How Can We Have Lofty Aspirations?

Firstly, you need to have a drive towards your goal. This can be done by reading a lot about the people of the past and how they were with ilm and getting things done.

Secondly, making lots of du’a. Du’a should never be looked down upon or belittled.

Thirdly, making a plan.

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Du’a to Make When Struggling to Raise Children

Make the following du’a when you are struggling with raising children:

وعن الفضيل قال: اللهم إني أجتهدتُ أن أؤذّب عليّاً، فلم أقدر على تأديبه فأدبه أنت لي.

This du’a was made by Al-Fudayl ibn ‘Iyaad when he was struggling with raising his son. It is said that he became an amazing son after this du’a.

Oh Allah, I struggled to rectify my son Ali, and I’m not able to train him or raise him as I want. Oh Allah, you raise him and make him righteous for me.

Seek Blessings from Allah to Avoid Envy

Seek blessings from Allah when you see something that amazes you, whether it is from yourself or others.

Your inability to seek blessings from Allah when you see someone doing well or having a blessing, can indicate envy in your heart.

This usually occurs with people in the same field; seeking knowledge, profession or even with children.

Make du’a for the person instead and cleanse your heart from this jealousy.

Cleanse Your Heart from Jealousy

Seek blessings from Allah when you see something that amazes you, whether from yourself or others.

Your inability to do so, when seeing someone do well or in relation to a blessing they have, can indicate envy in one’s heart.

It usually occurs with people in the same field such as seeking knowledge or with each other’s children or within the same professions and so on.

Make du’a for the person instead and cleanse your heart from this jealousy.

Conditions of Repentence (Tawbah) from Sins

Repent for every haraam action you’ve ever done; from your eyes to your hands to not completing obligations to diseases of the heart like jealousy, hatred for others, arrogance.

  1. Stop the sin immediately.
  2. Remorse – feel sadness that you did it and cry over the sin.
  3. Be determined not to return to the sin.
  4. Ask Allah for His forgiveness.
  5. Sincerity – do it for Allah.
  6. Must be done before the rattle of death.
  • If it’s from the rights of others, then return it or its value if you stole.
  • If you spoke about someone behind their back, mention good about them in the same gathering and make du’a for them!

Rectifying Our Intentions

Du’a of ‘Umar ibn al Khattab (ra)

اللهُمَّ اجْعَلْ عَمَلِي كُلَّهُ صَالِحًا وَاجْعَلْهُ لِوَجْهِكَ خَالِصًا وَلَا تَجْعَلْ لِأَحَدٍ فِيْهِ شَيْئًا

Al’lahum’ma-ja’al ‘amalee kullahu saalihan wa-ja’alhu liwajhika khaalisan wa laa taj’al liahadin feehee shay’a

Oh Allah, make all of my actions righteous, make them purely for your sake & pleasure, and don’t allow anyone else to have a share of them.

If this is ‘Umar (ra) making this du’a then how great is our need to ask for sincerity!

Making Sincere Tawbah

Make du’a to avoid the sweetness of haraam. Many people have left sins, yet they are happy when they remember the sin or they recall it fondly. This is not sincere tawbah and you will not feel the sweetness of worship until you leave the sin and feel regret.