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

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You know why?

Asalamu’Alaykum

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You might be wondering what the big deal is all about with fasting tomorrow (Tuesday 11th October). Well here it is

Ibn Abbas RadhyAllahu ‘anh reports:

‘When the Prophet ﷺ arrived in Madinah, he observed the Jews fasting on the day of ‘Ashurah, so the Prophet ﷺ asked them,

“Why do you fast on this day?”

They replied, “This is a great day. It is on this day that Allah saved Musa and his followers while drowning Pharoah and his people, so Musa fasted this day out of gratitude to Allah. That is why we fast on this day.”

The Prophet ﷺ replied, “We have more right to Musa than you (i.e. we love Musa and follow what he came with [Islam] more than you do),” and thereupon the Prophet ﷺ fasted this day and commanded the people to do likewise.’

[Sahih al Bukhari]

A man asked the Prophet ﷺ about the virtues of fasting the day of ‘Ashurah.

He ﷺ said,
‘I hope that Allah will make it a cause to expiate the sins of the previous year.’

[Sahih Muslim]

It is advisable to also fast the day preceding or the day following ‘Ashurah. One should fast two days: 9th and 10th of Muharram or the 10th and 11th.

The Prophet ﷺ said:

‘If I live until next year, I will fast the 9th along with the 10th (of Muharram).’

[Sahih Muslim]

This was so that his fasting would differ from that of the Jews.

 

Gotta Catch ’em all..

Asalamu’Alaykum

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The next coming days there will be no excuses for people who want to gain maximum rewards in small space of time. What are we talking about? We are talking about 8 days in a row for fasting…what a great reward !!! _commencing next week Tuesday (11th of October)!!_

_Monday (9th of Muharram) _*day before Aashuraa*
_Tuesday (10th of Muharram) _ *day of Aashuraa*
_Wednesday (11th of Muharram) _ *day after Aashuraa*
_Thursday (12th of Muharram) _ *Sunnah days of fasting*
_Friday (13th of Muharram) _ *first day of white days*
_Saturday (14th of Muharram)_ *second day of white days*
_Sunday (15th of Muharram) _ *third day of white days*
_Monday (16th of Muharram) _ *Sunnah days of fasting*

If you are unable to fast you can still partake in this opportunity of gaining reward by spreading the word. *Perhaps one will fast because of your message.*

‎((… مَنْ دَلَّ عَلَى خَيْرٍ فَلَهُ مِثْلُ أَجْرِ فَاعِلِهِ ))

*”Whoever points to something good will have the same reward as the one who does it.”* (Reported by Muslim)

Opportunities awaits you…

Asalamu’Alaykum

alhamdulillah for Islam, every where you look is an opportunity presented to us to cleanse our bad deeds and renew ourselves.

We have just finished Dhul’Hujja and then celebrated Eid only to be presented with Muharram and all its special requirements. ❤️💜

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Makkah & Madinah announced the 1st day of Muharram was Monday 3rd October. May Allah ‎ ﷻ grant us all the ability to increase in good deeds, & make this year the year of Qur’an for us. Revive the Sunnah of Muharram – fasting on the day of ‘Ashurah, which will occur on Tuesday 11 October 2016 .

So what’s the big deal with Muharram?

Ibn ‘Abbas (Ra) reported that the Prophet ‎ﷺ came to Madinah & saw the Jews fasting on the day of ‘Ashura. He ‎ﷺ asked: “What is this?” They said: ” This is a blessed day. On this day Allah ‎ ﷻ saved the Children of Israel from firaun & his army & so Musa عليه السلام fasted on this day giving thanks to Allah.” The Prophet ‎ﷺ said: “We are closer to Musa than you are.” He fasted on that day & commanded Muslims to fast on this day. (Al-Bukhari) Ibn Abbas (ra) also narrated that the prophet ‎ﷺ said “fast on the day of Ashurah (10th Muharram) … Fast a day before it or a day after it” “Fasting the day of ‘Ashura’ (is of great merits), I hope that Allah will accept it as an expiation.

 

£1.60?!

Asalamu’alaykum

We pray you are all enjoying your night, most of you have just come back from taraweeh and clearly exhausted… But before you end your night and very soon to start your day we urge you to take 2mins to just read the following.

Can you think of a shop/take away or restaurant that sells one full meal that would fill a hungry person up for a mere £1.60?! Honestly just think hard….

We very much doubt shops like that even exist ( and we are not talking chicken and chips!)

But today … Like right now if you are to donate £1.60 you would have fed one person during iftar. £1.60 is not much to ask considering even a cup of coffee in the shops don’t cost that much anymore!

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So please help us to help those that won’t have a morsel of food to break their fast with… Think of it in this way, that for every bite, chew and gulp they do,you get the reward for it. And only Allah knows how many folds He could multiply that reward of £1.60 that you give tonight. Don’t forget those whom you feed will also be making duah  for you during this blessed month.

And lastly, we have over 1 thousand subscribers to our blog… If each were to intend to feed one person … That’s a thousand people we would have fed collectively without anyone’s reward decreasing. Honestly this religion is beautiful. Alhamdulillah ❤️

So what are you waiting for?! Hurry go on this site and bank your akhira. May Allah reward you all Ameen

Donate click on the following link 

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Sadaqatuljariyah1

 

Prophetic Diet

Asalamu’alaykum dear readers,

We pray you are all in good health and high iman on this blessed month that we have all been waiting for.

Please forgive us for a very belated Ramadan Mubarak. We have been experiencing technical problems hence the delay.

Nevertheless we are back on track slowly but surely bi’ithnillah.

Since its Ramadan we have a special post to aid your day by Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi

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He begins:

 

1. Ramadhan is a month of looking after our health -body, mind and spirit.

2. We don’t take care of what we eat then we fall ill and we complain and look for treatment.

3. It is a source of harm to eat too much. It may be nice to eat or to be stronger when you eat more, but it is a source of harm. The Messenger of Allah said “The son of Adam does not fill a worse vessel than his belly.”

4. Maintaining our health is an act of worship and curing ourselves is an obligation and looking after what we eat is following the sunnah of the Messenger of Allah.

5. We eat as much as possible, not as much as our bodies need. When you have a desire to eat, we continue; but we only leave the table when we have a desire of not eating – this is not good. You should leave the table while you still have the desire to eat more.

6. The most that you should have is a third of your stomach for food, a third for water and a third for air. Anything more than this is excessive.

7. We eat excessively in Ramadhan. We fast to cleanse our bodies from all sorts, but when Maghrib comes in, we eat more than what we need. It does not mean that if you miss a meal during the day that you eat twice as much when you can. You are not supposed to eat as much as possible hence people are hungrier the next day.

8. If you cannot control your intake of food, you are a slave of food.

9. To accustom the body to reduce its food intake, you need to do it gradually. If you are eating 40 morsels of food then make it 39 for the week – and you won’t notice much difference at all and the body will get use to this and produce the same amount of energy but with less intake. And then reduce it further by a morsel, like 37, 36 etc. You will find the body will produce the same energy -this is how the awliya accustomed themselves with the little amount.

10. Eating a lot causes lack of comprehension, bad memory, blocks the mind and makes you sleep more. If you eat a lot, you will drink a lot, you sleep a lot and you will miss a lot!

11. The Muslim community do not pay enough attention to water. Water is the source of life. Allah says in the Qur’an al-Kareem that He created from water everything. Our bodies are made up of around 70% water. We should have plenty of water to drink throughout the day, or if you are fasting, have plenty before and after your fast, especially in the summer. Don’t drink water all of a sudden in one go because it causes liver problems. Have a sip and increase your intake slowly.

12. For 2 months, the Prophet did not eat cooked food -you could not see a fire lit in his house for cooking. The Companions asked what the household would eat and Sayyida `A’isha said “We would eat dates and drink water for 2 months.”

13. People should eat dates all year round, not just in Ramadhan. You should eat them daily especially in the morning. The Prophet said “The person who eats 7 ajwa dates (from Medina tul-Munawwara) every day in the morning (before eating anything) will never be harmed by poison or magic.” Dates are the only fruits that have all the amino acids for the production of protein. It suffices for food. It has fibre and vitamins for the body. You don’t need to eat meat or beans if you stick to eating dates. This is why when you open your fast with dates, the feeling of energy enters the body to prepare you for worship. Dates suppress hunger and that’s why when you have 2 or 3 dates after a day of fasting, you don’t feel hungry. The Prophet also said about dates “Any household that doesn’t have dates, will always feel hungry.”

14. Use extra virgin olive oil and vinegar in your diet. You can consume olive oil and also apply it on your body. People used to drink olive oil like water and they lived very healthy and long lives. My grandfather used to drink olive oil and he lived for 80 years and never got sick. In statistics by World Health – the best level of health in people around the world are in the Mediterranean countries like Italy -this is attributed to the olive oil.

15. Vinegar is essential for the body. You should have it on bread. There is a Hadith of the Prophet where he says “As long as a person has vinegar in his house, he will never become poor.”

16. Any food produced by animals has a heavy burden on your spirit where as food produced by plant is very light on the spirit.

17. In the summer if one opens his/her fast with dates, combine it with watermelon. Dates are hot foods, and having hot foods in warm weather is not the best combination. This is why the Prophet had cold water in the summer to open his fasts and dates in the winter. Watermelon is a cold and wet food that satiates the body in warm weather. Combining this with dates will be much better. You’ll feel energy flowing through you immediately.

18. Meat is the master of foods. The Prophet did not eat meat every day except when he had guests. The Shaykh said that his own diet is based on vegetables. Meat is used as an additive in meals where two thirds of a dish would be vegetables and a third would be meat. To eat meat, you need to do certain amount of exercise. This is why you have so many problems due to overeating of meat.

19. There are 4 types of natures: hot, cold, dry and wet. Knowing your nature is the key to knowing what you should eat. If you are of hot nature for example, hot foods (spicy) will not be good for you. There should be a balance.

20. Allah created fruits to be eaten at certain times of the year. You should not be eating exotic fruits from different countries. It is better you eat local grown fruits of the season. For example you should eat dates in the winter because dates are hot foods. In the summer you should have dates with watermelon -balancing both hot and cold.

21. People who are lactose intolerant can mix milk with a few (3) dates and leave it for a day -this makes the milk lactose free.

22. People who have problems with yoghurt, should mix some peppermint with it. It will settle the stomach and help with digestion.

23. Too much saffron causes pain in the knees.

24. Protect your health, protect your sanity and have the Messenger of Allah as your guide and remember him in your meals.

Notes from Prophetic Diet | Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi 09.07.2013

Notes shared by a dear sister, please keep her and her family in your duas.

Ramadantox

Asalamu’alaykum

yes you read right…the title says ‘ramadantox’. Well we know you’ll ask…so here it goes, ramadantox is the process of detoxing that your body goes through during Ramadan. Simple! (By the way just so you know, we made the linking of the two words up!)

Here are some interesting facts you’d like to know;

Detoxification Stage 1 (Day 1 To Day 2)

On the first day of fasting, the blood sugar level drops. The heart slows and blood pressure is reduced. Glycogen is pulled from the muscle causing some weakness. The first wave of cleansing is usually the worst. Headaches, dizzinessnausea, bad breath, and a heavily coated tongue are signs of the first stage of cleansing. Hunger can be the most intense in this period.

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Detoxification Stage 2 (Day 3 To Day 7)

Fats, composed of transformed fatty acids, are broken down to release glycerol from the gliceride molecules and are converted to glucose. The skin may become oily as rancid oils are purged from the body. People with problem-free skin may have a few days of pimples or even a boil. The body embraces the fast and the digestive system is able to take a much-needed rest, focusing all of its energies on cleansing and healing. White blood cell and immune system activity increases. You may feel pain in your lungs. The cleansing organs and the lungs are in the process of being repaired. The breath is still foul and the tongue coated. Within the intestine, the colon is being repaired and impacted feces on the intestinal wall start to loosen.

Subhanallah, amazing or what?! I mean we fast to seek Allahs pleasure no amount of science will convince us because our love for Allah supersedes every other fact out there, but it’s quite unique how our body can adapt to anything. Allahu’Akbar, the long days and short nights have done nothing to steer us away from the love we have to seek His pleasure and plead for Jannah. Oh Rahman enter us all in Firdaws. Ameen.