Having Good Thoughts about Allah (swt)


Imam Ibn al-Qayyim is a renowned scholar of the Hanbali school of thought. Hundreds of years ago, he wrote something profound in his book regarding the power of connecting with Allah (swt). When people prefer loving others over Allah (swt), it is Allah’s (swt) Sunnah to leave them to the ones they love. For example, a husband may say: “Honey, I love you. I don’t want you to wear the Hijab.” The wife obeys him: “Sure, I won’t, for your sake.”

The problem is that a husband’s love, like any other creation’s love, is limited, incidental, and episodical. He may love you today and not tomorrow. Humans are imperfect. However, Allah’s (swt) love is perfect and incomparable.

When the people of Taif disgracefully turned the beloved Prophet (sa) away, he earnestly invoked upon Allah (swt): “To whom have you entrusted me? To a distant person who receives me with hostility? Or to an enemy to whom you have granted authority over my affair? As long as You are not angry with me, I do not care. Your favour is of a more expansive relief to me. I seek refuge in the light of Your Face by which all darkness is dispelled and every affair of this world and the next is set right, lest Your anger or Your displeasure descends upon me. I desire Your pleasure and satisfaction until You are pleased. There is no power and no might except by You.” (Recorded by al-Haythami and as-Suyooti)

Why should you be happy? Not because you have a great life, but because Allah (swt) is the best Disposer of affairs. You have a Lord Who looks after you even if you are sinful. This should create peace in your heart.

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Qalbun Saleem – A Sound Heart


“The day whereon neither wealth nor sons will avail, except him who brings to Allah (swt) a clean heart.” (Ash-Shuara 26:88-89)

Take a step toward change, and Allah (swt) will change your heart. This is the rule of reform. There is no hope if we don’t take our hearts seriously.

If we are already practicing Muslims, we must not disassociate with the believers who are struggling in the way of Deen. Peer support and companionship with the travellers on the road to purity heals the heart faster.

Do you possess Qalb-e-Saleem?

The litmus test to determine whether or not one has Qalb-e-Saleem is to observe one’s prayers performed alone. If we are able to perform Salah beautifully and consistently in solitude, we can say that we have a sound heart and a strong relationship with the Lord (swt). However, if our Salah in congregation differs from the one performed in solitude, we need to check ourselves.

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Are You Pleased With Allah (swt)?


Have you ever questioned yourself: “Am I pleased with Allah (swt)?” This is an embarrassing question for all of us as we usually think the other way round: whether Allah (swt) is pleased with us. Primarily, we need to ask if we are pleased with Allah (swt). If we are pleased, satisfied, and content with Allah (swt), He (swt) will be content with us. If we are not pleased with Allah (swt), He (swt) will not be pleased with us. Hence, we need to scrutinize our feelings about Allah (swt), account for our own actions for Allah (swt), and focus on how Allah (swt) deals with us. He is the most Merciful and Generous.

Consequences of being pleased with Allah

Allah (swt) will be pleased with you in the world

Those who are pleased and satisfied with Allah (swt) will taste His sweetness and pleasure on this earth. When you look around, some people seem relaxed if something unexpected happens, while others get restless and angry. Those who are satisfied are not disturbed.

Being pleased comes to us naturally, unlike patience for which you have to struggle. A pleased person is completely content and calm. This contentment comes from Allah (swt). Some people attend anger management classes or workshops on how to be happy, but they forget about the One Who can make them happy: Allah (swt). He (swt) will pour upon you such tranquillity and peace that nothing will irritate you, and people may even think that you are weird, or that you have no feelings. You would be satisfied in a situation when everyone else is angry. Such individuals are the owners of a self that is at rest because Allah (swt) is pleased with it.