Sunday, September 25, 2011

Forgiveness is the distance between your knees and the floor

Source:Tree of Askeron by Mattias Hammar

"Oh son of Adam, so long as you call upon Me and ask of Me, I shall forgive you for what you have done, and I shall not mind. Oh son of Adam, were your sins to reach the clouds of the sky and were you then to ask forgiveness of Me, I would forgive you. O son of Adam, were you to come to Me with sins nearly as great as the earth and were you then to face Me, ascribing no partner to Me, I would bring you forgiveness nearly as great as it." [Tirmidhi and Ahmed]

Naturally when we find ourselves committing a sin over and over again, we begin to lose hope. We feel as though our sins are too great and that Allah will never forgive us. The doubts that fill our mind are a product of Shaitan. Shaitan does his best to convice us that we are not good enough for Allah. He tells us that we are are too hypocritical to stop the sin, let alone get on our knees and ask Allah for His forgiveness. This way of thinking is completely wrong as the hadith explains. Allah is our Creator, He is the Most Merciful and despite our sins, whatever they maybe (except shirk) He will forgive us.Repentence is the key to forgiveness. If we never repent to Allah, how else will we gain His forgiveness? Allah gives us time to repent. From the time that we realize that what we have done is sinful to the time of our death, we can always repent. We must not wait too long though, because only Allah knows when we will die. The concept of forgiveness is repeated many times throughout the Quran. 

"Say: O 'Ibaadi (My slaves) who have transgressed against themselves (by committing evil deeds and sins)! Despair not of the Mercy of Allah, verily, Allah forgives all sins.Truly, He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful." [al-Zumar 39:53]

Abu Umamah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated the Messenger of Allah (salallahu alayhi wa salim) said, "The companion (Angel) on the left lifts his pen for six hours for the Muslim slave that errs or sins. If this slave repents and seeks Allah's forgiveness for that error or sin, the Angel doesn't record it. And if the slave doesn't ask Allah for forgiveness, the Angel records it once. 

How Merciful is our Lord? He doesn't even give the Angels permission to write down our sins until we have had time to repent. Even if we fail to repent, He still gives us time to ask for our sins to be erased. 

Thursday, September 22, 2011

I promise to come back

I feel as though I have neglected my blog. I didn't mean to. Life just got the best of me. Summer ended. The new semester started and alhamdulilah my motivation is higher than ever.  I promise to come back though. As soon as I can, I will be resuming blogging because I love it so much and I truly miss it. There's something about blogging that relaxes me. I can write about anything that bothers or excites me, and once I click post...I feel relieved. Til then...

Source: Unknown

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Love Story

A New American Muslim

I came across Peter Casey's story in The New York Times. He was raised by a Christian father and Jewish mother and converted to Islam as a teenager. He uses the social media as a way to spread knowledge about Islam. 

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Halal Nasheeds

    The Prophet (Nasheed Video) Dawud Wharnsby Ali
      Zain Bhikha-Give Thanks to Allah

I get so excited when I find halal nasheeds to keep me away from music. These two nasheed artists are my favorite. I hope you enjoy their nasheeds as much as I do.