La Tahzan

Not a single day that The Almighty does not test us. From the tiniest test to the biggest ones. How we respond and handle it shows how firm is our faith to Allah. Every single person (including myself) will find it hard sometimes almost impossible to just accept and move on with the varies obstacles that we face in this world. But again, we forget this “If Allah brings you to it, He will bring you through it”

Currently reading La Tahzan

Bought this book three years ago and reading it again and it never fails to give such comfort.

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Being sad is not encouraged in our religion – page 83

In the book of La Tahzan (Don’t Be Sad) by Dr A’id al-Qarni, he mentioned that, the heart benefits nothing through grief.

Why?

Well when feeling sad, it prevents one from action instead of compelling one towards it. The most beloved thing to the Devil (Shaytan) is to make the worshipper sad in order to prevent him from continuing his path. Mentioned in the Quran

Secret counseld (conspiracies) are only from Shaytan (Satan), in order that he may cause grief to the belivers – Quran [Al-Mujadila:10]

Prophet Muhammad (bpuh) said “O Allah, I seek refuge in you from anxiety and grief”

Grief is coupled with anxiety in this hadith. The difference between the two is that if a bad feeling is related to what is going to happen in the future, then one is feeling anxiety. And if the cause of the feeling concerns the past, then one is feeling grief. Both of them weaken the heart.

He added despite what has been mentioned above, grief may sometimes be both inevitable and necessary. Therefore, the good kind of grief is that which stems is missing out an opportunity to do a good deed or from performing a sin.

All praises and thanks be to Allah, Who has removed from us (all) grief, most surely our Lord is Forgiving, Multiplier or rewards – Quran [Fatir:34]

As for the hadith; Whatever befalls the believer in terms of anxiety, hardship or grief, Allah will make it an atonement for (some of) his sins  – it indicates that the grief is a trial with which the believer is afflicted, and through which some of his sins are atoned for. However, it does not indicate that grief is something to sort after thinking that it is an act of worship.

And if the worshipper is tested by trials and he is perseveres through patience, then Allah loves him.

I read, do you?

Read (verb) /  Look at and comprehend the meaning of (written or printed matter) by interpreting the characters or symbols of which it is composed –Oxford Dictionary

Seek (beneficial) knowledge,because seeking it for the sake of Allah is a worship. And knowing it makes you more God-fearing; and searching for it is jihad,teaching it to those who do not know is charity,reviewing and learning it more is like tasbeeh.Through knowledge Allaah will be known and worshiped.”

-Ibn Taymiyyah

Reading is just like any other activities that need interest or passion which normally was trained during our childhood time. Not everyone share this interest and some think it is only for the nerdy. Hmmph! I guess it is true that the first few years of your life (toddlers – kids) is when parents can help to develop their child’s interest as at this stage the kids are keen to learn and explore new things (and also they remember)

I cannot recall exactly when did I started having interest in reading story books by myself but I do remember starting it with the Peter and Jane series by Ladybird Books publisher which not only is a story book but also a medium to learn on vocabulary and spelling too whilst reading to all the series. Then it was the Disney books to Enid Blyton to Roald Dahl to Jacqueline Wilson etc. I must say I  started young and when we moved to the UK I had no choice but to speak in English (Scottish English to be exact, haha) which I forever will thank my parents for the Peter and Jane series and the friends and teachers back then. (Like I said at such young age, we easily copied and learned from our surroundings easily)

Fast forward to primary and high school days, my dad was my number one encourager (cum banker) since he will bring his daughters to the bookstore (back then it was only MPH) almost every weekend to buy at least one book. How I started to fall in love with the Harry Potter books was also because of him. He bought me the first three series of Harry Potter books way before the idea of making it into a movie. Thank you Ayah! From a little girl to now, reading is no longer an alien to me. Not sure whether it is a hobby or just a habit but up until today, I will read a book (either a fiction or non-fiction) every time before I sleep.

Even tough some of you may not share the same excitement when reading this (haha sorry) but when I was young I had some trouble reading while being in the car or plane or any vehicles that moves. The motion sickness really bothered me last time and I complained that to Ayah since I will get bored especially on long hour journey. Well, that stubborn 8/9 year old girl forced herself slowly (there was this one time I had to smell the orange peel to distract the dizziness, no kidding) and probably after few months, tada, such an expert. I can even read while standing inside the cramped train now. Phew. Well the main reason why I wanted to read inside the car/plane/train so I could know  what’s next of the story (faster) and yes of course to pass the time. Imagine a long haul flight and from one movie to another, to the countless juices and water, why not grab a book and read. It helps too you know.

How interesting that by reading books you can somehow be in the story too? How books can make you travel. I get that a lot especially the non-fiction ones. There are times that I prefer light reading and there are times I will add flavour to more serious (knowledgable) or religious books. Say, the Quran itself I myself prefer reading it with the translations, just to understand it better.

Knowing something and understanding it were not the same thing” -Mitch Albom.

True enough.

A book is a magical thing that lets you travel to far-away places without ever leaving your chair – Katrina Mayer

No matter what kind of materials (books, articles, magazines – fiction or non-fiction) you read, there will always be new things you shall discover, just like travelling. Maybe that is why both are my favourite things to do.