Eid: Ennui or Euphoria

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The month of Ramadan is at its end. Everybody must be looking forward to Eid-ul-Fitr. It is a celebration for Muslims from all over the world who have fasted and obeyed Allah (SWT) and the time when the whole Muslim community comes together to share each other’s joy. However, no matter what the occasion, Muslims are required to help and lessen the burden of those suffering.

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The Eternal Bliss

After that long day of fast on a hot summer day coming back from work or university, you are all tired and left no energy, you want a cold glass of water to quench your thirst and a tasty meal to fill your stomach but oh it’s Ramadan, you have to wait a few more hours for all of that. Instead you have to prepare your iftaar and then wait for Magrib to dive in the yummy dishes.

When we all go through situations like this, we think in sha Allah there is a great reward for this.

Every time you feel lazy to pray but still get up on as soon as the athan is called out.

Every time you give the needy man some money when your wallet is running out of cash.

Every time you are in a bad mood, yet still control yourself and talk to your mother kindly.

Every time you sleep late but still pray Fajr with half eyes open.

Every single time when we put more effort and fight ourselves in obeying our Lord, the thing that motivates us is His Pleasure and His unbreakable promise to us; Paradise.

This post is just to remind you about this promise, to motivate you and let you know these efforts of yours are indeed precious and worth the struggle. Stay strong and keep working towards His promise to you. 

So what exactly will you get in Paradise?

The simple answer to that is what Allah has informed us in Surah Qaf:

لَهُم مَّا يَشَاءُونَ فِيهَا وَلَدَيْنَا مَزِيدٌ

”They will have whatever they wish therein, and with Us is more.”

The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم has said about Paradise: ”Allah has said: I have prepared for My righteous servants what no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no heart has conceived.” 

In the Tafseer of this ayah it says: They will certainly get whatever they desire, but in addition We will also give them that which they have never conceived and, therefore, could not desire.

And He says in Surah As-Sajda:

فَلَا تَعْلَمُ نَفْسٌ مَا أُخْفِيَ لَهُمْ مِنْ قُرَّةِ أَعْيُنٍ جَزَاءً بِمَا كَانُوا يَعْمَلُونَ 

No person knows what is kept hidden for them of delights of the eye as a reward for what they used to do”

So basically you will get literally EVERYTHING you want plus even the amazing things you don’t even know exist and that to right away, no waiting, and the best part; it’s all forever!

And this eternal bliss is rewarded to you for your obedience in this life only, how long would that be..50 years? 60? or 80? That itself is a mercy from Allah. Even if we spend every minute and second of lives worshiping Him its still not enough to be grateful to Him even for the smallest blessing He gave us, we can never worship enough has He deserves to be worshiped and  yet He will grant us with the fulfillment of our dreams for eternity. Subhan Allah

No one of us will enter Jannah because of deeds, it’s only from the mercy of Allah that we shall enter Paradise in sha Allah. Our deeds only determine which level of Paradise will be our final abode, so increase your good deeds to reach it’s highest levels.

 

I ask Allah to grant us all the highest level of Paradise without any torment or accountability. Ameen.

 

Abeer Nouman.

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Hmmmm… a very vast topic, described by many subjectively.

The Arabic word for patience is صبر (Sabr) and it comes from a root word meaning to stop, disdain, or refrain.

Ibn Ataa defined it as surviving through the problem with good attitude.

Raweem said it’s to leave complaining.

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The Key to Every Solution

It is narrated by Ibn Umar-may Allah be pleased with him- that the companions of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم used to see him do istigfar ( asking Allah for forgiveness) a hundred times in one sitting. [Abi Dawood]

 

This got me thinking, he, the Prophet of Allah, the most truthful, the one with the perfect character, guided by the divine revelation, the best human being to walk on the face of this Earth, the most grateful servent of His Lord, the one with all his sins forgiven,what did he need to ask forgiveness for?

I searched and came accross some some amazing benefits of doing istigfar.

Firstly, Allah Almighty has said in Surah Nuh:

” And O my people! Ask forgiveness of your Lord and then repent to Him, He will send you from the sky abduntant rain, and add strength to your strength, so do not turn away as Mujrimoom(criminals, disbelievers in the Oneness of Allah).”

In another hadith it is narrated by Ibn Abbas that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said that whoever increases in istigfar Allah will grant him relief from every worry, and a way out from every hardship and will grant him provision from sources he could not imagine.

 

Other benefits which the scholars have nentioned includes:

● Attaining Allah’s love.

●Protection from Shaitain, jin and all evils.

●Ease and barakah in provision ( children, money, wealth, health)

● Ease in doing good deeds.

● Decrease in love of this world.

● Increase in Iman.

 

And many more…so try increasing the amount of istigfar you do in a day. Sitting, standing, laying down, walking, waiting just include it in every step of your life and see the help of Allah in your life.

 

Abeer Nouman.

‘Verily My Mercy overcomes My Anger.’

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Narrated Abu Huraira:
The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “When Allah created the Creation, He wrote in His Book–and He wrote (that) about Himself, and it is placed with Him on the Throne–‘Verily My Mercy overcomes My Anger.'”
(Sahih Al-Bukhari)

When you see a mother showing affection to her child that is from His mercy.

When you see an animal showing kindness to one another, that is from His mercy.

When you see people loving each other and showing kindness to each other, that is from the mercy of Allah.

When you have sinned, and yet He enables you to walk and talk and live another day, that is from His mercy.

When you have sinned and yet, He gives you what you ask for, He is doing out of His mercy.

When you have sinned and you realise that you have erred, the realisation is a mercy from Allah, and when you repent, the ability to repent is from His infinite mercy.

Salman reported that Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said:

Verily, Allah created, on the same very day when He created the heavens and the earth, one hundred parts of mercy. Every part of mercy is coextensive with the space between the heavens. and the earth and He out of this mercy endowed one part to the earth and it is because of this that the mother shows affection to her child and even the beasts and birds show kindness to one another and when there would be the Day of Resurrection, Allah would make full (use of Mercy).
(Sahih Muslim)
{وَاسْتَغْفِرُوا رَبَّكُمْ ثُمَّ تُوبُوا إِلَيْهِ ۚ إِنَّ رَبِّي رَحِيمٌ وَدُودٌ}
رحيم – the one who is merciful.
ودود – the one who loves His slaves.
In this verse Allah asks us to seek forgiveness from Him and repent to Him when we have sinned, and ends the verse by saying He is the most merciful and loving towards His slaves.
With His mercy, He forgives.
It does not end there, He will also love you.
Reflect on that, when we have wronged each other, we might forgive the other person, but will the love be the same? Will it increase or decrease?
But Allah سبحانه وتعالى His love for His slaves only increases. He will love you more, when you get back to Him in repentance.

Say, “O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah . Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.” (Surah Az-Zumar: 53)

In this month of mercy and forgiveness, ask Him to have mercy on us and forgive us for our shortcomings, and to enter us and our loved ones to Jannah and save us from the torment of the hell-fire.

THE WINDS OF CHANGE

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace
and blessings be upon him, said, “Take up good deeds
only as much as you are able, for the best deeds are
those done regularly even if they are few.”
Source: Sunan Ibn Majah 4240
Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Albani
This blessed month is a time to refresh and renew, to let go of old sins and replace them with healthier habits. As we approach the second third of Ramadan, we see the
masajid slowly emptying out; the same masjid that was fully packed a few days ago seems half empty now. Fewer people seem as enthusiastic about their Quran goals as they were on the very first day of Ramadan …
As the month goes on, we seem to be running out of
steam. Given how precious and limited these days are,
shouldn’t we be taking advantage of every moment?
In all honesty, I’m not.
So here I am, sharing some introspection about how to maintain and accomplish sustainable goals in this incredible month. I’ve tried to focus on deeds that look
small – but could have huge rewards in the future. I’ve split these deeds into two halves: good habits to build, and bad habits to break.

بسم الله

Firstly, habits to build…
1.
Set a few, realistic goals!
You know your own capabilities more than anyone else does. There is no point in setting goals that look very attractive but are unattainable. Bear in mind that a huge number of small goals have the same effect! If you’ve already determined what you want to achieve before Ramadan, wonderful. Now it’s to spend some time with yourself and honestly
review the past ten days. If you haven’t made a plan, it’s not too late. Start now and your future self will thank you for it. Plus the feeling of ticking a task off a list is absolutely beautiful.
2.
Remember your athkar!
We often neglect this amazing treasure. It may look small, but is it really?
On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him), who said that the Prophet (ﷺ)
said:
“Allah the Almighty said: I am as My servant thinks I
am. I am with him when he makes mention of Me. If
he makes mention of Me to himself, I make
mention of him to Myself; and if he makes mention
of Me in an assembly, I make mention of him in an
assembly better than it. And if he draws near to Me
an arm’s length, I draw near to him a cubit, and if he
draws near to Me a cubit, I draw near to him a
fathom. And if he comes to Me walking, I go to him
at speed.”
(related by al-Buhkari, Muslim, at-Tirmidhi and
Ibn-Majah).
3.
Dua
Needless to say, it’s impossible to achieve anything without Allah’s will. Ask Him to grant you success and to make your worship easier.
“And when My servants ask you, [O Muhammad],
concerning Me – indeed I am near. I respond to the
invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon
Me. So let them respond to Me [by obedience] and
believe in Me that they may be [rightly] guided.” (2:186)
Now, habits to break…
1.
Put your ego aside
We’ve all wronged people throughout the year. Hearts are softer this month, forgive and ask others to forgive you. Tell the people you care about that you regret your actions and you value the relationship. Chances are, they’ll accept your apology. Let go of grudges. They’re not worth it. We all know the Prophet’s (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) famous saying:
“Have mercy on those on the earth, and the One
in heaven will have mercy on you.” [Tirmidhi].
2.
Take care of yourself
Say goodbye to poor eating and sleeping habits.You don’t need them this month.
We’ve discussed eating healthy and staying hydrated in the past. The truth is, you won’t be able to worship if you’re weak and tired.
Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) as
saying:
“A strong believer is better and is more lovable to
Allah than a weak believer…”
(Sahih Muslim 2664)
3.
Watch what you say
No backbiting, complaining or purposeless talk in Ramadan. None of it. We do plenty of that all year. Your goals should keep you so busy that you shouldn’t have time for this.😉
Hudhaifah (عنه اﷲ رضي) narrated that the
Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:
“A backbiter will not enter Paradise.”
[Bukhari (6056) and Muslim (105)]
These reminders are firstly for myself before they are for everyone else. I’m in no position to advise anyone.
That’s all from me. I leave the rest to you.
May Allah allow us to change for the better this
Ramadan.

تقبل الله منا ومنكم

Raweeha Abdul Rab

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Those who remember Allah much.

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Abu Muslim AlKhawalaani was among the tabi’een (those who came after the Prophetic period, and met the companions of the Prophet ﷺ) who lived in Yemen, but migrated to Madinah later. He was someone who lived for the Hereafter, kept himself busy in the remembrance of Allah, if you read his history you would be amazed. At his time, after the death of the Prophet ﷺ, there were many who claimed Prophet-hood, one of them was AlAswad al’Insi. He wanted everyone in Yemen to testify to him that he was the Prophet after Muhammad ﷺ , so he called upon Abu Muslim AlKhawalani  to testify like many of them did, so he asked Abu Muslim, “do you testify that Muhammad ﷺ is the messenger of Allah?” Abu Muslim said: “Yes”, he then asked, “do you testify that I am a messenger of Allah?” Abu Muslim replied Continue reading

Our Guardian Angels

 

Remember when you were a small child, totally dependent, who fulfilled your needs? 

When you wanted that toy everyone had, who provided for you? 

When you wanted to pursue your dreams, who supported you? 

When you were lost and needed advice, who guided you?

Your PARENTS.

 But when you became independent, busy building your life you started to ignore their needs, failed to realize it’s time they need you now. It’s not payback, you can never ever re-pay for all those sleepless nights, high tuition bills, long working hours, giving up their savings, countless sacrifices. Never. It’s just the least we can do.

It hurts them every time you answer back, every time you prioritize others over them, when days pass and you don’t check on them. 

They deserve your respect. 

Your love.

Your care.

Your support.

Your kindness. 

Your good treatment. 

Being your number 1 priority. 

 

Allah says: And your Lord has commanded that you shall not serve (any) but Him, and do good to your parents. If either or both of them reach old age with you, say not to them (so much as) “ugh” nor chide them, but (always) speak to them reverent speech.

And make yourself submissively gentle to them with compassion, and say: “O my Lord! have compassion on them, as they brought me up (when I was) a child.” [Surah Isra 23-24] 

Don’t let another day pass without appreciating them, without checking on them, without telling them how much they mean to you. 

Use this time to serve them before you loose this opportunity. An even after they are gone, pray for them and do good deeds they all reach them and raise their status in the hereafter.

They are too precious and irreplaceable to be taken for granted.

May Allah make bless them and make us the coolness of their eyes. Ameen. 

Abeer Nouman.