It was narrated that Abu Hurairah said:
"One of the supplications that the Prophet used to say was: ‘Allahumma, inni a’udhu bika min ‘ilmin la yanfa’u, wa mindu’a’in la yusma’u, wa min qalbin la yakhsha’u, wa min nafsin la tashba’u [O Allah, I seek refuge with You from knowledge that is of no benefit, from a supplication that is not heard, from a heart that does not fear (You) and from a soul that is not satisfied].’”
"As Ramadan starts to wind down, Here are some things that we can continue to do throughout the year:
The most obvious deed to continue is fasting because despite how long the days have been, fasting has become your second nature by now. So it’s no coincidence that we were encouraged by the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wa salam) to follow up a month of fasting in Ramadan with 6 days of fasting in Shawwal.
Now is the time to start fasting Mondays and Thursdays and the 13th, 14th, and 15th of every Islamic month. Your body is used to it and your soul craves it. But here’s something else I would add. Although we really can’t have Ramadan outside of Ramadan, which is why the fasts will feel different, we can try to duplicate the experience as much as possible. What makes Ramadan special ASIDE from fasting is the Taraweeh prayer, Quran recitation, community/family iftars, etc. Obviously the month of Ramadan also has virtues that are completely out of our control like Laylatul Qadr, the gates of paradise opened, the gates of hell shut, etc. But for the first set of things, we should try to create a similar experience. So here are my tips:
1. Fast Mondays and Thursdays and the 3 middle days of the Islamic month
2. Invite family and friends to fast along with you
3. Organize an iftar amongst friends a few days a month that coincide with the sunnah days of fasting. This will continue to encourage one another to not let go of this habit. So rotate amongst yourselves every other Thursday or Monday, etc. This will also help build bonds for the sake of Allah and allow everyone to share in the reward of feeding the fasting.
4. Be sure to pray Qiyamul layl on those nights. I’m not attaching any significance to Qiyam on Mondays or Thursdays, but Qiyam is Sunnah EVERY night and fasting is as much about feeding the soul as it is about starving the body.
5. And finally on that note, be sure to read an extra amount of Quran on the days you are fasting. A person is undoubtedly more focused on his recitation and more aware while he is fasting.
May Allah allow us to be amongst the slaves of the Lord of Ramadan, and not Ramadan itself. May He grant us entry into Paradise through the Rayyan gate which is reserved only for those who excelled in fasting. ameen.”
"One thing we find from our pious predecessors is that they constantly sought repentance for their sins. For every one of the last 10 nights, choose a sin or bad characteristic that you would like to change. Each night give 30 mins to doing nothing but asking Allah for forgiveness for that sin and expressing your resolve to change it. Make a strong commitment each of these 10 nights to change something about yourself. There is nothing more beloved to Allah than repentance, and you will not achieve anything greater in this month than His forgiveness.
May Allah accept from us all and allow us to witness Laylatul Qadr. ameen”
Asma Allah al Husna (part 1)
أسماء الله الحسنى
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “To God belongs 99 names, 100 minus 1, anyone who memorizes them will enter Paradise”
'Aishah (May Allah be pleased with her) reported:
I asked: “O Messenger of Allah! If I realize Lailat-ul-Qadr (Night of Decree), what should I supplicate in it?” He (ﷺ) replied, “You should supplicate: Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun, tuhibbul-‘afwa, fa’fu ‘anni (O Allah, You are Most Forgiving, and You love forgiveness; so forgive me).”
"Shaytan comes at us in different ways depending on our state. When we are at a spiritual high, he comes at us through arrogance and self-righteousness. He tries to make us pleased with our deeds, to make us believe we are perfect, superior, that it is others who need to change. We start to go on a haram police rampage. While naseeha is an crucial part of our faith, we begin to shift the focus from fixing ourselves to fixing everyone else (since we think we are already perfect). For those who have knowledge, shaytan will try to make them feel proud and self-reliant.
When we are at a spiritual low, shaytan comes at us through despair. He tries to make us believe that we are so far and so low, that we should just give up. When we commit a sin, he convinces us that there’s no point in praying or going to the masjid, because we’d be like ‘hypocrites’ if we did. He makes you believe that ‘religious people’ are just all judgemental, so it’s better to stick with your bad company since at least they don’t judge you. When you couldn’t be the perfect muslimah, he convinces you that you might as well just take off your hijab— as if hijab is only for perfect people. As if every hijabi has to first transform into an angel before putting it on. He tells you to give up the fight, because you’re too far away or too low to come back to Allah.
Please understand both of these tactics are deceptions of shaytan. No one is perfect. Not the clubber, nor the scholar. And every soul is just as worthy of coming back to God. There is no amount of sin too great for Him to forgive. His mercy is infinite. All the sins of humanity combined, are finite. There is no distance too great that it cannot be crossed with one single, sincere Tawbah (repentance).
To those who feel spirituality high, remember that no amount of knowledge or worship will make you perfect. We can always improve. And any amount of piety that we do have, is simply a gift, that can be taken, as it was given. To be arrogant over the gift of piety or knowledge is one of the most dangerous types of ingratitude we can show.”
"As we reach the half way mark of Ramadan I was thinking about the goals that I had set for myself this year. I realized that I hadn’t quite reached where I wanted to be regarding my nutrition and fitness goals. Just as I started to feel like I had let myself down I remembered that one of Shaytan’s goals is for us to lose hope. So you know what? At the very least I tried, and that *does* count for a lot. And most importantly, I’m not going to lose hope, I’m not going to give up. This really is the attitude we need to have at this midway point of Ramadan; grateful for the success we’ve had so far and determined to not give up, determined to work even harder in the second half. Lastly, some of you may be thinking, “But I never set any goals!” Don’t let that hold you back, set your goals for the second half now, put your trust in Allah, and start working. May Allah grant us success in this blessed month, Ameen!”
Inspiration - Episode 3 (I almost sold Islam…)
"Honor the trust of those who give it to you, and do not betray the one who betrays you"
This episode of ‘Inspiration’ is truly a reminder for all of us as muslims, and inshallah an inspiration to anyone who watches it.