First anniversary with WordPress. WordPress remembered and got me a badge. #Goals
I turned 18 and suddenly gained the motivation to do something constructive with my life. Of course, besides the teaching-the-little-brother and discovering-myself -in-the-kitchen thing I had (and still have) going on. Shukr that phase didn’t last long (xD) because laziness trumps all. And I was really confused, for lack of better word. Sure, I wanted to move forward in my Deen, and I also wanted to do something to help spread our Deen but on the internet? I was not convinced.
Accordingly, it took me about two months before I got down to creating a WordPress account. It did, however, only take me a week before I blabbed and told my family what I’d done. They didn’t even ask, I just blurted it out and no, I’m not proud of that. I had these plans of being this anonymous person behind these articles and then.. Never mind. Not that I regret it or anything. They’re really scared that I’ll ruin their reputation or something on a public platform leading to them filtering themselves around me and I imagine this is the closest I’ll get to instilling fear in them (scale of 1-10 my Mafia-esqueness? Zero to Hundred real quick).
Confession time: I didn’t originally plan on creating a website of the religious genre (we don’t speak about what my first choice was). Sure, I went to an Islamic School, but I can’t recall ever scripting an Islamic article in English Paper III or otherwise. Not exactly proud about that, but the point is that I was not at all confident in my decision to start Thoughts With Sass (we also don’t speak about how I chose that title).
There’s a Hadith that coincidentally contains both the pros and cons from list I had developed in my head (don’t look at me like that; we all secretly talk to ourselves). Abu Hurairah (R.A) narrates that Rasoolullah (S.A.W) said: “Whoever initiates a good practice that is followed, he will receive a perfect reward for that, and a reward equivalent to that of those who follow it, without detracting from their reward in the slightest. And whoever introduces a bad practice that is followed, he will receive the complete burden of sin for that, and a burden of sin equivalent to that of those who follow it without that detracting from their burden in the slightest.” [Muslim, 1017]
And hereunder begins my inexpert advice, originally for bloggers, before realising that it includes everybody, basically. Don’t promote haraam on your blog, on your display pictures, on your twitter feeds, even verbally. Don’t mention a series you’ve started watching in case even one of your readers aren’t yet watching it. Don’t attach pictures that will cause somebody to commit zina of the eyes. Don’t romanticise haraam, yallah.
I don’t mean to offend anybody; I remind against the comment of haraam actions in general. As mentioned above, this includes display pictures and instagram posts as well. You listened to a song, you don’t need to screenshot some of lyrics and put it up. Wallahi, you think only your contacts might see it but if one of your contacts changes it to their display picture, their contacts have access to it and so forth. One second, One thought; that’s all Shaytan needs. And we’ll have to carry the brunt of the responsibility for introducing said bad action into an individuals life.
Always bear this Hadith in mind- Abu Hurairah (R.A) said: “I heard the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W) say, ‘All of my Ummah will be forgiven except those who sin openly. It is a part of sinning openly when a man does something at night, then the following morning when Allah has concealed his sin, he says “oh so and so, I did such and such thing last night”, when all night his Allah has concealed him and the next morning he uncovers what Allah has concealed.'” [Bukhari, 5721]
I say that I first intended this for bloggers because of the magnitude of people a blog has the potential of impacting. Masha-Allah, there are a lot of successful blogs, and their writing skills attest to them being deserving of it. The thought and imagination that must go into it boggles the mind. More so, the special few that go the extra mile and incorporate Islamic lessons and ideologies. I’m an avid reader .. It’ll take too long to go through all of the websites that I follow! However, I will say that I’m not a ‘follow for follow’ kind of girl, so if I’m following your blog, I genuinely think that you’ve got talent.
I have no guarantee that everything on my website encourages only halaal. Allahu A’lam. But I can guarantee that I never intentionally referred to a haraam aspect as ‘fun’ or ‘worth it’. You see, the point isn’t that I have no sins. It’s that I have too many sins to have to worry about taking on the sins of others. I’m an ordinary teenager (my last year of teenagehood, so I’m going to be using that sentence a lot :P). I make mistakes. I try to only learn from my mistakes, and not let my Iman fall backwards.
I didn’t intend for this post to go in this direction, I was going to do a bit of introspection at most. If it hasn’t been noticed, I normally try to keep within a 600 word count, mostly because I know I tend to skim read if something is too long. If that still isn’t the correct length, let me know. Actually, if there’s anything incorrect, please don’t think that I’ll feel insulted if you have to bring it up. My parents disect every post anyways, including the titles (manipulated memes) occasionally; my siblings pick on my sense of humour.. The usual xD. Another thing, if there any specific topics that you want to be touched on, particularly the Friday posts, let me know. I feel like one of those aunties that like to know everything and just ask questions upon questions. Many sincere apologies.
I used to have plans of posting thrice a week but life happened. I got lazy. And I keep losing the kitaabs, like..? I don’t even know. Honestly, sometimes I’ll convince myself it’s too late to post something and then my aunt will ask me about it and then I’ll have to post (this is a total family blog) so I post. I AM A PROCRASTINATOR.
Case in point: My first year of blogging actually finished a week or two ago. Yes, terrible.
*this is going to get mushy*
I really really really really appreciate all of the likes and comments and follows. Especially the one’s that say I’m funny. I’m funny in real life too (Sike! My family doesn’t think so xD). Seriously, I do appreciate it. It definitely isn’t something I expected and even if you’re doing it only because you feel bad for me or you feel obligated, I don’t care and I don’t mind. I still appreciate it.
FINAL JAZAKALLAH KHAIR FOR EVERYBODY READING THIS. THIS IS IN CAPS IN CASE YOU’RE SKIPPING PARAGRAPHS. DON’T DO THAT. I’M GIVING YOU MATURE ADVICE. GO REREAD THE WHOLE THING.
Love and duas,