I happen to love Irony, which just makes this post even more beautiful. Yes, we’re going to have a little chat about taking breaks. Or not taking breaks… Y’all can stop pointing at me anytime now thanks.
I had this whole intro prepared, where I was all funny and inspiring because funny is my constant state but I decided against it which is sad because funny isn’t really my constant state and it was quite a while of thinking that got deleted. It was totally unnecessary of me to say that but I am in need of sympathy.
I know what you’re thinking. This Chica took more than a months break and she’s preaching about not taking breaks. I also know what my mum is thinking. This Chica takes a break every five minutes from work and she’s preaching about not taking breaks.
Well that’s because … sike! I’m actually talking about not taking a break from learning about our Deen.
“Seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave”
Anas bin Malik (رضي الله عنه) narrates that Rasoolullah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said, “Seeking knowledge is obligatory upon every Muslim.” (Sunan Ibn Majah)
Rasoolullah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) is referring to Islamic, Shar’i knowledge. Never stop learning about your Deen. The more you learn about Islam, the more you fall in love with this perfect religion.
There’s always be somethingthat you didn’t know before; something that you’d forgotten. Learn and improve on your Salaah, your Social Conduct, your Thinking, your Way of Life.
Start madrassah- My grandmother goes and wallahi, it is adorable watching her get excited over learning her Sabaq. One hour a week can make a tremendous difference.
Listen to lectures- Attach yourself to one point mentioned, and have a firm intent to make a’mal on that act. I say ‘listen’ and not ‘attend’ because alhamdulillah there’re clips on the internet of Pious Ulema. One guaranteed lecture a week would be listening to the Jummuah Bayaan.
Read kitaabs- Most ulema have websites with access to downloadable books, notwithstanding the fact that free copies are readily available. The essence of kitaabs of Deen is that you could read the same one over and over and not only would you not be bored, but you’d pick up something new every single time.
Subscribe to blogs- Self promotion, waddup?! I have no shame. Seriously though. Alhamdulillah there are many islamically inclined blogs. Yes, we might spam your email account, but it’ll be worth it! You’ll read one article out of the 4 that we’ve posted and that’s okay! Because you’ve still made an attempt to learn about Islam.
It was narrated that Qays ibn Katheer said: “A man came from Madinah Munawwarah to Abu’l-Darda in Damascus and he asked, ‘What brought you here, my brother?’ The man replied, ‘A hadith which I have heard you narrate from the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه و سلم).’ Abu’l-Darda asked, ‘Have you come for any other reason?’ He said, ‘No’. Abu’l-Darda asked again, ‘Have you come for trade?’ The man again replies, ‘No’. Abu’l-Darda said, ‘I heard Nabi (صلى الله عليه و سلم) say, “Whoever follows a path to seek knowledge, Allah will make easy for him the path to Jannah. The angels beat their wings in approval of the seeker of knowledge, and those who are in the heavens and on earth pray for forgiveness for the scholar, even the fish in the water. The superiority of the scholar over the worshipper is like the superiority of the moon over all other heavenly bodies. The scholars are the heirs of Allah’s Messengers, for Allah’s Messengers did not leave behind dinars or dirham’s, rather they left behind knowledge, so whoever gains knowledge has gained great good fortune.” (Tirmidhi 2606)
Remember, you take one step towards Allah, Allah takes ten steps towards you.
May Allah protect us all and grant us the ability to overcome our Nafs.
Love and Duas,