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Bismillah,

Don’t mind me, and don’t let the title scare you (its not as morbid as it sounds…)
Ever since 2009, since my father passed away I think often about death, not in the “I am so depressed/sad” kinda of way, but in a aah…’ I will return to my Lord kinda of way’. It truly comes with the territory as in the process of making dua for him I cannot think but reflect on my own end. In so many places in the Quran Allah subhana wa tala speaks of life and death being a sign of His ultimate power but also a frame work- a reference for us to remember and reflect on this! That is when one life departs from this world, it is not just a mere “someone died” but rather it is a reminder that we all will return to the Mighty and the Majestic.

So what spurred this talk of death in this blessed night of Ramadan? Today in taraweeh (half way through), one of my most dearest and favorite verses of all time was recited (from Surah Fussilat), alhamdulilah though we are not at surah Fussilat (for surely that would cause for reason of super sadness as thats super close to end of taraweeh, end of Ramadan). I wrote about this verse when I first memorized Surah Fussilat…and how my heart rejoices every time I hear it (see reflection below). There have been so many times throughout taraweeh these days that my heart rejoiced, and my mind and limbs were moved by the verse…but I have not had the chance to sit down and document this as I’ve been extremely busy. Alhamdulilah though, this verse is dear to my heart and truly amidst looking at cadavars every week for my anatomy class, I am in awe of the power of Allah subhana wa tala to create, and mold all of us in such a fashion. I am also aghast at how at times we may be ungrateful to Allahu subhana wa tala i.e not worshipping Him as He is most deserving, or even so falling short in our worship of Him….for at the end of the day when I look at these cadavars I just think …’ we are just flesh and bones, and just these parts put together…we are weak and turn frail once the soul departs this shell of a body of ours…and all of these minute things are but for usage in worshipping Him, the most High…’ subhana’Allah, subhana’Allah. Indeed my Lord is great, and may we always recognize this and never forget the purpose of our lives, the end goal..our greatest purpose we were created for.

The end goal…which brings me back to why the verse below is one of my favorite parts…..I get happy to hear of the angels descending and consoling the believer, and then something else happens along the way…I make myself imagine myself to be of those, or at least I want to be one of those (I like to think and ponder on my end), and indeed that reflection or that thought frame allows me to work hard and excel in seeking this glorious end. May Allah grant all of us to be of those whom He loves and may we have a blessed end- a qatimul Khayr!

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Surah Fussilat

This Surah is like any surah in the Qur’an for it is full of meanings that subhanallah if one were to just read and implement it they would be successful. To touch base on somethings that grabbed my attention are the following verses…(30-31)

30. In the case of those who say, “Our Lord is Allah., and, further, stand straight and steadfast, the angels descend on them (from time to time): “Fear ye not!” (they suggest), “Nor grieve! but receive the Glad Tidings of the Garden (of Bliss), the which ye were promised!

31. “We are your protectors in this life and in the Hereafter: therein shall ye have all that your souls shall desire; therein shall ye have all that ye ask for!-

To me these verses are amazing for the they speak concerning the death of the believer. To many people the concept of death is hard to swallow for it is scary knowing no one will aid anyone when the angle of death comes to get the person…however in these verses it explains how the angles will console the believer…they will tell them not to grieve. Its shocking to know that at the most loneliest time in a person history a heavenly being will be there to assure them of their destination just because they were beleivers. Subhanallah overall it just makes me strive to be the best believer.

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Making dua, setting awesome habits II

Posted: November 15, 2009 in Duas

Bismillah,

Alhamdulilah, my Lord is great.

Yesterday in class (divine link w/ abu Easa naimtullah), one of the profound things I caught was the dua that he said , Dawoos r.a (one of the tabeen) said that if you don’t recite it in your salaah then its like you must do your salaah again, its incomplete without it! Dua of abu bakr or something like that, but subhana’Allah, duas like this and others are like soooo important in salaaah wallahi!

I hope that you can memorize it if you don’t already know, and if you already know to start reciting it in salaaah! so amazing, as forgiveness is something were all in neeeeeeeeed of it, so much provisions and khayr comes from asking for forgiveness, I loved what He said yesterday about this dua! Memorize it, and ask someone to test you.

Recited before the tasleem.

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي ظَلَمْتُ نَفْسِي ظُلْمًًا كَثِيرًا وَ لَا يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ إِلَا أَنْتَ فَاغُفِرْ لِي

مَغْفِرَةً مِنْ عِنْدِكَ وَارْحَمْنِي إِنَّكَ أَنْتَ الغَفُورُ الرَّحِيمُ

Allāhumma Innī dhalamtu Nafsī dhulman Kathīran Walā Yaghfirudh Dhunuba Illā Anta Faghfir Lī Maghfiratħan Min ‘Indika Warḥamnī Innaka Anta Al-Ghafūrur Raḥīm

“O Allah, Indeed I have wronged myself excessively, and none can forgive sins except You, so forgive me out of Your forgiveness, and have mercy on me. Truly, You are the Oft- Forgiving, the Most Merciful.”

Till next time, may all be joined in that blessed abode where tranquility descends on the hearts for eternity.

Take advantage of 5 before 5

Posted: November 10, 2009 in Ahh moments, Duas

Bismillah,

Alhamdulilah, my Lord is the greatest. As I walked out of halaqah a bit ago, i thought subhana’Allah how great is my Lord, and just pondering and reflecting on how He answers the dua of His slaves…subhana’Allah, may Allah bless the halaqah and continue to bless it this year and for all time.

I thought of trails and youth today, and it made me think of this hadeeth! subhana’Allah. Truly, reminders benefit the believer.

The hadith of ibn Abbas radi Allahu anhu reported in the mustadrak of Al-Haakim, musnad Imam Ahmad, and others, with an authentic chain of narration. In this hadith the Prophet sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam said to a man while he was advising him:

“Take advantage of five matters before five other matters: your youth, before you become old; and your health, before you fall sick; and your richness, before you become poor; and your free time before you become busy; and your life, before your death.”

Oh how important are these things when we lose them, sometimes we have so much free time, that we kill it! At time of ease, we begin to reflect at time of trail..subhana’Allah, and of youth…ya Allah, make me and all of us who strive in your way whether were young or old. Allahuma Ameen.

Till next time, may Allah grant me to be joined with my father in the best of abodes, Al firdous along with all of you.

Bismillah,

Alhamdulilah, all praise is due to Allah, who bestows favors upon who He wills.

A while ago, I got addicted to the book (Great Women in Islam) concerning the woman who were given glad tidings of Jannah, and subhana’allah, in there I never forgot the dua the Prophet sal allahu sallam taught one of his wives Jawiyeria r.a. She was so pious and devout, that one she stood up to pray in the morning she would spend long hours making dua to Allah azza wa jala, and would sit there so long, that when the prophet sal allahu sallam left and came back, he sal allahu alayhi wa sallam would find her sitting in the same spot. He taught her one comprehensive dua, that till this day I memorized and recite in the morning! Subhana’Allah, this dua is powerful and so many other duas. We need to equip ourselves with all kinds of duas, throughout the day, a regiment of some sort, morning athkaar-when one wakes up, morning athkaars, evening athkars, and just before going to bed athkaar.

Here is the dua referring to above!

95. Subhaanallaahi wa bihamdihi: ‘Adada khalqihi, wa ridhaa nafsihi, wa zinata ‘arshihi wa midaada kalimaatihi. ”

“سُبْحَانَ اللهِ وَبِحَمْدِهِ: عَدَدَ خَلْقِهِ، وَرِضَا نَفْسِهِ، وَزِنَةَ عَرْشِهِ وَمِدَادَ كَلِمَاتِهِ”.

Glory is to Allah and praise is to Him, by the multitude of His creation, by His Pleasure, by the weight of His Throne, and by the extent of His Words. (Recite three times in Arabic upon rising in the morning .)

I am on a quest to memorize duas from the husnul Muslim book, one a week insha’Allah. Alhamdulilah, tis wonderful!

Day 1: week 1 Invocations after the final Tashahhud and before ending the prayer

“اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ عَذَابِ الْقَبْرِ، وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ فِتْنَةِ الْمَسِيحِ الدَّجَّالِ، وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ فِتْنَةِ الْمَحْيَا وَالْمَمَاتِ. اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ الْمَأْثَمِ وَالْمَغْرَمِ”.

56. Allaahumma ‘innee ‘a’oothu bika min ‘athaabil-qabri, wa ‘a’oothu bika min fitnatil-maseehid-dajjaali, wa ‘a’oothu bika min fitnatil-mahyaa walmamaati. Allaahumma ‘innee ‘a’oothu bika minal-ma’thami walmaghrami.

O Allah, I seek refuge in You from the punishment of the grave, and I seek refuge in You from the trial of the False Messiah, and I seek refuge in You from the trials of life and death. O Allah, I seek refuge in You from sin and from debt.

Till next time, may Allah, the most forgiving and merciful, have mercy upon us, and join us in greatest of places; Al firdious Ala.