Az-Zumar 39:53

loved and lost
forgotten and strayed
erred and sinned
stumbled and fell
found and forgiven
guided and raised
loved and restored
given a chance
and another
and another

Say: “O My servants who have transgressed against their own selves. Despair not of the Mercy of Allah, verily Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”


May Allah forgive your mistakes, overlook your faults and your shortcomings, and have mercy on your soul. May Allah aid you in doing good, and magnify your rewards. May Allah increase you in goodness, in this life and the next. And for your parents, and for your loved ones. May Allah calm your worries, ease your weariness, lighten your load, lift the burdens off your shoulders, fill your hands with so much blessings, fill your heart with so much faith, that you do not mind His tests. For He tests you because He loves you.

And may Allah love you. May Allah grant you ears that are keen to His reminders, eyes that are attentive to His signs, limbs dedicated to His worship, a heart that is devoted to His remembrance. A heart full of awe of His Might. Humbled by His kindness. Grateful for His favours. Trusting of His Decree. A heart filled with fear, fear of disappointing Allah, fear of displeasing Him, and fear of His consequences. A heart filled with hope, hope for the boundless mercy of Allah, His pleasure and His reward. A heart filled with love. Love for Allah, and love for who He loves. For you will be with the ones you love. So may the Most Loving love you. May His beloved love you. May you be granted Allah’s love, the love of those who He loves and those who love Him, and love for actions that will bring you closer to His love.


Chapter 94 | The Relief

(1) Did We not relieve your heart for you [oh Prophet] (2) And We removed from you your burden, (3) that had weighed so heavily upon your back (4) And raised high for you your reputation? (5) So truly where there is hardship there is also ease; (6) truly where there is hardship there is also ease. (7) So when you have finished [your duties], then stand up [for worship]. (8) And to your Lord direct [your] longing.

Think about it, you don’t even have to ask for ease. When you’re in a difficult situation, you don’t have to raise your hands and ask Allah for ease. Because at that moment when Allah tests you or sends you a single difficulty, He sends you ease. Unspecific, unlimited ease. Can you imagine? His kindness and His mercy. How He comforts you in these verses? He knows what is in your heart, and of the burdens that weigh on your back, and He takes care of you. In more ways than you know. Didn’t you ask for patience? For closeness to Him? For His pleasure? How else can you attain that, but through tests. And He is with you. He answers you. And He helps you through. So, why thank Him later when you can thank Him now?

To err is human; to forgive is Divine

Ask and He will give.
Ask Him to forgive.
For we need to be forgiven.
For all the chances we were given.
For all the time we threw away.
For all the sins that we’ve committed.
And the instances we went astray.
Ask and He will forgive.
For He is the Most Forgiving,
Oft-Forgiving, Repeatedly Forgiving.
He is the One who pardons.
Who overlooks our shortcomings, our mistakes.
Who would choose punishment,
over a Most Merciful Lord?
So repent.
Turn back to Him.
Ask Him to forgive.
Make a promise.
Follow a bad deed with a good deed,
and it will wipe it out.
As though the sin was never there.
And what remains
is only good.
Repent again.

Regarding Khushu’

The basic meaning of khushu’ is the softness of the heart, its being gentle, still, submissive, broken and yearning. The Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.) said, “Of a surety there is a morsel of flesh in the body, if it is sound, the whole body will be sound, but if it is corrupt, the whole body will be corrupt. It is the heart.” (Bukhari and Muslim). When the heart is humble, so too is the hearing, seeing, head and face; indeed all the limbs and their actions are humbled, even speech. This is why the Prophet (s.a.w.) would say in his bowing (ruku’), “My hearing, sight, bones, and marrow are humbled to You.” (Muslim) One of the Salaf saw a man fidgeting in his prayer and remarked, “If the heart of this person was humble, so too would his limbs be.”

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