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FAITH CONFERENCE 2020
Message From the Ameer
Assalām u 'alaikum Warahmatullāhi wabarakātuh brothers and sisters!
Assalām u 'alaikum Warahmatullāhi wabarakātuh brothers and sisters!
Story Behind The Theme
With our world shrunken into a rally for self-fulfilment and pursuit of desires, nobody wants to be outpaced.
YOLO is a call to have it all before the ‘ultimate end’. As we delve deeper into the glitz of life, a voice resonates from within, awakening us to the most meaningful realisation: Is death the ultimate termination?Does life really end after death, or is it just the beginning? Do you, indeed, "Only live once", or is there another life after our worldly demise?
YOLO is a 21st century motto that stands for ‘you only live once’. Leading a life based on this statement requires one to indulge in all pleasurable activities and make the most of this life before they die. But do you really only live once?
The need of today is to understand the meaning of YOLO in its true spirit i.e you get only once chance to win the favours of your Lord and earn jannah. What you sow here, you shall reap in the Hereafter.Ameer
Believing in this meaning of YOLO engages people to follow a delusion and hence pursue the apparently attractive pleasures of life regardless of them being permissible or impermissible by Allah. Life in this way becomes a deception and leads to destruction in the hereafter. The need of today is to understand the meaning of YOLO in its true spirit i.e you get only once chance to win the favours of your Lord and earn jannah. What you sow here, you shall reap in the Hereafter. Hence one should not miss the only one opportunity given in this life to deserve eternal bliss Hereafter.
Looking at YOLO from this perspective changes everything to the extent of looking at the trials and tribulations of this life as tests given by Allah. It is only then we understand the true meaning of the Ayahs below: ‘And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient, Who, when disaster strikes them, say, "Indeed we belong to Allah, and indeed to Him we will return." Those are the ones upon whom are blessings from their Lord and mercy. And it is those who are the [rightly] guided.’ (2:155-157) Following a life based on principles adhering to ‘YOLO’, will only lead to displeasing your Lord and giving up your chances to attain a life of immense bounties in Jannah.
This life will never satisfy us and its enjoyments are nothing compared to what’s in the Hereafter.
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Hina Adil Osawala is a student of Quran, she has completed her Bachelors in islamic studies,also have done diploma quran course of 1.5 years Currently working as a core team member with different organizations and also doing Certification Course in Psycology from I.O.University. She is a Certified Life Coach and a Certified Hypnosis Practitioner. She is also a Student Counsellor and an O'Level Islamiyat Teacher at Avecina School.a Adil Osawala is a student of Quran, she has completed her Bachelors in islamic studies,also have done diploma quran course of 1.5 years Currently working as a core team member with different organizations and also doing Certification Course in Psycology from I.O.University. She is a Certified Life Coach and a Certified Hypnosis Practitioner. She is also a Student Counsellor and an O'Level Islamiyat Teacher at Avecina School.