DeensisterS Feed the Needy

DeensisterS Feed the Needy Program Ramadan 2018

All praise is due to Allah, The Most beneficial, The Most Merciful.

The feed the needy program this year was indeed a big success. We received over a million naira which was spread across the 3 states to feed the needy.

In Abuja, cooked food were given out to needy individuals and families in Anguwan Dawaki. We were also able to take the food to mosques in the area to cater for a larger number of people due to generous donations from many of you.

Raw food were distributed to IDPs and needy individuals and families in Borno at different locations including Custom, school of Nursing, Fori, Galtimari, Gwange and Mairi. There were many needy people as the city is still flooded with homeless and physically disabled individuals so the raw food was much appreciated.

While in kano we got to distribute both cooked and raw food. Cooked food of different varieties was given to the needy almajirais, individuals and families in sallari while raw food was taken to different locations.

The receipients were very very grateful and kept showering us with duas. Subhanallah, what we consider little is what makes them very happy. Alhamdulillah for everything.

We pray to Allah (subhanahu wata aala) to alleviate their suffering, increase them in patience and accept this act of ibadah from us all and give us all the ability to do more everyday of our lives, Aameen.

Hospital visit

Updates on Hospital visit to Umaru Shehu Hospital Maiduguri on 8th Rajab 1439 AH (Sunday 25th March 2018)

Alhamdulilllah we had a successful hospital visit in Maiduguri on the 25th of March 2018, jazaakumullahu khairan for all your donations.

We visited Umaru Shehu Hospital Maiduguri where we went to several wards to give each patient a gift. We spent about sixty thousand naira for the hospital visit.

We prepared 24 packages for the paediatric ward, each package comprising of 4 packs of peak milk, 5 packs of milo and 11 sachets of detergent. 40 packs of sugar, lipton and detergent for the adult wards were given at the adult wards. We as well as distributed handgloves to all wards visited, Alhamdulillah.

At the adult wards, we spoke to the patients about sabr, and about salah, and how prayer is fard on everyone as long as the person is conscious. The sisters took turn to explain to them how to pray while sitting or lying down since they can’t stand due to their ailment because salah being the first deed of a person that will be checked on the day of qiyama is too important to be taken lightly.

We  Alhamdulillah also reminded the patients to have tawakkul and believe although they are in a hospital, the doctors can only do so much and that ultimately Allah is the Healer and they should call on Him to grant them shifah.

Afterwards we prayed for their recovery and proceeded to the paediatric ward to distribute the other packages. At the ward, we reminded the patients’ parents about sabr and how Allah is testing them with their children’s illness, and that they should be patient to pass this test.

It was an eeman uplifting experience, seeing so many people bedridden while we comfortably walked around reminded us of how much of a blessing good health is.

May Allah grant shifa to the sick ameen, may He grant us the ability to use our good health to serve Him and not to disobey Him ameen.

Sadly very few sisters came out for the hospital visit, it was kinda heartbreaking because if it were another social gathering it would have been a different case. We hope to see more deensisters at the next halaqa/charity visitations in shaa Allah.

DeensisterS Halaqa

*Updates of DeensisterS halaqa (sisters circle) on 4th March 2018, 16th of Jumadal Akhir,1439, Maiduguri*.

Halaqa was opened with a beautiful recitations by Deensisters Asma & Maryam.

Next, Deensister Zainab’ introduced the topic to be discussed “Enjoining the good and forbidding the evil” as well as the activities of Deen sisters and how one can partake by becoming a member (https://deensisters.wordpress.com/become-a-member/)

And then, the speaker of the day, Deensister Maryam took the stage and discussed extensively on the topic of the day, it’s definition, value, benefits, qualities of those practicing it & the consequences of ignoring that act of worship.

~Enjoining what is good (al-ma’roof) and forbidding what is evil (al-munkar) is one of the most important Islamic duties, indeed it is the noblest and most sublime. This is the task of the Prophets and Messengers (peace be upon them all), as Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Messengers as bearers of good news as well as of warning in order that mankind should have no plea against Allaah after the (coming of) Messengers” [al-Nisaa’ 4:165]

~Allaah has enjoined the believers to treat diseases of the heart, by enjoining that which is good and forbidding that which is evil. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “Let there arise out of you a group of people inviting to all that is good (Islam), enjoining Al-Ma‘roof (i.e. Islamic Monotheism and all that Islam orders one to do) and forbidding Al-Munkar (polytheism and disbelief and all that Islam has forbidden). And it is they who are the successful” [Aal ‘Imraan 3:104]

Allaah has made the Muslim ummah the best nation ever raised up for mankind, in order to do this important task, as Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“You (true believers in Islamic Monotheism, and real followers of Prophet Muhammad and his Sunnah) are the best of people ever raised up for mankind; you enjoin Al-Ma‘roof (i.e. Islamic Monotheism and all that Islam has ordained) and forbid Al-Munkar (polytheism, disbelief and all that Islam has forbidden), and you believe in Allaah” [Aal ‘Imraan 3:110]

~ If the ummah fails to do its duty of enjoining what is good and forbidding what is evil, wrongdoing and corruption will spread throughout the ummah, and it will deserve the curse of Allaah. For Allaah cursed those among the Children of Israel who disbelieved because they failed in this important duty.

The Sister also gave examples of how we can enjoin good & forbid evil in activities pertaining our everyday lives.

Afterwards, the interactive sessions began and many sisters gave their own personal testimonies on how they have been enjoining good & forbidding evil and the joy that comes with that act of ibadah.

And then came the closing recitation, by Deensister Aisha who graced us with a beautiful recitation ma shaa Allah and it indeed enchanted us all. May Allah bless her with more. Ameen

It was indeed an eeman refreshing halaqa. Jazakumullahu khairan to all those that could attend. We hope to see more deensisters at the next halaqa in shaa Allah.

“There’s this joy that comes with being with deensisters, sisters that aren’t perfect like myself but trying to better themselves in the Deen, sharing knowledge, encouraging each other & boosting each other’s iman. ” ~Sister Asma

Updates of DeensisterS halaqa

Updates of DeensisterS halaqa (sisters circle) on 27th August 2017, 5th of Dhul hijjah,1438, Maiduguri.
Halaqa was opened with an uplifting recitation from suratul Ali-Imraan by Sister Umm Kulthum.
Next, Deensister Haleema introduced the topic to be discussed “Knowledge; the light of Allah” as well as the activities of Deen sisters and how one can partake by becoming a member (https://deensisters.wordpress.com/become-a-member/)
And then, the presenter, speaker of the day, Deensister Hafsat took the stage and discussed extensively on knowledge, it’s value, it’s benefits, how to seek it and it’s relation with action.
  ~Seeking knowledge is obligatory upon every believer

 ~First verse sent down was a command to read

 ~ If we do not use our God given knowledge, then it becomes a point against us on the day of judgement.

~ knowledge goes hand in hand with action, it is not that which is memorised but that which benefits the believer
The Sister also elaborated on the on the proper way of seeking knowledge that is  appropriate for all ages where we came to know islamiyya is the way out for mostly everyone.
Afterwards, the interactive sessions began and many sisters gave their points of views on how to improve our knowledge and why we should act on the knowledge we know.  Emphasis were also made to being careful from the sources we get our knowledge to avoid innovations. 

    

And then came the closing recitation, one of the most wonderful of them; Deensister Hafsat who is now our regular reciter insisted sister Aisha should recite, and it indeed enchanted us all, hearing her for the first time recite very beautifully.  Though we didn’t leave it at that, we insisted to enjoy more verses from Sister Hafsat, we had to get some doses as it has become our regular take home after each halaqa, and being the speaker wasn’t going to stop us…lol

    It was indeed an eeman refreshing halaqa. Alhamdulillah.

 

   “Halaqas always inspire me to be a better person, making me always looking forward to attend another one ” ~Sister Bilkisu

Towards an Outstanding Ramadan 

Tips For Planning Towards An Outstanding Ramadan 

1. Repent to Allah; Start preparing for Ramadan by repenting to Allah subhanahu wata’la. Our hearts are rusty from the sins that we have accumulated since the last Ramadan. We cannot start the marathon of Ramadan in fifth gear without removing this rust from our hearts. And there is no other way of removing this rust except by repenting to Allah. Repent to Allah and abundantly ask for His forgiveness. Make abundant istighfar; sit in Qiyam, reflect on the year, cry out to Allah & sincerely repent

Also reconsile with your fellow Muslim brothers and sisters. The worst thing that could happen to anyone of us is to go through Ramadan and not have out fasts forgiven because of a grudge we are holding. Whatever has happened has happened. If you have a person you’ve boycotted, call up that person and end it now.

2. Set realistic Goals and be confident about them;  I can’t over emphasize the importance of goal setting and planning in Ramadan. If you want to succeed in anything , you have to do serious planning.

It is a very gloomy reality that Muslims youths today do not have lofty goals when it comes to his or her religion. We spend time planning and having goals about life (school, marriage)or school(graduate, postgraduate ) but with Deen it’s just the barest minimum and just whatever comes our way. 

Tips on Goal Setting 

Goals should be S.M.A.R.T

S-Specific. Whatever your goal is, make sure it’s as specific as possible. That means having all the details about how you’re going to reach your goal specified. 

M-Measurable. This is very important as you’ll only you’ve succeeded at something when you’ve completed your task. So what you can do is to be charting your progress so you can physically see it on paper so 

If you’re lacking it’ll motivate you. The heart wheel journal is a good chart for that.

A- Attainable – Proper goal setting means that you choose goals that are within your reach. Goals should be tailored to what you as an individual can achieve. 

Realistic – While you do not want to limit yourself. You should keep in mind that your goal must be in line with what can physically and logically be arranged at the time.  

T- Time Bound – Each goal you set for yourself should be locked in time. This means that there should be a deadline in which your task or goal should be completed. 

*Do what you love, There are so many good deeds that you can do.  Some people love to feed the poor and cook food and give to others.  Others invite a lot of people to their house or take food to the masjid.  Other people love to read the Qur’an a lot and dedicate more time. Other people love to do salah and qiyam’l-layl. Some people love spending more time in the masjid and others love to spend more time in seclusion.  Some people push themselves so hard in what is not what they enjoy in acts of ibaadat and may force themselves to read the Qur’an more and are too exhausted to doadkhaar or tarawih, and this is not a smart plan.  Do what you really love to do.  Choose and select the good deeds you enjoy doing and increase them more and more.  Make your plan around these deeds that you love and enjoy doing.

●Be prepared & adaptable; you may fall sick, or have to travel, or an important test comes up; don’t change it but make changes to your schedule.

If you start reading five juz every single night and then realize that they are too much and then decrease to threejuz and then you are short two juz.  As you try to make up and do seven, you start to lose hope.  Expect yourself to adapt and change.  Do something reasonable every single night like reading three juz and move on with your schedule.  Don’t simply cancel the good deeds you have started just because you think you are falling behind.

3. Dua list 

Ramadan is a great time to make dua. A dua list will ensure that you will not miss out any important dua that you want to make to Allah subhanahu wata’la during this blessed month. The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “The dua of the fasting person will not be refused.” [Reported by al-Bayhaqi, 3/345; al-Silsilat al-Saheeh, 1797]  Ask your family members for their specific Duas and write them down; this’ll take care of the time consumed to be remembering the various Duas.

4. Tie loose ends; if there is a project report that is due in the middle of Ramadan, finish it before Ramadan. Buy all your groceries and stock them in your house before Ramadan. Whatever you want to buy for Eid, buy it before Ramadan. I will not be exaggerating if I say that it is a calamity to go out for shopping during this blessed month. Because going out for shopping will deviate you from your daily routine, distract your focus, destroy your inner peace, cost your precious Ramadan time, and put you in trial, as markets are places where Allah is scarcely remembered. Majority of the stores give Eid promotions during the month of Ramadan and unfortunately people fall for it. You will find that shops are packed when qiyamul layl is going on in the mosques. Isn’t it a calamity that people choose some miserable promotions of duniya over the promotion of Allah subhanahu wata’la?

5. Eating habit; Ramadan is the month of fasting not feasting. We all grew up knowing Ramadan to be when we’ll be eating special kinds of cuisine and I’d be lying if i said i too don’t look forward to Ramadan because of that. 

I’m not going to tell you to stop preparing different all the dishes but I just want to advice us to mind our eating habits. Overeating is a bad habit especially in Ramadan, it makes us weak and we won’t have energy to do things. Sh. Kamal El- mekki in his lecture, eating habits in Ramadan, made a very noteworthy analogy, he said ‘Food is supposed to give you strength, so if you eat food and it makes you weak then you must be doing something wrong’. 

When we overeat during iftar, we get sluggish in taraweeh and at sahoor, when we overeat we just go to the toilet in the morning and go back to being hungry for the rest of the day.

So let’s be cautious not to overeat in Ramadan. 

6. Cyber itikaf; I can’t tell you to eliminate the internet completely in Ramadan as there are alot of beneficial resources in Ramadan, alot of lectures, articles, series, etc . But i’m going to tell you to reduce the amount of social medias you engage in in Ramadan. Do you really need Facebook,whatsapp, Bbm, Twitter, snapchat, and instagram all in Ramadan? ! If you genuinely want reminders then 1 or two will be enough. Social medias really take up our time, you’ll understand when you do it. E.g when you log onto instagram, you keep going from one page to another- and can use up to 10 minutes, do you know how much you could’ve done with those ten minutes? !

Umm Saabir

References: Planning For an Outstanding Ramadan by Amirah Mauthoor, 10 points for excelling in Ramadan by Yaser Birjas

Nassarawa Hospital Visit 

Bismillahir-Rahmanir-Raheem. 
Alhamdulillah, we had a very successful Hospital Visit. With the donations we received and dues from our members, we were able to raise N150,000 for the hospital visit. We budgeted N1500 for every patient. Initially, we wanted to buy items worth the N1500, but a sister suggested that we should buy items worth N1000 and give them the remaining N500 as they might have other needs best known to them. 

Each pack contained;

A box of Tea, (N140)

500g golden penny sugar (N250)

4 satchets of peak milk (N180)

4 satchets of ovaltine (N180)

4 satchets of klin (N100) 

250g Omo (N150) &

N500 cash. 

We made 100 of such packs Alhamdulillah. The packs went round and we were able to add more wards and give more patients. We were able to go to female medical, female surgical, Gynae , paediatric, male surgical and male observation wards Masha Allah; and We even had some left to give some nurses, cleaners and security! 

While we were going round, some of our members were also giving the patients reminders simultaneously. They spoke to them on being patient as they just were being tested by Allah, on the importance of salah even while sick and the various ways it can be performed while sick and also on the importance of Dua. 

The patients were really pleased Alhamdulillah, they thanked us abundantly and made Dua for us. I was by the window of one ward that were given the items and i overheard their happy exclamations as they opened the packs; when one of them say the N500 she said ‘Laa, har da dukiya a ciki😅’ (There’s even fortune inside). 

We’re very happy with the outcome of the hospital visit. We’d like to use this medium to thank all the people who made the hospital visit a success; those that donated, those that broadcasted our message and those that attended –  this wouldn’t have been a success without all of you, Jazakumullahu Khairan Kathiran !

May it be reflected on your scales of Good deeds on the day of judgement. May Allah increase you all in goodness and grant you success in all your endeavours, Ameen ya rabbi. We look forward to working with you again on our upcoming projects insha Allah. 

Deensisters. . .together for the pleasure of Allah. 

Updates From Halaqa

Updates From Halaqa on 16th April 2017
(Friendly Islamic sisters circle)
Halaqa was opened as it is our custom, with a beautiful recitation from suratul Hashr by deensister hafsat.
Next speaker of the day; sister umm saalim took the stage and took us on the various checklists of forgiveness; Definition, levels, benefits, rewards.
~Forgiveness is not something for the selected few who has a good heart or as our people call it ‘farin zuciya’ but rather, something that Allah (swt) highly recommends and therefore ought to cultivate the habit of. 

~We should always remember our own sins that we are always hoping for Allah (swt) to forgive when we find it hard to forgives others as propounded by this marvelous verse  of the Qur’an” so forgive and pardon, don’t you want Allah to forgive you? Likewise,  Allah (swt) Has also stated the believers are but brothers so make reconciliation amongst yourself (Q). This makes it natural to fall out with one another atimes but as believer conscious efforts should be taken to reconcile ourselves. 

~A fascinating hadith of the prophet (saw) said: As believer it is evil enough to even hold your brother in contempt’. This closes doors to all dark thoughts towards one another ‘i just don’t like her’ i hate her because of so and so. 
Discussions began afterwards as refreshments were being shared. Another sister reminded us of Allah Himself asking us to forgive, not anybody but He Himself. And forgivessness is one attribute of Allah that we all depend on, almost on a daily basis, then how can we ourselves not forgive when offended. 
Sooner than later the discussion changed course to the favorite topic when sisters come together -hijaab! Sisters were asked to relate their hijab story. Sister halima told us of how series of events in her life increased her in eeman and taqwa and got her to embrace the hijab as a lifestyle immediately she came to know of it. Sister sadiya on the other hand was a muffler style non-hijabi but with the right type of friends in the university, she now not only wears the hijab but calls other sister to do the same. 
The most touching of all the stories was when a sister said she never gave any regard towards the hijab but after the last halaqa, she has made changes in her mode of dressing, alhamdulilah. 
May Allah (swt) continue to help us all wear the hijab in the right way.
We didn’t end until we touched on the issue of modesty as modesty is not only defined by our clothing but rather has many other aspects, most challenging of them being how we relate with our male counterparts.
At another sisters request, deensister hafsat gave us a closing recitation upon a before we finally closed as time was not on our side.
May Allah (swt) give us all the ability to  work with what we’ve learnt, and to hold many more friendly halaqas for the sake of the deen, ameen ya rabb.
“There are only a few things in life i love more than sisters halaqa” ~Umm muh’d