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Bismillah,

Alhamdulilah, so Ramadan is over. Not much of a whoppeee, but I think for many like me we’ve gone through the motions, meaning we’re back to our old/mundane routine of school, work, etc. and guess what?! Its just not the same without that old friend; i.e Ramadan. However, for all of you out there, know that you are not alone in feeling such withdrawals. Its ok really! How to have an awesome day, week, or year as though it was Ramadan? Fret no more my dear friend!

a.) keep up with your ibadah, i.e your salah, increase in your nawaful Prayers.

b.) Get really connected with the book of Allah. Sign up for a ta3limul Quran class i.e (Al-Huda institue has one coming up in Oct. (Tue/Thurs) , find someone at masjid to aid you in memorization-make it a habit to really sit down and memorize the book of Allah, and listen to it daily.

c.) Throw in a lecture, get in at least one lecture. These daily reminders and Eman boosters help. Pick something you like and stick with. Get creative and take notes..and follow the sunnah of the Prophet s.a.w. as he said to the companions “Trap knowledge, write it down”

d.) Sadaqah-in time/and money. In the lecture about the tongue this act act shields you from the anger of Ar-Rahman. A protection really!

e.) Connect with family. Make the ties of kinship stronger, i.e parents- this act is one of the most difficult things as with anything that Allah ties himself to in terms ibadah it will be hard. Reconcile with any member of family and make sure that they know you love them, and more importantly be with them and call each other to acts of khayr.

f.) Friends. Make sure you are in the company of those who remind you of Allah. Let not a gathering or a meeting pass without either of you benefiting of from one another i.e by way of a shared ayah or a hadeeth. Avoid idle talk. And more importantly make sure that the company you keep fear Allah and race with you in increasing in knowledge of the deen.

g.) Be steadfast in worldly things. Whether it be school/work, etc. Straighten your prioritize out. Set time blocks, study, work, etc.

f.) Give back to community: Start a halaqah, doesn’t have to be elaborative, it could be teaching at sunday school, if married it could be just you and your husband, or if single it could be you and your sisters & those of Islam. Its could be as simple as listening to a lecture and discussing it. Simply put, impart knowledge if its that of one ayah (paraphrased hadeeth of the Prophet s.a.w).

The list above are random things that I felt aided me personally throughout the years and more importantly this Ramadan. The first three points, a-c are a reflection of the self and building it in gaining the love of Allah. Maintaining the first three points are a great importance in being successful in the points that follow. Lastly, all these points are a blue-print for me, and I ask Allah to bless me in my efforts, and lastly I pray that they are a benefit for all of you!

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The Best of Times…

Posted: September 30, 2008 in Ramadan 2008, The 4 Imams

Bimillah,

When I was in high school I read the book a “Tale of two cities”and I remember the saying of “It was the best of times, and the worst of times”. This saying is kind of a bit of how I feel today on this blessed day of Eid! (not worst..but sad). It was a wonderful month of Ramadan and truly I began to have such a feeling of sadness come over me a couple days back, because a part of me wanted this blessed month to continue and continue, but Alhamdulilah I was happy that it was Eid all around. A couple years back, I discovered that in Ramadan we truly become the best of people, meaning for many of us we take our ibadah and everything else in our lives up a notch during this month, and more so we come out having gained some wonderful habits. I ask Allah to keep me steadfast in my ibadah and make it a cause to draw near to Him and to earn His love.

What do Imam Abu Haneefa r.a and Imam Malik have in common? Many things, but to reflect on such an awesome lecture from the set “Under the shade of the scrolls”, these were two Imams who were righteous and whom Allah placed barakah in their teaching so much so that things and acts they did remained with the Ummah till this time. Imam Abu Haneefa, the first of the Imams had his mathab spread through out the world and left behind a legacy more than any other mathab. As for Imam Malik, the knowledge that Allah bestowed upon him was a reflection of his Muwatta (chain of command: Muwatta of Imam Malik), and till this day we hear of such a famous Muwatta because Allah placed barakah in his efforts. And thats the point! In anything we do, if it doesn’t have the blessing of Ar-Rahman then it is useless, and I ask Allah to place barakah in the things that we do, say, and act upon! More importantly we should pray and ask for Allah to place barakah in everything that we do…meaning we should pray for this specifically! A bit random, but I’ve been having such thoughts of these two Imams because I’ve been listening to these two CD’s over and over in my car. The points and topics mentioned in the lectures were in line with what as individuals were suppose to accomplish during the month of Ramadan and it was cool that Allah granted me the ability to listen to such a CD set on such an awesome month. I ask Allah to keep us strong for the upcoming years, and to grant us many more Ramadans! Ameen Ya Rubb.

All the best to all of you, and if for some reason or other I didn’t get to say salaams, visit, email any of you sisters reading this, I pray that Allah accepts our fast and grant us our duas which we’ve labored over a month (I say labored, as some of you know I love my dua list so much and had it glued to me..and hope that all of you keep your dua lists going and glued to you for the rest of year!), and lastly I ask Allah to keep our Iman strong as it has been for the past month! I ask Allah to reward the sister whom (I will not mention) who gave me such an unexpected and wonderful gift on this day. May Allah grant you crowns of light on that Day along with the gift of Jannah.

peace out! Eid Mubarak

24th Day

Posted: September 24, 2008 in Lectures, Progress, Quran, Ramadan 2008

Bismillah,

Alhamdulilah. Today is the 24th of September and a day of many revelations, beginnings, thoughts all around.

Allahuma Innaka 3afuwan Kareemon Tuhubul 3afawaa Fa3 Fu3anaa.

We have officially entered the last ten days of Ramadan and subhana’Allah I am reminded of the dua above as it is one that should be read in the night prayer….and along the same lines is the dua of Prophet Yunas a.s in the belly of the whale as he said “Subhanaka Inee Kunta mina thalameen”. It is this dua that the Prophet s.a.w said if you recite it along with your own duas then Allah will surely accept of you. More so, is the bases for these duas…hence repentence, forgiveness, a pleading to Allah to free us from the clutches of our own sins and grant us the goodness of this dunya and akhirah. Alhamdulilah, to be given these last ten days as well as the whole of Ramadan to purfiy our hearts and to train ourselves for the upcoming year. May Allah grant us the ability to conform to the ways of the likes of Prophet Yunas a.s and turn back to Ar-Rahman.

In addition, I have been in dire need to find a lecture on manners in general. I looked all over and I found one speaking of Bukhari’s book; Adabul Mufrad, but other than that haven’t yet found anything. Alhamdulilah, I was able to recall a very important lecture dealing with the tongue…such an awesome lecture. While sitting in front of the computer yesterday, I realized in this day in age one of the biggest issues or causes of our sins is our tongue. I remind myself before I remind anyone else of this much excercised muscle. I ask Allah to make us of those who take heed in the speech that is uttered, and I ask Allah to make it one that is pleasing and beloved to Allah. (Lecture Below).

Quran: Alhamdulilah made much progress this past summer. From my prevous goal I am 2 surah’s short of my goal for Ramadan. Alhamdulilah!

School: It is first day of school, hense the need to write this post, or rather to reflect on what was one of the best Ramadans ever, and overall one of the most beautiful times of my life. I ask Allah to make my Ramadans as eman-filled, less-hectic, and overall a joyous time for all time. I pray that Allah accepts it of me and my fellow sisters. May we all be united in that place of ever lasting splendor. Ameen, Ya Rubb.

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Here is the link for the lecture: http://www.halaltube.com/the-dangers-of-the-tongue

The Dangers of The Tongue by Shaykh Waleed Basyouni

This tongue is a small thing in your mouth which is amazing muscle (Al-Lisan).

The tongue is a great blessing from Allah, one of his amazing creations in the body.

The muscle never gets tired, use it so much and too much –compare it to other muscles you use this muscle a lot.

The Scholars (Ulama) they say that this tongue though small the good that can come of it is great as well as the dangerous that can come of it is great as well.

You cannot tell the way of the Iman from the Kufr except by the tongue.

The Iman (3almal salah)-by the tongue

Whoever leaves this tongue and follows it (his desire), Allah will leave him to shaytaan.

Imam Shafi3 r.a. Said “Be aware of your tongue, its dangerous, and so many people have been killed by their tongue”

Ex.) Sahih Hadeeth—by Said Kudri r.a. (Isreal)The Prophet s.a.w.said their use to be a man among a nation who had killed 99 people and he went to a person and asked “can I make taubah (repent)”…the person who he came to him, had no knowledge, and the person said “You cannot make taubah, killing is a great sin”. The first man killed the second who told him he couldn’t make taubah. Lesson, is that the man spoke of that which he didn’t know and thus he was killed.

“Every single thing he says, there is an angle who writes it down” (Maylfidu min quwalin Illa ladahi rageebon 3ateet)

The tongue is a great issue in Shariah (quran and Sunnah)

Whoever guards whats in his tongue and between his thighs they will be under the protection of the prophet s.a.w.

Imam Malik—said the Prophet s.a.w. said that a man might say one word and Allah sw will be pleased with him till the Day of Judgment, and a man might say one word and Allah sw will be angry with him till the Day of Judgment.

In Islam talk is not cheap; talk is something Allah is going to ask about.

Allah will forgive whats in your heart (the talk you do to yourself), he will look at if you talk and act on that which you said to yourself.

Do you take in account how much you’ve said today and everyday?

Imam Tirmidi, Muslim, Imam Ahmed, Isnad—It was narrated that (Muad Ibn Jabal r.a. while walking with the Prophet s.a.w. asked him to tell him about something that if he said it would protect him from the fire of hell and grant him the blessings of Ar-Rahman—the Prophet s.a.w. said you ask of a great thing and Allah will make easy for this people; he s.a.w. advised

1.) Do not associate partners with Allah

2.) Establish Salah

3.) Fast in the month of Ramadan

4.) Pay Zakah

5.) Make Hajj

He s.a.w. continued, the greatest gate of getting reward—fasting—it’s a shield from you and the hell-fire, the charity keeps Allah’s anger away from fire—and praying in the night (recited –verses from sajadah), the main thing, the highest level in deen, the main thing in this deen is Islam–prayer is the piller of deen. All of this could be yours and more if you control your tongue! All this comes to one thing, control your tongue!

Again, Muad Ibn Jabal r.a. asked the Prophet s.a.w. to advice him.

1.) Worship Allah as if you’re seeing Him.

2.) Consider yourself as a dead person (picture yourself dying soon)

3.) Then the Prophet s.a.w. asked…Ya Muad you want me to tell you something you can control your desire with more than… (refer to above pts), Muad r.a. said yes—the Prophet s.a.w. held his tongue—and said watch this—watch your tongue!

Something you hold tight and remember all the time—say “Allah is my Lord, is the one I worship.

Al-Bari Ibn 3azim—said that a bedoun man came to the Prophet s.a.w. —tell me something that will take me to Jannah and save me from the fire of hell—The Prophet s.a.w. Free the slave or war prisoners, give food or water to the needy, or say something good or forbid a person from doing evil, then hold your tongue except to say speak good.

Abu Hurayrah said–The Prophet s.a.w. said say what is good, speak nicely and gently to the people, give charity to the needy, pray during the night, be kind to your relatives, and Jannah is yours.

Allah sw built rooms–Allah made it special for those people who talk good, who talk nice, who give food to the needy, who fast, who pray in the night while the people are sleep.

Those who survive in this dunya—The Prophet s.a.w. said:

1.) Hold your tongue

2.) Stay home–(make your home sufficient for you -if you see fitnah happening stay away from it) Stay away from that which brings doubts to your deen and weakness to your heart.

3.) And cry for what you have done.

Question: Why isn’t our hearts soft enough?

–We don’t cry when we hear from Qur’an

–We don’t feel good

—we thing our heart is not soft, its hard

Your heart won’t be good if your Iman isn’t good, and your heart won’t be good if your tongue isn’t good for you.

No one will enter Jannah if a person’s neighbor isn’t safe from him.

If you want to have a good heart, a pure heart, watch your tongue (Abu Huraryah r.a. narrated)

“Whoever believes in Allah and the Day of Judgment let them speak good or remain silent”

When the Prophet s.a.w. was asked who the best among the Muslims is-the Prophet s.a.w. said he whose mouth and hands the people are safe from.

1.) Ibn Mus3ud—best thing—pray on time—those who delay their salaah –a sign of the hypocrites

2.) The Prophet s.a.w.—next comes—the Muslim safe from our tongue

  • Many people (brother esp.) will criticize scholars—dead or alive—its very dangerous and easy to do—will say this scholar—haneefa, malika, etc don’t know much about this issue ..etc. and this is not the way of the Prophet s.a.w—Muslim should be safe from your tongue
  • Whoever remains silent, will survive (Man Samataa Najah)—we need to remain silent on a lot of issues—whenever you realize remaining silent is good, you’ll keep quiet, whenever you feel a desire of talking—don’t talking—but when you want to say something good or forbid evil—then you should talk.
  • The people who have knowledge remained silent—the were scared—accounting their words—(The Prophet s.a.w. said , Abu Bakr r.a.—If you were to weigh the Iman of Ummah and the Ummah of As-Saddiqh—Abu Bakr r.a. will weigh more)
  • Omar r.a. would place a rock on his tongue to keep him from speaking at times
  • There is nothing that needs to be locked up in this dunya more then the tongue.
  • Wara Al-Ijli—one of the earliest scholars said—I spent 10 years—It took him this long to not say something he regretted and wanted to take back—Jihad an-nafs-It takes a lot of effort—try hard, takes lots of effort.
  • Phone bill—when our phone bill comes—we shouldn’t look at the price—we shouldn’t be sorry about the amount—but should be sorry about the time we spent talking
  • After Isha—we should try to implement this—after Isha—put it into practice.
  • Ibraheem ATaymiah—one of the earliest Taybiyah—he said –The good deeds will be taken up—3amil salah—meaning you’ll talk about the akhirah–Imam Ahmed only mentioned one thing related to the dunya—(he asked someone—how is your mosque in your town.)
  • Purity of the heart—grants good memorization
  • Shaykh bin Baz—the day he died rahimullah, he was busy writing instructions for money to be sent to a masjid in Saudi and Africa—he said what made him feel good and alive was to be working!
  • Ar-rabi3 ibn kuthan—he use to write everything he said so as to bring himself to account

  • The scholars use to teach their children—ex.) Sufyan AThowbi said—I know five people in Kufa—who every morning that their Iman increases.—One of them is AbdulMalikah—why? His father sent him to go there and learn from how to avoid talking about what is not beneficial.

  • Imam Ahmed—use to have 5 thousands students, Imam Al Jawzee—20 thousands—he use to stand on a palm tree to give instructions—Imam Ahmed—some came to learn certain aspect of Islam—but some came to learn of how Imam Ahmed was in his manners and dealing with people, how he walked, acted, etc.

  • If you try to avoid about talking about what is not beneficial for sure you will avoid that which is haraam.

  • Aisha r.a. said she saw two women speaking to one another—she said “Why don’t you give your angles a break”

  • You want to do good, such as wake up for Qiyamul Layl—avoid to talking about what is not beneficial on that day. You’ll find that your prayer will be different, your Qur’an will be different, and your Qiyam will be different, your heart will be different.

  • The one who remains the most silent among you is the best among you.

  • Those who fight their nafs—Jihad un-Nafs—Allah will make easy for them in anything they do.

  • There was once a man who never talked unless he was asked to—he always had a smile on his face—and he made others smile around him.

  • The message: we’re not controlling our tongue the right way, there are things we should remain silent about, we should keep away from that which is not beneficial to us.

  • Laa YahobuAllah….(Allah hates bad talk)

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Ramadan:Day 6, Now Day 9

Posted: September 9, 2008 in Ramadan 2008

Bismillah,

Alhamdulilah its the 6th day of Ramadan! (now 9th, finishing off this post from 6th day)

Some amazing things have happened! Ashir is off the hook. I’ve gone back to my favorite recitor of last year, Salaah bin Bukhatir! Masha’Allah, he makes memorization easy.

Alhamdulilah, I listened to an amazing lecture for Ramadan. Below are my notes: Tread cautiously

How to have an outstanding Ramadan

~Allah says “Ya Ayahalltheena amanu kutaba 3alakuma siyamu kama kitiballatheena minqablikum lal3alkum tataqoon” “Oh you who believe..fasting has been prescribed for you as it has been prescribed for those who came before you, that perhaps you’ll achieve Taqwa”

~A man from a different religion school once said-“I know you didn’t eat/and are fasting-such a noble thing, too bad our* religion has changed it”

~ Verses starting from “Shahro Ramadan..”=Ramadan month of Quran is connected to two other verses-2nd having to fast certain time, in between Allah says “Wa itha salaka 3anee faeena gareeb, Ujeebo da3wata da3ee ithaaa da3an” If my slaves asks you concerning me, tell him that I am near, and if he calls upon me, I will answer”

~Allah says Ithaa da3aan-“I will answer the dua If he makes dua”

~ The power of our dua is so great during this month so much so that….
a.) Allah will give it to us
b.) Allah will replace what we’re asking for with something better
c.) Allah will keep harm away from us if what we’re asking for is not good for us.

Also, make Jannah #1 on your list as if Allah answers one of your duas He may likely give you everything on your list. (not part of lecture)

~ What does it cost to make dua?

~How much does it cost to make good intentions? (When you make intention to do something, Allah will reward you for it, if you do it you’ll receive 10 times the reward

~If everyone made the intentions-all of them were constant, Allah will grant them

~ Battle of Badr was during Ramadan, the companions said “Oh Allah if this army is destroyed, islam will be distroyed” Allah granted them success

~What is your goal for Ramadan?

~Sharul Id3am=month of feeding? yeah

~Sharul da3am=month of food? nope

~Ramadan=month of 3ibadah-yeah

~During Ramadan we find people who can control their anger, read quran-finish the whole of it, wake up for fajr, etc & then they say they cannot do all this after Ramadan?!

~Its a month of training

~We avoid the halal during this month, how about avoiding the haram afterwards?

~ Asking oneself what was the most memorable Ramadan ever and making it happen for yourself again.

~Your attachment to Taraweeh & ability to have full khusho during it is one way to attain a remarkable Ramadan.

~The imams schedule during Taraweeh a.) Reviews Quran after fajr b.) Afternoon=Reviewing in the afternoon c.) avoiding iftar parties and not filling himself

~Ramadan: Focus on feeding people, not eating

~You can’t eat too much during iftaar if you want to consentrate and remain ‘alive’ during taraweeh.

Bismillah,

Alhamduililah.

Its that time of year again….awesome, beautiful, crazy-good! Masha’Allah. You know in everything in life when we want to perfect it, meaning we want to achieve the most good from it, we plan and plan and plan…and some plan more than others. Subhana’Allah, the month of Ramadan is a time where anything and anything that you ever wanted in life could and would happen by the will of Allah! So yeah, just like we plan for everything else in life, we should do just that. So here we go! Get ready…get set…go!

First off some reminders & how to set up some awesome dua list for Ramadan.

” The question of the hour is: how do we take full advantage of this gift of Allah? This is our topic, before the sands of Ramadan slip away.

How many years have we been fasting Ramadan? 10 or 15 or 40 years? Are we 10 or 15 or 40 times better? Or, does it seem like we have arrived back at the drawing board every time Ramadan comes around? All acts of worship are for our own benefit! Don’t do it and harm befalls you, which is the way life was programmed.

Dua’ Time
Ramadan is the month of making dua’ to Allah, an essential compliment to fasting. Rasul Allah – sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam – said, “There are three persons dua’ that will be accepted (by Allah). The fasting person, the oppressed one, and the traveler.”

Try this: Make a list of all your goals in life. Make a section for your a) personal goals; b) spiritual goals; c) economic goals; and d) contribution goals. Every day during Ramadan, take out your list and make dua’ to Allah to grant you the tawfeeq to accomplish your goals. Insha Allah, you will attain your goals with hard work, both during and after Ramadan.”

Thats it for reminders!

Alhamdulilah, it was an awesome weekend with some of the most fun, cool, and awesome aunties. Alhamdulilah, H, S, H, M, L came over this weekend for ISNA, and though I didn’t go to the whole event I did get to experience some good laughs, awesome company, and giddy moments at home that as I call “made me so happy, it hurt my head” And more importantly some iman-filled moments close to midnight while H, S, and I wrote down our dua list by categorizing them from personal, spiritual, economic, to contribution. We wrote on our own and reminded each other of the things we may have left of the list. May Allah bless this awesome list, and may He, the most high, join in us Jannah where we may remember of this blessed endeavor.

Alhamdulilah, till next time! Ramadan Kareem.