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The Ever-lasting Delight

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ لَذَّةَ النَّظَرِ إِلَى وَجْهِكَ وَالشَّوْقَ إِلَى لِقَائِكَ
“O Allāh, I ask You for the delight of gazing at Your Face and the eagerness of meeting You.”

Aameen!

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Ramadan Mubarak!

Finally the Blessed Month is here! As I read today somewhere that Muslims are the only folks on planet who get excited for a month of no food and drink, I feel blessed to be one such Muslim Alhamdulillah! Here’s wishing Ramadan Kareem to all my brothers and sister! =)

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I’ve been busy doing a lot of things, but did not have the time to share things on my blog, but now inshaAllah I will be sharing some new and old things with you, my designs, my experiments, my life, and delicious healthy recipes to keep you filled during Ramadan! So stay tuned (Or just keep waiting, since this is not a radio show to tune into =D )!

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If My servants asks about Me…I am near!

The love and closeness that you can experience directly with Allah, can never come with another person in between. I was very much in need of this, Alhamdulillah! He is near! He is waiting!

Reflect on this. In the Qur’ān, Allāh jalla wa ‘alā says:

“They ask you about the crescent moons. Say…”
“They ask you what they should give. Say…”
“They ask you about fighting in the prohibited month. Say…”
“They ask you about intoxicants and gambling. Say…”
“They ask you about menstruation. Say…”
“They ask you what is lawful for them. Say…”
“They ask you about the Hour, ‘When will it happen?’ Say…”
“They ask you about it as if you were eager to find out. Say…”
“They ask you about the battle gains. Say…”
“People ask you about the Hour. Say…”

Every single non-repeated honest question in this form in the Qur’ān, is followed by the command from Allāh jalla wa ‘alā to: SAY…
Except for one verse.
Allāh jalla wa ‘alā said: “If My servants ask you about Me…I am near.”
Amazing. He never told the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) this time to, “Say…”
Why? Because this is about du‘ā. There are no intermediaries needed such as previously like the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam), when it comes to du‘ā.
This is about the slave of Allāh wanting to speak to his true Lord – a Lord who doesn’t need appointments, loves to be asked, loves those who make constant du‘ā to Him, loves those who don’t depend on anyone but Him, loves that there are no intermediaries between Him and His slave, and loves to respond directly when spoken to directly and sincerely.
Allāhu Akbar. This really is a breath-taking point to consider from the amazing splendors of the Qur’ān.
The most striking thing about the beauty of an authentic orthodox Islam as practiced by the Salaf, is just this direct, pure and immediate access to Allāh when you want to speak to Him.

There are no Catholic Priests, or in a more orthodox Christian light the Son of God, or indeed various gods from a polytheistic angle such as Hinduism, or special intermediaries in Sufi mystic orders and tarīqahs, or certain Imāms with the Shī‘ah, and even the use of the Prophet within some Sunni Muslim sects, that are required to carry your message, plea or request to Allāh Almighty Himself.
No. It’s just you and Allāh. Speak to Him directly to your heart’s content. And now after realizing just how easy Allāh makes this and wants you to come straight to Him, I hope you will do so even more now. Du‘ā truly is the weapon of the Believer. Don’t be stingy or delay using it ever.

By: Abu Eesa Niamatullah

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My favorite dua’a (supplication)

This is one of my favorite dua’as, there are many of course. It’s taken from the Quran (Surah Al Qasas, Ayah 24)

“My Lord, indeed I am, for whatever good You would send down to me in need.”

I just love love love this one! It has the utmost humbleness of a servant asking His Lord for something that He thinks is best! It is said that in time of need if you recite this dua’a endlessly, your needs will be fulfilled in the best manner, inshaAllah!

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Typography

My first attempt at Typography. It took a lot of time and effort, but I loved playing around with fonts and words.

“Sins slowly suffocate the heart, abandoning sins brings life to the heart.”

~Abdullah ibn Mubarak

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About Abdullah ibn Mubarak: He was a great scholar of the third generation of Muslims (taba’ al-tabi’in), a student of Imam Abu Hanifa and Imam Malik. See more about Abdullah ibn Mubarak.