The Path To Jannah (Poem)

The path has been laid out
Narrow indeed it is
The thorns sharp and ready to prick

Oh righteous soul
What has thou prepared for this journey
A forked path you shall meet
Several of them there are
Indeed this journey is a tough one
Filled with trials and challenges
But despair not o traveller
For with FORBEARANCE you shall excel
Patience and self-restraint you must establish
Oh how beautiful this worldly life is
And how easy it is to become seduced by it
But with lust comes despair
Control your desires and succeed you shall

The Pillars of Strength

In a lecture I listened to by Ustadh Nouman Ali khan he talked about the Youth mentioned in Suratul kahf.

We've all probably read the surah a number of times and perhaps even heard about the story in Tafsirs or other platforms but I'd like to share some of the points he had made & the lessons he shared.

1. Youth are more susceptible to fitnah, to follow the trends, and try to "fit in" but they understood the value of their faith, hence they pulled away from the dominant culture. Hence, Knowing the value of our faith, helps to keep us firm against all odds.

2. These Youth had not actually isolated themselves until their lives were threatened, i.e they were in danger; hence as youth we have must try to engage actively in our societies unless we have a strong reason to pull out.

Trials Of The Dunya 

Surah Al-Ankaboot, Verse 2:

أَحَسِبَ النَّاسُ أَن يُتْرَكُوا أَن يَقُولُوا آمَنَّا وَهُمْ لَا يُفْتَنُونَ

Do men think that they will be left alone on saying, We believe, and not be tried?

Our biggest form of trial in this dunya is being in this dunya itself, our life in this dunya in itself is a test...how we spend it, live every minute and what we make out of it would be evaluated by Allah.

As Muslims, we expect trials to come like the night comes after day and day after night. We are constantly in situations were we're being tested by Allaah, as He has promised; and for those of us who pass these tests, a reward, enormous awaits us.

Mawlid

What about the Prophet's Birthday?

Celebrating the Prophet’s birthday (al-mawlid) is an innovation, and doing special acts of worship on this day such as saying tasbeeh and tahmeed, observing i’tikaaf, reading Qur’aan and fasting is an innovation for which a person will not receive any reward, for these are all rejected.