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Last 10 nights, tips.

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Powerful Tips for the Last 10 Nights by Tawfique Chowdhury

1. Do not let your ‘performance’ until now affect your last 10 days. The moment of forgiveness could be today or anytime in the coming days! It is not all lost! If you sincerely wish it could have been better – Chin up and get ready to make it your best yet! Start with a positive, sincere intention!

2. Today, take a little time to read the Tafseer of Surah al-Qadr to understand what actually happens this night! You will feel its power & greatness so much more!

3. Do not wait for the 27th Night to give it your “all”. The entire last 10 days should be your target. Stay up each night! Would you want to miss Laylatul Qadr even “by chance”?

4. Do not fall into any innovations/celebrations any masjid or culture might try to promote. Follow the Sunnah! The Prophet (sallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) guided us simply: “Whoever stays up and prays on Laylat al-Qadr out of faith and in the hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven.”

5. Memorize and keep asking the dua’ taught by Rasulullah (sallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam): Allaahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibb al-‘afwa fa’affu ‘anni (O Allaah, You are forgiving and You love forgiveness, so forgive me).

6. Prepare a short dua’ list. Remember this is as awesome as it ever gets for a servant of Allah! The Night of Qadr, of Destiny! Consciously pick each and everything you crucially wish for in this dunya, in your deen, family, and in your aakhirah! Don’t forget to include the brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering and in grief!

7. Take brief naps during the day, if possible. Keep your stomach light and sleep as soon as you have prayed ‘isha. Do not delay! After a brief nap, refresh yourself and get ready for worship.

8. Don’t neglect your family! Rasulullah made it a point to wake up his wives throughout these nights! And yes, your children are not too young to stay up some part of the night – if they can be allowed to play video games or watch TV, they can be inspired to be up atleast for sometime! Prepare them, make them excited, plan some activities for them to do!

9. Look the Part: The way we dress and prepare has a big effect on our psychology. Wear your best, perfume yourself, and feel the energy!

10. Choose a spot, whether in the Masjid or in your home, where you can have peace and solitude. Keep your mushaf, praying mat, and water at hand so that you are not distracted by constantly getting up for this or that.

11. IMP: This is not the night to tweet pics or update FB statuses about how amazing the night is and how you are feeling & worshipping Allah! Let that be a secret between you & your Rabb! So switch off those phones, wifi, laptops and computers. Disconnect with the world, and connect with al-‘Afuww!

12. If you find yourself feeling sleepy, vary your acts of worship. Alternate between qiyaam, heartfelt dua’a, reading the Qur’an. Do not spend the night listening to lectures or recitations. Or do it only for a short while when you feel the sleep coming on!

13. Patience is the Key: The last 10 days might be tiring. You might still have work or school. This is the time to bear all that hardship, and keep firm sabr. Think how Allah has blessed you with this tremendous opportunity that might NEVER come again in your life again. If you knew for sure that this was your last ‪#Ramadan‬, if you knew certainly that Jannah was up for grabs, wouldn’t you sprint for it no matter what it takes?

14. This is most important: Keep husn adh-dhann bi Allah (good expectations from Allah). When you ask, remember you are asking the Most Generous King. If you hope for the best, He will give you the best. Don’t hold back. Trust in Him, pour out your heart in front of Him, and let no doubt, no barrier, no evil thoughts keep you away from ar-Rahman, ar-Raheem!

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Towards good

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The Messenger, salla Allahu alayhi wasallam said,

“Whoever calls others to guidance will have a reward like the rewards of those who follow him, without that detracting from their reward in any way…” [Muslim]

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Dear Umm Arwa,

Thank you so much for gifting me with your personal copy of Hisn al-Muslim, “The Fortification of the Muslim,” all those years ago. We were in a hajj group together, back in 2002, and you pulled out Hisn al-Muslim one day in our tent in Mina – a bright, orange booklet, pocket-sized, with green and blue writing on the cover. I sat nearby – so much of my time at hajj was spent in your company – and you peered up from what you were reading. “Do you have a copy of this?” you asked. I shook my head “no.” I had no idea what you were reading; had never, until that time, came across the booklet filled with authentic phrases from the Qur’an and Sunnah: what to say during salah, what to say after salah; what to say when traveling and before sleeping; etc. Phrases for so many occasions, to keep us constantly connected with Allah, even while going through normal, everyday motions.

The look on your face when I indicated “no,” no I didn’t own a copy, was incredulous. How could anyone go through life without “The Fortification of the Muslim”? “Here,” you said, handing me the orange booklet that was yours. You would pick up a different copy later, or maybe you had another at home. You paused your own worship for just a moment before pulling out something else and reading from there.

Umm Arwa, it is ten years later, and I still have your copy of Hisn al-Muslim. It’s my copy now, but I still think of it as yours, too. You might not recognize it if you were to see it today: its edges are frayed, the protective plastic covering has long-since peeled off, and the vibrant orange of the cover has faded over time. There are blue Post-it flags sticking out from some of the pages, and a few pencil marks (where I noted alternate wordings or additional information) pepper the insides. I will not deceive you. My copy of Hisn al-Muslim could have been more used; and by now, I wish I’d have memorized more of it.

Much of the wear and tear comes from simply throwing it into bags and purses, never wanting to leave the house without it, taking it with me wherever I go. But you have no idea, Umm Arwa, how much I love my little orange booklet. How I have used it to remind myself of the du’aa for traveling and the du’aa for entering the marketplace so many times, passing the booklet around to friends so they could recite and learn the du’aa while out shopping, too.

In my third year of high school (and this was just some months after your small gift reached me), I would ride the bus to school. I got there half an hour before classes, and a good ten or so minutes before any of my classmates arrived. I would sit on top of my desk, pull out my trusty companion, and read my morning athkaar. I often recited the last ten ayahs of Surat Aal Imran from there until I had nearly memorized them. (I have since put in the effort and can recite them from memory, alhamdulillah.)

There is a price tag on the front cover that reads, “1 Saudi Riyal.” That’s roughly 25 cents. But do you know how much your gift was really worth, Umm Arwa? If the Prophet salla Allahu alayhi wasallam said that every letter recited from the Qur’an is worth ten good deeds… how many letters are in the last few ayahs of Aal Imran… and how many hundreds of deeds lie in my reading those ayahs alone, bi’ithnAllah?

Umm Arwa… I write you this letter knowing it may never reach you in this world. I write it in a language you probably do not understand. But Umm Arwa, regardless of all this, I cannot express my thanks to you for deciding, on that day, that I really couldn’t go through life without my orange booklet any longer. Thank you for the booklet, Umm Arwa. May Allah reward you immensely. And for a gift which you may not even remember giving, I pray you’ll be pleasantly surprised with mountains of deeds on the Day of Judgment.

Sincerely,
Your Hajj-Mate from Ten Years Ago
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When I think of the things that have changed my life and the people who have affected me, I never cease to be amazed by how seemingly small, simple things, can make such a difference.

Yes, my life has been changed by famous shuyookh, and yes it has been changed by the books and works of classical scholars. But my life has equally been affected by the everyday people around me: A friend who does not teach classes, but who dragged me once to a weekend seminar that opened up a world of new knowledge for me. A stranger whose face I cannot remember, but whose gentle words moved me beyond measure, and made me understand how beautifully advice can and should be given (if only we would package our advice more beautifully, deliver our words with better manners, people would be more willing to take them). A hajj-mate who may never compile an Islamic resource on her own, but who selflessly gave me her copy of a booklet as soon as she learned I didn’t have one.

During his farewell sermon, the Prophet salla Allahu alayhi wasallam stood in front of his companions and said to them,

“O Allah, have I conveyed (the message)? O Allah, have I conveyed (the message)?” to which his companions answered “Yes.” So he told them, salla Allahu alayhi wasallam, “O Allah, bear witness (that I have conveyed the message)!
Let those of you who are present inform those who are absent; perhaps the absent will retain more than some of those present.” [Bukhari]

In some of his final words to his Ummah, the Messenger salla Allahu alayhi wasallam teaches us the importance of being conveyers of the message he was sent with. You don’t have to become a world-renowned speaker or a famous author. You don’t need the bright lights and podium of a stage, a sea of heads turned in your direction, listening. Whoever you are, and in whatever situation you are in, convey some small amount of good. And what are any of us but simple conveyers of the Book and Message the Prophet salla Allahu alayhi wasallam was sent with?

Could words more beautiful than “Allah said” and “His Messenger said” ever cross our lips?

It’s Ramadan, now, and people’s hearts are more open than ever to Allah’s guidance. Find a way to reach them. Encourage them towards good. Convey some small part of the message of Islam to them.

“And who is better in speech than one who invites to Allah and does righteousness and says, ‘Indeed, I am of the Muslims.‘” [41:33]

~ * ~ * ~ * ~ Since the time I was gifted my copy of Hisn al-Muslim, I’ve often wondered how people can go through life without their own copy of this invaluable booklet. If you’ve never come across it, please take a moment to familiarize yourself with it:

Hisn al-Muslim online: http://www.makedua.com/

Hisn al-Muslim for the iPhone: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fortification-of-the-muslim/id328660048?mt=8

Hisn al-Muslim in print, available in many languages: English | Arabic | Urdu

Better yet, buy yourself a few copies, and hand them out to people whenever you get chance.

You never know what good may come of it.
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The doors of doing good are many. If you have any ideas for encouraging others towards good – especially in Ramadan – or stories of how someone else’s simple efforts affected you, we’d love to hear them in a comment below.

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Source; igotitcovered.org

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Ramadan Wrap.

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Written by Bint K.

Bismillah.

Noora* and I were in the middle of the Market, trying to decide what material to buy for our new hijabs. Ramadan was exactly 40 days away and the countdown had already begun for us. It was a very special month for us you see. We would go to the masjid, plan iftar gatherings and go to our morning tafseer together. We were always busy during the month Masha Allah and we loved it.

Nine days before Ramadan, I got a call at 11.47pm. It was Noora’s Dad. Hetold me the she had a severe asthma attack was rushed to the hospital but unfortunately she did not make it. I went blank. I could not believe it atfirst. My friend, she was young, she was healthy but now she is gone. Truly to Allah Subhanahu wa ta`ala (exalted is He) we belong and verily to Him weshall return.

Although Noora is actually my fictitious friend, I would like to ask youthese simple questions, what would you do if you were Noora? What would youdo if you knew that this Ramadan was your last?

Ibn Rajab writes: Reference: Lata’if al-Ma’arif (Riyadh: Dar Ibn Khuzaymah, 2007), 351-2.”O you who were not content to sin just in Rajab; But disobeyed your Lord,even in Sha’ban.The fasting month has come now to shade you, Turn it not into a month of sinfulness too.Recite the Qur’an and glorify God, diligently; For it is the month of glorification and Qur’an. Deny bodily appetites,seeking salvation through it; For soon bodies shall be consumed by theFire. How many you knew who fasted previously: From among family, neighbours and brothers. Death obliterated them, leaving you to live on; How close are the the living to those who are dead. You take pride in your ‘Id clothes, cut to fit; Yet the morrow they will be your burial shrouds! Until when will man dwell in his place of dwelling? Knowing his ultimate abode is the grave”.

For some of us who haven’t really made the most out of Ramadan so far,don’t loose hope. Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala, out of his infinite mercy and out of his generosity to always give more and more has blessed us with the Night of Power (Laylat’l-Qadr).

In ḥadith Abu Hurayrah, raḍyAllāhu ‘anhu, the Messenger of Allāh,ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said: “Whoever spends Laylat’l-Qadr in night prayer, out of belief and expecting his reward from Allāh, his previous sins will be forgiven.” [Bukhāri and Muslim]

Worshipping Allah in it is equivalent to worshipping Him for 1000 months.That is probably longer that most of us will live. Subhanallah! This night is for sure one of the last ten nights of Ramadan but the exact day was hidden from us to motivate us to try our very best during the last 10 days.

We definately need to use this golden opportunity Insha Allah. During the last 10 nights of Ramadan, let’s all try our best bi’idhnillah. Let’s tryto perfect our salah, give more in charity, make as much dua as possible,follow the sunnah of the Prophet ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam andincrease our good deeds insha Allah.I leave you with the hadith of the Prophet ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam.

Aisha raḍyAllāhu ‘anha asked the Messenger of Allah ṣallallāhu ‘alayhiwa sallam “What should I say on Laylat-al- qadr?”He replied, Say, “O Allāh, You are the pardoner and You love to pardon, so pardon me” (Tirmidhi).

Remember, Allah sees all of our sins and He has the full ability to punish his servants, but you know what? He doesn’t. He wants to forgive, pardon and wipe away ALL of our sins, and what is even more amazing is that He Subhanahu wa ta’ala, actually LOVES doing that.

No matter how big you think that sin is, He will forgive if you ask & He does not mind, Subhanallah!

May Allah forgive us all, help us and make it easy for us to worship Him inthe best way we can.

Allahumma Ameen.

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Don’t despair

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“If you are one skillful in acquiring sins,
And fear a day of recompense and threat,

The mighty has given you forgiveness,
And has granted you more blessings yet,

Despair not from your Lord’s blessings from within
Your mother’s womb as a fetus and a child indeed,

If he had wished that you reach the hellfire eternally,
He would not have inspired your heart to tawheed.”

-Imam Shafi’i (rahimahullah)

The Night of Decree.

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 بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ
The night of decree,
Is decreed,
That its worth,
Be as 1000 months.

To stand in prayer,
He declared,
Will erase our sins,
If done with sincerity.

Salvation from the fire, seek
Admitance into the garden of bliss,
To abide therein forever,
Take advantage of the night, be clever.

Written by Fatimah M.

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Ibaad~ur~Rahmaan

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Slaves of Ar-Rahmaan

So Allaah Describes His slaves in Surah Al Furqaan…

He says; Wa ‘ibaadur-Rahmaaanil-lazeena yamshoona ‘alal-‘ardi hawnan wa ‘izaa khaatabahumul-jaahiloona qaaloo Salaamaa.

✽And the (faithful) slaves of the Most Gracious are those who walk on the earth in Humility and Sedateness, and when the foolish address them (with bad words) they reply back with mild words of gentleness…

•Note that, Allaah does not say “the Slaves of Allaah” but He says “the Slaves of Ar-Rahmaan” And when Rahma Surrounds a thing, it makes it ‘Rahma-ful’…And so, even when the ignorant people address them, they are compassionate enough to respond with kind words…

✽And as Servants of Allaah, we try to emulate these attributes…like of Mercy and Compassion..

☞And Know that Ar-Rahman is the attribute of mercy of Allah that envelopes all His creations,.. Regardless of their state of faith,..So His worshipers overlook just as Ar-Rahman does, the state of the ignorant ones. And Allaah continues…

‘Wallazeena yabeetoona li-Rabbihim Sujjadan wa qiyaamaa.’

✽And those who spend the night in worship of their Lord, Prostrate and Standing. 

•Ibn Abbas said, whoever prays 2 raka’ats or more ba’adal isha will be considered among those described in the verse

•Al kalbi said, whoever prays 2 ba’adal maghrib and 4 ba’adal isha will be considered like those mentioned in the verse

☞Their nights are not wasted but are utilized in servitude and worship of Allah…which includes Sleeping a part of it too…(with correct Niyyah)

And then, they are Conscious and fearful of the Torment of the Fire, and they say

“Rabbanas-rif ‘annaa ‘azaaba Jahannama, ‘inna ‘azaabahaa kaana gharaamaa.”

✽Our Lord! Avert from us the torment of Hell. Verily, its torment is ever an inseparable, permanent punishmentSubhanAllaah!Innahaa Saaa’at mustaqarran wa muqaamaa.

✽Evil indeed it (Hell) is as an abode nd as a place to rest in.And Allaah Describes the Attributes of His Slaves even further…in Surah Al Furqaan; He says;Wallazeena ‘izaaa ‘anfaqoo lam yusrifoo wa lam yaqturoo wa kaana bayna zaakila qawaamaa.

✽And those who, when they spend, are neither extravagant nor niggardly, but hold a Medium (way) between those (extremes)

«Their Spending is Sunnah-Sized»

Wallazeena laa yad’oona ma’al-laahi ‘ilaahan ‘aakhara wa laa yaqtuloonan-nafsal-latee harramal-laahu ‘illaah bilhaqqi wa laa yaznoon: wa man yaf’al zaalika yalqa ‘asaamaa.

✽And those who invoke not any other ilaah(god) along with Allah, nor kill such person as Allah has forbidden, except for just cause, nor commit illegal sexual intercourse- and whoever does this, shall receive the punishment.So these people also abstain from any form of Shirk, and Murder;

Note that; there is Spiritual murder and physical murder. ‘Looking at a human being in a lustful/inappropriate way is violating your own and their dignity (spiritual murder). And when you kill a person, you have violated their right to live. (Physical murder)’ And they Stay Away from illegal sexual intercourse,…they don’t go Near it (lower their gaze..etc)

For ‘whoever does this shall receive punishment, which will be doubled on the Day of Resurrection’Now, Allaah makes an Exception though…He says;’Illaa man taaba wa ‘aamana wa ‘amila ‘amalan saalihan

✽Except those who *Repent* and *Believe* and *Do Righteous Deeds*;

fa’ulaaa’ika yubaddiluli-laahu sayyi’aatihim hasanaat; wa kaanal-laahu Ghafoorar-Raheemaa.

✽For those, Allah will change their sins into good deeds, and Allah is Ever Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

·Ibn Abbas narrated; ‘some pagans who committed murders in great number and committed illegal sexual intercourse excessively, came to the prophet and said, Oh muhammad! Whatever you say and invite people to is good, but we wish if you could inform us whether we can make an expiation for our (past evil) deeds.”
So the divine verses came “those who invoke not with Allah any other god, nor kill such a person as Allah has forbidden except for just cause, nor commit illegal sexual intercourse- and whoever does this, shall receive the punishment; and on the day of judgement his punishment shall be doubled and he shall abide therein in disgrace…except those who repent and believe and do righteous deeds; for those Allah will exchange their sins with good deeds…”
And there was also revealed, “oh my servants who have transgressed against their souls, despair not in the mercy of Allah..”(Q39:53)

Then Allah speaks of the true repentance and those who are true in repentance, They are those who “repent and do righteous deeds:Allah says;Wa man taaba wa ‘amila saalihan fa’innahoo yatoobu ‘ilal-laahi mataabaa.✽and whosoever repents and does righteous good deeds, then verily he repents to Allah with true repentance.

But there’s more on these people..

Wallazeena laa yashhadoonaz-zoora

✽and those who do not bear witness to falsehood,

wa ‘izaa marroo billaghwi marroo kiraamaa.

✽And if they pass by evil play/talk, they pass by it with dignity.

Wallazeena izaa zukkiroo bi’Aayaati Rabbihim lam yakhiroo ‘alayhaa summan wa ‘umyaanaa.

✽And those who, when they are Reminded of the Ayat of their Lord, fall not deaf and blind to it.*they pay Heed to Reminders*

Wallazeena yaqooloona, “Rabbaanaa hab lanaa min ‘azwaajinaa wa zurriyyaatinaa qurrata ‘a’yunin waj’alnaa lilmuttaqeena ‘imaamaa.

✽And those who say: “Our Lord! Bestow on us from our spouses and offspring the comfort of our eyes, and make us leaders of the Muttaquun (the pious).*they ask for a Righteous family*

‘Ulaaa ‘ika yujzawnal-ghurfata bimaa sabaroo wa yulaqqawna feehaa tahiyyatan wa salaamaa.

✽Those will be rewarded with the highest place (in Paradise) because of their patience. Therein they shall be met with greetings and the word of peace (and respect).
Khaalideena feehaa;

✽Abiding therein-

Hasunat mustaqarran wa muqaamaa.

✽Excellent it is as and abode, and a place to rest in.

[Surah Al Furqaan 63-76]

May Allaah make us among these people, The Ibaadur-Rahmaan♡

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A Positive Light

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A slave of Allah

This Ramadan… I will be positive.

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In a hadith qudsi, the Messenger salla Allahu alayhi wasallam said, Allah says: “I am as My slave thinks I am; and I am with him when he calls upon Me.” [Bukhari & Muslim]

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This Ramadan, one thing will change everything. I am going to completely change my mindset and actually think positively. Negative thoughts eat away at the joy once they are inside you. They weigh heavy on our minds and do no good.

So this Ramadan, I’m going to change this one small thing about myself but allow it to change everything else in my life, bi’ithnAllah. I want to be positive with the people around me.

This Ramadan, I will ask Allah to forgive me and make me forgiving towards others. In a month when…

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