Mar 3, 2011

Cashing in on Taqwa : Secure Duniya, Secure Akhira

by Umm Sulaym
A short night,
a heavy heart,
The list is long,
O Rabb! From where do I start?
You know it all,
You know what I hide,
So heal me Ya Rahman,
and let this pain subside!
I'm that little girl,
whose world was candy and dolls,
I'm that very girl whom You taught
how to walk after many falls.
I turn to You now,
Much stronger than before,
Please do not desert me tonight,
for I love You to the core!

“Whoever finds comfort with Allah finds unwholesome the company of anyone else.”

Dearest Readers: Assalamualaykum warahmatullah,

Things happen. They always do. You had planned otherwise but Allah subhaana wa ta’aala has planned better things for you. The brother may have all the qualities you were looking for but it just didn't work out. Or that degree you worked so hard for didn't land you a job. It is possible that someone, with whom you planned to stay forever and raise children, left you stranded. Maybe you have difficult parents who just do not understand. Funds might be lacking and there's a household to run. Grades are not what you want them to be in order to get into a certain professional school. Someone dear to you passed away or you just lost the “apple of your eye”, your little angel whom you had to bury with your own hands.

It hurts. I know it does. Nobody said that it doesn't and nobody said it's not going to. It's what means you take from here on that matter. You may think it's unfair but this is what Allah subhaana wa ta’aala says:

These are the Verses of Allâh: We recite them to you (O Muhammad SAW) in truth, and Allâh wills no injustice to the 'Alâmîn (mankind and jinn all that exist). [3:108]

These all are lessons to make you see what you could not see, to clear the fog from that lens which could focus only on the dunia and not to make you grieve. That wasn't the intention at all, dear Muslimahs:

...There did Allâh give you one distress after another by way of requital to teach you not to grieve for that which had escaped you, nor for that which had befallen you. And Allâh is Well Aware of all that you do. [3:153]
Some of us may not understand what to do next and we may get stuck in the abyss of hopelessness because we no longer know how to fulfill our needs. How do we call onto Allah subhaana wa ta’aala to help us? What changes do we make in our life so that He subhaana wa ta’aala is pleased and grants our duaas?

Duaa is like a weapon, and a weapon is only as good as the person who is using it; it is not merely the matter of how sharp it us. If the weapon is perfect and free of faults, and the arm of the person using it is strong, and there is nothing stopping him, then he can lay waste the enemy. But if any of these three features are lacking, then the effect will be lacking accordingly. [Ibn al Qayyim]

My dear sisters, we must really internalize that He is our Lord and we are His slaves. If He wishes, He has the full capability to keep His blessings away from us. Yet He subhaana wa ta’aala doesn't do that. Allah subhaana wa ta’aala has provided us with a solution that will take care of all our needs in this dunia and Akhira. It is that thing you hear in almost every Friday Khutbah and lecture. It is that beautiful provision of Akhira which makes you independent of His creation but so very dependent on Him. Do you know what that is?

A man once came to Hasan al Basri (Rahimullah) and sought help from him in financial matters. He (Rahimullah) replied, “Have Taqwa of Allah Subhanahu Wa’Ta’la! I haven’t seen a Taqi (one who has Taqwa) who is in need.”

What is Taqwa really?

The Arabic word taqwa comes from the root word 'Waqi' (wow, qaaf, ya) which means to build a shield or a protection against something. Taqwa is, therefore, the feeling that saves the person from sinning: (1) out of fear of punishment and (2) resulting in the slave always being conscious of his actions.

Imagine this world and Akhira as a huge grocery store where only Taqwa is accepted as the currency. You can only buy what you need through Taqwa. Why not then adopt the Taqwa lifestyle?

It has multiple benefits and there isn't even an electron's weight of loss. Some of the few benefits of the Taqwa lifestyle are as follows:

1. Antidote for loneliness and lack of love. Adopt taqwa and He subhaana wa ta’aala promises you His love, His friendship, His companionship and His protection:

Yes, whoever fulfils his pledge and fears Allâh much; verily, then Allâh loves those who are Al-Muttaqûn. [3:76]
2. Do you have a lot of problems in your life? Embrace the Taqwa lifestyle and you give yourself the promise of the One who never breaks His promises:

And whosoever fears Allâh and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty). And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine. And whosoever puts his trust in Allâh, then He will suffice him. Verily, Allâh will accomplish his purpose. Indeed Allâh has set a measure for all things. [65:2-3]
3. It's not your education, house's architecture, ethnic affiliation and definitely not your job that makes you honorable. It's only Taqwa that adorns you with honor and, hence, status!

O mankind! We have created you from a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know one another. Verily, the most honourable of you with Allâh is that (believer) who has At-Taqwa [i.e. he is one of the Muttaqûn. Verily, Allâh is All-Knowing, All-Aware. [13:13]
4. Sick of bad news around the world and in your life? Taqwa ensures good news of this world and HereAfter:

Those who believed (in the Oneness of Allâh - Islâmic Monotheism), and used to fear Allâh much (by abstaining from evil deeds and sins and by doing righteous deeds). For them are glad tidings, in the life of the present world (i.e. through a righteous dream seen by the person himself or shown to others), and in the Hereafter. No change can there be in the Words of Allâh, this is indeed the supreme success. [10: 63-64]
So with so many benefits, what's stopping you from adopting the Taqwa lifestyle? Throw away the pile of worries and heartache. Your new lifestyle doesn't have room for junk. Join me on my journey of success, a journey of Taqwa inshaAllah! Success is not what you own outside of yourself. Success is what you own within yourself.

Verily, for the Muttaqûn,there will be a success. [78:31]

May Allah subhaana wa ta’aala soothe our hearts and give us a glorious end in Jannatul Firdaus as we tread the path to Taqwa. Ameen.

And Allah SWT knows best.

Umm Sulaym

P.S. Next article: How do we adopt Taqwa in our lives? Stay tuned.

I'd love to hear your views on this article. Please tell me in the comments section below :)


this has me in tears this morning, may allah reward you for posting this.

Have i transmitted clearly how I love this article, mA mA mA?
I wish i pray that I and everyone else make all the beautiful knowledge part of our lives and may Allah subhan watala accept it from us. ameen.

This is exactly what I needed to read right now. MashaAllah beautiful article thanks for posting :)

Jazakumallahu khairaan kaseera.Excellent article.Taqwa comes so often in the quraan ..Yet we ignore it.May Allah bless us with taqwa.

Jazak Allah Kheir! Amazing article, and SubhanAllah at just the right time. Awaiting the next one, inshaAllah.

Great article mashaAllah <3
Keep up the great work sister, I love the poem at the beginning..really heart warming <3

Asalamoalaykum warahmatullah Dearest Sisters,

JazakummAllahu khayran for reading, sharing and commenting...All Praise belongs to Allah SWT Alone and it is because of Him, His Words connect our hearts. A special JazakummAllahu khayran to HH for providing me with this opportunity to reach the greater community as well.

Please feel free to share what motivated you and what the verses motivated you to do. Perhaps if you share, others may benefit from it and it will become an everlasting loop of reward inshaa'Allah.

May Allah SWT help us all become Mutaqqun and unite us all in Jannatul Firdaus.Ameen. And may Allah SWT forgive me for my shortcomings and prevent me from hypocrisy.Ameen.

Wishing everyone a great Friday.
Please remember Umm Sulaym in your precious duaas.

Ameen to all the duas! Masha'Allah! A beautiful and Imaan lifting article that has the ability to make tears flow from the eyes. Subhan'Allah! JazakhiAllah khaira.

Assaalaamu' A'alaykum waRahamatullahi waBaraakatuh Sister. Baraaka ALLAH Feeki.I really love it, subhan'ALLAH this article it really help me alot.
Jazaakum ALLAH Khyran and May Allah reward you and the Ummah the knowledge and Taqwa. Allahuma Ameen!!!!
Sister I wish you can teach me more, if privately.

Jakumullah khairan katheeran for this beautiful article.
May Allah bless us all with insight and understanding and enable us to put our knowledge into action

SUbhanallah!!!!! I wish I could just give a big hug for writing this article!!!! It really helped me! Jazakallah Khairan.

Asalamoalaykum warahmatullah,

-Sister Roomi Bint Ahmed: Wa iyyaki dear sister. I hope the tears translate into firm belief and beneficial actions. Ameen.

-Tasneem: Wa iyaki. JazakiAllahu khayran for you duaa. I'm thankful to Allah SWT that it was helpful...indeed all help comes from Him alone. Ameen to your duaas. I'm not a teacher. I suggest you contact sister Kannika to get in touch with an Islamic teacher or stay tuned with HH for beneficial webinars inshaa'Allah. There are other helpful online Islamic institutes/universities as well. You may want to look into that if you want to gain knowledge in an organized manner. And Allah SWT knows best.

-Zinet: Wa iyaki! Ameen. JazakiAllahu khayran for reading it!

-Farhana: Awww. Your comment made my heart smile so a virtual hug back! JazakiAllahu khayran. May Allah SWT's Words become a source of comfort for all of us.Ameen.
JazakummAllahu khayran to all those who took out the time to give feedback and shared it with others. May Allah SWT accept it from you all and reward you with Jannatul Firdaus.Ameen.

May Allah SWT give us hidaya.Ameen.

Just love connecting with all my sisters for the Sake of Allah SWT.

Have a good week ahead inshaa'Allah.

Mashallah, so touching may allah reward you for posting this ;)

Asalaamu Alaykum

Masha'Allah very wel written - Goes straight to the heart. May Allah reward you abundently sister.


Assalamu alaykum wr wb,
A very deeply conveyed "Jazak Allah Khayr" sis you (all) for the sake of Allah Subhaanahu wa Ta'ala...

May Allah Subhaanahu wa Ta'ala keep us constant and patient in His religion and may He, SWT, never let us despair of His mercy,because as Ibrahim AS said, who despairs the mercy of Allah, except the one who has gone astray?

JazakAllah Khayran Sis Umm Sulaym...*hug* :)

Just want to end with this b'ful dua, from the Qur'an,to Allah SWT :
"Rabbana La Tuzigh Quloobana, B'aada-iz Hadaytana, wa Hablana, Milla Dunka Rahmatan,Innaka Antal Wahhaab!!!" Ameen, Ya Rabbil 'alameen...

Ma'assalam wr wb.

Walaykum asalam warahmatullahi wabarakatuh,

JazakummAllahu khayran to the 2 Anons and Zainab for your feedback. Really value them! May Allah SWT reward you for reading them.Ameen.

Zainab: a hug back! Wonderful dua, in fact one of my favs. JazakiAllahu khayran for sharing it!

Have a great weekend,

MashaAllah TabarakAllah this article is wonderful. It honestly felt as if it were directed to me because almost everything mentioned is what i am going through. Jazakillahkhairan Umm Sulaym and thank you for writing an article which is focuses on turning back to Allah, because that is the true key to success and I really liked the poem at the beginning.

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