Repenting now is better for you

And we will surely let them taste the nearer punishment short of the greater punishment that perhaps they will return (ie repent). [32:21]

Sometimes Allah sends difficulties to us because he wants us to become mindful of Him. We may have busied ourselves in the dunya so much that we have become neglectful in our ibadah. We may have fallen in love with the dunya where we cannot leave a sin even though we know it is haram. Allah does not punish us for a long time so that we may turn back to Him. He continues to shower His blessings on us despite us sinning and being neglectful in our ibadah. However if this does not make us come back to Him then know for sure that he will send us hardships, not to solely punish us but so that this punishment or difficulty makes us turn to Him. So that we detach ourselves from the dunya. And surely, this difficulty in the dunya, to make us repent is better than the punishment in the hereafter, which Allah also speaks about in this ayah. He sends us our punishment in the dunya so we may repent so that we won’t be punished in the hereafter. SubhanAllah. As this punishment is nothing compared to the punishment in the hereafter. So turn back to Him. Repent and seek forgiveness from Him and you will find Al-Ghafoor.

Do we love Eid?

So as christmas holidays have just ended, i’ve been thinking about why children are so in love with christmas. This also affects muslim children as well and sometimes i’ve seen that they actually like christmas more than eid!
Some of the many reasons which I have found is the fact that the preperations for christmas are so big and so exciting that the kids cant wait for christmas to arrive. There’s presents all wrapped up waiting for them, there’s parties and decorations, stories and christmas activities. After all this it’s no wonder children love christmas time. This excitement, this love that our children have should be for Eid not christmas. So why is it that this isn’t so prevalent in our children?

Some of the reasons I have found is that many children don’t even know why we celebrate Eid and its not exciting for them. I know when i was young i found Eid quite boring. So what can we do to change this? How can we make Eid more exciting to our younger siblings or our children?

Well some of the things i’ve started to do with my younger sisters and brother has helped to make Eid so much more exciting and build a love for Eid, and i thought i would share it with everyone to help you all too:
1. So before Eid arrives i share stories and explain why we celebrate Eid. 
2. The night before Eid we all help put decorations up, some which we have made together at home and some store bought banners. A good place to look for decorations is www.muslimstickers.com
3. On Eid day we put on a show for the adults which we have prepared beforehand. We have quran recitation, Eid poems and even a short play. This not only gets the kids involved but also the adults.
4. We also make an eid countdown calender and do other activities such as reading a story and then making a model. For example if we read about how the kabah was built we then would get cardboard, paint, colours etc and build the kabah. Children love getting hands on and they are more likely to remember the story.
5. Presents! Children love presents! When i was young i would be given money and i never felt the same excitement as opening a present. My sisters and brother love coming home from eid salah to find presents waiting for them. They can’t wait to open them! This builds love between the family.
So these are things that i do to make Eid more exciting for my younger siblings, this in turn makes them less excited about christmas because they have had their excitement at Eid. I hope these are helpful and i’m sure there are many other things to do to make Eid more exciting so that the kids don’t feel like they need to celebrate christmas. 

Our Ibadah is only as Good as what we Eat

O mankind! Eat of that which is lawful and good on the earth and follow not the footsteps of shaytan. Verily he is to you an open enemy. (2:168)

Reflecting on this ayah we learn so much. Allah not only tells us to eat what is halal but also good healthy food. Allah also makes the connection between food and the shaytan. Shaytan also uses food to trick us, getting us to eat unhealthy causes bad effects on our ibadah. We cant concentrate on our salah and feel lazy. So we should strive to not only eat what is halal but also good for our bodies so that we may increase and remain consistent in our ibadah. Many of us don’t even realise that eat a healthy balanced diet can also affect our ibadah and in turn affect our aakhirah. It is an area that many of us neglect but inshaAllah we can change this and eat better and we will be able to see the positive effects in our ibadah.

It’s a Hijab not a Halo¬†

For a muslim woman, wearing the hijab is a manifestation of her faith and an obligation to the wills and commands of her Creator. When the ayah about hijab was revealed: “And let them draw their head coverings (khimar) over their neck and bossoms (juyub).” [An-Nur: 31] it showed the world that women wern’t mere objects of desires or for mens pleasure. They were to be treated with honour, respect and dignity.

Hijab is not a superhero cape; it does not confer on to us the magical ability to become perfect muslims nor does it render us incapable of making mistakes.

We have developed this attitude that if we see a sister make a mistake and shes wearing hijab we instantly condemn her as a bad person. But its not because she may have committed a sin, we come to this conclusion due to the fact that shes wearing a hijab! This needs to stop! Just because she wears hijab does not make her immune from making mistakes. It is a hijab not a halo. It also doesnt make it any less sinful for a sister without hijab to do the same thing. Yet it is not seen as something as serious if she isnt wearing a hijab. What is wrong is wrong, regardless of whether she wears a hijab or not. People then slander, backbite and spread rumours about how “awful” this sister is. But is this not a sin too? It may be that she repents from that sin so is forgiven but what about us who slandered her? If you are sincerly concerned for the sister than go and advise her directly and in private. And some advice for all my sisters, remember that we all commit sins and we should focus on correcting our own and repenting rather than looking for the sins others commit. May Allah forgive all our sins and guide us to the straight path. Ameen.