Book: Reflections

Once you give up the illusion of control, and surrender your case to Allah, there’s an inner freedom in that moment that sighs emptyingly: Allah, I rest my case with you.

You are not the master of the outcomes of your efforts. Give up your despairing. Come to Him broken and He will mend you with His loving fierceness.

Quran & Arabic

Quran and Arabic go hand in hand, which means, studying both.

Give Quran the priority though- your hard work needs to add upwards instead of remaining stagnant over a period of time.

May need to elaborate more on this in the coming days.

Book: Quran is Your Companion

Make it a habit of always returning to Allaah and supplicating to Him. If you find your task difficult, ask Him to make it easy for you.

You remembered something you want, ask Allaah to grant it for you if there is khayr in it in this Life and the Next. If you’re angry, seek refuge in Him and ask Him to remove your anger.

If you find that you waste too much time, ask Him to guide you towards that which will benefit you. If you’re having a headache, ask Him to cure you.

Key to Fluency

Key to reciting with fluency?
Practice, practice, practice.

Everyone has more time now, instead of watching a series on repeat, spend an hour more with Qur’an daily.

It sounds very simple and easy to implement but a lot of people fail to implement this advice consistently. You won’t become proficient if you recite once a week, or for only 10 minutes twice a week.

Quran requires your best attention, the best time and best focus – giving it your partial attention, time and focus won’t do you any good, it’ll only seem harder because no proper result will be within your grasp.

These days, everyone has a little more time, or rather, a lot of it as compared to the previous days. Yes, we are dealing with a pandemic which is no productivity contest, we still have to keep our afterlife in focus and prepare for the life ahead accordingly.

Reconnecting with the Quran with an open heart and humble mind comes into play here. When you make an intention to improve your recitation, nothing will take you away from your goal except for your own inattentiveness.

I’ve been listening to the recitation of different students back to back these days and I notice that the ones who worked hard on their tilawah earlier on don’t struggle much, later on, can recite better and actually pour out their hearts during tilawah.

Ask yourself: What’s stopping me from giving Quran proper time and attention? How can I improve my focus during tilawah?

Quran and Muslim Founders

I was humbled and surprised to find Muslim Founders and CEOs out there who still care about their religion and prioritise teachings of Quran to make sure our people and religion is not neglected anymore.

Muslims are doing what they can to double down and apply the Quranic law and Sunnah when it comes to solving our issues.

When it comes to selecting the right people as partners, team members or co-founders, we need to make sure that we are getting the right people on board.

إِنَّ خَيْرَ مَنِ اسْتَأْجَرْتَ الْقَوِيُّ الْأَمِين

The best man for employment is definitely the strong and trustworthy one.

So, select someone who has the strength to help you out and can also be trusted. Anything less than this will cost you more than just money and time- it’ll also impact your afterlife.

None Besides Allah

لَا تَخَافَآ ۖ إِنَّنِى مَعَكُمَآ

Don’t fear, I am with you.

—Allah ﷻ, Qur’an 20:46

A year into the pandemic, continuous lockdown crisis and so many other challenges at our doorsteps that people are losing the will to carry on.

Even though it doesn’t look like this will come to an end, we must remember as believers in Allah and the Last Day that this life is a test for all of us. And right now, we are in another phase of this test.

Tests are of various kinds, and Allah has been consistently watching us throughout our lives to see if we will still prioritize Him above everything else. We must not lose the sight of our goals here.

رَّبُّكُمْ أَعْلَمُ بِمَا فِي نُفُوسِكُمْ

  Your Lord is best aware of what is in your hearts.

— Surah Al-Isra [17:25]

Allah knows what we are dealing with, and He has promised us reward for remaining patient and focused. He hasn’t forgotten us and His promises haven’t changed.

One of the best ways to rescue your heart is by reciting Quran, or listening to its recitation at the very least.

Give yourself doses of Quran daily. Spend time reflecting on the verses for 30 minutes and see how it shifts your perspective.

This practice will cleanse your heart and put the light of faith back.

Start now.