The Resume for Here, and the Hereafter.

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We all are in a sense managing to beautify two different resumes throughout our lifetimes.

The first resume, i.e. for the Here, adapts to various stages/aims of our lives with two of the foremost importance being the job-search-resume, and the spouse-search-resume (actually with my limited vision, I couldn’t think of any other :>).

The second resume, i.e. for the hereafter, goes above the level of worldly aims. It’s the one that we are preparing to strengthen our case when we would face Allah SWT. His decision on this resume would be final and unquestionable. Allah SWT would be the only one to decide on this resume, unlike all of our worldly resumes that we forward to numerous potential candidates (wives and companies). May Allah decide in favor of us all, and may we be blessed with the shadow of His Throne and Janat-ul-firdous, ameen.

Recently, Alhamdolillah, I added one item in each of my poor little resumes! For the job-search-resume, I was blessed and honored when one of my research works got accepted for publication in a prestigious journal, and presentation in a highly competitive conference; Alhamdolillah. I am also offered a decent grant to go and present the paper, and on my way, to visit Pakistan ๐Ÿ™‚ I never deserved any part of it at all, .. may Allah SWT make it good for my deen. I was thinking but wasn’t sure about how much of this job-search-resume, I am supposed to copy-paste to my spouse-search-resume, but I really hate the idea. Anyways, these two documents should remain mutually exclusive (in my geek terms)!

Now for the ultimate resume-for-hereafter – I’ve memorized Surah Naba ๐Ÿ˜€ Yessssss! It took me a while, but it helped me to figure out my pace in this regard and I am making sure to continue to progress despite the stupid well-known ‘busy schedule’. I’ve already started Surah Naziat, which is apparently a little easier, Inshallah, I’ll keep up the pace.

That’s it :> asalamalaikum.

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The story of a handshake.

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Until recently, I did not know that somehow I’ve developed a strong desire to see, talk, and be around the renowned scholars of Islam. I was a man whose dream was to headbang in Metallica’s wildest concerts around, and now, I am what I never expected out of myself, Alhamdolillah.

So today, I attended Sheikh Yasir Birjas‘s Khutbah. That’s my second close encounter with a Sheikh whom I really admire, first being NAK. I see them as frontline warriors of Islam. No forces are stronger than those which are applied to crush the struggles and missions of these people, yet they continue and they are successful unlike anything.

I reached the masjid 30 minutes before the khutbah’s starting time. I sat right in front of the mimbar but then realized that it was way too close and it would’ve resulted in a pain in the neck ๐Ÿ™‚ .. so I moved to the second row. Within minutes, I noticed that he’s back there somewhere but I didn’t hastened to have a glance in anyway. But surprisingly, Alhamdolillah, all of a sudden, someone came to sit exactly next to me ๐Ÿ˜€ I smelled hardcore Attar, turned my face 90 degrees, and there you go – the man of the day is there, sitting right next to me waiting for the clock to tick the time for him to start!

I couldn’t hold up myself, and I interrupted him and shook his hand, he greeted in a serene tone, and I replied and smiled, and that was it. A mere handshake, nothing much ๐Ÿ™‚ But by all means, I swear by Allah SWT that my inner pleasure was far beyond what it would have been if I were to meet all the heavy metal artists together.

In his speech, he talked about Salah being of foremost importance for all muslims.. and the importance of understanding the peculiarities of each of the steps of Salah. I wish to write more about what I heard, but I must switch to my beloved compiler as of now.

May Allah SWT bless him, his family, and all the people who encourage and respect him with all sincerity, ameen.