The lecture that melted the rock

ICNA 2012

[sigh]. Nostalgia.

“70,000 with another 70,000 make it to jannah without any form of accountability or any form of punishment”
Do you know who Ukasha is?

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You are…

You are strong…
when you take your grief and teach it to smile…

You are brave…
when you overcome your fear and help others to do the same.

You are happy…
when you see a flower and are thankful for the blessing.

You are loving…
when your own pain does not blind you to the pain of others.

You are wise…
when you know the limits of your wisdom.

You are true…
when you admit there are times you fool yourself.

You are alive…
when tomorrow’s hope means more to you than yesterday’s mistake.

You are growing…
when you know what you are but not what you will become.

You are free…
when you are in control of yourself and do not wish to control others.

You are honorable…
when you find your honor is to honor others.

You are generous…
when you can take as sweetly as you can give.

You are humble…
when you do not know how humble you are.

You are thoughtful…
when you see me just as I am and treat me just as you are.

You are merciful…
when you forgive in others the faults you condemn in yourself.

You are beautiful…
when you don’t need a mirror to tell you.

You are rich…
when you never need more than what you have.

You are fortunate God gave you the blessing to remember Him while others do not perceive this reality.

You are you…
when you are at peace with who you are not.

‘No weapon that is known on earth can yield the power praise can do alone; so praise your Lord is you wish to be successful.’

Got the blues? *S-u-b-h-a-n-A-l-l-a-h*

Five reasons why Allah uses problems

by Shaykh Salih al-Fawzaan

The problems you face will either defeat you or develop you – depending on how you respond to them. Unfortunately, most people fail to see how Allah wants to use problems for good in their lives. They react foolishly and resent their problems rather than pausing to consider what benefit they might bring.

Here are five ways Allah wants to use the problems in your life:

1. Allah uses problems to DIRECT you.
Sometimes God must light a fire under you to get you moving. Problems often point us in a new direction and motivate us to change. Is God trying to get your attention? “Sometimes it takes a painful situation to make us change our ways.”

2. Allah uses problems to INSPECT you.
People are like tea bags…if you want to know what’s inside them, just drop them into hot ever water! Has God tested your faith with a problem What do problems reveal about you? “When you have many kinds of troubles, you should be full of joy, because you know that these troubles test your faith, and this will give you patience.”

3. Allah uses problems to CORRECT you.
Some lessons we learn only through pain and failure. It’s likely that as a child your parents told you not to touch a hot stove…. But you probably learned by being burned. Sometimes we only learn the value of something… health, money, a relationship. .. by losing it. “It was the best thing that could have happened to me, for it taught me to pay attention to your laws.”

4. Allah uses problems to PROTECT you.
A problem can be a blessing in disguise if it prevents you from being harmed by something more serious. Last year a friend was fired for refusing to do something unethical that his boss had asked him to do. His unemployment was a problem – but it saved him from being convicted and sent to prison a year later when management’s actions were eventually discovered. “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good…

5. Allah uses problems to PERFECT you.
Problems, when responded to correctly, are character builders. God is far more interested in your character than your comfort. Your relationship to God and your character are the only two things you’re going to take with you into eternity. “We can rejoice when we run into problems…they help us learn to be patient. And patience develops strength of character in us and helps us trust God more each time we use it until finally our hope and faith are strong and steady.”

Here’s the point:

God is at work in your life – even when you do not recognize it or understand it.

But it’s much easier and profitable when you cooperate with Him.

“Success can be measured not only in achievements, but in lessons learned, lives touched and moments shared along the way”

Allah Knows Best…

Lessons of the Day

Ayahs of the Day:
By the scattering of winds, and those that bear burdens, and those that blow gently, and those that apportion their action, what you are promised is true; and judgment will come to pass.  By the sky, with its orbits, you are involved in a contradictory doctrine by which the deluded are deceived.  Doomed are those who conjecture, those who wallow in emotion distracted.  [1 to 11]

Hadith of the Day:
Do not do evil to those who do evil to you, but you deal with them with forgiveness and kindness.  [Bukhari]

Wise Quote of the Day:
There are two evils, having which, an abundance of good works is seldom profitable——–discontent with God’s decree and wronging God’s servants.  [Shaykh Abu Hasan al-Shadhili]

Guidance of the Day:
If each of us lives up to our highest ideals, we will be giving the best teaching there is.  The most powerful teachings that I have received have come through my ignoring what people say and observing what they do.  Words are the last and most superfluous elements of teaching.  Real change comes only through example.
If we want to get another person——or the world——to do something, we must do it first.
If we want people around us not to fight, we must be peaceful ourselves.   If we want our kids to clean up their room, we must be willing to keep our own room clean.  And if we want the government to not make radioactive nuclear reactors, we cannot afford to radiate poisonous waves of angry emotional reaction.  [Cohen,  The Dragon Doesn’t Live Here Anymore]

Food for Thought:
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.  It has been shown that most of what we worry about never comes to be.  And no problem is solved by worrying about it.  So take care of what the world needs now: love, sweet love. Taking care of what needs doing now leaves little time for fear and worry.
When you purify your hearts just as you purify your raiment, union with God will follow. If you sincerely seek union with God, then seek Him inside your hearts and leave the world alone. [Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani]

[Source: “Lessons of the Day” by Mrs. Iffath Hasan]