Wednesday, June 22, 2005

'Spring Clean'

Our house is going through a thorough clean at the moment; some rooms are being 'broken down' and done up again from scratch, others are having a few touch ups here and there because a simple clean won't do.

During the year, life is so busy and the easiest way of getting rid of something is just to dump it in the store room and say "I'll deal with it later". However, now that the "later" has finally come, we've realised how hard it is to clean all that mess which we gathered throughout the year.

The things have piled up so much that it takes a few hours each day to make such a little difference, and half the things need throwing out whilst others need to stay but have no place. Cleaning up is such a mission, especially after we've been dumping for a year.

So, every day, when I spend some time trying to clean up all the mess that the people have gathered what does my mind say to me? It says that 'if only you would have dealt with it when it occurred...' or sometimes it just provokes me by saying 'prevention is better than cure...' Nevertheless, at times I see the positive side, 'clean away, you will get there...' or 'it's all worth it in the end...' I know it's hard, but I will get there one day, if I keep on trying... Next time, make it a habit to deal with it on the spot.

POINT:

The point of this little cleaning spree is simple. We strive to clean our bodies, our houses, cars and belongings each day; things that will perish one day. Yet we fail to clean the everlasting soul that will accompany is in the hereafter as well.

Throughout the year we commit sins, we gather it in our hearts and make ourselves believe that we will clean it up one day and that one day we will repent. We fail to realise that the "one day" we refer to may never arrive, and if it does come, then surely to deal with a heap load of sins is so much more difficult than to deal with it at the time it occurs. The sins will have, with no doubt, stained our delicate hearts, and to remove those stains of habits will be a very difficult act indeed.

This is one of the reasons that the month of Ramadhan has been sent to us. Ramdhan is said to come in the meaning of "to burn" and the reason for that is because it burns our sins and cleanses our heart. Soon this blessed month will be upon us and it is vital that we start preparing for it now. Surely to reap all the benefits from this month we must prepare ourselves by making our habits in accordance to the Shari'ah. So that when this month does come we are prepared for it. Remember, we will get there if we keep trying.

I pray to Allah that He makes every day of mine a spring clean, so that I can sit and cry tears in His presence, seeking His forgiveness and Mercy, so that one day I am not faced with a mountain of sins which I have gathered. May Allah forgive us all and give us the strength to repent before a time comes when our repentance shall not be accepted. Aameen

16 comments:

mujahidah an nafs said...

Salam,

Ameen!Mashallah such a deep post,
I was reading a book by Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad and he said in it that u shud do muqaraba al mawt everyday (the more the better), and u shud resurface all the sins u have done and wash them away by contemplating and repentance and the zikr of ALLAH (swt). That way u cleanse ur heart of all the bad deeds.

I think my next post is gonna b on sumink similar Inshallah, something ive been reading in Mufti Taqi Usmanis book on spiritual discourses.

This blog is something very different and mashallah I pray that u continue to post inspiring posts that benefit us all.Ameen.

Wassalam

Zain said...

As Salaamu Alaykum,

First of all, Jazakallah for all you comments and words of encouragement. I pray that this blog continues to inspire people so that they may see Allah in everything they do.

The contemplation of death (Muraqabah al-Maut) is one of the best forms of Dhikr. It constantly keeps one in touch with the inevitable truth, death.

Looking forward to reading your blog post Insha-Allah. I'm sure it will be inspiring and informative as always.

Remember me in your Du'aas.

Wasalaam

Modest Hijabi said...

Assalamualaikum

Ameen. One of the most thought proviking posts I've read as of far.
Every day Allah SWT gives us a new, fresh morning, to start over again, but we fasil to appreciate and benefit, instead we sin more than the last day.
May Alla protect our souls, forgive us and keep out Imans steadfast. Ameen

Assalamualaikum

muslim-lady said...

assalamualykum..i was wondering if duas on blogs,comment,ect have any effect and are they regarded as duas.i mean like you read ettiquetes of duas,ect so would duas on blogs have a chance of being accepted...Allah knows best.nice post,mashaAllah...Jazakallah Khairun .

Zain said...

As Salaamu Alaykum,

Jazakallah Sister Modest Hijabi for your comments. The gift of waking up is something we take for granted. However, in reality, it is another, from Allah to us, so that we can repent and turn towards Him. Aameen to Du'aas.

Please remember me in your Du'aas.

Wasalaam

Zain said...

As Salaamu Alaykum,

Jazakallah Muslim Lady for your comments. My understanding of writing a Du'aa on a comment seems to be a little different from how you may see it.

I believe that when a person is writing the Du'aa, then at the same time he is asking for that Du'aa from his/her heart, and the reason for writing it is to just express oneself. And thereafter when a person reads that Du'aa, he/she also is asking for that Du'aa.

Therefore, I don't see any reason why a Du'aa in a comments box should not be accepted. The truth is that intention is really important. If there is sincerity then Insha-Allah the Allah will look at that and can accept our Du'aa.

And Allah Knows Best.

Wasalaam

muslim-lady said...

walekumusalam..ok...jazakAllah...hope alls fine.dua me yadd........................

Zain said...

As Salaamu Alaykum,

All is fine alhumdulillah. Remember me in your Du'aas also, Insha-allah you will be in mine.

Wasalaam

mujahidah an nafs said...

Salam,

Maaf karjo bhai but ur bloglet isn't working for this blog :(

I didn't get an update, jus popped by and alhamdullilah found u had updated.

My subs seems 2 b ok tho...

Anyway hope Inshallah ur bloglet gets betta!lol.

Wassalam

Zain said...

As Salaamu Alaykum,

lol lol. I do hope my bloglet gets better too. Although I think you must have received the bloglet because you were the first to post a comment. :s Not sure though.

Anyways, Jazakallah for dropping by. Insha-Allah might be thinking of doing another blog, depends on how things work out.

Dua meh yaad.

Wasalaam

mujahidah an nafs said...

Salam,

lol, na sure i didnt get an upd8 mayb im just gud 4 timing. lol. :)

Another blog!that wud b great! Im sure if it dus happen it will be as beneficial as the two uv got @ the mo Inshallah.

Duas needed 2!

Wassalam

Zain said...

As Salaamu Alaykum,

lol. I'll leave it as good timing then. ;)

I have no clue what is wrong with the bloglets. Insha-Allah I will look at my account and see if there is anything I notice.

Lets hope the other blog is as beneficial as these are.

You're always in my Du'aas. Take care.

Wasalaam

Asi said...

ameen.. i think i spend more time cleaning my computer of unwanted stuff than cleansing my soul of corrupt stuff..

hey whilst ur at the cleaning spree why don't u bop down n clean my wardrobes for me. my room looks neat on the outside hehe.

oh and u can bop down to my blog too, i won't bite jain.

Zain said...

As Salaamu Alaykum sis Aasi.

I guess it is one of the ways of this world, we strive towards that which we can see and perceive or towards that which brings instant reward, yet we fail to see what we should really be aiming towards.

I wish that I could come over and do the cleaning for everyone, I would pray that it would give everyone a chance to breath and the break to see what really needs cleaning.

I make Dua'aa to Allah to give us the ability to cleanse ourselves even while cleaning our cupboards. Each time we throw something out from withing the cupboard we should throw a bad habit from within ourselves too.

Insha-Allah I will pop down your blog (seeing you don't bite). Just building up the courage ;)

Wasalaam

xmuslimahx said...

Salam,
I just happened to pass by another blog of yours to find just meanimgful posts. Alhamdulillah, you always have a point to them, which is something to ponder upon.
What you have mentioned in this post is so true, we always say that we'll ask for forgiveness soon but that 'soon' may never come.
May Allah Ta'ala reward you with Jannah and may He forgive our sins. Ameen.

Zain said...

As Salaamu Alaykum,

Jazakallah Sister Aisha or your comments and words of ecouragement. I continue to pray to Allah that He gives us the ability to see our lives the way He wants us to see it; a test, a sign, a ground for earning. If we achieve that then Insha Allah we will attain Jannatul Firdous.

Please remember me in your Duas.

Wasalaam