What have you prepared?

Asalamualaykum readers,

Ramadan is literally few days away…what have you planned?

You might be planning to Read & Understand Quran this Ramadan in shaa Allah and want to start with short explanation of some verses from each Juz ? Then this post will be very useful to you and even if you are busy, It will hardly take 5-10mins per link in shaa Allah.

Juz 1:

Juz 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWZDVYom3RE

Juz 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFsYnwI6zEA

Juz 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2kwFI7bKi0

Juz 5: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9C6QyjX53cg

Juz 6: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVh-W6CjIOc

Juz 7: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXsMMj7m9tQ

Juz 8: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NFo35g7zo8

Juz 9: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2i80milYJAc

Juz 10: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlKDxmw466Y

Juz 11: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Btsvfuu2eE4

Juz 12: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1uQ1l4LQFE

Juz 13: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eThSNtJe7SY

Juz 14: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vvn2WCO_zPg

Juz 15: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xOK85qRQ_o

Juz 16: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAwI1MvBViE

Juz 17: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9nMCACgvqk

Juz 18: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5YpDilwN04

Juz 19: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_DMb8o32c8

Juz 20: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzSDr5xiGIE

Juz 21: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qAhT7MV0Fg

Juz 22: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFUACCm25ok

Juz 23: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKFc1o8Yvzk

Juz 24:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6XHHcbcitI

Juz 25: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLvV_1JT2Ik

Juz 26: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_zrDh9Ny8g

Juz 27: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvUU1g4i2bk

Juz 28: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJRf_4tojx4

Juz 29: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ugx4MZK3EGQ

Juz 30: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JL09VjJQWE

Ease promised twice!….

Asalamu’alaykum dear readers,

 

There are times, days and some months and years that we all go thru in life experiencing great hardships, unease and discomfort. However, during those moments of great hardship and sadness we forget ourself whilst the problem engulfs every piece of us…but then something amazing happens to a believer. The amazing realization that Allah promises us many a thing..but the most of all He promised us during these testing times…EASE! Yes you read right…He, Allah Ta’Alla promised us ease not once but twice.

فَإِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا (94:5

 

إِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا (94:6

 

Thus with this promise we break from the shackles of worry, discomfort, sadness, loss, wound, disappointment and whatever else is eating away our mind, body and soul.

For verily we read these verses more often but we never reflect on the beauty hidden between these verses.

And so I said to my soul; my sufferings became easier because my Lord promised me ease, not once but twice! 🙏💕

 

May Allah grant us all ease, ameen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Duah can go along way…

Asalamualaykum we pray you are all well.

Subhanallah we surely are living in times of many trials. It’s hard not to become emotional and sad about what’s going on in the Muslim world. You look to every corner where there’s muslims and in one way or another there’s oppression, suffering or massacre. It’s hard not to want to crawl into an empty hole and shut your eyes and cover your ears….all because we feel helpless and we are overcome with such despair.

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Alhamdulillah we have so many charities that are working tirelessly to try and provide basic essentials to help the needy live a little bit better than what they are currently undergoing….but the biggest help we can give is DUAH too!

We have forgotten the power of duah that we are only reminded when a situation is dire. But no, it should be done regardless. Duah is the only weapon of a believer…we should make Duah for them day and night, whenever we can.

Duah and istighfar go hand in hand…ask Allah to forgive us for our sins and pardon us. Because our sins could be a barrier for those that are suffering. Cry to your lord and ask Him to save the Ummah and grant us all the ability to wake up and see everything clearly.

Make Duah for the people stuck in East Aleppo, in mainland Syria, Africa, Burma, Pakistan

Plug into Salah

Asalamualaykum readers, we hope your Ramadan is going well. Today’s post is regarding a very important topic, without it the believer doesn’t really taste the sweetness of faith. May we all be amongst those who perfect their Salah/prayer. Ameen

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Today I come to you with a very simple act…… an action which we do every day……

I noticed many of us go to Rukuu or Sujoud and raise up so fast, some don’t even take the time to say “Subhana Rabi Al Adheem” 3 times…and say it only once!!!!

Well, I have good news for you today…… I have news that will make you from today onwards go to Rukuu or Sujoud with a different feeling and different timing.

قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم:
( إن العبد إذا قام يصلي أتي بذنوبه كلها ، فوضعت على رأسه وعاتقيه ، فكلما ركع أو سجد تساقطت عنه(

The Prophet PBUH said: When a slave stands and prays, all his sins are brought and placed on his head and shoulders. Every time he bows or prostrates, some of them fall from him.” (Bayhaqi, Saheeh al-Jami’)

So from now on when you stand up to pray, imagine all your sins being placed on your head and shoulders and when you go on Rukuu and Sujoud, stay longer to lose as many as you can and picture them falling down and away from you. Understand the purpose of praying… this will help you concentrate …..

When you go to the position of Rukuu, feel and tell Allah with your heart that you will never kneel to anyone but him and picture those sins falling down.

And when you say “Sami’Allahu liman hamidah” (Allah hears who thanks Him) and you say “Rabbana walakal Hamd” (Thanks to you my Lord) you are thanking Him for honoring you and making you stand straight not like the other creatures who walk on four with their back bent. Thank Him for making you able to move and pray.

When you go to the first Sajdah (you put your head down on the floor) you are representing the earth which you came from and when you get up after the first Sajdah you are representing the first time He created you from the earth.

When you go on the second Sajdah again on the ground, you are representing when you die and you go back to the ground and when you get up the second time you are representing the second time when Allah brings you back from the dead on the Day of Judgment, therefore, concentrate with every movement and feel it.

Make a lot of du’aa in Sujoud and remember du’aa is ibadah and Allah loves those who ask Him…ask Him and beg Him… complain to Him… you are better off complaining to Him than to humans….He will never betray you, He will never let you down, He will never look down on you and He is the only one who can answer your needs with your head held high.

Do you know the reason you say “Allahu Akbar” (Allah is greater) every time you move in a prayer?

It’s a reminder that Allah is greater than anything you might be thinking about from this world. So be honest when you say “Allahu Akbar” and remember He is greater than anything that is occupying your mind while you pray.

Do you know when you stand up to pray and say “Allahu Akbar”, Allah stands before you and the minute your mind goes wondering on silly things in this life, Allah turns His face away from you and says (Is there something better than me taking you away from me?)

How lucky are we to have Allah meet us and stand before us 5 times a day, to listen to us and to our problems and to grant us our wishes and forgives us for our sins every day. You say “Allahu Akbar and He is there, you don’t need to stand in front of His door for hours or take an appointment or meet a mediator or a secretary, how generous is He?

Hopefully we will all from today pray differently and enjoy our prayers like never before In shaa Allah. Yaa Allah taqabbal salaatana… Ameen.

 

Beautiful Reminder By Naaema Ali

Friday…

Assalamu’alaykum dear readers,

Tomorrow is Friday…prepare for it

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Friday Sunan List

1 – Bathing (Ghusl) on the day of Jumumah (Bukhari 877)

2 – To wear nice clothes (Abu Dawood,)

3 – Use perfume (‘Perfume’ refers to men only, as it’s not permissible for women in public) and use the Miswaak. (Ibn Majah)

4 – Going early to Jumuah Prayer (Bukhari 929 & Muslim 1964 )

5 – Walking to Masjid for Jumuah Paryer (Al-Tirmidi, 496)

6 – If the Saffs (rows) are already filled, one should not jump over the shoulders of the musallies in order to get to the front. (Abu Dawood)

7 – Try to sit as close as possible to the Imam. (Majah, Tirmidhi)

8 – Listening attentively to Khutba (Sermon) (Bukhari 934)

9 – Making a lot of du’aa’. [al-Bukhaari, 893; Muslim, 852]

10 – Seek the Hour: Rasulallah (sallahu allayhe wasalam) said: “There is such an hour on Friday that if any Muslim makes dua (Supplication) in it, his dua will definitely be accepted.” (Bukhari 935, Muslim)

11- Sins Forgiven: The five daily prayers, and from one Jumuah to the next, are an expiation for whatever sins come in between, so long as one does not commit any major sin. (Muslim, 233)

12- Increase your Durood (example: Durood Ibrahim)
“Recite Durood upon me in abundance on the day of Jummah since they are presented to me.” (Ibn Majah)

13- Recite Soorat al-Khaf

“Whoever reads Soorat al-Kahf on the day of Jumu’ah, will have a light that will shine from him from one Friday to the next.”

(Narrated by al-Haakim, 2/399; al-Bayhaqi, 3/249. Al-Albani Saheeh al-Jaami’, 6470)

Allah says:

O you who have believed, when [the adhan] is called for the prayer on the day of Jumu’ah [Friday], then proceed to the remembrance of Allah and leave trade. That is better for you, if you only knew.

(Soorat Al-Jumu’ah, 9)

Don’t Forget Allah:

Allah says: And when the prayer is ended, then disperse in the land and seek of Allah’s bounty, and remember Allah much, that ye may be successful.

(Soorat al-Jumu’ah, 10)

Make sure to share this to others and tell your friends:

‘Whoever starts a good thing and is followed by others, will have his own reward and a reward equal to that of those who follow him, without it detracting from their reward in any way. Whoever starts a bad thing and is followed by others, will bear the burden of his own sin and a burden equal to that of those who follow him, without it detracting from their burden in any way.'”

(Reported by al-Tirmidhi, no. 2675. He said, This is a saheeh hasan hadeeth)

Feeling Blue :( ….??

Assalamu’alaykum Dear Readers,

Feeling down and sad about things whether its life, family or work is actually quite normal to go through. Even our beloved Prophet (saw) experienced it. Its just one of those things that happen when you least expect it, we might agree on this or not, but I feel it is as if Allah is telling you ‘come back to me my slave, just pray, ask, supplicate and I (Allah) will remove the sadness, the depression, the loss, the anxiety and whatever else you going through’.

But the main point here, is not allowing that overflowing sadness or whatever else it is to overcome us, thus falling deep into the problem and not finding a way out. Rather, the best of solutions is prayer.

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Come, let us pray.

Seriously, it is fascinating that sometimes when we find people that would advice us of go make du’a, or read the Qur’an or pray tahajjud, they get irritated or somehow angry and say, we are humans and we just need someone to talk to.

Yes, that is true, that we are humans and we do need someone to talk to at times, but what makes it all go wrong is when we seek the comfort from them, and I know you know what this comfort I mean.

Yes, they will eventually make us feel that sense of not being alone or that there is someone for us out there but don’t you realize that by that very moment it comes to your head that its all because you didn’t recognize the One who has been with you all these time? The One who you run to the last when He should have been the First?

Let me tell you something. I’ll make this very brief.

Rememeber when we read about ‘Uthman Ibn Affan Radiyallahu Anhu, when he lost his wife then in a matter of days he lost his son, the Sahabah and even the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam was there to comfort him, but to whom did he turn to? To Allah, first and foremost.

Remember when Julaybib Radiyallahu Anhu was feeling low and depressed because of how he looked and how he was treated, he turned and did his best to perfect his worship, and look how Allah comforted him by making the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam take him as his own.

Remember when Ammar Radiyallahu Anhu lost his parents, and him seeing them martyred infront of his eyes, where did he find comfort in? In the words of Allah and the promise of Allah that they are indeed the first martyrs of Islam!

Remember when Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam whenever a calamity would come to him (e.g. the death of his beloved Khadijah and son), he would call out on Bilal saying, “O Bilal, call the iqamah for salah, and comfort us by it!” [Abu Dawud]

Look at the situations where they were placed, are you (who is reading this) placed on a greater lost, a greater calamity? Imagine, if you were Ammar who saw his own parents killed infront of him, would you act the same way as Ammar?

Or if you were ‘Uthman, would you act the same way or would you let depression eat you whole?

I am telling you, because I have been there, nothing can give you the comfort you truly need except Allah, so seek it in Him, not from anyone else.
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May Allah Swt make it easy for all of us. Ameen

 

She ran to her Lord and forgot the cooking!

Assalamu’alaykum Dear Readers,

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Today we would like to narrate an inspirational true story happened to a Qur’aan teacher in Egypt & narrated by her colleague to her students.
A Qur’aan teacher always advised her students to live by this aayah

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 [Wa ajiltu ilaika rabbi litardo]

“and I hastened to You, O my Lord, that You might be pleased” – Surah TaHa, v:84

She told them, “This aayah is what moves me. When I hear the Adhaan and I’m occupied and in the middle of something, I remind myself of this aayah and so I get up to pray.”

“When my alarm goes off at 2:00 am (Tahajjud) and I want to go back to sleep I remember: “and I hastened to You, O my Lord, that You might be pleased” and so I get up.

Her husband had the following arrangement with her: on his way home from work he would call her so she would get the food hot and ready; so he could come home and eat & sleep.
One day he asked her to make Mahshi (stuffed grape leaves with rice – very time consuming. You wrap each of them one by one and put the pot on the stove after to cook). She had 3 more to wrap then she had 3 more to wrap before putting it on the stove to cook.

But the Adhaan came in…So she left the 3 remaining grape-leaves (which would have taken her 5 minutes) and went to pray.

Her husband kept calling and calling but there was no answer. He came home and found her in Sujood and food not ready. He saw there were only 3 grape-leaves left to wrap before putting on stove. So he was upset & said:
“You could have just finished them & put the pot to cook then pray!”

No response.

He went to her to discover she had died in her Sujood!

SubhaanAllaah, had she waited like any of us to “finish what is in her hand”, she would have died in the kitchen! But a person dies upon what they lived on and by, and are resurrected on what they died on.

Prophet SallAllaahu Alayhi wa Sallam said : “‘Every person will be resurrected in the manner he dies.’” Narrated by Muslim, 2878

Resolution:
Let’s make a resolution:
*For sisters, leave everything, get up & pray as soon as the adhaan calls in, [maximum after 20 minutes (iqaamah time)]
Abdullaah narrated: “I asked the Prophet SallAllaahu Alayhi wa Sallam: “Which deed is the dearest to Allaah?”
He replied, “To offer the prayers at their early stated fixed times.” Saheeh Bukhaari

*For brothers, as soon as you hear the Adhaan, do wudoo’ & go to the Masjid.

keep reminding yourself:

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True story shared by a sister, who also suggested the resolution. May Allaah accept it from her and may it be a source of sadaqatuljariyah for her and us Aameen
This is the more reason why we should stand up to Allah’s call and surely He will be pleased with us. Aameen.

Etiquettes of Eid

Asalamu’alaykum

Since we are almost at the finishing line, here’s some advice of how to go about celebrating Eid.

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What To Do On ‘Eid?

As ‘Eid is just around the corner, here is a quick overview for you of what to do on the blessed day:

1. Taking a bath (Ghusl). [Abdurrazzaq, 5754]

2. Wearing one’s best clothes, and for the men perfuming themselves. [Bukhari (886), Muslim (2066)]

3. Have an odd number of dates before leaving for ‘Eid prayer. If one does not have dates, any food will do. [Bukhari, 953]

4. Going to the ‘Eid prayer. [Bukhari (913), Muslim (889)]

5. Even if the woman is not praying she is encouraged to come and attend. [Bukhari (971), Muslim (890)]

6. Saying Takbir from the morning till the Imam starts the ‘Eid prayer. [Ibn Abi Syaibah, 5621]

7. Greet one another with good greetings. [Al-Fath, 2/446]

8. Take different path home than the one that you took to come to the prayer area. [Bukhari, 986]

Tonight, the first odd night…

Asalamu’alaykum people, we know tonight you won’t be able to check your emails, so we are publishing this now for you. Please take advantage of what this qari is saying.

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Shaykh maher muaqily gives some very practical advice here:

He says:

Ideas for the last ten days:

1. Give 1 dinar in charity every day, so if it falls on laylatul qadr it’s as if u gave charity everyday for 84 years.

2. Pray two ra’kaat everyday, so if it falls on laylatul qadr it’s as if u prayed everyday for 84 years.

3. Read Surah ikhlaas three times a day, so if it falls on laylatul qadr it’s as if u read the whole Quran everyday for 84 years.

He then says spread this as you may find it on your account [of good deeds].

May Allaah accept it from us. Ameen!

Duha…..

Asalamu’alaykum

Dear readers, after praying your fajr and you take your morning rest, the next best thing for a believer is the Duha prayer. There’s nothing like the prayer, the feeling is amazing because the morning has just come in, sun is shining and people are getting ready to go about the day to day work.

Alhamdulillah for Islam.