Assalam Alaikoum wa Rahmatullaah wa Barakaatuh!
Pictures taken on Monday 🙂
“A refreshing look at the relationship of Muslims with themselves, their Lord, and the larger community. An approximately 3 hour performance which works to help foster and develop a better understanding of building strong Muslims, families, and a united Ummah”
The event was epic al-Hamdulillah.. surprisingly though, there were still available seats that night. It was broken down to three parts – so Bro Boonaa started off with his poetry, followed by Sh. Navaid Aziz and then Baba Ali. All three of them are such amazing speakers masha’Allah! I bought Bro Boonaa’s cd although to be honest, I’ve never had the slightest interest in poetry. But somehow I am hooked to his!
One of the reminders which I feel is especially useful was from Sheikh Navaid Aziz. He said that whenever he is afflicted with trials, he would remind himself of his version Jannah. That might sound peculiar since Allah has already described Jannah in the Qur’an but according to him, when you are in Jannah, anything that is impossible in this Dunya will be feasible there. So he said, be creative when you think of Jannah. Spend some time imagining the things you like and wish you could do in this Dunya and then try to picture doing it in Jannah. His version was that of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and how it would be possible to go fishing in a chocolate river with chocolate fishes at the end of his bait, being able to swim in chocolate and eat them at the same time. Lol!
I went home that night and give some thought on the things I would like to do in Paradise. I remember there was a particular verse which made me smile whilst reading the Qur’an:
“Till, when they came to the valley of the ants, one of the ants said: “O ants! Enter your dwellings, lest Sulaiman (Solomon) and his hosts crush you, while they perceive not.” So he [Sulaiman (Solomon)] smiled, amused at her speech and said: “My Lord! Inspire and bestow upon me the power and ability that I may be grateful for Your Favours which You have bestowed on me and on my parents, and that I may do righteous good deeds that will please You, and admit me by Your Mercy among Your righteous slaves.” [27:18-19]
You’d have figured out from both ayaah that I would love if I could understand the speech of animals like Prophet Sulaiman alayhi salam 🙂 (Love the dua as well subhan’Allah!). How amazing would it be to able to interact with animals?! 🙂 And just to add, the ocean really fascinates me but the thought of sharks biting my limbs off gave me second thoughts about diving. So in my wildest imagination, I would love to be able to dive freely without having to worry about predators or lack of oxygen. Haha 🙂
What would like to do in Jannah? What’s your version of it? Please share 🙂