The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "He who goes forth in search of knowledge is considered as struggling in the Cause of Allah until he returns.'' [At-Tirmidhi]
And doesn’t it just feel like a struggle...
This is my blog, my space. To talk about me. My feelings, my thoughts and my struggle InshAllah. It’s all for His cause – Jihad for the sake of Allah Subhanahu Wa Taala and the religion that is Islam.
I've been on my journey now for the last 6 months. I look back to where I was then and where I am now. Subhanallah! It amazes me. Amazes me that when you really want to do something, and really want to learn, just how quickly it is to pick things up. I guess I've never really known this before as there have not been many things that I've truly had an interest in!
I can imagine what you may be thinking – Lacking in motivation? Lazy? Unenthusiastic maybe? But truthfully speaking, I was quite a shy person at school and stuck to my few friends. I hated school and had little interested in studying. I’ve always been quite a creative soul so subjects like Graphics and Design Technology were most enjoyable to me.
Unfortunately due to busy working parents, I was never pushed to excel or to follow in those subjects that I enjoyed.
College was then spent socializing with friends and enjoying little extra reign that my parents has loosened up on me. Allhumdulillah without the distractions of the friends in my first year, I put my head down and bagged a Distinction! The first sense of achievement I had felt…
Study to me was always more a case that it was expected of me and something I ‘had’ to do… there was never the real desire to learn as simply, the subjects just didn’t appeal to me which stretched out into my University years. Life then was focused on socializing, shopping and sleeping...
What a way to live…! Something a friend once told me -circumstance shapes character and isnt it just so true… You become the person you are through all the trials and tribulations you face and give thanks to Allah Subhanahu Wa Taala.
A few ups and downs along the way, brings me to today. My journey. My struggle.
I love my religion and I love my Islam. I want to embrace it 100% with all my heart. I love it and want to live it and BE it. I want it to show in my actions and all I do. I it’s in my head, my heart and my soul. I long to be the ideal Muslimah and envision myself as an upright righteous Muslim woman, wife and mother. My time is consumed with thoughts about my deen, what I want to do, how I will do it and how far I have yet to go. I want to be the embodiment of Islam.
High hopes? Yes maybe a piece of advice however, Always aim for the moon; and if you miss, you’ll land amongst the stars at least InshAllah.
My thirst for knowledge is unwavering and continues to grow - Subhanallah!
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "The seeking of knowledge is obligatory for every Muslim." [Al-Tirmidhi]
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "Allah makes the way to Jannah easy for him who treads the path in search of knowledge.'' [Muslim]
The Prophet also said: "Acquire knowledge and impart it to the people." [Al-Tirmidhi]
In my quest for knowledge over the past months, I’ve been inspired by many a beautiful gem and words of wisdom which have been with me from the moment I’ve heard them. Subhanallah – such beautiful words, analogies and hadith which InshAllah I will share with you all with all sincerity and for the pleasure of Allah Subhanahu wa Taala
I guess if there is even the smallest of things I say that may inspire one of you to Islam and be of any benefit whatsoever to fellow brothers and sisters – Subhanallah! That’s to me is truly a blessing…
Sahl bin Sa`d (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (PBUH) said to `Ali (May Allah be pleased with him), "By Allah, if a single person is guided by Allah through you, it will be better for you than a whole lot of red camels.'' [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
A sheikh at a recent lecture likened the red camel to a Bugatti Veyron (A $1,700,000 sports car!) Subhanallah, to bring someone to Islam benefits you more so than a whole lot of Bugatti Veyrons?!
So what began as a lighthearted introduction being tapped into my iPhone on the 7:57am commute into work, somewhere along the lines, turned into a deep post on seeking knowledge.
InshAllah I have much information which I want to share with you so InshAllah will devote a post to this in the near future…
A parting hadith:
Abu Hurairah narrated that the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said: "Allah created Adam from dust after He mixed the clay and left him for some time until it became sticky mud, after which Allah shaped him. After that Allah left him till it became like potter's clay [a sounding clay]. Iblis used to go past him saying 'You have been created for a great purpose.' After that Allah breathed His spirit into him. The first thing into which the spirit passed was his eye and then his nose. He [Adam] sneezed. Allah said: "May your Lord have mercy upon you, O Adam! Go to those angels and see what they would say.' So Adam went and greeted them. They replied saying: "Peace be upon you and the mercy and blessings of Allah." Allah said: "O Adam! This is your greeting and that of your offspring." [Sahih Bukhari]
Salaam Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu Brothers and Sisters