The Power of Photos

Just browsing through an old album (digital or otherwise), one comes across so many photos that evoke a particular feeling from the moment they were taken at.

The extent of this power depends on the frequency with which one takes photos (quantity), and for what reasons those photos are takes (quality).

I am a huge proponent of not taking pictures, and to instead savor the moment ourselves. Because most of the time, taking pictures becomes about vanity — to be able to convey to others what you have done or felt.

But in that process, we forget to let ourselves feel that moment properly. A photo should only be taken when there is a moment you want to capture and revisit to reflect on.

Don’t pictures of a monument — thousands already have, and if you really want to look at it from home, Google it.

But if the monument has lined up with the building next to it, and the sun is setting right through a gap there, and you feel the awe of the moment — that’s when you take a picture, and preserve feeling so you can revisit it.

Instead of tools to boast about your outward experiences — photos are about preserving your feeling at a moment, so you can think and ponder lore deeply about them later.


On the Futility of Hastening to Attain Provision

“The holy spirit cast into my essence that no soul shall perish until it completes its lifespan and its provision, so fear Allah, and seek it beautifully. And do not let the delay of that provision cause you to seek it through disobeying Allah. For what is with Allah cannot be acquired except through obedience to Him.”

Saheeh al-Jami’ (Tirmidhi)

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On how to enter the garden easily

If a Muslim man persists in two actions, he will enter the Garden. They are easy, but those who do them are few.’ He was asked, ‘What are they, may Allah bless him and grant him peace?’

He said, ‘That you say “Allahu akbar” ten times, “al-hamdu lillah” ten times, and “Subhana’llah” ten times after every prayer. That is 150 on the tongue and 1500 in the balance.’ I saw the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, counting them with his hand.

Then he said, ‘When you go to bed, you should say, “Subhana’llah”, “al-hamdu lillah”, and “Allahu akbar”. That is 100 on the tongue and 1000 in the balance. Who among you can do 2500 bad actions morning and night?’

He was asked, ‘Messenger of Allah, how is it that they are not counted?’ He said, ‘Shaytan comes to one of you while he is praying and reminds him of something he has to do such-and-such and such-and-such, so he does not remember to do it.

Adab al-Mufrad: Hadith 1216 (Tirmidhi)

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On Those Allah (ﷻ) is Engaged in Helping

​Whoever relieves a Muslim of a burden from the burdens of the world, Allah will relieve him of a burden from the burdens on the Day of Judgement.

And whoever helps ease a difficulty in the world, Allah will grant him ease from a difficulty in the world and in the Hereafter.

And whoever covers (the faults of) a Muslim, Allah will cover (his faults) for him in the world and the Hereafter.

And Allah is engaged in helping the worshipper as long as the worshipper is engaged in helping his brother.

Sunan al-Tirmidhi: 1930

On An Example of True Adab

Bismillahi ‘r-Rahmaani ‘r-Raheem,

With the name of God, the most loving & caring, the always loving and caring,

One summer, I was going to the US to visit my Aunt and her family. I traveled with my brother and parents, and we flew across several continents before reaching New York. The travel seems to have been a blur, with each leg of the journey blending in with the rest.

Having endured several days of a zombie-esque lifestyle, we were glad to have made it. We had eaten oddly, slept badly, and not relieved ourselves comfortably for a long time. Entering our Uncle’s car seemed an escape from all that. Whew.

But days of travel led to a build-up of waste in my system… and as I sat down in the car I realized my dire need to go the bathroom. I whispered to my Mom and she got in a panic and begged me to just hold on for a little bit more.

I obliged, feeling too shy while in the presence of an uncle who I barely knew. Each second felt an eternity, and all the small talk in the world couldn’t help my agony. Some true jihad was fought that day, and I relaxed as I got innards under a semblance of control.

But, right then, the car hit an unforeseen bump and out slipped some gas under me. It made no sound. I was hoped with all my might that there is no smell. Nobody reacted, and I was even more relieved as the situation took care of itself.

Then six eyes more fierce than I have ever seen all turned to me simultaneously. My mother seemed like she wanted to throw me out of the car, my brother forlorn as if he wished he did not know me, and my dad utterly disappointed and angry. The smell was real; the gas was not imaginary.

As they smelt it, there was no question about my uncle having smelt it. My week with cousins would begin on such a note, and I shrunk into my seat as another second ticked by.

“Whoops, looks like some bad air got in”

My uncle rolled down all four windows simultaneously to get rid of the toxic substance, and I was overjoyed! I don’t care, my family knows my flatulence; at least my honor in front of my uncle is saved.

The trip went on to be great alhamduliLlah. Half a year later as I reflected on this incident, I realized something: why would someone lower the car windows if they thought a bad smell got in

My uncle had known that someone passed gas in the car, and probably that it was me from my family’s staring — but he effortlessly and ingeniously saved me from embarrassment. MashaAllah…

As salamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullahi, wa barakaatuh

May peace of every aspect be upon you, along with the mercy of God and also His blessing.

On the State We Must Live In


With the name of God; the most loving & caring, the always loving and caring,

RasulAllah ﷺ, said:

“The believer dies with sweat on his brow.”

Although the hadith mentions dying in that state — as we do not know when we will die, we must always maintain the state we hope to die in. A beautiful and motivating scenario, similar to the one on Jumu’ah when there is an hour that all du’a is answered — but we do not know which.

Sunan Ibn Majah: Book 6, Hadith 1519 | Sahih: Darussalam

As salamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullahi, wa barakaatuh

May peace of every aspect be upon you, along with the mercy of God and also His blessing.