sketch.

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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.”

 

 

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.”

a few Verses from Surat Yunus (the Chapter called “Jonah”) + video

“And it was not [possible] for this Qur’an to be produced by other than Allah , but [it is] a confirmation of what was before it and a detailed explanation of the [former] Scripture, about which there is no doubt, from the Lord of the worlds.” -Qur’an. 10:37 Sahih International Translation

If they charge thee with falsehood/deny you (O Muhammad), say: “My work to me, and yours to you! ye are free from responsibility for what I do, and I for what ye do!” -Qur’an. 10:41

O mankind! there hath come to you a direction from your Lord and a healing for the (diseases) in your hearts,- and for those who believe, a guidance and a Mercy.” -10:57

In whatever business thou mayest be, and whatever portion thou mayest be reciting from the Qur’an,- and whatever deed ye (mankind) may be doing,- We are witnesses thereof when ye are deeply engrossed therein. Nor is hidden from thy Lord (so much as) the weight of an atom on the earth or in heaven. And not the least and not the greatest of these things but are recorded in a clear record.

Behold! verily for the friends of Allah there is no fear, nor shall they grieve” -10:61-62

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(the whole chapter is recited in the above video:)

The One Thing that took my Prayer to the next level

May Allah reward the brother for writing and sharing this..I really liked this article.
I have to admit that my own prayers are severely lacking (effort, emotion…and that ever important quality-Khushu’). if Allah s.w.t. Would judge me on the quality of my prayers….it would probably seem to Him that I just don’t care, enough 😦 but my resolution, which I will now make every year (starting with Ramadan–so i am now working towards next ramadan) is that i will not miss any prayers (unless of course, out of forgetfulness or sleep) ..I.e., no more make up prayers. The time is now, for myself (to do that)…and also: i will have more of a connection with Allah s.w.t. ..I will (also) use the advice by the brother to see prayer as a gift from Allah to me…a loving gift…*not something I have to do, for Him (subhanA-He is far above that.).
I really* want salah to be the sweetness of my life and the coolness of my eyes, like it was for the prophet. .(p.b.u.h.)
This article was a reminder to me that i have every power to make it so! 🙂

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“If you do this right, the world around you will start to disappear from your consciousness, it will evaporate, and you will get to a stage where you only feel Allah’s presence and yourself. Don’t hold back, but let your soul yield itself to its Creator and Cherisher. From this state a sense of security and peace will emerge. Allah’s sufficiency will become self-evident, other worldly goals will seem so futile and unworthy, and a realization that you have touched a deeper part of yourself will emerge. Allow yourself the luxury to stay in this state of mind for as much as you can. The more you do it, the better you will become at it.”

mA. Jazak / jazakum Allahu kheir.

RASHIDOON

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Like everyone else I have had my challenges with the Prayer. For quite a while I was frustrated with the level of focus and khushu’ that was at best slim. Therefore, I understand the dissatisfaction some of you feel towards their level of khushu’. At one stage of my life I came to a tentative conclusion that some people were destined to have more khushu’ than others, that some were born with the tendency to develop khushu’ while others were not. Unfortunately, I thought I was among the latter!

However, Allah has blessed me with a persistent and annoying dissatisfaction with lack of focus and khushu’ in my Prayer, that it was easier for me to do something about it than just to live with it. When that point of transformation tipped I found myself gravitating to lectures and books that focus on one’s inner experience of the acts of…

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