Life lessons from Monopoly:
1- When you are done playing everything eventually goes back into the box. When you are done living you too will be placed in a box, and your wealth and properties will be of no avail to you.
2- In pure capitalism the strong will prey on the weak. When you facilitate such models you don’t give the weak a fighting chance.
3- When it comes to business there are no friends. Even the allies become enemies.
4- There are clear indicators for certain investments that they will be profitable or not, you must learn to read the signs.
5- Even though you may hold the dice, don’t actually control what you will roll. In life you must take the action and leave the results up to Allah.
Islamic Brotherhood by Shaykh Tawfique Chowdhury
An inspirational lecture on striving for the Akhirah.
“Is not Allah Sufficient for His slave?” [al-Zumar 39:36]
Is it not enough for you, o servants of Allah, that al-Haseeb is taking care of your affairs?
Who is al-Haseeb? It is a wonderful Name of Allah by which worries of the future are dispelled and quietened! Ask al-Haseeb who surely does not discard His slaves!
Imam ibn al Qayyim said: “He is al-Haseeb, the Sufficient, He fulfils [His slaves’] needs and protects [them], and He takes care of His slaves at every moment.”
Call to good, and be patient if they don’t listen. Strive to be humble and remember the time when you were lost and misguided, and it was purely by His Mercy & Grace that you could walk on the Path of Light.
Most of all, refrain from passing conclusive judgements on others! We have not been made lords over others to decide their fate on the Day of Judgement.
It says in al-Saheeh that a man said: “By Allah, Allah will not forgive So and so. Allah said: ‘Who is the one who swore by Me that I will not forgive So and so? I have forgiven So and so and I have cancelled out your good deeds.”
“You will never give up a thing for the sake of Allah (swt), but that Allah will replace it for you with something that is better for you than it.”
The more you give in to desires, the more difficult and cumbersome this dunya becomes. By Allah, there is dignity in halaal. By Allah, there is peace in sacrificing for the sake of Allah. By Allah, there is happiness in giving up the doubtful for the love of your Lord!
Never take your faith for granted. We have been guided by His Mercy, we have been given the gift of Islam by His Mercy. Don’t play a game of give-and-take with your Creator. When good happens, praise Him. And when trials touch you, be patient for by Allah, His Word and His Promise is true. Islam is the Haqq (the Truth) and its validity does not depend on the acknowledgement or support of any huma…n being or group or nation.
Remember to ask Him to protect your faith & heart!
رَبَّنا لا تُزِغ قُلوبَنا بَعدَ إِذ هَدَيتَنا وَهَب لَنا مِن لَدُنكَ رَحمَةً ۚ إِنَّكَ أَنتَ الوَهّابُ
“Our Lord! Let not our hearts deviate (from the truth) after You have guided us, and grant us mercy from You. Truly, You are the Bestower.”
يا مقلب القلوب ثبت قلبي على دينك
“O Turner of Hearts! Make my heart firm upon your Deen.”
The entire religion revolves around four principles:
Love and Hatred, and stemming from them, Action and Abstinence.
The person whose love and hatred, action and abstinence, are all for the sake of Allah, has perfected his faith so that when he loves, he loves for the sake of Allah, when he hates, he hates for the sake of Allah. When he does something, he does it for the sake of Allah, and when he abstains from something, he abstains for the sake of Allah.