How can we get Someone who knows the religion but is not practicing the fundamentals or are not regular with them, to start practicing?

Different individuals require a different approach. Some people need to be told bluntly. A few tend to listen when a third party tells them instead of hearing it from their own kin/kith. Some need a harsh reminder to give them a wakeup call. Others we can give them advice without going into detail and they get the message. There are times where people will want a daleel after daleel. Many require a soft approach or just a gentle reminder. Some people just don’t listen and seem to not care. At times we may get caught up into the affairs of others and neglect ourself. Nevertheless,

You, yourself try to:

  • · Stay on deen and pray salah on time
  • Do all the fundamentals required by you
  • · Show good character – truth shines through character – the first dawah one gives to someone is via character
  • · Bond with them
  • · Give to charity
  • · Don’t be ashamed to pray around the person in question when you’re outside. If you continue to do so, they will see the importance of the act and consistency within yourself.
  • Ask them to do wudu before leaving the house. When the time for salah comes they won’t have the excuse that they can’t pray due to lack of wudu. Sometimes people don’t pray because they are embarrassed to make wudu in front of others or can’t be bothered to do so.
  • · Make dua for them
  • · Encourage them or engage them in doing other acts of worship/seeking knowledge instead of pointing out that they’re not currently doing a command of Allah (swt), even if obligatory. They will slowly come round too practicing the obligatory or the way they’re supposed follow the deen

At the end of the day we should try to be a prime example although we may not be perfect ourselves. Leading by example can slowly motivate others.

Tongue Twisters

Thought I’ll put everyone’s tongue to the test. See how fast you can say the following tongue twisters.

  1. How can a clam cram in a clean cream can?
  2. She sells seashells by the seashore —->—- this one’s a classic
  3. Four fine fresh fish for you
  4. I saw a kitten eating chicken in the kitchen
  5. Red lorry, yellow lorry —->—- another classic

Advice & Action

Come to me with your advice when I am alone

And do not advise me in the crowd

Because advice amongst the people is a scolding

And I do not like to hear it aloud

Then if you disobey me and do not heed my words

Do no feel sad when you are not followed

Imam Ash-Shafi’ (rh)

Verily the heart has moments of yearning and responsiveness. And moments of indifference and refusal. So snatch it at the time of yearning and response. And leave it at the time of indifference and refusal

-‘ibn Masud (ra)

Don’t convey the truth in a challenging manner

-Imam Ghazali (rh)

Do not be affected by worry or anger when people show a negative response to advice

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I came across the following once….

Everybody will be tested to some extent in one form or another

Don’t invalidate people’s struggles just because you’ve been through something worse.

If you’re tired after walking for 10 miles but someone is tired after walking only 2 miles.

It doesn’t mean that they are not allowed to be tired. It doesn’t mean they are not allowed to feel any pain just because you’ve had it worse.

Don’t compare others to your capabilities.

A Dialogue | JustSomeThoughts

Stumbled across it somewhere in the past at a time in my life.

Where does unity rank in Islam?

NOTE: This is not politically driven nor a ‘fatwa’ being given. Just some thoughts being shared

ۚوَاعْتَصِمُوا بِحَبْلِ اللَّهِ جَمِيعًا وَلَا تَفَرَّقُوا

Hold fast, altogether to the rope of Allah and be not divided [3:103]

 [وَلَا تَكُونُوا مِنَ الْمُشْرِكِينَ…  -[30:31

مِنَ الَّذِينَ فَرَّقُوا دِينَهُمْ وَكَانُوا شِيَعًا ۖ كُلُّ حِزْبٍ بِمَا لَدَيْهِمْ فَرِحُونَ

-[30:32]

“…and do not be of those who associate others with Allah. [Or] of those who have divided their religion and become sects, every faction rejoicing in what it has.” [30:31-32]

إِنَّمَا الْمُؤْمِنُونَ إِخْوَةٌ فَأَصْلِحُوا بَيْنَ أَخَوَيْكُمْ ۚ

Indeed, the believers are but brothers so make reconciliation with one another. [49:10]

Another translation: Indeed, the believers are but brothers so make settlement between your brothers. [49:10]

“Realise that from the great essentials which make up the sum total of the religion are: the joining of hearts, uniting the word and reconciling between people. Allah says: Fear Allah and set right relationships between yourselves [8:1]. And He said: Hold fast, all together to the rope of Allah and be not divided [3:103]. He further said: And be not like those who fell into division and dispute after clear proofs have come to them [3:105]. The likes of such proofs, that order unity and harmony and forbid division and discord, occur frequently. “

[Ibn Taymiyyah, Majmu’ Fatawa, 28:51]

The last sentence on this excerpt shows that there are many verses of the Quran and ahadith promoting unity. But this can’t be something which is verbalised, we must act in unity.

F.A.M.I.L.Y

I had this following poem written decades ago but haven’t got around publicly publishing it. I may have shared it in a family scrapbook once – I have forgotten. Thought I’ll share it with everyone here.

F is for familiar … there is no place like home.

A is for always welcome … no matter how far you roam

M is for memories … cherished each day

I is for inspiration … given all the way.

L is for love … each time we get together

Y is for the years to come … for family lasts forever

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