Sandcastles

When you walk along the beach, a common sight is that of children and sometimes adults, building sandcastles. They scoop damp sand and use their buckets and spades to shape the sandcastle, slightly away from the waves but where the sand is still moist from the previous tide. Beachgoers build sandcastles for fun, knowing from… Continue reading Sandcastles

Complaining and Blaming

Some people can never be happy. They complain that they work too hard, and then complain that they are bored at home during the weekends. Summer is too hot, and winter is too cold. The food is too salty, the water is too sweet. I even saw someone in a restaurant complaining that her seafood… Continue reading Complaining and Blaming

DEMYSTIFYING THE QUR’AN

The Qur'an is a miraculous script, containing the words of Allah. It is not merely a collection of Arabic passages verses to be ritually memorised and recited. The Qur’an is the encyclopaedia and the map for our lives in this world, containing a wealth of knowledge, wisdom and guidance. The Qur'an is the only surviving… Continue reading DEMYSTIFYING THE QUR’AN

Arrogance

Once a person has cultivated envy and arrogance in his personality, the next in the sequence is arrogance. This arrogance is manifested by arrogance towards others, and ultimately, arrogance towards Allah. When someone asked Rasulullah SAW what arrogance meant, he replied: “Arrogance means rejecting the truth and looking down on people.” [Sahih Muslim] Arrogance can… Continue reading Arrogance

Discontentment

No matter what you have in life, you feel that it's not enough. You want a better job, a bigger house and more cars. Your spouse is not beautiful enough, and you only have two children whereas your friends have three or four. You are pretty but not as pretty as your cousin. Discontentment is… Continue reading Discontentment

Envy

Envy is the biggest cause of mankind's downfall throughout history. When one nurtures discontentment, that feeling will eventually lead to hatred and jealousy to those perceived to be better then they are – whether in accomplishment, beauty, status, riches or even number of children. It is the worst characteristic to have, because this emotion can… Continue reading Envy

A Permanent Fix

Once we change our anchor from life in this dunia to Allah and life in the hereafter, we will realize that our motivations and internal driving force will change. For if our hearts are firmly fixed upon obtaining validation from Allah, we simply will not have time or inclination to dwell on our petty and… Continue reading A Permanent Fix

Fear of the Unknown

Human beings, by nature, are scared of anything unknown. The unknown makes us uneasy and anxious. If you go into a dark room and you can't see what's inside, you are fearful. If you are driving on an unknown road and the signboard at the junction is missing, you feel lost and nervous. If you… Continue reading Fear of the Unknown

Why we need God

Why do we need the Creator in our lives? If you are reading this, then it means that you are a seeker for the truth. Many people question whether there is indeed a Creator. And if there is, then how do we know that the Creator exists? If you are wondering this, then think of… Continue reading Why we need God

What should we do when things do not go that well?

The solution is simple, for Verse 2:155 of Surat Al Baqarah concludes "..... but give good tidings to the patient". Hence, the Qur’an has already told us the attitude to adopt when hardship falls upon us. With patience, we have demonstrated that our love of and trust in Allah outstrips the love of the things… Continue reading What should we do when things do not go that well?