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Maintain Your Motivation & Productivity Through Faith

Maintain Your Motivation & Productivity Through Faith

A lot of the time, we kind of hate running around places. Whether it’s running across campus from one class to another, running that mile in gym class, or running up the stairs 12 times every morning because we keep forgetting the same folder on the dresser — running can be really inconvenient in our daily lives.

But instead of grumbling to ourselves in the bathroom mirror later on as we attempt to fix fly-away hairs and hijabs, what if we decided to be thankful for all that running? After all, in the situations above, we are ideally running towards education, running towards physical health, and running towards new opportunities. If those are the reasons we’re running, we’re very lucky, Alhumdulillah.

Sometimes it’s very hard to put things into perspective and remove ourselves from our own ideas of self-importance. In the stories of the Qur’an, we are familiar with the greats — Prophet Musa (AS)’s journey to escape Pharoun, Prophet Nuh (AS)’s warnings about a massive flood, Prophet Muhammad (SAW)’s persistence of Islam and victories against the threatening naysayers — but as Muslim and non-Muslim women, it can be a little difficult for us to connect to the stories of these great men.

So yes, while our beloved Prophets and their companions did great deeds and have every right to be admired, we should also focus on the women who stood behind them and helped make them great with the permission and guidance of Allah (SWT).

One of the greatest stories told in the Qur’an encompasses the story of one woman who ran for a distinct and selfless purpose. Hajar (RA) is the reason we complete the act of Sa’yee (back and forth movement during Hajj and Umrah symbolizing Hajar ‘s search for water) and the reason why we are able to enjoy the refreshing taste of ZamZam (water from well in Mecca). While most of us are familiar with the story, we often overlook the lessons and comparisons provided in this story and in doing so, miss out on opportunities to learn. The story of Hajar is as follows:

One day, Prophet Ibrahim (AS) woke up and asked Hajar to prepare for a long journey with baby Ismail. She quickly did so, and they walked and walked past the fertile land and barren mountains until they arrived in the Arabian Desert. Prophet Ibrahim led her and the baby to a tree on a mountain named Al-Marwa. He then placed a bag of dates and some water near them and began to walk away.

Obviously alarmed, as anyone would be in this situation, Hajar ran after him and said, “O Ibrahim! Where are you going, leaving us in this valley where there is neither any person nor anything else (to survive)?” When he didn’t reply, she repeated herself many times, but he didn’t even look back at her. Then, she asked him, “Has Allah instructed you to do so?” Finally, he replied, “Yes.” And just as simply, Hajar accepted Allah’s plans and replied “Then He will not neglect us.”

Now let’s think about this. I know that Hajar’s most famous act, the one that we replicate in a prominent ritual during Hajj and Umrah is coming up in the story and is very significant in its own right, but why don’t we ever recognize and remember the sheer faith that she had in this very instance? She is led all the way out into the desert, an unfamiliar place, there is no one around her, there is no food or water aside from that Prophet Ibrahim has given her, she is taking care of an infant, and now she is being told that without a second thought she must be left alone there with the baby because God has told someone else that she must.

Instead of becoming frustrated and demanding to be brought back to their home, she accepts the fact and puts her faith into Allah. Subhanallah! This is an amazing lesson we learn repeatedly throughout the life of Hajar, and one that we can apply to our own lives daily. When Allah is testing you, you need to believe that He isn’t going to abandon you. When you believe this, you feel less stressed, more productive, and less overwhelmed.

After Prophet Ibrahim left, Hajar began to nurse baby Ismail (AS) and drank the water until it was all gone. Soon after, she became very thirsty and unable to produce milk because of the intense heat. As baby Ismail began to cry, she realized she had no choice. She left her baby on Al-Marwa and ran to the nearest hill, As-Safaa, to look for anyone who could help.

She repeated the action of running back and forth between the two mountains seven times all the while worrying, sweating and needing someone to help her and her child. Finding no one but remarkably still keeping faith, she reached Al-Marwa the final time and the miracle of the Well of  Zamzam was revealed as Angel Jibreel (AS) dug the earth until water flowed beneath Ismail.

Although it’s hard to believe that something as incredible and miraculous could happen to us today, it’s important for us to take the fundamental lessons out of this story and apply them to our own lives. Not only should we continue to put our faith upon Allah when things are rough, but we should also understand that things aren’t just given to us.

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Instead of sitting in the shade of the tree and waiting for help to show up, Hajar demonstrated a remarkable intuition to motivate herself and solve her own problems. By doing so, she becomes one of the best examples of a Muslim woman that we can look up to in our society today.

Sometimes, we will come across people who don’t like us because of what the media says or because we look different. But by taking a page out of her book, we can put our faith in something real, brush ourselves off and run towards our own solutions, even if it take us seven tries.

Written by Tahira Ayub

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  • The success of Islam in the West depends upon fraud.

    A Warning To The West: A Voice From The Heart Of The Islamic World
    Warning: please read carefully.

    The following article is not written with “hatred” or “Islamophobia” or “ignorance” as many will prejudge.

    The same accusions Muslims, and their western leftist “useful idiots” usually accuse falsely those who dare to criticize Islam or those who make them listen to what they don’t want to hear about their religion.

    These empty accusations don’t intimidate me or will ever silence me as they wish. What I am about to share is the ultimate truth that has been lived, experienced and suffered by me for more than 30 years. This experience was gained by living in my home country of Egypt which is now a pure Muslim society. Like so many others I have been burned by this transformation. This transformation has seen me witness and experience Islam turn my home country to ruins and its followers are now threatening to bring the same fate to your own country.

    slam is not like any other religion. Islam is a supremacist racist political and social ideology wrapped in a thin peel of religious rituals. It seeks domination and supremacy over all other systems and religions. Islam is worse than Nazism and fascism systems combined without any doubt.

    Followers of Islam believe they are the only righteous people on earth and the only nation who hold the truth. Muslims believe Islam is the only true religion.

    Due to this Muslims believe everyone else who has a different religion, or has no faith and does not follow Islam are“Kaffirs” (a derogatory term means unbelievers). Muslims are influenced by many frivolous koranic verses and hadiths (words and deeds of their prophet) teaching them they are the best nation that has ever emerged on earth. For example, according to surat (verse) 3:110 from the Quran, Allah said to Muslims: “Thus We have made you the best nation, that you be witnesses over mankind and the Messenger (Muhammad) be a witness over you”.

    Muslims are in your country, but they live not to integrate or to be part of your society or at least to be equal with others, but to dominate and to be the only privileged group. Muslims achieve this by turning you into a second class citizen in your own country.

    They immigrate to your countries holding the same belief system that turned their lives into hell on earth. This same belief, same religion made their lives unsupportable in their original societies. It is the same religion that transformed their countries into war zones of endless conflicts. Muslims now homeless want to apply this system and live and apply the same destruction in your own country.

    Muslims are not in your country to help build it or to make it prosper. Many believe this, including politicians. Muslims are in your country to drain its resources and to suck the blood out of society. For example Muslims represent the majority of all your country’s welfare recipients.

    A real Muslim’s loyalty is not and will never be to your countries but to the global Islamic “Umma” (nation) only.

    At this point please don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that ALL Muslims are bad; But we have no choice but to take care of them all because they ALL believe totally in this evil ideology, but they do ALL believe in an evil man, a warlord, The Prophet of Islam.

    In the world of snakes and vipers, the average person can’t distinguish between the poisonous snake and the non-poisonous snake; the average person has no choice but to avoid all kind of snakes.. Since the world did not invent a tool able to detect who is the “devout” Muslim and who is the “nominal” Muslim or a device to detect who is telling the truth and who practising “taqqiyah تقية” (telling lies to the unbelievers in order to advance the cause of Islam), so it is wise to take your precautions against ALL Muslims and not accept them as immigrants or asylum seekers, they left us no choice but to avoid them all.

    It’s no ones fault that Muslims put themselves in this situation, since not one single Muslim has the will, the courage or indeed the ability to stop his fellow believers from harming others in the name of his religion. Not one single Muslim group has the guts or the will to organize manifestations to condemn Islamic terrorism, like those organized to condemn cartoons and youtube videos criticizing their “Prophet”, not one single mosque or Imam or Islamic organisation can teach against those violent texts in the Quran and the Hadith (words, deeds and biography of the prophet of Islam) which incite thousands of Muslims to commit acts of terrorism, because they can’t go against their own islamic books ….

    Until Muslims can accept responsibility and act to change, then they have no right to demand respect. Until then they have no right to endlessly act like robots and repeat that Islam is a “religion of peace”. This claim has absolutely no value or credibility now. Muslims can’t ask the rest of the world to respect them as they don’t respect others and continue to impose their laws and way of life on others.

    Golden Rule’s don’t exist in Islam. With Muslims their thoughts are based as if they are travelling long a one way road. One direction ONLY, one direction. This has been the same since the time of their prophet in the 7th century and continues to this day… Muslims demand tolerance, but they don’t have to tolerate anybody else in other societies or faiths…They demand accommodation, but they don’t have to accommodate anybody else…They demand respect but they don’t have to respect anybody else….Remember, they immigrate to your western countries and think that’s your duty to integrate to them, not the reverse.

    Muslims don’t understand that respect is earned not given.

    Islam turned their lives and the lives of others around them into a living hell. Now Muslims are immigrating in huge numbers from their desolated countries and invading yours. They do whatever they can to immigrate to Europe, America, Australia, even if the price is risking their own lives and traveling in sinking disused ships in the middle of the sea. Thousands upon thousands of Muslims everyday stand in front of western consulates in their countries hoping to get a visa to leave their ruined, corrupted, violent and failed societies. All as a result of Islam.

    They wish to see your country as another copy of the one they and their belief ruined and then escaped from. Today, especially the second and third generation of this Islamic immigration have become even more fanatic and violent within the counties that their families sought refuge in. The latter generations are also realizing the success that Islam has had on changing the country’s demographic profile and laws that give extra privileges to them.

    Muslims have a very high birthrate comparing to yours and they will strive to be the dominant or at least the majority group in the future . This will cause a lot of changes and modification in you freedom, laws, quality and way of life and catastrophic consequences, for example; civil war.

    Not every individual who identifies himself as a Muslim means automatically he is an expert in Islam or have read or even know all his religious texts from A to Z. or living according to the teachings and example of his prophet. Not every Muslim means automatically that they must be a scholar of Islam. Many Islam for them is just some rituals no more no less….Any European or American can identify himself as Catholic but that doesn’t mean he is an expert in the bible or following the teachings of Jesus, same thing is applied on Muslims too. People can be good or bad, but Islam itself is very bad.

    Many Westerners non-muslims when they meet or know a fine person identifying himself as Muslims they assume ignorantly that Islam itself is fine too . Many Muslims are so superficially knowledgeable about their own religion. For them Islam is only some rituals like praying, fasting Ramadan, doing the Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca) etc.. But pay attention, they could be either very ignorant about their religion, or very manipulative.

    The vast majority of Muslims are programmed to recite not to understand holy texts, to glorify not to analyze, to praise not to criticize. That’s why you can meet some Muslims telling you some utopian whitewashed issues about their religion.

    A Muslim is ordered to not ask questions about their religion. This is mentioned in the Quran “verse 5:101: “O you who have believed (Muslims), do not ask about things which, if they are shown to you, will distress you.” If they question they could be considered an apostate, and could be killed by their fellows. If claims about the “peacefulness” of Islam are true, Muslims could have taught it to their fellows who commit all kind of atrocities proudly in the name of Islam. This would have stopped them from committing evil in the name of their religion. But since these ignorant Muslims know well there is no Islamic textual basis or religious jurisprudence sustaining their claims, they prefer to tell you these untruths about Islam.

    They understand the western mentality is open and receptive and can accept claims without suspicion or doubt. Unfortunately since many of the western people have lost their faiths, values and principles, they have become empty inside and easily influenced, and easily fooled.

    Muslims depend on your ignorance to feed you the poison like a piece of chocolate. Muslims need and must tell you these utopian imaginary sweet sounding things about Islam either to stop you from resisting their plans or to convert you to Islam, or both.

    Never forget the following fact: The more a Muslim is devout and religious, the more they become dangerous, full of hatred and has tendency to violence…

    Thousands of times I heard Muslims living in the west, their non-Muslim apologists, western politicians and the western mainstream media repeat the following statement : The vast majority of Muslims are moderate peace loving people and only a tiny minority are “extremists”:

    On the terrorist attack of September 11th 2001 I was still living in Egypt (80 million people in this time). 19 Muslim hijackers killed 3000 innocent Americans by their own hands. Almost 80 million Muslim Egyptians following the attacks were celebrating the death of those American victims: All public transport was free this day and for the next three days all the restaurants offered free meals and sweets. All the cinemas and gardens offered free entry, the radio stations didn’t stop playing happy victory songs….Does this mean that only 19 hijackers were “extremists” while the 80 million Muslim Egyptians were “moderate peace loving” people? Does that mean that 80 million are “peace loving” only because they did not kill by their own hands?

    A Muslim generally, as his holy texts command, can never befriend a kaffir (non-Muslim). TO them, you are a “kaffir”, and the “Kaffir” in the Quran is UNCLEAN… They believe hell fire is your final destiny, the only reason why they may smile to you is to proselytize you “Dawah or Daawa دعوة” . This is a religious duty to all Muslims; to try to convert non-Muslims to Islam or at least to try to stop you from defending yourself and to let them achieve their goal quietly and to neutralize you . As it is mentioned in verse 3:28: from the Quran: “Let not the believers take for friends or helpers Unbelievers rather than believers: if any do that, in nothing will there be help from Allah: except by way of precaution, that ye may Guard yourselves from them…”.

    This hypocrisy is widely used and encouraged in Islam when dealing with kaffirs. it’s called “Taqqiyah“ and it is widely used by muslims in non-Islamic countries.

    Muslims are killing each other using the most barbaric ways in Islamic countries. Muslim fathers or mothers can kill their daughters for not wearing the islamic veil or for being too westernize…If they are such unmerciful between each other, how do you except them to be nice to you or befriend you, the “Kaffirs”?…Before you say not All Muslims do that, please admit that this happens, and it happens everyday and happens ONLY in Islamic societies.

    After almost every terrorist attack Muslims in the West pretend to condemn the killing of “Innocent” people or say Islam condemns the killing of such “innocents”…The notion of “innocent” in Islam can never be applied on Non-Muslims, because according to the islamic Jurisprudence, they (the non-Muslims) rejected the message of Allah and Mohammed (they are not Muslims), so they are considered automatically non innocents…But when the Muslims say it in the western media addressing this statement to a non-Muslim audience , they are considered to not be lying because they mean”Islam condemns the killing of Muslims”. They are the only people considered Innocents in the Islamic jurisprudence…

    Muslims can never say Islam condemns the killing of Non-Muslims openly and directly, but says “Innocents” instead…This widely used tactic is called ”Tawriya” or ”Ketman” (تورية و كتمان ). This is an integral part of the Islamic teachings on dealing with non-Muslims. It means a Muslim say something but in his heart he means another thing completely the opposite for example. So that is NOT considered lying in Islam.

    The same thing is applied to the word “terrorism” or “terrorist”…Muslims consider what they do is not terrorism; In their mentality they believe it’s a “resistance to western tyranny” or they are “defending Islam”, “fighting oppression” or “Jihad in the way of Allah”. Therefore Muslims can easily say “Islam condemns terrorism” or “Muslims are not Terrorists” because in their hearts they believe what they do is not terrorism and as mentioned before they are not lying.

    The ultimate goal of Islam is the total domination of your country and eventually the whole world.

    Remember the words of the Muslim terrorist “Mohammed Atta” addressing his passengers victims of flight 11 of American Airways before he hit the First World Trade Centre in 9/11 and kill them all with others inside the tower. He announced to them in the flight intercom: “We have some planes. Just stay quiet and you’ll be O.K. We are returning to the airport. Nobody move. Everything will be okay. If you try to make any moves, you’ll endanger yourself and the airplane. Just stay quiet.”… and he repeated again “Nobody move, please. We are going back to the airport. Don’t try to make any stupid moves.” The poor victims believed him and stayed quiet and they didn’t know they were going to their death.

    This is what Muslims want you to do. To stay quiet, ignorant and don’t resist them. Only at the end will they reveal their evil ideology and conquer you in your own country. By then you will be digging your own grave with your own hands.

    If there is one message I can pass on to you, let it be this: Please be proud of who you are. Be proud of your country, values, civilization, heritage, culture and religion…This is the secret of your strength, the sign of your power, you have absolutely nothing to be ashamed of.

    Don’t forget the fact that you inherited the best civilization the humanity ever knew. This is the civilization that brought enlightenment to the world. This is why people from around the world, including Muslims want and try to live in your countries. Even if Muslims play on your sense of guilt to make you feel ashamed of something, don’t be driven by their dirty tactics. Stay strong and proud…They have millions of reasons to be ashamed of themselves and ashamed of their religion; They are part of the most decadent culture in history and their countries are the most backwards on earth. But they continue to convince themselves that they are perfect and proud and they play the role of the proud people. This is how they succeed to take over you, your culture and more.

    Show them any lack of pride or any sign of weakness, self-loathing and they will use it against you and make you their prey.

    Never forget that nobody can ride on your back if you stand straight.

    Muslims use your own democratic laws and values against you and they do it successfully while you keep sleeping as if as in a deep coma. This is why the leftists are the people who are worthy of the title “useful idiots”. They are in a perpetual state of shame and self-loathing and will be the first victims of Islam once it takes over…Muslims use them as a stick to beat you with, but even they will never ever be accepted as friends to the Muslims after, and they will definitely be their first victims. Leftists, Liberals, progressives, Antifa, Code Pink etc. are all appeasers of Islam. Appeasing evil is cowardice. They are fooled people who feed crocodiles hoping they will eat them last. They are the enemy within your countries.

    Your country is like your house; you expect visitors who come to your house to respect you and respect your rules, not the opposite. Visitors must appreciate your kindness and your generosity for receiving them into your home and not imposing their own rules on you. This is your house, you own it, so you have the obligation to protect it and defend it.

    If the visitor doesn’t like your rules, all he has to do is to leave. Nobody obliged him to visit you, and nobody will prevent him from leaving. As he came to your house by his own choice, he can leave your house freely or by force, if required..

    For more than 1400 years Islam has been protected from criticism. Nobody has dared to question this belief system lest to be condemned to death. Islam is surrounded by very high walls, and Muslims are not allowed to see beyond that wall. The idea of questioning Islam is unthinkable to Muslims, so they are unable to accept the fact there is some people start to break this wall and allow rays of lights to pass through. They are unable to bare the fact that Islam is beginning to be exposed like a nude person and people are snow seeing its true form As a reaction Muslims fight to shut mouths and to close everyone’s eyes.

    The average Muslim is unable to differentiate between criticism and insult, between analysis and attack. They interpret any criticism of Islam automatically and their own reaction is to attack or insult.

    Remember the concept of “hate speech” or “insult” in the Islamic mentality is not the same as the universal concept of these words.

    A “hate speech” or an “insult” in Islam is to say something Muslims don’t like to hear or to acknowledge about their religion. This can be something they don’t want you to know about their religion, even if this thing is supported by a million proof from their “sacred” Islamic texts. For example to say the prophet of Islam was a pedophile, is considered a huge insult to Mohammed or an “Islamophobia”, despite there are many authentic “hadiths” (sacred books of words and deeds of Mohammed) witness that he “married” one of his favourite wives “Aisha” when she was 6 years old and he was 54 years old.

    Muslims are unable to make a difference between Islam and the tip of their noses. Once you criticize Islam this is like a punch to their very own noses. The inability to criticize Islam must be stopped. People should be able to criticize Islam without fear of retribution. Muslims must learn that they are not above criticism or above other people or other religions. Islam like all other religions should be questioned, analyzed and criticized.

    Muslims are masters of deception and manipulation, They use your taboos to intimidate you and silence you. They know the greatest taboo in the west is “Racism” so they don’t hesitate to label you a “racist” to intimidate you despite Islam is not a race but a belief system. As I mentioned before, don’t show them any sign of weakness and allow them to push their own values on upon you. They understand only the language of POWER. Just say NO to their unreasonable non-stop demands.

    Remember, Muslims love and need to portray themselves ALWAYS as “victims”. This is their greatest weapon against you in the west. Victimhood enables them to act violently and give them the pretext to attack non-muslims around the world. It fuels them more and more with hate. This hate generates more violence. Additionally to this Victimhood allow them to silence you and stop you from resisting their agenda. This is why the easiest thing for them is to label those who criticize Islam or reveal its reality as “racist” an “islamophobe” or “bigot”.

    One final thing you must be aware of. Muslims are projectors of themselves. They accuse you of what they truly are. They accuse you of being racist, while they are themselves racist. Islam is all about racism. They accuse you to be a hater, while they themselves hate unconditionally. Islam is full of hatred incitement and violence. They accuse you of being a bigot, while Muslims act supremacism and are bigotry themselves.

    Muslims generally suffer from a collective state of paranoia and conspiracy theories. This has existed since the time of their prophet till now. They believe they are perpetually persecuted, discriminated against and oppressed by non-Muslims. They believe that Jews and Christians are plotting against them to make them convert to Christianity and Judaism. Some Koranic verses enforce this sick sentiment in them like in Verse 2:120 “ And never will the Jews or the Christians approve of you until you follow their religion.

    Muslims residing in western countries living on the defensive. They interpret any disciplinary action against a Muslim or a refusal of a nonsensical religious demands as an act of anti-Muslim bias, or direct discrimination against Muslims. Consequently Muslims cause a lot of trouble and unnecessary headaches within their host country and to the people who welcomed them in their land.

    Why? The basic mistake has been countries tolerating Islamic Cultural Imperialism. This has seized upon the opportunity of the West’s open-handedness to refugees and asylum seekers. Muslims have adopted a Trojan Horse tactic to invade, over-run & take over.

    By this current massive islamic immigration allowed to Western free countries (North America, Europe, and Australia), we are witnessing the beginning of the end of the west we use to know, and the beginning of the end of the western free civilization we use to cherish.

    • Seems like you have a lot of time to copy and paste ignorant articles. Please either read the article above and keep the comments relevant, or leave. Thanks and have a great day!

        • oh yes, very lucky to have your support and interest, thanks for spending time on our little ol’ site! I’m actually quite busy doing things other than commenting hate speech on articles, but thanks for the offer! Have a nice day! 🙂

          • Have the courage of your convictions. Keep faith. It takes a while for blogs to grow. Don’t be discouraged by negative people. They have nothing better to do but project hate.

            Patience and endurance…

          • Thank you for the kind words! I have no doubt about the growth of this site and am excited to see it grow 🙂

          • You are welcome. There are no shortcuts in life. All that is worthy to have has to be earned the hard way. People only see the success. As if it happened overnight without effort and commitment.

            The sweat and the midnight oil that was burnt to get there, light the way…they never see.

            Hang in there…

          • If you weren’t so bent on maintaining your ignorance of the evils of Islam, perhaps you wouldn’t be so eager to encourage those that blog in its behalf.

          • I have come across some evil Muslims, if you can call them that, but the evils of Islam, I don’t know. You tell me about those.

          • Islam is as it is told Muslims in the Quran. If I had you read the manifesto of the Klu Klux Klan and you met some Klansmen whose face to you was that of your friendly neighbor, what would you do, accept them as friends? Muslims in the US pose an unthreatening face to the public. American Muslims attend their mosques, and hear the teachings of their prophet, Mohammed from their Imam and give Quran mandated donations to Muslim charities, which benefit Muslims exclusively. Few of us know the tone of what goes on in those mosques, but I doubt that it is charitable toward homosexuals, atheists, Jews and Christians, and people of all other infidel religions. If Muslims are not conducting violent jihad, they are sending charity that winds up in the hands of those who do. This is how good Muslim in Western countries who appear to be ordinary citizens get away with proxy jihad conducted in Palestine and other parts of the world, “converting” and punishing their brothers who do not accept the same brand of Islam (Sunni or Shia) as they have done. Sunnis view Shia as apostates and vice versa. This is has been for 1400 hears.

      • You post was made on 11 October and I’m the only poster to date. Your lucky to have anyone post on this site at all.

      • There are propaganda and hate specialists, on both sides of the equations, who have no experience of the other. The objective of their hate.

        And they mingle not with people they know nothing about. Building walls of hate around you is not enlightening. Experiencing the person changes ones mindset.

    • Asalaam alaikum sis I enjoyed reading this and some of the other posts. Just found the blog and i will be following. 🙂

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