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My habit of reading started when I was about 10. My father used to bring Young Times, which was a weekly magazine for kids and teens. Then we subscribed to it and I used to get excited every Tuesday picking it up from my door mat. I remember I used to prefer reading stories that used to be published in YT rather than story books at my school library. During my teens many of my articles and poems were published in YT. One of the poems are even published at this blog, titled “A Silent Cry’. I once wrote an article after I got to know a student killed himself after he failed in his class. So I wrote about how students should have hope and dying isn’t really a way out. It was well appreciated by my English teacher, Mam Norma. (Due to reasons unknown (perhaps recession in 2009?) Young Times was stopped being published. I still miss it!)

Recently I read a post on the blog positiveprovocations.com about heart centered blogging. Since I too have started a blog I was interested as to what it’s writer, Zeenat, had to say. Overall what she meant was that instead of writing a blog mainly for the purpose of money we should focus on writing what interests us and then consider the financial part. Because if what we write comes from the heart, has to be interesting.

Her article gave me some kind of perspective about what I could write here. 

Since I have grown up reading magazines like Young Times, Young World (in Pakistan) , Campus Journal (used to be published by university students back in U.A.E.), Teens magazine (in Pakistan), Readers’  Digest etc, I still prefer reading magazines to books. I would also want to publish my own magazine someday. I haven’t really planned anything about it, though. I usually write when I feel like and when I am free because firstly I am an accountancy student so there are other deadlines to meet too.

Najma Aijaz, 5th March 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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Dear readers,

This post is written by a classmate, friend, person I know since school, a very good friend and a very nice person. He has guest posted for my blog. I personally loved reading his post and the message that he’s conveying here.

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful, I start this post.

 

“On the road I saw a small girl, cold and shivering in a tattered dress, with no home, no family and little hope. I became angry and said to God: Why did you let this happen? Why don’t you do something?

 

For a while God said nothing, then that night he quietly replied, ‘I did do something- I made you.”

 

The above isn’t written by me. I read it and thought of using it. I will first apologize about the fact that what I am going to write might not be very coherent. There is a lot to be said, and I am not sure how to say it.

I look around me, and I see the world waiting for a hero. For a messiah. I look around me and I see tears. And I see people waiting for someone to come and rub them. I look around me and I see questions. Questions that aren’t yet answered. I look within me and realize, if not me then who? If not now, then when?

All of us have a lot of potential and this mainly goes out to the youth and to me first. Get off the couch and start doing something. Having good intentions is great, but what is the point of it if you are not following it with good actions. It is time for us to play our roles and take on responsibility. It is time for us to be doing things instead of just reacting to things happening around us.

Before fulfilling our roles I would want to talk about role models. When I look at my generation and the kids younger to me, one reason we youth are where we are, is because we have the wrong role models. Movie stars, singers, and people who will do anything to get popular – why are these our role models? What happened to Gandhi and Churchill and Malcolm X? More importantly, what happened to Muhammad [Peace Be upon Him], oh young Muslims? Why isn’t he our role models? Why isn’t Abu Bakr, Umar Farooq, Ayesha, Khadija our role models? Why do boys know everything about Brad Pitt and nothing about Bilal, and girls know everything about Aishwarya but nothing about Aasiya? Have the right role models. Know your role models and suddenly your role in life becomes clearer.

Our role in life:

I am a Muslim youth and what I am writing will be mainly for them. Please get rid of the desi mentality that many of our families and extended families have, of being religious when you come of age. That age being 40+ [or even more]. Our role in life is to please Allah. That doesn’t mean you do not do anything worldly [or for this dunia]. Do it in a way that you are not going to compromise on your religion, on your ideals.

Stop putting yourself, your happiness, your surroundings first and start thinking even bigger. Forget the self. Kill that ego. Learn to compromise on happiness. Stop being selfish. No one ever took anything with them to the graves and neither will we, except for our deeds. Again, as I have written before, know your role models and your role in life will become clearer. Read about them. About their time and the trials they faced. What they did in a 24 hour period. And start doing them. Did they just care for themselves? Or did they make sure that their neighbors’ ate food and only then did they fill their stomachs. If every Muslim/human starts taking responsibility and start playing their role then there won’t be girls like the one mentioned in the beginning of the post.

Taking responsibility:

And finally I will round this post up by talking about responsibilities. We are living at a time where giving excuses and finger pointing someone else and blaming them has become the norm. For things to change, take responsibility. Mother Teresa, very wisely quoted that if all of us cleaned our doorsteps, the world would be a beautiful place. Take responsibility. Do your bit, even if it is less. Actions that are consistent will bring results, for sure.

Finally, I do realize that it is easier said than done. Whenever I write a blog post, it is first and foremost for me, than before someone else. We have all lived quite eventful lives, and it is time to learn from our mistakes and be our very best so that the world is a better place to stay.

I will just summarize what this whole post has been about: Know your roles, choose your role models wisely, learn about your role models, clarify your roles, don’t shun your responsibilities, and always put others before self and strive to do more than what is expected out of you. 

Mohammad Yasin 27th January 2012

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