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Qiyam

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

“Ummi (mother), I asked ustaz (teacher) that day about my friends. How come they sin but I don’t see Allah punishing them…”

“What did he reply you?”

“He asked me to ask them whether they pray tahajjud. Why?”

“Uwais, what kind of punishment do you expect? Isn’t it enough of a punishment for a believer that Allah did not honour them with His remembrance? When he did not invite you by waking you up in the middle of the night to be in His presence when everyone is asleep?

Uwais, you complained about not being able to be consistent in reading the Quran, review what you have done. Look at your deeds.”

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You against yourself

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Maybe I was thinking about how I was using instagram these days, hence the link.

I was checking one of my family member’s quran reading and today, this ayat was read to me:

ٱقْرَأْ كِتَٰبَكَ كَفَىٰ بِنَفْسِكَ ٱلْيَوْمَ عَلَيْكَ حَسِيبًا

(It will be said to him): “Read your book. You yourself are sufficient as a reckoner against you this Day.”

Some of us use instagram as an online photo album, or use a blog to express and whatever not.

It is as if it was said to me:

“Open your own account with your own password that you have created yourself and you be the judge.”

Are there pictures of you or other people’s aurat exposed? Are there pictures of you sinning? Are there captions or blog posts expressing your (ignorant) views that were against your religion?

Amazing really. Technology.

It knows what kind of post you would like based on who you follow, what pictures you liked, the videos you watched etc.

We don’t even need to wait till the next life, if we are able to access instagram’s intelligence/data on our account to see how much time we spent there, what we watched, what we liked, I think we would freak out on the minute details they know about us.

Nothing compared to the information He has on our lives.

But really, although He knew us inside out, it is enough that we use our own knowledge of ourselves to go against ourselves.

ٱقْرَأْ كِتَٰبَكَ كَفَىٰ بِنَفْسِكَ ٱلْيَوْمَ عَلَيْكَ حَسِيبًا

(It will be said to him): “Read your book. You yourself are sufficient as a reckoner against you this Day.”

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Subtle Differences

Current thoughts:

Do you see the difference between

1) I think that is permissible because if you think about it, there is nothing wrong with it.

2) Based on the the arguments put forth by the scholars, I am of the opinion that it is permissible.

For example, listening to music. There are differences of opinions, sure. But I think sometimes the people in the first group did not study the whole argument and therefore assumed, based on ‘what I think’ and ‘what I heard’ until all music becomes permissible, which is not true.

Scary ey? Most of us (including me) sometimes don’t know what we don’t know and assumed that we know when we actually don’t know.

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Assumptions 

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

People always assume. To be fair, perhaps they say something from their own experience or maybe it is just something that other people say to them, and so they believed them.

We all know there is a rukhsoh (a lighter method) in our deen, but sometimes I always see people using the rukhsoh before even trying to do the proper way.

Like how I was on a Singapore Airlines flight and I needed to do my prayers. We know that we must try our best in praying whilst standing, do proper sujud and rukuk, face the qiblah etc, if it is not possible then you are allowed to do the second best. For example, you can pray in your seat.

So the assumption was that we are not on a muslim country airline like Malaysia Airlines or Qatar etc, obviously people will assume that they wouldn’t allow muslims to pray. But hey let’s try? What do we have to lose?

The stewardess not only let us pray at the back of the plane, she wanted to put down a blanket to cover the ground where we wanted to pray and even closed the curtain behind us so people won’t walk in. 

And Alhamdulillah, we managed to perform our prayers while standing, do a proper rukuk and sujud while facing the qiblah.

But of course, the plane wasn’t in a turbulence or anything of that sort. Just ask away, insyaAllah things will be fine.

People also asked me about my hijab. “You used your 60” hijab to the office?” 

Yes actually. I actually wear what I normally wear going out. Abaya or a dress with my 60” inch hijab, just throw a blazer on.

The HR person don’t even bother to explain to me the dress code because she said I’m well dressed. I have lecturers in campus coming up to me and complimenting me on what I am wearing for my presentations.

And at that point, I realised that no one is going to deduct my marks for not wearing the normal pants and tucked-in dress shirt. And no one is going to penalised me for not wearing heels or (thick) make up.

And I go to business school where we have presentations for almost all the modules. And obviously, our presentations are important. They check skirt length, sock length, flyaway hairs, whether you iron your clothes properly etc. And I even sit for four months in the client’s office, together with my supervisor/boss/head. 

At that point I realised that people assumed that you cannot dress like that (dress/abaya+large hijab) to a non-muslim office kind of setting. But have they actually tried?

Or maybe…. I really got lucky? To be surrounded by nice people. Maybe. And I am ever grateful for the ease He granted in obeying Him. Alhamdulillah thumma Alhamdulillah.

The point is, just try your best to obey Him. Don’t assume before you try. After all, if you are doing it for Him, He got your back.

May He make it easy for us all☺️