Recently I was reading about the achievements and accomplishments of
Shaykh Dr. Hussain Abdul Sattar. What fascinated me was how much he has managed too achieve and accomplish in such a short period of time, in both Academic and deeni fields and all before the age of 40. He has studied medicine become a surgeon and is now a professor teaching pathology.During the same period he has spent several years studying in both Pakistan, and Syria and has qualified as a religious scholar he is also a Shaykh of tazkiyah. And he travels all over the world lecturing on Islam and medicine.
Whilst I was pondering on where the Shaykh got his energy and time too make such great strides in such a short period of time...My mind transported me back to 1998, and I remembered listening to Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq (db) he said something along the lines of (and I am quoting from memory) "Its not important as to what you want to achieve or study, what is important is why you want to achieve and study the things you do, the the power and barakah lies, with the intention, are your intentions for the sake of Allah or for something else...!"
Well I had heard Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq (db) speak all those years ago, but it had taken me 15 years to understand. And it made me realise the reason why Shaykh Dr. Hussain Abdul Sattar (db) has been able to accomplish so much is because of his intention. When an individual undertakes any effort for the sake of Allah, then he is supported in all his endeavours by the grace of Allah. The power is in the intention!
To further emphasise this I was reading yesterday a small booklet "Dying and living for Allah," It is the last will and testament of Ustadh Khurram Murrad
Ustadh Khurram Murrad is one of the pioneers as far as dawah and deeni efforts go in the U.K. he was one of those few individuals who had the foresight way back in the early 1970's to realise that more work and focus needed to be given to the muslim youth especially in universities, and that the religious teachings needed to be made available to them in the English language. For those of you who are quite young you might not realise that religious gatherings in English and availability of books in English, were very rare prior to the 1990s.
I think it would be fair to say that an entire generation who grew up in the 1970's and 1980's owe some debt of gratitude to Ustadh Khurram Murrad amongst others. What is remarkable about Khurram Murrad is that in 1966 at the very young age of 34 he suffered a massive heart attack and over the subsequent decades he suffered I believe five further heart attacks, had heart bypass operations, open heart surgery several times and spent time in various intensive care units.
Despite his ill health from a fairly young age, and the stresses of raising a young family in a foreign land, he was able to write many books and articles, deliver hundreds of lectures, and spent countless hours in trying to inspire the youth. He did not allow his ill health to dim his energy or enthusiasm, he passed away in 1996 thirty years after suffering his intiall heart attack. The Power behind his accomplishments was the intention. Interestingly his Last will and testament, is called, " Dying and living for Allah," rather then "Living and Dying for Allah."
My point was to highlight that even in contemporary times, if an individual regardless of background, puts his trust in Allah and makes every intention for his sake, whether it is in regards to studies, in careers, religious efforts, marriage, upbringing of children. Then Allah will help him climb over insurmountable mountains, and find a way out of every difficulty.
Make every intention for the sake of Allah and Allah will be your protector and guide at all times and in all situations...even if you are doing the everyday mundane things such as shopping, cleaning the house, or visiting relatives, make an intention for Allah. you will be amazed by The Power and Barakah that will come in to your life.
May Allah gives us all the tawfiq to practice what we learn especially a hypocrite and sinner like me ameen.
I have witnessed many brothers in public life, their complex diseases, handicaps etc., anyone else with half of their complex health issues would have been staying at home, not even visiting his local masjid.
I heard one one akabir "Tomorrow, it will never be a better day, health will get more complex as time progresses, whatever opportunities and resources we have if we are not spending for deen, then what is the use of living like a parasite" "our aslaf sacrificed their lives, let us sacrifice our comforts"
"Nobody is perfect, we all sin and we are all trying to get better. This is a struggle which continues until our deathbed. So you are not alone in that. Remember that this desire in your heart to want to get closer to Allah is proof that you are a believer, proof that Allah loves you and wants good for you. Otherwise you would not want to get better and stop sinning.
A technique I used successfully in prison with Muslims who didn't pray, whether they were reverts, or brought-up Muslims, was to start with one salah a day. Choose one salah, any one which is easy for you to for you to do and put all your effort into doing that once a day. Do that for one month and it will become a habit. Second month add another salah, whichever is easy for you, now do these two salahs on time every day for a month. Third month, add the third salah, fourth month add the fourth salah, fifth month add the fifth salah and the sixth month focus on waking up for fajr on time. Inshallah in six months you will be praying five times a day without even realising it.
If you slip a day, it doesn't matter, pick yourself up and continue. Once you start to pray five times salah a day you will see your life will change. May Allah make it easy for you,"
This cannot be undone and I am sure it will be greatly appreciated.
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