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May Allah Guide you and I, brothers & sisters in Islam, as we learn Islam together… ameen.
From the last lesson, you must be getting better now with your 5 daily prayers. If not, do not give up! Keep on practising and du’a for Allah’s Help and Guidance. I hope that you would also have gotten yourself a mentor, teacher or practising-Muslim-friend who has been assisting you with your understanding of the religion. If not, it’s still not too late to visit your nearest Mosque or Musalla or Islamic Centre or even Muslim Students’ Associations at your university or college. Do ask someone senior there to assist you or even check if you are doing the prayer correctly.
Remember that not all Muslims are good, practising Muslims. Some may not cover their awrah properly or some may even confuse you with their culture which they mix with Islam, some may not eat Halal food, some may smoke, some may miss a Salah here & there, some like cutting trees unnecessarily or pushing away animals, etc.. etc.. So, please use your best judgements (& perhaps even ‘gut-feeling’) to choose a proper teacher or tutor for yourself.
If you feel forced or humiliated or embarrased, more often than not, you may have gotten a wrong person to teach you. Sometimes the best way to learn Islam is not from any ol’ typical Muslim, as a typical Muslim may misdirect you according to their culture or limited understanding.
The best way to learn Islam is to do your own research & study from reliable sources and enrol in classes offered by many islamic educational institutions.
Don’t forget to also do lots of reading on Islam on your own, read the translations of the Quran and its tafseer, learn about the ahadith, watch plenty of reliable videos on Islamic Talks or lectures, listening & learning to recite the Quran in Arabic, etc..
Whatever it is ~ Do not give up! Du’a to Allah often & ask HIM to help you. Keep practising Islam, learning about Islam and stay focussed on Allah so that your Hereafter is secured, with His Grace & Mercy.
If you are keen and determined, you should be able to be a better Muslim in a couple of weeks or less, insha’Allah! Try it! You will be able to succeed, insha’Allah.
Remember that Prayer (Salah) is the MOST important act of worship that one can do. You should NOT miss a single Salah, no matter what (unless you have some female issues that can be discussed further if you ask me privately, sisters). Your Salah is the FIRST thing of your deeds that will be asked about on the Day of Judgement.
The Prophet said: “The first thing which will be judged among a man’s deeds on the Day of Resurrection is the Prayer. If this is in good order, then he will succeed and prosper, but if it is defective, then he will fail and lose.” [Hadith Tirmidhi]
On that Day, the people of paradise will ask those who have entered Hellfire why they have entered it. And the Qur’an tells us exactly what their first response will be:
“What led you into Hell Fire? They will say: ‘We were not of those who prayed.’ ”
Before we wrap up today’s lesson, we shall have a video clip as usual.
Reccommended Video for today
For today’s video, we have one that will show us some of the reasons on why one may have embraced Islam. Islam is, as you may have discovered, is a complete way of life. Allah, the Maker of the Heavens & the earth has given us this religion so that we may not be at loss in this world and the next. Who else is a better guide than the Maker Himself? Allahu akbar!
Till our next lesson**, insha’Allah.
Wassalamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh..
السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته
(And may Allah’s peace and mercy and blessings be onto you)
((** I may be unable to publish the next lesson on time. In such cases, please forgive my shortcomings. Please look through the rest of this Victorian Muslimah website to learn something in this one hour. Or perhaps, you’d like to review certain previous lessons. Whatever your choice may be, do not forget to try your very best in honouring your commitment to Allah for learning Islam at least an hour a day, insha’Allah.))
May Allah guide you, my dear brothers and sisters, and myself on the straight path to Jannah, Ameen.
Allah knows best.
سُبْحـانَكَ اللّهُـمَّ وَبِحَمدِك، أَشْهَـدُ أَنْ لا إِلهَ إِلاّ أَنْتَ أَسْتَغْفِرُكَ وَأَتوبُ إِلَـيْك
Glory is to You, O Allah, and praise is to You. I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but You. I seek Your forgiveness and repent to You.
This series of online lessons are not to be taken solely on its own. It should be treated as just a supplementary lesson to other basic Islamic classes or courses that one should take, preferably with a knowledgeable teacher, insha’Allah.
If you are ill or seriously unable to ‘attend’ our virtual lesson on any particular day that you were ‘supposed to’, you should try your very hardest to make up for it, as soon as you can. We have to be committed, right from the start, insha’Allah.
Let’s show Allah that we are committed in learning HIS Deen (recommended way of life).
((*Please note that I am not a scholar or famed teacher. I am just another student of Islamic knowledge myself and there still is abundant knowledge that I need to learn in order to be a better Muslim myself, insha’Allah. I am currently a student at IOU, the Islamic Online University, run by the Fanar Institute, undertaking a Diploma in Islamic Studies. I have a degree in Zoology and post-graduate diploma in Education. Should there be any doubts to my accreditations, please do not hesitate to contact me. I should be able to provide you the proof of my accomplishments, insha’Allah. But this, I share with you not as an ego-boost for myself, may Allah forgive & protect me. I have shared with you my academic accreditations so that you will understand that I am a serious learner, committed student and constantly-learning teacher, insha’Allah. I am not here to gain publicity or applause. I am doing this to please Allah s.w.t. May Allah accept my tiny attempts. I do hope that by teaching others, I gain to benefit in the process too, insha’Allah.))