This crazy attempt to loose weight has me thinking about food all day and nothing else. I can’t read a simple book but I have to watch a bunch of television shows to past time. I am done with this. I am content with my weight. I should more focus on being happy because when I’m happy I’m able to do things I love, like learning about my religion, read books, watch television without eating. I must learn to love myself first and be happy before anything else. that doesn’t mean I won’t pay attention to my health but the joy in my life also plays a toll on my health. I can’t be happy if I’m endlessly counting calories and paying attention to how much steps I took, how many hours of sleep I’m getting or how many calories I burned yesterday. I must focus on my inner being. I must focus on my relationship with my Creator. I must be happy because before all of this nonsense that’s all I wanted to be and everything by the will of Allah, at that time, worked out great
When I first started practicing Islam, I was really cold towards people. I didn’t want any attention drawn towards me so I’d try to do good things in the most discrete of ways. I didn’t know enough of my religion to do the right thing like embrace a stranger with Salam. I never did a good thing when people I knew were present. And then, there came a time when I thought I could do things that were good with people around as long as I only do them for the sake of Allah. I’m never going to do that again. Shaytan doesn’t command you to commit a sin but he lures you in with baby steps. I want to relearn everything I know of my religion so I can just start all over- Continue to do things in private but when you have no choice, just remember Allah and only do things for His Sake.
How are you going to judge the past actions of others after they repented? For if you do that, then judge Uthman RA- who is promised Jannah, when he attempted to kill the messenger of Allah SAW. An action so wrenched, yet Allah forgave him. Never loose hope in the mercy of Allah azzawa jal.
Knowing and learning about the tricks of the shayateen will help you greatly in achieving righteousness. Last week a sister reminded me that shaitan can come to you in all forms - that being your mother, your husband , child, and even (one that I really contemplate on) your nafs. Sometimes we think we’re that ones that want to do evil things like listen to music or look at a strange man/woman. Shaiytan is so glued to you, that you think YOU are the one that is actually wanting to do that evil deed. SubhanAllah. Don’t be tricked my brothers and sisters, do not be tricked. You’re so in tune with complying to the whisperings of Shaytan that those whisperings turn into your own thoughts and desires. May Allah protect us all.
Narrated Anas bin Malik (radhiAllahu ‘anhu):
Allah’s Apostle (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) used to invoke thus: “O Allah! I seek refuge with You from miserliness, laziness; from old geriatric age; the punishment in the grave; from the affliction of Ad-Dajjal; and from the afflictions of life and death.”
|—||[Sahih Bukhari Vol. 6, no. 230] (via pearlsofislam)|
|—||[Makarim al-Akhlaq by Ibn Abi Dunya (d. 281 AH)] (via aishabintabibakr)|
|—||Umar ibn Al-Khattab (radiAllaahu anhu) [Hilyat-ul Awliya] (via umaribnalkhattab)|