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Welcome to Al Misbaah Students' Blog, an open sanctuary where your thoughts, reflections, and personal journey with the Quran find their voice. Here, we invite you to share the depth of your feelings, insights, and experiences as you engage with the sacred text.

This blog is your canvas—a space where every emotion, realization, and contemplation inspired by the Quran can be articulated freely and respectfully. We encourage you to pour your heart onto these digital pages, expressing what the Quran means to you personally.

Your contributions, whether profound or poignant, joyous or thought-provoking, are the threads that weave our collective tapestry of understanding and connection. Let this be a platform where your voice resonates, where your thoughts are cherished, and where your journey enriches the broader discourse on Quranic study.

Join us in this enlightened space, where your reflections find a home, your expressions are valued, and your journey with the Quran is celebrated!

The big clock - Kiran Salim (QI-2016)

There is a big clock in my living room. It wouldn’t be a lie if I say that it pretty much dictates my life for me. My eyes are on it when I am getting the children ready for school, managing the household work or when hurriedly I gulp down my breakfast before leaving for Al Huda in the mornings. So much so that even when I am procrastinating, I keep on guiltily looking at it.

After holidays I came back to see that it’s not working anymore. It was nothing major, just the usual battery issue which I planned to get fixed by the end of the day. What I did not realize is how much it would affect my day. The whole day that went by was a disaster, even though i kept on peeking on my watch, and sometimes my phone to see the time, but the 9 o’ clock on the dead wall clock kept on deluding me. I know it was not working but many a times unconsciously I found myself working according to the clock; which made me late in almost everything, the kids got lunch way past their lunchtime and slept really late, and I was exhausted by the end of the day.Lying on my bed later that night, the first mental note i made (as anyone can guess) was to get the wall clock fixed.

It was not the malfunctioning clock that bothered me, what bothered me was the fact that I KNEW its not telling the right time, and I let myself be fooled time and again hence all my routine suffered. In actuality I knew that the time is flying and I kept on reminding myself of the chores to be done, but the most apparent came in the way of my intentions, and in the end my job was not done with as much perfection as was the requirement.

Disappointed with myself,I was able to see the similarity between the Dead Clock and this Dunya. It made me realize two factors; our reliance on the most apparent and that why there is so much importance given to yaqeen bil ghaib (certainity on the unseen) in our religion. We all know what is apparent is not the truth; the beauty, the glamour, the majesty is all temporary, yet we are fooled to act upon what we see; what is in front of our eyes might be as mal functioning as the clock in my house, but we tend to like what we see and act accordingly.

The requirement is hence to be reminded of the Ghaib again and again. Just like the dead clock (as I like to call it now) did me no good, neither will this Dunya; we have to keep handy our watches, mobiles and all resources that remind us of the reality, of which the top most is the Quran.

 Verily, This (the Qur’ân) is no less than a Reminder to (all) the ‘Alamîn (mankind and jinns). To whomsoever among You who wills to walk straight.(Surah Takweer: ayah 27,28)

The requirement remains to be equipped and to be on guard. We have to keep reminding ourselves to not look away from the reality; the moment we do, the Trial of the Most Apparent will swing us away in ways we cannot comprehend.

For this a check list I made for myself (which everyone pretty much knows) but the reminder is in any case required.

a. Being connected to Quran:

The biggest advantage of being a student of Quran is that it drags you out of the temptations that you might intentionally or unintentionally get into. The world might allure you for a while but the moment you will listen to even one ayah, you’ll find it addressing your issue, somewhere with love, somewhere with strict admonition,it will bring you back to the surface.

b. Being Connected to Sunnah:

The is no issue that has not been addressed in the life of our Prophet(saw).The HOWs in our daily life are pretty much answered there.

 c. The Divine Consultation, Istikhara:

For issues that one might say are personalized, their solutions too are personalized. Ask for help and it is provided in unimaginable ways.

d. Company of Righteous Friends:

The friends whose major concern also is Akhirah will never be happy to see you go down, they will pull you up and push you towards the right, which you might even not like at the moment.

 e. Increased Adhkaar and Istaghfaar:

Dhikr I feel is the Instant Energy Drink for Imaan boost. For me it is the ultimate solution for procrastination, delay in salah etc. It helps you get on your feet when you feel it is impossible to.

These are the very basic things I have penned down, the wide range of Amal Saleh all help to bring us up in Imaan. May Allah keep us on the right path.Ameen.

O Allah! Let us see the good as good, and bless us with following it. And show us the falsehood as falsehood, and bless us with staying away from it, with Your mercy, O Most Merciful!

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