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Quality vs. Quantity

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Surat AlAnaam 44. So, when they forgot (the warning) with which they had been reminded, We opened to them the gates of every (pleasant) thing, until in the midst of their enjoyment in that which they were given, all of a sudden, We took them to punishment, and lo! They were plunged into destruction with deep regrets and sorrows.

  • Allah sent them reminders from all different means, had a lot of quantity but headless of the reminder of Allah
  • They were given everything but Allah does not mention the quality of the abundance of the things given
  • Notice: no blessings in it

Different situation:

Surat AlAraaf 96. And if the people of the towns had believed and had the Taqwâ (piety), certainly, We should have opened for them blessings from the heaven and the earth, but they belied (the Messengers). So We took them (with punishment) for what they used to earn (polytheism and crimes, etc.)

  • Key to having barakh (increasing and lasting): taqwa

Ramadan Diary – Entry 3

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Bismilah,

Couple reflections:

TARAWEEH

For the past three days, i prayed taraweeh in three different masajid, and each time i prayed it … the same juz’ was being recited. Thursday night, main masjid was ahead, the next day, i heard it from another masjid, third day, another masjid, and same juz’. It was nice subhanAllah. Each time i heard it from a different qari’ and a different setting.

QIYAAM

We held a qiyaam for the girls yesterday night alhamdulilah. At first it was quite overwhelming for me, first time to be in ‘charge’ and i wanted everything to go right. We had two halaqah’s; Duaa and Goals. From the goal talk, two sisters did it,they gave out lil door hangers and made everyone to write ONE goal for Ramadan and hang it on their door. I looove the idea masha’Allah! The duaa’ halaqah was taken from Shaykh YQ’s series you can find here.

The girls began to get really loud by the end of the night, which got me very irritated and my voice got louder, insha’Allah though no one took it personally lol. So reflections from that is don’t give girls ‘free time’…ever!


I think that is it 🙂

Ramadan Diary – Entry 2

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Bismilah,

FOOD

Iftar parties/khana’s/3azeema’s whatever you want to call them, are really what people make Ramadan all about. I look at them like this:

1) Yes, i don’t have to cook, ie. i don’t have to clean, ie. more time to read quran! YAY!

2) Oh god, the khalto’s will stuff me so that i won’t be able to stand in Taraweeh…that’s if we make it to taraweeh.

Today’s the first day we will go to an iftar party, and after 2 days of spending a good 2 hours cooking and cleaning, i’m really looking forward to it insha’Allah. But what annoys me about these iftar’s is that especially now, where there is barely 45 mins between maghrib and isha’, we come late to taraweeh, and i don’t like that.

Solution: do your iftar’s at the masjid, i know that is what my family does, so the people won’t miss their salah, we won’t miss our salah, and we all live happily every after.

SLEEP

I come home after taraweeh at around 11:20. That is late. Then we get what, 3 hours of sleep till suhoor? Then i wake up at 9? It’s hard. Take a nap. I’m not a napper, honestly, i don’t even know how to nap, but nap in Ramadan is like the best thing on earth subhanAllah, its like your chocolate of the day! Keeps you up for taraweeh too.

QURAN REFLECTION

Surat Hud, is scary. SubhanAllah, it just unbelievable, i can’t even describe how i feel about it. Shows you the true name of AlQahaar. ‘Nuff said.

Surat Yusuf <3. Wow subhanAllah, every time i read it/hear it, i think and catch something new.

Three reflections:

92. He said: “No reproach on you this day, may Allâh forgive you, and He is the Most Merciful of those who show mercy!

The kid was what, 9? Imagine, your older brothers, ganging up on you and throwing you in a well, cuz they ”hated you”. I can’t even picture that! And then after all these years, he is a great position, on top of them, and can destroy them with a snap of a figures, he brushes off the matter, and says ‘may Allah forgive you!’ Allahu akbar! :’) how amazing. Look at the patience he endured, it was obviously hard on him, he grew up knowing his brothers threw him in a well, went through this life without his family, and years come later, and he could take revenge, but he asks Allah to forgive them.

94. And when the caravan departed, their father said: “I do indeed feel the smell of Yûsuf (Joseph), if only you think me not a dotard (a person who has weakness of mind because of old age).”

Have you ever witnessed such love for a father to his son? Wow, just thinking of this verse, my eyes swell in tears. This man after years and years, can still SMELL Yusuf! We know stories of Ibrahim and his son, and many others, but look at this love, its sooo beautiful, and sooo true!

100. And he raised his parents to the throne and they fell down before him prostrate. And he said: “O my father! This is the interpretation of my dream aforetime! My Lord has made it come true! He was indeed good to me, when He took me out of the prison, and brought you (all here) out of the bedouin-life, after Shaitân (Satan) had sown enmity between me and my brothers. Certainly, my Lord is the Most Courteous and Kind unto whom He will. Truly He! Only He is the All-Knowing, the All-Wise.

Wow, first he forgave them, then he gave them the excuse that SHAYTAN was the reason for this, and that it was his fault. Can you imagine Yusuf’s personality subhanAllah. He is sitting there, higher than his brothers who threw him hatefully in a well, and he basically tells them “Oh its ok may Allah forgive you” then tells there father and excuses what they did to him, and says its because of Shaytan!

He didn’t hold that grudge, he gave them an excuse. How many of us point fingers once something goes wrong, or someone hurts us. We think OMG its over. How many times do we think of shaytan being the cause factor…and how many times do we say ‘May Allah forgive you.’

I can’t even explain how my heart feels whenever i hear this surah being recited. ❤ Alhamdulilah, so much to learn from.

Ramadan Diary- Entry 1

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Bismilah,

So I have some babbles i might share during Ramadan insha’Allah =).

SUHOOR

Don’t miss out on suhoor!  Prophet (Pbuh) said: “ Make sure to have your suhoor meal, for suhoor is blessed.” Today i woke up late and my parents lectured me about waking up earlier on, so i could eat enough and drink a lot of water. Tip to those like me who cannot eat a lot when they wake up, wake up earlier and pray some qiyaam, keep drinking water and have some snacks, maybe fruit. Also, after taraweeh, have a sandwich and a couple glasses of water, so you stay hydrated insha’Allah.

QURAN

Hmmm i’ve got this goal of reading the Quran twice this Ramadan. I really want to insha’Allah! But for me personally, i learnt over the years, not to read a huge chunck at one time. Alhamdulilah, i’m proud of where i am at now, but what i do, is basically between each juz i take a break, and when i’m in the middle of a juz and feel drousy and sleepy, i get up, wash my face do something different, then come back. That way I don’t get tired and take the whole benefit of what i am reading insha’Allah. Also, one observation i realized, the first 3 juz’s are so easy, then when Surat Ali Imran begins it takes me longer to read. Not that its a bad thing to take longer reading, but because most of us have surat al Baqarah memorized, or are VERY familure with it (duhh!) lol, it rolls off our tounges. This really is an eye opener for me because it makes me realize that i need to practice reading and finishing the quraan more throughout the year.

SELF CONTROL

Lots of people deactivate their Facebook, and close their computers during Ramadan, and i think that’s great. But for myself, in the past two days of fasting, i’m teaching myself to control my opening of the computer. Yes i know i will open my email (I have my reasons) and I have my AlHuda course, but i’m not wasting my time, watching useless trailers and clips on youtube. This Ramadan, i plan to teach myself self control.

TARAWEEH

Love it. Period. Taraweeh in my area, is just amazing alhamdulilah. We have our Qari come over from Bangladesh, and i couldn’t picture Ramadan without him. But what’s cool about this year, the board decided to allow one of the younger boys (grade 11) who masha’Allah is amazing! TabarakAllah to split up the taraweeh. First four is the main Qari and the last four is the bro from here! I love this system alhamdulilah, you hear two different amazing recitations in one night.

Achoo!

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Did you know that the first thing Adam alayhi asalaam did was sneeze?!

‘When I breathe My spirit into him prostrate before him.” Allah breathed His spirit into Adam and when it reached his head Adam sneezed. The angels said: “Say all praise belongs to Allah.” Adam repeated: “All praise belongs to Allah.” Allah said to him: “Your Lord has granted you mercy.” When the spirit reached his eyes, Adam looked at the fruits of Paradise. When it reached his abdomen Adam felt an appetite for food. He jumped hurriedly before the spirit could reach his legs, so that he could eat from the fruits of Paradise. Allah, therefore, said: Man is created of haste. Surah 21: 37

Some cool stuff, never knew this:

Praise be to Allaah.

It was proven in the hadeeth of Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Allaah likes the act of sneezing and dislikes the act of yawning, so if any one of you sneezes and praises Allaah (says “al-hamdu Lillaah”), it is a duty on every Muslim who hears him to say to him, “Yarhamuk Allaah (may Allaah have mercy on you).” As for yawning, it is from the Shaytaan, so if any of you feels the urge to yawn, he should suppress it as much as he can, for when any one of you yawns, the Shaytaan laughs at him.” (Reported by al-Bukhaari, 10/505)

It was also reported from Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “If any one of you sneezes, let him say ‘Al-hamdu Lillaah,’ and let his brother or his companion say, ‘Yarhamuk Allaah.’ And if he says to him, ‘Yarhamuk Allaah,’ let him say, ‘Yahdeekum Allaahu wa yusliha baalakum (May Allaah guide you and correct your thinking).’” (Reported by al-Bukhaari, 10/502)

Anas (may Allaah be pleased with him) reported that two men sneezed in the presence of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), who said “Yarhamuk Allaah” to one of them, but not to the other. The one to whom he did not say it said: “So and so sneezed, and you said ‘Yarhamuk Allaah’ to him; I sneezed but you did not say it to me.” He said, “He praised Allaah (said ‘al-hamdu Lillaah’) and you did not.” (Reported by al-Bukhaari, 10/504)

Abu Moosa al-Ash’ari reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “When one of you sneezes and praises Allaah, then say ‘Yarhamuk Allaah’ to him, but if he does not praise Allaah then do not say it.” (Reported by Muslim 2992)

Sneezing brings a person the blessing of relief by releasing vapours that were trapped in the head which, if they were to remain there, would cause him pain and sickness. For this reason, Islam tells him to praise Allaah for this blessing and for the fact that his body is still intact after this jolt that shook him like an earthquake… for sneezing causes a disturbing movement in the body… It was said (concerning the origin of the word “tashmeet” [which is translated here as “saying ‘yarhamuk Allaah’, but the original meaning is to tell someone to rejoice at another’s ‘misfortune’]): this is telling him to feel joyful because he has annoyed the Shaytaan by praising Allaah for the blessing of sneezing and its association with things that Allaah likes. When a person mentions Allaah and praises Him, this annoys the Shaytaan in several ways, for example: the act of sneezing itself, which Allaah likes; his praising Allaah for it; the Muslims praying for mercy for him; and his prayer for them to be guided. All of this annoys the Shaytaan and makes him upset, so the believer is told to rejoice over this annoyance of his enemy. Praying for mercy for the one who sneezes is called tashmeet because it implies that he should rejoice over the annoyance of his enemy. This is a good meaning which people should bear in mind when they sneeze or say ‘yarhamuk Allaah’ to one who sneezes, and they should appreciate the blessing of sneezing for the body and mind, and understand why Allaah likes it. Praise be to Allaah as is His due for He is the Most Generous and Majestic.

The scholar Ibn Muflih al-Hanbali (may Allaah have mercy on him) reported that Imaam Ibn Hubayrah said: “Al-Raazi reported from some doctors: sneezing is not a sign of the onset of sickness, unless it is accompanied by catarrh.” Ibn Hubayrah said: “If a person sneezes, this is an indication of good health, sound digestion and physical strength, so he should praise Allaah. This is why the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) commanded us to praise Allaah.”

It is also important to know that the Muslim should submit to the texts and act in accordance with them, without trying too hard to understand precisely why a text commands or forbids something. He should believe that Allaah is the Wise and Aware, Who doe not prescribe anything for His slaves unless it is in their best interests, in this world and the next, even though it may not cross their minds and some people may understand part of the wisdom behind it whilst others will never know. The Muslim’s basic rule is to follow the commands, and if he has some knowledge of the reason behind the commands, then praise be to Allaah.

And Allaah knows best.

For further details on the rules concerning sneezing, see: Al-Aadaab al-Shara’iyyah by Ibn Muflih, 2/334; Zaad al-Ma’aad by Ibn al-Qayyim, 2/438; Ghadhaa’ al-Albaab by al-Safaareeni, 1/441

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Strive. Strive Hard.

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”What is prescribed for the Muslim in Ramadaan and at other times is to strive hard against his self that is inclined towards evil, so that it will become at peace and inclined towards good. The Muslim is engaged in a mighty, ongoing struggle against himself, his whims and desires, and the shaytaan. He must repent a great deal and pray for forgiveness at all times, but times vary one from another.” [Shaykh Ibn Baaz]