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On being Ramadhaan-sick

Ramadhaan is over… The month where the Rahmah of Allah descended endlessly is over.. The month where the shayateen were locked up is over.. The month where Allah looks for excuses to forgive his servants is over. And many of us are just here wondering where it went. Like it was just moments ago that I was jumping up and down in excitement cause it was approaching. Like I clearly remember writing my bestie a letter that she would receive in the month and coming back from the post office and literally jumping. And bear in mind I’m 20. I mostly behave like I’m 20… Unless you happen to stumble on my path at 4:00 am…Which is a completely different story and blog post. And I feel this ache. I just want it  to be Ramadhaan again. I am officially Ramadhaan-sick.

Then I came across this

“Whoever used to worship Ramadhaan, then know that it has passed and gone, and whoever used to worship Allah, then know that Allah, he is the Lord of all the months. Then how bad are those people who do not recognise Allah except in Ramadhaan?”

Shaykh Saoud Shuraym, Imaam of Makkah (DB)

And its true. Allah is there all year round. You just need to find the time to talk to him. Like how you did in Ramadhaan. There is no condition on when you can fast. You can fast any time round. So long as it isn’t Eid or the three days after Eid ul Adha…You can fast…You can give charity any time in the year. You can pray Tahajjud at any time in the year.. Not just in Ramadhaan…You can help your parents any time in the year. And infact..We should… We should be doing all the good that we did in Ramadhaan all year round.

Cry to your lord in the depth of the night. Wallah theres a sweetness in crying out loud when the house sleeps…

Go to different duroos in your area…Or listen to the right lectures online…There is a satisfaction in gaining ilm.

Fast… Even if it only on the Ayaam e Beedh so 13th, 14th and 15th or on Mondays and Thursdays… The benefits of that are countless.

But the point is… We need to carry on the good that we did in Ramadhaan all year round. The best deeds to Allah are those that have istiqaamah (continuity) in them.

May Allah give all of us the tawfeeq to do the Aamaal that makes Allah SWT happy with us. Aameen thumma Aameen.

 

 

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Ibaadur Rahmaan

وَعِبَادُ  الرَّحْمَٰنِ الَّذِينَ يَمْشُونَ عَلَى الْأَرْضِ هَوْنًا وَإِذَا خَاطَبَهُمُ الْجَاهِلُونَ قَالُوا سَلَامًا

And the servants of (Allah) Most Gracious are those who walk on the earth in humility and when the ignorant address them they say “Peace!”

In Surah Furqaan Allah mentions qualities of a Muslim that we should all strive to have.

The word عِبَادُ is plural of the word عبد meaning servant. But it differs from the word عبيد.

عبيد would be used even if the servants in question do not necessarily accept Allah as their master… so can be used for kuffar.

The word عباد can be used only if the servants in question have accepted Allah as their master, so the muslimeen.

If we have even one of these qualities we can class ourselves from عباد الرحمن.

The more qualities we have though the better…

So, walking on the earth with humility has been said to walk slightly swiftly..and that is One sign of humility

The second Quality of Ibaadur Rahman is that when an ignorant person talks to them the reply with Salam..

As in he doesn’t rise to his level and engage in the nonsense that the Jaahil is engaging in. He doesn’t feel the need to give a smart remark back that may or may not cause an argument.

وَالَّذِينَ يَبِيتُونَ لِرَبِّهِمْ سُجَّدًا وَقِيَامًا

And those who spend part of the night for their lord in prostration and in standing..

Here Allah SWT makes mention of Tahajjud…The night has been mentioned specifically because it is a time of rest and aaraam. It is harder to wake up and pray Tahajjud at night rather than nafl in the day and obviously becase theres nobody else awake at that time there is no element of riyaa in it.

There are a lot of benefits of Tahajjud which Im not going to go in to right now but it has been said that it is the first pious amal that a pious person does..

وَالَّذِينَ يَقُولُونَ رَبَّنَا اصْرِفْ عَنَّا عَذَابَ جَهَنَّمَ

And those who say, “Our Lord, avert from us the punishment of Hell

إِنَّ عَذَابَهَا كَانَ غَرَامًا

Indeed, its punishment is ever adhering;

إِنَّهَا سَاءَتْ مُسْتَقَرًّا وَمُقَامًا

Indeed, it is evil as a settlement and residence.”

A true servant of Allah has a balance between Khawf of Allah and Hope in him.

They will Make dua despite their acts of worship for forgiveness and safeguarding from Jahannam but continue to do more Ibaadah in the hope that it gets accepted

وَالَّذِينَ إِذَا أَنْفَقُوا لَمْ يُسْرِفُوا وَلَمْ يَقْتُرُوا وَكَانَ بَيْنَ ذَٰلِكَ قَوَامًا

who, when they spend, are neither wasteful nor stingy, but keep the balance between those two extremes

Here when it talks about spending it is important to know what is classed as wasteful or stingy..

Hazrat Ibn Abbas has said that it means to spend outside what Allah has permitted for us.. This can be would be classed as wasteful.

Stingy would be classed as not spending where Our prophet has told us to spend.

So we need to strike a balance between the two and spend where Allah has permitted for us.

May Allah grant us the Tawfeeq to do Amal and make us better Muslims

لم يسرفوا Can also be translated as Not spending in extragavance

وَالَّذِينَ لَا يَدْعُونَ مَعَ اللَّهِ إِلَٰهًا آخَرَ وَلَا يَقْتُلُونَ النَّفْسَ الَّتِي حَرَّمَ اللَّهُ إِلَّا بِالْحَقِّ وَلَا يَزْنُونَ ۚ

وَمَنْ يَفْعَلْ ذَٰلِكَ يَلْقَ أَثَامًا

يُضَاعَفْ لَهُ الْعَذَابُ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ وَيَخْلُدْ فِيهِ مُهَانًا

And those who do not invoke with Allah another deity or kill the soul which Allah has forbidden [to be killed], except by right, and do not commit unlawful sexual intercourse. And whoever should do that will meet a penalty. Multiplied for him is the punishment on the Day of Resurrection, and he will abide therein humiliated

From this Ayah, Allah begins to mention the things that a Muslim should NOT have.. The first and most important think is not to do shirk and not to associate partners with Allah… Following that Allah mentions not to murder and not to commit zina.

أَثَامًا is a valley in Jahannam according to some Ulama’ Some ulama’ just translate it to mean a punishment

إِلَّا مَنْ تَابَ وَآمَنَ وَعَمِلَ عَمَلًا صَالِحًا فَأُولَٰئِكَ يُبَدِّلُ اللَّهُ سَيِّئَاتِهِمْ حَسَنَاتٍ ۗ وَكَانَ اللَّهُ غَفُورًا رَحِيمًا

Except for those who repent, believe and do righteous work. For them Allah will replace their evil deeds with good. And ever is Allah Forgiving and Merciful.

Here it is worth noting that a Tawbah has to have regret.. and a firm intention of not continuing the amal in the future for it to be classed as correct. But again Allah brings up the point that there is hope for even the bigger of sins.

وَالَّذِيۡنَ لَا يَشۡهَدُوۡنَ الزُّوۡرَۙ وَ اِذَا مَرُّوۡا بِاللَّغۡوِ مَرُّوۡا كِرَامًا

And those who do not bear witness to any falsehood and who, when they pass by frivolity, pass by it with dignity.

So the true servants of Allah, will not partake in any gatherings where lies are uttered…The biggest lie being lies of kufr and shirk… and then the other lies that we may utter everyday…

Some Ulama’ have narrated that this ayah refers to bearing a false witness in terms of qasams etc.

Hazrat Ibn Abbas has narrated that these gatherings refer to the celebrations of the mushrikeen.

Hazrat Mujahid and Muhammad ibn Huzaifah have said these gatherings are the gatherings where music is being played.

Hazrat Umar ibn Qays narrates that these gatherings are the gatherings of immodesty and dancing.

Imam Malik says that these gatherings are the gatherings where alcohol is present..

However, ALL these gatherings can be put under the umbrella of زور

And if by chance they do end up in such a gathering, they remove themselves from there in an acceptable way.

وَالَّذِينَ إِذَا ذُكِّرُوا بِآيَاتِ رَبِّهِمْ لَمْ يَخِرُّوا عَلَيْهَا صُمًّا وَعُمْيَانًا

And when they are reminded of the Verses of their Lord, they do not fall down at them deaf and blind.

Meaning, that when the ayaat of Allah are mentioned, they take heed and do amal on them rather than ignoring them and acting as though they are deaf and blind and acting as if they do not know.

وَالَّذِيۡنَ يَقُوۡلُوۡنَ رَبَّنَا هَبۡ لَـنَا مِنۡ اَزۡوَاجِنَا وَذُرِّيّٰتِنَا قُرَّةَ اَعۡيُنٍ وَّاجۡعَلۡنَا لِلۡمُتَّقِيۡنَ اِمَامًا‏

And those who say, “Our Lord, grant us from among our wives and offspring comfort to our eyes and make us an example for the righteous.”

A servant of Allah will make dua for a pious spouse and child and pray for them to be the coolness of their eyes

Hasan Basri has stated that coolness of eyes means to see your those around you busy in the obedience of Allah.

A true servant of Allah however will not only be concerned about his self islaah but will help his family too.

أُولَٰئِكَ يُجْزَوْنَ الْغُرْفَةَ بِمَا صَبَرُوا وَيُلَقَّوْنَ فِيهَا تَحِيَّةً وَسَلَامًا

Those will be awarded the Chamber for what they patiently endured, and they will be received therein with greetings and [words of] peace.

The word chamber here refers to a specific room in paradise that will be given to the people that are closest to Allah

خَالِدِينَ فِيهَا ۚ حَسُنَتْ مُسْتَقَرًّا وَمُقَامًا

Abiding eternally therein. Good is the settlement and residence.

قُلْ مَا يَعْبَأُ بِكُمْ رَبِّي لَوْلَا دُعَاؤُكُمْ ۖ فَقَدْ كَذَّبْتُمْ فَسَوْفَ يَكُونُ لِزَامًا

O Muhammad! Say: “My Rabb does not care at all if you invoke Him or not. Now that you have rejected His revelations, soon you will face the inevitable punishment.”

Its a point worth mentioning that Allah is not in need of our ibaadah. Rather we are in need of it for our own benefit

May Allah accept our efforts and grant us the tawfeeq to do amal on what we have learnt.

May he grant us the honour of being from amongst the ibaadur Rahmaan

Make dua for me in this blessed month and I hope that you have it in your hearts to forgive anything that I have done to you.

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A message for my friend…

Sometimes in life
You meet that one person
That you would give up
Anything for
Because
a. You know they wouldnt
ask for your imaan
b. Theyre just worth it.
That you would do anything for
Because they just are made of
Awesome
That you would never let go of
Because theyre the oxygen
You breathe
Whose company you crave
Seconds after you say
Assalamu Alaykum
Who inspires you to do good every day.
Ya Qalbii..Im just so glad your my person…
You keep me going these days..
And that means the world to me.
Love you to Jannah and beyond
For Allah’s sake

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The Versatile Blogger Award

 

I was nominated my Reflectionsofataalibah for this award…

These are the seven facts about me….

  1. I am the eldest of four children
  2. I am 20 years old
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  3. I love it when it rains..
  4. My favourite colour is black.
  5. I love reading
  6. My favourite nasheed artist is Muhammad al Muqit
  7. My favourite number is seven

My nominations

  1. http://www.talkaboutchat.com
  2. http://www.veiledjournal.wordpress.com
  3. http://www.peaceloveanunity.wordpress.com
  4. http://www.seekingsinceriy.wordpress.com
  5. http://www.muallimofdeen.wordpress.com
  6. http://www.journeyinajouranl.wordpress.com
  7. http://www.wordsonablackboard.wordpress.com

 

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Instagram.. Social Media… Thoughts from home…A rant…

I’m not a big fan of social media. I use Instagram and that’s about it. And that’s all I need at the moment…

Please… A few things to remember

  1. Many of us sisters cover ourselves up fully when we are around non-mahram men (men we can marry) Please do not make us uncomfortable by indicating towards our beauty or looks. We were all created by he creator, we don’t need a strange guy trying to flirt with us by complimenting our beauty.
  2. Just because we post a few pictures doesn’t mean you know us. You see a few seconds of our lives. There is much that you don’t see.
  3. Just because you are not texting, or speaking to someone doesn’t mean you can’t flirt with them. Remember Allah is watching you.
  4. If we say that’s not appropriate. We mean it’s not appropriate. We are not messing around or joking. We are not being rude either. We are telling you from one human to another.
  5. Don’t joke about things you don’t understand. It can be hurtful and or offensive. If you haven’t experienced something just shhh
  6. DON’T ASK FOR SOMEONES NUMBER AND ASK THEM TO RING YOU. LIKE IF YOU DO THAT YOU PROBABLY WANT A DEATH WISH
  7. DON’T CALL US CUTE
  8. DON’T CALL US BEAUTIFUL
  9. WE ARE A SISTERS THAT ARE TRYING TO SAVE HERSELF FROM FITNAH. WE STRUGGLE WITH IT. DON’T MAKE OUR LIFE HARDER.
  10. IF WE BLOCK YOU. DON’T CREATE ANOTHER ACCOUNT AND RE FOLLOW US.

Okay I’m done venting. If anybody has thoughts… Please comment below.

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Wrapped Up In Our Own Worlds-4:00 Thoughts

I feel like disappointment, disapointing ourselves and disappointing others is a part of human nature. We all do it to some degree. I mean we are humans and that means we make mistakes right? 

  • The dishwasher doesn’t get switched on.
  • Lights are left on in rooms that are not being used.
  • The tap is left dripping.
  • A message is left unreplied to.

Sometimes it is genuinely an accident. In which case we apologise and move on. Right? But sometimes it really isn’t an accident.

Sometimes we’re too wrapped up in our own little worlds and dunyas that we don’t realise that when that person was ringing you when you were reading that oh so gripping novel, she rang you because she was going through a crisis and couldn’t think..couldn’t process.

Sometimes we’re too wrapped up in our little dunyas and worlds, too immersed in our nafs to realise that, that person who sits next you day in, day out at uni cried herself to sleep last night and hides her emotions behind a wobbly smile.

Yes sometimes we need a moment to ourselves and thats fine. But I have heard way too many stories where people  are going to desperate measures to keep going…Refusing to think…Refusing to process emotions…Not eating…Not Sleeping..The list goes on.

The fact remains that maybe…if we took a few moments everyday to look into the little thing the world may be a nicer place. Maybe if I took a few minutes to observe, I might realise that the reason that my brother is screaming at everyone is because he is stressed about his studies and just needs someone to say to him “Sit down…Ill put your laundry away.” Maybe if looked properly I’d realise that the only reason that my sister is putting off her homework and just needs five of my minutes to explain something to her. 

Small problems are easy to solve…just have to notice them on time.

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Niqaab- In College- Struggling with your Nafs- Thoughts from College.

So recently I was blessed to have an opportunity to visit the Haramayn recently. And so I when I returned was determined to be better in my Niqaab. In all respects, at home, and outside. But it’s weird. In Makkah, I could go hours in my Niqaab, and yes I would get hot and whatever. But I wouldn’t feel like I wanted to take it off. So when I am home, and in college, where there are random men walking around, I have kept it on, because that is what I promised myself, right? But even as I sit, it is hard. I really want to take it off. Like really. I haven’t yet. But even as I sit here, the urge gets stronger and stronger. And thoughts are flitting through my mind that are embarrassing to confess to my pillow, let alone type and post on the internet. And in response to those thoughts, the hadeeth comes to mind.

Jannah is surrounded by hardships and the Hell-Fire is surrounded by desires. (Muslim)

I am in no way saying that I will go to Jannah because of my decision to wear it but the point is that the path to Jannah is in no way easy. And so if there is anyone out there struggling with their own Nafs. Know that you are stronger than that. Don’t give in. Because you can do it, and deep inside, you know that that too.

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Shall I speak

Shall I speak of her décor,

With pillars standing so tall,20170109_023230-collage

and arches of black and white

curving between them.

 

Or shall I speak of her Salahs,

Where the Imam’s voice echoes,

Around the masjid

Spilling out on to the streets of Madinah

 

Shall I speak of her people,

That lay sofrahs for the fasting people

On the Ayyam-e-Beedh and Mondays and Thursdays

And serve you with Qahwa, Dates, Bread, and Yoghurt.

 

Or shall I speak of her Halaqaat,

Where teachers teach both the young and old,

The correct methods of praying the Quraan, and the teachings of the Ahadeeth

With Love and Respect.

 

Shall I speak of her segregation,

That is done so beautifully,

So that the men cannot step into the women’s side

No matter what time of the day.

 

Or shall I speak of the Rawdah,

Where sometimes, people push and shove and scream and wail

Not realising the respect that the prophet deserves.

But where sometimes, the people are calm,

And allow others the space to pray,

And pray themselves, and convey their salutations to the one

Whose name is written on the Arsh.

 

May Allah send his ultimate blessing on him, from myself and anyone who reads this from now, till the day of judgement.

Salahs- Prayer

Imam – The person that leads the prayer

Sofrah – A piece of plastic on which you lay food

Ayyam-e-Beedh- The 13th, 14th and 15th of each month where it is preferred to fast, along with Mondays and Thursdays.

Qahwa – Arabic Coffee

Halaqaat- A gathering of people, usually sat in a circle.

Ahadeeth- Sayings and actions of the Prophet (May peace be upon him)

Rawdah- The space between the house and the pulpit of the prophet, which is reported to be a garden from the gardens of paradise.

Arsh- The throne of Allah.

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Oh who

Oh whose birth caused castles to fall

Oh whose smile lit up a darkened room

Oh for whom a spider spun a web or trees prostrated

Will you intercede for me?

 

Oh who spent nights praying for the Ummah

Oh whose feet swelled during Tahajjud

Oh whose beard dripped with tears

Will you intercede for me?

 

Oh for whom Biographies are written

Oh whose death caused a Qiyamah in Madinah

Oh who is a mercy for mankind

Will you intercede for me?

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Backbiting and Slander

Sometimes people chat..
Sometimes people chat about things that are good and true.
Sometimes people chat about things that are not so good.
May Allah save us from  backbiting and slander and upseting others and being the cause of someone elses tears and misery.

Its not a nice feeling…when you want to forget something you cant. So really dont put anyone in such a position