2015 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 32,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 12 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Leave Alone what doesn’t Concern you


Abu Hurairah (radi Allahu anhu) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Indeed among the excellence of a person’s Islam is that he leaves alone that which does not concern him.” [Chapters on Zuhd: Jami At-Tirmidhi]

Abstinence from needless talk and meaningless activity is a necessary requirement of good faith and an adornment of personality which lends beauty to the faith of the person concerned.

In Fayd ul Qadeer, the author writes, “It is understood from this that from a man’s deficiency in his religion is his indulging in that which does not concern him. What should concern him is all that relates to his salvation in the Hereafter, that being Islam, emaan, and ihsan. In this way he stays safe from all forms of evil… Part of that which does not concern the worshipper is his learning fields of knowledge of lesser importance whilst leaving knowledge of greater importance, like the person who abandons knowledge which causes benefit to himself and engages himself in learning that which he could correct others with. Read the rest of this entry »



On the Most Evil

Hudhayfah ibn al-Yaman (radi Allahu anhu) narrated that the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Islam will wear out as embroidery on a garment wears out, until no one will know what fasting, prayer, (pilgrimage) rites and charity are. The Quran will disappear in one night, and not one verse of it will be left on earth. And there will be some people left, old men and old women who will say, ‘We saw our fathers saying these words: la ilaha illa Allah, so we say them too.’”

“Silah asked Hudhayfah, ‘What will saying la ilaha illa Allah do for them when they do not know what prayer, fasting, (pilgrimage) rites and charity are?’ Hudhayfah ignored him; then Silah repeated his question three times, and each time Hudhayfah ignored him. Finally he answered, ‘O Silah, it will save them from Hell,’ and said it three times.” [The Chapters on Tribulations: Sunan Ibn Majah]

This indicates that in the last days, knowledge will be taken from the people, and even the Quran will disappear from the Mushafs and from people’s hearts. People will be left without knowledge. Only old people will tell them that they used to hear people saying la ilaha illa Allah; and they will repeat it to feel close to Allah. So it will give them some blessing, even if they do not have any good deeds or beneficial knowledge. Knowledge will be taken away from men and ignorance will increase during the last days. Ignorance and misguidance will increase until the end of time, as in the hadith of the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam): “The Hour will not come upon anyone who says, ‘Allah, Allah’; it will only come upon the most evil of men.”


Free Yourself

Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “Verily Allah says: O son of Adam, free yourself for my worship, I will (in turn) fill your chest with satisfaction and remove your poverty, and if you don’t, I will fill your hands with distraction and will not remove your poverty.” [Ahmad, Ibn Majah]

The explanation of this in Fayd ul Qadeer is: “Free yourself of your interests in order to worship Me and do not busy yourself in earning that which exceeds your needs and the needs of those under your care.”

In other words, when a person has earned enough to fulfill his needs, the needs of those he is responsible for and whatever else is necessary, he should not busy himself in acquiring beyond that, but should busy himself in obedience to Allah (subhana wa ta’ala), otherwise he will be establishing his worldly life but destroying his Hereafter. Fayd al Qadeer, by al Manaawee, is a scholarly piece of work explaining al-Jaami as-Saghir by al-Haafidh as-Suyuti. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on December 18, 2015 in Uncategorized


Surah Yaseen


The Prophet of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “Whoever recites Surah Yaseen in the night seeking Allah’s pleasure, Allah will forgive him.” [Ibn Hibban, Darimi, Tabarani, Baihaqi]

Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) also told us that whoever recites Surah Yaseen in the morning will have all his/her needs taken care of for that day. [Mishkat]

What is so special about Surah Yaseen?

This surah warned the Quraish of the consequences of not believing in the prophethood of Muhammad (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) and of resisting and opposing his message with tyranny, ridicule and mockery. The aspect of warning is dominant in this surah but arguments are also given for the correct understanding that people need to have. Arguments are given for three things: Read the rest of this entry »


Understanding Islam beyond its rituals

By,Shahnawaz Ahmad,

islam-image-newThe most discussed religion in any age has been Islam and consequently the most discussed figure has been Prophet Muhammad(PBUH),the man whom Allah chosen to be His last messenger and completed His favour on humanity by revealing Quran.

Unfortunately, gross misunderstanding and ignorance exist with Islam, a revealed religion from God Almighty which is a reflection of nature based on human conscience. Opponents of Islam are presenting a narrative of Islam based on their personal bias and experience to misinform the public and thus make Islam appear as unfavourable in the eyes of people.

Good judgment demands that when someone seeks to understand a phenomenon, he or she often refers to an expert in the field. Unfortunately many people heavily rely on media personalities who because of their personal bias and prejudice are making Islam appear incompatible with modern way of life. We spend our time and energy to unravel the secrets of nature; however we fail miserably to use the same unbiased approach to comprehend the truth about Islam and thus have given rise to fear, intimidation and branding its followers ruthless and uncultured. Nothing can be further from the truth if you consider the fact that about 1400 years ago and in complete accord with human conscience of today and in line with current progressive thought that Islam categorically declared that “there should be no compulsion in religion” (Quran 2:257). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on November 29, 2015 in Uncategorized


7 Things That Productive People Do In The First 10 Minutes At Work

Ah, a new day at the office. But will it be a good one, full of productivity? Even though offices can be unpredictable places, there are things that productive people do differently to squeeze the most out of their work day, every day.

Productive people know that the first 10 minutes of their day in the office can make or break the amount of work they can get done. Productive people make sure to follow through with a few actions before they get down to business.

So if you’re interested in super charging your productivity, do these 7 things in the first 10 minutes at work.

1. Write 3 things you’re grateful for
A study on gratitude done at the University of Miami found that people who kept a daily journal of gratitude were happier, more productive and much happier. Sheryl Towers, professional development coach, says in her bookSeeds of Success: “The results of the study indicated that daily gratitude exercises resulted in higher reported levels of alertness, enthusiasm, determination, optimism and energy. Additionally, the gratitude group experienced less depression and stress, was more likely to help others, exercised more regularly and made more progress toward personal goals. According to the findings, people who feel grateful are also more likely to feel loved.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on November 22, 2015 in Uncategorized


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