Assalam alaykum guys, I am writing this post with a heavy heart after hearing the news of a secondary school friend of mine who died at Abu,zaria yesterday afternoon. May Allah grant him Al-janah fridaus Then it dawned on me, what really are we after in this life? It’s a question I want we all to ask ourselves deep down. is it material things of the world ?We will leave them all behind. Then after that what will we will have left to face our lord is our faith.

Everyone is scared of dying and rightly so. The uncertainty of what lies beyond is frightening. It may be that of all religions, Islam, provides the most graphic details of what comes after death and lies beyond. Islam views death to be a natural threshold to the next stage of existence.

Merits of the Soul: Repentance (Tawbah)

A brief text explaining the significance of repentance, exploring into the essence of true, sincere repentance and how it can be achieved.

Repentance (Tawbah)

O you who believe! Turn (in repentance) to Allah with sincere repentance; Perhaps your Lord will remove your evil from you… (Holy Qur’an, 66: 8)

The Prophet of Allah (s) said: There are four signs of one who is repentant:
1) He is sincere to God in his actions
2) He shuns falsehood
3) He is firmly attached to truth and
4) He is eager to do good. [Al-Harani, Tuhaf al-`Uqool, p. 20]

Imam Ja’far al-Sadiq (a) said: “When a servant turns to God with sincere repentance (tawbatun nasuh), God loves him and covers him (i.e. his sins) in the world and the Hereafter.” I said, “And how does He cover him?” The Imam (a) replied, “He makes the two angels (assigned to write his deeds) forget that which they have writ­ten of his sins. Then He inspires his limbs (saying), ‘Conceal his sins,’ and He inspires places of the earth (saying), ‘Conceal the sins that he used to commit over you.’ Then he meets God in such a manner that there is nothing to bear witness against him regarding any sin.”[Al‑Kulayni, al‑Kafi, kitab al‑’iman wa al‑kufr, bab al‑Tawbah, hadith #1]

The reality of Tawbah

Tawbah means return to the soul’s initial spirituality after the light of its human nature (fitrah) and its spirit has been covered by the darkness of sins and disobedience. The human soul in its initial state has neither any spiritual virtues nor any vices. It is capable of reaching any station, but in its original state it is pure, sinless and has an intrinsic luminosity.

The perpetration of sins causes obscurity within the heart, and the light of intrin­sic nature is extinguished and converted into darkness. However, before total darkness envelops the heart, if a person awakens from the slumber of negligence and makes repentance, the soul gradually returns from the darkness to the light of its original nature and essential spirituality.

This is mentioned in the famous hadith from Imam Baqir (a):“One who repents from sin is like the one who has not sinned..” [Al‑Kulayni, al‑Kafi, kitab al‑’iman wa al‑kufr, bab al‑Tawbah, hadith #10]

The essentials and conditions required for Tawbah

Tawbah is not accepted from one who merely declares, “I repent.” There are a number of conditions that must be fulfilled before the acceptance of Tawbah. These are mentioned below in the following hadith:

• It is narrated that someone said: Astaghfirullah (I seek God’s forgiveness) before Imam ‘Ali (a). He said to him. “May your mother mourn for you! Do you know what istighfar is? Verily istighfar is a degree of the ‘illiyyun(people of high station) and it is a word that means six things. First is remorse over the past. Second, the resolution not to return to it ever. Third, to return to creatures their (formerly usurped) rights so that you meet God Almighty in a state of purity in which no one has any claim against you.Fourth, that you fulfil every duty that you neglected in order to satisfy your obliga­tion in respect to it. Fifth, that you attend to the flesh of your body that has grown on unlawful nourishment so that it melts away as a result of grief and mourning and your skin adheres to your bones, after which new flesh grows in its place. Sixth, that you make your body taste the pain of obedience in the same way as it earlier tasted the pleasure of sins. When you have done these things then say Astaghfirul­lah! [Nahj al‑Balagha, saying # 417]

This noble tradition mentions two prerequisites for Tawbah (remorse and resolution), two important conditions for its acceptance (returning the rights of creatures and of the Creator), and finally two points for the perfection of repentance.

Tawbatun nasuh (sincere repentance)

According to great researcher al‑Shaykh al‑Bahai (qs), there are several meanings of tawbatun nasuh. A few of them are mentioned below:

Tawbah that ‘advises’ the people, i.e. it invites them to simu­late him (the repenter) on account of the good effect produced in the repenter, or Tawbah that ‘counsels’ the repenter to root out sins and never return to them again.

Tawbah that is done purely for God’s sake, similar to the pure honey that is free from wax, and thus called `asalun nasuh. Sincerity requires that the remorse should be on account of the ugliness of sins and the displeasure of God, and not from fear of the hellfire.

• The word nasuh is also related to nasabah which means tailoring, because Tawbah sews together the body of faith which is torn by sin, and because it joins the penitent person to God’s awliya’ (friends) and His lovers in the same way that separate pieces of cloth are joined together by tailoring.

• Yet another interpretation says that nasuh is an attribute of the penitent and tawbatun nasuh is a Tawbah whose performer admonishes him­self to take part in a perfect repentance until the effects of sins are totally purged from the heart. This task is only attained by causing the soul to taste regret and grief and by clearing its darkness caused by past sins with the light of virtuous actions.

The sooner, the better…

Successful Tawbah is a difficult task. Indulging in sins, especially major and mortal ones, cause a person to become totally forgetful of Tawbah. If the tree of sins growing in the orchard of the human heart reaches maturity and its roots become strong, the results are calamitous, causing a person to turn completely away from repentance.

Even when the thought of Tawbah occasionally comes to his mind, he postpones it from one day to another, and from one month to the next, telling himself, “I will make sound repentance at the end of my life and in old age.” This is wishful thinking. Such a person cannot perform Tawbah after the roots of sinfulness have grown deep into his personality. The best time for Tawbah is youth when sins are fewer, the inner dark­ness of the heart is incomplete and all the conditions of Tawbah are easier to fulfil. This God‑given opportunConclusionity should be availed at all costs and one shouldn’t pay heed to satanic whisperings to postpone Tawbah. And therefore, one should do Tawbah as soon as possible after a sin is committed. An intelligent person who realizes this fact, abstains from sins, and undoes wrong committed in the past.

His penitent heart filled with remorse, develops a firm determination to quit sinful life. God helps him and if his Tawbah is sincere, he becomes the beloved of God as mentioned in the holy verse: “Verily God loves the repentant” (2: 222)

Imam ‘Ali (a) said: “If you want to win His blessings in the next world, today is the day of preparation while tomorrow is the day of reward. The place to proceed to is Paradise while the fplace of doom is Hell. Is there no one among you to repent for his deeds before his death, compensate for wrongs he has done, and do good before the calamity of retribution descends upon him?” [Nahj al-Balagha, sermon #33]

A calfl to awaken the heart for Tawbah

• O man! How sinful and foolish you are not to know the worth of the bounties of your Provider. After having spent years in dis­obedience and after prolonged disloyalty to such a merciful Lord, Who has pro­vided all the means of your comfort and ease ‑ without there being, na`udhu bi Allah, any imaginable benefit to Him ‑ having vio­lated His sanctities and taken shamelessness and recalcitrance to their extreme, now that you are remorseful, penitent and repentant, God Almighty has taken you as His loved one. What an abundance of mercy and plenitude of bounty! O God! We are incapable of thanking You for Your bounties. Our tongues are unable to praise and extol You. All that we can do is to bow our heads in shame and ask Your pardon for our shamelessness. We don’t deserve Your mercy. Indeed, Your mercy is more abundant and Your bounties are more inclusive than can be described.

• A wise man should endeavour to intensify the form of contrition and grief in the heart so that God willing, it sets aflame the fire of remorse. That is, through meditation about the terrible consequences of sin, remorse becomes stronger in his heart, thereby voluntarily kindling the holy fire, the fire about which Qur’an says: The fire of God kindled (roaring) over the hearts, a vault upon them, in outstretched columns (104:6-8).

In his heart, burning the fire of remorse will incinerate all his sins and burn away all its rust and corrosion. He should know that were he not to kindle himself this fire in this world and were he not to open upon himself the door of this hell, he would inevitably pass from this world into the next world to face the terribly cauterizing fire prepared for him there. Thereupon the doors of Hell shall be opened and the doors of Paradise closed to him. A wise person thus realises the grave consequences of his sins.

• O God! Give us a chest lit with the fire of remorse. Set our hearts aflame with the worldly fire and set it afire by throwing into it the sparks of remorse. Remove the rust of our hearts and take us from this world in a state of freedom from the consequences of sins. Surely You are the Lord of bounties. [Adopted from Al-Khomeini, Forty Hadith, chapter 17, ‘Tawbah’]


• Imam Zain al-Abidin (a) said: “My God ! You are He who has opened a door to Your pardon and named it ‘repentance’ for You said, ‘Repent to God with unswerving (sincere) repentance’ (66: 8). What is the excuse for him who remains heedless of entering the door after its opening?” [al-Sahifa al-Kamilah,


WITH 💖💖,



Beauty tips:Benefits of Orange Peel face mask

Assalam alaykum guys/hello there, I happen to have stumbled on this benefit of orange Peel while working on my project and I couldn’t help but share with the world.

Orange peel is rich in antioxidants and vitamin C that help to tighten and tone the skin, giving it a healthy glow.

An orange peel face mask may sound like a strange idea, but it has many benefits to offer to the skin. It is rich in antioxidants and vitamin C that help tighten and tone the skin, giving it a healthy glow. The citric acid in the orange peel also exfoliates and brightens up your skin. Here are a few orange peel face masks that you can make at home for a radiant look.

How to make orange peel powder

For making all of these face masks, use sun-dried and powdered orange peels. To make powdered orange peel, wash the orange peel in distilled water. Then spread the peels on a tray and place them in areas which receive plenty of sunshine. Let orange peels dry in the sun for a day or two then crush the peels into a powder using a blender. You can store the powder in an air-tight container.

Orange peel and oatmeal mask to beat acne

Since the peel is rich in vitamin C, it protects skin from free radical damage, keeps acne at bay and promotes a healthy glowing skin. The oatmeal deep cleanses your pores and drives out any dirt, grime and oil from the surface of the skin. Here are 5 effective face packs for an acne-free skin.

How to use:

  • Mix 2 teaspoons of orange peel powder with 1 teaspoon oatmeal.
  • Also add 1 teaspoon baking soda to the mixture.
  • Drop in some water until a thick paste is formed.
  • Using your fingertips massage a thick coat of the mixture on your face in a circular motion.
  • Let it sit for 20 minutes and then rinse it off with cold water.
  • Using this thrice a week will give you an acne-free skin.

Orange peel and milk face mask to combat dry skin

The potassium in orange peel hydrates the withered dehydrated skin. Application of the mask also helps to lock in moisture in the skin. Milk pulls out the excess oils from the clogged pores and hydrates and nourishes the skin. Here are 5 home remedies for dry skin that work.

How to use:

  • In a small bowl, mix 2 teaspoons orange peel powder with 1 teaspoon milk.
  • Also, add 1 teaspoon coconut oil to the mixture.
  • Now apply the mixture on your face and allow it to dry for 15 minutes.
  • Then gently rinse your face thoroughly with warm water.
  • Applying this twice a week will remove the dryness and give a wonderful glow to your skin.

Orange peel and sandalwood mask to prevent wrinkles

This magical face mask can prove effective in keeping the signs of ageing such as pimples and fine lines at bay. Orange peel is excellent for reducing oxidative stress in skin cells, which in turn helps in maintaining a youthful glowing skin. The calcium sandalwood helps in the renewal of the worn out cells and prevent DNA damage. Also, try out these home-made packs to fight wrinkles.

How to use:

  • Mix 2 teaspoons orange peel powder with 1 teaspoon sandalwood powder.
  • Now add some rose water to it to make a smooth paste.
  • Apply it on your face and neck and let it settle for half an hour.
  • Then wash it with water and wipe off with a soft cloth.
  • Use this twice a week for a youthful and glowing skin.

Orange peel and honey mask to reduce blemishes

Orange peel has natural bleaching properties which helps lighten spots. Honey has powerful antiseptic, antibacterial and moisturising properties which hydrate and nourish the skin. You can also try these home remedies to get rid of blemishes.

How to use:

  • Mix 2 teaspoons orange peel powder with 1 teaspoon organic honey.
  • Also add 1 teaspoon yogurt to the mixture and combine it well.
  • Clean your face with water and apply a thick coat of the mixture on your face.
  • Let it sit for 15 minutes and rinse your face gently with cold water. Pat dry with a towel.
  • You can then use coconut oil or olive oil on your face to combat dryness.
  • Follow this routine twice a week to see the spots disappearing.

Orange peel and multani mitti mask for removing tan

The orange peel and multani mitti, or fuller’s earth, mask removes tan, giving an even skin complexion. Orange peel will lighten the skin and fuller’s earth will soothe the irritated skin. Here’s how you can use multani mitti or fuller’s earth for skin care problems.

I havent tried it but from my project I have discovered it’s antimicrobial effect on making the skin glow and acne free. It’s tested, trusted and reliable.

Bleaching and its type | Procedure and Precautions | Side effects of Bleaching| Homemade facial Bleaches

Fair, smooth and even coloured skin is every women desire. Bleaching is one of the beauty treatment commonly used to get fair and even coloured skin Bleaching is a process of lightning facial hairs as well as removing any dark spots on the face. It also helps in whitening your skin. But bleaching is a process to be done by utmost care. More over one should carefully choose the type of bleach according to the nature of the skin. Following are the procedures and precautions one should take while bleaching.

Fair, smooth and even coloured skin is every women desire. Bleaching is one of the beauty treatment commonly used to get fair and even coloured skin Bleaching is a process of lightning facial hairs as well as removing any dark spots on the face. It also helps in whitening your skin. But bleaching is a process to be done by utmost care. More over one should carefully choose the type of bleach according to the nature of the skin. Following are the procedures and precautions one should take while bleaching.


Selection of bleach:-
The very first and one of the most important step while bleaching is the selection of the bleach. There are
two types of bleaches available in the market.

1. Powdered bleach :- While using powdered bleach you have to add bleaching powder, liquid hydrogen peroxide and ammonia. As the effect of powdered bleach is very high one should use powdered bleach only for bleaching dark spots and freckles.
2. Milk bleach :- If you have a sensitive skin and you want to bleach whole face you can use milk bleach. It is made of milk powder can be used by mixing ammonia.
3. Oxy-Bleach:- Oxy bleach is the latest variety of bleach which is said to be the safest bleach ever. It comes with a pre bleach cream which forms a protective shield on your skin. Oxy – bleach revives the skin by the oxygen and gives your pale skin an instant glow.
4. Soap flakes bleach:- This kind of bleach is best suited for oily skin. As oily skin are prone to acne and pimples soap flake bleach comes in the form of soap with antibacterial properties. It is to be used as soap.
5. Aloevera bleach:- Bleaching on an aged skin makes it sagging. So instead of ammonia based bleach cream on should use aloevera bleach. It keeps the moisture of the skin intact.
6. Oil based bleach cream bleach: Dry skin oil based bleach is best as it comes in the form of crystals and keeps the moisture balance of your skin.

2. Patch test:-
After selecting the type of bleach you are using you must take a patch test before applying bleach your face. Apply the bleach on a small patch of you elbow or behind you ears. Now watch if it is causing any kind of allergy or reddens on your skin. If there is any kind of allergy drop the idea of using a chemical bleach. Then you should go for natural homemade bleach for skin whitening.

3. Clean your facial skin:-
If your skin passes the patch test clean your skin washing your face with cool water and gentle face wash. Never use hot water or exfoliate your skin as it will open the pores of your skin which in turn could harm your skin.

4. Make a paste :-
Make the paste only when you are ready to apply it on your face. Mix the cream and the powder only as directed. Don’t alter the ratio as altering could harm your skin. More over only mix the right quantity because the leftover is of no use.

5. Apply the paste :-
Apply the paste on your face in downward motion. Avoid area near eyes, eyebrows and lips. Don’t rub or scrub. Wait for 10 to 15 minutes depending upon the colour of your skin. If you have a dark complexion apply for lesser time longer time will lighten the colour of your facial hairs more than your skin tone, which will look odd.

6. Check and remove the bleach:-
See a small portion of your skin by removing the bleach if you got the desired colour. If yes remove the bleach by washing with cold water and wipe the face.

7. Apply moisturiser:-
Bleaching process takes away the moisture of your skin and can make it dry so ensure to apply an unscented moisturiser or body lotion always after the bleaching process.

Side effects of Bleaching:-
1. It can let to burned skin or irruptions on skin if not used carefully. The quantity of activator must be according to guidelines.
2. Keeping bleach more than 15 minutes can also harm your skin, be sure to remove the bleach from your face within 15 minutes.
3. Bleaching should be done not more than once in 15 days. In addition to this regular bleaching takes away the glow from the face and gives it a pale shade. But not to worry. For regular use you can use homemade facial bleach. While chemical bleach gives you an instant fairness. Homemade bleach may take its time but it can be used regularly and it is safe for use. Moreover homemade bleach will also give you a glowing face.
4. Don’t bleach if you are pregnant or breast feeding your child. As chemicals( hydrogen peroxide or mercury) travel from your skin to your blood and can the fetus.
5. Stay away from sun before and after bleaching. As it will minimise the effect of bleaching.
6. Never bleach after facial. It will take away all your glow.

So want to try homemade bleach. Here are some recopies of some homemade bleaches which you can prepare easily at home, are cheap and 100% safe for use i.e. these homemade bleaches have no side effect at all.
1. Lime juice and honey homemade facial bleach:-
Lime is a citrus fruit and hence has skin lightening effect. Mix lime juice and honey to make a thick facial paste. Apply this paste on your face for 20 minutes. After that rinse your face with cold water. As this is a mild bleach so you have to do this bleach a couple of time to effectively lighten the colour of your hair. But this is a great skin tonic. It will also leave your skin glowing.
2 . Tomato and lime juice homemade facial bleach:-
For more quick results slush a tomato and mix lime juice in it. Apply on your face and wait
for fifteen minutes. As it is a highly acidic mixture it will give you very quick results and helps
in skin whitening.
3. Olive oil and sugar homemade facial bleach:-
Take some virgin olive oil and mix some sugar in it. Keep it for 5 minutes and after that apply in your face. It is also a very effective homemade facial bleach. In addition to lightening your skin and hair colour it gives your skin all nourishment it needs. This homemade bleach is best suited for dry skin.
4. Turmeric and lime juice homemade facial bleach:-
Turmeric is famous for its medicinal qualities. In addition to these it is also a very good skin lightening agent because it is a highly acidic. Mix turmeric powder(be sure it is pure ) and lime juice. And apply on your face for 15 minutes. After that rinse your face and you can clean your face with milk or milk cream or use gram flour cleaning as turmeric leaves yellow colour on your face.
5. Orange peels and milk cream homemade facial bleach:-
Orange also is a good natural bleach as it is citrus fruit and contain anti-oxidants. Take some grinded orange peel powder and mix it with fresh milk cream. Apply on face, wait for 20 minutes and wash with lukewarm water. Milk is also a known skin lightening agent.
6. Carrot and lime juice herbal facial bleach:-
Note a recepie of a very effective herbal facial bleach. Make the paste of carrot and coriander. Squash the juice of tomato. Take some lime juice and mix all the ingredients. You can also mix a few drops of milk in it. This is a very effective herbal homemade facial bleach.

All the above herbal homemade bleaches are safe to use. You can bleach your face once in a week using all the above herbal homemade bleaches. For sensitive skin keep the quantity of lime quite low as it can cause some irritation instead you can increase the quantity of honey. But for quick results chemical bleaching is the only option for lightening the colour of facial hair and whitening the facial skin. Do it with full precaution and procedures. It will not do any harm if used occasionally.

With 💖,


Faith. Jihad:A misunderstood concept from Islam of what jihad is not

Assalam alaykum guys, am going to be talking about jihad and the misconception people have about it.


  • The Arabic word “jihad” is often translated as “holy war,” but in a purely linguistic sense, the word ” jihad” means struggling or striving.
  • The arabic word for war is: “al-harb”.
  • In a religious sense, as described by the Quran and teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (s), “jihad” has many meanings. It can refer to internal as well as external efforts to be a good Muslims or believer, as well as working to inform people about the faith of Islam.
  • If military jihad is required to protect the faith against others, it can be performed using anything from legal, diplomatic and economic to political means. If there is no peaceful alternative, Islam also allows the use of force, but there are strict rules of engagement. Innocents – such as women, children, or invalids – must never be harmed, and any peaceful overtures from the enemy must be accepted.
  • Military action is therefore only one means of jihad, and is very rare. To highlight this point, the Prophet Mohammed told his followers returning from a military campaign: “This day we have returned from the minor jihad to the major jihad,” which he said meant returning from armed battle to the peaceful battle for self-control and betterment.
  • In case military action appears necessary, not everyone can declare jihad. The religious military campaign has to be declared by a proper authority, advised by scholars, who say the religion and people are under threat and violence is imperative to defend them. The concept of “just war” is very important.
  • The concept of jihad has been hijacked by many political and religious groups over the ages in a bid to justify various forms of violence. In most cases, Islamic splinter groups invoked jihad to fight against the established Islamic order. Scholars say this misuse of jihad contradicts Islam.
  • Examples of sanctioned military jihad include the Muslims’ defensive battles against the Crusaders in medieval times, and before that some responses by Muslims against Byzantine and Persian attacks during the period of the early Islamic conquests.


  • Jihad is not a violent concept.
  • Jihad is not a declaration of war against other religions. It is worth noting that the Koran specifically refers to Jews and Christians as “people of the book” who should be protected and respected. All three faiths worship the same God. Allah is just the Arabic word for God, and is used by Christian Arabs as well as Muslims.
  • Military action in the name of Islam has not been common in the history of Islam. Scholars says most calls for violent jihad are not sanctioned by Islam.
  • Warfare in the name of God is not unique to Islam. Other faiths throughout the world have waged wars with religious justifications.
  • Jihad: An Introduction

    Peace and freedom are two essential requirements of a society. Just as various penal measures help in protecting a society from the evils and excesses committed by an individual, resorting to armed offensives sometimes becomes essential to curb the evils perpetrated by countries and nations. As long as diplomatic relations and negotiations can be used to resolve matters, no one would endorse the use of force for settling affairs. However, if a nation threatens to disrupt the peace and freedom of the world and its arrogance and haughtiness exceed all bounds, a stage may come when the use of force and power becomes essential to keep it in check. In such cases, it is the inalienable right of humankind to forcibly stop its subversive activities until peace and freedom of the world are restored. The Qur’an asserts that if the use of force had not been allowed in such cases, the disruption and disorder caused by insurgent nations would have reached the extent that the places of worship would have become deserted and forsaken, not to mention the disruption of the society itself:

    وَلَوْلَا دَفْعُ اللَّهِ النَّاسَ بَعْضَهُمْ بِبَعْضٍ لَهُدِّمَتْ صَوَامِعُ وَبِيَعٌ وَصَلَوَاتٌ وَمَسَاجِدُ يُذْكَرُ فِيهَا اسْمُ اللَّهِ كَثِيرًا
    And had it not been that Allah set aside one people with another, the monasteries and churches, the synagogues and the mosques, in which His praise is abundantly celebrated would be utterly destroyed. (22:40)

    This use of force is called Jihad;[1] however, in the Qur’an,it can be classified into two distinct categories:
    Firstly, against injustice and oppression.
    Secondly, against the deniers of the Prophet (sws) after the truth of his message had become evident to them.
    The first type of Jihad is an eternal directive of the shari‘ah. As stated earlier, it is launched to curb oppression and injustice. The second type, however, is specific to people whom the Almighty selects for delivering the truth as an obligation. They are termed as witnesses to the truth; the implication being that they bear witness to the truth before other people in such a complete and ultimate manner that no one is left with an excuse to deny the truth. Bearing witness to the truth in such a manner is called shahādah (شَهَادَة). In the history of mankind, for the very last time this status was conferred on the Prophet Muhammad (sws) and his nation, the Banū Ismā‘īl:

    وَكَذَلِكَ جَعَلْنَاكُمْ أُمَّةً وَسَطًا لِتَكُونُوا شُهَدَاءَ عَلَى النَّاسِ وَيَكُونَ الرَّسُولُ عَلَيْكُمْ شَهِيدًا
    And similarly, We have made you an intermediate community[2] so that you bear witness [to this religion] before the nations, and therasūl bear such a witness before you. (2:143)

    Once the process of shahādah (شَهَادَة) is complete, the truth is unveiled to a people in its ultimate form, and, if they now deny it in spite of being convinced about it, they are punished in this very world. At times, this punishment is through earthquakes, cyclones and other calamities and disasters, while, at others, it emanates from the swords of the believers. As a result, those who have denied the truth are totally vanquished in their land and the truth reigns supreme in it. In the case of Prophet Muhammad (sws), the Divine scourge took this very form. Consequently, just as his Companions (rta) were asked to wage war against oppression and injustice, they were also asked to wage war to punish the rejecters of his truth once it had become totally manifest to his addressees. This was actually a Divine plan executed through human beings. They themselves were not authorized to even think of such an undertaking. It is to this very fact which the following words of the Qur’an allude:

    قَاتِلُوهُمْ يُعَذِّبْهُمْ اللَّهُ بِأَيْدِيكُمْ
    Fight them and God will punish them by your hands. (9:14)

    In the following pages, this writer will attempt to explain the directives of theshari‘ah regarding both these categories of Jihad.[3]

    Javed Ahmed Ghamidi

    (Translated by Shehzad Saleem)

    [1]. The literal meaning of Jihad is to strive for a cause with full force. In the Qur’an, it is used in this general sense as well as in the sense of an armed offensive in the way of Allah. Here, this second meaning is implied.
    [2].This means that the Banū Ismā‘īl were the medium between Muhammad (sws) and the rest of the world.
    [3]. The verses on which these directives are primarily based are stated in

    bold. For more understanding on jihadhere is a video link by Dr. Zakir NaikYouTube · Dr Zakir Naik

    concept of jihad in islam? Answer by zakir naik
    Dec 20, 2011

  • Please comment and like my blog, will appreciate your views and opinion on this topic.
  • With 💖,
  • Nusrah.

Talent is never really enough if there is no skill to back it up

Assalam alaykum beautiful people/hello there, As a Muslimah we tend to limit our selves when it comes to making use of our talents.what really is a talent?

A Talent (or gift, or aptitude) is the skill that someone naturally has to do something that is hard. It is an ability that someone is born with. People say they are “born with a talent”. It is a high degree of ability or of aptitude. Someone who has talent is able to do something without trying as hard as someone who does not have a talent. Someone who has talent is called talented. Talented people as rule have many talents, for music, dancing, acting, sports, or other skills, but often only in single direction or genre, unlike genius.

Even if someone has talent they still have to work very hard if they want to be very good at something. Some people become quite good at something even if they do not have much talent, but if they are willing to work very hard at the skill.

What is a skill?
An ability and capacity acquired through deliberate, systematic, and sustained effort to smoothly and adaptively carryout complex activities or job functions involving ideas (cognitive skills), things (technical skills), and/or people (interpersonal skills). See also competence.

Why talent is useless without a skill ?

Talent does not necessarily determine your success or altitude in life.

It can be easy to ground ourselves with the notion that we don’t have—or weren’t born with—the talent to succeed. While some people may naturally have the upper hand in some skill sets, being successful at something really comes down to dedicating yourself to develop and master skills. Talent is just a starting point.

It’s practically impossible to disprove that some form of “natural talent” exists. Some people are genetically constructed to have a knack for certain things, especially when it comes to physical ability. For most of us, however, success is not a physical venture. We just want to be good at something. We want to make a decent wage doing something fulfilling so we can live a comfortable life. When we don’t get that, we catch ourselves wasting away on our couch, looking at successful people with envy. Oh, that we were blessed with such talent! If only our stars had lined up like theirs did. Well, your stars can change. You just have to be the one to change them.The wrong perspective can hold us back from so many things. When you start to believe that talent is the most essential piece to the puzzle of success, you’ve built up a wall all on your own. You think to yourself “I’ll never be that good because I just don’t have the talent.” You either have it or you don’t, right? The problem is that believing in natural talent assumes that to be successful, you have to be born under the right circumstances. You assume that you must have a marked innate ability to do something well just because you are you.

As soon as you start to think that, you’ve already denied yourself the chance. You won’t let yourself go beyond your self-made wall. Talent is real and it makes a difference, yes, but not having it doesn’t block you out of doing whatever it is you want to do. You can be good at something without being naturally talented, it just might be a little more difficult for you.

What it really comes down to is passion, dedication, and the belief that talent can also be learned. When we see talent, we gawk and marvel at someone’s “gifts,” but if you stopped to ask them, there was likely years of hard work on top of that. The Olympic sprinter ran as fast as they could every day of their life, the musician picked up a guitar and played until their fingers were bloody, and the brilliant mathematicians of the world couldn’t stop themselves from satisfying their own curiosity in numbers. You want to be successful at something? Then stop holding yourself back. It’s time to change your mindset and forge your own talent.

difference between talent and skill

Talents versus Skills

Can you differentiate between your talents versus skills?

Talents versus Skills

Do you know what talents you have? Do you know what skills you have?

For most of us, the answer to both questions will be I do not know. We might be able to say something about our skills but …. talents…. well….

Most of us have forgotten what talents we have. They have been blurred into building our career, making money, paying the mortgage, putting our kids through college, saving for retirement,……

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Nusrah 😘😘

Dealing with stress

  1. Assalam alaykum guys/hello there,its been a long time since i posted on my blog resumption has been stressful from one project to another.I happen to have learnt that stress is dangerous if u dont understand how to deal with it.

According to websters dictionary,Stress is primarily a physical response. When stressed, the body thinks it is under attack and switches to ‘fight or flight’ mode, releasing a complex mix of hormones and chemicals such as adrenaline, cortisol and norepinephrine to prepare the body for physical action.stress affects the body and mind in ways we cant imagine.

Each person responds to stress in a different way, but too much stress can lead to health problems.These demands can be related to finances, work, relationships, and other situations, but anything that poses a real or perceived challenge or threat to a person’s well-being can cause stress.

Stress can be a motivator. It can be essential to survival. The “fight-or-flight” mechanism can tell us when and how to respond to danger. However, if this mechanism is triggered too easily, or when there are too many stressors at one time, it can undermine a person’s mental and physical health and become harmful.So to actually deal with this stress issue we need to take adequate measures to avoid having health issues.

A doctor will normally diagnose stress by asking the patient about symptoms and life events.

Diagnosis is complex. It depends on many factors. Questionnaires, biochemical measures, and physiological techniques have been used, but these may not be objective or effective.

The most direct way to diagnose stress and its effects on a person is through a comprehensive, stress-oriented, face-to-face interview.

Treatment includes self-help, stress management, and medication.

Nine self-help tips

Here are a few steps you can take to manage or prevent the feeling of being overwhelmed.

Masssage, yoga, or listening to music can help destress or prevent stress from building up.

Masssage, yoga, or listening to music can help destress or prevent stress from building up.

1. Exercise: Studies have shown that exercise can benefit a person’s mental and physical state.

2. Reducing intake of alcohol, drugs, and caffeine: These substances will not help prevent stress, and they can make it worse. They should be cut out or reduced.

3. Nutrition: A healthy, balanced diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables helps maintain the immune system at times of stress. A poor diet will lead to ill health and additional stress.

3. Prioritizing: Spend a little time organizing your to-do list to see what is most important. Then focus of what you have completed or accomplished for the day, rather than what you are yet to finish.

4. Time: Set aside some time each day just for yourself. Use it to organize your life, relax, and pursue your own interests.

5. Breathing and relaxation: Meditation, massage, and yoga can help. Breathing and relaxation techniques can slow down the system and help you relax. Breathing is also a central part of mindfulness meditation.

6. Talking: Talking to family, friends, work colleagues, and your boss about your thoughts and worries will help you “let off steam.” You may be comforted to find that you are “not the only one.” You may even find there is an easy solution that you had not thought of.

7. Acknowledging the signs: A person can be so anxious about the problem that is causing the stress that they do not notice the effects on their body.

Noticing symptoms is the first step to taking action. People who experience work stress due to long hours may need to “take a step back.” It may be time to review their own working practice or to talk to a supervisor about reducing the load.

8. Find your own destressor: Most people have something that helps them relax, such as reading a book, going for a walk, listening to music, or spending time with a friend or a pet. Joining a choir or a gym helps some people.

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Being thankful

​Assalam alaykum /hello ther , we need to look Through our daily lives and see how thankful we are about everything around us. Most people wake up with on e health issues or the other, accidents here n there and yet the healthy ones are so caught up in their busy lives that they never find time to appreciate and thank God. So Today I woke up feeling n being thankful as to be each and every single day of our lives. So my people in every situation say Alhamdulilah 

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