Why did you create this site?
With the growth in popularity of FML and similar sites, I find people constantly complaining about the difficult situations they face, highlighting the negative and ignoring the positive. Not only do they emphasize their misfortunes, but they conclude with FML (which stands for "F My Life"). Seriously, do we even think about how messed up that is? Do we ever take a second and think, "How does this constant expression of negativity effect my outlook on life?" I wanted to provide people with an alternative to FML, an outlet to express their frustrations, as well as their happiness, in a way that's actually uplifting, rather than detrimental, to their emotional, psychological, and spiritual well-being. That's how AHL was born.
What does AHL mean?
AHL stands for alhamdulillah (Al-Hamdu-Lillah) which means "Thankful Praise belongs to God" in Arabic. While it comes from the Islamic tradition, the phrase can be used by anyone, whether you're Jewish, or Christian, or if you don't really have a set religion. What is unique about this phrase is that it is meant to be used in response to both pleasing and displeasing circumstances in our lives, the idea being that, whether things are going well or not so well, I will stay positive and ALWAYS give thanks and praise to the Creator.
What is the benefit of an AHL approach to life?
The Prophet Muhammad (saws) is reported to have said, "Wondrous are the affairs of the believer. There is good for him in every affair, and that is only so for the believer. When something pleasing happens, he is thankful, and that is good for him. When something displeasing happens, he is patient, and that is good for him." So when you live your life with AHL on your mind, good is good and bad is good, and you can begin to look at every moment as an opportunity to remember God, to be thankful, and to be patient, and God is the ultimate goal.
I had a great AHL Moment and I'd like to share it on this site. How can I do that?
If you'd like to share your own story on this site, check out the Submit a Moment page. Just follow the quick and easy instructions and you'll be on your way insha'Allah!**
I submitted a story but I don't see it on the site! What's going on here?!
First of all, relax. Secondly, your stories do not go up the minute you submit them. All stories are first reviewed to make sure they are in keeping with the guidelines and standards of the site. Once they are reviewed and approved, they are posted insha'Allah.**
I really like this and I'd like to learn more about the way of life from which it originated. How can I find out more information about Islam?
Islam is the natural way of life that has been taught by prophets throughout the ages, yet it is made for all times and all places. To learn more about Islam, check out our partner site, http://islamfaq.dawahaddict.com.