Our Desired Goal

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My Quran Reflections Journal – 3

Gems from Taleem ul-Quran 2015

Day 5 Reflection

Surah Al Baqarah (Ayahs 8-16)

Our Desired Goal

Today’s lesson revolved around the third category of people mentioned in Surah Fatihah (Ayat 7) – Ad-Duaaleen (the Munafiqun). These are those disbelievers, who went astray. They had Hidayah Ilmi (knowledge) but were deficient of Hidaya Tawfeeqi (capacity to implement the knowledge).

Some signs of such people are:

1) They try to deceive Allah (swt) and the believers and collaborate in doing so, but end up deceiving themselves.

2) They consider the Mutaqeen foolish and mock them.

3) They lie and pretend to be among the believers, but when alone with their type of people, they declare they are among them (the Shayateen).

4) They create corruption and mischief on the Earth, and, when asked not to do it, they say they’re among the rectifiers.

My mind was continuously wandering; deceptive people, liars, mockers, people who joke around and lie in their jokes, too, people who consider others foolish and think of themselves as superior, those who are pretentious and mischievous, these are the ones, whom Allah (swt) has left to transgress and such people will never be guided. These are the hypocrites that Allah (swt) refers to as Ad- Duaaleen.

I couldn’t think any further. Time for some serious retrospection – Tazkiya-e-Nafs (self analysis). I am not in a position to say anything, because I first need to rectify myself and clear myself of all such habits. Only then will I be able to come out of this category.

I also thought that a lot of these characteristics are directly proportional to one’s level of Taqwa (Allah-consciousness). The higher the Taqwa, the more the cautiousness of not committing the sins named above. Henceforth, my desired goal is to make continuous Dua for increase in Taqwa, Insha’Allah, along with actions, which would lead me to put my Ilm (knowledge) into Amal (action).

I thought of sharing this Dua with all of you. I pray that this Masnoon Dua benefits us all, Bi Idhn Allah.

“Allahumma Ati Nafsi Taqwaha wa Zakkiha anta Khayru man Zakkiha anta Waliyyuha wa Mawlaha.” (“O Allah, grant my soul its piety and purify it, You are the best to purify it, You are its Guardian and Master.”)

I also pray that the next time we all pray to be among the pure believers, the Mutaqeen (Alladheena Ana’mta) and not from the pure disbelievers, the Kafireen (Al-Maghdoob), and neither from the hypocrites, the Munafiqun, (Ad-Duaaleen), we say it with our whole hearts. May Allah (swt) listen to us and guide us to the straight path. Aameen.

Day 6 Reflection

Surah Al-Baqarah, verse 18

Our Inner State

“Deaf, dumb and blind they would never return to the right way.” (Al-Baqarah 2:18)

I was stuck on this Ayat last evening. It describes the inner state of the hypocrites. However, what one needs to understand is that these people are not literally deaf, they hear the Divine message but deny it; they are not literally dumb or mute, because they do mock the believers. Neither are these individuals literally blind, but their vision is impaired because of their lofty aspirations and excessive materialistic desires. Hence, they stay oblivious to the truth – the Haq (knowledge).

I just want to ask myself: am I one of those? Was I from among them in the past? Would I want to stay one of them in the future? If not, then this Ayat serves as a wake-up call for me and, in fact, for all of us.

I beg Allah (swt) not to seal our hearts and allow our hearing, sight and speaking faculties to do their jobs in the way that is most pleasing to Him. Aameen.

[Infograph] Surah Al-Fatiha – A Dialogue with Allah (swt)

Do you know the dialogue with Allah in which you engage every time you recite Surah Al-Fatiha, whether in your Salah or at any other time? Islamographic presents an amazing infograph on the Hadeeth that explains it in detail – we present it here with their permission.


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7 Principles for a Productive Day


In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful (1)

First principle deals with beginning the day with Allah’s name. Similarly, with every work that one begins in the course of the day, one should recite Allah’s name before it. Allah promises blessings in that work and blessings in our work is what we need. That is to say, even if the quantity of time remains the same for the work, the quality would improve because Allah showers His blessing in that work for His slave. Some examples of these are daily Sunnah Duas, like of leaving one’s house, entering one’s houseand more. Such Duas help keep out Shaitan out of that work.

All the praises and thanks be to Allah, the Lord of the ‘Âlamîn (mankind, jinn and all that exists) (2)

Second principle states all praise is for Allah – whatever the situation may be, whatever the circumstances may be, we have to say “Alhamdulillah” at all cost, understanding that Allah is controlling all the worlds alone as He is the “Rabb”(Lord) of them.

Suhaib (ra) reported that Allah’s Messenger (sa) said: “Strange are the ways of a believer for there is good in every affair of his and this is not the case with anyone else except in the case of a believer for if he has an occasion to feel delight, he thanks (God), thus there is a good for him in it, and if he gets into trouble and shows resignation (and endures it patiently), there is a good for him in it.” (Muslim)

This helps us maintain a grateful attitude, not only towards Allah but also His creation as they are linked to Him, All Mighty.

Moreover, productivity increases when one is thankful, as Allah says in Surah Ibrahim, Ayah 7:

“And (remember) when your Lord proclaimed: “if you give thanks (by accepting Faith and worshipping none but Allah), I will give you more (of My Blessings); but if you are thankless (i.e. disbelievers), verily My punishment is indeed severe.”

The Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful (3)

Third principle is derived from the third verse which states Allah is “Ar Rahman” and “Ar Raheem”. The main lesson to be derived from here is that when we commit any mistake we want our Lord to show mercy and compassion to us, likewise we should mercy and compassion to others when they are in fault, as when forgive others, Allah forgives us. In short, what we expect from Allah we should apply that for ourselves as a principle. Softness beautifies the thing and rigidity spoils it.

Humans are not an owner of mercy but we still show mercy because this quality in our Fitrah is from Allah, who is the ultimate Owner of mercy. Hence, mercy should be a part of us; kindness should be adopted in our lifestyle. Being cheerful and soft-hearted makes one feel productive, even if it be for others. Smile, it is a Sunnah!

The Only Owner (and the Only Ruling Judge) of the Day of Recompense (i.e. the Day of Resurrection) (4)

Fourth principle: Remembering that Allah is the Master of the Day of Judgement makes one realize that we will be accountable to Him for all the blessings He has granted to us. Unfortunately, we often forget this reality and waste the blessings of Allah every day, thus we should always be in a state of accountability.

We should be careful of the blessings we receive everyday and to make our day productive we should refrain from wasting them, particularly the blessing of time and health, which we usually don’t value until they’re taken away from us.

Narrated Ibn Abbas: The Prophet (sa) said, “There are two blessings which many people lose: (They are) Health and free time for doing good.” (Bukhari)

Likewise, we will also be answerable for the five questions on the Day of Judgement. It is said that the person won’t be able to move until s/he replies to all five of them. These are:

  1. Where did you spend your life?
  2. Where did you spend your youth?
  3. Where did you earn from?
  4. Where did you spend?
  5. How much did you implement of the knowledge (Ilm) that you gained?


Indeed, this world is a cultivating ground for the result that will bear in the hereafter. Hence, keep in mind you are in a state of accountability 24/7 in front of Allah regardless if we are young or old.

You (Alone) we worship, and You (Alone) we ask for help (for each and everything) (5)

Fifth principle: We worship only Allah and seek Help only from Allah; this shows us trust and hope in Allah alone. ‘Alone’ is made specific here to highlight the fundamental of Tawheed. If we get into some trouble, for example if our house gets on fire, the first thought that should come in our mind is to pray to Allah for it, next should be to call the fire brigade. To use the means that Allah has provided us is indeed allowed but the trust in the source of those means alone is Allah!

Seventy thousand people will enter Jannah without accountability, they are:

  1. The one who never asks for Ruqyah from someone else.
  2. They don’t believe in superstition
  3. Who will not ask for cure from fire
  4. They trust in Allah the most   (Bukhari)

Guide us to the Straight Way (6)

Sixth principle: We seek the Straight Path from Allah; we need to understand and get Ilm of Deen every day, learning Deen from Quran and Sunnah; that is the Straight Path. Once, the Prophet (sa) was sitting with his companions and he made a straight line stating this is the Straight Path, the path of Quran and Sunnah.

The Way of those on whom You have bestowed Your Grace, not (the way) of those who earned Your Anger (such as the Jews), nor of those who went astray (such as the Christians) (7)

Seventh principle is companionship: good company is blessed by Allah and bad company is either misled or had angered Allah.

Narrated Abu Musa: Allah’s Apostle (sa) said, “The example of a good companion (who sits with you) in comparison with a bad one, is  like that of the musk seller and the blacksmith’s bellows (or furnace); from the first you would either buy musk or enjoy its good smell while the bellows would either burn your clothes or your house, or you get a bad nasty smell thereof.” (Bukhari)

We need to check who are we friends with? Our company can make us productive; as believers, we motivate each other to do good and refrain from evil.

We should not be amongst those who will regret not following the Straight Path or about their company as Allah says in Surah AlFurqan, Ayah 27-29:

And (remember) the Day when the Zalim (wrong-doer, oppressor, polytheist) will bite at his hands, he will say: “Oh! Would that I had taken a path with the Messenger (sa). “Ah! Woe to me! Would that I had never taken so-and-so as a friend!  He indeed led me astray from the Reminder (this Qur’an) after it had come to me. And Shaitan (Satan) is to man ever a deserter in the hour of need.” In the end, we never know when death will approach us, it can be in a matter for seconds or whatever Allah wills, but we should try to make our days as productive as possible by following these principles. Moreover, since we recite Surah Al-Fatiha many times a day in our Salah (prayer)it should keep us in constant remembrance about how we can make our day productive by following the seven principles derived from it.

Adapted from a workshop organized by “Youth Talk”. Summarized for Hiba Magazine by a team member of ‘Youth Talk’, Karachi.