This very moment right now in 2014, we are so blessed we can’t even fully comprehend it. Our lungs breathe for us subconsciously, our heart pumps our blood throughout our body at worp speed, our kidneys flush out the toxins, our body maintains our nutrition, our immune system keeps us healthy, our eyes are reading this status & our brain is processing it, etc! Subhan’Allah, so amazing!
“And if you should count the favors of Allah, you could not enumerate them” [see 16:18]
Whoa, so cool isn’t it, ma’sha’Allah! (a reminder to myself first and foremost, in’sha’Allah)
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By: Abdullah Hakim Quick
“Don’t leave me again after Ramadan; Don’t be Abdu Ramadan (The Slave of Ramadan), be Abdullah (The Slave of Allah) and come all year round!!! Shawaal is not the end but the door to the rest of the year. Don’t stop making Dua, giving Sadaqah, fasting and calling to the good and forbidding evil. Surely Allah is Aware of all that you do!!!”
The Palestinian death toll from a devastating Israeli onslaught on the Gaza Strip rose to 1,283, according to a Health Ministry spokesman.
“At least 54 Palestinians were killed in Israeli bombardments in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, taking the death toll to 1,283,” Ashraf al-Qodra told Anadolu Agency.
He said that 170 people were also injured in Wednesday’s Israeli attacks.
By: Brother Alex (Dallas, TX)
1. Practice Islam as much as you can
“He who loves my Sunnah has loved me, and he who loves me will be with me in Paradise.”
-The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ (Tirmidhi)
As a new Muslim, you will have trouble keeping up with prayers every day, fasting during Ramadan, and the many other practices in this religion. The struggle that we face, with such a radical change in lifestyle, is difficult and will take some time. Awkward moments are bound to happen, don’t fret. You are not expected to wake up at 4am every morning to pray tahajjud (extra night prayers). If you have problems with certain practices, then gradually work yourself into the mindset of worship. A counselor once told me when I was young, “How do you eat an elephant? Just One bite at a time.” Think of it as one step at a time. Pray to Allah (swt) and ask for Him to make it easy for you and the rest will come naturally.
Keeping up with your devotional practices is something that will strengthen your faith immensely. Read the Qur’an whenever possible. Find a collection of hadith, such as Riyadh us-Saliheen, and read it often. You will start to feel a connection to Allah (swt) and you will become used to Islam as a religion and way of life.
2. Respect your parents
“Heaven lies under the feet of your mother.”
–The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ (Ahmad, Nasa’i)
Keeping up a good relationship with your family is essential. Try to avoid bringing up or taking part in controversial subjects regarding religion. This is almost unavoidable, but your parents will eventually accept that Islam is not going to turn you into a terrorist if you stay calm during these tense moments. Gradually, your parents will gain some respect and understanding of Islam and may start to become genuinely interested. This is a great sign and insha’Allah, God will make a way for them to accept Islam.
What you do not want to do is act like you know everything, attempt to debate everything, or overly defend yourself in a way that might make you angry or upset. This will just cause heartache and uneasiness. Your priority now should be to work on yourself.