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April 24, 2018 Articles On Islam Self Development 0



These activities are the actions to be done in order to derive the best benefits from our acts without any loss of interest and mindset. Series of advice has been laid down for the Ummah to utilize the special time and blessings Allah bestowed on us.

In the Hadith (Sahih Bukhari; Vol 8, book 76, No 421), narrated by Ibn ‘Abbas; Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) said:

There are two blessings which many people lose: (They are) Health and free time for doing good.”

These time and health, and other blessings of ours are parts of the ultimate gift of Allah given to many people, but some people misused these opportunities in place of pastime and amusement. So hang on as we go through the series of ‘If Statements’ for the men of understanding to ponder on:

  1. If you need to read a book; the best book is the Glorious Qur’an, and then the Hadith of the Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W); as this is the last and final revelation to Mankind. This you should do, because it’s the source of Perfect Wisdom. (Qur’an 54:5)
  2. If you need to follow a lifestyle; the best lifestyle can be found in Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) Sunnah, for one to live a life of contentment and gratitude. This is true as he is the best example for mankind to follow in order to be safe from the influence of Shaytan. (Qur’an 33:21, 68:4)
  3. If you need to engage in pastime; remembrance of Allah and seeking Allah’s Pleasure is the best pastime to engage in. This is sufficient for you as only in the remembrance of Allah that one can get true peace and tranquility. (Qur’an 13:28)
  4. If you need any activities to engage in; worship activities are the best activities to undertake. Doing these things with utmost sincerity, you stand a chance of earning rewards in this Life and in the Afterlife; a good investment with little resources. (Qur’an 2:21)
  5. If you need to read story and history; the best story and history to derive utmost benefits from are the stories and histories from the Scriptures. This you will get in a sequence that no author of story on this earth can ever present. A divine fact that would not bored you with some fairy tales. (Qur’an 12:3)
  6. If you need to read biography; the best biographies are the biographies of the Prophets, their Companions, the Righteous Predecessors, and those that follow their footstep. This is because they are the best examples of mankind to derive beneficial knowledge from. (Qur’an 9:100, 98:7-8)
  7. If you need to take a model; the best models to imitate are the Righteous and the Pious. This you should do, because their actions is to please the Creator and nothing else. The others will only lead you in the footstep of the accursed Shaitan. (Qur’an 7:35, 82:13)
  8. If you need to make a speech; the best speeches to make and derive benefits from are goodly words. This is very important as silent might be better than speaking sometimes, so as to avoid the influence of the the Chief deceiver (Shaitan) in throwing discord in your speeches. (Qur’an 47:21)
  9. If you need to seek assistance in life; the best source of help is Allah. He has promised to answer the invocations of those who call on Him, because whatever He wills to happen will happen. By His power and His Might anything can be achieve. (Qur’an 1:5, 40:60)
  10. If you need to take a friend among people; the Muslims are the best companions that are the best suit for you. This you should take care of as those that totally submitted to the will of the Creator will always make you walk aright in the path of light. (Qur’an 3:110)
  11. If you need to exercise the body; the best action to undertake is Solat, for this restrain you from being attached to this futile life, and also earn you good rewards in the process. This gives the strength you need to move on in life ups and down, and an easy connect between the slave and the Creator. (Qur’an 13:22, 7:170)
  12. If you need to exercise the tongue; the best activities to engage in is the remembrance of Allah. This you should do, as this will make your tongue pure from filthy discussions and also save you from the impure talk that reduce ones reward in this life and the hereafter. (Qur’an 7:205)
  13. If you need to listen to tone; the recitation of the Holy Qur’an is the best tone you can ever listen to; as listening to the Qur’an freshen your hearing and also serves as the cure to various diseases of the heart. Doing this and pondering on the meaning will enlighten you from ignorance and soften your heart in obeying the commands of Allah. (Qur’an 39:18, 39:23, 7:204)
  14. If you need to lend a loan; the best loan to lend is that of Qard Hassan (goodly loan). This is a perfect way to save your money from the interest bearing loan as the borrower of this loan is the All-Provider Himself, so your lending can never go into toxic loan as their is much assurance that you will get your money and return in manifold. A sure return which no financial institution in the world can offer you. (Qur’an 2:245, 57:11, 64:17)
  15. If you need to seek a religion; the best religion to seek is Islam, because it’s a religion that call for mankind to use their reasoning in their way of life. It’s not a religion of dogma that is based on blind doctrines without technical proof. This is true as it’s the only religion with divine approval, which no other religion can claim. (Qur’an 5:3, 3:85)


These should serve has a reminder to me first and then everyone in order to make use of the gift Allah (SWT) granted us in the best way that will profit us in this world and the Hereafter.

Allah says (translation):

Surah Al-Ala, Verse 9:
Therefore remind (men) in case the reminder profits (them).”

May Allah in His infinite Mercy guide our actions on the way of the righteous and make our deeds pure. Āmīn!



© AbdulKabir Yusuf (Abu Maryam)

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