Bismillah. I’m starting on a new journey that is Quran journaling 📖 It is something I’ve been wanting do especially after being inspired by sister Ayesha Shahira‘s Quran tagging journey & sister Humairah of The Light Journal. Do check them out! Anyways, it made me think back on my relationship with the Quran. I mean, how can I forge a close relationship with Allah without living by His words? I feel bad for bookmarking multiple verses of the Quran in an app but never really got back to it. The journal will mostly be on my personal reflections of the verses. May it be of benefit, insyaAllah. And, please feel free to share your own thoughts on it if you do have. We’re all still learning and we can learn from one another. At the end of the day, what do His words mean to us?
To elaborate on the gratitude journal, this is something I’ve personally practiced since early this year and it has helped me greatly in terms of my mental health, my mood etc, alhamdulillah. I’ve been using this app Gratitude Journal for Android. I’m pretty sure there are more out there. I particularly like this one because we are required to enter things we are grateful for, for the day and then click on a button that says “Yes I am grateful”. So you can enter as many as you like. In a way, this is great as a positive reinforcement 🙂
Another point to mention is that it’s not just about the good or pleasant things that we should remember to be grateful for. In fact, it’s everything. You don’t have to list them all, maybe start with 3 things every day. Experiment with it and see what works best for you.
Practising gratitude will not solve all problems but it’s a great tool for growth and a way to earn Allah’s love, sometimes even leaving us overwhelmed with the countless bounties He’s blessed us with.
How can we express our gratitude? More than just words, it’s our actions. We can do so by taking advantage of them. Of our life, our health, our wealth, our free time and our youth.
Regarding the next verse, as mentioned in Tafsir ibn Kathir, Allah swt doesn’t need the gratitude of His servants, and He is worthy of all praise even if the disbelievers disbelieve in Him. For He is Al-Ghaniy. This reminds me of how very dependent we are on Him and that we must not be shy or arrogant in always turning to Him in our affairs, no matter big or small. Always make it a point to converse with Him.
The past Sunday I attended the above talk with my dear A, alhamdulillah it was a beneficial afternoon. Can’t be more timely, to talk about the heart, especially since it’s been more than a month since Ramadhan left. These are some personal takeaways I managed to note down:
First part of the talk was by Ustazah Shameem Sultanah. The ABC model-
The ABC model-
- A being Adversity, something that you cannot change yet this A is meant for you.
- B stands for Beliefs, where they can either be positive or negative. We can choose between these 2, no matter the adversity. Positive beliefs stem from a strong connection/rope with Allah swt, that is to think well of Allah no matter what our circumstances are or whatever that happens to us. From that rope, we also have ropes and connections with people and things. These can be our attachments too, which we need to cut because they can hinder us from having a sole attachment to Allah.
- C stands for consequences. This can also be positive or negative, as this is a result of our beliefs. So we can actually change our outcome(insyaAllah) if we just change our beliefs.
How to change our beliefs? It’s important to monitor our self-talk.
- Listen to our self-talk. Put away our phone at times and just don’t do anything.
- Be quiet, look around and monitor the things you tell yourself. Is it positive or negative?
- If it’s negative, redirect and change it to positive.
Think positively of people(creations), think positively of the Creator -> Peace & serenity
Second part of the talk was by Ustazah Halimah Alaydrus titled Berhati-hatilah dengan hati (this part will be in Malay).
- Allah swt tidak lihat kepada rupa kita tetapi pada hati kita, di mana letaknya hati kita.
- Hati adalah pemimpin, baiknya ia, baiklah diri kita. Buruknya ia, buruklah diri kita nauzubillah.
- Hati adalah tempat Allah tetapkan untuk segala yang baik seperti cinta dan iman.
- Kebahagiaan terletak bukan pada benda luaran seperti harta, kecantikan atau kuasa tetapi terletak pada hati.
- Goal kita? Untuk mendapatkan hati yang bersih.1- Bersihkan hati dengan istighfar, dan taubat. 2- Istiqamah dengan sentiasa mengingati Allah, consistent dalam ibadah, jauhkan penyakit hati. 3-Dekati orang-orang yang baik.
Moga kita tergolong dalam golongan yang mempunyai nafsu mutmainnah di mana Allah akan berkata pada hari Kiamat:
“Kembalilah kepada Tuhanmu dengan keadaan engkau berpuas hati (dengan segala nikmat yang diberikan) lagi diredhai (di sisi Tuhanmu) ! –
“Serta masuklah engkau dalam kumpulan hamba-hambaku yang berbahagia
“Dan masuklah ke dalam SyurgaKu!”
-Surah al-Fajar: 28-30
The beautiful moon two nights ago. Excuse the laundry hanged by my neighbour please hehe.
I’m reminded of what my ustazah said during class last week when she mentioned how when we reach scenic and picturesque places like New Zealand(for example) then we say “SubhanAllah”. Ouch. Haha.
Truth is, His beauty is all around. His signs are all around. We just need to open our eyes and hearts to see, feel and believe. May He increase us in vision and understanding!
Surah Yunus, Verse 5:
It is He who made the sun a shining light and the moon a derived light and determined for it phases – that you may know the number of years and account [of time]. Allah has not created this except in truth. He details the signs for a people who know