Assalam Alikum, Glad to see you back. May Allah reward you for your zeal to attain His Pleasure. Ameen.† Our entire life is at His service. Our worship and obedience is not limited to Ramadan. Are you ready for Iman style changes (In case you have missed please read the previous post by clicking on the link)? Letís work upon three ĎNí in our life to nourish our Iman (Belief). †These are NIYYATH, NAIMATH†and NADAMATH.
Niyyath Ė Intention
Intention is the basic requirement for acceptance of deeds by Allah SWT. Donít mix acts of piety with other things. Do only for the sake of Allah. Check yourself, avoid show off. Your class mates or colleagues donít need to know you had been praying all night or give a large amount† in zakat – unless, you say so to inspire your friends too. We can reap the reward for inspiring. Only Allah knows your true intention.
With right intent even daily chores can be banked as good deeds! Donít just go to the market to buy groceries, go seeking Allahís fadal(bounty) and assistance to nourish your family. Remember to thank Allah too.
With improper niyyath even acts of worship would be lost; and with proper niyyath simple chores can turn into ibadah.
Naimath Ė Blessing
Appreciate the things you are blessed with and utilize them in way of Allah.
Narrated Ibn `Abbas: The Prophet (salallahu alayhi wasalam) said, “There are two blessings which many people lose: (They are) Health and free time for doing good. ” (Sahih al-Bukhari)
Donít waste your precious time and provisions; utilize them in the way of Allah. Allocate time to memorize Quran. Fill your smartphones with Islamic apps. Install love of Islam into your young oneís heart. Share with your spouse what you learnt from tafseer. Visit your relatives and gift them Islamic books. Prepare meal for your sick neighbor. Write an article against injustice for your local paper. Grab every opportunities to win Allahís love.
Multi task: when you are doing manual work donít let your mind wander. Listen to Siera of prophet or memorized portion of Quran as you cook or stitch. Utilize the time spent driving in car. While waiting in queue avoid frustration by doing zikr.
Learn small duas and make it part of life. Add small acts of sunnah into your life. For instance, while wearing clothes start with right; Use Mishwak.
NADAMATH Ė Remorse
We are humans and are imperfect. There could be things we have done we shouldnít be doing. We have to work over them.† Recognize deeds which could be reason for Regret on Day of resurrection.
Abdullah ibn Masíud reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, ďBeware of minor sins. Verily, they gather upon a man until he is destroyed.Ē† (Musnad Ahmad)
- When there is an urge to sin, substitute it with a better alternative. Curb cravings for music by listening to Nasheed. Try sauna to avoid smoking.
- Are you unable to overcome your addiction. Repent ask for Allahís help and fix a punishment. If addicted to porn fast. Couldnít save tongue from gossip Ė give a fixed amount in charity.
- If still addicted, increase your punishment. Increase the amount fixed for charity. Give away gadgets causing you to sin.
Insha Allah, with such minor changes we can see more blessings in our life. What are we waiting for? Allah SWT is there to guide us along. Most difficult part is – Taking the very first step. Itís time to begin working on what really benefits us Ė Our iman. Letís take step together.
Dear readers, feel free to share your suggestions for improvement. In Ramadan we had set targets like reading entire quran, praying Taraweeh, Itikaaf. How about setting targets in other months too?!! †Insha Allah, my next post ďA month with lightĒ is all about a target which inspired me to write this post. Please join me in this journey.