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30
Sep

A Pictorial Summary of Everything I wanted to say (for today anyway)…

Assalamu Alaikum.

Yes, indeed.

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29
Sep

Book: Istiqaamah (Uprightness and Steadfastness)

Assalamu Alaikum.

[Okay, it’s more like a treatise.]

That’s what we all need, isn’t it? Steadfastness.

Unfortunately, our iman still resembles a yo-yo.

So, how do we get this elusive “steadfastness”?

Well, the first thing to do would be to understand what it is.

So, here’s a nice treatise which defines what it is: Al-Istiqaamah by Taalib ibn Tyson.

Insha-Allah, I’ll be posting lots of resources on Istiqaamah from now on.

28
Sep

My New Blog(s): Hajj and Umrah

Assalamu Alaikum.

Planning to go for Hajj or Umrah?

Well then, you might want to try my new blog (I’m still adding stuff):

http://hajjandumrah.wordpress.com

You might also like to read this post which contains some analogies of Ramadan and Hajj.

Perhaps you like pictures more? No worries. Here’s a photoblog (I’m adding stuff to this one as well) about Hajj and Umrah:

http://theawesomejourney.wordpress.com

Comments and suggestions are welcome.

Please feel free to tell all your Hajj-bound family/friends/colleagues/whoever about the blogs.

Jazakumullahu kheira.

27
Sep

Lecture: Doing Istighfar Outside Ramadan

Assalamu Alaikum.

Here’s a nice lecture that I came across today. It talks about seeking Allah’s Forgiveness outside of Ramadan.

Doing Istighfar Outside Ramadan by Abu Saifillaah Abdul Qaadir

You know, it’s amazing. We bawl like babies on Laylatul Qadr asking Allah to forgive our sins. Then a few days after that, we return back to our sorry states. And then we return the next year all ready to bawl like babies on Laylatul Qadr.

Is this really sincerity? Or do we just keep deluding ourselves?

You know, if we were really sincere (and I have no idea about your sincerity so I’m not judging you), we wouldn’t need to be standing in prayer, listening to the Imam’s dua in the last ten nights of Ramadan, in order to desperately ask for Allah’s Forgiveness. We’d do it every time we transgressed against the rights of Allah, regardless of whether we were on top of Burj Khalifah or in Masjid An-Nabawi. For the sincere person, the place doesn’t really matter because they know that Allah is watching them all the time and that He is the All-Hearer and All-Seer.

“And march forth in the way (which leads to) forgiveness from your Lord, and for Paradise as wide as are the heavens and the earth, prepared for Al-Muttaqoon (the pious). Those who spend [in Allah’s Cause – deeds of charity, alms, etc.] in prosperity and in adversity, who repress anger, and who pardon men; verily, Allah loves Al-Muhsinoon (the good­doers). And those who, when they have committed Fahishah (illegal sexual intercourse etc.) or wronged themselves with evil, remember Allah and ask forgiveness for their sins; – and none can forgive sins but Allah – And do not persist in what (wrong) they have done, while they know. For such, the reward is Forgiveness from their Lord, and Gardens with rivers flowing underneath (Paradise), wherein they shall abide forever. How excellent is this reward for the doers (who do righteous deeds according to Allah’s Orders).” [Surah Aal-Imran (3) :133-136]

And no, being from amongst the above mentioned people is not a dream. If it was not possible to do it, then Allah would not have mentioned it. So, ask Allah to make you from amongst them and then do the best that you can.

As long as you are still alive, it’s never too late for a fresh start.

26
Sep

Article: What After Ramadan?

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

Well, the flood of post-Ramadan articles continue. I think we should all keep reading and pondering of them.

From what I’m seeing, the post-Ramadan dip (or should I say “ditch”?) has started and we need to be aware of it. Now is really the time that we need to pay attention to our ibaadah.

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25
Sep

Lecture: Beyond Ramadan

Assalamu Alaikum.

Another day, another lecture.

Here’s a nice one which reminds us of the purpose of Ramadan:

Beyond Ramadan by Muhammad Nubee (Download)

24
Sep

What the 27th night of Ramadan looks like in Alexandria…

Assalamu Alaikum.

[As soon as I complained about my visitor traffic decreasing, it proceeded to dip down even further. Alhamdulillah, it’s a good thing that I have a sense of humour…]

Remember the 27th night of Ramadan? It’s usually the night that everyone arrives at the masjid.

Sometimes, thousands of people show up at one masjid* leaving us with eye-popping scenes like this:

[*That masjid happened to be Al-Qaid Ibrahim Masjid in Alexandria, Egypt.]


Subhan Allah, it’s amazing stuff (although I wondered about the fiqh of praying behind moving taxis, but that’s just me).

“He it is Who has sent His Messenger with guidance and the religion of truth to make it victorious over all (other) religions even though the Mushrikoon (polytheists, pagans, idolaters, and disbelievers in the Oneness of Allah and in His Messenger Muhammad) hate (it).” [Surah As-Saff (61) : 9]

23
Sep

Article: Farewell Ramadan

Assalamu Alaikum.

Another day, another article.

[The Learning Arabic Post will be continued tomorrow, insha-Allah.]

You know what makes me sad? Let me tell you.

This blog got a whole lot more visitors during Ramadan.

Am I sad because my blog traffic went down? No,  because ultimately  blog popularity is not at all important.

I’m sad because people seemed to have lost their enthusiasm for Ramadan a mere two weeks after it has ended. If this is what happens a few weeks after Ramadan, then what will happen after a few months??? Subhan Allah, it’s really sad.

What’s also sad is that we do things the wrong way around. We start advertising Ramadan a few weeks before it starts (rather than a few months ahead as it should be done) and then after the last day of Ramadan, we hear one or two lectures on steadfastness and that’s it.

The early generations prayer for Ramadan for 6 months in advance and prayed to get Ramadan 6 months after it ended.

[Actually, it should be 5.5 months if you do the math, but anyway…]

Here’s another Adios Ramadan article:

[This lecture seems to have been right at the end of one of the previous Ramadans, hence he mentions zakaatul fitr, etc.]

[Note: I has some issues formatting the article so it looks a bit strange in some places. My apologies.]

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http://www.alminbar.com/khutbaheng/2260.htm

Farewell Ramadan

Abdur Rahman As-Sudais

Summary

1)     The course of life.

2)     The anguish at the end of Ramadaan.

3)     Those who rejoice during Ramadaan.

4)     Acceptance of good deeds was the greatest concern of the salaf.

5)     Acts of worship performed during Ramadaan.

6)     The wonderful opportunity that Ramadaan represents

7)     Persistence on obedience.

8)     The effects of Ramadaan upon the soul.

9)     The painful predicament of our Ummah.

10)      Propaganda against Islaam and Muslims.

11)       Salvation is achieved through sound faith.

12)       Good deeds at the end of Ramadaan.

13)       Zakaatul-Fitr (charity paid at the conclusion of Ramadaan).

All praise is due to Allaah, Lord of all the worlds. May peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allaah, his household and companions.

Fellow Muslims! Fear Allaah, for that is the most trustworthy handhold that will never break. It is the best provision for the Abode of Peace and whoever possesses it will prosper and be saved from all evils.

Fellow Muslims! When one ponders over the history of nations, they will realise that all are in the process of constant change. This is the course destined for them by Allaah and nothing can change that.

Brothers in Islaam! Tell me, if an honourable guest visits you in your dwellings, showers you with goodness and loves you – which you reciprocate; then the time for his departure arrives, how are you going to bid him farewell and how are you going to feel? What separation is then greater and more emotional than that from the beloved guest of the Muslims, the blessed month of Ramadaan?

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22
Sep

Post-Ramadan Teensie-Weensie Tip #5: Start learning Arabic (if you haven’t already) – Part 1

Assalamu Alaikum.

[This is a bit of a rant, so beware. Don’t say that you weren’t warned.]

Previously, I’ve written* about spending time with the Quran and keeping a Quran journal. If one wants to attain piety, we need to read the Quran on a daily basis.

[*I suppose I could say “blogged” but I’m more of a writer than a blogger. (Feel free to disagree.)]

One of the mistakes that many people make is to read the Quran without understanding it. Unfortunately, they only realise this little fact (i.e. that they can’t understand a word) when it’s time for Taraweeh in Ramadan. That’s when posts like this one become a super hit*.

[*No, I’m not joking. It seems to have reached all parts of the globe.]

So, what should the one who cannot understand the Quran do?

Well, learn Arabic of course.

Isn’t that what many people promise themselves every Ramadan? “Next Ramadan, I’ll be able to understand what the Imam is reciting!”

And did they? Well, judging by the super hit post, most people didn’t keep this promise to themselves.

So, what do you need to do?

1) Make the firm intention to learn Arabic before Shaban 2011.

2) Ignore all those silly articles that say that learning Arabic is difficult. They were not inspired by anybody except Shaytan (the devil).

Everyone has realised this by now, right?

The Quran is the Speech of Allah. Keeping in touch with it only increases our iman which he doesn’t like.

Therefore, he has taken many steps to ensure that we stay unaffected by the Quran. The main way is by stopping us from understanding the Quran. Hey, you can read and read and read but if you don’t understand what’s going on, you won’t get affected by the message, and he knows that all too well.

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