The Prophet PBUH said: When a slave stands and prays, all his sins are brought and placed on his head and shoulders. Every time he bows or prostrates, some of them fall from him.” (Bayhaqi, Saheeh al-Jami’)
So from now on when you stand up to pray, imagine all your sins being placed on your head and shoulders and when you go on Rukuu and Sujoud, stay longer to lose as many as you can and picture them falling down and away from you. Understand the purpose of praying… this will help you concentrate …..
When you go to the position of Rukuu, feel and tell Allah with your heart that you will never kneel to anyone but him and picture those sins falling down.
And when you say “Sami’Allahu liman hamidah” (Allah hears who thanks Him) and you say “Rabbana walakal Hamd” (Thanks to you my Lord) you are thanking Him for honoring you and making you stand straight not like the other creatures who walk on four with their back bent. Thank Him for making you able to move and pray.
When you go to the first Sajdah (you put your head down on the floor) you are representing the earth which you came from and when you get up after the first Sajdah you are representing the first time He created you from the earth.
When you go on the second Sajdah again on the ground, you are representing when you die and you go back to the ground and when you get up the second time you are representing the second time when Allah brings you back from the dead on the Day of Judgment, therefore, concentrate with every movement and feel it.
Make a lot of du’aa in Sujoud and remember du’aa is ibadah and Allah loves those who ask Him…ask Him and beg Him… complain to Him… you are better off complaining to Him than to humans….He will never betray you, He will never let you down, He will never look down on you and He is the only one who can answer your needs with your head held high.
Do you know the reason you say “Allahu Akbar” (Allah is greater) every time you move in a prayer?
It’s a reminder that Allah is greater than anything you might be thinking about from this world. So be honest when you say “Allahu Akbar” and remember He is greater than anything that is occupying your mind while you pray.
Do you know when you stand up to pray and say “Allahu Akbar”, Allah stands before you and the minute your mind goes wondering on silly things in this life, Allah turns His face away from you and says (Is there something better than me taking you away from me?)
How lucky are we to have Allah meet us and stand before us 5 times a day, to listen to us and to our problems and to grant us our wishes and forgives us for our sins every day. You say “Allahu Akbar and He is there, you don’t need to stand in front of His door for hours or take an appointment or meet a mediator or a secretary, how generous is He?
May we perfect prayer and worship Allah swt as he ought to be worshipped in sha Allah. Yaa Allah taqabbal salaatana… Ameen.
It is in our human nature to sometimes feel low and down, as though youre not achieving all you could be. Throughout life we will go through different stages and some of them will be filled with more happiness and contentment than others. Our perception of our own self worth will fluctuate also,depending on what we’ve achieved,what we havent and what others percieve of us.
On days where you are left feeling insignificant and begin questioning yourself and the way you are living your life, I urge you to remind yourself the following phrase: everyone has a purpose. Recently a friend of mine shared with me an analogy, say for instance youre a bus driver and sure, youre no doctor or engineer but subhanAllah, you can be transporting a person to the masjid, to the hospital to visit the sick, a child to a parent, an old friend going to reconcile with another….
Days we feel worthless and mediocre, it is not to say these feelings are justified. Our main purpose for being here is to worship Allah swt, and after that, Allah swt has appointed us roles which he chose specifically for us. Just as he chose you out of 7 billion people to be a muslim, he carefully selected you, at this very moment in time, to be a bus driver, a grocery store shelf stacker, a waiter, unemployed… Your employment status doesnt equate to your self worth. Everyone have a purpose, and your story doesnt end here.
By fashion I mean skinnys and a long vest top underneath a cute shirt in which your hijab is tucked in so your cute collar necklace can show.
In this little equation there are a number of things that just scream no. Your hairs covered yeah, ma sha allah sis, that IS hard to do, I completely get it. But your fine figure is still showing, your thighs, your hips, your calves. And yes, your cute collar necklace looks super adorable, ma sha allah lovely. But lovely at what cost? The expense of reducing chest coverage. Turban SCARVES with or without polo necks lead to cold necks AND zero chest coverage. Let me just go ahead and add, on TOP of that, you will, in the mind of some, sadly, be confused for a sikh (cold hard truth, it actually happens more often than You think). So in all seriousness, Who really wants any of these things?
So far Ive focused on the negatives, so if youre still not convinced Ima try this angle. Let me put it this way. Sister, youre a potential woman of Jannah. You will someday be someones doorway to Jannah. Your beauty can someday outshine the beauty of the hoor Al ayn. Who doesnt want to be that priviledged (and that darn beautiful!)?
As much as parachute swag may repulse you, parachute swag is the only swag that gives you maximum breezyness, maximum coverage and saves you hours of stressing over wardrobe choices. Most importantly however, youre pleasing your creator and imitating the true female superstars of this world, our mother Khadijah RA, our teacher Aiysha RA and the queen of Jannah herself, Fatima RA. SubhanAllah!
As opposed to following in the swag footsteps of cool welsh arabs and swaggy desi londoners, why not the women of Jannah?
I get it my darling sisters, its hard and you want to look good and youre covering your behind with long tops and your hair is technically covered and so is your skin and all of the rest of it, (these used to be my very own excuses), but once you taste the beauty of reeaaal hijab and real external modesty, you will fall in love. If you dont, make duaa that you fall in love cause once you fall in love, your life will change.
Until then, always in my duaas,
Forever your swaggy sister,
Weeping of Abu Bakr, radhiallahu `anhu:
`Aaisha said, “During his illness, the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu `alaihi wa sallam, said: ‘Order Abu Bakr to lead the prayer.’ I told the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu `alaihi wa sallam, that, ‘Indeed, if Abu Bakr stands in your place the people will not be able to hear him due to his (excessive) weeping.’” [al-Bukhari]
The righteous have cried, the worshippers have cried and the believers have cried. And in this time there are people by whom a complete year passes and they do not drop a single tear from the fear of Allah.
O Allah we seek refuge with you from hard hearts. O Allah soften our hearts to Your remembrance!
"Those who believe (in the Oneness of Allah - Islamic Monotheism), and whose hearts find rest in the remembrance of Allah, Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest." [Ar-Ra’d (13):28]
"The believers are only those who, when Allah is mentioned, feel a fear in their hearts and when His Verses (this Qur’an) are recited unto them, they increase their Faith; and they put their trust in their Lord (Alone)." [Al-Anfaal (8):2]
So why do we not cry today? We do not cry from the strength of the hardness of our hearts and our hearts’ attachment to this world. So our hearts have hardened and our eyes have dried.
We are distant from our Lord. Had we been close our hearts would not have hardened. So he, who spends a whole week without his eye dropping a tear, let him sit and supplicate and humble himself. Maybe his heart would soften and his eye would drop a tear. And if his heart doesn’t drop a tear, then let him open the Book of Allah and read its ayat with contemplation, humility and submissiveness. So if his eye cries, his heart fears and his soul humbles he has succeeded; and if he continues in the state of the hardened heart, let him sit in a dark room and weep over his state, for his heart has died.
Abd Al-Uzza (Abu Lahab) the uncle of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم was a man of great looks therefore he was called Abu Lahab - the father of the flames of red on account of his beautiful red cheeks and fiery, crimson face. But after the open preaching of Islam, he became on of the biggest enemies against the deen; he abused the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم and was the first to mock and reject the message, alongside his wife who caused much turmoil in the life of Nabi. Allah revealed ‘Sura’tul Lahab’ and the meaning of his name changed, this ‘red’ now indicated the redness of the fire! Wa’la Hawla Wa’La quwata ila Bila’hil alaleeyul Azheem. His death was that cysts exploded all over his body, he became so ill and his body was in the most terrible of states’ his family left his body to rot for three days as they could not stand to go near it. They hired some abyssinian labour workers to dig his grave but even then they could not withstand the stench of the smell. They threw him into his grave using a pole, I shudder to think of the state he is going to meet Allah تعالى. SURELY THEY DID NOT BELIEVE SO HELLFIRE IS THEIR ETERNAL ABODE. “Perished be the two hands of Aby-Lahab and he is already perished. His wealth and what he earned availed him not. Now he enters into a blazing fire, and his wife too, carrier of firewood. There is a rope of palm fiber in her neck.” [Chapter 111:Al-Lahab
There are two kinds of people. Those who sit and observe and those who act upon observation.
As Muslims, whilst we all have our own demons and internal battles to observe and correct, we sometimes become witnesses to the struggles of others. Ive always been the kind of person who would observe and feel too awkward to say anything. But as of late, alhamdulillah, upon understanding my duty as a Muslim, my interests are now concerned more with helping my brothers and sisters, wanting for them what I want for myself.
However, It was recently said to me by an ‘observer’ that commenting will only ever do more harm than good. It can ruin relationships, turning the struggler away from good all together in the proccess. This has got me thinking non stop, is the threat of upsetting relationships more dire and important to eliminate, than the threat of sin befalling both yourself and the struggler whom you so passively observed.
On the day of judgement people will be so quick to blame others for their shortcomings and sins. Your reluctancy to help may just be the one bad deed needed to tip your scale of deeds towards the side that determines your fate is Jahannam. SubhanAllah. Allahumma Ajirnee Minanaar.
Ya Allah, make it easy for us to practice our ettiquettes of Nasheeha. Ya Allah, unite this ummah, guide us and keep us all steadfast on Deen!
Ameen Thumma Ameen.
There are 64 ayaat in this surah and it was revealed in Madinah. In the commentary of Burhan it is narrated from Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) that whoever constantly recites surah an-Nur will never, in his lifetime, see any evil from his near ones and when he dies, seventy thousand angels will accompany his body up to the grave and will pray for his forgiveness.
The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) said that it is especially good for women to recite this surah. He (s.a.w.) also said that the reward for reciting this surah is equal to ten times the number ofmu’mineen and mu’minaat on the Earth. The sixth Imam (a.s.) said that keeping this surah in one’s bed prevents wet dreams
This surah was revealed in Madinah and has a total of 177 verses. In 'tafseer al-burhan' it is written that Imam Ali (a.s.) has said that whoever recites this surah on every Friday, he will remain safe from the squeezing in the grave (‘fishare qabr’).
even the Prophet was told the error of his ways and he, SallAllahu alaihi wassalam, rectify his own mistake afterwards
what does that teach us?
that even the most pious of person, makes mistake
and that Islam, encourage its people to give naseeha to others
and that no one, no matter how strong, or close to the Quran and Sunnah you are, that you are perfect
there is no perfect human being. yes, we understand that
but when someone gives naseeha, towards a group or a community, to let them see the errors of their ways, to help them to get better, and just because that particular group is so full of knowledge and so close to the ways of the salaf, the way of the Prophet, sallAllahu alaihi wassalam, the way instructed in the Quran, that person is in the wrong?
are we that arrogant to accept naseeha?
does the Quran and Sunnah teaches us to be arrogant in our knowledge?
did Allah teaches us to be arrogant with our knowledge?
yes, there are people outside of the folds of Islam, who openly and secretly mock Islam
yes, there are even people who call themselves Muslim, openly and secretly mock Islam
but there are people who sincerely wishes to see Islam flourish, to see Islam to be accepted better by people, to let people see the true Islam, that Islam is actually very easy to understand, and that it is for everyone. no one is above anyone else
didnt Allah teaches us that no one is better that anyone? that we are all equal?
what did Allah thought us if there were a person in the community to cause an error?
didnt Allah told us to tell the person of his errors? to discuss it with him personally?
and arent we born with brains to think for ourselves?
cant we see the evidence in front of us and judge for ourselves if indeed he has cause an error in his ways?
if indeed that if he has errored, then we should advise him. then if he would not listen, then just leave him be.
but we nowadays are taking that to a new level, my brothers and sisters
when someone invites to pray to graves or glorifying the Prophet, sallAllahu alaihi wassalam, more than he told us to, then we can understand if you told us to beware of him and stay away from him because of his clear deviance in aqeedah
but if you were to told me to stay away from a particular person because he is merely putting his hand on his stomach while standing in solah, or for simply addressing a problem in the people who claimed to bring the manhaj of the Prophet, sallAllahu alaihi wassalam, for the intention of making it a better community, then i cannot agree to that my brother
i am not the one who judges peoples aqeedah within their hearts. unless and until they themselves have made it apparent that they defy the Quran and Sunnah, then they are still our brothers in Islam
i am merely a humble Muslim, who knows very little in the deen. but i too know the Quran and the Sunnah. and Allah does not teach His servants to be arrogant
for if knowledge were to make me arrogant and prideful to belittle people and mock others, then may Allah take away said knowledge from me.
id rather a fool but mindful and obey Allah, rather than full of knowledge of the deen but arrogant towards His servants and have pride in my heart
may Allah help us in search of the deen and knowledge of the deen
may Allah help us