February 2019 Reflections

Sometimes I can’t help but think about how amazing it is to be a Muslim. If you think about the life of Umar (RA), he literally has the best of both the Dunya and the Akhirah. Same with AbuBakr, Uthmaan bin Affaan, Ali bin Abi Taalib, AbdurRahman bin Awf, and the rest of the companions. This especially goes for the Messenger of Allah ﷺ who could have had palaces built for him if he wanted but chose to live humbly.

The reason why I say it’s so amazing to be a Muslim is because the Muslims who adhere to the Sunnah to the best of their ability have contentment in this life and success in the next. Those who remember Allah often will find contentment in their hearts.

Those who have believed and whose hearts are assured by the remembrance of Allah. Unquestionably, by the remembrance of Allah hearts are assured.” (Qur’an 13:28)

It amazes me how throughout all the instability that life can throw at someone whether internal or external, one can can always turn to Allah and ask for help. Sitting down for just 30 minutes and reciting the Qur’an and trying to understand it can do wonders for someone with anxiety or depression.

And even better is the Akhirah. Even the Muslims who struggled the most in this world will completely disregard those struggles when compared with the pleasure of Jannah.

The most privileged people in the world from the people of the Hellfire will come on the Day of Resurrection to be dipped in the Hellfire, then it will be said: O son of Adam, did you see any good? Did you get any blessing? He will say: No, by Allah, my Lord! Then the most miserable people in the world from the people of Paradise will come on the Day of Resurrection to be dipped in the Paradise, then it will be said: O son of Adam, did you see any hardship? Did you have any distress? He will say: No, by Allah, my Lord! I did not once see hardship or distress. (Sahih Muslim 2807)

Any Muslim who has even a little knowledge of the Qur’an and Sunnah and some common sense will prepare for the Akhirah in whatever way they can. Waking up 15 minutes before Fajr for Qiyaamul-Layl, making Salat udDhuhaa, and doing the morning and evening Adhkar are just a few things that we can do every day to prepare for our standing before Allah.

I honestly can’t help but smile when I see the easy deals Allah has given us. The Prophet ﷺ told us that whoever recites Ayatul Kursi after every Salah will only have death standing between them and Jannah. He also told us that whoever prays four Rak’ah’s before and four after Salat adDhuhr will not be touched by the fire.

“Whoever recites Ayat ul-Kursi immediately after each prescribed Prayer, there will be nothing standing between him and his entering Paradise except death.” (Nasa’i)

Don’t think you have time for four Rakah’s before and after Dhuhr? Don’t worry, there is a far easier deal for you. Whoever says this four times in the morning and four times in the evening will be spared from the Hellfire.

What’s so amazing about being a Muslim is that no matter how hard your trial is, no matter how bad it gets, their is always a light at the end of the tunnel. There is always hope.

Wealth and children are [but] adornment of the worldly life. But the enduring good deeds are better to your Lord for reward and better for [one’s] hope. (Qur’an 18:46)

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