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Honoring a guest

He who believes in Allaah and the Last Day should honor his guest. (Saheeh Al-Bukhaari)
As Muslims, it is our duty to honor our guests whether they are Muslims or non-Muslims. Every little step towards good makes a huge difference...

May Allaah give us the power and strength to work for good, and may Allaah make our intentions pure.

Creating a good impression

Bismillaah,

Making a good impression is not something "useless". As a believer of Islaam, it is crucial that when interacting with non-Muslims (or sometimes even Muslims), one must keep in mind that he or she is not only representing his or her own self, but he or she is also representing one's family, country, culture, but at UTMOST importance, a Muslim represents Islaam.

Don't freak out if you're excluded at Immigration or your neighbors give you bad looks. Other people's actions should never effect yours. You're a Muslim, thus a believer of the Qur'aan and of all the suwar (Surahs) in the Qur'aan, including Surah Fussilat (AKA Surah HaaMeem Sajdah) and Ayaat 33 through 35:
(33) The good deed and the evil deed are not alike. Repel the evil deed with one which is better, then lo! he, between whom and thee there was enmity (will become) as though he was a bosom friend. (34) But none is granted it save those who are steadfast, and none is granted it save the owner of great happiness. (35) And if a whisper from the devil reach thee (O Muhammad) then seek refuge in Allah. Lo! He is the Hearer, the Knower.

Color language

أَلَمْ تَرَ أَنَّ اللَّهَ أَنْزَلَ مِنَ السَّمَاءِ مَاءً فَأَخْرَجْنَا بِهِ ثَمَرَاتٍ مُخْتَلِفًا أَلْوَانُهَا وَمِنَ الْجِبَالِ جُدَدٌ بِيضٌ وَحُمْرٌ مُخْتَلِفٌ أَلْوَانُهَا وَغَرَابِيبُ سُودٌ (27) وَمِنَ النَّاسِ وَالدَّوَابِّ وَالْأَنْعَامِ مُخْتَلِفٌ أَلْوَانُهُ كَذَلِكَ إِنَّمَا يَخْشَى اللَّهَ مِنْ عِبَادِهِ الْعُلَمَاءُ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَزِيزٌ غَفُورٌ

27. See you not that God sends down water (rain) from the sky, and We produce therewith fruits of varying colours, and among the mountains are streaks white and red, of varying colours and (others) very black.

28. And of men and Ad-Dawâb (moving living creatures, beasts, etc.), and cattle, in like manner of various colours. It is only those who have knowledge among His slaves that fear God. Verily, God is All-Mighty, Oft-Forgiving. [Holy Quran, 35:27, 28]
In my opinion, we do not appreciate colour until we see its importance in the animal kindgom. If it was not for 'Colour Language' many animals would be extinct.

A mother bird is able to recognise whether her chicks need food or not from the colour of their gapes. And for many organisms the colours that exist on formations such as skin, scales and fur play an important role in the continuity of life due to their characteristics of absorbing or diffusing heat.
تُسَبِّحُ لَهُ السَّمَوَاتُ السَّبْعُ وَالْأَرْضُ وَمَنْ فِيهِنَّ وَإِنْ مِنْ شَيْءٍ إِلَّا يُسَبِّحُ بِحَمْدِهِ وَلَكِنْ لَا تَفْقَهُونَ تَسْبِيحَهُمْ إِنَّهُ كَانَ حَلِيمًا غَفُورًا
The seven heavens and the earth and all that is therein, glorify Him and there is not a thing but glorifies His Praise. But you understand not their glorification. Truly, He is Ever Forbearing, Oft-Forgiving. [Holy Quran, 17:44]
The language of colours is truly fascinating and clearly the backbone of most beautiful things. Even if one is not able to see colours, they can be told of its significance as one of the many blessings of Allah (SWT) upon all living beings.

WasSalaamu Alaykoum

Ten things we waste

(By Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah)

1. Knowledge:
Wasted when not taking action with it.

2. Actions
:
Wasted when we do anything without sincerity. Intentions count.

3. Wealth:
Wasted when used on things that will not bring us âjr (reward). We waste our money, our status, our authority, on things that have no benefit in this life or in âkhirah (The Hereafter).

4. Hearts:
Wasted when empty from the love of Allah, and the longing for Him/Her, and devoid of peace & contentment.

5. Bodies:
Wasted when we don't use them in ibâdah (worship) and service of Allah in serving humankind.

6. Love:
Wasted when our emotional love is misdirected, not towards Allah, but towards something/someone else.

7. Time :
Wasted when not used properly, by not doing what is righteous.

8. Intellect
:
Wasted on things that are detrimental to society and the individual, not in contemplation or reflection.

9. Service:
Wasted when in service of someone who will not bring us closer to Allah.


10. Dhikr
:
Wasted when it does not have an effect on our hearts.

The Price of Imaan

Several years ago an imaam moved to London. He often took the bus from his home to the downtown area.

Some weeks after he arrived, he had occasion to ride the same bus. When he sat down, he discovered that the driver had accidentally given him twenty pence too much change. As he considered what to do, he thought to himself, you better give the twenty pence back. It would be wrong to keep it.

Then he thought, oh forget it, it's only twenty pence. Who would worry about this little amount? Anyway, the bus company already gets too much fare; they will never miss it. Accept it as a gift from Almighty Allah and keep quite. When his stop came, the Imaam paused momentarily at the door, then he handed the twenty pence back to the driver and said "Here, you gave me too much change."

The driver with a smile replied,
Aren't you the new Imaam in this area? I have been thinking lately about going to worship at your mosque. I just wanted to see what you would do if I gave you too much change.
When the Imaam stepped off the bus, his knees became weak and soft. He had to grab the nearest light pole and held for support, and looked up to the heavens and cried,
Oh Allah, I almost sold Islam for twenty pence!
Remember, we may never see the impact our actions have on people. Sometimes we are the only knowledge of Quran someone will read, or the only Islam a non-Muslim will see. What we need to provide, Insha Allah is an example for others to see. Be careful and be honest everyday, because you never know who is watching your actions and judging you as a Muslim

-Source Unknown
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