Yes, two important topics that are often ignored: salah and death.
Please watch the following lecture and don’t chicken out because of the contents (i.e. death).
Unfortunately, many people tend to avoid serious topics because it “distresses” them. What will they do on the Day of Judgment when they see all the “distressful” things taking place?
Remember: The righteous ones prepare for the Last Day, whereas the unrighteous simply avoid thinking about it and ignore it. Due to this, they fail to prepare for this important day.
So, please watch this lecture and don’t avoid this topic.
And don’t say that you’ll watch it later because there might not be a later.
Pray before you are prayed upon by Abdur Raheem Green
[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]
Okay, this is a short reminder, not a lecture.
And it’s a good reminder.
Ramadan Closing Reminder by Sajid Umar
That’s everybody’s question, isn’t it?
The short answer to the question: We won’t find out until the Day of Judgment.
So, is that it?
Well, no. There are some signs that a deed may have been accepted.
[Note: Being certain that your deed has been accepted is a sign of WEAKNESS of iman. I’ll talk about this in a future post, insha-Allah.]
Okay, this isn’t a lecture per se, it’s just a short reminder from Productive Ramadan.
I mentioned this website during Ramadan. It was really quite nice. They sent out iman boosting tips via email (I needed that). Now they’ve moved back to their parent page: http://www.productivemuslim.com/
It’s quite nice and the concept is wonderful, masha-Allah. May Allah reward Brother Muhammad (he’s the one behind the website).
[Note: They’re working on a new website and are looking for duas, donations and sponsorships. Why not help out?]
Here’s the reminder (and a much needed one at that):
Is it the End or just the Beginning?
I finally figured out the difference between Ramadan and Shawwal.
You know what it is?
It’s mostly our perspective.
“Mostly” because it is a bit easier to do things in Ramadan with the devils locked up and all. However, I don’t think that this is the main reason why we can get so much done in Ramadan.
The reason is very simply because we tell ourselves that we can do it and we aim to do it. And guess what? We do it.
People that think that it is Ramadan that makes them good. Perhaps it’s just that they decide to become good in Ramadan?
It’s as simple as that. In Ramadan, we stop making excuses. However in the other 11 months….
Don’t believe me? Okay then, try it. Try to give yourself a few days where you behave like you did in Ramadan. Tell yourself that you HAVE to do it.
Guess what? You’ll see that your level will come close to your Ramadan level, insha-Allah. Perhaps it may even exceed it.
What will that prove, you ask?
It will prove that you don’t need to be in Ramadan to be a righteous servant of Allah. You can be that way at any time of the year.
[And if you think about it, you’ll realise that’s the whole point of Ramadan anyway: to show us that we can be righteous.]
So, that’s all we need: a little change in perspective.
Here’s a short reminder about this issue:
Everlasting Ramadan by Yasir Qadhi
Resources for Eid, you ask?
Yes, of course. The days of Eid (Al-Fitr and Al-Adha) are part of the shariah. Therefore, there are certain etiquettes to be followed within those days.
Too early, you say? Well, I’m planning to stop blogging for the next week so…
A note to all my brothers and sisters: Let’s analyse ourselves on the Day of Eid. If we forget about Allah on that day, and we go back to being the same way that we were before Ramadan, and we carelessly commit all sorts of sins (not praying on time, not safeguarding our tongues, free mixing with the opposite sex, wasting money, etc) on the Day of Eid on the pretext that it is a day of celebration*, then we should know that this is a big sign that our Ramadan did NOT get accepted.
[*Is this how we “celebrate” a month of obedience to Allah? By disobeying Him the day after that month ends? Allahul mustaan.]
Yes, because that is one of the ways to know if a deed got accepted or not – by seeing how we behave AFTER it. So, if a person goes for Hajj, and comes back and doesn’t pray his 5 prayers, then this is a sign that his Hajj was not accepted.
If you’re worried about not being able to obey Allah after Eid, then why don’t you turn to him in this blessed month and ask for His support and help in this matter?? Ask Him to make you obedient on the Day of Eid and beyond that.
Note: There are some differences between Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha. For example, in Eid Al-Fitr, the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) ate some dates before the Eid prayer. In Eid Al-Adha, he did not eat anything until after the prayer.
[I messed it up a few years on Eid Al-Adha. I told my mother that I had followed the sunnah and eaten some dates before the prayer. I expected a pat on the back. All I got was “Hmm? I read that you were supposed to eat the dates after the prayer?” Oh well…]
Books / Treatises:
Ruling concerning the Two Eids from the Purified Sunnah – Shaikh Ali Hasan Al-Halabi
The Two Eids and their Significance – Abdul Majeed Alee
Eid Etiquettes and Rulings – Shaikh Muhammad Saalih Al-Munajjid
Praying Eid in the Musalla is the Sunnah – Shaikh Al-Albani (rahimahullah)
Ramadan: A Reminder of Unity – Shaikh Al-Albani (rahimahullah)
I should have put this up at the beginning of Ramadan because it pertains to the beginning and end of Ramadan.
I remember a sister from London telling me about the “fitnah of Eid” and I was like “Huh? What fitnah?”. She meant that the non-Muslim kids used to get confused when half of the Muslim kids didn’t show up on one day (because they were celebrating Eid) and the other half didn’t show up the next day (because they were celebrating Eid on a different day).This was because of a lack of unity amongst the Muslims on when Eid was, which resulted in the non-Muslims having an unfavourable opinion about Islam.
The Meaning and Reality of Holidays in Islam – Shaikh Muhammad Amaan Al-Jamee (rahimahullah)
The Prophet’s (salallahu alaihi wasallam) Guidance Regarding the Eid Prayer – Imam Ibn Al-Qayyim (rahimahullah)
Variations for the Eid Takbeer – Various Scholars
Some of the Manners of the Eid Day by Abu Taubah.
View it here.
This is a lecture that Brother Abu Taubah gave at the end of last year’s Ramadan. He mentions a few points about Surah Qaaf as well.
End of Ramadan by Abu Taubah
[Yes, you’re right. I’m trying to get you to do itikaf. Was it that obvious?]
Rulings and Virtues of Itikaf by Said Rageah