Sunday, May 1, 2011

Eternal Beauty

Bism Illah wa as salaamu alaykum wa Rahmat Allah wa Barakatuh.

Beauty is such an interesting thing: the outer beauty and the inner beauty. Even the nicest looking person doesn't look lovely if they don't love Allah and have a clean heart. Clean hearts and pure intentions shine from faces like a beautiful illumination. The smiles of those with inner beauty are irresistible to all like souls, they emanate and meet with gleaming smiles. While our outer beauty lies with what Allah has decreed for us, our inner beauty makes us more beloved to people than the most beautiful exterior. The clean heart loves the clean heart...and that's what the believers see in each other.

If you wish to be eternally beautiful, rectify your heart. This is a short but excellent e-book on this matter:  How to Rectify your Heart by Shk. Abdul Islaam Saalih bin Taaha Abdul Waahid.

So many of you I have never met, never seen...but our hearts speak to each other and our smiles reach each other all over the world.  May our hearts be a source of light on Yawm Al Qiyama - ameen.


  1. Salam Alaikum Mai!
    I just discovered your blog yesterday subhan Allah at the perfect time too. Mysha Allah you inspire me very much. I'm a 20 year old revert since 4 years from new zealand. Elhamdulilah im glad to konw people like you do exist. lol. nz is a small place. Anyway I was just wondering would it be possible for you to post some good simple recipes you use often. If you have the time in shaa allah.
    Allah barak feeki.

  2. assalamu alaikum sister Mai,
    Ameen thumma ameen.
    Truly dear sister Mai, I think of asking you something and then I hesitate, You come up with an answer in your next post, mashaallah.
    No wonder when you said,
    So many of you I have never met, never seen...but our hearts speak to each other and our smiles reach each other all over the world. May our hearts be a source of light on Yawm Al Qiyama - ameen.

  3. As salaamu alaykum Umm Imran...

    I'm so glad you are well settled back at "home."

  4. Wa alaykum as salaam wa Rahmat Allah wa Barakatuh my dear little New Zealand sister!

    Welcome. I am honored to have you visit my blog. I pray it guides you ever closer to Allah- ameen.

    I will try to stick some recipes on here. Any special types of food you are thinking of, or just anything and everything?

    Jazaaki Allahu khayran and feeki Barak Allah.


  5. Wa alaykum as salaam wa Rahmat Allah wa Barakatuh Youshaka my sweet sister.

    Subhaan Allah, it is always wonderful when Allah shows His Qadr and gives us exactly what we wanted or needed! Perhaps it is a proof for you that if you are a little patient, everything comes to you. However, don't feel shy to ask something. It might be something others will also benefit from.

    Ameen, thumma Ameen!

  6. "However, don't feel shy to ask something. It might be something others will also benefit from."

    I had been thinking about asking you something but was a little hesitant. After reading those lines I decided to ask. :-)
    Sometimes there are things that we ask from say [a really stupid example but it gets the point across!] I am losing my hair, so much that I look bald at the I have to keep being hopeful and ask Allah to bring about a change?
    Accept it as a test from Allah and be contented and try to find ways to deal with it?


  7. assaalam u alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh

    Girl what are you? you make me (us)cry, you make me smile and now i'm reading these lines wondering what? does she read minds or something?and even the ladies with comments bring fresh thoughts to mind. you are right if you wait patiently Allah does bring you what ya looking for/ asking for.may Allah grant us all a white heart with pure intentions Ameen and keep you among us as a source of inspiration and change of heart towards good Ameen. one request though can you be my BFF Pleeeeeeeeeeeez?

  8. Umm Bilal- I hope you are open to PolyFriends, because your going to be sharing Mai with a lot is Sisters :-)

  9. As salaamu alaykum Hana.

    I believe the answer is to do both. You ask Allah for change and to rectify the situation...and you ask Him to guide you to what you can do to rectify the situation, because we must do our part. However, you also must accept that this IS a test from Allah and that you need to learn something from it. Look for what you need to learn. Perhaps it is to do with vanity, or maybe simply to teach you sabr. It may be that Allah has sent this test as a sign that you must change some things in your life. Ask Allah to make clear to you what you must learn from the test. Once you understand that, everything will fall into place.

    One example I can give you happened years ago, but I never forget it. It was a few days before Eid and I went with my friend to the shops. I ended up buying a new, dark green abaya. I had struggled about buying it because I knew I didn't need it and it was just something I liked and bought impulsively for Eid.

    After I left the shop, my car started making an awful sound. I was scared it was going to break down in the road. I didn't have much money then either, so I was considering the hardship if the car needed some major repairs.

    I parked in the masjid car park and went in to pray Isha'. I was in my prayer, crying my eyes out, believing that Allah was punishing me for the unnecessary spending by making my car break down. I begged Allah for forgiveness and said that if I could I would try to return it to the shop if He willed it.

    After a good long cry and dua', I went out to the car. I got in, started it up and there was no sound. The car drove normally and I never heard the sound again. I understood then that I had learned the lesson Allah was teaching me, so he took the warning/test away. I didn't have to return the abaya, but of course, if the sound had continued, I'd have done that as well. I ended up giving to someone after the Eid as a gift anyway, wa al hamdul'Illah.

    My goodness, this could have been a post all of it's own! Barak Allahu feeki for asking the question. I'm sure others will find it helpful...and I can certainly say that I loved remembering that incident and sharing it with you all.

    May Allah guide you to what pleases Him and may your test be lightened as a result - ameen.

  10. Umm Salwaa and Um Bilal...LOL! Inshaa'Allah we WILL be best friends forever - fi sabeel Illah and sitting on those jeweled thrones, bangles up our arms, in green silk and brocade gowns, looking like a dream come true...basking in Allah's Perfect Countenance - AMEEN!

    Jazaakuna Allahu khayran.

  11. @Umm Salwa
    shared Mai is good as well.its like whole Mai with bonus;)yep i'm open bi idhnillah.

    InshAllah Ameen thumma Ameen.

  12. Salam Again from New Zealand,
    Yes!! elhamdulilah your blog has sent me in a new direction In shaa allah closer to Allah. My imaan seemed to be on pause for a while lol. Elhamdulilah I wasn't going astray may allah protect me from that.But I was just not improving. You have inspired me to look at myself critically and take a few more bold steps forward Elhamdulilah. Can't thank you enough!.
    I think I've read all of your posts now :D.
    ABout the recipes if you have time please just some basics such as bread, pizza base any you think you use often. I am currently a cloth nappie extrodanaire lol. I would love to make more of an effort to provide my family with organic food cooked from scratch. but i'm just a beginner chef :D.
    Umm Raya

  13. Subhanallah Mai so nicely put! Ameen to all our duas. How beneficial to gather for the pleasure of Allah! :0)

  14. As Salaamu Alaykum wa Rahmatulahi wa Barakatuhu

    I believe I needed to read that more than you needed to post it. Alhamdulillah!!

  15. Assalamualaikum...

    Very is not what you look into the mirror, a reflection of yourself...its how people SEE you.....

  16. Wa Alaikum Salam Mai,
    Thanks a lot for the wonderful and detailed reply. I asked this question because sometimes I wonder whether the situation will never change and I might die still wanting it and never accepting my fate [and thereby achieving inner peace and contentment]...