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Smart goal setting

27 Aug

Can’t find the time and enthusiasm to offer that extra Nafil (optional prayer) you promised this Ramadan. Well we’ve got news for you. You don’t have to feel the way you do right now, anymore. Setting a realistic goal, my friend is the key to your answer. But, realistic approach it should be, please note again!

The main purpose of “goal setting” is to have and then maintain a focus. Focus doesn’t let us deviate from our objective. Channel your all possible efforts to achieve your “set target”, in the form of constant reminders. The idea is to set a goal. Set a goal, WTH! Well the concept is to keep you focused, right? and one way of doing it is to have a goal. Now your target should be realistic, don’t get emotional and over do it. Because you’ll get bored of it as soon as you start it. So, what is the best thing in hand. Well in my oh-so-humble opinion the best thing for you is to set a goal, say

  1. You’ll pray an extra nafil with each obligatory prayer.
  2. Recite one chapter (sipara) from he Holy Quran with urdu translation. Skip the arabic if you feel like it but the main point should be to read what Allah wants from hjus ad that He has provided us through His noble book. So you need not to feel guilty for not reading the arabic portion.
  3. Ask forgiveness from Allah a hundred times, by saying Astag fi rullah or something you please.
  4. Praise Allah a hundred times, some of the options can be,
Subhan Allahi WA bi humdihi, subhan Alahil Azeem.
Surah-e-Ikhlas.
Subhan Allah, Allah ho Akbar well you get the idea, no?
you’ll pray an extra nafil with each obligatory prayer.
Recite one chapter (sipara) from he Holy Quran with urdu translation. Skip the arabic if you feel like it but the main point should be to read what Allah wants from us. His guidance that He has provided us through His noble book. So you need not to feel guilty for not reading the arabic portion.
As we all know that the second ashra of Ramadan is almost coming to an end. None the less, we can still make most of the rest of the month if we didn’t take optional prayers (nafil), special dikr or a special something to please Allah Almighty, that seriously as we should have. Oh well it’s never too late.
Just jot down your goal and paste it on your cupboard, mirror, mobile reminder maybe, a some place where just to  keep yu focused. Tick each day whether you did what you were supposed to, daily. And say if you made a goal for one month, check at the end of the time period whether you achieved your goal or what. Keep in mind that there’s always room for improvement and once you achieve your target, set another goal and then another and then another and another.
Ask for me, my goal this Ramadan is, God willing.
  1. Learn Surah-e-Rahman and Surah-e-Yaseen by heart.
  2. Complete the Quranic translation, by  reading one chapter a day.
  3. Offer 10 optional prayers (nawafil) each day.
See, it’s realistically doable, God willing.
So, what’s yours? If don’t have any, there’s no time to lose, get ready, go…
Be pleased to please Allah Almighty.
Have a Goal!
Jazak Allah khair!
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Losing Islamic Identity, aren’t we?

29 Mar

Something to think of...

I went to a Meelad yesterday. And there one fine lady read this poem aloud and it was one powerful piece of writing.  I knew it in a sec. that i had to have it. I had to publish it on my blog. Just had to.

Because, it’s so true, sad but true. This is who WE are. We, us Muslims, well most of us i know. We follow everything blindly as we are told, by our parents, grand-parents and so on. But, nobody questions. About all the why’s, how and where’s, anymore. They just follow whatever they are told to. And this has to stop now because, the Real Islam is one way or the other not in our mind, but it’s the culture that we are living/wasting our lives for. We think that it’s religion however what Islam wants us to be, how it wants its followers to be is not even brought into consideration anymore, since emotions took over.

People are happy listening to the tales of oh-so-many prophets and nobody even knows anything about their preachings, what they asked their fellow brothers to do, to surrender to the will of Almighty Allah. Night and day we live with the incessant thought that we can never be wrong. Never giving much room to thoughts that just might convince us otherwise.

Be the change you want in this world. Especially in our, Muslims world.

Get a life,Woman!

8 Mar

On this International Women’s Day 2009, i would like to say something to all the ladies out there.

  • Stop bitching about your friends, friends of your friends,  your in-laws, or the woman next door or someone friends to your neighbor.
  • It’s high time you grow out of your obsessive-complex about that equality issue between men and women, learn more about Islam, it will satisfy all your questions. Otherwise you ain’t getting anywhere.
  • You are beautiful the way you are. Stop underestimating yourself.
  • You don’t have to bear his useless crap, just because he’s your husband. Don’t let him treat you like an animal.
  • Get an extra hour of sleep if you want and tell your husband and children to respect your privacy.
  • Try lovin’ your in-laws.They ain’t that bad and do it for a reason and the reason being to please Allah in every possible way.
  • Try to learn kung-fu or some other form of self-defense course and avoid practicing it on your hubby 😉
  • Enjoy whatever your doing & think different because, thinking different makes all the difference.
  • Get a manicure, pedicure, facial or something to pamper yourself.
  • Get a life. Don’t get glum- get a hobby.
  • Know your rights in Islam.
  • Investing time in learning your responsibilities according to Islamic preachings is far, far better than watching T.v, seriously ladies, come ‘on!
  • Learn everything about Islam. Know what’s written in Quran, don’t just restrict reading it on funerals, Kul or only on Jummairat. Make a habit of reading it on daily basis and spread the word.
  • Avoid making emotional decisions, invite logic and rationalism more into your life.
  • They say “women are emotional creatures, always complaining, crying, yelling- just too damn moody and complex”, fix it or else :@
  • Lose that baby belly pudge will ya! palese! 🙂
  • Think, ponder, make a plan.

Always know: A man said to his wife one day, “I don’t know how you can be so stupid and so beautiful all at the same time.” The wife responded, “Allow me to explain. God made me beautiful so you would be attracted to me; God made me stupid so I would be attracted to you!”

Happy International Women’s day, ladies! 🙂

Women in Islam

27 Nov

One question that has been bothering alot of you is going to be discussed here. Right now. So listen carefully. Here it goes.

Questions: Are men and women equal in Islam? How does Islam value women?

Answer: No! Why? I’ll tell you why. And how it honors women is given below.

You see, women in Islam are Not equal to men likewise men are not equal to women. But it doesn’t mean that they are not equally good. Both are different, physically, psychologically and biologically. They both have a job that they have to perform. That is why one of them is called ‘man’ and other ‘woman’. Because of this difference they are not equal, they don’t have equal rights and same is the case with their duties. It’s common sense.

Islam is the ONLY religion which showed alot of respect to women when men were not doing so. Before Islam women were treated worse than animals and slaves. The practice those days towards women were horrendous. They had no rights, right to speak, right to have an opinion, right to inherit, right to own property, and since they had no right to own so couldn’t spend on themselves as well which means,no right to hang out in malls. Imagine it. They had no respect, they used to bury the baby as soon as they found out, it’s a girl. They were burred alive, abandoned, left on their own in deserts because of the fear that an increase of female offspring would result in economic burdens, as well as fear of the humiliation frequently caused by girls being captured by a hostile tribe and subsequently preferring their captors to their parents and brothers. In short they had NO rights whatsoever. They had no respect, were treated like cattle and useless animals. They used to sell women as they used to sell their sheep. They looked down upon women. They didn’t even wish to own them. This was their society.

And then there was Islam, which treated women with dignity, honor, it gave them their due respect. Firstly, it ordered to

1. Stop the killing of baby-girls instantly.

According to Quran, Surah Al-An’am, (The Cattle) Chapter 6 , verse 151:

“…Kill not your children on a plea of want. We provide sustenance for you and for them. Come not near shameful deeds, whether open or secret. Take not life which Allah has made sacred…”

A similar guidance is repeated in Surah Al-Isra (The Night journey) Chapter 17, Verse 31:

“Kill not your children for fear of want: We shall provide sustenance for them as well as for you. Verily the killing of them is a great sin.”

2. And then they were given given the right to inheritance.

According to Quran, surah Al Nisa (The Women) Verse 7:

“Unto men (of the family) belongs a share of that which Parents and near kindred leave, and unto women a share of that which parents and near kindred leave, whether it be a little or much – a determinate share.”

3. Right to own Property:

More than 1,300 years before the west gave economical rights to women, Islam recognized the rights of adult women. Any adult woman has the right to possess or to own or to dispose any of her own property in any way she feels fit irrespective of whether she is single or married. The first time that rights of married women was recognized in the West whereby she could own and dispose of property without the control, approval or consent of her husband was in 1870s in England under the “Married Women Property Act”. This Act was later amended in 1882 and 1887. Women have the right to own and manage their money. And men, may it be their husband’s can’t have that money without their consent.

4. Right to education.

According to The Holy Prophet:

“Seeking knowledge is obligatory on every Muslim man and Muslim woman.”

5. Right to refuse any marriage proposal that doesn’t please them.

In Quran there are 177 verses that refer to women. A comprehensive note on Women in Islam by Zakir Naik is Women in Islam. I’m sure all of you’re questions regarding Women will be covered by these articles. And do check out “Women in Hinduism

So now do you think we Muslims are barbaric for making women wear a veil? If so, then i’m curious to ask you, do you even know the meaning of barbaric? They were crude people who had no cloths on whereas we are the one’s wearing ’em and actually you are the one’s who are not, so who’s barbaric now?