Sunday, June 27, 2010

Online Halqa - Surah Ra'ad

Just to share my take out from todays Online Halqah - from Surah Ra'ad  Vs 1-10
Allah tells us to LOOK for his signs to help us believe.
In Islam we are not expected to just believe- Allah encourages us to REFLECT, look for his signs and believe.
This is so different to my Christian friend who said to me recently that in her religon its all just about faith - and I explained how in Islam its more than that - things make sense and we are encouraged to question and understand -and of course faith is crucial too - but the fact that Islam makes sense, and faith and this logic go together. Whereas she says she knows her religon (or at least her interpretation of it) doesnt always make sense! How sad for her..
So, it would be great to take a small step in implementing this surah by looking for and acknowledging 1 sign from Allah a day at least, Inshallah

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

My Islam in London


If I had to reflect on my life in London so far, Mashallah it has been pretty much what we envisaged, and a little more.

But whats been on my mind recently has been my lack of getting involved in Islamic activities, programmes and Ibaadah. So Mashallah, Allah has given me enough hidaaya to read my salaah, read a little etc..but what I feel Im really missing out on is being in Islamic environments, really involved you know? We cant really say that there arent opportunities here in London...and besides, when my husband and I moved to the UK, it was one of the main motivators for this place- the abundance of programs and opportunities Mashallah

So, I have decided to take small actions Inshallah in my daily life to up my game. We attend online halqa weekly, but instead of pottering around while its on, I want to stop, take the 1 hour to give all my attention and really reap the benefits, Inshallah
And there is a talk on a Friday at our nearby masjid that we have no excuse not to attend!

So thats my first few steps, my little actions and Inshallah the idea is to keep these up, and then add more in.

Any other ideas for little actions we can take?

May Allah make it easy for us and help us make the most of opportunities to come closer to HIM and earn His pleasure. Inshallah Aameen


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

God's Cake - so true!!

God's cake...
This is one of the best I've ever read as an explanation

Sometimes we wonder, 'What did I do to deserve this?' or 'Why did God have to do this to me?' Here is a wonderful explanation! A daughter is telling her Mother how everything is going wrong, she's failing algebra, her boyfriend broke up with her and her best friend is moving away.

Meanwhile, her Mother is baking a cake and asks her daughter if she would like a snack, and the daughter says, 'Absolutely Mom, I love your cake.'

"Here, have some cooking oil", her Mother offers.
"Yuck", says her daughter.
"How about a couple of raw eggs?" "Gross, Mom!"
"Would you like some flour then? Or maybe baking soda?"
"Mom, those are all yucky!"
To which the mother replies: "Yes, all those things seem bad all by themselves. But when they are put together in the right way, they make a wonderfully delicious cake!"

God works the same way. Many times we wonder why He would let us go through such bad and difficult times. But God knows that when He puts these things all in His order, they always work for good! We just have to trust Him and, eventually, they will all make something wonderful!

God is crazy about you. He sends you flowers every spring and a sunrise every morning. Whenever you want to talk, He'll listen. He can live anywhere in the universe, and He chose your heart.

Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance!