ONCE you leave full-time education, it’s easy to feel burdened by the weight of expectations – whether those expectations are placed upon you by others, or self-imposed.
Time and time again, young people who are smart, kind, well-rounded and hugely talented in so many different ways seem to be saddled with self-doubt and anxieties.
We are in the last ten nights of Ramadhan. These nights contain the blessed night known as Lailatul Qadr – The night of power.
We are expected to ‘search’ for the night as we don’t know exactly when it falls. In 5 short ayaat Allah explained the blessings and miracle of this night.
We have reached the halfway-point of Ramadhan, a reminder of how quickly time passes. We have another 2 weeks to make the most of this blessed month, alhamdulillah we still have time.The Prophet (saw) said: “It is a month of blessing, in which Allah covers you with blessing, for He sends down Mercy, decreases sins and answers prayers.” (Tabarani).
By Jinan Yousef
It can be easy to be taken in by the need to do so much this month – to focus on the quantity. Of course, that takes effort, and our efforts are rewarded by God.
We are always in need of something or other – this is the nature of human beings, of all of creation in fact. There is only One who is self-sufficient, and that is Allah, Al-Ghani.
Allah has placed within us an unceasing dependency, in order to maintain a constant connection between us and our Lord. Continue reading
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Tagged Allah, contentment, Du'a, gratitude, happiness, Islam, Need, Prophet Zakariyya, Qur'an, shukr, Supplication, Tooting Sunday Circle
Why are we tested?
This is a very common question from Muslims, people of other faiths, or no faith – so it’s important to reflect on it. Lack of answers can sometimes distance people from their faith – if a person doesn’t understand why trials happen they can start to feel life is unfair or even that God is being unfair. But Allah is Al-Adl, The Just, and He is Al-Rahman, The Most Merciful; He never wants ill for His servants, He only wants the best for us. There is a lot of evidence in the Qur’an and hadith that helps us answer this question of why we are tested. Continue reading
By Muneerah Razak
“We are living in a miracle. We inherited this world without knowing how miraculous this world is.” A wise lady said this to us today and I can’t stop thinking about it because its true – we have so many lessons to learn from this world that Allah created. Continue reading
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Tagged Allah, Change, Islam, Nature, Ponder, Qur'an, Rajab, Ramadhan, Renewal, Reviving the heart