Ramadan Mubarak

Assalamu’alaykum to all our readers,

 

we ask Allah to bless us all to see this month through. Alhamdulillah for having been given the opportunity to live to see another Ramadan. We should truly be grateful for this blessing, for verily many have left before the start of this month, and many more will leave us during the month, wth some not seeing the end. Consider yourself blessed! May Allah grant us goodness in this world and the next Ameen

 

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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

Make the most of it…

Asalamualaykum

There’s not much time left till the new calendar month… If you haven’t fasted the 6 shawaal fasts, then take advantage of the last few days left to do so.

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The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said:
“Whoever fasts the month of Ramadhan, then follows it by fasting six days of Shawwal will be rewarded as if he’s fasted the entire year.”
[Reported by Ahmad 5/417]

 

قالَ الرسول -ﷺ-:
“مَنْ صَامَ رَمَضَانَ ثُمَّ أَتْبَعَهُ سِتًّا مِنْ شَوَّالٍ كَانَ كَصِيَامِ الدَّهْرِ”
[أخرجه أحمد (٥/٤١٧)].

 

Do not let this opportunity slip, take advantage and we ask Allah to make us all successful. Ameen.

Multiplication

Asalamu’alaykum

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Whosoever alleviates the needs of a needy person, Allah will alleviate his needs in this world and the next.” [Sahih Muslim]

Iv made a list of Charities you could alternate in giving donations to during these last few nights of Ramadan imagine £1 being multiplied 1000x (and more) if it falls on laylatul Qadr

1️⃣
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Sadaqatuljariyah1

2️⃣
https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/abrar-chaer?utm_id=33&utm_term=bMPwzKJEY

3️⃣
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ArifaP

4️⃣
https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/sheffieldsisters4syria

5️⃣
https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/masjidinsyriaoliver

6️⃣
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Haneefa

7️⃣
https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/aishaforsyria

8️⃣
https://www.gofundme.com/shoebox4syria2016

9️⃣
https://www.charitycheckout.co.uk/1149015/Donate

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https://www.justgiving.com/africandevelopmenttrustadt/donate

 

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.

falling behind?….

Asalamu’alaykum

Some excellent and exceedingly beneficial advice to those who feel like they are slacking or lagging behind. A very dear sister sent this to me.

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Many of us feel inadequate this Ramadan. Long hours of fasting with short nights makes it hard for those of us who are parents of young kids, or those of us working full time, or those of us who are unable to fast, “FEEL” Ramadan. We can’t do the extra worship we used to and even when we get in our extra Qur’an or pray in the mosque we can’t even concentrate, so we end up just feeling lame.

But what we really need is a perspective shift.

We need to recognize that taking care of the future generation, providing financial support for ourselves and loved ones or taking care of our health are some of the highest forms of worship in and of themselves. We just need to make the intention and internally shift our perspectives.

Give yourself 5 minutes, just you and Allah swt. Sit and raise your hands and share what’s in your heart with Him in your own words, even though He is well aware of it. Allow the burden of your frustration with yourself to be lifted off your shoulders and into His Hands.

“Oh Allah , I feel distant from you and it hurts especially because it’s Ramadan and I want to feel close to You in this month. Please, accept all my sacrifices for Your Sake and let me taste the sweetness of our relationship together through what I’m doing. As much as I wish I could be in the masjid and concentrate when reading Qur’an like I used to do to get that eman high, I can’t. But I’m doing whatever I can to fulfill the responsibilities You’ve given me in this phase of my life. So please, write me amongst the highest in Paradise, pour barakah into my life and let me taste the sweetness of my relationship with You through what I’m doing.”

Then, just keep renewing your intention. Remember, even the mundane (brushing your teeth) can be worship with your intention. And try to increase your dhikr just a little bit when you’re walking to your car or washing the dishes or taking your meds or going to sleep.

The beauty of Islam is that it doesn’t restrict worshipping God to praying, fasting and reading Qur’an. It can encompass your daily actions simply through your intention.

As Abdullah ibn Mubarak said: “Perhaps a great deed is belittled by an intention. And perhaps a small deed, by a sincere intention, is made great.”

This Ramadan, make your worship something transformational. Choose to understand your relationship with Allah as one which will continue even when your life changes. Choose to magnify your intention.

 

Take advantage…pray and keep praying….

Asalamu’alaykum dear readers.

We pray you are all doing great during these first few days of this blessed month, we have already prayed Janaza on people these last few days, and literally not long ago we have received news of a sister who has just lost her mother…May Allah grant all of those who have left us ease in the grave and Firdaws Ameen.

We share these stories because we have been fortunate enough to fast another day…take advantage oh Muslims. Soon we will be joining them.

 

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Welcome Ramadan!

Asalamu’alaykum dear readers,

 

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the month filled with amazing blessings is now upon us. Alhamdulillah we are all very fortunate to be alive to witness the first taraweeh.

May this be the beginning of something special for us all. May we work hard to build our akhira and earn the mercy and forgiveness of Ar.Rahman. Ameeeeeen!

imageWe we will be posting a video everyday – gems of Ramadan and tafsir of each juzz. These videos help capture the day and allow us to prepare for the next.

 

Keep us in your duahs, and remember there will be those who will not be having a pleasant Ramadan as their Iftar will be in a prison cell, war zone, and for some poverty stricken situation means Iftar never comes. Ya Rabb forgive us for our shortcomings and accept the duahs we make for our brethren, Ameen.

 

8 Top Tips To Help You….

Asalamu’alaykum with sha’ban being a few days away….last few tips to help you prepare for Ramadan inshallah. Enjoy!

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8 ways to prepare for Ramadan

1⃣Repent to Allah – get in the habit of repenting and shed of as much sins as possible before you enter the Month of Mercy.

2⃣Make dua to reach Ramadan. It is narrated that many of the pious predecessors would start making dua 6 months before Ramadan, so they live to see the month.

3⃣Finish any obligitory fasts you have to make up from previous year.

4⃣Finish time consuming tasks before Ramadan to free up valuable time from your schedule. Example: Car maintenance, medical appointments, Eid shopping etc.

5⃣Fast some of the month of Sha’ban (starting in 2-3 days).

6⃣Get into a regular habit of reading Quran.

7⃣Set your goals and prepare a timetable that allows you to reach those goals.

8⃣Learn all the relevant rulings about fasting so you can worship Allah with confidence.
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