Me, myself and I

> Please meet Khalid

> Please meet Haadiya

They’re young (islamically, youth ends at 40), passionate and want to do something great! They’ve just joined the da’wah scene, whether it’s a Masjid, MSA/ISOC or an Islamic organisation as volunteers and the work has begun…

Khalid’s active, he’s having fun, getting occasionally stressed, but hey he’s doing something!

H?diya’s busy; she’s involved with many things, work, home etc… And finds it tough at times, but she loves the da’wah scene, she loves how being involved allows her to constantly be in good company and remember Allah. …She wouldn’t give it up for the world!

We are all working for the sake of Allah to help our community. Whatever you may volunteer for or partake in, it is a great avenue to acquire good deeds and attain the pleasure of Allah ‘azza wa jal. However, sometimes we help and we help... And whilst helping our community we still find a deep hole is being born inside of us… Getting wider and wider…

We’re doing all of these things – involved in the Da’wah and learning the Deen occasionally, but our Salah has lost its khushoo, and we don’t make time to read the Qur’an… Rather, we spend our time ‘having fun’ – the dinners, the meet ups, the jokes and the banters… Which are needed for sure, but how much are we focusing on our ‘ibaadah?

Ask yourself:
  • When was the last time we cried?
  • When was the last time we made Du’a for those suffering around the world
  • When was the last time we made sincere du’a for our own success in this world and the hereafter?
  • When was the last time we made du’a for our own families?

We know we should pick up the Qur’an and just recite it, understand it, memorise it, but we don’t make the time, because we allow ourselves to become so busy in our endeavours. However, even though we’ve been helping for such a long time, how have we excelled personally?

We know you’re working and I’m sure your time is appreciated, but your Akhirah matters, so you need to focus on two services:

There are services you provide for others and there are things you have to do for your own Tarbiyyah. You need a balance between both of them, and not neglect either!

You need to be:
  • The ones who do your best in terms of your conduct, the nicest, the greatest, the ones who have the confidence to defend Islam.
  • You need to make time for yourself as you are role models.
  • You need to have the most Khushoo, fear the most, and reflect the most in hope of bettering yourself.

This scares me…

[blockquote cite=” Surah Bakarah, Ayat 44″]“Do you command people to righteousness and forget yourselves whilst you recite the scripture? Have you then no sense?!”[/blockquote]

How can we save others, when we are suffering ourselves?

Take time out today to:
  • Make Du’a for yourself, as in reality no-one cares about your success as much as you! And in the midst of the greatest storm no one can help, except the One who created you.
  • If you’re involved in an educational institute, make a timetable to go over your notes and benefit from the knowledge that you pass on.
  • If you’re involved in the ISOC/MSA/Masjid, enrol yourself on an Islamic seminar and focus on bettering your Eman through knowledge.

The Author

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.

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