Islam, you’ve colored my heart with all that’s good in this world. You’ve reminded me of what’s good, helped me differentiate between right and wrong, and you’ve made me stronger. You colored my heart white, made it pure, so I can pray with passion. You’ve colored it red, so I can feel the love of my religion. You’ve colored it yellow and helped me get lost in the beauty of everything I see. You’ve colored it green, and helped me become a cleaner person for the environment and myself.
You’ve infected me with bliss and I promise you, Islam, I’ll keep on coloring.
Always have a forgiving heart.
Realize that, to be able to forgive and be forgiven, you have to accept that you’re not perfect and that you make mistakes, just like anyone else.
Prophet Muhammad ﷺ once said;
"Allāh the Compassionate bestows mercy upon the merciful people. So, have mercy upon the inhabitants of the earth, the One in the Heavens will be merciful to you."
[ Abu Dāwūd ]
And we pray that our brothers and sisters who went for hajj are in good health and iman and that they are being forgiven like how they are being rewarded as well, and may Allāh accept it from them. Amīn.
Project: One Ummah
Our beloved Prophet (PBUH) was sent as a source of mercy and as Muslims we should follow in his footsteps, that is why for this month we will be focusing on unity. A very beautiful hadith: Abu Hurayrah (RA) reported that the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “Do not envy one another; do not inflate prices by overbidding against one another; do not hate one another; do not harbor malice against one another; and do not enter into commercial transaction when others have entered into that (transaction); but be you, O slaves of Allah, as brothers. A Muslim is the brother of another Muslim; he neither oppresses him nor does he look down upon him, nor does he humiliate him. Piety is here, (and he pointed to his chest three times). It is enough evil for a Muslim to hold his brother Muslim in contempt. All things of a Muslim are inviolable for his brother-in-faith: his blood, his property and his honor.”
For this coming month we will be posting challenges for you to take on and we want you to share your stories with us! We will also be holding an SMS campaign where we will be sending you daily reminders about unity for you to pass it on to your friends. (Note: Girls will be getting messages from girls and guys will be getting messages from guys)
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Daily Reminder Form
If you would like to share with us your story about how you accomplished one or more of our challenges please fill out the following form:
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**Important Fasting Dates:
First 10 days of Zul-Hijjah: Sunday October 6th- Tuesday October 15th
- Every Monday & Thursday: October 7th, 10th, 14th,17th, 21st, 24th, 28th, 31st
قال صلى الله عليه وسلم : تعرض الأعمال يوم الإثنين والخميس فأحب أن يعرض عملي وأنا صائم
Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) said: “Deeds are shown (to Allah) on Mondays and Thursdays, and I like my deeds to be shown when I am fasting.”
13th, 14th, & 15th lunar days: October 18th,19th, 20th
The Prophet (PBUH) said: “Fasting three days of each month is fasting for a lifetime, and ayaam al-beed (Lunar days) are the thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth.”
But looking back, I realize that there were times when I really messed things up. It’s ok as long as I learn from my mistakes. But then I thought that I needed some kind of guidance. Things can’t be this random all the time. I know I must be missing something. And then it hit me, I am missing the most important thing. I’m missing a relationship with Allah.
I’ve totally been ignoring the role of religion in my life. Religion for me meant praying, fasting in Ramadan, and occasionally reading Quran without understanding most of it, and I think that’s the case with most of the Muslims today. They set their own standards and they follow them. But the thing that we don’t realize is that our standards get affected by the things and the people around us. Even though we try to set some sort of rules for ourselves, these change too with time.
What is fascinating about Islam is that it gave us guiding lines to everything in life. There’s not a thing or a situation you’ll find yourself in that is not addressed directly or indirectly in the Quran or Sunnah. Whether it’s the way we should dress or talk, or the way we should treat others, or the way we should act during war, whatever comes to your mind, you’ll find it in the Quran and Sunnah.
People spend most of their lives feeling lost, not knowing what this life is about. Some live and die without knowing the answer. Some just live on and try to persuade themselves that there’s no bigger purpose for living, it’s just one life to live and when it’s over it’s over.
We were given everything we need to live a peaceful and a happy life and what do we do with all that? We just live like we don’t have a clue about anything. We throw away all these blessings that we have as Muslims; we pretend that all these guidelines we’re given are not applicable in the situations we face every day even though that’s not true at all.
We have to realize that we’re blessed and we can lead happy lives even extraordinary lives if we hold on tight to the Quran and Sunnah.
Allah says in Surat Taha “And whoever turns away from My remembrance - indeed, he will have a depressed life, and We will gather him on the Day of Resurrection blind - He will say, “My Lord, why have you raised me blind while I was [once] seeing?” - [Allah] will say, “Thus did Our signs come to you, and you forgot them; and thus will you this Day be forgotten.” (1)
For us to be true Muslims, we must realize and fully understand that Islam is not limited to a certain aspect of our lives, on the contrary Islam is a way of life. It’s part of our daily lives and our decisions.
So starting today promise yourself that you won’t be blind and remember Allah only when you’re praying. Remember him when you’re eating, working and travelling. Remember him in everything you do or say. Hold on tight to the Quran and Sunnah. Make Islam a way of life.
(1) Holy Quran, Surat Taha, Verses (124,125,126)