A Fire is Burned

This is for all those reverts, you have been a source of inspiration to me, especially the ones I’ve “met” through blogging. It’s great having you guys around, knowing that people strive and succeed. I hope Allah keeps you going, and helps others to find the way.

The darkness seems to creep around,

Tiptoeing inside without a sound,

Slightly panicking and confused,

Seemingly being reused,

Nothing seems to happen for a reason,

Thinking differently is treason,

But it happens, and a path is discerned,

An illumination, a fire is burned,

Someone holds your hand as you start to think,

And you’ve come to Allah in a single blink!

You converts, I’m glad you’ve converted,

Your struggles are not but appreciated,

Where you’re true, the seed of Iman firmly planted,

Time and time again, I’ve taken Islam for granted,

Straying, where you would stand strong,

Although our journeys are both equally long,

For me, looking at you is inspiration,

To follow the Deen with such elation!

When I go weak, I know now to fight,

When it gets too hard, to hold on tight,

There isn’t much difference, though, between you and I,

Why suffer on land when we were born to fly!

For death do we depart

I originally wanted to post a poem, but it doesn’t seem to working out nicely. I hope I can complete it soon. So, yes, I’m blogging about death.

Death always seems such a fantasy like thought where it concerns myself. And although I believe I could die tomorrow or next month or maybe even the next moment, sometimes the belief isn’t as strong. I don’t mind dying myself as much, except that my parents would be devastated if I went first, but to see someone else dying, to have been close to them and then to lose them is absolutely awful. Not that I think the person shouldn’t have died, because that’s what God’s plans are, it’s just sad thinking about it.

Even when I see someone going away, and then missing them later on, seeing them in their various poses and saying something that had been typical of them, I still can’t believe that person has died. It’s such a fantastic thought, but I still can’t grasp death even when I see it. It’s just too huge.

And then I think of myself, I picture myself in all these different situations travelling around the world and realizing my dream, thinking of grand things, when I don’t know if I’ll get to do that even if I stay alive. We’re such a helpless species, we don’t know if we’ll be able to do something, and that’s not because we think ourselves not capable, but because Allah might not have thought that way for us.

Everyone dies. It makes no big difference to the world, because we’re so accustomed to seeing people die. Die in mass numbers and that too a horrible death. We’ve become so immune to death that when it does happen, it takes a while believing something that we see in the news could have happened to us. At least that’s how I think. Maybe as we’ve grown up with it we’re more immune to it. I don’t know, sometimes I think we’re rather pathetic. Always thinking about ourselves as if nothing else matters, “What about all those people suffering?” “It’s not like I can do anything about it.”

Well, you can! You can pray and start being positive for once! Help people around you, and inspire people to make them feel positive. Work hard to instill in each other that unity and love which has left a dark void within us, that way we will slowly reach out to those we see suffering everyday. Be better Muslims, and Allah will help. We can reach out to those who have public sympathy when we start reaching out to those around us who have none.

Please, try to be more helpful and think of the little ways you can help out in this world. You all know we need it. It doesn’t have to be big, just sincere. Sincerity and loyalty might make the biggest difference actually. Start today, do something nice everyday. And you’ll feel better than anyone.

Stay by, mum.

I’ve seen too many families this year lose their mothers, and it breaks me apart. Looking at them spending their first eid like that, it is very heartbreaking. My mum is… well, she’s too good for words. And I can’t imagine life without her. I don’t want to. Go give your mum a hug, although she’s worth so much more. You only get one.

The hunt for your missing glasses,
Glasses you seem to lose everyday,
That ready smile and quick laugh,
That starts me off on my way.

Those times when you play around,
Those moments when you’re high,
And when I’m feeling too normal,
You take me to the sky.

When I came into this world, breathing hard,
I didn’t know what this place was,
But your voice, all pained and scarred,
Caressed me to peace.

The many times you saved me from that fall,
I crawled, I cried, I tried to walk,
But every time you made the right call,
And hugged me to life again.

Those school dilemmas, those stories,
Stupidity and silly worries!
But you turned them into glories,
And made me the queen.

But as I grow older, I see more,
I see the times you laugh to hide,
And breaks me to the core,
When you still laugh some more.

Now I don’t want to worry you,
I want to take you away,
Where the grass is green and the sky blue,
Where I can protect you.

I burn inside when I realise,
The times I’ve hurt you and you’ve forgiven,
I scream and shout within,
Because I always took you given.

Mummy, stay by forever,
I don’t know how you do it, but stay by,
You’re the reason I am who I am,
A place without you? I’d probably die.

Mummy, thanks for being who you are,
Thanks for being my best friend,
Thanks for being everything,
I’ll take care of you till the end.

And although I might not show it,
Now I know,
When you’re silently crying yet smiling,
And feeling low.

You’ve been there to sacrifice,
Every time I could turn to you,
Mother, for every need you suffice,
Now you can look to me.

I offer everything I have,
It was never mine, it’s yours,
For you, I’d push the world aside,
Mummy, for you are my oars.

Books you’ll surely love!

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I read a LOT. I have been reading for as long as I can remember, and it’s been one of the best things of life for me. I read a very diverse range of books, although history and autobiographies really get to me the most, and so as Ramadan ends, I figured I’ll post something about the excellent Islamic books I’ve read. Books which are so positive and inspiring even a person who has no interest in Islam whatsoever will be glad to have read them.

So, here’s my recommendations for everyone out there, if you can, get these books and read them through! It is such a good experience.

1. “Muhammad” by Martin Lings                                                              download (1)

A book about the life of the Prophet Muhammad SAW. The author converted to Islam and changed his name to Abu Bakr Siraj ud din. His style of writing is so powerful it absorbs the reader into his words and story, reading this book is like going back to old Arabia, where one seems to be sitting next to the Prophet SAW as he speaks and then trying to defend him wherever possible. The second last chapter, the chapter on his death, is so heart breaking it will move you to tears. At the very last of the book, there are various accounts from people who saw the Prophet SAW and attempt to describe him. The curiosity and longing to finally meet the Prophet takes on a new level as one discovers the beautiful person our Prophet SAW was. It’s one of the best books I’ve read 🙂

2. “When Life Begins” by Abu Yahya           download (4)             9b1b9d194088525eb202e4bdd2cb582d0da3afa7-thumb

OR “Jab Zindagi Shuru Hogi”

This book is originally available in Urdu, and I read it first in Urdu, too. But the english version is just as good. It might seem slightly daunting at first as the character Abdullah wakes up to see it’s Judgement Day, and he explores his surroundings with his angel, Salih. Written with much detail and a very good storyline, it helps us imagine what Qiyamah will be like and how we have to prepare ourselves for it eventually. It opens ones eyes to the reality, and reminds our weak hearts that the Day will come for all of us. The best part of the book is when Abdullah meets Allah, and when Abdullah enters Jannah. Never before have I felt the desire for Jannah more strongly than after reading this book. It leaves you feeling stronger and more peaceful.

3. “Enjoy Your Life” by Dr. Muhammed Abd Al-Rahaman Al-Arifi           download (3)

This has got to be such a peaceful book! It makes me smile whenever I open this book, and I’m sure it will make your life a lot easier, too. The author has compiled various incidents from the Prophet’s SAW life, where he went through a lot of the situations which we go through today. Except, instead of the ridiculous way we sometimes face our problems, he dealt with them in the best manner possible and the results were absolutely astonishing. In a positive way of course. The writing style is really easy-going, and it’s fun to read this book.

4. “Summarized Sahih Bukhari”                                                                   H02C-MedBukhari_3d

Many people might not know it, but instead of the massive volumes of Sahih Bukhari, there is this one book in which the Hadees have been compiled into, for all the repetitions that have been made in the original, this summarized book gives us all the material, but in a concise way. The Hadees are all as they have been quoted, but for numerous narrators for one Hadees, the Hadees has not been repeated. It is an easier way to read the Hadees and know the Prophet SAW.

5. “Misbah ul Quran” by Professor Abdur Rahman Tahir                              118960617_111

This is something people who understand Urdu will benefit from. An English version is also underway, but it is not completed yet I think. This guides you through the Quran word by word, and makes Quran so easy to understand! It gives one the guideline to the rules of Quranic Arabic and it is amazing how easy it is. Especially for people who know Urdu, a lot of the Arabic is strikingly similar to our own language. Even if you read a page everyday, I’m sure you’ll get the hang of it soon. To really understand it, there are videos on this by the professor, available on Dailymotion. If you live in Lahore, go to Z block commercial area in Defence, there’s an excellent Islamic center on top of Gloria Jeans, called Al Wabil, and they give 9 day classes for just this. Be sure to go there one day, they have really good speakers and lectures.

I hope you liked the post and try to read some of the books I mentioned!

We Are the Ummah

This is excellent 🙂

Seeking Sincerity

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We invite to the path of Islam,
Enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong.

We’re the Prophet’s Ummah,
Slaves of the Almighty Creator.
We follow the Qur’an and Sunnah,
And stand together in prayer.

Our brothers sport a beard, wear the prayer cap;
Sisters cover themselves from head to toe.
We respect our elders no matter the generation gap,
And in righteousness we always help each other grow.

We’re heading towards where we belong;
Do you want to come along?

Brace yourself, it’s a long journey;
We get up for fajr around 4 a.m.
I know that’s a bit too early,
But remember life is not about fun and games.

Whether at home, work or school,
We pray five times a day.
No compromise in religion is the rule
If you want to stay guided and not go astray.

The journey has just begun but our goal is…

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Artistic much?

You and I,

We’ve been made unusually optimistic,

And where some,

People would term that artistic,

I’d rather say,

Aren’t we so narcissistic?

We’d rather believe,

Our looks and taste can save our self,

Than really think,

What saves ourselves is beyond us!

The Riddle of the two moons

Pardon my absence folks I have had a few academic obligations I had to fulfill.

The following pdf please do take out ten minutes and read it through, it’s something that every Muslim should know but unfortunately doesn’t. Read it before Eid at least, and tell me if you do not agree, because it isn’t a small matter.

Once my dad mentioned this point to the guy who washes the cars in our street, and he replied with a rather funny answer,

“You’re right, sirji, in a way, for we all have the same moon.”

And to understand why he said that, you have to read the pdf I’ve put here below.

Ramadhan Moon

Criticisms welcome!