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TheRamadhanBaby #20 – Love and Peace

Infuse love into your every word, thought, action.

Never stop working towards peace.

Love Allah by worshipping Him to the best of your ability. Doing what He Loves, loving for His sake Only, giving to His Cause ( Q2:165,177)

Love the Prophet by following his beautiful example.

Love the companions and the pious predecessors by emulating their good deeds and character.

Love your parents by striving to alway make the happy.

Love your siblings, cousins and other relatives including in-laws by being gentle towards them.

“None of you truly believes until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.”

(Sahih Bukhari and Muslim)

Love your spouses in mercy and tranquility. (Q30:21)

Love your children for they are the coolness of your eyes, your future and your legacy.

Love one another. (Q10:62)

Love your neighbours by guarding their property and being kind and courteous. (Sahih Muslim)

Love your friends by being there for them.

Love strangers by being concerned and helping, by sending funds, materials , messages and prayers to those affected by war, famine, disease and disaster around the world. By respecting them irrespective of your differences.(Q49:13)

Be a mediator. 

Support peaceful causes. 

Create safe spaces and not scary ones. 

Because love and peace go together, there is no development and progress without these two.

Remember, our Lord is Al-Wadud (The Loving), As-Salam (The Source of Peace).

TheRamadhanBaby #19 – The Night of Decree (Laylat Al-Qadr)


Surat Al-Qadr – Qur’an 97:1-5 

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

 1. Verily, We sent it (this Qur’an) down in the night of Al-Qadr (Decree).*

 2. And what will make you know what the night of Al-Qadr is (Decree) is?

 3.  The Night of Al-Qadr (Decree) is better than a thousand months (i.e. worshipping Allah in that night is better than worshipping Him a thousand months, i.e. 83 years and 4 months).

 4. Therein descend the angels and the Ruh [Jibril (Gabriel)] by Allah’s Permission with all Decrees ,

 5. (All that night), there is Peace (and Goodness from Allah to his believing slaves) until the appearance of dawn.**

 *”Therein (that night) is decreed every matter of ordainments” [The Qur’an, (Verse 44:4)] i.e the matters of deaths, births, provisions, calamities for the whole (coming) year as decreed by Allah.

**Narrated ‘Aishah (May Allah be pleased with her): Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said. “Search for the Night of Qadr on the odd nights of the last ten nights of Ramadhan.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari, Vol 3, Hadith No.234)

P.S. When counting, nights actually come before days so we would witness the 20th night in a few hours (GMT+1). If this month ends at 29, this could well be one of the Last ten days. Time to rev up our Ibaadah. May Allah make us among those who witness this special night.

TheRamadhanBaby #18- Get Busy with Dhikr

The tongue , like many gifts we have been given can be utilized in different ways. It can  spring forth words of kindness or hate, truth or lies, eloquence or vulgarity, unity or discord.

But there is a great way to keep this piece of flesh busy and productive – with Dhikr
Constant remembrance of Allah brings calm, serenity and tranquility. By it, we make prudent use of that fleeting yet scarce resource -our ‘free’ time. 

We should therefore step up our frequency of uttering words and phrases of praise, glorification and acknowledgement of Allah’s greatness. Perhaps the commonest examples are:
Tasbih– SubhanAllah (Glory be to Allah)

Tahmid– Alhamdulillah (Praise be to Allah)

Tahlil– La ilaha ila llah (There is no deity worthy of worship besides Allah)

Takbir– Allahu Akbar (Allah is the Greatest)

(*Did you know?-  Tahlil can be said without moving the lips making it easy to say even in times of weakness, fear and other difficult situations.)
There are numerous others to be found in the Qur’an and Sunnah.
 “Verily in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest”  (Q13:28)

“O you who believe! let not your properties or your children divert you from the remembrance of Allah. (Q63:9)
Narrated  Abu Musa (may Allah be pleased with him): ‘The Prophet(peace be upon him  said, “The example of the one who remembers his Lord in comparison to the one who does not remember his Lord, is that of a living creature compared to a dead one. ” ‘

(Sahih Al-Bukhari Vol 8 Hadith 416)

It is a means of earning forgiveness (imagine? without even asking for it!) as well as purification for our souls.It also increases us in piety and makes us even dearer to our Lord.
 These are more than enough reasons to inculcate Dhikr in every moment possible, everyday.

Reference: The Noble Quran: English Translation of the meanings and commentary – Dr. Muhammad Taqi-ud-Din Al-Hilali and Dr. Muhammad Muhsin Khan. 

TheRamadhanBaby #17: Tarawih

What has come to be known as an important hallmark of this month is the prayers said after Isha. Then , we see people staying back in Masjids after a long day of fast when all the body yearns for is rest. 

It is another opportunity to offer several extra units of prayer. Many Imams complete the Quran recitation during Tarawih through the month. In it is togetherness, seeking to be closer to Allah, and listening to the glorious recitation. Though it is mostly performed in congregation, it can also be done individually. (Al-Nawawi in Al Majmoo’ 4/31).
The Prophet (peace be upon him) used to pray eleven rakat as narrated in the Hadith of Abu Salamah ibn ‘Abdur-Rahman . (Sahih Al-Bukhari 1909, Sahih Muslim 738). 

Many of the pious predecessors  including the four Imams however prayed twenty units of prayer. (An-Nawawi in Al-Majmoo’ 4/31).

This  should not be a cause of division as both views are acceptable due to it being a voluntary prayer with the number of units not specified.

 It may be challenging for those who work full time in Ramadhan but it is worth it. Regarded as part of the enjoined voluntary (Sunnah) units of prayer to be offered at night, in it is great reward. Praying it involves upholding the Sunnah of Muhammad (peace be upon him).

To make the best of this prayer, try not to eat too much after Maghrib so you don’t feel too tired. Also, strive to listen to the recitiation and appreciate ita beauty and meaning. It is not uncommon to see many faithfuls crying during this prayer . Such is the moving effect it has on them.

For the remaining nights in this month, try not to miss any and make it better not because it is compulsory but because of the many benefits.

Reference : http://www.islamqa.info 

TheRamadhanBaby #16- The Night Prayer

All through this month, we try to offer more Nawafil (voluntary prayers) at night. We do this with the firm belief and hope to draw closer to the Entity central to our being- Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala). Even if we only get to squeeze two units of  this prayer before Sahur  , we are very happy.. If we wake up late and can hardly get a bite before the Adhan is called, we feel dejected throughout the day.

Because we know that calling upon Our Creator in the last part of the night when sleep is dearest to our bodies is a sacrifice appreciated by Him, we are assured that our requests would be answered. In addition,it is a means to attaining a station of praise and glory. (Q17:79)

“They (the believers) forsake their beds, to invoke their Lord in fear and hope; and they spend (in charity in Allah’s Cause) out of what We have bestowed on them.” (Q32:16)

It is a great thing to get up and seek Allah’s Bounty while others sleep or commit nefarious acts.

Every night in the last third, Our Lord, the Superior. the Blessed descends to the lowest heavens and says, 

“Is there anyone to invoke me so that I may respond to his invocation? Is there anyone to ask me  so that I may grant his request? Is there anyone asking My forgiveness so that I may forgive him?” (Sahih Al-Bukhari 7494)

How amazing is He?!

What happens outside Ramadhan? We abandon this opportunity. Many evidences state that the blessings inherent are available EVERY night.  Think of your greatest wish

Now imagine you could get it every night. Would you sleep at all for the entire night? Indeed what regular Tahajjud gives you is better. 

Take it upon yourself to say Tahajjud More, even if it is two Rakat for those little bit constant deeds are beloved to your Lord.

TheRamadhanBaby #15: Intentions

Halfway already! Alhamdulillah.

We are enjoined to busy ourselves with acts of Ibaadah. But there is something important we must make sure of if we want them to be accepted- our intentions.

“All actions are judged by intention”.(An -Nawawi)

This junction we have reached is a good time to renew our Niyyah (intention).Sincerity is very highly placed in our worship. We should set out upon a good deed with aim for good – to worship Allah, to help people. We must work to eschew all inclinations to display our deeds too much as we run the risk of falling into Ar-Riyaa.- show off. This could jeopardize our faith. This means being careful of posting everything we do on social media.

Ask yourself, ” I doing this so people will call me pious?”

The beauty of Islam is that you are rewarded for good deeds even if you don’t get to do them as long as you made a good intention. Now this does not mean talking about it to anyone by a solemn promise to your Lord that one wants to do this good deed and work towards carrying out.

May our deeds be accepted.

TheRamadhanBaby 14: Cradle to Grave

Civilizations throughout history have flourished on knowledge. Today, countries regarded as developed in which there are better prospects for citizens are those who place high value on knowledge and thus enjoy advancement.
The first revealed verses were a command to read, with references to teaching, writing and the pen (Q96:1-5). This and many other verses talk about books, and Him being the source of all knowledge thus showing the great importance of knowledge. The Prophet always had scribes to record revelations, his narrations, political affairs and various treaties and agreements.

The companions and those who came after them spent their lives constantly gaining knowledge, with much sacrifice and going through great lengths of time and distance to do so. Gender and age were no barriers. It is how we have the Qur’an in written form, collections of Hadith and treatises on many other areas like medicine, genealogy, politics, algebra, astronomy, commerce, and other sciences and arts. Much of this is still relevant today. Try doing some research on the first university in the world, Al- Jabr, Al- Khawarzmi, the libraries of Baghdad and Damascus centuries ago. It is saddening how we have trivialized and even destroyed our own heritage.

It is not something to be slack about. We should not live our lives content with what we learnt as children or worse, the knowledge of our ancestors. We also need to stop giving excuses as the early Muslims had greater challenges. It is a lifelong duty.

We must always seek answers to our problems and learn more about our religion. Through that can we truly make our existence on earth a worthwhile one and be of benefit to others whether they share our beliefs or not. For it is a lack of correct knowledge that would make a person destroy innocent lives ostensibly to defend Allah, His Prophet and the religion. What they achieve instead is harming everyone regardless of creed.

Learn the aspects of Iman, how to perform Salah as the Prophet(peace be upon him) said, “Pray as you have seen me pray.” Learn the conditions of fasting, Zakat and Hajj. Learn about family life in Islam, treatment of relatives, neighbours, men , women and children. Learn the Qur’an, Hadith, stories of the Prophets. For we would find nought in this except goodness.

Learn whatever skills you have a flair for, are good at or are interested in and seek to be the best at it. Support and carry out research. Use this knowledge to benefit humanity. Just think where we would be in the absence of vaccines, aeroplanes, cars , trains, satellites, the Internet and countless other aspects of the modern world we take for granted.

If we do not know, we can not teach. The best thing we leave after we die is our body of knowledge.

TheRamadhanBaby 13: Our Future

There is one part of us often ignored. We mistake their innocence for lack of wisdom instead of looking at them through lens that see their potential. We carry on as if eve got other people to hand over our Deen to? Who would bury us, take care of us in old age and continue our legacy? Our children!

Let this be a call to include them. When we organize lectures, we could make sure there is a section for them not only to play but learn what is being taught in a way they can understand. Let’s inculcate our morals and values in them. Have them know what this world entails and teach them so they can take the right path, have great judgement and make good decisions.

Can we achieve all this without being kind? Definitely not.
“ He is not of us , one who does not show mercy to the children and the old”- Hadith
First we must understand they are a gift from Allah (Q42:49). We have also been enjoined to care, safeguard the property of and raise for those of them who have no one to do so. Q17:34
For they are our future, the Imams, judges, mothers, teachers, doctors, nurses and all important components of our Ummah tomorrow.

TheRamadhanBaby 12: Forgiveness

Irrespective of our standing before Allah, we all are in need of His forgiveness. We were given freewill but are more inclined to follow our desires and therefore go against the commands of Our Lord. It takes extra effort to do good for oneself and towards others. It’s our nature. Allah, The All-Knowing, long before our existence provided an opportunity for nus to constantly free ourselves from the burden of sin. He tells us many times that He is Oft –Forgiving (Q42:5).He is the Forgiver, Hider of faults and Forgiving. This should be in conjunction with avoiding the major sins (Q42:37).

A believer should never stop seeking forgiveness. Our dear Prophet used to say Istighfar so much that Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) wondered why as he had been forgiven of all his sin. He said to her, “ Would I not be a grateful servant?.
Also, we realize that seeking forgiveness does not make sense if we do not forgive others. We are thus enjoined to do so. (Q7:199, 42:40)

In admitting our shortcomings and going towards Him with sincere remorse and repentance, we acknowledge His power over us and give our souls that freedom they so badly need. We increase our scale of good, open the doors to blessings and abundant provision. Our world today is a one in which sin is glorified and it seems doing the right thing brings little reward. This is more reason for us to ask him to forgive us, our family, friends and the Ummah in general. It is a reminder for us to turn a new leaf and become more pious people.

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