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*2015 Resolution*

Salam Alaykum,
2015 is here, yay! I realise I’m twelve days late, but I do have what I hope is a valid excuse.

Over the holidays I’ve been to Nigeria for the first time in ten years. The weeks of hassle, travelling to London and back multiple times to renew my German Passport and apply for a Nigerian Passport paid off, it was absolutely amazing. All praise is due to God! That is despite the fact that due to security reasons we couldn’t just leave the complex whether we were at my dad’s or at my grandmother’s. A driver would drive us wherever we wanted to while that was cool, the downside was that you’d spend hours in the Lagos traffic. Due to the same reasons I’m short on photos as well, I left my camera at home just to be safe.

For some reason the heat surprised me, I expected it, I mean I was in Egypt a year and half ago. Coming back to the UK last Friday we almost froze to death, okay okay I almost froze to death my family were cyborgs. I however just couldn’t stop shivering.
Well, that Monday I had my first exam and yeah that was fun. Having revised next to nothing in Nigeria, I was surprised how well I (felt I) actually did in 3 of the 4 exams I’ve already sat. I’ve got one exam to go and then the new semester starts on the 19th.

There is a lot I want to do and change this year, some impacting the Blog and some my self, God willing. Over the last year I’ve posted a lot on virtues in the “Be more…” series. These were a reminder for myself, and whoever else benefited of them, to instil these virtues such as gratitude, humbleness or patience in our lives.

My biggest Goal this year is to work on and instil in myself one of the virtues Benjamin Franklin set himself to become a “self-made man”. He used to carry a book with 13 charts for 13 virtues and next to each day mark down whenever he went against one of these. He basically does, as Shaykh Suhaib Webb remarks, Muhasabah daily.

Over the last few years I have been becoming lazier and lazier. I’ve delayed so many things, not even talking about how much coursework I’ve delayed doing over the year. I’ve put off things friends have requested of me, or getting back into contact with others, posting on here, with no excuse other than my chronic procrastination.
I’ve been involved in so many great things over the years that I’m absolutely grateful to have been part of. The one thing that overshadowed these experiences in some cases was not being able to do good work fast.

Industry.
Lose no time
Be always employ’d in something useful
Cut off all unnecessary actions

Industriousness is therefore my biggest goal and resolution for this year of 2015.

Dictionary Definition :

obsolete skillful, ingenious

constantly, regularly, or habitually active or occupieddiligent industrious worker

This incorporates a lot of things that I will have to take myself to task for. It is a deeply Islamic concept to not be idle and to not waste your time on earth.

Ibn ‘Abbas narrated that the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w) said:

“Two favours that many of the people squander are health and free time.” [Al-Tirmidhi | Sahih]
In the Qur’an, Allah (swt.) tells us about a man unto whom death comes he says:
“”My Lord, send me back That I might do righteousness in that which I left behind.” No! It is only a word he is saying; and behind them is a barrier until the Day they are resurrected.”  [Surat Al-Mu’minūn 99-100]

So using my time as best as I can, to plan ahead of time and make time for certain things in life that just have to be done, is my resolution so to say for this year. I pray that this year will be a good one for all of us, for humanity, for banu Adam.

Peace,

Abdur-Rahman

In der Dunkelheit durchdrungen

In der Dunkelheit durchdrungen von einem einzigen Lichtstrahl.

In der Stille durchbohrt von einem einzigartigen Schrei.

Eine Sekunde lang, sogar weniger und doch tief eingeprägt.

Vergessen werde ich es nicht, wie ein kalter Schauer dein Rücken runter lief.

Knistern in der Nacht, nah und doch fern. Mein einziger Gedanke, rief lauf!

Ein Segen, oder nicht? Unterscheiden zu können, Gegensätze zu erkennen, Extreme ausfindig machen zu können.

Zwischen Licht und Dunkelheit, es ist uns vertraut. Wie eine warme Umarmung von einem Schlag ins Gesicht.

Doch fallen wir oft in die Leere, unbekanntes und doch vertrautes zieht uns weiter hinein, ins Nichts. Ein Schrei ist alles was übrig bleibt in der Nacht.

Ein Schrei, einziger Beweis unserer Existenz , es hallt für eine Sekunde oder weniger. Bis es erstickt im Nichts.

Manchmal aber, wird ein Chor erklingen, ermutigen und er durchdringt das Nichts, die Nacht und die Dunkelheit, wie die Klinge eines Schwertes.

Daraufhin geht die Sonne auf und der Tag bricht an, verdrängt den Schauer und den Schrei. Man wagt sich in Sicherheit, doch sicher ist es erst nach dem Letzten Atemzug.

A breath of mind

Reblog: Free Yourself from Temptation

Lion of Allah

 

The hypocrites will call to the believers, “Were we not with you?” They will say, “Yes, but you led yourselves into temptations, you looked forward for our destruction; you doubted (in Faith); and you were deceived by false desires, till the Command of Allah came to pass. And the chief deceiver (Satan) deceived you about of Allah.

Surah Al-Hadid | Verse 14

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