Good Deed: #110 Be strong

28:26 (Y. Ali) Said one of the (damsels): “O my (dear) father! engage him on wages: truly the best of men for thee to employ is the (man) who is strong and trusty”.

8:29 (Y. Ali) Muhammad is the apostle of Allah. and those who are with him are strong against Unbelievers, (but) compassionate amongst each other. Thou wilt see them bow and prostrate themselves (in prayer), seeking Grace from Allah and (His) Good Pleasure. On their faces are their marks, (being) the traces of their prostration. This is their similitude in the Taurat; and their similitude in the Gospel is: like a seed which sends forth its blade, then makes it strong; it then becomes thick, and it stands on its own stem, (filling) the sowers with wonder and delight. As a result, it fills the Unbelievers with rage at them. Allah has promised those among them who believe and do righteous deeds forgiveness, and a great Reward.

59:13 (Y. Ali) Of a truth ye are stronger (than they) because of the terror in their hearts, (sent) by Allah. This is because they are men devoid of understanding.

76:28 (Y. Ali) It is We Who created them, and We have made their joints strong; but, when We will, We can substitute the like of them by a complete change.

85:12 (Y. Ali) Truly strong is the Grip (and Power) of thy Lord.

Narrated Abû Hurairah: Allah’s Messenger said, “The strong man is not one who is good at wrestling, but the strong man is one who controls himself in a fit of rage.” (Al-Bukhâri and Muslim)

Narrated Abu Huraira Allah’s Apostle said, “The strong  is not the one who overcomes the people by his strength, but the strong is the one who controls himselfwhile in anger.” Bukhari 008.073.135

Narrated Abu Hurairah: Allah’s Messenger said, “A strong believer is better and dearer to Allah than a weak one in all good things. Adhere to that which is most beneficial for you. Keep beseeching Allah for help and do not refrain from it. If you are afflicted in any way, do not say: ‘If I had taken this or that step, it would have resulted into such and such,’ but say only: ‘Allah so determined and did as He willed.’ The word ‘if’ opens the gates of satanic conduct.” (Muslim)

Narrated Abu Huraira While I was sleeping, I saw myself standing at a well over which there was a bucket. I pulled out from it as many buckets of water as Allah wished, and then Ibn Abi Quhafa (Abu Bakr) took the bucket from me and pulled out one or two full buckets, and there was weakness in his pull–may Allah forgive him. Then the bucketturned into a very large one and ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab took it. I have never seen any strong  man among the people, drawing water with such strength as ‘Umar did, till the people (drank to their satisfaction and) watered their camels to their fill; whereupon the camels sat beside the water.” bukhari 009.087.148

The Weak Believer & Strong believer by Shadeed Muhammad

Action Plan

1. Salaah

The salaah comprises both physical movement and mental concentration. Performed five times a day and at “strategic” points of the day, the obligatory salaah and the voluntary salaah, which are performed before and after the five obligatory salaah, provide a good means for blood circulation as breathing and other physical exercise without any strenousness, apart from the main objective of attaining spiritual upliftment. As the saying goes: anything done moderately and frequently is better than over-exertion at infrequent periods.

2. Wudhu- Prayer ablution

Before a Muslim performs his prayers, he does the ablution which comprises washing of the hands, arms right up to the elbow, face, mouth, nostrils, inside and behind the ears, all around the neck, part of the head above the forehead and the feet out to the ankle. Done five times a day, it not only cleanses these vital parts of the body from dust and dirt but also “softens” and refreshes them.

3. Eating wisely

Muslims are urged to eat moderately. Prophet Muhammad said: “Muslims should be people who eat only when they are hungry.” That is to say, unnecessary snacks taken in between meals should be avoided. The Prophet also said: “It is good to be always a little hungry.” Thus, over-eating can be avoided.

4. Forbidden food

Pork is forbidden to Muslims for spiritual reasons. Incidentally pork has a high cholesterol level. Also, even non-Muslims affirm that it is dangerous to eat it if is not cooked thoroughly because of the germs contained in the meat. Blood, of any animal, is also forbidden because of the obvious germs it may carry. This is why Muslims slaughter livestock in such a way (with a deep slit at the neck blood-vein using a sharp knife) as to drain off its blood as the animal struggles a little in unconsciousness. Muslims also say a little prayer at the time of initiating the (sharp) knife to make their intention clear that slaughtering is done for food (and not for sport or some kind of offering as these are forbidden in Islam). If the animal is electically stunned or plunged in boiling water, yes, it will kill the animal instantly but the blood will remain intact in its body.

5. Fasting

The annual fasting in ramadhan, apart from the spiritual and other self-control benefits derived from it, also has health benefits. It cleanses and relaxes the stomach and gives it a “rest from work” for about 16 hours a day for a month once a year. Other than the Ramadhan fast, Muslims are urgd to undertake voluntary fasting as much as they could at any time throughtout the year. Some Muslims make point to fast every Monday and Thursday following the Sunnah (practise) of the Prophet. Fasting also makes a Muslim lose fat and unnecessary weight.

source: Lifebook

6. Control your anger

other resources

The Weak Believer and Strong believer pt 2

The Weak Believer and Strong believer pt 3

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