Spirituality

Sweetness of Iman

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There are three qualities, whoever has them will taste the sweetness of iman; to love Allah and His Messenger more than anyone else, to love a slave (of Allah) only for (the sake of) Allah and to hate returning to infidelity, after Allah has saved one from it, as he would hate to be thrown into the fire (of Hell).Bukhari and Muslim

One can only imagine the flavour of iman; you can lick your lips as hard as you might, but you will not find it on the tip of your tongue. Unless, you didn’t wipe your mouth properly after lunch…but even then, the sweetness of iman is one that is found in the heart. It is a sweetness that is intangible; nonetheless attainable.

Its flavour seeps into the heart of a person when one has submitted to Allah and turned to Him alone. The love of Allah and His Messenger are the ‘recipe’ for this sweetness. Love coupled with action and obedience yields this delicate pleasure. To give Allah and His Messenger priority, to love them above all else, to make them the life of the heart, is the only avenue by which one can taste the sweetness of iman. In difficulties, in ease, in depression and joys, one opens his heart to his Lord, for Him to sweeten those bitter moments and to enhance those cheerful times.

Many have professed understanding the famous expression, ‘life without love is no life at all’, but in all truth, only one who has the love of Allah firmly rooted in his heart is capable of making such a bold claim. For a person who has the love of Allah engraved in his heart, realizes that he lives for Allah alone; to worship Him and to aim to please Him which increases his desire to meet Him and glimpse His Noble and Majestic Face. If one does not have the love of Allah in his heart, then I ask; what does he live for?

اللَّهُمَّ اِنِّىْ اَسْئَلُكَ حُبَّكَ وَ حُبَّ مَنْ يُّحِبُّكَ وحُبَّ عَمَلٍ يُّقَرِّبُ اِلى حُبِّكَ

O Allah, I ask You for Your love, and love of those whom You love, and love of deeds that will bring me closer to Your love.

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Spirituality

10 Secrets Of Dawah

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Da’wah is to invite a person to the true teachings of Islam, to call them to the worship of one deity. It is a duty placed upon our shoulders and an extension of the Prophet’s work. It has become a common misconception, that one must be ‘professionally trained’ in order to carry out the task. The reality is, as long as you speak the truth and pair it with good character, you are sharing Islam.

So here are some tips to help you reach out to those near and far:

1. Return to Tawheed. It’s easy to get lost in webs of conversation, but always focus on Tawheed. By getting carried away, one forgets to share the principle of worshipping one Lord alone.

2. Be Patient. Yes, it is difficult, especially when we gauge our success on the results we see. If we think it through, it is only Allah who guides, our task is to merely convey. Noah called to his people for 950 years!

3. Akhlaaq. Actions speak louder than words! Be a role model, others will follow you, they will look up to you and you will gain a worthy reputation.

4. “I don’t know”. Sadly, egos drive individuals to claim they know all. Many become the Grand Mufti in a matter of minutes! Don’t shy away from admitting that you don’t know something, but reassure that you will try to find out.

5. Equip yourself. Expect awkward questions, and research; knowledge is at the click of a button. Hollow speech is a bad trait, know what you are talking about.

6. Empathize. Put yourself in the other person’s shoes: what thoughts would pass through your mind. Give breathing space, and do not ‘grill’ the person.

7. Be consistent. Every now and then, check up and be open with them. Remind them, but be gentle, perhaps invite them for dinner. Everyone loves a good meal! Allowing them to see you demonstrate Islamic principles, throughout all aspects of your lifestyle, is the best reflection.

8. Be creative. Conversations and lectures are not the only means of conveying the message. Vary the techniques; ensure they are appropriate to your audience. Gifting, poetry, blogging and Vlogging are ways to share the deen.

9. Get involved. Know the activities in your local area, and volunteer. Speak to others to broaden your horizon. Sometimes the community may be able to provide resources.

10. I can’t think of a tenth one….perhaps you have your own you’d like to add?

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