Types of Friends mentioned in Qur’an

Assalamualaikoum wa Rahmatullaah wa Barakaatuh,

I hope it’s not too late to wish all of you “Taqaballahu minna wa minkum. Eid Mubarak!” 🙂 One a week late but khayr.. insha’Allah everyone’s enjoying your Eid? Don’t forget to keep up with your ibadaah despite all the visitings ya? 🙂

I watched a video on ‘Types of Friends mentioned in Qur’an’ by Bro. Nouman Ali Khan recently and wanted to write a brief summary of the lecture. Instead, I found this picture which encapsulates all the points mentioned! Masha’Allah, really useful! I didn’t know Allah SWT speaks of types of friends in Qur’an. Anyway, if you have time, watch the lecture too!

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Fastabiqul Khairat <3

Assalam alaikoum wa Rahmatullaah wa Barakaatuh,

[update] I pray that all of you are in the best of health and eemaan insha’Allah. I haven’t been blogging much lately because subhan’Allah, work seems to be piling up :/ Al-Hamdulillah ala kulli hal! I wanted to apologize too if I take a loooong time to approve and reply to the comments. And also some of the posts have been written weeks ago so I don’t keep track when they are up..

If anyone is wondering why I use this phrase ‘fastabiqul khairat’ [or ‘race to all that is good’] as my blog title, it’s actually a reminder for me from time to time that I should increase in good deeds. Subhan’Allah, I’m impressed when I browse through blogs I find that sisters and brothers out there are doing so much for Islam and yet I’m still lacking farrr behind. There are posts on raising awareness about Islam, clearing misconceptions, reminders … a whole list of them! I would like to tell all of you to keep it up insha’Allah!

Apart from online reminders, we should also find a company of friends who are constantly encouraging us to become better Muslims. If you have friends who are always racing you to do good deeds, you’ll find yourself joining in the race with them! The people we spend most of time with affect our eemaan whether we like it or not so we need to watch who we are friends with. I’m sure some of you can vouch for this..

Subhan’Allah, I unexpectedly became close friends with this sister who is masha’Allah such an eemaan booster to me. She’s in one of my classes and although we sit together sometimes, we rarely speak to each other much except after class but we are always rushing home since it’s already late. Recently, I invited her to have lunch with me .. it was one of those days whereby I was feeling a bit impulsive so when she crossed my mind the night before, I sent her a text message about lunch. Al-Hamdulillah I felt like my eemaan skyrocketed up the roof from that few hours spent with her lol.

I learnt that she prays all her salaah at masjid despite staying quite a distance from masjid. It is of course preferable that a woman prays at home, but at the same time Prophet sallallahu alayhi salam did not forbid the women from going to the masjid because of the rewards one can attain from congregational prayers.  Not everyone is able to do that! She does volunteer work at a few Muslim-based NGOs here and she goes for Islamic classes despite the workload! And there are a whole list of other things which I found out too after doing some ‘digging up’ from her lol.

Bottomline is that: I’m strangely jealous of her good deeds and now I’m finding ways to ‘overtake’ her lol. My dormitory is the closest to the masjid and yet I find it difficult to perform all of my salaah there. But subhan’Allah, just knowing that the sister will be at the masjid has become sort of a motivation for me. She has listened to me whine about school work and her advice has always been reminders taken from Qur’an and Sunnah. There is a saying of Prophet sallallahu alayhi salam (which I plucked from the book called “In the Early Hours”):

The best friend is one who makes you remember Allah when you see him

Also,

Whoever Allah wishes good for, He will grant him a righteous friend who will remind him if he forgets and aids him if he remembers

The writer also mentioned something beautiful:

And the Qur’an says: “Bind yourself upon those who call upon Allah morning and evening” [Al-Kahf: 18: 27-28]. As soon as you see the seed of iman planted in your heart and you recognise it in someone else’s and you find that he agrees with you,  you will feel ten times stronger. Social scientist have also discovered that group life is one of the most powerful forces to stimulate and improve human being

 Ya Rabb, I am truly blessed for all the righteous sisters I’ve met for the past few months ever since I came here al-Hamdulillah. There had been some really amazing sisters, apart from the sister mentioned above, who are equally as inspiring. I’m excited to meet more of them insha’Allah.

May all of us be blessed with the best companions who will be of benefit to us in this Dunya and Aakhirah!

Update~*

Assalam alaikoum wa Rahmatullaah wa Barakaatuh,

I’ve yet to compile Gems from Al-Maghrib and will insha’Allah post them up in the next few entries.

I think that seminar had been one of the best I’ve been to! Subhan’Allah, Sh. Riad took us on a roller coaster ride – he made us laugh and then cry. I don’t think I’ve ever cried that much in a long time! During the seminar, some students have shared how it has moved their hearts and vowed to change their lives around. Al-Hamdulillah! May Allah bless the Sheikh and those involved in running the event!

What I especially like about this dynamic seminar is that the Sheikh uses authentic ahadeeth and interpretations from Salafi scholars so you wouldn’t need to question whether they come from trustworthy sources. It really confuses me to hear Salafis are against this seminar when they have not even attended any of it or clarified with the Sheikhs about their da’wah.

There’s another one coming up this June and I’m seriously considering ditching my Aussie sisters for this teehee 😛

Here’s one of the videos shown during the seminar! –

Orientation, Al-Maghrib and what-not..

Assalam alaikoum wa Rahmatullaah wa Barakaatuh,

I’ve been here for almost two weeks now.. Still getting used to the different environment but al-Hamdulillah coping very well 🙂 Unfortunately for post-graduate students, our orientation does not include ta’aruf or introduction sessions so I’ve been finding it difficult to meet other sisters. But al-Hamdulillah ala kulli hal..

By the Grace of Allah, I had this wonderful opportunity of attending a seminar by Al-Maghrib! Sh. Riad Ouarzazi is our instructor for 2 weekends and he is masha’Allah… one of a kind Sheikh! He exudes so much energy that I feel tired just by looking at him lol. This seminar is really unique as compared to the other seminars I’ve attended. He constantly interacts with the students and would randomly tell us to hug the person beside you. And just through these ‘random hugs’, I’ve met such amazing sisters masha’Allah!

We have one more weekend left and I’m already looking forward to it! :)) If anyone’s interested, there are two other seminars coming up! Productive Muslim and Al-Kauthar Institute will be having seminars in the next coming weeks insha’Allah.

Scenic view

Assalam alaikoum wa Rahmatullaah wa Barakaatuh,

This picture was captured a few days ago when I was out with a sister to catch the sunset. I had been down in the dumps for the past few weeks so the sister suggested that she take me for a drive to catch sunset at the beach. Initially I thought that I would be tongue tied considering how I had been before. I become lost for words when I’m with her because she’s one of those whom I have such great respect for and I don’t want to say something stupid in front of her.. but she’s really down to earth despite being a well respected lady who has done so much for the community.

Our view was blocked by the rocks so the sister suggested that we climb on it to get a good spot. And true enough, despite the overcast clouds and gloomy weather that day,  we managed to capture a glimpse of  wonderment when the sun slowly started to set just as we sat nicely on the rocks. Allahu Akbar!

Maghrib came and we prayed on the beach together. The sound of waves crashing on the rocks and cool breeze enveloping us while we pray was one of the things that gave me the sense of tranquility and peace.

Anyway, I feel slightly rejuvenated after that night and am glad that I spent some time talking to the sister. It’s comforting to know that if I need talk to someone, there’s always one who will be there al-Hamdulillah.. But of course most importantly, Allah is always there for us when we need him 🙂

Update

Assalam alaikoum wa Rahmatullaah wa Barakaatuh 🙂

I think this blog deserves  short update.. and since I’m such a sloth, I’ll write in bullet points 🙂

  • Al-Hamdulillah, finally a graduate! 🙂 My graduation will be on the 14th of Sept insha’Allah. After 3 years of slogging, it all comes down to a piece of paper!
  • I’ve decided to not find a job for now since I’m applying to do Masters in Feb 2012 insha’Allah. If the application goes smoothly, then I’ll be moving to a whole different country next year 😉 Isn’t it exciting? 😛 Thinking of applying either Masters of Islamic Banking or Masters in teaching Eng as second language. The second option is slightly unorthodox I feel because most people I know rather teach in schools. I think I work best with adults plus, I get the opportunity to learn more about the different cultures and languages since I’m fascinated by them.
  • Currently, I’m extending my visa to do volunteer work at a support center for Muslim women here.  In fact, I’ve already started working there and although I’ve been there for a short period of time, I feel like I’ve learnt a lot. The support center is mainly aimed at Muslim women who are in need of emotional and financial support. Volunteers get a lot of random tasks like helping a sister write a resume; some come in just to talk; or if they can’t find their way around the city. Apart from that as well, I get to work with so many beautiful (I don’t mean physically. and of course, not implying that they are ugly lol) sisters masha’Allah. They have such wonderful akhlaq! Have always wanted to be a part of such an organization al-Hamdulillah! 🙂
  • I have a pet cat now! She actually belongs to someone else but that person decided to give her up so she had been hopping from one owner to another. The last was my brother and since he was going back for hols, I took her in. He’s back and I told him, the cat belongs to me now hehehe 🙂
  • Going back a few days before Eid insha’Allah! After 4 years of being away from home, FINALLY I’ll be celebrating with them this year! I’m planning to surprise my mom and sis so only my dad and bro know I’ll be heading home. I have this mental image that I would ring the bell and my mom would open the door only to find me there! Or was thinking that I could sneak into the house and scream ‘Surprise!’ and give everyone a heart attack.. hahaha!
  • Little Auntie asked if I’m getting engaged/married.. my answer is unfortunately no 😦 Help me find someone please lol? I remember the younger sisters at my hifdh class asking me the same thing then when I told them I was going to graduate. They bombarded me with all sort of questions, “So do you have anyone now sis?”, “Are you getting married soon?”, “How come you don’t have anyone?”. Haha so cute masha’Allah!
  • I’ve packed some of my things and have brought them back home since I’m left with a couple of months before I leave for good. Can’t believe that time just flew past me! I came to Australia when I have not yet turn 18 and had been living independently since. I’m so used to doing everything on my own at my own time and pace; no need to ask for permission or inform anyone. Now that I’m returning home, not sure how I’ll adapt to this drastic change. Hmm..
That’s it for now.. I have so many topics that I really want to write about but haven’t had the time to do so. Insha’Allah! By the way, Ramadhan Mubarak to all of you!! 😀 Please use your time wisely by reciting Qur’an, listening to Islamic lectures, attending Islamic classes, read the tafseer.. and the list goes on! 🙂

Jumaah #14

Masha’Allah, Bro Boonaa is pretty awesome! Love this video especially.. Insha’Allah the MSA is planning to have him, Baba Ali and another Sheikh over here down under this coming July! They are having a ‘Strangers tour’ around Aus and NZ so we’re getting funds for their flights etc.

Did I mention that Bro Omar Regan’s comedy show is perhaps one of the best da’wah events I’ve attended? I laughed so hard that my cheeks hurt! He also included reminders, ahadeeth and ayaah from Qur’an in his speech. Although it was slightly different from the usual lecture style, I think we did learn something after the show al-Hamdulillah.

I missed both Imaam Abu Hafsa Clare’s lectures and heard they were great. A sister who went asked him an intriguing question – Since he cannot see Allah’s creations, how does he have such a firm faith in Allah? He simply replied: Sister, breathe in, and breath out.. Isn’t that a miracle in itself? Subhan’Allah!