Hold Onto the Rope Of Allah & Remain Positive

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There comes a point in your life where being positive is no longer an option. Where being positive, hoping for the best turns only to doubts. It’s only natural for someone to be doubtful after being patient for so long. All the things you’ve worked towards. All the things you were patient towards turns to doubts and nothing but doubts. Being positive for whatever it is no longer a part of you.

Then when you read Surah Yusuf, Prophet Yaqoob (Peace Be Upon Him) was tested for years when he had lost his son Yusuf (Peace Be Upon Him) due to his sons jealousy of Yusuf (Peace Be Upon Him). He cried and cried but was strong and patient. He never lost hope that he would see his son one day. He continued to be patient and said as Allah subhana wata’ala reveals in the Qur’an: “patience is most fitting. And Allah is the one sought for help against that which you describe.” [12:19]

He also only complained about the loss of Yusuf (Peace Be Upon Him) to Allah subhana wata’ala only. He said: “I only complain of my suffering and my grief to Allah, and I know from Allah that which you do not know.” [12:86]

A point had come where the sons of Yaqoob (Peace Be Upon Him) had met their brother Yusuf (Peace Be Upon Him) and Yusuf said: ” Take this, my shirt, and cast it over the face of my father; he will become seeing.” [12:93]

When the brothers had brought it back to their father, he was happy because patience had prevailed. He had never lost hope and remained positive that Allah subhana wata’ala knows best. He said: ” Did I not tell you that I know from Allah that which you do not know?” [12:96]

In Surah Yusuf, we learn that through hardship comes ease and to always have faith in Allah subhana wata’ala, to hold onto the rope of Allah and never let go, no matter how hard things may get for you. When we are going through anything in our lives, we should turn to the Qur’an and sunnah and we should reflect on the verses when going through trials and hardships in our lives. One of the things Surah Yusuf tells us that a father remained patient and never lost faith in Allah subhana wata’ala, no matter how long it took for him to see his son.

Allah subhana wata’ala says about the Qur’an: “This is a blessed Book which We have revealed to you, [O Muhammad], that they might reflect upon its verses and that those of understanding would be reminded.” Surah Sad [38:29]

Your Own Poison

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Unhealthy relationships are a poison we choose to inject ourselves with everyday, simply because we don’t make a decision to get rid of it. We think and want to get rid of this poison inside of us but we do nothing about it, absolutely nothing. Even when it breaks us down everyday. Even when it takes away from our happiness, we allow the poison to remain! What happens when we get sick? We make a choice by visiting the doctor to prescribe us a medicine that can get rid of this sickness, hoping it works, while knowing the cure is from Allah. You see, we made a choice to change something in our lives. Just as you can change the sickness inside of you that weighs you down. That weighs your life down, you can do the same with the poison that you have been hesitant to get rid of for several years! Change is on the horizon, all it takes is for you take make the step to change your life! Unhealthy relationships are not only with people but it is with yourself as well. With your mind. How you perceive yourself. Your unhealthy relationship with your physical self. Overweight, underweight, skinny, fat, whatever it may be. This is a poison that you’ve wanted to change for years but you don’t want to reach out and get the medicine, which is progress! If you really want to change your life, you will consistently make progress in 3 ways. First one is making an effort. Second is making duaa (supplication) and third is hoping for the best by being consistent every single day to change it. Stop injecting yourself with the poison when the cure has been there all along. If you have to walk away, then walk away. If you have to run, then run. If you have to make a sacrifices then make them but know that nothing will change, that poison will not rid itself until YOU, YOU, YOU, YOU, YOU want to rid of it by getting up and removing it.

It All Starts With A Positive Mind

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We all are going to deal with negativity in our lives. Sometimes from our parents, sometimes from our siblings and sometimes from our coworkers but don’t ever, ever, ever, ever, ever let this deter you away from your goals. Negativity is going to come with success and negativity is going to come with those who are blessed with talents others aren’t capable of or they think they aren’t but don’t work hard enough to acquire that skill. One of my favourite boxer says “Hard work – dedication” and that is all there is to life. You have to put in time, put in effort and dedicate yourself to what you love in life. Some days, you’ll wake up and all the negative energy that you are surrounded by will break you down but you have to keep on going. Not because you have a lot of people to prove wrong but because this is your life and you are destined to accomplish these goals. Anything you want to do in life, it requires you to be positive. It requires you to plant a seed in your mind and believe you are capable of it. Not because you are arrogant or full of yourself but because you are confident in your talents, skills, abilities given to you by Allah SWT.

People in this world can assure you of your talents and skills but you must believe in them as well, in order for you to see them for yourself. Time is everything and everything happens at the right time but you must work for everything you desire in this life and the hereafter. Jannah (heaven) is not easy and shaytaan prevents you from that goal and dream and also, whatever your goals are in this life, people are going to prevent that too but you are your own person. The ideas you plant in your head, into your mind, you’ll live out. You see yourself as ugly and believe me, that is all you’ll ever be, is ugly. How you view yourself, how you speak to yourself, is how you’ll carry yourself and carry out your life.

Don’t carry yourself in a negative way nor view yourself in a negative way. Be optimistic about life and be optimistic about your capabilities and what is in store tomorrow. It’ll make living much easier and breathing much easier. Be confident and don’t surround yourself with those who are negative, they’ll do you more harm than good and don’t surround yourself with those complain about life either. Surround yourself with those who are positive as it’ll enable you to be positive and surround yourself with those who appreciate the blessings in life, it’ll help you appreciate yours too.

A positive mindset means everything to a person who wants to succeed and who wants to achieve their goals. This is you, a positive person but you must think of yourself in that manner. You must be confident. You must believe in everything you are capable of. Put your work in with hard work and dedication, make duaa (supplication) and insha’Allah, everything will fall into place. Either Allah SWT will protect you from an evil or bless you in this life or bless you in the hereafter. Whatever it is, it starts with a positive mindset, so be positive. 

Signs Of A Magician (Sahir)

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—Identifying a Saahir (magician, sorcerer, soothsayer, etc) —

These signs are found amongst many people claiming to be “faith-healers”, and they come out in the garb of faith, pretending to be pious, and they place advertisements in the papers and on the radio and television (in some Muslim lands) and in the Western lands also. So you should beware of these liars and worshipers of the devils, and warn everyone against them.

(1) The Saahir will ask you for some clothing which has been in direct contact with your body, they are looking for something which has traces of sweat upon it. It can also be a comb, or some hair, or a picture (photo).

(2) The Saahir will ask you for your name and the name of your mother. This type of magician is potentially greater in his disbelief than others, because the devils are prepared to work for him through names alone, without the need for any clothing or hair and the likes, which indicates his obedience to the devils is greater than others, and that he has reached a level with these devils that other lesser magicians have not.

(3) He will chant or mumble what are talismans (spells, amulets) but in a language that is not understandable.

(4) He will ask a person to keep away from the people for a defined time in a room in which no sunlight enters.

(5) He will often be found in a dark room.

(6) He will often use bukhoor (incense) or a fire in which he will put bukhoor (incense).

(7) He will ask you for a sacrificial animal (chicken, sheep etc.) with a given description (i.e. age, size etc.) so that it is sacrificed in a specific way (without Allah’s name being mentioned), and then its blood is used to smear on to the patient’s body (where he has his pain or disease), or the patient may be requested to go to a deserted buildings or places and asked to smear the blood, or it may be on stones or on trees in a certain location.

(8) On some occasions the Saahir may tell the person his name, his mother’s name, the place he has come from, or the reason (problem, ailment, need) for which he has come. He gets this knowledge through the devils he is giving obedience to, and which he is summoning for this purpose.

(9) He may give the person an amulet in the shape of a triangle or a square (made out of paper, or a cloth), or it could be out of leather, or it could be made out of silver, and inside of it there are written calls for help from the devils, coded through numbers and symbols, and words written backwards. He may ask the person to hang them around his neck or put them under the pillow.

(10) He will write talismans, or amulets in which he mixes parts of the Qur’an, the names of the Prophets, or Companions, along with unknown names, symbols and combinations of numbers and letters.

(11) He will write or prepare talismans on paper or otherwise and which will often contain five pointed stars – these five pointed stars represent Satan in occult symbolism.

(12) He may give the person certain artifacts and ask him to bury them in the earth, in a specific location.

(13) He may give the person pieces of paper mixed with pieces of wood and ask him to burn these papers and wood and use them as bukhoor (incense, fumigation) to fumigate himself with the smoke. And these papers are likely to be pages of the Qur’an torn into small pieces.

(14) He may give him the skin of an animal (like a fox or wolf or jackal), or its teeth and ask him to carry them, or he may give him black threads, or cords to hang in his car.

(15) He may ask the person to wear a garment he gives him and ask him to wear it on a specific defined days, and the garment will be filled with talismans and amulets (they will be stitched into the garment).

(16) He may give the person a ring to wear onto which talismans are etched, or a small padlock with its key inserted around which a talisman is attached with sellotape. And other odd things like this.

(17) From the signs of the Saahir is belittlement of the Qur’an and its desecration, and this takes place in many ways.

Remember to never rush to just any body when you or someone you know has been effected by Sihr or other types of possession. A Raaqi’ who is upon Tawheed & Sunnah bi idhnillaah, will never do any of these things.

By: Abu Maryam Taufique Aziz

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Muslims Inspired – Story #3 – Leave Your Mark On This World

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“I’d like to share an inspiring story to all of you about a man who has changed my life. Who has inspired me and changed my life for the better. Now, we all have these types of people but this man, was strong and committed no matter the circumstances. He is my grandfather.

My grandfather an Egyptian man. He wasn’t your typical aged man, who ends up sitting around after working his life away, he was different. He was active and always was committed to keeping ties of kinship, by visiting family members in the middle east. Many of us, when our relatives move away to different countries or even down the street, we hesitate to visit them, making excuses but my grandfather, loved to travel and meet relatives. One of the ways he would embrace them and greet them was to paint portraits and give them as gifts. He may have been old but to me, he was strong and always had time for the sake of Allah subhana wata’ala, praying salaah in his old age and reading the Qur’an daily. He wasn’t lazy and he didn’t rely on his wife to do everything for him. Men, whether young or old, rely on either their mother or wives to do things for them but grandfather did not. He would make fresh meals all the time, without the help of others. He was neat, well mannered and loved to stay in shape. He would walk daily for salaah or even in his spare time just to stay healthy. If you ever met him, you wouldn’t know he was a middle aged man by the way he conducted himself and carried himself through out day.

Eventually, time passes and father time as people like to say, catches up to you and things begin to get taken away. In his 70’s he began to lose his hearing but that still didn’t make him stop from doing what he did all those years. People think, the elderly like to depend on others but not my grandfather, he was still independent after things starting being taken away by the permission of Allah subhana wata’ala. In his 80’s he was diagnosed with alzheimers and began forgetting things. He wouldn’t know when suhoor started and when iftar started, and he had to be reminded by his children and his wife. Even then, he stayed strong holding onto the rope of Allah subhana wata’ala. He wouldn’t use a chair to pray salaah as many elderly do but he would insist on praying standing as if he was still young. As time went by, his alzheimers got worse and he was forgetting everyone around him, except the Qur’an and the duaa’s which he learned. My grandfather would pass away a few years later at 92 years old and he has taught me a lot of things through out his life.

Many people in their old age waste their years getting fat, sitting in front of the TV or having someone do everything for them but by the permission of Allah subhana wata’ala, my grandfather was able to do everything for himself, without much help from his children and his wife. My grandfather would spend a lot of time learning and educating himself about this world and about Islam. He didn’t waste opportunities that were given to him, nor did he use his age as an excuse to not do things. Instead, he would pretend as if, he was still young and still did things like any ordinary person. He exercised, he cleaned, he cooked, read Qur’an daily and would pray his salaah.

We all have a limited time on this earth and my grandfather taught me, no matter your age, you use the opportunities given to you in the present moment and you don’t use your age or health as an excuse to give up in life. You work in this dunya (world) and you build for your akhira (hereafter) by being a slave of Allah subhana wat’ala, reading Qur’an, keeping ties of kinship, looking after yourself as your body has a right over you. Having hobbies and never limiting yourself because of your age or because things start being taken away by the permission of Allah subhana wata’ala. You work with what you have and you make the most of it because many others don’t have what you have today.

How will you leave your mark on this world? My grandfather has a left a permanent impression of my life for the better. Showing, no matter his age, his alzheimer’s, he would strive for the sake of Allah subhana wata’ala because he knew, it was all that ever mattered in the end. He would spend his time wisely and once again, his age was never used an excuse to stop doing things. You can to be that type of individual too. It is not your disabilities that matter nor your skin colour or race but it is the person you want to become and how you want to leave your mark in this world.

Thank you for reading and letting me share it with you. Insha’Allah, it has inspired you to spend your time wisely.” – L.K

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Boxing Corner II: The Fight Of The Century & More

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The Fight Of The Century has just passed and not everyone was pleased with the results. Most people… well, a majority of people have solely blamed Floyd Mayweather for the lack of action in the fight. What a lot of people fail to understand is that, Manny Pacquiao, was hyped to dethrone Floyd Mayweather. He was going to knock him out and as Manny said at the weigh-in: “My Lord will deliver him to me.”

What we seen on Saturday night was the same Floyd Mayweather we’ve been accustomed to for several years. The defensive genius of this era and the most accurate puncher of this era. Now, many people will dispute me and say, Floyd had cherry picked his way to the top and he never challenged himself but what happened Saturday night? The only challenge the public had been clamouring for was given a boxing lesson and Floyd walked away with probably the most easiest $200 million dollar payday of his career. All this accomplished in 36 minutes of boxing, which looked extremely easy to the viewers. Floyd had Manny missing and as I expected, Manny would lunge in and walk straight into straight right hands and check left hooks. It was not only Floyd’s ability to make Manny miss but it was also due to Manny’s inability to adapt and correct his mistakes which have been over shadowed by smoke and mirrors, Bob Arum’s ability to match his fighter perfectly against stationary fighters and Freddie Roach being glorified in the media as a top trainer.

Now, I wont take nothing away from Freddie Roach nor Manny Pacquiao but they expected Floyd to lose specific abilities that made him great. What they don’t realize is, Floyd has been boxing since a very young age and he didn’t rely solely on his athleticism like Roy Jones Jr did but he relied on his intelligence and how to out think his opponents. Floyd may not be as quick or as sharp as he once was but, it was his mind that kept him in the game for so long that kept him from taking minimal punishment from his opponents.

Casual fans called it running. Casual fans called it hugging and so did Pacquiao fans but die hard, hardcore boxing fans, who know the sweet science, who know it takes more than just one punch power to win the fight, called it brilliant and a lesson that was being taught to the 4 to 4.5 million projected to watching the fight on PPV. We appreciate the sport of boxing and know, it takes more than one punch and speed to win fights, that’s why we enjoyed watching the fight Saturday night.

With Floyd’s legacy pretty much sealed, soon to be hall of famer and likely ranked with the greatest boxers of all time, there is only one fight left in Floyd’s illustrious career. Fans can nitpick at his resume, say he cherry picked his way to the top, call him a chicken or coward but they’ll never see a fighter that is as brilliant and accurate as Floyd Mayweather Jr again. You may not like him due to personal reasons, due to his image in the media but myself, I watch the boxer inside the ring to show and prove what he is about and Floyd has proven time and time again, why he is the best pound for pound boxer in this era.

Other Mentions:

Leo Santa Cruz once again fought an unknown fighter, who sells insurance for a living. Anyone surprised? Will this set him up against Abner Mares?

Amir Khan Vs Chris Algeri. Yet again, Khan expects a golden ticket to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr by fighting opponents who are either coming off losses, moving up in weight or just simply don’t belong in the ring as a warm up fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. Another dull fight for Amir Khan since his knockout loss to Danny Garcia in 2010. When will Khan step up?

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez Vs James Kirkland. If casual fans were bored with the Mayweather Vs Pacquiao fight, they need to tune in this Saturday on HBO to watch fighters who will likely emulate the Rocky movie.

Timothy Bradley Vs Jessie Vargas is set for June 27th. This is definitely going to set fireworks because Bradley and Vargas like to stand toe to toe and exchange punches.

Miguel Cotto Vs Daniel Geale. If you are expecting Cotto to ever fight Gennady Golovkin, don’t hold your breath because it isn’t ever happening. After Cotto beats, yes, beats Geale, expect Saul Alvarez Vs Miguel Cotto to happen.

Thank you for reading and see you next time in The Boxing Corner.

Why People Walk All Over You

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We’ve all several times in our lives had people walk all over us and we think, what gives? What did we do wrong? So we sit there and think over things we possibly did wrong and cannot come up with a single thing, which obviously leaves us very confused. We are extremely nice, generous, sincere and then people take advantage of us, just wipe their feet all over us as if, we are a mat for the dirt on their shoes.

I’ll tell you why people walk all over you. It’s because you have given them each and every single opportunity to so they do it as often as possible. You are afraid of what they might say when you stand up for yourself. You are afraid of how they may react when you say no, so you never say a single thing, instead you follow their lead like a robot hoping to please them, when they’ll never be pleased by what you’ve done for them.

Don’t you think, if they were happy with you, they would appreciate what you’ve done, instead of taking advantage of you? Of course but that’s not how life and some people work. No matter what you could do for some individuals, they’ll only take as much as they can from you and leave you in the dirt, especially in times when you need them.

You need to stand up for yourself. You need to speak your mind and you need to say no when it is most fitting. When you say yes every single time, they know this person is easy, let me do whatever I want to them, so you end up getting hurt, putting yourself aside for their needs. You have to understand, you are also important and trying to please everyone in this whole world will never be possible and some people can never be pleased no matter how much effort and kindness shown to them.

Want to stop people from walking all over you? Learn to say no. Stand your ground. Speak your mind. Don’t be afraid to lose people like this because they do not add value to your life. Walk away when you have to and don’t be a candle that lights others but extinguishes yourself.

Struggling To Find A Job?

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Struggling to find a job? Don’t worry me too. For the past 2 years, I haven’t had a steady job. The current place I work for is on call and those calls are random and very few at times. I’ve tried every possible avenue. I’ve changed my resume three times, had people apply to different positions for me and even recommend me at their workplace but nothing. It seems, my full time job right now is to look for work and apply to various positions which i think I’d qualify for. My resume is filled with experience, from customer service and even managing and marketing a place for three years. You would think, a man who writes excellently on his statuses and blog posts would be employed and have such an easy time finding something. Not my case. I’ve applied to entry level jobs, basic customer service telemarketing jobs, retail jobs, warehouse jobs, you name it, I’ve probably applied for. As I take a deep breathe and try to relax, I just become overwhelmed with stress and do my best not to grieve over things that are not in my control.

No matter who I explain my situation to, they’ll offer me advice and some will even put me down and pin the blame on me, as if I haven’t made any effort and I am not doing anything to change my situation, even though that sounds extremely ridiculous. Like someone really doesn’t want to work, to earn a living, to provide for a future wife and give things to their kids that they never had, right? Sounds stupid, doesn’t?

Allah subhana wata’ala does say in the Qur’an:

“And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient.” [Surah Al Baqara – 2:155]

In this time, all I can be is patient, continue to make an effort and Insha’Allah (if Allah wills) my situation will change. If you are someone like me who is currently going through the same thing, be patient and know that Allah subhana wata’ala will not put you in a position in your life which you cannot handle. Be strong, become a better Muslim in this time, ask for forgiveness, give sadaqa (charity) from the little wealth you have and don’t give up. I know how hard it is and I know how much you just want to give up and not do it anymore but something is very close and it’ll come to you. Know that in this time of difficulty, Allah subhana wata’ala only tests those whom He loves and know, you are loved by the creator of the heavens and the earth.

Bad times don’t lasts forever and whatever you are going through, no matter the difficulty, the situation, it’ll be over soon. Only ask Allah subhana wata’ala to overcome and get through this situation and nobody else. The one in control of everything, will insha’Allah, give you everything when it is good for you and when the time is right.