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O Allah! Let our last days be the best days of our life and our last deeds be the best of our deeds, and the best day the day we meet You.

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Tips for students

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Exam period is round the corner for most people, we pray that you all pass with flying colours. Ameen

Today’s post might be of benefit to some, but it was mainly taken from an introduction given by a teacher/Ustadh regarding how a student should aim to seek knowledge of Fiqh. Some steps can be applied to studies in general.

 

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Ten steps in seeking knowledge of Fiqh

(Outward actions/ manners)

  1. Repetition – (note: even donkeys learn via repetition), reviewing the key concepts. The conditions and integrals. You should know the definition ie: what is? “Matters are known by definition..”
  2. Take notes – (repetition whilst thinking – taking notes). Diagramming what you are studying helps visualizing the subject. Seek knowledge and review notes and take notes to benefit long term.
  3. Ask ask relevant questions to aid understanding. Learn how to ask questions.
  4. Do extra reading – reading the best of things and suitable/ selective reading.
  5. Prepare fro the class –before the lesson. Go to the class knowing the subject better than teacher. For every hour of lecture you should do 5 hours of preparation. Review after class as well – reflection.

(Inward actions/ manners)

  1. Having high intentions ­– benefiting from the knowledge to be able to aid others.
  2. Clear defined goals –what do you need to know?
  3. Ta3’dhim –venerate the signs of Allah = Taqwa. To have deep respect of knowledge. Scholars are inheritors of the Messengers so seek from them. Don’t disrespect the U3lama. Books of knowledge are vessels of guidance that give life to our souls and our lives.
  4. Adab (To have manners)
  5. Consistency – learn and review something everyday, always act upon knowledge.

Anger

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Reported by Abu Umamah Al-Bahili (ra): Messenger of Allah (saw) said, “ I guarantee a house in jannah for one who gives up arguing, even if he is in the right; and I guarantee a home in the middle of jannah for one who abandons lying even for sake of fun, and I guarantee a house in the highest part of jannah for one who has good manners” [Abu Dawud]

Don’t be sad

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Don’t lose sleep over people’s words and actions, put your trust in Allah and always be sincere with what you do and Allah will make things easy for you.

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When you are hurt by the people who share blood relations with you, recall Yusuf (as) who was also betrayed by his brothers….

When you find your parents opposing you (in deen) recall Ibraheem (as) who was made to jump into a blazing fire by his father…

When you are mocked and abused by your own relatives just because you adopted deen over duniya, recall Rasul Allah (saw) who faced the same….

When you are stuck into some problem and find no way out recall Yunus (as) who was stuck inside the belly of a whale…

When you fall ill and your whole body cries with pain, recall Ayoob (as) who was more ill thank you….

When you see some physical fault in yourself, recall Moosa (as) who could not properly speak…

When someone slanders you, recall Ayesha (ra) who was also slandered throughout the city….

When you feel lonely recall how Adam (as) felt when he was created alone at first…

When you can’t see any logic in what’s going on and your heart asks why this is happening, recall Nooh (as) who built the biggest ship without questioning….

Subhanallah!

Never assume..

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…”Never assume that anyone in this world can really understand your circumstances other than from the perspective of his own circumstances. This is so, because in reality everyone only sees things in accordance with their frames of reference and their personal paths.”

Sidi Ahmed Zarruq

 

Friday Duah

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Astaghfirullaha ladhi la illaha ila huwal hayul qayyum wa atubu elayh (Say it 3 times)

The above duah should be recited before dhuhr prayer on Friday. Allah forgives your sins even if it’s like the foam of the sea.

[Hadith Narrated from Anas Ibn Malik]

 

Plant as much as possible….

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Ramadan is fast approaching, have we started preparation yet?

Abu Bakr al-Balkhi said:

“The month of Rajab is the month for planting the seeds; the month of Sha3baan is the month of watering the seeds & the month of Ramadan is the month of reaping the fruits.

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He also said: The likeness of the month of Rajab is that of the wind, the likeness of Sha3baan is that of the clouds and the likeness of Ramadan is that of the rain; whoever does not plant and sow in Rajab, and does not irrigate in Sha3baan, how can he reap in Ramadan?