So understand by reflection, that every single heart in all created things has feelings, desires and inclinations. It has the desire to love, to gain good and beneficial things for itself, it can feel fear and terror, and it can also surrender and become submissive. Thus, when its feelings, desires and inclinations are all directed to and for Allaah, then it is a heart that truly worships, submits and surrenders to Allaah alone. Therefore, it has khawf (fear) of only Allaah; it has rajaa (hope) in Allaah’s Mercy; it has mahabbah (love) for Allaah and whatever Allaah loves; and it has istislaam (submits and surrenders) to only Allaah. However, when these feelings, desires and inclinations are directed to other than Allaah, then it is a heart that is enslaved and worships that object which has captured and enslaved it.

The linguistic definition of bid’ah: newly invented matter.

The Shari’ah definition of bid’ah as defined by Imaam Ash-Shaatibee (Rahimahullaah) in his book, Al ‘Itisaam, 1/37:

"Newly invented way (beliefs and actions) in the religion, in imitation of the Shari’ah (prescribed law), by which nearness to Allaah is sought, not being supported by any authentic proof-neither in its foundations, nor in the manner in which it is performed."

Avoiding innovations is one of the greatest foundations and principles of Ahlus Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah and it involves: Having hatred for it, keeping away from it, and warning the people about it.

Foundations of the Sunnah by Imaam Ahmad Ibn Hanbal (Rahimahullaah).

Not just beautiful, though—the stars are like the trees in the forest, alive and breathing. And they’re watching me.

Thing is, it doesn’t matter if you’re joking. Once the thoughts took the time to dress themselves and make their way down to your mouth, exiting your lips, they can’t go back. There’s no way to gather them up and stuff them back in. So think before you speak because you’re capable of that much. You’re capable of remaining silent until you’re alright with what comes out of your mouth. Stop apologizing for something you weren’t only aware of, but you chose to do. Just. Think. Before. You. Speak.

افتح فمك فقط إن كان ما ستقوله أجمل من الصمت

Open your mouth only if what you are going to say is more beautiful than silence.

thevoice—within said: Assalamualaikum, mine is just started. Do you have instagram?

Wa ‘alykum asalaam wa rahmatullaah wa barakaatu. Well, I hope that your days go splendid and you enjoy each moment of every day. I actually don’t have an Instagram but my friends have been pressuring me to get one, insha’Allaah once the dust from my busy schedule settles, I’ll find the time to see what this Instagram life is all about. & I’ll be sure to let you know when and if I make one.