Category Archives: Success Worldly and Beyond

Test and Trial in Life and How to Overcome It

Test and Trial in Life and How to Overcome It

Author: Ustadz Abu Ahmad Said Yai

{لَتُبْلَوُنَّ فِي أَمْوَالِكُمْ وَأَنْفُسِكُمْ وَلَتَسْمَعُنَّ مِنَ الَّذِينَ أُوتُوا الْكِتَابَ مِنْ قَبْلِكُمْ وَمِنَ الَّذِينَ أَشْرَكُوا أَذًى كَثِيرًا وَإِنْ تَصْبِرُوا وَتَتَّقُوا فَإِنَّ ذَلِكَ مِنْ عَزْمِ الْأُمُورِ}

“(Believers), you will certainly be put to test in regard to your properties and lives, and you will certainly hear many hurtful things from those who were granted the Book before you, and from those who have associated others with Allah in His Divinity. If you remain patient and God-fearing this indeed is a matter of great resolution.” (chapter Ali Imran:186) [1]

Concise Interpretation

Sheikh ‘Abdurrahman As-Sa’di said, “Allah the Exalted proclaimed and told the believers that they will be tested upon their wealth, by spending the obligatory and voluntary maintenances and by loosing it in Allah’s Cause (in worship/struggle). (They will also be tested) upon themselves with various major troubles that given to them by many people.
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How to Socialize Successfully

How to Socialize Successfully

Sincerity, The Key to Successful Social Life

For a muslim, socializing with others should be based on correct intention and motivation. If he hates or loves them, encourages or discourages them, and does or doesn’t do something because of Allah the Glorified and Exalted, he will obtain pleasures in socializing with anyone.

Regarding these notation, Sheikh al Islam Ibn Taimiyya composed a beautiful saying, “You could obtain your pleasure in socializing with other people if you interact with them because of Allah, you expect for Allah’s please and not their please, you fear Allah and not them, you do good to them because you’re expecting Allah’s rewards and not their, you do not oppress them because of your fear of Allah, and not of them. It is as mentioned in a narration, “Expect your rewards from Allah regarding the human affairs, and do not expect for reward from human in Allah’s affair. Fear Allah in regards to the human affairs, and do not fear human regarding Allah’s affair.”
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Limiting Provision in Prayer

Limiting Provision in Prayer

Limiting Provision in Prayer

Author: ustadz Ammi Nur Baits

At times, triggered by hatred and dislike, we prayed to Allah so that He wont provide His blessing and provision for the object of our hatred. Moreover, not only a mere human being that fell victim to it, but a prophet as well.
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Don’t Single Out Your Sustenance

Don't Single Out Your Sustenance

Don’t Single Out Your Sustenance

Once, I was asked, “Since Allah the Exalted has ensured our sustenance, are we allowed to ask for plenty of money?”

Also, a preacher once delivered his sermon live on one of the TV stations, saying, “Allah has ensured the measure of our sustenance, whether we work hard or not, it certainly will come to us. What we’re not certain of is whether we’ll enter the Paradise or the Hell, thus, this is the urgent matter to strive for, so that we’ll be able to seize the Paradise.” Or so he said; although it doesn’t match his sermon word per word, but the important point from his saying were:
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Lessons From the Battle of Badr

Lessons From the Battle of Badr

One of the historical battles during the lifetime of Allah’s messenger was the battle of Badr. It happened on the month of Ramadan, two years after Allah’s messenger’s emigration to Medina. The first battle that was completely won by the muslims was the first blow to the disbeliever of Quraish. They didn’t expect the muslims, who were oppressed in Mecca, now turned the tide and showed off their power.

The battle of Badr had long finished. We could only read about it in the books about history of Islam. We do not engage in it physically, nor that we trudged together along with the Messenger’s troops at that time, since we are separated by centuries. However, there are many lessons and morals that we could draw from the history of the Messenger’s and his companions’ struggle. And that is why histories are told to the next generation, so that they could take worthy lessons from the history of their own religion. Hence, history is not just a tale to be conveyed as bed time story.
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