Hamza Abdullah, 29, left the Arizona Cardinals while his brother Husain, 27, quit the Minnesota Vikings to make the trip to Islam’s religious heartland in October. Despite climbing the ladder of one of the world’s most competitive sports, they say no amount of success could satisfy their aching desire to honour the most demanding of the five pillars of Islam - a journey all able-bodied Muslims are required to do once in their lifetime.
It’s hard because, when you’re feeling low, that’s exactly when you’re going to want to try to figure everything out because that’s when things seem so urgent and important. But if you can be patient when you’re low and try not to overreact or panic, in many instances your mood will start to change, perhaps even go bavk up on its own. Exercising patience takes a little practice, but it’s worth it.” —Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, Richard Carlson (via braceletofnoor)
Salams! Not sure if you have noticed but our admins are comprised of several individuals..I can’t speak on behalf on anyone else but we are all muslim hamdilla.
If being a minority hasn’t taught you the value of being kind to another person, then I don’t know what will.
“we plan, and Allah plans, but Allah is the best of planners”
Inshallah I will be trekking up mt Snowdon on the 28th of December with Human Relief Foundation to raise money for emergency medical aid for Gaza and would really appreciate it if I could have some sponsors. You don’t even have to give that much money, anything really. but it really would mean a lot both to myself, and the Palestinain people it will help.
i will not listen to you discuss Islam if you don’t have the courage to say “no, I do not know enough to answer this”
I did not like the way she was dressed when she entered my office. However, the look in her eyes revealed sadness and bewilderment that called for compassion and patience. She sat down and started sharing her concerns hoping to find answers with me.
I listened to her long enough. I learned that she was an Arab girl who received her education in France where she was raised. It was also clear that she barely knew Islam. I started explaining basic facts, dispelling suspicions, answering questions and refuting orientalists’ lies about Islam. I also did not forget to allude to today’s civilization and how it considers women as cheap flesh. At the end of my talk, the girl asked for a future appointment and excused herself.
Soon after, a young man – on whom qualities of Outward Islamism were apparent – came storming into my office and said violently: “How come such wicked person was admitted here?”
“The job of a physician is to accept. He doesn’t typically see healthy people, does he?” I replied.
“Of course, you advised her to wear Hijab!” he added.
I said to him “The issue is much bigger than that. There is the foundation that has to be laid. There is the Belief in Allah and the Hereafter. There is the hearing and the obeying of what was revealed in the Qur’an and the Sunnah, in addition to the pillars of worship and manners; the pillars that Islam cannot exist without …”. He interrupted me saying, “All of this does not mean we don’t order her to wear Hijab”.
“I wouldn’t like it if she came in a nun’s clothes while her heart is void of Allah. I taught her the basis that will help her to choose, on her own free will, to wear more decent clothes,” I calmly replied.
He tried to interrupt me again so I said firmly “I can’t drag Islam by its tail as you do. I lay the foundation and then start building and I usually achieve what I want with wisdom”.
Two weeks later, the girl came back. She was wearing much more decent clothes with a scarf over her head. She resumed her questions and I resumed my teaching. Then I asked “Why don’t you go to the nearest mosque to your home?” I said that but immediately I felt remorse. I remembered that mosques are closed in the face of Muslim women. The girl answered that she hated the People of Religion and that she did not like to listen to them.
“Why?” I asked.
“They are hard-hearted, and they treat us with contempt and scorn”, came her swift reply.
I don’t know why I remembered Hind (Abu-Sufyan’s wife). She was the one who chewed Hamza’s liver and fought Islam vigorously until the 8th year of Hijrah. She did not really know the Prophet. However, when she knew him and saw his lenient manners, she told him “I never wished someone on the face of this earth to be abased more than you and your family. Now, I do not wish to see someone on the face of this earth more honored than you and your family.” The Prophet’s kindness and sympathy changed the hearts of the people around him.
Now, would the Du`ah today learn from their Prophet? Would they learn to draw together instead of driving away, and to bring good tidings rather than to say things that repels people away from them and from Islam?” —Shaykh Muhammad al Ghazali (not to be confused with the al Ghazali). (via tmihijabi)
This is a concept and topic that I’ve noticed a lot recently, during my mentoring sessions, and in the lives of the people I care for. We are so often compelled to make decisions towards what will suffice our current conditions, instead of pursuing what we want. We’re okay with settling with “just enough” because we’re not willing to put in the extra work to follow through on our dreams and on what our hearts truly want. This is truly a depressing condition to be in, and eventually, it will eat away at you. I know this sounds harsh, but it’s a true reality that I’ve experienced myself.Read the whole article: Escape Your Inner Prison - Nadir Keval