Category Archives: Deen Reminders

Refuge from Our Body Parts

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Refuge from Our Body Parts

*Seeking refuge in Allah from the evil of our body parts*

Assalaam alaikum Wa rahmatullah Wa barakatuh sisters. May Allah continue to increase us in iman and taqwa.

We live in an era where Haram is everywhere. It has become difficult to distinguish the Haram from the halal. Our senses have become sensitized to so many Haram things that we think it’s normal to see, speak, and listen to such things. We must seek refuge in Allah always from falling victims to such fitna that surrounds us.

اللَّهُمَّ ﺇِﻧِّﻲ ﺃَﻋُﻮﺫُ ﺑِﻚَ ﻣِﻦْ ﺷَﺮِّ ﺳَﻤْﻌِﻲ ﻭَﻣِﻦْ، ﺷَﺮِّ ﺑَﺼَﺮِﻱ

ﻭَﻣِﻦْ ﺷَﺮِّ ﻟِﺴَﺎﻧِﻲ، ﻭَﻣِﻦْ ﺷَﺮِّ ﻗَﻠْﺒِﻲ، ﻭَﻣِﻦْ ﺷَﺮِّ ﻣَﻨِﻴِّﻲ.

TRANSLITERATION:

Allāhumma innī a`ūdhu bika min sharri sam`ī , Wa min sharri baṣarī,

Wa min sharri lisānī, Wa min sharri qalbī, wa min sharri maniyyi

TRANSLATION:

O Allah, indeed I seek refuge in You from the evil of my hearing and the evil of my sight,

And the evil of my tongue and the evil of my heart, and the evil of my semen (meaning his private part)

Reference : Jami` at-Tirmidhi 3492

In-book reference : Book 48, Hadith 123

English translation : Vol. 6, Book 45, Hadith 3492

Let’s always try to memorize the duas we learn.

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*So Close To The Quran Series*

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*So Close To The Quran Series*

♡ Be so close to the Qur’an that with every turn of its page, your heart also turns.

♡ You undergo a change of character; and come out better. You come closer to Allah and you understand your religion more.

♡ Be so close to the Qur’an that not only do you consider it to be your companion in life, but it also considers *you* to be its companion both here and on Yawm al-Qiyamah (Day of

Resurrection).

♡ Be so close to the Qur’an that whenever you open to read it, it draws you in deeply and takes you on amazing

journeys through power concepts and

thought-provoking dialogue, through

history and the undisputed facts of the

future and Hereafter; learning life

lessons and learning about yourself. The

journey doesn’t end until you end it (by

closing the Book).

♡ Be so close to the Qur’an that you make it your first point of judgement and guidance when you quarrel or fall out with a relative, spouse, friend or stranger. You place it before you with the sincerity to resolve matters and follow the causes for peace.

“… If they both desire reconciliation, Allah will cause harmony between them. Indeed, Allah isever Knowing and All-Aware.” [al-Nisa: 35]

♡ Be so close to the Qur’an that if you

happen to miss your daily portion of it, it

preoccupies your mind and you are not

at peace until you take your regular

nourishment from it.

♡ Be so close to the Qur’an that just hearing the words, “O you who believe…” strikes something within your heart. You are all ears and attentive; ready to respond.

♡ Be so close to the Qur’an that you truly

feel its blessings in your life.

♡ Be so close to the Qur’an that while many love listening to music and lyrical tunes, for you nothing can beat the melodious recital of your favourite Surah (chapter).

♡ Be so close to the Qur’an that you

actually walk F E A R L E S S. In every

place, at all times, and every stage of

your life. Your fear is only from One

Being, and He is above His Throne,

`azza wa jall.

♡ Be so close to the Qur’an that the mere

contemplation of a verse brings tears to your eyes.

♡ Be so close to the Qur’an that after a

long and tiring day, all you want to do is

make wudhu’ (ablution) and sit down

with a cuppa tea in a cosy spot for some

heartwarming reading and reflection.

♡ Be so close to the Qur’an that it becomes the first companion you turn to when you need to hear comforting words, or a shoulder to lean on in difficult times, or guidance in times of confusion. It becomes your first point of contact alongside salah (prayer) and du’a

(supplication).

♡ Be so close to the Qur’an that its

melodious verses drown away the

meaningless chatter of this world and

you prefer listening to it instead of

listening to much of Mankind…

♡ Be so close to the Qur’an that you become recognised for it; in your character and the way you carry yourself through life.

♡ Be so close to the Qur’an that being in its company makes you feel like you are in

the best company; the most serene,

thought-provoking, heart-warming, and

tranquil of gatherings. People think you

are alone… but you are anything but

alone.

♡ Be so close to the Qur’an that you can’t

fathom the idea of dying without having

memorised it. You can’t see yourself standing.in front of Allah in complete ignorance of His Book, His Verses, His Words.

♡ Be so close to the Qur’an that everytime you hear a verse, you stop and check yourself against it. Is it a command/

prohibition which you adhered by?

Divine advice which you’ve taken on

board? Wisdom which you’ve learnt

from? Check yourself against every verse

and be the first to benefit from it,

because you are that close.

♡ Be so close to the Qur’an that before

embarking on the path of knowledge, you first immerse yourself in it. You do not place any branch of ‘ilm before knowledge of the Book, and thus you spend your early learning days learning all about it.

♡ Be so close to the Qur’an that its verses replay melodiously in your mind…

♡ Be so close to the Qur’an that you can find for yourself a verse reflecting every moment of your life. You will always know what to do.

♡ Be so close to the Qur’an that the worldy chaos around you only increases your yearning towards secluding yourself,

reciting its verses and being in its

beautiful company.

♡ Be so close to the Qur’an that nothing, nothing can come in between it and you.

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The Sunnah Hijab

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The Sunnah Hijab

☆ The Sunnah Hijab: a living or forgotten legacy

Bismillahir-rahmanir raheem. This write up is firstly for all the good sisters out there trying to help others sisters wear the hijab in ways that would suit their needs and also for every muslim who wants to learn about the hijab of the sunnah.

Promiscuity, prostitution and sexual harassment of women used to be rampant in the pre-islamic era. Islam came and reformed these and inculcated decency in both muslim men and women. Then came a time in madina when the hypocrites started creating problems for them. They began spreading rumours and slander about muslims as well as using using vulgar, flirtatious words seeking adultery with their women.

Allah (swt) then sent down these verses:

“O prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring down over themselves of their outer garments. That will be better for them,  that they should be known (as free respectable women) so as not to be annoyed. And Allah is ever forgiving, Most Merciful. If the hypocrites and those in whose hearts is a disease and those who spread rumours in al-Madina do not cease, we will certainly incite you against them, then they will not remain therein except for a little. (Q33:59-60)

‘So as not to be annoyed’ meaning if they do that (cover up themselves), they will be known as free respectable women and not prostitutes or slaves (Tafsir Ibn khatir)

‘And those in whose hearts is a disease’: this instance means the adulteres in madina (i.e those seeking adultery)” (Tafsir ibn khatir)

These verses reveals the main reason hijab was commanded during the golden era of the prophet  (saw) i.e in the sunnah. Our hijab came to uphold the dignity of women and liberate them from being thought of as sex objects (a punch in the face to those who say muslim women are not liberated). How then did the women of the times of the prophet (saw) cover themselves?

A part of the previous verse read: “to bring down over themselves of their outer garments (their jalaabib)” then what is a “jalaabib”. Jalabib is plural for jilbab. ‘which is defined as a cloak covering the head and reaching the ground, thereby covering the woman’s entire body’. (Commentary,  sahih international Qur’an translation).

In the other verse that spoke about hijab in the qur’an, Allah (swt) said:

“And tell the believing women to reduce [some] of their vision their gaze (looking only at what is lawful) and guard their private parts (from illegal sexual acts, etc.) and not to expose their adornment (except that which (necessarily) appears thereof, and to draw down (a portion) of their headcovers over their chests and not to reveal their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husband’s fathers, their sons, their husband’s sons, their brothers, their brother’s sons, their sister’s sons, or their women  that which their right hands possess (i.e slaves) or those male attendants  having no physical desire, or children who are not yet aware of the private aspects of women…..(Q24: 31).

‘And not to show off your adornments except that which is apparent’  meaning both natural beauty such as hair or body shape, and that with which a woman beautifies herself of clothing, jewelry e.t.c (Commentary of verse, sahih international Qur’an translation)

‘To draw their  headcovers (khumur) all over their juyub (necks, chest e.t.c)’. Khumur is the plural of khimar which means something that covers and is what is used to cover the head. This is what is known amongst the people as veil.  This means they should wear the khimar in such a way as to cover their chests and ribs so that they will be different from the women of jahiliyyah (pre-islamic era) who did not do so but would pass in front of men with their chest uncovered and with their necks, forelocks, hair and earrings uncovered(Tafsir ibn khatir).

Aisha (RA) said: may Allah (swt) have mercy on the women of the early emigrants, when Allah (swt) revealed the ayah ‘to draw their veils all over their juyub’ they tore their aprons and covered all over themselves with them (Al-Bukhari).

Subhanallah, that was the hijab the sunnah. That was the hijab that was worn by the most noble of women to have ever walked the surface of this earth. This was the hijab of Khadeejah, A’isha and Hafsah, the mothers of the believers.

These descriptions tells us that the sunnah hijab was either a jilbab which is an outer garment (i.e jilbab) that covers from head to toe, or an outer garment (e.g abaya)to cover the body plus a veil (khimar) which covers the head upto the chest area. Though no one type of hijab is a status quo in islam, especially since what is available differs from place to place, but in essence, it has to fulfill the conditions of hijab, and who will fulfill them better than the best women on this earth.

And most importantly, these  descriptions clears alot of misconceptions about the hijab;

☆The hijab is just a head cover: the hijab doesn’t cover the head only but rather that which covers the head and the whole body as well.

☆Our fitting clothing can serve as hijaab: The hijab is supposed to drape all over our body while clothes our size sits on our body. A hijab that reveals the body curves and or is just plain tight is therefore not a hijab.

☆The hijab can be a source of  attraction in of itself: The reason for the  hijab as we’ve seen in the first verse is to divert attention from muslim women while in the second Allah (swt) commanded us to hide our adornments. So beautifying the hijab with bright colours, patterns and stones is therefore not right.

Hence, i want to use this medium to call my sisters who have fallen into the fitnah of  wearing the hijab as is suitable for them and not that of the sunnah, and calling others to do the same to please desist. We wear the hijab for Allah’s sake, so let’s do it as He (swt) commanded. Remeber, as an underlying principle in our deen; deeds are only accepted when done according to the sunnah and for Allahs sake alone. It is okay to struggle to wear the correct hijab, as many people go through that phase at first (myself included), but justifying it for others to copy is very wrong. For every bad deed one calls to, he has an equivalent sin as the one who performs it. So let’s not create websites, fashion houses and runways, and skin tight burkinis in the name of hijab. The hijab already came to liberate us, so why we do have to compete with other women of different religions to show that we are liberated.

“….And whosoever initiates an evil practice (sunnah sayyi’ah) in Islam and is emulated by others will bear the sin of it and the sin of all those who act on it without their burden being diminished in the least. ” [Sahîh Muslim: (1017) Book 34, Hadith 6466 ]

[It will be said], “Read your record”. Sufficient is yourself against you this day (Q17:14).

Try the sunnah hijab today, together me and you can make it a living legacy in shaa Allah.

♡ Loving Allah when Tested ♡

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♡ Loving Allah when Tested ♡

*♢ Deen Reminder*

♡ Loving Allah when Tested ♡

The epitome of a true believer

Umar found himself on a hospital bed one day with numerous injuries and bruises, being the reason for all the pain he was feeling. He had been a victim of a bomb blast that went off in the masjid he had gone to pray subh and is only now regaining consciousness.

Family members of his were all around him, offering  numerous consoling words,  trying their best to get him to be in a good mood. Though behind their smiles, was a another worry about his condition, enough to to keep them weeping, which they were not ready to disclose to him. After several delibrations, the doctors had concluded that a leg of his must be amputated quickly.

Umar, a lively 20 year old boy, born to a well to do family,  with many ambitions, already way ahead in many of them has now met such a fate. Pity and sorrow ovewhelmed all the people that came to know of his condition.

But for Umar, who was an ever pious slave of Allah, his heart was glowing with eeman and brimming with the love of Allah. When his fate was finally disclosed to him, with a cheerful countenance he said: ‘Alhamdulillah, alhamdulilah. Alhamdulillah it’s my leg. What if it were my eye, in which there can be no replacement forever.

More amazing than that was nobody spotted a tear drop down from his eyes even once, but rather, he became the one consoling them every time their emotions got the better of them and even reprimanded them for it was only his fate.

Subhanallah. Allahu akbar kabeeran.

Such a high level of eeman from a young man.

Allah (swt), numerous times in the Qur’an, has reminded us that we’ll be tested,  tested in the things we love: health, wealth, death of loved ones e.t.c and He gives glad tidings to the patient ones.

Those that understand that whatever befalls them, good or bad, is from Allah, and they are always content & patient with the decree of Allah.

Those that know that He loves them even more than they love themselves & and for every little sadness He (swt) puts them through, they get some of their sins removed as compensation.

Those that are aware that the best people to have walked the surface of this earth, the prophets of Allah, were the most severly tested, subhanallah.

Indeed Umar has passed his test. For He was not displeased with His Lord, nor was he impatient at a time when it is the norm for so many to do so. If this isn’t the epitome of a true believer, then what is?

O Allah (swt) we beseech you to strengthen our eeman, help us to always remember that every good or bad event in our lives is a test, and grant us the ability to pass them all, ameen.

The Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said: “I am amazed at the believer, how Allah – the Exalted – does not Will for him something except that it is best for him.” (Saheeh al-Jami’)

(A true life story- One of the victims of a in Maiduguri Bomb blast )

*Ways to Bring the Qur’an Closer to your heart*

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*Ways to Bring the Qur’an Closer to your heart*

How often do you wake up filled with yearning to accomplish your dreams?

In order to fulfil those dreams, you desire to change your habits to more positive and productive ones. To improve your acts of worship, revive the faith within you and polish your heart which may be going rusty.

These desires drive you to engage in many activities – such as praying Tahajjud (night prayers); increased supplication, feeding the poor & needy; giving in charity; helping out in community projects; and doing dawah work.

One of such blessed activities is that of reciting the Qur’an.

The Prophet (saw) said:

”Recite the Qur’an, for it will intercede for its companions on the day of resurrection” (Muslim)

But, rather than go through it’s recitation in a routine manner, it is important to use it to create a life changing experience. An experience that will allow you recite from the Qur’an with your voice, yet infuse your entire being with its essence. And through its meanings, rediscover a deep connection with your Creator.

Here are some ways you can bring Qur’an close to your heart insha Allah.1

Make quality time for the Qur’an

It is important to have a dedicated and distraction free period for daily recitation of the Qur’an. Your goal should be to recite with calmness and presence of heart, as well as study the meanings of the verses.

As a regular habit, those periods will become a private time for reflection & devotion. And it will clear the mind of the noise & chaos of daily life.

Times such as early mornings & late nights provide the much needed peace and quiet, in addition to having a relaxed body and attentive heart.

Create a wholesome Qur’an experience

Engage your eyes while reading the text either from a hard copy or compatible device. Busy your tonguewith measured and melodic recitation. Fill your earswith personal recitation or listen to other reciters.

Using the different senses will make the experience deeper and more meaningful. And this can be done while cooking or travelling or when alone rather than getting consumed or distracted with negative thoughts/ activities.

Encourage others to connect with the Qur’an too.

Engage your spouse, children & friends to recite along while in their company. You can also listen to each other and seek corrections if reciting from memory.

Connect to daily life

Keep the Qur’an close to you – whether it’s a hard copy, on your phone, mp3 player, tablet – to recite along & listen to frequently.

Ponder deeply and take lessons from meanings, trying to connect these with daily life events. Connecting with such lessons (patience, forgiveness, modesty, hope etc) will evoke emotions – such as tears, feeling raw and vulnerable, contentment, gratefulness, submission – all opening new doors of understanding of life and its tests.

For those who love writing you can journal the most profound connections to your personal life; for others, it is better shared with loved ones.

”Convey from me even if it is only one verse of the Qur’an” (Bukhari & Muslim)

Open your heart

This Qur’an has been given to us as a gift for guidance. Guidance to the path of peace we often crave. As our hearts are always yearning for peace, and calmness amidst the busyness of life.

”This is the Book about which there is no doubt, a guidance for those conscious of Allah…” (Q2:2)

When you open your heart to find guidance through the verses of the Qur’an, you will be able to reflect on the purpose of your existence & how to fulfil it.

You must always remember that the Qur’an is your number one source of guidance and a guidance for all of mankind.

Ask Allah (swt)

Make sincere Du’a for a heart that is attached to the Qur’an & submits to it. And limbs that act upon it’s teachings & a character that is reformed through the lessons within.

It isn’t simply enough to read the Qur’an daily and in the finest of tones. One must seek the truth and guidance so as to act accordingly as the companions did – combining knowledge and action. Seek and you will find light, strength, glad tidings, guidance and much more.

Why not make the Qur’an your trusted companion on this journey of life?

Open your heart to its guidance. And whatever your schedule, make it a top priority never to allow a day to go by without taking a new lesson from the Qur’an. Do it with commitment and sincerity and ask Allah (swt) to keep you steadfast.

Ask Allah (swt) to make you among those who benefit from the Qur’an in this life & beyond.

And to make the Qur’an the spring of your heart and light of your soul.

And ultimately make the Qur’an a witness for you and not against you on the day of judgement.

Take action and benefit from the Qur’an.

From: youthlyhub.com

For the Love of Rasul (saw) ♡

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For the Love of Rasul (saw) ♡

In the name of Allah, The Most Beneficial, The Most Merciful.

The things we do for the people dear to us, the sacrifices we make for our loved ones, are indeed plenty. In love stories and songs, we hear things like (though exaggerated of course) ‘one will even cross the seven seas, or runaway & leave everything behind etc implying that anything can be done when love exist.

As muslims, we owe this type of love to only Allah (swt) and His messenger (saw), and as the topic implies, we’ll be limiting ourselves here to the prophet (saw).

Allah (swt) says about him (saw):

“It may be that you will kill yourself with grieve that they do not become believers. (26:3). Yes, that is who he was (saw)! He cared too much about

his ummah becoming muslims, in order to protect them from a bad end (hell fire) & its the fruits of His labour that we are enjoying today, with approximately 1.9 billion muslims all over the world, and the freedom to practice islam in almost everywhere

around the globe. See also 31:23, 36:76, 10:65.

On that day of Qiyamah, when everyone will be too occupied with his troubles to be bothered about others, a day when a mother will refuse her helpless child just one good deed of hers! On such a day, the rasulullah (saw) will be on his knees, making sujud to Allah, crying out to Allah to save his ummah.

Anas radi Allahu ‘anhu (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates that the Prophet ﷺ said,

“None of you will have faith till he loves me more than his father, his children and all of mankind.” (Bukhari).

This love of the prophet (saw) manifests in our actions because the more you love a person, the more you do things like him and obeying him becomes natural. Will we claim to love someone and do the exact opposite of what he commands? And Allah (swt) has said:

“And whoever obeys the messenger has indeed obeyed Allah” [4:80]

“Indeed in the messenger of Allah you have a good example to follow” [33:21]

Our love for him (saw) should drive us to do things against our desires, making sacrifices as we do for our parents, children & other people we love. Indeed, our love for him will reach such a level only by going an extra-mile to learn about him; his relationships, his character, his worship of Allah etc. So please let’s try not to regard his actions as just sunnah (something by the way that is not obligatory) but rather as ‘The Sunnah’ (that which is the ultimate).

And as we already know, nothing we do in islam of good will be of waste:

“Whoever revives an aspect of my Sunnah that is forgotten after my death, he will have a reward equivalent to that of the people who follow him, without it detracting in the least from their reward.” (Tirmidhi- a hasan hadeeth).

May Allah (swt) help us on this mission of ours, ameen.

Recommendations

1. Books of manners by Fu’ad Ibn Abdul Azeez Ash-shulhoob

2. The man they loved (an audio lecture) by Mohammed El-shinawy.

*Overlooking the Faults of One’s Brothers*

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*Overlooking the Faults of One’s Brothers*

As salaam alaikum wa rahmatullah wa barkaatuh dear sisters.

Hope we are all in an increasing state of eeman and taqwa in shaa Allah.

Today’s deen reminder is on an important action of the heart; overlooking the faults of one another.

Our deen is indeed so beautiful as it teaches us to tolerate one another and to try to see only the good side of people.

Do enjoy reading…

Show forgiveness, enjoin what is good, and turn away from the foolish [i.e. don’t punish them]. (Qur ‘an 7: 199)

It is not right for you to forsake your brother because of one or two faults that you find in him, especially if the rest of his character is honorable. As we know, perfection for any one of us is unattainable.

Al-Kindi said:

“How is it that you want your friend to possess a specific pattern of characteristics when your soul which is the closest of souls to you – does not always obey your commands? What right do you then have to expect another person’s soul to follow your orders?”

Even as he is now, so were you yourselves before till Allah conferred on you His Favors [i.e. guided you to Islam]… (Qur’an 4: 94)

So ascribe not purity to yourselves. He knows best him who fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him. (Qur’an: 53: 32)

It is enough for you that you are satisfied with the main part of your brother’s character.

Abu Darda (may Allah be pleased with him) said:

“To reproach your brother for something is better than to lose him altogether.”

Some of the wise said:

“We are still not satisfied with ourselves, so how then can we expect ourselves to be satisfied with others.”

It has also been said:

“Don’t remain aloof from someone who impresses you with a good character and sound judgment because of some minor fault that is surrounded by an ocean of virtues. You will not find, as long as you live, a person so cultivated that he is free from blemish and sin. Contemplate your own self and how it often errs and strays. This kind of introspection makes your demand on others more balanced and makes you more sympathetic to the sinner.”

An Arab poet said:

“Who is the one whose character is untainted,

Sufficient worthiness for someone is that his defects can be counted.”

It has been said that one’s suspicions concerning one’s brother should not ruin a good mutual trust that has been tested over time.

Ja’far ibn Muhammad said to his son. “O’ my son, whoever among your brothers becomes angry with you three times, and on each occasion speaks only the truth about you, take him as a close friend.”

Al-Hasan ibn Wahb said,

“From the rights of mutual love is to forgive and overlook shortcomings.”

So overlook their faults with gracious forgiveness. (Qur ‘an 15: 85)

Ibn Roomi said:

“These are people and the world, and there is no doing away with dust

That irritates the eyes or spoils the drink.

From the lack of fairness is to expect refinement

In the world, while you yourself are unrefined.”

And had it not been for the Grace of Allah and His Mercy on you, not one of you would ever have been pure from sins. (Qur ‘an 24: 21)

A poet said:

“You seek a cultivated person who is free from defects, but does the aloe exude a pleasant odor without smoke.”

He knows best him who fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him. (Qur’an 53: 32)

Taken from ‘Don’t Be Sad’ by Aidh Al Qarni

May Allah (swt) make it of benefit to us and endow us with such beautiful qualities, ameen.