By

Fareed Ahmad

What to Do with Criticism…

People like to criticize. Those who are ignorant have uttered curses at Allah, the creator of all that exists, so what treatment should we, who are full of faults, expect from people. We will always face criticism, which in its onslaught is like an interminable war. As long as we shine, give, produce and have effects on others, then disapproval and condemnation will be a lot in life.

How to Give Dawah to Loved Ones

It's relatively easier to convey truth to outsiders, but real potential of a Daee can be only tested, the way he convinces and preaches to his family members, and manages to achieve this goal.. .. preaching to family members & relatives according to me is world`s toughest thing, all because they know all our flaws, also because many sentiments are involved, and a certain invisible barrier..

Virtues and Blessings of Ramadan

Fasting helps us develop a strong personality and character. Not giving in to the temptation of having a sip of cold water even when no one is around really says volumes about a person's self control. It instills other great qualities in us such as patience, will power and determination, which we need in our lives and fasting helps us in getting the hang of them. And don't forget fasting instills humility in us by giving us a feeling of deprivation which normally the affluent ones never face. We learn that life isn't always perfect, not for,any of us anyway, and that leads us to developing another gigantic characteristic: generosity. We learn to give because we learn exactly how it feels to have nothing.

Don’t Gain The World and Lose Your Soul

Sitting in the company of poor people helps us to get onto right track and enables us to ponder on blessings we have, seeing people who are deprived of basic accessorizes of life, not only softens our hearts, but makes us humble, and thankful to our creator. That is why it has been told to us to always see people below us, and not to fall into unremitting worldly race, because it never ends.

Never losing the hope…

The arabic word for sadness or grief is "Gham" - derived from the word "Ghaamama (the cloud) " . Although there`s no apparent relationship between sadness and cloud, however there`s a hidden one. Just like a cloud blocks all the sun-shine coming down to earth, sadness or grief in a way or other also acts as a stumbling block for a man`s positive energy and performance. It is very natural that when a person is happy and everything is going according to his whims and desires, his own wishful thinking, his performance is at it`s peak, but when he is tested or a calamity strikes him, he becomes pessimistic and isn`t able to give a good performance.

It’s the Month of Muharram…

“Verily, the number of months with Allah is twelve (in a year): It was so ordained, by Allah on the Day when He created the heavens and the earth; of them, four are sacred. Allah has raised the status of noble deeds in some days in contrast to others, so that the Muslims can extract maximum benefits in those days by devout worshiping and reach the ranks of the righteous predecessors by His mercy. One such month is the month of muharram and one such day is the day of Aashoora (10th Muharram).

I want a righteous spouse but…

Some of my practicing friends are waiting to bump into some sort of Cinderella in abaya. This made me realize no matter how religious men look, very less people are actually willing to sacrifice when it comes to beauty and age, though they might sacrifice on piety, wealth and nobility.

Beyond Ice Bucket…

If we see, in reality, “Ice Bucket Challenge” is nothing more than a reflection of societies’ slavery which is in the hands of a few artificially glamorized celebrities (Hollywood, Bollywood actors, Politicians, Sports persons, etc.). This clearly shows the influence certain people have on the masses even without meeting them in person, or giving them any money or perks. The way this cult started is something we all need to contemplate on. The media controls the world; the hearts and the minds of people.

The Missing Ingredient – Gratitude

A grateful person, when stuck in tough or hard situations, is patient and prays. He looks for the hidden blessings in every situation, and is thankful that the situation is not worse. An ungrateful person has victim-hood mentality, and may even pray for his death or commit suicide when the going gets tough.