We dream of Paradise as our perfect abode. Allah swt tells us in the Holy Quran, in the Surah Ale Imran about some characteristics of these people. They spend freely of their time and money and emotions , doing good deeds both when they the time and the resources to do them and when there is a crunch. These people are also able to restrain their anger when provoked and pardon people who have wronged them. But shaitan will never make it easy for the people to follow these commands. How does he trick people? and What rewards are we looking at for not falling for his tricks and staying steadfast will be dealt with in the above article.
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.
The Halloween hoop-la is crazy and seems like it takes over everyone every year. But instead of going with the tide, we need to educate ourselves and especially our kids about it and tell them why we do not become a part of its festivities. It's not a bad thing to be different. Our religion gives us fun-off times (Come on, you just celebrated two Eids!) and-that should be enough for us. Having fun is absolutely permissible but going to extremes to have it and on the way trampling our beliefs is not only revolting but also implies our extreme lack of faith and lack of pride in our religion.
Our homes are a critical part of our life and the idiom "home is where the heart is" shows the great role it plays in our life yet more importantly we should be aiming to draw near to Allah so we should transform our homes so that remembering Allah is where our heart is, ultimately experiencing true peace and contentment.
Writing is an 'Art' and not a 'Science'. Therefore most of our English teachers don't end up as writers even though their grammar is excellent. The reason for this is that they work on the science of writing and not on the art of writing. If you focus on writing as a science, then it will be difficult to penetrate the hearts of the readers. If you win the heart, then you have won the mind because a large number of decisions are taken on the basis of feelings and not on thinking.
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.