Thursday, 28 April 2011


Al-indhibat means discipline. Discipline is not entirely restricting, in turn; ironically, it releases and enhances our ability to be creative and at the same time being efficient. It helps us to finish our task in time and that allow us more time to do more things that we can ever think of. Be disciplined and definitely we'll find that we're having more time to do things than before.

Being discipline is to endure and finish off given task no matter how much we hate it. Being discipline is not an emotion-based decision, it is a rational-based decision. Meaning that one day we might not be feeling to be discipline, but we chose to be discipline. There would be tough times in life, time that we would have to dig deep and overcome it with a rational-based decision, to be discipline, to be persistent to overcome the situation. So be discipline, and remember discipline does not restrict or stop us from being creative, but it enhances our creativity and turn them into enormous ability!

Some would say that "Discipline is doing what you don't want to do when you don't want to do it!" - this is so true in my case now, where I should have started my revision long before I could realise that I've been fooling around and burnt the whole week for nothing. oh my, where's my senses gone ouchh. The exams are getting closer than ever and the time passes so swiftly that you can't really tell and it's Friday again. Ok have to do my work now! Buckle up the shoes and buck up!

Before I end, it is important that we're not only be discipline in our academic work, but to include together our spiritual life in the picture as well. There are ways in which a Muslim can discipline himself as follows:

1- Worshipping Allaah, keeping in contact with Him and submitting to Him.
That is done by paying attention to doing obligatory acts of worship well, and cleansing your heart of any attachment to anything other than Allaah.

2- Reading Qur’aan a great deal, pondering its meanings and seeking to understand it. Remember that the Qur'an is a great healing tool!

3- Reading useful religious books that describe the ways of treating and cleansing the heart, reading the biographies of the salaf and learning about their attitude and behaviour.

4- Attending educational programs such as classes and lectures.

5- Making good use of your time and using it to do things that will be of benefit in both worldly and spiritual terms.

6- Not indulging too much in permissible things and not paying too much attention to them.

7- Keeping company with righteous people and looking for righteous companions, who can help you to do good. Those who live alone will miss out on a lot of the characteristics of a good brother such as preferring others to oneself and being patient.

8- Trying to act on what you learn and put it into practice.

9- Checking closely on yourself. Muhasabah! Always spare time to reflect ourselves.

10-Having confidence in yourself – whilst relying on Allaah – because the one who has no confidence cannot act.

11-Despising yourself for not doing enough for the sake of Allaah.
This does not contradict the things mentioned above. Man has to strive hard whilst still thinking that his efforts are not enough.

12-Practising withdrawal or isolation as prescribed in sharee’ah.
You should not mix with people all the time, rather you must have some time which you spend alone, in worship as prescribed in Islam.

We ask Allaah to help us and you to discipline ourselves and submit to that which Allaah loves and is pleased with. May Allaah send blessings and peace upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon his family and companions.

Self-discipline is the key to success! ^_^

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

to heal

All praise is due to Allah. We praise Him, seek His aid and ask for His forgiveness. We seek Allah's refuge from the evils of ourselves and from the evil of our actions. Whomsoever Allah guides none can lead astray, and whomsoever Allah leads astray none can guide. I testify that none has the right to be worshiped but Allah alone, having no partners, and I testify that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger.

The Qur'an is the complete healing for all mental, spiritual and physical diseases, all diseases of this world and the hereafter. However, not everyone is guided to use it for the purpose of healing. If the sick person uses the Qur'an for healing in the proper way, and applies it to his disease with sincerity, faith, complete acceptance and firm conviction, fulfilling all its conditions, then no disease can resist it.

"O mankind! There has come to you a good advice from your Lord (ie the Qur'an, enjoining all that is good and forbidding all that is evil), and a healing for that which is in your hearts." (Surah Yunus 10:57)

Allah says again,

"And we send down of the Qur'an that which is a healing and a mercy to those who believe."

The Qur'an contains the treatment for hearts and souls, and as such it is a means of expelling all sicknesses from the body. In this regard, the Qur'an is a healing and remedy for many diseases including grief, sorrows, stress, anxiety, depression etc insyaAllah. Hence, let's stay close to Qur'an; always read, learn it and reflect upon what we read.

Friday, 15 April 2011

of repentance

Alhamdullah! Allah (Subhana Wa Ta'ala) has given us a specific Criterion (or formula, or algorithm) when it comes to everything. Allah has made our lives easier once more by telling us how we should repent!

Here are some of the benefits of sincere repentance (tawbah).

Imaam Ibn Qayyim rahmatullahi alaih mentions certain benefits:

1. Repentance is the most noble and beloved form of obedience in the eyes of Allah Ta'ala. He loves those who repent and it is because of His love for His creation that He tests them with sins so that He may shower His blessings and favours upon them after they repent.

2. Repentance has a status that no other form of worship has. This is why Allah is extremely happy when a servant repents just as a traveler is happy when he finds his lost mount in the desert. This pleasure (of Allah) has a great impact on the heart of the one repenting. Hence, the repenting person reaches the status of being amongst the beloved through his repentance.

3. Repentance brings about humbleness and a sense of helplessness that is not easily acquired through other forms of worship.

4. Allah’s statement, "Except those who repent, have faith and good deeds, those Allah will charge their sins for good deeds. Certainly Allah is most forgiving and merciful." (Qur'aan 25:70) This is a greatest glad tiding for those who repent and combine their repentance with faith and good deeds.

Repentance breeds good deeds, whilst sinning (without repentance) can cause deprivation of obedience altogether. It has been said that committing sins regularly will darken and harden the heart. It may even lead a person to reject Allah completely (Allah forbid) or lead him to commit a bigger sin. There is no recourse for a sinner except to ask Allah for forgiveness and to feel great regret for his actions.

Repentance is to repent from the heart, to train the heart into obedience and to make a firm resolution never to commit the sin again.

We should remember these three facts to repent:

1. The grave consequence of sins.

2. The painful punishment for sins and

3. The helplessness of the servant with regards to these two things.

Once you realize this, you are half-way there (on the road to repentance). Remember that this is "the most noble and beloved form of obedience in the eyes of Allah" (Subhana Wa Ta'ala)

Next, comes the act of actually repenting of the sin. Allah has even went so far as to tell His servants, through His prophet Muhammad (), how to repent and restore themselves in the eyes of Himself!

1) Perform a perfect ablution (Wudu):
  • Wash both hands up to the wrists 3 times
  • Rinse the mouth and sniff water in and out the nostrils of the nose 3 times
  • Wash both forearms (from the wrist to the elbow is the forearm) up to the elbow 3 times
  • Wash the face 3 times
  • Wipe water over the hair
  • Wash the feet (including in between the toes) 3 times.
Turn off the water and say "I testify that there is no God but Allah and I testify that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger (Ash-Hadu An La Ilaha IllAllah, Wa Ash-Hadu Anna Muhammadan Abduhu Wa Rasulallah

After that, say this Du'a - Oh Allah! All praise You and may You send peace and blessings upon Your prophet Muhammad and his family just as You've done with your prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) and his family! I come to You humbly in repentance asking You for forgiveness of my sins. Ameen.

2) To perform a 2 raka'at (unit) prayer

Attempt to do it as perfect as you can (no human is perfect, so try your best). Don't talk to yourself (mentally or out loud) during this prayer and be humble.

3) Ask Allah for forgiveness by telling each sin you commited to Allah (ie don't just say "Forgive me my sins" but rather "Forgive me for lying, and forgive me for [insert what sin you did here]" Here's what we could say:

"Oh Allah! All praise be to You and may You send peace and blessings upon Your prophet Muhammad and his family just as You have done with You're prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) and his family. I come to You in humble repentance (which means "I come to you feeling sorry for what I did) and beg for your forgiveness. Forgive me for doing [insert names of sins you did here]".