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Blessings Upon Al-Mustapha, Our Beloved Messenger, The Divinely Chosen

This piece was written by /yahya.adel.ibrahim, who re-posted it earlier this morning on his timeline.

Subhanallah! What a great way to start the morning by reading about the Prophet ﷺ

He, sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam, dressed similar to his compatriots. He never owned a throne or regal markings to distinguish himself, sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam, from others. He would walk without an escort and disliked sentries being placed to guard him. He preferred neutral shades of white, green and black to clothe himself with. When he ate, it was never to his fill, and he always ate while sharing his food with others. He loved milk, dates and honey. His favourite dish was tharrid – roasted mutton on buttered bread and broth.

He, sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam, cared for the earth and despised wastefulness and corruption. He was a tree hugger LITERALLY. He loved animals and instructed his companions to show kindness to them. When a camel wept, he would stroke it and speak to it in hushed tones. When the tree whimpered, he paused his sermon and embraced its trunk, whispering to it soothing words of comfort. Animals took comfort in him, sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam.

Today, his modality of life and tradition remain intact, preserved not only in print, but in conscious spirit.

He loved us so much, sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam. He would think of those who would believe in him many generations after his generation and weep in longing and hope. He loved us more than some care to consider. Every Messenger of God was allowed a request that would be answered by Allāh. All the Messengers utilised their invocation in the worldly life except for Muhammed, sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam. He, sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam, preserved his invocation to be intercession on the Day of Judgement for those who accept his message!

Continue Reading at http://muslimmatters.org/2010/08/23/blessings-upon-al-mustapha-our-beloved-messenger-the-divinely-chosen-yahya-ibrahim/

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Commuting Productive Muslim Style!

The link will take you to a short but sweet presentation by 17 year old Mohammed, on how to make your commuting or traveling time more productive and improve your Imaan.

A more complete article about making your commute more productive was previously written by AbuProductive at productivemuslim.com/commuting-productivemuslim-style

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How to use one Paper Towel

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I found this at NPR in an article titled 30-Something Everyday Tasks You Might Be Doing ‘Wrong’, and this video above was one of them.

My fellow Muslim brothers, we are all guilty of excessive use of paper towels especially when performing Wudu at the Masjid.

However if you are shy to shake your head, arms and feet, atleast make an effort to wipe away excess water before leaving the faucet.
That way you won’t cause an slip accident between the faucets and the paper towels.

Ultimately you will do good to the environment as well as the Masjid’s Paper Towel Budget.

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What If Operating Systems Were Religions?

One of the best articles I have read describing the various flavours of the Unix Operating system in terms of Christianity.

My favourite paragraph from the article:

But in the late 1980s, the Catholic Church succumbed to the sins of venality and simony, demanding too much money from the faithful. And so, in 1991 or thereabouts, Linus Torvalds nailed his famous source code release to the cathedral door and kicked off the Reformation.

The Reformation took the shape of a new, freely copyable kernel that all the faithful could read with their own eyes. This Protestant heresy spread like wildfire among the people but was resisted with acts of vicious repression by the high priesthood of Corporate IT (arguably in connivance with the infidel invaders from the Caliphate of Microsoft).

The Linux wars were brutal and unforgiving and Linux itself splintered into a myriad of fractious Protestant churches, from the Red Hat wearing Ubuntu Baptists.

You would probably enjoy this article more if you had some information about different Christian Denominations

Microsoft is depicted as “Muslim” (a wealthy caliphate no doubt). With exception of conflicts against the Protestant Linux Reformation, It has largely kept away from the Unix Wars.

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How do you worship to please your Creator ?

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Worshiping your Creator is the very answer to the question: “What is the Meaning of Life ?”.

Tomes of scholarly works have been filled in all Abrahamic religions about the meaning of worship. Therefore, to delve too deep in this topic is beyond the scope of this blog.

Once man recognizes that he was created, and there is a purpose behind his creation, he performs devotional acts to honour his Creator – or worships.

We worship fearing Allah and His Punishment. The descriptions of the scene of the Day of Judgement in the Qur’an and Hadith should be enough to turn to our Creator with repentance and beg refuge from the fire of Hell.

Over time, we become used to the routine of our worship, and it develops into a habit. We pray when it’s time for prayer but we lack a spiritual connection. We also develop a lax attitude to supererogatory worship. As time passes, we develop laziness even to worship that is obligatory.

When a problem in our life arises, or when you foresee a problem, then we consciously remember our creator again. This time, we worship for the sake of removing the problem, and hoping Allah ‘notices’ our predicament – even when He has knowledge of everything – and bring us good fortune.

This is the stage where man begins to lose patience. Now that he is conscious of his Creator, and worships Him as such, man also expects things to change for the better soon … but it doesn’t happen. Things may even become worse than ever before.

This is a test of his faith and belief in Allah. If man is patient, he will continue to trust his Creator and be optimistic that things will turn eventually. But if he becomes impatient, he will abandon worshiping his Creator and become rebellious.

Everyone experiences this at some points in their life. The question now is: How do we interpret the situation where nothing changes or when things keep getting worse ? How do we keep up our patience and trust in Allah ?

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The toil for Rizq (sustenance)

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Traditionally the end of the Gregorian Year, would be a time of happiness in the West. However, the holiday season also exposes an ugly reality of working for a Corporation.

The end of the year is seen as an opportunity by corporations to clean out their overheads and begin the new year with conviction of being profitable.

Many people as a result, find themselves jobless in December. And every year-end the number of layoffs is becoming more depressing.

But for those, who have faith in their Creator, there is hope. Losing your job or contract is not the end of the world. It simply means, you are forced into finding a new opportunity.

But, you say, you are looking for a job and can’t find any listings ?

Wait ! And be patient !

This waiting period is your big opportunity to turn back to your Creator and ask Him for forgiveness and thank Him.

This is the time to talk to Him and ask Him to give you strength and not burden you with any more than you can bear.

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It is good to Purge

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At times, you feel like getting rid of all the clutter you built up in your life and start all over
And when you begin doing that, it already begins to feel like a good thing.

However, it is not easy for everybody as so much of this ‘clutter’ manages to build inside us, an emotional attachment to them and we don’t want to part from it.

It is the same with blogging. People work hard on their blogs and curate content for months and years. They build a community around their words – which itself is very rewarding.

Sometimes, however there comes a feeling of starting all over again. That is when fear pays a visit: Fear makes you remember the days the first time you blogged and no one visited. Fear reminds you of the Google Spiders and your ad revenue. Fear tells you there is much to loose.

Then you decide you can’t do it.

Is is the same way that in, material life, it is hard to get rid of physical objects – perhaps it is even harder. For example you can’t get rid of your children – that’s a fact. ;-)  You can get rid of your friends – that’s probably an option to try. But I digress.

Of course talking of inanimate objects. There are something you become endeared to. Some things have a sentimental value. In the end, it becomes your treasure, but clutter for someone else.

Perhaps that is when you switch shoes and begin to look at things differently. I know it’s hard but it’s worth the try. Remember, you have promised yourself a reward when you get rid of every last thing. Yes, you did. Just now.

Our neighbour, in the apartment opposite us, got her daughter betrothed in  Pakistan. At the same time she decided she needed a break from Canada. She sold everything last thing she had in her apartment, her car, and even ended her rental lease. The money she made, she used for her travel and the wedding.

Sometimes, you too are waiting for that opportunity or an event to push you into doing things you have been putting off. But don’t count on it as that very event you could turn out to be tragic.

A close friend of mine, when learning that his mother was sick, and this time worse than ever before, packed up and left Canada for Bangladesh.

In both cases however, when they return, they will have an opportunity to start all over again.

As Muslims we are taught we won’t take anything when we leave. Yet we get caught up in such things.
We need to remind ourselves time and again to have only what we need:

وَاعْلَمُوا أَنَّمَا أَمْوَالُكُمْ وَأَوْلَادُكُمْ فِتْنَةٌ وَأَنَّ اللَّهَ عِندَهُ أَجْرٌ عَظِيمٌ

And know that your properties and your children are but a trial and that Allah has with Him a great reward. [Al-Anfal, 8:28]

الْمَالُ وَالْبَنُونَ زِينَةُ الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا ۖ وَالْبَاقِيَاتُ الصَّالِحَاتُ خَيْرٌ عِندَ رَبِّكَ ثَوَابًا وَخَيْرٌ أَمَلًا

Wealth and children are [but] adornment of the worldly life. But the enduring good deeds are better to your Lord for reward and better for [one's] hope. [Al-Kahf, 18:46]

We need remind ourselves to focus on our objective both in life, and everything else we do in life. Perhaps we don’t yet have an objective. In which case, our goal should be to find that objective: work on it, fail at it, try again, if you fail again, try a different approach.

That is the same way, I need to take, to figure out the objective of this version of my blog.