This past Sunday we not only witnessed the live announcement of the Liwaa Cup 2013 but also heard from 16 AlMaghrib Instructors on the topic of Crafting a Legacy in celebration of 10 years of AlMaghrib. Each talk was insightful and more importantly practical to our everyday lives.
Here are some of the gems we learnt:
The importance of having a Vision in life of the Duniya and the Akhira
It is important to have a vision/mission statement in life as a person. Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years? Then you can work on the goals and objectives and actualise your plan to make your vision a reality. Sync your goals with your Vision.
– Sh Riad Ouarzazi
Importance of taking Action
What is the value of knowledge if you do not ACT upon it? The sahaba would recite and learn 10 ayat at a time, implement them and then continue.
– Sh Kamal elMekki
Prayer as a means of Success
What you live on is what you die on and what you die on is what you will be resurrected on. For every salah the muezzin reminds us of the success of salah – calling us to to salah is where the true success is. Nowadays people measure success on greed and material things but the true success lies in the prayer.
– Sh Said Rageah
Sincerity brings Barakah into the action and the knowledge. Our actions hinges on intention. Shaytaan wants us to give up on the action by corrupting our intention but Allah wants us to struggle with the intention so that we can continue to return back to Him Azza Wa Jal
– Sh Saad Tasleem
Leaving a Legacy
The Prophet (SAW) raised a generation of leaders. Make dua that we are leaders in Iman and Taqwa and in our relationship with Allah Azza Wa Jal
– Sh Ahsan Hanif
Having SMART Goals
Create S-M-A-R-T Goals for yourself:
Specific | Measurable | Attainable | Relevant |Time bound
These are practical tips but lack spirituality from a deen perspective, so:
1) Fear your sins like you fear your enemy
2) Make du’a
3) Keep righteous companionship
- Sh Navaid Aziz
Allah has promised 3 things to the believer who has patience:
1) Allah praises you
2) Allah bestows His Mercy on you
3) Allah guides you
– Sh Waleed Basyouni
Don’t be afraid to Stumble
We are meant to stumble. There is a divine wisdom behind stumbling. The best of the sinners are the ones that sin but turn back to Allah to ask for forgiveness the quickest.
– Sh Omar Suleiman
Importance of bringing benefit to others
You cannot be a selfish muslim – it is an oxymoron. The best of people are the ones that benefit the people. The benefit of the duniya is a benefit that you need to live but the benefit of Iman is one that you can die with and allows you to live an eternal life and the benefit of Iman that is the greatest, is the benefit of knowledge of Islam, Allah and the Prophet (SAW) and how to worship Allah.
– Sh Yasir Qadhi
The Psychology of Excellence
Our mindset is important in leaving a legacy behind. Ibn Hazm (Rahimullah) said: The smart one will not accept any reward for himself less than Jannah. This is the essence of Al-Ihsaan. Whatever you do then do it with the intention for no reward for yourself other than Jannah. Set your goals high, even if you fall short. Set your eyes on Jannah.
– Sh Yaser Birjas
Friendship & Seeking Advice
Be careful with who you make friends with as they can make us or they can break us. Allah says in the Qur’an: Close friends will be enemies on the Day of Judgement unless they are people of Taqwa.
– Sh Mohammad Faqih
Beware of Shaytaan and his trap
Major sins are Shaytaan’s finest artillery and we can avoid it. Keep your eyes open for the smaller sins that we may not think that we are doing wrong but these small innovations in the deen can be the traps of Shaytaan. Allah forgives all sins if the believer repents.
– Dr Reda Bedeir
Holding yourself to Account
You should hold yourself to account now in this duniya BEFORE we go to the akhira. The death of people around us are lessons for us and gives us perspective. We should be able to be focussed on high standards and high quality and hold ourselves to account. Make a to-do list of everything that needs to be done. Check it everyday and hold yourself accountable for every day and everything before you go to bed.
– Sh Abu Eesa
Having Tawakkul in Allah
Tie your camel and place your trust in Allah. Allah will not change the state of the people until they change themselves. Half of the equation is making du’a to Allah Azza Wa Jal, praying Qiyaam-ul-Layl, going into sajdah and calling upon Allah Azza Wa Jal and placing your trust in Him.
Allah Azza Wa Jal promises the believers in the Qur’an and He will give you the result:
1) Be thankful to Allah Azza Wa Jal.
2) Du’a. Allah Azza Wa Jal will answer the call of the believer if they call upon Him.
3) Always keep our Iman and Taqwa in check. Commanding the good and forbidding the evil.
– Sh Muhammad AlShareef
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