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29
Aug

Ramadan is over…

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

Yup, it’s over.

[Or at least it is in the Gulf. Some of you would still be in Ramadan in which case I would advise you to milk every minute for what it’s worth before Shawwal comes.]

So, what now?

Well, unfortunately most people are already thinking of their Eid food and their Eid clothes…

What should a believer do?

Well, we need to continue being steadfast. As simple as that.

Ultimately, it doesn’t matter whether it’s Ramadan or not, our purpose of life is still the same.

Some last bit of advice before Eid (I’ll temporarily resume blogging after a few days after which I’ll go on a long break):

a) Don’t lose that Ramadan feeling.

b) Do all the sunnahs of Eid, even the little ones like eating some dates before going out to pray.

c) Please remember to pray all your fard prayers and try to pray the sunnah too.

d) Don’t forget to recite the Quran even if it’s a little bit.

e) Have fun and be grateful to Allah that you have the opportunity to have fun.

Yes, Eid is supposed to be fun and we can have fun (halal fun, alright?). It’s fine to go out and visit family and friends, etc.

However, don’t forget to be grateful to Allah for being able to do all these things. Just look at the situation of the Somalians and the Libyans. I wonder how much fun they’ll be able to have on Eid in their situation.

Just in case, you’re like “Oh, why is she depressing us with those reminders??”

Depressing you? I was trying to make you feel happy that you’re not in that sort of position…

f) Try not to stuff your face with cakes and sweeties.

I know that this is the most difficult part because every house you visit insists on giving you a bit of their oh-so-delicious pastries and you don’t have the will power to say no (until, of course, your stomach refuses to accept anything more in which case you are forced to say no after which your host glares at you).

But try anyway, won’t you?

May Allah accept our fast and our prayers and keep us steadfast on His deen.

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25
Aug

So, who are you helping out in Ramadan? – Part 2

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

[Here’s Part 1.]

Okay, this post is quite late but it’s okay. You can use the ideas for post-Ramadan projects as well.

I’m just mentioning a few right now. I’ll mention the rest in another post later on, insha-Allah.

Some dawah ideas

[Here’s a nice website for dawah: http://www.dawahdesk.com/ It’s a virtual one stop thingy for aspiring daees.

Oh and it takes every possible opportunity to talk about tawheed (worshipping Allah alone). I like that.]

1) Give Hisnul Muslim (Fortress of the Muslim dua book) to every Muslim that you can find. They’ll love you for it.

And if you give it to them in their own language, they’ll love you even more.

However, if you don’t care about their love, then at least think about all the rewards you’ll get every time they read from the book.

Ooh.

2) Download some nice authentic lectures or the recitation of the Quran with the translation, and burn it onto a CD and then pass it on.

People can listen to it in their cars (and most people do, believe me).

3) Help the ill to pray by giving them books about prayer for ill people.

This one is my professor’s idea.

He pointed out that rather than giving an ill person (in hospital)  sweets or gifts, it would be better to give them a small booklet showing them how they could pray in their current state.

4) Buy some small Islamic books and give them to people who might read them.

If you work in an office, you can just keep some books on your desk, so that anyone who comes to talk to you can spot them. After they ask about them, you innocently ask them if they want to read the books…

5) Start a blog.

It works. Trust me.

6) I heard of a sister that sends dates and other Ramadanish stuff to Muslims in South American countries.

I thought that this was a great idea and a real heart softener.

7) Good at designing? Well, why don’t you make some nice dawah posters? Everyone loves well-designed stuff.

Some charity ideas

1) Compile a list of the needy and send an email to all your contacts out asking for donations.

Oh and this only works if people are convinced that you won’t embezzle their money.

2) Send an SMS to your contacts asking them to help out a certain poor person.

If they don’t reply, send them another SMS.

3) You could help everyone out by collecting people’s zakaatul fitr for them and then passing it on to the poor.

4) Forward emails about authentic charity cases. Believe me, you have no idea who might be willing to help.

5) Collect a dirham each day from all your family members and then distribute it at the end of the month to the poor.

Some health project ideas

1) Visit the ill people in the hospital who have no relatives in town.

Many of these people aren’t critically ill but they are very depressed. [Hospitals are enough to make the happiest people depressed. They’ve got the most awful smell.]

2) Perhaps you could find out which people in your area has some health issues and then try to collect money for their cause.

3) Distribute black seed oil. It’s wonderful and it’s from the sunnah.

4) Donate blood.

Okay, that’s it for now. I know the ideas were simple but hey, we have to start somewhere, right?

23
Aug

A great event that took place on the 24th of Ramadan…

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

What is this great event, you ask?

Well, it’s the revelation of the Quran, of course.

We know (from Surah Al-Qadr) that it was revealed on Laylatul Qadr (the Night of Decree).

This great event took place on the 24th (which is tonight).

أنزلت صحف إبراهيم أول ليلة من شهر رمضان ، و أنزلت التوراة لست مضت من رمضان ، و أنزل الإنجيل بثلاث عشرة مضت من رمضان ، و أنزل الزبور لثمان عشرة خلت من رمضان ، وأنزل القرآن لأربع وعشرين خلت من رمضان

“The Suhuf of Ibrahim were revealed on the first night of Ramadan. The Tawrah was revealed on the sixth of Ramadan. The Injeel was revealed on the thirteenth of Ramadan. The Zaboor was revealed on the eighteenth of Ramadan. And the Quran was revealed on the twenty-fourth of Ramadan.” [Sahih Al-Jaami, Hadeeth No. 1497. There seems to be a small dispute over its authenticity but quite a few scholars authenticated it. Also, it would explain why Anas ibn Malik (radiallahu anhu) did what he did on the 24th.]

Now, does this hadeeth mean that tonight is Laylatul Qadr?

Well, as most scholars say that the date changes from year to year, no not necessarily. However, what this hadeeth does show us is:

1) The magnificence of Ramadan and how it was historically a month of guidance.

2) The fact that the original Laylatul Qadr was on the 24th means that the 24th (and any of the even numbered nights for that matter) could also be Laylatul Qadr.

So, let’s not wait for the odd nights. Let’s give the even nights our best efforts as well.

[Note: Let me clarify things again. When we say that “it was revealed on this night”, it means that a copy of it was sent from the Lawh Al-Mahfoudh (the Preserved Tablet) to Bait Al-Izzah in the first heaven. (After this, it was revealed to the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) over a period of 23 years.)

Many people seem to think “it was revealed on this night” means that this was the night that Jibreel (alaihissalam) came to the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) and said “Read.”

No, that’s not Laylatul Qadr, although from what I heard, that also took place in Ramadan.

What’s the proof for this, you ask? It’s from the language used. I would need an entire post to talk about it….]

19
Aug

Some resources for the Last Ten Days and Eid

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

Yes, they’re almost upon us – the best nights of the year.

No more napping. We need to take some action.

This Ramadan, I haven’t posted many resources because I did that last year.

I thought I would just link to the useful ones:

[All of these link to the post which contains the resource.]

Last Ten Days, Laylatul Qadr, Itikaf, Zakaatul Fitr and Eid

Articles / Books

1) When is Laylatul Qadr? [Don’t forget to read this one!]

2) The Excellence of the Night of Qadr

3) The Last Ten Days of Ramadan

4)  A Guide to the Last Ten Days

5) Why have the Muslims forsaken Itikaaf?

6) Resources for Itikaf – Umm Muawiyah’s very own guide as to what you REALLY need for itikaf.

7) “There is no Itikaf except in the three Masjids”

8) A Book on Zakaatul Fitr

[Note: It seems that some people get confused between Zakaah and Zakaatul Fitr. They are two totally different things.]

9) Resources for Eid

10) Some more Resources for Eid

Lectures

1) Making the Most of the End of Ramadan

2) Focusing on Laylatul Qadr and Itikaaf

3) Rulings and Virtues of Itikaf

4) Zakaatul Fitr – Is it money or food?

Is this the last post for this Ramadan, you ask?

I wish but no. A few more to go, insha-Allah…

18
Aug

An Introduction to the Lord of the Worlds – Day 18

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

Let’s summarise what we learnt about Allah in this section. [That would be Day 10  – Day 17.]

a) He is the One who provides.

We need to remember this fact all time ESPECIALLY when Shaytaan (the devil) tries to stop us from giving in charity:

قُلْ إِنَّ رَ‌بِّي يَبْسُطُ الرِّ‌زْقَ لِمَن يَشَاءُ مِنْ عِبَادِهِ وَيَقْدِرُ‌ لَهُ ۚ وَمَا أَنفَقْتُم مِّن شَيْءٍ فَهُوَ يُخْلِفُهُ ۖ وَهُوَ خَيْرُ‌ الرَّ‌ازِقِينَ

“Say: “Truly, my Lord enlarges the provision for whom He wills of His slaves, and (also) restricts (it) for him, and whatsoever you spend of anything (in Allah’s Cause), He will replace it. And He is the Best of providers.” [Surah Saba (34) : 39]

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17
Aug

An Introduction to the Lord of the Worlds – Day 17

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

c) Al-Haseeb (the One who takes account; the Reckoner)

Al-Haseeb is the one who is Sufficient for all His Slaves. He is the one recompenses (i.e. rewards) with them with either good or bad (depending on which on which one they deserve).

The proof for this Name is as follows:

وَإِذَا حُيِّيتُم بِتَحِيَّةٍ فَحَيُّوا بِأَحْسَنَ مِنْهَا أَوْ رُ‌دُّوهَا ۗ إِنَّ اللَّـهَ كَانَ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ حَسِيبًا

“When you are greeted with a greeting, greet in return with what is better than it, or (at least) return it equally. Certainly, Allah is Ever a Careful Account Taker of all things.” [Surah An-Nisaa (4) :86]

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16
Aug

An Introduction to the Lord of the Worlds – Day 16

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

[Note: I started this section on Day 10. I mentioned 5 Names there. However, I added Ar-Raaziq and Al-Qayyum. Today and tomorrow, insha-Allah, I’ll also be adding Al-Kafeel, Al-Haseeb, and Al-Kaafi to that list, because they are all related to the issue of tawakkul.]

I’d like to add one more point to yesterday’s post:

[I just found out about it which is why I’m adding it today.]

One reason for Allah using the Name Al-Hayy (the Ever Living) for the One that should be relied upon is that the idols that the pagans (at the time of the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam)) worshipped were dead:

وَالَّذِينَ يَدْعُونَ مِن دُونِ اللَّـهِ لَا يَخْلُقُونَ شَيْئًا وَهُمْ يُخْلَقُونَ

أَمْوَاتٌ غَيْرُ‌ أَحْيَاءٍ ۖ وَمَا يَشْعُرُ‌ونَ أَيَّانَ يُبْعَثُونَ

“Those whom they (the polytheists) invoke besides Allsh have not created anything, but are themselves created. (They are) dead, lifeless, and they know not when they will be raised up.” [Surah An-Nahl (16) : 20-21]

So, these idols were dead so why bother relying upon them?

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15
Aug

An Introduction to the Lord of the Worlds – Day 15

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

[Note: I haven’t forgotten to reply to all your comments. It’s on my to-do list (along with a whole bunch of other stuff…).]

So, Allah says that because He is the Ever Living One, we need to put our trust in Him.

Think about it. Anyone else that we might depend upon like a family member, a friend, etc is just a created being who is going to die one day.

And what happens if they die BEFORE us?

Are we going to rely upon someone else?

And what happens if they too die BEFORE us?

See how it goes? None of them can be relied upon completely.

Allah, on the other hand, will never die so we should feel completely relaxed and put our trust in Him.

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15
Aug

A Pictorial Summary of what is left of Ramadan…

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

What’s left of it, you ask?

Well….

Half of it is left.

Yes, I know that half of it is gone – just like the cake.

However, half of it is left – just like the cake.

So, instead of moaning and groaning about how half of Ramadan is gone, let’s think of the second half of Ramadan as though it were the remaining half of the cake.

Let’s saviour what’s left of it.

And let’s take each day as it comes and increase in our ibaadah (worship), insha-Allah.