~may Allah’s peace be upon prophet ‘Isa (Jesus).

many people are (very) surprised when they learn that Muslims 1. believe in Jesus Christ, p.b.u.h., 2. they love and revere him very much, 3. consider him one of the mightiest messengers of Islam, 4. believe in his virgin birth, 5. believe that he will come back at the end of times to establish justice on earth and defeat the antichrist (among other tasks), 6. believe that he is the Messiah, 7. believe that Sadducees and Pharisees (I believe that is what they were called) persecuted him and planned to crucify him, during his life, 8. believe that Jesus performed many amazing miracles (by the permission of God), 9. believe that he was a gentle person who was most moral and pious, and 10. that Jesus is mentioned in the noble Qur’an much more than even prophet Muhammad (I think the figure is like 25-to-five).
I really like what one Islamic teacher said: We (as a society) need to wake up and smell the coffee–Muslims do believe in Jesus, and love him.
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An Arabic Glossary (for the Arabic words used, in the video)–

-sayidina ‘Isa – our master/prophet, Jesus
-hawariyeen – disciples (of Jesus)
– subhana wa ta’ala (glorified and exaulted–a description of Allah, to be used after one mentions Allah)
– al-Yahood – the Jews
– surah – chapter (of the Qur’an)
-ayat – verses (of the Qur’an)
-Maryam – Mary, the mother of Jesus
-subhan Allah – glory be to Allah (a common phrase)
-ambiyah – prophets

How Do I Become a Muslim? :)

as salam alaiukum wa rahmat Allah! (may God’s peace and grace/mercy/blessings be with you).

Q: “How do I become a Muslim?”

Part of me wishes the answer to that was some fancy initiation ceremony–maybe reading “The Opening” (the first chapter of the Qur’an) in Arabic, or meeting with a mysterious mystic or sheikh and meditating with him in hopes of receiving some kind of sublime spirituality., or something like that…
But the religion in the sight of Allah is always simple, in the purest way.
So, here is what you have to do to become a Muslim (in the sight of Allah):

-Believe firmly in the following faith: There is no god worthy of worship except the One True God (Allah), and Muhammad is the final messenger of Allah. (For former Christians {who believe that Jesus is divine/has any share in God’s divinity/has any divinity of his own}, they must add the phrase “And Jesus is (but) the messenger of God.”

I’m very sorry that it’s been a (very) long time since I learned about the preferred way of converting/reverting to Islam…so the next course of action may be (in fact) completely optional (and not “preferred…” —

It is also preferred that you utter the above belief (“There is no god worthy of worship except God/Allah, and…”) in front of an already-Muslim. If you don’t know any Muslims, then pay a visit to a local Mosque in your area (any will do–thankfully, there are no denominations, in Islam, for things to become unnecessarily complicated), and ask to see the imam (religious leader) in order to utter the aforementioned testimony of faith.

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That’s it!

Congratulations, brother/sister–you are now a Muslim.
I ask the Most Gracious (al-Rahman) to make this transition and new journey to Heaven easy, for you.

Some advice in your new Muslim life:

-things may not always go easy, for you. I know this sounds contradictory to my previous words, but know this: Allah (glorifed and exalted be He–s.w.t.) tests those whom He loves. According to a sound hadith: the people that get tested the most, in life, are the prophets, then those most like them. so, be patient (and “Indeed, Allah loves (and is with) the patient ones” (Qur’an).

-Learn how to perform the 5 daily prayers *before you learn how to do anything else, in Islam. The noble Qur’an teaches us: “Indeed, successful are the believers who are cognizant of the prayers” (from the chapter called “The Believers”), and “Woe to…those who are neglectful of their prayers.”
Also, according to a sound hadith (statement of the prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him): the very first thing that a believer will be questioned about/examined on, on the Day of Judgment is her salah (5 daily prayers). If that area is good, then the rest of judgment will be very easy. (I *think* this is because only patient, believing, sincere people actually pray 5 times, a day…and so those are the types of people who are deserving to go to Jannah, anyway. Salah/prayer is a big test of a person’s character, in other words…)

-visit your local mosque (masjid, in Arabic) often. ask the imam of the mosque to get you acquainted with a few Muslim people (he will probably direct you, if you are a man/boy, to some brothers, and if you are a lady, to some sisters.) You need to have a strong group of Muslims surrounding you, for a good long while until you can learn the ropes (of how to pray, how/what to believe about certain topics, etc.). Actually, everyone needs Muslim friends to support and encourage them, throughout life. So, a Muslim support system is a must.

-last, but definitely not least: don’t (ever) forget to pray (“make d’ua,” as we like to translate, from Arabic) every day (if not several times, a day). “D’ua” is different from the five obligatory prayers (salah). We say “pray” in English/non-Islamic culture to mean “ask Allah for guidance, help, some worldly benefit, etc. But “pray”, in Islam, generally means to perform one of the five daily prayers (standing up, bowing, prostrating, and kneeling.) But! cutting all confusion aside, I’m asking/suggesting that you pray (as in, supplicate–raise your hands and talk to Allah) very often. No need to wait until one of the five dailys to ask allah for something…do it anytime you like! (right now is a good time, actually). Allah s.w.t. loves when His servant (you and I) supplicate to Him. (“I answer the supplication of the praying when he calls upon Me,” the Qur’an teaches us).

one last thing! Once you enter into Islam, you start life pure as a newborn baby. what do i mean, by that? **Sinles****! You have no sins, whatsoever–you are starting pure, after all. You just have to make sure that you don’t commit sins, and if/when you do, you repent, immedietly.

There is more to say to a new brother/sister, in Islam…but i think this these words are a (very) good starting guide.

🙂

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As salam alaiukum wa rahmat allahi..

Qur’anic Verse

“And whoever fears Allah – He will make for him a way out. And He will provide for him from (sources) he could never imagine. And if any one puts his trust in Allah, sufficient is (Allah) for him. For Allah will surely accomplish his purpose: verily, for all things has Allah appointed a due proportion.”

-Surat al-Talaq, 65:2-3

Hadith

God Almighty said:

“My servant draws near to Me with nothing more loved by Me than the acts of worship that I have enjoined upon him. My servant continues to try to draw near to Me with more devotion, until I love him. When I love him, I will be his hearing with which he hears, his sight by which he sees, his hand with which he strikes, his feet on which he walks. When he asks Me for something, I will respond and when he takes refuge in Me, I will grant it to him. I do not hesitate in doing anything I intend to do as much as I hesitate in seizing the soul of My faithful servant; he hates death and I hate hurting him. But death is a must for him.”

-narrated by al-Bukhari

 

 

Surat al-Haaqah (‘the Sure Reality’. chapter #69, from the noble Qur’an)

What is the Sure Reality?
And what will make thee realise what the Sure Reality is?
The Thamud and the ‘Ad People (branded) as false the Stunning Calamity!
But the Thamud,- they were destroyed by a terrible Storm of thunder and lightning!
And the ‘Ad, they were destroyed by a furious Wind, exceedingly violent;
He made it rage against them seven nights and eight days in succession: so that thou couldst see the (whole) people lying prostrate in its (path), as they had been roots of hollow palm-trees tumbled down!
Then seest thou any of them left surviving?
And Pharaoh, and those before him, and the Cities Overthrown, committed habitual Sin.
And disobeyed (each) the messenger of their Lord; so He punished them with an abundant Penalty.
We, when the water (of Noah’s Flood) overflowed beyond its limits, carried you (mankind), in the floating (Ark),
That We might make it a Message unto you, and that ears (that should hear the tale and) retain its memory should bear its (lessons) in remembrance.
Then, when one blast is sounded on the Trumpet,
And the earth is moved, and its mountains, and they are crushed to powder at one stroke-On that Day shall the (Great) Event come to pass.
And the sky will be rent asunder, for it will that Day be flimsy.
And the angels will be on its sides, and eight will, that Day, bear the Throne of thy Lord above them.
That Day shall ye be brought to Judgment: not an act of yours that ye hide will be hidden.
Then he that will be given his Record in his right hand will say: “Ah here! Read ye my Record!
“I did really understand that my Account would (One Day) reach me!”
And he will be in a life of Bliss,
In a Garden on high,
The Fruits whereof (will hang in bunches) low and near.
‘Eat ye and drink ye, with full satisfaction; because of the (good) that ye sent before you, in the days that are gone!’
And he that will be given his Record in his left hand, will say: ‘Ah! Would that my Record had not been given to me!
And that I had never realised how my account (stood)!
Ah! Would that (Death) had made an end of me!
Of no profit to me has been my wealth!
My power has perished from me!..’
(The stern command will say): ‘Seize ye him, and bind ye him,
And burn ye him in the Blazing Fire.
Further, make him march in a chain, whereof the length is seventy cubits!’
This was he that would not believe in Allah Most High.
And would not encourage the feeding of the indigent!
So no friend hath he here this Day.
Nor hath he any food except the corruption from the washing of wounds,
Which none do eat but those in sin.
So I do call to witness what ye see,
And what ye see not,
That this verily is the word of an honoured messenger.
It is not the word of a poet: little it is ye believe!
Nor is it the word of a soothsayer: little admonition it is ye receive.
(This is) a Message sent down from the Lord of the Worlds.
And if the messenger were to invent any sayings in Our name,
We should certainly seize him by his right hand,
And We should certainly then cut off the artery of his heart:
Nor could any of you withhold him (from Our wrath).
But verily this is a Message for the Allah-fearing.
And We certainly know that there are amongst you those that reject (it).
But truly (Revelation) is a cause of sorrow for the Unbelievers.
But verily it is Truth of assured certainty.
So glorify the name of thy Lord, Most High.”
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Qur’an. Surat al-Haaqah.
Yusuf Ali translation.

A Hereafter, Judgment, and Allah s.w.t. Must Exist

I was inspired to write this essay after watching the following video, featuring Dr. Zakir Naik (on Peace TV). And I drew my main points from his talk. (So, please consider the main ideas of this essay to be taken from this video…but just put in my own words.) May Allah s.w.t. bless our brother (Dr. Naik) for all he does for the deen, and bless his family, and give them Jannah. Ameen.

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If we (as a society) don’t believe in a God and/or in a Hereafter, then we (by necessity) also believe that there will be no justice done to a robber, a murderer, or a rapist who goes unpunished, in this life. In other words, no god/hereafter means no justice for the innumerable wrongs and evils done by people–great or “small.” This life would have absolutely no justice, and therefore, no meaning, without a concept like a Hereafter. Without a concept like a hereafter, the life of this earth cannot be justified. The human narrative would be completely ridiculous, because it would be absurdly unfair, and absolutely meaningless.

We know that many evil actions in this life get rectified (e.g., the perpetrators are penalized, the wronged are compensated, etc.), but many are not. E.g., I think there were a few cases recently of rapists who only got a bit of prison time for their crime…As in; that’s it. We also know of racists who lynched Blacks in the pre-civil rights era of the United States, and who never got a punishment. And we know of Zionists who partake in crimes against humanity against the Palestinian people, and who don’t get punished. And we know of elements of the rich and super-rich exploiting the poor and middle class, again without punishment.
Doesn’t there have to be a penalty for deliberately evil actions and deeds?

We live by that human inclination every day: we prosecute criminals, we hammer down on harassment and abuse (we let the perpetrators of such abuse ‘have it,’ for lack of a better term)…we discipline children who do something wrong (like cheating on a test at school, or hitting their sibling, at home.) We do all of this all of the time (and much more than these three examples). A sense of justice is implanted, embedded, in each and every one of us.

Atheists and agnostics talk about how they don’t believe in God, or in a hereafter, or in anything otherworldly/supernatural like that. (Or are doubtful or on the fence about it.) They also believe firmly in justice and rectifying wrongs, etc. In other words: their overall view is that while justice and fairness is supremely important, there will be no penalty for most crimes and aggressions done on this earth. Because, there is no such thing as a Hereafter, and of a Judgment Day, and of a just God (rather; any God, at all).

That is a logical fallacy/flaw in reasoning (in my opinion): 

They already started with the belief/claim that justice is vital to everything, on earth–that justice must be implemented. But what about the unpunished wrong-doers –the people who will never (or; have never) receive(d) justice, here on earth? (And that is a really large chunk of humanity, by the way. In fact, with research and analysis, one might well come to the conclusion that most harm and cruelty in this earth has not been made up for.) It must logically follow (once one has established the belief that justice must be done (and justice is a unique quality, of course. It is one of those qualities that must, must be there. Like gravity, or, quite similar to the concept of justice, “every action has an equal and opposite reaction.” It is a law, pretty much…the law of justice. It’s just a weird law in that it hardly gets implemented, in our world. But it is, to me, one of those things that is essential to everything.) Anyways; it must logically follow that evil people (the Nazi party during WWII, for example)–will get unbearable punishments, in a concrete hereafter; “Therefore, give admonition in case the admonition profits (the hearer). The admonition will be received by those who fear (Allah). But the wretched one will avoid it – [He] who will [enter and] burn in the greatest Fire, in which he will then neither die, nor live.” (Qur’an. 87:9-13).

And (the follow-up must also be that): every harm or aggression that a person does to another will have to be made up for:

“That Day, the people will depart separated [into categories] to be shown [the result of] their deeds.

So whoever does an atom’s weight of good will see it (in their record of good and bad actions/deeds),

And whoever does an atom’s weight of evil will see it.”

https://quran.com/99

 
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I don’t think that atheists and agnostics are that blind to this reality-to the fact that (logically) there must be some sort of justice done to everyone. And, no; this isn’t necessarily just a religious viewpoint. It is natural human reasoning and natural human emotion (i.e., aggrievedness and intense indignation) at the idea that the worst and vilest criminals on earth will go off scott-free, after they die.
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You know what? I suspect that much of atheists’ and agnostics’ denial or dubiousness on the concept of God and a hereafter has much to do with their belief that it is too good to be true. And I almost agree with them, actually. Look at it, this way (a very accurate summary of the meaning of life/what life is about, according to many of the world’s religions): Live a sad/miserable life (at most 100 years, or so…most people’s fate), die, go to Heaven for all of eternity…and the people who made life miserable for you (in one form or another) will go to Hell, for all of eternity. The righteous people will get to have their cake, and eat it, too, eventually. And the evil ones will have to pay for their actions. The whole thing sounds like a fairy tale. One big fairy tale (in which there is much suffering in the beginning, but a happiness one cannot even begin to imagine, in the end). And you know what? It kind of is. We are all living in a fairy tale. (Except; none of it is not true.)
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Here’s a real question, though (the “question” of “is there an afterlife? Is there a God?” is not even a very good question, to me. There obviously is. You just have to think a little bit to come to the answer. An actual question to me would be something like; why even set up a situation in which there would need to be justice? And; why set up a situation in which many, many people will suffer to an intolerable extent? Why? Why does there have to be good and evil (in the first place)? Why does there have to be a Heaven and a Hell? Why couldn’t God just create a species that are all good…whom the idea of injustice in foreign to?
Answer: First of all, in Islam, we do believe that Allah s.w.t. created evil–created people who would become evil, and created Satan, who became evil. (Satan at one point was very good and pious–but he turned evil. In Christianity, this phenomenon is referred to as “the fallen angel.” In Islam, we believe this was because of his feeling of superiority over Adam…his racism, if you will–his feeling of supremacy because of his origins, compared to Adam (I’m not quite sure of the story, in Christianity):
“It is We Who created you (mankind) and gave you shape; then We bade the angels prostrate to Adam, and they prostrated; not so Iblis (Satan); He refused to be of those who prostrate.
(Allah) said: “What prevented thee from prostrating when I commanded thee?” He said: “I am better than he: Thou didst create me from fire, and him from clay.”
[ Allah ] said, “Descend from Paradise, for it is not for you to be arrogant therein. So get out; indeed, you are of the debased.
He said: “Give me respite till the day they are raised up.”
(Allah) said: “Be thou among those who have respite.”
He said: “Because thou hast thrown me out of the way, lo! I will lie in wait for them on thy straight way:
Then I will come to them from before them and from behind them and on their right and on their left, and You will not find most of them grateful [to You].”
(Allah) said: “Get out from this, disgraced and expelled. If any of them follow thee,- Hell will I fill with you all.
(Qur’an. 7:1-18. https://quran.com ).
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Although Allah s.w.t. allowed evil to happen on earth, it does not mean that He is pleased with any of the evil that human beings do.
Here is a (really amazing) video that goes into some detail about this: (I think this video explains it better than I can*);

We as Muslims also believe that Allah s.w.t. did previously create a creation that are all good, and perfect–who never oppress, who never harm anyone or anything, who worship Him with great reverence. These are called the angels (al-mala’ika, in Arabic). (*I think this {creation} can be taken as a hint that Allah s.w.t. knows what He’s doing–that there is great wisdom to His workings. (By the way; one might wonder, reading the verses above, how Satan could even disobey God, seeing as he was an angel…Angels never commit any wrong, or sin. The answer is; we in Islam believe that Satan was not an angel–but a jinni. A creation with free will, just like human beings.)
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May Allah s.w.t. let us be in constant remembrance of His supreme Justice that will soon be apportioned upon the oppressors and the criminals. (And may He grant us patience in awaiting His Heaven–His Jannah.) Ameen.
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Anything that I have written/said in this essay that is correct is only by the grace of Allah s.w.t. (that I got it right), and any mistakes that I have made are from my own shortcomings. I ask Allah s.w.t. to increase me in knowledge. (ameen.)

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Update on November 7, 2017:https://mobile.twitter.com/EtharHamid/status/819595414974431232

– I composed this Tweet last January, 2017. It is an extension of this blog post (on JannahAndMe). The video featured in this Tweet provides a good answer to the “why did God allow such evil to happen in the world 🌎?” question.

-And; here is the video, itself (so, no need to click on the Tweet):

I also found this picture on Pinterest, last year ⬇️: I really like this, as well.

-I’m actually planning on writing a new blog post on why evil and utter misery in the world does not necessarily mean that God does not exist. (*a topic which has been examined and dealt with innumerable times in the past, of course.)

My blog post will draw from the issues talked about in the above videos + some other arguments I’ve heard, in my life.

Insha Allah this humble future blog post will be good reading. Insha Allah.

Thank you!!!

Regardless of whether god exists or not, we sure do have to be compassionate and just (and kind) to each other, of course.

🦋🦋🌎💜💜🌸

–ethar hamid (aka Soosa).

💜😙

prostrating flower
An Islamic belief is that everyone and everything on this earth is a Muslim (the sun, the moon, vegetation, animals, etc.), because Muslim means “one who submits herself (or; itself, in the case of non-sentient or non-living creation) to the will of Allah.” (I think the more accurate definition is actually; one who peacefully submits itself to the will of Allah.*) E.g.; the planet we all live in is in a state of submission, carrying out the will of its Creator. It is in harmony with what Allah decreed for it. (E.g., it cannot stop turning on its axis, or rotating around the sun. If it did so, I think even modern science recognizes that life would be in danger.) I drew this flower as prostrating to Allah, s.w.t. (glorified and exalted). The story behind it is; The owner of it placed it in a vase, but the flower wanted to prostrate to Allah. So it burrowed its way out, and prostrated. (It couldn’t reach the ground, from its place in the cup). 😊 ~ Alhamdulillahi (all praise be to Allah) that we have a religion that is so in tune with every living thing, and every non-living thing. Allahu Akbar (God is the Greatest). #Islam.

jazak/i Allahu kheir for viewing!

To see more of my visual artwork, please visit;

https://findingaperfectplace.wordpress.com/visual-art/

 

The late Brother Malcolm X, may Allah s.w.t. have mercy on him

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yvKJpr4Dac4

“And I pray that all of the fear that has ever been in your heart will be taken out. And when you look at that man, and you know that he’s nothing but a coward, you won’t fear him. If he wasn’t a coward, he wouldn’t gang up on you…

This is how they function—they function in mobs. That’s a coward. They put on a sheet, so you won’t know who they are. That’s a coward. The time will come when that sheet will be ripped off. If the federal government doesn’t take it off, we’ll take it off.”

-Malcolm X

Words that should be written in gold ink. ❤ ❤

I love this hero…Simply revere him. May Allah (glorified and exalted be He) place him in the highest of Heavenly ranks (al-firdaws). Ameen.

 

To speak out against the Ku Klux Klan, and to speak out against the U.S. government, which was a segregationist government…and a cruel one, for not caring/doing much for its black citizens while they were tormented by those around them–to speak out so plainly and directly, takes an  astounding amount of courage. Again; May the Most Merciful give our brother the highest station in Jannah. Ameen.

~ courage is not the absence of fear–it is action in the face of fear.

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I hope people who don’t know much about Malcolm X take the time to learn about him—learn about his life and values, and such.

I think that many people (like; historians, or people who like to read about events, in history (though Malcolm X isn’t “ancient history,” of course. It was 1950s/60s…) are laser-focused on his life before embracing orthodox Islam…e.g., before his pilgrimage to Mecca (the Hajj pilgrimage).

And unfortunately, that (earlier) part of his life is all that some people know about him. But if one researches the late civil rights leader (by, for example, reading his autobiography (The Autobiography of Malcolm X—an amazing book…I actually read it, being the weird kid I was, at like 11 years old), they will come to realize that after learning about true Islam (and embracing it), Malcolm x’s hard feelings (if you will) towards whites evaporated.

For example; after Malcolm X went on his pilgrimage to Makkah (and after he saw “the whitest/palest people, with the bluest of eyes, walking, praying, eating, hugging, worshipping, etc. with the darkest-skinned people…and vice versa”), his views regarding race and the importance of race completely changed. I.e., he learned that race is not a factor, in anything. It is like hair color. (or; nose shape, or something.) It is not a big deal at all, like some people make it out to be.

It’s kind of funny that he had to travel half-way around the world to realize this truth (he couldn’t find this truth in America. He had to learn it in Mecca.)

America, back then (and right now, even) was so messed up. It was a terrible place to live in. I know that there is hardly any country or region in the world in which race/ethnic relations (like; between people of neighboring countries, different ethnic/racial groups within the same country, or another situation) were/are not tense, harsh…even extremely heated and violent. But America has one of the bloodiest histories of racial relations, in the world. People’s houses were burned down, people were physically abused, and people were murdered, because of the racist ideas of some.

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May Allah s.w.t. have mercy on the souls who lost their lives in the struggle for civil rights (like brother Malcolm)…

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May Allah s.w.t. also have mercy on bro. Muhammad Ali, who passed away a few days ago. 😢 May Allah grant him the highest of Paradise. Ameen.

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sketch.

road to jannah
Muslimah travelling to Jannah.

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As salam alaikum:)

This is a new sketch I drew. It’s of a Muslim lady travelling to Jannah. Though the road and every footstep she should take is paved right in front of her, it’s really hard to travel down the road! As it is for everybody who is making this journey. It’s not an easy journey…but Allah s.w.t. is there to help (and what a best Helper; “hasbee Allahu wa n’im al Wakeel…n’im al mawla wa n’im al Naseer*”). 🙂 ❤

When seeing all the easier routes at her disposal, the Muslima thinks “Ya Hadi, ahdinee…” (“O Guider, guide me…”).

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If you wanna see more artwork, please see the “Visual Art” page….

Jazak/i Allahu kheira for viewing!

-Ethar

*Allah is enough for me, and what an excellent Disposer of Affairs…what an excellent Patron, and what an excellent Protector.”

 

 

Submitting to Allah s.w.t. sets u free..Being a slave/servant of Allah sets u free. It may sound ironic…But serving Allah, doing only what He wants you to do, lets you see the sweetness and joy of life–You become obligated to do freeing and beautiful acts, like praying, fasting, worshipping, giving alms, and saying good things. And it releases you from being a slave to anyone else, in the world–(like your “friends,” who pressure you to do negative things (drink/smoke, etc. The command of Allah, which is always goodness, supersedes the peer pressure of your “friends,” in this case).

I’d rather be a slave of Allah, who wants only good for me, who is the Most Compasionate and Wise, and who created me and who has the most authority over me than anyone else in life.

~as Salam alaikum!

🙂

Qur’an, 24:35

“Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The Parable of His Light is as if there were a Niche and within it a Lamp: the Lamp enclosed in Glass: the glass as it were a brilliant star: Lit from a blessed Tree, an Olive, neither of the east nor of the west, whose oil is well-nigh luminous, though fire scarce touched it: Light upon Light! Allah doth guide whom He will to His Light: Allah doth set forth Parables for men: and Allah doth know all things.”