Good life of Disbelievers VS Good Life of Believers

This good life is missing for the disbeliever. Their life is like that of the beasts. When he is satiated, he defecates, but when he does not get enough to eat, he sits down and begins to shout. That is how these disbelievers are. When they are full, they become pompous, or else they sit down and begin to shout! They do not benefit from their life. But as for the believer, if harm befalls him, he perseveres and has hopes for reward from Allaah, the Mighty and Sublime. If on the other hand, a good thing happens to him, he is grateful, he is in goodness in this, and in that. And his heart is open, tranquil, accepting the Decree and the will (of Allaah). He is not anxious during a trial, nor arrogant when favored with blessings; rather he is balanced,upright, and moderate. This is the difference between the mercy for this one and the mercy for that one. But unfortunately O brothers, there are thousands of us who wish to surpass the caravans of the disbelievers in the world, so much that they make this world their sole target. If they are given, they become pleased. If they are not given, then they become angry. These people, no matter what they have of this wordly affluence, they are still in a Hell. They never tested the sweetness of his world. The one who tastes the sweetness is he who believes in Allaah and does righetous deeds.
That is why one of the Salaf said: “By Allaah, if the kings or the princes knew what we experience of enjoyment, they would have fought us for it with the swords, because what obstructed them from these favors is the rebelliousness ( against Allaah ), the disobedience (against Allaah), the reliance on the world, and that this the greatest of their concern and the extent of their knowledge.”
Reference: pg-325-326 of Commentary On Shaikh Al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah’s Al- ‘Aqîdah AL-Wâsitiyyah by Shaikh Muhammad bin Sâlih Al- Uthaîmîn.


Stories About My Veil (Hijab & Niqab)

Thursday, 14th July 2016.

The first day I covered my face we were having our Maths class where the teacher was a male and one of the girls thought I had pimple on my face so I was hiding it by wearing the niqab. It didn’t stop there. Later the criticism started pouring in girls mainly (hey males are more comfortable with the veil than females) so they would come up and say ‘Why wear it when it is not obligatory?’ Sometimes even strike a debate. When I went to Bangladesh women started saying ”You won’t get married even if you do you have to cook in the kitchen (non maharim around).” Then the most ridiculous things were when a child who got deported from the UK (maybe she was living in a village in London) started crying coz she thought I was a ghost. She called me ”kaka” which in sylheti means ghost. Anyways then one of my maharim straight up called me crazy or I was going to be one if not now. Hate him for that but his kids are so nice except the guy cousin comes to our house coz he likes the benefits we provide him like take him to the supermarket and let him buy what he wants. COUSINS I TELL YOU ARE THE BIGGEST JOY OF VISITING BANGLADESH. oops my caps lock was on. Another relative said women who escaped to join ISIS dressed just like me. Then this girl here called me an extremist and a Wahhabi because I am a Salafi. If that wasn’t enough I got compared with naked women in a rape presentation in front of the whole class as a head to toe covered woman. They were basically saying dress code doesn’t have to do anything with rape so the less you wear doesn’t mean you won’t be attacked. Rubbish I tell you. Everyone was staring at me hey you could have warned me I am the model of your presentation? I was so embarrassed although that girl is always careful with her words but she got carried away as rape is widespread in her birth land. This guy at the mall literally put me on video call with his camera facing me while I was buying Coca Cola Zero saying to his friend in Bangla”Look at this woman only her eyes are visible.” He thought I wasn’t desi but boy was he wrong? Coz after I bought that drink from him I thanked him in Bangla “Dhonnobad.” You would have paid to see his expression then. Mindblowing. People think I am this gullible person but I so not.

Yesterday an old lady at the canteen asked in a foreign language to the server who I was coz she hasn’t seen anyone dressed like me. So the server apologised to me and that woman that old wrinkly woman made me want to hug her coz she looked like my deceased granny. Oh yeah here the main excuse for me wearing hijab is that I am from an Arabian land. Although I always have to correct them that I am a Bangladeshi please don’t call me Arab. Today in the afternoon my landlord almost didn’t notice me while cleaning the area where I was sitting coz she though I camouflaged with the sofa colour (brown). I just bid her goodbye and she was making sure no one is in the corridor so I could close the door uncovered and then she said “You probably have to get used to Malaysian culture.” I answered with the sound of my laugher ”Or they have to adjust with me.”

My landlord then said me ”You are a firm believer of Islam” after she apologised for thinking I was a part of the couch. How I wish I was LOL. I hope this post is halal and I ain’t speaking crap. So this is the positive side of wearing the veil I never experienced it before ever. People hook me up with their near kin. No it is just really stupid they think I will marry any guy with beard or lets say maulana. Seriously? I do have standards. After coming here this girl was like ”So have you found someone?” and then my sister would be like ”It will take you so many years to find someone like you.” They would be joking about it but I tell you marriage was no ones concern until I put on this veil. They have started looking at me like marriage material except my beloved parents who care the least. Everyone who wears jilbab is not up for a wedding you know? There is so much to life than finding love.

Lets get to the positive side of this veil. Women come up to me and say how much they love me coz of this piece of cloth I am wearing. It is amazing. Once a Saudi stranger told ”I love you.” Then when I went to the tailor she said me ”Your parents must be blessed to have you.” Then this marvelous, lovely, sweetest, warmest person I have ever met supported me so much at first sight. She then patted my head with her hand. I cried the whole way back home. I swear I wasn’t expecting that. Men respect me so much you know not that I need it. I just appreciate it. I didn’t know niqab could come up with so many benefits and pouring love. What is surprising is that non hijab sisters are more comfortable speaking to me than they would be towards a woman who is half naked coz they like the loyalty that they can tell me anything and I wouldn’t mess or even stare at their men.

My dad shed tears when he said me ”At this age you have understood Islam so much that is my pride.” We both were crying at that point. One of my small cousins held my niqab up when he tried to feed me his tea from a toy cup. He is so cute. Allaahumma baarik Lahu. Oh yeah my mom told one of my guy cousins ”See all you want now of her coz after you grow up she won’t be coming in front of you.” My male cousins are goals and my mom will always be cracking jokes of my past. Still can’t get over what I have become. One of the teachers at school told me ”Pray to Allaah that He guides us as He guided you. We want that guidance you have received.” Because I didn’t attend my high school graduation as it was free mixing.


Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from 2014-2015

I found some pictures of when I was once living in Riyadh and I almost forgot how much I explored Saudi Arabia back then.


If you are wondering why I am not a big of pigeons. This is why.


Fireworks on the 3rd night (2nd night in English Calendar) of Eid ul Adha. Enjoy the sparks of the fireworks falling. Location: King Abdul Aziz Park, Malaz, Riyadh, KSA


The play of water fountain which this park is known for. You could see the splashes of droplets on my camera lens. Forgive me for that. Location: King Abdulaziz Park, Malaz, Riyadh, KSA


That swimming pool though. Who wants to dive in? Location: Al Faisaliah Spa, Olaya,Riyadh, KSA


Sitting arrangements to enjoy the Eid stage show. Location: Al Masmak Fort, Dhira, Riyadh, KSA


On the morning of Eid ul Fitr 2014. Can you spot the honor guard parade for welcoming the Royal Family? They are wearing white uniform. Location: Imam Turki bin Abdullah Mosque, Dhira, Riyadh, KSA


The city lights from the top floor of al Faisaliah Tower. Location: Al Faisaliah Tower, Olaya, Riyadh, KSA


The inside of Al Faisaliah Spa by ESPA. Love the decor. Location: Al Faisaliah Spa, Riyadh, KSA


Location: Al Faisaliah Tower, Riyadh, KSA


SubhanAllaah the view! Location: Al Faisaliah Tower, Riyadh, KSA


A bee in Riyadh. Incase you are wondering how bees rest here. They sleep on our keyboard.


I believe taxidermy was done to these animals for study. Location: Prince Sultan Science Oasis, Diplomatic Quarter, Riyadh, KSA

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Prince Sultan Science Oasis. This is his museum. Due to weightlessness the body doesn’t stay on the ground in outer space.One thing that amazed me and my friends is that there was a picture of Prince Sultan praying in the spaceship when he was in space. His feet were fasten with belts so that they remain firm on the ground. Location: Prince Sultan Science Oasis, Diplomatic Quarter, Riyadh, KSA


Al Yamamah Resort, Riyadh

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The pens have been lifted and the ink has dried. Object- A Dawat to store ink. During ancient times the ink prepared from minerals and soot was stored in a heavy brass ink pot traditionally known as Dawat. Location- Al Maskmak Museum, Dhira, Riyadh


Object- A Pen case to store writing utensils in its end three cylindrical inkwells in various sizes. Location- Al Masmak Museum, Dhira, Riyadh


Place: Al Masmak Fort, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Announcement Regarding Missing Posts

I have decided that I will take off some of the articles as I need further clarifications on them. Therefore until my doubts are cleared and everything is resolved, I am sorry they won’t be available for the time being. It is sad that some of the posts had a high number of views but I have decided to take them off the site for a few good reasons.

True Story of a Mother Struggling to Remain Firm on Tawheed

I come from a Sufi family where a lot of bidah and shirk is present. Alhamdulillah Allah guided me to the straight path and Alhamdulillah Allahumma Baarik I got married to a Salafi .

I started to relearn my Deen correctly from the correct sources Alhamdulillah and had the company of my dear husband who Masha Allah tabarak Allah is of a strong emaan and he patiently and kindly helped me always.

I used to do an internship at the hospital before my marriage and hence have seen suffering people. I could never go inside the pediatric icu as I have always loved babies and I couldn’t see that . I would sit outside as my colleagues went in .I would look at the board where the babies names were written and feel so bad for the parents .

Allah blessed us with a baby boy after a year and a half of our marriage ,I named him Ismail to this day that memory makes me cry. I had chosen that name for my son since I was in 10th. Ismail was very dear ,my first baby I cared for him a lot. When he was 7 and a half months old he was admitted in the hospital because he got seizures the doctor said nothing to worry we can go home tomorrow morning . I was sitting in the ward in the night looking at my baby sleeping then a Muslim lady came up and asked me what was wrong and all she left me saying looking at Ismail that he is possessed you need to put a taweez (amulet) for him she said no Medicine will help ,he will get worse .At that point I just ignored her but slowly it was seeping in after all I was raised in ahime where all this was so strongly practiced . Ismail’s health got worse, he was in ICU now ,when I sat outside and saw my Ismail’s name on the board I broke down crying and then I thought does Ismail need a taweez am I being arrogant and pushing my baby to death?

This though kept becoming stronger and stronger. All I had to do was tell my mom and she would get it for me I had to hide it from my husband, all this kept playing in my mind. Ismail was sick for a month and it had been a month since we saw him play or smile. One night I saw my husband and Ismail sleeping and thought it’s enough Ismail has suffered enough I will call my mom now and get the taweez. I started to cry and cry and I thought of all the sacrifices I had made to be on the haqq how I had wished a life of emaan for my Ismail, I told myself then no NO I will not do it, if Ismail is destined to die he will die on Tawheed I will never do shirk never, I cried profusely that night asked for Allah’s forgiveness and slept in the morning my husband woke me up in excitement and said look at Ismail .Ismail was sitting up smiling at both of us ,I cried and cried and hugged him, from that day on his health got better and better. The doctors has suspected anything for my baby paralysis , coma, death etc.. Subhanallah my Allah didn’t want to take my baby  He Subhanawatala only wanted to cleanse me of the shirk and wanted to clean my heart Subhanallah. I could have bore see myself or my husband in pain but Ismail was to dear ya Ustaza.Today my Ismail is 12 years old and healthy Alhamdulillah and is doing hifz Alhamdulillah.Allah’s Qadar even when we see it as hurting us is only and only for are good.


Disclaimer: This is shared by an anonymous Salafi mother to student of knowledge Zaynab Al Kateb after the end of her Usul Ath Thalatha 2018 classes and the names have been changed to keep her privacy.


15 Things to Do Before You Get Married

Whether you are seeking marriage or you are happily single. Don’t despair seeing all the married couples online. You could make use of this time to get closer to Allaah because after nikkah you will have needs to cater to. All the married sisters I have spoken are super busy with newborns, chores and guests etc.

              1. First and foremost study Aqeedah. You could join a study circle or listen to the explanation of Usool Ath Thalatha in recordings of lectures. You can email me for sisters only study circle taught by student of knowledge,  Zaynab Al Kateb.

        2.Learn how the Prophet Muhammad sall Allaahu alayhi wa sallam prayed by reading How the Prophet ﷺPrayed by Shaykh Abdul-Aziz bin Abdulllah bin Baz.

3.Memorise Quran: So below I will give you some authentic links to help you while memorising the words of our Lord.

4. Try to perfect your hijab if you haven’t already. Of course some sisters say that they will start wearing the veil/hijab after marriage but a man who has Taqwa would want to marry a woman who has Taqwa. You can’t expect to change overnight after your nikkah. You will be the same person after marriage as you are now except that now your husband will have the upper hand and will be your protector. And the question is will you be wearing the hijab because of your husband or you will be wearing it to follow the commands of Allaah? Because I have met sisters and one particularly whose husband died and the niqab and the hijab SubhanAllaah she left it all. It is very important that you don’t delay to follow the commands of Allaah because youth do die unmarried. And if there is Emaan in your heart it will reflect on your outer appearance. Two knowledgeable readings are:

The Conditions for the Proper Hijaab – Shaykh Zayd Al-Madkhalee

The Jilbaab and what Garments can Substitute It – Shaykh al-Albaani

5. Spend lots and lots of time with your family specially with your parents. Listen to them. Be patient with them if they are not Salafi.

6. Learn how to cook. It is very important that you know even if you don’t need it.

7. Minimise your contact with non-maharim (plurah of mahram). No Salafi righteous man would want to know that his wife interacts with brothers randomly. If you know a Sheikh or a student of knowledge you can ask questions but also respect the timezone and don’t be persistent if they are not replying. It applies to both genders but I have spoken to righteous sisters and a key to a successful marriage is to keep it low key among non Maharim. If you are doing it he will do it and if he does it you will do it. You will not like a husband who is always interested in your friend’s whereabouts.  Imagine marrying a man and finding out that most of the sisters on social media already know him ”personally”. There is something called self-restraint. That quality is very important.

8. Study Arabic Language. You can self-teach yourself.

9. If you have any issue such as anger issues you need to take control of it. Speak less. Listen more. During an argument leave if you fear you will utter anything that will displease Allaah.

10. Wake up for tahajjud. Increase in your nawafil prayers.

11. Fast on the white days of the lunar month and Mondays and Thursdays. After marriage for recommended fasts you have to ask your husband’s permission.

12. Spend less. Minimise your expenditure. Be generous when helping out those in need.

13. Learn manners and how to effectively resolve conflicts. You can read this book Upright Moral Character by Shaykh Muhammad Saalih Uthaymeen. 

14. Do your chores rather than depending on your family.

15. Lastly, read this book 20 Pieces Advice to my sister before her Marriage by Sheikh Badr bin Ali Al-Utaybee. I have read it a couple of times because the keys to a successful marriage: this book has it all.

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Making the Most of Winter by Sheikh Abdul Qadir al Junaid حفظ الله

💎📌Making the most of winter by diligently striving in performing acts of obedience

🔵📝It is authentically narrated from Umar ibn al Khattab رضي الله عنه that he said:

“Winter is the prize of the devout worshippers”

Narrated by Ahmad in ‘az Zuhd’, ibn Abi Saibah in ‘al Musannaf’, ibn Abi ad Dunya in ‘at Tahajjud’, Abu Nu’aim in ‘al Hilya’ and by others.

The following statements explain and clarify the meaning of the above statement:

1⃣ The statement of Hasan al Basri رحمه الله: ‘The best of times for the believer is winter as its nights are long, so he stands in prayer therein and its days are short, so he fasts therein.

This statement was narrated by al Haafidh ibn Rajab in his book ‘Lataa’if al Ma’arif’.

2⃣ What has been narrated from ‘Ubaid ibn ‘Umair رحمه الله that when winter approached, he would say, “Oh people of the Quran, the night has been lengthened for your prayer and day has been shortened for your fasting, so make the most of it.”

This was narrated by Ibn Abi Shaybah in his ‘al Musannaf’.

✏✏Compiled by Sheikh Abdul Qadir al Junaid حفظه الله

Reference: (The English channel of Sheikh Abdul Qadir Al Junaid’s Knowledge Based Benefits)