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Videos? Love em’ XII

Salam Alaykum,

another weeks gone by and if I’m honest I’ve been quite busy with exam preparation and had my first exam today.

Yeah well I did not expect it to be that hard : / inshaAllah khair. Lets trod on my fav videos this week.


under 10 min

over 10 minutes



Let’s remind ourselves of and constantly make dua’ for our brothers and sister in Syria and all over the world. A friend of mine was at that refugee camp a while ago with the Human Relief Foundation. Help out as much as you can insha Allah, there is the Syrian Winter Blankets Appeal, or the Syria Appeal at Islamic Relief for example where you can donate. Or as featured here before there’s also Syria Relief a charity founded by Syrians, registered Charity in the UK, dedicated to do ground work in Syria to support families and individuals.

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There you go my favourite videos of the week or the recent day and couple of hours. First time embedding a tweet, let’s see if I find some more interesting ways to use certain elements that I haven’t used yet.

Wa Salam,

Journal writing or Muhasabah

My Journals

Salam Alaykum,

this post is derived from an aspect of the first ZeroToHero challenge, the question was why I’m writing a blog instead of writing a personal diary or journal. I actually do keep journals, in plural, for different purposes.

The Art of Manliness has put together a few articles on why and how to keep a journal turning it into a habit and generally habits young men should adopt. Art of Manliness is very American centric in their great men list who kept a journal.

I just read part of a paper (some Notes) by Goerge Makdisi on The Diary in Islamic Historiography. He notes that while the earliest existent diary (in the form we have it now) in the West is the anonymous French Journal d’un bourgeois de Paris de 1405 a 1449 in the Islamic world, that has been developed earlier Ibn Banna Al-Hanbali wrote one in the 11th Century.  He also remarked that he does not think that he was unique in doing so and believes it goes back further based on hadith literature and criticism from the scholars from the time, referencing to handwritten records. For example “Ibn Rajab said:” he recorded extensively in his own handwriting, acquired beautiful authorized works of hadiths, but he transmitted only a few hadiths because he died before the time was ripe for him to become an authorized transmitter.””

Whether it is a Rihla a travel journal, travellers such as Ibn Batuta or Ibn Jubayr wrote or part of Muhasabah, Muslims have written and kept journals.

For me it all started with a talk by Abdel Rahman Murphy I posted on this blog once before. It’s called Project transformation if you want to search it on Youtube. He was talking about constantly having a revolution within yourself, transforming yourself. Watching that I immediately started a “journal”, having had a diary before.

On the 5th of February 2013 at 02:40am, I started my first entry with a list of practical things things to do to revive ones Iman. (faith)

  1. Being honest with yourself, getting over your denials
  2. Be practical, start a journal/diary
  3. Assess and evaluate ones lifestyle
  4. Look at your companions/friends
  5. Be the friend you wish to have

Over time I’ve written in it more and more but also having periods where I get so caught up in life that I forget to write anything. Today, a month to go before the “anniversary” I’ve filled 2 journals (almost), and started a few for different purposes. One dedicated to organising my writings on this blog, as well as recording the improvement of my skills especially in learning CSS and HTML. Another is the actual journal and another is to note down interesting quotes and generally notes from lectures I’ve been to, noting down my progress as wannabe student of knowledge.

So why should we as Muslims especially start a journal?

Essentially because of Muhasabah, you might ask yourself now what that is, since I’ve used it in the title and above without explaining it. This also actually ties back with my theme this month on “Being Thankful”.

Muhasabah is derived from the word hisab meaning bill or invoice, it can be translated as retrospection or self-criticism. In an article on Suhaib Webb this saying by Umar ibn al-Khattab is mentioned.

Umar ibn al-Khattab (radi Allahu `anhu – may Allah be pleased with him) said, “Criticize and appraise yourselves before you are criticized and appraised on the Day of Judgment, and weigh out your deeds, before they are weighed out for you.”

This is essentially what we should do daily, taking time to go over what you have done today in terms of good and bad and a way we can do this is by keeping a diary.

Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyya rah. writes about Muhasabah in Madarij as-Salikeen, defining it as:

“Al-Muhasabah is to look and compare between what you have done right and what you have done wrong, so you thank Allah swt. for what you have done right, and you try to correct and fix what you have done wrong.”

With each turn of the page, with each page you fill you realise that the days have passed  and will not come back. Hassan Al-Basri rah. said: “O son of Adam! You are but a bundle of days. As each day passes away, a portion of you vanishes away!” So with each day, we need to make the best out of it, thanking Allah swt. for it and repenting from the sins that we may have done that day. On the Day of Judgement it will be to late to do so.

Look at the favours bestowed on you by Allah swt. and compare it to your sins, reflect on your life, on your actions and your attitude. Constantly try and do more to please Allah swt. and set yourself goals every day. This is a reminder for me first and foremost before it is to any of you.

Wa Allahu ‘Alam,

Wa Salam,


PS: I’m not advertising MOLESKINE even though I click with those notebooks!


#January – Being Thankful

Zero to Hero?

Salam Alaykum and a warm welcome to all new and old readers,

The wonderful and inspiring people over at the dailypost have a new program/course this January called Zero to Hero: 30 Days to a better blog. I deliberated on whether I should take part in it or not. On one hand it seemed like a good idea especially since I want to blog everyday of 2014.

On the other hand I thought that I may struggle integrating it into this blog, it seemed to be more aimed at bloggers that are just starting out or have been inactive for a while. While I don’t think I can not benefit from it, indeed I think of myself as a beginner in blogging, it just wouldn’t be a linear transition, it won’t fully fit into this blog overall.

On top of that it is January the month of those Most Gruelling and Exhausting Muggle Exams, so I really have no time to do that as well, considering my first Exam is on Tuesday.

What I will do instead is pick and choose a few things/topics etc., for example see that new and shiny widget in the sidebar? Yes, I pretty much ripped it off, a big THANK YOU for that. My theme/motto this month is about “Being Thankful” after all, so there a show of my appreciation.

I mainly blog about my Faith Islam in correlation to my life and occasionally about problems that I see in myself as well as in the Society/Community. I try myself at a daily prompt at least once weekly. I am also a video freak and feature my favourite videos of the week every Tuesday in a couple of categories. Thursdays are my Deutscher Donnerstag,  those are most likely going to be a commentary on the show Bambule on ZDF (Second German Television). They do have a range of very interesting topics though are in a winter break currently.

Due to my being a student and being utterly disorganised, most of  my posts go up around midnight 😀

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#January – Being thankful

Wa Salam,