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August 30, 2005
Pleasant Reminders

by Bint Saeed

Pleasant reminders are those that leave one with a warm feeling inside, a sly smile on the face and a sense of ease in knowing things happen for a reason and Alhamdulillah to that. I realized this more so at the recent ICNA (Islamic Circle of North America) Convention in Hartford Connecticut. What brings a smile to my face, a sense of ease and a warm feeling inside is the fact that Allah SWT is always watching and knows what is going through our hearts and minds.

I recall roaming the bazaar to get a breather from the intense sessions that were taking place. It was there that I stumbled upon a booth which I had seen information about online. After taking note that the jelabas and abayas were a bit too expensive for my pocket I ventured over to the books. What stood out, as if in a cartoon, with an arrow pointing towards it, as if telling me to ‘READ ME!’ or ‘BUY ME!’ was a book containing prayers for forgiveness. I reached over to browse through it and before I could decide on whether or not to make the purchase a brother came over and shared with me what I share with you all now.

This brother questioned if I had read the translation of Surah Al-Qasas, after replying that in the past I had but at the present could not remember the details, he stated the story of Musa (Alayhi Salaam) in the valley of Madyan. More importantly, he mentioned that if I am in need of any assistance in my life then to only rely on the aid of Allah SWT. It struck me as odd that he would come up and start a discussion on this topic. I looked down at the book whereupon he said that I should memorize ayah twenty four of that Surah part of which translates as, “O my Lord! Truly I am in desperate need of any good that Thou dost send me.” He reemphasized that I should go home, memorize this ayah and make dua with it during my salawaat.

I knew then that Allah SWT was with me, that out of the blue a reminder was being sent to me that solace comes with the remembrance of Allah SWT, that a smile comes with the reassurance that we are living at the Will of Allah SWT and that a sense of ease comes with knowing that Allah SWT does not burden one with more than he or she can bare. I have memorized this dua along with countless others. SubhanAllah making sincere dua has truly impacted my life in ways I thought impossible so rather than think of things as coincidences we should accept them as pleasant reminders that Allah SWT is everywhere. InshaAllah.

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asef said


I am :)

Jazakum Allah Khairan for sharing this...an excellent reminder, indeed.

May Allah be MOST pleased with you and your family...Ameen

on August 30, 2005 1:02 AM
BInt Saeed said

Assalaamu Alaykum,

Masha'Allah. Wa iyaak and that dua goes back to you and everyone else who is blessed to visit this website..either regularly or periodically.

Wasalaam Walyakum

on August 31, 2005 10:56 PM
Rami said

Asalaam Aleikum Warahmatullah Wabarakatu,

Here is a good dua (of prophet Yunus, peace be upon him):

Surat Alanbiya (The Prophets):

"And remember Zun-nun, when he departed in wrath: He imagined that We had no power over him! But he cried through the deptHs of darkness, "There is no god but thou: glory to thee: I was indeed wrong!"

on September 1, 2005 3:10 AM
aseph said

Salaam Y'all:

--- J U M M A H - M U B A R I K ---

Thought of the day:

To achieve a successful outcome in anything that you do, may be explaied as follows:

If "A" is the successful outcome, then

A = W + X + Y + Z

'W' is (right intentions)
'X' is (correct actions)
'Y' is (to have fun while doing it)
'Z' is (to keep mostly quiet, while doing it).


on September 16, 2005 10:39 AM
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