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I recently attended dars (religious lecture) where the mentor was explaining about how important it is to not waste time and utilize it well.

There were once 2 men in Delhi (India) who were visiting a Muslim scholar to take an oath/pledge. While they were at the mosque they began comparing the size of their mosque’s wodhu tank (wash basin) with the wodhu tank at this mosque. They were not aware how the Muslim scholar looked like, so continued discussing that, while the Muslim scholar was nearby and heard them.

When they came to him to take the oath the scholar said to them to go and measure their mosque’s wodhu basin (wash basin) with this mosque’s wodhu tank before taking any oath!

The 2 men uncertain at first, realized that the scholar said this because they were wasting their time.

Clock tower in Makkah, Saudi Arabia

Just yesterday I heard this incident and today I got to know a colleague of mine, Saad,  who’s senior to me was telling us about his article ship days (intern ships for chartered accountancy students) in KPMG company. He told his company he would not be able to work before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m. and on the weekends (Saturdays and Sundays). The reason was that he had a job in Hyderabad (2 hour drive from Karachi– the place he was in). He taught students accountancy in Hyderabad and used to go there on Fridays nights. There were times he used to reach Karachi on Monday mornings straight at the office! Plus after some time, during his article ship days, he opened his own institute under his dad’s name (because it’s not allowed for students doing article ship to open an institute). He spent time over there as well and still does. He teaches many commerce related subjects and I have attended his classes for one of my subjects, corporate reporting. I found him a really good teacher. That’s obvious as he has masha Allah worked so hard for where he is now.

Even at dars, the scholar said we can’t imagine the sawab we get from Allah (SWT) treasures when we recite Subhan Allah. So why not should we recite Alhumdulilah, Astaghfirulla and these beautiful words more often (while at the car, while sitting idle etc or even specifically taking time out to recite them.)

I read Railway Children by E. Nesbit during childhood and remember a part of it: When Peter’s at the bridge doing nothing he says that doing something in a place makes it much more beautiful and lively.

So let’s  utilize our time and make our surroundings more beautiful and lively 🙂

Najma Aijaz, 15th April 2012

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I recently read a book named Noor e hidayat .  One article of this book was about how we can easily get rid of our bad deeds. As soon as I read this title on the index I soon began reading it and was amazed at what was written. The book is in Urdu so I won’t be able to  write it in the exact way, I will try to summarize. The way it’s written in the book is way more interesting and in depth. Nevertheless I am eager to convey it’s message.

The sign of forgiveness is that after you repent (taubafor your bad deeds you stop doing them. What kind of tauba will it be if even after that the bad deed remains.

Hakeem Raham’ Allah says so rightly that Quran’s every ayat has this specialty of healing disease.

Surah Al Furqan 25: 70-71 was also written in the article and it’s said that the ayat explains that asking for forgiveness (tauba) will convert our bad deeds to good ones (hasanat) (rewards).

When a true believer will get to know this above statement, he/she will truly develop a desire in his/her heart to ask for forgiveness. No matter how the believer’s deeds are, he/she will surely develop at least the slightest desire in himself/herself to ask for forgiveness.

When Allah (Subhanahu wa Taala ) is saying with so much love that you ask for tauba and he will convert the bad deeds no matter what they are, to hasnat (good ones) then how can there be a momin who won’t have even a slightest of desire in his heart to ask for forgiveness?

After reading this ayat , our hearts which had the desire for doing bad deeds, now have the desire of asking for forgiveness. Has not the Quran healed then?

We are all drowned in our bad deeds as said by Hakeem Al Imat Rahma Allah so we truly need to apply this ayat.  No matter how good a muslim we are, we all have our bad deeds. Are you free from bad deeds? Could declare yourself pure?

Prophet Muhammad (SAW) is sitting with his companions and he says ya kul lo kum khat ta oon (you all are wrong doer’s or with bad deeds). Imagine companions are sitting and he says this. We all know how great and pious his companions were.  So can we call ourselves as pure?  Pure is the being of Allah. Therefore, Tauba is essential for everyone of us.

Hakeem Al Imat Rahma Allah says when you do a bad deed, ask for forgiveness. You do the bad deed with so much concentration then can’t use your heart and tongue to say Astaghfar after that? 

Arif Billah Hazrat Arfi Rehma Allah used to say this as well repeatedly that after bad deed say aftaghfar. Keep committing the bad deed and keep saying Astaghfar (tauba). You just have to say it with your tongue and heart. And This is the easy way.

We all keep ignoring the righteous path considering how difficult it is to apply and we have all sorts of reasons. Committing bad deeds appear easy to us. No matter what it is, all this article was suggesting and saying again and again that if you can’t stop committing a bad deed then don’t. All you have to do this say Astaghfar after it.

Hazrat Arfi Rahma Allah says if you can’t get rid of your bad deeds then keep committing them but ask for forgiveness. Then he said which of them has more power over each other… the bad deed or astaghfar (forgiveness)? Who will win? He said bad deed is done by the human  and forgiveness will be granted by Allah (Subhan Allah) and therefore it’s limitless.  That’s why Astaghfar will be carrying more weight and you will get of your bad deed for sure inshaAllah.  He suggests that why don’t you start from now.  Whenever you ‘feel’ you have done some thing wrong, that you have committed a bad deed, then do tauba, ask for forgiveness. Why can’t you. Anyone can.. easily can. 

The article’s long and emphasized on asking for forgiveness repeatedly even if you keep committing the deed. It also says whether you do notice it’s good effects in your life or  you fail to notice it, just continue doing it.

May Allah ( Subhanahu wa Taala )  grant us the ability to ask for forgiveness and forgive us. Ameen

Najma Aijaz 15-02-2012

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