5 Things Weightlifting/BodyBuilding Has Taught Me

I know a lot of you are going to start your “New Years” with, “I need to get in shape.” Here is an article to help you with your journey

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1. Everything takes times.
No matter how bad you want something in life, no matter the type of shortcuts you decide to take, your life is going to take time to show your fruits of success. A flower does not sprout in a day and your body, no matter how much you eat, no matter how much protein you absorb, your muscles are going to take time to grow.

2. You must be determined and focused on your goal.
You will have days where you will feel lazy, where you don’t even want to get out of bed. You may be going through something horrible and just want to give up but if this is what you want and you want it as bad as you want to breathe, you will always make an effort and make no excuses to get that goal completed.

3. You must be disciplined.
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Wordpress 2014 Review – Thank You – JazakAllah Khair To Everyone

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Thank you – JazakAllah khair to everyone who has visited and benefited from my blog in 2014. Insha’Allah, in 2015, I plan to bring more content to help everyone.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 72,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 3 days for that many people to see it.

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Muslims In 2015 – Lets Bring Change, Lets Inspire, Lets Motivate!

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Sisters, in 2015, please do something more than just make up tutorial videos. In 2014, it has been absolutely crazy how many Muslim women just popped up out of no where, showing women how to beautify themselves. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that but you are exposing yourself to men then you say, men should lower their gaze. Hard to do when you are looking beautiful. There are so many Muslim women out there who are looking for inspiration, motivation, leaders and Muslim women, not all but some can come up with is make up tutorials? You aren’t born stupid nor are you born followers. You are born leaders from the BEST, BEST, BEST, BEST, lineage of women who were leaders in their day, Islamic History proves it. Then you say, how come Muslim women aren’t leading conferences? How come Muslim women have to listen to men only? Why are there brother only giving naseeha (advice)? Well, it seems Muslim brothers are taking roles in inspiring, motivating and helping others further themselves as people and as a society, while Muslim women, once again, SOME, are worried about how to make other women look beautiful. Don’t be the ones to complain and say why are there more men leading conferences, brothers making YouTube videos on how to inspire others Muslims and Non-Muslims. It is pretty much your fault.

Brothers also in 2015, need to take a better approach with the videos they are making. Pranking, making people laugh is cool but there is a time for this and there is a time for that. Instead of concentrating more on pranks, why not teach the younger generation something? Most of the young men are falling into the wrong company, getting influenced by hip hop music and some even come from single mother homes who are looking male role models. Alhumdulilah, there are many that are doing it but those who have a fan base and a following, should take advantage of that. Brothers also need stop kissing Muslim women and hugging them, period. Not in selfies that are publicized, not in anything. If she isn’t your wife, don’t put your lips on her. Imagine if another dude kissed your sister? If that was me, I would more than likely hurt you.

As Muslims in 2015, lets take a better approach to things and lets get out there and help change this world. The media is always going to attack Islam for how beautiful it is and pick out the odd pair who have been misguided due to their own ignorance but you, right now, have a chance to do something about the people you surround yourself with. On social media, in schools, your family, whomever it is, you have a chance to inspire someone, to help them become better. Just because you aren’t where you want to be in life, doesn’t mean you can’t help others be where they want to be. While you help them, you will also help yourself insha’Allah.

Changing The World

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How will you serve the world? What can your talent provide? Each one of us has something others don’t have and the world is in dire need of but we don’t deeply believe in ourselves enough to explore what it is the world needs from us. We may think we are never ready to offer the world what we have but how will we know if we never allow ourselves to stand in front of the world? You need to deeply think, reflect about a talent that you have, no matter what it is and offer it to the world. You may think, you are only one person, how can I change the world? The Prophet Muhammad (Peace & Blessings Be Upon Him) was also one person and look at how he has and is still changing the world? You are not a worthless soul but you are valuable and the effect you have on others is the most valuable currency there is and through that, you will insha’Allah make the world a better place. Believe in yourself

I have a written a self-help book titled “The Strongest Version Of Yourself” which covers issues just like this and many more. The PDF version is currently pay whatever you want or download it for free.

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The Hopeless Dreamers

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The people who we choose to surround ourselves with either trap us in their own demise or push us towards greatness. Each choice leads us towards a better lifestyle or a life that will crumble along with theirs. I once read in “The 48 Laws Of Power” how people can be poison and surrounding yourself with sweetness, greatness, will lead you towards a better life. We often keep people around for benefits, hoping they change, hoping they give us something more, only for them take everything you’ve been given and leave you to dry out in a hot sun with no water. You are dying for thirst, hoping they reach back at you, only for you to get nothing in return, concentrating on themselves and how they can get more.

We often give keys away with no locks on a door, free entry, no payment needed, only for us to…

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You A What? A Muslim Now? A Practicing Muslim? WHAT!!!

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Asalamwalikhum (Peace Be Upon You). You are now a Muslim or a practicing Muslim and the people that are in your life are either in support of your new found spiritual form of happiness, that is by turning to tawheed (oneness of Allah) and doing the acts of worship, ibadah, coming closer to Allah SWT or just confused as to why, you’ve turned your life around? In many situations when people do turn their life around, there is always going to be pro’s and cons for it. People will either support you or not support you and their reasons for not supporting you has to do with their own whims and desires not being allowed to be fulfilled as you also give them dawah (invitation) to coming closer to Allah SWT or accepting there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah SWT.

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You Can Be So Much More

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I want you all to help me understand something. This current trend that is happening around the world today. I just simply can’t understand why people are taking this route? Do people want to be remembered simply because of this?

I am talking about the current trend of women, particularly Muslim women either aspiring to be hijab fashion experts or make up artists. I never understood why there seems to be a growing trend of this? Don’t you women want to be remembered for more than just that? I understand, women love beauty and want look beautiful either for themselves or their husband but ask yourself what are you really teaching these women or young women on the other side watching your videos?

If all they are are seeing is a glamoured up woman or soon to be through out the video, what message are you sending them? They are…

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Your Beliefs Become Your Thoughts

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You always say, I can’t, I won’t be able to, it’s not possible, just look at me, Im dumb, Im stupid, this life isn’t working out for me, they are doing better than me, I’m fat, I can’t lose weight, Im too tired, I didn’t get enough sleep, this world is against me and the excuses go on.

Do you notice that every single excuse made was about defeating yourself and not the world really defeating you? Do you know why you’ve always made these excuses? It’s because of the lack of belief inside of yourself. There is no one else telling you these things. Ask yourself how often you’ve heard people tell you those things to you? If you did, it is not as often as you told yourself. I can guarantee you, 95% of your self-esteem issues are from yourself. From what you’ve thought about yourself and not what others have told you.

If you started telling yourself positive things on a daily basis, instead of telling yourself negative, self defeating things, you would be a much better person. I can almost guarantee you that but you need to guarantee speaking to yourself and thinking of yourself in a much better way. You need to have a better approach in your life about yourself. Of course, you are going to worry about the world around you and how the latest trends are in dire need of boosting your self-esteem but ask yourself, has it ever fixed it? Maybe for a few hours, a day or whenever you’ve decided to wear that item but after that, you’ve gone back into not liking yourself.

Stop putting everything, your beliefs, your heart, into a single item, into a belief that doesn’t uplift you. That reflection in the mirror doesn’t define you because it is only there temporarily, while your soul, how you feel about yourself on a daily basis is something you will live forever with. This does not mean, you need to let yourself go, eat everything and then say, it is in the inside that only matters, when that is not true because what you eat makes you feel a certain way.

Im sure, most of us has had McDonalds at some point in our lives, just to fill ourselves temporarily but what had happened after that? Did we feel good? How did our body react? Didn’t you feel lazy? Why would you put something into your body that doesn’t give you something positive back? Just as you feed your body good food, positive food, you need to feed your mind positive thoughts, in order for you to have positive energy.

Boosting your self-esteem isn’t in nobodies hands nor in anybodies book but it is within yourself. There are books and people out there that can tell you how to achieve it but they are only reminding you how you are limiting yourself and how you can go beyond what you think of yourself. You need to make that effort and not only think positively about yourself but feel that way as well. There isn’t something you can’t do unless you tell yourself and once you’ve begun to tell yourself, you begin to accept it slowly, only to eventually believe it for it to become. But if you tell yourself you can do something and you are adamant, consistently believing you are able to, insha’Allah (if Allah wills) you will be able to.

A better life begins with you believing in yourself. Believing you are beautiful despite your flaws. Believing you are amazing. Believing you are capable. Believing that not everything given to others was by mere luck but by hard work, patience and by the will of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. By also believing they can. By believing in themselves when no one else in the world did. You can have that same feeling and same belief but it needs to begin with you working on yourself, accepting yourself and allowing time, patience and consistency to work a way for you.

Insha’Allah, this article has helped you feel better about yourself and has helped enable you to understand that you are limiting yourself and only way to break those limitations is by believing in yourself. Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala created you for a purpose and one of them was not to put yourself down and think of yourself as low as possible but to be optimistic about tomorrow, about yourself, about your goals and insha’Allah, one of them is definitely jannah (heaven).

If you know someone who is dealing with self-esteem issues, share it with them so they can benefit and break themselves free from a feeling that is destroying them and a feeling that will replace and encourage them to be better for themselves.

I’ve also written a book which covers many topics of positivity which will help you on your journey to being “The Strongest Version Of Yourself.”

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JazakAllah khair for reading.

Why I Decided To Stop Listening To Music

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* Authors Note – There are several proofs why music is haram. A lot of people seem to take Ibn Hazm (may Allah have mercy upon him) proof on making it permissible but the scholars have said, it is haram. Even The Prophet Muhammad (peace & blessings be upon him) said, there will be a day where several things people will make them halal and one of them was music. One of the sites I like to use for finding answers for Islam is http://www.islamqa.com .. You can find and research the proofs yourself.

Assalamwalikum (Peace Be Upon You). As I sit here in this extremely hot day in Toronto, Ive been asked quite a lot of times, “why did you stop listening to music and how?” The explanation of someone who does something may sound simple but the struggle as we all know is the hardest part…

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Marrying For Deen (Religion)

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Asalamwalikum (Peace Be Upon You)

The Prophet Muhammad (Peace And Blessings Upon Him) said “A woman is normally sought as a wife for her wealth, beauty, nobility, or religiousness (adherence to Islam), but choose a religious woman and you will prosper. ” (Muslim)

And he said: “A woman is married for four things, i.e., her wealth, her family status, her beauty and her religion. You should marry the religious woman (otherwise) you will be a loser. “(Bukhari)

And he also said: “The whole world is a provision, and the best object of benefit of the world is the pious woman. ” (Muslim)

The same is also said when looking for a husband, as the Prophet Muhammad (Peace And Blessings Be Upon Him) said: “When someone with whose religion and character you are satisfied asks to marry your daughter, comply with his request. If you do not do so, there will be corruption and great evil on earth. ” (Tirmidhi)

These hadiths are clear to the point and advises the ummah to marry those with good character and religion more important then beauty and wealth. So why is that when an individual has come as a blessing into someones life, they seem to question the ability of the person who has come to them with these characteristics? Why is that when that individual has come, we seem to hold back and say, maybe someone better will come? At first the person expects love must be there within the first interaction rather then compatibility, which does happen too often at times. The person so to say, falls in love with the person immediately and that feeling must carry through out the process of marriage or of being a potential spouse. Once that feeling is gone, they are no longer eligible because that so called feeling of love is no longer there.

This is a mistake we seem to make, which makes us over look the great characteristics of a person our Prophet has advised us to marry. Love does not develop in a short period of time and then disappear because that simply is not love. True love develops over time, through understanding, mutual agreement, compatibility and companionship. You cannot say you truly love a person within a year or months or weeks because you are fooling yourself in developing these feelings which will disappear because the impact, the feeling had happened so quickly.

Love develops over time as you and the person come closer together through a mutual feeling, companionship and understanding. Most importantly the individual as a Muslim must be of good religion, good practice of the deen first, then their character and then all other, beauty and wealth the Prophet has advised us to look for. So why is that when a person who has met these standards on the hadiths the Prophet has given us, we seem to ignore it? We seem to concentrate more so on the financial situation which Allah has blessed them with and love, rather then the deen. We seem to think so far out into the future, which instills a belief of negative feelings rather then being positive. If you are looking for true love, you must be patient with that individual first and foremost because love is not an over night thing like a Hollywood movie. Love should develop between you two over time. If you expect you must love that person instantly you will hurt yourself.

As people of this beautiful ummah, we must not take these hadiths lightly as we all need to marry for religion and character first. Through our spouses we will be developing a generation that will carry the flag of Islam. We must not ignore this as your wife is a Madressa (school) for your children as they will likely learn islam, good manners and habits through her. You must also find a good husband who your children will learn the religion of islam as well and who will also teach good manners and habits. As when you die whatever you’ve taught your children of the deen will stay behind and benefit you on the day of judgement on the scale of good deeds. Don’t just expect to love someone instantly. If they have good character, the person is of good practice and understanding of the deen, and compatibility is there, truly consider it as this will benefit you and your children, don’t let that person go thinking, I may get better when the better you’ve been looking for is right here. It will benefit the ummah and love will develop through companionship and compatibility and Allah knows best.

May Allah bless us all with pious and righteous spouses who stay close to the Quran and Sunnah. Who will treat us right and fulfill the other half of our deen.

I have a written a book which discusses in depth in what to look for a spouse. You can get the book at the links below

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