Neglectful of Dhikr

One of the easiest ways for Shaytan to get to you is when you are neglectful of Dhikr. The more your tongue remembers Allah, the more Shaytan stays away from you:

{وَمَنْ يَعْشُ عَنْ ذِكْرِ الرَّحْمَنِ نُقَيِّضْ لَهُ شَيْطَانًا فَهُوَ لَهُ قَرِينٌ}

“And whoever is blinded from remembrance of the Most Merciful, We appoint for him a devil, who becomes a companion to him.” [Al-Zukhruf 43:36]

Al Hassan al-Basri on Gossiping

Al Hassan al-Basri (R) said:

I met people who were faultless, but they would gossip of others imperfections, so Allah caused them to develop faults.
I also met people who were full of fault, but held their tongue from speaking ill of others, so Allah helped them to cover up their errors.

Al-Suyūṭī on drinking Zamzam

Al-Suyūṭī drank Zamzam with the intention of reaching the level of al-Sirāj al-Bulqīnī in fiqh and Ibn Ḥajar al-‘Asqalānī in ḥadīth.

Ibn Khuzaimah was asked: ‘How did you gather all this knowledge?’ He replied:

The Messenger said, ❝Zamzam [acts] for whatever one drinks it.❞

Drink Zamzam asking Allah for a great memory, beneficial knowledge, and a softer heart.

You will be Tested

The Prophet ( صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ) said: “No fatigue, illness, anxiety, sorrow, harm or sadness afflicts any Muslim, even to the extent of a thorn pricking him, without Allah wiping out his sins by it.”
{Sahîh al-Bukhârî and Sahîh Muslim}

“Be sure we shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods, lives and the fruits (of your toil) but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere. Those who, when misfortune strikes them, say: ‘Indeed we belong to Allah and to Him is our return. Those are the ones upon whom are blessings and mercy from their Lord and it is those who are rightly guided.”
{Sûrah Al-Baqarah 2: Verse 155}

? Ya Rabbi keep us firm and strong in our eeman during our tests and make our tests a means of cleansing our sins and keeping us humble and sincere – ameen ya rabbi.

Three characteristics of the righteous

The Prophet ﷺ said, “Truly, Allah loves the servant of His who is righteous, content, and unknown” [Reported by Muslim].

«إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُحِبُّ الْعَبْدَ التَّقِيَّ الْغَنِيَّ الْخَفِيَّ»

So strive to be a worshipper of Allah who:

1) has taqwā, and is conscious that he has to answer to Allah for all his actions

2) is thankful for what he has, not greedy for what he doesn’t, content with his blessings

3) not desiring fame or wanting to be the center of attention, for desiring fame corrupts the heart, and attention comes with a whole set of unnecessary problems.

May Allah bless us to be of His chosen servants!

Being a true friend is simple and easy

Being a true friend is simple and easy. Just do these 10 things:

1. Call to check on your friend when you don’t need anything or simply text and let them know you’re thinking of them.

2. Listen with compassion and interest. React with the appropriate compassion, concern or joy depending on what the occasion calls for.

3. Be there for them during times of hardship, not just in the good times.

4. Celebrate the success of your friend. Don’t make it a way to measure yourself- focus on their achievement.

5. Follow up after a difficult event in their life. Show you care and you’re thinking of them.

6. Do random acts of kindness to show your love. Remember love is a verb and you need to show it.

7. Assume the best of your friend and give them the benefit of the doubt.

8. Be loyal and truthful. A true friend will never betray a trust.

9. Encourage your friend to succeed in every areas of life. A true friend makes you a better person and reminds you of all the things that matter most.

What do you think are the most valuable traits of a good friend?

I’ll never be able to repay four people

Ibn Abbas said “I’ll never be able to repay four people: A person who said salaam before me, a person who made space for me in a gathering, a person whose feet got dusty walking around to do something for me, and the fourth can’t be repaid except by Allah.” He was asked, “Who is that?” He said “A person who spent the night thinking about who to approach for help with a problem, thought me worthy and approached me.”

Shu’ab al-Iman, al-Bayhaqi