In Islam we have amazing examples of opposites, you have ‘Umar who was the opposite to Abu Bakr, as one Shaykh said, whenever ‘Umar radiAllahu ‘anhu chose black, Abu Bakr radiAllahu ‘anhu chose white! You have Men and then Women. You have an Adult, then you have a New born baby. And then you have the most horrific of opposites… Paradise and Hellfire. We hear so much about Hellfire, sometimes in it’s description and at times by the constant ‘haraam’ reminders we get, because we are indeed human and we make mistakes. At times intentionally and times due to our naivety, or perhaps our curiosity gets the better of us. Jannah and it’s pleasures is sometimes forgotten, for men and women. Ibn al Qayyim rahimahullah said…
“And if you ask about its ground and its soil, then it is of musk and saffron.”
“And if you ask about its roof, then it is the Throne of the Most Merciful.”
“And if you ask about its rocks, then they are pearls and jewels.”
“And if you ask about its buildings, then they are made of bricks of gold and silver.”
It is indeed amazing! :Stops and Thinks: There are awesome times in the da’wah, and there are times when you think, oh my! This is when Jannah comes to mind… And Rasoolullah salAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam told us to ask for the highest level of Jannah, Aka aim for the best! For me this means set fun, exciting goals in Duniya to achieve the Akhirah. So what does that tell us :Lets be Practical:
 You need to aim for the highest level of Jannah, Aka in Duniya you need bigger goals!
 That you will face hurdles, but with every hurdle you need to jump one step higher, until you jump above it! Now that Ramadhan is coming to an end…
 You need to start thinking of re-setting your goals – what do you want to achieve?
 Need to understand that you need to go back home. And the journey back is not easy! This NEEDS to be YOU >>
“Some faces that Day will be shining and radiant, looking at their Lord…”
I can remind and remind (and indeed I am most in need of these reminders) but all I can say is, it’s deep in the mindset… If you feel that pain of knowing you can do better, or the pain in knowing you have messed up and need to step up, it will lead you to change. InshaAllah. And after this, you’ll race ahead leaving everyone behind… I assure you! Hence… Say, Bismillah to another day – to show Allah how much you love Him!
Alima Ashfaq is the founder of I am Alima and hopes to transform it into the forefront of assisting women come closer to Allah (swt). She is the author of a number of publications, most notably Du’as of the Superstars.