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Bismillah, wasalatu wasalamu ala Rasoolilah, ama ba’d.

Wise scholar once said… “If your brother can’t reach into your pocket and take what he needs without permission, then this is not brotherhood” or something very similar to this. Now please don’t misunderstand me, not everyone’s supposed to have their hand in your pocket, but it’s a pretty bad sign when no one does.

When was the last time we walked up to someone and said “I love you for the sake of Allah”? Probably yesterday or even today right? Alhamdulilah, we got the lip service part down, but when was the last time we extended our pockets? Now I understand our dilemma, most of us are students and school has probably emptied out our pockets, but the last time I checked (and trust me, I checked) our cell phone address books are still full as ever. So the next time you have 5 minutes of free time, call a brotha (or sista) up and check up on them. You never know, you might actually ‘enjoy’ talking to that person.

JazakAllahu khairan for reading. May Allah accept from us our good deeds and pardon our sins. Ameen!

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Bismillah, was Salaatu was Salaam ala Rasool Allah.

SubhanAllah, another Al-Maghrib class has come and gone and now the struggle to keep our Iman as strong has approached. Speaking from my own personal experience, no regular class or halaqa even comes close to the brotherhood I feel during an Al-Maghrib class; it truly is an Iman Rush! For me, this feeling is similar to a valley, where my Iman during an Al-Maghrib class is the mountain top, and the time in-between is the drop-off of Iman; an Iman De-Rush if you will.

I have good news; inshAllah this time will be different. There are things we can do to prevent this! InshAllah I will remind us of two of them, and I would appreciate if you, (yeah, I’m giving you homework on a blog post) can find and post a comment with other ones. All you have to do is find one, they aren’t that hard!

1. Taking control of who you hang out with. A very famous hadeeth Narrated Abu Musa: Allah’s Apostle said, “The example of a good companion (who sits with you) in comparison with a bad one, is like that of the musk seller and the blacksmith’s bellows (or furnace); from the first you would either buy musk or enjoy its good smell while the bellows would either burn your clothes or your house, or you get a bad nasty smell thereof.” Bukhari: Volume 3, Book 34, Number 314

I don’t know about you, but I enjoy my house standing the way it is. Once we surround ourselves around our “musk sellers” we’ll have less trouble making sure our Iman doesn’t decline.

2. Making sure we’re constantly doing good, even if that good is “small”: Narrated ‘Aisha: The Prophet was asked, “What deeds are loved most by Allah?” He said, “The most regular constant deeds even though they may be few.” He added, ‘Don’t take upon yourselves, except the deeds which are within your ability.”Bukhari: Volume 8, Book 76, Number 472

Take the time out of our busy and hectic lives to make a salah at the masjid daily, or attend a weekly after salah halaqa. Whatever it is, do it! Just make sure it’s something you’ll be able to do on a scheduled basis.

JazakAllahu khairan for reading. May Allah accept from us our good deeds and pardon our sins. Ameen!