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You know, I feel that people are insistently blind, purposefully so subhan’Allah. Islam, simply put, is Submission. Submission by default cannot be about rage or anger or hurting others.


The haters, party of Shaytan are determined to malign this beautiful religion, this beautiful name of Islam/Submission…
But
They will fail, this party of Shaytan, party of Darkness, party of Hate and Misguidance
They will fail, they ARE failing by the Grace of Allah
The more they publicize Islam as a religion of hate and hurt, the more people hear about it… Now, there isn’t a square inch that has not heard about Muhammad, RasulAllah, may Allah’s Peace and Blessings be upon him and about his beautiful wonderful uplifting life changing message mashaAllah… Now there are more Muslims in the world than ever before, and the rate of conversion/reversion is unprecedented. Subhan’Allah we are at age that the Muslim doesnt have to do anything to bring Islam to the masses like our brethren before mashaAllah… they hear about it from the Media and they learn about it at their own behest from the recorded words of Allah (the Quran) and from the numerous books that are written by Muslims for Muslims mashaAllah…
Of course a lot of misunderstanding is also spread and not all books are sahih… but look my dearest brothers and sisters… Allah is bringing Islam to the people of the world, giving them that chance to learn and be saved subhanAllah and shaytan is doing his best to corrupt and misguide, may Allah’s Wrath forever cover him ameen.
Let us Muslims be the best Muslims we can be, lets re-learn our religion, lets re-find our pride in following and applying the Truth, lets fill our hearts and lives with the Light of Allah, lets submit ourselves fully inshallah and Allah will do the rest for sure.
Know that what shaytan and his party fear the most is that people wont listen to them, wont follow them, that they will end up in Jahannam alone, having failed to spread to others the torment that will cover them (misery does love company).
What you see today steams from that fear and their desperate efforts are all concentrated upon adding to their numbers… as if this will hurt Allah or this will hurt the true Muslim. Be a true Muslim. Stand up and be counted. Live your Submission to the Most Merciful out loud. And spread the Light, spread the Truth, spread the Justice bi’dhnillah.
I’m with the truth and love mongers, for they love Allah and I love Allah. I’m with peace spreaders for they follow the Messenger of Allah (salallahu alayhe wasalaam) and I follow the Messenger of Allah (salallahu alayhe wasalaam).

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Ramadhaan Mubarak!

Bismillah

I wished to post this here because its relevant since Ramadhan is starting mashaAllah.

Ramadhaan Mubarak!.

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Allah

Bismillah

What a beautiful reminder about Who/What our Lord is mashallah! Powerful mashallah. I invite you to listen to it here, read along the words he’s saying for even more impact inshallah.

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Bismillah

I love praying Qiyam. I love the whole concept of waking up when the world is sleeping and accounting myself in front of my Lord and Cherisher, Provider and Sustainer. I love the way when I’m reciting, the whole world seems to go quiet, and all I hear are the beautiful Words of Allah, almost echoing mashallah. I love that I’m praying with the Angels and the Mu’mineen in every part of the world, some who are like me, in the dead of the night, and some who are fulfilling their daily obligation. I love that it is a time when my children are sleeping and I can really focus on saying what I want, going on and on, self correcting some stuff, and just talking to Allah the Exalted.

I love that Allah, Exalted that He is, still loves us so much that He comes close to us every night and He extends  Himself to listen to us, to our needs, our supplications, our complaints perhaps. What a Merciful God! Allah is more merciful to us that we can even ever be to ourselves. It is because of His Mercy that He sent us Messengers to help guide us to the right way mashallah. It is because of this Mercy that He gave us families and loved ones, and gave us ease after every hardship!

Though I love Qiyamul Layl (praying at night, especially in the last part of the night), I truly struggle with it subhanAllah. Every month, I have times when I cant pray it anyway, then after this, it takes time to sort of build up momentum to get back to praying nightly, and it usually seems that I’m just getting the hang of waking up and being alert enough to make good use of the time before Fajr, when again I’m rendered unable to pray.

In addition to this cycle (I wonder if its normal and other sisters experience it too), there’s my children to contend with. Sometimes they are sick, or in the case of my son, teething (my kids tend to teeth pretty hard, it can go on for months without a tooth in site, just swollen gums, low grade fevers, some diarrhea, sometimes a rash on the cheek, but no teeth! Alhamdulillah, Allahu Must’an).

Then there’s my own Nafs with its base desires for sleep, food, and general laziness :(. Some weeks I’m pretty successful, especially if I take the time to exercise (this seems to impart an extra boost of strength and alertness mashallah, so I try to do some regularly). And some weeks can be abysmal, with only one or two Qiyams in the whole 7 day span, and sometime even less!

So anyway, I’m working on it. But here’s the good part inshallah. Today I went to visit this one place and mashallah they had this video posted and wallahi listening to it, I feel so much more motivated to keep trying mashallah.

Finally, some tips that have worked for me at different times (and in no particular order) and I’d love to hear more of your tips inshallah:

– before going to sleep, I make my intention and make a small dua to ask Allah to please wake me up and allow this event to take place inshallah. Usually this works wonders mashallah, then it becomes up to be to do the follow up.

– I think about what Allah has done for me, and all the bounties in my life that I have no way of showing proper thanks to Him, so I think the least I can do is to wake up to pray for a few minutes before Fajr.

– after Isha salaat, I pray my sunnah then the witr, which calms my heart because I know I’m “done” with my necessities for today.

– set an alarm for qiyam and tell myself “I can eat something” lol, I know it’s bad but my Nafs likes this concept so it gets up. I usually don’t though, it wasn’t a promise after all, just a suggestion.

– usually Ibrahim needs his milk around this time anyway, so I go get it. Or sometimes, he just wakes up and wants to play and jabbers on endlessly so we have to go downstairs and I end up praying so its a win win mashallah.

– its hard for me to fall asleep once I’m up, I tend to stay up and if I’m purposefully ignoring this meeting with Allah, anxiety builds and I hate anxiety, so this pushes me to get out of bed.

– I make sure I have some specific requests to put to Allah and since I want them answered, I have to go to my “meeting”

– I have the surahs I’m going to recite already picked up the night before. Usually they are ones I’m working to memorize but anyone that struck my fancy or has some benefit touted (authentically) are also just as good.

– seeing as I’m in possession of a pretty lazy Nafs, I assure myself in advance that if all else fails and I really cant stand, then I can sink into the couch, put my feet up and just recite inshallah and that is still better than lazing about in bed. This little tidbit seems to calm the Nafs and let me get up off my very comfy bed mashallah. And then I proceed to stand:)

If I think of more tricks inshallah, I’ll add them. Also, if you have any you can post for me to use, that’d be greatly welcomed inshallah.

 

 

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Bismillah

Prolonged companionship with the Qur’an must become one of your most cherished desires and occupations. Read it, therefore, as often and as much as you can. Spend as much time with it as you can find, especially the hours of night. In this manner were the souls of the Prophet, blessings and peace be on him, and his Companions were schooled in the way of Allah, to prepare them to shoulder the huge and weighty task that the Qur’an placed upon them.

There are a few guidelines and rules in this reward that you must bear in mind.

How Often to Read?
Every day you must read some of the Qur’an. In fact do not consider a day complete unless you have spent some time with the Qur’an. It is better to read regularly, even if it be only a small portion, than to read long parts, but only occasionally.

Allah likes things which are done regularly, even if little, said the Prophet, blessings and peace be on him (Bukhari, Muslim). He also warned especially that you must attend to the Qur’an regularly, otherwise you may easily lose your gains. The parable of the companion of the Qur’an is like a tethered camel; a man holds on to it so long as he attends to it, and it escapes if he lets it loose (Bukhari, Muslim).

How Much to Read?
There can be no fixed answer. It will vary from person to person, and from situation to situation. The guideline must be what Allah, after taking into account all human factors, has said: ‘Read whatever you can with ease’ (al-Muzzammil 73:20).

The practice of the Companions and those who followed them varied considerably. Some used to finish the whole Qur’an in two months, some in one month, some in ten days, some in one week, some even in one day. You should, however, bear in mind the following Hadith as the governing criteria: One who reads the Qur’an in less than three days does not understand it (Abu Da’ud, Tirmidhi). Once, when Ibn ‘Umar upon being asked by the Prophet, blessings and peace be on him, to read the Qur’an in one month insisted on doing so in less time, he told him: Read it in seven days and do not increase on this (Bukhari).

That the Qur’an is divided into 7 hizb (groups) and 30 juz’ (parts) gives some indication of what is considered desirable.

In this respect al-Nawawi’s advice is very sensible: One who can discover deeper meanings by contemplation should read less, similarly one who has to devote time in pursuits like education, affairs of government, or important tasks entrusted by Islam may read less (Kitab al-Adhkar).

The quantity of reading will very much depend on the purpose of reading. If you just want to spend time with the Qur’an, or get a quick overview, you may read much faster and, therefore, more. If you want to ponder and reflect, you may read much slower and, therefore, less. This is what al-Ghazali means when he quotes someone as saying ‘I complete the reading of the Qur’an sometimes on every Friday, sometimes every month, sometimes every year. And (in one type of reading) I have been trying to complete it for the last thirty years but have not yet done so’ (Ihya’).

Under our present circumstances, I think, most of us should aim to finish a general reading of the whole Qur’an at least once every eight months. This should not take more than 5-15 minutes every day, depending on whether you understand the meaning directly or through a translation. But, at least on a few occasions in your lifetime, you should also attempt to finish one reading in seven days. Or, in one month, especially in the month of Ramadan. Some time should also be devoted to reading slowly, with pondering and reflection, though not necessarily daily.

When to Read?
No time of the day or night is unsuitable for reading the Qur’an, nor is there any physical posture in which you may not do so. Allah says: Remember the name of your Lord at morning and in the evening and part of the night (al-Dahr 76:25). Those who remember Allah when they are standing, and when they are sitting and when they are lying (Al ‘Imran 3:191). Reading the Qur’an is certainly the best way to remember Him. The Companions and those who followed them, says al-Nawawi, used to read it during all hours of the day and night, whether they stayed in one place or were travelling.

Yet there are some specific times which are more desirable as they are recommended by the Qur’an and the Prophet, blessings and peace be on him; those moments are more rewarding and fruitful. So too there are certain recommended postures.

The most excellent time to read is at night, and the most desirable posture is to stand in Prayer. In one of the earliest Surahs, al-Muzzammil, as in numerous other places, the Qur’an tells us so (Al ‘Imran 3: 113; al-Isra’ 17: 79; al-Zumar 39: 9). It also explains why. Reading the Qur’an during night-Prayers enables your heart to remain with your reading and strengthens your will in surrendering yourself to Allah’s guidance and fulfilling the mission He has entrusted to you. To do so, however, requires that you should (a) memorize some portions of the Qur’an, and (b) remain awake for some time during the night. All of you may not therefore be able to do so all the time for various reasons; the Qur’an recognizes such limitations. It, therefore, permits you to read ‘whatever you can do with ease’ which means ‘whatever portion’, at ‘whatever time’, and in ‘whatever position’.

The great need and immense benefits of reading the Qur’an in Prayer during the night however remain. Hence you should assign at least some time, however little, even a few minutes with some regular frequency, however long, say weekly or even monthly, for this purpose.

To keep as near as possible to the ideal way, it may be desirable if you read the Qur’an after or before Fajr and ‘Isha’ Prayers, or at dawn, or before going to bed. Reading the Qur’an at dawn is especially commended in the Qur’an (alIsra’ 17: 78).

To read the Qur’an while sitting on a chair, resting against a pillow, lying in bed or on a couch is not desirable, but is not prohibited. But never do so without excuse, nor make it a habit. However, if one totally misses reading the Qur’an only because one cannot afford to sit in a proper posture, one loses something more precious.

Reading Correctly
You must read the Qur’an correctly. At least vowels and letters should be pronounced correctly, even if you are unable to learn the whole art of tajwid. The Arabic language is such that very slight mistakes in pronouncing vowels while reading may drastically alter the meaning, sometimes totally distorting it. On some occasions, you may be saying things which could amount to Kufr.

An hour a day of sustained learning for a month or so should be enough for an educated adult to acquire the minimum essential rudimentary skills in this respect. No one can be absolved of trying sincerely to learn to read the Qur’an correctly. But while you are learning, the fact that you cannot do so should not be a reason to forsake your reading. A non-Arab may never master the art of correct reading. Or, you may have no opportunity to learn. The Prophet was aware of such difficulties when he told Jibra’il, ‘I have been sent, Jibra’il, to a people who are unlettered, among whom are old women and old men, boys and girls, and men who have never read a book’ (Tirmidhi). You should, therefore, remember his reassuring words in this respect, though do not make them an excuse to shun or slacken your efforts to learn.

One who is skilled in reading the Qur’an is with the noble, virtuous angels who bring down the revelation; one who falters while reading it and finds it hard to read correctly, will have a double reward (for reading and for exerting) (Bukhari, Muslim).

Reading Beautifully 
Next to reading the Qur’an correctly, it is desirable to learn the art of qira’ah in order to read it beautifully, in a sweet, pleasant, and melodious style and voice. There are many Hadith which point in this direction: Beautify the Qur’an with your voices (Abu Da’ud).

Allah does not listen to anything as He does to a prophet with a good voice who recites the Qur’an aloud (Bukhari, Muslim). He who does not chant the Qur’an is not among us (Bukhari) . But remember that the real beauty is the beauty that comes with the fear of God in one’s heart: His recitation and voice is most beautiful that when you hear him you think he fears God (Darimi).

Listening Attentively 
Listen attentively, and fall silent, whenever the Qur’an is being recited. This is what the Qur’an itself commands: ‘When the Qur’an is read, listen attentively, and fall silent, so that you may be blessed with mercy’ (al-A’raf 7: 204). Obviously when God is speaking you must fall silent, but the Arabic word used for ‘listening’ denotes not merely an act of ‘physical hearing’ but also a particular state of attention and acceptance. Consequently, nothing contrary to this instruction should be done; talking or speaking while the Qur’an is being read; playing qira’ah cassettes and then using it as ‘background music’ to do other things; talking and whispering, while the Qur’an is being recited, and opening meetings and functions with the Qur’an recitation while no one is paying any attention to it. Some Fuqaha’ even forbid performing your Prayer while the Qur’an is being read loudly near you. This rule also entails that one who is reading the Qur’an should lower his voice or read silently if his reading aloud places demands on those who are nearby which they will find inconvenient or impossible to meet. This is part of one’s duty of being good to one’s neighbors; moreover the ‘listening’ should not be imposed on others unless they so desire.

Asking others, especially those who can read it correctly and beautifully, to read the Qur’an and, then, to listen to it is also very desirable. The Prophet, blessings and peace be on him, used to ask his Companions to read the Qur’an to him. You should bear in mind what the Prophet, blessings and peace be on him, has said in this regard: Whoever listens to even one verse of the Qur’an will be given double the rewards; and for the one who reads, it will become light on the Day of Resurrection (Ahmad).

Completing the Reading (Khatm)
The time when you have completed reading the whole of the Qur’an, no matter how often you may do so, is a time for joy, celebration and prayer. Al-Nawawi mentions certain rules in this regard, drawn from the practices which were usually observed by the Companions and their followers. Although they are not obligatory, they are nevertheless very desirable; observe as many as often as you can.

One: It is better to begin reading on a Friday night and end on a Thursday night. Some preferred to begin at dawn on a Monday. Others picked different times, so that no moment is left without the blessing, and each bears witness on the Day of Judgement.
Two: Read the last portion in Prayer, especially if you finish while you are alone.
Three: Gather other people at the time of finishing, and supplicate together. When Anas Ibn Malik, the Companion of the Prophet, used to complete the Qur’an reading, he gathered his family and supplicated (Abd Da’ud). Hakam Ibn ‘Utaybah is reported to have said: ‘Once I was sent for by Mujahid and ‘Ubadah Ibn Abl Lubabah who said to me: We have invited you because we intend to finish the Qur’an, and the supplications at the time of finishing are answered.’ In another version they are reported to have said: ‘Mercy of God descends at the time of finishing the Qur’an.’
Four: Fast the day when you intend to complete the Qur’an reading.
Five: Begin the next reading of the Qur’an immediately after you have completed the last, i.e. read Surah al-Fatih, and a few verses of Surah al-Baqarah after you have finished Surah al-Nas. This will, in one sense, comply with the Hadith narrated by Anas Ibn Malik: Among the better of deeds is to [arrive and] settle down and to depart [continue the journey]. When asked what this meant, he replied: ‘To end the Qur’an and to begin it.’
Six: Supplicate and pray at the time of completion of the Qur’an. It is the time when your supplication is answered and when mercy descends from God. This practice has been very forcefully stressed.

One who reads the Qur’an and then supplicates, thousand angels say Amin! (Darimi). Pray with humility, fearfulness, hope, softness and insistence. Pray for your person, but indeed pray for everything, particularly for the important collective affairs of the Ummah, for its dignity and honour, for the betterment of its rulers, for its safety from hostile forces, for co-operation and unity among Muslims on matters of goodness and taqwa, for their standing by the Truth.

Memorizing 
Memorize as much of the Qur’an as you can. The Qur’an is unique in demanding to be preserved in memory, the hifz. The word hifz itself, though now used in the limited sense of memorizing, includes both understanding and practice. In fact there is no English word which can accurately reflect its true and full meaning.

Hifz is an essential way of making the Qur’an penetrate you. It is not a mechanical, ritual act; it is an act of high spiritual and devotional importance. Only through hifz can you read the Qur’an in Prayers and ponder over its meaning while you stand in the presence of the Speaker. But apart from that, it makes the Qur’an flow on your tongue, reside in your mind, dwell in your heart: it becomes your constant companion. Also as you memorize more you will find it easier to make your inner self participate in its reading and your mind study and understand its meaning.

The Prophet, blessings and peace be on him, has stressed it in various ways: Memorize the Qur’an, for God will not punish the heart which contains the Qur’an (Sharh al-Sunnah). One who has nothing of the Qur’an inside him is like a desolate/ruined house (Tirmidhi).

So allocate part of your time for the Qur’an for this purpose. Go about it in a systematic way. Set your targets over a period of time. All those parts should form part of your list, which the Prophet, blessings and peace be on him, used to recite during Prayer, or at particular hours of the day and night, or which he instructed his Companions to so recite, or whose excellence he expounded. Some other portions will attract you automatically as you read the Qur’an regularly, and you should proceed to retain them in your memory.

(This is an extract from the book ‘Way to the Qur’an’ by Khurram Murad) by way of Simply Islamic

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Bismillah

Lets reflect on this inshallah:

“All that is on earth will Perish. But will abide {Forever} the Face of thy Lord, full of Majesty, Bounty and Honour”
{‘Quran’- Surah Al-Rahman-55. 26-27 }

One thing that comes to mind right away is this verse is in the chapter titled “The Mercy” which can also be read as “The all Merciful” which is one of the names of Allah the Most High.

I find that highly comforting somehow.

Then comes this hadith:

Narrated Abu Huraira: I heard Allah’s Apostle (salallahu alayhe waSalaam) saying: “Before Allah created the creations, He wrote a Book (wherein He has written):- My Mercy has preceded my Anger.” and that (Book) is with Him over the Throne. ‘Source:-“Bukhari” Volume 9, Book 93, Number 643.

My hopes are resting on this promise among others that Allah has made.

 

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Bismillah

I so enjoy reading these series mashallah. I love hearing about the Sahabah (companions (radhiallahu anhum) of the Prophet Muhammad salallahu alayhe waSalaam) in general and especially the women (Sahabiyaat (radhiallahu anhunna).

Such inspiring people, in all their actions, teaching, sayings and just how they lived mashallah. Alhamdulillah for Islam and how it perfects the character and takes the human creation of Allah from the darkness to the light and from worshiping the created to worshiping the Creator. Allahu Akbar.

[Friday Series] Aishah bint Abi Bakr-Part 1: Discussing the issues behind Aishah’s age.

Mashallah so moving to read this account Subhanallah. Like the sister, I have no issues whatsoever with the marriage to Aisha (RA) because Allah would not have allowed His Prophet (salatu wa Salaam) to do something harmful, wrong, misleading, or that in any way could be misconstrued. And Allah knows best.

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