بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

bismi-llāhi r-raḥmāni r-raḥīm

In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful


If you’ve ever watched Pakistani dramas you will see something similar running through many of them and that is one of injustice and this injustice is usually done to a helpless woman with no backing.  Now when I used to watch these, I would always be sarcastic and very naively wonder why can’t she just leave or do something.  Now years later, having learned some things about the deen and about the world, I realize what injustice is and what our duty is when dealing with people who are unjust.

Injustice is taking anything and putting it out of its place, whether it be someone’s rights and things or it be your own.  There’s the obvious kind of injustice such as taking someone’s house away or inheritance away without due cause and then there’s little injustices that often occur daily in our lives and we must try to diminish these before we are asked about them by the Owner of the heavens and Earth, Al-Adl (the Just).  What follows is a list of injustices that can happen in our personal, marital, or work life.  This post was inspired by a lecture by Dr. Farhat Hashmi in which she encouraged us to write down the injustices that can and do happen in our lives so that we are aware of them and try our best to curb them.

For Allah subhanahu wa ta ‘ala (Exalted is He) says in a Hadith qudsi “O My slaves, I have forbidden myself oppression and I have made it between you forbidden, so do not oppress one another.”  Muslim

Injustice with Allah (swt).

1.  Not obeying him in all matters

2.  Delaying acts of obedience (i.e. salah–prayer)

3.  Expecting from other than Him

4.  Not making Dua’ (supplication) to Him when you are in need

Injustice with yourself.

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1. Feeding your body unhealthy food

2. Feeding your soul only entertainment verses feeding it salah and Quran.

3. Not taking time out to rest when tired.

4. Being Loud (zulm with your tongue)

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Bismi-llāhi r-raḥmāni r-raḥīmi (بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم)

 

Smile to the people you meet, you will find that smiling is contagious. :)
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It is an innate human need to be happy.  Every person on earth is trying to find happiness whether it is through the body’s desires or through attaining wealth and fame.  However if true happiness is to be found one needs to ask the One who created us.  For it is only our true Owner that can tell us what it is we need to be happy.  I thought it would be a good reminder to list the real things that truly do make us happy, things that our Creator has ordained and things that are very different from what we have subconsciously learned will give us happiness.

1.  Salah (prayer)– The chores, homework, errands, work demands, school demands, family demands, not to mention the various injustices happening in the world can all take a toll on the person.  How does one relax? How does one take a break from it all?  Bow down to your Creator 5 times a day and stand in gratitude and great humility and say “I don’t know Ya Allah . You know. And only You can helps us.”  Prayer will leave you with a feeling of happiness and a feeling of confidence enabling you to accomplish even more during your day.

2.  Quran:  If you’ve ever wanted to change something about yourself for the better, start by reading the reciting and learning the tafseer of the Quran a little everyday.  It will help you accomplish everything in life and I mean everything.  That is the miracle of the Quran.

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The H sisters wish everyone here Eid Mubarak.  We hope it was a blessed day for everyone.  For the H sisters it started with a good breakfast, Eid salah, running to the car with babies in wedge shoes, eating pizza and jalebis for lunch, taking pics of the kids in their eid outfit, visiting with family that came over, a two hour nap in the afternoon and then dinner at our Mamoo’s (uncle) house with all the family gathered and praying maghrib in the backyard.  Alhamdullilah, it was great.  Please share with us your events on eid!

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It feels like it was just yesterday. After all, it was just yesterday that we all stood before You. We stood and the depths of each of our souls felt Your presence so near. We acknowledged Your everlasting existence and accepted You as our Lord. We stood extracted from our father, of what would be of us in the coming years. But without a doubt we stood, before You and all humans.

You erased the memory from our minds but in no way did You erase the feeling deep in our hearts. Each of Us felt the truth running deep within our blood, pulsating into our veins, and beating with our every heartbeat. But so many of us forgot. We forgot that this very heart is only beating because of You. We’ve gotten so lost in the busy life that we live today that we neglect to reflect on yesterday. Yesterday was more real than today. It is equally as real as the tomorrow we are all waiting for. Our life of today is very short in length when compared to our life tomorrow.

No matter where my life will take me, I want to use today as an opportunity to continue to believe in only You as my Lord. Whether the whole world is with me or against me, it is nothing in comparison to You being on my side. I devote my heart in believing in You and I devote my limbs in fulfilling your covenant. I seek your mercy and forgiveness for every time I have forgotten You and remembered only my vain desires. I seek in You the fulfillment I long for and the contentment that my hearts craves. With You, nothing is impossible. Without You, I’m all alone.

I seek to make my today connect directly with the statements I made to You yesterday, in hopes that You accept and allow me to join Your beautiful company once again tomorrow. We will once again stand before you tomorrow. But many of us with a regretful past, and many with a grievous future. Tomorrow is real. It’s not far away. The difference with tomorrow is that it’s Forever.

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