Hadith 37…Allah recorded the good deeds.

 

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Assalaam alaikum wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh sisters

This week’s Hadith from An Nawawi’s collection.

*Hadith 37: “Allah recorded the good Deeds…..”*

On the authority of Ibn Abbas (May Allah be pleased with both of them): On the authority of the Messenger of Allah (May Allah’s Blessings and peace be upon him) from among the sayings that he related from his Lord (glorified and exalted be He) is that He said, “Verily, Allah recorded the good deeds and the evil deeds. Then He clarified how [that recording should occur:] whoever decided to do a good
deed but he did not do it, Allah records it with Him as a complete good deed. And if he decided to do it and actually did it, Allah records it with Him as ten good deeds up to seven hundred times up to many times over. If he decided to do an evil deed but he did not do it, Allah records it with Him as one complete good deed. If he decided to do it and
he actually did it, Allah records it as one evil deed.”

Recorded by al-Bukhari and Muslim in their two Sahihs with that wording.

*Brief Commentary*

This hadith demonstrates both the great justice as well as the great grace of Allah. No one is wronged by Allah in any way. If a person does an evil, it is considered one evil. If a person does a good deed, it is rewarded
handsomely by Allah. A believer should think about hadith of this nature. This information makes the person realize that Allah is truly the Compassionate, the
Merciful. The response from the believer should be full devotion and love for his Merciful Creator.

Allah has decreed what the good deeds and evil deeds are. He has recorded the deeds of mankind or has ordered the angels to record the deeds of mankind in the manner described in this hadith.

First, if a person truly decides to do a good deed and then ends up not doing it, Allah will have recorded for him one good deed.

Second, if the person actually performs the good deed, it will be multiplied for him by a multiple of ten up to a multiple of whatever Allah, in His mercy and grace, wills.

Third, if a person decides to do an evil deed and then, for the sake of Allah, he changes his way and does not do that deed, Allah will record for him one good deed.

Fourth, if a person actually does perform the evil deed, Allah will only record one evil deed against him.

Such is the mercy and grace of Allah. With this type of reckoning, only
those who truly deserve to be destroyed and punished will be destroyed and
punished.

Tips for a productive Ramadan 2

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📝 *7 ways to make this your Most productive Ramadan in Shaa Allah* *(2/2)*

5. *Plan ahead to simplify your life*

Whether it is about preparing your meals or gifts for Eid, planning ahead will save you much needed time.

*Spend less time in the kitchen*

From samosas to grape leaves, everyone wants to make something yummy for their families, which can be great!

However, if you and your family are spending a huge amount of time at the supermarket or in the kitchen preparing a feast every single day, you are really missing out on the true meaning of Ramadan. So, a little simplicity can go a long way.

*Make a menu for the entire month*.

Make sure to keep it healthy and simple. If you know you will have guests on certain nights, you can make those Iftars a little more elaborate if you choose to. Otherwise, think of easy-to-make soups, salads, and plenty of hydrating foods to break your fast.

*Cook ahead*.

It really does not take much for one to feel satisfied. Think of meals that taste great the next day so that way, you can cook enough for two days, hence saving your time and energy.

*Prepare by freezing*.

Many casseroles, pasta dishes, and other meals freeze wonderfully. This can save precious time that should be spent in worship rather than cooking.

The key is to remind yourself of the true meaning of Ramadan every single day to help you prioritize your activities.

As for getting ready for Eid, something that works really well for my family is to get ready before Ramadan. Yes, do all your Eid shopping before the moon is sighted.

Why spend any precious second shopping at the mall or browsing for hours online? Get all the gifts for your loved ones ahead of time, preferably wrapping them and hiding them. Now, if you are buying something really big and hard to hide, then you just have to be creative! Shopping ahead also includes those special Eid clothes. Make sure you get them ahead of time as well. Just make a list of everything and get it done.

Trust me, it is possible to be all ready before the month begins, if you are strategic about it.

6. *Dedicate yourself to service*

This one is huge! It is all about using your talents, skills, and resources to make a difference in the lives of others, which can be accomplished in many ways.

You can bake some goodies and deliver them to your neighbors with a kind and caring note. Action is the best form of da’wah to show how beautiful Islam is. You can visit the sick and elderly in the hospitals and nursing homes.

You can cook some food for your local masjid for people to break their fast with.

The options are so abundant, all you have to do is be willing to make a difference and take action.

7. *Make the Qur’an a top priority*

I saved the best for the last! Having touched upon the idea of prioritizing our time in step 5, it is very important for us to keep the focus of the month of Ramadan on the Qur’an and remembrance of Allah subḥānahu wa ta’āla (glorified and exalted be He).

Allah subḥānahu wa ta’āla (glorified and exalted be He) tells us very clearly:

*“The month of Ramadan [is that] in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion.” [Qur’an: Chapter 2, Verse 185]*

We need to block the time to recite and study the Qur’an. We need to ponder over its meaning. This is the month in which it was revealed. So, we really have to get serious about learning about the greatest miracle of our beautiful religion.

I wish you and your families an amazingly productive and meaningful Ramadan. In sha Allah, these tips will help you prepare to make this Ramadan your most productive one yet.

Culled from: productivemuslim.com

Tips for a productive Ramadan

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📝 *7 ways to make this your Most Productive Ramadan* *(1/2)*

1. *Make the Intention to Make this Your Best Ramadan Ever*

Most of us are familiar with this hadith:

*“ The deeds are considered by the intentions, and a person will get the reward according to his intention.”* [Bukhari]

However, sometimes it is very easy to overlook this simple yet profound act of making the intention. I mean, with all our heart. I really believe that the first step to having an amazing Ramadan is by taking a sincere decision to do our best in every single way.

This is also true for everything we do in life. We have to first decide and make the intention to do something. Once we make the intention, Allah will help guide our steps, In sha Allah.

2. *Set clear goals*

Last year, I was invited to conduct a Ramadan workshop for a mixed-age audience. When I asked what their Ramadan goals were, an energetic young woman raised her hand and remarked: “I want to be more organized this Ramadan.”

Even though from the onset that sounds like a great goal, and in essence it is, however, it is not a clear goal.

When you set your Ramadan goals, you want to be as specific as you can get. For instance, instead of putting down on your list “get more organized”, you may want to say things like the following.

* Read 5 pages of Qur’an after each Salah.

* Prepare 15 freezable dishes to cut down cooking time.

* Take a rejuvenating power nap in the afternoon to be alert during taraweeh.

You get the drill, right?

Now pause your reading, grab a large index card or piece of paper, and write down 5 specific goals to make this your best Ramadan ever.

One of my specific goals last year was to read the Qur’an along with its meaning.

Remember to choose goals that you were not able to accomplish last year. So, if you always manage to pray taraweeh every single night with no worries, then do not put that down on your list.

Choose new things. Remember, we want to amp it up this year.

3. *Block the time to achieve your set goals*

Now that you have set your very specific goals, you need to make a daily schedule and make sure to block the time to achieve your goals. Remember, only the things that get scheduled are the things that get done. That is just how it works.

Therefore, simply recording your goals on a flash card or notebook will not enable you to get them done. You need to make the time for any activity in your schedule and actually write it down.

I encourage you to make a schedule of your entire day, with half-hour to one-hour blocks to do whatever you need to do on any given day. It may sound very rigid, but it really is not.

On the contrary, scheduling your day will free up your time because when you get things done in a timely fashion, you will have more free time to rest and rejuvenate yourself.

4. *Minimize distractions*

Let’s face it, we live in a world of distractions. All our emails, texts, social-media notifications can distract us from what truly matters.

Now, I am not suggesting we give up all our gadgets. Not at all. But when we answer all the calls and notifications, in a way, we become slaves to our devices. On the other hand, if we choose to take charge, we decide not to let them distract us. When we put them on silent or airplane mode, we use our phones and all kinds of electronics to their intended maximum potential. As a result, they become great tools to assist us in our daily tasks and can help us maximize our productivity.

There are some great apps that can help us track our time, memorize the Qur’an, or give us a daily hadith to ponder over. These are all great tools.

However, we need to learn to use technology to serve us, instead of us becoming servants to it.

To be continued…
Culled from: productivemuslim.com

The strangers….

 

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As salam alaikum wa rahmatullah wa barkaatuh dear Sisters. In shaa Allah we are in the best states of eeman and taqwa

Todays Deen Reminder is on a special topic *”the strangers”*.

The practicing muslims have been described as strange at the end of times our prophet (sallahu alaihi wa sallam)

And todays reminder tells us who they are and how we can be like them in Shaa Allah.

🔖 *The Strangers*…..

The strangeness of the people of Allah, and the people of the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah from amongst the Creation…it is the strangeness whose possessors were praised by the Messenger of Allah, and he informed us that the religion that he was brought with “…began as something strange,” and that it will “…return to being strange as it began,” and that its adherents will become strangers.

And this type of strangeness can occur in one location in exclusion to another, and in one era in exclusion to another, and amongst one group of people in exclusion to another.

However, those who are described with this strangeness are the true people of Allah. This is because they do not lean towards anything but Allah, do not ascribe themselves to anyone besides His Messenger, and do not call to anything other than what he was brought with.

They are the ones who abandoned the people when they needed them most. So, when the people go about behind their deities on the Day of Resurrection, they will remain where they are, and it will be said to them: ‘Will you not go along with the people?’ And they will reply: ‘We abandoned the people when we were more in need of them than we are today, and we are instead waiting for our Lord Whom we used to worship.’

So, this strangeness does not result in any loneliness for its possessor. In fact, he is as happy and sociable as can be when he abandons the deviant people, and as lonely as can be when he socializes with them.

So, his allies are Allah, His Messenger, and the believers, even if the majority of the people oppose him and push him aside…”

Ibn al-Qayyim continues:

“And al-Hasan al-Basri said: “The believer in this world is like a stranger: he does not become upset when it puts him down, and he does not compete for it to make him honorable.

The people are in a certain state, and he is in another state: the people are are relieved of him, and he is exhausted of himself.”

And from the characteristics of these strangers who were praised by the Prophet are:

✅Holding tightly to the Sunnah, even if the people abandon it;
✅Leaving what they have introduced into the Religion, even if it is something good in their eyes;
✅ Freeing oneself completely and purely for Tawhid, even if most people criticize him for this;
✅Not ascribing oneself to anyone other than Allah and His Messenger – not a shaykh, a path, or a group.

Rather, these strangers ascribe themselves to Allah by serving Him, and to His Messenger by following only what he came with;

And such people are the ones who are truly holding onto the burning piece of coal, and most people will criticize them. Due to their strangeness between the Creation, these people consider them to be odd and innovators, and accuse them of separating themselves from the majority…”

Hadith 36:whoever relieves a believer….

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Assalaam alaikum wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh sisters.

This week’s Hadith from An Nawawi’s collection

*Hadith 36: “Whoever Rel ieves a Believer … “*

On the authority of Abu Huraira (may Allah be pleased with him) from the Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) who said, “Whoever relieves a
believer’s distress of the distressful aspects of this world, Allah will rescue him from a difficulty of the difficulties of the Hereafter. Whoever alleviates [the situation of one in dire straits who cannot repay his debt, Allah will alleviate his lot in both this world and the Hereafter. Whoever conceals [the faults of a Muslim, Allah will conceal [his faults] in this life and the Hereafter. Allah is helping the servant as long as the servant is helping his brother. Whoever follows a path in order to seek knowledge thereby, Allah will make easy for him, due to it, a path to
Paradise. No people gather together in a house of the houses of Allah, reciting the Book of Allah and studying it
among themselves, except that tranquillity is descended upon them, mercy covers them, the angels surround them and Allah makes mention of them to those in His presence. Whoever is slowed by his deeds will not be hastened forward by his lineage.”

Recorded by Muslim with that wording.

*Brief Commentary*

The reward for deeds is of the same nature as the deeds themselves. Therefore, if a Muslim relieves her sister of some distress, Allah will
relieve her of some greater distress in the Hereafter. If a person alleviates a person’s debt, Allah will alleviate a difficult situation for her. If a person conceals her sisters’ sins, Allah will conceal her sins. Indeed, if a Muslim is helping her sister in any way, then Allah will be helping her as long as she is helping her sister.

The path to Paradise is made easy by seeking knowledge. Through
knowledge one can recognize that path and can have the qualities in the heart that will lead him to follow that path.

Gathering together to read and study the Quran is one of the most
important means of attaining knowledge. It is a deed that is very pleasing to Allah and has many resultant benefits associated with it.

If a person’s deeds are not sufficient to earn him entrance into Paradise, his lineage, no matter how noble, will also not be able to assist him in any way.

You will be raised upon what you die upon….

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*Deen Reminder*

*You will be raised upon what you die upon* – A warning from Shaykh Sulayman Ar Ruhaylee

Shaykh Sulayman Ar Ruhaylee:

The believer who sins hoping for forgiveness, is like the person who drinks poison hoping for the antidote after drinking the poison. You will not find a sane person getting some poison, drinking it, and then swallowing it. Then after he swallows it he says: ‘here is the antidote; I’m going to drink it.’ Because he could die before the antidote takes effect.

And you—O slave of Allah—do not know when you are going to die. You could die while you are sinning. And the people will be raised on the Day of Judgment according to what they died upon. Whoever dies reciting the Talbiyah (the call made by the pilgrims on Hajj) will be raised to life reciting the Talbiyah. Whoever dies praying will be raised to life praying. Whoever dies giving Dawah will be raised to life giving Dawah.

Whoever dies fornicating—and with Allah refuge is sought—will be raised to life upon this evil condition. Whoever dies lying will be raised to life upon this evil condition. Whoever dies backbiting will be raised to life upon this evil condition. Whoever dies intoxicated will be raised to life upon this evil condition. Thus the person does not know; he could die while he is sinning.

For this reason it is mentioned that one of the Salaf said while admonishing his student: ‘Whoever can guarantee me he will live to see tomorrow, I grant him permission to sin.’

Whoever can guarantee me that he will live until tomorrow, I grant him permission to sin. Meaning the one from amongst you who will stand and say, I will live to see tomorrow then I grant him permission to commit every sin. Who is able to guarantee this?

By Allah; a person will be strong and healthy and fall dead all of a sudden. How many healthy people have died without any illness! And how many sick people have lived for a long period of time!

Some people become sick, and others go to visit them while believing the person is going to die and they will pray over him. But the one who visits him dies before he does, and his death is announced. And death is sufficient as an admonition.

Translated by Rasheed ibn Estes Barbee

Sayings of the salaf

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📝 Salaf Sayings

💡My brother, your religion is nothing more than your flesh and blood. Cry out of concern for your soul and have mercy on it; if you do not have mercy on it, then mercy will not be shown to it.

💡Sit only in the company of one who advises you to desire little from this world and who encourages you to put your hopes in the Hereafter. Take care not to sit with worldly people who speak constantly about worldly affairs; such people will ruin your religious well-being and will corrupt your heart.

💡Remember death frequently, and just as frequently ask Allaah to forgive you for your past sins. Ask Allaah to keep you safe for the remainder of your life. My brother, develop a good character and noble manners.