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And Yet Another Ramadaan Slipped Away

Alaas!.. it is here… Its the time for parting.

The countdown that marked the arrival of Ramadaan, the excitement of the coming month of boundless mercy, now turns to wistfulness and grief as the last fleeting days of Ramadaan passed away.

The question is… did we make an effort to gather the uncountable blessings from Allaah that this month brings in?

The question is.. did we do enough?

Allaah blessed us with the month of Ramadaan, and bestowed His favor upon us with the fasting of its day and the praying of its night.

I ask Allaah that He accepts from us our fasting, our standing in prayer, our recitation of the Qur’aan and that He makes us from the people who are saved from Hell Fire.

As we bid farewell to this blessed month..this beloved, noble guest, it is a good time to remind ourselves…and to take a moment to reflect upon our actions during Ramadaan, our motives and perhaps even chart a course for the continuity of our good deeds. We should ask ourselves a few questions for which we need to find some honest answers.

An answer, it is said, is only as good as the question that precedes it. For it is only when we frame a query searching enough, searing enough, that we can hope to find a reply that is comprehensive and just. It is these answers that may have a chance to awaken us from our absent-mindedness, our heedlessness and help us remain steadfast and virtuous.

These questions are in their utmost simplicity:

Who did you fast for??
Why did you fast??
What is to be done after Ramadaan?

Yet, the answers are only the bare truth. Why, nothing else could be clearer! I fasted for Allaah alone, to worship Him, seeking the rewards from Him alone.

Yes, these answers are correct and clear. But, what about those of us who fasted the month of Ramadaan as a tradition and not as an act of worship?

Do we not know of someone who got used to fasting this month because they inherited it from their parents and their societies and they do not want to go against their traditions? Do we see someone fasting because everyone around them, their family, peers and colleagues are fasting, and they want to belong?

Perhaps a part of us also does the same?

Are we among those people who abstain from all sorts of permissible food and drink during the long hours of the day, only to fall upon the food and drink at iftaar, unmindful of what is unlawful during the nights and days of the rest of the year? This is because of the feeble self-control over overwhelming desires of the nafs (soul), that is not bothered to be reined-in, except for mighty efforts during the days of Ramadaan.

Have we not observed someone we know, who fasts meticulously as if fasting is a habit that has been inherited, and yet does not pray? Have not we, at some time or the other, fasted as if a bag was tied to a camel’s mouth to prevent it from eating until dusk, because we have not prayed nor observed the limits set by Allaah, achieving nothing out of it except hunger or thirst?

Certainly, the obligation of fasting is one of the pillars of Islaam, but the greatest pillar of Islaam is the Salaah. The five daily prayers are greater than fasting. Some people regularly fast the month of Ramadaan, but do not regularly pray. Some do not pray at all.

The One who prescribed fasting is the same One who prescribed Salaah. The One who said, “O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you..”(1) is the same One who said, “..Perform salaah, Verily, the prayer is enjoined on the believers at fixed time.”(2) 

Does Allaah deserve to be worshiped during the month of Ramadaan by fasting, then He does not deserve to be worshiped in the five daily prayers?

Similarly, we see people staying away from lying, backbiting and cheating during Ramadaan, only to go right back to their evil ways, the very evening the moon is sighted for Shawwaal!

Will we do the same??

Will we go right back to the way were before Ramadaan??

Or have we changed for the better??

Will we abandon the Qur’aan, the Word of ar-Rahmaan, that we recited so whole heartedly during Ramadaan and replace it with music, the words of as-Shaytaan? ??

Will we forget all that we learnt from this blessed month in the blink of an eye?

Will we run straight back into the haraam that we worked so hard to stay away from during Ramadaan??

We all prayed Tahajjud/Fajr Salaah but sadly now we will pray only when we get time.

We scarificed our daily evening routine for 1 hour of 3Ishaa’ and Taraweeh Salaah.. and now if we are to ask to devote 1 hour for salaah, we would think twice.

Does Allah deserve to be worshiped only in the month of Ramadaan, but not in the rest of the year?

Its far easy to keep fasting in Ramadaan (as everyone is fasting) but now because we have got the habit, lets first start continue fasting for next 6 days of Shawwaal followed by sunnah fasting of Mondays and Thrusday and 13th, 14th, 15th of every month.

Has this month of fasting become more of a tradition for us than anything else…going from one Khatam to another, trying to catch the blessing of Khatmul-Qur’aan, yet when it comes to our practical every day lives, this very Qur’aan lies dusty upon our shelves, having no impact on our lives, having no change in our attitude and with no effect on our submission to Allaah.

Did we really learn nothing from this blessed month?

Or did we???

Rather, this month should be a starting point for further piety because from the signs of Allaah’s acceptance of our fasting is that He helps us to become steadfast in the Deen after Ramadaan.

Today, even with the imminent departing of Ramadaan, let us be able to say: “Verily, my Salaah, my sacrifice, my living, and my dying are for Allaah, the Lord of the Worlds. He has no partner. And of this I have been commanded, and I am the first of the Muslims.” (3)

It is a farewell, but also a renewal, a reaffirmation, a positive change, and with the Will of Allaah, also our labor’s end and its just recompense.

(Adapted from an article on the internet)
By Asma bint Shameem
 

Related Posts:

What Have We Gained From Ramadaan?

Ramadaan, My Dear Guest, I’m Sorry

After Ramadaan Resources

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References:
(1)  soorah Al Baqarah, v:183
(2) soorah An-Nisaa, v:103
(3)  soorah Al-Anaam, v:162-163
 
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How Do I Excel In Ramadaan

Our Eemaan needs to be renewed and Ramadaan is the best time to renew our Eemaan, our relations with Allaah 3Azza wa Jall.

Do we really long for the pleasure of Allaah, wanting Allaah’s pleasure in every action?  where we stand in our relationship with Allaah?

Reflections on some beautiful aayaat, beneficial steps to feel the sweetness of Qur’aan when we read in Ramadaan & during Taraweeh.

A nice lecture on how to excel and benefit in Ramadaan inshaa’Allaah, by brother Abu Mussab Wajdi Akkari. Brother Abu Mussab works with Jeddah Da3wah Center.

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Preparing For An Amazing Ramadaan

How to Spend Ramadaan

Time Management Tips for Ramadaan

Preparing For An Amazing Ramadaan

Imagine.

Someone really, really important is coming to visit you. Surely, you would cook, clean, shop, prepare and plan everything for them, well ahead of time. You would make sure they are comfortable and well taken care of. You would ascertain that everything is perfectly ready and adequately in place before they arrive.

Now imagine someone coming to visit you that is even more important than that….more precious, more valuable, more honorable. Wouldn’t you prepare even more and give it the best you got?

Well, the best month of the year, the most blessed and most precious, is coming up. The month that brings the fragrance of Jannah and the sweetness of Eemaan….the tears of Tawbah and the forgiveness of your Lord. And it’s bringing with it a night that is equivalent in worship and reward, to more than a thousand months.

Wouldn’t you want to prepare for that?

Wouldn’t you want to be ready for it with all your heart and soul so that you don’t miss this great opportunity?

They say the more prepared you are for something, the easier it is for you to handle it and the greater the chances that you will be successful at it.

And what better opportunity to prepare for something than preparing for the blessed month of Ramadaan.

This is a month of Rahmah and Barakah, a month of tawbah and istighfaar, a great opportunity for training oneself… to give up your bad deeds and build on your good ones.

So what to do?

Prepare yourself mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually for this great month.

The first thing to do is to purify your niyyah from now. You are going to fast because it is the order of Allaah and NOT because it is culture or your family does so, or even because you want to lose weight.

“O you who believe, fasting has been prescribed for you as it has been prescribed for people before you so that you will (learn how to) attain Taqwaa”.  [soorah al-Baqarah, v:183]

Next, be really excited for this upcoming month and be absolutely determined to do your utmost best and exert yourself for this magnificent month of Forgiveness and Mercy from your Lord.

Race with one another and compete with each other for it.

Be excited. Be energized. Get electrified.

Get all pumped up and feel vitalized.

This is a time when the gates of Jannah are all open. W I D E open.

And all the gates of Jahannum are closed. Yes, alhamdulillaah CLOSED.

And here is a chance for you to get all your sins forgiven.

Get invigorated and motivated. Realize that the month of Ramadaan is a month of amazing 3ibaadah and intense du3aa’. astounding khushoo3 and remarkable hope, sincere tawbah and extraordinary istighfaar.

And it is NOT a month of laziness or sleeping, cooking and feasting, or just being plain grouchy and irritable.

Don’t let the thought of the heat or the long day get to you or dampen your spirit. It is only the Shaytaan trying to play with your mind and spoil this wonderful time for you.

Have full intention from now, to read as much of the Qur’aan as you can.

Love the Qur’aan. Build a close relationship with it. Realize that these are the Words of your Lord….Words that will take you to Jannah, your Ultimate Goal.

Don’t just read it with your eyes. Read it with your heart. Let it sink in your soul. Savor the joy and cherish the delight in reading the Book of Allaah. Taste the sweetness of Eemaan. Don’t be in a rush to quickly finish the reading. Rather, take your time to ponder over the words and understand the meanings.

Don’t think…”when am I going to finish this Soorah? Rather….when am I going to implement this in my life?”

Remember, nothing is sweeter and more pleasurable than the aayaat of the Qur’aan that you can understand.

Prepare yourself to do plenty of sujood… long, drawn out sujood, in Taraaweeh and Tahajjud.

Feel close to your Rabb when you do that sajdah. Realize that this is most honorable position for you…placing the thing you value most, your head, on the ground, humbled before your Creator.

You are the slave and He is the Master. You are the 3abd and He is your Owner.

Resolve from today, to make a lot of du3aa’. Make a du3aa list.

Prepare it from now. And when you sit down to break your fast, or when you stand in front of your Creator in Salaah, in Taraaweeh or in the middle of the night, or any time during the night or day, spread out those hands and ask al-Kareem, the Most Generous, the One Who gives to one and to all.

Make sincere, heartfelt du3aa’ whenever and wherever you can. Don’t let a moment slip by. And don’t forget to be thankful to the One Who gave you everything.

Be ready from now to do abundant istighfaar, lots and lots of it. Do it every single day.

In the darkness of the night, when the whole world is asleep, have full realization, that this is no ordinary time, no time to waste away sleeping.

Ar-Rahmaan is calling. Wouldn’t you want to respond??

So knock on the door of the Almighty. He is al-Ghafoor, the Oft-Forgiver and you are nothing… Just a weak and sinful human being. Bend your head with shame, and cry. Cry like you’ve never cried before.

Ask for His forgiveness. Make firm resolve never, ever, to go back to your sins…never, ever to do those bad deeds again. Go ahead, spread out those hands and be sincere and then be certain He will surely respond.

And most importantly, have firm determination from this moment on, to continue all the good deeds and habits that you will develop during Ramadaan to continue even after Ramadaan is over. Remember, you are not a good Muslim just during a special month of the year.Rather you are a Muslim throughout the three hundred and sixty five days. Use the upcoming month of taqwa and training to coach and develop your nafs, to cultivate virtuous deeds and actions and to give up your bad ones.

Tell me, are you going to let all that hard work of fasting, waking up in the middle of the night, reading all that Qur’aan, standing up for Taraaweeh and prayers, and all that du3aa’ go to waste???

Other tips:

1. Get to know the rules of fasting from now, so that your fasting can be closest to the Sunnah and thus be more beloved and acceptable to Allaah.

2. Clarify any doubts that you may have and don’t be afraid to ask a scholar.

3. Cleanse your heart of any anger, hatred, grudges, etc from now. And forgive everyone. That’s because forgiveness is delayed for the one who has anger and grudge against his Muslim brother/sister.

The Prophet salAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: “The gates of Paradise are opened on Monday and Thursday, and everyone who does not associate anything with Allaah is forgiven, except a man who has had an argument with his brother. It is said: ‘Wait for these two until they reconcile, wait for these two until they reconcile, wait for these two until they reconcile.” (Muslim)

4. Finish up on your Ramadaan and 3Eid preparation, cooking, shopping, etc. from now so that you can free up all the time during Ramadaan for 3Ibaadah.

5. If you are like most people who give their zakaat during Ramadaan, get it all calculated and worked out before the month starts.

To conclude, think positive and have firm resolve. Strive with all your effort to do your best so that this will be an amazing, hair-raising, awe-inspiring, heart-stopping experience of a lifetime.

Your best Ramadaan ever.

Set your goals at the highest.

Don’t settle for anything less than Jannah

And Allaah knows best.

By Asma bint Shameem

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“Did he not reach Ramadaan, fast and pray…?” A beautiful Hadeeth

How to Spend Ramadaan by Shaykh Muhammad Hassan

Time Management Tips for Ramadaan

A Beautiful Hadeeth About Hajj

A beautiful, must-read hadeeth about Hajj for everyone, specially those going on Hajj. Remember this hadeeth & the lofty rewards as you perform different rituals of Hajj

(Remember me in your du3aa’).

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It is narrated on the authority of Ibn 3Umar – radiAllaahu 3anhuma – who said: I was sitting with the Prophet – sallAllaahu 3alayhi wa sallam – in the Masjid in Mina when a man from the Ansaar came and a man from the Thaqeef, they gave salaams and said, “O Messenger of Allaah, we came to ask you questions.”

So the Messenger (SalAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam) said:  “If you want I can inform you why you came and what you want to ask, and I will do so, and if you want I will hold back and you can ask me and I will answer you.”

They said:  “Tell us O Messenger of Allaah!”

The man from Thaqeef said to the Ansaari:  “Ask.” So the Ansaari man said:  “Inform me O! Messenger of Allaah!”

The Messenger of Allaah (SalAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam) said:  “You came to me, to ask about leaving…

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Do Not Delay or “Get It Over With”

Allaahu Akbar, Allaahu Akbar!

The sound of the adhaan echoed throughout the neighborhood.

“Oh, its 3Asr already?!”

She absentmindedly thought in her head as she flipped channels with the remote.

“I ‘ll pray as soon as this show is over.”

she mumbled to herself, as she settled down to watch her favorite TV program.

And before she knew it, it was another show and then yet another, when all of a sudden, she realized how late it was…..the light outside had turned yellowish orange…..the birds were chirping loudly…. …the sun was almost about to set.

She hurriedly got up, made wudoo’ and did 4 quick rak3aat of 3Asr as fast as she could, so that she could ‘get it over with’.

Subhaan Allaah, how many of us are guilty of something like that?

Okay, may be it’s not television for all of us. For some of us, it’s cooking and cleaning, ‘busy’ with the kids. And for some it’s video games and play stations; while for others it’s talking on the phone, chatting on the internet, shopping, sleeping, you name it. Or it may be for just no reason at all.

We delay our prayer….and delay our prayer until the time for it is almost over and then we quickly peck the floor with our heads, thinking we are absolved of the obligation. In other words, we ‘just get it over with’.

But, Brothers and sisters, do you realize what the Prophet SalAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam called such a prayer? He called it the ‘prayer of the hypocrite’!

قَالَ سَمِعْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يَقُولُ تِلْكَ صَلاةُ الْمُنَافِقِينَ تِلْكَ صَلاةُ الْمُنَافِقِينَ تِلْكَ صَلاةُ الْمُنَافِقِينَ يَجْلِسُ أَحَدُهُمْ حَتَّى إِذَا اصْفَرَّتْ الشَّمْسُ فَكَانَتْ بَيْنَ قَرْنَيْ شَيْطَانٍ أَوْ عَلَى قَرْنَيْ الشَّيْطَانِ قَامَ فَنَقَرَ أَرْبَعًا لا يَذْكُرُ اللَّهَ فِيهَا إِلا قَلِيلا . رواه أبو داود 350

Anas ibn Maalik said, “I heard the Messenger of Allaah SalAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam say: “That is the prayer of the hypocrites, that is the prayer of the hypocrites, that is the prayer of the hypocrites. One of them will sit until the sun turns yellow, and is between the horns of the Shaytaan, or on the horns of the Shaytaan, then he will get up and peck out four (rak3aat), in which he does not remember Allaah except a little.'” (1)

And its not just 3Asr. We tend to do that with all our prayers, delaying it until its time is almost up for no valid reason, except that we are just plain old lazy. Allaah says in the Qur’aan that laziness in prayer is a characteristic of the hypocrites.

“And when they stand up for al-salaah, they stand with laziness” (2)

So woe unto those performers of Salaah (hypocrites);those who delay their Salaah” (3)

3AbdAllaah ibn 3Abbaas said: (This means) those who delay their prayers from the proper time. (4)

In fact, do you know what the best deed in the site of Allaah is? Its prayer at its time.

The Prophet (SalAllaahu Alayhi wa sallam) was asked: “Which deed is best?”

He said: “Prayer done on time.” (5)

And yet we delay it, without thinking much of it. And obviously when we delay the prayer, we rush through it, not paying attention to the rukoo’ or sujood or the proper etiquette of prayer.

The Prophet SalAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: “The worst type of thief is the one who steals from his prayer”. he was asked: ‘O Messenger of Allaah, how can a person steal from his prayer?’ He said, ‘By not doing rukoo’ and sujood properly.”(6)

And he SalAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: ‘The one who does not do rukoo3 properly, and pecks in sujood, is like a starving man who eats only one or two dates; it does not do him any good at all.'” (7)

Subhaan Allaah!

And where are we with our Salaah?

The Prophet SalAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam used to move at a measured pace during salaah, allowing every bone to return to its place with each movement. And he commanded those who were not doing their prayer properly to do the same.

Remember the hadeeth about the person who rushed through his prayer? The Prophet SalAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam) told him three times: “Go back and pray, for you have not prayed.” Then he told the man: “When you go to pray, say takbeer, then recite whatever you can of the Qur’aan. Then bow until you are at ease in bowing, then rise until you are standing up straight. Then prostrate until you are at ease in prostration, then sit up until you are at ease in sitting. Then do that throughout the entire prayer.” (8)

Obviously if we wait till the last few moments to pray, we will not be at ease or be able to pay attention to what the Prophet SalAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam) has instructed to do. Obviously, we will end up ‘stealing’ from the prayer.

And you know what, we may just rush through the Salaah, ‘getting it over with’, as some of us like to say, but who knows how much of it was even accepted by Allaah? For the reward that one gets for Salaah is in proportion to the degree of khushoo he has in the prayer.

The Prophet SalAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: “A slave may pray and have nothing recorded for it except a tenth of it, or a ninth, or an eighth, or a seventh, or a sixth, or a fifth, or a quarter, or a third, or a half.” (9)

We, as Muslim must hasten to prayer and with khushoo’, if we want to increase our Eemaan and good deeds. This is one of the attributes of the believers whose hearts are attached to their prayers. The Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam would be attending to his family’s needs, then when he would hear Bilaal give the adhaan, he would stop whatever he was doing and rush to pray.

He SalAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam used to say, “Let us relax with it [the prayer], O Bilaal.”

He did not say, ‘Let us get it over with.’

And he SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: “Five prayers which Allaah has made obligatory. Whoever does wudoo’ properly for them, prays them on time, does rukoo3 properly and has perfect khushoo3, it is a promise from Allaah that he will be forgiven, but whoever does not do this, has no such promise – if Allaah wishes, He will forgive him, and if He wishes, He will punish him.” (10).

Those of us who are lazy and do not pray until the time is up for no valid reason…those of us who just want to ‘get it over with’, should remember what our deeds will say to us when we are in our grave:

“for the believer’s deeds will say to him in his grave: “By Allaah, I only saw you quick to obey Allaah and slow to disobey Him.” But in the case of the munaafiq (hypocrite) and faasiq (evildoer), his deeds will say: “By Allaah, I only saw you slow to obey Allaah and quick to disobey Him.” (11)

written by Asma bint Shameem

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Salaah Is the Foundation

References:

(1) Abu Dawood
(2) soorah An-Nisaa’, v:
(3) soorah Al-Maa3oon, v:4-5
(4) Tafseer al-Qurtubee
(5) Bukhaaree, Muslim
(6) Ahmad and al-Haakim–saheeh by Albaani
(7) Tabaraani- hasan by al-Albaani
(8) Bukhaaree, Muslim
(9) Ahmad; Saheeh al-Jaami
(10) Abu Dawood, Saheeh al-Jaami’
(11) Ahmad – saheeh by al-Albaani

Making The Most Of The Blessed Days Of Dhul-Hijjah

 

(its never too late to start)

وَالْفَجْرِ .وَلَيَالٍ عَشْرٍ

“By the ten nights.” [Al- Fajr, v:2]

The “ten nights” which Allaah subhaana wa ta3alaa is swearing by here, are the first 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah. [1] Allaah [subhaanahu wa ta3alaa] swears an oath by them, and swearing an oath by something is indicative of its importance and great benefit.

Ibn 3Abbas radi Allaahu 3anhu narrated that Prophet sall-Allaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: “There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allaah than these ten days”.

He was asked: “Not even jihaad for the sake of Allaah?” He said: “Not even jihaad for the sake of Allaah, except in the case of a man who went out to fight giving himself and his wealth up for the cause, and came back with nothing.” [2]

So, my sisters [and brothers] take note of the following:

Have the intention to spread this important information.

It is a great chance to collect uncountable hasanaat [rewards].

It is a great chance to renew your relation with Allaah [subhaana wa ta’alaa].

Prepare now so you can start from the first night/day of the month [i.e. as soon as Dhul-Hijjah is announced]. You don’t want to miss a moment of the best days in the sight of Allaah [subhaana wa ta3alaa].

Since the Prophet sall-Allaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam referred to the 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah as: “…no days better than these days in the sight of Allaah.” [3], the scholars have said that these are better than Ramadan. [4]

Therefore, be very vigilant and don’t waste these precious moments. Ask Allaah to help you to benefit from this period of His special Grace.

Ask yourself these questions [non-rhetorical]:

Did you intend to benefit from these days?

What have you done to prepare for these 10 days?

Did you prepare a program?

What is your plan of action?

Here is a brief guide to help you to prepare for the best days of the year

Making The Most Of The Blessed Days Of Dhul-Hijjah (right click & download)

(Excellent Read!!)

by Umm 3Abdur-Rahmaan
Transcribed from a lecture by  Shaykh Muhammad Hussain Ya3qoob, “how to benefit from Blessed day of Dhul-Hijjah”.

Perfect Days 4 Perfect 3Ibaadah

Alhamdulillaah……the blessed days are here one more time!

The glorious days when rewards are multiplied many times, and sins are forgiven much more…

The days in which Allaah gives us yet another chance to worship Him, to ask for forgiveness and correct our faults and make up for our shortcomings…

the blessed days that the Sahaabah waited for…

the beautiful days in which they strived long and hard in worship, until they could do no more….

What are these magnificent days?

These blessed days are the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah.

Just like the last ten nights of Ramadaan are the best ten nights out of the whole year, the 3Ulamaa’ tell us that out of the 365 days of the year, these first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah are the best days of the year and the most beloved to Allaah as they combine acts of worship in a way unlike any other times.

The Prophet testified to that. He said: “There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allaah than these ten days.”

The people asked, “Not even jihaad for the sake of Allaah?”

He said, “Not even jihaad for the sake of Allaah, except in the case of a man who went out to fight giving himself and his wealth up for the cause, and came back with nothing.” (1)

Subhaan Allaah wal-Hamdulillaah!

What a blessing!

The question is…..what do I do on these magnificent days and how can I make the most of this perfect, golden, golden opportunity to earn rewards and Jannah?

Obviously, Hajj is one of the best deeds that one can do during these ten days. However for those of us who were not invited to His House this year, there are still many, many good deeds that one can do and earn the Pleasure of Allaah.

Some of these are:

1) Fast all nine days and especially fast the Day of 3Arafah

The Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: “Anyone who fasts for one day for Allaah’s pleasure, Allaah will keep his face away from the (Hell) fire for (a distance covered by a journey of) seventy years.” (2)

Just imagine…..if you fast these nine days (fasting on 3Eid is haraam), how far your distance will be from hell!

Prophet used to fast on the ninth day of Dhul-Hijjah and he said: “Fasting the Day of 3Arafah (ninth Dhul-hijjah) is an expiation for (all the sins of) the previous year and an expiation for (all the sins of) the coming year.” (3)

2) Do a LOT of Dhikr and Takbeer

The Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: “There are no days greater in the sight of Allaah and in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Him than these ten days, so during this time recite a great deal of Tahleel (Laa ilaaha illAllaah), Takbeer (Allaahu Akbar) and Tahmeed (Alhamdulillaah)”. (4)

Ibn 3Umar and Abu Hurayrah used to go out in the market place during the first ten days of Dhu’l-Hijjah, reciting Takbeer, and the people would recite Takbeer when they heard them. (5)

Takbeer at this time is a Sunnah that has mostly been forgotten, especially during the first few days. So say it in the masjid, in your home, on the street and every place where it is permitted to remember Allaah. Revive the Sunnah that have been virtually forgotten and earn great rewards for doing so.

The Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: “Whoever revives an aspect of my Sunnah that is forgotten after my death, he will have a reward equivalent to that of the people who follow him, without it detracting in the least from their reward.” (6)

Obviously, men should recite these phrases out loud, and women should recite them quietly.

3) Stand in Night Prayers:

Remember the virtues of spending the night in prayer, and its sweetness in Ramadaan?! Why not revive this beautiful act of worship during these nights as well?!

Remember, how in the last third of every night, Allaah Almighty calls out to us, His servants:

Is there anyone to invoke Me, so that I may respond to his invocation? Is there anyone to ask Me, so that I may grant him his request? Is there anyone seeking My forgiveness, so that I may forgive him? (7)

Why do we miss this golden opportunity?

So, seize the chance NOW and expose yourself to His Divine Generosity and Mercy, ask Him to forgive you and guide you and set things aright. He will surely listen.

4) Make Sincere Repentance

One of the best and most important things to do during these ten days is to repent sincerely to Allaah and to give up all kinds of disobedience and sin right away because we do not know when we will die, and also because one evil deed leads to another.

But what does ‘repentance’ exactly mean?

It means that you come back to Allaah and give up all the deeds, open and secret, that He dislikes…. that you regret whatever you did in the past, giving it up immediately and be determined never ever, to return to it, and resolve to adhere firmly to the Truth by doing whatever Allaah loves.

“But as for him who repented, believed and did righteous deeds, then he will be among those who are successful.” [soorah al-Qasas, v:67]

5) Come back to the Qur’aan

It is time now to dust off your copy of the Qur’aan and return to its refuge.Make it a daily habit, using these 10 days the beginning of a strong and beautiful relationship with it. Read it with meaning, understand it, and then implement it and change your lives for the better, as much as you can.

Remember that reading one letter of the Qur’aan earns you 10 rewards.

In this way, reading Soorat Al-Fatihah,which doesn’t take more than two minutes will give you more than one thousand rewards!

This is an ordinary days, so what about these magnificent days!

Certainly the reward will be far greater, Inshaa’-Allaah.

6) Generally increase in doing ALL good deeds

We should strive in doing more good deeds in general, because good deeds are beloved by Allaah and will bring us closer to Him. So if we are not able to go to Hajj this year, we should occupy ourselves during these blessed days by worshipping Allaah, praying extra prayers, reading Qur’aan, remembering Allaah, sending Salaams on the Prophet, making du3aa’, giving charity, honoring our parents, upholding ties of kinship, enjoining what is good and forbidding what is evil, and other good deeds and acts of worship.

“So whosoever does good equal to the weight of an atom, shall see it; And whosoever does evil equal to the weight of an atom, shall see it.” [soorah Az-Zalzalah, v:7-8]

7) Get the reward of Hajj wherever you are

You may be unable to do Hajj this year, and you may feel sad because you are deprived of the great reward of Hajj. But you can achieve a similar reward in whatever place you may be.

The Prophet said: “Whoever prays Fajr Prayer in congregation, and then sits and remembers Allaah until the sun rises, then (after a while) prays two rak3ah, he will gain a reward equal to that of making perfect Hajj and 3Umrah.” [He repeated the word “perfect” thrice.] (8)

Isn’t that easy, Alhamdulillah?

8.) Slaughter an animal and distribute the meat

Ibn 3Umar said: The Prophet lived in Madeenah for 10 years and every year he slaughtered an animal.” (9)

9) Attend 3Eid prayers

But remember that 3Eid prayer is a form of worship and we shouldn’t be doing things that are unIslaamic (especially) during these times, such as listening to music, women going out for prayer without proper Hijaab, mixing of men and women, etc.

10) Thank Allaah

One of the biggest forms of worshipping Allaah Subhaanahu wa Ta3ala is to thank Him, deeply, sincerely and continuously. After all, it is He who gave you every single thing that is in you, on you or around you. In fact, you wouldn’t even be here if it wasn’t for the Mercy of your Creator. So thank Him for ALL that He gave you, the Islaam that He gave you, the very life He gave you. And thank Him for the chance that He gives you in these ten days, to ask for forgiveness and guidance.

Alhamdulillaah, there is much to be gained in these days. So make the most of this perfect opportunity offered by these invaluable and irreplaceable ten days.

Hasten to do good deeds and appreciate this blessing and make the most of it, striving hard in worship .

“And worship your Lord until there comes unto you the certainty (death).” [soorah Al-Hijr, v:99]

By Asma bint Shameem

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References:
1). Bukhaaree
2). Bukharee, Muslim
3). Muslim
4). Ahmad –Saheeh
5). Bukhaaree
6). Tirmidhee- hasan hadeeth
7). Bukhaaree, Muslim
8). At-Tirmidhee
9). Ahmad-Saheeh by al-Albaanee
 

A beautiful Hadeeth about Hajj

It is narrated on the authority of Ibn 3Umar – radiAllaahu 3anhuma – who said: I was sitting with the Prophet – sallAllaahu 3alayhi wa sallam – in the Masjid in Mina when a man from the Ansaar came and a man from the Thaqeef, they gave salaams and said, “O Messenger of Allaah, we came to ask you questions.”

So the Messenger (SalAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam) said:  “If you want I can inform you why you came and what you want to ask, and I will do so, and if you want I will hold back and you can ask me and I will answer you.”

They said:  “Tell us O Messenger of Allaah!”

The man from Thaqeef said to the Ansaari:  “Ask.” So the Ansaari man said:  “Inform me O! Messenger of Allaah!”

The Messenger of Allaah (SalAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam) said:  “You came to me, to ask about leaving your house and aiming for the Bayt-ul-Haraam and the reward for it; about praying two Rak3ah after Tawaaf and the reward for it; going between as-Safa and Marwa and the reward for it; your staying the evening in Minaa, and the reward for it; stoning the Jamarah and the reward for it; slaughtering an animal and the reward for it; and the Tawaaf of al-Ifaadh.”

The man said:  “I swear by the One who sent you with the truth!  This is what I came to ask you about.”

The Prophet (SalAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam) said:  “As for you leaving your homes aiming for the Bayt-ul-Haraam:  then your she-camel does not place its foot nor does it raise it except that Allaah writes for you a reward due to it, and wipes off one of your sins.

As for the two Rak3ah after the Tawaaf, then it is equivalent to freeing a slave from the Children of Ismaeel.

As for your circuiting of as-Safa and al-Marwa, then it is the same as freeing 70 slaves.

As for you staying till the evening in Arafah, then Allaah descends to the sky of the Duniya and He boasts about you to the Angels, and says:  ‘My slaves have come to Me, looking rough, from every deep valley hoping for My mercy, so if their sins were equivalent to the amount of sand or the drops of rain or like the foam on the sea I will forgive them.  So go forth My slaves!  Having forgiveness and for what or who you have interceded for.’

As for stoning the Jamaar (the pillars), then for every stone that you throw, it removes a big sin from the deadly sins.

As for your slaughtering, then it is saved for you with your Lord.

As for shaving your head, then there is a reward for every strand of hair that you shaved, and a sin is wiped off by it.

As for you performing Tawaaf of the House after all this, then by this time you are performing Tawaaf with no sin upon you and an Angel comes and places his hand between your shoulders saying:“Perform good deeds in what you face of the future, for verily your past sins have been forgiven.”  (1)


Subhaan Allaah! What a beautiful hadeeth!

And what good news for the pilgrims!

Rejoice and celebrate! Those of you going for Hajj this year! What more could you ask for?!!

Remember this hadeeth as you leave your homes for this honorable journey, whether it is by plane, ship, car or camel.

Remember that Allaah will forgive your sins at each step you get closer to your destination and reward you at each step.

And remember this hadeeth as you circumambulate the Ka3bah and say your two rak3aat…

And during your Sa3ee as you get tired…

And on the Day of 3Arafah as you spread out your hands and ask for His Mercy and forgiveness… remember this hadeeth and cry.

Weep out of your fear of Him and beg Him to pardon you and to guide you to Jannah.

And as you stone the Jamaraat with the crowds, remember this hadeeth and thank Allaah for this opportunity to have your major sins forgiven.

And when you slaughter your animal and shave your head only for His sake, remember to thank Him and praise Him and glorify Him, for no one but Him Alone made all this possible for you. No one but Him Alone can forgive you and guide you. And no one but Him Alone can accept all this from you.

And finally, as you make Tawaaf of al-Ifaadhah….remember this hadeeth and firmly resolve to be good, to fear Him, to be honest and upright…..a follower of the Sunnah….a true Muslim in word and deed, not just by name. Promise Him that you will try your best to have taqwa and keep away from all that is haraam. And direct all praise and thanks to Allaah Alone who honored you by first inviting you to His Noble House then enabled you to perform Hajj and then forgave you your sins.

Alhamdulillaahi Rabb il-3Aalameen.

Can we ever thank Allaah for His kindness and blessings?!!

And if you do all that, sincerely following the Sunnah, you will be forgiven, just as the Prophet (SalAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam) promised us. And your reward will be Jannah.

As for those of us who couldn’t go this year, make firm intention NOW, to go for Hajj next year. No, not in the near future. Next Year. That’s it. Don’t delay it. Make a promise to yourself and ask Allaah to make it happen. If you ask sincerely, He will surely make it come true.

For, how can one read this beautiful…beautiful hadeeth and not want to take benefit from it?!!

How can one stand not to be the one to whom this hadeeth applies?!!

May Allaah enable all those of us who have not yet gone for Hajj to do so and may He accept all those who did go. Ameen.

by Asma bint Shameem

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References:
(1). Reported by at-Tabarani in his book “al-Kabeer” and by al-Bazaar.
Shaykh Al-Albaanee graded it Hassan. Taken from ‘Saheeh al-Targheeb wa Tarheeb’. Volume 2, Page 9-10,hadeeth no. 1112)

Labbayk Allaahumma Labbayk


As I pack my belongings….. and get ready for this great Journey
I cry with gratitude..…once more You’ve blessed me
Tears flowing…..in ecstasy my heart flies
My soul sings….my whole being cries
Labbayk Allaahumma Labbayk

But what are these words….. what do they really mean?

Do I appreciate them?… Do I just repeat what I’ve seen?
Do I really understand….
Do I even comprehend….
Labbayk  Allaahumma Labbayk

Labbayk means I am here, Ya Rabbee…..I respond to Your call
With a heart full of hope….for that Mercy that envelops all
I’m here to serve You……I’m here to comply
To You I submit……until the day I die
Labbayk Allaahumma Labbayk

Labbayk means total devotion…..submission to Allaah Almighty
Labbayk means sincere obedience and commitment completely
Labbayk means surrender
…for now and for ever
Labbayk  Allaahumma Labbayk

Labbayk means I’m sorry…..so sorry for all my past
Sorry for my mistakes and my shortcomings of last
I beg You, ya Allaah…..please forgive me
I repent to you, O Maulaa……do accept me
Labbayk Allaahumma Labbayk

Labbayk means to change..…so that I live my life for You
Whatever I say and do, from now on will only be to please You
I will give up my evil ways
I will fix my nights and days
Labbayk  Allaahumma Labbayk

But Labbayk also means…….I love you, Ya Rabbee
Nothing else matters….but that You’re pleased with me
Its Your Pleasure that I seek
Though I’m so sinful and weak
Labbayk  Allaahumma Labbayk

Head bowed low…. remorseful, and so full of fear
I am ashamed of my life….repentant, as I stand here
Yearning your forgiveness
I cry out in wretchedness…..
Labbayk  Allaahumma Labbayk

Will I change for the better….will I turn my life around?
Or will I succumb to temptation, wherever it is found?
When will I even begin to see
The faults that are so obvious in me?
Labbayk  Allaahumma Labbayk

I’ll stop dealing in Ribaa….. I’ll give up my Haraam earning
I’ll wear the Hijaab…… no more lying , no backbiting
Never a single prayer will I neglect
My character, I’ll make…upright and erect
Labbayk  Allaahumma Labbayk

Don’t let me become heedless, I pray….Don’t let me forget
All the promises I’ve made, Ya Allaah….all the goals that I’ve set
Keep me strong, keep me steadfast
Let this feeling in me, forever last
Labbayk  Allaahumma Labbayk

For I don’t know when I’ll die and I don’t know where it will be
But I hope I am in Ihraam….when the Angel comes to me
‘Cos if I die so, the Prophet told you and me
when raised from the dead, my first words’ll be..…
Labbayk  Allaahumma Labbayk

written by Asma bint Shameem

May Allaah subhaanahu wa ta3alaa give us the opportunity to go for Hajj.  Ameen  

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3Eid is a day of happiness…but for who?

As he took his seat, on 3Eid morning for prayer

he began to think….. he started to despair

The month of Ramadaan, it just slipped away

A whole month that passed by, as if only a day

He sat, going o’er the days, that were no more

And the blessed nights, that were gone for sure

Searching …through the pages of his life….to find

any good deeds so as to console, his restless mind

He knew there was not much, for him to see

but he was hoping for some thing, that just might be

He looked at his record of Qur’aanic recitation

But alas, there was not even one whole completion

His eyes filled with tears, as it dawned upon him

Whatever little he read, was without comprehending

What good is that reading, if he didn’t understand?

How then, could he follow Allaah’s Rules and Command?

He read like a parrot, without stopping to contemplate

how he wasted, this golden, perfect chance to educate

With grief, he turned to his record of giving and charity

but he realized how severely he lacked in generosity

He didn’t give enough, except for just a little bit

Though Allaah has blessed him, he didn’t part with it

Even the obligatory zakaat…such a big burden it seemed

I wish I had given more….how his aching heart screamed

Then sadly he turned….to look at his daily fasting

It was simply a ritual…. there was no implementing

Though he controlled his hunger, he didn’t control his tongue

He cursed, he swore…. he lashed out at all, old ‘n young

O how he looked at the haraam and listened to the forbidden!

How could he forget…from Allaah there’s nothing that’s hidden?

Even in the last ten nights, he made a half-hearted attempt

How he preferred his bed and its warm comfort instead!

And then an awful voice, started screaming inside him

as the reality of his dire situation, dawned upon him

Why didn’t he exert himself…..why didn’t he do more?

Why did he succumb to temptation? Is that what he’s really here for?

As he looked around, at all those around him

Smiling and happy, with new clothes upon them

He thought to himself…. his clothes were new too

But that’s not why they were happy, that much he knew

Then a question appeared in his mind…. a question so true

That surely, 3Eid is a day of happiness, but for who?

Is it for those wearing new clothes or for those of you

Who strive hard in Ramadaan, as best as they can do

For those who do good deeds, hoping for Allaah’s Pleasure

And for those who are saved, from His Torment and Displeasure

New clothes is not the reason why they’re so elated

Rather, it’s the prayers and fasting, the taqwa unabated

Big tears of distress rolled down his sorrowful eyes

He cried regretfully as he stifled his weary sighs

I wish I had done more, he said. I wish I had been stronger

I wish I had worshipped Allaah each night, just a bit longer

I wish I had taken advantage, of this great opportunity

to have my sins forgiven, and a chance to earn felicity

With pain so severe, it would split his inside

It broke his heart….as he suddenly realized

This beautiful month is gone….and gone is its beauty

Gone are its fragrant nights….full of Allaah’s Mercy

Yet he also knows, that he should never despair

even if he’s missed a chance, even if he’s been unfair

He knows even after all this, it’s not too late

If he turns to his Lord, He will never repudiate

He will not turn him back, if he repents sincerely

He will forgive him even now, after failing so severely

Thus, a ray of hope appeared, in his heart suddenly

 A desperate prayer rose, to his lips spontaneously

I beg of your Mercy, yaa Rabb, please forgive me

You are the Most Beneficent…so don’t deprive me.

O Allaah I promise, from now on I’ll be good

I will do my best, to please You as I should

I know I didn’t do enough…..even close to what I should have

But whatever little I did….please accept it, on my behalf.

“3Eid isn’t happiness for those that wear new clothes, but it is for those whom Allaah is pleased with of His slaves, and those that were rescued from the great torment.”

by Asma bint Shameem

E-Books Celebrating The Middle of Sha3baan

Some good books about reality & rulings on celebrating the Middle of Sha3baan, known as “Shab-e-Baraat” in Asian continent. Many fabricated ahaadeeth are attributed to Prophet SallAllahu 3Alayhi wa sallam regarding this night & many innovations are practiced on this night.

English Books & Articles

Ruling on Celebrating the Middle of Sha3baan By3Abdul 3Aziz bin 3Abdullah bin Baaz

15th sha3ban-Is There Any Reality By Shawana 3Aziz – from Ayha site

To those who Insist on celebrating middle of Sha3baan By Asma Bint Shameem

Urdu Books

Innovations of Sha3baan ماه شعبان بدعات كے گھیرے میں By Shafeeq ur-Rahmaan – Da3wah Center – Rabwah-Saudia

The Reality of Shab_e_Baraat  شب براءت کی حقیقت کتاب وسنت کی روشنی میں Revised by Shafeeq ur-Rahmaan

A Study of Ahadeeth of 15th of sha3baan (& innovations practiced)  پندر ہویں شعبان سے متعلق احادیث – ایک جائزہ By Dr. Abdul Lateef – Revised by Shafeeq ur-Rahmaan

Bid3ah of sha3ban شعبان کی بدعات (innovations of sha3baan) by Mushtaaq Ahmad

 

 

Remember The Order…To Lower Your Gaze


As the heat gets hotter. as the sun gets brighter

As they take it all off. as their burden gets lighter

When you feel the temptation as they roam half naked

When you think for sure that you just cant make it

Remember O Muslim the perfect instructions

Remember not to give in to those temptations

Through the lure, the enticement and through the haze

Remember the order “…to lower your gaze”

Don’t go to such places, don’t go to the beaches

Remember the lessons ….remember what Islaam teaches

Don’t sit idle in the street nor visit the mall

When you know they are going to bare it all

Now, I know it isn’t easy.. its hard not to stare

Its difficult to look away when its all there

But, don’t feed your lust, nor set it ablaze

Remember the order “…to lower your gaze”

What’s the harm in it, they say. It’s nothing but fun!

If I look at some bodies bathing in the sun!

A lustful look towards the opposite gender

Is all that it takes to set off the trigger

It leads to sin and abomination

It paves the way for fornication

Don’t take it so lightly, don’t think it’s a phase

Remember the order “… to lower your gaze”

Watch out for that arrow..the arrow from Satan
The one you’re warned about’ laden with poison

The arrow that is aimed towards your very heart
When it reaches its target, it leaves a black mark

It infects your heart and leaves it vulnerable
for Shaytaan to take over and do as he is able

Recall the Prophet’s words for he told no lies
“Looking at something forbidden is the zinaa of the eyes.”

Don’t look at anything haraam, that’s what he said
So when temptation passes by, ..just turn away your head

Just lower your gaze,..don’t give that second look
For you never know when you get caught by the hook

A lustful glance, then the talk ..then the meeting
You know what comes next, .after all the flirting

Fornication is major. “Don’t even come near it
It starts with that first look, every Muslim should fear it

So lower your gaze, don’t look at haraam
Strive for good deeds,..they work like a charm

If you are able then do get married
That’s what the Prophet 3alayhi-salaam instructed

Keep voluntary fasts,…they will make you strong
Being a good Muslim, you surely can’t go wrong

A part of his character is the Muslim’s gaze
So fear Allaah as you spend these summer days

Ask Allaah to help you, …you’ll find Him there
And never underestimate the power of prayer

Not only in the streets, remember O Muslim
Lower your gaze when watching television

The shows, ..the sitcoms…the underwear ads
The suggestive scenes….the fashions and the fads

Day in and day out, we watch haraam and yet…
when “Baywatch” comes on, we don’t turn off the set

Did you forget the Day when Allaah will ask you
of every look you cast,….every glance you threw

So where will you hide….what will you do
That Day your eyes will witness against you

Remember, the beauty of this world is temporary
The question is then….will you be able to carry

Your head down,  in front of the Almighty
When you stand on a Day, so long so dreary?

You are the best Ummah….the Model Community
Custodians of Truth….Upholders of Morality

So fight the Shaytaan, stop him in his wickedness
Lower your gaze, ask for Allaah’s forgiveness

And thank Allaah O Muslim and realize
The greatest blessing is a pair of eyes

Don’t use it to disobey Him, don’t earn His Displeasure
For you will be asked what you did with this treasure

It is not too late…to repent….to amend
Start now….by lowering your gaze my friend

قُل لِّلْمُؤْمِنِينَ يَغُضُّوا مِنْ أَبْصَارِهِمْ وَيَحْفَظُوا فُرُوجَهُمْ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ أَزْكَىٰ لَهُمْ ۗ إِنَّ اللَّهَ خَبِيرٌ بِمَا يَصْنَعُونَ

وَقُل لِّلْمُؤْمِنَاتِ يَغْضُضْنَ مِنْ أَبْصَارِهِنَّ وَيَحْفَظْنَ فُرُوجَهُنَّ

“Tell the believing men to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts, etc.). That is purer for them. Verily, Allah is All-Aware of what they do. 

And tell the believing women to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things) & guard their modesty…” [soorah An-Noor, v:30-31]

 

 

by Asma Bint Shameem

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