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Life is not a romantic notion that needs to be pursued. Every single expectation you have will be tested within breaths of you feeling that sense of accomplishment. Accomplishment and fulfilment will be ever elusive because the more you learn, the more you yearn. The greater the detail you notice, the greater the void you see between what you are and what you always wanted to be.

- Cynically Jaded

Distracted Moments

There are times when the idealistic bull that I see about people’s expectations from their marriages and relationships in general make me want to puke. It goes well beyond just a mild annoyance or a light giggle because it is so pervasive that it makes me wretch. The reason why it has that effect is because it is spewed by those with barely any experience in an unsupervised setting. People that…

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aarabelle:

Subhan’Allah

Simple Sunnah. Alhamdulillah.

aarabelle:

Subhan’Allah

Simple Sunnah. Alhamdulillah.

(Source: aburayyaan)

Sometimes I get tired of taking in information, but I’ve conditioned myself to look at the detail so often, that I now see the detail in not wanting to take in information.

simplesunnah:

The generally accepted interpretation of the above dua is:

O Allah, grant us the good in this world and good in the hereafter and save us from the torment of hell

When faced with hardships, it is often easy to slip into the extreme in our focus on what is important. The above dua provides the most balanced view of how we should focus our efforts so that we don’t feel burdened in our efforts to earn Allah’s pleasure. 

Some points that I believe are worth noting from this dua include:

  1. It immediately directs our attention to Allah and reminds us that He has power over everything. So we obtain everything we need, both worldly and otherwise from Allah only and therefore rely on Him and not on people.
  2. It emphasises the fact that we cannot live with only the akhira (hereafter) in our minds, but that we do have to attend to our needs in this world as well. This balance is critical towards ensuring our fulfilment of our own rights as well as the rights that others may have over us.
  3. Interestingly enough, it mentions this world’s needs before the needs of the akhira, not because that is our goal, but (in my opinion) because by neglecting our worldly needs we may become easy prey for Shaytaan to whisper suggestions in our hearts that the burden of the akhira is too great for us to bear. This often leads to hopelessness and feelings of being unworthy when we find that we can’t live up to the unrealistic expectations that we place on ourselves. So it is important to ensure that we don’t neglect our worldly needs as well.
  4. Note how we are pleading with Allah for protection from the fire of Jahannam, and not pleading for entry into Jannah. This, to me, confirms that it is not the pursuit of Jannah that we should focus on, but rather to live in a way that will save us from Jahannam because a natural consequence will be the attainment of Jannah. This is similar to how we find that if we strive for favourable attention, we’ll become slaves to that attention, but if we strive to benefit others, we’ll find that their favourable attention will be a natural consequence.
  5. The most important point in all this is that it underlines the moderation that we are encouraged towards in the Sunnah of our beloved Prophet (SAW). 

The following ahadith confirms the importance of relying on Allah and establishing moderation in all that we do:

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Do good deeds properly, sincerely and moderately…Always adopt a middle, moderate, regular course, whereby you will reach your target (of paradise).” - Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 8, Hadith 470 

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “The good deeds of any person will not make him enter Paradise (i.e., no one enters paradise only through his good deeds).” The Prophet’s companions asked: “Not even you?” The Prophet replied: “Not even myself, unless God bestows His favor and mercy on me. So be moderate in your religious deeds and do what is within your ability. None of you should wish for death, for if he is a doer of good, he may increase his good deeds, and if he is an evil doer, he may repent to God.” - Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 7, Hadith 577

May Allah guide us all towards the most beneficial balance in our lives, Ameen. 

nowinexile:

A woman reaches under a block from the apartheid wall trying to hold the hand of her mother on the other side. Many families have become segregated after the Israeli occupation regime completed the construction of the wall which runs through Palestinian lands. This is just one of thousands of cases. 

Can’t argue with that, can you? 
Edit: Just for the record, I disagree with the ‘superior nutritional supplements’ part, but I definitely agree with the rest. If the common sense parts are in place, i.e. healthy diet, reasonable exercise/activity, good quality rest periods, then the supplements won’t be needed. 

Can’t argue with that, can you? 

Edit: Just for the record, I disagree with the ‘superior nutritional supplements’ part, but I definitely agree with the rest. If the common sense parts are in place, i.e. healthy diet, reasonable exercise/activity, good quality rest periods, then the supplements won’t be needed. 

This is what my staff are like when I’m not at the office.

This is what my staff are like when I’m not at the office.

indianilluminati:

Happy British Muslims! #HappyDay

I feel oddly envious of them. :)

Apparently, it’s my birthday…

Apparently, it’s my birthday…

Everyone knows my disdain for such an occasion, yet most still find reason to wish me for it. I’m not sure if that is a testament to their sincerity, or do they just like taunting me. In fact, the latter is probably entirely called for given how often I enjoy taking digs at others about literally anything and everything. My only contention is that this should not be limited to a single day in the…

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cynicallyjaded:

Wanna know what is the most annoying source of hypocrisy for me? It’s Muslims that find excessive time to type out lengthy emails and posts telling women how to wear the hijab correctly and arguing the merits of whether it is Sunnah or Fardh or Waajib, or culture, or tradition, or Allah knows what else. But ask them to practice with the same ferocity their ability to speak out against men who rape their wives, or men who throw acid in the faces of women that deny them, or men who are irresponsible in the maintenance of their families, their homes, their children, and their numerous other responsibilities to society, and suddenly they become deaf, dumb, and blind because they know that if they speak about such things in front of a man that is impervious to their advice, they will probably get slapped off their feet. At the least, we pick on such issues because it props up our own egos about the little that they practice overtly while completely distracting them from what they lack internally. So instead, they choose the soft targets, they choose the issues that are topical and controversial for all the wrong reasons, and they waste their breath and their time on villifying women about their appearance because it makes them somehow feel more pious, all the while pretending to be sincerely concerned about the state of the Ummah. You know what? If you’re genuinely and sincerely concerned about the state of the Ummah, and the state of the Muslim woman, then get off your high horse and fulfill your duty as a man rather than bickering like a wimp about something that is absolutely irrelevant when compared to the real issues facing the Ummah. Look around you and tell me if the Muslim woman not wearing a piece of cloth is really the gravest concern facing the Ummah right now? You know what else? If men were men, women wouldn’t have a need to display their beauty in the hopes of attracting a suitor, because instead, the duties that they are fulfilling on behalf of the men would not have placed a burden on them that makes them seek an outlet of expression or self-appreciation that is apparently so offensive to the hoardes of pious men out there.

Get real. Muslims are being bludgeoned to death like helpless seals sipping off the foam of the ocean and you’re worrying about whether a woman is exposing her hair or not? Seriously?

Still true, especially in light of some of the posts I’ve seen on my dash this morning. 

My dua for this Ummah is that we will stop focusing on the symbolism of Islam and instead, start focusing on the essence of it. Hijab and eyebrows are not more important than modesty and sincerity. Wearing pants above our ankles and long beards is not more important than lowering our gaze and fulfilling the rights of our families. But it’s easier to use these symbols to judge others negatively because it automatically elevates those of us that do practice these rituals while our hearts are void of sincerity. May Allah protect us from ourselves, and guide us towards the best character in line with the example of His beloved Nabi (pbuh). Ameen.

- (via the72sects)

Too often I see our distorted perspectives of fate or destiny or taqdeer as being the reason why many have doubts about our purpose in life, versus the consequences of our actions, which ultimately creates doubts about our faith.