide to let go, don't forget to breathe. Life will still continue. Life will still go on. You will be fine. You have yourself, you have your friends, you have your family, and most importantly, you have Allah (swt) who will provide for you, who will mend your broken heart. Trust me. And most importantly, trust The All-Mighty. He loves those who puts their trust in Him.

I'm telling you this as your sister in Islam, as a believer, as a Muslim, as someone who has finally realised the true beauty of being patient. And as someone who has found her other half.