Practice

Allah mentions in the Quran the virtue of intending to be good, striving upon the path of goodness, and keeping to it. And because one treads upon this path, Allah increases their guidance, steadfastness, patience and piety. Whoever practices a good habit, Allah makes it easier for them. And whoever thanks Allah for what He has given, Allah gives them more in return.

“While as for those who accept guidance, He increases their guidance, and bestows on them their piety.” (Quran Surah Muhammad 47:17) And [remember] when your Lord proclaimed, ‘If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favor]; but if you deny, indeed, My punishment is severe.’ (Surah Ibraheem 14:7)

The Prophet peace be upon him said, “Whosoever would be chaste and modest, Allah will keep him chaste and modest, and whosoever would seek self-sufficiency (relying on no one but Allah), Allah will make him self-sufficient, and whosoever would be patient, Allah will give him patience. And no one is granted a gift better and more comprehensive than patience.” (Muttafaqun ‘alayh)

In another narration, the Messenger of Allah pbuh said: “Whoever wants to refrain from asking, Allah, the Mighty and Sublime, will help him to do so, and whoever wants to be patient, Allah will help him to be patient. No one is ever given anything better and more far-reaching than patience.” (Sunan an-Nasa’i 2588)

Guests

Honour the guests of your heart. Think well of them, forgive them, pray for them. Remember their kindness, overlook their mistakes. Reach out to them. Greet them, put a smile on their faces, warm their hearts. Love them.

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, let him not harm his neighbour. Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, let him honour his guest. Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, let him speak goodness or remain silent.” (Muttafaqun Alayhi)

Not A One-Way Street

In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Especially Merciful

As Muslims, sometimes we have this ‘formal’ relationship with Allah. We fulfill His obligatory commands; we avoid major sins; we call upon him with the same du’as that we’ve been supplicating with since young, and things never really progress from there. However, being Muslim entails a love for Allah that makes us look forward to knowing Him, pleasing Him, and finally meeting Him in the aakhirah. So how do we attain such love and feel near to Allah? How can we taste the sweetness of faith? And how are we able to trust Him no matter what circumstancewe’re in? These happen when, and only when, we have a strong relationship with our Lord.

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“Thumma istaqamoo”

‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr bin Al-‘As (may Allah be pleased with them) reported: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said to me, “Do not be like so-and-so, O ‘Abdullah! He used to pray during the night, then stopped the practice.” (Bukhari and Muslim)

May Allah keep us steadfast.

Verily, those who say, “Our Lord is Allah”, then continued in the right way, the angels descend upon them, saying, “Fear not, nor be grieved, but receive glad tidings of Paradise which you were promised! We are your guardians in this world’s life and in the Hereafter, and you shall have therein whatever your souls desire, and you shall have therein whatever you request. A provision from the Forgiving, the Merciful.” (Surah Fussilat 41:30-32)

O Allah, help me to remember You, give thanks to You, and worship You in the best way.