No More Excuses

28 Sep

Asalaamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatu 🙂

Long time no write… lack of inspiration.

As of late I’ve seen quite a lot of us making excuses for not being a better M U S L I M.  I think it’s mandatory that we all understand that when it comes to our Islam, we’re either moving forward or going backward.  You CANNOT be stagnant. It’s impossible. Either your Iman is rising or it’s falling.  A basic characteristic of Dunya is that things are temporary.  No state in this life will ever be constant so why are we so damn comfortable?  We all KNOW ourselves and a lot of us KNOW that we are just plain old LAZY.  We KNOW we can do better, we WANT to do better but for various reasons we just DON’T do better.

Two Reasons

One reason I feel like we prolong the “bettering my Islam” process is that we set the bar a little too high or start out on 10 and eventually just can’t keep up with the pace so fall back to 0.  When it comes to your Ibadah (worship) you must BE PATIENT with yourself.  Do what you are capable of.  Like I said earlier, we know the levels we’re on so we need to set ourselves goals that are in line with our abilities.  We all want to read 10 Juz a day, pray every Salah in the masjid, fast Mondays and Thursdays, memorize a Surah (chapter) a day but the fact is, it’s just not going to happen like that sometimes or at all.  However, this is not an excuse to not make an effort, because as with everything else in life, you work hard CONSISTENTLY and only then do you see results.  If you’ve never prayed Salah in the masjid start with praying one there then build up. If you’ve never memorized Quran before start with an ayah a day not a whole Surah!  It doesn’t matter what area of your Islam it’s in, pick something small and STICK with it then go from there.  No excuses folks.  We can ALWAYS be doing something for our Akhira (afterlife). ALWAYS. You never get something out of nothing, if you want be a better Muslim you have to be putting the effort in. Allah helps those who help themselves.  Asking him to help you indicates that you are doing some of the work already.  It’s not about being able to say “I’m perfect”, in the end it’s about the journey and striving. Embrace it.

One other reason I feel like Muslims are not making as much of an effort as we should be is that we dwell on the past a little too much and not in the right way. “Muslims did this and Muslims did that.” OK! But what are WE doing NOW???  You’d think our beautiful and rich Islamic history filled with stories of real life supermen and superwomen (May Allah be pleased with them all) would inspire us but nope… they’re just used as another excuse to do absolutely nothing.  We’re looking at this completely wrong.  If you don’t take anything else I’ve written then please take this, when Allah allowed you to enter into his Deen (religion), he saw something special in you.  He believed that you could carry his message (a role previously reserved for the Prophets); he believed that you could be a positive example for mankind and he believed that you could make positive changes.

“You are the best nation produced [as an example] for mankind. You enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and believe in Allah.”

[Surah Al-Imran, Verse 3]

When you became a Muslim He put you on the same level as the likes of Umar ibn Khattab, Abubakr Siddiq and the Beloved Prophet Muhammad salAllahu alayhi wa salam.  What an Honour!  After all that, you’re still going to tell me we can’t do be better? I’m not buying it.  The Sahaba and Sahabiyat were guided just as we have been guided, their stories are there to inspire us not to make us feel bad or useless.  Do you think Allah (swt) would’ve given us such role models if we really couldn’t achieve some of the things they did???  I guarantee you that none of us would be able to say “I am a MUSLIM” if this was the case.

Guys our Shahadah is not for FREE.  When we uttered those sacred words we vowed to put Allah first and follow his Messenger salAllahu alayhi wasalam.  Allah never told us that it would be easy though:

“Do people think that they will be left alone because they say: “We believe,” and will not be tested.” – [Surah Al-Ankabut, Verse 2]

We will have to work for it every second of every day we are in this Dunya but Allah promises that it will all be worth it so just Trust Him.

People please remember that tomorrow is not promised. There is so much power in NOW.  The time we so gladly waste is not ours but a gift from Allah (swt), let’s stop abusing it!

“By time, Indeed! mankind is in loss, Except those who believe and do righteous good deeds, and recommend one another to the truth, and recommend one another to patience”

[Surah Al-Asr]

Get Yo Ish Together.

“Stay Relentless”

Sheila N

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