Archive for September, 2009


Till the Last Drop

انا لله و انا إليه راجعون

To Allah we belong and to Him we return.

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What’s Down Aisle 6?

Bismillah alrahman alraheem

Below are my notes from a session by Heba Alshareef through HabibiHalaqas from a while back. InshaAllah you’ll find them of great benefit.

Answer the following questions:

What am I afraid of?

What has fear of X stopped me from doing?

If I was guaranteed success, this is who I would be…

If I was guaranteed success, this is what I would be doing…

If I was guaranteed success, this is what I would want to leave behind when I die…

All fear lead up to the phrase, “I fear I can’t handle it!” – whether it’s killing a centipede, giving a talk to a crowd, diving off the high board, or something else – if you can overcome this phrase, you can face anything. The cool thing is, it is in your blueprint, the inner structure Allah formed you with, your fitra, that you *can* overcome whatever ‘it’ or ‘X’ is. How can I be so sure?

لا يكلف الله نفسا إلا وسعها

Allah does not burden someone with what they cannot bear.


And so keeping that in mind, NO MATTER WHAT COMES YOUR WAY, YOU *CAN* HANDLE IT!

Try this exercise:

Wake up in the morning and ask yourself, “If I banish fear from my day today, what would I have to do so that at the end of the day I feel outstanding?

Ways to overcome fear:

1 – Put a desperation on top of your head and that will inspire you to banish your fear!

Over and over again we are told of how important having a purpose is. Purpose is key. Purpose is everything. Purpose, purpose, purpose! (If you continue to repeat the word it starts to feel weird on your tongue, doesn’t it? :P)

Imagine the father of an ill child who is in need of a million dollars for a dire operation.  Now think of a man who simply wants a large sum of money. Who is more likely to get what they want?

Similarly, give yourself a purpose next time you fear of doing something. For example, “If I don’t raise my hand and tell Mr. Teacher I don’t understand a word of what he’s saying I’m going to fail the test on Friday, and if I fail, then goodbye laptop because Mama and Baba will get angry if they find out my mark and once they do then they’ll take it away, and I might as well say goodbye to scholarships, and without scholarships for school I won’t get an education, and without an education I’ll  – …” Need I go on?

Your case may be “scarier” than my confused student one, but the principle still holds true – the greater your purpose, the greater your motivation, the greater your results.

2 – Picture someone who has done what you are about to do.

Imagining someone who has done what may seem impossible to you will give you confidence that you can do it too. Next time you are about to give that public speech, imagine a famous speaker up there with you holding your hand and cheering you on as you are about to speak.

3 – Hit the mute button on your negative thoughts and the negativity coming from those around you.

Sometimes we are the biggest critics on ourselves. And sometimes we aren’t. Just press mute.

4 – Take on a role.

No longer are you shy Rayaan afraid of what others think of you and your hijab, veiling your hair; instead you are Aisha radiyya Allahu ‘anha, bold and courageous to speak out for the truth. No longer are you Alaa, heart fluttering inside, about to take the first step into your new school; you have stepped into the role of Princess Jasmine, confident and risky.  Who will YOU be? How would your chosen character act? Embrace the role.

Last, but not least…

Think of why you can’t do what you want to do. If you can banish a certain fear that you have that is blocking you from doing something you really want to do (that was repetitive :P) – what would it be? What is limiting you? Why is it preventing you from doing things? Fast forward your life five years into the future and imagine yourself living life, still carrying that fear along. Ten years. Twenty. Sensing the pain?

Aisle 6

Wrap-up:

Whatever happens, I CAN handle it and Allah WILL take care of it.

Think of Hajar’s story! She knew what to think so she wouldn’t be afraid and despair in her situation. Today, we trace our lineage to her son. We wait the day to trace her steps between safa and marwa. She had the guts – the courage and wisdom to know where to place her trust…

What would happen if you were taught by Hajar?


Strong Teeth, Strong Bones

I’m imagining you standing on that hot tiring day,

Of what were you thinking as your love turned away?

How did you swallow your hurt and say goodbye,

To the man, your husband, while managing not to cry?

Did anger form a deep frown above your eyes,

Or did the whole scene catch you by surprise?

Were you confused and afraid of what was to come

Of you and a child beneath the desert sun?

Yet you stood strong and hopeful on those dry sands.

And believed he was following the Creator’s commands.

Despite what you carried, you abandoned the little you had:

The gripping fear, the racing emotions, all that made you sad.

You placed your trust in Allah as your clouded mind cleared.

And so your strength was returned as you pioneered.

Dear Hajar, you’ve taught centuries of daughters a key to success,

With Allah as an advisor, one will not fall into distress!

Desert

May Allah subhanhu wa ta’ala give us the taqwa of Hajar radiya Allahu ‘anha (may Allah be pleased with her); her golden patience and her wisdom to rely on Allah ‘azza wa jal and fear no one but Him, and the chance to be with her in Jannatul Ferdous!