The big ideas of the A.M.T.G
*BREAKING NEWS!* “6 killed in Johannesburg flash floods”, “The Israeli-Arab conflict continues to leave thousands of civilians homeless, wounded and dead”, Donald Trump has been elected as the President of the United States of America”, “Global warming temperatures continue to rise with 2017 being the hottest year on record.”
I switched off the radio and went for a walk, the words still buzzing in my head, Donald Trump, flash floods, Global warming, dead. I was so distracted that I almost missed it. Peeping out from a crack on the sidewalk, the burst of colour stood out so boldly in contrast to the sombre grey pavement surrounding it. I squatted down to get a better look. It was beautiful. Like a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day, it made everything around it, no matter how gloomy, seem insignificant.
My eyes became blurry and the nest thing I knew, I was sitting on the pavement, crying. I didn’t know what else to do. It seemed like all around me, the world was dying. And yet… here it was, on the gloomy, ugly, cracked concrete, here was a glimmer of possibility. Though small and seemingly insignificant, here she stood, ready to take on the world. This majestic miracle of nature that had survived all the odds to be where she was. She’d anchored her roots in so deep, that no circumstances no matter how big and no world events no matter how seemingly important could sway her. She was such a little thing, and yet, she wasn’t little at all. I patted her tiny leaves and stood up.
I stretched and smiled, wiping away my tears. A glimmer of hope had set itself in my broken heart. Though all my fears hadn’t suddenly turned to dust, I wasn’t so afraid anymore. It’s true, the world is dying. It’s true, that we are too. So everything is dying, what’s left for us to do? Live!
Live your life as if it’s your last day on Earth. Be thankful for what you’ve been given. Don’t die without achieving peace and self-worth. Live as if it’s your last, your last chance to be forgiven.
So what if the world is horrid? What more did you expect? We’re clearly not in Heaven, so hold on until you get there. In the meantime, appreciate the little things in life.
So every good thing has a bad, you can’t truly be happy if you’ve never been sad. That flower turned out to be a weed, you lose everyone you seem to need. Your heart’s been broken too many times, you’ve been through way too much loss. You never seem to get the right side on life’s infamous coin toss.
Yes, life is terrible, but what did you expect? We’re clearly not in Heaven, so hold on just a little bit longer. I promise, at the end of it all, you’ll come out stronger.
Till then, appreciate the little things.
Appreciate genuine smiles and grateful hugs. Appreciate the mercy of the rain and the feeling of consolation in prayer. Appreciate being pushed down and hurt because it’s those harsh life lessons that teach you gratitude.
Stop bemoaning things that can’t be changed and stop holding onto useless memories. Allow yourself peace for no-one but you.
Keep reminding yourself that it’s OKAY to love yourself. Don’t hold back tears, because when that pressure overfills, no-one’s going to come running to clean up your hot mess. Change the things you can for the better NOW, you never know if you’ll get another chance.
Appreciate the little things.
Like good food and great books, moments of splendour and life-changing epiphanies. Fall in love with your Creator, His messengers and yourself. Sit down with a cup of coffee and watch the sunset. Dip your toes in icy streams, dive fearlessly into swimming pools and never stop exploring, even if it’s your own backyard. You’re never too old to climb a tree, run through the sprinklers or kiss your mum goodnight, so stop acting like it.
Find EVERY small thing you can to give you hope and take it. Hoard it and keep for soul-crushing moments when you feel like the world just isn’t worth it anymore. Allow yourself to believe again. Look for magic in everyday life, because real magic isn’t found in wands and flying brooms, it’s in simple, seemingly mundane things right under our noses, like spending time with your family or finally getting that promotion you’ve been working for. Make your dreams come true, and never apologize for how crazy they might seem.
Appreciate the little things in life, because one day you’ll look back and realize they weren’t little at all. And sure, it might not seem like much, but in this harsh, broken world of ours, it’s all we’ve got
I hope you enjoyed, take lesson, forgive my shortcomings an never forget to remember Allah(Subhanhu Wa Ta’Alaa) in everything you do.
‘Abdullah ibn 'Umar(RA) said, “The Prophet, peace be upon him, came to us and said, 'O Muhajirun, you may be afflicted by five things; God forbid that you should live to see them. (One of which is) If fornication should become widespread, you should realise that this has never happened without new diseases befalling the people which their forbearers never suffered.” [Source: Sunan Ibn Majah (4019)]
I’m sitting on a hospital bed, my whole body is numb. I’m sweating, not from the heat but from the sheer anxiety of not knowing. I came in with a simple muscle ache and the next thing I knew, I was being rushed on a hospital bed into the nearest emergency room, the doctors demanding that surgery take place “immediately”. The last thing I remember before the anaesthetic kicked in was a strange pain that travelled all along my body… then the world went black.
We are the most advanced society that has ever been. We have more medicine, technology and supposed “advancements” than our forefathers could ever have even imagined. If you’re sick nowadays, there’s no need to first consult Dadi’s book of home remedies and brew up a concoction of herbs then take 3 days of bed rest, one Panado will set you right in under an hour. Even with the ample supply of doctors, you don’t even need to go to the hospital for a diagnosis, WebMD will outline not only your symptoms and cure but also whether you’ll die in the next 24 hours and it will probably have an ad guiding you to best funeral provider.
Yes, we have all these advancements, but do you know what’s strange? With every new thing we invent and every disease we ‘cure’ there’s a 100 more challenges that spring up. So we’d just found a cure for smallpox and up sprung Cancer (in theory). We thought that treating German measles was the last of our problems and along came HIV. There’s simply too many modern diseases and not enough modern medicine to solve them.
When I opened my eyes, the first thing I noticed was my lack of pain. It felt so unnatural. I couldn’t move. I felt like the world was closing in on me, I couldn’t breathe. I screamed for someone, anyone, to come in and tell me they’d made a mistake, that I was dreaming or even that this was all part of the procedure. I just needed a slight reassurance. I received none. The doctor arrived eventually. He said something about some sickness except I’d never heard of it before in my life. They were going to put me on some antibiotics, tests would need to be taken every second month and eventually I would lose all mobility, my brain and body turning to mush. This would be my life now.
Umm Al-Alā reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, visited me when I was sick, and he said, “Be cheerful, O mother of Al-Alā, for when a Muslim becomes sick, Allah takes away his sins just as fire takes away impurities in gold and silver.” [Source: Sunan Abī Dāwūd (3092)]
According to the Quraan Shareef and Sunnah, there are two main reasons for trials:
1) disobedience that Allah(SWT) wishes to forgive
2) to raise a believer’s stages in Jannah
They are mentioned together in the hadeeth of ‘Aa’ishah (RA) who narrates that the Prophet (SAW) said: “Nothing befalls a believer, a (prick of a) thorn or more than that, but Allaah will raise him one degree in status thereby, or erase a bad deed.” [Source: al-Bukhaari (5641) and Muslim (2573)].
First of all, we as Muslims accept that everything is by the divine Will of Allah(SWT) and He will never put a trial in our way if He didn’t think we could handle it. Secondly, we know that Allah(SWT) is All- powerful, Al-Qadir and He can, if He so wishes, turn around any situation at the snap of a finger. So any situation that you are placed in, regardless of its nature WILL have some benefit for you, whether big, small, short-term or long-term.
In terms of health especially, we have to understand that there are some ways of the world and even some systems in our own bodies that no-one has control and knowledge of besides Allah(SWT). Western medicine (or any medicine for that matter) might be brilliant and revolutionary and all other beautiful big words but at the end of the day, no amount of medicine can save you when Allah(SWT) has decreed in your Taqdeer that you aren’t meant to be saved. Don’t despair, if you’re not getting saved here, it means you’re being saved from a much greater punishment, the eternal punishment. However, we must understand on the flip side, that our body IS an Amaanat and if we don’t take care of it in the first place… well then who’s to blame?
Another interesting point to mention is that the same way new diseases keep popping up, it’s impossible to expect scientists and doctors to have cures ready at any given time to meet the epidemics. They’re only human, after all. While it has been reported by Jabir(RA) that the Messenger of Allah(SAW) said, “Every disease has a cure. If a cure is applied to the disease, then it is relieved by the permission of Allah the Exalted.” [Source: Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim (2204)], one cannot expect all of these cures to have been found instantaneously. People err, they try and try again and only after numerous attempts (on occasion) do they find the solution.
We can’t expect them to be on par with Allah(SWT). I mean, look how long it took them to figure out that dusting the bed is good for you! Nabi(SAW) introduced this sunnah over 1400 years ago and they’re only discovering now that “research suggests that each and every time you use your bed, you are depositing more dead skin, in addition to any dirt, sweat or grease that may have also built up on your skin throughout the day (http://www.dailymail.co.uk)”. Another beautiful sunnat that’s been around for the same amount of time is squatting when going to the toilet. Recently there’s been an influx of “squat stools” that all claim to do the same thing, i.e. help you eliminate waste efficiently. One site says with regards to the purpose of the stool: “the greater the hip flexion achieved by squatting, the straighter the recto anal canal will be, and accordingly, less strain will be required for defecation. (https://www.squattypotty.com)” Which basically means that if your legs are raised in a squatting position, it makes going to the toilet a lot easier. I find it interesting that it was only after these “myths” were proved true by science did people, myself included, actually take notice of them. It’s truly sad that we need outside sources to prove to us how wonderful our Deen is.
I smile, something I never imagined I’d be doing for a very long time. I’ve reached my last stages but strangely enough, I don’t feel scared. If anything, I feel almost… free. For the past few days I’ve had a verse stuck in my head, I can’t help but feel at peace when it comes to mind. Sure there’s been bad days, sometimes the pain is horrible, sometimes all I want is for it all to end, but truly what is this world but a place of trials and tests, a temporary stop before we reach our final home in Jannah? I close my eyes, feeling the tranquillity of the words as they envelope me, "Verily, with hardship there is ease.” (Qur'an 94:6)
I hope you enjoyed, take lesson from and never forget to remember Allah(SWT) in everything you do.
“Over 1000 civilians dead in Aleppo bombing”, “Global temperatures continue to rise making 2016 the hottest year on record”, “Donald Trump has been elected as president of the United States.”
What is the state of the world today? Is it the way we all hoped it would be? Mass murder, protests, suicide bombings, flash floods, heat waves… these are all words that have become everyday language for us. We say it with ease because of how often these things occur.
When our beloved Nabi Muhammed (SAW), the best of creation received Nabuwwat some 1400 years ago, our beautiful Deen was born. A Deen so pure, so true that it cancelled out all other religions.
What has become of the Beloved Deen today? Immorality, lies, dissension amongst the Ummah, backstabbing, have all become orders of the day. Today it is, unfortunately, not uncommon to hear of a son who murdered his own parents, family ties that have been broken over trivial things or born Muslims who have left the fold of Islam. Simple things have been abandoned, like caring for the environment or looking after animals. We have been led so far off the path of Deen that we aren’t even sure how to get back on. So we choose alternative options.
Hijab is difficuilt, it’s too hot. All the latest two-length hairstyles look so cool on the other boys. Why should I care how I dress? Others should lower their gaze. There are no bins here. I’ll do it tomorrow.
If we look at some of the signs of Qiyamah mentioned hereunder, I’m sorry to say but we really don’t have ‘tomorrow’.
*Undeserving and ignorant people will become leaders
*Music and musical instruments will be found in almost every home
*People will alter and distort the Deen to suit their whims and desires
*The non-believers will rule and their customs and ways will be dominant
*People will lose their sense of shame and modesty
We don’t even know if we’ll make it to the next second, do we really have the luxury to say we’ll change tomorrow? The signs of Qiyamah are already prevalent, not in the wide world but in our very own Muslim homes. Shall we wait right up until Imam Mahdi arrives to make a change?
What’s a little sacrifice for this little bit of time when the rewards are everlasting bliss in the hereafter? All these little things that you’re prevented from, they’re actually really big things in the eyes of Allah(SWT). Every small sacrifice you make, even moving a picking up a wrapper counts. Allah(SWT) knows all. The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “When Allah intends good for his servant, he hastens the punishment for him in this world. And when Allah intends evil for his servant, he withholds punishment for his sins until he appears on the Day of Resurrection.” (Sunan al-Tirmidhī #2396)
When you open up a newspaper or a News web page today, there’s a lot of things that jump at you. A very prevalent and quite frankly terrifying regular is the suffering of people all over the world.
Do want to know something strange though? We move right on past those pages. They’re too ‘gory’, ‘depressing’ or ‘uncomfortable’.
We have become desensitized, the pain of our brothers and sisters in Aleppo don’t affect us as much because we’ve already been mourning for Palestine, Burma, and Syria. One might even go as far as to say: “The news is boring. It’s the same old thing that keeps happening. You’d think people would learn.” Whether that may be true is not in our control nor is it our concern. What is however, is that a lot of those who are suffering are our very own Muslim brothers and sisters. Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said, “Allah Ta’ala is at the assistance of a servant for as long as the servant remains at the assistance of his/her (Muslim) brother/sister.” (Sahih Muslim #2699)
Our fellow Muslims are dying and we don’t even bat an eye.
‘What can I do?’ ‘I have no power to stop it’ ‘It’s not my problem’. These are all phrases that brush past our lips without a second thought. As justifiable as it is to say that you can’t offer support physically or even financially, it is absolute lies to say you have no power, that you can offer nothing. You have the most powerful weapon known to man; the power of Dua. Dua is the weapon of a Mu’min. If you offer nothing else for your brothers and sisters, offer them that. As for it not being your problem, we Muslims are like one body, if one part suffers, every part feels the pain.
Recently the United States elected a new president, the ever-charming Donald Trump. This was a very severe blow, not only to me, but to millions of American and non-American citizens. How could a man who openly ostracized people who are different, be elected to lead one of the “greatest” nations of the world? Haven’t we moved past this? Haven’t we already been through Apartheid, segregation and countless wars over the colour of our skin in the hopes of living in a freer future? Is this our freer future? A world where a man, who openly calls Muslims terrorists, claims he will “build a wall to keep Mexicans out” and has no regard or respect for any of his fellow human beings, not only runs but is also CHOSEN as the President of one of the most so-called “advanced” societies in the world? The Prophet (SAW) said, “The Hour will come when leaders are oppressors, when people believe in the stars and reject al-Qadar (the Divine Decree of destiny) when a trust becomes a way of making a profit, when people give to charity (Sadaqah) reluctantly, when adultery becomes widespread - when this happens, then your people will perish.” (Saheeh ibn Hibban #6767)
Isn’t it odd that everything prevalent in the world today, all the things we’re “supposed to be doing” are in direct contravention with the beloved Quraan Shareef and Hadith? If a woman swaps out her modest clothing for skimpy ones, the world cheers you on as being liberated. If the situation is reversed, however, it’s an outcry. Why should a woman be “forced” to cover herself?! Islam oppresses women, they’re not even allowed to step out of their house! Ban the burqa! Ban the Hijab! A woman should be ‘free’ to wear whatever she wants! What if what I wanted to wear is the burqa? What if the real reason I don’t step out of my house is because, between 2015 and 2016 alone, 42,596 rapes were reported (source: South African Police Service analysis of the 2014/15 national crime statistics). What if I personally feel that I love my religion and I see the rules put down as MY liberation? Do I have the freedom to practice? Am I allowed to feel that my religion is correct in its laws, or will that make me oppressed?
As a believer, don’t you think that by following their line of thinking, you’re basically giving in to their way of thinking and becoming a prisoner to their customs and beliefs? Do you really want to be part of a world where you are judged, sneered upon and treated like a criminal for the religion you follow? If that’s the “Free” world we’re following, maybe it’s time for a serious reality check.
My topic today was current affairs. In my personal opinion, there’s nothing current about our affairs. It’s just a repetition of the same mistakes with different titles and I, for one, am highly disappointed that for a world that claims to be civilized, this is the best we have to offer.
Happiness is… endangered.
Let me rephrase, happiness is dying.
I see you, sitting in your chair, thinking, “What a mad woman! How can a feeling die?!”
It’s simple. Most people don’t know how to be happy. They don’t know appreciation. The only time the pull on a ‘smile’ is for their selfie.
I’m crazy right?
Nope, I’m just observant. Let me explain.
I have observed, that the no.1 reason people are unhappy is because of their inability to accept their situation.
True happiness comes from accepting that you are NEVER 100% in control of your life. So you failed a math test, your cat died, you’ve been paralysed or you’re fat.
You can’t control your life but you can control YOU. You can control how you respond to the curveballs life throws at you. You can also control whether you’re going to duck, let them hit you in the face or catch them and throw them right back.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying you should laugh at funerals, what I’m saying is, bad things happen. The sooner we accept that, the easier it is to move on. Nobody likes death but A LOT of people seem to love sadness. There must be something nice about it if we’re willing to spend hundreds of hard-earned rands on anti-depressants, sleeping pills and psychological check-ups when there’s literally NOTHING wrong with us? (Besides our obsession with social media, that is)
Why would we consider it OK to destroy our mind, bodies and soul with drugs, alcohol, useless relationships, pleasing people who don’t like us and allowing our circumstance to steal away our happiness?
Mr.W.Mitchell, (a self made millionaire, public speaker, former mayor, river rafter and sky diver) underwent multiple surgeries, 16 skin grafts on 65% of his body (to heal petrol burns), fractured his pelvis and became paralysed in 2 separate accidents. His advice to a fellow patient was, “Before my accident, there were 10000 things I could do. Now there are 9000. I could dwell on the 1000 I lost but I CHOOSE to focus on the 9000 I still have left.” Mr.Mitchell achieved his success AFTER his accidents.
With that in mind, I also believe happiness is a choice. You can choose to be broken and battered, smiling on the way to recovery or you can just be broken and battered.
As it is stated in the Holy Quraan Shareef, “Verily, with every hardship, there is ease.” Likewise, there will always be a reason to be grateful. Let’s just hope we find it BEFORE happiness really does go extinct.
I hope you enjoyed, take lesson and never forget to remember Allah(SWT) in everything you do.
“though the insides are all broken, with no sanity to be found, the earth keeps on spinning, on the outside, it’s still round”
The earth needs to stop- I want to get off!“There’s just not enough hours in the day” is a phrase we all know too well. No matter how hard we try, time just won’t stop! It seems we spend so much time trying to save time, that no time is being saved at all!
I think it’s time we stopped and asked ourselves, “Where is all the time gone?” Or “Did we have any to begin with? What’s changed?” It’s not the clock or the calender. There’s still 365 days in a year and 24 hours in a day. It’s not the earth, that’s still spinning around the sun as the moon spins around it. The planets are all in the exact same place they’ve been for the last few billion years. The only thing that’s changed, is man.
We spend our years inventing devices for more efficient time-wasting. We spend our months doing jobs we hate. We spend our weeks learning knowledge we don’t understand. We spend our hours wishing life would end. We spend our minutes dreading the moment it will. We spend our seconds wondering how we got to this point.
As man invents more tools and gadgets to make his life more simple, the more complicated he makes it. Now his children have to spend their entire lives studying and trying to make sense of all the ideas he’s come up with so that one day they too can formulate even more ideas so their children and children’s children can suffer as well.
Our lives have been consumed by the never ending vortex that ensures we never run out of things to keep us busy. We spend 10 hours a day gaining “knowledge”, 3 more trying to make sense of that knowledge, 5 on the “gift to mankind” technology, 1 with our “loved” ones, and if we’re lucky, 5 to relax in the hope that we can get up in the morning and repeat the cycle all over again.
As any normal, sane human would, I demand a change. A change so drastic it shakes the world. My dearest sisters in Islam, let’s be that change! Let’s make a decision to change, for the better, let’s close our laptops and switch off our phones and actually take look around us at the world today. It’s a mess. Let’s join together as one and clean it up. But if that doesn’t work, then a lift to Mars would be nice as well.
I hope you enjoyed, take lesson and never forget to remember Allah(SWT) in everything you do.