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The cloth of your shroud may already have reached the market ….

The cloth of your shroud (kafan) may already have reached the market …. what preparations have you made?

 

A talk that blew me away

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Youtube and other streaming video providers provide an amazing collection of talks and lectures on a broad range of subject. Since my free time in front of the screen is limited and most of these are primarily audio clips that do not require the visual part, I download them and convert to MP3 to be listened to on my Blackberry whilst driving.

This morning I started listening to a talk by Nouman Ali Khan that BLEW ME AWAY! My first reaction was I know just who all this would be perfect for. Then I caught hold of myself. I realized that the only one I should be worried about is myself. And at that point NAK said that exact thing. Don’t think of who this lecture would be perfect for; it is perfect for you. You need to listen and act on it!

Taken from http://ilianidolphin.blogspot.com/2010/09/ego-and-islam.html

While I only heard the first 20 minutes or so of the lecture it had a great effect on me and I thought I would share it with everyone as it would be extremely beneficial for all. May Allah help us listen, understand, and implement the advice in this talk. Aameen.

Change your input, determine your future

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"Your input determines your outlook. Your outlook determines your output, and your output determines your future." – Zig Ziglar

So what is OUR input? Well for the average person (myself included) it is the junk we watch on TV, the music we hear in our environment, the violence on we see on TV/streets, the negativity of those around us, the lure of scantily clad models on billboards, etc. How does all this affect our outlook/output? Given that our input is not pure, can we expect our output to be pure as well? And in the end, our future, which we all crave to be Jannah (Paradise), is severely affected by this pollution in our input. So should we not be looking to reduce the fitnah and the haram in our input in order to improve our deeds (output)?

The Prophet (SAW) warned us:

“Temptations are presented to the heart, one by one. Any heart that accepts them will be left with a black stain, but any heart that rejects them will be left with a mark of purity.” (Muslim)

However, remember that at the end of the day it is the grace and mercy of Allah (SWT) that will enable us to protect ourselves, clean our input, and purify our output.

And if not for the Grace of Allah upon you and His mercy, not one of you would have been pure, ever, but Allah purifies whom He wills, and Allah is Hearing and Knowing. (24:21)

May Allah (SWT) help us cleanse our input and make our deeds those which lead us to Jannah.

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